March 15, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 21
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF, MUTE AND ACCUSED OF MURDER, AN UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT HAS BEEN IN LEGAL LIMBO FOR 12 YEARS
On Feb. 18, 2005, detectives in James City County clapped handcuffs on Oswaldo Martinez, then 33, a Salvadoran immigrant who had been in the United States illegally for months. After DNA tests confirmed that semen and torn pieces of skin were his, police said, he was charged with capital murder. “A slam dunk,” recalled one detective. “That’s what we thought.” Twelve years later, however, the curious case of Oswaldo Elias Martinez — who has been deaf and effectively mute all his life — is a long way from being resolved. / The Washington Post
KENTUCKY SENATE BILL COULD IMPROVE POLICE RELATIONS WITH DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
A bill that would assist police officers to better identify individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing passed the Senate in a unanimous vote earlier this week and is headed to the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 189 would allow deaf individuals to voluntarily indicate their status in the Kentucky vehicle registration system. / WKMS
DEAF VISITING STUDENT RESEARCHER NANCY BARKER ALLEGEDLY DENIED SERVICES
Nancy Barker, a deaf Canadian visiting student researcher at UC Berkeley, is alleging that she was denied interpreting services by the campus’s Disabled Students’ Program. Barker came to the UC Berkeley campus for the 2016-17 academic year to obtain techniques and skills that would help her complete her doctoral dissertation in ecological sciences and conservation. When she arrived, she was allegedly told that the campus was not prepared to accommodate her needs. / The Daily Californian
SENATE PANEL OK'S BILL TO REFORM DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING COMMISSION
Illinois Senate committee members gave unanimous approval Tuesday to a bill designed to make the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission more accountable, professional and active in improving the lives of deaf people. The vote of the Senate Human Services Committee means Senate Bill 752 now can be considered by the full Senate. If approved there, the legislation will go to House for consideration and potentially the desk of Gov. Bruce Rauner. / The State Journal-Register
COLLISION BETWEEN SCHOOL BUS, TRUCK LEAVES MULTIPLE PEOPLE INJURED
Multiple people were injured following a collision between a school bus and a dump truck in Wilmington on Friday morning. The accident occurred on D Street and South Heald Street around 7:50 a.m. Wilmington Fire Chief Michael Donohue said in a statement that the school bus was headed to the Delaware School for the Deaf. The bus was occupied with students at the time of the accident. / CBS Philly
Newport Beach, CA
USE OF INTERPRETATION APP MAKES NEWPORT NATION'S FIRST 'DEAF-FRIENDLY CITY'
Newport Beach has been named a "Deaf-Friendly City" for using mobile technology to connect deaf and hard-of-hearing people with municipal services. Through dedicated tablet devices placed at City Hall, libraries and other city facilities, people who need sign-language interpretation can have an on-demand, real-time remote video conference with interpreters from Language People Inc., a Murrieta-based language-services company. / Los Angeles Times
ORGANIZATIONS BRING AWARENESS TO PROGRAMS THE HELP THOSE WHO ARE DEAF
Organizations raised awareness of resources available to people who are deaf or hard of hearing at the Statehouse Wednesday. The Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing partnered with the Kansas State School for the Deaf and the Deaf Culture Center to host the event. More than 50 students who have hearing impairments attended, along with interpreters on hand so they could meet their lawmakers. / WIBW
KCDHH CELEBRATES DEAF HISTORY MONTH
The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) urges everyone to celebrate National Deaf History Month, March 13 – April 15, by recognizing deaf champions and increasing awareness of the deaf community’s rich history. / BereaOnline
WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTING AND STEALING FROM DEAF MAN
A woman has been arrested for sexually assaulting and stealing property from a deaf man. Court documents show that last Saturday around 9:56 am officers responded to the Christian Shelter on Barclay street for a report of a sexual assault. Officers learned that after the victim stopped at a stop sign to look at his GPS, a woman identified as Tina Graham approached him. Court documents show that Graham went into the victim's car and directed him to a home on Park Heights Avenue. / WMDT
PARTIALLY DEAF, AUTISTIC MAN MISSING
