February 5, 2014
Vol. 10, No. 14
Editor: Tom Willard
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San Francisco, CA
CLOSED CAPTION WIN FOR CNN IN LAWSUIT
A federal appeals court set aside a ruling Wednesday that cleared the way for a civil rights suit against CNN for refusing to provide closed captioning for the deaf and hard-of-hearing in California on the thousands of news video clips it posts on its website. But while ruling that CNN hadn't intentionally discriminated against the hearing-impaired, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco kept the suit alive. / San Francisco Chronicle
DEAF INMATE GETS $150,000 SETTLEMENT FROM OREGON AFTER CLAIMING ASSIGNED JOBS WERE DISCRIMINATORY
The Oregon Department of Corrections has agreed to pay $150,000 to a deaf inmate who was denied an ASL interpreter and given menial jobs such as cleaning toilets. Dennis Steinman, a Portland attorney for Merle Baldridge, described the lawsuit as a landmark disability discrimination case that forces the prison system to improve conditions for all inmates with disabilities by following the Americans with Disabilities Act and Oregon law. Specifically, under terms of the settlement, state prisons will provide deaf inmates with sign-language interpreters for orientation, medical exams, counseling and other daily interactions of life. / The Oregonian
Ellicott City, MD
MD. SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF DORM AIDE SENTENCED TO 7 YEARS FOR SEX ABUSE OF 2 FEMALE STUDENTS
A former school aide at the Maryland School for the Deaf was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday for molesting two young students. Clarence Taylor, 38, of Gwynn Oak, had been found guilty of two charges of sexual abuse of a minor in November. Prosecutors said the abuse occurred from 2008 to 2011, while Taylor worked as an afternoon activity aide at the school's Columbia campus. / The Associated Press
OHIO BILL WOULD MANDATE HEALTH INSURANCE COVER HEARING AIDS
A Democratic state lawmaker wants health insurers to be required to cover hearing aids. State Sen. Edna Brown of Toledo, D-11th, offered SB 257 to help a growing number of hearing-impaired resident cover the costs of the devices and related care. “Many insurance plans consider hearing aids as elective forms of treatment and do not cover them as part of basic health coverage,” Brown told members of the chamber’s Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee, where the bill had a first hearing Tuesday. / The Vindicator
RIT/NTID STUDENTS ACCEPTED INTO HIGH-TECH BUSINESS ACCELERATOR
A team of students from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf has received $25,000 and acceptance into Leap Motion’s LEAP AXLR8R in San Francisco to help further their work on a program that will help deaf and hearing people communicate more easily. The team, MotionSavvy, is developing applications for the Leap Motion 3-D sensor, which was released in July. / NTID News
FUNDRAISING, PLANS FOR DEAF-BLIND COMMUNITY UNDERWAY
The North Carolina School for the Deaf Foundation works to support the deaf and hard-of-hearing community in Morganton. The organization’s latest endeavor plans to develop a special residential project — a mixed-income retirement community for deaf, blind and deaf-blind seniors in Burke County. The NCSD foundation is a nonprofit organization that, according to its website, works cooperatively with the school, although it is governed independently by its own executive board. / The News Herald
South Ogden, UT
OFFICER GOES OUT OF WAY TO HELP HEARING-IMPAIRED CRASH VICTIM
A man said he's grateful to a police officer who went out of his way to help his hearing-impaired wife who was in a terrible car accident. Jessica Hinckley and her 6-month-old baby, Alyssa, were involved in an accident Friday. The force of the crash set off the air bags. During the accident, Jessica’s hearing aid came out and broke apart. She could not tell those on the scene about her injuries. / The Santa Clarita Valley Signal
ROBBERY TARGETS HEARING-IMPAIRED MAN
