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DeafDigest – 01 November 2009

DeafDigest Gold - November 1, 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:

- Hot News during the week

The Internet celebrated its 40th birthday this week;
first message was sent on October 29, 1969.

The deaf, as usual, fell behind the hearing as far as
high tech innovations are concerned; the first such deaf
email took place in 1979. HEX, a government-funded
project operated by Amateur Radio Research and Development
Corporation, allowed a limited number of deaf individuals
to send email messages to each other. It was primitive
compared to today's Internet, but it was a start. In
a limited way, TDI had an advisory role with that

- Thursday October 29th 

CI operation being televised? This was the announcement
regarding the The Dr. Oz Show for the following day.

It said:
a deaf woman undergoes a groundbreaking procedure onstage to
restore her hearing

Ground breaking? Well, CI is about 25 years old!

- Friday October 30th

Debbie Peterson, of Utah, has become the first Deaf Member
at Large on the board of directors of the Registry of
Interpreters for the Deaf. Additionally, RID has welcomed
a new body called Deaf Advisory Council.

Who knows - some day a deaf person will become president of
RID? It happened at Gallaudet; it happened at NTID; it
happened at Agbell.

- Saturday October 31st 

Hard times with the budget cuts have forced schools for the deaf
to be creative. An example would be Idaho School for the Deaf
and Blind. This school is sharing the same librarian with the
Gooding School District. DeafDigest, however, does not know if
the librarian knows sign language to communicate with deaf
students that want to take out books?

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


Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

It was learned that standards for a Mobile DVT network
have been approved by the Advanced Television Systems
Committee. What this means is that closed captions will
be found when we access our mobile DTV devices.


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   In one state, a hearing VR counselor knows ASL
and he uses it to communicate with his deaf clients.
   Many of his deaf clients to to college
(Gallaudet or NTID or local hearing colleges).
   He has a problem. He uses ASL a lot during the
summer months, but does not use ASL for the rest
of the year.
   These deaf clients see him during the summer
months to have their cases reviewed. For the
rest of the year, he does not see deaf clients,
and he has no daily practice to keep up with his

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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

   More schools for the deaf have built their own
   Many visitors like to tour these deaf school
museums. But there are problems.
   Normally museums require a full time person,
and it cost money to pay them. If museums depend
on volunteers, it is often that they are not around
when visitors come to the locked doors of the
   And security is strict with schools for the deaf.
Visitors must come to the school office to get
visitors' passes.
   One school has shut down is museum because of
these problems.

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

   There was a story, not related to the deaf, about
a language being invented. It is something that some
linguists get involved with.
   Was thinking about ASL interpreters. Very often
they "invent" signs for a new word or phrase.
   Said a veteran interpreter:

We really do not plan on inventing new signs, but
when the need for a sign comes up, we quickly make
it up so that our deaf clients can follow the


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Our phone number for TTY is 301-474-8278.
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   Able Planet Inc. is a new business that was established
few years ago.
   One of its objectives is to help professional sports
teams that are interested in the deaf.
   Already this company has two deaf clients - professional
snowboarder Lauren Weibert and motocross champion Ashley
   This business is based in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

   While India is notorious for discriminating against
the deaf, there are always exceptions.
   Raju Anath is deaf and he functions as a traffic
aide in Ponda, which is a small city. He uses gestures
to move people around, thus clearing up congestion
on city streets.
   He's not even an official employee in Ponda; for
some reason he started working the traffic on his
own; the city traffic officers, noticing him, tolerated
his work, and then came to realize he was a blessing!
   The governor rewarded him with a check of
Rs 25,000 which is $530.00 in American money.

   Andrea Musick King is a detective with the police
department in Highland Village in Texas, near Houston.
   She knows sign language, having taken it in school
as a foreign language credit, and she is taking
interpreting training classes at Tarrant County

   Are human gestures so difficult to understand?
Do not know, but it may seem to be that way
among immigrants in USA.
   Over the years DeafDigest editor has tried to
communicate with non-English speaking immigrants
via simple gestures - only to get nowhere.
   Yes and no via head movements, waving
hands to indicate no-no, using a finger to
indicate direction - are some gestures that may
be so confusing to some immigrants.
   Makes communication all so much harder.

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

American Sign Language Teachers Association

   The web site is at:


(series to be run on a weekly basis until list of
tales run out)

I was a Domino job hopper; I've been forever hopping
from one Domino site to another, always looking for
the area that offers the best tips

If you are a former Deaf Pizza Driver and have an
interesting tale, please share it with:


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a newspaper story was titled:

An Actor Uses His Second Language: Speech

In 2006 deaf actor Darren Fudenske was given a
"hearing" role in an off-Broadway play in
New York. This role led to the newspaper explaining
that ASL was his first language and that speech
was his second language.


