February 17, 2016
Vol. 12, No. 17
Editor: Tom Willard
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MAN ARRESTED IN SHOOTING OF DEAF MAN
A man suspected of shooting and injuring a deaf man in Parramore last November has been arrested, police said. Keith James, 20, was wanted for attempted murder in connection with the Nov. 9 shooting. Police said James has been evading authorities since the shooting but was arrested Thursday after detectives learned he was hiding out at his mother’s apartment. James was found hiding in one of the apartment’s bedrooms, police said. / WESH
Michigan City, IN
DAD RELIEVED DEAF SON FOUND SAFE AFTER WANDERING FROM HOME
Unable to communicate much verbally, an 8-year-old deaf and learning disabled boy not properly dressed for the bitter cold jotted down clues for police that led to his safe return. Police were called just before 7 a.m. Sunday to the GoLo station in the 1100 block of East Michigan Boulevard, nearly a mile east of the boy's home. The boy, named Dominick, wearing just a light jacket appeared lost and walked inside saying that he was cold, police said. / nwitimes.com
Jefferson City, MO
BILL COULD HELP MISSOURI'S DEAF-BLIND COMMUNITY WITH SUPPORT SERVICE PROVIDERS
A bus pulled up in front of the Missouri State House of Representatives building. “When I got off the bus,” Mary Hale says, “I hadn’t a clue where I was going.” Many of Hale’s fellow travelers were in the same situation — because they, like her, are both deaf and blind. The group of 10 had come to Jefferson City to testify before the Standing Committee of Children and Families, testifying in favor of a bill that would help create more of the very same people who helped them address the committee. / Riverfront Times
AGENCY DIRECTOR ADVOCATES TO IMPROVE SERVICES FOR DEAF, BLIND
For about 600,000 Missourians, being deaf and hard of hearing is a reality. A sub-group of hearing-impaired individuals also live with vision loss and blindness. They are often left to depend on family members to help them with everyday activities. “When these family members are not available, their world comes to a standstill,” said Opeoluwa Sotonwa, executive director of the Missouri Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission. / Fulton Sun
SCHOOLS FOR BLIND, DEAF STILL EVOLVING AFTER 130 YEARS
It was 130 years ago this month when the territorial Legislature approved a bill to create the Washington School for Defective Youth to educate “the deaf, blind and feeble-minded children of the Territory of Washington.” Thankfully, public attitudes toward people with disabilities have changed drastically since 1886. That’s not all that’s changed. New technology helps bring services to blind and deaf people in ways never before possible and opens doors for them to navigate successfully in the world. / The Columbian
HOUSE APPROVES BILL TO AID W.VA. SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND
The House of Delegates has passed a bill to aid the state’s struggling Schools for the Deaf and Blind in Romney. House Bill 4147 would make the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind eligible for funding from the West Virginia School Building Authority or SBA. The SBA awards some $50 million dollars in additional funds each year to county school systems for building or renovation projects. / W.V. Public Broadcasting
San Antonio, TX
DEAF, HEARING STUDENTS SHARE UNIQUE EXPERIENCE AT NEISD SCHOOL
Northeast Independent School District’s Regional Day School for the Deaf is the only elementary school within NEISD that caters to deaf students. Not only that, Oak Meadow Elementary -- where the day school is housed -- is unique in that it combines the learning experience for deaf and hearing students so that they are together in the same classroom. “It is very difficult to figure out which one of our students are here for the Regional Day School and which ones aren’t,” said Oak Meadow Principal Lynn Dockery. / KSAT
New York, NY
ROOM FOR THE DOG ON THE UPPER EAST SIDE
After Emilie Gossiaux graduated from Cooper Union in 2014, she started interning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She took the bus to the museum, finding it easier for her and her guide dog, London, than the crowded subway, but the trip took well over an hour. Ms. Gossiaux’s education — her whole life, really — had been interrupted in late 2010, when she was hit by a truck while on her bicycle. The accident destroyed her eyesight. She had been hearing-impaired since childhood, and had a hearing aid in one ear and a cochlear implant in the other. / The New York Times
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Ottawa, ON, Canada
OUTSIDE THE BOX: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF OTTAWA'S JIM KYTE
