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December 22, 2010
Vol. 7, No. 10

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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NATIONAL
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Flint, MI
A VIGIL WAS HELD FOR MICHIGAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Members of the deaf community say they feel they are shut out on plans to renovate the Michigan School for the Deaf campus in Flint and are calling for the governor to hold off on signing the bill until she hears from them first. Students, staff and supporters of those from MSD held a quiet candlelight vigil Tuesday night to send that message to Lansing. The state legislature recently approved a bill that allows a Genesee county developer to buy the school. Lurvey White Ventures will buy the property for more than $1 million. / abc12

See Also LAWMAKERS APPLAUD COLLEAGUES FOR RETURNING TO OK SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF BILL / The Flint Journal

Seattle, WA
SEATTLE POLICE RELEASE VIDEO OF POLICE KILLING OF DEAF NATIVE AMERICAN
Seattle Police have released footage of the killing of a deaf Native American woodcarver who was carrying a knife. Officer Ian Burk killed Native American woodcarver, John T. Williams who was carrying a small knife used for woodcarving. While officer Burk did ask Williams to drop his knife, Williams was deaf in one ear according to his family. While the actual killing does not occur on tape, you can hear the shots and confrontaion of the incident through the dashboard camera. / News One

Sulphur, LA
FIRE DESTROYS CARLYSS HOME
It was very early Monday morning and within days of Christmas that a devastating fire destroyed the Carlyss home of Gaye Cormier and her three children. No injuries were reported. According to David Currie, Gaye's father, her 12 year-old daughter Megan heard the fire and woke up her mother, who is deaf, her sister Molly, 11, and her brother Matt, 5. Their dog managed to hide next to the bathtub and survive the fire. / Sulphur Daily News

Des Moines, IA
WOMAN, TWO CHILDREN FLEE FIRE AT DES MOINES HOME
A fire forced a deaf woman and her two children out of their Des Moines home early Wednesday morning. The mother, whose name was not made public, woke up to the smell of smoke shortly after 12:20 a.m. at the family’s 1620 Allison St. home. A 10-year-old called 911, and the family escaped the home without injury. Damage to the home was estimated at $35,000. / The Des Moines Register

White Plains, NY
FOR DEAF JEWS, JEWISH COMMUNITY ONLY SLOWLY OPENING UP
Alexis Kashar was listening intently to the speaker at a recent Jewish federation event in this New York City suburb. A closer look revealed that her eyes were trained not on the podium but on Naomi Brunnlehrman, who was seated in front of the speaker translating the lecture into American Sign Language. Kashar, 43, a longtime civil rights lawyer, has been deaf since birth. / JTA

Lufkin, TX
BORN-DEAF DUNBAR SECOND-GRADER WINS UIL PRIZE FOR STORYTELLING
To win a medal in a University Interscholastic League (UIL) academic competition is viewed as an accomplishment for any second-grader. For Kade Carr, 7, his fourth-place medal in storytelling is a testament to years of speech and auditory therapy for the boy who was born profoundly deaf. / The Lufkin Daily News


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My Yesterdays
In A Changing World of the Deaf
by Mervin D. Garretson

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INTERNATIONAL
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Minsk, Belarus
A DEAF-AND-DUMB DETAINED BY MINSK POLICE FOR SHOUTING ANTI-GOVERNMENT SLOGANS
Belarusian police detained a deaf-and-dumb man, allegedly shouting anti-government slogans during a crackdown of the opposition rally in Minsk after the presidential elections. Tuesday, December 21, the Central district court of Minsk heard the case of Antonov S., who, according to the police report, had participated in an unsanctioned rally and shouted anti-government slogans. The defendant could not answer the judge's questions, as he turned out to be deaf and dumb. / Telegraf

Prague, Czech Republic
DEAF WORKER CATALYZES MISSIONS EFFORTS IN PRAGUE
Never underestimate the difference one person can make. Mark and Vesta Sauter came to the Czech Republic to start churches among the nation’s 50,000 Deaf. But the missionaries weren’t seeing a lot of interest until God brought them an unlikely volunteer -- 90-year-old Lillian Beard. Lillian was a pioneer for Deaf work among Southern Baptists and a life-long mentor to Vesta. The women shared a common bond; as hearing children of Deaf parents, both learned sign as their first language. / Florida Baptist Witness

