October 5, 2005
Vol. 1 No. 51
Editor: Tom Willard
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NAD DROPS PLANS TO HOLD CONFERENCE IN NEW ORLEANS
Due to the devasation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the National Association of the Deaf has decided not to hold its July 2006 conference in New Orleans. The NAD's board "recently voted, with heavy hearts, to find a new location for the conference," said NAD president Andrew Lange. The organization is now looking at specific Marriott properties on the West Coast and hopes to return to New Orleans in 2008. To keep posted, sign up for the NAD Conference eNews at www.nad.org/eNewsletters.
DEAF IMMIGRANT FOUND INCOMPETENT TO FACE MURDER CHARGE
Last Thursday in Williamsburg, Va., a deaf and illiterate Salvadoran man was found incompetent to stand trial for the murder of a 16-year-old girl. Oswaldo Martinez, an illegal immigrant, was indicted in May on charges of raping and killing Brittany Binger. Martinez was arrested in February after authorities matched DNA found on Binger's body with DNA swabbed from Martinez's cheek. The Associated Press reported that Judge Samuel Powell ordered Martinez to be sent to a state mental hospital for language training after expert witnesses testified that he has practically no language skills. A hearing to review his status has been scheduled for April 5.
UTAH MAN FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST CITY OF OGDEN
A deaf man from Roy, Utah filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court last week, accusing the city of Ogden of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Terrence Jimi Cantrell's lawsuit stems from a fender bender that took place in Ogden on August 8, 2004. Cantrell, 40, says he was leaving a business associate's home when a car driven by a 16-year-old girl backed out of a driveway and struck his bumper. When police arrived, they talked only to the girl and her parents and did not interview Cantrell or his business associate, who is also deaf. "The police completely ignored me," said Cantrell, who runs the deaf mentor program for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, he is seeking unspecified monetary damages and an order requiring the city to establish policies on communication with people who are deaf.
NEW JERSEY ATTORNEY SETTLES WITH FLORIDA HOSPITALS
The Palm Beach Post reported Sunday
that several deaf people in South Florida have sued doctors and hospitals for
failing to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The impetus for
the lawsuits has been New Jersey attorney Clara Smit, whose reputation as an
advocate for deaf people followed her when her mother moved to Fort Lauderdale
and Smit bought a condo in Hillsboro Beach. Smit has filed a number of lawsuits
on behalf of deaf clients who asked for interpreters and saw their requests
go unheeded. So far she has won settlements in eight cases, with clients receiving
undisclosed sums of money and hospitals agreeing to post signs alerting deaf
people of their right to an interpreter.
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TEXAS AGENCY REGAINS FUNDING FOR COUNSELING, ADVOCACY
The Austin, Texas agency DAWCAS (Deaf Abused Women and Children Advocacy Services, Inc.) is back in business. DAWCAS was temporarily unable to provide counseling or advocacy services after its VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) funding ran out in July. But last month the agency began receiving VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) funding, allowing it to continue to provide services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. The board, staff and supporters are now focusing on fundraising to bring back the full staff of eight employees. More information may be found at www.dawcas.org.
APPEALS COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR OF DEAF DRIVERS
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard a case last month about deaf delivery drivers. The Legal Aid Society's Employment Law Center was in court September 15 to argue before a three-judge panel that partially deaf workers should be allowed to drive trucks weighing less than 10,000 pounds. According to The Law, attorneys in Bates vs. UPS argued that such trucks are exempt from the U.S. Department of Transportation's hearing standard. Lawrence Paradis of Disability Rights Advocates argued the case, and co-counsel Todd Schneider was optimistic. "I thought the judges asked the right questions," he said.
TENNESSEE MAN HIT AND KILLED BY TRAIN
A deaf Tennessee man was hit and killed by a train last week. David Seiber, 50, died Tuesday, September 27 after being struck by a train in Clinton, Tenn. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, a relative normally helped Seiber cross the train tracks to visit another relative, but last week he was by himself when he stepped into the train's path. He was flown by medical helicopter to the University of Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Seiber sustained a fractured leg when hit by a train several years ago.
