deafweekly

 

July 8, 2009
Vol. 5, No. 5

Editor: Tom Willard

Deafweekly is an independent news report for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community that is mailed to subscribers every Wednesday and available to read at www.deafweekly.com. Please visit our website to read current and back issues, sign up for a subscription and advertise. Deafweekly is copyrighted 2009 and any unauthorized use, including reprinting of news, is prohibited. Please support our advertisers; they make it possible for you to receive Deafweekly.

Note: Deafweekly no longer offers original summaries of news articles; instead, these are the actual headlines and portions of selected articles, with links to access the full story. Minor editing is done when necessary.



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NATIONAL
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Wichita, KS
CITY SETTLES WITH HEARING-IMPAIRED MAN
One taser, a $50,000 price tag. Yesterday the Wichita City Council voted to settle a lawsuit with a man tased inside his own home in 2007. Back then, officers said they had to use the taser because the man wouldn't follow their instructions. That's because he couldn't hear them - he was hearing impaired. READ MORE (KWCH)

Fountain Hill, PA
POLICE SAID MAN MADE OBSCENE CALLS TO DEAF FOR FUN OF IT
A Lackawanna County man was arrested by Fountain Hill police for sending 72 obscene messages through an instant-message service for the hearing impaired for the fun of it. Police said Andrew S. Brunell, 24, of Hawley told them he sent the messages because "because it was hilarious and entertaining to him." He was charged yesterday with unlawful use of a computer, stalking, and harassment. READ MORE (The Morning Call)

Port St. Lucie, FL
DEPUTIES: WOMAN STABBED DEAF BOYFRIEND WITH SCISSORS
A woman was arrested after she bit and stabbed her deaf boyfriend with a pair of scissors, St. Lucie County sheriff's deputies said. Deputies were called to a domestic dispute at a home on U.S.. Highway 1 at about 11 p.m. Monday [JUNE 22]. When deputies arrived, they found Wilson Velez bleeding from the forearm. According to the arrest affidavit, Velez was arguing with Maria Morales, his live-in girlfriend of eight months, when she grabbed a pair of scissors and began stabbing him. READ MORE (WPBF-TV 25)

Andover, MA
RALLY FOR DEAF TEACHER HELD OUTSIDE SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE
Daniela Ioannides, 44, of Methuen, was told June 23 that she would lose her job next fall as the American Sign Language teacher at Andover High because she has yet to earn her teacher certification. Students and teachers held a rally for Ioannides last Thursday outside of Superintendent Claudia Bach's office at the Andover School Administration Building on Whittier Court. READ MORE (The Eagle-Tribune)

Lakeland, FL
REUNITED WITH PARENTS AFTER 24 YEARS
Peeking out the window of the library at Lighthouse Ministries, Shanna Fudge could barely contain her excitement as she saw her mother and father for the first time in 24 years. She paced the room, fixed her hair and breathed deeply before her parents entered the room. The door opened and … silence. Rita Reed and George Bailey stared at the daughter they lost so many years ago. Fudge stared back. "Wow," Fudge said as she teared up and hugged her mother for the first time she could remember. READ MORE (The Ledger)

New York, NY
MASS TRANSIT NOISE MAY THREATEN PASSENGERS' HEARING
Noise from public transportation, especially subways, may be loud enough to harm some passengers' hearing, a new study suggests. The study, which measured noise levels in New York City's subways, buses, ferries and commuter trains, found that decibel levels on subway platforms reached as high as 102.1 -- louder than the noise level of a chain saw. READ MORE (Reuters)

Eugene, OR
HURLEY THE DOG ON THE LOOSE
Hurley the dog had a long road to almost finding a home, and now he may be gone forever. After a life on the streets, an uncertain future in a California shelter, a trip to Eugene and reconstructive surgery, the deaf terrier was at his first-ever adoption event when he slipped his collar and disappeared. READ MORE (The Register-Guard)


