deafweekly

 

October 25, 2006
Vol. 3 No. 2

Editor: Tom Willard

Deafweekly is an independent news report for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community that is mailed to subscribers every Wednesday and available to read at www.deafweekly.com. Please visit our website to read current and back issues, sign up for a subscription and advertise. Deafweekly is copyrighted 2006 and any unauthorized use, including reprinting of news, is prohibited. Please support our advertisers; they make it possible for you to receive Deafweekly at no charge.

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DEMONSTRATORS MARCH TO CAPITOL HILL

A large crowd of demonstrators angry over the selection of Jane K. Fernandes as Gallaudet University’s next president marched Saturday from the school’s Northeast Washington campus to Capitol Hill. Estimates of the crowd size ranged from “hundreds” (Associated Press) to “about 2,000" (The Washington Post) to 4,000 (several deaf blogsites). Many of the marchers were Gallaudet alumni who came to Washington despite Gallaudet’s cancellation of homecoming. “This is deja vu all over again,” said Greg Hlibok, one of several speakers at Saturday’s rally and a student leader during the Deaf President Now movement of 1988 that led to I. King Jordan’s presidency.

STUDENTS STAGE BRIEF TAKEOVER OF COLLEGE HALL

Protesters took over the first floor of Gallaudet’s main administrative building, College Hall, just after midnight Tuesday night, covering windows with newspapers and spelling “J.K. OUT” in masking tape to the front door. They left Wednesday morning after campus police surrounded the building and cordoned it off with yellow tape. The same morning, Gallaudet employees attempted to reopen two gates that students had blocked, using a bulldozer to scoop up tents, clothes and bedding, injuring several students in the process, including two who were taken away in an ambulance. “That shows how they treat us and that shows what they think of us,” student Erin Moran told The Washington Post.

HUNGER STRIKERS ENTER THIRD WEEK OF PROTEST

Seven protesters remain on a hunger strike at Gallaudet. Their last meal occurred two weeks ago on October 13, “Black Friday,” the day 133 demonstrators were arrested. One hunger striker, a woman with Usher Syndrome, dropped out this week when her vision began to deteriorate. The remaining strikers have stopped drinking nutritional supplements such as V8 juice and vow to stop fluids altogether next Monday if Jane Fernandes is still in office. “To this day, Dr. Jordan and Dr. Fernandes have not once come out to see the group or contacted them for a meeting,” said a statement on the Gallaudet FSSA (faculty, staff, students and alumni) website (www.gufssa.org).

TRUSTEES PLAN SPECIAL MEETING THIS WEEKEND

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Gallaudet’s Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Sunday “if they can ensure the security that will be needed.” The meeting will reportedly take place at a hotel near Dulles Airport in Virginia, about 30 miles from Gallaudet. Protest leaders were making plans to charter buses to bring demonstrators to the hotel. Late in the week, it was reported that the meeting will actually occur on Saturday.

MURDERS OF 2000-01 REPLAYED IN WAR OF WORDS

The father of a Gallaudet student who was murdered on campus in September, 2000 wrote an article for The Washington Post titled, “When My Son Was Killed, Jane Fernandes Came Through for My Family, and the School.” Craig Plunkett of Portland, Ore., whose son Eric was one of two Gallaudet students killed by Joseph Mesa Jr. during the 2000-01 school year, said Fernandes “did a wonderful job of trying to make the campus safe” during Mesa’s “reign of terror.” In response, several former students who lived through the experience shared their own memories. Among their revelations: Fernandes left over 100 scared and hungry students in the cafeteria after the second murder, of Benjamin Varner in February 2001, because, as she said, “I forgot all about it.”


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‘SNIPPY’ FERNANDES DOES ONLINE CHAT WITH POST

Jane Fernandes did an online interview with The Washington Post on Monday. Among her pronouncements: “As the first deaf woman president of Gallaudet, my appointment should be cause for celebration. This protest is against me.” Just one week earlier, Fernandes told the Post, “I believe it's not really about me.” The interview was widely derided by observers. DCist, a popular Washington, D.C. blog, titled its report on the interview, “Gallaudet’s Fernandes Gets Snippy in WaPo Chat,” and concluded: “Fernandes certainly didn’t help her cause with this chat.”

