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DeafDigest Blue – July 29, 2012

DeafDigest Blue – July 29, 2012

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor – updated every Monday

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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.


– Dedication

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Larry Drake,
Mendota Heights, Minnesota, who departed us.
After graduating from the Central Institute for the Deaf,
he moved on to a career in advertising design and graphic
design. He became a patron of the arts, contributing pieces
of paintings to schools and museums in the area

DeafDigest also dedicates this edition to Philipos Loizou,
Dallas, Texas, not deaf. He worked on the speech recognition programming with the cochlear implants. At the time of his
passing, he was working on the smartphone programming to
work with the CI.

Top stories about the deaf:

Among golfers, both deaf and hearing, lost golf balls
are a way of life. One can joke about it or cry about it.
In the case of Scott Phillips, it is not a joke, but for
a different reason. Scott, who became deaf in his twenties,
operates his Premier Lake Balls business in Hartlepool, County Durham in England. These resold golf balls
means approximately one million dollars per year in sales!
He has seven divers working for him, looking for these
lost golf balls in lakes.

Why do some deaf people suffer from Usher syndrome?
It was suggested that problems with the harmonin may
be the reason. Harmonin? It is a protein in one of the
genes. Who made that comment?  Amy Lee, PhD, an associate professor of molecular physiology and biophysics and otolaryngology at the University of Iowa, was the one
that made the comment.

We have had quite a few deaf mime performers over the
years. The most famous deaf performer Bernard Bragg
was at, one time, a professional mime before he moved on.
Are we seeing a new sensational deaf mime in Christopher DeGuzman, Winnipig, Canada? He was written up in the
newspapers as the latest hot local mime in Winnipig.

Many hearing criminals are dumb. Do we have dumb deaf criminals?
Well, a deaf man was arrested for burglary in Memphis, Tennessee.
He made so much noise during his burglary that it was easy for
the cops to find him!


(Thursday-Saturday Hot Deaf News will be in the Gold edition)


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Margarita is probably the world’s most popular cocktail
drink. It is served in bars and in restaurants just about
everywhere in the world.
And there are always tales and legends. Here is one –
a deaf bartender misunderstood the patron’s request
for a specific drink mix.
He mixed the “wrong” stuff – and that was when the
world’s first margarita was invented.
True or false?

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The United Nations and the World Federation of the Deaf
both work very well together on deafness-related issues.
This is great – but it was not always that way years
ago during the sixties and seventies.
The deaf were underrepresented during these years and
the needs of the deaf participants were suppressed.
How the times have changed!

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After a heavy push by the Deaf Community, the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to send the
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
to the US Senate floor vote.
Already one big part of the deaf community – the
oral deaf, is screaming that their needs are being


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The Philadelphia Inquirer has a crossword puzzle section.
A DeafDigest subscriber who plays the crossword puzzles noticed
a two-letter hard of hearing related phrase.
It was “Eh” which is a comment a hard of hearing person
would say when he misses something in the conversation. It
was a common TV joke many years ago.
Is this an insult? Possibly.


A Certified Deaf Interpreter being told by a deaf client:

you sign much better than hearing interpreters

Said the angry CDI:

wrong, wrong, wrong – these hearing interpreters are GREAT!

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


As the world turns its attention on London 2012 and Games of the XXX
Olympiad, captioners in the U.S. are scrambling to put names in their
dictionaries.  The captioners who will be captioning the television
coverage of the events have been preparing for weeks.  Besides the
names of current athletes, captioners have inputted information about
past games, locations, and even about the city of London

Because there are approximately 10,000 athletes and 300 events, there
are thousands of entries to be made to the dictionaries.  Even the
names of the countries might be a challenge for some.  As a
captioner, you would have to look at the names of the countries
represented by all 204 National Olympic Committees and wonder if all
those names are in your dictionary.  Have you captioned anything
about the countries of Nauru, Timor-Leste, or Vanuatu before?  Will
those names translate properly?

Although most captioners won’t have the privilege of captioning the
games as they are occurring on national TV, local news captioners
around the country will still be required to make sure their
dictionaries are ready for the stories in the news.  One never knows
when a new name may take center stage.


All these Deaf Hugs at Deaf Gatherings!

Many hearing people are not huggers. Many deaf people
are also not huggers!

At Deaf Events, Deaf Hugging is a way of life, and these
deaf non-huggers must endure these “forced” hugs!

