March 21, 2012
Vol. 8, No. 19
Editor: Tom Willard
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OBAMA SIGNS 'THANK YOU' TO DEAF SUPPORTER
The president is multilingual -- he speaks some sign language. Here is video of Obama signing "thank you" to a deaf 26-year-old Prince George Community College who told the president "I am proud of you" during a recent appearance in Maryland. Stephon -- we don't know his last name -- posted the video and wrote about the experience on the website Distinction. "It was so amazing," he wrote. "I was just speechless." / USA Today
See Also SIGN OF THE TIMES: WATCH ONE OF THE BEST 'I MET OBAMA' STORIES EVER / Distriction
Iowa City, IA
DEAF COMMUNITY OUTRAGED BY APPOINTMENT OF SCHOOL LEADER
Some graduates and supporters of the Iowa School for the Deaf say it is not acceptable for the school to have a superintendent who is not fluent in American Sign Language. Opponents of the school’s administrative change plan to present the state Board of Regents with an online petition signed by more than 450 people. The proposal would appoint Patrick Clancy, now superintendent of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton, as superintendent of the School for the Deaf. He would hold both positions. / Quad City Times
See Also IOWA DEAF SCHOOL LEADER TO LEAVE FOR FLORIDA JOB / The Associated Press
Los Angeles, CA
MOTHER OF DEAF SONS REVOLUTIONIZES A COMMUNITY
Irma Sanchez never thought she would be at the forefront of a community movement, but fate had other plans. When her oldest boy, Felix, now 18, was eight months old, Sanchez discovered she had a unique child. He didn't respond in a normal way to loud noises, and when she had hearing tested, it was discovered that he was completely deaf. Most mothers would have curled up into a ball and grieved. But not Sanchez. / Fox News Latino
East Setauket, NY
STUDENTS RALLY TO SAVE SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES
Ward Melville's American Sign Language program is on the list of potential cuts as the district develops its 2012-13 school budget, but at Tuesday's board meeting, students spoke out in hopes of preserving the program. "It’s as important as any other language Ward Melville offers," said Stephanie Albanese, who said that the American Sign Language (ASL) classes have changed her life. / Patch.com
FOREVER CHANGED: A WOMAN WHOSE CAR WAS CRUSHED BY A TREE BEGINS HER RECOVERY
Sarah Hafer, 38, spent last week in a hospital bed with a fractured spine, racking her brain for something -- anything -- that might help her understand the March 12 accident that landed her there. Hafer did not foresee the powerful gusts of wind that downed trees across Lane County on that Monday afternoon. Nor could she have predicted that one of those trees would fall directly onto her Kia Soul rental car and cave in the roof, fracturing her spine in three places. / The Register-Guard
GSD PRINCIPAL PLEASED WITH PROGRESS BEING MADE IN CAVE SPRING
News that Georgia School for the Deaf had been included as a priority school that needs additional support from the state was not news to Principal Leslie Jackson. “We are already receiving the extra support that will be given to these new priority schools,” she said Friday. Jackson said GSD has been on the needs improvement list for years simply because of the nature of the school. / Rome News-Tribune
CONNELLSVILLE POLICE EDUCATED ON DEALING WITH PEOPLE WITH HEARING PROBLEMS
"I've lost my hearing, not my IQ," reads the button Cathy Zimmerman of Hear Fayette wore to the Connellsville police department briefing room to advise officers about dealing with people with hearing problems. Hear Fayette of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Uniontown, developed the program, funded by a Community Foundation of Fayette County grant for police education. Connellsville's officers were the first in the county to receive the training. / Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
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HEAVY METAL TUNE GETS STUNNING SIGN LANGUAGE MAKEOVER
Tommy Fransson, 46, was hired by state broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) to provide sign language interpretation for deaf viewers of last weekend's Melodifestivalen music contest finals. The challenging gig ended up paying big dividends for Fransson, however, with the unknown actor's unexpectedly passionate rendition of the song "Mystery" catapulting him from relative obscurity to near instant celebrity. / Ultimate-Guitar.com