As a boy, Jim Kyte lived in fear of Belleville. That city was home to the province’s residential school for the deaf — once known as the Ontario Institution for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb — and Kyte wanted nothing to do with it. “I always worried I’d be sent off to Belleville if I didn’t do well in school,” he remembers. Kyte’s mother, Gayle, had always suspected Jim was hearing impaired since, as a toddler, he would rarely respond when she called. The diagnosis was confirmed when Kyte was three years old. / Ottawa Citizen
DEAF SINCE 20, ARTIST CAN NOW HEAR THANKS TO 'LIFE-CHANGING' TREATMENT
A painter and decorator from Grimsby who has been profoundly deaf since the age of 20, is raising awareness of "life-changing" treatment which has helped him to hear again. John Thorley, 62, hopes to encourage others in North East Lincolnshire who are deaf or suffer with hearing problems to attend a free information event about cochlear implants – an electronic medical device that replaces the function of a damaged inner ear. / Grimsby Telegraph
DEAF CHILDREN AND ADULTS LEARNING TO STAY ABOVE WATER AT NEW SWIM PROGRAM
Learning to swim can be intimidating for the deaf or hard-of-hearing, which is why instructor Laura May is using sign language to help get people comfortable in the water. It's 8:41pm on a Wednesday, and fluorescent light dapples the surface of the indoor pool at Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre. It's almost deserted but for Kevin Xu, 16, who stands in his yellow swim cap and Speedo trunks, staring through clear silicone goggles at the hands of his swim instructor, Laura May. / The Age
THREE BOOKED FOR RAPE OF DEAF, MUTE WOMAN IN PAKISTAN
Pakistani police have registered a case against three people in connection with the rape of a 27-year-old deaf and dumb woman. The case was registered after doctors at the Benazir Bhutto Hospital confirmed pregnancy of the unmarried woman, Dawn online reported. The younger brother of the woman said, his sister had complained of stomach pain a week ago. She was taken to the hospital where the doctors said she was six months pregnant. / Web India 123
DEAF & DUMB MINOR GANG-RAPED
A deaf and dumb girl was gang-raped by youths in Ragoora area, falling under the jurisdiction of Bagh-e-Bahu police station. As per police sources, the patrolling party from Bagh-e-Bahu heard voice of a girl coming out from an alto car bearing registration number JK02AD-2205 parked in the Ragoora area. When the police personnel tried to inquiry, the occupants of the car escaped from the spot along with the vehicle. / Daily Excelsior
DEAF-MUTE RAPE ACCUSED REQUESTS BAIL TO MARRY SURVIVOR
The deaf and mute youth who is accused of raping a similarly disabled girl, has moved Gujarat high court seeking bail on the ground so that he could marry the rape survivor and look after their child, who is kept at a shelter home at present. The HC has admitted Anjara's bail plea and sought the state government's reply by February 25. / Times of India
Lagos State, Nigeria
TRAIN CRUSHES DEAF AND DUMB GRADUATE TO DEATH
A deaf and dumb graduate, identified only as Ibrahim, has been killed by a train in the Oyingbo area of Lagos State. PUNCH Metro learnt that Ibrahim was walking along the track around 2pm on Tuesday when a train that just took off from the Iddo station crushed him to death. Residents said efforts to save the victim were abortive as he did not respond to alerts until it was too late. His body was said to have been cut into two, while his arms and legs were chopped off. / Punch Newspapers
DEAF SPORTS ATHLETES COMPLAIN OF NEGLECT
Ahmed Nahuche, the president of the deaf sports association in Nigeria, has called on the federal government to come to their aid as ‘silent sports’ have been neglected by the sports ministry. “Silent sports or deaf sports has been heavily discriminated upon because we don’t get much attention; often we get programs and nobody bothered to attend to us because we are deaf,” Ahmed told Naij.com sports in Abuja. / NAIJ.com
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LIFE & LEISURE
LIVING DEAF PART 1
Some of us never think twice when we hear the dreadful alarm blare, forcing us out of bed or the smoke detector sound off for a fire. But there are many individuals around the region thriving without these sounds. "American Sign Language" is not just a visual language and people think it's a visual representation of English, and it's not." There's a close-knit community here in the Northland. One that not open eyes figuratively, but literally. / Fox 21 Online
See Also LIVING DEAF PART 2 / Fox 21 Online
TSD ACADEMIC BOWL TEAM GOES UNDEFEATED
Team members Shane Carrizales, Trevor Johnson, Damon Rush and Lydia Kopp showed that the FORCE was with them this past weekend in Colorado. Principal Karlin Hummel is pleased to announce that our HS Academic Bowl Team won our first ever Southwest Regional Academic Bowl Championship! They were undefeated as they played a total of 8 games and two more playoff games to clinch the championship title! / TSD
