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April 2, 2014
Vol. 10, No. 22

Editor: Tom Willard

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St. Paul, MN
MAN CHARGED WITH RAPING, BEATING, CHOKING FRIEND
A registered sex offender raped a friend in his St. Paul apartment Friday before she fled naked, Ramsey County prosecutors say. Michael D. Burns, 53, is also accused of choking and beating the 33-year-old woman early Friday. The woman, who is deaf, told officers through sign language and in writing that she came to visit Burns the night before. She said that they had had consensual sex in the past but that he forced himself on her that night while attacking her. / Pioneer Press

Sand Springs, OK
POLICE INVESTIGATE REPORT OF RAPE IN CITY PARK
Police in Sand Springs are trying to find a suspected rapist. They say a 24-year-old woman was grabbed in a park late Monday night and raped by a man carrying a knife. Sand Springs police are still waiting to get more information from the victim. Police say the woman is hearing impaired which is why she may not have heard the man. They also say she tried to fight back but wasn't able to. / NewsOn6.com

Salinas, CA
SIGN LANGUAGE TEACHER ARRAIGNED ON 9 MOLESTATION CHARGES
A contract interpreter who worked with deaf students in Salinas high schools was arraigned on nine child molestation charges Thursday in Monterey County Superior Court. Adam David Frogel, 57, faces two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object and one count of sending harmful materials to a minor, all felonies, said Terry Spitz, assistant chief district attorney for Monterey County. Frogel is being held on $500,000 bail at Monterey County Jail, jail personnel said Thursday. / The Californian

Waterloo, IA
HEARING-IMPAIRED MAN SHOT DURING ROBBERY
Authorities continue to investigate a Thursday night robbery that led to the shooting of a Manchester man. A passerby found 56-year-old Thomas Freiburger with a gunshot wound to the abdomen after pulling up at the Veridian Credit Union at 1616 Lafayette St. at about 9:15 p.m. Paramedics with Waterloo Fire Rescue took Freiburger, who is hearing impaired, to a local hospital where he underwent surgery. / Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Sacramento, CA
COVERED CALIFORNIA SENDS DEAF CALLERS TO HOTLINE OFFERING 'HOT LADIES'
On the deadline to sign up for health coverage through Covered California, some hearing-impaired residents were sent to a chat line offering ‘hot ladies’ instead of an insurance navigator. This is what greets callers instead of health insurance advice: “Welcome to America’s hottest talk line. Ladies, to talk to interesting and exciting guys free, press one now. Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk to you. Press two to connect free now,” the recording says. / CBS Sacramento

Milford, MI
DEAF WOMAN ACCUSED OF RESISTING DEPUTY
A 49-year-old Milford woman will head to trial in Livingston County on charges she resisted a deputy, who tried to remove her from the courtroom after she cursed at a prosecutor. At a preliminary exam Tuesday, Deputy Thomas Boyer testified that Melody Ann Sharpe, who is deaf, resisted his efforts to remove her from a Circuit Court courtroom on Feb. 20 after she had an outburst and that she tried to take a Taser off his duty belt when he had her pinned against a wall outside the courtroom. “She continued to fight me,” he said. / Livingston Daily

Morristown, NJ
DEAF MOTORIST SAYS RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED IN DWI ARREST
A deaf motorist who was charged with driving while intoxicated and refusing to take a breath test in Boonton wants a judge to find her rights as a disabled person were violated because police did not call in an American sign language interpreter. Superior Court Judge Mary Gibbons Whipple heard arguments Monday on an appeal filed by Teaneck resident Kelly Romano, 31, and said she will issue her decision April 28. The judge called Romano’s claims “a very important issue” and said she wants to give more thought to how she will rule. / Daily Record

Timonium, MD
2 MEN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY OF DEAF PIT BULL PUPPY
We’re learning more about how Baltimore County Police solved a dognapping that went viral. Monique Griego has more on how they tracked down Thor, a deaf pit bull puppy. Thor’s story really captured the hearts of the community and the Baltimore County Police Department. For the past few weeks, they’ve been following leads, hoping to make an arrest and get Thor back. For three long weeks, Anna Hiken and Mike Lenhart’s minds were filled with horrible thoughts of what may have happened to their dog, Thor. / WJZ

