May 3, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 28
Editor: Tom Willard
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West Palm Beach, FL
DEAF PATIENTS GET GO-AHEAD TO SUE BOYNTON'S BETHESDA HOSPITAL
In a victory for deaf people, a federal appeals court has paved the way for five Boynton Beach area residents to sue Bethesda Memorial Hospital for not taking steps to assure they understood what was happening to them when they got medical treatment. While the decision directly affects those who sued the hospital, last week’s ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has far-reaching impacts, said Matthew Dietz, a disability rights attorney who represents the elderly patients and the Florida Association for the Deaf in the long-running lawsuit. / Palm Beach Post
PEPPERBOX COFFEE SERVES UP JOBS FOR LOCAL DEAF COMMUNITY
The sounds of grinding coffee beans and espresso steam are part of a day ’s work at a coffee shop — unless you’re an employee at Pepperbox Coffee. Co-owner Nicholas Buchanan started Pepperbox Coffee, which is staffed entirely with deaf people, to serve premium Costa Rica-imported coffee in a style similar to Seattle coffee drive-thru’s out of a small truck. Simply getting to the point of opening the truck was a year long process for Buchanan, whose deafness contributed to the difficulties of finding a staff, securing a location and even just communicating with the necessary people to get to where he is now. / The Daily Texan
GOVERNOR'S OFFICE HOSTS FIRST DEAF BUSINESS SUMMIT
The Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing today hosted the nation’s first Deaf Business Summit: “Deaf Ecosystem: Maryland’s Open for Business.” It was the first time that a governor has hosted an event exclusively for Deaf and hard-of-hearing business owners, supporting and encouraging entrepreneurship among the Deaf and hard of hearing business community. / AFRO
Jefferson City, MO
DEAF ADVOCATES STRESS IMPORTANCE OF LEGISLATIVE INVOLVEMENT
The Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing's legislative advocacy day on Wednesday inspired students like Melissa Davis, a junior at the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, to stay aware of policy matters that can affect her family and community. "For me, this is a very special and unique experience," Davis said. "It has helped me and others in the deaf community to get a better understanding of the need for access to services." / Jefferson City News Tribune
Huntington Beach, CA
DEAF ELEMENTARY TEACHER AMONG THE BEST IN ORANGE COUNTY
Visitors don’t knock on Vincent Saporito’s classroom door when entering. They stomp twice on the floor of the portable classroom, and it’s the vibrations that alert the teacher and students. On Tuesday, a surprise group of visitors came to Saporito’s door as Orange County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares, trailed by other officials, camera crews and nine members of Saporito’s family. The occasion was to announce that Saporito had been named one of the Orange County Department of Education’s Teachers of the Year. / OCRegister
DEAF CULTURE CELEBRATION HOSTS THEIR OWN 'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE'
Fresno State on April 28 commemorated the 200-year anniversary of the opening of the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Conn. A community event was held that included a “Saturday Night Live”-inspired performance. In addition, Roberta Cordano from Gallaudet University was a keynote speaker. / The Collegian
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Sydney, NS, Canada
SIGN LANGUAGE EDUCATION NOT ACCESSIBLE ENOUGH, SAYS DEAF TEACHER
A Cape Breton woman who is deaf says there should be more options for Nova Scotians who want to become certified ASL teachers and interpreters. Vanessa Hopkins grew up signing with ASL as a way of communicating and now teaches the language from her home in Sydney. "I knew there was a need to teach ASL because I knew there was a need to teach people about Deaf culture," Hopkins explained. / CBC News
WHOOPING SHOULD BE BANNED BECAUSE IT EXCLUDES DEAF PEOPLE, NATIONAL UNION OF STUDENTS SAYS
Students who whoop, cheer and clap should face “consequences” because they are excluding deaf people, delegates at the National Union of Students conference said. Audience members were repeatedly warned that they must cease whooping to express support for a speaker, because it has a “serious impact” on the accessibility of the conference. Delegates at the NUS annual conference in Brighton were encouraged to use “jazz hands” instead of clapping. / Telegraph
PUT DESIGN FOR THE DEAF ON THE AGENDA
Despite the fact that there are 11 million people in the UK with hearing loss and that number is expected to rise to 14.5 million by 2031, many architects are unaware of the needs of deaf people when designing schemes. ‘It just hasn’t been on the agenda – and it certainly wasn’t addressed in any way when I was a student,’ says Richard Dougherty, associate at Hall McKnight, who was born profoundly deaf and has two deaf children. / Architects' Journal
BLIND AND DEAF CHILDREN 'BEING TAUGHT BY UNQUALIFIED TUTORS'