Horry County police were called to the Quick Mart on U.S. 378 in Conway Saturday at about 1:30 p.m. where they found a man hunched over holding his stomach. When the man lifted his face, the policeman saw that he had lacerations and other visible injuries on his face. The policeman learned that the man is hearing impaired, relying on lip reading rather than sign language. The clerk told police the man came inside bleeding asking him to call 911. / MyHorryNews.com
WESTERN N.C. THIRD-GRADER GETS HELP WITH HEARING AID
This year, Mills River Elementary third-grader Danny Castro, 9, got a very special present from his school. School officials purchased an FM-based wireless system that allows the hearing-impaired youngster to hear his teacher, Julie Ann Mitchell, through his hearing aids. Every day the gregarious boy enters school, hooks up his hearing system and prepares to learn. / The Associated Press
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'JAPAN'S BEETHOVEN' NOT EVEN DEAF, GHOST COMPOSER CLAIMS
The man who was the musical brains behind a supposedly deaf composer dubbed "Japan's Beethoven" claimed on Thursday that the mock maestro was not hearing-impaired -- and couldn't even write sheet music. The startling allegations come a day after composer Mamoru Samuragochi, 50, confessed to hiring another man to write his best-known works, as he shot to fame in the mid-1990s with classical compositions that provided the soundtrack to video games including Resident Evil. Samuragochi has not responded publicly to the fresh allegations. / Digital Journal
DEAF-MUTE HERO CHASES, LASSOES WOULD-BE KILLER AFTER SHOOTING IN KALINA
A 23-year-old deaf and mute man yesterday chased down and captured a would-be killer who had minutes earlier shot at another man four times in broad daylight. The alleged shooter, Izhar Khan, 25, arrived in Mumbai to avenge the alleged sexual abuse of his mentally challenged sister by the victim, Ramchandra Pal, 35. Izhar opened fire on Pal before jumping onto a moving bus to escape. While other eyewitnesses remained mere spectators, Arshad Ali Sadiq Shaikh, who has been deaf and mute since birth, gave chase along
with two traffic cops. / Mumbai Mirror
3 HELD FOR RAPING DEAF AND DUMB 7-YR-OLD GIRL
A case of a seven-year-old deaf and dumb girl's rape in a residential school near Hingoli on January 13 came to light on Tuesday when NCP MP Supriya Sule visited the victim at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) here. The victim is said to be stable but not completely out of danger. / Times of India
New Delhi, India
THOUSANDS OF INDIA'S DISABLED PROTEST TO DEMAND EQUAL RIGHTS
Thousands of disabled people protested in the Indian capital on Monday, demanding parliament pass long-awaited legislation that gives them equal rights including to education and employment. Thousands with intellectual or physical impairments gathered to support the bill drafted for the country's 40-90 million disabled people. "We have been waiting since independence for this, some of us even longer," National Association of the Deaf president Zorin Singha said of the country's estimated 18 million deaf people. / Global Post
COUPLE WHO TRAFFICKED DEAF GIRL FROM PAKISTAN TO HAVE SENTENCE REVIEWED
Top judges are due to review the jail sentences passed on a couple who trafficked a deaf girl into the country from Pakistan to work as their domestic servant. The Court of Appeal is set to hear the cases of Ilyas and Tallat Ashar at a hearing in London tomorrow. (Tuesday). Ilyas Ashar, 85, was found guilty of repeatedly raping the girl and trafficking. He was jailed for 13 years. His wife Tallat Ashar, 68, was found guilty of trafficking and jailed for five years. / Manchester Evening News
DEAF MAN MAY KEEP HIS LATE PARTNER'S HOME
A bereaved, gay, deaf partner fought off a legal challenge to take away his home. The Central London County Court dismissed a claim for possession from Brent Housing Partnership against a profoundly deaf man who had been living with his deaf partner until his death. His Honour Judge Lochrane ruled in the man’s favour after the case was heard, and called for a more flexible treatment of gay relationships. / Get West London
JOHN SMITH: WHY DEAF CLUBS MATTER (AND WHAT THEY GIVE YOU THAT DEAF PUB EVENS CAN'T)
Transcript: Years ago, lots of Deaf people went to the Deaf club. There, they did sports, football, darts, different activities. Then ‘Deaf Pub’ meet-ups started. That was fine. It was lovely for people to meet and chat. But Deaf club attendances went down, and the number of people meeting at Deaf Pub meet-ups went up. Some of the Deaf clubs closed down. / The Limping Chicken
