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November 9, 2016
Vol. 13, No. 4

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 2016 and any unauthorized use is prohibited.

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Portland, OR
JURY AWARDS $400,000 IN EMOTIONAL DAMAGES TO FORMER OREGON INMATE WHO IS DEAF
A federal jury on Thursday awarded $400,000 in emotional damages to a former inmate who is deaf, finding that the Oregon Department of Corrections violated his civil rights by failing to make proper accommodations for his disability. David VanValkenburg, 51, testified that the state had repeatedly denied him a qualified interpreter for prison medical appointments, a prison job and an in-custody class between September 2013 and December 2014. / The Oregonian

Columbus, OH
GRASSROOTS GROUPS SAYS DEAF OHIOANS LACK FUNDING
When Elisha Jo Northup was 3 years old in Fremont, Ohio, she became deaf. Northup’s doctors told her grandparents that she shouldn’t learn sign language because it could delay her language development. She attempted kindergarten twice but failed to pass. Everything changed when she attended a hearing-impaired program that taught ASL. “At that point, I finally understood everything I could learn,” Northup said recently in an email interview. / Columbus Alive

Northridge, CA
SOCIAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON EXPERIENCES OF DEAF INDIVIDUALS
California State University, Northridge’s Department of Deaf Studies, the Deaf Studies Association and the National Center on Deafness hosted the seventh annual Social Justice: BY, FOR, OF People conference on Oct. 28 at the University Student Union. The daylong discussion on the Deaf experience was open to all CSUN students, faculty, staff and people from the community. Nearly 400 visitors attended the event. / CSUN Today

Colorado Springs, CO
STUDENTS FROM SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND VOTE FOR FIRST TIME
Students at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind are exercising their right to vote. For many of them, Monday was their first time casting a ballot. It was an exciting moment for first time voter Nicholas Schwegman. Schwegman is deaf, but speaking and voting with the help of an interpreter. Joseph Ryan, a counselor at the school, brought 16 of his students to the Independence Center to vote. / KRDO

St. Paul, MN
THOMPSON HALL FOR THE DEAF MARKS CENTENNIAL
Charles Thompson Memorial Hall, a longtime social hub for deaf people from the Twin Cities and the state, celebrated its 100th anniversary during festivities Friday and Saturday. Thompson Hall opened its doors for the first time on Nov. 5, 1916. Margaret Brooks Thompson donated the building and a supporting endowment to the deaf community of Minnesota for use as free space to gather for social purposes. She gave the building as a memorial to her husband, Charles, who like her was deaf. / Star Tribune

McAllen, TX
MUSEUM HOSTS INAUGURAL DEAF, HARD OF HEARING EVENT
If someone is in your way while in public, tap their shoulder instead of just speaking up. That is a piece of advice given by Jesse Mendez, who has been deaf since birth. Mendez, 24, was leading a painting session Sunday afternoon at the International Museum of Arts and Science using ASL. While he taught about a dozen people how to paint a tree through ASL, there were three more activities around the museum meant to connect guests with the deaf and hard of hearing community. / The Monitor

Chattanooga, TN
PARTNERSHIP FCA, CLARITY JOIN FORCES TO HELP CHATTANOOGA'S DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING COMMUNITIES
Partnership for Families, Children and Adults (FCA) -- a nonprofit agency that provides counseling, crisis intervention and prevention services to thousands of people in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama -- is collaborating with Clarity -- the Chattanooga-based division of Plantronics that designs smart solutions to boost quality of life for people with hearing loss. The two organizations will work together to expand the services available to the deaf and hard of hearing community in Chattanooga. / Chattanoogan.com


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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA TO BEHEAD DISABLED MAN WHO IS PARTIALLY BLIND AND DEAF
Saudi Arabia is set to behead a disabled man who is partially blind and deaf for taking part in an anti-government protest. Munir Adam, 23, has been sentenced to death for "attacks on police" and other offenses during protests in 2011. His distraught family said he was tortured into confessing before his sentence at a special criminal court in Riyadh. / Mirror

