July 17, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 38
Editor: Tom Willard
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New York, NY
DEAF STARBUCKS CUSTOMERS ACCUSE EMPLOYEES OF HUMILIATION AND DISCRIMINATION
A group of Starbucks customers, most of them deaf, are suing the company for allegedly discriminating against them at two Manhattan locations. One plaintiff, Alan Roth, says that last summer a Starbucks employee at the 424 Park Avenue South location laughed at his voice when he placed his order, then asked him to repeat his order again and again, laughing harder each time. According to the lawsuit, when Roth demanded to speak to a manager, the employee became enraged, and came out from behind the counter to accost Roth, shouting obscenities in his face. / Gothamist
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TWO MORE CONVICTIONS, AND YET ANOTHER TWO MORE POSTPONEMENTS
On Monday, July 15, Irma Azrelyant and Alfia Iskandarova were handed down their sentences [in the VRS fraud case]. Ms. Azrelyant received five years of probation, with the first year of home confinement and location monitoring, along with $7,000,000 restitution. Ms. Azrelyant will pay the restitution in monthly installments of $100. Ms. Iskandarova received three years probation, no home confinement, along with $2,500,000 restitution. The two postponements, as expected, belonged to Bridget Bonheyo and Jerome Bonheyo. / VRS Justice
ADVOCATES FOR DEAF SUE LAW OFFICERS
Advocates for the deaf are suing the Pueblo Police Department and the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly violating the rights of deaf persons who are arrested and jailed. A lawsuit claims the police and the sheriff have violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing adequate ways for deaf persons in custody to communicate with police, jail staff or persons outside the jail. Deaf inmate Michaelee Owen was in the county detention center for six months and “never once offered or provided a sign language interpreter,” the lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court, alleges. / The Pueblo Chieftain
PORTLAND ORDERED TO PAY DEAF PLAINTIFF $51,500, ADOPT POLICE POLICY FOR COMMUNICATING WITH HARD OF HEARING
The city of Portland has been ordered to pay $51,500 to a deaf domestic violence victim who said police failed to adequately interview or protect him from the accused abuser because they would not provide a sign-language interpreter. U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman also ordered the city to adopt the U.S. Justice Department's model policy on how to communicate with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The judgment, which was proposed by the city and accepted by the plaintiff Philip J. Wolfe, calls for the city to pay costs and reasonable attorney's fees. / The Oregonian
HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION WANTS TO SAVE DEAF SCHOOL
The Casper Historic Preservation Commission has begun an effort to save the former Wyoming School for the Deaf building from demolition. The building that housed the Wyoming School for the Deaf is in danger of being demolished with the planned rebuilding of Pineview Elementary School. It was built in 1961. The Wyoming School for the Deaf was operated by the State Department of Education from 1963 until it was closed for lack of enrollment in June 2005. / Casper Journal
Corpus Christi, TX
RED CROSS SETS UP SHOP AT DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CENTER
As with any major disaster, the American Red Cross has been on the scene of Friday morning's house explosion trying to assess the damage and help out victims. Soon after the explosion, they set up shop at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center on McArdle Road. Some of the immediate help they have been providing include food and water. "We are welcoming people in the area to come here that live here to take advantage of the AC," said Mary E. Wambach of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center. / KiiTV3
DEAF SCHOOL BUS INVOLVED IN HIT AND RUN
Officials say an Indiana School for the Deaf school bus was struck by a driver that then left the scene. The crash occurred around 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of 71st and Michigan Road. Three children suffered minor injuries in the crash and were transported to St. Vincent Hospital. / WLFI.com
Silver Spring, MD
NAD AND RID COMMIT TO A STRONGER PARTNERSHIP
The National Association of the Deaf and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., in recognizing the shared values of both organizations, will renew their commitment to a stronger partnership to meet the needs of the members of both organizations. To achieve this vision, the NAD and RID will sign a new Memorandum of Understanding during the opening ceremonies at the 2013 RID National Conference in Indianapolis on August 9. / NAD
