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DeafDigest – 09 November 2009

DeafDigest Blue - November 8, 2009

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The DeafDigest is divided into Blue and Gold sections, both
ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the
Blue section.


Hot Deaf News during the week:

-  Dedication

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Clifford C. Leach,
Greece, NY (in the Rochester area), who departed us
at the age of 106. Simply put, he was considered the
Pillar in the Deaf Community.

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Larry Fleischer
whose untimely passing hit the Deaf Community real
hard. Larry wore many hats, all at the same time -
Deaf Culture, promoting ASL, Deaf Education, Deaf
Sports, Deaf Films, Deaf Issues consultant, and what
have you. The last time DeafDigest editor chatted
with Larry was at the Deaf Films Festival at
Tampa in 2004. A Californian, he flew to Florida
at the same time, not only just to attend the Film
Festival but to consult with a local law enforcement
agency regarding a deaf inmate that was in prison.
He rented a car, drove all the way from coast
to coast, meaning Florida's east coast to Florida's
west coast, just to attend the Festival. He stayed
at the Festival for few hours before driving back
to the East coast!

- Very Hot News

DeafDigest congratulates Southwest Collegiate Institute
for the Deaf (SWCID) on its 30th anniversary and on
the dedication of its' technical training center.
It seemed only like yesterday that the late Doug
Burke, the SWCID founder, visited the home office
of TDI, Inc, where DeafDigest editor served, at that
time, as the Executive Director. Burke shared his
goals, details, vision and his plans for an all-deaf
vocationally oriented junior college. He had to jump
through many different political hoops before SWCID
became a reality.

The Gallaudet football team clinched a winning season,
with a 6-4 record by defeating SUNY-Maritime 16-13
on a winning touchdown in the last minute of the game.
Not only it made amends for the 27-0 loss last season
to the same team, but it knocked them out of the
league championship game! And with a beautiful
6-4 winning record as compared to last season's
record of 2-8. Over 3,200 fans in New York City watched
this epic battle. While the regular season is over,
Gallaudet is awaiting word to see if they will be
invited to play in the Eastern College Athletic
Conference Division III Bowl Championship game. Have
to hold breaths until November 15th to find out if
the invite has been extended Gallaudet to play in
the November 21st game.


- Sunday November 1st 

Much furor has raged over the Big 4 Banks continuing
to refuse relay calls that there is talk of legal
action. These Big 4 Banks are Bank of America,
JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo. Let us
throw two more banks into the mix - CapitolOne Bank
and Wachovia.

- Monday November 2nd

Much anger by the national Deaf-Blind community have
been directed at Abigail Breslin, only 13 years old
and neither deaf nor blind for her casting of the
Helen Keller role in the upcoming Broadway production
of "The Miracle Worker."

- Tuesday November 3rd

A serious issue has surfaced with deaf children attending
47 School for the Deaf in New York. They cannot ride on
school buses because the City Board of Education requires
Individualized Education Plans for these children. The
irate parents have been bombarding the City Board of
Education with their complaints.

- Wednesday November 4th

Evan Smith, not deaf, has involved Oregon School for
the Deaf in his unusual athletic forays. He plays
for the deaf school football team in the fall,
plays for a different hearing school in basketball, and
a third hearing school for track and field!

(Thursday-Saturday Hot Deaf News will be in the Gold edition)


Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

Regarding the Fort Hood tragedy, we have read about the
civilian police officer Kimberly Munley who shot the killer
to stop the carnage. What about it? She was an interpreter
for the deaf years ago in North Carolina before she moved
to Texas to become a police officer.



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   We have many deaf students that attend hearing
colleges in Washington, DC, but never heard of
   We also have many deaf students that attend
hearing colleges in Rochester, NY, but never heard
   Why? Always a mystery

- for ASL News version, please click on:

(for your convenience, video links are posted on top
of each DeafDigest edition)

   A deaf man, in South Africa, went on an airplane.
He was told by the airplane captain that he must
take off his hearing aid. If he refused, he would
be arrested.
   The airplane captain thought the hearing aid
was an illegal electronic device used for
   The deaf man had to explain that he is deaf and
needed a hearing aid to help him hear better. The
captain then gave permission!
   Very scary!

