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January 9, 2008
Vol. 4, No. 6

Editor: Tom Willard

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DEAFBUY.COM OWNER DREW GUTCHES DIES AT 42

Deaf entrepreneur Drew Gutches died Saturday afternoon at the age of 42, said Potomac Deaf Times. Gutches was president and founder of Boundless Communications, the parent company of deafbuy.com and DeafPagers.com. A Gallaudet University alumnus (he also attended the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, graduating in 1985), Gutches was "a familiar face in countless deaf events across the United States," said Robert Mason in a blog post, and a generous supporter of the 2006 Gallaudet protests. Active in many deaf organizations, Gutches served as treasurer, historian, webmaster and membership director for International Deaf Leather. He died after suffering several strokes since New Year's Day, said Mason. A memorial will take place January 19, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Holiday Inn in Frederick, Md.

CONGRESS CONSIDERS UPDATE OF ACCESS LAWS

The National Association of the Deaf announced its support last week for a U.S. House of Representatives draft legislation that would upgrade telecommunications laws to recognize current and future cutting edge technologies. Current laws, set in the early 1990s, have not kept up with newer technologies such as mobile devices and the Internet, said an NAD news release. The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which the NAD worked on with Congress as a member of the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology, would extend captioning rules, currently applied to TVs 13 inches and up, to all video display devices that produce sound, regardless of size. It would also extend closed-captioning rules (now applied only to broadcast, cable and satellite programming) to the Internet and require manufacturers to make it easier to access the captioning.

COUPLE FIGHTS TO REGAIN CUSTODY OF THEIR CHILDREN

A deaf Wisconsin couple fighting to get their children back from foster care were given increased supervised visits by Children's Court Judge William Pocan December 6, reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Naomi Townsend, 27, and Psalms Wagner, 33, lost custody of their sons, now 2 and 7, in December 2005 when Townsend's grandmother called child welfare workers and asked them to take the children, saying Townsend had been gone for two days. (Townsend says she paid a relative to watch the kids.) At least four hearings have been held without interpreters, but three interpreters were present last month and Pocan ordered all future hearings be videotaped. The parents will be back in court February 29 for a hearing about their ability to communicate and their treatment by the court system.

DEAF SEMINARIANS REBUFFED IN HOUSING PLAN

Father Tom Coughlin lost his bid for a special use permit to allow up to 10 deaf seminarians to live in a single-family residence in Castle Hills, Texas. With hundreds of people crowding a City Hall meeting last night (Tuesday), 10 out of 26 people who spoke on the matter opposed the application. In the end, the city council voted 3-2 against granting the permit. Coughlin said he didn't know what he would do next, but he was considering an appeal. "I feel numb," he told KSAT. "Numb with shock that Castle Hills would do such a thing with us."

MAN ASSAULTED, ROBBED ON DETROIT BUS

Two teens were arrested in Detroit, Mich. within minutes of allegedly assaulting and robbing a 36-year-old deaf man on a city bus, said The Detroit News. According to police, the suspects, ages 17 and 16, rang the bell to get off the bus and struck the unidentified victim in the face while exiting, stealing his hat and glasses. Authorities soon arrived and interviewed the Highland Park man, who was treated for minor facial injuries. Five minutes after putting out a radio notice, sheriff's deputies found the two suspects walking about a half mile away. One of the teens had the victim's eyeglasses in his possession, said police.

IDAHO SCHOOL TO RENT OUT UNUSED CLASSROOMS

The Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind will be renting out nine unused classrooms starting in the fall to North Valley Academy Inc., a new charter school that won approval last month. Enrollment will be determined by a spring lottery, said the Twin Falls Times-News, with space for up to 90 students from kindergarten to eighth grade. ISDB officials said they plan to share some facilities, including the playground, library and gym. ISDB, with about 63 students, has seen its enrollment shrink by half over the last 12 years and has already started housing kindergartners from the Gooding School District. "It's been a wonderful arrangement," said ISDB Director Mary Dunne.

