November 1, 2006
Vol. 3 No. 3
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I don’t know about you, but I’ll be happy if I don’t hear the word Gallaudet again for a good long time. I am relieved that the long-running soap opera, which began May 1 with the appointment of Jane K. Fernandes to succeed retiring President I. King Jordan, has come to an end.
Still, I am dismayed by the damage that was done to the deaf community. The Gallaudet administration cynically tried to portray the controversy as being about Fernandes being “not deaf enough.” If that were the case, why did Gallaudet embrace Jordan for so many years? He became deaf as an adult and, like Fernandes, didn’t learn to sign until his early 20s. They knew that was not the reason, but they saw it as the best way to make themselves look good and the protesters look bad. It was especially disappointing to see how quickly the media accepted this nonsense. In reality, the protest was about the shady way Fernandes got the job, her poor track record at Gallaudet and her lack of personal characteristics to be a college president.
It will take a long time to repair the damage done by the Gallaudet administration. You would think these people would be on the deaf community’s side, but you would think wrong. They care only about themselves.
GALLAUDET BOARD VOTES TO TERMINATE FERNANDES
The Gallaudet University Board of Trustees, meeting in an all-day emergency session 30 miles from campus, voted Sunday to terminate the appointment of Jane K. Fernandes as the school’s next president. The decision followed six months of protests that included tent cities, building takeovers, campus lockdowns and the arrest of about 135 protesters on “Black Friday,” October 13. The decision was made “with much regret and pain ... after serious deliberation,” said a board statement. “Now is the time for healing,” they added.
JORDAN: ‘DEEPLY TROUBLED BY THE DIVISIONS’
Gallaudet President I. King Jordan issued a statement Sunday saying, “I am deeply troubled by the divisions among us and by the anger that overtook reason, respect and civility.” Jordan thanked Jane Fernandes “for her dedication and courage and her standing up for what’s right” and said he was saddened that the world will not know “what a great president she could have been.” He concluded that the recent struggle should not be seen in terms of winners and losers. “If we do,” he said, “Gallaudet and our students will be the losers.”
FERNANDES: ‘COULD HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION’
Jane Fernandes released a brief statement Monday. “It is with deep regret that I heard the Board’s decision to terminate my contract,” she said. “I love Gallaudet University and I believe I could have made a significant contribution to its future.” While others speculated about Fernandes’ future, she declined to be interviewed for an ABC Nightline report Monday night. Gallaudet spokeswoman Mercy Coogan confirmed that Fernandes remains a tenured faculty member and could return to the school to teach. “I have no idea if this is something she will do,” said Coogan, “but it’s possible.”
FSSA: NO REPRISALS, STOP THE FALSE INFORMATION
The coalition of faculty, staff, students and alumni that led the Gallaudet protest said in a statement Tuesday that they applauded the Board of Trustee’s decision to terminate Jane Fernandes’ appointment as president-designate. Still, the FSSA said it needed assurances that there will be no reprisals for protesters and expressed “concern over continued public relations attacks from the university,” saying the administration continues to put out false information about divisions in the deaf community. In truth, “From day one, people with cochlear implants, hard-of-hearing people, late-deafened people and hearing people have been among those protesting Fernandes,” said the FSSA.
FERNANDES ‘SUICIDE’ STORY SHOWN TO BE A HOAX
A phony news article claiming that Jane Fernandes committed suicide spread like wildfire earlier this week but was quickly shown to be a hoax. Allegedly published by ARP News Network, the article said Fernandes killed herself in her bedroom with an overdose of sleeping pills. Blogger Elizabeth Gillespie of MishkaZena.com investigated and quickly learned that it was a “cruel hoax.” A comment from a reader gave an email address of an individual who forwarded the release, and some readers misunderstood and thought he originated the hoax. As a result, he was reportedly bombarded with hate mail and was forced to change his address.
