March 22, 2006
Vol. 2 No. 22
Editor: Tom Willard
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TARA MCAVOY LAID TO REST IN AUSTIN
Tara Rose McAvoy was eulogized by
friends, family members and classmates at an emotional 45-minute funeral service
Saturday in South Austin, reported The Austin American-Statesman. McAvoy, 18,
the reigning Miss Deaf Texas, was struck by a train and killed last Monday while
walking alongside train tracks and texting on her cell phone. Her tragic death
made headlines around the world. A number of websites contain more information,
www.taramcavoy.com: A memorial site created by Deafcities.com
www.tsd.state.tx.us/news/tara.html: A site from the Texas School for the Deaf, McAvoy’s alma mater.
www.myspace.com/texanrose: McAvoy’s own My Space page.
OPERATION LIFESAVER OFFERS FREE PRESENTATIONS
Operation Lifesaver, a national nonprofit public safety education organization, responded to Tara McAvoy’s death last week with a news release offering its services to the deaf community. “We hope to work with the deaf and hard-of-hearing groups to deliver a critical message – that it is not safe to be on or near the tracks,” said Gerri Hall, president of the group. The group has 3,000 certified presenters throughout the U.S. and Canada who are trained to give free safety presentations to community organizations, schools, school bus drivers and truck drivers. Anyone interested in arranging a presentation or becoming a certified presenter may contact Operation Lifesaver (www.oli.org) for more information.
MARYLAND CAR CRASH LEAVES FOUR INJURED
A one-car accident in Frederick, Md. left four people seriously injured and displaced the occupants of 15 apartments, reported the Frederick News-Post. The car hit a utility pole and smashed through the side of an apartment building at about 12:30 a.m. last Tuesday. Speed was a contributing factor, said police. The driver, Jennifer Oakley, 24, of Frederick, was in serious condition with facial injuries. The other three people in the car were not identified by the News-Post, but deaf blogger Ricky Taylor (www.ridorLIVE.com) wrote on his website Monday that Selina English, Annalee Laird and Chase Harting were the other three occupants. All four victims are deaf, said Taylor.
CALIFORNIA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT TO RETIRE
Harold Kund announced last Wednesday that he will retire as superintendent of the California School for the Deaf, Riverside at the end of the school year. According to the Press-Enterprise, Kund said he was stepping down due to health reasons and a desire for more leisure time. “I just think it’s time for me to go enjoy my own life,” he said. Kund, 63, worked at the school for 30 years, the last five as superintendent. His announcement came a week after students rallied to protest the firing of a popular deaf administrator after only six months on the job. The school has also experienced high employee turnover and staff complaints of poor communication and intimidation on campus.
NAD SELLING HALEX HOUSE, MOVING TO NEW OFFICE
The National Association of the Deaf
is moving to a new office this month and negotiating to sell Halex House, its
headquarters for the past 35 years. Halex House needs millions of dollars in
renovations, said a news release, and the NAD cannot afford the expense. Instead,
the organization plans to invest its building sale proceeds and use the interest
income to pay for rental office space a few blocks from its current location.
Halex House was purchased in 1971 with donations from supporters, and a 2002
fundraising campaign allowed the mortgage to be paid off. The new address is
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 820, Silver Spring, MD 20910 – the same building
that houses the American Association of the Deaf-Blind and Telecommunications
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PROTESTERS IN OHIO TARGET DOCTOR’S OFFICE
A group of activists converged on a doctor’s office in Westlake, Ohio last Thursday to protest a doctor who they say refuses to provide sign-language interpreters. Nearly 30 members of the Deaf and Deaf-Blind Committee on Human Rights spent more than three hours chanting, marching and sitting in the waiting room at the St. John West Shore Hospital, reported The Plain Dealer. Dr. Kornelia Solymos, a family doctor who was the target of the protest, refused to meet with the group. At least a half-dozen police officers were on hand to maintain order. At one point, the group tried to push past the police guarding the waiting room doors. The group disbanded, but promised to return in two weeks.
