April 5, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 24
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF WOMAN FIGHTS FOR CHANCE TO DRIVE A TRUCK -- AND WINS
Frankye Helbig’s husband Dorian is a truck driver, and she thought she, too, could take a liking to that life. There was just one problem, one big problem: She was born deaf and communicates only through ASL. In Florida, there was no provision for a deaf person to take a commercial driver’s license test, a necessary step to get behind the wheel of a truck. Still, she didn’t give up. / Jacksonville.com
MOTHER OF DEAF 8-YEAR-OLD SAYS SCHOOL SYSTEM WON'T PROVIDE INTERPRETER
The parent of a deaf child says the school district is trying to deny her son access to a sign language interpreter. "We're not asking for crazy things," said Ryann Brown, whose 8-year-old son Asher is a student at Whitesburg Elementary. "He cannot benefit from any type of hearing aid or cochlear implant so he fully relies on sign language to communicate. "Taking away his interpreter would provide him with no access to language in the classroom." / AL.com
St. Louis, MO
ST. JOSEPH INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF EMBRACES RAPIDLY CHANGING APPROACHES TO DEAF EDUCATION
Two-year-old Cora Buck's ability to communicate has grown rapidly since birth, when her parents learned via a newborn hearing screening that their daughter had hearing loss. Krista and Tom Buck came to St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf not long after their daughter's birth. Cora was fitted for hearing aids, and she started receiving home visits with a therapist. At the age of 2, she began attending the toddler classroom that meets three times a week. The family still receives weekly home visits and monthly audiology services. / St. Louis Review
CAMPAIGN REACHES OUT FOR DEAF ORPHAN IN HAITI
Cedarville student Jaden Cleland and his sister Stephanie are trying to bring a young Haitian orphan to the United States. Jeremie, 5, isn’t much different from all the other children at the orphanage other than the fact that he is deaf. Unfortunately, said Cleland, that is enough of a difference to promise him only one future. Cleland said, “He lives in a society that devalues those who are different. While Jeremie is safely living at the orphanage, if he isn’t given a formal education, he will live his entire life as a beggar.” / Dayton Daily News
Las Vegas, NV
NEVADA STATE COLLEGE TO OFFER FIRST IN THE STATE B.A. IN DEAF STUDIES
A big milestone for Nevada State College. It will soon offer the state's first B.A. in Deaf Studies. Currently, the school offers a minor in deaf studies, but because of popularity and demand, the school is going through the process to have the new B.A. accreditation and they hope to start it in the fall. Gregory Robinson, said the movement to create a B.A. was student-driven. “I think without student excitement, this probably wouldn’t have happened," he said. / KSNV
CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY CELEBRATES ASL 200TH ANNIVERSARY
American Sign Language (ASL) will celebrate its 200th anniversary since being established at the first American school for the deaf in 1817. A community eager to promote this history is the ASL program at William Jessup University. They are holding the event, “ASL Day For All” on Saturday, April 8 to bring the Deaf and hearing people of northern California together. / Canyon News
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CENTER OPENS FIRST DEAF CAFE IN THE LONDON BOROUGH OF NEWHAM
St Mark’s Community Centre has opened the borough’s first ever deaf café. Café No.43 is run by Luca Cusini, an Italian chef with impaired hearing who grew up with the dream of one day running his own eatery. Despite the barriers Luca has faced, St Mark’s Community Centre, a homelessness and social action charity, has supported Luca to realize this dream. Café No. 43 opened in January 2017 and so far, has been a great success. / The London Economic
BOGUS CHARITY COLLECTOR PRETENDED TO BE DEAF
A bogus charity collector pretended to be deaf before stealing cash from an 87-year-old woman in a targeted burglary in Sheldon . Callous Fanita Vasile tricked her way into the pensioner’s house before plundering £220 ($275 US) from her purse. The 23-year-old told the woman she was collecting for a disabled charity and that it was freezing, a court heard. The victim then invited her into her home so she could sit by the fire. / Birmingham Mail
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
HEARING AID PROGRAM CUT SPARKS FAMILY FRUSTRATION
A Saskatoon family has started a petition urging the government to keep the Saskatchewan hearing aid program. The provincial government announced in its budget the hearing aid program will be axed, except for those who qualify as low income. According to the government, ending the public program will save $3 million. The hearing aid program provides hearing aids, fittings and tests for the hearing impaired. / CTV News
