deafweekly

March 16, 2005
Vol. 1 No. 22

Editor: Tom Willard


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NATIONAL
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SOLE SURVIVOR OF CRASH THAT KILLED FOUR DIES OF HIS INJURIES

Luis Espinoza, 19, of Tampa, Fla., died March 7 of injuries sustained in a car accident exactly one month earlier, when he ran a stop sign and collided with another car. The crash killed his girlfriend, Yesenia Jaimes, 20, a fellow student at the Florida School for the Deaf, and Jaimes' brother, his girlfriend and their 1-year-old daughter. The driver of the other car suffered minor injuries. Espinoza came to Florida from Mexico in 1991 and worked as a chef at the Hyatt Regency in Tampa. He and Jaimes, who were planning to be married next year, had planned to drive back to school the day before the accident, but Jaimes was sick and wanted to postpone the trip.

KILLER BACK IN CUSTODY AFTER VIOLATING PROBATION

On Nov. 19, 1999 in Blount County, Tenn., Chester Jenkins got into a tavern argument with Joe Marshall and threatened to kill Marshall and burn his house down. The next evening, Marshall died when someone set fire to his trailer home. Jenkins, 54, confessed to the crime, and after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter on Aug. 30, 2002, he walked out "essentially a free man," the Knoxville News Sentinel reported, sentenced to time served (541 days) and 3-1/2 years probation. But Jenkins is now back in jail after being charged with domestic violence against his daughter last September. Jenkins' release date is now May 7, 2008, and he may face additional charges on the domestic violence case after his release.

ANNOUNCEMENTS SHOW NAD PUSH TO ENFORCE DISABILITY LAWS

The National Association of the Deaf issued a series of news releases March 8-9. In recent weeks, the NAD has: (1) filed a disability discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of Jerry Hess, a deaf man denied the opportunity to open a Bank of America checking account after workers refused to communicate with him via pen and paper; (2) filed a complaint against WorldWide Direct/Buydig.com, claiming the online retailer refused a relay call from Heidi Forrest; (3) filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against four Maryland mortgage and settlement companies for refusing to provide interpreters for plaintiff Mark Bosley during refinancing closing; (4) submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation on proposed rule revisions affecting air travelers with disabilities; and (5) filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission insisting on speed-of-answer rules for Video Relay Services.

CENTER SEEKS ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO CARE FOR DISABLED SEX OFFENDER

The Montana Developmental Center in Boulder is struggling to find $200,000 to care for one developmentally disabled criminal offender for the next two years, The Billings Gazette reported last week. The man is a sex offender who is disabled and deaf, and can neither read nor write. Interpreters are unable to decipher his unusual sign language, which he learned growing up with deaf family members. "I've never seen a case like this in 30 years," said program director Jeff Sturm. The unidentified 35-year-old man was sentenced last August to serve 20 years at Boulder. Officials failed to budget for the man's care; when they went back to state lawmakers for extra help, the request was not well received. Now the center, which already gets roughly $14 million from the state, is forced to cut back on travel and scrutinize even the smallest expense to care for the disabled man.

MAN GETS PROBATION FOR SWINDLING MONEY MEANT FOR TELEPHONE RELAY

Raanan Liebermann of North Haven, Conn. was sentenced to three years of probation last Wednesday for defrauding the federal government of $2 million meant to support telephone relay services. Liebermann, 65, admitted last October that he ran a call center from 1999 to 2001 that received nearly all of its calls from the same few people, including employees of his own company, Publix Network Corp. Liebermann and Publix both pleaded guilty to making false statements and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions. They were ordered to pay $2 million in restitution, a U.S. attorney said, and turn over bank accounts worth more than $500,000.

PARENTS ACCUSE TEACHER AT UTAH SCHOOL OF ABUSE

Seven-year-old Noah Fahncke was smacked in the head every day by a teacher at the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind, his parents charged last week. The Fahnckes learned about the abuse from the Division of Family Services when an investigator called to interview their son. The report shows that Noah's teacher would pick him up by the arm and carry him, reported KUTV March 9, and push his head against the desk, leaving marks. The teacher is still on the job, say the Fahnckes, but in a different classroom. School officials refused to comment on the investigation.

