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November 14, 2012
Vol. 9, No. 4

Editor: Tom Willard

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Silver Spring, MD
NAD RESPONDS TO FCC VRS PUBLIC NOTICE
The FCC recently released a Public Notice asking for feedback on several ideas to modify VRS, and the FCC asks questions on what you think should happen. First, the FCC asks whether the FCC should mandate the use of a single software program or app for all VRS calls? Second, the FCC asks if it should require the use of a central database for telephone numbers? The FCC also asks for feedback on proposed changes to the VRS rates. The NAD with other Consumer Groups will respond to those questions through the filing of comments with the FCC. We wanted to share our comments with you. / NAD

Internet
VRS FRAUD: TWO SENTENCED, 11 MORE TO GO ...
As of October 16, 2012, two additional VRS Fraud defendants have been sentenced by the Honorable Judge Joel A. Pisano. Benjamin Pena has been sentenced to 55 months of imprisonment on counts 1,2,3,5, and 6 of his indictment, all counts to run concurrently with certain recommendations to the Bureau of Prisons. Mr. Pena has been ordered to surrender to prison or to the U.S. Marshal’s Service on 11/27/2012 by 9:00 AM. Another defendant, Robert Z. Rubeck, known as Zach Rubeck in the deaf community, was sentenced to one year of probation with standard conditions, and $1 million dollars in restitution with interest waived. / VRS Justice

St. Paul, MN
DEAF MED STUDENT SUES SCHOOL SAYING DISABILITY BEING IGNORED
A Seattle man says his dreams of being a doctor are being dashed because Creighton University Medical School in Nebraska won’t accommodate his hearing impairment. At issue is just how far an institution must go to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The case, Argenvi v. Creighton University, is being heard in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minn. Michael Argenyi, who has profound hearing loss, claims the school is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act because it has not provided him with interpreters and a real time captioning service known as CART. / KPLU

Internet
PETITION: OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZE AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE
For more than a hundred years, American Sign Language has been persecuted as a "lesser" language. It is a homegrown and complete language that has survived efforts to wipe it out. Yet today, ASL is still considered "foreign" and not given the respect and protection it needs. Many states have passed laws allowing credit for ASL classes as a foreign language but they have stopped short of recognizing its benefits as a language of instruction in schools, despite studies proving its benefits for students. Official federal recognition will finally give ASL the "welcome home" it needs. / We the People

Grand Rapids, MI
PARENTS OF STUDENTS IN GRAND RAPIDS ORAL DEAF PROGRAM DON'T WANT KIDS MOVED FROM SHAWNEE PARK
Parents with children in the Grand Rapids Oral Deaf Program at Shawnee Park, Math/Science/Technology Elementary are urging the Grand Rapids school board to keep the kids in the program under one roof. Shawnee is on the list of 10 schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal has recommended the board close. / The Grand Rapids Press


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Israel
FOR DEAF ISRAELIS, ROCKET WARNINGS COME ONLY AT HOME
A few months ago, Rima Popov and her husband were driving to Ashdod from their home in Kiryat Malakhi. Suddenly, they saw that all the cars around them were stopping at the side of the road and their occupants were getting out and running for shelter. It took them a few seconds to grasp that the siren warning of an incoming rocket had sounded. The Popovs couldn't hear the siren, because they are deaf. / Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Toronto, ON, Canada
DEAF PRISONER ACCUSES CANADIAN PRISON SYSTEM OF INHUMANE TREATMENT
Former prisoner Michael Mickelson, 38, has filed a grievance against the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), claiming that the system failed to accommodate his deafness for nearly a decade during his incarceration. Mickelson, who has been deaf from birth, communicates primarily in American Sign language and only has a basic understanding of written English. Mickelson is seeking mandatory policies at CSC to ensure that deaf offenders receive accommodation for their hearing loss and access to sign language interpreters. / Examiner

Yorkshire, England
TRAGEDY OF DEAF SOUTH YORKSHIRE WOMAN KILLED ON TRAIN TRACKS
A young deaf woman who sat on a South Yorkshire railway line after drinking too much did not hear the approaching train until it was too late, an inquest found. Although Billie-Jane Coulton had made previous suicide attempts, CCTV footage at Mexborough station clearly showed her trying to scramble on to the platform as she realized the Transpennine train was nearly upon her. The coroner at the Doncaster inquest recorded an accidental death verdict. / The Star

London, England
300-YEAR-OLD MANUAL TRIED TO HELP DEAF SPEAK
A 300-year-old, leather-bound instruction manual contains some of the earliest examples of attempts to teach the deaf to communicate. The manual belonged to Alexander Popham, a deaf teenager from a noble English family who was taught to speak in the 1660s. The leather-bound notebook was discovered in 2008 at a stately English manor called Littlecote House. The finding suggests that one of the boy's tutors, John Wallis, was a few hundred years ahead of his time in understanding that deaf people needed their own language to communicate, said linguist David Cram of the University of Oxford. / NBC News

