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DeafDigest Blue – April 28, 2013

DeafDigest Blue – April 28, 2013

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor – updated every Monday

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions:

This week’s ASL Videos with captions:

(if you have iPad, click on top video; if you have another
computer, click on bottom video)


DeafDigest welcomes unique deafnews tips;

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always


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The DeafDigest is divided into Blue and Gold sections, both
ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the
Blue section.


Top stories about the deaf:

The National Court Reporters Association has
appointed Adam Finkel to be the co-chair of the Deaf
and Hard of Hearing Alliance, which would advise
the organization on captioning needs of the deaf.

Are some hearing aids illegal? Yes, according to
the Health Professions Council of South Africa!
This organization has been warning the public not
to buy hearing aids that are sold over the counter
at some drug stores!

Much strife is taking place at the Tucson branch
of the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind.
The administration is at odds with the student body,
the faculty, the staff and the Deaf Community. Two
popular deaf members of the Tucson branch faculty
and staff were removed from their duties, thus
creating so much opposition. A special meeting
was recently postponed, but has been rescheduled for
April 30th – yet secrecy shrouds as to location,
time and agenda. It is being held in Phoenix,
approximately 120 miles away from Tucson!

The Special Needs Alliance is an organization of
attorneys that specialize in disability and public
benefits law. Anyway this organization hosted its
first conference. Several deaf attorneys were in

There is a special connection between the deaf and
France. There is the Laurent Clerc Museum in La
Balme, France. And there is a small statue of
Ferdinand Berthier (1803-1886) in Louhans, France.
He was a deaf French leader and political activist.
And now this in Toulouse, France, a company has
come up with sign language videos that would provide
the French deaf with daily news. Over 20 such
installations are found in public facilities across
the nation.


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For deaf people with Usher syndrome that live
independently, it is important that they know where the stores
are, where the banks are, where the doctors are, where the
supermarkets are, etc. One deaf man with Usher syndrome lived
in a big city where it was easy for him to walk to these places.
Everything was perfect for him.
He decided to move to another big city – and he realized
his big mistake – it was difficult to do things he was
able to do in the past. These places were too far away and
the walking became more difficult.
He is not a happy person today, and it is sad.

– for ASL News version with captions,

if you have iPad, click on top video; if you have another
computer, click on bottom video


NAD Leadership Training Conference: Defy Expectations; Achieve Feats!
October 3-5, 2013 ~ Hilton Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska

more information at:


Do deaf people prefer supermarket self-check out
counters than regular check-out counters?
With self check-out counters, there is less
hassle with hearing check-out clerks. With
regular check-out counters, hearing clerks may
ask you something that you don’t understand –
and it becomes a hassle!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:

if you have iPad, click on top video; if you have another
computer, click on bottom video


11th Annual Mental Health Interpreter Training
August 5 – 9, 2013
at Troy University in Montgomery, Alabama

more information at:


There is a special CI device implanted in the patient’s
back tooth. It is part medical surgery/part dental work.
Does Dr Steven Rattner, the deaf dentist with his suites
in College Park, MD and Gaithersburg, MD, offer this procedure.
He said that he does not offer this procedure.


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This week DeafDigest mentioned requiring licenses for hair cutters
but not for interpreters in Texas.
A clarification is in order. The Texas Board for Evaluation of
Interpreters (BEI) is involved, in sort of a way.
The BEI has been in effect since 1982, and it certifies qualified
sign language interpreters, in which the Texas law never did.
This bill will recognize BEI as the testing authority for
interpreters seeking licenses. And that interpreters lacking licenses
will be penalized by the state Department of Assistive and
Rehabilitative Services.
The stronger the teeth, the better!


being challenged by a hearing client:

why should I speak to your deaf client; you’re the one
that is talking to me for him!

if you have these “hate” or “horror” stories,


We have seen that the right pinky finger depresses the
final T, S, D, and Z.  The T and S are in the captioner’s
home position, but the finger must stretch to depress the
D and Z.  Some captioners use wide keys on these letters to
simplify the reach.  As we continue to look at blended
sounds at the ends of words, we can see that if the pinky
finger does not quite reach far enough, there could be some
confusion between the “-nt” and “-nd” endings.

