March 19, 2014
Vol. 10, No. 20
Editor: Tom Willard
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JURY AGREES DEAF WOMAN'S RIGHTS VIOLATED, BUT REFUSES HUGE PAYOUT
A federal jury awarded a deaf woman just $1 in her multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Tacoma police and Pierce County. But the jury did agree that her rights were violated when she was arrested. It was that arrest, pictures of her bruises, and her time in the Pierce County Jail that led to the $4.5 million lawsuit. But a federal jury only agreed with two points in the lawsuit, and not the huge payout. Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist released a statement saying, "We take strong stands against frivolous and harassing lawsuits. We're successfully protecting the taxpayers' money." / KIRO-TV
SECOND SUSPECT IN RAPE OF 13-YEAR-OLD HEARING-IMPAIRED GIRL SURRENDERS TO POLICE
The man wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl surrendered late Thursday night, police said. Lucas Martin turned himself in to Dallas police headquarters and is now in jail, said department spokesman Lt. Max Geron. He faces a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child, and his bail was set at $125,000. / Dallas Morning News
Richmond Heights, MO
DEAF MAN ATTACKED AT TRAIN STATION
Randy Moehlman is outraged that no one lifted a finger to help his 69-year old deaf father after he was robbed and punched in the face at a Metrolink stop last week. It happened Tuesday around 11:30 am at the Richmond Heights Metrolink stop, just east of the Galleria.
Moehlman said his father was catching a train to go downtown to eat lunch. When he pulled out money to buy a ticket he says a thief grabbed the money in his father’s hand. / KMOV
DEAF, BLIND SCHOOLS ASK FOR $350K GRANT
The West Virginia School Building Authority will make a decision by April 28 on whether or not to grant $350,000 to the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. WVSDB Superintendent Lynn Boyer met with the authority Tuesday morning. “The board was very interested in the presentation,” Boyer said. In addition to the planning grant, Boyer asked the authority for $7.9 million to construct three residential units. / Cumberland Times-News
WORKER SETTLES SUPER BOWL ICE SUIT FOR UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT
A Super Bowl XLV worker seriously injured by falling ice and snow has settled for an undisclosed amount with the National Football League, Dallas Cowboys and Super Bowl contractors Populous and S.A.F.E. Management. A confidentiality agreement prevented the parties in the lawsuit from revealing the settlement amount. Plaintiff Severin Sampson, who suffers from permanent hearing loss and a severe ringing in his ears, said he doesn’t know yet how the money will change his life. Before the accident, he worked often as a sound engineer. Since then, he has struggled to find steady work. / Dallas Morning News
Cherry Hill, NJ
SOUTH JERSEY MAN FIRST IN U.S. WITH NEW HEARING IMPLANT
A newly approved device is helping some people who have lost their hearing to hear clearly again. Michael Cornog never knew what Meniere's disease was until it attacked, first affecting his balance. "A lot of pressure in my ear. You know, just an unexplained, kind of like a drunk feeling," Cornog recalls. Then when that cleared, Cornog's left ear went completely deaf. Conventional hearing aids don't help with this type of hearing loss. A Bone-anchored hearing aid, or BAHA, does. / WPVI
Silver Spring, MD
FCC ISSUES NEW RULES TO IMPROVE CAPTIONING QUALITY
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) applauds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and especially Chairman Wheeler for moving to upgrade the quality of closed captioning on television. The NAD and other deaf and hard of hearing organizations filed a petition in 2004 asking the FCC to create quality standards for closed captioning. Our community has long been frustrated with poor quality captioning on television. / NAD
Los Angeles, CA
FIRST NAD BREAKTHROUGH AWARDS GALA
More than 200 people gathered March 13 at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles to celebrate breakthroughs in the media on behalf of deaf and hard-of-hearing actors and artists and to recognize those who have paved the way for these actors and artists in Hollywood and the media. The NAD convened this Breakthrough Awards Gala to showcase the importance of these breakthroughs which help increase awareness of the importance of authentic inclusion of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. / NAD
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THREE ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY ATTACKING DEAF AND DUMB US STUDENT
The Chennai city police on Wednesday arrested three employees of a private internet browsing centre in Periamet on charges of attacking a deaf and dumb student from the US. The police booked E Sudhakar, R Paul Raj, and G Yuvaraj on charges of attacking and threatening Kevin Bernard, 35. They allegedly attacked him when he visited AN internet centre to fax a letter and send an email on Tuesday. / The Times of India
DEAF WOMEN MORE LIKELY TO FACE 'SERIOUS COMPLICATIONS' DURING CHILDBIRTH, SAYS AWARD-WINNING MIDWIFE
