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December 1, 2010
Vol. 7, No. 7

Editor: Tom Willard

Deafweekly is an independent news report for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community that is mailed to subscribers on Wednesdays and available to read at www.deafweekly.com. These are the actual headlines and portions of recent deaf-related news articles, with links to the full story. Minor editing is done when necessary. Deafweekly is copyrighted 2010 and any unauthorized use is prohibited. Please support our advertisers; they make it possible for you to receive Deafweekly.

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San Francisco, CA
THEATER CHAIN SUED OVER LACK OF CAPTIONING
Deaf and hard-of-hearing moviegoers filed suit in Alameda County yesterday against Cinemark, the nation's third-largest theater chain, for refusing to install closed-captioning equipment that would let them read the dialogue in films they can't hear. "We just want the opportunity to go to the movies with our friends and family like everybody else," Rick Rutherford of El Cerrito, a plaintiff in the proposed class-action suit, said in a statement released by his lawyers. / San Francisco Chronicle

Little Rock, AR
JONESBORO E-911 LEADS STATE; HELPS SET TREND NATIONALLY
If you've ever been caught in a situation where you needed to contact 911 with a text message; well, you've been out of luck. Until now, anyway. "We are the first in the state to offer a text service to the 911 Emergency Center," said Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin. "Jeff (Presley, E911 Director) has been working on this with members of the administration for several months. The testing is completed, and we are now ready to roll out to the community." / KTHV

Wellsburg, WV
DEAF, MUTE WOMAN: COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN LED TO SALVATION ARMY ASSAULT
A deaf and mute Wellsburg woman accused of punching a Salvation Army volunteer said her frustration led her to lash out last week. Elizabeth Vetanze, who Wellsburg police said will mostly likely be charged with felony assault, said she is sorry for her actions and said communication challenges caused her to punch the volunteer during a food distribution. Vetanze told NEWS9 the incident started when she tried to get food for Thanksgiving but couldn't communicate with the volunteer. She said she asked for pen and paper three times, then became frustrated and hit the other woman. / WTOV

Portsmouth, NH
PORTSMOUTH HOSPITAL SETTLES OVER POLICIES FOR DEAF
Portsmouth Regional Hospital has agreed to pay $80,000, including a $20,000 fine, to the U.S. government, to settle a lawsuit alleging violations of the rights of deaf patients under the American with Disabilities Act. The settlement – the fifth of its kind in New Hampshire – is part of a nationwide effort by the federal government to force hospitals to provide timely sign language interpreters to deaf patients, but it was the first in the state to actually reach federal court. / NHBR

Bellefonte, PA
MAN WHO RELIES ON HEARING AID ALLEGES POLICE DISCRIMINATION
Bill Furman always knew that he wanted to be a municipal police officer. He never thought being partially deaf would make it so hard. Five years ago when Furman went to take the state-mandated municipal officers training course, he was shocked and angered when he was told he couldn’t attend class with his hearing aids. Furman, working now as a Centre County Sheriff’s Deputy and a constable, is five months into a legal fight with the state police, which he’s accusing of discrimination. / The Centre Daily Times

Silver Spring, MD
KENTUCKY TO PROVIDE COURT INTERPRETERS FOR DEAF ATTORNEYS
The National Association of the Deaf and the law firm Freking & Betz settled a complaint in federal court against the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Administrative Office of the Courts alleging their failure to provide qualified sign language interpreters for Teri Mosier, a deaf attorney admitted to practice in Kentucky. The complaint was filed in the United States District Court in Lexington, Kentucky in 2008. As a result of this case and the settlement agreement, the state of Kentucky will now provide interpreters to communicate effectively with deaf attorneys, including Mosier. / NAD

Silver Spring, MD
DEAF PHARMACIST WINS RIGHT TO RECEIVE RELAY CALLS
The National Association of the Deaf reached a settlement with the Alabama Board of Pharmacy (ALBOP) in the case of Barbara Jane Howard, a qualified deaf pharmacist. Ms. Howard filed a complaint in federal court alleging she was denied the right to accept prescription orders through relay service calls on the job. Howard, who graduated with honors from her pharmacy program, was qualified to perform her duties at Wal-Mart when the ALBOP denied her the right to use relay services on the job. ALBOP claimed that only a pharmacist or registered intern could accept prescription orders; not a relay service operator. / NAD

