deafweekly

 

November 3, 2010
Vol. 7, No. 3

Editor: Tom Willard

Deafweekly is an independent news report for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community that is mailed to subscribers on Wednesdays and available to read at www.deafweekly.com. These are the actual headlines and portions of recent deaf-related news articles, with links to the full story. Minor editing is done when necessary. Deafweekly is copyrighted 2010 and any unauthorized use is prohibited. Please support our advertisers; they make it possible for you to receive Deafweekly.

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Washington, DC
OWNER AND A FORMER EXECUTIVE OF INDICTED VRS COMPANY PLEAD GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING FCC PROGRAM
John T.C. Yeh, the owner of Viable Communications Inc., and his brother, Joseph Yeh, the former vice president for corporate strategy and second in charge for Viable, pleaded guilty last Thursday to engaging in a conspiracy to defraud the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Video Relay Service (VRS) program. John Yeh, 63, and Joseph Yeh, 65, are alleged to have submitted a total of approximately $55 million in VRS claims to the FCC. At sentencing, scheduled for Feb. 9, 2011, John and Joseph Yeh each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and mandatory restitution and forfeiture. / U.S. Dept. of Justice

See Also ANNOUNCEMENT FROM JOHN TC YEH / Fookem and Bug

Westerville, OH
MAN DIES AFTER BEATING, ROBBERY
The 83-year-old deaf man who was attacked and beaten last month along the side of a Westerville Road has died, 10TV News reported today. Paul Earhart had been at Riverside Methodist Hospital since the attack on Oct. 22. Earhart was walking along Sunbury Road after buying a newspaper when a vehicle stopped and two men attacked and robbed him. Last week, police announced that Jason R. Frost, 26, was arrested and charged in connection with the case. Authorities are still searching for the second person who was involved. / WBNS

Washington, DC
GALLAUDET STUDENT SUSPENDED FOR ONE YEAR FOR SHOOTING THREAT RUMOR
A shooting threat emerged recently -- targeting and striking fear in Gallaudet students. The shooting threat rumor spread like wildfire throughout the Gallaudet campus on September 28th -- 10 years since Eric Plunkett’s murder, by Joseph Mesa. Numerous students reported concerns on September 27th and 28th regarding Charles Wirick’s repeated warnings about a campus shootings. Wirick, a 4th year student majoring in Philosophy, was taken into custody as a suspect posing a threat to the campus. / The Buff and Blue

Hickory, NC
EXCLUSIVE: NOTES SAY ZAHRA'S DAD DID 'HORRIFYING' ACT
Letters obtained exclusively by AOL News and believed to be written by Zahra Clare Baker's stepmother discuss the 10-year-old disabled girl's disappearance and say that her father, Adam, did something "kinda horrifying" with the young girl's remains. "We really didn't kill her, but what he did after the fact is kinda horrifying," Elisa Baker wrote in letters to a crime memorabilia dealer. "[It] makes me scared of him." Zahra Clare Baker, 10, who is hearing-impaired and lost a leg to bone cancer, was reported missing Oct. 9. / AOL News

Unity Township, PA
POLICE: THREE SCAMMED DEAF, ELDERLY WOMAN OUT OF $8K
Police have arrested two people accused of scamming and robbing an 80-year-old woman deaf woman in Unity Township. Police said Sean Hurley, Roman Herin and Nicole Long went to 81-year-old Virginia Hodczak's home and offered to fix the roof. Police said the two suspects had fake business cards with the name “H&H Contracting." According to the criminal complaint, Hurley, Herin and Long told the victim their company would fix the roof but that they needed money for the materials. The suspects allegedly drove the victim to the bank, where she withdrew $8,100 from her account. / WPXI

Washington, DC
JURY AWARDS $184,400 IN EEOC DISABILITY HARASSMENT CASE
A Dallas jury rendered a verdict against staffing company Smith Personnel Solutions, awarding $184,400 to a deaf applicant who was turned away when she tried to apply for a job as a stock clerk, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which had brought the suit, announced September 22. The jury awarded Jacquelyn Moncada $34,400 for lost wages and emotional harm and an additional $150,000 in punitive damages based on the EEOC's charges that Smith refused to consider her for an open job of a stock clerk because of her deafness. / U.S. EEOC

Nashua, NH
HOSPITALS TO IMPROVE SERVICES FOR THE DEAF
Three New Hampshire hospitals, including two in Nashua, have agreed in the last three months that they would improve interpretation services after being accused of failing to communicate properly with deaf people.The agreements were reached with the U.S. attorney’s office, which landed a similar settlement with a fourth hospital two years ago. Last Friday, federal prosecutors announced the town of Wolfeboro would improve several of its facilities after a complaint that they weren’t accessible to people with disabilities. / Nashua Telegraph

