deafweekly

 

November 28, 2012
Vol. 9, No. 6

Editor: Tom Willard

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Washington, DC
GROWTH OF VIRAL VIDEO LEAVES DEAF IN THE DARK
Online video is becoming a more ubiquitous part of American life. That video explosion has been great for small-film and TV producers, who are able to reach an audience without a big studio budget, and fans of niche programming. But in some ways, it has left the deaf and hard-of-hearing community starting from scratch after years of advocating for captions on traditional television. / The Washington Post

Washington, DC
SANTORUM'S NEW CAUSE: OPPOSING THE DISABLED
President-unelect Rick Santorum made his triumphant return to the Capitol on Monday afternoon and took up a brave new cause: He is opposing disabled people. Specifically, Santorum, joined by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), declared his wish that the Senate reject the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities — a human rights treaty negotiated during George W. Bush’s administration and ratified by 126 nations. “This is a direct assault on us,” he said. / The Washington Post

Johnston, IA
PROPOSAL SETS 5 REGIONAL CENTERS TO SERVE DEAF, BLIND STUDENTS
An expanded statewide system that offers educational services for Iowa’s blind and deaf students at five regional sites, including on existing campuses in Vinton and Council Bluffs, is the model a study committee will recommend to the state Board of Regents. That recommendation comes with an added cost of about $3.2 million beyond what is spent now serving those two populations, said Patrick Clancy, superintendent of the School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs. However, he said, that expected cost would be shared by various entities. / The Gazette

San Diego, CA
LONGTIME POL VARGAS READIES FOR NEW D.C. POST
On Thanksgiving eve, a deaf man approached Congressman-elect Juan “Paco” Vargas and handed the first Latino elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from San Diego a card seeking a donation. Vargas reached into his wallet and gave the man $6. “Pray for me,” Vargas told him, slowly mouthing the supplication and pointing to his own heart so the man understood. Vargas pledges to enter the House of Representatives with the sense of humility and duty that he had displayed with the deaf man. / North County Times

Dayton, OH
SIGN-LANGUAGE SKILLS BENEFIT AN ILL STRANGER
Lauren Schippers describes her recent actions to help a woman in distress as "the whole 'treat others as you would want to be treated' philosophy." "I just did what I would have wanted done for me if I were in that situation ... that's it," she said of the assistance she offered an ill deaf woman by using her sign-language skills to help the woman communicate with the responding Fairborn Fire Department EMS. It happened as Schippers was leaving Deaf Awareness Day at Wright State University, where she was working at a booth with her mother. / Fire Engineering

Ellensburg, WA
DAR, THE SIGNING CHIMPANZEE, DIES SUDDENLY; 'HURT' NOT AMONG LAST WORDS
Dar, the chimpanzee who used American Sign Language, knew the word for "hurt." Yet he didn't use it to indicate he was sick over the past few weeks. So it came as a shock on Saturday morning when a caretaker walked into the Central Washington University facility where Dar lived and found the 36-year chimpanzee lying on the ground unconscious. "It was very sudden," says Mary Lee Jensvold, director of CWU's Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute. Over the past few days, there's been an outpouring of grief on the institute's Facebook page. / Seattle Weekly


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Montreal, QC, Canada
200 RALLY TO SUPPORT LAWSUITS VS. PRIESTS
For some 200 demonstrators who massed and marched quietly Sunday afternoon near a former school for deaf and mute youngsters, it’s time, in the words of a sign one protester carried, for the Clercs de Saint-Viateur to “stop defending the indefensible.” The protest against alleged sexual abuse of deaf and mute boys began at 2 p.m. The abuse is alleged to have been carried out by members of the Roman Catholic religious order over a four-decade period, until the early 1980s. / Montreal Gazette

Calgary, AB, Canada
INNOVATIVE PLAY FOR THE DEAF (AHD HEARING) LOSES ITS WAY
How to break the ice on your first face-to-face date (after online chats and a Skype session) creates one of the more memorable moments in Noise, Verb Theatre’s abundant, messy, new musical for deaf and hearing audiences. When Brian (Brett Podesky) meets Samantha (Sylvia Niederberger) at a Calgary restaurant prior to a Friday night at the laser tag emporium, he’s a little tongue-tied. It’s not that he’s not that into Sam; quite the opposite. It’s just that he’s far more used to typing words at her than speaking them, and she’s not much better. That’s when it hits him: just because you’re sitting across a table from someone doesn’t mean you can’t text a little. / Calgary Herald

