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January 5, 2011
Vol. 7, No. 11

Editor: Tom Willard

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Cumru Twp., PA
POLICE: MAN STABBED, SHOT WOMAN; TURNED GUN ON SELF
Police said they have completed their investigation of the deaths of two people found inside an apartment early last Tuesday morning. They said they determined Edward Arrivello stabbed and shot Karen Wanner and then shot himself inside 107 Colonial Drive in Cumru Township, Berks County. Police said both Wanner and Arrivello were deaf. They did not have children together, but did leave behind grown children. / WFMZ

Kingman, AZ
TWO BOYS KILLED IN FIRE IDENTIFIED
Two deaf brothers who died in a Christmas weekend fire in northwest Arizona were identified last Monday as Justin Stevens, 7, and Zachary Stevens, 11, according to a family spokesman. The fire at 5 a.m. Sunday Dec. 26 in Fort Mohave also injured five family members and destroyed their mobile home, authorities said. Family spokesman Jacob Abeytia said the parents, 39-year-old Jeff Stevens and 37-year-old Tammy Anderson, escaped the burning home with their daughters, ages 2 and 4, and Anderson's 15-year-old son. / Review Journal

Des Moines, IA
FIRE UPDATE: FAMILY ADJUSTING WELL, THANKS TO 'GENEROUS PEOPLE'
From their carefree smiles you would never guess what the Farwell girls have been through after a fire raced through their home. Ashley can be heard on the Dec. 15th dispatch recording saying, "There's a fire at our house on 1620 Allison Avenue in our basement." Their mother, Shannon Farwell, woke up 10-year-old Ashley and 8-year-old Brittany when Shannon smelled smoke. Since Shannon is deaf, Ashley made the call to 911 for help. On Christmas Eve, Shannon and the girls moved into their new roomier townhome. It's furnished with everything a young family wants or needs. / WHO

Milwaukee, WI
ABUSIVE PRIEST SUITS FORCE ARCHDIOCESE TO FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY
The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee is filing for bankruptcy protection, it announced yesterday, citing the cost of lawsuits filed against priests by victims of sexual abuse. "This action is occurring because priest-perpetrators sexually abused minors," the archdiocese said in a statement announcing it was filing for Chapter 11 protection. Milwaukee was home to Father Lawrence Murphy, who was accused of molesting as many as 200 deaf boys at St. John's School for the Deaf over the course of decades. He resigned from the post in 1974 and died in 1998. / CNN

Redding, CA
DEAF TEACHER AND HER STUDENTS ARE STILL FIGHTING FOR HER JOB
No one knows the differences between deaf culture and hearing culture better than Jaye Brown. She experiences them every day -- as an American Sign Language teacher, and as a deaf person herself. She's spent 12 and a half years teaching ASL at Redding, California's Shasta College, and has a loyal following of students that prove she's good at it. Now, she's fighting for her job because a student complained about gestures she made. / Change.org



Tallahassee, FL
DEAF PATIENT FILES COMPLAINT
The Florida Human Relations Commission must determine whether a Hialeah hospital meets the legal definition of a public establishment so it can be determined whether it should have provided a sign-language interpreter to a deaf patient, a state appeals court ruled last Tuesday. The case asks whether a hospital is a "public accommodation" for purposes of the Florida Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in places determined to be public accommodations. The plaintiff, Maura Mena, brought a discrimination complaint, alleging that her request for a sign-language interpreter was denied. / The Miami Herald

Framingham, MA
LEARNING CENTER FOR DEAF GETS $25K FROM CVS TOURNAMENT
Framingham's Learning Center for the Deaf was named among the 62 non-profit organizations in southeast New England sharing in the $1.3 million raised through a CVS Caremark charity golf tournament. The Learning Center for the Deaf, headquartered in Framingham and Randolph, will receive $25,000 to invest in new technology to be used by its students. The CVS Caremark Charity Classic, held in June in Barrington, R.I., netted more than $1.3 million, bringing the total raised over the 12-year history of the tournament to $14 million. / The MetroWest Daily News

