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DeafDigest – 06 February 2012

DeafDigest Gold – February 5, 2012

Gold edition            Barry Strassler, Editor – updated every Monday

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Last week’s ASL Videos with text:

This week’s ASL Videos with captions:


Nexus S[tm] 4G from Google[tm] – One of the Fastest on the Market

With a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and 16GB of memory, the Nexus S[tm]
4G from Google[tm] is one of the fastest mobile phones on the market
today. The Nexus S[tm] 4G comes pre-installed with all the Google
apps you’ve come to know and love and is enabled with new and popular
features like true multi-tasking, Wi-Fi hotspot, Internet calling,
NFC support and full html web browsing.

Now priced at $99.99, after $400 Instant Savings and $50.00 mail-in
rebate via Reward Card. Eligible upgrade (or new line activation) and
2 year agreement required. Other monthly charges apply.

Find the Nexus S[tm] 4G from Google[tm] at the Deaf Pager Store, the
store with the devices and low-cost data plan only for deaf and hard
of hearing people.

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Deaf Cartoon (Fogey) of the week:


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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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– What the stories are saying about the deaf?

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), an
agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, wants to make sure that the food we eat is safe and healthy. And that
we are educated about what we eat. FSIS has a deaf employee –
Bridgette Keefe-Hodgson, a Gallaudet graduate, whose mission
is to educate the deaf about food health. She was
written up in an agency publication.

Tyler Hansen, who is deaf, is a full time employee at the
Boys & Girls Club of Cascade County in Montana. He works
with hearing children in a variety of club activities,
such as sign language, art, cooking and helps them with
their class homework assignments.

– Very Hot News

CNN’s efforts to have a lawsuit by the deaf of California
over lack of video captions was blocked by the judge.
The lawsuit will proceed as scheduled. CNN is arguing that
video captioning is not subject to government regulations
on captions.

– Thursday February 2nd

In Australia, a deaf boy was bullied in his hearing
classroom. The angry mother pulled her deaf son out
of the school, hoping to place him in a better
educational environment. Unfortunately, the apartment
rental rates are too high in the area where the new
school is located, At this point the mother does not
know what to do.

– Friday February 3rd

A new drug helping restore hearing among late
deafened individuals? Yes, if Colleen LePrell
has her way. She directs a lab team at University
of Florida, working on a new drug, named SPI-1005.
They are using volunteers as guinea pigs. This
drug is supposed to protect the hair cells
in the inner ear.

– Saturday February 4th

Uttar Pradesh is a state in the northern part of India.
This state recently conducted a vote to elect members for the
state assembly. Three individuals were assigned to serve
as the election day presiding officers – two of them were
blind and the third person was deaf. No one trained them
for the tasks they were supposed to perform on election day.
Needless to say, the procedures for handling the election
was chaotic, leaving these three individuals, including the deaf man, humiliated and helpless.


Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

Deaf people living in Dorset county in England are
able to watch sign language films to learn of the
services they are entitled to as residents. This
was made available by several service groups,
working together to produce these films.


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Many deaf people work for many years at one job,
with no promotions, no raises, no opportunities for
training and development, etc.
Some of them have enjoyed a big and sweet revenge.
When they announce their retirements, the employers
are very upset.
Why upset? Because they were the only workers
at the job that have a specialized knowledge of
tasks and duties – that other hearing employees
know nothing about.
As a result, these employers hire the retired
deaf back with big contracts.
This is the sweet revenge!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit

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


2012 ADARA Conference
June 28-30, 2012
Atlanta, GA

more information at:


At many public events, we see ASL interpreters.
Most hearing people know what is an interpreter and
know that deaf people depend on interpreters.
But there are still some few hearing people that
do not understand the duties of an interpreter.
Some hearing people think that interpreters just
move their hands and use gestures for the fun of it!

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of each DeafDigest edition)

A deaf person was repeatedly told by his peers that
he will be a failure and is a hopeless case and that he
just cannot succeed.
That deaf person did not listen. That stubborn
deaf person was Ludwig Beethoven!


Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates

Are you concerned about yellow teeth and you have important
events coming up soon like wedding day or lecturing seminars?

