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March 31, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 22

Editor: Tom Willard

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POPE & SEX ABUSE
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New York, NY
VATICAN DECLINED TO DEFROCK U.S. PRIEST WHO ABUSED BOYS
Top Vatican officials -- including the future Pope Benedict XVI -- did not defrock a priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys, even though several American bishops repeatedly warned them that failure to act on the matter could embarrass the church, according to church files newly unearthed as part of a lawsuit. The internal correspondence from bishops in Wisconsin directly to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope, shows that while church officials tussled over whether the priest should be dismissed, their highest priority was protecting the church from scandal. / The New York Times

Rome, Italy
POPE 'FAILED TO DISCIPLINE US PRIEST' WHO ABUSED DEAF CHILDREN
The Vatican last Thursday faced an allegation that the pope failed to take action against a dying US priest who admitted molesting deaf children. The claim, made by the New York Times, is the latest in a wave of child abuse scandals to hit the Catholic church and its leaders, and brings the storm closer to the pontiff himself. At the weekend he issued an unprecedented apology and an admission of institutional errors. / The Guardian

Milwaukee, WI
CRITICISM OF VATICAN IN WIS. OVER ABUSE SCANDAL
A man who says he was among some 200 deaf boys allegedly molested by a priest in Wisconsin said Monday the Vatican's defensive responses to revelations about the case make him feel like he did when he was 12, when no one would listen to him about the abuse. Arthur Budzinski, 61, said at a news conference outside the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist that Pope Benedict XVI is trying to protect himself against criticism of his handling of the Wisconsin case against the Rev. Lawrence Murphy. Murphy was accused of molesting some 200 boys at the St. John's School for the Deaf outside Milwaukee from 1950-1975. He never was defrocked. / Associated Press

Burleson, TX
FOR YEARS, DEAF BOYS TRIED TO TELL ABOUT THE ABUSE BY PRIESTS
They were deaf, but they were not silent. For decades, a group of men who were sexually abused as children by the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy at a school for the deaf in Wisconsin reported to every type of official they could think of that he was a danger, according to the victims and church documents. They told other priests. They told three archbishops of Milwaukee. They told two police departments and the district attorney. They used sign language, written affidavits and graphic gestures to show what exactly Father Murphy had done to them. But their reports fell on the deaf ears of hearing people. / Black Christian News

St. Francis, WI
DEAF SCHOOL STUDENTS SAY WIS. PRIEST ABUSED THEM
Steven Geier says that four times in the mid-1960s, the Rev. Lawrence Murphy coaxed the then-14-year-old student into a closet at St. John's School for the Deaf just outside Milwaukee and molested him, using God to justify his actions. Geier said when he told Murphy what was happening was wrong, the priest replied, "Oh, yes. God sent me. This is confession." Geier, now 59 and living in Madison, was one of about 200 deaf boys at the school who say they were molested by the late priest decades ago in a case now creating a scandal for the Vatican and threatening to ensnare Pope Benedict XVI. / Washington Post

Atlanta, GA
MOST INTRIGUING PERSON, MARCH 26
61 years old, he embodies the "Never Give Up" philosophy. Finally, he says, people are learning about a long list of sexual abuses allegedly committed by a Catholic priest, including against him at age 12. He is Arthur Budzinski, he is deaf, and he is one of 200 people who claim his priest at a school for deaf boys molested him decades ago. He's never stopped fighting, and for that, he is most intriguing indeed. / Rick Sanchez CNN Blog

Rome, Italy
VATICAN SAY ABUSE RESPONSE CRUCIAL FOR CREDIBILITY
The Catholic Church's response to cases of sexual abuse by priests is crucial to its credibility and it must "acknowledge and make amends for" even decades-old cases, a Vatican spokesman said on Saturday. The church is reeling from a series of media reports this week that Pope Benedict, before being elected pontiff, may have looked the other way in the case of the abuse of hundreds of boys by a priest at an American school for the deaf. / Reuters

Rome, Italy
POPE WILL 'NOT BE INTIMIDATED BY PETTY GOSSIP' OVER SEX ABUSE SCANDALS
In a clear indication that the Vatican continues to insist the stream of abuse revelations are part of a conspiracy the Pope said: "From God comes the courage not to be intimidated by petty gossip." Although he did not directly mention the crisis that has seen claims of abuse from Ireland, Germany, Austria, Holland and Brazil the 82 year old Pontiff's message was evidently clear. / Telegraph