Dayton, OH
THIEF STEALS $4 FROM DEAF CHURCH
Police in Dayton are looking for the person who is responsible for breaking into a church of the deaf and stealing $4. A woman called police and said that the burglary happened sometime between Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 25-26) at Agape Deaf Church at 419 Fountain Avenue. The woman said the thief entered the church through a broken window and stole approximately $4 from a change container in the sanctuary and then fled the church through a door at the rear of the church. / WHIO

Burlington, VT
INTERPRETER BRINGS FIRST NIGHT FUN TO DEAF AUDIENCES
Deaf and hard of hearing fans may not experience music performances as the rest of the audience does, but thanks to Dina Senesac, they can still enjoy many of the songs at First Night Burlington. "It's what I do!!" Senesac gleamed. She's an interpreter who helps deaf audiences enjoy music. "They can usually feel the rhythm and the beat, and then they have me doing the lyrics and the other parts, so it becomes an entire enriched performance," she explained. / WCAX

Haverhill, MA
NECC RECEIVES CONTRACT TO TEACH ASL TO MASS. FAMILIES
Every newborn delivered in Massachusetts receives a hearing test soon after birth and the families of those babies who are identified with a hearing loss will now be able to participate in a Northern Essex Community College Program designed to teach families to communicate with their child using American Sign Language (ASL). The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is contracting with the college and the Gallaudet University Regional Center, located on the Haverhill Campus, to deliver the Family Sign Language Program to families across the state. / NECC


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Beijing, China
OVER 1 MILLION CHILDREN MADE DEAF BY ANTIBIOTIC MISUSE
Medical experts have again warned the public about the risks of improper drug use by pointing out that more than a million children on the mainland have been made deaf by misuse of the antibiotic streptomycin. Of the 1.8 million deaf children on the Chinese mainland, 60 per cent lost their hearing because of improper drug use, largely related to streptomycin, said Yang Zhiyin, director of the behavioral medicine branch of the Chinese Medical Association. / AsiaOne

Moscow, Russia
SILENT REVOLUTION: DEAF DEMAND TO BE SEEN AND HEARD IN RUSSIA
Deaf people in Russia want their means of communication to be accorded official status. Sign language is not recognized in the country, although it has more than 10 million hearing-impaired people. / Hardly News

London, England
FILM DIRECTOR REJECTED MUSIC AFTER GRANDDAUGHTER LOST HEARING
The film director Ken Loach has revealed he will not allow himself to listen to music because of his young granddaughter's deafness – and attacked "devastating" budget cuts to the NHS. Holly Loach, 11, lost her hearing after contracting meningitis when she was 13 months old. Describing the profound effect her deafness has, he said it "felt like a death in the family". In an interview, Loach attacked proposed NHS budget cuts, saying Holly nearly lost her life fighting the brain disease. / The Guardian

Cairns, Australia
CINEMAS WILL PUT DEAF VIEWERS IN THE PICTURE
The silent era of movies will soon be coming to an end for the Far North's hearing impaired. Cairns will become one of the few cities in Australia to offer cinemas that are more accessible to the deaf and hearing impaired. From January 6, Birch Carroll and Coyle at Earlville Stockland will provide closed caption sessions of latest release movies. BCC is also preparing to offer personal devices at its Cairns Central cinemas, to make the movie-going experience more enjoyable for those who are hard of hearing. / Cairns Post

Al-Sayad, Israel
2 DEAF MEN SUSPECTED OF USING SIGN LANGUAGE TO STEAL GOODS
Police in the South arrested two deaf men in their 20s yesterday on suspicion of exploiting their hearing impairment to steal equipment worth thousands of shekels. "While one suspect distracted victims and attempted to communicate with them using sign language, the second would steal equipment," police said in a statement. / The Jerusalem Post

New Delhi, India
PLEA TO LET DEAF DRIVE
Hopes of more than five crore [50 million] hearing-impaired persons will be pinned on the Delhi high court this year after HC on Monday wrapped up hearings into a PIL, filed by National Association of the Deaf, that seeks driving licences for the deaf. As of now, the Motor Vehicles Act prohibits the deaf from obtaining a driver's licence on the ground that they could be a source of danger to the public. / The Times of India



