deafweekly

 

February 3, 2016
Vol. 12, No. 15

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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Baltimore, MD
COURT REVERSES CONVICTION OF MAN ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE AT DEAF SCHOOL
The state's second-highest court reversed the conviction of a deaf man accused of sexually abusing two girls at the Maryland School for the Deaf. The Court of Special Appeals said Clarence Cepheus Taylor III, 40, was denied his constitutional right to confront and cross-examine the interpreter during his trial, the opinion said. Taylor, who worked as a school aide, was sentenced to seven years in February 2014 after being found guilty of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl at the Columbia campus. / The Baltimore Sun

Council Bluffs, IA
TEACHERS OF DEAF FACE FIRING
Two teachers with a combined 40 years’ experience have been suspended and could be fired at the Iowa School for the Deaf. The teachers are shocked and question the motive and timing of the personnel action. Despite a bad report card on their teaching techniques, Tina Murdoch and Tricia Tighe say they never failed their deaf students. "Both of us put our heart and our soul into that school. We both were there on Sunday nights," said Murdoch. / WOWT

Winsted, CT
OFFICIALS DENY DISCRIMINATION OF DEAF AT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Northwestern Connecticut Community College houses a program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students that's unique within Connecticut. But many deaf students have been leaving Northwestern. In 2013, there were 20 deaf or hard-of-hearing students enrolled. Last fall, only seven attended. This spring, it's down to five. Deaf advocates have said it's shrinking because students can't make the trip to Northwestern, which doesn't offer housing, and is tucked away in rural Winsted. Now the program has also cut back on staff, raising even more concerns. / WNPR News

Tallahassee, FL
LAWMAKERS COULD MAKE 'DRIVING WHILE DEAF' SAFER
For deaf and har-of-hearing drivers, miscommunication with the police is a real concern. But some state lawmakers are trying to fix that. Representative Victor Torres of Orlando wants to mark driver’s licenses with a symbol signifying the driver is deaf. “This symbol on the license will alert the officer to the fact that the driver is hard of hearing or deaf, and assist them when identifying how best to communicate with the driver,” he said. / WFSU

Danbury, CT
POLICE: DANBURY CAREGIVER ASSAULTED DEAF CLIENT
A Danbury caregiver faces three misdemeanor charges after police said he struck and injured a 68-year-old client who was deaf and unable to speak. Michael Gawu, 61 of South Street, was arrested and charged Friday with intentional cruelty to a person, disorderly conduct and third degree assault, police said. Police said the victim wrote down the complaint after a family member notified Danbury police. / NewsTimes

Smithfield, NC
DEAF MAN DIES IN HOUSE FIRE
A man was killed in a house fire Saturday morning next to the police department in Smithfield, authorities said. The victim, who was deaf, was located deceased upstairs in the house, officials told WNCN. The Red Cross is assisting the family. The identity of the man who died has not been released. / WNCN


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Ottawa, ON, Canada
DEAF CULTURE ADVOCACY NETS OTTAWA WOMAN ORDER OF ONTARIO
It was her current role as deaf culture advocate and founder of the volunteer-led Deaf Palliative Care Team that earned Monica Elaine Campbell an appointment to the Order of Ontario on Jan. 13. Formed in 2009 with Campbell and a dedicated group of deaf volunteers trained in palliative care, the team provides care, advocacy and interpretation services for deaf patients in the Ottawa area. It now offers the services of six deaf individuals and eight sign language interpreters. / Ottawa Community News

Vancouver, BC, Canada
LANDON KRENTZ ON BEING DEAF: THIS MACHINE IS A HUMAN
Are we programmed to behave robotically in social environments? The cochlear implant (or CI) received its approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1990 and it has been controversial for over two decades. This machine had a significant impact on Deaf culture due to the perception of hearing people trying to force it on the community. The greater the force, the more some Deaf community members want to flip a table. For them, the CI is nothing but a computer inside a human body. / The Georgia Straight

Toronto, ON, Canada
CBC'S 'THE CURRENT' LAUNCHES PILOT PROJECT FOR DEAF AUDIENCES
CBC Radio and current affairs show The Current are starting a pilot project to help improve the accessibility of public radio for an estimated 1.3 million Canadians who are deaf or hearing impaired. Beginning Monday, CBC will post text transcripts of the show — Canada's No. 1 radio interview program — online daily for audiences to read, print and share. / CBC News

Bristol, England
DEAF CAMPAIGN FOR NEW BRISTOL SOCIAL CLUB
Deaf people in Bristol who are upset because they had to sell their social club building have started a campaign for a new one. The Centre for Deaf People, a charity, sold its premises to pay off a pension deficit. Trustee Sandra Smith said deaf people in Bristol "needed a new base." Plans for the new centre include recruiting a fundraiser, [hiring] a bookkeeper and setting up a website. / BBC News

Australia
COACH SETS THE DONE FOR DEAF SPORT WITH AUSTRALIA'S BASKETBALL TEAM
A Kilsyth man who didn’t even know a deaf person before 2013 has been named the 2015 Deaf Sports Australia Coach of the year. Brent Reid’s life has changed dramatically in the past two years. As the coach of the Australian Goannas deaf basketball team, Mr Reid came into his position through chance but has since grasped his opportunity, embraced the deaf community and helped Australia achieve international sporting success. / Herald Sun

Poland
TEENAGE POLISH CEO MAKING MESSAGING APP FIVE FOR DEAF PEOPLE
Polish entrepreneur Mateusz Mach, 18, on Monday announced that his app, Five, had raised the equivalent of about $150,000 in funding — no easy feat in Poland, where venture capital cash can be hard to find. Five started as a silly app, designed by Mach and developed by a bunch of freelance coders, that lets you and your friends send one another custom hand signs. Now, thanks to this cash influx, Mach is turning Five into something seriously useful: "The world's first messenger for deaf people," as Mach puts it. / Business Insider

