July 11, 2018
Vol. 14, No. 38
Editor: Tom Willard
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FOR DEAF CATHOLICS, A GESTURE FROM POPE FRANCIS MEANT THE WORLD
Pope Francis communicated more with one hand on June 27 than many in the audience had seen in a long time from a church leader. With a smile on his face and his right arm raised in the air, Francis placed his two middle fingers in his palms and signed “I love you.” It was a message for the dozens of young people from North America and Central America who are both Catholic and deaf, and one that has made the life’s work of the Rev. Joseph Mulcrone well worth it. / America Magazine
FEDERAL LAWSUIT FILED FOR DEAF RESIDENTS IN HOUSING DISCRIMINATION CASES
A federal lawsuit has accused at least 14 assisted living and nursing home operators of unlawful discrimination against prospective deaf residents. Over two years, testers were sent into various facilities to see if fair housing laws were being violated against deaf residents. According to the federal lawsuit, workers at nursing homes and assisted living facilities would not offer sign language interpreters in violation of federal fair housing laws. / KTAR News
SON SAYS FRONTIER AIRLINES MISTREATED DEAF PARENTS
A Colorado couple on their way to celebrate their grandson's first birthday are accusing Frontier Airlines of mistreating them because they are deaf. Their son, Nikolay Filatov, reached out to Denver7 after his parents' flight was canceled and they had trouble at the ticket counter. His parents are deaf and need a sign language interpreter to communicate. "But no one would explain why, what, how to go about rescheduling a ticket. They just kept shoving her off and shoving her off," said Filatov. / The Denver Channel
Oklahoma City, OK
OKLAHOMANS CELEBRATE INCREASED ACCESS TO SERVICES FOR DEAF-BLIND INDIVIDUALS
As the crowd awaited the Oklahoma governor's arrival at the state Capitol on June 27, a woman described the room in great detail to the woman next to her. “The walls are a beautiful baby blue, with wonderful white trim,” the woman said. Like many others in the crowd, the woman describing the room was a Support Service Provider, an individual who is trained to be the eyes and ears for individuals with combined hearing and visual loss. / NewsOK
Buffalo Grove, IL
BUFFALO GROVE POLICE OFFER SPECIAL ID CARDS
A new program in Buffalo Grove meant to assist drivers during traffic stops who either are deaf or hard of hearing began with a request from a resident, police said recently. Earlier this spring, the mother of a teenager with partial hearing loss contacted Buffalo Grove police to ask if the department provided stickers or cards that alerted officers to drivers who either are deaf or hard of hearing. / Chicago Tribune
DEAF MAN INJURED AFTER CRUSHING FOOT, JUMPING OFF TRAIN IN INDIANA
The Louisville and Indiana Railroad Company is conducting an investigation after a 24-year-old deaf man crushed his foot and jumped off of a northbound train early Wednesday morning. According to a press release, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office received a report of a man calling 911 and screaming around 5 a.m. Police used GPS to pinpoint the location of the call, placing the subject moving northbound on the railroad tracks. / WHAS11.com
DEAF WOMAN GROPED, HELD AT GUNPOINT BY MAN ASKING HER FOR HELP
A deaf woman is lucky to be alive after a scary incident happened to her Friday afternoon. According to the Memphis Police Department, an unknown person approached her and asked her for ride Friday afternoon while she was pumping gas. The victim told police the suspect attempted to lure her into a secluded area in an unknown apartment complex, but she refused at which time the suspect then asked her to drive him to a business in the 3900 block of Austin Peay. / FOX13 Memphis
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DEAF, DUMB PROTEST ILLEGAL ACQUISITION OF SITE FOR VARSITY
More than 100 deaf and dumb persons staged a peaceful protest in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, July 10, over alleged illegal acquisition of 20 acres from 39 acres of their land by the Oyo State Government. Silas Ike, National Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Christian Mission for the Deaf, said the mission bought the 39 acres in 2004, with a view to building a university for the deaf, which would be the first of its kind in Africa. / Daily Sun
ADMISSIONS BOARD EXEMPTS BLIND, DEAF FROM TEST
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has exempted blind, deaf candidates and prison inmates from writing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)) test to be conducted by various institutions. Daily Sun gathered that the decision followed complained of difficulties encounter by them during the post UTME test. / Daily Sun
Boksburg, South Africa
WATCH: DEAF STUDENTS WOW WITH THE X-FACTOR IN FASHION
The Re-Think Fashion Incubator, situated at the Old Post Office Theatre, held its first ever fashion show and exhibition for its learners, on July 6. What is unique about the fashion school is that the 42 learners from ages 17 to 35 from Soweto, Kempton Park, Pretoria, Alexandra and Tembisa are all deaf. They were recruited through organisations including DeafSA and the Ekurhuleni School for the Deaf in Katlehong. / Boksburg Advertiser
DEAF WANT TO SEE ACTION ON FIRE ALARMS
The Labour Party and a group of deaf people protested in front of government headquarters July 9, demanding that the Housing Authority install visual fire alarms in public housing estates to aid those with hearing problems. Among the protesters was a deaf woman surnamed Chan, who lives alone. A fatal fire engulfed her building on June 29. While the blaze started at 5 am, Chan told reporters that she was unaware of the fire until she woke up two hours later. / The Standard
SYRIAN DEAF KIDS RECEIVE HOPE FOR LIFE WITH CHINESE EMBASSY'S DONATION
