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January 13, 2016
Vol. 12, No. 12

Editor: Tom Willard

Deafweekly is an independent news report for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community that is mailed to subscribers on Wednesdays and available to read at www.deafweekly.com. These are the actual headlines and portions of recent deaf-related news articles, with links to the full story. Minor editing is done when necessary. Deafweekly is copyrighted 2016 and any unauthorized use is prohibited.

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Colorado Springs, CO
$1.4 MILLION SETTLEMENT FINALIZED IN SEX ASSAULTS AT COLORADO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND
Final approval has been granted to pay $1.4 million to settle lawsuits filed on behalf of two boys who were sexually abused at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. The lawsuits were filed in U.S. District Court in Denver more than three years ago by families who claimed officials from the state-run school in Colorado Springs failed to report to police sexual assaults on their children. / Colorado Springs Gazette

Philadelphia, PA
DEAF MAN SUES HEALTH CENTER ALLEGING HE WAS DENIED AN ASL INTERPRETER
A deaf man is suing a health center for alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act after he claims he was deprived the accommodations that he required and requested. Alfred Estrada filed a complaint against Crozer Keystone Health Systems and Crozer Chester Medical Center. According to the complaint, Estrada suffered an allergic reaction Feb. 18, after using Icy Hot on his back. When he arrived at the defendant's medical center, he received aid, but not instruction that he could understand,  nor was he provided an ASL interpreter. / The Pennsylvania Record

Fort Lauderdale, FL
KEISER ACCUSED OF TURNING AWAY DEAF STUDENTS AFTER ADMISSION
Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale is facing a lawsuit from a woman who claims she was cut from a program because she is deaf. The private not-for-profit university admitted Katherine Daniel-Rivera to its radiologic technology program in June 2015 after she worked for four years as a radiology medical support assistant. But when Daniel-Rivera showed up for orientation, Keiser handed her a letter saying she was rejected because providing interpreters for her would be "inordinately expensive" and she would not be able to communicate with patients properly because she can't hear. / Daily Business Review

Panama City, FL
POLICE: WOMAN NEGLECTED DEAF CHILDREN TO GO TO THE CLUB
A local woman has been arrested on neglect charges after allegedly leaving her deaf children unattended while she “went to the club,” according to Panama City Police Department reports. Siedah Lateefah Williams, 26, was arrested Sunday at about 2:45 a.m. on three counts of child neglect. The charges stem from allegations Williams allegedly left her three children — two of whom are deaf with limited verbal communication skills, police noted — alone at home. / Panama City News Herald

Colorado Springs, CO
MISSING TEEN WITH DISABILITIES RETURNS TO SCHOOL
A 19-year-old man who went missing from the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind Sunday was found early Monday morning. Police said Mauro Minjarez-Carreon returned to the school around 2:30 a.m. Monday. He was evaluated by medical personnel and was not injured, police said. Minjarez-Carreon did not tell authorities where he was during the seven hours he was missing, police said. / Colorado Springs Gazette

Orlando, FL
MISSING DEAF WOMAN FOUND IN GOOD HEALTH
A 33-year-old deaf Orlando woman who was reported missing after walking away from her family's home Tuesday evening has been found in good health, deputies said. Luisa Reyes was last seen about 6 p.m. leaving her home on the 1200 block of 34th Street following an argument with family members, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Reyes is deaf and mute, with a diminished mental capacity, the Sheriff's Office said. / Orlando Sentinel

Newberg, OR
FAMILY ASKS FOR HELP WITH MEDICAL BILLS
A local man is on the mend after some serious surgery and his family has looked to the community for help in paying his medical costs. Since losing his hearing when he was 10 years old, Rodney Kerber, 70, has been active in supporting the deaf community as an advocate. But although the surgery was successful, Kerber is faced with a 20-percent copay on the $40,000 procedure. As he is getting by on Social Security for the time being, his granddaughter, Samantha Bye, set up a fundraising page to help him foot the bill. / The Newberg Graphic

Washington, DC
THE FDA ENGAGES STAKEHOLDERS ON OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPROVE HEARING AID USAGE AND INNOVATION
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced new efforts to better understand how the agency can appropriately balance patient safety while encouraging advancements in hearing aid technology and access to these devices in the United States. The FDA will convene stakeholders for a public workshop and has re-opened a public comment period on a draft guidance related to the agency’s premarket requirements for hearing aids and personal sound amplification products (PSAPs). / FDA

