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November 4, 2009
Vol. 6, No. 3

Editor: Tom Willard

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Northridge, CA
CSUN DEAF STUDIES DEPT. CHAIR DR. LAWRENCE FLEISCHER DIES UNEXPECTEDLY
Dr. Lawrence Fleischer, a professor who was instrumental in developing CSUN’s Deaf Studies program, and a leader in many facets of the deaf community, died Sunday at the age of 64. Fleischer was the endnote speaker at the American Sign Language Teachers Association conference Saturday in Phoenix, Ariz., where his daughter, Flavia, an assistant professor of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies at Utah Valley University, was also a keynote speaker. He collapsed and went into full arrest after arriving at Bob Hope Airport Sunday evening and died at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. / Daily Sundial / See also 'Babe Ruth of Deaf Studies' remembered

Frederick, MD
FREDERICK POLICE PLAN TO CHARGE 4 IN ASSAULT AT SCHOOL FOR DEAF
Police in Frederick plan to charge four male students in an alleged sexual assault of another student at the Maryland School for the Deaf. Police said the suspects are three minors and one adult who lived in the same dormitory as the male student, who was assaulted Oct. 27. / The Baltimore Sun / ABC2 (earlier story)

Orland, CA
ORLAND MAN WANTED FOR QUESTIONING IN ASSAULT
An Orland man suspected of assaulting a man with a stick and vandalizing his vehicle Monday night in the Villa Court Apartment complex in Willows is wanted for questioning, Willows police reported. Witnesses told police that Curly Smith, 20, assaulted R. Kalani Donaldson, 23, of Cottonwood, with an unknown type of stick or tree limb, Willows police Chief Bill Spears said. The investigation was hampered early on because, Spears said, all parties involved are deaf and police had to locate an American Sign Language translator. / Willows Journal

Washington, DC
JUSTICE DEPT. SUES COLORADO ATTORNEY FOR DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION
The United States has filed a lawsuit against Patric LeHouillier, an attorney based in Colorado Springs, Colo., alleging that he violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by denying a woman with a service animal access to his offices, the Justice Department announced. The complaint, filed yesterday in federal court in Denver, alleges that the attorney denied access to a woman, her husband and her attorney because the woman was accompanied by her service animal, an Australian Shepherd dog trained to provide disability-related assistance. / PR Newswire

Santa Rosa, CA
SANTA ROSA MUST PAY $2.5 MILLION FOR DISABLED ACCESS
If Santa Rosa's budget problems weren't bad enough, the city now expects to have to spend $2.5 million over the next five years to correct more than 100 violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act. A pending settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice comes after a team of federal investigators last year combed through city buildings including City Hall, the Llano Road sewage treatment plant and the Finley Community Center. In addition, investigators visited parking lots and parks looking for violations of the 1992 groundbreaking legislation. / The Press Democrat

Boston, MA
BUDGET CUTS NOT AS SEVERE AS ADVOCATES FEARED
The disability community in Massachusetts receives some welcome news today. Although certain programs that affected disabled people are being cut by Governor Deval Patrick, the cuts are not anywhere near as bad as advocates feared they would be. Hardest hit, however, was the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing which must somehow make up almost $344,000.00. / Western Massachusetts Disability Examiner

Cave Spring, GA
GSD STUDENTS NAMED TO SUPERINTENDENT'S STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
Brittney Daughtry and Andrew Henderson, students at Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Spring, are among 53 students from around the state named to the 2009-2010 Student Advisory Council of Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox. Council members will meet three times throughout the school year to advise Cox on how state policies are having an impact in the classroom. The council will also discuss other education-related issues and will serve as the superintendent's ambassadors in their respective schools. / Rome News-Tribune


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INTERNATIONAL
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Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong
DEAF-MUTE CLERIC IN LOVE TRIANGLE KILLING
The deaf-mute deacon of a Christian church stabbed his equally handicapped lover to death because she wanted him to divorce his wife and marry her, a High Court jury was told Monday. Cleric Yip Kai-ming, 47, admits manslaughter but denies murdering Ng Kwai-fong, 39, on September 13 last year. Senior assistant director of public prosecutions Francis Lo Hing-cheung said Yip and Ng were both married and had been carrying on an extra-marital affair for some time. / The Standard

