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February 2, 2011
Vol. 7, No. 15

Editor: Tom Willard

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NATIONAL
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Minneapolis, MN
ATTORNEY: VATICAN REJECTS DEAF MAN'S LAWSUIT
St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson says the Vatican has refused to be served with the lawsuit of an Illinois man who claims he was sexually abused by a now-deceased priest at a Wisconsin school for the deaf. The lawsuit was filed in October against Vatican officials in federal court in Wisconsin on behalf of a Chicago man who says he was sexually abused decades ago as a child at St. John’s School for the Deaf in Milwaukee. Anderson said the Vatican "shunned" and "rebuffed" the lawsuit by returning it via Federal Express after his office served it last week at the Vatican's office of the Assessor for General Affairs. / Star Tribune

See Also VATICAN'S US LAWYER: MILWAUKEE SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT DIDN'T FOLLOW PROPER CHANNELS / Catholic News Agency

Washington, DC
JUSTICE DEPT. REACHES ADA SETTLEMENT WITH H&R BLOCK
The Justice Department announced Jan. 31 a comprehensive settlement agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with H&R Block to ensure effective communication with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing at more than 11,000 owned and franchised offices nationwide. The settlement agreement requires that H&R Block furnish appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including sign language interpreter services, when necessary. / U.S. Dept. of Justice

St. Paul, MN
MURDER SUSPECT FIRED FROM POSTAL FACILITY IN '95
A St. Paul man charged in the city's first murder of the year was fired in 1995 for workplace violence at a U.S. Postal Service facility in Minneapolis. Michael Sherman, 53, is accused of killing a woman who lived in the same apartment building by bludgeoning her Jan. 21 with a baseball bat. The two were believed to have been involved in a prostitution deal. "I never thought it would come to this -- that somebody would have to die," said a former colleague at the post office. Sherman has been deaf and mute since birth. / Pioneer Press

Indianapolis, IN
COPS ARREST MAN FOR ROBBING DEAF PEOPLE
Police have arrested one man involved in robbing three deaf victims in the 5000 block of Edinborough Lane early Thursday morning. Jerid Ross, 20, of Indianapolis, was armed with a handgun when he and a white male forced their way into the victims' apartment, demanding money and other items. Nearly $4,000 of property was taken, including laptops, a 22-inch LCD TV, cell phones, PS3 video game console and games, video phones, and a firearm. / WISH

Frederick, MD
BUILDING DEDICATED IN HONOR OF FORMER MARYLAND SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF SUPERINTENDENT
Little did David Denton know, when he was chasing an elusive dream in the 1950s, that his efforts to change the education of the deaf would one day lead to a school building being named in his honor. The Maryland School for the Deaf did just that when it dedicated the David M. Denton Building on its Columbia campus in November, in honor of his service as superintendent from 1967 to 1992. / The Frederick News-Post

Austin, TX
DEAF STUDENTS TO CONDUCT CLASS IN CAPITOL TO SEND MESSAGE
Students from the Texas School for the Deaf will visit lawmakers Monday to show the importance of technology in their classrooms. Teachers representing the school will set up their classrooms in the State Capitol. They will conduct class just as they do every day in their home district. / KVUE

Sioux Falls, SD
CASEY'S ACQUIRING VACANT BLOCK FOR DEVELOPMENT
A long-vacant lot in the city's core soon could be on its way to development. Communication Service for the Deaf has owned the city block on East 10th, across from its campus, since 2002 and at one time intended to develop the property. But the company no longer needs the land and the property has been for sale since 2008. "The focus of CSD's overall business model has changed, therefore, the property is no longer needed," CSD's Kevin Barber said. / The Argus Leader

Memphis, TN
IP WORKERS GIVE MOSD STUDENTS HELPING HAND
On Jan. 7, employees from the International Paper volunteered their time at the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf. After a tour and introduction to the students, the volunteers spent their afternoon disassembling and storing the schools' 12-foot Christmas tree and all other holiday decorations. They also put together individual treats for MOSD students, making for some very happy children. / The Commercial Appeal