WOMAN’S CONFESSION THROWN OUT OF COURT
The murder confession of a deaf Michigan woman was thrown out of court last week because police did not make certain she understood her Miranda rights, reported The Macomb Daily. Mary Ann McBride, 42, admitted in a recorded statement that she stabbed to death her live-in boyfriend, Alan Adelsburg, last April. But Judge Peter Maceroni said in his March 10 ruling that police Detective John Sarrach did not ensure that McBride knew of her right to have an attorney present during a police station interview several hours after the slaying. “This is a very good ruling for the deaf community as a whole,” said McBride’s attorney, Robert Buschmohle.
ANOTHER UTAH TEACHER CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE
A Utah judge issued an arrest warrant last Friday for Robert Zancanella, a former teacher at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. According to a criminal complaint, Zancanella allegedly lost his temper in October and struck a 3-year-old child three times.It is the fourth such case in six years for the troubled school, reported the Salt Lake Tribune. Last month, a civil lawsuit against former USDB teacher Jacquilyn Shasky was filed by the parents of five students. The complaint alleges Shasky slapped the students, lifted them off the floor by their arms, called them names, pulled their hair and punished them for no reason. The latest incident “doesn’t surprise me,” said Dale Boam, the attorney who represents the parents in the lawsuit. Zancanella, 67, retired from the school in December following an internal investigation.
REPORT: MURDER CASE IN SOUTH DAKOTA QUITE RARE
Daphne Wright, the 42-year-old deaf woman charged with the murder of Darlene VanderGiesen, who was also 42 and deaf, will have her next court appearance April 14. The circumstances of the murder are quite rare, reported KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, S.D. Dave Nelson, a state’s attorney in South Dakota for 17 years, said he has never prosecuted a case where a woman is accused of murdering another adult woman. Marianne Zawitz, a statistician with the U.S. Department of Justice, said only 1 percent of murders in the United States over the past 30 years involve two adult females. No one interviewed by KELO had ever heard of a case where a deaf woman was accused of murdering another adult woman.
INDIANA MAN GETS 30 YEARS FOR STABBING INMATE
A deaf man in Indiana was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for fatally stabbing a fellow prison inmate in 1993. Ralph Barnett, 53, had faced a possible sentence of 50 years, but Judge Thomas Newman reduced the sentence based on Barnett’s health problems and because he was provoked into attacking Ricky Combs, 28, at the Pendleton Correctional Facility. Newman had earlier turned down Barnett’s request that the county pay for a $60,000 cochlear implant operation so he could understand his trial. Barnett was “forced to read testimony” during his trial and at the sentencing hearing, reported the Indianapolis Star. “The fact is I can’t hear,” said Barnett. “I was unable to assist my attorney during the trial.”
CAR CRASHES INTO SCHOOL BUILDING
A car crashed into a building at
the Rochester (N.Y.) School for the Deaf Saturday morning, reported the Democrat
and Chronicle. According to Sgt. Joseph Graham, the accident occurred at 5:25
a.m. when the driver lost control of the car, jumped a curb, broke through a
metal fence and crossed a parking lot before hitting the building. The unidentified
driver was taken to a hospital with head injuries.
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THE WHO’S ROGER DALTRY SAYS HE’S ALMOST DEAF
Roger Daltry, lead singer for the legendary U.K. band The Who, announced last week that rock music has left him almost completely deaf. Daltry, who played the “deaf, dumb and blind kid” in the 1975 film Tommy, said he now listens only to light classical music at home. “I haven’t got much hearing left and what I have I want to keep,” he said. Bandmate Pete Townshend announced in January that he, too, has lost most of his hearing after a lifetime of rock and roll. Despite their difficulties, Daltry and Townshend are preparing for a worldwide Who tour later this year.
