deafweekly

 

April 30, 2014
Vol. 10, No. 26

Editor: Tom Willard

Deafweekly is an independent news report for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community that is mailed to subscribers on Wednesdays and available to read at www.deafweekly.com. These are the actual headlines and portions of recent deaf-related news articles, with links to the full story. Minor editing is done when necessary. Deafweekly is copyrighted 2014 and any unauthorized use is prohibited.

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Chicago, IL
DEAF CHICAGO MAN RETURNS TO COURT ON NEW RAPE CHARGE
A deaf Chicago man who sparked outrage when his rape case was dismissed in September due to a technicality appeared in Cook County Criminal Court last Wednesday. This time he was charged with sexual assault and attempted murder in connection with an attack which left a 15-year-old student fighting for her life. Luis "Silent" Pantoja reportedly left his victim to die in the back yard of a home on December 17 after allegedly beating her with a blunt object and then raping her. She was discovered by the property owner. / Medill Reports

Brownsville, TX
TWO JAILED FOR ROBBING DEAF MAN WALKING TO WORK
Two men are behind bars after they allegedly beat up and robbed a deaf-mute man walking to work in Brownsville. Brownsville police arrested 27-year-old Johnny Joe Rojano and 19-year-old Eduardo Felipe Olmos on Wednesday. Rojano and Olmos allegedly approached a deaf-mute man walking to work, beat him up and took $50 dollars from his wallet. / ValleyCentral.com

Des Moines, IA
REGENTS HIRE SUPERINTENDENT FOR SCHOOLS FOR DEAF, BLIND
The Iowa state Board of Regents hired Steve Gettel as the new Superintendent of the Iowa School for the Deaf/Iowa Braille Sight Saving School. Gettel comes from Montana where he held a similar position for 13 years. He will begin August 1 at a annual salary of $180,000 with the opportunity to receive a performance bonus of $20,000 upon completion of the initial year of his appointment. / The Des Moines Register

Frederick, MD
INTERN HELPS FREDERICK REACH OUT TO DEAF COMMUNITY
The camera was rolling in the City Hall boardroom last week as Tayla Newman stood under bright studio lights. The room was silent, but Tayla was getting her message out. The 17-year-old student at the Maryland School for the Deaf is creating public service announcements in ASL for the city of Frederick about topics such as the city's Bike to Work Day on May 16. "Bicycling is a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work!" Tayla signed. / The Frederick News-Post

Cambridge, MA
SIGN LANGUAGE REFERENDUM PASSES EASILY AMID LOW VOTER TURNOUT
Harvard undergraduates voted last week overwhelmingly in favor of supporting the reintroduction of ASL courses for credit at the College, though just 18.5 percent of students voted on the referendum. The referendum garnered 1,135 affirmative votes -- 92 percent of the votes cast. However, the Council still must vote on legislation in order to take an official stance on the subject, since voter participation was well below 50 percent of the total number of undergraduates. / The Harvard Crimson

San Jose, CA
SAN JOSE TEEN ADVOCATES FOR OTHER HEARING IMPAIRED STUDENTS, GETS INTO STANFORD
A South Bay student has realized her dream of attending Stanford University next year. Zina Jawadi is a student with significant hearing loss. She knew that in order to succeed, she had to be an advocate for change. That included showing her teachers how to teach her. Jawadi, 18, shows no signs of having any kind of disability. That's why she has to remind her classmates and teachers she is hard of hearing. She's been doing it since middle school. / abc7news.com

Indianapolis, IN
CAREER FAIR AT DEAF SCHOOL HELPS STUDENTS IMAGINE FUTURE
At Indiana School for the Deaf's career day Thursday, the students peppered presenters with questions. Do you like your job? How much is your workload? Do we really need to learn social studies? What kind of workers do managers look for? What college did you go to? Defense Finance and Accounting Services financial management analyst Christian Hanawalt shared with students about his bachelor's degree and master's in business administration: "Being deaf is no excuse for not having high standards," he signed, "I can do whatever I want to." / The Indianapolis Star

