November 7, 2012
Vol. 9, No. 3
Editor: Tom Willard
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BLOOMBERG'S OTHER SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETER STEPS INTO THE SPOTLIGHT
As Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered an update on Hurricane Sandy last week, he mentioned that schools would be closed. He then opened up the discussion to reporters asking questions. "Will schools be open," one reporter asked immediately. Bloomberg sighed, flashing a bit of the anger and impatience he's known to sometimes display with reporters, and replied. "Schools are closed," he said curtly. "Next question." Standing next to him, his ASL translator Pamela Mitchell had to convey the mayor's annoyance. "I could feel the heat coming from him, and I had to portray that frustration," Mitchell said. / DNAinfo.com
See Also LYDIA CALLIS, ACE INTERPRETER FOR BLOOMBERG AND ASL SPOOFS / The Huffington Post
See Also INTERPRETER SAYS SIGNING DURING EMERGENCY SITUATIONS IS LONG OVERDUE / CBS Pittsburgh
Grand Island, NE
DEAF GRAND ISLAND TODDLER KEEPS HIS NAME SIGN
You may remember the story about a Grand Island toddler who is deaf and was faced with changing the way he signs his name. The story went viral, but was he able to keep his name sign? Back in August, his parents say that Hunter's teacher asked them to change Hunter's sign language name, citing the weapons policy. However, Grand Island Public Schools said they were not requiring any student to change how their name is signed. But the two parties have since come to a conclusion, let Hunter keep his name. / KHAS-TV
SC SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND STUDENTS WORK ON HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOMES
South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind students were building walls and building character as volunteers with Habitat for Humanity on Thursday. Students enrolled in the school's carpentry program recently have been volunteering at one of three new Habitat sites on Wofford Street. On Thursday, students worked with other volunteers to frame walls and secure hurricane anchors. “I really like being a part of it,” said student Cleveland Hallman, 20. “I think it's going to help me get ready for the future.” / Spartanburg Herald-Journal
FOUR COUNTER-ARGUMENTSTO TOYS 'R' US COCHLEAR IMPLANT LETTER
Yet again, oralism and Deaf culture butt heads. This is not a new issue or an issue that has ever been close to being resolved. In a nutshell the Toys “R” Us issue is this: Cochlear Implant supporters are delighted that Toys “R” Us showed children with cochlear implants in their latest toy catalog. However they are writing protest letters to Toys “R” Us because they dislike the fact that Toys “R” Us donates to the American Society for Deaf Children which supports an ASL and written English education. / Bring Me That Horizon
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ADDISON LEE BOSS JOHN GRIFFIN APPEARED TO MOCK DEAF FOOTBALLER DANIEL AILEY IN E-MAIL
The boss of the UK's biggest taxi firm apologised today for comparing a deaf footballer who 'grunts' during matches to female tennis players. Millionaire Addison Lee chairman and leading Tory donor John Griffin appeared to crack the joke at the expense of Potters Bar’s deaf footballer Daniel Ailey. The non-league striker was abused by Grays Athletic fans in a midweek match last month for the way he communicates with his team-mates. Police were called when some of the fans started making loud grunting noises mocking the way he gets the attention of his fellow players. / Daily Mail
THE BARONESS, A DEAF GARDENER AND THEIR BATTLE OVER £25,000 [$40,000 US]
He mowed the grass and tended the estate for nearly 20 years. But all those lawnmowers, strimmers and chainsaws took their toll on Clifford Sayers, it was claimed Nov. 4. The 65-year-old gardener believes he was deafened by the din from the power tools. And now he is suing the 90-year-old baroness who employed him. / Daily Mail
KIWI'S CONTRIBUTION TO UK DEAF COMMUNITY RECOGNIZED
Former Wainuiomata man, Zane Hema, now living in London, received three awards last week from the United Kingdom’s agency that promotes standards of communication with deaf and deafblind people. Mr. Hema won the ‘Joseph Maitland Robinson Award for Outstanding Contribution’, the ‘Communication Professional of the Year’ award and the ‘London region Teacher of the Year’ at the prestigious 2012 Signature Annual Awards held at the Plaisterers' Hall in the City of London on 2 November. / Voxy.co.nz
JAIL FOR CARLISLE MEN WHO BURGLED HOME OF DEAF PENSIONER
