April 19, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 26
Editor: Tom Willard
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WOMAN FOUND MURDERED HAD DREAMS OF WORKING WITH DEAF CHILDREN
On Friday, family and friends of Janet Mejia received news they didn't want to hear: her body was found in a field in Placer County, about five miles from where she lived in north Sacramento County. The 28-year-old was reported missing by her roommate on Tuesday. Friends describe Mejia as a 'gentle soul' and a Sacramento State graduate, who wanted to make a difference by working with deaf children. / ABC10
West Hartford, CT
OFFICIALS MARK 200 YEARS AT AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Wearing a black bowler hat, a ruffled white shirt and a black tailcoat — traditional men's clothing from the early 1800s — American School for the Deaf Executive Director Jeffrey S. Bravin stood in front of his elementary school students Tuesday morning and told the history of the school. The history lesson marked the first of many celebrations to commemorate the school's bicentennial this year. The American School for the Deaf is the country's first state-funded school for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. / Hartford Courant
FEDERAL LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST SHERIFF'S OFFICE, DEAF WOMAN SAYS SHE WAS DENIED SERVICES
A lawsuit accuses the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office of violating federal law for not providing services to a local woman, Cassandra Kinney, who is deaf. The woman asked for a sign-language interpreter on several occasions. Her attorney said JSO didn’t make one available even after her arrest. The 21-page complaint states that Kinney was having problems with her roommates, and when JSO was called to the home, they never provided an interpreter to explain what was happening to Kinney. / WJAX
GUILFORD COLLEGE'S DEAF PRESIDENT, JANE FERNANDES, LEADS BY LISTENING
Jane Fernandes speaks both English and ASL fluently, and often at the same time – her fingers flashing along with her spoken words in seemingly effortless unison. But straddling the worlds of those who can and can’t hear has sometimes been a struggle. As a child, she was taught to read lips and imitate the sounds of a language she’s never heard, and didn’t learn sign language until her 20s – a fact that became fuel for protests against her appointment as president of a college for the deaf. / News & Observer
LEGISLATORS WORK TO PASS MENTAL HEALTHCARE BILL OF RIGHTS FOR DEAF COMMUNITY
Imagine living every day surrounded by neighbors and family members who cannot understand your language. Then imagine being shut out of counseling or talk therapy because few behavioral health providers speak that language, either. Advocates for the deaf, speaking through sign-language interpreters, told the House Health Committee that’s exactly what they experience daily, as they asked for a mental health patients’ bill of rights for the deaf, the deaf-blind and the hard-of-hearing. / The Lund Report
New York, NY
NYPD LAUNCHES PILOT PROGRAM TO HELP OFFICERS COMMUNICATE WITH DEAF PEOPLE
Officers in three precincts will get assistance in communicating with deaf or hard-of-hearing people as part of a 12-week NYPD pilot program starting Monday, according to officials. ASL interpreters and tablets with video-based interpreting will be provided to officers in the East Village, Jackson Heights and northwestern Staten Island as part of the program, advocates and police said. / DNAinto New York
CLASS VISITS INDIANA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Eastern Greene Elementary school’s Larry Leonard teaches second grade, but not your average second grade. Leonard’s students are bilingual in an unexpected way. Leonard teaches his students ASL, and each day is partly spoken with sound, and partly spoken with the silent language of the deaf and hard-of-hearing, ASL. / Greene County Daily World
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DEAF TEENAGE MUSICIAN SECURES PLACE AT PERFORMING ARTS WEEKEND
A West Lothian teenager is set to take part in a prestigious performing arts weekend. Finlay Maciver, 14, from Livingston, who is moderately deaf, secured a place in the events run by the National Deaf Children’s Society due to his musical achievements. The charity’s Raising the Bar competition was created to highlight how much deaf young people can achieve, with the goal of making the performing arts more accessible for the 45,000 deaf children and young people in the UK. / Daily Record
DEAF TECHNICIANS FIND INSPIRATION AFTER LIFETIME OF DISCRIMINATION
Forty years ago, they were classmates at a school for the deaf. They each had dreams for the future, but repeated rejections and disdain from employers led them to settle for tedious manual work to survive; distributing newspapers, doing food deliveries or cleaning – jobs with no need for much communication with people. Now in their 60s, Wong Yat-ming, Moi Yung-chiao and Sher Por have found a place to restore their self-esteem and break out of the drudgery of their former jobs to flex their creative muscles. / South China Morning Post
ENTREPRENEUR WHO HELPS THE BLIND, THE DEAF ENJOY CINEMA
Kim Soo-jeong, 48, the head of Korea Barrier Free Films, makes special subtitled and dubbed films so that the blind and the deaf can enjoy movies. "This is about human rights. Now, people make elevators and escalators to assist people who can't walk. People who can't listen and see have the right to enjoy movies and their rights should be respected," Kim said. / The Korea Times
MEET THE WOMAN WHO BECAME EGYPT'S FIRST DEAF DENTIST
Despite being born deaf, Esraa El Bably did not let her disability get in the way of her dreams. BBC Stories’ latest segment covers Esraa’s story and how she became the first, and only, deaf dentist in Egypt. “I went for a hard choice to prove that anything is possible,” says Esraa to BBC Stories. “I decided to go to dental school to prove that the stereotypes about deaf people were wrong and also because it was a challenge.” / Egyptian Streets
ON PLAYING A DEAF AND MUTE CHARACTER: 'I HAD TO LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE'
