March 22, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 22
Editor: Tom Willard
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Santa Ana, CA
SANTA ANA SETTLING WITH DEAF IMMIGRANT DETAINED BY ICE
Rosario Maciel Avitia remained at Santa Ana Jail under Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention five months longer than she should have. Avitia, deaf since birth, communicates primarily by ASL and isn't fluent in English. According to a lawsuit filed on her behalf, when ICE agents arrested Avitia on May 29, 2015, jail staff failed to "effectively communicate" that she became eligible for bond just days later. As a result, ICE kept Avitia away from family until November, when they released her. / OC Weekly
THE PENAL SYSTEM IS FAILING DEAF INMATES. HERE'S WHAT ADVOCACY GROUPS ARE DOING ABOUT IT
In Sept. 2011, officers from the Philadelphia Police Department found 20-year-old “Mr. Lee” in the passenger seat of a stolen vehicle. Officers arrested him and drove him to the 15th District Precinct in the Mayfair neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia. During the ordeal, Mr. Lee’s glasses fell off and were discarded. He tried to explain that he needed his glasses to see, but couldn’t: Mr. Lee communicates via sign language, and his hands were handcuffed behind his back. / Generocity Philly
DEAF ADVOCATES AND POLICE WORK TOGETHER TO PREVENT CLASH OF DIFFERENT CULTURES
Thomas Horejes was driving home when the flash of a police officer’s lights filled his car. He pulled over, and tried to adjust his hearing aid to hear the commands coming from a microphone on the police car. He then rapidly pointed to his ears and extended his hands away from them, shaking his head to try to tell the officer he was hard of hearing. “The next thing I know, two more police cars show up, and two officers approach my car with their guns drawn,” he said. / STLtoday.com
LAW ENFORCEMENT LOOKS AT WAYS TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH DEAF COMMUNITY
Like many drivers, Cathi Hilts has been pulled over for a traffic violation. But for Hilts, the otherwise routine situation included an added stress. The Boiling Springs resident is deaf. “Sometimes the police can be quite ignorant,” Hilts said through an interpreter. “I’ll tell them I’m deaf and try to gesture to write notes with me, and they don’t know what to do. They start talking to me. It gets me angry and frustrated.” / Spartanburg Herald Journal
SENATE BILL WOULD EXPAND DRIVERS ED CLASSES FOR DEAF STUDENTS
Texas senators are will soon discuss a bill that would expand driver’s education classes for deaf students. Senator Kirk Watson filed Senate Bill 1051, and the Senate Transportation committee is set to talk about it on Wednesday. According to an attorney who helped Watson author the bill, it would create a statewide online driver’s education course specifically for deaf and hard of hearing students. / KEYE
CUTS MAKE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES HARDER
The accident on that Kansas road was quick and devastating. It was 1964, Candace Low was on her way to school when she lost control of her car and hit a bridge abutment. Though she doesn't remember the details, she thinks she may have instinctively leaned over to protect herself, and that's when her head slammed against the dashboard. And in an instant — less than a minute, really — Low had a brain injury that caused hearing loss, mobility issues, cognitive issues, aphasia, depression and anxiety. / Hartford Courant
ADVOCATES CLOSE TO GETTING HEARING AID BILL PASSED
Local advocates are excited that a six-year effort to get approval for a bill requiring health insurance companies in Georgia to cover hearing aids could come to fruition next week. Sara Kogon, who with Kelly Jenkins co-founded Let Georgia Hear, a Buckhead-based advocacy group devoted to accomplishing this mission, said the Georgia House of Representatives is expected to vote March 20 on Senate Bill 206, also known as the Hearing Aid for Children Coverage Act. / MDJOnline.com
NTID FOUNDER TO BE HONORED IN STAMP DEDICATION EVENT
The First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Robert Panara two-ounce Forever stamp will take place at 10 a.m. April 11 at Rochester Institute of Technology. The U.S. Postal Service's 16th stamp in the Distinguished Americans series honors Robert Panara, an influential teacher and a pioneer in the field of deaf studies. He inspired generations of students with his powerful use of American Sign Language to convey works of literature. / Henrietta Post
