deafweekly

 

September 13, 2006
Vol. 2 No. 44

Editor: Tom Willard

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SEPTEMBER 11 MARKED WITH MOMENT OF SILENCE

A moment of silence took place 8:46 a.m. Monday at Central Michigan University for those who died September 11, 2001, including a deaf man who worked in the World Trade Center. Volunteers on campus handed out red, white and blue ribbons in honor of Nicholas Pietrunti, a data entry clerk for Cantor Fitzgerald who was remembered as a roller-hockey coach and parishioner at his church. And in Greensboro, N.C., the News & Record printed a letter from Karen DeNaples headlined, “My brother was in that building.” DeNaples told of her family’s anguish as they waited hours to learn if her brother, Robert, had escaped from the 74th floor of the north tower. Robert still works for the Port Authority of NY/NJ five years later, said DeNaples, commuting two hours each way to get to the new office. “He will not return to work at ground zero,” she wrote. “He has too many painful memories.”

GALLAUDET STUDENTS STAGE ‘WALK FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE’

About 100 students took part in a “Walk for Social Justice” at Gallaudet University last Wednesday, said a faculty member in a report on GallyFSSA.org. The noontime march began at the cafeteria and ended at the Student Academic Center, with students and some faculty and staff members expressing their unhappiness with the recent presidential selection process. At one point a Department of Public Safety officer confronted a student and insisted he was banned from the campus, said the report. A faculty member came to the student’s defense and the officer hurried away. The march lasted 20 minutes, said the author, “but the reaction of campus security and the authority with which they conduct their business here at Gallaudet is something to behold.”

‘ROZ’ ROSEN TAPPED TO DIRECT CSUN’S CENTER ON DEAFNESS

The California State University Northridge announced last week that Roslyn “Roz” Rosen has been appointed director of CSUN’s National Center on Deafness. Rosen, who held several positions at Gallaudet University over 33 years before retiring in 2003, will begin her new job on September 25. “I’m excited about joining the vibrant CSUN faculty and collaborating with diverse constituencies,” she said in a news release. The National Center on Deafness has served some 2,500 students since it was established in 1964 – six years after CSUN itself – and provides a range of services to 200-250 deaf and hard-of-hearing students each year on a campus of more than 33,000 students. Rosen “will bring new ideas, new energy and an absolute commitment” to the job, said CSUN official Terry Piper.



REGINALD REDDING NAMED DIRECTOR OF N.C. SCHOOL

The Wilson (N.C.) Daily Times reported last week that Reginald Redding has been named director of the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf. Redding, who began working at the school over the summer, “comes to ENCSD with a rich history of leadership in educational programs,” said Cyndie Bennett, superintendent of the state Office of Education Services. Redding, 49, was educated at New Jersey’s Katzenbach School and Gallaudet University, and has been involved with such organizations as the National Black Deaf Advocates and the Conference of Educational Administrators. He praised the faculty of the school, which serves about 100 students in grades K-12. “It takes a special teacher to teach deaf students,” he said.

ALLEGED KILLER IN COURT FOR PRETRIAL HEARING

Daphne Wright, the Sioux Falls, S.D. woman accused of killing and dismembering another deaf woman in February, was in court yesterday for a pretrial motions hearing, reported the Associated Press. Wright, 43, is charged in the death of Darlene VanderGiesen, 42, whose remains were found in a Sioux Falls landfill and a Minnesota ditch. Lawyers hope to keep a videotaped interview with police, in which Wright admits to being with VanderGiesen on the day she disappeared, out of the trial. The videotape was shown in yesterday’s hearing, which will continue today.


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DEAF EDUCATOR CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH

A former deaf educator in Nebraska was arrested on drug charges last Tuesday, reported the Bellevue Leader. Linda Jane Gelbowitz, 41, was arrested along with her 37-year-old boyfriend and charged with possession of methamphetamine after police, acting on a tip, found four grams of meth at the home the two share. Gelbowitz was a resource deaf educator for 15 years in the Ralston Public Schools district, working at Ralston High School, Blumfield Elementary and Hitchcock Elementary, where she resigned August 5 after two years.

