December 10, 2014
Vol. 11, No. 8
Editor: Tom Willard
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New York, NY
LAWSUIT IN FEDERAL COURT TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF NYPD OFFICERS WITH HEARING IMPAIRMENTS
Disability Rights Advocates is challenging a Department-wide policy that discriminates against NYPD officers who use hearing aids, regardless of how well they do their jobs. The plaintiffs both suffered hearing loss in the line of duty and have exemplary records in their service to the citizens of New York City both before and after their injuries. However, the Department has chosen to end their careers as police officers based on a discriminatory, blanket policy that prohibits employment of any officers who use hearing aids. / Disability Rights Advocates
SIGN LANGUAGE SERVICE RETURNS
Even though Nancy Groff knew the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing was facing tough financial realities she was still surprised about the center's abrupt closing in September. Groff worked for the VCDHH Interpreter Referral Service, and she was told on Sept. 9 that the center was going to close its doors at the end of the week. After a few weeks when there was little she could do but leave a message on her answering machine instructing people to find an interpreter on their own, The Vermont Interpreter Referral Service is back in business. / Brattleboro Reformer
SENIOR DEAF AND BLIND COMMUNITY TO PURCHASE PROPERTY FROM CITY
City Council approved a contract for sale of property on South College Street to the Senior Deaf and Blind Community during Monday’s monthly council meeting. This purchase has been in the works for three years now, according to Sam Avery, board member for the Senior Deaf and Blind Community. The completed project will offer more than 60 one- and two-bedroom apartment homes with monthly rents ranging from $850 to $1,200, as well as several small common spaces, according to brochures. / The News Herald
Sioux Falls, SD
INJURED NORWEGIAN CYCLIST HOME AFTER NY MARATHON
It was Aug. 22 when Harald Vik left a Sioux Falls motel on the second day of a planned trip by tandem bicycle to Lincoln, Neb. It was a month ago that he traveled to New York City to take part in the marathon there. In between, the blind-deaf Norwegian spent weeks hospitalized and in a rehabilitation center after he was injured when his bicycle was hit from behind by a Jeep.We're talking multiple broken bones. I'm late with this, but it's never to late to celebrate such an accomplishment. / Argus Leader
DEAF, DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED IN MASS. FACE UNCERTAIN FUTURE AFTER TURNING 22
Before his 22nd birthday on Oct. 31, Andrew Goolishian, who is profoundly deaf and intellectually disabled, spent Monday through Friday in a residential program at American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, surrounded by other young deaf peers and deaf adults. Since he turned 22 – other than his mother, Betsy Davison, and step-father, Van Gothner, who both converse with him in sign language – Andrew has been isolated culturally, linguistically and socially from the world he knew before and wondering when he'll be going back to school. / The Republican
PROGRAMS SPARSE FOR DEAF AND BLIND IN ACADIANA
On the northern end of Lafayette is where you will find Amelia Manor Nursing Home. Some of the residents are in wheelchairs, some are confined to their beds. But there are also a number of residents whose only affliction is that they cannot hear or see. Some, like 57-year-old Phillip Quibodeaux, are both deaf and blind. For people like Quibodeaux, life can be a lonely existence. Speaking through an interpreter, Quibodeaux described how he came to live in the home. / The Advertiser
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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE FAKE NELSON MANDELA INTERPRETER?
