October 10, 2012
Vol. 8, No. 47
Editor: Tom Willard
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GALLAUDET'S CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER PUT ON LEAVE AFTER SIGNING PETITION TO PLACE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE ON MARYLAND BALLOT
Gallaudet University's Chief Diversity Officer has a pretty obvious professional responsibility -- to increase diversity at the historically deaf university in Northeast D.C. That's why some people are questioning the decision made by the person in that capacity -- Dr. Angela McCaskill -- to sign a petition the helped put same-sex marriage equality in Maryland on the November 6 ballot. / DCist
GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY AT WISCONSIN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF IN DELAVAN
The Wisconsin School for the Deaf in Delavan broke ground for a new educational facility. Students, faculty and State Superintendent Tony Evers held a ceremony at the school Mon., Oct. 8. The new high school building will incorporate high technology infrastructure to support computers, projectors, and other educational-based technology. It also will accommodate the assistive technology used by students who are deaf or hard of hearing, including visual warning systems for fire, tornado and other emergencies. / Walworth County Today
THE VILLAGES BREAKS DOWN AND PROVIDES CLOSED-CAPTIONING ON ITS TELEVISION STATIONS
After a bitter four-year fight to avoid having to provide closed captions for its television shows, The Villages recently backed down and started doing what it should have done years ago without being asked. "Deaf Villagers are thrilled at this," wrote Louis Schwarz, a deaf lawyer who fought for the captions. The massive retirement community of nearly 100,000 people has its own TV station called Villages News Network. / Orlando Sentinel
NETFLIX PLEDGES TO CAPTION ALL CONTENT BY 2014
Netflix will offer closed captions on all TV and movie content by September 2014 as part of a settlement with a deaf Massachusetts viewer who sued the company. The on-demand Internet streaming service agreed to the settlement Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Springfield. Closed captions are currently available on 90 percent of Netflix’s content, as measured by hours watched. ‘‘Netflix has always been the leader in this, but it’s a tall order to offer high quality captioning on such a broad range of devices,’’ spokesman Jonathan Friedland said. / The Associated Press
DEAF ADVOCATES SAY FCC RULES ON CLOSED CAPTIONING FALL SHORT
Many deaf activists are calling the new Federal Communication Commission (FCC) rulings on closed captioning a step forward, but complain that there are too many loopholes, says the Washington Times. The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) requires producers to add closed captioning to TV and website programming for people with hearing loss. Some of the issues are ... / Examiner.com
STATE'S TOP EDUCATOR TOURS DEAF SCHOOL
During her tour of the North Carolina School for the Deaf on Monday, students gave State Superintendent June Atkinson a lapel pin, a hat and a magnet. But they also gave her a gift equated with acceptance into the deaf community: a sign name. After finger spelling her first name J-U-N-E to students as she met them, she noticed them finger spelling their names plus also adding a one-hand motion, which the interpreter, Ashleigh Lassiter, explained was their sign name. / The News Herald
DEAF SON'S MOTHER BECOMES INTERPRETER AT HOSPITAL
Most parents will tell you there are times when they don’t speak the same language as their kids. Theresa Posthuma is a certified interpreter of her son’s language, but it took a lot of training. “When he was 2 weeks old, I noticed he wasn’t responding to sounds,” she said. About a month later, Brady Painter was diagnosed as deaf. “I picked up my two kids and myself and moved to Maryland with no job,” she said. The reason? The Maryland School for the Deaf. / The Associated Press
SCHOOL FOR DEAF AND BLIND CHANGES APPROVED
The State Board of Education approved a plan to revamp the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind during its monthly meeting last week. If the 10-year comprehensive plan is fully implemented it will mean major changes to the campus in Romney and in the school’s mission. An education department audit done two years ago showed a variety of problems at the schools, so in July of 2011 the State School Board hired Dr. Lynn Boyer as superintendent and gave her the task of correcting these problems. / WVPubcast.org
