March 1, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 19
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF WIN RIGHT TO INTERPRETERS FROM THE VILLAGES
In a show of resentment against disabled people, The Villages Lifelong Learning College stirred up hostile feelings against deaf residents who wanted to participate, claiming their outrageous requests for sign-language interpreters broke the bank, and the college had to dissolve.Then came a three-week federal trial to decide who, if anyone, should provide an accommodation for the deaf. Whack! An Orlando jury ruled that the college had to provide interpreters for the deaf in a trial that “probably cost millions” to defend, according to one of the winning lawyers. / Orlando Sentinel
GRACEWORKS LUTHERAN SERVICES TO PAY $30,660 TO SETTLE EEOC DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT
Graceworks Lutheran Services, a housing and care service provider located in Dayton, Ohio will pay $30,660 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced Feb. 23. According to the EEOC's suit, Graceworks Lutheran Services refused to hire Michelle Anthony because she is deaf and cannot speak. / EEOC
CAR OWNER 'ASSISTS' BURGLAR OUT OF HIS CAR, TO THE GROUND
A 42-year-old deaf woman was charged with burglary to an unoccupied conveyance after the owner of a car came out to find her rummaging through his possessions. He pulled her out of the car, "assisted her to the ground" and had her pinned when Crestview Police Department officers arrived. She indicated to officers that she was deaf and that she wasn't sure if she was injured or not. / NW Florida Daily News
AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF MARKS 200 YEARS WITH CUATRO PUNTOS CONCERTS
Great music has been written by deaf people, including Ludwig van Beethoven. Great music is also being written for deaf people. Cuatro Puntos, an innovative Hartford-based classical music ensemble, is helping West Hartford's American School for the Deaf celebrate its 200th anniversary with a series of concerts intended for deaf and hearing audiences. The first concert will be at the school on Tuesday, with two other performances held at area churches March 2 and 3. / Hartford Courant
VERMONT YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS SERVES DEAF YOUTH, WINS AWARD
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and the United States Forest Service received the 2016 Public Lands Partner Award from the Public Lands Alliance in recognition of their exemplary partnership and innovative new program to serve the deaf community. This month, an awards ceremony held in Arlington, Va. celebrated the partnership’s creativity, inclusivity and collaboration. / VTDigger
STUDENTS RAISE FUNDS FOR DEAF HAITIAN CHILD
Thirty three Cedarville University students are focused on one goal — to raise $15,000 for the “Jeremie Project” that will help bring a Haitian orphan to the United States so he can receive an education. The Haitian orphan, abandoned on the streets as a baby, now lives in an orphanage. The 5-year-old, Jeremie, is unable to receive a quality education due to hearing deficits, which could be overcome by coming to the U.S. / Cedarville Univ.
KEVIN NADROWSKI TEACHES DAUGHTER WHO IS DEAF HOW TO SING
New Jersey father of two Kevin Nadrowski is deaf — as are his daughters, Dakota and Bayleigh. Last week, he posted a sweet video of himself teaching Bayleigh how to sing her very first song — “If You’re Happy and You Know It” — in ASL. “I feel great about it,” Nadrowski tells PEOPLE of his now-viral video. “Lots of people face challenges in life and hopefully through my video, they can say, ‘If this deaf father can sing a song in American Sign Language with his deaf daughter, the sky is not limited.” / People
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DEAF VIC MAN GETS 25 YEARS FOR MURDER
One of three deaf people who murdered a man by pushing him off a balcony in Melbourne will spend at least 25 years in custody. Warwick Toohey, his ex-girlfriend Georgia Fields and Jake Fairest were last year found unfit to stand trial over the 2015 murder of Robert Wright. Toohey, 30, and 27-year-old Fairest are intellectually disabled while Fields, 20, suffers from atypical autism and has low intelligence. The trio were subject to a special hearing before a jury, which in October found they murdered Mr Wright, who was also deaf. / 9news.com.au
Fairfax, New Zealand
FIREFIGHTER USES SIGN LANGUAGE TO CONNECT DEAF COMMUNITY TO EMERGENCY SERVICES
Senior fire fighter Nick Linton is bilingual these days. His second language -- which he describes as a "rad little language" -- is New Zealand sign language, and he's using it to reach out to the deaf and hearing impaired community with the emergency services. On March 5, he's organized an event at North West Shopping Centre, with a police and ambulance officer who both sign as well. / Stuff.co.nz
