July 30, 2014
Vol. 10, No. 39
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF OREGONIANS CRY FOUL IN DHS CONTRACTING PROCESS
The Oregon Department of Human Services is in the process of hiring a company to coordinate and provide interpretive services for deaf and hard-of-hearing Oregonians, but the very people who are supposed to benefit from the services are saying they've been left out of the process. The deaf and hard-of-hearing community is criticizing the state for not soliciting its input when writing the request for proposal and for choosing an out-of-state company. / The Statesman Journal
NURSE WHO WEARS HEARING AIDS ALLEGES JOB DISCRIMINATION
Johnny Wheat, Jr., RN, is suing Rush Health Systems, alleging that hospital management removed him from his OR nurse position due to his genetic hearing loss and failed to accommodate him with comparable job duties, in violation of the ADA. Countering that Mr. Wheat had been removed for performance issues, Rush asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit through summary judgment. In a July 15 ruling, however, the court denied the request, opening the door to the possibility of a federal trial. / Outpatient Surgery
DOJ PUSHES RULES FOR MOVIE THEATERS ON SERVING BLIND AND DEAF
The Justice Department moved Friday to open up the nation’s cinemas to the visually and hearing impaired with a slate of draft regulations requiring movie theaters to offer closed captioning and audio description technology. "This proposed rule will allow all Americans, including those with disabilities, to fully participate in the moviegoing experience,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in unveiling the plan. / The Hill
San Diego, CA
DRIVER HITS WOMAN, 64, ESCAPING SAN DIEGO ZOMBIE HORDE
A driver escaped a violent horde of people dressed as zombies pounding on his car by plowing through the crowd and hitting a 64-year-old pedestrian at a San Diego intersection, police say. The driver reportedly waited several minutes for the group to pass, but the sight of people covered in fake blood spooked his young children during the San Diego Zombie Walk, according to a police report. The mock zombies allegedly pounded on his black car and even shattered the windshield as the driver, who is deaf, inched his way through the intersection, the report said. / NY Daily News
SISTERS, BOTH DEAF, GIVE BIRTH WITHIN 24 HOURS OF EACH OTHER
Even Donna Morgan, who oversees nearly 700 births a year at Union Hospital, was surprised by the news. Two sisters — both deaf — gave birth in the Dover hospital’s maternity ward less than 24 hours a part. “This is not something we see every day,” said Morgan, the nurse manager of maternity and pediatrics. / Canton Repository
Manhattan Beach, CA
CHEF DARREN WEISS TEACHES DEAF CHILDREN HOW TO COOK AT HIS RESTAURANT
Matthew Panameno steadied a portabello mushroom in the kitchen of Darren’s restaurant in downtown Manhattan Beach, nimbly slicing it into tiny slivers. Next to him, Jasmin Ostrander, 8, carefully diced up sprigs of parsley, tapping the shoulder of chef Darren Weiss to get his approval. Weiss, who is hearing-impaired, taught a group of children with profound hearing loss how to cook Tuesday, along with the basics of owning a restaurant and healthy eating. / Daily Breeze
THE ADA AT 24: HONORING THE UNSUNG HEROES / RIT PRESIDENT BILL DESTLER
For most college students, the Americans with Disabilities Act has been the law of the land their entire lives. But the road to get to this point was a long one, paved by men and women who most have never heard of, but without their efforts many of our fellow Americans would not enjoy the lives they now lead. Let me share a little about two of these pioneers, Robert F. Panara and Dr. E Ross Stuckless. Both worked tirelessly to help students who are deaf and hard of hearing achieve a college education and a better life. / The Huffington Post
JANE FERNANDES SETTLES IN AS NEW GUILFORD COLLEGE PRESIDENT
Don’t worry if new Guilford College President Jane Fernandes doesn’t look you in the eye. Most likely, she’s glancing at the interpreter behind you. “I want to create connections with people,” said Fernandes, who was born deaf. “But when I’m not looking at them — when I’m looking at my interpreter — it hurts me in some ways. ... But I’m working on it." / News & Record
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Toronto, ON, Canada
DEAF-BLIND WOMAN TESTS CANADA'S EQUALITY GUARANTEE
Jasmin Simpson, 39, is deaf, blind and has lupus. She overcame these formidable challenges to earn a master’s degree in social work at Gallaudet University. She now works as a counsellor at the Canadian Hearing Society. But her education was costly. Because of her disabilities, it took her eight years instead of the usual five to complete her two degrees. She graduated with a student debt 60 per cent higher than a non-disabled student. That didn’t seem fair to Simpson. So she launched a charter challenge. / Toronto Star
