June 14, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 34
Editor: Tom Willard
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NYLE DIMARCO OUTRAGED AT FALLON, FOXX MAKING FUN OF THE DEAF
Nyle DiMarco is outraged at Jamie Foxx and Jimmy Fallon for a skit he says mocks deaf people. Foxx was on Fallon's show Thursday night and at one point Fallon tossed to a break. As he's tossing, Jamie is doing fake sign-language to the camera. The audience laughed, but Nyle -- who is deaf -- is outraged. The winner of both "DWTS" and "America's Next Top Model" is shocked the skit was broadcast, saying, "How was this allowed? Where's the cultural sensitivity. Not comedy when you make fun of others." / TMZ
DEAF DRIVERS COULD GET SYMBOL ON NC DRIVER'S LICENSE TO HELP POLICE
Drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing could get a special symbol on their North Carolina driver’s license to smooth interactions with law enforcement. The Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday approved a bill creating the driver’s license designation and adding new training for law enforcement on how to interact with deaf people. The designation would be optional, so deaf people who don’t want it on their license could opt out. / News & Observer
DEAF PATIENTS STRUGGLE TO GET ADEQUATE INTERPRETATION SERVICES IN ER'S
The chest pain was bad enough. Then John Paul Jebian asked staff at Baptist Hospital of Miami for an American Sign Language interpreter. They instead brought a video screen with an internet link to a remote interpreter to help him understand what the doctors and nurses were saying. Jebian, who is deaf, said a nurse struggled to set up the equipment as he anxiously wondered whether he was suffering a heart attack. “I was panicked,” said Jebian, 46, recalling that July 2012 day. / Stat News
MISSING DEAF MAN WITH AUTISM FOUND SAFE
FOX 25 told you about a silver alert for a missing man possibly in danger Wednesday. We've learned that 49-year-old James Murphy, was found in the hospital due to a hit and run accident. Murphy has been diagnosed as autistic and is also deaf, his caregiver says he has the mind of a 15-year-old, but he understands well and he wants to make sure what happened to him, doesn't happen to anyone else. / FOX25 News
CSUN DEAF PROJECT MARKS 10 YEARS WITH FATHER'S DAY CELEBRATION
A California State University, Northridge project that provides support for families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing will mark its 10th anniversary Saturday with a Father's Day celebration. The CSUN Deaf Education and Families (DEAF) Project and members of the Deaf community will be part of the program's event. The DEAF Project, which began in May 2007 at CSUN, provides support for families with deaf or hard-of-hearing children. / NBC Southern California
NEW SCHOOL FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING COMING TO WACO
A new school for deaf and hard of hearing will be coming to Central Texas. The Christian Academy for the Deaf is coming to Waco in the fall of 2017. When it comes to the deaf and hard of hearing population, Texas comes in second in the nation. / KXXV
IDAHO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND BOASTS LARGEST GRADUATING CLASS EVER
Administrator Brian Darcy, principal Gretchen Spooner and student Ella Kidd are not related, but all consider their school to be their home. The Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind is more than just a place to learn for this trio, it’s where they live and interact with people of a similar culture. They traveled different paths to the Gooding campus, but each eventually settled at the place that has become one of Idaho’s most valued educational offerings. / Idaho EdNews
West Hartford, CT
AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF GRADUATES TOLD TO HAVE HOPE
Returning to his alma mater Tuesday night, John Serrano told the 200th American School for the Deaf graduating class that in a world that feels anxious and is filled with negativity, they must have hope. "Hope — I don't mean by just kind of keeping your fingers crossed, but really feeling that sense of hope that the world is going to be a better place for future generations and children," Serrano said. / Hartford Courant
STUDENTS CELEBRATE AN END OF AN ERA AT THE WILLIE ROSS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF GRADUATION
Three students at the Willie Ross School for the Deaf traded in their notebooks for caps and gowns Friday, as they said goodbye to a school that in many ways, has become a second home. With the help of his translator, Jordan Alicea told 22News how grateful he is for all of the opportunities Willie Ross has given him. “I probably wouldn’t even be able to communicate if it wasn’t for this school,” Alicea said. / WWLP
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF GRADUATES GET EMOTIONAL SEND-OFF
More than 150 students from preschool age to 11th grade lined the hallways of their school in Edgewood to congratulate this year’s graduating class. The kids’ movements and faces revealed their anticipation, but except for some clapping, the halls remained quiet. As the fifteen seniors paraded through the halls of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, the younger students traded high-fives and twisted their hands back and forth in the air — the ASL motion for applause. / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
DEAF SCHOOL AWARDS DIPLOMAS TO NINE GRADUATING SENIORS
The auditorium at the North Carolina School for the Deaf was filled with waving hands, tears and smiles as the class of 2017 officially ended their journey as high school students on Wednesday night. As the seniors entered the auditorium, hands were waving in the air, which represents applause in ASL. / Morganton News Herald
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NURSING HOME 'HUMILIATED' DEAFBLIND DEMENTIA PATIENT
A deafblind dementia sufferer was made to sit in a chair soaked with his own urine by a care home manager, his daughter has claimed. Rhona McKinlay said 84-year-old William was left "utterly humiliated" for hours at the Latimer Grange home with a circle drawn around his chair. A spokesman for the home said it took "all allegations very seriously" and was "confident we provide a good standard of care." / BBC News
WHY ALL CHILDREN SHOULD READ OUR 'PROUD TO BE DEAF' BOOK!