Auckland, New Zealand
LONG-AWAITED UPGRADE WELCOMED AT DEAF COMMUNITY HUB
Auckland's Kelston Deaf Education Centre officially opened its new campus Feb. 28 to continue educating and supporting deaf individuals within communities. The majority of the centre's students are Maori and they are excited their special place will continue to promote and uphold their culture. / Maori Television
Ottawa, ON, Canada
ASL LANGUAGE PORTAL LAUNCHED
A new online portal to help parents develop ASL/English language skills of their deaf or hard of hearing children was launched Feb. 28 by the literacy non-profit organization, Alternative Learning Styles and Outlooks (ALSO). Recognizing the importance of language development at home and the need to prepare deaf and hard of hearing children for school, ALSO designed ASL RAPP to provide parents and children with tools to support language learning at home. / Newswire.ca
Milton, ON, Canada
MILTON DEAF-SERVICES EMPLOYEES REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENT
Counselors and support staff from the Bob Rumball Associations for the Deaf (BRAD) in Milton reached a tentative agreement subject to ratification next week. A meeting arranged to discuss the issues will still take place February 24, says the union. Local 4763 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents the 100 staff, including residential and day program counsellors and support staff, had been in negotiations with BRAD for more than a year. / Inside Halton
DEAF DRUG DEALER IS 'LUCKY TO BE ALIVE' AFTER STABBING
A deaf drug dealer was caught by police after he was stabbed three times during a deal, a court heard. Simon Towers was knifed twice in the back and once to the arm when he was about to deal cannabis to a man called "Fat Boy" on May 11 last year. Nottingham Crown Court heard how Towers escaped to his grandmother's home and dumped 10 ounces of cannabis and a mobile phone in a hedge near her front door. Police smelled the drugs in the hedge and arrested Towers. / Nottingham Post
'WE DECIDED NOT TO REMOVE THE DEAF GENE, AND LET NATURE TAKES ITS COURSE'
Sarah-Jane Moloney, who signs RTÉ news and weather, has said she had hoped during her pregnancy that her twins would be born hearing, as she did not want the societal barriers that Deaf people face to get in their way. In a new RTÉ documentary, Moloney spoke of the decision she and her husband Conan made when asked at their IVF clinic in Spain whether they wanted to remove the Deaf gene – an issue that has caused controversy in the Deaf community. / The Journal
SWIMMING SENSATION DENIED GOVERNMENT BACKING FOR DEAFLYMPICS
Danielle Joyce has represented Great Britain across the globe but is struggling to receive funding from the Scottish Government. The Scottish swimming sensation, 20, is a world deaf swimming champion and two-time European champion, but despite her accolades, Danielle receives no backing from the UK government unlike other countries whose deaf athletes are treated the same as the Olympic and and Paralympic teams. / Daily Record
DEAF DOCTOR READY TO LEND AN EAR TO PATIENTS
Born profoundly deaf, Dr Joseph Heng was 12 when he received a bionic ear that introduced him to sounds he had never heard before — running water, the hum of an air-conditioner, a ringing telephone. Currently a second-year internal medicine resident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital there, Dr Heng hopes to offer his patients what most people take for granted — a listening ear. / TODAY
CAPTIONING IN SCHOOLS: HOW IT CAN HELP DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING KIDS
Captioning plays a vital role in helping people who are deaf and hard of hearing to follow and understand broadcast programs, and it’s no different in the classroom, according to the New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children. Teachers use videos more and more frequently and if they don’t have captioning then the messages do not come across. According to Kate Whale, president of the group, the lack of video captioning in schools limits children’s ability to succeed, as they are unable to learn. / Educators NZ
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LIFE & LEISURE
BRUNSWICK DEAF SOCIALS MAKE LASTING IMPRESSION ON THE HEARING
Brunswick High School (BHS) has offered an ASL class to students during this school year. Many have been eager to take this unique course, taught by Amber Springs. "This allows students to get a full experience of what a deaf person would go through on a daily basis," said Springs. Along with the class, BHS started offering deaf socials to anyone wanting to come and join. / Cleveland.com
THERAPY DOG BRINGS TOGETHER STUDENTS, SENIORS
