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DeafDigest Gold – February 17, 2013

DeafDigest Gold – February 17, 2013

Gold 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)


Deaf Cartoon (Fogey) of the week:


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Deaf Authors at Harris Communications

Harris Communications is known as the Sign Language Superstore. We
have the books and DVDs about sign language, deaf culture and
interpreting that are easy to find, with some unique products you may
not find elsewhere.

Our “Deaf Author Corner” has a large selection of books and DVDs from
deaf authors including “Fighting the Long Sorrow” by Russell Kane;
“The Lost Deaf Children” by Cooper Nickerson; “Bragg on Bragg by
Bernard Bragg; and “The Treasure” by Ella Mae Lentz.

If you are looking for entertaining stories, informative
autobiographies, and excellent instruction in ASL, remember to check
out the “Deaf Author Corner” on the Harris Communications website.

To see our Deaf Author Corner, go to:

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Top stories about the deaf:

A breakthrough in Usher syndrome research? Well,
researchers at Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago,
are saying that they restored hearing in the mice that
shared the same Usher syndrome genetic conditions that
some people have.

The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association,
an organization of home improvement contractors,
have been warned about TTY relay fraud. Some of the
association members have been victimized. Where in
USA is that association located? Not in USA, but in
Great Britain.

Three groups – CTIA-The Wireless Association,
the Federal Communications Commission and the
Federal Emergency Management Agency have worked
on a Wireless Emergency Alerts. This will allow
the deaf to receive emergency alerts on their
wireless devices (tornadoes, blizzards, hurricanes,
floods, earthquakes, etc). These messages are to
be sent with no charges for wireless device owners.

Burma, an Asian nation near China, Thailand, India, Laos and Bangladesh, has a reputation for oppressing
human rights. What about the deaf? It was announced
that Bo Bo Kyaing has become the nation’s first
sign language TV interpreter. Activists are still
saying Burma does not do enough to help the deaf
and the disabled.

The Utah State Board of Education has asked the deaf
community for input on criteria for selecting
a new superintendent at the school for the deaf.
The past superintendent, as reported in DeafDigest,
was dismissed from his job.


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It probably may not happen these days but it happened about
30-35 years ago.
An ambitious young deaf woman wanted to attend Gallaudet. Her
mother vigorously opposed it, feeling that deaf women are only good
for employment, marriage and family.
Despite violent arguments, the mother was steadfast in her refusal.
The deaf woman was forced to abandon her life dreams.
DeafDigest editor knew her and still feels about it.

– 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


Research Study on Cochlear Implants in the Deaf Community

more information at:


There are some deaf people with perfect speech. They practiced
their speech every day all their lives until it has become perfect.
But their perfect speech comes at a price. Many hearing people
refuse to believe that these perfect-speech people are deaf.
And as a result, there have been unpleasant moments while mingling
with the hearing.
This is the reason why some of these perfect-speech deaf are
more comfortable with the deaf!

– 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


Help Research by Taking a Survey on Emergency Communications

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies
is asking people to fill out a survey

more information at:


There is an emerging organization called the Amara. It is
part of the Participatory Culture Foundation, created by the
Mozilla Drumbeat, with support provided by the Mozilla Foundation.
The mission is to provide captions on video for the benefit
of the deaf as well as for other groups.
We will wait and see if this organization grows and truly
benefits the deaf.
Captions with errors is not helping us!

During the late part of 19th century and the early part of
20th century, two deaf sisters, Francis Allen and Mary Allen, were
widely praised by critics for the pictures of these simple New
England scenes.
Their work was recognized at the 1896 Washington Salon and Art Photographic Exhibition. And the Smithsonian acquired their photos
for exhibition purchases.
Interestingly enough both sisters died 4 days apart in 1941.

(video with captions; may not work with iPads)

Do enjoy viewing that video! Sorry, this video may
not work with iPad.


