deafweekly

 

January 18, 2006
Vol. 2 No. 13

Editor: Tom Willard

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GEORGIA WOMAN IN JAIL AFTER CONFESSING TO MURDER

A deaf Cave Spring, Ga. woman told police Sunday that she killed her deaf neighbor the night before. Erin Liedtka, 21, confessed to shooting Clinton A. Wade, 29, Saturday around 7:30 p.m. because she wanted “to do right by God,” reported the Rome News-Tribune. Liedtka “wanted to tell us what happened,” said police investigator Dan Bickers. Liedtka described entering Wade’s apartment with her father’s handgun and shooting the victim multiple times in the head and stomach as he was watching TV, said Bickers. Wade, who also had cerebral palsy, was pronounced dead at the scene after a friend found his body about an hour after the shooting. Liedtka told police Wade had been harassing her and making unwanted advances. “She basically said she had gotten tired of it,” said Bickers. Cave Spring, which hasn’t had a murder since the early 1990s, is home to the Georgia School for the Deaf, and about 80 percent of the people interviewed by police were hearing impaired. Liedtka, charged with murder and possession of a firearm, was in the Floyd County Jail on Sunday with no bail set.

CALIFORNIA EXECUTES ELDERLY BLIND, DEAF MAN

An elderly blind, deaf and wheelchair-bound man was put to death early yesterday at San Quentin State Prison in California, despite protests that his execution was cruel and unusual punishment. Clarence Ray Allen was pronounced dead at 12:38 a.m., reported the Associated Press, one day after his 76th birthday. The state Supreme Court denied his request for a stay of execution Monday after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger turned down his clemency request Friday. Allen suffered from diabetes and had a nearly fatal heart attack in September, only to be revived and returned to death row. He was convicted of having his son’s 17-year-old girlfriend killed and arranging from jail to murder a witness and two bystanders.

MAN WANTS IMPLANT SO HE CAN HEAR HIS MURDER TRIAL

A deaf Indiana man charged with murder wants the state to pay for a $60,000 cochlear implant operation so he can understand his murder trial, reported the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Robert Barnett, 53, of Indianapolis was charged in August with the fatal stabbing 12 years ago of Ricky Combs, 28, a fellow inmate at a state prison. Defense attorney Bryan Williams said Barnett is deaf and needs a cochlear implant to restore his hearing. “He can’t read lips and doesn’t know sign language,” said Williams. But Judge Thomas Newman Jr. said he wasn’t going to order the surgery and intended to move forward with a February trial. Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said there were several options available, including the hiring of someone to transcribe the testimony.

UTAH MAN, 99, GRANTED PAROLE AFTER 3 YEARS IN PRISON

The Utah Board of Pardons decided last week to parole the state’s oldest inmate, 99-year-old Bert Jackson, who is hard of hearing. The parole hearing lasted longer then usual, reported the Associated Press, because Board of Pardons and Parole member Keith Hamilton had to speak in a raised voice and repeat nearly all of his questions. Jackson, who had served three years for sexually abusing at least two children, will be paroled February 7 to live with his son and daughter-in-law on home confinement. “I don’t want you to die in prison,” said Hamilton. “You’re in pretty good health for a 99-year-old man. But we don’t want you touching anybody anymore, okay?”

MANMADE OCEAN NOISE SAID TO BE RISK TO SEA LIFE

Researchers are concerned that a growing amount of ocean noise is having a negative effect on sea life, reported the Boston Globe. Ship traffic, pipelines, construction machinery, sonar, jet skis and power boats all produce a kind of “pollution that is affecting a very large portion of marine life,” said Michael Jasny. His recent report, Sounding the Depths II, warns of “a continuous fog that is shrinking the sensory range of marine animals” and links mass whale strandings to nearby noise from military sonar and oil and gas exploration. Whales communicate by calling out to each other across ocean basins, said Mason Weinrich of the Whale Center of New England in Gloucester, Mass., and their ability to hear one another is being put at risk. With whales already endangered, he said, long-term exposure to close-proximity noise makes matters worse because it’s “sort of like going to a loud rock concert again and again.”

