July 4, 2018
Vol. 14, No. 37
Editor: Tom Willard
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CARE MANAGER FOR THE DEAF DIES IN CAR ACCIDENT
Caleb Jonathan Sturgis, 25, of West Chester, a care manager at a Glenside agency that offers support for the deaf, died Wednesday, June 27, in a one-car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Tredyffrin Township. State police said Mr. Sturgis was eastbound when his Toyota Corolla veered onto an exit ramp and struck a curb, causing the vehicle to flip onto its roof. Authorities were investigating the possibility that a medical emergency may have caused Mr. Sturgis to lose control of the car. / The Philadelphia Inquirer
DEAF MIAMI COSTCO EMPLOYEE WINS $775,000 AFTER BEING FIRED BECAUSE SHE WAS 'TOO LOUD'
When Christine D'Onofrio was fired in 2013, she had been working for Costco for 24 years. D'Onofrio, who is deaf, says she spent the previous year begging the company to better accommodate her disability. Instead, she claims she repeatedly got in trouble for being "loud and aggressive" when managers tried to communicate with her. Finally, on October 23, 2013, she was told she was being fired from her job as a stocker. That time, Costco brought in an interpreter to let her know she was out of a job. / Miami New Times
HOSPITALS REACH SETTLEMENT OVER DEAF MAN'S COMPLAINT
Adventist La Grange Memorial and Adventist Hinsdale hospitals will provide qualified sign language interpreters to communicate effectively with deaf and hard-of-hearing patients as part of a settlement agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The agreement reached Monday, which both sides say was amicable, also requires the hospitals to provide mandatory training to their employees on how to address the needs of the deaf and hard-of-hearing. / Chicago Tribune
DEAF APPLICANT SUES PSC, SAYING HE WAS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST IN SIGN LANGUAGE JOB
A deaf ASL teaching applicant is suing Pensacola State College claiming he was over-qualified and overlooked in favor of a hearing-capable applicant. Mark Eurlichmann, 61, filed the lawsuit in federal court this week, alleging the school was discriminatory against his impairment when he applied to be an adjunct ASL teacher in March 2017. / Pensacola News Journal
AFTER HUSKY SAVES DEAF HIKER ON ALASKA TRAIL, OTHERS COME FORWARD SAYING HE RESCUED THEM, TOO
Alaskan husky Nanook shot to fame last week when word of the pup's heroic rescue of a deaf hiker in the frozen back country spread around the world. But his owner soon found out that wasn't Nanook's first -- not by a long shot. Nanook's owner, Scott Swift, told KTVA-TV his pet always looks toward the trail head of the 24-mile long Crow Pass Trail, which begins about half-a-mile from his home. "I swear he just looks for cars that go by and runs up after them and goes on an adventure," said Swift. / CBS News
New York, NY
NEW HELEN KELLER ARCHIVE MAKES 160,000 ARTIFACTS ACCESSIBLE TO BLIND, DEAF AND OTHER AUDIENCES
Helen Keller wrote a 1923 fundraising letter on behalf of the National Playground and Recreation Association of America. This letter, which Keller wrote on a Braille typewriter, is part of the Helen Keller Archive that launched last month by the American Foundation for the Blind, a collection that includes more than 160,000 artifacts about Keller and her extraordinary life. / AL.com
DEAF SPACE CAMP AT THE U.S. SPACE & ROCKET CENTER
Students from across the country spent the week at Deaf Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The program is in its 32nd year and has had over 2,000 participants. Campers take place in the same space camp activities that are offered throughout the summer. Emily Schreiner, a teacher at Washington D.C. Modern School fot the Deaf, says Space Camp is very important for the kids. / Rocket City Now
Cobb County, GA
POLICE ACADEMY SPECIFICALLY FOR DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING YOUTH
More than a dozen deaf or hard of hearing teens learned firsthand about police work. Cobb County Police held a two-day academy for the teens. They learned about cyber crimes, traffic stops, and defensive tactics. They got to feel what an active shooter situation is like through simulators. Along the way, officers talked about the special circumstances someone with a hearing impairment might face during an encounter with law enforcement. / fox5atlanta.com
DEAF PUPPY TRAPPED IN HOLE IN ALABAMA GAINS WORLDWIDE ATTENTION
Toffee, the 7-week-old, deaf puppy who fell into a 50-foot crevice in Huntsville, has captured the hearts of people around the world. Rescuers were on the scene from around 5 p.m. Thursday, throughout the day Friday and late into Friday night working to rescue Toffee. She was pulled from the crevice around 12:20 a.m. Saturday. / AL.com
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!
