deafweekly

 

July 15, 2009
Vol. 5, No. 6

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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Rockville, MD
FEDS PROBE ROCKVILLE VIDEO COMPANY
The Rockville headquarters of Viable Inc., which provides video interpreting services for hearing-impaired people, was visited by federal investigators recently, and the company is "cooperating fully" with investigators, a Viable spokesman said. Glenn Lockhart said in an e-mail Saturday that federal investigators visited the company's headquarters in June. He referred specific questions to company attorney Timothy Sullivan, who did not return calls seeking comment on the reason for the investigation Monday. READ MORE (The Gazette)

Andover, MA
STATE TO CONSIDER NEW TEST FOR TEACHER
The state department of education has responded to the case of Daniela Ioannides, a deaf teacher of American Sign Language at Andover High School whose contract has not been renewed. Ioannides was told on June 23 - the last week of school - that her contract would not be renewed because she has failed to pass the English competency part of the state's teacher certification exam. READ MORE (Andover Townsman)

Denver, CO
A SIGN OF APATHY FOR DEAF
Sarah Burke was cooking dinner for her family when police came knocking at her door. As she tells it, the Denver officers kept ignoring the obvious fact that both she and her husband are profoundly deaf and unable to read lips. Police finally asked the couple's son to sign to Burke that she had a bench warrant for allegedly failing to file paperwork related to a 2-year-old misdemeanor case. "Contempt of court" was a concept that the 8-year-old boy couldn't grasp, let alone interpret. READ MORE (Denver Post)

Salt Lake City, UT
CAT SAVES DEAF WOMAN FROM SALT LAKE CITY FIRE
People in a Trolley Square neighborhood are calling a cat a hero. The animal apparently acted up Sunday morning [July 5] letting a deaf person know that her house was on fire. Elva Petersen says she escaped from that burning building. READ MORE (ABC-4)

Midland, TX
SERVICE DOG FOR HEARING IMPAIRED RESCUES TERRIER FROM TRASH BIN
Sadly, it wasn't the first time Animal Services Director Paul O'Neill had heard of a live dog being dumped in a large trash bin and left for dead. But a black terrier mix, aptly named "Indy" after being rescued on Independence Day, owes its life to a service dog for the hearing impaired. READ MORE (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

Washington, DC
BHI LAUNCHES 'BETTER HEARING BLOG' FOR PEOPLE WITH HEARING LOSS CONCERNS
The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) yesterday launched a seven topic mega-blog that offers the latest hearing health news and that provides a forum for people to discuss hearing concerns and personal stories and challenges. BHI Executive Director Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D. will contribute to the blog along with close to 40 other hearing health experts who will feature a wide variety of perspectives. READ MORE (PR Web)

Washington, DC
FRAUDSTERS CONTINUE TO EXPLOIT RELAY SERVICES
Over the last few years, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has received thousands of complaints pertaining to scam artists using Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) to defraud U.S. businesses and consumers. A new twist involves several recent reports of perpetrators of these schemes exploiting auto repair shops by using TRS to request services for a vehicle. The fraudster claims the vehicle has to be shipped to the shop and requests the repairs and shipping fees be charged to a credit card. READ MORE (FBI)


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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!

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INTERNATIONAL
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Sukkur, Pakistan
POLICE ACCUSED OF KILLING DEAF SHEPHERD IN ALLEGED FAKE ENCOUNTER
The Bagerji Police on Tuesday allegedly killed a deaf shepherd identified as Shuban son of Shahnwaz Jatoi in an alleged fake encounter in Katcha area near Bagerji. Relatives of the deceased alleged that the police asked the murdered person to stop, but due to his deafness he did not hear the policemen due to which they opened indiscriminate firing on him, leaving him dead on the spot. READ MORE (Regional Times)

Alor Star, Kedah, Malaysia
TEEN SAVES DEAF PARENTS IN STORM
If not for their 15-year-old daughter, Azizan Ahmad, his wife Bashah Bahari and their 11-day-old son may have been seriously injured, or worse. The couple were sleeping blissfully unaware that a storm had ripped away the roof of their home in Kampung Sri Muda, early Sunday. Blissfully unaware because they are both deaf and mute. READ MORE (Asia One)

