deafweekly

 

August 3, 2005
Vol. 1 No. 42

Editor: Tom Willard

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NATIONAL
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WYOMING COUPLE ACCUSED OF VIOLATING CUSTODY ORDER

A deaf couple appeared in court Monday to face a charge they violated a custody order by taking their son from Nebraska to Wyoming last month, the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star reported. Eric and Vicki Neuman are accused of taking 6-year-old Matthew back to Wyoming after a scheduled visitation in Hastings, Neb. Matthew had been living with his aunt and uncle, Dena and Ron Hohlen, since a judge granted them temporary legal guardianship in 2003. The Hohlens allege the Neumans are unfit parents. They say Matthew is unsafe with a father they believe is violent and a mother who is passive, a couple who blew through the $9 million they won in 1995 in the Colorado lottery and are now $300,000 in debt. The Neumans contend the Hohlens don't want them to raise their child because they are deaf. Indeed, Dena Hohlen told the Journal Star, "They couldn't raise a dog." With the Neuman's blessing, a third couple, Leslie and Steve Shelton of Wyoming, have been awarded permanent custody of Matthew. Leslie has been a legal advocate for the Neumans and Steve is a deputy sheriff; the couple have a deaf son. The Neumans hope the custody decision will prevent their son from being returned to the Hohlens in Nebraska.

SORENSON CLAIMS VICTORY IN LEGAL BATTLE WITH HOVRS

Sorenson Communications announced Monday that it has won a summary judgment in a lawsuit filed two years ago by Hands On Video Relay Services. HOVRS had alleged that Sorenson profited from trade secrets and other confidential information in its business plan and from other communications between the two companies. Judge Robert Hilder dismissed all claims, ruling that HOVRS failed to establish that Sorenson used any confidential, proprietary or trade secret information belonging to HOVRS. "We are gratified," said CEO James Lee Sorenson. "We look forward to applying the time and resources that we had to devote to this baseless lawsuit to continually improving our products and services."

ROBERTS LIKELY TO CAST SWING VOTE AGAINST ADA, WRITER SAYS

If John G. Roberts Jr. is confirmed to the Supreme Court, he is likely to cast the swing vote against the Americans with Disabilities Act and disability rights. So says Kathi Wolfe, a writer from Falls Church, Va., in an article distributed by Knight-Ridder News Service. In the 2002 case of Williams vs. Toyota, for example, Roberts argued on behalf of the car manufacturer and helped the Supreme Court establish a strict test for disability, making it more difficult for people with disabilities to seek redress under the ADA. The Senate should carefully scrutinize Roberts' views on disability rights, Wolfe said, as part of the confirmation process. "With 54 million Americans with disabilities, we must not let our civil rights collapes."

VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION CHOOSES DEVELOPER FOR SCHOOL

The state Board of Education in Virginia has chosen a developer to build a consolidated school for deaf and blind students, but still hasn't decided where the school will be located. Developer Trammell Crow Co. was told to consider three options: renovate one of the existing schools in Hampton or Staunton; build a new school in one of those locations; or build a new school somewhere else. The state wants to consolidate the two schools due to declining enrollment. More than 60 people from Hampton attended the board meeting last Wednesday, where they presented a petition with 4,500 signatures to keep the school open. Walter Cuffy said his parents attended the Hampton school the first year it opened in 1909, and he later attended. "What I'm hoping is you can keep the school in Hampton open as well as Staunton," he told the board.

MAN ARRESTED IN SHOOTING DEATH OF 'SILENT JOE'

A man police say fired into a San Antonio, Texas crowd, killing a 21-year-old deaf man, was found under a pile of dirty clothes in the closet of his apartment and arrested last Monday night. Jesus Trevino, 21, was charged with murder and was being held in jail in lieu of $200,000 bond, reported the San Antonio Express-News. Trevino allegedly shot and killed Joe Albert Rodriguez, known to family and friends as "Silent Joe." Rodriguez was standing outside his home with a group of people July 10 when Trevino allegedly opened fire on the crowd and shot Rodriguez in the neck. The victim signed to his younger brother, Angel, not to worry, and then died in Angel's arms. Trevino was identified as a suspect shortly after the shooting, but it took two weeks and a reward offer from Crime Stoppers to flush him out.

