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February 16, 2011
Vol. 7, No. 17

Editor: Tom Willard

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Bratislava, Slovakia
MINISTRY BLAMES ORGANIZERS FOR CANCELLED DEAFLYMPICS GAMES AND TAKES NO RESPONSIBILITY
The organizing of the 2011 Winter Deaflympic Games was under the control of non-governmental entities and private individuals who planned the event without receiving consent from the Education, Science and Sports Ministry, states a release from the ministry provided to the media on February 14. The Slovak Association of Deaf Athletes expressed interest in Slovakia hosting the event as early as 2005 but the ministry issued its disapproval of the country's candidacy because of high costs and did not pledge backing for it, the ministry wrote. / The Slovak Spectator

Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia
ICSD PURSUING LEGAL ACTION FOLLOWING FAILURE OF 17TH WINTER OLYMPICS
As the ICSD continues to do its utmost to resolve the crisis in Slovakia, ICSD President Craig Crowley and the ICSD Executive Board acknowledged the messages received from members of the Deaf sports community around the world. "We understand the deep distress and anguish everyone is feeling about the failure of the 17th Winter Deaflympics. We are devastated by it," commented Crowley. / ICSD

Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia
ICSD CONFIRMS ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FAILURE TO DELIVER 17TH WINTER DEAFLYMPICS
Following intensive meetings in the Slovakian town where the 2011 Winter Deaflympics were to have been hosted, the ICSD leadership team has been able to confirm the local organising committee's comprehensive failure to deliver on its promises. "After arriving here in Vysoké Tatry to begin our monitoring of final preparations for the Winter Deaflympics, we became increasingly concerned about the lack of readiness and the absence of key organisers," commented ICSD Chief Executive Tiffany Granfors. / ICSD

Levoca, Slovakia
TOWN OF LEVOCA WANTS TO SUE SLOVAK DEAFLYMPICS COMMITTEE
The town's mayor [predicted in January] that the Deaflympics will not be held in Slovakia as planned, on February 18-26, because the sporting venues are not ready. “It will be a massive disgrace for Slovakia,” he said. Media in Slovakia link problems with the 17th Winter Deaflympics to a criminal case of misappropriation of EUR 1.6 million ($2,160,000 US) sponsorship funds from September 2008. One of the two suspects in the case is Jaromir Ruda, who claims to be the president of the Slovak Deaflympics Committee. / Webnoviny.ski

Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia
DECLARATION ABOUT 17TH WINTER DEAFLYMPICS 2011 IN THE VYSOKE TATRY
Chairman of the Organizing Committee of 17th Winter Deaflympics for bridging the time to obtain resources for the upcoming 17th Deaflympic Winter Games is trying to get last minute domestic partner who would provide a loan. Unfortunately, despite serious efforts, this failed and negotiations were completed unsuccessfully. Given the time factor in games can not prepare in the original deadline. Decision to cancel the 17th Winter Deaflympics was made in order not to increase spending arrival of foreign participants. All costs to date are recorded and immediately work and debt have been cleared as soon as possible. / Slovakia Deaflympics Committee

Erie, PA
DEAFLYMPIC HOCKEY TEAM DENIED SHOT AT GOLD
Miles Gates and Bo Ruef will have to wait another four years to experience a golden opportunity. The Erie natives and the rest of the United States Deaflympic hockey team expected to board a flight to Slovakia on Friday night to participate in the 17th Winter Deaflympics. Then coach Jeff Sauer's phone rang. The quadrennial event, set for Friday through Feb. 26 in Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia, was canceled, a USA Deaf Sports Federation official told Sauer. / Erie Times-News

Boston, MA
WINTER DEAFLYMPICS CANCELED FOR LOCAL ATHLETES
Five Massachusetts hockey players, who were representing Team USA in the 17th Winter Deaflympics, were notified Friday that the event has been canceled. The 10-day event was scheduled to begin Feb. 18 in Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia. Beside hockey, winter games include curling, snowboarding, cross country and alpine skiing. The U.S. hockey team members were practicing in Lake Placid, N.Y., and were about to leave for the games when they were notified by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf. / WCVB Boston

