November 23, 2016
Vol. 13, No. 6
Editor: Tom Willard
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WHY THE DEAF COMMUNITY FEARS PRESIDENT TRUMP
"'All men are created equal.' Well, it's not true." That's President-elect Donald Trump, a clip unearthed for a PBS documentary that shone a light on, among other things, Trump's apparent belief that some people are born smart, born to be successful, born with what he has called "the winning gene." This belief, that certain genes make better people, is an echo of eugenics, a racist, pseudoscientific philosophy that aims to "improve" the human race by breeding out supposedly bad characteristics. / VICE
ROBERT PANARA TO BE FEATURED ON USPS POSTAGE STAMP
The Postal Service yesterday announced more subjects that will be featured on Forever stamps in the new year. The 16th stamp in the Distinguished Americans series honors Robert Panara (1920-2014), an influential teacher and a pioneer in the field of deaf studies. The stamp features a 2009 photograph of Panara. He is shown signing the word “respect.” During his 40-year teaching career, Panara inspired generations of students with his powerful use of American Sign Language. / USPS
THIS DEAF IMMIGRANT WAS IGNORED IN JAIL. NOW HE WILL GET $250,000
A deaf Ethiopian immigrant who described his time in an Arlington jail as akin to torture has settled a lawsuit against the sheriff’s office for $250,000. Abreham Zemedagegehu spent six weeks in Arlington’s custody in 2014, during which he said he missed meals, lacked necessary medication and could not make phone calls. Unable to read or write in English, he told reporters through an interpreter last year, he had no way of speaking to his jailers and felt isolated. / The Washington Post
Los Angeles, CA
CALIFORNIA DEAF MAN BEATEN, TASERED AND CHOKED BY POLICE AWARDED $55,000 SETTLEMENT
After mistaking a deaf man for a thief, beating him, tasering him and choking him because he was unable to understand their commands, the Hawthorne Police Department has settled a lawsuit for $55,000. The settlement was approved by the City Council on Tuesday. The deaf man identified as Jonathan Meister and co-plaintiff Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness Inc. will receive the settlement on the basis of civil rights violations under the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act. / PINAC News
DISSATISFACTION CONTINUES OVER AGENCY SERVING DEAF ILLINOISIANS
A statewide group criticizing a Springfield-based state agency that exists to improve the lives of people with hearing loss continues to be dissatisfied with the agency’s performance and response to the jabs. “We don’t really see any change whatsoever,” Corey Axelrod, president of the Illinois Association of the Deaf, said recently. The Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission has come under fire by the 500-member, all-volunteer association for what the association sees as incompetence and inactivity. / The State Journal-Register
DEAF MAN SUES FLORIDA OVER TRUCK DRIVING LICENSE
A Central Florida man said the state of Florida is discriminating against him -- it won't let him take the test to obtain his commercial driver's license because he is deaf. "I love the big trucks, you know? I'm tired of the little, small cars," said Floyd McClain. It's not the sounds but the feeling of the open road that McClain is chasing. "I love traveling," McClain said. "I love going around and driving. I love the beautiful trees and doing that solo, I enjoy that time." / WKMG Orlando
STORIES FROM THE BLAST: RESIDENTS REFLECT
The Nov. 22, 2006, blast shattered windows in the New England Homes for the Deaf at 154 Water St. The assisted living facility is 800 feet away, across the river from the chemical plant. The damaged forced 60 residents who were deaf, deaf blind or hard of hearing to be taken to Danvers High, and later to other nursing facilities. “It was three in the morning,” Deborah Holt, 67, said, “and I was woken up by it, and we all had to escape. So they evacuated the first floor and the second floor.” What does Holt remember about the explosion? / The Salem News
New York, NY
HP HOLIDAY AD STARRING DEAF CHARACTER HITS SOUR NOTE WITH DISABILITY ADVOCATES
HP commercial is rubbing some Deaf advocates the wrong way, both for the tone of its content and some glaring technical oversights. "It's this narrative of 'I feel sorry for myself, I can't hear,' which is B.S.," said Tari Hartman Squire, founder and CEO of disability-inclusive, strategic marketing firm EIN SOF Communications. "I believe this ad is out of touch and did not engage the Deaf community in its creation." / Campaign US
SHAWNEE POLICE ARREST STABBING SUSPECT