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ELDERLY DEAF MAN AND HIS WIFE HELD AT KNIFEPOINT
Police have launched a manhunt after an elderly deaf man and his wife were the victims of a brutal assault and robbery in their home. Three men broke into the couple's house and held them at knifepoint in Ballynacargy, Co Westmeath, in the early hours of Sunday morning. The elderly man, 75 and his wife, who is in her 80s, were confronted after the men broke in. It's been reported that the elderly woman was threatened with a knife before money was handed over. / Irish Mirror
CITY YOUNGSTERS BREAK SIGN2SING RECORD
Eleven schools in Milton Keynes joined in with a World Record breaking sing along. National charity SignHealth organizes the sign2sing record breaker every year. And this year, 116,980 pupils and teachers all over the country participated in the event. Steve Powell, Chief Executive at SignHealth, the healthcare charity for deaf people, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have broken the world record for the third year running." / Milton Keynes Citizen
HELPING THE DEAF ENJOY MUSIC
An anniversary concert celebrating the achievements of a group set up to help deaf people enjoy music will take place July 14. Music and the Deaf will perform at the Adrian Boult Hall in Birmingham to mark its 15th birthday. Paul Whittaker is the founder of the unique charity which provides music opportunities to deaf people all over the UK and worldwide. Paul, who himself is profoundly deaf, studied music at Wadham College, Oxford, and has been made an OBE for Services to Music. / Hispanic Business
AIRMAN CROSSES FROM DEAF CULTURE INTO BLUE FUTURE
The house in Norfolk, Va., was noisy. The children shouted across the house to each other. The T.V., when on, always had closed captions. The father was born able to hear and eventually lost his hearing. The mother was born deaf. Many of the children grew up to join the military. One joined the Air Force -- Staff Sgt. Stephen Small. / Military.com
DEAF MINISTRY SHOWS TRANSFORMATIVE PATH
Through the years, deaf people have faced numerous challenges. Twenty years ago, no one would have believed that two very determined people would bring a transformation for the deaf community in Nagaland. With faith in their calling, Rev. Yanger Walling and his wife Amongla, leaving aside the relative comfort of their jobs in Bangalore, returned to Nagaland to start a ministry for the deaf. / The Morung Express
DEAF-MUTE WOMAN RAPED; ACCUSED HELD
A deaf-mute married woman was allegedly raped by an employee of a department store here last week.The incident took place on Sunday, but it took the shocked woman a few days to reveal it to her husband. The latter approached the police, who arrested the accused, Manpreet Singh, after identification by the victim. / Hindustan Times
DEAF, SPEECH-IMPAIRED BOOKED FOR MINOR'S ABDUCTION, RAPE
A 15-year-old girl was allegedly forced to marry deaf and speech-impaired youth, who along with his mother and sister later took the girl to Gadarwara in Narsinghpur district and outraged her modesty for almost four months. The girl, who is dependent on her relatives after the death of her parents, somehow reached her uncle here following which cases under sections of abduction and rape were registered against the youth, his mother, sister and one other. / Times of India
TWO DEAF LIBERIANS LAUD ELLEN
Two Liberians with impaired hearing have extended thanks and appreciation to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for rendering them assistance to travel to the United States. Jallah Kabbah and Louise T. Diggs were assisted with air-tickets to travel to the United States in a bid to undergo training and exposure in the field of Special Education and Rehabilitation of the hearing impaired. In a letter addressed to the President, the hearing impaired expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the President for footing the bill for their air tickets. / The Inquirer
DEAF DEMAND MORE SIGN LANGUAGE
Sign Language is the primary language used by the deaf community in South Africa, yet to this day it is not officially recognized or well-integrated into everyday life. The South African Constitution stipulates that all citizens are equal before the law and have a right to choose their own language and culture. Lwandokazi Denti, a deaf teen, said: "Equality includes the full and equal enjoyment of all rights and freedoms, and it's unfortunate that we don't enjoy the same benefits that hearing people enjoy when it comes to accessing television programs." / allAfrica.com
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LIFE & LEISURE
D.C.'S H STREET EMBEDDED WITH DEAF CULTURE
Not all places are ideal to start off a Friday night, so Richard Spiecker’s text message to his friends made the plans clear. The time: 9 p.m. The location: Biergarten Haus on H Street NE. The “where” was almost a foregone conclusion. Spiecker, a rising senior at Gallaudet University, and the dozen or so friends who’d be joining him were all deaf. And over the past decade, H Street has emerged as the city’s nexus of deaf youth culture. / The Washington Post
