November 2, 2016
Vol. 13, No. 3
Editor: Tom Willard
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JUNIOR IN CLINTON CAMPAIGN VIDEO HOPES TO 'CONNECT' WITH DEAF CHILDREN
Junior Sara Soltani never imagined a comment her mother left on a Hillary Clinton blog post would lead to them both starring in a seven-minute campaign video for the Democratic presidential nominee. Soltani’s mother, Martha, left the comment in August to tell people that the State Children’s Health Insurance Program that Clinton helped push through Congress in the 1990s helped her family afford cochlear implants for Sara, who was born deaf. / GW Hatchet
U.S. SUPREME COURT ORDERS DISMISSAL OF DEAF TEXANS' SUIT AGAINST STATE
An effort by five deaf Texans to force the state to offer sign-language interpreters at driver's education courses has met its end in the nation’s highest court. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered the dismissal of lawsuit, Ivy v. Morath, that sought to hold Texas accountable for discrimination against people with disabilities — even when it farms out public programs to private vendors. But the justices left open the possibility that a similar case could bubble up again. / The Texas Tribune
FORMER INMATE WHO IS DEAF SAYS OREGON PRISONS DIDN'T PROVIDE INTERPRETERS
A 51-year-old former Oregon inmate who is deaf testified in federal court Tuesday that he was repeatedly denied a qualified interpreter for prison medical appointments, a sought-after prison job and an in-custody class preparing for release. David D. Vanvalkenburg is seeking $140,000 in damages against the Oregon Department of Corrections, alleging the department violated his civil rights and its own policies by failing to make proper accommodations for his disability. / The Oregonian
Oklahoma City, OK
DEAF CITIZEN SUES OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE FOR IMPEDING HIS CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY
A deaf Oklahoman has filed a lawsuit against the State of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Senate and House of Representatives for the failure to caption hearings and other proceedings streamed online. Johnny Reininger, Jr. contends that captions are necessary for deaf and hard-of-hearing citizens to access the audio content of legislative hearings and other proceedings. “I need to know what is happening in my state in order to be fully informed at the polls and to fulfill my civic responsibilities,” said Reininger. / KSWO
FORMER EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF STEALING THOUSANDS FROM DEAF & BLIND SCHOOL APPEARS IN COURT
A handful of people with Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind gathered at the Ogden City Courthouse Tuesday to witness Lezlie White’s hearing on theft charges from the school. "We’re looking to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law to get our funds returned,” said school spokesperson Carolyn Lasater. The former long-term employee is facing a handful of charges for allegedly stealing $67,000 over the course of several years. / KUTV
CERT TRAINING FOR THE DEAF MAKES HISTORY IN GEORGIA
Community Emergency Response Basic Training (CERT) for the Deaf was recently offered at the Newnan Police Headquarters. For three days, Georgia Emergency Management Agency-certified instructors were able to present information exclusively in ASL to ensure hearing-impaired citizens are equipped with basic skills needed for emergency readiness. The class was only the second time in the United States the program was taught – not interpreted – in sign language, according to Aaron Shoemaker. / The Newnan Times-Herald
SIGN OF LIFE: FIRST RESPONDERS CONNECTING TO THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
First responders are faced with challenges everyday while protecting the public. A key element to that is communication, but what happens when that is limited? Dave Bitters' goal is to help bridge the gap between emergency responders and the deaf and hard of hearing community. Bitters is familiar with the miscommunication that can occur as he is deaf, but with two cochlear implants he can now hear. He's been teaching classes at Irmo Fire District since last spring. / WACH
LOUISVILLE SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER SURPRISED WITH FREE HEARING AIDS
A hearing-impaired woman who's devoted her life to helping children gets a helping hand herself. Sunni Kelty is a special education teacher at St. Paul Catholic School. She was surprised on Tuesday with free top-of-the-line hearing aids from The Beltone Hearing Center. The Louisville location won Beltone's nationwide food drive by collecting the most items to help feed those in need. As the winner, the center got to give away a pair of hearing aids. / WDRB
POLICE INVESTIGATE REPORT OF STUDENT SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AT SCHOOL FOR DEAF
Police are investigating a report of sexual misconduct between students at the West Tennessee School for the Deaf in Jackson. Police have not commented on whether anyone is in custody, about the age of any of the students involved or how the alleged incident was uncovered. / WBBJ
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GARY NEVILLE DONATES TO GREAT BRITAIN'S DEAF FOOTBALL TEAMS
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has donated £20,000 ($24,600 US) to help the Great Britain deaf football teams in a bid to send them to next year's Deaflympics. Both the male and the female teams are looking to compete in Turkey next summer and are raising funds to take them to the event. And Sky Sports pundit Neville has given them a massive boost towards reaching their £125,000 ($154,000 US) target. / Mirror
DEAF SAILOR WHO RESCUED RIVAL UP FOR TOP AWARD
A novice deaf Scottish sailor who led a massive rescue during a round-the-world race is in the bidding to win a major yachting award - against some of the biggest stars on the water. Gavin Reid, 28, is the only amateur sailor to make the shortlist of the main Yachtsman of the Year prize. He and his crew were competing in a race from Hobart to the Whitsundays, Australia, when an SOS was picked up from a yacht which had a crewman stuck at the top of the mast. / The Scotsman
