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DeafDigest – 11 October 2009

DeafDigest Blue - October 11, 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:

- Sunday October 4th 

In Ontario, Canada leaders of a political party are thinking
of thwarting a deaf attorney from running for public office.
The story did not mention the name of the deaf attorney,
nor the name of the political party

- Monday October 5th

ground will be broken on the campus of Ohio School for the
Deaf this coming spring for construction of new buildings
with completion slated in summer of 2011

- Tuesday October 6th

IDEAS (Interagency Disability Educational Awareness Showcase),
during its conference, stressed the need for more assistive devices
to help the deaf. This group tries to enforce compliance with the
sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. 

- Wednesday October 7th

A new statue of Helen Keller has been unveiled at the
National Statuary Hall Collection on the Capitol

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


Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

   India is notorious for discriminating against the deaf;
there is much more to it than calling all the deaf people
as deaf and dumb or even deaf-mute.
   Anyway Maniram Sharma, who is deaf, wanted to work in
the Indian Administrative Service, which is the equivalent
to our civil service. He was not able to do so because
of his deafness. It did not matter that he holds a doctorate
in Political Science.
   He would not give up and after 15 years of fighting,
he was finally hired by the Indian Administrative Service!


Signing Gospel Concert 2009!
Friday, October 30, 2009; 7:30 pm 

Evangel Cathedral
13901 Central Ave.,
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

For more info:  email



The camp is designed for only forty-eight high school aged deaf
and hard of hearing youths of all ethnic/racial backgrounds

African-American, Latino, Asian, and (Native) American Indian,
bi-racial, multi-racial

Sponsored by National Deaf People of Color Council

June 13-27, 2010
Camp Taloali, in Stayton, Oregon

to see the flyer, click on:

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to apply as a camp worker:

For more information, contact:


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   Many service agencies serving the deaf have
job coaches.
   Why a job coach? To help the deaf person learn
at hearing workplace?
   Yes, but a more important reason is that hearing
employers refuse to hire the deaf, afraid of too many
problems with them
   This is why we have job coaches - to help the deaf
and also to help the hearing! 

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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


Wanna Earn 3.7 CEU's at one location?

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We are offering at least 2.5 CEU's or up to 3.7 CEU's at our
TERPexpo locations.

Announcing PETER COOK, our newest team member at TERPexpo!

He will be presenting "Narrative Development of Personal
Storytelling in ASL".

Other topics presented at TERPexpo: "Interpreting and SSP'ing
with Deaf Blind Consumers", "The Caller says What? VRS
Interpreting", & " Giving Regards to Broadway".

TERPexpo will have a TRI-Lingual Track sponsored by GraciasVRS

There's over 30 various topics available at TERPexpo for you
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a very enjoyable evening experience at a truly affordable cost


   About 10 years ago Missouri was broke. The
state government employees were told they could
not get Blackberry pagers.
   There was just one exception - the director of
Deaf Services for the Department of Mental Health
was allowed to have a Blackberry pager!
   Why? So, deaf patients that need counseling
could email the director!

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

   During the past Deaflympics, the Deaf Media
in USA was quick to report the results. DeafDigest
Sports was one of the American media outlets that
regularly reported the results of our Deaflympians.
   Not that so in South Africa. Deaf people in
South Africa were not informed on the performances
of their deaf athletes in the Deaflympics.
   Terence Parkin, the world's best deaf swimmer,
came home to South Africa with 7 gold medals. But
no one in South Africa knew about it!

   Could a human being be a perfect person?
Of course not.
   Could the next Gallaudet president be a perfect
person? No, because the next Gallaudet president is
still a human being, fraught with imperfections that
we all carry.
   Our four candidates have been analyzed, dissected
and poked with probes by a number of individuals,
continuously arguing and debating on their pros and
cons, strengths and weaknesses and all that.
   In the final analysis, whoever is selected as the
Gallaudet president will still be imperfect, just
like all of us.

   If you are driving through Bonita Springs in Florida
and are in the mood for a cold one, do stop at the
Trianon Hotel at the Promenade and go straight to the
  The bartender Tom Boyle is deaf. Said one of the bar

He's a good bartender because he's funny. He's a nice person.


