October 5, 2016
Vol. 12, No. 49
Editor: Tom Willard
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FORMER EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH STEALING MORE THAN $67,000 FROM UTAH SCHOOLS
A former financial analyst for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind was charged Thursday with stealing more than $67,000 from school accounts — crimes that were revealed by the state Auditor's Office in a July report that did not name the suspect. Leslie Sue White, 44, of Ogden, was charged Thursday in 2nd District Court with communications fraud and two counts of unlawful use of a financial transaction card, all second-degree felonies, as well as third-degree felony theft. / The Salt Lake Tribune
AGENCY ACCUSED OF POOR LEADERSHIP, SERVICE TO DEAF ILLINOISANS
A tiny state agency says in a brochure that it exists to “decrease barriers” for Illinoisans with hearing loss. But according to critics, the Springfield-based Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission is squandering its $800,000 to $850,000 in annual state funding through inept leadership and weak oversight. “They are incompetent,” said Corey Axelrod, president of the Illinois Association of the Deaf, referring to commission director John Miller and assistant director Janet Lambert. / The State Journal-Register
N.J. CAB COMPANY ORDERED TO PAY $42K FOR HANGING UP ON DEAF WOMAN DURING SNOW STORM
A New Jersey cab company has been ordered to pay $42,000 in civil penalties for repeatedly hanging up on a deaf woman using a call relay service to hail a cab, authorities said. The state Division on Civil Rights claims the company, Clifton Taxi and Limousine, Inc., violated state laws protecting people with disabilities and left the woman in the lurch during a heavy snowfall. / NJ.com
DEAF BOY'S SERVICE DOG-IN-TRAINING KILLED IN ANCHORAGE HIT-AND-RUN
Anchorage police are seeking a driver whose pickup they said struck and killed a young boy's dog in East Anchorage on Thursday, then left the scene. The boy's family said the boy is deaf and the dog was being trained as a service animal. "The 12-year-old boy who was walking the dog told police that he let go of the leash when the dog was struck," said police spokeswoman Renee Oistad. "The boy was not injured." / Alaska Dispatch News
Council Bluffs, IA
STUDENTS, LAWMAKERS MARK HOMECOMING AT IOWA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
It was a sea of cardinal red and gold Friday afternoon at Iowa School for the Deaf. Students spent the week dressing up for homecoming week, and, on Friday, students were dressed in ISD colors to celebrate the week’s last spirit day. Parents, staff and state legislators were invited to join students for a homecoming week barbecue lunch and an after-lunch spirit game Friday. / The Daily Nonpareil
NEW RETIREMENT COMMUNITY OPENS
Alder Springs Deaf & Blind Community, a private non-profit independent-living retirement community, has recently opened its first phase in Morganton, N.C. Barbara Palmento, '72, serves on the board of directors, and documented the phases of construction and opening of the facility on YouTube and other social media. Phase One included the opening of a residential building, Phase Two will consist of another residential building, and Phase Three will include a community center. / Gallaudet University
New York, NY
DEAF, MUTE WOMAN REPORTEDLY RAPED AT CLUB
A 29-year-old deaf and mute woman from Colorado who was in the city to celebrate Rosh Hashanah told police she was raped Tuesday at an after hours club in Brooklyn, police sources said. The woman said she was raped in Crown Heights at about 3 a.m., the sources said. The woman then took a subway to Grand Central Station, where she reported the crime to a patrol cop. / New York Post
Los Angeles, CA
WOMAN'S DEAF BULLDOG STOLEN OFF HER FRONT PORCH
A thief stole an Arleta woman's deaf bulldog right off the front porch of her home. The culprit was recorded on surveillance video, speeding off on a bicycle. Melissa Amezcua left her 1-year-old dog Ruby outside her home only for a brief moment before a morning walk. When she came back out, Ruby was gone. / abc7.com
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DEAF PEOPLE DESCENDED ON BRUSSELS TO MAKE A NOISE ABOUT SIGN
"Multilingualism and equal rights in the EU: the role of sign languages" was the name of a conference organised 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. The conference held on 28 September 2016 in the European Parliament was attended by over 1,000 people from across the EU. There was interpretation into all 31 EU sign languages and all 24 official spoken languages. / EULITA
DEAF TRIO ALLEGEDLY PLOTTED MURDER IN SIGN LANGUAGE
A trio of deaf people allegedly used sign language to discussed the best way to kill man, saying “fall good, fall good” before the victim fell 12m to his death from a Melbourne balcony. An Auslan interpreter who studied CCTV footage of the three allegedly discussing how they would kill Robert Wright will give evidence before a jury on Wednesday. Prosecutor Christopher Dane QC told the court that accused Georgia Fields had asked Jake Fairest “you want dead or alive, and how die?" / News.com.au
HIGH COURT BLOCKS DEAF WOMAN'S BID FOR JURY DUTY
There is widespread anger among deaf people after the High Court rejected an appeal over their eligibility to serve on Queensland juries. Deaf jurors serve in the United States and New Zealand and several independent reports recommended legislative change to allow deaf jurors in Australia. The case was brought by Ipswich woman Gaye Lyons, who argued she was discriminated against when excluded from consideration for a Queensland jury in 2012. / ABC News
POSTMORTEMS DUE ON ELDERLY DEAF BROTHERS FOUND IN DUBLIN HOME