Tokyo, Japan
DEAF WOMAN WRESTLER TO DEBUT IN TOKYO
Yakami Aoi is an active Deaf professional woman wrestler belonging to Toromon Japan, a Deaf professional wrestler group. It was recently learned that she is debuting to the Deaf wrestling match scheduled for December 23 at Korakuen in Tokyo. Command Bolshoi, a popular hearing wrestler of JWP (Japan Wrestling Produce), came to know about her and asked about fighting together in the ring. Yakami accepted the offer and will challenge the match for the first time as a Deaf woman wrestler this time. / Deaf Japan News

Sydney, Australia
SONIC TONIC FOR BIONIC EAR
How do you make music for the deaf? It is a challenge that has stretched sound artist and composer Robin Fox beyond the limits of the traditional into a place with no frontiers. In February, the audience will get to hear the culmination of his experimental musical dialogue when Fox and five other composers perform a selection of works at the Arts Centre created especially for the 1000 or so Victorian cochlear implant recipients. / The Sydney Morning Herald

Parramatta, Australia
PARRAMATTA BOWLER LINES UP FOR DEAF ASHES TEST MATCH
Andrew Park might be Australia’s best hope of winning the Ashes this summer. The paceman from North Parramatta has been selected to represent his country against the Poms in one of cricket’s most cherished contests. Yet Park, 26, is playing a slightly different version of the Deaf Ashes. Park was born profoundly deaf, the highest category of those with hearing difficulty. / Parramatta Advertiser

Khanna, India
WITH TRAINING, DEAF LEARN TO BE SELF-RELIANT
Deaf Way Foundation near Khanna offers six-month free course in computer software, besides English and personality classes. The 6-month free course enrolled 20 deaf students who had come from various parts of the state. Apart from the free course, NSIC also gave a stipend worth Rs 2,500 ($55.27 US) to each student to motivate them. / Indian Express



Ramotswa, Botswana
IN SILENCE, WE DO
Kagiso Morapedi was not trying to prove any point when he married his sweetheart, Gaone Mokoto, over the weekend. He did, nonetheless. The man is deaf. And so is his wife. But last Saturday, the couple took their vows. / Mmegi Online

London, England
WHY DOES DEAF DAVID BELLAMY REFUSE TO USE HEARING AIDS?
Unlike the majority of deaf people, David Bellamy has no trouble pinpointing the moment when he began to lose his hearing. Not for him the gradual deterioration brought on by age. As befits the larger-than-life TV personality that entranced generations of science-mad children, he went deaf with a bang. Such an enormous bang, indeed, that it knocked him off his feet and put him in hospital for weeks of treatment. / Daily Mail

Staffordshire, England
ATTACKER JAILED FOR KNOCKING DEAF MAN OUT
Punching a deaf man unconscious has landed a 20-year-old in jail. Ambrose Frost has been jailed for 13 months after knocking out his victim with a punch to the head. Frost admitted assault causing grievous bodily harm. Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard victim Chris Moran suffered a fractured skull and bruising to the brain following the attack, which took place on June 27, the day England were knocked out of the World Cup by Germany. / Stoke & Staffordshire

Portsmouth, England
CLASSMATES GIVE SIGN OF SUPPORT FOR DEAF BOY AT CAROL CONCERT
Young Luke Champney was born profoundly deaf -- but it certainly hasn't got in the way of enjoying Christmas carols this year. Staff and pupils at Wimborne Juniors have gone the extra mile to set up a special 35-strong choir where youngsters sign along to recorded music. And this year's unorthodox carol service for parents was such a hit, the school arranged a second performance for hundreds of pupils to enjoy and sign along to. / Portsmouth Today

Wollaton, England
DEAF TRIPOD TABBY MISSING FOR 5 MONTHS IS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Henry Blair-Allwright’s family believes in Christmas miracles. Henry is a deaf tabby with only three legs who went missing 150 days ago. This week he was found more than 20 miles from his Wollaton (U.K.) home, in Mackworth after the Millet family noticed him living a field near their home. / The Cat's Meow