Bryan Dance, 49, and Steven Dance, 25, were sentenced Nov. 7 at Carlisle Crown Court. Dance senior, who pleaded not guilty, was sentenced to six years. His son, who admitted the charge, received four and a half years. Speaking after the hearing, Detective Constable Chris Hind said it had been an "appalling crime against a vulnerable, elderly lady" and the sentences reflected the "dreadful nature" of the crime. / News & Star
Vancouver, BC, Canada
LUCY PHILPOTT WAS CANADA'S FIRST, DEENA BERGENHAM THE YOUNGEST
A bout of meningitis rendered Lucy Philpott deaf at the age of 22. "Suddenly I was put into a deaf world I didn't know anything about. I was the only deaf person in my community. I tried to learn sign language, but I wasn't very successful at it. There was no one to talk to anyway," she recalled last week at a reception in St. Paul's Hospital in downtown Vancouver to celebrate 30 years of cochlear implants there. A friend first told her about an "incredible" operation to restore hearing and she discovered she was a good candidate because she hadn't been deaf for long. / The Vancouver Sun
DEAF CHILDREN'S VOCABULARY LESS THAN HEARING CHILDREN'S AS WORDS GET MORE DIFFICULT, IMPACTS READING COMPREHENSION
In general, a deaf or hearing-impaired child knows fewer words than a child who can hear well. Researcher Karien Coppens of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) discovered that the weakness in vocabulary is the greatest when it comes to difficult words for which an in-depth understanding of their meaning is required. A limited vocabulary is the most important cause of problems in reading comprehension. An electronic vocabulary test, which will be used in primary schools for children with special needs, has been developed on the basis of the research results. Coppens gained her doctorate from Radboud University Nijmegen on 5 October 2012. / Medicalxpress.com
CITIZENS LOOSEN PURSE STRINGS FOR 'DEAF' TEEN
In February, just before his SSC exams, 16-year-old Abhishek Konale lost hearing in both his ears. But the Matunga boy decided to focus on his exams and scored 97% marks. After Times of India highlighted Abhishek's problem in June, help started pouring in for the teenager from different parts of the city. An individual offered to bear expenses for one of the implants. / Times of India
DEAF CHILDREN NOT BEING DIAGNOSED EARLY ENOUGH
Deaf children are not being diagnosed early enough since babies are not screened for hearing impairments before they leave hospital, according to the Deaf People Association. “Unfortunately, months and even years pass before parents realise their child has a hearing difficulty… Another factor is the exaggerated delay for an appointment to be set for a hearing test,” secretary George Vella said, adding that appointments were scheduled some six to eight months after the child was referred to the State hospital. / Times of Malta
DEAF AND MUTE MAN JAILED FOR SEXUAL OFFENSES, THEFT
A deaf and mute man, who sodomised a 12-year-old boy at a staircase landing, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail. But 47-year-old Juma'at Tahir was spared the cane because of his mental disability. The unemployed man was found guilty on Nov. 2 of two counts of sexual offences, and three counts of theft. Seven other charges, including theft and possessing obscene films were taken into consideration. / Channel NewsAsia
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New York, NY
COCHLEAR IMPLANTS: CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF HEARING RESTORATION IN DEAF PATIENTS
In 1987, at the age of 22 months, Caitlin Parton became very ill with meningitis and ultimately lost her hearing. Her parents, Melody James-Parton and Steve Parton, grieved over their daughter’s hearing loss as if it were their own. As freelance artists, they figured all the things they loved and took for granted – like music, speech and the written word – would be lost upon Caitlin. But, when a doctor suggested Caitlin undergo a relatively new procedure known as the cochlear implant, the Partons seized the opportunity. / Fox News
JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES TO THE DEAF: NO MASTURBATION IN DA CLUB
Some genius paired 50 Cent's In Da Club with a video put out by the Jehovah's Witnesses to encourage deaf people not to masturbate. This is probably inappropriate or deafist or whatever, but it also provided me with a much-needed tears-rolling-down face laugh the other day. / Kottke.org
PETITION: STOP THE MURDER OF DEAF DALMATIANS