Some examples of this would be:
– She wondered how she was going to meant her broken heart
– The fairy waved her magic want.
– They tent to forget the details.

These should be read as:
– She wondered how she was going to mend her broken heart
– The fairy waved her magic wand.
– They tend to forget the details.


being assumed that deaf people cannot dream with
language (neither ASL nor English)

(Every deaf person, no matter if it is ASL, oral,
Cued Speech, late-deafened, hearing aid user, CI user,
etc, share these pet peeves. You may laugh or cry)



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Breanna Sadler, a 11-year old Kentucky deaf girl, who got a
CI shock because of a defective product, was awarded over
seven million dollars in a jury verdict. The Advanced Bionics
spokesperson has blamed the supplier for causing these


Did you know that — Audree Norton

paved the way for future deaf actresses such as Marlee Matlin
Shoshonnah Stern, Deanna Bray and others. Audree was a pioneer,
a trailblazer. She started out during the early fifties as
a TV commercial model, which led to some acting roles later
on. With voice overs she performed commercials on TV, touting
the Royal Crown Cola soft drink, popular at that time. She
had to sip so many of these soft drinks to make it perfect
for the TV commercial. As a result, she has hated this
soft drink since then, as her preference is Coca Colas!
She was outspoken when Hollywood hired hearing actresses to
play deaf roles, and the movie moguls did not like her. Yet
our deaf actresses nowadays have much to thank her.


News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

A Deaf Facial Expression activating an electronic communications
tool? This is not a joke as professor Eamon Doherty, not deaf,
has seen to it.
This Farleigh Dickinson University (NJ) professor has come
up with computer gadgets that are activated just by a twitch
of one’s eyebrow. It is basically designed for the disabled
– but who knows, applications can always be modified to
meet the needs of the deaf.

(editor’s note: what has become of this new software? Do not


News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Gokak Textiles Limited, a factory in Bangalore,
India, wishes to hire the deaf as tailors. Their
goal is 400 deaf tailors on the factory payroll.
They were not able to hire that many deaf
tailors. Reason is lack of training and
experience in the tailoring profession.


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

there are always some parents that feel their deaf
children would be better off getting vocational job
training skills as opposed to going to college to
get professional jobs. Nothing to do with intelligence,
but much to do with making sure their deaf children
are employable!


A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

You go to a hardware store to make duplicates of your key.
You thought the cashier machine has display read out, but
it doesn’t. This display read out only shows ads on store’s

Anyway you thought the clerk said:
sixty nine cents

you are puzzled because you thought your keys would cost
maybe five or six dollars. So cheap?????

he actually said:
six nineteen  ($6.19)



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–  Administrative Assistant –  Riverside

–  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim

–  Job Developer/Interpreter – Rancho Cucamonga

–  Staff Interpreter – Los Angeles (2 positions open)

–  Staff Interpreter – Riverside

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 Manager
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.
2222 Laverna Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041

V/TDD:  (323) 550-4207
Fax #:  (323) 550-4204



position opening
Lexington School for the Deaf
Jackson Heights, NY

Position:                  Principal
Department:                School

Position Summary:
The Principal serves as the Lexington School’s instructional leader and is
responsible for all instructional supervision, program administration,
curriculum implementation/ initiatives, and staff development.

Essential Duties:
–    Provide leadership to all education program personnel while
working within the requirements of New York State education law and
regulations as well as the policies of the Board of Trustees.
–    Supervise education department supervisors.
–    Administer all aspects of school programs.
–    Promote curriculum improvement and ensure that instructional
programs and courses are implemented consistent with the New York State
Common Core and other mandated standards.
–    Maintain program compliance with all applicable education law and
–    Keep informed and up to date regarding new developments in
curriculum, instruction, and administration.
–    Serves as the liaison between the Parents Staff Association and
the School.
–    Supervise the use of the approved budget for the School.
–    Implement School’s disciplinary policy.
–    Set the tone for a positive school climate, establishing clear
standards for  student deportment commensurate with the Lexington’s
philosophy and policies, and current school law.
–    Manage the selection of staff, performance evaluation, tenure
procedure, and administration of disciplinary actions for School program
–    Support technology integration practices in the school educational
–    Oversee the New York State Assessment program.
–    Represent the school programs during Collective Bargaining
Agreement negotiations.
–    Work as part of the Lexington Executive Administrative Team.
–    Experience as an Educational Supervisor
–    Experience as a Certified Teacher of the Deaf
–    Knowledge of the psychological and physiological development of
–    Ability to apply cognitive theories of teaching and learning
required; knowledge of the Mediated Learning Experience (MLE) preferred
–    Knowledge of curriculum and principles of learning
–    Knowledge of language and literacy development
–    Ability to develop a school improvement plan and make decisions to
facilitate its fulfillment
–    Proficient in American Sign Language