Maryland Association of the Deaf

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a newspaper story about a swimmer said:

swimmer won’t let being deaf slow her down


is the writer implying that the swimmer could be
slowed down because of her deafness? All swimmers
want to win, and it does not matter if she swimmer
can hear or can’t hear.

…………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………..

Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. Why is the word “deaf” sometimes misleading?

A. Is it a person that has been deaf all his life
or has been late deafened or is hard of hearing,
but functions as a hearing person?

send your questions to

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


Rene Pellerin’s corner:

Last week our furnace broke down.  The temperature outside was -14 in
the morning!

Luckily, we have a backup wood burning furnace!

The tech guys couldn’t fix the furnace right away as they had to
order parts.

Several days later the technician came to replace the parts to the

I went out snowshoeing, don’t worry the temperature did rise!

The tech finished the job while I was out and left (trusting Vermont)!

When I returned from snowshoeing and entered my house all was very

Remember we with Usher Syndrome need more time for our eyes to adjust
from bright daylight to dark settings.

Anyway, I know my house by memory and started to head to my bedroom
through the hallway.

I “crashed” into the open door to the basement!

It turn out the tech did not close the door behind himself!  Ouch!
Next time I will do the “Zombie walk”!

Rene’s show business is now entering its 3rd year and it
focuses on the Deaf-Blind.

You can email him at


Deaf Wish List of the Week:

for deaf auto mechanics, a special engine flashing device
that will tell them that the engine is running good or is
not running good



Year 1996 – the first Deaf Academic Bowl took place


DeafNumbers of the Week:


students that enrolled at NTID in its’ first year
of operations (1969)


Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

– Evansville – Connor Sprick, SO, men’s swimming; not among top
swimmers in his events

– Georgia Northwestern Technical College – Brittney Daughtry, SO, women’s basketball;
college web site does not post game results

– Glendale Community College – Kristle Cowan, incoming FR, women’s swimming;
is a new recruit for the 2013-2014 season

– Hawaii – Peggy Liang, SO, women’s swimming; was not among team’s leaders
in her events in the most recent swim meet

– Kalamazoo – Tyler McFarland, JR, men’s swimming; did not place during the
conference swimming championships


Elite Deaf Athletes:

– Stephanie Juge, pro women’s football, Southern California Breakers; team has
folded and she’s not playing this year

– Yehuda Gruenfeld, International Chess grandmaster, Israel; still at it
during competition

– Chris Jackson, Noble County (IN) Wolfpack, Great Lakes Football League;
have to wait until team roster is posted for the upcoming season

– Thomas Keinath, USA table tennis; no recent updates since he tried
out for the USA Olympics table tennis team and didn’t make it

– Sung Lee, pro golf (Asian tour), South Korea; the web site said:
Lee was born deaf. In November 2010 he underwent an operation to his
right ear, his hearing is now restored.


Deaf Sports Library

The Delavan Red Devils semi pro football, in the 1971 season,
had three deaf players. These players were:


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*  LIFESIGNS Data Entry Clerk – Los Angeles

*  Accounts Receivable Specialist (LIFESIGNS) – Los Angeles

*  LIFESIGNS Dispatcher – Riverside

*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim

*  Community Advocate – Los Angeles

*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Rancho Cucamonga

*  Staff Interpreter – Riverside

*  Staff Interpreter – Los Angeles

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


Please post the following position. Thanks!


full-time job announcement
Client Support Specialist
Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency
San Leandro, California

DCARA has an opening for the position of Client Support Specialist with a primary focus on the hard of hearing and late deafened community.  This full-time position will report to the Director of Client Support Services and work with deaf, hard of hearing or deafened youth, adults, and senior citizens. The Client Support Specialist will provide services including, but not limited to, community education, information & referral and peer counseling in addition to meeting the specific needs of the hard of hearing and late deafened community.