DEAF TEENAGER COULD HOLD VITAL CLUES TO FATAL CAR CRASH MYSTERY
A deaf teenager could hold the key to a mystery crash in Staplehurst that claimed two lives. Nathalie Clare was a passenger in a red Vauxhall Vectra when it crashed into two cars. Her mum Irene, 47, and driver Tunbridge Wells-born Brian Maitland, 63, both died at the scene, on March 5 last year. Miss Clare was seriously injured but has since recovered. It was while she was in hospital that she gave clues as to what happened on the evening. / This is Kent
SCOTTISH DEAF SCHOOL TOLD TO IMPROVE
Scotland's national school for deaf children, Donaldson's, has been told to improve the way it is run. Communication issues between senior management and staff were highlighted last month in a report by Education Scotland, the school standards body. In January, Donaldson's came under fire for its handling of an indecent assault by one of its staff. Speaking at the trial of William Docherty -- who was found guilty of groping a 16-year-old boy at a party -- the sheriff at Falkirk crown court criticized the school for not suspending the communication support worker until four years after the 2009 assault. / BBC News
Milton, ON, Canada
MILTON CENTRE FOR THE ARTS TO LAUNCH NEW APP TO BOOST ACCESSIBILITY
The deaf, deafened and hard of hearing will be able to experience live entertainment at the Milton Centre for the Arts, thanks to a new app that will be introduced this fall. StageFly, a new application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, was created specifically for the centre to provide an accessible live entertainment experience to the hearing impaired community. / insideHALTON.com
DEAF 19-YEAR-OLD BEATS ALL ODDS TO BECOME POLICE DOG TRAINER
Having been turned down by the Israel Defense Forces, Shahaf Karavny joins police force. "I have a special bond with animals, they understand me and they cannot argue with me," she tells Israel Hayom. Her story proves that where there is a will, there is a way. After being told she could not serve in the IDF's canine unit, the 19-year old did not give hope and became the first deaf person to serve as an Israel Police dog trainer. / Israel Hayom
BILL MANDATING USE OF PINOY SIGN LANGUAGE IN NEWS PROGRAMS OK'D
The House of Representatives passed on third and final reading a bill mandating the use of Filipino sign language insets in local television news programs to allow the hearing-impaired to understand the broadcast. The bill also wants closed captions or subtitles in at least two news programs every day and special programs covering events of national importance. / The Philippine Star
DEAF RUSSIAN JEWISH GROUP EXPERIENCES ISRAEL FOR FIRST TIME
It was an unusual sight on Friday night at Judaism's most sacred site, the Western Wall. Near the blue-and-white Israeli flag, waving over the multitudes of Sabbath prayer-goers, a group of young adults were holding hands and dancing -- in complete silence. The group consisted of young deaf Jewish adults, many from Russia who were visiting Israel for their first time thanks to a special trip led by Chabad Rabbi Yehoshua Soudakoff. / The Huffington Post
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LIFE & LEISURE
DEAF, SINGLE MOM GETS LIFE-CHANGING HELP
The last sound any mother wants to hear is the voice of her child crying in pain. Karen Swinning, mother of two and grandmother to five, would agree. Swinning’s first son, Jeff, was born in 1977 -- a year after she graduated from Mansfield Senior High School. Her second son, Roosevelt, was born two years later. She never heard either of her two boys cry. She never heard them giggle, say their first words, or later say, “I love you.” Raising children as a deaf, single mother is a difficult, nearly impossible task when attempted alone. / Mansfield News Journal
New York, NY
THE DEAF COMMUNITY DEMANDS MORE
The "fake" sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial service developed into a surprising headline story. Beyond the scandal, however, emerged a remarkable tale of advocacy in the digital age. Throughout the event, members of South Africa's deaf community used social media to vent their frustrations regarding the inadequate interpreter and, in doing so, initiated a highly public discussion about the standards for deaf accommodation. / The Huffington Post
