deafweekly

 

March 15, 2006
Vol. 2 No. 21

Editor: Tom Willard

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MISS DEAF TEXAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY TRAIN

Tara Rose McAvoy, the reigning Miss Deaf Texas, was hit by a train and killed in South Austin on Monday afternoon. McAvoy, 18, was text-messaging on her cell phone and might have been distracted, reported the Associated Press. Walking about a foot away from Union Pacific railroad tracks, McAvoy typed a message to her parents, who are both hearing impaired, and was struck minutes later by the snowplow on the front of a 65-car train, which extended 16 inches on both sides of the tracks. A Worcester, Mass. native, McAvoy graduated last year from the Texas School for the Deaf, where she was a cheerleader, basketball player and honor roll student. TSD is closed for break this week, but counselors will be on call to assist students and staff members. “It’s just an incredible loss to her family, to TSD’s family,” said school superintendent Claire Bugen. “She was a beautiful, young, energetic, bright person with so much to live for.”

FAMILY OF SLAIN ARKANSAS MAN ISSUES STATEMENT

The family of Sammy Thompson, the deaf Arkansas man who was fatally shot outside his home by police on March 5, issued a statement to “thank the community for the outpouring of love and compassion.” Thompson, 38, “felt like a very old man,” said the statement, due to multiple health problems, including liver failure, troubled heart, brain disorder and a severe case of gout. He took medication for two months but it seemed to work against him, “we suspect because he was consuming alcoholic beverages at the same time.” He began to have emotional outbursts that left him filled with regret, but refused to seek professional help because he feared “being locked up somewhere away from his family and his home.” Thompson was shot and killed after pointing a rifle at a sheriff’s deputy. Police “had no choice,” said the statement, and “it is the family’s wish to relieve the law enforcement officers from the burden and guilt.”

NATIONAL THEATRE OF THE DEAF IN FINANCIAL NEED

The National Theatre of the Deaf announced last week that it is struggling for its financial survival. A news release blames “legislative changes, world events and the current financial climate” for a loss of revenue the group has traditionally received. The West Hartford, Conn.-based theater lost $680,000 last year, said the Associated Press, when the U.S. Department of Education eliminated a grant that the theater had first received in 1965. The money was not reinstated in the budget, said the NTD release, because “the DOE stopped cultural programs for the Deaf.” The NTD, which in recent years sold its longtime Chester, Conn. home, moved to a rented office and discontinued its national touring program, has turned to Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., for assistance. Pledging to help, Dodd said, “The National Theatre of the Deaf is a national treasure that deserves our continued support.”

CALIFORNIA STUDENTS PROTEST FIRING OF ADMINISTRATOR

About 50 high school students rallied outside the administration building at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside, last week in support of Terry Gregerson, a deaf administrator who was fired after six months on the job. According to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Gregerson was popular with staff and students for his friendly demeanor and regular appearances in classrooms and at football games. “We love Terry,” said student Gary Sidansky. “Now, he’s been fired and I don’t understand.” Sidansky said students believe superintendent Harold Kund, who is not deaf, discriminates against deaf administrators. Ron Kadish, state administrator in charge of special schools and former interim superintendent at CSDR in 2001, planned to visit the school “to bring a sense of order and calmness back to the campus.”

FORMER SCHOOL INTERPRETER GETS 20 YEARS IN PRISON

A former high school interpreter in Florida was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday for transporting more than 4,000 pornographic images of children. William Allen Lane, 34, was arrested in August and charged with two counts related to child pornography, reported the Naples Daily News. One count was dropped in December when Lane entered a guilty plea. Upon his release from prison, Lane must register as a sex offender, have no contact with anyone under 18 and stay away from places where minors congregate. During the sentencing, Judge John Steele questioned Lane about false statements he made to get his interpreting job at Fort Myers High School. “I kinda created a fantasy life to cope,” said Lane. “I did what I had to do to get that position and obtain employment.”

