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June 5, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 32

Editor: Tom Willard

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Tempe, AZ
TEMPE COMPLEX FOR THE DEAF WORKS: ISN'T THAT THE POINT? (EDITORIAL)
The predicament surrounding Apache ASL Trails, an apartment community in Tempe designed specifically to accommodate the needs of deaf people, can be comprehended only by continually reminding yourself of the following: If you accept money from the federal government to build something, you should expect to have to abide by federal rules. But even that does not adequately address the quandary of Apache ASL Trails, because similar apartment complexes built elsewhere around the country have not endured anywhere near this level of scrutiny from the feds. / Arizona Republic

See Also DEAF RESIDENTS DEFEND APARTMENT COMPLEX FOR HEARING IMPAIRED (Video) / USA Today

See Also COMPLEX FOR DEAF MAY SPUR NEW POLICY / Arizona Republic

Moore, OK
TORNADO CAUGHT DEAF FAMILY OFF GUARD, NOW FACE COMMUNICATION BARRIERS WITH RELIEF AGENCIES
When the tornado on May 20th struck Moore, warning was given to the public and sirens went off. But what happens when you can't hear those sirens and communication is knocked out? Andrew and Emily Pitchford, a deaf couple living in Moore, lost their house with almost no warning. Andrew was at home before the tornado hit and his wife Emily was driving back with their two kids. Emily picked up Andrew and they left to exchange vehicles in Norman with family when they saw the tornado form. / Moore Monthly

Charlestown, MA
POLICE REPORTS: MAN WITH KNIFE ATTACKS DEAF WOMAN
A deaf woman on Medford Street was attacked by a man with a knife while she was taking out the trash on Saturday, June 1. The resident was outside at around 9:30 p.m. when a man came up behind her and placed his hand over her mouth and forced her between two Dumpsters, according to the police report. The man then placed a knife to the woman’s threat and began talking; however, the woman was unable to understand what he was saying because she is deaf. The man left the area without taking anything. / Patch.com

Leesburg, GA
DEAF TEENAGER EXCELS IN THE WORLD OF SOUND
Having a background as a nurse, Maryann Smithwick might have been quicker than most in discovering her newborn's hearing loss. Now, almost 18 years after the fact, she's grateful that her child has been able to go above and beyond expectations -- and is as much an advocate as anyone when it comes to early hearing screenings in babies. Since hearing loss has a tendency to get progressively worse over time, Hitt was fitted for hearing devices when he was 2 months old. "They didn't teach him sign language," Smithwick said. "He grew up with sound." / Albany Herald

West Hartford, CT
AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AGREES TO SELL LAND TO HOME DEVELOPER
The American School for the Deaf is in the middle of building a new, $20 million school facility on its sprawling North Main Street campus. But that's not the only construction that might be taking place there. The school confirmed Wednesday that it has signed a purchase and sales agreement for more than $1 million to sell a Farmington home developer a little over nine acres to the rear of the campus. The sale, which will help pay for construction of the new building, has not yet closed, the school said. / The Hartford Courant

New Haven, CT
DOJ AGREEMENT REQUIRES NEW HAVEN TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO HEARING IMPAIRED
The U.S. Department of Justice and the city have reached a settlement agreement that will ensure the city provides adequate services to individuals who are deaf or have difficulty hearing, according to a Justice Department statement. The agreement comes after two complaints alleged that the Livable City Initiative and New Haven Police Department failed to provide interpreters for individuals who are deaf or have difficulty hearing, during investigations, arrests or other actions, from 2008 to 2011, the release said. The Livable City Initiative is an agency focused on neighborhood enhancement and improvement through the enforcement of codes and space requirements. / The New Haven Register

Baton Rouge, LA
PHONE TAX FOR DEAF, BLIND HEADS TO SENATE
Services that help the state’s deaf and blind population function in society are suffering from drooping revenues due the consumers abandoning land line phones to use cell phones, says Rep. Patrick Williams, D-Shreveport. Williams’ HB238, which switches a long-standing 5-cents-per-month tax on telephones so it applies cell phones at a lower rate, was pared down by the Senate Finance Committee Thursday before being sent to the full Senate for approval. / The News Star