CHURCH FOR DEAF MARKS 90TH YEAR
Attitudes about ministries for deaf people have changed considerably since Woodhaven Baptist Deaf Church was founded in 1924. "For many years, the deaf ministry was treated as a mission to handicapped people," said the Rev. Arthur Craig, senior pastor. "Over time it became more of a language mission or a cultural mission." The church, based since 1986 at 9920 Long Point, will look back at the changes it has seen over the years when it hosts its 90th anniversary celebration Feb. 1-2. / Houston Chronicle
FASTER BRAIN SHRINKAGE IN HEARING-IMPAIRED SENIORS
Older adults with impaired hearing may have a faster rate of brain shrinkage as they age, a new study suggests. A number of studies have found that older people with hearing loss tend to have a quicker decline in their memory and thinking skills, compared to those with normal hearing. The findings offer one potential explanation: older adults with hearing problems lose brain volume more quickly than their peers with normal hearing. / Health24
HUSBAND STUBBORN ABOUT HEARING
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New York, NY
NEW AGENT MATCHMAKING NETWORK SERVES DEAF HOMEBUYERS AND SELLERS
New York City-based agent Jackie Roth, who has been deaf since birth, wants to be a beacon for deaf and hard-of-hearing real estate consumers looking to buy or sell a home. A top producer with Douglas Elliman since 2005, Roth says deaf consumers are often underserved in real estate, an assessment that inspired her to begin building a nationwide network of agents she has screened and determined are capable of serving deaf clients. Roth, who learned to speak English when she was 5, estimates that just 10 to 15 agents in the U.S. are fluent in sign language. / Inman News
TRAINED CANINE ASSISTS DEAF TRUCKER
Pete Kleckner’s 14-year-old German Shepherd/Akita service dog is more than just his good friend and constant companion: He’s a pair of ears. Kleckner -- who is deaf -- depends on to keep him safe. Snickers has been with him since 2002 and was one of two service dogs entered into Overdrive‘s Most Loved Pet contest. The independent contractor from Crookston, Minn., never leaves home without his good buddy. The dog has been trained to respond to five sounds: an alarm clock, intruders, fire alarms (and strobes) door knocks, door bells and back in the day, a land line phone. / Overdrive
DEAF SERVICES JOINS TRADEWINDS AT NEW HOME
Deaf Services Inc. has partnered with TradeWinds Services Inc. to expand its outreach and offer a variety of services and technologies for the deaf/hard-of-hearing community in Northwest Indiana. The two organizations have moved into a new, shared facility at 3198 E. 83rd Place, TradeWinds relocating from Gary and Deaf Services moving from Merrillville. / Hobart News
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
HOW NETFLIX ALIENATED AND INSULTED ITS DEAF SUBSCRIBERS
In less than a decade, Netflix has assembled an unprecedented library of streaming film and television and organized it with a sophisticated recommendation algorithm that hooks viewers into lengthy binge-watching sessions. But for all the service's strengths, one aspect is still decidedly twentieth century: The bizarrely low standards for Netflix's closed captions, which continue to alienate subscribers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or simply have difficulty understanding dialogue. / The Week
HENRY CAVILL UPSETS DEAF PEOPLE, BUT APOLOGIZES FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET
Henry Cavill has been spotted in and around the Detroit area and he’s already made himself quite at home. Even if that means causing a scene with the locals. An eyewitness tells Celebuzz the Man of Steel star was at a popular watering hole where there was a misunderstanding and all over… you’ll never guess… a napkin. Resident Adrean Mangiardi tweeted last Friday “#henrycavill learned a little bit abt deaf culture tonight.” Wow! We were intrigued. So, was he learning sign language? Making news friends? Well, kinda sorta. / Celebuzz