PUSH TO LOCK UP VIC DEAF MURDERERS
Authorities need to draw a line in the sand and not let two deaf people who murdered a man return home simply because there's no suitable facilities to detain them, prosecutors say. Jake Fairest, Georgia Fields and Warwick Toohey, were found unfit to stand trial over the 2015 murder of Robert Wright. The trio were instead subject to a special hearing before a jury which last week found they murdered Mr Wright -- who was also deaf -- by throwing him off a balcony. / 949 Power FM
DEAF COUNSELOR SAYS HEARING IMPAIRED NEED MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Not many people realize that English is a second language for the deaf community. The concepts and vocabulary that most listening people are familiar with do not apply to the hearing impaired, counselor Celia King says. And when it comes to seeking professional help for mental health issues, it is best for the deaf to be sitting opposite someone who "speaks their language." / Stuff.co.nz
LIBERIA ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF WANTS SHARE IN NATIONAL BUDGET
The President of the Liberia National Association of the Deaf is calling on government to support the association through the allocation of funds in the country’s national budget. Mr. Jallah Karbbah said the association has been abandoned by the government for over 10 years. “Since the reestablishment of the association, we have not received any funds from the government,” Karbbah said. / Front Page Africa
Polokwane, South Africa
YOUNG OWEN -- DEAF BUT NOT DEFEATED
Roxy and Maurtis Botha became concerned about their son when, at 2 years old, he was not very receptive and never spoke to them. After a visit to a specialist, their biggest fear was confirmed – Little Owen is deaf. “It felt like the end of the world. We have so many questions and no one to give us answers. It is really hard on my husband and we feel it is not fair to our child. He has mountains to climb and we cannot climb them for him,” Roxy says. / Review
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
DEAF PEOPLE CONTINUE TO FACE CHALLENGES AT UNIVERSITY
A university education may not be the only route to success in life, but it is a very popular one, especially among people with hearing impairment. But in Viet Nam, it is harder for people with hearing impairments than those without to study because the learning environment is poor, ranging from a shortage of specialised high schools to teachers lacking the skills to communicate with them. / News VietNamNet
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LIFE & LEISURE
THE UNSPOKEN LANGUAGE
Language is the most innate quality that humans as a species possess. It binds cultures and civilizations across time and distance. But not all language is spoken. The Deaf community is a vibrant, expansive, yet often overlooked collection of people who are sometimes discounted in society due to their inability to hear. The Deaf community includes those who either were born without or lost the ability to hear, as well as sign language interpreters or family members of deaf individuals. / The Red and Black
DEAF-BLIND ADVOCATE HABEN GIRMA COMES TO BROOKLINE'S DRISCOLL SCHOOL
Haben Girma wasn’t aware that she was deaf-blind until she was about 9. Before that she thought, like most kids, everyone was like her, she explained to Driscoll Elementary School students one recent morning. In 2013 Girma became the first deaf-blind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, where she specialized in disabled rights litigation. She said deaf-blind people have been brilliant for years, but it took Harvard time to become more inclusive. / WickedLocal.com
DEAF STROKE SURVIVOR RACES TO HEALTH
Tim Leary often finds himself face-down in mud below wires with electrical currents, pulling himself up a wall or jumping off platforms. But even when the athlete competes in obstacle course races like the Spartan, Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder, he can’t hear the competition, or the crowd. That’s because Leary, 57, is deaf. The Phoenix resident began gaining weight after high school and eventually suffered two transient ischemic attacks, or mini-strokes. / News on Heart.org
THE CASE FOR BILINGUAL DEAF CHILDREN
Marie Coppola and a number of other researchers at UConn want to understand the science behind how early access to language affects learning in deaf and hearing children. Deaf children are just as intellectually capable as hearing children – but if they do not have early access to language and communication, that intellectual capacity can quickly erode. / UConn Today
TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF FUNDRAISERS OFFER CHANCE FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
There’s a place on South Congress Avenue that covers about 67 acres, but to many, this place is a world all its own. “We have families from all across the state of Texas that have children that come to the School for the Deaf,” said Mark Seeger for the Texas School for the Deaf Foundation. For parents of deaf children, the school has been an invaluable institution for both the education and the bonds created inside its doors. / TWC News
STUDENTS TO HELP DEAF CHILDREN IN JAMAICA
Student Sam Dindoffer said part of Christian Heritage School's mission is educating children and serving Christ and he's excited he'll get to do both in December. Dindoffer and 13 other students on the Powers of Hope team are raising funds for a trip to St. James, Jamaica. The cost of the trip is more than $40,000. "We're excited about the trip because we feel we're using our education to serve and benefit other people," Dindoffer said. / Dalton Daily Citizen
MAN USES FAKE CHILD TO TRICK-OR-TREAT -- 'HE'S DEAF'
A lot of adults wanted to go trick or treating this year but could not for fear of being judged! This man decided to use a fake child to go trick or treating and tricked NUMEROUS people by saying his child as "deaf!" / KMEL-FM
