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DeafDigest – 11 October 2009

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Gold section.


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Hot Deaf News during the week:

- Thursday October 8th 

The "Children of a Lesser God" play presented by Deaf West
is so popular that its run has been extended in California
from October 11th to November 1st

- Friday October 9th

A newspaper story has surfaced saying that the Steven Noyce,
the new superintendent, Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind,
is advocating early interventions with deaf children, while
not abandoning sign language

- Saturday October 10th 

Georgia Association of the Deaf has announced its participation
in the protest at the office of Bankruptcy Trustee Gary Brown
over one million dollars that state superintendent of schools
Kathy Cox pledged towards two schools for the deaf but threatened
by her husband's bankruptcy proceedings

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


Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

   Do we have thieves that are attracted to the Deaf Theater?
Hope not.
   Some years back the National Theatre of the Deaf was
embezzled out of a considerable amount of money.
   And now this - the Sign State, a traveling deaf-hearing
theatrical troupe, operating out of Cleveland, Ohio, was
embezzled by its stage manager. There was a newspaper story
about this theft yesterday.


Want to support a great cause? 

Join the Mill Neck Family of Organizations at Walk4Hearing,
a nationally coordinated effort sponsored by the Hearing Loss
Association of America. 

The event will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2009 at Riverside
Park in New York City, located at West 83rd Street and Riverside

Registration begins at 9 am and the walk will start at 10 am.

Join as a walker or support a team member by making a donation. 

Either way, help Team Mill Neck by logging on to - Click on NYC, NY under the 2009 Walks
side bar, and then "find a walker or team"; and type in Mill Neck. 

The Mill Neck Family of Organizations will benefit from the proceeds
raised during the Walk4Hearing event.

The purpose of Walk4Hearing is to increase awareness about the causes
and consequences of hearing loss and to raise funds to provide
information and support for people with hearing loss. 

The Mill Neck Family of Organizations is dedicated to enhancing the
quality of life for people who are Deaf, or who have other special
needs, through excellence in individually designed educational,
vocational or spiritual programs and services. 

For more information, please call (516) 922-4100 or visit:


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   A deaf man was a judge at hearing automobile
show contests.
   All judges must listen to the running engines to
decide if it is a good or a bad engine.
   How could a deaf judge know if it is a good or bad
   He would feel the vibrations and then give points
to the contestants (few points means bad engine; many
points mean good engine)

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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of each DeafDigest edition)

   Psychologists always disagree on many
things. It is the same with psychologists
that work with the deaf.
   One group of psychologists working with the
deaf would look on the deaf from a cultural
point of view. Another group of psychologists
that work with the deaf look on the deaf from
a medical and audiological point of view!

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   Every week there is always an announcement that
something may cause deafness. An example was golfing
may cause deafness, only because noise generated in
a club hitting the ball may be bad for ears.
   Now this - driving a convertible at top speeds
may equal the noise of a pneumatic drill (110 dB).
The journal Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
ran a piece on convertible-induced deafness.
   Next week, something else that we discover could
cause deafness.
   And so on.

   Paraquad is an agency in St Louis that serves the
needs of the disabled, the deaf included. It was founded
in 1970.
   There have been changes with the Deaf Services.

Colleen Burdiss - Coordinator, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
Anne Geary - Youth and Family and Independent Living Skills
Karen Lister - Employment Consultant
Jeff Prail - System Advocacy and Independent Living Skills
Mike Boyd - continues as Benefit Specialist

   If you remember these S&H Green Stamps, you are
not a kid!
   These S&H Green Stamps were popular during the
sixties before tapering off.
   What about it? In Pennsylvania, during the sixties,
parents of the deaf in York and Lancaster counties
collected these green stamps. Purpose was to get a new
school bus to transport the deaf kids to the Pennsylvania
School for the Deaf.
   Were the efforts successful? Yes, the bus, obtained
with these stamps, transported the kids in 1964 and continued
right up to the early eighties.
   To read up on these stamps, do click on:

   Do we have a deaf person that is a commercial
pilot? No, only because of the need to communicate
on the radio with the tower.
   Matt Herrman, a deaf man, is an instrument-rated
pilot, a difficult license to achieve. His goal is
to become a flight instructor in order to teach the
deaf to fly.
   While in flight school, he earned his commercial
pilot's license. Not sure if it would lead to a career
in commercial flying for reasons stated above.

   We know all about Deaf Coffee sessions, that take
place at many coffee houses everywhere in USA.
   But what about Deaf Buffet? Well, it is a new one,
and it is taking place soon at a restaurant in
Horn Lake, Mississippi!