Postmortem exams are due to be carried out on the bodies of two elderly deaf brothers found at a house in Dublin on Tuesday. The two men had been sharing the home. One of the men is believed to have lived at the house with the body of his brother for several weeks before he himself died last weekend. / The Irish Times
MOTHER'S DESPERATE PLEA FOR RETURN OF DEAF SON'S HEARING AID
A mother said she is "over the moon" after her deaf son's £5,000 ($6,500 US) hearing aid was found. Dannielle Malseed launched a desperate appeal on social media after her 2-year-old son Thomas lost his cochlear implants on a bus journey. His mother, aged 21, noticed he had lost the aid when they got off the bus and wrote a post on Facebook for its return, which was shared almost 6,000 times. [Ed. Note: He didn't lose hearing aids or cochlear implants, he lost his speech processors.] / The Bolton News
PLAQUE PROTESTS AGAINST DEAF SERVICE CUTS
A plaque has been placed on a bench near Conwy castle appearing to protest against cuts to deaf services. Campaigners from North Wales Deaf Association said they do not know who placed it there on Tuesday, but "appreciate the support". The group has been left "frustrated and angry" at a £50,000 ($65,000 US) annual funding cut from Conwy council. / BBC News
VRS LAUNCHES TO HELP DEAF CANADIANS MAKE CALLS
A Video Relay Service (VRS) has launched that lets deaf and hard of hearing Canadians who use ASL and Langue des Signes Québécoise (LSQ) to conduct calls through video with a professional ASL or LSQ interpreter. The service was launched by the Canadian Administrator of VRS, a non-profit created in 2014 with a mandate from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission following an 18-month trial ran by Telus in Alberta and British Columbia. / Mobile Syrup
St. John's, NL, Canada
DEAF WOMAN APPLAUDS MILE ONE CENTRE FOR PROVIDING INTERPRETERS AT COMEDY SHOW
A St. John's woman with hearing loss wanted to see Jerry Seinfeld perform his stand-up routine so bad this weekend she took it upon herself to ask Mile One Centre to provide sign language interpreters. Nicole Marsh says administration at the facility were quick to respond, and got at least two interpreters to stand in front of the stage Seinfeld was performing on and do ASL for herself and anyone else who needed it. / CBC News
TRAFFIC CAMERAS TO BE MONITORED BY THE HEARING IMPAIRED
Studies have indicated that once a person experiences hearing loss, other senses are heightened, including vision. It is this extra sensitivity to visual cues that has the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority hiring deaf and mute persons to bolster its staff at the agency’s monitoring center, Metrobase. “There are studies which indicate that when a person loses one of the bodily senses, the other senses are more sensitive or heightened. Their visual acuity is sharper,” said MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos. / Auto Industry News
IN BALI'S DEAF VILLAGE OF BENGKALA, SILENCE IS GOLDEN
Balinese women dressed in gold bodices danced to rhythmic drumming while waving fans as men in purple outfits sat cross legged around them, jiggling their arms and chanting. It appeared to be just another show on the Indonesian resort island, known for its ancient culture and rituals, but there is a key difference — the dancers were all deaf and could not hear the beat. / Manila Times
Durban, South Africa
'TRUSTED' DEAF TENANT GETS 10 YEARS FOR RAPING GIRL
A 6-year-old girl was robbed of her childhood when she was raped and sexually assaulted – more than once – by a man she had trusted and considered a grandfather figure. A victim impact report was submitted to the Durban Regional Court and included drawings by the little girl, now 9, that depicted her inner turmoil. / IOL
Auckland, New Zealand
SOUTH AFRICAN MAN KIDNAPPED AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTED A 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN AUCKLAND PARK
A profoundly deaf man kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl while high on cannabis because he was sad no one came to his New Year's Day barbecue. Tim Horne, 22, was so upset that no one came to his party on January 1, 2014, that he walked down to a park in Auckland and started playing with three young girls. / Daily Mail
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LIFE & LEISURE
New York, NY
PEOPLE WITH HEARING LOSS HAVE MORE VIVID DREAMS
It’s often thought that when one sensory modality is weakened, the other senses become more attuned to compensate. For example, someone with significant hearing loss may then be more visually sensitive. One recent study set out to investigate whether this sort of compensation might also occur during dreams. Do individuals with hearing loss experience more visual dreams? / Psychology Today
New Paltz, NY
SUNY STUDENTS HELP DEAF CHILDREN IN ETHIOPIA
The influence of the SUNY New Paltz communications disorders department is so widespread that even deaf students in eastern Africa can attest to it. This past summer, nine students had the chance to work hands-on with the deaf community in three Ethiopian cities. Communications disorders lecturer Rebecca Swenson helped create this study abroad trip with Visions Global Empowerment after an alum came back from a previous trip to the country and raved about the program. / The New Paltz Oracle
THIS VIBRATING HAIR CLIP COULD HELP THE DEAF FEEL THE BEAT
Sometimes the best ideas come in small packages, and that's definitely the case here, with a tiny device that could change the way the deaf interact with the world. Called Ontenna, it's a simple concept device that's been developed by Fujitsu. Were someone to hand it to you without explanation, you'd probably think it was some sort of clunky, shapeless hair clip. And that's basically what it is, but what it does is far more impressive. / CNET
