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March 24, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 21

Editor: Tom Willard

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Madison, WI
OLSTEN STAFFING SERVICES TO PAY $75,000 TO SETTLE EEOC DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION SUIT
Olsten Staffing Services Corp., a nationwide temporary employment agency, will pay $75,000 to settle a disability discrimination suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced last Thursday. In its suit, the EEOC charged that Melville, N.Y.-based Olsten violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) by refusing to refer a deaf job applicant for temporary employment as a production worker at Main Street Ingredients, a La Crosse, Wis., food products manufacturer. / EEOC

Washington, DC
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REACHES ADA SETTLEMENT WITH FLORIDA INCOME TAX PREPARATION SERVICE
The Justice Department last Thursday announced a settlement agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act with HRB Businesses of Florida Inc., to ensure effective communication with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in the provision of tax preparation services and courses. HRB is an H&R Block Inc. franchisee with multiple offices. The settlement agreement requires, among other things, that HRB furnish appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including sign language interpreter services, when necessary to afford a person who is deaf or hard of hearing equal access to the goods, services and accommodations made available to others. / PRNewswire

Mobile, AL
DISABLED MAN SUES MOBILE FOR BEING TASERED IN A STORE BATHROOM
A lawsuit against the city of Mobile and Dollar General was filed yesterday on behalf of Antonio Love, a deaf and mentally disabled man whom Mobile police forced from a store restroom using pepper spray and a Taser last year, his lawyer said. On July 24, 2009, Love was inside a Dollar General store restroom, feeling sick to his stomach, when police arrived in response to a call from a store manager who thought Love was inside too long. / Press-Register

Brownsville, TX
DEVICE FOR DEAF USED TO REPORT FAKE EMERGENCY
Investigators are searching for the person who reported a fake emergency to 911. The call put several agencies on alert. We’re told the 911 call came from someone sending a message through a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD). According to the message, an ex-Marine had just shot his 14-year-old sister and was threatening to kill his mother-in-law and other relatives inside the home. / KRGV

Frederick, MD
MSD RAISES MONEY FOR DEAF STUDENTS IN HAITI
Keeping up with homework is hard enough. For students of the Institut Montfort, a deaf school in Port-au-Prince, keeping up with homework is impossible. Their school building collapsed during the Jan. 12 earthquake, said Sylvie Marc-Charles-Weir, whose mother helped found the school in 1957. Concern for the education of Montfort's 600 students motivated parents and faculty at the Maryland School for the Deaf to spearhead a fundraising drive. / The Frederick News-Post

Bennington, VT
DEAF EDUCATION TEACHER LET GO FROM PROGRAM
Last week the teacher of the deaf program housed in Mount Anthony Union Middle School was dismissed from the school, leaving many questions in the minds of supervisory union administrators and parents of students in the program. Kathy Buck, director of Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union special education services, said Ruthann Weaver was dismissed on March 18. Since deaf education services are contracted by MAU and provided by Austine School in Brattleboro, MAU does not control the program. The Austine School administration has not made public the reason Weaver was removed, or told local supervisory union or school administration, Buck said. / Bennington Banner

Ponte Vedra, FL
STUDENTS PROTEST CANCELLATION OF ASL CLASSES AT PONTE VEDRA HIGH
Ponte Vedra High School junior Morgan McMahon dreams of a career as an interpreter for deaf people. McMahon's classmate, Katie Dornstauder, uses American Sign Language to communicate with her 12-year old brother, who is deaf. Another classmate, Chris Mayer, enjoys putting on dramatic performances in sign language. But McMahon, Dornstauder, Mayer and many other students at the school are upset that Ponte Vedra High will discontinue ASL classes next year. / The Florida Times Union

New York, NY
PRINCIPAL AT SCHOOL FOR DEAF OPPOSES PLAN TO MOVE ANOTHER SCHOOL INTO BUILDING
Officials at Manhattan's only school devoted to deaf and hearing-impaired students oppose a city plan to bring more children into their building in order to alleviate school overcrowding across the borough. Watfa Shama, principal of the American Sign Language and English Secondary School, said the Department of Education’s proposal to move Chelsea’s Clinton School for Artists and Writers into its already cramped building could compromise the children's education. / DNAinfo.com

