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July 31, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 40

Editor: Tom Willard

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Frederick, MD
FREDERICK LEARNS AS FIRST DEAF MAYORAL CANDIDATE BEGINS CAMPAIGN
When Frederick’s mayoral candidates took the stage at their first public forum last week, one of the seven was missing. Carol Hirsch sat in the back of the room, unable to participate. The interpreter she thought would be there was unable to make it. As the first deaf person to run for Frederick office, Hirsch, a Democrat, said she understands that not everything will work out. “It is a very new experience for me,” she said through an interpreter. “It is a new experience for the community.” / The Frederick News-Post

Brownsville, TX
LAWSUIT FILED AFTER DEAF BROWNSVILLE MAN DETAINED AT CHECKPOINT
A civil rights lawyer filed a lawsuit on behalf of a deaf Brownsville man who was detained at the Boca Chica Beach federal checkpoint and was not provided with an interpreter to translate between the man and federal authorities. South Texas Civil Rights Project attorney Joseph Martin filed the suit on behalf of Adam Schraer. According to the lawsuit, Schraer was detained for two hours without reasonable accommodation and could have been deported by mistake. / The Brownsville Herald

West Hartford, CT
DEAF DUO SUES CINEMA COMPANY
Two deaf men in Connecticut have filed a lawsuit against Bow Tie Cinemas over what they claim is a lack of access to movies for the hearing impaired. On July 2, Michael Fiorino and some friends went to the Criterion in West Hartford, owned by Bow Tie Cinemas, but workers told them there were only two closed-captioning devices. "And there were four of us," said Harvey Corson, president of Connecticut Association of the Deaf. "But they told us one has already been taken out." So Corson and two others left Fiorino on his own, to enjoy the movie with the remaining device. But it didn't work. / NBC Connecticut

Tyler, TX
DEAF MAN SUES HOSPITAL DUE TO LACK OF TRANSLATOR
A deaf man has filed a lawsuit against a Tyler medical center for failing to provide an interpreter so that he could be informed about the medical status of his wife. Robert Phelps filed suit against East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System on July 25. According to the lawsuit, in Aug. 2012, Phelps requested interpreters for one night in order to be informed of the medical status of his wife. The Lindale Police Department also made the hospital aware that Phelps would require an interpreter, but the requests were ignored, the suit states. Phelps alleges that the hospital even refused to attempt written communication with him. / Southeast Texas Record

New York, NY
INTERNET TRADE GROUP SIDES WITH EBAY AGAINST DEAF USER
A trade group representing Amazon, Facebook, Google, and other Web companies says that online commerce sites could face “ruinous obligations” if they are required to accommodate users with disabilities. The Internet Association makes the argument in a proposed friend-of-the-court brief, which urges the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule that the Americans with Disabilities Act does not apply to eBay. “Applying the ADA to all Web sites may place uncertain, conflicting, burdensome, and possibly ruinous obligations on members of The Internet Association,” the group says in papers filed last week. / MediaPost

Trenton, NJ
DEAF STUDIO 29 TRIO SENTENCED
After a series of legal postponements, the Deaf Studio 29 defendants, Doris Martinez, Ellen Thompson, and Marc Velasquez Verson, have been handed their sentences. Based on previous sentences given out to other VRS Fraud defendants, these were typical. / VRS Justice

Boston, MA
VILLAGE SIGN LANGUAGES, VANISHING FAST
Long before the summer people descended, Martha’s Vineyard was an isolated settlement of fishing and whaling villages—so isolated, in fact, that it was said that more islanders had sailed to China than to Boston. Several old Vineyard families arrived together on the same ship from the English county of Kent, settled in the same villages, and married among themselves down through the generations. And it was a gene mutation high up in this family tree that ended up giving Martha’s Vineyard a curious distinction: It had one of the highest concentrations of deaf residents in the United States. / The Boston Globe

Arlington, VA
'THE BEST MAGIC SHOW I NEVER HEARD'
Over the last 20 years or so, my wife and I have attended every convention but one of the Society of American Magicians. Each one surprises, giving us incentive to make plans for the next. This year’s event, held this month in Arlington, Va., offered a first for us: a magic show performed by deaf magicians. What would the magic show hold for the entertainers, we wondered. Could they hear the applause? Could they hear the music? / Omaha World-Herald

