November 8, 2017
Vol. 14, No. 4
Editor: Tom Willard
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CAITLYN JENNER LEANS ON NEW GIRLFRIEND FOR SUPPORT AS SHE GOES DEAF
Caitlyn Jenner has been spotted sporting hearing aids, sparking fears the transgender star may be heading toward another transition — deafness, but thankfully, the former Olympian has new girlfriend Sophia Hutchins as a shoulder to lean on. “Cait’s hearing has gotten worse over the years, and she can’t hear much without them,” a source told RadarOnline.com exclusively. / Radar Online
DEAF-MUTE MAN'S CAPITAL MURDER CASE HEADED TO VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT
A 12-year-old case against a deaf-mute illegal immigrant accused of murdering a 16-year-old girl in James City County is now ripe for an appeal, and will likely head to the Virginia Supreme Court. Oswaldo Elias Martinez, 47, from El Salvador, appeared in the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon for a check status hearing, during which his attorney was able to clear one last hurdle to appeal Martinez’s continued commitment in a psychiatric hospital. / Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
Santa Rosa, CA
IMPROVING EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE DEAF
The deaf are often the last to find out about an active emergency like the recent North Bay wildfires. That is according to the folks who work at Communique Sign Language Interpreting in Santa Rosa. On Monday, KRON4 learned what needs to be done to improve emergency communications for the deaf. / KRON4
Kansas City, MO
FOR DEAF REFUGEES, LEARNING SIGN LANGUAGE IS A CHALLENGE WITH LIFE-CHANGING REWARDS
Maita thinks he was seven years old when he and his family were forced out of their home in Bhutan. Starting in the late 1980s, the Himalayan country began driving out people who were ethnically Nepali. They fled across the mountains to Nepal, where they were settled in impoverished refugee camps. “I didn’t even know Nepal. I didn’t know anything about it,” Maita explains using sign language. / KCUR
STATE ACADEMY FOR THE DEAF NEW, MULTI-PURPOSE DORMITORY NEARS COMPLETION
A decade in the making, the nearly completed Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf dormitory breaks the mold. According to Minnesota State Academies Superintendent Terry Wilding, the dorm was conceived as a replacement to Frechette Hall, which had aged to the point of disrepair over the past few decades. After consulting with state authorities, the school decided it would be most cost effective to replace Frechette rather than remedy all of its problems. / Faribault Daily News
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Ottawa and Gatineau, QC, Canada
VIDEO RELAY SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE TO DEAF CANADIANS 24/7
A year after its launch, SRV Canada VRS has extended its service hours, enabling American Sign Language or Langue des signes québécoise users to make and receive calls any time of the day. SRV Canada VRS allows its customers to communicate to a sign-language interpreter via an Internet-based video link. Since the launch of SRV Canada VRS, over 280,000 calls have been placed by nearly 5,000 Canadian subscribers. / Markets Insider
Cambridge, ON, Canada
TEEN LOOKING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THE DEAF
Josh Gomes has always wanted “to change the world." Diagnosed as deaf at age three, the 17-year-old Cambridge teen has fought the stigma of his disability throughout his childhood and teen years. With profound hearing loss in one ear and severe hearing loss in the other, according to his mother Monica, Gomes has broken through the barriers put in front of him by teachers who equated hearing with intelligence. / Cambridge Times
HOLLOWAY SUPPORTING GB DEAF WOMEN'S FOOTBALLER
Ian Holloway has urged football fans to help GB Deaf Women’s footballer Claire Stancliffe, who is having to fund her own operation after tearing her ACL while representing Great Britain in the Deaflympics in July. Stancliffe has competed at international level for a decade but needs to raise £10,000 if she is to continue her career. Holloway said: “It’s shocking that she has to try to raise this money herself … I’m gob-smacked really." / QPR
MARY'S DEATH IS A HUGE LOSS TO THE DEAF COMMUNITY
ensioner who lost her life in a tragic house fire on Monday night has been named as 89-year-old Mary Moynihan, below right, a member of Cork’s Deaf community. Ms Moynihan has been described as “witty” and a “strong character” who was much loved by her extended family. She attended the Cork Deaf Club for many years and was a skilled dressmaker who had worked in Cork city in her younger years. / Evening Echo Cork
LIONS HEARING DOG SADIE HANDED OVER TO DEAF AND NON-VERBAL RESIDENT
Sadie the two-year-old terrier cross is pawing some love and protection into Craig Yates’s life. The dog – rescued from a pound – was handed over last week to the Elizabeth Park resident, who is deaf and non-verbal. Her job is to alert him to normal household sounds. Whether it be telling Mr Yates that someone is that the door or the smoke alarm is ringing, Sadie is specially trained to go to the source of the sound and make physical contact with her owner. / The Advertiser
ON DEAFNESS, DANCING AND 'EMBRACE' IN DUBAI
Of all the places to meet a stranger and cook up a dance show together, Mark Smith and Ray Batchelor met on LinkedIn. Smith, the founder of all-male dance troupe Deaf Men Dancing, and Batchelor, a Tango teacher for D/deaf CAN Dance!, crossed paths on the job-search website, and decided to stir their shared interests and expertise into one lively, bubbling pot. "Embrace" was the result — an hour-long performance flourishing at the crossroads between dance and disability. / Gulf News
