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DeafDigest Gold – May 24, 2009

DeafDigest Gold - May 24, 2009

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ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the
Gold section.


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News of the Week
   We have many talented deaf artists; we also have
many deaf individuals that appreciate Deaf Art.
   Put both together and we have a Deaf Art showing
called "Sonic Chromatic" that is taking place
next week at the Tamarind Art Gallery in
New York.
   Spearheading these efforts is Azadeh Malekan,
a deaf intern at the Tamarind Art Gallery.   


   Otolaryngologist Charles Limb, not deaf, probably
loves music much more than his profession of
   Anyway he made news this week by saying that
the way the brain functions to musical sounds could
lead to better treatment on hearing loss!
   Using the sensitive imaging equipment, he has
analyzed the way the brain works and feels with some
tinkering here and there, hearing loss treatment
could be done.
   He operates out of Johns Hopkins University's
Peabody Institute. Not surprisingly, he, as a doctor,
lectures musical students on how to use computers
to enhance music!


   Gallaudet University is hosting the first time
ever Deaf Interpreter Conference next month in
   It would be interesting to learn of the issues
addressed by deaf interpreters.
   Unlike hearing interpreters, deaf interpreters
do not earn a full time living in this profession
- unless they interpret for the deaf-blind.
   Also, they are "third party" interpreters,
re-interpreting the interpreted words by "first
party" interpreters on behalf of deaf clients
whose knowledge of English is weak.


   For the benefit of DeafDigest subscribers that love
sports, a feature, discontinued few years ago, has been
   It is DeafSports, and the link is as:

   Every week in the Gold edition, a new DeafSports
column will be posted. It is separate from
DeafDigest Sports.


(revised announcement)


- Volleyball Setter Camp (Girls)
- Volleyball Fundamentals Camp (Girls)
- Boys' Shooting Camp, basketball
- Boys' Basketball Camp 

for more information (dates, fees, etc), go to the
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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.


   For many years in Massachusetts, all deaf clubs broke
the law.
   The state had an old law that requires all movie
projectionists to have a state license! Why? We do not
   This means that deaf clubs in the state that show
captioned films were in violation of the law.
   Fortunately, no deaf projectionists were arrested!
Today, it seems not to be a problem because movie
films are old fashioned; we watch movies with DVDs.

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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


(revised posting)

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   Many Americans love to gamble. Many deaf people also
love to gamble. There are many deaf poker tournaments
   For many years the annual national deaf basketball
tournament, run by American Athletic Association
of the Deaf (AAAD) attracted well known deaf
gamblers. They liked to place bets on their favorite
deaf teams.
   Not any more. The AAAD is also no more, replaced
by USA Deaf Basketball Association (USADB). And the
USADB officers are strict. Anyone caught gambling
on tournament games will be kicked out of the gym!

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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

   We need to find ways to trap an important
person, and make him listen to our requests.
   In the past, the important person was
Julius Barnathan, the ABC engineer, who alone,
would decide the fate of closed captioning.
   Mac Norwood, who fought for closed captioning,
knew that Julius appreciated good liquor. Both
men spent many hours at watering holes in
New York, discussing captioning issues.
   Eventually Barnathan agreed, and rest is
history for us.
   There are many other issues. An example would
be the state Commissioner of Education, whose
decision could continue or close a school for
the deaf.
   If he likes to go fishing, go fishing with him;
if he likes to watch a baseball game, go to a game
with him, if he likes to place bets at a gambling
casino, go gamble with him.
   Important people tend to listen in much
relaxed conditions.

   A popular recreational activity among young
people that work in Congress is softball. They
play in the Congressional Softball League. This
Washington, DC league has been in existence since
the early seventies.
   Whose idea it was to establish the league?
As a young man, Howard Gorrell, who is deaf,
worked for the National Republican Party. As a
former college athlete and a Deaflympics athlete,
he wanted to play competitive softball. His
organizational skills helped found the league!
   One of his softball teammates was the father
of the famous actress Lauren Graham (Gilmore
Girls TV series). Howard remembers Lauren, as
that cute tot, always running around, and getting into
the way of players on the field!
   Howard eventually moved on to deaf softball teams
and one season, his team won the national deaf
softball championship.
   Looking back, he said:

Playing congressional softball is the GREATEST thing to
do on the Hill!