Frederick, MD
DEAF, BLIND DOG RESCUED FROM SINKHOLE
A 14-year-old deaf and blind dog was rescued Sunday from a sinkhole in Frederick. More than 25 rescue workers from at least five different departments in the area spent seven hours trying to rescue the dog — a Lhasa Apso named Samantha. She fell into the hole, which rescue officials said was roughly two feet wide and eight feet deep, while walking with her owner in a grassy area. / The Washington Post

Romney, WV
W.VA. DEAF, BLIND SCHOOLS WORKERS MEET WITH UNION REPRESENTATIVE
A second meeting within as many weeks was held Friday to discuss the fate of child care workers at West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. Anita Mitter is an organizational development specialist with the West Virginia Education Association. “This was a work meeting because the child care workers have a lot ahead of them. They are facing the possible loss of their jobs,” Mitter said. / Cumberland Times-News

Scranton, PA
SCHOOL FOR DEAF CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS OF CHANGE
Since the state gave the Scranton State School for the Deaf to the private Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in 2009, students moved from the Green Ridge section of Scranton to the former Lourdesmont campus in South Abington Twp. Now called the Scranton School for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Children, officials invested millions to renovate the campus. Teaching styles changed and enrollment doubled. The fears of five years ago have long disappeared. / The Times-Tribune

Silver Spring, MD
MAKING POLLS ACCESSIBLE TO DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING VOTERS
Under the Help America Vote Act of 2002, states and local government are required to make polling places accessible to persons with disabilities [and] train “election officials, poll workers, and election volunteers on how best to promote the access and participation of individuals with disabilities." This information is provided to help state and local governments ... make voting accessible to people
who are deaf or hard of hearing. / NAD

Amarillo, TX
LETTER: DEAF DEFENDANT DESERVED INTERPRETER
Regarding the reversal of the conviction of Darrell Cockrell (Court grants appeal in sexual abuse case, March 23, amarillo.com), aren’t readers of the Amarillo Globe-News entitled to know the name of the presiding judge who failed to appoint an interpreter to ensure a fair trial when it was apparent the defendant was deaf? / Amarillo Globe-News

Gainesville, FL
REGGIE GARCIA: DEAF FLORIDIANS MUST BE HEARD
For Florida’s three million citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing, being heard and properly represented by the hearing world can mean the difference between life and death, success and failure, freedom and incarceration. The failure to accommodate deaf residents’ communication needs often results in severe and tragic consequences. The case of Felix Garcia is a prime example of a terrible injustice that grew out of the system’s failure to meet the critical needs of deaf Floridians. / The Gainesville Sun

Modesto, CA
BOY'S KNOWLEDGE OF SIGN LANGUAGE HELPS DURING EMERGENCY AT STORE
Nearly 11 months ago, Modesto resident Sonny Johnson and his wife went shopping at Walmart. He went inside to pick up a few things while she waited outside. The Johnsons -- Sonny and Donn -- are deaf. Sonny also is diabetic, and while in the store that day, his blood sugar fell and he collapsed. So an announcement was made on the store’s speaker system, pleading for help from anyone who knew sign language. The first responder, so to speak – or to sign – was a 10-year-old Cub Scout in uniform. No, really. What are the odds of that? / The Modesto Bee

Houston, TX
DEAF TEXAS COUPLE: AMERICAN AIRLINES APOLOGY NOT ENOUGH OVER 'DEAF AND DUMB' REMARK
First, American Airlines lost their luggage. Then the deaf couple received a note they consider deeply insulting. "Please text, deaf and dumb," read the handwritten words on an airline form that accompanied the delivery of their lost suitcases. It was enough to incense hearing-impaired James Moehle and Angela Huckaby, who were returning from a vacation in Hawaii when American Airlines misplaced their bags and later had them delivered to the couple's home. / NY Daily News

See Also THE AMERICAN AIRLINES 'DEAF AND DUMB' SCANDAL IS SADLY COMMONPLACE / Peter Greenberg.com Travel News


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Rome, Italy
BLIND, DEAF ADVENTURER TRAVELS TO ROME FOR AUDIENCE WITH POPE FRANCIS
Grand Rapids blind and deaf adventurer Bill Barkeley took part in a piece of history Saturday as he attended a special program with Pope Francis in Rome. The Pope spoke about the culture of "encounter" instead of "exclusion" in the first-ever meeting with an all deaf and blind audience, Barkeley said. "The people were ecstatic," Barkeley said. "I was moved by such a huge gathering of interpreters and blind guides helping everyone." / The Grand Rapids Press