–    Host a variety of workshops and classes focusing on the social, emotional, communication and other daily living needs of hard of hearing and deafened individuals and their families.
–    Work with the Director of Client Support Services to develop linkages and working relationships with governmental and community-based organizations/agencies in the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County as well as other agencies primarily serving the deaf,  hard of hearing and late deafened community to advocate for equal communication access.
–    Represent DCARA and/or the deaf community at meetings and community events. –    Provide the following services: peer counseling, advocacy, independent living skills, information & referral, employment and community education.
–    Coordinate special projects as delegated by the Director of Client Support Services.
–    All other duties and assigned,

–    BA degree in Deaf studies, social services or related fields, OR 3 years of documented experience in service provision in a human services setting.
–    Knowledge about the needs of the hard of hearing and deafened community.
–    Ability to use computer and word processing software; knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook) preferred.
–    A valid driver’s license and vehicle with current automobile insurance as required by law; able to travel to appointments within the workweek (California driver’s license required within four weeks of hire).

–    Knowledge of assistive listening devices and technology used by hard of hearing and late deafened individuals.
–    Fluency in American Sign Language and working knowledge in the field of deafness and Deaf culture.
–    Experience in giving presentations, excellent project management and public relations skills, and a good team player .
–    Ability to relate with diverse groups of deaf and hard of hearing persons including, but not limited to, deaf senior citizens, deaf-blind persons, foreign-born deaf persons, and others .

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


APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Send an application (available at under .Jobs.), cover letter, three letters of reference and resume to:

Human Resources
DCARA Headquarters
14895 E. 14th St., Suite 200
San Leandro, CA 94578

DCARA is an At-Will and equal opportunity employer.


position opening
Principal K-12
Rhode Island School for the Deaf
Providence, RI

Non-Classified Job Description – Principal K-12

This new position will plan for, coordinate, and implement educational services to all students who are deaf or hard of hearing Kindergarten through Grade 12. The Principal of RI School for the Deaf is the
educational leader of the school and is responsible for assisting the Director of the RI School for the Deaf in the effective management of classrooms, curriculum, teaching personnel, instruction, and materials.

The Principal shall lead in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the delivery of all instructional services (K-12) in order to develop an optimum learning climate for the unique needs of
our students. The Principal shall assist in the daily operation of the school and shall assist in providing an educational program which is responsive to student needs; develops and implements standards-based
curriculum and encourages the use of current and effective instructional practices. The Principal leads the faculty in addressing the goals of the school and the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE),
guided by the Common Core Standards. The Principal shall assist with compliance with all regulations, policies, and procedures applicable to the RI School for the Deaf.

– Works collaboratively with the school community to develop and maintain a shared school vision and uses that vision to guide decision-making about students and the instructional program.
-. Models ethical behavior at both the school and community level and communicates to others expectations of ethical behavior.
– Applies and enforces policies and procedures consistently, wisely and compassionately.
– Provides leadership with current curricular trends and instructional practices, addressing the needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing students across a variety of settings.
– Assists in daily planning, implementation and assessment of curriculum and curriculum development projects.
– Supports the teachers. efforts to implement the curriculum in alignment with state standards.
– Recognizes, models, and promotes effective teaching strategies that enable students to apply what they learn to real world experiences.
– Uses data effectively to monitor, assess and revise academic direction and goals.
– Maintains open communication with the school community and effectively conveys high expectations for student learning.
– Assists in providing opportunities and support for collaboration, the exchange of ideas, experimentation with innovative teaching and ongoing school improvement.
– Conducts frequent classroom visits and periodic observations, provides regular and helpful feedback to faculty and staff, and suggests models of effective teaching.
– Fosters a caring and continually improving environment for faculty and students, one in which high expectations and high standards for student achievements are emphasized.
– Assists in planning for and assessing the overall impact of professional development activities on the improvement of teaching and student learning.
– Conducts meetings, keeps records and submits reports (written and oral).
– Coordinates and monitors student interns and substitute teachers.
– Fosters the integration of students into mainstream society while valuing diversity.