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CAMPUS FEELS SENSE OF RELIEF, SAYS STUDENT LEADER
Noah Beckman, student body president at Gallaudet University, was interviewed by Newsweek for a web exclusive. “We’ve been protesting for so long,” he told writer Sarah Childress, “and it’s been a tough process.” Beckman said most people on campus were happy with the Board’s decision to terminate Jane Fernandes’ contract, and that there was a sense of relief on campus even among those who did not support the protest. He admitted to being guilty of oppression and racist behavior himself and said, “It’s not something I’m proud of.” But he said he’s learned much since May and understands the need “to have a higher level of sensitivity to the various groups on campus.”
JANE’S HUSBAND: SHE’S JUST LIKE JOAN OF ARC
James Fernandes, husband of Jane, sent an open letter Tuesday thanking friends for “your love, support and shared greiving [sic] for the loss we and Gallaudet have experienced.” Fernandes went on to compare his wife to Joan of Arc, noting reports that protesters had burned an effigy of her on a stake. “The fears, fury and hatred that drive a mob to turn a heroic leader are clearly still with us so many centuries after [Joan of Arc] was toppled from her horse and put to death after a sham of a trial.” But he managed to find a positive side: “One blessing for all the mammals in our household is to have her back with us,” he said.
WASHINGTON POST CONTINUES TO CRITICIZE PROTEST
The Washington Post criticized protesters in an editorial Tuesday titled, “Gallaudet’s Loss.” Proving that they still don’t understand what the protest was about, the Post’s editorial writers intoned that Fernandes wanted to “emphasize tolerance of diversity” whereas the protesters wanted to “prescribe American Sign Language as the only acceptable medium of communication.” Blogger Ricky D. Taylor was quick to deride the Post as hypocritical, saying the newspaper used to hire hundreds of deaf workers but no longer has any deaf people on the staff. The Post has “no business meddling in our affairs,” he said.
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LAURENT CO-FOUNDERS DISCARD PLANS FOR NEW TOWN
M.E. Barwacz and son-in-law Marvin Miller have discarded their plans to build Laurent, a town in South Dakota for sign-language users, reported the Argus Leader on Saturday. Instead, the two are looking at redeveloping an existing town. They have their eyes on Spencer, which was ravaged by a tornado in 1998. Located an hour west of Sioux Falls, Spencer saw its population dip from 310 before the tornado to 157 afterwards, and has as many as 25 lots available. McCook County Commissioner Bill Smith, who oversaw a long process to revise zoning laws for the proposed town, said Barwacz and Miller have lost credibility. “If you’re going to be that ambitious, they should have had the money, and they didn’t,” he said.
NTID STUDENT KILLED IN HIGHWAY CRASH
A National Technical Institute for the Deaf student was killed in a crash last Friday on the state thruway, reported 10NBC in Rochester, N.Y. Mark Goik, 21, was driving westbound toward his home in Medina, Ohio about 1:30 a.m. when his Chevy Blazer crossed the median and struck a rental truck. Goik, a third-year student, was a leader in the laboratory science tech program, said Professor Todd Pagano. The school provided counselors to Goik’s three roommates and dozens of other students. “It’s a big loss,” said Associate Dean Ellie Rosenfield. “In a small program, you get to know the students very well and you shepherd them through.”
WISCONSIN MAN BEATEN, HAS BICYCLE STOLEN
The Green Bay (Wisc.) Press-Enterprise reported yesterday on a deaf man who was beaten and had his bicycle stolen early Saturday. The unidentified victim knocked on the door of a nearby home in Ashwaubenon at about 4:50 a.m. and asked for help. He used pen and paper to tell police what happened, and a short time later police found James Fischer, 30, with the bicycle. Fischer, who was out on bail for allegedly attacking a state trooper during a drunken-driving arrest in September, denied hitting anyone and claimed he found the bicycle outside a liquor store. He was jailed in lieu of $7,500 bail.
