deafweekly

 

November 16, 2005
Vol. 2 No. 5

Editor: Tom Willard

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SHHH BOARD VOTES TO CHANGE ORGANIZATION'S NAME

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People is changing its name to the Hearing Loss Association of America. SHHH announced last week in Bethesda, Md. that its board of trustees has approved the change. SHHH, founded in 1979 by the late Howard “Rocky” Stone, serves people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy and support. “By updating our name and image,” said executive director Terry Portis, “we will be better able to communicate our message and fulfill our mission.” Board president Richard Meyer added, “SHHH is evolving to best meet the needs of people with hearing loss today and in the future.”

THREE MORE BOSTON SCHOOL LAWSUITS DROPPED

Three more former students of the Boston School for the Deaf have abandoned their abuse lawsuits against representatives of the now-defunct school, the Boston Globe reported Saturday. One month earlier, William Ross of Taunton, Mass., one of 18 former students seeking legal action, dropped his lawsuit alleging that nuns sexually and physically abused him when he as a student at the school. Judge Margot Botsford’s ruling in that case, which barred presentation of evidence of an “air of lawlessness,” left lawyer Mitchell Garabedian with no choice but to drop the three suits. “These cases cannot continue because of legal technicalities,” he said, “and not because the abuse to the individuals did not actually occur.”

HOMELESS WOMAN BELIEVED TO BE DEAF MAY BE LYING

A homeless woman believed to be deaf and mute when she received help last spring from police and social agencies in Utah may actually be lying, reported the Salt Lake Tribune. Michelle Bradford, 39, made headlines in May when Beaver County sheriff’s personnel drove her north into Millard County and left her at a gas station. A Beaver County investigation found no wrongdoing and in fact stated “law enforcement in the community went beyond the call of duty in assisting Ms. Bradford with her problems.” Beaver County sheriff’s Lt. Raymond Goodwin said Bradford “gets a lot more sympathy and a lot more help” by claiming to be disabled, but his own experiences with deaf people made him skeptical of her claims. “I find deaf people very much wanting to look squarely at you, trying to read your lips,” he said, whereas Bradford would “point to her ears and shake her head; then we would converse in writing.”

LABOR UNION SEEKS TO ORGANIZE RELAY OPERATORS

A labor union hopes to organize employees at CSD’s Sioux Falls, S.D. telephone relay service in an effort to stop those who abuse the system, reported the Argus Leader. At issue are scammers who place fraudulent calls and those who make pornographic calls. Federal law requires operators to relay calls word-for-word. Rozanne DuBois, local president of the Communications Workers of America, said unionizing would allow workers to pressure the Federal Communications Commission into changing its rules and allowing operators to warn potential fraud victims and end phone sex calls. CSD spokesman Rick Norris said most fraud comes from Internet-based calls, with a majority originating in Africa. “We should not be blaming the deaf community,” he said, “or the people who provide the service.”

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UTAH STATE STUDENTS THREATEN TO SUE

Twelve students at Utah State University have filed a notice of intent to sue, alleging the school has failed to provide them with interpreters as required by law. Dale Boam, an attorney representing the students, told the Salt Lake Tribune they want the same access to education provided hearing students. “They want their successes or failure to depend on their own academic abilities,” said Boam, “not whether they’re able to get effective communication services for their classes.” The students are demanding a response within 60 days. Diane Baum, director of USU’s Disability Resource Center, sympathized with the students. “We understand their frustration,” she said, but “there’s a shortage of certified interpreters not only in Utah but across the nation.”

CSD SAN ANTONIO HIRES HARD OF HEARING SPECIALIST

CSD’s San Antonio, Texas office has been awarded a four-year contract to reach out to the underserved hard-of-hearing, late-deafened and oral deaf communities. The funding comes from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS). Carolyn Colley has been hired as hard-of-hearing specialist and will coordinate the new program out of CSD’s San Antonio office. “Carolyn is energetic and has been active in the Texas hard-of-hearing community for the past 25 years,” said Benjamin Soukup, CSD’s CEO. Her job will be to promote awareness of services and resources that are unique to the hard-of-hearing community.

