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DeafDigest Gold – September 29, 2013

DeafDigest Gold – September 29, 2013

Gold edition            Barry Strassler, Editor – updated every Monday

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“Signing On” Documentary at Harris Communications

“Signing On” is a documentary about Deaf breast cancer survivors,
their families and the Deaf community.

The idea for the film came after a local television interview with
Anita Buel, a Deaf breast cancer survivor and founder of the Pink
Deafies, caused an Internet sensation with women from 22 states
contacting the rising star.

The documentary tells the story of five deaf breast cancer survivors
who struggle with communication in the hearing-dominated healthcare
system. It follows Anita Buel, a two-time cancer survivor and founder
of the sole support group for Deaf women in the country.

For deaf women who are fighting breast cancer, this film lets you
know you are not alone.

For healthcare providers, the film provides insight into the concerns
that Deaf women have as they deal with breast cancer and the
healthcare system.

“Signing On” (DVD429) is available at Harris Communications for
$30.00. Limited number of copies are available.  Film is in ASL with
English subtitles/voice over.

To see a film clip, go to:

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ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the
Gold section.


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Top stories about the deaf:

SOVO Technologies Inc, a Canadian captioning company,
has reached agreement with Bell Media to continue
with captions the same as in the past.

The Botswana Society of the Deaf is complaining
that the government ignores the needs of its
deaf residents.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
are working together to improve medical services
for the deaf.

What is the story behind the University of Maryland captioning lawsuit? The litigants had
been talking to Maryland for years, years and
years and nothing happened, except for promises from them to caption soon some day.

Australian activists have been accusing the Disability Equipment Program administrators of focusing on the
older late-deafened Australians instead of all deaf
and late-deafened Australians!


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It is always puzzling that hearing people, that
type very fast but write very slow, prefer notes
to communicate with the deaf.
For a simple sentence, a hearing person can
type it in 5 seconds, but it takes them five
minutes to write this same sentence on paper.
You ask them to please type down on computer
or email or IM instead of writing. But they
are stubborn and prefer to write.
It is a waste of time, waiting a long time
for them to write notes on paper!

– for ASL News version with captions:

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


Kurt Ramborger – Celebrity Deaf Chef as Deaf Judge

Saturday, October 19

Phoenix, AZ

proceeds to Deaf domestic violence survivors


A deaf community posted this notice on the web:

Tuesday at Starbucks; 6 pm to 9 pm.

DeafDigest editor is afraid that some deaf people
will come to Starbucks on Tuesday night, order just
one cup of coffee and sit down for three hours with
their friends.
Is this bad manners to sit for three hours for only
one cup of coffee?

– for ASL News version with captions:

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


The only known deaf police officer killed in line of duty


The Canadian Human Rights Commission has distributed a
new video.
This video is titled “Your Guide to Understanding the Canadian
Human Rights Act” which explains in ASL what human rights and
discrimination is all about.

The Macedonian government announced that every deaf person will
receive 4,000 denars, effective January 1, 2014.
4,000 denars is equivalent to $88.00 in USA currency!

(video with captions; may not work with iPads)

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



Oregon Association of the Deaf


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We specialize in remodeling bath and kitchen of
your dream throughout metro Washington, DC area.

This service is run by deaf owner with a mix of deaf and
hearing crews.

To learn more about this company at


Job opening
kitchen and bathroom installer
Northern VA, DC, and Maryland only

We are seeking kitchen and bathroom installer with a minimum of 5
years experience in demolition, plumbing, electricity, tiling, carpentry,
painting, flooring, and a good attitude.

All projects are in Northern VA, DC, and Maryland only.

Contact Elijah Gold at
or VP at 202-400-2655

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Deaf Pin of the Week – a picture


Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. How many deaf individuals have earned doctorates?

A. Do not know. In the past, there were not that many
deaf people with doctorates, but because the number
has mushroomed, there is no way of keeping track.

send your questions to

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


Rene Pellerin’s corner:

Scolding the wrong person!

