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August 24, 2011
Vol. 7, No. 41

Editor: Tom Willard

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NATIONAL
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Honolulu, HI
SEX RING ALLEGED AT DEAF & BLIND SCHOOL
A mother claims dozens of students at a state school for the deaf and blind were sexually abused and the head of the school knew of the abuses but failed to report them. The mother of John Doe, who is deaf, says her son was one of as many as 35 students who were sexually abused by a gang who called themselves the "Ringleaders" at the Hawaii Center for the Deaf and Blind. She sued the State of Hawaii, the school, its administrator Sydney Dickerson, and a counselor, Scott O'Neal, in state court. "Students, including plaintiff John Doe, were coerced into submitting to anal sex with multiple members of the Ringleaders," the mother says. / Courthouse News Service

Rockville, MD
FORMER VIABLE WORKERS WIN $1.1M BACK-PAY CASE
A federal judge has ruled in favor of 140 former employees of Rockville deaf services company Viable Communications, awarding them $1.1 million in back pay and damages in a class-action lawsuit. The civil judgment against Viable, founder and former CEO John T.C. Yeh and his brother, former Viable vice president Joseph Yeh, was filed last week in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. It comes as the Yehs await sentencing scheduled for Nov. 30 in a separate criminal case in a Trenton, N.J., federal court. The Yehs in October pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. They each face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. / Gazette

Houston, TX
MAN GETS LIFE IN PRISON FOR SHOOTING KATY TEEN
Jurors Friday decided to sentence Lee Carl Banks, 19, to life in prison for shooting Spenser Vogt, a 19-year-old from Katy, for his black two-door convertible, his rings and the $20 in his wallet. Banks lured Vogt to his apartment on March 27, 2009, less than a week after they met through a gay chatroom. Vogt, who was born deaf, was a store cashier, got good grades at Cinco Ranch High School and was openly gay. A day before he was killed, he received an acceptance letter from UT-San Antonio. / Houston Chronicle

St. Paul, MN
ST. PAUL MAN CONVICTED OF MURDER, ADMITTED HE KILLED NEIGHBOR AFTER SEX, BUT CLAIMED SELF-DEFENSE
A Ramsey Count jury convicted a deaf St. Paul man today in the Jan. 21 baseball bat murder of a woman in his apartment. Michael Sherman, 53, was convicted of unintentional second-degree murder while committing assault on Lelia Kim Scott, whom he had agreed to pay for sex. The jury of eight women and four men acquitted him of intentional murder, the more serious of the two charges. Ramsey County District Judge Teresa Warner revoked Sherman's $500,000 bail and ordered that he remain in custody pending his Oct. 4 sentencing. / Pioneer Press

New York, NY
DEAF WOMAN SUING HOSPITAL AND NURSES AIDE CHARGED WITH FONDLING HER IN HER BED
A deaf woman is suing a Bronx hospital and the nurse's aide who cops charge sexually abused her as she lay helpless in bed. The 46-year-old victim was recovering from surgery for a broken arm when New York Hospital Queens worker Samuel Doku fondled her breasts and private parts on May 11, a suit filed in Bronx Supreme Court says. Doku is charged with felony sexual abuse of a physically helpless person and forcible touching. / NY Daily News

New York, NY
FEDERAL JUDGE RULES AGAINST CITY IN BID TO TAKE DOWN COSTLY STREET FIRE ALARM BOXES FOR THE DEAF
A federal judge last Monday once again struck down the city's plan to remove fire alarm boxes from New York's streets - saying it would discriminate against the deaf. The city had sought to lift a permanent injunction blocking the dismantling plan by proposing an alternative system using public pay phones. But Manhattan Federal Judge Robert Sweet ruled the 15-year ban should stay because payphones won't work. / NY Daily News

See Also SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY LAW PROFESSOR AND STUDENTS HELP SAFEGUARD THE RIGHTS OF THE DEAF / The Post Standard

