January 2, 2008
Vol. 4, No. 5
Editor: Tom Willard
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WOMAN LEAVES $6 MILLION FOR GALLAUDET
Gallaudet University announced last month that it has received one of its largest gifts in history. Virginia May Binns left the bulk of her estate, more than $6 million, to the Washington, D.C. school when she died on February 26, 2006 at age 89, said the Daily Digest. Binns was a bacteriologist who retired from medical research in the 1960s to care for her parents and the family's business. "We are fortunate to have received significant gifts from people like Virginia Binns, ... who, while they did not attend the university, recognize its prestige and impact," said Gallaudet President Robert Davila. The gift is earmarked for the James Lee Sorenson Language and Communication Center, now under construction.
NEW MEXICO WOMAN KILLED IN CAR CRASH
An Albuquerque, N.M. woman who was well-known in the deaf community died in an automobile accident on Christmas Eve, said the Associated Press. Tanya Gilliam, 34, had degrees in deaf studies and clinical psychology, said her father, Richard Gilliam. She lost control of her vehicle while driving near Santa Fe and rolled several times down an embankment, said Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano. She wasn't wearing a seat belt, he added.
53-YEAR SENTENCE UPHELD IN ASSAULT OF DEAF WOMAN
The Indiana Court of Appeals last week upheld the 53-year sentence of a man found guilty of sexually assaulting a deaf woman in 2006. According to the News and Tribune, Lavern Baltimore, 47, was convicted of breaking into his neighbor's apartment and dragging the deaf woman who lived there into the hallway by her neck and putting his hands under her shorts and on her breasts. "To victimize someone so vulnerable, as was the victim in this case, is an example of the ultimate predator," said Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson. Defense attorney Matthew McGovern argued that four errors were made in Baltimore's trial, including allowing the victim's interpreter to testify against him, but the panel ruled that the sentence was "not inappropriate."
COURT TELLS UPS, DEAF WORKERS: PROVE YOUR POINT
United Parcel Service Inc. was ordered by an appeals court last Friday to back up its belief that letting deaf people drive the company's smaller trucks would be unsafe. "Because UPS has linked hearing with safe driving, UPS bears the burden to prove that nexus," said a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The judges also said, however, that the deaf workers must prove they can drive safely, said the Los Angeles Times. "The employees ... bear the ultimate burden to show they are qualified," said the panel.
NAD COMPLAINT TARGETS FLORIDA HOSPITAL, CITY
The National Association of the Deaf and private attorney Matthew Dietz have filed complaints against Palmetto General Hospital and the City of Hialeah, Florida on behalf of a deaf couple who were not provided interpreters during childbirth and a family emergency. Cynthia Cuevas and Erik Phillips say they did not have an interpreter during Cuevas' seven-day hospital stay for a cesarian birth despite their requests. The complaint against the City of Hialeah stems from two incidents before and after the birth, when Cuevas' mother-in-law called police and had the deaf woman involuntarily committed without the benefit of interpreters. "As this case shows," said NAD CEO Nancy Bloch in a news release, "not communicating effectively ... can have disastrous consequences."
PARENTS SAY SCHOOL LEFT SON UNPREPARED
Charlie and Wendy Kennedy have filed three three complaints against the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, saying the school did not prepare their son adequately for college. Chad Kennedy, 19, graduated in May as class valedictorian but "has to go through three additional years before he can go to college-level classes," Charlie told KVOA. ASDB Assistant Superintendent Robert Hill said in an email that Chad's third-grade reading level is "typical" of graduating deaf students, but the Kennedys find that unacceptable. "My tax dollars pay their salary," said Charlie Kennedy, "so they should be educating these people."
COURT ORDERS REAL-TIME CAPTIONING FOR 2ND STUDENT
The Glendora (Calif.) Unified School District lost again in its fight to get out of providing real-time captioning service at Glendora High School. According to San Gabriel Valley Tribune, a state judge ordered the district to offer the service to Victor Solorzano, 15, whose sister Samantha, 17, won a similar fight in May (with the school dropping its appeal in October). The siblings, both deaf from birth, say they need the service to keep up in fast-paced classrooms and will now be on equal-footing with their classmates. "We're thrilled," said their mother, Jackie Solorzano.