Rona wrote last week about her embarrassing moment
when repairman received a hug intended for her friend.

I too have had similar embarrassing moments!

One day I had to go to a film studio to produce a video.

Living in Vermont, there are very limited options for public

The only choice I had was to go leave home early in the
morning following my wife’s schedule!

I settled in at Starbucks waiting for a friend to meet me and bring
me to the film studio.

It turned out to be a 3 hours wait!  My friend was one and half hours
late meeting me. (A total of 3 hours of waiting!)

I was sitting facing the window so I could read my iPad more easily.

Then, she tapped me on my shoulder and I yelled at her for being
inappropriately late!

Oops, I yelled at the wrong person.  A sweet interpreter friend had
happened by Starbucks!

She was standing in front of the window and she was all “BLACK”!

My vision only gave me the silhouette of a female in dark clothing.

Her friendly impromptu “Hello” resulted in a lambasting (apologies!)

Now I better check who’s there!

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:

that operators of sports venues stop hinting that we
could use our tablets and wireless for our captions
instead of relying on the scoreboard captions
(hint – University of Maryland captioning lawsuit)



World War II years – John DeLance, himself deaf,
served as a member of the Alaska Scouts, part of
the 1st Combat Intelligence Platoon, which
spied on the enemy in the Aleutian Islands.
How was he able to serve in the military is a


DeafNumbers of the Week:


largest enrollment ever reached by the North
Dakota School for the Deaf, during the
1937-38 school year


Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Meredith – Anna Smither, jr, women’s soccer

has played 11 games, scoring 2 goals on 9 shots


Elite Deaf Athletes:

Tim Currier, Syracuse, NY, DIRT sportsman series racer

raced 16 times on New York tracks, winning once, finishing
third once and “out of money” in other races


Deaf Sports Library

British deaf soccer

there are 25 deaf soccer teams in Great Britain.
They play at least 6 levels below the top Premier
level. Considered to be one of the top deaf players
is Daniel Ailey, who is playing semi pro soccer


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–   Public Relations Director – Los Angeles

–   Community Advocate –  Ventura

To learn more about the above positions at GLAD, please go
to our website:

If interested for any of these positions then please submit resume
and application to:

Jeff Fetterman
Human Resources Manager
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.
2222 Laverna Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041

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



position openings
Supportive Housing Caseworker and Residential Counselors
locations across New Jersey

ACCESS, a statewide program providing behavioral health services to Deaf
and hard of hearing people throughout NJ, has the following positions

Supportive Housing Caseworker and Residential Counselors

JOB SUMMARY:  Responsible to provide direct services, case management and
linkage to other services/HH adults with mental illness in the community
and in the home.

1.  Coordinate receipt of entitlements, linkages to medical and
non-medical services, provide transportation when necessary.
2.  Complete all documentation requirements, including development of a
comprehensive care plan and progress notes.
3.  Teach independent living skills, recreational/leisure skills, oversee
medications coordinate medical appointments.
4.  Use appropriate therapeutic approaches to engage and motivate clients.
5.  Identify potential crisis situations and use appropriate crisis
intervention skills to diffuse situations and/or coordinate care.
6.  Perform outreach services to absent and/or missing clients.
7.  Educate and advocate for clients.

Caseworker – Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Counseling or related

Residential Counselor – BA/BS Social Work/Counseling/MH/Health discipline
OR 1 or more years college PLUS related work or life experience OR h.s.
diploma PLUS 4 years of related work exp. Valid NJ drivers license, first
aid/CPR certification.  Team-oriented, ASL fluency, written communication
skills, organizational and problem-solving skills are required.

We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. For
immediate consideration, please fax 973.754.5599, or email your resume to:



position opening
High School Classroom Teacher: Future Transitions
The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
Philadelphia, PA

The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD) is presently looking for a High
School Classroom Teacher: Future Transitions. This is a full-time 10 month
position with competitive salary and benefits.

1. Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university in Deaf
Education or a related field required. Master’s Degree preferred.
2. Possession of or eligibility for appropriate certification from the
Pennsylvania Department of Education.
3. Level 3 ASL competence as measured by the ASLPI preferred.
4. Experience working with high school age Deaf children.
5. Understanding of and support for an exploratory, experimental approach
to teaching and learning. Experience with an interdisciplinary curriculum.
6. Understanding and knowledge of normal child growth and development.
7. Understanding of and experience with a culturally diverse population.
8. Experience working as a member of an instructional team is preferred.
9. Excellent professional communication skills are a must.

The Future Transition Teacher will be responsible for implementing Media
Literacy, Soft Skills and Financial Literacy along with job readiness
skills into the classroom. This position requires the teacher to be in
contact with outside agencies for student internships and mentorships. In
addition, teachers work with other support personnel (e.g. therapists,
curriculum and behavior support staff, communication specialists, etc.) to
provide an integrated and well-rounded instructional program for each

Classroom teachers are responsible for the development and implementation
of IEP’s with the involvement of parents and school districts, and for
implementing instructional activities consistent with the educational
mission and philosophy of the school.

Only candidates with above qualifications will be considered.

HR Coordinator
The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
100 W. School House Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19144


UbiJobs: Deaf / Hard-of-Hearing Employment Services

Position Title:  Direct Services Coordinator / Employment Specialist

Job Location:  Kansas City, MO Type:  Full Time, Exempt

UbiJobs – Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and Hearing Workforce Solutions, a division of sComm, offers comprehensive workforce solutions for deaf and hard of hearing job seekers and employers. We believe in the importance of employers becoming more prepared to provide an optimal work environment for deaf and hard of hearing employees. Our goal is to successfully integrate those employees into the workplace, by matching the right job seeker to the right job.  Our team offers an array of employment related solutions to meet a variety of today’s workforce needs.  We are currently expanding our services and opening a Direct Services Coordinator / Employment Specialist position to work with individuals who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. This position is full time and the candidates would need to work throughout the Kansas City Metro area, which covers seven counties on both sides of Missouri/Kansas state line.

The position, Direct Services Coordinator / Employment Specialist, will coordinate and provide employment services for deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. This position will also act as a contact person for all Vocational Rehabilitation referrals and coordinate various contract/employee specialists who will provide job support services. This position reports to the Vice President of UbiJobs.

sComm is prepared to offer a compensation package that is individually tailored to meet your needs, including a competitive benefits package with stipends, matching 401k, paid-time off (PTO), and more!

Job Duties:
–    Provide direct employment specialist services, including processing intake and initial assessments, job readiness training, job development and placement, on-site training and job coaching, and job transition support activities.
–    Act as a point of contact for all Vocational Rehabilitation referrals and maintain relationships with clients. VR Counselors. –    Coordinate various contract and/or employee specialists providing job support services. Coordination duties include recruitment, training, scheduling assignments and performance evaluation.
–    Assist with development and enhancement of job readiness training curriculum, assessment tools and other resources. –    Ability to network, build and maintain relationships with community employers to increase job opportunities and job retention . including attending job fairs.
–    Assist the Vice President of UbiJobs with marketing strategies, job development and targeting opportunities . including attending HR-related conferences and local business networking events, which could require travel outside the KC Metro area.

Job and Skills Requirements:
–    Bachelor’s degree required with preference in fields related to Deafness, Rehabilitation or Workforce Development. –    Must have at least 5-years experience working with individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing with preferred specialty in employment services or at least coordination of direct services for the target population.
–    Must have good working understanding of how Vocational Rehabilitation system operates and its requirements, including contracting, reporting activities, and billing practices.
–    Must have excellent communication and organizational skills.
–    Ability to communicate using all sign language modes including American Sign Language and signed-English mode and have strong receptive skills.
–    Experience and skill dealing with individuals of minimal language skills.
–    Experience in outreach and/or marketing activities.
–    Demonstrated skills in advocacy and knowledge about all available communication access options.
–    Good understanding of Deaf Culture and about individuals who are hard-of- hearing or late-deafened.
–    Must have own and dependable transportation (with a valid driver license) and be willing to travel throughout the Kansas City metro area to meet with clients as needed (mileage reimbursement included).