THOUSANDS GATHER TO MARK SCHOOL’S ANNIVERSARY

Thousands of deaf and hearing students, alumni, teachers and community members crowded the parking lot, gym and outdoor courtyards at the California School for the Deaf last Friday, reported the Fremont Argus. They came together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the school’s move in 1980 to Fremont after 111 years in Berkeley. By Friday afternoon, almost 3,000 people had signed in, and more were expected. They enjoyed student performances and checked out the latest gadgets at a deaf fair inside the gym. “I feel like this is my home,” said 12-year-old Brittany Farr, a fifth-generation deaf girl who started attending the school at age 3.

RED CROSS OFFERS EMERGENCY GUIDE FOR DEAF

The American Red Cross chapter in Rochester, N.Y. has teamed up with the area’s deaf community to create a 14-page guide to help deaf individuals prepare for emergencies. According to the Democrat and Chronicle, the first-of-its-kind guide will be made available throughout the country. Among the topics covered are community disaster plans, warning systems, emergency contacts, escape routes and first aid kits. Much of the information is helpful to hearing people too, but the guide focuses primarily on deaf-related needs. (For example, don’t forget to pack extra batteries for hearing aids, text pagers and vibrating alarms.) The guide can be downloaded at www.rochesterredcross.com.

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INTERNATIONAL
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ISRAELI POLICE BEAT WORKER ‘ALMOST TO DEATH’

A deaf foreign worker at a Tel Aviv, Israel restaurant was brutally beaten by immigration police officers during a raid to check identification cards, Haaretz reported last Friday. The man was arrested and later released when police were unable to determine where he came from and, thus, where he could be deported to. “He’s an African guy who does not speak and apparently does not hear,” said a witness, who said the worker gave some papers to officers and then took them back by force after officers refused to return them. The deaf man entered the restaurant, followed by police, and “grabbed a nearby hammer in order to threaten them,” the witness said. In response, police officers “jumped on him and beat him almost to death.”

BOY, 7, DROWNS WHILE VISITING GRANDMOTHER

A 7-year-old deaf boy who snuck out while his mother was bathing his sister was found drowned in the Prai River in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia on Friday. Mohamad Hisyam Mohamad Yusoff was found floating in the river more than 30 hours after he went missing. About 1,000 villagers and police had joined in the search for the boy after being informed of his disappearance Thursday. The boy had been on a visit to his grandmother’s house with his parents. His sobbing mother, Salamiah Abdul Manaf, 31, told the Malaysia Star, “I have never allowed my son to go out alone in view of his condition. But he loved to play with water and must have gone to the river alone.”

DEAF AND BLIND WOMAN, 98, PLEADS FOR BUS SERVICE

A 98-year-old deaf and blind U.K. woman is pleading with supermarket giant Asda not to cancel the free bus between Oldham and the Ashton-under-Lyne store. Lillian Dunkerley rides the bus every Thursday with about 30 other shoppers and Asda staff who have become a close group of friends, reported the Oldham Advertiser. She’s used the service for 20 years ago and finds the store staff friendly; they even treated her to a bottle of sherry and flowers on her 90th birthday. But Asda can no longer “offer a door-to-door service,” said a store official, and Dial-a-Ride or the Access bus system were suggested as alternatives. Dunkerley said the alternatives were not acceptable. “I would pay for the use of the bus if that is what is needed to keep it running,” she said.

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TWO INDIAN FILMS ON ‘DIRECT COLLISION COURSE’

Two films with physically impaired heroes will go head-to-head in Indian movie theaters soon. Deepak Tijori’s comedy “Tom Dick & Harry” is scheduled to be released first, on January 20, while Indra Kumar’s comedy “Pyare Mohan” is now in final production in Bangkok. Dino Morea, who plays the deaf Tom in Tijori’s comedy of survival, is not concerned that both films are on what SantaBanta.com called a “direct collision course.” “I believe we’ve made a better film,” said Morea. “Going by the amount of fun we’re having during the shoot, I can imagine how much the audience will enjoy the film.” He added that Tom Dick & Harry never makes fun of its handicapped characters. “It shows how the three of us who are deaf mute and blind use all the devices at our disposal to survive.”

