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DeafDigest Gold – February 15, 2009

DeafDigest Gold - February 15, 2009

Gold edition            Barry Strassler, Editor - updated every Monday

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Visit where you can also view all magazine articles for the past five years (all articles other than those in the current issue require a free registration and login in order to view). -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- The DeafDigest is divided into Blue and Gold sections, both ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the Gold section. .. weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at: (updated every Monday) -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- News of the Week Is a punishment actually a non-punishment in the case of Air Canada that refused to accept a deaf-blind passenger unless he was accompanied by a fully sighted fellow passenger? The Air Canada was ordered to pay $10,000 in damages. But Air Canada was not required to admit future deaf-blind passengers. Contradictory? Yes, hence this non-punishment! ... Way back years ago Gwendel D. "Bud" Butler was an eminent deaf educator and advocate with Texas School for the Deaf. Young people may have never heard of him, but old timers certainly do. His daughter Donna J. (Butler) Alexander wishes to collect tales, stories, and anecdotes about her father from those that knew him. If you have such tales, do share these with her at ... Bills come and go; most bills die, but few pass. One such bill introduced in Maryland legislation is to stop judges from assuming that just because parents are deaf, they cannot take care of their hearing children! This bill is being introduced by state senator Lisa A. Gladden. Hope it passes. ... National Writing Contest for High School Students with Hearing Loss High school students with hearing loss in 10th or 11th grade can enter the fourth annual RIT SpiRIT Writing Contest, and compete for prizes, including a summer camp scholarship. Winners will have their choice of a scholarship and travel expenses to the Explore Your Future program at RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf, or a $500 cash prize. EYF is a six-day summer career exploration program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students that gives them the opportunity to sample different careers as well as college life. Complete contest guidelines and entry information are available at The deadline to enter is March 15, 2009 and an awards program will be held at RIT in the summer. For more information, contact or call 585-475-7695 (voice/TTY.) Web address: ................................................................ ................................................................ For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please email ................................................................ ................................................................ weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at: updated every Monday ................................................................ ................................................................ SWEET DEALS AT WCI It's Valentine's Day all month with 14% the hot pink heart shaped Sonic Boom Sweetheart Alarm or the Sonic Bomb. Fun and functional, your sweetheart will love these unique clocks. (Use code WCID209 when ordering). For more details on these sweet deals and all our products call us now at 1-800-233-9130 (V/TTY) or visit us at: For a copy of our catalog, email your request to: WCI. Your Single Source for Assistive Technology ................................................................ ................................................................ SUPER BOWL ON TV IN AUSTRALIA Super Bowl is a big event in USA. Many people, who are not football fans, still watch the Super Bowl. We, the deaf, have always complained for years that the TV does not show the signing of the ASL Star Spangled Banner singer. One year, a TV program showed ASL singer Phyllis Frelich, in upper left hand corner of the screen. It was broadcast in Australia, but in USA there was no picture of Frelich. Why Australia? Why not USA? - for ASL News version, please click on: (for your convenience, video links are posted on top of each DeafDigest edition) ................................................................ DiiT / Deaf Initiative in Technology - 2009 Summer Workshop Schedule The Deaf Initiative in Technology (DiiT) is very excited to introduce its 2009 Summer Workshop Schedule! DiiT is offering many new workshops this year including Basic Business Correspondence and a series on Engineering related topics! DiiT provides up-to-the-minute technical training in an all sign environment. Workshop participants get the benefit of direct interaction with the instructors without the need for interpreters that most professional workshops require. All workshops are held at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf ( ) at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York ( ) To register, download the DiiT Workshop Registration Form or call 585-475-7545 (Voice or TTY) The 2009 DiiT Summer Workshop Schedule: DiiT Workshop Series on Business 1. Is It For You: Starting Your Own Business; June 8-12, 2009 (newly added, 2/1/09) 2. Microsoft Access 2007; Create a Database; June 15-15, 2009 3. Microsoft Office 2007: A Professional Approach; July 13-17, 2009 DiiT Workshop Series on Workplace Writing -- (NEW!!!) 4. Basic Workplace Correspondence; June 22-26, 2009 5. Basic Report Writing in the Workplace; August (TBD) DiiT Workshop Series on Engineering -- (NEW!!!) 6. Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt; June 8-12, 2009 7. Intro to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's); June 8-10, 2009 8. Intro to Computer Numerical Control Programming; June 15-19, 2009 9. Migrating from 2D CAD to 3D CAD using Revit Architecture June 15-19, 2009 10. Solid Modeling with SolidWorks; June 22-26, 2009 DiiT Workshop Series on Graphic Communication: 11. Web Site Development Using Dreamweaver CS4; June 8-12, 2009 12. Self-Publishing a Book; June 15-19, 2009 13. Adobe Flash CS4; June 22-26, 2009 14. Wide Format Printing; June 22-26, 2009 15. Adobe Acrobat 9 Professional; July 13-17, 2009 DiiT Workshop Series on Information Technology: 16. Introduction to Microsoft Visual Basic.NET; June 8-12, 2009 17. JavaScript Made Easy with JQuery; June 15-19, 2009 18. PHP 6 and MySQL 5; July 13-17, 2009 19. PC Assembly, Maintenance, and Repair; July 13-17, 2009 ................................................................ BLACKOUTS AND THE DEAF We have read in the newspapers about power blackouts in Kentucky because of bad snow storms. The Amish people were OK, while their neighbors were not OK. Amish families do not depend on electricity while we, all do. Years ago, there was a power black out in New York City. There was no electricity everywhere. The blind people were OK while we were not. The blind people do not depend on lights to walk through the building. Let us suppose there was no sound everywhere in the world. The hearing people will suffer; we, the deaf, will not suffer! - for ASL News version, please click on: (for your convenience, video links are posted on top of each DeafDigest edition) A DUMMY BOOK THAT YOUNG DEAF PEOPLE NEED There are Dummy books for every topic imaginable, be it hobbies, sports, politics, pets, personal finance, and so on. One such Dummy book is missing - on advising deaf students in high schools on choice of college - should it be a deaf college (Gallaudet and NTID) or a hearing college? There are always issues that hearing colleges - interpreting problems, social life isolation, faculty insensitivity, CART breakdowns - that many deaf kids in high school may not be aware of. A PUZZLING RESTAURANT REVIEW COMMENT In a British newspaper, the restaurant review columnist wrote: Don't take your deaf mother there It was in reference to a London restaurant that was being reviewed for its food, service and atmosphere. DeafDigest is not sure of the comment - if it was an off-the-shelf joke or if it assumes that only hearing mothers can tolerate the food that is being served? MARYLAND LEGISLATORS THREATEN ITS DEAF AGENCY For some reason for years, the deaf commission in Maryland (better known as Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - ODHH) was never a high priority with the government executives. And now this - the state legislators are pondering a bill that would eliminate vital ODHH positions and to reduce funding, and as a final insult, to move ODHH within the confines of the state Department of Disabilities. Because this would render ODHH insignificant, state deaf leaders are already furious and up in arms. A VERY DETAILED JOB There was a story on Brian Kraft, not deaf, in the February 10, 2009 edition of the Washington Post. He is a contractor with the District of Columbia and his job is to transfer to a database these microfiched files on past city building permits between 1877 and 1949. And when he is done, he will then work on building permits from 1950 through 1958 and so on. On each permit, there is information such as "what was the building used for." For years the most famous Deaf Building was the District of Columbia Club of the Deaf (DCCD). It was torn down to make way for the new FBI Building. From time to time DeafDigest editor bumps into old timers who would vividly recall the old DCCD building but would not remember the exact location! DeafDigest is still wondering where the exact location was. GOING THROUGH NAME CHANGES We all know what AgBell is. Were we aware that this organization has gone through several name changes? It originally was: American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf. This was what telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell named the new organization. It then changed to: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and now this: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing RANDOM WORKSHOP QUESTIONS DeafDigest editor attended a workshop where an executive from the Dominion Virginia Power company was the keynote speaker. DeafDigest asked the speaker two questions: 1. Have there been any ADA-related issues with your company over the years? His response is - never, we are in full compliance and we support ADA provisions 2. Have you had deaf employees in any of the departments in your company? His response is - yes, we have a number of deaf employees in the company offices, but we do not have deaf employees out there on the field such as linemen and installers; these are dangerous jobs, and it is already dangerous enough for those that can hear. DeafDigest remembers a telephone company in Arkansas hiring a deaf telephone installer. But that was years ago. A SENSE OF DEJA VU WITH GEICO ADS We watch TV and are constantly bombarded with these silly GEICO ads. Way back in the fifties and sixties, GEICO had a bad reputation for refusing to accept deaf drivers for automobile insurance coverage. GEICO carried this message that the deaf should not drive cars and therefore, should not be carrying drivers' insurance policies. So, with DeafDigest, it is a sense of Deja Vu ................................................................ ................................................................ For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please email for Special Notes, please go to the bottom of this section ................................................................ ................................................................ WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN? A comment that says: he is semi-deaf it is a misleading phrase; it may mean the person is deaf in one ear, but can hear normally out of his best ear, or it may mean he is somewhere in the moderate hearing loss range, which is half way between being mildly deaf and being profoundly deaf ................................................................ ................................................................ Deaf Cruise Hawaii 2009 Special !!! You only pay 50% off deposit when you book Deaf Cruise Hawaii 2009 ! Don't miss this amazing opportunity to book your Deaf Cruise Hawaii 2009 during ONE-DAY Sale on Thursday, November 20th. Just pay half the standard deposit on already low rates and still get all the benefits of Freestyle Cruising. Then you can use that money for other things (like an awesome holiday gift for that special someone). One Day. One Sale. One Great Deal. Thursday, November 20, 2008 ................................................................ ................................................................ 30th World's Largest ASL Silent Weekend in 2009 Signing Greeting Cards ASL and Interpreting DVDs Please browse our selection of signing greeting cards at: The 30th Silent Weekend in June 2009 will offer interpreters more than 2 CEUs. Over 100 hours of classes also for beginning, intermediate and advanced sign language and ITP students. Many interpreters use this to get all of their RID required CEUs in a one-stop venue at significant cost savings. Get a group as small as five to register at huge savings! Peter Cook, Crom Saunders, Keith Wann, Trix Bruce and many nationally known presenters are featured. Check for details Sign language DVDs are available online at - Consider "Oh See, Can You Say?" by Maureen Longo Tuccelli. She shows how to make an excellent voicing product using a clip of Peter Cook. This 75-minute DVD is excellent for ITP teachers and students! "Oh See, Can You See? shows dozens of grammatical principles and will help ITP and ASL students understand what they see. This is a 55-minute DVD The 8th Florida/Alaska Motorcycle Charity Run is scheduled July 1-26, 2009. See for updates and photos. These trips will take place every year so why not make plans to join us now in 2009? ................................................................ ................................................................ Hot DeafNews boring, but important! A recent decision by the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board overruled the lower case administrative judge's decision disallowing use of CART during routine hearings. ... Deaf Picture of the Week: Victoria Garcia aerospace engineer, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama .. Question of the week: Q. Section 508 is part of the ADA. Correct? A. No. Section 508 and ADA are two separate pieces of laws which protect us from discrimination. Section 508 eliminates technological barriers (sound, no captions on web sites is an example. ADA is a different ball game. send your questions to the most interesting questions may be answered in future DeafDigest editions. Thank you. .. Wish List of the Week: that newspaper reporters would stop saying that it is "so amazing" that the deaf could play sports .... DeafHistory - Looking Back: Year 1870 - the Census wanted to know if the person was deaf. Part of the sentence was this: whether deaf, dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or convict ... Deaf and the Money: In the late seventies, a fax machine cost $20,000. This is the reason why the TTY network continued. When fax prices dropped in the eighties, then the deaf fax network slowly replaced the TTY network, before being replace by email, then instant messaging and then now this - the video network ... DeafNumbers of the Week: How many deaf doctors do we have in USA? - approximately 30 that are deaf and acknowledge their deafness - approximately 100-150 that have hearing losses of varying degrees but deny it .... DeafDigest Sports DeafDigest Sports is a no-cost subscription available only for DeafDigest subscribers; e-mail there is no web page postings with DeafDigest Sports; you have to subscribe to keep up with deafsports! -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- * YOU COULD PLACE YOUR PAID EMPLOYMENT ADS IN THIS SECTION * on a per-subscriber basis, the DeafDigest ad rates are the best in the nation. * For more information, send E-mail to -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Job Announcements Indiana School for the Deaf Indianapolis, IN The Indiana School for the Deaf currently has job openings/postings for the following positions: Job Title        Posting #          Posting Dates Nurse (intermittent)    561742  2/12/09-3/15/09             Charge Nurse          561757 2/12/09-3/15/09              Audiologist           561743  2/12/09-3/1/09             Teacher Ast (Intm-Preschool)  561754 2/12/09-3/1/09              Teacher Ast (Intm-Elementary) 561752 2/12/09-3/1/09              Teacher Ast (FT- High School) 561751  2/12/09-3/1/09             Food Service Worker           561756 2/12/09-3/1/09              Applicants must submit an Indiana State Application via the Indiana State Personnel website at If you have any questions please contact Carole Morgan in our Human Resources Department via telephone (317/920-6340 v/tty) or E-Mail:   Website: Mission Statement-The Indiana School for the Deaf Community promotes academic and social excellence for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students through a Bilingual/Bicultural environment.                   