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DeafDigest – 25 October 2009

DeafDigest Blue - October 25, 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:

- Today's homecoming day game

Gallaudet        37
Becker College         0

Gallaudet is now 4-4 for the season with two games remaining!

- Very Hot News

Linda Bove represented the deaf, at the
The Hollywood Disabilities Forum that took
place today. The issue, among the disabled,
the deaf, included is why Hollywood is not
hiring them for all jobs in the entertainment

- Sunday October 18th 

T. Alan Hurwitz was announced as the next president of
Gallaudet University.

- Monday October 19th

Replacing Hurwitz, for the time being, will be
James J. DeCaro. He was appointed as the
interim president of NTID. It is not a new
experience for him, for he has twice served
in that capacity. He begins interim work on
December 1st.

Said a source who requested anonymity:

He's a good choice for the interim as he knows how
the system works

- Tuesday October 20th

A cochlear implant for every deaf child in Ontario. And
that the Ontario government should pay for these
implants. These were the requests that the
VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children, an advocacy
group, have made.

- Wednesday October 21st

Gallaudet's mission has been completed. Up next is the
National Association of the Deaf. This organization
will be searching for the next CEO to replace the
retiring Nancy Bloch. A search committee has been
formed, headed by Kirsten Poston with
Melissa Draganac-Hawk assisting her. Filling out the
search group are six other individuals.

NTID will come up next as they will need someone to
replace T. Alan Hurwitz

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


Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

Sign Stage is lucky. It was reported in DeafDigest
a couple of weeks ago that an insider embezzled funds
from the deaf theatrical group. The embezzler's family
paid back the funds. 

Said the Cleveland-base Sign Stage officials:

The total was significant to the modestly funded
for-profit theater company



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   Few years ago, a leading character used ASL for a short
time on a TV program.
   Puzzled, DeafDigest editor researched the TV show on
the web site to find out why was the actor using ASL.
There was no real reason for it; there were no deaf characters
on the show; there was no deaf plot on the show; nothing at
all related to deafness.
   Why ASL? Sometimes scriptwriters would put it in the show
for no reason at all!

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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

   A deaf person drove his car to the car inspection
   After the inspections were done, the inspector
said something that was impossible to understand.
   The deaf person was concerned. He only wanted his
car to pass inspection. Was the inspector saying
   The deaf person was going to hand him a pen and
pad to ask him to write out what he was saying.
But just before he gave him the pen and pad, he read
the inspection report.
   It said:


   The deaf person immediately drove away, glad that
his car passed the inspection, but at the same time
was wondering if the inspector was really saying
something important?

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

   In many workplaces, we may need to know who has
the power to hire - the manager or the human
resources person?
   The manager normally has the power to hire, but
the one that screens out the application forms is
the human resources person.
   This being said, the human resources person would
often toss out applications from deaf job seekers that
the manager may probably want to hire.
   Happens everywhere. The classic example was a deaf
engineer who was rejected by the human resources
person. But the manager, whose son was deaf, found
out about it - and immediately hired the deaf

   Deaf historians Outsa Toura and Anu Savolainen,
both of Finland, researched the history of Deaf
Education in the late 19th century and came to
an interesting conclusion.
   It was that educators' goal was to teach deaf
language so that they could understand religion.
   Keep in mind the 1880 Milan Convention where
educators of deaf voted to endorse oral education
at the expense of sign language education.
   Adding both together the hope was for deaf children
to learn language orally in order to understand


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   Last week's DeafDigest mentioned Megan Jack, a
deaf medical student at the University of Manitoba
medical school.
   She would not be the first deaf doctor in
   There is one already in Toronto - Dr. Hartley
   Still, this leads to another question, is Dr
Bressler, the only deaf doctor in Canada?
   Again, do not know!

   Do we have newspaper writers that are deaf?
Right now, yes, there is a few. DeafDigest
found out about a deaf man writing for the
Lodi News Sentinel newspaper in California.
   There is a twist. There were a few other deaf
individuals that wrote articles for newspapers.
They did not major in journalism, nor did they
aspire to careers in the newspaper field.
   They were printers. But because the newspapers
have been laying off people left and right, the
few surviving printers were asked to write
   This is not a joke. DeafDigest editor personally
knows of at least two of them.


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

Just because numbers of deaf students are low compared
to students of other disabilities, does not mean
we do not need more counselors that know and
understand the needs of the deaf

(series to continue until it runs out)


hearing this remark:
I guess you really learn a lot for interpreting this session!

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


When I have worked at different events as a court reporter,
CART provider, or captioner, oftentimes people have
approached me who have never seen a steno machine up close. 

One of the first comments many people make when they see the
machine for the first time is that there are no letters on
the keys.  The tops of the keys are blank. They wonder how
we know which keys are which.

