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DeafDigest Blue – March 29, 2009

DeafDigest Blue – March 29, 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 Brenda Keller
who departed us.
Brenda was in charge of the Post Office, the Cafeteria
and the Snack Bar on the Gallaudet campus.
Said a person who knew her:

Easily one of the most stressful jobs on campus, but she
always did it with a smile, a laugh, and kind words for
everyone. A practical person she was, a trademark was
a pencil stashed onto her hair, at the ready to write
down notes or to communicate with a non-ASL person.

Her son was a firefighter, his firehouse stationed
on the Gallaudet campus, on the fringes.
She will be sorely missed by everyone on the
Gallaudet campus. They all loved her dearly.

At Gallaudet, on the undergraduate and graduate
levels, there is a number of deaf-related majors.
And at NTID, there are two deaf-related majors, plus
a certificate program in Deaf Studies for students that
major in something else. And going one up, RIT offers
ASL and Deaf Studies courses; and a new minor in ASL
Studies will be coming up soon.
Now, with what Gallaudet and NTID/RIT offers,
it is interesting to see the announcement by
University of Bristol’s Centre for Deaf Studies of a
new masters major in Deafhood Studies.
DeafDigest editor is not quite sure if there is a
difference between deaf-related majors at Gallaudet
and NTID/RIT and the newly launched Deafhood Studies
in Great Britain.
Perhaps diversity leads to interesting, but different
viewpoints on Deaf Culture and Deafhood!

Maple Woods Community College, in Missouri, may close
up its sign language interpreting program, leaving
Johnson County Community College as the only one in
the metro area.
Why may it close up? Low enrollment is the reason.
Low enrollment in bad economy when demand for
interpreters is at an unparalleled high.
Something is not right.

Gallaudet University’s Theatre Arts Department presents

on April 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 at 8:00 pm.


April 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 2:00 pm.

in Elstad Auditorium. All performances are open captioned.

URINETOWN, directed by Monique Holt, is a hilarious tale of
greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when
water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city,
a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year draught, has
led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The
citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single
malevolent company that profits by charging admission for
one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero
decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them
all to freedom!

Appropriate for patrons 12 years old and up.

– Full-time Gallaudet students who have paid the unit fee – one
free ticket with ID;

– non-Gallaudet students with ID: $10 online, $12 at the Box Office

– adults: $15 online, $20 at the Box Office Window;

– groups of 10 or more people, send email or call. For more
information, visit the Theatre Arts Dept. website.

Phone: (202) 651-5500 / (202) 651-5502 TTY
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URINETOWN (Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollman/Book and Lyrics Greg
Kotis) is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre
International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are
also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019;


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For many years, the brokers at the American Stock
Exchange used special sign language to communicate
buy and sell orders with each other. Sign language
is no longer used because of computers.
Many years ago, two Coda brokers worked at the
American Stock Exchange. One day they used ASL to
chat with each other on the trading floor for a
few minutes.
The American Stock Exchange managers were upset
about it, and these two Coda brokers were told
never again to use ASL on the trading floor.
These managers were afraid that other brokers
would think the Codas were using ASL as a code to
hide their buy and sell instructions!
American Stock Exchange is no more. It was
purchased by New York Stock Exchange and the
name was changed.

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For us, the deaf, many jobs are not
perfect. These jobs require communications
with hearing people. We try to communicate
with hearing people by written notes, by
gestures, by lipreading, etc.
But there is a perfect job, and it
requires a lot of sign language skills!
It is Scuba Diving classes. Scuba
divers, while under water, communicate
by sign language.
A deaf man in England has been employed
as a Scuba trainer, using underwater
sign language, to train his hearing students.
For him, it is a perfect job.

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for all comers; deaf and hearing players; must be 21 years or
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June 23, 2009 – 7 pm

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Las Vegas, Nevada

entry fees?
$200 per player,(no buy in), $140 prize pool,
$40 to Binion’s for administration and $20 to DSA.

This tournament will be hosted at Binion’s Gambling Hall where
it made poker famous. It is located in historical heart of
downtown. Binion’s is where the famous “World Series of Poker”
originated. Since Las Vegas is the poker capital of the world,
you will feel the magnitude of this one as it has the
“major league” status. no wonder it is so popular here.

We are anxious to have you enjoy the unique and exciting
experience in the world of poker. It is your chance to
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The Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Maryland
was created not that too many years ago by an act of
And it stands as one of the strangest referrals ever.
As the bill weaved its way through the legislative system,
one committee referred it to the Environmental Matters
Environmental Matters concern itself with pollution and
greening issues. Since when is deafness considered an
environmental matter?