KENTUCKY MAN GETS FAMILY OF FOUR OUT OF BURNING HOUSE

A deaf man driving home from work around 2 a.m. last Tuesday morning saved the lives of four family members who were asleep in a house that was on fire. Charles Crandall told the Advocate-Messenger of Danville, Ky. that he decided to take a shortcut so he could home and put his trash out on time. He started to smell smoke, and soon he saw big columns of smoke coming from the roof of a house. Inside, Royce and Tina Clymer were asleep in the living room, while their son, 11, and daughter, 8, were asleep in their rooms. Crandall banged on the door and Tina answered, but didn't understand Crandall as he signed "fire" and gestured to get out of the house. She called her husband to come outside, and they both saw the smoke and flames on the roof and yelled "Fire!" Fire chief Mike Thomas said there could have been a tragedy if the call had come in 15 minutes later.

TODDLER DIES AFTER BEING HIT BY CAR ON THIRD BIRTHDAY

A Warren, Ohio toddler who was hit by a car on her third birthday has died from her injuries. Marquella Dukes was injured Tuesday, July 19, after apparently darting out in front of a car. According to WKBN-TV News in Youngstown, Ohio, Marquella was flown to University Hospital in Cleveland and died about a week later. Police called it an accident, saying the driver couldn't see the little girl and Marquella couldn't hear the car because she was deaf. No charges were filed against the driver.

SEARCHERS SEEK MAN, 20, MISSING IN FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

A young deaf man has been missing for several days, ABC News in Fresno, Calif. reported Sunday. Madera County Sheriff's deputies were searching for Sam Friel, 20, in an area near the Fresno River after the young man wandered away from a mental facility last Tuesday. A counselor at a deaf camp, he is reported to be prone to depression and friends and family are concerned he may be a danger to himself. A former student at the California School for the Deaf-Fremont, Friel was wearing black jeans, a white shirt and tan shoes. Searchers spotted him twice on Sunday, but he ran away from them. Anyone with information may call his family at 530-415-6955.

TEXAS AGENCY FILES ADA LAWSUITS AGAINST 15 COMPANIES

As dozens of disabled citizens gathered in McAllen, Texas last Tuesday to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a local agency revealed that it has filed lawsuits against 15 local businesses for not complying with the law. The South Texas Civil Rights Project in San Juan said the companies are still not in compliance with the ADA, so they have filed suit against them. According to KGBT-TV News in Harlingen, the companies include Rio Grande Defensive Driving School, which allegedly refused to provide sign language interpreters for deaf people ordered by judges to take defensive driving, and Prolab, which allegedly refused to communicate with a deaf customer through a video relay service.

CITY IN KANSAS MULLS INTERPRETING AT CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS

A sign-language interpreter is available for most city council meetings in Hutchinson, Kan., but officials are concerned that sometimes there are no deaf people in the audience. Council members are now considering a policy that would require citizens to request an interpreter 24 hours in advance. According to the Hutchinson News, the service has had one primary user in recent years, Glenda Lickteig of the Prairie Independent Living Center. Lickteig forgot to tell the city she wouldn't be attending a recent meeting, but she said she and others use the interpreter even when they're not in the audience. "I know of 14 people who are really watching it on TV," she said. City Manager John Deardoff said the city doesn't have the equipment to show the interpreter throughout the entire broadcast, and the equipment needed to do it correctly would be too expensive.

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INTERNATIONAL
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ISRAEL KNESSET FOCUSES ON TELEVISION CAPTIONING

The Knesset in Israel was expected to pass a landmark law last week that would require most TV broadcasts in the country to be captioned for the benefit of an estimated 600,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing citizens. Some broadcast organizations tried to block the legislation, reported the Haaretz in Jerusalem, but a compromise agreement calls for the rules to be phased in gradually, with 100 percent of prerecorded prime-time broadcasts to be captioned by 2010. The bill was first proposed three years ago by Shaul Yahalom, who was determined to get it passed before he resigned as chairman of the Labor and Welfare Committee. Said Zevulun Gorni, director of a rehabilitation organization: "We were way behind other Western countries, although no technical obstacles were involved and the costs were a tiny fraction of the profits."

GRANT WINNER TO BATTLE OPPRESSION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

Early this month, Heidi Corce will shift from teaching deaf students at a middle school to battling the oppression and neglect of deaf people in developing countries. Corce, 30, is the first deaf person to be awarded a grant from New Voices Foundation, a subsidiary of Africa Education Development and one of the world's foremost human and social development organizations with programs in more than 80 countries. Corce was one of 12 awardees out of 390 applicants selected by a 12-person panel. The two-year grant will allow Corce to be hired as Disability Rights Coordinator for Global Deaf Connection (GDC), an international nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis. GDC founder Kevin Long said he encouraged Corce, who has volunteered in deaf schools in Kenya and Jamaica, to apply for the grant. "She is highly motivated to improve opportunities for deaf people in developing countries," he said.