Salt Lake City, UT
NEW LOCATION OF SCHOOL FOR DEAF AND BLIND CHILDREN OPENS IN SALT LAKE CITY
Students who attend Utah schools for the deaf and blind celebrate a new campus location in Salt Lake City after years of planning and construction. Students, teachers and administrators celebrated with a ribbon cutting last week. "This has been a long time coming. I've been involved with trying to fund this school and get it built for eight years," Gregg Buxton said. The students have been moved eight times in the last ten years. "They really needed a home. We've been moving them around because we've never had a permanent location," Steve Noyce said. / KSTU

Nashville, TN
EAST NASHVILLE PROJECT WILL PROVIDE HOMES TO LOW-INCOME, DEAF RESIDENTS
Any new development underway these days has a chance of being unique, due to lack of competition. A new project in East Nashville, dubbed 701 Porter, earns the mantle, however, as the state’s first housing development designed for low-income deaf residents. The 46,000-square-foot building is being developed by Nashville-based nonprofit Urban Housing Solutions, with construction handled by Baron + Dowdle Construction. / Nashville Business Journal

Danville, KY
EXPERTS TO ASSESS JACOBS HALL AT KSD IN DANVILLE
Many people are unaware that a treasure trove of deaf history resides in Jacobs Hall on the campus of Kentucky School for the Deaf, but a grant from a national preservation organization could change that. Jacobs Hall Museum was chosen for the Conservation Assessment Program administered by Heritage Preservation, a national non-profit that works to preserve cultural heritage. The grant will provide funding for two museum experts to complete a study of Jacobs Hall and offer their suggestions about how to proceed. / The Advocate-Messenger


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London, England
ROBERT PATTINSON'S HEARING WORRIES
Robert Pattinson is surrounded by thousands of screaming fans wherever he goes, but he has revealed it doesn’t bother him as he is ‘almost completely deaf’. At the London premiere of his latest movie Remember Me, the noise from crowds of fans desperate to attract the heartthrob’s attention, was incredible. Rob told The Metro: "I'm almost completely deaf anyway, from a few years back, I'm not too worried." / STV Entertainment

Manchester, England
GIRL THIEF PRETENDED TO BE FROM A DEAF CHARITY
A young girl swindled cash from pensioners by posing as a deaf charity collector. The14-year-old travelled from the city to affluent suburbs in Cheshire and Greater Manchester to target the elderly. The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, knocked on doors holding a clipboard and identification from a charity for the deaf before asking for donations. A court heard how the young girl, originally from Romania, had been encouraged to take part in the scam by a friend. / Manchester Evening News

Sekondi, Ghana
U.S. SAILORS REFURBISH SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF IN GHANA
Sailors from USS Gunston Hall and Africa Partnership Station West took part in a community outreach project March 14-16 at the Sekondi School for the Deaf during the ship's port visit to Ghana. Sailors replaced window screens and painted the building's exterior, as well as performed some landscaping on the grounds. "This is a small example of what we're about," said one Gunston Hall Sailor, Petty Officer1st Class (SCW) Dwight Forrester, personnel specialist, from Virginia Beach, Va. / DVIDS

Brisbane, QLD, Australia
NABS CONGRATULATES KATHRYN O'BRIEN WORKING DEAF LAWYER
Kathryn O'Brien, 31, and is Deaf. She has a partner, Daniel Armfield, 40. They have a daughter, Mischa, aged 5. Daniel and Mischa are hearing. The family live in Brighton, a pretty seaside suburb of Brisbane, Queensland. Kathryn was the only Deaf person from her family. Kathryn has 2 brothers and a sister. All went to university except her oldest brother, who is a mechanic. The other brother is still at university. Kathryn's sister is working at Relationships Australia as a telephone counsellor. / NABS

