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September 21, 2011
Vol. 7, No. 44

Editor: Tom Willard

Deafweekly is an independent news report for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community that is mailed to subscribers on Wednesdays and available to read at www.deafweekly.com. These are the actual headlines and portions of recent deaf-related news articles, with links to the full story. Minor editing is done when necessary. Deafweekly is copyrighted 2011 and any unauthorized use is prohibited. Please support our advertisers; they make it possible for you to receive Deafweekly.

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NATIONAL
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Winchester, VA
GOVERNMENT DENIES COERCING CONFESSION FROM DEAF POSTMAN
The government denies it coerced a confession out of a Winchester postman accused of stealing cash and gift cards from residents along his route. Jason McKinley Dean, 30, of Strasburg, was indicted in U.S. District Court in June for mail theft by a U.S. Postal Service employee and destroying mail. After postal customers complained of missing mail, U.S. Postal Service special agents placed test pieces on Dean's route, and got a search warrant for his property, which turned up more than 200 pieces of mail and about $3,800 in checks and gift cards in his garbage. / Northern Virginia Daily

Council Bluffs, IA
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF HAS OVER ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN STORM DAMAGE
The Board of Regents Tuesday approved emergency action taken by the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs to deal with severe storm damage from hail and rain in August. Superintendent Jeanne Prickett said they had to make many repairs to ensure the buildings were safe. She says there were approximately 70 windows broken out in the storm August 18th and they immediately replaced the windows that were in areas where the children most often go and glass was on the floor. / Radio Iowa

Baltimore, MD
SEAFOOD RESTAURANT SUED FOR FIRING DISABLED PREP COOK
A lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Baltimore accuses McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant in Oxon Hill of firing a disabled prep cook in violation of federal law. Vernon Davis, who has been deaf since childhood, was demoted from prep cook, had his hours reduced and was finally fired, though he had performed satisfactorily since he was hired in May 2008, the lawsuit said. The suit said the restaurant demoted and fired Davis in retaliation for his complaints about mistreatment. / The Baltimore Sun

Madison, WI
SWINDLE TARGETING DEAF INVESTORS ENSNARES WISCONSIN RESIDENTS
A multi-million-dollar international swindle targeting deaf investors that recently drew federal warnings has snagged at least a dozen Wisconsin residents, investigators at the Department of Financial Institutions report. Nationwide at least 7,133 deaf investors sent money to a Texas middleman, and Securities and Exchange Commission investigators believe $4 million of $7 million collected in the scam came primarily from deaf investors. / Madison.com

Annapolis, MD
MAN CARRIES ANTI-GERRYMANDERING CAMPAIGN TO ALL REDISTRICTING HEARINGS
Howard Gorrell says he had no intention of attending all 12 public hearings of the Governor’s Redistricting Advisory Committee when he found himself the first witness at the first hearing July 23 in Hancock, the closest to his home. Gorrell, who is deaf, found out that the state Planning Department had scheduled sign-language interpreters for all the hearings. “After the second hearing, I decided to attend the rest of the hearings if [there was] no conflict of schedule.” He had no conflicts, so he did. Gorrell, 67, found himself traipsing across the state for the next six weeks. / Maryland Reporter

New York, NY
GRAMERCY PARK HOTEL TO MAKE CHANGES FOR DISABLED
The swank Gramercy Park Hotel prides itself on its freewheeling, creative design. “Madly eclectic and entirely unpredictable,” the hotel’s Web site boasts about its rooms, no two of which are laid out alike. A certain degree of uniformity, however, is required by the Americans With Disabilities Act. And now, after an investigation and a complaint by the government, the hotel has agreed to makes its rooms and common spaces a little more standard to comply with the act, federal prosecutors announced last Thursday. The hotel also agreed to pay $20,000 to the deaf customer and $10,000 to the government. / The New York Times

Morganton, NC
REPRESENTATIVE URGES SUPPORT FOR NCSD
News of the consolidation of two of the three special needs residential schools has rattled the state and one lawmaker is asking the Burke County community to stand behind the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton. “We have a well-established deaf community here, and they are part of our town,” said Rep. Hugh Blackwell. “It is important for the community to rally around this and make sure we don’t lose such a wonderful asset in the community.” / The News Herald