New York, NY
A NOPE FOR POPE
Yup, we need a Nope. A nun who is pope. The Catholic Church can never recover as long as its Holy Shepherd is seen as a black sheep in the ever-darkening sex abuse scandal. Now we learn the sickening news that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, nicknamed “God’s Rottweiler” when he was the church’s enforcer on matters of faith and sin, ignored repeated warnings and looked away in the case of the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy, a Wisconsin priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys. / Maureen Dowd (The New York Times)

Washington, DC
THE SINS OF THE FATHERS ARE CRIMES
Q: Should Pope Benedict XVI be held responsible for the escalating scandals over clerical sexual abuse in Europe? Should he be investigated for cases of abuse that occurred under his watch as archbishop of Munich or as the Vatican's chief doctrinal enforcer? Should the pope resign? / On Faith Panelists Blog (The Washington Post)


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NATIONAL
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Atlanta, GA
STATE SUED FOR FAILING TO PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR THE DEAF
While the state is focusing on repairing its damaged mental health system, the deaf who need those services have been totally shut out of getting any help, according to a federal lawsuit. The suit was brought by 25-year-old Gwinnett County woman and a 22-year-old Harris County man, but they ask the court to allow 350 other deaf people with mental be included in the complaint as a “class.” The federal lawsuit says the state has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution because there is no system for matching those with mental disabilities with providers who are fluent in American Sign Language. / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

West Chester, PA
DISCORD CLOUDS FUTURE OF AN AGENCY FOR THE DEAF
After 14 years of providing a lifeline to this community, the Center on Hearing and Deafness (CHAD) in West Chester is without a permanent director, and most of its staff has quit, putting its services on hold. Dissension surfaced in December with the exit of Bill Lockard, the cofounder and longtime executive director. It escalated with the January appointment of an interim director who cannot sign and had difficulty communicating with some staffers, half of whom are deaf. / Philadelphia Inquirer

Pierre, SD
S.D. LAWMAKERS UPHOLD DEAF EDUCATION BILL VETO
South Dakota lawmakers on Monday upheld Gov. Mike Rounds’ veto of a bill that would have required the state Education Department to set up programs to promote the education of children who are deaf or have impaired hearing. The Senate voted 30-4 to override the veto. But the measure failed on a 33-34 vote in the House, falling far short of the two-thirds, or 47 votes, needed to pass a bill over a governor’s objections. / Associated Press

Washington, DC
FCC FOCUSED ON CLOSED CAPTIONING RULES
The FCC adopted rules mandating closed captioning of video programming in 1998, establishing benchmarks for a phase-in of captioning over the years that followed. The FCC is in the midst of an ongoing review of its closed captioning rules, now that more than a decade has passed since the rules were first adopted. Recently, the Commission revised the rules with an eye toward making them more consumer-friendly. / RTDNA

Lebanon, OH
DEAF MAN TRYING TO CROSS STREET HIT BY CAR
A deaf man trying to cross North Broadway was struck by a vehicle today, March 30 near the Warren County Fairgrounds. Dianna Brown said her fiancee, Kenneth Martz, 31 was trying to cross the street around 3:20 p.m. when he was struck by a woman driving a Buick Park Avenue. Brown said Martz often attempts to cross the five-lane roadway to visit a store. / Middletown Journal

Castle Rock, WA
CAR PROWLERS' HAUL INCLUDES TODDLER'S TWO $1,700 HEARING AIDS
Car prowlers took more than backpacks and belongings in Castle Rock on Monday -- they stole a disabled girl's ability to hear. Inside a backpack in Shanna Blevins' car were the hearing aids for her 3-year-old daughter Emma. The toddler has several disabilities, including a seizure disorder, inability to eat without a feeding pump and problems seeing and hearing. The two hearing aids cost $1,700 each, and Emma relies on them to communicate and undergo developmental therapy, Blevins said. / The Daily News

