November 21, 2012
Vol. 9, No. 5
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF WOMAN SEEKS $4.5M IN SUIT AGAINST TACOMA, PIERCE CO.
KIRO 7 investigators have confirmed attorneys for LaShonn White, a deaf crime victim who was tased and jailed after calling police for help, just filed a lawsuit against the Tacoma Police Department, the Pierce County Jail and various respective employees. White's attorney, Christopher Carney, said they are seeking $3 million from Tacoma police and $1.5 million from the Pierce County Jail. "They all blew it so completely," Carney said. / KIRO TV
Colorado Springs, CO
SCHOOL FOR DEAF, BLIND FAILED TO REPORT SEX ASSAULTS, LAWSUITS ALLEGE
Two families filed lawsuits last month against the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind after they say school employees failed to report the sexual assaults on their children to police. According to the suits, both filed in federal court on Oct. 9, the two children were students at the school in 2009 and 2010 when they were sexually assaulted by a then-14-year-old student. The school’s then-principal, Louis Tutt, was told of the assaults but failed to report them to police as required by law, according to court records. / Colorado Springs Gazette
TREASURER OF DEAF CENTER ARRESTED FOR THEFT
The treasurer for the Jacksonville Community Center for the Deaf has been arrested for allegedly stealing from its account. Seventy-year-old Barbara Baerwaldt of Shiloh Drive was arrested this afternoon at around 4:30 at her residence. She’s accused of stealing $2,500 from the community center from March to May of this year. The theft was reported to Jacksonville Police on October 15th. Baerwaldt was also arrested for aggravated fleeing or eluding of police. / WLDS-WEAI News
LACK OF PORTLAND POLICE, 9-1-1 POLICIES FOR INTERPRETERS DISCRIMINATES AGAINST PEOPLE WHO ARE DEAF, LAWSUIT ALLEGES
A deaf Portland man who reported he was the victim of a domestic assault said police and 9-1-1 operators failed to respond with a sign language interpreter, hampering the police inquiry and putting him at risk. Philip Wolfe, 39, is suing the city of Portland in federal court, alleging the city violated the Americans With Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in state and local government services. Wolfe's allegations highlight a gaping hole in Portland Police Bureau policy: Twenty-two years after the ADA was enacted, the bureau lacks any protocol on how to respond to people who are hearing impaired. / The Oregonian
ARCHBISHOP RYAN ACADEMY FOR THE DEAF CELEBRATES A CENTURY OF EDUCATING STUDENTS
Nishma Reyes' trip to school starts at 6:45 a.m., and it takes her an hour to get to Archbishop Ryan Academy for the Deaf in Philadelphia. Nishma, 11, thinks it's worth it. So do her parents, who moved from Puerto Rico to South Jersey because Ryan was the school they wanted for their daughter. On Sunday, the Reyes family and hundreds of others gathered to mark Ryan's 100th anniversary with tours of the school, a banquet, and a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput and marked by a communion meditation with Ryan students signing and blind children singing. / Philadelphia Inquirer
CARTER TO LEAVE VERMONT CENTER FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing President Bert Carter will be leaving the center next year and the board has begun a nationwide search for a new leader. Carter has overseen major infrastructure upgrades in his six years at the school and center. He has also led significant program changes as the Austine School and VCDHH assume a broader role in educating deaf and hard of hearing students, as well as students with multiple disabilities. Carter is leaving for personal reasons. / Brattleboro Reformer
Grady County, OK
BLIND, DEAF, THREE-LEGGED DOG SAVES FAMILY FROM FIRE
An Oklahoma family survived a house fire last weekend, thanks to the most unlikely of heroes. According to KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, Katie Crosley and her son, Jace, were sleeping in their Grady County, Oklahoma, cabin early Sunday morning when a fire broke out. They were woken up when their Dachshund, “True,” began wailing. The Crosley’s are calling it a miracle, because True is blind, deaf and only has three legs. / fox4kc.com
CDS RECEIVES FCC FUNDING
The Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS) at the University of Delaware has announced the launch of iCanConnect Delaware. The program was established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to distribute a wide array of assistive technology to people who are deaf-blind and require special equipment to make a phone call, send an email or access the Internet. This underserved population has, until now, largely been denied the opportunity to enjoy the full benefits that communications equipment and technology can provide. / UDaily
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DEAF OLYMPIC TORCHBEARER REFUSED SIGN-LANGUAGE HELP BY GYM