Huzaifa and Sara, a four-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl, were both born deaf and have never heard the loving voice of their Syrian parents, chirping of birds or the melody of music. The two Syrian kids are lucky that they received aid from Aamal, a charity organization that cares for people with disabilities, including kids with hearing impairment and other problems. / Xinhua
DEAF STUDENT'S STRUGGLE HELPS INSPIRE KIDS TO DEFY DISABILITY
Jiang Mengnan's story is one of triumph over adversity. Deaf almost since birth, she has overcome myriad obstacles to achieve her dream of studying for a PhD at one of China's most prestigious schools. More importantly, she is helping inspire disabled children in her native Hunan province and beyond to strive for success and defy the low expectations some in society still place on them. / Ecns.ch
RASHAYS RESTAURANTS BECOME MORE DEAF FRIENDLY
Rashays Casual Dining has announced all of its restaurants will be deaf-friendly by the start of 2019. The nationwide commitment from the restaurant brand will include Macarthur’s three Rashays locations. Rashays Punchbowl staff were the first to learn Auslan (Australian sign language) as a part of the initiative. Store owner Bashar Krayem said his staff jumped at the opportunity to learn. / Wollondilly Advertiser
DEAF GRADUATES ENTER THE SPOTLIGHT
Ten aspiring actors made theatrical history July 5 as they become the first graduates of the UK’s only performance degree for the deaf. The students, who work in sign language as well as spoken English, are beginning careers on the stage after completing the course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. / The Times
NEW PROJECT COULD BRIDGE GAP IN COMMUNICATION
With inclusion and diversity now placed firmly in the spotlight, one of the biggest developments in recent years has been the effort to enable more communication and cooperation between deaf and non-deaf people. Now, a team of researchers from University College Dublin and the Science Foundation Ireland-funded research centre Lero has revealed a prototype device that could make communication between deaf and non-deaf people a lot faster. / Silicon Republic
PRESERVING DEAF TELEVISION AND FILM HISTORY
The Silent Network, the nation’s first national Deaf/Hard of Hearing television network, which started in 1979, has been hard at work on its major preservation efforts of thousands of hours of past Deaf/HOH broadcast TV shows for the benefit of today’s viewers. Viewers can now enjoy watching the digitally re-mastered shows as well as brand new shows at WAWO.tv. Shows are added regularly. Viewers can watch on their TV, tablet, mobile device, or computer. Visit www.TheSilentNetwork.tv for more background information or watch the shows at www.WAWO.tv. Join and support this major historical undertaking!
LIFE & LEISURE
FROM TRANSLATING HEARING AIDS TO SIGN-LANGUAGE GLOVES, AMAZING ASSISTIVE TECH
Think that assistive technology for the deaf and hard of hearing community is all about your run-of-the-mill hearing aids here in 2018? Think again! From signing robot arms to mind-reading hearing aids, the next few years are going to be pretty darn amazing for accessibility technology if this list is anything to go by. Here are some of the most impressive tech projects we’ve come across in this area. / Digital Trends
DEAF EMPLOYEE'S CO-WORKERS LEARN ASL FOR BIRTHDAY MESSAGE
A Twin Cities man says he got a special birthday wish this year, thanks to his thoughtful co-workers. Erick Curry has been deaf since he contracted spinal meningitis at 3 months old. A graduate of St. Louis Park High School, Curry has been working at a restaurant in town for four and a half years. On Saturday, his co-workers unveiled their special surprise — they had all learned how to sign the lyrics to “Happy Birthday” in order to properly wish him well. / CBS Minnesota
CAMP DEAF KICKS OFF
The de l’Epee Deaf Center in Gulfport is hosting their annual five day camp ‘Camp Deaf’ this week. It’s a place where children whose first language is American Sign Language can come to interact with other like children through field trips and fun activities, an environment where communication is simple. An average of 25 kids are expected each year. So far this week they’ve gone goofy golfing and to Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. / WXXV
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YOU SHOULD KNOW: COLLEEN GEIER
When she’s not hurling ping pong balls at unsuspecting college students for goofing off, Colleen Geier, associate professor of sign language interpreting at Goshen College, will do anything for her students. Born in Guilderland, New York, Geier grew up around her mother’s uncle, who was deaf. Because her great-uncle was never allowed to sign, he grew up unable to communicate with the world around him. “He never got married. He never had a job. He never drove a car,” Geier said. / The Goshen News
New Orleans, LA
DEAF ACTION CENTER ADVOCATES FOR HEARING IMPAIRED
The phone rings and a translator answers, asking me to wait for someone to pick up at the Deaf Action Center-North Shore. I set up an appointment to meet with David Welch, co-director of the center, which helps people who have hearing loss, are deaf or are deaf and blind live independent and productive lives. The interview with Welch, who is deaf, is conducted in person, but on paper. (While interpreters are available on phone calls, none are actually located at the center.) / The New Orleans Advocate
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
THIS REAL-LIFE COUPLE USES ASL TO FIND LOVE, EXAMINE DEAFNESS IN REIMAGINED 'BRIEF ENCOUNTER'
It was a sign they were meant to be together. In “Arrival & Departure,” a pair of present-day lovers come together through a shared understanding of ASL. Stephen Sachs’ play, which opens Saturday and runs select dates through Sept. 30 at the Fountain Theatre, tells the story of two strangers, both married with children – he’s deaf, and she’s hard of hearing – who meet by chance in a New York City subway station. / The Orange County Register
New York, NY
