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DeafDigest Blue – May 24, 2009

DeafDigest Blue - May 24, 2009

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The DeafDigest is divided into Blue and Gold sections, both
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Blue section.


News of the Week:
    The National ADA vs Texas ADA, or more properly
known as the Texans With Disabilities Act?
    The Texas bill passed the house and it is now
in the hands of the Texas Senate.
    When there is a Federal law and a state law
on the same issue, the state law is generally
the stronger one.


    For a sad reason, the dates of October 30th
through November 9th should be considered as
    Deaf vacationers will have this last chance
to tour the world - with interpreters provided
by a cruise ship. The Royal Caribbean will no
longer provide interpreters after these cruise
    They will, however, provide interpreters,
just to comply with ADA regulations, if the
tour starts or ends on the American turf -
but not if these are on overseas turf.


    For some reason Austin, a major city in Texas,
is unique as far as deafness is concerned - and
it has nothing to do with Texas School for the Deaf.
    Last week's DeafDigest mentioned a street
performer in Austin that is deaf.
    And now this - Crepe Crazy, a deaf owned business,
just celebrated its grand opening. The husband-wife
deaf team serve ups crepes in a downtown Austin


National Deaf Academy and Gallaudet Southeast Regional
Center present a conference on deafness and mental health:


Working with Deaf Individuals with Mental Illness

June 11-12 --- International Plaza Resort and Spa
--- Orlando, FL

Keynote Presenters:
*         Liz Hill, National Association of the Deaf
-          Chair of the Committee on Mental Health

*         Neil Glickman, Ph.D., Westborough State Hospital
*         Robert Pollard, Ph.D.,  University of Rochester

Continuing Education Units will be requested from:
*         American Psychological Association
*         National Association of Social Workers
*         National Board of Certified Counselors
*         Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

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    Could deaf people attend college (not Gallaudet or
NTID) without interpreters and without CART?
    Yes! But how? More and more colleges offer on-line
programs that offers college degrees.
    Worth it? Well, there is no social life; there is
no chance to make friends with classmates.

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(for your convenience, video links are posted on top
of each DeafDigest edition)

    It is not always easy for the deaf to mingle with
the hearing in a neighborhood of family houses.
    In the past DeafDigest editor lived in a nice
Annapolis, MD neighborhood. He would walk the dog
and wave to neighbors with a smile on his face.
    He did not realize, until years later that one
neighbor was a former Washington Redskins football
player, another neighbor was a former Washington
Wizards basketball coach, another neighbor was a
former athletic director of the US Naval Academy
and a fourth neighbor was a famous horse
racing jockey!
    A hearing person who loves sports would know
immediately. A deaf person who loves sports would
not know!

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    In Thailand, many deaf individuals are employed
as street vendors at tourist sites - selling same
wares that hearing vendors sell.
    Why that many deaf vendors? They cannot
speak or read English, but are great with hand
gestures. It is easier for tourists to communicate
with them (price haggling) via hand gestures!

    How could Deaf History be preserved? Paper
does may not last too long; pictures may
fade; digital documents may also fade away.
    One such piece that does not fade away but
is not easily found, nor understood easily.
    It is the clay tablets in caves. Did some of
these deaf dwellers in caves use clay tablets
to communicate their thoughts.
    Hard to say. Would be exciting to learn of
Deaf Life in the caves.


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    When a deaf person relocates from one locale to
another locale, it is for a reason - new job,
new friends, better weather, better facilities,
change of pace, family, etc.
    And there may be another reason - better deaf
social services! When a deaf social services is
lousy in one area, the word gets around. The
same goes for better social services.

    When the courts put in a request for an ASL interpreter,
it is supposed to be a routine request.
    Or is it the world's most complicated request? Do click on:

    This link was run in DeafDigest in the past, and the
DeafDigest editor decided to run it again, as an amusing


- Ralph Nader, world's most famous consumer advocate

his link with deafness is actually a non-link, for while
he has advocated on thousands and thousands of issues,
he has never advocated on our behalf on our own
issues, be it more captions, ADA rights, interpreting
rights, better educational needs, better employment
opportunities, better social services, etc.


complained an interpreter:

an interpreter, on my team, that earns a higher salary, would
not serve as my spotter, while I am on the hot seat. That
interpreter would spend off-duty moments reading a book,
checking voice messages, leaving me alone and vulnerable
at times.

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In order to be able to tell good realtime captioning from bad
realtime captioning, there are a few things we must understand. 

First of all, if a program is being captioned live, there are
bound to be some mistakes because the captioners are only human,
and they do make mistakes.  When they are captioning a program
live, there is no time to fix the mistakes.

However, you need to educate yourself about what is an acceptable
amount of errors.  There are times when the captioning may be
absolutely terrible with error after error, and we must not just
settle for poor captioning.  We must let the people in charge of
providing the captioning know about this lack of quality. 

