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DeafDigest – 09 November 2009

DeafDigest Gold - November 8, 2009

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Gold section.


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Hot Deaf News during the week:

- Hot News during the week

Because of inbreeding in the third world villages,
more and more people have become deaf. The latest
"deaf town" is located in Bali, an Indonesian
island. Half of the residents in one Bali village
is deaf. They joke about their deafness as if one
is trying to hear a one-hand clapping!

- Thursday November 5th 

Simon Wilkinson-Blake, not deaf, resigned as the CEO of
the British Deaf Association after being on the job
just 18 months. There is a feeling of deja vu because
of the CEO turnover intermingled with deaf identity
issues (the same as what is happening here in USA).

- Friday November 6th

A Walmart Supercenter within easy walking distance of
North Carolina School for the Deaf, Morganton, is one
step towards reality. The City Planning and Zoning
Commission rejected pleas from residents to rezone
the area to prevent commercialization and traffic
in the area

- Saturday November 7th 

Toby Walker has won the Abbeyville Police Department
officer of the year for the 3rd time in his 11
years with the force. It is in Louisiana. Toby is
deaf and uses a CI.

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


Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

We are thrilled that our own Ashley Fiolek is a champion
motocross racer. We may see another deaf champion
motocross racer. Josh Waterman won the British
MXY2 and BYMX Championships, and like with Ashley,
he races by feel than by sound. He will be competing
against top European motocross racers this coming


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   An article in a deaf school magazine explained how
children become deaf. There were about 10 different
reasons why the children become deaf.
   One of the reasons was "swallowed tobacco."
This is not a joke. This article was written about 115
years ago!
   Of course, nowadays doctors are better with finding
reasons for deafness.

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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

   It often happens that a hearing person gets
upset when a deaf person does not respond. The
hearing person think he is being ignored, not
realizing the deafness.
   DeafDigest editor never forgot an incident
about 10 years ago. A group of college students
were selling donuts for their fund raising
purposes. The DeafDigest editor passed by them on
the sidewalk, and did not want to buy donuts.
   The hearing student got very angry, thinking
he was being ignored and ran after the
DeafDigest editor. Luckily, a group of college
students grabbed him and pulled him away.
   It can be scary!

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

   There was a story in a recent publication of California
School for the Deaf at Fremont about the school partnering
up with the San Francisco Club for the Deaf.
   Normally schools for the deaf and the clubs for the
deaf do not connect with each other, and so, the
Fremont story is interesting.
   It all got started when the club members made
a donation to the school, and it led to students suggesting
that their school reach out to them.
   The school and the club both have joint activities
planned in the months to come.

   We watch many cop stories on TV, and much of these
plots revolve around white collar crime, or in other
words - fraud.
   Do we have any deaf individuals in the fraud
investigation field? There was one in Illinois about
10 years ago but he is no longer in that field.
   It has surfaced this week that we have one in
Kentucky. There was a newspaper story written up
on Eddie Runyon, who is deaf and is a Special
Investigator working on Kentucky Employer's
Mutual Insurance.
   Like with almost all deaf professionals,
discrimination and isolation are issues Eddie
deals with on a daily basis.

   Gambia is Africa's smallest nation. And there was
a newspaper story that said:

Gambia College has educated some people with mild hearing
problems, with cooperation and collaboration with the St.
John's School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

   Huh! What about the profoundly deaf or even the
severely deaf or even of the moderately deaf? Are
these groups being neglected in favor of the mildly
   Possibly the newspaper reporter did not know what
he was writing about!

   It seems that when ambitious deaf individuals seek
employment and are discriminated against, they go into
business for themselves as an alternative.
   An example would be a cafe in Hue, Vietnam, owned
and operated by a deaf family. A hearing newspaper
reporter stopped by that cafe for beers and fried spring
   The reporter made a very nice comment about that
cafe in his newspaper article, but did not mention
the name of that place.

   Years ago when mills were a way of life in the
South, a group of employees in one milling factory
were expert lipreaders, even though they were not deaf.
   The noise from the milling machinery was so bad
that these employees had to learn lipreading in
order to communicate.
   This is interesting. Why wouldn't they use
hand gestures instead of lipreading? Maybe because
it is hard to teach a gesture for every single word
whereas lipreading was much easier?