Toronto, ON, Canada
WINTER DEAF GAMES CANCELLATION MET WITH ANGER
Friday's cancellation of the 17th Winter Deaflympics in Slovakia left Kimberley Rizzi with both a sick stomach and the task of getting her team home from Europe. The executive director for the Canadian Deaf Sports Association was in Vienna, Austria, checking her emails and making last-minute preparations for the opening of the 10-day event when it all went wrong. Slovak organizers, apparently unable to obtain funding to see the event through, put out a quick statement Friday night, saying the 600-athlete celebration was finished before it started. / CBC Sports

Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia
INTERVIEW WITH TIFFANY GRANFORS, ICSD CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Interview with Tiffany Granfors, ICSD Chief Executive -- Dawn Jani (DJ): With the recent cancellation of the Games and the deaf sport world is still in shock so I am here to seek answers to some questions. Tiffany Granfors (TG): Hello and thanks for inviting me for this interview. I will offer explanations. DJ: OK, I understand that you arrived here earlier and faced some obstacles. Will you elaborate, please? TG: Yes, I will. I am as shocked as you are. / H3 Network Media

Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia
H3 INTERVIEW WITH CRAIG CROWLEY, PRESIDENT OF ICSD
Craig Crowley: Hello, I’m Craig Crowley, President of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD)/Deaflympics. Dawn Jani: You mentioned last year that the name of “Deaflympics” has to uphold to IOC’s regulations and that if the name of “Deaflympics” is unable to meet IOC regulations, then maybe the term Deaflympics should be discontinued and return to its previous name, which is Deaf Games. How much weight does the name “Deaflympics” carry? And how does this impact the future of Deaflympics? / H3 Network Media


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NATIONAL
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Washington, DC
GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES ELIMINATION OF 17 ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
Gallaudet University announced Monday that several of its programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels will close in August 2013. This decision by the university’s governing board was made for the purposes of long-term planning and strategic resource allocation. The university’s academic program restructuring process began in January 2010 with the formation of a 14-member Program Prioritization Task Force. / GU News

See Also LIST OF ELIMINATED PROGRAMS (PDF) / GU BOT

Albany, NY
FUTURE OF NEW YORK STATE'S 4201 SCHOOLS IN JEOPARDY
Rochester School for the Deaf. Lexington School for the Deaf. Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf. Henry Viscardi School. Lavelle School for the Blind. The New York Institute for the Blind. Cleary School for the Deaf. New York School for the Deaf. St. Mary's School for the Deaf. St. Joseph's School for the Deaf. St. Frances de Sales School for the Deaf. All of these 11 schools' futures are in jeopardy. / Deaf Tranquil Life

See Also DEAF NY ACTION / Website

Salt Lake City, UT
USDB REMOVED FROM STATE BUDGET-CUT LIST
The Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind appears to be safe from state budget cuts. Last week the State Board of Education drafted a list of potential programs that could be cut should the state budgets be tightened this year. Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind was on that list, which caused a lot of concern in state residents. However, the board finalized that list on Friday, and Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind was no longer on it. / The Associated Press

Northridge, CA
DEAF CSUNI
ANS HOST MISS DEAF CSUN PAGEANT
Silent applause and screams poured out the doors of Plaza del Sol Friday night as judges crowned this year’s Miss Deaf CSUN 2011. Freshman psychology major, Janel Schmidt, from Fremont, kicked off the pageant with the talent portion of the competition, with a dance performance to Britney Spears’ “Lucky.” Brandon Marin and Spencer Montan served as the pageant’s masters of ceremonies. “I’m speechless, no, I’m sign-less,” they said. / Daily Sundial