A DEVICE FOR THE DEAF THAT LETS YOU "LISTEN" WITH YOUR SKIN
What if our bodies had a new way—other than our eardrums—to hear the world around us? That’s what neuroscientist David Eagleman wondered five years ago. He looked at the body for answers and saw a huge sound jack. “We have this giant input channel called our skin,” he says, “and we aren’t using it.” / Popular Science
Grand Chute, WI
DEAF WOMAN BECOMES FIRST IN WISCONSIN WITH A COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE
A Waupaca women's journey to get a commercial driver's license, has been anything but ordinary. She is now the first deaf woman in the state to have one. From ten weeks of training with Fox Valley Technical College, to ten hour days on the road, Suzie Helgerson is officially a truck driver. "It was a lot of fun. It was frustrating," Helgerson told us of her schooling experience. / WLUK
RIT/NTID JOB FAIR CONNECTS DEAF STUDENTS WITH EMPLOYERS
Representatives from more than 40 local and national corporations, federal agencies and nonprofit organizations will meet with hundreds of deaf and hard-of-hearing students—who are also prospective employees—at the 16th annual job fair, 12:30–4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The event will be held in Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall on the RIT campus. / RIT News
GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY NAMES ROOM AFTER DEAF COMMUNITY LEADER
Last night, Gallaudet University honored Ronald C. Burdett for his many contributions to the Deaf community by naming a campus room after the alumnus -- the "Ron Burdett, '70, Seminar Room." Academic leaders, colleagues and community members were on hand to congratulate Burdett, a prominent member of the Deaf community and Sorenson Communications, LLC vice president of community relations. / Marketwired
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
TRIBES: A BOLD STEP INTO A QUIET WORLD
Between emotion, physicality and the words creating the message, acting is an art form with many essential elements involved. But what if the actors and the audience cannot understand the same medium? Or furthermore, what if the characters in the play do not communicate in the same way? UNC School of Theatre Arts and Dance’s fall play “Tribes” by Nina Raine shows just how tense that type of setting can be, as a family learns to adapt for their deaf son, Billy, while he explores becoming part of the deaf community. / UNC The Mirror
NYLE DIMARCO SPEAKS ON DEAF COMMUNITY, BILINGUAL EDUCATION
For most of deaf activist, model and actor Nyle DiMarco’s lecture in the Oval Theater on Tuesday night, attendees were relatively quiet, trading in cheering for signing for applause. However, after a question from the audience about DiMarco’s dating life, he revealed that he was single. “So everybody has a chance,” he said. For the first time since DiMarco had taken the stage earlier in the evening, the audience, which filled the bottom floor and overflowed onto the balcony, exploded with cheering and laughter. / The Oracle
See Also DEAF MODEL CREATES LASTING IMPACT / Sonoma State Star
ZACH LAVINE BUILDS YEAR-LONG BOND WITH DEAF SCHOOL
During his rookie season in 2014-15, Zach LaVine was eating at a restaurant in Minneapolis one day when a boy came over to say hello. LaVine soon realized he was deaf, but that only made the interaction even stronger: the Timberwolves standout shooting guard, who signed an autograph for him, also greeted him using sign language. That special moment, along with his background of ASL starting from high school, inspired LaVine to develop a relationship with Metro Deaf School in St. Paul, Minn., last September. / NBPA
Colorado Springs, CO
DEAF VOLLEYBALL TEAM PLAYS HOMECOMING GAME
Homecoming week always brings out a competitive spirit in any team sport. "We've had a lot of things to practice and the girls are doing fabulous," said Ashley Renslow, the volleyball coach at the Colorado School For the Deaf and Blind. But the game is just a little different for these girls, who are all partially or completely deaf. / KRDO
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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!
PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate, or a 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, and energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about 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. 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.
experience in mental health.
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.
Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position.
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Joel Skelton, Assistant Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
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Come Work With The Best!
Northeast Arc has full and part-time positions, working with adult individuals who are deaf, available in Lynn, Salem, 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, paid trainings and the support you will need to become a successful part of our experienced, long-term team of professionals. For additional information or to send your resume, please email Jessica Ducrow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compensation: $12-12.50 for per diem shifts and $14 for PT/FT shifts.
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.
Excellent managerial skills as the director will be overseeing direct support professionals, relief staff and other support professionals.
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