   If a deaf person uses Bounce instead of
Fabric softener for use in clothes drying
machine, is it for a reason?
   Many dryers have the buzz sound to alert
hearing people to the end of the drying
cycles. We, the deaf, cannot hear the buzz,
and so, the Bounce may be a better choice?


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

our store policy is not to deliver pizzas to unlighted
houses during the evenings. I went to a house that had
no lights on; I did not want to return to the store
without making that delivery so rang the doorbell.

A man came out from the backyard to take the delivery.
He was blind!

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


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Hearing-impaired Listeners

Huh!  Are we, the deaf, also called deaf listeners?


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

We had over 600 at the recent silent weekend.

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

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

Students and professionals seeking to improve their skills
can bring family members and they can take novice sign
language classes for just $89 per person!

Early bird registration is due October 15 at and begins at $129.

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!

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 2010 for a Bed and Breakfast tour?

Please browse our selection of signing greeting cards at:


Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

   NAD arguing; Netflix denying and defending themselves
over the noncaptioning of the Oz video lead-ins.


DeafLibrary Page of the Week

if a deaf person moves to a new city, knowing no one,
how could he make new friends?

Do click on:

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


Deaf Picture of the Week:

deaf professional auto racer Luke Padfield

he's the one with the flag


Question of the week:

Q. I have the same hearing loss as my hard of hearing friend,
yet he is able to communicate on voice telephone and
follow the stories on the radio, while I can't. Why?

A. Very tricky question - best left to audiologists, but
a quick response may be that some deaf people can
discriminate sounds whereas others can't.

send your questions to

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


Wish List of the Week:

that Netflix would caption everything they produce


DeafHistory - Looking Back:

Year 1900 - attitude in the American society at that time
was that deaf people were to be grouped with the mentally
ill, the physically challenged, and to be denied rights
to marry or to do business with the public 


Deaf and the Money:

Real estate developers are everywhere; they become rich
during real estate booms and go broke during real estate

Why we do not have a Deaf Real Estate developer, or in
other words, a Deaf Donald Trump?

Because it costs money. Plenty of money, that is.

When a new development goes up, there is no cash flow for
months or years until the building vacancies are filled.

A Hearing Donald Trump has plenty of money to wait for
cash flow to come up. A Deaf Donald Trump would go broke,
just waiting and waiting!


DeafNumbers of the Week:

51 percent

this is a magic formula to assure a majority;
for example - at least 51 percent of Gallaudet board
of trustees votes would be needed to select our next


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closing date - October 16, 2009

Job Opening
KRC Outreach Coordinator (Kansas)
Hamilton Relay, Inc

state of Kansas

Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a full-time position open for
KRC Outreach Coordinator for the state of Kansas. 

Applications and Job Descriptions may be picked up from and returned
to Cindy Blase in Human Resource Department by October 16, 2009.

(Any questions concerning the opening can be directed to Cindy/Human
Resource Department.)

Equal Opportunity Employer

Position summary:  This full-time position is responsible for
coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote
Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone Relay
Service (CapTel?) for Kansas
Relay Center.  

Preferred education, experience and skills:
- Knowledge of American Sign Language is preferred. 

- Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes
used by current and potential relay users.

- Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service or
knowledge of Captioned Telephone Relay Services is helpful

- Experience in public relations activities.
- Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.
- Strong written, analytical and interpersonal skills.
- Hold a valid driver?s license.
- Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are encouraged to apply

Interested individuals may apply by logging on to or may
contact Cindy Blase in the Human Resource Corporate Department by
October 16, 2009.

Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender,
age, national origin or disability.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications
based in Aurora, NE.  Hamilton offers a competitive wage and benefits
package.  Contact our HR Dept. at: 800.821.1831
V/TTY or email at


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


Employment vacancies
School Educator I (2 positions)
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf,
Wilson, NC

closing date for both positions - 10/15/09

to view these vacancies please visit our website at:

contact person:


Position opening
Full-Time Staff Assistant (Project Coordinator)
Gallaudet University Regional Center
at Northern Essex Community College
Haverhill, MA

Regional Center at Northern Essex Community College:
(Twelve-month, MCCC unit position.)  This position is grant funded
on an annual basis by Gallaudet University's College of Professional
Studies and Outreach.  Gallaudet University Regional Center serves
the Northeast states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. As necessary on a
periodic basis, the individual appointed to this position will be
expected to work during evening and/or weekends to accommodate the
requirements of the work area.  

Anticipated start date: November, 2009

In collaboration with Gallaudet University's College of Professional
Studies and Outreach, the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
and other Gallaudet University departments, initiate, plan, organize
and implement projects across the region in support of Gallaudet
University's strategic plan, including conferences, training, and
courses to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing people, their
families, and professionals who serve them. Coordinate identified
projects through a complete development cycle from project definition
to development, dissemination, and evaluation. Coordinate the process
for determining project goals, budgets, and timelines, in collaboration
with other stakeholders. Prepare project communications including
regular status updates.

