April 6, 2016
Vol. 12, No. 24
Editor: Tom Willard
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RALLY-GOERS PUSH TO HAVE HELEN KELLER PLACED ON THE NEW $10 BILL
There’s been a national campaign launched to have one of Alabama’s most recognizable ladies placed on the new $10 bill. A group of school kids visiting Ivy Green Wednesday morning were given a front row seat to a big announcement. State and local leaders gathered at Helen Keller’s birthplace to unveil their vision for the treasury department’s new $10 bill. / WHNT
DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING ATTORNEYS TO BE SWORN INTO U.S. SUPREME COURT BAR
On Tuesday April 19, 2016, 13 members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association (DHHBA) will be sworn in and admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. This occasion will mark the first time the DHHBA takes part in the group swearing-in ceremony that occurs most days the Supreme Court is in session. It will be the largest group of deaf and hard-of-hearing attorneys to be admitted to the Supreme Court Bar. / DeafBar.org
LONGMONT PAYS DEAF MAN $25,000 TO SETTLE LAWSUIT
Longmont has agreed to pay a deaf man $25,000 after he filed a federal lawsuit last year alleging that police did not provide him with a federally mandated sign language interpreter during several interactions with officers. The city did not admit any liability as part of the settlement, which was finalized March 10, court records indicate. The Longmont Department of Public Safety agreed as part of the settlement to implement a written policy for effective communication with the deaf and hard of hearing. / Longmont Times-Call
DEAF TEEN SEEKS SIGN LANGUAGE COURSE
An Alabaster teen is seeking the chance to take American Sign Language as a foreign language to earn an advanced high school diploma. Right now the Alabama State Department of Education recognizes ASL as a foreign language. However, Alabaster Schools, like most school districts do not offer a sign language course. Mackenzie McGuire is a 10th-grader at Thompson High School. She is deaf, but uses cochlear implants she received when she was 3-years-old. / WVTM
Fort Lauderdale, FL
FORT LAUDERDALE BECOMES FIRST CITY TO TEST SIGN LANGUAGE TRANSLATION SOFTWARE
Not all deaf people can read well. That might sound counter-intuitive to anyone familiar with closed-captioning on television screens. But many people who were born deaf see the printed word as a foreign language. That's why a New York software company developed iSigner a sign language translation tool that can be plugged into any website. Fort Lauderdale recently became the first city to incorporate the software into its website. / Sun-Sentinel
Los Angeles, CA
THESE HEARING-IMPAIRED KIDS MADE IT TO THE NATIONAL ROUND OF A READING COMPETITION
Diamond Scott often communicates in two languages at the same time. While the sixth-grader speaks English out loud, she weaves sentences with ASL. This weekend, as the captain of the Sussman Middle School literacy team, Diamond will use her hard-earned communication and reading skills to compete in the final round of the Battle of the Books, a literacy competition run by Gallaudet University. This year marks the first time the Downey school has reached the competition's national level. / Los Angeles Times
Baton Rouge, LA
LOUISIANA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF OPENS TIME CAPSULE FROM 1939
In the winter of 1939, students and teachers at the Louisiana School for the Deaf buried a time capsule in their building before moving into a new facility. On Monday, the box was finally opened 77 years later. Over the years the building has been home to the Baton Rouge Police Department and more recently the Department of Corrections. According to Donna Alleman, the school's director, Houston Moss, president of the Louisiana Association of the Deaf, had been driving by the facility when he saw construction work being done. / ABC News
DISNEY CHARACTERS WIN OVER DEAF FAMILY'S HEARTS
Shaylee Mansfield goes to a school where everyone can sign. It’s a special place for her where she is always understood. But once she leaves the school walls, it’s like she stepped back into the lives of her deaf parents when they were growing up. She feels lonely and left out. Then one day, Shaylee’s parents bring her and her sister to Disney. It is a fun day for the girls, and they even get to pose with Minnie Mouse. But after the photo op, Minnie does something that shocks the whole family. She starts signing with the girls! / Newsner
ACTIVISTS FOR DEAF COMMUNITY PLANNING RALLIES AT STATE CAPITOLS
