June 27, 2018
Vol. 14, No. 36
Editor: Tom Willard
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THOUSANDS EXPECTED TO CELEBRATE AT NTID'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
More than 3,000 alumni from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf are expected to visit campus for a reunion June 28 –July 1 to celebrate the college’s 50th anniversary. The world’s first and largest technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing students will kick off a year-long celebration of its 50-year history, which coincides with RIT’s move to the Henrietta, New York, campus. / RIT-NTID News
DEAF HIKER WHO FELL DOWN SNOWY MOUNTAIN CREDITS HUSKY FOR SAVING HER LIFE
A deaf hiker who fell down a snowy Alaskan mountain last week found an unlikely rescuer and friend. Amelia Milling, 21, was four miles into her hike through the Crow Pass Trail in Chugach State Park, nearly 30 miles outside of Anchorage, when her trekking poles broke and she fell nearly 300 feet down a snow-covered portion of the mountain. Milling hit a large boulder and slid another 300 to 400 feet, according to Alaska State Troopers. Milling said a white husky immediately came to her aid. / ABC News
Los Angeles, CA
TEENAGE GIRL HELPS A BLIND AND DEAF PASSENGER AND WINS PRAISE
The teenage girl was headed to California, and the man to Oregon. They weren’t supposed to be on the same flight, but their chance encounter came to be widely known and celebrated. The girl, Clara Daly, 15, and her mother were traveling home to Calabasas, Calif., and had planned to fly nonstop from Boston to Los Angeles. Their flight was canceled, so Alaska Airlines booked them on another flight with a layover in Portland, Ore. That’s how Clara ended up meeting Tim Cook, 64. / The New York Times
MEET THE DEAF CANDIDATE TRYING TO BE THE NEXT REGISTER OF WILLS IN PRINCE GEORGES
It’s not the most glamorous title: Prince George’s County register of wills. But the person who holds it runs a little-known office that “everyone — directly or indirectly — will come in contact with," said incumbent Cereta A. Lee, who leads the office’s 32-person staff. Lee, 69, is seeking a fourth term and is facing a challenge from fellow Democrat Toyin Fasakin, a supervisor in D.C. governmen. Fasakin is deaf — adding an unusual twist to a typically low-profile race, and making him one of very few deaf candidates nationwide. / The Washington Post
Green Bay, WI
LAWSUIT ALLEGES POLICE VIOLATED ADA
An Oconto Falls woman claims in a federal lawsuit that police departments in Oconto and Oconto Falls violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by not providing a sign language interpreter during encounters with her. The plaintiff, Renee Lange, a deaf individual whose primary means of communication is ASL, says the suit, filed May 30 in U.S. District Court in Green Bay. / Green Bay Press Gazette
MAN VISITING FAMILY ARRESTED, ACCUSED OF HITTING DEAF CHILD, 4, WITH SANDAL
A Belgian man visiting family in Naples has been arrested, accused of hitting a deaf 4-year-old with a sandal Monday, according to a Naples police report. Officers responded to a 911 hang-up at 6:26 p.m. Monday near downtown Naples. Witnesses reported Guivenchy Nuyts, 27, hit a child three times on the face and head with a sandal, the report states. / Naples News
DEAF WOMAN RETURNS HOME AFTER BEING REPORTED MISSING
A deaf woman returned reported missing a day earlier from the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side. Aleris Fraats, 51, was reported missing from the area near the intersection of North and St. Louis avenues, according to an alert from Chicago Police. On Sunday night, police reported that she had been located. / Fox 32
FARGO WOMAN SAYS CITY HAS NEGLECTED HER HEARING-IMPAIRED SON FOR OVER A YEAR
For over a year, Ashley Koons has been asking the City of Fargo for signs on her block. "I was thinking one facing that way when you come in to the neighborhood, and just down at that corner as well," Koons pointed out. But Koons isn't talking about just any kind of sign, but ones that warn drivers to slow down for her hearing impaired son, Erik. / Valley News Live
SUIT SAYS DEAF INMATES DENIED COMMUNICATION HELP