–    Strong interpersonal and communication skills
–    Ability to maintain confidentiality
–    Ability to respond professionally if faced with difficult
–    Leadership, organizational and time management skills
–    Ability to multi-task, comply with identified priorities and
deadlines, and respond to changing environment
–    Ability to collect data and make sound decisions
–    Ability to supervise and motivate employees at different levels
–    Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people

–    Masters Degree required
–    Teacher of the Deaf Certification required
–    New York State Certification-School Administration and Supervision
or School Building Leaders required.

To Apply,
Email Resume to: or fax at 718-350-3332

(Please indicate “Principal” in subject line)


position opening
Director of Human Resources
The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
Pittsburgh, PA

JOB DESCRIPTION: This is a full-time, exempt, 12-month position.  The
Director of Human Resources is responsible for the overall administration
of Human Resource policies and programs of the School.  The Director of HR
assists and advises supervisors on human resource issues, oversees the
recruitment and interview process of all staff, assures the school is
compliant with all Federal and State laws, is responsible for the
development and implementation of employee policies and benefits.

MINITMUM QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires a Bachelors degree in Human
Resource Management or a related field.  Masters degree and PHR/SPHR
certification preferred.  Five or more years experience in Human Resource
management including knowledge of employment laws, workers. compensation,
benefit administration, and recruitment.  Knowledge of the PA Department
of Education laws and regulations, teacher certification process, and TIMS
is strongly preferred.  The Director of Human Resources should have an
in-depth knowledge of Federal and State regulations and laws.  Knowledge
of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point) and experience with HRIS
systems preferred.  Must be organized and have excellent written and
verbal communication skills.

The Sign Language Proficiency Interview level (SLPI) for this position is
“Intermediate”.  The minimum level accepted at hire is “No Functional

PA State Police Criminal Background; PA Child Abuse; and FBI Clearances

DEADLINE TO APPLY:        April 26, 2013

SALARY:    Excellent compensation and benefit package including membership in
the State’s teacher retirement system, medical, dental and vision
benefits, and life insurance.

Send letter of application and resume to:

Helen K. Shirey
Director of Human Resources
Western PA School for the Deaf
300 E Swissvale Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218

The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf does not discriminate in its
programs of education, employment, and all other activities on the basis
of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, race, religion, disability
or gender preference.



career announcement
Vocational Program Director I
COPD Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico

No 03-10-058
STATUS  Exempt

Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona strengthens families,
supports communities, provides compassionate services, and strives for
excellence.  As a value-driven organization we create an environment where
everyone can thrive and meet their full potential. We strive to create the
same sense of unity amongst our employees as we do the community members
we serve. Through our work, we put into action what we believe in, have
hope in, and envision.

Our total compensation package is above the average employer; offering
full time employees 27 days off their first year with sick, vacation and
holiday, a Pension Plan, and a 403(b) match, 100% paid health insurance,
life, LTD and an array of other competitive benefits.  The ideal candidate
has a passion for providing support and services to individuals and
families in need. This candidate also has hope in the abilities and
strengths of the people we serve to find solutions to their struggles and
improve their lives.

Oversees consumers into the main COPD-NM service program performing
intakes and triaging person to appropriate individuals.  Develops
employment options and coordinates job placement efforts by improving the
employment outcomes for Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons and persons with
disabilities.  Coordinates with employers, Vocational Rehabilitation,
Workforce Investment Act (WIA), and training delivery systems.  Maintains
contractual relationship with funding source, maintains unit records of
consumer contacts to include unit counts, attendance sheets, SOAP notes
and daily checklists while ensuring that all contractual documentation in
client files is complete. Supervise and independently evaluate employees.
May perform other duties as assigned.

