July 20, 2016
Vol. 12, No. 39
Editor: Tom Willard
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Olive Branch, MS
DEAF COUPLE BEATEN, DUCT TAPED DURING HOME INVASION
Three men have been arrested for breaking into an Olive Branch home and injuring the people living in the home. Olive Branch Police Department said Charles Gayles Jr., 19, Charlontae Smith, 16, and Jeffrey Richardson, 20, were arrested and charged in the home invasion. Each is being held in jail on a $1 million bond. Neighbors in Olive Branch are shaken up after the older couple was tied up and robbed, but they said what bothers them most is this is the second time. / WMC Action News 5
Salt Lake City, UT
AUDIT: EMPLOYEE STOLE $67K FROM UTAH SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND
A financial analyst at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind skimmed at least $67,000 from school accounts over four years, according to a report released Tuesday by the Utah State Auditor's Office. State Auditor John Dougall said the theft was brought to his attention by USDB Superintendent Joel Coleman, who had noticed accounting irregularities after being named superintendent in 2013. / The Salt Lake Tribune
DEAF CUSTOMER SUES TACO BELL, CLAIMS SHE WAS DENIED SERVICE
A New Jersey woman is suing Taco Bell for discrimination, claiming that she was denied service at two separate drive-thru locations because she’s deaf. The woman claims she was “berated” by a manager before receiving her food at one location on Jan. 11. Then on March 15, her lawsuit says she attempted to use the drive-thru at another spot but was refused service entirely without any communication from the staff. / Consumerist
DEAF PROTEST CUT TO INTERPRETER SERVICES
In a quiet but emotional protest, about 150 deaf people gathered outside the Capitol Tuesday to demonstrate against a budget cut from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that has left them without interpretive services. After the elimination Friday of the 40-person Division of Rehabilitation Services, thousands of deaf people will have more trouble navigating through hospitals, courts and other daily activities that people with hearing take for granted, the protesters warned. / Connecticut Post
San Antonio, TX
THIS GUN INSTRUCTOR IS OFFERING LICENSE-TO-CARRY CLASSES TO DEAF STUDENTS
For most Texans, it’s easy to find a license to carry course. Gun ranges, staffed with trained and licensed instructors, are ubiquitous. It’s not so simple for those who need special accommodations, like members of the deaf community. But one firearm instructor is doing what he can to open up access. Jonathan Galloway, lead instructor at the Nardis Gun Club in San Antonio, recently held a license to carry course especially for the deaf community. It’s the first of its kind in the state. / Texas Standard
SUZY ROSEN SINGLETON BECOMES CHIEF OF DISABILITY RIGHTS OFFICE AT FCC
As of June 26, 2016, Suzy Rosen Singleton serves as the Chief of the Disability Rights Office of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. Since May 23, 2016 for a few weeks, she had served in an acting capacity. Since 2012, Singleton practiced as an attorney advisor with the Commission’s Disability Rights Office. / TDI
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MURDER OF THREE DEAF WOMEN IN HAITI MUST BE A STARTING POINT FOR CHANGE
On Saturday 11 June government ministers and campaigners attended the funeral of three female street vendors, laid to rest in sturdy white coffins laden with flowers, with more than 2,000 people in attendance. Their brutal murders had shocked a country. Jesula Gelin, a mother of six, Vanessa Previl and Monique Vincent were all deaf and worked in Haiti’s capital. That is itself was notable – they were economically independent and lived away from their families in a deaf community in Leveque, a village about an hour from the city. / The Guardian
BIG-HEARTED FUNDRAISERS HELP CHILDREN OF TRAGIC DEAF WOMAN
Kind fundraisers have come up with a heart-warming way to make sure the children of tragic Kirsty Aitchison remember their late mum. Mum-of-four Kirsty, who used BSL to communicate, vanished after a night out with friends in Glasgow last month. Her body was sadly recovered from the River Clyde almost a week later. Since her death, a JustGiving page has raised over £16,000 to help the 30-year-old's family. / Daily Record
FRAUDSTER'S DEAF VICTIM 'LEFT VERY HURT AND ANGRY'
