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June 28, 2006
Vol. 2 No. 34

Editor: Tom Willard

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GALLAUDET CREATES WEBSITE TO ‘DEBUNK MYTHS’

The public relations department at Gallaudet University has created a website to convince the public that Jane K. Fernandes is the right person to run the university. The website is called 9thprez.com (www.9thprez.com) and its tagline is, “Debunking myths about Gallaudet’s 9th president.” The site contains pages titled “Facts,” Protest Issues,” and “What People Are Saying.” The new site was quickly criticized by advocates, including bloggers Jared Evans, who said “it’s a complete failure,” and Ricky Taylor, who questioned the use of federal funds to attack the group (www.gallyfssa.org) that has protested the selection process. Fernandes’ appointment May 1 to succeed I. King Jordan upon his retirement in December led to a 10-day “Tent City” protest on the Washington, D.C. campus.

VIRGINIA TO CONSOLIDATE TWO SCHOOLS IN STAUNTON

Virginia lawmakers have approved a $72 billion budget that includes two and a half million dollars to consolidate the state’s two schools for the deaf. Under the plan, the Staunton campus of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind will undergo a total renovation costing around $61 million and the Hampton campus will become a day program. An earlier plan would have turned over the Hampton campus to the New Horizons Regional Education Center. The bill was “tweaked,” said WHSV-TV 3 News in Harrisonburg, and “instead of saying it is going to New Horizons, we’re saying it is going to go to an existing entity that is non-named,” said Sen. Emmett Hanger.

SAN DIEGO TO CREATE HOME FOR DEAF FOSTER TEENS

The Board of Supervisors in San Diego, Calif. voted last week to create a group home for deaf foster teens, reported the Union-Tribune. There are only five to 15 deaf foster teenagers in San Diego County at any given time, but the cost of housing them is high. Last year, the county paid over $530,000 to send deaf foster teens to foster homes as far away as Maryland, Florida and Connecticut, where there are special facilities to help them. Caring for them within the county would cost about $338,000 a year, said Supervisor Greg Cox, and help in reuniting them with their families. A new partnership called the Southern California Deaf Group Home Collaborative will work with the county to establish the facility.

LIVING CENTER FOR DEAF, BLIND IN FORECLOSURE SALE

An assisted-living center for deaf and blind people in Gresham, Ore. was sold in a foreclosure sale last Friday and new owner Michael DeShane said “we are going to try to keep it going for the deaf community.” The 70-unit Chestnut Lane was founded in 2003 by nonprofit Deaf Northwest, whose director, Mae Johnson, opened the facility as a residence for her parents, Jeanne and Ray Johnson. The center struggled financially from the start, said The Oregonian, with occupancy troubles leading to financial shortfalls. DeShane and his company, Sixth Avenue Investors, paid $3.5 million for the center, which was valued at $7 million when it opened. With a current occupancy of 70 percent, “We are not going to make any changes in the operation of the building, other than to fill it up,” said De Shane.


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PARENTS IN SAN FRANCISCO CRITICIZE SCHOOL DISTRICT

The San Francisco Chronicle reported last week on the frustration of parents of children with hearing loss, who have tried for two years to get the San Francisco Unified School District to improve classroom conditions. Parents want the district to hire enough specially trained teachers to conform with state guidelines, install sound-absorbing materials in certain classrooms and consolidate services at just a few schools. So far, “the school district staff doesn’t appear to have heard the message,” said the Chronicle. Parents blame a high turnover among the district’s special education leaders and a lack of expertise in educating hearing-impaired students.

PENNSYLVANIA WOMAN IS CARJACKING VICTIM

A deaf woman in York City, Pa. was injured last week when her minivan was carjacked by a man who was fleeing from police. Ulonda Williams, 38, escaped serious injury, reported The York Dispatch. She was getting into her car last Tuesday evening when Cliff Burke, a 25-year-old man wanted on a felony drug warrant, yanked her out of the vehicle and took off with it. Williams was dragged a short distance, said police, and suffered scrapes on her hands and arms. Police were continuing to search for Burke, who now faces additional charges as a result of the carjacking.