–      Oversees consumers into the main COPD-NM service program
performing intakes and triaging person to appropriate individuals
–      Works with team of COPD-NM staff to review intake information and
to coordinate services
–      Develops consumer plans and coordinates consumer activities
through the Agency system
–      Reviews referrals and provides intake and initial assessment for
program eligibility; completes all required program paper work
–      Provides assessments addressing training needs, support needs and
environmental adaptation needs of the work site
–      Develops relationships with community employers to provide a
network of training and job placement opportunities for the Deaf and Hard
of Hearing and persons with disabilities
–      Performs vocational counseling, job development, and job coaching
–      Collaborates and coordinates with Vocational Rehabilitation, WIA,
Welfare to Work, youth opportunity programs, dislocated worker programs,
school systems, employers, consumer based organizations, training delivery
systems and community vocational rehabilitation programs to increase
access to training and job opportunities
–      Assures that staff are aware, trained and knowledgeable of CCS and
SCS policies
–      Management and oversight of contracts and grants related to
Vocational Rehabilitation, private foundations and other governmental
–      Develops and prepares required contract monitoring reports for all
agency programs
–      Acts as a liaison to other community agencies
–      Ensures that all programs, services and staff actions adhere to
contract requirements, licensing and accreditation standards, and CCS
Personnel Policies and Procedures
–      Supports Agency growth through the development of enclave options
and NISH contracts
–      Supports the Agency’s use of best practices
–      Consults with staff supervisor, as needed, to assure the
competencies of the strategies with staff and the use and integration of
techniques with consumers in the program
–      Meets with employers and supports the development of training and
employment options for consumers
–      Enters data on consumer demographics, caseload size, and
performance measures and develops reports, as requested
–      Maintains communication with referral sources
–      Works with schools and the County to set up classes for Deaf youth
and adults in the areas of cognitive therapy and employment retention
–      Develops job options and markets potential job openings to include
development of OJT contracts; monitors the expenditures of all OJT
–      Writes monthly progress reports, as required
–      Maintains an up-to-date employer contract record
–      Maintains unit records of consumer contacts to include unit
counts, attendance sheets, SOAP notes and daily checklists
–      Ensures all contractual documentation in client file is complete
–      Provides follow-up services to ensure client and employer
–      Coordinates vocational information workshops for Deaf and Hard of
Hearing consumers and employers
–      Represents agency on planning committees as determined by
–      Review staff monthly reports for submittal to state entity
–      Reviews all job placements and works with staff and employers on
coaching needs
–      Supervise and independently evaluate employees
–      May drive agency or personal vehicle on company business

–      Bachelor’s in Sociology, Rehabilitation, Counseling or related
–      5 years of experience serving as a Vocational Counselor
–      2 years of experience working directly with Deaf individuals
–      Fluent in American Sign Language skills
–      1 year of supervisory experience
–      Knowledge of the Vocational Rehabilitation system
–      Pass drug screening
–      Valid New Mexico Driver License, proof of insurance and New Mexico
Motor Vehicle Division Motor Vehicle Report

–      Master’s in Sociology, Rehabilitation, Counseling or related field
–      Proficiency in American Sign Language
–      Additional years of directly related experience
–      2 or more  years of supervisory experience
–      1 year of experience working in Rehabilitation
–      1 year of experience working in Vocational Education
–      First Aid and CPR certification

SALARY          $17.35 – $21.69 depending on experience and educational

SELECTION      Applicants will be rated and evaluated based upon of their
qualifications, training and related job experience

HOW TO APPLY    Complete application at:

Community Outreach Program for the Deaf
3908 Carlisle NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico  87107


Fax resume and cover letter – 505-255-8029

Email resume and cover letter –

Due to the volume of applications we receive, only those selected for an
interview will be contacted

Any individual seeking accommodations should contact the Director of Human
Resources at 520-623-0344 ex 1068

CLOSING DATE            Open Until Filled



position title
Deaf-Blind Education Consultant
Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Iowa Braille School

Service region includes State of Iowa. Office location to be determined.