There are people who say that they know how to do realtime
captioning who really aren't able to provide quality
captioning, and they are being hired in these tough economic times
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Crash course on the Digital Television Transition

This is a continuation of our weekly educational column on
addressing concerns about the analog TV shutoff and the final
transition to digital TV which is scheduled to occur on or
before June 12, 2009.

Question this week:
I use an indoor TV antenna and it works great during the day. It
goes bad at night. What's going on?

It sounds like you're using a low gain antenna (rabbit ears)
which is susceptible to noise caused by CFL light bulbs. It
seems that when you turn these bulbs on at night, it causes
interference for the antenna. Household appliances, computers,
and video displays can also cause interference. You would need
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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!
    The ASHA Leader ran a piece on Otoprotective
drugs that prevents deafness or treats hearing
    What does Otoprotective mean? Good question
because it would require an intensive google
search to come up with such a definition!
    Anyway these drugs are supposed to suppress


The Deaf and the Law

Q. Do doctors have the right to turn down deaf

A. Yes and no.

Yes, if the doctor, who may be picky, also rejects
hearing patients for whatever reasons.

No, if the doctor routinely accepts hearing patients.

Said a deaf attorney

A blanket rule that the doctor is too busy and is not accepting new
patients (deaf or hearing) is fine.  That's not a discriminatory
practice.  The doctor only gets in trouble when he refuses to accept a
deaf person that he would otherwise have taken on as a patient but
instead rejected the patient because he's deaf.

If a doctor argues that he loses money by charging a deaf patient
$80.00 for a visit but pays an interpreter $100.00, then he could,
according to a judge, raise his medical fees across the board
(meaning hearing patients) to offset the money-losing deaf
patient visit!


DeafADA Issue of the Week:

Winning a ADA-related lawsuit is one thing. Seeing the
results of that ADA lawsuit win is another thing!

We must ask ourselves 2 or 3 years later these questions:

1) has anything really been achieved?
2) are there still issues nowadays?
3) any room for improvement


The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

give us this (tus) date


What became of?

Heather Suhr

- Past

#1 deaf female golfer in USA in the late nineties
and early 2000's; 3-time state Wisconsin high school
champion, Big 10 golfer (University of Iowa &

- Present

Teacher, Deaf Teen Quest (DTQ) ministry,
Cincinnati, Ohio; she is no longer in golf with "past" and
"present" details


News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

    "I am not going to be part of that kind of child abuse,"
Dr. David Bruton, North Carolina secretary of Health and Human
Services, was quoted. He felt that the deaf German children
supposedly speak better English as opposed to deaf
Americans that rely on sign language.
    Not surprisingly the deaf community in North Carolina is
in an uproar.


News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

    Veteran actor and performer Bernard Bragg produces
his first deaf film at the Tampa Deaf International
Deaf Film Festival.
    The film "Two Worlds Apart" stood out as one of the
best deaf films ever!
    It portrays a director of an agency serving the
deaf, fluent in ASL but pretending to be deaf. A
deaf blackmailer tried to expose him but was killed
in an automobile accident before he had a chance
to reveal the secret.


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Is it a loan or a donation? A deaf person has a bad
reputation for not repaying his loans, according to
deaf friends that loaned him money. This same
deaf person has claimed that the money he received
were donations, and not loans.


A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's pet peeve:

The air cards you are issued for your laptop to do
your paperwork anywhere were said to work anywhere
but they do not work in remote outposts you have to go!



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2009-2010 School Year Vacancy
Teacher of the Deaf
Nashua School District
Nashua, New Hampshire

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open positions
Austine School for the Deaf
Brattleboro & Bennington, Vermont

The Austine School for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing is a state
approved pre-k through 12th grade comprehensive educational program
promoting excellence and life-long learning.

Due to expanding programs, we are looking for quality people with
the abilities to serve our students with compassion and energy.

- Teacher of the Deaf - Brattleboro, VT
Full-time (40 hours/week) with benefits
10-month position
Proficiency in American Sign Language and English
Master Degree in Deaf Education

Vermont License in Special Ed or Deaf Ed within one year of

Apply knowledge of child development, special needs, curriculum,
assessment, classroom management and discipline techniques, utilize
technology in instruction

Position available in several subjects

- Educational Interpreter - Bennington, VT
Fluency in ASL required
NAD/RID certification, preferred

Successful completion of Interpreter Training Program, preferred

Educational Interpreter - Brattleboro, VT
Part-time, full-time
Fluency in ASL required
NAD/RID certification, preferred

Successful completion of Interpreter Training Program, preferred

- Austine Green Mountain Lions Summer Camp
2 Camp Team Leaders
7 Camp Counselors
Weekend Overnight Advisor
1:1 aides

Terms of employment: July 1, 2009 through August 8, 2009

to apply for any of the above positions, please contact:

Kari Caldwell
Vermont Center for the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing, Inc.
209 Austine Drive
Brattleboro, VT 05301

or email


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Fax: (802) 258-9574


Open Employment Opportunities
Scranton School for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children
Scranton, PA

We are looking for people to join our staff at the Scranton
School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children which is a
program of the Western PA School for the Deaf.