The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia is seeking to turn a lawsuit filed by a former deaf inmate into a class-action suit. The ACLU says Georgia isn't doing enough to help deaf and partially deaf inmates communicate while they're locked up and after they're released. Jerry Coen, who is deaf, was an inmate when he filed a lawsuit in August 2016 and an updated version in January 2017. He alleged that officials at the Georgia prison where he was being held were not providing adequate access to interpreters and other communication aids. / The Associated Press
See Also DEAF PRISONERS ARE TRAPPED IN FRIGHTENING ISOLATION / CNN
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LEGOLAND TOKYO OPERATOR APOLOGIZES FOR BARRING HEARING-IMPAIRED VISITORS
Four hearing-impaired persons were refused entry to Legoland Discovery Center, an indoor amusement facility for playing with toys and Lego bricks, in Minato Ward, Tokyo, in April, on the grounds that their safety could not be guaranteed if they were not accompanied by someone unimpaired. The facility operator has apologized for their treatment. / Japan News-Yomiuri
HEARING-IMPAIRED CRAFTSWOMAN'S DREAM COMES TRUE
A hearing-impaired craftswoman from the city of Liuzhou in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has recently realized her long-held dream of displaying her embroidery works to the public. Gun Peiyi, 43, has fostered an interest in embroidery since she was a girl and is now able to skillfully integrate the unique styles and characteristics of Dong and Miao embroidery into her works. / Women of China
DEAF AND BLIND SOCCER FAN CELEBRATES BRAZIL WORLD CUP VICTORY IN TOUCHING VIDEO
A moving video has emerged of a blind and deaf soccer fan experiencing the excitement of his team scoring a goal at the World Cup through touch and vibrations alone. Carlos Alberto Santana Junior was able to celebrate with his friends despite being born deaf and losing his vision as a boy, UOL reported. His pals developed an ingenious way of translating the live action, allowing him to share his team’s glory with the help of a mini soccer pitch. / Pickle
150 DEAF AND SPEECH-IMPAIRED INTRODUCE SELF TO FIND THEIR SOULMATE
As many as 150 deaf and speech-impaired youths from across the state introduced themselves with sign language to find a suitable match for them at the two-day ‘Parichay Sammelan’ on Saturday. Rendering help to the candidates, experts spoke out about details of their bio-data, including education, work-profile and family status, for the brides and grooms and their family members, who were sitting in the audience. / The Times of India
Burnaby, BC, Canada
DONORS SAVE CAMP FOR DEAF YOUTH FROM CASH CRISIS
The operator of summer camps for deaf youth is breathing a sigh of relief after donors stepped up to cover a funding shortfall. Cecilia Klassen, executive director of Family Network for Deaf Children, told the Now in mid-June that FNDC’s Deaf Youth Today camps were short about $35,000 going into this year’s program of five day camps in Burnaby and a week-long overnight camp on Hornby Island. / Burnaby Now
WIMBLEDON 2018: DEAF PLAYER LEE DUCK-HEE AIMING TO QUALIFY
Imagine the "thwack" of the racquet hitting the ball, the line judge calling "out", the umpire declaring "deuce" and the crowd clapping and cheering. And now imagine being a professional tennis player and not hearing any of it. That is the reality for South Korean player Lee Duck-hee, who is deaf and is hoping to qualify for the main draw at next week's Wimbledon. / BBC News
DEAF STUDENT USES SIGN LANGUAGE TO ANNOUNCE SIGNING
Announcing new signings on social media has become an almost competitively creative endeavour for football clubs, but Exeter City’s latest try is something unique and special. The EFL League Two side invited Kenny, a 19-year-old student of the Exeter Deaf Academy, to use sign language to tell fans about their new player – centre-back Aaron Martin. / Independent
PRESERVING DEAF TELEVISION AND FILM HISTORY
The Silent Network, the nation’s first national Deaf/Hard of Hearing television network, which started in 1979, has been hard at work on its major preservation efforts of thousands of hours of past Deaf/HOH broadcast TV shows for the benefit of today’s viewers. Viewers can now enjoy watching the digitally re-mastered shows as well as brand new shows at WAWO.tv. Shows are added regularly. Viewers can watch on their TV, tablet, mobile device, or computer. Visit www.TheSilentNetwork.tv for more background information or watch the shows at www.WAWO.tv. Join and support this major historical undertaking!