Nakuru, Kenya
COUPLE TIES THE KNOT AGAINST ALL ODDS

The year is definitely on to a happy ending for two newly weds who took their vows a week before Christmas. John Kimata Mukui, 28, and Gladys Akinyi Obonyo, 25 had a wedding that stands out. The bride, Ms Obonyo, a Luo and the groom, Mr Kimata a Kikuyu, are both deaf and dumb. Mr and Mrs Kimata tied the knot at Nakuru’s Presbyterian Church of East Africa in Shabab estate in Nakuru. The church has a special welfare program for deaf people. / Daily Nation

Kampala, Uganda
CANDIDATES REQUIRE SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS
Noting that Uganda is among states with disability-friendly legislations on the continent, it’s worrying that in the ongoing election campaigns, no political leader has included persons with hearing impairment as their voters. What the politicians say about their policies and promises when they get into power is never conveyed to the deaf voters due to the absences of sign language interpreters at these rallies and meetings. / Daily Monitor

Tanzania
BLIND, LAME AND DEAF TRIO CLIMB MT. KILIMANJARO
For 27-year-old Florence Ndagire, and her friends Robert Nkwangu and Patrick Kasirye, climbing the highest mountain on the African continent was more than just fun. It was for a social cause. Ndagire has climbed more than two-thirds of Africa’s tallest mountain but she did not see any of it. Ndagire is blind but beat all the odds to climb up to an unprecedented 3,950m of Mountain Kilimanjaro, which rises to 5,895m above sea level. And to her story add that of Robert Nkwangu, a deaf man, and Patrick Kasirye, a lame man, who managed to reach the summit. / Daily Monitor

Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
FATHER, HIS DEAF AND DUMB SON DIE OF SUFFOCATION
A 70-year-old man and his deaf and dumb son died of suffocation in Sopore town of north Kashmir Friday morning. Ghulam Mohammad Dar (70), retired post master and his son Mohammad Ashraf Dar were found dead last Friday morning by family and neighbours at Sangrampora. Sources said that Ashraf, deaf and dumb, had moved a Kangri (earthen firepot) inside the quilt after offering morning prayers. Initial investigations have pointed out that the firepot might have turned turtle, leading to smoke in room that eventually led to the death of the father-son duo. / Kashmir Dispatch

Kingston, Jamaica
FIRST MISS DEAF JAMAICA QUEEN CROWNED
History was made when Jamaica's first Miss Deaf Jamaica queen was crowned. Out of a field of eight energetic and talented contestants who represented Kingston, St Catherine, May Pen and St Ann, Miss Spanish Town, Cassandra Whyte walked away with the coveted title, as well as the sectional award for Best Personality. / Today World News

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WOW GAMER KICKED FROM GUILD AFTER BECOMING DEAF AND UNABLE TO USE VENT
In a turn of events that can only makes you lose faith in humanity or at the very least the humanity of World of Warcraft players, a gamer has been kicked from his guild of 4 years after an accident left him permanently deaf and unable to use Ventrilo. "Unwelcome" had struggled after the accident to come to terms with this massive change in his lifestyle. Talking to people became exhausting and the loss of simple things we take for granted such as listening to music had disheartened him. To make matters even worse, his friends in the real world had turned their back on him. / We Got This Covered

Lakeway, TX
FORMER DEAF SCHOOL HEAD FACES ALZHEIMER'S WITH WIFE AT HIS SIDE
Victor Galloway laughed as he looked through a photo album at the pictures taken of him and Meryl Streep when they were both in a 1994 movie called "The River Wild." "You got to hug her (Streep) 40 times," said his wife, Marilyn Galloway, using sign language to communicate. "She was very good," said Victor Galloway, who signed the words back to his wife. But a few minutes later, when Marilyn Galloway showed him a picture of himself on the cover of a 1994 magazine, he paused. "No, I don't know that man." / Austin American-Statesman

Roy, UT
DR. SANDERSON: AN ADVOCATE FOR THE DEAF
As Robert Sanderson sits humbly in the neat, quiet home that he built with his own hands with a carpenter, one could never guess his many accomplishments within the deaf community for which he has worked tirelessly since he lost his hearing at age 11. Although Sanderson, 90, uses sign language as his main form of communication, he speaks clearly and candidly about his life and accomplishments. Sanderson still completely takes care of himself -- drives his car, prepares his meals and cleans his house. / The Standard-Examiner

