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April 11, 2012
Vol. 8, No. 22

Editor: Tom Willard

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NATIONAL
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Waynesboro, GA
FAMILY REMEMBERS DEAF 3-YEAR-OLD HIT BY TRUCK IN MARCH
One month ago, a deaf 3-year-old girl was hit and killed by a logging truck on Highway 56 in Waynesboro. Little Ziyon Green was playing with another toddler in the yard when deputies say she ran across the street and under the back tires of a truck. Her family filled Waynesboro City Park to remember her Sunday night. Many questions about her death still linger one month later. Her great-grandmother Mary Frances Nair just wants to know how it happened. "I wish to God I know how it happened," she said. / WRDW

Springfield, MO
TRAGEDY: A DEAF RESCUE DOG IS KILLED IN MISSOURI
Roxy’s story is a tragic tale of rescue gone wrong. Had the involved people who made such foolhardy decisions about Roxy’s placement done one small thing, call this local rescuer to do a home check, Roxy would most assuredly be alive today. This rescuer would have seen at once the Loufbourrows were not an appropriate family by a long shot. Being hearing impaired does not meet the qualifications for handling a deaf dog. What kind of family takes a rescue dog to be killed within 24 hours? / Examiner.com

Danville, KY
STATE TO SELL PART OF KENTUCKY SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF PROPERTY
The state will sell three pieces of property at Kentucky School for the Deaf but says it has no current plans to do the same with larger, unused portions of the campus. The Surplus Property Division of the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet started advertising last week for sealed bids on three parcels of surplussed property on South Second Street. / The Advocate-Messenger

St. Augustine, FL
SCOTT SIGNS BILL GIVING FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND EMINENT DOMAIN
Gov. Rick Scott Friday signed a bill giving Florida School for the Deaf and Blind the power of eminent domain. The measure was pushed by state Rep. Bill Proctor, R - St. Augustine, who said it was unfair that FSDB was the only public education entity in the state to not have the power. School districts, colleges and universities all have the power. The move was opposed by St. Augustine residents because they feared the school would use the power to purchase areas in historic neighborhoods. / The Florida Times-Union

Vancouver, WA
NEW LAW BENEFITS SCHOOLS FOR BLIND, DEAF
While school officials all across the state were anxiously awaiting budget news out of Olympia, two Vancouver schools for people with disabilities had already received their good news out of the Legislature. Senate Bill 2757 created new, separate accounts for the schools for the blind and deaf. It sailed through the House and Senate, and was signed into law by Gov. Chris Gregoire late last month. It eliminates an accounting hurdle for the schools and in the process save programs for blind and deaf children statewide. / The Columbian

Athens, GA
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE COMMUNITY COMING TO UNIVERSITY
The American Sign Language Multicultural Experience, a residential learning community in Reed Hall, will open fall 2012 as one of the few ASL communities in the country. Students living in the ASLME community will practice their ASL skills and learn about deaf culture. “I hope that students experience opportunities to grow as individuals by becoming more socially aware of American Sign Language and the experiences of the deaf and hard of hearing college students,” said Victoria Goll, a deaf student who brought the idea of ASLME to University Housing. / The Red and Black


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INTERNATIONAL
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London, England
PATIENT 'DEEPLY OFFENDED' AFTER BEING LABELED DEAF AND DUMB
A deaf man from Winchmore Hill is “deeply offended” after a hospital labelled him ‘deaf and dumb’ while he stayed there for surgery. Christopher Drew, 23, noticed the insult in his hospital file as he recovered from knee surgery at Chase Farm Hospital on March 20. The incident came at the end of a visit in which he was made to wait for nine hours before being operated on after a shortage of beds, was only spoken to five times and had his belongings removed from him by nurses. / Enfield Independent

Rotherham, England
DEAF FOOTBALLER BACK IN THE GAME
A deaf footballer who was given the red card for wearing hearing aids during a game has been told he can now continue to play by the Football Association. Craig Beech from Rotherham was told by the referee he couldn't continue playing in the Sunday league match for safety reasons whilst wearing the devices. Teammates of Craig's, were so angry at the decision they abandoned their game in protest. / ITV News

