deafweekly

 

July 27, 2005
Vol. 1 No. 41

Editor: Tom Willard

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NATIONAL
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GALLAUDET PRESIDENT RECEIVES GEORGE BUSH MEDAL

Gallaudet University President I. King Jordan received the George Bush Medal for the Empowerment of People with Disabilities Monday at a ceremony marking the 15th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Jordan was honored along with National Organization of Disability founder Alan Reich and U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Md). Unable to attend the gala, Jordan sent board chairman Glenn Anderson to accept the award on his behalf. Anderson was accompanied by Carrie Kobek Pezzarossi, graduate student association president, and Michael Higgins, president of the student government. In prepared remarks, Jordan noted he was at the White House in 1990 when the ADA was signed into law, and 15 years later, "I am proud to report there continues to be tremendous progress."

SUPREME COURT NOMINEE SAID TO OPPOSE INTERPRETERS

John Roberts, President Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court, opposes sign language interpreters in schools, claims an email circulating in the deaf community this week. Based on a CNN report, the email says Roberts wrote to the attorney general in July 1982 to criticize a lower court ruling requiring a school board to provide an interpreter for a student who had already received a hearing aid and tutoring services. The move amounted to judicial activism, said Roberts: "The lower courts, in an exercise of judicial activism, used the vague statutory language to overrule the board and substitute their own judgment of appropriate educational policy, imposing a requirement of an interpreter."

BERRY RELEASED BY MISTAKE WHILE AWAITING SENTENCING

Robert Lee Berry was inadvertently released from jail in Butte County, Calif. last Monday. Berry was facing charges in New York and Massachusetts that were "far more serious" than charges in California of obtaining prescription drugs fraudulently, said District Attorney Mike Ramsey, and the prospect of extraditing Berry had influenced a plea bargain to drop all but one felony count. Berry, 51, was in jail awaiting sentencing when the court received a fax Monday from New York authorities saying they no longer planned to extradite him. After learning that Massachusetts also did not plan to seek extradition, the jail released Berry on Monday night with no money or place to stay. A court-appointed investigator retrieved a "confused" Berry the following morning from a motel he paid for with money borrowed from a former cellmate. The investigator took up a collection to buy the deaf, diabetic man some crackers, a candy bar and a soda before he was returned to jail to await his sentencing.

COURT HEARING TO DETERMINE COMPETENCY OF MURDER SUSPECT

A court hearing has been set for August 9 in Williamsburg, Va. to determine the competency of a deaf, mute and illiterate man to stand trial for murdering a teenage girl. Oswaldo Martinez was indicted in May on charges of raping and killing Brittany Binger, 16, reported the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Martinez, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, was arrested in February after police matched DNA found on Binger's body with DNA swabbed from Martinez's cheek. A trial is out of the question, said a defense attorney, at least until Martinez, 34, learns to communicate and can assist in his defense as required by law. University of Virginia law professor Anne Coughlin said a judge would have a hard time balancing the community's right to have justice served with Martinez's right to due process. "We lock people up, but we tell them why," said Coughlin. "He doesn't know what's going to happen to him or when."

WOMAN WALKING ON TRAIN TRACKS KILLED IN KALAMAZOO

Katherine Davidson, 62, was killed last Tuesday morning after being hit by an Amtrak train near downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., reported WOOD-TV News in Grand Rapids. Police said the train's conductor saw Davidson and sounded the horn, but she didn't react. The conductor was unable to stop in time and Davidson, who was hearing impaired, died at the scene. Authorities said the warning gates and bells were working normally but Davidson just did not hear them.

HOUSING FACILITY FOR SENIORS OPENS IN FREMONT

A 12-year struggle to open Northern California's first affordable-housing facility for deaf seniors has ended in success. According to the Pleasanton Argus, the first residents have moved into Fremont Oak Gardens and filled up 30 of the building's 51 units. The remaining units are being filled from a waiting list, said property manager Charlene Jones, and people who qualify can add their names to a waiting list. The $12.7 million project was financed mostly with federal funds and $4.4 million from the city of Fremont. Julian "Buddy" Singleton, president of the Deaf Senior Retirement Corp., said the effort was inspired by the lack of sign language at most senior-housing facilities. "We've been very frustrated," he said. "But we're celebrating now -- we've won."