INMATE’S COMPLAINT LEADS TO JAIL REVIEW

Officials at Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh, Pa. are working with a city-county task force on disabilities to make the jail more accessible following the complaints of a deaf former inmate. The unnamed man said in June that he did not have an interpreter or access to a TTY during his booking. The 13-member task force met with jail officials in July and both sides say the discussions were positive, said the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The 10-year-old jail, which holds up to 2,500 inmates, was designed to accommodate wheelchairs and has braille signs, but “I don’t think they ever took into consideration making cells accommodating to the hard of hearing,” said Deputy Warden Lance Bohn.



ATTORNEY GENERAL SUES HEARING AID DEALER

A lawsuit against a York, Pa. hearing aid dealer was filed August 30 by Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett, reported the York Daily Record. A yearlong investigation against Lori A. Firestone of Lori Firestone’s Hearing Aid Service led to 19 counts accusing her of practicing medicine without a license, defrauding clients, denying refunds, increasing prices up to 900 percent and more, said Corbett. One client, for example, purchased expensive hearing aids when his only problem was excessive ear wax. The business remains open with two offices in the area but Corbett is seeking an injunction to close it down, at least until all claims, fines and restitution are paid. “I am not concerned,” Firestone said. “God is in control, and God knows the truth.”

SURVEY: MOST RESTAURANTS FAIL TO COMPLY WITH ADA

The Fort Wayne (Ind.) Deaf Advocacy Coalition held a news conference last Friday to discuss the results of a survey it conducted of drive-through service at 20 local fast-food restaurants. According to the News-Sentinel, the coalition sent 20 deaf or hard-of-hearing people to order food at drive-throughs in July. Seventeen restaurants lacked the minimum accommodations required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the survey found. One surveyor, Barbara Sieminski, was denied service for bypassing the speakerphone and was denied a second time when she tried again. The coalition teamed up on the survey with disability rights group Fifth Freedom and plans to follow up by meeting with restaurant managers. “Deaf people simply want the same opportunities as everyone else,” said coalition board member Kim Drake.

HARD-OF-HEARING WOMAN SAVED FROM HOUSE FIRE

An elderly hard-of-hearing California woman who slept through the blare of a smoke detector was saved by a neighbor who heard the alarm and called 911, said the Oroville Mercury Register. The unnamed woman woke up to the sound of the neighbor knocking on a window around 12:24 a.m. last Thursday and managed to crawl out of the smoke-filled home. Firefighters reported that the blaze started in the kitchen from discarded cigarette ashes in a trash can, and Deputy Chief Nathan Trauernicht advised that cigarette butts be discarded outdoors in a metal can or “run them under water in the sink.” He also said the woman’s life was saved because her smoke detector had working batteries, which allowed the neighbor to respond in time.


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DEAF WOMAN NAMED TO RUN INTERPRETERS’ GROUP

A deaf woman in Scotland is about to make history, said the Glasgow Evening Times yesterday. Heather McGilp will become the world’s first deaf person to run a professional association of sign language interpreters when she becomes director of the Scottish Association of Sign Language in November. McGilp is the former acting director of the National Deaf Children’s Society and currently directs the Scottish Deaf Association in Glasgow. “I am looking forward to ensuring deaf people are at the forefront of improving standards in sign language interpreting in Scotland,” she said.

UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT’S DAUGHTER KIDNAPPED IN PHILIPPINES

The 19-year-old deaf daughter of a Philippines university president was kidnapped in July and remains missing two months later. Grace Gonzales was snatched by the radical Islamic terror group Abu Sayyaf while walking with a friend in Zamboanga City, reported the Makati City Inquirer. “The situation is becoming so complicated now and my daughter’s life is at stake,” said Eldigario Gonzales, president of the Western Mindanao State University. The family has already spent 600,000 pesos ($12,000 U.S.) for “mobilization” of the supposed negotiators, but “nothing happened,” said Gonzales. Describing Grace as “very frail,” he has appealed to government officials for help. “Her health is deteriorating by the day,” he said.

NIGERIANS DEMONSTRATE FOR RELEASE OF SPORTS FUNDS

Thousands of deaf people “stormed the Government House” in Owerri, Nigeria last week seeking the release of funds already promised for a sporting event this month, said The Tide in Niger Delta, Nigeria. Members of the Imo State Deaf Sports Association want the government to turn over N2,365,100 ($19,260 U.S.) that was pledged in July so the team could travel to Minna, Niger State, for the 4th National Deaf Football Challenge Cup, a 10-day event set to begin on Sunday. Demonstrators carried signs with messages such as “Please, kindly release the money for our football championship” and “His Excellency, Deaf Football FC Imo Deaf Sports Association beg you to order sports commissioner to release N2.3m to us.”

