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November 10, 2010
Vol. 7, 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 2010 and any unauthorized use is prohibited. Please support our advertisers; they make it possible for you to receive Deafweekly.

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Tampa, FL
MAN WHO ATTACKED BLIND, DEAF TAMPA WOMAN FREE TO LEAVE JAIL
As the deaf, legally blind woman waited for a bus, the man touched her arm. She thought he was her friend, so she got into his car. But as they took off, the sun shone through the windshield and onto his face. The woman who sees the world through pinholes realized she was in danger. She tried to get out, but he kept grabbing her. Eventually, she got away. She did everything she could to see the man get justice. But on Tuesday, her attacker was free to walk out of jail. / St. Petersburg Times

Sioux Falls, SD
DEAF COMMUNITY HAPPY WITH DAUGAARD WIN
Dennis Daugaard's victory in the governor's race was especially exciting for some South Dakotans, not because of his political past or party but because of his parents. Inside the headquarters of Communication Services for the Deaf, people are happy to see a person with deaf parents elected to the state's top job. "Deaf parents can raise children just like anyone else. Certainly there's nothing holding them back; there's nothing wrong," Patty Kuglitsch said. / KELOLAND

Los Angeles, CA
DEAF WOMAN'S SERVICE DOG ATTACKED BY PIT BULLS IN L.A.
On Memorial Day, May 31, 2010, around 4 p.m., Linda K. -- who has been deaf since birth -- and her little black-and-white Cardigan Corgi hearing service dog, Samantha, walked out of a major market in a popular West Los Angeles shopping center and, within minutes, Samantha was attacked by two large Pit Bulls. She thought she was screaming for help, but Linda cannot make audible sounds, so it was only Samantha’s cries that brought strangers and the security guard to help. / Opposing Views

Loudoun County, MD
SILENCE AND SOLITUDE: DEAF TEACHER RECOUNTS STRUGGLE IN LOUDOUN SCHOOLS
Adonia K. Smith stared out the glass door into the forest surrounding her home in Maryland. Her nimble hands, accustomed to sign language, worked together in unison, as an interpreter said aloud the story of Smith’s termination from Loudoun County Public Schools. “I was speechless. I’m a professional, I’ve worked all my life,” Smith said. “In my 16 years of teaching, my experience with Loudoun County Public Schools has been the worst I’ve ever had.” / Loudoun Independent

Sioux Falls, SD
LETTER: DEAF SHOULD TAKE PRIORITY
Thank you, Steven Sanford, for saying what needed to be said in your My Voice column in the Oct. 18 Argus Leader headlined "Sad choice rejects deaf community." Sanford's words were accurate and straight to the point. I have been frustrated listening to the discussions about the closing of the School for the Deaf in Sioux Falls and the degree of ignorance some of the leaders in our state have exercised toward the school. / Argus Leader

Gresham, OR
GRESHAM ASSISTED LIVING CENTER RETURNS TO GOAL OF SERVING DEAF SENIORS
Dennis and Patricia Crowley, married for 61 years, could have moved into one of the many assisted living communities near their home in Walnut Creek, Calif. That, however, was out of the question. Those communities were designed for the hearing, and the 81-year-olds are deaf. "If we had to move into a hearing center, it would be awful," Dennis said. Instead, in October they moved into the Chestnut Lane Assisted Living Community in Gresham, one of three assisted living centers in the country for the deaf and deaf-blind. / The Oregonian

Greenburgh, NY
DEAF STUDENTS EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY, PLAN ROBOTICS CLUB
A relay race between motorized Lego robots isn't exactly the height of technology. But Tatiana Carvajal, a sophomore at the New York School for the Deaf in Greenburgh, said a recent demonstration of the programmable miniature vehicles was "awesome" enough to make her consider a career in robotics. "I learned so much from this," Carvajal, 15, said through a sign-language interpreter. "I can't wait to get involved in robotics." / The Journal News

Santa Fe, NM
NEW MEXICO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF RECEIVES $100,000 FOR RENOVATIONS
Governor Bill Richardson has announced a $100,000 award to the New Mexico School for the Deaf to finish financing and complete the installation of a new heating and cooling system at the school. “The New Mexico School for the Deaf is an invaluable asset for New Mexico children that are deaf and hard of hearing, and their families,” Gov. Richardson said. / Gov Monitor

