June 6, 2018
Vol. 14, No. 33
Editor: Tom Willard
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COMPLAINT ALLEGES D.C. WALMART FAILED TO ACCOMMODATE DEAF WORKERS
Troy Miles and Tanya Bland both worked at the Walmart on H Street in Northeast Washington. Miles was a department manager, while Bland was an overnight stocker. Both claimed Walmart held daily meetings that they couldn't understand because of their hearing disability and they weren't provided written notes. On Tuesday, Walmart released a statement, writing in part, "we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind." / WJLA
DEAF COUPLE CLAIMS THEY WERE MOCKED AT KFC
A Mississippi woman believes KFC should follow in Starbucks' footsteps and give employees sensitivity training. Her deaf mother said a worker there purposely made it difficult for her to order and made fun of her because she can't hear. Bobbie Cole is deaf and said Wednesday night she was humiliated when she tried to order at the drive-thru at KFC in Byram "I'm very disappointed. It hurts," said Cole. / WLBT
TWO DEAF COLORADO WOMEN SUE SAYING SHERIFFS, POLICE FAIL TO PROVIDE INTERPRETERS
Mary Patricia Graham-Kelly’s daughter was worried when Graham-Kelly and her husband got into a heated argument on Jan. 1. So worried that she called 911. But she was also feared Graham-Kelly, who is deaf, wouldn’t be able to communicate so she asked the sheriff’s deputies to bring a sign language interpreter. The deputies showed up, but an interpreter didn’t. / The Denver Post
HEARING-IMPAIRED WOMAN SUES OVER HER TREATMENT AT TRAVIS COUNTY JAIL
A woman is suing Travis County, accusing the county’s jail staff of refusing to accommodate her severe hearing issues and instead physically retaliating against her. Allison Knox, who communicates with the help of hearing aids and lip-reading, filed her lawsuit against the county on Wednesday. The Travis County sheriff’s office, which runs the jail, does not comment on pending litigation, said spokeswoman Kristen Dark. / Austin American-Statesman
DEAF SLIDELL RESIDENT SUES LOCAL NURSING HOME OVER INADEQUATE INTERPRETER SERVICE
A deaf Slidell resident has filed a lawsuit in federal court against a Hammond-based nursing home who she said did not provide her adequate access to an American Sign Language interpreter during her stay. Under theAffordable Care Act, nursing homes, hospitals, health plans, clinics, physicians and other providers have to offer "qualified interpreters" to limited English proficient patients. / The Times-Picayune
LAWMAKERS BOOST FUNDING FOR STATE SCHOOLS FOR DEAF AND BLIND
After years of going seemingly unnoticed at the state Legislature, the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind had an especially productive 2018 session. Complete access to news articles on azcapitoltimes.com is available to Arizona Capitol Times’ subscribers who are logged in. $179 1 Year Subscription / Arizona Capitol Times
NARDOLILLO DEMANDS IMMEDIATE 911 ACCESS FOR DEAF RHODE ISLANDERS
Rep. Robert Nardolillo III (R-Dist. 28 Coventry) is extremely concerned to learn that Rhode Island's 911 system potentially excludes the deaf and hard of hearing because it is not capable of receiving text messages. This comes after an investigation by NBC 10 investigative reporter Katie Davis revealed that Rhode Island's E-911 system is unable to receive text messages leaving some residents without any way of communicating in an emergency. / Patch.com
Las Vegas, NV
MAN HAILED A HERO AFTER HE HELPED SAVE A DEAF WOMAN FROM HER BURNING HOME
A Las Vegas man is being called a hero after he put his own safety on the line to rescue a deaf woman from her burning home. Marvin Thompson says he did not think twice about running into the burning home Tuesday night around 11 p.m. Once he entered, he realized the woman inside was deaf, and she had no idea her home was on fire. / News3LV
Colorado Springs, CO
GRADUATES OVERCOME OBSTACLES, LOOK TO THE FUTURE
Lonesome and in an unfamiliar place, Shakira Perez said when she first arrived at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind at age 7, she called home to Greeley every day. But she persevered and Friday afternoon her voice filled the school's gymnasium with a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Few, if any, were unmoved. / The Colorado Gazette
HAMILTON TEEN MAKES HISTORY AT ST. RITA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
After having her baby’s hearing tested at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Carma Baker was informed her daughter had a hearing disability. Questions raced through this mother’s mind, as expected. “So she can’t hear me?” Baker asked, not expecting an answer. “She can’t hear me talk to her? She can’t hear music? She can’t hear nothing?" / Journal-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!
