February 25, 2015
Vol. 11, No. 17
Editor: Tom Willard
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SPRINGFIELD TO PAY $450,000 TO DEAF MAN INJURED BY POLICE
The city of Springfield has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a deaf man injured by a police officer in September 2012. Raymond Toll, 62, suffered a serious knee injury when Officer Charles Conrad forced him to the ground in the parking lot of an auto parts shop. Conrad handcuffed Toll shortly before the takedown, after a shop employee reported that Toll was causing a scene and possibly suicidal. Under the settlement deal, Toll will be paid $200,000 to compensate him for pain and suffering; $150,000 for attorney fees; $86,624 for medical bills; and $13,376 for various court costs. / The Columbian
San Francisco, CA
JURY ACQUITS HOMELESS MAN WHO SMASHED UBER DRIVER'S WINDSHIELD
A jury acquitted a homeless man who claims he was acting in self-defense when he smashed the windshield of an Uber driver's car with his skateboard in San Francisco's Marina District in December, according to the San Francisco Public Defender's Office. The homeless man, identified as 49-year-old Martin Knaak, claimed the Uber driver, Philip Nuccio, who is hearing impaired, pursued him, both in his car and on foot. / Bay City News Service
DEAF VERMONTERS SEEK BETTER OPTIONS FOR SERVICES AND SCHOOLING
Tammy Eaddy asked her daughter to tell a reporter what it had been like at Underhill Central School, which Neila attended from 2011 until early 2014. "It was really hard to understand what was going on," Neila signed. Neila had an interpreter with her in class, she recalled, but still, "If I was stuck with my homework, I would just go home and ask my mom for help." Neila's mom pressed her to talk about what the mainstream elementary school was like for her socially. "It was hard to understand my friends," Neila replied. / Seven Days
BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION TO HONOR 'COLORED SCHOOL' FOR THE DEAF
Several local historical groups are collaborating to present an all-day event Thursday celebrating Black History Month. This year’s celebration is focusing on the history of the “colored school” at the Kentucky School for the Deaf, which existed from 1885 to 1963. KSD became the first state-supported school of its kind in the nation in 1823. In 1885, the school accepted blacks, but they were segregated into the KSD “colored division” and didn’t have the same expectations or opportunities as their white counterparts. / The Advocate Messenger
DEAF STUDENT RAISES NEARLY $4,000
Columbus East High School senior Nicole Lee Wheeler’s senior project encourages people spiritually, builds awareness for the area’s deaf community and supports the work of a variety of area nonprofits. No wonder the Seymour resident got so emotional that she shed a few tears recently when she realized her ongoing fundraising effort with Seymour’s Central Christian Church signing choir recently had raised nearly $4,000 for the Seymour Lions Club. / The Republic
Pinellas County, FL
DETECTIVES LOOKING FOR SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT
Detectives are looking for a woman who stole an entire jewelry rack from a store in John's Pass. Surveillance video of the suspect shows her entering the Landing Company on Sunday, January 4. She was observed walking around the store and looking at merchandise before removing a jewelry rack and placing it into her bag. The suspect then left on foot. The suspect appeared to be hearing impaired and communicated to the store clerk only through sign language. / WTSP
San Diego, CA
AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR MISSING SAILOR
The Coast Guard and San Diego Harbor police are on the lookout today for a 76-year-old hearing impaired man who did not return from a sailing trip. Richard Byhre was reported missing by his wife, who told authorities he had not returned from a trip. He normally only goes whale watching and on day sail trips, according to the Coast Guard. Byhre is white, 5 feet 8 and 210 pounds with white hair and a mustache. / KFMB
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ELECTRIC COMPANY DISCONNECTS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has disconnected power to the Kyebi School for the Deaf in the Eastern Region for not paying bills. Deaf people need light to communicate with each other and the rest of the world. Headmaster of the school, Michael Cudjoe on Adom News, said the school is financially handicapped and is unable to settle the over Ghc5000 ($1,430 US) owed the company. / Ghana Web
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING NEW ZEALANDERS LEFT GUESSING
