deafweekly

 

March 12, 2008
Vol. 4, No. 10

Editor: Tom Willard

Deafweekly is an independent news report for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community that is mailed to subscribers every Wednesday and available to read at www.deafweekly.com. Please visit our website to read current and back issues, sign up for a subscription and advertise. Deafweekly is copyrighted 2008 and any unauthorized use, including reprinting of news, is prohibited. Please support our advertisers; they make it possible for you to receive Deafweekly at no charge.


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NORTH DAKOTA TEACHER STABBED TO DEATH

Paula Lee Hartze, a longtime teacher at the North Dakota School for the Deaf, was stabbed to death, said the Grand Forks Herald. Hartze's body was found in her Devils Lake home March 2, and police said she might have been killed the day before. Police said there were no signs of forced entry, no suspects, no arrests and no reason to believe the public is at risk. A memorial service took place last Thursday at the School for the Deaf, where Hartze, 43, taught English for 13 years. "She was a very beloved teacher," said Superintendent Dennis Fogelson. "It is a tragedy and we are trying to cope with it right now."

COLORADO MAN DIES IN HEAD-ON HIGHWAY CRASH

Matthew Sims, a deaf 25-year-old Colorado man, died in a car accident February 19 in Colorado Springs. According to the Gazette, Sims caused a head-on crash that killed a 64-year-old woman and her dog when he drove his 2002 Volkswagen Jetta in the wrong direction on Interstate 25 and sped away at about 90 mph after a police officer tried to get his attention. The accident was widely discussed in Internet posts, including Fookem and Bug and The Denver Post.

DNA MATCH LEADS TO ARREST IN 1981 ILLINOIS MURDER

Prosecutors in Palos Township, Ill. say they have solved the 1981 murder of Dawn Niles, a deaf pregnant 15-year-old whose body was found in a forest six days after she was last seen leaving Hinsdale South High School with boyfriend Gary Albert, 18, also deaf. Police arrested Albert, now 45, on March 2 and charged him with first-degree murder, said the Chicago Sun-Times. "He was the original suspect," said a law enforcement source, but "we were never able to interview him after the body was found." Albert, a General Mills employee from Sugar Grove, was linked to the crime through a DNA match made possible by advances in technology. He appeared at a brief court hearing last Tuesday and was being held on $1 million bond.

SON OF DEAF SCHOOL CHIEF DIES OF WAR INJURIES

Army Cpl. Kevin Mowl died February 25 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., nearly seven months after being injured in Baghdad. Cpl. Mowl's father, Harold Mowl Jr., is superintendent of the Rochester (N.Y.) School for the Deaf, where Cpl. Mowl visited with students and discussed being a soldier during his last trip home a year ago. Harold, his wife Mary, and their daughter Carlene, recently hosted a production crew from ABC's Good Morning America who were doing a story on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War. (It will air this Saturday, March 15.) According to the Democrat and Chronicle, Harold said his son would have cringed at all the attention. "He didn't enjoy the spotlight at all," he said.

NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL DIRECTOR STEPS DOWN

Linda Lindsey has stepped down as director of the North Carolina School for the Deaf, reported the Morganton News Herald. Department of Health and Human Services Superintendent Dwight Pearson told a group of parents and students two weeks ago that Lindsey would be reassigned and no longer have any oversight or impact on the school. The move came after Lindsey and other school officials met with students Sunday night (Feb. 24) in the school's chapel in an effort to squash a protest, said the report. With Principal Janet McDaniel taking over as interim director, Pearson assured parents his department will conduct a nationwide search for a new director who is experienced in deaf education and, unlike Lindsey, fluent in sign language.

GALLAUDET KEEPS DAVILA, DROPS SEARCH FOR PRESIDENT

Gallaudet University decided two weeks ago to keep interim president Robert Davila without conducting a formal search process, reported the George Washington University Hatchet. Davila is restoring confidence on campus, said the report, less than two years after turmoil swept the college over the appointment of Jane Fernandez to replace retiring President I. King Jordan. Davila, the ninth president in the school's 153-year history, has created working groups of students, faculty and administration and is committed to a "truly inclusive Gallaudet." Jordan, meanwhile, was not invited to a banquet this month celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Deaf President Now movement, a news release from activist Brian Riley pointed out.

MARK MYERS CHOSEN TO HEAD SWCID

The selection of Mark J. Myers as the new provost for the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf in Big Spring, Texas was announced February 1 by Howard College officials. Myers, who was deafened by meningitis as an infant, will take over for Ron Brasel, who retired in August after 21 years with the school. Currently a department director at the Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted, Conn., Myers will move to Big Spring this summer with wife Alyssa and officially start his new job August 14. His skills and experience "will be a perfect fit for this campus and this community," said Howard College President Cheryl Sparks in a news release.

OJO VIDEOPHONE NETWORK DOWN SINCE JANUARY 30

A financial dispute between Snap!VRS and WorldGate Communications has left Ojo videophone users unable to access the Ojo network since January 30. WorldGate, which manufactures the Ojo, shut down operations "as a first step to winding down its business" following "a dispute with its largest customer over the payment of significant monies," said a website statement. Snap!VRS, which has been giving away free Ojos to promote its VRS service, denied owing WorldGate any money and posted an update March 5 to "clear up things about what is and is not happening." Frustrated Ojo users were running out of patience, with one, blogger James Northcutt, writing, "Come on, Snap!VRS, get moving. We are waiting!!!!!!"

CALIFORNIA CALL CENTER ANNOUNCES LAYOFF PLANS

GoAmerica Inc. announced February 11 that it was slashing staff at its call center in Riverbank, Calif., said The Modesto Bee. The New Jersey-based firm, which acquired the center from Verizon last year, planned to dismiss about 550 of its 700 call center workers based on seniority. The move came after GoAmerica blocked international Internet relay calls four days earlier, triggering an "instant" decline in calls. One unnamed worker said he had been getting 80 to 90 calls a day, but all but three or four were fraudulent or obscene. "At first, they said 'Good news, we got rid of fraud!'" said operator Barbara Dowler, but then GoAmerica announced the layoffs. "I'm already looking for a new job," she said.