DIRECTOR KENNY LEON HAD MUCH TO LEARN FROM DEAF ACTRESS LAUREN RIDLOFF
Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon has worked with industry greats like Denzel Washington and Phylicia Rashad. But the veteran director said that he still had much to learn when working with acting newcomer Lauren Ridloff during his most recent Broadway show "Children of a Lesser God." "As a director, it taught me I had to dig deeper to figure out ways to articulate with actors," Leon said. "Working with her was, it was very beautiful, because I've learned a lot." / Newsy
MILLICENT SIMMONS ON ACTIVISM FOR DEAF ACTORS
Utah native and rising young actor Millicent Simmonds first garnered a tremendous amount of attention last year, starring as the young deaf girl Rose in Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck. The film was a big-screen debut for Simmonds, who is deaf in real life and had been acting on stage for many years prior in Utah. But it’s her follow-up role as Regan Abbott in A Quiet Place earlier this year that got her noticed and praised by the world at large for her portrayal of a character who blames her own affliction for the death of a family member in a world where sound-triggered alien monsters attack with lightning speed. / /FILM
DEAF 10-YEAR-OLD CYCLIST SURVIVES HIT-AND-RUN
Julian Roger has no problem tuning out the distracting clamor at the finish line as he rides across. He likes the ruckus, but he doesn’t need it. The 10-year-old Bainbridge cyclist, with, among others, five rides of 100-miles or more under his undersized belt, is no stranger to silence. Controlling the volume of his world is a constant concern for the deaf soon-to-be fifth-grader at Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School, but he doesn’t let such things keep him from living out loud. / Bainbridge Island Review
Coral Gables, FL
DEAF BASKETBALL BRINGS NATIONAL EVENT TO CORAL SPRINGS
The Coral Springs Gymnasium recently served as the host site for the recent National Deaf Basketball Organization (NDBO) tournament. It marked the first time that the 36-team event, which included two squads from Puerto Rico, took place in northwest Broward County. Along with Florida and Puerto Rico, there were teams from Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Missouri, Michigan and Washington, D.C. / Sun Sentinel
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Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), located in Colorado Springs, Colorado is accepting applications for a Consultant: Regional CO Hear (Colorado Hearing Resource) / Outreach Programs. The Colorado Home Intervention Program (CHIP) operates within the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB). This position reports to the Director of Outreach Programs (or designee) and is responsible to serve as a representative of CSDB to provide consultation to families of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
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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.
BA Clinician: The BA Clinician will provide crisis and respite support services to individuals in being supported by the Deaf Respite Program.
• Qualifications: BA and two years’ experience; or 5 years’ experience.
Clinical Program Manager: The Clinical Program Manager is responsible for the supervision and direction of a program, including providing clinical supervision and rehabilitative direction to a team of Direct Care Counselors and clients.
• Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in related field.
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.
MA Clinician: The MA Clinician will provide crisis and respite support services to individuals in being supported by the Deaf Respite Program.
• Qualifications: Master’s Degree and at least two years’ experience with target population (inpatient, outpatient, residential acceptable).
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.
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• Related education (as applicable).
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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! Equal Opportunity Employer
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. Will accept applicants who don’t know American Sign Language as long as they are motivated and committed to learn.
Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents – Full time, part time, on call; Glenside location. Minimum HS diploma and one year of related experience required.
American Sign Language Interpreter - Full Time; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. National certification and compliance with PA Act 57 required. Minimum AA degree with 3 years’ experience.
Blended Case Manager – Full time; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences required.
Lead Residential Advisor – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum HS diploma with one year of experience as RA or two years’ experience in human services.
Office Manager – Full time; Pittsburgh location. Minimum AA degree in Business Administration, Human Resources Management or related field plus at least five years of supervisory/office experience.
Outpatient Clinician – Full time; Pittsburgh location. Minimum MA in social work or counseling and LCSW or LPC license eligible in the state of PA; knowledge and impact of hearing loss, assistive technology and needs of individuals who are hard-of-hearing; ability to work with children and adults.
Program Director for Residential – Full time, Glenside location. Minimum AA degree or 60 college credits with 4 years’ work experience with individuals with behavioral health needs and/or ID.
Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services and two years’ experience required.
Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position and to apply.
Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Bernadette Class, 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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