IT'S NOT JUST QUEER EYE -- BAD SUBTITLING IS A DAILY PROBLEM FOR DEAF VIEWERS
The second season of Queer Eye, the show in which five gay men give out well-deserved makeovers, recently hit Netflix. It’s pure heart-warming escapism. Less fabulous, though, is the mis-subtitling for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers. Last week, viewers tweeted about the series’ captions being altered, supposedly for clarity. In other episodes, expletives were censored to protect deaf people’s delicate sensibilities. / The Guardian
THEATRES MUST CONSIDER THE THE DEAF COMMUNITY BEFORE USING SIGN LANGUAGE
While the industry may be moving towards greater inclusion and diversity, recently a growing issue has emerged for the sign language community: hearing actors are being cast in roles that require British Sign Language and they are not up to the job. The issue is not about Deaf roles going to hearing actors, which should not happen, but about tick-box use of sign language, without taking the time to check if an actor can sign to the highest standard possible. / The Stage
'HUGELY POPULAR' CENTER FOR DEAF CHILDREN COULD CLOSE
A Derby early years center which caters for deaf children and their families is at risk of closure. The “hugely popular” Early Years Centre for Deaf Children was established more than 20 years ago. However, due to declining attendance, the county council says that it may pull funding if the number of families using the service does not increase. / DerbyshireLive
DEAF ENTREPRENEUR RUTHY FLETCHER'S DELIGHT AT AWARD
Deaf entrepreneur Ruthy Fletcher has received a top accolade at a national awards ceremony. Miss Fletcher won the Outstanding Contribution title at the Deaf Business Academy Awards. The Bolton businesswoman was also runner-up in the Outstanding Development category in the ceremony held at the University of Liverpool. / The Bolton News
NEW PROJECT COULD BRIDGE MAJOR GAP IN COMMUNICATION
With inclusion and diversity now placed firmly in the spotlight, one of the biggest developments in recent years has been the effort to enable more communication and cooperation between deaf and non-deaf people. Now, a team of researchers from University College Dublin (UCD) and the Science Foundation Ireland-funded research centre Lero has revealed a prototype device that could make communication between deaf and non-deaf people a lot faster. / Silicon Republic
DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED CHILDREN SET OUT ON TALL SHIP ADVENTURE
Twenty four deaf and hearing impaired students along with four aided communicators from around Ireland have set out on the adventure of a lifetime on a 6-day Sail Training voyage aboard the Tall Ship Pelican of London. The voyage organized by Sail Training Ireland follows on from a successful one day “taster” voyage held in 2017 for students from the Holy Family School for the Deaf in Cabra. / Afloat.ie
'FOLLOW ALANA' TV STAR BAKES CAKES WITH HEARING IMPAIRED CHILDREN
Alana Wen, host of the "Follow Alana" travel program, spent an afternoon with a group of hearing impaired children to lend her support in recent days, at an interactive exhibition in Kaohsiung. Alana spent the afternoon playing, interacting and cooking with a group of children from the Children's Hearing Foundation at the Wanmei Studio x Pocky Deco Art promotional event space. / Taiwan News
MORE JAMAICANS FITTED WITH HEARING AIDS BY STARKEY FOUNDATION
Four hundred deaf and hard-of-hearing Jamaicans have received hearing aids courtesy of the Starkey Hearing Foundation. The global organization, committed to providing custom hearing aids to people in need, was on a special mission to Jamaica between June 11 and 12. The mission saw the international group providing hearing aids and training recipients how to use and care for the devices. / Jamaica Observer
LETTER: IMPROVE ACCESS FOR DEAF, HARD OF HEARING
We are local ASL signers and instructors. I believe we need to focus more on language access for the deaf and hard of hearing individuals in providing AT devices, emergency 911 texting, signage or universal signs in all areas, provide ASL interpreters for public events, inclusion awareness of all disabilities, provide our emergency responders with disability sensitivity trainings and communication cards. / Pacific Daily News