TENT CITIES SPREAD TO SEVEN OTHER COUNTRIES

There are now more than 80 “tent cities” throughout the United States and in seven other countries, organized to provide encouragement and support to the Gallaudet protesters. Eric Hamlow of Stockton, Calif. is offering a T-shirt with a map of the tent cities for $20. To learn more, go to www.deafeye.com.

STUDENTS SAID TO VOTE FERNANDES OUT OF CLASS

Blogger Ricky D. Taylor (www.ridorLIVE.com) reported Tuesday on a First Year Seminar course being taught this semester by Jane Fernandes. Quoting a Michigan freshman in the class, Taylor said Fernandes quickly lost control as students bombarded her with questions about her performance. Fernandes reportedly told the students take a vote, and all but one of the 15 students voted her out. As a result, said Taylor, she is no longer teaching the class. “If she cannot control 15 students, what makes you think she can control 1,800 students at Gallaudet?” he asked.

GWU PRESIDENT: ‘LET THIS WOMAN BE PRESIDENT’

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president of George Washington University in Washington, D.C., weighed in on the Gallaudet controversy in The Daily Colonial this week. “Gallaudet cannot afford to have anarchy and student riots every time they turn over a president,” he said. “They’ve done it once and now they’re doing it again.” He criticized GWU Student Association President Lamar Thorpe for supporting the protesters and spending $141 on blankets and food. “You can’t go around getting into every fight that’s going on in every neighborhood,” he said. Trachtenberg’s conclusion: “They should let this woman be president for a few years and see how it goes.”

TRUSTEE: ‘I ALWAYS THOUGHT DEAF PEOPLE WERE DUMB’

Gallaudet Board of Trustees member Ken Levinson met with alumni Butch Zein, Robin Horwitz, James Brune and Bridgetta Bourne-Firl in San Francisco last Tuesday and reportedly ended the meeting by saying, “I always thought deaf people that use sign language were dumb people but eventually I learned they weren’t, and I enjoyed chatting with you all.” National Association of the Deaf President Bobbie Beth Scoggins recalled Levinson making a similar comment 20 years earlier. Levinson quickly issued a statement saying, “the recent negative statement attributed to me about deaf peoples’ abilities is totally inaccurate.”


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NATIONAL
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UTAH DEAF CENTER WORKER KILLED IN HIGHWAY CRASH

A highway collision in Utah last Wednesday claimed the life of Glenn Williams, a technical specialist with the Robert G. Sanderson Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Williams, 52, was enroute to a conference with two co-workers, Mitchell Moyers, 36, and Adam Shewell, 33, when their van collided head-on with a car driven by Christopher Luke, 33. According to the Deseret Morning News, witnesses said Luke, who also died in the crash, appeared to be either asleep or suffering from a medical condition when his car drifted across the median and hit the van. Moyers and Shewell were both flown to hospitals in critical condition.

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SAN DIEGO PLAYGROUND ATTACK

One of several men who attacked a deaf teen on a San Diego playground in August has pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges. Jesse R. Ross, 20, could face up to seven years in state prison when he is sentenced December 8, reported 10News. The victim, Loro Bureng, 18, was playing basketball with friends when he was approached by several men and beaten for no apparent reason, police said. Ross was unaware that Bureng was deaf, said defense attorney Milly Durovic, and claimed the attack occurred because he didn’t like the way the victim looked at him.

TEXAS WOMAN HIT AND KILLED BY TRUCK

A deaf pedestrian was hit by a truck and killed early Saturday, October 14, reported KCBD in Lubbock, Texas. Andrea Deanda, 24, was trying to flag someone down for help around 4 a.m., state troopers said, but they’re not sure why she needed help. The driver swerved but could not avoid hitting her, said the report. Deanda, a lifelong Lubbock resident, attended Coronado High School and the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin. She is survived by a daughter, her mother and father, two sisters and two nephews. A funeral service was held last Tuesday.

