April 6, 2011
Vol. 7, No. 24
Editor: Tom Willard
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AFTERMATH OF SLOVAKIA WINTER DEAFLYMPICS
Deaflympics is now facing an economic and social crisis with few parallels in our history. The failure of the Slovakian Deaflympic Organising Committee and the criminal fraud perpetrated by its President, Jaromir Ruda, have caused massive hardship to Deaf athletes and administrators around the world. The reputation of Deaf sport around the world has been severely damaged. Faced with the outcome of the failed Winter Deaflympics in Slovakia, ICSD is bringing in independent investigation. / ICSD
MAN HIT, KILLED BY EQUIPMENT ON RAILROAD TRACK IN PEVELY, MO
A man is dead after being struck by a piece of maintenance equipment on a railroad track in Pevely, Missouri. Authorities said the equipment hit the 37-year-old man while he was walking along the tracks. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was a transient from Pennsylvania who was staying in Pevely for about 6 weeks at the Mission shelter. A man who volunteers at the shelter says the victim's name is Matthew and he's incredibly hard of hearing. / KMOV
W.VA.'S DEAF ARE '2ND-CLASS CITIZENS'
At 15, Ariel Depp of South Charleston takes honors classes and wants to own her own business one day. "But without interpreters," she said, "I cannot achieve my dreams." Depp was one of about 50 people who attended a public forum Thursday at the state Capitol Complex to air concerns about the West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. / The Charleston Gazette
ASL BILL NOT ENOUGH FOR GOV. MCDONNELL ON FIRST GO-ROUND
When it was time to put pen to paper, Gov. Bob McDonnell balked -- sending House Bill 1435, a popular bill on American Sign Language legislation, back to the drawing board. The bill, sponsored by Del. Richard “Dickie” Bell (R-20), would allow ASL to be used as a high school foreign language credit and be accepted at state colleges. HB 1435 blazed through Virginia legislature, cruising by the House in a 95-3 vote and surviving the Senate with a 34-6 victory. All that was left was McDonnell’s signature. / Loudoun Times
San Antonio, TX
A MORE COMPLETE ALAMO EXPERIENCE
Gail and Bruce Fearing can't hear, but they longed to see and learn about the Alamo. The deaf couple's request for a sign-language interpreter may have sparked an effort to make the Alamo more user-friendly for the deaf. The couple and their two sons, who are not hearing-impaired, got a guided tour Thursday from Bruce Winders, Alamo historian and curator. The Fearings, from Wisconsin, nodded and asked questions orally. Gail Fearing called the visit a “great experience.” “I learned a lot about the Alamo." / San Antonio Express-News
MARYLAND SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF CLAIMS SECOND STRAIGHT ACADEMIC BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP
In a showcase just inside the front door of the Maryland School for the Deaf's Ely Building, the gleaming silver cup that proclaims MSD the 2010 Academic Bowl Champion is lonely. But not for long. The trophy will have company when the 2011 championship cup is added to the display. The MSD team performed a repeat last month when it successfully defended its title at the 2011 Academic Bowl for Deaf and Hard of Hearing for high school students. / The Frederick News-Post
VOLUNTEERS HELP GIVE OSD A MAKEOVER
Volunteers from South Salem came together Friday to help freshen up the Oregon School for the Deaf's girls dormitory. Through the Ace Hardware's Helpful Hands campaign, OSD was one of the high schools chosen from each of the 50 states for a $2,000 paint makeover. Judy Hillman, Madrona Hills Ace Hardware's buyer for gifts and gardens, organized the makeover and rounded up volunteers and businesses to help complete the project. / Statesman Journal
BIKERS BEGIN JOURNEY TO MEXICO
Fincastle Baptist Church hosts a bike ride to raise money and awareness for deaf children in Mexico. Four bikers will make a 1,600 mile journey. On Saturday, hundreds of other bikers showed their support by traveling the first eight miles with them. Biker, Tom Turner says, "This is a wonderful opportunity for us to bring awareness to the plight of deaf children in third world countries, especially in Mexico." / WSLS 10
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Montreal, QB, Canada
QUEBEC POLICE SEEK DEAF TODDLER ADAM BENHAMMA
Police in Quebec are searching for an autistic, deaf toddler, who also cannot speak, who disappeared from a family gathering on Sunday. Officers in Laval are using dogs and helicopters in the search for three-year-old Adam Benhamma. Police said the search was complicated by the boy's inability to hear rescuers and to cry out for help, but added he could also have been abducted. / BBC News
