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June 21, 2006
Vol. 2 No. 33

Editor: Tom Willard

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ABANDONED IN NEW JERSEY, FLORIDA MAN HELPED BY POLICE

A 21-year-old deaf Florida man who was abandoned in New Jersey by “friends” is back home thanks to Seaside Heights, N.J. police, reported the Asbury Park Press. Timothy Beck left for New Jersey recently with a couple who persuaded him to go with them against his mother’s wishes. A day after arriving in Seaside Heights, Beck awoke in a motel room to find the people were gone, along with all of his belongings and money. He wandered the streets “distraught, fearful, hungry and without a place to stay,” said the Press. His luck changed when he encountered a police officer who brought him to headquarters, where Steve Korman, a detective who can sign, took over the investigation. Sharon Suttell, on vacation with her husband in Buffalo, N.Y., learned of her son’s predicament and made arrangements for bus transportation back to Florida. Beck is now safe at home and says he will never go back to Seaside Heights – “but not because of the police; they saved me.”

SCHOOL TREASURER CHARGED WITH THEFT OF FUNDS

Denise Horner was charged last week with third degree grand larceny after allegedly stealing $10,809.12 from the Lexington School for the Deaf’s Parent Association. Horner, 40, who was treasurer from October 2005 to April 2006, “is accused of using the school association’s funds as her own private piggy bank,” said Queens district attorney Richard Brown in the North Country Gazette. Criminal charges allege that Horner made 10 cash withdrawals totaling $7,790 from the PSA’s bank account and used the account to pay for her own accounts with Time Warner, Con Ed, Target, T-Mobile as well as credit cards. The Fresh Meadows, N.Y. resident faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

NEW HAMPSHIRE CHARTER SCHOOL CLOSING AFTER ONE YEAR

New Hampshire’s only public school dedicated to sign language is closing after one year, unable to meet its goal of 10 students. According to the Concord Monitor, the Laurent Clerc Academy received over $500,000 in state and federal aid but managed to recruit only six students. Three are deaf and three are the children of school director Susan Brule and her husband, Mario Mauro, the school’s only full-time teacher. “It’s not about which of those children who were hearing or deaf were my children,” Brule told the Monitor. “That’s not the issue.” But state Board of Education member Fred Bramante said the school’s family ties were a concern under charter school rules. “We clearly did not intend for a school that was catering to just their kids,” he said.

UNIVERSITY IN MARYLAND TO PHASE OUT ASL INSTRUCTION

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is phasing out American Sign Language courses, reported UMBC’s campus newspaper, The Retriever Weekly. Modern Languages and Linguistics department chair Judith Schneider said the decision was the result of “difficult choices in times of decreased support for state universities” and was not meant to suggest that learning ASL was not a valuable or useful experience for students. Department resources were spread too thin, an internal report had suggested, and “it would be best to focus on our strengths and primary goals.” In the end, department officials decided that their primary function is to teach languages other than English and cultures other than U.S. culture, which eliminates ASL instruction as a main goal.

ETHEL BRIGGS, LONGTIME DISABILITY ADVOCATE, TO RETIRE

The National Council on Disability (NCD) has announced the upcoming retirement of Ethel D. Briggs, the council’s longtime executive director. Briggs will retire on June 30 after more than 30 years of public service, including 21 years with the NCD. Briggs, a former chief of the Office of Staff Development and training for the Washington, D.C. Rehabilitation Services Administration, “helped NCD improve the lives of millions of Americans with disabilities,” said NCD chairperson Lex Frieden. NCD, an independent federal agency, will appoint an acting executive director to begin on July 1 and create a search committee to find a permanent director.

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GOV. BAXTER TO RENT SPACE TO ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL

The Governor Baxter School for the Deaf plans to rent out two classrooms and an office to the REAL School, an alternative high school for hearing students from southern Maine who have trouble learning in traditional schools. The lease, which will bring in $22,460 annually, has not yet been signed but the plan has been approved by school officials. Gov. Baxter serves 67 students on its Mackworth Island campus, and the REAL School will add about 18 students, three teachers and a few staff members, reported the Portland Press Herald. REAL School students, who traveled to New Orleans in May to work on Hurricane Katrina relief, will benefit from the exposure to deaf culture and sign language, said the report.