* Britesmile – Same Day Whitening Technique in Office

Do you dislike braces that has wires?

* Invisalign – Clear Orthodontic Treatment to Straighten Your Minor
Crooked Teeth

Are your dentures loose? Does your denture tooth break off? Do
you need emergency denture repair?

* Same Day Denture Repair Service – Must Come in Early in the
Morning and Pick Up at the end of the Day

Are you scared of needles for new fillings?

* Air Abrasion Technique does not require Needles for New Fillings

What about for extractions, replace old fillings, and other

* The Wand – It’s a Lesser Painful or Painless Technique than
Conventional Needle Technique

* Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Provides Calm Environment

Are you scared of contaminated water in dental office?

* Brand New Self-Contained Distilled Water System to Prevent
Contamination to Patients

Are you a workaholic during the day and can’t see a dentist at least
two times a year?

* One Saturday per month in Gaithersburg office from 8am to 1pm

Are you tired of writing on paper when communicating or frustrated
with not getting an interpreter for your dental needs?

Two Full Time Deaf Dentists Proficient in American Sign Language:

Dr. Steven Rattner and Dr. Bo Byun

* Staff Trained in Sign Language Efficiency

If you have any more questions, contact us at for Dr. Bo Byun or for Dr. Steven Rattner. Our dental offices are located in College Park, MD and Gaithersburg, MD.

VP number in College Park office: 240-241-7186
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Our website is


Do hotel employees (front desk, general manager, cleaning
staff, etc) know anything about deafness? No, at least in
Great Britain. The Charity Action on Hearing Loss (akin
to our HLAA) made discreet telephone calls to over 230
hotels, asking them if there were accommodations for
deaf guests. The Charity people are now saying that less
than ten percent are “deaf-aware”

At Derbyshire county in England, the social workers
would treat all deaf clients on a first come, first
served basis.
This method has changed. There will be one adult
social services specialist and one child social
services specialist dealing with respective groups.
Is this good or bad?

(video with captions)

Do enjoy viewing that video!

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

Washington State Association of the Deaf



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differently-abled hearers audially-challenged

a mumbo- jumbo way of describing a hearing loss without
owning up to this “horrid” phrase – deaf!

…………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………..

33rd World’s Largest Silent Weekend / Interpreter Conference
June 28-July 1, 2012 in Orlando, Florida — 190 hours of classes
for interpreters, ASL & ITP teachers and students with 3.5 CEUs
available for interpreters.

The Florida Hotel offers free parking and free in-room internet and
resort fee waived. Next to the conference is an enormous food court offering
you complete meals for as little as $5.99.

Thursday pre-conference opening session is “Interpreter Guild” by
Paula Browning. There will also be four separate entertainment venues
concluding with a 4-hour post-conference session on Sunday along with
language-focused and interpreting-focused classes. Classes include
6-hour tracks on Islam and Judaism plus an 8-hour track on Medical
Interpreting by a Deaf physician.

Many vendors will have a huge variety of items available. With many
classes having breaks hourly, there will be an exciting and dynamic
all-day flow of participants in the exhibit area.

See for more information and for registration plus a
video clip of last year’s Silent Weekend. Almost 200 have registered


ASL and Interpreting DVDs

Go to for DVDs for ASL students and
interpreters. Over 30 titles include two new ones — Math
Signs and Science Signs by Shannon Simon! Other DVDS include
stories in ASL, ASL grammar, songs, interpreter preparation, etc.


11th Annual Florida-Alaska Motorcycle Benefit Run

This is the World’s Longest Group Motorcycle Benefit
Run. Purpose of funds is to help families of deaf babies
served by SKIHI. The 2012 trip will begin July 28, 2012.
Go to


Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. When a deaf child speaks perfectly and does not sign,
is he guaranteed a great future?

A. No one is ever guaranteed a great future, regardless of
methods learned as a deaf child growing up! There are many
oral successes, and many oral failures; there are many
ASL successes, and many ASL failures – and so on. Even
a hearing person with a 4.0 grades from Harvard is not
always guaranteed a great future!

send your questions to

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


Rene Pellerin’s corner:

Bills in the mail!

No one likes to get bills in the mailbox!

But, we have the responsibility to pay our bills!

