deafweekly

 

August 4, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 40

Editor: Tom Willard

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Washington, DC
ACT NOW! URGE THE U.S. SENATE TO ADOPT H.R. 3101
On July 26, 2010, the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (H.R. 3101) with a vote of 348 to 23. H.R. 3101 has key provisions that will greatly improve access for the deaf and hard of hearing community. We are very excited. But we must be honest – we did not get everything we wanted. / NAD

Las Vegas
DEAFNATION WORLD EXPO IN LAS VEGAS A SMASHING SUCCESS
The Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas was buzzing with activity and hands were flying everywhere you turned during the week of July 18-23, 2010. More than 23,400 unique visitors from 73 different countries came to Las Vegas for the DeafNation World Conference and Expo. The week saw over 300 booths ranging from fashion to sign language dictionaries to Video Relay Services to deaf films, and over 70 workshops including topics like the future of deaf telephony, environmentally-conscious living, and cultural exchanges. / DeafNation

Glen Ellyn, IL
ILLINOIS HELPS SCHOOL FOR DEAF AND BLIND STAY OPEN
An Illinois school for the deaf and blind will be able to keep its doors open for another month to six weeks after the state paid part of an outstanding debt, the school’s chief administrator said yesterday. The Philip J. Rock Center, which is in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, had been in danger of closing this week. However, Peggy Whitlow, the chief administrator, said it got a $300,000 payment from the state, which it deposited Monday. The school has 14 resident students but also serves more than 400 children statewide. / Quad City Times

Nashville, TN
DEAF PATIENTS SUE SUMMIT MEDICAL, CLAIM BIAS
Five people who are deaf are accusing HCA's Summit Medical Center in a lawsuit filed in Nashville federal court Friday of discrimination by denying them sign language interpreters. A second suit filed by three of the five made similar claims against Summit Primary Care PLLC, a physicians practice that's not a part of the hospital, although its nine doctors admit patients there. One of those doctors discharged one of the plaintiffs from his care because that patient needed a sign language interpreter, according to the suit. / The Tennessean

Flint, MI
DEAF CANCER PATIENT WINS FIGHT FOR MORE ACCESS TO INTERPRETERS AT HOSPITAL
A deaf woman who struggled for two weeks to communicate with doctors and nurses as she underwent tests and was diagnosed with kidney cancer now is being provided with sign language interpreters 24 hours a day, according to family members who fought for the service. Joan Rodgers, 72, and her husband, who also is deaf, said they were able to fully comprehend everything that went on around them last Tuesday for the first time since entering the hospital July 10. / The Flint Journal

Duluth, MN
JURY: HIBBING TACONITE DIDN'T DISCRIMINATE AGAINST DEAF MAN
The Hibbing Taconite Co. did not discriminate against a deaf Iron Range man when it declined to hire him for the positions of truck driver or heavy equipment operator, a jury determined Friday in U.S. District Court in Duluth. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of James Edstrom, filed the lawsuit in March 2009 under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 alleging unlawful employment practices by Hibbing Taconite for allegedly discriminating against Edstrom on the basis of his deafness. / Duluth News Tribune

Mount Vernon, VA
MOUNT VERNON TO BECOME MORE WELCOMING FOR THE DISABLED
Officials at Mount Vernon, President George Washington's homestead, have agreed to make $400,000 in alterations to bring the national landmark into full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Megan Dunn, associate vice president for human resources and chief ADA compliance officer at Mount Vernon, said the issue of ADA compliance arose after a hearing-impaired visitor filed a complaint with the Justice Department that films shown at Mount Vernon were not closed captioned. / Christian Science Monitor

Philadelphia, PA
DEAF MAN, 18, ASSAULTS DEAF CLASSMATE, 13, IN PARK
She lives in a world of silence. So does he. But even if he couldn't hear her screams, police said, the 18-year-old deaf youth knew that what he did to a 13-year-old deaf girl was wrong. The youth, Rafael Moley, sexually assaulted the girl Saturday night in a city park, police said. Moley knew his victim because both attended a school for the deaf, cops said. / Philadelphia Daily News

Bloomington, IN
DEAF MAN ATTACKED BY UNIDENTIFIED PERPETRATOR
A deaf man was attacked last Thursday by an unknown suspect wielding a knife. The 19-year-old victim was walking north on South Rogers Street when an older, red pickup truck with a cracked windshield drove by, Lt. David Drake of the Bloomington Police Department said. The truck made a U-turn and returned to the victim. The suspect exited the vehicle and began yelling at the victim, who could not hear him. “The victim said that the driver was gesturing like he wanted something from him,” Drake said. The suspect then cut the victim on his arm with a knife. / Indiana Daily Student

