deafweekly

 

July 24, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 39

Editor: Tom Willard

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Washington, DC
WHITE HOUSE TAPS NEW DISABILITY LIAISON
Starting this week, there is a new adviser at the White House focusing specifically on disability issues. Claudia Gordon will serve as a liaison between the Obama administration and the disability community as associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. Gordon comes to the White House from the U.S. Department of Labor. Prior to that, Gordon, who is deaf, held positions at the National Association of the Deaf Law and Advocacy Center and at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. / Disability Scoop

Tucson, AZ
ARIZONA SCHOOLS FOR DEAF, BLIND IN UPHEAVAL
This spring, students at the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind gathered rubber ducks and a coffin and staged elaborate protests with a goal of forcing a face-to-face conversation with Superintendent Robert Hill. At one protest, the students, many of them deaf, took to the sidewalks with signs urging passing cars to “honk loud.” They made masks of Hill’s face and held a pseudo-funeral, “burying” the administrator who they said had buried them with his disregard. They didn’t get what they wanted. Hill is still there. / The Republic

Danville, KY
185-YEAR OVERDUE BOOK REMINDS COMMUNITY OF BOND BETWEEN CENTRE, KY. SCHOOL FOR DEAF
No one likes paying library fines, least of all the one incurred by a Centre College library book recently found in a desk at Jacobs Hall Museum on the campus of Danville’s Kentucky School for the Deaf. The book, which has the date “December, 1828″ scrawled on its inside cover, is unofficially 185 years overdue. At the Grace Doherty Library’s current overdue rate of 10 cents per day, the fine easily exceeds $6,000. / KyForward.com

Milford, IN
DEAF CAMP TURNS 40, CONTINUES STRONG
For 40 years, the Indiana Deaf Camp has provided a fun experience for deaf children, plus their hearing siblings and children with deaf parents. On Sunday, the camp marked this anniversary with a special ceremony. Entitled “40 Years of Joy and Grace,” the ceremony highlighted the efforts of camp co-founders Grace Nunery and Joyce Smith to launch a deaf camp during a time when there were no closed-caption televisions, no emails or texts. The camp — first for adults — came to fruition in 1973 with over 80 attendees participating. / Stacey Page Online

Courtland, KS
KANSAS COMMUNITY TO LEARN SIGNING TO COMMUNICATE WITH DEAF CHILD
Residents in the north-central Kansas town of Courtland in Republic County are getting the chance to learn sign language so they can better communicate with a young hearing-impaired resident. The parents of 4-year-old Brandt Carlgren say they discovered their son was deaf when he was four weeks old. The Carlgrens say they immediately learned how to sign. / KAKE

Rochester, NY
TEXTING 911 AN OPTION FOR SOME IN MONROE COUNTY
It is now possible for some to contact emergency personnel in Monroe County without uttering a word. Thanks to a program launched last week called “Text to 9-1-1”, the Emergency Communications Department of Monroe County can now hold texting conversations with Verizon customers who cannot communicate via call for whatever reason, said Operations Manager Tina Carson. Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T are expected to follow by August, 2014, Carson said. / Democrat and Chronicle


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Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
RUDA SENTENCED TO 13 YEARS IN PRISON
A Slovak court has delivered the first definitive verdict in the case of misuse of money which should have been used to hold the 17th Winter Deaflympics in February 2011. The appellate senate of the Banská Bystrica Regional Court found Jaromír Ruda, the former head of the Slovak Deaflympic Committee, guilty of fraud and sentenced him to 13 years in prison, the SITA newswire reported on July 23. / The Slovak Spectator

Edmonton, AB, Canada
WILLIAM BERRY LAWSUIT: DEAF, MUTE RESIDENT ALLEGES 'INHUMANE' TREATMENT AT RED DEER COURTHOUSE
An Edmonton cancer survivor is suing the Alberta government for what he claims was inhumane and cruel treatment at a Red Deer courthouse late 2011. In a statement of claim filed late last week in Edmonton, William Berry, a mute and partially deaf man who breathes through a tube in his neck, alleges five Alberta sheriffs used excessive force in ejecting him from a Red Deer courthouse. He is seeking $1.5 million in damages. / The Huffington Post

Windsor, ON, Canada
SCAMMER ACTS DEAF TO PREY ON 'VULNERABLE'
Investigators are hoping karma finds the "scum" who pretended to be deaf to gain the trust of hearing impaired people then ripped them off, including one victim who lost more than $100,000. "You're scum, man, going after someone like that," said Const. Fabio Marion with the Windsor police financial crimes unit. The lottery scam began in March 2012. But it wasn't reported to the financial crimes unit until last Wednesday, through the Windsor police community outreach and support unit. / The Windsor Star