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   Doctors and dentists, that graduated from medical and
dental schools at Columbia University around the middle
of 20th century, took classes in biochemistry.
   These classes were taught by Horace Gillespie. He
was deaf, been deaf all his life.
   When he passed away in 1983, the obit mentioned
nothing about his deafness!


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

the guidance counselors, for the most part, do not have
training in working with deaf students, and are forced
to assume what they are doing is right

(series to continue until it runs out)


being asked:

where can I learn sign language?

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


Some people think that the steno machine is just a
miniaturized typewriter keyboard, but it is not.  

There are 22 keys on the keyboard.  You can depress
more that one key at a time, much like chords on a
piano keyboard.  

You can write complete words with one stroke on the
keyboard. You use your left hand to depress initial
consonants, your thumbs to depress vowel keys, and
your right hand to depress final consonants.  

Because there are so few keys on the keyboard, you
use combinations of letters to make other letters. 

For example, on the left side of the keyboard where
you write your initial consonants, there is no letter N.
In order to write a word where you need a sound for the
letter N, you would need to depress the T, P, H keys at the
same time. 

As you can see, people using the steno machine must either
attend school or do some sort of home-study in order to
learn steno theory.


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My deafness is a challenge because I work with people of
different cultures and we must understand what we are
doing. By the time we all get used to each other, we
are moved to different jobs, thus starting the
communication process all over again!

(series to continue for a number of weeks)


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for Special Notes, please go to the bottom of the Gold section

................................................................  announcement


Persons who are Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing are
grossly underserved by both the physical health and the
behavioral health care system.  In many  cases, the patient
as well as the health care provider who may provide service
to them, is unaware of laws that mandate the provision of
accommodations in the health care setting so that all
persons have equal access to health related information.

A new web site called
was created by people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard
of hearing.  

Each month the topics discussed will change.

Please visit the site and let us know about topics that you
want to learn more about.


Hot DeafNews boring, but important!
   Michael S. Argenyi, a deaf medical student at Creighton
University, is upset that his requests for CART services
have been refused - and as a consequence, has filed a complaint
in Omaha Federal Court.


The Deaf and the Law


a deaf man, caught with marijuana, asked the court for leniency
because of his deafness

Court said no

same thing as a deaf person caught speeding, and begging out of
a ticket because of his deafness, gesturing and faking and all


DeafADA Issue of the Week:

Paperwork killing ADA?

A city, wanting to comply with the ADA on TTY
installations, interpreters, visual displays and
visual pagers, wrote up a 100-page contract.

Very easy for attorneys to play contract games,
and very easy for contractors to overlook small
details in the 100-page contract.

Very simple to just install the stuff that we need
instead of worrying, word for word, in the 100-page


The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

A Back (bacteria) was found in the city water


What became of?

Jermaine Bellamy

- past

hard hitting running back, Gallaudet University,
early nineties

- present

supervisor of facilities management at a
big shipyard, Newport News, VA with "past" and
"present" details


News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

   The newest recipient of the 1999 Preminger Award
for International Leadership is Yerker Andersson.
   This honor is bestowed by the People to People
Committee on Disability, which was founded by President
Eisenhower. Yerker joins a select company of luminaries
such as Henry Kissinger and Madeline Albright, among


News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

   Carrie Ann Lucas, not deaf, is an activist with
the disabled groups. She raised the issue of telephone
polling of this Presidential race, saying that pollsters
do not know what to do if they encounter a TTY machine.


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

   When a deaf traveler has logged over one million
miles plus with an airline, the airport personnel
should have pretty much have known who he is.
   Well, in the case of Bummy Burstein, Riverside, CA,
he is, from time to time, given a copy of safety
instructions by the flight hostess. Only that it is
in Braille!


A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news:

You live in a state that; fortunately, is not laying off state
workers and even has a balanced budget.