A suspect has been arrested following a stabbing that allegedly occurred during a disagreement over meatloaf and milk, police said. Shawnee Police Spokesman Vivian Lozano said officers responded about 8:19 a.m. Thursday to St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital on reports of a male who had been stabbed. There, Lozano said Cpl. Carpenter communicated with Robert Osborne. She said he is hearing and speech impaired, but was able to write down that he had been stabbed while sleeping. He reported the suspect was the owner of the house. / The Shawnee News-Star
MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING DEAF NEIGHBOR
A Natick man who police say accosted his deaf neighbor during an angry confrontation earlier this year was released without bail after being arraigned Thursday on several charges. Police allege that 54-year-old Evan S. Goodman entered the victim’s home without permission and berated him man for doing noisy kitchen renovations, hitting him in the nose several times with his finger. / Metrowest Daily News
WV SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND HELP ISOLATED STUDENTS COMMUNICATE
The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind are the only schools of their kind in the state, dedicated to the education of deaf, hard of hearing, blind and low-vision students. The schools have been located in Romney since their opening in 1870. They offer free education to West Virginia students throughout the state and provide residential housing during the school week for students who live far away. Because the schools have been in operation for more than 100 years, some of their facilities are aging and in need of repair. / Charleston Gazette-Mail
New York, NY
FDNY RESCUES BLIND AND DEAF DOG TRAPPED IN WALL OF BRONX HOME
On Friday, the FDNY received a call from a family in the Bronx who had lost their blind and deaf puppy. According to WABC, the family spent several days desperately searching for the disabled dog, but had no luck. Finally, on Friday, the owners heard whimpers coming from the walls of their home. Wanting to safely rescue the dog, the family called the FDNY for help. / People
New York, NY
DEAF COMMUNITY GETS FREE CRISIS HOTLINE OF ITS OWN
?Crisis Text Line?, a free, 24/7 text-messaging support line for people in crisis, announces the launch of a partnership with Gallaudet University and the Deaf community. Starting Nov. 14, Deaf people will be able to text the word DEAF to 741741 and be connected with a Crisis Counselor. / Gallaudet University
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Asan, South Korea
FOR DEAF TENNIS PLAYER, SOUND IS NO BARRIER
Lee Duck-hee is the best teenage tennis player in South Korea, and a professional ranked 143rd in the world. “Seeing the level of skill, power and returning is totally different than high school level,” said Jeong Yeong-sok, his doubles partner at the tournament. Lee is exceptional among professionals, too. He is deaf, and no deaf player in the sport’s history has reached these heights. / The New York Times
THREE DEAF PEOPLE COULD HEAR AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME -- ON LIVE TELEVISION
A deaf pensioner desperate to hear her husband utter the words "I love you" once more will find out live on TV if she can hear again as part of a ground-breaking documentary filmed at the Manchester Royal Infirmary . "Breaking the Silence: Live" hits screens next week and features the hospital’s Cochlear Implant team and three patients who had the devices fitted several weeks ago. Marion, 69, John, 48, and 76-year-old Charles will have their implants switched on for the first time during a live broadcast. / Manchester Evening News
YOUNG DEAF LONDONERS HELP CHILDREN IN KENYA
Levi Choutan, from Cateram and Asher Woodman-Worrell, from Penge, are both deaf and used their special insight to volunteer in Kenya where deafness can be thought of as a "punishment" or a "curse", and many parents don’t know how to speak to their deaf children. Here Levi explains in his own words why it how they were able to help. / ITV News
Windsor, ON, Canada
DEAF SANTA MAKES STOP IN WINDSOR
Deaf Santa, a hearing-impaired Santa Claus who has been making the rounds of southeast Michigan for a number of years, made his first voyage to Canada Thursday night. And while there were no hearing-impaired children brought to the event at Cheez Wheelz on Ouellette Avenue, Santa greeted passersby on the sidewalk and some other children came in to have their picture taken. / Windsor Star
DEAF-BLIND TWINS SHARE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP
Deutsches Taubblindenwerk Fischbeck is a quiet place, a German facility where more than 100 deaf-blind people live together. Before photographer Marlena Waldthausen even lifted her camera there, she spent a few days observing the residents, trying to find a way to tell their stories without knowing how to talk to them. On the second day of her visit, she crossed paths with a set of twin brothers. Rolf was guiding Jörg, she remembers, and they were laughing and joking. / CNN