Sydney, Australia
HEARING-IMPAIRED GIRL, 10, REPEATEDLY 'RAPED' BY TAXI DRIVER
A taxi driver who allegedly repeatedly raped a 10-year-old girl with profound hearing difficulties in Sydney’s southwest has been charged. Detectives from the Child Abuse Squad arrested and charged a 64-year-old taxi driver April 1in relation to the alleged indecent and sexual assaults. The arrest was made following reports to police late last year the taxi driver, a Fairfield resident, had allegedly assaulted the girl as he transported her to and from school. / The Telegraph

Queensland, Australia
NEW HEARING AID IS THE APPLE OF FORMER SOLDIER'S EAR
For ex-soldier Rick Brown, the difference between his old and new hearing device is like comparing apples and oranges. Brown is the first in Australia to receive a new hearing aid controlled through an iPhone app. Brown, who partially lost his hearing in 2004 while serving in Iraq, says the biggest change so far comes from hearing the slightest sounds. "I hear everything from doors opening to the clattering of washing up in the sink." he said. / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Gloucester, England
DEAF WOMAN STRUGGLES TO GET APPOINTMENT 'BECAUSE TEXTS ARE IGNORED'
For many people, ringing their doctor’s surgery to book an appointment with their GP is a quick and easy task -- but not so for Kim Fletcher who is deaf and a sign language user. Kim has been struggling to make appointments with her doctor for the past 18 months. The only way Kim can get an appointment is first to visit her surgery and communicate in person before going home to wait for a text suggesting an appointment time. / Gloucester Citizen

Westminster, England
DEAF VIOLENT ROBBER JAILED FOR ATTACKS ON ELDERLY
A deaf robber who attacked vulnerable old people has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. Michael Felicien, 35 of no fixed address, targeted people aged between 56 and 84 for money between May 4, and August 12, 2013. Felicien’s modus operandi was to rob people on buses or follow them from buses into their homes before attacking them. / The Guardian

Northern Ireland
DEAF WOMAN AMAZED BY VIDEO REACTION
The emotional video of Joanne Milne having her cochlear implants switched on was viewed globally online, and she has been speaking to This Morning about the "overwhelming" experience. Joanne was born profoundly deaf and at the age of 29 she was told she was going blind due to the rare medical condition Usher Syndrome. "I can't describe how absolutely devastating it was," she told Phillip and Holly. "I'm only human, I felt very low and I had to come to terms with it. / UTV Entertainment

Belfast, Northern Ireland
I'M DEAF AND I'M PROUD ... BUT GIVE ME THOSE EAR IMPLANTS
I have just had a bit of a shock. Apparently, I only have just over 20% hearing with my hearing aids in and hear next to nothing with them out. I am glad I didn't know this, or I might never have had the courage to be a professional opera singer for many years. Performing at the Theatre Royal many years ago, I was quizzed by a small child in the cast. "Miss, what's them things in yer ears?" I explained that they were hearing aids because I was deaf. "Oh," she replied confidently. "That'll be why yer sing so loudly." / Belfast Telegraph

Italy
PEDIUS LETS ITALY'S DEAF MAKE PHONE CALLS, WITH MORE COUNTRIES TO COME
Pedius is a four-month-old Italian startup that has an app currently available for Android that enables the deaf to make phone calls. The user texts a message, and that text translates to speech at the other side of the phone call. There is also a clean-looking website to accompany it, and, although it is currently available only in Italian, it is soon set to expand to Brazil, the United States, and India. / TechCrunch

Dubai
'GIVE DEAF PEOPLE A VOICE': DUBAI CAMPAIGN RAISES AWARENESS
Give deaf people a voice in the community to help break down barriers for those living with hearing disabilities. That was the message at the launch of the Hear Us Sign campaign in Dubai April 1, when it was also revealed that a UAE sign language dictionary is being compiled. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of sign language and to help integrate those with hearing disabilities into society. / The National

Karachi, Pakistan
SOFTBALL COURSE FOR DEAF AND DUMB CHILDREN BEGINS
The inaugural Introduction and Coaching Course for deaf and dumb children commenced here on Wednesday at the Park for Special People at Clifton. “This is for the first time that a coaching course has been organised for the deaf and dumb players,” national softball head coach Asif Azeem said. “With this course, we are aiming to promote healthy activities among these children and it is a great feeling.” / Dawn.com

