deafweekly

 

July 22, 2009
Vol. 5, No. 7

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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Columbus, OH
OHIO SUPREME COURT TO HEAR DEAF JUROR CASE
As prosecutors and defense attorneys started whittling down potential jurors for a high-profile murder trial in Ottawa County two years ago, one woman received extra scrutiny. Linda Leow-Johannsen is partially deaf and reads lips. At issue was whether she would be able to follow the trial. Prosecutors approved, but defense attorneys tried to dump her from the jury after she admitted she could have some difficulty. The judge refused. Now, the case has made its way to the Ohio Supreme Court, which has agreed to weigh in on the unusual question of whether the presence of a partially deaf juror tainted the trial. READ MORE (Akron Beacon Journal)

Mesa, AZ
GANG MEMBERS TARGET SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
$55,000 and counting is the grand total for all the damage done at a Mesa school, according to administrators. Police said there were four separate break-ins between June and July. "I received a phone call about the damage and I was shocked," said Dr. Angel Ramos, superintendent and principal at the Sequoia School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The destruction includes painted computers, floors and walls along with ripped out and damaged equipment. READ MORE (abc15.com)

Washington, DC
GALLAUDET FACULTY MEMBER MONITORS SOTOMAYOR HEARINGS
Dr. Frances Marquez, an assistant professor of American government in the Department of History and Government at Gallaudet University, recently witnessed history in the making by attending part of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina nominated to the Supreme Court. Marquez obtained tickets to the hearing and was in the audience July 13. READ MORE (Inside Gallaudet)

Washington, DC
WHAT HEALTH CARE REFORM MEANS FOR THE DEAF
I'm deaf with a cochlear implant. I was implanted back in 1989 when I was seven years old, and I've had the same implant for over 20 years now. That's 20 years of listening, talking, and relying on the cochlear implant, and I don't know what I would do if my implant failed after all these years. I could be denied right off the bat for having a "pre-existing condition" due to my deafness. READ MORE (The Huffington Post)

Phoenix, AZ
FIRST PUBLIC AND CHARTER SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP GIVES DEAF STUDENTS A NEW OPTION
In an unprecedented move, the Washington Elementary School District (WESD) recently approved the first partnership with Sequoia School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SSDHH) that will provide a new SSDHH campus on the Richard E. Miller Elementary School campus, located at 2021 West Alice in Phoenix. This is the first time public and charter schools have partnered to enhance Deaf education by sharing a campus. READ MORE (PR Web)

Louisville, KY
PARENTS RAISE FUNDS TO HELP DEAF, BLIND CHILDREN IN CLASS
The parents of Maddie Garvue, a 6-year-old Highview girl who has profound vision and hearing losses, are raising money for a new program to help her and other children who are deaf and blind. Debbie and Bryce Garvue hope to raise about $200,000 to start a pilot program at the Heuser Hearing & Language Academy, formerly the Louisville Deaf Oral School. The first coin-collection boxes for the fundraising campaign, called "Change is in Sight," were placed in La Grange and in New Albany, Ind. The family plans to place 18 more boxes in Louisville-area businesses soon. READ MORE (The Courier-Journal)

Houston, TX
SCAMMERS PLAY ON YOUR SENSE OF COMPASSION
Those trying to rip you off have reached a new low. This time they are using a physical impairment as a way to gain your trust. Playing on your sympathies is not unusual for the unscrupulous. But this latest effort is a new way to search for victims. We've told you before about fake checks being sent to people selling items on eBay or Craigslist. Con artists are doing the same thing but with a twist, playing on a seller's willingness to help the hearing impaired. READ MORE (KTRK-TV ABC-13)

Frederick, MD
WHO IS SHE? MSD SEEKS IDENTITY OF WOMAN IN HISTORIC PORTRAIT
When Chad Baker uncovered the portrait of a woman in the Ely Building at the Maryland School for the Deaf, he thought he was looking at Margaret Scholl Hood. "When I first called Hood College, in my heart I thought 'This has gotta be it,'" the deputy superintendent said. Only three portraits are known to exist of the woman for whom the college is named. "A team from Hood took a look, but the general consensus is that no, it's not her," Baker said. Now Baker is looking to the Frederick community for help. READ MORE (Frederick News Post)

