deafweekly

 

May 11, 2005
Vol. 1 No. 30

Editor: Tom Willard

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FUND SET UP FOR CHILDREN OF FLORIDA SHOOTING VICTIMS

A memorial fund has been set up for the hearing-impaired children of Steven and Marilyn Bergman, a deaf couple from Palm Bay, Fla, who were shot and killed May 2 while visiting Marilyn's parents in Freedom, Pa. Marilyn's brother, Thomas Simich, Jr., also deaf, is accused of killing them during an argument over the sale of their parents' home. The Bergmans, who would have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary June 7, had four children: Eric Bergmann, 23, of Melbourne, Fla.; Amelia "Amy" Bergman, 19, who attends a Florida college; Ryan Bergman, 18, who attends the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine; and Britta, 15, who attends the National Deaf Academy in Mount Dora. According to Florida Today of Melbourne, donations may be sent care of the Washington Mutual Bank, 115 Palm Bay Road N.E., West Melbourne, FL 32904.

TEXAS MAN, A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER, SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON

Esequiel Alberto Armijo, 61, a deaf registered sex offender, was sentenced to life imprisonment and fined $10,000 in Amarillo, Texas last week for violating terms of his deferred adjudication on a 1998 charge of aggravated assault against a 4-year-old boy. Judge Hal Miner also sentenced Armijo to 20 years in prison for violating probation on a 2002 charge of failure to register as a sex offender. According to the Amarillo Globe-News, Armijo showed little reaction and told Miner he understood his right to appeal. Armijo was facing new charges after a 14-year-old partially deaf girl was sexually assaulted in his home April 20, but the district attorney's office said it would not proceed with those cases in light of Armijo's sentencing and to prevent the victim from having to testify again.

MAN ACCUSED OF VEHICULAR HOMICIDE ASKS TO HAVE CHARGES DROPPED

A Pennsylvania man charged with running into and killing a deaf woman while drunk, on methamphetamine and driving at high speed wants authorities to drop the charges, saying they can't prove he was impaired by the alcohol and drugs found in his system. According the the Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.), James R. Kresge, 21, of Whitehall Township allegedly struck and killed Carol A. Brewster, 61, on July 5, 2003, while she crossed the road to check her mail. He remains free on $10,000 bail. "We're asking that the charges be dismissed because there is no proof that the small amount of alcohol or the unmeasured amount of methamphetamine played any role in the accident," said Kresge's attorney, Frederick J. Fanelli.

INVESTIGATOR PRETENDS TO BE DEAF TEENAGER IN INTERNET CHAT

An investigator for the Lake County, Ill. state attorney's office pretended to be a deaf teenage girl during Internet chats with former sports broadcaster Robert Goldman, 44, who is on trial for indecent solicitation of a minor. According to the Chicago Tribune, investigator Mark Pleasant told the court that he adopted the persona of a deaf teenager who was home-schooled so he would have an excuse not to talk on the phone and it would make sense that "KristiM" was always signed on. Goldman allegedly made plans to meet the teen he thought he had been talking with for months at a library in August 2001. The meeting never took place, but Goldman was arrested in April 2002 and fired from his job with the Tribune Co.

NEWSPAPER FAULTS VIRGINIA STATE SENATOR FOR DELAY IN SCHOOL DECISION

Editorial writers at the News Leader in Staunton, Va. expressed "frustration and anger" Sunday at Sen. Emmett Hanger Jr. and the commission he chairs on the future of Virginia's schools for the deaf and the blind. Hanger was faulted for time management after announcing that his commission may miss its July 31 deadline because it has just now sent out proposals to contractors, who are unlikely to respond in time to allow a study of costs and options. The editorial noted that there are three options -- close both schools in Staunton and Hampton and build a new one at a cost of $60 million or more; maintain the status quo and leave both schools as they are; or renovate the Staunton campus for about $25 million. In conclusion, "We think the choice is obvious -- renovate the beautiful and historic Staunton campus for about a third of the cost of building a new school."

