March 30, 2011
Vol. 7, No. 23
Editor: Tom Willard
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STATE FUNDING RESTORED TO ROCHESTER SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
On Sunday, RSD and ten similar schools across the state learned the $98 million they could potentially lose in Governor Cuomo's budget was restored. The RSD's cut: $11 million -- 90% of the school's operating budget. For teachers and administrators, like Superintendent Harold Mowl, the news was a relief, and a validation of hard work. "All of us have been writing letters and sending emails," Mowl said. "We gathered with representatives from the ten other schools in Albany for a rally." / 13WHAM
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SETTLES ADA LAWSUIT WITH VIRGINIA'S INOVA HEALTH SYSTEM
The Justice Department has reached a settlement with Inova Health System to ensure effective communication with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in the provision of medical services. The agreement, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act, resolves a complaint that Inova failed to provide sign language interpreters to an expectant mother and others who are deaf and need interpreters to communicate effectively with health care providers. / USDOJ
DEAF WOMAN SUES TOWSON HOSPITAL, ALLEGES VIOLATION OF RIGHTS
A deaf Frederick woman has filed suit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, alleging that a Towson hospital violated her civil rights during a December 2009 hospital stay for surgery, according to court documents. Jennifer Simmons has requested that a jury hear her case against St. Joseph Medical Center. Simmons asserts that the hospital repeatedly denied her access to a sign language interpreter when she went to the emergency room in severe pain and later learned she needed surgery to remove kidney stones, documents state. / The Frederick News-Post
DEAF MAN DAVON STEWART BIT OFF ANOTHER DEAF MAN'S EAR IN FIGHT: COPS
A deaf Texan is accused of channelling his inner Mike Tyson and chomping off part of another deaf man's ear during a night of mayhem, police said Monday. And that was before 26-year-old Davon Stewart got flattened by an SUV -- and busted out of a Houston hospital while handcuffed to a wheelchair. Stewart's troubles began while he was attending a party at a deaf friend's apartment on Feb. 21. It was there that Stewart, who can speak a bit, and the man he allegedly bit, who communicates only through sign language, got into an argument. / NY Daily News
West Hartford, CT
SEN. BYE ANNOUNCES $2.5 MILLION FOR AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
State Senator Beth Bye (D-West Hartford) announced that the State Bond Commission is expected to approve a $2.5 million state grant for roof and window repairs at the American School for the Deaf at a meeting Friday. The bonding is part of a total $10 million package of state aid for the ASD which was originally approved by the state legislature in 2001; so far, $6.4 million has been allocated, including Friday’s proposed sum. “This is a valuable investment for the parents and students who attend this prestigious and very specialized school,” Sen. Bye said. / West Hartford News
TEARS, MEMORIES OF MOM, 'HOLD-FAST' LECTURES SPICE BUDGET DEBATE
As he pleaded once more Monday night to add money to the budget of Montana's School for the Deaf and Blind, Great Falls Democratic Sen. Mitch Tropila's voice broke. "We just gave the largest publicly traded oil company in the world a tax reduction of $68,000," he said, almost in tears. "Can we not fund $34,000 for the kids who are deaf and blind?" While his fellow senators had rejected a half-dozen requests from the persistent Tropila, each time seeking more money for the Great Falls school, this time they cracked: 28 for, 22 against -- motion carried, money back in. / Billings Gazette
Redford Township, MI
STATE HELP FOR DEAF IS CASUALTY OF FUND CUTS
Born with congenital aphasia, Patti Scott's hearing is impaired, her speech garbled. Unable to communicate with much of the world, she lived in frustrated, angry silence. "I was alone and, really, I was depressed," Scott, 60, said recently through a signing interpreter. Fourteen years ago, that changed. Scott joined DEAF Options, a mental health agency in Redford Township that serves the deaf. Counselors took her to doctor appointments, visited her apartment and introduced her to other deaf clients. After more than two decades in operation, DEAF Options is set to close this month because of state budget cuts. / The Detroit News
LEGAL AID HERO FOR JACKSONVILLE DEAF MAY BE LET GO AMID STRUGGLING FUNDS
Sharon Caserta, a Jacksonville Area Legal Aid attorney, has become recognized as a trailblazer statewide for protecting the rights of the deaf and hard of hearing. Trouble is brewing, though. The career Caserta sprouted five years ago could be fading away as funding becomes scarce. Legal Aid Executive Director Michael Figgins said the program costs $150,000 annually, but this year Legal Aid has come up $75,000 short. / The Florida Times-Union
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North Tyneside, England
DISABILITY CHARITY DISCRIMINATED DEAF WORKER
A charity for the disabled was found to be guilty of discriminating against a deaf worker. Sandra Cottrell has been embroiled in a three-year battle with North Tyneside Disability Forum after taking them to an employment tribunal for failing to make reasonable adjustments for her as a deaf worker. The 61-year-old was left “distressed” and feeling “worthless” after the ordeal, which has just finally come to an end. / Chronicle Live