Dubai
DUBAI'S FIRST BATCH OF LEARNERS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE SIGN LANGUAGE COURSE
Dubai’s first public Sign Language course conducted at Eton Institute was successfully completed by learners who took the 4 weeks course in American Sign Language. Part of the proceeds raised from the course is donated to Dubai Center for Special Needs based near Al Safa Park. Colette Abi Rashed, Sign Language tutor at Eton Institute commented: “Sign Language is a captivating language because it so expressive and personal." / Dubai City Guide

Torun, Poland
POLISH DEAF COMICS
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Kearney, NE
DEAF STUDENT MASTERS THE ART OF SPEECH
When it comes to competitive speech one kid is at the top of his game. A conference champion, a third place district winner, and last Friday, he was competing for a state speech championship. He is also almost completely deaf. When speech champion Aaron MacArthur steps out on stage he knows exactly what it takes to entertain a crowd. "You need a sense of humor," said Aaron. / KHAS

Waikiki, HI
BOYS DORM LOOKING GOOD, THANKS TO PACK OF 'ELVES'
Shortly after the crack of dawn yesterday three dozen blue-shirted folks descended on the boys dormitory at the Hawai'i School for the Deaf and the Blind in Waikiki, and, like a pack of cheerful elves, began painting, sweeping and scouring. While most dabbed paint, scrubbed walls and cleaned window screens in the dorm, a half-dozen workers raked, trimmed and mulched the landscape around the building. "This is my first time, and it's really great," said Inez Martin, as she smoothed out a pile of mulch with a rake. "I wanted to be outside. So I like this." / The Honolulu Advertiser

Aurora, IL
GROUP GIVES DEAF ANIMALS A CHANCE
Deaf animals often are among the first to be euthanized by animal shelters -- because of the perception that they are less adoptable, or that they cannot be trained. This is something that Amber Kay of Aurora feels strongly about, "because I'm deaf," she said. As president and founder of Aurora-based Fur Angels Animal Sanctuary, Kay started the organization in 2004 as a rescue mission for deaf animals in the Fox Valley area. She trains them using sign language and other hand signals. / The Beacon-News

Scranton, PA
SCHOOL FOR DEAF STUDENTS CELEBRATE DR. SEUSS' BIRTHDAY
In a celebration that featured brightly striped hats and games with “green eggs and ham,” The Scranton School for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Children recently marked the 106th birthday of the author of children’s books, Dr. Seuss. The children crafted hand-puppets, made their own “Cat-in-the-Hat” marshmallow treats, had their picture taken on a “Circus McGurkus” flying trapeze, and read their favorite Dr. Seuss books in “The Reading Corner.” / The Times Leader


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Ann Arbor, MI
DEAF MAN FIGHTS THE ODDS TO BECOME UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN PHYSICIAN
When doctors deliver babies, most of them can hear the first life-affirming cries of the infants as they enter the world. Dr. Philip Zazove can't. In 1981, Dr. Philip Zazove became the third certified deaf physician in the history of the United States. Now a specialist in family medicine at the University of Michigan Hospital, he has spent more than 30 years in the medical field. When asked why he chose medicine, Zazove replied, "I like to help people. I like medicine. I like relationships with people." But obtaining his dream job was no easy task. / Associated Press

Danville, KY
KSD CROSSING GUARD ENDURES WEATHER FOR THE KIDS SHE LOVES
It was a cool morning, somewhere in the low 40s, but Sharon Williamson didn’t seem to mind the chill in the air. “I’ve been in weather much, much colder than this,” says Williamson, standing with her trademark stop sign at the Kentucky School for the Deaf crossing on South Second Street. When the thermometer plunges to the single digits, the longtime KSD crossing guard wears an outfit that draws gentle ribbing from co-workers and friends. “I wear these huge, puffy, orange hunter’s coveralls,” she says with a laugh. / The Advocate-Messenger