ACTRESS TO MARK BIRTHDAY AT SCHOOL FOR DEAF, BLIND
Indian actress Rani Mukerjee plans to celebrate her birthday by spending the entire day with students at The Helen Keller Institute for Deaf and Blind in Mumbai, Maharashtra, reported Sify.com. Mukerjee, who played a deaf and blind girl in the Bollywood film Black, was invited by the school’s honorary director Beroz Vacha. The actress “has become a source of inspiration for deaf and blind students and made them restore the faith in themselves,” said the report.
INDIAN GROUP SETS OFF FOR TOUR IN PAKISTAN
A group of deaf sportspersons from India were given a ceremonial send-off in New Delhi last Thursday as they prepared for a tour of Pakistan. According to the Indo Asian News Service, the 40-member group includes a cricket team and a cultural troupe, as well as table tennis and badminton players. The group arrived Monday and will take on their Pakistani counterparts in a six-match, one-day international cricket series. Pakistani President was expected to attend the grand finale in Rawalpindi.
CANADIAN WOMAN WRITES OF NEED FOR SMOKE ALARMS
A Canadian woman wrote of the need for visual smoke detectors in Saturday’s Hamilton (Ont.) Spectator. “Smoke detectors are proven life savers,” wrote Judith Greaves of Fort Erie, “but what can you do if you cannot hear one?” A visual smoke detector with a backup battery costs $250 each and must be hard wired and installed by an electrician, she explained. “Because of my disability, it will cost me 50 times more to protect myself. I could have 50 $10 smoke detectors in my home and never hear one of them.” She encouraged readers to write to their government representatives in support of these life-saving devices and to have them installed in all public buildings.
CYPRUS OFFICIALS DEBATE TV NEWS ACCESSIBILITY
The House Interior Committee in Cyprus
met Monday to discuss the need to make TV news accessible to deaf citizens.
At present, all TV channels have allotted five minutes at 6 p.m. every day for
a news broadcast with sign language, reported the Cyprus Mail. But critics say
many deaf people work for the government and are not home in time for the news.
They also want bigger subtitles, subtitles for Greek language programs and a
larger image of the interpreter, instead of the small window that is currently
used. TV officials, however, said expanding the broadcasting time would lead
to enormous costs and commercial losses for the channels.
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BATTERY INDUSTRY WORKS TO PHASE OUT MERCURY
The battery industry has agreed on a plan to eliminate added mercury from button cells – the kind used in hearing aids as well as watches and calculators – by the year 2011. According to AZoM.com in Australia, participating organizations will work to resolve manufacturing challenges and promote new technologies. Mercury is added to batteries to prevent leakage and provide a longer shelf life, but mercury deposits in lakes and streams can accumulate to harmful levels in fish and the people and animals that consume them. The industry phased out mercury in most batteries by 1993, but the small size of button cells has posed technological problems that so far has prevented the elimination of mercury.
ROCHESTER MAN TO BE HONORED FOR SERVICE
The Rochester, N.Y. chapter of Sons of American Revolution (SAR) announced last week that it will honor Steve DeBottis for his service to the deaf community. SAR is a historical, educational and patriotic organization made up of descendants of those who served the cause of the American Revolution. DeBottis will receive the Silver Good Citizenship Medal and certificate at a luncheon Saturday, April 29. Deaf community members are welcome to attend the luncheon, which costs $20 per person. Contact person Robert Fuller can be reached at RRF1948@aol.com.
ADVOCATE SAYS U.S. ‘WORST COUNTRY’ FOR HARD OF HEARING
The United States is the worst country in the world in which to be hard of hearing, said Warren T. Hanna, executive director of Hard of Hearing Advocates (www.hohadvocates.org). Hanna said in a news release Monday that 80 percent of Americans who need a hearing aid do not have one, mostly due to the high cost and lack of insurance coverage for the devices. In other countries, hearing aid purchases are made with government involvement, but in the U.S., “it is clear that those who sell hearing aids control the marketplace,” he said. An “inefficient sales process” means hearing aids sell for three to four times the price retailers pay for them, “a profit that sellers clearly do not want to lose.” Hanna estimated that people who need hearing aids but don’t have them cost the government $18 billion a year in lost taxes.