HOME FOR DEAF SEMINARIANS FACES OBJECTIONS
Father Tom Coughlin is due to appear today before the San Antonio, Texas Zoning Commission to request a special use permit to allow the 8,100-square-foot two-story house he purchased recently to be used as a religious community. Coughlin plans to house up to 10 seminarians by next year in his House of Studies for Deaf Seminarians, but the nine-bedroom, nine-bathroom home is in a single-family zoning district, said the Express-News. Residents denounced Coughlin's application at a December 4 hearing that he did not attend because he said he was not notified of the meeting. Others were more supportive, saying the seminarians were "merely a group of deaf priests trying to do some good." As for Coughlin, "I feel struck with terror," he said.
SOUTH CAROLINA SCHOOL CHIEF RETIRING
Sheila Breitweiser is retiring this week as president of the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind, said The Charlotte Observer. Breitweiser, 65, has been on the job since 1996, and after 11 years SCSDB "is pretty much considered the top school of its kind in the country," said Norman Pulliam, the former board member who hired her. Breitweiser will be replaced by Pamela Shaw from the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and the Blind and plans to retire to a farmhouse with her husband and work as a consultant. "I like to think I'm leaving while people are still applauding," she said.
WEST VIRGINIA TO START GRADING INTERPRETERS
State education officials in West Virginia plan to start grading sign-language interpreters this year, reported The Charleston Gazette. Interpreters must score 3.0 or above on the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment, which offers a range of zero to 5. Officials at the Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Neb. will review test videotapes and award scores. Those who pass will earn a certificate; those who don't pass won't lose their jobs right away, but officials will be required to post the position and make an effort to hire a qualified interpreter.
OHIO CHURCH REPORTS SODA POP THEFT
From Dayton, Ohio comes news that a 38-year-man has been arrested for stealing soda and other items from the Agape Assembly of God Church for the Deaf. Vincent M. Williams was charged with stealing a 12-pack of Dr. Pepper, a 12-pack of Pepsi, an amplifier and a computer printer, said WHIOTV on Monday. The unnamed pastor reportedly identified the items and confirmed they came from the church, said police, who believe Williams has broken into the same place before.
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POLAND MAN GETS 25 YEARS FOR KILLING DEAF TEEN
A deaf man in Poland was sentenced to 25 years in prison last week for killing a 17-year-old girl, also deaf, identified as Martyna B. Marek Sydoruk, 31, will be eligible for parole in 20 years, said The News. A second defendant was acquitted two weeks ago. The murder took place in June 2005 in Sydoruk's apartment in Slawno, northwest Poland. According to the report, the victim was stabbed, then her body was cut into pieces, put in plastic bags and left in different refuse piles.
ACTIVISTS SEEK CHANGE TO BRITISH BILL
A coalition of U.K. disability organizations plans to launch a campaign this month to amend the Human Tissue and Embryo Bill to give parents the right to choose embryos with genetic abnormalities, said The Sunday Times. Jackie Ballard, a former Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament who now runs the Royal National Institute for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People (RNID), said deaf parents should be allowed to screen their embryos and pick a deaf child if that is what they want. British Deaf Association Chairman Francis Murphy agreed. "If hearing people are allowed to choose embryos that will be 'like them,'" said Murphy, "then deaf people should have the same right."
ATTACK ON DEAF GRANDFATHER LANDS MAN IN JAIL
A crack addict in England was sent to jail indefinitely for repeatedly punching a deaf grandfather on a train and leaving him for dead, said the Daily Mail. Ebeneezer Adesina, who had been released from prison weeks earlier after a three-year sentence for robbing two men, was sentenced December 20 to a minimum of six years by Judge Christopher Elwen, who decried the savagery of the February 2006 attack. The victim, 61-year-old Roger Hare, spent a week in a coma on a life-support machine following the assault.
DRIVER FALLS VICTIM TO ROAD RAGE ATTACK
A road rage incident in England left a deaf driver with a fractured jaw, said the Harrow Times. The unidentified victim was attacked after shaking his fist at the driver of a blue Audi who was trying to hurry him along. He was punched and left lying on the ground by a man around 30 who got out of the passenger side of the Audi and then got back in and drove off after the attack. Police were seeking witnesses and encouraged people to call Crimestoppers anonymously.
