August 17, 2016
Vol. 12, No. 43
Editor: Tom Willard
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DICKSON PRETZEL SHOP REOPENS, DEAF WOMAN RETURNS TO WORK
Auntie Anne’s in Dickson reopened Friday after the franchise owner was accused of discrimination for firing an employee who is deaf. Keri Watkins’ co-workers protested her firing by walking out. When corporate got word of what was going on, they pulled the franchisee’s ownership and have taken it over. / WSMV
Council Bluffs, IA
REGENTS UPHOLD IOWA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF TEACHER'S FIRING
The Iowa Board of Regents voted unanimously on Thursday to reject an adjudicator’s decision that an Iowa School for the Deaf teacher was unjustly fired. The regents held no discussion on the matter prior to the vote during Thursday’s meeting, which lasted roughly five minutes. Neil Barrick, an adjudicator with the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board, wrote in an Aug. 2 decision that teacher Tina Murdoch was fired without just cause. / The Daily Nonpareil
GEORGIA COUNCIL FOR THE HEARING-IMPAIRED TO PAY $10,000
The Georgia Council for the Hearing-Impaired, Inc., a nonprofit organization in Decatur, Ga., will pay $10,000 and furnish other relief to settle a retaliation discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency announced. EEOC filed suit in 2013, charging that GACHI retaliated against Stephen Patterson, a former outreach / training specialist, after he filed an EEOC charge against the organization in October 2012. / The National Law Review
DEAF WOMAN SUES ROCKVILLE CENTRE POLICE DEPT.
A deaf woman is suing the Rockville Centre Police Department for allegedly failing to give her a sign language translator when she was arrested for drunk driving. Uniondale resident Trista McAllister had dropped off a friend at the Rockville Centre train station on Oct. 15, 2015, at 3 a.m. According to the lawsuit, she was then pulled over by an RVCPD officer for transferring lanes without signaling. McAllister tried to indicate that she is deaf, but the officer communicated to her with “vague gestures,” according to the suit, and conducted sobriety tests. / liherald.com
Grand Rapids, MI
CINEMA IS BEING SUED FOR DISCRIMINATING AGAINST DEAF PEOPLE
‘Celebration! Cinema’ is being sued by a man who is deaf who says a Benton Harbor theater discriminated against him by failing to provide closed captioning for the movies it shows, despite multiple requests. The lawsuit filed this week says the Benton Harbor ‘Celebration! Cinema’, owned by Loeks Theater, Inc., violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. “He wants to be able to go into movie theaters like anyone else,” said Michael Stein, one of the attorneys for the plaintiff, Graham Forsey. / WCBD News 2
La Mesa, CA
LA MESA TRAVELODGE SUED OVER ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION AGAINST DEAF WOMAN WITH SERVICE DOG
A lawsuit alleges that the Travelodge hotel in La Mesa discriminated against a deaf woman traveler, due to her service dog. The plaintiff, Naomi Sheneman, is represented by Eisenberg & Baum Law Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. According to the suit, “After Naomi asserted her civil rights by refusing to sign a discriminatory damage policy form pertaining to guests with animals, Travelodge told her that she was no longer welcome at the hotel, and she was forced to leave.” / East County Magazine
FORMER CLARKE SCHOOL STAFF, ALUMNI SEIZE MEMENTOS FROM BELOVED GALBRAITH CENTER
Sawdust swirled in the air, a floor saw buzzed. The building that had once been the heartbeat of the former Clarke School for the Deaf came apart, piece by piece. Galbraith Center, built in 1966, is not slated for demolition until September, but the construction work was well underway Saturday morning. A dozen alumni, former staff and family members swung open the gymnasium doors and got to work, disassembling the gym floor and bleachers and taking plaques off the walls as mementos. / Daily Hampshire Gazette
St. Augustine, FL
FSDB MOVES FORWARD WITH NEW EDUCATION ENVIRONMENT
The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind will implement new bilingual-bicultural teaching methods in its deaf departments beginning Monday. Jeanne Prickett, the FSDB president, said under the “bi-bi” philosophy, students will be taught exclusively in American Sign Language while learning to read and write in English. In previous years, the campus instituted simultaneous communication or “simm-comm” methods, which allowed teachers and staff to speak while signing. / The St. Augustine Record
MAN GETS 7.5 YEARS FOR SEXUAL ABUSE TO A BOY