Applicants must be 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 the
WPSD website at for position descriptions
for the following openings at the Scranton School:

- Dean of Students
- Teachers of the Deaf
- Teacher Aides
- Residential Supervisor
- Administrative Assistant
- Secretary
- Nurse
- Speech Language Pathologist
- Director of Parent Infant Program
- Physical Education Teacher
- Interpreter
- School Counselor

Excellent salary and benefit packages available.  Sign Language
skills, FBI, 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 Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15218-1469

Fax:  412-244-4211



(as revised)

Iowa Vacancy for Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Decorah Community Schools
Decorah, Iowa (Northeast Iowa)

The Decorah Community Schools, a very high-achieving public school
district located in scenic Northeast Iowa and home of Luther
College, seeks:

Position:           Classroom Teacher
Subject Area:       Special Education
Certificate:        Spec Ed- Deaf/Hard of Hearing (K-12)
Deadline:           May 26, 2009

Job Description:
We are seeking a Teacher for the Resource Program in an Elementary
School.  Must have or be eligible for Iowa teaching certification
in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing.   Prefer dual licensure that includes
elementary K-6.  Proficient in Sign Language.

Send Letter of Application, Resume, and Copy of license to:

Decorah Community Schools
Rick C. Varney, Elementary Principal
510 Winnebago
Decorah, Iowa 52101

563-382-3125 or 382-4451


seeking applicants
Assistant Network Administrator
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
Big Spring, Texas

Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) is seeking

Associates degree or equivalent, previous networking experience
and fluency in American Sign Language required.

Thorough understanding of LAN/WAN theory and implementations;
working knowledge of Netware 6.5, GroupWise 7 and Windows
2003/2007; working knowledge of IBM compatible and Macintosh
computers and repair and maintenance in a networked
environment; understanding of network electronics (hubs, switches,
routers) and topologies; understanding of voice, video,
teleconferencing equipment and data in a LAN/WAN environment;
experience in the operation and maintenance of TV production and
sound equipment; planning and decision making skills; ability to
produce instructional and promotional videotapes.

Must complete and pass pre-employment physical test and criminal
background check.

Responsible for the day to day performance of the SWCID Information
Network.  Responsible for building servers and installing network
operating systems and network resident applications in a mixed
Novell, Windows, and Macintosh environment and providing technical
support and services to SWCID as needed.

Areas of support include: PC and MAC support, Network Support,
training, media, and distance learning support.

Excellent benefits.

Please visit our website at:
for application and complete position notice.


seeking applicants
PE Faculty & Coach
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
Big Spring, Texas

Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) is seeking
applicants for PE FACULTY and COACH.

9 month position beginning August 1, 2009.

Bachelor degree in Physical Education or in related field and
college/university teaching experience required.

Master degree preferred.

Candidates who can also teach courses in physical fitness & sport,
drug abuse prevention, first aid, recreation, personal and community
health will be given preference.

Must demonstrate sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse
academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of
community college students, including those with physical and/or
learning disabilities; expertise in at least one of the following
physical education areas: (1) circuit training/fitness assessments,
(2) team or individual sports, or (3) aquatics or aerobics/dance;
proficiency in all phases of coaching both women's and men's sport
programs; ability to utilize effective American Sign Language
communication skills.

Primary responsibility will be to teach community college courses in
physical education activities and to coach extramural sports.

Courses in Psychology of Sport, Motor Learning & Control, and
Biomechanics, etc. may be assigned based on qualifications of

Must serve as an academic advisor of majors and participate in
curriculum development and assessment.  Responsible for recruiting
area athletes; department budget; conducting physical fitness
assessments; campus committee participation; and coaching.

Excellent benefits.

Please visit our website at
for application and complete position notice.


position opening
American Sign Language (ASL) Specialist
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
Colorado Springs, CO

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), located in
Colorado Springs at the foot of the beautiful Rocky Mountains,
invites you to consider our employment opportunities.

Interested persons are invited to visit CSDB's website at where the official job announcement for ASL
Specialist may be found in its entirety, including major
duties/responsibilities, under non-classified employment.

Position is open until filled.  Excellent benefits.  Salary based
on appropriate education and experience.

This position reports to the Director of Special Education and is
responsible for providing support to students who are Deaf /
hard-of-hearing, teaching staff, support staff, and parents in areas
related to classroom instruction, program development, staff
development, parent education, etc., in an effort to improve students'
linguistic ability.

Please send a letter of interest, current resume, completed Employment
Application (including salary history and references), recent letters
of recommendation, copies of transcripts, and a copy of current special
services certification to:

ATTN:  Chelle Lutz, Human Resources Office
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
33 North Institute Street
Colorado Springs, CO  80903

(719) 578-2114 (phone);  (719) 578-2239 (fax)


(updated 5/24/09)

list of employment openings
various locations in Northern California

all positions open until filled

- Job Developer & Interpreter for EDD
San Francisco

- Client Support Specialist (full time)

E-Mail All Applications to


Special notes:

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