November 15, 2017
Vol. 14, No. 5
Editor: Tom Willard
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BODY FOUND IN SEARCH FOR 60-YEAR-OLD DEAF WOMAN
Volunteers searching for a missing 60-year-old deaf woman have stumbled upon a body in southeast Houston. Texas EquuSearch says the body of a female was found while they were looking for clues in the disappearance of Elizabeth Rivera. Rivera vanished without a trace two weeks ago after she was seen walking near Milby High School. / KTRK
WV STATE SCHOOL BOARD MAY FIRE SUPERINTENDENT OF DEAF, BLIND SCHOOLS
The West Virginia Board of Education is meeting Friday to possibly fire the superintendent of the state Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. State school board Vice President Dave Perry said the board has discussed possibly firing Superintendent Martin Keller Jr. and “other topics around his employment” at least since Gov. Jim Justice appointed Perry to the board near the start of this year. / Charleston Gazette-Mail
ILLINOIS COMMISSION ADVOCATING FOR THE DEAF FIRES DIRECTOR
The Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission’s board fired the state agency’s longtime director Thursday after months of criticism by many in the deaf community that John Miller’s leadership and advocacy were lacking. The unanimous vote to terminate Miller came after a motion from board member Joseph Culpepper, who said the board has “lost confidence in his ability to lead the commission effectively going forward.” Miller, 48, has led the commission since 2004 and is paid $81,528 per year. / The State Journal-Register
VPD TAKES 'COFFEE WITH THE COPS' TO VALLEJO DEAF CHURCH
Sgt. Brent Garrick says he’s driven past the 1600 block of Broadway Street for years without noticing the Vallejo Deaf Church. “Thousands of times and I never took notice,” Garrick said. “I was almost embarrassed to find out we have a church for the deaf.” Admittedly blind to the building, Garrick said the Vallejo Police Department as an agency has been equally short-sighted to the complaints, concerns and needs of this silent community. / Vallejo Times Herald
GOVERNOR ASKS FOR FUNDING TO SUPPORT EARLY READING AT SCHOOL FOR DEAF, BLIND
Gov. Doug Ducey is asking for funding to serve an early reading initiative for deaf and blind children in Arizona. The governor wants to hire 21 more teachers to support early intervention for blind and deaf children under age 3 to make sure kids will be able to start school at a normal age. Right now, only 17 teachers cover hundreds of families with blind and deaf children in the state. / KGUN
Cedar Rapids, IA
MEMBERS OF DEAF COMMUNITY PUSH FOR LEAD-K BILL
A trip to the West Coast, to hear about California's version of the Lead-K bill inspired Dirk Hillard to try and push the law in Iowa. "The goal is of Lead-K is establish language milestones for deaf children so that they are ready to enter kindergarten and the focus is on deaf kids on the ages 0 and 5," said Hillard. As the chairperson of Iowa Lead K Hillard is gathering support from legislators on both sides of the aisle. / KGAN
DEAF WOMAN, TWICE THE VICTIM OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, GETS DONATED HEARING AIDS
The expectations were not that high as the delicate black hearing aids were inserted into the ears of the profoundly deaf 22-year-old woman. Once in, the devices were obscured behind her black bob. At least that had gone as she wished. But no one was too hopeful the high-end hearing aids would actually work. / Chicago Tribune
TRAINING AIMS TO HELP DEAF PEOPLE DURING AN EMERGENCY
One Georgia non profit is making sure the deaf community is fully prepared for when an emergency happens. “All Hands On” is training deaf individuals FEMA’s community emergency response training. The program is taught by deaf instructors for deaf students. Every step of the curriculum is taught in ASL. Students are learning everything from basic first aid to how to react during a terrorist attack. / WSPA
SC SCHOOL OF THE DEAF AND THE BLIND PLAYGROUND OPENS TUESDAY
A new playground aimed at giving everyone the opportunity to be fit opened today in Spartanburg. The South Carolina School of the Deaf and the Blind says the kids zone has an obstacle course with multiple climbing walls. It’ll also have wheelchair swings, bench swings, music stations, and more that cater to children who are deaf, blind, or sensory multi-disabled. / WSPA
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NEW DEAF ACADEMY FIRST STEP TO MAKE EXMOUTH BRITAIN'S FIRST DEAF-FRIENDLY TOWN
Exeter Deaf Academy presented their plans for their world class Deaf Academy in Exmouth at a prestigious event at the House of Lords in London. East Devon District Council have granted planning permission for the new Academy to be built on the former seven-acre Rolle College site, formerly owned by the University of Plymouth. This puts the building project firmly on track for construction work to commence in April 2018 ahead of the Academy’s planned move in September 2019. / Devon Live