San Leandro, CA
FDA CLEARS FIRST AT-HOME HEARING TEST
The FDA has cleared an at-home test for hearing loss designed and produced by California-based iHear Medical. The device meets standards outlined by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) standard practice of audiometry and is the first of its kind approved for over-the-counter sale. It is part of a national effort to improve access to basic hearing assessment and hearing aids. / Med Device Online


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Adelaide, Australia
AUSTRALIAN DEAF GAMES COMPETITORS KEEP THEIR EYES ON THE ACTION
Hundreds of athletes taking part in the Australian Deaf Games cannot hear an umpire's whistle so need to rely heavily on their vision. This week's event in Adelaide is letting competitors show their talents, and is also important for social connection. Port Adelaide AFL footballer Jack Hombsch took part alongside deaf competitors and described it as a strange experience for him. "You don't realize how much you rely on your hearing ... and listening to your team mates in the sport that I play," he said. / ABC News

Australia
GERMAN TOURISTS DRIVING ON THE WRONG SIDE SMASH INTO PREGNANT WOMAN
A pregnant woman has called on foreign tourists to "concentrate' after her car was wiped out by Germans driving on the wrong side of the road in a horror smash. Emma Johnson, 32 weeks pregnant, was driving home from the shops about 2:40pm on December 18 when the small tourist car collided with her Ford Falcon XR6. Making matters worse, the German father and son were both deaf making it difficult for her to explain she was pregnant. / Daily Mail

London, England
THE DEAF RAPPERS TAKING ON THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
MC Geezer from London grew up listening to Bob Marley and Natty King, but he couldn't listen to it in the same way as his peers because he is deaf. Real name Matthew Taylor, he would push the volume up loud so that he could listen by feeling the bass vibrations in his body instead. Determined to become a rapper because of his love for hip-hop, he set out to follow his dream, communicating his lyrics to the crowd through sign and speech. / BBC News

Nigeria
POOR FUNDING THREATENS NIGERIA'S PARTICIPATION IN DEAFLYMPICS
The Head Coach of the Nigeria Deaf Football team, Kamiludeen Banjo, said on Monday that a lack of funding was hindering the team’s preparation for the Deaflympics Games, slated for Samsun, Turkey this year. Banjo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that a lack of funds was hindering the team’s preparation for the qualifiers. The coach said that although venue and date were yet to be announced for the qualifiers, failure to participate in the qualifiers might affect Nigeria participating in the Games. / P.M. NEWS Nigeria


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Columbus, MS
'A BEAUTIFUL LANGUAGE'
Merrill Rosamond's perception of communication underwent a sea change in 1974. That's the year her eldest daughter was born in Florida. Any hearing impairment wasn't immediately apparent, but as time passed, telltale signs surfaced. Medical evaluations confirmed it. The sweet baby had been born deaf. Rosamond admits she struggled to accept this unforeseen reality. Once she did, however, the corners gradually began to peel back on a new world. / The Commercial Dispatch

New Haven, CT
NEW HAVEN RESIDENT RAISES AID DOG FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED CALIFORNIA MAN
Resident and volunteer puppy expert Betsey Byron has raised an aid dog for a hearing-impaired California man, according to a press release from John Bentzinger, public relations representative for the national group Canine Companions for Independence. Byron raised “Hoyt,” a Labrador-golden retriever mix, from an 8-week-old puppy, methodically teaching him basic commands and socialization skills, the release said. / New Haven Register

Lone Tree, CO
NEW COCHLEAR IMPLANT TECHNOLOGY GIVES DEAF PEOPLE A 'NEW EAR'
A young man from Lone Tree, deaf since the age of 4, can now hear better than normal hearing people. That’s because he recently got the very latest technology in cochlear implants. “This is significantly more sophisticated,” explained Allison Biever, AuD. She’s an audiologist with Rocky Mountain Ear Center and was showing 26-year-old Nicholas Shortridge the Cochlear Nucleus 6 Sound Processor. / CBS Denver

Waynesboro, VA
DEAF FELLOWSHIP OFFERS A DIFFERENT TYPE OF WORSHIP
With hymns, a sermon, and fellowship, the Wayne Hills Deaf Fellowship has aspects like many other church gatherings in the area. However, this meeting is communicated completely in sign language. Facilitator Sue Browning said the group invites people of hearing and sign language students as well to dive into the culture. / The News Virginian


