deafweekly


March 9, 2005
Vol. 1 No. 21

Editor: Tom Willard


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NATIONAL
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MAN ARRESTED IN CALIFORNIA FOR STEALING FROM OTHER DEAF PEOPLE

A man described by police as the "John Dillinger of the hearing-impaired community" is being held in a California jail while officials in Tioga County, N.Y. decide whether to have him extradited to face criminal charges. Robert Lee Berry, 51, had evaded law enforcement for years, said the Binghamton (N.Y.) Press & Sun-Bulletin, but was captured in California after an acquaintance informed one of his victims, Brenda Palmigiano, of his whereabouts. Palmigiano met Berry when he took a defensive driving class she taught in Binghamton, and he is accused of stealing her credit cards and medication. He also is alleged to have stolen checks from a deaf Owego man, Scott Westcott, who was his roommate for seven months. Berry is addicted to narcotics and preys on deaf people, said investigator Lenny Jackson, a Tioga County sheriff's detective. He is under investigation in the state of Massachusetts, and charges are pending against him in Colorado.

BODY FOUND ALONG ROAD BELIEVED TO BE DEAF WOMAN'S DAUGHTER

Rose Taylor, a deaf woman in Lake Village, Ark., learned from police earlier this week that a badly decomposed body found in a ditch on a rural county road was most likely that of her daughter, Vanessa Lynn Green. Taylor had reported her 35-year-old daughter missing Feb. 11 after she failed to return from visiting a friend. "She usually comes home before dark," said Taylor. Lake Village Police Chief Percy Wilburn suspects foul play, said the Delta Democrat Times (Greenville, Miss.), and his office is treating the case as a homicide.

WOMAN WHO FAKED DEAFNESS SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS PROBATION

A hearing woman whose college provided her with interpreters for three years while she pretended to be deaf was sentenced to four years probation last Thursday. Brookelyn Walters, of Culver, Ind., had also shaved her head and claimed to have cancer. She was arrested in October 2003 after prosecutors said she faked letters from doctors and started a website to collect donations for cancer treatment, reported WISH-TV of Indianapolis. Walters attended Ball State University, where the school assigned interpreters for her to attend classes. Walters, whose lawyer has said she was mentally ill, cried during the court appearance and apologized to the people she hurt.

WOMAN FOUND GUILTY OF BATTERY AFTER PUNCHING DEAF WOMAN, 71

A Florida woman was convicted of battery last Tuesday for punching a 71-year-old deaf woman in the mouth. Jeanne Shapiro, 49, assaulted Jean Costanza Sala, 71, in the parking lot of a restaurant in Tamarac in November, 2003. The two women had argued earlier inside the restaurant after Shapiro objected to the presence of Sala's companion dog, saying the medium-sized Sheltie made her "sick to her stomach." According to Local10.com, Sala was trying to explain that she relies on her dog because she is deaf, when suddenly Shapiro punched her with a fist, splitting her lip open. Shapiro is being held on $30,000 bond and faces up to five years in prison when she is sentenced in April.

WISCONSIN CONGRESSMAN SEEKING FUNDS TO TRAIN REALTIME CAPTIONERS

A U.S. Representative from Wisconsin wants the federal government to provide more money to train realtime caption writers, said the La Crosse Tribune. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, said schools are training only half as many captioners as will be needed next year, when stricter captioning requirements go into effect. His bill was included in the Workforce Investment Act, which passed the House 224-200 last week. Ironically, Kind voted against the final bill, saying it "jeopardizes the quality and effectiveness of workforce training programs, but he called the realtime writers provision "a silver lining." Wisconsin court reporter Nancy Johnson agreed. "Closed captioners ... have to be minimally qualified at 225 words a minute just to get out of school," she said


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INTERNATIONAL
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FACTORY IN MALAYSIA OPENS ITS DOORS TO DEAF JOB APPLICANTS

A German multinational company with a factory in Malaysia has come up with a plan to put deaf people to work. Vacuumschmelze Sdn Bhd has been operating a factory in Pekan, Pahang, for four years and already has 10 deaf workers in its 800-plus workforce. "We find them to be exemplary staff," manager Mohd Azhari told New Straits Times. "Their productivity is good and they are very disciplined." The company recently advertised for deaf workers and were surprised by the overwhelming response when more than 130 applicants showed up. The company is now working with the government's Human Resource Ministry to hire up to as many as 200 more deaf employees.

