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DeafDigest Blue – December 27, 2009

DeafDigest Blue - December 27, 2009

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor - updated every Monday

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Top News of the Year (January through June) January The Illinois state government was accused of hiring "sign language applicants" and paying them $211 per month for these skills, which they never had in the first place February Mark S. Kite, Sr, a deaf man, was appointed as Deaf Chief of a hearing volunteer fire department at Yukon Volunteer Fire Company, located in the metro Pittsburgh area March John West, a deaf man, became the new mayor of March, a town within the Fenland District Council in Great Britain April AgBell vs Audism Free America (AFA) battle took place on the AgBell grounds. The newspapers pretty much ignored this clash. The AFA group then shouted anti-AgBell chants, before dispersing. May Scranton State School for the Deaf falls under the control of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. June Spain would not allow the deaf to vote during the European Union elections (the Gold edition will list the top July through December news) .. Hot Deaf News during the week: - Very Hot News The changing of the guard at Gallaudet University is coming up real soon. DeafDigest wishes to thank outgoing president Bob Davila for a job well done - meaning restoring Gallaudet to its state of normalcy. DeafDigest editor spotted Bob at a Gallaudet basketball game and asked him if he was retiring for good or if he would look for another endeavor to pursue. Bob gave the editor a special glint in his eye and just smiled, saying nothing! - Sunday December 20th A medical center in Oklahoma only charges $8,000 for a CI operation, a big time bargain as compared to a $100,000 CI surgery. This story surfaced in the news. The medical center CEO said the facility operates at cost, with no mark up. - Monday December 21st A mother of a deaf child, living on the island of Guernsey, part of the British Crown, won her battle in the court room. She put up a fence behind her home to fence in her deaf son for his protection. The Housing Authority ordered her to tear down the fence and she refused. The Authority sued but the judge sided with the mother. - Tuesday December 22nd Rapport is the name of the Deaf Cake in Japan! Actually it is a cake shop located at one of the Tokyo railway stops. All 8 employees in the cake shop are deaf. Hearing patrons write down their orders or use the touch panel. The shop has been open for business since 2003. The company headquarters communicate with Rapport via faxes and emails. - Wednesday December 23rd It was reported that Matt Hamill, our deaf UFC fighter, was badly beaten by illegal blows by Jon Jones, but won via disqualification. Jones, who originally accepted the disqualification loss, had second thoughts and filed an appeal with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The commission, however, turned down the appeal and Hamill's win via disqualification stood. (Thursday-Saturday Hot Deaf News will be in the Gold edition) .. Honoring those that departed us in 2009: Paul Baldridge, Gallaudet Iron Man basketball hero Thomas R. Behrens, educator of the deaf Adolph J. Bennett, Northern Virginia deaf advocate Stan Benowitz, Father of Modern Gallaudet football Tom O. Berg, legendary Gallaudet track & field & Deaflympics coach Walter R. Bloomquist Sr, owner, printing shops in California Frank Bryan, career educator of the deaf Francis X Burton, well known Washington, DC interpreter Richard Corcoran, leader, Glens Falls, NY Deaf Community James P. DeVaney, leader, Omaha Deaf Community Bob Dillman, outspoken advocate, Washington, DC & Staunton, Va Bill Ennis, deaf entertainer; Washington, DC area Bernie Fairwood, Illinois, first USA Deaflympics gold medal wrestler Larry Fleischer, the ultimate deaf leader, California Jerome W. Freeman, Sr, educator of the deaf Haley Gans, at age of 14, a promising figure skater Mary Lou Garton, anti-oral teacher, Kansas SD Jean-Robert Gauthier, Canadian legislator, advocate Gino Giudice, background artist with Hollywood cartoons Doris Jane Greve, long time NAD volunteer Donald Harington, U of Arkansas, artist and novelist John Hudson, professional advocate, Northern Virginia George Karras, leader of deaf computer literacy classes Harvey Katz, grassroots leader, Deaf Ohio Community Brenda Keller, Gallaudet administrator Clifford C. Leach, pillar of Rochester, NY Deaf Community S. Barry Lipin, auto leasing magnate (Gold edition will list the remaining departed individuals) .. Deaf Miscellaneous stuff: position opening Asst Head Football Coach/Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Department: Athletics Department Gallaudet University Washington, DC (for more information, please go to Employment Ads section in this edition) ................................................................ ................................................................ For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please email .. weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at: (updated every Monday) ................................................................ ................................................................ FREE SHIPPING IN DECEMBER! Do your holiday shopping at WCI from the comfort of your home! Choose from the wide selection of products on our website or in the catalog. And here's a gift for you too! FREE GROUND SHIPPING for orders over $50.00! (excludes both CapTel 200 and 800i) Call 1-800-233-9130 (V/TTY) or visit us at: for details. For a copy of our NEW catalog, email your request to: We're now on Facebook! Come visit us! WCI. Providing Solutions for People with Hearing Loss. ................................................................ ................................................................ A HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM NIGHTMARE A deaf man went to the hospital emergency room, needing medical attention. No interpreter was available. At the same time, a hearing woman brought her deaf husband to the operating room. The emergency room receptionist saw the hearing woman signing to her husband, and immediately used her as the interpreter for the other deaf man. The hearing woman protested but was forced to interpret for a deaf man who was a stranger to her! - for ASL News version, please click on: (for your convenience, video links are posted on top of each DeafDigest edition) BEEPING WHILE DRIVING A deaf man works for a company and he must wear his pager during days and evenings as part of his job duties. He is on call if there is an emergency at his job. If he is driving and he gets a beep, he must pull over the road to read the pager. A hearing person, hearing the beep, can use his Bluetooth headset to get the emergency message while still driving. Not fair to the deaf person! - for ASL News version, please click on: (for your convenience, video links are posted on top of each DeafDigest edition) HANDWRITING IS NOW OLD FASHIONED? Is handwriting now considered old fashioned? We type out our words and texts instead of writing these out. How important is handwriting to the deaf? Well, we use the notepad to communicate with the hearing. And if the hearing person struggles with his handwriting to compose their responses, then it could be frustrating. DeafDigest editor has often had to wait as long as 5 minutes for a slow-writing hearing person to compose a short, simple sentence! And as a contrast, it may take 5 seconds for a hearing person to voice out this same short, simple sentence! DEAF NEW ZEALAND, REVISITED Last week's DeafDigest mentioned a newspaper article as follows: He was found in the car park of Deaf New Zealand in Great North Rd next to the Avondale police station Deaf New Zealand as in a park or a town or a neighborhood? It was puzzling. Several subscribers sent emails to DeafDigest editor with explanations. "Deaf New Zealand" means Deaf New Zealand Association, as a way of abbreviations used by newspaper reporters. Said a subscriber: they have some interesting language shortcuts Examples here in USA would be like this: - he was found in the car park of Deaf Association - he was found in the car park of Gallaudet - he was found in the car park of Deaf Institute - he was found in the car park of Alexander Graham Bell How so quirky our English has become in these English speaking parts of the world! ................................................................ 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STARBUCKS SCENE #1 A deaf man, obviously a regular patron, goes into Starbucks and gestures his usual order of coffee. Since all the baristas know him. communication issues are non-existent. DeafDigest editor, who did not know that deaf man, was reading his newspaper while drinking his coffee at one Starbucks location and saw his gesturing. Just as when the deaf man was headed out the door with his coffee, one of the baristas, working in the backroom, was told that he was around. She suddenly ran towards him and practiced her ASL on him. Her ASL, unfortunately, was not the best in the world! STARBUCKS SCENE #2 An administrator of a local interpreting agency walked into Starbucks to pick up her coffee. She has learned a lesson - never go into idle chatting with some of these baristas - telling them she operates an interpreting agency. Some of these baristas are ASL students, and suddenly upon learning of the interpreting agency administrator, would ask for interpreting jobs! They would ask for these jobs even when their ASL, unfortunately, were not the best in the world! WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE? being challenged by a hearing person with this comment: we don't need an interpreter, we understand each other fine if you have these "hate" or "horror" stories, please COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR - continuing series As January 1 approaches, we once again find that new captioning requirements of the FCC will take effect. Since Congress passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the FCC gradually phased in closed captioning requirements, and in January of 2006 100% of all new English-language programming was required to be closed captioned. Different closed captioning schedules have applied to new programming, programming first aired before January 1, 1998, and Spanish-language programming The FCC has been phasing in Spanish closed captioning, and they will require 100% of new, non-exempt Spanish-language programming to be closed captioned as of January 1, 2010. The phasing in of captioning of Spanish-language programming will continue to take place over the next two years as more captioning will be required of Spanish-language programming first shown before January 1, 1998. ................................................................ ................................................................ weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at: updated every Monday ................................................................ ................................................................ A DEAF SCIENTIST FUNCTIONING IN ALL-HEARING ENVIRONMENT If you expect your hearing associates to write things down on a piece of paper, don't! Some will write it down, some won't. You just deal with each situation and make the best out of it. (end of series) ................................................................ ................................................................ For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please email for Special Notes, please go to the bottom of the Gold section ................................................................ ................................................................ Surdus Remodeling LLC is one of Washington, DC and Maryland's premier Deaf Owned remodeling contractors. We have been renovating residential homes in the metro area. Is it safe to hire an unlicensed contractor? We are a licensed home improvement contractor and carry a surety bond and general liability insurance. Ask us why you need a licensed contractor. All of our work carries one year warranty. We will be happy to explain the details in our conversation with you. Our remodeling service includes: - Basement - Attic - Kitchen - Bathroom - Addition - Deck - Siding Are you thinking of remodeling your existing bathroom? We will finish your bathroom in one week or we will pay you $100 per day for every day we are late. We believe in making life more comfortable through quality remodels Elijah Gold, deaf owner Surdus, LLC Remodeling Based in Washington, DC 866-520-8628 VOICE 202-540-8750 VP Licensed, Insured, and Bonded DC #68004119 MHIC #99522 *WE ACCEPT AMEX CREDIT CARD* ................................................................ ................................................................ announcement HEALTH AND ADVOCACY INFORMATION FOR PERSON WHO ARE DEAF, DEAF-BLIND, AND HARD OF HEARING: Persons who are Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing are grossly underserved by both the physical health and the behavioral health care system. In many cases, the patient as well as the health care provider who may provide service to them, is unaware of laws that mandate the provision of accommodations in the health care setting so that all persons have equal access to health related information. A new web site called was created by people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing. Each month the topics discussed will change. Please visit the site and let us know about topics that you want to learn more about. ................................................................ ................................................................ Hot DeafNews boring, but important! The Sonitus Medical, San Mateo, CA, said they are coming up with a tooth hearing aid; how it works is complicated but it is supposed to help the deaf zero in on the source of the noise. .. The Deaf and the Law - location state of Washington - case a deaf-blind man wanted to become a horse masseuse; he could not under the present law, because it required 500 hours of training, massaging on humans. - result the law was changed - comment DeafDigest always wants to see Deaf-Blind individuals earn good living. .. DeafADA Issue of the Week: An angry deaf person has accused the offending agency of framing him as guilty without giving him a chance to formally present his case! This is why we have attorneys that specialize in Disability Law. .. The Captioning Blunder of the Week: Because of the snow, the football game was postponed to breakdown (tonite) .... What became of? Kyle Sontag - past hockey player, moved up in respective youth, high school and college levels, member of USA national deaf hockey team - present research chemist, University of Georgia with "past" and "present" details .. News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago: Doug Pravda, now attending Harvard Law School, has accepted an offer to serve as law clerk in the office of Judge Amalya Kearse, US Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit. This 2nd Circuit is considered to be one of the most powerful and most prestigious courts in USA - fielding appeals from cases in the New York, Vermont and Connecticut region - and is a notch below the Supreme Court. He is the 7th deaf person to serve as clerk for a Federal judge and the 5th to clerk for an Appeals Court Judge. Others in the exalted company were Bonnie Tucker, Phil Gordon, Dawn Leporati, John Stanton, Michael Schwartz and David Lupi-Sher. .. News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago: If not for the efforts and generosity of Donnie Walsh, a certain athlete from Indiana would not be in Australia to take part in the Deaflympics. This athlete was employed at the fieldhouse where the Indiana Pacers play. Donnie, the Pacers' president, learned of fund raising problems of his deaf employee. Donnie staged a fund raising event. And at the end of the event, the funds were still short. What did Donnie do? Simply dipped into his pockets to make up the shortfall! Thank you, Donnie. .... Deaf Apocalypse of the Week: On its web site, the Virgin Airlines said - At Virgin Atlantic we're passionate about supporting local communities both in the UK and in our global destinations. We tackle difficult social challenges by using all the global resources we have available to us. Last year we gave over ?1 million to children and young people who face extreme neglect, abuse, poverty, violence and social exclusion. With our support they have real choices and opportunities to build a positive future. it is easier said than done; they ineptly allowed an illiterate deaf woman to get lost for five hours in Australia, thus missing her connecting flight, despite being entrusted to her care by concerned family members! .. A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news: While waiting for a bus to take you to a conference, a stranger offers an envelope to a mother and her son. They refuse to accept the envelope. The man then leaves it on the floor. You pick up the envelope and find $20 inside....enough for your lunch at a conference your superiors mandated you to attend! .. A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say? from a DeafDigest subscriber: I was told that "We have pizza in the break room" (that was around 8 am this morning) She actually said, "We