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July 18, 2012
Vol. 8, No. 36

Editor: Tom Willard

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Tacoma, WA
TACOMA HOME IS SUED OVER DISABLED MAN'S DEATH IN HEAT WAVE
A Pierce County man is suing the owners of the Tacoma group home where his deaf, developmentally disabled brother died three years ago during an abnormal heat wave. Earl Vernon’s attorney, Darrell Cochran, filed the lawsuit last week in Pierce County Superior Court. Vernon’s brother, Henry David Vernon, died during in the early morning July 29, 2009, after his core body temperature reached lethal levels while he slept in an upstairs room of a house in Tacoma. / The News Tribune

San Jose, CA
DEAF NETFLIX SUBSCRIBERS DON'T HAVE A 'TAX' CASE
Netflix will not have to face claims that it discriminated against deaf subscribers by not providing captions of most titles available for streaming, forcing deaf users to pay for the more expensive DVD-by-mail service, a federal judge ruled. Donald Cullen, who is deaf, filed a federal class action against Netflix, which offers subtitles with only a small portion of its offerings. U.S. District Judge Edward Davila dismissed the suit from San Jose, Calif., after finding that Cullen failed to show an intentional violation of state disability discrimination laws. / Courthouse News Service

Silver Spring, MD
NEW PRESIDENT, NEW VLOG!
We proudly introduce the first vlog of Chris Wagner, the new President of the National Association of the Deaf! Watch President Wagner now and learn more about his plans for the future of the NAD. President Wagner was just elected at the 51st Biennial NAD Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. / NAD

Beaumont, TX
TEXAS DEPT. OF AGING AND DISABILITY SUED FOR DISCRIMINATING AGAINST DEAF EMPLOYEE
A hearing-impaired state employee has filed a lawsuit against a Texas governmental agency for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by terminating her under false pretenses. Cecelia J. Garrett filed suit against Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services on July 11 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division. Garrett, who is deaf, was hired by the defendant for a position with the Denton State Supported Living Center. / Southeast Texas Record

Little Rock, AR
STATE HIRE QUESTIONED AT HEARING
Seven other candidates tested better. Six other candidates were certified. But the state hired her anyway. And now the hiring of a sign language interpreter is being questioned by lawmakers. The legislature's Personnel Committee heard from a state agency director and two qualified candidates who were passed over for this job. KATV first brought this hire to your attention last month, and it seems we aren't much closer to answering the main question: can the woman hired do the job? / KATV

New York, NY
HERE'S A VIDEO OF THE 'SMART GLOVES' THAT GIVE A VOICE TO SIGN LANGUAGE
This is one of those advances in technology that you have to hope will make it big in the not-too-distant future. A team of Ukrainian computer programers have just won Microsoft‘s Imagine Cup with an extraordinary invention: a pair of gloves that can translate sign language movements into an automated voice. They got the idea after noticing that deaf students at their college were struggling to communicate with their peers, and decided they needed a solution to better include them in college activities. / Forbes

Hastings, MN
HASTINGS CITY COUNCIL APPROVES 'DEAF CHILD' WARNING SIGNS
The City of Hastings will allow warning signs outside the home of a Hastings mom with a deaf child. Heidi Pahl asked the city for the signs in front of her home, but Public Works asked the city to deny the request. They say drivers ignore the signs and it gives parents a false sense of security. / KSTP

New York, NY
FOR DISABLED FLIERS, TSA ADDS INSULT TO INJURY
If you thought the TSA's reputation as America's worst federal agency couldn't get any worse -- and after its recent PR disasters, I wouldn't blame you -- you might want to think again. Last week brought fresh evidence that our airport screeners are working even harder to be reviled by the public they're assigned to protect. Both incidents involve young passengers with disabilities. / Huffington Post


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London, England
HOW A TV SHOW FOR DEAF CHILDREN SPAWNED WALLACE AND GROMIT
If it weren't for deaf children, Wallace and Gromit may not exist. How did I come to this unexpected conclusion? Answer: with a little help from Radio 4's Britain in a Box broadcast last Saturday and still available on BBC iPlayer. This series tells the stories behind the making of TV classics, and in the final episode Paul Jackson looks at Vision On, a BBC children's program that mixed art, animation, clowning, dangerous stunts and... sign language. / BBC