For people who are blind, Deaf-Blind and vision impaired, getting
written bills in the mail and deciphering them can be a daunting task.

Last week’s Gold edition explained the use of a scanner and computer

That is one option, but it is a time consuming task.

Another good option is to contact the company and switch to billing
on line.

Since I use ZoomText, I can set the font size and colors to view the
bills optimally.

All our bills can be posted via e-mail and viewed on-line securely.

If you are comfortable with this approach, you can pay your bills
on-line as well.

You can also send a written check; large print checks are available
from your bank.

On-line can offer you environmentally friendly billing!  Vermont would
appreciate that!

Rene’s show business is now entering its 2nd year and it
focuses on the Deaf-Blind.

You can email him at


Wish List of the Week:

A win-win agreement reached between pro-HB1367 forces
and anti-HB1367 forces in Indiana that makes everyone
happy – the deaf, the hearing parents of deaf children
and the state government of Indiana. No one wins if
this strife continues.



Year 1850 – deaf activists have accused deaf schools
of steering students into vocational programs that
train students for dead-end factory jobs


DeafNumbers of the Week:

13, just an estimate

of Black deaf individuals with doctorates

(information posted on Gallaudet web site)


DeafLibrary Resources

Elite NTID athletes that made it in the professional ranks


DeafDigest Sports

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position announcement
Executive Director
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center

DHHARC has two offices: one in Las Vegas, Nevada and
one in Reno/Sparks, Nevada

ORGANIZATION: The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center (DHHARC) is a statewide advocacy, resource, telecommunications distribution, and direct service center offering advocacy, referral and community education services throughout Nevada. DHHARC has two offices: one in Las Vegas and one in Reno/Sparks.

DHHARC is seeking a talented and visionary leader for the position of Executive Director. The ideal candidate for this position will have a passionate commitment to advancing the rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and an understanding of disability civil rights, history and law. This person will have responsibility for the overall statewide operation of the agency. Responsibilities are both managerial and representational and include program planning, strategic budgeting, evaluation and reporting, financial planning and monitoring, organizational development, human resources, legislative and public policy advocacy, fundraising, public affairs and public relations.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: The Executive Director (ED) provides leadership and direction for the operations and programs of DHHARC and ensures the organization is financially sustainable. The ED is responsible to promote increased awareness of the organization in the local community and the disability community. Specific responsibilities include:

Board of Directors: –    Responsible for nurturing the development of a proactive, supportive and knowledgeable Board of Directors. –    Engages the Board in the work of DHHARC, strategic development and articulation of vision. –    Assists the Board in creating and maintaining active committees to supervise specific areas of the ED.s role. The ED coordinates staff support to the Board and its committees. –    Assists the Board in development of annual plan for activities.
–    Implements the policies and directives of the Board.
–    Prepares and submits timely administrative reports as required by the Board. –    Attends and participates in Board and committee meetings to provide information and receive general direction as required by the Board. –    Assists the Board in an assessment of its skills and aides in recruitment and orientation of new members. –    Supports the Board in fulfilling their fiduciary responsibility including development of resources. Planning and Evaluation:
–    Responsible for the overall planning, organizing, direction, supervision and evaluation of DHHARC and its activities.
–    Develop an annual strategic plan and budget with the Board that maximizes the effectiveness of resources.
–    Conduct staff planning retreats to receive input on the overall direction of DHHARC and management issues and to assess progress toward goals and objectives, identify needs, set priorities and develop strategies. –    Develop structure for DHHARC that maximizes the effectiveness of staff resources.
–    Conduct regular evaluations of DHHARC services and develop reports and analysis on specific topics on a proactive basis. –    Assist the Supervisors in the planning, evaluation and supervision of all advocacy work of DHHARC.
–    Ensure ongoing and meaningful input in the services of DHHARC from key stakeholder communities including persons with disabilities.

Emerging Issues:
–    Responsible for anticipating and planning for emerging needs of the agency.
–    Review state and Congressional action, federal laws, National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) policies, etc. to determine actions that need to be taken by DHHARC.
–    Proactively develop strategies to ensure DHHARC continues to grow as an organization.