FUND RAISER EARNS OVER $4 MILLION FOR SECOND YEAR

The Starkey Hearing Foundation’s annual “So the World May Hear” Awards Gala raised more than $4 million for the second year in a row, reported Business Wire this week. The fund raiser, held Saturday in St. Paul, Minn., was headlined by Tonight Show host Jay Leno, who autographed his own shirt and sold it in a live auction for $4,000. He was joined by stars Dionne Warwick, Lou Ferrigno, Marie Osmond and John Mellencamp, whose hearing-impaired father wears Starkey hearing aids. The Starkey Hearing Foundation donates more than 20,000 hearing aids each year to those in need around the world – over 150,000 since 2000. Information: www.sotheworldmayhear.org.

TEST PREP FIRM REACHES AGREEMENT WITH JUSTICE DEPT.

One of America’s largest providers of preparatory courses for law school admissions exams has reached a consent agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice over the provision of interpreters and other auxiliary aids. TestMasters, a subsidiary of Robin Singh Educational Services, Inc., had been targeted in a complaint by a deaf student who said the company failed to provide an interpreter and note-taker and then canceled his registration in retaliation for his accommodations request. According to the U.S. Newswire, TestMasters has agreed to re-admit the student free of charge; provide interpreters, note-takers and other auxiliary aids to those who need them; adopt a policy on nondiscrimination; train employees on ADA obligations; and pay $20,000 in damages to the complainant and $10,000 in civil penalties.

INVESTOR SETTLES LAWSUIT WITH MORGAN STANLEY

A deaf investor’s lawsuit against Morgan Stanley, which allegedly refused to accept stock trade orders through the relay service, has been settled, said a National Association of the Deaf news release last week. The NAD represented plaintiff Donald Brunner, along with Stamford, Conn. attorney Gary Phelan. The “first of its kind” agreement is designed to ensure that businesses comply with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide accessibility to people who use relay services, said the release. Under the settlement, Morgan Stanley agrees to accept trade orders through relay services and will train its workers to accept trades over the phone. The financial services firm is “taking the right steps,” said NAD attorney Kelby Brick.

PHOTO STUDENT DRIVES OFF WITH CAMERA ON CAR

A deaf Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology photography student lost an expensive digital camera when he drove off with it on the roof of his car. Dustin Sipp, 19, forgot his black camera bag was there, said sister Davida Baker, and didn’t hear it fall because he’s deaf. Sipp, who is home for the summer in Lincoln, Neb., believes the bag fell in the Havelock area. A story last week in the Journal Star said he needs the $1,500 camera, a Canon Powershot, for his classes and gave his sister’s phone number for anyone who may have found the bag.

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‘STRANGER DANGER’ TACKLED IN NEW U.K. DVD

A U.K. deaf club has joined with a youth service agency to produce a “first of its kind” DVD warning deaf youngsters about stranger danger in sign language. Members of the Bradford Deaf Club acted out a series of mini-dramas in Who is a Stranger?, a film aimed at children from 4 to 16, reported the Bradford Telegraph and Argus. The signed and subtitled film was created by Visual Motions, the only deaf-run film production company in northern England, and funded by Children in Need in response to a request from the Bradford Council youth center. “Deaf people were very much being left out of the usual warnings,” said youth worker Veronica Harewood, “and could not understand the television adverts.” The new DVD will “redress the balance,” she added. It can be obtained for free by ringing up (01274) 678342.

CAR THIEF VICTIM CLINGS TO ‘BONNET’ ON TERROR RIDE

A 64-year-old deaf driver in the U.K. clung to the top of his luxury car for more than half a mile as a car thief tried to shake him off, reported Sunday People. Peter Broadbent was closing his garage in Denton, Greater Manchester, when the thief snuck up on him. Broadbent ended up clinging to the “bonnet” of his new £32,000 (U.S. $58,500) BMW X3 as the thief drove over pavements in an attempt to “jolt him off,” said the report. Broadbent was eventually thrown clear, resulting in cuts and bruises. “It was dangerous and I’m lucky not to have died,” he said. “I just wanted to stop him.”

MANAGEMENT STUDENTS INVENT VIBRATING DOOR ALERT

A group of 18 students in a management studies course at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland has invented a vibrating wrist band to alert deaf people when the doorbell rings. The device, activated by a signal triggered by the doorbell, does not have to be a bracelet, group leader Steven Morris, 21, told the Edinburgh Evening News, but “could also be worn as a piece of jewelry such as a necklace or as a brooch for fashion-conscious people.” His teammates are among 400 students in 20 groups who are taking the course and competing for prizes for the best business idea and business plan. “We thought it would be great to work on something practical which could be of real help to people,” said Morris.