A 33-year-old hearing impaired man accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison today in Fairbanks Superior Court. Dmitry Migounov was originally charged with 3 counts of Sexual abuse of a minor for incidents that allegedly occurred between August and September of 20-15; but he pleaded out to one count of second degree sexual abuse. / Webcenter11.com
San Jose, CA
DEAF MAN IDENTIFIED AS PEDESTRIAN HIT BY AMTRAK TRAIN
Authorities have identified a San Jose man who was hit and killed by an Amtrak train in South San Jose on Wednesday, and his family said his deafness likely factored into what they called a "tragic accident." Julius Cesar Canales, 35, was reportedly walking near the tracks around 10:20 a.m. when he was hit by a southbound Coast Starlight train that had recently departed from downtown San Jose. / The Mercury News
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DEAF PEDOPHILE SISTERS SEXUALLY ABUSED BOY OVER 10-YEAR PERIOD FROM AGE OF SIX
Sisters believed to be Britain's first deaf female pedophiles have been told to expect "very significant sentences" for sexually abusing a six-year-old boy. Sick Julie Fellows, 30, and sister Jennifer, 32, repeatedly molested the youngster over a 14-year period. Worcester Crown Court heard the sisters first started abusing the boy when he was aged six in 2000. Julie was 14-years-old when she lured the boy into a petrol station toilets where she touched her private parts. / Mirror
MY JOB AS AN INTERPRETER IS TOO OFTEN TELLING DEAF PEOPLE THEY WON'T GET HELP
“I’m really sorry, but we have done all we can.” I slowly pick my hands up to tell the 19-year-old eastern European girl in front of me that she is going to have to wipe her eyes and walk back out of the council offices, homeless, hungry and at risk. The council officer to my left is wearing the same steely, but resigned look that I have seen on the face of every council officer I meet. I tell the deaf client, in sign language, that the appointment is over and watch her face fall. / The Guardian
South Wales, UK
A DEAF PENSIONER WAS CONNED OUT OF THOUSANDS IN FACEBOOK IDENTITY THEFT
A pensioner is warning members of the deaf community to be wary after she was targeted by a scammer that conned her out of thousands of pounds. Pat Collins is urging others to careful online after she lost £2,000 when a Facebook friend, who had had her identity stolen, contacted her to tell her she had won an award for her services to those who have lost their hearing. / South Wales Evening Post
DEAF LONDONERS CAMPAIGN AGAINST ENFIELD COUNCIL'S CUTS TO DEAF CHARITY
A charity for deaf people in north London is facing closure after Enfield Council cut almost half its funding. Deaf Londoners say they feel like the local authority is ‘ignoring us’ after cuts were made to the Deaf Project’s funding and are campaigning to save it. The charity provides advice and advocacy to deaf Londoners but has been running on reserves since March 2016, since the cuts were brought in. / London Evening Standard
SUPERMARKET CRITICIZED OVER TREATMENT OF DEAF JOB APPLICANT
A Brighton supermarket has been criticised for the way that it treated a deaf job applicant. James Blake, 18, went for a shelf-stacking job with the Asda branch at Brighton Marina. He was called for an interview on Tuesday 26 July. His mother, Alison Blake, described the interview as “the most awful experience” and is considering making a formal complaint. / Brighton and Hove News
VIDEO SHOWS DEAF PALS PROTEST AFTER ZIP WIRE SAFETY BAN
A video shows the moment a group of deaf thrill-seekers protested by sign language after they were banned from the zip wires. The eight-strong group turned up for a 30th birthday party but were refused entry because they could not understand safety instructions. Lynda McQueen and her friends claim they are victims of “sickening discrimination” because they requested an interpreter two days earlier. / Deadline News
THESE 'HEADPHONES' CONVERT SOUND INTO VIBRATIONS SO THE DEAF CAN EXPERIENCE MUSIC
When it comes to sound—particularly recorded and live music—we take vibration for granted. But attend a flamenco performance or go to a My Bloody Valentine concert, and you’ll understand what it’s like to feel those vibrations in your bones. Liron Gino, an industrial designer and recent graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Jerusalem, took this to heart with her recent creation Vibeat — headphones and other accessories designed for the hearing impaired. / GOOD
DEAF STUDENTS FACE BULLYING AND LACK OF SIGN LANGUAGE IN UGANDA
A recent survey of 15 primary schools in the northern Ugandan district of Gulu suggests that students with a hearing impairment are being forced out of school by bullying from their classmates and a lack of teachers who know sign language. The isolation of deafness The survey was conducted by the Gulu Disabled Persons Union (GDPU), a leading advocate for disability rights, with help from Amy Gillespie, who is serving as an AP Peace Fellow at the GDPU this summer. Ms Gillespie produced a blog and podcast on her findings. / Oneworld.org