Birmingham, England
FUNDRAISER COMPLETES THIRD CHALLENGE OF HIS 12-EVENT ONE BIG YEAR PROJECT
Mike Needham, 27, celebrated as he reached the finish of what was the most tortuous event of his One Big Year project to date. Mike traversed the famous Cotswold Way over the course of two days. The trail takes in some of the country’s most stunning scenery and landscapes, but Mike had little time to admire his surroundings as he battled to stay awake, hydrated and avoid injury throughout the superhuman challenge. Mike is totally deaf in one ear, and wears a hearing aid in the other. / MRF

Penticton, BC, Canada
MISSING BOY WITH DOWN SYNDROME FOUND
A 15-year-old Penticton boy with Down syndrome who went missing Saturday afternoon was spotted from an RCMP helicopter by a creek bed Sunday morning. Police said that Evander Van De Sype was healthy and unharmed when searchers made contact with him at the Ridgedale Avenue area creek bed, at about 10:30 a.m. PT. Van De Sype, who is deaf and mute, communicates using sign language. He also wears glasses, but was not wearing them when he went missing. / CBC News

Nagoya, Japan
DEAF STUDENT QUALIFIES TO TEACH ENGLISH IN NAGOYA
A deaf student at Nagoya Gakuin University who obtained a license to teach English to students with impaired hearing graduated on March 15. Misato Fujiwara, 23, will start teaching on Wednesday. Fujiwara wore a traditional "hakama" outfit to the graduation ceremony at Nagoya Congress Center in Atsuta Ward. All speeches and announcements during the ceremony were interpreted in sign language for Fujiwara. / The Japan Times

Gansu, China
COCHLEAR TURNS UP VOLUME IN CHINA
Profoundly deaf since birth, four-year-old Tong Zhenhua has just had an operation to have a cochlear implant installed. Today, it is being switched on for the first time. For young mother Shang Xiaowei and her family, from China's remote western province of Gansu, it is the culmination of about three years of scrimping and saving. Family and friends have pitched in for the 200,000 yuan ($30,500) needed for the procedure, including hospital bills, travel and aftercare. Accompanied by her father in a hearing clinic in Beijing, Shang is about to find out if the operation has been a success. / The Sydney Morning Herald

New Delhi, India
WHY PAKISTANIS IN JAIL IF SENTENCE IS OVER?
The Supreme Court expressed its anguish at mentally challenged and deaf-mute foreign nationals, mostly Pakistanis, who continued to languish in Indian jails long after completing their sentence and asked why the issue could "not be taken up at the highest level". The issue of 16 foreign nationals believed to Pakistani citizens, 14 of them mentally challenged and two deaf-mute, still in jail despite completing their sentences had come up before the court. / TwoCircles.net

Amman, Jordan
OVER 800 HEARING-, SPEECH-IMPAIRED STUDENTS TO TAKE PART IN PHYSICAL FITNESS AWARD
Some 835 hearing- and speech-impaired students will take part in the seventh phase of the King Abdullah II Award for Physical Fitness. Implemented by the education ministry in partnership with the Royal Health Awareness Society, the award targets students aged between 9 and 17. The students, representing 10 schools for the hearing impaired, will participate in the 7th season of the award together with more than 650,000 students from government, private, military and UNRWA schools. / The Jordan Times

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
SILENT LABOR OF LOVE
It is 11.30 a.m. and Wong Kwai Heng is resting on the chair with his eyes closed. He doesn’t even notice the media entourage passing him at the Community Service Centre for The Deaf. It could be that he’s very tired. This is understandable as the 41-year-old doting father wakes up early at 5am every morning to send his 12-year-old son Wong Kar Fai to the school for the deaf at this centre in Kuala Lumpur. / New Straits Times


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LIFE & LEISURE
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New York, NY
SHOULD I BE WARNED ABOUT A DEAF CASHIER?
During Jon's last trip to Target, he noticed something unusual: a sign in his checkout lane advising customers, "Cashier Is Hearing Impaired." He found the sign unnecessary and potentially embarrassing for the employee. What do you think? / The Consumerist

Concord, NH
COCHLEAR IMPLANTS REDEFINE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE DEAF
There was a time when a child born deaf had few choices. For more than a century, the only option for parents was to send their son or daughter away to a boarding school for the deaf. There, the children and the schools thrived in the shadows, embracing a distinct culture of silent communication. Recent advances in medicine and technology are now reshaping what it means to be deaf in America. / New Hampshire Public Radio

