December 20, 2017
Vol. 14, No. 10
Editor: Tom Willard
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Oklahoma City, OK
'THE DEAF COMMUNITY IS BEING DISMISSED': ACTIVISTS SEEK JUSTICE FOR MAGDIEL SANCHEZ
Activists gathered Sunday afternoon at City Hall for a rally to show support for their fallen friend, Magdiel Sanchez. Sanchez was killed back in September when Oklahoma City police shot and killed the deaf man as he approached them on his front yard. Earlier this month, District Attorney David Prater announced the officers would not face criminal charges in the death of Sanchez. Deaf leaders said they have been calling for a meeting with the DA ever since. / KFOR
Monroe Township, NJ
DEAF WOMAN CLAIMS DISCRIMINATION BY COPS IN LAWSUIT OVER ARREST
A deaf woman who was arrested on charges she assaulted a Monroe Township police officer in 2016 has filed a federal lawsuit claiming discrimination and violation of federal disability laws.Officers responded to an apartment complex on Jan. 26 following a 911 call "that a deaf couple was yelling at an obese woman outside of the caller's apartment," according to the lawsuit filed by Deborah Mendola, a resident of the Williamstown section of Monroe. / NJ.com
POLICE: ELDERLY, DEAF COUPLE INJURED AFTER CHASE SUSPECT SLAMS INTO HOME
Police identified a chase suspect who they said crashed through a home and injured an elderly couple inside. Detevin Butts was taken into custody. Troopers said they tried to stop Butts for speeding Thursday night, but he sped off. Speeds reached 100 mph before the vehicle crashed into the elderly couple's home, troopers said. / WSOC
A SON VISITS THE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF HIS FATHER ATTENDED AS A CHILD. HERE'S WHAT HE LEARNED.
In 1931, a boy born deaf and then 5 years old, boarded a train in Newark, alone and bound for St. Louis. There, 868 miles from home, he would attend Central Institute for the Deaf (CID). That boy, Lee Brody, went on to become my father. In late October, I took a plane from my home in New York City to visit the school for the first time. There, I tried to reconstruct his boyhood as a student so far from home at so young an age. I also sought to find out how the education of deaf children has progressed since the Great Depression. / Washington Post
PARAPLEGIC DEAF WIDOW SEEKS HELP WITH WHEELCHAIR, HOME
Though she can’t walk or hear, Lelia Workman does most things for herself. Deaf and quadriplegic, she lives in Heppner with her service dog Sam. She counts hunting, sewing and gardening among her hobbies. Most recently, she began teaching free ASL classes downtown. But recently, Workman has run into some difficult times. And community members are hoping to help her find a solution. “She can live by herself, she doesn’t need to go to a nursing home,” said Jodi Segraves, Workman’s friend and caregiver. “She just needs a good provider.” / East Oregonian
STUDY ON AGE-RELATED HEARING LOSS BEGINS IN DECEMBER
In December, the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans will pair up with the University of Minnesota to pass out training kits at senior care facilities all over the state. Those kits will be used to understand, test for and collect data on age-related hearing loss at nearly a dozen sites, according to the commission's release Thursday. / Post Bulletin
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SIGN LANGUAGE FOR THE DEAF TO BE GRANTED STATE RECOGNITION
The Dáil has passed legislation giving State recognition to sign language used by the deaf. It will now be designated as a native and independent language, used as the primary means of communication by more than 50,000 members of the deaf community. They will be able to access State services in their native language, with all public bodies required to draw up an action plan to facilitate its use. Sign language will also be allowed within the courts. / Irish Times
'HISTORIC' DAY AS FIRST DEAF JUROR SERVES ON JURY
Judge Sinéad Ní Chúlacháin said the inclusion of a deaf man among the 12 jurors selected for a trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was “historic." The trial ultimately did not continue after the accused pleaded guilty last Friday to a charge of criminal damage. When discharging the jury, Judge Ní Chúlacháin told them: “You over and above any other jury are a historic jury in the jurisdiction.” / Irish Times
A LETTER TO ... OUR CHILD, WHO IS DEAF, FOR WHOM WE HAVE TO MAKE A BIG DECISION
Forgive me, my darling girl, we are going to make a decision for you. It is a big one, and we can’t wait – it is now or never. We can’t ask you what you want. We can only hope it is the right choice. / The Guardian
INTERPRETER FOR DEAF STUDENTS, SCIENTIST BOYFRIEND, NAMED AS CRASH VICTIMS
The devastated family of an interpreter for deaf students who was killed in a horrific Birmingham crash have said "the pain we are enduring is almost unbearable." Lucy Davis, 43, a mum who worked as an interpreter for deaf students, and her scientist boyfriend have been named among the victims of the Birmingham crash which claimed six lives. / MSN
DEAF WOMAN ALLOWED TO KEEP HER NOISY POOCHES
A deaf dog owner whose shih tzus annoyed neighbours has been allowed to keep them as they provide vital emotional support. Ashleigh Costello, 55, had been told the pets Bon Bon, Chester and Tibor, were a nuisance because of their barking. She was accused of breaching her tenancy agreement. But she can keep the dogs after her lawyer used the Equality Act to defend her. / The Scottish Sun
