June 29, 2016
Vol. 12, No. 36
Editor: Tom Willard
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WHEN THE ORLANDO KILLER'S MOM HIT A DEAF MAN IN A WHEELCHAIR
The mother of the Orlando shooter once struck a deaf man in a wheelchair with her car, Heat Street has learned. In March 2010, Shahla Mateen backed out of her driveway in a Lexus SUV, hitting one of her neighbors. The man struck describes the Mateen family’s oddly callous response to the accident, noting that “I still consider [them] friends.” “As she reversed… her vehicle struck me severely,” wrote Simone Bacino, the victim, in a narrative he submitted to the Port St. Lucie Police Department. / Heat Street
SUPREME COURT TAKES UP DEAF TEXANS' SUIT AGAINST STATE
A group of deaf Texans fighting what they claim is discriminatory treatment is hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will step in and force the state to provide sign-language interpreters at classes young drivers must take to get licenses. The high court on Tuesday agreed to hear the case, Ivy v. Morath, involving a group of deaf Texans who sued the state in 2011. The state requires first-time driver's license applicants under age 25 to take classes that are typically conducted by private companies. The suit argues that since Texas requires the classes, it should make sure there are interpreters for deaf students. / The Texas Tribune
BOULDER COUNTY SETTLES SUIT WITH DEAF MAN
Boulder County has settled a federal lawsuit brought last year by a deaf man who sued Sheriff Joe Pelle and the Longmont police on grounds that he was not provided a sign language interpreter during an arrest. Court records show Sean Longdo settled his suit with the county for $2,500 plus attorneys fees. The county has also agreed to adopt a revised Americans with Disabilities Act compliance policy for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. / Boulder Daily Camera
LAWSUIT: DEAF WOMAN WRONGLY ARRESTED, DENIED USE OF ACCESSIBLE PHONE
Shawnee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a deaf woman after having trouble communicating with her, and the jail didn’t provide an accessible phone with which to contact an attorney or family, a federal lawsuit alleges. Carolyn Hans accuses Shawnee County and the sheriff’s office of failing to provide her services required under federal law during her encounter with law enforcement. / The Topeka Capital-Journal
NEW REPORT SHINES LIGHT ON MISTREATMENT OF DEAF PRISONERS IN OREGON
Deaf prison inmates in Oregon have struggled over the past four years to gain access to competent American Sign Language translators, according to a new report released by the Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities Prison Project. Inmates with disabilities make up 31 percent of state prison populations nationally, the report says, and their magnified suffering is often dealt with carelessly by prison staff around the U.S. "People are sent to prison as punishment, not for punishment," says Mark Stroh, Executive Director of Disability Rights Washington said. / Willamette Week
DEAF TEACHER'S QUEST FOR ARMED SERVICE INSPIRES STUDENTS
Four teens in camouflage fatigues march briskly around a brick plaza at the Maryland School for the Deaf, silently marking their cadence in American Sign Language: “Left!” ”Left!” These members of the school’s Cadet Corps aspire to military service, but their path is blocked. Deaf people are barred from joining the armed services, as corps creator Keith Nolan well knows. He’s been told, “No,” since 2001, when he tried to enlist in the Navy at age 18. Nolan is determined to change that. / The Santa Fe New Mexican
K-12 AT GALLAUDET: SCHOOLS DEFY NATIONAL TREND
The Model Secondary School (better known by its acronym, MSSD) and its sister school, the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School that serves children from infancy through eighth grade, are two specialized schools that educate deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Though they reach a specialized student body, in many ways, they’re exactly like every other school in the country. One key difference: They are both housed on the 99-acre grounds of Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts college for the deaf in the world. / The 74
NEW WEATHER SAFETY CAMPAIGN TO KEEP THE DEAF COMMUNITY SAFE
The National Weather Service is launching a new safety campaign aimed at keeping the deaf and hard of hearing community safe. “See a Flash, Dash Inside!” is a new addition to the existing, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!” campaign. That slogan has been very successful in raising awareness for lightning safety. “I hope that we’re able to reach a lot of that community and hopefully raise some awareness for lightning safety,” said Shane Kearns, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Newport. / WNCT
TUTORIAL CENTER MAY MOVE TO SCHOOL FOR DEAF
Space at the New York State School for the Deaf is being considered for a relocation of the Rome school district’s student tutorial center program, which has been at the former St. Peter’s school at 400 Floyd Ave. for several years. NYSSD “looks like a very positive option,” pending further discussions and reviews, said Rome district Superintendent Jeffrey P. Simons. He was among district representatives who visited the site last week. / Rome Sentinel
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A DEAF WOMAN FORCED TO EXPOSE HERSELF TO HER TEACHER IS SUING THE STATE FOR DAMAGES