See Also: DON'T BLAME PARENTS FOR MISSING TOT / Toronto Sun
Akyem Tafo, Ghana
21-YEAR-OLD DEAF AND DUMB KIDNAPPED
A 21-year-old young speech impaired lady Christiana Ohenewaa has allegedly been kidnapped by persons who posed as “Jehovah Witnesses” preaching the word of God at Akyem Tafo in the Eastern region. An eye witness told Asempa News the incident occurred at a place called Zongo on Friday, adding that another girl, whose name was given as Dede, 17, was also kidnapped by the unknown assailants. / Myjoyonline.com
Wodonga, VIC, Australia
SUSPICIOUS FIRE BURNS 20 JOBS FOR DISABLED
Working at the Twin City Laundry Service was no ordinary job for Talitha Rahaley. “It’s our work, it’s our lives, it’s what we do,” said Miss Rahaley, one of 20 disabled employees at the factory. For Jillian McCormack, who has a hearing disability, it meant something even more. “It’s the first time I’ve felt I was part of society,” she said. A fire early yesterday, believed to be deliberately lit, has left 20 workers needing to be transferred to other Kalianna jobs and a damage bill likely to top $1 million. / The Border Mail
DISASTERS PROVE VALUE OF SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS
Natural disasters in Queensland and New Zealand have highlighted the value of sign language interpreters. / ABC News
Dunedin, New Zealand
DEAF WOMAN'S HEARING DOG HURT IN ATTACK
Constable Keith Braithwaite said a woman in her 40s was walking her dogs when a bull mastiff dog escaped from its owner's property and attacked one of her dogs (a schnauzer) just after 10am. The schnauzer was badly injured, and the woman was knocked over, requiring treatment at hospital for minor cuts to her head. Const Braithwaite said the woman, who was profoundly deaf, was understandably distraught at what had happened to her dog, which was registered as a special-needs dog, or a hearing dog. / Otago Daily Times
MEGA IS FIRST PRIVATE GREEK CHANNEL TO SUBTITLE
Mega Channel was the first private TV channel to be launched in Greece and it has become hugely popular. It recently broadcast a big-budget series called The Island. Stathis Michail, General Manager with Mediatext, explained: "Mega Channel wanted to provide subtitles for the hard of hearing for this series. This initiative was taken because the channel believed that the series would be very successful and they were correct." The Hellnic Federation of the Deaf, in a letter to Mega Channel, expressed its gratitude. / 4RFV
TAIWAN DOCTORS WARN AGAINST HEARING DAMAGE AFTER SPRING SCREAM
People who develop symptoms of dizziness, tinnitus, or balance problems after attending the annual Kenting music festival should seek medical attention immediately, a doctor advised Tuesday, saying that he had noticed over the years a trend of an increased number of ear damage cases after Kenting Spring Scream. Physician Li Po-hung said that the incidence of hearing loss among patients who had attended the Kenting festival tended to be about 10 percent to 20 percent higher than in the rest of the population. / CNA English News
'DO TOUCH': WORLD'S FIRST DEAF-BLIND ACTING GROUP IN JAFFA
In Tel Aviv’s Jaffa port, there is an old warehouse overlooking the Mediterranean. There you can find the “Nalaga’at” Center, the world’s only professional deaf-blind acting ensemble. The theater is composed of 11 actors, most of them suffering from genetic disorder called Usher syndrome, which results in acute deafness at birth, followed by gradual loss of vision. Nalaga’at means “Do Touch” in Hebrew. / The Jerusalem Post
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LIFE & LEISURE
EAR IMPLANTS FOR THE DEAF WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED
Cochlear implants have helped thousands of deaf people around the world hear for the first time. Now a tiny microphone implanted in a person's ear will provide them with continuous hearing day and night. "Patients can't normally wear [existing implants] in their sleep, in the shower, the rain or when they swim," says Herman Jenkins, chair of otolaryngology at the University of Colorado in Aurora. "A fully implanted system would get rid of all that because you could wear it round the clock," Jenkins says. But developing an internal microphone for such a system is quite a challenge. / New Scientist
Los Angeles, CA
MILEY JOINS STARKEY HEARING FOUNDATION 'LISTEN CAREFULLY' CAMPAIGN
Did you know there’s been a startling rise in hearing loss among teens? A 31% increase over the last decade to be exact. Because of these statistics, the Starkey Hearing Foundation is launching the Listen Carefully campaign with Miley Cyrus. The Listen Carefully campaign kicks-off with a series of public service ads with a clear message – “your hearing is fragile, so don’t listen loudly, listen carefully.” / MileySource.net
New York, NY
TEEN HEARING LOSS RISING, STUDY SHOWS