St. Simons Island, GA
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: HEATHER WHITESTONE, MISS AMERICA 1995
I was on St. Simons Island to interview Heather Whitestone, Miss America 1995, for Pretty Smart: Lessons from our Miss Americas. Heather’s house, though on a main road, was hidden behind a tall hedge set back from the road. The front door was all glass and through it I could see a large oil portrait of Heather on the wall in her Miss America crown and gown. I watched as she approached the door, smiling, with a baby on her shoulder. READ MORE (Me and Miss America)

Bethesda, MD
HLAA INVITES YOU TO SIGN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
President Obama and his administration committed to improving health care delivery. Now is the time for us to speak up and ask them to improve the quality and availability of hearing health care and the economic opportunity for people with hearing loss. Take a moment to read our letter to President Obama and join us by asking for change for Americans with hearing loss. READ MORE (Healthy Hearing)


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INTERNATIONAL
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London, England
DEAF HIT BY END OF TV SUBTITLING SERVICE
The UK's Teletext analog TV text service is to close next year - two years ahead of schedule, leaving large parts of the UK population without subtitling for the hard of hearing. Associated Newspapers, which runs the service for the ITV, C4 and Five channels, had originally planned to shut the service down in 2012, when the BBC's equivalent, Ceefax - which has been running since 1974 - will also be switched off. The company blames 'economic conditions' for the early shutdown. READ MORE (TG Daily)

The UK
TILL DEAF DO US PART
Relationships throughout the UK are failing because of unmanaged hearing loss, according to a survey commissioned by Specsavers hearing centres. The survey, of 1,500 people over 55-year-olds with hearing loss, has revealed that almost one in two (44% of people) said that relationships with their partner, friends or family had suffered because they can't hear properly. When questioned, respondents said that the social exclusion they experienced as a result of their hearing loss left them feeling depressed, anti-social and with no self worth. READ MORE (Beattie Group)

Edinburgh, Scotland
DEAF PERCUSSIONIST GAINS HONORARY DEGREE
Amazing deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie drummed up an honorary degree from Edinburgh Napier University last Wednesday. The Aberdonian picked up her Honorary Doctorate of Music alongside hundreds of graduates from the university, and used the scrolls for an impromptu display of her world famous talent. She was delighted to receive the award, and pleased that she could serve as inspiration to the younger graduates. READ MORE (Deadline Scotland)

Ottawa, Ont., Canada
CELLPHONES, TV MUST BE MORE ACCESSIBLE TO BLIND, DEAF: CRTC
Cellphones and text messaging must be more accessible to Canadians with disabilities within the next year under new rules released by Canada's telecommunications regulator yesterday. The rules also require broadcasters to make more TV programs accessible to the blind and improve the quality for closed captions for deaf Canadians, said a release from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. READ MORE (CBC News)

Ottawa, Ont., Canada
ROWING OPENS DOORS TO PARALYMPICS FOR FROST
Orléans’ Kevin Frost is set on realizing his dream of taking part in the Paralympic Games any way he can. That’s why the deaf-blind athlete turned to rowing in the summertime since his original pursuit of speedskating remains off the official Paralympic roster. “It’s like speedskating because it’s very precise,” says Frost, who is midway through his third rowing season. “In any sport, you can’t just learn overnight. It takes about five years minimum to really get it.” READ MORE (Orleans Star)

Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
DEAF PUPIL'S LANGUAGE BID
The future of Kyle Springate (18), a deaf pupil at Westville Boys’ High School, hangs in the balance while the Education Department challenges his application to have sign language recognised as an official language for graduation. The case was due to be heard in the high court in Pietermaritzburg last Wednesday and drew a large crowd of people from deaf and blind organisations who picketed outside the court in support of his cause. READ MORE (The Witness)

Ogongo, Kenya
WARWICKSHIRE CHRISTIAN BRINGING WATER TO DEAF CHILDREN IN KENYA
Martin Mackenzie has always had a concern for the world's poor and a heart to do something to help alleviate their plight. He recently traveled to the remote and impoverished village of Ogongo, home to 65 deaf children -- half of whom are Aids orphans. Last year, Martin did voluntary fundraising for the Lambwe Christian School for the Deaf, which allowed it to have electricity for the first time. Now Martin has already set his sights on obtaining clean water for children and staff at Lambwe, and is in the process of raising £20,000* to drill a bore hole. READ MORE (Christian Today)
* $32,845 US

