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February 15, 2012
Vol. 8, No. 14

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 2012 and any unauthorized use is prohibited. Please support our advertisers; they make it possible for you to receive Deafweekly.

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NATIONAL
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Milwaukee, WI
US SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT AGAINST VATICAN DISMISSED
Lawyers for a man who was sexually abused decades ago by a priest at a school for the deaf have withdrawn their lawsuit naming Pope Benedict XVI and other top Vatican officials as defendants. Attorney Jeff Anderson had filed the lawsuit in 2010. He alleged that the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and his deputies knew about allegations of sexual abuse at St. John's School for the Deaf and prevented internal punishment of the accused priest. Anderson's firm filed a voluntary notice Friday in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee to dismiss the lawsuit. / Associated Press

Indianapolis, IN
NBC SNUBBED MISS DEAF AMERICA AT SUPER BOWL
The NFL and NBC invited the National Association of the Deaf's Miss Deaf America Rachel Mazique to attend Super Bowl XLVI to perform the National Anthem and "America The Beautiful" in American Sign Language. But they proved it to be an empty gesture. Mazique's performance did not appear on the Jumbotron, nor was it televised. Mazique was not placed to perform anywhere near singers Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. They didn't even invite her to stay for the game. / Chicagoist

See Also SUPPORTERS: NO ONE SAW MISS DEAF AMERICA AT SUPER BOWL / CBS Chicago

Arlington, VA
DEAF AMERICANS: FIGHTING FOR THE CHANCE TO SERVE IN THE MILITARY
Last week, the Pentagon unveiled plans to allow female service members to join combat battalions. Last fall, the military ended its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, allowing gays to serve openly. Now another group of Americans is fighting to wear the uniform. Keith Nolan, a deaf man, wants to fight for his country. For now, he's focused on fighting a Pentagon policy that stops the deaf from enlisting. / WJLA

Tampa, FL
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THIS ...
A woman who swindled her deaf and blind 80-year-old neighbor out of hundreds of thousands of dollars was sentenced last Wednesday to six years in federal prison. Rebecca Moody used power of attorney to drain Lillian Cossaboom's savings, cash in her stocks, run up credit-card bills and mortgage her paid-off house in New Port Richey. Cossaboom was "devastated" when she learned of the betrayal, said Cossaboom's friends, Howard and Bernadette Wagar, who said they discovered the theft. / The Tampa Tribune

Columbus, OH
911 TEXTING ON ITS WAY TO FRANKLIN CO.
Franklin County is upgrading its wireless 911 call centers to allowed texting, and eventually pictures and video. It's called Next Generation 911, a system that allows you to text your emergency in the event a 911 call can't be made. It's expected to be especially beneficial for the hearing impaired. "I think this is a step to make things equal for everybody," said John Moore, CEO of the Deaf Services Center in Worthington. / WSYX

Ligonier, PA
BRADDOCK POLICE OFFICER ACCUSED IN DONEGAL BURGLARY, SCAM
A suspended Braddock police officer awaiting trial in Westmoreland County on charges of burglarizing a Donegal campground and stealing cocaine from the police evidence room is now accused of scamming a deaf man. In August, while James Jerimiah Scuffle, 30, was employed as a police officer in Braddock, police allege he took cash, used the credit card of "a deaf male" during an investigation, and had a former girlfriend sell a shotgun taken from the police evidence room. / Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Augusta, ME
GOV. BAXTER SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF FACES ABOUT $500K IN UNEXPECTED TRANSPORTATION COSTS
A decision by the state means Gov. Baxter School for the Deaf must figure out how to cover approximately $500,000 in transportation costs not previously included in its budget. The Department of Education this month released an administrative letter clarifying who has financial responsibility for students who attend Maine Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Gov. Baxter School for the Deaf. The letter says the Mackworth Island school is responsible for student transportation costs, not the sending school districts, as had previously been assumed. / The Forecaster

St. Augustine, FL
FSDB EMINENT DOMAIN LEGISLATION ADVANCES
A battle pitting local residents against a bill sponsored by State Rep. Bill Proctor, R-St. Augustine, has moved through two house committees and will be heard by a senate committee Tuesday. House Bill 1037, sponsored by Proctor, would give eminent domain rights to the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. Earlier this month, a group of St. Augustine residents took a bus to Tallahassee to speak against the bill, but it passed 12-6 in the House Economic Affairs Committee. / The St. Augustine Record