Ormskirk, England
DEAF DANCER WINS PRIZE FROM EDGE HILL UNIVERSITY
A deaf dancer who uses vibrations in the floor to “hear” the music has been awarded a scholarship by Edge Hill University for her work to encourage more disabled people into performing arts. Jennifer Myatt, a BA (Hons) dance student, received an Excellence in Performing Arts Scholarship at a ceremony led by the university’s chancellor and celebrity psychologist Prof Tanya Byron. Though she has been profoundly deaf from birth, Jennifer, from Liverpool, has been dancing since the age of three. / Liverpool Daily Post

Ottawa, Ont., Canada
NEW DVD HELPS DEAF AND DEAFBLIND LEARN HOW TO NAVIGATE OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY
A customized DVD version of the Ottawa Public Library’s (OPL) Getting to Know the Library was launched last week at the Greenboro District Library. The video version is presented in American Sign Language (ASL) and uses the content of the OPL manual to help deaf and deafblind users get comfortable with the library. The 35-minute DVD captures a range of activities that help introduce deaf and deafblind learners to the library. It features optional captions for viewers who may not be fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). / Nepean This Week

Durham, Ont., Canada
'HEARTLESS' BREAK-IN AT OSHAWA CENTRE FOR DEAF
Halloween for the Durham Deaf Centre was marred when a "heartless" ghoul broke in to its Oshawa office and stole a laptop. Lisa Westlake, the resource development officer for the centre, estimated the damage of the break-in and theft totals between $2,200 and $3,000. The break-in at the centre's King Street East location happened sometime on Saturday night or early Sunday morning. / Newsdurhamregion.com

Cardrona Valley, New Zealand
TOURISTS REAPPEAR AFTER SPARKING SIX-HOUR SEARCH
A pair of hearing-impaired Israeli tourists who sparked a search and rescue operation in Cardrona Valley, near Wanaka, have yet to explain to police where they disappeared to for six hours. The men were hiking on Spotts Creek track toward Mt Roy when they were separated from the third member of their party. The third man contacted police at 1pm Monday saying he was concerned for the pair as both men, aged in their 20s, had significant hearing impairments and one had a significant sight impairment. / TVNZ

Accra, Ghana
POLICE NAB RUN-AWAY 'DEAF' COACH
The coach of the national deaf sportsmen team, Winfred Chartey Annan, who allegedly connived with the Sports Development Officer of the National Sports Council to send able-bodied persons to participate in an international Olympic game meant for the deaf, in Australia, has been arrested by police. Annan and James Armah, the Sports Development Officer, were alleged to have collected GH¢4,000 ($2,820 US) from each of the 12 able-bodied persons to participate in a sports tournament meant for the deaf in Australia in July this year. / Peace FM Online

Roodepoort, South Africa
'BABY BLIND, DEAF AFTER HOSPITAL BUNGLE'
A six-month-old baby went into a West Rand hospital to be treated for an ear infection, only to be discharged almost a month later nearly blind, and deaf in one ear. Now a Honeydew couple are suing the Life Wilgeheuwel Hospital, claiming one of its nurses acted negligently while treating their baby. The hospital says an investigation is under way. / Independent Online

Johannesburg, South Africa
QUEEN A NO-SHOW FOR DEAF KIDS
"Generations" star Sophie Ndaba left deaf kids high and dry last Friday night at the Zwakala Awards. Best known as Queen Moroka on the popular SABC1 soap, the award-winning star was a no-show at the SABC3 and DTV Awards honouring deaf kids from across the country at the University of Johannesburg’s Arts Theatre. Ndaba was slated to be one of the judges at the event. Guests looked on in amazement as a nowhere-to-be-found Ndaba was introduced by host Candice Morgan, who thought Ndaba had made an appearance. / News24

Panaji, India
DEAF AND DUMB SOCIAL WORKER FETED BY GOVERNOR
Governor Dr S S Sidhu, who was moved after reading a newspaper report about the life story of Raju Anath, a deaf and dumb orphan doing social work at Ponda, handed over a cheque for Rs 25,000 ($532 US) to him. The newspaper report indicated that Anath was voluntarily helping in traffic discipline at Ponda and taking special care of school children and their safety. The report stated that Anath was in Goa for the last 30 years and is spending his days on streets and pavements. As a traffic warden, he is performing the duty early morning and spending the whole day at the bus stand. / The Times of India

