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April 4, 2012
Vol. 8, No. 21

Editor: Tom Willard

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Richmond, VA
DEAF SLAYING SUSPECT HAD ALSO STABBED ANOTHER WOMAN
A mentally troubled, deaf man charged in Henrico County last week with the stabbing death of his girlfriend had been severely beaten by members of the Bloods street gang in retaliation for a similar knife attack in August 2009 on a female gang member. Darlene R. Babb, 33, a member of the Bloods street gang, was the principal assailant in the beating of Freddie Lee Cephas, who had stabbed her multiple times and later was suspected of setting up a robbery that targeted Babb, according to court records. / Richmond Times-Dispatch

See Also DEAF MAN CHARGED IN SLAYING HAD MENTAL PROBLEMS / WTVR

Cape Fair, MO
COMMUNITY MOURNS 5-YEAR-OLD DEAF GIRL KILLED BY SUV
People hung their heads a little lower Sunday in Cape Fair as word spread that 5-year-old Sahara Blevins died after being hit by a SUV. "It's just, it's unreal. It's just sad, heartbreaking," said Tina Kerr, a friend of the family who works at a convenience store. "Her aunt and uncle both work here and they talk about her all the time," explained Kerr. "She was learning sign language and they were learning." / KSPR

Edgartown, MA
2 OF 3 DEAF PLAINTIFFS SETTLE VINEYARD AIR CRASH LAWSUIT
Two plaintiffs in a lawsuit stemming from a plane crash on the island in 2005 have agreed to a settlement with the aircraft's manufacturer. Jessica and Jeffrey Willoughby, along with pilot Alec Naiman, sued Cessna in 2008, alleging that faulty equipment contributed to a crash at the Edgartown-Katama Airpark that rendered Naiman paraplegic. / CapeCodOnline.com

Des Moines, IA
HOSPITAL SETTLES SUIT FROM DEAF WOMAN WHOSE 7-YEAR-OLD HAD TO TRANSLATE FOR HER
A deaf woman who was forced to rely on her 7-year-old daughter to translate medical instructions into American Sign Language has won money and policy changes from Fort Dodge’s hospital. Jessie Fox filed a federal lawsuit last year against Trinity Regional Medical Center, which agreed this week to settle the matter. The hospital will pay nearly $200,000 to Fox, her family and two other deaf people, and it has pledged to make sign-language interpreters or video interpretation services readily available to people who need them. / The Des Moines Register

Los Angeles, CA
JUDGE: CNN MUST FACE LAWSUIT FROM DEAF GROUP
A California judge has rejected CNN's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought by The Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD) over the news organization's refusal to caption videos uploaded to its website. CNN raised a First Amendment objection to the suit, opening up an intriguing battle. On one side, a media organization's unequivocal right to free speech. On the other, the plaintiffs' incontrovertible right to have equal access to the product of free speech. / Hollywood Reporter

Middletown, PA
ELWYN, STATE CLOSE TO DEAL TO SAVE FACILITY FOR DEAF SENIORS
An “eleventh hour” agreement could be reached between Elwyn and the state over the proper and permanent licensing of its on-campus Valley View residential facility for deaf and deaf-blind senior citizens. Nevertheless, a scheduled rally took place Saturday outside the facility to raise public awareness that it might be forced to close and its residents relocated, if the licensure issue is not resolved. The event in a large tent provided by Elwyn was organized by members of the Pennsylvania Society for Advancement of the Deaf and drew a sizeable turnout of advocates for the deaf community. / Delaware County Daily Times

Rapid City, SD
COUPLE SEE MIRACLE IN SON'S RECOVERY
Liam Kenrick already got one miracle. Now he needs another. Sandy and Casey Kenrick of Rapid City believe their son’s survival from bacterial meningitis is nothing short of God’s work, even though the disease left their 2-year-old son deaf and blind. Sometime in the next two weeks, Liam will receive a cochlear implant, a device that can sometimes restore hearing to deaf patients. / Rapid City Journal

Minneapolis, MN
DEAF TREATMENT OPTIONS MAY EXPAND
Children who are deaf, deaf blind or hard-of-hearing and who need mental health treatment would be allowed to reside in facilities outside of Minnesota borders under a bill passed 131-0 by the House. To qualify for Medical Assistance funding, the facilities must be located in a state that is a member of the Interstate Compact on Mental Health. Clients would include children who use American Sign Language as their first language. / Twin Cities Daily Planet