DEAF EDUCATION LACKED ATTENTION -- SO THIS TEACHER STARTED A MOVEMENT
While we’re all familiar with social justice movements like #YesAllWomen and #BlackLivesMatter, one community has slowly been coming together to promote a lesser-known issue that needs attention: Deaf education. To create an open space for conversation, Talila Lewis, a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology and founder of Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf (HEARD), decided to start using #DeafEd as a way to engage students. / MSN
New York, NY
CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR DEAF EMPLOYEES
A recent survey conducted by TotalJobs, one of the UK’s leading jobs boards, revealed that more than half of d/Deaf and hard of hearing employees have faced discrimination at some point during their career because of their deafness. Approximately 25% of the survey’s respondents reported leaving a job as a result of discrimination. Just last year in the United States, deaf protestors marched on Washington D.C. to demand access to work, holding a banner that read “75% of Deaf are not working in USA.” / The Huffington Post
DEVELOPING DRUGS TO TREAT HEARING LOSS AND TINNITUS
According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 360 million people with disabling hearing loss who need help. Currently, we work to fit these individuals with hearing aids and teach others about reducing noise exposure. But what if we could develop a way to regrow the damaged area in the hearing organ after noise exposure? What if we can use eardrops that will prevent hearing loss before it happens? Both of these ideas and others are being examined by various scientists. / Flagstaff Business News
DEPAUL RESEARCHERS ARE CREATING TRANSLATION APP FOR THE DEAF
Dr. Rosalee Wolfe, a professor at DePaul University, and her team are seeking to bridge the deaf-hearing gap through the American Sign Language Avatar Project, technology that acts as a sort of Google Translate for the Deaf: People speak into the program and an animated avatar signs the translation in ASL. The project, which has been in the works since 1998, has to combine high-level, hyper-precise animation with speech and language recognition technology, all areas that have seen rapid development and changes over the last decade. / Chicago Inno
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Silver Spring, MD
'TOMMY,' CAN YOU HEAR ME? DEAF CULTURE DRIVES A NEW TAKE ON THE WHO'S ROCK OPERA
Deaf culture takes the spotlight in “The Who’s Tommy” as ASL is thoroughly integrated into the concept: The famed “deaf dumb and blind kid” of the “Pinball Wizard” lyric is indeed deaf. Russell Harvard, a deaf performer featured in New York’s recent “Tribes” and “Spring Awakening,” is a magnetic centerpiece for Open Circle Theatre’s pointed new interpretation, which opened over the weekend in the Silver Spring Black Box Theater. / The Washington Post
New York, NY
NEW YORK DEAF THEATRE'S 'VISUAL-PHYSICAL' ADAPTATION OF TITUS ANDRONICUS BEGINS
New York Deaf Theatre (NYDT) launches its 37th season with Titus, a visual-physical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, beginning October 30 at the Hudson Guild Theatre in New York City. Fresh from their performance in the Public Works Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night and their Ham4Ham video collaboration with Broadway’s Hamilton, NYDT presents the play through November 13. Opening night is set for November 1. / Playbill
Bowling Green, KY
ASL ORGANIZATION HOSTS DEAF CULTURE EVENT FOR HALLOWEEN
The Deaf Culture Event Halloween Party allows students studying ASL to expand skills and learn from advanced students as well as people within the deaf community, giving them an opportunity to understand more about deaf culture. “We basically have different events that are completely voice-off so the students have to sign the whole time, and it’s kind of a good time for the students to practice outside class and get immersed in what deaf culture is,” Austin Rutland, president of the ASL organization, said. / WKU Herald
DEAF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM CRUSHES OPPONENT, TEAM FEATURED ON ESPN
On Thursday evening the California School for the Deaf - Fremont football team cruised to victory beating Woodland Christian 43-0. The game was the first time an all-deaf team played in a game shown on ESPN. ESPN had interpreter, Sarah D'Agostino, on hand to interpret for deaf viewers. In addition to highlights of the game, the clip also featured a passionate halftime speech by one of the Eagle's players and video from the team's pep rally. / Deseret News
See Also CHEERLEADERS PERFORM NATIONAL ANTHEM IN SIGN LANGUAGE / AOL Sports
AT MSSD, A UNIQUE BOND FORGED ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD
The bus was tightly packed and uncomfortable. Some players tried to force sleep while sitting upright in their chairs. Others gave up and slept on the floor. When the bus pulled in to a rest stop around 6:30 a.m., a handful of players gingerly maneuvered around their slumbering teammates and stepped outside for a conversation. “Riding together is always fun, good times,” senior Darren Drolsbaugh said. / The Washington Post
PHOTOS: FOOTBALL AT OREGON SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF / KVAL
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Assistant/Associate Professor – American Sign Language and Deaf Studies
California State University, Northridge – Deaf Studies Department
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Effective Date of Appointment: August 2017
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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 Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents- Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum of one years’ related experience required.
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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.
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