NORTH DAKOTA SCHOOL NAMES NEW SUPERINTENDENT

An open house will take place in two weeks at the North Dakota School for the Deaf, where community members and parents will get to meet the school’s new superintendent. Dennis Fogelon has been selected to lead the Devils Lake school, said North Dakota Superintendent Wayne Sanstead in a news release Monday. A native of Leeds, N.D., Fogelson worked nine years for the Minnesota Department of Education as a consultant and facilitator. He also started and served as the first executive director of Alpha Opportunities, a facility for adults with developmental disabilities.

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WOULD-BE TEACHER FILES FEDERAL LAWSUIT

A partially deaf woman in Pennsylvania filed a federal lawsuit Friday against Slippery Rock University and the West Middlesex Area School District. Stephanie Burns, 22, of Boyers, entered Slippery Rock as a freshman in 2001 and successfully completed all her courses, reported the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. She needed only a three-week field assignment and student teaching internship to graduate, but two days into her assignment at West Middlesex Elementary School in April 2005, Burns was told that she was not welcome at the school because of her disability. Slippery Rock refused to give Burns a different field assignment, the suit states, and she graduated in December without the certificate that is required to teach in Pennsylvania. “She wants to be a certified teacher,” said her attorney, Samuel Cordes, “and that’s what she attended school for.”

ELDERLY WOMAN UNAWARE AS DAUGHTER KILLED

A Georgia woman was murdered in her trailer home last week while her mother was in another room, unaware of what had happened because she is hard of hearing. The body of Bernice Mitchell, 52, was found lying in her Kingsland home in what a family member described as a bloody scene, reported The Brunswick News. “It was obviously a crime, not much doubt about it,” said Lt. William Terrell of the Camden County Sheriff’s Office. Family members and neighbors were in disbelief at how someone could have killed a person who was devoted to helping anyone in need. Mitchell had been caring full-time for her 93-year-old, diabetic mother, who lived with her in the trailer home for about a year.

GOAMERICA, HANDS ON MERGER DEAL TERMINATED

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N.C. LAWMAKERS HEAR FROM SCHOOL BOOSTERS

North Carolina legislators held a joint session at Wilson Technical Community College last week, where they heard from representatives of the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf. ENCSD director Hank Widmer offered a breakdown of school services, reported the Wilson Daily Times, and junior Kendra Davis explained how the school had helped her grow as a person. “It’s become a new home for me,” said Davis. “I’ve learned to read, write and sign there.” The school was targeted for closing in 2001, but lawmakers dropped the plan due to support from the deaf community.

LETTER SUPPORTS DEAF MAN’S RUN FOR MAYOR

A letter to the editor of The Advocate-Messenger in Danville, Ky. promoted the mayoral candidacy of William Weyman, who is deaf. “Danville residents are probably shocked to know that a deaf person is running for mayor,” wrote Tonya Boone. “At least he doesn’t lie and cheat people. He is humble and friendly, and wants to help the people of Danville, not go against them.” Boone wrote that Weyman passes out cards to people that “are funny and very informative about his ideas to help Danville grow and prosper” and concludes that “people want truth and honesty.”

MINISTRY BUYS PROPERTY FOR PRISONER HALFWAY HOUSE

Deaf Prison Ministries Network said last week that it has purchased property near Houston, Texas for “the world’s first halfway house for any Deaf prisoner in the USA to go to upon release from prison.” There's only one catch – “We are in immediate need to raise $35,000 by March 20 to make the initial down payment,” said Scott DeLoach, chairman of the network. Calling it a “step of faith,” DeLoach said, “This is a much-needed ministry and we’re very excited about this opportunity.” Information may be found at www.deafprison.org/aftercare.php.

FREMONT GETS $73,000 GRANT FOR SMOKE DETECTORS

CBS-5 in Fremont, Calif. reported that the Fremont Fire Department has been awarded a $73,000 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters grant for its smoke detector program. The money will be used to purchase 5,000 conventional smoke detectors, 100 smoke detectors for the hearing impaired, replacement batteries and fire prevention educational materials. Volunteers will install the smoke detectors and keep a record so recipients can be contacted later to replace the batteries.