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On a Massachusetts newspaper web site it said that
a local program on hearing loss will feature a speaker,
a local woman, from Self Help for Hard of Hearing. It also
said she has formed Self Help for Hard of Hearing as a
national group!
This is careless reporting. The Self Help for Hard of Hearing
has been renamed Hearing Loss Association of America three
years ago. And the person who founded Hearing Loss Association
of America was the late Rocky Stone, way back in 1979.

The city of Mumbai, in India, was formerly known as Bombay.
Approximately 14 million people are residents of Mumbai.
And Mumbai is known to be the commercial and entertainment
hub of India.
This being said, one would think residents of Mumbai
would be enlightened and tolerant of people less fortunate
than they are.
Not necessarily that so. A deaf child living in Mumbai is
not allowed to go out; parents stash the child at home,
hidden from public view.
Shame? Ignorance? Prejudice? All of them possibly!

When deaf people get together, they sometimes talk
in abbreviations. And when cops get together they
also talk in abbreviations.
The cops use numbers. Examples are:

6 – major disturbance
18 – Fire alarm
28 – Sick person

And so on. But when we talk about:

MCE – Manually Coded English
Sim-Com – Simultaneous Communication
TC – Total Communication
AVT – Auditory Verbal Therapy
SSS – Sign-Supported Speech

Then which is worse – deaf talk or cop talk?


– Jackie Robinson, pioneering African-American major league
baseball player

– stopped by 47 School for the Deaf (NYC) one afternoon to
donate a brand new hearing aid to a deaf student whose
family could not afford it

The student was thrilled to be getting a free hearing aid.
Sad to say, he rarely used it; it lay collecting dust
in his bedroom at his home, rarely wearing it at school.


witnessing Coda children interpreting for their deaf parents
on complex deals (house buying, car buying, etc)

if you have these “hate” or “horror” stories, please


If a realtime captioner or a CART provider encounters a word
that he or she believes may not be in his or her dictionary,
the captioner has to make a choice in a split second of what
to do.

If the captioner writes the word phonetically on the steno
machine and it is not in the dictionary, it may come up as
something very confusing to the consumer.

However, captioners and CART providers are not nearly as fast
at fingerspelling words letter by letter as they are when
writing phonetically.

For example, if a CART writer was writing along and encountered
the word “decibel,” he or she might question if that word has
come up before and whether or not it was in the computer

If the captioner went ahead and wrote it phonetically and it
wasn’t in the dictionary, it might come up something like
“December bell” or “did he say bell.”

If the captioner decided not to phonetically write that word,
then he or she might attempt to fingerspell it, but some
captioners are quicker at fingerspelling than others, and it
may appear as though there was a delay in the captioning.

if you have a question on any of the CART issues, do email:

it will be forwarded to the CART operator for a possible response
in this weekly DeafDigest section.


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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 have a portable analog TV that I use on camping trips and it
uses batteries, not electricity. What about converter boxes that
use electricity? I’m concerned about being able to get weather
reports during storms.


While many converter boxes do require electricity, there are
some available that use batteries. One example is
Winegard’s battery-powered RCDT09A DTV converter box.

A more extensive article about battery-operated converter
boxes can be found at this link:

DTV Update:

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to help consumers physically hook up their converter boxes or
antennas in their homes.

See the release by the FCC:

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Lefties vs righties? Deaf lefties vs deaf righties?
Hearing lefties vs hearing righties? Who is more prone
to deafness – lefties or righties?
A team of researchers conducted a survey that was
posted on a medical web site.
Conclusion – lefties are a bit more “deafier” than
DeafDigest editor is a lefty and he is deaf. Is being
a lefty a reason why he is deaf?
DeafDigest editor does not believe it, only because
a huge majority of deaf people are righties!

The Deaf and the Law


countercharges of assault involving a deaf son
and a hearing father; son was upset that parents
could not understand what he was saying, and
pushed the table at his mother. The enraged
father then pulled out a pistol on his
son. A scuffled ensued, and both the deaf son
and the hearing father were arrested on
separate assault charges

stay tuned!

the hearing father is 78 years old; the deaf son
is 54 years old; interesting to see that the
parents, of so many years of raising their deaf
son, could not understand what he was saying.
So sad, and so unnecessary.

DeafADA Issue of the Week:

Q. I have read about The ADA Amendments Act.
Exactly what is this all about?

A. It has two parts –

(a) it prevents accommodation claims in regarded-as cases; and

(b) its legislative history confirms that the entire ADA should
be broadly construed in favor of people with disabilities and
their rights

Shirley Glassman’s Captioning Blooper of the Week:

they are looking for sheet meddle (metal) workers


What became of?