have biscuits in the break room" The subscriber said: I thought that was an odd breakfast choice :) if you have lipreading tales, please share these with -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- * YOU COULD PLACE YOUR PAID EMPLOYMENT ADS IN THIS SECTION * on a per-subscriber basis, the DeafDigest ad rates are the best in the nation. * For more information, send E-mail to -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position opening Asst Head Football Coach/Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Department: Athletics Department Gallaudet University Washington, DC Job Number: HR-09111 Date Posted: 12/14/2009 Salary Range: $51,974 to $93,408 (11 months) Status: Accepting applications Assists the head football coach as the assistant football coach; administers all facets of strength and conditioning facilities; serves as department leader in the field of strength, conditioning, and fitness; Schedules strength and conditioning workouts in cooperation with the head coach of each of Gallaudet University's 14 varsity sports; strives for excellence within the University's mission; Assists the equipment coordinator in coordinating the purchase, maintenance, and distribution of equipment for the Athletics Department as related to strength, conditioning and fitness; improve on court/field performance, reducing the potential for injuries, perform rehabilitative activities as needed; update athletic administration on equipment needs, and or upgrades recommended to provide Gallaudet University athletes the best possible training equipment. Requirements: Bachelor's degree required and 4 years related experience; significant coaching experience required; includes 2-3 years experience with strength and conditioning training; thorough knowledge and understanding of NCAA and ECFC guidelines required; demonstrated skills in developing and motivating students both athletically and academically; strong commitment to the values of a liberal arts education and an understanding of teacher/coach model in a NCAA Division III athletics program. American Sign Language skills or a willingness to learn within a reasonable time. National Strength and Conditioning Association or National Council on Strength and Fitness certification or the ability to attain certification within a 3 year period. To apply, send a resume and Gallaudet Job Application to: Gallaudet University Human Resources Services 800 Florida Avenue, NE College Hall, Room 106 Washington, DC 20002 Faxed applications or emailed documents are accepted. -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position opening Mental Health Therapist Bridgman Group Home San Diego, CA $39,000/year w/benefits Accountable to Program Manager for the provision of therapy for youth enrolled in the Bridgman Home, coordination of intake and placement of youth, and participation in treatment team meetings * Provide individual, group, and family therapy to youth and their families placed in the group home. * Assess, diagnose and develop a comprehensive service plan for youth, according to the County of San Diego Children's Mental Health and Outpatient Policy and Procedure Manual. * Identify, establish and maintain relationships with referral sources including: County of San Diego Child Welfare; Probation Departments; other in and out of county placement agencies. * Actively network and provide presentations to potential referral agencies to ensure group home operates at full capacity. * Coordinate pre-placement and placement meetings with youth and referring agency. * Develop youth Case-Management Service Plans with youth and treatment team input. * Maintain required documentation and client files in compliance with Community Care Licensing (CCL) and County Mental Health Services (CMHS) documentation regulations. Fluency in American Sign Language. License-eligible (MFT, LCSW, PhD) by state of California, or Master's/Doctorate degree in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, or Social Work. Resume: Attn: MHT, Bridgman Group Home P.O. Box 80756, San Diego, CA 92138; fax (619) 221-8611; e-mail E.O.E. -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Employment Opportunities Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf Pittsburgh, PA At WPSD, "Our kids come first." We are looking for people to join our staff who share this commitment and are willing to work with the goal of providing our students with the best education, residential and support services possible. If you share our commitment to students, please visit our web site at for descriptions of the following job openings at WPSD: - Residential Supervisors - ASL Teacher - Early Intervention Teacher (Part Time) - Central PA Excellent salary and benefit packages available. Sign Language skills, FBI clearance, PA Act 34 and 151 Child Abuse clearances are required for all positions. Send letter and resume to: Director of Human Resources Western PA School for the Deaf 300 East Swissvale Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15218-1469 Email: EOE -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- open positions Austine School/Vermont Center for the Deaf almost all positions in Brattlesboro, VT; one position is in Williston, VT - Educational Interpreter Time Base: Part-time (possible Full time) Location: Brattleboro, VT Responsibilities: Interpret for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students at local high school. Work with individual students to promote desirable academic and behavioral progress. Promote Deaf Culture and the social, emotional and physical growth of students. Requirements: Fluency in ASL Educational Interpreting Experience Successful completion of an Interpreter Training Program If not RID certified, willingness to become certified within 3 years - School Psychologist Time Base: Full Time Location: Brattleboro, VT Qualifications: M.A. Degree in School Psychology required. Emphasis on children with emotional behavioral disorders. Knowledge of Learning Disabilities preferred. Knowledge of deafness & fluency in ASL necessary. Innovative & creative approach to serving and motivating students. Planning organization, motivation management and evaluation skills. Responsibilities: Interviews students and family during admission process and conducts intake evaluations, which include student observations, parent interviews, Psychoeducational testing, report writing and makes recommendations to the admissions/administrative team. Evaluates testing materials for appropriateness in use with Deaf students. Assists the Program Administrator in conducting and /or arranging in-service trainings and staff development workshops/seminars. - Counselor Time Base: Full Time Location: Brattleboro, VT Qualifications: Qualified for state and /or national licensure as a School Counselor or Mental Health Counselor. Knowledge of Secondary Disabilities preferred. Fluency in ASL or willingness to achieve this level. Knowledge of testing tools/materials. Collaborative skills to work with students, clients and staff . Knowledge of current educational law and special education procedures. Responsibilities: Provides individual and group counseling to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students. Provides consultation to consultants and staff regarding the client's needs. Work as a member of School Mental Health Team. - Preschool Master Teacher Time Base: Full-Time Location: Brattleboro, VT Qualifications: Masters Degree in Early Childhood or in Human /Child Development or a related field; and a minimum of two years (may be school yrs. of experience if the experience is in a school). Experience with preschool age children specified by the terms of the license of appropriate licensure from the Vermont Department of Elucidation. Fluency in ASL. Willingness to take on-going professional development hours required. Responsibilities: Implement and modify the curriculum to meet the needs of the children in the classroom. Assess the development skills of the children in the classroom. Implement and plan age-appropriate activities. Attend and participate in all staff meetings, center events, and parent/guardians meetings. Engage with parents/guardians and be responsive to their needs. - Director of Alternative Programs Time Base: Full time position Location: Brattleboro, VT Qualifications: Vermont State Administrative license Masters Degree of Deaf Education or related field Minimum of 5 years teaching and administrative experience Training/experience in instruction improvement Proficiency in American Sign Language Responsibilities: Direct all aspects of Operation for the William Center and Autism Program in compliance with state and federal regulations Oversee the supervision and development of all staff Communicate effectively with all stakeholder Develop and implement program budget Work closely with the directors of Special Education, Related Services, and Student Life Target Hire Date: June 2010 COMMUNITY BASED PROGRAMS - Social Worker Time base: Full time with Benefits Location: Williston, VT Requirement: MSW or equivalent ASL proficiency required Please send letter of interest & resume to : Kelly Therieau Austine School/Center for the Deaf 209 Austine Drive, Brattlesboro, VT 05301 email: 802 258-9510 (V/TTY) Fax# 802-258-9574 Videophone 802 275-5271 -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position opening Principal Oklahoma School for the Deaf/Oklahoma School for the Blind Sulphur, Oklahoma Essential Functions: Position is responsible for scheduling classes and in-services, handling discipline and the monitoring of teachers and staff. Assigns duties and responsibilities and monitors the functions of the Pre-K through 12th grade academic, vocational, physical education and special needs programs. Preferred Skills, Education/Experience: Minimum of a Masters Degree, Secondary/Elementary Principal Certificate, certification in Deaf Education, and 5 years teaching experience. Expressive and receptive sign language skills with fluency in American Sign Language is preferred. Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and years of experience. Employees are provided paid health, dental, life and retirement benefits as well as an option to participate in the State's tax-deferred annuity program. This will be a 220-days per year, contracted position. Method of Application: Submit three (3) complete sets of all of the following: cover letter that must include the job announcement number; resume with copies of teaching certificate(s) and college transcripts; and a complete listing of all qualifying educational and employment data, including complete dates, addresses and telephone numbers. Also, three professional references, with telephone numbers to be reached during office hours, with your resume. Send to: Department of Rehabilitation Services Attn: Human Resources Unit 3535 NW 58th Street, Suite 500 Oklahoma City, OK 73112 -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- (12/27/09 updated closing dates) Employment vacancies - School Educator I (closing date 1/11/2010) - Sch Spch-lang Pathologist (closing date 1/08/2010) Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, Wilson, NC to view these vacancies please visit our website at: contact person: -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position openings Team Leader/Mobile Mental Health Therapist Center for Hearing and Deaf Services Pittsburgh PA - Mobile Mental Health Therapist FT with/American Sign Language Outpatient/Adult Treatment Monday - Friday 37.5 hours per week. Master's Degree in Human Services AND 1 year of paid experience working with deaf population. American Sign Language fluency REQUIRED. Requires