UGANDA THEATER TO OFFER ‘MAGIC SEEDS’

The Silent Theatre Project of the Uganda National Association of the Deaf has announced plans for a show, “The Magic Seeds,” in which all of the actors will be deaf. The December 15 presentation is designed to create awareness about the problems faced by the deaf, said the Sunday Vision. The free performance will take place at the National Theatre in Kampala. A cast of nine deaf actors and two interpreters have been busy rehearsing with UNAD’s gender and theater coordinator, Florence Mukasa. “We can publicize sign language through drama and also express our needs to all members of the community,” said Mukasa.


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WEB VIDEO ON CRYSTAL METH MADE ACCESSIBLE

The dangers of crystal methamphetamine will come to life for deaf and hard-of-hearing people through a new web video in American Sign Language. The video is a project of the Deaf Gay & Lesbian Center in San Leandro, Calif., and will be distributed through the Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency (www.dcara.org). The project is being funded through a $5,000 HIV/AIDS Community Grant from the Horizons Foundation, a San Francisco-based community foundation. “This crucial information, now that it’s available in ASL and open captions, will reach many people who otherwise would never get this message,” said Todd Higgins, DGLC’s client support specialist.

‘SILENT SUNDAY’ OFFERS ROWS AND ROWS OF FOOD

The Arkansas School for the Deaf hoped to raise about $25,000 from this week’s Silent Sunday fundraiser. Nearly 50 of the best restaurants in town signed up for the event and offered rows and rows of delicious foods, from creme brulee to barbeque, reported KATV in Little Rock. The program, now in its 16th year, is designed to raise money for new technology and put Smartboards in every classroom. “It’s such an important piece of technology used,” said Superintendent Marciella Della Rosa. “If it wasn’t for this event, all of the restaurants and volunteers, we really appreciate it,” she said.

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF DEAF HISTORY

Want to play a trivia game called “Deaf History in America”? You can find it on FunTrivia.com, where it has been played 95 times since it was placed online in December 2001. Of 61,876 games on the website, the Deaf History game has been ranked No. 26,068. The game was created by a player named Lanni and, with 10 questions, is rated “difficult.” Go to www.funtrivia.com/quizdetails.cfm?quiz=60057.

FOLDA SEEKS DONATIONS FOR HISTORY MONTH

FOLDA wants American libraries to observe Deaf History Month, which is to be held every year from March 13 to April 15. President Bush has not yet replied to a request for a proclamation for the month, but FOLDA’s (Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action) is already gearing up for a publicity campaign. More than 200 individuals and 22 organizations and social groups have made monetary and in-kind donations to FOLDA’s campaign, said founder Alice Hagemeyer, and the donations are being used to help with expenses at library conferences and programs this year and next. Additional contributions are needed, and may be mailed to FOLDA, 2930 Craiglawn Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904.

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ILLINOIS WOMAN EARNS MICROSOFT HONORS

One of five winners of Microsoft’s Start Something Amazing Awards is Michelle Tjelmeland, 32, a deaf woman from Springfield, Ill. Tjelmeland became deaf at age 22 and turned to technology to cope with her hearing loss, earning an online master’s degree in computer technology and education and starting her own web-development business. When her daughter Ellie was born deaf, Tjelmeland again turned to technology, sharing the family's story through her website www.iloveellie.com. Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates was at Microsoft headquarters Friday to meet with winners of the awards, which “honor the unique and inspiring ways that people use Microsoft Windows-related technology in simple yet powerful ways to pursue their everyday passions.”

DEVICE ‘VIRTUALLY ELIMINATES’ CELL-PHONE PROBLEMS

Hearing-impaired people will be able for the first time to turn their hearing aids into Bluetooth hands-free headsets. According to New York’s The Twice, distributor National Cellular Inc. (NCI) “has begun offering cellular carriers a Bluetooth-enabled module, or ear-level instrument (ELI), that plugs directly into any behind-the-ear hearing incorporating a direct audio input connector.” NCI’s executive director Nelson Roberts said the module, developed by Starkey Laboratories, “eliminates virtually all of the problems that hearing aid wearers typically encounter with wireless phones.” But not all hearing aids will accept the new $199.95 device. The direct audio input has become common “only in the past couple of years,” said Roberts, and “only 20 percent of the total hearing aid population is so equipped.”