NEWSMAKER: DANAH RICHTER
Noteworthy: She was named a “Young Leader” in the Deaf Community and invited to participate in the Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf conference in Pittsburgh in September and the National Association for the Deaf's National Leadership Training Conference in Omaha in October. / TribLIVE
New York, NY
PEOPLE GOING DEAF BY BLARING MUSIC FROM HEADPHONES
More people in the US are facing hearing problems due to blaring music from headphones of their mobile phones and MP3 players, a new study has warned. Prolonged exposure to loud sounds can cause irreversible damage to the inner ear, resulting in tinnitus, hearing loss, or both, researchers said. A New York City Health Department survey has found that nearly one out of four 18 to 44 year olds who frequently listen to loud headphones report hearing problems. / IBNLive
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INTERPRETER PROGRAM AIMS TO BRIDGE DEAF, MEDICAL DIVIDE
"Doctor-speak" — the technical language of the medical profession — can be difficult for any patient to make sense of, but especially so for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. That's because what the doctor says often can't be simply translated into sign language. But 15 interpreters from 12 states hope to fine-tune their skills — and learn more about medical terminology — in a year-long course on health care interpreting kicked off by the Rochester Institute of Technology this week. / USA Today
HENRIETTA APARTMENTS EQUIPPED FOR DEAF RESIDENTS RECEIVE STATE FUNDING
Funding has been awarded for the Rochester View Apartments, 60 apartments offering enhanced supports to accommodate tenants who may be deaf. In May, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $5.7 million dollars for the project through the New York State Housing and Community Renewal Unified Funding Application.
“We are very pleased to provide this much-needed affordable housing option for income-eligible individuals in our community,” said Mark H. Fuller, President of DePaul. / Brighton-Pittsford Post
Twin Falls, ID
CONAGRA FOODS LAUDED FOR EMPLOYMENT EXCELLENCE
About 150,000 Idahoans are deaf or hard of hearing. Five of them work at ConAgra's local Lamb Weston potato processing plant. "You've worked here for six years?" ConAgra supervisor and interpreter Michael Fruechte signed to employee Angel Castilleja. "Time flies when you're having fun, right?" Fruechte said out loud as he signed. Four other deaf employees sat with Castilleja, waiting for an award ceremony to begin Friday. / Times-News
Lake Stevens, WA
RELAY SYSTEM EASES COMMUNICATION BETWEEN DEAF, HEARING
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
MICHAEL ARDEN AND ANDY MIENTUS DIRECTING WORKSHOP OF 'SPRING AWAKENING' FOR DEAF WEST THEATRE
Deaf West Theatre, the Los Angeles-based company known for creating plays and musicals for deaf and hearing audiences alike, is currently exploring the Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening as a possible future project in a two-week private workshop that continues through July 19. The workshop is co-directed by Michael Arden, who starred in DWT and Center Theatre Group’s Big River on Broadway, and "Smash" star Andy Mientus, who originated a role in the first national tour of Spring Awakening. / Playbill
CAPITOL HILL TO HOST 2014 SEATTLE DEAF FILM FESTIVAL
Arts organization Deaf Spotlight has an open call out for submissions to the 2nd annual Seattle Deaf Film Festival, which will take place next spring on Capitol Hill. The first Deaf Film Festival was held at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall, but this year the films will be screened at the Northwest Film Forum on April 4-6, 2014. In order to be considered for inclusion, a film must be made by a member of the deaf community – either deaf, hard of hearing, or the child of a deaf adult. / Capitol Hill Seattle
A SUMMER TRADITION RETURNS TO SNOWMASS
After a 16-year hiatus, the Deaf Camp Picnic returns next weekend to Snowmass, along with many of the original acts including the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. One performer who will be noticeably absent is John Denver, whose untimely death occurred just months after he sang at the last picnic in 1997. To many locals, Denver and the picnic were synonymous with one of the biggest events of the summer, which was also the main fundraiser for the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, otherwise known as the Aspen Deaf Camp. / Aspen Daily News
ESSENTIAL THEATRE LAUNCHES PROJECT TO CONNECT WITH HEARING-IMPAIRED AUDIENCE MEMBERS