NOT TOO LATE TO SUE, JUDGE RULES IN BOSTON SCHOOL ABUSE CASE

More than a dozen priests and nuns from the now-closed Boston School for the Deaf received disappointing news last week. They had asked Judge Margot Botsford to dismiss claims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse by nine former students because they occurred from 1942 to 1977 and are barred by the statute of limitations. The judge disagreed. According to the Boston Herald, Botsford also decided to allow the former students to amend their complaint to include allegations that the school's anti-sign-language policy resulted in "social, cognitive and developmental delays which were the functional equivalent of mental retardation."

MICHIGAN WOMAN ROBBED AFTER COUPLE FOLLOWS HER HOME FROM STORE

An 84-year-old deaf woman from Ferndale, Mich. was robbed March 5 by a man and woman who followed her home from the supermarket. When the woman arrived home, the man told her there was a problem with her tires that he could fix for $100. According to the Berkley & Huntington Woods, the unidentified victim was able to read the man's lips. The woman then said she was ill and needed something to drink. The victim allowed the woman inside for a glass of juice, and the man followed. The victim became suspicious when the couple began looking around, and she pushed a panic button installed in her home. The couple fled with the woman's purse before police could arrive. She provided descriptions by writing notes, and police are now on the lookout for the couple.

OHIO WOMAN INJURED IN HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT

A deaf woman in Dayton, Ohio was injured in a hit-and-run accident last week. The unidentified woman was driving with her daughter when her car was hit from behind. Police tried to stop the car, WHIO-TV reported, but decided not to chase it. Soon the car was involved in another accident, and the driver and passenger got out and ran. Police captured the driver using a Taser gun and arrested him on several charges after finding a gun and cocaine in his car. The woman injured in the first accident was treated at a local hospital, police said, and her daughter was not hurt.

DEAF-BLIND ADVOCATE HELEN KELLER MAY SOON HAVE A PLACE IN U.S. CAPITOL

Calling the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall "a forest of men," Alabama first lady Patsy Riley said last week it was time to add a statue of Helen Keller, the deaf-blind Alabama native who became an inspiration to people around the world. "You ask somebody from China, Japan, Italy, England, 'Do you know who Helen Keller is?' And they can tell you," said Riley. In 1864, Congress allowed each state two statues in the hall, but replacements were not permitted until recently. Alabama wants to replace an existing statue of Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry, a former congressman, professor and Confederate general with a statue of Keller (1880-1968). "History changes," Riley told The Tuscaloosa News. "Statuary Hall is, in my opinion, keeping up with the times." About $250,000 has been raised and up to $400,000 more will be needed to build the statue and transport it to Washington.

DEAF LAWYER HONORED AT AAPD 10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

People traveled to Washington, D.C. from all over the country earlier this month to attend the 10th Anniversary Leadership Gala for the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Tony Coelho, principal author of the Americans with Disabilities Act, hosted the evening, and guest speakers included White House Chief of Staff Andy Card and Secretary of Transportation Noman Minetka. Card pointed out that about 40 nations have copied the ADA as a basis for their own disability rights initiatives, and Minetka cited progress made in providing accessible bus, train and air transportation. Among five individuals honored with awards was Elise C. Roy, a deaf lawyer and athlete from Washington, D.C., who led a panel at the United Nations on the importance of sports and recreation for people with disabilities.


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INTERNATIONAL
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DEAF MAN STABBED TO DEATH BY DRUG ADDICTS

A deaf man in Malabon City, Philippines was stabbed to death last Wednesday in a late-night confrontation with three suspected drug addicts. Fernando Delvo Jr., 27, died while undergoing emergency surgery after being stabbed in the upper right part of the body. According to ABS-CBN News, the victim had gone for a walk for fresh air at around 2 a.m. when he was suddenly attacked. Nearby policeman witnessed the assault and managed to catch one suspect, but two others remained at large.

