September 24, 2014
Vol. 10, No. 45
Editor: Tom Willard
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Mt. Dora, FL
SUIT ALLEGES MORE ABUSE AT MOUNT DORA DEAF ACADEMY
As the father of a physically and mentally disabled daughter, Bruce Maxwell understands the challenges parents face when trying to find proper help for their children. The Jacksonville attorney is taking up the cause for parents of children who lived at the National Deaf Academy in Mount Dora that he said were neglected and physically abused. This week, Maxwell filed separate civil lawsuits on behalf of three minors he said were mistreated. Greg Sizemore, the academy's chief executive officer, disputes the allegations and says the facility has provided quality care to patients and the community. / Orlando Sentinel
See Also DEAF GIRL SAYS STAFFER BROKE HER ARM AT FACILITY BEING PROBED BY FBI / NBC News
Daytona Beach, FL
FAMILY SAYS MAN SHOT BY DEPUTY WAS DEAF
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating after a Volusia County deputy shot and killed a man in Daytona Beach, authorities said. Family members of 52-year-old Edward P. Miller man said he was deaf from a childhood illness. Sheriff Ben Johnson said that Miller was "brandishing a firearm" outside a towing service on Saturday afternoon in Daytona Beach. Authorities said Miller and his son were trying to pick up a car from the towing service when an argument broke out. / WFTV
NINE EAST NETWORK WILL RUN PROGRAMS FOR DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS
The Vermont Agency of Education has tapped a Montpelier nonprofit group to oversee outreach services for Vermont children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Those services faced an uncertain future when the Brattleboro-based Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing closed abruptly earlier this month. The state announced Tuesday that Nine East Network and its director Susan Kimmerly will assume responsibility for school outreach services for deaf and hearing-impaired students around the state. / Vermont Public Radio
ADVOCATES DEMAND QUALIFIED INTERPRETING FOR DEAF INMATES
National advocacy organizations for deaf people are pressuring the Oregon Department of Corrections to stop using fellow inmates as interpreters. The National Association of the Deaf, Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf have sent a letter to DOC director Colette Peters. The letter reads that not only is using inmates as ASL Interpreters against federal law, it raises issues over "confidentiality, impartiality and conflicts of interest." / Statesman Journal
IN PA. AND N.J., SOME CANDIDATES DON'T HAVE ALL THE VOTERS' EARS
In the Philadelphia area, most candidates and campaign committees trying to woo voters with TV ads this election season are going out of their way to reach out to those with hearing difficulties, but there are some notable exceptions. Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s campaign for re-election is most prominent of the political committees advertising on Philadelphia-area TV this fall without closed-captioning, or written transcripts of a broadcast's spoken words that can be activated on most TVs. / philly.com
CHURCH STEPS IN TO HELP GIRL WHO'S DEAF AND BLIND
Imagine living in a world without sight or sound. That's life for an 11-year-old deaf and blind girl in Kingwood. Now the community is rallying around her family. Lauren Daley requires a highly trained, skilled specialist who serves as her bridge to the rest of the world. That intervener costs $1,000 a week. This year, the Kingwood Church of Christ decided the proceeds from its annual harvest to holidays gift market and silent auction will go to Lauren's educational needs. / abc13.com
Great Falls, MT
MONTANA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND RECEIVES GRANT
Kyle Herda, president, and Colleen Kunz, senior vice president of First Interstate Bank of Great Falls, presented a $23,000 grant to the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind Foundation, which will be used to remodel a cottage on the campus. “This is the largest donation we’ve made in several years,” Herda said. “And it’s because of the statewide nature of the gift.” / Great Falls Tribune
New York, NY
GUIDED TOURS FOR DEAF VISITORS OFFERED AT MUSEUM
The 9/11 Memorial Museum has begun free monthly tours for deaf and hard-of-hearing visitors. John McGinty, 9/11 Memorial Museum access programs coordinator, who is deaf, will serve as the docent for “Understanding 9/11 in American Sign Language,” which will contain the same content as the museum’s standard guided tours but conducted in ASL. They are limited to eight people and last about an hour, and reservations are required. / 911memorial.org
