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March 29, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 23

Editor: Tom Willard

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Guilford, NY
NEW YORK PARENTS ALLEGEDLY MURDERED SON WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
A New York couple has been indicted for allegedly murdering their teenage son, who authorities said was deaf and had special needs, and then setting fire to their home to cover up the crime. Ernest F. Franklin II, 35, and his 33-year-old wife, Heather Franklin, were indicted Friday on charges of second-degree murder in the death of their adopted son, 16-year-old Jeffrey Franklin, according to the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office in New York. / People

Austin, TX
FUNDING HARDSHIP FORCES TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF TO SUSPEND SUMMER PROGRAM
Each summer the Texas School for the Deaf welcomes children from around the state for its summer program, but this year they’re being forced to cut it because they don’t have enough state funding. Bobbie Beth Scoggins, director of the school's Educational Resource Center, says it was a difficult decision. She says their budget hasn’t changed much since 1997, but the number of children they serve and other costs have gone up. / KXAN

Birmingham, AL
ALABAMA BILL HIGHLIGHTS LATEST BATTLE IN DEAF CULTURE WARS
Advocates for the deaf are at odds with each other over an Alabama bill that seeks to prepare deaf and hard of hearing children for kindergarten. "This bill," says advocate Leigh Leak, "is yet another battle in a very old turf war that exists between the deaf culture and what I will call the 'hearing deaf' culture." Advocates in the deaf culture are proposing HB 253, which is aimed to help deaf kids who are falling through the cracks, while advocates in the "hearing deaf" culture are afraid the bill will force children who use spoken language to learn ASL. / AL.com

Pensacola, FL
UPDATE: HANNA REDMON FOUND AND SAFE
Escambia County, Florida deputies are asking for the public’s help finding a missing teen who has no hearing and is considered endangered. Hanna Redmon, 14, ran away from a group home on Sunday evening in Pensacola. She had been living there less than a week and is not from this area. UPDATE: Law enforcement sources tell News Five that Hanna Redmon has been located and is home safe. Hanna’s mother, Elizabeth Wise, told us that Hanna was dropped off at a store and left there by a man. / WKRG

Frederick, MD
FRIENDS MEETING SCHOOL, MSD PUT ON BENEFIT SHOW TO FIGHT HUNGER
Students from Friends Meeting School and Maryland School for the Deaf teamed up to help Frederick take a bite out of hunger. More than 40 actors and and actresses from the schools put on a performance of “Shrek the Musical” at the Weinberg Center Sunday afternoon. The event was a benefit performance to help raise money and awareness for Frederick County’s homeless population. / The Frederick News-Post

Charleston, WV
AMERICAN RED CROSS, APPALACHIAN POWER INSTALL SMOKE DETECTORS
Knowing when there is a fire in your house is made easier when you hear your smoke alarm go off, but for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, that can be difficult. Friday, volunteers with the American Red Cross partnered with Appalachian Power to install “deaf and hard of hearing” smoke alarms for people in Kanawha and Putnam counties. / WVAH

Frankfort, KY
LEGISLATION TO AID DEAF, HARD OF HEARING BECOMES LAW
A bill to help police and Kentuckians who are deaf or hard of hearing communicate more effectively is now law. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says her office is hosting a receiving ceremony Wednesday for Senate Bill 189. Senate Bill 189 will allow deaf and hard of hearing persons to indicate voluntarily their status in the Kentucky vehicle registration system, allowing law enforcement officers to see the status during traffic stops. / WTVQ

Frankfort, KY
KENTUCKY COMMISSION HOSTS OUTREACH PROJECT
The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) will hold the third of six regional outreach programs, beginning Tuesday, April 11, in south central Kentucky. The purpose of this project is to bring Frankfort to the community to work with deaf and hard of hearing individuals, their families and the community which serves them. / BereaOnline


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Windsor, ON, Canada
DEAF WINDSORITES STRUGGLE WITHOUT SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS DURING STRIKE
Three weeks into a strike by Canadian Hearing Society workers, members of Windsor's deaf community are starting to feel the impact of going without services — some said they've even had to cancel medical appointments because of limited access to interpreters. Chris Newman is deaf, and told CBC News alternatives to having human interpreters help at places like the doctor's office aren't enough. / CBC News

London, England
BABY GIRL BLIND AND ALMOST DEAF AFTER 'HAMMER ATTACK THAT KILLED BROTHER'
A one-year-old girl who was the victim of an alleged hammer attack alongside her twin brother is now blind and almost deaf, it has emerged. Maria Das is a critical but stable condition in hospital after the attack at their north London home on March 18 that left her brother Gabriel dead. Last week, Bidhya Sagar Das, 33, was charged with attacking the pair in the flat in Finsbury Park and remains in police custody. / Metro News