CSDVRS SERVICE LETS CALLERS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES

CSD announced last week that it has added enhancements to its CSDVRS service for Internet relay callers who wish to speak for themselves.. Users of CSDVRS’s voice carry-over (VCO) service can designate through a user profile one of three communication preferences, including a lip-reading option for those who are not fluent in sign language. CSD also said it is speeding up the VCO call process by providing the user’s call-back phone number automatically. Karen Keefe, 2006 president of ALDA, Inc., finds the VCO service “more natural, because I am able to use my own voice.” The enhanced features are part of a “Switch to CSDVRS” plan rolled out by the Sioux Falls, S.D. company on November 1.

COCHLEAR IMPLANT DOC RELOCATES TO SMALL TOWN

The Fresno (Calif.) Bee reported Saturday on Dr. Mark Reader, a surgeon who relocated from Missouri to the small town of Porterville, Calif. to provide cochlear implants to those who need them. Reader, who grew up in an Illinois town of 1,500, wanted to move to an area that is underserved by cochlear-implant specialists. He and his family considered locations in four states before settling on Sierra View District Hospital in the central San Joaquin Valley. The hospital offered help with the family’s move and office expenses and bought almost $200,000 in equipment so Reader could perform advanced surgeries. Candidates for cochlear implants usually are referred to the San Francisco or Los Angeles areas, and Reader finds “the big battle probably is convincing people you can get good care in a small town."

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CORRECT WEBSITE ADDRESS GIVEN FOR FRANCE FESTIVAL

There was an error in the link given last week for “Festival of the Silence,” the first International Deaf Dance and Music Festival, which is scheduled for July 5-8, 2006 in Paris, France. The correct URL is http://chandansedessourds.free.fr/.

ENTERTAINERS PLEASE CROWDS AT OHIO DEAFAIR

Comedienne Vikee Waltrip, magician Matthew Morgan, Russian dancer Lillian Morgan, mime Bill Carwile and comedian CJ Jones kept a crowd of more than 2,500 entertained at the Ohio DEAFair in Columbus on November 5. They were joined by several local entertainers for the statewide event, now in its fourth year. “It’s really our goal to promote awareness to everyone,” said Marsha Nippert Moore, event chair. “We wanted attendees to live, see and breathe the world of deaf, hard-of-hearing and deaf-blind people.” Waltrip said she “had a blast” and was looking forward to returning. “I was so impressed by the warm, warm reception.”

HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS CLASSIC ‘MIRACLE WORKER’

William Gibson’s classic play, “The Miracle Worker,” will be presented this week by students at North Hills (Pa.) High School. Based on Helen Keller’s autobiography, “The Story of My Life,” the play first opened on Broadway in 1959 and was made into a film in 1962, winning two Academy Awards. The play “was written to honor Helen Keller’s teacher, Annie Sullivan,” director Glen Richey told Gateway Newspapers. “It is about a teacher dedicated to find a way to connect with a student.” Last year, North Hills partnered with the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf for “Crazy for You,” and this year’s production will feature an ASL interpreter at all shows.

FILM FESTIVAL REVEALS ‘WHAT’S BUGGING SETH?”

Last Tuesday at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, moviegoers had the chance to see a 95-minute unrated film, “What’s Bugging Seth?" about the struggles of a young man to succeed in business and in love. According to a review in the Sun-Sentinel, “the real struggle is in watching this mess of a movie.” Ross Thomas stars as Seth, an exterminator who drums up business door-to-door. When Seth’s mother dies, he begins dating a wonderful woman with no legs, though he has the hots for a blond model who helps him “hear” his favorite music. His best friend is a wise-cracking suit salesman who refuses to sell suits to men taller than himself (5-foot-6). Freshman writer-director Eli Steele “hits some very successfully quirky notes” in the film, said the Sun-Sentinel, “but the perspective is so stubbornly centered around Seth that those sequences are treated with no respect.”