Parry Sound, ON, Canada
THE LIVING IS EASY AT BOB RUMBALL'S CAMP OF THE DEAF
Children gravitated to it like bees to nectar — a supersized slide at Bob Rumball Ontario Camp of the Deaf that promised the ride of their lives and a big splash when they landed in the lake at the bottom. The kids were having a ball. That’s what camp is all about for Markell Francis, 14, who has been coming to Ontario Camp of the Deaf for 10 years. “Camp is fun and it’s for the deaf community,” he said in ASL. / Toronto Star
OXFORD TUBE SORRY FOR DEAF PASSENGER'S HUMILIATION
A bus company is investigating one of its drivers after a deaf woman claimed she was “humiliated” on a journey to Oxford. Sarah Chapman, of Witney, complained to Stagecoach after the incident on its Oxford Tube service on Monday. Mrs Chapman, who wears hearing aids and relies on lip-reading, said: “It was humiliating to be in a stand-off with the driver, him waving the phone in my face and insisting that I could hear while I repeatedly told him that I couldn’t." / The Oxford Times
MMA: EVANS FIGHTS AGAINST THE ODDS
Swindon fighter Adam Evans has faced plenty of battles during his life, but the biggest could be yet to come after signing a contract with one of the country’s leading Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) companies. The 42-year-old has been deaf since he was 18 months old and experienced bullying during the early years of his life, as a result. This pushed Evans into taking up self-defense and martial arts at a young age. / Swindon Advertiser
HAWKEYE IS DEAF IN MATT FRACTION AND DAVID AJA'S SIGN-LANGUAGE ISSUE
Hawkeye will be struck temporarily deaf in a sign language issue of his solo series. Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye #19 was previewed by The New York Times. After being left with major ear damage after a fight, Clint Barton cannot hear in this Marvel Comics issue. The issue's speech bubbles are all blank, and it is filled out with sign language illustrations that are not translated. "If nothing else, it's an opportunity for hearing people to get a taste of what it might be like to be deaf," said Fraction. / Digital Spy
DEAF MUSICIAN NORMAN RAISES CHARITY SMILES
A profoundly deaf musician astounds audiences when he picks up his piano accordion and starts playing. Norman McLaren and his wife Elaine, 63, who is also deaf, have raised thousands for charity over the years and are now setting up their own organization to benefit adults and children with special needs. Using the latest technology, Norman, 67, can now play with confidence as a Bluetooth adapter that he wears around his neck links straight to his hearing aid. / Rossendale Free Press
800 DEAF CAMPERS ENJOY THIS YEAR'S SIGN CIRCLE FESTIVAL!
Eight hundred Deaf campers are today making their way home after enjoying this year’s Sign Circle camping festival, which was held in Longridge, Lancashire. Among this year’s attractions were a new ‘pub bus’ (above) improvised comedy (below), signed poetry, drama and media workshops, an outdoor cinema from the BSL Zone, dog show, mud wrestling, zorbing, and much, much more. / The Limping Chicken
NO JAIL TIME FOR MAN WHO ROBBED DEAF VICTIM
A Sebastopol man who held a deaf man’s arms back while a co-accused repeatedly hit him with a crushed bourbon can during a robbery received a six-month suspended sentence on Wednesday. Michael Dawson, 21, pleaded guilty to robbing the victim of a 10-pack of bourbon cans on June 11, 2013, after being refused alcohol, along with the underage co-accused, after producing fake identification. / The Northern Daily Leader
BEING BLIND AND DEAF DOESN'T STOP THIS PHOTOGRAPHER FROM PRACTICING HIS ART
Brenden Borrellini has been deaf and blind for his entire life, but he hasn’t let that come in his way of doing what he loves. Brenden’s disability has presented many challenges over the years, but he has truly excelled and overcame incredible obstacles. Brenden studied at Special Education Unit at the Cavendish Road State School in Brisbane, where he became the first deaf and blind student to finish his high school education and attend university. / PetFlow Blog
Melbourne VIC, Australia
DEAF TENNIS PROFILE: JOHN LUI
Inspired to play after watching Wimbledon, John Lui now combines a coaching career with playing competitive deaf tennis at the highest level, a highlight being selection for the Deaflympics. “I just got hooked on [tennis by] hitting the ball against the wall and watching Pete Sampras at Wimbledon on TV," he said. / Tennis Australia
MUST LANGUAGE BE SPOKEN TO BE HEARD?