ITALY'S STATE-OWNED TV STATION BEGINS CAPTIONING PROGRAMS

Italy's Communications Minister Maurizio Gasparri announced that the state-owned Rai television was ready to begin captioning its main news programs last week. Gasparri called the initiative "a praiseworthy and highly civilized one, which opens the doors of information to all segments of society." Noting that some films and events are already available with subtitles, he added that it is Rai's duty to ensure its programming is "accessible to any potential user."

DEAF TEAMS FROM INDIA AND PAKISTAN TO FACE OFF IN CRICKET

For the first time in over 50 years, a deaf cricket team from India is traveling to Pakistan to play a series of games against a deaf team from Pakistan. The visitors from India will arrive March 27 in Peshawar, the first of five cities that will host the matches. A government official visited Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar recently to review arrangements for the game. He stressed the need to provide the finest facilities to the Indian players, reported Pak Tribune, because "they are our guests."

PHILIPPINES RESTAURANT ADOPTS WESTERN THEME, SAVES WORKERS' JOBS

A restaurant in the Philippines has adopted an Old-West theme to turn around slumping sales, saving the jobs of dozens of deaf waitresses and cooks in the process. The Garden Cafe on the island of Bohol opened in 1984 as a way to employ deaf workers. For many years the restaurant had little competition, but this year two new malls opened with 20 new restaurants. Manager Dennis Drake, a Montana native who started a deaf education program in the Philippines in the 1980s, decided to remodel the cafe along the lines of a favorite restaurant back home. Now the place is filled with cowboy photos, hats, spurs, rifles, wagon-wheel chandeliers and animal heads mounted on the walls -- along with a stampede of customers, reported the Billings Gazette. Each table has a phone so patrons can call the kitchen with their orders; in the past, customers wrote their orders to accommodate the deaf waiters and waitresses.

LAWSUIT IN CANADA SEEKS FAIRNESS FOR DEAF AND BLIND RESIDENTS

Six deaf and blind Ontario, Canada residents are suing the Province of Ontario over the issue of interpreters. Spokesman Elio Riggillo, 33, said he is given only 2-1/2 hours a week of government-funded interpreting, whereas Ontario residents who were born deaf-blind receive such services about 12 hours every day. "It's simply not fair," he said. People who become deaf and blind later in life, such as those with Usher's Syndrome, "desperately need expanded [interpreter] service," he said. "Without it we are helpless and incapable of leading any kind of productive life." Forty percent of Canada's 15,500 people over 12 who are totally deaf and blind live in Ontario. According to Canada News Wire, the lawsuit was prompted when the group's complaint to the Ontario Human Rights Commission was answered with a stack of fine-print legal rulings that the members couldn't read. The commission refused to provide an interpreter to translate it for them, but reluctantly gave in.


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LIFE & LEISURE
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NEW JERSEY PROGRAM ASSISTS DEAF PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

Jermaine Newsome's deafness adds to the challenge of being schizophrenic, reported the Herald News (West Paterson, N.J.) last week, but the 30-year-old is able to get the counseling and companionship he needs through ACCESS, a program based at Barnert Hospital in Paterson. ACCESS, one of only two such programs in New Jersey, is funded with a state grant of $850,000 and serves 150 people each month. The program employs 22 people, who specialize in deaf culture and psychiatric treatment. There's "a real paucity of services throughout the country" for deaf people with mental illness, said Lauri Rush, director of the Mental Health Center at Gallaudet University, and programs like ACCESS help fill the gap.

