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June 22, 2011
Vol. 7, No. 34

Editor: Tom Willard

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Silver Spring, MD
NETFLIX SUED BY DEAF GROUP OVER LACK OF SUBTITLES
Netflix has been sued by the National Association of the Deaf for failing to offer closed-captioning on enough of its streaming content. In a lawsuit filed last Thursday in U.S. District Court for the district of Massachusetts, the NAD alleges that Netflix is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing captions for most of its "Watch Instantly" streamed movies and TV shows. The ADA requires that all "places of entertainment" provide "full and equal enjoyment" for people with disabilities, according to the NAD, which is asking the court to declare Netflix in violation of the act and order the company to provide captions on all streaming content. / CNET

Oakland, CA
SUIT DEMANDS CNN OFFER ONLINE CAPTIONS FOR DEAF
As increasing numbers of Americans get their news online, the owner of CNN.com was accused in an Alameda County lawsuit Wednesday of discriminating against the hard-of-hearing by failing to provide closed captions for videos posted on the Internet. CNN's refusal to offer computer users the captions it provides to its television audience "excludes Californians who are deaf or hard of hearing from a wealth of critical information regarding current events," said the suit, a proposed class action in Superior Court on behalf of the state's hearing-impaired residents. / San Francisco Chronicle

Raleigh, NC
LAWSUIT FILED FOR 2 DEAF DETAINEES AT NC PRISON
Two deaf men being held at a federal prison in North Carolina cannot receive counseling, participate in religious services or do many other things that hearing people can do, because the government has refused to provide them with the specialized interpreters they need, their attorneys say in a lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed Monday against the federal Bureau of Prisons on behalf of Robert Boyd, 56, and Thomas Heyer, 46, who have been held at the prison in Butner since 2008. / The Associated Press

Portland, OR
MILWAUKIE WOMAN ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM CHARITY FOR THE DEAF
A Milwaukie woman has been charged with embezzling $1,200 from a charitable organization for the deaf, where she worked as business manager. Melody Anne McDaniel, 46, was arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on charges of first-degree theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. Trial is set for Aug. 4. Meanwhile, she is free on her own recognizance. McDaniel, who is deaf, is accused of stealing $750 in 2009 from World Deaf Timberfest, a Stayton-based nonprofit organization that helps to support Camp Taloali for deaf and hearing-impaired children. / The Oregonian

Seattle, WA
COLLEGE TO END TRAINING INTERPRETERS FOR THE DEAF
When the ax fell at Seattle Central Community College this week, one of the programs chosen for elimination was the school's interpreter-training program, which trains people to translate for the deaf. Seattle Central Community College President Paul Killpatrick said interpreter training is one of three programs that had a low completion rate, poor track record of job placement and high per-student cost. Supporters of the interpreter program say it is more successful than has been portrayed. / Seattle Times Newspaper

Cincinnati. OH
HEARING SPEECH AND DEAF CENTER OPENS HEALTH LIBRARY
Last year, the Hearing Speech and Deaf Center was awarded $100,000 from health and benefits company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) to support health literacy programs for the hearing-impaired. Last Thursday the Center celebrated its progress with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for a new media center. In addition to the media center, Humana’s grant enabled the Hearing Speech and Deaf Center to hire a health advocate to assist the deaf community with health-related issues. / Business Wire

McKinney, TX
DEAF MAN ATTACKED, ROBBED
Police are looking for the man who attacked and robbed a hearing-impaired man on Tuesday. The unidentified black male struck and robbed 20-year-old Zackary Evan Fisher on South Murray Street and made off with the cash in his wallet, according to McKinney police reports. Fisher told responding police officers that he was jumped and struck by an unidentified black male from behind. The suspect took Fisher's wallet containing approximately $80 in cash and fled the scene, McKinney police Deputy Chief Scott Brewer said. / McKinney Courier-Gazette