Trinidad and Tobago
DEAF VENEZUELAN TEEN'S STRUGGLES IN TT
Fourteen-year-old Dubraska Anavi Bodington was born with a hearing problem and for most of her life attended schools for the hearing impaired in Venezuela. In 2015 food shortages in the South American country forced her father to bring her to TT, where, for the past two years he has been faced with a new problem – the inability to enroll his daughter in a local school. / Trinidad News
LIFE & LEISURE
THE BEAUTY BLOGGER WHO ONLY USES SIGN LANGUAGE
2017 has seen a wide display of diversity happen in the global beauty industry. Beauty blogger, Catherine Martinez, has raised the bar even higher by using only ASL in her DIY makeup tutorials. Martinez uses sign language and captions to manually communicate to her 33,500 Instagram followers. Her account, @catthe1st, provides tips on how to do everything from apply false eyelashes to using a liquid eyeliner. / 9Style
Kansas City, MO
DEAF DISCRIMINATION IN THE U.S.: 'ADDICTED TO AMERICANA'
Members of the hearing-impaired community often face unique, and sometimes difficult situations even when living in America. Today, we discuss the history of persecution against people with deafness in this country and the milestones alongside the path to equal rights. / KCUR
3RD DEAF TOWN GOES ON AT OSU LIMA
The American Sign Language Club at Ohio State Lima and Rhodes State College opened the door to "Deaf Town" Thursday. Tables were set up to represent real life institutions and students were challenged to make their way around town, communicating with deaf people along the way. Talking was prohibited in Deaf Town so students had to rely on ASL and non-verbal communication to get the tasks done. / Your News Now
Central Point, OR
'DOGS FOR THE DEAF' BECOMES 'DOGS FOR BETTER LIVES'
Beginning Wednesday, one Southern Oregon non-profit organization will go by "Dogs For Better Lives." That's because the organization is serving more people in more ways. Blake Matray, CEO, said the name-change comes as the business began training its dogs for helping kids on the autism spectrum, hearing impairment and program assistance. "Special education classes, courtrooms, doctor offices, group homes, they serve a number of clients in a given day as opposed to just one client," Matray said. / KDRV
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Salt Lake City, UT
YOUNG UTAH 'WONDERSTRUCK' ACTRESS SPEAKS OF 'FRUSTRATION' THAT DEAF PEOPLE FEEL
A big-budget Hollywood movie opening Nov. 10 in Utah stars young local deaf actress Millicent Simmonds, who hopes the film will encourage hearing parents with deaf kids to learn to sign. “I feel very lucky my mom learned sign language and taught my family,” said the teen actress, who goes by Millie. “I don't know how hard my life would be if she never did that.” / Deseret News
CASPER COLLEGE TO SHOWCASE DEAF CULTURE, ARTS AT FESTIVAL
One traditional story in the Deaf community goes like this: A lumberjack is chopping down trees and yelling “timber” as they fall. But one tree doesn’t fall. Soon, a doctor determines it’s deaf. So he spells “timber” in American Sign Language and, finally, the tree falls. Lizzie Mason plans to tell this story and other traditional stories from Deaf culture at Casper College’s first Deaf Expressive Arts Festival on Nov. 14. / Casper Star-Tribune
St. Louis, MO
THEATRE OF THE DEAF RETURNS WITH A COMEDY
It's been five years since Theatre of the Deaf at St. Louis Community College-Florissant staged a show. But the troupe is back with a free production of a vintage comedy classic, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” The production features two complete casts. One cast performs in ASL while the other voices the play in spoken English. The combination “is almost like dubbing an animated film,” said Dan Betzler, the director. / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
DEAF CHARACTER CENTRAL TO PLAY BEING PRESENTED BY GCT
The Goshen College Theater Department will present Suzan Zeder’s play “Mother Hicks” Friday, Saturday and Sunday and again Nov. 19 ath the college’s Umble Center. “Mother Hicks” is about three outsiders — a foundling girl known only as Girl; a deaf boy, eloquent in the language of his silence; and an eccentric recluse, Mother Hicks, who is suspected of being a witch. / Goshen News
A GIFTED ARTIST FINDS SUCCESS, DESPITE BEING DEAF AND BLIND
For years, Kelly Brown sat in the corner of a warehouse stuffing envelopes. Doing bulk mailings was typical of the work at Lower Merion Vocational Training Center and other state-supported programs for people with physical and intellectual disabilities. Deaf and blind from birth, Brown performed the simplified, repetitive tasks assigned to her and her co-workers. Somewhere along the way, she learned to crochet, and during her breaks, she made long, thick, multicolored ropes. / Mainline Today
A DEAF PERSON EXPLAINS THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH MUSIC
What happens when a deaf person receives a cochlear implant gains at least partial hearing? What is their relationship to music? This article in The New York Times features one person’s explanation. When I got a cochlear implant seven years ago, after being profoundly deaf for my entire life, hearing friends and acquaintances started asking me the same few questions: Had I heard music yet? Did I like it? What did it sound like? / A Journal of Musical Things
See Also SENSATIONS OF SOUND: ON DEAFNESS AND MUSIC / The New York Times
See Also HOW WE USED VR TO EXPLORE WHAT MUSIC FEELS LIKE TO A DEAF PERSON / The New York Times
LaFourche Parish, LA
LOCAL DEAF COACH INSPIRES YOUNG FOOTBALL PLAYERS