EASTENDERS STAR'S DILEMMA OVER HER DEAF DAUGHTER
EastEnders actress Rita Simons juggles playing Roxy Mitchell with being mum to six-year-old twin daughters - one of whom, Maiya, is slowly losing her hearing, meaning Rita and her husband must make some agonising and life-changing decisions on her behalf. When Maiya was six months old, doctors found that she was missing nerve endings and parts of her cochlea in her ears. Over the years, her hearing has deteriorated so that she has lost hearing in her left ear and can only hear loud sounds in her right. / BBC News
DEAF MAN 'STARTED USING DRUGS TO IMPRESS PEOPLE'
A deaf man got hold of heroin and crack cocaine for his friends because he wanted to fit in. Barry Hunt was caught with the drugs after police raided his home in Watchill Avenue, Highbridge, on two occasions. Officers also found other items indicating someone selling drugs including digital scales, cling film and cash. Hunt, 45, later pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply. / This is Bristol
Montreal, QC, Canada
A TEACHER'S CARE HELPS HEARING-IMPAIRED KIDS COPE AND EXCEL
For the past 60 years Montreal's Oral School for the Deaf has been helping hearing-impaired children cope and excel in a world built for the hearing. For 20 of those years Randee Melnick has approached that task with a unique patience and care that has helped kids learn to deal with their special circumstances. One of her tasks is to get kids to learn to adjust to hearing aids and cochlear implants, which is not something they always embrace immediately. / CTV Montreal
Qikiqtarjuaq, NU, Canada
THE SIGNS OF SILENCE: DEAF INUIT LEARN ASL
Angie Alookie first learned American Sign Language as a kindergarten student. Today, it’s the main method that the Grade 10 student from Qikiqtarjuaq, who is deaf, uses to communicate with friends, family and educators. ASL is the standard form of communication for deaf people in North America. But the language, made up of hand and body gestures, is far from standard in the small communities of Nunavut. / Nunatsiaq News
DEAF CAN NOW FOLLOW POPULAR RADIO SHOW
Deaf and hearing-impaired people in Israel can now “listen” to the popular radio show Hakol Diburim (It’s All Talk). The Reshet Bet current affairs program is being video-taped and broadcast live on the Israel Broadcasting Authority website, with simultaneous translation into sign language. / Jerusalem Post
RESTAURANT PROGRAM HELPS HEARING-IMPAIRED IN GAZA
Silence overwhelmed the hall where Asmaa Omar and 11 of her deaf classmates were enthusiastically following the fingers of their chef, who spoke to them in sign language and prepararing them to run the first ever restaurant operated by deaf people in the Gaza Strip. The 12 trainees -- eight males and four females -- have been attending the courses to learn culinary arts, cooking and food serving for almost two months. / Bernama
ANC GIVES THE DEAF A VOICE
When the sign language interpreters of "Chief Justice on Trial: the ANC Coverage" first encountered various obscure legal terms, they had to text colleagues who were off-duty and scramble for the nearest dictionary to find out their meaning and devise ways to interpret them. Nine weeks into the legalese-heavy trial, the interpreters bring a dictionary, consult with lawyers and the deaf community, and on their off days, meet and discuss difficult legal phrases and the best ways to “sign” them. / The Philippine Star
'HALT ILLEGAL MINING' DEAF PUPILS APPEAL
Pupils of the Kyebi Unit School of the Deaf in the East Akyem Municipality, have appealed to the government to take steps to halt illegal mining in the Akyem area, particularly around the school area that posed danger to their lives. The pupils said the uncovered pits and huge valleys that had been left by illegal mining activities posed a threat to them because they had to use the same paths to run errands such as fetching water for their domestic chores in the school. / Ghana Web
MISS DEAF CROWN RUSTING
Miss Deaf Nosipho Zwane’s crown is rusting and she will now use a new one which will be sponsored by SNG Sounds. This was revealed by Miss Deaf Director, Nok’thula Mbatha during a donation of clothes to former Miss Deaf, Siphiwe Magagula. Mbatha said the crown, which was not pure silver, was rusting and not looking good on the queen. / The Swazi Observer
See Also PREGNANT EX-MISS DEAF RECEIVES BABY CLOTHES / The Swazi Observer
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LIFE & LEISURE
DEAF PEOPLE HAVE MORE MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