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
HEARING-IMPAIRED VIETNAMESE RELEASES BOOK FOR HER PEERS
A hearing-impaired Vietnamese author has released a book on useful life skills for hearing-impaired people as well as tips for volunteers working with them. The “Handbook for Supporters Who Work with People with Hearing Loss” was introduced at a press conference in Ho Chi Minh City on March 29 by Duong Phuong Hanh, director of the HCMC-based Center for Research and Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. / Tuoi Tre news

Hong Kong
DEAF DANCER JASON WONG YIU-PONG WINS PLACE AT BROADWAY SCHOOL
Making magic as a dancer on Broadway is hard enough. And when you can't even hear the music, making that dream become a reality may seem too much for some. But Jason Wong Yiu-pong, profoundly deaf since the age of five, is defying all the odds and heading to New York. The 26-year-old Hongkonger has been accepted by the Broadway Dance Centre, which boasts among its alumni such stars as Britney Spears and Bette Midler, and countless other Broadway performers. / South China Morning Post

Kenya
PEACE CORPS CREATING VISUAL RECORD OF KENYAN SIGN LANGUAGE
Peace Corps volunteers Rachel Rose of Olathe, Kansas, and Peter Hess of Boise, Idaho, are working with local community members and fellow volunteers to improve the quality and consistency of deaf education throughout Kenya by developing the country's first Kenyan Sign Language (KSL) digital video glossary. "Consistency within the Kenyan deaf education system is difficult because KSL can vary dramatically from region to region," said Rose, a graduate of Gallaudet University who has been living in Kenya since 2011. / allAfrica.com


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WHY YOU SHOULDN'T SHARE THOSE EMOTIONAL 'DEAF PERSON HEARS FOR THE FIRST TIME' VIDEOS
I admit it: I'm a total sucker for "inspirational" viral videos that pop up on Facebook and Twitter, especially if there are bunnies involved. But there's one video I'm completely sick of seeing and will be happy to never see again – ones where deaf people are able to hear for the first time. ... [These] videos don't make me smile. They make me want to throw my computer out a window. / The Wire

New York, NY
I'M DEAF AND I'M TOTALLY COOL WITH IT, THANKS
I like being deaf. I love the feeling of quiet and comfort I have even while living amid the noise and crowds of New York City. I love sign language, the culture that surrounds it, and the tight-knit feeling of acceptance I’ve experienced in the Deaf community. Most days, deafness feels less like a medical problem and more like being part of a minority culture. But sometimes, people just don't get it. Here's what you can do to be a friend to people like me. / xoJane

Portland, ME
MAINE VOICERS: DEAF MAINERS SHORTCHANGED WHEN HEALTH PROFESSIONALS DON'T PROVIDE INTERPRETERS
“Writing back and forth works for my other patients who are Deaf. So, no, we don’t provide sign language interpreters.” This refrain has been repeated by eye doctors, vision centers in big-box stores and, for that matter, other health specialists throughout Maine. Deaf people who use ASL to communicate do not ask for interpreters to inconvenience those of us in the hearing world. They just want to understand their health care. / The Portland Press Herald

Vernon, NJ
COCHLEAR IMPLANTS GIVE SIBLINGS THE GIFT OF HEARING
A pair of deaf Vernon siblings are finally getting the gift of full hearing thanks to advancements in medicine. Brother and sister Blake and Hailey Dolak were both born deaf due to Usher Syndrome but each has been able to hear in one ear thanks to the use of cochlear implants. “For years, doctors would only implant one ear,” the siblings’ mother, Marlene Dolak, said. “Within the last five years it (implanting both ears) has become more common.” / New Jersey Herald

Jupiter, FL
ONE FAMILY'S SURF CHALLENGE: TAKING ON DEAFNESS AND WINNING!
Imagine watching a movie with the sound muted or more aptly, surfing yet never hearing the roar of the ocean and crashing of the waves. This was life for Kieran Grant, who was born deaf and undiagnosed until 2 1/2 years old. “We just thought he’d be a late talker like Thomas Edison,” quipped Kieran’s father Mike. Upon learning the diagnosis, the Grants had Kieran fitted for a hearing aid which amplifies sounds/vibration. Using this until age 10, the decision was made to have cochlear implant surgery. / Jupiter Courier