NUBY TO LAUNCH PROJECT WITH THE NATIONAL CUED SPEECH ASSOCIATION
The Nuby baby products company announced its new corporate responsibility program benefiting the Deaf Children's Literacy Project (DCLP) of the National Cued Speech Association. Nuby has decided to place the DCLP logo on most of its baby products. The products will include bottles, toys, teethers, breast pumps, medical items and a variety of other items. A percentage of the sales from these products will actually benefit the DCLP. / Examiner.com
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WHY BARFI MADE ME BARFY
I’ve been doing some volunteer work with the excellent Deaf Reach School in Karachi this last summer. What I’ve learned about the deaf during this time made me realize that the portrayal of Barfi would be supremely insulting to any deaf person’s dignity, self-respect, and self-esteem. Barfi is portrayed as illiterate, both in terms of reading and writing, and in sign language. Furthermore, he is unemployed and drunk, wanting to do nothing more in life than chase after girls and destroy public property. This is very unfair to the Deaf, who fight hard against the stereotype, that deafness is the equivalent of mental illness or physical or mental handicap. It is not. / The Express Tribune
COCHLEAR MARKS 30 YEARS SINCE IMPLANT
Thirty years ago, the world's first cochlear ear implant recipient went home to his family and heard his young daughters' voices for the first time. At an event in Melbourne to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the world's first commercial cochlear implant, inventor Graeme Clark said more than 200,000 people around the world had benefited from the Australian-developed technology. "This is a true-blue Australian development," Prof Clark said. / Sky News
DEAF PEOPLE DROP HAND SIGNALS THAT USE SLANTED EYES TO DESCRIBE THE CHINESE AND A LIMP WRIST FOR GAYS
Pressure to avoid offending minorities has caught up with Britain’s 150,000 users of sign language for the deaf, according to a Government-funded report. The old gesture that meant gay – a flicked limp wrist – is now considered offensive among some users of British Sign Language, researchers at University College London said. Similarly it is no longer acceptable among politically correct deaf people to give a slanted eye sign to indicate something Chinese, nor to mime a hooked nose to mean a Jewish person. / Daily Mail
JACKLIN NAMED AS DEAF GOLF PATRON
The four-time European Ryder Cup captain, Tony Jacklin, has been named as a patron of the English Deaf Golf Association. Jacklin, who is hearing impaired, said he has taken on the role to help increase awareness and exposure of deaf and hearing-impaired golf, and encourage more people to take up the game. “It is vital that we work to promote the game to all members of the community and I am keen to see deaf golf get the profile, support and backing that it needs to develop effectively,” said the 1969 Open champion. / Golf Club Management
DEAF CLUB SAVED FROM CLOSURE
A popular social club for deaf people has been saved from the brink of closure after a couple volunteered to step in and help run it. The Walthamstow Deaf Club has provided a meeting venue for around 60 people with hearing difficulties and their families every week since 2004. But this summer the club announced it expected to close due to the upcoming retirement of its co-founder Jackie Benson and because of problems securing cash to pay its rent at Orford House in Walthamstow Village. / Guardian
BURNEY WILL GO TO INDIA IN SEARCH OF STRANDED GIRL'S FAMILY
The Ansar Burney Trust International is in search of a family of one deaf and mute Indian girl stranded in Pakistan since last 13 long years and waiting to go back to meet her family in India. Chairman of Ansar Burney Trust International and former federal Minister for Human Rights, Ansar Burney, along with pictures and video of an Indian girl Geeta alias Guddi will leave for India on 12th of Oct in search of a missing family to reunite Geeta with her family as soon as possible, say a press release. / The News International
DEAF ACCUSED STALLS TRIAL FOR SUBSIDY SCAM
The planned arraignment of two persons and two companies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday before Justice Adebukola Banjoko of an Abuja High Court, was stalled because one of the accused was deaf. The accused person, Alhaji Saminu Rabiu, is said to have hearing problems and requires a hearing aid to hear the charges brought against him and the others, to enable him understand the charges and to make his plea. / P.M. NEWS Nigeria