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DEAF ACTRESS'S JOURNEY FROM SINGLE MOTHER TO LEADING LADY
Sophie Stone was a young deaf single mother when she won a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and is now getting recognition for her theatre and TV work. About to start a tour in the UK, Sophie Stone is the lead actress in a new play Woman of Flowers. The production features a mixture of spoken and visual language, which echoes Stone's own confusing journey in communication as a deaf person. Disabled playwright Kaite O'Reilly created the play with Stone in mind. / BBC News
Ottawa, ON, Canada
ANGRY JUDGE DEMANDS INTERPRETER FOR DEAF MAN
For a month now, Adam George-Ouellet has travelled from jail cell to courtroom to jail cell to courtroom, never once hearing — let alone understanding — the many things that police and lawyers and other officials say to him and about him. On Monday, an Ottawa judge was vocal in expressing anger over the “outrageous” failure of court staff to find sign-language interpreters for the 28-year-old deaf and mentally disabled man. “This is the biggest comedy of errors I have seen in the last five years,” Justice Robert Fournier declared. / Ottawa Citizen
Darwin, NT, Australia
DEAF DARWIN WOMAN CLAIMS COMPANY DISCRIMINATED AGAINST HER
A deaf woman has accused a catering business of discrimination, claiming she had her job interview cut short because she could not “speak English." Miranda Reardon, 20, has now begun lodging a formal complaint with the Anti-Discrimination Commission. However JebFab Catering Services owner Mitchell Smart said Ms Reardon had stormed out of the interview, frustrated at the inability to communicate with the interviewer. He said she also did not have the necessary skills for the position. / NT News
Illawarra NSW, Australia
DEAF STUDENT SUES TAFE FOR DISCRIMINATION
A deaf student who was denied access to a note-taking aide is suing TAFE Illawarra for discrimination. Catherine Perkiss wants $25,000 in damages, a written apology from the TAFE Illawarra Institute director, and an order that the institute reinstate her note-taker. The 53-year-old claims she was provided with the aide during previous TAFE studies, but the support was withdrawn the day before she started her first diploma-level studies at West Wollongong campus. / Illawarra Mercury
Chester Hill, NSW, Australia
HE WAS BORN DEAF BUT JAMES ASHLEY HAS BEEN DRIVING TRUCKS AND BUSES FOR 40 YEARS
A Chester Hill bus driver says being born profoundly deaf has been no barrier to achieving in life. Bankstown Coaches driver James Ashley said he was “shocked but very proud” to be inducted into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame for his Lifetime Service and Contribution to the Australian Road. The Canterbury-raised family man said his induction in Alice Springs was a “fantastic” reunion with drivers he had not seen for 30 to 40 years. / Daily Telegraph
RAJASTHAN'S ONLY DEAF & DUMB SCHOOL AWAITING COMPUTER-AIDED LEARNING
The state's only school for deaf and dumb students in Jaipur is awaiting computer-aided learning since years aimed to make their pupils employable in the allied sectors of Information and Communication Technology. The Seth Anandi Lal Poddar Senior Secondary School has written to the government several times to provide them with the teaching aids but in vain. Already, the absence of any college for these students in the state is barring them from pursuing higher studies. / The Times of India
AL FAKHOORA ATTENDS FORUM ON MIDEAST DEAF
Al Fakhoora, a programme of Education Above All, founded by H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, participated in a forum hosted by Qatar Charity and Aljazeera to raise awareness about the reality and challenges facing the deaf community in the Middle East. Taking Gaza as an example, the forum showcased work of NGOs in Gaza through film, photography, presentations and panel discussions. / The Peninsula Qatar
GOVERNMENT URGED TO CONSIDER HEALTH NEEDS OF DEAF COMMUNITY
Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) would like sign language interpretation services to be mainstreamed into the healthcare delivery system in Ghana. GNAD Executive Director James M Sambian called on government to factor concerns of the deaf in healthcare delivery system by ensuring sign language interpretation through: employing sign language interpreters, and secondly, training healthcare personnel in sign language to be able to receive deaf patients. / Modern Ghana