This summer brings us the 15th annual Essential Theatre play festival, running July 12-Aug 11 at Actor's Express Theatre. This summer, Essential's got something new up its sleeve. "Connecting with Deaf Audiences" is Essential's newest initiative to push the boundaries of theatre accessibility and inclusiveness. / Broadway World
Saratoga Springs, NY
DEAF FAN LIKES FEELING THE BEAT
Christopher Gerow was a sight to behold at Friday's Phish concert. He never stopped moving. He had the biggest smile in a sea of happy faces. But when Phish noodled its way out of a long improvisation and Trey Anastasio started singing again, Gerow focused on the woman dancing in front of him, her arms doing their own routine. Sharyn Klipstein was translating Anastasio's lyrics into sign language. / Times Union
Kansas City, KS
KC DRIVE-IN MAKES HISTORY FOR HEARING IMPAIRED, DEAF
History is being made at a drive-in movie theater in Kansas City, Kan. The Boulevard Drive-In has become the first movie theater in the metro to offer “open captioning” for the hearing impaired. The cars are parked, the screen is blaring, faces are smiling and people are laughing. Of course, that’s the typical sights and sounds at a drive-in.
The only difference: the words are on the screen. “This is history,” said James “JJ.” “This has never happened before. To see the first outdoor captioning movie — it’s amazing.” / fox4kc.com
BRITISH DEAF COMIC NOW DISTRIBUTED IN UNITED STATES
United Kingdom's Deaf Power Publishing House has reached an agreement with Davideo Productions of Texas to distribute the British comic book series SIGNS AND VOICES in the United States. SIGNS AND VOICES is a comic book that features Deaf heroes using sign language. The stories are fast-paced, exciting, and serious with topics such as social barriers, diversity, history and heritage. / Deaf Network of Texas
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BASKETBALL CAMP FOR DEAF CALLED SUCCESSFUL
The Deaf Sports Academy’s weeklong 2013 Stars Basketball Camp at California School for the Deaf, Riverside was a huge success with 115 deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing campers, organizer Jeremias Valencia said in an email. Deaf basketball player Michael Lizarraga, a graduate of California School for the Deaf, Fremont, and who played in NCAA Division I at Cal State Northridge, was guest speaker. The state-run school in Riverside allowed the camp to use its facilities and equipment. / The Press-Enterprise
FORMER NBDA PRESIDENT PASSED AWAY AT AGE 56
NBDA is sad to confirm the death of Dr. Reginald Redding who passed away on May 4, 2013. He was one of the first Black Deaf persons to earn a doctoral degree from Gallaudet University in 1995, and served as the president of National Black Deaf Advocates, Inc. from 2002 to 2005. During his tenure as the president, he created the Collegiate Black Deaf Student Leadership Institute and was one of the leaders instrumental in establishing the Dr. Andrew J. Foster bust commissioned by NBDA and presented to Gallaudet University in 2004. / NBDA
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NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
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, PAHrtners provides residential and out-patient services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) children, adolescents and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are Deaf or Hard of Hearing!
As a result of our commitment to the Deaf/HoH community PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or 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, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable in Deaf culture to fill the following positions:
-- CASE MANAGER (full time position)
-- STAFF INTERPRETER (full time position)
-- RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR (full time position)
-- RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS (full-time, part-time and on-call positions available)
Go to our Website at: www.PAHrtners.com to learn more about each position.
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Glenside, PA 19038
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MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIAN (MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST)
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Division
Minnesota Department of Human Services
$22.62 - $33.34 hourly ($47,231 - $ 69,614 annually)
DESCRIPTION OF WORK:
This position provides culturally affirmative mental health services to deaf and hard of hearing adults coping with mental health issues in Duluth, MN and Northeast Minnesota. The main responsibility of the Mental Health Specialist is to provide psychotherapy/ counseling services and the remaining of time will include clinical case management/coordination, consultation, training, aftercare planning, and community placement assistance for deaf and hard of hearing adults. The candidate will be housed in Duluth and will travel in Northeast Minnesota on a regular basis.