Auckland, New Zealand
SPORTS DAY BRINGS DEAF STUDENTS TOGETHER
More than 300 deaf and hard-of-hearing students participated in the 11th annual Kelston Deaf Education Centre sports day on March 30. Acting CEO Tom Purvis said some students may be the only deaf student in their school. At the sports day they get together with peers from around the country, and it was a great experience for them, he said. / Stuff.co.nz
EMT'S COMMUNICATE WITH PATIENT'S DEAF-BLIND DAUGHTER
When an 80-year-old woman suffered a heart attack in Jerusalem, United Hatzalah EMTs that came to the scene found themselves unable to explain the situation to her deaf-blind daughter and reached out for help. Whilst administering CPR, the EMTs were surprised when another woman walked out of the bathroom having just taken a shower. The caretaker told the first responders that this woman was the daughter of the collapsed woman and that she was deaf. / Ynetnews News
DEAF DANCE OPENS NAITONAL FINALS OF PERFORMING ARTS COMPETITION
The National Finals of the Performing Arts Competition got under way on Thursday (March 30) at the Little Theatre in Kingston with the Deaf Dance Festival. The opening of the two-day finals saw inspiring and arousing dance pieces from various deaf institutions across the island under the theme "Empower to Elevate: Happy Children. Brighter Future." / Jamaica Information Service
IN A FIRST, 25 DEAF PEOPLE ARE BAPTIZED IN BURUNDI
Twenty-five deaf people were recently baptized in the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s first deaf baptisms in Burundi as church members step up efforts to share the gospel with the hearing impaired across East Africa. The baptismal candidates gathered at the front of the church to take the baptismal vow before entering the waters of the baptismal tank last Sabbath. Afterward, they returned to the front of the church to wave their arms in praise of God. / Adventist Review
60 DEAF STUDENTS BEGIN VOCATIONAL TRAINING
Not less than 60 deaf students of Government Technical College, Malali, Kaduna have been enrolled for an eight months vocational skills training in tailoring, shoe-making and business management. The vocational skills training sponsored by the TY Danjuma Foundation and All Children Charity International Foundation is a special package targeted at the challenged students of the college. / The Nation
SCHOOL FOR DEAF AND DUMB TO BE DEVELOPED ON MODERN LINES
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, Wednesday said that Deaf and Dumb School in Ram Bagh, Srinagar will be developed with modern facilities to provide better educational and accommodation facilities to the inmates. The Divisional Commissioner was chairing a meeting to review the present status of the special school. / Greater Kashmir
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LIFE & LEISURE
St. Paul, MN
A DEEPER LOOK INTO THE DEAF CULTURE ON CAMPUS
St. Kate’s is highly spoken of in the Deaf community. It is also a huge draw for prospective students seeking to study ASL interpreting. Walking around the St. Kate’s campus, it seems as if we have a pretty diverse campus, and many schools around the U.S. advertise to prospective students as diverse. One thing that separates St. Kate’s even more so from other diverse campuses is our inclusion of the Deaf Community members on campus. / The Wheel
I love this time of year, when we count down to warmer weather and all the quintessential signs of spring. It’s also the time we celebrate Deaf History Month, which runs from March 13 to April 15, as well as opening day of Major League Baseball – two events that intersect in some very interesting ways. / U.S. Dept. of Labor
SIGN-IT SATURDAY TEACHES ASL TO CONNECT HEARING, DEAF
Aren Williams was enjoying himself at Quincy University's first Sign-it Saturday as he watched dozens of people learning ASL. Williams said barriers for deaf people, like himself, are gradually coming down. "I really feel like I want to open my heart to teach hearing people to communicate with deaf people ... and connect and improve their relations with each other," Williams said. / Herald-Whig
Apollo Beach, FL
BEING BLIND AND DEAF DOESN'T STOP THIS THERAPY DOG FROM DOING HER JOB
Meet Ruby – the lovable therapy dog who’s one-of-a-kind, to say the least. Why? Well Ruby can’t hear or see. But that isn’t stopping her from stealing hearts and bringing smiles to the faces of people she loves – and social media. “She acts like a typical dog,” Erin Baxter, Ruby’s owner, says. “She runs around and plays. She’s so affectionate and always wants to be near somebody or touching you." / Global News
A NEW MINISTRY IS NOW SERVING THE LOCAL DEAF COMMUNITY
This week, the Grace Lutheran Brethren Church launched its new deaf services which provide interpreters during church for the local deaf community. When scanning the pews this church may see some new members file in. During services, there will now be an interpreter up front. To Julius Sayler, a Bismarck resident, this is a gift that can't be measured. "I just feel so full inside," he said./ MyNDNow
