May 23, 2018
Vol. 14, No. 31
Editor: Tom Willard
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WHY NYLE DIMARCO AND APPLE CEO TIM COOK MET WITH DEAF STUDENTS
Nyle DiMarco is giving back to students who, like him, are part of the deaf community. The deaf America’s Next Top Model winner and Dancing with the Stars champion teamed up with Apple’s CEO Tim Cook on Thursday to kickoff Apple’s accessible Everyone Can Code program at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, which CSD and some of the leading schools of its kind will start teaching to their students. / People
See Also APPLE WANTS BAY AREA-BASED BLIND, DEAF STUDENTS TO LEARN HOW TO CODE / The Mercury News
PROTEST HELD FOR TENNESSEE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Protests continued over the firing of the superintendent of the Tennessee School for the Deaf. A rally took place in downtown Nashville Friday. Dr. Nancylynn Ward was the first deaf superintendent at the school. She was recovering from foot surgery when she was abruptly let go in March. Many have called the move by the Department of Education a mismanagement. / News Channel 5
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND UNVEILS 'MAKERSPACE'
Heilyin Sanchez is afraid of bugs. That’s why when the third-grader sat down Thursday at the S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind’s new Einstein’s Workshop, she decided to build one. Sanchez was one of a handful of vision-impaired students who attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for Einstein’s Workshop, a space designed to help students learn about science, technology, electronics and math, commonly called STEM. / Spartanburg Herald Journal
San Antonio, TX
SCHOOLS CONSIDER CONSOLIDATING PROGRAMS FOR DEAF STUDENTS
After noticing a decrease of hard-of-hearing students in their programs, a few San Antonio school districts are considering a consolidation. During a board meeting on San Antonio's East side on friday emotions ran high as parents of Mission Academy students made a plea to not drop a program from the San Antonio ISD school helping their deaf children. "I'm asking y'all, please give my daughter a chance," one parent said. / Spectrum Local News
DEAF PREGNANT WOMAN AND SERVICE DOG PUNCHED IN AIRPLANE SCUFFLE
A 59-year-old man punched a deaf pregnant woman and her service dog inside a Frontier jet upon landing in Orlando on Friday, Orlando Police said. According to a police report, Timothy Manley was travelling from Colorado Springs, Colo., along with his wife Petrini Manley, 56, and Joshua Manley, 27, all from Gainesville. Petrini Manley complained of being allergic to dogs as the plane descended and was being taxied to the gate at the Orlando International Airport. / Orlando Sentinel
VIRGINIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND HONORS 4 GRADUATES
A graduation in the Shenandoah Valley celebrated a unique group of students in Staunton. The Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind held its commencement ceremony for the class of 2018. The principal of VSDB says the class is small but mighty. There are four graduates this year, and they all racked up thousands of dollars in scholarship money. The school has a total of 90 students currently attending. / NBC 29 News
7EVERYDAY HEROES ASSIST THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING COMMUNITES
Have you ever been in a conversation where you were not quite sure what the other person said, but you smiled and nodded anyway, just to be polite? 7Everyday Heroes Crystal Vaccaro and Spencer Kontnik admit they have. That is why they formed the non-profit called The Smile and Nod Project. It is designed to help the hard of hearing and deaf communities. / The Denver Channel
Denham Springs, LA
FIRST-TIME SEMINAR PUTS DENHAM SPRINGS ON CUTTING EDGE
A program offered for the first time to local first-response personnel will enhance their ability to serve and protect. The classes, held over a three-day period at the Denham Springs Police Department, focused on the advantage of sign language skills when police, firefighters and other municipal employees work with the deaf. “Being both of my parents were deaf mutes, that’s what first piqued my interest,” Mayor Gerard Landry said. / The Livingston Parish News
LUBBOCK WOMAN BRIDGES THE GAP BETWEEN POLICE AND DEAF COMMUNITY
A Lubbock advocacy specialist, Lori Whitfield, works with different organizations across the South Plains to teach them how to better communicate with the deaf community using ASL. Every three months, Whitfield goes to the Lubbock Police Department's Academy to teach cadets ASL. Police said it is now included in their overall communication training to becoming certified as an officer. / EverythingLubbock.com
Charleston County, SC
FIRE DEPARTMENTS DISTRIBUTE FREE FIRE ALARMS FOR DEAF STUDENTS
Fire departments across the Lowcountry visited the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at the Charleston County School of the Arts on Monday to give out free “bed shaker” fire alarms. Robbi Amick, one of the teaching assistants and interpreters in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, contacted officials within Fire Safe SC to equip the students with fire alarms designed for deaf people. / Live 5 News
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!