‘BLACKBERRY THUMB’ PLAGUES USERS OF PDAS
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PENNSYLVANIA AGENCY TO PROBE AT&T LAYOFFS
The Public Utility Commission in Pennsylvania voted 4-1 last Thursday to determine how AT&T’s job cuts in the state will affect the quality of its relay services. According to the Associated Press, AT&T laid off 45 of 200 employees at a New Castle call center that relays calls for deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired callers. It’s “an awful lot” of layoffs, said Wendell Hollard, PUC chairman. “We can certainly order the company to take whatever steps are necessary to provide reliable service.” AT&T countered that the call center had seen a decline in calls and 45 positions will be transferred to a center in Baltimore. The number of employees at the New Castle center “will remain at whatever level is necessary to ensure that hte highest quality is met,” said AT&T spokesman Walt Sharp.
SCIENCE TEACHER WINS RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
A Gallaudet University graduate (‘94 and ‘97) has received a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Shannon Graham plans to study tropical biology and environmental science at the University of Hawaii-Hilo starting in the fall. This will be Graham’s second affiliation with the NSF. In 2002, she spent two months in Alaska as part of a program called Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic. During this time, she studied conductive heat flux with a glaciologist from the Geophysics Institute. Graham, who has taught high school science for nine years, posted daily e-journals during the project that can be seen at http://tea.armadaproject.org/tea_grahamfrontpage.html.
NEW YORK SOCIETY MERGES INTO F.E.G.S SYSTEM
The New York Society for the Deaf has merged into the F.E.G.S. Health and Human Services System. Founded in 1912 as the Society for the Welfare of the Jewish Deaf, the NYSD has been providing services to deaf and hard-of-hearing people for 94 years. A beneficiary of UJA-Federation of New York, the agency has provided such services as housing, employment, communication skills, behavioral science and interpreting, as well as many special initiatives for the Jewish deaf community. F.E.G.S. Health and Human Services, with an annual budget of more than $200 million, operates over 300 locations throughout the New York metropolitan area and reaches 100,000 individuals a year. To learn more, visit www.fegs.org.
HARRIS COMMUNICATIONS PROFILED IN NEWSPAPER
Harris Communications of Eden Prairie,
Minn. was profiled in a recent Pioneer Press article. The company has survived,
said the report, because “technology has been the friend of founder and
owner Robert Harris.” Harris, who is deaf, came to the Twin Cities in
1976 to work as a hospital clinical psychologist. He got into the deaf-equipment
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NEW BOOK DEDICATED TO REV. ROBERT FLETCHER
Iowa author Delia Ray will have a new book published next month called “Singing Hands.” Published by Clarion Books, it is described as “the poignant story of a hearing daughter raised by deaf parents in the 1950s.” Ray has dedicated the book to her late grandfather, Rev. Robert Fletcher, who in 1952 became the first deaf minister to lead an opening prayer before the U.S. Senate. Although Singing Hands is a work of fiction, many stories in the book are based on real-life episodes. Ray, the niece of Academy Award-winning actress Louise Fletcher, includes an author’s note at the end of the book that includes information about the real Fletcher family and pays tribute to Rev. Fletcher’s legacy. For more information, visit www.clarionbooks.com.
MATLIN TO REPLACE DANA REEVE IN SPEAKER SERIES
Marlee Matlin has agreed to be the final speaker in the 2005-06 Bellin Health LifeLines speaker series in Green Bay, Wisc., reported WBAY-TV last week. Matlin, the first deaf actress to win an Academy Award, was tapped to replace Dana Reeve, who died two weeks ago of lung cancer. She will speak at the Weidner Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday, May 9, and tickets go on sale April 7. Info: www.weidnercenter.com.