MAINE SCHOOL CHIEF TELLS OF RESIGNATION PLANS

Larry Taub was expected to formally announce his resignation as superintendent of the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at a Governor Baxter School for the Deaf board meeting last Thursday, said the Portland Press Herald. Taub is stepping down on March 21 to become the new headmaster of the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Philadelphia. When Taub was hired eight years ago -- the fifth superintendent in seven years and only the second deaf superintendent in Baxter's 132-year-history -- the school was dealing with abuse allegations from students from the 1960s and 1970s. Focusing on restoring the school's reputation, Taub won praise from the state for an educational turnaround while building a new $2.3 million middle school and leading an effort for a state educational bill of rights for deaf and hard-of-hearing children, which the Legislature is expected to consider this month.

FOUR NAMED FOR HONORS AT GALLAUDET COMMENCEMENT

Gallaudet University will honor four "very deserving individuals" at the school's 139th commencement ceremony on May 16, said Inside Gallaudet. Two individuals will receive honorary doctorates -- Ed Bosson '66, widely known as the "Father of Video Relay Service," and Charles Williams, community activist and former Gallaudet board member -- and the university will name two professors emeriti -- Virginia Gutman, who will retire this spring, and John Van Cleve, who retired this fall.

WYOMING OFFICIALS MAY PULL PROGRAM FROM CHARTER SCHOOL

The school district in Greeley, Colo. is thinking about ending its arrangement to educate its deaf and hard-of-hearing students at University Schools, a charter school of 700 kindergarten- to 12th graders. The program began in the mid-1960s and serves 39 students at University Schools and 22 students at neighborhood schools, said the Greeley Tribune, at a cost of $26,480 per student. Education official Ranelle Lang said oversight is a problem. "It's very difficult ... when we place a high-need program in a charter school," said Lang. Test scores, cited as one reason for the change, were challenged by teachers who say they only recently learned they could have given test questions in sign language. District staff told them they could only sign the instructions, they said.

SAVE WYOMING SCHOOL, SAYS LETTER TO EDITOR

Kathleen Holmes of Torrance, Calif. criticized a plan to tear down the Wyoming School for the Deaf in a letter that the Casper Star-Tribune printed December 27. According to Holmes, county and state officials want to demolish Pineview School "and decided that the Wyoming School for the Deaf should be torn down, too. Why?" She agreed that Pineview is very old and has safety issues but said the deaf school's building "is still in excellent condition ... with an excellent basketball court and kitchen!" Noting the historic nature of the school, Holmes said the news "upset all of us alumni" (she attended from 1957 to 1968) and concluded that the school district "just wants new building at the expense of taxpayers!"


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JAPANESE POP STAR GOES DEAF IN ONE EAR

A Japanese pop star said last week that she plans to continue singing despite losing her hearing in her left ear. Ayumi Hamasaki, who plans a concert tour of Asia in April to mark the tenth anniversary of her music career, wrote on her fan club website that an ear examination last year confirmed her hearing loss. According to China's Xinhua News Agency. Hamasaki's hearing problems began in the summer of 2000, when momentary deafness forced her to cancel several concerts. "Despite this news, I still wish to be a singer," she wrote.

AUSTRALIAN DEAF GAMES ATTRACT 700 COMPETITORS

The 15th Australian Deaf Games end tomorrow (Thursday) after an eight-day event that brought more than 700 competitors and 500 spectators to Australia's Gold Coast. A unique closing ceremony will take place at Big Brother Studio in Dreamworld, reported the Gold Coast News. The Games are a major sporting event in the deaf community that "give everyone the opportunity to meet, socialize and make new friends," said Deaf Sports Australia president Brent Phillips. They are also vital in preparing for international events, such as next year's Summer Deaflympics in Taiwan. In addition, the Games help raise deaf awareness and offer an economic boost, said Phillips, citing "at least 1,000 people staying on the Gold Coast for at least 10 nights."

