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May 16, 2018
Vol. 14, No. 30

Editor: Tom Willard

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Stockton, CA
DEAF MAN ATTACKED MONDAY NIGHT IN DOWNTOWN STOCKTON
A deaf man was attacked Monday evening by an assailant wielding a heavy metal object near downtown Stockton, police reported. The assault with a deadly weapon occurred about 7:30 p.m. in the 900 block of East Channel Street. The victim reported the assailant approached him and started speaking, so the victim attempted to use sign language. At that point, for unknown reasons, the assailant hit the victim in the face with the metal object, according to police. / Stockton Record

Decatur, IL
POLICE: DEAF DECATUR RESIDENT SAYS 3 MEN PUNCHED HIM, RIPPED OUT HEARING AIDS
A Decatur man is facing felony charges after police said he beat and robbed a deaf male victim, injuring him so badly he needed hospital treatment. Decatur police arrested the 43-year-old man Tuesday afternoon on a preliminary charge of aggravated robbery. Police officer Warren Hale said the victim had been lured into a house by an unknown man who “asked him if he wanted to smoke.” / Herald & Review

St. Louis, MO
WANTED: GROUP OF MEN ASSAULT DEAF MAN
Police in St. Louis are asking for the public's help identifying five suspects wanted for assaulting a deaf person. Police said the 33-year-old man was assaulted at an intersection on May 5 at 9:30 p.m. The victim told police the group of five men approached him and began assaulting him. The man was reportedly punched multiple times and required stitches. / KMOV

Fresno, CA
FIRST-EVER 'DEAF PROM' HELD IN FRESNO FOR NON-HEARING STUDENTS
It's prom season for many high schoolers in the Valley. Saturday night, it was extra special. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center in Fresno, held its first-ever "Deaf Prom." While hundreds of high school students are able to listen to music at prom, for 26 students at the center, they get to feel it. / KRON4

Salt Lake City, UT
PROGRAM HELPS HEARING-IMPAIRED UTAHNS REGAIN INDEPENDENCE
Relay Utah is a state program managed by the Public Service Commission that was created to help provide the hard of hearing and deaf in Utah, with hearing assistive phones. This includes technology for cell phones that will help them better communicate and regain their independence. Utah is home to more than 290,000 individuals that are hard of hearing or deaf. / good4utah.com

Hickory, NC
FIRST BUILDING AT ALDER SPRINGS HOLDS OFFICIAL OPENING
Technology makes life easier, especially for people with disabilities. That is the key motivation for CommScope’s donation and deployment of network infrastructure to the Alder Springs Deaf and Blind Community in Morganton, N.C. Alder Springs is an independent non-profit residential community designed for the unique needs of deaf and blind seniors in Morganton, N.C. The first building, containing 21 one- and two-bedroom apartments, held its official open house on May 6. / WLNS

Conway, AR
MOTHER OF TWO DEAF DAUGHTERS OFFERS HELP, HOPE TO OTHERS
Mandy McClellan’s instincts told her something was wrong when her firstborn daughter’s language seemed delayed, and she was right. Two of three daughters with cochlear implants later, she helps other parents navigate the challenges of raising deaf or hard-of-hearing children. The 45-year-old Conway woman is a co-founder of the Arkansas Hands & Voices chapter, a nonprofit organization that is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year. / Arkansas Online

Coon Rapids, MN
BILLS TO CHANGE COMMISSION OF DEAF PASS UNANIMOUSLY
On May 2, the Minnesota House unanimously passed a bill by Rep. Cindy Pugh (R-Chanhassen) to make changes to the Commission of Deaf, Deafblind and Hard-of-Hearing Minnesotans.  These changes make the commission more efficient by allowing them to enter into contracts that currently require administrative approval. / Laker Pioneer

Alexander City, AL
DEAF CACC TRUCK DRIVER PROGRAM GRAD SHOWS NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE
Imagine being 50 years old and living a silent life where it seemed like your dreams of being a normal working man seemed impossible. Welcome to Joey Woodle’s world. Well, the world as he knew it before Wednesday. Woodle is deaf and even though he grew up riding in big rigs with his father and uncle, dreaming of one day doing it himself – for decades his hearing impairment prevented it. / The Alexander City Outlook

