September 28, 2016
Vol. 12, No. 48
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF STUDIES PROFESSOR TEACHES HILLARY CLINTON TO SIGN 'VOTE'
A stranger teaching Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton to sign made Secret Service agents a bit uneasy toward a Western Nevada College professor on Aug. 25 in Reno. Clinton, however, embraced the impromptu educational efforts of Cindy Frank, an ASL instructor at WNC. Frank helped Clinton sign the word “vote” during her campaign visit to Truckee Meadows Community College. / Western Nevada College
San Antonio, TX
HELP CAME JUST IN TIME FOR THOSE WHO ARE BLIND AND DEAF IN SAN ANTONIO
Gay Bellamy was dreading the moment when she would have to call parents and tell them their grown children no longer had a place to live. HandsOn, the 28-year-old nonprofit she runs, serves the most fragile of populations — people who are legally blind, hearing impaired and have a third disability that prevents them from functioning independently. But a rescue was in the offing, as two local charity powerhouses decided to swoop in and keep the residential and day program open. / San Antonio Express-News
CSD TO PARTICIPATE IN 5-YEAR NATIONAL POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION GRANT PROGRAM
Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc. and a team of national partners have been awarded a $20 million, 5-year federal grant to establish a national center focused on postsecondary outcomes for deaf individuals. The center has multiple goals, including an objective to increase the numbers of deaf individuals who, without requiring remedial course work, are admitted to, persist in, and complete postsecondary education or training. / CSD
DOZENS SHOW SUPPORT AFTER DEAF WOMAN IS REFUSED SERVICE AT DUNKIN DONUTS
A deaf woman who was outraged by the way a Dunkin Donuts employee treated her is getting support from her community. Jessica Sanzillo said she's a frequent customer at a Framingham Dunkin Donuts and uses a texting app to order through the drive-thru. But when she drove up one day, she was refused service because she wouldn't use the speaker. On Sunday, Sanzillo and several others went through that drive-thru and ordered like a deaf person would. They hope this sends a message to others. / FOX25
POLICE, FIRST RESPONDERS FIELD QUESTIONS FROM DEAF COMMUNITY
As part of International Deaf Awareness Week, a special lunch was held in downtown Rochester. Police and first responders fielded questions from the Deaf community, who visited the public safety building. The Rochester Police Department explained what they were doing to make communication easier with Deaf and hard of hearing citizens. "It’s just another option we have to communicate with a Deaf community member,” said Investigator Tomesha Angelo. / WROC-TV
DEAF COLLEGE STUDENT SENDS MESSAGE OF HOPE TO BULLIED TEEN
A Richard Bland College student who just got her hearing back after nearly two decades, is sending a message to a deaf teenager whose story of bullying is going viral. Becca Balint, 22, experienced hearing through her new cochlear implant for the first time on Wednesday. Becca contacted NBC12 to help her reach the Nebraska teen, struggling through the same journey. Sound is something Becca has lost steadily since she was 4 years old. / WWBT
DEAF PROGRAM HELPS STUDENTS THRIVE
Walking down the halls of Karen Western Elementary School, teachers are leading classes in their daily lessons. Students are listening, taking notes, raising their hands or reading along. In most classes, teachers can be seen wearing a headset. There may also be an interpretor next to them as they teach using sign language to communicate. Karen Western is the elementary home base for Ralston Public Schools’ deaf and hard of hearing program, one of only two programs in the metro area. / Ralston Recorder
MHS STUDENTS BECOME 'DEAF' FOR CLASS
Not a sound was heard in the classroom as the MacArthur High School students, each wearing orange earplugs, leaned forward to focus on what guest Chelsea Hall was saying with her hands. "I grew up deaf. It was a little bit harder to speak. I can sometimes communicate with hearing people. I was involved in deaf culture a little bit because I was in mainstream schools," Hall signed in ASL. The rather surreal scene took place four times Thursday. / The Lawton Constitution
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#DEAFANDPROUD: DEAF PEOPLE TO DESCEND ON BRUSSELS TO MAKE A NOISE ABOUT SIGN