Human Resources:
–    Responsible for creating a progressive and productive work environment for employees.
–    Motivate and inspire staff members. –    Oversee procedures for selection and hire of competent personnel.
–    Evaluate, budget, and identify a set of employee benefits that will enhance the health, welfare and productivity of the staff and present recommendations to the Board for approval. –    Create job descriptions, job classifications and performance measures for all staff positions. –    Organize personnel resources statewide in a structure which effectively enables DHHARC to carry out its goals and objectives. –    Make staff advancements, probationary measure and terminations as appropriate. –    Support employees in personnel matters related to disability, family leave, etc.

Community Relations:
Coordinate with and support the effort of Supervisors in creating an overall favorable image of DHHARC, its services and its role in advancing and protecting the rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in Nevada. –    Promote and maintain effective working relationships with government officials, public and private officials, and other such persons involved in direct or indirect services to individuals with disabilities. –    Increase awareness of DHHARC among Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. –    Assume an ongoing public information program through the media, newsletters, and other publications to apprise citizens of the services of DHHARC and the rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens. –    Serve as chief spokesperson for DHHARC in the media, or designate that role to a more appropriate person.
–    Participate on local, state, and national Boards and Committees concerned with the needs of people with disabilities.

Development: Coordinate with the Board of Directors to increase the diversity and amount of funding for its programs and services.

Legislative and Public Policy Advocacy:

Coordinate with private and public entities in the development of policy initiatives, positions, legislation and other activities that protect or further the legal rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in the Nevada State Legislature and Congress.

Fiscal and Program Management:
–    Responsible for the overall financial management of the agency’s approximate $900,000 budget. –    Develop the annual strategic budget. –    Monitor and control the financial affairs of DHHARC. –    Conduct all financial management practices according to generally accepted accounting principles and ensure internal control systems are in place to provide accurate accounting of funds. –    Arrange for an annual independent audit of DHHARC and ensure that each audit is clean.
–    Regularly report the financial status of DHHARC to Board, appropriate funding sources and other bodies as required. –    Responsible for the accurate completion of all financial and program reports required by federal, state, local and private funding sources. –    Perform related tasks consistent with skills, abilities and general responsibilities as assigned.


Budget: $900,000 approximately

10 employees (full and part-time)

Clientele: Staff and Board of Directors of DHHARC, Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons living in the state of Nevada, federal, state and local government officials and agencies, federal and private funders and the broader disability communities.

This Executive Director works directly with staff and the Board of Directors of DHHARC, elected officials at the state and national level, other community based organizations and the leadership of Nevada’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. Cooperative working relationships are maintained with these individuals/agencies to ensure that DHHARC functions well internally and is seen as an effective, efficient and responsible agency.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Must be sensitive to Deaf and Hard of Hearing people and knowledgeable about federal and state laws, programs and issues concerning persons with disabilities. Requires excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. Must have management skills to train personnel, delegate responsibility, and develop an effective organization, must be able to prepare a budget and monitor expenditures. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership, encouragement and opportunities for staff development. Position requires personal flexibility, energy, stamina, and diplomacy. Must be able to travel statewide and nationally.

Problem Solving: Must be able to solve problems independently. Must have the ability to prioritize workload and meet deadlines. Demonstrated ability to conduct staff and client assessments for the purposes of planning and evaluation of DHHARC services, strategies and goals.

Required Work Experience: Minimum of three years of job related work experience with demonstrated competence in the following areas: working with people with disabilities, familiarity with the legislative process, budget, program planning, grant writing and non-profit or government management responsibility.

Decision Making and Problem Solving:
Selection, discipline, and termination of agency personnel. Develops programs and works with staff to set agency priorities. Represents agency in community. Negotiates agency contractual agreements, sets budgets and approved expenditures.

Freedom to Act: The incumbent has general freedom to act within the assigned responsibilities and with consultation of the President of the Board of Directors. Reporting is accomplished through oral and written reports to the Board.