St. Augustine, FL
COLOMBIAN DEAF EDUCATOR VISITS FSDB
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind will host the director of the school for the deaf Salvador Gaviota from Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, in an academic exchange program organized by St. Augustine Sister Cities Association Inc. and the City of Cartagena. Carmen Castro arrived last Thursday to meet with Betsy Sotillo-Gaura, director of the English for Speakers of Other Languages Program at FSDB. Castro, who is coming to St. Augustine to observe teaching techniques and methodology used at the St. Augustine School, will be here today through Dec. 8. / The St. Augustine Record

New York, NY
ASK THE DA: 'D.A. DEAFWAY'
DA Deafway is a program designed to help the deaf and hearing-impaired community access information on programs and services that are available to them through the District Attorney’s Office. The idea for the program came from one of my 2009 Extraordinary Women honorees, Diana Kleimenova, who has worked as a volunteer with the deaf community in Brooklyn for over 25 years. / Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Harrisburg, PA
SALE OF SCHOOL FOR DEAF GETS RENDELL'S APPROVAL
The sale of the former Scranton State School for the Deaf campus can now proceed under a law signed Tuesday night by Gov. Ed Rendell. The provisions call for selling the state-owned 10-acre campus in the Green Ridge section of Scranton to neighboring Marywood University for $500,000. The next step is for the state Department of General Services to sign a sales agreement with Marywood. / Citizen's Voice

Fort Oglethorpe, GA
STROBE DETECTOR DID NOT WAKE DEAF WOMAN IN APARTMENT FIRE
An early morning fire ripped through two apartments in the "V" building of Battlewood Apartments in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Police and firefighters evacuated everyone. And if not for an alert neighbor and quick acting police officer, Debra McCord could have suffered serious injuries. She's deaf and was unaware of the evacuation. She lives next door to one of the destroyed units. / WTVC

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Montreal, QC, Canada
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION GOOD FOR BUSINESS
Life has been an uphill battle for Sohail Ilyas. Profoundly deaf, he had little hope of a great future in his native Pakistan. He had found work teaching the hearing impaired but what he dreamt of was an office job or, better still, a corporate career. In 2006 he took a huge leap of faith. He asked his fiancee to wait while he sought a better life for them and immigrated to Canada. "What I saw in Canada was a land with far greater opportunities," he said. / Montreal Gazette

Halifax, NS, Canada
DEAF WILL BE ABLE TO 'HEAR' THIS YEAR'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL
They might not be able to hear the words and music from A Christmas Carol, but the deaf and hard of hearing will still know what’s being said, thanks to a trio of sign-language interpreters on stage. For the first time, a group of volunteers, known as the Holly Tree Cup of Tea Productions, are able to provide the deaf community with a unique soundtrack to one of their plays. “They are going to interpret the entire dramatic readings, which has lots of drama in it, and the music,” said director Wanda Burrill. / Halifax News Net

Dublin, Ireland
LEGAL FIRST AS DEAF MAN ALLOWED TO JOIN JURY
A profoundly deaf man has made legal history after he was granted permission to serve on a jury with the help of a sign-language interpreter. Senan Dunne is the first deaf person to be granted permission to serve on a jury. The decision follows a court order preventing a deaf man from serving on a jury in Tullamore. Last week, Damien Owens, 34, was told he could not serve because the law did not allow a 13th person -- a sign-language interpreter -- to be present during deliberations. / Irish Independent

Edinburgh, Scotland
DEAF MAN SAVED BY HOMELESS FIRE HERO
A homeless hero last night told how he risked his life to save a partially-deaf man from a horror flat blaze. Brave Keith McGregor, 40, rushed into the burning house to rescue the 48-year-old victim -- who had not heard his fire alarm going off. The rescuer was visiting his cousin Alice Wood, 46, when they heard the siren and noticed thick smoke belching from the flat above. Keith said: "The firemen said if I had not gone in he'd have been a goner." / The Scottish Sun