Next week, more than 1,000 people from across the EU will descend on the European Parliament chamber to demand better recognition of sign language, and to raise awareness of how sign language interpreters are often an afterthought compared to spoken language interpretation across many public institutions, including the EU. The conference is being organized by MEP Helga Stevens, the first woman MEP who identifies as a deaf sign language user, and a campaigner for the rights of deaf and disabled people. / EU Reporter
DEAF REFUGEE BOY IN DERBY AFTER FLEEING FROM ISIS THREAT TO 'LIQUIDATE' DISABLED CHILDREN
The family of a deaf boy who fled from Northern Iraq after Isis threatened to kill disabled children has said they are eternally grateful to a Derby school for giving him a life-changing place. Six-year-old Lawand Hamadamin was born profoundly deaf and is unable to communicate with anyone, living in a world of silence. His family made the decision to flee for Lawand's life in 2015 after reports that the so-called Islamic state had ordered that disabled children should be killed by lethal injection. / Derby Telegraph
AMERICAN STUDENT FULFILLS PILGRIM DREAM IN MEMORY OF DAD
An American descendant of the Mayflower Pilgrims, who is completely deaf, finally set foot on the ground where her forefathers begin their journey almost 400 years earlier. Tashi Bradford, a direct descendant of local Mayflower Pilgrim Governor William Bradford, had planned a father-daughter bike ride through the historic sites -- but tragically her dad was diagnosed with cancer and died two months later. With help from Sue Allan, the chair of Pilgrim Father's UK Origins Association, Tashi was finally able to make the emotional journey last weekend. / Retford Times
I WENT DEAF BEFORE MY SON DIED AT 18 ... NOW I CAN HEAR HIS HEART BEATING INSIDE THE MAN HE SAVED
Dona Unsworth was torn between nerves and hope as she prepared to meet the man who had received her beloved son’s heart. For two months she had been building up to their meeting while still suffering the trauma of her son Jack’s death. But it was everything she hoped for and more. She got to hear Jack’s heart beating inside Dennis Laycock – the man whose life Jack had transformed by donating his organs. / Mirror
FILM FANS' FURY AFTER 'BRIDGET JONES' SCREENING 'DID NOT INCLUDE SUBTITLES'
A group of deaf cinema-goers were left fuming after turning up at the hotly-anticipated Bridget Jones film – only to find there were no subtitles. Up to 15 deaf film fans attended Croydon’s Vue cinema for a special screening of "Bridget Jones’s Baby." But after 25 subtitle-free minutes, audience members complained to staff at the cinema that subtitles were not showing on the screen. / London Evening Standard
DEAF KARATE INSTRUCTOR LAUNCHES FREE CLUB FOR DISABLED PEOPLE
A deaf karate expert has started free inclusive karate lessons in a bid to inspire disabled people in Carmarthenshire. Sensei Susy Soravia has received £1,300 ($1,700 US) of funding from Disabled Wales to set up the free sessions which anyone older than four is able to join. The Kickstart Karate for Disabled sessions will also include free karate suits and belts. Susy, aged 46, from Tumble, said: "I want to help disabled people realize their potential." / South Wales Evening Post
Quebec, QC, Canada
DOZENS OF DEAF UBER DRIVERS SHUT OUT OF PILOT PROGRAM
A group of Uber drivers are worried about losing their jobs, despite the recent agreement between Uber and the Quebec government. Louis Desbiens is 39 years old and he was born deaf. Patrick Lazure is 37 years old and lost his hearing after catching meningitis at six months old. They say they're among about 40 deaf Uber drivers in Quebec and they both love their jobs. Both men are worried they'll be out of work once the new rules for Uber drivers come into effect. / CBC News
Montreal, QC, Canada
CINEPLEX IS MISREADING QUEBECERS, LAWYER FOR DEAF FILMGOER SAYS
Cineplex Entertainment is misreading the political and social climate in Quebec if it thinks Quebecers would object to deaf filmgoers having access to closed captioning in English just because such captioning is not available in French as well, says human-rights lawyer Julius Gray. Gray has agreed to represent Jeffrey Liebman, a deaf Montrealer who is taking a discrimination case against Cineplex before the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal. Liebman was refused a personal closed-caption device that Cineplex provides at its cinemas across Canada to its deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. / Montreal Gazette
