June 7, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 33
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER ARRESTED WITHOUT INTERPRETER
"I was scared for him," Keri Dee said. As a Turtle Creek volunteer firefighter, Dee will tell you her brother Johnny Cooper is always ready to respond to emergencies, even though he can't hear them. "They don't hear like we do to be able to understand things," Dee said. Dee says her hearing impaired brother had a call made on him Saturday, Bryant police later pulled Cooper over in the Lowe's parking lot but when the questioning began, Dee says his ASL certified interpreter was nowhere to be found. / KARK
Baton Rouge, LA
DEAF MAN ALLEGES LA. DEPT. OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS FAILED TO PROVIDE INTERPRETER
A deaf Shreveport man alleges that he was not provided auxiliary aides during his probation. Stacy Kelle Hughes filed a complaint on May 19 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against the state of Louisiana, through the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, and Secretary James LeBlanc alleging violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. / Louisiana Record
MEASURE AIMS TO ALERT POLICE THAT A DRIVER IS DEAD OR HARD OF HEARING
Deaf people who get pulled over by police would no longer have to fear miscommunications with officers if a bill passed by the Assembly eventually becomes law. Assembly Bill 381 allows people to voluntarily notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of their hearing restrictions. Then, when police run their license plates, officers would be alerted to the situation. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, was passed by the Assembly in a 76-0 vote Tuesday. The measure now heads to the Senate. / Press-Enterprise
San Francisco, CA
FACEBOOK LIVE ADDS CLOSED CAPTIONING FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
Facebook says it's bringing closed captioning to Facebook Live to make at least some of the videos streamed live on the social network accessible to people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Not all Live videos will have closed captions. But if publishers deploy captions and if Facebook users turn them on, Facebook users will automatically see closed captions on Live broadcasts, Facebook's director of accessibility Jeffrey Wieland told USA TODAY. / USA Today
Colorado Springs, CO
HISTORIC COLORADO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND RECEIVING MAJOR UPDATES
The historic, collegiate gothic architecture of the Colorado School for The Deaf and The Blind is taking on an "in with the old, in with the new" look. Multimillion dollar renovations to buildings on the stately campus east of downtown Colorado Springs are preserving the past while bringing 21st century benefits to the 143-year-old school. "It's really important we do that," said Carol Hilty, who's in her 13th year as superintendent. / Colorado Springs Gazette
Baton Rouge, LA
CELLPHONE TAX TO PAY FOR DEAF SERVICES PASSED BY LAWMAKERS
A new 4.25-cent monthly tax will be added to Louisiana cellphone bills if the governor agrees with a bill backed by lawmakers. The dollars would pay for technology assistance and services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Current law imposes a 5-cent monthly tax on landline phones, with the money deposited into the Telecommunications for the Deaf Fund. The bill would drop that rate to 4.25 cents a month, but expand the tax to wireless services. / WDSU
DEAF STUDENTS TAKE TOUR OF LOCAL INDUSTRY
Several robotics and engineering students at The North Carolina Deaf School witnessed first-hand how a local industry makes its products and how they could start a future in the workforce. The students recently visited Meritor, a company that manufactures trailer axle beams and machines carriers and differentials and produces light vehicle components. Many students were interested in possibly having future careers in this type of industry, said Jeff Lintz, career and technical education teacher and robotics coach at NCSD. / The News Herald
MSD GRADUATES LOOK FORWARD TO COLLEGE
Accessing a quality education is not always a given, but the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick makes sure its students have the tools they need to succeed. Graduating senior Bobga Tete was selected by his peers to represent the Class of 2017 as a student speaker on Saturday during their graduation ceremony. Tete was born in Cameroon and became deaf at age 3 after a serious illness. He attended primary and secondary schools for the deaf in Cameroon, where he learned to communicate using gestures. / Frederick News-Post
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF CELEBRATES GRADUATES IN 145TH COMMENCEMENT
Nine seniors became alumni on Thursday afternoon as the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf hosted its 145th commencement ceremony. The relatively small senior class walked across the stage, receiving their diplomas from Superintendent Terrence Wilding and shaking the hands of distinguished guests such as Dr. Frank R. Turk, state Sen. John Jasinski and state Rep. Brian Daniels, both of Faribault. Turk, the graduation speaker for the evening, took the stage to inspire the nine graduates. / Southernminn.com
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PARTIALLY DEAF AND BLIND MAN TO BE BEHEADED IN SAUDI ARABIA
A disabled man is set to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia after a court upheld a death sentence against him. Munir Adam, 23, is deaf and visually impaired and has been sentenced to death for taking part in a protest. His hearing and vision were impaired during a childhood accident. Adam appealed the death sentence, but was rejected by the court. He has just one more opportunity to appeal the decision before the King signs his death warrant, according to The Independent. Adam took part in a political demonstration in 2012, and was sentenced to death last year. / Newshub
TEARS OF JOY AT PLANNING MEETING AS DEAF-FRIENDLY FLATS ARE APPROVED