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TRINIDAD GIRL, 12, DROWNS IN SWIMMING POOL

A 12-year-old deaf girl in the village of Marabella in West Trinidad drowned at home last Monday, March 6. Sade Samlal “would not have been able to scream for help as she drowned,” reported the Trinidad & Tobago Express, since she could not speak or hear. Sade was found face-down in a plastic, portable swimming pool set up in the porch of her parents’ home. Her uncle, Willan Meijas, said the family was grieving over the tragedy. “Despite her problems, she was so intelligent,” he said. “I don’t know how this happened.”

HIRE DEAF WORKERS, SAUDI BUSINESSES TOLD

A press conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia last week addressed the issue of hiring the deaf, reported the Arab News. “Most businessmen do not like us, though we have proven our efficiency in the work field,” said Adnan Abdullah, a member of the Deaf Club of Jeddah. He offered special praise for Bayan Naseer, 18, whose graduation project encourages businesses to hire people with physical challenges. Bayan was able to convince the House of Donuts chain to hire five deaf youths by studying the environment and creating a system that worked for both the company and the applicants. Samier Naseer, general manager of House of Donuts, said he was happy with the workers. “As further support,” he said, “we gave them 50 percent extra pay compared to other employees.”

RNID WINS AWARD FOR WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY

The Royal National Instititute for the Deaf was presented with a Visionary Design Award by the National Library for the Blind. RNID and six other organizations were recognized for their efforts to provide accessible content for visually impaired people on their websites. RNID communications director Brian Lamb said the organization was “extremely honoured” to receive the award in the nonprofit category. “We have worked hard over the last three years to produce a site that is not only accessible, but meets the varying needs of the deaf, hard of hearing and hearing communities,” he said. RNID’s website can be seen here: http://www.rnid.org.uk/.

NEW ZEALAND SET TO APPROVE NEWBORN HEARING TESTS

Sabine Muller, president of the New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children, sends about 70 information packs every year to families who have learned their children are deaf. Complete with cuddly toys wearing hearing aids, the packs are a way of supporting families as they “cope with what can be a very hard blow,” reported the Northern Advocate. Muller expects to send out a much larger number of packs once a national screening program to test newborns’ hearing gets under way. Health Minister Pete Hodgson announced last week that an expert advisory group has backed the government’s plans for newborn hearing tests. Muller, who has a deaf daughter at the Auckland University of Technology, said early intervention is important but not enough. “If the parents aren’t committed,” she said, “the outcome is still not going to be good.”

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SWAZILAND CREATES FUND FOR BUSINESS START-UPS

The government of Swaziland plans to launch a fund in September to provide money to visually impaired and deaf people who want to start their own business. According to the African News Dimension in South Africa, Minister of Enterprise and Employment Lutfo Dlamini said $33,000 (US) in needed to establish the fund. Dlamini revealed the fund at the closing ceremony of a business start-up course for members of the Federation of the Organization of the Disabled in Swaziland. He encouraged graduates to use their newly acquired knowledge to venture into the business world, saying, “Don’t look down upon yourselves, but work hand in hand and enrich yourselves.”

WAIT FOR IMPLANT CREATES DEBATE ON SIGN LANGUAGE

A 1-year-old deaf boy’s “agonizing wait” for a cochlear implant has created a debate about whether deaf children should use more sign language, reported the Waikato Times in Kaikato, New Zealand. Robyn King, the boy’s mother, has called for more Health Ministry funding so her son James and other children can get help before their ability to learn to speak is permanently affected. But Deaf Association New Zealand said children such as James should learn sign language while they wait for the operation so they can communicate. “This is a tragic missed opportunity,” said Amanda Everitt, an association spokeswoman. King, however, said she preferred that her son learns to speak. “If you have a child, wouldn’t you rather the child can talk to you than use sign language?” she said.