BUS DRIVER ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING MAN, HEARING DOG

Vladimir Jucik, a 57-year-old Australian deaf man, was thrown off a bus with his hearing dog last Friday by a driver who kicked him in the face and "tried to smash [his] head into a post." Jucik, who became deaf 10 years ago following an assault, was denied entry despite showing his dog's registration card, said the Adelaide Advertiser. Jucik suffered a similar experience in November 2005, which resulted in a written apology and promises from Torrens Transit, the state's largest public bus operator, to post notices on access rights throughout the workplace. The company suspended the driver and launched an investigation, but the inquiry was hampered by conflicting witness reports and a non-working closed-circuit camera.

GRANT AWARDED FOR BRITISH DEAF TENNIS HISTORY

A deaf tennis player in England has been awarded a grant to produce a book, DVD, website and educational resources on the history of British deaf tennis. Bryan Whalley, 52, won the grant from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, said the Lawn Tennis Association. A former two-time national champion, Whalley was inspired by meeting players of many backgrounds and ages worldwide during his years as a player and administrator. Volunteers will help him assemble historical documents, photographs and other memorabilia and make the materials accessible in a variety of formats. Whalley hopes to have the book and DVD ready for the 21st Deaflympic Games in September 2009.

SCHOOLBOY'S ADVOCACY MOVES THEATER TO ACTION

A 9-year-old schoolboy and his mother were credited with bringing captioned movies to Peterborough, England, reported The Evening Telegraph. Calum Daly and his hearing classmates enjoyed a special showing of Enchanted last month after Showcase theater agreed to install a Dolby subtitling system that includes audio descriptions for the blind. Calem's mother, Jill Medlock, began sending letters to the theater three years ago and decided to "campaign in a big way" last summer when the Harry Potter movie came out. She hired a lawyer and contacted the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which organized a meeting with the Showcase manager, which was also attended by Medlock's deaf mother. The meeting "went very well," said Medlock, and the manager agreed to install the equipment.

SCHOOL SAYS FAREWELL TO HOME OF 150 YEARS

Students and teachers at Donaldson's College, a school for the deaf in Edinburgh, Scotland serving students ages 2.5 to 19, said goodbye last month to its home of more than 150 years. It was a sad but inevitable occasion, principal Janice MacNeill told the Edinburgh Evening News, as the building, erected in 1851, "was no longer fit for purpose." The school used only a handful of the building's 264 rooms and repairs were becoming increasingly expensive. A developer purchased the building and plans to turn it into upscale apartments, and Donaldson's new school, under construction for two years, opens next Monday in Linlithgow.

YOUTH THEATER GROUP TAKES SHAPE IN SCOTLAND

A launch party will be held tomorrow night (Thursday) in Glasgow to mark the birth of Scotland's first deaf youth theater. The theater was established by Solar Bear, a Glasgow theater company with a history of producing shows for deaf and hearing audiences. Solar Bear won a £106,000 ($207,000 US) grant from the Big Lottery Fund, said The Herald, and plans to work with national deaf organizations to create the new company. Kate Dickie, a well-known actress in Scotland, called on young people to take part in the group's upcoming workshops in acting, production and technical goals. Said Dickie: "This is a cracking opportunity for young deaf people."

READER'S COMPLAINT 'FALLS ON DEAF EARS'

The Toronto Star printed a response Saturday to reader Gary Malkowski's complaint about the phrase "falls on deaf ears." Malkowski, a prominent Canadian deaf activist and former Ontario MPP, took offense when the newspaper used the phrase in a recent headline, calling it a form of discrimination. The Star's Kathy English replied that there was no intent to offend and said the newspaper had used the phrase 85 times over the past two years in headlines, articles and letters, "without prior complaint." English opposed a ban on the phrase, saying words are a journalist's tool and citing other expressions such as "turning a blind eye" and "crippling blow."