Longmeadow, MA
SCHOOL GETTING MAJOR RENOVATIONS
An outdoor classroom, a basketball court, soundproof rooms and updated technology are all in the works for the Willie Ross School for the Deaf. The school is undergoing major renovations to its 1917-circa building and its newly-acquired acre of land. The renovations have been funded with the help of donations made by area businesses and individuals. Thus far, the donations amount to more than $300,000, said the school president and chief executive officer, Louis Abbate. / The Republican

Dover, NH
ADA AND ITS ONGOING MISSION
This week marks the 20th anniversary for the American's With Disabilities Act. It's passage in July of 1990 under President George H.W. Bush has proved to be a watershed in extending civil rights to the disabled. But that has not been the only accomplishment of those who forged the legislation. ADA has gone a long way in removing the stigma from being disabled. That in turn has welcomed those with disabilities into the mainstream. It is too easy to forget that before ADA many disabled were written off. / Foster's Daily Democrat

See Also ADA WOULD HELP THE DEAF ... IF ENFORCED / Rome (Ga.) News-Tribune


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St. John's, NL, Canada
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF TO CLOSE
There will be no students enrolled at the school for the deaf in St. John’s this fall, and as a result, the government announced Monday that it will be closing the facility. Education Minister Darin King said the move will save the government more than a million dollars per year, and the Department of Education’s projections indicated that no students would enroll in the next five years. / The Telegram

Bradford, England
IN PICTURES: SIGN LANGUAGE USED IN BRADFORD MOSQUE / BBC News

Derby, England
DEAF DERBY ACTRESS EMILY HOWLETT AIMS FOR THE TOP
Acting is a hard enough profession under normal circumstances but when you're profoundly deaf as well, the obstacles are even higher. However this hasn't stopped Mickleover's Emily Howlett pursuing this most competitive of careers. The 26-year-old has been deaf since the age of four but has already forged a successful career as a horse groomer and had a book published. Now she wants to see how far she can go in the world of acting. / BBC News

Pontypridd, Wales, UK
STUDENT FILM FOR 'FOUR WEDDINGS' DEAF ACTOR
A deaf actor who starred in Four Weddings and a Funeral is to take the lead in a film written and produced by students at a Welsh university. Little Voices, is the story of an isolated deaf man struggling to cope with the loss of his partner. Wrexham-born David Bower, who played David in Four Weddings, said many movie scripts tackling deafness and disability were "well meaning pap." But he said the student film was "unsentimental and uncompromising." / BBC News

London, England
DEAF MAN IN COURT FOR HOSTILE SIGNING
A deaf man charged with threatening to throw a DLR worker on to the track at Canary Wharf was cleared of the attack after he said he was just asking for directions to the Tube in sign language. Keith Hylton, 46, was charged with common assault against two travel safe officers in the incident last July. The prosecution claimed the officers were attacked by Mr Hylton after waking him up on a train which had terminated at Canary Wharf on a Saturday night. However, after a three-hour hearing last Tuesday, magistrates dismissed the charges against him due to lack of evidence. / Wharf

Manila, Phillipines
HOW THE DEAF LISTENED TO P-NOY'S SONA
Last July 26, 2010, as the whole country prepared to witness history unfold as President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), educators and veteran interpreters together with Deaf leaders were making history as well by working together to make the first inset-interpreting of the SONA possible. For the Deaf community, this is a dream come true, and this realization not only came through one but three communication channels. / Manila Bulletin

Uttar Pradesh, India
TO GET TEACHING JOBS, THEY DECIDED TO BECOME DEAF
Many applicants who have been undergoing training in the Special Basic Teacher Course (BTC) to get appointed teachers at various primary schools across Uttar Pradesh, had submitted “fake disability certificates” to get the job. “On checking the testimonials of 200 trainees, it was found that as many as 45 of them had submitted false disability certificates,” officials said here. A majority of them have claimed that they were deaf, officials added. / Deccan Herald

Durban, South Africa
KITCHEN LIGHTS UP FOR DEAF CHEFS
Strobe lights, chalkboards and special culinary sign language have turned an ordinary hotel kitchen into a first-of-its-kind, deaf-friendly facility. Leading hotel group Southern Sun has taken on the challenge of developing the culinary skills of hearing-impaired aspirant chefs with the installation of a state-of-the-art kitchen, specially tailored to their needs. The pilot project -- which has been running for four months at its new Garden Court Umhlanga hotel -- has changed the lives of four deaf Durban youngsters. / Times LIVE

