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April 9, 2014
Vol. 10, No. 23

Editor: Tom Willard

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Washington, DC
GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY MARKES 150 YEARS SINCE LINCOLN SIGNED A BILL FOR DEAF HIGHER EDUCATION
Momentous events preoccupied President Abraham Lincoln on April 8, 1864. Lincoln found a moment that day to sign a bill. It authorized the Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind to award degrees “in the liberal arts and sciences . . . as are usually granted and conferred in Colleges.” Exactly 150 years later, Shane Dundas marveled Tuesday at what Lincoln’s signature meant to people everywhere who are deaf and hard of hearing: the founding of what would become known as Gallaudet University. / The Washington Post

Los Angeles, CA
MARLEE MATLIN FAN FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES OVER SUICIDE THREAT
A fan who contacted Marlee Matlin and publicly threatened to kill herself is now in the crosshairs of cops ... because cops say the phantom has committed the crime of public nuisance. The fan -- who claimed she was a quadriplegic named Raena Patatta -- tweeted at Marlee April 2, writing, "I've decided to end my life today. It's been a struggle, but I've had enough. This will end my pain and paralysis. Sorry @MarleeMatlin :(" Marlee immediately contacted police in Nova Scotia -- where Raena said she lives -- and the Halifax PD scrambled to find her. / TMZ.com

Detroit, MI
DEAF WOMAN ROBBED AT DETROIT GAS STATION
A woman says she was robbed at a gas station in Detroit but did not get any help from employees, even after they realized she was deaf and could not call 911 herself. Shakira Magee says she was waiting a gas station for a nearby store to open when a man came up and tried to speak with her. She motioned she could not hear him since she was deaf, and says he smiled and walked away. She continued texting but says the man came back, pushed her, grabbed her phone and took off in a car. / Fox 2 News

Atlanta, GA
DEAF COMMUNITY RALLYING FOR EQUAL RIGHTS IN GEORGIA
Hundreds of Deaf people in Georgia are hoping a hearing this week will give them equal rights in the state. In a case that's dragged on for nearly a decade, two families say they can't get the services they need for their deaf children. "It's been very stressful in our home, and we just don't know what to do,' said Georgia mother, Martha Timms. For the past 17 years, Martha Timms has been fighting to get mental health services for her son, who is also deaf. / WXIA-TV

See Also DEAF MENTAL HEALTH BATTLE GOES TO FEDERAL APPEALS COURT / WXIA-TV

Brattleboro, VT
SCHOOL FOR DEAF FACES DECLINING ENROLLMENT
A Vermont school for the deaf is facing declining enrollment and staff pay cuts. The Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro has seen its on-campus enrollment shrink from about 140 in the early 1980s to about 20 now. Staff took a 6 percent pay cut this year, and the school is considering new revenue sources, such as providing on-campus apartments for deaf and hard-of-hearing senior citizens. Austine President Bill Gurney said the school may be somewhat a victim of its own success in helping students stay in their home communities. / The Associated Press

Colorado Springs, CO
HISTORIC OLD BUILDING MASKS MODERN FACILITIES AT DEAF AND BLIND SCHOOL
Don’t be fooled by the imposing old stone buildings of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind standing tall atop the hill at Institute Street east of downtown Colorado Springs. They only look old from the outside. You might be surprised at what’s inside the 17 buildings on the 37-acre campus on North Institute Street behind the white wrought-iron fence. / Colorado Springs Gazette

Rochester, NY
CALCULATIONS TAKE CENTER STAGE IN THIS COMPETITION
Math — all types of it — was the problem. And they welcomed it. Middle school students from across the country came to Rochester to compete over two days in the National Math Competition for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students. The event was held Friday and Saturday at National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. / Democrat and Chronicle

Tampa Bay, FL
HEALTH AGENCY'S FLAWS HURT THE HEARING IMPAIRED
As a physician who has devoted significant time to traveling the world recently on a volunteer mission to help people with hearing impairments, I have a new sense of the significance of World Health Day, which was celebrated Monday. I also have a new sense of the limitations of the organization associated with this day: the World Health Organization. / Tampa Bay Times

Memphis, TN
FIRST STORM-SPOTTER CLASS OFFERED TO MEMPHIS DEAF COMMUNITY
In a world where most lifesaving warnings — fire alarms, tornado sirens, radio alerts — come in the form of sounds, some members of the deaf community are looking for better ways to stay safe during severe weather. Subscribe to read the full story. / The Commercial Appeal