New Brunswick, NJ
COURSE CONNECTS DEAF, HEARING COMMUNITIES
Speaking with hands instead of words, University students learned American Sign Language through a course that focuses not only on helping students develop their skills, but also gaining a better understanding of the deaf community. Co-adjunct professor Charlotte Karras started teaching ASL at the University in the summer of 1990, when she was asked to share her abilities with University students. Although Karras has partial hearing as a side effect from a childhood disease, she said she does not let her disability get in the way of her teaching. / The Daily Targum

Internet
BAD NEWS: NO DATA-ONLY PLAN FOR AN I-PHONE 4 FOR VERIZON
Today, I called Verizon Customer Support, regardin
g a data-only without a voice plan for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. We know that AT&T have their own plan called TAP, or Text Accessibility Plan from $35 to $65. Verizon offers a data-only plan for 3G smartphones, but this does not apply to the new iPhone 4. / DeafTechNews

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Auckland, New Zealand
DEAF CHARITY HIT BY FRAUD
Leanne French was once respected for her work with the charitable Hearing Association, raising money to help deaf people. Now, the stylishly-dressed bookkeeper has admitted stealing $282,000 ($213,000 US) while working for the charity in Auckland, to fund a secret gambling habit. As she broke down in tears, a judge was told she had put the hearing of a generation of young New Zealanders at risk. / New Zealand Herald

Halifax, NS, Canada
DEAF ATHLETES INSPIRE INGENUITY, SIGNING FROM TEAMMATES AT CANADA GAMES
Elizabeth Dagg doesn't hear the cross-ice screams of British Columbia's ringette squad, but the deaf player finds other ways to communicate in a fast-breaking sport where an unexpected pass can clinch a game. Coach Richard White describes the 17-year-old deaf athlete as having an almost uncanny ability to see or "sense" where the ring should go. "There's been times there's been three people on Elizabeth. There's no way she can see anybody. She can't hear them. But for some reason she knows where to put the ring," the coach said in an interview. / Winnipeg Free Press

Toronto, ON, Canada
DEAF-BLIND COUPLE CAN FEEL THE LOVE
After 32 years of marriage, Mary and Stephen Lindop still start each day with a hug. When Stephen wakes up, he embraces his 67-year-old wife and kisses her on the forehead, nose and chin. He knows Mary loves him, even when she doesn’t say the words. “You can feel a cat purring when a cat is happy, and that’s how you know the cat loves you — it’s the same with Mary,” explains Stephen, 66. “I can feel that Mary loves me.” Stephen and Mary rely on touch and intuition to read their relationship. They are both deaf-blind. / Toronto Star

London, England
DEAF COACH CHRIS SCORES TOP AWARD
A deaf football coach, who represented Great Britain as a player and as a manager, has been honoured with a top award. Chris Gwynn, of Cranesfield, Sherborne St John, won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Deaf Sports Personality of the Year at Wembley Stadium. Around 900 people were told about Mr Gwynn’s impressive list of achievements, which include winning a gold medal at the World Deaf Games in 1989 with the GB Men side. / Basingstoke Gazette

Weston, England
BLIND AND DEAF TRAVELLER'S AMAZING FEAT
Blind and partially deaf globetrotter Tony Giles has achieved another incredible feat – by stepping foot on the world’s coldest continent. The 32-year-old, originally from Milton, travelled to Antarctica in February during a nine-day cruise. Following this latest expedition, he is one of few disabled people who can say they have travelled to every continent in the world. / Weston & Somerset Mercury

Ayr, Scotland
DEAF WOMAN TERRIFIED AFTER AYR HOME IS RAIDED BY THIEVESS
A deaf woman’s house was raided by thieves as she slept in her bedroom. Denise Thompson was only woken up when she felt the vibration of her door closing and realised that her bedroom light was on. The brave 26-year-old jumped out of bed and ran out of her flat to discover two thieves stealing her car. / Ayrshire Post