Full time, Faculty, 193-Day Continuing Contract

$51,252 – $79,004 commensurate with qualifications / experience
Comprehensive fringe benefit package

Under the general direction of the Deaf-Blind Project Director, provides
consultative and technical assistance to programs and agencies serving
early childhood and school-age students (birth – 21) in Iowa who are
deaf-blind and/or have additional disabilities. Serves as the coordinator
for the Iowa Deaf-Blind Services Project, developing and providing
professional development opportunities for educators and family members.
This position is part of a continuing project funded by a 5-year U.S.
Department of Education grant with additional support from the Iowa
Department of Education and IESBVI.

Master’s degree in education or related field plus at least two years of
experience working with persons who are deaf-blind, sensory impaired,
multi-disabled and/or severely disabled required. Candidates must have or
be eligible to obtain a valid Iowa teaching license or related statement
of professional recognition from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners
by time of appointment. Additional experience serving persons who are
deaf-blind and/or children with multiple disabilities; demonstrated
ability to provide consultative services; experience in sign language
and/or Braille; and valid driver’s license preferred.

ADDITIONAL INFO:    Position starts no later than August 2013. Service
region includes State of Iowa. Office location to be determined.
Responsibilities include frequent travel within the state and occasional
overnight and out of state travel. Criminal and other relevant background
checks required.

APPLICATION PROCESS:    Position will be posted until filled. Contact
Justin Ruegg for additional information: (319) 472-5221, ext. 1226. Send
cover letter, resume, transcripts, and copy of teaching license to:
Director of Human Resources, Iowa Braille School, 1002 G Avenue, Vinton,
IA 52349. Email:

Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired / Iowa
Braille School is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a comprehensive plan
for Affirmative Action


Gallaudet University Faculty Positions
Washington, DC

Positions contingent on funding

Gallaudet University serves deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students
from many different backgrounds and seeks to develop a workforce that
reflects the diversity of its student body. Gallaudet is an equal
employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively encourages
deaf, hard of hearing, members of traditionally underrepresented groups,
people with disabilities, women, and veterans to apply for open positions.

The university is currently accepting applications for one or more faculty
positions in following departments:

American Sign Language and Deaf Studies
Foreign Languages, Literature and Cultures
Interdisciplinary PhD program in Educational Neuroscience (GSPP)
Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences

For detailed job descriptions and applications information, go to:


Position Announcement
Sign Language Interpreter
Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc.
Salisbury, Maryland

Translates from American Sign Language (ASL) and other lesser known coding/sign
languages to English, and back with deaf or hard-of-hearing consumers and their
service provider.  Interpret for deaf or hard-of-hearing consumers in a variety
of settings.  One year of full time experience equivalent to interpreting for
various levels of communication skills. Specialized experience in translating,
interpreting; and must be sufficient to demonstrate: knowledge of English,
American Sign Language (ASL), and Manually Coded English (MCE) to perform
Sign-to-English and English-to-Sign interpretation; knowledge of the Registry
of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Ethics and effective written and
oral communication skills. Applicants must show proof of certification or
equivalent and position may require long periods of concentration and standing
for periods of a time.

Up to 40 hours a week plus benefits with varying hours from week to week and
must adhere to strict confidentiality.

Interested applicants may send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:
Deaf Independent Living Association,
Human Resources,
806 Snow Hill Road,
Salisbury, Maryland 21804

or email to

Only qualified applicants with salary requirements will be considered.

EEOC Employer.


position opening
Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind
Ogden, Utah

more information at:


career opportunities
PAHrtners Deaf Services
Glenside, PA

PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health
professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults.
We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf/HOH centered
with about 85% of our staff being Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  Our staff
environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support.  As a
result, we are rapidly growing with new programs and expansions of
our existing programs.  Whether you are a high school graduate,
recent college graduate or have many years’ experience in the field
of human services we have a career building position waiting for
you!  E.O.E.

PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals
who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf
Culture and the Deaf Community to fill the following positions:


This position provides therapeutic and psycho-educational workshops
and group sessions for consumers who are deaf.  Duties:  Develop,
coordinate and provide group/individual therapy for wellness
maintenance and psycho-educational workshops. Qualifications:  BA in
psychology, counseling or any other human services field; must have 2
years’ experience with individuals with mental illness and/or mental
retardation including treatment planning and progress notes; advanced
fluency in ASL required; must be innovative, creative and be able to
work in a team environment.