Edmonton, AB, Canada
TEACHER AT ALBERTA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF WINS $15K AFTER BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST
Edmonton Public Schools must pay $15,000 ($11,110 US) for discriminating against an Alberta School for the Deaf teacher who is deaf, a recent Alberta Human Rights tribunal decision says. The school district breached human rights law in its dealings with teacher Gail Lidkea when her new service dog prompted them to move her to a small, isolated classroom and limit the dog’s movement around the school, human rights tribunal chairman William Johnson ruled last month. / National Post

Winnipeg, MB, Canada
DEAF IRON WORKER RECEIVES RED SEAL CERTIFICATE
Jonathon Anderson is a qualified tradesman. At 26 years of age, he's the first deaf Canadian iron worker with a red seal certificate.
The national designation lets qualified tradespeople use their skills anywhere in the country, something Anderson said he’s very proud of.
“I'm very happy to be doing what I am doing,” Anderson explained using ASL. “I love my job." / CTV News

Toronto, ON, Canada
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM LEARNS SIGN LANGUAGE FOR TEAMMATES
The football team at Northern Secondary School is one of the best in the city – They’re currently ranked second among all high school teams in the Toronto District School Board. The Northern Red Knights are also home to three players who use ASL to communicate with each other, with an interpreter, and with other players. It’s a typical scene: When the bell rings at Northern, most students head home. But the senior boys’ football team quickly changes and heads to the field for a few hours of practice. / City News

Bath, England
DEAF ARTIST VISITS EDUCATIONAL ART WORKSHOP
Deaf Australian artist Chelle Destefano recently attended the charity Action on Hearing Loss’ Educational Day Services workshop in Bath to talk about her work. Destefano is currently in the UK to present her work and stopped by the workshop to give a talk about her visual art and what it means to her. The workshop has been run by the charity for over 30 years, providing people who are deaf with additional needs with a space to express themselves artistically using a number of mediums, including paint, ceramics and jewellery making. / Bath Echo

Wellington, New Zealand
LIVE TRANSCRIPTION SERVICE A GAME-CHANGER FOR DEAF MP
Green MP Mojo Mathers says she felt a responsibility when she entered politics, to prove to the Deaf community that a deaf person could be an effective politician. That is no easy feat given about 90 percent of her workload is meetings where there are a lot of people talking. But when she was elected an MP in 2011, she contacted Victoria University’s Disability’s Services to see what services they had that would help her follow and fully engage in the important conversations around her. / Victoria Univ.

Kenya
REACHING OUT TO HEAL KENYA'S DEAF
The number of the deaf people in Kenya has risen to 800,000, according to the Kenya National Association of the Deaf. Deaf people in Kenya can learn sign language to communicate. However, there are those who have a good shot at hearing and are only hampered by funds to undergo corrective surgeries. / The Standard


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Romney, WV
W.V. SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND STUDENTS GIVE BACK TO HOSPICE
On any given sunny day, you might see Jason Holliday gingerly pushing the wheelchair of Liad Kuhl the several blocks from the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind to Hospice of the Panhandle’s office on High Street. Holliday, who is Kuhl’s “intervener,” accompanies the student nearly everywhere throughout his days at the school. But when the school’s Community Service Club finishes a batch of homemade cards for hospice patients, you’ll see Holliday and Kuhl making the short trek to the hospice office to hand out the cards. / Journal News

Valdosta, GA
DEAF FIELD DAY GROWS
Deaf children and adults, alongside the non-deaf community, participated in a day of fun and games at Valdosta State University’s North Campus. Particularly in South Georgia, deaf children “are often isolated and feel alone” and “not just children but adults,” said Brandon Gaskins, president of South Georgia Deaf Community. The event nearly doubled in size from the 100 combined students and volunteers, up from six school systems involved last year to eight this year, he said. / Valdosta Daily Times

Internet
POLICE CONTACTS WITH DEAF SUBJECTS: TIPS AND RESOURCES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Police interactions with deaf subjects are fraught with the possibility that one side or the other — and possibly both — misunderstanding the person in front of them. It is uncommon for law enforcement officers to know American Sign Language, and there is woefully little instruction done in our schools about how individuals — deaf or otherwise — should respond to the lawful commands of police officers. / PoliceOne.com