TEACHERS IN KYRGYZSTAN LEARN FROM KENTUCKY PROFESSOR

Teachers of the deaf in Kyrgyzstan, a Central Asian country, have been learning from an unlikely source: an assistant professor from Eastern Kentucky University. Nina Coyer made her first trip to the former Soviet republic last year after getting involved with Hands of Hope, a charitable social service organization run by Danville, Ky. residents Tina and Alex Savelyev. "My first visit I only worked on building trust with the director," said Coyer, noting the Kyrgyzstani culture is very protective of its ways. This year, she planned to discuss teaching techniques. "But they were so shocked that I was almost deaf and had a degree and taught, so I spent two hours answering questions and having conversations about how I got where I am," Coyer told the Advocate-Messenger. Some of the teachers were in tears afterwards, realizing that their students had been held back for many years due to an outdated ideology that banned sign language from education.

STAND-UP COMIC WINS NATIONAL LOTTERY QUIZ SHOW

Stand-up comic Steve Day was 47,000 pounds ($83,650 US) richer Saturday after winning BBC One's National Lottery quiz show, "In It To Win It." Day plans to use the winnings to "knock a bit off my mortgage and clear my credit cards," reported The Chortle (UK Comedy Guide) in London. The money will also help him take his show to the Edinburgh Fringe this month, described as "a notoriously costly venture." The deaf comedian thought it was a bit unfair to get a music-related question, but said he was more worried about thinking up a good gag. "I tried to treat the whole thing like doing a gig, and make sure I had a laugh, and if I got on make sure people remember me." His new show, "A Night At The Pictures," opens Friday.

TWO SOUTH AFRICAN DANCERS TO COMPETE IN U.K. DANCE CONTEST

Two deaf South African students flew to London yesterday to represent their country in the World Line Dance Competition in the United Kingdom. Bheki Ngwenya, 18, and Selina Moeletsi, 16, from the Thiboloha School for the Deaf in QwaQwa, were sponsored by the provincial sports and culture department. Government representative Suzan Mnumzana was at the airport to bid the dancers farewell. "We are proud that you will be able to fly the South African flag high," she said. She said the government is committed to helping those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and the success of the young dancers "shows that being disabled does not mean not being able to reach for your stars and achieving your goals."


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AUDIOLOGIST FINDS MORE OLD EARS ON YOUNG BODIES

More young adults are walking around today with old ears on their young bodies, says Purdue University audiologist Robert Novak. "We're starting to see hearing loss in young adults that we expect to diagnose in middle-aged adults," said Novak. "This loss is often self-induced and may be related to young people's exposure to amplified sound and use of personal listening systems, such as cell phones and portable music devices." The damage can be temporary or permanent, he said, and can include tinnitus, a constant ringing in the ear. Students with hearing loss may struggle academically if a teacher speaks quickly or with an accent, Novak said. "They should let their instructors know what he or she can do to help them -- things such as talking louder, using more visual aids, facing the class when talking."

NEW SYSTEM MAKES HEARING TESTS EASIER

About 500 doctors in the United States are using a new system to conduct hearing tests called the Otogram. No sound booth is needed, reported CBS-2 News in Chicago, and a medical assistant can set up the automated system. The person being tested follows a series of touch screen prompts. "I was surprised that I could do it myself," said Willie Slater, who recently had his hearing tested with the new system. Within minutes, doctors are able to review the results and determine if a hearing loss is minimal or requires a referral to a specialist for further testing. The Otogram can conduct tests in nine languages, and the cost is covered by most insurance companies.

STUDY SHOWS FEMALE VOICES EASIER TO HEAR

Female voices are easier to hear, says a study from the University of Sheffield's Cognition and Neuroimaging Laboratory. According to Discovery News, 12 men listened to recordings of male and female voices while undergoing MRI brain imaging scans. Scientists found that female voices activated the brain's auditory section, whereas male voices activated the "mind's eye," an area in the back of the brain where people compare other people and things to themselves. Since the female voices are processed in an area of the brain that is focused on sound, people tend to hear female voices more clearly. The study may help explain why many men tire of hearing women speak -- the complexity of female voices requires a lot more brain activity.