– Knowledge of Deaf culture and ability to engage the Deaf community in the school’s mission and goals.
– Advanced degree in Deaf Education, Special Education, Education Leadership, or related area
– Ability to earn certification from the State of Rhode Island as both a Teacher of the Deaf and School Principal.
– Fluency in ASL (SLPI Level: Advanced) and standard written English.
– A minimum of three (4) years classroom instruction experience as a Teacher of the Deaf.
– A minimum of four (4) years of supervisory experience, three of which must have been experience in a school or educational program serving deaf students.
– Knowledge of state and federal laws related to education.
– Ability to read, analyze, and interpret academic standards and assessment data, define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions that improve student outcomes.
– Ability to plan well for all students, regardless of academic ability, learning style, or communication choice.

The candidate must be able to demonstrate:
– Strong and effective interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively.
– Leadership in working collaboratively with students, staff, parents, and the general public.
– Understanding of classroom practices appropriate to a bilingual, bimodal educational environment.
-. Familiarity with the Common Core State Standards and the knowledge of student assessment, and performance improvement tools.
– Knowledge of the professional standards for teaching.
– Ability to apply best practices and current standards-based educational approaches associated with successful students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
– Significant knowledge of curriculum development, current trends in educational practices with students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
– Knowledge of how to collect, interpret and use data, both qualitative and quantitative, to plan for student instruction.
– Ability to provide supervision to teachers; to respond to and deliver positive and effective feedback.
– Ability to support the effective use of classroom technology.
– A history of documented improvements in outcomes for students with hearing loss.
– Ability to communicate in ways appropriate to the needs of the school population.

POSITION TYPE: Full-time, 12 month
SALARY RANGE: $80,226 – $110,301 Per Year

Application Materials:
Rhode Island School for the Deaf
Sharon Salisbury, Personnel Specialist
One Corliss Park
Providence, Rhode Island 02908

Materials to include:
– Complete/Current Resume
– All Certification and Professional Licenses
– Two (2) Current Letters of Recommendation with complete contact information
– ASL/SLPI Certification

*Upon conditional offer of employment, selected candidate must provide a Criminal Background Record
Review per TITLE 16 Education, CHAPTER 16-2 – School Committees and Superintendents; SECTION 16-2-18.1


Open teaching positions
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
on campus of Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

School Year 2013-2014

–    Science Teacher- MSSD –    Elementary Teacher-KDES
–    Math Teacher-MSSD –    Social Studies Teacher-KDES (Middle School)
–    Social Studies Teacher- MSSD –    Physical Education Teacher-KDES
–    English Teacher-MSSD –    Math Teacher-KDES (Middle School)
–    English Teacher-KDES (Middle School)

Major responsibilities include planning, implementing and researching effective instructional practices that maximize student learning; accountable for student achievement; develops instructional plans/units in alignment with established standards; collaborates with other educators on teams/departments to provide an effective instructional program; documents and monitors student progress; communicates with families regarding student progress; maintains professional growth; accountable for student safety; engages in action research for continuous improvement of instruction.

KDES Early Childhood Education – requires a Master’s degree in Deaf Education or Early Childhood Education (if the Master’s degree is in Deaf Education, the Bachelor’s degree must be in Early Childhood Education, or the candidate must present proof of state certification in early childhood education).

KDES Team 1-2-3 and Team 4-5 – requires a Master’s degree in Deaf Education or Elementary Education (if the Master’s degree is in Deaf Education, the Bachelor’s degree must be in Elementary Education or the candidate must present proof of state certification in elementary education).

KDES Team 6-7-8 and all MSSD Departments (content areas are mainly English, Science, Mathematics and Social Studies) . requires a Master’s degree in Deaf Education or the content area (if the Master’s degree is in Deaf Education, the Bachelor’s degree must be in the content area or the candidate must present proof of state certification in the content area).