COLLEGE OFFERS FREE SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES

Vancouver Community College is making it easier for people to communicate with deaf family members by offering American Sign Language classes free of charge. Ninety percent of adults with deaf children never learn to sign, said Vincent Chauvet, who heads VCC's ASL and Deaf Studies department. "My own parents never learned ASL," said Chauvet in a VCC news release. "Often, the children of deaf adults learn ASL as their first language, but it's harder the other way around." The 15-week course, limited to applicants with a deaf adult in the family, begins January 16 and costs only $4.47 for fees, thanks to support from the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon.

TURKEY YOUTH FLAUNT FLAUTIST SKILLS

A group of deaf students in Turkey have formed a flute ensemble, reported Today's Zaman. The young flautists, from a school for the deaf in Sivas, use a technique developed by teacher Umut Yaymak that assigns different signs and colors to each note, "so when the student sees the color, he or she immediately plays the note." Yaymak admits he was nervous about teaching music to the deaf, but he "gathered all the talented students" and formed the first group of its kind in Turkey. Yaymak is now planning to teach other instruments, including the organ and baglama.


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MISSOURI COUPLE ADOPTS TWO DEAF BROTHERS

The Kansas City Star reported last month on Tiffany and Adam Warman's adoption of their two sons, Erick and Jackson, who came into their lives as foster children with a number of physical ailments, including deafness. The Lee's Summit, Mo. couple knew right away that they wanted the boys, said Tiffany. "We really didn't have to talk about making the decision," she said. The case was complicated because the Warmans insisted on adopting both brothers, "vehemently" opposing the idea of separating them. Missouri law favors reunifying families, though, and the Warmans endured a long and frustrating wait before the adoptions became final in September 2006. Jackson, 3, and Erick, 4, both received their second cochlear implants last year and undergo speech therapy at preschool.

'RADIO FOR DEAF' UNVEILED AT LAS VEGAS TRADE SHOW

Radio transmitter manufacturer Harris Technology demonstrated a technology yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that would make radio accessible to the deaf. The system is similar to television closed captioning, said PC Magazine, "piggybacking" a data stream on the standard audio signal that is then visible on radios fitted with a display. It only works for digital broadcasts, but there are currently more than 1,500 radio stations broadcasting in HD Radio in the U.S. Harris developed the technology in partnership with National Public Radio and Towson University, and the group is now looking at ways to simplify the radio interface to make it easier for blind people to use.

MARBURY, KILPATRICK EARN DOCTORATES FROM LAMAR

Nathie Marbury earned a doctoral degree in deaf studies/deaf education during Lamar University's commencement December 15, said the Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise. Houston's Brian Kilpatrick, 60, a Lone Star College teacher of deaf cultures and studies, also earned his doctorate. Marbury, the 16th of 17 children and the subject of a documentary titled Nathie: No Hand-Me-Downs, "embodies the essence of Debbie Allen on the dance floor and Maya Angelou at the lectern" and has a sense of humor that sustains her. "Don't wait until you are 60 to start a doctoral program," she said during commencement. "You begin to lose your brain cells."

TIME TO CHECK OUT ELEPHANT SEAL MIGRATION

It's time for the annual elephant seal migration to the beaches of Ano Nuevo State Reserve, a California state park 55 miles south of San Francisco, and once again Patty Lessard will be leading ASL-interpreted walks through the reserve. (She's been leading them for more than 10 years.) Four more walks are planned, on January 13 and 27 and February 10 and 16, with a limit of 20 people each time. The tour takes about three hours and includes three miles of walking; an alternative is an ASL Equal Access walk that includes a van drive to a viewing area. Tickets are $5 for anyone 4 and over; parking is $6. Contact PLessard57@tmo.blackberry.net for more information.

TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE, LEARN TO SIGN

Learning sign language was suggested as one of "50 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2008" in a recent U.S. News & World Report. Sign language is helpful on many occasions, said Gallaudet University professor Dirksen Bauman, as in noisy stadiums, concerts, underwater and through windows. The number of students in ASL classes jumped 432 percent from 1998 to 2002, said the Modern Language Association, and continues to rise. ASL appeals to all ages and can be especially helpful for older people. Said Penn State University professor Marilyn Daniels: "All of those baby boomers in the next 10 years are going to be in dire need of it."


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Viable Inc. unveiled a new videophone Saturday that company founder and CEO John T.C. Yeh said "blows away every other videophone available." The Rockville, Md. video relay service provider chose the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to introduce its new device and was rewarded with coverage in a CNN report. The videophone, called the VPAD, is the first wireless videophone specifically for VRS users, said a news release, and features a 10.2 inch screen that can double as a digital picture frame when the device is idle. The CES trade show, which attracts over 250,000 attendees, is "synonymous with product launches," said Viable's Anthony Mowl, and "we wanted our videophone to be part of that tradition." The VPAD is now undergoing testing with a beta group before its full nationwide rollout.

LAWYER IS 325-0 IN BATTLES WITH HEALTH INSURERS

California attorney Sheri Byrne-Haber has won all 325 of the cases completed since she launched a program in 2004 to assist deaf people who are denied cochlear implants by their health insurers, said the Contra Costa Times. Byrne-Haber and her team at the Let Them Hear Foundation in East Palo Alto represent deaf clients denied treatment by their insurers at no charge nationwide. More than 158 million people are now covered for cochlear implants because of wins by the foundation's advocacy program, said Byrne-Haber, but she noted that she and her clients never see a dime. "All we win are medical services," she said.

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A new training program from video relay service provider Sorenson Communications is designed to help interpreters gain their certification from the national Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, said a recent news release. The intensive Interpreter Training Series, led by deaf and hearing Sorenson employees who are RID-certified themselves, consists of six-hour workshops taught over a six-month period. Training was provided last year in Idaho, Texas, Virginia and Puerto Rico, and additional locations will be selected this year. The beneficiaries of the company's training investment, said Sorenson's Amy Kalmus, "are the VRS users that we serve and the entire deaf community."


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'FILL OUR MOUTHS' PREMIERES IN FLORIDA TOMORROW

New Theatre in Coral Gables, Fla. will host the world premiere of Lauren Feldman's Fill Our Mouths tomorrow (Thursday) at 8 p.m. The play is about two young women, one hearing, the other hard of hearing, whose relationship "grows and starts to change everything they thought they knew -- themselves, their language, their loved ones and the world around them," said a New Theatre web page. Starring Katherine Michelle Tanner (Evan) and Lela Elam (Chap), Fill Our Mouths uses spoken English and American Sign Language to present "a story of love and choice, deafness and hearing, the trials of communication, and the search for self when caught between two worlds." The play runs Thursdays through Sundays and closes February 10.

GALLAUDET'S 'GOYA' CHOSEN FOR THEATER FESTIVAL

A scene from Gallaudet University's experimental theater piece about deaf Spanish painter Goya was accepted into the regional competition of the prestigious American College Theatre Festival. Only six university productions among 68 entries from five states and the District of Columbia were selected for the festival, which is sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Goya: En el Quinta del Sordo (In the House of the Deaf Man) starred Joseph Pfaff and was written by Theatre Arts professor Willy Conley and Iosif Schneiderman. Three members of the cast -- Pfaff, Hector Reynoso and Kalena Smith -- were also nominated for Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships, said Inside Gallaudet.

