April 4, 2018
Vol. 14, No. 24
Editor: Tom Willard
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SOUTH CAROLINA AGREES TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE FOR DEAF INMATES
The South Carolina Department of Corrections has agreed to provide assistance to hearing-impaired inmates, settling claims it had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Justice Department alleged the corrections department failed to provide deaf inmates with sign language interpreters and other auxiliary aids and services, and claimed those inmates were excluded from religious and vocational events. Deaf prisoners will also have telecommunication access allowing them to talk with families and attorneys like other inmates, the Justice Department said. / The Washington Times
GALLAUDET EYES MORE PROGRESS FOR DEAF COMMUNITY 30 YEARS AFTER 'DEAF PRESIDENT NOW'
Students at Gallaudet University, the renowned school for the deaf, brought the campus in the nation's capital to a standstill 30 years ago during a week-long protest to demand a "deaf president now." The protest forever changed Gallaudet and inspired the deaf community, but students, alumni and experts say more is still needed three decades later to boost the number of deaf leaders and jobs. / USA Today
DESPITE BROADER PUSH TO IMPROVE CAMPUS CLIMATE, DEAF STUDENTS ARE CONSISTENTLY ERASED, EXCLUDED, SILENCED
It was one of many times that Catherine Palm was acutely aware of being a Deaf student in a hearing world. The audio on a video her professor wanted to play wasn’t working. The captions were still available, though, so her professor started the clip without sound. Palm breathed a sigh a relief. But mere seconds into the video, Palm’s classmates started complaining. / The Badger Herald
PRESSLEY RIDGE BREAKS GROUND ON INNOVATIVE NEW SCHOOL SERVING KIDS WITH AUTISM AND DEAFNESS
Builders broke ground March 29 on the Pressley Ridge School for Autism and Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf, a new state-of-the-art school designed to enhance learning for students on the autism spectrum and those who are Deaf and hard of hearing. The school — which will replace various spaces the agency has leased for 20 years — is expected to open in time for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. / NEXTpittsburgh
BURLEY TEENAGER USES SENIOR PROJECT TO TEACH EMERGENCY SIGN LANGUAGE
Veronica Tolman said she lives in two worlds: hearing world and deaf world. "I have the best of both worlds," she said. Tolman lost her hearing as a toddler, so she can talk and she can sign. "I still prefer deaf world activities," Tolman said. As a part of both worlds, she knows the communication issues between them. "We feel like we're stuck; we can't communicate and it's not a good feeling," Tolman said. / KMVT
WYOMING TEAM PREPARES FOR NATIONAL QUIZ BOWL
The question flashed on the screen: What book followed the tale of two men working a ranch as they dreamed of their own farm and rabbits? “Of Mice & Men,” I scribbled with the confidence of someone who’s just setting himself up to be embarrassed by a high schooler whose team has won regional competitions for trivia and is prepping to go compete nationally next month. / Casper Star-Tribune
HUNDREDS ATTEND FIRST-EVER DEAF AND HEARING STORY SLAM HELD ON CAMPUS
At the first-ever Penn-affiliated story slam of its kind, people took the stage to share their stories — through speech and through sign language. At International House Philadelphia on Tuesday, speakers recalled significant events in their lives, some solemn in nature, some humorous. American Sign Language advocate and performer Wink Smith, Jr. emceed the event, while interpreters made the stories accessible for both hearing and non-hearing attendees. / The Daily Pennsylvanian
AIRPORT AUTHORITIES HAND NYLE DIMARCO A BRAILLE MANUAL
Disability of any kind is still, for most times, looked down upon. It is misunderstood, people in question are pitied and treated differently, even for the things that they are capable of doing. Like talking to a blind person loudly. I mean, the person can hear you, they can’t see you. Do we still not understand the difference? Nyle DiMarco, a deaf artist based out of Illinois recently posted a video on Instagram about how the Illinois airport authorities handed him a safety manual in Braille because he is deaf. / Storypick
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Toronto, ON, Canada
TTC RIDER PUSHES TRANSIT AGENCY TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH HEARING-IMPAIRED CUSTOMERS
More than a decade after an advocate for the blind won a landmark human rights case against the TTC, a hearing-impaired transit user is calling on the agency to improve its communication with riders who have hearing loss. Leona Zultek argues that by not devising ways to provide hearing-impaired customers with the same information as other riders, the TTC is failing in its obligation to communicate with all passengers regardless of their abilities. / The Star
Grande Prairie, AB, Canada
LOCAL ASL GROUP STARTING UP