London, England
DEAF DANCER TRADES MOVES WITH FILM DIRECTOR
A deaf dancer was shown a few steps by one of the most famous Hollywood film directors in rehearsals for the Olympic and Paralympics games opening ceremony. Rob Lowe will be taking part in the star-studded event alongside 8,000 performers after surprising himself by getting through the auditions. The 45-year-old, from New Malden, has always loved dancing but has never had any formal training and his only experience of performing was at a show for a deaf group he attended. / Croydon Guardian

London, England
A BRAIN TUMOR IS MAKING ME GO DEAF -- SO WHY DOES THE NHS REFUSE TO 'ZAP' IT?
The surgeon was adamant – the MRI scan showed a tumour on Angela Steel’s brain and it had to be dealt with. Without treatment it would continue to grow and she could suffer deafness, loss of balance and facial paralysis. For Angela, undergoing radiotherapy would avert the need for potentially dangerous surgery to tackle her benign tumour. But to the 66-year-old’s astonishment, her local NHS refused to fund it. / Daily Mail

London, England
LONDON 2012 WILL BE 'BITTERSWEET' FOR DEAF SPORTS, ADMITS ICSD PRESIDENT
Craig Crowley, President of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD), has admitted that the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics will be "bittersweet" for deaf sport after it has become isolated in recent years. Crowley says the deaf sport movement was hugely optimistic of a boost when London won the bid to stage the Games in 2005 but he reveals it has actually struggled ever since. "The countdown to the Olympics and Paralympics this summer feels like a bittersweet moment for me," he said. / Inside World Parasport

Montreal, QC, Canada
NEW HUMANWARE IPH
ONE APP WILL GET DEAF-BLIND AND SIGHTED PEOPLE TALKING
HumanWare, in partnership with Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille (INLB), has unveiled the HumanWare Communicator, the first multilingual face-to-face conversation app for deaf-blind people. This unique app will help deaf-blind individuals communicate on an everyday basis by connecting a HumanWare Braille device (BrailleNote Apex or Brailliant) with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Now a deaf-blind person can use Bluetooth connectivity to pair their HumanWare Braille device to an iPhone, iPod, or iPad. / PR Newswire

Vancouver, BC, Canada
DEAF SEMINARIAN HOPES TO SERVE CANADA'S DEAF COMMUNITY AS PRIEST
When Matthew Hysell was eighteen months old, he contracted meningitis during an epidemic in the 1970s. He received a vaccine and one of its side- effects was hearing loss. But Hysell, who can read lips, speak clearly and communicate via sign language, realized after he became Catholic that his deafness is a gift. “I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing for the deaf community today if I wasn’t deaf. So I see it as a blessing in disguise,” said Hysell. / The B.C. Catholic

Cebu City, Philippines
DEAF CHILDREN PRONE TO SEXUAL ABUSE, SAYS NGO
A nongovernmental organization working to prevent sexual abuse among Deaf children has recorded six cases of rape in June, the highest incidence on a per-month basis since it started documenting the problem last year. But catching the perpetrators and filing cases against them in court is difficult because law enforcers and prosecutors could not communicate with victims, some of whom are unaware that what happened to them was rape. / ABS-CBN News

Wellington, New Zealand
BURLESQUE DONE WITH SIGN LANGUAGE
Her undergarments are bejewelled, her routines are cheeky, but it is what Jepha Krieg does with her hands that sets her aside from other burlesque dancers. Sign language is a pivotal communication tool for the hearing-impaired and for the 22-year-old Wellingtonian who incorporates it into burlesque, the language is another way to express her creativity. By taking sign language a step further, she is not only making her mark in the Wellington burlesque community, but she also believes she is the country's first signing burlesque artist. / Stuff.co.nz

