deafweekly

 

March 19, 2008
Vol. 4, No. 11

Editor: Tom Willard

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MAN ARRESTED IN TEACHER'S STABBING DEATH

Devils Lake, N.D. police announced an arrest last Friday in the death of Paula Hartze, a longtime teacher at the North Dakota School for the Deaf who was found fatally stabbed in her home March 2. Billy Thomas Eagleman, 26, and Hartze knew each other, said Ramsey County prosecutor Lonnie Olson in KX News, but he would not elaborate. Eagleman, who made his first court appearance Monday, was charged with murder and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole. Judge Donovan Foughty set bond at $500,000 after the suspect raid he is unemployed, lived in a motel and has no permanent address. According to the Fargo Grand Forks Herald, the prosecutor expects Eagleman's next court date to take place in two weeks.

LAWSUIT FILED IN PLANE CRASH AT 2005 FLY-IN

Two people who were injured in a plane crash at a Deaf Pilots Association fly-in at Plymouth, Mass. on June 23, 2005 filed a lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court in St. Louis, said the Post-Dispatch. Plaintiffs Jeffery Willoughby, 42, and his daughter Jessica, 13, of O'Fallon, Mo., are seeking more than $1 million in damages from plane-maker Cessna, deaf pilot Alec Naiman, the town of Edgardtown, the Katama Airfield and its manager, the owner and pilot of a plane on the runway that triggered the crash, and others. The suit claims Naiman spotted the biplane when he was landing and was forced to pull up to avoid a crash, causing his seat to break and his hands to pull back on the control yoke and leading to a steep climb that stalled the engine. The plane fell about 100 feet and all three were seriously injured.

BATTLE TO BRING DOG TO SCHOOL RAGES ON

Kumiki Gibson, New York's commissioner of the Division of Human Rights, last Monday (March 10) issued a 21-page ruling that supported 15-year-old John Cave Jr.'s yearlong battle to bring his service dog to school. According to The New York Times, Gibson's 21-page ruling found that the East Meadow School District in Nassau County violated the state's Human Rights Law when it barred Cave from taking his dog Simba to W. Tresper Clarke, a combined middle and high school with 1,500 students. Despite the ruling, Newsday reported that the school's principal barred Cave again the next morning when he arrived with Simba, and Cave left and did not go to classes. Superintendent Leon Campo said the school would admit the dog if a court ordered it, while Gibson said his commission's directives are usually followed without a court order.

SOUTH DAKOTA GOVERNOR VETOES DEAF EDUCATION BILL

South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds last Friday vetoed House Bill 1242, a bill that KSFY said "would have amended existing laws to ensure deaf and hard-of-hearing kids get the same attention as public schools." Rounds said in a letter to the Speaker, "This bill muddies responsibility for funding, supervising, and providing special education services, and, in so doing, it conflicts with the requirements of federal law." Fifteen-year-old Jorden Curren's mom Deanne said the governor's decision left many parents frustrated. "We're denying these children an appropriate education because the state just doesn't want to provide it."

SUSPECT IN 1981 KILLING MAKES BAIL, LEAVES JAIL

Gary Albert, arrested March 2 in Palos Altos, Ill. for the 1981 murder of his deaf pregnant high school girlfriend, was released from Cook County Jail last Saturday after his father posted $100,000 bail, the Chicago Sun-Times reported today. Bond had been set at $1 million, but as is usual in most felony cases, Albert was able to get out by paying 10 percent. Prosecutors allege Albert, who is also deaf, stabbed 15-year-old Dawn Niles more than 30 times and left her body in a forest preserve, where it was found by hikers six days later. Heather Hunziker, sister of the victim, said she felt "awful" that Albert had been released. "I was kind of looking forward to him being in jail for a while," she said.



FOUR TEENS ARRESTED IN ATTACK ON CALIFORNIA MAN

Police arrested four teenagers in Wasco, Calif. and charged them with robbery and participation in a street gang after they allegedly attacked a deaf man on a downtown street corner. The suspects reportedly approached the man and began punching and kicking him in the head and face before taking off with his wallet, reported Fox58. The man, who is recovering, described the attackers with help from a family member and police found all four later that night and took them to juvenile hall. Wasco deputies don't believe the unidentified victim was targeted because he is deaf.