Columbus, OH
FUNDS HELP DEAF REACT TO ALARMS, DOORBELLS
Doorbells are more likely to ring around the holidays as family and friends come to call. But some people can't hear the chimes. For those who are deaf or hard of hearing and also low-income, Franklin County pays for special doorbells, alarm clocks and fire alarms that flash or shake instead of emitting sound. It's for practical things that seem minor until you have to do without, said Mike Martin, who is hard of hearing and is assistant director of the program. / The Columbus Dispatch

Mobile, AL
MINISTRY REACHES OUT TO HEARING-IMPAIRED TEENS
One of the greatest challenges for deaf young people can be connecting to peers, so Deaf Teen Quest aims to provide a support network for the teens. “Deaf people are so isolated, and these teens so crave to be with deaf people so they can have community,” said Pam Crosby, Deaf Teen Quest Mobile area coordinator. “Every day, my heart was broken by the isolation and loneliness of our deaf students in mainstreamed settings." / Press-Register

New York, NY
AS CONVERTIBLE TOPS DROP, RISK OF HEARING LOSS RISES
At speeds greater than 55 miles an hour, driving in a convertible with its top down produces sufficient noise to increase the risk of hearing loss, a study has found. Occupants are advised to raise the roof — no matter how many style points that may cost them. That is the conclusion of a joint study conducted by researchers from the St. Louis University School of Medicine’s department of otolaryngology and the Ear Institute of Texas. / The New York Times


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Austin, TX
A DEFENSE LAWYER FOR THE DEAF
When Amber Farrelly Elliott was 9, her mother enrolled her in an American Sign Language class in hopes of keeping the inquisitive youngster occupied during summer vacation. The language immediately fascinated Elliott, whose hearing is not impaired. Every day she eagerly rode her bike to the class in a church in her hometown of Lawton, Okla., a military town near Fort Sill. Elliott studied signs at night to keep up with her adult classmates. That summer began an affinity for sign language and deaf culture that Elliott calls upon today as a criminal defense lawyer in Travis County. / The American-Statesman

Longmeadow, MA
KEEPING AN EAR TO THE GROUND
The Willie Ross School for the Deaf in Longmeadow has always been ahead of its time. “The school was founded in 1967 by a group of parents who were pioneers in the field of education,” said Executive Director Louis Abbate. “They were led by Willie’s parents, Barbara and Gene Ross, at a time when all deaf children went to residential schools. It was a very bold step, because a day program for deaf children was something that was unheard of. But these parents wanted their children home so they could be part of the family.” / Business West

Savannah, GA
ON THE JOB WITH IBETA MCCLENNEY
Job: Educational interpreter, teacher and tutor for her business, Hear 4 You. What she does: Using American Sign Language, McClenney performs educational interpreting, teaching and private tutoring, for people who want to learn sign language. "I usually work as an educational interpreter for area schools. I facilitate communication between the teacher in the classroom and the student, as well as with their peers." / Savannah Morning News

Lansing, MI
OWOSSO NATIVE SUCCEEDS DESPITE HEARING, VISION LOSS
Former Owosso resident Jeff Smith was honored for his achievements Dec. 10 at the Michigan Commission of the Blind quarterly committee meeting held in Lansing. The MCB presented Smith, along with eight others, with its annual Achievement Honor Roll Award. Smith, who is considered profoundly deaf and has 15 percent peripheral vision, has been working with MCB for 10 years, and was able to get a job through the federal Internal Revenue Service with the help of his counselor MCB DeafBlind Unit Coordinator Cindy Caldwell and the Lions World Services for the Blind in Arkansas. / The Argus-Press

Pasadena, CA
TCU'S JOHNSON A LEADER IN ANY LANGUAGE
Tejay Johnson was undecided about his major when he enrolled at Texas Christian four years ago, but the writing was on the wall at an early age. The frustration of watching his cousin, LaQueena, struggle communicating with family members through sign language inspired Johnson to switch from a social work major to habilitation of the deaf and hard of hearing. "It was always interesting to see her do sign language, and then go to church and see the interpreter communicate with her," Johnson said. "It was something I wanted to learn so I could help." / Pasadena Star-News