Imagine if you were told that your mother tongue is not a “real” language, but merely a shadow of one. This is what many deaf communities face when it comes to sign language. According to the World Federation of the Deaf, some 70 million deaf people around the world say that sign language is their first language. Despite this, the common misconception is that sign language is a crude imitation or ‘inferior’ to spoken languages such as English. / The Star
STATE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF IS RE-NAMED
The State School for the Deaf at Adjei Kojo, near Tema, was on Thursday re-named Dr Seth Tetteh Ocloo School for the Deaf, in honour of its founder. The school, which was established in 1966 by Dr Ocloo, is one of the special public schools in the country to educate students with hearing impairment. Dr Ocloo, who was born in 1932, lost his hearing in 1952 when he contracted cerebro spinal meningitis. / Citifmonline
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LIFE & LEISURE
RETIRED TEACHER LETS HER HANDS DO THE TALKING
The guest speaker at the Centerville Rotary meeting last week was one of their own -- new member Erin Kitchens, who spoke about growing up with deaf parents and her work as an interpreter for the deaf. Erin learned sign language at home. Both of her parents were deaf and communicated by sign language. Her father died when Erin was only 8, so at an early age she had to become an adult. / The Sun News
THREE GIRLS GRADUATE FROM LISTENING, LANGUAGE, LEARNING PROGRAM
A special program at Marshall University is helping children with profound hearing loss learn to communicate through speech. It's the first program of its kind in the state, and today was an extra special one for three young ladies who have spent the past several years there. It's graduation day for Clara Johnson, Ella Quisenberry and Rylee Collins. / WCHS
Gate City, VA
CAN YOU HEAR ME ROAR? HEARING IMPLANT AWARENESS GROUP TO HOST GATHERING AT ZOO
When Sarah Ball's family decided to try the cochlear implant procedure, her father Shannon says somewhere around 6 percent of hearing-impaired people were being offered the potentially life-changing implants. In an effort to see that number rise, Ball founded Waiting to Hear, an outreach organization designed to provide information awareness about these implants. On Aug. 8, Waiting to Hear will host its first event to raise cochlear implant awareness at the Creation Kingdom Zoo in Gate City, Va. / Johnson City Press
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Eden Prairie, MN
STARKEY HEARING AID FOUNDER BECOMES MINNESOTA BILLIONAIRE
Since founding Starkey Hearing Technologies Inc. more than 40 years ago, William Austin has turned the Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based company into the world’s fifth-largest hearing-aid manufacturer. The company had $840 million in revenue in 2012, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, making Austin, the company’s chief executive officer and sole shareholder, a billionaire. / Business Week
UNIVERSITY TRAINS STUDENTS TO ADVOCATE FOR DEAF PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
There are an estimated 360 million deaf people around the world. Rue Winiarzyk is one of them. Growing up in Canada, she attended a school for deaf students, enjoying the advantages of living in a society attuned to the meeting the needs of its disabled citizens. However, she soon learned her experience is far from the reality for deaf people around the world. / Voice of America
SAME IN ANY LANGUAGE
Six weeks ago, Clyde native Kristen Larimer, 25, embarked on what she considers the most meaningful journey of her young life. Soon, she'll begin a voyage perhaps equally as important: a campaign throughout her hometown, sharing her experiences as an interpreter in Jamaica this summer. Larimer returned July 12 after a mission trip with the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf. Using ASL, she worked with deaf children and adults in impoverished areas. / Sandusky Register
GN RESOUND DEVELOPS HEARING AID IN COLLABORATION WITH APPLE
Technology continues to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, as earlier this year, GN ReSound developed a hearing aid in collaboration with Apple. Users of compatible hearing aids can talk on the phone, make Facetime calls and listen to music in high quality stereo. When Steve DeLuca was 28-years-old, he developed a brain tumor. "It knocked out the hearing in my left ear, and then over the years, my right ear has gotten bad, and then I lost the hearing in my right ear also without the tumor," DeLuca said. / abc7chicago.com
Many times people with hearing loss or deafness need to ask for an accommodation for effective communication in health care. Here, you can create such a card to use in these times, or in an emergency, to show people and explain the accommodation you prefer for effective communication. You can use the form below to create this emergency card.
