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DeafDigest Blue – May 31, 2009

DeafDigest Blue - May 31, 2009

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The DeafDigest is divided into Blue and Gold sections, both
ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the
Blue section.


News of the Week:

   DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Marcella Meyer,
who departed us this week.
   She served GLAD as CEO for 24 years before retiring.
It was not just the Los Angeles deaf community that she
served but also of the statewide deaf community. Since
California is divided into 8 regions, with a deaf
social service agency serving each region, she was
instrumental in getting the state legislators continue
with money to fund these deaf agencies.
   She was so well known among these legislators in
Sacramento that they warmly embraced her each time
she stepped foot in their quarters!
   GLAD has posted a photograph in her memory on the
web site. It is at:


   We all know that Judge Sonia Sotomayor has been
nominated by President Obama to be the next Supreme
Court Justice.
   Does she have any deaf-related links in her past?
Sort of, but perhaps not really.
   She ruled against a deaf attorney in an appeals
   And while she sat on the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Second Circuit, there was a deaf clerk on
that court, but not under her but for a different
judge. That deaf clerk used the CART and so, Judge
Sotomayor may have noticed it on a frequent basis.
   What does the losing deaf attorney have to say
about her appointment?
   He said:

I'm not aware of any significant disability rights
opinions good or bad that she's written, so I can't
comment on any predictions in that regard.  That being
said, she does have a strong record on civil rights
in general.   Usually, if a nominee is strong on civil
rights, they are strong on disability rights as well


   A Purple Heart, 66 years later has been awarded
John Gale, age 93, Haverhill, MA, for deafness he
suffered during combat duty in World War II.
   Why 66 years? He said:

I didn't want to bother

   He does not remember exactly what happened during
the War that caused him to go deaf.


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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   Garbage smells awful, but it is money for some deaf schools
and some deaf service agencies.
   At some big events (Indianapolis 500, Kentucky Derby,
Talladega 500, etc), deaf groups come to clean up garbage.
Money from the garbage goes to deaf groups.
   So, when hearing people complain that garbage smells
bad, it smells sweet for the deaf!

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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

   This is a nightmare. You have problems with cable
internet service. You contact the cable company through
internet relay to ask for assistance.
   The service representative advises you to disconnect
the router and then to reconnect it and to let him know
if it works.
   It is hard to explain to the customer service
representative that if you disconnect the router, the
relay call is disconnected. You explain this to him - and
he does not believe you because he thinks you are using
the TTY machine to contact him through the relay!
   This is a nightmare.

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

   Rie Saito is a deaf woman who lives in Tokyo and
her job is a night club hostess.
   She does not speak at all. Instead she uses her
pen and pad to communicate with patrons that enter
the night club.
   She does not want to make it her lifetime job.
She wants to go back to school to find a job
working with disabled people.

   Let us take a typical 10-generation, all-hearing
family tree, consisting of hundreds and hundreds
of family members, past and present.
   Will we find deaf members? Good question. Maybe
yes, maybe no.
   The stats are saying that 1-2 percent of people
are deaf. If we have 200 members in a family tree,
will we find maybe 2 or 4 of them that are deaf?

   Indoor professional football is becoming popular in USA.
DeafDigest editor watched an indoor football game between
DC Armor and Reading Express (American Indoor Football
   Program books, containing numbers of the players,
were handed out to all fans. The listed uniform numbers
were wrong. There was no way for a deaf fan to follow
the announcements by the public address announcer.
   And the scoreboard only showed the game score and
the time remaining.
   Hearing fans, listening to the announcer, would know
who the players were on the field. Not so with the
deaf fans!
   Inaccessible? Yes. Violation of ADA regulations?
Just let this be handled by the attorneys if such a
lawsuit takes place.