Danville, KY
DANVILLE'S KENTUCKY SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF GRADUATES SIX
The six members of Kentucky School for the Deaf’s Class of 2013, along with first-year principal Soraya Matthews, had a lot to celebrate Thursday. This year’s KSD class was somewhat smaller in size than usual, Matthews said in an interview before the ceremony. The Class of 2012 was comprised of 13 deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and Matthews anticipates that the Class of 2014 will also have 13 members. / Central Kentucky News

St. Augustine, FL
FSDB GRADUATES ENJOY SPECIAL COMMENCEMENT
As graduates waited to walk into Kirk Auditorium for their graduation from Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind on Friday, “Pomp and Circumstance” began to play over a loudspeaker. Then it skipped. After another try, it skipped again. The graduates might have had to walk to their seats without the song but then someone started singing the tune. Others joined in. Many of the graduates made it to their seats accompanied by the singing (and some humming) before the problem was fixed and the music came back on. The crowd cheered. / The St. Augustine Record

See Also FSDB GRADUATE PERSEVERES TO BECOME VALEDICTORIAN / The St. Augustine Record


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Edmonton, AB, Canada
JUDGE WON'T GRANT CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT FOR ALBERTA DEAF STUDENTS CLAIMING ABUSE
A judge has refused to grant a class-action lawsuit to former students who claim they were physically and sexually abused at the Alberta School for the Deaf. The students allege they were abused by staff and other students at the school in Edmonton well over a decade ago. One student claimed that she was sexually assaulted, became pregnant and had an abortion against her will. But Queen's Bench Justice John Rooke said in a lengthy judgment that too much time has passed to grant class-action status. / The Canadian Press

Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales
NOBEL PRIZE WINNER: 'STANDING UP TO MY DEAF BROTHER'S BULLIES HELPED DEFINE ME'
Nobel Peace Prize winner and anti-land mine campaigner Jody Williams has revealed how standing up to her brother’s bullies as a child helped define her. The elder brother of Professor Williams, who is from Vermont, had been born deaf and, as a result, he was targeted with cruel taunts. But his younger sister would retaliate on his behalf. “I then started to speak out for others who were bullied,” she told an audience at the Hay Festival. / Wales Online

Blackwood, Wales
HEROIN-USE BURGLARS 'RUINED LIFE' OF DEAF AND BLIND WOMAN, 79
A 79-year-old deaf and blind woman described how two burglars “ruined her life” by ransacking her home as she slept upstairs, before using her phone to call a taxi. Violet Raybone has lived in a cottage since she was 2 years old, but is now looking to move, saying she no longer feels safe. Cardiff Crown Court heard that Dean Nicholls, 34, and Daniel Hughes, 25, broke in and took items including a brooch that had been in Mrs Raybone’s family since 1840, and her only photographs of her mother and grandmother. / South Wales Argus

London, England
MOST EU AIRPORTS NOT ACCESSIBLE FOR DEAF PEOPLE, RESEARCH FINDS
Leading advocate of access to aviation Reduced Mobility Rights published a study on accessibility and assistance services at airports across the European Union. The research sums findings of the audit of 18 airports, seven of which among the 10 busiest in Europe by total passenger traffic. The organization’s innovative audit methodology was crucial to identify critical issues with accessibility and assistance services. The study shows that most European airports do not provide enough support to hearing impaired passengers. / Reduced Mobility Rights

West Yorkshire, England
GIVING DEAF YOUNGSTERS THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES AS THEY GROW UP
Young deaf people now have somewhere to go to meet new friends, play games and get advice for the first time in about 15 years. Wakefield City and District Society for Deaf People’s youth club, on South Parade, allows the youngsters to meet new people, play video games and take part in cooking sessions. The city centre club, which opened a few weeks ago, will also host skating and bowling trips for members. The society’s project co-ordinator Valerie Pratt said it had been about 15 years since the city had a youth club for deaf people. / Wakefield Express

London, England
DEAF SIGN LANGUAGE TEACHER TELLS OF HER FEARS FOR THE FUTURE
Sandra Duguid doesn’t want to cry. It’s not her style. But as she fixes me with clear blue eyes and talks about the destruction of her life’s work, the tears come. And they won’t stop. “For as long as I can remember I’ve had to fight for what I want,” she says, looking away embarrassed by the emotions she can no longer control. With the stroke of a pen this Government is consigning her business – teaching British Sign Language (BSL) to hearing people – to the dustbin. / Daily Mirror