DEAF CHURCH STILL PLUGGING QUIETLY AWAY
Its financial struggles notwithstanding, the Vallejo Deaf Church — still one of a very few houses of worship catering to the hearing impaired — celebrated its 20th year last month. Pastor Oscar Bibb and his wife and associate pastor Olivia Bibb host people from all over the region at the church, located at 1640 Broadway St. “They come from all over,” she said. / Vallejo Times Herald
West Lafayette, IN
FUNDRAISING EFFORTS HELP DEAF CHILDREN LEARN CODING
ONLINE REVIEW SITE OFFERING DEAF-FRIENDLY TRAINING TO CAPITOL HILL BUSINESSES
It’s not always easy for deaf people to dine out or shop. The right attitude and a little effort can make all the difference, says Melissa “Echo” Greenlee, founder of Deaffriendly.com. The online consumer review website gives the deaf community a place to rate the quality of service they receive at restaurants and stores, and also hosts business trainings and events geared toward the deaf and hard of hearing. / Capitol Hill Times
WESTERN PA. SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF BEGINS STUDENT NEWSCASTS
WPSD anchors don’t hear the music that opens their newscast. They take visual cues from the floor manager. WPSD stands for Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. “Hi, I’m Fauntaye. Today is Wednesday.” “Hello. I’m Alexandra. Thanks for watching.” The co-anchors speak in sign language, which is interpreted aloud by fellow student Ryane, in an audio booth. Media instructor Brian Stavinsky offers advice and encouragement. “Deafness is not really a barrier here,” he says. “It’s an opportunity.” / CBS Pittsburgh
West Hartford, CT
DEAF CHEF KURT RAMBORGER PRIMED FOR CONNECTICUT COMPETITION
It’s a big year for the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford. The trailblazing school is celebrating its 200th anniversary with a yearlong agenda of events ranging from a gala and triathlon to a historical exhibit, bike tour, conference and alumni celebration. Among the dozens of events is one that is guaranteed to bring smiles and appetites, as well as a feast for the eye: the Iron Deaf Chef Culinary Cook-Off, a free event on April 28. / Connecticut Magazine
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
DEAF PHOTOGRAPHER PROTESTS TRUMP WITH STRONG WORDS
Clare Cassidy is an artist, with a beef against President Donald Trump. “I was so pissed off,” Cassidy, who is based in Livermore, says. “I could see his oppression to everyone that he’s touched — people with different religions, people of color, deaf. Humanity has been tainted.” When Cassidy signs about Trump her eyes blaze, and her gestures seem sharper, more emphatic. You really notice her gestures because Cassidy is deaf. / KQED
DEAF ACTRESS ADVOCATES FOR EARLY ASL DEVELOPMENT
A deaf television actress appeared at Forestview Middle School Saturday, to advocate for improved early childhood education for deaf children. Deanne Bray, star of the 2002-05 show "Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye," told an audience deaf children need better support early in life to learn sign language. Bray is a spokesperson for Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids, or LEAD-K. / Brainerd Dispatch
DEAF MUSICIAN TO WORK WITH STUDENTS, PERFORM AT MT. BLUE CAMPUS
Students studying ASL will work with Sean Forbes, a deaf rapper from Detroit, during a workshop as part of Mt. Blue American Sign Language Day Experience on Friday, April 7, at Mt. Blue Campus. Forbes is also a prolific drummer, songwriter and communicator, according to his biography at www.deafandloud.com. About 90 percent of Forbes' deafness is due to spinal meningitis when he was an infant. / Sun Journal
DEAF ACTIVIST, MODEL SHARES EXPERIENCES, ADVOCATES FOR INCLUSION
When Nyle DiMarco was 24-years-old, a friend asked him if he ever wished he could hear. He immediately replied no. “I told him, ‘I have always been deaf. It is part of who I am,’” DiMarco said. “Why would I want to be any different?” / The Pitt News
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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.
Awake Overnight Direct Care Counselor: Remain awake, alert and responsive to the needs of the clients throughout the shift, assist clients with morning activities.
Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent degree, fluency in ASL.
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.
Specialized Interpreter: Interpret in ASL between those using specialized ASL and/or those with language deprivation and requiring further communication assistance.
Qualifications: Approved by the MCDHH to work as an interpreter, BA/BS and 2 years’ experience.
Minimum Qualifications Include:
· ASL fluency.
· Valid driver's license/reliable transportation.
· Related education (as applicable).
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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