October 12, 2016
Vol. 12, No. 50
Editor: Tom Willard
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THIS STORY ABOUT DONALD TRUMP HITTING ON MARLEE MATLIN IS PARTICULARLY DISTURBING
Marlee Matlin is an Academy Award-winning actress, New York Times best-selling author, and prominent member of the National Association of the Deaf, as she has been deaf since she was 18 months old. She's also a married mother of four, and in 2011 competed on Celebrity Apprentice season 11. While on the show, host Donald Trump often made comments about her appearance and hit on her numerous times, a fellow contestant, Robert Hatch, details to People in a new interview. / Refinery29
HALEY INTERPRETER DEDICATED TO INFORM SC'S DEAF COMMUNITY
During a time of devastating damage, one man stood by Governor Nikki Haley serving as her voice for the deaf and hard of hearing, interpreting each of her pleads for evacuations. "The governor has really shown how much she's cared for the members of South Carolina and the deaf community,” explained Jason Hurdich, the only Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) in South Carolina. Hurdich has been an interpreter for more than 15 years and has been nationally certified for several years by the Registry of the Interpreters for the Deaf. / WACH
See Also WHY DEAF INTERPRETERS HAVE GREAT FACIAL EXPRESSIONS / The Kansas City Star
AUTOPSY SHOWS DEAF MAN SHOT BY TROOPER WAS NOT IMPAIRED
The autopsy for a deaf man killed by a North Carolina State Trooper has been released. Daniel Harris, 29, was shot once in the chest by Trooper Jermaine Saunders on August 18, according to the autopsy. Saunders claims Harris was speeding on I-485 and refused to pull over. Troopers say they reached speeds up to 100mph during the pursuit. Harris eventually stopped his vehicle and reportedly got out and attempted to run. That’s when Saunders said he fired his weapon. / WCCB
STATE DEAF COMMISSION FORMING TASK FORCE TO ADDRESS COMPLAINTS
Facing criticism from a statewide advocacy group for people with hearing loss, the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission voted Wednesday to form a task force to improve the quality of sign-language interpreters. The commission also decided to hold a “retreat” for commissioners to address concerns raised by the Illinois Association of the Deaf. Commission chairwoman Theresa Fuller-Sakolsky said she believed progress was made to resolve tension between the commission and the all-volunteer association. / The Peoria Journal-Star
East Millcreek, UT
NEW UTAH SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND CAMPUS OPENS
A ribbon-cutting and celebration on Thursday marked the grand opening of a new campus for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. Named the C. Mark Openshaw Education Center, the 48,000-square-foot facility provides space for blind and visually impaired, deaf-blind, and deaf and hard-of-hearing students. It includes 10 additional classrooms and a state-of-the-art gymnasium and theater facilities. / Deseret News
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON DISABILITY CALLS FOR A 'TECHNOLOGY BILL OF RIGHTS'
The National Council on Disability called on Congress Oct 7 to establish a Technology Bill of Rights for Americans with Disabilities in its annual report to Congress and the President outlining the state of the union for 57 million Americans with disabilities. NCD’s 2016 annual report, “National Disability Policy: A Progress Report,” identifies access to information and communications innovations as a civil rights issue due to the power technology has to transform civic engagement and economic opportunity in the United States. / NCD.gov
New York, NY
PARENTS OF DEAF STUDENTS SAY KIDS ARE LEFT ON BUS FOR HOURS WAITING TO GET HOME
Parents in Queens are outraged, saying their children who have special needs -- some as young as 3 -- are being left on school buses for hours waiting to get home. The parents, concerned about their kids and often left wondering when they'll be home, said they've had it with complaining to the city. They called PIX11 News for help and on Tuesday a change was announced. The students attend the Lexington School and Center for the Deaf in Elmhurst, Queens. / WPIX
MAN ACCUSED OF STABBING GIRLFRIEND, ATTACKING DEAF WOMAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY
The man accused of stabbing his girlfriend several times and then attacking a 50-year-old deaf woman in a quiet Redlands neighborhood pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday. Jeremy Stan Rice, 31, of Redlands, denied attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon charges in San Bernardino County Superior Court. Police say Rice struck the deaf woman in the head with a clay flower pot and then punched her in the face. / San Bernardino Sun
POLICE: MAN PRESSURE-WASHED TWO CAGED DOGS
An Oklahoma man is facing a felony animal cruelty charge after police spotted him using a pressure washer to clean two caged dogs who were “cowering in fear,” according to court records. A patrolman was dispatched last Monday to a car wash in Comanche after a passerby called 911. The cop exited his squad car and began yelling at Schultz to stop spraying the dogs. The officer, who recognized Schultz and recalled that the suspect was hearing impaired, then went to the control panel and “shut the water off from the selector switch.” / The Smoking Gun