Newly formed political action committee Politics and the Deaf has recently partnered with activist group Deaf Grassroots Movement. The partnership was formed to create nationwide support in the deaf community to restore its human rights. Deaf Grassroots Movement will kick off the campaign by rallying in each state on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at their state’s capitol building. The rally aims to bring peaceful awareness to the daily struggles and violations of human rights the Deaf Community faces every day. / Montesano Vidette
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DEAF-MUTE YOUTH 'BEHEADED' ON ORDERS OF VILLAGE COUNCIL
A deaf and dumb youth was beheaded by villagers on diktat [order] of a panchayat [village council] in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum village. The incident was discovered 10 days later after which the police got to know about it. It is learned that Sukhlal aka Gunga, 20, was killed by villagers on March 21 after a panchayat order, executed to settle a dispute among family members of the deceased. / Hindustan Times
HAITIANS PROTEST TORTURE AND MURDER OF DISABLED WOMEN
About 300 protesters marched in Haiti’s capital to demand justice following the brutal killings of three deaf and dumb women who were tortured, stoned and dumped in a gully by attackers. The protesters on Friday also called for compensation for the families of the women, whose names they gave as Jésula Germain, Vanessa Prévil and Monique Vincent, one of whom was said to be pregnant. The slain women lived in the coastal village of Leveque where scores of homes are reserved for deaf people and their families. / Caribbean360
Seoul, South Korea
EMPOWERING THE DEAF IN NORTH KOREA
Seung-il Byun is a traditional Korean painter, noted for using circular canvas and depicting pastoral landscapes of the Joseon Dynasty. He is even more famous, however, as the president of the Korea Association of the Deaf, where he is a fierce advocate for deaf people across the peninsula. “My goal is to promote artistic and cultural exchanges between the Northern and Southern communities of Deaf Koreans,” he said at an interview in central Seoul, using his preferred Korean Sign Language. / The Huffington Post
Cape Town, South Africa
DEAF STUDENT PLEADING FOR A CHANCE TO STUDY
A Lansdowne family has accused the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) of discriminating against their deaf daughter, after the institution denied her a place – despite her having been accepted previously. In response, CPUT said it was “strange” that she had been accepted because her marks were poor and acceptance without the minimum requirements "is like putting another challenge in their (students with disabilities) way." / Independent Online
SIGN LANGUAGE DISPLAY FOR DEAF VISITORS AT MUSEUM
Hearing impaired visitors to the Fort Museum no longer need to struggle to understand the historical information about the various exhibits on display. A system with an intrpreter explaining details using sign language of eight oil portraits, each with a screen below, has been set up.This is the first time a museum in the country has come up with such a facility, said K Lourdusamy, superintending archaeologist, after inaugurating the system on Saturday. / Chennai NYOOOZ
NGO AIDING DEAF ISRAELI CHILDREN TO CLOSE DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS
The non-profit, which serves a third of deaf Israeli children aged 6 to 18, had its government funding cut last year. Shema, a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic and social services to about a third of ... subscribe now to get the full story. / Haaretz
DEAF CHILDREN WERE 'MOCKED BY STAFF AT SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL'
Deaf students at a specialist college were subjected to a barrage of horrific abuse by staff, a damning report has found. Westgate College for Deaf People in Kent failed to stop cruel staff ridiculing disabled students and even hitting them. A report by the Care Quality Commission described "shocking" institutional failings at the Margate college, which has since gone into administration. / The Sun
MERSEY DEAF COMMUNITY PROTEST OVER CLOSURE OF CITY CHARITY OFFICE
Dozens of members of Merseyside's deaf community held a protest in Liverpool over the closure of a deaf charity’s city centre office. Action on Hearing Loss is to shut its Communication Support Unit in The Plaza, off Old Hall Street, and move the unit to Peterborough as part of cost savings measures, with the loss of 10 jobs. Local people who use the service say it will mean they will struggle to get interpreters, but the charity insists no one will be left without support. / Liverpool Echo