SALARY: Commensurate with educational degree and experience

Send a letter of interest, a completed Gallaudet University Application Form, an up-to-date resume, copies of all valid licenses to teach (if you possess any), three (3) current and signed letters of recommendation (from supervisors who know about your teaching ability) to Clerc Center Human Resources per electronic by emailing to or via mail to Clerc Center Human Resources; Gallaudet University, KDES room 3104; 800 Florida Avenue, NE; Washington, DC 20002

Gallaudet University Application Form link: and click on Job Application Form

Any vacant position that is filled is dependent upon resignations received and funding available. If you get a job offer, we will require official transcripts before final hiring process is being finalized and approved.** Salary begins on August 16th, 2013. New Teacher Orientation will be held on August 12th, 2013.  (Required and will be paid for attending). The 1st work day for returning teachers will be August 14th, 2013.


open positions
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

Overnight Residential Counselor – (1) Boys Dorm & (1) Girls Dorm

Residential Counselor – Girls Dorm (2nd Shift)

Teacher – Walden School

Child Care Worker – Residential (2nd Shift)

Child Care Worker – Overnight

Therapeutic Mentor – Wraparound Program

Family Partner – Wraparound Program

Classroom Teacher (Anticipated Opening)

Classroom Assistant (Anticipated Opening)

Substitute Child Care Center Teacher

Substitute Child Care Center Classroom Assistant

If you are interested in applying please submit a cover letter, resume, application (found on website –, as well as three professional references and/or three letters of recommendation to

All documents must be present in application packet to be considered for the position.


job announcement
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
position based in Floyd County, Georgia

details at:


Deaf Education
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Chickasha, OK

(Tenure Track Position)

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

STARTING DATE: August 2013

RESPONSIBILITIES: To teach undergraduate courses in the Deaf Education
program and maintain office hours, participate in the following:
recruiting, advising majors, supervising candidates during practicum
and/or Professional Trimester, serving on Resident teacher committees, and
serving on university committees. A successful candidate with a doctorate
will be hired as tenure-track.

QUALIFICATIONS: REQUIRED: Masters Degree in deaf education or related
field. Teacher Certification. Proficiency in American Sign Language.
Council on Education of the Deaf Certification. Teaching experience in a
school for the deaf and/or public school classes for the deaf. PREFERRED:
Earned Doctorate in deaf education or related field. Teaching experience
in a university deaf education teacher preparation program. Ability and
willingness to team teach in USAO.s interdisciplinary liberal arts core

USAO: The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is a public liberal
arts college located in Chickasha, Oklahoma. USAO is a member of the
Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). The Teacher Education
Program is NCATE accredited and the Deaf Education program is CED
accredited. USAO.s mission is .to provide an outstanding general education
program for the State of Oklahoma with strong offerings in the liberal
arts and sciences. This program will feature interdisciplinary
team-teaching and will extend throughout the undergraduate experience..
USAO seeks to continue .to assemble a faculty whose interests, knowledge,
and experiences transcend their specialized fields of graduate study and
who are dedicated to liberal arts education.. A satellite school of
Oklahoma School for the Deaf operates in the USAO building dedicated to
Deaf Education.

TO APPLY: Send completed USAO application (available on-line at ), letter of application, resume, copies of
undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of
recommendation to:

Personnel Office,
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma,
1727 W. Alabama,
Chickasha, OK 73018-5322.

Application review begins immediately and will continue until position is filled.

An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) is a public liberal
arts college and is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts
Colleges (COPLAC). The explicit mission of USAO is to offer an outstanding
interdisciplinary general education program with a strong emphasis in the
liberal arts and sciences. To this end, USAO’s general education program
features team-taught courses that continue from the freshman through the
senior year and incorporates professors from various disciplines. USAO
seeks to assemble a faculty whose interests transcend their specialized
fields of study and who are willing to dedicate themselves to the liberal
arts mission. USAO is located in Chickasha, Oklahoma, about 35 miles
southwest of Oklahoma City.


position opening
Rehabilitation Counselor II
Maine Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
position based at Bangor, Maine

Equal Employment Opportunity
Person with Disabilities Encouraged to Apply

REHABILITATION COUNSELOR II for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (RCD) II Class Code 3082RCDB for the Bangor position

3082RCDL for the Lewiston position


Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $13.42 biweekly
Value* of State-paid Health Insurance:
Level 1:  100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):  $363.77 biweekly
Level 2:  95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):  $345.58 biweekly
Level 3:  90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):  $327.39 biweekly
Level 4:  85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):  $309.20 biweekly

*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2010.