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Orange County, CA
HEARTWARMING TALE OF THE DEAF QUADRIPLEGIC WHO WRITES ON TWITTER AT FOUR WORDS A MINUTE
He is 24 and confined to a constant existence in a wheelchair. But thanks to Twitter, David Rose not only has thousands of friends, but he's finding more all the time, all of them drawn to his witty comments and positive attitude as he blogs and tweets about his life. David is a profoundly deaf quadriplegic, his disabilities caused by cerebral palsy, and he sends each message out at a pace of four words a minute, using a specialized computer which translates his eye movements. / Daily Mail
KAREN PUTZ SHARES WHAT SHE'S LEARNED AS THE MOM OF DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING CHILDREN IN 'THE PARENTING JOURNEY'
Karen Putz’s recently released book The Parenting Journey, Raising Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children chronicles her parenting journey and shares the wisdom she's gained as the parent of three. She grew up hard of hearing and became deaf as a teen. When her own kids began losing their hearing one by one, she quickly learned it was a whole other ball game to be a parent of deaf and hard of hearing kids. Karen graciously agreed to share with Tween Us some of the wisdom she has gained. / Tween Us
TWO SONS BORN WITHOUT HEARING GET THE GIFT OF SOUND
Shannon Duick brushed away tears as a technician fixed electrodes onto the head of her infant son, but as a machine sent beeps and clicks into his ears, the baby slept in her arms, unaware. He slept as the machine came up empty, as it showed his brain registering none of those sounds and as they moved to a quieter room to try again. He slept as they took the clock down from the wall in case the ticking was interfering. He slept as they tried a different room, farther away from the noisy elevator. With each beep, each click, Duick's anxiety grew. / The Baltimore Sun
DEAF FRESHMAN ADAPTING TO HIGH SCHOOL
Ninth graders dread high school and being the low man on the totem pole. They are faced with harder classes, the pressure to make friends and fit in, and, above all, a completely different environment. For freshman Sayre Huddleston, this change brings added challenges. Sayre is deaf. / The Lance
LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE WITH AN OSCAR-WINNING DEAF ACTRESS IN MARLEE SIGNS
Already, we have quite an impressive collection of apps for the deaf and hearing-impaired, as evidenced by our AppList titled, well, “Apps for the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired.” But I reckon that AppList will have to be updated soon to include a recently released app called Marlee Signs. Marlee Signs is a new sign language app that features, as you might have already guessed from the name, Marlee Matlin. / AppAdvice
PHOTO ESSAY: ALLIE WARD ELEMENTARY SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER HELPS STUDENTS
Crystal Porter hopes to make Deaf Awareness Week more eventful next September.The last full week in September is an opportunity for people like Porter, a certified sign language interpreter, to raise awareness about hearing disabilities and also to empower those who deal with deafness. Porter, who can hear, interprets for five students at Allie Ward Elementary School. Next fall, she plans to devote each day of Deaf Awareness Week to a different concept about deafness, from technological support for the hearing-impaired to social courtesies to keep in mind when communicating with a deaf person. / Abilene Reporter-News
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DEAFREVIEW LEADS NATIONAL EXPANSION WITH CALIFORNIA DEBUT
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ORR GRAD NINA BATT CONTINUES TO IMPRESS AT HOLY CROSS
Ever since her Old Rochester Junior High School jazz band played a concert at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf, Nina Batt, of Marion, has been interested in deaf culture and American Sign Language (ASL). Now, as a sophomore at the College of the Holy Cross, Batt, Class of 2015, is an English major, a member of the Teacher Education Program, and is hoping to incorporate her deaf studies classes into a major or minor. / Wicked Local Marion
New York, NY
IS DISCRIMINATION AN ISSUE TODAY?