A therapy dog from Simsbury is the glue that brought together students from the American School for the Deaf, in West Hartford, and senior residents of Belden Forest Court, in Simsbury. Beau, a bassador who belongs to Simsbury resident Marilyn Douglas, has visited both groups on multiple occasions to serve as a therapy dog. When Beau's sixth birthday came around, both communities thought it would be a great opportunity to bring the two groups together to celebrate the dog they love. / Hartford Courant
NUGUNA NECKBAND DETECTS NOISE AND KEEPS DEAF PEOPLE IN THE KNOW WITH VIBRATIONS
A South Korean startup called UFirst has brought a nifty neckband to MWC designed for anyone who is deaf or has hearing loss. The Nuguna Neckband can pick up sounds in three directions and then analyse it and vibrate to notify the wearer where the sound is coming from. The team told us that the whole reason behind the product is that it can help people who don't like using a hearing aid - because they don't feel they quite need one, difficulty in noisy situations or faffing around using it. / Wareable
SHARON SERBIN SAYS HEARING WORLD NEEDS TO REALIZE THE VALUE OF THOSE WHO ARE DEAF
Sharon Serbin describes herself as a Jane-of-all-trades: an artist, a personal trainer, and most recently, a life skills counselor at the Center for Hearing and Deaf Services. Serbin lost her hearing in her teens, and has spent many years working in the hearing and deaf communities. 90.5 WESA’s Margaret J. Krauss interviewed Serbin as part of an ongoing series in which we speak with leading experts and people of interest in the Pittsburgh community. Their conversation has been edited for length. / 90.5 WESA
NEW STUDY SEEKS TO UNDERSTAND HOW DEAF INFANTS WITH COCHLEAR IMPLANTS LEARN WORDS
Researchers from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have launched a study seeking to understand how deaf infants with cochlear implants absorb information and learn novel words during interactions with their parents, in an effort to help improve parental guidance with language development. / News-medical.net
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
San Antonio, TX
SAN ANTONIO STAGES DEAF-ACCESSIBLE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Nonprofit company Aid The Silent has announced that a deaf/hard-of-hearing accessible festival will be available in San Antonio. Good Vibrations Music & Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, May 20 with headliner singer/songwriter Ben Rector. The festival will also feature live captioning, ASL interpretation, T coiling, front row seating, vibrating backpacks and a visual light show that will sync to performance for a true sensory experience. / LaPrensa
VIDEO TO HELP HEARING IMPAIRED WINS AWARD
They may not walk a red carpet as movie stars and filmmakers will tonight, but Mable Barron sixth graders Ethan Santa Cruz and Ashley Pimental have made their own mark in film. The two will be treated like stars when they receive the California Speech Language Hearing Association's youth Consumer of the Year award at the group's annual convention in Pasadena on March 17. / Stockton Record
DEAF COMEDIAN WINS 'WHO'S GOT NEXT' COMPETITION
Tom Willard, 59, of Rochester, recently took home the top prize in the “Who’s Got Next” comedy competition at Photo City Improv in Rochester. Willard outlasted 15 comedians from upstate New York in the four-round, bracket style competition. He made his standup debut July 6, 2016, at The Comedy Club in Webster as part of the Funniest Person in Rochester contest. / Webster Post
NATION'S ONLY DEAF MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM CAME A HAIR AWAY FROM MARCH MADNESS
Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., was upset in this weekend’s North Eastern Athletic Conference tournament by Morrisville State, who knocked them out of contention for a spot in the annual brass ring tournament of college basketball: the March Madness tournament. But as a nearly all-deaf team, their greatest accomplishments are not necessarily on the court. The team set a program record for wins this season but their ultimate upset by Morrisville State, 72-68, in the semifinals of the NEAC brought the season to a close. / TheBlaze
MISSISSIPPI SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF DEFIED ODDS THIS SEASON
When Victorica Monroe took over the Mississippi School for the Deaf girls basketball program prior to the season, she had no way of knowing it would be a historic one. Four months later she’s guided the Bulldogs to their sixth Mason Dixon Championship and, most recently, their first appearance in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs in school history. MSD (18-4) did that by beating Ethel on Monday in the first round. / Clarion Ledger
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New York School for the Deaf
White Plains, NY
New York School for the Deaf (NYSD) in White Plains is seeking a Superintendent to begin on or about June 15, 2017. Operations at the School are under the direction of the Superintendent, who is ultimately responsible to NYSD’s Board of Trustees.