Value of State’s Share of Employee Retirement 11.54%

Opening: January 07, 2013               Closing: January 18, 2013

Typical duties include determining eligibility for rehabilitation services and supporting individuals with disabilities in a vocational program leading to an employment outcome.  Strong interpersonal and organizational skills are necessary.  These positions may serve persons with a broad range of disabilities and ages, including transition services from school to work, mental health rehabilitation, and rehabilitation counseling for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These are two year time limited positions.  One position will be based in the Lewiston Career Center, and the other position will be based in the Bangor Career Center. Occasional statewide travel will be required. Please state preference of location on your application.

Minimum qualifications: A six (6) year combination of training, experience, and or education providing knowledge and abilities relating to vocational rehabilitation placement.
After meeting the above minimum qualifications, preference will be given to applicants with a Bachelors Degree and two years of experience in rehabilitation counseling. Additional preference will be given to those applicants having a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling, related field or a C.R.C.

A necessary special requirement for this position is proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL).

Interested persons must complete the State of Maine Direct Hire Application.  Applications are available at Career Centers, the Employment & Security Service Center, Human Resources Office in Augusta, or online at:

Completed applications including a copy of CRC certification (If applicable) and copies of post-secondary transcripts are required. The completed application packet must be postmarked on or January 18, 2013 to the:

Employment and Security Service Center, Office of Human Resources, 45 Commerce Drive, State House Station #108, Augusta, Me 04333-0108.

Telephone: 207 623-6739, TTY 1-800-794-1110 or can be emailed to: ( )


high-performing. innovative. committed.

position opening
Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Deaf School
Golden, CO

Executive Director of a bilingual charter school

Nature of work:
Provide innovative leadership to guide RMDS in its vision and assume responsibilities to ensure accountability of school’s rigorous academics, finances, and overall school management.

Responsible for building partnerships with parents and community; supervising and establishing working relationships with staff, the general public and other government agencies; and implementing new and current research in the field of Deaf education. Represents and advocates on behalf of the school with governmental bodies, private agencies, and the community about issues pertaining to Deaf education. Accountable for annual School Improvement Plan and other documentation required by the district and state.

Master’s Degree with licensure in Deaf Education required. Administrative and leadership credentials, such as Director of Special Education or Principal license, preferred. Proficiency in American Sign Language and written English; excellent communication skills; knowledge of Bilingual Education practices, financial management, and applicable Special Education laws, codes, regulations and procedures; experience in leadership roles, public relations, fundraising and recruitment.

Commensurate with education and experience (11 month administrative position).

To apply:
Interested persons should submit a letter of application, resume or curriculum vitae, official transcripts, and three recent employment references to:

Search Committee
Rocky Mountain Deaf School
1921 Youngfield St., #204
Golden, CO 80401

Closing date:
Completed applications must be received on or before February 1, 2013.
Applications will be pre-screened before candidates are invited for an interview.

Rocky Mountain Deaf School is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, gender orientation, age, disability, or genetic information.


vacancy notice
Long-Term Substitute Teacher of the Deaf: Pre-School
Rhode Island School for the Deaf
Providence, Rhode Island

*Long-Term Substitute Teacher of the Deaf: Pre-School

Application Period: November 29, 2012 until filled.

Applications: Send resume, ASL proficiency, transcripts, certification(s) and two current letters of reference to:

Sharon M. Salisbury, Personnel Specialist
Rhode Island School for the Deaf
One Corliss Park
Providence, Rhode Island 02908

Reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities can be arranged in order to perform the essential functions of the job.

The Rhode Island School for the Deaf is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

*Salary pro-rated from Teachers. Salary Schedule – No Benefits

Position: Teacher – Rhode Island School for the Deaf
General Duties: Teachers provide instruction to deaf, hard-of-hearing, and/or language delayed children.