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LIFE & LEISURE
WHY A CHINESE-BACKED HEARING AID MAKER IS TESTING U.S. EARS BEFORE CHINA LAUNCH
A Chinese-backed US hearing aid company has successfully lobbied for a change to regulations which allows the company’s devices to be sold directly to the consumer along with self-testing kits. The hearing aids can be calibrated by the user or remotely by trained staff. This is already side-stepping the need to see an expensive series of audiologists to get help in the US. / Technode
CHIK-FIL-A TEAM MEMBER CREATES VIDEO FOR DEAF COMMUNITY
Teresa Goc, a junior at Mount Aloysius College, will have about a week off before she begins her summer job at the East York Chick-fil-A. While Teresa primarily serves at the counter and prep area, she has adopted another unique role. During the summer of 2017, the 20-year-old created a video specifically designed to help the deaf community have a better experience at the restaurant, a video now seen by more than 40,000 people online. / Chik-fil-A
DEAF-BLIND RESIDENTS FIND EMPOWERMENT THROUGH COMMUNITY RESOURCES
At the Mesquite Day School for the deaf, it’s about empowerment rather than barriers. “We don't limit our students, and we don't allow them to think their disability limits them,” said Sarah Schubert-Gillett, Mesquite ISD speech pathologist. “We just say ‘everybody has challenges and roadblocks, and this is yours.’” The school provides interpreters, self-contained classes and access to interveners who act as one-on-one interpreters for students who are deaf-blind. / Star Local Media
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR STUDY
Deaf and hard of hearing adults are needed to participate in a research study that evaluates the combination of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) captions to Video Relay Service (VRS) calls. The Gallaudet University Technology Access Program (TAP) is conducting the study to examine how ASR captions can improve effectiveness and efficiency in VRS calls. The expected duration of the study is about an hour. If eligible, participants in this study will receive $25 for their participation. / Gallaudet University
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NOREEN COREY'S ONGOING MISSION FOR THE DEAF
Noreen Corey, a 1979 graduate of Phoenix, has spent her life mostly overseas working in the field of deaf education. In 2006, she founded Manos Felices (Happy Hands), a school for the deaf in Equatorial Guinea, a coastal country of Central Africa, which previously did not educate the deaf population at all. Corey remains on the frontline of her rigorous responsibilities most of the year, returning to the United States annually, hoping for the ability, support and resources to raise up the deaf population half a world away. / Oswego News
FENTON ENJOYS ROLE IN LOCAL DEAF COMMUNITY
Stevie Fenton learned sign language when she was young because she had deaf friends. She has been involved in several occupations. She is currently a senior program consultant at the Florida Department of Education. She has taught in a public school and has a master’s in counseling. One occupation that she continues to do is ASL interpreting. / Famuan
Iowa City, IA
MOUSE STUDY REVEALS POTENTIAL NEW TREATMENT FOR INHERITED DEAFNESS
A decade ago, NIH researchers studying an inherited type of deafness in a single extended family managed to identify the mutation responsible. But while they were able to narrow the location of the abnormality down to a dozen or so genes, its exact location stayed a mystery—until now. In a mouse study, the NIH scientists pinpointed that location, shedding light on the mechanism that causes the condition, as well as a potential treatment for humans. / FierceBiotech
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
'SILENT NO MORE' TO BRING WRY AND MOVING STORIES FROM FOLKS WITH HEARING LOSS TO THE GOODMAN
