February 18, 2015
Vol. 11, No. 16
Editor: Tom Willard
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PROPOSAL TO DOWNSIZE TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF STIRS ANGER
The Texas School for the Deaf sits on 67 acres in between South 1st and South Congress. It looks more like a small college campus than a traditional school building. But then again, says school superintendent Claire Bugen, this isn't a traditional school. She says the school is no longer the asylum it was built to be back in the late 1800s. But even with innovations like online classes, and local districts simply making an effort to accommodate deaf students, the school is home to more than 500 students, with about half of them living on campus. / The Texas Tribune
See Also BALDWIN: DON'T SELL TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF PROPERTY / Austin American-Statesman
San Jose, CA
SCIENTISTS WARN OF A 'DEAF GENERATION' AS DAILY NOISE POLLUTION REACHES SATURATION LEVELS
A "deaf generation" exposed to constant noise may be losing the ability to hear as nature intended, a sound expert has claimed. As a result people could be missing out on the positive effects from natural sounds that contribute to good health and well-being, research suggests. Dr. Kurt Fristrup, who has monitored sound levels in 90 US national parks including Yosemite, Grand Teton and the Grand Canyon, stressed that hearing is a 'universal learning sense' active even when we are sleeping or anaesthetized. / Daily Mail
LAWSUITS SAY HARVARD, MIT WEBCASTS LEAVE OUT DEAF AMERICANS
An advocacy group for the deaf on Thursday sued Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, saying the prestigious schools had violated laws by posting online video and audio recordings for public use that lacked accurate captions. Two lawsuits charged that Harvard and MIT said the webcast recordings were intended to provide the public free access to the schools but were unusable by people with difficulty hearing because they either lacked captions or had captions that were so poor as to be unusable. / Reuters
DEAF WOMAN SUES HOSPITAL, SAYS ADA VIOLATED WHEN DAUGHTER DIED
A Franklin Township woman, who is deaf since birth, has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that a local hospital and its affiliates violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying her an interpreter when her daughter lay dying. Colleen Shaika said in the suit she "was unable to be informed of her daughter's medical condition." The suit accuses the defendants of causing "emotional distress, humiliation, anguish, emotional and physical injuries, as well as economic losses" to the mother. / Times-News
DEADLINE ESTABLISHED FOR GALLAUDET PRESIDENT APPLICATION
It is now three weeks since the position description was posted on the Gallaudet website and other forums. The response has been positive and we are receiving a steady stream of nominations and applications. Our search firm has now begun its interview process. Given this encouraging progress, the PSAC 2014 was able to determine a timeline for the search process and is therefore establishing a deadline for applications of Monday, March 2, 2015. / Gallaudet University
FCC TO PUT NEW FOCUS ON DISABILITIES
The federal agency tasked with regulating telephones, television and other communications technology is looking for advice on how to better serve people with disabilities. The Federal Communications Commission is convening a disability advisory committee for the first time. The 40-member panel, which will hold its first meeting in March, will advise and provide recommendations to regulators on topics ranging from the accessibility of 911 services to closed captioning and telecommunications relay services. / Disability Scoop
St. Augustine, FL
ALUM EMPOWERS KIDS AT FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND
An 18-month-old, born deaf and with limited vision, had no way of understanding her world or being understood. Teachers sat on the floor and worked with her one-on-one, folding her fingers into one word again and again. Two weeks later, when she’d had enough, she signed the word she’d been taught: Finished. A teacher with 30 years experience cried. That’s what happens at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB), where sixth-graders swim with manatees, the varsity football team routinely beats area high schools and a world-renowned jazz alum attracted a 60 Minutes crew. / Illinois State University Stories
CENTER FOR THE DEAF MARKS MILESTONE
Next month, members of the Jacksonville Community Center for the Deaf will celebrate 30 years of providing services and stengthening social ties in the city’s substantial and active deaf community. Bob Anderson, 84, was instrumental in the founding of the JCCD and in securing space for the group to call its own. “We were looking for a place to be, where we could socialize and where deaf people could meet,” said Anderson, who is deaf. / Jacksonville Journal Courier
LETTER: PROPOSED SERVICE CUTS WOULD FURTHER ISOLATE BLIND, DEAF RIDERS