VENEZUELAN CRISIS HURTS HEARING-IMPAIRED GIRL IN NEED OF COCHLEAR IMPLANT
Four-year-old Daniella Sophia Jackson was diagnosed with bilateral hearing loss about two years ago. Without access to health insurance or government assistance in Venezuela, her parents, Keyla Bustamante and Daniel Jackson, fear she will never be able to hear a sound. The young parents can't afford to pay for the cochlear implant that she needs. "I am worried about the dangers she faces," Bustamante said. / WPLG Local 10
DH ENSEMBLE FOUNDER SOPHIE STONE: 'ACTING AND SIGN LANGUAGE SAVED ME'
Sophie Stone was the first deaf student to gain a place at RADA and is co-founder of deaf and hearing theatre company the DH Ensemble. She tells Giverny Masso about her latest role as Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Newbury’s Watermill Theatre. Q: What inspired you to become an actor? A: I was an inner-city kid with a pretty stark future. / The Stage
UNDER 30S RISKING GOING DEAF BY LISTENING TO MUSIC TOO LOUDLY THROUGH HEADPHONES
Under 30s are risking going deaf by listening to music too loudly through earphones plugged into their mobile. They blast tunes directly into their ears at the same 120-decibels of a jumbo jet taking off. Rosbin Syed, an audiologist at Central Middlesex Hospital, said: “It’s not hard to imagine what prolonged exposure to that noise is going to do. / The Sun
Tygerberg, South Africa
DEAF TODDLER'S BIG 'SWITCH-ON' DAY SNATCHED
A deaf toddler who was supposed to have received the gift of hearing for the first time yesterday could not have his cochlear implant switched on because thieves broke into his school and stole programming cables and computers containing the software for the procedure. The break-in, which has delayed little Inothando Qalinto’s dream, took place at the Carel du Toit centre for deaf children where equipment worth R20000 ($1,570 US) was stolen over the weekend. / Dispatch Live
TARALY CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF GIVING VOICE TO THE DEAF
The voices of Taralye’s graduates carry a message of hope for the hearing-impaired that has echoed for more than 50 years. The Blackburn-based centre has set the gold standard for teaching hearing-impaired children the skills to listen, speak and make the most of whatever hearing they have. And today, generations of its graduates gathered at Government House to celebrate its golden anniversary. / News.com.au
THIS DEAF RUSSIAN CAT PROBABLY KNOWS WHO'S GOING TO WIN THE FIFA WORLD CUP
A deaf Russian clairvoyant cat is reportedly in training ahead of the FIFA World Cup, after being named as the official novelty animal oracle for the series. Achilles, who lives at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, is preparing for his big moment – predicting the outcome of the soccer tournament hosted by Russia. As we learned from an article by Petr Kovalyov for The Moscow Times, Achilles was announced as the official psychic animal for the cup in March. / Pickle
Regina, SK, Canada
FROM REFUGEE CAMP TO CENTRE STAGE: DEAF TEENS SHARE EXPERIENCES THROUGH REGINA PLAY
A group of Regina youths are hitting the stage to explore a world of welcoming and inclusivity. That world is a far cry from the reality for many young people, especially those who are born deaf or hard of hearing. The new play produced by Deaf Crows Collective, called Apple Time, tells the life stories of the eight deaf and hard of hearing youth from the Thom Collegiate program who are performing it. / CBC
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LIFE & LEISURE
THIS YOUTUBER IS TEACHING PEOPLE LGBTQ+ TERMS IN SIGN LANGUAGE
Andy Pleasants, a Deaf bisexual YouTuber from New York, has taken to Twitter to teach people inclusive sign language that they can use at Pride events. The signs, which are in ASL, include terms such as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender. He started the thread, which now has over 2,000 retweets, by Tweeting: “Happy Pride Month from your favourite Deaf Bi guy!” / Independent
LEDYARD SENIOR DANCES, SINGS, PLAYS TENNIS AND SEES POLITICS IN HER FUTURE
"And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance," sings Lee Ann Womack in her iconic country song "I Hope You Dance." Well, that's a motto 17-year-old Rachel Kane has certainly taken to heart. She's danced and a whole lot more. Later this month Kane will graduate from Ledyard High School, leaving behind a legacy that's hard to miss. / The Day
ASL CLUB EDUCATES STUDENTS WITH DEAF DEAF WORLD
Until you have walked in someone else’s shoes, you will never understand what they are experiencing, but on Thursday, April 5 at VSU, students had the opportunity to experience firsthand what life is like as a deaf person. The event, titled Deaf Deaf World, was held by VSU’s ASL Club. The ASL Club’s mission for Deaf Deaf World was to spread awareness of deaf culture, show its unique language and its diverse people. / The Spectator
MEET ROBIN KASHUBA AND HER DEAF SHELTIES
Deaf therapy dogs Olaf and Skylar will join their master, Robin Kashuba, at an author presentation. Kashuba will talk about her new book, “Redemption Has 4 Paws,” June 5, at the Hutchinson Public Library. The dynamic duo is known for more than their pleasing personalities. They are the first pair of deaf therapy dogs in the United States. / Crow River Media
HAPPY ALMOST SUMMER
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POLICE TRAIN DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING FOR ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATIONS
Two seconds. Police say, on average, that’s how long you get to make a decision in an active shooter situation before getting killed. On Friday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers taught active shooter training to an especially vulnerable group in our community -- the hearing-impaired. / WFMYNews2.com
West Hartford, CT
AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF UNVEILS STATE-OF-THE-ART COMMUNICATIONS CENTER
Performances, dances, webinars, classes, graduations — the American School for the Deaf’s new state-of-the-art Rockwell Visual Communications Center can handle it all. The center, unveiled to the public Thursday, made what was originally an old gymnasium into perhaps the most accessible meeting place in the country for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. / Hartford Courant
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
New York, NY