Hervey Bay, QLD, Australia
SERVICE FOR DEAF PEOPLE FAILS
Queensland Health has made a public apology to Judith Raxworthy after Hervey Bay Hospital's services for deaf people failed dismally last week. Ms Raxworthy is profoundly deaf but was unable to access an interpreter or a TTY phone system when her husband was admitted to hospital in an emergency last week. Wide Bay Health District manager Beth Norton said the incident would be further investigated by the department. / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Melbourne, VIC, Australia
DISABILITY ADVOCATES FURIOUS WITH TONY ABBOTT AFTER 'WAFFLY' JIBE
A throwaway line by Tony Abbott describing discussions in Parliament about blind and deaf people as "waffly" has angered disability advocates and the Government. The Opposition Leader apologised last night for his comments. Deafness Forum of Australia chief executive Nicole Lawder was "extremely disappointed". "Cinema access is ... certainly not irrelevant or waffle," Ms Lawder said. / Herald Sun


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Olympia, WA
ORALISM LEAVES DEAF CHILDREN BEHIND IN OUR SOCIETY
Years ago, a friend of mine told the story of his son's birth. He recalled the doctor somberly gave the news that their son was deaf. The doctor was astonished when the parents hugged and rejoiced. They explained to the befuddled doctor that because he was deaf, he would be able to fully share the culture and language of his parents. The doctor then added their new, perfectly healthy boy could be fixed through cochlear implants. “Thanks, but no thanks,” they replied firmly. Alarmed, the doctor insisted they were doing great harm and sternly lectured about potential speech and language delays. Undaunted, they proceeded with no implant. / The Olympian

Talladega, AL
TEXTING: A REVOLUTION IN THE WAY DEAF PEOPLE TALK TO THE WORLD

While many parents do not get it, text messaging is a form of communication that is here to stay, and for the deaf community, it has turned into an essential staple of giving and receiving information. The deaf saw the potential of text messaging shortly after it was first introduced in the late 1990s. Alabama School for the Deaf principal Paul Millard said, “Some people here wanted to try it, but we didn’t have the (cellular) tower.” / The Daily Home

Internet
FAMOUS DEAF PEOPLE
There have been many famous deaf people since the late 1700's when the famous composer Ludwig Van Beethoven eventually lost his hearing and continued to compose. This article is an attempt to pay tribute to those people who stood high in the walks of life. There are some that are well known and others who, although they have contributed much to this world are still unknown to those outside of the deaf world. This article will concentrate across this spectrum, the unknown and the famous. / Y.o.u.n.g.H.e.a.r.t


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NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT SURVEY NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Hello, many of you have responded to my previous advertisements for the National DETS survey, but the study needs more responses to be useful to both deaf and hard of hearing communities. Allow me to explain.

My name is James Schiller and I am a faculty member at Gallaudet University, Department of Social Work, and a Doctoral candidate at Walden University, School of Health and Human Services. This study is the basis for my Dissertation in Social Policy and Planning.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, and currently employed, I invite you to take part in research examining how technology is associated with the employment of deaf and hard of hearing people. The purpose of this research is to equip social policy makers, programs, educators, and funding sources with current data so they can continue providing valued resources to deaf and hard of hearing communities. A link will take you to the web survey at the end of this message,.

Risks and Benefits of participating in the Study: The survey is confidential and anonymous. There may be some questions that are uncomfortable to answer. Participants are free to skip those questions or exit the study at any time. The potential benefit of participating in this study is updating the body of knowledge about deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States.

Compensation: While some organizations have agreed to advertise this study, all funding supporting the study is my own. This study relies on volunteers to submit the survey. There is no compensation for participating in this study. This study is approved by Walden University and Gallaudet University IRB committees.

I am the principal investigator for this study If you have any questions regarding this research or the survey, my contact address is: James Schiller, Social Work Department, HMB 338B, Gallaudet University. You may contact the researcher at any time during this study via videophone at 202-651-7064 Voice or VP, or email at Jschi001@waldenu.edu, or James.Schiller@gallaudet.edu.

The survey is anticipated to take between 15 and 20 minutes. On behalf of myself, educators, agencies, and advocates who may use the data in the future, thank you for responding to this survey.