Daytona Beach, FL
TWO DEAF STUDENTS SUE DAYTONA STATE COLLEGE
Two deaf Daytona State College students have filed a federal suit against the college, claiming they've been discriminated against by not being given the required services to achieve in classes. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Orlando on August 10, states the college denied "effective communication" such as sign language, auxiliary aides and services for Laura Koschuk, 40, and Suzanne Bergman, 47. The suit also names Keith Kennedy, in his role as director of student disability services, as a defendant. / The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Lynn, MA
DEAF WOMAN FURIOUS OVER DISMISSAL FROM COLLEGE NURSING PROGRAM
A North Shore Community College educator said discrimination was not a factor in the college's decision to dismiss Christine VonMering-Fromer from a nursing course but the deaf Lynn woman said she was not given a thorough opportunity to complete the course. "I feel they owe me an apology. I feel they over-judged me -- it's a problem of attitude," said Fromer regarding her removal from North Shore's certified nursing aide degree program. A college official cited specific problems instructors said Froming encountered, including her inability to realize that patients were in pain. / The Daily Item

Kanawha County, WV
PARENTS OF DEAF STUDENT TO FILE INJUNCTION AGAINST SCHOOL BOARD
Ariel Depp is deaf and attended Capitol High School, the only high school in the county to offer the services she needs. Because of a four-hour commute and a problem with bullying, Ariel's parents wanted to move her to South Charleston High School, which is right by their house. They requested an interpreter to be brought to the school, but the board of education says there are not enough interpreters to spread throughout the county. Now her parents are planning to file an injunction against the board of education. / WSAZ

Washington, DC
SEC WARNS DEAF PEOPLE OF ONLINE SCAM
The SEC warns that Imperia Invest, or companies with similar names, may be targeting deaf people in an advance-fee scam -- despite a restraining order and emergency asset freeze against the company. The SEC got a restraining order and emergency asset freeze against Imperia Invest IBC in October 2010, claiming that Imperia had defrauded more than 14,000 investors worldwide of more than $7 million, more than $4 million of it from deaf people in the United States. / Courthouse News Service

San Diego, CA
DEAF ENCANTO WOMAN ROBBED IN HOME INVASION
A 71-year-old deaf woman was robbed at gunpoint in her home in the Encanto neighborhood of Southeast San Diego, police said. The woman was asleep in her home on Jenna Court at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 13) when the suspect entered the house. She awoke to find the man rummaging through her purse, Sgt. Ray Battrick said. The man pointed a gun at the woman and motioned for her to give him the keys to her truck. / KGTV

Longview, TX
ELDERLY DEAF MAN ROBBED IN LONGVIEW STORE
On August 18, 2011 Officer Doug Pickering responded to a call. The victim, 92-year old Harry Nash of Longview, told Pickering his wallet had been stolen. Nash said he was paying for his items and set his wallet down on the check stand. He forgot to pick it up and walked away for only a few seconds. When he returned he saw a black male paying for items at the register. He said he did not see his wallet and the man had been the only one there at the time he walked away from the register. / KETK

See Also ARREST MADE IN THEFT OF 92-YR-OLD DEAF MAN'S WALLET / KLTV


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Bangalore, India
TRAINING CENTER FOR THE DEAF IN SHAMBLES
From building infrastructure to power, water supply, training equipment and hostel rooms, everything seems to be ailing at the only Technical Training Centre for the Deaf in South India which is based in Bangalore. The three-storied Technical Training Centre for the Deaf is a shabby dilapidated building with broken window panes, broken chairs, old table fans and worn out training equipment which have been there ever since the institute was established in 1982. / The New Indian Express

York, England
BIKE TREK TRIUMPH FOR DEAF TEENAGER CHRIS MACDONALD
A deaf teenager from York has cycled more than 1,300 miles to raise money for a local charity. Chris MacDonald, 18, has been a member of Lollipop, a charity for deaf and hearing-impaired youngsters, for the last seven years. He set out on August 1 from Aberdeen, with a final destination of York, via St Ives, Cornwall. Chris, who has been profoundly deaf since the age of three, has raised just over £1,665 ($2,725 US) for the charity. / The York Press