Internet
THE DEAF SHALL HEAR AND THE BLIND SHALL SEE
The flip side of protecting the deaf is teaching them “best practices” in dealing with the police. The ACLU hooked up with deaf actress and advocate Marlee Matlin to make a video to help the deaf and hard of hearing to handle such interactions. Notably, Matlin is married to Burbank police officer Kevin Grandalski, which may add a curious influence to her view of dealing with police. The video is at once informative and disturbing. It’s not that the advice is wrong, or that there is a better way than recommended, but that the instructions appear relatively likely to get a deaf person beaten as not. / Simple Justice


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London, England
UK'S FIRST PURPOSE-BUILT DEAF CHURCH TO CLOSE
Fred Cuddeford is 105 years old. He was deafened a century ago in the same horse and cart accident that killed his mother. He has been a regular at St Saviour's Church and Deaf Centre for 94 years -- in its old and new home. For him and many others, St Saviour's has not only been a church, but a social club for deaf people. Fred's son Freddie says that his father will miss out socially when the church has gone: "This is Dad's only outing." / BBC News

Darlington, England
PROFOUNDLY DEAF -- DIAGNOSIS OF TOT ALFIE THAT HIT LIKE A TON OF BRICKS
A grateful mum whose young son was struck deaf by a mystery illness is turning to another love, baking, to support the charity without which she says she would have struggled to cope. Danielle Williams’ son Alfie was born healthy but at 18-months-old fell ill. Aged two, Alfie was pronounced profoundly deaf. Later, he was diagnosed with autism. / The Northern Echo

Glasgow, Scotland
WE MUST ADDRESS ATTAINMENT GAP OF DEAF CHILDREN
Just over 900 of Scotland's deaf young people can expect to go to university. If they were hearing, that figure would be nearly 1400. That's the attainment gap facing Scottish deaf children, one which significantly affects their chances of going to further or higher education and their chances of a job afterwards. The National Deaf Children's Society will warn this week that deaf young people are underrepresented in a number of post-16 destinations and that more needs to be done about it. / The Herald

Mississauga, ON, Canada
TOUGH COMPETITION AT DEAF HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
As someone who has been on Canada's Deaflympic hockey team before, Matthew Sheffield will tell you that the competition to get on the team can get pretty fierce. Anyone in the stands at Iceland Arena Saturday afternoon (April 26) got a glimpse of that competitive nature in the championship game of the 10th annual Roy Hysen Cup, a national tournament for players who are deaf or hearing impaired. / Mississauga.com

Chatham, ON, Canada
CHATHAM MAYOR AMONG THOSE GOING DEAF FOR A DAY
Chatham’s mayor is going deaf for a day. Randy Hope is confirmed as one of the participants in the ‘Hard of Hearing for a Day’ event on May 15, being put on by the Canadian Hearing Society and the Accessibility Committee of Chatham-Kent. This will be the first time that the Chatham branch of the hearing society takes part in speech and hearing awareness month which runs throughout May. / Chatham Daily News

New Zealand
DEAF CHILDREN TO GET TWO FUNDED IMPLANTS
Children with serious hearing problems will be able to have cochlear implants in both ears through funding that's going to be announced in next month's budget. Health Minister Tony says $6.3 million will be allocated over four years. At present children under six with severe to profound hearing loss in both ears receive one funded cochlear implant. From July this year they will receive two implants. / MSN New Zealand

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF GETS EQUIPMENT
Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF) donated Information Technology equipment to Dar es Salaam’s Buguruni Primary School that caters for the deaf in a bid to advance education for the disabled around the country. The project also focuses on connecting other 25 primary schools with internet services in collaboration with Avanti Communications Company. / TechMoran

Malta
GREENS CONDEMN LACK OF ACCESSIBILITY EXPERIENCED BY THE DEAF
Alternattiva Demokratika has condemned the lack of accessibility experienced by the deaf and the hard of hearing community due to missing subtitles on television stations. “Despite the PL’s electoral manifesto promise back in 2013, such access has not yet been made available,” AD spokesperson on disability and sports, Dr Claire Azzopardi Lane said. / Malta Today


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Kansas City, KS
DEAF PEOPLE GET GENE TWEAK TO RESTORE NATURAL HEARING
In two months' time, a group of profoundly deaf people could be able to hear again, thanks to the world's first gene therapy trial for deafness. The volunteers, who lost their hearing through damage or disease, will get an injection of a harmless virus containing a gene that should trigger the regrowth of the sensory receptors in the ear. The idea is that the method will return a more natural sense of hearing than other technologies can provide. / New Scientist