WAREHOUSE WORKER SUES ALBERTSONS, CLAIMING MISTREATMENT

William Monteleone, 39, filed a federal disability discrimination lawsuit in Fort Worth, Texas earlier this month against Albertsons, claiming the grocery company let its workers taunt and tease him on a regular basis. Monteleone's lawsuit claims that co-workers at the Albertsons Distribution Center in Fort Worth would throw cans of food and bottles of bleach at him; a forklift driver, also named in the suit, would race toward him and come to a screeching halt; and a supervisor would cup his hand to his ear and yell in Monteleone's face. Monteleone, who lost his hearing as an infant due to illness, started working at the Albertsons warehouse in 1991 but has been on leave since July 2003 due to a back injury. Albertsons officials denied the claims and declined to comment further. "We really hope that this litigation will improve the workplace not just for him but for other workers who are deaf or hard of hearing," said Karen Fitzgerald of Dallas, one of Monteleone's attorneys.

TEXAS WOMAN WITH PREMATURE AGING SYNDROME GETS COCHLEAR IMPLANT

KFOX-TV in El Paso, Texas reported Monday on Sarah May, a 19-year-old with Cockayne's syndrome who recently received a cochlear implant. May is believed to be the oldest living person with Cockayne's syndrome, which speeds up the aging process in people. Most people with Cockayne's never live past childhood. "She's got the brain of a 19 year old and the body of an 80 year old," said vascular surgeon John Oghalai. "Her ears had worn out to such a point that she was almost completely deaf." Her condition created an extra risk during surgery of heart attack, stroke and cerebral spinal fluid leakage, Dr. Oghalai said, but the operation was a complete success. May is starting to regain her hearing and beginning to talk on the phone again, and Cathy May said her daughter has a new goal: "She wants to work in a nursing home and hang out with old people."

NEW JERSEY FINDS PROBABLE CAUSE IN COMPLAINT AGAINST AUTO PARTS SUPPLIER

The state of New Jersey has issued a Finding of Probable Cause against Herman's Auto Parts and Supplies of Livingston for allegedly refusing to do business with a deaf man who called through the relay service. The finding was announced last week by Attorney General Peter Harvey and the state Division on Civil Rights, and means the state has found reasonable suspicion that the business violated the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. The deaf man, Hamphil Hudson of Orange, decided to file a complaint after trying unsuccessfully to use the relay service to call the store. After being hung up on each time, Hudson alleges that someone answered and said, "Herman's Auto Parts and Supplies doesn't deal with the hearing impaired." Said Attorney General Harvey: "We are long past the point where a business can announce to a person, 'We don't serve your kind.' No one can decide not to do business with someone because he or she is deaf or hard of hearing."

SEVEN STATES REQUIRE INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR HEARING AIDS

Seven states have passed legislation requiring private insurance companies to provide some level of coverage for hearing aids, the Deseret Morning News of Salt Lake City, Utah reported Sunday. Ten other states are considering similar laws, while one -- Kentucky -- mandates coverage for both children and adults. Insurance companies fight such mandates by saying that providing hearing aids would drive up costs for everyone, but critics question their arithmetic. Fewer than 800 children have been identified in Utah as deaf or hearing impaired, noted the News, which amounts to just .03 percent of Utah's 2.4 million residents who might be eligible to receive assistance. "We are hoping to not go down the road of legislation, but rather to arm-twist the companies to first see if they share some obligation," said Rich Harward, the state health department's manager for hearing, speech and vision services.

