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March 10, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 19

Editor: Tom Willard

Deafweekly is an independent news report for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community that is mailed to subscribers on Wednesdays and available to read at www.deafweekly.com. These are the actual headlines and portions of recent deaf-related news articles, with links to the full story. Minor editing is done when necessary. Deafweekly is copyrighted 2010 and any unauthorized use is prohibited. Please support our advertisers; they make it possible for you to receive Deafweekly.

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Washington, DC
PURPLE COMMUNICATIONS ACKNOWLEDGES DEBT, BEGINS PAYBACK TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY FUND
Purple Communications has signed an agreement with the FCC that puts in place the framework for repayment of funds that were inappropriately paid to the company. Under this agreement, Purple “acknowledges that the FCC [has stated that Purple has] a debt amounting to $18,459,064, and has determined not to challenge the FCC’s position.” In return for this commitment, the FCC will instruct NECA to release payment to Purple for relay services provided in the month of December 2009, and will continue to reimburse for legitimate relay services provided by Purple month by month. / FCC News (PDF)

See Also: PURPLE COMMUNICATIONS AND FCC REACH INTERIM AGREEMENT / PR Newswire

Washington, DC
FOUR FORMER OWNERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THREE VRS COMPANIES PLEAD GUILTY
Four former owners and employees of three different video relay service companies pleaded guilty last week to engaging in conspiracies to defraud the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Video Relay Service (VRS) program of more than $2.5 million. The following defendants each pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton, N.J., to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud: Kim E. Hawkins, 46; Larry Berke, 62; Alfia Iskandarova, 29; and Robert Z. Rubeck, 34. The defendants each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, as well as mandatory restitution and forfeiture. Sentencing is scheduled for June 28, 2010. / PR Newswire

Washington, DC
THREE FORMER OWNERS AND EMPLOYEES OF TWO VRS COMPANIES PLEAD GUILTY
Three former owners and employees of two different video relay service companies pleaded guilty today to conspiring to defraud the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Video Relay Service (VRS) program of more than $2.5 million. The following defendants each pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton, N.J., to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud: Yosbel Buscaron, 25; Lazaro Fernandez, 35; and Natan Zfati, 32. At sentencing, the defendants each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, as well as mandatory restitution and forfeiture. Sentencing is scheduled for June 29, 2010. / PRNewswire

New York, NY
VRS: REMOVING THE PROFIT INCENTIVE OF HIRING A DEAF EMPLOYEE
On February 25, 2010, in an ongoing response to the November arrests of 26 Video Relay Services (VRS) executives and employees for defrauding the United States Government, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a declaratory ruling regarding its VRS program. While most of the policy declarations were non-controversial, one policy statement that prohibits VRS companies from being compensated for their deaf employees’ use of VRS almost immediately caused confusion and consternation within the VRS universe and the deaf community at large. This ruling may have the effect of forcing VRS companies to hire fewer deaf and hard-of-hearing employees. / Michael Janger's Blog


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NATIONAL
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San Bruno, CA
THE FUTURE WILL BE CAPTIONED: IMPROVING ACCESSIBILITY ON YOUTUBE
Making video easily accessible is something we're working hard to address at YouTube. One of the first steps we took was the development of a caption feature in 2008. In November of last year we released auto-captioning for a small, select group of partners. Today [March 4], we are opening up auto-captions to all YouTube users. There will even be a "request processing" button for un-captioned videos that any video owner can click on if they want to speed up the availability of auto-captions. It will take some time to process all the available video, so here are some things to keep in mind. / YouTube Blog

Atlanta, GA
DEAF RESIDENTS CHALLENGE MENTAL HEALTH POLICY
Mental health advocates filed a federal lawsuit against the state seeking to secure more counselors trained in sign language and funding for group homes for hundreds of deaf residents in need of specialized mental health care. The lawsuit, which was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, claims the state is failing to provide public health services that are "equally accessible to and culturally and linguistically appropriate for the deaf." It also seeks to boost funding for the "unique therapeutic needs of the deaf." / Athens Banner-Herald