Chicago, IL
LEGAL CENTER FOR DEAF LOSES MONEY, COULD SHUT DOWN
The first and only legal center for deaf and hard-of-hearing people could close because of a lack of funds. The not-for-profit Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf started 10 years ago to help bridge the gap between the deaf and hard of hearing community and the justice system. "Our funding has dried up. May or June the center will close," said Karen Aguilar, MCLD executive director. / ABC7Chicago.com

Corpus Christi, TX
DEAF AND BLIND WOMAN HIT BY CAR
A woman's leg braces may have saved her from suffering severe injuries after she's hit by a car. The 31-year old victim was hit by a silver car as she was crossing McArdle trying to get home. "The lady got off the bus, she's legally blind and deaf and she attempted to cross and she darted out as this guy was pulling out of the parking lot and he hit her," says Sgt. Ross Richards with the Corpus Christi Police Department. / KIII TV3

Portland, OR
FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE DEAF MAN FROM FIRE AT SELLWOOD INN PUB
Firefighters saved a deaf man from a fast-moving blaze early Saturday morning at an apartment above Sellwood Inn Pub. Firefighters arrived at 3:20 a.m. and checked two second-floor apartments that were filled with heavy smoke. They forced open one of the doors and found a man in his late 30s sleeping in his bed. He was deaf and completely unaware of the fire, a fire department spokesman said. / The Oregonian

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INTERNATIONAL
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Wellington, New Zealand
GREENS CALL FOR FASTER SOLUTION FOR DEAF MP
The Green Party has called for quicker action to sort out a dispute over special funding for its deaf MP, Mojo Mathers. A row between the party and Speaker Lockwood Smith erupted after Dr Smith told Ms Mathers Parliamentary Services would not fund a note-taker for her, and she would have to meet the extra cost of about $30,000 out of her own support budget. Co-leader Metiria Turei said forcing Ms Mathers to fund the service herself set a dangerous precedent for how all disabled people were treated, and the move amounted to discrimination. / NZ Herald News

See Also SPEAKER HITS BACK IN DEAF MP ROW / Stuff.co.nz

Wellington, New Zealand
DEAF MAN WHO DIED AS POLICE WERE TO ARREST HIM 'JUST WANTED FRIENDSHIP'
A Levin man who collapsed and died as he was about to be arrested by police for disorderly behavior has been described as harmless and in search of friendship. Godfrey Easton, who was in his 60s, was being arrested about 6.30 p.m. last Wednesday when he collapsed. Police went to his home after a call from a neighbor. Two police officers put him in the recovery position but his condition deteriorated and attempts by ambulance staff to revive him at the scene were unsuccessful. / Stuff.co.nz

Manchester, England
DEAF GIRL TELLS COURT OF DECADE OF 'RAPE AND BEATINGS'
A deaf and mute girl allegedly kept in a cellar, repeatedly raped and treated as a virtual slave told a court of years of beatings and cruelty. The victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told the jury of almost a decade of alleged abuse after being trafficked into the UK from Pakistan in 2000, supposedly to work as a domestic help -- though aged only 10 at the time. Her alleged abusers were Ilyas Ashar, 83, and his wife, Tallat Ashar, 66, who deny charges of false imprisonment, human trafficking, sexual offences, violence and benefit fraud. / Telegraph

Carlisle, England
BLIND AND DEAF CARLISLE MAN LEFT ALONE AT HOME
A blind and deaf Carlisle man was left home alone after his elderly mother was taken into hospital. The brother of Alan Foley, who is unable to speak, see or hear, has hit out at social services, saying he needs proper support and should never have been left alone overnight after his mother went into hospital. His only protection is a Careline alarm – but as he cannot talk, his brother David, 58, believes it is of little use. / News & Star

Hucknall, England
MBE PRIDE FOR CHAMP OF THE DEAF
A deaf man from Hucknall was given the royal seal of approval when he visited Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen and pick up an MBE. Les Townend, who is a communication support worker for Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, was given the prestigious accolades in the Birthday Honours list last year. Mr Townend, 63, was given the MBE in recognition of his work ‘bridging the communication gap’ between deaf patients and staff in his job at Rampton Hospital -- a secure unit for psychiatric patients near Retford. / Hucknall Dispatch

