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DeafDigest – 04 October 2009

DeafDigest Blue - October 4, 2009

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor - updated every Monday

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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 September 27th 
   A CI manufacturer is partly financing certain
eye operations to help the blind to see, according
to comments by the National Eye Institute.

- Monday September 28th 
   Being prompted by a lawsuit, Ohio State University
has agreed to caption its football stadium scoreboard
and stadium TV sets. It is not known what will become
of the lawsuit that was already filed.

- Tuesday September 29th 
   Kansas School for the Deaf has been asked by the
state to reduce costs so that it can continue to

- Wednesday September 30th 
   In a courtroom in Maldives, a small island nation
near India, the judge decided against awarding the
parents $550,000 in damages. The lawsuit was filed
because of daughter's deafness as a result of
antibiotic injections.

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


DeafDigest dedicates these individuals that departed us:

- Tom O. Berg
   He was a legendary track and field coach at Gallaudet
University and with USA Deaflympics team. He touched
many lives and influenced many people during his long
coaching career.
   His obituary is at:

- Francis Burton
   Living in Washington, DC, he was the rare
interpreter that made the Deaf Community the
focus of his social life.
   He started out his interpreting career as a
free lancer before moving on to the DC Courts
System interpreting office.


Gallaudet football

Gallaudet        10
Husson                 7

now 3-2 for the season

Husson was leading 7-3 when Gallaudet scored the winning touchdown
with 1:47 remaining in the game; the game winning drive was generated
by a Husson mid-field fumble that Gallaudet pounced on.

Husson defeated Gallaudet 49-0 last season, hence today's win is a
52-point turnaround, one of the biggest in Gallaudet's football history


Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

   A clarification regarding HR 3200 and the
CI is in order.
   According to a law office employee: 

HR 3200 requires coverage for CI for children up to
age of 21. If the parent makes the CI decision, the
insurance company has to provide coverage. 

   The bill, in its full text. is at:


Gallaudet presidential search:

Four finalists (Hurwitz, Rosen, Stern and Weiner)
have toured the campus and went through the
interviewing and presentation processes. 

To take a look at their presentations, click on:


Mill Neck Family's Fall Harvest Festival
October 10 & 11; 9 am to 5 pm
Mill Neck, NY

Mill Neck Family's Fall Harvest Festival annually brings the 
best of the autumn season to Long Island. 

This year's Festival, to be held on October 10 and 11 from 
9 am to 5 pm, at 40 Frost Mill Rd. in Mill Neck, NY,
will be better than ever. 

Also known as the Apple Fest, the event features a wide 
variety of apples, crafts, grilled bratwurst, a Cheese House, 
baked goods, fudge and strudels, a full-line of famous 
Karl Ehmer wurst and bacon products, a "Gourmet Shop", 
apple cider, a popular children's activities area and more. 

In addition, visitors can also participate in a successful 
50/50 Raffle. Tickets are $10 each, and the winner receives 
half of all money collected. 

Last year's winner took home over $10,000! 

There will also be opportunities to learn about the Deaf, 
Mill Neck Manor's School and its services. 

The Festival showcases the latest in Deaf technology, sign 
language novelty items and books. For more information, 


Deaf Group Home

at La Familia, near Albuquerque, NM
Deaf Group Home

at La Familia, near Albuquerque, NM

for Deaf Youth

- education support services
- clinical services
- job skills training
- employment support
- life skills training
- school to work transition planning
- community involvement
- recreational outings & entertainment

for more information, email

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Attention - Deaf and Hearing Poker Players
The 5th Annual Las Vegas World Deaf Poker Tournament

Saturday, October 10, 2009, 10 am, at the world's famous and 
historical Binion's Gambling Hall. 

The popular "no limit, Texas hold'em" will be played. 

Hearing players are invited.
Binion's Gambling Hall is known to be the first to host the 
World Series of Poker. They have two floors of poker
tables which indicates they are the best in what they do. 

They have installed up to date TV monitors and other features 
to make this tournament a dream.
Ask any of the previous players and fans from the past 4 years 
how they enjoyed the experience. They will tell you how exciting 
it was.
This year will be better. For example, based on 300 entries, 
1st place winner will receive $27,000.
Las Vegas is designated as the Poker Capital of the world. There 
is no place in the world like it.
Southern Nevada Silver Knights is a non-profit 501 c-3 
organization and all of the volunteers are serving without

All net proceeds will go to charities to provide aid and welfare 
to the deaf communities in need.
To access our web site for registrations, etc, go to
Doors will be open for pre-paid and on site payments and 
registration on Friday at 6 pm and Saturday at 6 am.