WOMAN REWARDED FOR FUNDRAISING WORK
A deaf woman in England has been rewarded for her fundraising efforts on behalf of the national charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Liz Arendt, 63, was given a letter from the Princess Royal and a silver plaque from talk show host Esther Rantzen, said the St. Albans & Harpenden Review. Arendt, who became deaf in 1996 from a viral infection, started the charity's Hertfordshire branch in 1998 and has raised more than L 250,000 ($ US) for hearing dogs. She and other committee members have collected donations outside stores, organized sales and sponsored an annual dog show. "The Hertfordshire branch has really worked hard over the years," said Gordon Myland, the chapter's president and former mayor of St Albans. "I have nothing but praise for the effort they put in."
EMMA AGNEW'S PARENTS GIVE FIRST INTERVIEW
The parents of Emma Agnew, the deaf New Zealand woman who was found murdered in November, spoke publicly for the first time last week, saying the family's traditional Christmas gathering would go on as planned but would include a visit to Agnew's grave. "She thoroughly enjoyed Christmas Day," Henry Agnew told The New Zealand Press. "She loved parties." He and wife Louise said they were happy a man was arrested for the crime but didn't know if they would attend the trial. They also thanked supporters, saying they've received 2,500 cards, truckloads of food and messages from around the world. "It's impossible to write back to all these people," said Henry. "There are just so many."
AUSTRALIAN MP SEEKS SMOKE ALARM HELP
An Australian Member of Parliament called on the government to help deaf people acquire smoke alarms, noting special alarms for the deaf cost over 25 times more than standard alarms. David Gibson MP, the State Member for Gympie, criticized the government's "penny pinching" and said all deaf Queenslanders should be protected with the special devices. Gibson is the eldest child of deaf parents, said a Media Newswire release, and the first Queensland MP to give his maiden speech in sign language.
CANADA'S DEAF, BLIND HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
The Toronto Star recently ran a story on DeafBlind Ontario Services and the 11 houses it runs for some 35 residents, including 37-year-old Laurel Kelliher, who once would have faced a Christmas of "nothing but silence and darkness." Formed 18 years ago by parents to provide services to their deaf and blind children after they reached 18, the group now has two apartments, 11 houses and 140 employees. "We do Christmas, we do Hanukah, we do everything," said executive director Roxanna Spruyt-Rocks. The organization gets funding from the government but relies on donations for items such as massage chairs, aromatherapy and other "sense-able" gifts, she said.
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10-YEAR-OLD GIRL RUNS TOY DRIVE FOR THIRD YEAR
For the third year, 10-year-old Trystany Capozi has organized Trystany's Toy Drive in Victor Valley, Calif., said the Victorville Daily Press. Trystany, who is deaf, told a reporter (with dad Angelo interpreting) that her efforts began when she noticed some friends at the California School for the Deaf didn't have enough money for a Thanksgiving dinner. She talked to a store manager and got six $24 gift certificates, and "it snowballed from there." Trystany, who now attends Hollyvalle School in Hesperia, helped 30 kids in 2005 and 98 families in 2006, but this Christmas "I stopped counting at a thousand," she said.
OPERATION TO GIVE GIRL THUMB CALLED SUCCESS
The deaf 4-year-old Pennsylvania girl who underwent a series of surgeries to give her a right thumb was the subject of a follow-up in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last week. From all indications, said Dr. Mark Baratz, an Allegheny General Hospital orthopedic surgeon, Grace Benham's operation has been a success. Maryann Stefko, a Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf coordinator who has known Grace since she was adopted from Korea by Nancy and Roy Benham, said Grace was once "very quiet, very cautious and very reluctant to sign." And now? "It really is like watching a bloom open up," she said.
CHILDREN OF DEAF HONORED FOR 'HEROIC' HELP
A group called Signs of Silence held a special event December 20 at a Escondido, Calif. Sizzlers restaurant to honor six children "for all the things they've done to help their deaf parents," said the North County Times. The kids are heroes, said group founder Roy Hensley, and "often have to act as translators for their parents." The six children, all under age 10, were joined by more than 40 adults for the party, which was funded with $1,000 from The Giving Challenge, a national nonprofit that gives money in exchange for a videotape of the event for its website. "We just really wanted to do something special for these kids," said Hensley.