U.K. MAN HONORED FOR GARDENING ACHIEVEMENTS

A deaf and partially-sighted U.K. gardener was a guest of honor at the Chelsea Flower Show and featured during the BBC’s coverage of the showpiece event, reported the Mansfield Chad. George Wilcockson, 59, “knows every plant in his garden by touch, texture or smell,” said his proud wife, Virginia. “He loves his garden – he’s in it day and night.” Wilcockson, who was praised by “green-fingered celebrity Alan Titchmarsh,” also picked up the Senior Learner Award for completing his Royal Horticultural Society certificate. Virginia said her husband, whose sight and hearing loss were caused by a rare blood disease in his 20s, was “over the moon” upon learning of the award. “It’s given him a much-needed confidence boost,” she said.

PIONEERING TV STATION TO OUTSOURCE ITS CAPTIONING

Channel Seven in Melbourne, Australia has decided to outsource the captioning of its TV programming, said the Melbourne Age last week, leaving about 20 staff members without jobs. But the station expects several people to move over to the Australian Caption Centre (ACC), which has contracted with Channel Seven to provide captioning services. In fact, the ACC will need about 20 new staff to cover Channel Seven’s captioning, said the report. Robert Scott, ACC’s CEO, said his company has had a good relationship with Channel Seven ever since captioning started in Australia. “Our two organizations pioneered captions since 1982,” he said.

SIGN DICTIONARIES MAKE NEWS IN UGANDA, ANGOLA

Sign language dictionaries were in the news in two African countries last week. AllAfrica.com reported on Lars Willians, a University of Stockholm professor who has been in Uganda since 2001 to oversee the Ugandan Sign Language project. His team has traveled to six areas of the country to film and analyze different signs for possible inclusion in the 2,000-word dictionary that Willians expects to complete soon. “We selected only those signs that the deaf communities agreed on,” he said. Meanwhile, last Friday in Angola, a sign language dictionary was presented by the board of the local special education school. According to the Angola Press, school director Osvaldo Gomes said the dictionary covers gestures and is used not only in schools, but by all deaf people. Gomes, said the report, foresees “the inauguration of a solar system of communication for the deaf.”

BOARDING SCHOOL FOR DEAF BEING BUILT IN KAMPALA

A new secondary school for deaf students in the Wakiso district of Kampala, the first of its kind in the country, is being constructed by the government. The Wakiso Secondary School for the Deaf is a result of a 2001 campaign pledge by President Yoweri Museveni to build four schools for special needs students, reported AllAfrica.com. The boarding school will accommodate 200 students. Phase I, covering staff quarters, classrooms, dorms and laboratories, has been completed, and Phase II will add more classrooms and dorms along with a kitchen, stores, school dispensary and other structures. “There is a certain group of children with disabilities that can neither be accommodated under integration nor inclusive education,” said Special Education Commissioner Martin Omagor Loichan. “The deaf are such children.”

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Deafwiki.org, a free-content encyclopedia of deaf and hard-of-hearing information, is now online. Anybody, including you, can edit, revise or change articles, said a news release, and articles are being added and improved all the time. The main page contains a long list of deaf people’s names and links to pages that do not yet have information. If you know about any of the people (or you are one of the people yourself) you can go ahead and add information that will be accessible to all visitors. Check it out at www.deafwiki.org.

OTICON ISSUES CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR 2006 AWARDS

Oticon has issued a call for nominations for the 2006 Oticon Focus on People Awards. The national awards program, now in its ninth year, “honors people who are changing what it means to have a hearing loss.” Do you know someone with a hearing loss who serves as a role model through accomplishments and contributions? Have you encountered a hearing care professional with an outstanding commitment to people with hearing loss? Then why not nominate them for the award? The call for nominations can be found here: www.oticon.com/eprise/main/Oticon/US_en/SEC_Professionals/FocusOnPeopleAwards/_index.