Edmonton, AB, Canada
DEAF DEACON TO BE ORDAINED PRIEST
Matthew Hysell became deaf after contracting spinal meningitis when he was 18 months old. Since he arrived in Edmonton from San Jose, Calif., almost five years ago, Hysell has been busy studying theology, preaching the Word of God from the pulpit, visiting Catholic schools and giving retreats. Very soon he will be able to hear Confessions as well. A transitional deacon, Hysell will be ordained to the priesthood in Edmonton Dec. 7. He will be the first deaf priest in Canada. / Patheos

Toronto, ON, Canada
H3 NETWORK MEDIA ALLIANCE SWITCHES TO INTERNATIONAL SIGN PROGRAMMING
H3 Network Media Alliance, an Internet media broadcasting network, has launched its inaugural programming lineup covering current affairs, cultural events, and educational content in International Sign for Deaf viewers around the world. With as many as 130 “deaf sign language” around the world according to Ethnologue: Languages of the World, International Sign (IS) allows Deaf people to communicate with each other through use of universal signs that follow general concepts. / DEAF411

London, England
DO YOU SEE WHAT I'M SAYING?
When Michael Bloomberg appeared during Hurricane Sandy last month, his sign language interpreter unwittingly stole his thunder. Lydia Callis translated the New York City mayor's announcements using every muscle she possessed. So expressive was she on a stage filled with stiff officials that CNN filmed a prime-time profile, Saturday Night Live sent her up in a sketch and websites around the world hummed with love for Lydia. Translators should be invisible, but sign language interpreters must be seen to be heard. / The Independent

London, England
WE'RE BEING LEFT OUT OF THE BIG SOCIETY, SAY THE DEAF
Thousands of deaf people are socially excluded because of a lack of adequate services for sign language users, campaigners say. Up to 70,000 people, many of whom cannot lip-read or have poor English skills, use British Sign Language as their first language. But half of them leave doctors’ appointments feeling confused because of the poor quality, or absence, of interpreters, research suggests. Action on Hearing Loss has called for improvements in healthcare access and standards for the hearing impaired. / The Independent

Essex, England
THREE-QUARTERS OF HEARING DOG OWNERS TURNED AWAY FROM SERVICE PROVIDERS
Figures released by the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People have revealed a shocking amount of discrimination against deaf people who use hearing dogs. The report showed that 78 per cent of owners had at least on one occasion been turned away from a service provider because of their animal. The findings also showed that the experience left 52 per cent of recipients angered, 45 per cent feeling discriminated against and 31 per cent embarrassed. / Pet Gazette

Harrow, England
DEAF HARROW RESIDENTS VISIT PARIS
A group of 20 deaf and hard of hearing Harrow residents enjoyed a specially organized trip to Paris at the weekend. The Harrow Asian Deaf Club took a group of 21 people for a festive weekend away. They left the charity’s Uxbridge Road center on Friday morning and took a coach to Dover, where they caught the ferry to Calais. Once in Paris the group toured the city, took in the sights and cruised down the River Seine. They also went to the top of the Eiffel Tower and explored a Christmas market. / Harrow Times

Peterborough, England
BURGLARS TARGET BUSINESS OF DEAF AND BLIND MAN
Burglars have wrecked the livelihood of a vulnerable man when they raided the premises of his Peterborough business last Wednesday. Intruders struck at the home and workshop of Graham Hicks, 57, who is deaf and blind, and made off with property worth about £8,000 ($12,800 US). Mr Hicks, who runs his own cycle repair business, said: “I have been left absolutely devastated ... but I am made of stern stuff and will bounce back.” / Peterborough Telegraph

Cornwall, England
RESCUE OF DEAF CENTER IS PRAISED
A center for the deaf which was saved from closure by the local community has won a national award. The Cornwall Deaf Centre in Camborne received the Community Spirit award at the 2012 Signature Annual Awards. Barrie Curtis and his wife Susan, who run the center, launched the DIY Deaf-OS appeal and to date more than £80,000 ($128,000 US) has been received, enabling the center to undergo modernization and thus ensuring its long-term future. / This is Cornwall

Dublin, Ireland
€300,000 AWARD TO DEAF TEEN
A teenage boy has settled a High Court action for €300,000 ($388,000 US) over an alleged delay in diagnosing his profound deafness. Liam Burke, 17, claimed that his hearing loss was not picked up until he was more than three years of age. Through his mother, Mary Burke, he sued the HSE and and a senior audiologist operating out of Kerry General Hospital, Patricia Heffernan. / Independent.ie