MONTANA HUNTER SAYS SOMEONE SHOT AT HIM
An 84-year-old Montana hunter told police someone shot at him Sunday but he didn’t hear the shots because he’s nearly deaf. Ted Burley said he was field dressing a deer when he looked up and saw a bullet hole in his pickup truck and a gouge, believed to be caused by a second bullet, in a plastic tool box. “It was no accident – he put two bullets in two different places,” Burley told the Billings Gazette. Burley saw a maroon car driving away but was unable to get the license plate number. The Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
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CAB DRIVER SENTENCED FOR RAPING DISABLED WOMAN
A cab driver who was convicted of raping a deaf and developmentally disabled woman in the back of his taxi in Lawndale, Calif. was sentenced Friday to 25 years to life in prison, reported the Daily Breeze. Oscar Dela Cruz, 38, was also ordered to pay $5,000 to a victim’s restitution fund, said Judge Mark Arnold. “He thought he could have his way with her and get away with it,” said Arnold, who called Dela Cruz’s July 2005 crime “a new low in callousness.” The mother of the victim, now 29, cried in court as she addressed Dela Cruz. “You viciously raped a mentally retarded girl,” she said. “How could you, you animal?!”
DEAF PASTOR ON BALLOT IN MINNESOTA
Emory Dively is bidding to become the first deaf legislator in the nation’s history, reported The Pioneer Press yesterday. Dively, 50, is running against five-term state Rep. Michael Paymar for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. A pastor in the conservative Assemblies of God denomination, Dively is a Republican in a district that hasn’t sent a Republican to the Capitol in 20 years. Carrying a small pad and a three-ring binder that outlines his platform, Dively has visited an estimated 3,000 homes among the district’s 15,000 households. “I’m really getting to be a part of the community,” he said. “And I’ve lost 45 pounds.”
ORAL SCHOOL IN CALIFORNIA FACES BUDGET SHORTFALLS
A school for the deaf in Redwood City, Calif. is struggling financially, reported Inside Bay Area on Sunday. The Jean Weingarten Peninsula Oral School for the Deaf is experiencing the same rise in operating costs and shortages in funding as public schools, said school employee Mary Ruth Leen. It costs the nonprofit private school about $40,000 a year to teach each of its 50 students, and about half of the expense is covered by the student’s home school district. The school ran a $1.6 million deficit in 2003-04 and a $100,000 shortfall in 2004-05, but Leen doesn’t expect the school to close any time soon. “We just have to work that much harder,” she said.
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U.K. TEEN KILLED BY SINGLE PUNCH TO THE HEAD
A deaf U.K. teenager died early Saturday after being punched in the head outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Cairns. Peter Gesa, 17, was knocked to the ground with a single blow and never regained consciousness, reported the Courier Mail. The incident followed an argument inside the restaurant between Gesa , two girls and an unidentified man, 19, who was arrested and charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm. Police may decide to upgrade the charge to manslaughter or murder, said the report. “It’s a tragedy on both sides,” said Detective Inspector John Harris.
U.K. PERFORMER TO PRESENT ‘SIGNS OF A DIVA’
Caroline Parker, described by This Is Lancashire as “one of the UK’s favourite deaf divas,” is planning a show in Blackpool next Wednesday that will take the audience “on an entertaining and emotional roller coaster of signed songs.” Parker plays Tammy, the alter ego of undertaker Sue Graves, as she interprets, translates, signs and tells the stories of songs originally performed by such artists as Judy Garland, Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline. Titled “Signs of a Diva,” the show is written by Nona Shepphard and will be performed to a sold-out crowd at The Grand Theatre.
AUSTRALIAN COURT REJECTS COMPENSATION
Australia’s Federal Court ruled last week that an 8-year-old deaf girl is not entitled to compensation despite an earlier finding that Education Queensland had discriminated against her by not providing a classroom interpreter. The court said there was not enough evidence that Tiahna Hurst suffered loss or damage, reported the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Education Queensland said it welcomed the decision, while Gail Smith, Tiahna’s mother, said the family’s legal action helped raise awareness of deaf-related issues. “I don’t have any bitterness toward them,” said Smith. “I’m hoping that we can just move on.”
