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DeafDigest Gold – October 25, 2009

DeafDigest Gold - October 25, 2009

Gold edition            Barry Strassler, Editor - updated every Monday

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This is the Gold section. .. weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at: (updated every Monday) -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Hot Deaf News during the week: - Hot News during the week In France, sign language was suggested as the best way to communicate, to avoid human touching of bodies, to prevent the worsening Swine Flu epidemic! - Thursday October 22nd a corporate sponsorship flap is going on in Fuji. The Fiji Rugby Union (hearing) has a sponsorship deal with Digice. This organization agreed to fund the national deaf rugby team's trip for games with deaf teams from Australia and New Zealand. But the deaf team agreed to a sponsorship deal with Vodafone, a bitter corporate rival of Digice. As a result, the Fiji Rugby Union pulled out their funding of the deaf team's trip! - Friday October 23rd The Jefferson County (Colorado) school board approved application by the Rocky Mountain Deaf School to establish a charter high school - Saturday October 24th A story ran in a Dublin newspaper of the Merlin Motor Group, which operates car rentals, car auctions, new car dealership and a small factory. Two brothers operate the business, and one of them, Patrick O'Reilly, is deaf and has Usher Syndrome. He is responsible for the business computer operations. (please go back to the Blue edition for the Sunday-Wednesday Hot Deaf News) .. Deaf Miscellaneous stuff: Krishneer Sen, a deaf native of Fuji, but a resident of New Zealand, and a leader in the Deaf Community, has won a scholarship to attend Gallaudet University. He had to move to New Zealand because opportunities for the deaf were limited in Fuji. .............................................................. For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please email .............................................................. .............................................................. weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at: updated every Monday .............................................................. .............................................................. FALL SAVINGS AT WCI 10% OFF GENTEX SMOKE DETECTORS Safeguard your home with a Gentex Smoke Detector and save 10% off the price in October. Choose from either hardwired or portable units. Each one offers a reliable, early warning to the presence of smoke. For more details and to order, call us now 1-800-233-9130 (V/TTY) or visit us online at: (Use code WCID1009). For a copy of our new catalog, email your request to: WCI. Your Single Source for Assistive Technology .............................................................. .............................................................. A RECENT DEAF CONVENTION A deaf convention took place recently. There were no laptops, no paging devices, no computers. Many deaf people spent time in the lobby chatting with each other. No laptops, no paging devices, no computers? Are we talking about 1940 or 1950? No. The power was out at the hotel. So instead of using computers, laptops and pagers, deaf people just chatted with each other. Which is better? 1950 without electronic devices, but making face to face friends or 2010 with electronic devices but not making face to face friends? You decide! - for ASL News version, please click on: (for your convenience, video links are posted on top of each DeafDigest edition) A GOVERNMENT AGENCY HELPDESK A deaf person worked at the HelpDesk of his government agency. Deafness was not a problem; he used the computer chat to deal with the clients to help solve their problems. That deaf person wanted to transfer to another HelpDesk job at a different government agency. They told him they could not hire him because of his deafness! Huh. One government agency telling him deafness is fine at a HelpDesk while another government agency telling him a deaf person cannot work at a HelpDesk? - for ASL News version, please click on: (for your convenience, video links are posted on top of each DeafDigest edition) THE BORING LECTURE AND THE INTERPRETER All interpreters are stuck with boring lectures that put most of the audience into sleep, be it the deaf or the hearing listeners. There is a twist, however. The lecture was so boring to a hearing neighbor of DeafDigest editor. She does not know ASL but said that instead of listening to the boring lecture she watched the interpreter and found the signs fascinating! PARTYING IT UP IN BOTSWANA It does not matter where in the world, many people like to party, especially in Botswana, a nation in Africa. A popular nightclub in Gaborone West, Botswana's largest city is Grand West. Making sure order is maintained among the revelers is bouncer Moffat Setume. He is deaf. Been bouncing ill-behaved revelers at the club for eight years. A PROTEST IN SIERRA LEONE It is almost always that members of an organization do not like the officers. The most common way to deal with these officers is to vote them out of the office. Maybe it is different in Sierra Leone. Members of the Sierra Leone Association for the Deaf felt that the officers were corrupt and needed to be replaced. Instead of asking for a special election, the members marched up and down the streets of Freetown, a city in Sierra Leone, demanding ousters of these officers! A COMPLAINT IN KLANG VALLEY Klang Valley is a region in Malaysia. And there is a complaint among the deaf residents in the region. Signs at public transportation facilities (buses and trains) are so dim that it is hard to read from afar. This is important because the deaf cannot hear these Public Announcement messages and must rely on displays. This form of compliance is actually a non-compliance as far as the deaf are concerned! ECONOMICS AND THE DEAF For fun reading among non-economics (or even among economics, for that matter) is the book - Freakonomics. The authors have come up with a new book that has hit the bookstore shelves - SuperFreakonomics. DeafDigest editor cannot help but wonder if a Deaf Economist could come up with a book titled Deafonomics? Would be interesting reading? It could deal with such questions like: - why is