West Yorkshire, England
DEAF PENSIONER SLEPT AS NEIGHBORS TRIED TO WAKE HER IN ARSON ATTACK
A deaf pensioner last night told how she was ‘lucky to be alive’ after an arson attack on her home. Sheila Handy, 77, slept on as her neighbours made frantic efforts to wake her as the fire ripped into her Clayton West home. Finally, a neighbour managed to alert Ms Handy by calling her on the phone and she was able to escape the house as choking smoke poured through every room. / Huddersfield Examiner

Jerusalem, Israel
IT'S TIME TO HEAR THE PLEAS OF DEAF ATHLETES IN ISRAEL
It is often said that no news is good news. Not in this case. On September 16, the 3rd World Deaf Basketball Championships will get underway in Palermo, Italy, and once more the Israel national team has been forced to beg for money in order to represent the country that shamelessly fails to fund it. It was just over three years ago that the plight of the Israel deaf team was recounted in this very space and it seems as if nothing has changed since then. / Jerusalem Post

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LIFE & LEISURE
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Camp Hill, PA
WHAT'S YOUR SIGN? DEAF CULTURE KNOWS
They sat in a comfortable silence, broken only by sporadic laughter. They didn’t need to voice their thoughts to communicate. This was an American Sign Language social. About 20 people get together at the Marketplace Cafe inside the Giant Food Store in Camp Hill the first and third Fridays of every month. “We don’t have the comfort of picking up the phone to talk,” said Lori Sadler of Harrisburg. “It is very important for us to get together." / The Patriot News

East Millcreek, UT
DEAF, BLIND SCHOOL CELEBRATES OPENING OF BRAND NEW PLAYGROUND
For students at Jean Massieu School of the Deaf and Blind Monday, the first day of school was filled with a little extra excitement as they got to play on a brand new playground. The highly anticipated ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday was put in jeopardy after taggers vandalized the new equipment, writing symbols and expletives in blue paint last week. But thanks to the volunteers, things were cleaned up for the first day of school. / Deseret News

Farmington Hills, MI
GROUP TO GATHER TO RAISE MONEY FOR STATE'S FIRST SENIOR DEAF HOUSING COMPLEX
For the last four years, Farmington Hills based Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services has helped put on a fundraiser that brings them just a little bit closer to their goal of building a deaf senior housing complex – the first in Michigan. According to the organization, there are only 17 such housing facilities in the U.S. Every single one is filled to capacity and has a waiting list. / Patch.com

Spartanburg, SC
GRANT WILL GO TOWARD HYGIENE AT SCSDB
Students in the S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind's School for the Multihandicapped have a wide range of diverse and specific needs, from communication to hygiene. A $3,727 Spartanburg Regional Foundation grant is funding the purchase of two state-of-the-art, ergonomically correct, adjustable changing tables that will allow staff to better attend to student hygiene needs. / Spartanburg Herald Journal

Rochester, NY
INTERPRETER FOR DEAF IS A RIGHT, NOT A PERK
Tom Willard just wants what the law requires. And he's not afraid to make a fuss or to stand up for himself. But, frankly, he is tired of fighting. He's tired of the bureaucratic foot-dragging and the snickering and snarky comments from people who really don't get it. / Democrat and Chronicle


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WORKING WORLD
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Sulphur, OK
OKLAHOMA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF NAMES FIRST DEAF WOMAN TO LEAD
The Oklahoma School for the Deaf will start this academic year with its first deaf female superintendent. KaAnn Varner will lead the school, which was founded in 1897. She's only the second deaf superintendent. Varner said she has big plans for the school, and she hopes her work will be an inspiration to deaf and hard of hearing students. “I think they will be excited to see that,” Varner said. / The Oklahoman

Milwaukee, WI
BORN DEAF, NEW PRIEST WANTS TO EXPAND CHURCH LIFE FOR OTHERS WITH HEARING LOSS
Father Christopher Klusman stands at the back of St. Roman Catholic Church on Milwaukee's south side and greets worshippers after the Saturday night Mass. This is no ordinary receiving line. The well-wishers are smiling, beaming even. Some embrace him. Others cry. Few words are spoken. But much is said. Klusman is deaf, as are many of those who'd gathered to take part in this Mass celebrated by the newly ordained priest in American Sign Language. / Journal Sentinel