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   Are the hearing people in the minority?
This was the issue raised by a newspaper in the
   At first glance, this question looks ridiculous.
But when we stop and think about it, more and more
older people lose their hearing - and while they
continue to function as hearing, they are
theoretically becoming deaf.
   Hence, this Filipino statement in a newspaper


- Renee Zellweger, famous movie star 

her real life connection is not known; her on-screen connection
was a scene in the movie "Jerry Maguire" where she catches a
deaf couple signing to each other, and actor Tom Cruise, playing
as Jerry Maguire, was puzzled. She explained to him that she knew
signs because of deaf member in her family.


complained an interpreter:

a team member coming into our interpreting assignment
unprepared. I do my homework and get myself prepared
for the assignment, but the other interpreter is lazy

if you have these "hate" or "horror" stories, please


Many captioning companies require that their realtime
captioners pass tests with at least a 98% accuracy rate in
order to go on the air.  Many of the excellent realtime
captioners working today strive for accuracy rates of 99%
or better. 

However, more and more captioners are coming into the field
who are captioning with much lower rates.  Some newer
technologies are being used where the accuracy may only be
85% to 90%.  

It may sound like that is a pretty good percentage, but if
you think about it, that would be 10 to 15 wrong words in
every 100 words.  With that accuracy rate, the captioning
can almost be not understandable.   

If you see error rates that are more than one or two errors
for every 100 words, please let people know about it. 

Don't assume that someone else will complain about it.  In
order to maintain excellent captioning, we have to let the
people who are paying for the captioning know that there are
people watching the captions who care about the quality.


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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
an antenna with an amplifier which will make it strong enough
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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

   A would-be hard of hearing firefighter has filed
a $1.0 mil lawsuit against the Newport Beach, California
municipal government.
   He was offered a job as a firefighter but the offer
was rescinded when the local government officials learned
he was hard of hearing.
   This is the basis of the lawsuit.


The Deaf and the Law

   IDEA is a law; it is spelled out as Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act. It deals with how states and public
agencies that offer a variety of services to disabled, the
deaf included, children.
   Why is this law reauthorized from time to time? Because
it was PL 94-142, a separate law of several parts. And the
Congress will change their spending priorities from time to
time - hence the need to reauthorize to make sure funds stop
going to old programs and go to newer programs.
   Complicated? Yes!


DeafADA Issue of the Week:

   Obama has nominated Sotomayor to be the next
Supreme Court Justice.
   How does she stand on ADA issues? Consensus is that
she leans towards needs of the disabled. Sotomayor,
whether she admits it or not, is disabled - has diabetes,
incurred during her childhood years.


The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

we might have a morning shoir (shower)


What became of?

Jerry Lee, not deaf

- Past

President, Gallaudet University

- Present

chancellor of the National University (NU) System with "past" and
"present" details


News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

   We have deaf farmers and we also have deaf cowboys.
What about deaf ranchers?
   There was a story in the long-ago Deaf American about
Charles Clifford Griffin, a Gallaudet graduate who made
ranching his life long career. He worked the ranches in
Arizona before passing away in 1943.


News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

   Many small movie houses, unable to withstand competition from
these huge multi-screen movie "stadiums", go out of business.
One such movie house, The Palace, in Seguin, TX did - but this
closing may benefit the Deaf Community in the San Antonio,
Austin and San Marcos areas!
   The Palace owner has consented to letting David Pierce, of
Davideo Productions, use the theater, already outfitted with 35mm
projectors, for captioned films, Deaf films, subtitled foreign
movies and silent classics from time to time.


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

   A deaf man was arrested; an interpreter was immediately
called in to help him communicate with the arresting
police officers.
   This same deaf man, hauled into the court, was denied
by the judge when he asked for an interpreter.


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Job Openings
The Learning Center for the Deaf and Walden School
Framingham MA

- Speech Language Pathologist
- Occupational Therapist
- Educational Audiologist
- Director of Clinical Services - Walden School
- Wraparound Family Partner - Walden School
- Child Care Workers - Residential and Overnight - Walden School            

Please visit our web site at
for more information on these positions.

To apply, send resume, cover letter and references to:

Judi Broderick
The Learning Center for the Deaf
848 Central Street
Framingham, MA 01701
FAX: 508.875.9203


job announcement
Program Manager - Bridgeman Home
San Diego Youth Services
San Diego, California

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

Please visit our web-site at
for an employment application.


(updated 5/31/09)

Employment vacancies
Interpreter For Deaf I (2 positions)
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf,
Wilson, NC

closing date - 06/11/09

to view these vacancies please visit our website at:

contact person:


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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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.


(updated 5/31/09)

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)

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