Albany, NY
LETTER: NEWS 10 SERVES DEAF COMMUNITY
Kudos to News 10 for reaching out to the deaf and hard of hearing community during recent severe storms. During each snowstorm, News 10 provided real time captioning that other stations (YNN, CBS6, NewsChannel 13) did not provide. Furthermore, News 10 was the only station that provided all-day coverage with real time captioning during President Barack Obama's visit to General Electric. / Times Union


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INTERNATIONAL
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Belfast, Ireland
DEAF PENSIONER'S LUCKY ESCAPE AFTER ARSON BLITZ ON TWO HOMES
Speaking from beside the burnt-out shell of her former home, Karen McWatters was close to tears as she described how her elderly deaf mother could have been killed in a reckless fire attack. Arsonists set fire to the grandmother’s wheelie bin at around 6pm last Thursday night. Located beside the oil tank, a ferocious blaze quickly took hold and engulfed both her house and her daughter’s next door. / Belfast Telegraph

Peterborough, England
PLEA TO HELP TRAIN DOGS FOR DEAF PEOPLE
Puppies looking to prove they are man’s best friend need homes in Peterborough as they embark on training to become hearing dogs. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People are appealing for people to take home, train and care for a puppy for the first 12 to 14 months of its life. Kate Mahon, a volunteer puppy socialiser, said looking after their first puppy, sprocker spaniel Ellie, had been rewarding for all of her family. / The Evening Telegraph

Australia
AUSTRALIA'S TOP 10 INVENTIONS: THE COCHLEAR IMPLANT
To celebrate Australia Day this week, we’re looking at some of the best inventions to ever come out of our sunburnt country. Today, we pay homage to Graeme Clark, who has dedicated half his life to giving deaf people the gift of hearing through his cochlear implant invention. / Gizmodo Australia

Sydney, Australia
BOY GETS HIS HEARING BACK FOLLOWING THEFT
A man has been charged over a snatch-and-grab robbery of a deaf and blind five-year-old boy on the Gold Coast. George Storie was holidaying with his family, swimming at the Mooloolaba Spit, when his mother's bag was snatched on January 27. The bag contained Georgie's new cochlear implant and his prescription glasses. Police launched an investigation, and the public called in information to Crime Stoppers, and on the weekend George got his hearing back. / The Sydney Morning Herald

Burnaby, BC, Canada
SILENT TREATMENT
Without assistance, Eddy Morten estimates it would take at least three hours to buy 10 items. But with the help of a specially trained intervenor, the 48-year-old breezes through his shopping list. Morten is fortunate because he has family to help him, while many other deafblind individuals in B.C. struggle due to cuts to intervenor services by the provincial government. / The Vancouver Courier

Wajir, Kenya
GIVING LIFE TO THE DEAF
From a distance, a crowd of students revel around a volleyball pitch, cheering their team as they engage their opponents in a fierce challenge to win the ball, amazingly on coming closer no one hears their shouts, only the sound of clapping hands fill the air. The excitement and enthusiasm in their faces is too much to ignore. Welcome to Wajir School for the deaf in north-eastern Kenya, a rare school that caters for a forgotten lot. / AfricaNews


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LIFE & LEISURE
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Sacramento, CA
IS BEING DEAF A DISABILITY?
Being the strong-willed determined man that he is, my Dad didn’t let being deaf stop him from doing anything out of the ordinary, nor did he use it as a handicap for sympathy. He didn’t let his condition hinder him nor did he pity himself. It made him stronger and more compassionate and he was able to dust himself off and keep on striving. He only had to change his lifestyle a little bit. / Sacramento Press