Select the appropriate values from the lists. It will create a personalized emergency message to outline what you need. When finished, click on the “Create Card” button below to create your own emergency card. Print the card and keep it with your other identification cards so that it is easy for you to get to when you need it.
If you are a health care provider, please ask health consumers how they prefer to communicate with you. Become aware of this card and even share this information with others at work.
Visit this link: Accommodation Card
The HealthBridges website offers information about behavioral health services, social services and resources available to persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of Hearing
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
IS 'SWITCHED AT BIRTH' SETTING A GOOD OR BAD EXAMPLE FOR THE DEAF COMMUNITY?
On the most recent episode of Switched at Birth, "It Isn't What You Think," Daphne really let her inner rebel out. How is that affecting people's impressions of the deaf community? One thing that the series has always tried to do was show that deaf people are just like anyone else. It has introduced hearing people to the beauty of ASL (American Sign Language) and shown the kinds of challenges that deaf people face just to live a regular life. / SheKnows
See Also 'SWITCHED AT BIRTH': THE HARDEST DECISION OF ALL / SheKnows
New York, NY
NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE 'NOW HEAR THIS! WHAT IS YOU WERE DEAF?' PREMIERES AUG. 5
What is it like to be deaf? What is it like to not hear music, friends, family, the phone, a smoke alarm or an oncoming car? Kids who are deaf share their experiences in the brand-new Nick News With Linda Ellerbee half-hour special, "Now Hear This! What If You Were Deaf?" premiering Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. / The Futon Critic
RUBICON INSTALLS NEW HEARING LOOP IN THEATRE
Hearing-aid users attending performances at Rubicon Theatre will now find the experience more enjoyable thanks to the recent installation of a new hearing loop system. A hearing loop sends pure, clear sound directly to the audience member's hearing device without the need to use any additional equipment. It effectively turns the user's hearing aid into wireless earphones that broadcast sound specifically customized to their pattern of hearing loss. / Broadway World
ASPEN DEAF CAMP RAISES OVER $62,000 AT PICNIC
Over 3,000 people are estimated to have attended last weekend’s Deaf Camp Picnic in Snowmass Village, and they donated over $62,000, the Aspen Camp said in a statement. Profits from the picnic go to the Aspen Camp’s scholarship fund. Sixty-eight percent of participants request financial aid from the nonprofit. / Post Independent
HEARING-IMPAIRED KIDS EXPERIENCE SUMMER CAMP LIFE AT CAMP WONDER HANDS
What began as a mother’s vision for her son has turned into a summer tradition for kids across South Carolina. Camp Wonder Hands, which is in its 18th year, is a six-day, overnight camp designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Thirty-five campers and 15 staff members are wrapping up their last day at Camp Kinard in Batesburg-Leesville on Friday. / ColaDaily.com
REMEMBERING DR. E. ROSS STUCKLESS
Dr. E. Ross Stuckless, long-time faculty member of Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, died July 21 in Connecticut, at age 80. Stuckless, whose younger brother was deaf, was the first hearing faculty member hired at NTID. He started in September 1967 after serving as coordinator of the University of Pittsburgh’s doctoral program in education of deaf students. He also had served as an instructor at the American School for the Deaf and instructor and psychologist at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Pittsburgh. / NTID News
You can advertise your job openings here for just $20 a week (up to 100 words, 10 cents each add'l word). To place your ad, send the announcement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), invites you to consider our employment opportunities. Interested persons are invited to visit CSDB's website at … http://www.csdb.org/careers-2/ where the official job announcement for Principal, School for the Deaf may be found in its entirety, including major duties/responsibilities, under Non-Classified employment. This job announcement is open until the position is filled.