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF SUFFERS FROM YEARS OF NEGLECT
After close to 50 years of existence, the Mampong Demonstration School for the Deaf also known as DEMODEAF, now feeds on the benevolence of individuals and corporate institutions. The school serves as a second home for over 400 students, some of who are also blind, epileptic and asthmatic. One would think that for such a special school, facilities there would be adequate and up to standard, but that is sadly not the case. / Citifmonline
SPORTS CLINIC FOR DEAF CHILDREN AIMS TO ENCOURAGE TEAM SPORTS PARTICIPATION
A sports clinic for deaf and hard of hearing children has been held in Perth, in an effort to encourage them to be more active. Deaf Sports Australia is trying to break down the barriers that make it difficult for children with hearing difficulties to join in team activities. Forty-five children on Wednesday attended the clinic. It was led by Irena Farinacci, who played basketball for Australia at the Deaflympics. "The rate of depression, obesity and leading a sedentary lifestyle is very high in the deaf community," she said. / ABC News
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LIFE & LEISURE
SO IF BEETHOVEN WAS COMPLETELY DEAF, HOW DID HE COMPOSE?
"For the last three years my hearing has grown steadily weaker..." -- so wrote Beethoven, aged 30, in a letter to a friend. The young Beethoven was known as the most important musician since Mozart. By his mid-20s, he had studied with Haydn and was celebrated as a brilliant, virtuoso pianist. By the time he turned 30, everything was looking pretty good for the guy, with the prospect of a long, successful career ahead. Then, he started to notice a buzzing sound in his ears -- and everything was about to change. / Classic FM
New York, NY
HOLOCAUST EXHIBIT FOR THE DEAF OPENS IN MILL BASIN
An exhibit about deaf victims and survivors of the Holocaust and intended for deaf people has opened in Mill Basin. The exhibit focuses on personal experiences and the challenges faced by observant Jews. It not only shares survivor stories, but welcomes the deaf community to learn more about the past. / News 12 Brooklyn
MAN COMBINES PASSION TO HELP HEARING-IMPAIRED COMMUNITY
The Altoona Curve has a special guest Saturday night who's making a difference one mile at a time. Jacob Landis and his charity, called "Jacob's Ride," help raise money for the hearing impaired community. Landis lost his own hearing at a very young age and underwent cochlear implant surgery more than 15 years ago. The surgery isn't cheap. It can cost up to $150,000. / WTAJ
MICHIGAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF IN FLINT HIRES NEW PRINCIPAL
There's a new head official at the Michigan School for the Deaf in Flint. Natalie Grupido was announced Monday, Aug. 15 as the new principal after Cecelia Winkler announced her retirement earlier this year from the West Court Street school. "Please join us in congratulating Natalie on her new position, and in supporting her as she leads MSD forward in its mission as the leader of Deaf Education in Michigan," reads a message from Mark Bouvy, administrative manager, on the school's website. / MLive.com
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING SERVICES AWARDED $75,000 GRANT
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, a Kentwood-based nonprofit agency, has received $75,000 in funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to support its Hearing Assistive Technology program. The funds will provide hearing aids and various hearing assistive devices like smoke alarms with strobe lights and telephone amplifiers to seniors 60 and over who meet the grant requirements. / MLive.com
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
DEAF ACTOR TO PLAY QUASIMODO IN L.A. PREMIERE OF 'HUNCHBACK'
La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment have announced that deaf actor John McGinty will play Quasimodo in the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Dino Nicandros will perform as his singing voice. The casting comes following the success of Deaf West’s Spring Awakening on Broadway, which featured a diverse company made up of deaf and hard-of-hearing actors, who garnered critical acclaim. / Playbill
DEAF COMEDIAN RECEIVING PUSHBACK OVER INTERPRETER SERVICES
Tom Willard says he loves standup comedy and wants his hearing impaired friends to be able to enjoy it too, but he says he's received pushback from some local establishments over hiring interpreters as required by law – and is determined to make sure this community is not silenced. Willard is a deaf comedian, and while he likes to joke around, deaf rights are an issue he takes seriously. / WROC-TV