RECOGNIZE DEAF, BLIND UNDER THE DISABILITY ACT, URGE EXPERTS
Despite there being about 500,000 deaf-blind people in the country, their basic human rights are not fulfilled as deaf-blindness is yet not recognized under the Persons with Disability Act, said experts at the Goa Advocacy for Deaf-blind meeting held here on Friday. “Nobody is aware of the unique needs of a deaf-blind person and they themselves are not able to advocate for their rights. State Advocacy meeting aims at making government, service providers and organizations aware and accountable,” Parag Namdeo, Senior Manager (Advocacy and Networks) of Sense International India, said. / The Hindu
YOUTHS UNDERGO TRAINING IN FIGHT AGAINST SEXUAL ABUSE AMONG DEAF INDIVIDUALS
The Break the Silence project initiated by the Philippine Accessible Disability Services Incorporated (PADS Inc.), in partnership with Canada Fund for Local Initiative, through the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines and the support of Golden Orient Ship Management and Agencies Inc., have worked together in the development of new sets of deaf advocates to lead in the campaign against sexual abuse and exploitation in the deaf communities of Cebu. / Cebu Daily News
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LIFE & LEISURE
New York, NY
STEM CELLS COULD CURE HEREDITARY DEAFNESS WITHIN 5 YEARS
Scientists believe they are on the brink of a cure for people born deaf after producing stem cells to correct a hereditary defect. Experts have found a way of growing new cells for the cochlea, the spiral cavity of the inner ear. These can be used to replace faulty ones in people deaf from birth due to a genetic error. They hope a treatment could be available to patients within five to 10 years. / New York Post
DEAF UTRGV STUDENT AIMS TO BREAK STIGMA SURROUNDING IMPAIRMENT
Jesse Mendez was born in McAllen and was tested for deafness when he was four years old. The now 24-year-old was placed into a program for the deaf. His mother said there were not only challenges at school at times, but she remembers as a parent volunteer, raising money for special events was difficult. “The first thing I would hear was, ‘We don’t help those. No, thank you.’ And I was always like, why?” said Jesse's mother Lucia Mendez Barreiro. / KGBT
Notre Dame, IN
A HISTORIC FIRST FOR DEAF CATHOLICS: ASL MASS AT NOTRE DAME
Nov. 9, 2016, is a day Kevin Haggenjos will never forget. Thrilled to be part of the first Mass to be celebrated by a deaf priest in American Sign Language at Notre Dame, Haggenjos said, “I was born and raised in South Bend. As a deaf Catholic, I have dreamt all my life that there would be a Mass in ASL here. Today, my dream came true.” / Today's Catholic News
DEAF PEOPLE BELONG AT THE THANKSGIVING TABLE
Recently the Deaf Community celebrated a Thanksgiving Dinner at McDaid Hall, in Westmont. One of the Deaf women that attended the celebration told me that although this dinner may have been a lot of work, it is well worth it because she felt included; she was not left out. She knew she belonged. The woman was able to be a part of the conversation at the dinner table because it was in ASL. / Catholic Star Herald
ASU'S ASL CLUB CONNECTS DEAF AND HEARING STUDENTS
ASU’s American Sign Language club connects Deaf and hearing students together to develop their ASL skills through games, community service events and activities. ASL professor, Pamela Howard of the College of Health Solutions, has been the off and on advisor of ASL club since 2003 when it was first created. “The club was started by a group of enthusiastic ASL students that wanted opportunities to use ASL outside of the classroom and connect with the deaf community,” Howard said. / The State Press
AVA GIVES THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING A MORE PRESENT VOICE IN GROUP CONVERSATIONS
For those with hearing issues, simple dinner table group conversations can be pretty painful to stay on top of. Ava is aiming to bring deaf and hard-of-hearing people back into group conversations with their threaded speech-to-text application that gives people with hearing issues an easy way to stay on top of a conversation. The app, formerly known as Transcence, starts with each participant in a conversation downloading the app and setting up a profile. / TechCrunch
COMPANY USES ART AND WEED TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR THE DEAF COMMUNITY
In the nation’s capital, marijuana is sort of legalized, meaning it is legal to possess up to two ounces of weed depending on where you are, but there’s a boatload of rules and restrictions about distributing and actually partaking in the green goodies in the District of Columbia. Though most people can’t sell weed legally, they can give it away. So many DC-based entrepreneurs are finding fun ways for their businesses to bud… with bud. / Konbini US