There were tears of joy this evening as plans for a block of deaf-friendly flats were approved. Members of the Plymouth deaf community were visibly moved and broke into applause as councillors voted in favour of the proposals at a city planning meeting. The block of ten apartments in Mannamead will be purpose-built for deaf people and, as such, will be the first of their kind in the UK. / Plymouth Herald
EMERGENCY CALLERS WARNED AGAINST OVERWHELMING TEXT SERVICE SET UP TO HELP DEAF CALL 999
Callers have been warned against using a text service designed for deaf people to contact the emergency services. According to BT, 250,000 people are registered with a text service which allows users to contact emergency services without speaking on the phone. The service, which was set up to help deaf people and those with a speech impediment, could allow those in a hostage situation in which it would be too dangerous to speak to call for help silently. / The Telegraph
PARTIALLY DEAF MAN SPARED JAIL AFTER THREATENING TO CUT DISABLED NEIGHBOR'S REMAINING ARM OFF
A man with hearing difficulties has given a suspended jail term and a two-year restraining order after threatening to cut his disabled neighbor’s remaining arm off during a row over loud music. Toby Nicholson also threatened to "do" Nick Proctor on another occasion after making a cruel reference to his disability. Nicholson, 28, had denied threatening behavior on March 5 and 11, but was convicted following a trial. / East Anglian Daily Times
DEAF DAD, 21, PLEADS FOR A CHANCE TO WORK
A deaf man from Dundee has spoken of his struggle to provide for his family after being overlooked for work. Ricci Ashwood lost most of his hearing after suffering from meningitis as a 2-year-old. He has partial hearing in one ear using a hearing aid but is completely deaf in the other. Ricci, 21, is able to talk and lipreads if he is struggling to hear. Following the birth of his son Lucas last month, he is now pleading for someone to give him a chance so he can provide for his family. / Evening Telegraph
DEAF ATHLETES IN FUNDING BLACK HOLE HEADING INTO DEAFLYMPICS
With the global showpiece event for deaf sports, the Deaflympics, just around the corner, elite deaf athletes in Australia are reeling after a cut to federal funding. It's an important event for elite deaf athletes, who see themselves as members of a linguistic and cultural minority, not as disabled. But it's a struggle for elite deaf athletes to keep their head above water. They're not eligible for the Paralympics as there are no categories for deaf athletes without a disability. And federal funding pales in comparison to Olympic and Paralympic funding, meaning many Deaflympians rely on donations to realise their dreams - or not at all. / SBS News
DEAF FILM MAKES BIG NOISE AT WAIROA FESTIVAL
A short film about a deaf teenager’s struggle to learn a haka was the runaway hit of this year’s Wairoa Maori Film Festival. Tama won the Whenua and audience prizes for best Maori short, the best actor award for lead Eric Mathews, and co-direcors Jared Flitcroft ... who is himself deaf ... and Jack O'Donnell won the chance to take it to the T-Tahiti Film Festival in Papeete in October. / Waatea News
Barbados, West Indies
PROVIDING A VOICE FOR THE DEAF
Eight aspiring entrepreneurs are seeking to provide a voice for the deaf community via a new media venture. Operating under the business name of Broad Street Media, the eight young people, who are all deaf, recently completed a special digital media programme catering specifically for the deaf community. The inaugural course was a joint project between the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports’ mainstreaming programme and the National Council on Substance Abuse. / Nation News
Durban, South Africa
EDUCATION INACCESSIBILITY FOR THE DEAF IS A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS
The deaf minority is often not admitted to Higher Education due to the various institutions’ inability to provide lectures in sign languages. Dr Litsepiso Matlosa from the National University of Lesotho argued to the gathering at a Sign Languages seminar at the Durban University of Technology that this inability by universities to cater for the deaf was a violation of a constitutional right. The seminar was organised by the DUT Faculty of Arts and Design and was also attended by different organisations and schools for the deaf at City Campus last Friday. / Durban Univ. of Technology
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LIFE & LEISURE
Bowling Green, KY
ACCESS AND SERVICES FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING COULD BENEFIT FROM HOSPITAL INTERPRETERS
Some of the efforts made by hospitals and nursing homes to communicate with the deaf and hard of hearing, while sincere, are proving unsuccessful. That’s one of the takeaways from a series of forums held across the state, including events in Bowling Green, Owensboro and Somerset. Many hospitals have equipment for ‘Video Remote Interpreting.’ Virginia Moore, executive director of the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, said just having the equipment doesn’t guarantee that critical medical information will be understood. / WKU Public Radio
CSUN'S DEAF PROJECT JOINS DEAF COMMUNITY, BLOOMINGDALE'S IN HONOROING MALE ROLE MODELS
Any man can father a child, but it takes a real man to be a father — or father figure — a child can look up to. California State University, Northridge’s Deaf Education and Families (DEAF) Project is teaming up with members of the Deaf community and the department store Bloomingdale’s on Saturday, June 17, to honor dads, stepdads, uncles and all men whose active involvement enhances the lives of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. / CSUN Today
SHELTER DOG TRAINED TO PROVIDE THERAPY FOR DEAF STUDENTS
When Jasmine, the therapy dog, arrived at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur, the students naturally knew what to do. They loved her. A Labrador-mix breed, Jasmine, had been adopted and returned twice to P.A.W.S. animal shelter in Ada, through no fault of her own. Recognizing her finer qualities, A New Leash on Life Inc. in Norman selected her to attend 10 weeks of obedience training through their Pen Pals Prison Program at the Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville. / Tulsa World
Las Vegas, NV