Wellington, New Zealand
DEAF TECHNOLOGY PASSING KIWIS BY
Rapid advances in communication technology are passing the New Zealand deaf community by, because of low incomes and lack of government funding. The development of smartphones in particular have seen foreign deaf communities equipped with versatile and practical tools for everyday life. Christchurch's Kat Hickson, 18, is deaf and would love a smartphone to help her interact with the community but she is unable to find work and is getting by on welfare. / Stuff.co.nz

Bongo, Ghana
COP RAPES DEAF GIRL
Some angry youth yesterday besieged the Bongo District Police Station, where they insisted that Corporal Justice Amu must be arrested and detained for allegedly raping a deaf teenage girl on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 10. Earlier, the angry youth had gone to the palace of the chief of Bongo to express their displeasure with the way the police were handling the rape case involving their colleague and for that reason, they were going to the policeman’s house to lynch him. / Daily Guide


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Silver Spring, MD
CHANEL GLEICHER IS NEW (AND LAST) MISS DEAF AMERICA
Congratulations to the NEW Miss Deaf America, Chanel Gleicher! On Friday July 7th, we witnessed the last-ever Miss Deaf America Ambassador
Program Finals! The event started at seven o'clock but the line was already long at six with eager fans, families, friends and attendees. / NAD

Dresden, OH
NEARLY BLIND, DEAF WOMAN ENJOYS NORMAL LIFE
As a woman of faith, Jenny Dennis is secure knowing her life is as it should be. If it means surmounting the challenges that come from living with both hearing and sight loss, she meets them head-on with an open heart and open mind. "Things aren't impossible, but they might be harder," she said. "Having a disability doesn't make me horribly different. I just have to work harder in life. I'm not scared about hard work. And God helps me, too." / Zanesville Times Recorder

Duluth, MN
SHELL OF SILENCE CRACKED: DULUTH TEEN, DEAF SINCE BIRTH, EXCELS IN 4-H
Kaity Hagen has gone from a quiet South St. Louis County 4-H member to being chosen to represent the county as a state ambassador for the organization this year. The 16-year-old Duluthian joined 4-H when she was 8, and she stayed on the perimeter until her robotics team needed to choose a medical issue for a project topic two years ago. The group chose to study cochlear implants. / Duluth News Tribune

Fremont, CA
BRIS BRIDGES TWO COMMUNITIES -- DEAF AND JEWISH
The sanctuary at Congregation Beth Torah in Fremont was crowded with people for little Braxton’s brit milah on June 22, but the noise level before the ceremony was surprisingly low. That’s because nearly half of the people in attendance — including Braxton’s parents — were chatting animatedly but silently in American Sign Language. Marissa Cohen and Joey Mignone, the new parents, met more than seven years ago when they were both high school students at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont. / Jweekly.com

Peoria, IL
SIGNING 'YES' TO CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
Life is full of transformations. Parenthood is one. Becoming a parent of a disabled child is another. Rachel Coleman, a singer-songwriter who is bringing a live version of her PBS musical sign-language show "Signing Time" to Illinois Central College, has two children with disabilities: Leah, 15, who is profoundly deaf, and Lucy, 12, who has spina bifida and cerebral palsy. / Peoria Journal Star

Opelousas, LA
COMMUNICATION WITHOUT WORDS
The ability to communicate with the people around you is a necessity. But there are many citizens of Acadiana who cannot communicate verbally. For the deaf and hearing impaired, that can sometimes lead to difficult situations. That's why Emily Young is holding a five-week course on basic sign language. The course is meant for people who might encounter someone who is hearing-impaired in their line of work. / Daily World

Erie, PA
ERIE DIOCESE REACHES OUT TO DEAF COMMUNITY
Feeling a part of the community is an important aspect of any faith, but for members of the church whose hearing is compromised, being fully involved can be difficult. That's why the Diocese of Erie planned a special retreat for the deaf and hard of hearing. The retreat, called "Knowing and Doing God's Will", preached a message of identifying individual gifts, and using them to benefit the community. It included mass and a lunch before the afternoon retreat session for sharing and reflection, and concluded with a dinner. / ErieTVNews