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(for your convenience, video links are posted on top
of each DeafDigest edition)

   Last week's DeafDigest mentioned GrandStay Residential
Suites, a hotel in Faribault, Minnesota, the town where
the school for the deaf is located.
   That hotel claimed to be the first in the nation
to have every room installed with flashing strobe
   Said a staff member at the school:

We've had deaf groups use the hotel, and everyone
loved this facility

   DeafDigest editor could not believe his eyes
when he read a newspaper story, off a web site.
   The story said:

he was born profoundly deaf in both eyes


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   Dan Syrcher, Buffalo, NY, is deaf and works in
Customer Service at the Buffalo International Airport.
   From time to time foreign passengers, who cannot
speak English, come to him with "that look" on
their faces, needing help.
   Dan explained:

The first thing I do is "sign" to them as if I'm opening
my ticket jacket that contains the boarding pass and tickets
and other paperwork and that I want to read it. Most everyone
understand that pretty quick and they hand over the paperwork
which then I read to give me a clue of what they are in need
of. I'm pretty successful at it. If it ends up that I can't
help them, I'll take them to the specific airline that they
come in on or going out on and let the airline take care of
it from there.

   We are all complaining that Netflix is caption-unfriendly?
A DeafDigest subscriber wrote a letter to Netflix.
   Netflix responded and their comment was:

The technologies we use for streaming do not yet adequately
support closed captions. We are working on delivering
closed captions or optional subtitles in a future technology
update, which we hope to deliver to Silverlight clients
sometime in 2010.

   He has switched to Hulu and is happy with it.


(short series; based on comments by educators
and deaf service professionals)

What we need is guidelines from the government sectors
that require school districts to hire counselors
that specialize in Deaf Education

(series to continue until it runs out)


being challenged by the coordinator of the event,
which booked the services of the interpreter:

why are you here?

if you have these "hate" or "horror" stories, please


In addition to competing in the National Court Reporters
Association' annual speed contest at speeds up to 280
words per minute, court reporters, CART providers, and
captioners have competed at even higher speeds. 

In 2004, Mark Kislingbury, a court reporter and broadcast
captioner from Houston, Texas, set a Guinness World Record
when he successfully transcribed dictation at 360 words per
minute with over 97% accuracy.

Over the years, Mark studied how many strokes per second
he was able to achieve.  He found that by trying to shorten
how many strokes he wrote per word and by writing more
strokes per second, he was able to write faster than anyone

When he set the world record at 360 words per minute, he did
it by averaging .8 strokes per word and 4.8 strokes per second


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I have never met a deaf person in my line of work, and
I've been in that field for many years

(series to continue for a number of weeks)


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persons have equal access to health related information.

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Terry Waters, a resident of Staunton, Virginia,
was one of the best wrestling coaches in the
state, leading his Fort Defiance HS teams to 13
state championship matches. For his efforts, he
was fired - and he filed a lawsuit this week, on
basis of racial discrimination, as he is

What about it?

He is deaf. 


The Deaf and the Law

In Mexico, the notary public officers may give exceptions
to its rules and regulations if the person, needing
papers to be notarized, is deaf. Those not deaf, need to
comply with the rules and regulations. 


DeafADA Issue of the Week:

While we've had ADA since the nineties, it constantly

Under the old ADA, the employee's medical condition is
being pointed out; if the employee is deaf, it is
pointed out

Under the new ADA, the employer accommodates the employee's
disability in a minimally acceptable way


The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

there is a jury (injury) on the football field


What became of?

Tim McCarty

- past

nationally acclaimed teacher of Drama at Model Secondary
School for the Deaf

- present

president and founder, Quest, Lanham, Maryland with "past" and
"present" details


News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

   Walter Payton, a NFL great has departed us. What many
of us didn't know was that he once contemplated a career
as a teacher of the deaf, even to the point of taking
master's degree courses in Education of the Deaf!


News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

   An issue was raised at one state-level TTY relay service
board meeting - that the Video Relay Service, already
wildly popular in the deaf community, is bypassing the
senior citizens.

   Because these deafened senior citizens do not know
sign language.
   According to one activist, the ADA regulations need
to be adhered to as far as communication accommodations
are concerned - and what if a non-signing deafened
senior citizen wants a VRS?


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

The NIMBY attitude can be real ugly.
NIMBY stands for Not In My Backyard, and it
has already impacted on several agencies
serving the deaf that want to expand their

These people forget one thing - these agencies
would be there to serve them if and when they
lose their hearing because of old age!


A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news:

A new holiday has been declared in the state, allowing
you to take more vacation time off.


A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

said a DeafDigest subscriber:

I thought my co-worker had said--
Did you see the pie she had embroidered?