London, England
DEAF KIDS CAN LEARN 'ICONIC' SIGN LANGUAGES MORE EASILY
Researchers studying the use of British Sign Language (BSL) by young children has shed light on one mechanism -- iconicity -- that may play an important role in children's ability to learn language. One of the first things people notice about sign languages is that signs often represent aspects of meaning in their form. For example, in BSL the sign EAT involves bringing the hand to the mouth just as you would if you were bringing food to the mouth to eat it. In fact, a high proportion of signs across the world's sign languages are similarly iconic. / Newstrack India

Worcester, England
DEAF FOOTBALLER IS HANDED DRIVING BAN
A deaf footballer who plays for the Great Britain and England team has been banned from driving for two weeks after being clocked travelling at 112mph on a road near Evesham. Jamie Clarke was spotted by a police officer after he overtook his vehicle. The 22-year-old, who is a striker for Littleton Football Club, won the Deaf Cham-pions League with St John’s Arsenal this year. / Worcester News

Glasgow, Scotland
FORMER X FACTOR WINNER JOE MCELDERRY KEEN TO PROVE HIMSELF IN 'TOMMY'
Joe McElderry is to play the lead role in rock musical Tommy, and he has revealed that it's more about proving something to himself than moving on from X Factor. Tommy is based on The Who’s 1969 double album of the same name and Joe, who won X Factor in 2009, will play the deaf, dumb and blind pinball enthusiast Tommy in a one-off charity performance of the show. Speaking to Digital Spy about the role, he said: “I didn’t want to do a show that people would go, ‘Oh, I knew he would do that.'" / STV

Adelaide, Australia
DEAF COMMUNITY FINDS COSTS OF MAINTAINING HERITAGE-LISTED CITY BASE TOO ONEROUS
Adelaide's deaf community is at risk of losing its city base of 85 years because of the crippling cost of maintaining the heritage building. Hearing impaired community members have socialized and held events in the building since 1927. Neither the building's owner, Deaf Can:Do, nor its main user -- the Deaf Sports and Recreation Association of SA -- can afford its upkeep. Both organizations are banking on finding a developer willing to buy the $3 million site and lease the heritage building back to the deaf community for 50 years or more. / Herald Sun

Manila, Philippines
DOH TO TRAIN HOSPITAL PERSONNEL IN USING SIGN LANGUAGE
What’s the sign language for “Help! I’m dying!”? The Department of Health (DOH) will finally start training hospital personnel in using the Filipino Sign Language (FSL) to avoid situations where “injured or dying” deaf or mute Filipino patients could not be understood by medical personnel, especially during emergency situations, a DOH official said yesterday. The DOH will start training this year nurses, doctors, and other hospital staff members in FSL so that they could assist deaf or mute Filipinos in need of immediate medical attention. / Inquirer News

Malacca, Malaysia
97-YEAR-OLD OFFERS FREE LESSONS FOR THE DEAF
Sturdy and sharp nonagenarian, Tan Yap is not slowing down despite his age. Believing in spreading goodwill, Tan, who celebrated his 97th birthday Nov. 11, wants to educate senior citizens, who have lost their hearing due to old age, by giving them free sign language lessons. “No one understands or reaches out to them and they become lonely. Some even become mentally ill and choose to commit suicide,” he said. / The Star

Palmerston North, New Zealand
SIGN LANGUAGE CITIZEN
The smile said it all for Mohamud Omar as he became Palmerston North’s newest citizen. The Somali refugee is deaf and made his citizenship oath yesterday using sign language at the city's Internal Affairs Department office. Mr Omar had been practising his oath by watching a video of Deaf Aotearoa Service Co-ordinator Annette Scott signing the words. Speaking through interpreter Kerry Locker-Lampson, Mr Omar said it felt ‘‘wonderful’’ to become a citizen of New Zealand. / Stuff.co.nz

Windhoek, Namibia
THE DEAF LAUNCH OWN BEAUTY PAGEANT
The Namibian National Association of the Deaf (NNAD) will be hosting the first ever Miss Deaf pageant. The pageant, to be held before the end of this year, will cater for deaf students who are willing to take part in the pageant. The initiative is a joint partnership between the NNAD and Be Inspired Magazine. "Our deaf people have been left behind and excluded from such events, and this is the platform on which they will be able to do the same as other people and inspire other young people," says Be Inspired Magazine's Ester Shikongo. / allAfrica.com


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Hilton Head, SC
SIGN OF SUCCESS: HILTON HEAD STUDENT ATTENDS S.C. SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND
Every Sunday afternoon, 7-year-old Sasha Patrick of Hilton Head Island climbs onto a bus and takes a four-and-a-half-hour drive to Spartanburg, where he spends the next five days. The son of state Rep. Andy Patrick and his wife, Amee, Sasha attends the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind. Sasha was born bilaterally deaf. He received a cochlear implant in 2010. / The Island Packet