We invite you to join the UbiJobs team! We are also exploring for contract and/or employee Job Transition Specialists, Job Coaches, and additional Employment Specialists.

For more information, contact: Robert Cooper
Operations and Business Development
816-527-8157 Videophone/Voice

Please visit our websites: and


open positions
The Learning Center for Deaf
Framingham, MA

Data Entry Clerk (Part-time/Temporary)

Elementary Teacher

Elementary Classroom Assistant

Walden School Family Partner

Walden School Mental Health Clinician

Walden School Child Care Worker – Overnight Supervisor

Walden School Child Care Worker – Overnight

Walden School Child Care Worker – Residential (2nd Shift)

Walden School Relief Worker (Substitute Child Care Worker)

Residential Counselor (2nd Shift – Girls Dorm)

Therapeutic Mentor (Part-time)

Family Partner (Full and Part-time)

Daycare Teacher

Daycare Substitute Teacher

Daycare Substitute Classroom Assistant

Audiology Medical, Coding and Collections Specialist

Head Coach (V, JV Basketball, Cheerleading, Track & Field)

Assistant Coach (V, JV Basketball, Cheerleading, Tach & Field, Softball)

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.


position opening
Independent Living Advisor, Full/Part Time
Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc
Salisbury, MD

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc. is a growing organization that
promotes access to services and resources for residents of the Eastern
Shore of Maryland who are deaf or hard of hearing and provides
opportunities for full participation in all aspects of community life.

Responsibilities: Provide direct care independent living services and
support to individuals. Services range from personal hygiene, medication
administration and intensive independent living skills training in
individuals’ homes, etc. throughout the Eastern Shore.  Shifts vary within a team oriented environment.

Qualifications: Fluency in ASL; High School Diploma, GED or equivalent
required; one year related experience preferred; competency with basic
independent living skills; must be flexible and work within a team approach environment.  Ability to teach, advise and motivate people. Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and good driving record required.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume and three business references to:

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc.
Human Resources
806 Snow Hill Road
Salisbury, Maryland 21804


Fax to 410-543-4874.

Position is open until filled.  DILA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


PAHrtners Deaf Services is Expanding to Pittsburgh!

New positions now open.

PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health
professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults.
Located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, PAHrtners provides residential and out-patient services
to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) children, adolescents and adults.
Over 85% of our staff members are Deaf or Hard of Hearing!

As a result of our commitment to the Deaf/HoH community PAHrtners is
rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school
graduate, recent college graduate or professional with many years of
experience in the field of human services, we have a career-building
position waiting for you! E.O.E.

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

– Job Title:
Administrative Assistant

Glenside, PA

Employee Type:
Full Time

Description: This position provides administrative support to all
programs.  Duties: answer incoming voice, relay and VP calls;
responsible for various duties such as data entry, manage calendars,
coordinate meetings/trainings; take minutes; track supplies and
handle all general correspondence. Will troubleshoot and assist
wherever and whenever possible

Qualifications: Minimum of a HS diploma + 3 years’ administrative
assistance experience; proficiency in MS word and excel.  AA degree
preferred.  Must possess strong writing and proofreading skills and
excellent organizational skills.  Fluency in American Sign Language
strongly preferred.