Sydney, Australia
DEAF AND BLIND INSTITUTE CEO RETIRES
It was 1978 when John Berryman was hired to insta
ll the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children's first computer. Thirty-three years later, the institute has hundreds of computers and Mr Berryman is signing off after 26 years as the organisation's chief executive officer. "It's been a very big part of my life and a very rewarding part of my life but I do recognise it's time to let younger, more vigorous, more up-to-date people take the reigns," Mr Berryman told AAP. / Ninemsn

New Delhi, India
DEAF, MUTE YOUTH HELD FOR MINOR'S RAPE
A class 3 student of a government school was raped by her deaf and mute neighbour in west Delhi, police said Thursday. The accused has been arrested. Mannu, 20, was caught after a power utility employee came to the eigh-year-old girl's help in Kanjhawala. The incident occurred around 3.15 p.m. / Sify

New Delhi, India
DEAF ELIGIBLE FOR
DRIVING LICENSE: DELHI HIGH COURT
The Delhi high court allowed on Monday the plea of National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and said if the deaf person approaches the transport department for a driving licence then the same should be given if he passes the test. Till now, the motor vehicles act prohibits the deaf from obtaining a driver’s licence on the ground that they could be a source of danger to the public. / Daily News & Analysis

Bahrain
VIVA BACKS BAHRAIN DEAF SOCIETY
Viva, a leading telecom service provider in Bahrain, will sponsor a six month workshop organised by the Bahrain Deaf Society. The company’s corporate social responsibility programme titled Viva Jusoor will focus on breaking barriers between people with special needs and the community, a statement said. The workshop, that aims to train society members in designing silver jewellery, will empower the members to enter the job market. / Trade Arabia

Turku, Finland
SIGN LANGUAGE DAY IS CELEBRATED FOR THE SECOND TIME
Sign Language Day was celebrated on Saturday for the second time in Finland. The occasion was marked by both Finnish and Swedish speakers. The main celegration was held in Turku where the local Association for the Deaf is celebrating its 125th birthday this year. Events also took place in other parts of the country including Helsinki and Tampere. / YLE News

China
GENE DETECTOR TO PREVENT CHILD DEAFNESS IN CHINA
In China, more than 1 million children become deaf due to misuse of antibiotics such as streptomycin, kanamycin and gentamicin. But a gene detector, which can identify genes related to deafness, is expected to turn the tide on this problem. China's State Food and Drug Administration had approved the detector for clinical use. The device will be made available for hospitals across the country, said Cheng Jing. / Xinhua


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Detroit, MI
DEAF HAVE FEW OPTIONS IN DRUG, ALCOHOL FIGHT
In 2008, facing an uncertain future after a string of layoffs, Richie Najor, 41, slipped into alcohol and drugs. A year and a half later, after a binge in his parents' West Bloomfield garage, he was disgusted that his tolerance was too high to even get a buzz. It was time to get help. "I felt like a failure. I felt stuck. I lost faith in myself," Najor said -- in sign language. Najor was born deaf, and because there are only a few local therapists and counselors trained in American Sign Language and funding for treatment programs is dwindling, he had few options. / Detroit Free Press

Bakersfield, CA
REMARKABLE YOUNG WOMAN BRIDGING GAP BETWEEN DEAF, HEARING WORLDS
I was introduced to Kira Haidze by Susan DeLong, a Lake Isabella- based author. DeLong wrote a book called "Silent Love" about a young deaf woman. Kira, 22, is deaf and met DeLong at a booksigning at Borders. DeLong fell in love and said I would too. She was right. / The Bakersfield Californian

Aurora, NE
HAMILTON RELAY OFFERS $500 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
Hamilton Relay, Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) provider, will award 18 scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year. The (USD) $500.00 scholarship will be awarded to one graduating high school senior who is deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or has difficulty speaking, in each of the states where Hamilton holds the TRS contract. Applications are due March 1, 2011. / PRNewswire