Avon Lake, OH
HELP AND HOPE FOR THE DEAF: AREA COUPLE SAYS ASSISTANCE STILL NEEDED
It was during a recent trip to the Dominican Republic that Bill and Bev Stives realized the need to help one of the most neglected groups in the area: deaf children who are often ignored in their villages. Some are cast aside to live on the streets. Many are uneducated. The Stives learned of their plights after meeting Isael, now 18, who lived in one of the villages five years ago. “He was 13 at the time and we realized he was deaf, but healthy,” Bill said. The Stives did not go back for a few years, but when they returned two years ago, they bought Isael hearing aids. / Patch.com

Pittsburgh, PA
NOBODY TALKS AT ASL FIGHT CLUB, A SIGN-LANGUAGE IMMERSION COURSE
Bree Blum, 29, wants to work with her hands one day. Born able to hear, Blum learned American sign language at an early age so she could communicate with her older sister, Kristin, who has cerebral palsy. She wants to learn it well enough to eventually teach deaf children, so she's made herself a fixture at a monthly sign-language immersion course in Edgewood. Organizers call it their "ASL Fight Club." Make no mistake: hands do fly fast around here, especially on busier nights, when as many as 40 people show up to sharpen their sign-language chops. But no real fighting goes on. / Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Internet
SPECIAL GLOVE TO HELP DEAF-BLIND COMMUNICATE VIA MOBILE DEVICES
A Germany company is developing a technology that may help deaf-blind people send and receive text messages. The glove device, developed by Germany’s Design Research Lab, is called the Mobile Lorm Glove. The technology basically allows the deaf-blind to decipher incoming text messages by converting texts into speech. The gadget works through tactile feedback to resolve the limits of the touch language sign alphabet known as Lorm. / CFO World


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San Bernardino, CA
DEAF MINISTER FROM SAN BERNARDINO FINDS HIS CALLING IN THE CARIBBEAN
James Wisinger, a deaf minister from San Bernardino, is on a mission. He spends much of his time preaching to the 75,000-100,000 deaf people in the Dominican Republic. The 10 million residents of the nation sharing the island of Hispaniola with Haiti are among the poorest in the Caribbean. The evangelist pastor, who is finishing up a visit to his homeland in the Inland Empire, can't wait to get back to work in the Dominican. / DailyBulletin.com

Chicago, IL
DEAF CHILDREN'S GESTURE MISMATCHES PROVIDE CLUES TO LEARNING MOMENTS
In a discovery that could help instructors better teach deaf children, a team of University of Chicago researchers has found that a gesture-sign mismatch made while explaining a math problem suggests that a deaf child is experiencing a teachable moment. Through a series of experiments with 40 deaf children, ages nine through 12, all of whom were fluent in American Sign Language, researchers were able to distinguish between ASL signs and gestures that look like the gestures hearing children produce when explaining the same math problems. / UChicago News

Great Falls, MT
MONTANA SCHOOL FOR DEAF & BLIND SCORES $10K GRANT
The Montana School for the Deaf & Blind in Great Falls received a $10,000 grant from energy company PPL Montana on Monday. MSDB has received a similar grant from PPL Montana for four of the last five years. Most of the money will go towards family learning weekends which, for a majority of students, is their first exposure to the school. The money will also go towards summer camps, and staff members are excited that they can plan additional special events with the boost in funding. / KRTV


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Chicago, IL
AMC TO MAKE MOVIEGOING MORE ACCESSIBLE FOR VISION-, HEARING-IMPAIRED
AMC Theatres will install captioning and audio-description technology in all of its theaters in Illinois to aid movie-watchers with hearing and vision disabilities. The move will affect hundreds of movie screens statewide. The personal devices will be equipped with captioning and audio-description services for vision-impaired and hearing-impaired viewers, said Maura Possley, a spokeswoman for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. / Chicago Sun-Times

New York, NY
RUSSELL HARVARD FINDS LIFE PARALLELS 'TRIBES' ROLE
It didn’t take much rehearsing for Russell Harvard, who plays the deaf son of a loquacious and argumentative British family in the Off Broadway play “Tribes,” to get inside his character’s skin. Like his character Billy, the 30-year-old actor is himself partially deaf. And while, unlike Billy, he grew up in a deaf family, the early rehearsals for “Tribes” gave him a crash course in the isolation that Billy often feels among his cacophonous relatives. / The New York Times