Spartanburg, SC
ROCK HILL TEACHER HELPS SPRUCE UP SC SCHOOL FOR DEAF, BLIND
Years passed and chances of renovating a student dorm at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind slimmed. It badly needed updating, but a shrinking budget forced the school to focus on more pressing needs. Revamping the building where 18 deaf girls live during the week fell farther down a priority list. Then Bryan Coburn stopped by. / The Herald


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INTERNATIONAL
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Johannesburg, South Africa
DISABLED PROTEST LACK OF SPACE AT WORLD CUP SITES
World Cup organizing chief Danny Jordaan believes issues surrounding ticket sales, stadium readiness and space for disabled fans -- the latest problem facing the tournament -- will be resolved soon. More than 50 disabled people -- blind, deaf, and wheelchair-bound -- protested the lack of space for them at World Cup matches on Thursday at South African Football Association headquarters at Soccer City. The demonstrators chanted slogans and carried banners which read "the deaf want to be heard" and "no seats for us." / Associated Press

Christchurch New Zealand
JAIL FOR FRAUDSTER WHO TARGETED THE DEAF
A woman whose dishonesty struck hard at the Christchurch deaf community has been jailed for 18 months. Judge Brian Callaghan sentenced Christine Doreen Ticehurst to a prison term because he did not believe home detention was enough to make her accountable for the harm she had done to her victims and the deaf community. He said Ticehurst, 49, had had an enormous impact on the deaf community. Ticehurst had admitted three charges of obtaining by deception, totalling nearly $102,000. / Stuff.co.nz

London, England
ROBERT PATTINSON BORED TO DEAF OF RUMOURS
Last week, media outlets picked up on the report that Twilight star Robert Pattinson “is terrified his screaming fans are making him deaf.” Rob was reported as saying: "I'm almost completely deaf anyway. So I'm worried. I'm very worried." Gossip Cop has reported that R-Pattz was of course joking. There is nothing wrong with his hearing. / STV

Dublin, Ireland
BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREE WITH NEW BREED OF HEARING AID
Dubliner Emma McAuley became the first person in the Republic to use a specially trained hearing dog to act as her ears when Chester came into her life last year. Chester is a two-year-old “cockerpoo”, a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, who was bred by the UK-based Hearing Dogs for Deaf People organisation and underwent extensive training to prepare him for his life as a working dog. / The Irish Times

Jakarta, Indonesia
COMMISSION CALLS FOR ACTION TO PREVENT, ADDRESS DEAFNESS
A national commission has called for more sophisticated and tangible methods to address the rising number of hearing-impaired persons. “Indonesia has a high rate of people with hearing problems... the people need to be legally protected from those problems,” said Damayanti Soetjipto, the head of the National Commission for the Mitigation of Hearing Impairment and Deafness. / The Jakarta Post

Zimbabwe
GIRL, 5, RAPED BY A DEAF, DUMB, BLIND MAN
In a mind-boggling incident, a deaf, dumb and visual impaired man from Iminyela suburb in Bulawayo has appeared in court facing charges of raping his five-year-old niece. The accused allegedly went into the house and forcibly removed the girl’s clothes and had sexual intercourse with her once. The complaint’s mother discovered the horrific incident when she entered the house and caught the accused red-handed raping her daughter. The mother then took a shoe and hit the man on his back forcing him to stop. / The Zimdiaspora

West Bengal, India
FIGHTERPLANES CREATE HUGE NUMBERS OF DEAF PEOPLE
Widespread deafness is a major problem for the villagers of Santhali, in Kalchini Block of Jalpaiguri district of the Northeast Indian State, West Bengal. This deafness strikes everyone, from children to old ones in this hamlet, who enjoyed seeing the flight of airforce planes and fighter-aircraft when they soar in the sky over their heads. Unfortunately, this great spectacle has made them all deaf. From newborn to old aged, all the people in this area suffer from deafness. / News Blaze

Valletta, Malta
DEAF PLAYERS GET A KICK FROM FOOTBALL
Gesticulating wildly and never losing sight of each other or the ball, the footballers dashed across the field attempting to land the last goal and equalise the score. The final score was 5-4 and as the two teams shook hands and cheered each other there was little to distinguish the victors from the losing team -- except that all the opposition players were deaf. / Times of Malta


