deafweekly

 

February 8, 2006
Vol. 2 No. 16

Editor: Tom Willard

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NATIONAL
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NEARLY HALF OF SUPER BOWL ADS AIR UNCAPTIONED

Nearly half the companies that paid a record $2.5 million for a 30-second ad on this year’s Super Bowl did not pay an additional $200 to add captioning, says a group of parents at Captions.Com. The group has been maintaining lists since 2000 that show which Super Bowl ads are captioned and which are not. Data from this year’s game is already posted, with clickable links to each company’s feedback form. The list shows 30 companies captioned their ads and 26 didn't; four other ads had no audio to be captioned. Blockbuster led the pack with four uncaptioned ads, while Honda, Disney, Ameriquest Mortgage and Mobile ESPN had two uncaptioned ads each. Other noncaptioning companies included General Motors, Frito Lay, Bayer, Burger King, Toyota, Dairy Queen, Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

NEWSPAPER QUESTIONS CEO’S $857,380 SALARY

The Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader asked last week if Benjamin Soukup’s 2004 salary of $857,380 as CEO of Communication Service for the Deaf is “too much.” Soukup’s paycheck, which tops the leaders of the national Red Cross and the United Way, surprises some experts. “Even of the national charities, a salary of $700,000 would be at the extreme,” said Bennett Weiner of the Better Business Bureau. Those who work closely with Soukup say he’s worth it, said the report, and Soukup himself feels comfortable explaining his salary, which is more than eight times the regional average for nonprofit CEOs. “We are a very unique organization with a very unique mission,” he said. “It requires very specific knowledge.” CSD, which Soukup started from a small office in 1975, takes in more than $80 million a year, most of it from fees on telephone bills.

DEAFNATION EXPO LAUNCHES NEW SEASON SATURDAY

A new season of DeafNation Expo trade shows will kick off Saturday in Phoenix, Ariz. DeafNation’s Jed Barish and Tim Monigan launched an RV Road Tour last Wednesday at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, Md. They plan to drive 40,000 miles across the United States to oversee 12 DeafNation shows between now and November 4 – though they’ll take a four-month break in the summer. Last year’s shows attracted 38,000 attendees in 12 cities, and four new cities have been added to this year’s tour: Orlando, Fla.; Austin, Texas; St. Louis, Mo.; and Denver, Colo. Admission is free, and preregistration forms can be found at www.deafnation.com.

FDA: CHILDREN WITH OLDER IMPLANTS MAY FACE RISKS

The Food and Drug Administration warned Monday that children with an early version of the cochlear implant face an increased risk of bacterial meningitis even two years or more after surgery. The FDA advised that children who received implants with a rubber wedge positioner, offered by Advanced Bionics Corp. until July 2002, should be monitored for the sometime fatal infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord, reported the Associated Press. An earlier study of 4,264 children found 26 developed meningitis within two years of surgery and those with positioners were at greater risk. A follow-up with the same group two years later found another six – all with positioners – had developed meningitis. Results can be found in this month’s issue of the journal Pediatrics.

LOUISIANA MAN’S LAWSUIT ALLEGES IPOD’S TOO LOUD

A Louisiana man is suing Apple Computer Inc., alleging their iPods are “inherently defective in design” and can make a person deaf. John Kiel Patterson wants his case to be a class-action suit, reported Earth Times last week. Apple has sold 42 million iPods so far. “Millions of people are at risk of permanent hearing loss,” said Patterson’s attorney, Steve Berman, who declined to say if his own client had suffered any hearing loss. The sound from an iPod can reach up to 130 decibels, said the report, and audiologists warn that listening to music at such loud volumes for more than 28 seconds a day can cause permanent hearing damage.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. POLICE SEEK WOMAN MISSING ONE WEEK

No one has seen Darlene VanderGiesen in almost a week, reported KELO-TV News in Sioux Falls, S.D. Monday, and police are concerned. The 42-year-old deaf woman was last about 6 p.m. last Wednesday leaving work at JDS Industries. Her car was found in a Pizza Hut parking lot, and police want to talk to anyone who ate at the restaurant last Wednesday. VanderGiesen’s car was locked and her apartment was found to be in order, said Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel. “But she left pets behind that were unattended and didn’t make any contact with friends or relatives,” he said, “which is very unlike her.”