A deaf Olympic torchbearer was refused a sign-language interpreter for personal training sessions he had paid for at one of the world’s largest gym chains. James Clarke, 35, has spent six months fighting to make Fitness First pay for an interpreter, which he claims they are obliged to provide under the Equality Act 2010. Mr Clarke joined the gym in May and initially attempted to complete the two introductory training sessions by communicating with pen and paper. But he struggled due to his poor eyesight and requested a sign-language interpreter. / Croydon Guardian
DEAF COUPLE FEEL LIKE 'NON-PERSONS' BY HOSPITAL IN INTERPRETER ROW
A profoundly deaf couple say they have been left feeling like “non persons” in a row over hospital translators. Paul and Samantha Voisin say they are frightened of going to the accident & emergency departments at the QE2 and Lister hospitals because they cannot be understood. The pair say there have been five cases since May 2011 when an interpreter was not available. But the trust which runs the hospitals has hit back at claims it has not been co-operative -- saying more than £8,000 ($12,800 US) has been spent on translators for the family in just over two years. / Welwyn Hatfield Times
KATE GREEN MP DEMANDS GREATER ACCESS FOR DEAF TV VIEWERS
Kate Green MP has demanded the BBC do more to make parliamentary TV accessible for deaf viewers. John Thurso MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Finances and Services Committee, said in a written answer, “The BBC is not under any statutory obligation, but BBC Parliament is increasing its subtitling of proceedings in the Chamber and next year plans to provide subtitling for 65 per cent of sittings.” Ms Green said: “I am pleased that the BBC is increasing its subtitling of proceedings in Parliament. However, 65 per cent is simply not good enough." / Messenger
FEEL THE MUSIC PROJECT TEACHES DEAF CHILDREN A TOUCH OF BEETHOVEN
Sliding on their sock-clad feet, a gaggle of children squeeze themselves under the belly of the Steinway as the Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes invites them to place their palms on the soundboard and feel the vibrations. All of the eight- to 11-year-olds present in the Cologne Philharmonic have some sort of hearing disability and several of them are profoundly deaf. The children have been taken under the wings of the musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra who, together with Andsnes, have launched Feel the Music, which aims to open up the world of music to hearing-impaired children across Europe. / Guardian
New Delhi, India
DEAF-MUTE KIDS JOIN HANDS, SPREAD MESSAGE AGAINST DRUG ABUSE
Silently spreading a message of having a peaceful world free from drug abuse, deaf and mute children from an institution in Ropar made a human chain and displayed posters to eradicate drug abuse and addiction in Chandigarh on Friday. The event, organised by a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), Generation Savior Association, was attended by N K Sharma, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab. / Indian Express
SIGNING WITH ANTOINETTE AIKEN
Before she was two years old, Antoinette Aiken was already signing for her deaf parents. Now at just 24, she is the person Government ministers, educators, court officials, and media houses contact to get their messages out to those who can't hear. Aiken was the only child for her parents up age 16, when her father had two other children. This meant she was the one tasked to bridge the communication gap between her parents and society. / Jamaica Observer
NINETY PERCENT OF DEAF AND DUMB CHILDREN COULD REGAIN HEARING
Doctors at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital say many children with hearing and speech impairment could regain these abilities with proper care. Dr. Joseph Opoku Boateng said that up to 90 per cent of such children have partial conditions which can be improved with hearing aids. Komfo Anokye Hospital is partnering with the Starkey Hearing Foundation of the United States to screen over 900 deaf and dumb children. / Myjoyonline.com
WE'RE DEAF, NOT INFERIOR
She was just in her second year at university when Ms Ong Jing Yun, along with five friends, came up with the idea of a social enterprise that would hire deaf youths and train them to run their own businesses. The 24-year-old knows all about having to struggle with prejudice, and about the priceless support from those who see past one's disability. Born deaf, she has fought all her life to prove herself in the mainstream school system. / TODAY
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SIGN LANGUAGE: IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT THE HANDS