A midwfery student who won a prestigious national award for her work on a project to assist deaf women in pregnancy and childbirth has spoken out about the potential life-threatening risks they may face. Pauline Sporek has just won an award from The Royal College of Midwives for the work on her project that aims to improve the care provided to pregnant deaf women. The project, called Deaf Nest, aims to increase knowledge of potentially serious communication and information problems and assist maternity units in giving equal care to deaf women. / The Limping Chicken
FIRE SERVICE IN DUNDEE 'LOOKING TO LEARN LESSONS' AFTER CRITICISM FROM DEAF CAMPAIGN GROUP
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are “looking to learn lessons” following allegations they let down the deaf community in Dundee. Area manager Dave Stapley was forced to defend a consultation document on the Dundee City Local Fire and Rescue Plan 2014-17 that the deaf community “were unable to fully access”. Deaf Links, a deaf persons advocacy group in the city, had suggested “the deaf community were unable to fully access and understand the local fire and rescue plan for Dundee city and our answers in the survey are reflective of this." / The Courier
HEARING AID MOVE 'MISHANDLED'
Advocates for the hearing-impaired and Deaf say ACC and the Government have mishandled an announcement of extra funding for hearing aids. The delay between the announcement and the start of funding was putting audiology clinics at risk and encouraging many people to wait up to four more months for much-needed aids. The change, that will lift the maximum subsidy from $1782 to about $3300, was announced this month but the new payments won't begin until July 1. / Stuff.co.nz
Montreal, QC, Canada
REIMAGINING SNOW WHITE AS DEAF
Snow white has been been adapted, recovered, and re-imagined multiple times. On their opening night, March 13, Seeing Voices Montréal and Players’ Theatre presented Deaf Snow White, one of the most creative revisions of the story yet. / The McGill Daily
Calgary, AB, Canada
TEXT-TO-911 SERVICE FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED COMING TO CALGARY
Starting Monday, Calgarians with hearing or speech impairments will be able to communicate with 911 operators via text message. The service is to be made available on March 24, according to the city and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). “We’re really excited about this,” said Mona Hennenfent, executive director of Deaf and Hear Alberta. “It’s essential, and we’re really happy to see it finally happen.” / MetroNews Canada
See Also NEW 911 TEXT SERVICE FOR HEARING AND SPEECH IMPAIRED IN SOUTHWESTERN B.C. / Canadian Press
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LIFE & LEISURE
DEAF ADOPTEE'S KOREAN PARENTS REACT TO ASHEVILLE
Readers were fascinated by last month’s story about deaf former Asheville resident Tina Webb’s reunion with her deaf Korean birth father Suk Kwon Ko and mother Jung Sook Lee after 30 years apart. In response to that wave of support, the Citizen-Times decided to check back with the happy family in Asheville before they returned to Korea. / The Asheville Citizen Times
Ewing Township, NJ
DEAF AWARENESS DAY COMES TO CAMPUS
The College of New Jersey’s Deaf Hearing Connection held its annual Deaf Awareness Day on Wednesday, March 5. Several events, each with an interpreter, were hosted throughout the day in the hopes they would “spread awareness of deafness, educate the College community about deaf culture, inform students about the communication options surrounding deafness and provide entertaining and interactive ways to learn about deafness,” club president Lea Marx said. / The Signal
NEW GENERATION OF 'BIONIC EARS' RESTORE HEARING TO PROFOUNDLY DEAF PEOPLE
Sitting at the kitchen table rolling a ball of Play-Doh, Oliver Campbell is a picture of childhood contentment. At just under two years old he is experimenting with words and is happily peppering his creative endeavours with them. But inside Oliver’s head something extraordinary is happening. / The Raw Story
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DEAF CAUCUS ENCOURAGES MEMBERS TO HIRE MORE DEAF STAFFERS
Members of Congress are joining with the deaf community to bring more deaf interns and staffers to Capitol Hill. In February, Senators Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., began monthly lectures that educate senators and their staffs about deaf culture and teach basic phrases in ASL. The Congressional Deaf Caucus in the House is working to raise awareness with members of Congress who represent the nation’s 63 residential schools for the deaf, and encouraging those offices to hire deaf interns and staffers. / Roll Call
San Leandro, CA
IHEAR WANTS TO MAKE PERSONALIZED HEARING AIDS AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE
Though nearly 20% of adults in the U.S. have some form of hearing loss, there are very few options available for them in terms of hearing aids. They can either spend thousands of dollars on a prescription hearing aid or buy a cheap device with pre-settings for a couple hundred dollars. In fact, about 75% to 80% of adults with hearing loss don’t have devices, due in large part to lack of insurance iHear wants to give people with hearing loss an affordable device that they can easily customize at home with a Web-based hearing test. / TechCrunch
RESEARCHER RECEIVES MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR GRANT TO DEVELOP HEARING AID