Quimby Cassius Reynolds
Wilmington, NC

– past
deaf owner of Reynolds Auto Body Shop, in
business for so many years

– present
currently 88 years old, he has just featured his
exhibit of art works at a local gallery; he has
been painting for 20 years with 300 paintings to
his collection. He still works part time at his
own Auto Body shop! with “past” and
“present” details

News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Eliot Spitzer, the Attorney General for the state
of New York, has disagreed with the provisions of ADA
which stipulate interpreting services for the deaf. He is
claiming Congress infringed on states’ rights.

(Eliot Spitzer? DeafDigest seems to recall he was involved
in something embarrassing not too long time ago????)

News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Bad news for philatelists that want personalized postage
stamps, just like these vanity automobile license tags.
The US Postal Service said no to such personalized stamps.
What this means that stamps honoring our Deaf Heroes such
as Frederick C. Schreiber, Malcolm Norwood, Robert Weitbrecht
are no-no’s.


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Come April 16th, Dilbert, this famous comic book
character, made his debut.

As we all know, Dilbert is the hapless employee
in a terrible workplace where fellow employees
and bosses commit idiotic acts.

Are we all Deaf Dilberts in a Deafphobia workplace?
Hope not!

A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor’s pet peeve:

A customer, whom you transferred to a different office
because management asked you to choose ten cases to transfer
due to your high caseload, contacts you seven months after
the transfer to see if you know about her vocational
evaluation results. You find out that this customer had her
case closed the month after you transferred her because she
did not contact her new counselor!



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immediate opening
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist (CTRS)
National Deaf Academy
Mt. Dora, FL

National Deaf Academy a 132 bed residential treatment center serving
Deaf, hard of hearing and autistic children, adolescents and adults
has an immediate opening for a Certified Therapeutic Recreation
Therapist (CTRS).

Responsibilities include planning, directing and organizing
recreational programs, assessments and documentation.

Fluent in American Sign Language preferred, however willing to train
the right candidate. BA in Therapeutic Recreation or related field
& current CTRS 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

Phone: 352-735-9500
Fax: 352-735-4939



position opening
Clinical Social Worker – Deaf Unit
Westborough State Hospital
Metro Suburban Area; about an hour west of Boston

Full-time opportunity exists for a caring and compassionate
hearing or deaf individual to join the clinical team on a
unique deaf unit within Westborough State Hospital, a JCAHO
accredited facility.

The deaf unit at Westborough is a state-wide resource with
rapid admissions and discharges.

Specialty Social Work services are needed. Social Workers on
this unit must be fluent in ASL and culturally competent in
the Deaf Culture.

In addition, incumbents in this position must have specialized
knowledge of the clinical needs of deaf persons with psychiatric
problems including competence in providing psychotherapy to
deaf individuals and their families. Takes initiative in
formulating and implementing comprehensive treatment plans.
Provides family services as needed including family assessments,
living/home assessments, family therapy and counseling.

Excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, tuition
remission, vacation, retirement, free parking.

Salary Range: $45,353 – $61,873

Resumes to:
Office of Health, Human Resources,
Metro Suburban Area,
Attn: Carolyn Burnett,
Box 288, Lyman St.,
Westborough, MA 01581

or Email:

EEO/AA/MF/V/D Employer


position opening
Interpreter, Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Westborough State Hospital
Metro Suburban Area; about an hour west of Boston

Seeking part-time sign language interpreter (20 hrs./wk) for
a specialty psychiatric inpatient unit for deaf persons in
Westborough, Massachusetts, about an hour west of Boston.

This is an excellent position for an experienced interpreter
with excellent ASL skills who has, (or wants to develop), a
specialization in mental health interpreting.

Candidates must be state screened for interpreting and
transliterating or hold national certification. RID or NAD
certification preferred.

Excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, tuition
remission, vacation, retirement, free parking.

Salary Range: $21,669 to $29,440

Resumes to:
Office of Health, Human Resources,
Attn: Carolyn Burnett,
Metro Suburban Area,
Box 288, Lyman St.,
Westborough, MA 01581

or Email

EEO/AA M/F/V/D Employer


position opening
Manager, Disability Services
William Rainey Harper College
Palatine, IL

What if inspiring students was part of your workday?

Renowned for excellence in teaching and learning, William Rainey
Harper College has been enriching lives through learning for more
than 40 years.

Located in Palatine, IL, Harper is the community college for
Chicago’s northwest suburbs.

We’re looking for dynamic administrators who appreciate our respect
for innovation in the classroom. You’ll be recognized and rewarded
for your creativity, vision, and drive. Employees at Harper thrive
in a supportive, diverse environment; enjoy excellent benefits; and
find inspiration in our ever changing campus setting which features
a center for multicultural learning, library, full calendar of cultural
events, and a wellness/fitness center.