(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)

Green is a buzzword everyone is using. It refers to
the environmentally safe goods and products, as well as
things that are being recycled.
A green deaf home? Using an old fashioned Model 15 TTY
machine and an old fashioned modem. Using an old TV set
with a decoder box and with rabbit ears. Using old alerting signalers. Using the dog, as a pet, to alert you of noises.
There probably isn’t too many green deaf homes anywhere.


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The Deaf and the Law:

Do the deaf lawyers get together? We are always seeing
hearing lawyer conventions. What about our deaf lawyers?

At the recent NAD Conference, approximately 15-20 deaf
attorneys and deaf law school students got together.

It was all unofficial, just a gathering of a purely social
nature. Years ago an effort was made to create a formal
national organization of deaf attorneys. It got nowhere for
one simple reason – deaf attorneys just wanted to socialize
and do nothing else more!


News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Because airline personnel are security minded they have asked for a
military escort for one airplane when flight attendants spotted a couple
of passengers passing notes. It was described as a suspicious activity
even though the note-passing passengers were part of a touring theatrical
troupe and wanted to discuss changes to their upcoming performances!
Deaf people tend to pass notes to communicate with hearing people. Just
be careful about it if you are passing notes while in flight!


News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Even though Gary Malkowski, a deaf man, was a one-term
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament, he continues
to be an influence in the province.
He was instrumental in working with two other
complainants with the Human Rights Commission to reach
settlement to have Ontario movie houses install
Everyone agreed it was a win-win situation; just that
they had to go through the arduous process to achieve
that result.

(editor’s note: that easy in Ontario! Contrast this with our
continuing lawsuits in several states to force movie houses to
install captions)


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

The state of Kansas announced a new Disability Service Maps on
its website, basically to help disabled residents get assistance
in case of emergencies.

Only one thing went wrong – this map left off the links to the
Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as well as
to other agencies serving the deaf in the state!


A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

At the supermarket, you wait for your turn to bring
your groceries to a check out lane. You think it is
your turn and you push your cart and place all the
groceries on the check out counter.

The check out person says something that is very
unlipreadable. You tell the person you are deaf
and do not understand a single word she is saying.

She says something like:

oh, never mind

And she checks out your groceries.

You later realize she was trying to tell you that
this checkout counter is closed!



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Job announcement
Client Support Specialist
Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency
San Jose, CA

DCARA has a full-time non-exempt job opening for the position of Client Support Specialist at the DCARA San Jose office.  This position provides a wide range of peer counseling, community education, workshops and advocacy on behalf of the diverse Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in the Santa Clara County area.  This position will have an emphasis on classroom style instruction/teaching.  The position reports to the Director of Client Support Services.

–     Develop and implement a literacy curriculum. –    Plan and conduct ASL classes.
–    Teach classes focusing on various independent living skills.
–     Providing the following services: peer counseling, advocacy, communication assistance, independent living skills, information & referral and community education.
–    Ensure completion of intake paperwork, Individual Services Plans, statistical information and monthly reports. –    Work with the Director of Client Support Services to develop linkages and working relationships with governmental and community-based organization/agencies in the city of San Jose and Santa Clara County that provide services to the Deaf community, as well as other agencies primarily serving deaf community.
–    Represent DCARA and/or the deaf community at meetings and community events.
–     Provide Deaf culture sensitivity trainings or  other related presentations at locations outside  the office or conduct home visits as needed; must be able to arrange for own transportation.
–    Coordinate special projects as delegated by the Director of Client Support Services.

Required Skills:
–    BA degree in Social Services, Deaf Studies or related fields; OR 3 years of documented experience working in service provision to the Deaf Community or work in a human services setting.
–    2 years experience in teaching within the Deaf Community.
–    Fluent in American Sign Language & fully knowledgeable of Deaf Culture
–    Knowledge of relevant issues associated with the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened community.
–    Experience with PC including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
–    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
–    Ability to work with people from a variety of racial, economic, linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Desired Skills:
–    Master’s degree desired

Salary & Benefits:
Salary is negotiable dependent on education and experience. DCARA offers 12 days of holiday leave plus paid winter holiday, full medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits.