Columbia, SC
SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE TO HELP DEAF AND BLIND STUDENTS
Classrooms are being prepped, teachers are preparing for training, students are enjoying their last few weeks of summer and Gold's Gym's across Columbia are gearing up for the 6th Annual "Heart of Gold's Back to School Supply Drive" to benefit the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. Since the establishment of this initiative, more than 15,000 items have been donated. / WACH

Corpus Christi, TX
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CENTER CELEBRATES SIGNING OF ADA
The 23rd anniversary of the signing of the American's with Disabilities Act was honored Friday at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center. "I think people with different disabilities, whether they are blind, deaf, mental health issues, so forth, ADA truly changed our lives," said Mary E. Wambach, the executive director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center. / KiiiTV3.com

Little Rock, AR
5 A.M. LIQUOR LICENSE FOR RENT
The Little Rock Deaf Association has a license to party until 5 a.m., but it wants to transfer its use to raise money for operations. This story is only available from our archives. / Arkansas Democrat-Gazette


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London, England
HELPING THE DEAF TO 'SEE' AND 'FEEL' SOUND
Earlier this summer in a packed and freezing-cold auditorium in Doha, the all-female team of students from Qatar University burst into cheers and tears as they were pronounced winners of the country’s INJAZ Young Enterprise of the Year Competition. As the crowd gave them a standing ovation, tiny LED lights flashed and faint vibrations could be seen and felt on the wrists of a few people in the audience – the reason for the team’s success. In just a few months, the young entrepreneurs designed, prototyped and even sold their idea called VibroHear – a sleek, colourful, and elegantly designed bracelet meant to give “a sense of security” and the “feeling” of sound to those with hearing disabilities. / BBC

Essex, England
OFF-SCREEN CAPTIONED TECHNOLOGY FOR DEAF
A Birchanger-based inventor has moved a step closer to improving the cinema experience for the deaf and hard of hearing after teaming up with a successful entrepreneur. Jack Ezra, owner of 3D Experience, has designed an innovative off-screen subtitle system which aids those who need it while remaining invisible to the general audience. Subtitles appear on a special display just below the main screen, but the so called “inconspicuous” display looks grey until you wear the special, lightweight glasses which make the subtitles visible. / At The Rim

London, England
CHARITY RUNNERS RAISE MORE THAN £1000 FOR DEAF CHARITY
More than £1000 ($1,530 US) has been raised for a Beaconsfield charity after 10 runners completed the British 10k London Run this month. Many of the competitors work for the charity, with runners Neil Cooper and Owain Zerelli completing the race in just under one and a half hours. The money raised will benefit SignHealth, which focuses on improving the mental and physical health of deaf people and campaigning for improved access and communication within the healthcare setting. / Bucks Free Press

Dublin, Ireland
HUNTING FOR HEROES IN DEAF COMMUNITY
Deaflympics sporting heroes Aidan O'Connor and Johnny Corcoran help launch the Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards 2013 – Ireland's achievement awards for the deaf and hard of hearing. Johnny, a previous winner in the Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards, and Aidan are calling on the public to nominate their 'hero' from the deaf or hard of hearing community in Ireland who has made an outstanding contribution to society, their community, workplace or through sporting excellence. / The Independent

Ottawa, ON, Canada
DEAF COMMUNITY AND PEOPLE WITH LOW LITERACY BENEFIT FROM ACCESSIBLE VIDEO ON DISCRIMINATION
People who are Deaf or have low literacy now have a new tool to access information on human rights. A new video, entitled "Your Guide to Understanding the Canadian Human Rights Act," provides information on human rights in American Sign Language (ASL), Québec Sign Language (LSQ), English and French captioning, and English and French voice-over. "This is about making information accessible to everyone," said Acting Chief Commissioner, David Langtry. / PR Newswire