DEAF MAN WHO CHANGED MIND ABOUT KILLING HIMSELF DIES AFTER TOUCHING LIVE WIRE
A deaf man who changed his mind about killing himself after climbing a huge pylon died after accidentally touching live wires as he climbed down. Victor Jose Arroyo Gonzalez, 20, had scaled the huge pylon in the city of Barranquilla and threatened to throw himself off. But police officers and onlookers reportedly talked him out of killing himself and he had just started climbing back down when tragedy struck. / Metro
Jiangxi Province, China
PIC STORY: TEACHER BRINGS ART INTO LIVES OF HEARING IMPAIRED STUDENTS
Li Huanqiu gives a lesson at Qiyin school for hearing impaired students in Nanchang, May 20, 2018. The 48-year-old Li lost hearing at the age of two. After graduation from university, he became an art teacher at Qiyin school and established his art studio with the support of the school. So far, Li has worked in the school for 22 years. / Xinhua
TEENAGER GETS ROYAL WEDDING INVITATION FOR HIS WORK CAMPAIGNING FOR THE DEAF COMMUNITY
A teenager from Derby has been invited to the Royal Wedding for his campaigning for the deaf community. Reuben Litherland was born deaf, and runs a class teaching fellow pupils at his school sign language during lunch breaks. He has also campaigned for deaf-friendly cinema screenings. Reuben's efforts have earned him royal recognition. He will be among more than 2,500 guests in the grounds at Windsor Castle for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day. / ITV News
DEAF MAN KILLED BY FIRE ENGINE BECAUSE HE DIDN'T HEAR SIRENS
A deaf man was killed by a fire engine as he crossed the road because he could not hear the sirens, an inquest has heard. The driver tried to swerve to avoid Matthew McPherson, 51, last December but struck him. Fire crews immediately started performing CPR on hims and he was taken to hospital but he died the next day from his injuries. / Metro
'CORONATION STREET VIEWERS PRAISE SOAP FOR FEATURNG DEAF CHARACTERS IN BISTRO SCENE
Coronation Street viewers have praised the ITV soap for featuring sign language between two deaf characters. At the start of tonight's episode, Robert Preston was seen serving food to a couple who were using sign language. As he placed the menus down, they both gave him the sign for thank you before carrying on their conversation. The moment didn't go unnoticed by viewers. / The Sun
DEAF FANS FIGHT FOR ACCESS TO LIVE MUSIC
“We need to reverse the myth that deaf people can’t enjoy music,” says DJ Troi Lee. “I don’t let my deafness affect me. I want to show the world that deaf people can play music just as well as our hearing peers.” The idea that deafness impedes the appreciation of music is gradually being debunked. / The Guardian
Worcester, South Africa
HOSTEL AT SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF GUTTED BY FIRE
A fire has destroyed a hostel at a Worcester school. Seventeen pupils at the De la Bat School for the deaf lost all their belongings in the blaze which broke out on Monday. The school's principal says the blaze started in the roof of the boy's junior hostel and quickly spread. No one was injured during the incident and the affected group is now being housed in a different hostel. / Eyewitness News
PROJECT TO HELP DEAF PEOPLE IN PACIFIC GETS US FUNDING
A youth-led project to empower deaf communities in the Pacific region has been granted US funding to further their need for equality. This capacity building project is aimed at assisting deaf communities in both Fiji and Papua New Guinea. One of the project leaders, Krishneer Sen, wants deaf people to get the same opportunities as everybody else. According to him, they want a collective organization for deaf communities in the region. / Radio New Zealand
DEAF STUDENT AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP
Setting up a deaf support group in her community is just one of the achievements that put Madison Davy ahead of the line for a $5000 scholarship to fund her studies. The 18-year-old Taranaki student was born deaf and has relied on lip-reading and cochlear implants since the age of two. Becoming the winner of this year's Southern Hearing Charitable Trust (SHCT) scholarship last week proved Madison has strived against all odds. / New Zealand Herald
SILENT YANGON: A BOOK OF VIBRANT IMAGES TAKEN BY DEAF CHILDREN