Sioux Falls, SD
PARENTS APPEAL CLOSURE OF S.D. SCHOOL FOR DEAF
Parents who lost a legal fight over the South Dakota School for the Deaf are appealing. They’ll ask the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a judge’s Sept. 30 ruling that allows the state to close the main campus in Sioux Falls in favor of outreach programs and contracted services in local schools. / Associated Press

Northampton, MA
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF TO SELL BUILDINGS
Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech is soliciting offers to buy or lease nearly all the remaining buildings on its once sprawling campus. According to President William J. Corwin, the Board of Trustees voted last Saturday to put out requests for proposals for the reuse of several buildings. The exact number has not yet been determined, Corwin said. He estimated that there are 8-10 buildings on the Round Hill Road campus that are still owned by the school. / The Republican

Providence, RI
RHODE ISLAND OPENS NEW SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF IN PROVIDENCE
Governor Carcieri last Friday joined government officials, students, teachers, and parents at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Rhode Island School for the Deaf. Construction on the 73,500 square foot project began in 2008 and completed before the start of the 2010-2011 school year. (The ribbon cutting ceremony was held later to allow students and teacher to acclimate to the new school and for final construction touches). / Gov Monitor

Muncie, IN
CORONER: NO FOUL PLAY IN DEATH OF 5-YEAR-OLD MUNCIE BOY
Coroner Jim Clevenger said there was no apparent foul play in the death of a five-year-old boy in Muncie Saturday afternoon. The boy, a blind, deaf-mute child who did not communicate, according to Clevenger, was reportedly diagnosed as having a terminal disease as an infant. / The Star Press

Salem, OR
SALEM TEEN ACCUSED OF HALLOWEEN KIDNAPPING
Salem police say they arrested an 18-year-old man after he forced a girl into his car twice on Halloween night. Lt. Dave Okada says Juan Carlos Ramirez approached the 17-year-old girl as she waited in line for a haunted house at the Oregon School for the Deaf, forced her into his car and then drove off. The director of the school, Patti Togioka, says the allegations are surprising and that safety at their haunted house event is a top priority. / KPTV

Indianapolis, IN
NO CHILDREN INJURED AFTER VAN COLLIDES WITH SCHOOL BUS
Two drivers went to the hospital with minor injuries after van collided with a school bus carrying two deaf children in Carmel Monday afternoon. The drivers of both vehicles were taken to area hospitals but no children were injured in the 4:30 p.m. crash, Carmel Police Department Lt. Jeff Horner said. The van was handicapped equipped and the driver uses a wheelchair, Horner said. The children attended the Indiana School for the Deaf, Horner said. / The Indianapolis Star

Wilmington, NC
EDITORIAL -- PREFERRED ALTERNATIVES' BANKRUPTCY AFFECTS HUNDREDS OF CLIENTS
With about as much compassion as The Donald delivering the news that "you're fired," a company paid by the taxpayers abruptly shut its doors, leaving its employees and about 600 mentally ill and disabled clients east of I-95 in a fix. Thankfully, some of Preferred Alternatives' employees felt a sense of duty and stayed on, unpaid, to notify their clients. But the sudden shift is disruptive for these individuals and will be especially difficult for those who are deaf and hard of hearing. / Star News


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INTERNATIONAL
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St. Paul, BC, Canada
FAMILY SEEKS ANSWERS IN MOTEL DEATH
A woman whose sister-in-law was found slain six years ago discovered the partially-clothed body of a deaf woman under a pile of chairs this week in a St. Paul motel room. Now she and the victim's family are desperate for answers. But police in the town 200 km northeast of Edmonton say investigators have interviewed a number of people and are not considering the case of Julia Hunter suspicious. / Canoe.ca

London, England
DEAF DIPLOMAT LOSES FIGHT WITH FOREIGN OFFICE OVER POSTING
Equality watchdogs have warned that disabled people face growing barriers in the workplace after a senior diplomat lost her discrimination claim against a Foreign Office refusal to send her abroad on the grounds her deafness made the posting too expensive. Jane Cordell, 44, had a job offer to become Britain's deputy ambassador to Kazakhstan revoked by Whitehall after it was ruled that the £240,000 ($385,000 US) cost to the public of providing trained "lip speakers" could not be justified. / The Independent

