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In April AT&T Video Relay Service launched VL5 for Mac, PC,
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AT&T VRS partnered with Yellow Pages to provide new search
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The AT&T VL5 app for the iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th Generation,
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– What the stories are saying about the deaf?
Travis Koenke, a young man, combines his love for animals
and his love for hockey, a sport not that wildly popular
in Florida. He holds down a full time job at the Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach, taking care of dogs and
cats. And during his free time he is the goalie for a team
that plays in a local amateur league. He has a goal – to find a better job with a veterinarian.
It is not a happy moment for the deaf in North Carolina.
The state is broke and is looking at shutting down some
programs. Targeted for closing is North Carolina School
for the Deaf and the Eastern North Carolina School for
the Deaf. The state may either shut down one school
or both schools OR none at all. The latter is because
the schools have been threatened several times in the
past with closing only to be saved by the bell. A
series of public hearings are taking place in
Morganton and Wilson, the sites of both schools
for the deaf. And yes, it was emotion-laden, as 300
deaf people packed the hearing at Wilson and they
did not hesitate to make their feelings known.
How bad is the financial situation in North Carolina?
$2.6 billion in the red.
– Very Hot News
Keith Nolan is trying to enlist in the Army, but is not
yet allowed because of his deafness. And there was a tale
(not sure if it is true or false) that during World War I,
former President Theodore Roosevelt wanted to establish
an all-deaf cavalry unit, and in fact, had lined up
deaf recruits, but President Woodrow Wilson turned it
down. And during the Civil War, we had a number of
deaf soldiers on both sides of the fence
( http://deafdigest.com/civilwar/ ). And in Israel,
there are few deaf serving in the military. Why is
DeafDigest mentioning all of the above? Because it just
surfaced this week that nearly 90 deaf men have banded
together as a military unit to fight Gaddafi’s forces!
– Thursday September 22nd
When hearing employers hire the deaf, are they given thanks? The Jackson Center for Independent Living, based
in Jackson, Tennessee, did – hosting a luncheon to thank
local businesses for hiring the deaf.
– Friday September 23rd
PEPNet, a federally funded group, is a resource center
that gives advice and assistance for the deaf that
attend postsecondary programs (not Gallaudet or RIT).
Well, it was learned that PEPNet will cease to exist
on September 30th because federal funding dried up.
– Saturday September 24th
The partnership, between the Texas Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and the National Center for Interpretation Testing, Research and Policy at University of Arizona, won a 3-year grant to develop a test development project. Is this grant upstaging the
efforts of RID to upgrade their testing standards? An individual
familiar with interpreting standards issues, said no, stressing
that Texas has had its own certifications standards for years,
and that the hope is to replace the state’s own standards.
Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:
Scott Simser, a deaf attorney, is campaigning in the
MPP elections in Ontario, representing the Green Party.
His goals, if he wins is to achieve a zero deficit in
a few years, to save the government some $30 billion
7th Annual World Deaf Poker Tournament
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Hosted by Southern Nevada Silver Knights, a 501-C3 non profit
organization. All net proceeds go to Deaf Charities
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A WARNING FOR DEAF TOURISTS
Many deaf people love to travel anywhere in
And there is a warning. Some restaurants do not
have a menu. DeafDigest editor went to some
restaurants in Rome, Italy that did not have a menu.
Without a menu, communications could be difficult
between the hearing waiter and the deaf tourist.
Just to be play it safe, make sure the restaurant
has a menu before you go inside and sit down.
– for ASL News version with captions, please visit http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-travelmenu/
(for your convenience, video links are posted on top
of each DeafDigest edition)
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A DEAF GROUP WANTED TO FIGHT IN WORLD WAR I
During the World War I (1917-1918), past President
Theodore Roosevelt, thought the deaf can fight in the
He wanted to form again a group called the Rough Riders.
This past group fought in the Spanish-American War
(1898). He asked for deaf volunteers to join the new
Many deaf volunteers signed up for the new Rough
Riders group, and were ready to fight in World
President Woodrow Wilson turned down Roosevelt’s
– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
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GESTURING TO THE DEAF
Using gestures is not the best way to communicate
with the deaf, unless it is an emergency like getting
out of the way of an incoming car.