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‘MAJOR NEW INITIATIVE’ ANNOUNCED IN NEW JERSEY

Deaf advocates have been waiting for years to read the words on a press packet released last month by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, reported the Parsippany Daily Record. “Ensuring Open and Effective Communication in Hospitals for Persons Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing” was the title, and it contained a press release from Attorney General Peter Harvey announcing “a major new initiative, launched in conjunction with the New Jersey Hospital Association that will result in improved communication between hospital care providers and patients who are deaf or hard of hearing.” This new commitment to comply with the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) and other federal laws will be done by providing interpreters, assisting listening devices and other “reasonable accommodations” with a minimal waiting time and at no additional cost. A fact sheet has been posted by the Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddhh.

FLORIDA POOL CLOSED, NEED $20,000 IN REPAIRS

The St. Petersburg Times reported last week that the swimming pool at the Bayou Courtyard Apartments in Seminole, Fla., a community for deaf and hard-of-hearing residents, has been closed because of needed repairs. The converted motel, home to 70 residents, is owned by the nonprofit Deaf & Hearing Connection for Tampa Bay. Board chairman John Stross said the agency has struggled financially in recent years and is not sure if it can come up with an estimated $20,000 needed for repairs. The agency is in financial straits because “we grew too large for our shoes,” said director Julie Church, whose staff of 40 has shrunk to 16. But “we are making progress” on the financial situation, said Stross, and everyone hopes the pool, which is the main recreation for residents, reopens soon.

CINCINNATI STATION OFFERS REALTIME CAPTIONING

WKRC-TV wasn’t required to provide realtime captioning of its newscasts, reported the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Greater Cincinnati area, at No. 34, is exempt from new Federal Communications Commission rules requiring stations in the top 25 TV markets to caption the unscripted portions of newscasts. But WKRC decided to go ahead and provide the service anyway, despite its $200,000-a-year cost. “It’s not a cheap thing, but it was the right thing to do,” said Chris Sehring, Channel 12 vice president and general manager. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of e-mails, and the tone of their appreciation.”

SCHOOL BOARD AGREES TO PROVIDE INTERPRETER

The Peoria, Ill. school board meeting last week was interpreted for those in attendance and watching on TV, reported the Peoria Journal Star. Renda Gauwitz of the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission was brought in to interpret the proceedings after Jodi Miller, a deaf mother of four students, wrote the board requesting an interpreter, saying “I have the passion to get involved..” Miller, who watched the entire meeting last Monday night at home, said she could now follow the meetings like anyone else. Columbia Middle School Principal Cindy Janovetz, calling Miller “a fixture in the deaf community,”said, “This is a huge move for the district and that population. I’m thrilled.”

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HARD-OF-HEARING WOMAN SLEEPS AS FOUR CHILDREN KILLED

An elderly hard-of-hearing Austrian woman slept through the murders of four children in her home, reported Deutsche Presse-Agentur last week. No names were released, but police said a 50-year-old man in a town near Vienna killed his four daughters, ages 10, 9 and twins who would have been 7 on Sunday. The man’s wife had been beaten with a piece of wood, but she fled to a neighbor’s house to call police. The man stabbed himself to death at a police roadblock a short time later. Police found the wife’s elderly mother asleep in her room, having apparently been in the house the whole time but hearing nothing.

THREE IN JAPAN ARRESTED FOR INTIMIDATING WOMAN

Police in Japan have arrested two deaf people for intimidating a 77-year-old deaf woman and forcing her to pay them 3 million yen (about $26,000 US), reported the Mainichi Newspapers. Harumi Otani, 59, and Hirofumi Takaya, 65, were arrested along with Takay’s 40-year-old daughter Masami. Police say the three suspects learned of the victim at a gateball contest for the deaf last January. On August 29, they reportedly went to the woman’s home, trampled on her legs, took her to the city and made her withdraw money from two bank accounts and hand it over. Police, who believe the three suspects are involved in other crimes, continue to question them.