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POLICE SEEK HELP IN SEARCH FOR CALIFORNIA MAN

Police in Berkeley, Calif. were seeking the public’s help last Monday after exhausting all leads in the search for a 40-year-old deaf man who has been missing since December. The Contra Costa Times reported from a news release that Rodney Texera's mother reported him missing December 21, three weeks after the family last heard from him, via e-mail. Texera wrote that he planned to help a friend move in Oroville, and the family has not heard anything since. Texera is described as white, 5-feet-3, 150 pounds, bald with hazel eyes and a mustache. Anyone with information can call Det. Rob Rittenhouse at 510-981-5741.

CALIFORNIA CHURCH SUES STATE, SAYING IT WAS CHEATED

The Calvary Deaf Church in Riverside, Calif. says the California Department of Transportation cheated it out of millions of dollars when it paid $1.4 million for property that was seized by eminent domain three years ago. Church officials say the price should have been the replacement value of $5.6 million, not the lower fair market value. The church, now renting space across town, also wants $200,000 in damages for “lost goodwill” because the relocation drove away some of the 40 congregants. The property was razed in December 2003 as part of a $300 million project designed to fix one of the state’s worst traffic bottlenecks. “I understand the church wants more money,” said Caltrans spokeswoman Rose Melgoza, “but we have to be appropriate and deliberate with the tax dollars.”

TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF NOTES 150TH ANNIVERSARY

Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave the keynote address in the Texas School for the Deaf gymnasium last Friday as the school celebrated its 150th anniversary, reported The Statesman. Several other lawmakers were also on hand, along with throngs of grateful students, parents and alumni. TSD, which enrolls over 450 students from infants to age 21 at its 67-acre South Austin campus, is the oldest continuously operating, publicly funded school in the state. Many students come to TSD after struggling at traditional schools. “When I was in public school, I would pretty much hold everything inside,” said junior Christopher Kearney, the school’s student body president. “Now, I’m outgoing, because I have friends to communicate with. I don’t have to hold anything back.”

MURDER SUSPECT RULED COMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL

The murder trial of a 19-year-old deaf Akron, Ohio man will move forward this spring, a judge ruled Monday, even though the man signed that he did not understand his attorney. Jerron Johnson, arrested nearly three years ago for the rape and murder of Jean Zienka, 45, had been previously declared incompetent to stand trial. He has spent the past two years learning sign language at a state mental facility to assist in his defense, reported the Beacon Journal. Prosecutors believe Johnson is now competent, but defense attorney Annette Powers believes otherwise. Judge Jane Bond, who accused Johnson of “selectively” understanding certain things, scheduled a hearing on May 2 to determine his competency.

MOM WANTS CITY TO REINSTALL DEAF CHILD SIGN

A Deaf Child sign in a Pekin, Ill. neighborhood was removed by city workers last month, said HOI-19 News of Creve Couer, and Jeanne Choate is scared. Her 11-year-old son, Cade, is “rambunctious and likes to play outside, and if a car were to come down the road, they would honk their horn and Cade wouldn’t move,” she explained. Choate complained to the city and a new handicapped sign was installed, but the cautious mom remains concerned. “I feel that he is not handicapped,” she said, “I feel that he is deaf.” Pekin officials say they are following a state and federal code that allows them to use one standardized sign for all disabilities: deaf, blind and wheelchairs users. Besides, said City Manager Dennis Kief, “streets are not designed for children playing.”