Some may assume that hearing loss is a problem that occurs later in life but teens are also facing an increasing risk according to the International Journal of Audiology. Like many teenagers, music is an important part of 18-year-old Matt Calabretta's daily routine. He enjoys listening to his favorite tunes on full blast. A hearing test given during a new study provided enough proof that his ears had been affected. The results were typical among other teens. / 7online.com
Canyon Lake, CA
TEEN TALK: BRIDGING COMMUNICATION GAP WITH DEAF COMMUNITY
Learning how to communicate in other languages is extremely important in every aspect of life. To graduate high school, students must complete two years of a foreign language. The most popular and well-received language to complete these high school credits has been Spanish. But suddenly, a language that has been foreign and unfamiliar has entered the campus of Temescal Canyon, sparking a new appreciation and passion in the students. This language is the beautiful sweeping of hand motions known as American Sign Language. / The Friday Flyer
HEARING IMPAIRED STUDENT WINS NATIONAL SCIENCE FAIR
A 6th grade student from Owego Apalachin Middle School is making his way into the science world with one interesting experiment about rust. It all started with Decker Ayers's love of sports and outdoor activities. However, the hearing impaired 6th grader ran into a problem with his hearing aid whenever he was active. "My hearing aid always rusts when I sweat, so I had a problem with it and so that's where I got my idea from," said Ayers. It was an idea that won him $500 and 1st place in the RIT National Science Fair for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students. / FOX 40 WICZ
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West Palm Beach, FL
HEARUSA GETS RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST SIEMENS
HearUSA got a court to issue a temporary restraining order against Siemens Hearing Instruments, which is seeking to collect on a disputed loan. Siemens declared the West Palm Beach-based company (AMEX: EAR), which sells hearing aids, in default on a $32.7 million loan tied to the sale of HearUSA’s Canadian business in 2009. The German company said it could seize control of HearUSA’s stock in its efforts to collect on the debt. / South Florida Business Journal
Salt Lake City, UT
LASER-BASED HEARING AIDS MAY GIVE DEAF PEOPLE LIMITED HEARING
The first time I read this, I was convinced it was some kind of hoax, but if it is, it may well be one of the most elaborate ones ever released onto mankind. Researchers at the University of Utah are reporting that lasers may make deaf people able to hear. So right now you’re likely asking the exact same questions I was, wondering how focused beams of light have absolutely anything to do with sound waves, but the research is oddly convincing. / TFTS
OKLAHOMA RESEARCHER RONG GAN HAS HELP FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED
Cochlear implant patient Tony Howard understands the stigma of wearing hearing aids. “My daughter was a cute blonde at 20, with a hearing aid tucked behind the ears. She wasn’t happy about that at all,” Howard said. “She wore them in college. But only when she had to. She still wears them only when she has to.” But now Oklahoma researcher Rong Gan has developed a hearing device that may suit Howard’s daughter, Robyn Howard, and thousands of other people who don’t hear well. / The Oklahoman
San Francisco, CA
FINGUAL TURNS SIGN LANGUAGE INTO TEXT
Boffins over at the Osaka and Shinshu Universities in Japan have managed to squeeze their brains to come up with the special sensor-equipped glove which allows one to enter text on a computer, simply by making gestures or shapes using your hands or fingers. Of course, this functionality will be made available to any kind of electronic device eventually. How is this made possible? / Ubergizmo
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
SIGN STAGE ON TOUR PERFORMS WINNIE THE POOH
Windwood Productions Presents Sign Stage on Tour, Deaf Theatre adaptation of Winnie The Pooh at The Palace Theater in Hamilton on Thursday, April 7 at 6:30pm for a one-hour show. Featuring the talent of Sign Stage On Tour in its 15th touring year, this family production is signed and spoken at the same time. When you attend a SIGN STAGE on TOUR performance, you will see a unique integration of spoken English and American Sign Language presented on stage… simultaneously. / Madison County Courier
Texas Township, MI
DEAF PERFORMING ARTIST, PETER COOK, ON STAGE FRIDAY
Peter Cook, a deaf performer who uses sign language, acting, mime and poetry among other talents, will be on stage at 7 p.m. Friday at Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Dale Lake Auditorium at the Texas Township Campus. Learn more about Cook on his website, where there are clips and photos. / Kalamazoo Gazette