But what she actually said was--
Did you see the bag she had embroidered?

can be frustrating when you think a person
said something that makes completely no sense
only to realize you lipread it wrong!

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(11/8/09 updated posting)

Job Announcements
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, IN

The Indiana School for the Deaf currently has job openings/postings
for the following positions:

Job                        Posting #        Closing Date
Sub Teacher (4)            565754       11/12/2009
Educational Audiologist    565607       11/19/2009

(#) = number of job available for that position.

Applicants must submit an Indiana State Application via the Indiana
State Personnel website at  

If you have any questions please contact Carole Morgan in our Human
Resources Department via telephone (317/920-6340 v/tty) or E-Mail:   Website:

Mission Statement-The Indiana School for the Deaf Community promotes
academic and social excellence for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students
through a Bilingual/Bicultural environment. 



Seeking Applicants For
Assistant Director-Pre College Outreach
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY

NTID, one of the eight colleges of RIT, is the first and largest
technical college serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Nearly
1,450 deaf and hard-of-hearing students from across the United States,
as well as other countries, study and reside at RIT with 16,000 hearing
students. The department of Admissions at NTID is seeking a Director.  

For a detailed job description please visit: RIT Career Zone at: 

and enter the IRC# or select National Technical Institute for the Deaf
for College/Division. 

Job Description:
The Assistant Director for Outreach is responsible for providing
coordination, leadership and support to these activities.  The Assistant
Director works with the Director of Pre-College Outreach, and the Program
Assistant for Outreach in carrying out these responsibilities.  The
Assistant Director has primary responsibility for management of NTID's
Explore Your Future Program (EYF), which serves 225-275 students annually

Detailed Description:
1. Lead the planning and management of NTID?s Explore Your Future
Program which provides educational activities to 225-275 students
annually.  This activity involves the supervision of 40+ professionals
and 40+ student workers over a 4-6 week period each summer. 

2. Work collaboratively with faculty and staff leaders involved in
planning and carrying out Outreach activities each year. 

3. Provide project leadership to targeted Pre-College Outreach activities
as assigned. 

4. Work with the other colleges of RIT to plan for deaf and hard of
hearing student involvement in their Pre-College Outreach activities as

5. Work with the Outreach teams to facilitate the planning and
coordination of activities designed to meet needs of target audiences

6. Work with Outreach teams to evaluate impact of Pre-College
activities on enrollment pipeline. 

7. Independently plan and travel for the purpose of promoting NTID
Pre-College Outreach Programs. 

8. Provide periodical performance and data reports as assigned

Job Requirements:
Bachelor degree in Education, Business, Human Service or related field
required.  Master degree in Education, Business, Human Service or
related field strongly preferred.

- Experience in working with target Pre-College populations strongly
- 3-5 years related administrative experience

1. Excellent interpersonal, supervisory, communication and written
communication skills required. 

2. Proficiency in American Sign Language required.
3. Strong organization and time management skills required. 

4. Highly flexible and able to work effectively in a team oriented
and fast-paced environment 

5. Able to function effectively as team member in outcomes-oriented

6. Ability to make significant independent programmatic judgments and
decisions as necessary. 

Additional Details:
Review of applicants will begin in December.

Rochester Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity/affirmative
action employer.  All individuals with the ability to contribute in
meaningful ways to the university?s continuing commitment to cultural
diversity, pluralism, and individual differences are encouraged to make

The hiring process for this position requires a criminal background check
and/or motor vehicle records check.  Any verbal or written offer made is
contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources
Salary commensurate with experience
This position is subject to available funding

Your application information and any relevant documentation such as resume
and cover letter should be uploaded via this website KEYWORD SEARCH:IRC34613 in order to be considered
for this position


Regional Specialist
Ohlone College
Fremont, CA

Under general supervision of the Director of Gallaudet University
Regional Center, to develop collaborative relationships with
educational programs and professionals in deaf and hard of
hearing related fields throughout the Western state region
(Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana,
Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming),
in keeping with the mission of the Regional Center. 

This position will require extensive travel, night and weekend

The College reserves the right to continue or close the recruitment at
any time.  Ohlone Classified Applications may be obtained by visiting
our website at  

Submit Applications to the Human Resources Office. The Human
Resources Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  

Please Note:  Applications/resumes, etc. may be FAXED to (510) 659-6025
or emailed to

Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (deaf
education, rehabilitation or related field preferred,) a Master's
degree preferred.

Experience: Two years of work experience in deaf education,
rehabilitation or related field.