Manchester, England
DEAF GIRL ASSAULTED AFTER USING SIGN LANGUAGE
Police have released an image of a woman they would like to speak to in connection with an assault on a deaf girl. Police say the teenager was verbally abused and shoved three times in the head and shoulder by the stranger, when she used sign language to try to communicate with her. The victim was sitting with her friend on the train when two women started talking to them. The girl tried to explain that she was deaf by using sign language. However the two women became angry and abusive. / Manchester Evening News

Yorkshire, England
WHY THIS MUM TAUGHT HERSELF -- AND HER DAUGHTER -- SIGN LANGUAGE
A Hull mum who taught herself sign language is now calling on the Government to roll it out to schools. Rebekah Musson, 23, started teaching herself British Sign Language (BSL) a couple of years ago and even had her daughter, Madison, now two, signing when she was six months old. And she says learning BSL has been more useful to her than learning French for five years – which she has never had to use outside the classroom. / Hull Daily Mail

Australia
DEAF GUITARIST LENDS HIS TALENT TO LIFELINE
For the next three years, Murray Mandel will be living and breathing Lifeline. The Sydney man, who has been deaf since birth, began his trip raising money for the charity on March 6 and will loop anticlockwise around the country, finishing back in Canberra in 2020. “What money comes in is not my concern, my goal is to reach out to as many people as possible about the importance of Lifeline,” he said. / The Border Mail

New Zealand
HEARING LOSS COSTS NEW ZEALAND $4.9B
Hearing loss was estimated to cost the New Zealand economy more than $957 million last year and an advocate for the community claims the deaf and hard of hearing are the country's most neglected sector. A new report commissioned by the National Foundation for the Deaf estimated 880,350 people in New Zealand (18.9 percent) suffered from some form of hearing loss last year with the total cost of hearing loss reaching $4.9 billion. Within that, the cost to the economy was estimated at $957.3m. / NZ Herald

New Delhi, India
THIS TRAINING ENSURES THAT THERE ARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE DEAF
Varsha Badal is a 29-year-old, deaf textile artist from Haryana. Every day, she'd travel an hour and a half to Delhi to attend a skill development program for the hearing impaired as her father wasn ’t comfortable with her living in an unknown city. But once he saw the quality of training provided, he knew that his daughter had to move to the city and devote her time to the course. So, what is this program all about? / The New Indian Express

Zimbabwe
SHOCK $8.50 PRIZE FOR MISS DEAF
Twenty-three-year-old tailor Chiedza Hukuimwe was crowned Miss Deaf 2017 over the weekend beating 13 other contestants, but walking away with $8.50 (2 cents US) was a shock in the history of beauty pageants. Organizers had no cash prizes before the pageant and they tried to raise some cash from the crowd and only got $26, proving that the pageant was suffering from financial constraints. The money was later shared among the three winners and each walked away with $8.50 and hampers from Oceane Perfumes. / The Herald


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Spartanburg, SC
STUDENTS PUT SIGN LANGUAGE INTO PRACTICE AT ASLVILLE
ASL students spent a day immersed in deaf culture and communication during an all-day workshop Saturday at Spartanburg Community College. The workshop, called ASLville, is designed to give students who are taking ASL classes a chance to interact with members of the deaf community and spend an entire day communicating only in ASL. / Spartanburg Herald Journal

Fort Thomas, KY
WHAT ONE CHURCH IS DOING TO REACH THE DEAF COMMUNITY
In the midst of worship one Sunday morning, Peter LaRuffa noticed Rachael Moffett singing to her daughter Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn Moffett, 14, is deaf. "She was struggling to keep up," LaRuffa said. "She was happy to serve her daughter in this way, but it was hard work." Rachel Moffett hardly relaxed during the service like everyone else because she was busy trying to interpret worship songs, announcements, and sermons. / Cincinnati.com

Yakima, WA
WOMEN IN HISTORY: 'GALLAUDET FOUR' MEMEBER HAD ROLE IN ADA PASSAGE
This month, 29 years ago, a group of students on the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., expectantly awaited the announcement that Dr. Irving King Jordan had been appointed as the first deaf president of Gallaudet. This revolutionary event was due to the hard work of a handful of students who came to be known as the Gallaudet Four; they’d spent the week prior to this event leading fellow students in “Deaf President Now” protests against the hiring of the seventh president of the school, Elisabeth Zinser, who was not deaf. / Yakima Herald