Albuquerque, NM
AUDIO BIBLE MINISTRY RELEASES FIRST-EVER SIGN LANGUAGE-BASED BIBLE APPLICATION
On Monday, November 12, 2012, the Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH) ministry announced the release of the first ever Sign Language based bible application for the deaf. The FCBH is the world’s leading audio Bible ministry. According to the World Federation of the Deaf, there are about 70 million deaf people in the world today; FCBH estimates indicate less than two percent of them have been reached with the Gospel message. / Examiner

Internet
HOW NOT TO WRITE 'DEAF'? A USER GUIDE.
I chanced upon a website and it said: “D/deaf and D/deafened and hard of hearing people.” I tried to get my head around this one and I ended up with a mathematical result of ‘infinity’, which means no result. It was like a blue screen of death in the early Microsoft years. I first thought I needed to write a ‘Dummies Guide to Writing ‘Deaf” but I doubt it would go down very well neither did I want to get into a fight about ‘dummies’. I want to focus on a practical guide on how to use the capitalizations of the word ‘deaf.' / Deaf Capital


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Atlanta, GA
ATLANTA SPEECH SCHOOL CELEBRATING 75TH YEAR TODAY
In 1938, Katherine Hamm started the Junior League School for Speech Correction, now the Atlanta Speech School, to give all children the chance to live to the fullest potential. Her son, Ben, had hearing loss, and she had to move from Charleston, S.C., to St. Louis so he could attend the Central Institute for the Deaf because it was the only school like it in the Southeast. She took a teacher training program to help her son, and moved to Atlanta. Hamm joined forces with the Junior League of Atlanta to open the school. / The Marietta Daily Journal

Garden City, NY
HEARING THE NEED FOR A SECOND CHANCE
Long time Garden City resident Joseph Giacinto and his wife Valerie recently attended the first annual Sailing the Sound for Deafness fundraiser at the Mill Neck Manor to benefit children who are deaf, hard of hearing and who have other special needs. The Mill Family of Organizations which is housed on 86 acres surrounding the gold coast mansion of Mill Neck Manor, has a school for the deaf, an early childhood center for children with speech and language difficulties as well as an audiology center for the community. Not only do the Giacintos support the organization, but they also hire the deaf. / Anton News


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New York, NY
DEAF DJ ROBBIE WILDE WANTS TO HELP THE WORLD HEAR
Many are calling deaf DJ Robbie Wilde the Beethoven of the modern world. Much like the late classical composer, he uses sonic vibrations to hear and create his stellar music. Robbie was born hearing in both ears, but a severe ear infection at age 7 left him deaf in his right ear and 80% deaf in his left. In spite of his circumstances, Robbie has launched a successful DJing career, with mixing and turntable skills that rival most hearing DJs. We recently spoke with Robbie about his music, his motivation, and his hopes for the future; he was nothing short of inspiring. / MTV Act Blog

New York, NY
OFF-BROADWAY HIT 'TRIBES' WILL END CELEBRATED RUN IN JANUARY
The American premiere of Nina Raine's critically praised family drama Tribes, about a young deaf man caught between his dysfunctional family and a life of his own, will end its Off-Broadway run as scheduled Jan. 6, 2013, at the Barrow Street Theatre, producers announced Nov. 9. Lucille Lortel and Obie Award-winning director David Cromer directs the intimate, in-the-round production about a young deaf man who escapes the emotional cacophony of his dysfunctional family when a woman who is losing her hearing transforms his life. / Playbill

New York, NY
THOSE WHO PREY: 'MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENT IN THE HOUSE OF GOD'
It's a good thing that documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney is an ex-Catholic; it takes the rage of the disillusioned to so zealously rip the veil as he does in Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. Yet even nonbelievers will get angry deciding which is worse: the sexual abuse of deaf children (mostly, though not exclusively, boys) at St. John's School for the Deaf in Milwaukee from the 1950s through the early '70s or that the church worked so hard to hide it. / The Village Voice


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ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services (ASL-DES) will be conducting ASLPI Training (Phase 1) January 10-13, 2013 to a limited group of individuals who apply and qualify for the training.

Individuals who successfully complete and pass all phases (1, 2 and 3) of the ASLPI Training Program will be eligible to apply for the full-time ASL Proficiency Evaluator position with ASL-DES that will be advertised. All other individuals who successfully pass all phases of the ASLPI Training Program will join our pool of ASLPI Evaluators who work with the system on an "on call" basis and who assist in providing ASLPI evaluations for individuals, programs and businesses nationwide.