Over a year ago, an opportunity came from Wayland, an imprint of Hachette Children’s Group, to write an educational book for 6–8-year-old kids about being Deaf. We jumped at the opportunity because there aren’t any children’s books on the market which both cover deafness in a positive light, and which we would be proud to have on our book shelf at home. / The Limping Chicken
DEAF DAD INJURED TWO POLICE OFFICERS AS HE ATTEMPTED TO WRESTLE OFFICERS AWAY FROM HIS DAUGHTER
Two police officers suffered a dislocated shoulder and a sprained wrist between them after a man attempted to wrestle them off his daughter after a family party. John Lafferty and Rebecca Lafferty were sentenced at Glasgow Sheriff Court after an incident which left the two officers requiring hospital treatment. The court heard that police were called out to a large scale disturbance on Duke Street with 30 to 40 people out on the street. / Evening Times
Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
DEAF-BLIND NOTHERN ONTARIO WOMAN PENS BOOK
Despite overwhelming odds that have been working against her in life, author Dawnelee Wright has persevered at almost all turns. Wright was born blind, with a heart defect, struggled with mental health and has most recently lost her hearing. But despite all the adversity, Wright hasn’t let it consume her, and is now the proud author of the memoir A Better Sense of Self. / Sudbury.com
DEAF DANCER MOVES TO BEAT OF A DIFFERENT DRUM
Anna Seymour is dancing to the beat of a different drum in Out of Earshot by Melbourne company KAGE at this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Born profoundly deaf, Seymour not only feels the vibration of certain rhythms created on stage by the show’s jazz drummer, but also times her movements to visual cues and through touch. “As a deaf person, I experience music through my body, through the bodies of other dancers and through visual rhythm,’’ she said. / Adelaide Now
DEAF-BLIND ARTIST FINDS COMFORT IN PAINT WORK
In art, Carol O’Connor feels comfortable and relaxes. It also keeps her mind active. O’Connor is deaf-blind but has always been continuing to adapt to live her life to the fullest. Born deaf, O’Connor has always had poor eyesight but was diagnosed blind in 2010 and has since been adapting and preparing for the day when she becomes completely blind. Art has been a fun outlet. O’Connor travels by train to Melbourne where she can take classes with Able Australia. / The Courier
DEAF WOMAN SAYS POLICE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST HER
A deaf woman who claims police discriminated against her is demanding a public apology and compensation for humiliation. Veronica Woodforth has been granted a re-hearing into claims police were too slow to go to her home and failed to arrange an interpreter following an assault complaint in 2011. / Queensland Times
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LIFE & LEISURE
ONCE DEAF, THIS CEIBA GRADUATE WITH AUTISM PERPARES FOR CSU MONTEREY BAY
Anthony Tapiz knows something about stereotypes. Every since he started school he’s been fighting other people’s perceptions of him. “They told me I’d never go to college because I have autism,” said Tapiz. Yet Tapiz, 18, will receive his high school diploma on the Rio Theater stage during Ceiba College Preparatory Academy’s commencement ceremony Friday. / Santa Cruz Sentinel
Lincoln County, KY
DEAF TEEN BEATS ODDS, EXCELS IN HEARING-ADVANTAGED SCHOOL
Bella Herring is not your average student, and that’s not because she’s deaf — although she goes to a hearing-advantaged school, she has found success in academics, student council and athletics. The 14-year-old was born deaf and had gone to Kentucky School for the Deaf before she and her family moved to Stanford in 2014, but she never let her deafness hold her back when she started going to Lincoln County Middle School in seventh grade. / The Interior Journal
DEAF STUDENT DELIVERS FAREWELL MESSAGE TO CLASSMATES
Elizabeth Adamson had it tough going into middle school. For one, English was a second language. Her family had moved from Estonia, and although she was born in the United States, she had to learn English right alongside her brothers and sisters. Plus, she went to Cario Middle School after only having been with her classmates at Mount Pleasant Academy for half a semester. That meant she was headed to middle school without any friends. / Moultrie News
HOW GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY IS WORKING TO REACH YOUNG, DEAF READERS
There was once a curious little girl with bright pink hair, who loved to climb trees. One day, the little girl met an old man, who gave her fruit from a baobab tree. The fruit was delicious. So the girl set off to find the tree. This story of the pink-haired child and her fruit-focused adventure is told through an app created in a Gallaudet University lab that aims to give deaf children something quite valuable - easy, early access to ASL. / Reading Eagle
Greenwell Springs, LA
AT SUMMER CAMP FOR DEAF KIDS AND FAMILIES, COMMUNICATION IS KEY
When summertime rolls around, many children who are deaf and hard of hearing have to make a tough decision: to attend a camp strictly for deaf kids where their hearing siblings aren’t allowed or to go to one that does not cater to their needs. Or they may choose to skip camp all together. It’s a dilemma that reflects the isolation those children may experience every day in a world that, for the most part, does not understand them. The opposite was true Saturday at Camp Istrouma in Greenwell Springs. / The Advocate