Wolverhampton, England
DEAF FILMMAKER SCOOPS TOP AWARD
A profoundly deaf film student from York College has won a film award at Deaffest, the UK’s leading film and arts festival for the deaf. William Horsefield’s film, I Won’t Do That Again, about an amateur scientist who invents a control panel to clone people, won the Young Deaffest Award 2013. The 18-year-old is studying for an extended diploma in creative media production TV and film. He also boards at St John’s School for the Deaf in Boston Spa, where he learns maths and English. / York Press

Tokyo, Japan
GANGSTERS BUSTED FOR EXTORTING DEAF TOKYO MAN WITH SIGN LANGUAGE
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of two organized crime members for blackmailing a deaf man, reports the Sankei Shimbun (June 5). Officers from the Joto Police Station took Hiro Abe, 48, and Takamichi Toyofuku, 45, both members of the Sumiyoshi-kai criminal organization, into custody for extorting a 75-year-old Tokyo man with a hearing impairment out of 1.5 million yen ($16,000 US) on January 6 of last year. / The Tokyo Reporter

Sydney, Australia
SOUNDS OF SILENCE PRODUCE THE WRITE STUFF
At the Wheeler Centre during rehearsals for the book launch of The Emerging Writer, deaf writers and interpreters were faced with a conundrum. How do you report what is "said" when not reporting words that are spoken, but signs that are made? "It's one of those things that's just lost in translation," signs Stephanie Linder, who contributes to a chapter on deaf writing in The Emerging Writer. "Using quotation marks for people who are speaking is all good and well, but is it appropriate for a deaf person because they're not actually speaking? Are the speech marks relevant?" / The Sydney Morning Herald

Buenos Aires, Argentina
TEACHING DEAF CHILDREN TO READ WITH HELP FROM SENIORS WHO KNOW HOW THEY FEEL
When she was young, Rita would browse through books in her house and not understand a thing. Why did Sleeping Beauty wake up? Why did Little Red Riding Hood open the door for the wolf? Rita would stare at the illustrations but her mother and father didn’t know how to tell the stories: like 95% of deaf children, she was deaf but her parents were not, and they didn’t know sign language. But now there is a solution to help children with hearing disabilities to learn about fairy tales and stories like other children. Canales, a non-profit organization created to help deaf people in Argentina, has launched a videolibros (video-books) project. / Worldcrunch

Jerusalem, Israel
DEAF-MUTE CHILDREN'S PRAYER HEARD
For decades, deaf-mute bar mitzvah boys have not been called up to read from the Torah due to their disability. Now, following a new halachic issued by Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, these boys will be able to celebrate their coming of age just like their friends. According to the Halacha, people called up to read from the Torah must say the blessing out loud, which is impossible for those who cannot hear nor speak. This situation caused a lot of distress for deaf-mute bar mitzvah boys, who have been praying for a solution. / Jewish World

Shillong, India
26 DEAF CHILDREN TO REPRESENT COUNTRY IN SILENT OLYMPICS
As many as 26 deaf children from Meghalaya, who won medals at the recently-concluded National Games for the Deaf, are all set to represent India at the Silent Olympics in Bulgaria later this year, officials said on Wednesday. The children, who live in a rehabilitation centre for the deaf run by a Christian NGO at Umiam Khwan in Ri-Bhoi district, were trained by special coaches of the Army Madras Regiment. / The Times of India

Durban, South Africa
THEATER REVIEW: 'LISTEN WITH YOUR EYES'
Listen with your Eyes premiered at the first Deaf Theatre Festival held last year in September at the Catalina Theatre on Wilson’s Wharf. Allison Swannick, working as an intern at the theatre, fulfilled a long-held dream to provide a platform for the talents and skills of deaf people in the field of drama. This opened unexpected doors and the group will be travelling to Reims, France next month (July 2013) to participate in the prestigious ‘Clin d’Oeil (Wink) Deaf Theatre Festival’. A tour of the play has been organised to help raise funds for visas and pocket-money. / Going Places

Singapore
DEAF, LOUD AND PROUD: PERCUSSION GROUP EXTRAORDINARY HORIZONS
“I’m losing my hearing more and more.” That took me by surprise. The first time I had a chat with social entrepreneur Lily Goh, I found out she had a profound-severe degree of deafness. She has been deaf since she was two, and she’s “getting worse”, the 33-year-old told me through a mixture of notepad scribbling, sign language and speaking, in my first proper conversation with a deaf person. What surprised me more than the idea that deaf people could get more deaf, was that Lily has no self-pity, no bitterness. Instead, I saw a determination to help others who are deaf. / Yahoo! News Singapore