When a hearing person gestures to the deaf, we can
separate these into two categories – those unafraid
of the deaf and those afraid of the deaf.
Those that are afraid would just point something
in the air and hope we, the deaf, would fully understand what they are trying to say.
Those unafraid of the deaf would use charades.
GALLAUDET IS TO BE DEMOLISHED
Gallaudet is to be demolished! What? No, not our
Gallaudet University which continues to thrive
while weaving through a time of change – where more and
more students are non-signers.
It is that the Gallaudet Hall, on the campus of
American School for the Deaf (ASD), may be demolished once
a new facility is built to replace the older building.
Do keep in mind that ASD has strong ties to Gallaudet
and of ASL.
LOOKING BACK AT A PAST DEAFDIGEST VIDEO
(all videos are captioned)
Do enjoy viewing that video! All videos,
old and new, are always captioned.
OUR ORGANIZATIONS SERVING THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
We have many, many organizations, international,
national and local that serve deaf and hard of hearing people.
One such organization is:
Nevada Association of the Deaf
PUSHING A DEAF SPEAKER OFF THE STAGE?
TV actress Kim Delaney, not deaf, was “escorted”
off the stage when her recent presentation at an
event was nonsensical. No one understood what
she was talking about.
Could this happen to a Deaf Event? Years ago
when DeafDigest editor served as Executive Director
of TDI, Inc, he was watching a speech at one of these
The speaker made no sense, was just rambling on.
Suddenly without warning, the Executive Director
leaped on the stage and politely escorted the Deaf
Speaker out of the spotlight.
No one in the audience made an issue out of it and
the rest of the program went on smoothly.
AN EXCUSE FOR NOT WEARING A HEARING AID
I have an on-call interpreter at my work place so don’t need a hearing aid
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WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?
I am deaf in one ear and have a 75 percent hearing loss in the other ear
Deaf in one ear and 75 percent deaf in the other ear?
Probably both ears are equally deaf so why bother
describing the degrees of deafness in each ear?
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33rd World’s Largest Silent Weekend / Interpreter Conference
June 28-July 1, 2012 in Orlando, Florida — 180 hours of classes
for interpreters, ASL & ITP teachers and students.
The Florida Hotel offers free parking (some conferences
charge up to $36 per day) and free in-room internet (some hotels
charge $12.95 per day).
The huge Florida Mall has an enormous food court offering
you complete meals for as little as $5.99 (some conference hotels
charge $8 just for a hot dog).
Frequent presenters include Peter Cook, Crom Saunders,
Trix Bruce, Keith Wann, Shannon Simon, and 20 other highly
There will be language-focused and interpreting-focused classes with
most having RID CEUs applied for.
Many vendors will have a huge variety of items available. With many
classes having breaks hourly, there will be an exciting and dynamic
all-day flow of participants in the exhibit area.
See www.DrSign.com for more information and for
registration plus a video clip of last year’s Silent Weekend.
You can register for 2012 at only $149!
ASL and Interpreting DVDs
Go to www.DrSign.com for DVDs for ASL students and
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10th Annual Florida-Alaska Motorcycle Benefit Run
This is the World’s Longest Group Motorcycle Benefit
Run. Purpose of funds is to help families of deaf babies
served by SKIHI. The 2011 trip will begin July 16, 2011.
See www.AlaskaBikeRun.com for daily videos!
Hot DeafNews boring, but important!
The deaf of Sri Lanka have been demanding that the
government set aside jobs allotted to them only and to
no one else.
Deaf Question of the Week:
Q. Is ASL on the decline on the Gallaudet campus since
there was a newspaper story today of more non-signing
A. Hardly! Diversity is great everywhere, especially on the
Gallaudet (as well as the RIT) campus.
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Rene Pellerin’s corner:
Here is a good video on how we, the vision impaired, see.
It is not perfect but a good simulation.
Visit the link to view the video:
Rene has started a new show business, focusing on
You can email him at mailto:email@example.com
Wish List of the Week:
That the state of North Carolina will stop all the nonsense
talk about closing either North Carolina School for the Deaf and/or the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf.