TRANSCRIBERS RETURN AFTER 2-WEEK WALKOUT

A dispute between Central Washington University and its transcribers for deaf and hard-of-hearing students was resolved after mediation ended a two-week walkout. "They started back Monday," CWU official Charlotte Tullos told the Daily Record two weeks ago. Five transcribers had quit February 12, claiming disability services director Rob Harden was more concerned about the budget than their well being and had dropped a team approach that left them working too long without a break. CWU officials said the needed to rein in the expense. Under the agreement, team transcribing will continue and transcribers will report to Tullos and a second official rather than to Harden.

STUDENTS' BEHAVIOR PROMPTS POLICE ACTION

Students Behaving Badly department: 1) A 14-year-old student at the Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Mass. was arrested February 13 after shoving a staff member down a flight of stair at a Valentine's dance, causing the worker to break her wrist. The student had been banned from the dance, said MetroWest Daily News, because other students didn't feel safe around him. 2) The California School for the Deaf in Riverside went into lockdown February 14 after a female student received a text message from an ex-boyfriend saying he was armed and on campus. City and state police determined from cellphone records that the teen had never been on campus, said the San Diego Union Tribune, and he was located and questioned later in the day. 3) Benjamin Finley, 18, was charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon and taken to jail January 28 after saying in sign language that he was going to shoot a staff member and other teachers at the Iowa School for the Deaf. Finley was released and charges were dropped after a search revealed no weapons, said the Associated Press.

OHIO WOMAN CHARGED WITH ARSON

Lynda Mrofchak, a deaf Ohio woman who called 911 to report a fire in her kitchen February 5, was charged with arson after indicating that she "possibly set the fire" herself, Austintown assistant fire chief Andy Frost told The Vindicator. Firefighters used water to put out a small trash fire, which caused about $600 worth of damage. Mrofchak appeared in court the next day on a charge of aggravated arson, a first-degree felony that carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison, where bond was set at $50,000.

ILLINOIS WOMAN PEPPER-SPRAYED AFTER RESISTING ARREST

A deaf woman in East Alton, Ill, was pepper-sprayed by police after resisting arrest, said The Telegraph. Lynn Sabin, 47, allegedly crashed into another car January 28 and fled the scene, leading a police officer who witnessed the incident to pull her over in a parking lot. She was pepper-sprayed after refusing to be handcuffed and resisting even after the officer got her to the ground. Sabin, who was released on notice to appear in court, has been arrested 13 times in the past 13 months for reckless driving, trespassing, damage to property, disorderly conduct, child neglect, a seat belt violation trying to steal gasoline and other misdemeanor crimes.

MICHIGAN MAN SENTENCED IN EXTORTION SCHEME

Lawrence Arthur Boyd III of Saline, Mich. was sentenced to seven days already served in jail for undertaking "a bizarre extortion attempt," said the Adrian Daily Telegram. Boyd, who is deaf and does not speak, admitted to handing a note to a Devils Lake store clerk on December 22, 2006 saying his family was being held hostage and would be shot if the clerk did not give him money. The clerk did not understand the note, said police reports, and Boyd, 42, eventually gave up and left the store. It was the second time Boyd tried to extort money in a similar scheme, said his lawyer, Robert Buschmohle, after losing money in an Internet scam. Boyd, who once held a $65,000-a-year job but now lives on disability benefits, "has learned some very hard life lessons," Buschmohle told the court.


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BRIT SENTENCED FOR KILLING MAN WHO AIDED DEAF COUSIN

Shilesh Patel, 26, was sentenced to a minimum of 18 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of David Haynes, killed on his 21st birthday after defending a deaf man who was being mocked and pushed. Patel and Haynes clashed at a Wellingborough, Northamptonshire nightclub on August 26, 2006, reported BBC News, after Patel began pushing Shane McLeod, Haynes' deaf cousin. The incident ended with both parties shaking hands, but Patel was punched outside the club by McLeod's party. He went home for a kitchen knife and returned to the scene, where he stabbed Haynes once in the stomach. Haynes died 12 hours later in a hospital. "You took the life of a young man of good character with his whole life before him," said Justice McKay in passing sentence earlier this month.

CANADIAN MAN, 94, WALKS IN FRONT OF TRAIN, GETS HIT, DIES

A 94-year-old Canadian widower was struck and killed by a passenger train February 14 in London, Ont. Robert Wilson Jones was "so hard of hearing he kept to himself and rarely spoke to neighbors," reported The London Free Press. Jones died after walking into a crossing equipped with a gate and signal lights, and police speculated that a strong wind made it especially hard to hear the warnings. No one on the train was hurt, and police were seeking witnesses to the accident. Next-door neighbor Rick Elians said Jones kept to himself, especially after his wife died a few years ago. "He was very quiet," said Elians.

CASE INVOLVING INUIT SIGN LANGUAGE COMES TO END

A court case that lingered for nearly four years came to an end last month when Nunavut Crown Prosecutor Rachel Furey stayed a sexual-assault charge against Bobby Suwarak, 38. Suwarak posed an unusual challenge when he was arrested in March 2004, said The Globe and Mail, as he never learned to read, write or use American Sign Language. He sat in jail for nine months, unable to find a lawyer, but then attorney Tim Kavanagh stepped in and applied to stay the charges, arguing the lack of language prevents a fair trial. Kavanagh called on Jamie MacDougall, a McGill University psychologist whose work on the case helped reveal the existence of Inuit Sign Language. "Why we didn't know ... that Inuit have their own sign language," said MacDougall, "is kind of a mystery."

WOMAN IN INDIA GIVES BIRTH OUTSIDE HOSPITAL

A deaf woman in India who traveled from her village to a Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh medical university to seek help for her hearing problem ended up giving birth on the pavement outside the hospital. Sushma Devi, 22, and four other deaf family members had come to the hospital for help with their hearing problems, and afterwards, the women waited outside while the men went to buy food and medicines. Eight-months-pregnant Sushma then went into labor, reported The Times of India, but "could not even call for help because of her impairment." It took nearly 40 minutes for medical help to arrive, but meanwhile "some women reacted promptly and formed a curtain around Sushma," said Kunjbihari, the woman's father-in-law.