– Job Title:
Residential Program Director

Glenside, PA

Employee Type:
Full Time

Position supervises all residential sites and program personnel.
This senior position provides program coverage, assists in completing
staff schedules, secures shift coverage and monitors/limits
overtime.  Other duties include: developing/monitoring the annual
budget while approving expenditures; ensuring individual health needs
are met by reviewing and assisting with the coordination of medical,
dental and   psychotherapy services and corresponding transportation;
confirming homes and vehicles are maintained and operated in a clean,
safe and secure manner.  This position also monitors and participates
in the completion of required documents, including but not limited
to: daily logs, medication logs, medical appointment forms, monthly
and quarterly reports, incident reports, fire drill reports,
behavioral data reports, goal plan forms, petty cash auditing forms,
etc.  This position is responsible for recruiting, interviewing,
hiring, orienting, training, evaluating and disciplining residential
support staff while also ensuring staff perform all assigned duties.

A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in the human services field along
with two years’ experience as a program director, or three years of
experience in a managerial level position in the human services field
working with individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or
behavioral health disorders.  Advanced fluency in ASL required.

– Job Title:
Staff Interpreter

Glenside, PA

Employee Type:
Full time position

This position provides interpreting services for: emergency
situations, mental health evaluations, staff meetings, home visits
with Deaf children and adults and community meetings.  Must be able
to work with a team of hearing and/or Deaf interpreters.

AA degree with a minimum of three years’ interpreting experience OR
BA degree in Interpreting with one year of experience.  Knowledge of
mental health disorders and/or developmental disabilities a plus.
Some evening and weekend work and local travel required.  Compliance
with PA Act 57 (Certified & Registered with ODHH) also required.

– Job Title:
Residential Case Manager

Glenside, PA


Pittsburgh, PA

Employee Type:
Full time position

This position provides resources and support to clients and their
families who reside in our residential programs. Duties: assess
service needs of individuals to ensure continuum of care; develop
service plans; provide independent living skills instructions;
advocate for access to public and private programs such as medical
and vocational services.

BA/BS degree in a human services field preferred; or high school
diploma + 12 credit hours in social science with two years’
behavioral health direct care experience. Must have strong
organizational skills, fluency in ASL and familiarity with other
visual communication modes and language levels. Must be willing to
work some evenings and weekends as needed and travel to various areas
in the community. Knowledge of laws governing the rights of Deaf and
Hard of Hearing individuals including IDEA and ADA a plus; must have
a valid driver’s license.

– Job Title:
Residential Counselors

Glenside, PA

Pittsburgh, PA

Employee Type:
Various positions available

This position provides direct client services, including: encouraging
client independence, assisting in daily living skills training and
aiding in community integration. Duties: provide supported living and
training to Deaf consumers with behavioral health and/or intellectual
disabilities living in the community; promote consumers’ independence
and social relationships.  Positions open for weekend and evening

HS diploma + one year related experience; valid driver’s license;
advanced fluency in ASL; demonstrated competency in independent
living skills; ability to teach, advise and motivate Deaf consumers;
strong interpersonal skills.

– Job Title:
Office Manager/Interpreter

Location:  Pittsburgh, PA

Employee Type: Full Time

Description: This position supervises support staff, directs various
aspects of human resources, maintains personnel files, oversees
payroll, coordinates credentialing for licensed professionals, helps
create procedures relating to company policies, collaborates with the
benefits department, supervises audits and accreditations for all
programs, monitors billing activities, maintains petty cash, oversees
invoicing and ensures compliance with employment/labor laws and HIPAA
guidelines. Provides interpreting services for: emergency situations,
mental health evaluations, and staff meetings

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Human
Resources Management or related field, plus three years
office/managerial experience; or AA Degree with at least five years
of supervisory/office experience. Fluency in American Sign Language
required.  Must possess strong writing/proofreading skills and
excellent organizational/time management skills. Compliance with PA
Act 57 (Certified & Registered with ODHH) also required.