WOMAN ADMITS TO SEEKING DONATIONS FOR FAKE CHARITY

A deaf Canadian woman who solicited donations for a non-existent charity was sentenced to a year’s probation and 11 days already served in jail, reported the Waterloo Record. Wendy Louise Robinson, 40, wrote “guilty” to four counts related to defrauding the public and giving the police a false name in a Kitchener, Ontrio courtroom last Friday. Robinson went door-to-door in a Waterloo neighborhood in February, saying she was seeking donations for a deaf Olympics in Ottawa. A suspicious resident called police, and Robinson was found with pledges signed by 85 people totaling $946, along with $214 in cash. She was released after giving police a false name and address, only to go out two days later and do the same thing. Attorney Harold Cox said Robinson and her boyfriend are “a very needy couple” who had no money for food.



RUSSIAN SOCIETY OF THE DEAF TO MARK 80TH YEAR

The All-Russia Society of the Deaf is planning a number of events to mark its 80th anniversary early next month. Plans call for the World Federation of the Deaf to hold a meeting in Moscow on October 1-2, the first time in 20 years the WFD has met in Russia. An international conference is set for October 3 and a celebration and concert are scheduled the following day, reported Interfax Russia. The events represent an important step toward integrating the deaf into public life, said government official Leonid Nadirov, which is “one of the important elements of building a civil society in Russia.”

U.K. GROUP SEEKS WARNING LABELS ON IPODS

An advocacy group in London wants iPods and other MP3 players to carry labels with warnings that using such devices for extended periods at high volume could damage their hearing. The Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID) is asking Apple and other manufacturers to voluntarily include such labels on packaging or even the devices themselves, reported Macworld UK. Apple was sued earlier this year by an iPod owner who claimed the devices cause hearing loss and the company fails to give adequate warning. “MP3 player manufacturers have a responsibility to make their customers aware of the risks,” said RNID chief executive John Low.

SOUTH AFRICAN PAIR SET TO LEARN BOAT BUILDING

Two graduates of a South African school for the deaf will leave for the Netherlands next week to take a two-week course in boat building, reported The Cape Times. Songezo Nkwenkwezi, 18, and Kgabiseng Nkahle, 20, were given a sendoff by the school in an event that coincided with Deaf Awareness Week. The school is committed to training its students for the job market so they are not left jobless upon graduating, said the report. “We wish we could keep learners even after they have reached the age of 18 years,” said teacher Ruth Mthombeni, “but we have to align with the rules set by the education department.”

DEAF MAN STUNG BY FISH IN ENGLAND

A deaf fisherman in England was stung by a weaver fish Monday because he could not hear his friend’s warning not to pick it up, said the Bridlington Free Press. The man, in his 60s, was on board a fishing vessel when he caught the fish on his line and got stung. The boat was only 10 minutes from Bridlington harbor and returned so the man could seek medical treatment. The best way to relieve a weaver fish sting, said the report, is to “hold the wound in water as hot as is bearable.”


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CATHEDRAL HOME SET TO UNVEIL NEW COTTAGE

The Cathedral Home for Children in Laramie, Wyo., a nonprofit residential treatment program for troubled and traumatized children, will host an open house Saturday to unveil its newest and biggest cottage. The Newell Sargent Cottage for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has 12 bedrooms and space for 24 boys, with an open floor plan that allows students and staff in the dining area, kitchen and living area to be within sight of each other most of the time. The cottage includes a counselor’s office, director’s office and teleconference room where residents can communicate with their families. The boys had been living in a 35-year-old cottage that often needed repairs, said the Laramie Boomerang. “The boys were peeking in the windows of the new building this morning,” said Christy Jenkins of the Cathedral Home. “There were tears in their eyes, they are so excited.”

