August 9, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 42
Editor: Tom Willard
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DONATIONS TOP $11,000 FOR DEAF PIZZA MAN AFTER STORY GOES NATIONAL
After putting her children to bed Thursday night, Ashley Schafer popped on a recording of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and heard the star discussing the story she shared of a special pizza delivery. "He started talking about a feel-good story and said pizza delivery guy," said Schafer. "I said this cannot be real." Fallon was speaking about Flint resident Benjamin Houston, 23, a deaf man who walked with three Domino's Pizza and a two-liter of soda to Schafer's home in mid-July after his 2006 Chevy HHR had problems. / MLive.com
POLICE: NO 'ABDUCTION OR ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION' AT TOWNE EAST SQUARE
You may have seen several Facebook posts about a woman in Wichita pretending to be deaf. The posts say she's trying to steal your money, or even abduct your kids. Wichita police held a news conference Friday afternoon to address those posts, saying there's no evidence of any attempted abductions, though they did arrest the woman and her husband for trespassing. When Imalea Swank, 22, saw the panhandler - who Wichita Police confirm is not deaf - and the woman's husband approach her, she started screaming. / KWCH
HOW A DEAF MAN'S DEATH LED TO A CHANGE IN DMV LAW
Durham firearms examiner Donna Jackson has taught her stepson Adam DeVenny, who is profoundly deaf, what to do if he is stopped by a law enforcement officer. He also has a notice clipped to his sun visor that states he is deaf, and a tablet that allows him to communicate with an officer, Jackson said. “I’ve explained to Adam numerous times, if you get stopped, do A, B, C and D,” she said. / Durham Herald Sun
TENNESEE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF WELCOMES NEW SUPERINTENDENT
The Tennessee School for the Deaf, including the Jackson campus, welcomes Dr. Nancylynn Ward as their new leader. Ward makes history as the first deaf superintendent for the institution. “I wanted high quality education services offered to deaf and hard of hearing children, and so when that availability came up I felt very ready to step into that new role,” she said. / WBBJ-TV
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY FOR THE DEAF TO OPEN ON TIME WITH ANONYMOUS $150,000 DONATION
Three weeks after officially announcing efforts earlier this year to open Texas’ first Christian Academy for the Deaf, board member Kathy Bartlett was losing faith and considered giving up. The seven-member board had spent at least two years getting organized and was trying to raise $160,000 to open the school by the first week of September. But by mid-June, the group only had about $10,000 of the funding needed to secure the building it wanted and time was running out, she said. / Waco Tribune
DEAF PRISONERS HAVE A HARD TIME ACCESSING VIDEOPHONES. THIS GUY IS TRYING TO CHANGE THAT.
Being in prison is hard. Being deaf in prison is even harder. You hear about lawsuits being settled where a deaf person missed multiple meals a week because he couldn't hear the cafeteria announcement, another one being handcuffed behind his back, preventing him from signing (a.k.a. communicating) and then you hear about prisoners who can't access a deaf-friendly phone. This last one seems to be the norm in prisons, according to multiple deaf advocacy groups. / Circa
MEDICAID COVERAGE BRINGS MORE SILENCE TO THE HEARING IMPAIRED
Medicaid does not cover hearing aids in 22 states. Coverage varies greatly in the remaining 28 states based on the degree of hearing loss and types of benefits available. Such inconsistencies exist as the federal government does not require Medicaid to cover hearing aids for adults, allowing individual states to set its own guidelines. / EurekAlert!