Dublin, Ireland
SIGN OF THE TIMES AS HANDS-ON TEEN CREATES SMART TOY
A teenager believes she has the bear necessities for helping youngsters learn sign language. Katie McCarthy, 17, is hoping her teddy bear 'Deaffie Eddie Freddie' (inset) will do for sign language what the learning bear Babog did for the Irish tongue. Just as the Irish-speaking teddy teaches children "a haon, do, tri", Katie's teddy will teach deaf children to sign basic words. Unlike the usual teddy, Katie's model has moveable fingers connected to a sensor inside the toy. / Independent.ie

Toronto, ON, Canada
TORONTO POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS HAVE NO PLAN TO HELP DEAF PEOPLE
If you’re deaf, don’t call the Toronto police or fire departments and expect to be able to communicate, unless you can actually speak and hear. Neither department has a plan to accommodate deaf people. / joeclark

Mwingi, Kenya
SET UP UNIVERSITY FOR THE DEAF, SAYS SOCIETY CHAIR
The Kenya Society for the Deaf Children wants the government to set up a university for bright deaf students. Chairman Francis Ng’ang’a disclosed in Mwingi yesterday that the organisation will approach the government to put up a university to nurture their talents. Ng’ang’a said the education of most deaf children ends after form four and the top brains should advance. / The Star

New Delhi, India
COFFEE DIFFERENTLY SERVED
Believing that Preeti, a waiter at a Costa Coffee outlet, is too distracted to pay attention to him, a customer raises his voice to place the order for the second time. She still doesn't respond. Frustration evident in his tone, the customer raises his voice further and even mutters something under his breath. Preeti's colleague Ahmad happens to spot the man, who is by now gesticulating wildly. Ahmad taps Preeti's shoulder gently, and she looks up to find the customer visibly fuming at the other end of the counter. / Daily Mail


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LIFE & LEISURE
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Orem, UT
A 'VILLAGE' FOR DEAF COMMUNITY
Mary McLerran came up with the name for her idea from Thomas Jefferson’s reference to UVA as an "Academic Village." McLerran, a senior majoring in Deaf Studies Education, noticed the need for more interaction and involvement between students in the American Sign Language program. McLerren first became involved with the deaf community as an educational interpreter, which later lead her to aspirations of becoming an ASL high school teacher. After pondering, the solution came to McLerran to find a way to have student housing specifically designed for students in the ASL program. / UVU Review

Tempe, AZ
TEMPE'S FIRST APARTMENTS FOR DEAF AT CAPACITY
A 75-unit apartment complex in Tempe is at maximum capacity six months after opening, but that's not what makes this complex different from any other in the city, the Valley or even most in the nation. This apartment complex is specially designed for deaf senior citizens, one of only a few in the nation. / East Valley Tribune

Denver, CO
THE GREAT PINK HAIR CHALLENGE OF 2012
Future Interpreters of Colorado is a group of college students who are studying to be interpreters. Since many of them will be working with those in the deaf community, they decided to do something pink, and creative, to help a school that specializes in helping deaf children succeed. The students have been collecting donations as part of a Pink Hair Challenge with all the proceeds going to the Rocky Mountain Deaf School. / 9news.com

Washington, DC
A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LOVE STORY
Mabel Gardiner Hubbard was only five years old when scarlet fever rendered her deaf for life. At the age of 17, she would meet a young Scottish speech therapist who was destined to shape her life. Gardiner Greene Hubbard, Mabel’s father and National Geographic’s first president, took a liking to the industrious teacher and part-time inventor. We know him better as Alexander Graham Bell. This is their love story. / News Watch


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WORKING WORLD
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Buena Park, CA
MORTGAGE RELIEF: HOUSES TURNED INTO BILLBOARDS
When they saw the house on El Dorado Drive in this Los Angeles suburb being painted a startling orange and green and giant billboards hung on the outside, Scott and Beth Hostetler's neighbors were initially angry and confused. But what they witnessed was not an offensive redecoration decision by the Hostetlers, but rather the debut of one of the more unusual schemes to arise from the housing crisis. The Hostetlers, who are both deaf, were one of 38,000 applicants and were informed three months ago that their home had been chosen to launch the scheme. / TODAY.com