Staunton, VA
VSDB SAYS LACK OF DOCUMENTATION SPARKED AUDIT CRITICISM
One of the main problems the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind has faced is defining itself -- and that issue led to red flags during an annual audit of the school for fiscal year 2011. The state Auditor of Public Accounts' concerns about information technology security stem from the schools' multiple identities as a state agency and boarding school, said IT director Doug Wright. "The audit failure highlights a concern I've had since my first day at VSDB: How do you document a system no one can define?" Wright said. / The News Leader


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INTERNATIONAL
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Misrata, Libya
DEAF REBELS FIGHT AGAINST GADDAFI AND DISCRIMINATION
Khalid Mustafa Sati fights in silence. He can feel the vibration of the bombs that fall around him, but this member of Libya's rebel forces cannot hear their explosions. Sati can see the smoke and flames from his gun as he fires at Muammar Gaddafi's soldiers, but he cannot hear the sound of the bullets. Nor does he have a voice to speak of the death and violence he has witnessed during this upraising. Sati is one of Misrata's many heroes, praised for his courage and quick thinking on the battle field. He now heads a unit of 86 men. What sets them apart is that they are deaf. / GlobalPost

Mombassa, Kenya
SECOND KENYAN CHARGED FOR BRITISH TOURIST MURDER, KIDNAPPING
A Kenyan court charged a second man last Wednesday after a British holidaymaker was shot dead and his wife kidnapped from a luxury beach resort near the border with Somalia. Issa Sheikh Saidi was charged with robbery with violence for the killing of David Tebbutt in the early hours of September 11 – and kidnapping with intention to murder the tourist’s wife Judith. He denied all charges. Judith Tebbutt [deaf] was reportedly held in Amara in northern Somalia, according to elders in the region, who said on Tuesday that she had since been moved to an unknown location. / Capital News

Swaziland
MISS DEAF FINALISTS UNDER AGE
The Swaziland National Association of the Deaf has alleged that this year’s Miss Deaf finalists are underage, therefore, not eligible to take part in the contest. The finalists’ ages range from 15 years to 23 years. The finals are scheduled for this weekend and SNAD Executive Director Makhosini Makhubu said people must not take things for granted by trying what he termed dirty tricks’ to destroy the beautiful work of special education. / The Swazi Observer

See Also ORGANIZERS, DEAF ASSOCIATION FINALLY SORT OUT DIFFERENCES / The Swazi Observer

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
MALAYSIAN DEAF ARTIST SET TO BECOME US REALITY TV STAR
A Malaysian deaf artist who has never owned a television is set to become a reality TV star in the United States. Kedah-born Leon Lim, 31, is one of 14 contestants vying to be the next Picasso in the second season of Bravo's Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. He was selected from thousands of artists who attended auditions in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles early this year. / Malaysia Star

Manila, Philippines
OPINION: THE RIGHT OF THE DEAF TO THEIR LANGUAGE
Department of Education officials recently announced in a forum that hearing-impaired children will continue to be taught using Signing Exact English (SEE) instead of Filipino Sign Language (FSL). The DepEd announcement triggered outrage from the deaf community and its stakeholders. / Inquirer

India
MAN CONVICTED FOR DOWRY HARASSMENT
A city court on Saturday convicted a 30-year-old man for harassing his 22-year-old disabled wife. Judicial Magistrate I L.S. Sathyamurthy said in his order that A. Senthil Kumar (30) of Kuniamuthur constantly demanded money from Deepa and provided no food and abandoned her. The court sentenced Kumar to two years' rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 2,000 ($42 US). Deepa, a deaf and dumb girl had completed class ten from the Corporation Deaf School for the Disabled in R.S. Puram. She fell in love with her uncle's son Kumar and got conceived [pregnant]. But Kumar refused to marry her citing her disability. / The Hindu

Liverpool, England
LEVER PRIZE 2012 NOMINATION FOR LIVERPOOL'S DADA FEST
Disability and Deaf Arts is delighted that North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT) has named DaDaFest International 2012 as one of four shortlisted for the Lever Prize. In celebrating talent and excellence in disability and deaf arts, DaDa demonstrates the region as a forward-thinking and inclusive place to live and work. / Disability Arts Online

Victoria, Australia
DEAF COMMUNITY SIGNS FOR EQUALITY
Students from the Ballarat Deaf Facility are a part of a large scale animation project which will be projected onto the Ballarat Town Hall for National Week of Deaf People. Each student will sign their interpretation of "from little things big things grow", the theme of a week-long celebration of Australia's deaf community. University of Ballarat graphic art student Hannah Shuttleworth says she's been filming the students and will turn their sign language into a stop-motion illustration. / ABC Ballarat