In the 12 months since Nelson Mandela died aged 95, South Africa has wrestled with a turbulent year in politics. But for Thamsanqa Jantjie , who grabbed headlines around the world by appearing to fake the sign language interpretation of Mandela's memorial service, 2014 has been a chance for a change of career. "You can just imagine how difficult it is because interpreting was my future, it was my job. I have to settle for another career ... It's difficult, but men have to do what men have to do," he reportedly told a South African radio station. / Telegraph
DEAF, DUMB TAKE OVER IMO GOVT HOUSE
Recently, angry members of the Imo State Deaf Sports Association stormed the Government House in protest of the non-release of N23 million ($123,000 US) meant to enable them travel to Abuja to participate in the ongoing National Deaf Games. They had barricaded the main gate to the Government House for over three hours, making the security personnel at the gate looked helpless as the association members ensured that no one entered or left the Government House until their demands were met. / The Sun
DEAF REACH SCHOOL OPENS DOORS FOR THE UNDER-PRIVILEGED IN PAKISTAN
There are 1.25 million deaf children in Pakistan. Of them, less than two per cent attend school. This is not because they are lacking in ability; rather they suffer from the lack of opportunities to polish their abilities. Speaking at the inauguration of the new deaf reach school in Rashidabad on Saturday, Sindh education minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said: “You are not just building a school. You are building a future for these kids.” / The Express Tribune
FORMER PRINCIPAL SETTLES TRIBUNAL CASE WITH DEAF SCHOOL
The former principal of Scotland's national school for deaf children has settled an employment tribunal case against the trust that runs the troubled institution. Janice MacNeill agreed to the settlement with the governors of the Donaldson Trust which runs Donaldson's School in Linlithgow, West Lothian ahead of the case reaching a hearing. She was removed from her post following criticism over the school's handling of complaints in the wake of an earlier sex assault case. / Herald Scotland
CAMPAIGNERS SUCCEED IN SAVING EAST END NURSERY FOR DEAF CHILDREN
Campaigners in east London are celebrating after helping secure the future of Overland Day Nursery for deaf youngsters. The group -- led by mum and chairman of Tower Hamlets Deaf Children's Society Husna Begum -- have been left "over the moon" after Tower Hamlets Council's Cabinet said it would remain open at a meeting on December 3. At an event in Roman Road five days before, they secured 700 signatures on a petition fighting the closure. / The Wharf
DEAF ENTREPRENEUR SHOWS THAT SELF-EMPLOYMENT IS A ROUTE TO SUCCESS
Louise Francis, a deaf man from Milton Keynes, is one example of the dynamism and commitment needed to start a business. Having faced long-term unemployment, Francis sought help and advice from national employment, learning and skills charity, Shaw Trust, who supported him on the Work Choice program. He was given help to complete a business plan and start trading under Francis Stone Design as a stone mason. / MKWeb
DEAF TEENAGER WILLIAM PALMER GETS TO PLAY DRUMS
A deaf teenager's dream of learning to play the drums has finally come true thanks to surgery Addenbrooke's Hospital. William Palmer, 13, who is profoundly deaf, received a cochlear implant to help him hear. It is used with an audio processor positioned behind the ear or on the head. William has now won a special music grant on £500 ($785 US) towards an electric drum kit, sheet music and music lessons for one year. / Cambridge News
HOMELESS DEAF MUTE MAN WHO PUSHED FRIEND UNDER BUS HAS A 'PRIMITIVE PERSONALITY'
A homeless deaf mute man who killed an acquaintance by knocking him under a bus has a “primitive personality” as a result of his communication difficulties, a court has heard. A Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury previously found Edward Connors (30) guilty following an eight day manslaughter trial. Judge Patrick McCartan had adjourned the case after asking that Connors be assessed for rehabilitation services in the UK. / Campus.ie
Montreal, QC, Canada
RIGHT ON TARGET
Bradley Goodyear had been looking for a job for so long, and been rejected for even longer, that he thought an interview at Target last year would be nothing more than another disappointment. He figured it was another phone call he wouldn’t receive. Another door closing before he went through it. But the 40-year-old told The Telegram this week it was nothing like what he had built it up to be. "John (Pritchett, team leader of the department store), called and said I got the job," Goodyear said through ASL translator Sheila Keats. / The Telegram
Montreal, QC, Canada
IMPROVEMENTS HELP PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OPPORTUNITIES
Without the advancement of assistive technology Leanna Rowe’s disability may have forced her down a different road than the one she ended up on. "If I didn't have these technologies -- cochlear implants, hearing aids, electronic stethoscope -- I would be in a much different place than I am now," said the fourth-year nursing student. Rowe has been deaf since birth. However, at the age of seven she had her first cochlear implant — a surgically implanted electronic device — in her right ear. / The Aurora
Toronto, ON, Canada
TORONTO POLICE LAUNCH TEXT 9-1-1 SERVICE FOR HEARING IMPAIRED