AURORA of Central New York is a not-for-profit agency serving people with vision or hearing loss. Because our consumers are primarily users of Centro's fixed route and Call-A-Bus services, we are deeply concerned that the New York state budget does not include any increase in funding for fiscal year 2015-16. Unless Centro receives additional funding from the state, it will be necessary to drastically cut service hours during the week and eliminate services entirely on Sundays and holidays. / Syracuse.com
Colorado Springs, CO
WOMAN ACCUSED OF ROBBING, ASSAULTING ELDERLY RETURNS TO COURT
A woman accused of robbing several senior citizens was in court Tuesday. Cathy Begano learned she will remain in jail for at least another week. She will be formally charged next week. According to police, Begano was involved in robberies spanning from the Denver area to Pueblo, and each time she targeted an elderly victim. The suspect is hearing impaired, and in at least one instance allegedly used a note to convey her intentions to the victim. The note reportedly contained the words "gun" and "kill." / KKTV
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DEAF MUTE PAIR CHARGED WITH MURDER
A deaf mute pair are in custody, charged with murdering a man who fell from a Melbourne balcony. Georgia Fields, 18, and Warrick Toohey, 36, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday after their arrest earlier that day. Robert Wright, 36, died in hospital after he fell from the second floor balcony in Ringwood on January 15. The pair are also facing theft charges. / Yahoo! News
St. Francis Xavier, MB, Canada
DEAF MANITOBA CURLER DIES AFTER NIGHT SPENT OUT IN THE COLD
The family of a Manitoba man who died after spending the night outdoors is devastated and still has questions about what led him into the cold. Clifford Beaulieu, 42, was taken to hospital after police found he had spent the night outdoors. He died of his injuries. Beaulieu was spending time with some friends at a home Feb. 4. He left and never returned. "I know he froze from the elements and that, but why let him leave the house like that, and not, you know, check on him, see where he went?" said Martin Beaulieu, Clifford's brother. / CBC News
Vancouver, BC, Canada
HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL REJECTS DEAF WOMAN'S CLAIM AGAINST B.C. CASINO
The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has rejected the case of a deaf woman who claimed discrimination after a Langley, B.C., casino repeatedly asked her to stop using sign language at the table while a hand was in play. Jenny Alexander has been deaf since she was six months old, and is considered a "regular" at Gateway's Cascades Casino in Langley, 55 km outside Vancouver, where she'd often go with a friend who is also deaf. Her friend can read lips a little bit, but Alexander can only communicate through writing or signing. / canoe.ca
FIVE DEAF FILMMAKERS SELECTED FOR MOVIE TRAINING PROGRAM
Five Deaf filmmakers have been selected for 104 Films' low budget feature film training program -- with four of them having previously made programs for the BSL Zone. The program will explore the process of developing low budget feature films, aiming to give the participants the skills to successfully finance their projects. / BSL Zone
THUG ADMITS ATTACKING BIG BROTHER WINNER'S DEAF BROTHER
A thug has admitted assaulting the deaf brother of Big Brother winner Josie Gibson on a night out - leaving him covered in blood. Charlie Radnedge, 24, pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm to Harry Mook-Gibson inside a nightclub in January last year. Radnedge, wearing a navy blue jumper, spoke only to confirm his identity and plea during a three-minute hearing at Bristol Crown Court. / Mirror
AYRSHIRE DEAF SUPPORT GROUP FACES FUNDING AXE
Ayrshire’s only local deaf support charity has had vital funding axed, leaving hundreds of people in limbo. Sensory Impaired Support Group relied on Scottish Government funds to run community projects. Denise McClung, project manager, revealed that the cash was vital in helping people with both hearing and sight problems. The project’s government money comes to an end in September, with no sign of a renewal, meaning a tough year of fundraising for Denise. / Daily Record
TECHNOLOGY PUTS FUN IN LEARNING FOR DEAF PUPILS IN UAE
The Ministry of Education’s plan to ensure that all public school pupils and teachers have a tablet or laptop computer has been extended to include special-needs students. As part of a pilot programme that began in November, the Mohammed bin Rashid Smart Learning Programme now counts the Al Amal School for Deaf Students among its 147 schools offering high-tech, digital learning. / The National
ILL DEAF BOY OFFERED CHANCE TO STUDY FOR FREE AT WUHAN PRIVATE SCHOOL
A 14-year-old deaf boy who was never formerly taught how to communicate with sign language was given a chance to study for free at a school for the hearing-impaired in Wuhan, Hubei province after media reported the story of a recent operation he'd undergone. Zhu Feng was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease at the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University last year. Because of his illness, he's underweight at just 19 kilograms and underdeveloped physically. / Shanghaiist
