October 24, 2012
Vol. 9, No. 1
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF UNIVERSITY ROILED BY GAY MARRIAGE CONTROVERSY
Gallaudet University is under fire from both proponents and opponents of gay marriage after placing an administrator on leave for signing a petition to put Maryland's gay-marriage law on the ballot. They say that regardless of Angela McCaskill's personal opinion on the matter, the chief diversity officer at the nation's leading university for deaf and hard-of-hearing students shouldn't be punished for exercising her First Amendment rights. And yet, there's genuine concern that McCaskill has alienated a large portion of the student body and may not be the best person for the job. / The Associated Press
See Also DIVERSITY CHIEF: MY REPUTATION IS TARNISHED / CNN
See Also ANTI-GAY CAMPAIGNERS USING DEAF WOMAN'S STORY AGAINST HER WILL / Gay Star News
CROSS ROADS GRAD PROVIDES DEAF INTERPRETATION FOR VP DEBATE
Interpreter for the deaf Lisa (Rakestraw) LeDonne was already facing her greatest professional challenge before she saw her partner being escorted away in Danville, Ky. last week. She was understandably worried about her friend and concerned about what might be happening, but she had to quickly put all that behind her and concentrate on the task at hand: Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan had just walked on the stage. / The Malakoff News
COMMITTEE DOES NOT FAVOR CONSOLIDATION FOR BLIND, DEAF STUDENTS
A committee studying education services for the state’s blind and deaf students does not favor an option that would consolidate services for those populations at one new centrally located site. The group also does not want to combine services into one site at the former Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton. Options that remain on the table for consideration include ... / Cedar Rapids Gazette
UNCA HOSTS TALK BY GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT
I. King Jordan, who made history when he was appointed as the first deaf president of Gallaudet University, will deliver a talk, “The Deaf Community at a Crossroads” on Oct. 23, in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union. Jordan will also speak to smaller groups of students during his visit to UNC Asheville as part of the university’s first Disability Awareness Week. UNC Asheville Provost Jane Fernandes will introduce Jordan, who, she notes, “is a role model who inspires young people to achieve to their fullest potential." / Mountain Xpress
UNIQUE ALERT SYSTEM FOR DEAF AND BLIND STUDENTS
Students at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind took part in an earthquake drill, but they executed the drill a little differently than most schools would. The way to stay safe during an earthquake is to drop, cover and hold on. To get that message across to the unique students of VSDB, the newly installed alert system goes off with lights for deaf students and an audible message for the blind. / WHSV
South Abington Twp., PA
SCRANTON SCHOOL FOR DEAF UNVEILS RENOVATIONS
In February 2009, officials from the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf made a promise. "We promised to invest in Northeast Pennsylvania. We've done that," Donald Rhoten, CEO of the Pittsburgh school and the Scranton School for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children, said Tuesday. "I think we have something special here." Surrounded by students and supporters, school officials unveiled the second phase of work at the former Lourdesmont campus on Venard Road. / The Times-Tribune
New York, NY
SIBLINGS OF DEAF STUDENTS BARRED FROM TAKING BUSES TO SIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL
Shirley Gallardo has two daughters at the only public school in New York City that teaches sign language. But she has only one who is allowed on a half-empty school bus. Gallardo, a Bronx resident who is herself hearing impaired, is forced to trek an hour each way to take her girls to the American Sign Language and English Lower School because education chiefs refuse to transport Shylene, 8. Shylene's sister Lyana, 5, is eligible for free busing because she is hearing impaired, but Shylene, who does not have a disability, is not — despite being eligible to attend the school, which teaches her to communicate with her mom and sibling. / DNAinfo.com
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DORSET PUPILS URGED TO JOIN SIGNING AND SINGING WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT
Schools across Dorset are being urged to join in a world record attempt at signing and singing. The SignHealth charity for deaf people wants pupils to join in its bid for the most people signing and singing a song at the same time. Earlier this year 114,227 youngsters took part in sign2sing 2012 and smashed the Guinness World Record. The previous record, which SignHealth also set, was 94,489. / Dorset Echo
DEAF-BLIND MUSIC TEACHER: DISABILITY IS NOT A BARRIER
Ireland's only deaf-blind music teacher has told how she is living proof that all disabilities can be overcome. Determined mum-of-one Orla O’Sullivan, from Cork, contracted double pneumonia as a baby, leaving both her sight and hearing damaged. Despite this, she went on to become an accomplished pianist and now teaches music to children, including other deaf-blind students. Inspirational Orla insists: “Disability is an obstacle, not a barrier.” / The Sun
DEAF TRUCKIE TAKES SEARCH TO STREETS