Deland, FL
YOUTHS BUILD ROBOT TO AID DEAF
Young innovators stopped by City Hall on Monday to show officials a new invention to improve communications and a robot programmed for an upcoming competition. In preparation for the FIRST LEGO League tournament, Spring Creek Elementary students demonstrated robot mission tasks and asked commissioners and first responders for feedback on a system designed to allow deaf and mute people to more easily communicate with those who don't know sign language. / The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Staten Island, NY
MOUNT LORETTO HELPS BLIND, DEAF TEENAGE GIRL LEARN TO COMMUNICATE
Nadia is a 16-year-old developmentally challenged girl who lost her vision and hearing at a very young age. She presently resides at Mount Loretto in the IRA program, where she participates in the day habilitation program without walls. Nadia came to us from a European country as her family migrated to the U.S. because they realized that Nadia would need a very special level of care that was unavailable in her home country. / Staten Island Advance

Nashua, NH
WOMAN ADOPTS DOG THAT'S BLIND, DEAF
Radar has an object detection system unlike most dogs. Born blind and deaf, the 1-year-old Australian shepherd uses his noggin to determine where he is. Granted, Radar also relies on a dog’s renowned strong sense of smell, but more often than not, his head smacks into objects, alerting him to people’s legs, furniture and snowbanks. Lacking the two most important senses – sight and hearing – hasn’t stopped Radar from bouncing around with enthusiasm, a trait that immediately caught the eye of his owner. / Nashua Telegraph

Internet
BIG D / LITTLE D -- WHAT'S IT MEAN?
One of the most commonly asked questions from students who just started learning about Deaf culture is, “Why is the word ‘deaf’ sometimes spelled with a capital ‘D’ and sometimes with a lowercase? Which is it?” Good question! Especially for people like me who put correct grammar and writing skills on a pedestal. / Deaf Expressions

Minneapolis, MN
MONEY TALKS: DON'T BE DEAF AND DUMB
Last Tuesday I had an epiphany. While sitting in my first day of personal and family finances class, I realized I am 23 years old, about to graduate from college and I have absolutely no clue how to manage my money. / The Minnesota Daily


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Do you know a good therapist who works with people with hearing loss?

A national study is being undertaken to try to get a picture of the agencies that serve people who are hard of hearing, Deaf or Deafbind. As you know, counseling services for persons with hearing loss are scarce. We aim to learn more from providers who serve this population such as what type of people seek care, how outreach about mental health occurs and a variety of other issues. The questionnaire should take about 30 minutes to complete. The survey is online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5DYG2XF or is available in paper format as well. The study is being conducted Drs. Kim Mathos at kkmathos@gmail.com and Beth Nolan nolanbeth@gmail.com.

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WORKING WORLD
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Rochester, NY
DEVICES ALLOW MOBILITY FOR DEAF PHONE USERS
Technology company Sorenson Communications chose students at Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf to be the first to see two new products designed to offer them the same mobile options as their hearing counterparts. At a news conference Monday at NTID, Sorenson unveiled ntouch PC and ntouch Mobile. They are options that turn laptops and cell phones into videophones with the same Video Relay Service technology currently used by deaf individuals to place calls. / Democrat and Chronicle

Clearwater, FL
THE Z MAKES IPHONE 4 AND IPOD TOUCH TRUE MOBILE VIDEOPHONES
CEO Sean Belanger announced today that The Z® is the first video relay service (VRS) provider to make Apple iPhone 4 and iPod Touch (4th Generation) into a complete mobile videophone for the deaf and hard of hearing. The Z4 Mobile app -- available in the Apple’s iTunes store -- allows iPhone 4 and iPod Touch devices to make VRS calls to hearing people and point-to-point calls to videophones used by deaf/hard of hearing people. / ZVRS

St. Louis, MO
CENTRAL INSTITUTE
FOR DEAF NAMES PRESIDENT
The Central Institute for the Deaf named former Belden President and Chief Executive C. Baker Cunningham its new board president. He succeeds Ralph Kalish Jr., who stepped down as president but remains on the board. The CID also appointed five new members to its board. / St. Louis Business Journal

Clearwater, FL
FLORIDA'S ONLY MONTESSORI SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF RECEIVES A $50K GRANT
Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf, Florida’s only Montessori school specifically dedicated to educating deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their family members, just received a $50,000 grant from the Johnson Scholarship Foundation, one of the nation’s foremost foundations supporting the educational needs of children at risk. The Johnson Foundation’s board of directors includes former Gallaudet University President I. King Jordan. / Maddux News Wire


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Health Bridges

A new website called Health Bridges www.healthbridges.info was created by people with hearing loss for people with hearing loss. The creators of the website seek to provide reliable health care information to people in a format that is accessible to all. Website visitors will learn more about their own health and ways to access physical and behavioral healthcare in their community. The site aims to encourage effective communication between healthcare providers and patients by educating both about individual perspectives, rights, and obligations in the healthcare setting.