Deaf people are about twice as likely to have mental health problems as people in the general population, according to a new review of evidence. In addition, deaf people have greater difficulty getting mental health care and the quality of care tends to be lower, according to the review appearing online in The Lancet. The review found that deaf patients report fear, mistrust and frustration in health care services. / Health24
ONCE DEAF, BIRD BRAINS CAN'T KEEP A TUNE
Portions of a songbird’s brain that control how it sings have been shown to decay within 24 hours of the animal losing its hearing. The findings, by researchers at Duke University Medical Center, show that deafness penetrates much more rapidly and deeply into the brain than previously thought. As the size and strength of nerve cell connections visibly changed under a microscope, researchers could even predict which songbirds would have worse songs in coming days. / Futurity.org
AREA DEAF COMMUNITY SPEAKS UP
Snippets of conversation could be seen everywhere as 19 Middle Tennessee residents pierced the silence with sign language during a church potluck dinner. Many of them are deaf, but some are children who grew up learning sign language to communicate with their parents. The group calls themselves Happy Fingers Deaf Fellowship. / Columbia Daily Herald
NORTHWEST STUDENTS LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE TO COMMUNICATE WITH CLASSMATE
Stephaine Petty can keep her students quiet when she needs to. The more difficult challenge is to keep them from communicating at all. “They will ‘talk’ to each other across the room,” said Cheryl Evans, a sign language interpreter assigned to a deaf student in Petty’s fourth-grade room at Northwest Elementary School. / The Daily Citizen
Little Rock, AR
DEAF CATHOLICS STRUGGLE TO KEEP THE FAITH
When Catholics who are deaf make a joyful noise to the Lord, they do it with a flourish of fingers. Every day they face isolation in a hearing world, even when it comes to expressing their religion. In Arkansas, deaf Catholics are a minority within a minority, and they are acutely aware of the lack of resources for their small community. Their hope is to be able to worship and live a full faith life just like any other Catholic in the state. / Arkansas Catholic
Eden Prairie, MN
ADA KITS FOR HOTEL GUESTS WITH HEARING LOSS
Effective March 15, 2012, the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) changed the accessibility requirements for guest rooms in hotels and motels for individuals with hearing loss. The ADA requires that all hotels and motels provide guest rooms accessible to individual with physical disabilities. The new changes have increased the minimum number of hearing impaired accessible guest rooms required. / PRWeb
NEW ASL VIDEOS WILL HELP DEAF PREPARE FOR DISASTERS
Information about how to prepare for emergencies is now more accessible for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC) announced a new series of videos that explains disaster preparedness measures using American Sign Language (ASL) and is fully captioned. / ENews Park Forest
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BUDA RESTAURANT DRAWS DEAF COMMUNITY
On a rainy Sunday afternoon, a team of cooks works in silence. It’s a comfortable quiet that the team at ViUDA New Americana Bistro is accustomed to, seeing as they have a mostly deaf staff. Kurt "The Irish Chef" Ramborger teamed up with Paul Rutoswski and restaurant general manager Rene Alcala to start the restaurant. It draws deaf community members from across the state. Out of a staff of 10, seven are deaf. / YNN
San Francisco, CA
DEAF RESTAURATEUR LISTENS TO HER HEART
Diners approaching the hostess stand of Mozzeria, a gourmet-pizza restaurant in San Francisco, are greeted with a set of keyboards with small screens. They use them in their initial communication with the staff, about half of whom are deaf. For many customers, the keyboards are the first indication that Mozzeria is an unusual restaurant. Mozzeria's owners, married couple Melody and Russell Stein, are likely the first deaf people to open a restaurant in the Bay Area, and one of very few in the country to do so. / The Wall Street Journal
FEMA AWARDS BUSINESS CONTRACT FOR ASL INTERPRETING TO TORNADO VICTIMS