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Birmingham, England
MAN JAILED AFTER GROOMING DEAF TEENAGER ON FACEBOOK
A man from Birmingham faces being deported to Pakistan after admitting that he groomed a deaf schoolgirl on Facebook. Mohammed Raja turned up at the 15-year-old’s school with a suitcase after arranging to meet her. But the 24-year-old was foiled when two other girls tricked him into getting into their car and drove him to a police station. / Birmingham Mail

Derby, England
DEAF DRIVER OVERCOMES THE DOUBTERS AT DERBY TAXI FIRM
A deaf man who struggled to get a job for four years is believed to have made history by becoming a taxi driver. Muneeb Ahmed said he had found his disability a barrier to getting work but the 25-year-old now drives for Pride Executive Cars in Derby, which is owned by Ashbourne Road firm 75 Taxis. He regularly drives clients to Heathrow Airport and his bosses said he is one of the firm's most popular drivers. / Derby Telegraph

Lancashire, England
HELP FOR DEAF PEOPLE COMES UNDER THREAT
Local deaf rights campaigners are urging Lancashire County Council to move quickly to find a new service provider to meet their needs. Lancashire Deaf Rights Group want the council to speed up the tendering proceed which so far has lasted six months. The previous contract with East Lancashire Deaf Society ended last September after five years and so far no replacement has been made. / Lancaster Guardian

Ottawa, ON, Canada
DEAF MAN CHARGED IN ATTACK ON AMBULANCE
A deaf man charged with attacking an ambulance with a golf club in an apparent fit of road rage will spend the night in jail ahead of his planned bail hearing. Samir Saab, 61, was told there was no opportunity to squeeze in the hearing Tuesday because the need for a sign language interpreter would require more time than was available. Saab was arrested following an ugly confrontation Monday in which it's alleged he bashed the windows out of an ambulance while paramedics quaked inside. / Sun News Network

Wellington, New Zealand
SOUND OF MUSIC CLEARER FOR HEARING IMPAIRED
Years of playing live on stage with Split Enz did nothing for Mike Chunn's hearing but new technology is helping an old rocker listen to all the new music he he wants. The 61-year-old did not realise he had hearing loss until he had his ears tested out of curiosity about five weeks ago. "I couldn't have imagined what I was missing, especially in the detail," he said. / Stuff.co.nz

Manila, Philippines
HEARING-IMPAIRED TONDO WOMAN SEEKS ASSISTANCE
Evelyn Baira became hearing impaired in 2009 after accidentally damaging her right eardrum while cleaning her ear with a cotton bud stick. She first felt a swelling during the first few days after the accident, until the infection worsened and affected her auditory system.
Citing doctors’ findings, she said the infection had also affected her liver and spleen. “I have difficulty communicating with the people around me. It causes me so much embarrassment. I can talk but I cannot hear anything,” Baira said. / Inquirer

India
AN ALWAYS-LISTENING APP THAT ALERTS THE HEARING IMPAIRED TO ALARMS
In an ideal world, every audible alarm would include a visual indication that something was wrong, so that the hearing impaired would immediately be notified too. Until that happens, a cheap $1 app called Deafalarm could serve as a viable alternative-keeping an ear out for alarms and alerting the user through text and vibrating alerts. Deafalarm runs in the background on your iPhone, constantly listening for repetitive sounds that indicate an audible alarm is going off. / Gizmodo India

Malaysia
DEAF ASSOCIATION GETS PERMANENT PREMISES
It must be a constant challenge not to be able to hear and live in a world where most people can communicate without having to resort to hand signs. Sime Darby Foundation's largesse has made the lives of some who are hearing impaired a lot better when it came to the aid of the Malaysian Federation of the Deaf. MFD did not have a center of its own until the foundation helped to set up permanent premises for it recently. / New Straits Times


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Suffern, NY
AT 62 YEARS OLD, DEAF MAN CELEBRATES HIS BAR MITZVAH
Bar mitzvah boys routinely spend months preparing for their ceremonial inaugurations into the Jewish adult community. For Joel Scott Strauss, the process has taken 62 years. Strauss has been deaf for most of his life. On Saturday morning, April 5, he will celebrate his long-awaited bar mitzvah during morning services at the Orangetown Jewish Center in Orangeburg, N.Y. / Tablet Magazine