Huntsville, AL
SPACE CAMP PROGRAM CATERS TO DEAF TRAINEES
Space Camp trainees Madi Smith and Josh Sivak rehearse their roles for an upcoming simulated mission to repair the failed antennae on a satellite. The simulated shuttle mission is one of the activities planned during this week's Deaf Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center that will take about 30 students -- from ages 9 to 18 -- through astronaut training, rocket building and launches, scientific experiments and hands-on training in aerodynamics and propulsion. / The Huntsville Times

Council Bluffs, IA
DEAF SCHOOL NURSES ARE MUCH MORE
The school year began las Monday for students at the Iowa School for the Deaf, and the school nurses are ready. Iowa School for the Deaf school nurses do more than dispense medication and apply bandages. They perform medical assessment and treatment, maintain health and immunization records, schedule consultations for audio, hearing aid and cochlear implant needs, offer accommodations to ill and recuperating students and set up yearly dental and vision screenings. / Omaha World-Herald

Logan, UT
USU AIDS DEAF CHILDREN IN VIETNAM
Kate Powell watched her professors and fellow students fit small hearing aids into the ears of 35 Vietnamese children, most of them preschoolers. Then Powell, a North Ogden native, watched the youngsters' heads whip around as they heard incidental noise for the first time. "Their eyes got really big, and they looked around when they heard little sounds," Powell said. Powell was one of four Utah State University graduate students who traveled with two USU instructors and 13 additional deaf-education teachers as part of a monthlong humanitarian project. / Standard-Examiner


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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Detroit, MI
DEAF DETROIT MUSICIAN SHOOTS MUSIC VIDEO IN CADILLAC
MI News 26 got to get involved in the arts August 16, as a film crew from the Detroit area shot the newest video for Detroit musician Sean Forbes in our studio. Forbes is a deaf artist -- he can’t hear his own music -- but that hasn’t stopped him from pursuing his dreams. The music video shoot comes as Forbes prepares to release his first album through a record deal with Web Entertainment, a label headed by brothers Mark and Jeff Bass, the producers who discovered Eminem. / MI News 26

Henrietta, NY
HENRIETTA'S 'DEAF GIRL' PUBLISHES HER FIRST BOOK
When Henrietta resident Amy Sargent lost her hearing in her late 20s, she had little assistance for what she would be facing. She spent well over five years getting acclimated to being a “deafie” and has lived as one for 15 years. Her struggle led her to pen “A Survival Guide for New Deafies.” According to Sargent, the book provides coping skills for both hearing people and newly deafened people, as well as those who are just hard of hearing. / Henrietta Post

Aiken, SC
DIRECTOR SEEKS DEAF, HEARING IMPAIRED ACTORS FOR 'LESSER GOD'
The Aiken Community Playhouse is calling for a select group of actors to audition for its next production of the season. "Children of a Lesser God" auditions will take place on Aug. 28 and 29. In keeping with the appropriateness of the cast, Mark Medoff, the author of the play, insists that as far as possible, the roles of deaf characters in the play be performed by deaf or hearing impaired persons. / Aiken Standard

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SPORTS
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Salt Lake City, UT
BEES RELEASE KETCHNER
The Los Angeles Angels released Ryan Ketchner, who was attempting to become the first deaf pitcher since 1908 to play in the major leagues. The 29-year-old left-handed pitcher for the Salt Lake Bees had struggled during his last 10 games, compiling an 11.45 earned-run average. Ketchner, who signed with Los Angeles as a free agent for 2011, finished his seventh Triple-A season with a 6-6 record and 6.12 ERA. He had allowed 142 hits in just more than 107 innings with 46 walks and 50 strikeouts. / The Salt Lake Tribune