Burlington, MA
WGBH WORKS WI
TH NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS, INC. ON EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIVE NEWS CAPTIONING
Nuance Communications, Inc. announced yesterday that it is working in collaboration with WGBH's National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) on a U.S. Department of Education-funded project to develop a prototype system to automatically assess accuracy of real-time captions for live news programming. The system will identify and weigh the impact of different kinds of errors in closed captions. / MarketWatch


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Manila, Philippines
ABOVE THE NOISE
Communication is one of the most important aspects in a team sport like basketball. How the team players talk to one another, through both verbal and non-verbal cues, can make or break the game. But what if all the players in the team are deaf? The Philippine Institute for the Deaf (PID) believes that anything is possible with the deaf, including putting them in an all-deaf basketball team who goes up against regular, hearing players. / The Manila Bulletin

Auckland, New Zealand
AID CLAIMS FALL ON DEAF EARS
Kevin Norwood, who has worked in noisy jobs all his adult life and at 49 is still too young for normal age-related hearing loss, has been turned down for an ACC subsidy for a hearing aid. Norwood and the National Foundation for the Deaf, which is helping him to appeal to the District Court, are mystified and angry. / The New Zealand Herald

Brussels, Belgium
DEAF MEP CALLS FOR BETTER ACCESS TO EMERGENCY SERVICES FOR DISABLED
Deaf MEP Adam Kosa has made an impassioned plea for EU-wide action to help improve access to emergency services for people with hearing difficulties. Speaking at an award ceremony for the European emergency number 112, the Hungarian MEP demanded improved "communication solutions" for disabled people, allowing them to access police, fire and ambulance services more easily. Kosa, the only deaf MEP, said, "The 112 number is currently not accessible to the majority of disabled people and that is simply not acceptable." / The Parliament

Cape Town, South Africa
DEAF SCHOOL GIRL MISSING IN CAPE TOWN
A 17-year-old girl from Noluthando School for the Deaf in Cape Town is missing, the Western Cape education department said earlier today. Lumka Lengisi was last seen in a school bus on Lansdowne Road yesterday morning, said spokesperson Bronagh Casey. "Searches by the police, community and educators to find Lumka have been unsuccessful." / News24

Valletta, Malta
CINEMAS UNRECEPTIVE TO DEAF PEOPLE'S CALL FOR SUBTITLES
Deaf people would like subtitles to be introduced in cinemas so they too can follow the dialogue in films, according to a survey carried out by a Lithuanian student. “They would be very happy if the cinema would show at least just one subtitled film a week,” 21-year-old student Ieva Lolat said. However, three of the five main cinemas on the island said they were not willing to provide such a service in their auditoriums. / Times of Malta

Gloucestershire, England
GLOUCESTERSHIRE DEAF ASSOCIATION ISSUES SCAM WARNING
The Deaf Association has put out a warning after it was discovered scammers were using the charity’s name to con people out of money. A woman from the Dursley area contacted the Gloucestershire Deaf Association after she received a phone call on Saturday afternoon from a caller purporting to be from the charity and asking her to support a new project to help deaf babies. The caller wanted to woman to set up a direct debit of £20 a month to help fund the fake project. / Gazette


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Middletown, OH
WOMAN TRADES HUGS FOR HELP AT CHURCH PANTRY
If Joan Thomas had a middle name, the volunteers and patrons of her food pantry said it would be “hug.” “The only thing she ever asks of anybody that comes in here is a hug. That’s all she wants,” said Becky Rose. Thomas said she always wanted to help people. Growing up she had designs to be a school teacher, but was told when she entered college to find another career because she is deaf. / Middletown Journal

Internet
WE ARE BEAUTIFUL FOR WHO WE ARE, NOT HOW MUCH WE CAN HEAR ...
The Jubilee Project presents this video to support American Society for Deaf Children. This film was written and directed by Jason Y. Lee. Starring by Christina N. Chang and Eddie Lee. New Heights produced a song, called “Peaches”. Produced by Jason and Eddie Lee. Found it on Facebook and I want to dedicate this on my blog. American Society for Deaf Children will receive 3 cent donation for each view from sponsors! / Deaf World As Eye See It

Apple Valley, MN
SO MANY STRUGGLES FOR THESE YOUNG PEOPLE, YET THEY'RE STILL GIVING BACK
Mary Rose Weber, 17, of Apple Valley was born deaf and struggled to succeed in a world mostly populated by the hearing. She is among this year's 15 winners of $1,500 college scholarships handed out annually by the Optimist Club of St. Paul. Weber, born into a hearing family, was one of only 10 students in the nation to attend this year's extremely competitive Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computing at the University of Washington in Seattle. / Pioneer Press