NEW TRAINING MANUALS TARGET DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a set of training manuals to equip healthcare workers in developing countries with simple and low-cost methods to reduce deafness and other hearing problems. Half of all deafness and hearing loss is avoidable, said a WHO announcement, but an estimated 278 million people worldwide are living with moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears. In developing countries, only about 1 in 40 people who need a hearing aid have one, and few programs exist to provide hearing care. “The Primary Ear and Hearing Care Training Resource” addresses the need for action to prevent and manage ear diseases and hearing impairment. Funded by a grant from Christoffel-Blindenmission, it can be found online at www.who.int/pbd/deafness/activities/hearing_care/en/index.html.

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LENOIR-RHYNE COLLEGE RECEIVES GIFT FOR SCHOLARSHIP

A $60,000 scholarship fund has been established at Lenoir-Rhyne College to support students in deaf education and the deaf and hard-of-hearing program. The Dalton-Specht Scholarship Fund was created by Bruce and Andrea Dalton of Davis, W.V. and Conyers, Ga. in honor of Andrea’s parents, David and Arlene Specht. Andrea, a 1974 deaf education graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne and recent retiree of Gwinnett County Schools in Georgia, said, “I can’t think of any better way to honor my parents since they placed such a high value on a college education.” The gift will also be used to support the college’s President’s Society and provide several trees for the Hickory, N.C. campus.

AUTHOR SEEKS SUBMISSIONS FOR ‘DEAFTIONARY’

Deafweekly reader Barry Harmitz is seeking contributions for a book he is calling Deaftionary. “It is a collection of words unique to the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities,” he said. An example given by Harmitz: “A friend told me he hurt his ‘soldier’ while moving the lawn. I thought for a second. It could only be a shoulder.” Harmitz, who lost his hearing 30 years ago, said, “Other dictionaries may have more words, but none have the emotion and spirit of the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities.” If you’d like to contribute words or examples, sent them to Harmitz at deaftionary@earthlink.net.

‘MEETUP DAY’ SET FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 1

Saturday, April 1 has been scheduled for the next United Deaf & Hard of Hearing Meetup Day. “Meetup” is an Internet service with about 1.89 million members worldwide and 9,516 meetup groups. Meetup’s page for deaf and hard-of-hearing people indicates that 2,122 people have signed up but 1,886 are still waiting because there are no Meetup events in their area. Four cities have announced their plans to participate in the April 1 event, including Elmont, N.Y., Winston Salem, N.C., Alton, Ill. and Umuahia, Nigeria. To learn more, visit http://deaf.meetup.com/.

NEGATIVE VIEW ON AGING LINKED TO HEARING LOSS

Researchers at Yale University have studied a group of 546 men and women between 70 and 96 and found that those who viewed older adults as “frail” and “senile” showed a greater decline in hearing over the next three years. The effect was seen even in participants who scored perfectly on hearing tests when the study started, lead study author Becca Levy told Reuters Health. The study suggests that age stereotypes may play a role in older adults’ sensory perceptions, Levy and her colleagues reported in the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. The effect could be a self-fulfilling prophecy, Levy explained, or it could be related to stress generated by negative stereotypes, since “it has been found that certain aspects of stress can affect hearing.”

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NEW MEXICO GRAD STUDENT WINS FELLOWSHIP AWARD

A University of New Mexico Ph.D. student is this year’s recipient of the Fellowship Award from the International Alumnae Delta Epsilon Sorority. Linguistics student Erin Laine Wilkinson was chosen on the basis of her scholarly excellence and outstanding achievements, said an IADES announcement. Wilkinson earned a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.A. from Gallaudet University. She participated in a yearlong linguistics program in Norway and researched Italian Sign Language in Rome through a Fulbright scholarship. She organized a group called SignUNM to offer deaf and hearing students a chance to make friends and practice signing, presented at a linguistics conference in Seoul, South Korea and chaired the Deaf Fair held last October in Albuquerque.