Oyama, BC, Canada
BREE SPROULE OFF TO DEAF OLYMPICS WITH TEAM CANADA
For most of her young life, volleyball player Bree Sproule has been a rarity in the small community of Oyama. She was the only deaf player on her school and club volleyball teams and the only deaf kid of six siblings. But over the past year Sproule, 19, has been hanging with people much like her. And last week she departed with 10 other deaf volleyball players as part of Team Canada that will take part in the 22nd Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria. / Lake Country Calendar

Fife, Scotland
DEAF MAN TARGETED IN FACEBOOK SCAM
Deaf people are being targeted in a scam which has seen a Fife man lose a five-figure sum. The poster tells the fraud target that their name is on a winners list and that they have won £120,000 ($183,000 US) and a laptop. In order to claim the prize they have to send personal information and pay a sum of money up-front through a money transfer service. / Dunfermline Press

London, England
TRIBUTES PAID TO 'INSPIRATIONAL' DEAF ACTOR VITALIS KATAKINAS
A “loving and inspirational” deaf actor who has died following an incident outside an Upper Street pub, had written a semi-autobiographical play about his life as an “outsider trying to do the best for his family." Vitalis Katakinas, 34, leaves behind his toddler son and fiancée after he died from a serious injury following the incident outside the pub where he was drinking after the British Sign Language Pride in the Park event on June 29. / Islington Tribune

London, England
TECHNOLOGY THAT LETS DEAF PEOPLE HEAR HAS A DOWNSIDE; IT THREATENS SIGN LANGUAGE
Born profoundly deaf, William Mager, a film-maker, gained some hearing in December. It was technical wizardry, not a miracle: a cochlear implant in his head which turns sounds into nerve signals. Switched on in a glossy central London hospital, it prompted “probably the worst day of my life”, he says. Harsh, robotic sounds bombarded his brain. Now things are improving. The noises are becoming “meatier and richer” as his brain learns to interpret the din. / The Economist

Cumberland, England
JAIL TERM REDUCED FOR MAN WHO STOLE FROM DEAF CARLISLE PENSIONER
Bryan Dance and his son, Steven Dance, pretended to be door-to-door salesmen to gain the trust of their 77-year-old victim, and then fled with £150 ($228 US) cash while she was making them a cup of tea. Bryan Dance, 50, was jailed for six years at the city’s crown court in November last year after being found guilty of burglary. His sentence has now been cut to five years though by judges sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, who said the original term was “excessive." / Times & Star

Prague, Czech Republic
DEAF BEAUTY WANTS NAME TO BE HEARD
Hungarian Tímea Kínál has been selected Miss Deaf Europe at the Miss Deaf World and Europe beauty pageant in Prague. The 19-year-old lost her hearing six months after birth as a result of a mistreated ear infection. She would like to become a fashion designer and wants to take part in a “regular” beauty pageant sometime. / The Budapest Times

Freeport, Bahamas
DEAF ASSOCIATION ENJOYED PERFORMING AT INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS
The Deaf Association in Grand Bahama made their grand debut last week during the 40th Independence Anniversary celebrations on the Independence Park. This group was quite pleased with their acceptance and performance, and according to advisor for Marsha Stubbs, it was a beautiful time for them. / The Bahamas Weekly

Sierra Leone
BLIND AND DEAF AND DUMB SCHOOLS BARRICADE WILKINSON ROAD
Hell broke loose on July 15 when pupils of the Milton Margai School for the Blind together with the School for the Deaf and Dumb stormed and barricaded the Wilkinson Road with desks and chairs preventing vehicular traffic in the morning hours. The physically challenged pupils were demanding a speed bump and a sign post signal to be instituted on the road opposite the confines of both schools. / Sierra Express Media

Beijing, China
DEVICE THAT TRANSLATES SIGN LANGUAGE INTO TEXT FOR DEAF
Researchers have developed a novel computer system that enables deaf people to translate gestures used in sign language into text. Using the new technology, people who are deaf or hard of hearing can simply type words and sentences using a keyboard and read those typed to them, researchers said. They stressed that their system is still a work in progress but hope to eventually create a system that is fully functional and reasonably inexpensive. / Business Standard


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Mount Laurel, NJ
MT. LAUREL PARENTS STRUGGLE WITH DEAF SON'S LATEST DIAGNOSIS
Born deaf, Henry Norton had already been cleared as a toddler for a rare genetic disease called Usher syndrome, which can affect both vision and hearing. His parents, Kim and Philip Norton, suspected he couldn’t see well at night, so in addition to learning sign language, they opted for a cochlear implant to help Henry hear. But two months ago, a test uncovered severe damage to his retina, the part of the eye which detects light. He is going blind — and quickly. / Courier-Post