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
NO PLACE FOR TOP STPM SCORER
Chai Wei Xiong graduated as top STPM special needs student in 2008 and hopes to teach deaf and mute children. He is deaf and mute himself. But after checking online, he discovered that his application to a local university to study special education had been rejected. READ MORE (Malaysia Star

Toronto, Ont., Canada
DEAF SWIMMERS' LAKE CROSSING DELAYED FOR WARMER WEATHER
Brenda Lussier's plan to swim across Lake Ontario has been delayed. A decision was made late Wednesday night to push the start of the crossing to July 22 instead of this Sunday due to lower than normal temperatures in Lake Ontario. Lussier is attempting to be the first deaf person to complete the 52-kilometre crossing of the lake. READ MORE (Guelph Mercury)

Vancouver, BC, Canada
DEAF MINISTRY COMES OUT OF CYBER-SPACE
Though he may have a mighty presence vlogging salvation over the Internet, Father Mike Depcik, OSFS, is even more engaging in person. His presence was felt at a Deaf retreat last month in the Lower Mainland. Father Depcik is one of only about a half dozen or so Deaf Catholic priests in the world, and his time is in high demand. READ MORE (The B.C. Catholic)

Forch, Switzerland
CONDUCTOR DIES IN SUICIDE CENTER
Renowned British conductor Sir Edward Thomas Downes has died at the age of 85, after travelling to the assisted suicide centre Dignitas with his wife. He and his 74-year-old wife Joan, who was terminally ill, chose to end their lives at the Swiss centre, their family said in a statement. Sir Edward had a 40-year relationship with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. "Our father, who was 85 years old, almost blind and increasingly deaf, had a long, vigorous and distinguished career as a conductor," his family said. READ MORE (BBC News)

York, England
AIR CANADA PAYS HEARING LOSS COMPENSATION
A ramp coordinator working for Air Canada at Heathrow Airport has been awarded GBP6,000* compensation. Michael Honeker, aged 49, has worked for Air Canada since 1977. In 1998, he was transferred to the ramp baggage area. He was exposed to excessive levels of noise when handling baggage and working in the vicinity of aircraft, the engines of which were still running. READ MORE (24-7 Press Release)
* $9,798 US

Oxford, England
COMPUTER LEARNS SIGN LANGUAGE BY WATCHING TV
It's not only humans that can learn from watching television. Software developed in the UK has worked out the basics of sign language by absorbing TV shows that are both subtitled and signed. READ MORE (New Scientist)

South Shields, England
NEW TAXI FIRM EASES THE RIDE FOR THE DEAF
Deaf passengers are in for a smoother ride following the launch of a new taxi company in South Tyneside. Same Day Taxis allows deaf people and the hard of hearing to text their booking, making life easier for both the customer and the firm. READ MORE (The Shields Gazette)

Hartlepool, England
DEAF HARTLEPOOL GOLFER SCOTT PHILLIPS DEFIES ODDS
A North golfer has been celebrating after winning a regional tournament – despite being stone deaf. Scott Phillips inherited a rare condition from his mum, which caused tumours to grow on the hearing nerve in his ears. After three operations, which left him completely deaf and with severe problems with his balance, the keen sportsman feared he would never pick up a club again. READ MORE (Sunday Sun)

Allahabad, India
80 PERSONS PROVIDED HEARING AIDS
Spandan, an authorised dealer for Starkey Hearing Aids, in association with The Times of India, organised a free hearing test and evaluation camp on July 11 and 12 for creating awareness about hearing impairment. This was the first such camp in the city. Nearly 150 persons attended the camp. They were tested and evaluated for hearing impairment. As many as 80 persons were provided hearing aids. READ MORE (The Times of India)