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FIRST BAR FOR THE DEAF OPENS IN COLOMBIA
It is not yet dark, but the two girls sitting at a table in a Bogota bar flick on the lamp on their wooden table. It is the signal to the bartender that they want a drink, in Colombia's first-ever bar for the deaf. The Sin Palabras Cafe Sordo — No Words Deaf Cafe — is the first of its kind in the country, one of three owners told AFP. It is located in the trendy Chapinero neighborhood of the Colombian capital, surrounded by heavy metal, gay and reggae joints. / Daily Nation
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
SASKATOON SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF CELEBRATES REUNION AS COMMUNITY BATTLES DISCRIMINATION
Dozens of conversations unfolded without a word spoken out loud during the reunion and 85th anniversary celebration of Saskatoon’s School for the Deaf. Alumni, their families and other members of the deaf community flocked to the school’s former site. Angela Stratiy, a graduate of the school and a former teacher at other schools for the deaf, said she was pleased to see her friends in the community, but called it “sad” to return to the building now that the school is closed. / Saskatoon Star Phoenix
FURIOUS RESIDENTS DEMAND IMPROVEMENTS AFTER DEAF MAN KNOCKED OVER BY CAR
Furious residents are demanding improvements to a “terrible” city centre junction after a deaf man was knocked over and injured by a car. People living on King Street claim its junction with Alan Road and Koblenz Avenue was dangerous not only for pedestrians, but for cars and cyclists. And following the accident on Tuesday morning, they have reiterated calls for safety improvements to be made. / Eastern Daily Press
'WORLD CLASS' NEW DEAF ACADEMY PLANS SUBMITTED
Plans to create a world class Academy to transform education and care services for Deaf children, young people, and their families, have been submitted. The Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education is aiming to complete its move to the former Rolle College site in Exmouth by 2018/19, paving the way for new housing on its eight-acre site in Topsham Road. / Devon Live
MEET THE DEAF NUTRITIONAL COACH WHO'S FIGHTING FOR GREATER ACCESSIBILITY IN FITNESS
India Morse, AKA YouLeanMeUp, is a fitness blogger and nutritional coach, with an Instagram to make even the hardiest couch potato try a session at Gym Class. So far, so standard. But India is a blogger with a difference. She was born deaf, and is using her online fame to try and make the fitness industry more accessible to people with similar disabilities. / Metro
CARER WHO STOLE FROM 93-YEAR-OLD DEAF WOMAN IS SPARED JAIL
A carer who was caught on camera stealing from a 93-year-old woman has been spared jail. Jessica Holmes, 26, was spotted taking money from her deaf victim’s home on three separate occasions. Pensioner Kathleen Clee’s daughter became suspicious of her mother’s carer and installed CCTV in her home in Worcester, but she was shocked when she saw the carer taking money from the house. / Metro
BANK OF IRELAND LAUNCHES ONLINE SIGN LANGUAGE VIDEOS FOR DEAF COMMUNITY
It was announced today that Bank of Ireland has launched customer advice videos featuring Irish Sign Language (ISL) translation for the Deaf community. ISL is the first language of the Deaf community in Ireland. It is estimated that approximately 40,000 people communicate through the language including Deaf people and their family/friends. / Business World
STUDENT AIMS TO EXPAND THE SIGN LANGUAGE OF SCIENCE
It can be difficult to communicate the very latest scientific ideas to those relying on sign language, but a student is working to change that. Liam Mcmulkin, now in the second year of a degree in life sciences at the University of Dundee, has been deaf since birth. Frustrated by the lack of signs for many essential terms, he has embarked on a summer project, funded by a studentship from the British Society for Developmental Biology, to develop 100 new ones. / Times Higher Education
THIS TENNIS PLAYER SCRIPTS HISTORY IN DEAFLYMPICS
India won one gold and two bronze in wrestling, silver in golf, and another bronze in tennis in the recently concluded Deaflympics. That's something all of us can be proud of. Now, what makes it even more special for Chennaiites is the fact that Prithvi Sekhar, a 23-year-old from Chennai, scripted history by winning bronze with Jafreen Shaik of Hyderabad in the mixed doubles tennis. / Times of India
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LIFE & LEISURE
INSIDE THE DEAF COMMUNITY OF 'POKEMON GO'
Pokémon Go requires a lot of verbal communication to determine whether someone is just staring at their phone or playing the game, which can be tricky if, say, a person happens to be deaf. With that in mind, members of the Pokémon Go fan community took the time to explain how they communicate with members of the Deaf community within the game. / Mic