TITLE CHARACTER IN NEW BOOK 'POODIE JAMES' IS DEAF

Canadian publisher Libros Libertad has come out with a new book with a title character who "uses intelligence and hard work to get around his handicaps -- deafness and the inability to speak." Poodie James, written by longtime journalist and first-time novelist Doug Ramsey, tells of a man with a simple life who somehow earns the enmity of the town's mayor and the friendship of a hobo with a mysterious past. Novelist Jack Fuller said in a news release that the book "pulses with John Steinbeck's sense of character -- the hurt ones, their tormentors, and everyone in between." Poodie James is one of the first titles from Libros Libertad, which began publishing books last year by established writers and "gifted new authors who have not received the blessings of the establishment."

BOSTON IS SITE OF ASL FILM FESTIVAL

Filmmakers are invited to submit their work for the 2008 G. Franklin Fish ASL film festival, which will take place April 13 at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. March 31 is the submission deadline. The event is hosted by NIEVA (National Institute for Education through Visual Arts), a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and showcasing American Sign Language. Eligible films must contain at least half of the dialogue in sign language and include ASL performers, with priority given to native-ASL filmmakers. Interested filmmakers should send an email to info@aslculture.org to request a submission form to include with their DVDs.


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FALL SPORTS A MIXED BAG AT GALLAUDET

Gallaudet University's sports information director, Oscar Ocuto, issued a wrap-up of the Bison Fall 2007 sports season this week in Inside Gallaudet. Two years after going undefeated, the football team posted a 4-6 record, making coach Ed Hottle 19-8 overall at Gallaudet. The volleyball team went 24-12, with coach Lynn Ray Boren earning his 75th career win. (A 3-2 loss to St. Mary's College on September 27 ended a school record home-game winning streak at 18.) The men's soccer season was dubbed "a learning experience" as coach Larry Musa's squad finished 0-17. (With only one departing senior, the team was looking ahead.) Coach Lena Dunning's women's soccer team went 0-14-1, ending the season early due to injuries. "The women who played until the very end deserve recognition," said the report.

TEXAS TEEN INVENTS 'REF FOR THE DEAF'

A soccer-playing Texas teen has invented a special bracelet that vibrates so deaf competitors can "hear" a referee's whistle or starter pistol. Celia Baron's "Ref for the Deaf" grew out of an encounter with a deaf teammate in soccer camp four years ago, reported The Dallas Morning News. "She kept playing after everyone else stopped," said Celia, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Richardson. "We had to wave our arms in her face to get her to stop." Celia's father and two graduate students from the University of Texas at Dallas helped turn her idea into a business model, and in November the plan won top prize in a UTD contest for new business ideas. "You don't have to have a Ph.D. to come up with a good idea," said UTD's Joe Picken.


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COMING EVENTS
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HERB LARSON'S 75TH PROMPTS FUNDRAISING ROAST

Stars are lined up to roast Herb W. Larson at a special event to honor the deaf Californian's 75th birthday. CSUN's National Center on Deafness, which was run by Larson until his retirement, will host the event on Saturday, February 2. The dinner, which includes an art auction, is designed to raise money for the CSUN NCOD Larson Scholarship/Leadership Fund. The cost is $75 per person and the RSVP deadline is January 22. For more information, contact NCOD director Roz Rosen at roz.rosen@csun.edu or click here for a PDF flyer.


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MILESTONES
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DOROTHY CRONIN, 73, CAREGIVER FOR MULTIPLY DISABLED

Dorothy M. "DeeCee" Cronin, a caregiver for multiply disabled deaf clients, died Monday, December 31, after a lengthy illness. She was 73. Ms. Cronin graduated from the Boston School for the Deaf in Randolph, Mass. and Gallaudet University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 1988, said the Boston Herald. After graduating, Ms. Cronin worked with the North Shore Association for Retarded Citizens until she retired eight years ago. A dedicated fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, she was also an avid reader and loved crossword puzzles.


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EMPLOYMENT
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You can advertise your job openings here for just $20 a week (up to 100 words, 10 cents each add'l word). Start spreading the news! To place your ad, send the announcement to mail@deafweekly.com.