STUDIES UNDERWAY ON HEARING LOSS TREATMENT DRUG

Up to 40 million Americans are exposed to hazardous sound levels every day, but there are no drugs to prevent or treat hearing loss. Sound Pharmaceuticals of Seattle hopes to address this need with a drug called SPI-1005. Three independent labs have tested the drug on animals and found it to be effective in reducing hearing loss from exposure to loud noise, said Eric Lynch, the company’s director of research. A study is now underway with 32 “normal healthy volunteers,” said PharmaLive.com, and a Phase 2 trial will take place later this year with the U.S. Army and Navy. To learn more about Sound Pharmaceuticals, visit www.soundpharmaceuticals.com/.

NON-HISPANIC BLACKS FOUND TO HAVE BEST HEARING

The people with the best hearing in the United States are non-Hispanic black adults, said a new study that was present earlier this month at the Acoustical Society of America’s spring meeting. Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health studied the hearing of more than 5,000 adults from 20 to 26 who identified themselves as members of one of three major ethnic groups, reported Medical News Today. Non-Hispanic whites were found to have the worst hearing, with Mexican Americans in between and women having better hearing in general. Despite massive changes in society and technology, said the report, the nation’s overall hearing health remains about where it was 35 years ago.

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In news from the world of relay services, GoAmerica said last week that the Federal Communications Commission has certified the company to provide IP and relay services. According to a UPI report, GoAmerica may now seek direct compensation from the Interstate Relay Services Fund for its i711.com, a text-based relay service. In the past, the company had to rely on a business partner to submit i711.com minutes for reimbursement, said GoAmerica CEO Dan Luis. And in Albany, Ga., Hamilton Relay celebrated its newest call center, with Chamber of Commerce officials welcoming the company to town at a ceremony last Wednesday. The call center opened in April with 70 employees and hopes to eventually have more than 100. “We’ve received such a warm reception,” said Hamilton Vice-President Dixie Ziegler.

HORACE MANN TEACHER NAMED ONE OF BOSTON’S BEST

Claudia Chaffee, a 25-year veteran teacher at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, was one of 14 winners of the 2006 Boston Teachers of the Year award, reported the Boston Globe. Chaffee, a computer skills instructor who started as a typing teacher 31 years ago, mastered sign language after coming to the school. More recently, she started a conflict-resolution program for middle school girls and a project in which students videotaped interviews with successful deaf leaders. “She sees the possibilities in everyone,” said colleague Karin Tuttle, “students, co-workers and the wider Boston community.”

ART STUDENT IS SECOND WINNER OF COWDEN SCHOLARSHIP

From Nashville, Tenn. last week came news that Justin Southerland has won the second annual Linda Cowden Memorial Scholarship. The $1,000 award was established by the League for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as a living memorial to Cowden, an active supporter of the deaf community who died two years ago. Cowden believed in deaf and hard-of-hearing people continuing their educations and becoming successful community members, said a news release. Southerland, who is deaf, is studying to become a graphic artist/interior designer and volunteers regularly while holding down a stressful part-time job.

FATHER, SON TEAM UP ON COMMUNICATION DEVICE

The Blue Springs (Mo.) Examiner reported recently on a deaf man who was inspired to invent a personal communication device after having trouble talking with his father over breakfast. Jason Curry, 36, calls his device the Ubi Duo – “ubi” for ubiquitous, or everywhere, and “duo,” for two people taking face-to-face. After Curry sketched out the idea in April 2001, he and his father, Jason, co-founded sComm, Inc. to market the device to businesses, government, employers of deaf people and those who have deaf customers. The device is portable, easy to use, battery-operated and wireless, said the report, and communication is similar to text and instant messaging. The company’s website can be found at http://scommonline.com/.

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‘HERB LARSON ... OFF-HAND’ WINS BRONZE TELLY

Gary Brooks’ film “Dr. Hand,” mentioned in last week’s Deafweekly, was not the only Telly Award winner with a deaf angle. Sign City Television’s show, “Herb Larson ... Off-Hand,” won a Bronze Telly in the category of Film/Video: Information during the 27th Annual Telly Awards. The show was hosted by Herb Larson and co-host/interpreter Bill Pugin. The executive producers were Sheldon Altfeld and David Pierce of Sign City Television. The show also won a bronze Remi award in the category of Television and Cable Production: Public Affairs Programs at the 39th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, the oldest independent film and video festival in the world. To learn more, visit www.signcity.tv/news.html.