DEAF PARENTS ADOPTING A SECOND DEAF CHILD FROM CHINA
Ramona Nowrey is a quick learner. In the year since she was adopted from China, the deaf 6-year-old became fluent in sign language, made a bunch of new friends at school and adjusted to American culture with ease. But there was one thing that intrigued her most. “Ramona would come home from school and say, ‘I want a brother or a sister,’” said her mom, Catrina Ballou-Nowrey. / Asbury Park Press
Grand Rapids, MI
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CAMP PROVIDES FUN, CONNECTION FOR KIDS
At Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D&HHS) Kids Camp, the kids come here so that they can have fun, experience things they may not otherwise experience, and learn new ways to communicate, much like all the other summer camps that kids from all over attend. Kids camp ages range from three years old to 12 years old because we know it works best when kids can learn how to navigate the world with confidence long before they become adults. / The Rapidian
MEET THE MIAMI TEEN EMPOWERING HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN
I was born deaf, but after receiving cochlear implants and undergoing 20 surgeries, I was able to recover my hearing. As I grew up, I realized other children with disabilities were not as fortunate as I am. In response, I launched Our Abilities, which has educated over 900 students at North Beach Elementary School about issues concerning disability advocacy. / Forward
STUDENT BRINGS AWARENESS ABOUT HEARING IMPAIRMENT
A Columbus East High School student hopes to bring awareness to an important cause as part of her senior project. Sophia Reynolds, who is deaf, said she plans to compete in a half-marathon next spring during the St. Jude Rock ‘n Roll Marathon in Nashville, Tenn., to raise awareness for deaf culture and technology. / The Republic
DEAF INTERPRETER TO TEACH ASL AT CLEMSON
When Jason Hurdich served as an interpreter for former Gov. Nikki Haley's press conferences during Hurricane Matthew, he was told he'd have to quiet down. Apparently, his ASL was just a tad too loud. "After the first press conference was over, somebody came up to me and said, 'Jason, you're loud,'" Hurdich said. Later this month, he'll continue his service in South Carolina as he begins teaching as a lecturer of ASL at Clemson University. / Independent Mail
PROJECT HOPES TO BOOST BUSINESS RELATIONS WITH DEAF
Some MacMurray College students will be conducting research throughout the year to find out how businesses in Jacksonville can better serve deaf patrons. The Jacksonville Commission on Disabilities and Human Relations heard a presentation this week from Joe Squillace, director of the social work program at MacMurray College, who said his new project-oriented class would work with the college’s ASL students to find a way to improve relations between businesses and deaf patrons. / Jacksonville Journal Courier
CITY PARTNERSHIP GIVES DEAF OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN WORK EXPERIENCE
It is a community that often struggles to find employment. This summer, a partnership between the City of Albuquerque and a local youth organization is expanding work opportunities for young adults who are deaf. “I really enjoy working out here in this environment,” said Gabriel Gonzalez. He also said he has a new appreciation for the outdoors. “I think it’s very rewarding.” / KRQE News 13
RIT/NTID AWARDED $2.6 MILLION
Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf has received a $2.6 million, five-year award from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to study the neurological, linguistic and behavioral outcomes for deaf individuals after childhood. It is the first study of its kind with college-age adults. / RIT NTID News
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
San Antonio, TX
THERE'S ALWAYS A ROLE FOR SAN ANTONIO THEATER'S MAIN SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETER
Robert Cardoza has only acted in one show in his life, but he has brought to life dozens of characters at The Playhouse San Antonio. Since the 2015 staging of “A Christmas Carol,” Cardoza has been the main sign language interpreter working for the space. Joined by a series of partners, Cardoza has translated one performance of every production on the Russell Hill Rogers stage upstairs, working on everything from “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “A Chorus Line” to “Urinetown” and “Hairspray.” / San Antonio Express-News
San Francisco, CA
DANCERS FROM 9 COUNTRIES WILL PERFORM AT FESTIVAL
Antoine Hunter doesn’t want to turn any artists away from the 5th Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival, running Aug. 11-13 at San Francisco’s Dance Mission Theater under the auspices of his Urban Jazz Dance Company. Over the past four years, working with a minimum of support staff, the Oakland-raised dancer, choreographer, actor and activist has transformed the festival into a truly global affair. / San Jose Mercury News