TDI NAMES NEW DIRECTOR FOR CEPIN PROJECT

Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) announced last week that Neil McDevitt has been chosen as the new National Coordinator for the Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN) Project. A volunteer firefighter in suburban Philadelphia, McDevitt is one of only a few emergency responders in the country who are deaf. A Gallaudet University graduate, he has worked for 10 years with Prudential Financial and lives in Montgomery Township, Pa. with his wife and two children. Executive director Claude Stout said he was looking forward to having McDevitt’s support and expertise as the two-year CEPIN Project winds down in September. “We are fortunate to have his leadership as we go down the home stretch,” said Stout. The previous coordinator, James House, has returned to his previous job as TDI’s public relations and resource development officer.

COCHLEAR SHARES RISE ON BAD NEWS FROM RIVAL

Australian hearing implant maker Cochlear saw its shares surge almost 14 percent on Friday after its major rival announced a product recall. Advanced Bionics has requested that doctors in the U.S. and Europe return the yet-to-be implanted device, HiRes 90K, due to concerns that moisture could lead to circuitry malfunctions. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the recall handed Cochlear its biggest one-day gain in 18 months, sending its share price up $6.50 to a record $53.45 (about $40 US). Less than two years ago, Advanced Bionics had to recall 440 hearing implants for a similar reason. “Advanced Bionics has had major problems with reliability and this is yet another problem,” said Cochlear chief executive Chris Roberts.

FLORIDA WOMAN TO RETIRE AS AGENCY DIRECTOR

Carol Moyer will retire this month after 12 years as executive director of Hearing Impaired Persons of Charlotte County, and the Florida woman told the Charlotte Sun she is nervous about the transition. “Half of me is looking forward to it,” said Moyer, “and the other half hates the idea because I love this job.” Moyer, 64, will be replaced as director by Kim Gaut, the agency’s education and interpreter coordinator since 2001. HIP is building a new 4,000-square-foot building near its current headquarters, and Moyer, the catalyst behind the project, said that’s the one thing she’s sad about. “I’ll never have a chance to occupy the executive director’s office in the new building,” she said. “That really bothers me.”

AUDIOLOGIST INDUCTED INTO COLORADO HALL OF FAME

World renowned audiologist Marion Downs was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame last Thursday. Downs, 92, was recognized for her work over 60 years to get every hospital in the U.S. to screen infants for hearing loss. “The earlier you put hearing aids on a hard-of-hearing child, the better their speech and language development,” she told CBS-4 in Denver. Downs, who used bells and whistles to test a baby’s hearing 50 years ago, invented a better test and made it her life’s mission to promote universal newborn screening. “Now they tell me that over 90 percent of all the babies in this country are being tested at birth,” said Downs, “which is the most wonderful thing that one could possibly imagine.”

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BERNARD BRAGG CREATES ENDOWMENT AT CSUN

The California State University at Northridge announced last week that Bernard Bragg has created an endowment “to support the exploration of the arts in the deaf community.” Bragg, 77, a founder of the National Theatre of the Deaf, will bequeath a portion of his estate to the Department of Deaf Studies in CSUN’s Michael D. Eisner College of Education. The gift, currently valued at about $200,000, will be used to create the Bernard Bragg Deaf Theatre, Signed Arts and Deaf Cinema Endowment. Bragg’s goal “is to ensure that deaf theater, signed arts and deaf cinema will never be forgotten,” said department chair Lawrence Fleischer. Bragg, a longtime CSUN instructor, said he made the bequest because, “I wish to see deaf people in theater and film around the world continue to upgrade the quality of their works.”