Deadline:  Friday, August  3, 2012

Application Procedure:
Send DCARA application (  under About/Jobs), cover letter, resume & three references via mail, email or fax to:

Human Resources/DCARA Headquarters
14895 East 14th Street, Suite 200
San Leandro, CA. 94578

Fax: 510.483.2526

DCARA is an At-Will and EOE


Position Vacancy
Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
Kansas School for the Deaf
Olathe, KS

The Kansas School for the Deaf, 450 East Park St., Olathe KS 66061, is
currently seeking qualified individuals for the following positions for
the 2012- 2013 school year.


Placement made within agency guidelines on salary schedule depending upon
professional background and experience.  KSD offers excellent benefits
(Full Time Positions Only).  Applicants will be screened and the most
highly qualified applicants will be invited for an interview session.
Positions are open until filled.  KSD is located in the Heartland of the
USA, part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.  For area info on
excellent school and affordable housing check out:

For an application and a job announcement, please refer to our website at or contact Ann Troyer, Human Resourses Professional, at
(913) 791-0501 (V/TTY) for further details on the positions.  Email:   Fax #913/780-6563

An Equal Employment/Educational Opportunities Agency

Tobacco Free Campus

KSD Embraces Diversity


open positions
Louisiana School for the Deaf
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

La Schools for the Deaf & Visually Impaired is accepting applications for the following positions: DEAF MENTOR, TEACHER, EDUCATIONAL INTERPRETER, PARA EDUCATOR.

For details and to place your application visit

For assistance call 225-757-3213.


position opening
Deaf Specialist/ Program Developer
Oakland County Community Mental Health (OCCMHA)
Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network (OIHN)
Oakland County, Michigan

Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network

Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network is a non-profit organization created by the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority (OCCMHA) with the support of its network of mental health services providers and the Oakland County Health Department.

OIHN will provide affordable healthcare services for the community. It welcomes those with any insurance, including Medicaid, Medicare, and Veterans health care, and offers coordination of services for persons with mental illness and developmental disabilities.

Studies show that these populations traditionally have less access to care and consequently lower overall health status.

Using an integrated healthcare approach, OIHN coordinates all health-related services for these individuals at one location. This approach ensures patients receive the care they need, in the most appropriate setting, and from a team focused on managing their care over the long term.

As the first site in the Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network, Doctors. Hospital of Michigan will continue to serve Pontiac residents and neighboring communities as it has for more than 35 years. The Family Medicine Center at Doctors’ Hospital of Michigan offers more than 20 licensed physicians, a full support staff, and primary care services for all ages.

OIHN and OCCMHA are pleased to announce the opening of a Deaf Specialist/Program
Developer position.

Job Description:
Deaf Specialist/ Program Developer
Oakland County Community Mental Health (OCCMHA)
Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network (OIHN)
This is a professional position to provide specialized mental health and care coordination services at integrated medical-mental health facilities for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and their family members.

1. Must have native-like skills in American Sign Language (Advanced Plus rating on the SLPI – Sign Language Proficiency Interview).
2. Possession of an LMSW, LLP, or LP required.
3. Knowledge of the mental health system in the Tri-county area.
4. Ability to work with local community-based agencies.
5. Ability to work with a wide range of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals of all ages.
6. Knowledgeable about resources in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities.
7. Clinical experience with people who have a range of mental health needs, including
substance abuse, depression, psychosis and developmental disabilities.
8. Ability to work with people who are language dysfluent.
9. Ability to travel around Oakland County.
10. 5 – 10 years of clinical experience in the mental health field.
11. Fluency in written English.
12. Ability to learn Electronic Health Record system(s) and document in such systems.

1. Provide counseling and treatment to Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and their families with mental health needs.
2. Work with OIHN Care Teams at various locations to ensure that all Deaf and Hard of Hearing people have an individual care plan.
3. Assist in orienting new patients to OCCMHA and OIHN services.
4. Ability to develop comprehensive mental health services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.
5. Conduct in-service trainings for collaborating organizations (including hospitals) about the needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients.
6. Education the Deaf community about substance abuse and mental illness, including availability of services.
7. Act as a resource to clinicians who are working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals about the unique needs of the community.
8. Work with sub-contractors to develop accessible, linguistic and culturally sensitive, direct support services.
9. Develop empirically supported treatment plans with clients and monitor outcomes.
10. File client documentation according to state and federal laws.
11. Work with the surrounding counties to promote the use of Oakland County services to clients who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing; hire and supervise staff as necessary.
12. Run support groups for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, their hearing children, and/or parents of Deaf children in order to maximize positive outcomes for clients.
13. Attend school IEPs when appropriate.
14. Assessment of client’s physical health needs to refer to medical specialists when appropriate.

