deafweekly

 

April 7, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 23

Editor: Tom Willard

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New York, NY
DOCUMENTS DETAIL CASE OF PRIEST ACCUSED OF MOLESTING DEAF BOYS
The case of the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy, accused of molesting as many as 200 deaf boys at a school in Wisconsin, stands out among the cases of sexual abuse by Catholic priests because of the number and vulnerability of the victims, and the availability of documents revealing how church officials handled the matter. Father Murphy died in 1998, still a priest, despite documents showing that a priest had informed church officials as early as the mid-1950s that deaf children had complained that Father Murphy was molesting them. The police and prosecutors in Wisconsin were also informed by the victims and their advocates, but failed to act. / The New York Times

Boulder Junction, WI
EXILED PEDOPHILE PRIEST MAY HAVE CONTINUED ABUSE
The modest clapboard cottage projects a sense of simple rural peace, nestled amid tall pines on quiet Trout Lake. The house, in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, had been in the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy’s family for years, his getaway in the summer months and his sanctuary where he was sent to retire in 1974, at age 48, after victims of sexual abuse demanded he be removed from work at a school for the deaf near Milwaukee. But Father Murphy’s time around Boulder Junction was not so secluded, according to recent interviews with people who live in the area and Roman Catholic Church documents. / The New York Times

Rome, Italy
TOP VATICAN OFFICIAL REBUTS NEW YORK TIMES' ATTACK ON POPE
Cardinal William Levada, the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, strongly refuted charges first reported in the New York Times that then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – now Pope Benedict XVI – declined to punish a priest accused of abusing as many as 200 deaf boys from the 1950’s to 1970’s. Levada, who succeeded Ratzinger when the latter was elected Pope in 2005, called the Times’ reporting on the issue, and an accompanying editorial, “deficient by any reasonable standards of fairness.” / CNSnews.com

Milwaukee, WI
JUDGE IN FATHER MURPHY CASE SAYS HE WAS NOT TOLD TO DROP IT
The judge assigned to the Catholic Church trial of a priest accused of molesting up to 200 deaf boys said Thursday that he was never told to drop the case, as suggested in court records, and that if he had been told to do so, he would have appealed the order to the highest reaches of the Vatican. "I would have directly appealed the case to the Supreme Court of the church. I would have tried to get it to Pope John Paul II," said the Rev. Thomas Brundage, a canon lawyer assigned by then-Archbishop Rembert Weakland to preside over the trial of Father Lawrence Murphy in 1996. / Journal Sentinel

Denver, CO
DEAF COMMUNITY SHOCKED BY PRIEST SCANDAL AT DEAF SCHOOL
The latest news in the deaf community about sexual abuse by a priest at a deaf school is astonishing for people who are not aware that there are indeed issues at deaf schools all over the nation. The reason that this has not been a widespread issue is because not all deaf schools are affiliated with the Catholic religion. Catholic priests have been under investigation for sex abuse in the recent decade and most recently, the Pope has been pointed at for not being more strict with priests around the United States. Is this a widespread scandal or are we only focusing on the 200 deaf boys who were molested in Wisconsin? / Disaboom

New York, NY
EASTER PROMISES
The leaflets that deaf men in Milwaukee handed out in a Church parking lot when they were trying to get someone -- anyone -- to do something about Father Lawrence Murphy, the priest who had abused them as children, might have been crude, but they were not base or petty, nor were they propaganda or the “gossip of the moment.” They were the story of these men’s lives. They just didn’t have a palace and a press office at their disposal, as Benedict does, or even anything like the office he inhabited in Rome as Cardinal, when he received a letter of appeal from Murphy, after which proceedings against Murphy were dropped. / The New Yorker

Vatican City
POPE: I THOUGHT PRIESTS WERE 'AMUSING' CHILDREN
In the latest development in the ongoing Catholic Church child abuse scandal, Pope Benedict XVI is blaming his failure to stop pedophile priests on a hearing problem that has plagued him for decades, or at least since the first abuse reports surfaced. "For years, I thought my aides were telling me that people had come forward to say the priests were amusing children in their parishes," said Benedict in a prepared statement released by the Vatican. "With laughter being one of God's greatest gifts to mankind, you can understand why I didn't think this would be a problem." / CAP News (Satire & Parody)