Freetown, Sierra Leone
FLAMING DONATES TO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND
Bishop Abu Koroma of Flaming Evangelist Ministry donated food items and learning equipment to the School for the Deaf and Blind in their various compounds in Freetown. Bishop Koroma said they as a Ministry deemed it fit to present food items and learning equipment to the needy and less fortunate and his Ministry is very happy to donate such items to the schools. / Awoko Newspaper


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Columbus, OH
SUPPORT GROUP HELPS DEAF ADDICTS WORK TOWARD RECOVERY
The words, no matter how wise or well-intentioned, couldn’t reach his pain. "I was ready to die," the deaf man said, signing passionately as he recalled his despair. Recovery finally took root for Kijana D. when he became a regular at Deaf Think Positive, a local nonprofit organization that, organizers say, is one of fewer than 10 centers nationwide providing accessible addiction treatment for the deaf and deaf/blind. It’s the only one so far that has licensed chemical-dependency counselors who also are deaf, they said. / The Columbus Dispatch

Opelousas, LA
DEAF WOMAN OF THE YEAR TO SPEAK AT WOMEN'S LUNCHEON
Women’s Leadership Council of the St. Landry-Evangeline United Way is sponsoring a “women only” luncheon on Feb. 12 at the Opelousas Civic Center. Deputy Susie Cambre of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office was selected to speak at the Feb. 12 conference. As a profoundly deaf policewoman, she was honored as the Quota Club’s “International Deaf Woman of the Year in 1998” in Melbourne, Australia. / Daily World

Internet
DEAF DAUGHTER DIGS 200-FOOT PIT IN BACKYARD
Here’s something that will definitely brighten your day. Edward and Julia Machado have a 7-year-old daughter, Laura, who was born without the ability to hear, and when she recently started digging a 200-foot pit in their backyard, they did something absolutely incredible: They just assumed it was a deaf thing. Beautiful! [Editor's note: This article is utter nonsense and the picture is a stock photo, but I thought you might like to see it.] / ClickHole


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Rome, GA
PARTNERSHIP CREATES BOND BETWEEN STUDENTS, ACADEMY
A partnership between the Georgia School for the Deaf and Floyd County Schools’ College and Career Academy is building a bridge between two cultures and offering students opportunities they might not otherwise receive. Six GSD students travel to the CCA two times a week to take classes focusing on career skills. Three are taking construction classes and three are taking graphic arts and design classes. The cooperative effort began two years ago — the brainchild of Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Al Hodge. / Rome News-Tribune

Weatherford, TX
AN INSIDE LOOK AT WRIGHT'S DEAF EDUCATION
The classroom at Wright Elementary resembles many other classrooms in the district and county. Lockers line the wall underneath a colorful cascade of books and other materials as students work on their respective assignments, focused on the task at hand. What makes Wright so different is that they are a regional school responsible for serving the deaf, a specialized population within education. The Brazos River Regional Day School for the Deaf program at Wright Elementary, serves deaf students from birth through age 21. / Weatherford Democrat

Silver Spring, MD
YLC SEEKS NEW ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
Are you fun, creative, and interested in working with the Youth of tomorrow? The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), is seeking a Camp Director, Assistant Director, Special Projects Coordinator, and Business Manager for the 2016 Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) session. That’s right, we’re looking for four people to lead the administration team for our YLC session this summer! / NAD

Rochester, NY
NEW TECHNOLOGY HELPS DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING RIT STUDENTS
New technology is being used at Rochester Institute of Technology to help students learn and communicate in and out of the classroom. The new technologies include voice recognition apps, video remote-interpreting and captioning services, just to name a few. This is technology that students say is changing the way they're communicating both in an out of class. / WHEC


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New York, NY
DEAF TALENT EVERYWHERE! PART III
Too often, young people who are deaf are discouraged from following their dreams. They are told "you can't..." or "you won't be able to..." and they are pushed to into careers that they are not passionate about. In reality, however, there are very few jobs Deaf people can't do, especially once small adjustments are made to accommodate their specific skills and abilities. At the end of the day, our society limits people more than the actual experience of deafness ever could. / The Huffington Post

Los Angeles, CA
L.A. DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE NOMINATIONS INCLUDE DEAF WEST THEATRE
The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) has announced its nominations and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for Dec. 1, 2014-Nov. 30, 2015. The 47th annual LADCC awards ceremony will take place March 14 at The Ann & Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica, CA. / Playbill


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Columbus, OH
DEAF PLAYER AT DUBLIN COFFMAN OVERCOMES CHALLENGES
Basketball is a sport enveloped in noise. Pep bands. Screaming crowds. Buzzers and horns. Referees' whistles. Squeaking shoe soles. Coaches yelling instructions. For Dublin Coffman senior Jason Boateng, who is deaf and fitted with a cochlear implant that electronically triggers sound signals to the brain, the same noises that his teammates take for granted often resonate like a foreign language to him. "Processing several things at the same thing can be difficult," said Boateng, a 6-foot-7 forward. / The Columbus Dispatch


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DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH PROGRAMS

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), located in Colorado Springs, Colorado invites you to consider our employment opportunities. Applications are being accepted for Director of Outreach Programs.

Interested persons are invited to visit CSDB's website at http://www.csdb.org/careers-2/classified-3/ where the official job announcement may be found.

Full-Time; 260 days (July through June) beginning 2016-2017.
Salary: Base salary shall be based upon appropriate qualifications

Contact information:
Chelle Lutz, Human Resources
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
33 North Institute Street; Colorado Springs, CO 80903
clutz@csdb.org; 719-578-2114; 719-578-2239 (fax)

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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

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

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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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