Lehigh, FL
MUGSHOT: DEAF WOMAN CHARGED WITH BATTERING HER GRANDMOTHER IN LEHIGH
A 45-year-old Lehigh Acres woman was jailed last Thursday, accused of hitting her 84-year-old grandmother. Anita Ann Perry was charged with battery on a person 65 years old or older. According to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report, two residents of a 55-plus complex were concerned for the safety of a neighbor “because of what they perceived to be violent arguments between her and her granddaughter.” They also said Perry is deaf and yells at her grandmother, and they can hear banging on the walls when the two argue. / Naples Daily News

Deland, FL
DEAF/MUTE TEEN CHARGED WITH MOLESTING BOY, 3
Police arrested a 13-year-old boy who is deaf and cannot speak and accused him of performing a sexual act on a younger child, reports show. The identity of the boy charged with a felony, lewd and lascivious molestation, was redacted off a police report released Monday. According to the report, on May 31 a 7-year-old cousin saw the 13-year-old with his underwear pulled down lying on top of the 3-year-old boy, who also had his underwear pulled down, in a bedroom. The cousin left the room but did not report what she saw, police said. / Daytona Beach News-Journal


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Deccan, India
A BABY FOR GAY, DEAF, MUTE COUPLE? IT'S CRUEL
A gay, deaf and mute American couple, came to Mumbai to take home a baby that a surrogate had borne for them. While the couple was able to successfully carry out the procedure and take their baby home, the question that begs to be asked is why were they allowed to do so? The poor baby has no choice in the matter. What kind of an environment can a gay, deaf and mute couple provide for a child? Nowhere else in the world will they be able to get away with this. Why are we silent spectators? / Deccan Chronicle

Jaipur, India
POLICE STATION OFFERING INTERPRETATION SERVICE FOR DEAF AND DUMB PEOPLE IN JAIPUR
To ensure deliverance of justice, Jaipur police authorities have been maintaining an interpretation centre for deaf and dumb people to help them to report crime and lodge official police complaints against culprits. Operating since 2004, the initiative has been benefiting 6000-8000 people. The communication between the victims and a translator is also videotaped to ensure credibility of the traversed information. / DailyIndia.com

Manila, Philippines
DEAF GROUP SHOWS SUPPORT FOR RAPE-SLAY VICTIM
Members of the Cebu Association of the Deaf trooped to Lapu-Lapu City Police Station in Cebu on Friday upon learning of the arrest of the rapists and murderers of 17-year-old deaf-mute Cherame Gitgano. The group went to the police station to show their condemnation for the brutal act. The three suspects, Fiel Pinote, Renante Limpangog and LG Mesa, were arrested Thursday after being identified by a witness. Another man, believed to the crime’s mastermind, is still at large. / ABS-CBN News

Darlington, England
PROFOUNDLY DEAF TEACHER CROWNED BEST IN NORTH-EAST
A deaf teacher, described by one of her students as inspirational, has been named the best in the North-East. Noreen Chaplin, who teaches British Sign Language levels one and two and Deaf Awareness at Darlington College, was nominated for Teacher of the Year awards by one of her students. Signature, the awards body and website for British Sign Language, yesterday bestowed Mrs Chaplin with the award. After beating hundreds of other nominations from the region, Mrs Chaplin will represent the North-East at the national finals in November. / Darlington and Stockton Times

Stoke-on-Trent, England
DEAF CHARITY ANXIOUS ABOUT TEACHING ROLES
Council bosses have declined to commit to protecting current levels of services for deaf children. Stoke-on-Trent City Council has reduced its number of teachers of the deaf from eight in April 2009 to four. The authority admitted in a freedom of information request submitted by charity the National Deaf Children's Society, that it did not know how many teachers of the deaf it would employ by January. David Heap, regional director at NDCS, said: "It confirmed what we and parents had feared: Support for Stoke-on-Trent's 200 deaf children has been halved." / This is Staffordshire

