September 6, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 45
Editor: Tom Willard
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St. Augustine, FL
DESPITE CHANGES, PARENTS FSDB TONE DEAF ON SOME ISSUES
In April 2016, parents of some children enrolled at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind took to the streets for several days to protest what they say was a growing chasm between criticisms about student instruction and communication, and administrators’ apparent lack of concern over those issues. In January, the school implemented several policy changes, including a “bilingual-bicultural” approach. How are they working? / The St. Augustine Record
San Diego, CA
SAN DIEGO POLICE RESPOND TO USE OF FORCE ON DEAF MAN
San Diego Police are responding to allegations that they used excessive force on a deaf man after he got upset over a traffic ticket. The man, identified by SDPD as 48-year-old Jeffrey Robinson of Los Angeles, stopped in the resale shop, Flashbacks, to inquire about selling shoes. His car was parked illegally in a 20-minute commercial loading zonee. The employees in the store say he was only parked there a few minutes when a parking enforcement officer showed up. / 10news.com
PIZZA DELIVERY DRIVER FEARED ASSAILANTS WOULD BEAT HIM TO DEATH
"I'm nervous to go back to work," said Mark Rice in a Labor Day interview. Rice is deaf and delivers pizzas for a living. He talked with Eyewitness News about the reason he's taken a few days off. "The swellings gone down a little bit,” he said. The 35-year-old is talking about the injuries he got after he says two men jumped him while he was trying to deliver an order on Saturday night. / WTHR
'FRUSTRATION' LED CARETAKER TO ATTACK ELDERLY, DEAF WOMAN
Androw Metri was tasked with giving a shower to an elderly, deaf and incompetent woman. "There was no cooperation there. She wasn't moving at all," the 26-year-old Bath man told Northampton County Judge Michael Koury. So he grabbed her by the face and pulled her up, putting a gash in her cheek that required stitches to close. Koury sentenced him on Friday to six months to two years in Northampton County Prison for neglect of care on two dependent people, that woman and another elderly, blind and deaf man. / lehighvalleylive.com
AFTER BUS ORDEAL, USD 501 TAKES RESPONSIBILITY
After the “scary, nerve-racking” series of events related to her 3-year-old son who is deaf never reaching his preschool in suburban Kansas City a week ago, Amanda Hunninghake said she feels a “big weight has lifted” from her shoulders. Topeka Unified School District 501 will now be responsible for transporting her son, Brody Hunninghake, to and from the Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe every day. “I feel 501 has taken more time to sympathize with us.” / Topeka Capital Journal
New York, NY
DEAF NEW YORKERS GET SIGN LANGUAGE LINK TO NYPD AS PROGRAM EXPANDS
The New York Police Department its continuing its rollout of a pilot program that provides deaf citizens with more ways to communicate with police officers, slowly adding options for a population that was previously left voiceless in the face of law enforcement in New York City. The program, which launched in three precincts earlier this year, is expanding to four more in the coming weeks, according to the NYPD. / Patch.com
STARBUCKS SIGN LANGUAGE APRONS OPEN COMMUNICATION BETWEEN DEAF BARISTAS AND CUSTOMERS
An estimated 360 million people worldwide have a hearing loss. Katie Giles, a Starbucks barista in Washington, D.C., is one of them. Communicating with hearing people at work over the past seven years has been at times “very unpleasant,” Giles shared over the phone, using an ASL interpreter provided through a video telecommunications service. So, she set out to find a solution, one that would improve communication in her store and others across the country. / Starbucks Newsroom
OHIO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF ALUMNI WANT ROLE IN PICKING SUPERINTENDENT
Alumni of Ohio’s public school for deaf children think the state has been ignoring the group and has needlessly rushed the search for the school’s next superintendent. The outcry by former students and supporters of the Ohio School for the Deaf was effective, and the state extended the application deadline by two weeks, until Sept. 15. / The Columbus Dispatch
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY FOR THE DEAF OPENS IN WACKO
The first Christian Academy for the Deaf in Texas opened its doors this Tuesday. The Academy, located off University Parks Drive in Waco, is a tuition-free school that provides curriculum focused on religion and education to Deaf students. / Baylor Lariat
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BSL ALPHABET: HOW AN INTRICATE SYSTEM OF GESTURES GAVE A VOICE TO MILLIONS
As Britain’s pupils return to school for the start of the new academic year, Google marks the occasion with a new Doodle paying tribute to British Sign Language (BSL). BSL is a vital tool that has enabled generations of young deaf and speech-impaired students in the UK to communicate with their teachers and classmates. But how was BSL first conceived and how has it developed? / Independent
