April 12, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 25
Editor: Tom Willard
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WARWICK CINEMA DENIES GROUP'S REQUEST FOR CAPTIONING
Disheartened, 18 deaf and partially deaf adults and children shuffled out of the Showcase Cinemas Warwick Mall on Saturday without having seen the Disney movie “Beauty and the Beast.” They had arrived unannounced and asked movie theater manager Dave Kuncio to switch on the open-captioning function embedded in the movie and, in effect, screen the 4:15 p.m. scheduled showing with subtitles for their benefit. “I can’t do it ...,” Kuncio told them. “People are already in there” and have not paid to see a subtitled movie. / The Providence Journal
See Also MOVIE THEATER RIGHT TO DENY CLOSED-CAPTIONING FOR DEAF / WBSM
MOTHER OF DEAF PROTESTER ARRESTED SAYS WATCHING VIDEO WAS 'BITTER PILL TO SWALLOW'
Six people were arrested after a protest turned violent last Friday, many facing felony charges. Felicia Crooms' son, Connell, was one of the those arrested at the gathering protesting the bombing of a Syrian air field after the country's leader, Bashar al-Assad reportedly used chemical weapons on his own people. Connell is a Jacksonville activist who is also deaf. His mother said she believes officers ignored the fact that he had a disability. / First Coast News
GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY HIGHLIGHTS NASA'S DEAF HIDDEN FIGURES
Last year, the film "Hidden Figures" put a spotlight on the overlooked African-American women whose math skills helped the U.S. space program get off the ground. In Washington on Tuesday, another group of hidden figures gathered for a small reunion. Their names might not be known by most Americans, but Barron Gulak, Harry Larson and David Myers were NASA pioneers, patriots and unsung heroes. Six decades later, they are now featured in a new exhibit at Gallaudet University – their alma mater. / WJLA
DEAF STUDIES PIONEER ROBERT PANARA COMMEMORATED ON FOREVER STAMP
Robert Panara, an influential teacher, poet and pioneer in the field of deaf studies, was immortalized as the 16th inductee into the U.S. Postal Service’s Distinguished American stamp series on a Forever stamp today. The dedication ceremony took place at the theatre bearing his name at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. / The Desert Review
INDIANA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF: 'AN UNBELIEVABLE FEELING OF PRIDE'
The Einstein ties said it all. Members of the Indiana School for the Deaf's Academic Bowl team were rocking the ties with the genius' image during a rally last week to celebrate their fourth national championship. The team won the 2017 Gallaudet National Academic Bowl in Washington, D.C., beating smart kids from around the U.S. and Canada in a "Jeopardy!"-like contest ... without the talking, the music or Alex Trebek. / The Indianapolis Star
DEAF COMMUNITY WEIGHS IN ON NEED FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
On Wednesday, the National Weather Service hosted a town hall meeting with the deaf community to address questions, comments and concerns about how severe weather threats are communicated. Representatives from CapCOG, ATX Floods, Austin Travis County Emergency Medical Services, area news stations and other emergency organizations were present to open a dialogue about what deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the Austin-area want to see during severe storms. / KXAN
DEAF DRIVER'S LICENSE BILL PASSES NC HOUSE
House lawmakers voted Thursday to approve a new system to help law enforcement identify people who are deaf or hard of hearing. House Bill 84 would, at an individual's request, add a designation to his or her driver's license that he or she is deaf or hearing-impaired. That designation would also be added to the registration information of any vehicle in that owner's name. The identifier system would be completely voluntary. / WRAL
New York, NY
IN THE FIGHT TO CLOSE RIKERS, DON'T FORGET DEAF AND DISABLED PEOPLE
While many have finally conceded that the criminal legal system has devastating intergenerational effects on certain marginalized communities -- communities of color, low-income and no-income communities, and LGBTQ communities, just to name a few -- far too little attention is paid to the injustices visited upon disabled and deaf communities, or to the link between these marginalized communities and the disabled identity. / Truth-out.org
Quad Cities, IA
WRITER: IT'S CULTURAL APPROPRIATION FOR HEARING INSTRUCTORS TO TEACH SIGN LANGUAGE
An Iowa community college has been accused of cultural appropriation after hearing instructors taught sign language classes. Scott Community College offers a two-year program that teaches students ASL and equips them to work as professional interpreters. “ASL is the language of the deaf community and only exists because of deaf people,” wrote Dirk Hillard, president of the Quad-Cities Deaf Club, in an op-ed slamming the college’s program. / Heat Street
New Brunswick, NJ
JUDGE WILL DECIDE CASE OF N.J. MAN CHARGED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT OF DEAF, MUTE TEEN
A judge is expected to rule this week in the trial of a man accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl, who is deaf and mute. Hitler Santana, also known as Luis Camacho, faces three charges of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child over a five-year span, according to a superseding indictment handed up on March 31. / NJ.com