FAMILY TO DEDICATE MONUMENT TO FISHERMAN LOST AT SEA

The family of Johnny Wayne Brown, a deaf fisherman lost at sea last year, has raised $23,000 for a monument that will be dedicated April 2 on the first anniversary of his death. The 8-foot rectangular granite monument was funded through benefit concerts, donations from vacationing bikers and other efforts. Brown was fishing off the coast of South Carolina with his brother-in-law and a friend April 2, 2005 when a wave hit their 48-foot boat “like a bomb,” said the Charleston Post and Courier. Coast Guard searchers never found him, but his two companions were rescued after five hours in the water. Brown’s monument will pay homage to every South Carolinian lost at sea, and his family is taking applications from those who want to add a name. Brown’s sister, Laura Abernathy, can’t bring herself to read the applications. “I couldn’t do it,” said . “It touches too close to home.”

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ATTENTION TEACHERS OF THE DEAF

If you are interested in becoming an expert in the education of children with cochlear implants, we invite you to apply for the next 6 week Educational Consultant Training Program (ECTP) which will begin in mid-June. This will be the 8th time that the ECTP program has been offered. Over 60 teachers from 38 states have completed the ECTP program.

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Students also receive FREE tuition, books and materials and a stipend to cover living expenses while they are in Philadelphia, Palo Alto or Atlanta.

Please go to www.chop.edu/ectp to learn more about the program and complete the online application. Deadline for the summer class is March 15th. If you want to assist your educational program with the increasing number of children with cochlear implants, this is a great training program for you. You are immersed in the medical, audiological, speech-language, social-emotional and educational aspects of this specialized field for six weeks. Our graduates have made an impact in the quality of education for children with cochlear implants in mainstream program, deaf class, residential programs, etc.

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SUSPECT IN MURDER OF BISHOP GOES DEAF

One of six suspects in the murder of a Catholic Bishop Luigi Locati has gone deaf, reported the Kenya Times. Mohammed Dika Wario, who claims he was tortured by police following his arrest in July 2005, was ordered to undergo immediate ear surgery. An ear, nose and throat specialist told Justice Muga Apondi that the suspect had been hearing impaired for five months and should undergo corrective surgery so that he can follow his trial. Justice Apondi ordered the attorney general to make sure that Wario goes under the knife within the next 15 days.

NEW PUSH TO TRAIN INTERPRETERS IN WALES

BBC News reported Monday on a scheme, said to be the largest of its kind in the U.K., that will provide 2.7 million pounds to train sign language interpreters in Wales. The government-funded project will train 36 apprentices and support another nine trainees to serve an estimated 3,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing people in Wales who use British Sign Language. It “cannot be right” that sign language users have had to wait up to eight weeks to get an interpreter to visit their doctor or child’s teacher, said Equalities Minister Jane Hutt. “The problems people can face if there aren’t interpreters available cannot be underestimated.”

SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOL’S NEW MANAGER MAKES HISTORY

Ingrid Parkin, 33, has taken over the management post at the Fulton School for the Deaf in Gillitts, South Africa, reported Independent Online, becoming “the first deaf deputy principal of a school in the history of education in the developing world.” Parkin points out that deaf people are a linguistic and cultural minority and represent the largest disability group in the country. Many of her pupils are born to hearing parents and enter school with no language whatsoever. “They had six wasted years before coming to school,” she said. “Some did not even know their names. Parents of deaf children don’t have to have low expectations of them anymore.”

LONDONERS QUESTION USEFULNESS OF BABY SIGN LANGUAGE

The American trend of teaching babies sign language has crossed the Atlantic and triggered a furious debate among U.K. therapists over its benefits, reported the Sunday Herald. A group of academics from London’s City University advised parents of children between eight and 12 months old that they would be better off encouraging their offspring to simply point, while a therapists group said its members were concerned that baby signing was preying on middle-class worries. “There is evidence that some babies in America have actually slowed their introduction of speech,” said a group spokesman, “because they don’t need to because they are using baby signing.”

