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DeafDigest – 14 December 2009

DeafDigest Gold - December 13, 2009

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The firm has played leading roles in national and local litigations
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Our law firm is expanding its litigation against the California-based
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The DeafDigest is divided into Blue and Gold sections, both
ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the
Gold section.


weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at: (updated every Monday)


Hot Deaf News during the week:

- Very Hot News 

The teachers at Florida School for the Deaf and the
Florida Education Association are in agreement - in that
they both disagree! The issue is longevity pay, whereas
other sticking issues have been resolved. As a result,
mediation may be the way to go. But if the decision 
by the special magistrate displeases either party, then
the state legislative body may have to step in and
render a binding decision.

- Thursday December 10th 

Is Target Field, the home park of the Minnesota Twins
baseball team, the most deaf-accessible venue in
USA? In a press release, it was announced that:

- some walk-in ticket windows are hearing aid

- ticket sellers' faces are fully visible for the
benefit of lipreaders at all walk-in ticket windows

- all seats, even the worst in the house, have clear
sightlines to the captioning boards (no more neck

- Friday December 11th

   When Winter Olympics comes up in February, do keep
your eye on the Canadian national women's hockey
team. One of the players - Meghan Agosta - is
deaf. She took leave from her classes at Mercyhurst
University (PA) to train full time with the women's
hockey team.

- Saturday December 12th

   Teletext is officially dead in Great Britain. Way
back in the early eighties, the American deaf community 
leaders were split on which closed captioning system to
endorse - Line 21 or the Teletext. Line 21 only offered
captions whereas Teletext was like a Swiss Army knife -
many "tools", one of which was closed captioning. The
ABC network favored Line 21; NBC was neutral; CBS
was anti-Line 21, pro-Teletext. Line 21 eventually won
and Teletext died in USA. But it continued in Great
Britain for many years until it died just recently.

(please go back to the Blue edition for the Sunday-Wednesday 
Hot Deaf News)


Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

Our Matt Hamill was pummeled last week by opponent Jon Jones in a
series of illegal blows in the Ultimate Fighter encounter. The
referee disqualified Jones, making Hamill the winner. Jones
accepted and acknowledged his illegal blows. Few days later, he
had second thoughts and has formally appealed his disqualification!


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   We have many deaf and hard of hearing magicians.
The deaf magicians perform their tricks without music.
The hard of hearing (and hearing) magicians perform
with music.
   A deaf magician was disqualified in a contest because
the judges thought he was using music to help him with
his acts. They thought he was hearing, and faking his
deafness to help him win the contest.

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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

    Past Gallaudet president Edward Miner Gallaudet
was fluent in sign language. But it was an old
fashioned sign language that is not used today.
There is a film of him using that sign language.
    Would ASL and Deaf Studies students be able
to watch the film and understand Dr. Gallaudet's

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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

   A DeafDigest subscriber checked into a Washington, DC
hotel, and upon entering her room, she saw message
light blinking on the telephone.
   She then went to the front desk to ask someone to
retrieve the message.
   The front desk person wrote down the instructions:

press 9
press 1

   Is it possible that a hotel clerk would be so
clueless to the guest's deafness and the uselessness
of the room telephone? 

   The story in a Rochester newspaper pretty much sums up the
background on Alan Hurwitz, who will be Gallaudet's next
   The story is at:

   No newspaper story is 100 percent accurately written, but the
gist is it is very, very reasonably accurate.
   Two things regarding the story; Alan loves football but never
played this sport while growing up. And the story failed to mention
that wife Vicki was instrumental in founding the Advocacy Services for 
Abused Deaf Victims (ASADV) in the Rochester area.
   And regarding these deafened war veterans, Gallaudet had two deafened
Vietnam war veterans during the late sixties that contributed greatly 
to the baseball and football teams!

   The deaf community rallied against Michigan State University's
decision to drop the Deaf Education program.
   The newspaper story on the rally said:

MSU takes no action on deaf program

   DeafDigest is trying to figure out what the headline
is implying. Is it implying that the MSU president decided
to leave the Deaf Program as is? Or is it implying that
the MSU president has decided to let the decision to drop
the program stand as is?
   This headline is perplexing and confusing. Only time
will tell.

   There was a story in a newspaper of a deaf man
winning an Outstanding Employee award. The employer,
the employment placement specialist, the job coach,
the fellow employees and the customers were all
equally awed by that efficient deaf employee.
   The person less impressed with these praises
was the deaf employee himself. He was only doing
his job in the best way he could.
   Would these same people be all equally awed
by that efficient hearing employee? Probably
not because the public takes it for granted
that the hearing employee is supposed to be
   But when a deaf employee is efficient,
everyone is surprised!

