November 30, 2016
Vol. 13, No. 7
Editor: Tom Willard
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St. Paul, MN
METRO DEAF SCHOOL TO MAKE HISTORY WITH CHINESE SIGN LANGUAGE
St. Cloud State University and the Metro Deaf School in St. Paul have joined forces to include deaf and hard-of-hearing students in a first-of-its-kind cross-cultural exchange. The Metro Deaf School has opened a “Confucius classroom” for students to learn Chinese sign language, history and culture. The school has brought in a deaf educator, Xuan Zheng, from China to lead the class. In partnership with St. Cloud State University, the school has received a five-year, $10,000 yearly grant from Hanban, the Chinese ministry of education’s outreach arm, to support the classroom. / Star Tribune
GALLAUDET U. POLICE CHIEF TRAINS VA. POLICE RECRUITS
Police recruits in Fairfax County, Virginia, received valuable training for communicating with people who are deaf or have partial hearing loss. Gallaudet University Police Department Chief Ted Baran taught a class at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy Tuesday.
“When they come across a police officer, their first thing is fear because they can't communicate with you,” said Baran, who was raised by deaf parents. / NBC4 Washington
TEAM OF DEAF SCIENTISTS PROBE HEARING LOSS TREATMENTS
When Peter Steyger learned to speak, he had to wear hearing aids. At 14 months, he was struck with meningitis. The powerful antibiotic that saved his life largely stripped him of hearing. His mother, determined to keep him in the hearing community, worked with him an hour a day for four years as part of an intensive regime of speech therapy. Sometimes it took him 10 minutes to learn a single word. He didn’t start to catch up to his peers until eight years later. But today at 54, Steyger is a prominent auditory neuroscientist. / Herald and News
DOJ: CINEMAS MUST OFFER TECH FOR BLIND AND DEAF CUSTOMERS
Digital distribution means that it's no longer a chore to distribute movies with audio description and closed captioning. Despite this, some theaters have resisted offering the service, cutting out people with disabilities from enjoying the full cinema experience. That's what's prompted Attorney General Loretta Lynch to sign a final rule affirming that theaters must own, maintain and advertise disability aids for patrons. / engadget
St. Paul, MN
AT 100-YEAR-OLD ST. PAUL CLUB FOR THE DEAF, 'YOUR FRIENDS ARE ALL HERE'
The parking lot filled up fast on a recent Saturday outside Charles Thompson Memorial Hall, a majestic brick building that has stood for a century on a bustling corner in St. Paul. Inside, old friends greeted one another with hugs and handshakes. Their hands moved quickly as they used their language — ASL — to share stories about work and family life. For many in Minnesota’s deaf community, Thompson Hall is a sanctuary. / Star Tribune
NON-PROFIT GIVES 'GIFT OF HEARING & LISTENING' TO THE DEAF
It's something many of us probably take for granted: the ability to listen and speak to one another. But for some this is a gift, one the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing helps to give each year. The non-profit, which is based in the historic Volta Laboratory and Bureau Building in Georgetown, uses donations to give scholarships and financial aid to families who need help paying for hearing devices, special schooling, developmental and enrichment programs. / WUSA9.com
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Regina, SK, Canada
THEATRE GROUP NEEDS 14K TO PERFORM IN FIRST-EVER DEAF THEATRE FESTIVAL IN ALTA.