EDITORIAL: FAKE SERVICE ANIMALS SHOULD BE OUTLAWED
It's not uncommon these days to see dogs in grocery stores and restaurants. It's also not unusual to wonder, "Is it legal for that dog to be in this grocery store (or restaurant)?" Most people are aware that service dogs are allowed in such establishments. However, the laws protecting service dogs may be so broad they invite abuse. / The Daily Courier
DOOR INTERNATIONAL BRINGS THE GOSPEL TO THE DEAF OF THE WORLD
“DOOR’s mission is to ‘bring God’s word and reproducing Christian fellowship to the deaf of the world,’” said Robert Myers, president. “DOOR accomplishes this by translating the Bible into various sign languages, and by recruiting and training pairs of deaf nationals to evangelize, disciple, plant churches, and raising up leaders among their own people. The nonprofit has translation and church work in 13 countries, which includes 16 sign languages. / Holland Sentinel
DEAF IMMIGRANT COUPLE DISHES UP CREPES IN AUSTIN
The smell of newness has not worn off of a small crepe eatery in South Austin. It fights for attention against the scents of melting butter, sweet cheese and fresh fruit, which waft through the open kitchen into a dining room poised with romance and class. At an expansive counter, a man and woman use American Sign Language to communicate with the cook. An oversized menu rests under a sign that reads "Point and Ye Shall Receive," the simplest way for a customer to order a meal from the all-deaf staff. / Longview News Journal
New York, NY
I DON'T SEE AMERICA SIGNING
Earlier this year, I was asked if Deaf students can attend Columbia. The answer is yes, because I know for a fact that a few Deaf students currently attend Columbia, but does that mean that they are given equal treatment? No. Fact: Not all Deaf people sign as their primary method of communication, or at all. Fact: 47 languages are studied for credit (from Columbia’s Index for Foreign Languages) at the undergraduate level at Columbia. Fact: Not a single one of those languages is ASL, which is a native language for hundreds of thousands of Americans. / Columbia Daily Spectator
EARLY EXPOSURE TO SIGNING HELPS DEAF KIDS ON MENTAL TASKS
Deaf children who learn to sign early may boost their brainpower in ways unrelated to language. “Most deaf children are born to hearing families, and most hearing parents do not sign with their newborn deaf children,” clinical neuropsychologist Peter Hauser, who is deaf, explained February 12 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “The deaf children, as a consequence, have very limited exposure to sign language,” signed Hauser, of Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. / Science News
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
IS MEREDITH DEAF? HER 'GREY'S ANATOMY' INJURIES MAY BE MORE SUBSTANTIAL THAN FIRST THOUGHT
Following a brutal assault by a patient at Grey Sloan, Meredith Grey may have lost her hearing. It all started off like a normal day—a multiple car pile up, a bunch of injuries, and plenty of activity in the trauma center. Lou, a victim in the accident, was brought in with a head injury when he had a seizure. Unfortunately, after his seizure was over, he emerged from what the doctors called a “fugue” state and viciously attacked Meredith. It was hard to watch—Shonda Rhimes really went there with this episode. / Bustle
SPECIAL BACKPACKS HELP DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING EXPERIENCE MUSIC
A tool used normally by DJs to feel intense bass without doing long-term hearing damage will now be used by deaf and hard of hearing at Williams Elementary School to experience music in a different way. With a grant from Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education, these deaf and hard-of-hearing students will now be strapping on a backpack, SubPac, that produces heavy, deep vibrations that correlate with the music that is being played. / Journal Gazette and Times-Courier
'TRIBES' EXAMINES THE CULTURE OF THE DEAF
Billy is deaf. Growing up in the hearing world of his dysfunctional and deadbeat family of intellectuals, he learned to read lips. That was how poor Billy followed the incessant berating by his brother of his father or his mother of her daughter and learned the angry dynamic that makes up the character backgrounds for Riot Act’s latest show “Tribes,” directed by Macey Mott. / Jackson Hole News&Guide
YOUTH SNOW CAMP HELD FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