SCHOOL LOCKDOWN ENDS WITH GUNMAN'S ARREST

WYFF-TV in Spartanburg, S.C. reported last Monday (March 10) that the South Carolina School for the Deaf was placed on lockdown when an armed man came on campus and threatened a male employee. Deputies from the Spartanburg Sheriff's Office initiated the lockdown at 12:45 a.m. and began searching the campus, and just after 10 a.m. they announced that a man was in custody and the lockdown was ended. The suspect, Earl Foste, is charged with second-degree burglary and pointing and presenting a firearm.

OJO NETWORK BACK UP, SAYS SNAP!VRS

Snap!VRS, the Pearl River, N.Y. video relay services provider that distributes the Ojo videophone, announced March 11 that the Ojo network was back up. A financial dispute between Snap!VRS and WorldGate Communications, manufacturer of the Ojo videophone, led to the network being shut down in January. An agreement between the two companies "means Snap!VRS customers can resume using all Ojo functionality," said a news release. Shipments of free Ojo videophones will resume this month, though there is a waiting list due to high demand.

SIX-FIGURE SETTLEMENT ANNOUNCED IN TEACHER'S LAWSUIT

A settlement was announced last month in a case involving a deaf woman who claimed Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and the West Middlesex Area School District used her disability to stop her from becoming a certified teacher. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Stephanie A. Wetzel was awarded an undisclosed amount that her attorney, Samuel Cordes, said is "well into the six figures." Wetzel claimed in her suit that she was removed from assignment at an elementary school and told to take speech therapy classes, a move Cordes said was "setting her up to fail." University and school officials said in response that they were concerned about Wetzel's hygiene, grammar and interactions with students.

DEAF MAN SERVES AS JUROR IN GEORGIA MURDER TRIAL

It is rare for a deaf person to serve on a jury, said The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last Saturday, but Keith Davis, 46, was determined to serve because "I feel I'm an American citizen and I should be able to be on a jury like everyone else." Davis was chosen two weeks ago for a Fulton County (Ga.) Superior Court murder trial based on a drug deal gone bad. Having a deaf juror was a first for the judge, the attorneys and the other jurors, but "before the end of the first day, everyone forgot he was deaf," said former CNN anchor Toria Tolley, the jury forewoman. Davis asked more questions during jury deliberations than any other juror, she noted, and made sure every aspect of the case was thoroughly discussed. "People didn't treat me any differently," said Davis. "When everybody left, we felt like family."


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DEAF BOXER WINS SPOT IN 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS

A 21-year-old Hungarian boxer, born deaf into a mostly deaf poor gypsy family, will compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Norbert Kalucza, one of seven children, did not learn to speak until he was 10 years old, said the Taipei Times, but voiced his first words shortly after entering the boxing ring for the first time. Neighbor Janos Varadi, a former Olympic bronze medalist, discovered the boy's talent and helped him obtain medical certificates needed to compete as a boxer. Kalucza went on to win national titles in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and then bested Germany's Marcel Schneider to win a spot in this year's Olympics. Parents Marie and Joseph, the report concluded, "are convinced that their son is someone who can make his mark on the world."

CANADIAN LAWSUIT ALLEGES ABUSE AT DEAF SCHOOLS

A Canadian law firm filed a class action lawsuit March 11 in Edmonton on behalf of more than 61,500 students who attended 12 government-funded schools for the deaf. Attorney Tony Merchant and Merchant Law Group of Regina, Sask. claimed that deaf schools throughout Canada engaged in a pattern of physical and sexual abuse against students for many years, reported The StarPhoenix. The law firm could not provide an exact number of students affected by the allegations but said it eventually will file claims against all of Canada's provinces except New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Investigators believe school staff abused thousands of students, mostly young girls, with three complainants telling of being "choked, slapped, strapped and hit with a wire hanger, a hairbrush and a hockey stick."

MAN GETS TWO YEARS FOR ATTACKING SMOKER

Robert Russo was sentenced to two years in jail by Cardiff Crown Court in England this week for attacking a deaf smoker who did not hear his request to put out his cigarette. Russo, 35, was caught on security cameras punching and kneeing Glyn Robbins and then kicking him as he lay on a bus station floor, reported BBC News. "I told him to stop smoking and I thought he was going to have a go at me so I hit him," said Russo. The attack left Robbins bleeding from the nose and ear. Defense attorney Matthew Demaid said Russo "misinterpreted Mr. Robbins' silence as rudeness and that adds to the shame he feels."