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Big Spring, TX
BIG SPRING RESIDENT NURSE FOLLOWS HER DREAM DESPITE HEARING IMPAIRMENT
Alyssa Myers always knew she wanted to be a nurse. She likes people, science and helping others. After graduating with an undergraduate degree in biology, applying for nursing school made sense. But instead of admission, the only answer Myers received was no. It was 1987, and administrators at East Coast nursing schools told her she was unfit to be a nurse. Myers was born deaf. / Midland Reporter-Telegram

Baltimore, MD
WORKING TO REACH EMPLOYEES WITH DISABILITIES
After a decade in which employees with disabilities made up fewer than 1 percent of the federal workforce, President Barack Obama pledged in 2010 to make the federal government a "model employer" of people with disabilities. But hiring is behind the pace needed to meet the goal of 100,000 new workers to which he committed the nation. The Government Accountability Office, the watchdog arm of Congress, said better planning is needed to meet the hiring goal. / Baltimore Sun

Faribault, MN
BRINGING IN THE RIGHT PEOPLE
It never fails. “Who’s the new teacher?” is a main topic among parents, teachers, staff and students every spring and summer. With new teachers being hired every year, it’s understandably a topic of interest for stakeholders. This is even truer for state schools for deaf students, given the cohesive Deaf community—and how many people worry about new hires’ language fluency, qualifications, respect for the community and culture, and experience. / Trudy Suggs

Harrison, NY
HARRISON NAMES IN THE NEWS: SABRINA MAGID
There are few dentists that receive calls from several states away asking for treatment; Sabrina Magid is one of them. That's partly because Magid, of Advanced Dentistry of Westchester in Harrison, can offer something few other dentists can—she can speak sign language. Magid, 30, has been interested in sign language since her days at Byram Hills High School. She has taken and taught classes, organized groups and now dedicated a portion of her time specializing in treating deaf patients. / Patch.com

Boston, MA
RIT ADVANCES ACADEMIC COURSE CAPTIONING
Automatic Sync Technologies and Ensemble Video have announced the completion an integrated platform for captioning video course material at Rochester Institute of Technology. AST’s CaptionSync is now integrated into the Ensemble Video platform to meet the accessibility and learning requirements across the RIT student body, including students from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, one of nine colleges at RIT. / PRWeb


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New London, CT
NATIONAL THEATRE OF THE DEAF APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The National Theatre of the Deaf has appointed a theatre veteran as its new executive director, while it also has opened a main office at the O’Neill Theater Center in New London. Harvey J. Corson, chairperson of the NTD Board of Trustees, announced that the board selected Betty Beekman as the new Executive Director of the NTD effective July 1. Ms. Beekman has been serving as Interim Executive Director during the past transitional year. / Broadway World

New York, NY
NINA RAINE'S ACCLAIMED DRAMA 'TRIBES' EXTENDS FOR SECOND TIME IN NYC, NOW TO 2013
The Off-Broadway run of the American premiere of Nina Raine's Drama Desk Award-winning play Tribes, about a young deaf man caught between two worlds, has been extended to early 2013, producers announced July 17. Lucille Lortel and Obie Award-winning director David Cromer directs the intimate, in-the-round production where a young deaf man escapes the emotional cacophony of his dysfunctional family when a woman who is losing her hearing transforms his life. / Playbill

Los Angeles, CA
'CRIMINAL MINDS' CHANGES ROLE FROM HEARING TO DEAF TO NAB DEAF ACTOR
A remarkable thing — perhaps even historic — happened in a Hollywood casting office last week. The team for the TV show “Criminal Minds” took the extraordinary step of rewriting a character in an episode from a hearing role into a deaf role solely so they could hire a deaf actor. The “Criminal Minds” casting director had seen deaf actor Troy Kotsur on stage in our smash hit production of Cyrano at the Fountain Theatre and was so blown away by his performance that he convinced the TV team to change the role in the upcoming episode from a hearing character to a deaf character just so they could hire Kotsur. / Oh No They Didn't