LIFE & LEISURE
DEAF-BLIND RESIDENTS FIND EMPOWERMENT THROUGH COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Amita Srinivasan loves looking at the UT Tower on her way to class. She loves searching for planets in the night sky and loves taking pictures of flowers and sunsets. Her summer plans include learning some computer programming from her dad, but also finishing the last few episodes of The Office on Netflix. For Srinivasan, this is what defines her. It is not her use of hearing aids, and it is not her deaf-blindness – which she’s lived with since birth. / Star Local Media
VENTURA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT GIVES SMOKE ALARMS TO DEAF INDIVIDUALS
The Ventura County Fire Department gave away specialized smoke alarms for deaf and hard-of-hearing residents on Thursday after receiving grant funds to purchase the specialized devices. Thursday’s giveaway, the first for the agency, was funded by a $157,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that was awarded to the department in 2017. / Ventura County Star
DEAF DOG FLOWN OUT TO IDAHO FOR SPECIAL TREATMENT
A deaf dog was flown out of Medford to his new home in Idaho Wednesday morning. The three-year-old Australian shepherd will be going to a sanctuary that specializes in deaf dog and is hoping to provide a home for her. "This will be our third dog that we send out to the sanctuary. Our friends out there are really awesome and we're just going to make sure she gets what she needs out there," Rogue Valley Humane Society, Margaret Varner said. / KTVL
COST KEEPS MANY FROM GETTING HEARING AIDS
Only a little more than a third of older adults who say they have hearing loss are using a hearing aid to correct it, research shows. A new national study reveals major gaps in whether Americans over age 55 get help for their hearing loss—gaps that vary greatly with age, race, education, and income. People who are non-Hispanic white, college-educated, or have incomes in the top 25 percent are about twice as likely as those of other races, education levels, or income ranges to have a hearing aid. / Futurity
THE CHANGING FACE OF DEAFNESS
Less than 1 percent of babies in the United States are born with some level of hearing loss. That may not seem like much. But it means that up to 12,000 American children enter the world each year struggling to hear — or completely deaf. Fortunately, the medical community is identifying kids with impaired hearing earlier than ever. Last year, 98 percent of newborns were screened for hearing loss — a vast improvement over the 10 percent screened in 1993. / Tribune-Review
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CAMP SUCCESS PREPARED HEARING IMPAIRED FOR COLLEGE
Well here’s a camp that you don’t hear about everyday. Throughout this week, Troy University is helping deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students get ready for college. Emma Vitch doesn’t hear clearly and says she was “bullied a little bit about, you know... hearing loss, wearing hearing aids." However, Emma is not letting that keep her from pursuing her goals. Emma wants to be a vet. / WTVY
Carson City, NV
DEAF COMMUNITY EXPERT LEADS INTERPRETING WORKSHOP
Who better to receive sign language assessment and training from than the person who co-authored the nationally recognized Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment? Leading the workshop for K-12 interpreters was none other than Kevin Williams, who shared a wealth of knowledge and experience related to mainstream, interpreted education of deaf children in America. / WNC
LAURA-ANN PETITTO RECOGNIZED BY DEAF ADVOCATE
Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto was presented with an award by Amy Cohen-Efron, ’89, G-’90, & G-’92, a prominent deaf advocate and artist within the deaf community. Cohen-Efron expressed warm gratitude for Petitto’s significant research pertaining to the benefits of bilingualism, particularly in the young deaf learner. / Gallaudet University
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
PORNHUB IS INTRODUCING CLOSED-CAPTIONING FOR THE DEAF PORN LOVERS OF THE WORLD
Over the years Pornhub has done a lot to make itself more inclusive for the differently abled. Because everyone loves porn, and not being able to experience it in the exact same way as an able-bodied person doesn't mean you should be left out. Plus, the more people watching Pornhub videos the more money it makes. In the past the site has included features for the visually impaired, including described videos. Now it's added closed captions to over 1,000 popular videos from its many categories. / Gizmodo
ASL INTERPRETER HELPING BRING IMPROV TO NEW AUDIENCES
The theater has long been an escape from the ordinary -- a place to immerse yourself in a story, a character, or a setting, and feel like you're there. But for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, enjoying a play has often been limited to a translated matinee on a Tuesday morning rather than the raucous finale on a Saturday night. So local improv group J Names is doing something that's almost unheard of. They have an ASL translator onstage at their shows at Curious Comedy Theater, shows that are simulcast worldwide and available online. / KATU
SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER ROCKS THE HELL OUT AT LAMB OF GOD SHOW
Being a sign language interpreter looks like a fairly physically demanding job that could also be a lot of fun if you enjoy your work. Like this interpreter at a recent Lamb Of God show. The woman gets really, really into her work and the music, making it not only a blast for her but for her audience as well. (Video) / Metal Injection
BEHOLD THE IMPRESSIVE SKILLS OF EMINEM'S SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER
A video of Eminem‘s sign language interpreter has gone viral after she kept up with the rapper’s rapid-fire pace. Holly Maniatty, who has previously signed for Jay-Z, Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, and more, joined the star as he headlined Firefly Festival in Delaware earlier this month. / NME.com
RIT/NTID EXHIBITS HIGHLIGHT 50 YEARS OF DEAF ART AND HISTORY
As part of its 50th anniversary activities, Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf will host a “50 Artists 50 Years” exhibition in the college’s Dyer Arts Center. The exhibition opened June 22 and runs through Oct. 20. / RIT-NTID News
St. Peters, MO
CAMP IS A HOME RUN FOR KIDS WHO ARE DEAF
Sit on a bench at any local baseball field and close your eyes. What you will hear is the soundtrack of an American summer: kids playing baseball. But to some, it's the sound of silence. Welcome to another session of the Mike Bush Fantasy Baseball Camp for the deaf and hard of hearing, where kids who spend the rest of the year trying to fit in, get a chance to stand out. For one week every summer, kids ages 7 to 14 learn skills that will help them on the field and off. / KSDK
Batesburg Leesville, SC
CAMP WONDER HANDS FOR DEAF CHILDREN
There is a summer camp for the children who are hard of hearing or deaf in Leesville. It's called Camp Wonder Hands, and it's been going on for 22 years. "The goal of Camp Wonder Hands is to afford an opportunity where hard of hearing, and deaf children come together, and their deaf culture is celebrated," says camp director E.T. Taylor. / WLTX
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CSDB PHYSICAL EDUCATION - HEALTH TEACHER
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), located in Colorado Springs, Colorado is accepting applications for a Physical Education – Health Teacher, reports to the Principal, School for the Deaf, and is responsible for providing standards-based physical education and health education instruction to preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school students who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing. The Physical Education Teacher provides for individual experience of movement and physical expression; develops the student's self-worth and confidence; stimulates knowledge and patterns of healthy living including daily physical activity and productive use of leisure time. Utilizes Colorado State Standards and benchmarks in the content areas of Physical Education and Health, establishing instructional goals; and provides assessments that measure whether students meet standards, in a safe and civil school environment.