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

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Task Force (American Postal Workers Union)

   The web site is at:


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

in my years of delivering pizzas, I had to deal three
times with females opening the door being inappropriately
attired! I had to quickly give the pizza to them, take
the money quick all while averting my eyes and then
getting out of the premises.

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


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part of a newspaper story that said:

sparks fly between two people, literally without words but
with lots of sign language

"without words" while signing. C'mon! Signs translate into
words that deaf people read with their eyes


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!

Playing games on the computer is a serious hobby
with many people, the deaf included. And there
is a growing number of deaf gamers upset with the
lack of captions or subtitles in some games.
They turn to the web site at
to review new games for its accessibility features


DeafLibrary Page of the Week

few weeks ago, David Pierce, DeafDigest's Fogey cartoonist,
drew a great fogey which labeled different individuals in the
"squabbling" Deaf Community.

What are these labels? Do click on:

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


Deaf Picture of the Week:

Departure Lounge

It is a British captioned sign language movie
that you can watch on your computer. Just bring
your soft drinks and popcorn because the showing
is 27 minutes long. A great movie and professionally
done! And "admission" is free.

Signs are in British Sign Language but is captioned
and it will be fun comparing our ASL with their BSL
word for word.


Question of the week:

Q. Gallaudet has the Office of the Ombuds? Exactly
what is it supposed to do?

A. tries to resolve issues that surface on the
campus, and in the process, create peace.

send your questions to

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


Wish List of the Week:

that counseling services for the deaf, in need, are
immediately available anywhere in USA.


DeafHistory - Looking Back:

Year 1596 - Richard Carew, not deaf, wrote a letter
mentioning two deaf men Bone and Kempe that
communicated in sign language that was fascinating
to those that were watching them


Deaf and the Money:

$800,000 - allocated by Fresno City College in
California for services for disabled students, the
deaf included

$300,000 - allocated by same college for interpreters

above is 38 percent


DeafNumbers of the Week:

107 nations

visited by the late Irwin Bosch, a deaf Californian traveler


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Employment vacancies
School Educator I
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf,
Wilson, NC

closing date -         11/17/2009

to view these vacancies please visit our website at:

contact person:


Seeking Applicants For
Outreach Specialist
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY

NTID, one of the eight colleges of RIT, is the first and largest
technical college serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Nearly
1,450 deaf and hard-of-hearing students from across the United States,
as well as other countries, study and reside at RIT with 16,000
hearing students. 

The department of Admissions at NTID is seeking an Outreach Specialist

For a detailed job description please visit: RIT Career Zone at:
and enter the IRC# or select National Technical Institute for the Deaf
for College/Division. 

Job Description:
Full time position.  Provide coordination and program implementation for
Steps to Success and MathCounts Outreach Programs.  Provide coordination
and implementation for the Sprint Distance Learning Initiative Programs.
Provide support for all the other Pre-College Outreach Programs.  

Detailed Description:
a. Provide coordination and program implementation for Steps to
Success and MathCounts Outreach Programs.  Provide coordination and
implementation for the Spring Distance Learning Initiative Programs. 

b. Plans and coordinates complex administrative assignments and
special projects within and/or across operating departments (i.e.
faculty, marketing, development, etc..); gathers, organizes, and
assesses information, and develops and prepares recommendations. 

c. Negotiates terms (for approval by Director of Outreach) with
facilities vendors for services, in accordance with budget constraints
and University policies and procedures. 

d. Assist in development of marketing materials 

e. Assist in corresponding with parties involved in Outreach

f. Performs related duties as assigned and required.

Job Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in business, education, human service or related
field is required. MS degree in business, education, human service
or related field preferred. 1-2 years of event planning experience.
Excellent interpersonal, supervisory, communication, and written
communication skills.  Proficiency with ASL strongly preferred.
Possess knowledge about deaf culture.  Organizational and time
management skills.  Ability to consistently meet tight deadlines

Additional Details:
Review of applicants will begin in December.

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

The hiring process for this position requires a criminal background check
and/or motor vehicle records check.  Any verbal or written offer made is
contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources
Salary commensurate with experience
This position is subject to available funding

Your application information and any relevant documentation such as resume
and cover letter should be uploaded via this website KEYWORD SEARCH:IRC34610 in order to be considered
for this position


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 8th)


- Job Developer/Interpreter - Pacoima, CA

- Community Interpreter - 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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