Blind and deaf children are being taught by unqualified tutors prompting concerns that disabled pupils in Scotland are receiving sub-standard education. Scathing reports about the state of education for sensory impaired children have been prepared as MSPs probe teacher workforce planning. It has emerged that vision impaired children are being taught by students and support teachers without the required qualifications, according to the Royal National Institute of Blind People in Scotland. / Herald Scotland
Auckland, New Zealand
DEAF MAN WHO WAS NZ'S YOUNGEST TO GET A COCHLEAR IMPLANT GRADUATES FROM UNIV. OF AUCKLAND
Being born totally deaf hasn't stopped a young Auckland man from graduating today with a Master's degree in clinical exercise physiology. Josh Foreman, 25, was the youngest person in New Zealand to receive a cochlear implant when he was 2 and a half years old. His adoptive parents, millionaires Bill and Diane Foreman, realized that he wasn't responding to sounds such as doorbells and barking dogs. "So my dad took it upon himself to test me. He got two pots and stood over my cot while I was asleep and started banging them together, and I didn't wake up," he said. / NZ Herald
LIBERALS SLAM VIDEO OF DEAF BABY HEARING: 'DEAFNESS ISN'T SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO CONQUER'
The video isn’t new, but the content — and the reactions to it — never get old. The subject is a 7-week-old boy named Lachlan who was fitted with a hearing aid and then hears his parents’ voices for the very first time. “I am so happy that we can share our magic moment with the world,” Michelle Lever, Lachan’s mom, told the Daily Mail Australia in 2014. Not everybody was tickled over the clip, however. Some hit back at the video, saying it tells deaf people in essence that their condition is not OK. / The Blaze
New Delhi, India
MURAL BY DEAF PERSONS SCREAMS FOR EQUALITY
Braving the scorching sun, about 30 youths, including two deaf American trainers, labored for hours to turn a portion of a dull exterior wall in south Delhi into a vibrant canvas, embedded with a loud and clear social message. “We do not want to be seen as inferior to anyone, we do not want be labeled as ‘Oh that poor guy’. This exercise is a quest for achieving inclusivity and equality in a society that is still not ready to put us on an even keel. This artwork, therefore, aptly called ‘Understanding Deaf Culture’,” says Alim Chandani. / The Siasat Daily
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LIFE & LEISURE
DEAF SENIOR FINDS NEW PATH, FRESH HOPE
Deaf since birth, he worked 25 years with IBM in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the last three years training testers internationally. He interacted successfully with the hearing world. Colleagues accepted him and came to respect and appreciate diversity. He even received a Bravo Award for his leadership on a large project. Then the unthinkable happened. His job was outsourced – to the very people he trained. They took Timothy Mackey’s livelihood, but they couldn’t steal his passion for helping others learn ASL and better understand Deaf culture. / EKU Stories
HOW CHILDREN WITH COCHLEAR IMPLANTS LEARN WORDS
For many children born deaf, a cochlear implant can be a miracle. Toddlers can typically have the device implanted 12 months after birth, meaning they can begin learning to hear soon after learning to take their first steps. And yet, most of us begin to learn language while still in the womb, so a child with a cochlear implant already faces a disadvantage in learning spoken language. / US News & World Report
DEAF CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES GATHER FOR LESSONS AND LASTING FRIENDSHIPS
Margo is the first deaf person Jacob and Gianina Thornton have ever met. She’s also their baby. “I wouldn’t choose to be learning a language while I’m also learning to be a new parent,” Jacob Thornton said Saturday, “but the sign language classes are actually really fun.” The Thorntons, who can both hear but who each carry a gene for deafness, attended a Parent Child Advocate Program workshop Saturday. / Richmond.com
'HEARING" THINGS FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be deaf? Have you ever wondered what your life would be like? Have you ever wanted to know the daily routine of deaf individuals? I’ll tell you what it is… it’s just like everyone else’s. They go to school, they go to work, they go to the store, they do the same things as people with normal auditory hearing. Sometimes, they have challenges, but there are always ways to help. / Elgin Observer
AUSTIN MAN TRANSLATES NEWS INTO ASL FOR DEAF COMMUNITY
The ability to listen to your television is something most people take for granted. Here in Austin, the mayor's office reports nearly 10 percent of the city's residents are deaf or hard of hearing and they rely on closed captioning to guide them through newscasts. Alex Abenchuchan is working to give them an alternative. He runs one of the only ASL news broadcasts in the country. / KVUE
Chapel Hill, NC
STUDY REVEALS LIMITATIONS OF MATERNAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR DEAF WOMEN IN CAPE TOWN