For complete details please visit



position opening
Deaf Services Children's Case Manager
Community Counseling Center
Westbrook, ME (Portland metropolitan area)

Community Counseling Center, a leading nonprofit provider of family
services and behavioral health, is seeking a Case Manager for Deaf
Services Children's Case Management. 

The Case Manager will work with children, adolescents and their
families in accordance with agency, community, and program needs in
the Deaf Services Children's Case Management program. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing,
implementing, and monitoring service plans that are tailored to
individual client needs, as well as support increased client and
family functioning, and ensure that each client receives services
that are sensitive to his/her cultural needs.  

The successful candidate will support comprehensive and ongoing
coordination of services received from various providers and ensure
effective communication and appropriate service delivery. In addition,
our case managers advocate for and support clients to ensure access
to community services. 

The Case Manager will effectively utilize the Agency's electronic
consumer software system. 

With roots dating back to 1874, CCC is one of Maine's oldest and most
comprehensive private, nonprofit family service agencies, making a
difference in the lives of more than 6,000 individuals and families
each year.  In addition to providing high quality family, individual
and group therapies to help children, adults and senior citizens from
all incomes and backgrounds, CCC offers a diverse array of programs.

CCC is a member of the Alliance for Children and Families, the
National Council for Community Behavioral Health, and is a United Way
Partner Agency.  The agency is accredited by the National Council on

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in Social Work
or a closely related field and a minimum of 1 year experience in
either psychology, behavioral health, social work, special education,
counseling, rehabilitation, or related field.  

Candidate must be fluent in American Sign Language.

If interested, please apply by Friday November 13, 2009.

Please submit letter of interest and resume to:

Kimberly Lefebvre
Employment Specialist
Maine Mental Health Partners
123 Andover Road
Westbrook, ME  04092

Fax:  207-761-2388


position opening
Instructor in Interpreter Preparation - American Sign Language/English
Northwestern CT Community College

Winsted, CT
10 Months, Tenure-Track Position

Starting Date: August 25, 2010

The ideal faculty candidate holds a Master's degree in Interpreting
for the Deaf, ASL, or related field. College teaching experience and
NIC/RID certification are preferred. Evidence of understanding
learning styles, curriculum development, overall computer literacy,
and awareness of pedagogical practices and trends that have an impact
on interpreter preparation also are preferred.  A demonstrated
understanding of the mission of the comprehensive community
college and its diverse student population is essential.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications as stated
are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and
experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this
position and by providing appropriate references. Exceptions to the
degree requirements may be made for compelling reasons.

Under the direction of the Academic Division Director
responsibilities include: teaching a range of interpreting and
lower level ASL courses, using various delivery systems, from
lecture to hybrid/online; evaluating student learning;
providing academic advising; assessing and revising individual and
program syllabi, materials, and instructional methods periodically;
plus outreach and recruitment for the program.

Other responsibilities include maintaining currency in teaching
techniques, participation in departmental and college-wide
committees, and campus service.

$46,316 approximate annual, plus excellent medical insurance,
retirement and related fringe benefits.

(Only complete application packages will be accepted for

- Letter of Intent
- Resume

- Typed Employment Application (available at )

- Unofficial Transcripts from each Degree-Granting Institution

- Three letters of recommendation relevant to this particular
position to:

You may email your application package to:

Or mail to:
Fran Almeida Pistilli
Director of Human Resources
Northwestern CT Community College
Park Place East,
Winsted, CT 06098 

Application materials must be RECEIVED on or before November
20, 2009

NCCC is an EEO/AA employer, M/F. Protected group members are
strongly encouraged to apply.

Visit our website at


position opening
Independent Living Advisor
Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc
Salisbury, Maryland

Full/Part Time

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc. is a growing organization
that promotes access to services and resources for residents of the
Eastern Shore of Maryland who are deaf or hard of hearing and
provides opportunities for full participation in all aspects of
community life.

Responsibilities: Provide training in independent living skills,
such as: teaching personal and household management, budgeting
skills, TTY training, accessing and utilizing communication
resources, medication administration and developing community

Requirements: Fluency in American Sign Language and written
English, High School degree required. Demonstrates competency
in independent living skills, Valid driver's license required
and good driving record. Flexibility in working hours required.

Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Pension, Life,
Vacation, sick and personal leave, Healthy Lifestyle Benefit

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume and three letters of
references to :          

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc.
Human Resources Department
806 Snow Hill Road
Salisbury, Maryland 21804

or fax to 410-543-4874.

Position is open until filled


Special notes:

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