BROAD SCOPE OF POSITION
• Provides leadership to and management of the education programs within the school, consistent with school policies and procedures;
• Responsibility for making determinations related to all positions within the School for the Deaf, including responsibility for hiring and performance evaluation;
• Fiscal responsibility for the funds allocated to all programs under their direction; and,
• Responsibility for staying abreast of current educational trends and developments in instruction, curriculum, assessment, technology and discipline as it relates to the education of K-12th grade students who are Deaf/hard-of-hearing in general, and to residential schools for the Deaf in particular.
• Master's Degree in Education for the Deaf/hard-of-hearing, or related field from an accredited college or university.
• Must hold, be eligible for, or able to obtain within two (2) years from hire, appropriate educator licensure in the State of Colorado endorsed as a Special Education Specialist: Deaf / hard of hearing or comparable endorsement.
• Must hold, be eligible for, or able to obtain within two (2) years from hire, appropriate educator licensure in the State of Colorado as a Professional Principal.
• Five (5) years successful experience as a teacher, administrator or similar position (preferred in the field of Deaf Education); three (3) years of administrative and/or supervisory experience preferred.
• Proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) at the Advanced skill level, or ability to attain proficiency at that level within one (1) year of hire, as demonstrated through an appropriate assessment tool and according to school policy.
Terms of Employment: The annual employment contract shall be based on the standard number of working days in the academic year (currently 210 days, July to June), beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. The base salary shall be established commensurate with appropriate education and experience. Annual Salary Range: $82,506 to $94,021. Excellent benefits.
Chelle Lutz, Human Resources Office
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
33 North Institute Street; Colorado Springs, CO 80903
E-mail: email@example.com; (719) 578-2114 (phone); (719) 578-2239 (fax)
CAPTIONED TELEPHONE OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Staffed in Richmond, VA
Hamilton Relay Services Division in Virginia currently has a full time position open for “Virginia Captioned Telephone Services Outreach Coordinator”.
We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.
Position summary: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Captioned Telephone Service (CapTel®) for Virginia Captioned Telephone Service (VACTS).
Education, Experience and Skills:
Bachelor’s degree and two or more years of experience in the design and implementation of public outreach, public relations or related marketing experience are required.
Experience in the telecommunication field, Traditional Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service is a strong plus.
Excellent presentation skills
Ability to develop effective outreach and educational campaigns
Ability to confidently communicate (oral & written) with a wide variety of audiences
Ability to plan, schedule and execute multiple projects
Ability to understand and follow directions
Capacity to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Relay Administrator, organizations within the public, private and non-profit sectors
Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
Familiarity with the user communities that could benefit from relay services:
Hard of Hearing Community
Able to travel alone
Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply
For the full job description and application visit www.workforhamilton.com by August 4, 2014.
Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and company paid benefits. For questions in regards to this position please contact our corporate HR Dept. at: 800.821.1831
PAHrtners Deaf Services
NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH AND GLENSIDE
PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. Located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PAHrtners provides residential and 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:
Residential Counselors for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities – Full Time, Part Time, On Call; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations
Assistant Program Director for Residential Services for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - Full Time; Glenside location
Residential Program Assistant for Adult Residential Program - Full Time; Glenside location
Case Managers for Residential Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - Full Time; Glenside location
Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents- Full Time; Glenside location
Therapist/Psychiatric Rehabilitation Worker- Full Time; Glenside location
Staff Interpreter- Full Time; Glenside location
HR Assistant- Full Time; Glenside location
Go to our Website at: www.PAHrtners.com to learn more about each position.
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Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Elizabeth Williams, Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
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