SCULPTOR DOUGLAS TILDEN IS FOCUS OF CSDF PROGRAM

Students at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont have been studying the life of Douglas Tilden (1860-1935), a CSD alumnus and deaf sculptor whose work can be seen on campus and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. According to Cat Cassidy, founder of the school’s Tilden Club, students from the elementary school will put on a show March 25 called “A Quest for Tilden: A Deaf Artist.” Visitors will also be able to view students’ artwork and watch a short documentary film and homemade commercials. Questions about the club and the March 25 event may be addressed to Cassidy at funniah@yahoo.com.

MISSOURI STUDENTS TAKE PART IN ‘THE MIRACLE WORKER’

A performance of “The Miracle Worker” in Columbia, Mo. last weekend featured two Missouri School for the Deaf students, reported The Fulton Sun. Senior Kyle Mengwasser portrayed Mr. Anagnos, director of the Perkins Institute for the Blind, and sophomore Haley Allen played Aunt Ev in the timeless story of deaf and blind activist Helen Keller. Both students signed their lines while a voice-over delivered the message to the audience. The show was presented by Performing Arts in Children’s Education, and director Angela Howard said it was a “very emotional” experience for the kids. “The most important thing is that my students understand that these are not people with disabilities,” she said. “They’re just deaf.”

CAPTIONED MEDIA PROGRAM NOTES DEAF HISTORY MONTH

The National Association of the Deaf’s Captioned Media Program has a wealth of resources on hand to help celebrate Deaf History Month (March 13 - April 15), said CMP project director Bill Stark. “This is a wonderful opportunity to expand your awareness of many contributions of the deaf community to American society,” said Stark. If you are looking for information on deaf history, sign language, captioning and other subjects, you are invited to visit the CMP’s website at www.captionedmedia.org for a list of free-loan captioned media. CMP has also created a poster featuring pioneers of deaf education and captioning, and it can be viewed at www.cfv.org.

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ATTENTION TEACHERS OF THE DEAF

If you are interested in becoming an expert in the education of children with cochlear implants, we invite you to apply for the next 6 week Educational Consultant Training Program (ECTP) which will begin in mid-June. This will be the 8th time that the ECTP program has been offered. Over 60 teachers from 38 states have completed the ECTP program.

This intensive and field -tested 6-week training program will be held at three sites: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Phila, PA), the California Ear Institute (Palo Alto, CA) and the Atlanta Speech School (Atlanta, GA). Each class will be limited to 8 experienced teachers of the deaf. Each graduate of this full-time program will receives a certificate and 9 graduate credits.

Students also receive FREE tuition, books and materials and a stipend to cover living expenses while they are in Philadelphia, Palo Alto or Atlanta.

Please go to www.chop.edu/ectp to learn more about the program and complete the online application. Deadline for the summer class is March 15th. If you want to assist your educational program with the increasing number of children with cochlear implants, this is a great training program for you. You are immersed in the medical, audiological, speech-language, social-emotional and educational aspects of this specialized field for six weeks. Our graduates have made an impact in the quality of education for children with cochlear implants in mainstream program, deaf class, residential programs, etc.

Richard W. Fee, PhD, CED, Director

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SPORTS
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MOUNTAIN CLIMBER AUTHORS BOOK ON ‘HIGH POINTS’

Mountain climber Miriam Richards has written a book about her pursuit to become the first deaf person even to climb the highest peaks in all 50 states. The Corvallis, Ore. resident has just one mountain left, Alaska’s Mount McKinley (Denali), and she hopes to raise enough money from pre-sales of the book to pay for the trip in May. According to the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Richards climbed her 49th high point, Washington’s Mount Rainier, in August despite recurring symptoms of multiple sclerosis. “High Point of Persistence: The Miriam Richards Story,” co-authored with Damara Paris, tells the story behind each high point. By ordering the book by March 30, people can help Richards raise the money she needs for the Denali expedition. Autographed paperback books are $14.97 plus $4.25 for shipping; hardcovers are $22.46 plus $7.25 for shipping. They can be ordered from Paris Publications, P.O. Box 7193, Salem, OR 97303, fax 503-304-1961.