Coventry, England
DEAFLYMPIAN INSPIRES YOUNGSTERS AT COVENTRY DEAF TENNIS FESTIVAL
Deaflympian Dan Tunstall was a special guest coach at the Tennis Foundation’s Deaf Tennis Festival in Coventry last Friday. The festival, held at Warwickshire Health and Racquets Club, was for deaf and hearing impaired youngsters wanting to try out tennis and receive some expert coaching free of charge. The festival was held in partnership with the National Deaf Children’s Society, who provided volunteers to help players, coaches and parents communicate throughout the day. / LTA

Liverpool, England
YOUNG DEAF AND DISABLED PEOPLE OFFERED A CHANCE TO BE JOURNALISTS
Budding reporters gathered at Fact to receive journalist and media training. Twelve young deaf and disabled people were offered the chance to learn how to write stories, and use camera equipment. The afternoon workshop, given by Alison Smith, Director of Pesky People, taught them how to take pictures and upload them onto the DaDa (Deaf and Disabled Arts) website. / Liverpool Echo

Tokushima, Japan
DEAF MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING DEAF ACQUAINTANCE
The Tokushima Kita police station in Tokushima Prefecture arrested a man (44) for threatening a Deaf man (53) and stealing his bank card on October 24. The arrested man was a part-time job employee in Ishii-cho in the prefecture. The suspect threatened his Deaf acquaintance in sign language, "I will kill you if you don't give me your bank card" in March, 2009. He used it and withdrew about 1.3 million yen ($16,000 US) in total six times from the automatic teller machine for three months since April. / Deaf Japan News

Nunawading, VIC, Australia
AIRLINE SAID TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST THE DEAF
Mr. Adrian Doyle, 38, has filed a complaint against Tiger Airways Australia with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission under the Disability Discrimination Act. He and his friends boarded a flight on 4 March 2008. Everything was fine until a stewardess showed them a piece of paper that read: “In future, so you know, you’ll need to travel with a carer for safety reasons.” This incensed Mr. Doyle enough to write the cabin manager a note to express how insulted the group feels. They were asked to leave the plane and to organize a carer who would fly with them, as well as pay for the seat this person would occupy. / Travel to Australia

Cape Town, South Africa
EVERYONE HAS A STORY -- VICKY FOURIE ON BEING DEAF
Vicky Fourie is a motivational speaker, writer and role model to many young South Africans. She is also 97% hearing impaired. Vicky was crowned 2nd Princess in Miss Deaf International earlier this year. / Times LIVE


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What: A national study for counselors who serve the Deaf funded by AHRQ

Why: Counseling and behavioral health services for persons who are Deaf, Deaf-blind or hard of hearing are scarce, and many individuals are underserved. We hope to learn and share the results with all who provide counseling services across the nation

If you are a counselor please take the time to complete the survey or if you know counselors in your region who work with people who are Deaf, Hard of hearing or DeafBlind please forward this survey to them at:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5DYG2XF

The questionnaire takes about 30 minutes to complete. After completing the survey, the respondent will receive a small token of appreciation for their time. If you want a paper copy instead to complete please let us know.

The study is being conducted by Drs. Kim Mathos and Beth Nolan ( mailto:kkmathos@gmail.com )

Thank you very much for completing the survey or helping us to identify appropriate providers. We very much appreciate your help!

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Salem, OR
PHOTO GALLERY -- OREGON SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF DORM
Patti Togioka, director of Oregon School for the Deaf, gives a tour of the new boys dorm on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010. The dorm was decorated by the celebrity design team of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" with a recycling theme. / Statesman Journal

Hattiesburg, MS
HELPING HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN A MISSION
Dr. Margaret "Peggy" Carlin, professor emeritus in audiology at the University of Southern Mississippi, began going to Honduras nine years ago as part of a medical mission trip. Due to her extensive background in audiology, she gave free hearing tests and hearing aids to the hearing-impaired and worked with the Tegucigalpa's School for the Deaf (CIRE). When the team moved their mission to another city in Honduras, Carlin saw the continued need in Tegucigalpa. Carlin decided to partner with the Greater PineBelt Community Foundation to create a fund she called, Hearing Maximized. / Hattiesburg American

New York, NY
NEW YORK CITY CAN MAKE YOU DEAF: NEW STUDY LINKS CITY NOISE TO HEARING LOSS
It comes as no shock that parts of Manhattan can be quite loud. People, taxi horns and construction represent just part of the list that can rattle your ears and, eventually, cost you your hearing. According to a study released last Thursday at the International Conference on Urban Health at The New York Academy of Medicine, there are several neighborhoods where the risk to your hearing is substantial, especially for residents who become accustomed to it over time. / Gadling