Applicants will be rated on the basis of an evaluation of their education, training, experience and ASL skills. Applicants should provide adequate work history that identifies experiences related to the duties and qualifications as mentioned above.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: August 30, 2012

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to:
Mr. Jeff Brown, Director
Oakland County Community Mental Health
c/o Chris Hench
30301 Northwestern Highway, Suite 100
Farmington Hills, MI 48334


position vacancy
Outreach Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
Kansas School for the Deaf
Olathe, KD

The Kansas School for the Deaf, 450 East Park St., Olathe, KS  66061, is currently seeking qualified individuals for the following positions for the  2012 – 2013 school year:


Placement made within agency guidelines on salary schedule depending upon professional background and experience. KSD offers excellent benefits (Full Time Positions Only).  Applicants will be screened and the most highly qualified applicants will be invited for an interview session. Positions are open until filled.  KSD is located in the Heartland of the USA, part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.  For area info on excellent schools and affordable housing check out: and

For an application and a job announcement, please refer to our website at or contact Ann Troyer, Human Resources Professional, at (913) 791-0501 (V/TTY) for further details on the positions.  E-mail:  Fax #:  913/780-6563

An Equal Employment/Educational Opportunities Agency

Tobacco Free Campus

KSD Embraces Diversity


Job Opening
Creative Director CSD
Austin, TX

CSD is a great place to work, learn, grow and contribute. Throughout
all our locations across the country and abroad, we work towards a
common goal and contribute to the collective greater good and mission
of CSD. We believe in teamwork, shared ideas, and creating solutions
while respecting individuality and innovation.

We are looking for a Creative Director to join our team.

Our Creative Director will be CSD’s chief storyteller and lead
professional responsible for the global promotion of CSD’s
brand and innovative communications solutions.  The Director will
collaborate with various internal and external production resources
to conceptualize, develop and deploy compelling digital campaigns
that create a greater awareness of and demand for our company’s
products and services.   This position will manage and build
communication channels while comfortably maintaining dialogue with
our consumers and stakeholders.  The Director will also inspire and
produce ideas for the packaging and promotion of  our company’s
products and services.

The Creative Director position is based in Austin, Texas and will
work closely with and act as a part of our CSD Technology+Design
Studio and business development teams. For more information about our
technology+design studio, and current happenings with CSD, check out
our blog. You can also find us on:   Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and

We are Unique.
We Value Public Service, Communication Access and Technology.
We Aspire to Make a Difference.

Apply With CSD Online Today at


position opening
Interim Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Physical Disabilities Advisor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI

Position Number:     02039327
Working Title:     Interim Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Physical Disabilities Advisor
Position Type:     Non-Teaching Academic Staff
Department:     B056035 SAC-Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program
Description of School/College/Dept/Program:

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) invites nominations and applications for a fixed term academic staff position of Advisor (working title, Interim Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Physical Disabilities Advisor(DHH-PD Advisor)
UWM, a Doctoral/Research Extensive university, is Wisconsin’s premier public urban university offering a comprehensive liberal arts and professional education to its 30,000 students. The Student Accessibility Center (SAC) is located in the Division of Academic Affairs and the DHH-PD Advisor reports to the Assistant Director of SAC. SAC provides academic support services to approximately 720 students with disabilities. The DHH-PD Advisor will be responsible for maintaining a caseload of about 65-70 students.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

The primary purpose of the DHH-PD Advisor is to assess and provide reasonable and appropriate academic support services and accommodations to students and prospective students who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who have physical disabilities. The DHH-PD Advisor serves as a disability specialist, interprets disability documentation to determine eligibility and appropriate academic accommodations for students, manages student caseload, provide advocacy, and provides academic study-skills assistance to SAC students. The secondary purpose is providing consultation, education and training to the campus community about accommodating students with disabilities and ensuring compliance with the ADA, serving as a resource to the campus and community, and representing UWM, SAC and the DHH Program in outreach activities. The Advisor will also assist with the D/HH Program’s outreach and other program projects as assigned. This position is a twelve-month 100% academic staff.

Minimum Qualifications: – Fluency in American Sign Language and ability to communicate using multiple sign language modes.
– Bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation, special education or related field required
– Working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
– For consideration of Associate prefix title, 0-2 years of experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population.
– For consideration No prefix title, 2-4 years of experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population.
– For consideration of Senior prefix title, 4 or more years of experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population.