Mattituck, NY
DEAF ARTIST'S HYPER-REALISTICS NOW ON DISPLAY AT STARBUCKS
Charles Wildbank of South Jamesport is an accomplished painter, specializing in hyper-realistic oil and acrylic paintings. Some of his works are on display at the Starbucks coffee shop in Mattituck, where he was still finishing his installation last Friday. But he’s already planning to make a switch next week. He’s taking out a painting he’d hung of two women in bikinis on the beach holding bottles of Corona beer after Starbucks management said it was a bit much for their taste. / Suffolk Times

Cedar Rapids, IA
DEAF BALLOON ARTIST SPEAKS THROUGH HIS ART
Ricky Rowray is a local balloon artist that's won awards throughout the world. But, when the Cedar Rapids native performs, it takes a second look to realize how much he's overcome to achieve so much success. The twisting, turning and creating that Rowray does is nothing short of pure delight for the youngsters collecting a special balloon. Some are shaped like teddy bears, others like flowers or Rowray’s favorite, a fishing pole with a fish caught on the end. At 66, Rowray’s been deaf his whole life. / KGAN

Minneapolis, MN
WHY STREAMING TV SHUTS OUT DEAF VIEWERS
As TV viewers are increasingly liberated from the broadcast schedule -- thanks not only to DVR-driven time-shifting but also to devices that stream thousands of movies and shows from Netflix and Hulu Plus direct to our sets whenever the mood strikes -- the technology for closed captions hasn't kept up. This is a minor annoyance for people like me who want a little extra help understanding accents. It's a much more serious problem for those who are hard of hearing. That makes it a legal problem, as well. / Star-Tribune

New York, NY
SONY GLASSES GIVE SUBTITLES TO THOSE WHO NEED THEM
If you're deaf or otherwise hearing-impaired, or perhaps don't speak English very well, getting to see the latest movies can be a hassle. Few showings have subtitles, and or maybe the theater doesn't even have a close-captioned copy. Sony has created a pair of cinema glasses that are transparent except for where a tiny projector shines subtitles visible only to the wearer. They're called Entertainment Access Glasses; you can read the brochure here (PDF). / NBCNews.com


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SILENT STAR: THE STORY OF DEAF MAJOR LEAGUER WILLIAM HOY
Silent Star, which is by Bill Wise (illustrations by Adam Gustavson), takes us through the life of William Hoy. William, or "Dummy" as he actually came to prefer to be called (the term was acceptable in the 19th century), was deafened by a bout with meningitis in his childhood. Hoy never gave up on his dream of playing baseball in the major leagues. This book vividly describes his experiences growing up and proving his abilities to be able to move up in the baseball ranks. / Hearing Sparks

Chicago, IL
LESBIAN SOCCER PLAYER REPRESENTING U.S. AT DEAF WORLD CUP
Katie Romano is taking her game to the international stage in search of a third gold medal. Romano, 26 -- who lives in Huntley, Ill., works as a package handler for FedEx Ground and is married to her wife, Casandra Cattouse -- will represent the United States at the 2012 Deaf World Cup, running through July 28 in Ankara, Turkey. She is the lone Chicago-area player on the team. "I'm honored to be selected [for] this U.S. team, to represent our country," she said."There is only goal for this event, to win the gold medal." / Windy City Media Group

Schenectady, NY
BRIAN SPECK JOINS USA DEAF SOCCER WOMEN'S TEAM IN TURKEY FOR WORLD DEAF FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Union College women's soccer coach Brian Speck has joined the USA Deaf Soccer Women's Team for the Second World Deaf Football Championships in Ankara, Turkey this month. Speck was invited to join the staff by former Union assistant Yon Struble, the head coach of the USA Deaf Soccer Women's Team. As a member of Speck's coaching staff, Struble helped lead the Dutchwomen to a 71-14-6 record from 1998-2002. / Union Athletics

Milford, IN
CAMP MACK HOSTING INDIANA DEAF CAMP
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er Mack, Milford, is hosting Indiana Deaf Camp this week, July 16-20, offering deaf children and their hearing siblings plenty of opportunities for fun. Kids come from all over the U.S. and even the world. Many of these campers have made it to the camp through a fund created by the Indiana Lions Speech and Hearing Inc., one of the Lions Club’s statewide projects. / Stacey Page Online


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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Associate Director

THE OPPORTUNITY:

Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. is seeking a talented and versatile professional for the position of Associate Director. The ideal candidate for this position will have a strong, clear commitment to expanding and diversifying TDI's revenue streams for its daily operations. Responsibilities include strategic plan implementation, operations planning and evaluation, project management, financial planning and monitoring, grant writing and fund-raising.