HEARING AID MAKER OTICON ANNOUNCES FOCUS ON PEOPLE AWARDS

Oticon, Inc., one of the world's oldest hearing aid manufacturers, announced Feb. 26 the recipients of the 2005 Oticon Focus on People Awards. The national awards were given to 12 hard-of-hearing people "who prove that hearing loss does not limit a person's ability to live a full, productive and even, inspiring life," the company said, and three professionals working in the field. A panel of five hearing care professionals chose the following winners: Wyatt Spencer, Corning, CA (youth category); Adam Brownfield, Bronx, NY (student); Michelle Tjelmeland, Springfield, IL (adult); Brenda Battat, Bethesda, MD (advocacy); and Eleni Boston, Salem, OR (practitioner). Oticon also chose 10 second- and third-place winners.

GADGET BLOG TAKES NOTE OF EAR VACUUM CLEANER

The GadgetryBlog in Buckinghamshire, U.K., reported last week on the Ear Vacuum Cleaner, described as a "how-can-we-live-without-it Japanese gadget." According to the manufacturer's website (www.osamanoidea.com/W113730.html), the battery-operated device, complete with cleaning brush and two nozzles, is compact and suitable for all ages. It works by creating a strong suction that promises to remove wax and debris from your ear canals -- "which is nice," said the report, "as you'll probably be deaf within a year!"


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WORKING WORLD
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FUTURE SCIENTISTS GAIN REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE

More than 40 students from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, N.Y. took part in a recent Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. The conference allowed the students to “gather and share experiences, get advice and ask questions about their field,” said Todd Pagano, assistant professor in NTID’s Laboratory Science Technology program. The LST program prepares students for employment as laboratory technicians in a variety of fields. Participants in the conference included three students – Matthew Jenkins, Jingjing Pan and Jennifer Buckley – who recently completed an internship at Tufts University in Massachusetts, where they learned to form and manipulate polymers used in product development. “I learned how to work as a team with others and present my findings,” said Jenkins.

NEW WEBSITE OFFERS 'EVERYTHING YOU NEED'

DeafCities.com, a new website launched last week, is "the deaf community's only one-stop place for everything you need," say founders Joseph Brzezowski and Jason Deery. The new site grew out of earlier efforts by the two men dating back to 1997 and including DeafClubs.com and the Deaf Millennium Network. "We realized that deaf people want everything in one place with only one login access," they said. DeafCities.com offers a directory, job listings, roommate service, classified ads, special-interest groups, messaging, social networking and more. Visit www.deafcities.com to check it out.

NEW FLORIDA CONTRACT INCLUDES 'RELAY CONFERENCE CAPTIONING' TRIAL

Sprint, which delivers about 750,000 minutes of assistive communications services each month after four years in Florida, has signed a new three-year contract with the state. The new contract takes effect June 1 and offers a one-year trial of Relay Conference Captioning (RCC), a free service developed by Caption Colorado. According to Sprint, the RCC service "combines real-time captioning and standard relay service to provide relay conference captioning calls for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals." In June, Sprint plans to open a new relay service center in Jacksonville, where about 160 communication assistants will support Sprint Relay traffic in Florida. Sprint will also appoint an account manager to serve and educate the Florida community about relay services.

CONFERENCE ENCOURAGES GIRLS TO CONSIDER CAREERS IN SCIENCE

Students from the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Allston, Mass. were among more than 170 girls who took part in last Saturday's Girls Get Connected Technology Conference at Simmons College in Boston. The purpose of the conference, said the Boston Globe, was to encourage girls to consider careers in science. Most of the girls were unaware of Harvard President Lawrence Summers' recent statements about men's and women's differing abilities in math and science. But Horace Mann eighth-grader Abibatu Bayou, who came to America from Sierra Leone six years ago for a better education, was well aware of Summers' remarks. "That's wrong," she said. "Women are smarter than men, okay? We're the ones that bring men into this world."