PARTIALLY BLIND AND DEAF MAN ATTACKED IN SHIRLEY
Police are appealing for witnesses after a partially blind and deaf man was attacked at a bus stop on Shirley Road, Southampton. The 46-year-old man was walking home when he was punched in the face by three men, who were with a woman. Due to his condition the victim has only been able to describe his attackers as being white. / Daily Echo
CINEMA SUBTITLE DEBACLE LEAVES DEAF CUSTOMER FUMING
A deaf film fan says he was forced to leave a screening when staff refused to turn on the advertised subtitles. Martin Griffiths, 45, went to watch a showing of Black Swan at Cardiff’s Cineworld on February 14 after seeing it listed with subtitles. Having suffered problems in the past, Martin checked the website and posters outside the cinema on Mary Ann Street before double-checking with staff – all of which confirmed there would be subtitles. But when the film began the on-screen text was missing and after Martin alerted staff they said they were powerless to help. / Wales Online
Wembley, WA, Australia
DEAF KIDS GET A HELPING HAND
Three-year-old Riley Johnstone is one of thousands of WA children set to benefit from a new centre for deaf children being built in Wembley. Since he was a baby, Riley has received therapy at the Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre, which will house the new Bendat Parent and Community Centre planned to open by the middle of next year. It will be the first place parents in WA can visit to help solve their children's ear health problems. Up to 25,000 children a year are expected to need help with hearing and speech. / The West Australian
KOLKATA HOSTS MUSICAL SHOW FOR DEAF
Kolkata witnessed enthralling performances by Bangalore-based musicians ‘BRAT Pack’, Monday night , as a fund raising initiative for Vaani Deaf Children's Foundation & the Gina Forever Foundation. All the money raised from the event was forwarded to the aid of deaf children and aging musicians, said the organizers. Featuring music from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, the original BRAT Pack, the group brought back 1960s Las Vegas to life. / India Blooms
LISTENING TO THE PLIGHT OF DEAF CHILDREN
Probably the one thing a child looks forward to during a school year is the annual field trip. That one day when pen and paper lie around lonely in the classroom; teachers let the one or the other rule breaker get off free, and adventure dances merrily around every child waiting for an opportunity to create a story. The Philippine School for the Deaf (PSD) has been around for the past 103 years, catering to the needs of thousands of hearing-impaired children. But one thing they haven’t been able to do so far was to take out the students for a field trip. / The Philippine Star
DEAF, DISABLED KIDS HARMONIZE IN VENEZUELA PROGRAM
When the choir begins, only some of its young members sing aloud. The rest make music silently through sign language, wearing white gloves as their hands perform an elaborate choreography in unison. The deaf members of the White Hands Choir are part of an unusual program in Venezuela that brings together students with a wide range of disabilities and immerses them in music. / Sify
Toa Payoh, Singapore
EMPLOYERS WITH A BIG HEART
Peering through the glass pane into the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) outlet on Lorong One in Toa Payoh, you are unlikely to see anything amiss. Happy crew are serving 'finger-lickin'-good' chicken to diners, like you will see in every KFC restaurant across the island. But the minute you reach for the door, you know this KFC outlet is different. A sign on it says: 'This restaurant is run by deaf crew. Please refer to the menu card and point for your order. Thank you.' / AsiaOne
$38K EU AID FOR THE DEAF
The Fiji Association for the Deaf has received $38,000 ($21,000 US) from the European Union to fund its activities for a year. "We are here to empower our own members to know their rights so that we can contribute to productivity and become better citizens," association president Serevi Rokotuibau said. "We have freedom to access information, health and employment." / The Fiji Times
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LIFE & LEISURE
STUDY REVEALS UNIQUE ISSUES FACED BY DEAF VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
Sexual assault victims who are deaf face unique issues not encountered by the hearing, according to a recent study funded by the National Institute of Justice. Researcher Jennifer Obinna and colleagues at the Minneapolis Council on Crime and Justice interviewed 51 deaf citizens, 15 service providers (both deaf and hearing), and 10 police officers in their investigation of the impact of sexual assault on members of the deaf community. In their final report on the project, the researchers offered recommendations for improving the relationship between law enforcement and the deaf community. / NIJ Journal
SOUND DECISION: BOYS OPT FOR COCHLEAR IMPLANTS
It was a regular tune-up but 9-year-old Trystan Mort had his audiologist in tears -- he was hearing so well. Trystan and his brother Taylor are deaf, but the two had cochlear implants in mid-February -- a surgery that is somewhat controversial in the deaf community. The boys told their mother, Jennifer Mort, last summer that they wanted cochlear implants to speak more clearly. They make sounds and use hearing aids but are severely limited in speech. She was adamant at first about not having her boys implanted. / Jacksonville Journal-Courier
TWO DEAF, BLIND DOGS TO MOVE TO FOSTER HOME ON PENINSULA