Massey, New Zealand
IMPLANT OFFERS NEW WORLD FOR DEAF WOMAN
It's taken 70 years for Yvonne Quinn to hear the voices of her loved ones. The Massey resident was born profoundly deaf, a trait that's affected four generations of women in her family including daughter Donna and five-year-old granddaughter McKenzie. But after receiving a cochlear implant in March, she can now hear and actively take part in conversations. "After I received the implants I was always thinking ‘what was that'?" she says. "I heard a noise like a tap dripping so I looked in the kitchen and the bathroom but it was actually the clock ticking. / Stuff.co.nz

Moscow, Russia
EVEN DEAF THEATRE WANTS TO BE HEARD
The Institute for the Arts provides professional training for young people with disabilities in fine arts, music, and drama, bringing together students from all over Russia and the former Soviet Union, and helping to breakdown barriers in the arts. The mission of Nedoslov Theatre Company (Moscow) is to give people with disabilities the opportunity to express themselves, presenting their own interpretation of reality through plasticity and miming, and building a bridge between the two worlds of people with and without disabilities. / Russia Beyond The Headlines

Vadodara, Gujarat, India
700 DEAF, MUTE TO PERFORM NATIONAL ANTHEM IN SIGN LANGUAGE
Prerna 2013, a national-level social event organized by the students of M S University's Faculty of Technology and Engineering, is set to make a new record this year. During the two-day annual event, the budding engineers of MSU will attempt to register a Limca Book of Records. The record will be one of its kind in which more than 700 deaf and mute people from every caste, creed and sex will perform the Indian national anthem on the same platform in sign language. / Times of India

Patna, Bihar, India
DEAF AND DUMB, THIS KID CAN BE CURED IF ...
When Ayush was born -- as hale and hearty as any other baby his age -- in 2006, his father Narad Thakur never thought the diarrhea that every baby suffers from while teething would render him deaf and, resultantly, dumb. Seven years on, the father-son duo continue to knock the doors of one and all for the humble barber cannot afford to pay the Rs 8 lakh ($13,000 US) that the doctors estimate to be the cost to cure the 7-year-old. / Times of India

Singapore
'WE HAD A BOATFUL OF 10 DEAF PADDLERS. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE."
As Alfred Yeo and his teammates raised their paddles and waited for the start of their race, their eyes were transfixed on their drummer. They needed to, because all of them are deaf. The Deaf Dragons, who finished fourth in the community invitational final at the 2013 DBS Marina Regatta, made history by fielding the first all-deaf dragon boat crew in Singapore. / Red Sports

Uganda
UDEWO: PROMOTING THE RIGHTS OF DEAF WOMAN AND GIRLS IN UGANDA
UDEWO, an acronym for Uganda Deaf Women Organisation, is a non-government, non-political and non-profit organization that works to promote the rights of deaf women and girls in Uganda. Having started as a Community Based Organisation named United Young Deaf Women Group in 2002 by a group of 21 young Deaf women in Uganda, it later transformed to UDEWO in February 2010 upon realizing that their work jurisdiction could not accommodate needs of deaf women outside the youth age group. / UGO News

Kaberamaido, Uganda
DEAF, DUMB COUPLE LOVE EACH OTHER TO DEATH
Hundreds thronged St. Paul Catholic Church, Ochero Mission in Kaberamaido to witness the first wedding in the district involving a deaf and dumb couple. The couple took their vows before the Bishop of Soroti diocese the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Obbo. / New Vision

Lagos, Nigeria
DEAF ATHLETES YEARN FOR MORE TOURNEYS IN LAGOS
Acting Chairman of Lagos State Deaf Sports Association, Samuel Ikpea has called on corporate bodies, sports philanthropists and government to sponsor more deaf competitions. Ikpea said this at the Lagos State Deaf Schools Athletic Competition which was held last weekend at Agege Stadium, Lagos. The competition was facilitated by the Lagos State Ministry of Sports, Youth and Social Development and the Office of Grassroots Sports Development. / The Guardian


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Houston, TX
BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE DEAF AND BLIND
The people who most need to hear this story can’t hear it. They can’t read it online either. That’s why there’s a special campaign going on to ask the rest of us to get involved. If you know someone who has trouble both seeing and hearing, there are free digital tools available to help them to surf the Internet, make phone calls, or use an iPad. Houston Mayor Annise Parker says the challenge of getting the message out was so great she decided to get involved. / KUHF