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Rochester, NY
TELEVISED DEAF DISCRIMINATION OFERS OPPORTUNITY FOR DISCUSSION, EDUCATION
A recent hidden camera scenario shown on network television proved something that deaf and hard-of-hearing job seekers have known for decades: they often face discrimination and must sell themselves more than their hearing peers to land a job. The segment aired Feb. 4 on ABC’s “What Would You Do?” program. Nearly five million viewers watched two actresses apply for a job at a coffee shop in New Jersey. The managers, also actors, immediately told the girls they wouldn’t be hired because they were deaf. / NTID News

Pleasanton, CA
DEAFHOPE EX
ECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO JOIN ALAMEDA COUNTY WOMEN'S HALL OF FAME
Julie Rems-Smario, a Pleasanton resident, will be inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame on March 19 for her work as executive director of DeafHope in Oakland. DeafHope was founded in 2003 to provide services to deaf survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. / Patch

Tyler, TX
SIGNING FOR THE FUTURE: TRAINING THE PROFESSIONALS OF TOMORROW
Most people think of languages in terms of spoken words and phrases. They rarely consider other types of languages such as body language or in this case sign language. Tyler Junior College offers a sign language interpreter training program where it is possible to attain an associates degree or a skills certificate, if one already has or is pursuing another degree. According to Rhonda McKinzie, department chair of Sign Language Interpreting, there are about 30 to 40 students at TJC that need a sign language interpreter and there is a shortage of interpreters. / The Apache Pow Wow

Bowling Green, KY
CAPTIONISTS HELP DEAF STUDENTS KEEP UP IN CLASS
Cortney Scott is an agriculture education major and is ahead of schedule on academic hours. She is also considered half deaf. Scott, Clarksville senior who is in her thrid year at WKU, is gradually losing hearing in both of her ears. “They think I was born with it, but they’re not sure,” said Scott, who uses aids for both ears. Scott is one of seven students at WKU who uses the captioning system provided by the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services, coordinator Sarah Gibbs said. / College Heights Herald


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Los Angeles, CA
ON 'APPRENTICE,' MARLEE MATLIN TELLS UNSUSPECTING BUSEY HE'S DEAF, TOO
Before anyone could push Gary Busey under the "Celebrity Apprentice bus, Marlee Matlin made sure he could hear it coming. During the month-long taping of Donald Trump's latest "Apprentice" series, Matlin realized that Busey was suffering from severe hearing loss and didn't know it. "Jack Jason, my interpreter, kept signing that someone kept yelling 'What?! What?!' " Matlin told The Post. "I asked him who it was and he said [Busey]," she explains. / New York Post

St. Paul, MN
MINNESOTA FILM AIMS TO HELP DEAF WOMEN FACING BREAST CANCER
Learning you have breast cancer is never easy, but for members of the deaf community the diagnosis can be particularly isolating. Now a group of Minnesota film makers are trying to change that with a documentary called "Signing On." The film will be previewed this weekend in St. Paul, but it's already attracting attention internationally in the deaf community. / Minnesota Public Radio


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Washington, DC
GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY MAKING NOISE IN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
The coach doesn't yell encouragement, the players don't shout out plays and not a whistle is heard. The only sounds during practice are the bounce, bounce, bounce of the basketball, and the thumping of feet running up and down the court. But in their own quiet way, the Lady Bison of Gallaudet University in northeast Washington are making a lot of noise. After years of mediocrity, its women's basketball team is the surprise of the NCAA's Division III this season. / ABC News

See Also DEAF TEAM'S STANDOUT SEASON DRAWS CHEERS / NPR

Northridge, CA
MICHAEL LIZARRAGA INSPIRES 14-YEAR-OLD
He received the e-mail only a few weeks ago, but already Christopher Caulfield has big plans for the missive. "I'm going to keep it for the rest of my life,'' the 14-year-old said. Chances are you've never heard of the author. Michael Lizarraga isn't famous. He isn't an All-America candidate or future NBA draft pick, and he isn't dating a supermodel. He plays for the third-place team in the Big West, Cal State Northridge. Bonus points if you know the school nickname is the Matadors. / ESPN