JAPANESE RESEARCHERS UNVEIL SIGNING ROBOTIC HAND

The Yomiuri Shimbun in Tokyo, Japan reported Monday on the development of an 80-centimeter robotic hand that can convert spoken words and simple phrases into sign language. The device won applause when it was shown at a recent robot tournament in Sasagurimachi. A microchip in the robot recognizes the 50-character hiragana syllabary and about 10 simple phrases, sending information via a central computer to 18 micromotors in the joints of the robotic hand. The aluminum robot was developed by a team led by Keita Matsuo, 39, and Hirotsugu Sakai, 38. The researchers studied a book on sign language and spent about two months developing the system. They got the idea after visiting students at a school for the deaf and wondering “if it would be possible to communicate with them via robots,” said Matsuo.

DEAF NUN SEEKS HELP FINDING NEW HEARING DOG

A deaf nun in the U.K. needs help finding a new hearing dog, reported the Ilford Recorder. Sister Marika Rebicsek’s beloved Trixie died from a heart problem last year, and Rebicsek’s search for a new dog is made complicated because she is allergic to most dogs, and the only breed the charity Hearing Dogs can give her is a hairless Chinese crested dog like Trixie. “It has been very, very hard without Trixie,” said Rebicsek, a college sign language teacher. “I miss her so much.”

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HEARING SOCIETY HOSTS ACCESSIBLE MEETING OF CANDIDATES

The Canadian Hearing Society has received hundreds of complaints about the current election campaign being inaccessible to the disabled community, reported the Toronto Star. As a result, the society joined five other groups to sponsor the first of five “fully accessible” all-candidates’ meetings scheduled throughout Ontario. Four candidates committed to attend the meeting, which offered sign-language interpretation, real-time captioning, assistive listening devices, deaf-blind intervening services and attendant services. The 3.6 million Canadians -- 12.4 percent of the population – who live with a disability “need to be recognized as equal citizens,” said CHS president and CEO Kelly Duffin, “and should have equal access to the democratic process.”

VIRUS LEAVES U.K. ELECTRO-DANCE STAR MYLO DEAF

Electro-dance star Mylo, a popular U.K. performer, has been left deaf in one ear after contracting a virus over Christmas, reported Dot Music. Mylo, a 26-year-old from the Isle of Skye also known as Myles MacInnes, was in South Africa when his conditioned worsened, leading to the complete loss of hearing in one ear and partial loss in the other. Doctors have informed the musician that he cannot leave the country, and a statement from his manager said, “He is grounded in Cape Town and unable to move at the moment.” As a result, Mylo was forced to cancel his upcoming show at the Big Day Out festival in Australia.

MAN GETS 18 MONTHS FOR ABDUCTING HIS SISTER

A man who sparked a nationwide manhunt in Scotland last year by abducting his partially deaf 6-year-old sister has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, reported the Edinburgh Evening News. Michael Mangan, a 20-year-old Bristol resident, grabbed Roseanne Mangan from outside a Leicester restaurant last April. The girl was found safe and sound in Dublin two-and-a-half weeks later.

CHINESE GOVERNMENT OFFERS COURSE IN BLOGGING

The Hongkou District government in China will pay deaf people to learn to maintain their own online journals, or blogs, reported the Shangai Daily. The blogging course, expected to begin by mid year, will be part of the regular vocational training courses organized by the Hongkou District Deaf and Mute Association. The free class will be offered every Saturday with a goal of improving understanding between disabled people and the outside world. Already 20 people have registered for the course and Blog.cndeaf.com has signed up 215 bloggers. “We are trying to help the hearing and speaking disabled to catch up with the modern information world outside,” said Fei Feng, chairman of the deaf association.

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DRUG, ALCOHOL TREATMENT CENTERS IDENTIFIED

Last week’s Deafweekly contained a news item about the Northwest Deaf Addiction Center, which SIGNews described as “the only deaf and hard of hearing chemical dependency inpatient and outpatient clinic in the United States.” Two readers replied with information on other centers. Chicago has Addiction Recovery of the Deaf (www.anixter.org/ARD/Index.htm), a program of the Anixter Center, which provides inpatient and outpatient services. And there’s the Minnesota Chemical Dependency Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals (www.mncddeaf.org), which has treated over 1,000 patients from 46 states and Canada since 1989 when it became one of the first inpatient treatment programs for the deaf. In addition, a National Directory of Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention and Treatment Programs Accessible to the Deaf can be found at www.rit.edu/~257www/national_directory/index.htm.