GOVERNOR OF SOUTH DAKOTA WEIGHS IN ON TOWN PROJECT

Gov. Mike Rounds of South Dakota declined to say whether he supported or opposed the proposed sign-language town of Laurent, but said that individual development projects should not be subjected to referendums. Speaking at a school in Canistota, 10 miles from the proposed site, Rounds said the time for referendums is when local zoning laws are being created or modified. Once the laws are in place, he said, developers should be able to comply with them and move forward without fearing a public vote on their project. According to the Mitchell Daily Republic, Rounds also said the people involved with Laurent should be treated fairly. "If they believe that the town could survive economically, then they should have the opportunity to explore it, to follow the rules and the guidelines that are currently in place, and have an opportunity to try," he said.

TEXAS SCHOOL ENDS LIBERAL POLICY ON STUDENT TRANSPORTATION

About 30 students at the Jean Massieu Academy in Arlington, Texas will have to find another way to get to school or enroll elsewhere after administrators said they no longer have the money to transport every student. The school has over 150 students and until recently transported them from almost anywhere in North Texas. The state chips in about $29,000 a month for transportation costs, reported the Dallas Morning News, but the school spends $50,000 a month on fuel, maintenance, insurance and loan payments. "It's hard for us," said business manager Bobby Dunivan, "but we have to protect the jewel of the school, and that's education."

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUP SUFFERS EXTREME BUDGET CUT

Deaf Abused Women and Children's Advocacy Services in Austin, Texas announced last week it would discontinue most of its programs after learning of a sudden and severe budget cut. DAWCAS was told last Monday that, effective immediately, it would no longer receive federal VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) funds. As a result, the board and staff decided it could no longer offer counseling and therapy sessions, information and referral services, personal and legal advocacy or parenting classes. DAWCAS, founded in 1998, had been serving about 400 people annually. The agency will remain open to provide communication education services and an emergency hotline for local residents remains available. The agency is seeking help -- volunteer or monetary -- to start up its services again, reported KXAN-TV News.

TWIN SISTERS ARE STANDOUTS AT COUNTY FAIR PAGEANT

Hope Wolfe of Chebanse, Ill. was crowned queen of the Iroquois County Fair Pageant during a rain-delayed event last Wednesday night, and twin sister Holli was named second runner up. Hope and Holli are both hearing impaired, reported the Iroquois County Times-Republic of Watseka, Ill. "This has been a wonderful experience," said Hope. "I'm happy to get a chance to do it." She said it was the first time a hearing-impaired contestant was in the county pageant and she had made many new friends. "I've had a lot of fun," she said.

KANSAS CITY AREA IS HOME TO NEW CSD RELAY CENTER

A growing demand for video relay services has prompted CSD to open its 14th VRS facility. The center, in Lee's Summit, Mo., will provide additional interpreting support to the greater Kansas City area, said CSD in an announcement Monday. CSD maintains VRS centers throughout the United States "to minimize significant drain on the interpreting resources in any one city," said CEO Benjamin Soukup. CSD has signed a contract with a local firm, Sign Language Specialists, Inc., to staff the facility with interpreters. SLS will be responsible for "recruiting, retaining and compensating a professional, talented and motivated workforce," said president Lisa Bolding.

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INTERNATIONAL
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BIRTH OF QUADRUPLETS BRINGS MISSIONARIES HOME FROM FRANCE

Missionaries Don and Billie Dixon have had 32 addresses in three countries during 29 years of marriage, reported the Dallas Morning News, but their newest one represents their most momentous calling. The Dixons, who specialize in deaf ministry, moved to Brazil in 1990 to provide job training and create schools, medical clinics and feeding programs. After relocating to France in 2000, Mrs. Dixon learned French sign language and was preparing to open a coffee shop for the deaf. A phone call from back home, however, changed all that. Learning that they were going to become grandparents of quadruplets, the Dixons decided to move to Plano, Texas, where they now reside and help raise their four new grandchildren. "This is the mission field, at present, so this is where we are," said Billie Dixon.

