December 8, 2010
Vol. 7, No. 8
Editor: Tom Willard
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CSD LAUNCHES NEW PROJECT TO HELP DEAF ACCESS INTERNET
People who are deaf and hard of hearing can now take advantage of a new program created to help them get access to the internet. Communication Service for the Deaf started qualifying people for Project Endeavor this morning, and, already, they're getting lots of interest. They've only been in business for a few hours, and already these call takers are all hard at work. Project Endeavor is the product of a nearly $15 million stimulus grant. For $230, people who are deaf or hard of hearing can buy a notebook computer plus access to broadband internet for a full year. / KDLT
See Also CSD LAUNCHES CONTACT CENTER TO QUALIFY DEAF/HARD OF HEARING / CSD
MAN TESTIFIES AGAINST FORMER FRIEND IN MURDER CASE
Two hearing-impaired man are accused of two Louisville murders, and now one of the men is testifying against the other. One man has already pleaded guilty to the two murders, but Justin Murray, who is now on trial, says he is an innocent eyewitness. Michael Knights, who is deaf, took the stand Tuesday afternoon, but before that his attorney says he had an apparent panic attack and shortness of breath. EMS was called in, and Knights ended up testifying about twenty minutes later. Police say he and his deaf friend, Justin Murray, killed 72-year-old Darrel Spencer in December 2008 at a downtown Army surplus store. / FOX41.com
PASSERBY ALERTS DEAF RESIDENTS TO HOUSE FIRE
An unidentified Good Samaritan awakened a homeowner living with three deaf people, including her son, to tell them their house was on fire yesterday morning. Kathy Dean, 36, Jeremy Dean, 17, and two others escaped unharmed from the fire just after midnight. Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Burris said the good citizen knocked repeatedly at the door until Dean woke up to tell her the attic was on fire. Dean was able to rouse her son and Corey and Diane Garner, who are also deaf. The person who warned her left. / The Indianapolis Star
POLICE: BUS AIDE'S ACTIONS NOT CRIMINAL
A 70-year-old former school bus aide who was accused of kissing a student at the Indiana School for the Deaf has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in the incident. A student told school officials last week that she saw a bus aide for Brownsburg Community Schools kiss an 11-year-old female classmate on the cheek, police said. Officials with the Indiana School for the Deaf contacted police at Brownsburg Schools, who forwarded the investigation to the Brownsburg Police Department. / WRTV
BOY LEFT DEAF IN ONE EAR AFTER LINE DRIVE; FAMILY SUES BAT MAKER
It was just another Little League game. The pitcher had just thrown two strikes. But when the next pitch was hurled, the batter smashed it and sent a line drive straight into the pitcher. For 11-year-old Jake Schutter of Mokena, the moment forever changed his life. Standing on the pitcher’s mound, the ball crashed into the left side of his head. He dropped to the ground and began to vomit. He later learned he would be permanently deaf in one ear. / Chicago Sun-Times
MICHIGAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF SALE WOULD BRING ONE OF BIGGEST FLINT DEVELOPMENTS IN RECENT HISTORY
Its price tag would be the biggest of any one construction project in Flint in at least a decade. Plans call for an estimated $36 million to be spent at the Michigan School for the Deaf’s Miller Road Campus for a new building for the MSD and to renovate 97-year-old Fay Hall as a new home for Powers Catholic High School. The 12-month project would break ground in June 2011 with MSD and Powers students hitting campus for the 2012-13 school year, said developer Ridgway White. / Flint Journal
NEW SHINGLES WILL MAKE HESSIAN BARRACKS AT MSD GOOD AS OLD
Everything new will be old again at the Hessian Barracks in Frederick. The two-century-old building at the Maryland School for the Deaf has been approved for a new roof that will be just like the old one it had in the 1780s. These days it is not easy to find someone to make red oak shingles by hand, one at a time, but last Wednesday the state Board of Public Works approved a $302,125 contract with To the Line Timber Frames Inc. in New York to make enough shingles to cover the whole 6,000 square feet of roof. / The Frederick News-Post
NEW DIGITAL HEARING AIDS FITTED AT SCHOOL FOR DEAF
The smiles said it all. Savannah Andersen, 3, beamed a 500-watt glow as she had her devices fitted. Colt Franklin, 6, began to mouth some words and mimic a few new sounds. The look that spread like sweet syrup down the face of Ashantay Truong, 9, as realization set in? Priceless. New digital hearing aids were fitted Monday and Tuesday on more than 100 Washington School for the Deaf students, plus many brothers, sisters, parents, school alumni, and faculty and staff members. / The Columbian