Naples, FL
HEARING LOSS MAY EXPLAIN WHY SOME DOLPHINS BEACH THEMSELVES
Scientists have found new evidence that might help explain why dolphins beach themselves. In a study published this week in the journal PLoS One, researchers found severe to profound hearing loss in 57 percent of bottlenose dolphins and 36 percent of rough-toothed dolphins that were tested after they stranded. Researchers did not find hearing loss in other stranded dolphins and whales. / Naples Daily News


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San Jose, CA
BRIDGE BANK PROVIDES $500,000 FINANCING TO DEAF-OWNED CONVO COMMUNICATIONS
Bridge Capital Holdings, whose subsidiary is Bridge Bank, National Association, a full service professional business bank headquartered in Silicon Valley, announced yesterday it has extended a $500,000 line of credit to Convo Communications to support its anticipated growth. "With this financing, the Company can make capital purchases and spending as to scale its operations commensurate with anticipated growth, all without assistance from outside investors," said Robin Horwitz, who is deaf and the CEO of Convo. / Market Watch

Tacoma, WA
SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS MEET IN TACOMA
Math teacher Paul Glaser demonstrated and explained signs for math terms Saturday in Tacoma to a room filled with sign language interpreters. Glaser, who is deaf, swept his index finger in a U-shape curve, showing the sign for a parabola. The coaching in math is one way sign language interpreters honed their skills at a three- day conference at the Hotel Murano. About 140 sign language interpreters from around the state attended the annual conference, which concluded Sunday. / Bellingham Herald

Milton, FL
HEARING NEEDS OF HEARING-IMPAIRED KIDS
Santa Rosa County’s deaf and partially deaf students are about to get some sound attention. The district’s first audiology clinic has been set up in a renovated classroom at Bennett C. Russell Elementary School in Milton. “We had no place to follow up on students who failed screenings or to maintain hearing aids,” said Jackie Jones, program facilitator and teacher for the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing program. “We had to send students to Pensacola for audiological evaluations, and that was difficult for families.” / Pensacola News Journal

Hollywood, CA
DISABLED WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!
It’s hard enough being disabled in Hollywood. A veteran TV writer, crippled by a major stroke, can’t get his fingers to type out a simple sentence. A well-known director, suffering from Alzheimer’s, is relegated to watching his old movies on TV, not recognizing any of the once-familiar faces. A former stuntwoman, crippled by arthritis, can barely make it to the kitchen without the aid of a walker. Making matters worse, each is being robbed of a portion of their hard-earned residuals – and few people even know about it; fewer still even care. / Hollywood Today

Rochester, NY
NTID SELECTS NEW PRESIDENT
It's taken about a year, but last Wednesday, RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf named a new president. Gerry Buckley, an NTID alumnus who is deaf, will start his role as president this January. / 13WHAM


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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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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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New York, NY
THE HEAR THE WORLD FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT DEAF-BLIND ARTIST IN PURSUIT OF A MUSICAL CAREER
Born blind and deaf in Valparaiso, Chile, 17-year-old piano prodigy Yerko DiFonis, surpassed all expectations when his family discovered his extraordinary musical ability. Hindered by the lack of educational programs for deaf-blind children in Chile, Yerko's parents moved to the United States in 1998, but saw their life change abruptly last month when U.S. immigration authorities ordered his family to return to Chile. To assist Yerko in his dream of pursuing a career in music by attending a music conservatory, the Hear the World Foundation has established a fund to help cover his college costs. / San Francisco Chronicle

St. Louis, MO
LOCAL SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS EQUALIZE AND ENHANCE THE CONCERT EXPERIENCE
Loretta Freeman's not a trained dancer or musician, though if you saw her onstage during a show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, you might be forgiven for thinking otherwise. She's the short, blonde woman off to the side who's bopping up and down in rhythm to the music, waving her arms in the air and making elaborate gestures with her hands. But she's not just rocking out. She's a rare breed -- a sign-language interpreter who specializes in music. / Riverfront Times