HAITI GIRL, 9, BROUGHT TO ATLANTA TO HAVE EAR REBUILT

A 9-year-old girl from Haiti has a new look and a new outlook on life, reported WXIA-TV News in Atlanta. Blanda Geffrard was born deaf and unable to speak, with a fist-shaped ear that left her an outcast. Her family abandoned her at a school for the disabled, but she was found by Childspring International, an Atlanta-based group that helps as many as 75 children each year who live in places that don't offer the medical care they need. Blanda was brought to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and surgeons used cartilage from her rib cage to build her a new left ear. She was also fitted with a hearing aid. "She's become very extroverted, outgoing, very bubbly and just a joy to have around," said Dr. Ann Schwentker.

MINSK NATIVE RIDING MOTORCYCLE AROUND THE WORLD

Minsk, Belarus native Vladimir Yarets used pictures, postcards and charades to tell a crowd in Springfield, Ohio last Tuesday about his motorcycle trip around the world. Yarets, 64, a deaf man who hopes to get in the Guiness Book of World Records, has traveled more than 100,000 miles and visited over 40 countries in the past five years. A collision with a truck in Peoria, Ill. two years ago left him laid up for months with a shattered pelvis and broken legs, ankles, an arm and ribs, reported the Springfield News-Sun. By the following year, however, he was back on the road. Yaret's next stop is Japan; he'll then travel south to Australia, west to Africa, and home to Belarus by 2006. You can follow his trip at www.yarets.com.


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LIFE & LEISURE
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NEW JERSEY MATCHMAKERS SPECIALIZE IN SERVING DEAF JEWS

The art of matchmaking is all in the hands for Sam and Rachelle Landau, "the world's only deaf Jewish matchmakers," reported The Forward in New York City last Friday. The Landaus use fax machines, TTYs and computers from their Elizabeth, N.J. home to promote the basic idea that Jews marry other Jews. "In America, it's very difficult for Jewish deaf people to find each other," said Sam Landau. Still, the Landaus estimate they've had a hand in 10 marriages and countless near misses during their own 30-year union. The newsletter they publish twice a year for the Jewish Deaf Singles Registry attracts listings from as far away as South Africa, and last week the Landaus were in Florida for what is perhaps the best place to find other single deaf Jews: the biennial Jewish Deaf Congress.

VIRGINIA ESTABLISHES HEARING AID LOAN PROGRAM

The Virginia Department of Health established a program in May that loans hearing aids for children under age 3, the Lynchburg News & Advance reported Saturday. The new program, aimed at an estimated 300 children born in the state every year with some degree of hearing loss, also loans out specialized FM equipment. "This will definitely benefit the children," said Anne Simmons, a Health Department program manager. Hearing aids and FM systems are available through a form from the child's audiologist confirming the need. The Hearing Aid bank has 54 loaner hearing aids and 35 FM systems, available for extendable six-month loans. The service will allow families to test devices before spending up to $3,500 for a single hearing aid.

SUCCESSFUL FIRST CONFERENCE FOR DEAF UNITED METHODISTS

The United Methodist Church has over 8 million members in more than 35,000 churches, but only three congregations that serve the deaf, reported the Christian Post last week. The deaf ministry may grow, however, thanks to a successful first Global United Methodist Conference of the Deaf, held two weeks ago in Baltimore. More than 200 ministers and Methodists from around the world attended the conference and were greeted by leaders who stressed the need for increased ministry and leadership in and for the church's deaf community. Inclusion of deaf worshipers requires a comprehensive approach, said Michelle Menefee, who serves on the Congress of the Deaf's national board. "Deaf ministry is not just somebody signing the worship service on Sunday morning," she said.

ONLINE SURVEY EXPLORES ASL LINK TO SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Patrick Boudreault, a deaf doctoral student at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, is looking for deaf and hard-of-hearing people to participate in an online survey. The goal is to understand how American Sign Language affects the social development of a person who is deaf or hard of hearing. The survey takes about 60 minutes to complete and can be done in either written English or ASL through video playback. To get started, go to www.deafnexus.com/deafstudies.

