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DeafDigest – 07 December 2009

DeafDigest Gold - December 6, 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
Gold section.


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Hot Deaf News during the week:

- Very Hot News 

Ah, such an irony with Apple, this giant computer
manufacturer. Steve Jobs, the CEO, has suffered
considerable hearing loss, and should be sensitive
to the needs of the deaf. Well, Apple was slapped with
a $5,000 fine by the FCC for not making its equipment
hearing aid compatible. $5,000 fine! Just pennies to
Steve Jobs.

- Thursday December 3rd 

Shri Rajiv Sikka, a deaf photographer, with his own
studio in Shimla, India, was given a cash award by the
government. It was in appreciation for his business giving
employment to 17 individuals.

- Friday December 4th

Model Secondary School for the Deaf enjoys the distinction of
fielding the nation's only deaf rugby team, be it school or
adult. The school started rugby in the spring and has played
an exhibition game few weeks ago. The Fox Report on Fox
News TV network will air two Washington, DC school rugby
programs - Model and a hearing school - Hyde School on
December 7th at 7-8 pm. After the program is aired, the full 
story will be posted at

- Saturday December 5th 

Matt Hamill had his long awaited fight with Jon Jones.
And it ended in a disqualification loss for the hearing
opponent. He clobbered Hamill with three illegal blows;
the referee intervened and assessed Jones with a point for 
illegal blows. When Hamill did not respond to referee's 
commands, the match was declared a disqualification
loss for Jones. DeafDigest does not know what to make of it -
was it more of a disqualification win for Hamill or a 
disqualification loss for Jones?

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


Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

   We all know that many Dalmatian dogs are deaf, because of
genetic issues. What about horses?
  It was announced by the research team from the
School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis
that blue-eyed American Paint Horses with certain coat patterns
may be prone to deafness. Again, genetics is the issue.
   This report was written up in the November edition of the
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.


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   We go to the gas station to get gas for our cars. Sometimes
the gas tanks do not work, and we press on the "help" button.
   Sometimes we wait, wait, wait and nothing happens. We then
go to the gas station window only to find the clerk angry at
us. The clerk said something on the sound speaker and thought
he was being ignored.
   This happened to one deaf person. The clerk told him "if you
are deaf, you should not be using the pump!"
   Luckily, the angry clerk cooled off, and fixed the pump problem
to allow the deaf person to get his gas.

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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

   When Gary Malkowski, a deaf man, won an election
to a seat at the Ontario Parliament, (1990-1995) he had to 
have interpreters with him at all times.
   Well, one newspaper in Toronto was complaining that
the government spent too much money on interpreters
for him. 
   The scandal quickly died down when Malkowski explained
that he did not request to have interpreters. The
Ontario government, without asking Malkowski, immediately
gave him interpreters. The newspaper then apologized for
trying to make it a scandal!

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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

   As long as deaf people marry, there will always
be hearing children (Codas).
   And attitudes change over the years. One Coda said
that all he knew of sign language was 26 letters in
fingerspelling. That was during the fifties - when
many deaf people felt that if Codas learned too much
sign language, they would not be able to function
normally in the hearing world!
   Times have changed, and if the Coda wants to sign,
he will!

   We are always reading newspaper stories of a CI
operation being declared a success with a deaf child
and that he is already now a hearing person.
   Well, it is interesting to see another newspaper
story which said, in part:

Cochlear implant surgery is only the first step in bringing 
hearing to the deaf child

   Absolutely correct. Quite a few steps is probably it,
and that there are failures by the wayside we don't
read about in the newspapers.

   A couple of weeks ago, DeafDigest mentioned the
difficulty of deaf psychiatrists because of the
inability to listen to tones.
   A vocational rehabilitation counselor that works
with the deaf disagrees.
   He pointed out these traits among deaf patients:

- posture while sitting down
- facial expressions
- body language while entering a room
- their dressing up
- ability to converse
- ability to respond to questions

   And there is always an issue of a hearing psychiatrist
hiring an interpreter versus deaf psychiatrist knowing
sign language. 
   The vocational rehabilitation counselor also said:

The only possible obstacle I can think of might be 
completing a residency.