Bennington, VT
PANEL RAISES MONEY FOR BENNINGTON'S DEAF COMMUNITY
On Friday, three deaf students from Mount Anthony Union High School got together with Luke Adams who was on "Amazing Race," Sean Forbes from the band Deaf and Loud and others to form a panel discussion. They talked about what it was like going through school and the challenges there are connecting with a hearing community at the Bennington Center for the Arts. The event raised money for Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans (NEADS). / Bennington Banner

Barrington, IL
BARRINGTON NATIVE ON GLOBAL QUEST TO PROMOTE DEAF RIGHTS
Barrington native Marissa Polvere is on a mission to travel the world — and she has a lot to accomplish on that mission. Polvere, who was born deaf, wants to use her travels to enhance rights and accessibility for deaf people all over the globe. A current student at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., Polvere recently traveled to South America with 13 other RIT students to study the sign languages of Chile and other countries and to examine how rights for deaf people differ in that part of the world. / Barrington Courier Review

New York, NY
HIGH-TECH ITEMS GIVING DEAF-BLIND ONLINE ACCESS
Tanisha Verdejo loves to surf the Internet for shopping deals. She chats on Facebook, learns about new recipes and enjoys sending emails to friends and family. Verdejo, who can't see or hear, could do none of that a year ago. The 40-year-old New Yorker lives in a group home in Port Washington and is among the thousands of people with combined hearing and vision loss to have benefited from a pilot program called iCanConnect. / ABC News

Baton Rouge, LA
LOUISIANA DEAF MEET OVER COFFEE
Consider the saying, “What’s the one thing standing between Deaf people and being normal? Hearing people.” This implies that for Deaf people to live normal lives, Hearing people need to get out of the way. For the Deaf, equal treatment is simply normal treatment. / The Daily Reveille


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Lincoln, NE
DOCTOR'S EXPERIENCE WITH HEARING-IMPAIRED BABY PROMPTS PASSION FOR PROGRAM THAT HELPS OTHERS
Audiologist Stacie Ray doesn't want any child to go without a hearing aid because of finances. She remembers lying in bed at night trying to figure out how in the world she would find the money for hearing aids when her own baby needed them. They weren’t covered by insurance. Both Ray and her husband were in school, working part-time jobs and had no money saved. So they worried about the cost on top of all the emotions, questions and concerns that come with finding out your baby has a significant hearing loss. / Lincoln Journal Star

Santa Cruz, CA
CYPRESS HIGH SCHOOL TEACHES STUDENTS SIGN LANGUAGE, DEAF CULTURE
Most days in Everett Smith's class at Cypress High school are spent in silence. Smith teaches an American Sign Language class, the first of its kind in the Live Oak School District. In its second year, the class has grown from 16 students in its trial year to 29 this year. The decision to offer was easy, said Les Forster, principal at Cypress. "Every year, we survey students about what they want in other languages and electives and there was a strong response for American Sign Language," Forster said. / Santa Cruz Sentinel

Costa Mesa, CA
CLASS HELPS THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
The Orange County Department of Education Adult Transition Program at Orange Coast College started a course last year for the deaf and hard of hearing. The students have class from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. every weekday in the Classrooms and Labs building, room 150. Students receive career training and gain knowledge about overcoming the communication barriers in the workplace. / Coast Report Online

Miami, FL
FTTIM IMPLEMENTS THE BRIEF STRATEGIC FAMILY THERAPY MODEL TO HELP DEAF FAMILIES WITH TROUBLED CHILDREN
The Family Therapy Training Institute of Miami (FTTIM) today announced its successful implementation of the Brief Strategic Family Therapy Model in the Deaf Services Program at Five Acres of Los Angeles County. The program has been recognized nationally for work with BSFT, which is being used to treat deaf youth with behavior problems while strengthening family interactions. / PRWeb


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Los Angeles, CA
THE JIMMY KIMMEL SIGN LANGUAGE BATTLE EXPERIENCE
I am a deaf performer and had an amazing experience being on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. Check out my vlog sharing my personal experience. / YouTube

See Also THIS SIGN LANGUAGE RAP BATTLE IS UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU'VE EVER SEEN / The Huffington Post