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Rochester, NY
DEAF DISCRIMINATION: RIT/NTID STUDENTS APPEAR ON ABC'S 'WHAT WOULD YOU DO?' PROGRAM
What happened when deaf students recently applying for a job at a coffee shop were met with comments such as, “We don’t hire deaf people here" and “I’m sure you can do lots of things. But this is not the job for you.” Did anyone witnessing the discrimination speak up? That was the experiment students from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf conducted with ABC’s “What Would You Do?” program. The 8-minute segment is scheduled to air this Friday (Feb. 4) at 9 p.m. EST on ABC. / NTID News

Internet
THE WORST CO
MEDY ON TV (EXPLAINED TO DEAF PEOPLE)
I was in the bar the other morning and noticed that the closed captions for comedy shows either don't match the original script or leave out important details to a joke. I watch this closed captioning crap and I realize that deaf people must think we're idiots. That's why I volunteer my time as a closed captioning transcriptionist. The first job I ever had was on the hit CBS sitcom Shit My Dad Says. / Cracked

Darien, IL
DEAF DRAMA CLUB GOES 'GOONEY' IN WINTER PLAY
Everyone has a story to tell—that’s the theme of the play Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures. But the Hinsdale South students who acted in the production said even more important to them than Gooney Bird’s stories is the way sharing the tales helped them connect with the audience. Hinsdale South's Deaf Drama Club staged Gooney Bird in the school's Little Theater as its winter play Friday night. The actors performed the play in American Sign Language, while interpreters narrated what they signed. / Patch

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SPORTS
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Washington, DC
GALLAUDET REBOUNDS FROM DEFEAT TO CAN'T BE BEAT
With his team trailing and time running out last Sunday, Gallaudet Coach Kevin Cook didn't think his players would win, he knew they would. And then, 51-48, Gallaudet did win. They are now undefeated at 16-0, and could be the upstart team of the year. Just three years ago they lost a game by 75 points. Every member on this team is either deaf or hard of hearing -- but forget that, Cook says, they're incredibly tough athletes who decided this year to win. "When we face any adversity they just find a way," Cook said. / CBS Evening News

Fall River, MA
BCC'S WORDELL AN INSPIRATION ON THE HARDCOURT
Jessika Wordell quickly established herself as an impact player. Competing in her first game for Bristol Community College, the Tiverton resident scored 20 points and, in the closing seconds, nailed a 3-point shot and two pressure free throws to give the Bees their second win of the season. After the buzzer sounded, Wordell, 22, enjoyed the congratulations from her teammates and family. What she wasn’t able to savor during and after the game were the cheers from BCC’s fans. Wordell is deaf. / The Herald News

Salt Lake City, UT
UTAH HOSTS REGIONAL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FOR THE DEAF
Utah played host to a unique type of basketball tournament Saturday. Eight schools from California, Oregon, Arizona, Washington and of course Utah participated in the Western States Basketball and Cheerleading Classic. What makes this tournament unique is the fact that almost everyone involved -- including players, refs, coaches and cheerleaders -- is deaf. / KSL

Brea, CA
DEAF BREA WOMAN DEVELOPS PASSION FOR RUNNING
It wasn't long ago that Linda Maglione, deaf since age 2 from spinal meningitis, recoiled at the thought of lacing up running shoes and hitting the trail. As the 49-year old mother of three prepares for the Surf City USA Half Marathon on Sunday – Maglione's fifth 13.1-mile race – she can't imagine life without running. Maglione was a 14-year-old in Northern California when the high school track coach said she couldn't participate: She wouldn't be able to hear the starter's gun. "It was very upsetting," Maglione said. / The Orange County Register