Auckland, New Zealand
CALLS TO OVERHAUL SERVICES FOR THE DEAF
A new report claims the social services that support New Zealand's 10,000 strong deaf community are failing to meet their needs. The report -- The Deaf Way -- estimates 40% of deaf people have low literacy and social problems, which Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand says is entirely unnecessary. The chief executive of group, Rachel Noble, said the report highlights the failure by crucial mainstream agencies to effectively support and communicate with the deaf community. / TVNZ

Taiwan
DEAF PASTOR SERVES SILENT CONGREGATION
Unable to hear the sound of an organ or the amens of a congregation, worshippers at the Bo-ai Sign Language Church respond to the flashing hands of their deaf minister, Wu Hsin-tsang, with nods and smiles. Wu was born deaf, and had an epileptic fit at age 15 that left him without hope. A classmate introduced him to Christianity, and after sincere prayers, his epilepsy was mysteriously cured without medication. Wu graduated with a master’s degree from Taiwan Theological College and Seminary and became the first and only deaf minister on the island. / Taiwan Today

Koforidua, Ghana
KOFORIDUA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF APPEALS FOR SUPPORT
The Headmaster of the Koforidua School for the Deaf, Mr Ofosu Boachie, has appealed to the public for support to complete its vocational centre for the Junior High School (JHS). He said the students performed better in vocational skills because of their handicap, therefore the need for the vocational center could not be over-emphasized. / Ghana Web


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Jacksonville, IL
LOVE'S LONG REACH: 4 LOCAL FAMILIES ADOPT DEAF CHILDREN FROM AROUND THE WORLD
To emphasize the feeling of home, Ed and Autumn Hoyt painted Loden Hoyt's room orange, the color at Illinois School for the Deaf, with the words Loden in block letters above his bed, and they decked out his bathroom with SpongeBob SquarePants memorabilia. Eight-year-old Loden is from Ethiopia. The Hoyts always knew they wanted to adopt so they brought Loden into their house on Mound Road three months after purchasing it in April 2009. “It happened pretty quick,” Ed Hoyt said. / The Jacksonville Journal-Courier

Glendale, CA
DEAF, BLIND DOG IS AN INSPIRATION
Learning at BCR, a school for the developmentally disabled, on Monday took on a furry form with students learning about determination and compassion from someone who knows the daily challenges that come with disabilities. Daisy, a greyhound-Dalmatian mix, took center stage during the adult day activity program where students crowded around to shake her paw. The 2-year-old dog was born blind and deaf, leaving her with only the sense of touch and smell for guidance. / Glendale News Press

Internet
MY FIRST INTERACTION WITH THE DEAF
I had a truly interesting and enjoyable experience today when a friend and I went out to lunch with another friend of hers who is deaf. She is able to hear out of one ear due to implants, but others must speak slowly and look directly at her so that she can lipread. She is able to speak, but I had a rather difficult time understanding much of what she said. / Founded on Grace


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Council Bluffs, IA
ISD STUDENTS PREPARE FOR THE WORKING WORLD
It’s tough convincing employers to give jobs to deaf or hard-of-hearing workers, according to Kristi Wills, transition coordinator at Iowa School for the Deaf. “Sometimes they are concerned with safety,” Wills said. “Usually it’s employers shying away from communication differences.” However, Wills said the 10 post-senior students in Wills’ 4Plus program are beating the odds. 4PLUS, the acronym for “Post-senior Learning, Ultimate Success” was started five years ago at ISD to provide additional help and support for deaf and hearing-impaired students as they apply for college or search for jobs. / The Daily Nonpareil

Brockton, MA
NEW TECHNOLOGY WILL REDUCE LANGUAGE BARRIERS IN CITY HOSPITAL
New technology will help reduce the language gap between doctors and patients at Good Samaritan Medical Center, hospital officials say. Good Samaritan has purchased 130 “Interpreter Phones,” which will be installed in patient rooms. The technology, called “NexTalk” will ease language barriers for patients and patrons who speak limited English and improve medical interpreters’ abilities to communicate with patients in a language they understand. / The Enterprise


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Internet
YOUTUBE REINSTATES ALLY ASL'S ACCOUNT
Allyson Townsend, better known to her fans as Ally ASL, made headlines earlier this month when YouTube shut down her account after Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group complained that her videos, which featured Ally translating pop songs by Kesha, Owl City and others into American Sign Language, were violating those songs' copyrights. Happily, Townsend's account was reinstated last week after intervention from the Electronic Frontier Foundation convinced YouTube and the petitioners to reconsider their positions. / Houston Press