KENTUCKY REVEREND TO GET COCHLEAR IMPLANT
Reverend Paula Farmer of New Hope Ministries Church of God in Lexington, Ky., who became deaf 26 years ago from hereditary nerve damage, will step down from the pulpit this month to have cochlear implant surgery. If it is successful, "it will be life changing" for Farmer, said WTVQ. Farmer, who became a pastor four years ago after she and her husband helped start the church, said she is undergoing the procedure because of the church members. "If I'm going to keep pastoring and working for God, I'm going to have to do everything I can to be my best at that job," she said.
RUTGERS RESEARCHERS AIM TO IMPROVE IMPLANTS
Research at Rutgers University could lead to a new generation of cochlear implants, said News-Medical.Net. Neuroscientist Robin Davis and her team of researchers work with mouse cochlear tissue cultured in the laboratory, unwinding the spiral-shaped cochlea and laying it out in a line. Davis compares the hair cells in the cochlea to piano keys and says the nerves that connect them to the brain are like the piano's strings. The team's research focuses on neurotrophins, which help nerve cells survive but do even more in the cochlea, regulating how sounds are carried to the brain. Davis envisions using the findings to design cochlear implants that release neurotrophins through graduated ports along its length.
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CONTRACTOR BOOSTS ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLINESS
Deaf contractor Scott Johnson of Silverlake, Calif. was featured in Canyon News last month for striving to make his two businesses -- Fussy Painting Inc. and Proenviro Construction Inc. -- environmentally responsible. Johnson, 47, was born deaf and ran a window-cleaning business after graduating from California State University-Northridge but moved in a new direction after getting a painting license in 1991, working for a general contracting license so he could help "brighten people's lives." Johnson provides clients with solar-powered systems, water-conservation tactics, and sustainable windows and insulations, checking every client's home or building for energy efficiency while hoping his efforts will influence others "in a domino-effect way."
TRAFFIC WORKER INVENTS SYSTEM FOR SAFE CROSSINGS
A longtime worker in the Colorado Springs, Colo. traffic engineering division was written up in The Colorado Springs Gazette for his efforts to promote safe crossings for pedestrians with vision or hearing loss. Tony "Speedy" Gonzalez spends most of his time maintaining the city's traffic signals, fiber optics and communication radios but also invented a buzzer system to let blind people know when it's safe to cross the street. His system, which costs only $400 for a full intersection, takes 10 minutes to install and includes vibrating tactile buttons that let deaf and blind people know when to cross. Gonzalez takes his job seriously, said boss Jerry Marcum, walking the routes with residents to make sure they know how to use the system.
CALIFORNIAN LEARNS TO SIGN FOR DEAF CO-WORKER
Brandon Bearce was skeptical three years ago when he was assigned to work with Timothy Lopez for 1-800-GOT-JUNK? in Modesto, Calif. Lopez was deaf and had limited speech, and Bearce didn't know sign language, said the Record-Searchlight. But they began writing notes and sending text messages, and Lopez taught Bearce a few simple signs like "time" and "finished." Bearce, 25, picked up a sign language book and was signing sentences within a few months and has become a fluent signer. "He stepped up to the plate," said general manager Jim Bakich, "and learned a whole new language." Lopez says the best part about working together is having a co-worker who can sign, while Bearce answers with a quick, "He can't tell on me."
GROUP CALLS SPRINT RELAY 'SPAMMER OF THE YEAR'
Deaf California News, a Yahoo group with 1,900 members, presented its First Annual Spammer of the Year Award to Sprint Relay, saying in a post Monday that the large telecommunications corporation "is not above the rules." DCN maintains a "no commercial advertising" policy, said the post, but still receives numerous ads from Sprint Relay despite asking them several times to stop. In response, DCN received an email from Sprint complaining that "subscribers can only read what you think is appropriate for them." The post, signed "DCN Moderators," criticized the Sprint rep for not signing his or her name to the email and said, "We find this kind of attitude and sense of entitlement from corporations serving our community deplorable."
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GALLAUDET THEATER STUDENT FEATURED IN NEW MOVIE
Russell Harvard, a Gallaudet University theater arts major, has a role in There Will Be Blood, a film released last week with Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead. Harvard, an Austin, Texas native, plays the role of H.W. Plainview, the son of an oil tycoon. (A younger actor plays H.W. as a child.) Harvard, whose experience spans television, stage and film, worked with deaf actor and drama teacher Patrick Graybill to translate his lines into the kind of sign language used in the early 1900s, when the film is set. "It is wonderful to watch Russell ... getting out there to audition and land important stage and film roles," said Willy Conley, chair of Gallaudet's Theatre Arts department, in Inside Gallaudet.