AIR FORCE BAND VISITS KYRGYZSTAN DEAF SCHOOL

U.S. Air Force musicians visited Bishkek's Boarding School for the Deaf February 13 during an eight-day outreach trip in Kyrgyzstan, said Air Force Link. Members of the U.S. Central Command Air Forces Band "Live Round" delivered toys and candy, performed for students and demonstrated how to play the instruments. Band members were surprised, said Master Sgt. Jeremy Laukhuf, when students did a performance of their own, dressed in bright hand-made costumes. "The kids liked it very much; it made a wonderful impression on them," said Kanykei Jamanbaeva, the school's director. "The atmosphere was very nice and very kind."

STUDENTS STRIKE AT SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOL

Students at a South African school for the deaf and the blind had been boycotting classes for several days when the Sowetan reported on their protest February 21. Ndo Mangala, a Limpopo education spokesman, said students at Setotolwane Secondary School have accused school management of mistreatment and claimed the hostels are in a state of disrepair. Mangala said the department hoped to have the students back in classes by the following Monday, saying "the department of education is busy seeing how it can assist pupils to return to school."

UGANDAN DEAF LANGUISHING IN PRISON WITHOUT TRIAL

The New Vision reported February 21 that 40 deaf people are languishing in prisons without trial because the courts do not provide for sign language. Deaf people "cannot communicate with the police, magistrates and judges," said Alex Ndeezi, MP for Persons with Disability. Ndeezi pointed to a 2006 petition by the Uganda National Association of the Deaf saying they were sometimes denied justice, and promised to give the detainees' names to Parliament. MPs, in turn, recommended a government sign language policy and called for a census of deaf persons to help plan for their needs.

CAPTIONING GLITCH CAUSES HEADS TO ROLL

A film shown in Australia about the death of Princess Diana turned into an embarrassment for sponsors due to a "comedy of errors" with the open captioning, said The Sydney Morning Herald. In a free under-the-stars viewing of The Queen sponsored by Ryde Council February 23, "Buckingham Palace" became "Burking in Paris," "Did you vote?" turned into "Dead in a boat?", and "people removed their hats" became "people removed their heads." Media Access Australia project manager Ally Woodford said the mistakes were frustrating. "I look at captioned DVDs pretty much every day," she said, "and it's rare to see a DVD with those sorts of errors."

ANTIBIOTICS SUIT ... 'MIRACLE BABY' ... A MILLION RUBLES ... MIDWIFE'S OVERSIGHT

Deaf Children department: 1) The Minivan News in the Maldives reported that the parents of a 3-year-old deaf girl are suing the Ministry of Health for a record $562,000 US, saying the girl's hearing loss resulted from misuse of antibiotics. 2) A baby expected to be born deaf and blind and live only a few hours was proclaimed a "miracle" after arriving in perfect health. According to The London Daily Mail, Brandon Kramer was diagnosed while still in the womb with rhomboencephalosynapsis, a condition that affects one in a million people. 3) Rita Beloglazova, 3, needs one million rubles ($42,000) for a cochlear implant, said Kommersant. She was misdiagnosed 18 months ago by a doctor who tested her hearing by snapping his fingers near her ear. 4) A midwife in Melbourne, Australia admitted in a formal hearing that she failed to check a baby for jaundice during a home delivery in 2005, said the Herald Sun. That oversight, said the infant's father in a complaint to the Nurses Board of Victoria, left the baby deaf and permanently disabled.


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RESEARCHERS UNEARTH 1888 PHOTO OF HELEN KELLER

Researchers last week revealed a rare photograph of Helen Keller, believed to be the first image to show her with her teacher Anne Sullivan. The photograph had belonged to the same family for more than a century, said the Associated Press, until Thaxter Spencer, 87, donated his collection of photo albums, letters, diaries and other heirlooms to the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The 1888 photograph, showing 8-year-old Helen holding Sullivan's hand and cradling a doll, is "really one of the best images I've seen in a long, long time," said Helen Selsdon, an archivist with the American Foundation for the Blind.

PROJECT AIMS TO GET DEAF READING 'ONE BOOK'

The National Literary Society of the Deaf will launch its "One Book" reading project tomorrow at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., said a news release. The selected book is Moment of Truth, the recently published biography of Gallaudet University President Robert R. Davila. "This is a wonderful opportunity for the national deaf community to get together to discuss the same book during the two-year project," said NLSD President Ricardo Lopez. For more information, visit (after March 13) http://www.folda.net/lib/index.html#reading.

FUND ESTABLISHED ... HEARING AIDS COLLECTED ... MONEY DONATED

Good Deeds department: 1) The Lake County Foundation in Illinois has set up a fund to provide hearing aids and other assistance to deaf and hard-of-hearing children. The "Help Them To Hear" fund was endowed with a $10,000 grant from Goddard School owners David and Donna Raye, said the Chicago Daily Herald. 2) Administrators at the McAllen (Texas) Regional Day School Program for the Deaf have started collecting hearing aids and batteries to help the program participants. "We have students from Mexico who have no hearing aids," program coordinator Alma Garza told The Monitor. Call (956) 971-4500 if you can help. 3) Kimberly Harris, a 10-year-old American born to Jamaican parents, was paid $500 for giving a speech and promptly donated the money to the Lister Mair Gilby School for the Deaf in Papine, Jamaica. "It's so thoughtful of her for one so young," said school official Audrey Watson in the Jamaica Observer.

DEAF MICHIGAN BOY REUNITED WITH DOG

An 8-year-old boy in Michigan named Jason was reunited with his dog, a chocolate-colored Pomeranian named Tiki, nearly three weeks after the dog was apparently stolen from the family's yard. An anonymous caller told Ellen Thoune, Jason's great-grandmother, that someone would drop off the dog February 12, and the woman who returned Tiki that afternoon said she bought the dog from another person for $40, reported The Flint Journal. Thoune brought Tiki with her when she picked up Jason from school, "and his face just lit up," she said. "They swapped kisses for some time."