Greenwich police are asking for help finding a man who was last seen Sunday afternoon. Police say 61-year-old Kenneth Woodd-Cahusac of Riverside was reported missing by his sister on Monday evening. Kenneth, who also goes by Kenny, is autistic and partially deaf. His neighbors last saw him walking up and down his street on Sunday afternoon, like he normally does. / WTNH
See Also MISSING GREENWICH MAN FOUND DEAD UNDER ICE OF MIANUS RIVER / WTNH
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Ottawa, ON, Canada
OTTAWA'S DEAF COMMUNITY 'AT A LOSS' AMID CANADIAN HEARING SOCIETY STRIKE
As hundreds of Canadian Hearing Society workers strike across the province, people who are deaf or hard of hearing are left without some of the counselling and audiology services they rely on. Negotiations between management and the Canadian Union of Public Employees broke down last Sunday and workers in Ottawa have been walking the picket line since early Monday. "I feel kind of angry about it, kind of depressed about it," said Kimberley Blomquist, through an ASL interpreter. / CBC News
RSC VOWS TO PROGRAM MORE WORK FOR DEAF AUDIENCES
The Royal Shakespeare Company is to expand its work for deaf audiences, unveiling plans to programme more British Sign Language performances and tours. The RSC will stage four semi-integrated BSL performances in its upcoming season. These will be for Snow in Midsummer, on March 21, double-bill The Earthworks and Myth, on June 13, and Julius Caesar, on August 14. They will feature an interpreter as part of the show, working alongside the actors on stage and in costume. / The Stage
DEAF SYRIANS LEARN THE LANGUAGE OF WAR
Twice raising the little finger represents “I” and placing a thumb on the index finger and the middle finger makes an “S” to signify ISIS, or the Islamic State militant group. At an NGO in Damascus, two young deaf Syrians, Bisher and Ryad, are working to create special sign language characters so thousands of Syrians like them can talk about the war that has ravaged their country for the past six years. / The Nation
DEATH RISK FOR DEAF KIWIS IN EVACUATIONS
When a smoke alarm went off at a hotel last year there were two outcomes for Wellington woman Rachel Noble - a good night sleep or death. As a deaf woman she was completely oblivious to why everyone else was so tired the next day, not realising that the entire building had been evacuated in the middle of the night. Fortunately for her the building did not burn down and she and her two deaf roommates lived to tell the tale to parliament's government administration select committee on Wednesday. / NZ Health & Safety News
STORIES OF HAWKE'S BAY'S DEAF SCHOOL HEARD
Among the schooling communities in Hawke's Bay perhaps one of the most unique is the deaf community; many of whom were taught at Napier's Onekawa Deaf Unit. Their stories, heard over the past two years by resource teacher of the deaf Juliet Clarke, have now been compiled into a one-of-a-kind book 'Hearing Aid Bras and Other Stories 1969-2014' that gives readers a perspective on education like no other. / Hawke's Bay Today News
OVER 5,000 DEAF HAVE FOUND EMPLOYMENT, INDEPENDENCE AND RESPECT THANKS TO THIS NGO
Five million hearing impaired in India who face challenges in communication and employment. Most of these individuals have no resources to get hands-on training with regard to both, thereby making them ill-equipped to get by in a competitive world. It is to bridge this chasm that, in 2009, a group of individuals came together to create the Deaf Enabled Foundation (DEF), an organisation by the deaf, of the deaf, and for the deaf. / YourStory.com
MORE THAN JUST COFFEE
Many are aware of Starbucks Malaysia’s first “Signing Store” at Bangsar Village 2 (BV2) but few know of what went on behind the scenes to get this amazing store up and running. To enlighten its readers, theSun shares insights gleaned from three “partners” on the “unexpected” yet awesome endeavour. Fans of the coffee chain are aware of its focus on giving back to the community where it operates. Its mission statement: To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighbourhood at a time. / The Sun Daily
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LIFE & LEISURE
GALLAUDET PROFESSOR DECLARES CURING DEAF PEOPLE 'CULTURAL GENOCIDE'
A Gallaudet University professor has suggested that curing deaf people threatens the community with “cultural genocide” because sign languages will cease to flourish. Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, an associate professor at the university, wrote an article warning that deaf people who take part in research aimed at eliminating or curing deafness are aiding “a form of cultural genocide.” / Heat Street
Council Bluffs, IA
ISD TO HOST FIRST FREE THREE-DAY DEAF CELEBRATION