FLORIDA WOMAN HOSTS GOVERNMENT ACCESS TV SHOW
You’d never guess Joan Davies is deaf, said The Ledger in Lakeland, Fla. last week. Davies, who was born deaf and wears two hearing aids, is host of “Polk Place,” a Polk County government-access TV show. “If you want to do something bad enough, you learn to compensate,” said Davies, 42. A master lipreader, Davies chose not to learn sign language because “I thought it would box me in and label me.” She earned an M.A. in communications from the University of Colorado-Denver and took a series of jobs before becoming a program director and producer for Polk Government Television. “Joan Davies is one of the hardest-working people I know,” said County Commissioner Sam Johnson. “She’s upbeat, she’s positive and she’s excited about her job and her future with PGTV.” Davies and husband Mike, who live in Davenport, are expecting their first child next month.
‘COMMON BONDS’ WRAPS UP WORLD PREMIERE
“Common Bonds,” a play
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U.S. DEAFLYMPIC TEAM CHOSEN
The United States Deaf Ski and Snowboard Association held its qualifiers for the U.S. Deaflympic team during last week’s Deaf Winterfest in Telluride, Colo. About 250 people people registered for Deaf Winterfest, reported the Telluride Daily Planet, and organizer Jeff Lewis estimated another 100 people came on their own. Last Friday there were congratulations all around as the team members for the 2007 Deaflympics in Salt Lake City, Utah were announced. Four years ago, the U.S. snowboard team took home half the medals, and coach Will Garrow thinks the team can improve on that. But he’s not sure, he said, because “the rest of the world is catching up with the U.S. in snowboarding.”
CURTIS PRIDE TRYING TO MAKE L.A. ANGELS’ ROSTER
Curtis Pride hit his first home run of spring training last Tuesday as he tried to catch on with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as their fifth outfielder, reported the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Pride, who is deaf, was batting .217 after Tuesday’s game. The 36-year-old Major League veteran said, “I started the spring slowly but I’m starting to get my timing back. I think I can contribute to the team in a lot of different ways.” Meanwhile, the Orange County Register reported that Pride’s 14-month-old daughter, Noelle Angel Pride, received a cochlear implant in December. Like her father, Noelle was born 95 percent deaf. Pride says his daughter can now hear nearly as well as an average tot. “If she’s in the next room and you call her, she comes in,” he said.
GALLAUDET BASKETBALL FEATURED ON HBO
The Gallaudet University basketball team will be profiled today in the latest edition of "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel." The show can be seen on HBO at 3:30 p.m. on the East Coast and 6:30 p.m. on the West Coast.
GOLFER KEVIN HALL TO PLAY IN OHIO TOURNAMENT
Deaf golfer Kevin Hall has accepted
an invitation to play in the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament at the Muirfield
Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, set for May 29 to June 4. “I’m
blessed to have this opportunity to participate in the event,” said Hall
in an email to the Cincinnati Enquirer. He also plans to play in a Hooters Tour
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South Carolina on the Nationwide Tour. He also hopes to get sponsors’
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F·E·G·S is one of the largest health and human services organizations in the country with a budget in excess of $230 million and 3,500+ employees in more than 300 locations throughout the New York metropolitan area. We seek experienced professionals, fluent in ASL, to work with staff and adult disabled, deaf population at our Manhattan facility on Hudson Street.
Staff Sign Language Interpreters
FT: Reports to AVP for Deaf Services, provides sign language interpreting services in a wide variety of situations and settings throughout the organization. Occasional staff training on use of sign language interpreters.
PT: Provides interpreting services for individual and group counseling sessions, meetings, and other program activities for Continuing Day Treatment Program serving deaf, chronically mentally ill clients. Must have flexibility in working with client’s personal signing styles.
INSTRUCTOR/SPECIALIST – F/T
Day Habilitation Instructor/Specialist to supervise and support deaf adults with developmental disabilities in a classroom setting. Provide group and individual instruction. Tri-state driver’s license required.
