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DeafDigest – 18 October 2009

DeafDigest Gold - October 18, 2009

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Hot Deaf News during the week:


Dr T. Alan Hurwitz becomes the 10th president of Gallaudet

DeafDigest extends congratulations to Alan


Gallaudet University Trustees Name T. Alan Hurwitz President

Washington, D.C. - Dr. Benjamin Soukup, chair of the Gallaudet University 
Board of Trustees, today announced the appointment of Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz 
as the university's tenth president.

Gallaudet, established in 1864 by an act of Congress, is the world's only 
liberal arts university for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students

Hurwitz, who is deaf, currently serves as president of the National 
Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), one of eight colleges within the 
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and vice president and dean of 
RIT. He has worked at NTID/RIT since 1970, first as an instructor in RIT's 
College of Engineering and subsequently, as an NTID professor, department 
chair, dean, and the college's president. Throughout his career he has been
active in a variety of professional organizations, including serving as 
president of both the National Association of the Deaf and the World 
Organization of Jewish Deaf.

In Dr. Alan Hurwitz the Board of Trustees has chosen a leader for Gallaudet 
who possesses an extensive and distinguished track record in the field of 
higher education for deaf and hard of hearing persons. This expertise,
along with his commitment to Gallaudet's unique mission and strategic 
plan, ensures that he is the right person to lead the university as it 
seeks to attract and educate students from a variety of educational and
communication backgrounds,  Soukup said.

The announcement of Hurwitz's appointment follows a year-long search 
process that was the object of intense scrutiny due to past protests 
related to two presidential appointments. The trustees and the presidential 
search committee took extraordinary steps to ensure and demonstrate that 
this search was in every way inclusive, fair and transparent.

Hurwitz, who will take office in January, succeeds Dr. Robert Davila, 
the university's president since 2007.


Also, the link from NTID public relations office:


Said NBC News today:

No Protests Expected With Latest Gallaudet President-Select

Thank goodness!


- Thursday October 15th 

Former Australia prime minister John Howard said on a TV
news program that he struggled with his life long hearing

- Friday October 16th

The judge in South Dakota, in response to the lawsuit five
parents have filed with respect to reduction of services
at South Dakota School for the Deaf, said it may be out of
Federal court's turf.

The plaintiff's attorney does not agree and will fight on.

- Saturday October 17th 

A new book, "The Deaf Doctor" has been published in Great
Britain by author Marian Eason, not deaf. It is about
her father Ted Eason, a physician. He became late-deafened
and could not continue in the medical profession. Instead
he became a farmer, specializing in centipedes, and
eventually became Great Britain's best myriapodologist
(those that study centipedes)

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


Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

   Megan Jack, who is deaf, is a medical school student at
the University of Manitoba medical school. DeafDigest is not
sure if she will be the first deaf Canadian to become a physician
or if there are other deaf Canadian physicians before her.


   The nation of Maldives conducted their cabinet meeting
..under water.
    How did the cabinet members communicate? Yes, via sign
language. It is the first cabinet meeting of any country 
where members used signs to communicate with each other!


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   This is a true story. A Coda grew up, making many
friends with with hearing people. He would talk with
them a lot on voice telephone every day.
   He graduated from college and applied for a job.
He was required to take a hearing exam before the
job could be offered him.
   After the hearing exam, the examiner told the
Coda that he has a serious hearing loss.
   It was a shock to him because in his years being
with his hearing friends, he never realized he had
a hearing loss.
   True or false? You decide!

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of each DeafDigest edition)

   Another true story. Few years ago, many deaf people
were at the airport in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, waiting
to get on an airplane.
   The ticket clerk saw all these deaf people, signing
to each other, and she panicked.
   She used her microphone, requesting that all deaf
people to report to her.
   Of course, deaf people cannot hear and would not know
about the public announcement.
   Fortunately, an interpreter heard the announcement
and told all deaf people to line up to report to the
ticket counter clerk.
   Why would a hearing person think that a deaf person
can hear?
   Always a mystery.

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   Cheryl L. Dickson, not deaf, is everywhere.
There was a press release of her being elected
as the president-elect of The Alexander Graham Bell 
Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) 
Academy for Listening and Spoken Language.
   Huh? We've always known of AgBell as the
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf 
and Hard of Hearing. But the one with Listening 
and Spoken Language? Yes, the latter is a
subsidiary of AgBell.
   Now back to Dickson. She owns a private
practice in Sydney, Australia. She also serves
as clinical director for The Hearing House in 
Auckland, New Zealand. And now this - president-elect
of an American organization.
   Three nations. Three different groups. Three
different English accents.