Indianapolis, IN
HOW INDIANA TOOK SIDES IN A DEBATE OVER DEAF SCHOOLS
Members of the deaf community have long debated whether deaf students should use medical hearing devices and be mainstreamed into the hearing culture, or whether they should be enrolled in schools that provide a more specialized education and promote the use of sign language. In Indiana, that debate has come to a head in public schools serving the state’s hearing-impaired students. The state is starting to pull resources away from the Indiana School for the Deaf, known as the ISD, because some say the school is too biased toward sign language. / StateImpact Indiana

Romney, WV
DEAF, BLIND SCHOOLS PART OF ROMNEY'S HISTORY
Romney is celebrating its 250th birthday this year and for 142 of those years the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind played a role in the town’s history. West Virginia was only seven years old when the state legislature decided to create a school for deaf and blind students. / WVPubcast.org

Denver, CO
COMMENTARY: DEAF SCHOOL DREAM TURNING TO NIGHTMARE?
There’s a small but significant drama playing out in Lakewood. It involves a multi-million-dollar state grant, a school for deaf children, a model example of district and charter school facility collaboration, and a newly formed neighborhood group. The drama has continued to build at city and neighborhood meetings in Lakewood, and will continue to unfold prior to a decision by the city at a mandated neighborhood meeting on April 3rd. Here’s the story. / EdNewsColorado


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Hamilton, New Zealand
'CLOSURE ... IT MEANS NOTHING'
The partner of a woman murdered by a hammer-wielding mental health patient says he will never get over what happened. Gary Chadderton's companion Diane White, 53, was killed in her Frankton home in January 2010 in a "prolonged and frenzied attack" by her former neighbour, deaf woman Christine Judith Morris, 42. In the High Court at Hamilton yesterday, Morris – whose name suppression was finally lifted – was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 10 years. / Stuff.co.nz

South Africa
DEAF, GAY AND HIV-POSITIVE ACTIVIST BATTLES AGAINST STIGMA
It's been 11 years since John Meletse, a deaf, gay South African man, first learned he was HIV positive. But the events of that day are all too vividly etched on his mind: After a brief but anxious wait inside a Soweto clinic, a doctor called him in his office. The doctor, unable to communicate with him in sign language, quickly wrote something in a piece of paper and stuck it in front of him. "You are HIV positive" read the note. "He didn't explain anything," Meletse recalls in sign language as tears roll down his face. / CNN.com

Durban, South Africa
LOOKING OUT FOR DEAF CHEFS
Award-winning American chef Kurt Ramborger famously states that people do not need ears to cook. Given he is deaf, his words have a resonance that should shake up anyone’s perceptions of what people with disabilities can achieve. Yet, despite the SA hospitality industry being in dire need of good chefs, many potentially talented cooks never make it into the kitchen simply because they cannot hear. It is for this reason that Cargo Hold chef Warren Frantz and restaurant manager Michael Opperman are hosting a unique dinner in their uShaka-based premises next month. / Independent Online

Kampala, Uganda
HEARING IMPAIRED DEMAND INCLUSION IN HIV PROGRAMS
Leaders of the hearing-impaired community in Uganda say the government’s HIV programs have failed them because their special needs are not taken into consideration. “I am disappointed with the way the government has acted … they are not sensitive to deaf persons. There are no specialized health facilities where the deaf can access HIV services,” Alex Ndezi, a hearing-impaired Ugandan legislator for persons with disabilities, told IRIN/PlusNews. / GantDaily.com

Mumbai, India
MIRAKLE COURIERS IS EMPOWERING MUMBAI'S DEAF
Meet social entrepreneur Dhruv Lakra, CEO and founder of Mirakle Couriers, a profitable social enterprise which employs the deaf community in India. Dhruv started Mirakle Couriers in January 2009 and has since been honoured with the CNN - IBN Young Indian Leader Award for 2011, becoming an inspiration to many. The company employs a team of 64 deaf employees, where each of them has gained confidence and been empowered with financial independence. / Justmeans

Sambhal, India
MAN KILLS DEAF AND DUMB SISTER OVER PROPERTY DISPUTE
A man allegedly killed his deaf and dumb sister in Sambhal area here due to a property dispute, police sources said. Gufran hit his sister Khurshida, 30, repeatedly with bricks last night, killing her on the spot, they said. The accused later fled from the spot with his family, they said. / Indian Express