MAN JAILED FOR TRICKING DEAF MAN OUT OF MONEY
A callous man befriended a vulnerable deaf man and then cheated him out of £17,000 ($24,000 US) by overcharging for home repair work which was not even needed. Simon Doherty, 22, of Gloucester, was jailed for nine months on Thursday after he admitted defrauding 64-year-old Mike Rentell. Mr. Rentell said he now realizes he had been manipulated by Doherty and his sense of distress has been made all the worse by the fact that he is currently undergoing medical tests for suspected prostate cancer. / Gloucester Citizen
DEAF MAN IS CONVICTED OF HIS FIRST CRIMINAL OFFENSE AT AGE 79
A deaf man who brandished a knife outside a bookmakers following a row has been convicted of his first-ever criminal offense at the age of 79. Dennis Delsol stood outside the bookmakers wielding a large kitchen knife following an argument at the bookies earlier in the day. The pensioner admitted possessing an offensive weapon in a public place but was given a 12-month conditional discharge by the judge, who said he was unlikely to offend again. / Brent & Kilburn Times
Montreal, QC, Canada
CATHERINE MACKINNON WINS 2016 ACTRA WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Over the years Catherine MacKinnon has worked hard not only for herself but also for those with hearing disabilities. "My goal is to have doors open for positive inclusion, deaf and hard-of-hearing performers on the screen as well as performers with disabilities," says MacKinnon, who founded the biennial Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Festival. Last month the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) recognized her exceptional work, on and off set. / The Guardian
FIREFIGHTERS INSTALL SMOKE ALARMS FOR THE DEAF
Canberra firefighters install smoke alarms for the deaf You don't need to remind Canberra bushfires survivor Jack White of the value of seconds. When embers rained down on his Duffy house in 2003, fewer than two hours later it was in ashes. That's why the 87-year-old, who has profound hearing loss, is relieved he can sleep soundly again, after firefighters installed a special deaf smoke alarm in his hallway and bedroom. / Canberra Times
Stratford, New Zealand
DEAF WOMAN TEACHING SIGN LANGUAGE TO HER TOWN
A proud deaf woman is teaching a town to sign so she can talk with the community she cannot hear. Chanelle? Waite was born deaf and has turned down the chance of a cochlea implant that could help her hear because she is happy as she is. But it frustrates her that she is unable to have a conversation when walking down the street or in a shop in Stratford, where she lives. "When I went to Christchurch, to school, I could go into a shop and they knew sign language," she said. "I come back, nothing." / Stuff.co.nz
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LIFE & LEISURE
DEAF WOMAN TAKES A SPLASH AT SACRAMENTO'S 'DIVE BAR'
Brenna DeBartolo is deaf, but that didn't stop her from entering downtown Sacramento's Dive Bar's "Mermaid for a Night" contest. She first went to the Dive Bar for a sales retreat, and fell in love with the atmosphere, and the mermaids. "It's a different world," she said. "I can imagine myself offering my energy and the magic of the deaf community in the same place." With support from the deaf community, and Brenna's drive, she beat out 10 other candidates. / ABC10.com
FAMILY HELPS DEAF 19-YEAR-OLD NAVIGATE A SILENT WORLD WITH AUTISM
The Everett family of Pleasant Grove has 12 adopted children, but one son, Brandon, has lived in a very isolated world much of his life. “I’d love to find the key to unlock him,” said his father, Vance Everett. Brandon has the one-two punch of suffering with autism and being deaf. “Deafness will set a child apart from society. Autism separates a child even more,” said his mother, Laurie Everett. / Daily Herald
DEAF STUDIES STUDENTS WORK CLOSELY WITH THE COMMUNITY
The UA offers a variety of different language and culture programs. One of these is a concentration in deaf studies. This College of Education program gives students the skills needed to work with people who are deaf and partially deaf in their post-graduation careers and pursuits. Students come from all walks of life to pursue deaf studies and often find their passion for the subject through taking an ASL course or having a friend or family member who is deaf or partially deaf. / Arizona Daily Wildcat
WOULD A DEAF PERSON WITH NO HANDS BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE?
