November 24, 2010
Vol. 7, No. 6
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF RESIDENTS LOSE ADA CLAIM OVER MERCURY SPILL
The 8th Circuit rejected the claims of four deaf people who said Dakota County wrongfully denied them sign-language interpreters after a mercury spill in Rosemount, Minn. Forty-nine people were exposed to mercury after teenage boys stole two jars of the toxic substance from an abandoned building and dumped the contents onto a playground near the Rosemount Woods mobile home park. A disaster response unit began decontaminating the people who had been exposed to mercury, including Kevin Loye, Gina Gist, Vikki Marshall and David Stiles, who are deaf. / Courthouse News Service
POWHATAN PRISON FIRST TO HAVE VIDEOPHONE FOR DEAF
Lawyers representing deaf inmates say a recent legal settlement will make the Powhatan Correctional Center the first major prison in the U.S. to have a videophone enabling deaf inmates to communicate with family and friends on the outside. The settlement, announced last Wednesday by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and the law firm Winston & Strawn LLP, concerned a suit filed this year for a group of deaf and hard-of-hearing inmates at Powhatan. / Richmond Times-Dispatch
POLICE: WOMAN ATTACKS SALVATION ARMY WORKER OVER FREE FOOD CONFUSION
A deaf and mute woman attacked and punched a female Salvation Army volunteer in the face several times while the worker handed out food for Thanksgiving, according to Wellsburg police. The incident happened Friday at the Salvation Army in Wellsburg. Detective Lester Skinner said 39-year-old Elizabeth Vetanze attacked the worker. Skinner said Vetanze is both deaf and mute and the attack happened following a disagreement over paperwork. / WTOV
Los Angeles, CA
LAX AIRPORT TSA OFFICERS PAT DOWN HEARING SERVICE DOG PASSENGER
I took my hearing service dog to the LAX (Los Angeles) Airport last October, 2010. I never know that the LAX Airport TSA officers ordered to pat down my full body including my breasts to confront many passengers who can see clearly while the LAX TSA officers touched to pat down my full body including my breasts, because I carried my hearing service dog to fly with me. / Opposing Views
DEAF PERSON'S CALL TURNS OUT TO BE HOAX
The Erie County Sheriff's SWAT team responded to North Main Street in Holland where there were reports that a hearing impaired person or persons made a call for help. That call turned out to be a hoax. Police responded to the home where allegedly a hearing impaired person was being held hostage in the bathroom. The SWAT team was assembled and 20-30 police were on hand to tackle the situation. / WIVB
DEAF COUPLE SAFE AFTER HOUSE CAUGHT ON FIRE
Talladega firefighters and Stemley Volunteer firefighters responded to a call Monday night on Stemley Bridge Road to a home occupied by a deaf couple. Everyone made it out of the house safely, and the fire was out after about 20 minutes, according to Captain Ron Goodenough. Unfortunately, the house caught fire again Tuesday morning. / The Daily Home
STUDENTS HELP KANSAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF WITH FUNDRAISER
Teenagers are typically consumed with themselves, but three Olathe students are the exception. Saturday, the students did something to show they're thinking of kids at another school. Madison Walsh, Miranda Phipps and Marlee Arrasmith got up early Saturday morning to get things in gear for a 5k walk. The three Olathe East High School seniors spent the past several weeks planning the event as part of a service learning project to benefit the Kansas School for the Deaf. / fox4kc.com
CLEARY SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF HOLDS CRAFT FAIR TO BEAUTIFY SCHOOL
The Cleary School for the Deaf held a craft fair from Saturday morning into the early evening in order to help fund changes and updates to the appearance of the facility. "We're trying to support the beautification of the school, we just don't have the funds to do projects around the school to make the grounds better, make it more accessible with playgrounds for children," said Cleary School for the Deaf Superintendent Ken Morseon. / Smithtown Patch
MUSTANGS DONATE $7,000 TO ORAL SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
The Mustangs of Memphis have been supporting the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf with various events throughout the year, including an auction and the proceeds from a car show. On Saturday, Nov. 13, this group of Ford Mustang fans presented MOSD with a check for $7,000. These funds will help Memphis Oral School for the Deaf continue to provide listening and spoken language skills and a preschool education to deaf and hard-of-hearing children from all over the Mid-South. / Germantown News
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Calgary, AL, Canada
DRAMATIC GESTURE FOR CHILDREN OF LESSER GOD
Directing Workshop Theatre’s production of Mark Medoff’s Children of a Lesser God has placed greater demands on Andrea Sereda than any play she has directed to date. After a highly successful run in Los Angeles, Children of a Lesser God opened on Broadway in 1980 where it was a critical and audience success. It is the story of Sarah Norman a deaf girl who refuses to learn to speak English and the strain this places on her academic and romantic relationship with her teacher James Leeds. / Calgary Sun