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Seattle, WA
NEW IMPLANT OPENS UP NEW WORLD OF SOUND
Danny Sanborn suffers from a disease that causes brain tumors. To remove the tumors, doctors had to sacrifice his auditory nerve. "Before I had the tumors, I had hearing, but as soon as they took the tumors out, I didn't have any," he said. A cochlear implant wasn't an option, so surgeons used an auditory brain stem implant to restore certain sounds. "We are bypassing the auditory nerve to directly stimulate the next level of sound processing in the brain," said Dr. Daniel Lee of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. / KING5

Salt Lake City, UT
MISS DEAF UTAH EAGER TO SHOW DISABILITIES NEED NOT BE DISABLING
Like many pageant contestants, Andrea Vigil has spent countless hours developing her talent, trying to find the perfect song to accompany her hip-hop routine. But unlike other beauty queens, Vigil cannot hear the music she will dance to. Vigil is Miss Deaf Utah, serving as a role model and spokeswoman for the deaf community in Utah. Now Vigil is preparing for the Miss Deaf America pageant this summer. / The Salt Lake Tribune

Chicago, IL
DEAF DOGS ARE ADOPTED BY FUR ANGELS ANIMAL SANCTUARY
Deaf dogs make quality pets no different than dogs that aren't hearing impaired. Sure, screaming the dog's name doesn't help, so hand signals are required. The truth is that dogs are better at following our body language than our voice commands, so training is easier. And for safety, deaf dogs need to be kept on leash. Also, don't sneak up on a deaf dog. / Steve Dale's Pet World

Youngstown, OH
DEAF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT OVERCOMES DISABILITY
March is Deaf History Awareness month, and an important part of deaf history here in the Valley is the Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center. Poland Seminary High School junior Fred Seitz lost his hearing at age three, but that hasn't stopped him from excelling in the classroom, though he admitted that it's not always easy. Through an interpretor, Fred said, "I'm mainstreamed at Poland High School here. Most people maybe think it's hard because I'm deaf. It's true. It's tough." / 33 News WYTV


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WORKING WORLD
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Seattle, WA
PROGRAMMING WITH PURPOSE
UW computer-science and engineering undergraduates have created five phone applications that are designed to assist disabled users with daily life and will soon be available to the public. The 10 students presented their work to prospective users at a reception March 15. Two students were assigned to each of the projects, designing and programming applications specifically for blind, deaf, deaf-blind or cognitively impaired users. All five programs are open source and developed for Google’s Android phone. / The Daily

Indianapolis, IN
PATTY SPITLER, RETIRED TV ANCHOR, TO SPEAK ABOUT DOING DEAF DIFFERENTLY
On May 1, 2010, in honor of "Better Hearing and Speech Month," more than 600 individuals from across Indiana will gather for Hear Indiana's 7th annual Talk Walk Run (5K) to raise awareness about Doing Deaf Differently. With community wide support, and a presenting sponsorship from Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent, Hear Indiana hopes to raise $50,000 in 2010 to support their ongoing programming (i.e., advocacy, support, educational programming, and a week-long Youth Leadership Camp). / PRNewswire


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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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Los Angeles, CA
MARLEE MATLIN LAUNCHES REALITY SERIES ON YOUTUBE
Marlee Matlin had an idea for a reality show that she hoped would bring some insight into the lives and struggles of deaf people and how they cope. But while reality TV has brought us wife swappers, party girls, aging rock stars and dieting divas, apparently no one was ready for something that real. So instead, the hearing-impaired actress who won an Academy Award as lead actress for her role in "Children of a Lesser God," took her show "My Deaf Family" to Google's YouTube. You can watch it here. / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA
JUSTIN BIEBER MAKES MARLEE MATLIN GLAD SHE'S DEAF
Marlee Matlin took her 15-year-old daughter, Sara Rose, to the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, and the Oscar-winning deaf actress enjoyed the fringe benefits of not being able to hear anything going on. uring the show she wrote on Twitter: "I am so glad I'm DEAF! Every time they mention Justin Bieber or Taylor Lautner, 10,000 girls SCREAM here at Nickeodeon's #KCA!!" / Zimbio