Idaho Falls, ID
OLIVE OSMOND HEARING FUND IS 'MAKING A DIFFERENCE' FOR IDAHO FALLS DEAF COMMUNITY
Around three million kids in the United States have hearing loss and one pretty famous family is making a difference one step at a time across the world, but on Saturday they are making that difference in our area. Olive Osmond was the matriarch of the world famous Osmond singing family. Two of her children were deaf and she then began devoting her life to helping people with hearing loss. This morning the family held a MAD Marathon to help raise funds and awareness about this issue. / KPVI News 6

Internet
SOMETIMES FRIENDLY, SOMETIMES NOT
It is true that an individual who is DeafBlind can fly alone. That doesn't mean it's easy. The first thing you need to remember is that people are different and so are individuals who are DeafBlind. Even among those who are not disabled, you'll find plenty of folk who won't fly alone... or at all. Same goes for people who are DeafBlind. It's an individual preference. Having a disability does not change that. / Deaf-Blind and Determined

Palm Springs, CA
DEAF VALLEY RESIDENTS NEED BETTER SERVICES
Prior to the advent of the teletypewriters (TTY/TTD), captioning and Internet, the deaf community was, for all intents and purposes, cut off from information (TV, radio, etc.) and services. Non-deaf residents of the Coachella Valley might take available social services for granted, but for the deaf community, our everyday problems are compounded by lack of access to communication or services throughout the valley. / The Desert Sun

Ogden, UT
MORE THAN HALF OF STRANDED BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS MAY BE DEAF
In waters from Florida to the Caribbean, dolphins are showing up stranded or entangled in fishing gear with an unusual problem: They can't hear. More than half of stranded bottlenose dolphins are deaf, one study suggests. The causes of hearing loss in dolphins aren't always clear, but aging, shipping noise and side effects from antibiotics could play roles. / LiveScience


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Washington, DC
THIS DORM WAS TAILOR-MADE FOR THE DEAF STUDENTS WHO HELPED DESIGN IT
Architects are bound by law to design buildings that are accessible to the disabled, but the deaf often get left out of the equation. A group of designers and deaf students are now trying to change that—and their first building, a dormitory at predominantly deaf college Gallaudet University, is their manifesto. The building is a collaboration between a group of design firms led by New York firm LTL and an unusual stakeholder: DeafSpace, a group of students led by Gallaudet’s campus architect, Hansel Bauman. / Gizmodo

Salem, OR
SHARLA JONES NAMED DIRECTOR FOR OREGON SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Oregon Department of Education announced the new director for the Oregon School for the Deaf last Wednesday. Sharla Jones, supervising teacher and academic principal, has been hired to serve as Director for the Oregon School for the Deaf. Jones replaces Patti Togioka who retired in June. / Statesman Journal

Crook, CO
JOINT YOUTH GROUP VENTURE HELPS SCHOOL FOR DEAF
A group of young people from Logan County, along with their sponsors, just returned from a missions trip in Jamaica. The trip, which was a partnership between CCC Ministries and Bulldog Ministries, sent 70 students and adult sponsors to Jamaica for a week to assist with the Jamaica School for the Deaf. "In Jamaica being deaf is considered a major handicap," said Shauna Stieb in a three-hour report on the trip on Sunday morning at the Crook Community Center. / Journal Advocate

Rome, NY
REACHING OUT TO THE DEAF IN DISASTERS
A group that helps first responders and emergency personnel provide disaster assistance to the deaf and hard of hearing is working to increase its services. Johnny McDonald, director of the Georgia Emergency Management Interpreting Initiative, said he sees their first emergency preparation training meeting as the beginning of the future of GEMINI. “It’s time for us to get deaf and hard-of-hearing [people] on the board to establish a line of communication with local emergency workers,” McDonald said. / Rome News-Tribune

St. Augustine, FL
FSDB'S THOMAS NAMED STATE'S TOP RESOURCE OFFICER
Kelly Thomas knew he wanted to work in law enforcement, but he found his time as a St. Augustine Beach Police officer unfulfilling. So eight years ago, Thomas looked in a new direction. What he found was a position as a Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind school resource officer, and he knew that was exactly what he was seeking. On July 14, he was presented with School Resource Officer of the Year award at the 34th annual conference of the Florida Association of School Resource Officers in Orlando. / The St. Augustine Record