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Boston, MA
PRIEST CLEARED OF SEX ABUSE IN 2006 FACES NEW CHARGES
A Catholic priest in Weymouth who was cleared of sex abuse charges by the Boston Archdiocese four years ago and reinstated at his church has voluntarily stepped down after a second person came forward last week and accused him of abuses four decades ago. The Boston Archdiocese said it learned of the new charges against the Rev. Charles J. Murphy just over one week ago and contacted civil authorities. The Archdiocese said that it has launched its own investigation into the allegations and Murphy has voluntarily stepped aside from his ministry during the investigation. / WCVB Boston

See Also ACCUSED PRIEST STEPS AWAY FROM MINISTRY / The Boston Globe

Arlington, TX
ARLINGTON CHARTER SCHOOL FIGHTING TO STAY OPEN
Educators at Jean Massieu Academy in Arlington say they're close to turning the low-performing school into a place where teachers and students consistently meet expectations. But first, the charter school's officials must persuade the Texas Education Agency not to close it July 1. Jean Massieu started in 1999 to serve deaf children, their siblings and peers. Over time, the student body has grown to include students who aren't hearing-impaired who struggled or did not feel safe in the large public school system, Principal Kathi Johnson said. / Star-Telegram

New Orleans, LA
HEARING LOSS CASE COSTS COMPANY $250,000
Lawyers believe a judge’s award of damages to five former refinery workers for hearing damage is the first of its kind in Louisiana. A judge has ordered Murphy Oil Corp. to pay the five employees $50,000 each for noise-induced hearing loss, a total of $250,000. The five employees worked at the company’s Meraux, LA, plant. The company may have to pay out more for hearing loss, as the court has yet to rule on the claims of 35 other former employees. / Safety News Alert

Washington, DC
BILL WOULD REQUIRE CLOSED CAPTIONING
A bill pending in Congress aimed at helping the hard of hearing and other disabled people access television and Web casts with greater ease is being praised by local advocates. According to disabilities activist Jamie Berke, who is deaf, HR 3101 is a proposed federal law spearheaded by the Coalitions of Organizations for Accessible Technology and includes local and state chapters of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), she said in an e-mail. / Yuma Sun

Riverside, CA
CALIFORNIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF TEAMS FACED OFF IN RIVERSIDE IN 'IRON CHEF'-STYLE MATCH
While a digital clock overhead showed the minutes ebbing away, the tension was high and the noise level was low as a dozen student chefs competed to make the best three-course meal Thursday in Riverside. Two teams from the California School for the Deaf's Riverside and Fremont campuses chopped, whisked and sautéed for supremacy in the first-ever deaf culinary bowl, a timed "Iron Chef"-style cook-off, at the Riverside school. / Press-Enterprise

Harrisonburg, VA
DEAF SPEAKER SHARES LIFE STORIES
After being falsely pronounced dead at birth, Richard Pimentel was abandoned by his biological mother. Four years later, his grandmother adopted him from an orphanage and raised him. Even with a rough start to his life, Pimental enlisted in the army during the Vietnam War, where he suffered a brain injury and severe hearing loss. Now a disability activist Pimentel spoke in HHS Monday, during Disability Awareness Week, about his life and experiences with a disability. / The Breeze

Chicago, IL
DEAF CARETAKER CHARGED WITH BATTERY TO 7-MONTH-OLD INFANT
A deaf West Side woman was charged with aggravated battery to a child last Thursday for allegedly shaking and squeezing an infant she was caring for earlier this month. Angela Harris, 47, of 5200 block of West Quincy, was charged early Thursday after police questioned her through a sign-language interpreter, police said. / CBS2

Lebanon, OH
DEAF MAN HIT CROSSING ROAD IMPROVING
A deaf man remains hospitalized two days after he was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross North Broadway near the Warren County Fairgrounds. The condition of Kenneth Martz, 31, has improved from critical to fair condition this morning, April 1, according to officials at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Martz was trying to cross the street around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, when he was struck by a woman driving a Buick Park Avenue. / Journal-News