MISSIONARY PLANS TO DISTRIBUTE HEARING AIDS IN MEXICO

Bob Lammert, founder and president of the Labor of Love Association, began his mission in 2002 to provide hearing help to poor people in the Third World and the Appalachian region of the United States. His upcoming fourth mission -- a trip to Mexico to bring hearing aids to small children -- will be his last due to health reasons, he told the Telegraph of Alton, Ill. He and two associates will be on the trip for eight days, and he has already purchased 45 children's hearing aids from a manufacturer, though they have not been entirely paid for yet. "I've made some payments, but I'm about $1,150 short," said Lammert. "I will pay that bill if I have to." The Labor of Love Association is in need of monetary donations and BTE hearing aids of any size. The mailing address is 6 Ginger Lea Drive, Glen Carbon, IL 62034.

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SALK INSTITUTE SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH PROJECT

The Salk Institute is looking for volunteers, age 45-85, to help its staff improve their sign language ability assessment tools using a videophone. Participants will receive a gift card from Target or Starbucks. Participation involves two tests: one is producing the ASL signs for a set of pictured objects; the other is to repeat sets of words. You will need a videophone, a fax number to receive release forms (or they can be mailed), and fluency in American Sign Language. The project is being conducted by researchers at the Salk Institute, in La Jolla, Calif., who hope to understand how brain damage affects sign language use. For information, contact Marla Hatrak at hatrak@lcn.salk.edu.

WORKERS AT STARBUCKS LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE

Workers at a Starbucks in Flint Township, Mich. have begun learning sign language to communicate with deaf customers. The cafe is located less than two miles from the Michigan School for the Deaf. Before opening in March, "We knew there was a deaf school in the area, but the scope was much greater than I thought," said manager Kimberly Weymers. "They come through the drive-through, four or five in a van." After observing one employee exchanging lengthy notes with a deaf customer, Weymers thought it would be a good idea for her staff to learn to communicate. According to the Flint Journal, it started with the staff learning to say thank you in sign language. Weymers began bringing in library books, and employee Tami Ford compiled tip sheets that are kept near the cash register. "We all got excited about learning it and wanted to learn more," said Weymers.

SCIENTISTS PREVENT HEREDITARY DEAFNESS IN MICE

Scientists at the University of Iowa and Okayama University in Japan say it is possible to cure a certain type of hereditary deafness by silencing a gene that causes hearing loss. According to a report in Newswise of Charlottesville, Va., the experiments with mice may lead to new treatments for deafness in humans. "We gave a genetically deafened mouse interfering RNA that specifically prevents a gene from being expressed that would otherwise cause deafness, said Richard Smith, M.D., senior author of the study. "By preventing its expression, we prevented the deafness." Developing the technique to produce long-term rescue of hearing loss is a future focus of the research team, said Smith.

EMMY-WINNING PRODUCER JOINS GLAD AS REGIONAL DIRECTOR

The Ventura County (Calif.) Star reported Saturday on Julianna Fjeld, who has been named regional director of the Tri-County GLAD office in Ventura. GLAD -- the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness -- provides a variety of programs and services to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Fjeld's previous career was in show business, as an actress, producer and advocate for deaf awareness in the theater, film and TV industries. She toured with the National Theatre of the Deaf and later won an Emmy as co-executive producer of the 1985 television film, "Love is Never Silent." Now she is working within the community, helping to dispel myths about deaf people. "I plan on working here until I retire," said Fjeld. "It's time for me to give back."

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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STUDY FINDS DISABLED ACTORS UNDERREPRESENTED IN TV, FILMS

Twenty percent of Americans have a physical or mental disability, but less than two percent of TV show characters display a disability, says a study announced last week. The study, commissioned by the Screen Actors Guild, was based on focus groups and a survey mailed to 1,237 SAG members with disabilities. SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers plan to ask the Labor Department to expand an annual report on casting data, which currently includes race, ethnicity, gender and age, to include disabilities. According to the Associated Press, the SAG findings were announced last Tuesday by Robert David Hall, a regular on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation who lost both legs in a 1978 car accident. "We have far to go to achieve true equality of opportunity," he said.