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INTERNATIONAL
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Christchurch, New Zealand
DEAF WOMAN'S RAPIST AND MURDERER HAS SENTENCE CUT
The Court of Appeal has reduced the sentence of convicted rapist and murderer Liam James Reid by three years. A High Court jury found Reid guilty of the 2007 rape and murder of Christchurch deaf woman Emma Agnew, 20. READ MORE (The New Zealand Herald)

China
CHINA ARRANGES CNY400 MILLION* FOR DEAF CHILDREN
China's central finance authority will arrange funds of over CNY400 million to help those deaf children who are living in poverty. This is said to be the largest amount that the country has ever invested on aiding the hearing disabled group. READ MORE (China CSR)
* $58,534,300 US

Shoreham, England
FIRE ALARM SAVES DEAF MAN FROM SHOREHAM BLAZE
Arsonists are being blamed for a fire in Shoreham which could have cost a deaf man his life. The fire, which started in the hallway, was out by the time firefighters arrived but the flat was full of smoke. The elderly man who lived there, who had two hearing aids, had to be led to safety by firefighters and treated for smoke inhalation. READ MORE (Shoreham Herald)

Cambridge, England
AEROSPACE FIRM BANS IPODS OVER HEARING CONCERNS
Marshalls Aerospace, which manufactures aircraft, has emailed all 1,750 staff banning iPods, MP3 players and personal radios at their Cambridge headquarters. The company fears that staff will claim their hearing was damaged during work hours and sue the company for failing to protect them on health and safety grounds. They also raised concerns over safety as workers would not be able to hear fire alarms or moving machinery on the factory floor. READ MORE (Telegraph)

Worcestershire, England
LUCKY TO BE ALIVE: DEAF MAN STRUCK BY 100 MPH TRAIN
Noah Hodgkiss admits he was foolish to go down on to the railway tracks just to look for a dropped mobile phone. Considering he has cataracts, is deaf and had a flat hearing-aid battery, downright suicidal might be a better description. Unaware of the 100mph train thundering up behind him, the 56-year-old glanced over his shoulder at the last second to see it. READ MORE (The Daily Mail)

Grangemouth, Scotland
ANDREW IS SIGNING UP FOR SUCCESS AS BUSINESS HELPS DEAF
This week's SME Focus highlights the case of a man who, after overcoming discrimination in his youth, has harnessed the power of the internet to develop a business that is building links between deaf people around the world. READ MORE (The Herald)

Australia
NETWORK TEN CHIDED FOR NOT CAPTIONING OBAMA INAUGURATION
Australia's Network Ten has been chided for failing to caption Barack Obama's historic inauguration because it didn't consider it "news." The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has concluded Ten breached broadcasting laws and deprived hearing-impaired audiences by not captioning the live event on January 21. READ MORE (News.com.au)

New South Wales, Australia
DEATH WORKERS RIGHTS VIDEO
NSW Minister for Industrial Relations, John Hatzistergos, today [June 30] launched a new online video resource to help deaf and hearing impaired workers and job seekers better understand their workplace rights and entitlements. Mr. Hatzistergos said approximately ten percent of the NSW population, or more than 660,000 people, live with complete or partial hearing loss. READ MORE (Street Corner)

Northern Territories, Australia
DEAF MUTE STILL NEEDS WATCHING, SAYS COURT
A deaf mute who was ruled unfit to plead to murder and assault has been ordered to stay under supervision until at least March next year. Roland Ebatarintja, 30, appeared in the NT Supreme Court on Friday [June 19] for Justice Trevor Riley to decide whether he could be released back into the community. READ MORE (Northern Territory News)

Australia
RAISING A RACKET TO HELP DEAF
Mount Annan resident Alecia Jensen, 25, doesn't think any child should have to go through life without hearing their own mum say `I love you'. This is why each year she takes part in Loud Shirt Day to raise money for deaf children. The Shepherd Centre holds the annual event across Australia each year. The money raised in each state will be used to support local deaf children and families. READ MORE (Camden Advertiser)