Foreign Language Services (FLS, Inc.), a company that provides technical translation and interpretation services to customers in more than 80 languages, has been awarded an interpreting contract with Alabama’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The six-month contract would pay FLS to send an interpreter to disaster-ridden Chilton, Jefferson and Perry Counties to meet with homeowners and help them better communicate with contractors and builders. / The Madison County Record
MEXICO STUDENTS TEACH BUSINESS OWNERS ABOUT COMMUNICATION
Denise Stewart said she had never encountered a deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired customer in her Bake Shop Eatery in Mexico. Stewart was one of 43 business owners in the Mexico area who took part in the project conducted by four Mexico High School students. Earlier this month, they presented a video of their findings at a gathering for family, friends and business owners that showed most businesses are ill equipped to deal with customers who have hearing loss or have speech disorders. / The Post-Standard
GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES MPA PROGRAM
Today, many local, state and federal jobs require applicants to hold a graduate degree, such as a Master of Public Administration (MPA). However, earning this credential can be challenging for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, as they have limited access to courses offered in both American Sign Language and English. For this reason, Gallaudet University recently launched a new MPA program set to begin in the fall 2012 semester. / US News
DEAF DOG DEMONSTRATES HIS GRASP OF SIGN LANGUAGE
Kiefer was a deaf puppy at the animal shelter. Now he's a literary lion, at least to second- and third-graders at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf. Trisha Malfitano of Watertown, Conn., adopted Kiefer, then bought a pocket dictionary of American Sign Language. Then she wrote a book, "My Dog Kiefer." She and Kiefer made an author-and-dog visit to Susan Byrne's classroom Thursday and demonstrated that dogs can learn sign language. / The Providence Journal
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
MARLEE MATLIN AMONG STARS AT DISNEY EVENT
Downtown Disney this weekend is holding an event, called Signin' in the Street, which includes panels and autograph signings by the "Switched at Birth" cast, workshops, movie screenings and performances, including a drum group and a rock band. Thousands of people showed up for the first day Saturday. / The Orange County Register
Los Angeles, CA
'SWITCHED AT BIRTH' STAR KATIE LECLERC SPILLS: DEAF PROM BRINGS BIG CHANGES IN THE SPRING FINALE
"Switched at Birth" threw fans for a major loop when Emmett (Sean Berdy) slept with Simone (Maiara Walsh) this season. Sure, things between him and Bay (Vanessa Marano) were beyond rocky, but we were still shocked to see Emmett's bad-boy side emerge this way -- not to mention, he kind of threw his friendship with Toby (Lucas Grabeel) to the wolves. This week, we spoke with Katie Leclerc to get all the scoop on how this latest shake-up will effect her character -- Emmett's BFF Daphne -- in the big spring finale. / Zap2it
DRAMA CLASS AT MESA CHARTER SCHOOL HELPS DEAF STUDENTS
The room was silent, but the message was clear as the hands of a dozen theater students at Sequoia School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing soared skyward with messages in American Sign Language. Directing the group was Deanne Bray, a deaf actress who has a short-term contract to teach drama and government at the small Mesa charter school. / The Republic
NOW ON DVD: 'INGELORE'
Frank Stiefel’s documentary focuses on his mother, Ingelore Herz Honigstein, who was born to a Jewish family in Kuppenheim, Germany, in 1924. Initially rejected by her parents because she was deaf, Ingelore learned to speak via a foster parent who was a professional speech therapist. An education at a school for deaf children opened her horizons, but by 1938 she was expelled due to Nazi anti-Semitic policies. Stiefel’s production, which was broadcast on HBO last year, is both heartbreaking for the pain that Ingelore endured and invigorating for her resilient display of indefatigable spirit. / Film Threat
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QUIET SUCCESS: ROUGHER WHO IS 80 PERCENT DEAF EXCELS ON DIAMOND
When Muskogee baseball coach Doug Gunselman first met Gage Hull, he saw a quiet, respectful kid with long hair. The long hair was covering up something Gunselman wouldn’t discover for a few days. “It became obvious the more I talked to him,” he said. Hull, a senior on Gunselman’s squad, is 80 percent deaf in both ears. The long hair was covering up hearing aids. / Muskogee Phoenix