Peninsula Friends of Animals has found a foster home for Frosty and Snowman, two deaf and blind Lhaso apso-Shih Tzu mix dogs. There's only one potential dogleg in the 2-year-old brothers' road to a permanent home: The foster couple willing to care for them has six cats. “This will be a foster situation with the intention of adopting, if their six cats are kind to the pups,” said Nancy Campbell, operations manager for Peninsula Friends of Animals, which has taken care of Frosty and Snowman for several weeks. / Peninsula Daily
BLIND, DEAF DOG'S TALE TAKES A TURN FOR THE BETTER
File this under “H,” for “happy endings.” However, before doing so, look up how to convey the sign for “H” to a deaf, blind dog. Thanks to the generosity of Brunswick residents who read about their plight in a report published earlier this month in The Times Record, Sarah Withington and Sequoia Sky have found a home and a car. “The whole thing is just unbelievable,” Withington said Monday. “I just can’t get over it. I was so desperate. I was thinking, ‘What am I going to do?’” / The Times Record
HEARING SCREENING MISSES SOME DEAF KIDS
Passing a newborn hearing test is no guarantee against deafness, U.S. researchers say. They found nearly a third of kids with cochlear implants -- a device that transmits sound directly to the auditory nerve -- had initially checked out on mandatory screening. "This is important information to remind everyone that just because a child passed their hearing screening doesn't mean that you're out of the woods," said Dr. Nancy Young, the lead author of the study from Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. / Reuters
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Silver Spring, MD
DEAF TRUCK DRIVERS WANTED TO APPLY FOR CDL EXEMPTION
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) launched a new effort in its ongoing advocacy on behalf of drivers who are deaf and hard of hearing and who wish to obtain Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs). As a result of a U.S. Department of Transportation regulation, individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing have long been unfairly barred from driving commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. The NAD is currently identifying highly qualified drivers with a strong record of safety who can pave the way for DOT to grant exemptions to drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing. / NAD
SIGNS OF TRUST: INTERPRETER, STUDENT FORGE 12-YEAR RELATIONSHIP
Josh Brewer was 20 when he walked into a first-grade classroom and met a 6-year-old deaf student named Zach Kerger. That was 12 years ago -- the two have been together almost every school day since. Neither had any idea this would occur from that first meeting. Brewer signed, "Hey." Kerger looked at him, but paid little attention. / The Montgomery Advertiser
EDUCATION: LACK OF QUALIFIED INTERPRETERS NEGATIVELY IMPACTING DEAF STUDENTS
Many deaf students in the state of Indiana rely on interpreters. Right now, though, there is no standard for interpreters in the Hoosier state. Interpreters don’t have to prove that they can sign before being put into a school. Interpreters currently get a certification to work in Central Indiana schools. They don’t have to take a test showing skill to get the certification. The Department of Education is slated to take over the program July 1, and has been given the task of creating a standard. / Fox 59
Salt Lake City, UT
USING INFRARED LIGHT TO HELP DEAF PEOPLE HEAR AND BLIND PEOPLE SEE
Normally, implants use electrical signals to help people hear and see. However, University of Utah bioengineer Richard Rabbitt has discovered a different way to activate cells. Rabbitt figured out how to use infrared light to send signals to the brain. Instead of using electrical signals, pulses of invisible wavelengths activate nearby nerve cells and communicate with the brain. In the lab, researchers were able to make heart cells in rats beat again and make inner-ear cells of toadfish send signals the brain. / SmartPlanet
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
THE AMAZING RACE: LUKE DEFENDS BEING A CRYBABY MAMA'S BOY
Rule No. 1 for a mama's boy: Don't leave home without her. For Luke Adams, that means don't compete in The Amazing Race without mother Margie. But their competition was cut short this week with a spectacular waterworks display: Luke recovered from a fetal-position, mama-clutching sob session at a benign tea-tasting challenge only to collapse in tears at Margie's feet on the finish mat. Read on to find out what TAR's first deaf contestant told us about his (second) ignominious defeat... / E! Online
DEAF ROCHESTER FILM FESTIVAL '11 COMES TO RIT/NTID
RIT/NTID will play a large role in this year’s Deaf Rochester Film Festival, as a sponsor and a venue host for many film screenings. On Friday, the RIT ASL & Deaf Studies Community Center will be the location for a roundtable discussion with deaf filmmakers, from 9 a.m. to noon, and workshops from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for student filmmakers. Also that day, RIT’s Wallace Center will feature an exhibit on the third floor showing movie memorabilia including scripts, lobby cards and film posters from “Children of a Lesser God” and “The Miracle Worker” and a deaf film collection of Newby Ely. / NTID News
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COURT RULING SAYS REDSKINS HAVE TO CAPTION SONG LYRICS, TOO