Samsung Electronics Myanmar collaborated with professional photographer Francesa Moscheni and Link for Aid, an Italian charity organization, and three other companies in Myanmar to create a book that will capture the essence of Yangon, one of Asia’s most alluring and vibrant cities, seen through the eyes of deaf children. / Samsung Newsroom
FEELING THE MUSIC: A PAKISTANI BAND'S CONCERT FOR THE DEAF
Over the decades, concerts and performances for the deaf have been, and are, few and far between. However, through the years, there have been a sprinkle of events that were specifically organized for the deaf overseas. And late last month, one of Pakistan’s most sought-after pop-rock acts, Strings, became the first band to put up a concert at Habib University in Karachi, whose audience comprised of roughly 300 individuals from the city's deaf community. / Forbes
PTI TAKES RARE INITIATIVE WITH SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER
A sign language interpreter took the center stage on Sunday as PTI leaders outlined their priorities for the first 100 days if the party was able to form a government after the general elections. This appears to be the first time that a native political party took the initiative explaining its hundred day’s agenda which they intend to proceed once the party wins authority. / The News International
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LIFE & LEISURE
Los Angeles, CA
NEW APP TELLS HEARING-IMPAIRED PARENTS WHEN AND WHY THEIR BABY IS CRYING
For parents Delbert and Sanaz Whetter a crying baby is a particularly difficult challenge. The Whetters are deaf, so when they’re in another room they rely on cameras and remote noise-monitors to help keep an eye on their two children, one of whom is an infant. But those technologies, while helpful, have limitations. “We have a child who is talkative. The alerts go off, but there is no way to distinguish between loud talking noises and crying,” Delbert said. / University of California
BEFORE VIDEO CHAT, CALLING MY DEAF PARENTS MEANT TALKING THROUGH A STRANGER
The pile of clothes on my bed was ringing, a muffled musical tone. I dived underneath the discarded shirts and extracted my phone just before it ticked over to voice mail. “Hello?” I said, breathless. “This is Relay Indiana with a relay call for Lauren.” It was my mom. Well, sort of. Back when FaceTime seemed about as believable as a flying car, my Deaf parents and I relied on a telephone relay service to communicate in real time. / The Boston Globe
KIDS PARTICIPATE IN DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING FAMILY DAY CAMP
Deaf and hard of hearing kids and their families across Hampton Roads enjoyed day camp on Saturday. "The kids that sign don't usually get to sign with other kids their age," Jennifer Fitzner, Wards Corner Lions Club, said. "So it's really neat to watch them together." The day camp offered free lunch, magician, games, crafts, and prizes. / 13newsnow.com
DEAF SENIOR DOG HELPS STOP STRING OF BURGLARIES
An old dog might be deaf, but he’s got a brand new trick: catching burglars. O’Reilly is a 12-year-old golden retriever, and he’s been completely without hearing for nearly two years. But when two burglars went on a crime spree through his neighborhood in the middle of the night--breaking into more than a dozen cars--O’Reilly still somehow knew that something was wrong. / Fox 9
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HEARING IMPAIRMENT DOES NOT DETER LAKE COUNTY CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY GRADUATE
Kristi Rinaldi fell in love with law enforcement work in high school after joining the Explorer Program offered by the Grayslake Police Department. That’s where she got a glimpse of what’s behind the badge and the blue uniform, and she said she liked it because it involved serving the community and lending a helping hand to those in need. Rinaldi was born deaf, and at age 2 she got hearing aids that allow her to hear about 70 percent of the sounds around her, she said. / Chicago Tribune
ORGANIC FARMING INTERNSHIP PLANNED FOR DEAF YOUNG ADULTS
A summer internship for deaf young adults, “Signs of Summer,” has been announced through Trillium Deaf Program and Meadowlark Hearth. Meadowlark Hearth is an organic farm located just outside of Scottsbluff, operated by Beth and Nathan Corymb. “We are just trying to really help people from all walks of life learn about agriculture and diversified agriculture,” Corymb said. / Star Herald