PETS WHO WORK: JASMINE THE LAB AT OKLAHOMA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Jasmine is a 3-year-old Lab mix who has worked as a therapy dog at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf since February, when she was adopted for the role from the P.A.W.S. animal shelter in Ada. Jasmine knew the shelter well by the time she was adopted in February, as she had been adopted and returned to the shelter twice. Jasmine’s most recent adoption, however, will be her last and Gayla Jackson, Oklahoma School for the Deaf counselor, said she is right where she belongs. / Pawhuska Journal-Capital
TWIN TEACHERS IN FRESNO COUNTY RETIRE
Kids at Mayfair Elementary thought they were seeing double -- it seems they're everywhere. Donald teaches deaf and hard-of-hearing kids at 10 schools in Fresno Unified, while Bill started Clovis Unified's deaf program 37 years ago. Side by side the Rotella twins have walked the same path-- Fresno State grads teachers. Their lives and careers mirrored each other all the way to retirement. "We both agreed on the same day and so we're excited," said Donald. / abc30.com
INTERIM SUPERINTENDENTS NAMED IN KANSAS
Two people were named as interim superintendents for the Kansas State Schools for the Deaf and Blind. Luanne Barron, current assistant superintendent of the Kansas State School for the Deaf, will serve as interim superintendent for the Kansas State School for the Deaf in Olathe. Jon Harding, current director of instruction for the Kansas State School for the Blind, will serve as interim superintendent for the Kansas State School for the Blind in Kansas City, Kan. / Kansas State Dept. of Education
Fort Myers, FL
FORT MYERS HIGH TEACHER UP FOR NATIONAL LIFECHANGER AWARD
Brittany Montano's students know her as "Mom-tano," and that reputation has earned her a nomination for the national LifeChanger of the Year Award. She teaches deaf education and ASL at Fort Myers High School. Although she was nominated anonymously, the community member praised her for "serving as a fierce advocate for local deaf and hearing-impaired students." / The News-Press
DEAF KIDS WITH COCHLEAR IMPLANTS DO BETTER WITHOUT SIGN LANGUAGE
Deaf children with a cochlear implant who had no exposure to sign language fared better with speech, language, and reading comprehension than children with sign language exposure, researchers found. In an observational study, a lower portion of children with no exposure to sign language produced less intelligible speech as young children, had higher language comprehension scores, and fewer were likely to have delayed language development, reported Ann E. Geers of the University of Texas at Dallas, and colleagues. / Medpage Today
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
HOW THE WORLD'S FIRST DEAF ROCK BAND FEELS MUSIC
Like most kids in the ’60s, Steve Longo was blown away the first time he heard The Beatles. But unlike most kids, Longo was born profoundly deaf. Contrary to what you may think, many deaf people can actually hear some sounds, just not very well. Longo grew up hearing Christmas songs and nursery rhymes, but it wasn’t until his brother dropped the needle on a Beatles record that he was truly hooked on music. He could hear most of the frequencies, but not the higher ones. / Dose
Los Angeles, CA
DEAF, GAY AND A-OK: NOTHING'S GONNA KILL DICKIE HEARTS' PRIDE VIBE!
Pride season is upon us, and this year we’re ringing it in by spotlighting the folks who make us proud to show up to work each day–the artists, activists, performers and personalities who make our community shine. Dickie Hearts is a deaf actor and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. In 2015, his short film “Passengers” won the Best Filmmaker title at the Disability Film Challenge. / Queerty
DEAF FULLBACK FITTING IN WITH FALCONS
Derrick Coleman, 26, appears to be the leading candidate to replace Patrick DiMarco at fullback for the Falcons. “With Derrick, first of all I commend him for getting this far in life as he’s gotten and for being as successful as he’s been with the disability,” offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said. Coleman played at UCLA and was undrafted. He signed with Minnesota in 2012. He played with Seattle from 2012 through 2014. He was the Super Bowl XLVIII title team. / Atlanta Journal Constitution
MSD BASEBALL TEAM REPEATS NATIONAL DEAF TITLE
The National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association named the Maryland School for the Deaf baseball team national champions for 2017. This is MSD’s second straight title and third overall. The team finished the season with 7-7-1 record. / Frederick News-Post
ORTMAN TO PLAY FOR THE USA DEAF BASKETBALL TEAM
Connor Ortman is one of the best basketball players in the entire U.P. This past season, he was an All–U.P. and All–Conference First Team selection. What makes this all even more impressive is that he was born deaf in both ears. He was diagnosed at two years old and has to wear a cochlear implant during games. Despite that, Ortman will now be representing his city, his state and his country at a special basketball tournament overseas. / ABC 10 News
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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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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