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DeafDigest Gold – May 17, 2009

DeafDigest Gold - May 17, 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
Gold section.


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News of the Week

   Last week it was announced that Harkins filed a
brief, hoping to sway the Arizona court in the
movie captioning lawsuit.
   It was learned that the Cinemark filed a brief.
The National Association of Theater Owners did
not file a brief, however.
   Cinemark has a reputation for being the
nation's largest chain not to provide captions.
   Cinemark said:

- The deaf community is still divided on captioning

- Digital technology is coming real soon and will
open up more captioning possibilities

- The Department of Justice is accomplish in litigation
what it couldn't do through the rulemaking process via
the Access Board

   The deaf attorney following the case as an interested
observer said:

Not true about us being divided on captioning preference;
we all prefer open captions and that the RWC is better
than nothing. And that talk on digital technology has
been ongoing since 2000 - so far, all talk, no action


   A new deaf movie will be premiered on June 11th at
San Antonio, Texas during the Texas Association
of the Deaf (TAD) biennial convention.
   The movie "Journey Through Deaf Texas" was funded
by a grant from Travis County Council the Deaf and
by TAD.
   The production took two years to complete; two
individuals - David H. Pierce, Davideo Productions,
and Stephen C. Baldwin, Ph.D., TAD president,
worked together in producing, directing, editing,
writing and researching.
   Said Baldwin:

This film was produced, written, directed and edited
by key production players, who were mostly deaf. We
represent a real view of deaf Texas history 

   Texas Association of the Deaf is a non-profit 501(c)3
organization established in 1886 to safeguard the rights of
deaf and hard of hearing Texans. More information can be
found at
   Davideo Productions is a motion picture film & broadcast
television production, syndication and consulting firm
based in Seguin, Texas and is owned by deaf broadcast/cable
veteran David H. Pierce. More information can be found at


   St. Joseph's School for the Deaf in Bronx, New York
has a new superintendent - in Debbie Arles.
   The school has K-8 classes; it used to have a high
school program but it closed up in 1950.
   If you come off the Whitestone Bridge and drive
ahead, one cannot help notice the school sitting
on your left side, these red brick buildings.


(revised announcement)


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- Boys' Shooting Camp, basketball
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Closed Captioning Survey - FCC wants to hear from you!

Are you happy with closed captioning? Frustrated? What problems
do you have?

CSD and partners - the National Center for Accessible Media at
WGBH, the National Association of the Deaf, the Hearing
Loss Association of America and a representative of the Coalition
of Organizations for Accessible Technology - have developed a
closed captioning survey to further address captioning issues
around the nation. 

We ask that you take some time to fill out the survey.
Please go to and share your

We offer another way of completing the survey - call the CSD DTV
Help Center, and have the agent fill it out for you! 

This innovative Help Center call can receive traditional phone
calls, and also TTY, relay, videophone, and CapTel calls. 

This means that regardless of the level of hearing loss, the
Help Center is equipped to handle any call type preference. 

Below is contact information:
- Voice: 1-877-DTV-4YOU (1-877-388-4968)
- TTY: 1-877-TTY-4CSD (1-877-889-4273)
- Direct Videophone via Number: 866-351-1950 or 866-401-3519
- Direct Videophone via IP Address: DTV03.CSD.TV; DTV04.CSD.TV;

CSD created a humorous video explaining more about the closed
captioning survey. To see it, please visit:

CSD will compile survey statistics and submit to the FCC.


   This is a true story. In the late seventies, the
NAD was interviewing few deaf people for a high
level job (public relations director).
   One of the applicants brought his mother to the
   Of course, that applicant did not get the job.
If you are looking for a job, do not bring your
mother to the interview!

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(revised posting)

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   Many deaf people in France love to watch TV movies and
DVD movies with captions.
   Yes, they watch captions. But these captions are not
on French films. These captions are on American and
Italian films.
   If they want to watch French films with captions,
they can't because French film production companies
won't pay for captions!

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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

   Could a person's hearing improve instantly, as if
it took an overnight?
   Of course not. It takes years of training and coaching
to develop hearing discrimination skills.
   A local Elks Lodge group in a midsize American city
sent out a press release saying they "have helped to improve
the hearing of a young child."
   It is not known, however, if it involved a hearing aid
donation or a CI operation.