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LIFE & LEISURE
DEVICE WOULD HELP DEAF CHILDREN DETECT SOUNDS
At age 3, Angelica Lopez is helping to break a sound barrier for deaf children. Born without working auditory nerves, she can detect sounds for the first time — and start to mimic them — after undergoing brain surgery to implant a device that bypasses missing wiring in her inner ears. Angelica is one of a small number of U.S. children who are testing what’s called an auditory brainstem implant, or ABI. The device goes beyond cochlear implants that have brought hearing to many deaf children but that don’t work for tots who lack their hearing nerve. / The Associated Press
SIGNS OF FAITH: MASS WITH PITTSBURGH'S CATHOLIC DEAF COMMUNITY
The 11:30 Sunday Mass at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church begins with the usual greetings and an unusual request — that parishioners remain seated during the hymns and other parts of the liturgy where they normally would stand. That’s so members of the Catholic Deaf Community, who form an integral part of the service, can see their colleagues as they sign the prayers, hymns, Bible readings and other parts of the liturgy. In fact, it’s so the hearing members can see them, too. / Patheos
SILENT GAMES NIGHT PROMOTES SIGN LANGUAGE, DEAF CULTURE
The Mueller Student Center at Richland Community College was uncommonly quiet Tuesday night, but only for those who didn't speak American Sign Language. A Silent Games Night was organized and led by Richland's sign language instructor, Sherrie Hildreth, as a chance for students to socialize, learn about deaf culture and practice skills. / Herald-Review
LENDING AN ALL-IMPORTANT EAR
At first glance, Grace Mariette Agolia is your normal, hardworking sophomore at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. But the more you get to know the Massapequa native, the more you will find out just how truly unique she is. / Massapequa Observer
WHEN THIS DEAF WOMAN WENT TO STARBUCKS, SHE GOT A LOT MORE THAN A TASTY FRAPPUCCINO
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WATCH ADORABLE VIDEO OF DEAF PUPPY LEARNING SIGN LANGUAGE COMMANDS FROM HIS OWNER
Old dogs might not be able to learn new tricks but young ones certainly can as this adorable video shows. Bambi the seven-month-old puppy was born deaf but the plucky pup does not let it stop him enjoying life. The cheeky Chihuahua still manages to interact with his owner after learning American Sign Language. Through a series of hand signals the pup knows how to sit, stand, beg and roll over. / Mirror
DEAF COUPLE BRING PIZZA, PERSONALIZATION WITH EMBROIDERY BUSINESS
Angie Foster and Amy Phillips made the decision nearly three years ago to move their family from North Carolina to Frederick. They were attracted to the area because they wanted their son, Seth, who is hard of hearing, to attend the Maryland School for the Deaf. They wanted Seth, now 10, to attend a school that was respectful and conducive to his growth, said Foster and Phillips, who are deaf. The family, along with 8-year-old daughter Rylie, have settled in to Frederick well. / The Frederick News-Post
St. George, UT
UTAH BUSINESS WORKS WITH DEAF CENTER TO HELP EMPLOYEES
After hiring several new employees who happened to be deaf, L'Chef General Manager Dennis Leavitt took a proactive approach to ensuring he and other staff would be able to communicate well with them by partnering with the Southern Utah State Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. As the headquarters for the company L'Chef, parent company of products like Nutrimill, Bosch and L'Equip, moves to St. George for its primary location, Leavitt said the company is growing and adding in new employees. / The Spectrum
SOUND-AWARENESS APP DEVELOPER RAISES $1.45M
Speech pathologist Sebastien Christian was made aware by a colleague of the need for sound recognition software to make members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities aware of critical sounds like smoke alarms and sirens. She impressed upon him the stress and insecurity of being alone without the reassurance of something that can alert people like her to potential danger. So he formed mobile health company OtoSense, which is raising $1.45 million to advance the development of an app. / Med City News
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
San Diego, CA
LET'S REVIEW: A LOUD SILENCE, DEAF ARTISTS EXPLORE SOUND
Art can be of great value in helping us look at concepts like “difference” and “equality” in new ways. It can even speed the process of our social evolution. The Calit2 gallery (California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology) on the UC San Diego campus is one place where they are not afraid to do this and that makes it worthy of our attention. The latest show at Calit2 is called “LOUD silence.” It’s about sound and hearing and explores the question, “What do deaf people really hear?” / La Jolla Light