Tournament will start at 10 am Saturday, October 10, 2009.
We are looking forward to see all of you in Las Vegas for 
many exciting poker experiences


   Opium, marijuana and heroin are illegal drugs. Yet, many
years ago, some doctors thought some of these illegal drugs
could help cure deafness!

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


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

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It is our goal to provide QUALITY workshops, exhibit hall and 
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   We think deaf school superintendents should have
majored in Deaf Education, with MA and doctorates.
   Not always. We have had superintendents that were:

- clergyman
- banker
- engineer
- supermarket manager

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   Marlee Matlin is the rare deaf performer that has
had a few speaking roles.
   Yet, it did not stop a newspaper in Spain from describing
her like as follows:

Also in 1986, the deaf and dumb actress Marlee Matlin won an 
Oscar for her role in Randa Haines' Hijos de un Dios menor
('children of a lesser God')

   Deaf and dumb? If a person has a speaking role then
that person is not dumb (meaning cannot talk at all).
   Maybe that writer in that newspaper is dumb
(meaning just plainly stupid).

   History buffs may be interested in the early pictures
of life in Utah, way back in the 19th century.
   Many of these pictures were taken by Elfie Huntington.
She was deaf!


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   A writer from India wrote:

The Deaf see themselves as a socio-ethnic minority, with a 
fractured past but with a history and culture they are proud of
   A socio-ethnic minority? Possibly and probably so.
A history and culture we, the deaf, are proud of? Possibly
and probably so?
   But a fractured past? The dictionary defines fractured
as something broken. Is our past something that is broken?
   DeafDigest does not think so, hence he is pointing his
finger at the writer from India for making a dangerous
   That writer is Nandini Hebbar.

   Last week DeafDigest mentioned Capitol One Bank
refusing to accept the identity of a deaf person even
when it was verified by a local banking officer.
   A DeafDigest subscriber said that he was not able
to get Wells Fargo to validate his new credit card.
The bank insisted the deaf person use a TTY machine
even when he no longer has it.
   He simply got even. He used his home town family
connections with a local bank to open a new
account. The local bank even accepted his relay calls
to discuss further banking business.
   Big Fargo Wells's loss; little local bank's gain.


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

While we have many counselors that work with the deaf,
they are supervised by their superiors - but unfortunately
these supervisors focus on curriculum as opposed to
individual guidance

(series to continue until it runs out)


being asked:

how long did it take you to learn sign language?

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


Although captioners and CART providers use steno machines 
that have computers built in to record their steno
strokes, they also send these steno strokes to a laptop 
or desktop computer which translates the steno strokes
into text.  

These captioners and CART providers have their computer 
dictionaries loaded in special software programs on their 
laptop or desktop computers.

Many of the steno machines nowadays offer a small screen 
where the captioner or CART provider can see translations
of the steno notes, but as far as getting those steno 
strokes into a form that can be sent to an encoder or
displayed on a CART screen, a laptop or desktop computer 
is generally necessary.  

There are special software programs that hold "dictionaries" 
that the captioners have created which tell the computer 
how to translate each steno stroke that is written.  

These programs are loaded on the laptop or desktop computer, 
and the steno machine is hooked up either via a cable or 
wirelessly to communicate with that computer.


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My workplace is no longer All-American, meaning American
citizens only. I need to work with hearing people of different
nationalities as a team. And that means a lot of gesturing
to get points across.

(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!

   An article in the American Journal of Human
Genetics said that several hundred genes may
cause deafness.
   DeafDigest is not surprised. Hardly a month
goes by with a new gene that is said to cause
deafness - so adding all these up may lead to
several hundreds!


The Deaf and the Law

Washington, DC

a deaf SSA employee filed a job discrimination
case after being bypassed for better employment

SSA lost and had to pay a 6-digit settlement fee
plus legal fees

not surprised; many deaf employees are unhappy
working at SSA


DeafADA Issue of the Week:

(a reprint)

   We have our ADA. Is the Supreme Court above it? Probably,
according to one deaf attorney for a private law firm.
   He said "The ADA does not apply to federal courts on
the argument that the Congress cannot tell the federal
judiciary what to do and vice versa."
   Still continuing, the attorney said "the courts are
not accessible to the deaf; they refuse to allow sign
language interpreting or captioning for Court proceedings.
The one exception was when one deaf attorney needed
captions to argue one case (Rowley). We're pretty much
out of luck as far as accommodations are concerned
even though court decisions may affect us for years to come."