NEW MEXICO STUDENT ARRESTED ON RAPE CHARGES

A New Mexico School for the Deaf student was arrested last Thursday and charged with raping a 15-year-old student the previous day. Jorge Chavez, 19, was being held in county jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. The girl told police that Chavez dragged her into a bathroom in the school’s medical building, pulled down her pants and raped her even though she kept saying “no.” Chavez told police the sex was consensual but admitted that the girl said no and he proceeded anyway because he was “selfish.” School officials refused to comment because the case is under investigation.


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VIRGINIA MAN CHARGED WITH ABDUCTION, ASSAULT

A deaf Virginia man was jailed last week after reportedly holding his wife against her will for nearly 18 hours, reported the Staunton News Leader. Michael Burrhus, 41, is accused of holding his 41-year-old wife in the couple’s home from midnight Saturday, October 14, to 5:45 p.m. the next day. Burrhus, who reportedly brandished a knife, was charged with abduction and domestic assault. The woman managed to escape and immediately reported being abducted to police. A Critical Incident Response Team was sent to the home, and after a brief negotiation through TTY, Burrhus surrendered without incident.

ACCUSED MURDERER REMAINS INCOMPETENT FOR TRIAL

A deaf man accused of raping and killing a Virginia teenager remains incompetent to stand trial, a psychologist testified two weeks ago. Oswaldo Martinez, 35, is making progress at Western State Hospital, psychologist Barbara Haskins told Judge Samuel Powell in a Williamsburg courtroom, “but he is not at the level of competency.” Martinez, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, is accused of murdering Brittany Binger, 16, in January 2005. His treatment includes watching the television show “Law and Order” to help him understand the American justice system, reported the Daily Press.

GONZALES: MOST ADA COMPLAINTS RESOLVED IN MEDIATION

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told business leaders at a recent conference that about 90 percent of cases involving the Americans with Disabilities Act have been resolved using mediation. Gonzales, speaking at the U.S. Business Leadership Network’s annual conference in Minneapolis, Minn. on October 5, said that 1,800 ADA complaints out of 2,000 had been settled through mediation rather than by imposing penalties, reported the Associated Press. “We have accomplished this through an aggressive program of enforcement and public education,” he said.

FLEET WEEK SAILORS VISIT CALIFORNIA SCHOOL

Sailors from the U.S. Navy visited the California School for the Deaf in Fremont on October 10, reported the Navy News. They competed in a visual communication contest, helped with a campus cleanup and explained the semaphore flag signaling system to the students. The sailors, from the USS Nimitz, USS Bonhomme Richard and the local area, were participating in San Francisco Fleet Week. Nearly 700 sailors took part in 21 different community relations projects. “I thought it was a wonderful and unique opportunity for our students to meet the sailors and to learn abut the U.S. Navy’s programs as well,” said CSDR Outreach Specialist Cheryl Boyd.


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INTERNATIONAL
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THIEVES RANSACK U.K. DEAF SERVICE AGENCY

A U.K. agency that serves deaf clients was forced to shut down for about two weeks after thieves ransacked the office and stole three computers. Cash for a raffle and Christmas meal was also stolen from the Sheffield Deaf Advice Service, reported Sheffield Today. The raiders smashed their way into the building through the roof, causing as much as £25,000 ($47,466 US) of damage and leaving the building condemned as unsafe. The agency sees about 10 clients a day and offers advice on housing, employment and welfare benefits. “We have been trying to work out why us,” said manager Kate Bushen. “Not that anyone deserves to get burgled, but we’re a charity.”

U.K. LAWYER WINS LANDMARK SETTLEMENT

A deaf U.K. lawyer who was denied an interpreter has won a landmark settlement, reported the Peterborough Evening Telegraph. Jonathan Gibbons, 32, a legal advisor for Hands On Access Ltd., was set to argue a case in June 2004 and contacted Peterborough County Court to request an interpreter and notetaker. His request was bluntly turned down, said Gibbons. “I was furious because I was discriminated against by a body which is expected to uphold the law,” he said. A court spokeswoman said deaf witnesses, defendants and victims are entitled to communication assistance but when it comes to deaf lawyers, “The onus may fall on the employer, whether they are self-employed or employed by barristers’ chambers.”