CALL-BOX USAGE IN CALIFORNIA DECLINES, BUT STATE TO SPEND MILLIONS ON UPGRADES

The growing use of cell phones has cut the number of freeway call-box calls in California from a peak of 80,000 monthly calls in the early 1990s to 10,000 recently, the Fresno Bee reported Sunday. Still, authorities plan to spend millions of dollars to upgrade the system. The more than 15,000 call boxes statewide provide "a lifeline service for those who don't have a cell phone," said a Los Angeles County official. In some areas, however, the call boxes are being spaced out. About 900 call boxes were removed in the San Francisco Bay area last year by increasing the distance between the devices from a quarter-mile to three-quarters of a mile. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission plans to spend about $5.6 million to convert the remaining 2,650 call boxes to digital technology and add TTY devices, a decision that kept the agency from being included in a federal lawsuit filed last month that could require all call boxes to include TTYs.

OLIVER SACKS TO SPEAK AT GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT

Oliver Sacks will deliver the keynote speech at Gallaudet University's 2005 commencement. More than 173 undergraduate and 153 graduate students will participate in the event, set for Friday at the university's Field House. Sacks is a physician, writer and clinical professor of neurology who wrote "Seeing Voices," detailing the conflict between those who want deaf people to speak and read lips, and those who prefer sign language for communication. In addition to serving as commencement speaker, Sacks will receive an honorary degree. Other honorees include Nancy Kensicki, '65, who will be awarded Professor Emerita status; Gerald "Bummy" Burstein, '50, who will receive the 2005 DPN Leadership Award; and Oscar Cohen, who will receive an honorary doctorate degree.

LARGE CROWD TURNS OUT FOR DEAFNATION EXPO IN POMONA, CALIFORNIA

More than 4,700 people turned out for the DeafNation Expo in Pomona, Calif. April 30, helping to create what DeafNation CEO Joel Barish called "such a perfect event." Event sponsors included Sorenson VRS, Sprint, MCI Global Relay, Hands On VRS and the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc. (GLAD). "The expo was majestic," said Barish, "with a great crowd, lots of kids and adults having fun and plenty of loud music and ASL." His comments were echoed by participants. "DeafNation Expo is awesome," said Cheryl Bella of Hands On VRS. Kay Vincent of Sorenson VRS said, "DeafNation Expo is one of the best ways for us to demonstrate our innovative products and services to the community." And GLAD CEO Patricia Hughes added, "The DeafNation event was a big success." The next stop on the 12-city 2005 tour is Hartford, Conn. on Saturday. Admission is free, but register first at www.deafnation.com.

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ASSOCIATION MEMBERS IN INDIA PROTEST 'OCCUPATION' OF THEIR OFFICE

Deaf people in Jammu, India gathered last week outside the deaf association office, protesting the alleged "occupation" of their office. "The association office from where we are operating has been occupied," said Roshan Bhan of the Jammu and Kashmir Association of the Deaf. "We are on the road." The group contends that some of its members were harassed when they tried to get in their office, reported the Express News Service in Bombay, and were given a severe thrashing and thrown forcibly out of the building. Some 500 deaf people are affiliated with the 30-year-old association, which provides them with vocational training. A government official disagreed with the deaf group's claims. "The orphans of militancy are being rehabilitated here and they are being nurtured with the spirit of patriotism," said Prem Lata Gupta.

JAMAICA DEAF ASSOCIATION HOSTS SPECIAL CONSULTATION

What do deaf people want? That was the theme of a special consultation held April 30 in Kingston, Jamaica and hosted by the Jamaica Deaf Association. According to the Jamaica Observer, the meeting was a follow-up to a previous consultation held at the same location in 1999. Participants pushed the idea of making signing a primary language in secondary schools and requiring teachers to learn Jamaican Sign Language prior to employment. Among other requests: insurance coverage for hearing aids, special Internet cafes for the deaf, recognition of JSL as a language, more interpreters (especially for court cases and job interviews) and TTYs installed in public places for emergency calls. "We want to be equal to hearing people," signed Damion Campbell, a deaf teacher.