Corpus Christi, TX
DOG RETURNS HOME AFTER 2 YEARS AND SEVERAL UNLIKELY EVENTS
A local family is celebrating after an unexpected reunion with their dog, who had been missing for more than two years. Mona is a three-year-old mixed breed dog, and she's also completely deaf. She went missing two years ago. But this week her owners, Lisa and Jack Ramirez welcomed Mona back home. / KZTV10
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DEAF, DUMB MAN KILLS COUSIN WITH SCREWDRIVER
In a sad incident, a deaf and dumb man from Bulawayo has appeared before the court after he allegedly stabbed his cousin to death with a screwdriver. It is understood that the two were in a drunken stupor before they were involved in the tragic fight. The court heard that on November 27 the accused was at home when he had an undisclosed argument with his cousin, Thembelani Sibanda, who is now deceased. / Sunday News
DEAF AND DUMB WOMAN GANG-RAPED IN JHUNJHUNU
One person has been arrested for the gang-rape of a woman under the Buhana police station in Jhunjhunu district on Monday. According to the police, the victim was sleeping, when two youths -- Anil, and his accomplice Vikram -- entered the house of Jaibhagwan on Saturday night. "The duo took his wife to a deserted place where they repeatedly raped her," the cops said. The victim could not do anything as she is dumb and deaf, the cops said. / The Times of India
SHE CAN'T HEAR THE MUSIC, BUT SHE SURE CAN DANCE
In 1997, Heather Whitestone [the first deaf Miss America ] visited the Philippine Institute for the Deaf in Manila where she gave a talk before young deaf students. At that time, 12-year-old Denisse Limcuando was totally taken by the beauty queen’s courage, and was totally inspired by her story. As a result, Denisse pursued her love for ballet. Today at 19, Denisse has been included in the corps of Ballet Manila’s production of “The Nutcracker” starring the country’s premiere ballerina, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde. / The Manila Bulletin
Melbourne, Vic., Australia
COLLEGE FOR DEAF FIGHTS TO SAVE PRIMARY SCHOOL
The Victorian College for the Deaf is fighting to save its primary school, produce garden and other facilities that teachers say will be ''bulldozed'' if part of its land on St Kilda Road is sold to developers. A section of the school site behind the frontage at 597 St Kilda Road has been listed in an expressions of interest campaign for sale or lease. Agents Kliger Wood's are marketing it as a multi-level development opportunity, which it is believed could fetch up to $20 million. / The Age
DEAF COMPETE IN FIRST NATIONAL SPORTS DAY
In what was dubbed a "defining moment for persons with disability," State Minister for Labour and Social Security Andrew Gallimore last Saturday launched the first national sports day for the deaf on the grounds of Manchester High School in Mandeville. He noted that the turnout was much more than he had anticipated and that the sheer number of persons present was a wonderful sign for the future. / Jamaica Gleaner
INSIDE A CHURCH OF THE DEAF
Today is church day, and the church building -- really a garage in somebody's home -- is full of young people. They are dressed in their Sunday best as most mainstream Christians do when they go to church. A few of them appear to be well to do, if the vehicles at the parking lot are anything to go by. As you enter, a young woman brings a chair to you, shakes your hand and indicates for you to sit. As you take your seat, you realize that this is a quiet church. WELCOME. You have just entered DEAF church! / Mmegi Online
CHARITY FOR DEAF TRAINS INTERPRETERS TO HELP IN MALAWI
In Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, the deaf community are a forgotten section of society. But a project run by charity Deaf Action has been working to give deaf people access to the same education and training as their hearing peers. Volunteers from Scotland have been working in Africa for the past two years to help train, assess and register sign language interpreter trainers in Malawi and Swaziland. / The Herald
'MORE HELP NEEDED' FOR DEAF PATIENTS FOLLOWING DEATH
Grandmother Megan Davis was not given the proper treatment as a deaf patient before her death in hospital, according to her daughter. Now Heather Donovan is joining a national campaign for better care for hearing impaired patients. Mrs Davis, 83, died six weeks after a bowel operation at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital a year ago. Last week, the Patients' Association has published a report into the state of patient care. Heather Donovan has come forward as part of its campaign. "I want to try to change the way patients with hearing aids are treated for the whole country," she said. / This Is Gloucestershire