An EOE -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position announcement Curriculum Specialist New Mexico School for the Deaf Santa Fe, NM Possession of Master's Degree in Deaf Education, Curriculum Design or related field. At least 3 years of teaching experience required. Knowledgeable about curriculum development. Knowledgeable or willing to learn about different curricular areas (e.g. Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies and/or Early Childhood). Experience teaching in Deaf Education. Knowledgeable about deaf-related issues. Deadline: Open until filled. Apply to: New Mexico School for the Deaf, 1060 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505, (505) 476-6301. NMSD IS AN EEO EMPLOYER. -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- currently recruiting President South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind Spartanburg, SC Closing date/Time: Friday March 3, 2009; 5:00 PM Eastern Time Salary: $87,112.00 - $135,041.00 annually Job Type: FTE - Full-Time The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB) is currently recruiting for the position of President. SCSDB is a residential facility located in Spartanburg, South Carolina which serves as a multifaceted resource center dedicated to serving sensory disabled individuals, their families and professionals throughout South Carolina. Visit for more information. The President is responsible for the overall administrative management and operation of the SCSDB and reports to a ten-member Board of Commissioners, appointed by the Governor. The efforts and initiatives of the president are primarily directed toward developing and maintaining essential knowledge and current information on all aspects of programs and services for individuals with special needs, especially model services, technological advances, and legal and managerial perspectives. The president is accountable to a wide range of constituents - beginning with the Board of Commissioners, students and their families, and staff and extending to state government officials, legislators, and local, state and national audiences who may have special interests in programs for individuals with sensory disabilities. The President is also responsible for building awareness and integration of the School within the community and working with legislators, regulatory agencies and representatives in the field of special education. Minimum and Additional Requirements: The successful candidate must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree, master's degree preferred, from a recognized accredited institution; meet all of the requirements for certification by the SC Department of Education and at least 18 semester hours of credit in administration and supervision and a minimum of five years of senior level administrative and management experience. In addition, an understanding of the major issues and special needs facing the sensory disabled population, considerable experience in fundraising and the ability to work with and obtain the required funds from state agencies and the legislature are required. The successful candidate must also be willing to live on campus and be a visible presence at SCSDB activities. Demonstrated previous community involvement beyond the boundaries of employment is required. Preferred Qualifications: Formal training and prior work experience are preferred in special education, particularly in the field of sensory disabilities and special schools and particularly those with 24-hour residential programming. Proficiency in sign language is highly preferred. Additional Comments: The salary range is $87,112.00 - $135,041.00., including on campus housing and an excellent benefits package. Salary offerings will be based on applicants' qualifications and experience. Salaries above the minimum must be approved by the Agency Head Salary Commission. Interested individuals may apply on line at Application deadline is March 6, 2009 Visit for more information on the Presidential Search Please contact Joye Lang at 803-734-9080 for questions about this posting. -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position openings Social Workers, Fluent ASL FEGS - Deaf Services Manhattan, New York FEGS is one of the largest not-for-profit health and human services organizations in the nation, with an annual operating budget in excess of $250 million, 4,000+ employees and operations in more than 350 locations throughout the New York metropolitan area. Become vital member of multidisciplinary team, strongly rooted in the deaf community. Opportunities for Social Workers Fluent in ASL, in our outpatient mental Health clinic and residential facility serving Deaf adults. Requires MSW degree, licensure a strong plus. Positions located in Manhattan and are easily accessible