Deerfield Beach, FL
COMPANY AGREES TO PAY FEDS $500,000 FOR ITS CLAIM THAT DEVICES CAN MAKE PEOPLE HEAR '30 TIMES BETTER'
A Deerfield Beach company has settled a complaint brought by the Federal Trade Commission, which alleged that the firm deceived consumers by claiming a sound amplifier could help people hear 30 times better. Global Concepts Limited Inc. — also known as Global TV Concepts — sold nearly 3 million of its MSA 30X devices since 2012, generating $47.2 million in sales, according to an FTC statement. / Sun-Sentinel


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Regina, SK, Canada
GOVERNMENT SEEKING APPLICANTS TO OPEN DEAF PRESCHOOLS
Noah Van Ee has learned four years’ worth of language in the past two years since learning to sign using ASL. The 4-year-old was diagnosed two years ago with profound hearing loss. Using ASL has helped him grasp English and “come alive,” says his mother, Sonja Van Ee. It’s why she’s concerned that, as the provincial government seeks to open deaf preschools in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert, the new preschools may have an oral focus. / Regina Leader-Post

Toronto, ON, Canada
CANADIAN HEARING SOCIETY SHINES LIGHT ON EVERYDAY CHAMPIONS
It’s no secret that Canadians who are Deaf or hard of hearing face greater societal barriers than those who are hearing. Despite these challenges, thousands of Canadians are working everyday to break down these barriers and improve access and inclusion for everyone. To recognize the remarkable contributions and accomplishments of these individuals, the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) is proud to launch its latest awareness and fundraising campaign: “Breaking Barriers for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Canadians.” / Global Newswire

Ireland
HOW THE 8TH AMENDMENT IMPACTS DEAF PEOPLE IN IRELAND
Access to abortion is extremely limited in Ireland, and many who decide to have a termination will have no choice but to travel to another country to access abortion services. However, not everyone is in a position to travel for a variety of reasons, including the cost of travel, if a person has migrant status that doesn’t allow them to travel, or if they have a disability that reduces their ability to travel. Deaf and hard-of-hearing people also face additional barriers that can make accessing abortion services particularly challenging. / SpunOut.ie

Derby, England
DEAF TEENAGE CAMPAIGNER INVITED TO ROYAL WEDDING
A deaf teenager, from Derby, has set up a club at his school to teach other pupils sign language. Reuben Litherland, 14, who is on the Youth Deaf Advisory Board, has received an invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on 19 May for his campaigning. / BBC News

London, England
DEAF CHILDREN LOSING OUT AS ENGLISH COUNCILS CUT SUPPORT, CHARITY WARNS
More than a third of councils in England are cutting educational support totaling £4m ($5.4 million US) for deaf children, according to figures obtained by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS). The figures, gained through freedom of information requests, show that councils in these areas are cutting 10% on average from deaf children’s services, which the charity warns are already near breaking point. / The Guardian

Tonbridge, England
ASSISTIVE TECH FIRM ENCOURAGES DEAF PEOPLE TO DEMAND HEARING LOOPS
Deaf people are being encouraged to speak to venues and services to make sure they are accessible and have working hearing loops installed. The advice laid out in a guide to mark Deaf Awareness Week emphasizes the rights hearing-impaired people have to access information and services under the law and what hearing support they should expect in public spaces under building regulations. The guide was produced by assistive hearing technology specialists Contacta. / amp

London, England
ALDI LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER FULLY SIGNED TV COMMERCIAL
Aldi has partnered with ITV to broadcast its first ever fully signed ad break during Coronation Street on Monday 14 May, with all adverts being signed to mark the start of Deaf Awareness Week. The signed ad break, which is a collaboration between the broadcaster and Aldi, will launch with the exclusive first broadcast of Aldi’s new Like Brands advert. / Metro

Christchurch, New Zealand
DEAF MAN IN HIS 90S BANNED FROM BANK
A Christchurch bank is being accused of elder abuse after trespassing a 93-year-old customer who is legally deaf and suffers from dementia. Cheng Kung is deaf and suffers from dementia but has been banned from BNZ in what has been labeled elder abuse. The action was taken two weeks ago when Cheng Kung got into an argument with the manager at the Bank of New Zealand branch who claimed Mr Kung hit her with an umbrella. / Radio New Zealand