SEVEN PREGNANT WOMEN IN CANADA MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO RUBELLA VIRUS

Seven pregnant women in a religious community in southwestern Ontario, Canada may have been exposed to the rubella virus and are under observation, said a spokesperson for the Ontario Ministry of Health. According to the Canadian Press, the highly contagious virus poses a great risk to fetuses in early development and can lead to deafness, blindness, cognitive disabilities and damaged hearts. Over 50 cases have been confirmed, making it the biggest rubella outbreak in Canada since 1998, when 69 cases were reported. All of the public events at the Rehoboth Christian School in Norwich have been cancelled or postponed except for the church service, said acting principal Martien Vanderspek. "The greatest concern is, of course, young pregnant mothers," he said. "We are very worried about them."


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SHOW OF SUPPORT BRINGS OHIO SCHOOL COUNSELOR TO TEARS

Sally Monahan was determined to spend a day at her workplace, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Monday, despite being weakened by chemotherapy as she battles cancer. So Monahan covered her balding head with a scarf and drove off to St. Rita School for the Deaf, where she has been a counselor for 15 years. Upon arriving, she spotted a maintenance worker wearing a green bandana. Then she noticed another worker wearing a bandana, and another. Soon she burst into happy tears, realizing that everyone was wearing a green bandana in a show of support. The school's Positive School Climate Committee had procured the bandanas, and about 180 people wore them -- everyone but the infants and toddlers. Monahan, 48, beat breast cancer in the 1990s only to learn she had a rare form of uterine cancer. Radiation treatments ended last fall, and in March she learned the cancer had returned. Her friends at the school will continue to wear their bandanas when she visits, saying a silent prayer when they put them on and another when they remove them.

MINNESOTA INVENTOR HAS SOME TIPS FOR HEARING AID USERS

Robert Oliveira has some tips for you, said the Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minn. Sunday. "They're soft, fit perfectly in your ear canal and let through the sounds you want to hear while blocking surrounding noise," the paper noted. They can also eliminate feedback from a hearing aid when inserted properly. Oliveira said the soft foam tips can be used wherever there is a need to attach an audio device to the ear, whether an MP3 player or a headset used in a factory or on a battlefield. Oliveira, who has a doctorate in biochemistry, worked at 3M for 18 years and holds 16 issued or pending U.S. patents for products related to the ear canal. He hopes to see his product replace traditional ear molds, which take a week to make and cost $50 to $60. He is so convinced of the potential for the tips that he bought the rights to the patents from 3M and founded Hearing Components in Oakdale, Minn. in 1990. The company's annual revenue is under $10 million, with 80 percent related to hearing aids.

AUTHORS OF LANDMARK RELIGIOUS STATEMENT REUNITE IN ROCHESTER

Several authors of the landmark Claggett Statement, explaining the role God has for deaf people, reunited in Rochester, N.Y. last week. According to the Democrat and Chronicle, they met to celebrate a document they had composed during a 1984 retreat at the Claggett Retreat Center in Buckeystown, Md. that represented "a rough statement of our shared faith, hurts and hopes." Among their original findings: "We do not view deafness as a sickness or a handicap. We view it as a gift from God, which has led to the creation of a unique language and culture, worthy of respect and affirmation." The retreat led to the creation of Christians for the Liberation of the Deaf Community, which met twice a year for about 10 years and trained members of local deaf communities. Last week's reunion, held at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, attracted Claggett authors Patrick Graybill, Bill Millar and Charlotte Baker-Shenk, as well as the Rev. Ray Fleming, who joined the group in 1985.