Baltimore, MD
COMMENTARY: SIGN LANGUAGE IS NOT PERFORMANCE ART
In the midst of the misery of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the media fell in love with then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's sign language interpreter, Lydia Callis, who captivated audiences with her expressive renderings of Mr. Bloomberg's humdrum press conferences. "A bright light during dark days: Bloomberg's sign language star," swooned National Public Radio. Deaf Americans were excited about Ms. Callis for a different reason: They understood what the mayor was saying. / The Baltimore Sun

Lancaster, PA
SAYING GOODBYE TO THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE
Jody Caruthers' favorite sound is the sound of people talking. She loves the voices of her family at dinner. She loves to hear conversations between two people behind her. She even loves when a random customer stops her and asks for help. She loves those sounds. I gulp when I hear this because I can't relate. After a day of hearing my own voice yapping on the phone, all I want is some good-old fashioned silence when I go home. But silence has not been kind to Jody. / Lancaster Online

Casselberry, FL
BOY SHARES THE GOSPEL AT SCHOOL
Kyle North is not your average 8th grader. Along with being hard of hearing and close to being deaf, Kyle, 14, jumps at any opportunity to share the gospel — including dressing up as a missionary on character dress-up days at school. He recently made a video presentation on Mormon migration for his National History Day project, complete with pictures and a narration, all on his own. / Deseret News

Kearny, NJ
DEAF CATHOLICS SHOW STRENGTH IN COMMUNITY AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
"God made me deaf," Father Christopher Klusman of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wis., proudly signed to the audience at the fourth annual DeaFest. "Some people have a lot of anger because they want to be like everybody else. They want to be ‘normal.' You can't let that anger consume you --it will become poison." Father Klusman was keynote speaker at the March 29 conference held at the Newark Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center. The conference drew 250 participants. / Catholic Star Herald

New York, NY
SCIENCE GAVE MY SON THE GIFT OF SOUND
On a cold January night, I was making dinner while my three boys played in and around the kitchen. I heard my husband Mark’s key in the lock. Jake and Matthew, my two older sons, tore down the long, narrow hall toward the door. “Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!” they cried and flung themselves at Mark before he was all the way inside. I turned and looked at Alex, my baby, who was 20 months old. He was still sitting on the kitchen floor, his back to the door, fully engaged in rolling a toy truck into a tower of blocks. / TIME


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Austin, TX
2 DEAF GUYS LAUNCH ONLINE POSTAL MAIL SCANNING AND FORWARDING SERVICES WORLDWIDE
With today’s technology, it’s possible for two deaf guys, Chris Landry and Ken Brown, to start a business in efficient mail handling using an online service. They are excited to announce Scan Mailboxes, their new and smart online postal mail service, a substitute for private and post office mailbox rental services as well as executive suite mail services. PRWeb

Phoenix, AZ
RESIDENT ADVOCATES FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
Since 1993 Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michele Michaels has been working in an industry that affects her own personal life and the lives of nearly 700,000 individuals in Arizona every day. Today, she is the hard of hearing specialist at the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing and travels across the state educating people about the challenges these individuals face. As a hard-of-hearing individual herself Michaels knows these challenges and how they can pop up at any time. / Ahwatukee Foothills News

Rochester, NY
NTID'S CAT LAB HELPS MORE YOUNG DEAF CHILDREN LEARN
Shared reading for deaf or hard-of-hearing children just became more accessible and entertaining with the development of an Android version by Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Access Technology at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf through a collaboration with Gallaudet University’s Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2). / RIT News

Lenexa, KS
PROPOSED KANSAS STORE TO PROVIDE NEW OPTIONS FOR HEARING IMPAIRED
Hearing loss affects 20 percent of Americans, yet their options are extremely limited. Dr. Jennifer Gryska, an audiologist in Lenexa, Kan., wants to change that. Gryska plans to open a store in Overland Park that offers many more alternatives to standard hearing aids. "Many people simply can't afford the $4,000-6,000 for a typical hearing aid," she explained. / PRNewswire


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Los Angeles, CA
SWITCHED AT BIRTH BOOKS SUPER BOWL CHAMP DERRICK COLEMAN
Super Bowl champion Derrick Coleman will make a cameo on an upcoming episode of Switched at Birth, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. Coleman, who is the first deaf offensive player in the NFL, will appear in the June 30th episode with Travis (Ryan Lane), who's also deaf, and Mary Beth (B.K. Cannon).This will mark Coleman's first TV cameo. / TVGuide.com