Rochester, NY
DEAF FIND A HOME WITH MAPCO
In February 2005, Frank D’Ettorre applied for a job with MAPCO Parking, a full-service parking company that handles lots at Greater Rochester International Airport and the downtown Civic Center Garage, among others. What D’Ettorre didn’t know then was that he would be one of many deaf and hard-of-hearing people hired by MAPCO owners Rick and Les Goldstein. They provide their deaf and hard-of-hearing employees with Blackberry phones to communicate the tasks for the day instead of having to read lips. / Democrat and Chronicle

Iowa City, IA
UI SIGN LANGUAGE OFFICIALS PUSH FOR INTERPRETERS, MAJOR
Some University of Iowa officials are pushing to establish an interpreter-training program in the university's American Sign Language Program. If the program is implemented, it will make the UI the first state Board of Regent' school to have such program. Rebecca Furland, a UI American Sign Language visiting assistant professor, organized the program's first deaf summit this weekend to kick-start the discussion. / The Daily Iowan

Clayton, MO
$250,000 GIFT TO HELP FONTBONNE'S COMMUNICATIONS DISORDERS AND DEAF EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
A $250,000 donation from an anonymous source will help fund scholarships and other projects at Fontbonne University's communication disorders and deaf education department. The Clayton school announced the gift Thursday. Said Dr. Gale Rice, the department's chair: “This gift will help us educate compassionate, knowledgeable professionals needed by so many in this field.” / Patch.com


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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New York, NY
'SINGING' WITH THEIR HANDS
AS far as YouTube music acts go, Michael Chase DiMartino’s won’t be mistaken for Justin Bieber’s. In a series of videos called Songs in Sign, Mr. DiMartino doesn’t sing, his lip-syncing can be off, and the dancing can be comical. But one thing he does extremely well is “sing” with his hands. Known to his fans as Mister Chase, he is among a budding crop of YouTube stars who are hand-synching their way to online fame. Call it karaoke for the deaf and hearing-impaired. / The New York Times

Los Angeles, CA
SILENCE CAN PROVE GOLDEN FOR OSCAR NOMINEES
This year, Max von Sydow, pictured here, of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, along with Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo of The Artist, join an elite club of Academy Award-nominated actors: Those who were recognized for non-speaking roles in the post-silent-film era. Meet the eight other members of Oscar's Silent Squad. / USA Today

Los Angeles, CA
'SWITCHED AT BIRTH': ABC FAMILY'S GROUNDBREAKING DEAF/HEARING DRAMA
Created by Lizzy Weiss, Switched at Birth offers a deft and intelligent take on the way in which we form our identities through self-expression, whether that be street art, spoken/signed communication, texting, or open dialogue among family members and individuals, as well as the communication gulf between the hearing and deaf/hard-of-hearing communities. It’s also a show that doesn’t pander to its presumed audience. Semantics -- “deaf” and “hard-of-hearing” are OK; “hearing-impaired” is not -- and ethical implications, as well as morality and choice, are discussed frankly and without preaching. / The Daily Beast


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Abused in Wisconsin? If you, or someone you know, were sexually abused as a child at St. John’s School for the Deaf in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, we have an important message for you: Because the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has declared bankruptcy, you may now be able to bring a claim — even if previously you were told you could not. However, because there will be a limited amount of time the courts will allow for you to bring a claim, you must act now or you may be forever prohibited from doing so. Go to www.AbusedinWisconsin.com Today! Jeff Anderson & Associates

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SPORTS
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA
DISABLED STUDENT BARRED FROM BASEBALL TEAM SUES SCHOOL DISTRICT
A disabled student has filed a lawsuit against the Chino Valley Unified School District alleging that he's been barred from Ayala High School's baseball program due to his disabilities. The student, David Barker, is deaf and has cerebral palsy and controlled seizure disorder. Despite his physical limitations he's played baseball since he was 9, according to court documents. The boy is seeking a judge's order to force the school to allow him to participate with the baseball team, said his attorney, Jason Ryan Thompson. / Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Middletown, PA
DEAF PLAYER FULFILLS DREAM OF PLAYING FOR PENN STATE
The pregame meeting. For a basketball team, this is where it all comes together. But the team at Penn State Harrisburg requires another set of hands; because one of it's players is deaf. Six-foot five-inch Doug Persing is just a freshman, so he doesn't play a lot. His mere presence, though, has taught his teammates at this Division III program that not only do you need a nose for the ball, you have make the most of your other senses, too. Communication is about connecting; and Doug constantly receives a huge assist from his interpreter, Kendra Blessing. / CBS 21