DEAF JEWISH SINGLES SPEND 12 DAYS IN ISRAEL

A group of 16 deaf American Jews ranging in age from 25 to 67 spent two weeks in Israel last month. According to The Jewish Week, their tour began on the first day of the cease-fire in the war between Israel and Lebanon. The trip was organized by the Jewish Deaf Singles Registry of the Orthodox Union and offered participants the chance to meet other deaf Jewish singles from the United States and Israel. Tour guide Michael Bar-Neder had to make some adjustments for the group, going so far as to shave off his mustache for the first time in 37 years so people could read his lips. The most difficult communication problem occurred when the group visited deaf clubs in Israel. A coordinator fluent in four languages – English, Hebrew, ASL and Hebrew sign language – was kept busy translating for dozens of deaf singles.



HORMONE THERAPY WITH PROGESTIN SAID TO BE A RISK

A study from the University of Rochester (N.Y.) suggests that women who undergo hormone replacement therapy that includes progestin may be at an increased risk of hearing loss. Researchers at UR’s School of Medicine and Dentistry studied 124 post-menopausal women ages 60 to 86 and found that women who used progestin had poorer speech understanding than those not taking hormones or using estrogen only. The findings were reported in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “We feel this should be added to the list of possible side effects,” said team leader Dr. Robert D. Frisina, “so when a woman and her doctor make their decision she can weigh this.”

TEXAS DEAF ED MAJOR SPENDS SUMMER IN EASTERN EUROPE

The Huntsville (Texas) Item reported recently on Sara Beth Farris, who spent parts of May, June, July and August touring Eastern Europe on a mission to worship with the deaf. “I did everything from going to deaf meetings to help translating the Bible into different sign languages to leading short mission trips,” said Farris, 21, a deaf education major at Stephen F. Austin University. While visiting Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland, she encountered several different sign languages and found herself using International Sign Language (ISL) most of the time. “Hungary actually has seven different sign languages,” she said. “You can get around in ISL.”


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MISS. EDUCATOR NAMED WAL-MART TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Sissy Zelenka, a teacher of the deaf in Pascagoula, Miss. for 27 years, was named Wal-Mart’s Mississippi Teacher of the Year at a school assembly last Friday. According to the Mississippi Press, Zelenka was interpreting for her students when principal Pam Rone announced that they had gathered to recognize her for the award. Zelenka will receive a number of gifts, Teacher of the Year business cards and a $10,000 donation for Jackson Elementary School, where she works. She won Local Teacher of the Year in May and had to answer four questions and submit letters of recommendation to a panel of judges for the state award. Zelenka, who lost her home in Hurricane Katrina, is the “most unselfish and giving person I know,” said former JES principal Cindy Jackson, who nominated her for the award.

PBS PROGRAM RE-AIRS EPISODE ON DAWN SIGN PRESS

Small Business School, a TV program on PBS, did an episode on Dawn Sign Press and its owner Joe Dannis a few years ago that is now being broadcast around the world on the Voice of America. Bruce Camber, CEO and executive producer for Small Business School, said, “It was a very poignant episode so we have recently re-aired and updated the support pages around the episode.” Dannis, who is deaf, founded San-Diego-based Dawn Sign Press, a publisher of ASL and deaf-culture-related books and videos, in 1979. To view the episode’s home page, which leads to an overview, transcript, case study guide and the video itself, go to http://smallbusinessschool.org/webapp/sbs/1200/1211/homepage.jsp.



SORENSON FORMS CONSUMER POLICY BOARD

Sorenson Communications said last week that it has formed the Sorenson Consumer Policy Board (SCPB) to “educate, examine and contribute to leading advocacy and industry topics.” Sorenson, a leading provider of video relay service and other deaf-related communications, named Donalda Ammons, a Gallaudet University professor, to chair the board. The other two members are Lawrence Fleischer, chair of the Deaf Studies Department at California State University Northridge, and Gertrude Galloway, who has been president of several major deaf organizations. “The policy board will effectively represent regional communities across the country in important decisions that affect communications for the deaf and hard of hearing,” said Sorenson’s Ron Burdett.

KANSAS SCHOOL TO OPEN NEW VIDEOCONFERENCE CENTER

A new $50,000 videoconference center at the Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe will be unveiled at a special event tomorrow. The center, funded by a grant from the Allstate Foundation, is equipped with two 63-inch plasma screen televisions, two cameras and a computer system to carry calls to other centers, said the Kansas City Star. The new facility will allow the school to extend its programs to isolated rural areas that may lack adequate instruction for deaf students, said Sandie Kelly, the school’s community resource facilitator. Eventually, the school hopes to converse with other schools for the deaf outside the United States, she added.