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TWO AUSTRALIANS ACQUITTED OF RAPING DEAF WOMAN

A jury in Brisbane, Australia took less than four hours Thursday to find two men not guilty of raping a deaf woman in her home. The case centered on a July 4, 2002 sexual encounter that the woman claimed was without her consent but which the men maintained was consensual, reported The Courier-Mail. The woman met the men during a night out at a club and communicated via notes scribbled on paper. She invited them back to her home, and later told police that one of the men restrained her while the other raped her. The two men showed relief when the verdict was announced, with one defense lawyer saying that after nearly four years his client “just wants to put the matter behind him.”

INSTITUTE IN CANADA CREATES FIRE SAFETY PSA

The Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Vancouver, B.C., Canada has filmed a public service announcement on fire safety for the deaf . The need for awareness was driven home September 22, 2005 when a fire at the Richmond Hotel killed two women and injured 14, including two deaf individuals who were sleeping and could not hear the alarms. Digital Video Works filmed three different ads on a recent Friday, with WIDHH’s director signing the announcement. The 30-second PSA can be viewed at http://www.dvworks.ca/ near the top right.

STAR INDIAN ATHLETE STAGES ‘DHARNA’ IN SEARCH OF WORK

New Kerala reported from Jamshedpur, India on Sunny Chandra Bose, 21, a “deaf and dumb athlete” whose 25 medals in long-distance running at the national level have done nothing to help him find a job. Bose and his grandfather, 70-year-old Yugal Kishore Singh, started an indefinite “dharna,” or protest, outside the East Singhbhum Deputy Commissioner’s office last week. Singh said they were left with no alternative after repeated protests to government officials had fallen on deaf ears. “As we have no source of income, I have no other option than to beg to continue my grandson’s sports activites,” he said. “He practices every day without proper diet.”

WITH A ‘POP,’ MAN RIDING ON SKI LIFT REGAINS HEARING

A 72-year old U.K. man was 7,000 feet in the air on a ski lift in Italy recently when his hearing returned after 15 years of being deaf. Derek Glover of Bourne, Lincolnshire, was on holiday with his daughter and son-in-law when he regained his hearing, reported BBC News. Glover had been skiing all morning and was coming down in a cable car when “all of a sudden my ears went pop and their voices were clear," he said. "It was unbelievable.” So far, doctors have been unable to explain what happened to Glover, who traces his hearing problems back 50 years to his army days. “The doctor is starting to believe in miracles, I think,” he said.

SWEDISH FAMILY CREATES A STIR WHEN THEY TRAVEL

The Linden family of Sweden creates quite a stir when they travel abroad, reported the Malaysian Star. Stefan Linden, 34, his wife Anniken, 48, daughter Malin, 13, and son Olle, 10, were all born deaf. The Lindens love to travel, and every year they visit a different country on a different continent. They were in a Kuala Lumpur restaurant in December, struggling to order their meals. Someone at another table understood what they wanted and helped out by translating. “Most of the time we get through by writing our orders down on a piece of paper,” said Stefan. In Tunisia, however, they encountered menus written entirely in Arabic. “We had to flap our arms to describe chicken and wave our hands in a swimming to describe fish,” he said.

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STARKEY INTRODUCES ‘HYBRID HEARING INSTRUMENT’

A new hearing aid described as “the only two-in-one hybrid hearing instrument available today” was introduced last week by Starkey Laboratories. It’s called the DaVinci PsP (Precision Super Power) and the company says it’s the only super-power behind-the-ear hearing device that meets the needs of people with mild to moderate to much more significant high-frequency hearing loss. It’s “the most user-friendly hearing instrument on the market today,” said Tim Trine, Starkey’s chief technical officer. The DaVinci PsP works well in noisy environments and solves the problem of occlusion, the “plugged-up” feeling in the ear that some users experience. An open-fitting solution “virtually eliminates this nuisance while still providing superior sound quality,” said a news release.