NORWICH CAFE PROVIDES GATEWAY FOR DEAF PEOPLE
Talking Hands British Sign Language Internet Cafe officially opened in the Deaf Centre at Johnson Place, near Chapel Field Road, Norwich, last Thursday. The internet cafe for deaf people is the first of its kind in the region. / Norwich Evening News
IN PICTURES: RUSSIAN DEAF COMMUNITY
Photographer Fedor Telkov, who blogs for bbcrussian.com, offers a glimpse into the world of deaf residents of Nizhny Tagil, a town in the Russian Urals. In this picture women are having a "chat" in the kitchen of the local club for the deaf. / BBC News
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LIFE & LEISURE
IMPERIAL VALLEY STUDENTS DEMONSTRATE SIGN LANGUAGE IS NOT JUST FOR THE DEAF
When Nathan Enriquez first met his girlfriend Jocelyn Mirola two years ago, they didn’t know how to speak to each other. Not in the way that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, but they truly couldn’t communicate. “I liked Jocelyn and was interested in the way she communicated with others,” said Enriquez, a second-year student at Imperial Valley College. “But in order to get to know her I had to learn sign language.” Enriquez is one of many hearing Americans who are making an effort—for personal or professional reasons—to learn not just the language of the deaf and hard of hearing, but their culture as well. / Borderzine
DEAF STUDENT LEARNS TO HEAR IN NEW WAYS
Juan Luquez is usually the quiet one at the table, to start out with. Surrounded by friends, he heard only blurred noise as if listening to a bad opera aria. With his head tilted to one side, he attempted to listen with his right ear because his left doesn't work. They switched from English to Spanish, from Spanish to English. But Luquez stopped listening with his ear. He read lips instead. Born partially deaf, Luquez, senior in Spanish, can hear 40 percent total with only his right ear. / Iowa State Daily
Bowling Green, KY
SPELLING BEE FOR HEARING IMPAIRED
Miranda Stewart’s students struggle on a daily basis. Many have problems learning English, and because they make up a sliver of the student population, they rarely get to interact with one another. So, Stewart is spearheading an event for deaf and hard of hearing students across western Kentucky. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Spelling Bee was held yesterday at Greenwood High School. About 40 students in 11 school districts participated. / Bowling Green Daily News
CARD ISSUED FOR AIR TRAVELERS WITH DISABILITIES
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a notification card that should make commercial air travel a little easier for people with disabilities. The blue, wallet-sized card allows people to discreetly notify airport security personnel of a disability, medical condition or medical device that might affect the screening they’re required to undergo before boarding a plane. / Quest Magazine
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HOW TO DISCLOSE A 'DISABILITY' DURING YOUR JOB SEARCH
"Disabled" is a broad term that refers to about 20 percent of Americans, says the Census Bureau. If you're one of them, you want to be smart, yet ethical, in how you handle information about your disability during a job search. In Fortune, Anne Fisher provides some insight. In addition, the disability issue requires you approach disclosure, if any, with common sense. Remember, employers are not your medical doctors. Candor can be used against you. / AOL Jobs
SIGN LANGUAGE NO. 4 MOST STUDIED FOREIGN LANGUAGE
American Sign Language is close to surpassing German as the third-most-studied foreign language at America's colleges and universities. Only 4,500 more students study German than study ASL, and enrollment in classes for the gesture-based language used by the deaf increased 16% since the last survey three years ago. The top language studied in U.S. colleges in 2009 was Spanish, followed by French. / USA Today
GALLAUDET HILLEL GETS $125K DONATION, PART OF $250K GIFT FROM D.C. COUPLE
Thanks to a $125,000 donation from a Washington, D.C., couple, Gallaudet University's Hillel has a new name and a welcome financial cushion. The organization for Jewish students at the D.C. school for the deaf is now known as the Richard and Lois England Hillel Program. The Englands have also provided an equivalent amount in need-based scholarships. The $250,000 total endowment, said Lynne Murray, Gallaudet's vice president for development, establishes "a permanently endowed fund to provide educational and cultural Jewish programs and to provide scholarship aid to students." / Washington Jewish Week
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'CSI' EXCLUSIVE: TIME TO MEET GIL'S LONG-LOST MOM!
