August 3, 2016
Vol. 12, No. 41
Editor: Tom Willard
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SEN. TOM HARKIN: 'I GOT A SIGN FOR TRUMP'
Former Senator Tom Harkin has no words for Donald Trump, but he does have one quick and vivid sign for the GOP candidate. Harkin -- who spoke at the DNC last week using American Sign Language -- flew into LAX, and we asked him what sign he'd use to describe Donald Trump. His answer is short and hysterical. Basically, he's saying the Donald is #2 -- as in ... a turd. / TMZ
DISABLED FINALLY HAVE A PLACE AT THE DNC
This year, 400 delegates with disabilities are at the convention - 35 percent more than attended in 2012. And more disabled non-delegates are part of the four-day extravaganza, too. For the hearing impaired, the proceedings are being translated into American Sign Language or live-captioned. / Philly.com
LET THE WHITE HOUSE'S FIRST DEAF RECEPTIONIST GIVE YOU A TOUR OF THE WEST WING
Leah Katz-Hernandez is usually the first person to greet guests as they enter the White House’s West Wing. The Connecticut native is also the first deaf person to be known as ROTUS, or receptionist of the United States. “I make sure that everyone is happy, and everyone feels welcome and has a nice experience when they come into the West Wing lobby,” she said through an interpreter in an interview with Fox News Latino last February. / The Huffington Post
EDITORIAL: MALLOY MADE BAD DECISION TO 'DUMP' CONNECTICUT SERVICES FOR THE DEAF
Sorry, wrong number. That is what deaf people and their advocates learn when they dial 211 — the number the state provided to them for the deaf to get information and referrals after eliminating the Department of Rehabilitation Services interpretation unit along with its 40 employees. Once again, the budget deficit is claiming more victims and wiping out basic quality of life measures, as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy tries to get the state back on solid financial footing. / West Hartford News
College Park, MD
ADA SETTLEMENT: UMD TO CAPTION SPORTS ARCHIVE VIDEOS FOR DEAF FANS
The University of Maryland will be rolling out more accommodations to deaf and hard-of-hearing Terps fans as part of a settlement of a federal lawsuit. Beginning this fall, the university will caption new videos posted on UMD Athletics websites and the Athletics Department’s YouTube Channel, as well as archived videos that are longer than 10 minutes. By 2018, the university will caption all remaining archived videos. / Maryland Daily Record
EARLY ED CENTER MOVES INTO FORMER AUSTINE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
A Brattleboro early education center is all moved into its new home in the former Austine School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Winston Prouty Center for Child Development purchased the historic campus after the Austine School declared bankruptcy and closed two years ago. Winston Prouty serves kids from 1 to 5 years old, and they moved from their cramped space in Brattleboro into the sprawling former Austine School campus earlier this month. / Vermont Public Radio
INMATES CARE FOR DEAF DOGS EVACUATED FROM SHELTER DUE TO SAND FIRE
A group of inmates at a California state prison are providing shelter, care and love for dozens of deaf dogs that were recently forced to evacuate a nearby shelter threatened by a wildfire. Nearly 50 dogs at the Deaf Dogs Rescue of America in Acton, Calif., were evacuated this past Sunday evening after the shelter's directors -- Lisa Tipton and her husband Mark Tipton -- noticed flames from the Sand Fire blowing in their direction. Lisa Tipton said she called dozens of local centers, shelters and other rescues, but only the California State Prison in Los Angeles County offered to take all the dogs, no questions asked. / ABC News
Corpus Christi, TX
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CENTER AIDES CLOSE COMMUNICATION GAP
Rachell Ungerman's passion and excitement was obvious Monday. But she didn't say a word. She signed it. Ungerman was among 10 other students taking an ASL class at The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center. The center, located on McArdle Road near La Palmera mall, is the only one of its kind south of San Antonio. The center opened in 1978, and serves Nueces County and about other 23 surrounding counties. / Corpus Christi Caller Times
Ellicott City, MD
PLEA DEAL ENDS MARYLAND DEAF SCHOOL AIDE'S SEX ASSAULT CASE
A former Maryland School for the Deaf aide is free from prison after striking a plea deal in a sex assault case. Forty-one-year-old Clarence Taylor pleaded guilty Tuesday in Ellicott City to three counts of fourth-degree sex offense. He was sentenced to the time he has already served since he was convicted in 2013 of molesting two female students. Taylor had been acquitted of molesting another girl and the jury had deadlocked on four other cases. / The Washington Post
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DEAF BOY, 9, REUNITED WITH MUM AFTER BEING FOUND WANDERING STREETS ALONE
A nine-year-old deaf boy, who is unable to speak, has been reunited with his mother after being found wandering the streets alone. Officers discovered the child on Monday morning, but no one had reported him as missing. Police said he had been reunited with his mother at around 2.30pm. Hundreds of social media users shared a Facebook appeal in a bid to help trace his family. / Manchester Evening News
DEAF PERSONAL TRAINER WANTS TO BREAK DOWN BARRIERS