STRADDLING TWO WORLDS -- DEAF AND HEARING -- ON AND OFF STAGE
A couple of the regulars were irked. “They’ve handled this terribly. I want to be in my usual section,” one of the Studio Theatre season ticket-holders said to the man at the ticket booth, rolling her eyes and huffing a bit. On a Sunday afternoon, she was going to see “Tribes,” a riveting play that centers on a deaf man born to a raucous and opinionated hearing family and his struggle to find his place in the world — his tribe. In one moving scene, the characters with hearing loss describe how the hearing world grudgingly, reluctantly and infrequently makes room for them. / The Washington Post
ETHAN SINNOTT STARS IN SHAKESPEARE'S 'RICHARD III'
NextStop Theatre Company continues its inaugural professional season with a new vision for William Shakespeare’s Richard III, running January 30-February 23, 2014. Directed by Dr. Lindsey D. Snyder, this production re-imagines Shakespeare’s most deliciously evil villain as an ambitious Deaf man, ruthlessly seeking power in an hearing world. The cast will be led by Ethan Sinnott (Gallaudet University) playing the title role of Richard. / NextStop Theatre Company
Silver Spring, MD
LETTER TO SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS FROM THE NAD, WSAD, RID AND WSRID
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and its state affiliate, the Washington State Association of the Deaf (WSAD), along with our counterparts in the interpreting profession, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and Washington State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (WSRID), urge the Seattle Men’s Chorus to uphold its mission to “entertain, enlighten, unify and heal your audience and members” by accepting and valuing its deaf and hard of hearing citizens. / NAD
REVIEW: OAKLAND UNIVERSITY OFFERS UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE FOR DEAF AND HEARING AUDIENCES
While the citizens of the fictional town Llareggub — “bugger all” backwards — are asleep, the narrator informs the audience that they are witnessing the townspeople’s dreams in “Under Milk Wood” by Dylan Thomas. Synergy on Stage, a dynamic company specializing in entertainment interpreting, is partnering with OU to do shadow-signing for the deaf audience at every show. Audience members do not have to choose between language and action with shadow signing, because two costumed ASL actors fully immerse on stage with the other actors. / Daily Tribune
SEAHAWKS DERRICK COLEMAN SURPRISES DEAF GIRLS WITH SUPER BOWL TICKETS
Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman — the NFL’s first legally deaf offensive player — became a bit of an internet sensation recently after starring in a powerful Duracell commercial, and then after tweeting a picture of a sweet letter a young deaf fan wrote him. The letter from nine-year-old Riley Kovalcik began, “I know how you feel. I also have hearing aids. Just try your best.” Coleman wrote back to Riley and her twin sister Erin, who is also hearing-impaired, and called her “a friend I have so much in common with.” / SI.com
See Also SEATTLE SEAHAWK'S 'BLUE THUNDER' SURPRISES NY SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF / The Chappaqua Daily Voice
See Also LOCAL BOY CONNECTS WITH HIS HERO, SEAHAWKS PLAYER / FOX19
See Also DEAF ATHLETES AT JOHN TRACY CLINIC INSPIRED BY DERRICK COLEMAN / ABC News
Los Angeles, CA
CATCHING UP WITH THE NFL'S FIRST DEAF PLAYER
Bonnie Sloan became the first deaf person to play in the NFL in 1973. The odd thing about it, though, is it has only been in the last few years that it has made him into an inspirational figure. Sloan was a 10th-round draft pick out of Austin Peay, he was a longshot, but he made it, playing in four games at defensive tackle for the St. Louis Cardinals during his one and only season. The way he remembers it, his brief career came and went and nobody seemed to think much of it. / FOX Sports
JOHNSON & WALES HOCKEY PLAYER FROM CHESAPEAKE IS TOUGH
The 5-foot-3 pastry arts student was the last line of defense against the foot-taller forward on a breakaway. Up the rink from Ann Marie Stefaney, a fellow aspiring chef shouted, "Step up!" This club hockey game was about to get messy. Stefaney, a defender for Johnson & Wales Charlotte, caught team captain Michael Morgan's command despite being hearing-impaired. She skated forward and poke-checked the stick of her onrushing opponent, redirecting the puck. But inexplicably, it also redirected the end of his stick clear through her helmet cage. / The Virginian-Pilot