MAN WHO KILLED PRIEST 'DEVASTATED' BY HIS ACTIONS

A mentally-ill man who killed a deaf priest just over a year ago in South Wales, UK, is "devastated" by what he did, his mother told BBC Radio Wales. Geraint Evans, 24, a paranoid schizophrenic not under psychiatric care until after his arrest, now regrets the death, said his mom Caroline. "He knew he was ill," she said. "He just kept holding it in and it got worse." According to icWales, Evans repeatedly stabbed Father Paul Bennett outside his vicarage and last October pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the basis of diminished capacity. Last week, watchdog group Health Inspectorate Wales announced it would investigate Father Bennett's death, an inquiry Caroline Evans welcomed. "I would never like any other family to go through what myself and Mrs. Bennett have to go through," she said, "because it is horrendous."



DEAF MAN GOING BLIND PLANS 1,000-MILE BICYCLE TRIP

Bob Nolan, a 50-year-old deaf dad of three from Aberdeen, Scotland, plans to ride the length of Britain on a tandem bicycle this summer with his deaf wife Louise. Nolan has been losing his eyesight for 25 years, said the Glasgow Daily Record, and says this trip is his last chance to see the UK. The 1,000-mile trip, from John O'Groats to Land's End, is being planned as a fundraiser for DeafBlind Scotland, a charity Nolan serves as chairman, and he told the newspaper, "I want to raise some serious money."

IRISH COURT OK'S OPERATION ON DEAF, BLIND MAN, 93

The High Court in Ireland last month agreed to allow surgeons to perform cataract surgery on and remove a growth from the right ear of a 93-year-old deaf and blind man who is unable to provide consent. The unidentified man suffers dementia and schizophrenia and has no known family, reported the Independent. He has been an in-patient in the care of HSE, Ireland's healthcare agency, for more than 50 years. The cataract operation would improve the man's quality of life, argued an HSE lawyer, and the growth on his right ear was "dangerous and rapidly advancing." The court agreed, granting an order February 22 that dispensed with the usual requirement for consent. Surgery was scheduled for five days later.

VIOLENCE A FACT OF LIFE FOR IRAQ'S DEAF SOCCER TEAM

A deaf soccer team in Iraq is planning to compete in an international tournament next month in Kuwait, reported Reuters, despite "the risk of being shot or blown up on the way to training in Baghdad." The team was founded in 2003, just after Saddam Hussein was toppled, by Hussein al-Shafi, a former local league soccer player who met a group of young deaf men at a sports club one evening and suggested they play soccer. He learned sign language from his brother, who chairs a sports association for handicapped Iraqis, and trains a 15-player squad and a 12-member deaf children's team. Coach Shafi recalls one training session that was interrupted by militia gunfire that the players couldn't hear. He signaled the players to hit the ground but "they didn't understand at first," said Shafi. "I panicked, but eventually they went down."

BANGKOK COFFEE STALL CREATES NEW JOBS

The Bangkok Post in Thailand recently wrote about a new coffee stall called The Silence, which boasts an owner and about 20 staff members who are all deaf. Tinnakorn Jaruchai, 42, decided to open the business with his friend, Adisak Anupan, 32, after applying for many other jobs and coming up empty. The stall is open daily from 7 p.m. to midnight, selling low-priced drinks. "Our regular customers are deaf-mute people," said Tinnakorn. "Other customers come to our stall because they sympathize with us." With customers learning to order by gesturing -- pointing to their nipples and shivering, for example, to order cold milk -- "their efforts have been a great source of laughter for many," said the Post.


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SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE 'DEAF PENGUIN' IS LAUNCHED

A free social networking website for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community has recently been launched. Deaf Penguin contains blogs, photos, videos, groups, classifieds, events, polls, forums, articles, boards and live chat. Totally free to use, Deaf Penguin is described by creator Jason Bobich as a Myspace/Facebook for the deaf community. "It really is a really cool website and people seem to like it," he said.