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Pasco, WA
27-YEAR-OLD DEAF MAN PROPELLING AFTER HIS DREAMS
We all have dreams and roads towards achieving them. Today, reporter Mackenzie Maynard met with one man who’s inspiring his peers with his determination. She visited Bergstrom, where every day they work on different planes…but as of a few weeks ago, Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic Zackary Kukorlo is changing things up around there. Kukorlo is 27 years old and deaf. / My FOX Tri Cities

West Lafayette, IN
EPICS TEAM EVENT HIGHLIGHTS PROJECT TO TRANSLATE CODE VIDEOS FOR DEAF
An EPICS student team is launching a fundraising effort for its project helping deaf and hearing-impaired people with learning opportunities to find jobs in the technical industry. The Deaf Kids Code team from Purdue University’s Engineering Projects in Community Service is hosting an event, “Inspire to Innovate,” for their project on April 2. The goal of the project is to translate JavaScript coding videos from Khan Academy to ASL. / Purdue University

Salt Lake City, UT
CENTER IS FIRST IN WASHINGTON STATE TO OFFER ASL VIDEOPHONE TREE FOR DEAF CALLERS
Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center is Washington state’s first organization to employ Sorenson Bridge, a new technology by Sorenson Communications that lets Deaf and hard-of-hearing callers choose options from an ASL menu. Using a videophone, HSDC’s callers can contact the appropriate HSDC staff through the menu. The technology is designed specifically for ASL users. / Sorenson


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HOW SIGN LANGUAGE INNOVATORS ARE BRINGING MUSIC TO THE DEAF
Amber Galloway Gallego is one of a growing number of ASL interpreters who specialize in the performing arts. If you frequent music festivals and concerts, you might see her — or an interpreter like her — grooving to the music, mirroring the emotions and physicality of the artists onstage, interpreting their imaginative lyrics for concert-goers who rely on visual accommodations. She’s interpreted for more than 400 artists at this point, and has a special knack for interpreting hip-hop acts. / Vox

Austin, TX
ASL ART PERFORMERS BRINGING MUSIC TO THE DEAF COMMUNITY
Austinites are accustomed to seeing live music on nearly every corner of the city. We have the biggest festivals such as SXSW and ACL, but we also have a large deaf community that sometimes doesn’t always get the same access to shows. That’s something one group, LotuSIGN, is working to change. The group is comprised of ASL interpreters, but what they do is far beyond your typical translating. / KVUE

Seattle, WA
A LOCAL THEATER IS USING INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY TO PROVIDE REAL-TIME CLOSED CAPTIONING
Seattle’s ACT Theatre is leading the industry when it comes to making theater accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing. Their brand-new, one-of-a-kind system is inspiring theaters worldwide, and inspiring a local community to enjoy the theater like never before. / Q13 FOX

Hubbard, OH
UNIQUE PRESENTATION OF THE LITTLE MERMAID JUNIOR COMING TO HUBBARD THEATER
Rich Magazzine is a teacher at Hubbard High School. Along with his former student, Jessie Karkum, who now studies at Kent State Trumbull, the two are directing a performance of The Little Mermaid Junior, but with a twist. The entire play will be performed in ASL. / WKBN

Rochester, NY
FILM FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS WORK OF DEAF COMMUNITY
Jules Dameron, an award-winning deaf filmmaker from Los Angeles, is thrilled to be in Rochester this week to headline the community's Deaf Rochester Film Festival, and to be in the audience. “I look forward to previewing the films,” said Dameron, about the festival’s youth competition, called the Junior Deaf Rochester Film Festival. / Democrat and Chronicle


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Buffalo, NY
SISTER ANNA KESSEN, LONGTIME TEACHER AT ST. MARY'S SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Sister Anna Kessen, who served deaf children and adults for more than 50 years, died March 18 in Sisters of St. Joseph Residence, Clarence, after a short illness. Sister Anna served in several roles at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf. Beginning in 1950, for 18 years, she ministered to 60 residential boys, ages 3 to 8, as a house parent. She then taught primary grades for 27 years. / The Buffalo News


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Superintendent Search

New York School for the Deaf
White Plains, NY

Position Description
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New York School for the Deaf (NYSD) in White Plains is seeking a Superintendent to begin on or about June 15, 2017. Operations at the School are under the direction of the Superintendent, who is ultimately responsible to NYSD’s Board of Trustees.

