March 30, 2016
Vol. 12, No. 23
Editor: Tom Willard
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Desert Hot Springs, CA
DEAF LESBIAN COUPLE WHO WERE ATTACKED WITH A BAT: 'WE'RE SCARED TO WALK THE STREETS'
The deaf lesbian couple who were beaten with a baseball bat in Desert Hot Springs on March 22, have come forward to SDGLN to voice concerns about their safety and to thank the community for their support. Deanna (Dee), 37, and Cathren (Cat), 30, are recovering from injuries they received on Tuesday when suspect Shaunda Lane allegedly became upset because she didn’t understand the women’s sign language. / San Diego Gay and Lesbian News
New York, NY
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING FIGHT TO BE HEARD
Lydia Callis wanted to get her mother a gym membership. When she mentioned that her mom is deaf , the health club said it would not provide a signer. Last year was the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, and yet this kind of scenario plays out regularly for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. While the broader culture has become accustomed to certain changes the law has engendered, particularly wheelchair access, the rights of the deaf have frequently been misunderstood or simply disregarded. / The New York Times
CENTER FOR DEAF SET TO CLOSE
After 31 years serving deaf and hearing-impaired residents of Sarasota and Manatee County, the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing — which currently serves 3,000 people, mostly seniors — is slated to close on April 30. A confluence of factors — limited grant opportunities, new technologies to help people with hearing problems communicate and little government funding — combined to render the organization unsustainable, said board chair Patrick Jaehne. / Herald Tribune
EQUAL ACCESS FOR DEAF COMMUNITY IMPROVING IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA
Virginia Organizing leaders are working with several Central Virginia hospitals to improve services for the deaf community, which includes some basic services like having an on-site interpreter available and clearly communicating with clinical staff that a person is deaf or hard of hearing. Ronna Wertman is one of the leaders in this campaign. Wertman got involved after trying to contact the hospitals on her own to discuss her experience interpreting for her mother for hours. / Augusta Free Press
GRANT DONATION GIVES SMOKE DETECTORS TO DEAF COMMUNITY MEMBERS
There are 37 members of the deaf community sleeping a little easier tonight now that they have their own smoke detectors – some for the first time. “It’s wonderful,” said Lisa Kingsley, a deaf staff member for the Kentucky School for the Deaf. The alarms were given to individuals from around the region by the Safe Communities of Central Kentucky Coalition, which received the alarms through a grant-funded donation. / The Advocate Messenger
HOW ROCHESTER BECAME 'TREMENDOUS MODEL,' POPULAR HOME FOR DEAF COMMUNITY
Antony A. L. McLetchie moved a little more than a year ago to become superintendent of the Rochester School for the Deaf. McLetchie took charge of one of the nation's oldest schools for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. But McLetchie's relocation was much more than another chapter in his career. Moving to Rochester meant better and easier access to healthcare, professional services, media and so many other important and everyday aspects of life. "I feel like a normal person here," McLetchie said. / Syracuse.com
Highlands Ranch, CO
TEACHING DOUGLAS COUNTY TO SIGN
For many deaf men and women, communication barriers make living in a suburb difficult. Lack of public transit and non-communication jobs push those in the deaf community away from the suburbs and into more urban areas. But that is changing in Douglas County, thanks to the robust ASL program in Douglas County high schools. / Highlands Ranch Herald
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PIPPA MIDDLETON USED DEAF KIDS TO REGAIN POPULARITY?