Eagle, CO
NEVER HEARS 'NO'
Cancer was just another bump in the road for Eagle resident and semiprofessional athlete John Klish. After being born with profound bilateral hearing loss, the 30-year-old engineer is accustomed to overcoming challenges. If anything, growing up deaf has given him greater insight toward accomplishing goals. “Mountain biking and competitions have helped shape my personality,” Klish said. / Vail Daily

Austin, TX
TSD'S DALTON ETKIE HOPES FOR ANOTHER RECORD-SETTING SEASON
Dalton Etkie is not that different from the other high school quarterbacks in Central Texas. Etkie, who was born deaf, is coming off a sophomore season in which he set school records for passing yards and touchdown passes in a season. He also set a single-game mark by throwing for 412 yards against St. Dominic Savio. "He's a little raw with his skills, but he's a competitor," Regents coach Beck Brydon said of the 6-foot-1-inch, 175-pound Etkie. / Austin American-Statesman

Stockbridge, WI
HEARING IMPAIRMENT DOESN'T STOP STOCKBRIDGE'S JOE KAPPUS
A hearing impairment might be a major roadblock for some kids, but it's merely a bump in the road for Stockbridge's Joe Kappus. Over the past three seasons, the senior has been one of the most productive football players for the Indians, who will begin play in eight-man football this season. With an enrollment of only 69 students and a team of fewer than 20, it was tough for the Indians to compete in traditional 11-man leagues. / Appleton Post Crescent

New York, NY
RENOWNED ST. JOSEPH'S SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF HAS STUDENTS LEARN THROUGH BASEBALL, YANKEE STADIUM TRIP
Sometimes you don't have to go far to find yourself in another world. Sometimes you only have to go five miles, from one corner of the Bronx to another, from one borough landmark to another. Just ask Christian Gonzalez about that. He is an 8-year-old kid with a skinny body and quick mind and a sweet, high-pitched giggle and he was sitting on a bench outside Yankee Stadium on Friday morning, waiting to go on a Stadium tour with six classmates from St. Joseph's School for the Deaf. / NY Daily News


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St. Augustine, FL
FORMER FSDB PRESIDENT DIES
Former Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind President Elmer Dillingham died Wednesday at a Houston hospital, where he was receiving treatment for leukemia. He was 66. When he announced his retirement decision in 2007, FSDB trustees wanted him to stay on, but he told them, "I want to take it easy and enjoy life." Friends and colleagues remember him as a person dedicated to his students. "Elmer was a very modest gentleman," said Mary Jane Dillon, a former chair of the FSDB board of trustees. / The St. Augustine Record


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EMPLOYMENT
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You can advertise your job openings here for just $20 a week (up to 100 words, 10 cents each add'l word). To place your ad, send the announcement to mail@deafweekly.com.

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: Speech Teacher

DATE POSITION TO BE FILLED: As soon as possible

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
-- To plan for and implement the speech and communication programs for moderately, severely, and profoundly deaf students enrolled at the school.
-- To write and implement student IEPs and to keep reports as required.
-- To participate in weekly team meetings with other staff members to plan programs, behavior management techniques, and strategies for student success.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
-- Master's Degree in Speech/Language Pathology.
-- New York State certification to teach the Speech and Hearing Handicapped and NYS Licensure as a Speech/Language Pathologist.
-- Experience facilitating the speech/language/ communication development of Deaf students.
-- Advanced Rating on the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI).

FILE APPLICATION WITH:
Harold Mowl, Jr., Superintendent
Rochester School for the Deaf
1545 St. Paul Street
Rochester, New York 14621

Applications received will be screened and the most highly qualified will be asked to interview.

CLOSING DATE: Until filled.

RSD is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of non-qualifying disability, race, religion, color, sex, marital status, age, national origin, and veteran status.

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ADVOCATES INC.

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Advocates has a few full-time 40 hr Direct Care Counselor and Awake Overnight positions opened in some of our Deaf programs. The Direct Care Counselor is responsible for supervising the daily activities of the clients, providing ongoing support, guidance and role modeling. He/she facilitates client improvement in the areas of personal responsibility, social skills, community living skills and behavior. We are looking for people that have great interpersonal skills, are good with people and have experience working and communicating with people with disabilities. Qualities we look at include being helpful, energetic and willingness to work weekends.