Evansville, IN
CAFE SERVES TRAINING FOR AREA'S DEAF
DeF CaFe has quietly operated for nearly the past six months at 417 N. Weinbach Ave., offering ham, turkey or roasted beef sandwiches, tomato and spinach wraps and a variety of coffee drinks. DeF CaFe also serves up on-the-job restaurant training for the community's deaf population. The cafe shares space with the long-established Connections Sign Language Interpreting Center -- both of which were started by Sara Barnett. The 900-square-foot cafe is open to the public, including the deaf community, which is encouraged to visit, said Trish Cox, spokeswoman for the center. / Evansville Courier & Press

Rochester, NY
RIT/NTID TO EXPLORE STATE OF DEAF ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Empowering more deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to become entrepreneurs may help alleviate the deaf unemployment problem while kick-starting the U.S. economy. But there’s a problem. Virtually no research has been conducted to explore the deaf entrepreneurial community. That’s why Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, armed with a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, have launched a research initiative designed to explore the current state of deaf entrepreneurship. / RIT News


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HEALTH AND ADVOCACY INFORMATION FOR PERSONS WHO ARE DEAF, DEAF-BLIND, AND HARD OF HEARING

Persons who are Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing are grossly underserved by both the physical health and the behavioral health care system. In many cases, the patient as well as the health care provider who may provide service to them, is unaware of laws that mandate the provision of accommodations in the health care setting so that all persons have equal access to health related information. A new web site called http://www.healthbridges.info was created by people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing.

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Los Angeles, CA
SEE WHAT I'M SAYING: THE DEAF ENTERTAINERS DOCUMENTARY REVIEW
An outstanding documentary exploration of the travails of four deaf entertainers, Hilari Scarl's "See What I'm Saying" provides a glimpse into a performance circuit that few hearing-enabled Americans likely realize exists. Rather than a disability, deafness begins to seem almost an entry fee into a singular subculture with celebrities, traditions and prejudices all its own, and this community's actors and artists face troubles that are both familiar and fascinatingly strange. / Variety

See Also: RED CARPET PREMIERE WITH CAPTION / YouTube

Boston, MA
DEAF IRANIAN THEATRICAL TROUPE ENJOYS WARM BOSTON WELCOME
To the government of Iran, the United States is the Great Satan. To the members of Mehr-Ayeen, a theatrical troupe of deaf performers from Iran, the United States is a land of opportunity for people with disabilities. Despite frosty relations between the governments of Iran and the U.S., Mehr-Ayeen managed to make it to Boston last week as part of a cultural exchange funded by the U.S. State Department. / Boston Herald

Dallas, TX
'FOUR DAYS IN MICHIGAN' -- NEW BOOK BY DEAF DOCTOR
On her deathbed, Sandra Winter calls her only son back home to tell him a secret, a secret she kept even from her now deceased husband. The telling of the secret by itself would be a remarkable tale. What makes the story one-of-a-kind is that Sandra is Deaf. The Deaf community, even more isolated from hearing society back in the 1940s, has its own culture, language and customs. The novel conveys the richness of Deaf culture, weaving everyday Deaf experiences into the plot, revealing unique ideas most hearing persons have no concept of, thus creating situations that would never occur in an ordinary tale. / Durban House Press

West Saugerties, NY
DEAF ARTIST USED DRAWINGS AS CHILD TO MAKE OTHER KIDS LAUGH
An artist, deaf from birth, who used drawings as a child to break out of his world of silence, has now used wonderfully idiosyncratic and amusing drawings to reveal certain aspects of that world in his first book, “Hair Dos and Don’ts.” Joe Finkler, 71, of West Saugerties, who flashes with wit and good humor, said he used drawings as a child to make other kids laugh because he could not speak. / Daily Freeman

Orlando, FL
HEARING-IMPAIRED CAST MEMBER LIVES HER DREAM BY DANCING AT DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
One of the newest cast members at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is living her dream of dancing professionally. But unlike her fellow performers in the popular High School Musical 3 show and the Block Party Bash parade, Allison Becker can’t hear the music she’s dancing to – that’s because Allison has been deaf since she was 16 months old. Just because Allison can’t hear the music doesn’t mean she can’t feel it. Vibrations from the park’s speakers keep her on the beat. “It comes from the ground, the bass notes,” Allison says. / The Travelears


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Keith Wann's ASL Comedy Tour 2010

Keith Wann, renowned for his hilarious, sidesplitting comedy performances, is now producing and hosting the ASL Comedy Tour 2010, which will travel the U.S. this year. With American Sign Language (ASL) artists presenting solo performances incorporating comedy, skits, songs, improvisation, and stories, each show lasts two hours. Sponsored by www.CallVRS.org, the multi-city tour is designed to be affordable for each location – making it ideal as a fundraiser for participating organizations.