   DeafDigest said that there is no special helmet for
a CI user and that he needs to take off the implant
when playing football.
   A DeafDigest subscriber did not agree. Football
is a violent sport. Concussions in football has become
a serious medical issue. The world's best football
helmet will not protect a healthy football player from
getting a concussion. 
   This being said, the world's best football helmet
will not accommodate a CI on the football field.
In other words, take it off when playing football.
   The Washington Redskins once had a special radio
helmet to accommodate a player that was deaf in one

   We have many, many organizations, both national and
local, that serve deaf and hard of hearing people.
   One such organization is:

National Cued Speech Association 

   The web site is at:

(new series)


I am not interested


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Single Sided Deafness

It is the same as deaf in one ear. The need to turn
their better ear towards the voice so that they could
function as hearing individuals


Interpreters and ASL & ITP Students and Teachers Deserve More from 
a Conference

Hi ... We are the 31st World's Largest Silent Weekend

The venue for the June 24-27, 2010 event will handle 700-1000
participants and include a medical interpreting track. Novice,
beginning, intermediate and advanced ASL and ITP students, as
well as interpreters (CEUs offered) will have around 150 hours
of seminars to choose from.

The 31st Silent Weekend is at the Florida Hotel at the Florida
Mall in Orlando with its huge food court allowing you to have
a complete meal for $5.99 instead of paying $20-30 at other
conferences' hotel prices.  The room costs are even lower
next year ... just $105 with free parking and unlimited free

Students, teachers and interpreters seeking to improve their 
skills can bring family members and they can take novice sign
language classes!  Many of our current interpreters started out 
as novice ASL students at the Silent Weekend!

There are simply no other local, regional or national conferences
offering you so many hours of classes as inexpensively as the
Silent Weekends. Just check them out and register at

Sign language DVDs are available online at -

A DVD "When 'Duck' is not Enough"
to show you how to represent inanimate objects is now available

Join us for the 9th Florida/Alaska Motorcycle Benefit Run to help 
deaf babies!  This is the world's longest group motorcycle benefit 
run.  Some people are planning to fly to Calgary, Alberta and rent 
cars and follow us to and from Alaska and enjoy bed and breakfast 

See for updates and photos.

These trips will take place every year so why not make plans
to join us now in July 17, 2010?

Please browse our selection of signing greeting cards at:


Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

   The Department of Justice reached agreement with
Atlanta to make sure the city is in compliance with the
ADA regulations to make the quality of life easier for
the disabled, the deaf included.


DeafLibrary Page of the Week

The moon is full of craters. These craters are named after
people, who were famous for one thing or another years

We currently have six craters on moon named after the deaf.

Who are these deaf people that the craters are named after?

Do click on

(on a rotating basis, a different DeafLibrary Page topic 
will be featured every week) 


Deaf Picture of the Week:

Brad Minns, deaf model


Question of the week:

Q. I understand that we have world deaf rugby group called
International Deaf Rugby Organization. It is not affiliated
with the International Sports Organization of the Deaf (CISS).

A. the rugby group allows mildly and moderately deaf rugby
players whereas the CISS eligibility is 55dB in the better

send your questions to

the most interesting questions may be answered
in future DeafDigest editions. Thank you.


Wish List of the Week:

that hearing people stop covering their mouths
when speaking with each other, thinking we, the
deaf, are superlipreaders.


DeafHistory - Looking Back:

Year 1880 - a newspaper headline ran like this:

Deafness is practically abolished

It was written up by a newspaper reporter after
observing deaf children's speaking skills at an
oral school. This story came up before the Milan
Convention which wanted sign language banned from
schools for the deaf anywhere in the world!


Deaf and the Money:

$3,000 for 4 nights ($750.00 each)
at the hotel on the Gallaudet campus!

Yes, only during the Obama inauguration
week last January.

Rates went back to normal once inauguration


DeafNumbers of the Week:


number of deaf delegates at the recently held Jehovah's Witnesses
convention at Ghana


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Faculty positions open
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

All positions contingent on funding

For detailed job descriptions, go to: 
or contact

Send letter of application, vitae, official graduate 
transcripts, and three letters of reference as indicated 
in job description.