The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

the Ravens' wide receiver Mark De Layton (Clayton)
ran a pass pattern


What became of?

Scott Krepel; he is deaf

- past

graduated from Purdue University with a degree in
nuclear engineering

- present

- Nuclear Engineer, Tennessee Valley Authority with "past" and
"present" details


News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

   There is a flap going on at a high school in Vermont.
The school is producing a play but with a cruel irony!
   The play focuses around a deaf character but the
school casting director has chosen a hearing student
to play the role - while asking the deaf student to
serve as the "consultant". The school said "it is a
commitment for the deaf person to help the hearing boy
to learn sign language."
   Naturally the interpreter and the deaf student are
up in arms.


News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

   We, the Deaf Americans, suffer our daily dosages of
Captioning Bloopers. But we remain grateful that our
captioners are committed to perfection in their trade,
never mind that a blooper here and there may slip in.
   Not that so in India. Said one Indian captioner:

The market is still growing. The existing team of
directors, translators etc are self-taught who have
bettered their art over the years of experience. We
don?t have a professional or government body that
offers training programs


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

We have established organizations for the deaf that
have been around for a long time. Examples are the
NAD, AgBell, TDI, etc.

We have been seeing many, many new organizations.

It seems when there is an issue that a group of
deaf individuals cannot agree on, a group would
split away from an established deaf organization
to create a new deaf organization.

Asked an old timer:

why cannot we all try to fix the issue instead of
seeing a break-away group setting up a new organization?


A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news:

You receive an award for the most successful case closures 
in your state, to go with your large bonus check.


A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

Do you have time?

Do you have dime?

(both words look the same when you try to lipread)

if you have lipreading tales, please share these with



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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.  
PRIMARY DUTIES                                             
(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.


Project Coordinator, Statewide Behavioral Health Systems
Development for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Coloradans
Mental Health Center of Denver
The Center of Excellence for Mental Health Care
Denver, CO


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 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            565220     09/28/2009             
Residential Adviser Intermittent (2) 565218 &   09/28/2009

 (#) = number of jobs 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:   

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. 



Job Announcements
The Mill Neck Manor Family of Organizations
Mill Neck, NY

The Mill Neck Manor Family of Organizations provides services to 
people who are Deaf and/or communicatively impaired in the areas of 
education, employment, and ministry.  We are seeking bright, energetic 
professionals to become part of our team.  We are an equal opportunity 

The following positions are available:

- Physical Therapist
Leave Replacement
Position Available, 9/8/09 to 1/29/10

Candidate must possess a valid Physical Therapist License from the 
State of New York, Excellent communication skills, proven ability to 
work as part of a team. Knowledge of Sign Language a plus. Candidate 
will plan, organize, and conduct physical therapy in a school setting 
to facilitate development and rehabilitation with school-age children.

- School Psychologist P/T (Three days per week)

Part time position available.  Candidate must possess a MA degree in 
School Psychology and hold certification.  Prior experience in 
testing pre-school to high-school children.  Excellent writing skills 
and proven ability to work as part of a team.  Knowledge of American 
Sign Language a plus.

- Art Teacher

Candidate must possess a MA in Special Education or Deaf Education, 
Certification in Art, excellent communication skills, and fluency in 
American Sign Language.  Successful prior experience working in a 
school setting a plus.  

- Employment Consultant/Job Coach

Mill Neck Services is looking for qualified full-time/part-time job 
coaches to provide supportive employment services for multiply 
disabled deaf adults.  Work with clients through all phases of job 
search through on-the-job training.  Must be fluent in American Sign 
Language.  Provide case management services as needed.  Assumes 
responsibility for consumer files, maintaining appropriate records, 
and relevant materials. Communicate with employers and other parties 
on an as-needed basis. Candidate must possess at least an AA/AS 
degree. Fluency in American Sign Language required. Valid driver's 
license and dependable car needed.

- Part Time Rehabilitation Workers

Provide one-on-one training to Deaf, developmentally disabled adults.  
Responsibilities include working on individualized goals with the 
consumer in his/her community; writing brief case notes describing 
habilitation contacts and attending trainings as required.  All 
contacts are generally in the evening or on weekends.  Some college 
desirable. Driver's license and dependable car a must.

Please send resume and letter of intent to:        

Kathleen Lagalante
Mill Neck Manor Family of Organizations 
Frost Mill Road, 
P.O. Box 12 
Mill Neck, N.Y.  11765

Or fax to: (516) 922-0093


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


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