Pittsburgh, PA
DEAF WOMAN TO SHARE IMPLANT SUCCESS STORY
The most amazing thing about interviewing Emily Fustos on the phone was that it was occurring on the phone. Consider that Fustos has been profoundly deaf since her birth 23 years ago. But in 1992, at 2-1/2, she was the youngest person at that time to receive a cochlear implant at then-Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Fustos, whose initial implant was in her left ear, received one in the right ear at age 20. She stands as a success story in how cochlear implants allow people with serious or profound hearing loss to hear, thrive and succeed. / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


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Maxwell Air Force Base, AK
AIRMAN SERVES AIR FORCE AND DEAF COMMUNITY
"I don't do what I do in pursuit of reciprocation. Instead, I do what I do in pursuit of the ongoing gratification that I feel each time I use my hands to provide a voice for those who may never actually hear one." These words belong to Airman 1st Class Shaney Scott, an enterprise service desk technician for the 690th Network Support Squadron at Gunter. She has been providing a voice for people using only her hands since the age of 7. Scott was taught ASL by her mother as a means to communicate with her deaf foster brother. / Maxwell AFB

Des Moines, IA
DEAF, BLIND SUPERINTENDENT CRITERIA SURPRISE IOWA PANEL
A draft of a job description for the next superintendent of Iowa’s schools for the deaf and blind does not include a requirement that candidates have experience with blind and deaf education, members of a search committee said Wednesday at a meeting to select top candidates. “When I looked at this, I thought this didn’t look like what I thought it was going to look like,” said Gwen Woodward, regional director of Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. / Des Moines Register

Taylorsville, UT
UTAH MAN HONORED FOR LIFETIME OF WORK WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE DEAF
A man who has spent more than 40 years advocating for people who are deaf or hard of hearing was honored with an award Saturday.
David Mortensen has been deaf since the age of four, and his efforts have brought telephone relay services and a community center for the deaf to the area; he was presented with a Lifetime Advocate Award at the Sanderson Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Taylorsville Saturday. / FOX13Now.com

Middletown, MD
SCHOOL'S VISIONARY INSPIRES LIBERIAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
The head of a Middletown school is heading a project to give deaf children in Liberia a place to live and an education. Victoria L. Brown is working with the U.S. Agency for International Development to acquire a grant for the Hope School for the Deaf, currently in the Liberian capital of Monrovia. The grant would help the school build a new home in a safer location and allow students to live at the school. / The Frederick News-Post


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Los Angeles, CA
DEAF CULTURE IN HOLLYWOOD
Think about the last five movies you saw. Were there any deaf individuals in them? When was the last time you saw a deaf weather person delivering the forecast? It is estimated that nearly 20 percent of Americans live with some form of hearing loss, yet deaf and hard of hearing society members remain oppressed by mainstream culture. Deaf people may be quiet, but they are certainly not invisible. / The Huffington Post

Boston, MA
DEAF, BLIND CAST BREAK BREAD WITH THEIR AUDIENCE
If Adina Tal knew what she was doing, none of this might have worked. That’s what she says about her initial efforts to conduct an acting workshop with participants who are both deaf and blind. “If I really understood what it means to be deaf-blind, I would never be able to get angry at them, to be demanding,” Tal says of the 12 deaf-blind participants who were in that workshop. “I was surrounded by some social workers, and they kept telling me that I’m asking too much from them, that I’m not nice enough.” / The Boston Globe

New York, NY
EAST BRUNSWICK NATIVES WILL MERGE DEAF, HEARING AUDIENCES IN NYC PRODUCTION
East Brunswick native Kelly Kirkley recently joined the cast of the New York Deaf Theatre’s production of “The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy,” directed by fellow East Brunswick native Marlee Koenigsberg. Kirkley and Koenigsberg are graduates of East Brunswick High School. The show opens April 3 and will run through April 13 at the Gene Frankel Theatre in New York City. / myCentralJersey.com

Seattle, WA
CAPITOL HILL HOSTS SEATTLE DEAF FILM FESTIVAL
Capitol Hill’s Northwest Film Forum continues to make a home for festivals involving filmmakers and subject matters of all types. Next week, Seattle Deaf Film Festival brings its three-day roster of 36 productions showcasing the works of the deaf filmmaking community to Capitol Hill for the first time following its 2013 debut. Reels run April 4-6. / CHS Capitol Hill Seattle