by public transportation Highly competitive salary and generous benefits. Please send resume and cover letter to: Visit our website at -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Announcing an Exciting Career Opportunity Educational Technology Specialist Educational Design Resources National Technical Institute for the Deaf Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY Anticipated Position Filling this position is contingent upon future budget approval RIT/NTID , the premier technical university serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students, seeks an exceptional individual to serve as a team member for a talented group as they design innovative applications of instructional technologies targeting deaf and hard-of-hearing learners. The Educational Technology Specialist will work to design, develop, and program instructional and informational multimedia and web-based products and services. We seek an individual with a proven track record to focus department efforts on creatively and effectively supporting student learning and institutional advancement. Knowledge of sign language or willingness to learn required. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, New Media, or a related field. Deadline: Review of applications begins February 21st, and continues until filled Start date: April, 2009 The Rochester Institute of Technology is an EO/AA action employer. Members of protected classes and individuals with the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the university's continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences are encouraged to send an application. For more details and to apply online please go to: Look up job IRC# 27275 -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- !!!WANTED!!! ASL Fluent Residential Counselors Pressley Ridge Services for the Deaf Pittsburgh, PA Pressley Ridge Services for the Deaf residential program has a current need for entry level counselors with ASL / sign language proficiency / fluency. The residential treatment program is designed to specifically address the needs of severely troubled children deaf / hoh adolescents with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses. Originally, the program was developed in 1996 as part of the movement to care for individuals with challenging behaviors in community integrated settings rather than restrictive group care environments. The Home Places program is designed to serve children and young adults who cannot be managed in less intensive settings due to the severity and nature of their mental health and mental retardation issues. POSITION SUMMARY Working with Deaf - Autistic and MR youth, the Teacher/Counselor is instrumental in assisting the clinical staff with developing, implementing, and monitoring of individual and group treatment plans that result in improved adaptive social/interpersonal functioning and high rates of successful program completing among youngsters in assigned group. The Teacher/Counselor has various shift opportunities - T/C's may reside with assigned youth according to a variable patterned schedule (2 1/2 days on 4 1/2 days off) or can work on a daily schedule (5 day / 8 hours per day). Requirements: Bachelors degree required, all majors considered, degrees in Psychology, Social Work, or Human Services related fields preferred. Experience working with troubled youth and youth with Autism/DD diagnosis a plus. Sign Language / ASL fluency IS REQUIRED. Valid driver's license, auto insurance. FBI, State Police, and Child Protection clearances. BENEFITS: We have an excellent benefits package for our full time employees: Medical, Dental, Vision, Company paid life insurance, Paid Vacation & Sick time, Up to $1500 per year for continuing education (School, Seminars, Workshops, etc.), and more Additional information can be found at Resumes to: Bryan Gibbons; PHR Staffing Coordinator Pressley Ridge 5500 Corporate Drive, Suite 400 Pittsburgh, PA 15237 412.872.9469 (fax) or -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position opening Principal, Elementary/ Middle School New York School for the Deaf White Plains, NY Occ. Code I-11b REPORTS TO: Director of Instruction BASIC FUNCTION: Supervise Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle School faculty and staff in the development and implementation of curriculum, educational goals and student learning needs. QUALIFICATIONS: - Possess or eligible for NYS Certification as Teacher of the Deaf - Possess or eligible for NYS Certification in Supervision and/or Administration - A sign language SCPI level of Advanced with a minimum entry level of Intermediate. Within first 30 months of employment, candidate must obtain Advanced level. - Ability to communicate effectively in writing and in public venues. - Ability to work flexible hours as needs of the program dictate - Must possess mature judgment and leadership skills with the ability to be creative and exercise individual initiative. - The successful applicant must submit to a criminal history background information check. - Minimum of five years of successful teaching experience; early childhood experience preferred - Previous supervisory experience preferred MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: - Supervise implementation of curriculum appropriate for deaf students and designed to prepare students to meet NY State learning standards - Plan, develop and implement instructional programs for deaf infant program, pre-school, elementary, and middle school