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
RCA TO CONDUCT OVER 50 COCHLEAR IMPLANT SURGERIES IN GAZA
A team of UAE Red Crescent Authority for prevention and control deafness will launch a curative and surgical program in the Gaza Strip. A team of otologists and audiologists arrived in Gaza Monday to conduct over 50 cochlear implant surgeries and provide more than 200 hearing aids and assistive devices free of charge. / WAM

Maldives
A DICTIONARY FOR THE DEAF
In the stifling afternoon heat, a momentous occasion came to pass last Thursday. There was excited chattering all around but with a difference -- it was soundless. Animated facial expressions and rapid-fire hand gestures created an atmosphere of exhilaration. This was the inauguration ceremony of the first Maldivian sign language dictionary. A book that will work as a bridge between the deaf community and the rest of society. / Minivan News

Labasa, Fiji
DEAF AND MUTE BUILD OWN CLASSROOM
They may be mute and deaf but their disabilities have not stopped them from building their own classroom. The students of the Labasa Handicapped School, which has a role of 106, have put to practice their knowledge of carpentry and joinery on their new classroom. Last Friday, they kept themselves busy in mixing cement powder and lining cement blocks to lay a strong foundation for their classroom next year. Supervised by teachers and not hindered by their disabilities, the students used sign language to communicate and direct each other on the steps of mixing cement powder or laying blocks. / Fiji Times


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Jacksonville, IL
WORLD'S FASTEST FLIPPER TO MAKE PANCAKES
The Illinois School for the Deaf will host a pancake feed 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday in Burns Gym featuring Chris Cakes, listed as the fastest pancake flipper in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records. Cakes, who has been featured on the Food Channel, uses a grill and dispensing unit that allows him to quickly feed large groups. / The State Journal-Register

Naples, FL
NAPLES DEAF KIDS CLUB GIVES CHILDREN ADULT ROLE MODELS, EMPOWERMENT
Parents of hard-of-hearing and deaf children face many challenges. And since 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents and families, opportunities to meet other kids like them and become acquainted with successful deaf role models are rare. Now, a new club for deaf and hard-of-hearing children in Naples will give them that chance regularly. The Naples Deaf Kids Club will launch its program with a kickoff pool party at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the River Park Community Center. / Naples News

Peoria, IL
PEORIA'S FIRST COCHLEAR IMPLANT SURGERY HAS GRANDFATHER REDISCOVERING LIFE
Mike Scheerer was born with cerebral palsy, but he believes it was the meningitis he contracted at age 6 that stole his hearing. Over the years, it deteriorated until about 30 years ago when it reached a point "that I couldn't hear anything without my hearing aid." Even with the most powerful hearing aid available, Scheerer knows he missed a lot. "I would catch maybe two words of every sentence." To fill in the rest, he relied on reading lips. That's why he jumped at the chance last month to be the first patient to have cochlear implant surgery in Peoria. / Journal Star

Kalamazoo, MI
A CHANCE TO SHARE THE 'CULTURE OF THE DEAF'
People who are deaf have their own jokes, their own folklore and their own approaches to artistic creativity in addition to their own special ways of communicating. All of that “word of mouth” and “story sharing” will come to life when Simon Carmel presents “Deaf Folklore: Deaf People, Culture and Identity” next Wednesday at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Since the late 1970s, the 71-year-old Carmel, who was born deaf, has been collecting anecdotes and material reflecting on the hearing impaired and the communities in which they live, how they cope in a world of sound, their forms of humor, and their modes of communication. / Kalamazoo Shopper

Internet
SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER GADGET IS A GREAT BOON TO MANKIND!
The person who invented the sign language for the physically challenged section of our community sure did great work, since the bridge between two completely different sections of the community could at least be covered to the half line mark. The remaining half can definitely be covered with the help of this new gadget, the Sign Language Interpreter. The Sign Language Interpreter by Mac Funamizu is a great tool for the average part of the society to communicate with the ones who use a highly specialized set of characters to communicate. / Walyou