A deaf victim of DoneDeal fraudster Patrick Matthews has been left “very hurt and angry” by his former flatmate’s deception. That is according to the mother of the deaf man, Shane Carey, who yesterday gave her own victim impact statement on the effect the crimes of Mr Matthews have had on the Carey family. As part of his crime spree, Matthews ripped off 25 individuals through bogus DoneDeal adverts for holiday home rental and one One Direction ticket. / Irish Examiner
ANDREW REES BECOMES FIRST DEAF MAN TO SWIM ENGLISH CHANNEL SOLO
Andrew Rees has become the first deaf man to swim the English Channel solo. The Welshman, 48, who represented Great Britain's deaf swimming team in the 1990s, completed the crossing shortly before midnight on Sunday. He was supported by his boat, the Louise Jane, and raised over £6,000 for the current Great Britain Deaf Swimming team after his 15-hour marathon. The money will help deaf athletes, who receive little or no financial support, compete at the Deaflympics in 2017. / BBC Sport
POLICE MEET MEMBERS OF LOCAL DEAF GROUP FOR COFFEE
On Tuesday 12th July 2016 members of the Shrewsbury Town Centre Local Police team joined members of the Deaf Community for Coffee at The Hub in the Riverside Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury. The Hub is also run by Signature and will assist anyone with hearing aid repairs or battery replacements. / West Mercia Police
THESE TWO YOUNG DEAF MUSICIANS REFUSE TO BE HELD BACK BY HEARING LOSS
They can’t hear the notes with the same crystal clear precision as their captivated audiences. But Megan Angharad Hunter and Poppy Clough play them in a way that leaves no clue to the struggle behind their evocative performances. Despite being partially deaf the two Welsh teenage musicians recently took to the stage at Midlands arts venue mac Birmingham. / Wales Online
PHONE SERVICES FOR THE DEAF NEED BETTER RECEPTION
But imagine what life would be like if you couldn't just pick up a phone and talk to a friend, loved one or colleague. You couldn't phone for a haircut appointment, change a restaurant booking, or call a help desk. This was the reality faced by Australia's deaf community until 1995, when volunteers created a service that is little-known in the hearing community but is much-loved and depended on by the deaf. / The Huffington Post
SA'S JANIE ERASMUS WINS MISS DEAF WORLD 2016
Miss Deaf South Africa 2015 finalist Janie Erasmus has brought home the international crown of the Miss Deaf World 2016 at a ceremony held in Prague, Czech Republic. In an event held on Saturday night, Janie Erasmus from South Africa was crowned Miss Deaf World 2016 while French Kevin Petit became Mister Deaf World 2016 in the 16th beauty contest final. / BuzzSouthAfrica.com
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
DEAF PARTNERS BUILD CAREERS AT STARBUCKS STORE IN MALAYSIA
A Starbucks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, looks like many other stores in the region. Baristas are handcrafting beverages with the rich aroma of coffee lingering in the air. However, when customers reach the counter to order a drink, they'll notice something different. Instead of calling out beverage orders, baristas use sign language. / Starbucks Newsroom
'BEING DEAF HAS NOT HELD ME BACK FROM MY GOALS'
Peter Osano, Coordinator for West Kenya Deaf Development Organisation was born without any hearing impairment. This however, changed following a bout of mumps. My story I was born in Rachuonyo, Homa-Bay County into a polygamous family 47 years ago. I had a childhood like any other child and attended Sino Kagola Primary school in Oyugis. That was before I got mumps while in class 5 that left me deaf. / Standard Digital News
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LIFE & LEISURE
TRI-COUNTY FAMILY PURSUING COCHLEAR IMPLANT SURGERY FOR BABY TINSLEY
Tinsley Cowan is 11 months old. The daughter of Clay residents Blake and Nea Cowan, Tinsley has her mother's eyes, her daddy's cheeks as well as gifts and challenges all of her own. Tinsley's gifts include a keen sense of observation which allows her to focus on the tiniest of details, whether it's a facial expression, a hand gesture or a piece of colored lint on the floor she's determined to touch. Her challenge is that she was born without hair in her ears, which transmits sound and plays a key role in a person's ability to hear. / The Gleaner
AUDITORY CORTEX OF HEARING AND DEAF PEOPLE ALMOST IDENTICAL