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WORKING WORLD
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PENNSYLVANIA AGENCY'S NEW DIRECTOR HAS LOS ANGELES ROOTS

Clarence "Barry" Witmer, 59, became chief executive officer June 20 at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. Witmer brings 15 years of experience in the Los Angeles nonprofit sector, including three-and-a-half years as CEO of Habitat for Humanity. He replaces Jim Schneck, who told the Lancaster New Era he "didn't feel like I had the support or encouragement of the present board at deaf services." Among Schneck's accomplishments were classes in parenting, pregnancy and nutrition. "We even started a class for deaf people who were kept hidden in their homes and never went to school before," said Schneck, who now does freelance interpreting and grantwriting.

GALLAUDET HOSTS REAL-LIFE 'CSI' PROGRAM FOR TEENS

Seven deaf teens were in Washington, D.C. this month for Gallaudet University's Crimes and Clues Camp. The two-week academic camp for talented and gifted deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students offers an intensive hands-on learning experience about forensics through lab work. Field trips are a big part of the camp, with visits to real-life forensics practitioners at an FBI crime lab, the U.S. Secret Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The program concludes with a mock trial that gives students a chance to apply their newly gained knowledge.

CAPTIONING COST OVERSTATED, SAYS COALITION CHAIR

The cost of adding captions to emergency announcements was "severely overstated" by a writer in Broadcasting & Cable, said Jeff Hutchins, chairman of the Accessible Media Industry Coalition. Hutchins, whose coalition represents 26 companies that provide captioning services, said in a response printed Monday that Bill McConnell was apparently quoting from a 1980s price list when he predicted captioning costs of $4,000 per hour. The actual cost, said Hutchins, typically runs less than $150 per hour. Live captioning has always been more affordable than prerecorded captioning, he noted, and prices have fallen dramatically since a 1988 FCC mandate led to more competition.

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'BACHELORETTE' CONTESTANT RETURNS HOME, VISITS SCHOOL

Jerry Ferris, a finalist on ABC's The Bachelorette earlier this year, was in Rochester, N.Y. last week to help raise money for the Rochester School for the Deaf. Now an art gallery director in Los Angeles, Ferris, 29, grew up in Brockport, N.Y. as the son of deaf parents. Ferris told the Democrat and Chronicle he decided to become more involved in the deaf community after a Bachelorette episode showed him taking his date home to meet his deaf mom. "After the hometown date, there was an overwhelming response to that episode from other children with deaf parents, like me," he said. About 100 RSD students gathered around Ferris last Friday for autographs and pictures, and though some didn't know who Ferris was, everyone enjoyed the clowns and twisted balloons.

MUSICIAN ENLIVENS 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHHH CONFERENCE

You might not guess that Wendy Cheng is completely deaf, reported Asian Week last Friday. The Taiwan-born Maryland resident studied classical piano from age 7 to 15, learned violin in college, played in string quartets and orchestra workshops, and has two daughters who are also musicians. Cheng was diagnosed at age 9 with deafness, which her parents suspected was related to medications received seven years earlier. After an infection in 1996 destroyed the rest of her hearing, she opted to get a cochlear implant. Cheng attended the 25th anniversary conference of SHHH (Self Help for Hard of Hearing People), where she spoke on behalf of the Association for Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss (www.aamhl.org) and played viola at the conference banquet.

SECOND ANNUAL DEAF ART SHOW PLANNED IN TENNESSEE

Art lovers in Tennessee are busy planning the 2nd Annual National Juried De'VIA Competition and Exhibit. "De'VIA" is a fancy way of saying deaf art, and organizers are seeking artwork that reflects the deaf experience. The exhibit will be on display at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville from January to April 2006. A total of $6,000 in prizes will be awarded, and October 14 is the entry deadline. The League for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is organizing the show, and Tennessee Relay Service is the event sponsor. For a PDF copy of the guidelines, go to www.leagueforthedeaf.com or call 615-248-8828 v/tty.