DEAF-BLIND MAN ROWS HIS BOAT FOR 34 MILES
A deaf and blind U.K. man rowed a boat 34 miles on the Union Canal two weeks ago to raise money for DeafBlind Scotland. Michael Hamilton-Anderson, 65, of Larbert, Stirlingshire, was partnered by rowing club captain David Plank, reported The Daily Record. Earlier this month, Hamilton-Anderson told BBC News that he hoped the marathon would get the public thinking not only of the challenges that deaf-blind people face, but also what they are capable of when given the right support. “I thought about doing this to keep depression at bay,” he said, “and show what visually and hearing impaired people can do.”
‘MIRACLE MAN’ DEFIES DOCTORS, SUPPORTS ORPHANS
The Indo-Asian News Service reported recently on a U.K. man who was expected to die from a medical problem nine years ago – and remains busy to this day raising money for an orphanage in India. Even the most optimistic doctors gave Mervyn Todd no more than two years to live after he was diagnosed with asbestos poisoning in 1997. The 68-year–old Somerset grandfather said he was “determined to make the most of the six months that I had.” Since then, he has raised nearly £40,000 ($76,340 US) to help deaf orphans in Asia. His latest donation is earmarked for a new classroom for a deaf school in Shirdi, Maharashtra (India’s third-largest state). “I am called the ‘miracle man’ by the people there,” said Todd, “and I think it is because of what I am doing.”
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BUCKLEY HEADLINES FUNDRAISER FOR ABUSE SURVIVORS
Comedian Kathy Buckley headlined a fundraiser Saturday in Porterville, Calif. to raise awareness of sexual abuse toward deaf and hard-of-hearing children. According to The Porterville Recorder, Buckley, 53, “told her story of abuse, pain and ultimately hope to an intimate group of survivors” at Celebrate the Child Within, a fundraiser with the theme “Silent No More.” The hearing-impaired entertainer told the audience that, like 9 out of 10 people in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community (according to a 1994 study), she is a victim of sexual abuse. She told of confronting her father as he went from denial to admission, and choosing to move forward in life. “I learned that only God is my father,” said Buckley.
POWER COMPANY TO DONATE 150 SMOKE ALARMS
A Maryland power company is donating 150 smoke alarms for the deaf to fire officials in three states, reported WBOC last week. Delmarva Power has allocated about $12,000 to purchase the special alarms, which emit a strobe light and an audible alarm when smoke is detected. Fire officials in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia will receive the alarms and plan to make them available to adults and children who need the devices but cannot afford them.
WOMAN STARTS ‘CRICKET FUND’ TO HELP WITH HEARING
The first thing Karen Dortschy heard after receiving a cochlear implant was crickets chirping, reported the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, a “very emotional” experience that inspired her to start a fund to help other people hear better. Seed money for the Hear a Cricket Fund was collected in June when Dortschy and then-fiancé Peter asked wedding guests to make donations instead of bringing gifts. They raised $4,500, enough to purchase two high-tech hearing aids, and are now seeking a college-bound high school student who needs hearing aids. So far, no luck. “All we’ve gotten back was, ‘I know this wonderful 70-year-old lady who needs a hearing aid,’” said Dortschy. “We feel for the lady, but that wasn’t the focus of the Cricket Fund.”
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Home Depot is launching a program in Minnesota to boost employment opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing workers. According to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, the home improvement retailer is partnering with the state Rehabilitation Services Office on the Deaf2Work program, which has been in development for a year. Home Depot spokesman Tony Wilbert says the company has translated its employment application to American Sign Language and hired 15 deaf workers so far for 10 Twin Cities stores. Minnesota is the second state to have the program (Georgia, the company’s home state, was first) and Home Depot plans to expand the program to other states.