DEAF AND BLIND MAN GETS SPEEDING TICKET

A deaf and blind U.K. man was stunned to get a speeding ticket, reported the Mirror on Sunday. Martyn Styles, 42, said he has never even sat behind the wheel of a car and doesn’t understand why Humberside Police sent him a £60 ($114 US) speeding fine for doing 36 mph in a 30 mph zone. His wife, Dawn, sometimes drives their Renault car, but on the day of the offense the couple were 180 miles away at their son’s school. Told that police have evidence, Styles said, “Well, let’s see the picture of me with my white stick and my guide dog driving that car.” They fear that their license plate has been cloned, and police are now investigating.

HEARING DOG KILLED BY HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER

A hearing dog named Keesha was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Canada last month and owner Deborah Johnston is looking for answers, said the Brandon Sun. Keesha, a fluffy brown and white pomeranian, was struck outside Johnston’s Rivers, Manitoba home on September 22 by a driver who did not stop to check on the dog or try to find the owner, police said. “I’m not the kind of person to hate people,” said Johnston. “I just want to know what happened.”

AUSTRALIAN MP SIGNS PART OF SPEECH TO PARLIAMENT

An Australian Member of Parliament delivered part of his first speech to Parliament in sign language, reported The Border Mail in Wodonga, Victoria. David Gibson, Nationals MP for Gympie, began his speech by paying tribute to his deaf parents, who watched from the public gallery. “I am the eldest child of deaf parents and I know first-hand what it is like to be part of the disadvantaged in our society,” said Gibson, one of 19 new MPs in the Queensland Parliament. An interpreter signed the rest of the speech for Gibson’s parents.

SWAZILAND SPORTS GROUP COMPLAINS TO GOVERNMENT

Members of the Swaziland Association of Sport for the Deaf have complained that they are not allowed to participate in sports events outside of the country, reported The Swazi Observer. The association shared its concerns with a government committee investigating the Swaziland National Sports Council. Makhosini Makhubu, the association’s secretary general, said he was told their participation would not help the country and would only drain its limited financial resources. The group has missed out on several opportunities, said Makhubu, including the 2005 Deaflympics in Australia. “This puts our association in a bad light,” he said.

BOTSWANA COMPANY PAYS TO RENOVATE SCHOOL

A Botswana corporation has come to the rescue of the Botswana Society of the Deaf, contributing P250,000 ($40,600 US) to renovate the society’s dilapidated school facility. Problems with the boys’ hostel roof and sewage have forced school authorities to house boys and girls in the same hostel, reported Mmegi. The school, in Ramotswa, was founded in 1979 with six pupils and now has about 127 children from age 3 to 18. The renovations are being funded by the Debswana Corporate Social Investment Programme and are expected to be completed by the end of next month.


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LIFE & LEISURE
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NEW VIDEO AVAILABLE ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

The Chicago Hearing Society has produced a new video on domestic violence called “Deafening Silence.” The half-hour video, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, is designed to educate organizations of the special needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing women as they try to escape their batterers, secure counseling and shelter services and protect their legal rights. The video, along with a guide on deafness and domestic violence, will be distributed free to 2,500 agencies nationwide. To request a copy, send an email to AskCHS@anixter.org.

GROUP WORKING TO UPDATE HIV/AIDS DATABASE

A Philadelphia group is putting together a database of agencies that provide HIV/AIDS and/or sexuality-related services to the deaf community. The Deafness and Sexuality Project is being coordinated by Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania. “Much of the information we have on past contacts is no longer accurate,” said PPSP’s Christine Gannon. To be included in the database, email your name, position, agency name, address and email information to christine.gannon@ppsp.org. More information can be found here.

$3.5 MILLION AWARDED FOR EAR INFECTION VACCINE

The University of Rochester (N.Y.) announced recently that it has been awarded a $3.5 million grant from the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders to develop a new vaccine to wipe out childhood ear and sinus infections. Ear infections are never fatal, Dr. Michael Pichichero told Reuters, but can cause serious damage in some children. About 83 percent of children experience at least one ear infection by age 3 and in some cases the infection causes permanent hearing damage. Pichichero’s team plans to enroll 400 children in clinical trials to test the vaccine.