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KEVIN HALL PLAYS DOUBLE ROUND IN PGA TOUR DEBUT

Kevin Hall's first day last Thursday on the PGA Tour at the US Bank Championship in Milwaukee was rained out. Hall, believed to be the first deaf professional golfer, and 14 other golfers had to play 36 holes Friday after being sidelined by thunderstorms the previous day. "I'm used to playing 36 holes in college but man, it's different on the PGA Tour with the pace of play, the crowd and the pin position," said Hall. "It takes a lot out of you mentally and physically." The 22-year-old from Cincinnati registered a 68-74, reported KFMB-TV News in San Diego, missing the cut at Brown Deer Park. Hall was a crowd favorite, with fans giving him thumbs-up signs and high-fives while watching him chat with his parents in sign language and type text messages into his cell phone.

FOOTBALL PHENOM FOLLOWS IN FATHER'S FOOTSTEPS

Jason Triggas, an Archbishop Mitty graduate who was born deaf, suited up as a member of the North Squad in last Wednesday's 31st annual Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star game at San Jose (Calif.) City College. Triggas was a standout defensive lineman, reported the Mercury News, and he chose Foothill College over Cal because it would let him play right away. Triggas is following in the footsteps of his father, Dean, also deaf, who was a standout football player for San Francisco State. "He is a great kid and a very intelligent player who reads lips so well that you just need to look at him when you talk and he understands everything," said North Coach Tony Santos.

CALIFORNIA TEAM PROVIDES ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES

The Stockton Ports baseball team in the California League now has 20 assistive listening devices available for its hearing-impaired friends, reported OurSports Central last week. Fans can visit a stadium service center, show a driver's license, put in the earplugs and go enjoy the game, said Mike McCarroll, the team's general manager. The devices permit hearing-impaired fans to hear the in-stadium public address system. "They tune in on a signal right out of the press box," said McCarroll.

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COMING EVENTS
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SOUTH STREET SEAPORT TO HOST DEAF FESTIVAL

The Fifth Annual Seaport Deaf Festival will take place in New York City on Sunday, August 21. Admission is free and hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Organizer Al Lepre said there will be at least 35 booths and there is still room for vendors ($100 per table). Door prizes will be distributed and entertainment by Jennifer Delora and D.J. Supa is being planned. The festival takes place at the South Street Seaport at Fulton and South Streets in Manhattan. For directions, see www.southstreetseaport.com, and for festival information, visit www.nydeafexposition.com.


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MILESTONES
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DONALD GALLOWAY, 96, PIONEERED HEARING AID ACCEPTANCE

Lifelong Rochester, N.Y. resident Donald Galloway, one of America's first hearing aid distributors, died May 22 at the age of 96. According to the Democrat and Chronicle, Mr. Galloway began working with Beltone Electronics in the 1950s and helped to remove the stigma of hearing aids. He fitted thousands of people with hearing aids and serviced audiometers for hundreds of businesses and schools, working until he was 95 and finishing his career alongside his son with Audibel. Mr. Galloway, a World War II veteran and Republican Party leader, was married for 68 years to Kathryn (Gunther) Galloway, now deceased, and is survived by a son, a daughter, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

ARLEEN WHITE, 62, EARNED GALLAUDET DEGREE AFTER RAISING 4 KIDS

Arleen L. (Hall) White died Wednesday, July 20, at home in Wellington, Fla. She was 62. Mrs. White was born in Washington, D.C. in 1943 and grew up in New Jersey, where she attended the state School for the Deaf in West Trenton. After raising four children in Newton, N.J., Mrs. White went back to school in her 40s and earned a bachelor's degree from Gallaudet University in 1991. She held leadership positions in several organizations for the deaf and was a member of many more. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald White, and is survived by her four children and her companion, Maureen Whetham. Memorial donations, which will benefit deaf senior citizens, may be sent to DAWN, 400 S. Main St., Suite 3, Wharton, NJ 07885.


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READER RESPONSE
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(In response to last week's article on a deaf girl in New Jersey who was helped by a Good Samaritan after her house was struck by lighting ... )

The girl's name is Karrie Smith not Kerry Lewis :)

MIMI FINNERAN
Bankbridge Elementary School
Sewell, NJ


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EMPLOYMENT
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Position Announcement: CEO

DCARA is seeking a strong and dynamic Chief Executive Officer to lead the agency and to build on over 40 years of continuous growth and evolution of the agency. The CEO will report directly to the Board of Directors and will be responsible for all aspects of the agency's operations, programs, finances, and personnel. DCARA is a non-profit, community-based social service agency serving the Deaf community in the San Francisco Bay Area.