33-YEAR CAFETERIA WORKER RECEIVES RETIREMENT SENDOFF
Friends, family and coworkers held a retirement ceremony Monday night at Colorado College for Jim Capp, a deaf man who worked in the school’s cafeteria for 33 years. Capp, who was born with cerebral palsy, “kept plugging along and doing his thing, enjoying what he did along the way,” said Randy Kruse, Capp’s former boss at the Colorado Springs, Colo. school. Capp collected hundreds of pictures of friends and coworkers over the years and received a Thousand Points of Light letter of recognition from the first President Bush. A 1967 graduate of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, he looks forward to pursuing art and lots of TV watching. “It felt good knowing that today was the last day,” he told KRDO-TV News.
HORSE TRAINER MAKES HEADLINES IN CALIFORNIA
The Monterey (Calif.) Herald did a feature Monday on Joleen Lambert, a horse trainer who compensates for her deafness “with a depth of understanding that other horse trainers respect and admire.” Lambert learned to ride as a child and went on to ride in horse shows all over California, a challenging task made easier by family members who stood around the arenas and signed instructions to her. Her clients today include both hearing and deaf riders, and she even trained a deaf horse. Lambert hesitated at first but then decided, “If anyone could do it, I could.” She taught the horse to respond to sign language, but the owner returned the mare to Lambert, saying the hearing riders were having trouble getting the horse’s attention. “In many ways, she acted like a deaf person,” said Lambert, who went on to pair the mare with one of her deaf students.
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GEORGIA TEACHER HONORED FOR ACHIEVEMENT
Mike Burton, a longtime teacher of the deaf in Georgia, will be honored with the 2006-2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rome Area Council for the Arts. Burton, a Cave Spring resident who studied deaf education at Georgia State University, has contributed to the arts for nearly 60 years, said the Rome News-Tribune. He has worked with deaf students for 28 years at the Georgia School for the Deaf and as director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Georgia Highlands College. He will receive the award November 12 at a Membership Appreciation Party in downtown Rome, Ga.
WILD ZAPPERS ‘MESMERIZE’ MARYLAND STUDENTS
Students at the Northfield Elementary School in Ellicott City, Md. were treated to two performances last Wednesday by the Wild Zappers, reported the Baltimore Sun. The Wild Zappers, a Greenbelt, Md.-based trio of deaf dancers, was formed in 1989 to raise deaf awareness and give male deaf dancers a chance to perform. Members Fred Beam, Ronnie Bradley and Warren Snipe combined music, jokes and dancing with sign language lessons, teaching students some basic signs and showing them how to applaud the deaf way. As the trio led students in a rendition of R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly,” school counselor Christi Bello remarked, “They have the kids mesmerized.”
NEBRASKA KIDS HELP CREATE MURAL FOR HOSPITAL
More than 200 deaf and hard-of-hearing children got together in early October to help create a mural that will be placed in the Boys Town National Research Hospital, reported WOWT-News in Omaha, Neb. The children came from all over the state “to learn about art and make friends,” said the report. Tile artists showed the youngsters how to paint and fire up the clay pieces of the mural, which will be unveiled December 16. The Nebraska Arts Council and the Mammel Foundation provided funding, with additional support from the Nebraska Regional Programs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students.
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SALT LAKE DEAFLYMPICS SAID TO FACE FINANCIAL CRISIS
The Salt Lake Tribune ran an article Monday that described the upcoming Deaflympics as facing a financial crisis. Organizers say they need $2.5 million to pull off the 10-day event, set for February 1-10 in Salt Lake City, Utah, but only have $1.2 million. Each competitor is expected to raise $4,000 to defray the costs, and some athletes have pulled out of the games as a result. The primary cause of the crisis is that the U.S. Olympic Committee, which at least partially funded the Deaflympics for 80 years, no longer offers any financial support – an indirect byproduct of a 1998 restructuring after the Salt Lake Olympic scandal. “We have cut our budget to its bare bones,” said Shirley Platt, a member of the organizing committee. “We don’t want the world to come to Utah and give our state’s reputation a black eye.” To learn more, visit www.2007deaflympics.com.