Phoenix, AZ
HOT MIXES BY HEARING-IMPAIRED DJ
DJ Robbie Wilde , 26, of New Jersey, is fully deaf in his right ear and about 80 percent deaf in his left. "Due to ear infections that I had as a young child, it got me deaf in my right ear and hearing impaired in my left," he said. Undeterred by his handicap, Wilde started DJing after getting a chance to hit the turntables at his father's restaurant. by age 20 he was hooked. / KSAZ

Wellesley, MA
WELLESLEY CELEBRATES DEAF CULTURE THROUGH STORYTELLING
On Wednesday, March 28, esteemed storyteller Bonnie Kraft received a standing ovation in Wellesley College’s Science Center after she told funny story after funny story, but instead of the audience giving her a round of applause by clapping loudly—as one might expect—nearly 200 people applauded her performance in silence by waving their hands in the air with outstretched fingers. / Wellesley News

Walnut Creek, CA
MATLIN CLOSES NEWSMAKERS WITH A CRESCENDO
The wave of misfortune that swept through Oscar award-winning actress Marlee Matlin’s life at 18 months robbed her of the ability to hear but left behind one invaluable asset: determination. In front of a sold-out audience, Walnut Creek’s Newsmakers Lesher speaker series concluded its 2011-12 lineup with Matlin’s forceful, compelling shout-out for what she called “the deaf or otherwise abled.” / Patch.com


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SPORTS
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Oakland, CA
RAIDERS TO MEET WITH HEARING-IMPAIRED RB
The Raiders are planning a pre-draft visit with one of the more interesting players eligible for the draft. The team will be meeting with UCLA running back Derrick Coleman. He is hearing impaired. Without his hearing aids, Coleman can only hear sounds and tones. Coleman’s hearing issues were first discovered when he was three-years old. He has adjusted well and has had little problems on the football field because of his issues with hearing. / ESPN

Pittsburgh, PA
DEAF WRESTLEFEST AT WPSD
Dominic DeNucci of New Sewickley Township will be enshrined May 19 in the Pro Wresting Hall of Fame in Schenectady, N.Y. DeNucci was a fan favorite from the 1960s through the 1980s because of his work ethic and dedication to pro wrestling, which he maintains to this day. On April 29, DeNucci will make his annual celebrity appearance at Deaf Wrestlefest, a fundraiser at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Edgewood. / Beaver County Times


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COMING EVENTS
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Rochester, NY
WALK TO BENEFIT DEAF, HARD-OF-HEARING VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE, SEXUAL ASSAULT
Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority will host a one-mile walk around the south loop of the Rochester Institute of Technology campus to raise awareness for deaf and hard-of-hearing victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Heel Violence is scheduled for noon April 15 to benefit Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims. The agency provides free services for deaf and hard-of-hearing victims. / Democrat and Chronicle


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EMPLOYMENT
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JOB OPENING

OUTREACH COORDINATOR (GEORGIA)

Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a full-time position open for “Georgia Relay Outreach Coordinator”.

Position summary: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone Relay Service (CapTel®) for Georgia Relay.

Preferred education, experience and skills:

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Knowledge of:
-- Effective communication and public outreach techniques.
-- Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users.
-- Familiarity with the users communities that could benefit from relay services:
o Senior Community
o Hard of Hearing Community
o Deaf Community

Skill in:
-- Organizing outreach and educational campaigns.
-- Public speaking and confidently communicating verbally to a wide variety of audiences.

Ability to:
-- Maintain effective working relationships with Relay Administrator and non-profit and for profit partners, the public and other agencies.
-- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
-- Plan, schedule and organize multiple priorities and a high volume of work.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Completion of an undergraduate degree and two or more years of experience in the design and implementation of public outreach program or related marketing experience are required. Experience in the telecommunication field, Traditional Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service is a strong plus.
Excellent presentation skills.
Experience in public relations activities.
Hold a valid driver’s license.
Fluency in English and American Sign Language.
Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are encouraged to apply.

Apply online at: www.workforhamilton.com or contact our HR Corporate office at: (800) 821-1831 by April 25, 2012.

Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

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R·I·T
FACULTY POSITION POSTING FORM
Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, 52
Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

Job Title/Rank: Instructional/Support Faculty
IRC57319
Department: NTID Arts and Imaging Studies
Job Category: Faculty, Non-Tenure Track

DETAILED DESCRIPTION
The Arts and Imaging Studies Department at NTID is seeking to fill a full-time 9.5-month lecturer/instructor position with an individual whose particular strengths are focused on a variety of technical and aesthetic aspects of photography. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to teaching and/or tutoring all aspects of:

• Digital photography technology and processes
• Professional photographic illustration: Advertising, Photojournalism, Fine Arts
• Biomedical photographic illustration
• Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom

Provide academic advising, tutorial support, direct instruction in the NTID Arts & Imaging Studies associate degree programs, career/placement information, and develop tutorial aids for a variety of content areas relating to photography. Facilitate application and transfer processes of deaf and hard of hearing students interested in obtaining a bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS).

For more information and to apply, visit http://apptrkr.com/243488. Faculty search for IRC57319.

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, gender, religion, sexual orientations, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding RIT’s non-discrimination policies:

Judy Bender, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, 5002 Eastman Hall, 585-475-4315. Kevin McDonald, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Title IX Coordinator, 7048 Eastman Hall, 585-475-6795

For further information, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, at http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf/HOH centered with about 85% of our staff being Deaf or Hard of Hearing. We provide Outpatient Clinic services, Case Management, Partial Hospitalization, Residential Services and more. We are continuing to grow throughout the Southeast part of Pennsylvania expanding our mental health programs as well as intellectual disability services.

PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community to be a part of our team. Check our website at www.PAHrtners.com to learn about our career opportunities and more! E.O.E.

ASSISTANT OPERATIONS DIRECTOR for RESIDENTIAL SERVICES: (Full Time Position) The qualified candidate shall possess: Bachelor’s degree in Human Services field with two years of supervisory experience in behavioral health and/or developmental disabilities program; OR a HS with 5 plus years of experience working in the mental health field, two of which must be in a supervisory role. Advanced ASL fluency required. Strong leadership, administrative, organizational and interpersonal communication skills (both in person and in writing) required. Strong ability to manage and complete multiple tasks, priorities and projects as well as the ability to lead, teach, advise and motivate staff and consumers.

Responsibilities include:

Regulatory Compliance -Insure compliance with the health, safety, and occupancy regulations and contract requirements of all relevant Governmental and professional accreditation entities. Assure the maintenance of DPW and other licensures as required.

Budget -Insures that program expenses are kept within budgetary limits. Work with Operations Director and other fiscal management personnel to develop yearly budgets..

Supervision -Maintain a supervisory process including both individual and group meetings of all program staff for direction, guidance and support. Communicate agency policies and procedures, client information, and all other relevant information to staff as needed.

Personnel -Oversee and recruit, hire and train qualified staff to provide sufficient supervision and support to meet client needs, agency standards, and contractual or regulatory requirements. Develop department/division standards in compliance with agency policies.

Liaison - Maintain effective working relationships with clients, officials, families and agency personnel. Insure full participation in an interagency planning process for individual clients as well as for service system development and problem solving. Provide ongoing communication with psychiatric service providers such as the psychiatrist, therapists and specialized consultants or practitioners as well as county and state governmental agencies.

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:
Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Email: lclaypool@salisb.com Fax: 215-884-6301

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Mental Health Program Consultant (Mental Health Specialist)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division
Minnesota Department of Human Services

Two positions available:
St. Cloud, MN
Mankato, MN

$ 46,312-$ 68,257 annually / Full benefits

Job Description:
This position provides culturally affirmative mental health services to D/HH adults coping with mental health issues. The main responsibility of the Mental Health Specialist is to provide psychotherapy/ counseling services and the remaining of time will include clinical case management/coordination, consultation, training, aftercare planning, and community placement assistance for D/HH adults.

Minimum Qualifications:
Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL)
At least 2 years advanced profession experience, OR 1 year advanced professional experience plus 2 years professional experience providing direct mental health services to D/HH individuals.
Master's Degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or behavioral-health related field
Licensed or license-eligible for LPC, LPCC, LP, LICSW or LMFT in the state of Minnesota

Contact: Dr. John Gournaris
e-mail: john.gournaris@state.mn.us

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