Target: Dalmatian Club of America. Goal: To stop the unnecessary murder of deaf dalmatians. / ForceChange
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PETITION: SUPPORT DEAF TRUCK DRIVERS
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
DEAF ARTISTS DISPLAY WORKS AT ARTCONNECT SHOWCASE
Though at times the room was pin-drop silent, conversation flourished Saturday afternoon as DeafConnect opened its doors for its second annual ArtConnect showcase. Both artists and admirers chatted mostly through sign language as they floated about the rooms and hallways filled with sketches, paintings, crafts, and even a few quilts created by members of the deaf or hard-of-hearing community. "We're a well-kept secret over here," said Teresa Wilson, executive director of DeafConnect of the Mid-South, based in Midtown Memphis. / The Commercial Appeal
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CHARITABLE CAUSE BRINGS DEAF 56-YEAR-OLD MAINE RUNNING HALL OF FAMER TO NEW YORK CITY MARATHON
O.J. Logue’s athletic career sports enough personal successes to merit his induction into the Maine Running Hall of Fame in 2006. But for the former Orono High School and University of Southern Maine track and cross-country standout who in 1981 competed for the United States in track and field at the Deaf Olympics in Cologne, Germany, running isn’t always about winning. Now at age 56, Logue may be far removed from elite competition, but he still retains the compassion to run for others. / Bangor Daily News
LEAGUE RECAP: MISSOURI SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF WIN LEADS TO RISE IN STATE RANK
Missouri School for the Deaf moved up to 23 from 72 in the state rankings this week, the biggest jump in Great Plains (8 Man). The Eagles were able to make move up by falling to Wisconsin School for the Deaf 60-28. Missouri School for the Deaf was able to crack the Top 25 in the state rankings this week after falling to the Firebirds. Kevin Voelker's team came in at 23 in the state poll after placing at number 72 last week. / MaxPreps News
DEAF FOOTBALL PLAYER SHINES FOR GULF COAST JV TEAM
On game night, the sounds of football are everywhere; they define the sport, and sometimes even dictate the game. Jose Rodriguez hears none of it, but being completely deaf has taken nothing away from his experience as a player. "It's no big deal," Rodriguez said. "I don't care if I can hear or not. I can see. I can watch out of the corner of my eyes and I can keep an eye on everything that's going on." Rodriguez is a sophomore on the Gulf Coast JV team. / WBBH
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FACULTY POSITION OPENING
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE
Northridge, California 91330
Department: Deaf Studies
Effective Date of Appointment:
(Subject to Budgetary Approval)
Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor
Salary: Dependent on Qualifications
Qualifications: Earned Doctorate in Deaf Studies, Linguistics, American Sign Language (ASL), or closely related field of study. ABD candidates will be considered but must complete the doctorate by the time of appointment. General knowledge of ASL and the Deaf Studies field, which may include but is not limited to linguistic principles of ASL and an understanding of sign language interpreting processes with ASL as the foundation. Possess strong and effective teaching methods in various aspects of ASL and/or related courses in Deaf Studies. Extensive knowledge of Deaf Culture and the Deaf community. Evidence of successful Deaf Studies-related teaching experience at the college level. Demonstrated evidence of recent scholarly publications or equivalencies and activities or evidence of potential for such scholarly accomplishments. Ability to interact effectively with both Deaf and hearing people. Evidence of positive relationships and collegiality with university students, staff, and colleagues. Evidence of participation in ASL/Deaf Studies and Deaf community organizations on local, state, and/or national levels. Commitment to Deaf bilingual/bicultural experience and its foundation in basic human rights. Native/native-like fluency in ASL. Basic understanding of curriculum development. Demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse student population.
CSUN is a Learning Centered University. The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in a commitment to active learning, to the assessment of learning outcomes, and to multiple pathways that enable students to graduate.
At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.
Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.