Most importantly, you’ll be empowered to affect positively our
students’ educations, and possibly change some lives in the process.

It’s time to inspire.

Harper College is currently seeking applications for the Manager,
Disability Services position.

The successful candidate will manage and direct the daily work and
future directions of the operational components of Access and
Disability Services, including accommodations (note takers, readers,
scribes, interpreters and business functions).

You will also develop, revise and implement procedures and standards;
monitor and recommend budget proposals and staffing patterns needed
to meet department/College objectives; and provide institutional
consultation about academic and physical accommodation needs.


* Masters Degree in Higher Education, Disability Services,
Rehabilitation or Counseling.

* 3-5 years previous work experience in an educational/college
setting in Disability Services

* Knowledge of key legislation (Rehab Act, ADA, state regulations)
related to disability and of the functional impact of various
disabling conditions

* Excellent written and oral communication skills

* Prior grant management experience is desirable

* Knowledge of the Deaf community and American Sign Language
fluency are highly desirable

View additional job duties, benefit details and complete our required
online application at:

Harper College is an EOE. Women, ethnic minorities and people with
disabilities are encouraged to apply.


position openings
– Residential Counselors
– Case Managers
Deaf Services Center
Glenside, PA

Deaf Services Center (DSC) is a dynamic team of behavioral health
professionals serving Deaf and hard of hearing children and adults.
We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf centered with
about 85% of our staff being Deaf or hard of hearing.  Our staff
environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support.  As a
result, we are rapidly growing with new programs and expansions of
our existing programs.  Whether you are a high school graduate,
recent college graduate or have many years experience in the field of
human services we have a career building position waiting for you!

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

– RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS: (FT & PT positions) This position provides
direct client services including encouraging client independence in
areas such as skills in daily living and community integration.  The
candidate shall possess:  HS + 1 year related experience; valid
drivers’ license; advanced fluency in ASL; minimum of 2 years
experience with Deaf Community; demonstrated competency in
independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and motivate Deaf
Consumers; strong interpersonal skills.  Duties: Provide supported
living and training to Deaf consumers with mental illness and/or
developmental disabilities living in the community; promote
consumers’ independence and social relationships. Positions open for
weekend and evening shifts.

– CASE MANAGERS: (FT position) This position provides resources and
support to clients and their families who reside in the community.
The qualified candidate shall possess: BA/BS degree in a Human
Services field preferred; or High school diploma & 12 credit hours in
social science with 2 years mental health direct care experience.
Must have strong organizational skills; fluency in ASL, familiarity
with other visual communication modes and language levels. Must be
willing to work some evenings and weekends as needed and travel
various areas in the community. Knowledge of laws governing the
rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals including IDEA and ADA
a plus; and must have a valid driver’s license.  Duties:  Assess
service needs of consumers, primarily children, to insure continuum
of care; develop service plans; independent living skills
instructions, advocate for access to public & private services and
programs such as medical, vocational and other services.

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:
Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
Deaf Services Center
614 N. Easton Road,
Glenside, PA 19038

or Fax: 215-884-9774


(updated 3/29/09)

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

to view these vacancies please visit our website at:

contact person:


position opening
Smoky Mountain Center
Clinical Counselor
Central Region/ Morganton, NC

Clinical counselor is part of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program
that provides behavioral health assessment, clinical treatment,
case management and advocacy services to deaf and hard of hearing
persons in a 27-county service area.

Clients served will be children, adolescents and adults with a
broad range of diagnoses of hearing. Clients will be referred from
throughout the 27-county catchment area by any of a wide array of
organizations and agencies that have identified the need for the
specialized services delivered by this program.

Master’s degree from an accredited school of social work or an
appropriate human services field and must have a professional
license or be license eligible.

Due to the population served by this position, applicants must be
proficient in American Sign Language.

Prefer experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Grade/Step to be determined by qualifications and classification
of applicant

Position is 100% FTE with comprehensive benefits. This is a non –
exempt position

Open until filled

Send a NC State Application to:
Smoky Mountain Center,
Department of Human Resources,
44 Bonnie Lane,
Sylva, NC 28779.

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and click again on:
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Smoky Mountain Center is an EO, AA employer.


position opening
Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf
State of Georgia
location of vacancy – Macon, Dublin, Valdosta, Columbus and
the Metro Atlanta area

for position description and application procedures, click on:


(updated 3/29/09)

list of employment openings
various locations in Northern California

all positions open until filled

– Job Developer & Interpreter

– Job Developer & Interpreter
San Francisco

for any of the above positions, please click on:

and click on the position you are seeking


E-Mail All Applications to


Special notes:

(located at the bottom of the Gold section)

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