Toronto police, along with emergency services partners, have announced the “T9-1-1″ texting service is now available in the City of Toronto. T9-1-1 is a service that allows members of the public with hearing and speech impairments to call 9-1-1 during an emergency and interact with a 9-1-1 call-taker by text message. Police say members of the deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired (DHHSI) community must register with their wireless service provider to be eligible to use this service. / Globalnews.ca
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LIFE & LEISURE
FOLENDORF FOLLOWS HER AMBITIONS
Amanda Folendorf was born with a diaphragmatic hernia, which caused her lungs to collapse and her heart to shift. She was flown from the Sonora hospital where she was born to Children’s Hospital Oakland, where she stayed for more than four months. While being treated there, she was given medicine to keep her alive that severely damaged her hearing. At age 28, Folendorf works at the Stanislaus National Forest’s Mi-Wok Ranger District and was recently elected to a seat on the Angels Camp City Council. / Union Democrat
MIUSA WELCOMES DEAF EXCHANGE STUDENT TO UNITED STATES
MIUSA conducts a one-day arrival orientation in Washington, D.C., on January 22, 2015, for a Deaf high school exchange student from Malaysia selected to participate in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The student joins nine academic-year YES students with disabilities already living and studying in host communities across the United States. / Mobility International USA
Jensen Beach, FL
SANTA SURPRISES DEAF 4-YEAR-OLD WITH SIGN LANGUAGE
Tis' the season for kids to get their pictures with Santa, but for one local 4-year-old, telling Santa what she wanted for Christmas was nearly impossible. For several months Jae Horst has been looking for a Santa who could communicate with her daughter using American Sign Language. With a little help from NewsChannel 5, Horst found a signing Santa. "It feels amazing to actually have Santa that can be able to communicate with her," said Horst. / WPTV
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HOW A DEAF-BLIND LAWYER USES TECHNOLOGY TO REPRESENT HER DISABLED CLIENTS
Haben Girma isn’t your typical lawyer. For starters, she’s a Harvard Law graduate. But that’s not all. She was also named a White House “Champion of Change” in 2013. To top it off, she serves as a Skadden Fellowship Attorney at Disability Rights Advocates. Pretty impressive for someone who is only 26 years old — especially when you consider she’s both deaf and blind. That’s right — Haben is a deaf-blind lawyer. But she hasn’t let her disabilities get in her way. / Above the Law
INTERPRETERS FOR THE DEAF TELL OF THEIR ROLE
For Isaiah Tyler, a key issue for students being trained as interpreters is to give them the skills for providing quality services to the deaf and hard of hearing in the court system. "People's lives can be impacted in a devastating way," said Tyler, 29, one of eight students headed for careers in interpreting who had a poster on display Tuesday at Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf. / Democrat and Chronicle
New York, NY
DEAF RABBI BUSIER THAN EVER WITH CHANUKAH PLANS
Chabad Rabbi Yehoshua Soudakoff has a full plate right now. As one of just a handful of Deaf rabbis in the world, the 23-year-old plans to shuttle between three East Coast cities, where he will be hosting hundreds of Deaf and hard-of-hearing Jews at Chanukah celebrations tailor-made for their community’s culture and needs. The biggest celebration is set to take place in Lower Manhattan at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, where Soudakoff expects approximately 200 people. / Chabad-Lubavitch News
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Baton Rouge, LA
DEAF STUDENT FEELS THE MUSIC WITH HIGH TECH HELP
Fourteen-year-old James Graugnard was born with almost no hearing and went fully deaf within a few years. Today, he plays the French horn in the Dutchtown High School marching band. Diagnosed at 18 months with sensorineural hearing loss, James grew up with sophisticated hearing aids. His hearing was getting worse with age. When he was 6, James received his first cochlear implant — an exciting moment, he remembers. “It’s a unique experience when you first get to hear everything,” he said. / The Advocate
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PAHrtners Deaf Services
NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH 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 out-patient services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) children, adolescents and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are Deaf or Hard of Hearing!
As a result of our commitment to the Deaf/HoH community PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or 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, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable in 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
Assistant Program Director for Residential Services for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - Full Time; Glenside location
Case Managers for Residential Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - Full Time; Glenside location
Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents- Full Time; Glenside location
Therapist/Psychiatric Rehabilitation Worker- Full Time; Glenside location
Staff Interpreter- Full Time; Glenside location
Go to our Website at: www.PAHrtners.com to learn more about each position.
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Elizabeth Williams, Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Travis County (Austin, TX) is seeking a SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER to provide sign language interpreting services for departments, one-on-one, and small and large group situations.