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Portland, OR
MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY HAS ASL INTERPRETER ON STAFF
I am not shy about which Portland, Oregon dispensary is my favorite. Whenever people say they are coming to Portland and looking for a dispensary to frequent, I always offer up Panacea. Panacea recently hired a budtender who is also an ASL interpreter. Her name is Megan, and she is available for ASL interpretation from 11-5 on Sundays and Mondays. Yet again, Panacea has impressed me./ The Weed Blog

Minneapolis, MN
ALISON AUBRECHT: PEER SUPPORT TAKES A DEAF-CENTRIC APPROACH TO MENTAL HEALTH
It’s hard enough to find a qualified therapist, but imagine being deaf and looking for a mental health professional who: 1) speaks your language (ASL); and 2) understands the intricacies of deaf culture. Not an easy task. In recognition of these concerns, two years ago the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division established a Certified Peer Support Specialist Program. / MinnPost

Indianapolis, IN
GOOGLE EXPEDITIONS COMES TO ISD!
Last Thursday, January 7th, over 200 ISD students had the opportunity to participate in 18 different virtual field trips to places such as Gettysburg, London, Japan, Dubai, and more through the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program. ISD applied to be a part of this unique opportunity and was chosen by Google as one of a select number of schools to help pilot their new virtual reality platform designed with the classroom in mind. / Indiana SD

Washington, DC
MINNESOTAN IS NEW PRESIDENT OF GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY
Minnesotan Bobbi Cordano is the new president of Gallaudet University. In a Star Tribune interview, she talks about maintaining state ties and challenges still facing people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Cordano, who is deaf, was formerly vice president of programs for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in St. Paul. She was also an assistant attorney general in Minnesota and an assistant dean at the Hubert Humphrey School for public affairs at the University of Minnesota. Her parents are both Gallaudet alumni. She took over the helm of the university Jan. 1. / Star Tribune


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Philadelphia
'CREED' STAR PROUDLY PLAYS HEARING-IMPAIRED CHARACTER
While characters wearing eyeglasses — real or as props — are commonplace in movies and TV, hearing aids are seldom seen on the screen — especially on leading ladies. That's why actress Tessa Thompson was honored to play a strong woman who wears the devices in the upcoming Rocky franchise spin-off, "Creed," in theaters Nov. 25. Thompson plays Bianca, the love interest of title character Adonis Creed, and we learn early in the film that she has degenerative hearing loss. / The Associated Press

Madison, WI
MAGIC FOR THE EYES FROM A DEAF MAGICIAN
The magician known as Magic Morgan is a showman first — whether making audiences laugh with his comic timing or inspiring gasps as he makes a flapping white dove appear from thin air. It’s the happy and amazed expressions he sees from the stage that are gratifying. The applause at the end of his shows matters less, because Matthew “Magic” Morgan doesn’t hear it. Morgan, who is deaf, is one of Wisconsin’s many colorful magicians. / Wisconsin State Journal

Huron, SD
A NEWLY ENHANCED MOVIE EXPERIENCE
For many of us, there is really nothing like taking in the latest blockbuster at the movie theater. The seats are comfy, the characters are larger than life and let’s face it; the popcorn just tastes better. But for many people, enjoying a movie is difficult, if not impossible. If your hearing is impaired dialog can be tough to pick up against the noise of special effects. And for someone who has visual difficulties, ‘seeing’ a movie is often done with one’s ears, rendering the simple, subtle action of characters moot. Enter the new H.I.V.I. (Hearing Impaired Visual Impaired) system. / Plainsman

New York, NY
DEAF WEST'S 'SPRING AWAKENING' REVIVAL BREAKS THE MOLD FOR BROADWAY SHOWS
The Spring Awakening revival on Broadway is really a revolution. It’s changing the way we should be looking at Broadway shows. Spring Awakening is based on a controversial 1891-banned play written German author Frank Wedekind. His work led to the original groundbreaking musical that opened on Broadway in 2006. The musical focuses on the lives of three teenagers in 1891 Germany while they are trying to figure out where they belong in the world as they move into adulthood. But trust me, this isn’t your Breakfast Club-type of teen-angst show. This goes much deeper. / NYSMusic

See Also DEAFWEST'S DJ KURS JOINS TEDXBROADWAY SPEAKERS LINEUP / Broadway World


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Washington, DC
MLB HIRES CURTIS PRIDE AS LATEST AMBASSADOR FOR INCLUSION
Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. announced today that Major League Baseball has appointed former Major League player Curtis Pride as its newest "Ambassador for Inclusion." In his new capacity, Pride will provide guidance, assistance and training related to MLB's efforts to ensure an inclusive environment. A large part of Pride's role will be to encourage continued outreach, participation and equal opportunity in support of MLB's Youth Programs. / MLB.com


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Advocates in Framingham, MA is Hiring!