A deaf personal trainer wants to break down barriers and help more people like him join their local gym. Dean Chester, of Hounslow , says hitting the gym transformed his life, not just helping him get in shape, but building his confidence and opening the path to a new career. But the 25-year-old believes too many deaf people still lack the confidence to sign up to the gym - something he is desperate to change. / Get West London
Halifax, NS, Canada
ATLANTIC FILM FESTIVAL OVERLOOKS THE HEARING IMPAIRED
Suzan Oram is deaf, but it doesn’t prevent her from watching cable, Netflix or DVDs. She puts on the subtitles and watches comfortably, and there’s even a free device at the movie theatre that allows her to read subtitles from her seat. But she says many people in the hearing-impaired community are frustrated they can’t enjoy the free outdoor movies the Atlantic Film Festival has been screening for the last 15 years. Oram would love to take in a screening with her friends, but says she misses out because of the lack of subtitles. / The Chronicle Herald
DEAF AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY STUDENT LEFT ALONE DURING FIRE DRILL
A deaf student has been left feeling hurt after he was cast aside and forgotten about following a fire drill in a university building. Dean Buckley, a profoundly deaf Auckland University student, said he was sitting in the university's Kate Edgar building on Monday when the fire alarm went off. Being deaf, he couldn't hear people leaving and was only made aware when a fire warden started yelling at him to get out, he said. / Stuff.co.nz
DEAF COMMUNITY TO FILE FORMAL COMPLAINT OVER INTERPRETER
A formal complaint against the AFL will be lodged by representatives of the deaf community to the Human Rights Commission today. It comes after a request for an Auslan interpreter during the AFL grand final national anthem was denied. More than 1300 people have signed a change.org petition for Auslan — the visual language for the deaf community in Australia — during the anthem. / Herald Sun
'THERE WERE TIMES I THOUGHT OF COMMITTING SUICIDE' -- EDEH, DEAF LAWYER
Catherine Edeh, who was recently called to bar, tells Nonye Ben-Nwankwo how she overcame her disability to study law in Nigeria. How do you feel achieving this feat of becoming a lawyer despite living with hearing impairment? I feel more than good. I have always echoed into every listening ear that there is nothing like ‘disability’. / Nigeria Today
MCA SEEKS TO HAVE ASSEMBLY EMPLOY DEAF INTERPRETERS
Lakeview MCA Simon Wanyoike Wanango will present a bill to the assembly seeking to have it employ ten interpreters. Wanango pointed out that the deaf people who attend proceedings at the assembly are not able to follow what was being said. “We have over 2,000 deaf people living in Nakuru alone and most of the bills that are being passed there affect them directly. Its unfortunate that they do not even get to know how much money is allocated to them or even what benefits are accrued to them." / Hivisasa
THE DEAF CAN NOW LISTEN TO PAKISTAN'S WILDLY POPULAR COKE STUDIO
Coke Studio isn’t just another music show in Pakistan. Since it began in 2008, the Coca-Cola Company-backed music venture has developed a cult following within the country, and even across the border in India. But now Coke Studio is trying to reach out to a different sort of audience: Pakistan’s deaf community. / Quartz
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LIFE & LEISURE
FOR TENNESSEE PAGEANT WINNER, HEARING MATTERS
Emma Conn never quite heard voices clearly. She had to concentrate on every word. She processed slowly based on context, filling in the blanks of sentences that sounded incomplete in her ears. She assumed, for a long time, that everyone heard the way she did. Oh, she knew she had hearing loss — congenital and genetic. Her mother had it. So did her grandfather. But she never realized to what extent until the day she didn't have to struggle anymore. It took 16 years. / The Tennessean
WHY MILLENNIALS ARE GENERATION DEAF
"Turn that down before you go deaf" is a common phrase parents use on their kids, and according to experts those parents are right. Dr. Joe Vandermeer, a physician from Lakeshore Health Partners, says kids who listen to loud music are experiencing hearing loss more than ever before. The World Health Organization is warning that more than 1 million young people are at risk for hearing loss from personal audio devices, concerts, even mowing the lawn. / Fox17
Los Angeles, CA
USC PROGRAM HELPS DEVELOP LITERACY FOR DEAF CHILDREN FROM BILINGUAL HOMES
“Come read with me.” Those can be some of the most powerful words in the development of any child’s ability to read and write. For children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and living in bilingual homes, the “come read with me” invitation becomes even more crucial to literacy development. That’s why the USC Caruso Family Center for Childhood Communication is getting creative in tackling challenges that children with hearing loss face in learning to listen, talk, read and write. / USC News
New York, NY
BENEFIT TO BE HELD
There is a benefit being held in memory of Andrew Burrous this Sunday from 2-8 p.m. at the Floral Park KOC. Andrew was a hearing impaired youngster who lost his life when an out-of-control vehicle struck him while his was riding his bike on the sidewalk. The goal of this worthy event is to raise money to provide hearing impaired children with hearing aids that they otherwise would be unable to afford. / NY Daily News
SODEXO EMPLOYEES WITH DISABILITIES ARE CHANGING PERCEPTIONS BY DEFYING STEREOTYPES