LAS VEGAS STUDENTS ENJOY DAY OF PAMPERING

Fifteen deaf children from Las Vegas, ages 5 to 9, enjoyed a day of pampering February 26 courtesy of Secta Vocational School students. The day began with special attention from students in Secta's cosmetology department, reported KLAS-TV, and went on to feature a gourmet lunch by Secta's culinary class. The day offered a welcome break from the students' daily struggles, said teacher Catherine Cottle, since children with hearing loss "have the inability to socially interact with other children."

INVENTORS TEST ODOR-EMITTING SMOKE ALARM

Inventors in Japan are testing a smoke detector / fire alarm for the deaf that uses the pungent smell of wasabi -- Japan's spicy green horseradish -- to awaken deaf sleepers. In recent tests, a prototype of a silent smoke alarm that sprayed canned wasabi extract into a room succeeded in waking 13 out of 14 subjects, said InventorSpot. Flashing lights don't always work, said the report, because people sleep with their eyes closed and with blankets over their heads. "The experiment was useful to ensure that the new device allows those with hearing disabilities to escape during an emergency," said Makoto Imai of Japan's Shiga University of Medical Science.

FCC ATTORNEY OFFERS GUIDANCE ON DIGITAL TRANSITION

An attorney from the Federal Communications Commission addressed the Yuma, Ariz. chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America last week about the changeover from analog to digital broadcasts. Michael Jacobs, FCC consumer affairs legal counselor, spoke about plans to end analog broadcasting by February 2009. "Many think they have to get a flat screen high definition television to get reception after the transition," said Jacobs, "but that's not true." Consumers can still use their old analog sets, said the Yuma Sun, but will need to purchase a digital converter box to receive a TV signal. With deaf consumers relying on closed-captioned TV for news and entertainment, "HLAA is an important partner of ours in getting word out about digital TV," said Jacobs.


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NTID GETS $2.2 MILLION FOR STUDY OF DEAF, MATH SKILLS

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf announced last week that its Center for Education Research Partnerships has been awarded a four-year, $2.2 million grant to study the way deaf and hard-of-hearing students learn math. The study, from the National Institute for Child Health and Development at the National Institutes of Health, will seek to determine why deaf students generally "lag behind their hearing peers" in math courses, said Marc Marschark, CERP director. NTID, a college of Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology, will collaborate with the University of Aberdeen, where Marschark holds an appointment in the School of Psychology, to test more than 1,000 students from age 5 to college level in the U.S. and Scotland, evaluating math skills, cognitive abilities and motivation.

SPRINT LAUNCHES NEW WEBCAPTEL SERVICE

An estimated 23 million Americans with hearing loss are expected to be helped by a new service from Sprint, said a news release March 5. Sprint's free WebCapTel service is web-based and allows people who can speak for themselves but have trouble hearing on the phone to read captions of their calls on a web browser. Users can make and receive calls on their own telephone (landline or cell) and log into www.sprintcaptel.com at any time to read written captions of everything the caller says, almost as soon as he or she says it. The new service "will offer the hard-of-hearing community the ability to enjoy the benefits of a natural phone conversation," said Mike Ligas, director of Sprint Relay.

WASHINGTON WOMAN HAPPY TO HAVE HOUSEKEEPING JOB

Janice Dillon found the job of her dreams as a housekeeper at Pt. Brown Resort in Ocean Shores, reported the (Grays Harbor, Wash.) Daily World last month. Dillon, 52, found the job through a private non-profit group called Morningside, which provides training and support to help connect people with disabilities to jobs. Dillon said she loved to clean and always helped family members keep a clean house. "She is very reliable," said resort manager Michael Smyth. "She's extremely cheerful, and obviously very happy to have her job." Dillon said she likes having money and wants to save for a trip to Disneyland. "I will tell Mickey Mouse hello," she said.

ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS DESIGN DEAF EQUESTRIAN CENTER

Nine architecture students at Texas A&M recently went to Dallas to present their master plan for Isaiah's Place, an equestrian center for deaf kids. Cousins Diane and Susan Frederickson purchased 40 acres with a log cabin in 2002 near Whitney, Texas, and founded the non-profit corporation, said The Battalion, and a board discussion last year on the land's best use led to the collaboration with students in George Mann's Architecture 406 class. Participant Teri Whitney said each student heard the same things from the clients but came up with their own unique interpretations, allowing the clients to pick and choose particular aspects to help mold their vision. Plans for the ranch include a 12-stall barn, tack storage area, feed storage, riding arena, six family cabins, a commercial kitchen, a dining hall, a gymnasium and an indoor game room.