Advocates is seeking talented professionals to join our team, providing health services within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.

Clinical Program Manager:  Perform functions of Direct Care Counselor, program supervision/direction.
• Qualifications: MA; or BA/BS and 3 years’ experience.

Community Crisis Stabilization Clinician:  Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
• Qualifications: BA and 2 years’ experience. 

Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. All shifts available!
• Qualifications: BA/BS; or HS diploma/GED and 1 year experience.

Mobile Clinician: Provide clinical supervision and rehabilitative direction to individuals who carry a diagnosis of mental illness, assist in the coordination of services, provide clinical leadership.
• Qualifications: MA and 1 year experience; or BA/BS and 3 years’ experience.

Minimum Qualifications Include:
• ASL fluency.
• Valid driver's license/reliable transportation.
• Related education (as applicable).

Visit www.advocates.org/careers to apply today!
Advocates is an EOE/D/F/M/V.

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Rochester Institute of Technology

Instructional/Support Faculty

Your friend has found job(s) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) that you might find interesting. Located in Upstate New York, Rochester is a metropolitan area that provides a world class quality of life.

Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. The RIT student body consists of approximately 14,750 undergraduate and 2,900 graduate students. Enrolled students represent all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

RIT offers degree programs ranging from AS to PhD in over 80 disciplines from fine arts to business to computing and engineering to sign language and liberal arts, to name a few..

To view these or any of our jobs, please visit our Career site at http://careers.rit.edu

http://apptrkr.com/712670 2088BR - Instructional/Support Faculty

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Come Work With The Best!

Northeast Arc
has full and part-time positions, working with adult individuals who are deaf, available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. You'll be working with deaf individuals using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. Do you know ASL? If so, I'd like to speak with you about our direct care positions. We offer an excellent benefits package, paid trainings and the support you will need to become a successful part of our experienced, long-term team of professionals. For additional information or to send your resume, please email Kathy Tracy Ktracy@ne-arc.org.

Compensation: $12 for per diem shifts and $14 for PT/FT shifts.

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Rochester Institute of Technology

Instructional/Support Faculty

Your friend has found job(s) at Rochester Institute of Technology(RIT) that you might find interesting. Located in Upstate New York, Rochester is a metropolitan area that provides a world class quality of life.

Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. The RIT student body consists of approximately 14,750 undergraduate and 2,900 graduate students. Enrolled students represent all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

RIT offers degree programs ranging from AS to PhD in over 80 disciplines from fine arts to business to computing and engineering to sign language and liberal arts, to name a few..

To view these or any of our jobs, please visit our Career site at http://careers.rit.edu

http://apptrkr.com/712346 2097BR - Instructional/Support Faculty

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PAHRTNERS DEAF SERVICES
A Division of Salisbury Behavioral Health

PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. Our environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support with a staff comprised of 85% Deaf or Hard of Hearing. As a result of our commitment to the Deaf/HoH community, PAHrtners is rapidly growing with the creation of new programs and expansion of our existing programs. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or professional with many years of experience in the field of human services, we have a career building position waiting for you! E.O.E.

PAHrtners Deaf Services is in collaboration with Green Tree School & Services to open a school program for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students with additional needs in Philadelphia, PA

-- POSITIONS AVAILABLE AT GREEN TREE SCHOOL & SERVICES IN PHILADELPHIA, PA

Special Education Teacher Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Full-time

Para-educator Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Full-time

Staff Interpreter
Full-time, Part-time or Flex available

Behavior Manager/ Behavior Management Assistant
Full-time

-- PITTSBURGH, PA POSTIONS AVAILABLE

Residential Counselor for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Various positions available (Full-time, Part-time, On-call)

-- GLENSIDE, PA POSTIONS AVAILABLE

Therapist/Rehabilitation Counselor
Full-time

Administrative Assistant
Full-time

Assistant Program Director for Case Management Program
Full-time

Case Managers
Full-time

Residential Counselor
Various Shifts Available

Staff Interpreter
Full-time, Part-time or Flex available

Complete job descriptions can be found on our website: http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/

To apply for any of the positions posted, please send your letter of intent and resume to:

Bernadette Class, Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services
614 N. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038
Email: bclass@pahrtners.com
Phone: 215-884-9770 Fax: 215-392-6065

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