Pretoria, South Africa
DEAF WOMAN 'BUTCHERED' IN HOSPITAL
When Salome Skosana went under the knife to remove haemorrhoids four years ago little did she know that she’d be left with four years of debilitating pain and discomfort. Two years would be spent carrying a stoma bag, and two more with a growing hernia. The huge lump on the left side of her stomach is extremely painful, and it has stopped her from carrying out any domestic chores or economic activity. “What a price to pay for having piles,” she told Pretoria News. / IOL.co.za
MUSLIM BODY RESCUES MALAWI DEAF CHILDREN
Offering a new hope to deaf children, a Malawian Islamic organization has embarked on a new program to reduce rising socio-economic challenges facing those children, an initiative praised by the government as a “timely gesture.” “Most children with deaf impairments in the country ... are left uncared for by their communities. They are denied an opportunity to access basic social amenities,” said Ahmad Maasha, Chairperson of Muslim Deaf Society. / OnIslam.net
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LIFE & LEISURE
Mount Pleasant, MI
LIVING WITH A DEAF MOTHER
Everything about my mom represents home to me. She is normalcy in every sense of the word. She is also deaf. I am glad to tell my mother’s story in honor of Deaf Awareness Week, but not simply because I want people to be more aware that there are deaf people in this world. Instead, I want people to understand what deaf is - and what it is not. / Central Michigan Life
Long Branch, NJ
COLLECTION SERVES HEARING-IMPAIRED PATRONS AT LIBRARY
The Long Branch Free Public Library has unveiled a new collection of books and materials to meet the needs of patrons who are deaf or hearing-impaired. Senior Librarian Janet Birckhead said the collection of 30 books that target an underserved population was an initiative that she spearheaded along with Library Director Tonya Garcia Badillo. “We want deaf individuals to know their culture is recognized, and we want both deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to feel welcome in the library,” Birckhead said. / Atlanticville
Baton Rouge, LA
STUDENT GROUP ADVOCATES FOR DEAF COMMUNITY
Among the academic hustle and bustle, tireless athletic atmosphere and dynamic social scene, it seems like there’s a place for everyone on a campus. But the LSU Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club represents a community that often goes overlooked.
Co-president and communication disorders senior Lauren Ortego, who is not hearing impaired, said students are often hesitant about joining the organization because they are not deaf or hard of hearing. / The Daily Reveille
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Cherry Hill, NJ
INTERVENERS 'BRINGING THE WORLD' TO DEAF-BLIND STUDENTS
Lauri Wendel watched her 6-year-old student claw up the rock wall at Liberty Lakes Camp in Bordentown, as other campers called out instructions he could not hear. Over and over, the boy managed to get partway up before losing his grip — only to attack the wall again. Born deaf and now nearly blind, Henry Norton was guided only by touch. The next day, he accomplished his goal. "He was exhausted," marveled Wendel, who is specially trained to assist the deaf-blind. "He just would not give up." / Courier-Post
St. Augustine, FL
WORKING AT FLORIDA SCHOOL BECOMES A FAMILY AFFAIR
Gazing at pictures of his father, Cary White Sr., in the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind museum, Hank White reflected on the role the school played in his family’s history. “It makes me think about all the people in our family who worked here — my dad, my mom, my wife Viola, an uncle, cousins, and my sister. It’s a real family affair,” White said. / The St. Augustine Record
San Diego, CA
INTERPRETERS UNLIMITED ACQUIRES FLORIDA SIGN LANGUAGE COMPANY
Interpreters Unlimited, a leading provider of language and transportation services in San Diego, is pleased to announce the acquisition of ACD (Accessible Communications for the Deaf) of Florida, a major provider of sign language interpretation services in the southern Florida area. This marks Interpreters Unlimited's 3rd acquisition of a language services company and its 2nd acquisition of a Florida-based company. / PRNewswire
PILOT PROGRAM OFFERS THEOLOGICAL TRAINING FOR DEAF COMMUNITIES
For Nick Jungheim, being Deaf and holding a Master of Divinity degree was not enough to effectively minister to Deaf communities.