Pippa Middleton has been a favorite subjects of several rumors before and there is no stopping up until now. Recent reports claimed that the younger sister of Kate Middleton tried to get into the spotlight once again by staging a photo op during a 7K charity run for deaf children. / Parent Herald
MODEL CLAIMS SHE HAS 'HEALED' A DEAF AFRICAN CHILD
A model has claimed she cured a deaf African child by praying twice and putting her fingers in the girl's ear in an Easter 'miracle'. Rebecca Ronald, who has featured in campaigns for Lorna Jane and Billabong, was working with young children in Uganda when she 'healed' the girl using the 'power of faith'. The Miss Universe Australia finalist took to Instagram to share the story and claimed that after she uttered the words 'you are about to hear for the first time', the young girl was instantly cured. / Daily Mail
STRANGER REUNITES DEAF GIRL, 8, WITH FROZEN-THEMED COCHLEAR IMPLANT
A profoundly deaf 8-year-old girl was reunited with a treasured device that helps her to hear after the kindness of a stranger, who spent days scouring a beach looking for it when he spotted her family's desperate online appeal. Darcie Pallister was enjoying a day out with her family at the beach when her mum Mel realised her Frozen -themed cochlear implant was missing. Dominic Roe, 62, made it his mission to find little Darcie Pallister's hearing device after coming across a Lostbox appeal on Facebook. / Mirror
NEW ADVANCES IN LIP READING TECHNOLOGY MAY SOMEDAY HELP THE HEARING IMPAIRED AND SOLVE CRIMES
Staring deeply into a person’s eyes may reveal the faintest glimpses of what’s written on their soul, but most of us would be content just to be able to read their lips. And that’s especially true for the hearing impaired. We’re a long way from creating an artificial intelligence that’s a lip reader on par with HAL 9000 in "2001: A Space Odyssey." A slice of new research presented this week at the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, however, may be a significant nudge toward that goal. / Medical Daily
SADISTIC SOLDIERS JAILED OVER SAVAGE ATTACK ON DEAF AND AUTISTIC TEENAGERS ON NIGHT OUT
Bullies Jason Furguson, 18, and John Ward, 19, were on a drunken night out when they targeted a 16-year-old deaf boy with autism and his 18-year-old autistic friend. The two vulnerable youngsters, described by a court as "naive, trusting and innocent", believed the two squaddies from an army camp near their Welsh home village were just being friendly. But the pair were lured into a trap in a dark alley where they were called "spastic" and "mongol" as they were beaten up for fun. / Daily Express
DEAF PENSIONER SUFFERS STROKE AFTER HER HOME IS ROBBED
A deaf and disabled Dundee pensioner has been targeted by a thief who followed her home on the bus and then forced her way into her house. The 68-year-old, who lives in sheltered housing run by Sanctuary Scotland in Ardler had about £200 taken from her before she was able to force the woman out of the door. However, the grandmother says she’s now too scared to open her front door to anyone or get on a bus. / Evening Telegraph
WAS MY DEAF BABY 'DISABLED'? IF SO, I FELT AN OVERWHELMING URGE TO FIX HER
Laura’s first word wasn’t “mama” or “dada” – it was “up”. I couldn’t believe my ear at first (I’m profoundly deaf on one side). Our baby, implanted with cochlear implants at 11 months old, was now talking. That first word came at 15 months. I’d spent the last 14 months crouched on the carpet trying to coax any sound at all to issue from her lips. / The Guardian
Newcastle, South Africa
MISS DEAF SOUTH AFRICA PAYS A VISIT
Born in Newcastle, Janie Erasmus found the time to return to her home town during her schedule as Miss Deaf South Africa. On Saturday, March 12, Janie spent time with her grandmother and other elderly residents from La Gratitude. The purpose of the visit was to interact with the elderly and show they were not forgotten. Janie attended the Huttenpark Primary School golf day on the same day, where she mingled with Newcastillians and added some glamour to the day’s proceedings. / Newcastle Advertiser
Durban, South Africa
LISTENING FOR YOUR DAUGHTER
When Ashley Hodgkinson attended lectures while studying to be a teacher at the Embury Institute for Teacher Education, she took along her mom. Not for fear or shyness of being alone— she simply needed access to information. Mary-Anne Hodgkinson, Ashley’s mother, was pregnant with Ashley when she contracted a virus that resulted in Ashley being born deaf. With no interpreter available during Ashley’s mainstream school career, Mary-Anne reluctantly took on the role which started in Grade 10 and continued through the 4 years of Ashley’s degree. / SA Good News
LIVING IN A SILENT WORLD