WOMAN CLAIMS POLICE INDIFFERENT TO RAPE OF DEAF GIRLS IN UGANDA

Deaf girls in Uganda are being raped with increasing frequency, said an official with the Uganda National Association of the Deaf, but police don't investigate because they don't know sign language. Florence Mukasa, UNAD's gender and theater coordinator, said the problem could easily be solved with interpreters provided by her association, but the police aren't interested. "The constitution says the deaf should be provided with interpreters," she said, " but it is absurd that they are not." According to AllAfrica.com, Mukasa made her comments during Women's Day celebrations at UNAD's Kamwokya office, where she also urged Uganda President Yoweri Museveni to keep his 2001 promise to build a secondary school for deaf students.


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LIFE & LEISURE
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ACCIDENT VICTIM CHOSEN 'YOUNG HERO' BY ALABAMA PUBLIC TELEVISION

Abby Reid, a student at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and the Blind, has been chosen one of five Young Heroes in the state by Alabama Public Television. Abby, 17, will travel to Birmingham next month to find out if she's chosen overall winner of the competition. According to The Daily Home (Talladega, Ala.), Abby was in a car accident in July 2002 that left her paralyzed from the waist down. She returned to school in a body cast that she continued to wear for several months. Still, she won several school awards -- and defied doctors' predictions by walking on stage to receive them. She even managed to play again for the school's volleyball team. It was a long, painful road to recovery, and "she never stopped smiling through the whole process, said teacher Lynn Dunn, who nominated Abby for the award.

'UNIDENTIFIED TECHNICAL ISSUE' CREATES PROBLEMS FOR SIDEKICK USERS

Danger, the company that maintains the deaf-popular Sidekick service, said March 8 its users would not have to wait much longer for problems with intermittent outages in the device's data services to be fixed. An "unidentified technical issue" had prevented customers from accessing data since Sunday, March 6, company representatives said, but "engineers have put fixes in place, and expect data performance to improve" and be back to normal by March 9, they said. "Danger and T-Mobile regret any inconveniences experienced by Sidekick customers."

ARIZONA WOMAN RECEIVES RARE EAR IMPLANT AFTER TUMORS LEAVE HER DEAF

The Business Journal of Phoenix reported last week on the medical plight of 22-year-old Tequila Ellis, who was set to have a rare hearing device implanted after losing most of her hearing due to benign tumors growing on her auditory nerves. An operation to remove the tumors would leave Ellis completely deaf, and traditional hearing aids and cochlear implants would be of no use. So doctors planned to implant a Nucleus 24 Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI). Unlike a cochlear implant, where an electrode is wrapped around the inner ear, the ABI is placed on the surface of the cochlear nucleus in the brainstem. Only about 40 such devices are implanted each year at fewer then 20 locations in the United States. "There are not many people in the world who need this device so it's like a loss leader," said Dr. C. Phillip Daspit of the Barrow Neurological Institute. "You do it out of the goodness of your heart."

AWARD-WINNING TV PRODUCER DOCUMENTS PARENTS' COCHLEAR IMPLANT SURGERY

Paul and Sally Taylor startled their family last fall when they decided to get cochlear implants. Paul, 65, and Sally, 66, longtime residents of Rochester, N.Y., "were so good at being deaf," said their daughter, Irene Taylor Brodsky. "Why hear, now?" Brodsky, an Emmy Award-winning TV producer who lives in Portland, Ore., decided to turn the camera on her own family, reported The Oregonian last week, and document the transition from the Taylor's silent world "to one where dry weeds rustle, geese honk and grandchildren cry." The documentary, titled "Hear and Now," is a work in progress. It features the moment last Christmas when doctors turned on the devices with Sally's mother, 89, and father, 94, on the scene. A fundraiser featuring a 23-minute excerpt of the film helped Brodsky raise around $20,000, and she hopes to come up with another $130,000 to finish the job.