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MATLIN TO HELP LAUNCH NEW SEASON OF ‘MAKEOVERS’

Marlee Matlin will appear on the season premiere of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The episode centers on the Llanes family of Bergenfield, N.J., who came to the United States in 1997 from the Philippines. The family includes a blind father, a mother with cancer, a blind grandmother, two daughters who are going blind and a deaf son. Their new home has been equipped with state-of-the-art technologies to operate lighting, temperature, telephone and security. The episode airs this Sunday night; check your local TV listings for the time.

‘OFF-HAND’ RETURNS TO TV AFTER 17 YEAR ABSENCE

Seventeen years after its last episode, OFF-HAND will return to TV later this month. Herb Larson will return as host, with Bill Pugin filling the interpreter role formerly held by the late Lou Fant. OFF-HAND debuted in Los Angeles in 1981 and aired twice weekly for eight years, producing 385 episodes with more than 500 guests and capturing seven Los Angeles-area Emmy Awards. At this time, the new program will air only in Reno, Nev., where it debuts 10:30 p.m. September 27 on KNPB. “It’s our hope that the show will be picked up by other stations and eventually go national,” said producer Sheldon Altfeld. He and David Pierce, who co-own and manage OFF-HAND producer Sign City Television (www.signcity.tv), urged people to write to their local PBS stations and request the program. DVDs of the shows will be made available at a later date, said Pierce.


DEAFCASTING.COM AIMS TO FIND 200 PERFORMERS

DeafCasting.com sent out a release this week asking people to help find 200 talented deaf and hard-of-hearing actors and actresses. DeafCasting.com, a show business database, is now accepting resumes and headshots of actors who are deaf or hard of hearing. The comprehensive, searchable database is easily accessible to producers, directors, filmmakers and others, said the release, adding, “Let’s show the entertainment industry that we are out there!” There is no fee involved and you can go to www.deafcasting.com to learn more.

CONTEST WINNERS TO RECEIVE TICKETS TO DEAFLYMPICS

Gallaudet University announced last week that the top three winners in its annual art, essay and sign contest will receive combo tickets to the 16th Winter Deaflympics, which take place February 1-10 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 2007 Gallaudet National Essay, Art and Sign Contest, sponsored by Gallaudet and the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, has an Olympics-related theme: “What does ‘going for the gold’ mean to you? How do you go for the gold in your life?” For contest rules, visit http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/deaflympics/contest.html.


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SPORTS
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PRIDE RETURNS TO DUTY WITH LOS ANGELES ANGELS

Deaf outfielder Curtis Pride has returned to active duty with the Los Angeles Angels after 12 days on the disabled list. Pride was called up from Salt Lake City on July 24 and went on the disabled list August 20 with tightness in the lower back. He was activated September 1 and will be used as a reserve outfielder for the Angels, who are 4.5 games behind the Oakland A’s in the American League West. Pride, 37, is hitting .286 in 14 games with the Angels this year.

FLORIDA MAN SIGNS SONG AT BOSTON’S FENWAY PARK

An organization called Lily the Love Frog said in a news release last week that its co-founder, Tom Cooney, was a guest of the Boston Red Sox on September 3 and signed “God Bless America” during the 7th-inning stretch. Cooney, of Clearwater, Fla., also received the Florida Governor’s Point of Light Award on August 25, with Seminole Mayor Dee Reeder awarding him a key to the city. Cooney has been a sports enthusiast for more than 40 years and has interviewed such sports figures as Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Pete Rose, Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan. He has also interviewed Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Kirk Douglas, Ray Charles and Kim Novak. A website biography of Cooney can be found at www.lilythelovefrog.org/about-tom.html.



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MILESTONES
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JOANNE THOMAS, 46, TEACHER OF THE DEAF IN FLORIDA

Joanne Thomas, a 19-year veteran teacher of the deaf in Sarasota County, Fla., died September 3 of liver disease at age 46. Thomas was encouraged to work with the deaf by one of her professors at the University of South Florida, said the Sarasota Herald Tribune. “Joanne’s greatest pleasure was to give all she had to educating the children she worked with,” said a colleague, Brenda Mercer. In addition to teaching, she interpreted Mass and sang in the choir at St. Martha’s Catholic Church. “She definitely will be missed by her students,” said Kathy Devlin, Ms. Thomas’ supervisor. A memorial service was held last Thursday in St. Petersburg, where she was born. Memorial donations may be sent to the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 5107 14th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207.