LITERARY E-ZINE ON HOLD DUE TO ‘RESTRUCTURE’

The Tactile Mind Weekly, a literary e-zine for the deaf community, disappeared quietly several months ago and last week the former creative director sent out an email to explain why. “The Tactile Mind Press is currently undergoing a restructure,” said Adrean Clark. “As part of this restructure, I am no longer Creative Director and co-owner of the company.” Publisher John Lee Clark has assumed all duties for the time being, she said, and will announce when the e-zine is ready to start up again.

CLERC CENTER ANNOUNCES ESSAY, ART CONTEST WINNERS

More than 200 students throughout the country entered this year’s Gallaudet National Essay and Art Contests for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, sponsored by the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Through writing and artwork, the students envisioned their futures by responding to this year’s contest questions: “What will I be doing when I’m 30 years old? How am I preparing for it today?” All of the art and excerpts from the essays are on display through August 11 at Gallaudet University’s Washburn Arts Center. In addition, a new Clerc Center publication called “Celebrate!” will showcase the winning essays and artwork, and they can also be seen on the Clerc Center’s website at http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/showcase/.

CINEMA SHOWCASE DEADLINE IS NEXT WEEK

A reminder: next Friday, June 30, is the deadline to submit work for Deaf Cinema Showcase 2006, a celebration of deaf filmmakers. The competition is presented by Washington, D.C. PBS station WETA, CINE and Gallaudet University, and winning films will be shown on air in conjunction with the broadcast of a WETA-produced documentary, “Through Deaf Eyes.” To learn more, visit http://deafcinema.gallaudet.edu.

TY GIORDANO TO HOST ‘ROCK-N-BOWL’ TOURNEY

Tyrone Giordano, star of Broadway’s “Big River” and Hollywood’s “The Family Stone,” will host a Rock-n-Bowl Tournament Wednesday, July 12 in Pinz Bowling Alley, 12655 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, Calif. The event is a fund raiser to benefit Insight Cinema. The cost is $200 per five-member team and includes shoes and all games. The deadline to register is one week before the event (July 5). Organizers are also seeking sponsors and donations for a raffle. Contact Melanie Gonzalez at 310-452-8700 or staff@insightcinema.org or visit www.insightcinema.org/RocknBowl.html.

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CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS UNDERWAY IN CALIFORNIA

The 2006 World Deaf Cycling Championships are in full swing in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. San Jose is the site of most of the races and Fremont will host a banquet to cap the week on Saturday night. This is the first time the U.S. has hosted the international week-long event, said a press announcement, and elite contestants from 10 countries were expected. Organizers have teamed up with DeafNation to provide daily streaming videos and immediate race results. Visit www.usdeafsports.org/2006cycling to learn more.

WEBSITE UP AND RUNNING FOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

The United States Deaf Golf Association announced last week that its official national championship website is now online. The website features news of the tournament, players, exemptions, golf course, media coverage and more. The U.S. Deaf Golf Championships are set to take place at Far Oaks Golf Club in Caseyville, Ill., July 16-20, 2007. Read all about it at www.usdeafgolf.org/2007USDGC/.

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TEXANA FAULK CONN, CHAIRED TEXAS DEAF COMMISSION

A memorial service was held last Tuesday in Austin, Texas for Texana Faulk Conn, an advocate for Texas’ deaf and disabled community who died in her sleep on June 9 at the age of 90. Mrs. Conn learned sign language through a childhood friend and a family friend who taught at the Texas School for the Deaf, said Mrs. Conn’s sister-in-law, Liz Faulk. She went on to teach there herself, and volunteered with deaf patients at the Austin State Hospital. Mrs. Conn pioneered services for deaf people locally and statewide for several decades and was the only interpreter used by the Austin Police Department, said Faulk. In 1974, Conn established the Travis County Services for the Deaf with help from then-Travis County Commissioner Ann Richards. Later, as governor, Richards appointed Conn chairwoman of the Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired. She remained an active advocate into her 80s, reported the Austin American-Statesman, when her health began to decline. She is survived by three daughters.


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SOBERCAMP 2006 - August 20-26 - Camp Mark Seven Old Forge, NY

SoberCamp returns to Camp Mark Seven (CM7) in Old Forge New York once again! Signs of Sobriety, Inc. and SAISD are collaborating to coordinate an exciting retreat for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in recovery from substance abuse and their families. Sobriety maintenance focused activities for the week will include fun outdoor recreation, team building games, family/relationship bonding, 12 Step meetings and more. This is an event not to be missed.