ALEXANDRIA WAILES WANTS DEAF THEATRE ARTISTS TO GET THEIR CHANCE TO SHINE ON BROADWAY
Broadway is getting woke. From Hamilton’s political statement about racial diversity and inclusion, Dear Evan Hansen‘s focus on serious mental health issues, or SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical’s political underwire — yes, seriously — audiences often leave the theatre with a new outlook on a topic they’ve never considered before. And yet, one group of people — a group comprised of some 360 million people worldwide — is often severely underrepresented. These are the people of the deaf community. / Brit + Co
DEAF TEENAGER EARNS MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP TO COLLEGE
What makes music meaningful isn't how it sounds but how it feels. No one knows that better than 18-year-old Autumn Greenlee. "She's very confident in what she's playing and she's always very focused," her friend Pranav Vasishta said. Tonight, she's trying to go out on a high note, playing with the Lafayette High School Band at her own graduation. / KSDK
DEAF 'OVERWATCH' LEAGUE FAN COMES UP WITH CUSTOM SIGNS FOR HEROES
In Overwatch, sound is key. Aural cues tell you when enemies and allies are using their ultimates, and (good) teams regularly coordinate over voice chat. For deaf fans, those are some pretty big hurdles to get over whether they’re playing or watching. 14-year-old Danik Soudakoff is a deaf Overwatch League fan who was recently spotlighted on an episode of Blizzard’s weekly Watchpoint series. “When I watch on Twitch, I don’t understand anything,” said Soudakoff. / Kotaku
LUFKIN HIGH SCHOOL DEAF EDUCATION STUDENTS RECREATE 'WHERE IS THE LOVE' WITH ASL
As an end-of-school project, deaf education students at Lufkin High School got creative. They put a spin on the popular Black Eyed Peas song, "Where is the Love," by completely translating the tune into American Sign Language. / KTRE
Charlotte County, FL
DEAF TENNIS INSTRUCTOR RICHARDS NAMED FLORIDA TENNIS VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Art Richards serves a smorgasbord of tennis in Rotonda West. Tennis for beginners and advanced, both children and adults. Adaptive tennis (for deaf, sight-impaired, blind and wheelchair players), Masters Tennis and POP Tennis on short courts for older (and younger) players, red-orange-green ball tennis for young beginners, featuring racquets of all sizes. You name it, he has it. / USTA Florida
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CSDB ART TEACHER, K-12
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), located in Colorado Springs, Colorado is accepting applications for an Art Teacher, K-12, reports to the Principal, School for the Deaf, and is assigned to provide instruction in the School for the Deaf and in the School for the Blind. This position is responsible for providing standards-based art education instruction to elementary, middle and high school learners who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing; blind / visually impaired; and/or have additional disabilities. The Art Teacher provides for individual experience in the language of visual expression; develops the learner's feeling of self-worth and confidence; stimulates knowledgeable selection of contemporary materials and cultural products;. Utilizes Colorado Academic Visual Art Education Standards and benchmarks in establishing instructional goals; provides appropriate assessments that monitor learner progress, in a safe and civil school environment.
TO APPLY: https://www.csdb.org/careers-2/
CSDB SCHOOL COUNSELOR & PSYCHOLOGIST
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), located in Colorado Springs, Colorado is accepting applications for a School Counselor & Psychologist (School for the Deaf). Counselor is responsible for participating in the development and support of students by providing counseling and guidance-related activities to students wo are Deaf/hard-of-hearing and their families. Psychologist is responsible for psychological, educational and emotional assessment of birth through 21 year olds who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing. Functions as lead School Counselor / Psychologist, also responsible for outreach services, coordination of Rtl (Response to Intervention) and PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) efforts campus wide, providing written analysis of behavioral and critical incidents, and leading school wide professional trainings.
TO APPLY: https://www.csdb.org/careers-2/
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! Equal Opportunity Employer
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. Will accept applicants who don’t know American Sign Language as long as they are motivated and committed to learn.
Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents – Full time, part time, on call; Glenside location. Minimum HS diploma and one year of related experience required.
American Sign Language Interpreter - Full Time; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. National certification and compliance with PA Act 57 required. Minimum AA degree with 3 years’ experience.
Blended Case Manager – Full time; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences required.
Lead Residential Advisor – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum HS diploma with one year of experience as RA or two years’ experience in human services.
Office Manager – Full time; Pittsburgh location. Minimum AA degree in Business Administration, Human Resources Management or related field plus at least five years of supervisory/office experience.
Outpatient Clinician – Full time; Pittsburgh location. Minimum MA in social work or counseling and LCSW or LPC license eligible in the state of PA; knowledge and impact of hearing loss, assistive technology and needs of individuals who are hard-of-hearing; ability to work with children and adults.
Program Director for Residential – Full time, Glenside location. Minimum AA degree or 60 college credits with 4 years’ work experience with individuals with behavioral health needs and/or ID.
Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services and two years’ experience required.
Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position and to apply.
Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Bernadette Class, Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 215-392-6065
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