Internet
VIDEO: DEAF ICE FISHERMEN
Here's a video of deaf ice fishermen somewhere in Europe, perhaps in Russia, Poland or Lithuania. Although not in ASL and there are some captioning but not in English. Still it's interesting to see how they communicate and fish. / Kokonut Pundit

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LIFE & LEISURE
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Ventura, CA
DEAF COME TOGETHER AT HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
A seasonal celebration was held Saturday for families who receive services through Tri-County GLAD, a nonprofit agency serving the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. The organization’s 21st annual holiday celebration was held at the Elks Lodge in Oxnard and featured a signing Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, who handed out gifts of books to the children. “We want to provide a great spirit for everybody and give parents the opportunity to mingle with other parents and share their experiences, and the children can identify when they see other deaf children,” said Tri-County GLAD Director Julianna Fjeld. / Ventura County Star

Gainesville, FL
'SIGNING SANTA' BRINGS HOLIDAY TO DEAF CHILDREN
Joshua Kittrell, 10, turned the corner into a room at Norton Elementary School, and his eyes went wide. "Santa!" he signed to one of his teachers. He waited patiently for his turn to receive his present -- the largest box on the table. He tore through it to find a Hot Wheels race course set -- exactly what he wanted. It is moments like those that have kept Ed Mills, who is deaf, coming back to sign for the children, although age and illness have slowed him down. / Herald-Tribune

Jackson, MS
A FAMILY'S JOURNEY TO BRING THEIR CHILD SUCCESS
Courtland Collins was born profoundly deaf in January of 2009. In December 2009, he received a device called a Cochlear Ear Implant. Courtland's mother Kendra Collins said after her son received the implant at first it was an adjustment. "For him, I think when he first got activated it was very strange he didn't know what that sound was or what was going on." / WLBT

Internet
STUFF DEAF PEOPLE LIKE #6: VP NUMBERS
Deaf people often possess a painstakingly curated collection of videophone numbers. This is more a reflection of the highly fragmented video relay service (VRS) industry and its practices than any predilection towards numerical hoarding on the Deaf person’s part. / Deaf Echo


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WORKING WORLD
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Savannah, GA
PLEASE MEET: FRANK LALA
Becky Sills was instrumental in bringing Frank Lala, a Georgia Department of Labor rehabilitation counselor for the deaf, to Savannah about two years ago. As the department of labor's director of vocational rehabilitation services, Sills needed someone who understood the challenges of the deaf community and could help them overcome employment challenges. Lala, who lost his hearing while a young boy, fit the bill. / Savannah Morning News

Austin, TX
VYOPTA ENABLES AUTOMATED WORKFLOWS FOR ASL TRANSLATION VIDEO CONTACT CENTER SERVICES
Vyopta, a software developer of applications that transform business models using Cisco TelePresence technology, today announced that its vAdapt Suite is deployed at The Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center of Louisiana (DAC). The Vyopta vAdapt solution automates and manages the workflow necessary to connect deaf and hard-of-hearing patients with remote American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. / PRWeb

Dallas, TX
AT&T INTRODUCES VRS APP FOR iPHONE 4
AT&T yesterday announced a new video relay service (VRS) app for iPhone 4 that allows deaf and hard of hearing customers to make VRS calls. The AT&T VRS app is available on the App Store. AT&T has offered video relay services to customers for many years, but the new AT&T VRS app provides a more flexible and convenient way for users to make VRS calls on the go. / PRNewswire


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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Lynchburg, VA
VIBRANT VISIONS SHINE IN DEAF STUDENTS' ART
Lorena Palma, who was born deaf, paints her world in bold shades of red, yellow and blue. “These colors make me happy :)” Palma writes on a piece of notebook paper, her primary means of communication when she does not have a sign language interpreter. This afternoon, Palma, 24, works on a self-portrait for her senior art show at Liberty University. Her’s is a visual world. Her life, shaped by faith and hardship, unfolds on the canvas. / The News & Advance