Seattle, WA
MAN CHARGED IN RAPE OF DEAF WOMAN
An Auburn man is accused of repeatedly raping a deaf woman inside her home. Nicolas B. Masuhay, 62, has been charged with two counts of third-degree rape for incidents that took place between March 2009 and May 2009, according to prosecutors. Investigators believe Masuhay raped the 40-year-old victim, an acquaintance through the family, several times over the two-month period. / KOMO

El Paso, TX
DEAF WOMAN ESCAPES FIRE BY JUMPING THROUGH SECOND STORY WINDOW
Cindy Chavarria escaped a massive fire in her Pinon Trails apartment building with only a few scratches, a feat not possible without a special smoke detector. “She wouldn't have been able to hear anything. She wouldn't have known anything. She's really grateful,” said Jazmin Espinoza, who translated her sister’s sign language. Chavarria is deaf and lives alone. She said her smoke detector, equipped for the hearing impaired, alerted her to the fire. / KFOX

Aurora, CO
DEAF-MUTE MAN FROM BHUTAN FOUND
Police say a refugee from Bhutan who is a deaf-mute and does understand English was found last Thursday evening after he went missing earlier in the week. Aurora Police say 42-year-old Tulasi Niroula went missing last Monday afternoon. Police he is unharmed. / 9NEWS

Ogden, UT
UTAH'S SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND FACE BUDGET REDUCTIONS
Utah's Schools for the Deaf and the Blind have been hit with a $670,000 budget reduction by the Legislature. Kimberley Smale, public information officer for USDB, said of the 2,200 students served by the schools, approximately 150 attend the Ogden campus. She said none of those students should be impacted by the cuts. "We are trying to keep all of the students' education from being impacted by this," she said. "It's heart-wrenching, though. We've been around since 1884 and it's hard to see this happening." / Standard-Examiner

Philadelphia, PA
FIREFIGHTER HEARING LOSS LAWSUIT RESULTS IN DAMAGES VERDICT
A Philadelphia jury has awarded a firefighter $100,000 in a hearing loss lawsuit filed over the design of sirens used by the city’s emergency response vehicles. The case is one of several hundred similar lawsuits involving hearing damage for firefighters caused by Q-Sirens, made by Federal Signal Corp. More than 600 firefighter hearing loss lawsuits in Pennsylvania state court are coordinated as a mass tort in the Philadelphia against Federal Signal. / AboutLawsuits.com

Silver Spring, MD
NAD RESPONDS TO 'THE WHO' SUPER BOWL LYRICS
"That deaf, dumb and blind kid, Sure plays a mean pinball!" “The Who” played this song during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010. Like the rest of the broadcast, and like over 80 percent of the commercials -- it was closed-captioned. Many deaf and hard of hearing viewers saw these lyrics for the first time. Needless to say, many of us reacted negatively. Why is this song being played in this day and age? The NAD briefly considered taking action. After all, one of our main roles is to advocate for and protect the rights of deaf and hard of hearing people. We decided to find out more about “Tommy.” / NAD

Silver Spring, MD
NAD ANNOUNCES CEO APPLICATION PERIOD HAS CLOSED
The NAD CEO Search Committee (CSC) would like to announce the close of the CEO application period, which began in early January 2010. The CEO profile and position announcement was developed with feedback from more than 80 delegates representing four NAD regions. The CSC will now screen the applications and recommend three finalists to the NAD Board by July 2010. The finalists will be available during the 50th Biennial NAD Conference in Philadelphia from July 6-10 to interact with everyone, meet with stakeholder groups, and give a public presentation. / NAD

Internet
DR. I KING JORDAN ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
A video on what Dr. I. King Jordan has to say about diversity and inclusion. Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Jordan shares his insights about his organizational journey to become more diverse and inclusive, and the lessons he learned along the way. / Kokonut Pundit


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HEALTH AND ADVOCACY INFORMATION FOR PERSONS WHO ARE DEAF, DEAF-BLIND, AND HARD OF HEARING

Persons who are Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing are grossly underserved by both the physical health and the behavioral health care system. In many cases, the patient as well as the health care provider who may provide service to them, is unaware of laws that mandate the provision of accommodations in the health care setting so that all persons have equal access to health related information. A new web site called http://www.healthbridges.info was created by people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing.