Evendale, OH
ST. RITA EXPANDS TO SPEECH THERAPY
Phoebe Krause, now 4, was diagnosed at age 2 with childhood apraxia of speech. Her mother, Stacy Krause, learned at a parents group that St. Rita School for the Deaf in Evendale has one of the nation's few programs educating apraxic children. The 95-year-old school best known for working with deaf children has expanded into other communications disorders. In addition to its 65 deaf and hard-of-hearing students in its K-12 classes, it also helps about 45 students who can hear but have apraxia. / Cincinnati Enquirer


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Los Angeles, CA
DEAF CONTESTANT READY FOR AMAZING RACE ALL-STARS
The Amazing Race's second All-Star edition will include Goths, cowboys, cheerleaders, Globetrotters, and a deaf contestant -- all with unfinished business. On December 12, 2010, CBS officially confirmed that the next edition of The Amazing Race will be another All-Star edition. Once again, the race will kick off from Los Angeles. Contestants will include Margie and Luke (Mother-Son): Luke Adams proved that anyone could compete in The Amazing Race when, as the race’s first deaf contestant, he and his mom came in second place. / Media dis&dat

San Diego, CA
ASL INTERPRETERS: THE THEATER WORLD'S UNSUNG HEROES
Against the heavy, black-velvet curtain, Billieanne McLellan and Lynn Ann Garrett seem to almost disappear as if into a blue screen, only their hands and faces standing out from the sea of black. And that is just the way they like it. Because they’re American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, two of about 10 actively working in San Diego theaters, all of whom would tell you it’s their job to be invisible, as much as possible anyway, so as not to detract attention from the “real” stars performing on stage. / San Diego Union-Tribune

Rochester, NY
DEAF ROCHESTER FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Deaf Rochester Film Festival (DRFF) is accepting entries for the 2011 Festival taking place on March 31 – April 3, 2011. The deadline has been extended to January 15, 2011. The deadline date is when the film(s) need to be in the festival’s hands, not the date by which the films should be postmarked. All lengths and genres are accepted for possible consideration, including experimental animation, documentary, and narrative. Open caption and English subtitles for foreign films are strongly encouraged. Films will be considered for possible inclusion in DRFF’11 if they meet one or more of the following criteria: / DRFF


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Anaheim, CA
DEAF PLAYER AT CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE HAS A REAL FEEL FOR THE GAME
During the California, Berkeley men’s basketball season opener last month against Cal State Northridge, the Straw Hat Band and the student cheering section tried to rattle Matadors forward Michael Lizarraga with chants of “tuna” every time he touched the ball. / The New York Times

Talladega, AL
ALABAMA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF BASKETBALL TEAM CREATES LOTS OF NOISE
Alabama School for the Deaf (Talladega) is off to one of its fastest starts in years as the Class 1A Silent Warriors boys basketball team rolled into the Christmas break at 13-0. ASD recently won the Don Hackney Classic tournament with three impressive wins over Georgia School for the Deaf (65-6), Atlanta Area School for the Deaf (93-28) and Mississippi School for the Deaf (86-16). Coach Patrick Robinson's Silent Warriors are 6-0 this season against Alabama High School Athletic Association competition and 7-0 against deaf school competition. / MaxPreps News

Rio Mesa, CA
RIO MESA STUDENT COMPETES ON COURT DESPITE BEING DEAF
After weeks of summer practice, Anthony Montoya was excited to learn he’d made Rio Mesa High School’s boys’ varsity basketball team. But practicing his three-pointers isn’t Montoya’s only challenge -- the senior is partially deaf and needs an interpreter at game time. “My love of the game is motivating me to continue,” said the 17-year-old. “I’m having a lot of fun.” / Camarillo Acorn

Sulphur, OK
TOMMY VARNER IS AN INSPIRATION TO HIS TEAM
Oklahoma School for the Deaf coach Tommy Varner never envisioned himself coaching football. In fact, he never ever saw himself actually being a coach. And if somehow he did turn to a life in that profession, it was most certainly going to be in baseball, the sport Varner had the most talent in when he was in school. All these years later, Varner is not only the coach of the Indians, but he has taken a school known for basketball and made it into a formidable football program. / The Oklahoman