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EMPLOYMENT
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ACADEMIC/CAREER ADVISOR (Job #10034)

Gallaudet University, the only university in the world designed exclusively for deaf and hard of hearing persons, has a position available for Academic/Career Advisor. Incumbent will provide academic and career advising to students, provide information on curriculum, academic policies and campus services, track students’ academic progress, offer career testing and interpretation, and provide training to others. Requires fluency in American Sign Language at time of applying. For more information, visit our website at www.gallaudet.edu. Send cover letter, resume, and Gallaudet application to: Gallaudet University, Human Resources, 800 Florida Avenue, N.E., College Hall, # 106, Washington, DC 20002. EOE

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Division of Student Services, Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf
Superintendent, School for the Deaf

SALARY: $83,210.10 - $116,476.58
Administration of educational, residential, support and operational programs and services designed to meet the needs of over 200 Deaf and hard of hearing students. Provide direction for the provision of outreach services throughout the state in accordance with school’s mission to serve as the state’s center on deafness. Lead the school in meeting entrepreneurial objectives including but not limited to collaborative efforts with other educational and state agencies and organizations.

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

Certification: Must possess or be eligible for New Jersey certification as a School Administrator.
Special Note: Appointees to the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf must be able to communicate effectively in American Sign Language or utilize the resources available to sufficiently perform the duties of the position.

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

For more information on the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf, visit www.mksd.org

Please forward resume by February 28, 2011

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

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FACULTY POSITION OPENING

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE
Northridge, California 91330

Department: Deaf Studies
Effective Date of Appointment: August 2011
(Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Rank: Department Chair Rank of Associate Professor or Professor

Salary: Dependent on Qualifications

Qualifications: Earned Doctorate in Deaf Studies, Linguistics, ASL or related field appropriate for Deaf Studies. Must have experience as tenured faculty at a 4-year college or university. Possess strong and effective teaching methods in various aspects of ASL and/or related courses in Deaf Studies. Native/native-like fluency in ASL. Extensive knowledge of Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community. Demonstrated ability to successfully mentor and teach in a diverse student population. Possess successful administrative experience including management and budgeting at the department, college or university level. Experience with curriculum planning and design. Experience organizing and coordinating activities/events. Publications and equivalencies demonstrating scholarly activities and evidence for continued scholarly accomplishments. Ability to interact effectively with both Deaf and hearing people. Evidence of positive relationships with university students, staff and colleagues, including collegiality-building. Commitment to Deaf bilingual/bicultural experience and its foundation in basic human rights.

CSUN is a Learning Centered University. The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in a commitment to active learning, to the assessment of learning outcomes, and to multiple pathways that enable students to graduate.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

Responsibilities: Administer a Department of 2 full-time and 18 part-time faculty, 1 academic support staff, and over 300 majors. Teach American Sign Language and Deaf Studies content courses. Provide advisement and academic counseling to undergraduate students. Lead continued development of departmental curriculum and program development. Manage recruitment efforts for both faculty and students. Carry out student assessment plan. Administer Department budget. Coordinate the development of curriculum. Establish strategic goals, objectives and policies. Assure the application of new technologies to the curriculum. Manage Advisory Board for special funds. Implement Department’s civic engagement and community service activities. Serve on the College Administrative Council. Participate in activities of the Department of Deaf Studies, the College of Education, and the University. Act as liaison to local Deaf Community. Participate in appropriate ASL, Deaf Studies and Deaf community-related organizations on the local, state and national level.

Application Process: Applicants should submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, statements indicating administrative, teaching and research interests, photocopies of all degrees and certificates, the names and contact information for at least three individuals who can provide letters of reference.

Application Deadline: Screening to begin on March 7, 2011, but priority given to applications received by March 1, 2011 and open until filled.