A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

family members named:

- Erik
- Karen
- Aaron

(these names look the same when you try to lipread)

if you have lipreading tales, please share these with



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Position Openings
The Learning Center for the Deaf & Walden School
Framingham, MA

-Middle School Supervising Teacher
The Learning Center for the Deaf

- Education Director
Walden School at The Learning Center for the Deaf.

Competitive salary, full range of benefits.  

For more information on the positions listed above visit our
web site at

Please send resume, cover letter and 3 references to:

Lynn Marshall
The Learning Center for the Deaf
848 Central Street
Framingham, MA 01701
Fax: 508/875-9203


position opening
Family Partner
Walden School at The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

Definition: The Family Partner works in the community support
Wraparound program.  She/he is responsible for support and advocacy
to parents/caregivers, providing some direct services and helping
families identify strengths, needs and access community resources.

Requirements:   The candidate should have experience providing
supportive services to families or to individuals with emotional or
behavioral disturbance, preferably as a caregiver. ASL skills and
bicultural competency are required. Bachelor's degree preferred but
not necessary.  The Family Partner must be able to work
collaboratively with a team and possess effective interpersonal and
communication skills. Time flexibility and some availability during
evening/weekend hours is required as is a valid Massachusetts
drivers' license.

Send Resume, cover letter and references to:
Lynn Marshall
The Learning Center for the Deaf
8484 Central Street
Framingham, MA 01701


Job Opportunity
Residential Counselor for Girls Dorm
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

Residential Counselor for Girls Dorm

Residential Counselor will provide leadership to residential
students to develop, implement and monitor all residential
activities, which support residential students' social, physical,
intellectual, communication and emotional development.

Requirements:   BA/BS degree in Human Services or equivalent
preferred. High School diploma with 2 years of experience in
residential setting or supervisory level may be equivalent. Fluent in
American Sign Language. Ability to communicate and work effectively
as part of a team. Knowledge of issues and priorities important to
the students' needs in residential program preferred. Competency in
Microsoft Office software programs. Willingness to work a varied
schedule. MA Driver License must be secured and in good standings.
Experience and skill in developing, implementing and/or planning
activities for residential students.   Reports to Peter Bailey,
Director of Student Life.

Send Resume, cover letter and references to:
Lynn Marshall
The Learning Center for the Deaf
8484 Central Street
Framingham, MA 01701


open positions
Austine School for the Deaf/ Vermont Center for the Deaf and
Hard of Hearing
various locations in Vermont

- Education Interpreter - 2 positions available, separate
locations; Bennington VT & Brattleboro  VT

Fluency in ASL required

RID certification preferred.

Successful completion of Interpreter training Program preferred

- Client Support Specialist For ACCESS

Access is a community based employment program for  Deaf & Hard of
Hearing individuals. Two openings for this part time position - 10 hrs

a week-short term to cover maternity leave. Anticipated for 3 months
starting in December 2009. Brattleboro, VT

H S diploma required

Experience with deafness & Deaf Culture

Valid driver's license & personal car required.

Must be flexible-some evening work may be required

- Director of Alternative Programs

Full time  in Brattleboro VT

VT State Adm. License

Masters Degree of Deaf Education or related field

Minimum of 5 yrs. Of teaching &  Adm. Experience

Proficiency in ASL

Please send letter of interest & resume to Kelly Therieau at


announcing an opening for
Elementary School Teacher - temporary
The American School for the Deaf
West Hartford, CT

The American School for the Deaf (ASD) is located on a 54 acre
campus in West Hartford, Connecticut.  

It is a residential and day program operating as a state-aided
private school.  It was established in 1817 as the first
permanent school for the deaf in America.  

(a) Instructs deaf/hearing-impaired students in academic/life

(b) Evaluates student performance, provides feedback as needed

(c) Prepares reports, IEP's, parent letters, lesson plans and
other reports as needed.   

(d) Maintains appropriate classroom management and environment  

(e) Participates in departmental, school-wide committee work,
curriculum work.

Master's Degree in Education of the Deaf, appropriate State of
CT Teacher Certification.  SCPI Level of Intermediate Plus.
Good judgment.  Ability to work in a collaborative team
setting.  Ability to work flexible hours when needed.
Bachelor's Degree in Deaf Education or Special Education will
be considered.