   Does Domino's (the famous pizza delivery service)
have a Deaf Alumni Association?
   No, but we have a number of former deaf Domino's
drivers. For one reason or other they were drivers
for a while before things got better with them.
   Almost all of them share these "unforgettable"
pizza delivery stories!   

   Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Government (DHHIG)
stages an annual conference in May in Washington, DC.
   It is where deaf employees in government get
together to air out issues common to their place of
   Is DHHIG being threatened? Section 715 in federal
government regulations prohibits Federal employee
training not directly related to the performance
of official duties.
   It is not known yet, if DHHIG officials are
aware of Section 715 provisions.

   Why is music loud? Music lovers are fully aware
that loud music leads to deafness, yet they crave
loud music.
   Why? According to an article published in the
May 15th edition of Washington City Paper, an
alternative weekly newspaper, music sounds better
when it is played loud.
   The article, however, offered an alternative -
wearing earplugs!

   Most hearing people do not have a first hand
knowledge of deafness. Yet almost all of these
hearing people would remember the deaf for different
reasons, some good, some bad.

   Examples are:

- a deaf person in a factory was the best employee ever
- a deaf person selling these ABC cards
- a deaf person arguing with a sales clerk
- a deaf person was the best player on a basketball team
- a deaf person was in a high school classroom
- a deaf person walking away when a stranger asked for directions

   A newspaper interview about a deaf person described
the hearing loss to be at 97 percent.
   97 percent? That precise? What about 96 percent or even
98 percent?
   To be 97 percent deaf is also to be 3 percent hearing.
If that deaf person stood next to a jet just as when it
took off, he would probably hear a very loud roar of the
jet engines and be forced to cover his ears.
   A person who is 97 percent deaf would probably not
cover his ears!
   Wondering if the reporter confused 97 percent with
97 decibels?

   Locations of deaf coffee chat groups change frequently
according to a yahoogroup posting.
   Reason is that many of the participants in the deaf
coffee chat group sit at a local coffee place for hours at
a time - without - purchasing a single cup of coffee.
   Because management gets annoyed with these "squatters"
the group will move on to a different coffee house, and
so on.
   A less hassle would be just getting together at a
deaf club where a one-year membership dues is very


For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please

for Special Notes, please go to the bottom of this



Mostly deaf since birth

mostly deaf? Meaning the person's hearing is turned on and off
just like a water faucet, just that his deafness is turned on
most of the time and that his hearing rarely turned on?


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Signing Greeting Cards
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The 30th Silent Weekend in June 2009 will offer interpreters
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Over 100 hours of classes also ASL and ITP teachers, and beginning,
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"Oh See, Can You See? shows dozens of grammatical principles
and will help ITP and ASL students understand what they see. This
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The 8th Florida/Alaska Motorcycle Charity Run is scheduled July 1-26,

See for updates and photos.
These trips will take place every year so why not make plans to
join us now in 2009?

Please browse our selection of signing greeting cards at:


Hot DeafNews boring, but important!
   Not every deaf person that wants a CI is a good
candidate for that device.
   What should a deaf person do if he wants a CI
but cannot get it? A new option is the hybrid CI.
   Hybrid? As if it is a mixture of two different
   Yes. A deaf woman recently made the news by
getting a hybrid CI - meaning a smaller version
of a CI being inserted just beneath the surface
instead of a deeper insert. And it complements
a special hearing aid.
   Will it work? As always, we stay tuned.


(new feature)

DeafLibrary Page of the Week

DeafHouse by Bernard Brown

(on a rotating basis, a different DeafLibrary Page topic
will be featured every week) 


Deaf Picture of the Week:

Sean Midnight
A deaf professional wrestler in Great Britain


Question of the week:

Q. Some of the rental DVDs extra features that I watch are not
captioned or subtitled. Why and what should I do?

A. Said an authority:

The FCC does not regulate non-broadcast material, so don't
bother contacting them. Just write the studio that produced
the DVD and ask that they please caption the bonus materials
in all their future DVD releases. This is an old issue that
is not showing much improvement. 

send your questions to

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


Wish List of the Week:

we are anxious; who are the new Gallaudet presidential


DeafHistory - Looking Back:

Year 1866 - the principal at Tennessee School for the
Deaf offered to give up his salary, pleading with the
state legislators to give the school more money.