Jamaica
HEARING IMPAIRED TO GET DRIVER'S LICENSES BY END OF AUGUST
By the end of August, persons who are deaf or otherwise hearing impaired will be able to drive legally on Jamaican roads. "This will bring Jamaicans in line with citizens of other jurisdictions such as Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom where deaf persons are granted driver's licences," said Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security Andrew Gallimore. READ MORE (Jamaica Observer)

Iloilo City, Philippines
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IS A MYTH FOR THE DEAF
— The moment I picked up the phone and strained to hear the voice on the other line, I sensed trouble. From the little that I could hear, I gathered the man wanted to interview me for a home-based writing job. Since I could not hear him clearly, I asked my mother to jot down the man’s phone number so I could call him back on my mobile phone.. He tells my mother not to bother as he would call me. READ MORE (The Inquirer)


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LIFE & LEISURE
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London, England
HOW A JAB IN YOUR EAR COULD BANISH TINNITUS FOR GOOD
An injection that's administered into the eardrum could help relieve tinnitus. The jab contains a drug that blocks the brain chemical glutamate, which is thought to play a key role in the development of tinnitus. Laboratory research showed that a single dose of the drug cured tinnitus in people with noise-induced hearing loss. READ MORE (Daily Mail)

Newark, CA
TAKE A LOOK AT THE SMALLEST HEARING AID
Claudia Cohen said she likes nothing better than rocking out to music while she works out at the gym, but a youth spent at rock concerts left her with moderate hearing loss. Even though doctors diagnosed her problem 15 years ago, she refused to get hearing aids for years. But a few months ago Cohen read about the Lyric hearing aid. Cohen immediately made an appointment to learn more. READ MORE (ABC News)

Las Vegas, NV
CENTER GIVES THERAPY FOR DEAF RAPE VICTIMS
There's a new counseling center to help Las Vegas area rape victims and their families. The Rape Crisis Center had a ribbon cutting ceremony to open Signs of Hope counseling services. The program is called Signs of Hope because it will also provide therapy to the deaf and to those hard-of-hearing, in American Sign Language. READ MORE (KVVU Fox 5 News)

Vicksburg, MS
SHE'S 89, CAN'T SEE, HEAR OR SPEAK — BUT LIVES ALONE
Pecolia Sims has a routine. She makes the bed, does her chores — ironing on Tuesdays, mopping on Wednesdays — and is in bed by dark. She makes all her meals, cleans the dishes and washes the day’s clothes each night. That’s not unusual. This is: The 89-year-old does all this without being able to see, speak or hear. READ MORE (The Vicksburg Post)

Boston, MA
CYSTIC FIBROSIS TREATMENT MAY CAUSE HEARING LOSS
A common antibacterial treatment for cystic fibrosis can cause sensorineural hearing loss, finds a new study. Researchers reviewed the medical records of 50 cystic fibrosis patients treated over a 13-year period at Children's Hospital Boston and found that seven (14 percent) of them suffered from sensorineural hearing loss. READ MORE (Forbes)


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Keith Wann's ASL Comedy Tour 2009-2010

Keith Wann, renowned for his hilarious, sidesplitting comedy performances, is now producing and hosting the ASL Comedy Tour 2009, which will travel the U.S. this year. With American Sign Language (ASL) artists presenting solo performances incorporating comedy, skits, songs, improvisation, and stories, each show lasts two hours. Sponsored by www.CallVRS.org, the multi-city tour is designed to be affordable for each location – making it ideal as a fundraiser for participating organizations.

“We really want to reach out to all communities, so we are sharing in the costs and profits at each location. We will work closely with booking parties to maximize profits for their organization and to bring in as many people as possible for a night of laughter, socialization and fun,” Wann said. “We also offer workshops by some of our performers, which can be held the day of the performance. People can come to our workshops, and then unwind by attending the comedy show that evening.”

www.aslcomedytour.com
Contact KemiProductionsInc@gmail.com.