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Crewe, England
LAWYERS OFFER FREE HEARING TESTS TO FACTORY WORKERS FOR COMPENSATION CLAIMS
Dozens of former factory workers who had their hearing damaged in the workplace could be in line for thousands of pounds of compensation. Employees whose health has suffered due to noisy machinery have been urged to attend a free clinic in Crewe. They are being hosted by Hartshill-based injury lawyers Attwood Solicitors. Last year, the law firm helped more than 100 ex-potters in Stoke-on-Trent pursue similar compensation claims. / The Sentinel

England
COTTON BUD LINKED TO BOY'S HEARING PROBLEM
Nine years is a long time for an 11-year-old boy to be without any hearing in his right ear, however, this is what happened to Jerome Bartens who had to cope with this handicap. He was diagnosed as deaf in his right ear when he was just 2-years-old. Doctors and hearing aid audiologists could offer no help to the Bartensâ?? and the cause of his deafness was left unresolved until 27 January 2008 when he and some friends were playing in a church hall. Something popped in his ear and when he put his finger in his ear, a 1cm-long waxy cotton bud came out. It is believed this bud has been lodged in his ear for the past nine years. / Health Care Advice

Montreal, ON, Canada
FOR DEAF MONTREALERS, BASKETBALL TEAM OFFERS AN ATHLETIC OUTLET
Staring up at the scoreboard in McGill's Love Competition Hall, the visiting team watched the seconds tick down to zero before they began to celebrate their 74-68 exhibition basketball win over the Redmen volleyball team last Tuesday. The visitors are used to keeping an eye on the clock, though, because the sound of the buzzer isn't very helpful. Coached by former McGill basketball star Victor Mansure, the Association Sportive des Sourds du Quebec basketball squad is out to prove that it can not only play with - but win against - just about anyone. / The McGill Tribune

Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan
DEAF SCHOOL IN YAMAGUCHI PREFECTURE TO BE CLOSED THIS SPRING
A parting ceremony took place for 16 teachers and staff leaving their position at Yamaguchi Southern General Special Support School (originally Shimonoseki School for the Deaf) located in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture on March 29. The school was established by the Prefecture in 1929 to serve the Deaf young children and students. Closing the Shimonoseki School for the Deaf had been decided in haste in the end of last year because of the prefecture's finance problem and a decrease in the number of the enrolled students. / Deaf Japan News

Havana, Cuba
OLD HAVANA REACHES OUT TO HEARING IMPAIRED
An innovative programme in Old Havana has given the hearing impaired greater access to the historical and cultural wealth of the restored historic city centre. "Havana Radio is a public interest station with a focus on historical and cultural themes, and the hearing impaired are a segment of the population who would visit us and walk along these streets, but remained excluded from our work of restoring our cultural heritage. That was why the Cultura entre las Manos (roughly Culture in Our Hands) project was born," Yalena Gispert, who heads the programme, told IPS. / IPS

Chennai, India
SIGN LANGUAGE TO INTERPRET WORLD OF HEARING IMPAIRED
Vijaya Baskaran has been using a form of sign language for the last 45 years. Now a trainer at Ability Foundation, she says it was the need to communicate with her two brothers and a sister who were born with profound hearing loss. “It is a matter of communication. There was no other way I could talk to them,” she recalls her childhood days. When she was ten, she was invited to interpret at a school program. / The Hindu


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Great Bend, KS
DOG PROVIDES COMFORT, AID FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED WOMAN
Myrna Wood knows she’s no young pup, but during the night, she certainly has the ears of one. That’s because when she removes her hearing aids at bedtime, Kiki, a 2-year-old hearing-ear dog, goes to work listening throughout the night and alerting her mistress to sounds that otherwise would go unnoticed. Wood is virtually deaf without her hearing aids and relies on those around her to let her know if the phone is ringing, someone is knocking at the door or the smoke alarm is sounding. When her grandson moved out, she lost the security of knowing she could be warned about things that go bump in the night. Kiki has filled that dark and very quiet void. / Great Bend Tribune