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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GALLAUDET TO MARK 50 YEARS OF DANCING

The Gallaudet Dance Company will celebrate its 50 birthday with a dance concert later this month at Gallaudet University. Performances will take place in the Elstad Auditorium Friday, March 25 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 26 at 8 p.m. A reception after the Saturday evening performance is open to everyone and costs $20 in advance, $25 at the door. The company has had only two directors in 50 years: founder Peter Wisher, who retired in 1981, and Diane Hottendorf, who has been at the helm ever since. The company performs in various genres and has appeared at the White House and in a dozen countries around the world. Former dancers and friends of the company are encouraged to attend the celebration, which will feature returning Gallaudet dancers and guest performers from three other deaf dance groups. For more information, e-mail lisa.parker@gallaudet.edu or visit http://depts.gallaudet.edu/dance.

INDIAN FILM ON HELEN KELLER SAID TO HAVE SHOT AT OSCAR NEXT YEAR

The Academy Awards are over for this year, but those associated with the film "Black" think they have a good chance to pick up an award next time around. It would be the first time a film from India has ever won an Oscar, even though Bollywood (India's Hollywood) puts out 1,000 films a year in 12 languages. Black is inspired by the life of legendary deaf and blind writer Helen Keller, said Reuters last week, and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film has received rave reviews and commercial success. "Learn how to say Oscar in sign language because Black could be India's winning ticket at next year's Academy Awards," said film critic Ron Ahluwalia on PlanetBollywood.com.

DEAF MASSACHUSETTS MAN RELEASES CD OF HIS MUSIC

Alfonso W. Nardi has only 10 percent hearing in his left ear and none in his right, but it doesn't stop the 52-year-old Springfield, Mass. man from composing and playing orchestra music with his electric piano. Nardi recalls his early introduction to music, as a 3-year-old playing for his mother's clients in her beauty shop. "It was just this flush of emotion that still drives me now," he told The Republican. A childhood illness a few years later left him almost totally deaf, but Nardi never gave up the music, even as he went on to become an internationally successful architect. He's been gaining a following, and on Valentine's Day he released a new CD titled "Nouveau" -- a French word meaning new -- which "is meant to surprise you and touch you emotionally," he said.


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Upcoming DIIT Workshops at NTID/RIT, Rochester NY
http://www.rit.edu/diit
or 585-475-2225 V/TTY

Deaf Initiative in Information Technology (DIIT) would like to inform and invite you to attend their upcoming workshops held at NTID.

DIIT sponsors computer and information technology workshops designed especially for deaf and hard-of-hearing professionals. You will have the opportunity to learn new technical skills, in an all sign environment, while networking with other deaf IT professionals.

Building and Managing a Secure Wireless Network
Instructor: David Lawrence
Date: May 9-13, 2005
Place: NTID/RIT, Rochester NY
Cost: $300

Network Inspection, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting
Instructor: Dean Lauria
Date: May 16-20, 2005
Place: NTID/RIT, Rochester NY
Cost: $300

Introduction to XML-eXtensible Markup Language
Instructor: John Sweeney
Date: May 18-20, 2005
Place: NTID/RIT, Rochester NY
Cost: $200

Building Dynamic Web Applications with ColdFusion® and SQL
Instructor: Ari Ogoke
Date: May 23-27, 2005
Place: NTID/RIT, Rochester NY
Cost: $300

Multimedia Programming with Macromedia Director MX
Instructor: Anthony Spiecker
Date: June 6-10, 2005
Place: NTID/RIT, Rochester NY
Cost: $300

Introduction to JavaScript
Instructor: Karen Beiter
Date: June 13-17, 2005
Place: NTID/RIT, Rochester NY
Cost: $300

For more information visit: http://www.rit.edu/diit . If you are interested in attending, click "Registration" on the left side of that web page, or call 585-475-2225 V/TTY.

DIIT is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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SPORTS
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HOCKEY COACH STARTS FREE CLASS FOR CHILDREN WITH HEARING LOSS

Hockey instructor Rick Winowski uses his voice, body language, ASL and pictures he draws on the ice to communicate with his students, the Newark Star-Ledger reported last week. Winowski, who teaches at the Floyd Hall Arena on the Montclair State University campus, started a free class in October for children with hearing loss. Some students wear hearing aids; some hearing children come with their deaf parents. Winowski was inspired by his own daughter, an athlete who has a hearing loss. "There was a little bit of something missing" in traditional classes, he observed, and he uses several strategies to make sure his students understand him. "He's a wonderful coach," said a mother of twin 6-year-olds in the class. "He uses words, signs and pictures."