A new club has been created to teach people about ASL in the city. Information meetings will be held at the Grande Prairie Public Library. “We will be the only resource in the northern part of Alberta for anyone hard of hearing, deaf or people who just want to look to learn ASL to begin with,” said Sooraya Nuthall, co-founder of Grande Prairie American Sign Language. / Daily Herald Tribune
Whangarei, New Zealand
BOY BORN DEAF WANTS ALL SCHOOLS TO TEACH NZ SIGN LANGUAGE
Lennox Clark enjoys going on Instagram, taking photos, and he is very good at drawing. He lives in Whangarei with his mum and nana and has 11 pets — two dogs, five chickens, three cats and a rabbit. He's like any other 12-year-old boy — his friends will tell you that — he just communicates differently. His hands show his words and his facial expressions show the tone he is talking in. Lennox was born profoundly deaf. / New Zealand Herald
CAFE WITH DEAF BARISTAS TEACHES CUSTOMERS TO ORDER USING SIGN LANGUAGE
A local cafe owner in Cairns is teaching staff and customers to order coffees in sign language after taking on six employees with hearing impairments. Elsa Lim, founder of Eat Real Cairns, a cafe and meal delivery service focusing on fresh, healthy food, also works part-time as a disability support worker. Keen to make Eat Real an accessible place for employees with disabilities, Elsa decided to learn Auslan before realizing she could teach her customers how to sign as well. / Foodiful
SPECIAL FUNDS SOUGHT FOR KOHAT SCHOOL FOR DEAF GIRLS
The speakers at a function here on Tuesday demanded provision of adequate funds for technical training of deaf girls, and allocation of reserved seats for them so they could get to the the assemblies at later stages of their lives. They were speaking at a function to declare first-ever annual examination results at the government middle school for deaf here. / DAWN.com
DEAF CRICKET ASSOCIATION FORCED TO TAKE LOANS
Lack of financial resources has been forcing the members of the Punjab Cricket Association for the deaf to avail of the gold loan services to fulfill their basic needs. These cricketers are part of the third edition of the Usha Deaf Indian cricket league at Punjab Agriculture University cricket ground here. With no affiliation from the cash rich BCCI, the All India Cricket Association for the deaf could not manage to organize sufficient cricket tournaments throughout the year. / The Times of India
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LIFE & LEISURE
Roanoke Co., VA
'DEAF DOGS ROCK' AND ARE ROCKING THE INTERNET
Christina Lee has her own rock band -- of dogs. They make their own kind of noise, which is music to her ears, but they can't even hear it. "We call them our rocker dogs. If only they could make money. If only they can play and make money," Lee joked. Deaf Dogs Rock was founded in late summer of 2011 after Lee, of Roanoke County, Virginia, adopted little Nitro. / The Charlottesville Newsplex
SIGN LANGUAGE NOONER ILLUMINATES DEAF CULTURE
Long lines of students in the Brower Student Center for meal equivalency on Tuesday, March 30 were rivaled by those formed to celebrate deaf culture at the College Union Board’s Sign Language Nooner. The event featured free sugar cookies, chocolate sign language molds, alphabet magnets and a popular wax hands station. / The Signal
ASL CLASS LETS THE HEARING WALK IN SHOES OF THE DEAF
In an effort to bridge the gap between the hearing and the deaf, Britany Burris hosts a Deaf Culture and Sign Language Class at the Tahlequah Public Library on Mondays and Wednesdays. The class can bring awareness about deaf culture to the hearing, helps beginners start learning sign language, and offers experienced signers a time for practice. “I live in a hearing world that doesn’t understand me and I don’t understand it,” said Burris. / Tahlequah Daily Press
ASL CLUB BRINGS DEAF CULTURE TO CAMPUS
Giselle Nissenbaum first experienced hearing loss during a fifth grade math lesson. Once she became totally deaf, she had surgery to receive cochlear implants. Now, she relies on lip-reading, and can’t hear when she takes her implants out. Despite this, Nissenbaum struggles to identify with either the deaf or hearing communities. / The Panther
DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS LEARN NEW MOVES IN DANCE WORKSHOP
For one afternoon, the studio at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts teemed with wildlife. A dozen Lincoln Intermediate Unit deaf and hard-of-hearing students slithered like snakes, leaped like frogs and roared like lions on a recent Friday as part of an interactive arts education experience hosted by the Appell Center and the Cultural Alliance of York County. / York Daily Record
ARKANSAS CLUB BUILDS RELATIONSHIPS WITH DEAF COMMUNITY
Baylee Lewis was one of the first students to join the Sign Language Club at Jonesboro High School, in order to better communicate with those in the deaf community, both at school and beyond. "Personally, I feel like the deaf community is silenced in a way — they are definitely under-represented, and I feel like it is a good idea to get people involved so they could be heard in a way," Lewis said. / The Jonesboro Sun
MOM-AND-DAUGHTER FIRM HAS SPENT 20 YEARS PROVIDING SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS 24/7