THE LEARNING CENTER FOR THE DEAF APPOINTS NEW CEO
The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC) is excited to welcome Sarah Glenn-Smith as its new Chief Executive Officer. After an extensive nationwide search that considered candidates from leading schools for the deaf and other organizations providing services to the deaf, Sarah was selected by the unanimous vote of the CEO Search Committee and TLC Board. / Framingham Source
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
New York, NY
THE APP THAT COULD CHANGE CELL PHONE STIGMA IN THE THEATER
Since taking a prominent role in our everyday lives, the cellphone has been considered a nuisance in Broadway theaters. However, 2018 could be the year when the stigma behind using a cellphone in the theater changes. Beginning in June, all Broadway theaters will be outfitted to accommodate GalaPro, an app created specifically for deaf and hearing-impaired patrons. / Backstage
'MEANT TO BE' FILM FROM CSD EXPLORES IDENTITY IN THE DEAF COMMUNITY
Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) has released Meant to Be, its third film in its Vision series. This film, directed by Dickie Hearts, explores the life experiences of a deaf baby, Alba, who is born to hearing parents. A doctor advises the parents to avoid using sign language and to give Alba cochlear implants so that she can be as "normal" as possible. / Broadway World
DEAF ACTIVIST POINTS OUT THAT MARVEL'S DIVERSITY PROBLEM ISN'T JUST ABOUT RACE
Nyle DiMarco, a model and deaf activist, is shedding a little light on a big problem with inclusion. And he used the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a jumping off point. In April, the website Mic published an article about how MCU has a diversity problem. Like many other articles and conversations about diversity, it neglects to mention people with disabilities. DiMarco wasn’t going to let that significant detail slide. / The Huffington Post
New York, NY
IN THIS SCRAPPY STREET HOCKEY LEAGUE, A DEAF REFEREE HELPS KEEP THE PEACE
In the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge, a group of plucky amateurs were facing off in a game of street hockey at Rev. Joseph Moffo Rink. It was the Hammerheads against the Monstars, two teams with a bitter rivalry in the Mofo Hockey League, and the action was chippy from the outset. That’s why the league needs people like Joel Cohen, an experienced referee that happens to be hearing-impaired. / Bedford and Bowery
Twin Falls, ID
HEARING-IMPAIRED ATHLETE HELPS ISDB REACH STATE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2006
The 2018 high school state track championships have come and gone. And one local school made its first appearance in more than a decade. Zack Smith represented the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind in the 400 meter race. He lives in Boise, but spends the school week in Gooding and he's not letting his disability stand in his way of his goals. / KMVT
PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES FOUNDATION OFFERS STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship opportunity is designed for student athletes with hearing loss who are enrolled or intend to enroll in a university, college, or two-year institution (that does not provide athletic scholarships.) The scholarship rewards student athletes for their non-athletic achievements and assists them in reaching their career goals. We will be giving away FIVE scholarships, at $1,000 each! Deadline is June 1. / EarQ
PAWTUCKET RED SOX TO HOLD DEAF AWARENESS NIGHT
On Friday, June 8, the Pawtucket Red Sox will host the second annual Deaf Awareness Night at McCoy Stadium in Rhode Island, as the team hosts the Indianapolis Indians. Designed to bring more recognition and awareness of deaf and hard-of-hearing members of the New England community, Deaf Awareness Night expects to bring more than 100 area deaf and hard-of-hearing young people and adults. / NTID News
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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/
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/
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!
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
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