Requires a Bachelor's degree in Deaf Education, Interpreting, Linguistics, Communications, Liberal Arts, Social or Behavioral Sciences AND 3 years interpreting services experience in a variety of community, health, governmental and social situations. Must be certified by the Board of Evaluation of Interpreters of the Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing or the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
VIEW JOB DETAILS & APPLY ONLINE AT: www.TravisCountyJobs.org
The Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf is now accepting applications for open faculty positions:
Requisition Number: 1362BR: American Sign Language (tenure-track; PhD required)
Requisition number 1466BR (Non-tenure-track lecturer; MA required)
To view the full job descriptions go to:
Click on "Search openings". You can access all three positions at once by selecting "National Technical Institute for the Deaf" in the 'College/Division' box. Otherwise, you can search for individual positions by using the requisition number indicated above
Come Work With The Best!
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 Kathy Tracy Ktracy@ne-arc.org.
Compensation: $15-$16 an hour for full-time $13-$13.50 an hour for part-time
POTHOS, Inc. has a full-time position available for “Pennsylvania TRS Outreach Coordinator”, for client, Hamilton Relay. Position responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities that promote Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) throughout the State of Pennsylvania. Relocation to Philadelphia or Pittsburgh. Travel statewide required. Preferred experience and skills: excellent presentation skills; experience in public relations activities; familiarity with deaf/hard of hearing communities, direct work experience with Telecommunications Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Relay Service helpful. POTHOS, Inc. offers competitive wages and benefits. Send resume to POTHOS, Inc, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Dori Brink at 619.546.0621 with questions.
Date: August 1, 2014
Position: Executive Director
12 month administrative position
Overview of Responsibilities:
The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the school and, as such, is responsible for the management of the school, the administration of all Board approved policies and the conduct and quality of the district’s educational programs and support systems.
The Executive Director will maintain a high professional profile (local, philanthropic, national) and be able to access programmatic opportunities and develop unique, collaborative vehicles with other public and private organizations and institutions. The Executive Director will be a strategic marketer and relationship-builder who maximizes connections and develops agendas with agencies, organizations, and individuals to increase opportunities for financial support and program development.
Required Master’s Degree in Deaf Education, School Psychology or School Social Work; additional licensure in School Administration or willingness to obtain within 2 years; Command of American Sign Language and written English; 5+ years of school experience including experience as an educational leader; knowledge of/training in Bilingual Education; experience with organizational budgets
Salary and Benefits:
Commensurate with education and experience (range: $70,000-$90,000)
Application Procedure: Position Description and electronic application process available on-line at www.mdsmn.org; all applications will be screened; those meeting criteria will be contacted; interviews arranged.
Closing date: February 1, 2015
METRO DEAF SCHOOL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Rochester Institute of Technology
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
NTID Engineering Studies
Faculty Type (Tenure Status)
Applied Mechanical Technology
Anticipated Start Date
Detailed Job Description
We are seeking an individual who will contribute to a community committed to student centeredness; scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and diversity commitment.
This faculty member will:
• Provide tutoring support for deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in Engineering or Engineering Technology courses in the College of Applied Science and Technology and the College of Engineering.
• Provide direct instruction at the introductory level in our Applied Mechanical Technology associate degree program
• Develop curriculum for existing programs and/or potential new programs.
• Perform research and publish results in peer-reviewed journals in scholarship of teaching and learning, or engineering-related journals.
• Promote partnerships with industry and other academic settings.
• Work with the NTID Center of Employment to assist students in finding cooperative work experiences.
• Mentor and advise students.
• Fulfill other faculty expectations including those related to service necessary for tenure and promotion in rank
Required Minimum Qualifications
Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.
·Doctorate in Engineering or Engineering Technology with a strong background in mechanical, industrial or civil engineering. A candidate who holds a doctorate in a different field but who holds a master’s degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology will be considered. Candidates who are ABD will also be considered.*
• Demonstrated ability to perform research and to publish results in peer-reviewed journals. Ability to successfully cultivate professional contacts in Engineering and Engineering Technology for the purpose of establishing student cooperative work experiences.
• Evidence of being highly motivated with the ability to inspire students.
• Fluency in American Sign Language and Familiarity with Deaf culture.*
Candidates who are in the final stages of preparing and defending a dissertation will be considered.
Required Minimum Education Level
Required Application Documents
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Statement of Diversity Contribution
List of References
How To Apply
Apply online at http://apptrkr.com/535210
Keyword Search: 1415BR.
Please submit: your curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and the following attachments:
-The names, addresses and phone numbers for three references
-Statement of Teaching Philosophy
-Statement of Diversity Contribution
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.
RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities.
RIT provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, veterans or wounded warriors where appropriate. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Careers@rit.edu. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
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