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Vancouver, BC, Canada
DEAFLYMPICS SET FOR 2015 IN VANCOUVER AND WHISTLER
They won't be as big as the Olympics, or even the Paralympics. And they certainly won't be loud, at least among the competitors. But Vancouver and Whistler will have another go at an Olympic-style event in February 2015 with the Deaflympic Winter Games. Once called the Silent Games, the Deaflympics have been around since 1924, when the first Summer Games were held in Paris. / The Vancouver Sun

New Britain, CT
NOTHING CAN STOP GROMAN FROM EXCELLING IN ATHLETICS
Jenny Groman had a busy winter. The 16-year-old New Britain girl, a three-sport athlete at Sports and Medical Science Academy in Hartford, was playing plenty of basketball, but her main focus was softball. In the fall, she is one of the Tigers’ leading soccer players. But as Jenny perseveres to develop her physical and athletic skills, she fights a far more serious battle in her determined pursuit of a productive life, one she’s battled all her life. Jenny Groman has a severe hearing disability brought on by spinal meningitis when she was born. / New Britain Herald

Manasquan, NJ
A BAD HAIR DAY SHOOTING CAN MAKE YOU DEAF AS A POST
One of the biggest secrets in the shooting sports is that it takes only a single blast to damage your hearing permanently. Take the roar of a
motorcycle running full-throttle for 40 hours straight, condense it into a split second, and you’ve got a good approximation of the sound energy generated by an average gunshot, wrote Hearing Loss News and Reviews. It’s shocking, but even experienced hunters deliberately leave their hearing protection at home — believing they can hear their quarry better with the naked ear. / AmmoLand.com


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MILESTONES
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Waverly, OH
JOHN WILLIAM HARTWIG
John William Hartwig, 86, of Waverly, Ohio, passed away at Bristol Village Traditions on March 21, 2010 following an extended illness. "Bill", as he was known by his friends and family, was born on June 6, 1923 on a farm near Blue Mound, Illinois to John and Beulah Hartwig. He was a graduate of Blackburn College and completed his graduate work in Speech and Hearing at Central Institute for the Deaf at Washington University in St. Louis. Bill worked as an audiologist for the Ohio School for the Deaf and as an educational consultant for the Division of Special Education for the State of Ohio. / Chillicothe Gazette


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COMING EVENTS
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Los Angeles, CA
V-DAY/ASL 'THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES' WITH AN ALL-DEAF CAST!!
The Silent Word Community joins the V-Day Campaign 2010 with a benefit performance of "The Vagina Monologues" in ASL featuring an all-deaf cast & voiced by hearing actresses and interpreters. 90% of the proceeds will benefit Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness Inc. (GLAD) domestic violence services. There will be two performances only on Saturday, April 10, 1 p.m. matinee AND 7 p.m. evening performance. Ticket price includes admission to *Meet & Greet the V-Girls Cast Happy Hour" in between performances from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at MINX Restaurant & Lounge, 300 Harvey Dr., Glendale, CA 91206 (5 mins. away). / Eventbrite

Nashville, TN
DEAF DAY AT THE NASHVILLE ZOO
Nashville Zoo’s fifth annual Deaf Day at the Zoo is April 10. Presentations and programs designed specifically for the Deaf and Deaf/Blind community will be offered from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sign language specialists will partner with Zoo staff and docents to deliver educational presentations and answer guests’ questions about macaws, elephants, guenons, tigers and other Zoo animals. / Zoo and Aquarium Visitor


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614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
215-884-9770 TTY/V 215-884-9774 FAX

Deaf Services Center (DSC) is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf/HOH centered with about 85% of our staff being Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Our staff environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support. As a result, we are rapidly growing with new programs and expansions of our existing programs. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or have many years experience in the field of human services we have a career building position waiting for you!