Oyo State, Nigeria
NGO URGES GOVERNMENT TO ESTABLISH RESOURCE CENTER FOR THE DEAF
Executive Director, Definite Trend, a non-governmental organization (NGO), Mr Kehinde Akewusola, has urged the Federal Government to establish a culture and resources center for the deaf in the society. He argued that such center would reduce stigmatization of the deaf in regular schools. ''There is an urgent need to establish a Deaf Culture and Resources Centre to provide interaction, socialization, information sharing and development of the deaf," he said. / Nigerian Tribune

Ghana
DEAF AND DUMB APPEAL FOR INTERPRETERS AT PUBLIC PLACES
A deaf and dump man in the Gomoa West District, Mr Issaka Obeng, has appealed to the government to provide interpreters for people with hearing and speaking disabilities to enable them to communicate with the public at places such as hospitals and schools. Mr Obeng made the appeal at a debate for Gomoa West constituency parliamentary candidates organized by the Gomoa West District Directorate of the National Commission for Civic Education at Apam. / GhanaWeb

Solomon Islands
POLICE HUNT CROCODILE BOTHERING DEAF STUDENTS
The head of a school for deaf students at Aruligo north west of the Solomon Islands capital says police officers from the regional assistance mission are still hunting a large crocodile in the area. Brother George van der Sant says the animal, which is almost three metres long, was first seen in the sea in front of his San Isidro Care Centre just over a week ago. He says the crocodile spent a day swimming up and down the beach about 10 metres from shore while students were preparing a feast. / Radio New Zealand International


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Terre Haute, IN
SPEAKER SHARES DEAF CULTURE BASICS WITH ISU AUDIENCE
You are walking down a hallway where two people are standing while having a conversation. It feels natural to give a smile and excuse yourself as you walk quickly through them. But would you hesitate if the people in the hallway were deaf and signing to each other instead? Ann Reifel, American Sign Language Chair at Vincennes University, says it’s perfectly alright to walk on through. Reifel shared this example as part of her presentation regarding deaf culture on Nov. 13 at Indiana State University’s University Hall. / The Statesman

Memphis, TN
DEAF MEMPHIS MINISTER BEST HEARD THROUGH HIS COMICS, SERMONS
There is always a pen in Billy Leavell's shirt pocket. Though Leavell speaks most often using sign language, notes and sometimes his own muffled voice, the 74-year-old minister seems to speak most loudly through comic strips. As the head of the deaf church within White Station Church of Christ — and the only deaf clergyman in Memphis — Leavell is passionate about teaching the Bible to his community in a way they can understand. / The Commercial Appeal

Champion, OH
EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS DEAF COMMUNITY
Both deaf and hearing communities heard about various programs, classes and services available to those with hearing impairments as part of the deaf world exhibit. The exhibit was held at the Kent State University at Trumbull to show that deafness is not a disability. Laurie Pesarchick, an instructor of American sign language at Kent State, said the event presents recognition of programs and services for deaf and hearing communities in northeast Ohio. / Tribune Chronicle

Riverside, CA
DEAF STUDENTS TO ENJOY SILENT SLEIGH
California School for the Deaf, Riverside will celebrate 25 years of Silent Sleighs on Dec. 6 and 60 years at the Riverside campus. The event brings deaf and hard-of-hearing students from throughout Southern California to the Riverside school for a day of fun and camaraderie. The celebration for elementary school students and younger children will also include Santa Claus communicating in sign language on his video phone from the North Pole, says schools spokeswoman Laurie Pietro Waggoner. / The Press-Enterprise


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Alexandria, VA
SHANE H. FELDMAN NAMED NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE REGISTRY OF INTERPRETERS FOR THE DEAF, INC.
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) has announced the appointment of Shane H. Feldman as its new executive director. Feldman, a nationally-recognized Deaf community leader, advocate and nonprofit professional, has been instrumental in advancing the rights of the community at the local, state and national levels including the right to qualified sign language interpreting services. Starting January 1, 2013, Feldman is responsible for the ongoing and consistent achievement of RID’s Strategic Plan and for the implementation and completion of initiatives set forth by a board of directors and the association members. / RID

Longmeadow, MA
NEW CEO TO TAKE HELM JULY 1, 2013
The Willie Ross School for the Deaf has announced that Robert W. Carter, currently president of the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and responsible for the administration of the Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro, Vt., will become its president and CEO upon the retirement of Louis Abbate, Ed.D. at the end of June 2013. Carter has been president and headmaster of the Austine School for the Deaf since 2007 and spent 14 years as director of deaf services for FSW, Inc. a non-profit social service organization in Bridgeport, Connecticut. / Willie Ross School