France
BEING DEAF IN FRANCE
In the two years I have lived in France I have only once met another deaf person (I have cochlear implants). Given that I live in a rural area (but go to Nice/Paris on a regular basis) this is not normal. My being deaf, not French, yet able to drive, speak reasonable French – even on the telephone and lead a normal life appears to fill my neighbours and people working in shops with amazement. In other countries I have lived I was usually shouted at or spoken to like a two-year old. So is it unusual for a deaf or blind person to be able to live and work in France? / ExpatForum.com

Ghana
FARMER JAILED 20 YEARS FOR RAPING DEAF GIRL
A 44-year-old farmer has been jailed 20 years by the Ashaiman Circuit Court for defiling a partially deaf girl, aged 10. Nyamekye Wadza, pleaded guilty to the charge but said he only pushed his male organ into the girl ‘Sir, my lord I could not penetrate’ and, therefore, pleaded with the court to deal with him leniently. / Ghana Web


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LIFE & LEISURE
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Gresham, OR
CHESTNUT LANE A RARE SENIOR CENTER THAT CATERS TO THE DEAF
The activities calendar advertises bingo games, craft days and shopping expeditions. In between activities and medication rounds, the staff talk to residents and the executive director, Sherry Andrus, as she walks around the facility. There's one difference, though: Andrus and her colleagues are communicating in American Sign Language, and so are most of its residents. Chestnut Lane started as an adult foster care home for deaf and deaf-blind seniors. Then, with a change in management, it began marketing itself toward seniors who could hear – but now only accepts deaf or hearing impaired residents. / The Oregonian

Springfield, IL
LEADING THE DEAF TO JESUS
Leon Devriendt is happy he is deaf because he has the opportunity to help others. “Yes, I am very happy to be a deaf person. God gave me such a gift,” Devriendt said through an interpreter with a video relay service. “And now, God has opened doors for me with a new job, and I found what I like to do for work,” he said, referring to his work as a rehabilitation case coordinator at the state Department of Human Services. “ ... I feel like that’s God’s reason. He gave me an opportunity, plus, to volunteer.” / The State Journal-Register

Lodi, CA
LODI WOMEN HELP DEAF CHILDREN COMMUNICATE USING DOLLS
As Judi Harrison thinks back to the young girl who introduced her to sign language, tears flood her eyes. Harrison, a Lodi resident, recalls the girl and her mother visiting the salon where Harrison worked. The girl would touch her own chin and then waver her hand downward as Harrison did the woman’s hair. Finally, Harrison asked the mother what the girl was doing. “She is telling you ‘thank you’ in sign language,” the mother said. / Lodi News-Sentinel

Springfield, MO
DEAF EXPO BRINGS AWARENESS TO THE OZARKS
This weekend proved vital to help connect those whose main communication tool is often their hands. The Deaf Awareness Group of the Ozarks hosted an expo Saturday afternoon. About 30 vendors had information and resources for the deaf and hard of hearing. / OzarksFirst.com


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Fenton, MI
SALESMAN AT VIC CANEVER CHEVROLET SIGNS, INTERPRETS FOR DEAF CUSTOMERS
Albert Smolinski knew he wanted to help the deaf with his life’s work. The son of two deaf parents and partially deaf himself, Smolinski learned to sign before he could speak English. “It’s something I’m very passionate about — it was my first language,” the 26-year-old Swartz Creek resident said. When Smolinski heard that Vic Canever Chevrolet in Fenton was looking for a sales associate that also knew American Sign Language, he jumped at the chance to take the job. / The Flint Journal

Rochester, NY
SCAMMERS POSTING AS DEAF CUSTOMERS TARGET LOCAL BUSINESSES
It's a new twist on an old credit card scam and it's really repugnant. These schemers are posing as customers who are deaf or hard of hearing and using a telephone relay service to try to exploit these businesses. Two hundred chicken Caesar salads -- that huge order came in at Hogan’s Hideaway on Park Avenue recently. The call had come in via TTY -- a telephone relay service used by the deaf and hard of hearing. But this call was really part of an unscrupulous plot by scam artists posing as deaf customers and attempting to steal from the restaurant. / WHEC


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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New York, NY
BOOK REVIEW: WONDERSTRUCK, WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY BRIAN SELZNICK
Ben, an adolescent boy growing up in “Gunflint Lake,” Minn., in the 1970s has lost his loving mother in a car accident -- his true father is unknown to him -- and a second disaster (telephone, lightning) soon costs him his ability to hear. An obscure series of clues suggests that his father may live in New York, and Ben sets out in search of him. In the midst of the subdued narration of this sad story we are suddenly thrown into a second tale, told entirely in black and white panels and far more melodramatically conveyed, of an unnamed deaf girl who in the 1920s runs away from her Hoboken home in search of a Broadway star. / The New York Times