SENATORS COLLINS, KING ANNOUNCE $143,825 FOR DEAF CENTER
U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the Maine Educational Center For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MECDHH) will receive $143,825 in funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program. The funding will support MECDHH’s Early Childhood & Family Services program. / Senator Susan Collins
POLICE: MAN THREW STICK AT CRUISER, PRETENDED TO POINT GUN
A deaf mute man was arrested after he pointed what initially appeared to be a gun at an officer and then threw a stick at a police cruiser Tuesday evening, Norwalk police said. Kevin Kenney, 39, was charged with two counts of second-degree breach of peace and one count of interfering with an officer. Police were called after a woman complained about an interaction she had with a stick-holding Kenney, Sgt. Rafael Fonseca said. / Norwalk Daily Voice
DEAF MAN SENT TO HOSPITAL FROM AVONDALE FIRE
A deaf man went to a hospital with burns he suffered during a small apartment fire Wednesday morning, Cincinnati fire officials said. Firefighters were called to the three-story apartment building about 9:30 a.m. A deaf man who is a maintenance worker there sent a text to the fire department, fire officials said. In addition to the burns on his arms, he may have fallen from a ladder and been injured. / WXIX
SEXUAL MOLESTER OF DEAF GIRL SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN JAIL
A Kahului man is serving an 18-month jail term for sexually molesting a deaf girl who at first wasn’t believed when she told what a family member had done. Enrique Punzalan, 56, was placed on five years’ probation as part of his sentence imposed March 10. / Maui News
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London, ON, Canada
CANADIAN HEARING SOCIETY WORKERS HAVE BEEN ON STRIKE 16 DAYS, AFTER FOUR YEARS WITHOUT A CONTRACT
Critical services for more than 6,000 deaf people in the London area are curtailed as a strike drags on. The union claims the Canadian Hearing Society is dragging its feet on returning to the bargaining table, keeping 227 workers off the job across Ontario. “The employer is refusing to come to the table. There are outstanding issues,” said Barbara Wilker-Frey, national representative for Local 2073 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. / The London Free Press
Fort St. John, BC, Canada
DEAF-BLIND SKATER DEFIES THE ODDS
If you spent any time down at the Pomeroy Sport Centre to see the Masters’ Allround Games last weekend, you may have noticed one particular athlete was accompanied by his dog. The athlete is Canadian speed skater Kevin Frost, and the dog is Lewis, Frost’s seeing eye dog. Frost is blind, as well as deaf. Frost has Usher Syndrome Type II, which is the cause of his hearing loss and blindness. He started losing his hearing as a child, and his vision as an adult. / Alaska Highway News
DEAF STUDENTS GET READY TO TACKLE NEW OBSTACLE CHALLENGE
Physical endurance training undertaken by a group of deaf students in Exeter is hoped to pay off this weekend when they take part in a new obstacle challenge. Escot Mud Run, organized by South West Military Fitness, is being on Saturday, March 25. They were inspired to enter by Tony Whiteley, a deaf student care worker at Exeter Deaf Academy, to raise funds for the school. / Devon Live
BOY GETS BACK LOST TEDDY BEAR WITH HEARING AID
Staff at the Asda store in Govan have been praised by a mum who has been reunited with a very special teddy her son lost in the store. Magda Kruk’s son Niko, 4, lost the distinctive bear -- which has a hearing aid attached to its left ear -- in the supermarket just before Christmas. The bear was extra special to little Niko having been in the family for two decades. Magda’s mum, Teresa, is an audiologist for a hearing aid manufacturer which gives them to kids who come in with hearing difficulties. / Evening Times
DEAF SIBLINGS DEMONSTRATE THE POWER OF SPEECH AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE
Ayham Nasser, 11, was diagnosed at birth with profound hearing loss. His sister Saja, 9, was born with moderate to severe hearing loss. They were among 12 children chosen to speak at the Power of Speech event at Parliament House, celebrating the achievements of children who have graduated from early intervention programs run by First Voice, a national alliance of organizations dedicated to providing listening and spoken language for children who are deaf or hearing impaired. / ABC Radio