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Gainesville, FL
HEARING LOSS NOT AN OBSTACLE FOR LEFKOWITZ
In the case of one area resident, federal stimulus money directed toward reducing the unemployment rate in Florida has made a big difference. Through a pilot program of the Social Security Administration and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Lee Lefkowitz was recently hired as a claims representative with the Gainesville Social Security office. Lefkowitz has profound hearing loss and relies heavily on reading lips to communicate. Vocational Rehabilitation paid for Lefkowitz's college tuition and school supplies, and he now has his bachelor's degree. VR also bought new hearing aids and glasses essential for him to do his job. / Tallahassee Democrat

Nevada City, CA
SUCCESSFUL CLOSED CAPTION TECHNOLOGY EVENT SERVES THE COMMUNITY
Closed captioning and how it makes media more accessible to everyone was the theme of the recent open house at Ensemble Designs in Nevada City. About 150 people visited the event that featured technology demonstrations and presentations from eight companies. Visitors came from local businesses, Sacramento TV stations and Los Angeles post houses to learn about closed caption technology for use in high-definition television applications. Attendees had questions about the process of creating closed captions, why caption timing can be off with respect to video material, and what the implications of high definition video are for closed captioning. / The Union

St. Louis, MO
CENTRAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF RELEASES BOOK AS PART OF ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis is celebrating its 95th anniversary this year, and one of the things they’ve done to celebrate is release a very nice book about the school, called “CID: A Journey.” The book is available for $19.95 through the school’s website and is now appearing in local bookstores. Proceeds from the book will go towards the school’s scholarship program. / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Clearwater, FL
FORMER MISS USA SHAWNAE JEBBIA SHINES WITH SIEMENS PURE
When Shawnae Jebbia won the Miss USA crown in 1998, it was the start of a fairytale career. She appeared at events throughout the world, worked as a model, and hosted her own fitness show. But Shawnae's world unexpectedly changed when she was diagnosed with hearing loss. After living a life full of traveling and adventure, she had a difficult time understanding and accepting the sudden hearing loss diagnosis she faced at just 27 years of age. / PR Newswire

Marblehead, MA
HEARING IMPAIRMENT NEVER HELD BACK LONGTIME POSTAL WORKER
Friday, Oct. 23 marked the official retirement for revered Marblehead postal worker Larry Proctor. Over the last 35 years, the community came to recognize Proctor’s distinguished, amiable face, a clerk at the Smith Street post office. Evidence of his stellar career was marked with emotional farewells. “This is my family,” Proctor said as he prepared for his departure. On Oct. 12, 1974, Proctor reported for duty as a bulk-mailing technician. Proctor’s enthusiasm was tempered with concern over the impact his hearing impairment may have on his ability to perform the required duties. / The Marblehead Reporter


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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New York, NY
ABIGAIL BRESLIN CAST AS HELEN KELLER; DEAF, BLIND GROUPS ANGRY
13-year-old actress Abigail Breslin has been cast to play Helen Keller in the Broadway revival of “The Miracle Worker” set to debut this winter. The news of the casting decision has been met with extreme opposition by blind and deaf advocacy groups, who feel the role should be filled by someone afflicted by Keller’s disabilities. David Richenthal, the show’s producer, has said he simply wanted a star to play the role to ensure the show’s success, and was unable to find any well known deaf and/or blind child actors. / KidGlue

Redmond, WA
MICROSOFT PULLS OUT OF FAMILY GUY PRODUCT PLACEMENT
Microsoft has cancelled its product placement in the November 8 episode of the Family Guy on the Fox network. According to ABC News, Microsoft pulled out upon seeing a rough clip of the special episode. Reportedly, the clip featured jokes about deaf people, the Holocaust, incest, and feminine hygiene. While these were regular topics on the Family Guy, these were not images that Microsoft 7 wanted to be associated to. / Product Placement News

Akron, OH
DEAFNESS CAN'T SILENCE THE BEAUTY
Stevie Wonder will never see Akron's Tiana Willis. And the 14-year-old deaf girl will never hear the blind man's incredibly beautiful music. Even so, that's not stopping Tiana from moving -- and in perfect rhythm, no less -- to Wonder's spirited songs. As the title of a Wonder song suggests, she Knocks Me Off My Feet just watching her and all that she's been able to accomplish. / The Akron Beacon Journal