Milton, ON, Canada
BOB RUMBALL ASSOC. FOR THE DEAF GARDEN CULTIVATES COMMUNITY
Seed funding for the creation of a therapeutic garden at the Bob Rumball Associations for the Deaf has blossomed into a community initiative that fosters inclusivity and helps break social isolation. Earlier this year, the Milton-based non-profit organization received a $60,400 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to help grow its therapeutic garden project from a few plots to an expansive oasis that boasts a bountiful array of fruits, vegetables and herbs. / Inside Halton
Prince Albert, SK, Canada
DEAF HOOP DANCER BREAKS THROUGH BARRIERS
Burton Bird has been deaf since birth but has never let that stop him from doing anything and everything he wants to do; including dance. In 1990 he discovered hoop dancing through the Joe Duquette High School (now Oskãyak) which offered a course as part of its curriculum. It didn’t take much to persuade him to try. “One of the people that was giving us the tour said if I took hoop dancing I would get to travel more,” Bird said. / paNOW
La Paz, Bolivia
BOLIVIA PUBLISHES SIGN LANGUAGE DICTIONARY FOR DEAF COMMUNITY
The Bolivian Deaf Federation published a dictionary on Friday, with 2,300 local entries about typical food, clothing, and festivities, to facilitate communication with the deaf community. The dictionary was presented in the capital La Paz ahead of the International Week of the Deaf scheduled for the last week of September. / Global Times
MR. DEAF SOUTH AFRICA CONTESTANT'S Q AND A
Q: What made you join decide to take part in pageant? A: A vision to spread a simple message: “You are able”. The Forever Resorts Mister Deaf SA is a great opportunity and platform to get my message heard. I grabbed this opportunity with both hands because people with hearing disabilities have a burning desire to be heard by the world. I want to take action and be an example for the deaf to make themselves heard. / Rekord East
BLIND AND DEAF CYCLISTS SHOW NO FEAR
They may be blind or deaf, but the passion for cycling by members of the Fearless Dragon is just like any other. Riding tandem, members of the Fearless Dragon -- formed by people with hearing and vision loss -- joined the Challenge Ride of the cyclothon by being each other's eyes and ears. Henry Tang Bing-yip, who was born blind, teamed with deaf rider Roger Yim Yan-kit in the 50-kilometer ride, during which the pair gave each other "secret signals" on when they had to slow down, stop or accelerate. / The Standard
MEET ROLAND: THE STORY OF OUR DEAF PARTNER IN SINGAPORE
Roland is one of our deaf Uber partners. This is his journey. (Video) / Vimeo
RUSSIAN EMBASSY IN LAOS HELPS DEAF RUSSIAN CITIZEN WHO VIOLATED VISA REGIME
The Embassy of Russia in Laos is looking for relatives of Maria Mokrova. At present she is being kept at a temporary entry center as she has violated the country's passport and visa requirements. According to the local law enforcement officials, the Russian woman spent more than 15 days in the coutntry for which a visa is not required, reports RIA Novosti. The situation is complicated with the fact that Maria is deaf. Apart from that, she does not remember the names of her relatives. / russkiymir.ru
HEARING-IMPAIRED PEOPLE TO RALLY DEMANDING DEAF SCHOOL
They can't shout or scream to be heard because their mother tongue is only a set of signs. Even if they talk using their sign language, no one bothers to listen to their worries. So they found a new way. At least 200 deaf people will walk from the Light House to the Labour Statue at the Marina beach on Sunday, urging the government to establish an "Amma Deaf School" in Chennai. / Times of India
PAINTING COMPETITION MARKS WORLD DEAF DAY
As part of the celebrations of World Deaf Day, SAHI organized a painting competition for school and college students at Apollo Hospitals in Jubilee Hills on Saturday. About 20 children and adolescents from Geetanjali Model School, SGB Model High School and JNA and FAU colleges participated in it. Hearing loss is an invisible disorder and its effects are drastic. / The Hans India
SHORT FILM ABOUT THIS DEAF AND MUTE ARTIST HAS A LESSON FOR ALL