CAFE LAUNCHES TO EQUIP AND SERVE DEAF COMMUNITY
A charity was joined by volunteers, sponsors and members to launch a cafe catering for the deaf community. Dcafe, a hub for deaf sign language users to share coffee, cake and even lunch together, was launched by the Jewish Deaf Association at their Finchley HQ on Tuesday. The cafe is staffed by retired or unemployed deaf volunteers. / Times Series
MUM SAYS SON DIAGNOSED DEAF MIRACULOUSLY BEGAN HEARING AFTER SHE OPENED BAG OF CRISPS
A mum claims her son, who doctors diagnosed as permanently deaf, miraculously began hearing after she opened a bag of crisps. When Liam Champken was six weeks old medics said he was completely and profoundly deaf. Mum Jennie was told her son could not hear because his cochlea was irreparably damaged. But one day at home she opened a packet of crisps - and at the sound of the pop he woke up. / Mirror
DEAF CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES FIGHT TO BE HEARD
When Genevieve was diagnosed profoundly deaf at the age of two, her mother was consumed with worry. “This was a new experience for me,” she says. “ I hadn’t had an experience with a deaf person in my life before. So I believed everything that they [the professionals] told me.” It was the 1990s and she was told that sending her child to her local primary school in Donegal was the best option. / The Irish Times
Auckland, New Zealand
DEAF COMMUNITY ANGRY OVER NETWORKS' POLITICAL DEBATE INTERPRETER REFUSAL
Frustrated deaf people plan to protest a refusal by television networks to use sign language interpreters in televised political leaders' debates. A petition signed by 2000 people was delivered to TVNZ last week asking for an interpreter during the live political debates, but it and MediaWorks have rebuffed the plea. Protest organiser Kim Robinson says A group will protest outside TVNZ's central Auckland studios immediately before Friday's live debate. / New Zealand Herald
DEAF DOG SAVED AND TAUGHT SIGN LANGUAGE
A deaf dog on the brink of being put down has been saved and is now being taught sign language. Tin Tin, the English Pointer puppy, now responds to sign language and was a perfect example of how pets could be re-trained and re-homed, said Helen Rabinska, from Taupo's animal rescue organisation CARE. She said their Taupo organisation's "no kill" policy may well have saved Tin Tin. / Stuff.co.nz
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LIFE & LEISURE
Fort Worth, TX
10-YEAR-OLD DEAF BOY RAISES $15,000 TO BUY HEARING AIDS FOR THOSE IN NEED
“When my dog ate my hearing aids, I kind of learned how important it is and I kind of felt bad for the other people who might [not be able to replace theirs],” Braden Baker told ABC News. It prompted the student to set up a GoFundMe page back in June to raise funds for his hearing aid’s foundation, the Oticon Hearing Foundation. Initially he created a goal of $1,000. At the end of his fundraiser in July, the student raised more than $15,000. / KSRO
DEAF PEOPLE TEACH EVERYONE HOW TO CURSE IN ASL
You never realized how detailed calling someone a “cocksucker” could be. Good to know when you’re trying to pull a slick one on the umpire. / Interrobang
DEAF NIGHT OUT BRINGS COMMUNITY TOGETHER
For Nathanael Herbert of Gainesville, growing up was a little different. "So my grandmother told me, that when I was a baby growing up, she tried calling me again and again and I wasn’t hearing her,” said Herbert, who is deaf. Now he wants to teach people about the deaf community. / WCJB
LASER POINTERS AND HAND SIGNALS: A DEAF CHEF IN THE KITCHEN
Amid the hustle and bustle of the kitchen at Marcel's, a fine dining restaurant in Washington, D.C., one member of the staff is immune to the noise. It's David Uzzell, the 28-year-old saucier responsible for such delicacies as pan-seared foie gras or mushroom mornay sauce. Uzzell is a deaf chef — a rarity in the vast majority of restaurant kitchens. When chef and owner Robert Wiedmaier needs to get Uzzell's attention while expediting during dinner service, he pokes him in the shoulder. / GPB News
NOW SHE SEES
Fresh out of high school and eager to prove her independence, Jeri Cooper climbed off a commuter bus in downtown Oklahoma City and ventured by herself toward a busy intersection. But blurry vision left her hesitating at the curb, not sure whether the light said “walk” or “wait.” “Do you need help?” a man asked, perhaps just being friendly, or maybe trying to flirt with an attractive young woman. Cooper took the man’s elbow and stepped with him into the crosswalk. “Had too much to drink last night, honey?” he asked playfully. / Tulsa World
DEAF DOULA SUPPORTS WOMEN BEFORE, DURING, AFTER CHILDBIRTH
Through her work as a doula, Lindsay Kaye wants to make sure all women — including those who are deaf and hearing-impaired — feel at ease and supported before, during and after childbirth. The 40-year-old Fairfax resident volunteers for Pro Bono Doula Services of Marin and recently started her own company, Birthstone Doula Practice. Kaye, who is fluent in ASL and also has a cochlear implant, will assist her first deaf couple this fall, at Marin General Hospital. / Marin Independent Journal