Portland, ME
'TRIBES' GIVES MAINE AUDIENCES A GLIMPSE INTO THE DEAF COMMUNITY
The sense of belonging is a central theme in the current Portland Stage production “Tribes,” written by the English playwright Nina Raine. It’s about a young man who was born deaf to a hearing family, and his ongoing struggle to be heard and to belong. It opened on Friday and runs through April 13. Members of the deaf community in Greater Portland are eager to see the play, hoping it will shed some light on a world that most hearing people know little about. / The Portland Press Herald

Lansing, MI
CURTAIN CALL: A DEAF IN THE FAMILY
For those who have wished they could tune out their family during a Christmas fight over who ruined the childhood of whom, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.’s “Tribes” will serve as a cautionary tale. There is a fate worse than suffering petty familial bickering: Sitting on the sidelines in silence. / City Pulse

Austin, TX
'STOMP' COMES TO TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
A performance group known around the world held a special workshop Tuesday afternoon at Texas School for the Deaf. Members of "Stomp" including Penelope Wendtlandt taught 25 students at the South Austin campus. Wendtlandt went to school in Austin and says she's grateful to give back. Students learned one of Stomp's routines step by step. They say they can feel the vibrations and the beat. / KVUE

Columbus, OH
TEEN VIOLINIST EXCITED TO PERFORM FOR OTHERS WITH HEARING IMPAIRMENTS
As members of the New Albany Symphony Orchestra began their first rehearsal for an upcoming concert, viola player Israelle Johnson awaited her cue. The 17-year-old and her fellow performers barreled through the contemporary Short Ride in a Fast Machine, a cacophonous romp by John Adams with staccato trumpets and unruly drums. The piece might pose a challenge for any player, let alone one who is almost deaf. / The Columbus Dispatch

Bennington, VT
DEAF AND LOUD RAPPER WILL PERFORM LIVE AND SPEAK ON PANEL IN BENNINGTON
Without a large deaf community in the area, Melissa Kate Adams of Mount Anthony Union High School's Deaf Education Department says it can be hard to arrange a gathering of even five or six deaf Vermonters here. This Friday, however, Adams has organized an event with some prominent and successful members of the American deaf community, to give the Bennington community chance to learn about and experience deaf culture. / Bennington Banner

Gloucester, MA
WOMEN USE GRANT TO SPREAD SIGN LANGUAGE, MUSIC
Warbles, howls and giggles abounded at the Pace Adult Day Care in Gloucester recently. The senior citizens and their dog Rebecca joined the children of Pathways in a “sing and sign-along” led by Wendy Manninen and Victoria Marsh. Manninen and Marsh’s cross-generational singing and signing program was sponsored through grants from the Gloucester and Massachusetts cultural arts councils. / Gloucester Times


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Bend, OR
SEAHAWKS IDOL HELPS HEARING-IMPAIRED BEND BOY
We first introduced you to 7-year-old Mason Procknow last week. He was born deaf and now he needs an 'FM System' -- a special wireless microphone, connected to his cochlear implant, allowing him to hear his baseball coach's instructions. Well, his story went viral and now, one of Mason's biggest idol's has stepped up to help. / KTVZ

Frederick, MD
HEARING LOSS IRRELEVANT TO STANDOUT HOCKEY PLAYER
Dominic Norris is a hockey-loving 15-year-old at Frederick High School, but he doesn't just love the game, he's very good at it. Dominic is the first freshman to win the Monocacy Valley Hockey League Scoring and Goals title. He finished the season with 42 points and 34 goals, the most ever by a Frederick freshman in school history. He reached these accomplishments by overcoming an obstacle you can't even see. Dominic cannot hear out of his left ear. / WUSA 9


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Washington, DC
IN MEMORY OF GIO MANGANELLI
The Sacchetti and Manganelli family would like to share with friends and family that Gianni “Gio” Manganelli has ascended into Heaven on March 30, 2014. His greatest joys were loving his family and participating in Gallaudet University’s Academic Bowl as the Captain of University HS for four consecutive years. Of three, he was an “Outstanding Player” but he will be most remembered as a gentle soul and a shining light in the lives of friends and family. The Sacchetti/Manganelli family gives thanks to friends, relatives and Gallaudet University for their support. / Celebrating Gio's Life


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EMPLOYMENT
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You can advertise your job openings here for just $20 a week (up to 100 words, 10 cents each add'l word). To place your ad, send the announcement to mail@deafweekly.com.