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Rochester, NY
DEAF PRIEST SPREADS HOPE AT TWO CHURCHES
To witness the Rev. Ray Fleming in action is to realize that sometimes a disability can become a strength — and that just one person can work to positively influence a community. Deafness doesn't define Fleming. Instead, his warmth, generosity and optimism shape a worldview that serves to inspire the Roman Catholic parishioners he leads at St. Monica Church and Emmanuel Church for the Deaf. "I am always accused of being the one who sees the glass half full," says Fleming, 59, an ordained priest since 1982 who lost his hearing at age four as a result of many childhood illnesses. / Democrat and Chronicle

Tampa Bay, FL
HOSPITABLE CAREER OPTIONS
Students from the Florida School for the Deaf & the Blind toured the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay on Tuesday to find out if they could have a future in hotel management, culinary arts and other hospitality specialties. "It's better than fast-food jobs," said John Ficca, the program director for Hands On Education Services, which was founded in Tampa in 1998. Ficca's agency works with Hyatt hotels and the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Division of Blind Services, training people with disabilities to prepare them for careers in the hospitality industry. / TBO

Internet
MUST EMPLOYER PROVIDE SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER DURING TEAM MEETINGS?
A deaf worker whose first and primary language is American Sign Language (ASL) struggled to understand written and spoken English. A court had to decide whether, by not providing an ASL interpreter for certain staff meetings, disciplinary sessions, and training, his employer had failed to reasonably accommodate his disability. / HR.BLR.com

Salt Lake City, UT
SORENSON COMMUNICATIONS LAUNCHES NEW IP RELAY SERVICES
Sorenson Communications has announced the launch of Sorenson IP Relay Messages and Outbound Caller I.D. SIPRelay is a service that Sorenson Communications provides to its users at no cost that empowers deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to place and receive text-based relay calls from their PC or mobile device to any standard telephone user in the United States and its territories. / Business Wire


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Wireless CapTel® by Sprint is coming soon and will be available on any Android 2.2 device. This free App provides word-for-word captions for people with hearing loss to talk, listen and read their conversations all on one phone (can be used on 3G, 4G or WiFi)! Go to www.sprint800.com/wireless for more information and to register to receive updates.

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A new website called www.healthbridges.info

was created by people who are Deaf, Hard of hearing and DeafBlind. It offers advocacy, social service and behavioral health information.

If you would like to submit an article to the website or suggest topics of interest for future months please do so in the feedback section.

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Los Angeles, CA
ABC FAMILY CASTS DEAF NEWCOMER IN UPCOMING PILOT, 'SWITCHED AT BIRTH'
ABC Family has cast newcomer Katie Leclerc in the key role of Daphne, in “Switched at Birth,” a pilot that is currently in pre-production for the network. “Switched at Birth,” a one-hour scripted drama, tells the story of two teen girls who discover that they were accidentally switched at birth. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and two brothers, while Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing as a child due to a case of meningitis, grew up with a single mother in a poor neighborhood. / ABC

Washington, DC
ACTRESS SHOSHANNAH STERN, GALLAUDET'S JANE NORMAN ON DEAF FILM
Professor Jane Norman has directed film festivals at Gallaudet University before, with Deaf Way I in 1989 and Deaf Way II in 2002. But the inaugural, four-day WorlDeaf Cinema Festival, which kicks off on Thursday, looks to be the most star-studded yet. The lineup, meanwhile, consists of 17 films selected from seven countries, selected from 173 submissions by a judging panel. / TBD.com

Internet
DEAF FEATURED ON OPRAH AND THE SOUND OF MUSIC
On Thursday, October 28th, the Oprah Winfrey Show presented a 45th anniversary reunion of the cast of the highly acclaimed movie musical, THE SOUND OF MUSIC. During this particular show, a Deaf person (the current Miss Deaf Minnesota) was featured during the segment of how the film affected the lives of several fans. The entire show has been found on YouTube and the autocaptions do work occasionally. / Show of Hands


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Delavan, WI
WSD FOOTBALL CELEBRATES ANOTHER BANNER YEAR
The mighty Firebirds from the Wisconsin School for the Deaf have done it again. They’ve put all the pieces in place for an apparent third straight national deaf football championship. And they couldn’t help but celebrate. After their landmark victory on Thursday, Oct. 21, coach Steven Fuerst received congratulations from proud students, parents, fans and alumni. But barely a word was uttered. It was the quietest celebration you’d ever witness. / Gazette