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HUMBLE BROTHERS DISCOVERED DEAD IN HOME TO BE BURIED TODAY
When the bodies of deaf brothers, William and Daniel McCarthy, were discovered at the home they shared in Bluebell, Dublin last week, their deaths became a symbol of urban isolation. They had died within days or weeks of each other, unknown to their community, behind closed doors. Neighbors described the brothers as private people who kept to themselves. Some admitted they didn't even know their names. They were, said one report, like shadows in their community. / The Independent
See Also THE WORLD MUST TACKLE THE EPIDEMIC OF LONELINESS / Irish Times
OUTRAGE OVER EVICTION OF ELDERLY DEAF AND DUMB COUPLE
Antonio and Maria del Carmen, aged 76 and 81, are facing eviction from their home in Pinto following a decision made by Bankia and backed by the courts that the house where they have lived for 40 years will be taken over by the bank as a result of their acting as guarantors for a loan taken out by their son Gregorio in 2005. However, there is considerable sympathy for the couple, all the more so perhaps because they are both deaf, dumb and illiterate, and were unaware of the implications of the document they signed when their son bought a house. / Spanish News Today
WHY AGENCIES SHOULD UP THEIR SERVICES FOR THE DEAF
Deafness is on the rise with more than 800,000 people in the UK estimated to be severely or profoundly Deaf and about 10-11 million have some form of hearing loss – 2 million of whom have hearing aids. The level of deafness – mild, moderate, severe or profound – is defined according to the quietest sound a person can here. Those who experience profound hearing loss mostly rely on lip-reading, British Sign Language (BSL) or both. / TTG Media
OXFORD DEAF CENTRE GRANTED LICENSE TO RUN A BAR AND PLAY MUSIC
The Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre has been successful in its bid for a license to play music and run a bar. The St Ebbe's venue applied for the fully licensed bar and permission to play amplified music and host gigs, back in September. The registered charity said its many gatherings over the years had been 'limited' and hoped the new license would mean more people could access the building. / This Is Oxfordshire
RULING TO PREVENT DEAF WOMAN BECOMING JUROR DESCRIBED AS 'A SMACK IN THE FACE'
A Queensland woman who wanted to become the country’s first deaf juror says a high court ruling against her is “a smack in the face” for deaf Australians. Gaye Lyons, who is profoundly deaf, said her case was about the principle of justice and equality for “every citizen of Australia”. “Deaf people should not be treated any differently,” Lyons said. “The high court does not see that.” / The Guardian
See Also DEAF LAWYER SPEAKS OUT ABOUT DISCRIMINATION IN THE COURTROOM / ABC News
DREAM COMES TRUE FOR DEAF WOMAN
Sitting on a plastic chair in the back room of a small Buranda florist shop drying vases, Terri Lindley-Jones has a smile on her face. It is a menial task to some, but to Ms Lindley-Jones, whether she is mopping the floors or dusting off a shelf, she is living her floristry dream. She was born profoundly deaf and has communicated using AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language) her whole life. Ms Lindley-Jones was unsure if her aim of working in a florist shop would come true. / Quest News
TWO ACCUSED OF RAPING DEAF-AND-DUMB GIRL ARRESTED
Police on Tuesday arrested two persons accused of raping a minor deaf-and-dumb girl. The victim, according to police, had gone to a nearby willow nursery to collect firewood where the accused taking advantage of her being lonely raped her. The girl, aged 13 years, according to her family is deaf and dumb. / Greater Kashmir
HOW A DEAF TEENAGER FROM CONGO FOUND HER VOICE IN POETRY
For most of her life, it seemed as though Keren Mingole would never have a place to call home. Forced to escape war-torn country of DR Congo, the 16-year-old has been brought up in Scotland from a very early age. Not only faced with the difficulty of communicating with strangers, Keren also had to learn British Sign Language. Keren was born deaf and is now helped to communicate with staff and her peers at school by Mary Dowell, a teacher at St Roch's in Glasgow. / STV
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LIFE & LEISURE
Pasco County, FL
9-YEAR-OLD BOY PUBLISHES BOOK ABOUT DEAF COMMUNITY
KJ Martin looks like your average kid, he loves sport and dreams of being a published author and a NBA player. He's off to a pretty good start, too. KJ recently had his first book "Kasey's First Day of Basketball Practice" published. He co-authored it with his father, Kentrell Martin. “The Kasey character is a special character," said Kentrell Matrin, KJ's dad. "He wears a hearing aide. The goal is to show kids he’s like any other kid." / Bay News 9
RAISING DEAF AWARENESS AT MULBERRY ELEMENTARY