   Gorrell is still involved with sports, overseeing
the US national deaf tennis program.

   There are hair salons everywhere in the world,
especially in Omura City, in the southern part of
   One such salon is named "Hair Salon Teru" and
is owned by Tsutomu Miyamoto.
   He is deaf.

   Recently a deaf man was hired to work in a
court house in Philippines. The newspapers wrote
up the hiring as something so sensational.
   In USA, we are so used to seeing deaf people
work for high profile employers (United Nations,
Capitol Hill, New York Mets, an American
embassy, etc). Not that so in Philippines!


   We all have things we won't tell other people.
Whether this trait is good or bad, just keep in mind
it is human nature. We're all equally guilty.
   Now what about us, the deaf? These professionals
won't tell us what they know:

- audiologist
- vocational rehabilitation counselor
- educators of the deaf
- interpreters
- oral educators
- Cued speech professionals
- CI patients
- CI surgeons
- Hearing aid dealers
- ADA advisors

   There may be others, but above is enough for

   Do click on:

   The cartoon characters have an odd way of getting
warmed up before a classroom lecture is to begin.


(new series - to be run on a weekly basis until list of
tales run out)

On my second day of my new job as a Domino's Pizza Driver,
the store was robbed. I was pushed away by the robber.
The store manager yelled at the robber that I was deaf.
Scared hearing drivers quit. I continued with the job
and was one of the two witnesses at the robber's
court trial!

If you are a former Deaf Domino Driver and have an
interesting tale, please share it with:


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A newspaper story said:

he is now officially deaf

To be officially deaf? As if the judge stamped his
approval on papers to certify the person as deaf?


31st  World's Largest ASL Silent Weekend in 2010

Signing Greeting Cards
ASL and Interpreting DVDs 

Registration for this year's 30th Silent Weekend is closed
with almost 600 attending.  The venue for the June 24-27,
2010 event will handle 700-1000 participants and include a
medical interpreting track.  Novice, beginning, intermediate
and advanced ASL and ITP students, as well as interpreters
(CEUs) will have around 150 hours of seminars to choose from.

The 31st Silent Weekend is at the Florida Hotel at the Florida
Mall in Orlando with its huge food court allowing you to have
a complete meal for $5.99 instead of paying $20-30 at other
conferences' hotel prices.  The room costs are even lower next
year ... just $105 with free parking and unlimited free

Students and professionals seeking to improve their skills can
bring family members and they can take novice sign language
classes for just $89 per person!

There will be group registration opportunities online at  There are simply no other local, regional or
national conferences offering you so many hours of classes as
inexpensively as the Silent Weekends. 

Final details will be online beginning in August but the cost
per person may be as low as $129 per person!

Sign language DVDs are available online at -
A brand new DVD "Upper Body Stretching for Repetitive Motion Injuries
-- Prevention and Rehabilitation especially for deaf people who use
their upper bodies a lot, and also appropriate for signers and
interpreters -- is now available.!

The 8th Florida/Alaska Motorcycle Charity Run for deaf babies is
scheduled July 1-26, 2009.

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!
   The White House has been presented with a list of
recommendations on how to improve accessibility by the
deaf on credit card web sites.
   The major issue is that sound activated links are
pretty much useless to us, the deaf. Instead, these links
need to be tagged so that we, the deaf, will know what
these are all about.