Year 808 – In Japan, there was a book of medicine; one
of the sections gave details on how to treat deafness!
DeafNumbers of the Week:
lawsuits filed against Alexander Graham Bell when he
won a patent for inventing the telephone, that he hoped
would help the deaf to hear better.
These litigants claimed they were the first to invent the
Alexander Graham Bell won them all.
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Teaching Specialist Position American Sign Language Program
Department of Educational Psychology
College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota
The American Sign Language Program, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time Teaching Specialist position in the area of American Sign Language.
Description: This is a 9 month, Professional Academic (P&A) appointment, 100% time, annually renewable, non-tenured position that involves fulltime teaching, but includes time for course content preparation, student performance evaluation, professional development projects and meeting with individual students as needed. This position focuses on teaching American Sign Language at the undergraduate level with responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:
Teaching (90%: Provide instruction at the undergraduate levels, teaching courses in American Sign Language (ASL 1701, 1702, 3703, 3704, and 3705). The individual appointed will prepare course content; evaluate student performance, meet with individual students as needed and complete professional development assignments.
Other Duties (10%) Participate in internal program/department meetings. Provide external support services/outreach. Other duties as assigned.
• Teach 6 sections of American Sign Language at the undergraduate level per Academic year.
• Prepare course content
• Evaluate student performance
• Meet with individual students as needed
Minimum qualifications for Teaching Specialist Position:
• BA/BS degree in ASL Studies, Deaf Studies, Linguistics or related fields (candidates with BA/BS in other fields will be considered only if that individual can provide evidence of two years full-time teaching ASL using the Signing Naturally Curriculum)
• Native or Native-like fluency in ASL
Desired qualifications • MA/MS degree in ASL Studies, Deaf Studies, Linguistics or related fields.
• Two or more years teaching ASL using Signing Naturally curriculum, Levels I, II, and III.
Appointment Details: The person hired will be appointed to a full time position as a Teaching Specialist beginning January 12, 2012 and ending May 27, 2012.
Application Process: This position will remain open until filled, however the search committee will review complete applications on October 19, 2011. Complete applications will consist of a letter of application, curriculum vita, official transcripts that substantiate degree, two letters of recommendation by individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s teaching experience and qualifications for this position, and a 10 minute videotaped introduction of applicant. Applicants must apply on-line through the University of Minnesota Job Center at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html – search requisition number 174273. Criteria for the 10 minute videotaped introduction of applicant can be found online at the University of Minnesota Job Center under the job posting.
Send transcripts and videotaped introduction to:
ASL Program Office c/o Sara Burrington
240 Learning and Environmental Sciences Building
1954 Buford Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108
The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance, veteran status, or gender orientation.
Foundation for Deaf Education
The Foundation for Deaf Education seeks an enthusiastic, dynamic person to serve as an Executive Director. This professional will need to promote and develop initiatives to assist deaf educational needs through fundraising and other means. This is an established foundation requiring an individual that is able to explore new and exciting opportunities that will enable the Foundation to grow to the next level.
LOCATION: Buffalo, New York
SALARY: Based upon qualifications
EMPLOYEE TYPE: Full-Time
REPORTS TO: Foundation for Deaf Education Board of Directors
QUALIFICATIONS: Experience in fundraising and not-for-profit organizations.
PREFERENCE: Bachelor’s Degree; experience working with the deaf community and willingness to learn sign language.
– Interested applicants should email cover letter, resume and references to: mailto:email@example.com or mail to Barb Pfeiffer, c/o St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, 2253 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214
– Review of application packets will begin on October 15, 2011.
The Foundation for Deaf Education is an EOE
announces openings for
Community Inclusion Specialists
The American School for the Deaf
West Hartford, CT
Full-time and Part-Time available
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.
SCOPE OF DUTIES:
This position, under the supervision of the Adult Vocational Services Director, provides community living supports to a deaf individual with cognitive limitations and/or other additional disabilities.
Applicants must possess a High School Diploma. Familiarity with mental retardation and physical disabilities. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Fluency in American Sign Language and/or manual communication system. Driver’s license and personal car. Availability during evening hours and weekends is required. Must be flexible in scheduling to meet client coverage needs. In-state travel is required.