Chattanooga, TN
DEAF MAN GROWS IT BUSINESS IN CHATTANOOGA
Most people don't realize that Todd Lindstrom is completely deaf. "They usually just ask me what country I'm from," he joked. That's because the founder of CompuPeace, a tech-support company for homes and businesses, reads lips and speaks with only a slight impediment. Usually, it's hard to speak when you're deaf from birth. Not being able to hear sounds, it's difficult to learn words. "No one could understand me before I was 12," he said. / Chattanooga Times Free Press

Nashville, TN
BRIDGES BUYS NEW HQ BUILDING IN EDGEHILL
Bridges has paid $465,000 for a new headquarters building in the Edgehill neighborhood. Bridges, formally known as the League for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, purchased the building at 925 Edgehill Ave. after a three-year search, according to a news release. The building will be upgraded over the next six to eight months, led by EOA Architects. Work is to be competed in the summer of 2013. / Nashville Business Journal


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San Diego, CA
JON SAVAGE'S 7240 DEAF ARTISTS EXHIBIT
Hello! Welcome to 7240 Vlog! Here’s the update information on 7240. We would like to thank all the deaf artists who submitted their applications for the 7240 event and we did enjoy viewing their artwork. When you come to our event which is between December 18th to 20th, 2012, you all will enjoy to view their artwork including mine! The next discussion is the location which is Space 4 Art. / Kickstarter

Washington, DC
A 'CHRISTMAS CAROL' WITH AN ASL TWIST AT GALLAUDET
On the stage of a spacious auditorium at the nation’s premier university for the deaf, a worker nails Styrofoam snow to the eaves of a mock-up of a 19th-century London streetscape, as actors in exaggerated masks — one playing crusty Ebeneezer Scrooge, another kindly Bob Cratchit — practice a scene in the dank offices of the Christmas holiday’s most celebrated miser. The rehearsal at Gallaudet University could, in fact, be preparation for any old presentation of the seasonal chestnut “A Christmas Carol.” Except it’s not. / The Washington Post

Buffalo, NY
FEELING THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS
Julia Bronneberg explained how she experienced the soaring sounds of Christmas carols and holiday music at a concert by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra last Wednesday at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in Buffalo. She pointed to her feet. Through rhythmic vibrations thump, thump, thumping from the shiny floor of the gymnasium where both the orchestra and the audience sat, the students at St. Mary’s felt the sounds of Christmas. Marking the 26th time the BPO has performed at St.? Mary’s, the concert has become the official kickoff to the holiday season for the BPO. / The Buffalo News


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Fremont, CA
CSDF FOOTBALL TEAM DRAWS NATIONAL ATTENTION IN BEST SEASON EVER
On their way to a 10-2 record, the boys on the Eagles football team in Fremont overcame a pile of obstacles. They mustered just 19 players from their high school, so few that some of them regularly had to play both offense and defense. Not one of those players weighed as much as 200 pounds, putting the team regularly at a size disadvantage. But the most obvious obstacle is one the Eagles insist hindered them not at all: Each of the players -- and the head coach -- is deaf. Representing the California School for the Deaf, the Eagles just concluded their best season ever, capturing a North Central II/Bay League title competing against teams with no such disadvantages. / San Jose Mercury News

See Also CSDF FOOTBALL TEAM FINISHES SECOND IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED CONTEST / Contra Costa Times

Washington, DC
DEAF BELLAIRE GRAD ALLEN PERSEVERES IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL
When Kevin Allen arrived at Gallaudet University to play football as a freshman in 2009, one of his former teammates, then a senior, gave him the nickname Krispy Kreme. "When I was a freshman I was a big boy," said Allen, with a smile. Some three years later, Allen is known for much more than a brand of donuts. "People look up to me more often," said Allen, who is deaf but speaks well. And for good reason. / Houston Chronicle


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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.

Please follow the instructions on the job announcement to submit a complete on-line application and upload documentation. Contact Information:

Chelle Lutz
CSDB - HR
33 North Institute Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-578-2114
Fax: 719-578-2239
E-mail: clutz@csdb.org

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Gallaudet University
Public Safety Officer-Deaf and Hard of Hearing Applicants sought

Department: Department 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.

Contact: theodore.baran@gallaudet.edu

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FACULTY POSITION OPENING
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE

Northridge, California 91330

Department: Deaf Studies

Effective Date of Appointment: August 2013
(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 includes:
-- 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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PAHrtners Deaf Services

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
215-884-9770 TTY/V 215-884-6301 FAX

PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf/HOH centered with about 85% of our staff being Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Our staff environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support. As a result, we are rapidly growing with new programs and expansions of our existing programs. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or have many years’ 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, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community to fill the following positions:

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
Email: lclaypool@pahrtners.com
Fax: 215-884-6301
www.pahrtners.com

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