MaltaToday spoke to two people who have spent their life, or at least the most part of it, in silence. Annabelle Xerri and Steven Mulvaney, who are both members of the Malta Deaf People Association, spoke about the challenges present in their lives, and how society at large can help them surpass them. 29-year-old Mgarr resident Mulvaney said that he was born deaf, to deaf parents, and that he has been married to a deaf wife for almost a year now. / Malta Today
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LIFE & LEISURE
COLUMBIA DEAF COMMUNITY FORMS UNIQUE CULTURE, ADVOCATES FOR AWARENESS
Engaging in Deaf culture meant finding refuge in people who understood him and identified with him, said Hayden Kristal, a deaf student at MU. Kristal was born deaf and grew up speaking and integrated into mainstream culture, which he referred to as “oral.” He didn’t participate in Deaf culture, which is characterized by American Sign Language usage and sharing in a lived deaf experience, until he came to MU. It was like seeing in color for the first time, Kristal said. / The Maneater
LETTER: GRATEFUL FOR SUPPORT SHOWN FOR CENTER FOR THE DEAF
As a parent of a son who benefits from the resources of the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, I’d like to thank state Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, for her leadership in passing into law LD 1469, “An Act to promote private fund-raising for the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf.” For far too long, the center has not had a designated support organization that allows it to raise funds. With the passage of LD 1469 it can raise the critical funds needed to further its critical mission. / The Forecaster
AN OLD STORY TOLD IN UNUSUAL WAY AS HOUSTON DEAF CHURCH STAGES EASTER DRAMA
When the stage lights come up Sunday for Woodhaven Baptist Church's annual Easter play, worshipers may be in for a big surprise. So raucous will be the opening scene as actors stream toward the stage from all points of the sanctuary, that the brick church will vibrate. And that's the point. Almost two-thirds of Woodhaven's congregation are deaf, and for them, to feel the spirit often means, literally, to feel it. / Houston Chronicle
DOTHAN CHURCH SERVICE DESIGNED TO CATER TO THE HEARING IMPAIRED
Every year on Easter, families go to church to hear the story of Jesus' resurrection from the tomb. But what about those that can not hear? What do they do? For the last year, there has been a church service for them happening at Bethel Baptist Church in Dothan. Bethel hosts a Deaf Church service every Sunday. The service is led by Pastor Jerry Pearson, who is also deaf. / WTVM
“Telling America’s Stories by Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library”
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the National LIterary Society of the Deaf Inc will co-host on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. 10 a.m to 4:00 p.m.
Two well known authors: Myron Uhlberg and Dr. Harry Lang will discuss their new books in the morning. Workshops about US copyright law, how to research, deaf cultures / Parent culture; and Internship in the afternoon.
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ASL PROFESSOR NOTES ADVANCES IN PROGRAM, HOPES TO END DEAF DISCRIMINATION
Had ASL and Deaf Culture professor Terrell Brittain grown up in the 18th Century, he wouldn’t have been allowed to teach, because in society’s eyes, he wouldn’t have been intelligent enough to do so. In the the middle of Deaf History Month, Brittan recalls growing up in the small town of Orange, Texas, and thinking he was the same as everyone else, other than that his ears didn’t work. It was during his junior year of high school while attending the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin, when he was awakened to deaf culture. / The Daily Cougar
NIH STUDY TO IMPROVE QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASURE FOR DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING PEOPLE
Improving the health of the deaf and hard-of-hearing population through accessible patient-reported outcome measures is the goal of a $1.6 million National Institutes of Health-funded study, led by Rochester Institute of Technology. Researchers and providers will, for the first time, have a tool for assessing their deaf and hard-of-hearing patients' health-related quality-of-life outcomes in American Sign Language. / EurekAlert! Science News
SUMMER STEM CAMPS FOR DEAF, HARD-OF-HEARING YOUTHS PLANNED
Summer camps will give deaf and hard-of-hearing students the opportunity to learn about careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields this July at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Students who are entering seventh, eighth or ninth grades in September can attend TechGirlz or TechBoyz summer camps from July 23 through 28. / Innovation Trail
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
WHO IS NYLE DIMARCO, THE DEAF 'DANCING WITH THE STARS' CONTESTANT?