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
language classes for just $89 per person!  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

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!

Two universities are posting job announcements for
Coordinator, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Both job announcements require applicants to have
experiences as interpreters.

This sole requirement discriminates against deaf

Complained an advocate:

for the past two years more and more colleges have
added this "interpreting experience" requirement


DeafLibrary Page of the Week

A to Z on what we the deaf are and what we can be

click on:

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


Deaf Picture of the Week:

Mike Bruning
professional beach volleyball player and Deaflympics participant;
he is deaf


Question of the week:

Q. I have heard of this organization:
National Society of Genetic Counselors

Are these counselors accurate with their
deaf genetics counseling with deaf couples
that wish to start families?

A. Good question. There have been hearing
babies born of deaf couples, whose deafness
generations, on both sides, go as far back as
5-6-7-8 generations. And there have been
deaf babies born of hearing couples with no
incidence of deafness on both sides of the
family tree!

Simply put, their guess is as good as yours.

send your questions to

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


Wish List of the Week:

that much tolerance be given to deaf people, whose
viewpoints, differ from others. Does not matter
what viewpoint it is - CI or not, oral or manual,
residential or mainstream, hearing college or
deaf college, and so on. This is a free country
and it is not a crime to have own viewpoints.


DeafHistory - Looking Back:

During Years 1400 through 1599 - the old Germanic
describing deafness was daufi, and over the years
this word evolved into an insulting deaf-mute


Deaf and the Money:

- $4,000 for hearing
- free for deaf

cost of a zero gravity trip where individuals float up
and down the room, unable to control their movements

$4,000 is cost charged by Northrop Grumman and Zero Gravity
Corporation for thrill seekers that want to experience a
zero gravity trip

free was offered by US Navy way back in 1960's for a group
of deaf individuals. The Navy wanted to study effects of
weightless experiments on individuals. The selected
deaf individuals grew up with balance problems.


DeafNumbers of the Week:

- How many past NTID members of faculty are now members of
faculty at Gallaudet?

Approximately 7 or 8.

- How many past Gallaudet members of faculty are now
members of NTID faculty?

Approximately 4 or 5

- How many NTID presidents have become Gallaudet presidents?
Two (Davila and Hurwitz)

- How many Gallaudet presidents were NTID presidents?
Two (same as above)


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job posting
Community Health Educator
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA

This is a new job posting to work with our deaf-friendly research
staff at the UCSD Cancer Center in La Jolla, California.  

We are seeking an individual who is proficient in ASL and has
demonstrated experience in filming, video-editing, and clerical

Additionally, the candidate must have a strong command of the
English language. 

If you are interested in applying for this half-time position
with full benefits, please apply on-line on or before
November 6, 2009 at:


position opening
Director of Alternative Programs
Vermont Center for the Deaf & hard-of-Hearing, Inc
Brattleboro, VT

Time Base:     Full time position

- Vermont State Administrative license
- Masters Degree of Deaf Education or related  field
- Minimum of 5 years teaching and administrative experience
- Training/experience in instruction improvement
- Proficiency in American Sign Language

- Direct all aspects of Operation for the William Center and
Autism Program in compliance with state and federal regulations

- Oversee the supervision and development of all staff
- Communicate effectively with all stakeholder
- Develop and implement program budget

- Work closely with the directors of Special Education, Related
Services, and Student Life

Target Hire Date: June 2010

Please send letter of interest  & resume to Kelly Therieau at

Or fax # 802-258-9574


employment opportunity
Employment Specialist
Deaf Independent Living Association Inc
Salisbury, MD

Full 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.

Assist deaf and hard of hearing individuals in obtaining
and maintaining employment that is consistent with their
vocational goals. Works with local agencies  and
employers to identify potential jobs that make use of
integrated and natural supports for deaf and hard of
hearing job seekers. Uses networking to market and
increase public awareness of the agency's employment

Bachelor's Degree in human service or related field with
one year experience in employment services; experience
in teaching and/or training others; demonstration of
adaptability, problem solving and reliability when
supervision is off-site; specific training in
supported and non-supported employment techniques;
and ability to prepare records and reports. Knowledge
of the work world and must be a team player. Fluency
in American Sign Language and issues related to
hearing loss. Valid driver's license required.