Port Alberni, BC, Canada
DEAF WOMAN SENTENCED
A deaf woman pled guilty to shoplifting from Extra Foods and stealing a caregivers' debit card. Emily Stubbs admitted she stole the debit card and made a pair of withdrawals totaling $260. She was ordered to repay the money, perform 30 hours of community work service, and she'll be on probation for a year. / Westcoaster.ca
GWENT PC'S FAILED DEAF MAN -- INQUEST
Two Gwent police officers who assisted a deaf man who fell ill in the street and later died failed to exercise a proper duty of care to him, the Independent Police Complaints Commission found. An Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation found the two officers who attended to Anthony Lewis, 52, on October 20 last year, should not have left him alone at his Newport home without ensuring a friend or relative had been informed or seeking medical aid for him themselves. / South Wales Argus
EPSOM AND EWELL ATHLETES WIN FUNDING
Athletes from Epsom and Ewell will receive more than £1,000 ($1,595 US) in financial and training grants to help them achieve their gold medal dreams. The group of 26 athletes were selected to receive the funding after making an application to GLL Sport Foundation, a not for profit organization which provides financial assistance to budding sports stars. Each of the athletes, who compete across 14 Olympics, Paralympic and Deaf Sport disciplines, will benefit from funding of up to £1,250 ($1,995 US) to be spent on training, travel, support services and equipment. / Guardian
BURGLARS TURN OFF PENSIONER'S OXYGEN SUPPLY
A woman of 90 is lucky to be alive after thieves broke into her home, stole £50 ($79 US) from her purse and switched off her life-saving oxygen supply. Distraught Eva Parsons woke up gasping for breath after her oxygen, which she needs 12 hours a night for chest and breathing problems, was switched off by one of the thugs. Family friend Ken Whitehead, 61, said: "Eva is deaf and turns off her hearing aid so she wouldn't have heard anything." / Mirror
Kumamoto City, Japan
DEAF PAINTER EXHIBITS DEAF ART WORKS
Hideto Noritomi (41), a Deaf resident of Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture, has been exhibiting his Deaf art works in the gallery for the first time in the city from November 16 to December 4. Hidehito says that he wants to send the message through the works; "I want you to be proud of being Deaf and the sign language." The exhibit included 63 oil paintings drawn from 2008 to this year. / Deaf Japan News
Elwood, VIC, Australia
AN ELWOOD BOOK TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Celeste Walters has written 21 books, with her latest called A Certain Music. The story is about an autistic child, a loner who spends her time hiding in the woods outside Vienna, Austria -- until she spies an old man who is deaf but also a music maker. So begins an odd friendship that develops through their mutual love of music. And the old man happens to be Beethoven. / Caufield Glen Elra Leader
Auckland, New Zealand
DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED CAN ACCESS OUTWARD BOUND
Aucklanders who are Deaf or hearing impaired can now enrol to attend a partially funded Outward Bound course tailored to meet their unique needs. The course named Deaf Adventure, is a joint initiative between Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand and Outward Bound. It gives people from the Deaf community the chance to step outside their comfort zone and discover their full potential at an eight day Outward Bound course in the Marlborough Sounds. / Voxy.co.nz
RANBIR TO BE HUSHED INTO SILENCE NEXT YEAR
It seems like Ranbir Kapoor will have to learn to communicate without speaking as he prepares for his next upcoming film Silence. The film is based on legendary comic actor Charlie Chaplin. Ranbir is playing a part deaf and partly mute man in the film. In order to do justice to the role, Ranbir has decided to stop speaking from January next year unless absolutely necessary, reported Mid-Day. "He wants to shut down all communication until he hears the sound of silence in his head," said a friend. / Hindustan Times
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
TANZANIA SOCIETY FOR THE DEAF WANTS SIGN LANGUAGE MADE CONSTITUTIONAL
The Tanzania Society for the Deaf (TSD) has called on political party leaders in the country to urge the government make sign language constitutional. This they say will enable it to be among compulsory languages in all places offering basic social services. / The Citizen
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GRID GREAT, DEAF CENTER BENEFACTORS SPOTLIGHTED
Heroes abounded at the Omni Marina Hotel on Oct. 27 as the friends of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center gathered to honor Sheryl and Frank McMillan III, the recipients of the Floerke Family Wall of Honor award, and to get to meet and greet with another great hero, Houston Oilers coaching legend Bum Phillips. / Corpus Christi Caller-Times
SOME SPECIES OF BEACHED DOLPHINS FOUND TO BE DEAF