BARBARA VERSPOOR BURNS, 44, TEACHER IN TEXAS

Barbara Verspoor “Buttons” Burns, 44, died August 6 in Temple, Texas, two days after undergoing her fifth heart operation. Mrs. Burns was born in New York in 1961 and married Brent Allen Burns in 1986. She graduated from Gallaudet University and earned her master’s degree from Western Maryland College. Mrs. Burns was a teacher at Lake Air Middle School, a member of Columbus Ave. Baptist Church, director of Hands for Him sign language choir, secretary of the Waco Deaf Club and member of the Deaf Christian Fellowship. She is buried in Broaddus Cemetery next to the Burns’ daughter, who died 11 hours after her birth in 1987. She is survived by her husband, a daughter, a son, her parents and several other relatives. Memorial donations may be made to Columbus Ave. Baptist Church, 1300 Columbus Ave., Waco Tx 76701 or the American Heart Association, 6801 Sanger Ave., Ste. 102, Waco, TX 76710.

JAMES S. EDDY, 52, RAN PITTSBURGH DEAF THEATER

James S. Eddy, who co-founded and ran the Pittsburgh Deaf Theater, died June 20 at his home in Laurel, Md. A memorial service was held in Laurel on July 29, which would have been his 53rd birthday. Mr. Eddy graduated in1972 from the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and earned an associate’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. He held several jobs around Pittsburgh, including a printer with Gulf Oil, a caregiver for special needs adults, a sign language instructor and interpreter, and executive director of Pittsburgh Deaf Theater. He moved to Maryland six years ago and began working part-time for Gallaudet University. Mr. Eddy is survived by his brother and sister. His family suggested to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that memorial donations be made to Autism Speaks, 2 Park Ave., 11th Floor, New York, NY 10016.


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EMPLOYMENT
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JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD

GLAD is an Affirmative Action Employer with equal opportunity for men, women and people with disabilities. For more information on the following positions, please go to: www.gladinc.org. The status of all positions is: Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt, Full Fringe Benefits unless otherwise noted. All positions are open until filled.

Deputy Director
– Los Angeles, CA
Case Manager – Los Angeles, CA
Job Developer/Interpreter – Crenshaw, CA
Community Health Educator – Community Challenge Grant – Los Angeles, CA
Community Health Educator and/or Community Advocate – Bakersfield, CA
LIFESIGNS Dispatcher – Riverside, CA
Field Coordinator – Los Angeles, CA

If interested for any of these positions then please submit resume and application to:

Jeff Fetterman
Human Resources Specialist
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.
2222 Laverna Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041
V/TDD: (323) 550-4207
Fax #: (323)550-4204
E-mail: jfetterman@gladinc.org

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OPPORTUNITIES AT FEGS

FEGS is one of the largest health and human services organizations in the country with a budget in excess of $230 million and 3500+ staff.

Our Behavioral Health Residential Division offers excellent opportunities to become a vital member of a multidisciplinary team strongly rooted in the deaf community. We are seeking experienced professionals fluent in ASL to work with disabled deaf population.

SERVICE COORDINATOR

Counsels and aids hearing deaf and deaf-blind individuals and families by conducting home or community visits. Administers and monitors the Kosher Lunch Program. Conducts periodic reviews of treatment/service plans to assess progress toward goals. Makes referrals to community resources and advocates on behalf of tenants.

B.A. Degree in a Health or Human Service field or an Associate’s Degree in Health or Human Service field with 2 to 3 years experience may be considered. Fluency in American Sign Language required.

DIRECT CARE WORKER

Assists emotionally disabled and deaf individuals with personal care, social skills, money management and life skills in order to maximize their functioning in the community and prevent hospitalization.

High School Diploma is required along with fluency in ASL and 1 year working with the disabled population preferably in a residential, health or treatment related setting.

Send resume to our HR Consultants: HR Dynamics, Inc. (DEPT. JW/ASL) 345 Hudson Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10014. E-mail: Jwachtel@hr-dynamics.com or fax 212-366-8555. EOE.

Visit our website: www.fegs.org

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