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INTERNATIONAL
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Christchurch, New Zealand
DEAF MATE SWINDLES $130K
Mortgage broker Mike Pero says he feels "violated" by a deaf Christchurch woman who cheated more than $130,000 from the local deaf community by using his name. Christine Ticehurst, 49, sent texts to close friends claiming to be from "Mike Pero" as part of a sophisticated plot to swindle them through a bogus housing development. "It's unbelievable. I'm almost speechless," said the high-profile businessman. "It's bizarre and I feel almost violated by the fact that someone can use my good name and integrity to cheat people out of their money. / NZ Herald

Cuanacaxtitlan, Mexico
GALLAUDET TEAM TRAVELS TO REMOTE MEXICAN VILLAGE TO ASSESS HEARING LOSS
Eight audiology students and two supervising audiologists will travel to the remote village of Cuanacaxtitlan, Mexico, on Friday, March 12, to assess hearing loss among the local residents and provide hearing aids to 45 people. This outreach effort, spearheaded by the Gallaudet chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA), is being undertaken to help address communication needs in low- and middle-income countries, which account for 80 percent of the world’s 278 million people who experience hearing loss. / GU News

Karachi, Pakistan
PENNILESS PARENTS OF HEARING IMPAIRED CHILD IN DISTRESS
Just like every newborn brings happiness to its parents, Loot also brought joy to his mother and father. However, when Loot was two years old, his parents discovered that he had been suffering from a hearing impairment since birth. After consulting different doctors, Loot’s underprivileged family found out that they would have to manage a huge sum of Rs 1.6 million for cochlear implantation. Loot’s father Muhammad Jamil found a hospital in Lahore, Punjab where the treatment would have been free-of-cost. However, when the depressed father rushed to Lahore, the hospital administration said they didn’t treat people from any other province. / Daily Times

Nottingham, England
DEAF CAMPAIGNERS STAGE CITY CENTRE PROTEST
Deaf campaigners staged a sit-down protest and stopped trams in Nottingham city centre. Members of Nottingham's deaf community were drawing attention to proposed cuts in the city council's budget. The council is today due to agree proposals which will reduce the authority's deaf team from 10 members of staff to three. / This Is Nottingham

Ipswich, England
FAMILY'S PLEA FOR MORE HELP FOR DEAF
Peter Berry, who was profoundly deaf, suffered chest pains while out on a walk and went to the Hadleigh Boxford Surgery just after it had closed. Despite telling the receptionist about his disability and asking for help, she reportedly told him to go home and call NHS Direct. A distressed Mr Berry, 59, was forced to go home where he told a neighbour who then called for an ambulance. Although it turned out to be stress-induced heartburn, he died three weeks later, in November, in his sleep following a massive heart attack. / Evening Star

London, England
DVD OFFERS CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE FOR DEAF PEOPLE
A DVD offering advice to deaf people on crime prevention has been made by an officer after he realised sections of the community were missing out. The DVD was devised by Kevin Childs from Gwent Police, who had spent time working with deaf people in the area. He teamed up with the British Deaf Association and made the film featuring two deaf lead characters in various crime prevention scenarios. The film will now be distributed to forces throughout the UK. / BBC News

Manchester, England
DEMENTIA STUDY LAUNCHED WITHIN THE DEAF COMMUNITY
Researchers have launched a unique project to improve early diagnosis and management of dementia among Deaf people who use British Sign Language (BSL). The research, funded by Alzheimer’s Society, will examine how to identify dementia in Deaf people and explore how they might best cope with their condition. The study will also investigate how to provide support services for the Deaf community and develop assessment tools in BSL. / Alpha Galileo