A woman forced to strip naked along with her classmates at a Melbourne school for the deaf is suing the State of Victoria for damages. The teacher, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, forced his “vulnerable’ eight and nine-year-old students to strip and to expose their genitalia to him and each other for “sex education” on multiple occasions. According to a statement of claim lodged in the County Court the teacher also repeatedly forced his female students to expose their genitals to the class and him. / Herald Sun
SCAMMERS TARGETING DEAF PEOPLE WITH BOGUS LOTTERY FUNDING SCHEME
Members of the deaf community across Avon and Somerset have been put on alert by police about a scam offering lottery funding. Recently, a woman from South Bristol was conned out £4,500 when she was contacted by someone pretending to be one of her Facebook friends. The fraudster told the victim about lottery funding available to members of the deaf community, but only if applicants pay a fee. The victim transferred the money through Western Union and MoneyGram before she realised it was bogus. / Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News
MOURNERS AT FUNERAL OF DEAF MUM TO 'WEAR PINK'
A deaf mum-of-four who was found dead after going missing for a week will be laid to rest this week. Kirsty Aitchison's funeral will take place on Thursday - two weeks after she disappeared sparking a massive police search. The mother, who communicated using British Sign Language (BSL), vanished following a night out with friends in Glasgow on June 11, reports the Daily Record. / Mirror
NEW 9-1-1 TEXT SERVICE FOR DEAF, SPEECH IMPAIRED
In an effort to make 9-1-1 services more accessible for everyone a texting option for the deaf and speech impaired has been unveiled in London and Middlesex County. Text with 9-1-1 was launched on Monday by London police and the London Fire Department. The service allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired within London and Middlesex County to conduct a 9-1-1 call by way of text messaging. / Blackburn News
ANIME ON DEAF, BULLIED GIRL TO SCREEN IN JAPAN
A Japanese anime film narrating a deaf girl’s life struggle is set to storm theaters in Japan and entice deaf moviegoers to watch and sympathize with the film’s protagonist. The film, “A Silent Voice,” with the Japanese title Koe no Katachi (The Shape of Voice), is based on Yoshitoki Oima’s popular 2013 manga. The dramatic and captivating tale revolves around Shoya, a male student who is classmates with Shoko, a deaf girl who is ostracized and bullied by their classmates. / Inquirer
200 DEAF PEOPLE SEEK BIBLE STUDIES AFTER SPECIAL ONLINE SERIES IN BRAZIL
All eyes focused on computers, tablets, and smartphones as thousands of deaf people across Brazil watched a special Seventh-day Adventist evangelistic series live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube. The number of viewers soared to 31,489 for the second annual “Evangelibras” (Evangelism in Sign Language) event, which aims to both share the gospel message and undergird the Adventist Church’s commitment toward the deaf community, organizers said. / Adentist Review
NEW MODULE DEVELOPED FOR TEACHING ENGLISH TO DEAF PEOPLE
In a bid to promote literacy among the hearing impaired, city-based Mook Baadhir Mandal and Ishara Foundation hosted a conference on Saturday. The meeting was held to replicate the teaching method used during a research undertaken by English literacy specialists at the University of Central Lancashire and Lancaster University in the United Kingdom to gauge the impact of English reading and writing skills on young deaf persons. / Times of India
DEAF COMMUNITY CALLS FOR INCLUSION
The Namibian National Association of the Deaf's acting director, Paul Nanyeni, said the deaf have the right to access information, just like everyone else. Nanyeni was addressing a workshop which was attended by heads of United Nations agencies, developmental organisations and Law Reform Commission representatives on Tuesday in Windhoek. The workshop was held to sensitise people on how to include the deaf in everyday activities. especially within professional setings. / The Namibian
DEAF STUDENTS LEARN CODE WITH DREAMS TO BECOME PROGRAMMERS
When Mohammed Essam punched in a code and watched a set of robots stop and turn at barriers following his commands, he quickly grasped that his hearing impairment would no longer be a hurdle in his dream of being a programmer. The 18-year-old is among 15 students learning basic programming at the Al Amal School for Deaf Students in partnership with Microsoft. It is part of an ambitious project to equip students with disabilities with the same skills as pupils in regular schools. / The National
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LIFE & LEISURE
DEAF WOMAN, SERVICE DOG LEARN HOW TO BE A TEAM
The door knocks and Jan, a black Labrador, gets up from her dog bed in the living room and trots into the hallway and stares at the door. Mary Ann Carey is standing in her living room, but she cannot hear a thing. The Labrador walks back toward Carey and stands on her hind legs as if she will dance with Carey, but instead the dog touches her nose to Carey’s belly. This is Jan’s way of alerting Carey to sound. Carey has been deaf since birth. Since the last of her five children grew up and moved out, she’s been spending a lot of time alone at home. / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS AT LISD LEARNING LIFE SKILLS
Though it's summer, many kids are in school. The same holds true here in the Hub City. But, for one summer program with Lubbock ISD, in particular, the kiddos are learning a special set of skills. "The end goal for our summer enrichment program for our deaf ed kids are to promote literacy and writing, and give them a chance to communicate with their peers and work on language development," Amanda Sellers, a teacher with the program, explains. These Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are doing this in a very special way. / KCBD-TV