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Harlingen, TX
DEAF PATIENTS TO DOCTORS: 'SIGN OR BE SUED'
The Valley Association of Independent Living said they've received countless complaints from deaf patients that some doctors are not providing sign language interpreters for medical visits. "With an interpreter it's definitely understood what is being said, and what is taking place," said Brooke Hernandez, manager of deaf services at VAIL. Hernandez said many times doctors try to get away with writing notes, so that they do not have to pay for an interpreter. / KGBT

Talladega, AL
'WE HAVE EACH OTHER'
The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind welcomed back its teachers and staff on Monday to kick off a new school year with its 2010 Convocation at the Alabama School for the Deaf’s McFarlane Auditorium. The theme for this year’s event was “Lean on Me,” the hit song by Bill Withers. “Times are tough, economically. We have to do much more with much less, but we do have one abiding resource and that is we have each other,” said master of ceremonies Horace Patterson, who works in AIDB’s Health and Clinical Services Department. / The Daily Home

Rochester, NY
DEAF RABBIS-IN-TRAINING LEAD OUTREACH TO DEAF POPULATION
Helping Jews the world over feel connected as opposed to isolated has long been the mission of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries and the corps of rabbinical students who annually fan out to disparate communities across the globe. And as one such project in Rochester, N.Y., a university town that is no stranger to established Jewish infrastructure, demonstrates, the isolation needn’t be geographical. This week, Joshua Soudakoff and Isser Lubecki, both 19, set off from Toronto for Rochester in order to address the special needs of deaf members of the Jewish community. / Chabad-Lubavitch News

Salem, OR
OREGON SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF GARDEN FEEDS MINDS AND FAMILIES
Sixteen-year-old Heather Cropper of Cascade High School works at Oregon School for the Deaf learning to garden and tend to crops. She is one of 10 vision- and hearing-impaired students spending their summer this way. OSD partnered up with Marion-Polk Food Share five years ago and began in a small garden plot. Now, with a grant from Oregon Youth Conservation Corps, vision- and hearing-impaired students have an opportunity to gain job skills and work experience with two crews in five gardens. / Statesman Journal


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Tyler, TX
CODA COMEDIAN KEITH WANN PREMIERES FIRST TALK RADIO SHOW FOR ASL COMMUNITY
Keith Wann, a bilingual comedian and entrepreneur, adds the title of first ASL talk radio host to his 20-year career as an entertainer and business owner. That Keith Wann Show–Cultural Bridges, will launch on the Toginet.com radio network, on August 4th at 8 p.m. EST, with three guests. Addressing the launch of his unique show, Wann states, “My goal is to offer the deaf community insight and connection to the hearing world in all media forms, and vice-versa." / PR-USA.net

Boston, MA
DEAF, BLIND PROMISED A BETTER FILM EXPERIENCE
Thousands of blind and deaf residents of Massachusetts will have more opportunity to experience movies independently, in a way closer to that enjoyed by those without disabilities. After more than six months of negotiating with national movie theater companies, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced last Thursday that three of the state’s largest chains agreed to increase the number of theaters equipped with devices that help the deaf and the blind enjoy movies. / The Boston Globe

Tulsa, OK
BOK PROVIDES FOR ITS DEAF, HEARING-IMPAIRED PATRONS
In the corner of the BOK Center at almost every concert or show, you'll see patrons who are as much a music fan as anyone in the venue. They just can't technically hear the music because they are deaf or hearing impaired. They understand the heartache and desperation in Eric Clapton's voice when he sings "Layla" because an interpreter signs it for them, and they see it in his face. They can feel the music, even if their ears don't translate the sounds for their brains. / Tulsa World

Germany
HEADPHONE COLLAR CONCEPT COULD LET DEAF PEOPLE EXPERIENCE MUSIC IN A WHOLE NEW WAY
When one considers how the hearing impaired spend their time, jamming out to Led Zeppelin tunes probably doesn’t spring to mind. However, by uniquely harnessing electricity and tangible vibrations from sound, a German concept could change the way deaf people experience music. Studies have illustrated that as people lose the sense of hearing, their sense of touch becomes more acute, allowing them to experience music in an entirely different way. Designer Frederik Podzuweit created a relatively simple collar concept, dubbed Music for Deaf People. / Laptop


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Scranton, PA
STAR-SPANGLED SIGN
For much of his 12 years, Jonathan Border has been a die-hard fan of NASCAR racing. Even with all of his previous experiences with the sport, Border has never had the chance to experience NASCAR in the manner he will at Pocono Raceway today [Aug. 1]. Border, a student at The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children, will not only attend the Sunoco American Red Cross Pennsylvania 500. He’ll be signing the national anthem live on national TV before the most famous words in motorsports: “Gentlemen, start your engines!” / Go Lackawanna

Sioux Falls, SD
SIGNING SLUGGERS
The ping from an aluminum bat is synonymous with the game of softball. But not everybody who plays the sport can hear the bat strike the ball. That's precisely the case for a Sioux Falls team made up of deaf players. But despite their challenges, the club is quietly creating a local dynasty. / KELOLAND


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June 30, 2010

To All Lexington Staff & Stakeholders:

The Board of Trustees of Lexington School/Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Manuel Mosquera as CEO of the Lexington School/Center. Mr. Mosquera is scheduled to begin work at Lexington on July 12th.