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Washington, DC
DESPITE WHAT YOU MAY HAVE HEARD, THERE'S NO BOOM IN DEAFNESS
When I was growing up, one of my mother's favorite admonitions was the classic "Turn that music down, or you'll go deaf." I hate to admit it, but lately I find myself asking friends to repeat themselves during cellphone conversations or to speak up over dinner in a bustling restaurant. Was Mom right? Could blaring Duran Duran and Wham on my Walkman for hours on end really have caused irreparable damage? Maybe, but it's still open for debate. / The Washington Post

Charleston, WV
SCHOOLS MARK ANNIVERSARY
Lawmakers wiggled their fingers and twisted their wrists to applaud students from the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. About 25 students visited the House of Delegates chamber last Wednesday to commemorate the deaf and blind school's founding by the Legislature 140 years ago. Deaf students from the school's high school choir Tapestry opened with a sign language medley of patriotic songs. While lawmakers heard music, they watched the students sign "America the Beautiful" and the National Anthem. / Daily Mail Capitol Reporter

Washington, DC
DEAF MORMONS ENJOY INSTITUTE AT GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY
At first glance, it's a religion class like any other. The teacher projects an electronic slide on the wall with an illustration of Ammon tending King Lamoni's sheep, then poses a question. Students scan the pages of the Book of Mormon, zeroing in on Alma 18. Several hands go up, and the instructor calls on someone. It soon becomes apparent that this is no ordinary classroom as the student steps in front of the class, sets the scriptures down and begins to answer with both hands in American Sign Language. / Mormon Times

Boise, ID
SILENT LUNCHES AT BSU: DEAF COMMUNITY 'SPEAKS OUT'
If you walk into the Cultural Center on a Friday afternoon, you will be met with excited chatter. But you won’t hear anything. Every Friday, members of the deaf community gather to have lunch and converse with friends also fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Those who come to gather include Boise State University students, non-BSU students, those who are deaf and those who can hear. Everyone is invited to mingle at the silent lunches. / The Arbiter

Washington, DC
NATIONAL ONLINE HEARING AID COMPANY SUPPORTS FEDERAL HEARING AID TAX CREDIT BILL
If passed, a bill being considered by the House of Representatives and Senate could provide consumers with up to $1,000 in tax credits toward the purchase of new hearing aids. HearAid, an Internet-based hearing aid sales company, is supporting passage of the bill. “This program will help those suffering from hearing loss lead fuller, more productive lives,” said HearAid Chief Operating Manager Kirk Bradley. / PRWeb


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Washington, DC
LANDRIEU WELCOMES OVER $1.3 MILLION IN BROADBAND GRANTS FOR DEAF ACTION CENTER
U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La. last Wednesday welcomed over $1.3 million in broadband expansion grants from the Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) for The Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center in Shreveport, La. "With these funds, the Deaf Action Center will be able to install 81 new videoconferencing stations, and enhance services at 19 existing stations that serve individuals who have hearing disabilities across Louisiana, and in sites in Alabama, California and Texas," Sen. Landrieu said. / PR Newswire

Fremont, CA
OHLONE GETS GRANT FOR DEAF STUDIES LAB
Ohlone College soon will have a new computer laboratory where American Sign Language will be the lingua franca. The college, which is home to about 200 deaf students and a 650-student Deaf Studies division, expects to open the lab by the end of this summer with a $200,000 grant from the East Bay Community Center. The Deaf Studies/American Sign Language Computer Laboratory will provide a hub for deaf students and hearing students learning American Sign Language to study and interact with each other, said Genie Gertz, dean of Ohlone's Deaf Studies division. / The Oakland Tribune