–    At least Bachelors of Arts/Science Degree in Business, Education, Human Resources, Management, Public Administration Human Services or other related field. –    Experience managing a complex organization.
–    Not less than three years professional experience in positions with increasing administrative and managerial responsibilities –    A passionate commitment to advancing the rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons. –    Knowledge about disability and/or civil rights law and history.
–    Proven successful experience in working with non-profit organizations and with volunteer Boards of Directors. –    Proven successful experience in working with governmental entities on issues related to systemic advocacy for people with disabilities or other populations with similar needs.

Past work experience should include successful: –    Advocacy skills at the individual and systematic levels; including state and federal issues. –    Budget creation and management.
–    Direct responsibility for personnel and human resource management. –    Working with a board of Directors. –    Business management decisions based on fiscal realities and organizational missions and values. –    Analysis of political landscapes and programmatic trends. –    Interagency coordination/cooperation. –    Quality relations with the media.

Demonstrated skills must include: –    Excellent verbal and written communication. –    Building linkages to the legal, political, foundation and disability communities. –    Successful strategies in solving problems and bringing together divergent agendas. –    Managing multiple funding sources and agendas. –    Planning long-term goals and implementing strategies to accomplish said goals.

Knowledge of: –    State, local and federal programs and services for people with disabilities and their families. –    Current trends in the field of disabilities and human services. –    Applicable rules, laws and regulations related to personnel management, fiscal management of organizational resources. –    Internal management and fiscal controls.

Ability to: –    Comprehend and communicate in American Sign Language as well as other communication modes of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.
–    Provide the overall direction to the organization in carrying out its mission.
–    Serve as the lead staff and professional resource to the Board of Directors. –    Serve as a role model for the agency staff, mentor the growth of all staff and set the pattern of work expectations for other staff. –    Provides leadership and vision within the disability community.
–    Willingness to work irregular and extended schedules.
–    Willingness to travel statewide and throughout the United States.
–    Self-starter, with proven ability to manage schedule and establish priorities that respond to the mission and the goals of DHHARC.

DHHARC offers a competitive salary and customary benefits. The salary range for this position is $57,000-$62,000, depending on education and experience. DHHARC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

All applicants must submit a cover letter and resume electronically, which includes a list of at least three professional references and compensation requirements via email to and


For further information, please contact Search Committee Chair J. Farrell Cafferata Jenkins at

DHHARC selects applicants for employment based on job related knowledge, skills and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender orientation, or political affiliation.


Career Opportunities PAHrtners Deaf Services
Glenside, PA

PAHrtners Deaf Services 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/HOH 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!  E.O.E.

PAHrtners 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:

– INTENSIVE CASE MANAGERS: (Full time position) This position provides
resources and support to clients and their families who reside in the
community.  Duties: Responsibilities include assessing services needs
of consumers, primarily children, to insure continuum of care;
develop service plans; independent living skills instructions,
advocate for access to public & private services and programs such as
medical, vocational and other services. Qualifications: BA/BS degree
in a Human Services field preferred; or High school diploma & 12
credit hours in human/social science with 2 years mental health
direct care experience. Must have strong organizational skills;
fluency in ASL, familiarity with other visual communication modes and
language levels. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends
as needed and travel various areas in the community. Knowledge of
laws governing the rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals
including IDEA and ADA a plus; and must have a valid driver’s

position) This position provides therapeutic and psycho-educational
workshops and group sessions for consumers who are deaf.  The
qualified candidate shall possess:  BA in psychology, counseling or
any other human services field; must have 2 years’ experience with
individuals with mental illness and/or mental retardation including
treatment planning and progress notes; advanced fluency in ASL
required; must be innovative, creative and be able to work in a team
environment.  Duties:  Develop, coordinate and provide
group/individual therapy for wellness maintenance and
psycho-educational workshops.

– RTF RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS: (various shifts available) This position
provides direct client services to adolescents, with behavioral
health concerns, in areas such as independent living skills,
implementation of daily activities, run weekly group meetings,
implementing a behavioral modification plan, assist with
homework/school projects and community integration.  Qualifications:
HS + 1 year related experience (preferably with
children/adolescents), valid drivers’ license; advanced fluency in
ASL; demonstrate competency in independent living skills; ability to
teach, advise and motivate; strong interpersonal skills.  Qualified
candidate will also be a strong team player who possesses a great
amount of patience and dedication to working with adolescents.