– CASE MANAGERS:  (Full time position)

This position provides resources and support to clients both adults &
children along with their families who reside in the community and in
our residential programs.  Duties: assess service needs of consumers
to ensure continuum of care; develop service plans; independent
living skills instructions, advocate for access to public and private
services and programs such as medical, vocational and other
services.  Qualifications:  BA/BS degree in a Human Services field
preferred; or High School diploma& 12 college credit hours in social
science with two (2) years mental health direct care experience.
Must have strong organizational skills; fluency in ASL, familiarity
with other visual communication modes and language levels.  Must be
willing to work some evenings and weekends as needed and travel
various areas in the community.  Knowledge of laws governing the
rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals including IDEA and ADA
a plus; and must have a valid driver’s license.

– RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR: (Full time position) The qualified
candidate shall possess: HS diploma with strong managerial background
along with direct care experience in the field of human services.
Fluency in ASL and knowledge of Deaf Culture is required. Must have a
valid drivers’ license and have demonstrated an ability to supervise,
teach, advise and motivate staff members as well as Deaf individuals;
must possess strong interpersonal and writing skills.   Duties: day
to day management and supervision of residential setting for deaf
adults with mental illness, behavioral health concerns and
intellectual disabilities.  Supervision of direct care staff,
development of residential programming and staff schedules, planning
and leading staff meetings, coordinate staff trainings, manage petty
cash and consumer funds, coordinate consumer services with
internal/outside agency providers and families, conduct consumer and
staff interviews, complete monthly reports, service plans and staff
evaluations, follow up with physical and psychiatric medical
concerns. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekend.

qualified candidate shall possess: HS diploma with some managerial
experience along with direct care experience in the field of human
services. Fluency in ASL and knowledge of Deaf Culture is required
and must have a valid drivers’ license; must possess strong
interpersonal and writing skills.  Duties: Provide guidance and
training to residential staff, support Deaf individuals with mental
illness, behavioral health concerns and intellectual disabilities;
promote independent living skills, provide support to the Residential
Program Director. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekend.

– RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS: (full-time, part-time and on-call positions
available) The qualified candidate shall possess:  HS diploma, some
direct care experience in the field of human services preferred,
valid drivers’ license; advanced fluency in ASL, knowledge of Deaf
Culture; demonstrate competency in independent living skills; ability
to teach, advise and motivate Deaf individuals.  Duties: provide
direct client services to Deaf individuals with mental illness,
behavioral health concerns and intellectual disabilities; encourage
independence in areas such as skills in daily living, community
integration and social relationships.

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:

Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
PAHrtners Deaf Services,
614 N. Easton Road,
Glenside, PA 19038

Fax: 215-884-6301


position opening
female physical education teacher
Alabama School for the Deaf and Blind

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is hiring two 9-month, 75% on-site
CART providers.    The position will begin August 26, 2013.  Please
follow the link to see the job description and feel free to pass along to
any one that may be interested.

Please note, the applications are due June 14, 2013.

Position: “Summer Academic Counselor” for the Upward Bound department

Upward Bound is a college preparatory program for high school students
designed to help build academic and social skills and generate a positive
attitude toward success in their education.  They are putting together a
six week summer program in a variety of courses, including ASL, and they
need a student to teach 4 classes a day for them (8 hrs a day).  The
classes would focus on ASL, as well as Deaf culture and history.  The
position pays $8 and hour and would run from June 17th- July 19th.  They
are starting interviews May 10th.

I believe both students and non-students can apply, but please see the job
description for further details and required qualifications. This program
is not offered through the Foreign Language program at WSU, so I do not
know what curriculum they are using, what support is offered, or the
desired expectations/outcomes for students taking this class.

Please pass the information along to anyone who may be interested.  If you
have further questions about the job you may contact Linda Tobias at

A Caring Hand Home Care is looking for a CNA who is fluent in ASL.

If your CNA license is current and you are looking to pick up a few extra
work hours a week, please contact Chelsea Darveau at 801-253-1265.