Frederick, MD
DEAF, RETIRED COUPLE CARRY ON WORK AT THEIR NEW MARKET FARM
The moment Jack and Rosalyn Gannon turned into the washed-out driveway of an old, defunct dairy farm near New Market in the mid-1980s, they knew it would make the perfect retirement home. Both worked at Gallaudet University in Washington at the time. Both had grown up deaf in rural areas and graduated from state schools for the deaf -- she in North Carolina, and he in southern Missouri -- and longed for a taste of the country. On free weekends, they traveled to the farm to begin what became 16 years' worth of repairs and additions to the farmhouse, originally constructed in the 1750s and 1820s, as well as their 34-acre property. / The Frederick News Post

West Allis, WI
LOCAL NONPROFIT CHANGES NAME, EXPANDS SERVICES
The Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in West Allis, has officially changed its name to the Center for Communication, Hearing & Deafness. The Center has also launched an updated website to coincide with the organization’s name change. “The primary reason for the name change is to broaden the agency’s mission so it can better respond to the changing needs and requirements in our community,” said Dorothy Kerr, executive director. / BizTimes

Los Angeles, CA
STARKEY LABS PARTNERS WITH SPONGEBOB
Starkey Laboratories Inc. has announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products to launch co-branded pediatric hearing aids. The earmolds specifically created for children ages 0-13 will feature characters from Nickelodeon’s most popular TV shows, including SpongeBob SquarePants, iCarly, Go, Diego, Go! and Dora the Explorer. / Bizjournals


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Keith Wann's ASL Comedy Tour 2010

Keith Wann, renowned for his hilarious, sidesplitting comedy performances, is now producing and hosting the ASL Comedy Tour 2010, which will travel the U.S. this year. With American Sign Language (ASL) artists presenting solo performances incorporating comedy, skits, songs, improvisation, and stories, each show lasts two hours. Sponsored by www.CallVRS.org, the multi-city tour is designed to be affordable for each location – making it ideal as a fundraiser for participating organizations.

“We really want to reach out to all communities, so we are sharing in the costs and profits at each location. We will work closely with booking parties to maximize profits for their organization and to bring in as many people as possible for a night of laughter, socialization and fun,” Wann said. “We also offer workshops by some of our performers, which can be held the day of the performance. People can come to our workshops, and then unwind by attending the comedy show that evening.”

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New York, NY
EMOTIONS LEFT UNTAPPED IN 'THE MIRACLE WORKER'
As Annie Sullivan strives to break through to a young Helen Keller, she intently and repeatedly finger-spells words into the blind and deaf girl’s hand, like d-o-l-l. If you’ve seen “The Miracle Worker” on stage or the Oscar-winning 1962 film adaptation with Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, who originated the roles of teacher and pupil on stage, you expect heart-stirring urgency from those fast-moving fingers. But Broadway’s first revival of William Gibson's 1959 biodrama seldom summons high stakes or deep feelings. It’s a respectable production, but it’s often wan. Occasionally it’s d-u-l-l. / NY Daily News

See Also: PRODUCER RICHENTHAL SAYS MIRACLE WORKER WILL CONTINUE ON BROADWAY / Playbill

Kalamazoo, MI
SIGN LANGUAGE PERFORMER PATRICIA BRUCE OFFERS UP 'TALES OF A MAD, MAD, MAD ASL WORLD'
Patricia “Trix” Bruce will present an evening of stories as you’ve never heard them told before. That’s because you won’t hear her tell them -- you’ll watch her. Bruce, an American Sign Language performer will present “Tales of a Mad, Mad, Mad ASL World,” an audience-interactive storytelling ASL show, on March 19 at Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Dale Lake Auditorium. / Kalamazoo Gazette


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QuestFest Returns March 1-14

QuestFest 2010, the premier international visual theatre festival produced by Quest in partnership with Gallaudet University in Washington, will return to the Baltimore/Washington area March 1-14, 2010, with a two-week long festival of performances and workshops in venues and schools throughout the area.

The festival will feature an array of family-friendly, cutting-edge work that welcomes all people to the fascinating world of visual theatre. Audiences can expect cutting edge performances that have been described as ‘breathtaking,’ ‘inspiring,’ and ‘profound.’

For further information about the performances and tickets for the shows, visit www.questfest.org.