Malaysia
DEAF ENTREPRENEURS REFUSE TO ALLOW THEIR CONDITION TO HINDER THEIR ASPIRATIONS
The Penang Deaf Association’s (PDA) charity jumble sale returned for the sixth consecutive year to raise funds by selling donated goods ranging from clothes, food and even beauty products. PDA president Razman Tan Abdullah said that the sale was one of the many fundraising events they organised to cover their expenses that came up to around RM24,000 annually. / The Star

Cape Town, South Africa
VODACOM LAUNCHES FREE SERVICE FOR THE DEAF
Vodacom launched an SMS emergency service for the deaf, hearing as well as speech impaired customers.  As part of Vodacom’s commitment to adding value to the lives of its customers, the free service aims to make the lives of hearing impaired individuals easier.  / Independent Online


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PRESERVING DEAF TELEVISION AND FILM HISTORY


The Silent Network, the nation’s first national Deaf/Hard of Hearing television network, which started in 1979, has been hard at work on its major preservation efforts of thousands of hours of past Deaf/HOH broadcast TV shows for the benefit of today’s viewers. Viewers can now enjoy watching the digitally re-mastered shows as well as brand new shows at WAWO.tv. Shows are added regularly. Viewers can watch on their TV, tablet, mobile device, or computer. Visit www.TheSilentNetwork.tv for more background information or watch the shows at www.WAWO.tv. Join and support this major historical undertaking!

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Aberdeen, NC
DEAFNESS DOESN'T IMPAIR THE JOY OF MOTHERHOOD
“Mommy” is a word Linda Craven will never hear. She is deaf. Her 9-year-old twins and 3-year-old, all boys, communicate by signing. Body language and facial expressions help. She misses the screams, but also the sweet good nights, the sing-song nursery rhymes. Think about it, you mommies out there — the coughs of a worsening cold, the squeals of delight over a new puppy, whispered secrets. / The Pilot

Columbus, OH
STUDENTS FROM DEAF SCHOOL 'HEAR' TALES THROUGH LIBRARY'S ASL PROGRAM
Kris Hickey’s voice and the expressive face and fingers of Kristy Watson-Ables combined last week to bring a book to life for a group of students from the Ohio School for the Deaf. The event May 10 in the children’s area of the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Whetstone branch, where Hickey is youth-services manager, was the second and, until the fall, final chance for the deaf and hard-of-hearing youngsters to experience a book in a way geared specifically to them. / ThisWeek

Tampa, FL
HEARING IMPLANT REOPENS WORLD TO DEAF MISSIONARY
Debbie Entsminger recalls hearing her husband open a bag of potato chips. “It sounded like a whole bevy of squirrels. It was just crazy,” she said. “Within two hours, I started recognizing words.” Debbie, 53, was recalling her experience from February, just a few weeks after her Jan. 23 cochlear implant surgery. The procedure corrected 18 years of gradual hearing loss. / WTSP

Chapin, SC
BORN DEAF, CHAPIN HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR DEFYING ODDS
A Chapin High School senior who was born completely deaf is overcoming the odds and inspiring those around her.  Addison Blackmon was born to hearing parents, but a genetic mutation caused her to have no hearing. “I don’t think my disability has prohibited me from doing anything,” she said. “I live a pretty normal life.” / WISTV

Chicago, IL
TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES OFFER NEW OPTIONS FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED
Retired Lutheran pastor John Sturz likens his renewed hearing from the Cochlear implants in his skull to witnessing a miracle. “To me, it’s a miracle that someone invented this,” he said, referring to the Cochlear Nucleus 7 sound processors that connect wirelessly to everyday devices and let him hear through his brain. The implants work by electrically stimulating the auditory nerve. Sturz, 69, of Huntley, qualified for the outpatient surgery because he could no longer comfortably hear normal conversations. / Chicago Sun-Times

Monmouth, OR
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE DEAF
Western offers an award-winning English/ASL Interpreting program, has several Deaf teachers and an ASL club — yet, for many, the concept of Deaf culture or the Deaf community is one that is unheard of. For those who haven’t taken any ASL courses, the idea of it contrasting at all from what hearing people grew up around is often not understood. So, what does it mean to be a part of the Deaf community? To get a grasp of what this term truly means, I had a conversation with Professor Kara Gournaris. / The Western Journal