Belize City, Belize
PEOPLE WITH HEARING DISABILITIES NOW WANT THE RIGHT TO DRIVE
CARE for Belize and other stakeholders are lobbying the Government of Belize to amend the Road and Traffic Act to allow persons who are deaf to qualify for a valid driver’s license. The law as it stands will not allow men and women who are deaf to qualify for a driver’s license. READ MORE (The Reporter)


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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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LIFE & LEISURE
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Newark, NJ
OPENING THE 'EARS' OF THE DEAF
Newark's biggest advocate for the deaf died in September at age 84, three days after St. John's Roman Catholic Church held its first weekly signed Mass. But two clergy members have carried on Monsignor John Hourihan's labor of love in the church on Mulberry Street, and now, nine months after Hourihan's death, the ministry is thriving. READ MORE (The Star-Ledger)

Yonkers, NY
HEAR WELL IN A NOISY WORLD
When we set out to test hearing aids, we encountered the same challenges that hearing-aid shoppers face every day: a fragmented and confusing marketplace and difficulty sorting out good hearing-aid providers from less-capable ones. We followed a dozen actual patients for six months as they shopped for and used hearing aids, conducted a national survey of 1,100 people who had bought a hearing aid in the past three years, and lab-tested the features of 44 hearing aids. Here's what we found: READ MORE (Consumer Reports)

Boston, MA
A DRUG'S UNINTENDED USE RESTORES THE GIFT OF HEARING
It was the honeyed drawl of her professor that first pierced the silence enveloping Edith Garrett for an entire year, since the day she had lost her hearing. But she dismissed it, thinking she was just having a good day. Today, Garrett’s hearing is near-perfect in one ear, her rare neurological ailment treated by a drug called Avastin. But the wonder here isn’t simply that her hearing has been restored. The real wonder is how.
READ MORE (The Boston Globe)

Palo Alto, CA
PLUG IN AND TUNE IN: NEW HEARING AID APP FOR THE iPHONE
People don't normally equate the iPhone with medical innovation, but with the June release of an application that doubles as a hearing aid, they may have to reconsider. The application, which is called soundAMP, is made by Ginger Labs, a California-based software applications developer, and is available in the iTunes store for $9.99. READ MORE (ABC News)


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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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WORKING WORLD
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Mobile, AL
DEAF WELDER SENDS POSITIVE SPARKS FLYING
Steven Pituk is an inspiration for those who are physically challenged in one way or another and for employers who have an opportunity to hire those who are qualified and eager to prove themselves. The life of the 24-year-old south Alabama resident, who was born deaf, has to this point included a series of challenges, adjustments and achievement.& nbsp; READ MORE (Press-Register)

Council Bluffs, IA
IOWA WEST AWARDS $4.2M IN 2Q
The Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs has received a $300,000 grant from the Iowa West Foundation for a new science center. Superintendent Jeanne Prickett said the current science facility was built in the 1930s and the grant will help classrooms get “significant upgrading for the instructional area, science equipment and technology.” READ MORE (Daily Nonpareil)

St. Paul, MN
STARKEY HEARING FOUNDATION MARKS 25 YEARS OF HELPING
Tonight [July 11], the group will hold its annual fundraising gala in St. Paul, featuring Elton John, Billy Crystal, Gladys Knight and Tony Bennett. Last year's dinner and auction raised $5 million, and the 25-year-old organization credits the event with allowing it to continue providing hearing aids to those who can't afford them. READ MORE (Pioneer Press)

Bethesda, MD
RABIL BECOMES SPOKESMAN FOR NATIONAL CUED SPEECH ASSOC.
The National Cued Speech Association is pleased to introduce professional lacrosse player Paul Rabil as its first National Spokesman. Rabil is one of the premier professional lacrosse players in the world and is hard of hearing. Thus, he understands all too well the challenges associated with hearing loss and communication. READ MORE (Lax Power)

Langley, VA
NTID ATTENDS CIA'S DEAF SUMMIT
John Macko, the director of NTID's Center on Employment, and Linda Iacelli, NCE's assistant director, visited the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Va. on June 18 to attend a Deaf Summit. The first-of-its-kind summit for the CIA was an opportunity to interact with colleagues from other schools and colleges that serve deaf and hard-of-hearing students. READ MORE (NTID News)