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WORKING WORLD
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Lancaster, PA
CLASS PROJECT TOUCHES LIVES OF DEAF CHILDREN AROUND THE COUNTRY
Deaf children across the U.S. might be playing games right now that were created at the hands of Ohio University Lancaster Campus students. It was several years ago when Sign Language III instructor Becky Brooks challenged her students to create a board game specifically designed for deaf students. She now estimates the students in her class, and the Sign Language III class of instructor Lorraine Rogers, have created about 50 board games during the past several years. READ MORE (Lancaster Eagle-Gazette)

Silver Spring, MD
NEW NAD WEBSITE IS FORWARD LOOKING
It is with great excitement that the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) announces the launch of a new and improved website. We invite you to take a look, give it a try, and test it out. Do visit often, because we will be adding a lot more features and news. It’s a new look, but the same familiar address: www.nad.org. READ MORE (NAD)

Rockville, MD
VIABLE ROLLS OUT VIDEOMAIL FOR MISSED CALLS
Viable, a deaf-owned provider of video relay services (VRS), has brought deaf and hard of hearing people one step closer to functional equivalence with the release of VideoMail, which allows deaf and hard of hearing people to receive phone messages in sign language. READ MORE (Viable)


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Greater Rochester Physical Therapy
Life is full of Choices… Choose Well… Choose GRPT
www.grpt.com

We are pleased to announce access to physical therapy services for the Deaf community! Please help us welcome Gretchen Roman, Licensed Physical Therapist & Certified Sign Language Interpreter

2000 Empire Blvd., Building 2
Webster, NY 14580
(V): 585-671-1030
Email: GreaterRochPT@gmail.com

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The long awaited coda Cruise...!!!

This is a chance for us to gather and share our stories not only with ourselves but with our loved ones... Codas of all ages and their Deaf parents are welcome! "Odas (...of deaf adults), including dodas, godas, sodas, wodas ... are welcomed here to share their stories and expereinces and relate to others who have had the same.

We will have many activities that help us to learn and share in a fun family-oriented atmosphere. Workshops, panel discussions, and performances that include you. The Workshops will be led by Arlene Malinowski, "Storytelling", and Alan Marcus, "Codas and their spouses". We will have workshops for both children and adults. The performance will be emceed by Keith Wann and have an open stage for you to come and share your hilarious stories. A children's show will also be led by Keith and Arlene. The panel discussion will be a great time for Deaf parents with young codas to ask questions...

It's now time to sign up at www.ASLcruise.com
Any questions email Jen@ASLcruise.com

Your Coda - Keith Wann

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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Baton Rouge, LA
PHOTOGRAPHER HONORED AS TRAILBLAZER IN DEAF COMMUNITY
Tate Tullier was 12 years old when he borrowed his mother Ida Tullier’s camera and began to take portraits of his younger cousin and friends. The St. Amant native said he was inspired by the ones he saw in magazines and desired to emulate them. So began what has evolved into a lucrative career as a professional photographer. READ MORE (The Advocate)

Durham, NC
WHERE SIGN LANGUAGE MEETS MUSIC
Dusk falls on Durham Central Park, where a dozen folding chairs dot a lush, green field. About 40 people have trickled in to sit on the grass. The Triangle Soundpainting Orchestra is ready to play. Soundpainting, a formal sign language, was developed in the 1980s by Walter Thompson, an artist in New York. He developed more than 800 gestures to create instant musical composition during live, improvised performances of jazz-based music. READ MORE (The News & Observer)


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Are you shocked by rude behavior on VRS from hearing callers and video relay interpreters? Do you think deaf and hearing people have different ideas of polite behavior for using pagers? Do you ever wonder about the appropriateness of an email message?

New technology such as email, pagers and VRS has made life easier for many deaf people. But the rules of politeness regarding their usage can vary between deaf and hearing users. Are you curious to know the different expectations and how to describe them to your hearing friends, family and co-workers? Let Miss Deaf Manners and Miss Hearing Manners explain it all to you in the new expanded and updated DVD

SEE WHAT I MEAN:
Differences between Deaf and Hearing Cultures –2nd edition
by Thomas K. Holcomb and Anna Mindess

With 4 new scenes depicting cultural differences involving pagers, email and VRS
Includes an updated Teachers’ guide plus classic scenarios depicting attitudes toward time, leave-taking, privacy, giving and receiving criticism and comments on personal appearance -- all discussed from each culture’s point of view.