TO APPLY: https://www.csdb.org/careers-2/
CSDB ART TEACHER, K-12
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), located in Colorado Springs, Colorado is accepting applications for an Art Teacher, K-12, reports to the Principal, School for the Deaf, and is assigned to provide instruction in the School for the Deaf and in the School for the Blind. This position is responsible for providing standards-based art education instruction to elementary, middle and high school learners who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing; blind / visually impaired; and/or have additional disabilities. The Art Teacher provides for individual experience in the language of visual expression; develops the learner's feeling of self-worth and confidence; stimulates knowledgeable selection of contemporary materials and cultural products;. Utilizes Colorado Academic Visual Art Education Standards and benchmarks in establishing instructional goals; provides appropriate assessments that monitor learner progress, in a safe and civil school environment.
TO APPLY: https://www.csdb.org/careers-2/
Advocates in Framingham, MA is Hiring!
Advocates is seeking talented professionals to join our team, providing health services within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
Awake Overnight Direct Care Counselor: Remain awake, alert and responsive to the needs of the clients throughout the shift, assist clients with morning activities.
• Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent degree, fluency in ASL.
Clinical Program Manager: The Clinical Program Manager is responsible for the supervision and direction of a program, including providing clinical supervision and rehabilitative direction to a team of Direct Care Counselors and clients.
• Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in related field.
Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. All shifts available!
• Qualifications: BA/BS; or HS diploma/GED and 1 year experience.
MA Clinician: The MA Clinician will provide crisis and respite support services to individuals in being supported by the Deaf Respite Program.
• Qualifications: Master’s Degree in related field and at least two years’ experience with target population (inpatient, outpatient, residential acceptable).
Outpatient Clinician: Provide comprehensive outpatient counseling/therapy to children, adults and families in need of services.
• Qualifications: MSW or MA in related field and 1 year experience in outpatient setting.
Senior Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. Coordinate/monitor administrative/clinical functions.
• Qualifications: BA/BS and 2 years’ experience; or HS Diploma/GED and 3 years’ experience.
Minimum Qualifications Include:
• ASL fluency.
• Valid driver's license/reliable transportation.
• Related education (as applicable).
Visit www.Advocates.org/Careers to apply today!
NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH AND GLENSIDE
PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. Located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PAHrtners provides residential and outpatient services to deaf and hard of hearing children, adolescents, and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are deaf or hard of hearing!
PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate, or a professional with many years of experience in the field of human services, we have a career-building position waiting for you! Equal Opportunity Employer
PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, and energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf culture to fill the following positions:
Residential Counselors for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities – Full time, part time, on call; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma required. Will accept applicants who don’t know American Sign Language as long as they are motivated and committed to learn.
Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents – Full time, part time, on call; Glenside location. Minimum HS diploma and one year of related experience required.
American Sign Language Interpreter - Full Time; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. National certification and compliance with PA Act 57 required. Minimum AA degree with 3 years’ experience.
Blended Case Manager – Full time; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences required.
Lead Residential Advisor – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum HS diploma with one year of experience as RA or two years’ experience in human services.
Office Manager – Full time; Pittsburgh location. Minimum AA degree in Business Administration, Human Resources Management or related field plus at least five years of supervisory/office experience.
Outpatient Clinician – Full time; Pittsburgh location. Minimum MA in social work or counseling and LCSW or LPC license eligible in the state of PA; knowledge and impact of hearing loss, assistive technology and needs of individuals who are hard-of-hearing; ability to work with children and adults.
Program Director for Residential – Full time, Glenside location. Minimum AA degree or 60 college credits with 4 years’ work experience with individuals with behavioral health needs and/or ID.
Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services and two years’ experience required.
Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position and to apply.
Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Bernadette Class, Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 215-392-6065
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