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BRENDA BATTAT NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HLAA

The Hearing Loss Association of America announced last week that Brenda Battat has assumed the title and duties of executive director, having been unanimously chosen by the HLAA Board of Trustees at their recent meeting in Bethesda, Md. Battat joined the HLAA national staff nearly 20 years ago and has served as acting executive director on three occasions. She holds a bachelor's degree in physical therapy and a master's degree in counseling, and lives in Bethesda with her husband, Joe Battat. (They have two grown children.) "I am ready to take on the challenge of leading this great organization," she said in a news release.

EAR INSTITUTE OPENS $2.7 MILLION FACILITY IN NYC

Doctors at the Ear Institute in New York City hope to help more patients like Elizabeth Bonagura with their new $2.7 million facility, reported NY1 News. Bonagura, who was born with a severe hearing loss that worsened with age, was advised in 2006 to have a cochlear implant and now "can hear so much better," she said. At first, "it sounded like a lot of white noise and then gradually you start to pick up the sounds as the programming gets better." The new facility, on the Lower East Side, will allow the institute to "stay right up to date with the technology," said New York Eye and Ear Infirmary President D. McWilliams Kessler, and "reach out to as many families, as many kids, as we possibly can."

PHIL BRAVIN'S RETIREMENT PROJECT: WWW.DEAFHOH.COM

Phil Bravin retired from the business and nonprofit sectors in 2005 and moved with his wife to a home in Vermont, where he decided "to figure out how he could continue to contribute to the community he loves," said a news release. The result is a website, www.deafhoh.com, which he spent a year building and hopes will become "the premier destination for the deaf and hard of hearing community on the Internet." Bravin, the first deaf chair of the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees and a former president and CEO of the National Captioning Institute, said the new site "represents an accumulation of [his] experience and unique perspective of the community he has served and been a part for so long."


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MATLIN JOINS CAST OF 'DANCING WITH THE STARS'

Marlee Matlin will be one of 12 celebrities in the newest season of Dancing With the Stars, which premieres next Monday, March 17, on ABC. "I don't think I'll have more difficulty than other cast members," Matlin told USA Today. "I'll let my partner be my music." Matlin, 42, is teamed up with Fabian Sanchez, a competitive dancer since 1992 who told Entertainment Tonight, "Sometimes I stomp my feet a little more so she can kind of feel the vibration on the floor." A mother of four, Matlin said she wanted to do Dancing With the Stars for her kids and "be the coolest mom on earth."

CJ JONES NAMED 'UNSUNG HERO' IN LOS ANGELES

CJ Jones was named one of five recipients of the 2008 Unsung Heroes Award, presented February 22 in Los Angeles by KCET and WAMU in celebration of Black History Month. Jones, a CEO, producer, director, writer, actor, comedian, motivational speaker, educator and advocate who has appeared on Broadway television and the big screen, was recognized for "spreading the message to students adults alike that being different does not mean being less worthwhile," said a press release. Jones, an entertainer for more than 30 years, heads Hands Across Communications and in 2001 founded Sign World TV to broaden opportunities for deaf people in entertainment.

THREE BOOKS WITH DEAF CHARACTERS CHOSEN FOR HONORS

Marti Goddard of the San Francisco Public Library informed Deafweekly recently that three books with "very positive and strong deaf characters" were chosen for honors at the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association. Books with deaf characters won in two of three age categories in the Schneider Family Book Awards, which recognize disability-themed books aimed at children and adolescents. According to a news release, the two books are Kami and the Yaks, about a young Sherpa boy who is deaf, and Hurt Go Happy, about a deaf girl and a signing chimpanzee. In addition, Jacqueline Woodson's Feathers, a Newbery Award Honor Book, also has a central character who is deaf, said Goddard, "though that is not obvious in the press release."


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Attention: ASL and Deaf Culture Teachers...

Another exciting new product by THOMAS HOLCOMB and ANNA MINDESS is now
available!

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Visit www.treehousevideo.com to order.

For only $24.95 per student, you will get:

1. A DVD for each student;
2. Interactive lessons to develop culturally appropriate behavior with deaf individuals;
3. 18 potentially awkward situations are presented with three possible solutions for each scenario;
4. Reading materials on the history of deaf community events;
5. Worksheets to compare deaf culture with American mainstream"hearing" culture;
6. Reaction sheets to help your students process their feelings about attending deaf community events;
7. Exercises to encourage your students to develop the right attitude about deaf culture;
8. Tips on how to locate appropriate deaf community events to attend, how to meet deaf people , and how to initiate and develop friendships with deaf individuals;
9. A bonus section with opportunities to increase awareness of the following features of ASL: listing, fingerspelling, repetition, and back channel feedback

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SPORTS
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BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS ATTRACT MEDIA INTEREST

Deaf basketball tournaments in Montana and North Carolina were featured in news articles over the past weekend. The Great Falls Tribune reported from the Mustang Center in Great Falls, where the Northwest Association of the Deaf met in Montana for the first time in its 55-year history. Teams from Montana, Washington, Utah and California competed for a spot in the national championship tournament. In Greensboro, N.C., the News-Record called the Southeast Athletic Association of the Deaf tournament "a slightly different twist on March Madness." Fourteen teams competed in the men's division, which was meeting for the 62nd straight year, while three teams vied in the women's division, which "only got started 18 years ago."


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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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Open Position
Retiree

CCH II Part-time Manager/Night Manager
Light Duty Maintenance - Free Apartment - Stipend

Send resume to:
Columbus Colony Housing II
1105 Colony Drive
Westerville, OH 43081

Email for more info: OSDAA@sbcglobal.net
Deadline of March 30, 2008

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Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Announcement of Anticipated position opening

Interpreter Tutor
This is a 10-month, tenure track position. To learn more about us and for a copy of the vacancy announcement, including minimum qualifications and application deadline, please visit our Web site at www.nwcc.commnet.edu
EOE/AA/M/F

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Puget Sound Residential Services, a non-profit community services organization, offer an opportunity for energetic and caring individuals to provide residential and community support to adults with developmental disabilities.