Michael Black tells everyone that he feels lucky to work for Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life Services. Michael is employed with Sodexo's food service team at the headquarters of Canada's largest grocery chain, Loblaws. He works in the dish room doing general cleaning duties for the cafeteria that feeds 4,000 Loblaw staff each day. So why does Michael feel so fortunate? Michael is hearing impaired and never imagined that he could get a job where he is a highly valued team member. / PRNewswire
UPDATING TELEPHONE TECHNOLOGY FOR THE DEAF COMMUNITY
Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking and issued a proposed rule that would require providers and manufacturers to replace the currently mandated but outdated “text telephone technology” with “real-time text” technology. Unlike text telephone technology, real-time text works over IP-based wireless services, provides instantaneous communication, and does not require additional hardware. / RegBlog
OTICON IS FIRST TO USE PUPIL SIZE TO MEASURE STRESS OF HEARING IN NOISE ENVIRONMENTS
Straining to hear in noise is stressful for everyone but especially for people with hearing loss. Leading hearing aid manufacturer Oticon is the first to apply proven "pupillometry" science - a measurement of pupil dilation - to the development of revolutionary hearing aid technology that both reduces listening effort and conserves energy so that people recall more of what they've heard. / Business Wire
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES TO BE ACCESSIBLE FOR THE DEAF
Popular six-week summer concerts at the Santa Rosa Plateau will be interpreted in ASL for the deaf. Beginning July 9 and continuing every Saturday until Aug. 13, each concert will be interpreted by Doug Beatty, a retired counselor for the Deaf from the California School for the Deaf in Riverside, and a sought-after, animated and entertaining interpreter. / Valley News
Salt Lake City, UT
DEAF UTAHN WINS GOLD MEDAL IN SWORD FIGHTING AT GLOBAL COMPETITION
Safarri Jessop is a 22-year-old Utahn with some serious martial skill, and she recently won a gold and several other medals at the 2016 PanAm Mulimpia Global Martial Arts Open Championships in Las Vegas. Jessop won gold in Haidong Gumdo Swordfighting and took home several other medals in other events. She also made history as the first deaf Mulimpian competitor. / fox13now.com
MOUNTAIN LAKES GRAD PART OF TEAM USA AT DEAF WORLD CUP
James Rummo was exhausted. He'd played all 120 minutes and had an assist in the United States' Deaf World Cup match against Great Britain. But all Rummo, a midfielder from Butler, could do was wait and watch as the teams resorted to penalty kicks to see who would advance. The Americans defeated Great Britain in the shootout, and Rummo "went nuts" and pulled off his jersey in celebration. The United States lost to Egypt to finish sixth, its best World Cup result since 2008. / Daily Record
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Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) in Colorado Springs, CO
Now Hiring, Teacher of the Deaf: Outreach Programs providing standards-based instruction students Pre-K through 12th grade who are Deaf/HH and who may have additional disabilities. Master's in Education with specialization in Deaf Education. Must hold (be eligible) for appropriate educator licensure in the State of Colorado, endorsed as a Special Education Specialist: Deaf/HH. Experience teaching / working with children (in an educational environment) who are Deaf / HH. Experience working in public school settings. Advanced Proficiency in ASL.
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NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH, PHILADELPHIA, 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 outpatient services to deaf and hard of hearing children, adolescents, and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are deaf or hard of hearing!
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PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, and energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about 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. Minimum HS diploma required.
Case Managers for Residential or Community Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - Full time; Glenside location. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences required.
Residential Program Director – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum AA degree OR 60 college credits with 4 years’ work experience with individuals with behavioral health needs and/or ID required.
Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum of one years’ related experience required.
Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services required.
experience in mental health.
Educational / Staff Interpreter - Full Time; Philadelphia location. Minimum AA with minimum 3 years’ experience required.
Staff Nurse – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum BSN/RN required.
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Northeast Arc has full and part-time positions, working with adult individuals who are deaf, available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. You'll be working with deaf individuals using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. Do you know ASL? If so, I'd like to speak with you about our direct care positions. We offer an excellent benefits package, paid trainings and the support you will need to become a successful part of our experienced, long-term team of professionals. For additional information or to send your resume, please email Kathy Tracy Ktracy@ne-arc.org.
Compensation: $12 for per diem shifts and $14 for PT/FT shifts.
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