Rochester, NY
AT GATES CHILI, BROTHERS KEN AND PAUL GENTZKE ARE PART OF THE TEAM
As practice comes to a close at the Genesee Valley Ice Arena, Gates Chili players take a knee and form a circle at center ice around Joe Jehlen. Two dozen sets of eyes are fixed on the coach, who is telling his players that it's exam week and they need to focus on studying hard while keeping something in their tanks for hockey. But Ken and Paul Gentzke don't look at Jehlen. They stare across the ice at Eileen Hayes, who is in skates and using sign language to convey Jehlen's words. / Democrat and Chronicle

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Austin, TX
CHUCK BAIRD, NOTED ARTIST AND RIT/NTID ALUMNUS, DIES
Chuck Baird, a famed artist who helped establish De’VIA, a type of painting depicting the life of a deaf individual in a hearing world, died this morning in Austin, Texas, after a four-year battle with cancer. He was 64. / NTID News


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EMPLOYMENT
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You can advertise your job openings here for just $20 a week (up to 100 words, 10 cents each add'l word). To place your ad, send the announcement to mail@deafweekly.com.

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Mental Health Program Consultant (Mental Health Specialist)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division
Minnesota Department of Human Services

Two positions available:
St. Cloud, MN
Mankato, MN

$ 46,312-$ 68,257 annually / Full benefits

Job Description:
This position provides culturally affirmative mental health services to D/HH adults coping with mental health issues. The main responsibility of the Mental Health Specialist is to provide psychotherapy/ counseling services and the remaining of time will include clinical case management/coordination, consultation, training, aftercare planning, and community placement assistance for D/HH adults.

Minimum Qualifications:
Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL)
At least 2 years advanced profession experience, OR 1 year advanced professional experience plus 2 years professional experience providing direct mental health services to D/HH individuals.
Master's Degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or behavioral-health related field
Licensed or license-eligible for LPC, LPCC, LP, LICSW or LMFT in the state of Minnesota

Contact: Dr. John Gournaris
e-mail: john.gournaris@state.mn.us

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Rehabilitation Specialist -- Part Time

Arundel Lodge, Inc. is a mental health agency located in Edgewater, MD. We provide psychiatric rehabilitation services to mentally ill adults. Rehabilitation Specialist (20 hours per week) will provide daily living skills support to deaf or hard of hearing clients in a classroom setting and in the community. Duties also include; medication monitoring, transporting to appointments, and applying crisis intervention when needed. Must be fluent in American Sign Language. Minimum qualifications are high school diploma or equivalent, related work experience and education in Human Services or related field preferred. Send resume to; Arundel Lodge, Inc., Human Resources, 2600 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD 21037; Email; Lmurphy@arundellodge.org, Fax: (410) 841-6045, www.arundellodge.org.

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JOB OPENING

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is seeking applicants for Information Coordinator for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  The position is located in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Minimum Qualifications:
-- Bachelor Degree
-- Two years of administrative experience providing services to the deaf and hard of hearing 
-- Good organizational skills with the ability to multitask

Preferred Requirements: 
-- Ability to communicate efficiently using American Sign Language
  
Duties include collecting and reviewing information pertaining to deafness and coordinating dissemination of information. Identifying services available to consumers and develop a system to maintain current information useful to state agencies, parents, and consumers on a statewide basis. Maintain database information keeping it accurate and current as well as tracking requests handled. Maintain information on the web as it pertains to the directory. Biannually publish a statewide directory of services to the deaf and hard of hearing for consumers and their families. Maintain agency library to provide deaf related materials to constituents. Oversee data entry and duties pertaining to the KCDHH Library. Represents the agency on boards, committees, and attends meeting directed by the Executive Director; other duties as assigned.

Please direct any questions to Rachel Morgan at 632 Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601, 502-573-2604 V/T, Rachel.Morgan@ky.gov.

For more information please visit: http://www.kcdhh.org/bulletin/jobopportunities.html

Deadline for Application: Open until filled

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment.