Merseyside, England
DEAF AND PARTIALLY BLIND ... BUT VERY BRAVE! WIDOWER AND HIS DOBERMAN FIGHT OFF BURGLAR
Deaf and partially sighted, 76-year-old Angus McMeekin must have seemed an easy target to the serial burglar. But the widower didn’t survive being shot in the Korean War for nothing, and with the help of his trusty hearing dog Sven he quickly proved he was made of sterner stuff. When drug addict Andrew Walsh threatened to kill him and his dog, he repeatedly clouted the intruder over the head while his loyal Doberman bit his legs. / Daily Mail

Mayiwane, Swaziland
ECONOMIC CRISIS HITS HARD ON THREE DEAF, DUMB CHILDREN
It is pure agony for Lomagugu Shongwe of Mayiwane, a mother of three children who have speech and hearing impairments and what makes matters worse, they cannot further their studies because their family is too poor and government stopped subsidising their school fees. As a result of the non- availability of finances, the three siblings were each forced to drop out of school when they reached Grade Seven, despite the desire to further studies. / The Swazi Observer


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LIFE & LEISURE
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Framingham, MA
TRIO GRADUATES FROM LEARNING CENTER FOR THE DEAF IN FRAMINGHAM
The families of Keeshia Cook, Bridget Glynn and Ashley Perez didn't have a hard time picking the girls out at their graduation yesterday - they were the only ones wearing caps and gowns. "We're like the Powerpuff Girls," said Glynn, who along with her two classmates comprise the entire class of 2011 at the Learning Center for the Deaf. Three is a modest number of graduates even for the Framingham school, which typically sends off about a dozen seniors each year. / The MetroWest Daily News

Andover, MA
PROGRAM TO OPEN WORLD OF COMMUNICATION FOR DEAF TEEN
Kelly Gomez will go to the Grand Canyon to see its magnificence while learning to teach the importance of hearing. Gomez and 16 other teenagers from across the United States with varying degrees of hearing loss will participate in Hear the World Sound Academy in the Grand Canyon next month. They will learn how to educate others about the role sound and hearing plays in everyday life and the importance of protecting hearing at every age. / Eagle Tribune

San Diego, CA
'DEAF OFF DRUGS AND ALCOHOL' COUNSELING PROGRAM AT WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY
Online services innovator Nefsis announced last week that Wright State University has implemented its "Deaf Off Drugs and Alcohol" (DODA) long distance treatment counseling using the Nefsis global, cloud-based HD video conferencing service. DODA is a grant-funded project to improve alcohol and drug treatment services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. DODA counselors, case managers, and coordinators are all American Sign Language-fluent and knowledgeable about deaf culture. / PRNewswire

Los Angeles, CA
HUGH HEFNER WOULD RATHER BE DEAF THAN GIVE UP VIAGRA
Many 85-year-olds lose their hearing because they're freaking old and it's just what happens. Hugh Hefner claims that he may be deaf in one ear, but it's not because he's an old fart. It's because he takes a lot of Viagra, which has a side effect, apparently, of hearing loss. Ain't no thing to him though, Hef says he'd rather be deaf than give up his little blue pills. / YourTango

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Chicago, IL
CHICAGO HEARING SOCIETY CONTINUES 95 YEARS OF SERVICE TO DEAF, HARD OF HEARING
It is difficult for a person to imagine being deaf, not being able to hear or detect sound at all. But people who cannot hear can do almost everything a hearing person can. Deaf people do not look deaf. They can drive a car, go to school, play sports, read and write. "I think the first reaction is, ‘Well, it's not that bad,'" said Jill Sahakian, the director of the Chicago Hearing Society. / The DePaulia

Tacoma, WA
DEAF TCC STUDENT'S AEROSPACE ENGINEERING CAREER BLASTING OFF WITH MICROGRAVITY EXPERIMENT AT NASA
Eric Shear didn’t let his physical disability limit his dreams. Now, the student at Tacoma Community College outside of University Place is doing something few of us would even fathom, let alone accomplish, all at the world’s space headquarters. He is leading a team of engineers on a microgravity experiment at NASA – yes, NASA – at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. / Gig Harbor, WA Patch