Greeley, CO
DEAFINITELY FUNNY GIVES VOICE TO DEAF AWARENESS
Nouri Marrakchi told his parents he wanted to be a doctor. When he figured out he didn’t want to do all that schoolwork, he decided to become a lawyer because he likes to argue. Then a teacher in his Broomfield high school asked him about being a teacher, and a light bulb went off. It’s probably the story of hundreds, maybe thousands, of students currently attending the University of Northern Colorado, and the only significant thing about Marrakchi, a senior, is that he’s deaf. / Greeley Tribune

Macomb County, MI
PLAY PARTNERS DEAF, SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS WITH OTHER YOUNG ACTORS
No Limits has partnered with All The World's A Stage to present the original theatrical production of “Mission: POSSIBLE” directed by Mary Kay Hake and featuring children from Macomb and Wayne Counties. The show mainstreams local children with a hearing loss and/or learning disability, with ATWAS company youth actors, on a mission to find the eighth wonder of the world. / The Macomb Daily

Chicago, IL
CAPTIONING IMPROVES THEATER FOR DEAF PATRONS
The 2011-2012 theatre season has started. Over the years, theatres have been providing accommodations to patrons with different disabilities. Some accommodations are a little challenging to provide, like open captioning. Chicago's Victory Gardens Theatre was the first in the area to offer open caption performances to theatre lovers who are deaf and hard of hearing. Last year, Steppenwolf Theatre joined the list. / ABC7Chicago.com


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SPORTS
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Flint, MI
FLINT'S MICHIGAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF WANTS TO PROVE THAT THEY CAN PLAY FOOTBALL DESPITE HAVING HEARING IMPAIRMENTS
Team sports tend to rely heavily on verbal communication. But in the case of the Flint Michigan School for the Deaf’s football team, the verbal part of communication is basically a non-factor. “Without hearing, you basically follow your instincts a lot,” MSD first-year head coach Philip Endicot said. MSD’s athletes have to key in on hand signals and use eye contact to remain in sync with one another on the gridiron. / The Flint Journal


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COMING EVENTS
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Danville, VA
DANVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOSTS 'DEAF FEST'
A dog’s bark. The screech of tires on the road. The popping noise that occurs when someone opens a can of soda. These are all things people hear almost every day, which is why it becomes so easy to take them for granted. As a way to recognize people who are hearing impaired, Danville Community College will have a “Deaf Fest” Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Activities will begin on Sept. 30 at the DCC Student Center at 6 p.m. with a pizza party followed by a movie. / GoDanRiver.com


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MARYLAND RELAY CAPTIONED TELEPHONE OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Staffed in Baltimore, MD

Hamilton Relay Services Division in Maryland currently has a full time position open for “Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator”.

Position summary: Position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities with the goal of expanding awareness and use of Captioned Telephone Service. Individual will devote 100% of their time to Maryland Relay and is required to travel throughout the state of Maryland.

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Knowledge of:
Effective communication and public outreach techniques.
Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users.
Demonstratable knowledge of user groups who would benefit from Relay Service
-- Senor Citizens Community
-- Hard of Hearing Community

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Organizing outreach and educational campaigns.
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Excellent presentations skills
Strong analytical and interpersonal skills.

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Maintain effective working relationships with Maryland Relay TAM office, non-profit and for profit partners, the public, state government and other agencies.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
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Completion of Associate or Bachelor’s Degree or comparable work experience. Direct work experience with a Telecommunications Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service preferred.
Experience in public relations activities.
Hold a valid driver’s license.
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We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and company benefits.

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Job Announcement

Knoxville Center of the Deaf (KCD) is seeking an Executive Director. KCD a growing organization based in Knoxville, TN, with 11 full-time staff, a 15-member Board of Directors, 30 freelance interpreters, and over 250 deaf community members and volunteers dedicated to providing interpreting services, advocacy and community/outreach programs for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Deaf-Blind in Eastern Tennessee. For more information: www.kcdtn.org.

Annual Salary
$50,000 – $70,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience

Send Resume, Letter of Interest and two letters of recommendation to:

KCD Executive Director Search
C/O Teressa Gregory
410 Taliwa Drive
Knoxville, TN 37920

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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.

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