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ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services (ASL-DES) at Gallaudet University has an open position for an ASL Proficiency Evaluator.

An ASL Proficiency Evaluator provides interviewing and rating in accordance with the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI); participates in the development, implementation, and administration of tools, protocol, and/or procedures used in a comprehensive multiple-measures evaluation system; conducts semi-annual re-ratings of taped interviews as part of a systematic reliability check; participates in periodic retraining in interview techniques and rating procedures; participates in other research activities to maintain the quality of the evaluation system; keeps abreast of trends and research in the field of first and second language teaching, learning, acquisition, and evaluation.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please click on this link to learn about the requirements to apply and the training requirements to maintain the position.

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Employment Advisor

Requisition Number: 1013BR
College/Division: National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Organization: NTID Center on Employment
Staff Job Function: Advising or Counseling
Wage Band: 115A
Employment Category: Fulltime

Detailed Job Description:

General Summary

Develop and enhance employment opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing students from NTID/RIT for both coop/internships and permanent employment.

Major Responsibilities
1. Help job seeking students prepare for co-op/internship positions and permanent jobs through advice on resume and cover letter writing, interview skill building, and other preparation techniques.
2. Teach classes, workshops, and seminars related to job seeking skills development
3. Initiate, enhance, and maintain relationships with employers throughout the nation for job development
4. Orient employers to NTID and train on working successfully with deaf persons
5. Advise Deaf/HH students regarding employment trends, career opportunities, and how to access those opportunities
6. Work closely with NTID/RIT faculty and advise them of employment trends and help in developing new curriculum
7. Maintain liaisons with appropriate personnel throughout NTID/RIT including the Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services.

Other Responsibilities
Participate, as appropriate, on NTID teams and projects
1. NCE team and/or project leadership
2. Assist in training and mentoring new staff

Required Minimum Qualifications

Education
Bachelor’s degree in business, or related technical field, marketing, human resources (focus on staffing, recruiting, advising) required. Master’s degree in related field preferred.

Experience

Employment Advisor: 1-3 years in business/industry, job development, career services, or marketing.

Senior Employment Advisor: 3-5 years in business/industry or educational environment, preferably related to human resources, marketing, or career services.

NTID Center on Employment recruits and hires Employment Advisor at different levels of experience and skill in its career ladder, i.e. Employment Advisor and Senior Employment Advisor. Placement in the career ladder will be determined by experience, and skill proficiency level.

Skills

Required:
1. Strong Presentation skills, persuasive skills in marketing or sales, advising skills, group facilitation/training skills and written communication skills
2. Computer literacy skills including MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, familiarity with database systems.
3. Strong organizational and detail follow-up skills
4. Ability to work in a team mode
5. Travel to conduct employer development, training, and conference exhibiting and/or participation
6. American Sign Language communication and knowledge of Deaf culture or willingness to learn.

Desired:
1. Knowledge of industry employment needs and processes

Required Minimum Education Level
BS

Preferred Education Level
Masters-Other

Required Application Documents
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Cover Letter
List of References

How To Apply
In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: http://apptrkr.com/455045. Click the link for search openings and in the keyword search field, enter the title of the position or the BR number.

Additional Details
The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources.

RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities.

RIT provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, veterans or wounded warriors where appropriate. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Careers@rit.edu. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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PAHrtners Deaf Services
www.pahrtners.com/careers

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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 out-patient services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) children, adolescents and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are Deaf or Hard of Hearing!

As a result of our commitment to the Deaf/HoH community PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or 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, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable in 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

Assistant Program Director for Residential Services for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs -
Full Time; Glenside location

Residential Program Assistant for Adult Residential Program - Full Time; Glenside location

Case Managers for Residential Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs -
Full Time; Glenside location

Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents- Full Time; Glenside location

Therapist/Psychiatric Rehabilitation Worker- Full Time; Glenside location

Staff Interpreter-
Full Time; Glenside location

HR Assistant-
Full Time; Glenside location

Go to our Website at: www.PAHrtners.com to learn more about each position.
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Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Elizabeth Williams, Office Manager

PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038

Email: ewilliams@pahrtners.com
Fax: 215-884-6301

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