Teachers create, with the students, a community of learners where students feel respected and honored.

Teachers set instructional objectives, design and prepare instruction, and plan and implement various supportive activities that meet age-appropriate emotional, physical and instructional needs of students.

Teachers communicate learning goals, high standards, and expected outcomes to students. Teachers build positive relationships with parents and collaborate with colleagues, in order to enhance each student’s ability to
learn most effectively.

Requirements: – Advanced Degree in Deaf Education or Special Education preferred.
– ASL proficiency required
– Written language competency
– Must possess or be eligible to possess upon appointment Rhode Island Certification as a Teacher of the Deaf/Pre-School Teacher

Highly qualified credentials, as established by RI Department of Educator Certification
– Ability to work effectively as part of an educational team
– Knowledge and respect for the cultural norms and language of the Deaf community.
Supervision: Works under the general supervision of the Director
Functions and Responsibilities:
– Establishes an organized physical space and a creative classroom environment that is positive for student
learning and involvement.
– Complies with school, state, and federal policies and procedures and supports the mission of the school at
all times.
– Communicates clearly with students in their identified language of instruction.
– Maintains a current working knowledge of the Common Core Standards, the RI Standards, and state
testing procedures.
– Plans instruction effectively, engages learners. and uses appropriate instructional techniques for deaf and
hard-of-hearing learners.
– Monitors student understanding of the curriculum and adjusts instruction, materials, or assessments,
where appropriate.
– Maintains appropriate classroom standards of behavior, mutual respect, and safety.
– Makes learning goals clear to the students and maintains high standards and expectations.
– Demonstrates flexibility and responsiveness to the needs of the students, the department, and the school.
– Promotes confidence and perseverance in the students, while stimulating increased personal
responsibility and independence for achieving individual goals.
– Demonstrates appreciation for and sensitivity to the diversity among individual students.
– Cooperates in a constructive relationship with parents and is receptive to their contributions.
– Maintains professional boundaries and refrains from gossip. Maintains student and staff confidentiality
– Works collaboratively with other school staff on planning and implementing interdisciplinary curriculum
and works constructively to suggest improvements and possible approaches.
– Uses available resources to analyze, expand, reflect upon, and refine professional knowledge and skills.
– Develops and uses authentic assessment of student learning and uses assessment to drive classroom
instruction (formative and summative assessments).
– Plans and completes necessary testing or data collection, documentation, and interpretation of data.
– Maintains a professional appearance in accordance with RISD.s handbook.
– Contributes to self-growth and continuous improvement of the school through active
participation in professional development activities and meetings.
– Writes annual IEP student goals and works steadily to ensure that students attain these goals.
– Monitors and reports IEP progress quarterly; Attends IEP meetings.
– Integrates the implementation of behavior plans designed for individual students.
– Prepares lesson plans, maintains accurate records and submits required paperwork on time.
– Participates in diagnostic and other planning meetings.
– May occasionally be delegated medication administration duties or certain health care responsibilities by
the school nurse, if needed.
– Performs other tasks, as directed by the Director or Educational Supervisor.

Reasonable accommodations can be made for qualified individuals with a disability.



Licensed or permitted interpreter needed for a Decatur City Schools Middle School position. American Sign Language is the mode of communication used by the students. Hours are Monday-Friday 7:30-3:00 at Cedar Ridge Middle School. Contract will begin Feb 18th and run through March 1st. Contract may be extended to March 22nd. Pay will be competitive contract rate plus travel expenses. Please contact Susan Handley at 256-552-4637 or email<>

DC Government is announcing an opening of a Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf position, more specifically Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist GS 11.  This position is located in the Department of Disability Services (DDS), Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), VR Services Division, Deaf Unit.

See job opening link here.

Please be advised that all current vacancy announcements can be found on the DCHR website at

Transition to Work: Program Coordinator Description

The Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing seeks a skilled, experienced, Program Coordinator able to communicate at an advanced intermediate level or higher in American Sign Language to oversee all aspects of a multi-faceted cooperative series of projects made available through federal vocational rehabilitation funds from the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.