George Town, Malaysia
DEAF-MUTE ROBBER GETS SEVEN YEARS' JAIL
A deaf-mute who robbed a woman of her bag has been sentenced to seven years’ jail and ordered to be given one stroke of the rotan by the Sessions Court here. The woven bag that Ramli Zainal, 34, snatched contained a work pass, a payslip, a toilet paper roll, a punch card, locker keys and a water tumbler. He pleaded guilty through a sign language interpreter to robbing department store worker Ch’ng Keng Keng, 36, at 10.30 pm on May 14. Ramli was charged with robbery under Section 392 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum jail term of up to 14 years and a fine or whipping. / The Star

Nigeria
OPINION: 'DEAF AND DUMB' STORY AND EDITORIAL
I am only an occasional reader of P.M.NEWS and other on-line news sources; however this particular story caught my eye because of my own deafness. Media practitioners, especially journalists, control powerful vehicles for molding public opinion. When a group of journalists and editors commits the cardinal error of describing a Deaf person as “deaf and dumb”, I am angry and disgusted, as I am sure millions of Deaf people on the planet and their families, friends and allies who read the story and the editorial were as well. / P.M. NEWS Nigeria

See Also THE DEAF AND DUMB DANFO DRIVER AND US / P.M.NEWS Nigeria


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Rochester, NY
CHRISTA, DEPAUL TEAM ON $17.5M PROJECT
A 60-unit complex of affordable housing for the deaf and hard of hearing is planned for Henrietta, the first of its kind in the state, developers said this week. Construction on the $17.5 million project is scheduled to begin in September. DePaul Community Services Inc. and Christa Construction LLC are partners in the project. SWBR Architecture, Engineering & Landscape Architecture P.C. designed the building. The site for the housing is five acres of land on West Henrietta Road, south of Calkins Road. It is expected to be completed in 12 months. "This is the most exciting project I've done in 35 years at DePaul," President Mark Fuller said. / Rochester Business Journal

Council Bluffs, IA
KLINNER CELEBRATES MILESTONE WITH DEAF COMMUNITY SHE LOVES
Olivette Klinner has an infectious laugh. She laughs when you ask her a question, she laughs when she thinks back on fond memories. She laughs just to laugh. Klinner is 99 years old, set to hit the century mark in late June. Before classes at the Iowa School for the Deaf finished in May, Klinner and more than a dozen family members visited the matriarch’s alma mater. “The campus is so different,” Klinner said during a 100th birthday party held on her behalf. “I love this, I’m very happy I got to come back.” / The Daily Nonpareil

Fenton, MI
MICHIGAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF STUDENTS HIT THE PROM
Most of the students couldn't hear a note, but chances are it was the loudest prom in Genesee County. Kaitlin Wears is a junior at Michigan School for the Deaf and took charge of a lot of the planning for the school's prom. As with any prom, there was a lot to decide — what to eat, where to have it, what theme to have. But there was one aspect that was non-negotiable: a wooden dance floor, according to The Flint Journal. While the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow," played in the background, she said it's easier to feel the vibrations through a wooden floor and that they chose music "mostly with a beat" that can be felt through the air and floor. / The Associated Press

Seaford, NY
SEAFORD STUDENT CHALLENGED BY HEARING LOSS WINS SCHOLARSHIP
There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when Seaford High School senior Jessica Adelman was awarded the Patricia Wallace Memorial Scholarship during a small, private ceremony in the guidance office. The $1,000 award recognizes a Nassau County student who has displayed outstanding effort, perseverance and academic achievement despite the challenges of hearing impairment. James Wallace presented the award, named in memory of his wife, Patricia, who was a Nassau BOCES teacher for the hearing impaired. / Patch.com


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Santa Fe, NM
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF EDUCATOR PUTS 'SCHOOL ON THE MAP'
Kimberly Hand has always enjoyed working with children, even in her early days growing up in rural Michigan. “I enjoyed watching them grow and being motivated to learn,” she said. “That’s what I wanted to keep seeing.” Hand, who is deaf, became the first teacher in her family. She has been at it for 14 years; the last 10 with the New Mexico School for the Deaf. On Monday afternoon, the school and Partners in Education honored Hand with a Teachers Who Inspire award during a brief assembly in the school gym. / The Santa Fe New Mexican