Sanjay Nagar, Bengalore, India
FOR DEAF & MUTE AUTO DRIVER, GRIT SPEAKS VOLUMES
There's hardly any chance of haggling. When you board the autorickshaw driven by Kailash Madavi, he takes out a little exercise book. You write the destination and he scribbles the fare. That is because this 26-year-old is deaf and mute. And, we might add, tough and resilient. One morning, we landed up at his home in the Sanjay Nagar locality of Ram Nagar to find out more about him, and the spirit we saw in his family amazed us. READ MORE (The Times of India)

Manila, Philiippines
HEARING THE UNHEARD
The whole theater thumped with life as the music bounced off the walls. The dancers -- kids, teenagers, and the 20-somethings -- grooved endlessly like there was nothing unusual, like they weren’t different from the rest of humanity. But all they were hearing was a blank, white noise. While they could see everything within their periphery, these kids barely hear what the commotion was all about—some even are completely deaf, the noise completely blanketed out from their system. READ MORE (The Manila Times)

Taipei, Taiwan
SUMMER CAMP FOR HEARING IMPAIRED CHILDREN KICKS OFF
A summer camp for hearing impaired children opened last Saturday with the aim of providing a place for the participants to learn music and arts during the school vacation and to make friends. The Beethoven Children Summer Camp was organized by a number of civil groups. "We designed the camp, which is in its fourth year, especially for children who suffer from hearing problems because there are not many activities that cater specifically to their needs," camp spokesman Many Wang told CNA. READ MORE (Taiwan News)


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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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LIFE & LEISURE
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Philadelphia, PA
DEAF, BULLY BREED DOGS FIND FRIEND IN PHOTOGRAPHER
Melissa McDaniels united her love for photography with her love for animals in an awareness raising initiative about something so close to her heart, dogs. This professional photographer hit the road with her own pups in tow to meet inspirational dogs and take their pictures. Inspired by her own furry friends she decided to create a series of books raising awareness, educating and highlighting the plight of unwanted deaf dogs. READ MORE (Zootoo)

Santa Barbara, CA
VISUAL TRAVEL TOURS PRESENT MOBILE QUIETGUIDES FOR HEARING IMPAIRED
Visual Travel Tours (VTT) recently introduced QuietGuides, innovative multimedia travel guides with script and imagery, specially designed for the hearing impaired and deaf. VTT is apparently the first online medium for professional multimedia tours devised for viewing via several smartphones, iPhone 3G S, PDAs, mobile video players, laptops and more. READ MORE (Mobiletor)

Wheat Ridge, CO
ABLE PLANET BRINGS HEARING PROTECTION TECHNOLOGY TO GAMERS
Able Planet has unveiled a high-fidelity multimedia headset for PC gamers that is designed to protect users from hearing loss caused by extended use of headphones and high volume levels. Able Planet's new PS500MM features patented Linx Audio technology that the company said can help to preserve hearing by allowing users to lower the volume to safer listening levels while still receiving a full and rich audio sound. READ MORE (Twice)

Internet
SELF-DEAFENED PERSON REGRETS DOING IT
Someone who read the blog post "Wanting to Be Deaf," wrote to me, admitting to having made herself deaf, and now she regrets it big time. She asked that I anonymously share her story as a warning to to hearing people who want to become deaf. I am sharing it in full, anonymously, of course. READ MORE (About.com: Deafness)


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WORKING WORLD
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Washington, DC
REVIEW: WEAK SUPPORT FOR WORKPLACE HEARING LOSS PROGRAMS
A new review of existing research says there is little evidence to support mandatory hearing-loss prevention programs at the workplace. Workers could simply wear earplugs and other devices that protect hearing, but even those are not always effective, the review authors found. An estimated nine million American workers experience exposure to high levels of noise at the workplace. People who work in construction, manufacturing and mining jobs are at especially high risk of losing their hearing. READ MORE (Health Behavior News Service)

St. Augustine, FL
FLAGLER PROFESSOR PUBLISHES DEAF EDUCATION BOOK
Flagler College Professor of Education Carl Williams has just released an instructional textbook on deaf education. Williams book, “No Limits” published by Butte Publications, is one of the only comprehensive textbooks written for instructors in deaf education. “It is the first textbook to be released that correlates with the Council on Educating the Deaf standards and the Educational Content Standards in Deaf Educat ion,” said Williams. READ MORE (Historic City News)