   RIT has a racquetball team. The members of the
team is Kyle Gahagan. Plural? Singular?
   He is the only member of this team and he is deaf.
He will be carrying the RIT name, colors and honors at
various collegiate racquetball tournaments.
   Can't happen at Gallaudet - these one-man teams?
   Gallaudet had one-man teams:

- boxing - Marvin Marshall won the DC Golden Gloves
tournament, representing Gallaudet in the forties

- air pistol shooting - Denny Guinn, representing
Gallaudet, was the NRA Collegiate Division national
champion in the nineties. He defeated challengers from
big colleges, including Army, Navy and Air Force!

   Soccer is the world's most popular sport; every
nation in the world plays this sport. There are many
deaf soccer teams in many nations in the world. And
soccer is one of the primary team sports in the
   This being said, it was a huge shock to people
in Cairo, Egypt that this city has an all-deaf
soccer team that plays in a city league.
   Said a hearing player who played in the game
against the deaf team:

What was even stranger was the reaction of my Egyptian 
friends later that evening - most simply didn't believe 
that there could be such a thing as a deaf soccer team, 
and even the ones that did thought the idea hilarious

   The foot is required to kick, to pass and to move
the ball. The foot is deaf; does not have ears. All
hearing players (and deaf, too) play with their 
deaf feet!

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

National Association of the Deaf

   The web site is at:

   Taking place earlier in the week was a hot issue
at the Scottish Parliament over rights of the disabled,
the deaf included.
   Brought up during the discussion was an incident
at a Scottish pub. The pub manager refused to serve
drinks to a deaf patron. The manager thought the deaf
patron was drunk and did not want to contribute more to
his drunkenness.
   The deaf patron pleaded, to no avail, that he was
deaf and that his request for a drink may have been
misinterpreted as being drunk!
   DeafDigest editor finds it strange; he has patronized
watering holes in Prague, Rome, Paris, Sofia, Oslo and
Dublin and not just once was he denied drinks. Even when
he gestured for a drink, the bartenders all understood.


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he is a functionally hard of hearing person

means he can function without interpreters or hearing aids


31st World's Largest ASL Silent Weekend in 2010
Signing Greeting Cards
ASL and Interpreting DVDs

We had over 600 at the last silent weekend, including the 
President of RID, Cheryl Moose.

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 and professionals seeking to improve their skills
can bring family members and they can take novice sign
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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

The 8th Florida/Alaska Motorcycle Charity Run for deaf babies
is finished. This was the world's longest group motorcycle
benefit run.

for an article from a newspaper.

See for updates and photos.

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

Please browse our selection of signing greeting cards at:


Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

EEOC is suggesting changes to ADA regulations
regarding employment of the disabled, the deaf included.
The issue is who is disabled and who is not.


DeafLibrary Page of the Week

Do you want to be a deaf schools superintendent?

What does it take to become a deaf schools superintendent?
There is a list, which may or may not be part of the
job description!

To take a look at the list, do click on:

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


Deaf Picture of the Week:

Beckie Perkins
Deaf Ironwoman triathlete
Apple Valley, Minnesota


Question of the week:

Q. Do the hearing media (newspapers, magazines, TV, radio) accurately 
portray the deaf community?

A. Depends. If the reporter interviews a pro-ASL person 
he would write a story favoring ASL; if the reporter interviews a
pro-CI person he would write a story favoring CI and so on. If
the reporter goes all out and interviews all factions of the Deaf
Community, he may either write a balanced story or write a story
favoring the faction that he likes!

send your questions to

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


Wish List of the Week:

re above question, that every deaf-related story will portray
a balanced, unbiased point of view, leaving the reader to make
his own choice instead of urging the reader to make his own choice!


DeafHistory - Looking Back:

Year 2000 - Charles O. Bissell, a prominent newspaper
cartoonist, passes away. He drew many cartoons critical 
of politics on the Capitol Hill and at the White House.
For reasons of his own, he did not want the public to
know of his deafness 


Deaf and the Money:

To be so pennywise and to be so pound foolish!

One state laid off a team of audiologists from the
staff at a school for the deaf, despite protests from
the school superintendent.

As a result, the state pays more money to have deaf
students tested for hearing by the very same team
of audiologists that pooled together to form their
own audiological services business - and charging
the state top rates!


DeafNumbers of the Week:

10 hours


4 hours


1 hour

the length of a CI operation; the more complicated the case,
the more hours; the more simple, the less hours


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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 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 6th)


- 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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