WEST STOKES SWIM PROGRAM RECEIVES GRANT
West Stokes swim team received an $850 grant from the Lexian Kazian Foundation that will be used to purchase an Infinity Start System. The 12 pound piece of equipment takes the place of a whistle and includes a highly visible strobe light and a unique starting tone to maximize the consistent distribution of sound across all lanes of a pool providing fair starts to hearing impaired athletes. The apparatus will benefit deaf swimmer Saruul Beasley and those who need it in the future. / The Stokes News
DOUG BAHL, ADVOCATE FOR MINN. DEAF COMMUNITY, DIES
Doug Bahl, an advocate for the deaf in Minnesota who forced St. Paul and Ramsey County authorities to change how they accommodate hard-of-hearing inmates, has died while on a vacation trip in Arizona, his mother said Wednesday. Bahl, 63, died Jan. 21 of pancreatic cancer at Hospice of the Valley in Surprise, Ariz., his mother, Verna Bahl of rural Faribault, told The Associated Press. Over the past four decades, Bahl served on numerous boards, including a 10-year stint as president of the Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens, and he encouraged hundreds to both learn American Sign Language and teach it. / The Associated Press
ANNA MARIE GRIFFIN OBITUARY
Anna "Marie" Griffin, of Maryville, TN, went to be with our Lord Jesus unexpectedly on January 31, 2014. Marie faithfully worshipped at First Baptist Church and Metropolitan Community Church. Marie had a positive impact on thousands of lives through her work as an interpreter for the deaf and as an interpreter trainer. She had worked at Maryville College, Chattanooga State Community College, and the University of Tennessee. She was currently employed at Tennessee School for the Deaf. / Knoxville News Sentinel
Staten Island, NY
DORIS PERCOCO, 83
Lifelong Staten Islander Doris Percoco, 83, of Fort Wadsworth, who was born deaf and was an active member in local programs for the hearing impaired, died Friday at Staten Island University Hospital in Ocean Breeze. Born in Rosebank, she settled in Fort Wadsworth when she was a teenager. Ms. Percoco was schooled at the Lexington School for the Deaf in Manhattan. She was later employed for many years as an office worker downtown, also Manhattan. / Staten Island Advance
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INSTRUCTIONAL/SUPPORT FACULTY POSITIONS-NTID
NTID, one of the nine colleges of RIT, is the world's largest technological college serving deaf and hard of hearing students. Created by Congress and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, it represents the world's first effort to educate large numbers of deaf students within a college campus planned primarily for hearing students. Together with 15,000 full and part-time hearing students, over 1,300 college-age deaf students from all 50 states and abroad study and reside on the campus of the Rochester Institute of Technology.
NTID is committed to creating a climate that fosters the success of every student and employee by appreciating the unique contributions that each person makes to the educational process based on their ethnic, cultural, linguistic and gender-related knowledge and experiences. For more information about NTID at RIT visit http://www.ntid.rit.edu.
NTID is currently accepting applications for the following positions:
Instructional Support Faculty: NTID Science and Mathematics. Details regarding this position can be found at: http://careers.rit.edu/faculty Keyword Search: 917BR.
Instructional Support Faculty: NTID Science and Mathematics. Details regarding this position can be found at: http://careers.rit.edu/faculty Keyword Search: 916BR.
Instructional Support Faculty: NTID Science and Mathematics. Details regarding this position can be found at: http://careers.rit.edu/faculty Keyword Search: 914BR.
Instructional Support Faculty: NTID Science and Mathematics. Details regarding this position can be found at: http://careers.rit.edu/faculty Keyword Search: 915BR.