A Boston University professor was awarded a $2.75 million grant to conduct research on an advanced hearing aid. The grant, which was issued by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, was given to Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences professor of speech, language and hearing sciences Gerald Kidd. The Visually Guided Hearing Aid, which will be developed by both Kidd and communication research and development corporation Sensimetrics, will feature both a microphone array and an eye tracker to address voids left by existing hearing aids, Kidd said. / The Daily Free Press
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Middleburg Heights, OH
SCHOOL IS STAGING A DEAF ARTISTS' SHOW
What's so special about deaf artists? They're not like blind skiers or deaf composers. (Think Beethoven here.) Their disabilities might not seem relevant to their skills. But members of a club sponsoring a Deaf Artists' show at Middleburg Heights Junior High School see a connection. / The Plain Dealer
DEAF-BLIND ACTING TROUPE ENTERS CLEVELAND SPOTLIGHT
Theater has been director Adina Tal’s life. Direct from Israel, the award-winner and her troupe of 11 deaf-blind actors promise to give Cleveland theater goers an unforgettable experience in “Not By Bread Alone,” which continues through Saturday, March 22 at Cleveland Playhouse Square’s Ohio Theatre. / Cleveland Jewish News
TALAAT LOOKS TO IMPRESS NFL DESPITE IMPAIRMENT
Most of the time that he is on the football field, Adham Talaat does not wear his hearing aid. To answer the questions in the way of achieving his dreams right now, he does not need it. Like any other NFL Draft prospect out of the Division III college level, Talaat, who is training at TEST Parisi Football Academy, must prove that he possesses the physical attributes and complex understanding of the game needed to succeed in the pros, and that his resumè is not merely the result of inferior competition. / The Asbury Park Press
DEAF UH SWIMMER PEGGY LIANG FINDS HER PLACE IN THE POOL
Born deaf, Rainbow Wahine swimmer Peggy Liang has learned to turn snags into successes, jumping to the forefront of the ‘Bows program and taking her talents overseas for international competition. Though the communication “snags” can often be obstacles, Liang believes that it is a quintessential part of who she is. “Sometimes I’m glad to not be able to hear,” Liang said. “Being deaf formed who I am today." / The University of Hawaii Kaleo
Las Vegas, NV
FIRST INTERNATIONAL DEAF-BLIND EXPO IN LAS VEGAS
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PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable in Deaf culture to fill the following positions:
-- Staff Interpreter – Full Time or Part Time; Glenside location
-- HR Coordinator – Full Time, Glenside location
-- Residential Case Manager – Full Time; Glenside location
-- Residential Counselors – Full Time, Part Time, On Call; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations
-- Counselors for Adolescent Residential Treatment Facility – Full Time, Part Time, On Call; Glenside location
Go to our Website at: www.PAHrtners.com to learn more about each position.
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614 N. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038
Fax: 215-884-6301; 215-884-9770 TTY/V
Assistant Vice President for NTID Finance and Budget
Monitor $90 million in revenue and expenses for the College of NTID.
Prepare financial component of NTID’s annual budget request to the Department of Education. Prepare responses for all questions from Department of Education included as a part of the Supplementary Data of the annual budget request.
Work in partnership with the RIT Budget Director, Controller, and their staffs.
Assure that NTID expenditures are in compliance with all RIT policies as well as any mandated by the Department of Education.
Present budget updates and financial analysis for the President of NTID and the NTID Administrative Council. Advise the President of NTID of challenges and opportunities for NTID and the RIT Budget Committee based on multiple funding levels that may be approved by Congress, and recommend funding amounts to be requested from the Federal Government.
Advise NAC members, Chairpeople and Department heads to resolve budget issues that may arise within their divisions/department, including assisting them in creating financial rationales for programs they are proposing to the President of NTID or to other RIT colleges.
Manage multiple projects; demonstrate patience in dealing with managers with little knowledge of finances; provide support and advisement to decision makers; communicate effectively in writing, verbally, and through the use of sign language; and maintain confidentiality.
REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Advanced degree in related field: Master of Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, and/or CPA or equivalent
8-10 years of budget management and financial analysis experience in a medium to large size organization, preferably in higher education. Experience in reporting and presenting complex financial information to administration for decision-making purposes.
5-10 years personnel supervisory experience
Fluency in American Sign Language and familiarity with Deaf culture. Candidates who are not fluent in American Sign Language must commence learning immediately and be able to demonstrate such proficiency within two years of hire.
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