Go to www.treehousevideo.com for more information and a sneak preview of a frustrating VRS call.

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SPORTS
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New York, NY
NEWS' READERS HELP DEAF SHOTPUTER GET TO DEAFLYMPICS
It looks like Brooklyn's star deaf Olympian is headed to the Deaflympics in Taiwan this fall, thanks to generous Daily News readers. New Yorkers, and even some folks from California, sent $2,700 to Joanel Lopez's shotput coach over the past two weeks, giving him the $4,500 he needs for fees, expenses and flights. READ MORE (Daily News)

Silver Spring, MD
DEAF SPORTS FAN FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and the law firm Willis & Willis Co.., L.P.A., filed a lawsuit on behalf of Vincent Sabino against Ohio State University. Mr. Sabino, an OSU sports fan who is deaf, wants OSU to provide captioning for announcements made over public address systems before, during, and after OSU events, such as basketball and football games. READ MORE (NAD)

Waikiki, HI
WORLD DEAF SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN WAIKIKI THIS WEEK
The bi-annual World Deaf Surfing Championships is coming to Waikiki, Hawaii on July 10-12. Deaf competitors will be flying in from places like Israel, Brazil, Basque, Ireland, England, Uruguay with over three-fourths of the total competitors coming from the United States, Australia and Japan. READ MORE (Surfline)

Orange Beach, AL
DEAF SOCCER TEAM TAKES ON PERDIDO BAY
The U.S. National Soccer Team for the Deaf took on the Perdido Bay Futbol Club's U-17 team. The exhibition was a 2-2 draw, but wins aren't measured by the scoreboard for this team. READ MORE (WALA Fox 10)

Los Angeles, CA
DA LIGHTHOUSE OUTREACH HOLDS ANNUAL SUMMER CELEBRATION
Da Lighthouse Outreach held its annual summer celebration at the organization’s community center. Directed by Da Lighthouse founder, Jean Simmons, the outreach is a non-profit organization that leads a double-headed mission to serve as an outlet for inner city youth and the deaf and hard of hearing community. This annual event celebrates achievements in the deaf community. READ MORE (1888 Press Release)

Washington, DC
GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES NEW SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR
Gallaudet University Athletic Director Mike Weinstock announced this week the hiring of Sam Atkinson as the new GU Sports Information Director. Atkinson arrives at Gallaudet from Capital Athletic Conference foe Salisbury University where he served in the same position for three years. He will start at Gallaudet University on July 6th. READ MORE (Gallaudet News)


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Use Hamilton Web Relay® to make and receive calls over the Internet in a private environment, separate from buddy lists and potential disruptions. There’s nothing to download -- it’s all web-based making the service available wherever you can connect to the Internet!

Now you can receive calls with a locally-based, 10-digit Hamilton HomeTown Number™.

Don't have a HomeTown Number? Register today and share your number with friends and colleagues! Visit http://www.hamiltonrelay.com and click on the "Make & Receive Calls Now" icon to check it out.

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Sign Language Inc presents CruisEUs 2009

Just south of the U.S. border lies a vibrant culture, world-class beaches, lush green rain forests, a a vividly painted architecture that will dazzle your eyes. Whether your idea of adventure is exploring a colonial city or discovering the joys of a siesta on a white-sand beach, a Mexican cruise vacation is "almost" perfect for you...making it PERFECT would be while at all these great locations, also attending workshops presented by Peter Cook, Byron Bridges, Mark Morales, Lynne Weisman, Emilia Lorenti-Wann and Keith Wann!

Costs for CruisEUs 2009 Workshops
$150 plus your cabin costs.