Review of applications will begin March 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. The hiring of successful candidates is contingent on the availability of budgetary resources.
NTID Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
NTID Alumni Relations
Staff Job Function
Development and Alumni Relations
The NTID Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations is responsible for developing and managing a constituent relations program, with focus on the alumni community, managing all activities, volunteers, communications, and liaising with college faculty, staff, students, parents and other friends of the institute. Additionally, the Director will expand the leadership giving program at NTID, working to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward NTID donors and donor prospects for gifts to the Institute of $1,000 to $50,000.
The NTID Office of the President operates in a team-oriented environment and works to maximize fundraising and alumni involvement in the life of the university.
Detailed Job Description
• Working closely with the Office of the President, Senior Director of Development & Alumni Relations, staff and faculty, the Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations develops engagement and solicitation strategies for alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and other friends of the Institute.
• The Director is responsible for the development of a comprehensive national leadership giving plan with specifications for visits, qualifications, and asks, as well as a plan for acquiring new donors and retaining current donors.
• Identifies prospective donors through frontline alumni relations activities. Qualifies prospects (through personal visits), completes contact reports and systematically supplies information to the development and research offices.
• In cooperation with the Senior Director of Development & Alumni Relations, manages development-focused, college-based events and participates in other development activities as appropriate.
• Serves as liaison between the Director of Donor Stewardship and the college scholarship representative for disclosure of college-based scholarship recipients.
• Plans and implements strategies for engaging constituents through social and professional development events and other activities, both campus-based and in targeted regions.
• Works closely with the RIT Senior Director of College of Alumni Relations to ensure NTID based alumni activities/initiatives align with the goals and objectives established by the central Alumni Relations office. Participates in College Alumni Relations activities as appropriate.
• Participates in all aspects of Institute-wide programming and operations (e.g. Brick City Homecoming, Imagine RIT Festival, Commencement, etc.).
• Recruits and engages alumni for meaningful involvement in: fundraising activities, College advisory boards, alumni relations, admissions, cooperative education and career services, and student interaction.
• Manages and engages the NTID Alumni Association Board of Directors in programs, activities and fundraising initiatives that support institute priorities as identified by the President of NTID.
• In conjunction with the NTID Department of Marketing Communications, develops, updates, and maintains college-based web pages and other social media forums for alumni, and produces the NTID alumni electronic newsletter.
Required Minimum Qualifications
• Required Skills: Bachelor’s degree; Master’s preferred
• Excellent writing skills
• Five to seven years experience in institutional Advancement or marketing, event planning, Volunteer management, or higher education administration
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Strong time-management skills
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office
• Commitment to RIT’s mission
• ASL skills & knowledge of deaf culture required
Required Minimum Education Level BS
• Experience with Advance software or other CRM database
• High energy, creativity and flexibility
Preferred Education Level
Required Application Documents
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
List of References
The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources.
To apply, please visit: http://apptrkr.com/433610
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COLORADO SCHOOL for the DEAF and the BLIND at the foot of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, invites you to consider our employment opportunities:
2 VACANCIES: Transition Teacher (Special Education) and Transition Teacher (Deaf Education)
These positions report to the Program Coordinator, Employability Center, and are responsible for providing standards-based instruction to high school and transition-aged students who are Deaf/hard-of-hearing, blind/visually impaired, and/or Deaf-Blind, and who may have other disabilities.
Interested persons are invited to visit the CSDB website www.csdb.org to view the official job announcement in its entirety or contact Ms. Chelle Lutz, Human Resources Manager / 719-578-2114 email@example.com.
Do you believe that More is Possible? We do. Since our founding nearly 40 years ago, CSD has been able to make a difference in the lives of numerous deaf and hard of hearing individuals worldwide, because of our dedicated, talented workforce. We recognize that there is still more work to be done. Together with our devoted, passionate employees, we continue to innovate and provide means for a better way of life.