LAW FIRM LAUNCHES DEAF AND DISABILITY RIGHTS UNIT
An Orlando-based law firm has created a deaf and disability rights unit to provide legal assistance to people with disabilities. Morgan & Morgan, a law firm that operates a contingency-fee practice, aims to provide legal representation across the state for deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind clients. The creation of this unit falls parallel to the commitment of the law firm to extend equality, justice and accessibility to those who suffer from discrimination and other injustices. / Florida Record
NEW PROGRAM HELPS DEAF AND BLIND STUDENTS
Lead Mine Elementary School’s newest students are easy to find at the North Raleigh school, because they’re constantly surrounded by their school buddies. The three students in Lead Mine’s new class for those who are both legally blind and deaf have a wave of helpers who eat lunch with them, escort them around the building and read with them in class. In just three months, the newcomers have bonded with the school community. / News & Observer
FOR SOME BLENDED FAMILIES, DEAF LITERACY VITAL FOR COMMUNICATION
Immediately after her son AJ was born, Amy Caslow was told he was deaf. At the time, Caslow had no knowledge of sign language but now is almost fluent and has a degree in ASL interpretation. But this isn’t the case for many families. The majority of deaf children are born into hearing homes, she said, where no one knows a visual language — meaning they can’t communicate with each other. / The Minnesota Daily
FRANCISCO ZUNIGA-ECHEVERRIA: DEAF MAN ONCE FOSTER CHILD, HOMELESS
Francisco Zuñiga-Echeverria is not unlike thousands of college students in Austin. He goes to class four days a week and spends hours playing video games in a modest apartment at the LifeWorks housing complex in East Austin. His place is cluttered and the kitchen sink is filled with dirty dishes. Yep, sounds like a typical college student. But this student has a unique story. / Austin American-Statesman
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
DEAF MUSICIAN PLAYS VIOLA WITH BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Music isn't just for people who can hear. Wendy Cheng has proved that. She's deaf -- but plays the viola. Cheng was invited to play with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Wednesday night in an event called the Rusty Musicians. It was a chance for ordinary music lovers to play Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with professionals. "I chose to do this with the BSO because I love that movement very much," Cheng said. / ABC2News.com
DEAF AUSTINITE USES APP TO TEACH HIMSELF HOW TO PLAY PIANO
In a world of silence, Austinite Daniel Meek says his greatest challenge is fitting in. "How to really just blend in with the hearing world," said Meek. But as a child, mesmerized by the organ player at church, he realized he would rather stand out. "Just watching her I was like, well if she can do it, I can do it," he said. "I really wanted to learn, but I didn't have anybody available who could teach me." So Meek taught himself. With the help of an app called Piano Maestro, Daniel now has dozens of songs at his fingertips. / Spectrum News
FANS ARE TOUCHED AT MAMAMOO WHEE IN'S ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH A DEAF FAN
Can MAMAMOO's Whee In be any more perfect? Fans are super touched at her behavior during a recent fan signing event. A fan with a hearing disability appeared at the event and began conversing with Whee In through sign language -- and Whee In conversed right back with some sign language, too! She made sure to mouth words clearly and stood up to listen to the fan. She was attentive and impressive, showing signs of knowing the etiquette toward those with hearing disabilities, so fans were touched, spreading gifs and fan-taken videos of the moment. / allkpop.com
West Springfield, MA
DEAF FOOTBALL COACH TRAINING HUNDREDS IN NEW ENGLAND
Craig Bryden is a 43-year-old Connecticut native, who always wanted to play football, but his parents wouldn't let him because he was deaf. As an adult, he worked in various schools for the deaf, coached basketball and was even an athletic director in Maine. Then son Daron was born, and he quickly got into football. After taking him around the country for the best football training possible, Craig decided to take it up himself, and from there, nothing has stopped him from his true passion -- working with young football players like his son so that they can be the best they can be. / WGGB/WSHM
MATTHEW KLOTZ BREAKS DEAF AMERICAN RECORD IN 50 YARD FREE
American swimmer Matthew Klotz, swimming as a redshirt freshman at LSU, has broken the American Deaf Record in the 50 yard freestyle. The newest mark brings him up to 11 total American Deaf Records. Swimming at the Art Adamson Invitational in Mansfield, Texas on Thursday, Klotz swam a 20.36 that improved upon Marcus Titus’ old record of 20.47 that was swum at the 2014 Texas Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame Invitational. / SwimSwam