O'Fallon, IL
'DOORBELL' AT LOCAL RESTAURANT OPENS COMMUNICATION FOR DEAF CUSTOMERS
Located next to the menu marquee in the drive-through lane at the Culver's in O'Fallon is a giant button that hearing-impaired customers can press to alert employees inside that a deaf customers wants to place an order. These customers are then handed a form so they can fill out their order at the window. Ben Jackels opened the restaurant in September 2003 and said he learned about this system, called Order Assist, at a Culver's corporate convention. / Belleville News Democrat

New York, NY
LEXINGTON SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF RECOGNIZES LOCAL COMPANIES
High school seniors from Lexington School for the Deaf hosted an Employer Appreciation Day luncheon on June 10 to thank several area companies and organizations for giving internship opportunities, which afforded the students the chance to gain an insight into the workforce. The interning students worked at a number of jobs in retail, hospitality, government, education, health care and other industries and learned about various careers and the responsibilities that go along with holding a job. / Queens Gazette

Youngstown, OH
PHYSICAL CHALLENGES DON'T KEEP TEEN FROM ACHIEVING
Using fingers and palms, Fred Seitz, 18, signed a thank-you letter he wrote -- speaking with his hands a language he had never heard. The letter was to the board of education during its May 23 meeting, with mother Rose and dad Fred by his side. It was a lengthy letter the senior, afflicted with Goldenhar syndrome and deaf since age 3, could not have written years earlier. But through a support system that never allowed Fred to feel sorry for himself or for others to do the same, he graduates this year with a 3.9 GPA. / The Vindicator

Rochester, NY
$1.75 MILLION GIFT HELPS FUND NEW RESEARCH BUILDING AT NTID
A grant of $1.75 million is being given to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of Rochester Institute of Technology, to help construct a new building devoted to innovation and research. The grant -- which includes a $250,000 matching challenge -- is from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, based in Chicago. It will help construct Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall, an $8 million, two-story, 23,000 sq. ft. building expected to be completed in 2013. / RIT News


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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Los Angeles, CA
'SWITCHED AT BIRTH'S KATIE LECLERC IS PROUD TO REPRESENT THE DEAF COMMUNITY
ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth” is this summer’s hottest new show. Katie LeClerc is its breakout star. The actress plays hearing-impaired teenager Daphne Vasquez, who learns that she was switched in the hospital with another girl. The premise seems sensationalistic, but what sets the show apart is its exploration of the deaf community. LeClerc, who is also hearing-impaired, discussed overnight stardom, Daphne’s complicated relationship with Bay, and why this show is so important to the deaf community. / XFINITY TV News

See Also 'SWITCHED AT BIRTH': HIGH CONCEPT WITH REAL EMOTIONS / NBC New York

See Also KATIE LECLERC TALKS 'SWITCHED AT BIRTH' / New York Post

Berwyn, IL
SWEETS AND STORIES AT 16TH STREET THEATER
It’s time to party again with Berwyn’s 16th Street Theater. The second “Summer Sweets Soiree in the Garden” benefit is set for Saturday, June 26. Arlene Malinowski, company member and performer for the Soiree, will present a piece she calls “Field of Deaf Dreams.” She was the hearing child of parents who were both deaf, and the story tells of her father’s life at the Trenton School for the Deaf, a nurturing place, unusual in a time when special needs were often ignored. / The Doings Weekly

Los Angeles, CA
MARLEE MATLIN: MY FATHER'S CHUTZPAH
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and in spite of what most people might have expected from a young girl growing up deaf, life for me was like one long episode of The Brady Bunch. Despite whatever barriers were in my way, I imagined myself as Marcia Brady skating down the street saying "hi" to everyone, whether they knew me or not. Some called it determination. Others said it was never taking no for an answer. But my Dad has another word for it -- chutzpah. / Huffington Post