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JOB OPENING

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is seeking applicants for Interpreter I.  The position is located in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Minimum Qualifications:
-- Temporary/Permanent license as an interpreter issued by the Kentucky Board of Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
-- High School Diploma 
-- Good organizational skills with the ability to multitask

Duties for this position include providing interpreting/transliterating services for deaf and hard of hearing staff for meetings, conferences, workshops, interviews, telephone calls, etc., including one to one and group settings. Prepare written translations of speeches, legal materials, and other instructional and educational materials. Participate in special workshops and in-service training activities to further professional development. Assist the Telecommunication Access Program in processing applications, working with consumers and understanding of the equipment being provided. Assist in maintaining financial documentation/filing and other daily office tasks.
Assist the Access Center with projects, research and assignments as determined by the Executive Director. Conducts research and provides assistance on special projects as assigned by the Executive Director; other duties as assigned.

Please direct any questions to Rachel Morgan at 632 Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601, 502-573-2604 V/T, Rachel.Morgan@ky.gov.

For more information please visit: http://www.kcdhh.org/bulletin/jobopportunities.html

Deadline for Application: Open until filled

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Therapeutic Staff Support—TSS Professionals

Looking for an enticing job that challenges your character and skills? Look no further! Working with children in an apprenticeship role will instill you with new skills that can be used in fields such as: psychology, education, business and government.

You will learn the magical art of healthy working relationships in the classroom, conjuring boundaries with children and learn the valuable trade of managing children’s behaviors.

You will be provided with resources and support from the behavior specialist on a weekly basis. Have strong “people’s person skills? You will find this job to be a good fit, and for those who strive to be a “people’s person” the behavior specialist s will teach you valuable skills to help you be successful in the workplace environment.

TSS candidates must possess a bachelors degree in Psychology, Social Work, Human Services or related field and one year previous work experience with children or at minimum 60 college credits and three years work experience with children.

TSS Aide candidates must possess a high school diploma and two years of verified volunteer or paid work experience with children.

All applicants must be proficient in American Sign Language (ASL).

Case assignments are generally in a school setting, however some clients require services in the home. Work hours vary from ten to thirty hours per week based on approved client hours and staff flexibility to accept more than one assignment. Work is available in Philadelphia and Bucks County.

For immediate consideration please email your resume to mstoll@warwickfamilyservices.com or via fax to 267-525-7014.

For additional information about our company log on to our website: www.warwickfamilyservices.com

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LOCATION: Deaf Mental Health Services

Position: Mental Health Practitioner/Community Support Specialist

PT (Tues 1pm-9:30pm, Wed 9am-5:30pm, Fri 1pm-9:30pm) Mental Health Practitioner/Community Support Specialist position available at a deaf mental health service program in Minneapolis. The primary responsibility of this individual will be to provide overall staff support and direction to the Deaf Mental Health Services Program drop-in center services. The individual will also have primary responsibility for scheduling and planning recreational/social activities in the drop-in, psychosocial rehabilitation skill training to individual clients, and provide information, referrals, and advocacy for clients both in the center and in the community. To qualify for this position your must be fluent in American Sign Language, have a Bachelor’s degree and two years experience providing direct services to adults with mental illness. Ability to read, analyze and interpret general human service periodicals, a familiarity with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind histories and culture, ability to work independently as well as part of a tea, and valid driver’s license also required. Salary $17.80/hour Job Code: MHP500

Information: Tawnie Langenfeld, Human Resources, People Incorporated, tawnie.langenfeld@peopleincorporated.org

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FACULTY POSITION OPENING

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE

Northridge, California 91330

Department: Deaf Studies

Effective Date of Appointment: August 2012
(Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor (Two Tenure-Track Positions)

Salary: Dependent on Qualifications

Qualifications: Earned doctorate in Deaf Studies, Linguistics, American Sign Language (ASL), or closely related field of study. ABD candidates will be considered, but doctorate must be completed by the time of appointment (August 2012). 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 the 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: (1) a letter of application that includes statements of teaching and research interests, (2) a current curriculum vitae that includes educational background, prior teaching experience, and evidence of scholarship and/or related professional experience, (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness/potential (including sample syllabi and summaries of student evaluations, if available), (4) photocopies of all earned degrees and certificates, and (5) the names and contact information of at least three professional references.

Application Deadline:
Screening to begin on February 24, 2012. Position to remain open until filled.