Get ready for the mother of all CSI episodes, because we’re about to meet Gil Grissom’s long lost mother! EW has learned exclusively that Tony award-winning actress Phyllis Frelich will play the role of Mrs. Grissom -- and go head-to-head with the new Mrs. Grissom -- in an episode tentatively scheduled to air Feb. 3. / EW.com
Big Lake, MN
FAMILY SPREADS MESSAGE WITHOUT BEING HEARD, JUST SEEN
Mark and Lulu Sorenson have spent 15 years taking their message as missionaries to churches across the country and the world. It’s when all of the Sorenson’s take the stage that an audience will be most moved. “When I first met Lulu we talked about how many children she wanted. She wanted two and that was it,” said Mark. They had seven children. They’re all unable to hear. They go by “The Deaf Von Trapps,” just like the seven kids from musical, “The Sound of Music.” / CBS Minnesota
'FROM SILENCE TO SOUND' DOCUMENTARY PROFILES OKLAHOMA COCHLEAR IMPLANT PATIENT
For young Justin Garrett, a game of dodge ball or a bike ride to the mall became quiet acts of courage. But the boy with the hearing aids soldiered on, his small feats of bravery in his silent world mounting up through the years. No one -- least of all Garrett -- knew the sometimes unimaginable adversity would pay off one day. Garrett was destined for one history-making act of courage. / The Oklahoman
DEAF CHILD'S PERFORMANCE IS ONE FAMILY'S CHRISTMAS MIRACLE
While the singers warmed up their vocal chords and the organist warmed up the crowd, seven-year-old Lynneah Andrews was backstage getting a touch-up on her makeup, along with some last-minute advice: "Do your best, right?" The second grader is no stranger to the stage. This time, Lynneah will step on stage as the Angel of the Lord and speak in front of an audience that includes kids from her elementary school. The challenge? "The fact she really is 100 percent deaf," said director Elizabeth Nelson. / ABC Action News
DEAF STUDENT EXCELS AT DANCING
Greg Katter describes his daughter Margaret's dancing performances as like "a duck in water." "She's always really had the showmanship and picked up on the choreography fast," he said of Margaret, who's been dancing since age 3. "She's always seemed to enjoy it, so we kept at it." Now 16, Margaret has been an active student at Curtain Call Studio for years now. / Hendricks County Flyer
Long Beach, CA
TANGENT PLAYS TO SUPPORT THE DEAF
The combination of copasetic tunes and goodhearted donations for a helpful cause was the attraction to Thursday night's benefit show at the Gaslamp featuring Tangent. The band collaborated with sorority Delta Zeta to raise money for the House Year Institute, a group that benefits the deaf. Cal State Long Beach senior Christopher Elce, an economics major and Tangent lead guitarist said, "We're essentially rocking out for those who otherwise wouldn't be able to enjoy it." / Daily 49er
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2011 WINTER DEAFLYMPICS TO PROCEED
The 2011 Winter Deaflympics in Slovakia will proceed as scheduled, Tiffany Granfors -- International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) Chief Executive Officer -- announced last Friday with full approval from the ICSD Executive Board. Athletes, coaches, fans, and other supporters are encouraged to make plans to attend these games, headquartered in Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia, to be held February 18-26, 2011. / ICSD
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JON L. ARNTZEN, 43, WORKED AT THE PENTAGON ON 9/11
Jon L. Arntzen, 43, passed away on Sunday, November 28, 2010. He was born December 21, 1966 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota to Richard L. Arntzen and the late Ilona M. Hattula Arntzen. He was a graduate of Lakeview Public High School in St. Clair Shores, in 1985. Earning his bachelor degree from Gallaudet University, he was affiliated with the Alpha Sigma Pi Fraternity. He attended Lutheran School for the Deaf. He was employed as a civil servant with the United States Air Force at the Pentagon in Washington, DC in the photography department and survived the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. / Harold W. Vick Funeral Home
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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.
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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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