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BREWINGTON QUITS PROVIDENCE BASKETBALL TEAM

Dwight Brewington has quit the Providence College men’s basketball team, reported the Providence Journal. Brewington, who is deaf, was PC’s leading returning scorer and had the potential to lead the team’s offense this season. A conversation with head coach Tim Welsh on Tuesday after more than a week on suspension led to Brewington’s decision to quit. A source close to Brewington told the newspaper that “an apparent communication breakdown between coach and player did not help the situation.” Welsh told reporters Brewington “was not kicked off the team." Said the coach:. “We spoke, and his intention is to leave the basketball team and concentrate on his academics.”

FOOTBALL GAME AT GALLAUDET A CONGRESSIONAL AFFAIR

Four U.S. Congressmen announced Monday that the first annual “Longest Yard” football game between members of Congress and the U.S. Capitol Police would take place Wednesday, November 16 at Gallaudet University’s Hotchkiss Field. All funds raised from the game are earmarked for the Capitol Police Memorial Fund to help the families of slain Capitol police officers. More than 30 members of Congress have agreed to participate, and former Nebraska Head Coach (now Rep.) Tom Osborne will be their coach. “This game is a way for us to say thank you to the police and the families who have made sacrifices to keep us safe,” said Congressman Rick Renzi of Arizona.

RIVERSIDE FOOTBALL CAPS UNDEFEATED SEASON WITH 52-0 WIN

The California School for the Deaf, Riverside football team rolled to a 52-0 win over Riverside Sherman Indian to cap its first undefeated season. It was the first time the Cubs (10-0) played a night game at home, reported the Press-Enterprise, and the players made the most of the historic occasion. Quarterback Mark Korn completed 5 of 8 passes for 115 yards and the defense never allowed Sherman Indian inside the Cubs’ 30-yard line. The team’s success has attracted attention from CNN, Sports Illustrated and NBC, and ABC reporter Martin Bashir was seen gathering material for a piece to run later in the month. Last year the Cubs lost in the first round of the playoffs, but this year, “We’re going to win," said head coach Keith Adams.

LEARNING CENTER’S BENNETT CHOSEN FOR ALL-STARS

Soccer star Jake Bennett of the Learning Center for Deaf Children has been chosen to play in the NEPSAC (New England Prep School Sports) All Star Game November 20 at Babson College in Babson Park, Mass. He will join top players from New England on the East team, with a number of college coaches and scouts expected to be on hand. Bennett, a senior, may very well be the first deaf soccer player to be nominated and play in an All-Star game, said the school’s athletic director, John Monahan. The senior “will be sorely missed,” said Monahan. “He has been our best player ever."


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Required: Bachelors degree or equivalent professional experience as a theater artist.
Preferred: MFA degree, fluency in American Sign Language and knowledge of Deaf culture strongly preferred.

AA/EOE. For detailed description and to apply on line please go to:
http://finweb.rit.edu/HumanResources/CareerZone

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New York Society for the Deaf is seeking creative professionals to work with adults who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deaf Blind.

Excellent benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Equal opportunity employer.

RESIDENTIAL HABILITATION COUNSELORS: Full time and Per Diem positions available. Responsible for providing habilitation services to individuals who reside in our community residence program. MUST have some of direct care experience or equivalent training/education in working with developmental disabilities and/or mental retardation. High School diploma and fluency in ASL skills are required.

RESIDENTIAL MANAGER: Full time position. Responsible for assisting in the overall operation of the IRA (Individualized Residential Alternative). The Manager must ensure that consumers are receiving quality services to which they are entitled, and maintain program compliance with regulatory requirements as mandated by the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD). The Manager will supervise all IRA staff and ensure they are properly trained in the work they are assigned to do. Must have Bachelor’s degree (BA) with two to five years related supervisory experience; or Master's degree (M. A.) with one to two years of supervisory experience.

Send letter of intent and resume to:
New York Society for the Deaf
Human Resources Department
315 Hudson Street, 4th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10013
Fax: (212) 366-0051
Email: KPoore@nysd.org

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD

GLAD is an Affirmative Action Employer with equal opportunity for men, women and people with disabilities. For more information on the following positions, go to: www.gladinc.org. The status of all positions is: Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt, Full Fringe Benefits unless otherwise noted. All positions are open until filled.