SALARY AND BENEFITS:
(a) Salary dependent upon qualifications and experience.
(b) Retirement, group health insurance, and other fringe benefits are available.
HOW TO APPLY:
You may download an application from our website: http://www.asd-1817.org
Send resume and letter of application to: Human Resources American School for the Deaf
139 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06107-1269
FAX: (860) 570-1832
Positions Available Texas School for the Deaf
Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating publicly funded school in Texas. Since 1857, over 10,000 students have graced the halls of TSD and have contributed to our standing as a leader in deaf education. It is our educational excellence, our belief in a culture and community that embraces deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals alike, and our commitment to helping each child reach his or her potential that drives our mission to provide an environment where deaf and hard of hearing children can learn, grow, and belong.
Texas School for the Deaf is currently recruiting to fill positions for the 2011-2012 school year. There are various positions available including Student Development Coordinator, Elementary Teacher, Audiologist, Speech/Language Pathologist, Interpreter, and Nurse. To view the job postings for these positions and all the positions we have available, visit our website at www.tsd.jobs. Positions include full State benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, health insurance, holidays, longevity pay, and retirement plan.
About Austin: Austin is consistently voted one of the country’s best cities to live, work, and play. Austin is also included in top-10 lists of healthiest cities, best vacation destinations, best big cities, most educated cities, top rated cities, and the list continues. Between its low cost of living and zero state income tax, Austinites have the benefit of big-city living with small-city costs.
TSD is an EEO employer.
Knoxville Center of the Deaf (KCD)
Job Announcement: Knoxville Center of the Deaf (KCD) is seeking an Executive Director. KCD a growing organization based in Knoxville, TN, with 11 full-time staff, a 15-member Board of Directors, 30 freelance interpreters, and over 250 deaf community members and volunteers dedicated to providing interpreting services, advocacy and community/outreach programs for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Deaf-Blind in Eastern Tennessee.
For more information: http://www.kcdtn.org
job description at:
Annual Salary $50,000 – $70,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience
Send Resume, Letter of Interest and two letters of recommendation to:
KCD Executive Director Search
C/O Teressa Gregory
410 Taliwa Drive
Knoxville, TN 37920
via email at: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Maryland Relay Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator Hamilton Relay Services
Staffed in Baltimore, MD
Hamilton Relay Services Division in Maryland currently has a full time position open for Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator
Position summary: Position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities with the goal of expanding awareness and use of Captioned Telephone Service. Individual will devote 100% of their time to Maryland Relay and is required to travel throughout the state of Maryland.
Preferred education, experience and skills:
– Effective communication and public outreach techniques.
– Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users.
– Demonstratable knowledge of user groups who would benefit from Relay Service
– Senior Citizens Community – Hard of Hearing Community
– Organizing outreach and educational campaigns.
– Public speaking and confidently communicating verbally to a wide variety of audiences.
– Excellent presentations skills
– Strong analytical and interpersonal skills.
– Maintain effective working relationships with Maryland Relay TAM office, non-profit and for profit partners, the public, state government and other agencies.
– Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
– Plan, schedule and organize multiple priorities and a high volume of work while meeting deadlines.
Education and Experience: – Completion of Associate or Bachelor’s Degree or comparable work experience. Direct work experience with a Telecommunications Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service preferred. – Experience in public relations activities.
– Hold a valid driver’s license. – Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply
Interested individuals may apply online at: http://www.WorkForHamilton.com or contact our Corporate HR office at 800.821.1831 by September 15, 2011.
We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin or disability.
Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and company benefits.
New Mexico Commission for Deaf & Hard of Hearing
more information at:
Hearing Speech & Deafness Center
more information at:
The Learning Center for the Deaf
– Overnight Residential Counselor (Boys Dorm)
– Residential Counselor (Boys Dorm)
If you are interested in any of the above positions, please send cover letter, resume, 3 written references and employment application form to:
The Learning Center for the Deaf
848 Central Street,
Framingham, MA 01701
or email: Inquiries@tlcdeaf.org
The Learning Center for the Deaf is an EOE
– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPENINGS AT GLAD !! –
* Director of LIFESIGNS – Los Angeles
* 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:
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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