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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North Hollywood, CA
DEAF WEST THEATRE NAMED LAURA HILL NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR
The award-winning Deaf West Theatre's (DWT) has named Laura Hill its new Managing Director. This position was previously held by Bill O'Brien and has remained vacant since his departure to the National Endowment for the Arts in 2007. Ms. Hill joined DWT in 2004 and for the past five years has served in all capacities of the organization. READ MORE (Broadway World)

London, England
WHY STEPHANIE BEACHAM HATES BOTOX
Actress Stephanie Beacham, 62, has worked with many greats but is most famous for 1980s smash Dynasty. She's currently supporting The Sound Barrier Stars Awards in association with Specsavers and Hearing Dogs For Deaf People. READ MORE (Metro)


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Lamplighter Receiver Now on Sale

The Lamplighter Receiver (SC-LLREC) is on sale at Harris Communications for only $109.95-- a savings of $37.05!* This wireless, palm-sized alerting device from Silent Call will flash a table lamp with a unique flash code for each alert type it receives from signalers. It has a 100 foot range and is compatible with all Silent Call transmitters. The Lamplighter Receiver has a five year warranty. *Sale ends July 31, 2009.

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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.”

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Contact KemiProductionsInc@gmail.com.

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SPORTS
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Seattle, WA
GILLIES READY TO SHOW SKILLS AT FUTURES GAME
Acceleration has been the key word for Seattle prospect Tyson Gillies this season. And he's done it against the odds. At age 4, Gillies was diagnosed with a hearing impairment that has left him with 30 percent hearing in one ear and 60 percent in the other. Thanks to the use of hearing aids and an ability to read lips that he learned before his impairment had even been diagnosed by doctors, though, Gillies has not let what some would view as a "disability" stop him, on the field or off of it. READ MORE (Seattle Mariners/MLB.com)

Waikiki , HI
WORLD DEAF SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN WAIKIKI
It was a day these surfers had been waiting for. "Chris Levitzke-Grey from Australia in the black," boomed a surf contest speaker. While they may not have heard the announcer...these surfers still knew how to put on a good show for the crowd. Even those from down under. And despite living thousands of miles away from each other, it's the universal sign of surfing that brought them to Waikiki beach. All for the 2009 World Deaf Surfing Championships. READ MORE (KHON2)

Bedford, Mich.
STRIVING TO INSPIRE
Like most youngsters, Matt Lake will never forget his first trip to Tiger Stadium. Lake met a player that day who made a big impact — Curtis Pride. He was a deaf outfielder who played two seasons with Detroit in the 1990s. Like Pride, Lake was born with a hearing problem. And, like Pride, he wants to inspire others though athletics. His sport is golf and the 24-year-old Lambertville resident will play next week in the United States Deaf Golfers Association National Tournament in Colorado. READ MORE (Monroe News)

Springfield, IL
DEAF DISC GOLF NATIONALS OPEN IN SPRINGFIELD
As a plastic disc sailed into the chains of a metal basket at Douglas Park, a group of men began to chatter, their hands deftly communicating excitement. The men — in town from as far away as Washington, D.C., and Georgia — spent Wednesday practicing for the Deaf Disc Golf Nationals, which start today [June 9] in Springfield and run through Saturday. READ MORE (The State Journal-Register)

London, England
PLAYING TOO MUCH GOLF COULD DRIVE YOU DEAF
One of the biggest appeals of golf is the chance to enjoy the tranquillity of the green. But doctors have found that clubs can in fact be so loud they could make you deaf. They discovered that modern drivers make such a noise when they hit the ball that they can damage hearing. READ MORE (The Daily Mail)


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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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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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Elementary Education Teacher for the Deaf

Charter school for young deaf and hard of hearing children in Las Vegas, NV.
B.A. or B.S. in deaf or special education required.
Application found on www.lvcsd.org
Bi-Bi curriculum-small school - friendly, supportive environment
Voice telephone - (702) 385-3323

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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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