New York, NY
DEAF DIVERS SIGN IN THE SOUNDLESS DEPTHS
After sunset one evening in August, Wendy Dannels prepared for the first night dive of her life off Moalboal, a resort town on the Philippine island of Cebu. She was on a 10-day diving trip on a boat called the Philippine Siren. Ms. Dannels was visibly anxious before her dive, fumbling with her gauges and checking and rechecking them. Soon, she disappeared into the murky depths for just under an hour. But after emerging, she was all smiles. “My favorite part is the sparkling lights at night, the phosphorescence,” she said later through an interpreter. / The New York Times


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Superintendent, School for the Deaf
SALARY: $83,210.10 - $116,476.58

Administration of educational, residential, support and operational programs and services designed to meet the needs of over 200 Deaf and hard of hearing students. Provide direction for the provision of outreach services throughout the state in accordance with school’s mission to serve as the state’s center on deafness. Lead the school in meeting entrepreneurial objectives including but not limited to collaborative efforts with other educational and state agencies and organizations.

REQUIREMENTS
Master’s degree required, doctorate in education preferred. A minimum of eight years of employment in educational programs, experience with Deaf and hard of hearing students, Pre-K-12 preferred. A minimum of four years of administrative experience, with demonstrated organizational, managerial and interpersonal skills required. Candidates should demonstrate experience in management of educational programs, supervision of staff, operation of school facilities, and development of comprehensive budgets. Candidates should possess the knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA). Candidates should be knowledgeable of the components of the deaf culture e.g. sign language, residential life and the unique needs of the Deaf Community. In addition, candidates should possess the knowledge of code and laws applicable to education in a residential setting.

Certification: Must possess or be eligible for New Jersey certification as a School Administrator.

Special Note: Appointees to the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf must be able to communicate effectively in American Sign Language or utilize the resources available to sufficiently perform the duties of the position.

Note: All final candidates must be fingerprinted and bear the $78.00 cost of the criminal history check in order to qualify for employment at the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf.

For more information on the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf, visit www.mksd.org. Please forward resume by February 28, 2011 to:

Personnel Director
New Jersey State Department of Education
Reference #: DOE-043-10
PO Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
Resumes may be e-mailed to: resume2@doe.state.nj.us

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Company: The Z® / CSDVRS

Title: National Account Manager

Locations: Southeast Region and Northwest Region

Summary: The National Account Manager will be responsible for introducing CSDVRS to new business customers, while also strengthening CSDVRS' relationship with current business customers. Responsible for sharing new exciting products and features with customers who desire to use video relay service in their place of employment by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
* Plans and directs sales and service programs to promote new markets, improve competitive position in area, and provide fast and efficient customer service.
* Primary POC for Business users in assigned region.
* Prospect assigned region for new customers.
* Suggesting and implementing creative and practical methods for selling CSDVRS, strengthening client relationships, and increasing visibility.
* Coordinating aspects of CSDVRS marketing efforts.
* Work with other Regional Account Managers to plan and implement state and region-wide events and promotions.
* Coordinate referrals of installations of CSDVRS equipment in homes, agencies, and/or businesses through our installation program; Confers with potential customer to ascertain equipment, supplies, and service needs.
* Work closely with local interpreting agencies.
* Communicate with and submit regular activity reports to the General Manager of BVS.
* Perform additional sales related responsibilities and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
* Must have strong knowledge of Telecommunications Relay Service Industry.
* Must have excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully with a variety of people.
* Must have the ability to communicate fluently in American Sign Language
* Must have a good understanding of Deaf Culture.
* Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
* Must have extensive customer service experience.
* Must be willing to work a variety of hours and to travel frequently.
* Must have knowledge of Video applications.

Requirements:

Education and/or Experience:
* 1-2 years of sales experience preferred.
* Bachelor's Degree in related field strongly preferred.
* Computer knowledge and Microsoft office

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Please send salary requirements to be considered.