AUDIOLOGIST LAUREL HEFT JOINS THE AMERICA HEARS TEAM
America Hears, Inc., the leading manufacturer and marketer of premium digital hearing aids sold over the Internet, announced that Laurel Heft, an audiologist with more than 25 years of clinical, commercial, and academic experience, has joined its team of hearing health professionals. She will join three other America Hears audiologists and three hearing instrument specialists serving patients who visit the company's state of the art Audiology Center at the company's Bristol, PA, headquarters, as well as online clients who purchase and receive support for their hearing aids over the Internet. READ MORE (Financial 24)


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Webster, NY 14580
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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Los Angeles, CA
MARLEE MATLIN IS LOOKING FOR A CODA FAMILY FOR A REALITY SHOW
Solo One Productions (Academy Award winning actress/producer Marlee Matlin & Jack Jason, CODA) is looking for a family, specifically a CODA (Children of Deaf Adult) family with one or two young CODA’s who come from a large Deaf family (ideally, multi-generational Deaf) as a subjects of a reality show; in the vein of “Little People, Big World” on The Learning Channel. We are seeking video submissions for families to consider. READ MORE (Deaf Network)

Los Angeles, CA
STERN AND JAEGER TO STAR IN CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD FOR DEAF WEST
Los Angeles' Deaf West Theatre will stage a 30th anniversary production of Mark Medoff's Tony-winning drama Children of a Lesser God in September. Jonathan Barlow Lee, who was the stage manager for the Broadway run of Children of a Lesser God, will stage the drama for Deaf West. Children of a Lesser God will run Sept. 6-Oct. 11 with an official opening Sept. 13. The production will feature Shoshannah Stern (Open Window, "Jericho," "Weeds") as Sarah Norman and Matthew Jaeger ("The Diary") as James Leeds. READ MORE (Playbill)

Rochester, NY
LOCAL DEAF ORGANIZATION PREMIERS DOCUMENTARY
After completing a year-long journey through eight different countries, Discovering Deaf Worlds co-founders Christy Smith (CBS Survivor: The Amazon) and David Justice are back in Rochester, NY. They will premiere their first documentary, Discovering: Shuktara, at The Little Theater on July 22nd. Although 120 hours of video footage was captured from over 100 international deaf schools and associations, Smith and Justice chose to focus this film on one particular home for young adults in Kolkata, India called Shuktara. READ MORE (1888 Press Release)

Jo nesborough, TN
PLAYWRIGHT TO OFFER ADVICE TO CAST AT JONESBOROUGH REPERTORY THEATRE
Meeting a play’s writer is something few small town theater actors get a chance to do. However, the cast chosen to perform “The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy” at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre were able to not only meet a co-writer of the script, but were also able to receive advice and instruction so that they might have a better understanding of how the script was intended to be interpreted and performed. Allen Meyer co-wrote “The Signal Season” with Michael Nowak in the mid-1980s. The play tells the story of William Hoy, a deaf baseball player who was instrumental in creating the signals used in baseball today. READ MORE (Kingsport Times News)


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Sign Language Inc presents CruisEUs 2009

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

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

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

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

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SPORTS
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Oklahoma City, OK
MARTEL VAN ZANT STILL EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS IN ARENAFOOTBALL2
Former Oklahoma State defensive back Martel Van Zant faced a tricky transition from outdoor football to the indoor game when he was approached to play for the Manchester Wolves of arenafootball2 earlier this year. But it’s not what you think. Van Zant’s deafness wasn’t the source of the difficulty. "Martel faced the same challenges in making the transition to the indoor game that any player does,” said Wolves assistant head coach Brian Hug. "The field is smaller, the rules are different and the game is so quick.” READ MORE (NewsOK)

Birmingham, England
INTERVIEW WITH DEAF WRESTLER SEAN MIDNIGHT
Breaking into the business and achieving your dream of becoming a professional wrestler isn’t the easiest thing to do . However, if you’re profoundly deaf then it becomes that little bit harder. The doubters are out in force and you have to work even harder to dismiss your critics and make it in the business. We start with Sean who’s profoundly deaf but just recently won the PTW British Heavyweight title. READ MORE (Piledriver)