Austin, TX
DEAF STUDENTS EARN REAL-WORLD TRAINING THROUGH INNOVATIVE DOG CLASS
Simply communicating is a daily challenge for the hearing-impaired, but thanks to a new training program, Texas School for the Deaf students are learning that you don't need words to talk to animals. "I've always had a connection with them. My mom always calls me the Dog Whisperer," TSD student Erin Lambert said. It's a class developed by the Austin Dog Alliance to teach animal care and training skills, but the class gives them more than just training. "I've seen them really grow and mature and they have gained confidence in themselves," Margaret Rodriguez with TSD said. / YNN

Jacksonville, OR
FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD: DOGS FOR THE DEAF TAKES ON JACKSONVILLE
Historic Jacksonville went to the dogs Saturday afternoon all to raise money for Southern Oregon's own Dogs for the Deaf. It was the 22nd Annual Dog Walk to raise money for the organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to become assistance dogs for the hearing impaired as well as children on the autism spectrum. The theme for this year's dog walk was The Wizard of Oz. Participants put on their ruby red slippers and followed the yellow brick road through downtown Jacksonville. / KOBI-TV NBC 5 / KOTI-TV NBC 2

Farmington Hills, MI
DEAF & HEARING IMPAIRED SERVICES CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF SERVICE
Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services, Inc. (DHIS), a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency providing a continuum of services for deaf and hard of hearing older adults and their families in southeast Michigan, marks its 20th anniversary in business. A grass roots and consumer driven organization, DHIS was established by Linda Booth, a third generation of a family dealing with deafness. She has been a pioneer, alongside her mother, in organizing services to deaf seniors, as well as providing state and nationally certified interpreters in American Sign Language, a growing area of need. / 24-7PressRelease

Washington, DC
UNION MARKET OFFERS DEAF-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT TO SHOPPERS, EMPLOYEES
Imagine a market where food vendors take your order in American Sign Language (ASL) and several of the employees are deaf. This utopia for deaf shoppers is a reality at Union Market in northeast Washington, D.C. The market's deaf-friendly ambiance is directly correlated to its close proximity to the Gallaudet University campus, at the site of the former Centre Market on Fifth Street, which opened in 1871 and, at the time was the largest market in the city. / GU News


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Knoxville, TN
REGAL INVESTS $12 MILLION IN TECHNOLOGY FOR DEAF, BLIND MOVIEGOERS
Regal Entertainment Group has tested and pursued technology for 15 years that would allow deaf and hearing-impaired individuals to enjoy movies anytime in theaters with their families and friends. That quest becomes reality this summer as the Knoxville-based movie theater operator completes a roll-out of access glasses using Sony’s holographic technology to project closed captioning text for movies in about 6,000 screens throughout the United States. The glasses include an audio function that provides movie dialog, as well as a description of the action, for those with hearing or vision difficulties. / Knoxville News Sentinel

Coeur d'Alene, ID
CST OFFERS SIGN LANGUAGE PERFORMANCES OF 'BIG RIVER'
Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre is offering two performances of "Big River" with American Sign Language Interpreters for the hearing impaired on Thursday, June 20 and Saturday, June 22 at 7:30. "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," was the first Broadway musical that featured both deaf and hearing actors performing together, when it was staged by the Roundabout Theatre Company and Deaf West Theatre. / CDAPress.com

Redlands, CA
RHS TO PRESENT ROMEO-AND-JULIET INSPIRED SIGN-LANGUAGE PLAY
Students at Redlands High School are practicing hard for Friday's American Sign Language Showcase, a variety show that aims to build bridges between local hearing and deaf communities. The showcase, set for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the school's Clock Auditorium, boasts a cast and crew of about 100, according to ASL teacher Dahlene Williams-Holliness. Students have translated songs and spoken-word pieces into ASL, and interpreters from the school's five ASL 1 and ASL 2 classes will sign all parts of the performance. The Redlands High ASL students are not deaf. / Redlands Daily Facts