Dundonald, Ireland
IRISH DEAF PADDLER TO CARRY OLYMPIC TORCH
Irish canoe slalom paddler Matthew Sykes has secured a place on the Olympic torch relay this summer. “I am only one of only 8,000 people selected to carry the London 2012 Olympic torch relay," the Northern Irishman said. "To be the first deaf person in Northern Ireland to be chosen is a real privilege and I think it will be a great experience. / Afloat

Cumbria, England
CHARITY BRACED FOR MORE JOB CUTS AFTER FAILING TO LAND CUMBRIA COUNCIL CONTRACT
A Carlisle-based charity fears it may have to axe jobs after Cumbria County Council awarded a key contract to a firm in Birmingham. Cumbria-DeafVision cut jobs last year in the face of diminishing funds and bosses are now bracing themselves for more losses. The trustees are to sell the charity’s three Cumbrian bases, including its Compton Street headquarters in Carlisle. The crisis was triggered by the county council’s decision to award a £73,000 ($116,000 US) contract to supply specialist equipment for deaf people to The Birmingham Institute for the Deaf. / News & Star

Norfolk, England
WWII HERO DEAFENED BY THE NAZIS TELLS OF JOY AS EAR OP ALLOWS HIM TO HEAR AGAIN
A former army bandsman, deafened after being blown up three times by the Nazis, has heard birds singing this spring for the first time in 60 years after a life-changing operation. Second World War hero Kenneth Broom was discharged as medically unfit from the army in 1950 because of his severe hearing loss, and by 1971 he had become completely deaf. But last October Mr Broom, 89, had a cochlear implant in his right ear and he is now gradually re-discovering a lost and much-missed world of music and speech. / Daily Mail

Brisbane, Australia
BENEFIT GIG DRAWS UNLIKELY CROWD
On Friday night a crowd with a difference packed into the Irish Club in Brisbane to see some bands play. Unlike most weekend concert-goers, half the crowd was profoundly deaf or hard of hearing, and they had gathered for a concert organised especially for the deaf community. The 4Senses benefit gig combined heavy beats with visual displays to bring an experience to a community not often associated with music. The concert aimed to show that sound is only one part of what makes for a great night of live music. / ABC News


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New York, NY
INNOCENT 'KISS OF DEAF' CAN CAUSE PERMANENT HEARING LOSS
Where's the one place you should never kiss a baby -- or anyone else? The ear, according to a professor of audiology at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. An innocent kiss right on the ear opening creates strong suction that tugs on the delicate eardrum, resulting in a recently recognized condition known as "cochlear ear-kiss injury." Such a kiss can lead not only to permanent hearing loss, but a host of other troubling ear symptoms including ringing, sensitivity to sound, distortion and aural fullness. / MSNBC

Knoxville, TN
TENNESSEE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF'S HISTORY LIVES THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHS
While historical images of the University of Tennessee are typically seen gracing banners and walls around Knoxville, the history of the small boarding school resting on the other side of the river has not been forgotten. The Tennessee State Library and Archives has recently made an online exhibit available through the Tennessee Virtual Archive, featuring photographs that chronicle the campus planning and construction for the Tennessee School for the Deaf. / Knoxville News Sentinel

Madisonville, KY
KENTUCKY CELEBRATES DEAF HISTORY MONTH
While the Girl Scouts of America celebrates 100 years of service to girls and young women, the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) celebrates the tenacity of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low, who was deaf at the time of the youth organization’s founding in 1912. Low is only one of many deaf people, both famous and unsung, whose contributions to American quality of life and advancement are celebrated during Deaf History Month, March 13 - April 15. / SurfKY.com

Indianapolis, IN
INDIANAPOLIS STUDENT BRIDGES DEAF AND HEARING CULTURE
When she was less than two years old, the Katters decided to teach their daughter sign language and enroll her in classes at the Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) in Indianapolis. Neither of Margaret Katter’s parents is deaf, but her mom is a speech language pathologist and her aunt is an audiologist. “All along we’ve always said if God was going to bring a hard of hearing child into the world, there really wasn’t a better place than our family,” Margaret’s dad, Greg, says. / StateImpact Indiana

Land O'Lakes, FL
SIGN LANGUAGE DINNER TESTS STUDENTS' COMMUNICATION SKILLS
For those who talk with their hands, dinner party conversation can be a real test in multitasking. Just try exchanging the usual pleasantries one-on-one. Never mind trying to keep up with what's being said down at the other end of the table. That was the challenge for students in the advanced American Sign Language class at Land O'Lakes High. / Tampa Bay Times