INDIANA GIRLS EQUAL SCHOOL RECORD FOR WINS

The recent basketball season was one of the best in history for the Indiana School for the Deaf, reported The Indianapolis Star. The team equaled its record for most victories – 15, first set in 1999 – and won two tournaments for deaf schools – the Clerc Classic in Riverside, Calif. and the Central States Schools for the Deaf event in Indianapolis. The Deaf Hoosiers got off to a 3-3 start when several players were delayed by their participation on the school’s successful volleyball team. But coach Dennis Catron’s squad rebounded to win 12 of its final 15 games, and Catron credits seniors Justine Jeter, Amanda Krieger, Micaela Paulone and Bethany Shelly with providing leadership throughout the season.

DUMMY HOY SUPPORTER SEEKS $1 FROM 14 MILLION PEOPLE

Steve Sandy, an Ohio man who has worked for years to get William Ellsworth “Dummy” Hoy into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, wants to create a movie about his baseball hero. Unfortunately, a fundraising campaign has netted just $150 from four sources, so Sandy has come up with another idea. In an announcement last week, he suggested that half of the estimated 28 million Americans with hearing loss could contribute a dollar to the project. That would net $14 million, said Sandy, and allow the movie to be made. Contributors “can beam with pride in sitting in your seat at the movie theatre and say this to yourself, ‘I contributed to this film!’” Unfortunately, his announcement did not include instructions for making a donation.

SPORTS FEDERATION SEEKS CURLING TEAM MEMBERS

The sport of curling will be introduced into the 2007 Winter Deaflympics program in Salt Lake City, and interested men and women are encouraged to apply for the U.S. team now. According to D. Cole Zulauf, administrator of the USA Deaf Sports Federation, curling will be a demonstration sport, meaning medals will not be given out. Regulations require a demonstration sport to meet certain criteria before becoming a medal sport, such as having a world championship at least once or an international competition with at least eight countries during the previous three years. Next Monday is the deadline to apply for the team, and an application can be downloaded from www.usdeafsports.org/links/2007USCurlingTeamApplicationForm.pdf.


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MILESTONES
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CHARLES NASH, 71, FIRST PRESIDENT OF FISHING CLUB

Charles Ray Nash died from kidney failure on March 2 at the Washoe Medical Center in Nevada. He was 71. Born in Yuma, Ariz. in 1934, Mr. Nash attended and graduated from the California School for the Deaf when it was in Berkeley. He was a member of the Sacramento Valley Angling and Camping Club of the Deaf for 21 years, serving as the group’s first president in 1985. A skilled craftsman and woodworker, he was described as “a vibrant, lovable and courageous man who was devoted to his family.” Mr. Nash was survived by his wife Margaret and a large family that included numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


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EMPLOYMENT
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CEO Position Announcement

Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency (DCARA)
San Leandro, CA (San Francisco Bay area)

DCARA is seeking a Chief Executive Officer to build on over 40 years of continuous growth and evolution of the non-profit, community-based social service agency. DCARA serves the Deaf Community in the San Francisco Bay Area and 14 counties in Northern California. The CEO will be responsible for all aspects of the agency's operations, programs, finances, and personnel.

To see the full job announcement including information about DCARA, minimum qualifications and application process, visit: http://www.dcara.org/

CLOSING DATE: March 31, 2006

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AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE - INTERPRETERS & INSTRUCTOR FOR DISABLED

F·E·G·S is one of the largest health and human services organizations in the country with a budget in excess of $230 million and 3,500+ employees in more than 300 locations throughout the New York metropolitan area. We seek experienced professionals, fluent in ASL, to work with staff and adult disabled, deaf population at our Manhattan facility on Hudson Street.

Staff Sign Language Interpreters

FT: Reports to AVP for Deaf Services, provides sign language interpreting services in a wide variety of situations and settings throughout the organization. Occasional staff training on use of sign language interpreters.

PT: Provides interpreting services for individual and group counseling sessions, meetings, and other program activities for Continuing Day Treatment Program serving deaf, chronically mentally ill clients. Must have flexibility in working with client’s personal signing styles.