U.S. researchers say they have found that some dolphin species stranded near the shore are often deaf. The finding could solve the mystery of why at least some of the thousands of marine mammals wash up on the world’s beaches every year. The University of South Florida marine biologists, writing in the journal PLoS One, say without adequate hearing, dolphins are unable to find food or family members and wind up weak and disoriented. / Earthweek
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ZATZKIN SHARES STORY AS DEAF CERT LEADER
The first deaf Houston resident to become certified in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) shared her story last Saturday in Fort Smith. Nicole Zatzkin has used her skills to help and serve people in other countries during and following disasters, said Dee Mathes, director of deaf ministries at Mission United Methodist Church. "With many organizations that respond to disasters, the deaf and elderly are always the last to be considered for training," said Mathes. "We are hoping to help change that." / The Times Record
BUILDING ON CAREER INTERESTS
More than 100 area high school students donned hard hats Friday to get a close-up view of the renovation and expansion of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind. For half of the day, students toured the site with representatives of Richmond-based contractor Kjellstrom and Lee. A $65-million renovation and expansion of the Staunton campus began in spring 2009. During the early part of the tour, students toured the inside of a partially completed education building at the school, where they viewed expensive new chiller equipment and pipes. Students also saw the outside of a half-finished dorm for deaf students. / The News Virginian
DEAF STUDENT PURSUES CAREER IN COUNSELING
Sitting on a couch in a West Campus hallway, 20-year-old Chris Molten watches as other students walk by. Some laugh, some talk on the phone or to peers and some listen to music. For Molten, the sound falls on deaf ears. Molten has been deaf since birth. He moved to Tucson with his parents and sister from St. Louis at age 6, and graduated from the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. He is the only deaf person in his family. / Aztec Press
BOOST FOR AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAM
Northeastern’s American Sign Language program has received $4.5 million in federal funding to improve the quality of ASL-English interpreters, interpreter education programs and resources available to deaf and deaf-blind people. The Department of Education awarded a five-year, $3 million grant to Northeastern’s National Interpreter Education Center, and a five-year, $1.5 million grant to its Regional Interpreter Education Center. / Northeastern University News
West Hartford, CT
THE AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF NAMES NEW BOARD PRESIDENT
David W. Carter, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications for Magellan Health Services, has been elected President of the Board of Directors at the American School for the Deaf. Mr. Carter has been involved with ASD since 2003. He lives in Simsbury with his wife, Pamela and four children. / West Hartford News
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
TELL NETFLIX: NO CAPTIONS, NO MONEY
Why leave Netflix? Because Netflix thinks it can decide how customers receive entertainment and charge some of them more money for less value. Customers like those among the 36 million Americans with hearing loss and other people who depend on captions for varying reasons have just been notified that, at Netflix's discretion, they are stuck with the more expensive DVD plans. Here's the Nitty-Gritty. / Deaf Politics Blog
See Also NETFLIX RAISES PRICES AND SNUBBING THE DEAF AGAIN ... / Deaf World As Eye See It
YOUTUBE SHUTS DOWN ALLY ASL FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
Allyson Townsend, who built herself a fervent fanbase by translating modern pop songs by Miley Cyrus, Kesha, and others into American Sign Language, has been shut down by YouTube in the name of copyright infringement. Her former account, allyballybabe, has been suspended, and she is no longer allowed any other accounts with YouTube. / Houston Press
SHOWCASE FOR DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING ARTISTS
On November 16th the Women's Resource Center, Student Special Services and the Center on Deafness: Inland Empire (CODIE) sponsored an event to support a community of deaf and hard of hearing artists. These talented artists along with UCR students came together to showcase remarkable paintings that express their feelings on relationship violence and abuse. The group of artists attending the event showcased truly impressive paintings. / The Highlander
DEAF VS. HEARING IN NEW 'ROMEO AND JULIET'
Romeo can hear and Juliet is deaf in a new version of Shakespeare’s play on stage at the Community College of Aurora in Colorado. Actors will use American Sign Language (ASL) and Shakespearean verse. “This experience will engage both deaf and hearing audiences as the fateful pair discovers a connection beyond language,” says director Stacey D’Angelo, who runs the college’s theater program. / Community College Spotlight