August 16, 2009 to August 23, 2009
Los Angeles, California / Cruising / Cabo San Lucas, Mexico / Mazatlan, Mexico / Puerto Vallarta, Mexico / Cruising / Cruising / Los Angeles, California

IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION, EMAIL EMILIA LORENTI-WANN cruiseus@cruiseus.net or call (916) 412-6241

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COMING EVENTS
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Portland, OR
DEAF WOMEN UNITED 12TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE
I am excited about the 12th biennial DWU conference that will take place in the City of Roses (Portland , Oregon) July 22-26, 2009! Our theme for the conference is "Honoring our Deaf Women Pioneers." READ MORE (DWU)


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EMPLOYMENT
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You can advertise your job openings here for just $20 a week (up to 100 words, 10 cents each add'l word). Start spreading the news! To place your ad, send the announcement to mail@deafweekly.com.

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Relay New Mexico Outreach Coordinator:

Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a full time position open for “Relay New Mexico Outreach Coordinator”. This position is responsible for promoting Relay New Mexico, thereby increasing the number of relay customers as well as educating individuals, organizations, agencies and businesses on the benefits of using relay services. The position is located in Albuquerque and travel is required. Preferred education, experience and skills: Fluent in American Sign Language and written English, additional fluency in Spanish a benefit; experience in public relations activities; direct work experience with TRS is helpful. Hamilton offers competitive wages with Full-Time Company Paid Benefits. To apply, contact our corporate HR Dept at 800.821.1831 or apply online at www.hamilton.net/careers.

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POSITION AVAILABLE

St. Rita School for the Deaf is an academic 10-month program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing impaired children from birth through 20 years of age. St. Rita School is an equal opportunity employer/educational private institution. Skills in Total Communication are required of all personnel.

TITLE: RESIDENT ADVISOR – WEEK
AREA: ONE FOR GIRLS DORMITORY
ONE FOR BOYS DORMITORY
NATURE OF WORK: This is a live-in position.

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Special Education or related Field.
2. Proficiency in Sign Language.
3. Knowledge of child growth and development and behavior.
4. Physical stamina, emotional maturity and patience needed for residential living.

REPORTS TO: DIRECTOR OF STUDENT LIFE

SUPERVISES: Students in the dormitory and students in the after school programs.

JOB GOAL:
1. To assist the student in group living, personal hygiene, interpersonal relationships, social graces and spiritual and moral development.
2. To create a healthful living situation in which the student can mature and develop as an individual with unique needs and personality.

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. To care for the student at all times outside of class time.
2. To maintain a neat, clean and pleasant dormitory and social area.
3. To provide a good health care program including: appropriate diet, rest and exercise, personal hygiene, care of sick student.
4. To assign and monitor student duties.
5. To assist the students in caring for and managing their money.
6. To guide and assist the students with planning of recreational activities and the utilization of their leisure time.
7. To discipline inappropriate behavior according to school policy.
8. To advise and counsel both the student and the parents.
9. To provide an area and time for studies and intellectual pursuits.
10. To support the philosophy and objectives of the school.

Submit your resume to:
Peter Keller
Director of Student Life
St. Rita School for the Deaf
1720 Glendale Milford Road
Cincinnati, OH 45215-1258
E-mail pkeller@srsdeaf.org

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JOB TITLE: Customer Recruiting Representative

DEPARTMENT: Inside Sales/Outreach

REPORTS TO: Inside Sales Manager

We are recruiting for 3 Customer Recruiting Representative openings (each a different work status):
· Temporary position – work is performed in a business office environment
· Contract (1099 Independent Contractor status) - work is performed at home
· Regular, Full-Time -- work is performed in a business office environment

Brief summary of duties:
Under the supervision of the Customer Recruiting Manager, the Customer Recruiting Representative will be responsible for qualifying leads by cold calling and teaching customers how to use VRS services.
In addition, the Customer Recruiting Representative will call prospective deaf customers and convert them to become customers of Purple Communications. The representative will also be required to maintain accounts through follow up and customer retention surveys.

Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Make outbound calls & qualify leads provided by Marketing or referrals
2. Market and provide support for VRS & Text Relay Services
3. Convert original equipment to use Purple communications / Hands On VRS
4. Communicate company value proposition to build loyalty, and maintain customer base
5. Provide follow up support for all accounts ( inactive and active )
6. Other duties may be assigned as needed.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
- Friendly and engaging
- Organized, a self-starter and a quick learner
- Connected to your local deaf community
- A highly motivated salesperson with a good amount of energy
- Capable of thinking in technical terms
- Capable of devoted daily time
- Knowledge of ASL and Deaf Culture

Experience with the following is a plus:
· Troubleshooting any issue that may arise
· Computer and Software literacy
· Experience with D-Link or any other video phone devices
· Welcoming and enthusiastic personality

Physical Requirements:
Employees may experience the following physical demands for extended periods of time:
· Sitting, standing and walking (95-100%)
· Keyboarding (40-60%)
· Viewing computer monitor, videophone, and pager requiring close vision (40-60%)

Work Environment:
Work is performed in a business office environment, or at home, depending on work status (see above). Some travel to company, customer and vendor sites, including some that are out of state may be required.

To apply for this position, please go to www.purple.us and click on the “career” and “search listings” tabs.

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Georgia Department of Education
Job Announcement

Posting Date: MM/DD/YYYY

Announcement: GSD ##-## Apply by: MM/DD/YYYY

Position Title:
Assistant Director for Residential Services

Position: # 00055521
Location: Georgia School for the Deaf
232 Perry Farm Road, SW
Cave Spring, GA 30124
Program/Unit: State Schools

Description of Duties:
The Assistant Director for Residential Services is responsible for providing effective leadership for all aspects of the residential program. The first priority for this position is the health, safety and welfare of our students. Expectations for successful performance include, but are not limited to, managing, supervising, and recruiting staff; enforcing the school’s Student Code of Conduct; scheduling student activities in collaboration with the Assistant Director for Instruction, Assistant Director for Administrative Operations, and the Director; coordinating student transportation; responding quickly to unforeseen disruptive events, mishaps, and conflicts involving students and/or staff that take place outside normal work hours; serving as a member of the school’s Leadership Team; helping promote the school to the general public, Local Education Agencies, and the deaf community; organizing Family Learning Weekend; securing ongoing training for staff; and collaboratively developing goals, interventions, and strategies for the School Improvement Plan.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, sociology, or a related field; experience managing programs in a residential setting; and American Sign Language (ASL) basic skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, possess one or more of the following:
-0 Master’s degree in education, psychology, sociology, or a related field
-1 Georgia educator certification
-2 Three or more years professional, full-time experience managing programs in a residential setting
-3 Experience working with the deaf community and/or in a school for deaf students
-4 Experience successfully managing student behavior and disciplinary issues
-5 Advanced American Sign Language (ASL) skills

Salary/Benefits:
Pay grade 17- Annual salary range $43,063.23 (minimum) to $75,523.31 (maximum) depending on current employment and relevant education/training and work experience. Benefit options include life, disability, dental and health insurance, annual/sick leave, and Georgia State Employees Pension and Savings Plan.

Submit an cover letter and a resume* or State of Georgia Application to:

Denise Clark, Personnel Office
Georgia School for the Deaf
232 Perry Farm Road, S. W.
Cave Spring, Georgia 30124
Email: denise.clark@doe.k12.ga.us
Fax: (706) 777-2240
Internet address: www.doe.k12.ga.us

*Resume/application should include daytime telephone number and prior employment history with addresses and telephone numbers. If a resume is submitted, it must be accompanied by a cover letter.

Consideration/interviews will begin as soon as a list of applicants is established. Applications/resumes will be evaluated and only those meeting the qualifications will be considered. Top candidates will be contacted for interviews. No notification will be sent to applicants except those who are selected for interviews. Due to the large volume of applications received by this office, we are unable to provide information on your application status over the phone.

In accordance with Public Law 99-603, also known as the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the Department of Education employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. All persons hired by the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf are required to verify identity and employment eligibility and will undergo a criminal background investigation.

*Resume/application should include daytime telephone number and prior employment history with addresses and telephone numbers. If a resume is submitted, it must be accompanied by a cover letter.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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