DEAFNATION EXPO IN MARYLAND ATTRACTS OVER 3,400
More than 3,400 people crowded into the DeafNation Expo in Gaithersburg, Md. on September 24. Held at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds, the Expo featured presentations, entertainment, giveaways and a record-setting 92 exhibition booths. Among the sponsors was Deafbuy.com, the first deaf-owned business to sponsor a DeafNation Expo. "We enjoyed attracting and showcasing our fast expanding offerings," said owner Drew Gutches. DeafNation Expo is visiting 12 cities this year and the next one is planned for Chicago on Saturday. Admission is free, and registration can be completed at www.deafnation.com.
NO DEAF EXPO IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THIS YEAR
For the first time in a dozen years,
there will be no Deaf Expo in Southern California in November. CSD (Communication
Services for the Deaf), which assumed responsibility for the Deaf Expo three
years ago, announced earlier this year that it would not be hosting any shows
in 2005 due to "a necessary organizational restructuring." To keep
posted on future plans, sign up at www.deafexpo.com/KeepUpdated.aspx.
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CANADIAN MAN FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST POLICE
The Nunatsiaq News in Canada reported last week on a house call by police that turned into a nightmare for a deaf man from Iqaluit. The incident began when Tanya Enook called police because she was concerned that her common-law husband, Laban Awa, was depressed and suicidal. According to a formal complaint filed after the incident, police arrived and began shouting at Awa, with one officer saying, "Oh, he can hear us." Awa was then pepper-sprayed, lain face-down in a doorway, punched three or four times and brought outside, where he was thrown in the snow, shirtless. Awa was taken to an isolation cell at a jail, where he was held for more than 11 hours. He did not learn until after he was released and consulted a legal aid lawyer that he had been arrested under the Mental Health Act for allegedly being depressed and possibly suicidal.
NAMIBIA PROVIDES FUNDING FOR HIV/AIDS EDUCATION
The greatest challenge for Namibia's 18,313 hearing-impaired people is accessibility to HIV/AIDS information, reported New Era last week. Most of the campaign messages are conveyed through radio, TV and print media, leaving deaf people uninformed about the dangers and prevention measures. However, a recent grant from the Road Fund Administration is designed to address this problem. The funding will enable the Namibian National Association of the Deaf to establish an HIV/AIDS department and conduct workshops for members and other deaf people in remote villages in the country. "If HIV/AIDS is so difficult to control generally in Namibia, then it must be an extra challenge for hearing-impaired people," said Penda Kiiyala, CEO of the Road Fund Administration.
GOVERNMENT EXTENDS HELPING HAND TO DEAF STUDENTS
The Assam government in India is turning its attention to the needs of deaf citizens, reported Web India last week. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi addressed a gathering at the 48th International Deaf and Dumb Day in Guwahati last Wednesday. He said the government would provide "all facilities" to deaf schools in the state, including free books for students up to 12th grade. He also announced free hostel facilities for deaf students and directed the social welfare department to submit a proposal for the welfare and rehabilitation of deaf students. Finally, he announced the state government has reserved three percent of government jobs for deaf and mute individuals.
DANCE MAJOR JOINS CAST OF BBC CHILDREN'S TV SHOW
A deaf U.K. college student majoring in dance has joined the cast of the BBC children's television show, "Grange Hill." Rebecca-Anne Withey, 19, was chosen after a nationwide search for an actress with the ability to sign, reported BBC News last week. She is the first deaf person in 20 years to appear on the show, which is being filmed in Liverpool for broadcast in November. Withey expects to resume her studies in dance practice and performance at the University of Wolverhampton. "My ambition is to produce the first deaf dance company in the U.K.," she said, "and change the way the country views deafness through the use of dance."