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Mattoon, IL
DARING TO DREAM OF THE DEAFLYMPICS
Layton Seeber wasn’t looking to find his way onto a USA men’s basketball team, so when an e-mail arrived inviting him to do just that he was incredulous. “At first I thought it was a joke,” he said. “I was like, ‘No, they can’t be serious.’” No joke. No hesitation after realizing that it wasn’t, either. The first World Deaf Championships for U21 (players born in 1989 or after) are in Lublin, Poland, this summer and Seeber plans to join the team in June. The first task is to raise $2,500 to make the trip possible. / Journal Gazette-Times Courier

Chicago, IL
'INCLUSION COMPANIES' WORK TO MAKE SURE YOUNG ATHLETES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS INCLUDED
Children with disabilities were long ago integrated into mainstream classrooms in pursuit of a better education. Now a growing number of parents expect comparable integration on the playing field. They are enrolling their sons and daughters in conventional youth sports, where aides known as "inclusion companions" or "leisure buddies" help the kids practice and play with able-bodied, neurotypical athletes. Parents and aides say the practice benefits all children. Those with disabilities gain a sense of fellowship and a chance to sharpen their social skills, while mainstream kids come to see the disabled as peers. / Chicago Tribune


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Rochester, NY
RIT/NTID MOURNS ELLIE ROSENFIELD
Dr. Eleanor Rosenfield, Associate Dean for Student and Academic Services at Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf, died Sunday afternoon in her Brighton home after a two-year battle with lymphoma. She was 57. The RIT flag was lowered to half staff yesterday in her memory. "Ellie was one of those rare people who comes along in life and makes a profound positive impact upon those she touches," said NTID Interim President James DeCaro. "She was a truly competent, wonderful, kind, delightful and determined human being." / NTID News


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COMING EVENTS
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Silver Spring, MD
2010 YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMP APPLICATION DEADLINE
Got summer plans? Consider NAD Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) in Stayton, Oregon! The NAD YLC is a sensational four-week summer camp program for deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students. The camp provides campers the ability to develop their scholarship, leadership, and citizenship qualities in nature environment. Being outdoor has an amazing way of inspiring campers. Campers experience self-discovery, learn about self-identity, confidence, and self-esteem and understand the significance of leadership development. Application Deadlines: Camper - March 19; Staff - March 26. Please apply online at www.nad.org/2010ylc.


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

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EXCITING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD, INC.

* Job Developer / Interpreter – Crenshaw, CA
* Community Interpreter – Los Angeles, CA
* HIV Educator (WSR) – Los Angeles, CA

To learn more about these positions, please visit our website, www.gladinc.org.

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Mental Health Technician

Responsible for the daily supervision and monitoring of residents safety, activities of daily living, school attendance and recreation activities.

Requires minimum high school diploma Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred. Experience working in behavioral health setting preferred. Fluent in ASL preferred. American Sign Language training provided on site. All shifts available. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. Fax resume to Human Resources: (352)735-4939 or send resume to: National Deaf Academy, Attention: Human Resources,19650 US Hwy 441, Mt. Dora, Florida 32757. Phone (352)735-9500. EOE

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Position: Program Specialist

The Center for Hearing and Deafness, Inc. (CHAD) seeks a part-time Program Specialist to provide a variety of human service programs to individuals who are Deaf and hard of hearing (D/HOH).

CHAD, a community based non-profit organization, is the only general, drop-in, social service agency of its kind in the five-county Philadelphia area. CHAD's mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing and their families through information, social services, education and advocacy.