"If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse". This is the saying filmmaker Ali Balsania used to describe the hero of his short film, "Speaking Pad." A little over five minutes long, this inspiring documentary tales the tale of a deaf-and-mute sketch artist who walks up and down the Marine Drive in Mumbai to sell his sketches. But the best part is, he doesn't do so because he has no choice, but because it is his dream. / India Today
POPE FRANCIS SAYS CHURCH NEEDS TO BETTER INCLUDE DEAF PEOPLE
The Pope was speaking on the World Day of the Deaf on Sunday and offered prayers for deaf people all over the world. Vatican Radio reported that the leader of Catholics all over the world said: "I want to salute all deaf persons – some of whom are here – and encourage them to give their part for a Church and for a society that are both ever more ready and willing to welcome everyone." / Premier
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LIFE & LEISURE
New York, NY
THE DEAF BODY IN PUBLIC SPACE
“It’s rude to point,” my friend told me from across the elementary-school cafeteria table. I grasped her words as I read them off her lips. She stared at my index finger, which I held raised in midair, gesturing toward a mutual classmate. “My mom said so.” I was 6 or 7 years old, but I remember stopping with a jolt. Something inside me froze, too, went suddenly cold. “I’m signing,” I said out loud. “That’s not rude.” / The New York Times
Coeur d'Alene, ID
EXPLORING THE DEAF CULTURE
For hearing parents, it can be heartbreaking to learn that their child is deaf. "If they’re going through that first initial appointment and they find out their child’s deaf, they go through the grieving process," said Cortney Peters, an education specialist for the deaf and hard of hearing with the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind. Being the only deaf family member can be difficult, as well. / Coeur d'Alene Press
STUDY SUGGESTS BABIES BORN TO WOMEN WITH HEARING LOSS MORE LIKELY TO BE PREMATURE
Hearing loss is a marginalizing and disabling condition, resulting in various adverse social and health outcomes. Babies born to women with hearing loss were significantly more likely to be premature and have low birth weight, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Understanding and addressing the causes are critical to improving pregnancy outcomes among women with hearing loss, say investigators. / News-medical.net
Lake Mary, FL
FREE VIDEOS DEMONSTRATE PROPER USE OF MEDICATIONS FOR THE DEAF COMMUNITY
Just in time for International Week of the Deaf, VUCA Health, a company based in Lake Mary, FL, has launched a website that features videos demonstrating proper administration of certain medications presented in ASL. The videos can be accessed for free at http://rxtips.medsoncue.com/asl and cover topics such as injecting medications subcutaneously, using inhalers, and applying fentanyl patches. / American Pharmacists Association
UNL PROFESSOR TEACHES FOUR ASL CLASSES WITHOUT SPEAKING A WORD
There is no talking in Amy Willman’s class – not to chat with peers, not to answer the teacher, not even to ask a question. In other classes, students might whisper behind their hands to evade the rule, but in Willman’s class, their hands are busy with something else: signing. Willman is the ASL coordinator and lecturer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Willman has been deaf since birth, which lets students peer into an often misunderstood culture and community. / The Daily Nebraskan
DEAF STUDENTS GET HANDS-ON AT BLOSSOM MONTESSORI
Conventional education methods can be a challenge for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, but thankfully for students at a school in Clearwater, learning is designed just for them. The Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf combines sign language with hands-on learning. Julie Rutenberg founded the school back in 2003 after working with deaf children and their families for several years. She saw a need to educate them in a different way. / FOX 13 Tampa Bay
GALLAUDET CELEBRATES THE FIRST DEAF WOMAN TO SERVE AS ITS PRESIDENT
Gallaudet University, the world’s only liberal arts college that caters to deaf and hard of hearing students, is celebrating its first deaf, female president. Roberta Cordano, who began her reign as the college’s 11th president in January, will be honored during an installation ceremony on Friday. / DCist
MARION NATIVE FINDS NEW CAREER WITH ALEXANDRIA ANTIQUES