Washington, DC
YOUNG GALLAUDET ALUMS SHINE ON THE SCREEN, AND AT FIRST DEAF FILM FESTIVAL
You prepare to enter a different world at the WORLDEAF Cinema Festival, the first deaf film festival at Gallaudet University -- and you find a surprisingly familiar one. Sure, they're all signing instead of speaking. But the sparkly young stars are just as charismatic at the ones at a L.A. premiere. / The Washington Post


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Delavan, WI
SCHOOL FOR DEAF A REAL 8-MAN FORCE
If you want to see the future of prep football in Wisconsin, it would be wise to take a look at what is going on down in Delavan. The Wisconsin School for the Deaf Firebirds are the state's oldest eight-man football team and are at the base of a growing movement toward reduced-man football in the state. The Firebirds played 11-man football for more than 100 years before switching to the eight-man game in 2002. / Journal Sentinel

Lilburn, GA
BERKMAR EMBRACES DEAF TEAMMATES AS ONE OF ITS OWN
They can see the waving banners and the animated coaches. They see the yellow flags. They see the smiles in wins, the head-shaking and lip-biting in losses. They know the feeling of a touchdown and of a turnover. Of a win and a loss. They are football players. Period. Justin Malone and Devione Beasley don’t know the world’s noise. Both were born deaf. / Gwinnet Daily Post


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MILESTONES
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Shreveport, LA
BETTY PHILLIPS, FOUNDER OF DEAF ACTION CENTER, PASSED AWAY
87-year-old Betty Phillips passed away Monday November 8th after a brief illness. In 1982, Betty and her husband Leonard Phillips founded the Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center of Northwest Louisiana. Betty was loved by many family and friends and influenced many lives in the community. She will be remembered as a "One of a kind" fabulous mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. / KSLA

Ottawa, ON, Canada
SIGNS OF LIFE -- BETTY-ANN WHITING, 1953-2010
A baby was due Oct. 29th, 2010 on his or her grandmother, Betty-Ann Whiting's, 57th birthday. She was thrilled to think of a new grandchild arriving on her birthday. Betty-Ann was diagnosed with breast cancer in the spring of 2006 and, throughout her treatments, she remained optimistic that she would be one of the lucky ones battling the dreaded disease. During her final hospitalization, she realized that she might not be alive when her new grandchild was born. She wanted desperately to know the sex of the baby, and so a conspiracy was hatched. / Ottawa Citizen


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Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
Director of Employment Services (Full Time)
Fremont and San Leandro, California

DCARA has a full-time job opening for the position of Director of Employment Services. This position has two major responsibilities:

1. Manage the Employment Services Department which is charged with the task of working with Deaf and hard of hearing residents of the San Francisco Bay Area to enhance their vocational skills, increase their employability, place them in jobs, and work with them to retain their employment; and

2. Develop and implement the Deaf Employment Training Center, a pre-employment skills training and development program for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. This position will report to the Executive Director and will occupy an office at the Fremont EDD office (primarily) and at DCARA Headquarters in San Leandro.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
-- Oversee the compliance of contracts that fund Employment Services department within the agency
-- Provide training and supervision to all Employment Services staff
-- Work with Executive Director and Program Developer to develop funding opportunities to implement Deaf Employment Training Center
-- Develop linkages and working relationships with other agencies serving the deaf and hard of hearing community
-- Conduct evaluations of services offered within Employment Services Department to ensure that services are meeting the current needs in the community
-- Advocate for employability and communication access for clients
-- Monitor department budget
-- Facilitate regularly scheduled department meetings
-- Participate in management team meetings to support department as well as agency operations
-- Other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director

REQUIRED SKILLS:
-- Bachelor’s degree in vocational services, social services, counseling, or related areas. MA degree preferred
-- Experience in supervision and management
-- At least two years experience in program service delivery
-- Demonstrated organizational, analytical and writing skills
-- Knowledge of MS Windows software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
-- Proficiency in American Sign Language and English
-- Positive cultural perspective of Deaf people
-- Able to travel during the week (and occasional weeknights/weekends) and throughout the DCARA service area

SALARY: Salary is negotiable dependent on education and experience. DCARA offers 12 days of holiday leave plus paid winter holiday, and full medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits.

DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 12:00 p.m. PST.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Send DCARA application (www.dcara.org under “About”/”Jobs”), cover letter, resume & three references via mail, email or fax to:

DCARA - Human Resources
14895 E. 14TH Street, Suite 200
San Leandro, CA 94578
Email: hr@DCARA.org
Fax: 510.483.2526

DCARA is an at-will and equal opportunity employer

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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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