NEW MEXICO ADVANCES TO STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The New Mexico School for the Deaf 6-man football team advanced to the state championship game by tackling the Hondo Eagles, 59-50, on Friday. The Roadrunners (9-1) will play against the San Jon Coyotes this weekend at Menaul High School. San Jon was the only team to beat NMSD this year, by a score of 44-39 on October 13. Coach Robert Huizar’s team has overpowered all other opponents this season, winning by such lopsided scores as 72-6, 56-0, 56-2, 54-7 and 45-0. According to the Ruidoso News, NMSD is only the second deaf school in the nation to make it this far in state playoffs, and the first since the Colorado School for the Deaf took the state 8-man title in 1977.
VIRGINIA SCHOOL ADDS NEW MEMBERS TO HALL OF FAME
More than 300 people attended a banquet October 13 in Staunton, Va., reported The News Leader, as 10 individuals and three teams were inducted into the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind’s Hall of Fame. The school’s Mason-Dixon boys’ basketball championship teams from 1959, 1964 and 1970 were honored along with the following 10 individuals: Janice Ellen Couch, Mazie Helen Smith Crews, Freda Christine Norman, Jane Norman, Shirley Ann Lacks Zimmerman, Linwood Canada, Jeff Foster Jefferson, Ervin Calvin Neighbors, Dave Norman Tester and Andrew King.
TOP WINNER AT POKER TOURNAMENT NETS $15,977
The 2nd annual Las Vegas World Deaf Poker Tournament attracted 183 participants and resulted in a top prize of $15,977 for Michigan’s Hubert Ruessman. Other top winners included Edwin O. White of California ($7,990); Julio Rouco of Canada ($3,105); Dave Fults of Arizona ($1,775); and Mike Warner of California ($890). The tournament, held October 11 at the Palms Casino/Resort, was organized by the Southern Nevada Silver Knights as a charitable event to benefit the deaf community. The 3rd annual tournament will take place October 13, 2007 in Las Vegas.
HAROLD STACIOUS, 70, SKILLED UPHOLSTERER
Harold Stacious, a skilled upholsterer and woodworker, died September 22 at age 70, reported The Virginian-Pilot. A graduate of the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Staunton, Mr. Stacious learned upholstery at the school and plied the trade for 45 years. The last 18 years of his career were spent with Victory Upholstery, where he mastered just about any material. Mr. Stacious, who never married, was plagued by heart problems and spent his last months living with his cousin, Lydie Hoggard. “He really was remarkable,” said Hoggard.
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Client Support Specialist
DCARA – San Leandro, CA
The Client Support Specialist will work with deaf, hard of hearing, deafened individuals and deaf senior citizens and provide services including peer counseling, advocacy, and community education on health issues, senior citizen issues, entitlement benefits and daily living issues. DCARA offers extremely competitive benefits such as 4-day work week schedule, 12 days of holiday leave plus one week paid winter holiday, and full medical, dental, vision and life insurances. DEADLINE: open until filled. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications and full employment position descriptions are available at www.dcara.org, then click on “Employment”.
MAINE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
Equal Employment Opportunity
Persons with Disabilities Encouraged to Apply
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:
Service Center B
Office of Human Resources
PO Box 259
Augusta , ME 04332-0259
Telephone: 207-287-2876, TTY 800-794-1110
REHABILITATION SEVICES MANAGER (Director of the Division of Deafness)
Work Location Augusta
Opening: October 23, 2006 - Closing: November 15, 2006
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
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: email@example.com.
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
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:
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
National Deaf Academy
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.
Vice President of Human Resources
National Deaf Academy
19650 US Highway 441
Mount Dora, FL 32757
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.
Vice President of Human Resources
National Deaf Academy
19650 US Highway 441
Mount Dora, FL 32757
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