INTERPRETERS IN NEED FOR SOUTHERN NEVADA'S DEAF COMMUNITY
For decades, people in Nevada’s deaf community say they've been abandoned and ignored by lawmakers despite a growing need. One of the biggest needs is for interpreters. Horace Smith drives around town in a van painted as an American flag. It's how he chose to translate his patriotism when he is unable to translate himself, Smith is deaf. "Took me three months to work on this," Smith acknowledged. "I am an artist and have been for 35 years." / Las Vegas Now
DEAF NURSING STUDENT DIONNE JAQUES GRADUATES AS COHORT VALEDICTORIAN
Our Nurse of the Week is Dionne Jaques, a recent graduate of Nightingale College’s associate degree nursing program. Dionne was recognized as the Class of Spring 2017 valedictorian, but that isn’t the only thing that sets her apart from her fellow graduates. Dionne also exceled in her studies despite being told by many that nurses can’t be deaf. Now she is thrilled to help others who think they can’t pursue their passion for nursing because of personal limitations. / DailyNurse
New Haven, CT
BORN DEAF AND AUTISTIC, NEW HAVEN MAN EARNS COMPUTER SCIENCE DEGREE FROM ALBERTUS MAGNUS
“Truck, Mommy, truck,” are the sweetest words Andrea Cox has ever heard. Those were the first words her son Lindburg Pender III ever said — a feat multiple doctors and specialists said the boy would never accomplish. And sure enough, Cox said, within a couple of minutes of his words, a tractor trailer had driven by the house. “Those were the most beautiful words he ever could have said,” Cox said. / New Haven Register
OOD PRODUCES VIDEO FOR DEAF INDIVIDUALS SEEKING CDL
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Office of Criminal Justice Services recently produced a video for deaf or individuals with hearing loss who are interested in obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with a Hearing Exemption. The video uses ASL to communicate with those interested in learning more about the steps needed to obtain a CDL. / Patch.com
New York, NY
FAQ'S ABOUT CERTIFIED DEAF INTERPRETERS
As the sign language interpreting profession has evolved over the past couple decades, the interpreting community has come to better understand and embrace the role of deaf individuals as linguistic and cultural gatekeepers. Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDIs) are extremely effective at bridging the sometimes vast and persistent gaps that exist between people who are deaf and those who can hear. / The Huffington Post
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
DEAF SINGER ABSOLUTELY WOWS 'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT' AND EARNS GOLDEN BUZZER
An inspiring singer who lost her hearing at age 18 has launched to the top of “America’s Got Talent” after delivering a jaw-dropping performance. Mandy Harvey, 29, was recognized with the program’s rare Golden Buzzer on Tuesday after bringing the audience to its feet with an original song titled “Try.” “I’ve been singing since I was four,” she told the judges before launching into the song with a ukulele. “I left music after I lost my hearing, and figured out how to get back into singing with muscle memory, using visual tuners and trusting my pitch.” / The Huffington Post
DEAF WEST'S 'OUR TOWN' TO OPEN NEW SEASON AT PASADENA PLAYHOUSE
Pasadena Playhouse has announced most of its 2017–2018 lineup. To kick off the new season, the California theatre has teamed up with Tony-nominated Deaf West for a brand-new production of Thornton Wilder’s classic drama Our Town, starring Jane Kaczmarek. Performances will run September 26–October 22 with direction by Sheryl Kaller. / Playbill
HOW ONE HIGH SCHOOL OPENED ITS PLAYS TO THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
The Solvay school district has had a sign language interpreter at its high school and middle school plays for at least 12 years. The district hosts the region's educational program for deaf and hard of hearing students, so having interpreters made sense early on so all students could understand the productions. This year, sign language was woven into the choreography, as well. "The feedback has been beyond positive," said C.J. Oliver, the director. / Syracuse.com
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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: Perform functions of Direct Care Counselor, program supervision/direction.
• Qualifications: MA; or BA/BS and 3 years’ experience.
Community Crisis Stabilization BA Level Clinician: Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
• Qualifications: MA and 2 years’ experience OR BA/BS and 5 years’ experience.
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.
Outpatient Clinician: Provide comprehensive outpatient counseling/therapy to children, adults and families in need of services.
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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.
Specialized Interpreter: Interpret in ASL between those using specialized ASL and/or those with language deprivation and requiring further communication assistance.
• Qualifications: Approved by the MCDHH to work as an interpreter, BA/BS and 2 years’ experience.
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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.
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Residential Counselors for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities – Full time, part time, on call; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma required.
Case Managers for Residential or Community Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs – 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.
Residential Program Director – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum of AA degree or 60 college credits required.
Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services required.
Nurse – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BSN/RN.
Training Coordinator – Full Time. Glenside location. Travels to Pittsburgh as needed. Education requirements flexible and based on experience. Must be proficient in ASL.
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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