People who use the steno machine must memorize what all the keys
are.  There are 22 keys on the machine.  We use combinations of
letters to make other letters.  We don't depress one key at a
time like you would on a typewriter or computer keyboard, but
we stroke multiple keys at once, much like chords on a

Writing whole words and phrases in a single stroke is a very
important factor in being able to reach the high speeds
necessary to be court reporters, CART providers, and captioners


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There is no reason why a qualified deaf person could become
the project director - either at the field or at the
project headquarters. Yes, there is discrimination,
but some workplaces are less discriminatory than others!

(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
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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.


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As always, your comments regarding this newsletter or wine are welcome.  Enjoy!



Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

An issue surfaced on one of these interpreters' yahoogroups
was to how to deal with the Facebook. The big question is:

How does the personal use of this social media tool impact your
professional relationships with deaf/hard of hearing consumers?


The Deaf and the Law

If you are deaf and are poor and cannot afford an attorney,
could one be found?


1. Miranda Rights - only for criminal cases

2. Legal Aid - provided for civil and criminal cases; may reject
clients because of case overload or underfunding issues

3. New California Law (first one in USA) - the courts will grant
you an attorney in civil cases

Of course - getting an interpreter is another issue 


DeafADA Issue of the Week:

   If an informal meeting is scheduled on the
Capitol Hill to address ADA amendments, and if
only few congressmen show up, it is not a big
   These meetings are to iron out issues before
worse ones surface down the road.


The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

we are having a big game to die (today)


What became of?

T. Alan Hurwitz

- past

member of deaf softball team in St Louis as a young man

- present

president-select, Gallaudet University with "past" and
"present" details


News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

   A metro transit stop just a short walk away from
Gallaudet? A pipe dream? No, if developers have their
   A committee named "Save New York Avenue" has been
formed with one goal in mind - to erect a Metro stop
at the New York Avenue/Florida Avenue intersection.
That would be five blocks away from the Gallaudet
University campus.

(this project has reached reality; one can easily
take the Metro and a breezy 15 minute walk, one
is already on the Gallaudet campus)


News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

   For years we thought Dick Tracy's Wrist Radio was
pure fantasy. Not so any more, and we are now reading about
Swatch teaming up with Microsoft to come up with Wrist
Wireless Data Watches.
   Before we will know it, we will come up with Deaf Wrist
Paging Devices. Yes, the keyboard will be tiny, but in
the era of miniaturization, who cares!

(Deaf Wristwatch Pagers have not yet, if it would,
reached reality)


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

there have been cases of deaf parents refusing to place
their deaf children in classrooms taught by deaf teachers.

Yet, some of these deaf children end up as teachers of
the deaf when they grow up!


A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news:

One of your customers turns out to eventually grow to
become a famous person, and even delivers the commencement
address at your alma mater!


A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

Mom or Bob

can get pretty confusing at a family gathering when
mom is standing in one side of the room and Bob
is standing on the other side!

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

if you have lipreading tales, please share these with



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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
Spoken English Specialist  565495       11/04/2009
Food Service Supervisor    565667        10/30/2009
Educational Audiologist    565607        10/27/2009
Residential Advisor           565718       11/03/2009

(#) = 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. 



announcing an opening
Transition Assistant
American School for the Deaf
West Hartford, CT

Part-Time, 25 hr/wk

Under the supervision of the Coordinator of Student Transition
Services (STS) for the Career Academy and Transition
Services (CATS) Program, this High School position assists in
a variety of duties related to building students' work
experience in order to exit the school system and enter
adult life.         

(a) Supervises students in the Student Work Group during the school
day and in the Student Employment Program from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm,
Monday through Thursday.

(b) Receives work assignments from STS Coordinator, reviews
assignments, plans work accordingly, organizes, maintains and cares
for tools and supplies needed to carry out the work assignment.
Collaborates with Plant Operations, Custodial and Residential
Life staff.

High School diploma or equivalent certificate.  Preference given
to those with college related course work.  Good judgment,
flexibility and dependability.   Excellent American Sign
Language skills.   Some knowledge of career and vocational

Visit our website, to download an
application and review the entire job description.   All
resumes and letters of application may be submitted to:   

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

FAX (860) 570-1832


open positions
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, Massachusetts

The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Massachusetts is
growing and seeking qualified applicants for the following

- Middle School Supervising Teacher
- Educational Audiologist
- Classroom Aides
- ASL Specialist
- Residential Counselor - Girls Dorm
- Child Care Workers - Walden School
- Wraparound Family Partner - Walden School
- Educational Director - Walden School
- Preschool Special Needs Teacher of the Deaf - Randolph Campus

For more information about these positions and how to apply please go
to our web site at or send resume, cover letter
and 3 written letters of recommendations/references to:

Judi Broderick
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Personnel Office
848 Central Street
Framingham, MA 01701

The Learning Center for the Deaf's mission is to ensure that deaf
and hard of hearing students achieve their full potential in an
educational environment where language and communication are keys
to building competence, character and community.


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


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:                                                                                     



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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