'EXPOSURE' PERFORMANCE SHEDS LIGHT ON DEAF CULTURE
The “Exposure” show, put on by UR’s American Sign Language performance group, Sign Language Associated Performers (S.L.A.P), accomplished precisely what it set out to do: Educating the University community about deaf culture in a humorous, entertaining and visually captivating manner. Within four minutes of the doors opening, the Drama House was packed, and students had to be turned away. It was evident that members of the community at large were also present at the show, a mark of the program’s true outreach and success. / Campus Times
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Las Vegas, NV
MATT HAMILL PLANS TO BREAK WILL OF RAMPAGE JACKSON AT UFC 130
At long last, Matt Hamill finally is getting what he has been asking for for a while – and the UFC won't start him slowly. Hamill (10-2, 9-2 UFC) has been asking for a Top 10 opponent, and UFC president Dana White said after his last win that he'd get one. After a series of changes, Hamill gets arguably the most important fight of his career at UFC 130 against former light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. And thanks to five straight wins, Hamill, the only deaf fighter in the UFC, is riding high on confidence going into the May 28 fight. / MMAFighting.com
HEARING IMPAIRMENT CAN'T SLOW HOPE'S JORDAN CARRIGAN FROM CLOSING BASEBALL GAMES
Hope College sophomore Jordan Carrigan doesn’t let anything distract him from getting the job done after being summoned from the bullpen to finish off opposing hitters in the final inning. Not the pressure of protecting a slim lead. Not the loudmouths in the opposite dugout. His focus is razor-sharp in those pressure-filled moments on the mound despite a hearing impairment since birth that requires him to wear hearing aids in both ears but which he refuses to think of as a handicap. / The Grand Rapids Press
West Palm Beach, FL
DEAF UMPIRE SHOWS ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
West Palm Beach resident Peter Rozynski, a deaf softball umpire, inspires members of the deaf community - especially children - everytime he calls a game. Story by ESPN 760's Herb Uzzi on FOX 29. / YouTube
West River, MD
SHIRLEY JORDAN, 76, RETIRED GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR
Shirley Cranwill Jordan, 76, passed away at home on March 30, 2011. Shirley was born on April 11, 1934 in Pennsylvania but moved as a young child to Flint, Michigan, where she grew up on the campus of the Michigan School for the Deaf, moving to Bloomfield and then Montclair, NJ as a young teen. She graduated from Dickinson College and earned a master's degree from Columbia University's Teachers College. A talented professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Gallaudet University, she retired in 1989. / The Capital Gazette
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St. Rita School for the Deaf is an academic 10-month program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing impaired children from birth through 20 years of age. St. Rita School is an equal opportunity employer/educational private institution. Skills in Total Communication are required of all personnel.
TITLE: RESIDENT ADVISOR – WEEK / FOR 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR
AREA: BOYS DORMITORY
NATURE OF WORK: This is a live-in position.
1. Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Special Education or related Field.
2. Proficiency in Sign Language.
3. Knowledge of child growth, development and behavior.
4. Physical stamina, emotional maturity and patience needed for residential living.
REPORTS TO: DIRECTOR OF STUDENT LIFE
SUPERVISES: Students in the dormitory and students in the after school programs.
To assist the student in group living, personal hygiene, interpersonal relationships, social graces, and spiritual and moral development.
To create a healthful living situation in which the student can mature and develop as an individual with unique needs and personality.
To care for the student at all times outside of class time.
To maintain a neat, clean and pleasant dormitory and social area.
To provide a good health care program including: appropriate diet, rest and exercise, personal hygiene, care of sick student.
To assign and monitor student duties.
To assist the students in caring for and managing their money.
To guide and assist the students with planning of recreational activities and the utilization of their leisure time.
To discipline inappropriate behavior according to school policy.
To advise and counsel both the student and the parents.
To provide an area and time for studies and intellectual pursuits.
To support the philosophy and objectives of the school.