Actor Arulnithi says there is nothing melodramatic about his upcoming Tamil film “Brindavanam” in which he plays a deaf and mute character. “It’s not going to be a very emotional film just because I play a deaf and mute character. It will have its emotional highs but at the same time it will be entertaining. It’s not completely melodramatic. These qualities make the film family-friendly,” Arulnithi told IANS. It’s for the first time in his career he is playing such a character. / Bollywood Life
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LIFE & LEISURE
ASL OPENS WORLD FOR DEAF
Peggy Filer was born deaf to hearing parents and into a hearing family in Colorado. As was common practice at the time, schools put her in both regular classrooms and special education classes. She never met another deaf person until she attended college — until then she thought she was the only person who could not hear. At the time, someone suggested she take an ASL class. From a childhood of extreme isolation, her life took a complete turn when at 21 she was introduced to other deaf people and given a means of communication. / Payson Roundup
New York, NY
DEAF AND BLIND
This deaf and blind man, my mother’s friend’s lover, was on his way to spend the evening. His name was Sasha. My mother’s friend’s name was Olga. I had known her since I was a baby, so I considered her my friend, too. She was beautiful. / The New Yorker
TOUCHING MOMENT GRANDMOTHER TEACHES HER DEAF GRANDDAUGHTER SIGN LANGUAGE
A grandmother was filmed in a tender moment with her deaf granddaughter as she taught the tiny tot how to use sign language. In the video grandma Pamela McMahon signs to nine-week-old Aria Belle, whose eyes light up in excitement at the lesson from her gran. The baby continues to beam as her grandma continues in sign language and Aria Belle appears to try to mimic her gestures by moving her hands and smiling. / Mirror
Los Angeles, CA
DEAF DALMATIAN HELPS LA HOSPITAL PATIENTS HEAL THROUGH SIGN LANGUAGE
A Dalmatian is helping hospital patients heal, despite his own disability. You might be tempted to call out to Charlie the Dalmatian, but he may not respond. "He's 100-percent deaf. We've done all the tests," said Charlie's handler, Colleen Wilson of Hollywood. Charlie was abandoned and scheduled to be put down at a shelter when Wilson adopted him. Wilson said he'd been surrendered by prior owners who probably didn't realize he was deaf. / abc7.com
New York, NY
RESEARCHERS PROBE LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN DEAF CHILDREN
Cochlear implants have been a godsend for parents of children born profoundly deaf. While the devices can restore some level of hearing, many of these children can still fall behind in language skills. As CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez explained, ‘eye trackers’ help researchers understand how children learn language. Logan Hodge’s parents were elated when a cochlear implant allowed their son to hear for the first time at 10-months-old. / CBS New York
Fort Collins, CO
DEAF STUDENT TRAIL-BLAZING HER WAY TO A CHEMISTRY DEGREE
Evie Bangs was 5 years old when she started to lose her hearing. At age 8, her hearing plummeted, and she could no longer understand her teachers. Now she’s about to graduate from Colorado State University. And she’s gotten here not by dwelling on what she has lost, but focusing on what she could gain – and soon, that will include a degree in chemistry from the College of Natural Sciences. / SOURCE
SUMMER JENKINS MAKES NOISE IN COMMUNITY FOR DEAF STUDENTS
An interest in sign language during her youth developed a career path for Summer Jenkins. A teacher at New Highland Elementary School in Radcliff, Jenkins learned the sign language alphabet as a child. There was a fellow student in her gym class who was deaf and couldn’t communicate with others. She empathized for him and often sat with him. It’s how she first learned sign language. / The News Enterprise
DEAF ICE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS SPECIAL FOR GINTOLI FAMILY
They’ve never been linemates on national teams, since they both play center, but at least Shelton’s Peter and Garrett Gintoli have been teammates in some pretty big international tournaments for hearing-impaired hockey players. The upcoming World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships will be special for the brothers because of who else will be there: For the first time, there will be a women’s competition, two exhibition games between the national teams of the United States and Canada. That means their sister will wear the national team’s sweater as well in Amherst, N.Y. / Connecticut Post
St. Paul, MN
HAMLINE SENIOR TO LEAD FIRST U.S. DEAF WOMEN'S HOCKEY TEAM
Jessica Goldberg has never let hearing loss stand in the way of something she wanted to accomplish. That includes hockey. The Hamline senior just completed a four-year college career, including a senior season where she finished with a goal and five assists in 25 games. "Challenges are always going to be there," said Goldberg, who deals with 50 percent hearing loss in each ear. "You can find them in whatever you do. But you can't let that stop you if it's something you really want to pursue." / KSTP
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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
• Clear commitment to standards of integrity, excellence and diversity
• 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)
• Experience and/or training in fundraising from public and private sources
• State certification or evidence of readiness for State certification
• Evidence of fluency in sign language (ASL preferred)
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President, Board of Trustees
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.
Minimum Qualifications Include:
· ASL fluency.
· Valid driver's license/reliable transportation.
· Related education (as applicable).
Visit www.Advocates.org/Careers to apply today!
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!
PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate, or a 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, and energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about 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. 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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