People who are deaf or hard of hearing have to navigate a world of sound, where the primary means of communication is spoken language. But or one week a year, that all changes. This weekend at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon Adaptive Sports hosted a snow camp. This was the third annual camp held just for teenagers and young adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. Although the ski and snowboarding skill levels vary between volunteers, they do all have one thing in common. They are all fluent in American Sign Language. / KTVZ
Palm Springs, CA
LOCAL DEAF BASKETBALL PLAYERS SPEAK LOUDLY THROUGH ACTIONS
Cody Krupp tells the story of three Shadow Hills basketball players who defy the odds every day through their actions - both on the court and in life. [Editor's note: This is an uncaptioned video.] / KESQ
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DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH PROGRAMS
The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), located in Colorado Springs, Colorado invites you to consider our employment opportunities. Applications are being accepted for Director of Outreach Programs.
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Full-Time; 260 days (July through June) beginning 2016-2017.
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Chelle Lutz, Human Resources
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
33 North Institute Street; Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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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.
Clinical Program Manager: Perform functions of Direct Care Counselor, program supervision/direction.
• Qualifications: MA; or BA/BS and 3 years’ experience.
Community Crisis Stabilization Clinician: Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
• Qualifications: BA and 2 years’ experience.
Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. All shifts available!
• Qualifications: BA/BS; or HS diploma/GED and 1 year experience.
Mobile Clinician: Provide clinical supervision and rehabilitative direction to individuals who carry a diagnosis of mental illness, assist in the coordination of services, provide clinical leadership.
• Qualifications: MA and 1 year experience; or BA/BS and 3 years’ experience.
Minimum Qualifications Include:
• ASL fluency.
• Valid driver's license/reliable transportation.
• Related education (as applicable).
Visit www.advocates.org/careers to apply today!
Advocates is an EOE/D/F/M/V.
Come Work With The Best!
Northeast Arc has full and part-time positions, working with adult individuals who are deaf, available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. You'll be working with deaf individuals using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. Do you know ASL? If so, I'd like to speak with you about our direct care positions. We offer an excellent benefits package, paid trainings and the support you will need to become a successful part of our experienced, long-term team of professionals. For additional information or to send your resume, please email Kathy Tracy Ktracy@ne-arc.org.
Compensation: $12 for per diem shifts and $14 for PT/FT shifts.
PAHRTNERS DEAF SERVICES
A Division of Salisbury Behavioral Health
PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. Our environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support with a staff comprised of 85% Deaf or Hard of Hearing. As a result of our commitment to the Deaf/HoH community, PAHrtners is rapidly growing with the creation of new programs and expansion of our existing programs. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or professional with many years of experience in the field of human services, we have a career building position waiting for you! E.O.E.
PAHrtners Deaf Services is in collaboration with Green Tree School & Services to open a school program for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students with additional needs in Philadelphia, PA
-- POSITIONS AVAILABLE AT GREEN TREE SCHOOL & SERVICES IN PHILADELPHIA, PA
Special Education Teacher Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Para-educator Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Full-time, Part-time or Flex available
Behavior Manager/ Behavior Management Assistant
-- PITTSBURGH, PA POSTIONS AVAILABLE
Residential Counselor for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Various positions available (Full-time, Part-time, On-call)
-- GLENSIDE, PA POSTIONS AVAILABLE
Assistant Program Director for Case Management Program
Various Shifts Available
Full-time, Part-time or Flex available
Complete job descriptions can be found on our website: http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/
To apply for any of the positions posted, please send your letter of intent and resume to:
Bernadette Class, Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services
614 N. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038
Phone: 215-884-9770 Fax: 215-392-6065
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