Brian Neill's plea for work is falling upon deaf ears. The Rockhampton-based truck driver has been unemployed for 10 months and was parked up on Yaamba Rd this morning with his signs asking people to help him find work. Brian is desperate for inter-state truck companies to hire him as he needs money. He's even offering a $500 reward for anyone who helps him get back into the workforce. "Mining companies won't hire me because I'm deaf but on the gates they say wear safety glasses, hard-capped work boots and overalls ... it says nothing about hearing aids," Brian said. / Rockhampton Morning Bulletin
DEAF USE APP TO TOUR SYDNEY TOWN HALL
Deaf people can rely on their eyes and hands to tour Sydney's historic Town Hall courtesy of a new smartphone app. The new OpenMi Tours was developed by the Australian Communication Exchange for smartphones to provide interactive tours for the hearing impaired. It transforms audio content into videos featuring Australian sign language, or Auslan, with text captions. The app can be downloaded at no cost, or people can borrow one of the phones available. / ninemsn
DEAF ZAMBIANS DEMAND DRIVING LICENSES
The Zambia Deaf Youth and women (ZDYM) has bemoaned the continued tendency by Zambian authorities to give driving licences to deaf people. Speaking of behalf of ZDYM, Frank Musukwa deafness does not in any way limit a person’s ability to drive a car or other vehicles. Musukwa argued that a deaf driver does not therefore constitute a risk for safe traffic and pedestrian movement ‘what so ever since there is no evidence that deaf drivers due to their in ability to hear are involved in more car accidents, or are at any bigger risk on the road than those with normal hearing.’ / Zambian Watchdog
SUBSIDY SCAM: 'DEAF' SUSPECT TAKES PLEA WITH HEARING AID
Determined to prosecute all the suspects in the alleged fuel subsidy scam, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday, arraigned a suspect, Saminu Rabiu, before an Abuja High Court, who took his plea with a hearing aid. The accused, alongside Jubril Rowaye, ought to have taken their plea last week but Rabiu’s counsel, Blessing Omoghae, informed the court that her client was having a hearing problem. / Nigerian Tribune
MEXICO: DEAF POLICE OFFICERS FIGHT CRIME IN OAXACA
The 230 surveillance cameras that monitor the streets of the historic downtown area of Oaxaca are watched by deaf police officers who maintain a close eye. The Oaxaca Police’s Command and Communication Control Center was reopened in May after chronic maintenance problems had kept it closed for six years. But since the surveillance cameras do not have microphones, the authorities had been unable to determine what was being said by suspected criminals. So officials turned to State Association for the Deaf to provide personnel with a keen sense of sight and ability to read lips. / Infosurhoy
GAZA DEAF RESTAURANT AIMS TO BREAK DOWN BARRIERS
A restaurant run and staffed by deaf people opened for business in the Gaza Strip on Oct. 16, helped by Palestinians seeking to build a more inclusive society where people with disabilities can realize their full potential. At the stylish Atfaluna restaurant, waiters and cooks use sign language, guests point to selections from the menu and what ensues is a spontaneous form of communication that organizers hope will break down bias and barriers. / Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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RETIREMENT COMMUNITY FIRST OF ITS KIND IN ARKANSAS
Wandene Priest moved to the Good Shepherd Retirement Community three months ago and she's taken to the change quickly. "I love it," Priest said. "I love it." The 88-year-old is hardly ever indoors. Instead, she's often out socializing with her neighbors or delivering the Sunday newspaper to her neighbor across the street. "I take it over to her every Sunday afternoon," she said. The neighbor is just one in the community who is deaf. / KARK
DEAF MONROE STUDENT NAMED TO HOMECOMING COURT
Monroe High School's homecoming court was crowned, Thursday. It includes one student unlike any member of any other court in the school's history. Alexis Burse was crowned Miss Junior. Burse is the first hearing-impaired student elected the school's homecoming court. / WALB
PETITION: DEAF CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATED BY POLICE, NO INTERPRETER PROVIDED
My daughter was bullied by Indiana State police denied an interpreter, they would not allow her to wear her hearing aids and she was forced to read the officer's lips. Why do they think that every deaf person can read lips, especially in the dark with bright shining lights twirling around like a disco ball? She was arrested taken to jail and all she was trying to do is help them out. / Care2 Petition Site
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New York, NY
TECHNOLOGY GIVES DEAF JOURNALISTS MORE OPTIONS
When Pittsburgh journalist Lisa A. Goldstein signs onto an instant messaging program, the 39-year-old freelancer is doing so not only to communicate in real time on the Internet, but also to converse visually. As a deaf journalist working in a hearing world, she does everything she can to ease communication. “There’s no better time to be a deaf journalist,” she says. “Technology has evened the playing field.” / Columbia Journalism Review
TEACHER OF DEAF/HARD OF HEARING NAMED TOPS IN KENTUCKY
Heidi Givens, itinerant teacher of the deaf and hard-of-hearing for the Daviess County Public Schools district, has been named 2013 Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made at the State Capitol Building in Frankfort on Oct. 17. Givens was named one of 24 outstanding educators who received the Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Award in September, and was one of three semifinalists in the elementary teacher category. / Owensboro-Daviess County News