QUALIFICATIONS:

A Masters' Degree of Arts/Science is preferred. However, the candidate must possess at least a Bachelors of Arts/Science Degree in Business, Education, Human Resources, Management, Public Administration, Human Services or other related field.

Minimum of three years of job related work experience with demonstrated competence in the following areas: working with individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, familiarity with the philanthropic process, budget development, program planning, grant writing, and non-profit or government management responsibility.

COMPENSATION:

TDI offers a competitive salary and customary benefits. The salary range for this position is $50,000-$60,000, depending on education and experience. TDI is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

TO APPLY:

All applicants must submit a cover letter and resume electronically, which includes a list of at least three professional references and compensation requirements via email to TDI Executive Director Claude Stout at cstout@tdiforaccess.org. APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5PM ON OR BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE OF July 31, 2012.

TDI selects applicants for employment based on job related knowledge, skills and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.

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The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking qualified candidates for the following vacancy:

SUPERINTENDENT
Illinois School for the Deaf
Jacksonville, Illinois

The superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) performs job duties for approximately 300 students whose primary disability is Deaf or Hard of Hearing and who may have secondary disabilities, ages birth to 22.

General responsibilities include:

-- Oversight of all school administration and operations, including educational, residential, transition and related programs.
-- Setting high standards and ensuring they are met when planning, organizing and directing staff in delivering high quality educational and residential programming to promote cognitive, physical and social growth of students in compliance with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) mandates and federal statutes.
-- Establishing and maintaining positive relationships with outside agencies, including DHS, ISBE, state and local education agencies, the ISD Advisory Council, parent organizations, alumni association, service providers, national organizations and community service organizations.
-- Establishing fiscal oversight/control of school budgets including strategic and fiscal planning with the DHS Budget Division and other entities.
-- Establishing and maintaining a good, strong working relationship with the various unions represented on campus, including contract negotiations and interpreting collective bargaining rights.
-- Representing ISD, DHS and the state of Illinois at hearing, meetings and conferences and serve as liaison to advocates, community service agencies, parents and the general public on issues related to the education of students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Specific responsibilities include:

-- Ensure ongoing curriculum development.
-- Support and promote vocational programs within the transition curriculum.
-- Establish good communication and effective working relationships with internal and external entities, the media, legislators, etc., following proper procedures and protocol for notification to DHS administration.
-- Ensure understanding of and adherence to ISD’s mission, key policies and compliance requirements.
-- Direct strategic planning activities utilizing members of the Advisory Council, advocacy groups, key staff and other stakeholders.
-- Ensure an effective staff complement, including the recruitment, training and development, performance management, support and retention of qualified staff.
-- Enforce ethics standards for all students, staff and employees of ISD.
-- Ensure the delivery of high quality programming by the principals, director of support services and other key administrators and staff.
-- Support staff in the continuous upgrade of curriculum, training and technical resources.
-- Promote programs and curriculum for all students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing across the state.
-- Make use of, as well as ensure training and use by staff of data bases, including tests scores and their interpretation, graduation rates, transition outcomes, etc.

Qualifications:

Candidate must have the following:

-- an administrative certificate
-- a superintendent endorsement
-- degrees in both educational administration and deaf education
-- a minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience in either deaf education, the administration of deaf education, or a combination of the two

Experience and Knowledge:

-- Candidate must have working knowledge of federal statues related to special education, IDEA, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Illinois School Code.
-- Candidate must possess effective communication skills and abilities in writing, speaking, listening as well as strong self management and interpersonal skills.
-- Candidate must be a child/student centered leader and understand behavior issues related to disabilities.
-- Candidate must possess knowledge and understanding of secondary disabilities.