Wilmington, NC
SILENT LINC, INC. PRESENTS 'DEAF COMEDY CENTRAL'
Silent Linc, Inc., a non-profit organization established for the Deaf, Deaf Blind, and Hard of Hearing community, will host the first in a series of seasonal events. The first event called "Deaf Comedy Central" is open to the public and features two nights of great entertainment with live music, outrageously funny comedians, and dinner. Deaf Comedy Central, July 1-2, 6-10 p.m., Hilton Wilmington Riverside. / PRNewswire

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SPORTS
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Yuma, AZ
DEAF TWINS MAKING IMPACT IN MANY WAYS ON TRAVELING BASEBALL TEAM
They've converted a woman into a baseball fan and inspired a peer to become bilingual. And they didn't have to speak a word to do it. That's not to say the Flores twins, Ronnie and Danny, don't talk. But instead of using their tongues, they use their hands, eyes, arms, faces and smiles. They're also some pretty good baseball players. “It's pretty amazing,” said Yuma Diablos teammate Omar Celaya. “They can't hear and they're still at the same level as us. It's pretty crazy.” / Yuma Sun

New Iberia, LA
LOVE OF THE GAME
Chantel Broussard has loved softball and baseball since she was a little girl playing T-ball at the Air Base in New Iberia. The game is really no different for Broussard and her Lafayette Athletic Association of the Deaf softball teammates than it is for teams whose players can hear -- except, of course, most of the players on the LAAD co-ed team can’t hear the cheers of the fans, Broussard said through interpreter Katie Romero Botts on Friday. Broussard and her team are preparing for the South West Softball Association of the Deaf Tournament scheduled for July 7-9 in El Paso, Texas, and for the subsequent National Softball Association of the Deaf tournament in Dallas from Aug. 1-13. / The Daily Iberian

Fort Smith, AR
VIDEO: DEAF SWIMMER PAYS IT FORWARD AFTER REGAINING HIS HEARING
A Fort Smith swimmer is raising deafness awareness after regaining his hearing. The six year old is making a difference one stroke at a time. / Gamut News


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AT&T INTRODUCES VL5

In April AT&T Video Relay Service launched VL5 for Mac, PC, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and iPad 2. AT&T VRS partnered with Yellow Pages to provide new search features in video calling.

The AT&T VL5 app for the iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th Generation, and iPad 2 allows Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to place and receive VRS and Point-to-Point (P2P) calls – wherever WiFi or mobile broadband is available. The VL5 app includes one-click calling and direct access to YPmobile.

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EMPLOYMENT
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ADVOCATES INC.

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Director, Deaf Services

Advocates is looking for a full-time 40 hour a week Director for our Deaf services programs. Deaf candidate strongly preferred or candidates that are fluent in ASL (American Sign Language).

The Director of Deaf Services is responsible for the successful administration and management of the clinical, budgetary and business operations of the residential services and programs assigned. Provide clinical and administrative supervision to all employees who work in the residential services and programs assigned to the Director of Clinical Services.

Qualification/Education/Experience:
Master’s degree in social service or related field plus 5 yrs supervisory/clinical experience. Provides crisis on call coverage as assigned.

1. Master’s degree in social services or related field supervisory experience.
2. Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
3. Must have sensitivity to the needs of the population.
4. Strong computer knowledge.
5. High energy level, superior interpersonal skills and ability to function in a team atmosphere.
6. Strong analytical, numerical and reasoning abilities.
7. Ability to execute a variety of decision-making models.
8. Ability to communicate effectively in writing, and ability to use good judgment.
9. Ability to read English and communicate effectively in the primary language of the programs as assigned ( ASL and English).
10. Must hold a valid drivers’ license. Must have access to an operational and insured vehicle and be willing to use it to transport clients.

Deaf candidate strongly preferred and candidates that are ASL (American Sign Language) fluent.

Advocates' philosophy is based on common values and principles that guide the delivery of all of the services we provide. We believe that all individuals have the right to pursue their personal goals and to contribute to the community. We believe they are entitled to receive accessible services; to live in decent and affordable housing; to be treated with dignity and respect; and to live in inclusive and diverse communities. The employees of Advocates and the recipients of the services we provide work together with the community to ensure that these universal rights are promoted and protected.