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COSMETOLOGY STUDENT HOPES TO OPEN SALON FOR DEAF

A cosmetology student in Indiana hopes to open her own salon for deaf customers, reported The Noblesville Ledger. Hilary Knauer was influenced by the deaf parents of a good friend and studied sign language in high school. She is now studying at the JEL Academy of Beauty in Washington Township and expects to finish the two-year program in March. She then plans to major in American Sign Language at the Indiana School for the Deaf through a program offered by Vincennes University. Her goal is to open her own shop near the deaf school. “It has to be difficult for someone who is deaf to tell how much they want taken off or what color they want,” she said. “This is something that hasn’t been done.”

GOAMERICA SELLS PREPAID CALLING CARD DIVISION

GoAmerica Inc. announced earlier this month that it has sold its prepaid calling card division to Nextcarrier Telecom for an undisclosed amount. GoAmerica, a provider of communication services for the deaf community that includes the i711.com relay service, saw its shares rise 15 cents to $3.40 on Nasdaq, reported the Associated Press. The move will allow the company to focus fully on its services to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, said GoAmerica’s chief executive, Dan Luis.

PROFESSOR WINS GRANT TO STUDY VIDEO INTERPRETING

A Syracuse (N.Y.) University professor was awarded a $5,000 innovation grant to study video-delivered interpreting services, reported The Daily Orange last week. Murali Venkatesh of SU’s School of Information Studies received the funding from the Burton Blatt Institute, which works to advance participation of people with disabilities in society. Venkatesh and his students began working five years ago to see how broadband and video could benefit the deaf community. His project took on urgency last month when New York passed a law requiring health care facilities to provide language assistance to patients within 10 minutes (emergency) or 20 minutes (outpatient) of arrival.


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REHABILITATION SERVICES MANAGER, (Director of the Division of Deafness) Class Code 3086, Yearly Salary $41,683.20 to $57,865.60. Value of State paid health and dental insurance is $310.74 bi-weekly. Value of State’s share of Employees’ Retirement equals 18.54% of pay.

The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services within the Maine Department of Labor seeks to fill the position of Director of the Division of Deafness.

This is a professional services management position focused on administering the activities of the Division, its programs and policies, and providing advocacy and information and referral services to people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HH).

Responsibilities include managing contracts, coordinating interdepartmental services, and ensuring compliance with disability rights laws and policies as they relate to people who are D/HH, providing training, and recommending actions to improve accessibility and coordination among agencies and organizations to assure that deaf and hard-of-hearing persons receive needed services.

The successful candidate must demonstrate knowledge of the needs of people who are D/HH including technologies used, demonstrate experience in providing services to these populations, and demonstrate the ability to communicate on a meaningful basis with persons who are D/HH.

Minimum qualifications include a ten (10) year combination of education, training, and/or experience in social work and/or rehabilitation including at least one-year experience in an administrative capacity.

ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE MEANINGFULLY IN AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL) IS REQUIRED.

Interested persons must complete a direct hire application (PER3-1/05), as we cannot accept the older form. Applications are available at Career Centers, the Service Center B Human Resources Office in Augusta, or online at: http://www.maine.gov/statejobs/directapp.html <http://www.maine.gov/> The completed application must be postmarked on or before date listed below to:

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Interested individuals may send all inquiries and/or resumes to www.hamilton.net/employment.html
Or to the attention of Cindy Blase in Human Resource Department by November 8, 2006.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage. Contact our HR Dept. at: 800.821.1831 or email at: www.hamilton.net/employment.html

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JOB OPENING
RHODE ISLAND OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a full-time position open for “Rhode Island Outreach Coordinator”.

Location: Rhode Island Area

Position summary: Position is responsible for Outreach, marketing, and gathering information which will help improve the quality of the relay service and the number of customers served by Hamilton. Individual will be required to travel.

Preferred education, experience and skills:

Communicates fluently through the use of American Sign Language and written English.
Associate or Bachelor’s Degree or comparable work experience along with a minimum of three years public relations experience.
Experience in public relations activities.
Direct work experience with a Telecommunications Relay Service preferred.
Deaf and hard of hearing individuals are encouraged to apply.
Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.
Strong written, analytical and interpersonal skills.
Hold a driver’s license and ability to travel alone.