REPORTER WRITES OF HANGING UP ON RELAY CALLS

Journalist Joe Kennedy, writing in the Roanoke Times, shared what it was like to receive a relay call. "What is that?" he asked the operator who called last Thursday. After she quickly explained the term "IP Relay," Kennedy asked, "Who's calling?" The operator said she wasn't allowed to tell him that, and he said, "I decline it," and hung up. The phone rang again, with the same woman and same spiel, but this time the operator said the caller had given permission to say the call was for Kennedy's daughter. "She doesn't take calls from unidentified sources," said Kennedy, hanging up again. Kennedy's daughter said she had no idea why a deaf person would be calling her. He later went on the Internet to learn more about relay calls. He found that scam artists use the service and teenagers get their kicks using relay to make prank calls. Kennedy, likening relay usage to a "sin," called the Virginia Relay Center and asked that all relay calls to his house be blocked.


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DRIVE-THROUGH AT TENNESSEE RESTAURANT KNOWN FOR ACCESSIBILITY

Drive-throughs are one of life's little conveniences that are generally not available to the deaf, wrote Jim Bailey of UMTV on TriCities.com. BB's Barbeque in Franklin, Tenn. is an exception to the rule. Owner Vee Blanton was once a full-time interpreter, and she has made a point to hire deaf employees. Drive-through customers aren't confronted with a box to talk into; instead, they drive up to the "pig up window" and talk, or sign, to someone who takes their order. "I've had deaf people from Wisconsin and Minnesota say that they never ever got to eat at a drive-through before," said Blanton, "so they just wanted to stop by on their travels." Employee Lenny Chiddister said Blanton's commitment is unique. "You can just be yourself, you can speak directly with the boss, you can advance yourself, and learn new things," he said.

ADARA OFFERS ONLINE CHAT ROOMS FOR PROFESSIONALS WORKING IN DEAFNESS

ADARA, an organization of "Professionals Networking Together for Excellence in Service Delivery with Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing," held a special online chat Monday for people working in the chemical dependency profession. According to Keven Poore, chair of ADARA's special interest section on chemical dependency, the topic of the chat was "goals for the next two years." ADARA plans to continue its online forums, with the next set for Monday, May 16 on "Deaf Inmates: A Neglected Population," led by Katrina Miller. To log onto a chat, go to www.adara.org, scroll down to the "Community" box and click on the "Chat Room" button. Follow the instructions to log on.

NEW LINE OF HEARING AIDS OFFERS IMPROVED DIRECTIONAL LISTENING

Sonic Innovations Canada, Inc. announced Monday the release of its new Innova product family, the company's next generation of digital hearing aids. The new product line "offers not only the high-end features required today for a premium digital hearing aid, but also advanced patent-pending features that are unavailable elsewhere in the marketplace," said Andy Raguskus, president and CEO. Among the new features is one the company calls DIRECTIONALfocus, which enhances speech understanding by emphasizing sounds in front of the hearing aid wearer and de-emphasizing sounds to the side and behind the wearer. The Innova devices are available in models ranging from completely-in-the-canal (CIC) to an innovative behind-the-ear (BTE) aid.

HAMILTON RELAY TO BE FEATURED ON NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST

Hamilton Relay will have an opportunity to show off its services during an upcoming news segment on The Winner's Circle. The weekly Broadcast News Corp. program is hosted by Terry Bradshaw and features companies and organizations "that represent the backbone of America's economy." The Hamilton Relay segment is scheduled to air on Monday, May 30 between 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. EST on a national news broadcast station. "We are excited about this opportunity to educate Americans about relay," said Dixie Ziegler, vice president of Hamilton Relay. "This is a terrific tool that will increase public awareness of relay nationwide."

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'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE' ADDS 'DEAF' CHARACTER TO WEEKEND UPDATE NEWS

NBC's "Saturday Night Live" has introduced a supposedly deaf character to its Weekend Update news segment. The character is played by Fred Armisen, a hearing SNL cast member, while Kenan Thompson plays a voice interpreter. Armisen uses crude, indecipherable sign language to tell jokes while Thompson voices his remarks. The running gag is that the deaf character makes racist jokes that the interpreter, who is black, refuses to voice -- making fun of the deaf guy instead. "It's stupid and disgusting!" said Andy Lange, president of the National Association of the Deaf. "The NAD strongly condemns this kind of thing." He encouraged members of the deaf community to write and complain. The address is Saturday Night Live, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112. Lange also suggested letters be sent to the Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th St. SW, Washington, DC 200554, or via email: fccinfo@fcc.gov.