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KANSAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
The Kansas School for the Deaf, 450 East Park St., Olathe, KS 66061, is currently seeking qualified individuals for the following positions for the 2016 - 2017 school year:
Social Studies Teacher-Secondary
Substitute Teachers, Para’s and Dorm staff
Placement made within agency guidelines on salary schedule depending upon professional background and experience. KSD offers excellent benefits (Full Time Positions Only). Applicants will be screened and the most highly qualified applicants will be invited for an interview session. Positions are open until filled. KSD is located in the Heartland of the USA, part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. For area info on excellent schools and affordable housing check out: www.kcmo.gov and www.olatheks.org.
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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.
Community Crisis Stabilization 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.
Specialized Interpreter: Interpret in ASL between those using specialized ASL and/or those with language deprivation and requiring further communication assistance.
Qualifications: Approved by the MCDHH to work as an interpreter, BA/BS and 2 years’ experience.
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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POTERVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Porterville, CA Area
American Sign Language Instructor, Temporary 1 Semester - $60/hr, hourly rate may vary; The successful applicant will be expected to provide instruction in a full range of ASL courses. For full details and to apply visit: http://apptrkr.com/905734. Emails will not be accepted. As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, the Kern Community College District encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply.
KERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
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Northeast Arc has full and part-time positions, working with adult individuals who are deaf, available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. You'll be working with deaf individuals using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. Do you know ASL? If so, I'd like to speak with you about our direct care positions. 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 email Erin Maloney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compensation: $12-12.50 for per diem shifts and $14 for PT/FT shifts.
NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH, PHILADELPHIA, 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.
Assistant Program Director for Residential Services – Full time, Glenside location. Minimum HS diploma plus 1 year as Residential Advisor.
Case Managers for Residential or Community Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - Full time; Glenside location. 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.
experience in mental health.
Educational / Staff Interpreter - Full Time; Philadelphia location. Minimum AA with minimum 3 years’ experience required.
Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position.
Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Joel Skelton, Assistant Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Email: email@example.com Fax: 215.392.6065
Residential House Director
The Northeast Arc, an established Human Service agency recognized for its creative approach and state of the art services for persons with disabilities is seeking candidates for the position of Residential House Director. Ideal candidates will have fluency in ASL and deep understanding of deaf culture. The Residential House Director will be overseeing a five person home for adults with Intellectual Disabilities and are deaf.
Excellent managerial skills as the director will be overseeing direct support professionals, relief staff and other support professionals.
Be a creative person with strong organizational skills that can assist individuals in achieving their personal goals.
Provide supportive assistance in a caring environment focusing on maintaining health and along with community and social networks.
Experience with working with families, DDS and other outside agencies is also required.
BA/BS in a related field.
At least 2 years supervisory experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as fluency in American Sign Language.
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Strongly prefer someone with First Aid, CPR and MAPS but willing to train
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