CSD is now announcing an excellent, executive opportunity on our Leadership team as the Vice President of Talent and Employee Experience. This position will lead a team of talented HR professionals, guide and support our company initiatives, steer the enhancement of our employee experience process, cultivate our talent network and engage in making a positive difference in people’s lives every day. For more information about this position and to apply: http://csd.workable.com/jobs/4242.
Other career opportunities are available and are listed on the Careers page of our website.
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The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH), is seeking a dynamic and motivated Assistive Communication Technology Program Manager in Olympia, Washington. This is a permanent, dual language (ASL) opportunity.
ODHH is a small office with a history of serving the deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind communities for more than thirty years. The office provides equal access opportunities for effective communication in the daily lives of the people they serve.
This is an opportunity to administer a statewide Assistive Communication Technology (ACT) program. The program provides assistive listening systems and captioning services as well as related resources for the benefit of individuals with hearing loss; act as the first point of contact for DSHS clients, contractors and other constituents to explain the rules, policies and procedures of the ACT program; and provide consultation and technical assistance to DSHS and State of Washington.
Salary: $3,135.00 to $4,114.00 per Month.
To learn more about this fantastic opportunity, please visit www.careers.wa.gov and use the search keyword 00492.
FACULTY POSITION OPENING
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE
Northridge, California 91330
Department: Deaf Studies
Effective Date of Appointment: August 2014
(Subject to Budgetary Approval)
Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor
Salary: Dependent on Qualifications
Qualifications: Earned Doctorate in Deaf Studies, Linguistics, American Sign Language (ASL), or closely related field of study. ABD candidates will be considered but must complete the doctorate by the time of appointment. General knowledge of ASL and the Deaf Studies field, which may include but is not limited to ASL teaching, cultural studies, Deaf Education, and interpreting. Possess strong and effective teaching methods in various aspects of ASL and Deaf Studies or other related courses. Extensive knowledge of Deaf Culture and the Deaf community. Evidence of successful Deaf Studies-related teaching experience at the college level. Demonstrated evidence of recent scholarly publications or equivalencies and activities or evidence of potential for such scholarly accomplishments. Ability to interact effectively with both Deaf and hearing people. Evidence of positive relationships and collegiality with university students, staff, and colleagues. Evidence of participation in ASL/Deaf Studies and Deaf community organizations on local, state, and/or national levels. Commitment to Deaf bilingual/bicultural experience and its foundation in basic human rights. Native/native-like fluency in ASL. Basic understanding of curriculum development. Demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse student population.
CSUN is a Learning Centered University. The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in a commitment to active learning, to the assessment of learning outcomes, and to multiple pathways that enable students to graduate.
At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.
Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.
Responsibilities: Teach American Sign Language and Deaf Studies content courses. The standard teaching load is twelve (12) units per semester (plus committee assignments). A reduced load will be assigned during the first year of teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department (including curriculum and program development); engage in scholarship and community service and to remain current in their field; serve on departmental, college, and/or university committees, and to participate in other service as needed.
Application Process: Applicants should submit all of the following:
NOTE: Incomplete applications will be accepted but will not be reviewed/considered until all requested materials are received.
1. Cover letter that includes:
-- Statements of teaching and research interests
-- Summary of prior relevant experience
-- Statement or evidence of Deaf-centric philosophies
2. Current curriculum vitae that includes:
-- Educational background
-- Prior teaching experience
-- Evidence of scholarship and/or related professional experience
3. One sample course syllabus from a course in a related field of study
4. One automated student evaluation. If none are available, provide a written statement confirming that automated evaluations are not available and provide some other evidence of teaching effectiveness/potential.
5. Photocopies of all earned degrees (BA, MA, Ph.D.)
6. Provide evidence of any relevant certificates
7. Three (3) current letters of recommendation (not more than two years old)
8. Names and complete contact information for at least three (3) professional references
Application Deadline: Screening of candidates will begin on January 21, 2014. Position to remain open until filled.
Inquiries and nominations should be addressed to:
Flavia S. Fleischer, Chair
Department of Deaf Studies
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California 91330-8265
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