The Iowa School for the Deaf will host its first-ever Deaf Cultural Celebration weekend next month. The three-day event will kick off on Friday, April 21 and continue through Sunday, April 23. While the event’s main focus is to bring together the deaf and hard-of-hearing community through a celebration, everyone from the Council Bluffs-Omaha metro area is invited to attend, said Cynthia Angeroth, the school’s outreach coordinator. / The Daily Nonpareil
Des Moines, IA
DEAF IOWANS DESERVE BETTER
I was recently notified that the full-time disabilities consultant with the Department of Deaf Services is being terminated at the end of the month due to “necessary” budget cuts. This leaves one staff member spending a third of their time for the entire department. This is for the entire state of Iowa. / Des Moines Register
Los Angeles, CA
WHAT OWNING A FRANCHISE HAS TAUGHT TWO DEAF BROTHERS ABOUT COMMUNICATION
Waylon and Jerrel Mathern are like any small-business owners: They know how important communication skills are. But the brothers have had to work harder than most to get their message across. They were born profoundly deaf. In succeeding, they’ve defied the odds: About 50 percent of deaf or hard-of-hearing people in the U.S. are unemployed, and another 20 percent are underemployed. / Entrepreneur
BYU STUDENT DREAMS OF ARCHITECTURE, RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP
BYU freshman Shani Summers was recently awarded a scholarship from Cochlear Americas to help her as she pursues a degree in architecture, something she is very passionate about. Summers, who is deaf, said the scholarship will help her as she looks to complete her bachelor’s degree and also go to school for a master’s degree in architecture. / Herald Extra
BELL SERVES DEAF, HARD-OF-HEARING CLIENTS
The mission of Tracy Bell's office is to spread the word that help is available for those who no longer can or who have never heard sounds clearly. Bell is regional manager at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services South office, a Minnesota Department of Human Services program. "DHHS does do presentations and training related to deaf culture, hard of hearing, deafblind and hearing loss in general," she said. / Mankato Free Press
Jefferson County, MO
JEFFERSON CO. DEPUTIES LEARN ABOUT THE DEAF COMMUNITY
Deputies at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department are going through mandatory training this week. Jefferson County Capt. Gary Higginbotham told News 4, "To better enhance our communication with people who are deaf or hard of hearing." The Webster Groves organization, DEAF, Inc. is conducting the training for deputies. / KMOV
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Beverly HIlls, CA
THE WALLIS PARTNERS WITH DEAF WEST THEATRE
The current showing production, “At Home At the Zoo” written by Edward Albee is a combination of the author’s two previous acts, “Zoo Story” (1959) and “Homelife” (2004). One of the aspects that forms this production’s uniqueness is the involvement of the Deaf West Theatre and deaf actors. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts has partnered with Deaf West Theatre to create a show incorporating deaf and hearing performers. / Canyon News
REGIONAL SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND HOLDS 'ART NIGHT'
The Southwest Regional School for the Deaf and Blind held its second-annual Art Night on Thurday, March 9th. The event allowed students to showcase their artistic side alongside their parents. The budding artist showed off their braille beads, clay projects and homemade bookmarks. / WPMI
DEAF DRAG QUEENS PERFORMING AT UF FOR DEAF AWARENESS WEEK
Two deaf, Latino drag queens who earned internet fame through YouTube will perform at UF today. The 6 p.m. “Deafies in Drag” event is a part of Deaf Awareness Week, hosted by the UF student organization Signing Gators. It is the first time a UF student organization has hosted a series of events dedicated to the deaf community. / Alligator
DENVER NUGGETS HOST TEAM FIT AT ROCKY MOUNTAIN DEAF SCHOOL
The Denver Nuggets held a Team Fit training session at the Rocky Mountain Deaf School. (Photo feature) / Denver Nuggets
Kansas City, MO
KANSAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF STUDENTS PERFORM NATIONAL ANTHEM
The big winners Saturday from the Big 12 Tournament were Iowa State and the people who performed the national anthem. Kansas School for the Deaf students did a really great job as they signed the anthem. / The Kansas City Star
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New York School for the Deaf
White Plains, NY
New York School for the Deaf (NYSD) in White Plains is seeking a Superintendent to begin on or about June 15, 2017. Operations at the School are under the direction of the Superintendent, who is ultimately responsible to NYSD’s Board of Trustees.