DeafLibrary Page of the Week

(Comparing decibels - noise levels)

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


Deaf Picture of the Week:

Dimitri Kanevsky

deaf engineer at IBM, currently holds 112 patents with
more patents coming up; he is IBM's Deaf Edison
(yes, we all know that Edison was deaf)


Question of the week:

Q. I wish to adopt a deaf child. What advice would you have
for me?

A. Do sign up with the web site at:

these participants will share their advice and tips
with you

send your questions to

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


Wish List of the Week:

that instead of threatening schools for the deaf with
closing, just give them more money 


DeafHistory - Looking Back:

Year 1907 - Sexton Manufacturing Company in Fairfield, IL,
posted a request in a local newspaper, asking for 150
deaf employees to work in their clothes manufacturing


Deaf and the Money:

Year 1866 - the Gallaudet baseball team challenged
Union, a local semi pro baseball team to a game.

The game was a sell out.

Union's share of gate proceeds - $2,000

Gallaudet's share of gate proceeds - zero!

It was a painful lesson for Gallaudet students
not to overlook potential gate proceeds when
signing game contracts with hearing opponents

Taking inflation into consideration, $2,000 would have
been approximately $50,000 nowadays!


DeafNumbers of the Week:

Vint Cerf, the father of the Internet, is deaf
and wears a CI. He is the world's #1 authority
on issues concerning the Internet.

Anyway, in his private life, he maintains a
private library.

How many books does he have in his own home

over 10.000 books


(re-introduced feature)

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position announcement
Technology Teacher
Rochester School for the Deaf
Rochester, NY 

DATE POSITION TO BE FILLED:        September 1, 2009

Teach a variety of courses to Deaf students, with technology
as the primary focus.  Serve as a resource to teachers and
students in the area of technology.  Serve on Technology
Curriculum Committee.  Participate in weekly team meetings
with other staff members to plan programs, behavior management
techniques, and strategies for student success.  Follow
required NYS curriculum standards and prepare students for
required NYS assessment tests.  Write and implement student

Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Education of the Deaf or
computer technology.  New York State certification as a
teacher or the ability to obtain same. Previous experience
working with Deaf students and classroom integration of
technology.  Advanced Rating on the SCPI.

Harold Mowl, Jr., Superintendent/CEO
Rochester School for the Deaf
1545 St. Paul Street
Rochester, New York 14621

Applications received will be screened and the most highly
qualified will be asked to interview.

CLOSING DATE:        Open until filled

RSD is an EOE and does not discriminate in employment on the
basis of non-qualifying disability, race, religion, color,
gender, marital status, age, national origin, and veteran


seeking qualified candidates
- Teacher of the Deaf
- Teacher Assistant positions
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, IN 

The Indiana School for the Deaf is seeking qualified candidates
to interview for Teacher of the Deaf and Teacher Assistant
positions for the 2009-2010 school year. 

Areas of interest include -

*  Earth & Space Science/Biology
*  School-to-Work Coordinator
*  Teacher Aide (Full-Time)

*  Supervising Teacher
*  2 Teachers of Applied Curriculum students
*  Communication Center Teacher
*  Teacher Aide (Intermittent)

*  Teacher Aide (Full-Time)
*  Teacher Aide (Intermittent)

The Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) is a co-educational,
residential school, founded in 1843, which serves a student
population of 425+ students with more the 25% living in the
residential halls.  

ISD is nationally recognized for its on-going commitment to
bilingual/bicultural education for Deaf students.

ISD seeks Teaching candidates who possess the following

- Indiana (or equivalent) Teacher's License
- Certification in subject area
- Commitment to bilingual/bicultural education

- Ability to deliver curriculum utilizing a variety of
teaching methods

- Individuals who love working with children/adolescents/young

- 3.0 or above score on the American Sign Language Proficiency

- Knowledge of child development and successful educational

- Excellent communication and human-relations skills

- Individuals who excel in both leadership and teamwork roles


The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package which
includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement plans
and accrued leave.

Application Procedure:

Applicants can submit a cover letter and resume to:

Indiana School for the Deaf
Attn: Human Resources
1200 E 42nd St
Indianapolis, IN 46205


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


(updated 5/24/09 - 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 24th)


*  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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