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Newmarket, ON, Canada
DEAF CLIENT FEARS STRIKE WILL LEAVE HER WITHOUT INTERPRETER IN EMERGENCY
Walking the Newmarket picket line in support of striking workers who provide services to the deaf and hard of hearing, Ann Wall admits she’s anxious. With the strike stretching on for more than a month already, the deaf woman doesn’t know how she will navigate an upcoming doctor’s appointment without an ASL interpreter. And she constantly frets about the possibility that she or her deaf husband, Harold, will be victims of an emergency that will land them in hospital with no interpreter. / YorkRegion.com
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
PARENTS OF DEAF CHILDREN REACT TO CUTS
Deaf and hard of hearing children and their parents are planning to protest government service cuts today [April 7] in Saskatoon. Meanwhile, an online petition against the cuts started by Saskatoon high school student Mary-Jayne Morris has attracted more than 1,500 signatures. The provincial government announced on budget day last month that it would phase out the hearing aid plan in order to save $3 million. / CBC News
Kingston, ON, Canada
TALK A SIGN OF AWARENESS
A passionate advocate for the deaf community, Jessica Sergeant has devoted her time and efforts to promote change and end language deprivation after her personal struggle, so that no other child may suffer like she did. The first Mary’s Talk for 2017 will feature guest speaker Sergeant. “I’ll be covering four things: deaf people as a cultural and linguistic minority, American Sign Language, deaf gain, and language deprivation, Sergeant said. / The Kingston Whig-Standard
DEAF-BLIND MAN WAS ORDERED OFF FLIGHT DESPITE TRAVELING ALONE FOR 35 YEARS
A deaf-blind man was escorted off a plane moments before take-off when the pilot refused to let him fly unaccompanied. This was despite Frankie Thomson, 52, having flown by himself around Europe for the last 35 years. The incident happened on an Easyjet Edinburgh to Gatwick flight last month and has left Mr Thomson confused. ‘I could feel people watching me wondering what I’d done. I felt people were talking about me,’ he said through a guide communicator. / Metro News
DEAF MAN'S IDEA WILL HELP OTHERS
A deaf man has helped set up a service to support people with hearing aids. North East Sensory Services (Ness) can supply hearing aid batteries every weekday at its Dundee office, available free of charge to people with NHS hearing aids. Stephen Walls, 26, from Dundee, who is deaf and partially sighted, regularly visits Ness and asked for the batteries to be stocked at the Constitution Street center. / Evening Telegraph
DEAF BOY WAS DRIVEN BACK TO DEPOT ON SCHOOL BUS
A deaf boy was left alone on a school bus and driven back to the depot twice when teachers didn't realize he was still on board. Reuben Lewis, 10, who is also autistic, stayed on the bus because no one told him to get off. He was driven 45 minutes from his school without teachers or transport staff realizing he was still on board. The alarm was only raised when Reuben failed to arrive for a school swimming lesson when his class were taken to a pool. / Daily Mail
DEAF BOY WINS PLACE AT PERFORMING ARTS WEEKEND
A deaf Lancaster boy has won a place on a prestigious performing arts weekend run by the National Deaf Children’s Society. 10-year-old Tomasz Windle was awarded a place by the charity’s Youth Advisory Board for his exceptional drumming skills. Tomasz, along with 29 other budding deaf artists, will spend the weekend of April 22-23 in masterclasses with industry experts. / The Bay
MEET THE DEAF WOMAN WHO HAD TO LEARN HOW TO LIVE AGAIN AFTER GOING BLIND
Heather Lawson was born deaf. She grew up in Melbourne with the impairment and coped well with the reality of relying on her sight to be able to socialise and communicate. But then she also lost her sight, to the point of having tunnel vision, leaving her "frightened" and "alone". Heather told Channel 10's The Project the loss of another crucial sense meant she had lost the skills she relied on to live and was forced to learn how to function again. / The Huffington Post
COURT REJECTS DEAF MAN'S BID TO WIN MURDER RETRIAL
The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a motion seeking a retrial for a deaf man who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for murder nine years ago. The court argued that Patsakorn Singki did not have sufficient evidence indicating he could be innocent, saying new evidence could have been doctored or amended as it was presented to the court a long time after the incident. / Bangkok Post
SUSPICIOUS MAN KILLS LOVER INSIDE INSTITUTE FOR DEAF AND MUTE KIDS
Suspecting his lover of infidelity a man mercilessly beat her up, and then shot her dead, at an institute for deaf and mute children in Indore on Tuesday. The victim, Tina Rathore, 35, was killed in the presence of two other women. / Hindustan Times
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Port Washington, NY
TAKING CONTROL: ELLEN FOSHAG CURRENTLY IMPROVING HER LIFE WITH DEAF-BLINDNESS