Silver Spring, MD
NAD CALLS OUT NETFLIX ON 'DEAF TAX'
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) sent a follow-up letter to Netflix last Friday requesting that they do the following: caption all of their Watch Instantly videos; in the interim, provide an easy way to search for videos that are captioned; and address concerns about Netflix's plan to charge increased fees for access to DVDs which are generally captioned while Watch Instantly videos are largely uncaptioned. The NAD urges consumer advocates to contact Netflix to demand that they caption all of their videos. / NAD


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SPORTS
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New Orleans, LA
KRISTIN ATES: NOT YOUR AVERAGE STUDENT ATHLETE
According to Tulane’s head swim coach, Lena Guarriello, sophomore distance swimmer Kristin Ates is “a hard worker, very coachable, and a great training partner to her teammates.” Ates is part of a team that was made up almost entirely of freshmen. These girls were forced to be leaders early, and then started looking towards some lofty goals. Kristin Ates plans on helping this team by swimming best times and placing top eight in her events at Conference. Kristin Ates is also deaf. / CollegeSwimming.com

Talladega, AL
GORDON JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB AS ASD RACKS UP WIN
Trey Gordon has been playing basketball since he was 3 years old. Now a senior at Alabama School for the Deaf, Gordon’s years of practice are paying off in big ways. The Silent Warriors are undefeated, ranked eighth in Class 1A and won the Hackney Classic. In addition to team triumphs, Gordon surpassed an individual milestone as well this season. The 6-4 senior has scored more than 1,000 points in his varsity career at ASD, a goal he reached in the third quarter against Atlanta Area School for the Deaf earlier this month. / The Daily Home


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MILESTONES
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Lansdale, PA
HARRIET M. WILLIAMS, 91, TEACHER FOR DEAF, HEARING IMPAIRED
Harriet M. Williams, 91, a retired teacher and administrator at schools for deaf and hearing-impaired students in Philadelphia's public and private schools, died of a stroke Thursday, Dec. 9, at Brittany Pointe Estates, Lansdale. Mrs. Williams, whose maiden name was MacKay, had lived at the retirement community since 1998. Her life was filled with teaching -- her passion -- for many years, said her son, James Jr. / The Philadelphia Inquirer


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EMPLOYMENT
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Announcing A New Job Opening at Deaf Community Services of San Diego!

If you are interested in applying for a job as a Special Projects Coordinator / Administrative Assistant, please visit and view the full job description at http://bit.ly/gliecv and apply as soon as possible. Application deadline: December 31, 2010.

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Company: The Z® / CSDVRS

Title: National Account Manager

Locations: Southeast Region and Northwest Region

Summary: The National Account Manager will be responsible for introducing CSDVRS to new business customers, while also strengthening CSDVRS' relationship with current business customers. Responsible for sharing new exciting products and features with customers who desire to use video relay service in their place of employment by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
* Plans and directs sales and service programs to promote new markets, improve competitive position in area, and provide fast and efficient customer service.
* Primary POC for Business users in assigned region.
* Prospect assigned region for new customers.
* Suggesting and implementing creative and practical methods for selling CSDVRS, strengthening client relationships, and increasing visibility.
* Coordinating aspects of CSDVRS marketing efforts.
* Work with other Regional Account Managers to plan and implement state and region-wide events and promotions.
* Coordinate referrals of installations of CSDVRS equipment in homes, agencies, and/or businesses through our installation program; Confers with potential customer to ascertain equipment, supplies, and service needs.
* Work closely with local interpreting agencies.
* Communicate with and submit regular activity reports to the General Manager of BVS.
* Perform additional sales related responsibilities and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
* Must have strong knowledge of Telecommunications Relay Service Industry.
* Must have excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully with a variety of people.
* Must have the ability to communicate fluently in American Sign Language
* Must have a good understanding of Deaf Culture.
* Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
* Must have extensive customer service experience.
* Must be willing to work a variety of hours and to travel frequently.
* Must have knowledge of Video applications.

Requirements:

Education and/or Experience:
* 1-2 years of sales experience preferred.
* Bachelor's Degree in related field strongly preferred.
* Computer knowledge and Microsoft office

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Please send salary requirements to be considered.