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Costa Mesa, CA
RICE READY FOR TEAM USA
Chloe Rice has never thought of herself as having a disability. Rice lives an active life. She's a freshman soccer player at Corona del Mar High, where she is a good student. She also enjoys scuba diving and snowboarding. She had competed in gymnastics. Physically, nothing is wrong, either. The blonde-haired 15-year-old stands just 5-foot-2, but she holds her own on the pitch. / Daily Pilot

Austin, TX
OLYMPIC SWIMMER VISITS STUDENTS AT THE TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF FOR SWIM CLINIC
Last Thursday, United States Olympic swimmer, Garrett Weber-Gale -- who won two gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics – visited students at the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) to talk sports, training and competition. Weber-Gale, the second leg on the 2008 U.S. 4x100 freestyle relay team in Beijing -- along with Michael Phelps, Cullen Jones and Jason Lezak -- upset the favored French competitors for the gold medal in the final, winning by only .08 of a second, a race that has come to be known as one of the best relays in the history of swimming. / Texas School for the Deaf


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Shippenville, PA
TIMOTHY JAMES AARON
1/31/1964 - 5/26/2013
Timothy James Aaron, age 49, of Shippenville, died early Sunday morning, May 26, 2013 in Crawford County, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born January 31, 1964 in Brookville Hospital, he was the son of Mary Jean Kirkpatrick Aaron of Shippenville and the late Clifford Thomas Aaron. Tim was a graduate of the Western PA School for the Deaf. He was currently employed at Clarion University as summer help and formerly worked at the United States Post Office in Warren. He was raised in the Catholic faith. / Rupert Funeral Homes


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COLORADO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND
CURRENT VACANCY
2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR

Applications being accepted for Literacy Specialist / Coach Teacher of the Deaf, visit CSDB website at www.csdb.org where the official job announcement in its entirety is posted. This position will support teachers in the use of effective instructional strategies in ASL/English Language Arts classrooms and across content areas as well as support teachers in analyzing and applying assessment data to guide instructional strategies. Excellent Benefits.

Chelle Lutz, Human Resources Office
CSDB
33 North Institute Street; Colorado Springs, CO 80903
E-mail: clutz@csdb.org; (719) 578-2114 (phone); (719) 578-2239 (fax)

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Job Announcement

Executive Director of the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NCDHH) is the chief executive officer for the Commission and is responsible for the implementation and execution of its programs and services. To apply visit: http://statejobs.nebraska.gov/

For More Information: Contact Ms. Lori Burrage, NCDHH Business Manager at 402-471-3593 or by email at lori.burrage@nebraska.gov

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Due to an established new service model, the William Center has the following career opportunities:

Director of William Center
Qualifications:

Masters Degree In Deaf Education and or clinical discipline.
Minimum 5 years direct service , administrative experience.
Training/experience in program development.
Proficiency in ASL
Responsibilities:
Direct all aspects of Operation for the William Center and Autism Program in compliance with state and federal regulations.
Oversee the supervision and development of all William Center staff.
Develop and implement program budgets.
Work closely with the clinical and educational support staff.
Maintain accurate records.

Vocational Teacher
Qualifications:

Minimum of a bachelors degree in Deaf Education or Vocational Education, MA preferred.
ASL proficiency.
Knowledge of child development.
Knowledge of curriculum and assessment.
Ability to apply classroom management and discipline techniques.
Ability to plan, organize, develop, manage and evaluate classroom and field activities for diverse learning levels.
Demonstrated competency in behavior management techniques including de-escalation intervention and restraints.
Must be willing to obtain and maintain CPI certification and have the physical ability to perform restraints.
Valid driver’s license required and willingness to obtain a VT bus license.
Responsibilities:
Teach all levels of content area.
Prepare lesson plans/curricula to meet IEP goals and objectives.
Use formal and informal procedure to evaluate student progress.
Participate in ongoing staff trainings.
Perform other related duties as required by program director.
Carries out the policies and procedures of VCDHH in a professional positive manner within and outside the school

Job Coach
Qualifications:

Two years college required.
Two years experience in job coaching field preferred.
Understand the uniqueness and development of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.
Demonstrated competency in communication skills including ASL.
Knowledge of child development.
Demonstrate and competency with behavioral management teaching.
Valid driver’s license required and willingness to obtain a VT bus license.
Responsibilities:
Accompany student to job site.
Facilitate communication between student and others at the job site.
Assist student in following employers directions.
Submit weekly reports on student progress.
Respond to the emotional behavioral and physical need of the student.
Obtain and maintain certification in First Aid, CPR and restraint training.
Carry out the policies and procedure of the Vermont Center in a professional manner within and outside the school