Miami, FL
MARINO MAALI ON BEING A DEAF RAPPER
Marino Maali lounges in the backyard of his friend's house. His arms are covered with tattoos of Psalm 23, a coy fish, the name of his hometown, Windsor Castle, and the footprints of his son. His non-stop smile bridges the space between his ears. Behind his left ear, a hearing aid. "These don't even work as good," says Maali. "They're broken, but they all I got right now. These shit expensive, you feel me? Them bitches go for, like, about $3000 each and shit like that." / Miami New Times

Great Falls, MT
EXPRESSIONS OF SILENCE PERFORMS AT MSDB
Expressions Of Silence, the performing group of the Montana School for the Deaf & Blind, hosted a fundraiser performance on Friday evening at the school's Mustang Center. Eleven students signed and danced to a dozen songs from artists such as Michael Jackson and Lady Antebellum. There was also a silent auction and quilt raffle. The students of Expressions Of Silence use sign language and dance to interpret recorded music for their audiences. / KPAX

Los Angeles, CA
ACTRESS MARLEE MATLIN TOUTS CLOSED CAPTIONING INITIATIVE
Marlee Matlin is lending her support to a global initiative to improve the quality and the accessibility of closed-caption programming - including for Internet content providers. Matlin, who is deaf, is excited that the FCC has ruled that all television programming, including streaming sites such as Netflix, must have closed captioning. Not only that, all TV shows that are aired on broadcast on TV that are uploaded to these sites must be captioned within 45 days. / CBS News


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Cincinnati, OH
DURACELL AD FEATURING DEAF NFL PLAYER EARNS P&G AWARD
A Duracell battery commercial that shows a football player who refused to be sidetracked from his quest to reach the NFL despite being deaf has earned Procter & Gamble Co. this year’s Corporate Leadership Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities. The ad features Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman (who wears battery-powered hearing aids and has been viewed more than 22 million times on YouTube. / Cincinnati Business Courier

Internet
DEAF NFL PROSPECT HOPES TO MAKE NOISE IN DRAFT
Adham Talaat is many things. Talaat is a talented football player and an NFL draft prospect. He is a graduate of Gallaudet University with a degree in physical education. Talaat, whose parents are immigrants from Egypt, is an advocate for peace in the Middle East. He also happens to be deaf. Talaat is coming close to fulfilling his dream of playing professional football, one made more possible by the attention Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman generated this season with his play and a popular Duracell commercial. / USA Today

New York, NY
HEARING-IMPAIRED BROOKLYN TEEN LANDS SPOT ON NETS DANCE TEAM
Ever hear about the deaf kid who became a professional dancer? Neither did Vako Gvelesiani, 13, of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, before his dream came true. Vako has been dancing since he was 2. He takes lessons at Horizons Dance School near his home, where he lives with his immigrant parents from the nation of Georgia. He studies dance at Mark Twain Intermediate School 239 for the Gifted and Talented and has been accepted into the dance program at prestigious LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan. / NY Daily News

Phoenix, AZ
VALLEY STUDENT HONORED BY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
A Valley high school student is being honored by Major League Baseball. Michael Andaloro is a ninth grader at Veritas Preparatory Academy in Phoenix and he was selected as one of two grand prize winner's for the MLB's 2014 Breaking Barriers essay contest. Nearly 19,000 students from across the country submitted essays. Sharon Robinson, the daughter of hall-of-fame baseball player Jackie Robinson and an educational consultant for the MLB said Andaloro was chosen because of the unique challenges he's overcome as a deaf student. / KTAR

Grand Junction, CO
DEAF CYCLIST FROM GRAND JUNCTION LIVES LIFE TO THE FULLEST
John Klish learned early on that being deaf wasn’t going to hold him back. When he was younger, he played soccer until he graduated high school, on Grand Junction High School’s varsity team for four years. Then during college, he decided to try Colorado State University’s cycling program since he enjoyed mountain biking from age 15. Five years after college, his coach encouraged him to try road racing, as he saw potential in Klish. / Glenwood Springs Post Independent