FOUNDER RETURNS AS TEXAS CHURCH CELEBRATES 82 YEARS

The Woodhaven Baptist Deaf Church in Houston, Texas celebrated 82 years in the community Sunday with special guest Lillian Beard, who started the church. According to the Houston Courier, Beard was adopted as an infant by two deaf parents and began interpreting around 1924 for several deaf people at the First Baptist Church in Houston. The deaf ministry went on to become a separate ministry and moved to its current location in 1988. The church now has four ordained ministers, a prison ministry, an annual Christmas drama, an annual women’s ministry retreat and ASL classes on Sunday. Members also have helped start a deaf church and 24 youth camps in the Ukraine. The church’s congregants “don’t consider themselves handicapped,” said Sue Wilkirson, who arranges music for the church and maintains its website. “The world’s always been silent to them.”

STUDY OF ISOLATED DEAF REVEALS CLUES ON GRAMMAR

The use of grammar is hardwired in our brains, say scientists from the University of Rochester (N.Y.). They did a study of deaf individuals who were isolated their entire lives from conventional sign, spoken and written language and yet still developed a unique form of gesture communication, reported UPI on Monday. “They designed their own language and wound up with some of the same rules of grammar every other language uses,” said UR professor Elissa Newport. The study was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

DEVELOPER OF MEDICAL MATERIALS TO HOLD FOCUS GROUP

A California company has received a grant to develop Internet materials to help medical professionals understand issues related to hearing loss and improve their skills in communicating with hearing-impaired patients and families. Sociometrics Corporation is ready to get some feedback and will hold a focus group on Thursday, February 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at its Los Altos headquarters. Deaf adults who communicate in American Sign Language are encouraged to attend and will receive $100 for their help. If you want to get involved, send an email by Friday to focusgrp@socio.com with your name, email address, phone number and a statement that you are a deaf adult at least 18 years old who communicates in ASL.

ONLINE SURVEY SEEKS INFO ON DEAF CONSUMER MARKET

On online survey is seeking information about deaf and hard-of-hearing people as a consumer market. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete “and is actually quite entertaining,” said Samuel Hawk, president of Access Solutions in Sioux Falls, S.D. He hopes each person who takes the survey will encourage 10 friends to take it as well. “The data becomes more accurate and representative with greater numbers of deaf and hard-of-hearing people participating,” he said. The survey can be found at www.accessdisability.com/survey.

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NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE AWARDED GRANT

Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C. has received a $242,000 grant to provide deaf and hard-of-hearing students with the latest captioning and speech-to-print technology this fall. The donation comes from The Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts, a college benefactor since the 1970s, and will be used for assistive learning devices, learning software, a captioning studio and training for six faculty and staff members. Coming innovations include a computer-assisted speech-to-print program designed to help non-signing students, and voice recognition software that allows students and professors to interact outside the classroom without an interpreter.

MINNESOTA FOUNDATION PLANS HEARING AID MISSION

An Eden Prairie, Minn. foundation plans to give out 6,000 hearing aids to 3,500 adults and children over the next 10 weeks. The Starkey Hearing Foundation announced last week that it will make seven major hearing mission trips, with stops in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Venezuela and Mexico. Mission trips are paid for by donations to the foundation and money earned from an annual awards gala. The foundation completed six similar missions in November and December, providing hearing aids to 4,000 people. Since 2000, more than 130,000 hearing aids have been distributed to needy people around the world. “We are truly delighted to be able to start off 2006 by giving the gift of hearing to thousands of people in need,” said foundation founder William Austin. Visit www.sotheworldmayhear.org to learn how you can help.