CALIFORNIA MIDDLE-SCHOOLER CHOSEN AMBASSADOR TO EUROPE

Joshua Ari Soudakoff will be spending almost three weeks this summer in England and France, the only deaf student in a delegation being sent by the Washington state-based People to People Student Ambassador Program. Joshua, 13, a student at John Muir Middle School in Burbank, Calif., has a lofty goal for the trip, said the L.A. Daily News: to bridge the divide between the deaf and the hearing world. Joshua was chosen based on his grades, a written application and an interview. Other deaf students have participated in the past, said program director Paul Watson, and "they make outstanding ambassadors."

LOS ANGELES AGENCY OFFERS FREE WORKSHOPS ON PARENTING TEENS

Are you frustrated with your teens? How well do you know them? The Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD) announced last week that it is offering free workshops to help deaf parents deal with their hearing or deaf teenagers. Workshops are designed to assist with communication on topics such as self-esteem and personal hygiene. GLAD also plans to host a Parent/Teen Day event in May, with more details to come. For information, contact Shazia Siddiqi at ssiddiqi@gladinc.org.


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WORKING WORLD
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NEW YORK'S KEUKA COLLEGE ANNOUNCES NEW ASL INTERPRETING DEGREE PROGRAM

Keuka (N.Y.) College is starting a new major in American Sign Language-English Interpreting this fall. According to the Finger Lakes Times, the college already offers ASL as a foreign language. "Our current major is like learning Spanish or French," said Humanities and Fine Arts chair Joanne Desotelle. "The process of interpreting is something entirely different." The new program will include an interpreting practicum, a supervised internship and many opportunities to work with professional interpreters. Graduates should have no trouble finding work: "The demand for qualified interpreters far exceeds the number of trained professionals in the field," said Desotelle.

GALLAUDET ANNOUNCES APPLICATION DEADLINES, CHARTER DAY PLANS, MOVIE DEBUT

Breaking news from Gallaudet University: (1) Deadlines are fast approaching for the Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund (for projects that culturally enrich the deaf - April 1) and the Graduate Fellowship Fund (for full-time, deaf/hoh graduate students with financial needs - April 20). Contact alumni.relations@gallaudet.edu for applications. (2) Charter Day festivities, celebrating the 141st anniversary of the signing of Gallaudet's Charter by President Abraham Lincoln, are planned for April 8-9. Highlights include an awards luncheon and an art exhibit. Contact daphne.cox@gallaudet.edu to learn more. (3) Gary Brooks, a 1995 alumnus, will debut his movie, "Dr. Hand," during Charter Day weekend. "Dr. Hand," a fantasy adventure, tells of a magician on a journey with a monkey and a flying robot, searching for three legendary sign language elements to cure a deaf boy's illness. Need more? Write to drhand@gallaudet.edu.

SBC EXCELERATOR GRANT TO HELP DCARA UPGRADE ITS WEBSITE

The Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency (DCARA) in San Leandro, Calif. is planning to upgrade its website with a $6,500 grant, reported Inside Bay Area last Friday. The SBC Excelerator technology grant comes from the SBC Foundation and is one of over 1,000 similar grants that SBC has given to nonprofits in the company's 13-state region to improve technology and provide more service. "This will allow us to more effectively respond to the needs of the entire community that we serve," said Robert Roth, CEO of DCARA.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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THREE-DAY FORUM TO LOOK AT HOLLYWOOD AND DEAF FILMS

"Hollywood Films and Deaf Films: Past, Present and Future" is the theme for a special event in Los Angeles April 7-9, co-hosted by the deaf studies department at the California State University, Northridge and Sorenson VRS. The three-day forum will focus on how deaf people are represented in films and discuss the importance of deaf-made movies. Day One offers highlights of past deaf films and films with deaf characters; Day Two provides critiques and interviews with industry professionals; and Day Three addresses the future of deaf films via a series of roundtable discussions. For more information, go to www.csun.edu/deaffilms2005.