Benefits: Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Paid Time Off, Short/Long Term Disability, 401K and matching, Paid Holidays and Employee Assistance Program

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Send Resume and Cover Letter to: jobs@zvrs.com

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Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
Director of Client Support Services
Full-time * Exempt * San Leandro, CA

This position directs and supervises all aspects of Client Support Services (CSS) offices as well as specialized programs. Represents the agency in educational and advocacy contexts; coordinates program development and evaluation, and monitors department budget. This position reports to the Executive Director.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
-- Coordinate and implement staffing and programs in the San Leandro, Fremont, San Jose, and Fremont Oak Gardens (FOG) Client Support Services offices
-- Provide training and supervision to all Client Support Specialists, Program Developer, and contractors (for ASL classes and computer classes)
-- Develop linkages and working relationships with other agencies serving the deaf and hard of hearing community
-- Implement grant research and grant writing priorities to sustain the programs within the agency
-- Oversee the compliance of contracts that fund programs within the agency
-- Conduct evaluations of programs to ensure that services are meeting the current needs in the community
-- Monitor department budget
-- Facilitate regularly scheduled department meetings
-- Participate in management team meetings to support department as well as agency operations
-- Represent DCARA and/or the deaf and hard of hearing community at meetings and community events
-- Other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director.

REQUIRED SKILLS:
-- Bachelor’s degree in counseling, social services, deafness, or related areas. MA degree preferred.
-- Experience in supervision and management
-- At least two years experience in program service delivery
-- Demonstrated organizational, analytical, and writing skills
-- Demonstrated ability to work well with others and to initiate projects independently
-- Knowledge of MS windows software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
-- Proficiency in American Sign Language and English
-- Positive cultural perspective of Deaf people
-- Able to travel during the week (and occasional weeknights/ weekends) and throughout the DCARA service area

SALARY & BENEFITS: Salary is negotiable dependent on experience and education. DCARA offers full medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits in addition to 12 days of holiday leave plus one week paid winter holiday.

DEADLINE: Friday, February 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Send an application (available at www.dcara.org/jobs), cover letter, three references and resume to:
Human Resources
14895 East 14th Street, Suite 200
San Leandro, CA 94578 or hr@dcara.org

DCARA is an At-Will and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
Director of Employment Services (Full Time)
Fremont and San Leandro, California


DCARA has a full-time job opening for the position of Director of Employment Services. This position has two major responsibilities: 1. Manage the Employment Services Department which is charged with the task of working with Deaf and hard of hearing residents of the San Francisco Bay Area to enhance their vocational skills, increase their employability, place them in jobs, and work with them to retain their employment; and 2. Develop and implement the Deaf Employment Training Center, a pre-employment skills training and development program for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. This position will report to the Executive Director and will occupy an office at the Fremont EDD office (primarily) and at DCARA Headquarters in San Leandro.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
-- Oversee the compliance of contracts that fund Employment Services department within the agency
-- Provide training and supervision to all Employment Services staff
-- Work with Executive Director and Program Developer to develop funding opportunities to implement Deaf Employment Training Center
-- Develop linkages and working relationships with other agencies serving the deaf and hard of hearing community
-- Conduct evaluations of services offered within Employment Services Department to ensure that services are meeting the current needs in the community
-- Advocate for employability and communication access for clients
-- Monitor department budget
-- Facilitate regularly scheduled department meetings
-- Participate in management team meetings to support department as well as agency operations
-- Other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director

REQUIRED SKILLS:
-- Bachelor’s degree in vocational services, social services, counseling, or related areas. MA degree preferred
-- Experience in supervision and management
-- At least two years experience in program service delivery
-- Demonstrated organizational, analytical and writing skills
-- Knowledge of MS Windows software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
-- Proficiency in American Sign Language and English
-- Positive cultural perspective of Deaf people
-- Able to travel during the week (and occasional weeknights/weekends) and throughout the DCARA service area

SALARY: Salary is negotiable dependent on education and experience. DCARA offers 12 days of holiday leave plus paid winter holiday, and full medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits.

DEADLINE: position open until filled

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Send DCARA application (www.dcara.org under “About”/”Jobs”), cover letter, resume & three references via mail, email or fax to:
DCARA - Human Resources
14895 E. 14TH Street, Suite 200
San Leandro, CA 94578
Email: hr@DCARA.org
Fax: 510.483.2526

DCARA is an at-will and equal opportunity employer

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