Preferred Qualifications: – Master’s degree in rehabilitation, special education or related field.
– Experience in the higher education environment.
– Working knowledge of Deaf culture and issues relating to hearing loss.
– Working knowledge of accommodation services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.
– Working knowledge of Physical and Mobility disabilities.
– Excellent English communication skills; both oral and written.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Complete application materials must include a letter of application addressing educational and professional level work experience as it relates to all required and preferred qualifications, a professional resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references. All finalists for this position will be required to participate in a criminal records review consistent with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act and will be required to submit an official copy of their college transcript.

If continuous, indicate initial application review date. Posted until Date:     07/24/2012
Open Until Filled     No
Position Contact Name:     Shannon Aylesworth
Contact Person Phone Number:     414-229-3340
Contact Person Email:
EEO Statement:

UWM is an AA/EEO Employer
ADA Policy

For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number. It is the policy of UWM to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants for employment. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 414-229-4463. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual’s disability.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

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position opening
Health Project Coordinator
The National Center for Deaf Health Research
at University of Rochester
Rochester, NY

The National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR) at the University of Rochester will hire a new Health Project Coordinator this summer.
The Health Project Coordinator will work on several NCDHR research projects, in collaboration with the NCDHR Research Team.

Responsibilities include:
Recruitment and outreach about NCDHR research programs with the Rochester Deaf community
Lead healthy lifestyle intervention groups and individual intervention sessions over videophone
Coordinate recruitment and survey administration for the NCDHR Deaf Health Survey 2, starting Fall 2012
Coordinate outreach and education efforts to inform the Rochester Deaf community about HEART: Health Engagement and Action for Rochesters Transformation

Experience and familiarity with Deaf culture and Deaf health is highly preferred. Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) is required.  A Masters degree in health, education, or psychology related fields is preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, such as a Bachelors degree with major coursework in a related field and at least 2 years of related experience.

If you would like to apply, please send your resume to:
Carlene Mowl

Carlene Mowl
National Center for Deaf Health Research
University of Rochester Medical Center
Box 708
265 Crittenden Blvd
Rochester, NY 14642

If you have any questions about this position, please call Carlene at 585-286-5042 (videophone) or 585-273-1173 (voice)


position opening
MCD Finance and Operations Director
The Maine Center on Deafness (MCD)
Portland, ME

The Maine Center on Deafness (MCD) is seeking an experienced Finance Director.  The successful candidate will have experience in non-profit accounting, QuickBooks Financial and QuickBooks POS, and be proficient in both Microsoft Excel and Word.  Applicants must have an understanding of and the ability to manage all financial processes, such as detailed daily accounting functions, as well as higher-level accounting functions.  Such functions to include: AP; AR; processing payroll; monitoring cash flow; financial and grant reporting; budgeting and analysis; monitoring internal controls; year-end accounting close; and preparing for annual audits conducted by the State of Maine and an independent CPA firm.

This position is also responsible for all HR functions as well as many operational duties.

This is a stand-alone position; therefore the candidate must be comfortable and experienced as a hands-on accounting/finance/HR/operational professional.  Applicants must possess excellent interpersonal, communication and writing, time management and follow-through skills.   They must be a self-starter able to manage multiple assignments with minimal oversight, and must be able to work effectively as a member of a small team. Compensation depends on experience.  BS in accounting and 3-4 years of progressive experience in non-profit management and accounting are required. Knowledge of Deaf culture and ASL skills are highly desired.

MCD is an equal opportunity employer.  All applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, or gender orientation.

To apply, please forward your cover letter and resume to:

Elissa Moran
Maine Center on Deafness
68 Bishop St, Suite 3
Portland, ME 04103


position opening
Professional Child and Adolescent Therapist Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program Volunteers of America – MN Mental Health Clinics St. Cloud, MN

Salary range: $ 48,000 – $55,000

Volunteers of America –  MN is a nonprofit organization founded in 1896. We are one of the oldest and largest health and human service organizations in the state.  With a rich history of developing innovative programs to meet emerging social issues, we have 900 employees in central MN allowing us to serve 14,000 people in need every year.