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New York, NY
MEET A 53-YEAR-OLD UNPAID INTERN
After more than 30 years working with autistic teens and deaf senior citizens, 53-year-old Susan Cherry, who is deaf herself, was looking for a change. Her dream had always been to work in a medical lab, but her high school teachers had warned Cherry against it because of her hearing disability. But when she learned that the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology offered medical classes, Cherry decided to return to school full-time to get a second bachelor's degree. / The Fiscal Times

Raleigh, NC
SPEAKING WITHOUT A VOICE
Alzebeth Roman grew up learning sign language to communicate with her deaf family. By the luck of genetics, however, Roman can hear just fine. But she’s not acting like she hears nothing about issues facing the deaf community. Advocacy for the deaf has been a part of Roman’s life since she learned to sign. Her mother is a disability service advocate, whose work is similar to that of a social worker. Roman found herself standing up for her profoundly deaf brother during their childhood. / Technician

Loganville, GA
THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF COMPASSION
Nancy Holdren was raised completely bilingual. With both her parents deaf, she learned to communicate fluently in both English and sign language. So it’s no surprise she is now a sign language interpreter with the Gwinnett County Public School system. It was through her work with the deaf that she met her partner, Jessie Romer, a freelance sign language interpreter who also works in the deaf community. It wasn’t long before they found they had something else in common: a deep love for animals – most particularly for those animals most in need. / Patch.com


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Portland, ME
MAINE DEAF FILM FESTIVAL EXPANDS TO 4 DAYS IN PORTLAND
The 10th annual Maine Deaf Film Festival seeks to educate audience members about what it is like to be deaf. The annual student-run festival, April 11-14 at the University of Southern Maine, showcases homegrown and international films created, produced and performed by members of the deaf community. With the festival, the American Sign Language Club at USM hopes to educate people about deaf culture, issues and art. / The Forecaster

Manhattan, KS
ALL-DEAF BAND PERFORMS ORIGINAL SONGS, ENTERTAINS AUDIENCE
The vibrations of bass guitar and cymbal crashes pervaded the aisles of K-State Student Union’s Forum Hall Tuesday as emPower Cats hosted Beethoven’s Nightmare, a three-man rock band made up of deaf musicians. The band performed songs from their first studio album “Turn It Up Louder,” and were met with a standing ovation. Beethoven’s Nightmare consists of leader and bass guitarist Ed Chevy, drummer Bob Hiltermann, and guitarist Steve Longo. All three deaf musicians met at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C., and from there began their careers as musicians. / Kansas State Collegian

Missoula, MT
SONGS FROM THE DEAF
Music is a universal language, and Expressions of Silence will prove it in their performance Friday meant to remind people that music speaks to all of us -- not just those who can hear the notes or read the lines. The group from the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, directed by Jennifer Wasson, travels around the country, performing everywhere from the nation’s capital for the National Anthem Project to Utah with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. “It’s usually pretty heartfelt,” Wasson said. “The audience gets teary-eyed or tries to sign along with the kids.” / Montana Kaimin

Salina, KS
SALINA CENTRAL PUTS ON A DIFFICULT SHOW
Learning sign language might not be the most difficult thing about playing a deaf woman for Salina Central High School senior Jennifer Stoddard. For her role in the upcoming drama "Children of a Lesser God," Stoddard said she also has to reveal a high intensity of raw emotion. "She has high highs and low lows and an explosion of anger at the end," said Stoddard, 17. "The emotional content is really hard." That's not to say learning sign language was easy, she said. "It's like learning a foreign language," Stoddard said. / Salina Journal

Internet
BEING DEAF IN A MULTIPLAYING WORLD
In a hearing world, sometimes we deaf console-and-PC gamers struggle with frustration, jealousy, and feelings of isolation whenever we read about hearing folk talk about their online multiplayer experiences. It's a world that most of us assume we cannot enjoy, because the problems seem too great to overcome or there's simply no one who has the patience and willingness to make it work. That assumption is wrong. Over the past few weeks, I've learned a few tips that might help other Deaf players who want to enjoy MP. / AbleGamers.com