Description of Position

The Program Coordinator will oversee, manage, recruit participants, ensure smooth program coordination, and produce reports as needed for this multifaceted vocational readiness project. The project components shall include but are not limited to:
. Overall administration of an internship program placing high school and college students in state agencies as well as local non-profit and for-profit organizations as they match students’ goals.
. Provision of group learning opportunities for any interested students such as a general orientation, learning lunches, and end of program review and acknowledgement.
. Administration of grants to deaf/hard of hearing school vocational programs to augment service provision to their student population during summer months.
. Administration of grants to community organizations to provide payment and support to student interns.
. Provision of job coaching for students. This will be done in collaboration with additional contracted MCDHH project staff.
. Ensuring comprehensive project reporting through progress reports, a final report, and tracking and quantifying of pre-determined project performance measures.

Specific Activities to be Performed

Working under the direction of MCDHH’s Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Programs, the Program Coordinator will perform an array of substantive and administrative tasks associated with the projects listed above. These activities include but are not limited to:
. Supervising two job coaches located in various regions across the Commonwealth
. Updating the grant announcement and application document for deaf/hard of hearing school vocational programs and community organizations
. Updating the student intern application
. Updating recruiting materials for student interns and oversee recruitment activities
. Facilitating all payments to participants and vendors as appropriate
. Ensuring the correct, accurate, and timely submission of all forms and paperwork necessary for complete administration of program operations
. Ensuring that each project component runs smoothly and that all participants receive communication access support
. Matching students to internships based on their career goals
. Providing and coordinating job coaching to interns based on their career goals and any issues which arise
. Recruiting placements for interns and provide education as necessary regarding the unique needs of deaf/hard of hearing interns/employees
. Developing quantitative and/or qualitative reports of program activities as needed and directed, including tracking performance measures
. Collaborating with appropriate community agencies
. Coordinating vocational opportunities with equal access regionally across the Commonwealth
. Performing other related activities as assigned

MCDHH anticipates that the Program Coordinator’s work activities will require an average of 20 hours of work per week. Work space, including computer access, will be provided at MCDHH’s Boston headquarters located at 600 Washington Street.

Supervision and Coordination

The Program Coordinator will work under the direction and supervision of the Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Programs.. It is anticipated that the Contractor will report to the Deputy for Programs and Policy no less frequently than every two weeks in a modality to be determined by mutual agreement.


It is required that the Program Coordinator has the following qualifications:
. Have experience coordinating projects of similar size and scope with minimal guidance and supervision
. Expressive and receptive American Sign Language skill at least at the advanced intermediate level
. Knowledge at least at intermediate level of MS Word and MS Excel software programs
. Possess excellent oral and written communication skills
. Ability to maintain accurate records
. Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others
. Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information
. Ability to coordinate the efforts of others in accomplishing assigned work objectives
. Bachelors Degree required or 1-3 years experience in education of deaf and hard of hearing children, rehabilitation of deaf, or related field

In addition, it is desired that the Program Coordinator have the following qualifications:
. Experience and knowledge of disabilities and public sector service delivery to individuals with disabilities strongly desired
. Experience developing internships and/or summer work experience projects for high school and/or college age Deaf and/or hard of hearing students in Massachusetts in a challenging economic environment strongly desired
. Experience and knowledge of current programs and services offered by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission desired
. Experience with vocational rehabilitation of high school and/or college age individuals, transition-to-work, or similar populations desired
. Experience administering federal grants desired

Anticipated Contract Duration

March 4, 2013 . September 30, 2013


The Contractor will be compensated at the rate of $40.00 per hour. Travel and travel-related expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with standard Commonwealth policy and procedures.

MCDHH is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter detailing the fit between your experience and the qualifications list above and your current resume to Jane Sokol Shulman at by Tuesday, February 19th, 2013. Questions regarding assigned duties can be directed towards Ms. Shulman.


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