Over the past few weeks at news conferences and speeches, we've seen sign language interpreters who appear far more animated than the politicians in front of the microphones - Lydia Callis, for example, who stood beside New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg before, during and after Superstorm Sandy. The gestures and facial expressions she used to relay the mayor's remarks to the deaf and hard of hearing drew wide attention. And some of the deaf community took offense at exaggerated spoofs they saw on "Saturday Night Live," "The Daily Show," and on "Chelsea Lately." / WBUR & NPR
DEAF MAN CELEBRATES 75TH YEAR PARTICIPATING IN GREAT AMERICAN TEACH-IN
Tom Cooney has been visiting Largo's Osceola Middle School for 25 years now, and he couldn't be happier about it. The 77-year-old is pretty much considered a legend at the school. Throughout the quarter of a century that he's been there, he's made quite a connection with students and staff. It's safe to say they adore him. For the past 25 years, the Clearwater resident has participated in the Great American Teach-In. He does not arrive at the school in a uniform or bring any tools of a particular trade, because he's there to explain to kids what it's like to be deaf. / Patch.com
DEAF PRIDE DAY BRINGS JOY OF COMMUNICATION TO AREA STUDENTS
There’s something unnerving about standing in an auditorium full of deaf students. At the podium, a speaker addresses her audience using only hand gestures, while an interpreter quietly speaks the words into a microphone for the benefit of the few present capable of hearing them. There’s chatter going on among the kids in the bleachers; quite a lot. But again, it’s all in sign language and of little use to the uninitiated hearing person. It’s easy for that hearing person to feel cut out, isolated, alone in the crowd. The experience is, in essence, a small taste of what the deaf deal with on a daily basis while navigating the hearing world. / The Daily News
Yuba City, CA
NOTHING BEATS FACE-TO-FACE FOR DEAF IN YUBA-SUTTER
Steven Stacy, 69, has a lot to say, and he uses his hands, his face and sometimes his entire body to say it. On the first Thursday of every month, Stacy holds court with his friends at Round Table Pizza on Gray Avenue in Yuba City. The retired school district employee cracks jokes, and covers topics far and wide with other deaf and hearing-impaired residents of Yuba and Sutter counties. His wife, Susan Stacy, 59, who is also deaf, helped start this social group more than 25 years ago. / Appeal-Democrat
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A DEAF PIONEER, NOW A DEPARTMENT CHAIR
After more than 30 years in the medical field that includes making history in his profession as one of the first deaf doctors in the country, University of Michigan physician Philip Zazove, M.D. has been named chair of the U-M Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine. Zazove, a faculty member in the department for 23 years, begins his new position as the George A. Dean, M.D. Chair of Family Medicine Dec. 1, following approval by the U-M Board of Regents. / UofMHealth.org
WANDA AND DALE WEAVER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP: KATHRYN VAN VELEY
It didn’t take long for Kathryn (Trau) Van Valey ’10 to realize that deaf education was her calling. During her senior year of high school she began exploring special education programs at Illinois State. Once she started learning about deaf education, she knew she had found something special. “Deaf education chose me,” she said. “I have loved it from the minute I started my freshman year, and that feeling has not changed. It will continue to be part of me for the rest of my life.” / Illinois State
Little Rock, AR
DEAF ADVOCATES ESTABLISH ANDERSON SCHOLARSHIP
Dr. Glenn Anderson, UALR assistant professor of interpreter education, was recently honored at a surprise ceremony at the National Black Deaf Advocates’ 30th anniversary gala in Baltimore. The organization established a scholarship in Anderson’s name to honor the first black deaf scholar to earn a Ph.D. / UALR
Santa Monica, CA
THE BENEFITS OF HIRING AND WORKING WITH DEAF EMPLOYEES
When companies hire disabled employees, they stand to reap a myriad of benefits. These employees may be excellent problem-solvers who have above-average attendance and productivity records at work. To top it off, employers may be able to earn federal tax credits for bringing disabled workers on staff. Not all employers recognize the potential benefits of hiring disabled workers, however. “Unfortunately, too many companies worry that the benefits will be offset by the costs to accommodate those employees – not true, by the way,” said Sean Belanger, CEO of CSDVRS. / equities.com
Los Angeles, CA
HEADPHONES MADE FROM RECLAIMED WOOD BENEFIT DEAF CHILDREN
LSTN Headphones is trying to make the music-listening experience feel better than ever. The L.A.-based small business not only creates sleek, unique headphones and earbuds out of sustainable reclaimed wood, but it also donates the gift of hearing to children in deaf schools all over the world. Through a partnership with SoundSeekers, a portion of the proceeds of each set of headphones or earbuds that are sold go to fund mobile clinics in Africa and India that fit custom hearing aids and give on-the-spot treatment to children in deaf schools. / Earth911.com