The need met by Christine Sherwood and her daughter, Kathy Kady-Hopkins, at their family-owned company is more than a profitable business niche — it’s life-or-death. “Say you go into an emergency room as a deaf person — what do you do?” Sherwood said. “If the nurses and doctor can’t triage you because you can’t be communicated with, they need an interpreter, or they can’t do what they have to. “That’s where we come in.” / ROI-nj.com
TEXAS'S FIRST COMMISSIONED DEAF FEMALE PEACE OFFICER SWORN IN
Erica Trevino's dreams were realized Wednesday morning in Dalhart as she swore in as the first commissioned deaf female peace officer in Texas. “Ever since I was a young girl I wanted to be a police officer or in the military,” Trevino says. Many people told her that wouldn't possible. The journey to becoming a peace officer wasn't without it's difficulties. “It’s been a hard path," she said. / Borger News Herald
MT. AIRY DEAF INSTRUCTOR ABLE TO CONQUER SOCIAL ISOLATION
Mt. Airy Learning Tree has had hundreds of teachers in its 36 years as an invaluable community resource that now averages 750 classes and 5,000 students per year, but Kristen Dieffenbacher, who is currently teaching a course about ASL, is unique. She is the only Deaf instructor MALT has ever had, “as far as I know,” said Judy Weinstein, MALT Executive Director. / Chestnut Hill Local
FACES OF UCM: LACEE STANLEY
Lacee Stanley wants to make an impact in somebody’s life. After taking ASL classes at UCM, she realized teaching deaf children was how she was going to do it. “I just want to help deaf kids really bad,” Stanley said. / Digitalburg
DEAF PASTOR IS FIRST TO LEAD AN EAST VALLEY CONGREGATION
As Pastor Jeremy Fass preaches the Gospel, the only sound he makes is tiny wisps of breath and the occasional smack of hands coming together. His congregation’s eyes lock on him as he does it. Fass leads Silent Hope Church in Mesa, the first congregation in the East Valley headed by a deaf person. / East Valley Tribune
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
New York, NY
MILLICENT SIMMONDS TALKS 'A QUIET PLACE,' BEING A DEAF ACTRESS, MORE
Millicent Simmonds is proof you don’t need to say a word to get someone’s attention. The 15-year-old deaf actress has earned praise in recent months, thanks to her impressive work in last fall’s Todd Haynes film, “Wonderstruck,” based on the acclaimed novel by Brian Selznick, and now in “A Quiet Place,” an original, disturbing thriller hitting theaters Friday, April 6, starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski (who also directed and co-wrote the screenplay). / Newsday
New York, NY
JOSHUA CASTILLE TO STAR IN 5TH AVENUE THEATRE'S 'THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME'
Joshua Castille, seen on Broadway as Ernst in the Deaf West production of Spring Awakening, will play Quasimodo (who is Deaf in Victor Hugo’s literary masterpiece) this summer in the 5th Avenue Theatre staging of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Castille, who is Deaf, will use ASL throughout his performance, while Justin Gregory Lopez will be featured as Quasimodo’s “voice,” as well as one of the cathedral’s gargoyles. / Playbill
New York, NY
DEAF, HEARING BROADWAY VETS TEAM FOR WORKSHOP OF NEW MUSICAL 'STEPCHILD'
Deaf West/Broadway Spring Awakening and Big River stars, Amelia Hensley, Alexandria Wailes & Melissa Van Der Schyff, reunite for this groundbreaking original musical centering on a Deaf heroine, to be directed by Drama Desk nominee Kim Weild (Fetes De La Nuit, Soot and Spit) with Artistic Sign Language by Alexandria Wailes (Children Of A Lesser God, currently on Broadway). / Broadway World
DRAG QUEENS CONNECT WITH UF COMMUNITY
Casavina, in a blue sequined dress, and Selena Minogue, in a flamingo skirt, joked about the terrible things their interpreters have done through ASL. Falling asleep, arguing and never showing any expressions were common problems. The two drag queens, who gathered internet fame through their YouTube channel called Deafies in Drag, performed Friday night at the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. / The Independent Florida Alligator
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Instructional/Support Faculty - NTID Information and Computing Studies
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
NTID Information and Computing Studies
Faculty Type (Tenure Status): Non-Tenure-Track Lecturer
Faculty Discipline: Computer Science
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Employment Category: Fulltime
Anticipated Start Date: 01-Aug-2018
THE UNIVERSITY AND ROCHESTER COMMUNITY:
RIT is a national leader in professional and career-oriented education. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have chosen to attend RIT. Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. With approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students, RIT is one of the largest private universities in the nation. RIT offers a rich array of degree programs in engineering, science, business, and the arts, and is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. RIT has been honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” for four years. RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site. RIT is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples by our membership in the http://www.upstatenyherc.org/home/index.cfm?site_id=671.