'THROUGH DEAF EYES' WINS MAJOR AWARD
Massachusetts filmmakers Diane Garey and Lawrence Hott will be in New York City January 16 to receive one of 13 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University 2008 Awards for broadcast journalism for their film Through Deaf Eyes, a documentary that explores 200 years of deaf history. The couple, whose Florentine Films/Hott Productions has won more than 100 awards, spent four years on the film, spotlighting the controversies of cochlear implants and oral vs. sign language traditions. "We were completely outside of the deaf community," Garey told The Republican. "We had to sort of ease ourselves in." More than 7,000 DVDs have been distributed, she added, and PBS is likely to show it again.
APPLE PATENTS AUTOMATIC VOLUME CONTROL
A patent filed in Europe by Apple may lead to future iPods that contain automatic volume control to help prevent hearing damage. An iPod can put out sound equivalent to a pneumatic drill and cause hearing damage in only 15 minutes, said the report in ITWire.com, and the damaging effects on users' hearing is gradual and cumulative so users "may not behave in a manner" to limit such damage. The feature could also be added to the popular Apple iPhone. Still to be determined is whether automatic volume control will be user selectable.
TEXAS STUDENTS DRESS WINDOWS FOR HOLIDAY
Visitors to downtown Austin, Texas have an opportunity (through January 12) to view a holiday art display put together by students at the Texas School for the Deaf. The display, in the windows of the Scarbrough Building, 101 W. Sixth St., include 4-foot-by-8-foot posters, photo montages, mobiles, a replica of a the school's "Mule Ears" building, and "then and now" perspectives on school uniforms, athletics and other issues. Large flat-screen TVs show students' work in video technology and digital graphics. Also included, said the Austin American-Statesman: "interesting information about these young artists, their dreams and their thoughts about art."
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VAN ZANT WRAPS UP FOUR YEARS WITH OKLAHOMA STATE
Oklahoma State senior cornerback Martel Van Zant completed his final season with the Cowboys, said the Youngstown Indicator, battling through injuries that included turf toe and an ankle problem that kept him out of the Dec. 31 Insight Bowl. Van Zant, who was born deaf, has become a cult hero in Stillwater, with fans waving their hands in the air to recognize him with deaf applause. "It made me feel really special," he said. The 22-year-old from Tyler, Texas was recruited by Les Miles, then the Cowboys' head coach. Miles has a deaf brother and immediately related to Van Zant, said the report, offering him a full scholarship. "I didn't even know I was going to have a chance to go to college," said Van Zant. "Then to end up coming here ... it went by really quick, the four years here."
DEAFNESS IN ONE EAR A BLESSING, SAYS FOOTBALL PLAYER
Brit Miller, an Illinois linebacker who is deaf in his right ear, is one of the most engaging personalities on his team, said the Associated Press, as the Fighting Illini prepared for to meet Southern California in the Rose Bowl on Tuesday. (They were crushed, 49-17.) "He's kind of a comic," said coach Ron Zook. "He always has people laughing." Miller's hearing loss, stemming from childhood when he suffered a perforated eardrum and infections, has been "more of a blessing," he said. "It's enabled me to do more in the sense that I've had to work harder for what I have." And when Miller, who had 57 tackles this season, gets yelled at by coaches, "he simply turns his right ear to them," said the report.
FOR NORTH DAKOTA COACH, IT'S NOT ABOUT WINNING
The basketball team at the North Dakota School for the Deaf was profiled last month in the Devil's Lake Journal. Coach Julius Sayler, an NDSD graduate, started the current version of the team 14 years ago when he returned as a dorm counselor. "We never had enough boys for a boys team or girls for a girls team," said Sayler, so he got permission to play with a co-ed team against other schools. The Bulldogs feature boys and girls in grades 6 to 12 all playing on the same team, and usually they play other schools' 9th grade teams. On a recent Tuesday, however, they beat the JV squad from Warwick, 60-54. "We were really excited to beat a JV team," said Sayler. But it's not about wins or losses, he added, but being part of a team and activity. Otherwise, the players "would be in the dorm playing video games," he said.