UTAH'S SOLE REPRESENTATIVE TO SPECIAL OLYMPICS WINS 2 MEDALS

More than 2,500 athletes and 650 coaches representing 80 countries were in Nagano, Japan last week for the Special Olympics World Winter Games. One athlete, 16-year-old alpine skier Emily Williams-Greene, was profiled yesterday in the Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune. Emily, a student at the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind until the seventh grade, was Montana's only representative in the Games. She was selected to ski for Team USA through a random drawing of gold medal winners at last year's State Winter Games in Bozeman. Emily ended up winning a gold medal in the giant slalom and a bronze in downhill skiing -- a feat made more remarkable, said a Special Olympics official, because she was skiing on new and unfamiliar equipment.

WRITER IN IRELAND SUGGESTS AN END TO DEAFLYMPICS

It's time to end the Deaflympics and let deaf athletes apply for entry to the Paralympics, said Bob McCullough, who writes on deaf topics for the Belfast (Ireland) Telegraph. The Melbourne Games in January were "almost completely ignored by the media" and the results were "inferior to medal-winning times in the hearing world," he said. McCullough points to a change in the cut-off limit from 70 to 50 decibels, which allows more hard-of-hearing, non-signing people to enter. He watched the Games on See Hear, the British deaf TV program, and noticed in interviews that "nearly all the winners spoke as hearing folk." It would be a challenge to get into the Paralympics, he said, but it would bring much more attention and money to train deaf athletes. "But the big question remains," he concluded: "can we get over our aversion to the word 'disabled'?"

RIVERSIDE CITY COUNCIL, MAYOR RECOGNIZE CSD-R FOOTBALL SUCCESS

The Riverside City Council honored the football team from the California School for the Deaf with a special ceremony Feb. 8. According to The Press-Enterprise, Mayor Ron Loveridge read a proclamation from the council and a Sports Illustrated article about the team. The team's coaches and six players were on hand, and head coach Len Gonzales said, "The team did a fabulous job last season." In November, the Cubs captured their first league title since the school was founded 51 years ago. Since then, they've appeared on CNN and the Today Show, and were filmed for a commercial sponsored by Citi that was aired during the Rose Bowl, where they were special guests. You've made us proud," said the mayor.


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COMING EVENTS
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'ENGLISH THINK TANK' TO STUDY LITERACY IN THE CLASSROOM

Formal and poster presentations are now being accepted for the English Think Tank: Literacy in the English Classroom and Beyond. The conference will take place June 23-25 at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, N.Y. Designed for people working with deaf and hard-of-hearing K-college students, the conference costs $60 before May 1 and $75 afterwards, with a student rate of $40. The English Think Tank precedes the 2005 Technology Symposium (June 27-30), and people who attend both can receive a discount. If you'd like to make a presentation, you can find a proposal form on the conference website: www.rit.edu/~thnktank. But hurry, the deadline is next Tuesday (March 15).


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MILESTONES
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SISTER HELEN LOUISE CONNELLY, 92, FORMER SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

A Mass was celebrated yesterday in Greensburg, Pa. for Sister Helen Louise Connelly, who died Friday at the age of 92. Sister Connelly was the former principal of the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech in Shadyside, Pa. She joined the school in 1938 and worked there continually, except for three years as a hospital administrator, until she retired in 1987. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sister Connelly taught religion and offered free speech therapy to children with speech defects, which made her the favorite teacher of many children. "She was excellent at drawing out the gifts of another person," said Sister Virginia Pascaretta, current principal of the school.