TRAVEL AGENT FIGHTS CRUISE LINE ON INTERPRETERS

Travel agent Kerstin Fox of Hibiscus Travel in Boynton Beach, Fla. recently had to fight with Princess Cruises to get the company to honor its agreement to provide interpreters on an upcoming Iceland - Greenland - Transatlantic cruise. Fox said Princess agreed last April to provide interpreters on cruises that originate or terminate in U.S. waters. The Iceland cruise (September 22 to October 7) originates in Denmark and terminates in New York, so Fox began to promote the cruise to her deaf clients. A few months later, Princess told her it would not provide interpreters because there would be no U.S. ports of call. “Needless to say, I was shocked,” said Fox. “I think it is an unfair treatment of my deaf clients.” She wrote and phoned Princess officials to express her disappointment and contacted the company’s legal department. Last Thursday, Fox announced that the company had reversed its decision and once again will be providing interpreters for the cruise. For more information, visit www.kerstinstravel.com.

AGE LIMITS EXPANDING FOR COCHLEAR IMPLANTATION

The age barriers for cochlear implants are softening on both ends of the age spectrum, reported the Washington Post last week. The Food and Drug Administration has lowered the age limit to one year (it was two years in 1980) because of studies showing the benefits of early implantation. A significant portion of people receiving implants today are children who are born deaf, said Richard Miyamoto, president-elect of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and they end up “pretty much age-equivalent” in their speech and language abilities. “They hear and you’d hardly know they’re deaf,” he said. At the other end, the age cutoff used to be 65, but groups such as the Hearing Loss Association of America have been fighting that limit. Their efforts have been boosted by a recent study in the journal Ear and Hearing, which showed that older implantees showed big improvements in “communication, feelings of being a burden, isolation and relations to friends and family.”

USE OF EAR DEVICES PREDICTED TO SOAR

In the next few years, wearing a device in your ear will become as common as wearing a wristwatch, says Dr. Robert Jackler, chairman of the otolaryngology department at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. “We are in the midst of an ear-level device revolution,” Jackler told Central Valley Business Times. The percentage of hard-of-hearing Americans wearing ear devices will soar this year, Jackler predicted, as users of elegantly designed ear devices help battle the stigma of hearing loss. “You put on a hearing aid and suddenly you lose 30 IQ points and age 20 years,” said Jackler. “But that’s about to change.” Ear devices of the future will serve several purposes, he said, including cell phone, MP3 player, computer and GPS interface and Web access. “Once you have these devices in everyone’s ears,” he said, “you have the ability to use them to overcome hearing loss.”

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KROWN MAKES PUSH FOR NEW BUSINESS AT LAS VEGAS SHOW

Krown Manufacturing owner Sidney Ander sees 2006 as being “a very big year for us,” and the company made a big push for new business at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. According to the Star Telegram, the Fort Worth, Texas company sent seven people to maintain two separate booths at the four-day event. They hoped to make a splash with their new alarm monitor system, the KA300, which is different from other clocks because it wirelessly connects to other devices in the home, allowing smoke detectors, security systems, doorbells and telephones to also set it off. The company began in 1982 as Compu-TTY, with Barbara Ander selling about one TTY a week out of her kitchen. Sidney Ander joined the business full time in 1990 and the family expanded out of their home. In 1995, they bought Krown Research of California, renaming it Krown Manufacturing and moving it to Fort Worth. Krown (www.krownmfg.com), which employs about 20 people and manufacturers two-thirds of its products in China, expects 2006 to be a breakout year, targeting what Hearing Review calls “a gigantic market that isn’t fully tapped.”

SAN DIEGO CAFÉ, CATERING BUSINESS MAKES NEWS

KFMB News-8 in San Diego reported last week on a catering business and café co-owned by a deaf man and an interpreter. Deaf entrepreneuer Matthew Baker and interpreter Sean Mazzerolle opened Feast on This Catering and Café six years ago after working years in the hotel and restaurant industry. “We got tired of the hotel business – a lot of politics,” said Mazzerolle. “So we decided to open our own business.” They can handle affairs for up to 2,000 people and make a point to hire mostly deaf employees. “Clients love us because it’s very, very quiet when we set up the rooms,” said Mazzerolle. At their café, which serves soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees, most of the patrons can hear but their servers cannot. It all adds up, said KFMB, to a “model for teaching tolerance and earning respect” and “plenty of food for thought.”