WARNING AFTER DEAF MAN TAKEN TO FAKE HOSPITAL APPOINTMENT BY 'PHONY' INTERPRETER
Police have issued a warning after a deaf man was taken to a fake hospital appointment by a "phony" sign language interpreter. At 6pm on Tuesday, October 3, a man purporting to be a British Sign Language interpreter arrived unannounced at the man's home in Porthill and insisted on taking him to a false hospital appointment. The deaf man complied but when the arrived at hospital the 'interpreter' walked off. The man was not harmed during the incident. / Stoke Sentinel
STUDENTS OF GLASGOW'S PIONEERING DEAF ACTING COURSE HITS THE ROAD
They are the actors breaking down barriers in Scottish theatre. The first cohort of students from the UK’s only degree course for D/deaf performers will challenge perceptions, celebrate diversity and promote inclusion when they tour Scotland this month in an exhilarating new production that blends British Sign Language (BSL) and English. / The National
DEAF COMMUNITY AND FAMILY MOURN TRAGIC DEATH OF MARY
On Monday evening, a tragic fire claimed the life of a much-loved member of the Deaf community and a talented dressmaker. Mary Moynihan was a pioneer for Irish Sign Language for the deaf community in the 1940s -- a time when it was taboo to use it. Mary was a skilled communicator who taught her nephews, nieces and hearing siblings to use the ISL alphabet and will be deeply missed by those who knew her. / Evening Echo Cork
AT WORLD FEDERATION FOR THE DEAF CONFERENCE, FINALLY, AN ISRAELI SPEAKER
For the first time in 25 years, an Israeli was invited to represent her country at the World Congress for the Deaf, and for the first time ever, was invited to speak from the podium. Shirley Pinto, the founder of the Israel Center for the Study of Sign Language, attended the event in Budapest late last week, where the social activist was warmly received by representatives from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Qatar and other Muslim countries. / The Jerusalem Post
AT THIS CAFE, IT'S ALL ABOUT ENJOYING THE SILENCE
It is like any other cafe experience, with coffee and conversation. But there is a twist: while there may be conversations, hardly any word is spoken aloud. Welcome to the "Deaf Cafe", a concept developed by non-profit social enterprise Etch Empathy. / The Straits Times
New Delhi, India
SC TO EXAMINE COMPENSATION PAYABLE TO DEAF & DUMB RAPE VICTIM
The Supreme Court has agreed to examine a matter in which the Himachal Pradesh High Court has ordered payment of Rs 30,000 to a deaf and dumb rape victim for her life time as compensation. The 80 per cent handicapped victim had given birth to a girl child last year. / The New Indian Express
LIFE & LEISURE
Salt Lake City, UT
THOSE HARD OF HEARING, OR DEAF, CAN REGAIN INDEPENDENCE WITH RELAY UTAH
An important event is coming up that will help the hard of hearing, and deaf, in Utah regain their independence. Jodi Goodenough, with Relay Utah, joined Nicea Degering to explain how, and how you can help. / Good4Utah
'DEAF WORLD' EVENT TO SHOW DIFFICULTY OF LIVING WITH A LANGUAGE BARRIER
Members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community are faced with challenges in communicating in their everyday lives. To give perspective on this, the "Deaf World" event is being held at Grand Valley State University. Through this event, students will be given an opportunity to experience what members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community go through. / Grand Valley Lanthorn
'SIGNING SANTA' BRINGS HOLIDAY JOY TO DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING KIDS
For many families, a visit with Santa Claus is on the holiday to-do list. But for some, it’s not always easy. That’s why the MacArthur Center brought “Signing Santa” to the mall. / WAVY-TV
THEY ARE DEAF, BUT THIS CHURCH'S MEMBERS STILL HEAR THE GOD OF WORD
As music plays at the Fresno Deaf Church on a recent Sunday, most people sitting in the pews sign along. The only audible voice in the room is the one on the recording, singing a soulful, “I Can Only Imagine,” but sound isn’t needed to make the devotion of the worship evident. They are expressing themselves in their own language – American Sign Language – a complex mix of intricate hand gestures, facial expressions and body postures. / The Fresno Bee
See Also DEAF MINISTRY IS MORE THAN JUST INTERPRETATION AT BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH / Bradenton Herald
See Also AT CHURCH FOR THE DEAF, MEMBERS FIND FAITH, FELLOWSHIP / Pueblo Chieftain
New York, NY