Delavan, WI
DELAVAN'S WISCONSIN
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF WINS TOURNAMENT
A second-half rally carried the Wisconsin School for the Deaf’s boys basketball team to the Great Plains Tournament championship this past weekend. Wisconsin overcame a 5-point halftime deficit in holding off New Mexico School for the Deaf, 31-28. Tony Davis scored 12 points to lead Wisconsin, which is now 19-1 overall, in the championship game. / WCLO

Tampa, FL
WEST BAY DEAF BASKETBALL TEAM IS BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER
If it weren't for basketball, something really important might be missing from their lives. The West Bay deaf basketball team gives some of its players their first real shot at playing sports, while feeling right in their element. Right now, the team practices twice a week, five hours at a time, as they prepare for a big state-wide deaf basketball tournament in Orlando. / ABC Action News


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Northridge, CA
DR. BARBARA E. BOYD, IN MEMORIAM
CSUN Family & Friends, we announce with deep sorrow that Dr. Barbara E. Boyd, 67, passed away on February 14th. She was a teacher, friend, mom and mentor to many of us. After teaching at CSUN for more than 30 years, she retired last year. Barbara truly loved CSUN and her students. She always expected and got the best out of each and every one of us. She was honored by the City of Los Angeles, GLAD, IMPACT, NCOD, Jewish Deaf Congress Hall of Fame, and others for her extraordinary service to the deaf community, as a volunteer, tutor and mentor. / CSUN News & Events

Braintree, MA
OBITUARY: TJOAN TAN
Mr. Tan was the husband of Ellena M. (Chomicz) Tan. He leaves his daughter, Lien Woodin of Portland, Maine, his brothers, Hadi Setiadi and Budi Setiadi and his sister, Julianti Setiadi. / Patch

See Also IN MEMORY OF TJOAN TAN (PDF) / MSAD

Fort Worth, TX
VIRGENE BICE (1923-2011)
Virgene Bice, 87, wonderful loving wife, devoted and beloved mother, treasured sister, grandmother and great-grandmother stepped into the eternal presence of her Lord on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011. Virgene was born Oct. 7, 1923, in Athens, Ohio, and graduated from the Ohio School for the Deaf in Columbus. In 1988, after 14 years of service, Virgene retired from the Texas School for the Deaf, where she served as a cottage parent with a lasting influence on many deaf youth. / Star-Telegram

Washington, DC
LONGTIME GALLAUDET COMMUNITY RELATIONS CHAIR GEORGE A. BOYD DIES
Dr. George A. Boyd, longtime chair of the Gallaudet Community Relations Council (GCRC), died Tuesday, February 1 at his home in Northeast Washington, D.C. near the Gallaudet campus. Funeral services took place at the University's Elstad Auditorium on Saturday, February 12. / GU News

San Rafael, CA
MEMORIAL HELD FOR MARIN'S 'BAREFOOT RABBI'
A memorial service was held Sunday for Rabbi Jerry Winston, a spiritual leader known for conducting interfaith marriages at a time when many mainstream Marin rabbis refused to do so. Rabbi Winston died Dec. 19 in San Rafael of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 74. Rabbi Winston was born on Sept. 9, 1936 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He moved west and attended Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles and later served as a rabbi for deaf congregations in Los Angeles and New York. / Marin Independent Journal


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

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

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

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

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

DEADLINE: Friday, March 18, 2010 at 12:00pm

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

DCARA is an At-Will and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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FACULTY POSITION OPENING

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE
Northridge, California 91330

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

Rank: Department Chair Rank of Associate Professor or Professor

Salary: Dependent on Qualifications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FACULTY POSITION OPENING
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE

Northridge, California 91330

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

Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure-Track)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADVOCATES INC.

www.advocatesinc.org

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

Director, Deaf Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advocates is an EOE committed to employing a diverse workforce.

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