– 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.  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.
Qualifications:  HS + 1 year related experience; valid drivers’
license; advanced fluency in ASL; demonstrated competency in
independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and motivate Deaf
Consumers; strong interpersonal skills.

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:

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

Email:  Fax: 215-884-6301


Instructional/Support Faculty – Assistant Professor
Rochester, NY

Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for
the Deaf, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

Job Title/Rank: Instructional/Support Faculty – Assistant Professor
PC#: 0375 IRC55237

Department: Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting

Job Category: Faculty, Tenure Track*
Starting Date: Fall 2012

This position is subject to available funding.

– Teach ASL-English Interpretation courses to students in the
American Sign Language and Interpreting Education Program at NTID and
– Provide leadership in curriculum design and materials development
for ASL-English Interpretation courses
– Participate and contribute to professional organizations in the
field of Interpreting education
– Fulfill traditional faculty expectations, including, in particular,
those related to scholarship, required for tenure and promotion in

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

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), one of the nine
colleges of RIT, is the world’s largest technological college serving
deaf and hard of hearing students. Created by Congress and funded by
the U.S. Department of Education, it represents the world’s first
effort to educate large numbers of deaf students within a college
campus planned primarily for hearing students. Together with 15,000
full and part-time hearing students, over 1,300 college-age deaf
students from all 50 states and abroad study and reside on the campus
of the Rochester Institute of Technology. NTID is committed to
creating a climate that fosters the success of every student and
employee by appreciating the unique contributions that each person
makes to the educational process based on their ethnic,
cultural, linguistic and gender-related knowledge and experiences.
For more information about NTID at RIT visit

RIT attracts students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries.
RIT has been recognized on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s
inaugural “Great Colleges to Work For” list for three consecutive
years. The Rochester area has a diverse population which
includes African Americans (38% of the city and 14% of Monroe County)
and Latin Americans (13% of the city and 5% of the county). In
addition, more than 7% of the population is foreign born. It is also
home to the largest Deaf community per capita in the United
States. Rochester ranks 3rd best metropolitan region for “Raising a
Family” by Forbes Magazine; 6th among 379 metropolitan areas as “Best
Places to Live in America” by Places Rated Almanac; 1st in Expansion
Management Magazine’s ranking of metropolitan areas having the best
“Quality of Life in the Nation”; is among Essence Magazine’s “Top 10
Cities for Black Families”; and was twice named one of America’s
Friendliest Cities by American Demographics Magazine.


– Doctoral degree or ABD* in an appropriate discipline related to the
field of interpreting/interpreter education
– Native or Native-like proficiency in American Sign Language
– Current National Interpreter Certification (NIC), Registry of
Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)

– Significant experience with curriculum development in postsecondary
– Demonstrated knowledge of and sensitivity to the characteristics of
second language teaching/learning and adult learners and teaching
interpreting skills
– Demonstrated ability to contribute to and lead the field of
interpreting education
– Knowledge and skills in pedagogy and content relevant to
interpreting education
– Evidence of scholarly activity
– Teaching experience in a post-secondary setting
– Contribution to professional organizations
– Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college?s
continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and
individual differences.

Ten-month, full-time, tenure track or lecturer position*

*If the successful candidate is currently in a doctoral program or
ABD, he or she will begin his or her employment with lecturer status.
The position will be converted to tenure-track at the start of the
contract year after the candidate has completed the doctoral degree.
At that time, the probationary period for tenure review as specified
in the letter of hire will begin.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: All applicants should apply online at . Faculty search for IRC55237. Applications
should include a cover letter addressing the listed qualifications; a
vita; and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references.

You can contact the search committee regarding this position at:

Barbara Ray Holcomb, Search Committee Chair
Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin February 10,
2012 and will continue until an acceptable candidate is found.

The Rochester Institute of Technology is an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer. All individuals with the
ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the university’s
continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and
individual differences are encouraged to make application.


employment openings
Therapeutic Staff Support/TSS Professionals
Warwick Family Services
Bensalem, Pennsylvania

Looking for an enticing job that challenges your character and skills?
Look no further!  Working with children in an apprenticeship role will
instill you with new skills that can be used in fields such as:
psychology, education, business and government.