Deaf Crows isn’t your typical theatrical play – it’s probably the opposite. It’s one with no talking scripts, no music and it is completely silent. The play was created and performed by members of Regina’s deaf community. Performers use miming, puppetry and American Sign Language as their mode of storytelling. Deaf Crows delves into the lives of people growing up deaf, in an audible world. Over the summer, the group performed to sold out crowds in Regina. / Globalnews.ca
WATCH: THREE IRISH STUDENTS CREATE IRISH SIGN LANGUAGE CHRISTMAS CAROL TO HIGHLIGHT A SERIOUS PROBLEM
Amy Durkin, Abbie O'Neill, and Joanne O Donnell are students in the Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College; Abbie and Joanne are training to be interpreters. The three women have come together to create a Christmas carol using Irish Sign Language (ISL) in order to highlight a very important issue. "This video is for Deaf adults and especially Deaf children so that they can watch this and be included in festivities like songs at this time of year," Ms O'Neill said. / Independent.ie
Belfast, Northern Ireland
BEING DEAF WON'T STOP ME FROM PLAYING THE SPORT I LOVE, SAYS BELFAST DAD-TO-BE
Earlier this week, 21-year-old Danny Rea made his first team debut for Belfast & District Football League side St James’ Swifts. Coming on as a second-half substitute, the Ravenhill man set up two goals in a 6-2 win for the West Belfast team. It was a debut anyone would be pleased with and it’s made all the more impressive when you know that Danny was born profoundly deaf. / Belfast Live
DEAF NEWARTHILL DJ FEELS THE BEAT
A Newarthill man who was born deaf has beaten the odds to become a successful nightclub DJ after he fell in love with vibrations coming from speakers. John McDevitt has performed in Ibiza, become a regular on Scotland’s biggest internet radio station and reached out to artists as far away as California and Argentina. John, whose DJ name is ‘Def Beatz’, said he learned to “feel” the music and distinguish between different types of beats by going to gigs in his early 20s. / Motherwell Times
DEAF AND BLIND MAN, 92, PLUNGES 14 FEET DOWN LAUNDRY SHUTE
A blind and deaf 92-year-old war veteran has been left unable to remember his close family after plunging 14ft down a laundry chute. Cops are now investigating the care home where William Condra, known as Len, broke his leg in the devastating fall. Mr Condra, who is almost totally blind and deaf, fell down a lift shaft used for transporting laundry between the floors at Haslington Residential Home in Greenhithe, Kent. / The Sun
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN IN CHINA GO DEAF ANNUALLY DUE TO UNSAFE DRUGS
In a public announcement, China ’s state-run television CCTV has a simple message to parents: children are not miniature adults when it comes to taking medication. The video, however, fails to point out the root cause behind the problem. The three-minute video consists of 5-year-old deaf girl named Fu Xinuo making hand signs into the camera, with subtitles in Chinese. Then, Fu begins to tear up slowly as she gestures how her hearing slowly deteriorated because of improper medication for a fever three years ago. / The Epoch Times
DEAF-MUTE BOY HELD FOR KILLING 55-YEAR-OLD
The city police on Sunday arrested a 16-year-old speech and hearing impaired boy, who had allegedly killed a 55-year-old man by smashing his head with a stone last week. The boy, who lives in Khodiyarpara, confessed to the crime, police officials said. On November 24, the man identified as Bharad Adesara was found murdered at a public garden. While scanning CCTV footages, police noticed a young boy coming out of the garden at around the same time when Adesara was murdered. They kept a watch there and nabbed him on Sunday. / Times of India
MEET RUPMANI CHHETRI, A DEAF GIRL WHO HAS WON NATIONAL AWARDS BUT IS STRUGGLING TO FIND A JOB!
A champion for the cause of people with physical disabilities, of women's and children's rights, Rupmani Chhetri is caught in the trap she has been fighting against. No one wants to give her a job. Born deaf, Rupmani's family came to India from Nepal when Rupmani was just 6 months old. With time, her parents seemed to start losing interest in her. After the birth of her younger siblings, born without physical disabilities, she was reduced to being a shadow about the house. / India Times
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LIFE & LEISURE
LOUDER THAN WORDS
My father’s oldest sister, Betty Lou, lived with Grandma and had always been her mother’s biggest helper. When Betty Lou was 5 years old, the little girl tragically fell down the stairs, hitting her head and shattering her ability to hear. From that day on they called her “deaf and dumb.” Years after her tumble, Aunt Betty was sent to a boarding school for the deaf. There she learned sign language, and that opened something inside her. But the school also enforced the idea that for Aunt Betty to succeed in the hearing world she would need to speak, not sign. / Columbia Daily Tribune
DEAF STUDENT SHARES HER STORY IN ASL PROGRAM