SINGLE MOM WRITES TO DEAF SON IN NEW MOVIE "DEAR FRANKIE"

A new movie called "Dear Frankie" centers on an elaborate charade that keeps the lines of communication open between a mother and her deaf son. Jack McElhone plays Frankie, a deaf 9-year-old living from one Scottish town to the next with his mother and grandmother. His mother, Lizzie, goes to great lengths to maintain the illusion that Frankie's father -- in reality an ex-husband whose abuse left his son deaf -- is a globe-circling merchant seaman. An opening sequence shows Lizzie collecting her son's letters from a post office box, buying an exotic stamp from a Glasgow philatelist and writing the father's letter back to Frankie. The ritual keeps Lizzie connected to the boy: "It's the only way I can hear his voice," she says. The plot thickens when Frankie learns that his father's ship will dock in town, and Lizzie rushes to hire a stranger to play the role. The film embraces a number of complex themes, wrote Lesley Smith in Pop Matters, "including the relationship between a parent and a child with a disability."

CANADIAN WRITER'S "DEAFENING" ON SHORT LIST FOR MAJOR AWARD

Canadian author Frances Itani's book "Deafening," a love story about a young deaf woman set in Ontario during the First World War, has moved up in the competition for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. An announcement in Dublin last week revealed Deafening's selection to a 10-book short list out of 147 titles submitted earlier by libraries worldwide. The award is one of the world's richest literary honors, and pays $162,000 (CAN). "I'm thrilled," Ottawa resident Itani told the Globe and Mail. "It's a huge boost for morale." The winner will be announced June 15.

COMPLAINT ON MOVIE CAPTIONING EXPANDS TO INCLUDE NARRATIVE DESCRIPTIONS

The New Jersey state Attorney General's Office amended a 2004 filing two weeks ago that alleged Regal Entertainment Group violated state laws by failing to install a captioning system for deaf patrons. The amended complaint alleges the company has also violated the law by not installing a system to provide narrative descriptions for moviegoers who are blind. Regal, the nation's largest multiplex movie theater company, did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Last September, the Attorney General's Office reached an agreement with four other theaters to install Rear Window captioning technology. Regal, however, opted out of the agreement, contending that open captioning is preferable to the Rear Window technique.


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SPORTS
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MINNESOTA SCHOOL REJECTS DEAFSPORTSZINE'S 'TEAM OF THE YEAR' AWARD

The Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf's girls basketball team was chosen Team of the Year by DeafSportsZine editor Barry Strassler, even after MSAD officials told Strassler not to consider their school for any of his awards. "You have chosen to ignore our request, but nevertheless, we decline it," MSAD's Sean Virnig wrote in an open letter dated March 8. He reminded Strassler of the school's Jan. 20 news release announcing its decision to opt out of his award system, and noted that while other teams were penalized for missing deadlines or sending incomplete reports, MSAD sent nothing and still won the top award. "We believe this is unfair and inconsistent, and do not feel we should be chosen for this award," said Virnig.


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COMING EVENTS
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THREE PROMOTERS JOIN FORCES FOR 'DEAFIE LAS VEGAS' AT BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Deafia Las Vegas is "where the East meets the West joined by the South," says promoter Michael Deboe, "and that is exactly what it is." Scheduled to take place during the U.S. Deaf Basketball championships April 14-16, Deafia Las Vegas represents the combined efforts of three major deaf promoters: DJ Def-Mike of the West, DJ Supalee of the East, and Deaf United Entertainment of the South. The entire top floor and VIP room of the Beach, one of Las Vegas's most popular nightclubs, has been booked and reserved for April 16, with space for 700 people. With plans for a wet T-shirt contest and other such fun, "This is guaranteed to be the mega bomb shit," said Deboe. You can sign up for the Def-Mike mailing list at http://members.cox.net/defmike/signup.htm and get information on the tournament at www.usadb.org.

SUMMER PROGRAM IN ROCHESTER HELPS STUDENTS EXPLORE THEIR FUTURE

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, N.Y. invited deaf and hard-of-hearing high school juniors to participate in Explore Your Future (EYF), a six-day, summer career awareness program. Students get the opportunity to experience college life and learn about different career choices like engineering, art, business and computers. EYF offers two sessions, from July 16-21 and from July 23-28. Parents are encouraged to attend a workshop on the last day to learn how to prepare their child for college. For information, visit www.rit.edu/NTID/EYEFF or email to ambnes@rit.edu.