DSC is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community to fill the following positions:

STAFF INTERPRETER
BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST
INTENSIVE CASE MANAGERS
RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS

We are soon opening a Residential Treatment Facility for Deaf adolescents early Spring 2010! We are interviewing now. Please see below for open positions:

MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST
RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITY STAFF

Come be a part of our exciting growing professional TEAM! For more information on any of the positions listed, feel free to contact us at:

Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
Deaf Services Center
614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Email: lclaypool@salisb.com or Fax: 215-884-6301

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Mental Health Technician

Responsible for the daily supervision and monitoring of residents safety, activities of daily living, school attendance and recreation activities.

Requires minimum high school diploma Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred. Experience working in behavioral health setting preferred. Fluent in ASL preferred. American Sign Language training provided on site. All shifts available. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. Fax resume to Human Resources: (352)735-4939 or send resume to: National Deaf Academy, Attention: Human Resources,19650 US Hwy 441, Mt. Dora, Florida 32757. Phone (352)735-9500. EOE

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Job Postings

Teachers at Preparatory School at the National Deaf Academy

Full-Time Teachers Wanted

This position required full-time teachers to obtain current Bachelor’s degree and Florida certification. Two years in Special Education and working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing or Dual-Sensory with Communication Disorders is preferred.

Teacher in Special Needs Program must have Varied Exceptionality or Exceptional Student Education certification
Teach in Deaf Education Program must have Hearing Impaired certification.

This position exists to provide direct instruction and other educational services to children, adolescents, and young adults in treatment in order to help them maintain or improve their academic performance levels/standing, as well as help them make a smooth post-discharge transition back into their home school setting. This responsibility is carried out by careful instructional planning utilizing a well designed Individualized Educational Plan. The classroom instruction follows unit planning that based on the best practices and evidence-based researches for Exceptional Student Education students. The teachers are able to communicate fluently through American Sign Language (ASL) and deliver multi-sensory and innovative strategies in all instructions. In addition, the teachers provide positive behavioral support and interventions in their classroom.

Contractual Visually-Impaired Teacher Wanted

This position is a contractual basis that requires a certified teacher specialized in Visually Impaired with a background in American Sign Language. This position focuses on working with Visually Impaired and Deaf-Blind students who are in a behavioral health residential facility. This position also requires extensive knowledge of assessments and services in order to help the visually-impaired students maintain or improve their quality of life while they are in treatment and for transition. Teacher must be familiar with multi-modality instruction, including instructional and Braille materials. To be a partner with the educational team, Visually Impaired teacher is responsible providing an array of education service delivery to meet the needs and abilities of the students based on the recommendations from the assessments and Individualized Educational Plan. In this position, the teacher who works with visually impaired students with behavioral disorders requires flexibility with unexpected setbacks and fluctuated schedule.

Competitive salary and excellent benefits. Fax resume to Human Resources: (352)735-4939 or send resume to: National Deaf Academy, Attention: Human Resources,19650 US Hwy 441, Mt. Dora, Florida 32757. Phone (352)735-9500 barbara.tashlein@psysolutions.com EOE

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New Deaf Services Manager at BJC Behavioral Health St. Louis, MO.

Position includes: manage, coordinate, and supervise deaf & HoH clients with mental & emotional disorders through therapeutic and case management services. Build a strong community relationship between BJC BH & the Deaf & HoH community through networking, advocacy and outreach efforts. Program Management/Coordination (50%) & Therapy (50%)

Master or Doctorate in Counseling, Social Work, or Psychology
Job Experience: minimum 2 Years, 5-1 0 Years preferred
Supervisory Experience: Minimum 3 years, 5-7 Years preferred

Resumes: Mark Stansberry, Executive Director
BJC Behavioral Heath, 1430 Olive, Suite 400, St. Louis MO 63103

www.bjcjobs.org (1000044)

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