Jackson, MS
BODYBUILDERS STRIKE POSES FOR DEAF SCHOOL FUNDRAISER
The Mississippi Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini Championships returned to Jackson's Thalia Mara Hall at 7 p.m. last Saturday, with all proceeds benefitting the athletic department at the Mississippi School for the Deaf. "MSD doesn't have a booster club. I'm the biggest athletic booster," said Gordon Weir, fitness director at The Courthouse since 1987 and the promoter of the event. "We're small, but we want the kids to have the kinds of things that booster clubs at other schools provide for their athletes." READ MORE (Clinton News)


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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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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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COMING EVENTS
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Al Lepre of American Deaf Exposition presents
Hofstra University Continuing Education to host
2nd Annual Exposition for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Saturday, August 8, 2009
at HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY (Long Island)
Hempstead, NY 11549
*****
FREE ADMISSION
WE ARE MOVING TO LARGER SITE
EXHIBITS Open from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
ASL Professional DJ Supa Entertainment Musical
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This is an outdoor event - Rain Out Date on 8/22/2009
http://www.americandeafexposition.com

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We Got It Back!!!
American Deaf Exposition will
host the 8th Annual Seaport Deaf Festival
on Sunday, September 6, 2009
at South Street Seaport, Pier 16 & 17
We are still the Largest Exposition in the Northeast.
Whew!!!
http://www.americandeafexposition.com


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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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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: Employment Specialist/Job Developer, P.R.I.D.E. Program
(Full-time grant position)

DATE POSITION TO BE FILLED: As soon as possible

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: The Employment Specialist/Job Developer will perform the following duties: complete informal interest, functional or situational assessments with participants referred for supported employment services; assist participants with employment goals and creating or updating resumes; develop job placement sites for individual participants referred for placement; develop a variety of sites to allow participants to experience work tryout activities; and build and develop relationships with a variety of employers in the Rochester area for future job placement activity.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s degree in Human Service, Social Work, Counseling, Special Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, or Marketing
Prior experience working with deaf adults with additional disabilities
Proficiency in American Sign Language preferred

FILE APPLICATION WITH:
Harold Mowl, Jr., Superintendent/CEO
Rochester School for the Deaf
1545 St. Paul Street
Rochester, New York 14621

Applications received will be screened and the most highly qualified will be asked to interview.

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled

RSD is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of non-qualifying disability, race, religion, color, sex, marital status, age, national origin, and veteran status.

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Billing/Collections Clerk
(Temp to Hire)

Reports to: Manager of Accounts Receivable
Department: Shared Services
FLSA Status: Non exempt
Location: Rocklin, CA

Purple Communications is one of the nation's largest providers of communication services for the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech-disabled communities. As a leading provider of onsite interpreting services, video relay and text relay services, and video remote interpreting, the Company delivers a wide array of options designed to meet the varied communication needs of its customers. Purple Communications’ vision is to improve the quality of life of its customers by being their premier provider of high quality, innovative communication services that break down communications barriers.

Brief summary of duties:
The Billing/Collections Clerk is responsible for compiling information to ensure accurate payment of invoices, contacting clients for payment status and to resolve any issues, and entering data into computer system

Primary Responsibilities:
Contact customers/vendors regarding overdue accounts
Follow set collection procedures, as established by Company
Enter data in computer system
Monitor and maintain good customer relationships with internal and external customers
Escalate billing issues to manager when appropriate
Provide management with collection status on various accounts
Assist with various administrative duties as assigned, including scanning of document and filing

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
To be successful in this fast-paced environment, all applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, along with computer proficiency, good communication, organizational, and multi-tasking skills. Must be a team player and be able to work in a corporate environment. Must be able to learn computer software necessary to accomplish the administrative tasks required in this position

*** Knowledge of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture, preferred ***

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

Work Environment: 
Work is performed in a business office environment. Some travel to company, customer and vendor sites, including some that are out of state may be required.

Disclaimer: 
The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to this job.  Employees are expected to follow their supervisor’s instructions and to perform the tasks requested by their supervisors.
 
TO APPLY:
Please submit your resume to: www.purple.us or directly to terri.coppel@purple.us in the Recruiting Dept.
Purple Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Principals only please

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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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