RIT PROFESSOR RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS 'PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR' AWARD
Todd Pagano was hired a decade ago to direct a laboratory science program at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. His accomplishments were recognized Thursday at a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, where he was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Master’s Universities and Colleges Professor of the Year. / Democrat and Chronicle
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ANDREW SOLOMON, 'FAR FROM THE TREE,' PARENTS AND CHILDREN
Andrew Solomon’s enormous new book, “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity,” is about children who are born or who grow up in ways their parents never expected. It’s a subject Mr. Solomon knows from experience. He was dyslexic as a child and struggled to learn to read. As he described in “The Noonday Demon,” which won a National Book Award in 2001, he once suffered from crippling, suicidal depressions. And Mr. Solomon is gay, which made his parents so uncomfortable that as a teenager he visited sexual surrogates in the hopes of “curing” himself. / The New York Times
DEAF STUDENT HELPS POWER BIG RED MARCHING MACHINE
When the Big Red Marching Machine takes the field at Hancock Stadium on Saturday for the last regular-season football game of the year, there will be 275 color guard members, dancers and musicians in its ranks – including a trombone player named Mark Reppen. Reppen, a deaf sophomore from Alsip, has been playing trombone since the fifth grade. He’s aided by a cochlear implant and hearing aid, and by Big Red’s leadership, his band mates, and sign language interpreters provided by Illinois State’s Disability Concerns office. / Illinois State
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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.
Pinellas Park, FL
DEAF FOOTBALL PLAYERS TYLER COOK AND NEILL KOVATCH MAKE AN IMPACT AT PINELLAS PARK HIGH SCHOOL
If you have ever played high school sports then you know that it is no easy task, but can you imagine playing football without hearing anything at all? Well that's exactly what two players are doing at Pinellas Park High School this fall. Those players are junior Tyler Cook and freshmen Neill Kovatch. / WTSP
ST. VINCENT-PETALUMA 13, CALIFORNIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 12
The California School for the Deaf football team's season came to an end as Patrick Garcia caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Mitch Sheppard with 1:05 left to lift visiting St. Vincent to a 13-12 victory in the North Coast Section Division V semifinals on Saturday. Garcia's touchdown capped an eight-play, 30-yard drive that was set up by Zach Smith's blocked punt by with 3:39 remaining. The No. 2 Eagles finished their season at 10-2 -- a school record for most wins in a season. / San Jose Mercury News
HOLLAR LIFTS NCSD BOYS BASKETBALL IN DRAMATIC SEASON OPENER
North Carolina School for the Deaf junior point guard Cody Hollar poured in a team-high 24 points in helping the host Bears edge the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind 32-31 Wednesday at Underhill Gym. Hollar sank five 3-pointers in the second half. With the Bears trailing 29-25 with five minutes remaining, Hollar stepped up with back-to-back treys from the right wing to put NCSD up 31-29. VSDB center Tim Smith sank two free throws to tie the game with 1:18 left before Hollar was fouled and sank the first free throw to put the Bears back up by one. / The News Herald
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COLORADO SCHOOL for the DEAF and the BLIND
CSDB invites you to consider our employment opportunities, including COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST / SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST (SLP). The job announcement may be found on CSDB’s website -- http://www.csdb.org -- under Non-Classified Employment.
Positions are open until filled; salary based on appropriate education and experience; excellent benefits; all interviews conducted on-site at CSDB.
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CSDB - HR
33 North Institute Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Public Safety Officer-Deaf and Hard of Hearing Applicants sought
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.
FACULTY POSITION OPENING
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE
Northridge, California 91330
Department: Deaf Studies
Effective Date of Appointment:
(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
-- 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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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
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