Positions require BA (or equivalent combination of education and experience) and full fluency in ASL. Prior experience working with disabled population and RID/NAD certification strongly preferred.
Generous benefits. Send resume to
our HR Consultants: HR Dynamics, Inc. (DEPT. JG/ASL), 345 Hudson Street, 4th
Floor, New York, NY 10014. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our website: www.fegs.org.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD
GLAD is an Affirmative Action Employer with equal opportunity for men, women and people with disabilities. For more information on the following positions, please go to: www.gladinc.org. The status of all positions is: Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt, Full Fringe Benefits unless otherwise noted. All positions are open until filled.
– Anaheim, Norwalk
HARD OF HEARING SPECIALIST - Riverside
LIFESIGNS DIRECTOR – Los Angeles
COMMUNITY INTERPRETER - Riverside
If interested for any of these positions then please submit resume and application to:
Human Resources Specialist
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.
2222 Laverna Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041
V/TDD: (323) 550-4207
Fax #: (323)550-4204
PLEASE CIRCULATE AND POST
California Department of Education
POSITION: Supervising Teacher
Director of Instruction
TIME BASE: Full time
LOCATION: CA School for the Deaf in Fremont
SALARY: $6,921 - $8,830 (plus $700 for R & R and $100 for sign language) monthly
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
DUTIES: Provide visionary shared
leadership training, support, guidance, supervision, and direction to the Division
of Instruction; provide leadership and direction to ensure school-wide consistency
in management practices and adherence to school and state policies, education
code and federal legislation; provide guidance in achievement testing; guide
the WASC/CEASD accreditation process; work collaboratively with other school
staff to facilitate coordination of services that support the instructional
program; serve as a member of the school’s administrative leadership team;
monitor division budget; coordinate the instructional division’s emergency
response training procedures and school wide drill.
QUALIFICATIONS: Five years of experience as a classroom teacher in a program for the Deaf; three years of experience as a supervisor of teachers; fluency in ASL; fluency in standard written English and experience writing reports; Master’s degree and possession or eligibility for California credentials authorizing teaching and administrative services; knowledge of state and federal education laws; and ability to use technology effectively.
DESIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES: Knowledge of professional standards for the teaching profession; skill in establishing consistent accountability practices among educational staff; ability to provide comprehensive mentoring for program supervisors; knowledge of all aspects of standard-based education and effective instructional strategies; knowledge of accreditation process; ability to model effective leadership techniques; ability to work collaboratively with staff, students, parents and the community; ability to facilitate change; knowledge of the dual language philosophy; knowledge of Deaf culture and ability to engage the Deaf community in fulfilling the mission of the school; knowledge of effective recruitment and hiring practices; skill in managing multiple tasks; ability to make effective presentations; skill in facilitating groups; ability to make decisions based on potential long-range impacts and school-wide needs.
WHO MAY APPLY: Candidates must submit a completed Faculty Application, Form SSS 100 to the Superintendent no later than April 1, 2006 or until position is filled. Applications will be screened and the most highly qualified applicants will be asked to interview. It is anticipated that interviews will be held in April, 2006.
LOCATION: California School for the
39350 Gallaudet Drive
Fremont, CA 94538
Contact: Henry Klopping, Superintendent
Telephone: (510) 794-3685 (V/TTY)
Employment provisions as outlined
by the Department of Personnel Administrations State Restriction of Appointments
(SROA) policy will prevail. In addition, current or future executive orders
relative to filling vacant positions may also affect this process.
California Relay (Telephone) Service for the Deaf or Hearing Impaired: TDD Phones 1-800-735-2929 Voice Phones 1-800-735-2922
CALIFORNIA STATE GOVERNMENT AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO ALL REGARDLESS OF RACE, COLOR, CREED, NATIONAL ORIGIN, ANCESTRY, SEX, MARTIAL STATUS, DISABILITY, RELIGIOUS OR POLITICAL AFFILIATION, AGE OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION.
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