Nyle DiMarco, a smoldering male model who also happens to be deaf, became an instant sensation on the premiere of "Dancing With the Stars" last week after performing a sexy cha cha with partner Peta Murgatroyd. They're back Monday night — let's see if producers find an excuse to have him rip open his shirt again. Here's what you need to know about the 26-year-old DiMarco. / NJ.com
See Also DIMARCO: MY DEAF TWIN BROTHER ALWAYS TRIED TO TEACH ME TO DANCE / People.com
SHAHEEM SANCHEZ: THE DEAF DANCER
If there’s one thing all dancers can agree on, it’s that nothing can stop them from dancing—even the most challenging obstacles. Case in point? Shaheem Sanchez, a talented dancer who went deaf at the age of 4. Sanchez always loved to dance and wouldn’t let his inability to hear the music change that. So, he taught himself how to detect the music’s vibrations instead, letting the feeling drive his rhythm. / Dance Spirit
Des Moines, IA
REVIEW: LOVE STORY IN 'CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD' COMES THROUGH LOUD AND CLEAR
Sarah Norman is deaf and mute. But shoot, she sure knows how to speak her mind. Her steely reluctance to read lips or vocalize even basic words is the silent steady force, like gravity, around which “Children of a Lesser God” spins in a thoughtful but occasionally plodding new production from Tallgrass Theatre at the Rex Mathes Auditorium in West Des Moines. / The Des Moines Register
UPPER VALLEY'S OSHEYACK RETURNING TO DEAF WORLD CUP
About 20 seconds into a promotional video for the U.S. Deaf Soccer men’s team, Yosef Osheyack points both hands at the camera and announces “speed,” one clip in a string of segments showing players describing elements of the team. Indeed, speed has always been an important part of Osheyack’s game. Yet Osheyack — now 25 and preparing for his third Deaf World Cup this summer in Salerno, Italy — brings so much more to the U.S. Deaf team. / Valley News
NORTON TRACK ATHLETE OVERCOMES OBSTACLES
Every student athlete overcomes obstacles in their sport. Even in the toughest of challenges, they still find a purpose toward greatness. Norton track and field star Abu Ceesay represents those athletes who overcame a major hurdle while playing sports and performing at the highest level. Ceesay, who is deaf, recently became the All-State champion in the 55 meters and anchored the Lancers’ All-State champion 4x200 relay team. / Wickedlocal.com
INDIANA TO HOST DEAF DISC GOLF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
On July 26-30, the Hamilton Disc Golf Union (HDGU) will host one of the most unique disc golf events of the year. The HDGU, a nonprofit organization based out of Hamilton County, Indiana (just north of Indianapolis), will be running the 2016 Deaf Disc Golf Association National Championships presented by Prodigy Discs, an XA/XB-Tier. A record 150+ competitors are expected to attend, coming in from all over the country. It’s certainly come a long way since its first running in Austin, Texas 16 years ago. / PDGA
GOLFERS FROM 18 COUNTRIES REGISTER FOR WORLD DEAF GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
The organizing committee for the World Deaf Golf Championships 2016 announced earlier today that 107 golfers and 22 coaches and leaders from 18 countries have registered to participate in the event. Today was the last day for golfers to register. The Championships are scheduled to get underway at the Royal Golf Club on July 22 in Copenhagen and last until July 29. / ParaSport News
DEAF 10-YEAR-OLD ROCKS HUDGINS FOOTBALL CAMP
A valley athlete is turning heads after a football camp in Hanford this past weekend. Fox 26 KMPH News photographer Ryan Hudgins holds a youth football camp every year. Each time, kids show up, and learn new things to help them get better on the field. But this year, it's about one kid who's helping everyone else get better off the field. At this year's camp, Imanol Madrigal took home the award for best 10 year old. Here's the thing though... Madrigal is deaf. / KMPH
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Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) is now accepting applications for: DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH PROGRAMS
Reports to the Superintendent and is responsible for the development/delivery of Outreach services by CSDB staff. This position supervises Outreach services personnel supporting the delivery of services to children newborn-twenty-one, parents, educators and community members.