Responsibilities: Teach American Sign Language and Deaf Studies content courses. The standard teaching load is twelve (12) units per semester (plus committee assignments). A reduced load will be assigned during the first year of teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department (including curriculum and program development); engage in scholarship and community service and to remain current in their field; serve on departmental, college, and/or university committees, and to participate in other service as needed.
Application Process: Applicants should submit all of the following. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
1. Cover letter that includes:
-- Statements of teaching and research interests
-- Summary of prior relevant experience
-- Evidence of commitment to Deaf bilingual and bicultural experience
2. Current curriculum vitae that
-- Educational background
-- Prior teaching experience
-- Evidence of scholarship and/or related professional experience
3. Evidence of teaching effectiveness/potential (provide sample course syllabi and copies of automated student evaluations)
4. Photocopies of all earned degrees and certificates
5. Three (3) current letters of recommendation
6. Names and contact information for at least three (3) professional references
Application Deadline: Screening of candidates will begin on January 18, 2013. Position to remain open until filled.
Inquiries and nominations should be addressed to:
Flavia S. Fleischer, Chair
Department of Deaf Studies
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California 91330-8265
PAHrtners Deaf Services
614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA
215-884-9770 TTY/V 215-884-6301 FAX
PAHrtners Deaf Services 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.
PAHrtners 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:
RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR for DSA: (Full time position) The qualified candidate shall possess: HS Diploma and 5 years of Mental Health direct care experience, fluency in ASL, knowledge of Deaf Culture. Excellent writing and communication skills required. Responsibilities: Day to day management and supervision of residential setting for deaf adults with mental illness and behavioral health concerns. Supervision of direct care staff, development of residential programming and staff schedules, planning and leading staff meetings, coordinate staff trainings, manage petty cash and consumer funds, coordinate consumer services with internal/outside agency providers and families, conduct consumer and staff interviews, complete monthly reports, service plans and staff evaluations, follow up with physical and psychiatric medical concerns. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekend.
RESIDENTIAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTORS: (Full time position) This position provides leadership role for residential staff and direct client services. Qualifications: minimum of a HS + 2 year related experience; valid drivers’ license; advanced fluency in ASL; minimum of 2 years’ experience with Deaf Community; demonstrated an ability to supervise, teach, advise and motivate staff members as well as Deaf Consumers; must possess strong interpersonal skills. Duties: Provide guidance and training for staff and support to Deaf consumers with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities living in the community; promote consumers’ independence and social relationships. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekend.
INTENSIVE CASE MANAGERS – FOR ADULTS: (Full time position) This position provides resources and support to clients and their families who reside in the community and in our residential programs. Responsibilities include: assessing service needs of consumers to ensure continuum of care; develop service plans; independent living skills instructions, advocate for access to public and private services and programs such as medical, vocational and other services. Qualifications: BA/BS degree in a Human Services field preferred; or High School Diploma& 12 credit hours in social science with two (2) years mental health direct care experience. Must have strong organizational skills; fluency in ASL, familiarity with other visual communication modes and language levels. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends as needed and travel various areas in the community. Knowledge of laws governing the rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals including IDEA and ADA a plus; and must have a valid driver’s license.
THERAPIST/PSYCHOSOCIAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR: (Full time position) This position provides therapeutic and psycho-educational workshops and group sessions for consumers who are deaf. The qualified candidate shall possess: BA in psychology, counseling or any other human services field; must have 2 years’ experience with individuals with mental illness and/or mental retardation including treatment planning and progress notes; advanced fluency in ASL required; must be innovative, creative and be able to work in a team environment. Duties: Develop, coordinate and provide group/individual therapy for wellness maintenance and psycho-educational workshops.
RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS: (various positions available) This position provides direct client services including encouraging client independence in areas such as skills in daily living and community integration. Duties: Provide supported living and training to Deaf consumers with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities living in the community; promote consumers’ independence and social relationships. Positions open for weekend and evening shifts. Qualifications: HS + 1 year related experience; valid drivers’ license; advanced fluency in ASL; demonstrated competency in independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and motivate Deaf Consumers; strong interpersonal skills.
Send your letter of intent and resumes to:
Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
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