New York, NY
SIGNMARK RAPS LYRICS THROUGH SIGN LANGUAGE
"Even if the world comes crashing down," go his lyrics. "I stand tall proud back against the wall." He is a one-of-a kind rapper, reports CBS News correspondent John Bentley. That's because this artist - who goes by Signmark - was born deaf. In an art form rooted in the spoken word, Signmark doesn't say a word. Instead, he signs his way through his songs. "Those two words, music and deaf, they've never gone together," signed Signmark. / CBS News
DANCING DEAF: STUNNING DANCES BY DANCERS WHO CANNOT HEAR THE MUSIC
The timing of moves to the music in any dance is often amazing to those of us who watch. However, imagine timing everything just right, but not being able to even hear the music?! This video shows some deaf teens that not only are incredible dancers, but they have figured out how to create shows that are next to unbelievable considering their limitations. / Tootlee
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NOISE MAKERS: HOW DEAF ATHLETES DEAL WITH NOISE AS PART OF GAME STRATEGIES
Tune it all out. That's the mental approach most athletes try to take in pressure situations. But what if you can't hear any of it? What if you can't hear a coach's instructions or your teammates calling for the ball? What if you live in a world with little or no sound? Nearly three out of every 1,000 American children are born deaf. And that got us thinking: What's it like for athletes who are deaf to compete at an elite level? / ESPN
VSDB BOYS REBUILDING AFTER TOP PLAYER'S GRADUATION
The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind's boys' basketball team is finding out that life is a little bit more difficult without having Cyron Stokes around. Stokes, who averaged 27 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocks a game for the Cardinals, is now playing basketball for Gallaudet University. "That's a huge loss we will have to fill," said VSDB head coach Cliff Watson through an interpreter. / The News Leader
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Nancy Mae Resh departed this life on November 15, 2010 in Cortland, Ohio. She is survived by her mother, Charlotte Johnson; eight sisters, two nieces; four nephews; two great nephews; and one aunt. Services were held Monday, November 22 at at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Jetersville with private interment. [Editor's note: Kent State University, Trumbull County campus, Warren, Ohio, is having a memorial service to honor Nancy's memory. it will be held in the Trumbull Lecture Hall on Sunday, December 5, from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.] / Hawkes Funeral Homes
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Director of Employment Services (Full Time)
Fremont and San Leandro, California
DCARA has a full-time job opening for the position of Director of Employment Services. This position has two major responsibilities:
1. Manage the Employment Services Department which is charged with the task of working with Deaf and hard of hearing residents of the San Francisco Bay Area to enhance their vocational skills, increase their employability, place them in jobs, and work with them to retain their employment; and
2. Develop and implement the Deaf Employment Training Center, a pre-employment skills training and development program for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. This position will report to the Executive Director and will occupy an office at the Fremont EDD office (primarily) and at DCARA Headquarters in San Leandro.
-- Oversee the compliance of contracts that fund Employment Services department within the agency
-- Provide training and supervision to all Employment Services staff
-- Work with Executive Director and Program Developer to develop funding opportunities to implement Deaf Employment Training Center
-- Develop linkages and working relationships with other agencies serving the deaf and hard of hearing community
-- Conduct evaluations of services offered within Employment Services Department to ensure that services are meeting the current needs in the community
-- Advocate for employability and communication access for clients
-- Monitor department budget
-- Facilitate regularly scheduled department meetings
-- Participate in management team meetings to support department as well as agency operations
-- Other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director
-- Bachelor’s degree in vocational services, social services, counseling, or related areas. MA degree preferred
-- Experience in supervision and management
-- At least two years experience in program service delivery
-- Demonstrated organizational, analytical and writing skills
-- Knowledge of MS Windows software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
-- Proficiency in American Sign Language and English
-- Positive cultural perspective of Deaf people
-- Able to travel during the week (and occasional weeknights/weekends) and throughout the DCARA service area
SALARY: Salary is negotiable dependent on education and experience. DCARA offers 12 days of holiday leave plus paid winter holiday, and full medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits.