Inquiries and nominations should be addressed to:
Jordan Eickman, Administrator in Charge
Department of Deaf Studies
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, California 91330 – 8265

General Information:
California State University, Northridge, long known for the intellectual, social and cultural relevance of its 200 academic programs and engaged centers, embraces both innovation – in community service and hands-on experience – and rigor. A minority serving university in a globally diverse region, it is a national leader in preparing teachers for K-12 and first generation college students for graduate studies. 1,700 of its 34,000 students are international. Located in the San Fernando Valley, with 1.8 million people, Cal State Northridge is a park-like campus, 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Cal State Northridge is a welcoming university; we value accessibility, academic excellence and student achievement. For more information about the University, check our website: http://www.csun.edu/.

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Northridge has made crime-reporting statistics available on-line at http://www-admn.csun.edu/publicsafety/police/crimereport.htm. Print copies are available in the library and by request from the Office of Public Safety and the Office of Faculty Affairs.

Applicants who wish to request accommodations for a disability may contact the Office of Equity and Diversity, (818) 677-2077.

The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status.

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FACULTY POSITION OPENING
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE

Northridge, California 91330

Department: Deaf Studies
Effective Date of Appointment: August 2011
(Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure-Track)

Salary:
$49,716-62,664 (assistant professor)
$57,084-79,236 (associate professor)
(dependent upon qualifications)

Qualifications: Earned Doctorate in Deaf Studies, Linguistics, American Sign Language (ASL), or closely related field of study. ABD candidates will be considered but must have completed the doctorate at the time of appointment (August 2011). General knowledge of linguistic principles of ASL and an understanding of sign language interpreting processes with ASL as the foundation. Possess strong and effective teaching methods in various aspects of ASL and/or related courses in Deaf Studies. Extensive knowledge of Deaf Culture and the Deaf community. Evidence of successful teaching experience at the college level. Demonstrated evidence of recent scholarly publications or equivalencies and activities or evidence of potential for such scholarly accomplishments. Ability to interact effectively with both Deaf and hearing people. Evidence of positive relationships and collegiality with university students, staff, and colleagues. Evidence of participation in ASL/Deaf Studies and Deaf community organizations on local, state, and national levels. Commitment to Deaf bilingual/bicultural experience and its foundation in basic human rights. Native/native-like fluency in ASL. Basic understanding of curriculum development. Demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse student population.

CSUN is a Learning Centered University. The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in a commitment to active learning, to the assessment of learning outcomes, and to multiple pathways that enable students to graduate.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

Responsibilities: Teach American Sign Language and Deaf Studies content courses. The standard teaching load is twelve (12) units per semester (plus committee assignments). A reduced load will be assigned during the first year of teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department (including curriculum and program development); engage in scholarship and community service and to remain current in their field; serve on departmental, college, and/or university committees, and to participate in other service as needed.

Application Process: Applicants should submit a letter of application that includes statements of teaching and research interests; a current curriculum vitae that includes educational background, prior teaching experience, and evidence of scholarship and/or related professional experience; evidence of teaching effectiveness/potential (including sample syllabi and summaries of student evaluations, if available); photocopies of all degrees and certificates; the names and contact information of at least three professional references.

Application Deadline: Screening to begin on March 7, 2011, but priority given to applications received by March 1, 2011 and open until filled.

Inquiries and nominations should be addressed to:
Jordan Eickman, Administrator-in-Charge
Department of Deaf Studies
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California 91330–8265

General Information:
California State University, Northridge, long known for the intellectual, social and cultural relevance of its 200 academic programs and engaged centers, embraces both innovation – in community service and hands-on experience – and rigor. A minority serving university in a globally diverse region, it is a national leader in preparing teachers for K-12 and first generation college students for graduate studies. 1,700 of its 34,000 students are international. Located in the San Fernando Valley, with 1.8 million people, Cal State Northridge is a park-like campus, 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Cal State Northridge is a welcoming university; we value accessibility, academic excellence and student achievement. For more information about the University, check our website: http://www.csun.edu/.