Austin, TX
'LOST AND SOUND' DIRECTOR LINDSEY DRYDEN ON WHAT HAPPENS TO MUSIC WHEN YOU GO DEAF
If you only had a few minutes before you lost your hearing, what three songs would you listen to? British director Lindsey Dryden poses this question on her website. Dryden, who is deaf in one ear, explores the lives of three deaf subjects in her documentary, "Lost and Sound," which premiered at SXSW earlier this month. For each, music is such an inextricable part of their lives, they found a way back in -- or into it for the first time -- after losing their hearing. / The Huffington Post


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Grand Rapids, MI
BLIND AND DEAF, GRAND RAPIDS' BILL BARKELEY PREPARES FOR BOSTON MARATHON
Bill Barkeley, of Grand Rapids, is setting out to run a marathon, and not just any marathon either, the Boston Marathon. The fact that he will do it as a legally deaf and blind man gives more weight to the endeavor. The idea to run in a major race came from the many other activities Barkeley does to promote breaking the stereotypes often associated with being physically handicapped. Bill's run will highlight the work of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary where he has been a patient since 1989. / MLive.com

Seattle, WA
HUSKY HAS ALREADY FACED HER TRIPLE THREAT
Kaitlin Inglesby didn't have time to react to the line drive that was racing toward her face at about 60 mph. Futilely she threw up her hands, but the softball smacked into the left side of her face, just below her eye, knocking her on her back and shattering 40 facial bones. It was August 2010, her third day of practice with the Washington softball team, and as Inglesby lay on the ground she screamed, "Somebody please help me! Please! Please! Please!" / Seattle Times

Santa Ana, CA
DEAF WOMAN ACHIEVES THROUGH DETERMINATION
As I interview a woman in her taekwondo dojo, there's no sound except for the clacking of my laptop's keyboard. It's my first interview with a deaf person. But already I'm ahead of schedule. As Stephanie Juge and I pass my laptop back and forth, a transcript of our conversation emerges. To be sure, being unable to hear offers challenges. And Juge also struggles with speech. Still, technology has virtually eliminated the hassles of communicating. But I wonder if others have caught up. After being laid off from a bank, Juge struggles to find a job. / The Orange County Register


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Fremont, CA
OHLONE COLLEGE DEAF STUDIES 40TH ANNIVERSARY
You are invited to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Ohlone College Language & Culture Center for Deaf Studies on Thursday, April 19. For 40 years the Ohlone College Language & Culture Center for Deaf Studies has opened the doors to educational and occupational opportunities for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Center is proud to be one of the largest and most comprehensive programs in the West, with award winning faculty, and a new state-of-the-art lab. / Ohlone College


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FACULTY POSITION POSTING FORM

Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

Job Title/Rank: Instructional/Support Faculty
PC#: 0375 IRC55400
Department: Arts and Imaging Studies- Graphic Design
Job Category: Faculty, Non- Tenure Track
Starting Date: August 20, 2012

Subject to available funding.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION
The Arts and Imaging Studies Department at NTID is seeking to fill a full-time 9.5-month lecturer/instructor position with an individual whose particular strengths are focused on a variety of technical and aesthetic aspects of graphic design for print and non-print media. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to teaching and/or tutoring all aspects of:

• Graphic Design
• Media Arts & Technology
• Adobe Creative Suite applications: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Acrobat

Provide academic advising, tutorial support, direct instruction in the NTID Arts & Imaging Studies associate degree programs, career/placement information, and develop tutorial aids for a variety of content areas relating to art and design. Facilitate application and transfer processes of deaf and hard of hearing students interested in obtaining a bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

For more information and to apply, visit http://apptrkr.com/242219. Faculty search for IRC55400.

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FACULTY POSITION POSTING FORM

Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

Job Title/Rank: Instructional/Support Faculty
PC#: 0375 IRC55399
Department: Arts and Imaging Studies- Design
Job Category: Faculty, Non- Tenure Track
Starting Date: August 20, 2012

Subject to available funding.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION
The Arts and Imaging Studies Department at NTID is seeking to fill a full-time 9.5-month lecturer/instructor position with an individual whose particular strengths are focused on a variety of technical and aesthetic aspects of the three-dimensional arts. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to teaching and/or tutoring all aspects of:

• Interior Design
• Industrial Design
• 3D Arts
• Foundations: Drawing, Two and Three-Dimensional Design
• Computer Aided Design/Drafting
• 3D Computer Modeling and Rendering

Provide academic advising, tutorial support, direct instruction in the NTID Arts & Imaging Studies associate degree programs, career/placement information, and develop tutorial aids for a variety of content areas relating to art and design. Facilitate application and transfer processes of deaf and hard of hearing students interested in obtaining a bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS).