TENNESSEE MAN SHOT IN NECK DURING ROBBERY

Police in Jackson, Tenn. arrested an 18-year-old suspect last Thursday in connection with the robbery and shooting of a deaf man at an apartment building. According to The Jackson Sun, the unidentified victim was approached and robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night. When he tried to get away, he was shot once in the neck. He was reported in good condition. Suspect Dana Tyrone Hardin was scheduled to be arraigned last Friday.

ILLINOIS GIRL, 11, LOBBIES FOR CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS

The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights, Ill. reported last week on a “one of a kind” lobbyist, 11-year-old Elizabeth Amato. The hearing-impaired Island Lake, Ill. girl (she doesn’t like to be called “deaf,” said the article) struggles with a variety of ailments and has undergone 160 surgeries and procedures in her short life. Children’s Memorial Hospital staff have “done so much” for Elizabeth, said mom Colleen Amato, that when the hospital asked the family about lobbying for children’s hospitals, they jumped at the chance. In March, Elizabeth and her mother traveled to Springfield to visit legislators from across the state. Two weeks ago, they were in Washington, D.C., meeting with numerous Illinois officials, including Sen. Dick Durbin. “She’s such an impressive young lady,” said Durbin. “Everybody just stopped what they were doing” to listen to her, he said.

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CHINA JAILS LEADERS OF CHILD THIEVES GANG

Seven people in China were jailed recently for running a gang of deaf child thieves, reported China Daily last week. The gang of more than 20 thieves had undergone specialized training to steal and avoid detection. Graduates of the burglary class were sent out to Beijing’s markets and shopping malls and told to target young and affluent-looking women. The scheme began to unravel last July, when police received several complaints from people whose backpacks were stolen in a Beijing market. An investigation led to an apartment set up to resemble a clothing store, where students practiced their techniques. The young thieves stole nearly $12,000 (U.S.) In merchandise, said the report. Ringleader “Big Sister Liu,” accomplice Xiao Zhu and five others were found guilty and sentenced to undisclosed jail terms.

NEPAL SCHOOL UNDERFUNDED, GOVERNMENT BLAMED

Government apathy is blamed by the headmaster of a deaf school in Nepal that had to turn away 16 of 31 applicants this year, reported Kantipur Online. The Srijana Bahira Secondary School, one of two schools for the deaf in the country, currently has 151 students but is “deprived of facilities from the state,” said the report. A government directive calls for both schools to receive 2.5 million rupees annually, but in reality, the Srijana Bahira school receives 679,000 rupees while the school in Kathmandu gets 4.3 million rupees. “We have neither enough teachers nor a hostel arrangement for students,” said headmaster Bishwo Raj Bastola. “Currently our management is unable even to continue the school.”

BRITISH UNIVERSITY TO SPONSOR HAIKU FESTIVAL

The Centre for Deaf Studies at the U.K.’s Bristol University is planning a two-day festival to encourage deaf people to create haiku poems in British Sign Language. According to the BBC, the festival takes place on the weekend of July 29-30 at Burwalls Centre at Leigh Woods and consists of a workshop and a competition. Workshop leaders will explain what haiku sign language is and encourage participants to create their own haiku poems, which will be performed in a competition on the second day. Festival sponsors include the Dorothy Miles Culture Centre, Japan 21 and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. For information, visit www.bris.ac.uk/deaf/news/2006/060606.html.


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NEW ZEALAND MAN, 85, JAILED FOR SHOPLIFTING

An 85-year-old deaf man in New Zealand was sent to prison for a month for shoplifting, reported Reuters last week. Reginald Hugh Donovan, a war hero described as an incorrigible thief, is the oldest person in New Zealand jails, said government officials. Donovan has about 50 petty theft convictions dating to 2000, mostly for stealing grocery items. He pleaded guilty to three trespassing and 11 theft charges, but his lawyer said prison would be inappropriate for a man of his age. Judge Colin Doherty disagreed, saying Donovan had already received all kinds of help from the court and had served a brief jail term in 2004. “Yet six days ago you were at it again,” Doherty told Donovan.