Q: What are some of the limitations that this person would face? Would they gain complete mastery over the movement of their toes? A: Yes, under the right conditions if this person were to be in an enviroment that both encourgaed and needed communication the individual would learn some form of communication. I think pedal signing is a form of communication that some people use. / Payback
THE DEAF WOMEN IN OBAMA'S WHITE HOUSE
Two women who are deaf have risen to prominent positions alongside Barack Obama in the White House. Leah Katz-Hernandez, 28, is one of the first people visitors encounter when they enter the White House. Informally known as the Receptionist of the United States - or Rotus - she is the first ever deaf person to hold that position. A colleague of Katz-Hernandez is Claudia Gordon, the first deaf African-American female attorney in the United States. She works at the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. / BBC News
St. Louis, MO
FONTBONNE PROFESSOR LAUDED FOR WORK WITH DEAF
Susan Lenihan, a professor and director of Fontbonne University’s deaf education program, was selected from a field of 10 international experts to receive an excellence award. Lenihan received the Antonia Branica Maxon Award for Excellence from EHDI (Early Hearing Detection and Intervention) at its annual meeting last month. / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
PRINCIPAL: DEAF CHILDREN 'HAVE A DIFFERENT WAY OF COMMUNICATING'
Lynn Andrick knelt down at eye level with the group of excited preschoolers Thursday morning, mirroring their smiles as they clutched their baskets, ready to hunt for eggs. "No pushing. And no running because you might fall down!!" Andrick said cheerfully to the attentive students. It was the same instructions any adult may give a group of children; the only difference on Thursday was that, in addition to speaking these instructions to the preschoolers, Andrick simultaneously gave the instructions in ASL. / Knoxville News Sentinel
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
NYLE DIMARCO: THIS WEEK HAS BEEN 'THE MOST DIFFICULT OF ALL'
"So, I want to talk about last week," DiMarco says in his vlog. "The judges' feedback was kind of negative ... Some of the feedback was that I lacked musicality, which is difficult because, obviously, I'm deaf." DiMarco says he and his partner, Peta Murgatroyd, will have work hard to meet the judges' expectations. And he is feeling the pressure to do well since Geraldo Rivera was sent home last Monday. "That definitely impacted me because this is getting serious," explains DiMarco. / People.com
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ARTS EXPRESS SEEKS INCLUSION OF THE DEAF AND BLIND COMMUNITY IN THEATRE
Imagine a fully staged production of the Shrek in musical form, complete with costumes and sets and lights. OK, that's easy enough. But when I say fully staged, I mean that the stage will be full of all kinds of students, including those from the deaf and blind community. Not only will there be a full-voiced, full-sighted Shrek singing and dancing his way into our hearts, but shadowing that Shrek will be a hearing-impaired actor performing the same character in ASL. / The Range
STUDENTS WIN NATIONAL VIDEO CONTEST ON HEARING LOSS AWARENESS
Three Northwest High School students have won a national video contest on hearing loss awareness. Over 5,000 high school’s across the country participated in the competition which was organized by the Starkey Foundation, a nonprfit dedicated to helping the hearing impaired. Northwest High School students Tye Gray, Chris Hall and Miranda Pierce produced and published a video public service announcement to educate teens about hearing loss. / mymcmedia
St. Paul, MN
LAVINE HELPS PAY FOR NEW CAFETERIA AT SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach learned sign language in high school, and a few months ago he started volunteering at Metro Deaf School in St. Paul. When he found out they badly needed a new kitchen, he used $10,000 he got from winning the Slam Dunk Contest and paid for it all. Who knew a dunk could do so much good. / CBS Minnesota
St. Augustine, FL
PRO GOLFER KEVIN HALL VISITS DEAF AND BLIND STUDENTS
Deaf professional golfer Kevin Hall visited the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in February. He gave a presentation to enthusiastic deaf middle and high school students on the school athletic field. Hall shared his experiences, explaining that he became deaf at the age of 2 after a near-fatal bout with meningitis. / The St. Augustine Record
BASKETBALL: VALENCIA READY FOR ALL-STAR EXPERIENCE
Noah Valencia is deaf. A rare selection to the county’s most prestigeous all-star game. Playing in a hearing environment is foreign to the senior from tiny California School for the Deaf, Riverside. But his inclusion is no mistake. “He’s good. He can play,” said coach Todd Malecki, responsible for putting on the 10th annual showcase for Riverside County’s top senior boys and girls players. “He’s not affraid.” / Riverside Press-Enterprise
San Angelo, TX
FILMMAKER SET TO DIRECT DOCUMENTARY ABOUT TSD FOOTBALL TEAM
San Angelo native filmmaker Cody Broadway signed up to direct a documentary about the Texas School for the Deaf football team, and is set to start production next month. The documentary will follow and showcase the Texas School for the Deaf football team that faces life challenges every week, but manages to overcome while competing against several high schools throughout Texas. / San Angelo LIVE!
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Superintendent -- Tennessee School for the Deaf
There is a vacancy for a Superintendent position at The Tennessee School for the Deaf (TSD) along with its sister school, West Tennessee School for the Deaf. To obtain more information, please see: www.tsdeaf.org.
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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) 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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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
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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