Inquiries and nominations should be addressed to:

Flavia S. Fleischer, Chair
Department of Deaf Studies
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California 91330-8265

General Information:
California State University, Northridge, one of the largest of the 23 campuses of The California State University system, is located twenty-five miles northwest of central Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, a suburb with a multi-ethnic population of over one million people. The University enrolls approximately 35,000 students (27,000 FTEs) from diverse ethnic backgrounds, served by 4,000 faculty. Nine Colleges offer baccalaureate degrees in 70 degree programs, master’s degrees in 58 graduate degree programs, 1 doctorate graduate program and 55 teaching credentials in the field of education, and various opportunities in extended learning and other special programs. 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/police/clery-report-2009.pdf. 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 identity, sexual orientation, sexual expression, gender, marital status, age, disability, genetic information, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status.

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Compliance Analyst

To apply for this position with Purple Communications, please follow this link and apply through our Careers Page:

http://www.purple.us/job-search.aspx?jobid=214637

About Purple Communications

Purple Communications is one of the nation's largest providers of communication services for the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech-disabled communities. As a leading provider of onsite interpreting services, video relay and text relay services, and video remote interpreting, the Company delivers a wide array of options designed to meet the varied communication needs of its customers.

Purple Communications’ vision is to improve the quality of life of its customers by being their premier provider of high quality, innovative communication services that break down communications barriers.

Job Description:

Compliance Analyst

The Compliance Analyst acts as staff to the Compliance Director and the Chief Legal Officer and is responsible for monitoring and reporting results of corporate compliance programs to the Compliance Director. In addition the Compliance Analyst will provide support to the Compliance Director in review of Company programs and communications, and will assist in the day-to-day management and continuing implementation of the Company’s Compliance plans and policies.

This position ensures management and employees are in compliance with the applicable rules of relevant regulatory agencies, that company policies and procedures are being followed and that behavior in the organization meets the company’s standards of conduct. This position exists to support, together with the Compliance Director, a direct channel of communication to receive and direct compliance issues to appropriate resources for investigation and resolution and as an internal resource with whom concerned parties may communicate.

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES

Compliance Training
-- Design, produce, maintain and track Compliance Training program
-- Work directly with managers and employees across the Company as a liaison
-- Assessment and review of content
-- Technical troubleshooting
-- Answer questions on Purple corporate policies and compliance rules as they relate to content
-- Tracking deadlines and completion status

Compliance Hotline and Investigations
-- Monitor and respond to Purple’s Compliance hotline
-- Conduct investigations reporting the results of those investigations to Compliance Director
-- Articulate core Purple Compliance policies to staff identifying urgent issues that need to be elevated to Compliance Director

Program Review
-- Assist with review of Purple corporate programs, marketing collateral, communications, and related documents as pertain to regulatory issues and/or industry best practices
-- Analysis and Review of Reports
-- Analysis and review of reports on weekly and monthly basis and liaise with Finance, IT, and Customer Care departments regarding same

Maintenance of Form Documents and Policies
-- Draft and Update Form Documents, Policies and Procedures as directed by the Compliance Director
-- Assist Compliance Director with Compliance Manual Updates
-- Update and Maintain Compliance Intranet Site

Call Escalation Process
-- Review, analyze & determine next steps for call escalation reports including interpreter follow up, customer follow up, or any necessary company action such as filing police reports concerning callers who criminally misuse the service.

Subpoena Review
-- Review and respond to subpoena requests

Audits
-- Support internal compliance audits and lead audits of programs and services providing oversight of projects

Day to Day Operations of Compliance Program
As directed by the Compliance Director, the Compliance Analyst will provide support on a variety of projects in the day-to-day operations of Compliance Department.

SUMMARY OF REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

The ideal candidate should demonstrate a high level of competency and knowledge of best practices in regulatory and legal environments, including accuracy, confidentiality, and ethical compliance.

-- Strong writing, verbal, and research skills
-- Strong project management experience and skills
-- A minimum of three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience performing advanced legal or compliance activities
-- Law firm experience is highly preferred
-- Paralegal degree, and/or compliance experience in regulated industry is preferred
-- ASL fluency is preferred

This is a full-time position located in Rocklin, California.

To apply for this position with Purple Communications, please follow this link and apply through our Careers Page:

http://www.purple.us/job-search.aspx?jobid=214637

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