Please send your resumes to: snathan@advocatesinc.org and for more information go to www.advocatesinc.org to visit our website.

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Job Advertisement
Posting Date:
Sunday, July 31st, 2011 – Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Opening Date: Monday, August 1st, 2011
Closing Date: Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Executive Director
The Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing is seeking an Executive Director (ED). The ED will be responsible for managing department directors and other agency staff; plan and direct new and current programs or services; oversight of the development of the Agency’s program budget projection; develop program goals and objectives; develop
Request for Proposals; management and oversight of various Agency contracts; work and interact with the other State Government agencies; review proposed regulations; respond to multiple inquiries from legislators, other agencies and many interested parties; represent the Agency at meetings and public functions; participate in legislative activities that include presenting program and policy analysis; represent the Agency during legislative sessions.

Qualifications for the position: A Master’s Degree in Business, Public Administration, Social Services or a related field is required for this position. Eight (8) years managing programs or projects that include strategic planning, and/or developing and implementing programs or services that require interaction with other agencies and/or with multiple parties to include five (5) years experience in direct staff management. Substantial experience with managing complex programs and budgets, significant experience in the administration of programs and services for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind communities required. Ability to communicate fluently in American Sign Language required. Individuals with disabilities encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit your resume to Shannon Smith, Director of Human Resources via email at ShannonS.Peinado@state.nm.us. Phone calls will not be accepted.

The State of New Mexico Commission for Deaf & Hard of Hearing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information on the Commission for Deaf & Hard of Hearing, please visit www.cdhh.state.nm.us.

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Due to an expanding program we are looking for dedicated professionals to provide support and services to Deaf & Hard of Hearing students. We are now interviewing all qualified applicants for the following positions.

Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services
Victim Advocate/community educator
Location:
statewide Vermont
Time Base: 2 part-time positions
Qualifications:
BA degree or equivalent experience
Fluency in American Sign Language
Advocacy experience
Work from a philosophy or empowerment
Ability to work with a diverse population
Exceptional listening skills, ability to empathize
Knowledge of domestic and sexual violence
Send resume and cover letter to Keri Darling
kdarling@dvas.org

Client Support specialist for ACCESS for Deaf Vermonters
Location:
Brattleboro, VT
Time Base: Part time
Qualifications:
BA Degree preferred or High School diploma with minimum 2years experiences in
Human Services.
Experience with deafness and deaf culture preferred
Fluency in American Sign Language or willingness to learn
Driver’s license and personal car required
Responsibilities:
Teaching clients independent living skills (home management) accessing of community Resources.
Transitioning skills, employment community networking, on the job coaching
Communicating/meeting with home care provider, case manager and referral agency as needed.
Providing crisis intervention as needed.

Lead Weekend Overnight Residential Advisor
Location:
Brattleboro, VT
Time Base: Full -time
Qualifications:
21 years of age and High School diploma required
Residential program experience, preferred
Effective Communication skills to include American Sign Language
Willingness to receive CPR, First Aid & Restraint Training
Understands the uniqueness & development of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students
Responsibilities:
Enforce student guidelines and regulations as established by school and the residential Program.
Be able to respond to student related emergencies.
Prepare daily report for Coordinator of Student Life.
Obtain and maintain CPI, First Aid, CPR certification and other related trainings

Residential Advisors:
Location:
Brattleboro, VT
Time base: All shifts; including Overnight shifts & weekends
Qualifications: Bachelors Degree or High School Graduate & 21 years of age
Effective communication skills to include ASL.
Willingness to receive CPR, First Aid and Restraint Training.
Willingness to learn behavior management techniques
Understands the uniqueness and development of Deaf & Hard of Hearing students.
Responsibilities: Enhance social and interpersonal relationships among the student
Assist in the development and implementation of proactive, preventative residential
Programs which help students develop into healthy well- rounded individuals.