COSMETOLOGY GRAD MAKES A BIT OF HISTORY

Merlina Havic is expected this month to become the first deaf student to graduate from the Stewart School in Sioux Falls, S.D., reported the Argus Leader. The school has had 20,000 cosmetology graduates since 1959. Sue Monge, director of the South Dakota Cosmetology Commission, knew of no deaf stylists among 4,500 licensed in the state but said “we would never keep track" because the ability to hear is irrelevant in applying for a license. Havic, 22, wants to work for a shop in Sioux Falls and expects to use eye contact, lip reading and written notes to communicate with hearing customers. She also hopes to attract deaf clients and their signing family members. “I could do that,” she said. “I love the job.”

RELAY COMPANY I711.COM ANNOUNCES SIDEKICK SERVICE

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‘CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD’ RETURNING TO NYC

Mark Medoff’s Children of a Lesser God will return to New York City in March, reported Broadway World last week. The play will have its first professional NYC revival nearly 24 years after its Tony Award-winning Broadway production closed in May 1982 after two years. Keen Company, which has produced 13 plays in five seasons, is running the show. Stars include Alexandria Wailes, last seen in Deaf West’s Broadway production of Big River, and Jeffrey Denman, whose Broadway credits include The Producers. Ian Blackman, Guthrie Nutter, Lee Roy Rogers, Tami Lee Santimyer and Makela Spielman round out the cast. The play runs from March 14 to April 9 at The Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th St. in Manhattan. Tickets are $19 and can be obtained by calling 212-868-4444 or visiting www.smarttix.com.

STARS TEAM UP FOR BERKELEY BENEFIT PERFORMANCE

Some of America’s best-known deaf actresses will appear in an ASL performance of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues in Berkeley, Calif. The February 26 event is a fundraiser for DeafHope, a three-year-old Hayward, Calif. organization working to end domestic violence and sexual assault against deaf women and children. Scheduled performers include Deanne Bray, who starred in PAX TV’s Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, and Shoshannah Stern, a cast member of Showtime’s Weeds. Also on board: Megg Davis, Rosa Lee Galimore, Estella Gardinier, aj granda, Bobbie Beth Scoggins, Amber Stern and five local performers. An anonymous donor is sponsoring the production. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 by writing to contact@deaf-hope.org. A flyer can be found at www.deaf-hope.org/events.

SIMON CARMEL STARS IN NTID’S ‘WINDOWS OF THE SOUL’

Florida’s Simon J. Carmel – anthropologist, magician, traveler, lecturer and author – starred in Windows of the Soul, an original production at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf that was performed in late January in the Rochester, N.Y. college’s experimental theater lab. He was joined by Yolanda Santa, 8, of Rochester, and several NTID students who were awarded OOBR (Off Off Broadway Review) Awards in 2002 when they appeared in an NTID production of Emperor Jones in New York City. Windows of the Soul will also be staged in New York, with the Interborough Repertory Theater hosting the show at a Greenwich Village theater. Director/writer Luane Davis Haggerty calls the show “truly a community effort,” and hopes the community will help out with travel and lodging costs. Write to her at lrdnpa@rit.edu.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR NASHVILLE ART COMPETITION

Scott Grandt, a seventh-grader at the Indiana School for the Deaf, was awarded Best of Show in the Second Annual National Juried De’VIA Competition in Nashville, Tenn. Award winners in the Professional Division include Bannon Fu, first place; Robin Taylor and Mari Newman (tie), second place; and Robert Walker, honorable mention. Winners in the Amateur Division include Meriah Hudson, first place, Ian Guzman, second place, and Sabrina Ferguson, third place. The exhibit targeted deaf and hard-of-hearing artists who create Deaf Art, as well as hearing artists such as family members or interpreters who create work in this fine art genre. Prizes totaling more than $6,000 were awarded to the artists. The exhibit runs through April 30 at the Mezzanine Gallery in the Vanderbilt University Hospital.