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RHODE ISLAND OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a full-time position open for “Rhode Island Outreach Coordinator”.
Location: Rhode Island Area
Position summary: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone Relay Service (CapTel®) for Rhode Island Relay.
Preferred education, experience
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-- Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
-- Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people who have differing hearing and speech abilities
-- Understanding of Deaf Culture
-- Fluency in American Sign Language is preferred
-- Ability to promote all relay services and to educate/train users of the services
-- Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service or experience with Captioned Telephone Relay Service is helpful
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-- Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines
-- Strong writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills
-- Associate’s Degree with 2 years experience or a Bachelor’s Degree required
-- Hold a valid driver’s license
-- Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are encouraged to apply
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Position summary: This full-time position at POTHOS is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone for California Relay Service (CRS) for our client Hamilton Relay.
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Hello, we currently have job openings for one (1) School Director at each of our Schools for the Deaf in North Carolina: 1) North Carolina School for the Deaf (NCSD) in Morganton, NC, and 2) Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf (ENCSD) in Wilson, NC. We are recruiting for these two (2) positions through December 31, 2010. We would greatly appreciate your assistance in sharing these job openings with all potentially interested persons. Thank you.
To apply for the NCSD School Director position, please submit a North Carolina State Application for Employment (PD-107) to: Teri Longo, NCSD Human Resources Office, 517 West Fleming Drive, Morganton, NC 28655, or fax it to 828-432-5309.
To apply for the ENCSD School Director position, please submit a North Carolina State Application for Employment (PD-107) to: Tonia Hartley, ENCSD Human Resources Office, 1311 U.S. Highway 301 South, Wilson, NC 27893, or fax it to 252-234-1145.
Persons interested in applying for
one or both of these positions can obtain a North Carolina State Application
for Employment (PD-107) at the following weblink:
Position: School Director
OES Residential Schools
Working Title: School Dir OES Res School
Vacancy Number: NCSD-60038911; ENCSD-60039125
Salary Grade: 81T
Salary Range: $60964 - $101867
Hiring Range: $60964 - $101867
Department: Health Human Services
Division: HHS SO LTCFS OES
Type of Appointment: Perm Full-Time
Locations: Morganton and Wilson
Posting Date: 11/19/2010
Closing Date: 12/31/2010
Number of Positions: 1 at NCSD, 1 at ENCSD
Description of Work
The North Carolina Schools for the Deaf are state supported residential schools for deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf/blind children from ages five (5) to age 21. The Director is responsible for providing direct oversight of the instructional program and serves as the School Principal. The Director is responsible for overall management of the academic, residential, and business operations of the school. Duties include planning and implementation of educational and support services; setting short and long-range budgetary and program goals; establishing school deadlines; and coordinating program evaluation and development. ***This is a managerial exempt position***
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Evidence of leadership skills in the areas of judgment, analytical thinking, reasoning, and decision making; knowledge of basic principles and theories of education; demonstrated ability to supervise and establish working relationships with staff, the general public and other government agencies/departments; demonstrated ability to manage multiple operations and functions of a program; excellent communication skills and demonstrated skills as an instructional leader.
Experience with developing and supervising educational programs for deaf and hard of hearing students. Knowledge of the operation of educational programs in residential schools; the ability to communicate effectively using American Sign Language.
Training and Experience Requirements
Master's degree in education, school administration, or specific field related to special education and five years of education experience preferably with three years as a Teacher and two years of
administrative and supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Must meet minimum qualifications for School Administrator-Principal licensure as
outlined in Chapter 115C of North Carolina General Statues. Degrees must be from appropriately accredited institutions.
How to Apply:
DHHS selects applicants for employment based on job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities as required by EEOC. You must undergo drug testing if you are applying for a direct care position and a DMV check if applying for a position that involves the transportation of students. DHHS will also conduct a criminal record check if you are applying for a position which supervises or provides direct care. DHHS will conduct state/federal criminal record checks on all applicants selected for direct care and non-direct care positions in the DHHS residential school programs. All applicants must submit a state application (PD-107) to the HR office indicated on the vacancy announcement. A separate application must be submitted for each position for which you are applying and must include the specific position title and position number. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a state application. Applications must be received in the appropriate HR office by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. Postings and a (PD-107) found at public libraries, local ESC, DHHS HR offices or OSP web site at: http://www.osp.state.nc.us/jobs/gnrlinfo.htm.
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