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FEGS

Counselor, Deaf Services - Full-Time
Long Term, Temporary Assignment (1/08-9/08)

FEGS, one of the largest health and human agencies in the country, has long provided a comprehensive range of services to individuals who are Deaf, Deaf-blind, or hard-of-hearing.

Join our energetic, talented team of professionals providing comprehensive case management services to adult Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals who are psychiatrically disabled.

Our Behavioral Health Division seeks experienced professional to join the staff of their Manhattan Continuing Day Treatment program (located in the West Village), to provide group and individual counseling to Deaf adults who are chronically mentally ill.

Must be fluent in American Sign Language. Bachelor or Master degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related human service field preferred. Minimum of 1 year experience working with Deaf or hard-of-hearing psychiatrically disabled individuals.

Long term, temporary assignment (1/08-9/08). Send resume and cover letter, indicating salary requirements, to ekatz@hr-dynamics.com. For more information about FEGS Deaf services, visit: www.fegs.org/deaf. EOE

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Vocational Rehabilitation, Region 9

Job Title: Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf
Application Deadline: 01/09/2008
Job Code: 14681
Pay Grade: 14
Position Number: 00082276
Entry Salary: $2,701.53 per month
Location of Vacancy: Vocational Rehabilitation, Region 9 - Laurens County

Duties & Responsibilities:
Under limited supervision, evaluates, authorizes and coordinates vocational counseling activities and services for a specialty caseload of deaf/deaf-blind clients whose preferred and/or required mode of communication is sign language. Determines appropriate means of communication based on client's personal, social, and educational background. Translates paperwork into signed language for clients. Assists eligible clients in preparing for, obtaining, and/or maintaining employment, and counsels with employers concerning their special needs. Cultivates and coordinates community and agency resources in advancement of this vocational goal and to ensure the provision of quality servies to the deaf/deaf blind population. Note: This job requires an Intermediate level proficiency standard based on the general Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) at entry.

Minimum Qualifications:
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) certification AND an "Intermediate" level proficiency standard rating based on the General Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) OR Eligibility for Certified Rehabilitation Counselor certification AND an "Intermediate" level proficiency standard rating based on the General Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) OR Interns who are within 12 weeks of graduation from a Regionally accredited Master's Rehabilitation Counseling program (Interns will be required to show proof of graduation prior to beginning employment) AND an "Intermediate" level proficiency standard rating based on the General Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) All individuals will be required to produce a transcript at the time of application, which verifies their eligiblity for CRC certification. As a condition of employment, individuals who are not CRC certified will be required to obtain their certification, at their own expense, within the time period established by CRC certification. Travel is a requirement of this position.

Preferred Qualifications:
Current certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) by the National Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification AND an "Advanced" level of proficiency standard rating based on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI).

Vacancy Open To:
DOL employees eligible for promotion, transfer or demotion.
Current state employees who are eligible for promotion, transfer or demotion.
Applicants from the general public.

This position will be filled in the unclassified service.

Application Instructions:
1) CRC must be in good standing. 2) If selected, male applicants between 18 and 26 years of age must present proof of Selective Service Registration. 3) All applications and transcripts must be RECEIVED by closing date. Please write position number 00082276 on top right-hand corner of application. 4) This position is subject to criminal records background investigation. 5) To apply, please complete and mail two (2) Georgia Merit System Applications for Employment and any other requested documents (including transcript) to: Catherine Rozar, AOC, 103B Mercer Drive, Dublin, GA 31021. Fax 478/2274-7658.
Please put Position Number 00082276 in the upper right corner of the application/resume.
Application must include Job Title, Job Code, and Position Number to be considered
Please put the Position Number in the upper right corner of the application.