it expensive to be deaf? - value of hearing aid vs value of a cI - value of Gallaudet & NTID versus hearing colleges - monetary breakdowns: residential versus mainstreamed programs and so on OUR ORGANIZATIONS SERVING THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING We have many, many organizations, both national and local, that serve deaf and hard of hearing people. One such organization is: Association of Medical Professionals With Hearing Losses The web site is at: TALES FROM FORMER DEAF PIZZA DRIVERS (series to be run on a weekly basis until list of tales run out) I've made several pizza runs to a hotel near a major airport and these customers were air pilots and flight attendants that get together and have a great time (between flights) If you are a former Deaf Pizza Driver and have an interesting tale, please share it with: .............................................................. .............................................................. For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please email for Special Notes, please go to the bottom of this section .............................................................. .............................................................. WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN? a newspaper story said: she is married to a fellow sign-language user Hey! Does not say if the fellow sign-language user is deaf or is a Coda with sign language skills or an interpreter or a hearing person that picked up sign language. .............................................................. .............................................................. 31st World's Largest ASL Silent Weekend in 2010 Signing Greeting Cards ASL and Interpreting DVDs We had over 600 at the last silent weekend, including the President of RID, Cheryl Moose. 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 offered) 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 internet! 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! Many of our current interpreters started out as novice ASL students at the Silent Weekend! There are simply no other local, regional or national conferences offering you so many hours of classes as inexpensively as the Silent Weekends. Just check them out and register at Sign language DVDs are available online at - A DVD "When 'Duck' is not Enough" to show you how to represent inanimate objects is now available The 8th Florida/Alaska Motorcycle Charity Run for deaf babies is finished. This was the world's longest group motorcycle benefit run. See,5143,705315218,00.html for an article from a newspaper. See for updates and photos. These trips will take place every year so why not make plans to join us now in July, 2010? Please browse our selection of signing greeting cards at: .............................................................. .............................................................. Hot DeafNews boring, but important! A scandal is going on in Dallas, Texas. The police have, over a 3-year span, ticketed 39 drivers for not speaking English. While it is not deaf-related, it could might be. Were any of these drivers, deaf and ASL-speaking, which may not be considered English by the police? .. DeafLibrary Page of the Week DeafDigest editor saw this article off a web posting, on how the disabled, the deaf included, try to deal with the college life, this one at University of Texas. This article was written by Israel Perez, of the Daily Texan to read this article, click on (on a rotating basis, a different DeafLibrary Page topic will be featured every week) .. Deaf Picture of the Week: football ASL? #13 is saying shoulder #17 is saying out #14 is saying "I threaten you physically" Of course, ASL purists would not agree! .. Question of the week: Q. I love to watch the soap operas. Have there been any soap plots involving the deaf? A. During the seventies, "Search for Tomorrow" involved a deaf character (Linda Bove) who fell in love with her doctor, and they "lived happily forever." The other one was "Guiding Light" where the leading character fell in love with Abby, a deaf Amish woman (Amy Ecklund). There may be others. DeafDigest is not sure. send your questions to the most interesting questions may be answered in future DeafDigest editions. Thank you. .. Wish List of the Week: that some newspaper reporters stop saying that we, the deaf, are "not normal." A newspaper, in Fuji, said: These are not normal people that we are dealing with. We have to treat them specially .. DeafHistory - Looking Back: Year 1576 - Thomas Filsby, a deaf man, married Ursula Russel, a hearing woman, in a church ceremony in Leicester, England. This marriage was duly recorded in the church books, and is known to be one of the earliest known church weddings involving the deaf, .. Deaf and the Money: Deaf athletic groups need to take notice of the lesson learned by the national deaf Fuji rugby team. If the team is being funded for an overseas trip by the national hearing rugby governing body, then all other offers for corporate sponsorships may need to be turned down - to avoid corporate conflicts. .. DeafNumbers of the Week: A deaf activist, who has requested anonymity with himself and with the location of his residence, loves junk food but was constantly frustrated with the hassles of being able to order food from the comfort of his car. Over a period of time he went to thirty different fast food outlets in a mid-sized American city, to see if he is able to get his orders through from his car. the results are: 13 - successful orders from his car 12 - unsuccessful orders from his car for reasons of his own, he did not want to involve the area advocacy organizations of the deaf .. DeafDigest Sports DeafDigest Sports is a no-cost subscription available only for DeafDigest subscribers; e-mail it is not available online, only by email -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- * YOU COULD PLACE YOUR PAID EMPLOYMENT ADS IN THIS SECTION * on a per-subscriber basis, the DeafDigest ad rates are the best in the nation. * For more information, send E-mail to -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Search re-opened Co-Science Directors Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning Gallaudet University Washington, DC for position description and application procedures, please click on: -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Job Announcement Webmaster/IT Support Specialist Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency San Leandro, CA Part-time Non-Exempt for position description and application procedures, please click on: -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- job announcement Teacher (High School Math) Georgia School for the Deaf Cave Spring, GA for position description and application procedures, please click on: -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- job announcement Substitute Teacher (Part-Time/Hourly) Georgia School for the Deaf Cave Spring, GA for position description and application procedures, please click on: -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Job Description Director of Employment Services Corliss Institute, Inc Warren, Rhode Island Overall job function: Agency liaison for all client work and business functions. To structure the developing Program into 3 separate services. To oversee Project staffing and performance. To monitor and assess Department activities/goals, and to research additional options. To assure that the Program services and goals result in meaningful work in settings that are not segregated or sheltered. This position reports to the Executive Director. Requirements: M.A. desired, B.A. minimum. Experience with State Rehabilitation agency procedures/policies for Supported Work. Knowledge of deaf adults with developmental disabilities, fluency in ASL required/capacity to gain these skills. PR/networking skills with employers, state and private employment groups and others. Business skills and supervisory experience as well as ability to assess viability in the areas of client need, project viability (revenue, expenses, etc.) and public response. Excellent writing skills, familiarity with Word, Excel and basic programs, and the ability to be productive in team and independent settings. Examples of Job Duties: 1. Works with Executive Director, Senior Team and funders/partners to develop and refine Program. 2. Recruits and interviews needed consultants, staff, interns and volunteers. 3. Develops sales initiatives, customers, jobs and related Program components through research, email, phone/videophone/TTY and attendance at various events. 4. Develops Program promotional materials and events for increasing public and consumer use. 5. Liaison to external entities. 6. Internal and formal Reports other documents to track Program progress and outcomes. 7. Program and expenditure reports, revenue projections and other documents. 8. Other duties as determined by supervisor/agency need. This is a full-time exempt position, and includes full agency fringe and benefits. Salary - high $40's. Limited relocation funds. Position funded for one year; contingent upon generated revenue. Cover letter/resume to: Jean Moniz, Director of HR Corliss Institute, Inc. 290 Main Street Warren, RI 02885 FAX to: 401-245-8023 -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Position Available Director of Student Admissions The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf Philadelphia, PA Director of Student Admissions This is a full-time 12-month position. At least a Master's Degree in Psychology or related field. Possess proficiency in sign language. Supervise a full array of clinical student/family support services. Collaborate with LEAs and families regarding enrolment and coordinate the PDE approval process. Coordinate the scheduling and completion of Biannual and Triennial multidisciplinary evaluations ERs, IEPs and standardized school-wide assessment services. Collaborate on the transition to school age process and the ESY/Summer Program. Deadline for submission is December 11, 2009. Send letter of interest and resume/vitae to: Jane Homka Executive Secretary The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf 100 W. School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 e-mail: -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position opening Faculty, American Sign Language Job #0909001 Austin Community College Austin, Texas Closing Date: 01/08/2010 To apply go to For information contact Haydeana Gaviria at: Serves as full time faculty member in the American Sign Language and Interpreter Preparation Program. Responsible for teaching American Sign Language I-VI. Participates in ongoing curriculum development, implementation and evaluation. Utilizes innovative teaching strategies to meet the learning needs of a diverse student population. Responsibilities include advising students, maintaining office hours, serving on program and College committees, maintaining professional competence, and participating in professional development activities. Seeking candidates who can demonstrate creativity, innovation in the field, and service in the profession and/or the community. Qualifications: Three years work experience in Deaf Services. Candidates must demonstrate effective teaching techniques adaptable to a variety of learning styles. Candidates must have effective planning, organization, communication, and interpersonal skills. Candidates must be able to assist and assess student learning; be punctual for classes and office hours and be able to maintain an established schedule, including possible evenings and weekends. Candidate must possess intermediate knowledge of Microsoft office and be able to learn specialized software. Education: Candidates must have Master's degree or above in American Sign Language; or Master's degree or above and 18 hours in American Sign Language/Deaf Studies/Linguistic-related coursework. Preferred: PhD in American Sign Language; ASLTA Certified -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position openings substitute teachers Georgia School for the Deaf Cave Spring, GA for position description and application procedures please click on: - Substitute Teacher (P/T-Hourly) -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- (updated October 25th) - EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! - - Job Developer/Interpreter - Pacoima, CA - Community Interpreter - Los Angeles, CA - HIV Educator (WSR) - 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 E-mail: -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Special Notes: Copyright 2009 by Barry Strassler, DeafDigest. 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