West Hartford, CT
AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF HAS DECIDED NOT TO HOST SPORTS CAMPS RUN BY A GROUP UNDER INVESTIGATION
The American School for the Deaf has decided against hosting summer camps operated by Daniel Doyle Jr., whose Institute for International Sport has been dealing with debt, failed real estate ventures and a government audit over its use of a $575,000 grant. The school had hosted Doyle's Camp Renaissance, a program that focuses on sports and cultural activities, and basketball skills clinics. / The Hartford Courant
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7TH BIENNIAL DEAF LESBIAN FESTIVAL -- DLF CHICAGO 2012
This summer, Chicago will become home for another exciting and important event that has never been hosted anywhere in the Midwest – the 7th Biennial Deaf Lesbian Festival – DLF Chicago 2012!! A festival affiliated with our own Windy City Rainbow Alliance for the Deaf (WCRAD). Women from across the globe will converge on the Center on Halsted July 18-21 for this four-day event of learning, discovery, celebration and fun for Deaf lesbian women of all ages. / The L Stop
New York, NY
DEAF STRUGGLE, DEAF VICTORY
For centuries deaf people weren’t allowed to go to school, to marry, hold jobs, participate in religious rituals. What were the obstacles? And what happened to change the world—ever so slowly? An examination of the systematic oppression of a culture. Join in a lively discussion with Lou Ann Walker about the history and the education of deaf people throughout the ages. Monday, April 16, 2012, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. / NY Public Library
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KENDALL DEMONSTRATION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
SALARY: $ 81,100 – $145,800
The Principal serves as the chief instructional leader of the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) that serves deaf and hard of hearing students from infancy to grade 8. The KDES Principal focuses on high student achievement; building a positive school climate that supports the whole student; leveraging research and data to drive initiatives and instruction; and building a high-performing staff and leadership team to achieve the school’s vision and goals. The principal collaborates with teachers, staff, parents, and the school community members to implement innovative educational programs and school systems that accelerate student achievement. The principal leads the school’s leadership team and directs all aspects of the instructional and support service programs provided to students enrolled at KDES and their families. The Principal is also a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and collaborates with other Clerc Center leaders in order to achieve the mandates for the Clerc Center contained in the Education of the Deaf Act (EDA). The Principal supervises and evaluates the Assistant Principal, the instructional coordinators, teachers, managers and the administrative support staff.
-- Master’s degree in education
of the deaf, educational administration or related field.
-- Three years successful teaching experience with elementary or secondary age deaf or hard of hearing students
-- Three years’ successful experience in a school leadership position.
-- Applicant must possess Administrative certification or license at the time of hire or obtain within two years from date of hire.
Submit a cover letter, resume, Gallaudet employment application to:
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800 Florida Avenue, NE
College Hall 106
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OPENING TEACHING POSITIONS
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School Year 2012-2013
Science Teacher- MSSD English Teacher-MSSD
Math Teacher-MSSD Social Studies Teacher- MSSD
Elementary Teacher-KDES Art Teacher-KDES
SALARY: Commensurate with educational degree and experience
Major responsibilities include planning, implementing and researching effective instructional practices that maximize student learning; accountable for student achievement; develops instructional plans/units in alignment with established standards; collaborates with other educators on teams/departments to provide an effective instructional program; documents and monitors student progress; communicates with families regarding student progress; maintains professional growth; accountable for student safety; engages in action research for continuous improvement of instruction.