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EMPLOYMENT
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Director
New York State School for the Deaf

Location: Rome, New York

Salary: $80,369 - $101,634

The New York State School for the Deaf, located in Rome, serves more than 80 students with severe to profound hearing loss ranging from three to 21 years old. The Director provides on-site management for all programs and operations at the School; ensures compliance with State and Federal laws and regulations; and assumes a leadership role in developing and implementing curriculum and assessment.

Candidates must have permanent NYS Certification as a School District Administrator or Administrative Certificate from a state participating in the Inter-State Agreement of Qualifications of Educational Personnel, have demonstrated leadership ability in the administration of special education or other related human services programs appropriate to the position, and be fluent in sign language. More detailed information is available by contacting the NYS Education Department, Office of Human Resources Management at (518) 474-5215 or by visiting the Department’s web site at www.oms.nysed.gov.hr.

Resumes and letters of interest should be sent by March 18, 2005 to:

Gayle D. Bowden
Director of Human Resources Management
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Room 528, EB Box CZ-4
Albany, NY 12234

New York State residency is not required.

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National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology
Instructional Faculty (Tenure Track)
Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education
PC#0226

Description:

Nature of position: Full-time (10-month) Tenure Track Instructional Faculty position beginning September 1, 2005.

Teach courses to NTID Interpreting students with responsibility to teach in the other programs in the department as needed.
Provide leadership in curriculum design and materials development for American Sign Language courses and Interpreting courses.
Advise students in the Interpreting program.
Participate and contribute to professional organizations in the fields of interpreting education and ASL instruction.
Contribute to traditional faculty responsibilities (e.g. professional development, professional activities, committees).

Qualifications:

Required:
MA/MS degree required in an appropriate discipline related to the field of ASL instruction and/or interpreting education.
Significant experience with curriculum development required.
Qualified-level Certification from the American Sign Language Teachers Association required within two years of hire; must achieve Professional Level Certification by tenure review time.
Native or native-like proficiency in American Sign Language required. Teaching experience in the post-secondary setting required.
Demonstrated knowledge of and sensitivity to the characteristics of second language teaching/learning and adult learners required.
Ability to contribute to the field on interpreting education including ASL instruction required.
Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college's continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism and individual differences required.

Preferred:
Ph.D. preferred.
Experience with interpreting education programs preferred.

People who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary and Rank: Position is a ten-month, tenure-track appointment. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Procedure:

Send letter of interest with a vita and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references and the Source Code to:

Search Committee Chair PC #0226
Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: April 15, 2005

The Rochester Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Members of protected classes and individuals with the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the university's continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences are encouraged to make application.

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
SECONDARY TEACHER FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING/SCIENCE

Starting Date: August 2005

Salary Range: Commensurate with education and experience

Benefits: Comprehensive fringe benefit package

Desired Qualifications:
- Idaho Teacher Certification for Deaf and Hard of Hearing or equivalent
- One or more science endorsements
- Additional endorsements are beneficial
- Excellent receptive and expressive skills in American Sign Language
- Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree Master’s degree preferred
- Experience teaching deaf and/or blind children preferred
- Experience teaching subjects outside of endorsement areas preferred

Duties:- Assumes responsibility for providing a quality science program
- Maintains discipline within the classroom
- Works with teachers to develop a continuum of educational activities throughout the curriculum
- Attends IEP meetings and other meetings required for the delivery of educational services
- Participates in committees and other job related activities
- Other duties as assigned

Application Procedures:
Submit the following to:
Human Resources Department
Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind
1450 Main Street
Gooding, Idaho 83330
- Letter of application
- Copies of certification
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts
- Resume

Deadline:
Open until filled

Location:
Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind is located in Gooding, Idaho (population 3,500); a small agricultural community located in south central Idaho within a short distance to mountains, rivers and related outdoor activities. The city of Gooding is a quiet family oriented community. For more information about Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind check our website at: www. Isdb.state.id.us

For more information contact:
Human resources Department at 208-934-4457 (Voice/TTY) or email sherry.hann@isdb.idaho.gov.

Successful candidate will be required to furnish a background check within three months of employment as per Idaho Code 33-130.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Human Resources Department.


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