DEAF COMMUNITY AT CENTRE STAGE
An Auslan interpreter will feature as part of the Bendigo Theatre Company’s TENx10 Project. In a first for the local theatre group, the interpreter will sign the entire program of ten 10-minute plays at the matinee performance next Saturday, March 25. The idea came from one of the plays, Inn-Communicado, requiring two performers proficient in Auslan sign language. / Bendigo Advertiser
MAN, 81, FACES LONG WAIT FOR COCHLEAR IMPLANT
An 81-year-old virtually deaf man faces up to five years on a waiting list for a hearing implant that will allow him to hear if his wife calls out in pain or for help. Bob Tennant, of Levin, has a whisper of hearing in his right ear – 1.5 per cent – and none in his left, and wears a hearing aid. He is a caregiver for his wife, who suffered serious injuries in a fall a year ago. / Stuff.co.nz
Samana, Dominican Republic
HIGH-TECH BACKPACKS OPEN WORLD OF WHALES TO DEAF STUDENTS
Every winter, whale-watching excursions take tourists to ride alongside humpbacks frolicking in the Caribbean. One voyage this week pursued whales for their mysterious, multi-octave songs, but with passengers who didn't hear the grunting and squealing. The dozens of deaf students wore high-tech backpacks that turn whale songs into vibrations, opening the world of whales to children who gasped and marveled at feeling the sounds for the first time. / The Associated Press
Bar Elias, Lebanon
CHICAGO-BASED GROUP'S MISSION BRINGS SMILES TO DEAF SYRIAN CHILDREN
Six-year-old Aya al-Souqi, a Syrian refugee, held the camera phone up to her gaze and listened to hear her mother. "I hear you!" she exclaimed. It was only the second time she'd spoken to her mother in Beeskow, Germany. / The Sumter Item
ONE IN TWO EMPLOYERS DO NOT INTEND TO HIRE DEAF PEOPLE: SURVEY
Only one in 10 employers surveyed have positive attitudes towards hiring deaf people, and one in two admit they have no intention to do so. Some of the reasons given include concerns that deaf persons would not be able to communicate with clients, bosses and colleagues. Some of them said they had not come across any deaf applicants — perhaps by design. / TODAY
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LIFE & LEISURE
El Paso, TX
COMMUNITY FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING COMING TO LIFE
A new community in Northwest El Paso is sprouting up to cater to the deaf and hard of hearing community. The concept of the community is to gather, and provide people, who can all communicate via the same language: ASL. "It's hard for deaf people to get opportunities for advancement," said Brian Smithson, who works for Deafville and is deaf. / KVIA
A DOORBELL FOR THE DEAF
Individuals with hearing impairments rely on their sight for a variety of circumstances in which those who can hear simply use their ears. Designed with this in mind, the Light Bell was conceived to inform deaf users when there’s a visitor at the door. Instead of a regular chime, the doorbell triggers a light signal using a specialized Bluetooth bulb. When the button is pressed, the light is wirelessly triggered to indicate the presence of someone at the door. / Yanko Design
WHY DEAF PEOPLE CAN HAVE ACCENTS, TOO
Most people have probably encountered someone who appears to use lip-reading to overcome a hearing difficulty. But it is not as simple as that. Speech is “bimodal”, in that we use both sounds and facial movements and gestures to communicate, so deaf or seriously hearing-impaired people often use lip-reading or “speech-reading” – watching facial movement, body language and mannerisms – to understand what people are saying to them. / The Conversation
Los Angeles, CA
ENVI, EMPOWERING THE DEAF WITH THEIR WATERLESS CAR WASH STARTUP
Envi is a Los Angeles startup that allows local users to book an auto detailing appointment via their app. While this certainly isn’t new technology, what sets them apart is that their auto-detailing business is waterless. They are also employing mostly deaf people. Their deaf workers are able to view their client appointments, respond to them and book future appointments through the app. / Nibletz
WRIGHT STATE ASL STUDENTS CREAT DEAF WORLD FOR THEIR CAPSTONE PROJECT
Wright State University students Gabby Gramkow and Jacqueline Eddingfield had a distinct vision for their sign language interpreting capstone project: a quiet event buzzing with visual activity. The Wright State Student Union Atrium was packed March 10 as students, faculty, staff and volunteers took part in their immersion event, Deaf World 2017. / Wright State University