Santa Fe, NM
VOLLEYBALL: NEW MEXICO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF KEEPS WINNING -- AND WAITING FOR OTHERS TO NOTICE
Stacy Nowak feels New Mexico School for the Deaf's volleyball profile around the state mirrored Larson Gymnasium's lighting last Thursday -- dim. That's based on the New Mexico High School Coaches Association prep volleyball poll, in which the Lady Roadrunners haven't come close to the Top 5 in Class B despite a 15-3 record. "No one in the state knows who we are," Nowak said through an interpreter. / The Santa Fe New Mexican

St. Augustine, FL
FINALLY: FSDB FOOTBALL TEAM GETS IN THE WIN COLUMN
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind snapped a three-year losing streak Thursday night with a 30-16 win over Central Florida Christian Academy. "We are so excited. We got that monkey off our backs. It feels so good," Dragons coach Johnny Samuels said. / The St. Augustine Record

St. Augustine, FL
FSDB'S FIRST VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFF MATCH WON'T BE AN EASY ONE
The Dragons are in uncharted territory. For the first time in their history, FSDB is in the state playoffs. The opening task isn't going to be an easy one. / The St. Augustine Record


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MILESTONES
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Baldwin Park, CA
YOLANDA GARCIA, 46, WAS ADVOCATE FOR CHILDREN
Yolanda Garcia loved children. Whether it was her own or children at schools in the community where she volunteered, the Baldwin Park resident was committed to being an advocate for youths. Garcia died Oct. 1 at the age of 46 from complications of liver cancer. She was born in Los Angeles but spent most of her childhood in West Virginia before moving back to California at age 12. She was born with a hearing problem and was mostly deaf. / SGV Tribune

Spartanburg, SC
MARK ALAN CROSBY, 50, LONGTIME U.S. POSTAL SERVICE WORKER
Mark Alan Crosby, 50, died Saturday, October 30, 2010, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born December 9, 1959, in Lancaster, SC, he was the son of William Donald and Frances Katherine Hinson Crosby. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 23 years and was a member of First Baptist Church Spartanburg. He was a member of the SCAD Club and was active in all sports including bowling and softball. / Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Middletown, OH
MIDDLETOWN PSYCHIATRIST WORKED UNTIL HIS FINAL DAYS
Martin A. Rush, a Rhodes scholar and Middletown’s first psychiatrist, died Monday, Oct. 25 at the age of 91. Rush went deaf in the mid-90s from what his daughter Cynthia Rush said was probably a result of his service in World War II. “The patients loved him so much they would write out what they wanted to say to him,” she said. “One of his patients said to him, ‘I don’t care if you’re stone-deaf. You listen to me better than the others with good hearing.'" / Middletown Journal


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EMPLOYMENT
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You can advertise your job openings here for just $20 a week (up to 100 words, 10 cents each add'l word). Start spreading the news! To place your ad, send the announcement to mail@deafweekly.com.

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DEAF SERVICES CENTER
614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
215-884-9770 TTY/V 215-884-9774 FAX

Deaf Services Center (DSC) 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.

DSC 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:

STAFF INTERPRETER
PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT COORDINATOR
BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST
NURSE
INTENSIVE CASE MANAGERS
RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS
MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST

For more information on the listed positions, feel free to go to our website at www.salisb.com for further descriptions!

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:
Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
Deaf Services Center, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Email: lclaypool@salisb.com or Fax: 215-884-6301

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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: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone Relay Service (CapTel®) for Rhode Island Relay.

Preferred education, experience and skills:
-- Excellent presentation skills
-- Familiarity with the user communities that can benefit from relay services: Senior Community, Hard of Hearing Community, Speech Disabled , Deaf Community)
-- Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
-- Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people who have differing hearing and speech abilities
-- Understanding of Deaf Culture
-- Fluency in American Sign Language is preferred
-- Ability to promote all relay services and to educate/train users of the services
-- Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service or experience with Captioned Telephone Relay Service is helpful
-- Experience in public relations activities
-- Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines
-- Strong writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills
-- Associate’s Degree with 2 years experience or a Bachelor’s Degree required
-- Hold a valid driver’s license
-- Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are encouraged to apply

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and a full time paid benefit package. Apply online at: www.hamilton.net/employment.html to the attention of Cindy Blase in Human Resource Department by November 19, 2010.

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

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EXCITING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD, INC.

* Job Developer/Interpreter – Santa Ana
* Program Assistant/Interpreter & Quality Management Assistant – Los Angeles
* Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim
* Placement Coordinator – Anaheim
* Outreach Coordinator – Bakersfield

To learn more about these positions, please visit our website, www.gladinc.org.

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