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'SWEET NOTHING' GETS HALLMARK HALL OF FAME TREATMENT

Marlee Matlin and Jeff Daniels will star in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of Sweet Nothing in My Ear, set to air Sunday, April 20 on CBS. Stephen Sachs wrote the script based on his play of the same title, which debuted in Los Angeles in 1997. According to Seat42f, Sweet Nothing in My Ear tells of a deaf wife (Matlin) and hearing husband (Daniels) who differ on the best approach for their 4-year-old son when be becomes deaf. The film features a reunion of director Joseph Sargent and executive producer Marian Rees, Emmy Award winners and veterans of the 1985 Hallmark Hall of Fame film Love is Never Silent.

ENTERTAINERS DOCUMENTARY PROMO'ED AT SUNDANCE

A promo for a documentary about deaf entertainers was shown in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. "See What I'm Saying," a documentary by Hilari Scarl, tells of Bob Hiltermann and his deaf band, Beethoven's Nightmare; comic CJ Jones and his work on an all-deaf theater festival; hard-of-hearing singer TJ, caught between two worlds; and actor Robert DeMayo, homeless despite being an expert on translating English into American Sign Language. The documentary, now in post-production and targeting a Fall 2008 debut, "will enlighten, entertain, inspire and educate audiences," said the film's website.

HELEN KELLER ART SHOW OPENS IN ALABAMA

Twenty-five blind, deaf-blind and visually impaired students from Alabama had their artwork selected for the 2008 UAB Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama, which opened February 3 at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Sponsored by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the show features 27 pieces selected from 44 entries that are "unique with an emphasis on creativity, color and tactile media," said a news release. Several awards were given at the reception, which was attended by many of the young artists and their parents and teachers, and the grand-prize-winning piece will be added to the permanent collection at Keller's Tuscumbia birthplace. The exhibit will go on tour later this year, stopping at agencies and museums throughout the state.


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ALLRED CALLED UP TO NBA'S CLEVELAND CAVS

Lance Allred was called up to the Cleveland Cavaliers last Thursday and was scheduled to join the team when it faced the Washington Wizards, said MLN The Raw Feed. According to a website biography from the University of Utah, where Allred played two seasons (2000-02), Allred has an 80 percent hearing loss and didn't start playing basketball until eighth grade. The 27-year-old started all 38 games for the D-League's Idaho Stampede this year, helping the team set a record with 18 straight wins. "It's nice to finally be rewarded," Allred told The Salt Lake Tribune. "It's been a long haul."

RYAN KETCHNER AIMS FOR SPOT ON BLUE JAYS

Ryan Ketchner was in spring training with the Toronto Blue Jays last month, hoping to become the first deaf pitcher in the major leagues since Luther "Dummy" Taylor retired in 1908 after nine seasons with New York and Cleveland. Ketchner, 25, has struggled to recover from major elbow surgery in May 2005 and "bottomed out" last season with San Diego's Triple-A team in Las Vegas, said the National Post, going 1-11 with a 5.62 ERA in 19 starts. Blue Jays director of player personnel Tony LaCava said the team invited him to camp because "our scouts that saw him liked him." Ketchner believes last year was a fluke due to after-effects of surgery, and said this year his arm "feels a lot better." Postscript: A note in the March 5 Houston Chronicle reported that Ketchner was assigned to the Blue Jays minor league camp.

TOURNAMENT COVERED IN OREGON NEWSPAPER

Last week's Deafweekly reported on two recent deaf basketball tournaments that attracted attention in the media. A third tournament, the Western States Basketball and Cheerleading Classic at the Oregon School for the Deaf in North Salem, was also rewarded with a feature article, this time in the Statesman-Journal. "At times, the only sound in a gym populated by hundreds is that of a solitary basketball being bounced," said writer Bill Poehler. When someone asks in sign language if a seat is taken and you don't know what it means, "you quickly realize that you are out of your comfort zone."