Advocates offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, tuition reimbursement, 410(k) plan and a six-week holiday/vacation package.

Advocates is an EOE committed to employing a diverse workforce.

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Company: The Z® / CSDVRS

Location hiring: Clearwater, Florida
Job Title: Telesales Specialist
Department: Telesales
Reports To: Team Leader
FLSA Status: Part-Time

Summary: As a telesales agent you will create interest to potential customers to switch their current provider and becoming a ZVRS customer.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
-- Pro-actively call individuals listed on the company "Hot List"
-- Educate the individual about CSDVRS's product offerings
-- "Sell" the CSDVRS product and features to the individual
-- Convert the "Individual" into a CSDVRS "Customer"
-- End of call should result in the "Customer" placing a confirmation call to CSDVRS audio customer service.
-- Close at least one "verified" customer per hour while working.
-- Maintain up-to-date knowledge on all of CSDVRS's product offerings through a combination of product demonstrations, Tele-Sales meetings, and marketing materials)
-- Transfer all business leads to the Director Internal Ops.
-- Provide clear communication to the Tele-Sales Lead and work all open items to closure

Telesales Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Team Leader, effectively carries out the duties listed above in order to create a work environment that is an efficient operation that supports customer satisfaction demands.

Education and/or Experience:
-- Ability to foster a positive work environment
-- Ability to multi-task and problem solve

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
-- Demonstrates attention to detail; support customers' satisfaction.
-- Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Assist in developing alternative solutions; Completes projects on time.
-- Responds promptly to customer needs
-- Balances team and individual responsibilities; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
-- Assist in improving processes, products and services.
-- Available to work a flexible shift based on scheduling needs

Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

-- Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
-- Must have a good understanding of Deaf Culture.
-- Must have excellent signing skills.

Send Resume and Cover Letter to: jobs@zvrs.com

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Company: The Z® / CSDVRS

Job Title: Business Account Executive
Department: Video Communication Solutions
Reports To: Senior Director of Sales
FLSA Status: Exempt
Location: TBD

Summary: The Business Account Executive will be responsible for introducing ZVRS to new business customers and residential customers. Also responsible for sharing new exciting products and features with customers who desire to use video relay service in their place of employment by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
-- Planning and directing sales and service programs to promote new markets, improve competitive position in area, and provide fast and efficient customer service.
-- Prospecting assigned region for new customers.
-- Suggesting and implementing creative and practical methods for selling ZVRS, strengthening client relationships, and increasing visibility.
-- Coordinating aspects of ZVRS marketing efforts.
-- Working with other Business Account Executives to plan and implement state and region-wide events and promotions.
-- Overseeing a group of Z sales specialists within the region
-- Coordinating installations of ZVRS equipment in homes, agencies, and/or businesses through our National Sales Engineers and installation program;
-- Conferring with potential customer to ascertain equipment, supplies, and service needs.
-- Communicating with and submitting regular activity reports to the Senior Sales Director.
-- Performing additional sales related responsibilities and other duties as assigned.

Education and/or Experience:
-- 1 -2 years of sales experience preferred.
-- Bachelor's Degree in related field strongly preferred.
-- Computer knowledge and Microsoft office

Qualifications:
-- Must have strong knowledge of Telecommunications Relay Service Industry.
-- Must have excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully with a variety of people.
-- Must have the ability to communicate fluently in American Sign Language
-- Must have a good understanding of Deaf Culture.
-- Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
-- Must have extensive customer service experience.
-- Must be willing to work a variety of hours and to travel frequently.
-- Must have knowledge of Video applications.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Please send salary requirements to be considered.

Benefits: Group Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Paid Time Off, Short/Long Term Disability, 401K and matching, Paid Holidays and Employee Assistance Program

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Send Resume and Cover Letter to: jobs@zvrs.com

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