DANCER MAKES MARK AT AMERICAN DANCE AWARDS

A deaf dancer from Buffalo, N.Y. captured several "Ultimate Golds" at the recent American Dance Awards and took first place for choreography. It is only the latest awards for Allison Becker, a recent Clarence High School graduate who has been dancing for 13 years. Allison lost her hearing at 16 months due to spinal meningitis and uses hearing aids to follow the music at her dance recitals. "Sometimes I watch the other dancers to keep in step," she told the Buffalo News. She studies seven different types of dance -- jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical, acro and pointe -- though her favorites are jazz and hip-hop. Her sister, Ashley, is a dance major at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, and next month Allison will join her on campus to major in dance herself. "Allison is an amazing, beautiful dancer," said her dance instructor Lenny Castilone. "She has accomplished much more than dancers who don't have hearing loss."

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SPORTS
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PLANS ANNOUNCED FOR SKI CONVENTION IN MARCH 2006

The United States Deaf Ski & Snowboard Association announced Monday that it will host the 18th biennial ski convention and Deaf Winterfest at Telluride Ski Mountain in Telluride, Colo. The March 12-19, 2006 event will include tryouts for the U.S. Deaf Ski and Snowboard Teams, which will participate in the 2007 Winter Deaflympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. "We call this convention 'Deaf Winterfest' because it's a week of wonderland fun for everyone, including non-skiers," said chairman Stephen Hlibok. For information, visit www.deafski.com.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR ANNUAL SPORTS AWARDS

Nominations are being sought for the USADSF Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year. The award is designed to honor deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes for their outstanding achievements. Anyone can submit a nomination, and it must include a 300-word summary of the nominee's qualifications along with supporting materials, videotapes and the nominee's current address. Athletes must be U.S. citizens. Send nominations by the September 1 deadline to D. Cole Zulauf, Coordinator, 2005 USADSF Sportsman and Sportswoman, 102 Krohn Place, Sioux Falls, SD 57103, or write homeoffice@usdeafsports.org.

DEAFLYMPICS DATABASE OF ATHLETES SAID TO CONTAIN 985 ERRORS

Deaflympics ombudsman Rafael Pinchas issued a press release Monday claiming that there are nearly a thousand errors in a database of Deaflympics athletes. The CISS/Deaflympics Games Database Project aims to list all participants in the Summer Deaflympics since 1924 and the Winter Games since 1949. Pinchas calls the project "long-awaited and much-needed," but says the information presently contains 985 inaccuracies. For example, 159 athletes from 10 countries were listed as participants in the first Summer Games, held in 1924 in Paris, but Pinchas said he owns an original 1924-1934 CISS Book that lists 133 competitors from nine countries. Another entry, for the 1963 Winter Games in Sweden, gives a birth date for one participant that would make him only 8 years old at the time. Pinchas asked, "Does it mean that this project is being handled by an insecure, inexperienced, amateurish, unknowledgeable, untalented and irresponsible team of researchers and historians?"

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COMING EVENTS
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NAD TO HOST 125TH ANNIVERSARY GALA IN BALTIMORE

The National Association of the Deaf will host a 125th Anniversary National Gala on September 17 at the Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel in downtown Baltimore, Md. Tickets are $125 per person. NAD president Andrew Lange encouraged NAD supporters around the country to show their support by attending the gala or making a donation in honor of the NAD. "After all, it will take a lot of people to blow out 125 birthday candles!" he said. The NAD anniversary celebration began in January and continues through the end of the 48th Biennial NAD Conference next summer in New Orleans. For information on the Baltimore gala, visit www.nad.org/125thGala.


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Maintain membership database on a regular basis. Resolve member/subscriber service issues.
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Preferred – ASP.NET or PHP programming experience.
Preferred – Familiarity with the latest Internet technologies (Flash, multimedia video).
Preferred - Knowledge of accessibility regulations, policies and procedures in telecommunications, media, and information technology for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, or deaf-blind and their families.
Preferred - General knowledge of resources in hearing loss at local, state, and national levels in relation to telecommunications, media, and information technology

Training and Experience Requirements:
Preferably a Master's degree in communications, computer science, engineering, mathematics, information technology, or related curriculum and one year of experience; or a bachelor's degree in one of the above fields and three years of experience. Experience in database administration, technical writing, and design documentation.

How to Apply:
All applicants must submit a letter of interest and a resume to TDI. Applications must be received at the TDI office by 5:00 p.m. on or before the closing date. Email submissions are welcome. No phone calls please.

TDI selects applicants for employment based on job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.

Contact Person: Claude L. Stout, Executive Director
Contact Agency: TDI
Contact Address: 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 604, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910-3803
Contact Numbers: TTY: (301) 589-3006; Voice: (301) 589-3786; Fax: (301) 589-3797
WWW & Email: www.tdi-online.org tdiexdir@aol.com

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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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