COMMUNITY INTERPRETER – Los Angeles

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the supervision of the Los Angeles Regional Director, the Community Interpreter will interpret assignments as delegated by the Interpreter Referral Specialists and/or Regional Director for assignments that can range from routine medical appointments, staff meetings at large companies, formal speeches (platform interpreting), press conferences or any other situation that requires communication access. Assignments will depend on level of interpreting skills, record statistics on a monthly basis related to provision of service, in-house tasks such as answering phones and providing information and referral to general public as needed, assist Interpreter Referral Specialists with filling assignments as needed, perform other duties assigned by the Regional Director and/or the CEO.
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JOB DEVELOPER/INTERPRETER – West Covina and Anaheim

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
Employment services offered at GLAD assist deaf and hard of hearing individuals with job information, job training, job placement, and accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Co-located at 5 Employment Development Department (EDD) Offices and at each local office. The programs under employment services are: Job Readiness Training, Workplace Accessibility, Job Development, Placement and Follow-up.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsibilities include providing assistance with Job Development/Placement efforts; Work in conjunction with traditional employment resources, develop employment opportunities, identify openings and opportunities for clients in need of employment assistance; Other duties include job interviews, job counseling to clients and employers, sensitivity awareness and training for existing and potential employers of deaf and hard of hearing clients; Provide direct communication support to deaf and hard of hearing employment placement coordinator at selected Employment Development Department (EDD) Field Offices; Provide interpreting services to deaf and hard of hearing persons seeking EDD services; Some typing and general office skills required. Basic knowledge of computers helpful. Perform such tasks and responsibilities as may be delegated.
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PROGRAM ASSISTANT/INTERPRETER – Los Angeles

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
The Community Challenge Grant has made possible the Pregnancy Prevention Program for deaf and hard of hearing adolescents and young adults. The program will increase awareness, access and participation of deaf and hard of hearing adolescents and young adults to prevent unintended pregnancy/early fatherhood, and making positive contributions to their families and community through leadership training and self-esteem building and education sessions which include identifying values, discussing the latest information on HIV/STI's and contraceptives, and exploring alternatives to promote abstinence.
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COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATOR—Community Challenge Grant - Los Angeles

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
-- Under the supervision of the Director of Health Services, using the guidelines of the assigned scope of work provided by the California Department of Health Services’ Community Challenge Grant, the Community Health Educator will:
-- Provide teenage pregnancy prevention and education services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing youths, adults and parents in Los Angeles County using the “Be Cool…Sign NO to Sex” curriculum;
-- Plan and implement daily activities;
-- Coordinates Family PACT clinic referrals/linkages;
-- Coordinates Passport to GLOW;
-- Conduct “Young Deaf Parents Village” Program;
-- Provide mentoring program;
-- Conduct individual and group sessions and events to target groups;
-- Prepare quarterly progress reports and maintain tracking system;
-- Identify and obtain culturally appropriate materials, including videos, written materials, brochures and other outreach materials;
-- Design flyers to promote project activities;
-- Develop/revise curricula, educational materials and training modules;
-- Attend collaborative committee meetings;
-- Conduct local and statewide evaluations;
-- Perform some typing and other light office duties as necessary;
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HIV PROGRAM INTERPRETER – Los Angeles

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
-- Perform all duties and tasks as outlined in the HIV Interpreting program scope of work;
-- Interpret initial HIV antibody test and results;
-- Interpret in a variety of HIV/AIDS related services for people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS;
-- Update and maintain a pool of qualified HIV-trained interpreters to assist with interpreting assignments;
-- Promote the availability of interpreter services to the deaf community and service providers;
-- Implement survey to assess client satisfaction of interpreter services provided;
-- Generate monthly reports and IMACS for the Office of AIDS Programs and Policies;
-- Record statistics on a monthly basis related to provision of service through IMACS;
-- On an as needed basis, the HIV Program Interpreter will interpret in a variety of community settings as dispatched through LIFESIGNS Department;
-- Perform such tasks and responsibilities as may be delegated.

If Interested for any of the positions, then please contact

Jeff Fetterman
Human Resources Specialist
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.
2222 Laverna Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041-2625
V/TDD #: 323-550-4207
Fax #: 323-550-4204
jfetterman@gladinc.org
www.gladinc.org

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