HOSPITAL USES SYSTEM TO LINK WITH 150 LANGUAGES

When workers at the Ohio State University Medical Center need a translator – which happened 15,000 times last year – they often push a computer cart to a patient’s bedside and press a button to be connected to one, with cameras on both ends allowing translator and patient to see one another. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Personal Assisted Languages system, or PALS, is operated by Language Access Network, a company with translators in Columbus who speak at least 17 languages. The company works with an Oregon firm that provides access to interpreters who speak 150 languages. American Sign Language is one of three languages available 24 hours a day (Spanish and Somali are the other two) and hospitals pay only for the minutes they use, at a rate of less than $2 per minute. Translator Habiba Egal used to run from hospital to hospital, sometimes arriving an hour after a call. “Here, it is one click away,” said Egal. “As soon as they call, I’m here.”

MICHIGAN VOLUNTEER HONORED FOR SERVICE

A deaf volunteer with the Holley Ear Institute of St. John Health in Detroit was saluted recently by the Greater Detroit Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Paul Kuplicki of Sterling Heights, Mich. was honored as a distinguished volunteer at a dinner November 17. He was also named Volunteer of the Week last Friday by the Detroit Free Press. Kuplicki, 51, is the financial coordinator of St. John’s Deaf Center and treasurer of the Deaf Arts Festival. He has volunteered with the Holley Ear Institute for more than 10 years, sharing his accounting skills and coordinating Volunteer Week at Family Village in Brooklyn, Mich.

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DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR TORONTO FESTIVAL ENTRIES

Organizers of the 1st Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Festival sent out a reminder last week that Monday, January 30, is the deadline for entries. The festival is seeking films, videos and visual arts to be displayed during the May 10-14 Toronto event. Festival activities will center around the new Deaf Culture Centre in the historic Distillery District in the heart of Old Town Toronto. A gala celebration and opening ceremony for the new center has been scheduled to take place during the festival on Saturday, May 13 at The Fermenting Cellar, located beside the center, with around 600 people expected to attend. Information on the festival may be found at www.tidfaf.ca.

MICHELLE BANKS TO PREMIERE NEW ONE-WOMAN SHOW

A new one-woman show featuring deaf actress Michelle Banks is set to open Friday night at the Victory Theatre Center in Burbank, Calif. “Reflections of a Black Deaf Woman” is described as “an engaging story of a special relationship between a Deaf mother and her Deaf daughter.” Banks, who recently appeared in Deaf West Theatre’s Big River, “pulls us into their journey through hardships and triumphs,” said a press announcement. “It is a clever dance of drama and humor from the perspective of Black Deaf culture.” The ASL performance will be voice-interpreted. The show will run through February 26 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. The theater is located on West Victory Blvd. in Burbank and reservations may be made by calling 818-841-5422 voice or 818-843-9253 TTY.

ART EXHIBIT SET TO OPEN SATURDAY IN NASHVILLE

An exhibition of deaf art is set to open Saturday at the Vanderbilt University Hospital Mezzanine Gallery in Nashville, Tenn. Organizers of the Second Annual National Juried De’VIA (Deaf View/Image Art) Exhibit call their event “the only one of its kind.” Sixteen artists from nine states are exhibiting in the show, which will also feature artwork and photography from 19 youth from Tennessee. Deborah Meranski Sonnenstrahl, a deaf art historian, author and professor emeritus at Gallaudet University, will open the event with a presentation called, “De’VIA – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.” Winners of cash prizes totaling $6,000 will also be announced. “The art is amazing,” said Karin Kalodimos, an interpreter and co-chair of the event with deaf businesswoman Cynthia Weitzel. “We’ve already had requests to expand this national competition into an international one.” The exhibit, which runs through April 30, is presented by the League for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (www.leagueforthedeaf.com).