NTID ARTS CENTER BENEFACTOR PLEDGES ADDITIONAL GIFT OF $1.5 MILLION

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, N.Y. announced Friday that it has received a $1.5 million gift commitment from the benefactors of the Joseph F. and Helen C. Dyer Arts Center. The Joseph F. and Helen C. Dyer Endowment Fund was created by Joseph Dyer, a retired mechanical engineer who is deaf. Dyer and his wife Helen donated $2.5 million to NTID in 2000 to create the Arts Center. Helen an accomplished amateur artist, died a few weeks before the gallery opened in 2001. Earnings from the future bequest will provide resources for special exhibitions and expansion of the permanent collection, as well as additional staff, regular maintenance and improvements. The 7,000-square-foot exhibition space, one of the few galleries in the world devoted to works by deaf artists, includes seven exhibition areas for NTID's permanent collection, student work, sculptures, paintings, photography and visiting exhibits.

CURTAIN RISES FOR 'THE TASTE OF SUNRISE,' A DEAF WEST-CSUN COLLABORATION

"The Taste of Sunrise" will play this weekend at Deaf West Theatre's 99-seat theater in North Hollywood, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. The play is a first-time collaboration between Deaf West and the California State University at Northridge, home to the National Center on Deafness. Author Susan Zeder wrote the play from the viewpoint of a deaf boy in the 1920s who struggles against the era's pro-oralism, anti-sign language rules. CSUN theater lecturer Doug Kaback and Deaf West founding member Bob Hiltermann co-directed the play, which played earlier this year at CSUN. "Having a hearing and a hard-of-hearing director enabled us to explore the nuances in a deeper way," Kaback told the Times. "We really challenged each other and questioned choices."

NATIONAL THEATRE OF THE DEAF ANNOUNCES CASTING CALL

Admit it: you've always wanted to act with the National Theatre of the Deaf. Well, here's your chance. To arrange an audition for the 2005-06 production of NTD's Little Theatre of the Deaf, send a resume, headshot and video to: Kathy Strauss, NTD, 139 N. Main St., West Hartford, CT 06102. Videos should contain a short introduction of yourself, a 5-10 minute monologue of your choice in your native language, and a children's story. Hearing people who can sign should do the children's story in ASL. You must be at least 18 to apply. Incidentally, NTD is not offering its Actors Academy this summer. For more information, write to kstrauss@ntd.org.

NEW WEBSITE, DEAF GRAPHIX, DESIGNED AS A COMMUNITY FORUM

A new website was launched last week called DeafGraphix. It's a community forum where you can show off your artwork, web designs, photography and much more. You can also share your opinions and feedback. It's for anyone -- beginners to intermediate to expert, and it's a way of making new friends. Interpreters are welcome. To get involved, go to www.deafgraphix.netfirms.com//phpbb/nfphpbb/.


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MILESTONES
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JESS M. SMITH, JR., 85, NOTED EDUCATOR, EDITOR OF DEAF PUBLICATIONS

Jess M. Smith, Jr., of Indianapolis, Ind., died Thursday, May 5, at the age of 85. Mr. Smith was a 1935 graduate of the Tennessee School for the Deaf. He earned two degrees from the University of Tennessee and went on to teach at the Tennessee, Michigan and Indiana Schools for the Deaf. He also coached several sports, including football, basketball and track. He retired from the Indiana School for the Deaf in 1989, the Indianapolis Star reported, having been the school's principal the last 18 years. Mr. Smith also served as editor of several deaf publications, including The Silent Worker, The Deaf American and The American Annals of the Deaf. He was inducted into the following Halls of Fame: Tennessee School for the Deaf Alumni Association, Indiana School for the Deaf (sports) and American Athletic Association of the Deaf (coach). Mr. Smith was predeceased by his wife, Sara Manier Smith. Survivors include three children and two grandchildren.