TV coverage of the Cricket World Cup does not include closed captioning when broadcast by Sky New Zealand on either the Sky Sport channels or Sky owned free broadcaster Prime. When Australia and New Zealand battle it out at Eden Park on Saturday, Australian TV viewers will be able to watch the game with closed captioning but not the well deserving Kiwis. So howzat been allowed to happen? Simply, though both are sporting mad nations, Australia has legislation in place to require broadcast captioned coverage. New Zealand does not. / Scoop News
Vancouver, BC, Canada
PETITION SAYS DEAF, DISABLED, TRANSGENDERED PEOPLE WOULD NEGATIVELY EFFECT NEIGHBORHOOD
Shock and outrage are some of the feelings being expressed online after controversial comments made by a group hoping to stop the construction of an addiction recovery house in North Vancouver. A petition, circulated at a public meeting, says that the facility would bring people in unsafe situations into the community. In a poorly blacked-out statement that is still quite visible, the petition states “transgender, deaf and disabled” people are also among those who would “hugely affect the neighbourhood in a negative way.” / NEWS 1130
INTERPRETER FOR AUSTRALIA'S PREMIER IS 'HYPNOTIC, MESMERIZING'
An Auslan sign language interpreter for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s updates on Cyclone Marcia has been praised as “hypnotic, mesmerizing and poetic” on social media. Mark Cave, 30, has been a sign language interpreter for 12 years but says Tropical Cyclone Marcia is the first natural disaster situation that he has been involved with. “It’s a very interesting experience,” he said. / The Courier-Mail
HOMELESS DEAF MAN JAILED FOR KILLING MAN BY KNOCKING HIM UNDER BUS
A deaf speech-impaired man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for killing an acquaintance by knocking him under a bus. Judge Patrick McCartan said he had no choice but to imprison Edward Connors, 30, as he was a "serious danger to society." A Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury previously found Connors guilty following an eight-day manslaughter trial. Connors had pleaded not guilty to unlawfully killing Eoghan Dudley, 28. / The Irish Independent
BLIND DIRECTOR TO HELP DEAF AND BIND WITH THEATRE WORKSHOPS
Scotland's first blind professional musical director is to work with Scottish Youth Theatre to deliver free drama workshops to deaf, blind and deafblind young people, it has been announced. Sally Clay, the only professional director with an impairment working in mainstream music and theatre, will team up with a drama tutor from Scottish Youth Theatre and a deaf youth theatre specialist from theatre company Solar Bear to deliver the workshops next month. / Herald Scotland
North Yorkshire, England
DISABLED MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HARASSMENT AFTER LEAVING SEX TOY AND DEAD RABBITS OUTSIDE HOME
A disabled man has pleaded guilty to harassment after placing a sex toy on the doorstep of a woman who rejected his advances and dead rabbits outside her home. James Close, 43, appeared before magistrates in Northallerton Monday facing charges of harassment against his neighbour. Close, who works as a tenant farmer, is deaf and unable to speak. As the case opened, a sign language interpreter was sworn in at the court to interpret the proceedings. / The Northern Echo
PEDIUS APP CONVERTS SPEECH TO TEXT IN REAL TIME TO LET DEAF PEOPLE 'HEAR' PHONE CALLS
Calling to book a table, make a doctor's appointment or phoning for help when stranded at the side of the road are tasks many people take for granted. But for the deaf, simple tasks like these typically require expensive equipment or a mediator - until now. The Pedius app was created to help deaf people speak to friends, family and businesses on the phone using voice recognition and real-time speech translation. / Daily Mail
SEVERELY DISABLED GIRL TOLD TO CLAIM BENEFITS IN GERMANY
Ava Jolliffe, who lives in Lancashire, is profoundly deaf, certified blind and has to use a wheelchair. She requires constant care but the Government has told her she is not entitled to the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) -- because her father Graham Jolliffe works in Germany. Her father pays the equivalent of National Insurance in Germany, meaning her family have been told by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) that they should be claiming help from authorities over there. / Daily Express
IRONING SERVICE IN READING RUN BY THE DEAF PRAISED BY ONE OF ITS WORKERS
DEAFinitely Creaseless was launched as a pilot in October last year and was set up with the backing of disabled charity the Shaw Trust and trustees from the Reading Deaf Centre who provided the business with their Cardiff Road office. But a sudden influx in customers has meant the business is seeking new recruits to ease the workload of its ironing technicians. / Reading Chronicle