CANADIAN CHARITY 'I READ ABC' HELPS CHILDREN IN AFRICA
Three summers ago, Opiyo Oloya returned
to Canada from a trip to Kenya and Uganda and told two fellow educators of the
need for educational resources for deaf and blind children in Africa. Within
a few weeks, the idea took shape to form the International Resources for Education
of African Deaf and Blind Children --- "I Read ABC" for short. The
new charity recently presented its first three scholarships to teachers who
are training at Kyambogo University in Uganda, covering tuition, lodging, board
and all fees. Now the charity is focusing on a major fundraising initiative,
said Oloya in The New Vision. The I Read For Africa Challenge, scheduled for
February 2006, will invite Canadian children to get family and friends to sponsor
them as they read as many books as possible. The funds will go to the I Read
ABC Learning Centre at Kyambogo University.
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LIFE & LEISURE
TOMATO SALE YIELDS OVER $850 FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS
Four boys from Galesville, Md., ages 6 to 9, raised $856.33 for Hurricane Katrina victims on September 4 by selling homegrown tomatoes at the local post office and door-to-door throughout the community. "The people hurt by Hurricane Katrina were really poor and sick," said one of the young fund raisers, Reedy Hines, 7. Reedy's mother, Charity Reedy-Hines, is director of admissions at Gallaudet University. Through his mom, Reedy learned that Gallaudet had taken in a Louisiana student displaced by the hurricane. Christina Pullen, Miss Deaf Louisiana, had attended the Delgado Culinary Arts School in New Orleans only one day before the school was destroyed by the hurricane. Reedy went to Gallaudet with his mother to present Pullen with $315.33 to buy books for the semester. Pullen, said the Annapolis Capital, was speechless.
RESEARCHERS STUDY WHICH EAR SHOULD RECEIVE COCHLEAR IMPLANT
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore recently conducted a study to determine which ear should get a cochlear implant, the better-hearing or worse-hearing ear. "The notion has been that you want to implant the ear that is more alive, if you will -- the ear that has heard most recently and has had more hearing experience," Dr. Howard Francis told Macleans. But "why not put it in the ear that is deaf, and leave the one with residual hearing available for a hearing aid?" he asked. Francis and his colleagues studied 43 adults who were deaf in one ear and had severe hearing loss in the other. Of this group, 36 had cochlear implants in their deaf ear, and they did just as well as patients who had the implants in the better-hearing ear.
GALLAUDET GRADS FEATURED IN TIMES SQUARE VIDEO
A 30-second public service announcement featuring graduates of Gallaudet University is grabbing attention this month on the Panasonic Company's huge Astro Vision screen in New York City's Times Square. The PSA is airing once every hour every day throughout the month. It features Gallaudet alumni working in a variety of careers and illustrating the message that "Deaf people can do anything except hear." The project originated with Marilyn "Penny" Joseph, Panasonic's director of corporate outreach programs, who is also a member of the Gallaudet Board of Associates.
DEAF AND BLIND COUPLE ENJOY TACTILE TOUR OF HAWAII
Ken and Annie Sting had the time
of their lives in Oahu, Hawaii during a September 13-22 retirement celebration.
The couple can't see or hear, reported the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, but they
experienced the island's culture, plants, history and marine life through tactile
sign language. Ken, 65, recently retired from the Light House for the Blind
in Seattle, where Annie, 58, still works. The couple, married 19 years, have
Usher syndrome, an inherited disease that causes hearing loss and vision problems
that worsen over time. Holly Delcambre and Tracey Clark, longtime friends and
volunteer interpreters, accompanied the couple on their Hawaiian tour while
Ken's guide dog, Skinner, stayed at home. "They really like the smell of
things, like leis," said Delcambre. "Plumerias are a big hit."