Washington, DC
WASHINGTON HOSTS INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC DEAF CONFERENCE
With hands moving quickly through the air, members of the International Catholic Deaf Association signed all the responses in unison for a July 16 Mass held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington as part of their seventh biennial conference. / Catholic Standard

Scarborough, ME
GRANT OFFERS UP FREE SMOKE ALARMS, INCLUDING DEAF-SPECIFIC
By now, we all know that having smoke detectors in our homes can help prevent fire deaths, however, statistics show that most homes don't have enough working smoke alarms. The Scarborough and Falmouth fire departments were able to secure a federal grant that allowed them to purchase a number of smoke detectors, that they're willing to install in homes in their communities: free of charge. / wcsh6.com

Milwaukee, WI
DEAF PRIEST SHARES JOY WITH HIS PARISHIONERS
Father Christopher Klusman of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is a busy, energetic, magnetic and well-loved priest. He holds down two part-time assignments in the archdiocese and is greatly appreciated for his distinctive ability to bring the liturgy to a segment of the Catholic population who otherwise would not hear the Mass in their own language, American Sign Language. Father Klusman serves the deaf and hard of hearing, and he speaks to them in their own language because he is deaf. / NCRegister


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Riverside, CA
TWO DEAF MEN OPEN COMICS STORE
Mikey Marts and Craig Herman knew they were destined to be business partners. Since childhood, Marts buried himself in comic books; Herman never stopped collecting sports figures and cards. After three years of research and planning, the two men combined their passions and expertise to open a Riverside store called Sphinx Comics, Cards and Collectibles. What makes their venture unusual is that Marts, 49, and Herman, 46, are totally deaf — and less than 1 percent of all businesses in the country are deaf-owned. / The Press-Enterprise

Longmeadow, MA
LOUIS ABBATE, FORMER HEAD OF WILLIE ROSS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF, REFLECTS ON 28 YEARS ON THE JOB
Now that he is retired, Louis Abbate is enjoying his first summer off in nearly 40 years. "My wife and I are going to do some traveling and I'm just going to spend time reflecting on what a privilege it's been to be here all of these years," said Abbate, the former president and CEO of Willie Ross School for the Deaf. Abbate served as head of the school, based in Longmeadow, for 28 years. / The Republican

Springfield, MO
TO ADDRESS SHORTAGE OF TEACHERS FOR DEAF CHILDREN, MSU USES GRANT MONEY TO RAMP UP PROGRAM
Missouri is facing a serious shortage of educators trained to teach deaf children. Because of that shortage, an MSU professor has been awarded over $100,000 in grants from Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. / KSMU

Spartanburg, SC
SC SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND PRESENTS HEARTS & HANDS AWARDS
Donations of time and money have earned high honors for three area organizations. The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind awarded Hearts and Hands Awards to Leadership Spartanburg, Smith Animal Hospital, and the Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology. / GoUpstate.com

South Brunswick, NJ
DEAF STUDENT RECEIVES COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP
Nina Cerminaro ”earned admission to the freshman class at Clemson University and won a prestigious college scholarship award from the Hearing Loss Association of New Jersey,” according to Joel Strasser, trustee. The association has begun to accept applications for its next round of scholarships to be awarded for the upcoming school year, said Mr. Strasser. / South Brunswick Post


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San Francisco, CA
DEAF ACTOR SPEAKS VOLUMES IN 'LOUDEST MAN ON EARTH'
Adrian Blue, who plays a theater director in "The Loudest Man on Earth," Catherine Rush's world premiere season opener at TheatreWorks, is not literally the loudest man on earth. But he may be one of the best actors on earth. (In real life he is primarily a director, and like the character he plays, he's deaf.) / San Francisco Examiner

Chicago, IL
ONE DIRECTION'S HARRY STYLES SIGNS TO DEAF FANS
One Direction is particularly known for being very thankful for their fans and Harry, Niall, Liam, Zayn and Louis have often gone out of their way to make sure they feel the love. On July 14 at One Direction's concert at the Midwest Amphitheater in Chicago, Harry Styles helped two lucky fans named Lauren Putz and Lauren Holtz (who happened to be deaf) have the time of their lives. And thanks to a One Direction fan's Tumblr post as well as one of the girls' mother's blog post, we get to tell this amazing story. / Mstarz

San Antonio, TX
ONE-OF-A-KIND DANCE CAMP FOR THE DEAF
For 17 years the San Antonio Deaf Dance Company Summer Dance Camp camp has provided a unique and personal learning experience for students in San Antonio as the only dance company of its kind for the deaf and hard of hearing. The month-long camp serves 40 students, grades 5-12, from various school districts in and around San Antonio, along with the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin. The guest choreographers teach the kids 15 different dances, which they will perform in August. / La Prensa