Deaf and the Money:

   Many residential schools for the deaf rely
on fundraising to fund their athletic programs.
   Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf
is no exception. This school has a special
relationship with the Eastern Carolina Corvette
   Proceeds from the annual Corvette and Classic
Car and Truck Show go to the school athletic
   This year the athletic fund will get
approximately $5000-$6000 from the show.


DeafNumbers of the Week:

US Department of Education has 5,000 employees. This agency oversees
operations and funding for Gallaudet University and NTID.

How many deaf employees do we have at that agency?

Hard to say. Maybe less than 10, and perhaps less than half are
profoundly deaf.


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Employment Opportunity
Executive Director
Mississippi School for the Deaf
Jackson, Mississippi

Mississippi Department of Education
359 North West Street, Suite 359
P.O. Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205-0771

Position Vacancy:
Executive Director, Mississippi School for the Deaf

Go to for job description

Top candidates will be contacted for interviews.

The Mississippi Department of Education does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin,
gender, religion, age, or disability in employment or the
provision of services.


position opening
Chicago Hearing Society
Chicago, Illinois

Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center is currently seeking a Director
for its Chicago Hearing Society (CHS) division.  

CHS offers a comprehensive array of direct and support services for
people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, including both a social
service (youth program, domestic violence, advocacy) and business
components (interpreting services, audiology clinic).  

The Director will be responsible for insuring the organization's
mission, core values and strategic direction are met and, in such a
manner, that optimum results are achieved based on budget and
performance indicators. Evaluate business and marketing practices to
recommend and implement improvements in order to improve financial

Additionally the Director will: maintain an active and visible role
in the Deaf community to market the services of CHS and Anixter Center;
determine the scope and extent of unmet advocacy needs to develop
potential gap-filling services and funding requests; and participate in
the regularly scheduled meetings of the Deaf Social Services Providers
and other established community networks.

Minimum of 10 years of related experience including at least 5 years
of supervisory experience.  Work experience should include fiscal and
program management responsibilities.  Master's degree desired;
Business/marketing degree preferred.  Must be able to communicate
fluently using American Sign Language (ASL); demonstrated cultural
competency within the Deaf community.

Anixter Center, an EOE, affirms the values and goals of diversity.
We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.
If you would like to support our mission to assist people with
disabilities to live, learn, work and play in the community,
send cover letter and resume to (digital submissions encouraged):

Fax: 773-973-5268        

Human Resources/CHS
Anixter Center
6610 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60626


Job Announcements:

The Indiana School for the Deaf currently has job openings/postings
for the following positions:

Job Title                 Posting #   Posting Dates                               

Supv Teacher           562545       3/20/09 - 5/24/09
Audiologist            563749       5/5/09 - 5/19/09                                

Applicants must submit an Indiana State Application via the Indiana
State Personnel website at

If you have any questions please contact Carole Morgan in our Human
Resources Department via telephone (317/920-6340 v/tty) or E-Mail:   Website:

Mission Statement-The Indiana School for the Deaf Community promotes
academic and social excellence for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students
through a Bilingual/Bicultural environment.

An EOE                 


(updated 5/17/09 - 3 new positions)

position openings
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position descriptions and application procedures
please click on any of below:

- Instructor I

-  Micro Systems Support Tech

- Residential Advisor

- High School Graduation Coach

- Teacher (Blind/Deaf)

- Reading Content Specialist

- Substitute Teacher (P/T-Hourly)


more position openings
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position descriptions and application procedures
please click on any of below:

- HS Math Teacher

- Middle School Language Arts Teacher

- Speech Language Pathologist

- Assistant Director for Instruction

- Teacher - Middle School Science

- Teacher - Reading Content Specialist


(updated May 17th)


*  Job Developer/Interpreter - Anaheim, Pacoima, Santa Ana, CA

*  Community Interpreter (Two positions open) - Los Angeles, CA

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

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

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

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



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