Speech – Language Pathologist
Location:
Brattleboro, VT
Time Base: part time

Health Service Assistant
Location:
Brattleboro, VT
Time Base: full time or part-time
Qualifications:
College education required, minimum 2yrs.
Computer skills, including Microsoft Office
Excellent interpersonal skills and positive attitude
American Sign Language acknowledge
Ability to plan, organize, implement and explain the program, goals, procedures that are necessary for providing proper administrative procedures.
Responsibilities:
Obtain certification in First Aid, CPR, and CPI
Obtain/maintain medication certification
Coordinate medication documentation
Schedule medical appointments for students and appointment with students
Promote the social, emotional and physical growth in children.

Paraprofessionals|
Location:
Brattleboro, VT
Time Base: Full-time
Qualifications:
Bachelors Degree or High School Diploma and 21 years old and related experience.
Understands the uniqueness and development of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.
Proficiency in ASL
Valid driver’s license
Willingness to obtain a VT bus license
Responsibilities:
Assist teachers with tutoring, instruction, classroom management and clerical tasks.
Assist with morning residential program
Must be able to assist student with physical motor needs to include lifting guiding.

2nd Shift Team Leader for Residential Program for Deaf Students on the Autism spectrum
Location:
Brattleboro, VT
Time Base: Full time
Qualifications:
21 years of age and related residential experience
Understands the uniqueness and development of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students
Proficiency in American Sign Language
Experience in behavior management techniques
Responsibilities:
Promote the social, emotional and physical growth of the children.
Coordinate after school activities
Enforce student guidelines and regulations as established by school and the residential program
Respond to student emergences

Educational Interpreters
Location:
Brattleboro, VT
Time Base: Full-time & part-time.

Director of Little Arrows Early Education Center
Location:
Brattleboro, VT
Time Base: Full time
Qualifications:
BA in Early Childhood Education, MA preferred
Eligible for appropriate licensure
3 years teaching experience, 2 years administrative experience preferred
Fluency in ASL
Demonstrated planning and organizational skills
Responsibilities:
Program development to include:
Maintain centers license
Hiring and developing staff
Curriculum development
Ongoing direction of all program operations
Direct teaching duties.

Please send letter of interest & resume to:
Kelly Therieau
ktherieau@vcdhh.org
209 Austine Dr
Brattleboro, VT 05301
802-258-9510
Fax# 802-258-9574

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Company: The Z® / CSDVRS

Location hiring: Clearwater, Florida
Job Title: Telesales Specialist
Department: Telesales
Reports To: Team Leader
FLSA Status: Part-Time

Summary: As a telesales agent you will create interest to potential customers to switch their current provider and becoming a ZVRS customer.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
-- Pro-actively call individuals listed on the company "Hot List"
-- Educate the individual about CSDVRS's product offerings
-- "Sell" the CSDVRS product and features to the individual
-- Convert the "Individual" into a CSDVRS "Customer"
-- End of call should result in the "Customer" placing a confirmation call to CSDVRS audio customer service.
-- Close at least one "verified" customer per hour while working.
-- Maintain up-to-date knowledge on all of CSDVRS's product offerings through a combination of product demonstrations, Tele-Sales meetings, and marketing materials)
-- Transfer all business leads to the Director Internal Ops.
-- Provide clear communication to the Tele-Sales Lead and work all open items to closure

Telesales Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Team Leader, effectively carries out the duties listed above in order to create a work environment that is an efficient operation that supports customer satisfaction demands.

Education and/or Experience:
-- Ability to foster a positive work environment
-- Ability to multi-task and problem solve

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
-- Demonstrates attention to detail; support customers' satisfaction.
-- Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Assist in developing alternative solutions; Completes projects on time.
-- Responds promptly to customer needs
-- Balances team and individual responsibilities; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
-- Assist in improving processes, products and services.
-- Available to work a flexible shift based on scheduling needs

Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

-- Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
-- Must have a good understanding of Deaf Culture.
-- Must have excellent signing skills.

Send Resume and Cover Letter to: jobs@zvrs.com

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