Hutto, TX
DEAF BULLDOG SHOWS OFF HER READING ABILITIES
Peaches, a 48-pound English bulldog, can read, said her owner, Bluebonnet Elementary Principal Lucy McVey. Last Tuesday, Peaches bellied her way across the stage at Hutto Baptist Church after McVey held up a flashcard that said "Crawl." The 45 children in the audience started laughing. McVey and Peaches do demonstrations at schools and other organizations to encourage children to read. The white dog, who has been deaf since birth, also serves as an example of how disabilities can be overcome, McVey said. / Austin American-Statesman

St. Louis, MO
LUTHERAN CHURCH SERVES THE AREA'S DEAF
Warren Adolf grew up deaf and was baptized in a church where everybody else could hear. Then when it came time for confirmation, he was helped by a minister who was pastor of a church that catered to the deaf. "He didn't know before that there was such a thing as a deaf church," said the Rev. Richard Moody. Moody is pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church for the deaf, which once was led by the minister who helped Adolf. Adolf was so impressed that he eventually joined Holy Cross. / Suburban Journals

Lancaster, OH
TEAM SHARES WORD OF GOD THROUGH SIGN LANGUAGE
Throughout the year, they can be spotted everywhere from military bases in Virginia to patriotic events in Fairfield County to even the occasional birthday party or funeral. It's not often the Christian-based Remnant Expressive Signing Team turns down an opportunity to minister to others -- after all, that's what they have been called to do. "These kids, they're no different from other kids their age," said Jeannie Phillips, who started the team about six years ago. "The only difference is that God is using them to spread his love and grace to others." / Lancaster Eagle Gazette

MAY IS BETTER HEARING AND SPEECH MONTH
Drawing Contest. "It's A Noisy Planet: What are you doing to protect your hearing?" In celebration of Better Hearing and Speech Month in May, DRF has announced a drawing contest for children and tweens ages 5-7 and 8-12,and teenagers age 13-18. This contest aims to raise awareness about the need to prevent hearing loss and the steps children are taking to protect their hearing. The deadline to submit original artwork is April 16. / DRF


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Oakland, CA
CITIZEN KURT'S DIRTY DOZEN: JASUN HICKS
WOW! I’ve been gone a while, but Im back! In this week’s Dirty Dozen, I’m happy to introduce you to a very special man. Jasun Hicks was born Deaf but not defeated. He has the best outlook on life. On days when I’m feeling down, I just go to Twitter and see what he has to say. You have to love a guy whose favorite day of the week is Monday! Jasun has a 10-year-old daughter and he works with several Deaf organizations including Deaf Hope, an organization dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence against Deaf women and children through empowerment, education and social services. / GLTNewsNow.com

Urbana, MD
AWARD-WINNING TEACHER LIGHTS THE SPARK IN STUDENTS
Urbana High School teacher Michelle Shearer believes it is important to motivate students and get them charged up about science. That attitude and approach to teaching general education students as well as future scientists played a role in Shearer being named Maryland's recipient of the Siemens Advanced Placement Teaching Award. While Shearer teaches a full-time schedule of advanced placement chemistry, she has taught students with special needs at Urbana. The holder of a master's degree in deaf education, Shearer also taught at the Maryland School for the Deaf for four years. / WTOP

Traverse City, MI
LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT'S PROJECT HONORED
A seminar last fall brought basic fire prevention messages to the deaf and hearing impaired community, part of an ongoing education and outreach initiative for underserved residents. The Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department's Customized Outreach Project was honored last month, receiving national recognition as well as a $5,000 grant for additional programs. / Grand Traverse Herald


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Washington, DC
'CORPUS CHRISTI' CONTROVERSY CONTINUES AT ANOTHER COLLEGE
John Otte at Tarleton State University might have started a new college trend. For a class project he prepared an excerpt from the Terrence McNally play “Corpus Christi,” which presents Jesus as gay. Now Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. is presenting the play with some additional twists to rankle the radical right who protested the Texas production into cancellation for safety reasons. (A presentation of Otte’s class production in the Metroplex in a larger venue is still pending). The show was just recently added to the theater department’s schedule. / Dallas Voice