A federal appeals court upheld a ruling Friday that requires the Washington Redskins to make game content broadcast over the FedEx Field public address system accessible to deaf fans through captioning — including song lyrics. "Whatever the poetic merit of the lyrics and their relevance to the sport of football, we agree with the district court that the music played over the public address system during Redskins home games is part of the football game experience … and that the [Americans with Disabilities Act] requires full and equal access to the music lyrics," judges from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in the 29-page majority opinion. / The Baltimore Sun
UNC STUDENT AIMS TO BE FIRST DEAF NFL COACH
Nouri Marrakchi is looking to make noise on some of the nation’s grandest stages. Nothing would thrill him more than being a coach on the sidelines in front of 80,000 screaming football fans. He may not be able to hear the din -- Marrakchi, a junior at the University of Northern Colorado, was born deaf -- but he would certainly feel the electricity and the anticipation in the air. That’s been the draw of sports from the start for Marrakchi, who is blending his passions in college with a major in special education and a minor in coaching. / Greeley Tribune
JOIN US IN WELCOMING HOWARD ROSENBLUM TO THE NAD IN BERKELEY, CA
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) will welcome new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Howard Rosenblum the second annual NAD Spring Benefit Gala set to take place on Saturday, May 14 at the beautiful Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley, California. / NAD
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Virginia Captioned Telephone Services Outreach Coordinator
Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a full-time position open for “Virginia Captioned Telephone Services Outreach Coordinator”.
Position summary: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Captioned Telephone Service (CapTel®) for Virginia Captioned Telephone Service (VACTS).
Preferred education, experience and skills:
-- Excellent presentation skills
-- Familiarity with the user communities that can benefit from relay services: Senior Community, Hard of Hearing Community
-- Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
-- Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people who have differing hearing and speech abilities and communication modes
-- Ability to promote all relay services and to educate/train users of the services
-- Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service or experience with Captioned Telephone Service is helpful
-- Experience in public relations
-- Ability to organize and prioritize work effectively and meet deadlines
-- Strong writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills
-- Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply
-- Hold a valid driver’s license
Interested individuals may apply online at: www.hamilton.net/employment.html or contact our Human Resource Department by April 12, 2011 at: 800.821.1831.
Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division
of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton Relay maintains
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We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.
Director, Deaf Services
Advocates is looking for a full-time 40 hour a week Director for our Deaf services programs. Deaf candidate strongly preferred or candidates that are fluent in ASL (American Sign Language).
The Director of Deaf Services is responsible for the successful administration and management of the clinical, budgetary and business operations of the residential services and programs assigned. Provide clinical and administrative supervision to all employees who work in the residential services and programs assigned to the Director of Clinical Services.
Master’s degree in social service or related field plus 5 yrs supervisory/clinical experience. Provides crisis on call coverage as assigned.
1. Master’s degree in social
services or related field supervisory experience.
2. Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
3. Must have sensitivity to the needs of the population.
4. Strong computer knowledge.
5. High energy level, superior interpersonal skills and ability to function in a team atmosphere.
6. Strong analytical, numerical and reasoning abilities.
7. Ability to execute a variety of decision-making models.
8. Ability to communicate effectively in writing, and ability to use good judgment.
9. Ability to read English and communicate effectively in the primary language of the programs as assigned ( ASL and English).
10. Must hold a valid drivers’ license. Must have access to an operational and insured vehicle and be willing to use it to transport clients.
Deaf candidate strongly preferred and candidates that are ASL (American Sign Language) fluent.
Advocates' philosophy is based on common values and principles that guide the delivery of all of the services we provide. We believe that all individuals have the right to pursue their personal goals and to contribute to the community. We believe they are entitled to receive accessible services; to live in decent and affordable housing; to be treated with dignity and respect; and to live in inclusive and diverse communities. The employees of Advocates and the recipients of the services we provide work together with the community to ensure that these universal rights are promoted and protected.
Advocates offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, tuition reimbursement, 410(k) plan and a six-week holiday/vacation package.
Advocates is an EOE committed to employing a diverse workforce.
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