   A few weeks ago an interesting story was
published in the Washington Post regarding
hush-hush at the Capitol Hill committee
   Legislative aides, wishing to discuss
matters of importance, must whisper without
giving themselves away. And, yes, ears are
everywhere, ever so curiously.
   Deaf hush-hush? Yes, let us take the
Gallaudet board of trustees meetings as an
example. Deaf trustees try to hide their
signs or to sign in codes when discussing
something sensitive with their fellow
trustees. Yes, eyes are everywhere, ever
so curiously!

   The Wikipedia says that David Jackson,
a deaf Briton, became the first deaf person
to send a text message. That was in 1995.
   The link is at:

   DeafDigest disagrees. The first deaf person
was Nan Sanders, Vienna, VA. She and her
hearing husband were attending a big conference
of radio hams in Ohio in the early eighties.
   Thousands of radio hams were at the conference
and it is so easy to get lost. Her husband, an
electronics expert, crafted a pocket TTY device
to a talkie-rig. When he wanted to contact his
wife, a buzzer would tell her a message was
forthcoming. She would turn on the device.
to read the message.
   This device created a sensation among these
admiring hearing radio hams and electronics
hobbyists in Northern Virginia.

   Many people complain that cars are too noisy.
An example was the mention last week in DeafDigest
of convertibles making drivers deaf!
   But there is a twist to these hybrid cars.
People are complaining...not that these cars
create noise...but that there is a lack of noise.
   Noise in cars is a comfort zone for hearing
drivers. They want to know that a car is passing
them by from behind, that the engine is running
smoothly, that the brakes are working properly,
   Not a problem with us, the deaf drivers.

   There was a story published in a newspaper in
   The title was:

Disability Services undermanned and overworked

   What this means is that when states are broke,
then disability services in state colleges may
not receive enough funding.
   And when this happens, the ability to serve the
deaf with interpreters, CART services and note takers.
may be compromised.
   A perfect solution? Yes - just attend either
Gallaudet or NTID/RIT!

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

National Counselors of the Deaf Association

   The web site is at:


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

On my last run of the day, I made a delivery to a house
where a drunk customer opened the door. He gave me a
fifty dollar bill. I told him I didn't have change for
it; He said never mind and to keep the change!

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


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famous percussionist Eve Glennie was described as
profoundly deaf, which is to say she's not entirely

is it the same as saying a person wears eye glasses which
is to say he's not entirely blind?


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!

   The deaf of New Zealand are upset over the 
New Zealand Film Commission standards which require
English subtitles for films in any other language 
than English.
   Deaf New Zealanders wishing to watch English-language
movies are simply out of luck.


DeafLibrary Page of the Week

Communication Accessibility Brings Its Own Problems

by Mary E Wambach, Executive Director, The Corliss
Institute, Warren, RI. It is a social service agency
that provides services to the deaf in the state of
Rhode Island. She also serves on the Board of Trustees
at Rhode Island School for the Deaf.

Anyway, the article focuses on funding scams that
prey on the Deaf Community

Do click on

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


Deaf Picture of the Week:

Jill Bianco
deaf female baseball player

(baseball, not softball, two completely different sports)


Question of the week:

Q. Does Hollywood hire deaf consultants for movies that
involve dead characters?

A. Yes and no, but in many cases Hollywood producers pretty
much disregard the advice of deaf consultants. This is
regrettable; hearing actors that play deaf roles do not
play it very well and the deaf patrons immediately
spot this sort of phoniness. And sign language, at best,
is bad.

send your questions to

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


Wish List of the Week:

that we all will work with incoming president Dr. T. Alan
Hurwitz to make Gallaudet a success


DeafHistory - Looking Back:

Year 1892 - Albert Ballin, who was deaf, was hired
by the Democratic Party of New York as a full time
election staffer. His job was to rally votes for
Democratic Party candidates


Deaf and the Money:

Money talks?

$500,000 donated by Rush Limbaugh to House Ear Institute.

The NFL does not want him but House Ear Institute
loves him.


DeafNumbers of the Week:

20 +

number of applications for Gallaudet presidency in 2007


number of applications for Gallaudet presidency in 2009


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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


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 18th)


- 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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