JEFFREY LAVERTY, WHO IS DEAF, IS ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT HIS NEW CAREER
Jeffrey Laverty was born profoundly deaf. He didn’t say his first words until he was almost three years old, when he got his first hearing aids. He learned American sign language, but then he stopped speaking again. His parents kept looking for ways to help, and when he was 11 years old, he got his first cochlear implant. “I started hearing a lot of new sounds, and it changed my life!” Jeffrey says. / PRWeb
Coeur d'Alene, ID
LANGUAGE LIFT FOR LITTLE ONES
Borah Elementary's lion pride has a new reason to be proud. The school is the fifth location in the state, and the first in North Idaho, to offer a Total Communication preschool classroom that will serve deaf and hard-of-hearing children as they prepare for their educational futures. The preschool opens at the start of the 2017-18 school year. / Coeur d’Alene Press
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
BURNING MAN: THE HANDS SAY IT ALL AT CAMP FOR HEARING IMPAIRED
Tiffany “Fairy Love” West holds her hands spread apart. They are covered in dust and each fingernail is painted a color of the rainbow. West, dressed in pink reflective sunglasses and flashing a huge smile, just signed “Burning Man.” While Camp Da Dirty Hands is probably the quietest camp at Burning Man, it is certainly not lacking in conversation. It is one of two camps at Burning Man founded for hearing-impaired and deaf Burners. / AZCentral
New York, NY
ARTIST MARKS 200 YEARS OF ASL
I have known a number of tough guys. Jerry Pagane is one of the toughest guys I know. What makes him different from the rest of the tough guys? Two things: his size and his disability. The things I admire most about Jerry are his art, his spirit, his work ethic, his struggle to become an artist and his lifelong dedication to his vision and his art. / The Villager
'OUR TOWN' WILL BE PERFORMED WITH SPOKEN ENGLISH, ASL
Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theatre of California and Deaf West Theatre, the performing arts organization behind the Tony Award-winning and Ovation Award-winning revival of Spring Awakening, have announced the cast and creative team for a new production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” Directed by Tony Award-nominated Sheryl Kaller, this groundbreaking new co-production will be performed in both ASL and spoken English. / Pasadena Now
DEAF 'AGT' SINGER SHARES SECRET OF HER COMPOSURE
Singer Mandy Harvey has astounded the “America’s Got Talent” judges and audience a couple of times so far this season. The deaf performer could do it again when the NBC contest starts its semifinals next week. / Orlando Sentinel
MEET SEAN FORBES ETC.
Anyone who says deafness is a silent epidemic hasn’t heard Sean Forbes. The 35-year-old American hip-hop artist has been inspiring a generation of hearing, hard-of-hearing and Deaf individuals for years, as a musician who continues to break ground and stereotypes with his beats. / Hearing Like Me
DEAF STUDENT DEFIES ODDS
A local high school student stands out on the football field for his talent, but continues to surprise teammates by being deaf. "I play hard, I'm playing the game, I'm ready, I'm ready to go hard," Omar Ramirez said. He is a half-back on the Coronado High School Junior Varsity football team and said he's been playing since 7th grade in Lubbock. Once the Mustang jersey and helmet are on, the teen said nothing else matters on the field. / EverythingLubbock.com
North College Hill, OH
DAKOTA WHALEY, BORN DEAF, LEADS NCH FOOTBALL TEAM
Playing football, leading a team, giving all one can for that team — none of those things require the sense of sound. North College Hill senior running back/linebacker Dakota Whaley was born deaf. He can hear 40 percent out of one ear, while the other is completely deaf. When he was asked if the inability to hear ever caused him doubt or uncertainty as to whether he could play, Whaley quickly and confidently signed “no.” / Cincinnati.com
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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.
Compensation: $12-12.50 for per diem shifts and $14-$14.50 for FT shifts.
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.
Bookkeeper – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimuum HS diploma with 5 years’ experience in accounting and finance.
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.
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.
Skills Instructor - Autism Services: Must be ASL-Fluent! Responsibility for assigned individuals and for the implementation of individuals’ Day Habilitation Services Plans.
• Qualifications: High School diploma or GED and 1 year experience in training program for individuals with developmental disabilities.
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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