DEAF COMMUNITY DISCUSS TICKET AND SEATING ISSUES WITH BOK STAFF
Progress was the key word at a discussion with the deaf community and BOK Center staff Thursday night. "I feel like they really listened to us and we were able to listen to them," said Toby Kirby, a deaf community member. After months of miscommunication and tension, the two parties left all of that outside the concert venues doors to come together and work out their problems. "It was very much an educational give and take," said Glenna Cooper. / KJRH
NMU DEBUTS NEW PLAY FEATURING DEAF CHARACTERS
Actors at Northern Michigan University are getting ready for a heart warming and engaging production this month. It’s a production that challenges the actors skills in a way that no other production has as well as the director in delivering a story that sets itself apart. The show is called Tribes. It follows Billy, who is deaf but raised by a hearing family, and his new friend Sylvia, who was raised by deaf parents and is losing her own hearing. / ABC 10
DEAF ACTRESS PERFORMING AT ALLIANCE THEATRE
One woman is turning heads on stage at the Alliance Theatre and not just because of her powerful performance. Actress Michelle Banks is deaf. Banks was bitten by the acting bug when she was 7-years-old. She worked her way up to the big stage and the small screen and she has several awards to attest to her brilliance. / FOX 5
New York, NY
LET'S SEE MORE #DEAFTALENT IN HOLLYWOOD
Over the past couple weeks, the #DeafTalent movement spread like wildfire across social media. Using this hashtag, members of the Deaf community publicly spoke out against the cultural appropriation of deafness in movies and TV. With so many talented deaf/HoH performer working to catch their big break in Hollywood, it is inexcusable that hearing actors and actresses continue being cast for these roles. / The Huffington Post
New York, NY
DEAF HEROINE SHINES IN ROMANCE
"Broken," by New York author Tanille Edwards, is a young adult novel that stars Milan, the girl everyone wants to be but no one really knows. Milan finds herself in a burgeoning supermodel career right at the start of her senior year in high school. Milan is struggling to identify with her friends and family. Milan, like every teenage girl, is fighting insecurities. Milan goes to great lengths not to be known as hearing impaired. To top it all, Milan finds herself longing for a lost love. / PRNewswire
MATTHEW KLOTZ BREAKS TWO DEAF WORLD RECORDS
Eighteen-year old Sierra Marlins backstroker Matthew Klotz broke a pair of deaf World Records over the weekend as a California/Nevada all-star team welcomed in a team from Itoman in Japan for the annual trans-Pacific dual meet. The meet was raced at the King Aquatic Center in Seattle this weekend, and Klotz’s records both came on Sunday. First, he split 27.14 in the 50 meter backstroke to leadoff the CA/NV 200 medley relay, though Itoman would ultimately win that race by half-a-second. / SwimSwam
DEAF STUDENT-ATHLETE LEADS HIGH SCHOOL BASEKTBALL TEAM
Destiny Wilson is a three sport athlete for Monsignor Pace High School – playing basketball, flag football and running track. However she’s overcoming more than just the typical challenges a player might encounter on the practice floor. Wilson is deaf, but that hasn’t stopped this junior from taking over the basketball court. She is averaging 17 points a game this season for the Spartans. / CBS Miami
Rapid City, SD
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: SCHANILEC 'OVERCOMES' HEARING DISABILITY AS MINES STUDENT-ATHLETE
Philip Schanilec calls them the insecure ages, the years in his young life when he was embarrassed to show others that he was hearing impaired. The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology junior basketball player is well over those days, his middle school years growing up on a North Dakota farm, worried about what others thought of his disability, particularly about him wearing a hearing aid. Now, what others might look at as a disability, Schanilec looks at it just as a part of his life. / Rapid City Journal
PACE GUARD DESTINY WILSON EXCELS AS ATHLETE AND STUDENT
Monsignor Pace’s Destiny Wilson is never out of sync with her teammates. Whether it’s shooting three-pointers or driving to the basket, Wilson has a knack for being in the right spot at the right time to make plays for the Spartans girls’ basketball team, which entered Tuesday night’s regional semifinals with an 18-3 record. But her talents aren’t limited to the basketball court. / Miami Herald
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Rochester Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor - Criminal Justice
Detailed Job Description
The National Technical Institute of the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor rank in Criminal Justice to start August 2015. Responsibilities include teaching introductory courses in the Criminal Justice major, as well as relevant interdisciplinary courses in the General Education core as needed.