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THE REMARKABLE TECH BRINGING THE DEAF AND HEARING WORLDS TOGETHER
The impact of video relay services, or VRS, has been titanic for businesses owned and operated by the deaf. VRS has grown into a half-billion-dollar-a-year industry as more and more deaf Americans gain access to speedy mobile data and sophisticated phones. It’s changed forever not only the way that Mozzeria and other deaf-run restaurants do business, but how the deaf navigate a world made for the hearing. In fact, VRS ranks among the biggest-ever leaps in deaf communication with the hearing. / WIRED
WOMAN HELPS DEAF CHILDREN PREPARE FOR KINDERGARTEN
All of Haley Rishel’s students are deaf or hearing impaired. She instructs about 16 children up to age 5 in listening and spoken language to help them better communicate and to prepare them for elementary school. “There was big need for services for kids ages 3 to 5 to get them ready for kindergarten,” Rishel said. “All of our kids have some sort of hearing loss, from mild to profound.” She said all of the children she helps have some form of hearing assistance like cochlear implants or hearing aids. / Sun-Herald
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
A SHARED THEATRICAL EXPERIENCES -- AND TEST -- FOR THE DEAF AND HEARING
The applause at the Calderwood Pavilion after a performance last week of “I Was Most Alive With You” came in two languages. The mix of visual and auditory response from the audience mirrored the play, which was performed in ASL and spoken English. Written and directed by Craig Lucas and getting its world premiere at the Huntington Theatre Company, “Alive” is an ambitious attempt to erase distinctions between how hearing and deaf audience members experience a play. / The Boston Globe
SPOTLIGHT ON THE ANDERSON CENTER DEAF ARTIST RESIDENCY
With over 500 artist residency programs in the United States, and over 1,500 residencies worldwide, only one of these art programs was considered “deaf-friendly” prior to 2014. That program was offered by Siena Art Institute, located in Italy. In 2014, with support from the NEA, The Anderson Center, located in Red Wing, Minnesota, opened its doors as the first and only Deaf artist residency in the United States. / NEA
DISTURBED IS 'HONORED' TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT DEAF COMMUNITY
Disturbed last month allowed dancers Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd to use the band's version of Simon & Garfunkel "The Sound Of Silence" as the music for their freestyle dance on an episode of "Dancing With The Stars". The pair used the track after DiMarco, who is deaf, penned a letter to the band asking their permission to incorporate the song into the routine. In an interview, Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan talked about how he felt when he first read Nyle's letter. / Blabbermouth.net
NO HANDICAP: DEAF SWIMMER FINISHES 6TH IN TRIALS RACE
When Marcus Titus is gliding through the water, his head bobbing up and down, he doesn't hear the roar of the crowd. Or anything else, for that matter. Deaf since birth, Titus swims in a quiet isolation that he believes actually gives him an edge over those in the other lanes, who can hear everything going on around them. Now, Titus is serving as an inspiration to others with so-called disabilities. He made it all the way to the 100-meter breaststroke final at the U.S. swimming trials, but finished sixth Monday night to fall short of his first Olympics at age 30. / The Associated Press
SIBLINGS WILL REUNITE AT OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS
The Klotz siblings of Cameron Park were rarely more than a pool’s length apart when they swam for Vista Del Lago High School and the Sierra Marlins Swim Team. That changed when Stephanie Klotz, 22, began swimming for Alabama in 2012. Her brother Matthew Klotz, 20, signed with LSU in 2014 after establishing himself as one of the world’s fastest deaf swimmers. Stephanie and Matthew will reunite for one more swim meet starting Sunday: the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. / The Sacramento Bee
PARTIALLY DEAF RECRUIT DARRION GREEN COMMITS TO NEW MEXICO
On Monday, Woodrow Wilson's Darrion Green pledged to New Mexico and pledged to represent the deaf community in doing so. Green, a three-star recruit according to 247 Sports' composite rankings, is partially deaf. In his announcement he talked about taking this opportunity to "open the door for the deaf community and make them proud." / SportsDay
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CAMP IS A HOMERUN FOR KIDS WHO ARE DEAF
Every year at this time, we tune into a rhythm. The sounds of baseball, are the soundtrack of summer. But to some, it's just the sound of silence. In a sense, that's what this place is all about. "We have about 60 kids this year, they're all deaf or hard of hearing, "explains Cari Dimovitz. Welcome to another session of the Mike Bush Fantasy Baseball Camp, where kids who who spend the rest of the year dealing with their disability, get to standout because of their ability. / KSDK
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Careers at Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB)
TEACHER OF THE DEAF:
American Sign Language (ASL) positions: Two (2) new vacancies; Family-Centered Early Education Program, birth to 8 years and School for the Deaf, grades 3rd -12th.