STAR WARS SUBTITLES ROW AT BRIGHTON ODEON CINEMA
A group of deaf people said they had no choice but to leave a screening of the new Star Wars film after subtitles were turned off. Louise Drake told BBC News she complained after the film began with no captions. The film was restarted with subtitles, but some members of the audience complained about them, Ms Drake told the BBC. The cinema staff said the film would then be shown without subtitles. Ms Drake and her daughters were among those who then left the screening. / BBC News
HIGH-DEFINITION HEARING: SCIENTISTS INVENT 'BIONIC EAR'
Researchers at The Bionics Institute in Melbourne are developing a way to adapt the cochlear implant in the ear to stimulate the auditory nerve using light instead of electrical impulses. This means sounds can be specifically targeted along different frequency regions along the auditory nerve. Dr Carly Anderson, of Action on Hearing Loss, said: “This could go a long way to solving the current limitations with cochlear implants revolutionizing how we can restore hearing to deaf people. / Express
London, ON, Canada
GRAND THEATRE EXPANDS ACCESSIBILITY FOR DEAF PEOPLE
The Grand Theatre announces expanded accessibility initiatives for Deaf and hard of hearing patrons. The Grand's commitment to offering an accessible theatre environment spans from the introduction of open-captioned performances to additional ASL-interpreted performances, and from enhanced front-of-house services to productions inspired by stories about historic figures who were deaf, as well as casting that includes actors from the Deaf and hard of hearing community. / Broadway World
DEAF MUTE TO BE CHARGED FOR MURDERING 4
The suspect in the murder of four family members last week will be charged in court tomorrow. District police chief Supt Azizan Tukiman said the suspect, who is a deaf-mute, was arrested on Dec 15. Chia Tee Nang, 73, and his wife, Lim Mai Shak, 68, as well as their two grandsons, were found dead in their home last Wednesday, with their house set ablaze. / Free Malaysia Today
LIFE & LEISURE
WHY CAN'T HEARING AIDS BE STYLISH?
At the wizened old age of 28, one of my ears began to betray me. Seemingly out of nowhere, a shrill static hiss emerged in my right ear and began drowning out the rest of the world. Conversations often felt like someone was toggling my volume switch from normal to quiet with every word, like I could hear the beginnings and endings but the sounds in between just oozed together into unintelligible garble. / Racked
EDUCATIONAL DOLL TEACHES SIGN LANGUAGE TO CHILDREN AND ADULTS
"There is no doll available on the market that meets the specific needs of children or adults who are deaf or hard of hearing," said an inventor from Clinton Township, Mich. "Children learn through play. This made me think that a playful doll would make a great sign-language teacher." She developed the Carmen's Teaching Doll to offer a fun way for children to learn sign language. / PRWeb
REACHING OUT TO THE DEAF WITH SIGN LANGUAGE BIBLE TRANSLATIONS
Imagine not having a Bible in your language. That's a reality for around 2,000 languages across the globe. Now in its 75th year, the world renowned Wycliffe Bible Translators continues its work at reducing that number. One of their newest missions is reaching the deaf. / CBN News
DEAF SANTA LIFTS KIDS SPIRITS DURING HOLIDAYS
A man who is deaf dresses up like Santa and travels across Michigan helping kids who also can't hear. Scott Powers better known as Deaf Santa, spends his holiday season driving across metro Detroit and Mid-Michigan. He has a special connection with kids just like him. “All the deaf kids come to see me. I love kids looking at me and saying wow Santa’s just like me,” he said. / nbc25news.com
Pearl City, HI
DEAF SANTA WAS AT PEARL RIDGE CENTER THURSDAY
Santa Claus has never met a child he doesn't love or one he can't communicate with. If they're deaf, or hard of hearing, no problem. "He speaks whatever language the kids speak. When he comes here, the kids are deaf..he's deaf. He communicates with them just like they communicate. If you speak Spanish, Santa speaks Spanish. If you speak another language, that's what Santa speaks," the event spokesperson said. / KITV
DEAF UBER DRIVER WORKS TO DISPEL STIGMA
An Uber driver who is hard of hearing is working hard to dispel discomfort surrounding his ability to transport passengers. Francisco Garces, an Uber driver of two years, is one of the thousands of U.S. drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing. He lost his ability to hear when he was a child in Colombia. It is legal for deaf people to drive as long as they get a driving license as anyone else would. / NBC Miami
State College, PA
AMY LAWRENCE IS AN EDUCATOR AND ADVOCATE FOR HER STUDENTS
In an Easterly Parkway Elementary room, Amy Lawrence and her student are turning story time into a different kind of hands-on learning. Using ASL to complement her voice, Lawrence reads “Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree” while pausing frequently for questions. The hearing-impaired student signs her responses from her wheelchair. Because she has multiple disabilities, she’s learning how to sign, and her movements are less precise. / StateCollege.com
GRADUATE DEAF EDUCATION PROGRAM NOW MORE AFFORDABLE