See Also GROUP CALLS GALLAUDET PLAY 'BLASPHEMOUS' / The Washington Post

Los Angeles, CA
LA WEEKLY RECOGNIZES DEAF THEATRE COMMUNITY, THEN SNUBS THEM
Deaf performer and producer Catherine MacKinnon attended the LA Weekly Awards in support of nominees Shoshanna Stern and the Deaf West Theatre, only to discover that the LA Weekly had failed to provide American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. I must say that this upsets me as well and I’m not even deaf. I would be pissed off and I would demand my money back. And so does the deaf community. Good for them! / Bitter Lemons

Boston, MA
'BEETHOVEN' DOESN'T FALL ON DEAF EARS
Roll over Beethoven. It’s not Chuck Berry telling you the news. It’s the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the reigning rock opera king, telling Beethoven’s story. Or a phantasmagorical version of it. The TSO, which plays Christmas-themed winter shows in arenas, is six dates into a 31-city theater tour featuring their 2000 magnum opus, “Beethoven’s Last Night." It’s March 26, 1827, and the increasingly deaf composer’s life is winding down. / Boston Herald

New York, NY
NICOLYN PLUMMER, WRITER AND WORKS WITH THE DEAF
On Friday, April 9th, Barrier Free Living’s Non-Residential Domestic Violence Program will be hosting a fundraiser to raise awareness regarding domestic violence in the Deaf community. The event will include a performance, “Dangerously Silent,” written by Nicolyn Plummer, MSW. Ms. Plummer works with Deaf and Hard of Hearing survivors of domestic violence at Barrier Free Living. / Good News Broadcast


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Washington, D
GALLAUDET BASEBALL TEAM ENDS 13-YEAR CONFERENCE LOSING STREAK
Surely this was an April Fool's joke. It had to be. According to celebratory text messages received by family and friends from members of the Gallaudet University baseball team, the Bison had defeated Stevenson University, 5-3, on Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader. But such news was hard to believe on April 1, and harder still because Gallaudet hadn't won a Capital Athletic Conference baseball game since 1997. But it was no joke. The Bison had really won. / The Washington Post

Staunton, VA
DEAF, BLIND RUNNERS PROVE THEY'RE JUST LIKE ANYONE ELSE
The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind is once again organizing a competitive high school track team to compete against other local schools. The team consists of both deaf and blind runners, and spectators might be surprised at how discreet the differences between VSDB athletes and non-disabled students really are. Without noticing the school's abbreviation on the front of their T-shirts, most fans would be unable to even realize the students had any kind of vision or hearing impairment at all. / The News Leader

Sioux Falls, SD
DEAF TENNIS OPEN TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCED
USA Deaf Sports Federation in conjunction with DeafNation will conduct the first-ever USA Deaf Tennis Open to be held on July 15 to 19, 2010 at Las Vegas Hilton Tennis Center and Lorenzi Park Tennis Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Open will be held prior to the DeafNation World Expo on July 19 to 23. Sanctioned by the International Committee of the Sport for the Deaf, and recognized by the United States Tennis Association – Nevada District, the USA Deaf Tennis Open will have four following events that will be counted toward tennis ranking points. Open Men’s Singles; Open Women’s Singles; Open Men’s Doubles; and Open Women’s Doubles. / USADSF

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HEALTH AND ADVOCACY INFORMATION FOR PERSONS WHO ARE DEAF, DEAF-BLIND, AND HARD OF HEARING

Persons who are Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing are grossly underserved by both the physical health and the behavioral health care system. In many cases, the patient as well as the health care provider who may provide service to them, is unaware of laws that mandate the provision of accommodations in the health care setting so that all persons have equal access to health related information. A new web site called http://www.healthbridges.info was created by people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing.