Our Mental Health Clinics is seeking a dynamic professional therapist as we expand our services for deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) youth and their families in the St. Cloud area.  VOA-MN’s DHH program has been well established and successful in the greater Twin Cities and Faribault areas for over a decade in providing clinic, home and community-based mental health services; we are now looking to take our expertise and strong ability to create new sustainable programming to an area in need of our services. This effort is supported by the MN Department of Human Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division who has provided a one-year grant to offset the financial cost of branching into this new territory.

We are looking for a Professional Therapist, fluent in ASL, who also possesses the passion and skills to build the program from the ground up. This involves community outreach skills in order to establish relationships including social networking and understanding business fundamentals such as budgets, and marketing to promote services and outcomes.  Within a 12-month period we would expect that the therapy role would be the primary focus as the program and client base would be established and able to sustain.

If you are seeking a challenging opportunity serving youth and their families that also allows you to flex your therapist skills and business savvy simultaneously, this may be the position for you.

–    Minimum of a M.A. degree in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology, Social Work or related Behavioral Health field –    Licensed as a mental health professional in the state of MN
–    Ability to work independently with direct supervision occurring from a remote site -.    Fluent in ASL and written English –    Ability to develop and maintain relationships in a diverse-rich environment
–    Ability to complete required reports, case files, and other paperwork  in a timely manner
–    Valid drivers license

Preferred Qualifications:
–    Experienced in programming for children with mental health disorders
–    Knowledge of video technology used by deaf and hard-of-hearing people

VOA-MN staff makes the difference in the quality of services we provide our clients. We value the expertise they bring to our organization as well as the compassion, integrity, and innovations that help us live our mission daily. VOA-MN provides competitive salaries as well as a range of benefits including:

–    Medical Insurance –    Dental Insurance –    Earn 15 paid vacation days per year –    Earn 6 sick days per year
–    10 paid holidays –    Vision Plan –    Company-sponsored wellness initiatives –    403 (b) retirement savings plan
–    Life insurance –    Short-term disability
–    Long-term disability –    Flexible Spending Account
–    Ongoing educational opportunities –    Credit union membership available

Learn more about our organization or to apply, visit

We are happy to assist you if you have any questions. Please contact us by email (please reference Mental Health Professional – St. Cloud in the subject line):


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position opening
Permanent Head of School for July 2013
The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
Philadelphia, PA

Coed Day School
200 students, Pre-school-Grade 12

Located in Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD), the third oldest school of its kind in the United States, is a premier provider of specialized educational services for students who are deaf and hard of hearing in preparation for further education or successful employment.  Its comprehensive programs range from early intervention programs for infants, toddlers and their families to the high school program with a largely academic focus, with the goal of post-secondary and/or vocational preparation.  PSD has 200 students, over 200 faculty/staff, and an operating budget of $14 million.

The Board of Trustees has appointed an interim Head of School for the 2012-2013 school year.

It seeks a permanent Head of School for July 2013 who is:
– An energetic, dynamic and visionary educator who will take PSD to the forefront of educating deaf and hard of hearing students.
– Someone with a deep understanding and appreciation for Deaf culture and the ability to communicate comfortably and well with both deaf and hearing people.
– An educator with proven school leadership experience, adept at problem solving, sound decision-making and prudent fiscal management.
– A person with an appreciation for diversity who will continue to foster it throughout the community. – A visible presence throughout the School–approachable, consultative and decisive. – An active listener and excellent communicator, both orally and in writing.
– An articulate spokesperson for PSD who will be effective in advocating at the state level as well as with potential donors, prospective families, and the community at large.
– An individual who will work collaboratively with the Board, and together with them articulate a vision for the School, build consensus, and further the implementation of the strategic plan as well as commit to ongoing planning for the future.

Applications including a letter of interest, resume, personal statement, and list of five references should be sent by August 10, 2012 to Jean Lamont, or Deirdre Ling,

Inquiries can be made to Jean Lamont (203-605-6975) or Deirdre Ling (508-423-1605).


position notice
Executive Dean, #12-301
SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
Big Spring, Texas

Official transcripts as well as any other documents disclosing
credentials pertaining to this position will be required. Will be subject to a criminal background check.

Experience and other qualifications required:
Master’s degree required.  A minimum o four (4) and up to eight (8) years of recognized and related leadership experience required, preferable in the community college setting.  Legal experience desired.  Administrative experience including community relations, program development, budgeting and eLearning preferred.  Must have strong interpersonal skills and understanding of the SWCID community and the desire to explore and acquire new knowledge to further the needs of the campus. Proficiency in American Sign Language and comprehensive understanding of Deaf culture and education, demonstrated ability to provide created leadership and a commitment to the principles of Continuous Quality Improvement.