Interested persons please visit CSDB's website at http://www.csdb.org/careers-2/classified-3/ for official job announcement.
Full-Time; 260 days (July through June) beginning 2016-2017. Salary: Base salary shall be based upon appropriate qualifications
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33 North Institute Street; Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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Assistant Director Wanted
The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans is hiring an Assistant Director. This position supervises a small team of staff and vendors, serves in the capacity of the Executive Director as directed, and provides high-level support to advocacy and legislative efforts to improve public policies with Minnesotans who are deaf, deaf blind or hard of hearing. The position is also responsible for the development of comprehensive work plans to implement statewide strategies as well as effectively manage its meeting process. Advanced communication skills in American Sign Language and written English required. The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefit package. Full details at www.mn.gov/careers, posting number 3390. Application deadline is 4/4/2016.
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) located in Colorado Springs at the foot of Pikes Peak in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, invites you to consider joining our TEAM.
NOW accepting applications: Teacher of the Deaf. Current vacancies: Elementary, Secondary English/Language Arts (2), Math, Science, Social Studies, and Transition Teacher. Interested persons please visit CSDB's website at http://www.csdb.org/careers-2/classified-3/ for official job announcement. Annual employment contract currently 195 days, August to June beginning 2016-2017 school year. Salary based upon appropriate education and experience. Excellent benefits.
Chelle Lutz, Human Resources/CSDB
33 North Institute Street; Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Come Work With The Best!
Northeast Arc has full and part-time positions, working with adult individuals who are deaf, available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. You'll be working with deaf individuals using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. Do you know ASL? If so, I'd like to speak with you about our direct care positions. We offer an excellent benefits package, paid trainings and the support you will need to become a successful part of our experienced, long-term team of professionals. For additional information or to send your resume, please email Kathy Tracy Ktracy@ne-arc.org.
Compensation: $12 for per diem shifts and $14 for PT/FT shifts.
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) invites you to consider joining our TEAM. NOW accepting applications: American Sign Language (ASL) – Distance Learning Instructor. Responsible to provide support to students who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing and their hearing siblings, parents, CSDB staff, and community members to develop knowledge of ASL through a distance learning/online delivery model. Please visit http://www.csdb.org/careers-2/classified-3/ for job announcement. Annual employment contract currently 195 days, August to June beginning 2016-2017 school year. Salary based upon appropriate education and experience. Excellent benefits.
Chelle Lutz, Human Resources/CSDB
33 North Institute Street; Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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.
Assistant Director of Clinical Services: Manage clinical, budgetary and business operations of residential services, provide support and supervision to employees.
• Qualifications: MA and 2 years’ supervisory experience; or BA/BS and 6 years’ experience and/or training, including 2 years’ supervisory experience.
Community Crisis Stabilization Clinician: Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
• Qualifications: MA and 2 years’ experience.
Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. All shifts available!
• Qualifications: BA/BS; or HS diploma/GED and 1 year experience.
Mobile Clinician: Provide clinical supervision and rehabilitative direction to individuals who carry a diagnosis of mental illness, assist in the coordination of services, provide clinical leadership.
• Qualifications: MA and 1 year experience; or BA/BS and 3 years’ experience.
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.
Minimum Qualifications Include:
• ASL fluency.
• Valid driver's license/reliable transportation.
• Related education (as applicable).
Visit www.advocates.org/careers to apply today!
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