Application must be received in Human Resources by the application deadline.
All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview.
If selected, male applicants between 18 and 26 years of age must present proof of Selective Service Registration.
Click here for a State of Georgia Application for Employment: Merit System Application

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Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf (Counselor II)
Abingdon, Virginia
Pay Band 4 - Salary Range: $31,352 - $64,347
Position #00281
Closing Date – Open Until Filled***

The Field Rehabilitation Services Division is seeking a qualified VR Counselor for the Deaf to provide comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services to eligible persons with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities in the Washington, Lee, Scott, Dickenson, Russell, Smyth, Carroll, Wise, Buchanan, Bland, Tazewell, Wythe, Grayson, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Floyd Counties, cities of Bristol, Galax, Norton, and Radford.

Responsibilities: Provides comprehensive case management services including guidance, counseling, training and physical/mental restoration and job placement services. Develops, implements and manages vocationally focused service plans that identify customer goals, services and costs to help them achieve an employment outcome. Maintains detailed case notes and prepares position-related reports. Due to regional coverage, extensive travel is required.

Requirements: Considerable knowledge of the social, economic, medical, psychological and vocational issues impacting persons with disabilities; interviewing, evaluation, and counseling techniques; methods and tools for career counseling and exploration; and ADA compliance requirements. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community resources and individuals from diverse environments. Abilities to establish employment opportunities through contacts with businesses and organizations within the community; effectively communicate, orally and in writing; interpret and apply policies/procedures; and organize/manage multiple duties. Fluency in American Sign Language required. Successful candidate must have considerable knowledge of and understanding of the communication, cultural and psychosocial needs of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing. Working knowledge of Windows based computer software. Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or closely related field or current CRC required. Master’s level transcripts or copy of current certification, if applicable, must accompany application. Must have a valid driver’s license and access to transportation for daily travel. Salary is negotiable above the minimum of the pay band based on qualifications. This is a sensitive position, and the successful candidate will be subject to fingerprinting/ background investigation.

Contact Information: Please visit our Career Center at www.vadrs.org for position information or how to apply for a position. To apply online, please visit http://jobs.agencies.virginia.gov. Applications must be submitted through the RMS online system unless the applicant has called in advance to request a reasonable accommodation. To request an accommodation or additional information call 804-726-1919. Minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA/TTY – Reasonable accommodations upon request.

Closing Date: Open Until Filled***
State Form 10-012 Required

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SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) is seeking nominations and accepting applications for Provost. The Provost is the lead administrator on issues related to SWCID and Deaf culture and education. Masters degree required. Doctorate preferred. 10 years related experience required. Knowledge of program development, budgeting, and computer resources. Proficiency in American Sign Language and comprehensive understanding of Deaf culture and education. Ability to provide creative leadership and a commitment to the principles of the Continuous Quality Improvement. Criminal background check required. Excellent benefits. For complete position notice and application, visit our website at www.howardcollege.edu.

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The SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) is seeking nominations and accepting applications for Dean of Student Services. Masters degree required. 5 years related experience required. A minimum of five years of progressive responsibility in student services demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of student development theory and current best practices in the field. Experience with collegiate extracurricular activities, a strong understanding of the deaf culture, and strong communications skills. Budget planning experience; knowledge of testing and assessment used with the deaf; fluency in American Sign Language. Criminal background check required. Excellent benefits. For complete position notice and application visit our website at www.howardcollege.edu.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD

GLAD is an Affirmative Action Employer with equal opportunity for men, women and people with disabilities. For more information on the following positions, please go to: www.gladinc.org. The status of all positions is: Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt, Full Fringe Benefits unless otherwise noted. All positions are open until filled.

-- Hard of Hearing Specialist – Riverside, CA
-- Community Advocate – Ventura, Los Angeles (2) and Riverside, CA
-- Administrative Assistant – Los Angeles, CA
-- Community Interpreter – Bakersfield, CA
-- Community Interpreter – Los Angeles, CA
-- Placement Coordinator – Riverside, West Covina, Anaheim
-- Job Developer/Interpreter – Norwalk, Anaheim, Riverside

If interested in 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: jfetterman@gladinc.org

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