F/T and P/T available for multiple shifts in the South Seattle, Queen Anne, Renton and Kent areas. Sign language preferred for some positions. One weekend shift required every other week.

Generous benefits package includes Mileage Reimbursement, Paid Time Off, Employee Assistance Program, AD/D, LTD and a 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan for P/T. F/T employees also receive Medical, Prescription and Dental.

Pay starts at $10.25/hr. First raise to $10.50/hr after 90 days.

Ability to lift, push, and pull 50 lbs, 18yrs old, Diploma/GED, Criminal Background Check, WSDL w/insurance and access to reliable transportation.

To apply call 206-772- 5700 x12, or x20, TTY 206- 267- 0024 or email cjhanley@gopsrs.org

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: Employment Specialist/Job Developer, P.R.I.D.E. Program
(Full-time grant position)

DATE POSITION TO BE FILLED: As soon as possible

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: The Employment Specialist/Job Developer will perform the following duties: complete informal interest, functional or situational assessments with participants referred for Supported Employment Services; assist participants with identifying appropriate employment goals and creating or updating resumes; develop job placement sites for individual participants referred for placement; develop a variety of sites to allow participants to experience work tryout activities; and build and develop relationships with a variety of employers in the Rochester area for future job placement activity.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s degree in Human Service, Social Work, Counseling, Special Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, or Marketing
Prior experience working with deaf adults with additional disabilities
Proficiency in American Sign Language preferred

FILE APPLICATION WITH:
Harold Mowl, Jr., Superintendent/CEO
Rochester School for the Deaf
1545 St. Paul Street
Rochester, New York 14621

Applications received will be screened and the most highly qualified will be asked to interview.

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled

RSD is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of non-qualifying disability, race, religion, color, sex, marital status, age, national origin, and veteran status.

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: Speech/Communication Teacher, FIRST Program
(part-time, approximately 15 hours per week)

DATE POSITION TO BE FILLED: As soon as possible

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
-- To plan for and implement the speech/ communication programs for moderately, severely, and profoundly deaf students birth through 3 years of age in the Family Instructional and Resource Service Team Program (FIRST).
-- To coordinate instruction with the other FIRST teachers to facilitate language development both in the classroom and in the home.
-- To act as a liaison between home and school and to work with families through weekly home visits.
-- To complete IFSPs, IEPs, and other required school and New York Sate reports.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
-- Master's Degree in Speech/Language Pathology.
-- New York State certification to teach the Speech and Hearing Handicapped and NYS Licensure as a Speech/Language Pathologist.
-- Experience facilitating the speech/language/ communication development of Deaf students.
-- Advanced Rating on the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI).

FILE APPLICATION WITH:
Harold Mowl, Jr., Superintendent
Rochester School for the Deaf
1545 St. Paul Street
Rochester, New York 14621

Applications received will be screened and the most highly qualified will be asked to interview.

CLOSING DATE: Until filled.

RSD is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of non-qualifying disability, race, religion, color, sex, marital status, age, national origin, and veteran status.

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Rochester Institute of Technology / SAISD
Job Description

Title: Prevention Educator Level: 37
Vacant JOB CODE: E1124
Unit – SAISD – NTID Student and Academic Services FLSA: Exempt

General Summary
To provide alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) prevention education, short-term interventive counseling and support to ATOD treatment programs for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community.

Major Responsibilities
Develops and provides linguistically accessible presentation/course work related to deafness and chemical dependency at NTID and in the community.
Receives and provides cross-disabilities training and consultation service related to deafness and chemical dependency/health care/mental health care service delivery
Provides chemical dependency screening/interventive counseling to individuals, families and groups who are deaf and hard-of-hearing at NTID and in the community. Facilitates referral and placement to treatment agencies as appropriate.
Engages in organizational networking related to the field of chemical dependency and deafness.
Provides supervision to graduate/undergraduate student intern and Peer Educators as required.

Education
Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Education, Counseling or a related human services field. Professional Prevention Certification or Credential preferred.

Experience
2-4 years human service work with deaf/hard of hearing clients. 2-4 years chemical dependency counseling and/or prevention program development.

Skills
ASL fluent/deaf culture awareness; counseling and group skills; knowledge of chemical dependency disease concept as it relates to the deaf client; ATOD prevention program development and training skills; public speaking/teaching skills; writing skills; computer literacy; drivers license.

Deadline for applicants March 28, 2008
Apply online at http://mycareer.rit.edu; keyword IRC18273

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President and CEO
League for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The League unites the Deaf, the hard of hearing, and the hearing communities through education, services and support . . . empowering individuals to achieve their potential…..seeking a strategic leader who has a passion for our mission. Must have excellent communication and presentation skills, with ability to recruit and work with top-level corporate and community leaders and to lead and motivate staff. Major development priorities include annual-giving program, corporate relations, special events and demonstrated experience in cultivating and soliciting major gifts. Budget management and strategic planning skills needed, working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Requirements include Bachelor’s degree with minimum of 7 years related experience. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, and a current resume to:

LDHH Search Committee
c/o Center for Nonprofit Management
44 Vantage Way, Suite 230
Nashville, TN 37228
Fax 615-259-0400
Email: Ingrid@cnm.org

Applicant screening begins February 29, 2008 and continues until the position is filled. EOE

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Dean of Deaf Studies and Special Services
Job Ref. #08-05

Full-Time 12 Month Academic Management Position
Salary: $127,658 - $141,372 based on education and related experience.

Reporting to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, this position will direct, manage, supervise and coordinate the programs and activities of the Deaf Studies and Special Services Division; to coordinate assigned activities with other College departments, divisions, and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Vice President or designee. May be required to work evenings and weekends and at off-campus locations.

Requires a Masters degree from an accredited college or university with major course work preferred in deaf education, counseling, educational administration or special education. And five years of education related experience including two years of teaching or counseling experience, preferably at the college level, working with deaf students and students with other disabilities.