students. - Provide educational leadership designed to meet individual student needs (i.e., oral/auditory, ASL) and determine class assignments for students - Oversee student placement, grading, and advancement - In concert with other administrators and staff, develop master schedule, student schedules and teacher and teacher assistant schedules - Administration/monitoring of student assessment - Maintain student records and supervise and review the preparation of student reports. - Provide strong direction and leadership to faculty, staff and families - Evaluate the performance of teachers, teacher assistants, and assigned staff and recommend techniques and methods of improvement - Recommend the transfer, promotion or termination of faculty and administrative staff - Approve purchase of supplies, materials and equipment - Supervise and monitor all state education requirements; participate in IEP meetings. - With other administrators, develop and direct staff development programs for all staff. - With other administrators, recommend and monitor new or revised school policies and procedures. - Meet with parents on a regular basis and keep parents informed about events at Fanwood through regular informational mailings and presentations at meetings, etc. - Ensure sensitivity to cultural differences within the school community. - Prepare necessary reports pertaining to students, staff and programs - Respond to inquiries and general correspondence regarding education programs and ensure the general welfare of students and staff. - Ensure that obligations under the labor contract are executed properly. Attempt to resolve differences or disputes before they become issues. - Work cooperatively with local schools, agencies, parents, staff and students on educational programs of benefit to Fanwood students. - Supervision of summer school - All other duties assigned by the Director of Instruction or her designee SALARY: Negotiable based on qualifications and experience. TYPE: 12 month position TO APPLY: FAX resume to (914) 949-2331 or mail to: Human Resources New York School for the Deaf 555 Knollwood Road White Plains, NY 10603 E.O.E. -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- The Board of Trustees of St Mary's School for the Deaf announces a vacancy for Superintendent Position available July 1, 2009 (Buffalo, NY) Overview: - Residential School with average total enrollment of 110 students - Staff of 145 full time employees - Subject to New York State Education Department guidelines - Accredited High School - Serving students from birth to 21 years of age - Potential for adult programming in a variety of occupational areas - Funded by section 4201 of Education Law of New York State Services provided: - Full academic program in accordance with State regulation - Related services (Speech, Counseling, Audiology, variety of therapy services) - Educational programs including Art, Music, & Physical Education - Residential program including recreation therapy, tutorial & after school program - Athletic Program (Track, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball) Qualifications: - Master's degree in Deaf Education or related field supplemented by course work in School Administration; - At least 5 years of experience in Educational Administration and Community Relations; - Eligibility for or willingness to obtain certification as Educational Administrator in New York State; - Ability to communicate and interact successfully with deaf children and adults (Preferred level of Sign Communication @ Intermediate SCPI level with ability to achieve advanced level of communication within two years); - Experience in working with parents as partners in the educational process; - State of the art knowledge in areas of technology, integration options, deafness, and deaf culture. Application procedure: Interested candidates may write for a complete copy of the job description or visit All credentials, including resume, copies of certifications, and three professional references must be submitted as noted below. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 12, 2009 but will be accepted until an appointment is made, within practical limits of the process as finalists are identified. All inquiries and applications must be sent to: SMSD Search Committee for the Superintendent Charles C. Martorana, Chair 1100 M & T Center Three Fountain Plaza Buffalo, New York 14203-1414. St. Mary's School for the Deaf is an EOE -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position openings Georgia School for the Deaf Cave Spring, GA for position descriptions and application procedures please click on any of below: - Sign Language Interpreter (12 months) - Residential Paraprofessional (multiple positions) - High School Graduation Coach - Occupational Therapist (hourly) - Paraprofessional, classroom (10 mo position) - Physical Therapist - Reading Content Specialist - Residential Advisor (DOE) - Substitute Teacher (P/T-Hourly) - Teacher (Blind/Deaf) - Literary Content Specialist -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- (updated February 15th) Exciting Career Opportunities at GLAD: - Job Developer/Interpreter - Anaheim, Crenshaw, Norwalk, Pacoima, Santa Ana, CA - Placement Coordinator - Riverside, CA - Community Interpreter - Riverside, 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 E-mail: -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Special Notes: Copyright 2009 by Barry Strassler, DeafDigest. 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