AUSTRALIAN WORK FEATURED AT BALTIMORE FESTIVAL

The Australian theater piece titled “Blood Makes Noise” is featured in QuestFest, an international visual theater festival taking place in Baltimore. According to the Baltimore Sun, the work has a “portentous title [but] offers a lighter look at love.” Asphyxia, a one-named deaf actress who directed and co-wrote the piece with Amanda Owen, stars as Phoebe, a dancer who becomes involved with a hearing man named Sam (Daniel Gorski). Phoebe communicates only in Australian Sign Language, and the couple’s efforts to communicate “are amusingly sweet,” said Sun theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck. Sam becomes proficient in signing, but other things begin to grate on the relationship. “Their breakup is depicted in a manner so ingenious,” said Rousuck, “I don’t want to give it away.”

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INDIANA GIRLS, CSD-FREMONT BOYS WIN BIG AT CLERC CLASSIC

When Mike Weinstock was as student at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, D.C., he tried to organize an event to determine the nation’s best deaf basketball teams. His idea didn’t go over well with hearing athletic directors, so when he found himself appointed to be MSSD’s athletic director, his first priority was to create the tournament that is now known as the Clerc Classic. After six years, the tournament – like Weinstock’s team – is “rolling along smoothly,” said the Riverside Press-Enterprise on Sunday. The California School for the Deaf-Riverside hosted this year’s event, and 16 teams from eight schools were in attendance. Close to 1,000 people attended the girls and boys finals Saturday at Riverside Poly, which stepped in to host the event after another school backed out on two weeks notice. In the girls championship, the Indiana School for the Deaf beat Washington’s MSSD, 45-37. In the boys finals, CSD-Fremont topped Maryland School for the Deaf, 67-43.

OLYMPIC ATHLETE’S SON UNDERGOES OPERATION IN ITALY

Even Olympic athletes are faced with real-world problems, said the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger in a story Sunday on Vonetta Flowers. Six months after a history-making bobsledding performance at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games that made her the first black athlete to win a Winter Olympics gold medal, Flowers gave birth to twins who were three months premature. The younger son, Jorden, was born deaf with bilateral atresia (underdeveloped outer ears). Through three plastic surgeries, Flowers and her husband, Johnny, prayed things would get better. They learned sign language but never stopped believing their deaf son would someday hear. Last month, Jorden underwent Auditory Brainstem Implant. Microelectrodes were implanted in his brainstem so he could hear sounds from an external transmitter. The family traveled to Italy for the operation, which cost $65,000 and was not covered by insurance, because the procedure isn’t allowed in the U.S. for children under 12. The device will be activated in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, Flowers, 32, is looking ahead – she’ll compete next month in the Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

‘LONG WAIT IS OVER’ FOR DEAF GOLF COMMUNITY

The United States Deaf Golf Association announced in an Official Press Release last week that “the long wait in the Deaf Golf Community is now officially over!” The organization has a new name (there was no mention of the old one) and a bold new look, said the announcement. The USDGA’s new website offers a wealth of information, including a media center, recent deaf golf news, president’s message, national championship page, USDGA programs, 2006 camp information and more. The press release advised readers to “STOP READING THIS NOW !!!!” and go to www.USDeafGolf.org for the latest information and news.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 10, 2006

Open House and Forum on Video Interpreting: The New Communication Technology

Silver Spring, MD – Many organizations experience the frustration of searching for a sign language interpreter — only to find that a shortage of interpreters leaves them empty-handed. Also, individuals attempting to directly contact their deaf colleagues or friends, often face roadblocks using conventional methods. There are solutions to these dilemmas in affordable new alternatives called Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) and Video Relay Service (VRS).

You are invited to come to an open house hosted by David S. Birnbaum, President of Birnbaum Interpreting Services (BIS) where the new technologies will be explained. The event takes place on Friday, January 20, 2006, from 7-10 PM at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center in Baton Rouge, LA. The open house will be in the Clemens and Natchez meeting rooms of the hotel which is located at 4728 Constitution Avenue. Refreshments will be provided and there will be plenty of time to mingle with people in the community. Those wishing to attend are asked to contact Ms. Ryann Morris to RSVP by January 17th, 2006. She can be reached at: Ryann@BISworld.com or 301-587-8885 extension 141 (voice or TTY).