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Fort Worth, TX
OBITUARY: CARL DEVRIES
Sadly, we want to inform the Deaf Community that Carl DeVries, beloved husband of Betty DeVries, lifelong interpreter in our Fort Worth Community, has passed away. Carl DeVries passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from a heart attack. Carl was born May 16, 1942 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Carl and Betty would have celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary June 1, 2014. / Deaf Network of Texas


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Deaf Access Services, Inc.
2495 Main Street
Suite 446
Buffalo, New York 14214

Position Opening: Billing Assistant and Staff Interpreter
Category: Full-Time (37.5 hours per week)
Reports to: Manager of Interpreting Services
Posting Date: April 28, 2014

Major Responsibilities
• Process accounts receivables for interpreting services customers (70% of position).
• Provide sign language interpreting services to staff and customers, as needed (30% of position).

Specific Duties
• Maintain receivables in a timely manner for submission to the business office.
• Verify interpreter’s invoices for accuracy.
• Review vouchers and timesheets for ACCES-VR billing.
• Prepare monthly statistics of interpreting services, including quarterly ACCES-VR reports.
• Provide sign language interpreting services for staff members and customers, as assigned.
• Perform other duties as needed to assist the Manager of Interpreting Services, Scheduling Coordinator, and the business office staff.

Other Responsibilities
• Assist, as needed, at DAS activities and events (including fundraising events).
• Perform other tasks and projects, as assigned by the Manager of Interpreting Services and Executive Director

Required Minimum Qualifications
• 1-2 years of receivables experience with college/business school education preferred
• Keyboarding accuracy
• Ability to adhere to deadlines
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent telephone etiquette and strong customer service skills
• At least two (2) years of training and experience working as a sign language interpreter
• Knowledge of deaf culture and experience working with the deaf community
Required Application Documents
Completion of DAS Application Form
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Cover Letter

Start Date: Monday, May 12, 2014; position posting open until filled.

How to Apply
Submit application materials to Neil Burns, Interim Executive Director, at nburns@wnydas.org.

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Community Education Coordinator, Part-time (20 hours per week): Buffalo, NY based human service agency is looking for a talented person to develop and oversee our American Sign Language (ASL) program and to implement other community outreach sessions designed to enhance the Western New York community’s understanding of ASL, sign language, Deaf Culture, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the rights/needs of persons who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Full job description available at www.wnydas.org. Interested applicants should send application materials to Neil Burns, Interim Executive Director, Deaf Access Services, at nburns@wnydas.org.

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Rochester Institute of Technology

Instructional/Support Faculty - Applied Computer Technology

Detailed Job Description

NTID Information and Computing Studies is seeking an Instructional/Support Faculty to teach deaf and hard of hearing students in the Applied Computer Technology program at the Associate degree level and provide tutoring support to deaf and hard of hearing students taking courses at the bachelor degree level at the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (GCCIS). The successful applicant's duties include course instruction (teaching and tutoring), computer laboratory instruction/supervision, curriculum/course development, participation in departmental efforts, and maintaining liaison relationships with faculty in other colleges of RIT.

Required Minimum Qualifications
• Master of Science in Information Technology, Computer Science or related computing field.
• Five years full-time work experience in Web Development, database implementation and object-oriented programming.
• Sign Language fluency is required.
• Teaching/training experience
• Curriculum development experience
• Organizational skills and the ability to work as part of a team
• Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences
• C# or similar programming experience, Mobile App Development experience, Multi-platform experience including Windows, MAC, Android and IOS, Recognized industry-wide technical certifications and/or Network/Security and Computer Support experience.

How To Apply
Apply online at http://apptrkr.com/460891
Keyword Search: 991BR.

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Travis County (Austin, TX) is seeking an SENIOR SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER to provide sign language interpreting services for consumers, staff, one-on-one appointments, group meetings, and telephone calls.

Requires a Bachelor's degree in Deaf Education, Interpreting, Linguistics, Communications, Liberal Arts, Social or Behavioral Sciences AND 5 years interpreting services experience in a variety of situations involving individuals with special communication issues. Must have at least 3 years of court interpreting experience.

Certificates: CIC, SC: L, CSC, RSC, CT, CI, OIC CDI-P, or MCSC. BEI Court Certification or RID SC:L Certification preferred.

Job #14-01676

VIEW JOB DETAILS & APPLY ONLINE AT:
www.TravisCountyJobs.org

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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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