You will learn the magical art of healthy working relationships in the
classroom, conjuring boundaries with children and learn the valuable trade
of managing childrens’ behaviors.

You will be provided with resources and support from the behavior
specialist on a weekly basis.  Have strong peoples person skills?  You
will find this job to be a good fit, and for those who strive to be a
peoples person the behavior specialist s will teach you valuable skills
to help you be successful in the workplace environment.

TSS  candidates must possess a bachelors degree in Psychology, Social
Work, Human Services or related field and one year previous work
experience with children or at minimum 60 college credits and three years
work experience with children.

TSS Aide candidates must possess a high school diploma and two years of
verified volunteer or paid work experience with children.

All applicants must be proficient in American Sign Language (ASL).

Case assignments are generally in a school setting, however some clients
require services in the home.  Work hours vary from ten to thirty hours
per week based on approved client hours and staff flexibility to accept
more than one assignment.  Work is available in Philadelphia and Bucks

For immediate consideration please email your resume to or via fax to 267-525-7014.

For additional information about our company log on to our website


position opening
Residence Education Manager (Boys Dorm)
Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD)

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center  on of Gallaudet
University, Washington D.C.

We are recruiting for this position and only male applicants may
apply for the jobs in the boy’s dorm.

For detailed job description and application information, please go
to this website address:

Please apply if you are interested in this position. To apply, e-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


seeking ASL Interpreter
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Ashland, Oregon

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is seeking American Sign
Language Interpreter for the period April 1—June 18, 2012 to
provide interpretation services between acting company members,
directors and creative personnel, and theatre staff at rehearsals,
technical and dress rehearsals, meetings and for other activities.

The assignment requires:

*  Strong signing and voicing skills
*  Strong understanding of ASL and Deaf culture
*  Understand appropriate roles and individual responsibilities
relating to interpreting for deaf and hard of hearing persons
*  Adhere to the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of
Professional Conduct
*  Strong understanding of theater culture
*  Flexibility to work within a changing schedule, including
evenings and weekends
*  Understanding of the fluid, collaborative process of theatrical
*  Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy
*  Ability to interact with stakeholders with a variety of
perspectives and needs

This position’s internal contact is the Associate Producer, Company
or Associate Artistic Director. This position also works in close
collaboration with Associate Producer, Stage Management and the Stage
Management department.

Minimum qualifications for this position are:

*  RID certification (CSC, CI, CT, NIC, NIC-Advanced, NIC-Master)
*  Graduate of an ITP or related job experience
*  5 years professional experience; 3 years post-certification
*  Experience working in a theatrical context or organization
*  Experience with Shakespeare or verse drama preferred

Interpreter can expect to work between 25-35 hours per week, at an
hourly pay rate to be negotiated. This position works in OSF’s
rehearsal halls, theatres, meeting rooms, and other spaces. Requires
frequent repetitive hand and arm use. Standing for up to two hours
may be required, as well as climbing stairs and negotiating stages
and scenery. Evening/night and weekend work may be required as
dictated by the rehearsal and production schedule. OSF will provide
housing and round-trip travel for non-local interpreter, and access
to standard complimentary ticket package.

To apply, please send in a single e-mail a) cover letter addressing
your qualifications for the position, b) résumé, and c) 3
professional references (name and phone number) to

Applicants are encouraged to submit application materials before February 1, 2012. All documents must be in Word or PDF format.


open positions
The Learning Center for Deaf/Walden School
Framingham, MA

Classroom Teacher (Walden School)

Overnight Child Care Worker (Walden School)

Intensive Care Coordinator: Part-time (Wraparound Program)

Residential Counselor (Girls Dorm)

Please send resume, cover letter, three references to:

The Learning Center for the Deaf
848 Central Street
Framingham, MA 01701
Attn: Personnel Department


Apply online:

Each application will be carefully reviewed, and those candidates who are most qualified will be invited for an interview.

The Learning Center for the Deaf is an EOE.