Her parents were antique dealers and she was constantly around antiques as a child, so it’s no surprise Susan Hobbins eventually would open Alexandria Antiques. What is a bit of a surprise is the path she took to get there. “I taught at the Ohio School for the Deaf for 38 years,” Hobbins said. / The Marion Star
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
New York, NY
'HAMILTON' RELEASES HAM4HAM FEATURING DEAF ACTORS
Hamilton's live Ham4Ham may be over with but the format certainly hasn't been forgotten. The new cast revived it online on Wednesday with a stunning Ham4Ham in honor of Deaf Awareness Week, also known as International Week of the Deaf. Featuring New York Deaf Theatre actors Alexandria Wailes, Jubil Khan, Samantha Coleman, and Shelly Guy, the performance of "Cabinet Battle #2" is powerful and evocative. / The Daily Dot
HERE'S WHY DEAF YOUTUBERS HAVE HAD IT WITH BAD VIDEO CAPTIONING
If you missed the memo, all of September has been Deaf Awareness Month. And just as we enter its last few days, a movement has begun on YouTube that requires everybody’s attention. So if you’re one of those YouTubers not properly captioning their videos, #NoMoreCraptions would like a word. / We The Unicorns
VIDEO GAMES EXCLUDE DEAF CUSTOMERS BY FLUBBING A SINGLE, SIMPLE FEATURE
Most video games have robust customization options, allowing you to adjust the brightness, volume, and difficulty level exactly to your individual tastes. But there's one simple feature a lot of games can't get quite right, and it's one that deaf gamers in particular need to fully enjoy a game: Subtitles. "We need everything that’s spoken in the game captioned!" said Chris "Phoenix" Robinson. "This is 2016 and gaming industries should’ve got it by now but it’s like they keep forgetting deaf/hard-of-hearing gamers are buying their games too." / Business Insider
MSD COUNTERS RANGERS' SIZE WITH SPEED, TIES NATIONAL DEAF RECORD
Maryland School for the Deaf’s football team knew it wouldn’t be able to ride a grind-it-out type of running game against Texas School for the Deaf on Friday. The Rangers’ size alone was intimidating. Three players weighed 250 pounds or more. “They outsized us, we knew that coming in,” MSD coach Ryan Bonheyo said. “That was my biggest concern.” So to counter Texas’ size, the Orioles turned to perhaps their best asset — speed and deception. / The Frederick News Post
CHARLES R. OVERHOLSER, 91, LONGTIME ASL INTERPRETER
Charles Raymond Overholser, 91, went home to Heaven on Thursday, Sept. 15, in Lewiston. Charles “Chuck” was born on Oct. 26, 1924, in Warsaw, Ind., to parents, Charles Benjamin and Mary Naugle Overholser. Chuck’s parents were deaf, so he was bilingual, using both ASL and English to communicate. His early exposure to ASL and deaf culture guided him to a career in deaf education and interpreting. / Sun Journal
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NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH, PHILADELPHIA, 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!
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Residential Counselors for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities – Full time, part time, on call; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma required.
Case Managers for Residential or Community Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - Full time; Glenside location. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences required.
Residential Program Director – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum AA degree OR 60 college credits with 4 years’ work experience with individuals with behavioral health needs and/or ID 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.
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Educational / Staff Interpreter - Full Time; Philadelphia location. Minimum AA with minimum 3 years’ experience required.
Staff Nurse – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum BSN/RN required.
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Residential House Director
The Northeast Arc, an established Human Service agency recognized for its creative approach and state of the art services for persons with disabilities is seeking candidates for the position of Residential House Director. Ideal candidates will have fluency in ASL and deep understanding of deaf culture. The Residential House Director will be overseeing a five person home for adults with Intellectual Disabilities and are deaf.
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