A recent study of the experiences of deaf women seeking maternity health-care services in Cape Town, South Africa found reports of linguistic barriers and mistreatment. Margaret W. Gichane, doctoral student of health behavior in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is lead author of the article, titled, “‘They must understand we are people’: Pregnancy and maternity service use among signing Deaf women in Cape Town.” The article was published online April 6 by Disability and Health Journal. / UNC
WILLIE ROSS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF HOLDS CONFERENCE
As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, Longmeadow-based Willie Ross School for the Deaf last month co-sponsored a one-day conference titled "Language Acquisition and Learning in Deaf Children" at the Baystate Education Center in Holyoke. "The conference addressed perspectives on the development and education of deaf and hard-of-hearing children and learning differences on how deaf and hard-of-hearing children acquire language," a statement from Willie Ross says. / MassLive.com
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
MEET THE INTERPRETERS WHO BRING MORE THAN THE MUSIC TO STAGECOACH, COACHELLA
On the job as an ASL interpreter, Sam Farley has been kissed by a Madonna impersonator, rocked out to the Who at Desert Trip, and on Saturday night, shared a moment interacting with Brett Eldredge at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival. As Eldredge performed “Fire” on the Mane Stage, he came over to the platform where Farley worked, made eye contact and gestured as he connected with Farley. All the while, the interpreter didn’t skip a beat. It’s all in a set’s worth of work for the 40-year-old Corona resident. / The Press-Enterprise
WATCH: DEAF CHOREOGRAPHER TEACHES STUDENTS TO DANCE TO VIBRATIONS
Choreographer Chris Fonseca is the subject of this inspiring short film about teaching the deaf to dance by showing them how to feel, rather than hear, the rhythm through the vibrations of the music. “When they feel that. That’s a big deal. That’s the time when they come alive,” says choreographer Chris Fonseca, who is deaf himself. Fonseca teaches a hip-hop dance class to the hearing and non-hearing. / Aleteia
EXHIBIT SHEDS LIGHT ON DEAF PIONEERS THROUGH INTERACTIVE APP
A draw for young people or anyone interested in ASL and history, “Deaf Pioneers Adventure App Development” is sure to captivate guests at Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. The exhibit, located in the Student Alumni Union’s Fireside Lounge, takes viewers on an interactive journey alongside Laura Redden Searing, a deaf 19th-century journalist and poet. / RIT News
New York, NY
'THE MIRACLE WORKER' AT QUEENS THEATRE
Helen Keller lives in a prison of silence and darkness. As a last chance before she is institutionalized, her parents contact Annie Sullivan, a dedicated teacher. As Sullivan struggles to reach Helen, she must also confront the obstacles in Helen's family: a domineering father, a heartbroken mother and a resentful son. The Miracle Worker is the powerful true story of one of the most inspirational figures of all time. / Queens Theatre
'OVERWATCH' ADDS NEW FEATURES FOR DEAF PLAYERS
“Overwatch” finally adds a new feature that allows deaf players to join and understand how the game works. The latest Uprising event of the game now comes with subtitles and Blizzard confirms they will continue the subtitle feature to improve support for Deaf players. / iSportsTimes.com
U.S. TOPS CANADA TO WIN WORLD DEAF HOCKEY
Garrett Gintoli scored three goals for the U.S and was named Player of the Game for the Americans in their 6-3 victory over Canada in the gold medal game of the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships Saturday at the Amherst Northtown Center. Gintoli scored twice in the second period after the U.S. had taken a 3-1 lead and added his hat trick goal with 3:39 left in the third period. / The Buffalo News
See Also LASSONDE HELPS US TO GOLD AT WORLD DEAF HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP / DartmouthSports.com
See Also BEVERLY'S WONOSKI HELPS TEAM USA WIN GOLD AT WORLD DEAF ICE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS / Salem News
Baton Rouge, LA
FROM DEAF TO DEFYING THE ODDS
Around 650 million people are disabled in this world. 350 million struggle with hearing-loss. But only one is an LSU swimmer. And that's Matthew Klotz. "I was born deaf," Klotz said. "My parents didn't find out till I was two years old." But Klotz isn't just an LSU swimmer; he's a phenom in deaf sports. Klotz set world-records in the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke at the 2013 Deaflympics. / LSU Now
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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
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• 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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New York School for the Deaf
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Advocates in Framingham, MA is Hiring!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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
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