EMIL W. HARTMAN, 64, WORKED AT NEWSPAPER, TAUGHT ASL

Emil W. Hartman, 64, of Stow, Ohio, died May 4. Mr. Hartman lived in Stow 36 years and enjoyed two careers: working at the Akron Beacon Journal and serving as a mentor and teacher of ASL at Kent State University. He served as president of the Akron Club of the Deaf and was involved with several other deaf organizations. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Barbara J. Hartman, and survivors include two daughters, five grandchildren and a twin brother.


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EMPLOYMENT
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT CSD

The following job openings are available at CSD headquarters in Sioux Falls, S.D.:

- Marketing Communications Manager
- Public Relations Associate

Both positions are part of Corporate Marketing team devoted to supporting marketing and promotion of CSD's programs and services. For further information both job descriptions are listed under 'Public Affairs' at http://www.c-s-d.org/Default.aspx?tabid=33

Deadline: May 23, 2005

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Job Announcement

Positions are currently available at the Rocky Mountain Deaf School (RMDS), a bilingual charter school in Metro Denver, Colorado. RMDS has a philosophy that acquisition of American Sign Language provides a foundation for success in English, literacy, and learning in general.

Positions:
School Director
Curriculum and Instruction Specialist (part-time with potential for full-time in the future)
Primary Teachers
Elementary Teacher

Salary: Commensurate with training and experience

Application: Application packets will be accepted until positions are filled.

Please submit
Cover letter with a short written statement of your educational philosophy
Resume
The names of three individuals able to evaluate your knowledge, relevant skills, and interpersonal skills
A videotape illustrating your sign proficiency

Submit application packets to:
Julie Moers
Rocky Mountain Deaf School
430 S. Kipling Street
Lakewood, CO 80226

For more information such as detailed job description and qualifications, contact Julie Moers at (720) 922-9742 (TTY) or julie@rmdeafschool.net.

RMDS is an equal opportunity employer.

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Come work in the Leadership Frontier
You'll be challenged and rewarded with real
leadership experiences in Nevada.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS

ORGANIZATION: Nevada Association of the Deaf (NVAD) Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center (DHHARC) is a statewide advocacy, resource, telecommunications distribution, and direct service center offering advocacy, referral, and community education services throughout Nevada. The Headquarters is in Carson City with additional centers opening soon in Las Vegas (July 2005) and Reno (September 2006). DHHARC is an established, ongoing operation looking forward to this expansion in order to provide statewide services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing consumers and all Nevadans.

GENERAL INFORMATION:
Type of appointment: Full-time
Location: Positions available in Northern and Southern Nevada
Posting Date: April 20, 2005
Closing Date: May 20, 2005

POSITION: Regional Advocate (2)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Plan and coordinate outreach, advocacy, referral, and
telecomunications programs targeting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nevadans.

SALARY: $33,000 to $38,000 DOE, plus customary benefits.

POSITION: Administrative Assistant/Interpreter (2)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Act as an interpreter for DHHARC staff; Assist, plan and
coordinate outreach, advocacy, referral, and telecomunications programs targeting Deaf
and Hard of Hearing Nevadans.

SALARY: $33,000 to $38,000 DOE, plus customary benefits.

POSITION: Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Program (TEDP) Coordinator (2)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: To coordinate a regional telecommunication equipment
distribution program and conduct outreach and advocacy to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nevadans.

SALARY: $33,000 to $38,000 DOE, plus customary benefits.

TO APPLY:

All Applicants must submit a letter of interest, a resume, and three letters of reference to DHHARC at 111 West Telegraph Street, Suite #104, Carson City, NV 89703.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00PM ON OR BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE (5/20/2005).