Positions report to a Program Administrator, and are responsible to provide ASL and standards-based instruction and support to students who are Deaf/hard-of-hearing. Also support teaching staff and parents. Interested persons please visit the CSDB website http://www.csdb.org/careers-2/classified-3/ view the complete official job announcement and to apply online.
Annual employment contract currently 195 days, August to June beginning 2016-2017 school year. Salary based upon appropriate education and experience. Excellent Benefits!
Contact information: Human Resources Office
33 North Institute Street; Colorado Springs, CO 80903
E-mail: HumanResources@csdb.org; (719) 578-2115 (phone); (719) 578-2239 (fax)
Come Work With The Best!
Northeast Arc has full and part-time positions, working with adult individuals who are deaf, available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. You'll be working with deaf individuals using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. Do you know ASL? If so, I'd like to speak with you about our direct care positions. We offer an excellent benefits package, paid trainings and the support you will need to become a successful part of our experienced, long-term team of professionals. For additional information or to send your resume, please email Kathy Tracy Ktracy@ne-arc.org.
Compensation: $12 for per diem shifts and $14 for PT/FT shifts.
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.
Community Crisis Stabilization Clinician: Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
• Qualifications: MA and 2 years’ experience.
Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. All shifts available!
• Qualifications: BA/BS; or HS diploma/GED and 1 year experience.
Mobile Clinician: Provide clinical supervision and rehabilitative direction to individuals who carry a diagnosis of mental illness, assist in the coordination of services, provide clinical leadership.
• Qualifications: MA and 1 year experience; or BA/BS and 3 years’ experience.
Outpatient Clinician: Provide comprehensive outpatient counseling/therapy to children, adults and families in need of services.
• Qualifications: MSW or MA in related field and 1 year experience in outpatient setting.
Minimum Qualifications Include:
• ASL fluency.
• Valid driver's license/reliable transportation.
• Related education (as applicable).
Visit www.advocates.org/careers to apply today!
Advocates is an EOE/D/F/M/V.
NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH, PHILADELPHIA, AND GLENSIDE
PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. Located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PAHrtners provides residential and outpatient services to deaf and hard of hearing children, adolescents, and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are deaf or hard of hearing!
PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate, or a professional with many years of experience in the field of human services, we have a career-building position waiting for you! E.O.E.
PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, and energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf culture to fill the following positions:
Residential Counselors for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities – Full time, part time, on call; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma required.
Case Managers for Residential or Community Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - Full time; Glenside location. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences required.
Residential Program Director – 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 required.
Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents- Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum of one years’ related experience required.
Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services required.
Outpatient Therapist with Residential Treatment Facility – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum MA/MS in human services required. Must have LCSW or LPC in PA. Minimum 1 year experience in mental health.
Educational / Staff Interpreter- Full Time; Philadelphia location. Minimum AA with minimum 3 years’ experience required.
Staff Nurse – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum BSN/RN required.
Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position.
Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Joel Skelton, Assistant Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
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The Northeast Arc, an established Human Service agency recognized for its creative approach and state of the art services for persons with disabilities is seeking candidates for the position of Residential House Director. Ideal candidates will have fluency in ASL and deep understanding of deaf culture. The Residential House Director will be overseeing a five person home for adults with Intellectual Disabilities and are deaf.
Excellent managerial skills as the director will be overseeing direct support professionals, relief staff and other support professionals.
Be a creative person with strong organizational skills that can assist individuals in achieving their personal goals.
Provide supportive assistance in a caring environment focusing on maintaining health and along with community and social networks.
Experience with working with families, DDS and other outside agencies is also required.
BA/BS in a related field.
At least 2 years supervisory experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as fluency in American Sign Language.
Strong commitment to providing excellent quality of care.
Strongly prefer someone with First Aid, CPR and MAPS but willing to train
Excellent health and dental benefits offered as well as a 403b, tuition reimbursement, career development/ seminars, short term disability, life insurance, generous time off and competitive pay!!!
For immediate consideration, please send a cover letter and your resume.
Visit us at www.ne-arc.org
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The Northeast Arc is one of the oldest and most innovative agencies in the state serving children and adults with disabilities.
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