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DeafDigest – 25 October 2009

DeafDigest Gold - October 25, 2009

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Hot Deaf News during the week:

- Hot News during the week

In France, sign language was suggested as the best way to
communicate, to avoid human touching of bodies, to prevent
the worsening Swine Flu epidemic!

- Thursday October 22nd 

a corporate sponsorship flap is going on in Fuji. The
Fiji Rugby Union (hearing) has a sponsorship deal with
Digice. This organization agreed to fund the national
deaf rugby team's trip for games with deaf teams from
Australia and New Zealand. But the deaf team agreed to
a sponsorship deal with Vodafone, a bitter corporate
rival of Digice. As a result, the Fiji Rugby Union
pulled out their funding of the deaf team's trip!

- Friday October 23rd

The Jefferson County (Colorado) school board approved
application by the Rocky Mountain Deaf School to establish
a charter high school

- Saturday October 24th 

A story ran in a Dublin newspaper of the Merlin Motor Group,
which operates car rentals, car auctions, new car dealership
and a small factory. Two brothers operate the business,
and one of them, Patrick O'Reilly, is deaf and has
Usher Syndrome. He is responsible for the business
computer operations.

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


Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

Krishneer Sen, a deaf native of Fuji, but a resident of
New Zealand, and a leader in the Deaf Community, has
won a scholarship to attend Gallaudet University.
He had to move to New Zealand because opportunities for
the deaf were limited in Fuji.


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   A deaf convention took place recently. There were no
laptops, no paging devices, no computers. Many deaf people
spent time in the lobby chatting with each other.
   No laptops, no paging devices, no computers? Are we talking
about 1940 or 1950?
   No. The power was out at the hotel. So instead of using
computers, laptops and pagers, deaf people just chatted with
each other.
   Which is better? 1950 without electronic devices, but
making face to face friends or 2010 with electronic devices
but not making face to face friends?
   You decide!

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   A deaf person worked at the HelpDesk of his
government agency. Deafness was not a problem; he
used the computer chat to deal with the clients
to help solve their problems.
   That deaf person wanted to transfer to another
HelpDesk job at a different government agency.
They told him they could not hire him because of
his deafness!
   Huh. One government agency telling him deafness
is fine at a HelpDesk while another government
agency telling him a deaf person cannot work at a

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   All interpreters are stuck with boring lectures
that put most of the audience into sleep, be it
the deaf or the hearing listeners.
   There is a twist, however. The lecture was so
boring to a hearing neighbor of DeafDigest editor.
   She does not know ASL but said that instead of
listening to the boring lecture she watched the
interpreter and found the signs fascinating!

   It does not matter where in the world, many people
like to party, especially in Botswana, a nation in
   A popular nightclub in Gaborone West, Botswana's
largest city is Grand West.
   Making sure order is maintained among the revelers
is bouncer Moffat Setume.
   He is deaf. Been bouncing ill-behaved revelers
at the club for eight years. 

   It is almost always that members of an organization
do not like the officers.
   The most common way to deal with these officers is
to vote them out of the office.
   Maybe it is different in Sierra Leone. Members of the
Sierra Leone Association for the Deaf felt that the
officers were corrupt and needed to be replaced.
   Instead of asking for a special election, the members
marched up and down the streets of Freetown, a city in
Sierra Leone, demanding ousters of these officers!

   Klang Valley is a region in Malaysia. And there is
a complaint among the deaf residents in the region.
   Signs at public transportation facilities (buses and
trains) are so dim that it is hard to read from afar.
This is important because the deaf cannot hear these
Public Announcement messages and must rely on displays.
   This form of compliance is actually a non-compliance
as far as the deaf are concerned!

   For fun reading among non-economics (or even among
economics, for that matter) is the book - Freakonomics.
   The authors have come up with a new book that has
hit the bookstore shelves - SuperFreakonomics.
   DeafDigest editor cannot help but wonder if a
Deaf Economist could come up with a book titled
   Would be interesting reading? It could deal with
such questions like:

- why is it expensive to be deaf?
- value of hearing aid vs value of a cI
- value of Gallaudet & NTID versus hearing colleges
- monetary breakdowns: residential versus mainstreamed programs

and so on

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

Association of Medical Professionals With Hearing Losses

   The web site is at:


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

I've made several pizza runs to a hotel near a major
airport and these customers were air pilots and
flight attendants that get together and have a
great time (between flights)

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


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a newspaper story said:

she is married to a fellow sign-language user

Hey! Does not say if the fellow sign-language user
is deaf or is a Coda with sign language skills
or an interpreter or a hearing person that picked
up sign 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
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Silent Weekend!

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offering you so many hours of classes as inexpensively as the
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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!

A scandal is going on in Dallas, Texas. The police have,
over a 3-year span, ticketed 39 drivers for not speaking

While it is not deaf-related, it could might be. Were
any of these drivers, deaf and ASL-speaking, which may not
be considered English by the police?


DeafLibrary Page of the Week

DeafDigest editor saw this article off a web posting, on how the disabled,
the deaf included, try to deal with the college life, this one at University
of Texas.

This article was written by Israel Perez, of the Daily Texan

to read this article, click on

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


Deaf Picture of the Week:

football ASL?

#13 is saying shoulder
#17 is saying out
#14 is saying "I threaten you physically"

Of course, ASL purists would not agree!


Question of the week:

Q. I love to watch the soap operas. Have there been any
soap plots involving the deaf?

A. During the seventies, "Search for Tomorrow" involved
a deaf character (Linda Bove) who fell in love with her
doctor, and they "lived happily forever." The other one
was "Guiding Light" where the leading character fell
in love with Abby, a deaf Amish woman (Amy Ecklund).

There may be others. DeafDigest is not sure.

send your questions to

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


Wish List of the Week:

that some newspaper reporters stop saying that we, the deaf,
are "not normal."

A newspaper, in Fuji, said:

These are not normal people that we are dealing with. We have
to treat them specially


DeafHistory - Looking Back:

Year 1576 - Thomas Filsby, a deaf man, married Ursula Russel, a hearing
woman, in a church ceremony in Leicester, England. This marriage
was duly recorded in the church books, and is known to be one of the
earliest known church weddings involving the deaf,


Deaf and the Money:

Deaf athletic groups need to take notice of the lesson
learned by the national deaf Fuji rugby team. If the team
is being funded for an overseas trip by the national
hearing rugby governing body, then all other offers for
corporate sponsorships may need to be turned down - to
avoid corporate conflicts.


DeafNumbers of the Week:

A deaf activist, who has requested anonymity with himself
and with the location of his residence, loves
junk food but was constantly frustrated with the
hassles of being able to order food from the
comfort of his car.

Over a period of time he went to thirty different
fast food outlets in a mid-sized American city,
to see if he is able to get his orders through from
his car.

the results are:

13 - successful orders from his car
12 - unsuccessful orders from his car

for reasons of his own, he did not want to involve the
area advocacy organizations of the deaf


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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
Webmaster/IT Support Specialist
Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency
San Leandro, CA

Part-time Non-Exempt

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


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 25th)


- Job Developer/Interpreter - Pacoima, CA

- Community Interpreter - Los Angeles, CA

- HIV Educator (WSR) - 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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