In fifth grade, Jenna Varosi-Garavaglia was moved to the front of the class. She didn’t understand why and asked her teacher. “He said, ‘You just don’t pay attention without me looking at you,’” Varosi-Garavaglia said. Little did she know, this was the first sign that her hearing was fading. It took until the age of 12 for doctors to realize she was missing half of her audible ability. The hearing has worsened over time, 22-year-old Varosi-Garavaglia is now 95 percent deaf. / The Oakland Post
STUDENT ORGANIZATION INCREASES AWARENESS FOR DEAF COMMUNITY
The Silent Raiders is a club that aims to increase awareness of deaf culture on Texas Tech’s campus. The club promotes involvement of ASL students in the deaf community and helps provide opportunities for improving ASL skills through interaction and immersion. During each meeting, the members of the club typically play a game to get to know each other and to learn signs, club president Kenna Dekle said. Occasionally, there is a deaf guest or interpreter who comes to speak. / Daily Toreador
DC HOSTED THE FIRST STARTUP WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY TO INCLUDE DEAF PARTICIPANTS
The most recent Startup Weekend held in D.C. had ice breakers, pitches and demos. It featured ideas taking form and entrepreneurs finding inspiration. In other words, it had all the regular component parts. But in addition to all this, the Nov. 11-13 weekend offered something new — at attempt at bridging the divide between D.C.’s hearing and deaf communities. It was the first Startup Weekend in the country to include deaf participants, organizers said. / Technical.ly DC
VIDEOS TO HELP DEAF, DEAF BLIND AND HARD OF HEARING NAVIGATE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Many individuals who are deaf, deaf blind or hard of hearing struggle with ongoing mental health issues, reports the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. To help those in need of help, the department has released a series of videos to help them navigate mental health services. The department says oftentimes, the mental health concerns are accompanied by trauma and/or substance abuse. The series includes five informational videos, each touching on a different topic. / Fox 47 News
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
MOTEL AND DEAF ACTIVIST NYLE DIMARCO DISCUSSES HIS FOUNDATION
Model and deaf activist Nyle DiMarco is known to many as the Season 22 winner of the reality competition show "Dancing With the Stars." The actor is also a tireless advocate for improving the lives of deaf people throughout the world through his Nyle DiMarco Foundation. He discussed the organization, and a benefit for the Love & Language campaign, in an interview with ABC7's George Pennacchio. / abc7.com
Fort Collins, CO
THE CURFMAN GALLERY DISPLAYS NEW EXHIBIT FOCUSING ON THE DEAF EXPERIENCE
The Curfman Gallery in the Lory Student Center debuted their newest exhibit this month. The exhibit features art that seeks to express the experience of being deaf and explore social issues dealt with by the deaf and people in their lives. The work will be displayed in the gallery through Feb. 1. / The Rocky Mountain Collegian
A DEAF MUSICIAN IS DEVELOPING AN ALGORITHM TO TRANSLATE MUSIC INTO LIGHT
A deaf musician is developing a technology to visualize sounds, so that people like him can experience live concerts. Myles de Bastion is creating an algorithm that maps notes, chords and other musical elements to LED lights, creating a display that tracks the music in real time. Early versions of his system have debuted at music festivals in his native Oregon and in other parts of America. / Quartz
HIDDEN HEROES -- DEAF CHOREOGRAPHY
Learn about the inspiring journey of a deaf choreographer. (Video) / MSN
Baton Rouge, LA
DEAF FOOTBALL TEAM LED BY LOUISIANA'S ONLY FEMALE COACH TO UNDEFEATED SEASON
The love for football runs deep in Louisiana, and you can really feel it when you see the players at the Louisiana School for the Deaf hit the field. On a football field of dreams, practice makes for a perfect season. The Baton Rouge War Eagles are unbelieveable, unstoppable, and undefeated as their scoreboard screams success. "I like to run over people and tackle them and hurt 'em," one player said, translated through an interpreter. / KNOE
MAINE HIGH SCHOOL PICKS DEAF STUDENT TO BE MASCOT
A high school in Maine's largest city has picked a deaf student to serve as the school's sports mascot for the first time. Freshman Kameron King will don the Bulldog costume. The school district says he was chosen after responding to a school announcement seeking a volunteer. He'll wear it at sporting events, pep rallies and other events. / Education Week
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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
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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.
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· ASL fluency.
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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.
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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.
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Joel Skelton, Assistant Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
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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.
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