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MAX FACTOR GIVES NTID $100,000 FOR L.A. TRAINING PROGRAM
The National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, N.Y. announced last week that it will present a series of information technology training and career development workshops for deaf and hard-of-hearing Latino America adults in the greater Los Angeles area. The training program will be funded by a $100,000 grant from the Max Factor Family Foundation. NTID professors will customize their established Deaf Initiative in Information Technology program, which has already benefited more than 300 deaf professionals nationwide. "NTID's successful track record is a perfect match for our philanthropic focus," said Max Factor III, attorney and foundation trustee.
GALLAUDET CHOOSES FIRM TO DESIGN SORENSON CENTER
Gallaudet University has selected SmithGroup, America's eighth-largest architecture, engineering, interiors and planning firm, to design the new $28 million James Lee Sorenson Language and Communication Center. Last November, Sorenson Media and the Sorenson Legacy Foundation donated $5 million to Gallaudet to create the center, which will include classrooms, laboratories, clinics, libraries and office space. Construction is expected to begin in June 2006, with completion targeted for November 2007. "The Sorenson Center is intended as a true landmark, and will occupy an important site on this historically and architecturally significant campus," said Tom Butcavage, SmithGroup's lead designer for the project.
'PALATOMETER' SAID TO HELP DEAF LEARN TO TALK
A semiretired researcher at Brigham
Young University in Salt Lake City, Utah has developed a device that can help
deaf people, stroke patients and people with speech impediments learn to speak
more clearly. Thomas Fletcher has spent more than 30 years developing the palatometer,
reported the Deseret Morning News. It consists of three components: a mouth
piece with 118 tiny gold sensors that looks like a retainer, an interface worn
around the neck that connects to a computer, and computer software that lets
users see in real-time where their tongue is hitting the palate. "Getting
the tongue in the right place is so hard if you're deaf or had a stroke,"
said Fletcher. "Once it feels right (inside the mouth), it'll sound right."
A patent is pending on the device, which costs between $200 and $300. As many
as 20 universities have already bought one, Fletcher said.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
'MONSTER GARAGE' FILMS EPISODE AT TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Producers of the popular "Monster Garage" show recently filmed an episode at the Texas School for the Deaf. The TV program features "ordinary cars [that] become extraordinary machines," and past projects have included turning a car into a brewery and putting a jet engine into a Toyota. Austin's KXAN-TV reported last week that the weeklong stay at the Texas deaf school presented the team with a challenge they've never experienced before. "There are certain things that are the same," said co-executive producer Tod Mesirow. "They get five days, a limited budget, the same amount of resources but the biggest difference is the non-hearing aspect." Host Jesse James learned some sign languge ("'cool' and 'carburetor,' things like that," said student Mike Anglin) and interpreters were on hand to facilitate communication. "Monster Garage" airs 9 p.m. ET/PT on the Discovery Channel.
STUDENT IN IRELAND SEEKING DEAF PHOTOGRAPHERS
Lucy Glover, a 22-year-old photography student in Belfast, Ireland, is planning to write her dissertation on deafness in photography. Her interest in deafness and visual communication developed from helping out at the school where her father teaches children who are deaf and blind. She has found it difficult to locate information on deaf photography and would like to hear from Deafweekly readers who are deaf photographers and could respond to a questionnaire that she is developing. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PBS AFFILIATE PLANS DEAF CINEMA SHOWCASE IN FALL 2006
WETA, the Washington, D.C. PBS affiliate station, is planning to host a Deaf Cinema Showcase in the fall of 2006. WETA is collaborating on the project with Gallaudet University and CINE, a group that recognizes outstanding film and video productions through a series of competitions. Producers will be seeking short films of 3-12 minutes in length by deaf filmmakers. An official call for submissions has not been finalized, but will be posted by the first week of November on WETA's website, www.weta.org.