North Aurora, IL
N. AURORA MAN HELPS DEAF COMMUNITY WITH NEW APP
North Aurora resident Lloyd Roin can hear what you say but the rest of his family cannot. His parents and siblings are deaf, but he isn’t. Their disability has led him to make inroads working with the deaf and hearing-impaired community, including with the International Center on Deafness and the Arts. But his major initiative so far has been the startup he founded with other partners and investors called E-View Connections in Des Plaines. The company has launched its first smartphone app for the deaf and hearing-impaired and has had more than 1,200 downloads to date. / Daily Herald
San Marcos, TX
SAN MARCOS INTERPRETING SERVICE FOR THE DEAF
When Cheryl and Jesse Bailey first met, Cheryl’s knowledge of sign language was just enough to communicate with her future husband. Twenty years later the couple is married, and they share ownership of San Marcos Interpreting Service for the Deaf. Jesse, who is fully deaf and comes from a fully deaf family, said Cheryl’s skills have vastly improved since they first met. “Obviously she’s very good now because she’s certified and owns a sign language business,” Jesse signed to Cheryl, who interpreted. / Community Impact Newspaper
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IN CONVERSATION WITH ALEX GIBNEY
If there was any doubt as to Alex Gibney’s status as one of the most important documentary filmmakers working today then "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God" should firmly cement that position. Centering around the abuse of deaf children at a Catholic boarding school in the U.S, the film rightly portrays the abused as heroes who have been strong, stood up and fought for justice – even when what and who they believed in forsook them. / DocGeeks
DEAF ROCK BAND BEETHOVEN'S NIGHTMARE TO PERFORM FUNDRAISER CONCERTS IN TEMPE
It’s common knowledge that Beethoven, composer of some of history’s most famous music, couldn’t hear his masterpieces. Nor can Ed Chevy, Bob Hiltermann or Steve Longo hear the lively songs they play on stage as Beethoven’s Nightmare. The rock band, whose three members are deaf, plays Oct. 20 in Tempe. Two concerts will include original music and covers of songs by artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones. / East Valley Tribune
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DEAF AND BLIND PLAYERS COMPETE IN YOUTH FOOTBALL
It's a scene that plays out on youth football fields across the country almost every late summer and autumn night: kids enthusiastically — often quite noisily — running off the field in a pack following a practice session. But there was something different about the Lehigh County Youth Association 110-pound team as players scurried off the practice field at Jordan Park one recent October night. / Morning Call
Cameron Park, CA
MISSISSIPPI SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF BESTS ARKANSAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF IN BLOWOUT
Mississippi School for the Deaf took down Arkansas School for the Deaf 76-20 last week, the largest margin of any game. Keith Brignac ran for 250 yards in the win. Tennessee School for the Deaf made the biggest jump in the national rankings this week, rising to 1,062 from 1,122. The improvement was the result of 58-30 victory over the Vikings last week. / MaxPreps News
YORK SWIMMERS LEARN A WHOLE NEW LANGUAGE WITH DEAF TEAMMATE
Fitting in at a new high school can be tough. Finding your way around, finding your classes, just finding someone to eat lunch with can be challenging. For Megan Fichtner, coming to York High School in Elmhurst three years ago as a freshman was especially challenging. Megan, now 17, was born deaf. Because of that, Fichtner, who lives in Elmhurst, started at York her freshman year only half time, spending mornings in a deaf education program at Hinsdale South High School. But Fichtner also had an advantage. She was, and is, a swimmer. / Chicago Tribune
DEAF RESIDENT RUNNING 100 MILES THIS FRIDAY
Shelton resident James Yevich can be seen running on Bridgeport Avenue most mornings, but Yevich is no casual runner. He is what’s called an “ultra-marathoner” and he was also born deaf. This Friday [Oct. 19], the 42-year-old will be running 100 miles, starting in Stratford and finishing at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford. He is running in honor of his two late friends, James and Kevin Bumbala. / Huntington Herald
See Also YEVICH COMPLETES 100-MILE RUN / Huntington Herald
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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.
Inquiries and nominations should be addressed to:
Flavia S. Fleischer, Chair
Department of Deaf Studies
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California 91330-8265
PAHrtners Deaf Services
614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA
215-884-9770 TTY/V 215-884-6301 FAX
PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf/HOH centered with about 85% of our staff being Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Our staff environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support. As a result, we are rapidly growing with new programs and expansions of our existing programs. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or have many years’ 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, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community to fill the following positions:
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
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