Las Vegas, NV
DWTS CHAMP NYLE DIMARCO TO GUEST-HOST CHIPPENDALES
Las Vegas just got hotter! The world famous Chippendales are thrilled to announce their latest celebrity guest host, actor, model, activist, Dancing with the Stars and America's Next Top Model winner, Nyle DiMarco. DiMarco's limited engagement with the legendary Chippendales runs for four weeks only, from September 22 through October 16, 2016, at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. / Broadway World
OLYMPIC VOLLEYBALL PLAYER DAVID SMITH, WHO IS NEARLY DEAF, EXCELS FOR U.S. TEAM
When David Smith was growing up in California, the only time his parents sprung for a cable television subscription was to watch all the different Olympic events. Smith, who is nearly deaf, may have been watching them with closed captioning on, but that never slowed him down when it came to his own Olympic dream. "It was such a special tournament and I loved seeing all the people of the world coming together to compete in the games,'' Smith told NBC Sports. / TODAY.com
Hartford City, IN
LAUREN GODFREY ACHIEVES DREAM OF MAKING 2017 DEAFLYMPICS
The piece of paper was hung up on the wall, and she looked, anxiously, for her name. There it was: Lauren Godfrey. She made it. All her life, Godfrey has loved the game of basketball, and her passion showed up on the court growing up in Montpelier, and she developed into a three-time all-Central Indiana Athletic Conference point guard at Blackford High School. / Hartford City News Times
New York, NY
STONY BROOK FOOTBALL PLAYERS HOST DEAF KIDS, TEST SIGNING SKILLS
Katerynne Fuentes is a big football fan. She’s also deaf and not accustomed to finding non-deaf people who can communicate with her using sign language. So Katerynne, 14, was excited when she stood on the Stony Brook University football field Wednesday and saw nine football players laughing and signing with her and 30 other students from Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf. / Newsday
Camp Hill, PA
SERTOMA CLUB HOSTS BASEBALL CAMP FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED KIDS
A summer camp in Lower Allen Township is providing summer fun for hearing-impaired kids. The Sertoma club is hosting a week-long baseball camp at Lower Allen Middle School. Eight-year-old Jackson Swift enthusiastically demonstrated all the tricks and tosses the kids are learning. “We eat lunch, we hang out, we play after lunch, we play baseball, we play hot potato,” Swift said. / abc27.com
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Rochester Institute of Technology
Instructional/Support Faculty American Sign Language (ASL)
The Department of American Sign Language & Interpreting Education is a leader in the provision of American Sign Language and Interpreting education, preparing students to become professionals in working with the deaf and hard-of-hearing community for careers in sign language interpreting.
The new ASL lecturer(s) will:
•Teach American Sign Language to students mostly in ASL classes through the College of Liberal Arts
•Mentor and advise students who are taking ASL classes
•Develop and revise ongoing curriculum to maintain department standards
•Attend professional development activities
•Participate in communication development activities
•Serve the department, institute and the community as needed
We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.
Required Minimum Qualifications
•MA/MS in an appropriate discipline related to the field of ASL instruction or a relevant field
More information at http://apptrkr.com/851356
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.
Contact Information: www.csdb.org/careers (719) 578-2115 HumanResources@csdb.org
Come Work With The Best!
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.
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.
Community Crisis Stabilization Clinician: Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
• Qualifications: MA and 2 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.
Mobile Clinician: Provide clinical supervision and rehabilitative direction to individuals who carry a diagnosis of mental illness, assist in the coordination of services, provide clinical leadership.
• Qualifications: MA and 1 year experience; or BA/BS and 3 years’ 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.
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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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!
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.
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.
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
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 215.392.6065
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