Benefits: Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Paid Time Off, Short/Long Term Disability, 401K and matching, Paid Holidays and Employee Assistance Program

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Send Resume and Cover Letter to: jobs@zvrs.com

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Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
Director of Client Support Services
Full-time * Exempt * San Leandro, CA

This position directs and supervises all aspects of Client Support Services (CSS) offices as well as specialized programs. Represents the agency in educational and advocacy contexts; coordinates program development and evaluation, and monitors department budget. This position reports to the Executive Director.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
-- Coordinate and implement staffing and programs in the San Leandro, Fremont, San Jose, and Fremont Oak Gardens (FOG) Client Support Services offices
-- Provide training and supervision to all Client Support Specialists, Program Developer, and contractors (for ASL classes and computer classes)
-- Develop linkages and working relationships with other agencies serving the deaf and hard of hearing community
-- Implement grant research and grant writing priorities to sustain the programs within the agency
-- Oversee the compliance of contracts that fund programs within the agency
-- Conduct evaluations of programs to ensure that services are meeting the current needs in the community
-- Monitor department budget
-- Facilitate regularly scheduled department meetings
-- Participate in management team meetings to support department as well as agency operations
-- Represent DCARA and/or the deaf and hard of hearing community at meetings and community events
-- Other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director.

REQUIRED SKILLS:
-- Bachelor’s degree in counseling, social services, deafness, or related areas. MA degree preferred.
-- Experience in supervision and management
-- At least two years experience in program service delivery
-- Demonstrated organizational, analytical, and writing skills
-- Demonstrated ability to work well with others and to initiate projects independently
-- Knowledge of MS windows software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
-- Proficiency in American Sign Language and English
-- Positive cultural perspective of Deaf people
-- Able to travel during the week (and occasional weeknights/ weekends) and throughout the DCARA service area

SALARY & BENEFITS: Salary is negotiable dependent on experience and education. DCARA offers full medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits in addition to 12 days of holiday leave plus one week paid winter holiday.

DEADLINE: Friday, February 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Send an application (available at www.dcara.org/jobs), cover letter, three references and resume to:
Human Resources
14895 East 14th Street, Suite 200
San Leandro, CA 94578 or hr@dcara.org

DCARA is an At-Will and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
Director of Employment Services (Full Time)
Fremont and San Leandro, California


DCARA has a full-time job opening for the position of Director of Employment Services. This position has two major responsibilities: 1. Manage the Employment Services Department which is charged with the task of working with Deaf and hard of hearing residents of the San Francisco Bay Area to enhance their vocational skills, increase their employability, place them in jobs, and work with them to retain their employment; and 2. Develop and implement the Deaf Employment Training Center, a pre-employment skills training and development program for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. This position will report to the Executive Director and will occupy an office at the Fremont EDD office (primarily) and at DCARA Headquarters in San Leandro.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
-- Oversee the compliance of contracts that fund Employment Services department within the agency
-- Provide training and supervision to all Employment Services staff
-- Work with Executive Director and Program Developer to develop funding opportunities to implement Deaf Employment Training Center
-- Develop linkages and working relationships with other agencies serving the deaf and hard of hearing community
-- Conduct evaluations of services offered within Employment Services Department to ensure that services are meeting the current needs in the community
-- Advocate for employability and communication access for clients
-- Monitor department budget
-- Facilitate regularly scheduled department meetings
-- Participate in management team meetings to support department as well as agency operations
-- Other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director

REQUIRED SKILLS:
-- Bachelor’s degree in vocational services, social services, counseling, or related areas. MA degree preferred
-- Experience in supervision and management
-- At least two years experience in program service delivery
-- Demonstrated organizational, analytical and writing skills
-- Knowledge of MS Windows software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
-- Proficiency in American Sign Language and English
-- Positive cultural perspective of Deaf people
-- Able to travel during the week (and occasional weeknights/weekends) and throughout the DCARA service area

SALARY: Salary is negotiable dependent on education and experience. DCARA offers 12 days of holiday leave plus paid winter holiday, and full medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits.

DEADLINE: position open until filled

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Send DCARA application (www.dcara.org under “About”/”Jobs”), cover letter, resume & three references via mail, email or fax to:
DCARA - Human Resources
14895 E. 14TH Street, Suite 200
San Leandro, CA 94578
Email: hr@DCARA.org
Fax: 510.483.2526

DCARA is an at-will and equal opportunity employer

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