For more information and to apply, visit http://apptrkr.com/242196. Faculty search for IRC55399.

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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.

ASSISTANT OPERATIONS DIRECTOR for RESIDENTIAL SERVICES: (Full Time Position) The qualified candidate shall possess: Bachelor’s degree in Human Services field with two years of supervisory experience in behavioral health and/or developmental disabilities program; OR a HS with 5 plus years of experience working in the mental health field, two of which must be in a supervisory role. Advanced ASL fluency required. Strong leadership, administrative, organizational and interpersonal communication skills (both in person and in writing) required. Strong ability to manage and complete multiple tasks, priorities and projects as well as the ability to lead, teach, advise and motivate staff and consumers.

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Regulatory Compliance -Insure compliance with the health, safety, and occupancy regulations and contract requirements of all relevant Governmental and professional accreditation entities. Assure the maintenance of DPW and other licensures as required.

Budget -Insures that program expenses are kept within budgetary limits. Work with Operations Director and other fiscal management personnel to develop yearly budgets..

Supervision -Maintain a supervisory process including both individual and group meetings of all program staff for direction, guidance and support. Communicate agency policies and procedures, client information, and all other relevant information to staff as needed.

Personnel -Oversee and recruit, hire and train qualified staff to provide sufficient supervision and support to meet client needs, agency standards, and contractual or regulatory requirements. Develop department/division standards in compliance with agency policies.

Liaison - Maintain effective working relationships with clients, officials, families and agency personnel. Insure full participation in an interagency planning process for individual clients as well as for service system development and problem solving. Provide ongoing communication with psychiatric service providers such as the psychiatrist, therapists and specialized consultants or practitioners as well as county and state governmental agencies.

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:
Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Email: lclaypool@salisb.com Fax: 215-884-6301

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JOB OPENING

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is seeking applicants for Information Coordinator for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The position is located in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Minimum Qualifications:
-- Bachelor Degree
-- Two years of administrative experience providing services to the deaf and hard of hearing
-- Good organizational skills with the ability to multitask

Preferred Requirements:
-- Ability to communicate efficiently using American Sign Language

Duties include collecting and reviewing information pertaining to deafness and coordinating dissemination of information. Identifying services available to consumers and develop a system to maintain current information useful to state agencies, parents, and consumers on a statewide basis. Maintain database information keeping it accurate and current as well as tracking requests handled. Maintain information on the web as it pertains to the directory. Biannually publish a statewide directory of services to the deaf and hard of hearing for consumers and their families. Maintain agency library to provide deaf related materials to constituents. Oversee data entry and duties pertaining to the KCDHH Library. Represents the agency on boards, committees, and attends meeting directed by the Executive Director; other duties as assigned.

Please direct any questions to Rachel Morgan at 632 Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601, 502-573-2604 V/T, Rachel.Morgan@ky.gov.

For more information please visit: http://www.kcdhh.org/bulletin/jobopportunities.html

Deadline for Application: 04/08/2012

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment.

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PRINCIPAL
KENDALL DEMONSTRATION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
WASHINGTON, DC

SALARY: $ 81,100 – $145,800

SUMMARY:

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.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

-- 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.

TO APPLY:

Submit a cover letter, resume, Gallaudet employment application to:

MAIL:
Gallaudet University
Human Resources Services
800 Florida Avenue, NE
College Hall 106
Washington, DC 20002

ELECTRONIC:
personnel.office@gallaudet.edu

FAX:
202-651-5344

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OPENING TEACHING POSITIONS AT
LAURENT CLERC NATIONAL DEAF EDUCATION CENTER IN WASHINGTON, DC
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

SUMMARY:

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.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

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).

TO APPLY:

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 clerchr@gallaudet.edu or via mail to Clerc Center Human Resources; Gallaudet University – KDES room 3104; 800 Florida Avenue, NE; Washington, DC 20002

Gallaudet University Application Form link:
http://www.gallaudet.edu/hrs/employment_opportunities.html and click on Job Application Form

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.

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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
Mankato, MN

$ 46,312-$ 68,257 annually / Full benefits

Job Description:
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.

Minimum Qualifications:
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
Licensed or license-eligible for LPC, LPCC, LP, LICSW or LMFT in the state of Minnesota

Contact: Dr. John Gournaris
e-mail: john.gournaris@state.mn.us

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