Napa, CA
BOOK REVIEW: A DEAF FATHER'S LOVE FOR HIS HEARING CHILD
Ninety percent of the children of deaf adults have normal hearing. More than 60 percent of these children use American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate with their parents. They must become bilingual, using both spoken English and ASL to serve as a bridge between their parents and the hearing world. They have to accept responsibility early in life. Myron Uhlberg, author of “Hands of My Father: A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love,” was 6 years old when he began interpreting for his parents. / Napa Valley Register

Houston, TX
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Valparaiso, IN
STEPHEN M. MILLER OBITUARY
Miller, Stephen M. Of Crown Point, IN, 88, passed away peacefully at VNA Hospice, Valparaiso, IN. He was born to Felix and Angela Miller on April 19, 1925 in Gary, Indiana. Steve attended Indiana School for the Deaf, where he graduated as the class valedictorian. He also earned his Bachelor's Degree from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. Steve retired from the Post Tribune after 38 years of dedication. On August 16, 1952 he married and is survived by his beloved wife, Doris Evelyn Gray. They embarked on a remarkable 61 year journey while raising three children. / Post-Tribune

See Also DEAF MAN WAS VOICE FOR HIS COMMUNITY / Post-Tribune


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POSITION NOTICE
SWCID CAMPUS


POSITION: MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH / PHYSICAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR
#13-102

NOTE: OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS AS WELL AS ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS DISCLOSING CREDENTIALS PERTAINING TO THIS POSITION WILL BE REQUIRED. WILL BE SUBJECT TO A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK.

EXPERIENCE AND OTHER QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Familiarity and experience in coaching basketball teams. Bachelor’s degree and three (3) years related experience required. Master’s degree preferred. Skills and other qualifications desired in physical education and recruiting. Teaching PE classes as needed. Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and be capable of driving a college van.

DESCRIPTION OF JOB DUTIES:
Promote physical fitness through instruction and team activities. Scout and recruit quality student athletes and ensure that all recruiting activities are within regulations. Monitor scholarship and travel budget. Schedule competitions and conduct regular practice sessions in and out of season. For a complete list of job duties please inquire.

SALARY RANGE: Per Faculty Schedule

POSITION AVAILABLE: Immediately

TO APPLY: Send completed application and other materials to:

HOWARD COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE DISTRICT
HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE
1001 BIRDWELL LANE
BIG SPRING, TX 79720
(432) 264-5100 phone
www.howardcollege.edu

POSTED: July 25, 2013

It is the intent of the Howard County Junior College District to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion or veteran’s status or any other protected class. Contact the Personnel Office if assistance is needed during the application process.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all employees hired after November 6, 1986 to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States.

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POSITION NOTICE
SWCID CAMPUS

POSITION: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH / PHYSICAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR
#13-101

NOTE: OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS AS WELL AS ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS DISCLOSING CREDENTIALS PERTAINING TO THIS POSITION WILL BE REQUIRED. WILL BE SUBJECT TO A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK.

EXPERIENCE AND OTHER QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Familiarity and experience in coaching basketball teams. Bachelor’s degree and three (3) years related experience required. Master’s degree preferred. Skills and other qualifications desired in physical education and recruiting. Teaching PE classes as needed. Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and be capable of driving a college van.

DESCRIPTION OF JOB DUTIES:
Promote physical fitness through instruction and team activities. Scout and recruit quality student athletes and ensure that all recruiting activities are within regulations. Monitor scholarship and travel budget. Schedule competitions and conduct regular practice sessions in and out of season. For a complete list of job duties please inquire.

SALARY RANGE: Per Faculty Schedule

POSITION AVAILABLE:
Immediately

TO APPLY: Send completed application and other materials to:

HOWARD COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE DISTRICT
HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE
1001 BIRDWELL LANE
BIG SPRING, TX 79720
(432) 264-5100 phone
www.howardcollege.edu

POSTED: July 17, 2013

It is the intent of the Howard County Junior College District to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion or veteran’s status or any other protected class. Contact the Personnel Office if assistance is needed during the application process.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all employees hired after November 6, 1986 to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States.

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Opening Date: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Closing Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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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PAHrtners Deaf Services

www.pahrtners.com/careers
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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.
Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/deafjobs

Send your letter of intent and resume to:

Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
PAHrtners Deaf Services
614 N. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038

Email: lclaypool@pahrtners.com
Fax: 215-884-6301; 215-884-9770 TTY/V

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MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIAN (MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST)
Duluth, Minnesota
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Division
Minnesota Department of Human Services

$22.62 - $33.34 hourly ($47,231 - $ 69,614 annually)

Contact: john.gournaris@state.mn.us

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.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:


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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:


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, Minnesota:

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.

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