Boston, MA
DEAF-BLIND ENSEMBLE ATTRACTS BOTH ADMIRATION AND SKEPTICISM
Standing at the corner of the stage, Mark Yaroski takes a deep breath and starts playing. He can’t see his accordion or hear his music. Still, he moves as he plays, in sync with the vibrations. Yaroski is a deaf-blind actor. There is the Theater of the Deaf. There is also Theater By the Blind. But a professional acting company, called Nalaga’at, is the only ensemble of actors who are both deaf and blind. This Israeli group is touring the U.S. and has caused debate among theater critics. / ARTery

Minneapolis, MN
MIXED BLOOD THEATRE PRODUCTION 'THE DEAF DUCKLING' PERFORMANCE SCHEDULED AT CLC
Minneapolis’ Mixed Blood Theatre’s production of The Deaf Duckling will be performed at Central Lakes College (CLC) in Brainerd, in the Chalberg Theatre Thursday, April 10, at 10 a.m. Playwright Aditi Kapil weaves together the classic “Ugly Duckling” fairy tale with the story of a deaf child born into a hearing family. Performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and English, it offers a warm and insightful look at how one family bridges deaf and hearing cultures. / The Morrison County Record

Lancaster, PA
MEXICAN THEATRE OF THE DEAF COMING TO WARE CENTER FOR TWO SHOWS
Two shows by Seña y Verbo (Sign and Word), the Mexican Theatre of the Deaf, will be performed at the Ware Center this weekend. The company, composed of deaf and hearing actors, has achieved international recognition for its high-quality theater for both deaf and hearing audiences. On Friday, the company will perform “Quien Te Entiende? Who Can Possibly Understand You?” which is based on actual testimony of deaf inhabitants of Mexico City. / Lancaster Online

Internet
RECOVERED HISTORY: A DEAF HELEN KELLER LISTENS TO THE SYMPHONY
On the evening of February 1, 1924, the New York Symphony Orchestra played Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at Carnegie Hall in New York, conducted by Walter Damrosch. Thankfully for those who couldn't attend, the performance was broadcast live on the radio. A couple of days later, the orchestra received a stunning letter of thanks from the unlikeliest of sources: Helen Keller, a renowned author and activist who had been deaf and blind from a young age. / Undernews

Indianapolis, IN
BUTTKICKERS WILL EXPAND SENSORY EXPERIENCE AT CLOWES HALL
It's one thing to hear the pounding of the bass drums in Beethoven's Ninth symphony, or see the Mouse King launch into the air in the "Nutcracker." But what if you could feel it? What if your only choice was to feel it? Meet "The Buttkicker," a vibrating mechanism originally designed in 1999 to help musicians feel the low-end frequencies of bass and drums without cranking up stage monitors and disturbing the rest of the band. / Indianapolis Star

Aurora, CO
AFTER 10 YEARS, DRUMMER CAN FINALLY HEAR AGAIN
A deaf musician who lost the ability to hear more than a decade ago was given the gift of sound back on Wednesday. Ten years ago, medication from Doug Lagasse's cystic fibrosis treatment stripped him of his hearing. "Losing hearing just kind of cuts you off from everyone," Lagasse said. Fortunately, doctors at University of Colorado Hospital were able to install a cochlear implant to help restore Lagasse's hearing. / 9news.com

Los Angeles, CA
RUSH LIMBAUGH TO UNDERGO SURGERY
Thirteen years after Rush Limbaugh received his first cochlear implant, he will undergo surgery next week to receive one in his other ear. In 2001, Limbaugh noticed his hearing was rapidly growing worse – a shocking discovery for anyone, but particularly tragic for a man who makes his living engaging with callers on talk radio. Surgeons were able to partially restore Limbaugh’s hearing using the device he calls “a miracle.” / WND

Peoria, IL
MARLEE MATLIN: BREAKING BARRIERS
When Marlee Matlin became the first deaf actor to win an academy award, for Children of a Lesser God in 1987, it was still rare for audiences to see American Sign Language onscreen. Now two decades into her career, Marlee, 48, is still making history. / Peoria Journal Star


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Washington, DC
ALL DEAF ON TOUR TO MASSACHUSETTS
The All Deaf Rugby Football Club from Washington, D.C. is heading to Massachusetts for its second-ever tour. The All Deaf rugby club is North America's only senior Deaf rugby organization. The club was founded by Mark Burke in 2012. Burke had previously started rugby at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington in 2009. With many of those players now graduating and wanting to continue their rugby careers, the time was right to start a Deaf senior club. / RugbyMag.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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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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