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Northridge has made crime-reporting statistics available on-line at http://www-admn.csun.edu/publicsafety/police/crimereport.htm. Print copies are available in the library and by request from the Office of Public Safety and the Office of Faculty Affairs.

Applicants who wish to request accommodations for a disability may contact the Office of Equity and Diversity, (818) 677-2077.

The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status.

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ADVOCATES INC.

www.advocatesinc.org

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Advocates-Inc/109340295781878?v=app_4949752878

Director, Deaf Services

Advocates is looking for a full-time 40 hour a week Director for our Deaf services programs. Deaf candidate strongly preferred or candidates that are fluent in ASL (American Sign Language).

The Director of Deaf Services is responsible for the successful administration and management of the clinical, budgetary and business operations of the residential services and programs assigned. Provide clinical and administrative supervision to all employees who work in the residential services and programs assigned to the Director of Clinical Services.

Qualification/Education/Experience:
Master’s degree in social service or related field plus 5 yrs supervisory/clinical experience. Provides crisis on call coverage as assigned.

1. Master’s degree in social services or related field supervisory experience.
2. Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
3. Must have sensitivity to the needs of the population.
4. Strong computer knowledge.
5. High energy level, superior i
nterpersonal skills and ability to function in a team atmosphere.
6. Strong analytical, numerical and reasoning abilities.
7. Ability to execute a variety of decision-making models.
8. Ability to communicate effectively in writing, and ability to use good judgment.
9. Ability to read English and communicate effectively in the primary language of the programs as assigned ( ASL and English).
10. Must hold a valid drivers’ license. Must have access to an operational and insured vehicle and be willing to use it to transport clients.

Deaf candidate strongly preferred and candidates that are ASL (American Sign Language) fluent.

Advocates' philosophy is based on common values and principles that guide the delivery of all of the services we provide. We believe that all individuals have the right to pursue their personal goals and to contribute to the community. We believe they are entitled to receive accessible services; to live in decent and affordable housing; to be treated with dignity and respect; and to live in inclusive and diverse communities. The employees of Advocates and the recipients of the services we provide work together with the community to ensure that these universal rights are promoted and protected.

Advocates offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, tuition reimbursement, 410(k) plan and a six-week holiday/vacation package.

Advocates is an EOE committed to employing a diverse workforce.

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ADVOCATES INC.
Framingham, MA 01702

www.advocatesinc.org

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Advocates-Inc/109340295781878?v=app_4949752878

Advocates has a few full-time 40 hr and part-time Direct Care Counselor and Awake Overnight positions opened in some of our Deaf programs. The Direct Care Counselor is responsible for supervising the daily activities of the clients, providing ongoing support, guidance and role modeling. He/she facilitates client improvement in the areas of personal responsibility, social skills, community living skills and behavior. We are looking for people that have great interpersonal skills, are good with people and have experience working and communicating with people with disabilities. Qualities we look at include being helpful, energetic and willingness to work weekends.

Advocates, Inc. believes that the best way to effectively serve Deaf clients and to become an "employer of choice" for Deaf professionals and paraprofessionals is to honor the culture and values of the Deaf community. Advocates achieves this by carefully attending to 4 key components of the workplace: providing a culturally competent environment; employing Deaf professionals and paraprofessionals in Deaf programs as well as in key leadership positions; maximizing communication access across the organization; and offering a comprehensive training curriculum.

Qualification/Education/Experience:
1. BA/BS in related field; or HS diploma/GED and 1 year related experience.
2. Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
3. Ability to communicate effectively including in writing and ability to use good judgment.
4. Ability to read English and communicate effectively in the primary language of the program to which he/she is assigned
5. Must have sensitivity to the needs of the population.
6. High energy level and ability to function in a team atmosphere.

Please send resumes to snathan@advocatesinc.org or go to our website www.advocatesinc.org to fill in an online application

Advocates offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, tuition reimbursement, 410(k) plan and a six-week holiday/vacation package.

Advocates is an EOE committed to employing a diverse workforce.

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Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DCARA is an At-Will and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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