Remain abreast of current trends and issues in education, rehabilitation,
culture, and linguistics as they relate to deaf and hard of hearing
individuals.  Develop professional networks across the region.  Actively
pursue collaborative opportunities, identify and respond to training
needs and requests throughout the region.  Be proactive in creating new
opportunities for Gallaudet University to have an impact in the region.
Handle multiple projects simultaneously. Support the GURC's public
relations role, representing Gallaudet University and providing
information about the academic, service and support programs at the
University as well as all training, publications, outreach, partnership,
enrollment, and recruitment initiatives.  Assist with other GURC
activities as assigned, including the Regional Academic Bowl and
Shared Reading initiatives.

Minimum qualifications:
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (deaf education,
rehabilitation or related field) required.  Master's degree in related
field preferred.  Two years of work experience in deaf education,
rehabilitation or related field, Fluency in sign language required.
Demonstrated ability to form partnerships and working collaborations
with a diverse group of people including teachers, educational
professionals, parents, and members of the deaf community. Excellent
interpersonal and communication skills.  Ability to communicate clearly
and effectively across great distances through a variety of media.
Demonstrated ability to work independently, self-motivate and
initiate and manage programs. Communicate clearly and concisely, in
writing.  Computer skills sufficient to manage workload efficiently,
produce professional materials, and manage data. Ability to be flexible
with work schedule. Willing to travel extensively throughout the region.
Possession of a valid driver?s license and ability to drive a motor

To apply:

Salary is commensurate with experience and background. The approximate
salary range for this position is $36,560 - $43,000 with full fringe

Deadline: October 30, 2009


call for nominations
Superintendent/Chief Executive Officer
Lexington School and Center for the Deaf
Jackson Heights, NY 

The Board of Trustees of the Lexington School and Center for the
Deaf seeks an experienced and proven innovative administrator to
join us and lead as Superintendent/Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Lexington has served the Deaf and hard of hearing community of the
New York Metropolitan area since 1864, as a leading educational,
advocacy, vocational and social service agency. 

The Lexington Board of Trustees is seeking a leader for this
multi-faceted agency consisting of the following:

1. The Lexington School for the Deaf which is a privately run school
funded mainly by the state of New York with a 140+ year history of
educational excellence and innovation. The school's enrollment of
approximately 340 students, infants through 21 years, makes it the
largest school for the Deaf in the state of New York.

2. The Lexington Center for Mental Health Services which includes an
outpatient clinic and specializes in infant, child, adult and family

3. The Lexington Vocational Services Center which offers supported
employment and independent living skills to Deaf and hard of hearing
adults throughout the metropolitan area.

4. The Lexington Hearing & Speech Center, which provides audiological
and speech services to the community including an Early Intervention
Program for families with young children who are Deaf or hard of

5. The Lexington Child Care Center which operates a Universal Pre-K
program for children in the local community.

6. The Lexington School for the Deaf Foundation, which serves as the
fundraising arm of Lexington Center.

Scope of Duties:

1. The Superintendent/CEO reports to the Board of Trustees and is
responsible for the orderly management and supervision of all
aspects of the operation of the Lexington School and Center for the

2. The Superintendent/CEO is responsible for the strategic planning,
financial management, development and evaluation of all programs.

3. The Superintendent/CEO is responsible for establishing and
cultivating relationships between and among all stakeholders including
employees, families, inter-affiliate relations, government agencies
and the public.

4. The Superintendent/CEO is responsible for developing and managing
fundraising strategies to maintain and expand revenues from government
and private sectors.


1. Experienced and proven Senior Executive capable of providing strong
leadership and managing/supervising multiple functions (finance,
information technology, operations, educational instruction,
development, and outreach, etc.), with responsibility for 10 direct
reports and a total staff of approximately 350.

2. Certified or eligible for certification as a New York State School

3. Experience preferred, but not required, in the field of education
and social services programs for individuals with hearing disabilities.
The ability to identify, evaluate and initiate a wide range of
contemporary services for the Deaf and hard of hearing individuals is
also preferred.

4. Fluent in American Sign Language.

Qualified candidates should submit resume with salary requirements by
U.S. Postal mail to:

Claudia Gordon, Esq., Chairperson, Search Committee
Lexington School and Center for the Deaf
30th Ave. & 75th Street
Jackson Heights, NY 11370

Or via email to

Call For Nominations will close November 30, 2009


position openings
substitute teachers
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description and application procedures
please click on:

- Substitute Teacher (P/T-Hourly)


(updated October 11th)


- Job Developer/Interpreter - Pacoima, 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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