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:

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

Email:  Fax: 215-884-6301
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POSITION: Teacher Specialist-Clinical Psychologist,
Assessment Services, Pupil Personnel
Services Division

UNIT/PC#: 204-310-9191-007
TENURE/TIME BASE: Limited Term/Full Time
LOCATION: California School for the Deaf, Fremont
SALARY: $4,885-$6,238 monthly plus $100 for
bilingual pay and $700 monthly for Recruitment and Retention (Annual salary including both
$68,220 – $84,456)
DUTIES: Responsible for the direct assessment of students: testing, scoring, interpretation, observations. Assesses students through the Northern California Assessment Center and read files, schedule assessment, contacts Local Education Agencies and other professionals, monitors assessment status and responds to inquiries. Also does parent interviews and phone contacts, report writing and proofing, does school visits and travels as needed and attends parent/school conferences and does presentations of evaluation results.
WHO MAY APPLY: Individuals applying for this job must have: 1) Minimum Master’s Degree in Psychology; Special Education, or related field. Ph.D. level preferable; 2) Possession of, or eligibility for, a California Pupil Personnel credential (other appropriate credential or license authorizing counseling desired); 3) Proficiency in American Sign Language; 4) Willingness to travel to schools throughout Northern California; 5) Experience conducting assessments
HOW TO APPLY: Candidates must submit a completed Faculty Application form, SSS 100, to Director of Pupil Personnel no later than July 24, 2013 or until the position is filled. Applications will be screened and the most highly qualified applicants will be asked to interview.
LOCATION: California School for the Deaf, Fremont
39350 Gallaudet Drive
Fremont, CA 94538
Contact: Steve Orman, Director of Pupil Personnel
Telephone: (510) 794-3684 (Voice)
(510) 344-6095 (VP)
Employment provisions as outlined by the Department of Personnel Administration’s State Restriction of Appointments (SROA) policy will prevail. In Addition, current or future executive orders relative to filling vacant positions may also affect this process.
California Relay (Telephone) Service for the Deaf or Hearing Impaired: TDD Phones 1-800-735-2929 Voice Phones 1-800-735- 2922


Deaf Action Center is accepting resumes for the position of Deafness Resource Specialist-Region 4

Location: Tyler, Texas

The purpose of the Deafness Resource Specialist is to facilitate access to services of federal, state and local governments, and organizations and private entities for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. The program works with state and local governments, organizations and private entities to make their services accessible and readily available to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing by removing attitudinal and communication access barriers. The program assists consumers by sharing information about services available and by providing training, information and referral as necessary and ensures that they get needed services.

The Deafness RS program works with persons who are deaf, hard of hearing and latedeafened in the areas of advocacy, self-empowerment and sensitivity training, as well as empowering consumers regarding Federal and State mandates on equal access to services, including education and employment.

Qualified Deafness Resource Specialist shall have as a minimum:

* ability to communicate effectively in a conversational mode utilizing various forms of manual communication including ASL and PSE;

* have knowledge of and ability to address the unique communication needs and issues of persons who are hard of hearing, late-deafened or deaf;

* have knowledge about basic audiological concepts and how loss of hearing affects access to language and basic information as related to age of onset, severity, and type of loss;

* have a knowledge base of state, local and federal services available, including eligibility requirements for each;

* have a knowledge base of the ADA, ADA Amendment Act, Fair Housing Act and Sections 501 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act;

* have knowledge or experience in interviewing techniques to determine service or independent living needs of individuals;

* have an AAS degree or better in a human services area or related field and one year of experience in the field of deafness or hearing loss, or a high school diploma/GED and 4 years of proven experience in the field of deafness or hearing loss;

* have public speaking ability and experience

Expected Start Date: October 15, 2013

Please email resume to

ServicesOrganization:    Goodwill Industries of Denver
Title:      Supervisor Deaf Services
Categories:     Nonprofit Jobs
Location:     Denver Metro Area
Subcategory:     Programs/Services
Organization Type:     501(c)(3)

We are Goodwill Denver . we translate the good in the local community to programs and resources that change lives. While you might know us through our Denver thrift stores, more than just a place for great deals . we have programs that improve our community and inspire hope, one person at a time.