Students and staff at Mulberry Elementary said the Pledge of Allegiance in sign language Friday morning, and wore T-shirts to raise awareness for their own Deaf Awareness Week. Kelly Story, teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing, said the school has been working to promote integration and awareness, providing resources to allow deaf and hard of hearing students to take classes with general education students. / Muscatine Journal
St. Paul, MN
DEAF CHEF LEADS THE QUIETEST KITCHEN IN ST. PAUL
Stand near a typical restaurant kitchen, and you’ll hear a flurry of kitchen lingo, which to the unfamiliar ear can sound like a foreign language. That’s not the case in Kendall Kail’s kitchen. The usual ballet of furious, deliberate movement is there, but most of the time, the only noise you’ll hear is the clicking of a spatula on the griddle or the “tsk” of a whisk against a bowl. That’s because Kail, executive chef at Ward 6 on St. Paul’s East Side, is deaf. / Pioneer Press
DEAF ACCESS SERVICES HIRES PAMELA KEFI IN LEADERSHIP ROLE
Pamela Kefi has returned to take the reins once more at Deaf Access Services, a Buffalo-based nonprofit service provider. She takes over for Sharon Hanson, who came out of retirement to lead DAS in 2014. The appointment is the second time around for Kefi, who served as executive director at the agency from 2010-2012. / Buffalo Business First
PREACHING TO THE DEAF
The Rev. Russell A. Rockwell knew he wanted to be a Lutheran pastor when he was in fourth grade. In ninth grade, his family moved next door to a deaf family who taught him American Sign Language. In September, Rockwell, pastor of Word of Life Deaf Lutheran Church, meeting at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination. / Lancaster Online
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
PROFESSOR PORTRAYS DEAF CULTURE THROUGH POP ART
Acrylic paintings, wire sculptures and graphic design are the elements James Van Manen, associate professor in the ASL-English Interpretation Department, uses to transform common ASL symbols into works of art in his recently extended solo art show. Being hard of hearing and raised by Deaf parents, Van Manen grew up with ASL as his first language. He combines his experience in the Deaf community with his love for pop art in the exhibit, titled “ASL Pop Art." / The Columbia Chronicle
DEAF CONCERTGOERS GAGA OVER MUSIC
Lady Gaga kicked off her Dive Bar Tour last night in Nashville, and some hearing-impaired attendees using Music: Not Impossible wearable technology were able to give their applause, applause, applause. MNI is a wireless system comprised of hardware, software, and clothing that sends vibrations to eight assigned channels across the body, replicating the array of musical instruments from a live performance or musical feed to the wearer’s body. / Product Design & Development
Rohnert Park, CA
DEAF MODEL CREATES LASTING IMPACT
Images flash by without the softest peep to accompany them—this is a daily reality for the deaf. Those who can hear may have a hard time imagining a life with no noise, and wondering how the hearing-impaired cope with their condition. Both the hearing and the deaf received a bit more insight about life without sound Sept. 14 at Sonoma State University. Nyle DiMarco, a model and deaf activist, spoke in the Student Center Ballroom about his life as a deaf man. DiMarco made one thing clear, he doesn’t mind his deafness one bit. / Sonoma State Star
DEAF CATCHER CHASES MAJOR LEAGUE DREAM
Being a Major League Baseball (MLB) player had long remained an unrealistic dream for deaf catcher Seo Gil-won since his days playing baseball at the Sungshim School for the Deaf in South Korea. Recently, however, he realized that his dream career was not beyond his reach. Seo, 21, came to build such confidence after he met two role models -- Baltimore Orioles' outfielder Kim Hyun-soo and Choi Ji-man who joined the Los Angeles Angels in April. The two major leaguers inspired the deaf catcher to keep chasing his dream career. / Korea Times
Santa Barbara, CA
YOGA FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED
In 2014, when Yasa Yoga on West Mission Street remodeled its studio, yoga enthusiast Thomas Kaufmann convinced the owners to let him install the wiring for a hearing loop, which is technology made by his company OTOjOY to help those with hearing loss. Since the technology was still new and not yet widely used, the wiring sat dormant for two years. But it was turned on in July, making Yasa Yoga the only yoga studio on the West Coast to conduct classes with an accessible hearing loop system for its customers. / Santa Barbara Independent
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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.
Send your letter of intent and resume to:
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 email@example.com.
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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At least 2 years supervisory experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as fluency in American Sign Language.
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