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KEVIN HALL TO POST ONLINE DIARY FROM PGA TOUR

The U.S. Deaf Golf Association announced in Washington, D.C. yesterday that deaf touring professional golfer Kevin Hall is playing on the PGA Tour this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The association has arranged to post Hall’s exclusive online diary that will offer an insider’s look at the day-to-day life of a PGA Tour player. It can be found at http://usdeafgolf.org/KevinHallPebbleBeachDiary.htm. Meanwhile, the Mercury News Herald did a profile yesterday on Hall, 23, an Ohio State University journalism graduate who plans to enter qualifiers for the Nationwide Tour throughout the 2006 season. Brown met Tiger Woods at a clinic seven years ago when he was 16, and he remains inspired by what the golf legend said: “I’ll see you on the Tour.”

INDIANA BASKETALL TEAM NOT AS FOCUSED ON SECTIONALS

The Indiana School for the Deaf girls basketball team is not as focused as other local schools on winning the sectionals, reported the Indianapolis Star. In many ways, the Deaf Hoosiers have already played in their most important tournament of the year, the eight-team Central States Schools for the Deaf Tournament that took place at the Indianapolis school January 26-28. Indiana won the tournament by beating Model Deaf, from Washington, D.C., Texas Deaf and Illinois Deaf. “I know all the hearing schools, their big goal is winning a sectional,” said senior Justine Jeter, a 5-foot-9 forward. “For us, our biggest goal was to win the deaf tournament. Winning the sectional would just be icing on the cake.”

IDAHO GRAD RETURNS TO TEACH, COACH BASKETBALL

Brian Thornsberry is back home at the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind, reported the Twin Falls Times-News, 14 years after graduating. Thornsberry was hired this fall to teach physical education, speech and math to high schoolers and coach boys basketball. Last Thursday, he could be found leading the Raptors into the Western States Basketball Classic for deaf schools in Vancouver, Wash. Thornsberry, who played basketball and competed in track for ISDB and football at Gooding High School, wants to be a role model for his students. “I want these kids to be successful,” he said. “I was one of them and want to help them see what I have done in my life by going to school.”

MINNESOTA BASKETBALL TEAMS OFF TO BLAZING STARTS

Both basketball teams at the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf are off to blazing starts. As of January 31, the boys team was 15-2 and the girls team was 10-3. At a similar time last season, coach Randy Shank’s boys team had a 9-8 record. This season they have gone 3-0 against deaf schools and 6-0 against 1A section teams. The team is led by three senior guards: Cole Johnson, Ryan Johnson and Lance Gonzalez, who scored his 1,000th point last year. They’ll be in Iowa tomorrow through Saturday to defend their title at the Great Plains School for the Deaf tournament. The Lady Trojans, last years National Champions, are coached by Sabrina Overlie and led by Amy Siebert, who scored her 1,000th point in January. They also expect to defend their GPSD title in Iowa, where both teams have been seeded number one.

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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.

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DCARA is seeking a Chief Executive Officer to build on over 40 years of continuous growth and evolution of the non-profit, community-based social service agency. DCARA serves the Deaf Community in the San Francisco Bay Area and 14 counties in Northern California. The CEO will be responsible for all aspects of the agency’s operations, programs, finances, and personnel. To see the full job announcement including information about DCARA, minimum qualifications and application process, visit http://www.dcara.org. CLOSING DATE: March 31, 2006

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Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a full-time position open for “Regional Outreach Coordinator.” This position will be staffed within the states of Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES: Position is responsible for outreach, marketing, and gathering information which will enable Hamilton to continue providing quality relay services, and increase the number of customers served by Hamilton. Objective is to offer an excellent one-on-one experience with relay users through a variety of means and venues. Individual will be required to travel.

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Applicants with the ability to communicate fluently via American Sign Language are preferred. An Associate’s or Bachelor's Degree or comparable work experience along with a minimum of three years public relations experience is preferred. Strong written, analytical and interpersonal skills, as well as a driver's license and ability to travel alone are required. Direct work experience with a Telecommunications Relay Service is also preferred. Deaf, hard of hearing, and speech-disabled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

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