Requirements For Attending SoberCamp 2006

At least 30 days sober/clean time (no drug or alcohol use for at least 30 days)

Individuals must be Deaf or Hard of Hearing
(Hearing family members or spouses may attend as a guest)

SOBERCAMP 2006 REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

$25 non-refundable registration fee (will be applied to full camp cost)

Children = $60
Adults = $250
Before Apr 1= $175
April 1– May 1= $200
May 1– Aug 7= $250

Registration fees include 3 nights at the lodge at Camp Mark Seven and all meals.

Additional activities such as water tubing, canoeing, and shopping trips to the town of Old Forge are the responsibility of the “campers.”

For more information, please feel free to visit sos website: www.signsofsobriety.org
Or contact:

Mike Dorsey, MSW
Signs of Sobriety, Inc.
100 Scotch Road, 2nd Floor
Ewing, NJ 08530
609-882-7177 - TTY
Phone: 609-882-7677 voice
Fax: 609-882-6808
Email: mike.dorsey@signsofsobriety.org

Wendy DiMatteo
SAISD (Substance and Alcohol Intervention Services for the Deaf)
115 Lomb Memorial Drive, Bldg 23A
Rochester NY 14624
Phone: 585 475 4963
Fax: 585 475 7375
Email: wmdgrl@rit.edu

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EMPLOYMENT
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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: Residential/Recreational Counselor - Evenings

TO BE FILLED BY: September 1, 2006

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Supervises assigned residential students in dormitory setting or both day and residential students in the Recreation Center from 2:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday evenings.
Provides general supervision during the out of school hours for a group of deaf students to insure a climate for intellectual, social, and emotional growth.
Provides training, guidance, and counseling for a group of deaf students in the areas of: social interaction, personal hygiene, responsibility and freedom, homework; making constructive use of leisure time; and respect for privacy and belongings of others and self.
Maintains a close working relationship with and accepts guidance from the Senior Residential or Recreational Counselor and Director of Student Life.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor's Degree in Child Development or Associate's Degree in Human Services with experience working with deaf children
Advanced Rating on the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI)

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

CLOSING DATE: June 23, 2006

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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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: American Sign Language (ASL) Teacher

TO BE FILLED BY: September 1, 2006

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Teach ASL courses; teach ASL to students in an individual or small group setting; provide ASL assessments to intake students and serve as a sign language tutor for students with limited ASL skills; serve as ASL teacher and mentor to RSD staff; present short-term seminars on ASL grammar and related topics; and perform other related duties.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Master's Degree
New York State certification as a teacher of the Deaf or in second language teaching
American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) certification
Three to five years of successful teaching experience.
Superior Rating on the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI)

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

CLOSING DATE: June 23, 2006

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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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: Teacher, Elementary Department

TO BE FILLED BY: September 1, 2006

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Teach a variety of courses to Deaf students. Primary focus is in the Elementary Department. Participate in weekly team meetings with other staff members to plan programs, behavior management techniques, and strategies for student success. Follow required NYS curriculum standards and prepare students for required NYS assessment tests. Write and implement student Imp's.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Education of the Deaf or Elementary Education.
New York State certification as a teacher or the ability to obtain same.
Previous experience working with Deaf students and classroom integration of technology.
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: June 23, 2006

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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CEO Position Announcement

Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency (DCARA)

DCARA is seeking a Chief Executive Officer to build on over 40 years of continuous growth and evolution of the non-profit, community-based social service agency. DCARA serves the Deaf Community in the San Francisco Bay Area and 14 counties in Northern California. The CEO will be responsible for all aspects of the agency’s operations, programs, finances, and personnel. To see the full job announcement including information about DCARA, minimum qualifications and application process, visit http://www.dcara.org. CLOSING DATE: July 7, 2006.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD

GLAD is an Affirmative Action Employer with equal opportunity for men, women and people with disabilities. For more information on the following positions, please go to: www.gladinc.org. The status of all positions is: Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt, Full Fringe Benefits unless otherwise noted. All positions are open until filled.

LIFESIGNS Director – Los Angeles
Network I.T. Administrator - Los Angeles

If interested for any of these positions then please submit resume and application to:

Jeff Fetterman
Human Resources Specialist
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.
2222 Laverna Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041
V/TDD: (323) 550-4207
Fax #: (323)550-4204
E-mail: jfetterman@gladinc.org

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