Many people can’t imagine what life would be like without sight or hearing, but Ellen Foshag isn’t letting the loss of either slow her down. Foshag has lived with her husband in Pittsburg for the last 34 years, and has been diagnosed with Usher Syndrome Type II, which is characterized by progressive loss of vision and hearing. But she is fighting back. Foshage is taking part in intensive training at the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults in New York./ Morning Sun
MORE DEAF DOGS AT SHELTER THAN EVER BEFORE
The Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center has more deaf dogs in the facility than it has ever had before. Susan Smith, Communications Director for the shelter, said they have had about 65 deaf dogs in a little over two years. There are currently seven deaf dogs up for adoption at the shelter. "The deafness is often a genetic trait so dogs that have that gene should never be bred because they are going to create more deaf dogs." / WSYX
DEAF GORILLA HELPS HEARING-IMPAIRED KIDS
A gorilla at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is inspiring children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Kumbuka is getting national attention after Nemours Children’s Hospital ENT and Audiology team performed an Auditory Brainstem Response test, which measures the hearing nerve’s response to sounds. This was a way for zookeepers to test their theory of whether the gorilla, Kumbuka, is deaf. / WJAX
CNN HEROES: BORN DEAF, LIVE DETERMINED
An alumni of CNN Hero Michelle Christie's theatre program shows how there are "No Limits" for children with hearing loss. (Uncaptioned Video) / MSN
THE 7 MOST COMMON QUESTIONS AND MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT DEAF CULTURE
Sign language, and deafness, has a lot of stigma attached to it, stigma that hurts an incredibly rich and life-changing culture. Awareness can go a long way, so here are some of the most common questions and misconceptions about deaf culture, debunked. / Study Breaks
COFFEE SHOP OWNERS CREATE AWARENESS FOR DEAF COMMUNITY
Nick Buchanan and Mario Essig just opened Pepperbox Coffee. Now, that might sound like the start to a typical profile of a couple of Austin entrepreneurs. But here's a twist: They're deaf. The people who work for them are also deaf. And they're all working to bring people together, one cup of coffee at a time. / KVUE
HEALTH RESOURCES NEEDED IN DEAF COMMUNITY
Diabetes can strike anyone at any age, even if there isn’t any family history of the disease. Even individuals with existing health problems or disabilities can be susceptible to it. Dr. Shawn Saladin is an associate dean for the UTRGV College of Health Affairs. He’s also legally deaf. “We are just like everybody else,” he said. / KRGV
SCRANTON SCHOOL RECEIVES $25,000 GRANT FOR NEW TECH
The Scranton School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is celebrating a grant - $25,000 dollars from the NEPA Alliance to invest in new technology. The new educational technology resources will serve children from 33 school districts and 13 counties. Scranton School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Director John Konzelman says this funding will allow their students more access to opportunity. / Fox 56
YOUTUBE SENSATION BRINGING MUSIC SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION WORKSHOP TO NU
Amber Galloway Gallego, the pink-haired YouTube sensation who brought ASL music interpretation into the mainstream, will present a free workshop at 6 p.m. April 19 at Niagara University's Clet Hall Dining Commons. Sponsored by the university's ASL and Deaf studies program and ASL club, the event is open to the public. / WNY Papers
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
SWITCHED AT BIRTH ENDS AFTER 5 SEASONS
Whether you are a fan of Switched at Birth or not, this show has given the deaf community a voice on television. And although it has helped open a very heavy and hard to-keep-open door for deaf and hard of hearing actors, it certainly has not propped the door open permanently. After five seasons of shedding light on deaf culture, there is still a lot of work to be done. / Hypable
See Also HOW TO BREAK GROUND FOR DEAF ACTORS IN HOLLYWOOD / Pacific Standard
NEW 'PINOCCHIO' COMBINES DEAF, HEARING ACTORS
The puppet who just wanted to be a real boy is bridging the gap between Deaf and hearing theater in a new adaptation of the famous “Pinocchio” story. Neverbird Project will present its production of “Pinocchio” April 20–May 14 at Chicago Children’s Theatre. With a mix of Deaf and hearing actors, Neverbird uses ASL and what it describes as “spectacle and wonderment” to communicate new perspectives on classic theatrical productions. / The Columbia Chronicle
TEXAS DEAF COMMUNITY FIGHTS FOR MUSIC ACCESS
The deaf community in Austin and around the world has found a way to embrace music without being able to hear it — at least not in the traditional sense. There is a misconception among music listeners that music is purely a sound-based art form. But many in the deaf community have found ways, whether through vibrations, visuals or poetry, to engage with the vast art form. / The Daily Texan
MT. BLUE ASL STUDENTS HOST DEAF WRAPPER
A unique performance at Mt. Blue High School on Friday aimed to bridge the gap between local community members and those who are audibly impaired or deaf. The performing artist, a deaf rapper from Detroit, Mich., was invited by MBHS American Sign Language students for their Mt.Blue ASL Day. This is the fourth year that the students, along with teacher Gail Carlson, have organized MAD. / Daily Bulldog
LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE USA DEAF WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
Deafness is a hidden "disability." In sports such as soccer, players face certain hidden disadvantages, such as not being able to hear their coach’s instructions during a game, a referee’s decision or even the roar of the crowd. Oftentimes deaf soccer players compete regularly against their hearing peers and these aspects of the game, which many of us take for granted, can make a difference during the course of a match. / SoccerNation
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New York School for the Deaf
White Plains, NY
New York School for the Deaf (NYSD) in White Plains is seeking a Superintendent to begin on or about June 15, 2017. Operations at the School are under the direction of the Superintendent, who is ultimately responsible to NYSD’s Board of Trustees.
The School is seeking candidates with the following qualifications and experience:
• Demonstrated broad intellectual capacity and a record of professional achievement
• Demonstrated ability to provide academic leadership and to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, parents, community leaders, and trustees of the School
• Ability to manage the School’s budget
• Commitment and ability to unify campus groups around the School’s strategic priorities, as well as to make resource and management decisions supporting these priorities
• Knowledge and capacity to engage in outreach and fundraising
• Readiness to learn the intricacies of New York State Education Department regulations for the operation of State supported schools
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• Master’s degree (doctorate preferred) in education of the deaf, or a field related to educating deaf children including, but not limited to: language and cognitive development, education policy, and curriculum and instruction
• At least 5 years of educational leadership experience in an upper management position (experience as a school or program director, principal, or superintendent preferred)
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• State certification or evidence of readiness for State certification
• Evidence of fluency in sign language (ASL preferred)
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New York School for the Deaf
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Advocates in Framingham, MA is Hiring!
Advocates is seeking talented professionals to join our team, providing health services within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
Awake Overnight Direct Care Counselor: Remain awake, alert and responsive to the needs of the clients throughout the shift, assist clients with morning activities.
Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent degree, fluency in ASL.
Clinical Program Manager: Perform functions of Direct Care Counselor, program supervision/direction.
Qualifications: MA; or BA/BS and 3 years’ experience.
Community Crisis Stabilization BA Level Clinician: Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
Qualifications: MA and 2 years’ experience OR BA/BS and 5 years’ experience.
Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. All shifts available!
Qualifications: BA/BS; or HS diploma/GED and 1 year experience.
Outpatient Clinician: Provide comprehensive outpatient counseling/therapy to children, adults and families in need of services.
Qualifications: MSW or MA in related field and 1 year experience in outpatient setting.
Senior Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. Coordinate/monitor administrative/clinical functions.
Qualifications: BA/BS and 2 years’ experience; or HS Diploma/GED and 3 years’ experience.
Specialized Interpreter: Interpret in ASL between those using specialized ASL and/or those with language deprivation and requiring further communication assistance.
Qualifications: Approved by the MCDHH to work as an interpreter, BA/BS and 2 years’ experience.
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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 outpatient services to deaf and hard of hearing children, adolescents, and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are deaf or hard of hearing!
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Residential Counselors for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities – Full time, part time, on call; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma required.
Case Managers for Residential or Community Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs – Full time; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences required.
Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum of one years’ related experience required.
Residential Program Director – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum of AA degree or 60 college credits required.
Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services required.
Nurse – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BSN/RN.
Training Coordinator – Full Time. Glenside location. Travels to Pittsburgh as needed. Education requirements flexible and based on experience. Must be proficient in ASL.
Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position.
Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Joel Skelton, Assistant Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 215.392.6065
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