Local football coach Devin DeHart refuses to let a hearing disability stop him from reaching out to young athletes. DeHart, a 24-year-old Houma native, was born deaf, but he played football as young kid and remains close to the sport as a first-year assistant coach with the East Houma Steelers junior-varsity team (9-10 year old) in the Terrebonne Parish Recreation league. DeHart uses sign language to signal in plays and communicate with the other coaches and players. / Daily Comet
DEAF PLAYER MIKE WASMAN FINDS LEVEL PLAYING FIELD AT BOONE HIGH
All Mike Wasman ever wanted was to be treated like everyone else. Boone head football coach Andy Johnson made it loud and clear that would be no problem long before Wasman ever made varsity. Wasman, a hearing impaired senior reserve linebacker for the Braves, recalls a meaningful moment from his freshman year when he was missing a key piece of his practice uniform. “One day I left the locker room and everyone had their practice jerseys, but I didn’t have one. It was just pads,” Wasman said. / Orlando Sentinel
HEARING-IMPAIRED CHEERLEADER RELIES ON SIGHT AND TEAMMATES
Hope Robbins cheers for Minico High School and she doesn't miss a beat, despite being hearing-impaired. In a sea of red and gold, you'll find Robbins. The cheerleader has been pumping up the fans since freshman year. She didn't find out she had hearing issues until she was four. "I kind of fooled them," exclaimed Robbins. / KMVT
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NORTHEAST ARC IS HIRING!
Do you know ASL? We are looking for employees that want to make a difference in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities, who are also deaf. Positions are available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. As an employee, you will provide direct care, using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. 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 apply online at www.ne-arc.org.
Compensation: $12-12.50 for per diem shifts and $14-$14.50 for FT shifts.
School of Education Department of Specialized Education Services
Assistant Professor – Tenure Track
Professions in Deafness
Minimum Qualifications include the following:
• Earned doctorate in a deaf-related field such as interpreting, deaf education, advocacy, ASL (Linguistics), Deaf studies, special education (ABD considered)
• Minimum of three years professional employment with D/deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals as an interpreter, teacher, or service personnel
• Demonstrated, or potential to demonstrate, research and scholarship activities focused on topics related to D/deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals and/or services for the D/deaf
Candidates who are of color, are Deaf or Deaf/Blind, have varying sexual orientations, or are from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Starting date: August 1, 2018
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
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NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH 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.
Blended Case Manager – Full time; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. 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.
Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services required.
Training Coordinator – Full Time. Glenside location. Travels to Pittsburgh as needed. Education requirements flexible and based on experience. Must be proficient in ASL.
Outpatient Therapist – Part Time. Glenside location. Must be eligible for LCSW or LPC in PA. Must have MSW or equivalent. Must be proficient in ASL.
Assistant Office Manager – Full Time. Glenside location. Minimum high school diploma with 5 years’ management experience.
Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position.
Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Joel Skelton, Assistant Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
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Advocates in Framingham, MA is Hiring!
Advocates is seeking talented professionals to join our team, providing health services within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
Awake Overnight Direct Care Counselor: Remain awake, alert and responsive to the needs of the clients throughout the shift, assist clients with morning activities.
• Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent degree, fluency in ASL.
Community Crisis Stabilization BA Level Clinician: Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
• Qualifications: MA and 2 years’ experience OR BA/BS and 5 years’ experience.
Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. All shifts available!
• Qualifications: BA/BS; or HS diploma/GED and 1 year experience.
Outpatient Clinician: Provide comprehensive outpatient counseling/therapy to children, adults and families in need of services.
• Qualifications: MSW or MA in related field and 1 year experience in outpatient setting.
Senior Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. Coordinate/monitor administrative/clinical functions.
• Qualifications: BA/BS and 2 years’ experience; or HS Diploma/GED and 3 years’ experience.
Skills Instructor - Autism Services: Must be ASL-Fluent! Responsibility for assigned individuals and for the implementation of individuals’ Day Habilitation Services Plans.
• Qualifications: High School diploma or GED and 1 year experience in training program for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Minimum Qualifications Include:
• ASL fluency.
• Valid driver's license/reliable transportation.
• Related education (as applicable).
Visit www.Advocates.org/Careers to apply today!
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