'NIGHT OF DRUM MUSIC' SCHEDULED IN LOS ANGELES
Allies Music and CJ Jones are teaming
up to present "a night of drum music to unite the deaf and hearing communities
through the power of the drum." The upcoming event was inspired by the
recent documentary, "Touch the Sound," about deaf drummer Evelyn Glennie,
and will offer a chance to experience music by showing how drumming connects
sound, rhythm, time and body. The event takes place Saturday, October 22 in
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MARYLAND'S WINNING STREAK ENDS AT 27 GAMES
Maryland School for the Deaf's 27-game winning streak in football came to an end on Friday night, September 23, reported the Washington Post. MSD was beaten 30-28 in overtime by Avalon School, a three-year-old private school of roughly 75 students that is playing its first varsity season. It was the first victory of the year for Avalon (1-3), which had lost its three previous games by a combined score of 110-7.
ARIZONA SCHOOLS MERGE THEIR FOOTBALL TEAMS
The Arizona Republic reported recently on a novel solution to a problem that was plaguing the football teams at the Arizona School for the Deaf and the Blind in Tucson and the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf. The two schools had struggled to field teams in recent years. In 2003, PDSD forfeited most of its games and lost the only two it played, while ASDB managed to play only three games. Three games into the 2004 season, the two rivals, located two hours apart, decided to merge their teams. Over the next eight games, the combined team went 5-3, finishing the year at 6-5. This year, the team has won its first four games. "I haven't had one problem," said first-year PDSD coach Daniel Del Angel. "They just get along so well."
GALLAUDET FOOTBALL OFF TO A 4-0 START
The Gallaudet University football team is off to a 4-0 start after clobbering Walter Reed 60-14 on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore tailback Tamir Armwood rushed for 154 yards on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns. The Bison got off to a quick start with Armwood's 57-yard run on the opening drive, setting up senior tailback Robert Haney Jr.'s two-yeard touchdown plunge. By the end of the first quarter, Gallaudet was ahead 20-0. Defensively, the team was led by sophomore linebacker David Harvey (eight tackles) and rookie Calvin Doudt (seven).
ROBERT HORAK, 62, MEMBER OF U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
Robert C. Horak, the first deaf member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, died September 22 at Waukesha Memorial Hospital in Waukesha, Wisc. He was 62. "Bob Horak knew everything there was to know about boats even though he couldn't hear them," reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He worked for years as a vessel examiner on Waukesha County lakes, examining hundreds of boats each year to ensure they complied with state and federal regulations. Mr. Horak joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1970, and a year later he was commissioned as its first deaf staff officer. He and his wife, Joan, moved from Illinois to Wisconsin in the late 1980s when Mr. Horak accepted a job at a bakery. The couple sometimes would drive their boat up and down Lake Michigan, docking in Chicago to visit old friends. Mr. Horak also bred springer spaniel dogs and had a keen interest in the weather. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister and a nephew in Tennessee.
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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, 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.
PROGRAM ASSISTANT/INTERPRETER in
Brief summary: Under supervision of the Director of Health Education/Services, using the guidelines of the assigned scope of work provided by the California Department of Health Service’s Community Challenge Grant, the Program Assistant/Interpreter will:
Work closely with the Community Health Educators on activities for GLAD’s program including plan and participate in community events and educational workshops as stated in the project scope of work; Provide interpreting services for teleconferencing meetings, collaborative meetings, OFP regional meetings, FamilyPACT clinic meetings, and appointments or any other situations which may arise to facilitate communication for project staff; Make arrangements and schedule with schools, programs and clinics for project educational/prevention activities; Responsible to coordinate Deaf Youth Advocacy Presentation and Mentoring Program; Implement media including articles, publications and GLAD’s website; Prepare Collaborative Alliance meeting minutes; Compile and distribute educational and promotional materials to project staff and community; Compile all documents for filing and prepare monthly progress reports; Clerical duties as well as such tasks and responsibilities as may be delegated
JOB DEVELOPER/INTERPRETER in West
Brief summary: Employment services offered at GLAD assist deaf and hard of hearing individuals with job information, job training, job placement and accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Co-located at 5 Employment Development Department (EDD) Offices and at each local office. The programs under employment services are: Job Readiness Training, Workplace Accessibility, Job Development, Placement and Follow-up
COMMUNITY ADVOCATE in Riverside and