The School is seeking candidates with the following qualifications and experience:
• Demonstrated broad intellectual capacity and a record of professional achievement
• Demonstrated ability to provide academic leadership and to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, parents, community leaders, and trustees of the School
• Ability to manage the School’s budget
• Commitment and ability to unify campus groups around the School’s strategic priorities, as well as to make resource and management decisions supporting these priorities
• Knowledge and capacity to engage in outreach and fundraising
• Readiness to learn the intricacies of New York State Education Department regulations for the operation of State supported schools
• Clear commitment to standards of integrity, excellence and diversity
• Master’s degree (doctorate preferred) in education of the deaf, or a field related to educating deaf children including, but not limited to: language and cognitive development, education policy, and curriculum and instruction
• At least 5 years of educational leadership experience in an upper management position (experience as a school or program director, principal, or superintendent preferred)
• Experience and/or training in fundraising from public and private sources
• State certification or evidence of readiness for State certification
• Evidence of fluency in sign language (ASL preferred)
Please submit a résumé and letter of interest to:
President, Board of Trustees
New York School for the Deaf
If interested in applying visit www.nysd.net for more details.
Advocates in Framingham, MA is Hiring!
Advocates is seeking talented professionals to join our team, providing health services within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
Clinical Program Manager: Perform functions of Direct Care Counselor, program supervision/direction.
• Qualifications: MA; or BA/BS and 3 years’ experience.
Community Crisis Stabilization BA Level Clinician: Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
• Qualifications: MA and 2 years’ experience OR BA/BS and 5 years’ experience.
Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. All shifts available!
• Qualifications: BA/BS; or HS diploma/GED and 1 year experience.
Outpatient Clinician: Provide comprehensive outpatient counseling/therapy to children, adults and families in need of services.
• Qualifications: MSW or MA in related field and 1 year experience in outpatient setting.
Senior Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. Coordinate/monitor administrative/clinical functions.
• Qualifications: BA/BS and 2 years’ experience; or HS Diploma/GED and 3 years’ experience.
Visit www.Advocates.org/Careers to apply today!
Come Work With The Best!
Northeast Arc has full and part-time positions, working with adult individuals who are deaf, available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. You'll be working with deaf individuals using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. Do you know ASL? If so, I'd like to speak with you about our direct care positions. We offer an excellent benefits package, paid trainings and the support you will need to become a successful part of our experienced, long-term team of professionals. For additional information or to send your resume, please email Erin Maloney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compensation: $12-12.50 for per diem shifts and $14 for PT/FT shifts.
NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH AND GLENSIDE
PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. Located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PAHrtners provides residential and outpatient services to deaf and hard of hearing children, adolescents, and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are deaf or hard of hearing!
PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate, or a professional with many years of experience in the field of human services, we have a career-building position waiting for you! E.O.E.
PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, and energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf culture to fill the following positions:
Residential Counselors for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities – Full time, part time, on call; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma required.
Case Managers for Residential or Community Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs – Full time; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences required.
Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum of one years’ related experience required.
Residential Program Director – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum of AA degree or 60 college credits required.
Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services required.
Nurse – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BSN/RN.
Training Coordinator – Full Time. Glenside location. Travels to Pittsburgh as needed. Education requirements flexible and based on experience. Must be proficient in ASL.
Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position.
Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Joel Skelton, Assistant Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
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Residential House Director
The Northeast Arc, an established Human Service agency recognized for its creative approach and state of the art services for persons with disabilities is seeking candidates for the position of Residential House Director. Ideal candidates will have fluency in ASL and deep understanding of deaf culture. The Residential House Director will be overseeing a five person home for adults with Intellectual Disabilities and are deaf.
Excellent managerial skills as the director will be overseeing direct support professionals, relief staff and other support professionals.
Be a creative person with strong organizational skills that can assist individuals in achieving their personal goals.
Provide supportive assistance in a caring environment focusing on maintaining health and along with community and social networks.
Experience with working with families, DDS and other outside agencies is also required.
BA/BS in a related field.
At least 2 years supervisory experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as fluency in American Sign Language.
Strong commitment to providing excellent quality of care.
Strongly prefer someone with First Aid, CPR and MAPS but willing to train
Excellent health and dental benefits offered as well as a 403b, tuition reimbursement, career development/ seminars, short term disability, life insurance, generous time off and competitive pay!!!
For immediate consideration, please send a cover letter and your resume, please email Erin Maloney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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