WILLIE ROSS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF RECOGNIZED BY STATE
The commonwealth's human services department has recognized the Willie Ross School for the Deaf, selecting the Longmeadow school for its Outstanding Organization of the Year Award. The Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing -- a division of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services -- also presented Willie Ross transition specialist Karen Stackow with their Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award. / masslive.com
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Corpus Christi, TX
CORPUS CHRISTI NATIVES INTERPRET SONG THROUGH ASL
Angel Garcia Cantu, Patrick Greenup and Christopher Shepherd are working to connect people through songs, no matter how challenging that might seem to others. The three Corpus Christi natives are deaf. The trio released a music video of Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" on YouTube, translating the hit single into ASL. "The plan is to get out there in the community to bring deaf and hearing people together," Garcia Cantu said. / Corpus Christi Caller-Times
San Francisco, CA
DEAF DANCE IN THE TIME OF TRUMP
Last fall, dancers from Turkey’s Deaf Dance Academy paid for much of their own airfare to perform Anatolian folk and belly dance in the 2016 edition of the Bay Area International Deaf Dance festival. “For me and our dancers [the Bay Area festival] was the beginning of something,” wrote Deaf Dance Academy’s director Salim Sinar to 48 Hills via a translator. “Our dancers experienced a different perspective of the world.” / 48 hills
CCBC TO DEBUT PRODUCTION WITH HEARING AND DEAF CAST
When James Caverly was presented with an opportunity to direct a theatrical performance with a cast of hearing and deaf actors, the first thought he had was "finally." A graduate of Gallaudet University's theater program, he has directed shows in the past, but he has never directed a production in which deaf and hearing cast members are on the stage at the same time. That will change when the Community College of Baltimore County's production of "Romeo and Juliet" premieres March 23. / Baltimore Sun
"DEAF DIFFERENCE + SPACE SURVIVAL" EXHIBITION OPENING APRIL 11
From 1958 to 1968, a joint research project of the U.S. Naval School of Aviation Medicine and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration studied balance, motion sickness, and weightlessness with the help of test subjects who are deaf. Extreme gravitational forces and motion act on the organs of the inner ear, making even the most experienced pilots sick. / my.Gallaudet
HERO VETERAN AARON HALE IS BLIND, DEAF AND DETERMINED TO GO THE DISTANCE IN BOSTON MARATHON
A roadside bomb robbed Staff Sgt. Aaron Hale of his eyesight, meningitis stole his hearing, but nothing can take his fighting spirit. Deaf, blind and smiling, Hale is readying to triumph over his next challenge: the 2017 Boston Marathon. “My life is so rich with love and good fortune that it is very hard to complain about anything,” Hale said. / Boston Herald
HEARING-IMPAIRED KAYLIN YOST PURSUING HER LPGA DREAM
Kaylin Yost didn’t play her best golf Saturday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. She shot a 3-over 75 on a Wildfire Golf Club course that has been easy pickings for LPGA pros, and in Sunday’s final round, she’ll have an early morning tee time, far away from the cameras and the leaderboard. But when Yost stepped off the 18th green, you would have thought by her smile and attitude that she had shot a 65. / AZCentral.com
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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 email@example.com.
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.
Residential Program Director – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum of AA degree or 60 college credits required.
Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services required.
Nurse – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BSN/RN.
Training Coordinator – Full Time. Glenside location. Travels to Pittsburgh as needed. Education requirements flexible and based on experience. Must be proficient in ASL.
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
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 215.392.6065
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 email@example.com.
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