The School is seeking candidates with the following qualifications and experience:
• Demonstrated broad intellectual capacity and a record of professional achievement
• Demonstrated ability to provide academic leadership and to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, parents, community leaders, and trustees of the School
• Ability to manage the School’s budget
• Commitment and ability to unify campus groups around the School’s strategic priorities, as well as to make resource and management decisions supporting these priorities
• Knowledge and capacity to engage in outreach and fundraising
• Readiness to learn the intricacies of New York State Education Department regulations for the operation of State supported schools
• Clear commitment to standards of integrity, excellence and diversity

REQUIREMENTS:
• Master’s degree (doctorate preferred) in education of the deaf, or a field related to educating deaf children including, but not limited to: language and cognitive development, education policy, and curriculum and instruction
• At least 5 years of educational leadership experience in an upper management position (experience as a school or program director, principal, or superintendent preferred)
• Experience and/or training in fundraising from public and private sources
• State certification or evidence of readiness for State certification
• Evidence of fluency in sign language (ASL preferred)

Application Procedure:
Please submit a résumé and letter of interest to:
Alexis Kashar
President, Board of Trustees
New York School for the Deaf
nysdapplication@gmail.com

If interested in applying visit www.nysd.net for more details.

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Advocates in Framingham, MA is Hiring!

Advocates is seeking talented professionals to join our team, providing health services within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.

Awake Overnight Direct Care Counselor:
Remain awake, alert and responsive to the needs of the clients throughout the shift, assist clients with morning activities.
Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent degree, fluency in ASL.

Clinical Program Manager: Perform functions of Direct Care Counselor, program supervision/direction.
Qualifications: MA; or BA/BS and 3 years’ experience.

Community Crisis Stabilization BA Level Clinician: Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
Qualifications: MA and 2 years’ experience OR BA/BS and 5 years’ experience.

Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. All shifts available!
Qualifications: BA/BS; or HS diploma/GED and 1 year experience.

Outpatient Clinician: Provide comprehensive outpatient counseling/therapy to children, adults and families in need of services.
Qualifications: MSW or MA in related field and 1 year experience in outpatient setting.

Senior Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. Coordinate/monitor administrative/clinical functions.
Qualifications: BA/BS and 2 years’ experience; or HS Diploma/GED and 3 years’ experience.

Specialized Interpreter: Interpret in ASL between those using specialized ASL and/or those with language deprivation and requiring further communication assistance.
Qualifications: Approved by the MCDHH to work as an interpreter, BA/BS and 2 years’ experience.

Minimum Qualifications Include:
· ASL fluency.
· Valid driver's license/reliable transportation.
· Related education (as applicable).

Visit www.Advocates.org/Careers to apply today!

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Come Work With The Best!

Northeast Arc
has full and part-time positions, working with adult individuals who are deaf, available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. You'll be working with deaf individuals using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. Do you know ASL? If so, I'd like to speak with you about our direct care positions. We offer an excellent benefits package, paid trainings and the support you will need to become a successful part of our experienced, long-term team of professionals. For additional information or to send your resume, please email Erin Maloney at emaloney@ne-arc.org.

Compensation: $12-12.50 for per diem shifts and $14 for PT/FT shifts.

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NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH AND GLENSIDE

PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. Located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PAHrtners provides residential and outpatient services to deaf and hard of hearing children, adolescents, and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are deaf or hard of hearing!

PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate, or a professional with many years of experience in the field of human services, we have a career-building position waiting for you! E.O.E.

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

Residential Counselors for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
– Full time, part time, on call; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma required.
Case Managers for Residential or Community Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs – Full time; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences required.
Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum of one years’ related experience required.
Residential Program Director – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum of AA degree or 60 college credits required.
Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services required.
Nurse – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BSN/RN.
Training Coordinator – Full Time. Glenside location. Travels to Pittsburgh as needed. Education requirements flexible and based on experience. Must be proficient in ASL.

Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position. 

Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Joel Skelton, Assistant Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Email: jskelton@pahrtners.com Fax: 215.392.6065

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Residential House Director

The Northeast Arc,
an established Human Service agency recognized for its creative approach and state of the art services for persons with disabilities is seeking candidates for the position of Residential House Director. Ideal candidates will have fluency in ASL and deep understanding of deaf culture. The Residential House Director will be overseeing a five person home for adults with Intellectual Disabilities and are deaf.

Job Responsibilities:
Excellent managerial skills as the director will be overseeing direct support professionals, relief staff and other support professionals.
Be a creative person with strong organizational skills that can assist individuals in achieving their personal goals.
Provide supportive assistance in a caring environment focusing on maintaining health and along with community and social networks.
Experience with working with families, DDS and other outside agencies is also required.

Requirements:
BA/BS in a related field.
At least 2 years supervisory experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as fluency in American Sign Language.
Strong commitment to providing excellent quality of care.
Strongly prefer someone with First Aid, CPR and MAPS but willing to train

Benefits:

Excellent health and dental benefits offered as well as a 403b, tuition reimbursement, career development/ seminars, short term disability, life insurance, generous time off and competitive pay!!!

For immediate consideration, please send a cover letter and your resume, please email Erin Maloney at emaloney@ne-arc.org.

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