New York, NY
REVIVAL OF HELEN KELLER PLAY CLOSES ON BROADWAY
A Broadway revival of "The Miracle Worker" that starred teenage actress Abigail Breslin as a young Helen Keller will close on Broadway after disappointing ticket sales, producers said on Monday. Breslin, 13, an Academy Award nominee for the movie, "Little Miss Sunshine," had received praise from critics for her Broadway debut playing the blind and deaf Keller, but it wasn't enough to save the revival that will close next Sunday after 21 previews and 38 regular performances. It made a loss of $2.5 million. / Reuters

Los Angeles, CA
NEWS MCINTYRE'S BABY BOY BORN DEAF
New Kids on the Block star Joey McIntyre has opened up about his struggle s as a father after revealing his baby boy Rhys was born severely deaf. McIntyre's wife Barrett gave birth to their second son in December (09), but the tot was found to suffer from a serious hearing impairment after failing a series of tests shortly after he was born. The couple admits it had difficulty coming to terms with the news at first, but the family is gradually learning to deal with it. / PR-inside.com

Chicago, IL
MEET THE ARTISTS -- CHARLES WILDBANK
Charles Bourke Wildbank, native New York artist delved into photorealism while at Pratt Institute, created a sensation on Fifth Avenue with a giant sparkling rendering of the famed Cartier diamond, and has painted portraits of David Hockney and the late Luciano Pavarotti. He is well known for his versatility of a wide range of figurative themes including florals, still life, portraits and seascapes. / D-PAN

Fort Worth, TX
AT ARTS EVENT FOR DEAF TEENS, 'HERE, WE ARE ALL THE SAME'
An annual gathering for students who are deaf or hard of hearing is like a family reunion, teens said. Nearly 500 such students from across Texas are spending two days in Fort Worth for workshops with artists, actors and dancers. The 20th annual event was sponsored by Imagination Celebration Fort Worth, a nonprofit organization that provides art and cultural experiences to young people. For the first time, all workshop presenters were deaf, as part of this year's Spotlight on Deaf Artists theme. / Fort Worth Star-Telegram


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Glen Cove, NY
MARTIN L. STERNBERG DIES AT AGE 85
Martin L. Sternberg of Glen Cove, Long Island, N.Y. passed away on February 28, 2010 at age 85. He was a Professor Emeritus of Adelphi and Hofstra University. Beloved uncle of 10 nieces and nephews. Also survived by loving cousins. [Dr. Sternberg was the author of several versions of the American Sign Language Dictionary and a long time ASL professor and consultant.] / Newsday


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READER COMMENTS
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GREETINGS FROM UGANDA
I am pleased to be added on the list of those to benefit from the news in the Deaf and Hard- of-hearing community. I am a teacher and a Sign Language Interpreter at Nancy School for the Deaf in Lira, Uganda. On behalf of the Deaf and Hard-of hearing at Nancy School, I want to say that we are so grateful to identify with you. I pray that our interactions will help us discover much more information and help that we have been looking for quite this long time. Greetings from the Nancy Community.
-- Eric Sam Isaac, Lira, Uganda


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-- Fluency in American Sign Language is preferred.
-- 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 Relay Service is helpful.
-- Experience in public relations activities.
-- Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.
-- Strong writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
-- Hold a valid driver’s license.
-- Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are encouraged to apply.

Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer and does 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 company paid benefits. Interested individuals may apply online at: www.hamilton.net/employment.html by April 2, 2010 or you may contact our HR Dept. at: 800.821.1831

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POTHOS Inc employment posting
email resumes to; chiefbrink@pothos.us

Position title: California Relay Service Account Manager

Position summary: Manages the contracts between POTHOS' client, Hamilton Relay and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Oversees the actions of all parties involved to ensure contract compliance. Responsible for ensuring that each party successfully completes all assigned duties and responsibilities.

Essential functions:
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Responsible for working with CPUC on contract issues and acting as point of contact.
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Carries out/enforces the policies/procedures for the TRS/Captioned Telephone programs established by the CPUC, the Contract Administrator and as contained in the contract and RFP
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Oversees the monitoring/compliance of federal/state requirements related to relay system performance.
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Responsible for representing Hamilton at regulatory meetings with any applicable California Advisory Boards and the Contract Administrator’s required staff meetings as needed and at other outreach functions across California.
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Monitors CRS-3 Outreach Programs for compliance with RFP and contract requirements in California.
-- Responsible for determining that the needs of the user community are being met and for determining the overall effectiveness of outreach activity.
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Responsible for identifying any potential conflicts or other needs within the relay Center and reporting those concerns or ideas.