Submit cover letter and resume to:
Director of Student Life
St. Rita School for the Deaf
1720 Glendale Milford Road
Cincinnati, OH 45215-1258
Executive Director of Development Operations
Gallaudet University has an immediate opening for Executive Director of Development Operations, in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Reporting directly to the Vice President (VP) of Development, incumbent serves as the division’s chief manager. Assists the VP in maximizing gift support to the University. Manages office operations including: management of business operations of the Development Office including administrative and financial operations, gift processing and constituent records, donor archives and gift accounting records, leading office personnel to accomplish development initiatives, overseeing development proposals, and developing internal systems that improve business operations; leads the development of marketing materials and the office website, and collaborates with the Executive Director of Alumni Relations to support the alumni and to transform two independent units into a more cohesive division. Develops and motivates staff; establishes appropriate levels of accountability performance objectives related to goals of the individual and department, division, and University; and works directly with the VP to conduct staff training.
Requires: Master’s degree in non-profit management, leadership, business management, or related field with five years of experience in management. (Bachelor’s degree and eight years of experience in management will be considered.) Ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of supervisory experience. Experience in project management, office operations, relationship development, marketing, communications and budget oversight, and management of technology databases. WOMS experience a plus. Candidate's background should provide a deep understanding of Gallaudet University and its strategic plan. Ability to articulate, in both written and oral communication, the mission and strategic priorities of Gallaudet University and its role in the higher education community and the world. Must be collaborative and have the gravitas and presence to interact with prospective donors, Board members, and corporate leaders. Proficiency in American Sign Language required at time of hire.
Excellent competitive salary range and benefits. For further information, go to www.gallaudet.edu. To apply, send cover letter, resume and Gallaudet application to: Gallaudet University, Human Resources, 800 Florida Ave., NE, College Hall, #106, Washington, DC 20002. We are EOE.
Virginia Captioned Telephone Services Outreach Coordinator
Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a full-time position open for “Virginia Captioned Telephone Services Outreach Coordinator”.
Position summary: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Captioned Telephone Service (CapTel®) for Virginia Captioned Telephone Service (VACTS).
Preferred education, experience and skills:
-- Excellent presentation skills
-- Familiarity with the user communities that can benefit from relay services: Senior Community, Hard of Hearing Community
-- Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
-- Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people who have differing hearing and speech abilities and communication modes
-- Ability to promote all relay services and to educate/train users of the services
-- Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service or experience with Captioned Telephone Service is helpful
-- Experience in public relations
-- Ability to organize and prioritize work effectively and meet deadlines
-- Strong writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills
-- Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply
-- Hold a valid driver’s license
Interested individuals may apply online at: www.hamilton.net/employment.html or contact our Human Resource Department by April 12, 2011 at: 800.821.1831.
Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division
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We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.
Director, Deaf Services
Advocates is looking for a full-time 40 hour a week Director for our Deaf services programs. Deaf candidate strongly preferred or candidates that are fluent in ASL (American Sign Language).
The Director of Deaf Services is responsible for the successful administration and management of the clinical, budgetary and business operations of the residential services and programs assigned. Provide clinical and administrative supervision to all employees who work in the residential services and programs assigned to the Director of Clinical Services.
Master’s degree in social service or related field plus 5 yrs supervisory/clinical experience. Provides crisis on call coverage as assigned.
1. Master’s degree in social
services or related field supervisory experience.
2. Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
3. Must have sensitivity to the needs of the population.
4. Strong computer knowledge.
5. High energy level, superior interpersonal skills and ability to function in a team atmosphere.
6. Strong analytical, numerical and reasoning abilities.
7. Ability to execute a variety of decision-making models.
8. Ability to communicate effectively in writing, and ability to use good judgment.
9. Ability to read English and communicate effectively in the primary language of the programs as assigned ( ASL and English).
10. Must hold a valid drivers’ license. Must have access to an operational and insured vehicle and be willing to use it to transport clients.
Deaf candidate strongly preferred and candidates that are ASL (American Sign Language) fluent.
Advocates' philosophy is based on common values and principles that guide the delivery of all of the services we provide. We believe that all individuals have the right to pursue their personal goals and to contribute to the community. We believe they are entitled to receive accessible services; to live in decent and affordable housing; to be treated with dignity and respect; and to live in inclusive and diverse communities. The employees of Advocates and the recipients of the services we provide work together with the community to ensure that these universal rights are promoted and protected.
Advocates offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, tuition reimbursement, 410(k) plan and a six-week holiday/vacation package.
Advocates is an EOE committed to employing a diverse workforce.
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