Is it possible for the recruiters to reject a deafie that require the additional accommodations? Is deafness a big issue today? How can I make myself a decent candidate? I happened to find the article about the deaf person working for the IBM. After he graduated at Gallaudet University, he worked for several F500 companies and then he went to Cornell for MBA. I definitely want to be on his path. / Wall Street Oasis
DEAF SCHOOL STRESSES VOCATIONAL EDUCATION
At California School for the Deaf, Riverside, high school students build picnic benches, cook restaurant-style meals in culinary classes and learn drilling and construction skills in shop classes. It’s all part of the school’s plan to help students overcome the odds. / The Press-Enterprise
DR. BECKY CLARK MAKES A DIFFERENCE
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
BOSTON DEAF SCHOOL GETS TO SEE TAYLOR SWIFT CONCERT AFTER PRANK
When some pranksters on the websites 4Chan and Reddit decided to play a joke on Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Allston, initially it seemed like a very mean-spirited thing to do. That’s because they were nominating the school to win a contest sponsored by Papa John’s and Chegg. Sounds innocent enough on the onset, right? Well, the contest was to see Taylor Swift in concert. For obvious reasons, you can probably guess why that was a really insensitive move. Yet, it backfired. And in a really profitable way. / Business 2 Community
AMAZON QUIETLY BEGINS THE LONG ROAD TO CLOSED CAPTIONING ITS STREAMING VIDEO LIBRARY
Amazon has quietly started to add closed captioning services to its Instant Video library, following a September 30 deadline from the Federal Communications Commission that required online media companies to begin incorporating these subtitles for the hard of hearing into their video content. This regulation — an implementation of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2011 – has been long in the making, with companies like Amazon and YouTube but also Apple arguing that they will need extensions to fully comply, and those arguing on behalf of people with hearing disabilities saying that digital content needs to be just as accessible as what people can see in analog. / TechCrunch
REVIEW: EVERYONE NEEDS TO EXPERIENCE 'POLICE DEAF NEAR FAR' BRINGING DEAF CULTURE TO LIFE ON STAGE
Sometimes there is a show that is impossible to give an adequate and deserving review about. Police Deaf Near Far, the Michigan premiere collaboration between TerpTheatre and Oakland University Theatre, is one of these shows. This production is amazing in all aspects and needs to be experienced by every theatre person, actually every human being, who exists, whether they are experienced with deaf culture or not. / Broadway World
New York, NY
LECLERC ROLE AS DEAF TEEN GIVES HER CAREER BOOST
Playing a deaf teen on the ABC Family drama "Switched at Birth" has put Katie Leclerc on Hollywood's radar. "I was acting for about 10 years before I got 'Switched,' the 25-year-old actress said in a recent interview. "It was all minor things, nothing of note. And when I went into the audition for 'Switched,' I was aware of the potential and that this is something that could really launch me." Leclerc plays Daphne Vasquez, a teen who lost her hearing as a child after a bout with meningitis. / The Associated Press
Los Angeles, CA
EXCLUSIVE: INTERVIEW WITH RYAN LANE
Many of our readers will recognize Ryan Lane for his recent appearances as Travis on ABC Family's hit drama Switched at Birth. After overcoming obstacles like being diagnosed with congenital nerve deafness and serious injuries following a dirt bike accident, Ryan is an inspiration. We recently got the chance to chat with Ryan about his role on Switched at Birth and what's coming up for his character this season. / Pop City Life
RANDOLPH FILMMAKER RELEASES SECOND FEATURE-LENGTH FILM 'CONNED'
Some say that the loss of one sense causes the others to sharpen. That’s certainly the case with Arthur Luhn. The Randolph filmmaker recently finished his second film, "Conned," which he wrote and directed. The film premieres in Boston on Oct. 18. Luhn was born deaf, but says it never has been a crutch or hindered him in any way. If anything, he said it enhances his work. / Randolph Herald
Domestic Violence has always been a problem in the Deaf community. For many years it has been a hidden problem, secret and taboo.
"It happened behind closed doors."
"It was treated as a private matter between two people and the community should not get involved."
We know now that we cannot afford to let it stay private. It is everyone’s business. We must all be a part of the solution. What can you do if someone you care about is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault? What can you do if you experience domestic violence or sexual assault? What can our community do?
For answers to those questions and more information on domestic violence from Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS), visit this page: http://www.healthbridges.info/?p=838
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Information posted on the website is available in American Sign Language, spoken and captioned English.