Preferred education, experience and skills:
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Associate or Bachelor’s Degree or comparable work experience along with a minimum of three years experience.
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Direct work experience with a Telecommunications Relay Service.
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Knowledge of American Sign Language.
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Deaf and hard of hearing individuals are encouraged to apply.
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Position must be located in Northern California.

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POTHOS Inc employment posting
email resumes to; chiefbrink@pothos.us

Position title: California Relay Service Outreach Coordinator
(Two Positions- one in Northern and one in Southern CA)

Position summary: This full-time position at POTHOS is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone for California Relay Service (CRS) for our client Hamilton Relay.

Essential functions:
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Develops Annual Outreach Plan designed to promote California Relay Service; raising awareness and increasing the use of relay services.
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Plans and implements outreach activities and marketing programs that support the Outreach Plan.
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Designs, coordinates and conducts demonstrations and training programs on how to access and use California Relay services.
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Coordinates and delivers training programs about relay services for businesses, agencies and organizations.
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Delivers/conducts outreach activities/presentations focused on current and potential customers on all relay services using presentation skills, visual aids and written proposals.
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Works collaboratively with CPUC and DDTP to implement outreach activities throughout California.
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Participates in Outreach and California Relay Council meetings, scheduled Outreach activities and Marketing Summits.

Preferred experience and skills:
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Fluency in American Sign Language & Spanish.
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Knowledge/ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users.
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Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service and/or knowledge of Captioned Telephone Relay Services.
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Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals are encouraged to apply.

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Position: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Center for Hearing and Deafness, Inc. (CHAD), a community based organization located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, serves as the only general, drop-in, social service agency of its kind in the five-county Philadelphia area. CHAD's mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families through information, social services, education and advocacy.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, CHAD seeks a full-time Executive Director. The candidate should have the ability of overseeing financial operations of a smaller organization, a record of successful fundraising for nonprofit organizations, and demonstrated accomplishments in administering and managing programs, and contracts. CHAD is looking for an experienced leader with the management skills and vision to continue the growth and development of the organization. The Executive Director must embrace CHAD’s mission and purpose.

Requirements: A minimum of 5 years experience at a supervisory/management level, preferably in a non-profit health or human service field. In depth knowledge of issues and resources within the hearing loss field, including a conversational fluency with American Sign is strongly desired.

Interested candidates can email resume to berdav@verizon.net

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Position: PROGRAM DIRECTOR

The Center for Hearing and Deafness, Inc. (CHAD) seeks a full-time or part-time Program Director to coordinate and supervise all CHAD programs and program staff so as to meet all contracted requirements, satisfy all program descriptions and to insure top quality services.

CHAD, a community based non-profit organization, is the only general, drop-in, social service agency of its kind in the five-county Philadelphia area. CHAD's mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing and their families through information, social services, education and advocacy.

Position Requirements:
Minimum of BA or BS degree in health or human service field.
Minimum of three years experience in providing health or human services.
At least one year of experience in human service management, including supervision, administration and finances.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills – an effective team player.
Excellent writing and good computer skills.
Must be able to independently develop and manage multiple projects at once.
Background in working with deaf and hard of hearing people and their families preferred.
Competent conversational American Sign Language ability strongly desired.

Interested candidates can email resume to berdav@verizon.net

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Two new DS therapist- Adults & Children at BJC Behavioral Health in St. Louis, MO.

Therapists will work with individuals, families, and groups to address and treat mental & emotional disorders. Flexibly to work within various structures in the community mental health system.

Job duties includes, therapy, intakes, clinical case management, triage/crisis intervention and EAP therapy. Must have a Masters or Doctorate in Social Work, Counseling, or Psychology. Need a LCSW or LPC, 2-4 years experienced required. Fluent in sign language

Please forward resumes to Mark Stansberry, Executive Director, BJC Behavioral Heath, 1430 Olive, Suite 400, St. Louis MO 63103

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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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EXCITING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD, INC.

* Community Advocate – Riverside, CA
* Community Interpreter – Los Angeles, CA

To learn more about these positions, please visit our website, www.gladinc.org.

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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-mod ality 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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