For eight years, Jungheim struggled to teach the Bible in two Deaf ministries in Duncan and Lawton, Okla., but “nothing worked.” Jungheim and five others graduated in August from a pilot program for a Certificate in Theological Education for the Deaf, a program Jungheim believes will allow him to minister to the Deaf in their heart language. / Cardinal & Cream
ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO INCREASE EMPLOYMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ANNOUNCED BY US LABOR DEPT.
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the establishment of a National Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities. The purpose of the committee is to study and provide recommendations to the secretary of labor on ways to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. / US DOL
Learn how to make your local hospital more accessible for Deaf people. If you are Deaf or Hard of hearing, learn where to turn to advocate if your communication needs are not being met in the hospital setting.
Two different patient stories are told in the following video
HealthBridges website offers information about social services, advocacy and behavioral health topics and resources available to persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of hearing.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
DEAF VA. ARTIST CECE BELL HOPES HER TALE WILL HELP OTHERS
It is a story Cece Bell knew she wanted to tell, and believed it was something she should share. But it took decades of discovery and experience, and then artistic growth and parenthood, to get to a place where she was ready to put it to paper. At age 4, Bell suffered a brief bout with meningitis that left her “severely to profoundly deaf.” As her life, too, began to change profoundly, she created an alter-ego – El Deafo! – who, amid a child’s sense of vulnerability and uncertainty, was determined to feel empowered by her being “different.” / The Washington Post
Los Angeles, CA
AN EMOTIONALLY CHARGED 'SPRING AWAKENING' BY DEAFWEST THEATRE
For anyone who didn’t quite connect with the 2008 Ahmanson Theatre production of "Spring Awakening" on an emotional level, the current production by Deaf West Theatre will redress that deficit brilliantly. If rippling goosebumps are any indication of emotional involvement, this show delivers. The Tony Award-winning musical in 2007, "Spring Awakening" is the adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 play about sexually curious adolescents pitted against the repressive German status quo, capturing the head-banging frustration of its disaffected young characters in dashing style. / Los Angeles Times
CLOSED CAPTIONS ARRIVE AT FILMINUTE 2014
FILMINUTE, the international and online one-minute film festival, announces closed captions are now available across its 25 x Shortlisted One-Minute Films from 18 Countries! Deaf and hard-of-hearing film fans worldwide can go online and start watching, commenting and rating today: http://filminute.com/pages/festival
ADVOCATE FOR DEAF TRYING TO COMPLETE IRONMAN COURSE
Challenged by his graduate professors to reach out to an underserved community, former Erlanger Emergency Department physician assistant Casey Davis began to research the health needs of the Deaf community. As a result, Davis created DeafMD.org. On September 28, Davis is attempting to complete the Ironman Chattanooga -- a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run -- and raise $25,000 for the creation of additional health education videos in ASL. / The Chattanoogan
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Providence Saint John’s Child and Family Development Center
Santa Monica CA
Full-time clinical therapist to work in community mental health with adults, children, adolescents and families. Strong clinical skills, knowledge of Deaf culture and fluency in American Sign Language, a minimum of two years supervised experience and motivation to serve a diverse client population are essential. Position is 40 hours a week with benefits.
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Rochester Institute of Technology
Assistant Director of Pre-College Outreach
NOTE: This is a temporary position from October 1, 2014 through August 15, 2015
Detailed Job Description
The Pre-College Outreach Office is responsible for the establishment and operation of educational activities designed to build up NTID’s pipeline of prospective students. The focus of NTID’s Pre-College Outreach is on middle and high school students. Long term strategic plans have identified priority target audiences for Pre-College efforts as the following: High Academic Potential, AALANA, Girls and STEM.
Bachelor degree in Education, Business, Communication, Human Service or related field required.
Experience in event planning and working with pre-college population strongly preferred.
Required Minimum Education Level
How To Apply
In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: http://apptrkr.com/520686.
RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities.
Nexus Inland NW – Spokane, WA Seeking Executive Director
Nexus is seeking a new Executive Director to replace a long time Executive Director who is retiring. Skills and knowledge valuable to the center’s future success include: Leadership and Management, Communication, Budget and Finance and Personnel. A Master’s degree preferred. Bachelors’ or equivalent with 5 years’ experience will be considered. Traveling is required. Salary will be based on experience and qualifications.