Therapeutic Coach multiple job positions available
Qualifications:

21 years old, required.
Four years of college in related field and three years experience, required.
Demonstrated competency in communication skills.
Demonstrated competency in ASL.
Experience in implementing therapeutic inventions.
Demonstrated competency in behavior management techniques including de-escalation, intervention and restraints.
Must be willing to obtain and maintain CPI certification and have the physical ability to perform restraints.
Valid driver’s license required and willingness to obtain a VT bus license.
Responsibilities:
Active team participant in the development/implementation. Reporting of treatment and behavior plans for all students.
Provide continual support/feedback for emotional, behavioral and physical need of the student.
Active team participant in crisis intervention for de-escalation, interventions, restraints and post-intervention meetings.
Complete Incident reports in as timely manner.
Assist teacher in classroom management.
Assist clinical staff in management of the milieu.

Therapist Multiple job positions available.
Qualifications:

21 years old, required.
MA degree in School Psychology, Mental Health, Counselling or Clinical.
Social Work and a minimum of 2 yrs experience required.
Qualified state and or national licensure as a School Psychologist or Social Worker.
Experience in implementing therapeutic milieu.
Knowledge of Deafness.
Demonstrated competency in ASL
Must is willing to obtain and maintain CPI certification and have the ability to perform restraints.
Valid driver’s license required and willingness to obtain a VT bus license.
Responsibilities:
Leadership role in the implementation of therapeutic milieu- including the development/implementation/reporting of treatment and behavior plans for all students.
Provide continual support/feedback for emotional, behavioral and physical needs of the student.
Active team participant in crisis intervention for de-escalation, interventions, restraints and post- intervention meetings.
Provides individual and group counselling to students.
Provide service coordination and family interventions.
Prepare transition plans.
Design and implement ongoing staff training.
Perform other related duties as required by program director.

Please send letter of interest, resume to Kelly Therieau
ktherieau@vcdhh.org

Or
Kelly Therieau
209 Austine Drive
Brattleboro, VT 05301

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: American Sign Language (ASL) Instructor
This is a contractual, part-time position with the Signs for All program.

TO BE FILLED BY: September 1, 2013

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Teach a variety of ASL courses to students. Participate in weekly meetings with the program coordinator.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
New York State Certification as a teacher in American Sign Language.
ASLTA (American Sign Language Teacher Association) Certification.
Previous experience working with students in a formal classroom or training program.
Advanced Rating on the SCPI.

FILE APPLICATION WITH:
Harold Mowl, Jr., Superintendent/CEO
Rochester School for the Deaf
1545 St. Paul Street
Rochester, NY 14621

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled

Applications received will be screened and the most highly qualified will be asked to interview.

RSD is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of non-qualifying disability, race, religion, color, sex, marital status, age, national origin, and veteran status.

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Center for Disability Rights is hiring for full-time and part-time Community Habilitation team members. The rate is $9.50 per hour. Travel is required of this position. Valid driver’s license and own vehicle is required

Support needs of individuals with disabilities to pursue personal interests, integration, and independence. Provide services in the community.

Must have high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years old. Fluent in ASL and have understanding of individuals with developmental disabilities

Send Cover Letters and Resumes to:

Center for Disability Rights
497 State Street
Rochester NY 14608
Fax: (585) 546-1724
Resumes@cdrnys.org

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PAHrtners Deaf Services

www.pahrtners.com/careers
www.facebook.com/deafjobs

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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, PAHrtners provides residential and out-patient services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) children, adolescents and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are Deaf or Hard of Hearing!

As a result of our commitment to the Deaf/HoH community PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or professional with many years of experience in the field of human services, we have a career-building position waiting for you! E.O.E.

PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable in Deaf culture to fill the following positions:

-- OFFICE MANAGER (Full time position)
-- RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR (Full time position)
-- RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS (full-time, part-time and on-call positions available)

Go to our Website at www.PAHrtners.com to learn more details of each of these positions!

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:
Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
PAHrtners Deaf Services
614 N. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038
Email: lclaypool@pahrtners.com
Fax: 215-884-6301; 215-884-9770 TTY/V

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