Both VRI and VRS utilize internet-based video conferencing technology to provide on-demand interpreting services no matter where the parties are located. BIS is one of the nation’s leading providers of this technology. Using VRI or VRS, Deaf or hard of hearing individuals can communicate with hearing people through a live, remote interpreter, and do so with just a click of a button. BIS offers this service twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and uses highly qualified, professional interpreters specifically trained in the provision of VRI. They have call centers located in Maryland, Wisconsin, Louisiana and Hawaii.

Birnbaum Interpreting Services is a deaf-owned and operated corporation that was founded in 1995. BIS provides a variety of sign language interpreting services, which have earned recognition by Forbes magazine as one of the top small businesses in America. For more information, visit the BIS website at www.bisworld.com or call 800.471.6441 V/TTY

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STOREKEEPER WHO COINED ‘JIMMY WHO?’ DIES AT 87

A deaf man who saddled Jimmy Carter with the catch-phrase “Jimmy who?” died January 1 in Boscawen, N.H. Lloyd Robie, 87, died of Alzheimer’s disease. In 1975, he became a part of presidential campaign lore when Carter, a largely unknown former Georgia governor, made a campaign stop at Robie’s Hooksett, N.H. country store. “Mr. Robie, I’m Jimmy Carter and I’m running for president,” said the candidate. “Well, Mr. Robie was deaf,” his wife, Dorothy, told the Boston Globe last week. “He was wearing two hearing aids even then. He didn’t hear him and said, ‘Jimmy who?’ So that’s where that started, and all the time he was running it was, ‘Jimmy who?’” The name became so popular that in 2001, when the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum in Atlanta opened an exhibition on the 25th anniversary of the campaign, it was titled, “From ‘Jimmy who?’ to ‘Mr. President.’”


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Assistant Professor-English with a Specialization in Teaching Deaf Students at San Diego Mesa College. 10 month, full time, tenure track position Fall 2006. Application deadline February 26, 2006.

See www.sdccd.net/employment/ go to: Current Openings (Academic, Mesa College); Assistant Professor-English with a Specialization in Teaching Deaf Students; download application forms; job flyer, etc. Minimum Qualifications in English or ESL or equivalent.

See www.cccregistry.org go to link for minimum qualifications. Additional information may be requested from SDCCD Human Resources Employment Office at (619)388-6580 (voice) or (619)388-6896 (TDD)

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JOB COACHING POSITIONS AVAILABLE:

Are you are a high energy person? Fluent in American Sign Language? Allies, Inc. is currently searching for individuals for a full time position in Southern New Jersey (Camden, Burlington, Glouster and Atlantic Counties).

Successful candidates must be fluent in American Sign Language and should have extensive knowledge of Deaf culture and issues pertaining to being Deaf in the work place. You should also possess excellent writing skills. Please contact Alyse Betso, Coordinator of Deaf Services at Allies, Inc. v/ 609-689-0136 extension 147 or email Abetso@alliesnj.org for more information and to set up an interview.

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Non-Profit mental health agency in Edgewater, MD has positions available in Deaf Program. BA/BS in Human Services or related field preferred, and/or related work experience. Applicants must be fluent in American Sign Language. Must have valid driver’s license.

Rehabilitation Specialists-Duties include; transporting mentally ill adults to appointments, medication monitoring, applying crisis intervention, and providing daily living skills support in a residential setting.

Full Time, 3:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Part Time, Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

ASL Interpreter/Mental Health Specialist-Full Time, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Mon-Thurs as Interpreter, other hours as needed for Mental Health Specialist (will include weekends). Interpreter must be able to interpret a variety of situations and must be certified in ASL. Specialist duties include; coordination of doctor appts., transport clients to appts., medication monitoring, provide daily living skills & job support, and apply crisis intervention

Send resume and cover letter to Arundel Lodge, Human Resources, 2600 Solomon’s Island Road, Edgewater, MD 21037; fax to (410) 841-6045; or email to Lmurphy@arundellodge.org.

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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.

JOB DEVELOPER/INTERPRETER - Anaheim, Crenshaw, Norwalk
HARD OF HEARING SPECIALIST - Riverside
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