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Elsmere, NY
INSIDE THE LIFE OF A DEAF FIREFIGHTER
Fighting a fire is not just dangerous. It’s loud, chaotic and scary. But imagine if you experienced all of it in silence. At the Elsmere Fire Department, that’s how one of their heroes faces the world every day. Meet Eric Nusbaum. “He was born hearing, and then he got really sick and then became deaf.” Growing up, Eric couldn’t hear, but he could certainly see his future: firefighter. “When he was really young he wanted to be one. He said, ‘I can do anything.’ Nothing can stop him from doing anything.” / News 10 ABC

Crofton, MD
DEAF MASTER NATURALIST SHARES PASSION FOR OUTDOORS
Jen Muro’s love for nature fueled a career that can’t be slowed. The Crofton Community Library’s Natures Explorers Club Leader is a certified master naturalist and wildlife animal caretaker. She was born deaf. “Being deaf had everything to do with my love of nature,” Muro said. “My mother exposed me to nature a lot. Being deaf growing up we didn’t have closed caption. I was outside dawn to dusk and my parents had to come find me as they couldn’t call my name.” / Capital Gazette

Katy, TX
FIRST-HAND LESSON: TEACHER INSPIRES DEAF STUDENTS WITH A LOT OF HEART
A teacher in Katy ISD has a special connection to her students because she's experienced what many of them are going through. Andrea Alford is deaf but can hear better thanks to a cochlear implant. However, she works with deaf students and has been teaching for 15 years. "Each deaf child has unique hearing loss, language needs, social and academic needs," Alford said. / abc13.com

Northridge, CA
CSUN DEAF STUDIES PROGRAM INTEGRATES INNOVATIVE SOFTWARE INTO CANVAS
Teaching ASL can be very difficult on paper. Unlike an English paper, professors can’t simply mark up a student’s fingerspelling. Instead, a teacher of ASL has to physically show a student the correct way to sign. In an effort to enhance ASL courses, California State University, Northridge has implemented an innovative software program into Canvas to create a fully immersive ASL environment.  / CSUN Today


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Portland, ME
DEAF AT THE MOVIES: HOW THEATERS AREN'T ALWAYS INCLUSIVE
Back when Black Panther was inescapable upon its release February 16, the record-breaking film turned social media into a frenzy. Upon all the praise, one tweet, in particular, stood out like a sore thumb. “10 minutes into Black Panther, I had to leave,” it read. “It was awful.” Deaf model Nyle DiMarco wasn’t talking about the movie. He was talking about the closed captioning device at an AMC Theater. / News Center Maine

Juneau, AK
PEOPLE OF JUNEAU: THUNDER MOUNTAIN SENIOR BRADY ALLIO
Brady Allio is just like any other high school senior. He is on the swim team, dance team and a member of the high school yearbook. The only difference is he is deaf. He doesn’t let that slow him down. “I think I can do pretty much anything I want to,” Brady said during a recent interview. / Juneau Empire

Bristol, VT
VERMONT'S DEAF CULTURES TAKES THE STAGE
The expressiveness of sign language offers a glimpse into a rich but sometimes inaccessible culture. To learn more about Vermont’s deaf community, the public is invited to attend “Vermont’s Deaf Culture: Building Bridges Through Theater” with Julia Kitonis and Don Petit-Homme on May 17 at Holley Hall in Bristol from 7-8:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by One World Library Project and supported by the Vermont Humanities Council. It is free and handicapped accessible. / Shelburne News

Los Angeles, CA
THIS DEAF ACTOR IS A LEGEND IN SHOW BUSINESS
CJ Jones is a deaf actor who has become a legend in show business for his one-man standup comedy shows and movies. (Video) / CNN


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St. Louis, MO
ALBERT PUJOLS PROMOTES DEAF-OWNED ST. LOUIS COMPANY
Albert Pujols may have notched his 3,000th hit as an Angel of Anaheim, but he hasn't forgotten the ballclub for whom he hit his first 2,703. On Facebook today, the former St. Louis Cardinal made a sales pitch for the T-shirt he wore just after recording No. 3,000 last Friday. The shirt, he wrote, had been made by Route 66 Promotions, a company based in Fenton that's owned and operated by deaf people. / Riverfront Times