(revised posting)

Tenure Track position
Deaf Education
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Chickasha, OK

SALARY:    Commensurate with qualifications and experience

STARTING DATE:    August 2012

RESPONSIBILITIES:    To teach undergraduate courses in the Deaf Education program and maintain office hours, participate in the following: recruiting, advising majors, supervising candidates during practicum and/or Professional Trimester, serving on Resident teacher committees, and serving on university committees.  A successful candidate with a doctorate or near completion of a doctorate will be hired as tenure-track.

QUALIFICATIONS:    REQUIRED: Masters Degree in deaf education or related field.  Teacher Certification. Proficiency in American Sign Language. Council on Education of the Deaf Certification.  Teaching experience in a school for the deaf and/or public school classes for the deaf.  PREFERRED: Earned Doctorate in deaf education or related field.  Teaching experience in a university deaf education teacher preparation program.  Ability and willingness to team teach in USAO.s interdisciplinary liberal arts core curriculum

USAO:    The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is a public liberal arts college located in Chickasha, Oklahoma. USAO is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). The Teacher Education Program is NCATE accredited and the Deaf Education program is CED accredited. USAO.s mission is .to provide an outstanding general education program for the State of Oklahoma with strong offerings in the liberal arts and sciences. This program will feature interdisciplinary team-teaching and will extend throughout the undergraduate experience.. USAO seeks to continue .to assemble a faculty whose interests, knowledge, and experiences transcend their specialized fields of graduate study and who are dedicated to liberal arts education..  A satellite school of Oklahoma School for the Deaf operates in the USAO building dedicated to Deaf Education.

TO APPLY:    Send completed USAO application (available on-line at, letter of application, resume, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to:  Personnel Office, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, 1727 W. Alabama, Chickasha, OK 73018-5322.  Application review begins immediately and will continue until position is filled.


The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, a member of COPLAC, is Oklahoma’s only publicly supported four-year liberal arts college. A function of the institution is to provide an outstanding general education program with strong offerings in the liberal arts and sciences. The program features interdisciplinary team teaching and extends throughout the student’s entire undergraduate experience. Operating on a flexible trimester system which permits the opportunity for accelerated studies, USAO offers a limited number of career, professional and specialized degree programs which are especially strengthened when combined with an interdisciplinary, liberal arts foundation. The University is located in central Oklahoma, 35 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, in a community of 16,000.


position opening
Vocational Program Director
Community Outreach Program for the Deaf
Tucson, AZ

Enjoy a rewarding career working with the Deaf, Deaf/Blind, and Hard of
Hearing population in beautiful, sunny southern Arizona! Our Vocational
Director will supervise and direct COPD’s Vocational/Placement Department
in the areas of competitive placement, job site training, job placement
services and contract maintenance. This individual oversees Ability One,
WIA and VR placement services, develops training programs and placement
options, markets program and ensures program compliance.

We require a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling, Rehabilitation, Education or
related field, proficiency in American Sign Language, and experience with
either employment services, rehabilitation work programs and/or mental

Salary is $17.35 – $21.69 depending on experience and educational
background plus excellent benefits.

Apply: Please see our detailed job posting, requirements, and
qualifications on our website:

Resume to:
Community Outreach Program for the Deaf,
Attn:  Human Resources Department,
268 West Adams Street,
Tucson, AZ 85705.

or fax to 520-770-8544.

No agencies please.



position opening
Interpreter, Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Worcester State Hospital
Worcester, MA

Seeking one part-time sign language interpreter (20 hrs/wk) for a
specialty psychiatric inpatient unit for Deaf persons in Worcester,
Massachusetts, about an hour west of Boston. This is an excellent position
for an experienced interpreter with excellent ASL skills who has or wants
to develop a specialization in mental health interpreting. Candidates must
have at least two years of full-time or part-time professional experience
providing interpretation and/or transliteration services for the Deaf and
Hard of Hearing population after successful completion of the
Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Screening.

Salary Range:  $22,543.04 to $30,627.22
Excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, vacation, retirement,
free parking.

To apply, please send resumes to:
Attn:  Carolyn Burnett, Office of Health Human Resources
Department of Mental Health, Worcester State Hospital,
305 Belmont Street,
Worcester, MA 01604

or email:

EEO/AA M/F/V/D Employer



– HIV Educator – Los Angeles, CA

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– Job Developer/Interpreter – Crenshaw, 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 Manager
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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