Gallaudet University serves deaf, hard of hearing, and 
hearing students from many different backgrounds and 
seeks to develop a workforce that reflects the diversity 
of its student body.  Gallaudet is an equal employment 
opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively 
encourages deaf, hard of hearing, members of traditionally 
underrepresented groups, people with disabilities, women, 
and veterans to apply for open positions.


applications accepted
on campus of Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

The two Clerc Center schools, the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School 
(KDES) and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) are located on 
the beautiful 100-acre campus of Gallaudet University, in our nation's 

We are recruiting for content area teachers and are accepting 
applications at this time. Our content areas are: 


To learn more about the above positions at Clerc Center, please go to 
our website and click on 
Clerc Center Teachers and see job advertisement for details.

If interested for any of these position, submit a letter of interest, a 
completed Gallaudet University Application Form, an up-to-date resume, 
copies of all valid licenses to teach (if you possess any), official 
college transcripts (undergraduate, graduate and PhD degrees), three (3) 
current and signed letters of recommendation (from supervisors who know 
about your teaching ability) to Clerc Center Human Resources at the 
following address:
Clerc Center Human Resources
Gallaudet University - KDES room 3201
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002 
202-651-5264 (V)
866-970-4252 (VP)
202-651-5457 (FAX)

Gallaudet University Application Form link:

EEO Statement: Gallaudet University serves deaf and hard of hearing 
students from many different backgrounds and seeks to develop a 
workforce that reflects the diversity of its student body. Gallaudet 
is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and 
actively encourages deaf, hard of hearing, members of traditionally 
underrepresented groups, people with disabilities, women and veterans 
to apply for open positions.


We are recruiting for these positions
- Content Specialist
- Manager, Early Intervention and Cochlear Implant Education Center
- Manager, Educational Planning Office
- Manager, Institutional Compliance
- Manager, Planning and Organizational Development
- Student Support Specialist
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC 20002
Please apply if you are interested in any of these positions. 

To apply, mail a resume and Gallaudet University job application 
form to: 

Gallaudet University 
Personnel Office
College Hall- Room 106
800 Florida Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002

Or Fax resume and Gallaudet University Employment job application to: 

Email address:

Any questions regarding to these positions, contact Personnel office 
at 202-651-5352

**For details on these vacancies, please click on this link:

Locate "Job Listing", click on "Professional Staff", and then click 
on specific position you are interested in.

Gallaudet University is an equal opportunity employer/educational 
institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, 
national origin, religion, age, hearing status, disability, covered 
veteran status, marital status, personal appearance, gender orientation, 
family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, source 
of income, place of business or residence, pregnancy, childbirth, or 
any other unlawful basis.  

Employees and recruiting sources are encouraged to refer qualified 
individuals from protected classes for available positions.  

Individuals who may have inquiries regarding the University's policy 
and procedures or who may wish to file a complaint should contact the 
University's EEO Office, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, 
Washington DC 20002-3695, 202-651-5075.


position announcement
American Sign Language/Deaf Studies Instructor (Fall 2010)   
College of Southern Nevada
Las Vegas metropolitan area

College of Southern Nevada recognizes that embracing diversity maximizes 
faculty and staff contribution to our goals and provides the best 
opportunity for student achievement. CSN is an equal 
opportunity/affirmative action employer. CSN is responsive to serving the 
educational needs of a diverse and ever-changing community. 
CSN employs only U.S. citizens and aliens authorized to work in the U.S. 

Job description:
1. Teach ASL courses (all levels) 

2. Teach courses within the Deaf Studies Program degree including Deaf 
Culture, Deaf History, Structure of ASL, and new courses that might be 
added to the existing program. 

3. Develop syllabi, course outlines, curriculum, assessment plans and 
reports for all courses. 

4. Evaluate student outcomes 

5. Assess students' language competency levels. 

6. Provide student advisement and recruitment services 

7. Participate in program/division meetings 

8. Serve on department and college committees 

9. Travel to multi campus locations possibly on a day, evening or weekend 

10. Mentor adjunct faculty within the Deaf Studies Unit   

Note: Application review will begin on January 16, 2010. For full 
consideration, all application materials must be received no later than 
January 15, 2010. 

Required qualifications:
1. Bachelor's Degree: preferably in Deafness and/or ASL from a regionally 
accredited College or University. 

2. ASLTA qualifications   

Preferred qualifications:
1. Master's Degree from a regionally accredited College or University: 
preferably in Deaf Studies/ASL or a related field 

2. A minimum of 2 years of experience in a post-secondary setting. 

3. ASLTA certification or RID certification 

4. Additional Skills: experience with interactive lab instruction; 
experience with technology specific to Deaf individuals. 