SWAZILAND TEAM STRUGGLES TO ATTEND SUMMER GAMES

The Summer Games for the deaf are taking place this week in Limpopo, South Africa, and at least one team struggled to come up with funds to attend. According to the Swazi Observer, a team of 22 athletes and 10 officials left last Thursday to represent Swaziland in the Games after “running from pillar to post” to raise money for the trip. With help from the Swaziland National Association of Sports for the Deaf, the team managed to acquire enough funding from two sports organizations, but the money was deducted from the association’s annual allocation. The team will participate in such activities as soccer, netball, athletics, chess and table tennis at the Summer Games, which are being held under the auspices of the South African Deaf Schools Sports Federation.

MAGICIANS GATHER FOR FESTIVAL IN RUSSIA

A report from the 11th World Deaf Magicians Festival, held May 28 to June 4 in St. Petersburg, Russia, reveals that the event attracted 48 deaf magicians and assistants from nine countries. Among them were two deaf brothers from Riverside, Calif. – Sean Berdy, 13, and Tyler Berdy, 9 – who impressed the Russian audience and picked up a first-place trophy in the Best Young Magicians category. Americans Matthew Morgan (closeup magic) and Samuel Ruiz (illusion magic) also captured first-place awards. Participants spent the week sightseeing, socializing, learning from one another and participating in competitions. The next festival will take place in Spring 2008 in Riverside, Calif., and Italy won the bid to host the event in 2010.


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DR. BOLEY SEABORN, TEXAS ASL INSTRUCTOR

Boley Edward Seaborn, an American Sign Language instructor at Lee College in Baytown, Texas, died last Thursday, June 22. Dr. Seaborn was a graduate of the Arkansas School for the Deaf who went on to earn two B.A. degrees from Gallaudet University and an M.A. and Ed.D. from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. In 1979, he received a scholarship to study for a year in Tokyo, Japan and did an internship at a school for the deaf in Thailand. He worked for five years with the U.S. Postal Service in North Little Rock before seeking higher education to become a teacher. Dr. Seaborn was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Williams, and his son, J. Julian Seaborn. He is survived by his lifelong partner, Timothy Matzen; his mother, Ollie Perry of Westerville, Ohio, a sister, several other relatives and numerous friends around the world. A biography of Dr. Seaborn can be found at http://www.lamar.edu/newsevents/cc/461_2319.htm. To sign his online guest book, visit www.griffinleggett.com.


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Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf (FL) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director. Founded in 2003, Blossom educates deaf and hard of hearing children, their hearing siblings and children of deaf adults (CODA), in an innovative and specialized academic environment using the Montessori curriculum. The founder, Julie Rutenberg, opened the school in Clearwater, Florida with the vision to provide students with the best education and prepare them for a lifetime of success. http://www.blossomschool.org.

The Director will be responsible for overseeing the curriculum, educational programming, Montessori training, grant writing and fundraising for the school. Reporting to the Founder, the Director will manage academic programs and record keeping required of the teachers, relationships and functions between Blossom and government agencies, manage daily administrative duties, and, as a partner with the Founder, run the school.

Qualifications: B.A. degree (preferably Deaf Education); 5+ years of teaching experience (preferably in a Montessori school); American Sign Language fluent. The ability to represent the mission of Blossom Montessori School, a strong balanced work ethic, the ability to think strategically, and a ‘can do’ attitude are also required.

Confidential applications include: focused cover letter, a resume including salary history, and three (3) professional references (including e-mail address). Please forward to: Cheryl A. Hyatt, President, TCR Group, email: tcrgroup@attglobal.net or mail: 400 Ninth Street, Suite A, Conway, Pennsylvania 15027.

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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, CA
Network I.T. Administrator – Los Angeles, CA
Job Developer/Interpreter – Norwalk, CA

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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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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