Los Angeles, CA
MATT HAMILL EXPLAINS WHY HE CAME BACK
Matt Hamill's (11-4) return to competition happened partially because of a promise he made to his grandfather before he passed away. "Every time I fight in my hometown, I see the graveyard of my grandfather and I never forgot the words he said two nights before he died," said Hamill on MMA Fighting. "He never wanted me to give-up and finish goals." Hamill came out of retirement to defeat Roger Hollet (13-4) at UFC 152. / Opposing Views
DEAF INSPIRATION COULD BE U.S. BEST IN CHICAGO MARATHON
Patrick Rizzo is certainly the local favorite on Sunday at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. And he could challenge as the top American, too, if that matters in this day and age. The Schaumburg native, now living in Boulder, Colo., was a seven-time NCAA Division III All-American at North Central. The 29-year-old’s story is distinctive as he has begun being more open about his deafness, which began when he was 15 from an allergic reaction to metal poisoning from his braces. / Chicago Sun-Times
FRANKLIN POP WARNER RAISES MONEY FOR DEAF PLAYER'S INTERPRETER
He wears number 47 on his jersey, but 8-year-old Kyle Florio doesn’t hear the quarterback’s calls, or the shouts of his coach. But it doesn’t matter. For Kyle, there’s nothing like football. “It’s the best,” he says, using American Sign Language to speak because Kyle has been deaf since birth. “He sleeps football, he dreams football, talks about football," says Steve Florio, Kyle’s father who is also deaf. And because the Franklin Pop Warner program is pulling together, Kyle is doing what he loves. / CBS Boston
St. Augustine, FL
FSDB ROLLS OVER ALABAMA DEAF, 76-6
At first it was remarkable. Now, it’s becoming downright ridiculous. The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind improved to 5-1 on Saturday with a 76-6 dismantling of rival Alabama Deaf on the road. The Dragons’ victory last week against Indiana Deaf gave FSDB more victories this season than in the past five combined. As Saturday’s blowout proved, it’s probably time to start focusing on the future. / The St. Augustine Record
San Leandro, CA
REMEMBERING JACK "JAX" LEVESQUE
January 1, 1945 - October 12, 2012. Jack Levesque will always be remembered as a beloved community activist and leader. He was an advocate, administrator, and teacher who gave his best to the Deaf community. He worked as a VR counselor at the Department of Rehabilitation, co-founded the Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf, and was director of several deaf-related agencies before his tenure as executive director of DCARA in 1981 through 1998. / DCARA
DR. EDWARD E. CORBETT, JR., 1942-2012
The Ohio School for the Deaf acknowledges the many expressions of sympathy from across Ohio and the nation at the passing of our former school Superintendent, Dr. Edward E. Corbett, on October 12, 2012. Dr. Corbett was OSD’s Superintendent from 1990 through 2010. Under Dr. Corbett’s leadership, OSD’s vision for the future grew and we all value these notable advances ... / Ohio School for the Deaf
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FACULTY POSITION OPENING
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE
Northridge, California 91330
Department: Deaf Studies
Effective Date of Appointment:
(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. General knowledge of ASL and the Deaf Studies field, which may include but is not limited to linguistic principles of ASL and an understanding of sign language interpreting processes with ASL as the foundation. Possess strong and effective teaching methods in various aspects of ASL and/or related courses in Deaf Studies. 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 commitment to teaching and mentoring 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. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
1. Cover letter that includes:
-- Statements of teaching and research interests
-- Summary of prior relevant experience
-- Evidence of commitment to Deaf bilingual and bicultural experience
2. Current curriculum vitae that
-- Educational background
-- Prior teaching experience
-- Evidence of scholarship and/or related professional experience
3. Evidence of teaching effectiveness/potential (provide sample course syllabi and copies of automated student evaluations)
4. Photocopies of all earned degrees and certificates
5. Three (3) current letters of recommendation
6. Names and contact information for at least three (3) professional references
Application Deadline: Screening of candidates will begin on January 18, 2013. Position to remain open until filled.
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Department of Deaf Studies
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POSITION: Information Technology Assistant -- 12 Month.
DATE POSITION TO BE FILLED: As soon as possible.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: Complete service request submitted through email system, including troubleshooting and resolving hardware and software problems on computers and peripherals. Assist in the maintenance of technology equipment and peripherals.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree or Associate's degree in computer science or related field or three years of full-time experience as an IT assistant.