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SPORTS
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Council Bluffs, IA
DEAF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM SAYS HEAR THIS -- WE'RE 8-0
Matt Murray isn't saying his kids would win a couple of games, let alone one. But he'd sure as heck like to find out. "Give us a shot," says Murray, coach of the undefeated football team at Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs. "It's what they dream about." As substate play opens Wednesday, one of the best eight-man teams west of Atlantic is on the outs, noses pressed against the glass. If your record was 8-0 and you won by an average margin of 44 points, you wouldn't want to see the season end, either. Unfortunately, Iowa High School Athletic Association rules are pretty clear on this: If you don't play in a district, you aren't eligible for the postseason. / Des Moines Register

Frederick, MD
MSD ROMPS
Last week's unexpected bye didn't hurt the Maryland School for the Deaf's football team as it beat the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, 47-0, on Saturday. The Orioles had to cancel two games two weeks ago. MSD was to have played St. James School Thursday, Oct. 22, but an outbreak of the flu at St. James forced school officials there to close the campus for almost two weeks. The Orioles had replaced the Saints with the Virginia Lions. That game was canceled because MSD coach and athletic director Andy Bonheyo said the Lions did not have enough players to field a team because of illness. But no matter to the Orioles. In Saturday's rout of the Eagles in MSD's homecoming game, the Orioles (9-1) looked as sharp as ever. / Frederick News Post


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ATTENTION DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CURRENT OR FORMER UNITED PARCEL SERVICE, INC. (UPS) EMPLOYEES

READ THIS NOTICE IF YOU USE SIGN LANGUAGE, WORKED FOR UPS OR APPLIED FOR A DRIVING POSITION AT UPS AT ANY TIME SINCE JUNE 25, 1997, AND FAILED OR WOULD FAIL THE HEARING STANDARD ESTABLISHED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) FOR DRIVERS OF COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLES

The purpose of this notice is to inform you of a proposed final settlement in a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing current and former United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) employees and applicants for driving positions who use sign language as a primary means of communication due to hearing loss or limitation and who failed or would fail the hearing standard established by the DOT for drivers of commercial motor vehicles. The class action settlement, which must be approved by the Court, was reached in connection with a lawsuit, Bates v. UPS, N.D. Cal. Case No. C99-2216 TEH. The lawsuit, which was filed in 1999, alleges that UPS engaged in discrimination in violation of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and various California laws, by requiring all drivers and driver applicants for positions involving driving UPS delivery vehicles on the public roads to pass the DOT hearing standard for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (“Driving Claims”). UPS has denied any liability or wrongdoing.

If you are a current employee of UPS, or you were employed by UPS or applied for a driving position at UPS at any time beginning June 25, 1997, use sign language as a primary means of non-written communication due to a hearing loss or limitation, and failed or would fail the hearing standard established by DOT for drivers of commercial motor vehicles, you may be a member of the class affected by this lawsuit and entitled to object to the proposed settlement.

The proposed settlement Agreement is available on-line at www.dralegal.org. If you would like additional information about this lawsuit and the settlement, including a copy of the Settlement Agreement, you can also contact Class Counsel at:

Laurence Paradis
DISABILITY RIGHTS ADVOCATES
2001 Center Street, Fourth Floor
Berkeley, California 94704-1204
Telephone: (510) 665-8644
Facsimile: (510) 665-8511
TTY: (510) 665-8716
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If you would like to object, you or your attorney must notify the Settlement Administrator by a letter, postmarked by November 26, 2009 and addressed to:

Bates v. UPS Settlement Administrator
c/o Rust Consulting, Inc.
P.O. Box 9427
Minneapolis, MN 55440-9427

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The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
Philadelphia, PA

This is a full-time 12-month position. At least a Master's Degree in Psychology or related field. Possess proficiency in sign language. Supervise a full array of clinical student/family support services. Collaborate with LEAs and families regarding enrollment and coordinate the PDE approval process. Coordinate the scheduling and completion of Biannual and Triennial multidisciplinary evaluations ERs, IEPs and standardized school-wide assessment services. Collaborate on the transition to school age process and the ESY/Summer Program. Deadline for submission is December 11, 2009.