Interested individuals may send all inquiries and/or resumes to www.hamilton.net/employment.html
Or to the attention of Cindy Blase in Human Resource Department by October 27, 2006.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage. Contact our HR Dept. at: 800.821.1831 or email at: www.hamilton.net/employment.html.

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Advocates, Inc., the largest non-profit Human Services agency in New England, is also the region s largest provider for residential services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing customers. We offer Ml/SA, Deaf-Blind and psychiatric treatment for state-funded individuals who need residential and personal assistance in their quest for autonomy. Advocates, Inc has offered empowering human services and healthcare alternatives for adults since 1975.

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Residential and Awake Overnight Counselors

We are actively recruiting persons of any background, especially Deaf and Hard of Hearing applicants, to join our team as Residential Counselors and Awake Overnights. You will provide support to adults with mental illness. Coordinate and monitor daily schedules; provide transportation, crisis intervention and access to emergency services. Counsel clients toward goals and skill development and communicate with staff/service providers to discuss clients’ progress and any changes. You must be ASL proficient and have a background in mental health, social work, chemical dependency, or psychology. Experience working with deaf clients is helpful.
Advocates offers competitive salaries, Medical/Dental benefits, 401(k), supervision for licensure and on-site training sessions.

To apply, send your resume, including salary history and requirements, to: HR, Advocates, Inc., One Clarks Hill., Suite 305, Framingham, MA 01702. Fax: (508) 861-0338. E-mail: jobs@advocatesinc.org.

www.advocatesinc.org

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CEO Position Announcement
Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency (DCARA)

DCARA is seeking a Chief Executive Officer to build on over 40 years of continuous growth and evolution of the non-profit, community-based social service agency. DCARA serves the Deaf Community in the San Francisco Bay Area and 14 counties in Northern California. The CEO will be responsible for all aspects of the agency’s operations, programs, finances, personnel and fundraising for new Deaf Community Center. To see the full job announcement including information about DCARA, minimum qualifications and application process, visit http://www.dcara.org. CLOSING DATE: November 6, 2006

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD

GLAD is an Affirmative Action Employer with equal opportunity for men, women and people with disabilities. For more information on the following positions, please go to: www.gladinc.org. The status of all positions is: Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt, Full Fringe Benefits unless otherwise noted. All positions are open until filled.

Director of Human Services – Los Angeles, CA
Community Interpreter – Riverside, CA
Job Developer/Interpreter – Crenshaw, Norwalk, Riverside and West Covina, CA
Community Health Educator – Los Angeles, CA
LIFESIGNS Dispatcher – Riverside, CA
Community Relations – Los Angeles, CA
Accounts Receivable Specialist – Los Angeles, CA

If interested for any of these positions then please submit resume and application to:

Jeff Fetterman
Human Resources Specialist
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.
2222 Laverna Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041
V/TDD: (323) 550-4207
Fax #: (323)550-4204
E-mail: jfetterman@gladinc.org

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National Deaf Academy
Teachers


The Charter School at National Deaf Academy is seeking motivated, Master’s Level teachers who have dual certification in Special Education and Deaf Education to work in either elementary or high school positions with state of the art classrooms and materials. This position allows for ongoing professional growth through conference attendance. Classrooms are supported with Mental Health Technicians and trained clinicians to ensure the optimal level of education is received. Must be Florida certified, or certificate eligible. Must be fluent in American Sign Language. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience and level of education.

Please contact:
Barbara Tashlein
Vice President of Human Resources
National Deaf Academy
19650 US Highway 441
Mount Dora, FL 32757
Fax: 352-735-4939
btashlein@nda.com

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National Deaf Academy
Director of Therapeutic Recreation


Qualified individual needed to lead an energetic team! Must have CTRS designation. Fluency in ASL preferred, but not required. This person must be able to “think outside of the box,” as the position lends itself to creativity. Luxurious 10,000-square-foot gym facility available for use as well as other amenities.

Please contact:
Barbara Tashlein
Vice President of Human Resources
National Deaf Academy
19650 US Highway 441
Mount Dora, FL 32757
Fax: 352-735-4939
btashlein@nda.com

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