Full Time Employee Benefits:
100 % employer contribution to medical, life and
disability benefits; 75 % employer contribution
to dental; retirement; 13 paid holidays a year;
10 paid annual leave days a year; 2 personal
leave days a year; 10 paid sick days a year and more

To apply:
Send resume with cover letter and salary requirements to:

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc
attn: Human Resources
806 Snow Hill Road
Salisbury, MD 21804



Applications can also be completed on line at:


Search re-opened
Co-Science Directors
Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

for position description and application procedures, please click on:


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:


Job Description
Director of Employment Services
Corliss Institute, Inc
Warren, Rhode Island

Overall job function: Agency liaison for all client work and business
functions. To structure the developing Program into 3 separate
services. To oversee Project staffing and performance. To monitor and
assess Department activities/goals, and to research additional
options. To assure that the Program services and goals result in
meaningful work in settings that are not segregated or sheltered.  

This position reports to the Executive Director.

Requirements:  M.A. desired, B.A. minimum. Experience with State
Rehabilitation agency procedures/policies for Supported Work.
Knowledge of deaf adults with developmental disabilities,
fluency in ASL required/capacity to gain these skills.
PR/networking skills with employers, state and private employment
groups and others.  Business skills and supervisory experience as
well as ability to assess viability in the areas of client need,
project viability (revenue, expenses, etc.) and public response.
Excellent writing skills, familiarity with Word, Excel and basic
programs, and the ability to be productive in team and independent

Examples of Job Duties:
1. Works with Executive Director, Senior Team and funders/partners
to develop and refine Program.

2.  Recruits and interviews needed consultants, staff, interns and

3. Develops sales initiatives, customers, jobs and related Program
components through research, email, phone/videophone/TTY and
attendance at various events.

4. Develops Program promotional materials and events for increasing
public and consumer use.

5. Liaison to external entities.

6. Internal and formal Reports other documents to track Program
progress and outcomes.

7. Program and expenditure reports, revenue projections and other

8. Other duties as determined by supervisor/agency need.

This is a full-time exempt position, and includes full agency fringe
and benefits. 

Salary - high $40's. Limited relocation funds. Position funded for
one year; contingent upon generated revenue.

Cover letter/resume to:
Jean Moniz, Director of HR
Corliss Institute, Inc.
290 Main Street
Warren, RI 02885
FAX to: 401-245-8023


Position Available
Director of Student Admissions
The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
Philadelphia, PA

Director of Student Admissions  

This is a full-time 12-month position.  At least a Master's
Degree in Psychology or related field. Possess proficiency in
sign language.  Supervise a full array of clinical student/family
support services.  Collaborate with LEAs and families regarding
enrolment and coordinate the PDE approval process. Coordinate
the scheduling and completion of Biannual and Triennial
multidisciplinary evaluations ERs, IEPs and standardized
school-wide assessment services.  Collaborate on the transition
to school age process and the ESY/Summer Program.    

Deadline for submission is December 11, 2009.

Send letter of interest and resume/vitae to: 

Jane Homka
Executive Secretary
The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
100 W. School House Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19144



position opening
Faculty, American Sign Language Job #0909001
Austin Community College
Austin, Texas

Closing Date: 01/08/2010

To apply go to

For information contact Haydeana Gaviria at:

Serves as full time faculty member in the American Sign Language
and Interpreter Preparation Program. Responsible for teaching
American Sign Language I-VI.  Participates in ongoing curriculum
development, implementation and evaluation.

Utilizes innovative teaching strategies to meet the learning needs
of a diverse student population.

Responsibilities include advising students, maintaining office
hours, serving on program and College committees, maintaining
professional competence, and participating in professional
development activities. 

Seeking candidates who can demonstrate creativity, innovation in
the field, and service in the profession and/or the community.

Three years work experience in Deaf Services. Candidates must
demonstrate effective teaching techniques adaptable to a
variety of learning styles. Candidates must have effective
planning, organization, communication, and interpersonal
skills. Candidates must be able to assist and assess student
learning; be punctual for classes and office hours and be
able to maintain an established schedule, including possible
evenings and weekends. Candidate must possess intermediate
knowledge of Microsoft office and be able to learn specialized

Candidates must have Master's degree or above in American Sign
Language; or Master's degree or above and 18 hours in American
Sign Language/Deaf Studies/Linguistic-related coursework. 

Preferred: PhD in American Sign Language; ASLTA Certified


(updated November 1st)


- Job Developer/Interpreter - Pacoima, CA

- Community Interpreter - Los Angeles, CA

- HIV Educator (WSR) - Los Angeles, CA

- Independent Subcontractor - 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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