Fairbanks, AK
HELEN KELLER'S TUMULTUOUS TALE STAGED IN 'MIRACLE WORKER'
As a brief introduction into the life of Helen Keller and her teacher/guide/mentor Annie Sullivan, “The Miracle Worker” is a wrenching tale of struggle. “The Miracle Worker,” written by William Gibson and based on the first 30 pages of Keller’s autobiography, revolves around three interconnecting points. First, there is the hardship of Sullivan, orphaned and raised in poverty. Second, the Keller family, and namely Helen’s father Captain Keller. And third is Helen, blind and deaf from a childhood illness, spoiled to the point of wildness. / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Colorado Springs, CO
HEARING-IMPAIRED STUDENTS CREATING SIGN LANGUAGE MOVIES
A Southern Colorado teacher is working to improve communication at home between hearing impaired students and their parents. Through the help of a $5,000 grant from The Qwest Foundation, SueAnn Gurwell has brought video cameras and other equipment into the classroom. "The kids are using it and are excited to turn on the video camera and focus it, get it all ready and then tell the other kids to start signing," said Mrs. Gurwell. / KKTV


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Internet
FIGHTER SPOTLIGHT: LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT VETERAN AND TUF 3 ALUM MATT HAMILL
Career Summary: Matt Hamill never had it easy. Growing up deaf, nobody would have blamed him for being cautious and focusing on his studies. But instead, he fought back. Hamill proved himself as an immensely talented wrestler and became the first ever deaf person to win a national championship in wrestling, accomplishing the feat three times. / MMATorch

Bridgeport, WV
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: COREY WAGNER
As Bridgeport's workhorse, Corey Wagner carried 321 times for 2,276 yards and 20 scores. Four of those touchdowns came in a single game. Wagner has achieved all of that while playing without the ability to hear. On the field, he communicates through an interpreter. Wagner is still a candidate for the Kennedy Award, the award given out by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association to the player of the year. He may continue his career at the collegiate level, playing at Gallaudet University. / WOWK


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Fort Lauderdale, FL
LESLIE NIELSEN DIES FROM PNEUMONIA AT AGE 84
It was a low-budget film that launched a string of hilarious comedy spoofs. And Airplane! turned Leslie Nielsen into a superstar -- thanks to an iconic one-liner. But Nielsen, who has died from pneumonia at the age of 84, was a serious actor until he struck comedy gold at 54 as the hapless doctor in Airplane! "Surely you can't be serious," an airline passenger says to Nielsen's character in the 1980 hit disaster movie send-up. "I am serious -- and don't call me Shirley," came the deadpan reply. [Ed. Note: According to the Better Hearing Institute, Nielsen "overcame his sensorineural hearing loss with hearing aids."] / Mirror


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POTHOS Inc employment posting
email resumes to: chiefbrink@pothos.us
(One Position in Northern CA)

Position title: California Relay Service Outreach Coordinator

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.

Essential functions:
-- Develops Annual Outreach Plan designed to promote California Relay Service; raising awareness and increasing the use of relay services.
-- Plans and implements outreach activities and marketing programs that support the Outreach Plan.
-- Designs, coordinates and conducts demonstrations and training programs on how to access and use California Relay services.
-- Coordinates and delivers training programs about relay services for businesses, agencies and organizations.
-- Delivers/conducts outreach activities/presentations focused on current and potential customers on all relay services using presentation skills, visual aids and written proposals.
-- Works collaboratively with CPUC and DDTP to implement outreach activities throughout California.
-- Participates in Outreach and California Relay Council meetings, scheduled Outreach activities and Marketing Summits.

Preferred experience and skills:
-- Prior work experience with the user communities that can benefit from relay services (Deaf, Senior, Hard of Hearing)
-- Excellent presentation skills
-- Fluency in American Sign Language & Spanish.
-- Knowledge/ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users.
-- Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service and/or knowledge of Captioned Telephone Relay Services.
-- Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals are encouraged to apply.

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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:
http://www.osp.state.nc.us/jobs/pd107ltr.doc.

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.

Preferences
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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