TRANSPERFECT'S SHPENDI SALIU HONORED FOR COMMITMENT TO HIRING DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING INDIVIDUALS
TransPerfect, the world’s leading provider of language and technology solutions for global business, along with the company’s Regional Operations Manager, Shpendi Saliu, has been recognized with an award given by Lexington Vocational Services Center, Inc. for its efforts to hire hearing-impaired employees. / Business Wire
DEAF PATRON FEEDBACK SOUGHT FOR FOCUS GROUP
As part of a partnership between the Jacksonville Commission on Disabilities and Human Relations and MacMurray College to develop a plan to help businesses improve relations with their deaf patrons, a focus group will be held. Prompted by the posting of several videos in which deaf people described how they felt discriminated against when in certain businesses, Joe Squillace, director of MacMurray’s social work program, decided to work with MacMurray’s ASL students to find a way to improve those relationships. / Jacksonville Journal Courier
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
SOUNDS OF SILENCE RING OUT AS 'WONDERSTRUCK' DEPICTS WORLD OF DEAFNESS
When director Todd Haynes was preparing “Wonderstruck,” he made a startling decision: The character of a deaf girl would be played by a deaf girl. What’s more, he hired seven deaf actors to play hearing characters. Hollywood has a long history of using hearing actors to play deaf characters; Marlee Matlin is one of the few exceptions to that. “We learned a great deal about the deaf community and culture, its extraordinary language and a good deal about its history while making the film,” Haynes said. / Variety
'THIS IS THE LARGEST DEAF-INCLUSIVE STARTUP WEEKEND IN THE WORLD'
Global Startup Weekend returns to D.C. on Nov. 10 to help attendees create a startup in 52 hours. This edition also includes a special focus on making sure deaf participants have a seat at the table. Last year we covered how Global Startup Weekend became a bilingual affair with 22 percent of their participants being deaf after organizers worked with D.C. government and Gallaudet University to sponsor interpreters. Organizer Steven Rodriguez told us the team behind the event is bringing back the program this weekend. / Technical.ly
WHY SIGN-LANGUAGE GLOVES DON'T HELP DEAF PEOPLE
Along with jet packs and hover boards, a machine to translate from any language to any other is so appealing as a fantasy that people are willing to overlook clunky prototypes as long as they can retain the belief that the future promised by science fiction has, at last, arrived. One particularly clunky subspecies of the universal language translator has a rather dismal history: the sign-language glove, which purports to translate sign language in real time to text or speech as the wearer gestures. / The Atlantic
MISSISSIPPI SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF: FROM 1 WIN TO #1
At first glance it looks like a school assembly on Eastover Drive. A Bulldog, a drum, and purple and gold faithful made Thursday anything but a typical assembly. A stellar team deserved a stellar surprise. The Mississippi School for the Deaf capped an 8 and oh season with an 8-man national championship. "I can't over emphasize the point that this team only won one game," head coach Arness Georgetown said. / Mississippi News Now
DEAF QUARTERBACK MAKES NOISE
Petersburg football did not make the playoffs this year, but the Vikings are already looking ahead to 2018. That's when Jacob Hartman will likely contribute for the third straight year as a starting quarterback. He's really good at reading lips. But that's a talent born out of necessity. While Friday nights at Petersburg high school are distinct with the sounds of cheering crowds and marching bands, Jacob Hartman can't hear any of it. All he hears is pure silence. / WHSV
DEAF GOLFER KEVIN HALL EARNS (AT LEAST) CONDITIONAL WEB.COM TOUR STATUS
An opening 77 put Kevin Hall in a deep hole after Day 1 of the second stage of Web.com Tour Qualifying School. But for someone who has been deaf since he was 2 due to H-flu meningitis, overcoming one bad round was easy. With scores of 71, 66 and 68 over the final three days at Highland Oaks (Dothan, Ala.), Hall finished T-10 to advance to the final stage of Q School next month. / Golf Digest
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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.
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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
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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.
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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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