Brief summary: Under the supervision of the Regional Center Director, the Community Advocate will assist deaf and hard of hearing consumers in the area of communication access via TTY relay, document translation, and other duties, provide advocacy in the areas of social security, education, employment, consumer affairs, and others, record statistics on a daily basis related to provision of services, counsel deaf and hard of hearing consumers with problems related to personal and family adjustments, finances, employment, food, clothing and housing, assists deaf and hard of hearing consumers with independent living skills, educate the deaf and hard of hearing community about various laws and programs benefiting and protecting the rights of deaf persons such as Department of Rehabilitation and Social Security policies and the ADA, etc., work with the Resource Advocate regarding updates of the Directory of Resources, refers consumers to community resources and other organizations, secure information and resources beneficial to the department pertaining to social security, immigration, mediation, etc. through workshops, seminars and through networking with other agencies, some typing and other light office duties as necessary, driving is required as part of the job, perform such tasks and responsibilities as may be delegated
NETWORK I.T. Administrator in Los
Brief summary: Operate MS network through on-site and VPN; Troubleshoot and resolve technical issues involving network hardware and software; Perform daily maintenance of network hardware and software systems; work with organizational staff to create and implement computer networking policies; Ensure backups and recovery of servers and workstations data and develop a disaster recovery plan; Assist computer users with technical hardware and software issues both on-site and remote access.; Perform in a pro-active manner by developing a plan of action to improve network productivity, security and ergonomics within budget; Maintain records of hardware and software inventories; Contact person for the organization’s ISPs, Web and Email Hosting; Train and educate computer user on the organization’s software, hardware and computer policies. Required to have hands-on experience working on VPN and MS Exchange.
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Human Resources Specialist
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2222 Laverna Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041
V/TDD: (323) 550-4207
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Full-time Academic Staff Position
The Department of Exceptional Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is seeking applicants for the position of Advisor /American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter.
This Advisor will provide current and prospective students with information about Department undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs, including trouble shooting with students, updating materials and website information, coordinating recruitment and orientation sessions, and helping to manage a student database. The Advisor will also oversee the admissions process for the teacher education programs, and will act as the Department's ASL Interpreter.
Minimal qualifications for this position include: A Bachelor's Degree in education, social sciences or related field; at least one year related work experience; and completion of an Interpreter Training Program (preferred RID CI/CT); Fluency in ASL and proficient in ASL interpreting. Knowledge of Deaf Culture, disability advocacy and special education is highly desirable. He/she must have skill in the use of MS Word, MS Access, e-mail, Internet and production of user-friendly documents. He or she should have the ability to manage multiple tasks, timelines, and priorities, possess strong communication and interpersonal skills and experience in working with persons from diverse backgrounds, and competency in managing people. Preferred experience in advising, counseling, or mentoring.
SALARY RANGE: Competitive, with fringe benefits. This is a full-time, fixed term, annual (12 month) non-teaching academic staff appointment.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications begins October 15, 2005 and will continue until position is filled.
START DATE: January 1, 2006
Please send cover letter, a current vita or resume, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references to:
Dr. Laura Owens, Search Committee
Department of Exceptional Education
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201
(414) 229-5251 Fax (414) 229-5500
The names of those nominees and applicants who have not requested that their identities be withheld and the names of all finalists will be released upon request.
UWM is an AA/EO employer and educator
strongly committed to maintaining a climate of supporting equality of opportunity
and respect for difference based on gender, culture, ethnicity, disability,
sexual orientation, marital status, race, color, religion, national origin or
ancestry, age, and lawful activities. We particularly encourage applications
from individuals who would enhance and diversify our workforce.
Birnbaum Interpreting Services of
Silver Spring, MD, seeks a
Professional Development Coordinator
Responsible for all facets of the
interview process for interpreters. Administrative support as needed.
Assist with interpreter training/workshops including Deaf Culture, ADA and related.