Provide direct mental health services (independently or with supervision) to deaf and hard-of-hearing adults and their families. Responsibilities include: individual/couples/family/group psychotherapy, intake evaluation, treatment planning, some clinical case management, inter-agency coordination, and psycho-education. Complete intake evaluations, treatment plans, progress notes, discharge summaries, and other reports as required. Some consultation duties are also involved (in-services and workshops on Deaf culture and mental health). Maintain close contact with local acute psychiatric units and group homes ensuring that their services are accessible for deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Assist in client capacity building in the regions covered.
Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL)
Master’s Degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or behavioral-health related field
At least 2 years advanced profession experience, OR 1 year advanced professional experience plus 2 years professional experience providing direct mental health services to deaf and hard of hearing individuals
Licensed or license-eligible for LPC, LPCC, LP, LICSW or LMFT in the state of Minnesota
Knowledge of clinical/crisis interventions and psychiatric medications
Ability to provide consultation services to mental health care organizations
Ability to complete required reports, case files, and other paperwork duties accurately and in a timely manner
Ability to multi-task and cope under stressful circumstances
Excellent client advocacy and interpersonal skills
Thorough knowledge of relevant professional codes of ethics and DSM diagnoses
Fully competent in Deaf and hearing cross-cultures
Willingness to perform some duties at remote work sites, involving some statewide travel
Experienced or familiar with a statewide system of mental health services
Knowledge of the video technology used by deaf and hard-of-hearing people
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT THIS JOB?
Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others using your expertise in mental health, ASL, and Deaf Culture? We seek an enthusiastic and innovative mental health clinician to provide services to deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing adults coping with mental health issues in Northeast Minnesota. These services will enable deaf clients to freely access culturally affirmative mental health services in their home communities. In addition to counseling individual deaf and hard-of-hearing clients, the Mental Health Specialist may also work with couples, families, and groups when available. This position will work with a team of professional colleagues based at the DHHSD Northeast Regional Office in Duluth, MN and will travel across 7 area counties.
Duluth is located on the north shore of beautiful Lake Superior. Duluth is also accessible to ocean-going vessels from the Atlantic Ocean 2,300 miles away via the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence Seaway. As one of the major tourist destinations for the Midwest, Duluth features America's only all-freshwater aquarium, the Great Lakes Aquarium; the Aerial Lift Bridge, which spans the Duluth Ship Canal into the Duluth–Superior Harbor, and Minnesota Point (known as Park Point locally). Minnesota is considered one of the top 10 healthiest and active places in the country. It has the most golf courses per capita in the country and is truly an outdoor paradise with over 12,000 lakes and beautiful forests.
Opening Date: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Closing Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing is seeking an Executive Director (ED). The ED will be responsible for managing department directors and other agency staff; plan and direct new and current programs or services; oversight of the development of the Agency’s program budget projection; develop program goals and objectives; develop Request for Proposals; management and oversight of various Agency contracts; work and interact with the other State Government agencies; review proposed regulations; respond to multiple inquiries from legislators, other agencies and many interested parties; represent the Agency at meetings and public functions; participate in legislative activities that include presenting program and policy analysis; represent the Agency during legislative sessions.
Qualifications for the position: A Master’s Degree in Business, Public Administration, Social Services or a related field is required for this position. Eight (8) years managing programs or projects that include strategic planning, and/or developing and implementing programs or services that require interaction with other agencies and/or with multiple parties to include five (5) years experience in direct staff management. Substantial experience with managing complex programs and budgets, significant experience in the administration of programs and services for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind communities required.
Ability to communicate fluently in American Sign Language required.
Individuals with disabilities encouraged to apply.
To apply, please submit your resume to Chairman Apodaca via email at Mark.Apodaca@state.nm.us. Phone calls will not be accepted.
The State of New Mexico Commission for Deaf & Hard of Hearing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information on the Commission for Deaf & Hard of Hearing, please visit www.cdhh.state.nm.us.
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