Rochester, situated between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes region, is the 51st largest metro area in the United States and the third largest city New York State. The Greater Rochester region, which is home to nearly 1.1 million people, is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity, with a population comprised of approximately 18% African and Latin Americans and another 3% of international origin. It is also home to one of the largest deaf communities per capita in the U.S. Rochester ranks 4th for “Most Affordable City" by Forbes Magazine ,and MSN selected Rochester as the “#1 Most Livable Bargain Market” (for real-estate). Kiplinger named Rochester one of the top five “Best City for Families.”
Detailed Job Description
Provide direct instruction to deaf and hard-of hearing students in the Applied Computer Technology program under Information and Computing Studies department. Participate fully in the department's curricular initiatives and related faculty duties.
Required Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or related field and at least 5 years full-time work experience in related field, or Master of Science degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or related field and 2-3 years full-time work experience in related field.
• Full-time work experience in network/security and/or tech support.
• Experience in introductory programming, database, or website development.
• Teaching/training experience.
• Organizational skills and the ability to work as part of a team.
• Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) and familiarity with Deaf culture.
• Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college's continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.
Required Minimum Education Level
Required Application Documents
Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References, Statement of Teaching Philosophy
How To Apply
Apply online at http://careers.rit.edu/faculty Keyword Search: 3698BR.
Please submit: your curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and the following attachments:
• A brief teaching philosophy
• The names, addresses and phone numbers for three references
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.
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 accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Careers@rit.edu.
RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov.
CSDB TEACHER OPPORTUNITIES
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) invites you to consider Teacher of the Deaf opportunities. Positions are responsible for providing standards-based instruction to K-12th grade students who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing. Full-Time / academic year employment (195 days, August to June). Excellent Benefits. View job post & apply on-line: www.csdb.org/careers
Applications continuously accepted for future vacancies in all core content areas: Early Childhood Education (Birth – 2nd); Elementary Education (3rd – 8th); English / Language Arts; Social Studies; Science; Mathematics. Current known vacancies: Literacy Specialist / Coach (PreK – 12th Grade), TOD: Family-Centered Early Education (FCEE) Program; Birth to 2nd Grade, Mathematics (Secondary).
Advocates in Framingham, MA is Hiring!
Advocates is seeking talented professionals to join our team, providing health services within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
Awake Overnight Direct Care Counselor: Remain awake, alert and responsive to the needs of the clients throughout the shift, assist clients with morning activities.
• Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent degree, fluency in ASL.
Clinical Program Manager: The Clinical Program Manager is responsible for the supervision and direction of a program, including providing clinical supervision and rehabilitative direction to a team of Direct Care Counselors and clients.
• Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in related field.
Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. All shifts available!
• Qualifications: BA/BS; or HS diploma/GED and 1 year experience.
MA Clinician: The MA Clinician will provide crisis and respite support services to individuals in being supported by the Deaf Respite Program.
• Qualifications: Master’s Degree in related field and at least two years’ experience with target population (inpatient, outpatient, residential acceptable).
Outpatient Clinician: Provide comprehensive outpatient counseling/therapy to children, adults and families in need of services.
• Qualifications: MSW or MA in related field and 1 year experience in outpatient setting.
Senior Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. Coordinate/monitor administrative/clinical functions.
• Qualifications: BA/BS and 2 years’ experience; or HS Diploma/GED and 3 years’ experience.
Minimum Qualifications Include:
• ASL fluency.
• Valid driver's license/reliable transportation.
• Related education (as applicable).
Visit www.Advocates.org/Careers to apply today!
NORTHEAST ARC IS HIRING!
Do you know ASL? We are looking for employees that want to make a difference in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities, who are also deaf. Positions are available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. As an employee, you will provide direct care, using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. We offer an excellent benefits package, paid trainings and the support you will need to become a successful part of our experienced, long-term team of professionals. For additional information or to send your resume, please apply online at www.ne-arc.org.
Compensation: $12-12.50 for per diem shifts and $14-$14.50 for FT shifts.
NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH AND GLENSIDE
PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. Located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PAHrtners provides residential and outpatient services to deaf and hard of hearing children, adolescents, and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are deaf or hard of hearing!
PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate, or a professional with many years of experience in the field of human services, we have a career-building position waiting for you! E.O.E.
PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, and energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf culture to fill the following positions:
Residential Counselors for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities – Full time, part time, on call; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma required.
Blended Case Manager – Full time; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences required.
Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum of one years’ related experience required.
Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services required.
Training Coordinator – Full Time. Glenside location. Travels to Pittsburgh as needed. Education requirements flexible and based on experience. Must be proficient in ASL.
Outpatient Therapist – Part Time. Glenside location. Must be eligible for LCSW or LPC in PA. Must have MSW or equivalent. Must be proficient in ASL.
Assistant Office Manager – Full Time. Glenside location. Minimum high school diploma with 5 years’ management experience.
Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position.
Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Joel Skelton, Assistant Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 215.392.6065
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