DEADLINE
Applications must be received in the Human Resources Office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2008. The Human Resources Office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: POSTMARKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTABLE. The College reserves the right to continue or close the recruitment at any time. Applications may be faxed to (510) 659-6025 or emailed to Jobs@ohlone.edu. Human Resources office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EOE

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Regional Community Relations Representative
Job Location: California or surrounding state.

National Deaf Academy, a state of the art residential treatment facility serving Deaf children, adolescents and adults in a behavioral health setting, has an immediate opening for a Regional Community Relations Representative,

The Regional Community Relations Representative is a full-time employment opportunity. The ideal candidate is a resident of California or a surrounding state with previous healthcare marketing experience, preferably in mental health. The Community Relations Representative will be responsible for educating the Deaf community throughout the Western Region of the United States about National Deaf Academy with the objective of increasing the census.

Develops and maintains direct referral relationships within the Deaf West coast market.
Develops and maintains contact lists and knowledge of step down programs and community resources within assigned territory.
Maintains thorough understanding of competitors’ strengths and weaknesses and current positions in the market.
Identifies the most viable potential referral sources within the Deaf target markets and determines how to access those sources.
Attends trade shows as assigned by the Director.
Assists Director with marketing and public relations.

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university in business or social service area preferred. Familiarity with Mental Health and Deafness. Must be fluent in American Sign Language.

Competitive salary and excellent benefit package. Send resume to: Director of Human Resources, National Deaf Academy, 19650 US Hwy 441, Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Email: btashlein@nda.com
V: 352-735-9500 TTY 352-735-9570 Fax 352-735-4939 EOE

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JOB OPENING
"CAPTIONED TELEPHONE SALES MANAGER"

Hamilton Relay Services is currently accepting applications for the position of “Captioned Telephone Sales Manager”. Location has yet to be determined.

Position summary: Manages national Captioned Telephone sales efforts for Hamilton Relay. Responsible for the development and implementation of sales programs that contribute to the sale of CapTel phones and increase in minutes of Hamilton CapTel Service. Individual required to travel as needed.

Preferred education, experience and skills:
Knowledge of Captioned Telephone technology and market, as well as all company products/services.
Developed negotiation and sales skills. Strong closing skills.
Degree in Business Administration or equivalent. Multiple years of successful experience as a Sales Representative and/or Manger.
Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply.
Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.
Strong written, analytical and interpersonal skills.
Hold a driver’s license and ability to travel alone.

Interested individuals may send all inquiries and/or resumes to www.hamilton.net/employment.html to the attention of Cindy Blase in Human Resource Department or contact her at: 800.821.1831.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and full time company paid benefits.

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JOB OPENINGS
VIDEO RELAY INTERPRETERS

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is hiring multiple part time and/or full time positions for Video Relay Interpreters in the Baton Rouge, LA and Madison, WI area. Other locations may be added in the near future.

Position summary: Relay video calls between video relay users and hearing individuals.

Preferred experience includes 3-5 years experience working as a sign language interpreter. National or state certification equivalent to the current NIC national certification is a plus.

Interested individuals may send all inquiries and/or resumes to www.hamilton.net/employment.html to the attention of Cindy Blase in Human Resource Department or contact her at: 800.821.1831.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and full time company paid benefits.

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Vocational Rehabilitation, Region 8

Job Title: Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf
Application Deadline:
02/20/2008 Job Code: 14681 Pay Grade: 14 Position Number: 00082318 Entry
Salary: $2,701.53 - $4,727.02 per month

Location of Vacancy: Vocational Rehabilitation, Region 8 - Columbus, Georgia

Duties & Responsibilities: Under limited supervision, evaluates, authorizes
and coordinates vocational counseling activities and services for a specialty
caseload of deaf/deaf-blind clients whose preferred and/or required mode of
communication is sign language. May also serve as counselor for Hard of
Hearing and Late Deafened consumers. Determines appropriate means of communication
based on client's personal, social, and educational background. Where
appropriate, paperwork will be communicated in signed language to clients. Assists
eligible clients in preparing for, obtaining, and/or maintaining employment,
and counsels with employers concerning their special needs. Cultivates and
coordinates community and agency resources in advancement of this vocational
goal and ensures the provision of quality services to the deaf, hard of
hearing, and deaf-blind population. Note: This job requires an Intermediate level
proficiency standard based on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) at
entry. The advanced SLPI level is required within 24 months

Minimum Qualifications: Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)
certification AND an "Intermediate" level proficiency standard rating based on the Sign
Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) OR Eligibility for Certified
Rehabilitation Counselor certification AND an "Intermediate" level proficiency standard
rating based on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) OR Interns
who are within 12 weeks of graduation from a regionally accredited Master's
Rehabilitation Counseling Program (Interns will be required to show proof of
graduation prior to beginning employment) AND an "Intermediate" level
proficiency standard rating based on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI).
All individuals will be required to produce a transcript at the time of
application, which verifies their eligibility for CRC certification. As a condition
of employment, individuals who are not CRC certified will be required to
obtain their certification, at their own expense, within the time period
established by CRC certification. Travel is a requirement of this position.

Preferred Qualifications:
Current certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) by the
National Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification AND an
"Advanced" level of proficiency standard rating based on the Sign Language Proficiency
Interview (SLPI).Vacancy Open To:
* DOL employees eligible for promotion, transfer or demotion.
* Current state employees who are eligible for promotion, transfer or demotion.
* Applicants from the general public.
Additional Information: 1) CRC must be in good standing. 2) All applications
and transcripts must be RECEIVED by closing date. 3) This position is
subject to criminal records background investigation.
If selectee is currently a classifed employee of the State of Georgia, this
positionwill be filled in the classified service. If selectee is
unclassified, this will be filled in the unclassified service.

Application Instructions:
* To apply, please complete and mail one Georgia Merit System
Application for Employment and any other requested documents (including transcript)
to: Patricia M. Favors, Georgia Dept. of Labor/VR Program, P.O. Box 2863,
Columbus, Ga. 31902-2863
Please put Position Number 00082318 in the upper right corner of the
application/resume.
* Application must include Job Title, Job Code, and Position Number to
be considered
* Please put the Position Number in the upper right corner of the
application.
* Application must be received in Human Resources by the application
deadline.
* All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily
receive an interview.
* If selected, male applicants between 18 and 26 years of age must
present proof of Selective Service Registration.