DESCRIPTION OF JOB DUTIES:    The Executive Dean- SWCID provides leadership for the instructional and support services of the SWCID campus and supervises campus compliance with all HCJCD policies and procedures, interfaces with educational and civic leaders to promote Howard College-SWCID and serves as a member of the Administrative Cabinet and other internal and external councils and committees as well as participates in the SWCID Foundation. The Executive Dean-SWCID is the lead administrator on matters related to instruction and support services on the SWCID campus. For a complete list of job duties please refer to the job description.

SALARY RANGE:             $60,077 – $68,779

POSITION AVAILABLE:        Immediately

TO APPLY: Send completed application and other materials to:
Howard County Junior College District
Human Resources Office
1001 Birdwell Lane
Big Spring, TX  79720

(432) 264-5100 phone

POSTED:                May 23, 2012

It is the intent of the Howard County Junior College District to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, religion or veteran’s status or any other protected class.  Contact the Personnel Office if assistance is needed during the application process.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all employees hired after November 6, 1986 to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States.


announcing an opening
Art Teacher – Elementary School
The American School for the Deaf
West Harford, CT

CLOSING DATE:     Until filled.

The American School for the Deaf (ASD) is located on a 54 acre campus in West Hartford, Connecticut.  It is a residential and day program operating as a state-aided private school.  It was established in 1817 as the first permanent school for the deaf in America.  The current service load is approximately 215.

Under the supervision of the Elementary Principal/Assistant Principal, instructs Elementary School students in art subjects to include regular, Deaf with Special Needs (DSN) and/or PACES students.

Master’s Degree in Education of the Deaf with consideration given to applicants with a concentration in Art, appropriate State of CT Teacher Certification.  SCPI Level of Advanced.  Good judgment.  Ability to work in a collaborative setting.  Ability to work flexible hours when needed. Certification 042-ART and/or 057 (Deaf Education ) preferred

(a)    Compensation range based union contract. (b)     Retirement, group health insurance, and other fringe benefits are available

Send resume and letter of application to:

Human Resources Office
American School for the Deaf
139 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT  06107-1269

FAX (860) 570-1832


position opening
RID Executive Director The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc
Alexandria, VA

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) is a 501(c)(3) association with more than 15,000 members. The mission of RID is to support the continued growth of the profession of sign language interpreting by ensuring excellence in the delivery of interpretation and transliteration services between people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people who are hearing. As such, RID is seeking a proven leader to serve as executive director; the ideal candidate is dedicated to promoting the welfare and growth of individual interpreters and the profession of interpretation and transliteration as a whole. RID currently employs 17 full-time staff and has an annual budget of $3 million. RID is located in Alexandria, Virginia.

1.    A Master’s degree or equivalent education; Certification in Association Management (CAE) preferred
2.    7-10  years. experience in a similar sized association (preferably nonprofit) and excellent financial management skills and communication skills with diverse audiences
3.    Cultural and linguistic knowledge and understanding of the deaf community; proficiency in American Sign Language is strongly preferred

For the detailed job description, qualifications and application process, please visit the RID Web site at

Deadline for applications: July 2, 2012. Scheduled interviews for this position will occur in August and September, 2012, with hiring to be finalized on or before December 31, 2012.

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.


position opening
Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in the Department of Deaf Studies and
Deaf Education
Lamar University
College of Fine Arts and Communication
Beaumont, Texas

Applications and nominations are invited for a faculty position in the Deaf Studies and Deaf Education Department, pending available funding.

Faculty reports to the Chair of the Deaf Studies and Deaf Education Department. The University seeks a person with high energy, enthusiasm and vision to work within the department that is in the process of programmatic expansion. The Department offers coursework at the undergraduate level in the area of American Sign Language (BA-ASL), at the graduate level with a Master’s degree (MS-Deaf Studies/Deaf Education and Doctoral degree Ed.D.) in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. In addition the BA and MS areas offer coursework leading to teacher certification. The successful candidate will possess strong teaching, research, and writing skills. The candidate must possess strong leadership skills and interpersonal skills with demonstrated work experiences with colleagues exhibiting positive collegiality.