Goodwill.s retail division is comprised of a network of 30+ retail and outlet stores throughout metro Denver and northern Colorado. Profits from these retail stores, as well as donor contributions, fund Goodwill.s highly successful programs in workforce development. We help people find the tools to succeed at work and in life.

The Supervisor of Deaf Services is responsible for the planning, implementation and daily operations of the Goodwill Deaf Services program area. This position monitors participant.s performance and provides assistance to the Deaf Services staff under the direction of the Manager of Deaf Services. The Supervisor of Deaf Services ensures programming objectives are met directed at deaf and hard of hearing clients with mental and emotional disorders by utilizing case management. Drives deafness education to ensure deaf or hard of hearing staff, clients, and services are integrated into the organization in a seamless manner. Provides leadership and drives programming for Deaf Services program participants to address employment challenges, training and education, pursue workforce readiness, and to achieve self-sufficiency by performing the following duties:

All applications must be received online before 10/13/2013 via our website

Starting Base Rate: $OPEN

Employee Benefits Available: Health, dental, life insurance, as well as short-term disability, vacation, holiday, personal time, sick leave and 403b retirement plan.


Administers Deaf Services program activities. Manages units authorization for consumers participating in Deaf Services programs. Administers program curriculum, individual service and support plans for consumers, and monitors the progress of assigned caseload with managers approval. Notifies Manager of any advocacy for Deaf Services participants for investments in programming and resources. Communicates with IDT about individual issues, needs, and concerns associated with Deaf Services participants. Trains and assist direct reports in developing consumer job skills required to obtain and retain community employment according to the consumer.s individual goals.

Maintains effective quality working relationships with internal and external customers to ensure that program objectives are met. Creates reports to meet program standards and requirements. Assists Manager to ensure that program standards are met and CARF, CO Department of Health Services, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, and units authorization are followed. Provides information contributing to the completion of CARF audits. Stays within the operating budget of the Deaf Services business area and ensures that expenditures are consistent with budget.

Maintains Quality Assurance programs to track individual outcomes and trends in the delivery of various Deaf initiatives. Supplies information to manager to revise Deaf Services programs accordingly. Implements strategic planning and is instrumental in the development and implementation of policies and procedures. Participates in community-wide and departmental projects, initiatives and task forces. Maintains extensive knowledge of principles, practices and objectives as related to case management, public assistance and support, program evaluation and outcome measures in related human services programs. Assists with grant and funding proposals associated with Deaf Services initiatives. Performs any other duties as required or assigned.


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To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor.s degree (B. A.) in Human Services, Social Work, Counseling , or related discipline is preferred; Associate.s degree or some college is mandatory and 1 to 3 years of experience associated with the delivery of services to individuals who are hard of hearing or deaf with significant physical and intellectual disabilities; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have advanced skills in American Sign Language (ASL) . as well as understanding and sensitivity to deaf culture and developmental disabilities.


Employee is responsible for directing department funds in accordance with approved budget standards. Any technology or Goodwill property used in the normal course of employment will be under the safekeeping and the responsibility of the employee to maintain in good working order.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and program promotional materials for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.


Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as projections and statistical inference associated with program performance. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


To perform this job successfully, an individual should have basic knowledge of MS Word word processing software, MS Excel spreadsheet software and MS Outlook contact management systems. Employee should have an understanding of case management software and have experience with program data management.


Employee must have a valid Colorado driver.s license in order to drive on Goodwill business. Must be able to pass background check. Current CPR, AED, and First Aid certification is mandatory. Must have comprehensive understanding of DDD regulations. Experience in utilizing positive behavior techniques are preferred.


Co-Manages a case load of Deaf Services participants as well as the Employment Training Specialist position and communicates regularly with the manager. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization.s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individua

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