Click here for a State of Georgia Application for Employment: _Merit System
Application_ (http://www.gms.state.ga.us/agencyservices/forms.asp#employment)

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Vocational Rehabilitation, Region 9

Job Title: Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf
Application Deadline: 04/25/2008
Job Code: 14681 Pay Grade: 14
Position Number: 00082276 Entry Salary: $2,701.53 per month

Location of Vacancy: Vocational Rehabilitation, Region 9 - Laurens County

Duties & Responsibilities: Under limited supervision, evaluates, authorizes and coordinates vocational counseling activities and services for a specialty caseload of deaf/deaf-blind clients whose preferred and/or required mode of communication is sign language. Determines appropriate means of communication based on client's personal, social, and educational background. Translates paperwork into signed language for clients. Assists eligible clients in preparing for, obtaining, and/or maintaining employment, and counsels with employers concerning their special needs. Cultivates and coordinates community and agency resources in advancement of this vocational goal and to ensure the provision of quality servies to the deaf/deaf blind population. Note: This job requires an Intermediate level proficiency standard based on the general Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) at entry.

Minimum Qualifications: Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) certification AND an "Intermediate" level proficiency standard rating based on the General Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) OR Eligibility for Certified Rehabilitation Counselor certification AND an "Intermediate" level proficiency standard rating based on the General Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) OR Interns who are within 12 weeks of graduation from a Regionally accredited Master's Rehabilitation Counseling program (Interns will be required to show proof of graduation prior to beginning employment) AND an "Intermediate" level proficiency standard rating based on the General Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) All individuals will be required to produce a transcript at the time of application, which verifies their eligiblity for CRC certification. As a condition of employment, individuals who are not CRC certified will be required to obtain their certification, at their own expense, within the time period established by CRC certification. Travel is a requirement of this position.

Preferred Qualifications:
Current certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) by the National Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification AND an "Advanced" level of proficiency standard rating based on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI).

Vacancy Open To:
DOL employees eligible for promotion, transfer or demotion.
Current state employees who are eligible for promotion, transfer or demotion.
Applicants from the general public.
This position will be filled in the unclassified service.

Application Instructions:
1) CRC must be in good standing. 2) If selected, male applicants between 18 and 26 years of age must present proof of Selective Service Registration. 3) All applications and transcripts must be RECEIVED by closing date. Please write position number 00082276 on top right-hand corner of application. 4) This position is subject to criminal records background investigation. 5) To apply, please complete and mail two (2) Georgia Merit System Applications for Employment and any other requested documents (including transcript) to: Catherine Rozar, AOC, 103B Mercer Drive, Dublin, GA 31021. Fax 478/2274-7658.
Please put Position Number 00082276 in the upper right corner of the application/resume.
Application must include Job Title, Job Code, and Position Number to be considered
Please put the Position Number in the upper right corner of the application.
Application must be received in Human Resources by the application deadline.
All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview.
If selected, male applicants between 18 and 26 years of age must present proof of Selective Service Registration.
Click here for a State of Georgia Application for Employment: Merit System Application

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Job Title: Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf
Application Deadline: 03/28/2008
Job Code: 14681 Pay Grade: 14
Position Number: 00081601 Entry Salary: $2,701.53 - $4,727.02 per month

Location of Vacancy: Vocational Rehabilitation, Region 10 - Albany, GA.

Duties & Responsibilities: Under limited supervision, evaluates, authorizes and coordinates vocational counseling activities and services for a specialty caseload of deaf/deaf-blind clients whose preferred and/or required mode of communication is sign language. Determines appropriate means of communication based on client's personal, social, and educational background. Translates paperwork into signed language for clients. Assists eligible clients in preparing for, obtaining, and/or maintaining employment, and counsels with employers concerning their special needs. Cultivates and coordinates community and agency resources in advancement of this vocational goal and to ensure the provision of quality series to the deaf/deaf blind population. Note: This job requires an Intermediate level proficiency standard based on the general Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI) at entry. The advanced SLPI is Required within 24 months.

Minimum Qualifications: Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) certification AND an "Intermediate" level proficiency standard rating based on the General Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI) OR Eligibility for Certified Rehabilitation Counselor certification AND an "Intermediate" level proficiency standard rating based on the General Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI) OR Interns who are within 12 weeks of graduation from a Regionally accredited Master's Rehabilitation Counseling program (Interns will be required to show proof of graduation prior to beginning employment) AND an "Intermediate" level proficiency standard rating based on the General Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI). All individuals will be required to produce a transcript at the time of application, which verifies their eligibility for CRC certification.. As a condition of employment, individuals who are not CRC certified will be required to obtain their certification, at their own expense, within the time period established by CRC certification. Travel is a requirement of this position.

Preferred Qualifications:
Current Certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) by the National Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification AND an "Advanced" …level of proficiency standard rating based on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI).

Vacancy Open To:
DOL employees eligible for promotion, transfer or demotion.
Current state employees who are eligible for promotion, transfer or demotion.
Applicants from the general public.
Additional Information: Please mail a completed State of Georgia Application for Employment and a copy of official transcripts to: GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION, Attn: Elaine Belcher, P. O. Box 1606, Albany, GA. 31702-1606 …Please put Position Number 00081601 in the upper right corner of the application/resume. …Application must include Job Title, Job Code, and Position Number to be considered. …Application must be received by the Close of Business (4:30) P.M. on March 28, 2008 to be considered for employment. …All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. …If selected, male applicants between 18 and 26 years of age must present proof of Selective Service Registration.

If selectee is currently a classier employee of the State of Georgia, this position will be filled in the classified service. If selectee is unclassified, this will be filled in the unclassified service.