Position Summary

The Teacher/Counselor assists in the developing, implementing, and
monitoring of individual and group treatment plans and procedures during
program hours that result in improved adaptive social/interpersonal
functioning and high rates of successful program completing among
youngsters in assigned group. The Teacher/Counselor resides with assigned
youth according to a variable pattern, required by program.s schedule.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities

1. Building Positive Relationships with Youth

To build and maintain positive relationships with youth, the
Teacher/Counselor (1) conveys a genuine interest and concern for youth in
their care (2) develops rapport, listens, and engages youth in daily
interaction (3) participates with youth in recreational and other daily
activities (4) is available and approachable to youth

(5) observes and attends to youths. needs (6) demonstrates flexibility,
fairness and consistency in setting rules and guidelines.

2. Safety & Well-being

To assure that each young person.s health, safety and well-being is
guaranteed, the Teacher/Counselor will (1) provide direct supervision of
youth as required by individual, program and/or regulatory requirements
(2) respond to and communicate routine and emergency health care issues to
necessary treatment team members (3) assess and respond to dangerous
situations and conditions per organization policies and program
expectations (4) consider the youths. emotional, psychological and
physical well being when engaging in activities or interventions. The
Teacher/Counselor is responsible to monitor and document youth in self
administering medication and ensure dosage timelines are met.

3. Group/Milieu Management

To assure attention to the importance of groups and utilization of group
management techniques, the Teacher/Counselor will: (1) manage conflict and
facilitate group and individual problem-solving (2) assess and respond to
group behavior and dynamics

(3) Effectively use group process as opportunities to teach community
living skills

(4) Plan, implement and evaluate all aspects of daily living routines and
activities, including structuring the environment and managing group

4. Treatment Planning

To assure the treatment needs are met, the Teacher/Counselor will (1)
participate and collaborate with treatment team members in goal
development (2) conduct formal and informal functional behavioral
assessments (3) identify and build upon child.s strengths (4) implement
treatment interventions as it relates to a child.s individual service plan
(5) teach and role model pro-social behaviors (6) evaluate the
effectiveness of treatment interventions and provide feedback (7) provide
ongoing advocacy and support for children(8) participate in clinical
supervision and implement clinical recommendations as determined in
clinical supervision.

5. Therapeutic and Educational Activities

o assure goal focused therapeutic and educational activities for all
youth within the program the Teacher/Counselor will (1) facilitate Short
Range (Daily, Weekly) and Long Range (Monthly, Yearly) planning of
activities (2) implement planned activities connecting them to the
individual and group treatment goals (3) ensure evaluation occurs for each
individual activity and overall evaluation of the plan.

Essential Qualifications

1. Education/Credentials/Licensure:

a. Bachelor.s Degree

b. Valid driver.s license and auto insurance

c. American Sign Language (Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf)

2. Experience: No experience required

3. Clearances: State Police/FBI per state regulations; Child Protection

Erica Butler, B.A.
Community Support Specialist

Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf
Retka Hall

8235 Ohio River Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15202

(412) 761-9857 x21592 (office)

(412) 328-9813 (text)

(412) 761-9879 (fax)


Hard of Hearing Assistant

for Salt Lake City area

The Utah State Division of Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
(DSDHH) is seeking individuals with hearing loss to teach community
education classes to people who are hard of hearing and their partners.
Comprehensive training and materials will be provided.  This is a
part-time position (15-20 hours a month), $16.00 per hour with flexible
hours*.  Mileage to other cities will be reimbursed at the state rate.

The person hired for this position will be trained to:

*      teach Coping Skills, Lipreading, basic sign language (CASE), and
Living with Hearing Loss adult education classes

*      identify and assist senior citizens and others with hearing loss

*      attend health senior fairs to provide information to people with
hearing loss

*      educate others about assistive technology and resources

*      be a peer mentor to others with hearing loss

*      help individuals with employment issues related to hearing loss

Hands-on training for working one-on-one with people will also be
provided.  DSDHH.s goal is to have a network of trained individuals
throughout the state to identify and educate hard of hearing individuals
about services, coping strategies, technology, resources, and support
groups to help them maintain independence and decrease isolation.

Applications are available from Laurie Bishop, or
call 801-657-5209.  The deadline to apply for this position is April 30,

*This is a part-time, temporary position, without benefits, without merit
status as a state employee or guaranteed hours.  Applicants are required
to pass a criminal background investigation before hire.


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