Act 33/34 Clearances, valid PA driver's license and access to a vehicle. Oversight of the OP component at HDS including clinical supervision of all the OP services. Coordination of community outreach activities (including networking and marketing of available services to the community at large), service coordination as well as ancillary services such as OVR, housing and peer support services. Maintain strong working relationships with internal (MBH and HDS) and external partners and resources. In addition, the Team Leader/Mobile MH therapist will provide community-based mobile mental health individual and group psychotherapy to an adult behavioral health population that includes mental health disorders with the deaf, hard of hearing, and/or deaf/blind population. The Team Leader/Therapist is responsible to evaluate, plan and provide clinical services across the continuum of care within the community in a variety of settings. The Team Leader/Therapist will also provide oversight of clinical documentation and charting at HDS according to Federal, State, County and Organizational polices and procedures. The Team Leader/Mobile MH Therapist will coordinate Treatment Team meetings including collaboration with psychiatric and other organization staff. to apply, contact: Karen Tarasenkov Human Resource Recruitment & Training Specialist Mercy Behavioral Health 1200 Reedsdale Street Pittsburgh, Pa. 15233 Phone: 412-697-6504 Fax: 412-323-6985 Mercy Behavioral Health is a part of the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- seeking qualified individuals - Science Teacher - Math Teacher - Parent Educator The Lexington School for the Deaf/Center for the Deaf Jackson Heights, NY The Lexington School for the Deaf/Center for the Deaf has served the broader Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community of the New York metropolitan area since 1864. Lexington has evolved to offer vital services in a range of important areas. Lexington strives to be a leading educational, advocacy, and social service agency on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The curriculum meets standards set by the New York State Education Department. The high school is fully-accredited and like public high schools confers New York State Regents and Individual Education Plan (IEP) diplomas. Upon graduation, our students attend Gallaudet University, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, various universities and other two year colleges, or go directly into the work force or into further training programs. Lexington is seeking qualified individuals for the following job openings: - Science Teacher / High School Level (Must possess Deaf Ed certification) - Math Teacher / High School Level (Must possess Deaf Ed certification) - Parent Educator For a detailed description of each job, please visit and click on Employment. Please email your resume to or fax to 718-350-3332, indicating which position you are interested in. -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- (updated posting - December 27, 2009) job postings Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency San Leandro, CA - American Sign Language Instructor (Part-Time, Contract-based) - San Jose and San Leandro) to read on job description and on application procedures, click on: - Director of Community Relations to read on job description and on application procedures, click on -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position opening Clinical Therapist National Deaf Academy Mt Dora, Florida National Deaf Academy, a state of the art residential treatment facility serving Deaf children, adolescents and adults as well as hearing children/adolescents and adults with diagnosis of Autism and/or Mental Retardation in a behavioral health setting, has an immediate opening for a Clinical Therapist. A Master's degree in counseling, social work and/or a related field is required. Must be licensed in Florida or license eligible. This position requires that the candidate have experience working with autistic and special needs populations. Some of our special needs residents are hearing with limited verbal repertoire. The candidate will be providing: - Individual, family therapy (group therapy is a possibility) - Develop programs for the residents (acquisition skills trainings) - Fluent in American Sign Language required. Competitive salary and excellent benefit package. Send resume to: Director of Human Resources, National Deaf Academy, 19650 US Hwy 441, Mt. Dora, FL 32757 Email: V: 352-735-9500 Fax 352-735-4939 EOE -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position opening Independent Living Advisor Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc Salisbury, Maryland Full/Part Time 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 training in independent living skills, such as: teaching personal and household management, budgeting skills, TTY training, accessing and utilizing communication resources, medication administration and developing community relationships. Requirements: Fluency in American Sign Language and written English, High School degree required. Demonstrates competency in independent living skills, Valid driver's license required and good driving record. Flexibility in working hours required. Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Pension, Life, Vacation, sick and personal leave, Healthy Lifestyle Benefit To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume and three letters of references to : Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc. Human Resources Department 806 Snow Hill Road Salisbury, Maryland 21804 or fax to 410-543-4874. Position is open until filled -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Special notes: (located at the bottom of the Gold section)

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