WOLVERHAMPTON'S DEAFFEST CELEBRATING 10TH ANNIVERSARY
Deaffest 2015 will take place from May 14 to 17 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The city’s university is the main sponsor of the event, which will take place at the Light House. Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Geoff Layer, said: “Deaffest is a dynamic and vibrant festival, which celebrates the talents and achievements of deaf filmmakers and artists from around the world. / Express & Star
TO INCLUDE DEAF IN WORKPLACE, COMPANIES TAKE ACTIONS LOUDER THAN WORDS
At the time he was hired by RBS in Chennai as a data processor in 2013, Srinivas Radhakrishna was the only man in his office with hearing impairment. The headcount has now risen to 11. "Initially, my colleagues didn't interact very much with me, and I was hesitant to approach them," signs Radhakrishna via job coach and sign language interpreter Anand Mayan. Radhakrishna communicated to his colleagues by writing, texting and gesturing. / The Times of India
HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL DEAF FILM FESTIVAL LETS THE DEAF BE HEARD
Terry Tsoi Kei-kwai may have lost most of his hearing after coming down with a fever at the age of three, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming a filmmaker whose latest project, "Dream of the Deaf," explores the many daily challenges the hearing-impaired face. Co-directed by Paul Lam Sai-shun, the film is about two brothers, one of whom cannot hear, and examines how deaf people are often misunderstood. It is among the 34 films being screened at the upcoming Hong Kong International Deaf Film Festival. / South China Morning Post
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LIFE & LEISURE
MESA INSTALLS SPECIALIZED FIRE ALARMS IN HOMES OF DEAF
Mesa firefighters installed specialized fire alarms in the homes of needy deaf people on Monday. "We have a unit that actually has strobe as well as two-tone alerting sound, as well as a heavy bed shaker that will wake them up in the middle of the night," spokesman Warren Sprecher said. Beca Bailey, a deaf specialist with the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, said, "If you don't have that alarm in your home then you have a higher risk of death." / KTAR
LIBRARY HAS PUBLIC VIDEOPHONE FOR USE BY DEAF COMMUNITY
The Fletcher Branch of the Washington County Free Library, at 100 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown, has a public videophone available for use by the deaf community. Users will be able to place outgoing videophone calls and VCO (voice carry over) calls, as well as send deaf signmail. The videophone is housed in one of the study rooms in order to provide privacy for callers. To use the videophone, stop by the third-floor reference desk to check out the remote. / Herald Mail
NON-PROFIT HELPS DEAF CHILDREN LEARN ABOUT CHRISTIANITY
There were minimal resources available when Marshall and Terry Lawrence discovered their daughter Rachel was deaf. They struggled to communicate with her. They struggled to find ways to help her. They struggled to teach her about their faith. “That was a whole different world ago because we knew nothing about deaf culture,” Terry said. “We didn’t know anything about what options were available to us, how we would have her educated.” / Clarion Ledger
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MY BIZ: TRAINING MAN'S BEST FRIEND FOR SERVICE
Lorette Vanourny and Sherry Steine Ross launched Deafinitely Dogs a year ago for the purpose of training hearing dogs for the deaf or hard of hearing as well as diabetic alert dogs. A hearing dog can alert its owner to common household sounds like smoke alarms, babies crying, oven or dryer timers going off, or somebody calling their name. / The Gazette
UF SIGNING GATORS RALLY TO CONTRIBUTE TO DEAF SCHOOL-BUILDING
Various individuals, organizations and companies around Gainesville are fundraising to build a school for Deaf children in Qalqilya, Palestine. In an effort to raise $350,000, the UF Signing Gators, an on-campus organization that teaches students about Deaf culture and communication, hopes to give Deaf children in Palestine an education beyond a ninth-grade level. This an ongoing project, and they currently have $7,900. There is a link on the Build a Deaf School website for people to donate. / The Independent Florida Alligator
West Hartford, CT
TJX FOUNDATION DONATES TO THE AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
TJX Foundation has generously donated $10,000 to the American School for the Deaf's Early Childhood Development Program (ECIP), a component of ASD's Early Childhood Services, and monitored and evaluated by the State of Connecticut's Birth-to-Three Program. This program provides the resources necessary for young deaf and hard-of-hearing children to acquire language and cognition skills, as well as prepare them for successful formal schooling. / The Hartford Courant