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1545 Saint Paul Street
Rochester, NY 14621
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RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR for DSA: (Full time position) The qualified candidate shall possess: HS Diploma and 5 years of Mental Health direct care experience, fluency in ASL, knowledge of Deaf Culture. Excellent writing and communication skills required. Responsibilities: Day to day management and supervision of residential setting for deaf adults with mental illness and behavioral health concerns. Supervision of direct care staff, development of residential programming and staff schedules, planning and leading staff meetings, coordinate staff trainings, manage petty cash and consumer funds, coordinate consumer services with internal/outside agency providers and families, conduct consumer and staff interviews, complete monthly reports, service plans and staff evaluations, follow up with physical and psychiatric medical concerns. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekend.
RESIDENTIAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTORS: (Full time position) This position provides leadership role for residential staff and direct client services. Qualifications: minimum of a HS + 2 year related experience; valid drivers’ license; advanced fluency in ASL; minimum of 2 years’ experience with Deaf Community; demonstrated an ability to supervise, teach, advise and motivate staff members as well as Deaf Consumers; must possess strong interpersonal skills. Duties: Provide guidance and training for staff and support to Deaf consumers with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities living in the community; promote consumers’ independence and social relationships. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekend.
INTENSIVE CASE MANAGERS – FOR ADULTS: (Full time position) This position provides resources and support to clients and their families who reside in the community and in our residential programs. Responsibilities include: assessing service needs of consumers to ensure continuum of care; develop service plans; independent living skills instructions, advocate for access to public and private services and programs such as medical, vocational and other services. Qualifications: BA/BS degree in a Human Services field preferred; or High School Diploma& 12 credit hours in social science with two (2) years mental health direct care experience. Must have strong organizational skills; fluency in ASL, familiarity with other visual communication modes and language levels. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends as needed and travel various areas in the community. Knowledge of laws governing the rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals including IDEA and ADA a plus; and must have a valid driver’s license.
THERAPIST/PSYCHOSOCIAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR: (Full time position) This position provides therapeutic and psycho-educational workshops and group sessions for consumers who are deaf. The qualified candidate shall possess: BA in psychology, counseling or any other human services field; must have 2 years’ experience with individuals with mental illness and/or mental retardation including treatment planning and progress notes; advanced fluency in ASL required; must be innovative, creative and be able to work in a team environment. Duties: Develop, coordinate and provide group/individual therapy for wellness maintenance and psycho-educational workshops.
RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS: (various positions available) This position provides direct client services including encouraging client independence in areas such as skills in daily living and community integration. Duties: Provide supported living and training to Deaf consumers with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities living in the community; promote consumers’ independence and social relationships. Positions open for weekend and evening shifts. Qualifications: HS + 1 year related experience; valid drivers’ license; advanced fluency in ASL; demonstrated competency in independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and motivate Deaf Consumers; strong interpersonal skills.
Send your letter of intent and resumes to:
Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
POSITION: COORDINATOR OF RESIDENCE EDUCATION #12-303
NOTE: OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS AS WELL AS ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS DISCLOSING CREDENTIALS PERTAINING TO THIS POSITION WILL BE REQUIRED. WILL BE SUBJECT TO A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK.
EXPERIENCE AND OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
REQUIRED: Associates degree with five (5) years related experience
or Bachelor’s degree with three (3) years related experience. Must have
and maintain a clear driving record and Texas driver’s license. Must live
in residence hall.
DESCRIPTION OF JOB DUTIES: Assumes overall responsibility for SWCID housing areas. Serves as a primary judicial hearing officer for the SWCID Office of Student Conduct and community standards. Work with Admissions/recruiting during summer hours. Drive vans when assigned. Co-sponser for SGA. For a complete list of job duties please refer to the job description.
SALARY RANGE: $34,430-$37,075
POSITION AVAILABLE: Immediately
TO APPLY: Send completed application and other materials to:
HOWARD COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE
HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE
1001 BIRDWELL LANE
BIG SPRING, TX 79720
(432) 264-5100 phone
POSTED: October 2, 2012
It is the intent of the Howard County Junior College District to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion or veteran’s status or any other protected class. Contact the Personnel Office if assistance is needed during the application process.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all employees hired after November 6, 1986 to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States.
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