Concord, MA
DEAF RABBI PREPARES TO LEAD A HEARING CONGREGATION IN MASSACHUSETTS
On Aug. 1, Rabbi Darby Leigh will begin his tenure as leader of Congregation Kerem Shalom in Concord, Mass. Leigh is “profoundly deaf.” Without his hearing aids, he is unable to distinguish sounds below 90 decibels (the average range of a hearing person is 0-120 decibels, with speech being somewhere around 60 decibels). With his new position, Leigh joins a very small cadre: He will be just the second deaf rabbi to lead a hearing congregation in America. / Tablet Magazine


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New York, NY
'FILL OUR MOUTHS' FEATURES CAST OF DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING PERFORMERS
A free open rehearsal of Lauren Feldman's new play Fill Our Mouths will be held Aug. 1 from 2-3 PM at The Drama League Theater Center in New York City as part of the Drama League's New Directors/New Works series. Directed by Lauren Keating, Fill Our Mouths features a cast of deaf, hearing and hard-of-hearing performers and American Sign Language interpreters. This new bilingual work, according to the Drama League, "follows the journey of two women as their concepts of language and love change." / Playbill

Atlanta, GA
DEAF DANCER FEELS THE BEAT, FEELS JOY MOVING HER FEET
This weekend, people from coast to coast will be celebrating National Dance Day. The grassroots campaign was launched three years ago by FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" executive producer Nigel Lithgoe. Good Day Atlanta's Karen Graham discovered the impact the event had on one local woman and how she's making a difference. Tineshia Hawkins says she's been dancing ever since she was 4 years old – despite being hearing impaired. / FOX 5

Brighton, MI
WHEEL OF CREATIVITY FOR DEAF KIDS
Just imagine, a deaf child trying to ride a bike with a missing wheel. Help the child by donating towards the Wheel of Creativity to invite the deaf artists and performers to our local workshops. The workshops will fill the child with hope, desire and inspiration and with a little bit of paint, glue and glitter, this helps the child express their true self in art. A little bit of bike oil (money) goes a long way on the country trails! / GoFundMe


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Editor's Note: For news about the Deaflympics, please visit:

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Sofia, Bulgaria
RUSSIAN ELECTED NEW PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF SPORTS FOR THE DEAF
Russia's Valery Rukhledev has been elected as the new President of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) at the election in Sofia last Thursday, defeating Britain's Craig Crowley, who had held the post since 2009. Rukhledev polled 39 votes to Crowley's 33 to become the ninth leader of the ICSD, which organises the Deaflympics, since its formation in 1924. / Inside the Games

Austin, TX
KLOTZ IS GOLDEN: CALIFORNIA TEENAGER WINS FIRST GOLD; BREAKS DEAF RECORD
Matthew Klotz of the Sierra Marlins in California won the Americans’ first swimming gold medal at the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria on Sunday, and in the process broke the 100 meter backstroke World Record for the 2nd time in this meet.
He had first broken the Meet Record with a 59.64 medley relay lead-off on Saturday, then in prelims he broke a 15-year old Deaf World Record with a 59.25. / Swim Swam

Chattanooga, TN
HANGSTEFERS ON U.S. DEAFLYMPICS TEAM
Daniel and Emily Hangstefer have played tennis at national levels. They've played for fun and they've played for schools. Now they're playing for their country. The siblings who grew up on Signal Mountain were selected to participate in the 22nd Summer Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria, while their sister, Katie Mancebo, was designated as a coach. / Times Free Press

Jacksonville, IL
DEAFLYMPICS A WINNING EXPERIENCE FOR ISD GRAD
An Illinois School for the Deaf graduate has won a silver medal in the international Deaflympics in Bulgaria. Dwayne Esper, a 2013 graduate of ISD, won the silver in the 100-meter dash. Mykola Nosenko of the Ukraine was the gold medal winner and Joshua H. Hembough of the United States took bronze, according to official results. / Journal-Courier


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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.

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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
www.facebook.com/deafjobs

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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