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3. 18 potentially awkward situations are presented with three possible solutions for each scenario;
4. Reading materials on the history of deaf community events;
5. Worksheets to compare deaf culture with American mainstream"hearing" culture;
6. Reaction sheets to help your students process their feelings about attending deaf community events;
7. Exercises to encourage your students to develop the right attitude about deaf culture;
8. Tips on how to locate appropriate deaf community events to attend, how to meet deaf people , and how to initiate and develop friendships with deaf individuals;
9. A bonus section with opportunities to increase awareness of the following features of ASL: listing, fingerspelling, repetition, and back channel feedback
Have your bookstore contact firstname.lastname@example.org now to order bulk copies of the A SIGN OF RESPECT DVDs for your classes.
You can advertise your job openings here for just $20 a week (up to 100 words, 10 cents each add'l word). Start spreading the news! To place your ad, send the announcement to email@example.com.
Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a full-time position open for “Outreach Coordinator” for the state of Georgia. This position will be staffed in Atlanta, GA.
We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.
Position summary: This full time position is responsible for promoting Georgia Relay, thereby increasing the number of relay customers. Individual will be required to travel as needed.
Applicants with the ability to communicate through the use of American Sign Language are preferred. An Associate or Bachelor's Degree or comparable work experience along with a minimum of three years public relations experience is preferred. Strong written, analytical and interpersonal skills as well as a driver's license and ability to travel alone are required. Direct work experience with a Telecommunications Relay Service is also preferred. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals are encouraged to apply.
Interested individuals may send all inquiries and/or resumes to www.hamilton.net/employment.html to the attention of Cindy Blase in Human Resource Department by January 11, 2008.
We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.
Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage. Contact our HR Dept. at: 800.821.1831 or at: www.hamilton.net/employment.html.
SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) is seeking nominations and accepting applications for Provost. The Provost is the lead administrator on issues related to SWCID and Deaf culture and education. Masters degree required. Doctorate preferred. 10 years related experience required. Knowledge of program development, budgeting, and computer resources. Proficiency in American Sign Language and comprehensive understanding of Deaf culture and education. Ability to provide creative leadership and a commitment to the principles of the Continuous Quality Improvement. Criminal background check required. Excellent benefits. For complete position notice and application, visit our website at www.howardcollege.edu.
The SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) is seeking nominations and accepting applications for Dean of Student Services. Masters degree required. 5 years related experience required. A minimum of five years of progressive responsibility in student services demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of student development theory and current best practices in the field. Experience with collegiate extracurricular activities, a strong understanding of the deaf culture, and strong communications skills. Budget planning experience; knowledge of testing and assessment used with the deaf; fluency in American Sign Language. Criminal background check required. Excellent benefits. For complete position notice and application visit our website at www.howardcollege.edu.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD
GLAD is an Affirmative Action Employer with equal opportunity for men, women and people with disabilities. For more information on the following positions, please go to: www.gladinc.org. The status of all positions is: Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt, Full Fringe Benefits unless otherwise noted. All positions are open until filled.
-- Hard of Hearing Specialist
- Riverside, CA
-- Community Advocate - Ventura, Los Angeles (2) and Riverside, CA
-- Administrative Assistant - Los Angeles, CA
-- Community Interpreter - Bakersfield, CA
-- Community Interpreter - Los Angeles, CA
-- Placement Coordinator - Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga, West Covina, Anaheim
-- Job Developer/Interpreter - Norwalk, Anaheim, Riverside
If interested for any of these positions then please submit resume and application to:
Human Resources Specialist
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.
2222 Laverna Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041
V/TDD: (323) 550-4207
Fax #: (323)550-4204
National Deaf Academy, a state of
the art residential treatment facility serving Deaf children, adolescents and
adults in a behavioral health setting, has an immediate opening for a Program
Coordinator. A Master’s degree in counseling, Deaf education, social work
and/or a related field is required. Must be licensed in Florida or license eligible
from another state. This candidate must be fluent in ASL, English and have a
strong knowledge of Deafness and Deaf Culture, as well as have good resources
within the Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing community.
The Program Coordinator will carry a caseload of 5 and oversee our adult enhancement program, independent living skills program and expand our vocational program.
Competitive salary and excellent benefit package.
Send resume to:
Director of Human Resources, National Deaf Academy, 19650 US Hwy 441, Mt. Dora, FL 32757
V: 352-735-9500 TTY 352-735-9570 Fax 352-735-4939 EOE
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