Quick link:   


position openings
Deaf Services Center
Glenside, PA

Deaf Services Center (DSC) is a dynamic team of behavioral health
professionals serving Deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. 
We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf centered with
about 85% of our staff being Deaf or hard of hearing.  Our staff
environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support.  As a
result, we are rapidly growing with new programs and expansions of
our existing programs.  Whether you are a high school graduate,
recent college graduate or have many years experience in the field of
human services we have a career building position waiting for you! 

DSC is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who
are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf
Culture and the Deaf Community to fill the following positions:

with a proven background working with quality improvement and system
integration activities which includes: developing, implementing and
monitoring PI initiatives & quality control activities of program
regulations such as CARF standards to ensure high standards are being
met. Responsible to monitor, collect, input various data into
database systems as well as analysis to provide data reports.
Qualifications: BA degree in the field of health/human services with
5 years of experience in human services field, preference someone
with a strong clinical background, must have excellent time
management, writing and organizational skills.  Fluency in American
Sign Language preferred.

- BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST: We are seeking a clinical professional with
experience in utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis;
assessment and evaluation of behavior, and the application of
interventions that result in behavior change.   Strong interpersonal
skills are also essential.  The behavior specialist will be working
with the treatment team to provide supports to clients who are Deaf
or Hard of Hearing, and their families. Must have the ability to
provide clinical supervision/guidance for staff in providing
therapeutic techniques and approaches and assist in treatment
planning process and documentation. Qualifications: Licensed Clinical
Psychologist; Board Certified Behavior Analyst; Certificate in
Applied Behavioral Analysis or Other Master's Level Mental Health
Clinician with documented training in the field of Behavioral
Modification techniques.  Fluency in American Sign Language
preferred, but will consider candidates with an open mindedness to
learning about this population.

- OFFICE COORDINATOR: We are seeking someone with a human resources
background to assist Office Manager with day to day management
details. Responsibilities include: Prepare and process human
resources files, organize & monitor training activities, maintain
training records, compile various reports, memos and minutes,
maintain HR database, and complete payroll items. Provide technical
assistance with various office equipment and trouble shoot
facility/maintenance issues when needed. Assist with providing
consultation to supervisory staff on issues surrounding human
resources related issues, policies and procedures. Assist in
licensure/audit activities for all programs. Assist with supervising
& training support staff. Qualifications: Bachelors Degree in
business administration, human resources management or related field
with 6 years of Human Resources/Administrative experience. Must have
strong organization, communication, writing and leadership skills. 
Fluency in American Sign Language preferred.

- MEDICAL CLAIM/BILLING SPECIALIST: We are seeking an additional team
player with a proven background working with Medicaid, Medicare and
multiple insurance companies. The ideal candidate has experience in
obtaining insurance authorizations and resolving discrepancies.
Qualifications:   2+ years of experience in claims follow up & A/R
experience. Skills: Data entry, ability to analyze information,
quality focus, productivity, organization, professionalism, attention
to detail, financial/documentation/reporting proficiencies and
capability of meeting timelines.  The responsibilities will include
but not limited to the following: ensures payments by verifying
accuracy of Medicaid coding; resolves disputed claims by gathering;
verifying, and providing additional information; following-up on
claims; resolves discrepancies by examining and evaluating data;
selecting corrective steps; and prepares monthly reports of Medicaid
billing by summarizing billings, adjustments, and revenues received.

- RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS: (various positions available) This position
provides direct client services including encouraging client
independence in areas such as skills in daily living and community
integration.  The qualified candidate shall possess:  HS + 1 year
related experience or AA; valid drivers' license; advanced fluency in
ASL; minimum of 2 years experience with Deaf Community; demonstrated
competency in independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and
motivate Deaf Consumers; strong interpersonal skills.  Duties:
Provide supported living and training to Deaf consumers with mental
illness and/or developmental disabilities living in the community;
promote consumers' independence and social relationships. Positions
open for weekend and evening shifts.

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:

Linda Claypool
Office Manager/HR
Deaf Services Center
614 N. Easton Road, 
Glenside, PA 19038

Email: or Fax: 215-884-6301          


job announcement
Teacher (High School Math) 
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description and application procedures, please click on:


job announcement
Substitute Teacher (Part-Time/Hourly)
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description and application procedures, please click on:


(updated December 13th)


- Job Developer/Interpreter - Pacoima, CA

- Job Developer/Interpreter - Rancho Cucamonga, CA

- Community Interpreter - Los Angeles, CA

To learn more about the above positions at GLAD, please go 
to our website:

If interested for any of these positions then please submit resume
and application to:

Jeff Fetterman
Human Resources Specialist
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.
2222 Laverna Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041

V/TDD:  (323) 550-4207
Fax #:  (323) 550-4204



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