The School is seeking candidates with the following qualifications and experience:
• Demonstrated broad intellectual capacity and a record of professional achievement
• Demonstrated ability to provide academic leadership and to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, parents, community leaders, and trustees of the School
• Ability to manage the School’s budget
• Commitment and ability to unify campus groups around the School’s strategic priorities, as well as to make resource and management decisions supporting these priorities
• Knowledge and capacity to engage in outreach and fundraising
• Readiness to learn the intricacies of New York State Education Department regulations for the operation of State supported schools
• Clear commitment to standards of integrity, excellence and diversity
• Master’s degree (doctorate preferred) in education of the deaf, or a field related to educating deaf children including, but not limited to: language and cognitive development, education policy, and curriculum and instruction
• At least 5 years of educational leadership experience in an upper management position (experience as a school or program director, principal, or superintendent preferred)
• Experience and/or training in fundraising from public and private sources
• State certification or evidence of readiness for State certification
• Evidence of fluency in sign language (ASL preferred)
Please submit a résumé and letter of interest to:
President, Board of Trustees
New York School for the Deaf
If interested in applying visit www.nysd.net for more details.
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 BA Level Clinician: Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
• Qualifications: MA and 2 years’ experience OR BA/BS and 5 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.
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.
Visit www.Advocates.org/Careers to apply today!
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 Erin Maloney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compensation: $12-12.50 for per diem shifts and $14 for PT/FT shifts.
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! E.O.E.
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.
Case Managers for Residential or Community Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - Full time; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences required.
Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents- Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum of one years’ related experience required.
Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services required.
Clinical Coordinator – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimun MA/MS required in human services required. LCSW prefered; LPC or LSW accepted.
Nurse – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BSN/RN.
Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position.
Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Joel Skelton, Assistant Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
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Residential House Director
The Northeast Arc, an established Human Service agency recognized for its creative approach and state of the art services for persons with disabilities is seeking candidates for the position of Residential House Director. Ideal candidates will have fluency in ASL and deep understanding of deaf culture. The Residential House Director will be overseeing a five person home for adults with Intellectual Disabilities and are deaf.
Excellent managerial skills as the director will be overseeing direct support professionals, relief staff and other support professionals.
Be a creative person with strong organizational skills that can assist individuals in achieving their personal goals.
Provide supportive assistance in a caring environment focusing on maintaining health and along with community and social networks.
Experience with working with families, DDS and other outside agencies is also required.
BA/BS in a related field.
At least 2 years supervisory experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as fluency in American Sign Language.
Strong commitment to providing excellent quality of care.
Strongly prefer someone with First Aid, CPR and MAPS but willing to train
Excellent health and dental benefits offered as well as a 403b, tuition reimbursement, career development/ seminars, short term disability, life insurance, generous time off and competitive pay!!!
For immediate consideration, please send a cover letter and your resume, please email Erin Maloney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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