Application Instructions:
CRC must be in good standing. This job requires an Intermediate level proficiency standard based on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) at entry. The Advanced level SLPI is required within 24 months. Travel is a requirement of this position. In addition, experience in the use of major software applications and experience working with diverse populations would be helpful in performing the job duties of this position. This position is subject to a criminal background investigation.
Please put Position Number 00081601 in the upper right corner of the application/resume.Application must include Job Title, Job Code, and Position Number to be considered
Please put the Position Number in the upper right corner of the application..
Application must be received in Human Resources by the application deadline.
All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview.
If selected, male applicants between 18 and 26 years of age must present proof of Selective Service Registration.
Click here for a State of Georgia Application for Employment: Merit System Application

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National Deaf Academy, a state of the art residential treatment facility in Mount Dora, Florida serving Deaf children, adolescents and adults, as well as hearing children, adolescents and adults with a diagnosis of Autism and/or Mental Retardation in a behavioral health setting, has immediate openings for Clinical Therapist, Clinical Therapist/Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Certified Recreation Therapist (CTRS).

Clinical Therapist
A Master’s degree in counseling, social work and/or psychology is required. Must be licensed in Florida or license eligible from another state. Experience working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, adolescents and/or adults in a behavioral health setting is required. Must be fluent in American Sign Language; understanding of Deaf Culture. Responsibilities will include; conducting individual, family and group therapy; treatment plans, psychosocial assessments and notes; and conducting staff meetings for assigned unit (milieu).

Clinical Therapist/Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
A Master’s degree in counseling, social work and/or other related field is required. Must be licensed in Florida or license eligible from another state. A BCBA or BCABA is required. Experience working with autistic and special needs populations is required. Fluent in American Sign Language preferred, however willing to train the right candidate. Experience in utilizing behavior analysis as well as collecting data, analyzing data and coming up with behavior plans is also required. Responsibilities will include; conducting individual therapy using ABA; Conducting family therapy and maintaining family contact; conducting staff training regarding skills that are implemented; develop training programs for the residents (Functional Communication Training; Acquisition Skills Program and behavior plans to reduce target behaviors and identify replacement skills.) Complete treatment plans, psychosocial assessments, notes and programs.

Certified Recreation Therapist (CTRS)
Responsibilities include planning, directing and organizing recreational programs, assessments and documentation. Fluent in American Sign Language preferred, however willing to train the right candidate. BA in Therapeutic Recreation or related field & current CTRS required.

Competitive salary and excellent benefit package. Send resume to: Director of Human Resources, National Deaf Academy, 19650 US Hwy 441, Mount Dora, FL 32757. Email: btashlein@nda.com V: 352-735-9500; TTY: 352-735-9570; Fax: 352-735-4939. EOE

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Web Developer
CSDVRS, LLC
Clearwater, FL

Summary: The primary responsibility of this position is to design, develop and launch a powerful new website for CSDVRS. The individual must be able to create a site that “deaf people want to visit daily”. The site needs to provide business functionality (user registration, user profiles, VRS call capability) and personal functionality (deaf centric attractions focused on bringing deaf users to the site for news, information etc). The secondary responsibility of this position is to design, develop and create websites for the affiliates of CSDVRS.

Reporting to: Vice President of Marketing Communications

Primary responsibilities:
* Develop a “content strategy” that will attract deaf users for both personal and business use. Create a website that attracts deaf users each day. This is the strategic objective.
* Create design prototypes, including content, graphic design, site navigation, and layout of content that will deliver the strategic objective.
* Ensure that the layout of the content is accessible and logical; recommend improvements if necessary.
* Create visual concepts that match the content and the image wanted by the affiliates but that fit in the company’s global image; ensure that sites are easy to navigate.
* Build websites using technologies that conform to international standards and make sure that they are universally accessible.
* Design and create video and multimedia content.
* Perform maintenance and updates to existing websites when requested by affiliates.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:
* Bachelor’s degree in communications, graphic design, web development or other discipline related to the
primary responsibilities
* Two to four years of experience in web design, of which a minimum of one year producing XHTML,
standards-compliant cross browser, and gracefully-degrading code
* Minimum of one year experience with DOM scripting and Movable Type.
* Experience working in a communications/ public relations environment, highly desirable.
* Advanced knowledge of XHTML, CSS, and of digital imaging and illustration with Adobe Photoshop,
QuarkXPress and Illustrator.
* Knowledge of JavaScript, CSS, PHP and dynamic HTML; experience with Macromedia Flash.
* Knowledge and demonstrated experience with cross-browser and cross-platform issues (IE, Firefox,
Safari, etc.)
* Extensive experience working on a Mac platform.
* Attention to detail, customer-service orientation, and creativity in problem solving.
* Ability to work in a team.
* Experience in technical writing.
* Superior knowledge of current web-design trends and techniques, a strong online portfolio displaying user-
centered design, and experience with web database solutions definite assets.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Benefits: Group Health Insurance, Life Instance, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Paid Time Off (PTO), Short / Long Term Disability, Paid Holidays and Employee Assistance Program.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Send Resume and cover letter to: jobs@csdvrs.com

CSDVRS, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Job Announcement
Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency
San Leandro, CA

Positions Available:
- Job Developer & Interpreter
- Deputy Director
- Computer Instructor

For positions descriptions & application procedures, please click on:

http://www.dcara.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=55&Itemid=51

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD

GLAD is an Affirmative Action Employer with equal opportunity for men, women and people with disabilities. For more information on the following positions, please go to: www.gladinc.org. The status of all positions is: Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt, Full Fringe Benefits unless otherwise noted. All positions are open until filled.

-- Hard of Hearing Specialist – Riverside, CA
-- Community Advocate – Ventura, Los Angeles, Riverside, CA
-- Community Interpreter – Bakersfield, CA
-- Community Interpreter – Los Angeles, CA
-- Community Interpreter – Riverside, CA
-- Placement Coordinator – Riverside, Anaheim, CA
-- Job Developer/Interpreter – Norwalk, Anaheim, Riverside, Pacoima, CA
-- Public Relations Coordinator – Los Angeles, CA

If interested in any of these positions then please submit resume and application to:

Jeff Fetterman
Human Resources Specialist
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.
2222 Laverna Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041
V/TDD: (323) 550-4207
Fax #: (323)550-4204
E-mail: jfetterman@gladinc.org

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