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The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
100 W. School House Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19144
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Corliss Institute, Inc
Warren, Rhode Island

Overall job function: Agency liaison for all client work and business functions. To structure the developing Program into 3 separate services. To oversee Project staffing and performance. To monitor and assess Department activities/goals, and to research additional options. To assure that the Program services and goals result in meaningful work in settings that are not segregated or sheltered. This position reports to the Executive Director.

Requirements:
-- M.A. desired, B.A. minimum.
-- Experience with State Rehabilitation agency procedures/policies for Supported Work.
-- Knowledge of deaf adults with developmental disabilities, fluency in ASL required/capacity to gain these skills.
-- PR/networking skills with employers, state and private employment groups and others.
-- Business skills and supervisory experience as well as ability to assess viability in the areas of client need, project viability (revenue, expenses, etc.) and public response.
-- Excellent writing skills, familiarity with Word, Excel and basic programs, and the ability to be productive in team and independent settings.

Examples of Job Duties:
1. Works with Executive Director, Senior Team and funders/partners to develop and refine Program.
2. Recruits and interviews needed consultants, staff, interns and volunteers.
3. Develops sales initiatives, customers, jobs and related Program components through research, email, phone/videophone/TTY and attendance at various events.
4. Develops Program promotional materials and events for increasing public and consumer use.
5. Liaison to external entities.
6. Internal and formal Reports other documents to track Program progress and outcomes.
7. Program and expenditure reports, revenue projections and other documents.
8. Other duties as determined by supervisor/agency need.

This is a full-time exempt position, and includes full agency fringe and benefits. Salary - high $40's. Limited relocation funds. Position funded for one year; contingent upon generated revenue.

Cover letter/resume to:
Jean Moniz, Director of HR
Corliss Institute, Inc.
290 Main Street
Warren, RI 02885
jmoniz@corliss.org
FAX to: 401-245-8023

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Director of Alternative Programs
Vermont Center for the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing, Inc
Brattleboro, VT

Time Base: Full time position

Qualifications:
- Vermont State Administrative license
- Masters Degree of Deaf Education or related field
- Minimum of 5 years teaching and administrative experience
- Training/experience in instruction improvement
- Proficiency in American Sign Language

Responsibilities:
- Direct all aspects of Operation for the William Center and Autism Program in compliance with state and federal regulations
- Oversee the supervision and development of all staff
- Communicate effectively with all stakeholders
- Develop and implement program budget
- Work closely with the directors of Special Education, Related Services, and Student Life

Target Hire Date: June 2010
Please send letter of interest & resume to Kelly Therieau at ktherieau@vcdhh.org
Or fax # 802-258-9574

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Transition Assistant
American School for the Deaf
West Hartford, CT

Part-Time, 25 hr/wk

SCOPE OF DUTIES:
Under the supervision of the Coordinator of Student Transition Services (STS) for the Career Academy and Transition
Services (CATS) Program, this High School position assists in a variety of duties related to building students' work experience in order to exit the school system and enter adult life.

PRIMARY DUTIES:
(a) Supervises students in the Student Work Group during the school day and in the Student Employment Program from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm, Monday through Thursday.
(b) Receives work assignments from STS Coordinator, reviews assignments, plans work accordingly, organizes, maintains and cares for tools and supplies needed to carry out the work assignment. Collaborates with Plant Operations, Custodial and Residential Life staff.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
High School diploma or equivalent certificate. Preference given to those with college related course work. Good judgment, flexibility and dependability. Excellent American Sign Language skills. Some knowledge of career and vocational training.

HOW TO APPLY:
Visit our website, http://www.asd-1817.org to download an application and review the entire job description. All resumes and letters of application may be submitted to:

Human Resources
American School for the Deaf
139 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06107-1269

FAX (860) 570-1832

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Northwestern Connecticut Community College invites applications for an Instructor in Interpreter Preparation – American Sign Language/English. This is a 10-month, Tenure-Track position with excellent benefits. To learn more about us and for a copy of the vacancy announcement, including minimum qualifications, application process and deadline, please visit our Website at www.nwcc.commnet.edu.
EOE/AA/M/F

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