Send resume and letter of application to:   

Human Resources Office
American School for the Deaf
139 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT  06107-1269

FAX (860) 570-1832

The American School for the Deaf is an Equal Opportunity
Employer: M/F/V/H/D.


employment opportunity - available now
Elementary Teacher
Las Vegas Charter School of the Deaf
Las Vegas, NV

Required credentials:
Send an application, current resume, letters of recommendation
and copies of transcripts

Minimum qualifications:
- Bachelor's Degree, preferably Master's Degree in Deaf Education

- Experience teaching and working with Deaf and hard of hearing

- Proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) at the advanced skill

Major duties and responsibilities:
- Performs work associated with standards-based student instruction;
prepares lesson plans and develops input for the Individualized
Education Plan (IEP).

- Demonstrates knowledge and skill in the areas of assessments,
progress monitoring, behavior management, and curriculum

- Participates in activities related to staff development and

To obtain information: Please contact Cathy Bennett, Director at


open position
Computer Integrated Machining Technology (CIMT)
Instructional/Support Faculty
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology                                                   

Bachelor's degree in Technical/Industrial Education or
related field. 

Sign language proficiency.

Secondary or post-secondary teaching; industry experience.

Review of applications begins: November 13, 2009
This position is subject to available funding
For more details and to apply on line please go to:                                                                                     



Seeking Applicants For
Full-time Web Developer
Rochester Institute of Technology
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester, NY

(professional staff position)

The RIT/NTID Marketing Communications department seeks a full-time
Web developer to create online marketing content and applications 

- Bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology,
new media or related field

- Two to three years experience in Web design and development 

- Strong PHP programming skills

- Experience building database-driven websites with semantic,
standards-based XHTML and CSS

For a detailed job description and to apply, visit the RIT Career Zone
at and enter IRC31727
or select National Technical Institute for the Deaf in the
College/Division section. 

Review of applicants will continue until position is filled.

All applicants must apply online.

We are seeking individuals who are committed to contributing to
RIT's core values, honor code and statement of diversity. 

People who are deaf or hard of hearing are strongly encouraged
to apply. 

For more information about RIT/NTID, visit http?// 


Job Announcement
Job Title:  Executive Director
Employer:   Southwest Washington Center of the Deaf and Hard of
            Hearing, Inc. (SWCDHH)
Vancouver, Washington

Job Description:

These responsibilities include management of personnel and
services: implementation of Board policies; communication with the
public, Board and community; program development; fundraising; data
collection and fulfilling state reporting requirements; and direct
client services to provide mentoring, advocacy, community access, and
information and referral.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Knowledge and Abilities Desired:
- Thorough familiarity with the American Deaf culture and issues
facing Deaf and Deaf-Blind consumers is required.

- Full knowledge of the special needs and issues of those who are
Hard of Hearing.

- An understanding of the current issues related to Deaf,
Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing consumers accessing public and social
services, in addition to familiarity with laws and regulations
pertaining to Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing consumers.

- Demonstrated knowledge of budgeting concepts and practices,
knowledge of personnel management practices and knowledge of the
social service delivery system.

- Proven ability/skills with grant writing.

Minimum Qualifications/Required Skills:
- A Bachelor's degree in Social Services, Counseling,
Psychology, or a related field; a Master's degree is preferred

- Experience in providing social services to the Deaf, Deaf-Blind
and Hard of Hearing (3 years) with supervisory experience (1 year)

- Fluency in American Sign Language

- Good communication skills including presentations and report

Salary and benefits based upon qualifications and experience.

SWCDHH is an equal opportunity employer; people with disabilities
and minorities are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY:  Please submit cover letter, resume, and list of 3
professional references by regular mail or email.

Deadline:  October 15, 2009


ATTN: Search Committee - Executive Committee
PO Box 871268
Vancouver, WA 98687


For more information, contact John Burke (Board Chairman) 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:

(located at the bottom of the Gold section)