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT POSTPONED TO MAY

Al Lepre announced recently that the American Deaf Exposition Basketball Tournament has been postponed from March 26-29 to May 7-10. The tournament will take place in Parsippany, N.J., and "we are working to bring twelve basketball teams from U.S. Region," said a website notice. In addition to men's and women's basketball games, the event will include 16 vendor exhibits, awards, entertainment, dancing with DJ Supa and more. Visit the website or write to allepre@aol.com for more details.

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MILESTONES
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ERIC MALZKUHN, 85, NOTED EDUCATOR, THEATER ENTHUSIAST

Eric F. Malzkuhn, a teacher, printer, playwright, poet and actor, died January 23 at the age of 85. Mr. Malzkuhn taught at the Michigan and California Schools for the Deaf as well as the Model Secondary School (MSSD) in Washington, D.C. He also taught with the National Theatre of the Deaf, served as a signmaster for several Washington, D.C. theaters and led the first deaf troupe to ever act on Broadway, said an obituary on Deaf California News. A Gallaudet University alumnus who received an honorary doctorate in 1993, Mr. Malzkuhn also held an MFA from Catholic University. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Malzkuhn, along with three sons and their families.

FRANK J. WAHL, 84, RETIRED DEAF EDUCATOR

Frank J. Wahl, a retired teacher of the deaf, died February 21 at his home in Warminster, Pa. Mr. Wahl, 84, was a substitute teacher at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf while working 23 years with the Philadelphia Fire Department. Upon retiring as a fireman, he became a teacher at the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf in Trenton, N.J. Mr. Wahl learned sign language because both his parents were deaf, and he earned a master's degree in deaf education from Temple University. A lifelong swimmer, Mr. Wahl worked as a lifeguard until just two years ago. "He liked to keep busy," his wife, Jean Kennedy Wahl, told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

STEPHEN W. DUPREE, 56, NOTED NASCAR FAN

Stephen W. DuPree died in Norfolk, Va. on January 29 at the age of 56 of kidney and heart failure. According to a web page created by his son, Mr. DuPree was born deaf and raised in a deaf family in Marietta, Ga. He attended the Georgia and Virginia Schools for the Deaf and was known as a big fan of NASCAR race driver Dale Earnhardt Sr. Mr. DuPree is survived by three children and a grandson. The family will hold a memorial service in Georgia sometime in June and friends are welcome to attend.


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COMING EVENTS
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DEAFNATION EXPO KICKS OFF NEW SEASON

A new season of DeafNation Expo trade shows began February 23 in Greensboro, N.C., with more than 3,000 people turning out to visit 65 booths, attend workshops and enjoy entertainment by John Maucere and Magic Morgan. The DeafNation Expo began with six shows in 2003 and has attracted more than 185,000 attendees, with 14 shows planned this year. The second show, in Austin, Texas, attracted 4,300 attendees and 82 booths; the third show, in Phoenix, Ariz., occurred last Saturday. "DeafNation consistently delivers the traffic we need to showcase our services within the deaf community," said Joe Karp of GoAmerica. This year's schedule can be seen here.

INNER EAR CELL REGENERATION IS CONFERENCE THEME

Researchers working to regenerate inner ear cells will come together June 12-15 in Bethesda, Md. for the International Conference on Cell Replacement in the Inner Ear. The Deafness Research Foundation is sponsoring the event, which will spotlight the latest advances in regeneration research. All interested scientists, clinicians and students are welcome to attend. Visit www.drf.org or write to conference@drf.org for more information.


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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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Las Vegas Charter School of the Deaf

POSITIONS: Head Teacher/Administrator; Classroom Teacher

LVCSD will open this fall! We invite all interested parties to apply. Please visit our website: www.lvcsd.org and download the applications. The school will begin with grades K-3 and build as it grows. All contact information can be found on the website. Contact Jean Gigante, Chair of the Personnel Committee (jeangiggy@hotmail.com).

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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, Los Angeles, Riverside CA
-- Placement Coordinator – Anaheim, CA
-- Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim, Norwalk, Pacoima, Riverside, 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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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.

Job Duties:
* Develop “content strategy” that will attract deaf users for both personal and business use.
* Create design prototypes, including content, graphic design, site navigation, and layout of content that will deliver the strategic objective.

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

For more information regarding this position, please visit www.csdvrs.com/about/jobs.aspx

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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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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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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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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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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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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