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READER RESPONSE
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[Re last week's article, "Body Found Along Road Believed to be Deaf Woman's Daughter"] I want you to know, Vanessa's mother (Rose Taylor) is not deaf, but Vanessa was deaf. I knew Vanessa, we grow up together at the same school (Arkansas School for the Deaf), so please correct the information. Thank you.
-- ARKANSAS GURL

Thank you for your clarification. According to the source article in the Delta Democrat Times, "Rose Taylor reported her daughter, Vanessa Lynn Green, 35, ... missing when she failed to return home after going to visit a nearby friend. Taylor is deaf and cannot speak."


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EMPLOYMENT
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GREAT CAREER OPPORTUNITY

House Managers Needed!
Full-time in Randolph and Braintree.

Outstanding opportunity exists for a strong team leader who is ASL Fluent to manage a residential home serving Deaf adults with Mental Illness/Developmental Disabilities.

South Shore Mental Health is seeking a strong leader to manage the day-to-day operations of one of our residential homes serving Deaf individuals who have Mental Illness and/or Development Disabilities. Related experience is required.

Responsibilities include: Advocacy for caseload; Implementation and monitoring of all treatment programs; Supervision of staff; Staff trainings; Fiscal management of individuals' funds; Primary Liaison for service providers, family and guardians. On-call beeper coverage for site and individual needs.

Successful candidate will have working knowledge of ASL and Deaf culture. Management experience preferred; Experience working with individuals with Mental Illness a plus; Relevant studies or college degree in relevant field preferred. At minimum, must have a valid driver's license and access to a personal vehicle.

South Shore Mental Health (SSMH) offers a comprehensive NEW paid training program, an outstanding and professional team environment, generous paid time off, medical/dental benefits, employer contributions to retirement plan and more! This is an exciting opportunity where your career will make a difference!

~Deaf Friendly Environment~
~Lots of Opportunity for Career Growth~
~Up to $1500.00 in bonus incentives!!~

SSMH is one of the largest behavioral healthcare organizations in Massachusetts, serving the South Shore, Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod and has served as a community resource since 1926.

Please help us spread the word.... SSMH is looking for qualified team-members to make a difference in the lives of the individuals we serve!

For immediate consideration, please send resume to:
South Shore Mental Health
500 Victory Rd., Quincy, MA 02171
Attn: Recruitment
Fax: 617-328-5021
TTY: 617-847-1922
jobs@ssmh.org

visit us at www.ssmh.org

EOE M/F/D/V

Lorri Mayer
Human Resources Manager
South Shore Mental Health
V: 617-774-1070
TTY: 617-847-1922
www.ssmh.org

South Shore Mental Health
"Comprehensive programs providing quality community services for over 20 years."

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

PC# 8950

DESCRIPTION:

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

1. Teach courses to NTID Interpreting students
2. Provide support in curriculum design and materials development for Interpreting courses.
3. Advise students in the Interpreting program.
4. Participate in professional organizations in the fields of interpreting education.
5. Participate in professional development.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:

1. BA degree required in an appropriate discipline related to the field of ASL instruction and/or interpreting education.
2. Experience with curriculum development required.
3. RID Certification required.
4. Native or native-like proficiency in American Sign Language required. Teaching experience in the post-secondary setting required.
5. Demonstrated knowledge of and sensitivity to the characteristics of second language teaching/learning and adult learners required.
6. Ability to contribute to the field of interpreting education.
7. Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college's continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism and individual differences required.

Preferred:

1. Masters degree preferred.
2. Experience with interpreting education programs preferred.

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

Salary: Position is ten month. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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

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

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: April 15, 2005

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

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

Starting Date: August 2005

Salary Range: Commensurate with education and experience

Benefits: Comprehensive fringe benefit package

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

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

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

Deadline:
Open until filled

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

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

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

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

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