Responsibilities include:
1. Advise and counsel undergraduate ASL majors and graduate majors in Masters and Doctoral Deaf Education programs.
2. Teach undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses within the Department as program needs mandate.
3. Serve on departmental, college, and university committees as necessary.
4. Conduct research, scholarly activities, and grant writing to meet program needs.
5. Provide supervision for department majors during field experiences.
6. Meet other day-to-day responsibilities of the faculty position as necessary.

The University seeks a person with knowledge, skills and proficiencies in providing training to students in careers related to ASL Studies and Deaf/Studies Education. The successful candidate will have:

1. Fluency in American Sign Language
2. An earned doctoral degree in Deaf Education, American Sign Language, Linguistics, or a closely related field. ABDs may be considered.
3. Knowledge of Deaf culture and extensive personal and professional experiences within the Deaf community.
4. Ability to demonstrate depth of knowledge regarding the EC-12 application of ASL/English bilingual education and evidence based practices.
5. Ability to demonstrate depth of knowledge and understanding in ASL acquisition by L1 and L2 learners.
6. Demonstrated teaching, research and publication skills.
Preference will be given to candidates:
1) who are Native ASL user.
2) with three years of classroom experience with EC-12 deaf children.
3) with experience supervising student teachers.
4) with university teaching experience.
5) with certification in Deaf Education and/or ASL at the state-level (any state).

Lamar University is a member of The Texas State University System, has an enrollment of approximately 14,000 students, and offers a wide variety of baccalaureate and masters degrees, as well as doctorates in four disciplines. Lamar faculty have a strong commitment to teaching excellence combined with research. Non-traditional students comprise almost 25% of the student enrollment at this culturally diverse, metropolitan university, while 70 percent of the student body is full-time and under the age of 25. Located on the banks of the Neches River in Southeast Texas, Beaumont is only 85 miles from Houston and 35 miles from the Gulf of Mexico beaches. Leisure opportunities abound nearby in the Big Thicket National Preserve and lake areas of East Texas. A wide range of cultural activities are provided through a regional symphony orchestra, art museum, historic houses, opera, ballet and theater companies. The cultural centers of Houston and Galveston offer many kinds of aesthetic enrichment. A year-round temperate climate increases opportunities for outdoor recreational activities.

The position will be available for the Fall of 2012. This is a 9-month position with the possibility of Summer teaching opportunities. This will be a tenured-track position with rank and salary appropriate to experience and evidence of a terminal degree. Review of applications will begin May 18th, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. “This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, complete curriculum vitae and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of five references to: Chair of the Deaf Studies and Deaf Education Faculty Search Committee, c/o Human Resources Lamar University, P. O. Box 11127, Beaumont, Texas 77710. If you have questions, please call (409.880.8170) or email Dr. Tony Martin at

Lamar University is an equal opportunity employer that actively seeks and encourages nominations and expressions of interest from members of groups that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. The Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education also expresses interest in applications from individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.


position notice
Career Placement Counselor #12-300
SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
Big Spring, Texas

NOTE: Official transcripts as well as any other documents
disclosing credentials pertaining to this position will be
required. Will be subject to a criminal background check.

Experience and other qualifications required:
Master’s degree in counseling, vocational rehabilitation, social work, psychology or other related field required. Must have LPC, LMSW, CRC, LPC-1 or be a participant in a pre-licensure supervision program. 3 years related experience required. Must have in-depth knowledge of career development, personal counseling theories, professional counseling/social work ethics, and career interest assessments.

Fluency in American Sign Language required.

Ability to use computer programs including Microsoft Office and the internet.

Description of job duties:
Provide career development and personal counseling services and career and academic assessments to Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. Will assist students and faculty in student internship placement opportunities.

For a complete list of job duties, please refer to the job description.

SALARY RANGE: $40,070 – $42,714


Apply to: Howard County Junior College District
Human Resources Office
1001 Birdwell Lane
Big Spring, TX 79720

(432) 264-5100 phone

POSTED: March 2, 2012
It is the intent of the Howard County Junior College District to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, religion or veteran’s status or any other protected class.

Contact the Personnel Office if assistance is needed during the application process.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all employees hired after November 6, 1986 to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States.



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–  Staff Interpreter – Bakersfield, CA

–  Staff Interpreter – Riverside, CA [Two positions open]

–  Job Developer/Interpreter –  Pacoima, 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 Manager
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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