KDES Early Childhood Education - requires a Master’s degree in Deaf Education or Early Childhood Education (if the Master’s degree is in Deaf Education, the Bachelor’s degree must be in Early Childhood Education, or the candidate must present proof of state certification in early childhood education).
KDES Team 1-2-3 and Team 4-5 - requires a Master’s degree in Deaf Education or Elementary Education (if the Master’s degree is in Deaf Education, the Bachelor’s degree must be in Elementary Education or the candidate must present proof of state certification in elementary education).
KDES Team 6-7-8 and all MSSD Departments (content areas are mainly English, Science, Mathematics and Social Studies) – requires a Master’s degree in Deaf Education or the content area (if the Master’s degree is in Deaf Education, the Bachelor’s degree must be in the content area or the candidate must present proof of state certification in the content area).
Send a letter of interest, a completed Gallaudet University Application Form, an up-to-date resume, copies of all valid licenses to teach (if you possess any), three (3) current and signed letters of recommendation (from supervisors who know about your teaching ability) to Clerc Center Human Resources per electronic by emailing to email@example.com or via mail to Clerc Center Human Resources; Gallaudet University – KDES room 3104; 800 Florida Avenue, NE; Washington, DC 20002
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Any vacant position that is filled is dependent upon resignations received and funding available. If you get a job offer, we will require official transcripts before final hiring process is being finalized and approved.** Salary begins on August 13th, 2012. New Teacher Orientation will be held on August 13th, 2012. The 1st work day for returning teachers will be August 14th, 2012.
COLORADO SCHOOL for the DEAF and the BLIND
PRINCIPAL, School for the Deaf
Official job announcement may be found in its entirety, including major duties/responsibilities, under Non-Classified employment at http://csdb.org/. Applications requested by March 30, 2012 in anticipation that interviews will be conducted beginning in April; all interviews conducted on-site at CSDB; salary commensurate with appropriate education and experience; excellent benefits; position open until filled.
Please visit website and follow instructions to submit a complete on-line application (to include salary history and references), and upload the following to the on-line application: formal letter of interest, current resume, recent letters of recommendation (with signature), copies of all transcripts, and copy of current educator certification. Contact information:
Chelle Lutz, Human Resources Office
33 North Institute Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
HIRING DEAF SERVICES SUPPORT STAFF!
The Northeast Arc has openings for direct care staff fluent in ASL to provide direct support in our residential environments:
• House Managers - Support individuals who are developmentally disabled to increase their independence. Assist with activities of daily living. Comprehensive vacation, holiday and health benefits.
• Relief Managers - Provide direct support. Schedule own hours to assist full time staff. Per diem, non-benefited position.
• Comfortable with providing personal care and dealing with behavioral issues.
• Experience with individuals with developmental disabilities.
• CPR, First Aid, MAPS are a plus.
• Valid Driver's License. Ability to lift 50 pounds.
• HS Diploma or GED.
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Danvers, MA 01923
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PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community to be a part of our team. Check our website at www.PAHrtners.com to learn about our career opportunities and more! E.O.E.
Send your letter of intent and resumes to:
Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Mental Health Program Consultant
(Mental Health Specialist)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Two positions available:
St. Cloud, MN
$ 46,312-$ 68,257 annually / Full benefits
This position provides culturally affirmative mental health services to D/HH adults coping with mental health issues. The main responsibility of the Mental Health Specialist is to provide psychotherapy/ counseling services and the remaining of time will include clinical case management/coordination, consultation, training, aftercare planning, and community placement assistance for D/HH adults.
Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL)
At least 2 years advanced profession experience, OR 1 year advanced professional experience plus 2 years professional experience providing direct mental health services to D/HH individuals.
Master's Degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or behavioral-health related field
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