The Application is located on the ASL-DES web site: http://www.gallaudet.edu/aslpitraining.xml. A limited number of people will be accepted into the training so do not delay in submitting your application. If you have questions, please email: ASLPI@gallaudet.edu.

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Fremont, CA
CALIFORNIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 26, TOMALES 6
Carlos Lopez had an efficient day on both sides of the ball as the host California School for the Deaf football team set a school record for wins in a season with a 26-6 victory over No. 7 Tomales on Saturday in the first round of the North Coast Section Division V playoffs. No. 2 California School for the Deaf (10-1) previously had nine wins in a season in 2002 and 2009. / San Jose Mercury News

Clarksville, TN
DEAF FOOTBALL PLAYER HELPS CARRY TEAM TO PLAYOFFS
A Clarksville Academy football player is overcoming great odds to help lead his team into the playoffs. Senior running back and linebacker John Anderson has been legally deaf since age five. However, he didn't let that get in the way of his dream of playing high school football. "I just want to show people what I can do on the football field," said John Anderson. "All you have to do is read lips." / NewsChannel5.com

Goshen, OH
GOSHEN'S FOREMAN LETS QUESTIONS OF OBSTACLES FALL ON DEAF EARS
If you were to take in a game under the Friday Night lights of Goshen High School’s Jim Brown Stadium, your eyes would undoubtedly be drawn to No. 24 on the Warriors’ defense. Dimitri Foreman, a senior linebacker for the Warriors, is one of those defenders that people like to say, “has a nose for the football.” He buzzes around the defensive side of the ball, sticking his head in on every tackle he can get near. But if you were to take a look underneath that helmet, there might be something else you would come to notice. Foreman is deaf, but it is not a disability that defines him. / The Clermont Sun

St. Augustine, FL
FSDB, KOSKI BEAT ST. JOSEPH FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2002
Forget a season; it took Corey Koski and the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind one night to define an entire career. The Dragons blanked rival St. Joseph Academy 14-0 on Thursday, securing their first win since 2002 in the storied series, and putting to rest a decade of painful losses on one cold, November night. “Before the game we had two minutes of silence to think about the game,” FSDB quarterback Corey Koski said. “I was thinking ... about it being my last day to play for these guys.” / The St. Augustine Record

Charles Town, WV
STUDENT OVERCOMES DISABILITY TO FIT IN AT WASHINGTON HIGH
Matt Fisher is no ordinary senior at Washington High School, and yet he seamlessly fits right in with the rest of the student body. Fisher, 20, has severe disabilities. He was born deaf and diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at the age of 6. He helps the varsity football team in the fall and the varsity baseball team in the spring in support roles, and in doing so, has fostered relationships with the players and coaches, and enabled him to participate in sports. / The Journal


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Little Rock, AR
TERRY GAIL HANSON PETERSON OBITUARY
Terry Gail Hanson Peterson, 58, died November 10 at her home in Little Rock after a long illness. She was born in little Rock November 5, 1954, the daughter of Gloria and Charles Hanson. "Terrybabe," as she was known to her family and friends, attended Arkansas School for the Deaf and Gallaudet College in Washington, DC. She was sensitive, witty, outgoing and a creative talented artist. She worked with her mother in several commercial ventures, including the opening of Garden of Eden Florists in west little Rock. / Tributes.com


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Gallaudet University
Public Safety Officer-Deaf and Hard of Hearing Applicants sought

Department: Department of Public Safety
Job Number: HR-12091
Date Posted: 10/8/2012
Salary Range: $14.66 to $26.35 per hour
Status: Accepting applications and interviewing

Maintains the safety and security of the entire campus community and protects all University property.

Requirements: Bachelor's degree required. (Associate's degree and two years experience in public service or public safety, or high school diploma or GED and four years related experience may be considered.) Formal training in law enforcement, safety and security (on-the-job training may be considered). Ability to satisfactorily pass a suitability background investigation, physical examination, and drug screening within the first six months of employment. Possession of a DC Metropolitan Police Commission or the ability to obtain one within the first six months of employment. Valid driver's license required. Candidate selected for an interview must submit a copy of their current driver's license at time of interview. Must be able to be contacted by telephone. Willingness to work varying days and shifts as well as holidays and weekends. Excellent references required. In accordance with University policy and the laws of the District of Columbia and/or licensing bodies, employees in positions involving public safety may be periodically tested for the use of illicit drugs. Sign language skills or the successful completion of at least two progressive courses in sign language in the first year of employment and the ability to sign and read 300 law enforcement and related signs.

Contact: theodore.baran@gallaudet.edu

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FACULTY POSITION OPENING
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE

Northridge, California 91330

Department: Deaf Studies

Effective Date of Appointment: August 2013
(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 includes:
-- 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

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
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
Email: lclaypool@pahrtners.com
Fax: 215-884-6301
www.pahrtners.com

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