Mr. Mosquera has had extensive financial and management experience in the entertainment, banking, and health care fields. He recently served as the Director of Operations for Nassau County Health & Human Services Department. He received his BBA in Accounting from Pace University in New York City.

We are certain that Mr. Mosquera will bring his experience and expertise to Lexington and guide us through these challenging times. We are confident that our Lexington Community will welcome him and give him your full support. Mr. Mosquera will quickly appreciate Lexington’s rich tradition and enriching learning environment. He will find how fortunate he is to be working with a group of highly dedicated and hard working administrators, teachers, staff and stakeholders of the Lexington community.

Moreover, Gina Carroll will continue to assume the role of Superintendent in addition to her new role as Principal where she will oversee all educational programs at Lexington School. We cannot adequately express our true appreciation for her leadership as the CEO/Superintendent in the past six years as she stepped up to the plate and managed to navigate us through the ups and downs. We wish her much success in her new role.

Greg Hlibok
President
Lexington School/Center Board of Trustees

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COMING EVENTS
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Washington, DC
WELCOME FROM HONORARY CHAIR MARLEE MATLIN
Welcome to the Gallaudet WORLDEAF Cinema Festival website! This international festival will take place November 4–7, 2010 in Washington, D.C., and I hope to see you there. The WORLDEAF Cinema Festival offers unique opportunities to network with motion picture industry leaders, and you’ll also have opportunities to participate in discussion forums on production, marketing,and distribution issues. Daily screenings of films and videos will showcase new and classic works. / Gallaudet


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Florence, KY
MARY E. PIDCOCK, 100
Mary E. Pidcock, 100, of Florence, Ky. died Wednesday, July 28 at Bridgepoint Healthcare Center in Florence, Ky. She was a seamstress, member of Erlanger Baptist Church Deaf Mission, National Association of the Deaf and Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf. / KYPost.com


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EXCITING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD, INC.

* Outreach Coordinator – Bakersfield, CA
* Placement Coordinator – Santa Ana, CA
* Community Health Educator – Los Angeles, CA
* HIV Educator – Los Angeles, CA
* Case Manager – Los Angeles, CA
* Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim, CA

To learn more about these positions, please visit our website, www.gladinc.org.

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JOB OPENING

RELAY NEW MEXICO OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a full-time position open for a “Relay New Mexico Outreach Coordinator”.

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Position summary: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone Relay Service (CapTel®) for Relay New Mexico.

Preferred education, experience and skills:
-- Excellent presentation skills
-- Familiarity with the user communities that can benefit from relay services: Senior Community; Hard of Hearing Community; Speech Disabled; Spanish; Deaf Community
-- Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
-- Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people who have differing hearing and speech abilities
-- Understanding of Deaf Culture
-- Fluency in American Sign Language is preferred. and fluency in Spanish is benefit
-- Ability to promote all relay services and to educate/train users of the services
-- Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service or experience with Captioned Telephone Relay Service is helpful
-- Experience in public relations activities
-- Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines
-- Strong writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills
-- Associate’s Degree with 2 years experience or a Bachelor’s Degree required
-- Hold a valid driver’s license
-- Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are encouraged to apply

Interested individuals may apply online at: www.hamilton.net/employment.html or contact Cindy Blase in Corporate Human Resource Department by August 13, 2010 at 800.821.1831.

Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and full time benefits.

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JOB OPENING

KENTUCKY OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a full-time position open for “Kentucky Outreach Coordinator”.

Location: Kentucky Area

Position summary: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone Relay Service (CapTel®) for Kentucky Relay Services.

Preferred education, experience and skills:
-- Excellent presentation skills
-- Familiarity with the user communities that can benefit from relay services: Senior Community; Hard of Hearing Community; Deaf Community
-- Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
-- Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people who have differing hearing and speech abilities
-- Understanding of Deaf Culture
-- Fluency in American Sign Language is preferred
-- Ability to promote all relay services and to educate/train users of the services
-- Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service or experience with Captioned Telephone Relay Service is helpful
-- Experience in public relations activities
-- Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines
-- Strong writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills
-- Hold a valid driver’s license
-- Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are encouraged to apply

Interested individuals may apply online at: www.hamilton.net/employment.html or contact our corporate Human Resource Dept at 800.821.1831 by August 13, 2010.

Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and full time benefits.

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