Tallahassee, FL
6-YEAR-OLD BOY BORN DEAF, DEFYING ALL ODDS
Abbott Austin is a little boy who holds a record in Florida for a fix that's giving him a chance at a normal life. But you would never know it by looking at his smile. As far as he’s come, his parents say there's still work to be done. At first glance, you’d never know Abbott Austin has been fighting since the day he was born. "You don't ever just settle, always try to be better. That's what Abbott is doing every day," says Darrell Austin, Abbott’s father. / WCTV


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Austin, TX
AUSTIN MOTHER WORKS TO BRING DEAF COMMUNITY TOGETHER
Austin is made up of one of the largest deaf communities in the nation. Recently, one mother of two created a video that has gone viral and touched many with its message. Sheena McFeely was originally born in Hong Kong to two hearing parents. "They had a child that was born deaf," McFeely said. "That was the first time they had met a deaf person. They had no knowledge and no access to information." / KVUE

Hamlet, NC
DEAF STUDENT ON TRACK TO COMPLETE TRUCK DRIVER TRAINING
Cameron Wright Jr. of Rockingham will be graduating from the nine-week truck driver training program at Richmond Community College on Nov. 22. His fellow classmates joke and tell him he’s going to be the valedictorian of the class because he knows so much. But being knowledgeable about the trucking industry isn’t the only thing that sets Wright apart. He also can’t hear. He is completely deaf and has been since birth. / Richmond County Daily Journal

Washington, DC
THE FIRST FEMALE DEAF PRESIDENT AT GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY SAYS HER JOB IS TO LISTEN
Roberta Cordano, 52, lives in the District. She spoke through an interpreter, Carolyn Ressler. You’ve been officially installed as Gallaudet’s first deaf, female president for two weeks now.What has prepared you for this role? Nothing. And everything. Okay! Sums that up. / The Washington Post


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Vail, CO
DEAF SINGER-SONGWRITER MANDY HARVEY FEELS THE BEAT
If life’s a song, then Mandy Harvey is living a tune about hope. At age 4, Harvey was singing in her church choir. By high school, she was named the top female vocalist at her school in Longmont. At Colorado State University, she was pursuing a degree in vocal music education. Then, she lost her hearing due to a neurological disorder throughout the span of about nine months and was dropped from the music department, shattering her hopes and dreams of making a career out of her passion of music. / Vail Daily

New Brunswick, NJ
DEAF RUTGERS STUDENT TO DANCE IN UPCOMING CONCERT
Being deaf never stopped Mason Gross School of the Arts senior Anna Gichan from dancing. Over the past few weeks, Gichan has been working on her senior solo-duet concert — choreographing with other dancers and collaborating with musicians to prepare for a professional dancing career. Gichan was given a hearing aid at the age of 3 along with an FM unit that her teachers used to communicate corrections to her during class, she said. / The Daily Targum

San Antonio, TX
ASL GLEE CLUB BRINGS PERFORMING ARTS TO THE DEAF COMMUNITY
For the last three years, students in an American Sign Language class have staged signed performances of music and poetry as a glee club. In SLNG 1206, Interpreting in Artistic Texts, students learn and practice entertainment interpreting, the skill of providing quality entertainment to deaf audience members in plays, musicals, concerts and other performances at which they would otherwise be left out. / The Ranger

Rochester, NY
NTID DYER ARTS CENTER FEATURES WORK OF DEAF NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER
The Joseph F. and Helen C. Dyer Arts Center at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf is featuring the photography of accomplished mountain climber Jose Saldana, known for his breathtaking images of the world’s mountain ranges and the people who call them home. “Adventures Around the World” runs through Dec. 3. / NTID News


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Fremont, CA
DEAF TEAM SENDS MESSAGE LOUD AND CLEAR
St. Francis High football coach Adam Hazel had a few words for opposing running back Spezio Harmount on Friday night. So he turned to interpreter Dane Lentz and spoke from the heart. “Tell him he’s one of the best football players I’ve ever coached against,” Hazel said. Harmount is deaf, as are his two dozen teammates. One week after rolling Woodland Christian in its national television debut, California School for the Deaf added to its growing list of believers. / Santa Cruz Sentinel

Minneapolis, MN
TIMBERWOLVES TO PROVIDE CLOSED-CAPTIONING AT ALL HOME GAMES
On the court, Zach LaVine is known for his dunk shots, but at Thursday’s game he was recognized for something above the court. The Timberwolves and Lynx announced on Tuesday they will provide captioning for the deaf community at all home games. Students from the Metro Deaf School attended Thursday’s game and were recognized in a pregame video from LaVine. LaVine has been very involved with the school. In April, he donated $10,000 for the Metro Deaf School to have a kitchen installed. / KMSP


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Outreach Coordinator

POTHOS, Inc. has a full-time position available for Pennsylvania TRS Outreach Coordinator for client, Hamilton Relay.