Required Minimum Qualifications
• Ph.D, or ABD, in Criminal Justice, Juris Doctor, or terminal degree in a closely related field completed by June 2015.
Apply online at http://apptrkr.com/559100, search openings, then KEYWORD SEARCH: 1459BR.
Rochester Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor - Psychology
Detailed Job Description
The National Technical Institute of the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor rank in clinical, cognitive, developmental, behavioral, educational, or social psychology, starting August 2015. Responsibilities include teaching and tutoring introductory psychology courses, and related courses as needed.
Required Minimum Qualifications
• Ph.D., or ABD, in Psychology, or in a closely related field completed by June 2015.
• Experience teaching and mentoring Deaf and Hard of Hearing undergraduate students in introductory psychology and related courses.
Apply online at http://apptrkr.com/559111. KEYWORD SEARCH:1460BR.
The Department of World Languages and Cultures at Gallaudet University is seeking candidates for a non-tenure track 9-month appointment position to teach French and Spanish beginning in the fall of 2015. POSITION CONTINGENT UPON FUNDING. For more details please visit: http://jobs.gallaudet.edu/?select=University%20Faculty#UF-141215143753
Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) is on the lookout for one remarkably encouraging and culturally competent Service Integration Program Manager for our Olympia office.
As the Service Integration Program Manager you are responsible for the organization, administration, and effective coordination of the integration of niche services within the provision of DSHS or State of Washington programs, services and activities. The position requires the incumbent to effectively communicate in American Sign Language (ASL) or the ability to effectively and accurately interpret with people who communicate in ASL.
Please go to www.careers.wa.gov and type in 00951 in the keyword to find out more.
Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) is on the lookout for one remarkably encouraging and culturally competent Deaf-Blind Services Program Manager for our Olympia office.
As the Deaf-Blind Services Program Manager you are responsible for the organization, administration, and effective coordination of a statewide program concerning the provision of deaf-blind services. The position requires the incumbent to effectively communicate in American Sign Language (ASL) or the ability to effectively and accurately interpret with people who communicate in ASL.
Please go to www.careers.wa.gov and type in 00950 in the keyword to find out more.
Supervisor I / Student Life – Dean of Students
This position is responsible for providing leadership to administration of Student Life services for students who are Deaf/hard-of-hearing and/or blind/low vision. Also responsible to oversee student discipline campus wide.
Interested persons are invited to visit CSDB's website at http://www.csdb.org/careers-2/classified-3/ where the official job announcement may be found in its entirety.
Full-Time; 210 days during academic year, beginning 2015-2016.
Salary: $60,000 to $75,000 / year;
Chelle Lutz, Human Resources
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
33 North Institute Street; Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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The Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf is now accepting applications for open faculty positions:
Requisition Number: 1362BR: American Sign Language (tenure-track; PhD required)
Requisition number 1466BR (Non-tenure-track lecturer; MA required)
To view the full job descriptions go to:
Click on "Search openings". You can access all three positions at once by selecting "National Technical Institute for the Deaf" in the 'College/Division' box. Otherwise, you can search for individual positions by using the requisition number indicated above
Come Work With The Best!
Northeast Arc has full and part-time positions, working with adult individuals who are deaf, available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. You'll be working with deaf individuals using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. Do you know ASL? If so, I'd like to speak with you about our direct care positions. We offer an excellent benefits package, paid trainings and the support you will need to become a successful part of our experienced, long-term team of professionals. For additional information or to send your resume, please email Kathy Tracy Ktracy@ne-arc.org.
Compensation: $15-$16 an hour for full-time $13-$13.50 an hour for part-time
PAHrtners Deaf Services
NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH AND GLENSIDE
PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. Located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PAHrtners provides residential and out-patient services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) children, adolescents and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are Deaf or Hard of Hearing!
As a result of our commitment to the Deaf/HoH community PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or professional with many years of experience in the field of human services, we have a career-building position waiting for you! E.O.E.
PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable in Deaf culture to fill the following positions:
Residential Counselors for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities – Full Time, Part Time, On Call; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations
Assistant Program Director for Residential Services for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - Full Time; Glenside location
Case Managers for Residential Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - Full Time; Glenside location
Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents- Full Time; Glenside location
Therapist/Psychiatric Rehabilitation Worker- Full Time; Glenside location
Staff Interpreter- Full Time; Glenside location
Go to our Website at: www.PAHrtners.com to learn more about each position.
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Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Elizabeth Williams, Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
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