The Canisius College Graduate Deaf Education Program reduced its credit hour requirement from 58 to 46, making it more affordable. The mission-centric program is one of only seven in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio and 48 nationwide and boasts a 100 percent job placement rate. With a master’s degree in Deaf Education, you can learn how to interrelate the effects of hearing loss on language, learning, cognition and speech. / Canisius College
QUINSIGAMOND, FSU SIGN AGREEMENT ON DEAF STUDIES TRANSFERS
Students in the Deaf Studies program at Quinsigamond Community College will be able to more easily continue their studies at Fitchburg State University thanks to an articulation agreement signed by both schools on the QCC campus in Worcester, according to a press release. "This agreement offers QCC students enhanced educational and career opportunities, further demonstrating QCC's continued commitment to student's success," QCC president Dr. Luis Pedraja said. / Sentinel & Enterprise
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
DEAF WINNER OF #STUDENTASTRONAUT CONTEST FEATURED ON XPLORATION OUTER SPACE
#StudentAstronaut contest winner Julia Velasquez, a Deaf student from UC San Diego, is featured on a special episode of Xploration Outer Space with host Emily Calandrelli this weekend. The episode will air mainly on Fox broadcast stations across the country and will also be available on Amazon, Hulu, Roku, and YahooView. / Xploration Station
DEAF DANCER FEELS THE BEAT
Deaf dancer and choreographer Antoine Hunter carries with him a joy of movement and a mission of artistic leadership. Leading dozens of students in a master class at the Harvard Dance Center, Hunter said he believes “all people are born with an element of creativity.” “Art is live, and it has the power to heal, to bring the community together, to educate,” he said. / Harvard Gazette
Walla Walla, WA
DEAF SINGER TO RAISE FUNDS FOR J.U.G.S.
Advance tickets are available now for Mandy Harvey in concert. The performance will be at 7 p.m. on March 5 at Gesa Power House Theatre. Harvey’s performance is a fundraiser for Just Us Girls Sharing (J.U.G.S), a locally formed and operated cancer survivor support network. Mandy Harvey is a deaf American singer-songwriter who received Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer in the most recent season of “America’s Got Talent.” / Union-Bulletin
MART COACH'S SUCCESS INSPIRED BY DEAF PARENTS
Kevin Hoffman, the coach of a Mart Panthers football team that's making so much noise in the playoffs, draws his inspiration from a largely silent childhood. "I don't know how many people know," Hoffman said, "both my parents were deaf." Mel and Pat Hoffman met at a church event a little after Pat graduated from Mel's alma mater, the Texas School for the Deaf. "After that, she was the one he was going to marry," said Kevin's wife, Jerry, "and that's exactly what happened." / KXXV
FOOTBALL PREPARES DEAF STUDENTS FOR LIFE BEYOND THE GRIDIRON
Football is more than just a game for these deaf students. It's teaching them life lessons that go beyond getting the win. (Video) / MSN
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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.
Awake Overnight Direct Care Counselor: Remain awake, alert and responsive to the needs of the clients throughout the shift, assist clients with morning activities.
• Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent degree, fluency in ASL.
BA Clinician: The BA Clinician will provide intakes, treatment planning, case management, assessments, and 1:1 and/or group sessions for clients in the Deaf Respite
• Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in related field and two 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.
Minimum Qualifications Include:
• ASL fluency.
• Valid driver's license/reliable transportation.
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Visit www.Advocates.org/Careers to apply today!
NORTHEAST ARC IS HIRING!
Do you know ASL? We are looking for employees that want to make a difference in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities, who are also deaf. Positions are available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. As an employee, you will provide direct care, using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. 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 apply online at www.ne-arc.org.
Compensation: $12-12.50 for per diem shifts and $14-$14.50 for FT shifts.
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 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.
Blended Case Manager – Full time; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. 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.
Training Coordinator – Full Time. Glenside location. Travels to Pittsburgh as needed. Education requirements flexible and based on experience. Must be proficient in ASL.
Outpatient Therapist – Part Time. Glenside location. Must be eligible for LCSW or LPC in PA. Must have MSW or equivalent. Must be proficient in ASL.
Assistant Office Manager – Full Time. Glenside location. Minimum high school diploma with 5 years’ management experience.
Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position.
Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Joel Skelton, Assistant Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 215.392.6065
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