Manage and oversee the Certification Achievement Program (CAP)
Assists in evaluation of the Entry Level Interpreting Program Participants. Provide support as needed.
Responsible for teaching ASL classes and research and develop proposal bids for ASL classes.
Assist in the Outreach program as needed.
B.A. in Communications or Deaf Education
Studies or four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination
of education and experience.
Bona fide Occupational Qualification (BFOQ) adopted for the position connected to the performance of the job and in honesty and good faith it is necessary to the fulfillment of the work-related responsibilities. Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDI’s) are encouraged to apply.
Talents & Characteristics:
Superior interpersonal skills as well as excellent organizational and time management skills
Salary: $30 - $35K
Submit resume, cover letter highlighting your skills for the position to:
Larry Rocha, Director of Human Resources
Birnbaum Interpreting Services
8555 16th Street, Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Western Nevada Community College
Professional Position Announcement
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE/INTERPRETER PREPARATION PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR
Location: Primary work assignment Carson City/Douglas Campuses. WNCC faculty should anticipate being assigned to teach one or more classes at other college campuses, at rural centers, in the inmate education program, or via distance learning equipment, and develop and implement web courses.
Deadline for Application:
The position will remain open until filled. The committee will begin reviewing applications May 25, 2005. Applicants who have submitted a complete application packet by that date will receive full consideration.
Date Position Available: Fall Semester 2005
Minimum Qualifications and Experience:
Master’s degree from a regionally accredited university preferred in one of the following: Deaf Studies, Deaf Education, American Sign Language, Sign Language Interpreting, ASL, or a related field.
American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) Certification preferred.
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Certification and/or National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Certification Level 4 and above preferred.
Minimum of three years teaching experience at the college level is preferred.
Experience in teaching American Sign Language or Interpreting is required.
Experience in networking with agencies and educational institutions which serve the deaf is preferred.
Experience with distance education/web teaching modalities is preferred.
A thorough understanding of the purpose and function of community colleges is required.
Teach a minimum of 30 credits a year.
Teach day and evening university transfer American Sign Language (AM)/Interpreters Preparation Program (IPP) classes.
Assist with coordinating and tracking of the AM/IPP scheduling.
Assist with organizing and facilitating the meetings of the American Sign Language (ASL)/IPP Advisory Committee.
Assist with recruitment and evaluation of part-time instructors in the discipline.
Serve as liaison between WNCC and the deaf community, including organizations which serve the deaf community.
Develop traditional and alternative methodologies and teach using traditional and alternative methodologies (interactive video, web-based, etc.).
Participate in student advisement.
Participate in program review and academic program assessment.
Serve on college and system committees as required.
Perform all responsibilities set forth in Board of Regents Handbook, Title 2, Chapter 4, Section 4.4.2., “Standards for Recommending Appointment with Tenure."
Participate in college and community service activities.
Perform other duties as assigned.
The submission of all required application materials by the deadline date is the responsibility of the applicant. A completed WNCC application, resume, transcripts (if copies are sent, official transcripts must be on file by the date of hire), three current letters of recommendation (written no earlier than 2001), and a Pre-Employment Information form are to be forwarded to:
Western Nevada Community College
2201 West College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
Applications are available on-line at www.wncc.edu/personnel. To have an application packet mailed to you, please email email@example.com or call (775) 445-4237.
A college screening committee is responsible for application review, interviews and recommendations of the final candidate(s) to the college president. Only final candidates will be contacted for an interview.
"B" Contract (171 day),
full-time, with benefits - Tenure Track Position
Salary Range - $[ ]- Placement on salary schedule is based on education and experience.
Western Nevada Community College, an institution of the University and Community College System of Nevada, and as an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, values diversity in its work force and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disabilities or veteran’s status. WNCC employs U.S. citizens and persons lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES REQUIRING ACCOMMODATIONS DURING THE HIRING PROCESS SHOULD NOTIFY HUMAN RESOURCES BY THE FILING DEADLINE.
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