SALARY: Negotiable (plus excellent benefits)

For more information, visit www.dcara.org or email searchchair@dcara.org. CLOSING DATE: Open until filled.

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Assistant Director, Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (#ODHH-05-01)
Salary: Grade 16 (Range $38,578 - $59,475)
Closing Date: August 12, 2005
Maryland offers a competitive salary and a very generous leave and health benefits package.

The successful candidate will oversee the daily administrative functions of the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH), to include providing delivery of the following services: Awareness/Sensitivity Training and Technical Assistance, Constituent Services and Community Outreach and Education. Responsibilities include representing the ODHH in various settings.

Bachelor’s Degree (Masters Degree, desirable) from an accredited four-year college and five years of professional experience in a behavioral or social science field, including three years of managerial experience that involves program development. Training and/or experience in working with deaf and hard of hearing persons. The ability to communicate with individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, hearing and late deafened is required. A Master’s Degree in a Behavioral or Social Science related field may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

A complete list of responsibilities and minimum qualification requirements can be found at our website www.dbm.maryland.gov. Call 410-767-4720 or email msmith@dbm.state.md.us with any questions.

To Apply: Resumes will be evaluated based on the materials submitted in relation to the position requirements. Therefore, it is important to provide complete and accurate information to describe your prior training and experience. Please include a cover letter with the job # and salary requirements to: Steve Serra, Director, Recruitment and Examination Division, 301 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Application materials may be submitted via email at dbmresume@dbm.state.md.us. This is a Special Appointment position. Resume materials must be received by 5 PM EST on August 12, 2005. EOE

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Non-Profit mental health agency located in Annapolis, MD has several positions available in our Deaf Program. BA/BS in Human Services or related field preferred, and/or related work experience. Applicants must be fluent in American Sign Language, and have a valid driver’s license.

Rehabilitation Specialist: Part Time and Full Time available. Duties include; transporting mentally ill clients to appointments, medication monitoring, applying crisis intervention, and providing daily living skills support in a residential setting.

Send resume and cover letter to: ALI, 2012 Renard Ct, Suite I, Annapolis, MD 21401, or fax (410) 841-6045, or email Lmurphy@arundellodge.org. EOE/D/V

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF VACANT POSITION

Gallaudet University serves deaf and hard of hearing students from many different backgrounds and seeks to develop a workforce that reflects the diversity of its student body. Gallaudet is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively encourages deaf, hard of hearing, members of traditionally underrepresented groups, people with disabilities, woman, and veterans to apply for open positions.

JOB #05112: ATHLETIC ASSISTANT
Athletics Department in the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
Salary range: $43,448 to $69,518.

Coordinates KDES athletics program, the weightlifting and strength and conditioning program; assists the Coordinator in the management of the athletics program at MSSD; teaches Physical Education classes; supports the national mission focus; assists the Coordinator in developing a model athletics program and develops national mission opportunities and products.

Please apply if you are interested and possess the following qualifications: Master's degree in deaf education, education or a related area. Teaching and/or coaching experience required; knowledge of integration of academic and non-academic programs and activities. Three years experience in an educational program for deaf and hard of hearing students. Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends. Fluency in American Sign Language required.

CANDIDATE SELECTED WILL BE REQUIRED TO UNDERGO AND PAY FOR A SUITABILITY BACKGROUNG INVESTIGATION
STATUS OF POSITION: Accepting applications
To apply, mail a letter of interest, a resume and a Gallaudet University application form to:

Gallaudet University
Personnel Office – College Hall - Room 106
800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002

Email address: Personnel.Office@Gallaudet.edu

Or FAX a letter of interest, a resume and a Gallaudet University application form to: 202-651-5344

Gallaudet University Application Form link: http://personnel.gallaudet.edu/Employment7f.doc

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