Special Notes:

DHHARC selects applicants for employment based on job related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.

Screening of applications will be conducted on May 25, interviews with selected candidates June 3, 2005 in Carson City, Nevada. Selections will be announced on June 6, 2005.

For further information contact Executive Director/Advocate at DeafAdvocate4nv2@sbcglobal.net

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES @ GLAD

GLAD is an Affirmative Action Employer with equal opportunity for men, women and people with disabilities.
For more information on the following positions, go to: www.gladinc.org
Status of all positions is: Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt, Full Fringe Benefits unless otherwise noted.
All positions are open until filled. Revised 4/06/05

HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST in Los Angeles
Brief Summary: Under the supervision of the CEO, the Human Resources Specialist will be responsible for administration of employee benefits including health, dental, vision, and pension plan; Recruit, interview and hire all GLAD personnel; Conduct new employee orientation; Prepare job announcements, duty statements, and all employment related correspondence; Assist in the maintenance, administration, and development of personnel policies and the Employee Handbook; Provide training and workshops in areas related to Human Resources matters to managers; Act as custodian of records and maintain records of employment related materials and personnel files….

DIRECTOR OF LIFESIGNS in Los Angeles
Brief Summary: Under the direction of the CEO, the Director of LIFESIGNS will be responsible for planning and supervising the day-to-day activities of the office, including the provision of training, mentorship and supervision to staff. The Director will attends and participate in a wide range of activities promoting and marketing LIFESIGNS to the local community; participate in board meetings; handle all incoming and outgoing correspondence, interpreting contracts and bids with the CEO; prepare reports for funding sources; and attend public workshops, which benefit the agency….

COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATOR in Los Angeles
Brief Summary: Under supervision of the Director of Health Education/Services, using the guidelines of the assigned scope of work provided by the California Department of Health Services' Community Challenge Grant, the Community Health Educator (CHE) will provide teenage pregnancy prevention and education services to deaf and hard of hearing adolescents, young adults, and parents in Los Angeles County using the 8-hour "be cool…sign no to sex" curriculum; perform all duties and tasks as outlined in the program scope of work; conduct individual and group sessions and events to target groups….

HIV PROGRAM INTERPRETER in Los Angeles
Brief Summary: Under the supervision of the Director of Health/Education Services, the HIV Program Interpreter will perform all duties and tasks as outlined in the AESD program scope of work, interpret initial HIV antibody test and results, update and maintain a pool of qualified HIV-trained interpreters to assist with interpreting assignments, interpret and coordinate interpreter services to deaf and hard of hearing consumers with HIV/AIDS ….

JOB DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR in Rancho Cucamonga, Norwalk, Anaheim
Brief Summary: Under the supervision of the EDD Program Manager, the Placement Coordinator will supervise the Job Developer/Interpreter, provide assistance with Job Development/Placement efforts; work in conjunction with traditional employment resources, develop employment opportunities, identify openings and opportunities for clients in need of employment assistance; perform other duties including job interview preparation assistance, job counseling….

JOB DEVELOPER/INTERPRETER in West Covina, Crenshaw, Rancho Cucamonga, Norwalk, Anaheim
Brief Summary: Under the direction of the Coordinator, the Job Developer/Interpreter will provide assistance with Job Development/Placement efforts, work in conjunction with traditional employment resources, develop employment opportunities, identify openings and opportunities for clients in need of employment assistance, other duties include job interviews, job counseling to clients and employers…

COMMUNITY ADVOCATE in Los Angeles
Brief Summary: Under the direction of the Human Services Director, the Community Advocate will assist deaf and hard of hearing consumers in the area of communication access via TTY relay, document translation, and other duties, provide advocacy in the areas of social security, education, employment, consumer affairs, and others, record statistics on a daily basis related to provision of services, counsel deaf and hard of hearing consumers with problems related to personal and family adjustments, finances, employment, food, clothing and housing….

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