Duties include:
-- Provide in-depth case management services to D/HOH individuals, including those with additional mental and/or vision challenges
-- Conduct comprehensive intakes, assessments, and referrals for a variety of phone calls and walk-ins
-- Interact with other agencies and individuals and act as an advocate when necessary
-- Related administrative duties

Requirements:
-- Fluency in American Sign Language
-- Highly motivated to work with and assist D/HOH people and their families
-- Ability to travel mostly throughout Chester County, and occasionally to neighboring counties
-- Bachelors degree and several years of human service experience preferred
-- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Interested candidates can email resume to berdav@verizon.net

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Position: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Center for Hearing and Deafness, Inc. (CHAD), a community based organization located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, serves as the only general, drop-in, social service agency of its kind in the five-county Philadelphia area. CHAD's mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families through information, social services, education and advocacy.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, CHAD seeks a full-time Executive Director. The candidate should have the ability of overseeing financial operations of a smaller organization, a record of successful fundraising for nonprofit organizations, and demonstrated accomplishments in administering and managing programs, and contracts. CHAD is looking for an experienced leader with the management skills and vision to continue the growth and development of the organization. The Executive Director must embrace CHAD’s mission and purpose.

Requirements: A minimum of 5 years experience at a supervisory/management level, preferably in a non-profit health or human service field. In depth knowledge of issues and resources within the hearing loss field, including a conversational fluency with American Sign is strongly desired.

Interested candidates can email resume to berdav@verizon.net

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Position: PROGRAM DIRECTOR

The Center for Hearing and Deafness, Inc. (CHAD) seeks a full-time Program Director to coordinate and supervise all CHAD programs and program staff so as to meet all contracted requirements, satisfy all program descriptions and to insure top quality services.

CHAD, a community based non-profit organization, is the only general, drop-in, social service agency of its kind in the five-county Philadelphia area. CHAD's mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing and their families through information, social services, education and advocacy.

Position Requirements:
-- Minimum of BA or BS degree in health or human service field.
-- Minimum of three years experience in providing health or human services.
-- At least one year of experience in human service management, including supervision, administration and finances.
-- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills – an effective team player.
-- Excellent writing and good computer skills.
-- Must be able to independently develop and manage multiple projects at once.
-- Background in working with deaf and hard of hearing people and their families preferred.
-- Competent conversational American Sign Language ability strongly desired.

Interested candidates can email resume to berdav@verizon.net

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DEAF SERVICES CENTER
614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
215-884-9770 TTY/V 215-884-9774 FAX

Deaf Services Center (DSC) is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf/HOH centered with about 85% of our staff being Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Our staff environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support. As a result, we are rapidly growing with new programs and expansions of our existing programs. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or have many years experience in the field of human services we have a career building position waiting for you!

DSC is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community to fill the following positions:

STAFF INTERPRETER
BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST
INTENSIVE CASE MANAGERS
RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS

We are soon opening a Residential Treatment Facility for Deaf adolescents early Spring 2010! We are interviewing now. Please see below for open positions:

MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST
RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITY STAFF

Come be a part of our exciting growing professional TEAM! For more information on any of the positions listed, feel free to contact us at:

Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
Deaf Services Center
614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Email: lclaypool@salisb.com or Fax: 215-884-6301

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SUPERINTENDENT
Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf
SALARY: $83,210.10 - $116,476.58

DESCRIPTION: Administration of educational, residential, support and operational programs and services designed to meet the needs of over 200 Deaf and hard of hearing students. Provide direction for the provision of outreach services throughout the state in accordance with school’s mission to serve as the state’s center on deafness. Lead the school in meeting entrepreneurial objectives including but not limited to collaborative efforts with other educational and state agencies and organizations.

REQUIREMENTS: Master’s degree required, doctorate in education preferred. A minimum of 8 years of employment in educational programs for the Deaf and hard of hearing students K-12 with a minimum of 4 years of administrative experience, with demonstrated organizational, managerial and interpersonal skills required. Must possess or be eligible for New Jersey certification as a school administrator.

Please review the entire job vacancy announcement at: http://www.nj.gov/education/genfo/vacancy.htm.

For more information on the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf, visit www.mksd.org.

Please forward a cover letter/resume by March 19, 2010 to:

Personnel Director, New Jersey State Department of Education, Reference #: DOE-002-10, PO Box 500, Trenton, NJ 08625-0500. Resumes may be e-mailed to: resume2@doe.state.nj.us
EOE

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New Deaf Services Manager at BJC Behavioral Health St. Louis, MO.