INSTRUCTOR/SPECIALIST – F/T

Day Habilitation Instructor/Specialist to supervise and support deaf adults with developmental disabilities in a classroom setting. Provide group and individual instruction. Tri-state driver’s license required.

Positions require BA (or equivalent combination of education and experience) and full fluency in ASL. Prior experience working with disabled population and RID/NAD certification strongly preferred.

Generous benefits. Send resume to our HR Consultants: HR Dynamics, Inc. (DEPT. JG/ASL), 345 Hudson Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10014. E-mail: jgardner@hr-dynamics.com. Visit our website: www.fegs.org.

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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.

JOB DEVELOPER/INTERPRETER – Anaheim, Norwalk
HARD OF HEARING SPECIALIST - Riverside
LIFESIGNS DIRECTOR – Los Angeles
COMMUNITY INTERPRETER - Riverside

If interested for 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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PLEASE CIRCULATE AND POST
California Department of Education
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: Supervising Teacher III (FYE)
Director of Instruction
TIME BASE: Full time
LOCATION: CA School for the Deaf in Fremont
SALARY: $6,921 - $8,830 (plus $700 for R & R and $100 for sign language) monthly

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION

DUTIES: Provide visionary shared leadership training, support, guidance, supervision, and direction to the Division of Instruction; provide leadership and direction to ensure school-wide consistency in management practices and adherence to school and state policies, education code and federal legislation; provide guidance in achievement testing; guide the WASC/CEASD accreditation process; work collaboratively with other school staff to facilitate coordination of services that support the instructional program; serve as a member of the school’s administrative leadership team; monitor division budget; coordinate the instructional division’s emergency response training procedures and school wide drill.

QUALIFICATIONS: Five years of experience as a classroom teacher in a program for the Deaf; three years of experience as a supervisor of teachers; fluency in ASL; fluency in standard written English and experience writing reports; Master’s degree and possession or eligibility for California credentials authorizing teaching and administrative services; knowledge of state and federal education laws; and ability to use technology effectively.

DESIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES: Knowledge of professional standards for the teaching profession; skill in establishing consistent accountability practices among educational staff; ability to provide comprehensive mentoring for program supervisors; knowledge of all aspects of standard-based education and effective instructional strategies; knowledge of accreditation process; ability to model effective leadership techniques; ability to work collaboratively with staff, students, parents and the community; ability to facilitate change; knowledge of the dual language philosophy; knowledge of Deaf culture and ability to engage the Deaf community in fulfilling the mission of the school; knowledge of effective recruitment and hiring practices; skill in managing multiple tasks; ability to make effective presentations; skill in facilitating groups; ability to make decisions based on potential long-range impacts and school-wide needs.

WHO MAY APPLY: Candidates must submit a completed Faculty Application, Form SSS 100 to the Superintendent no later than April 1, 2006 or until position is filled. Applications will be screened and the most highly qualified applicants will be asked to interview. It is anticipated that interviews will be held in April, 2006.

LOCATION: California School for the Deaf
39350 Gallaudet Drive
Fremont, CA 94538
Contact: Henry Klopping, Superintendent
Telephone: (510) 794-3685 (V/TTY)
E-mail: HKlopping@csdf-cde.ca.gov

Employment provisions as outlined by the Department of Personnel Administrations State Restriction of Appointments (SROA) policy will prevail. In addition, current or future executive orders relative to filling vacant positions may also affect this process.
California Relay (Telephone) Service for the Deaf or Hearing Impaired: TDD Phones 1-800-735-2929 Voice Phones 1-800-735-2922

CALIFORNIA STATE GOVERNMENT AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO ALL REGARDLESS OF RACE, COLOR, CREED, NATIONAL ORIGIN, ANCESTRY, SEX, MARTIAL STATUS, DISABILITY, RELIGIOUS OR POLITICAL AFFILIATION, AGE OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION.

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