The neural architecture in the auditory cortex, the brain area that processes sound, of profoundly deaf and hearing people is virtually identical, a new study shows. The study raises new questions about the role of experience in processing sensory information, and could point the way toward potential new avenues for intervention in deafness. / ReliaWire
Las Vegas, NV
HUNDREDS OF DEAF GET BIBLE FOR THE FIRST TIME AT EXPO
Two weeks ago, over 30 thousand deaf people gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada for the Deaf Nation World Expo. It’s basically a unique time for deaf individuals to meet with hundreds deaf business vendors, get sign language resources, and make friends. / MNN
Whidbey Island, WA
HARD-OF-HEARING TEEN CREW COMPLETES WORK ON WHIDBEY TRAIL
A new trail for hikers, built by a youth crew, will open next month at Ebey’s Landing on Whidbey Island. The nine workers were just like any other hard-working trail crew except one aspect — they were all deaf or hard-of-hearing teenagers. The crew — known as the Northwest Youth Corps ASL inclusion conservation crew — is part of a program to encourage diversity and to help young deaf people get work experience. / Herald Net
YOUTH POLICE ACADEMY HELD AT WESTERN PA. SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Kids from the Western PA School for the Deaf mixed with the community and listened to presentations about law enforcement and what the job entails on Friday. / WTAE
POLICE ATTEND DEAF SENSITIVITY TRAINING
According to the Missoula Police Department one in 10 Americans is deaf or hard of hearing. In Montana 1.6 percent of people ages 18 to 64 are deaf. That is why the Missoula Police Department held a deaf sensitivity training course. Officers from across Montana attended. The course helps ensure Montana responders are able to help everyone, not just those who can hear. / NBC Montana
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
New York, NY
DEAF WEST'S 'SPRING AWAKENING' INSPIRES NEW VIDEO
As reported by People, after watching the Deaf West Theatre Company's SPRING AWAKENING performance on the 2016 Tony Award telecast, indie pop artist Ingrid Michaelson was inspired to create a new video version of her breakup single, "Hell No," which was released in April, the new video features six Deaf West actors, who range from hard of hearing to deaf, performing the lyrics translated to ASL. / Broadway World
San Antonio, TX
DEAF DANCE COMPANY FINE-TUNES FEATURES
For 20 years the San Antonio Deaf Dance Company has empowered students beyond the stage. Just because they can't hear the music, doesn't mean they don't feel the beat. "I feel welcomed here. There's a lot of help here, a lot of support here, and a lot of connection with the other students,” said dancer Aaron Gonzales. Each summer, middle and high school students from all over San Antonio who are deaf and hard of hearing come together to dance. / TWC News
SOCCER OLYMPIAN HELPS CLINCH DEAF WORLD CUP
When Becca Toler left the United States in June, it was to represent her country in the U.S. Deaf Women's Soccer Olympic World Cup. She and her teammates clinched the championship once again and they left Italy with another undefeated finish in the World Deaf Football Championships. Being born deaf, Toler has always been told that she would never be able to pursue her dreams. / Montgomery Advertiser
REMEMBERING CHARLES A. THOMAS
Hundreds of photographs taken during Charles A. Thomas' 20-year career as photographer at The Advocate-Messenger and many others taken of all sorts of subjects in Central Kentucky have found a permanent home at the Boyle County Public Library. Thomas also worked for several other magazines and newspapers including The Courier-Journal in Louisville and for 15 years was photographer for Centre College. He did his photography work when he was not teaching graphic arts during his 36-year career at Kentucky School for the Deaf that ended in 1972. / The Advocate Messenger
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NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH, PHILADELPHIA, AND GLENSIDE
PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. Located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PAHrtners provides residential and outpatient services to deaf and hard of hearing children, adolescents, and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are deaf or hard of hearing!
PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate, or a professional with many years of experience in the field of human services, we have a career-building position waiting for you! E.O.E.
PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, and energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf culture to fill the following positions:
Residential Counselors for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities – Full time, part time, on call; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma required.
Case Managers for Residential or Community Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - Full time; Glenside location. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences required.
Residential Program Director – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum AA degree OR 60 college credits with 4 years’ work experience with individuals with behavioral health needs and/or ID required.
Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum of one years’ related experience required.
Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services required.
experience in mental health.
Educational / Staff Interpreter - Full Time; Philadelphia location. Minimum AA with minimum 3 years’ experience required.
Staff Nurse – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum BSN/RN required.
Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position.
Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Joel Skelton, Assistant Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
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Careers at Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB)
TEACHER OF THE DEAF:
American Sign Language (ASL) positions: Two (2) new vacancies; Family-Centered Early Education Program, birth to 8 years and School for the Deaf, grades 3rd -12th.
Positions report to a Program Administrator, and are responsible to provide ASL and standards-based instruction and support to students who are Deaf/hard-of-hearing. Also support teaching staff and parents. Interested persons please visit the CSDB website http://www.csdb.org/careers-2/classified-3/ view the complete official job announcement and to apply online.
Annual employment contract currently 195 days, August to June beginning 2016-2017 school year. Salary based upon appropriate education and experience. Excellent Benefits!
Contact information: Human Resources Office
33 North Institute Street; Colorado Springs, CO 80903
E-mail: HumanResources@csdb.org; (719) 578-2115 (phone); (719) 578-2239 (fax)
Come Work With The Best!
Northeast Arc has full and part-time positions, working with adult individuals who are deaf, available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. You'll be working with deaf individuals using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. Do you know ASL? If so, I'd like to speak with you about our direct care positions. We offer an excellent benefits package, paid trainings and the support you will need to become a successful part of our experienced, long-term team of professionals. For additional information or to send your resume, please email Kathy Tracy Ktracy@ne-arc.org.
Compensation: $12 for per diem shifts and $14 for PT/FT shifts.
Advocates in Framingham, MA is Hiring!
Advocates is seeking talented professionals to join our team, providing health services within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
Community Crisis Stabilization Clinician: Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
• Qualifications: MA and 2 years’ experience.
Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. All shifts available!
• Qualifications: BA/BS; or HS diploma/GED and 1 year experience.
Mobile Clinician: Provide clinical supervision and rehabilitative direction to individuals who carry a diagnosis of mental illness, assist in the coordination of services, provide clinical leadership.
• Qualifications: MA and 1 year experience; or BA/BS and 3 years’ experience.
Outpatient Clinician: Provide comprehensive outpatient counseling/therapy to children, adults and families in need of services.
• Qualifications: MSW or MA in related field and 1 year experience in outpatient setting.
Minimum Qualifications Include:
• ASL fluency.
• Valid driver's license/reliable transportation.
• Related education (as applicable).
Visit www.advocates.org/careers to apply today!
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The Northeast Arc, an established Human Service agency recognized for its creative approach and state of the art services for persons with disabilities is seeking candidates for the position of Residential House Director. Ideal candidates will have fluency in ASL and deep understanding of deaf culture. The Residential House Director will be overseeing a five person home for adults with Intellectual Disabilities and are deaf.
Excellent managerial skills as the director will be overseeing direct support professionals, relief staff and other support professionals.
Be a creative person with strong organizational skills that can assist individuals in achieving their personal goals.
Provide supportive assistance in a caring environment focusing on maintaining health and along with community and social networks.
Experience with working with families, DDS and other outside agencies is also required.
BA/BS in a related field.
At least 2 years supervisory experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as fluency in American Sign Language.
Strong commitment to providing excellent quality of care.
Strongly prefer someone with First Aid, CPR and MAPS but willing to train
Excellent health and dental benefits offered as well as a 403b, tuition reimbursement, career development/ seminars, short term disability, life insurance, generous time off and competitive pay!!!
For immediate consideration, please send a cover letter and your resume.
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