Tempe, AZ
CARDINALS SIGN DEAF FULLBACK COLEMAN TO 1-YEAR DEAL
The Arizona Cardinals have signed fullback Derrick Coleman to a one-year contract. Coleman is the first deaf player on offense to play in the NFL and he has spent four seasons in the league. He has played in 47 games since joining the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted rookie free agent out of UCLA. Coleman played in all 16 games with the Atlanta Falcons last season. He spent the previous three years with Seattle, appearing in 31 games. / The Associated Press

Bensenville, IL
DEAF HOCKEY SCHOOL CELEBRATES 45TH ANNIVERSARY
Founded in 1973 by National Hockey League Hall of Fame member Stan Mikita, and Chicago businessman Irv Tiahnybik, the AHIHA Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hockey School is hosting its 45th annual week-long hockey school for deaf and hard of hearing athletes on June 9-16. / PRNewswire

Orangeburg, SC
HELPING HEARING IMPAIRED : JOYFUL NOISE CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
Columbia resident Gary Walsh is returning to Orangeburg with his third annual charity golf tournament designed to help hearing-impaired children across the state and their families. The Orangeburg County native is the founder of The Joyful Noise Foundation, which raises funds to provide financial support for hearing-impaired children in South Carolina in acquiring hearing implants and ancillary services. / The Times and Democrat

Buffalo, NY
ST. MARY'S SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF PLACES AT ESDAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
St. Mary's School for the Deaf is coming back to Buffalo with some track & field championship hardware. The boys and girls teams represented the Buffalo school at the ESDAA Track & Field Championships this weekend. The boys team finished 1st overall in the Division II Championships while the girls finished 2nd overall. / WKBW

Norwalk, IA
DEAF NORWALK SOCCER PLAYER MOVES IN A SILENT WORLD
Imagine all the sounds a high school soccer player hears during a match. The cheering, shouting fans. The communication among teammates and coaches. The whistles of the officials. The footsteps and collisions of the players and the thump when the ball is kicked. It's a sport of constant noise as much as one of constant motion. But Ethan Froehlich moves in a silent world. / Des Moines Register


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CSDB TEACHER OF THE DEAF VACANCIES

Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, invites you to consider our employment opportunities. Applications are being accepted for current / anticipated vacancies for Teacher of the Deaf for the 2018-2019 school year, and for possible future vacancies, as follows:

Current (known) vacancies:
-- Literacy Specialist / Coach (PreK to 12th Grade)
-- Mathematics (Secondary)
-- Preschool to 6th Grade

Possible future vacancies in all instructional areas, including but not limited to all core content areas (Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; English/Language Arts; Science; Mathematics; Social Studies)

TO APPLY:
https://www.csdb.org/careers-2/

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CSDB PHYSICAL EDUCATION - HEALTH TEACHER

Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), located in Colorado Springs, Colorado is accepting applications for a Physical Education - Health Teacher (School for the Deaf). Responsible for providing standards-based physical education and health education instruction to preschool through high school students who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing. Provides individual experience of movement and physical expression; develops the student's self-worth and confidence; stimulates knowledge and patterns of healthy living including daily physical activity and productive use of leisure time. Utilizes Colorado State Standards and benchmarks in the content areas of Physical Education and Health, establishing instructional goals; and provides assessments that measure whether students meet standards.

TO APPLY: https://www.csdb.org/careers-2/

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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: The Clinical Program Manager is responsible for the supervision and direction of a program, including providing clinical supervision and rehabilitative direction to a team of Direct Care Counselors and clients.
• Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in related field.

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.

MA Clinician:
The MA Clinician will provide crisis and respite support services to individuals in being supported by the Deaf Respite Program.
• Qualifications: Master’s Degree in related field and at least two years’ experience with target population (inpatient, outpatient, residential acceptable).

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.

Minimum Qualifications Include:

• ASL fluency.
• Valid driver's license/reliable transportation.
• Related education (as applicable).

Visit www.Advocates.org/Careers to apply today!

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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.

Blended Case Manager – 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.

Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor
- Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services required.

Training Coordinator – Full Time. Glenside location. Travels to Pittsburgh as needed. Education requirements flexible and based on experience. Must be proficient in ASL.

Outpatient Therapist – Part Time. Glenside location. Must be eligible for LCSW or LPC in PA. Must have MSW or equivalent. Must be proficient in ASL.

Assistant Office Manager – Full Time. Glenside location. Minimum high school diploma with 5 years’ management experience.

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: jskelton@pahrtners.com Fax: 215.392.6065

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