Position includes: manage, coordinate, and supervise deaf & HoH clients with mental & emotional disorders through therapeutic and case management services. Build a strong community relationship between BJC BH & the Deaf & HoH community through networking, advocacy and outreach efforts. Program Management/Coordination (50%) & Therapy (50%)

Master or Doctorate in Counseling, Social Work, or Psychology
Job Experience: minimum 2 Years, 5-1 0 Years preferred
Supervisory Experience: Minimum 3 years, 5-7 Years preferred

Resumes: Mark Stansberry, Executive Director
BJC Behavioral Heath, 1430 Olive, Suite 400, St. Louis MO 63103

www.bjcjobs.org (1000044)

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Executive Director
The New York School for the Deaf (Fanwood)

The Board of Trustees of the New York School for the Deaf, known as Fanwood, seeks an experienced and visionary leader to assume the role of Executive Director on or about July 1, 2010. Fanwood, established in 1817, is the oldest school for the deaf in New York and the second oldest in the United States.

With support of the Board of Trustees, primary responsibilities of the Head of School include:
-- Visionary leadership for continuous improvement , enhancement, and expansion of instructional and support programs for students and families
-- With the Comptroller, preparing budgets and corresponding recommendations and submitting them to the Board for approval
-- With Board-designated attorneys, representing the school in labor negotiations.
-- Advocating the school’s interests to state legislators and maintaining a close relationship with the State Education Department to support the school's objectives
-- Representing the school through active participation in local and state activities and organizations related to the mission of NYSD
-- Collaborating with like schools for the Deaf to share best practices and ensure sustainability of schools serving Deaf students
-- Encouraging financial support through friend building and fund raising activities from individuals, foundations, businesses, professionals, and educational communities
-- Promoting the school to the Deaf community and other supporters and friends through social and educational events, gatherings and performances

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS
-- Graduate degree in Deaf Education, Educational Administration or a closely related field.
-- Minimum of five years of demonstrated successful administrative experience in an educational setting for Deaf individuals
-- Articulate in American Sign Language and English
-- Possession of or eligibility for appropriate New York State Administration Certification is preferred
-- Qualified candidates should submit resumes by April 1, 2010 to: searchcommittee@nysd.net

Names of prospective candidates can also be submitted to search committee Co-Chair Alexis Kashar at searchcommittee@nysd.net

All resumes will be treated confidentially

New York School for the Deaf is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT SPECIALIST
Puget Sound Regional Services -- Seattle, WA

Puget Sound Regional Services (PSRS) is a non-profit community services organization that offers a rewarding opportunity for energetic and compassionate people to provide direct residential and community support to adults with developmental disabilities. We are currently seeking P/T & F/T Community Support Specialist with shifts available in the Seattle and Renton areas. The position starts at $10.25 per hour, first raise is to 10.50 per hour after 90 days.

Requirements:
· Advanced knowledge of sign language
· Able to work weekends or every other weekend
· Ability to lift, push and pull 50lbs
· At least 18 years old
· Diploma/GED
· Pass a Criminal Background Check
· WSDL w/insurance and reliable transportation
· Able to read / write English
· Able to walk long distances

Generous Benefits that Include:
Mileage Reimbursement, Paid Time Off, Employee Assistance Program, and a 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan for P/T. F/T employees receive Medical & Dental.

If interested and meet all above requirements contact Alisha Martin at amartin@gopsrs.org

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Advocates Inc.

Advocates is looking for full-time 40 hours per week staff with benefits to work in our Deaf service programs in Framingham MA. The Direct Care Counselor is responsible for implementing the mission of the MH Division. The Direct Care Counselor is responsible for supervising the daily activities of the clients, providing ongoing support, guidance and role modeling. He/she facilitates client improvement in the areas of personal responsibility, social skills, community living skills and behavior.

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.

Susan Nathan
Advocates Inc.
Framingham, Ma. 01702
HR Recruitment Manager
SNathan@advocatesinc.org

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