This position is appointed by the Governor of Illinois and confirmed by the Illinois Senate. Also, this position is a 12 month position and the starting salary is negotiable.

If interested in applying for this position, please send the following to Marjorie Olson, Education Liaison, Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services, 400 West Lawrence, Springfield, Illinois 62794-9429. Information can also be sent electronically to: Marjorie.Olson@Illinois.gov.

-- Resume
-- Letter of Intent
-- Copies of relevant certificates and endorsements
-- Copies of relevant diplomas

Information is due no later than August 1, 2012.

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Posting Details

Position Number:
02039327
Official Title: ASSOC/NO PREFIX/SR STUDENT SERVICES CORD
Working Title: Interim Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Physical Disabilities Advisor
Position Type: Non-Teaching Academic Staff
Department: B056035 SAC-Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program

Description of School/College/Dept/Program:

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) invites nominations and applications for a fixed term academic staff position of Advisor (working title, Interim Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Physical Disabilities Advisor(DHH-PD Advisor). UWM, a Doctoral/Research Extensive university, is Wisconsin’s premier public urban university offering a comprehensive liberal arts and professional education to its 30,000 students. The Student Accessibility Center (SAC) is located in the Division of Academic Affairs and the DHH-PD Advisor reports to the Assistant Director of SAC. SAC provides academic support services to approximately 720 students with disabilities. The DHH-PD Advisor will be responsible for maintaining a caseload of about 65-70 students.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

The primary purpose of the DHH-PD Advisor is to assess and provide reasonable and appropriate academic support services and accommodations to students and prospective students who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who have physical disabilities. The DHH-PD Advisor serves as a disability specialist, interprets disability documentation to determine eligibility and appropriate academic accommodations for students, manages student caseload, provide advocacy, and provides academic study-skills assistance to SAC students. The secondary purpose is providing consultation, education and training to the campus community about accommodating students with disabilities and ensuring compliance with the ADA, serving as a resource to the campus and community, and representing UWM, SAC and the DHH Program in outreach activities. The Advisor will also assist with the D/HH Program’s outreach and other program projects as assigned. This position is a twelve-month 100% academic staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

-- Fluency in American Sign Language and ability to communicate using multiple sign language modes.
-- Bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation, special education or related field required.
-- Working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
-- For consideration of Associate prefix title, 0-2 years of experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population.
-- For consideration No prefix title, 2-4 years of experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population.
-- For consideration of Senior prefix title, 4 or more years of experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population.

Preferred Qualifications:

-- Master’s degree in rehabilitation, special education or related field.
-- Experience in the higher education environment.
-- Working knowledge of Deaf culture and issues relating to hearing loss.
-- Working knowledge of accommodation services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.
-- Working knowledge of Physical and Mobility disabilities.
-- Excellent English communication skills; both oral and written.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Complete application materials must include a letter of application addressing educational and professional level work experience as it relates to all required and preferred qualifications, a professional resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references. All finalists for this position will be required to participate in a criminal records review consistent with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act and will be required to submit an official copy of their college transcript.

If continuous, indicate initial application review date.

Posted until Date:
07/24/2012
Open Until Filled: No
Position Contact Name: Shannon Aylesworth
Contact Person Phone Number: 414-229-3340
Contact Person Email: aylessr@uwm.edu

EEO Statement:

UWM is an AA/EEO Employer

ADA Policy

For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number. It is the policy of UWM to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants for employment. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact uwm-jobs@uwm.edu or 414-229-4463. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual’s disability.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

* How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
__ No Response
__ Public Job Posting
__ Internal Job Posting
__ Agency Referral
__ Advertisement/Publication
__ Personal Referral
__ Web site
__ UWM Employment Site
__ Other

* Please indicate the specific source:
(Open Ended Question)

Required Documents

Cover Letter
References
Resume

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