IWITNESS VIDEO CHALLENGE SPOTLIGHTS FILM ON THE DEAF COMMUNITY
Berkshire County Day School teacher Sarah Pitcher-Hoffman, has engaged her eighth graders, for all four years of the IWitness program, to participate and submit films to the video contest. And, each year, one of her students has become a finalist. This year, it was recently graduated eighth grader, Shayna Kantor, daughter of Dr. Herb Kantor and Dr. Lisa Kantor, who placed third in contest. / The Berkshire Eagle
BEING HEARD: UGA DEAF MINISTRY OPENS LINES OF COMMUNICATION
With a performance that has been described as a jukebox musical, audiences might expect fun music and plenty of interesting things to hear. Yet the intended audience for “No Place Like Home,” a recent production from the Baptist Collegiate Ministries at the University of Georgia, came to see the performers speak with their hands. / Christian Index
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NORTHEAST ARC IS HIRING!
Do you know ASL? We are looking for employees that want to make a difference in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities, who are also deaf. Positions are available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. As an employee, you will provide direct care, using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. 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 apply online at www.ne-arc.org.
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NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH AND GLENSIDE
PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. Located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PAHrtners provides residential and outpatient services to deaf and hard of hearing children, adolescents, and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are deaf or hard of hearing!
PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate, or a 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, 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.
Blended Case Manager – Full time; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences 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.
Training Coordinator – Full Time. Glenside location. Travels to Pittsburgh as needed. Education requirements flexible and based on experience. Must be proficient in ASL.
Outpatient Therapist – Part Time. Glenside location. Must be eligible for LCSW or LPC in PA. Must have MSW or equivalent. Must be proficient in ASL.
Program Assistant – Full Time; Pittsburgh location. Minimum hs diploma with 1 year experience in administration in human services.
Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position.
Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Joel Skelton, Assistant Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
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Advocates in Framingham, MA is Hiring!
Advocates is seeking talented professionals to join our team, providing health services within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
Awake Overnight Direct Care Counselor: Remain awake, alert and responsive to the needs of the clients throughout the shift, assist clients with morning activities.
• Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent degree, fluency in ASL.
Clinical Program Manager: Perform functions of Direct Care Counselor, program supervision/direction.
• Qualifications: MA; or BA/BS and 3 years’ experience.
Community Crisis Stabilization BA Level Clinician: Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
• Qualifications: MA and 2 years’ experience OR BA/BS and 5 years’ experience.
Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. All shifts available!
• Qualifications: BA/BS; or HS diploma/GED and 1 year experience.
Outpatient Clinician: Provide comprehensive outpatient counseling/therapy to children, adults and families in need of services.
• Qualifications: MSW or MA in related field and 1 year experience in outpatient setting.
Senior Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. Coordinate/monitor administrative/clinical functions.
• Qualifications: BA/BS and 2 years’ experience; or HS Diploma/GED and 3 years’ experience.
Specialized Interpreter: Interpret in ASL between those using specialized ASL and/or those with language deprivation and requiring further communication assistance.
• Qualifications: Approved by the MCDHH to work as an interpreter, BA/BS and 2 years’ experience.
Minimum Qualifications Include:
• ASL fluency.
• Valid driver's license/reliable transportation.
• Related education (as applicable).
Visit www.Advocates.org/Careers to apply today!
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