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
DEAF WEST BRINGS SIGN LANGUAGE TO DAVID MAMET'S CLASSIC 'AMERICAN BUFFALO'
Al Pacino and Robert Duvall are among the performers who have played Teach, the deluded, out-of-control conman who spurs much of the seamy shenanigans in David Mamet’s American Buffalo. While I’ve never been privileged to see either in the role, I’d put money on the competitive excellence of Troy Kotsur, a signing performer whose sizzling portrayal dominates the current Deaf West production at Cal State L.A.’s State Playhouse. / LA Weekly
See Also DEAF WEST DIVES INTO DAVID MAMET'S FIGHTING WORDS IN 'AMERICAN BUFFALO' / Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles, CA
JADA PINKETT SMITH BROUGHT DEAF CAT HOME FROM CHINA
Will Smith was left frustrated when his wife Jada Pinkett Smith adopted a deaf cat from China. "We found out the hard way -- the cat is sitting up on the table going, 'Meow! Meow! Meow!' I was like, 'Babe, that cat's mentally disturbed.' We take the cat to the doctor and he's like, 'Oh no - he's deaf.' And I'm like (to Jada), 'You brought a deaf cat back from China?'" The Hollywood couple decided to send the cat to a local school for the deaf and blind as a pet for the children. / Good4Utah.com
DEAF RAPPERS FIGHT TO BE HEARD IN A FIELD DOMINATED BY SOUND
It was fall of 2011, and I was in a loading dock at Gallaudet University, the U.S.’s primary college for the Deaf and hard of hearing (HOH), for a campus party. Mylar laid on the floor reflected sharp green lasers and shot across the cave-like venue. The stage is packed, too, with a revolving rotation of DJs and rappers signing as they spat. Leading up to that night, many students effectively scared me with warnings. “Wait until tonight,” they told me through an interpreter. Multiple people emphatically advised earplugs. “If not, you’ll be Deaf, too!” one joked. / Wondering Sound
BASKETBALL PLAYER AIMS TO BRIDGE GAP BETWEEN HEARING AND DEAF WORLDS
Former University of New Orleans lockdown defender and business management graduate Kentrell Martin, 32, will sign copies of books from his award-winning Shelly’s Adventures series March 7 at Costco and March 28 at Barnes & Noble. Martin’s books and accompanying DVDs are about Shelly, an “energetic, inquisitive, creative little African-American girl that is a child of a deaf adult,” he said. “Her first language is American Sign Language because her father is deaf. Shelly’s goal is to teach the world and those around her ASL so they can communicate with the deaf.” / The Tampa Tribune
DEAF BASEBALL PLAYER CHASE SMARTT HELPS TEAM WIN STATE TITLES AS HE EMERGES AS TOP PROSPECT
At first, the diagnosis appeared devastating. Doctors delivered the news that nerve damage at birth caused Chase Smartt, the 2½-year-old son of Mark and Deborah Smartt, to be deaf. “We had no idea, no concept,” said Mark Smartt, now an assistant baseball coach at Troy University. “No one in my family or my wife’s family had ever had a hearing impairment.” That was 1998. Fast forward to today, as Chase Smartt takes his usual spot behind the plate at Charles Henderson High School’s baseball practice. / AL.com
Las Cruces, NM
DEAF BASKETBALL PLAYER KEY TO OÑATE'S SUCCESS
After four years of learning the game of basketball, Oñate High School senior Ruben Ortega has become a contributor for the Knights this season. Ortega's path to the hardwood was far different than the typical player working his way through head coach Saul Perez's program at OHS. Perez believes Ortega to be the only deaf varsity player for big schools in the state of New Mexico this season. / Las Cruces Sun-News
RIT CHEERLEADERS BREAK SOUND BARRIERS
Jose Ramirez wants to be a fashion designer. Wilma Dennis dreams of being a correctional officer. And Felicia Boria has interior design in her sights. "Nothing is impossible," Dennis says. The three Rochester Institute of Technology students are proof of that. All are deaf or hard of hearing, and all are part of RIT's co-ed cheerleading squad, which performs at home men's basketball games. / Democrat and Chronicle
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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
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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)
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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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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
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