Position responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities that promote Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) throughout the State of Pennsylvania. Travel required. Preferred experience and skills: excellent presentation skills; experience in public relations activities; direct work experience with Telecommunications Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Relay Service helpful. POTHOS, Inc. offers competitive wages and benefits.

Send resume to POTHOS, Inc, via email to chiefbrink@pothos.us. Contact Dori Brink at 619.546.0621 with questions.

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Come Work With The Best!

Northeast Arc
has full and part-time positions, working with adult individuals who are deaf, available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. You'll be working with deaf individuals using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. Do you know ASL? If so, I'd like to speak with you about our direct care positions. We offer an excellent benefits package, paid trainings and the support you will need to become a successful part of our experienced, long-term team of professionals. For additional information or to send your resume, please email Jessica Ducrow at jducrow@ne-arc.org.

Compensation: $12-12.50 for per diem shifts and $14 for PT/FT shifts.

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Relay Iowa Outreach Project Manager

Hamilton Relay is now hiring a Relay Iowa Outreach Project Manager. This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone Service (CapTel®) for Relay Iowa. The position requires independent travel throughout the state of Iowa. Apply on-line at www.workforhamilton.com.

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Assistant/Associate Professor – American Sign Language and Deaf Studies
California State University, Northridge – Deaf Studies Department


Full Time
Salary: Dependent upon Qualifications
Effective Date of Appointment: August 2017

Application Information:
Visit our website at http://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/1701-deaf-studies.pdf for complete information about the position including job responsibilities, qualifications, and application instructions.

Application Deadline:
Screening of candidates will begin on November 14, 2016. The position will remain open until filled.

Questions:
Contact Flavia Fleischer – flavia.fleischer@csun.edu

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NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH, PHILADELPHIA, AND GLENSIDE

PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. Located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PAHrtners provides residential and outpatient services to deaf and hard of hearing children, adolescents, and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are deaf or hard of hearing!

PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate, or a professional with many years of experience in the field of human services, we have a career-building position waiting for you! E.O.E.

PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, and energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf culture to fill the following positions:

Residential Counselors for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities – Full time, part time, on call; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma required.

Assistant Program Director for Residential Services – Full time, Glenside location. Minimum HS diploma plus 1 year as Residential Advisor.

Case Managers for Residential or Community Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - Full time; Glenside location. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences required.

Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum of one years’ related experience required.

Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services required.
experience in mental health.

Educational / Staff Interpreter - Full Time; Philadelphia location. Minimum AA with minimum 3 years’ experience required.

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
Email: jskelton@pahrtners.com Fax: 215.392.6065

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Residential House Director

The Northeast Arc,
an established Human Service agency recognized for its creative approach and state of the art services for persons with disabilities is seeking candidates for the position of Residential House Director. Ideal candidates will have fluency in ASL and deep understanding of deaf culture. The Residential House Director will be overseeing a five person home for adults with Intellectual Disabilities and are deaf.

Job Responsibilities:
Excellent managerial skills as the director will be overseeing direct support professionals, relief staff and other support professionals.
Be a creative person with strong organizational skills that can assist individuals in achieving their personal goals.
Provide supportive assistance in a caring environment focusing on maintaining health and along with community and social networks.
Experience with working with families, DDS and other outside agencies is also required.

Requirements:
BA/BS in a related field.
At least 2 years supervisory experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as fluency in American Sign Language.
Strong commitment to providing excellent quality of care.
Strongly prefer someone with First Aid, CPR and MAPS but willing to train

Benefits:

Excellent health and dental benefits offered as well as a 403b, tuition reimbursement, career development/ seminars, short term disability, life insurance, generous time off and competitive pay!!!

For immediate consideration, please send a cover letter and your resume, please email Jessica Ducrow at jducrow@ne-arc.org.

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