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Richmond Heights, MO
ELLEN CLARK FOUGHT FOR A CURE FOR THE DISEASE THAT KILLED HER AT 50
Ellen Clark's father, grandfather and great-grandfather died of a rare, hereditary, genetic disease. She was diagnosed with the ailment five years ago, and her two biological children have a 50 percent chance of developing the fatal disease. The disease, which was discovered in St. Louis, is called cerebroretinal vasculopathy, or CRV. It prevents new blood vessels from growing, as they would in a healthy person. Ellen Clark died March 16 at her home in Richmond Heights. Mrs. Clark helped raise $1 million for the Central Institute for the Deaf, her husband said. She was born with a hearing disability. / St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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Position: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Agency: DEAF ADULT SERVICES, INC. (DAS) BUFFALO, NY

Qualifications: Masters Degree in Business or Non Profit Administration with a minimum of three years management experience or BA/BS in Human Services or equivalent with a minimum of five years management experience required. Proven experience with fundraising, grant writing, marketing, budget and financial management strongly desired. Thorough knowledge of Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing cultures required as well as Sign Language proficiency. Strong people skills, diplomacy and public speaking abilities are necessary.

DAS encourages qualified applicants with Deaf culture and ASL experience to apply. Relocation funds may be available dependent on candidate selection.

Application can be downloaded at www.wnydas.org. Please send cover letter and resume with completed application to: Deaf Adult Services, Inc. Attention: Executive Director Search Committee, 2495 Main St. Suite 347, Buffalo, NY 14214 or e-mail to EDSEARCH@wnydas.org by Thursday, April 29, 2010. No exceptions.

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Vacancy Announcement

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE LECTURER
INDIANA UNIVERSITY, BLOOMINGTON, IN

Position: ASL Lecturer
Speech and Hearing Sciences
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

A non-tenure track Lecturer position in ASL will be available beginning in August, 2010. This is a 10 month appointment with the possibility for additional teaching in the summer.

Qualifications: Native or near-native competence in American Sign Language; Master's degree in teaching ASL, linguistics, or related field preferred but qualified individuals with a Bachelor's degree plus ASL teaching experience will be considered. Candidates should have expertise in Deaf culture and interpreting and must be able to work with Deaf and hearing students and faculty.

Responsibilities: Teach ASL courses ranging from introductory to advanced, develop course content and curriculum. The qualified applicant will be able to engage in the ASL program including external symposia and retreats. Participation in faculty service also is expected.

Salary is negotiable depending upon qualifications and experience. To ensure full consideration, application must be received by April 25. Search will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Send a letter of application, vita or resume, official transcripts and three letters of recommendation to Amy Cornwell, Chair of Search and Screen Committee, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University, 200 S. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405.

Indiana University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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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:
-- Responsible for working with CPUC on contract issues and acting as point of contact.
-- 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
-- Oversees the monitoring/compliance of federal/state requirements related to relay system performance.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- Responsible for identifying any potential conflicts or other needs within the relay Center and reporting those concerns or ideas.

Preferred education, experience and skills:
-- Associate or Bachelor’s Degree or comparable work experience along with a minimum of three years experience.
-- Direct work experience with a Telecommunications Relay Service.
-- Knowledge of American Sign Language.
-- Deaf and hard of hearing individuals are encouraged to apply.
-- 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:
-- Develops Annual Outreach Plan designed to promote California Relay Service; raising awareness and increasing the use of relay services.
-- Plans and implements outreach activities and marketing programs that support the Outreach Plan.
-- Designs, coordinates and conducts demonstrations and training programs on how to access and use California Relay services.
-- Coordinates and delivers training programs about relay services for businesses, agencies and organizations.
-- Delivers/conducts outreach activities/presentations focused on current and potential customers on all relay services using presentation skills, visual aids and written proposals.
-- Works collaboratively with CPUC and DDTP to implement outreach activities throughout California.
-- Participates in Outreach and California Relay Council meetings, scheduled Outreach activities and Marketing Summits.

Preferred experience and skills:
-- Fluency in American Sign Language & Spanish.
-- Knowledge/ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users.
-- Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service and/or knowledge of Captioned Telephone Relay Services.
-- 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
* Job Developer/Interpreter – Crenshaw, 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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