Please send a letter of interest with your resume and references to:
Executive Director Search Committee
1206 North Howard
Spokane, WA 99201
Come Work With The Best!
Northeast Arc has full and part-time positions in our Deaf Services programs available in Lynn, Peabody, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. You'll be working with deaf individuals using various communication skills including gestural, written and signed English. Do you know ASL? If so, I'd like to speak with you about our direct care positions. We offer an excellent benefits package and competitive pay. For additional information or to send your resume, please email Kathy Tracy Ktracy@ne-arc.org
Compensation: $14-$15 an hour for full-time $12-$13 an hour for part-time
PAHrtners Deaf Services
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 out-patient services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) children, adolescents and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are Deaf or Hard of Hearing!
As a result of our commitment to the Deaf/HoH community PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or 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, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable in 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
Assistant Program Director for Residential Services for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - Full Time; Glenside location
Case Managers for Residential Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - Full Time; Glenside location
Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents- Full Time; Glenside location
Therapist/Psychiatric Rehabilitation Worker- Full Time; Glenside location
Staff Interpreter- Full Time; Glenside location
Go to our Website at: www.PAHrtners.com to learn more about each position.
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Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Elizabeth Williams, Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
FACULTY POSITION OPENING
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE
Northridge, California 91330
Department: Deaf Studies
Effective Date of Appointment: August 19, 2015
(Subject to Budgetary Approval)
Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor
Salary: Dependent on Qualifications
Qualifications: Earned Doctorate in Deaf Studies, Linguistics, American Sign Language (ASL), or closely related field of study. ABD candidates will be considered but must complete the doctorate by the time of appointment (August 19, 2015). General knowledge of ASL and the Deaf Studies field, which may include but is not limited to ASL teaching, cultural studies, Deaf education, and interpreting. Possess strong and effective teaching methods in various aspects of ASL, Interpreting, and Deaf Studies or other related courses. Extensive knowledge of Deaf Culture and the Deaf community. Evidence of successful Deaf Studies-related teaching experience at the college level. Demonstrated evidence of recent scholarly publications or equivalencies and activities or evidence of potential for such scholarly accomplishments. Ability to interact effectively with both Deaf and hearing people. Evidence of positive relationships and collegiality with university students, staff, and colleagues. Evidence of participation in ASL/Deaf Studies and Deaf community organizations on local, state, and/or national levels. Commitment to Deaf bilingual/bicultural experience and its foundation in basic human rights. Native/native-like fluency in ASL. Basic understanding of curriculum development. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with a diverse student population.
CSUN is a Learning Centered University. The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in a commitment to active learning, to the assessment of learning outcomes, and to multiple pathways that enable students to graduate.
At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.
Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.
Responsibilities: Teach American Sign Language and Deaf Studies content courses. The standard teaching load is twelve (12) units per semester (plus committee assignments). A reduced load will be assigned during the first year of teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department (including curriculum and program development); engage in scholarship and community service and to remain current in their field; serve on departmental, college, and/or university committees, and to participate in other service as needed.
Application Process: Applicants should submit all of the following:
NOTE: Incomplete applications will be accepted but will not be reviewed/considered until all requested materials are received.
Cover letter that includes:
§ Statements of teaching and research interests
§ Summary of prior relevant experience
§ Statement or evidence of Deaf-centric philosophies
Current curriculum vitae that includes:
§ Educational background
§ Prior teaching experience
§ Evidence of scholarship and/or related professional experience
§ Evidence of any relevant certificates
One sample course syllabus from a course in a related field of study
One automated student evaluation. If none are available, provide a written statement confirming that automated evaluations are not available and provide some other evidence of teaching effectiveness/potential.
Photocopies of all earned degrees (BA, MA, Ph.D.)
Three (3) current letters of recommendation (not more than six months old). Letters must be printed on official university/institution letterhead and signed OR can be emailed from a professional email address (not yahoo, gmail, hotmail, etc.).
Names and complete contact information for at least three (3) professional references
Application Deadline: Screening of candidates will begin on November 21, 2014. Position to remain open until filled.
Inquiries and applications should be addressed to:
Flavia S. Fleischer, Chair
Department of Deaf Studies
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California 91330-8265
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