"Silent NO MORE," a theatrical documentary featuring stories written and performed by folks with hearing loss, will have a special performance at the Goodman this summer. Along with live stories, there will be an accompanying Q&A session with cast members and audience members from the deafSign and deafSpeak communities. Devised as a theatrical documentary, “Silent NO MORE” features 11 cast members and diversifies the experiences of growing up with hearing loss. / Chicago Tribune
Salt Lake City, UT
HOW A DEAF UTAH ACTRESS IMPACTED THE FRIGHTENING SOUNDS OF 'A QUIET PLACE'
“A Quiet Place” is one of the quietest films to dominate the box office: Off a $17 million production budget, “A Quiet Place” has grossed more than $180 million. Erik Aadahl, one of the film’s sound editors, told the Deseret News how Millicent Simmonds’ real-life experiences as a deaf person fostered the film’s boldest sound editing choices. “What is it like to be in a world where you can’t make a sound, but you can’t really hear?” Aadahl said. / Deseret News
New York, NY
TRANS, DEAF ACTIVIST CHELLA MAN IS CHANGING THE WORLD
Trans, deaf activist Chella Man is changing the world. “From an early, very early age, I had to deal with anger and frustration. Especially where I grew up, no one was deaf or hard of hearing, and I felt very alone in that way,” he explained. “Realizing that I was transgender, and all of the aspects that go with that, they brought those emotions with them, of course. I mean, I always had them, but they became more prominent once I realized that. But I knew how to deal with them.” / Now This News
DEAF LENS: WORKSHOP OFFERS OPPORTUNITY TO DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING YOUTH
The founder of Rochester's first film camp for deaf and hard of hearing youth is offering a workshop at Writers and Books this summer. Stacy Lawrence said she wants to share her passion for filmmaking with kids and help them understand what they are capable of. "I want these children to realize that they are in the same company as wonderful deaf artists and deaf poets right here in Rochester, right under our noses." / WXXI
MARSHMELLO RELEASES ASL MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'YOU CAN CRY'
Marshmello, Juicy J and Arthur Prince, recently came together to create their emotion filled track “You Can Cry,” full of deep piano and intricate verses, that received a moving official music video, and now receives an ASL music video to compliment it. For an artist that never talks and is consistently concealed behind a mask, it makes sense that he would eventually figure out a way to speak. / Dancing Astronaut
DEAF ACTIVIST NYLE DIMARCO PRAISES PORNHUB FOR ACCESSIBILITY MOVE
Pornhub recently added closed captioning so that the horny and hearing impaired among us can more fully enjoy the adult platform’s offerings. Deaf activist and former America’s Next Top Model champion and Dancing with the Stars contestant Nyle DiMarco tweeted out a small appreciation of Pornhub’s efforts at inclusion. / Fast Company
See Also PORNHUB JUST LAUNCHED A NEW COLLECTION OF VIDEOS FOR DEAF PEOPLE / Metro.co.uk
DEAF CAMPERS AT CAMP WONDER HANDS PLAY BALL WITH POLICE
Camp Wonder Hands’ campers really had a unique experience that will give them stories to tell for the rest of their lives. People usually remember summer camps for the life-long friends they make, the canoeing and silly games they play, but those attending CampWonder Hands won’t ever forget the day the Columbia Police department showed up with multiple K-9s. / ABCColumbia.com
ASPEN CAMP RECEIVES DONATION OF SPECIAL ALARMS
During a visit Thursday to the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Old Snowmass, Pickard explained how a chance meeting at a trade show led to the donation of five Lifetone Technology smoke-detector alarms. The devices have a pulsating bed shaker and a male voice shouting “Fire!”, among other features. / Aspen Daily News
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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/
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
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