April 26, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 27
Editor: Tom Willard
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New York, NY
DEAF MAN CLAIMS LAWYER'S BAD SIGN LANGUAGE COST HIM MILLIONS
A deaf former IBM worker claims he wrongly accepted a lowball discrimination settlement of $200,000 because his lawyer exaggerated his knowledge of sign language and confused the sign for “million” with that for “thousand” while negotiating the deal. James Wang, 49, a software engineer who lost his hearing at age 2, says he hoped to pocket $200 million from IBM in 2013 after accusing the tech giant of firing him for being deaf, according to his Manhattan state court suit. / New York Post
REPORT: DEAF, MUTE MAN ACCUSED IN 2005 MURDER REMAINS 'UNRESTORABLY INCOMPETENT'
A report from Central State Hospital this month states a deaf and mute man who allegedly killed a 16-year-old girl in 2005 remains incompetent to stand trial. The April 19 report states Oswaldo Martinez, 46, is “unrestorably” incompetent and doctors expect that to “continue indefinitely,” defense attorney Tim Clancy said Monday. Martinez, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, is accused of raping and murdering 16-year-old Brittany Binger on Jan. 2, 2005, according to court documents. / Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
New Boston, OH
NEIGHBORS HELP DEAF FAMILY DURING HOUSE FIRE
A family, with three deaf adults, is now picking up the pieces after their home burned down in New Boston on Saturday.
The fire broke out around 5 p.m. on Ohio Avenue. Neighbors say it was a very chaotic situation to begin with. Factor in the hearing impairment, neighbor Mary Baker says everything was more dire. “It was hard to communicate,” said Baker. / WSAZ
UNIVERSITY CELEBRATES 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF DEAF EDUCATION IN AMERICA
In 1817, the first American School for the Deaf opened in Hartford, Connecticut. Two hundred years later, Fresno State will recognize this anniversary with a series of events on Friday, April 28, on campus. “Our 200th Anniversary of Deaf Education event will be the largest event on the West coast,” said Dr. Janice Smith-Warshaw, director of the deaf education programs at Fresno State. / Fresno State News
San Jose, CA
SOUTH BAY NON-PROFIT, VOLUNTEERS HELP 79-YEAR-OLD, BLIND, DEAF MAN STAY IN HIS HOME
It has been 43 years, but Gerry Tipton can still remember the very day he moved into his home in the Willow Glen Mobile Estates. The very day. "Friday. April 14. 1974," Tipton said recently, in a living room crisscrossed by electrical wires and extension cords. There is now, though, another day in April that Tipton will hopefully remember a long time as well: this past Saturday. That was when a team from Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley descended on the legally blind and deaf 79-year's old trailer home to make it a nicer and safer place to live. / NBC Bay Area
White Plains, NY
NY SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF CELEBRATES 200 YEARS
Students at the New York School for the Deaf in White Plains are celebrating the school's 200th anniversary. The celebration started Wednesday with the unveiling of a new mural that features 200 tiles showing the school's history. The display is now a permanent part of the school. Students also enjoyed an old fashioned themed picnic lunch to commemorate the school's excellence over the years. / News 12 Westchester
MEMBERS OF DEAF COMMUNITY EXPRESS CONCERNS ABOUT POLICE INTERACTIONS
Members of the deaf community met with police officers representing five Seacoast departments Thursday evening to discuss effective forms of communication in emergency situations. Chris Emerson of Greenland spearheaded the meeting and helped lead a discussion about traffic stops, service dogs, arrests, lockdowns and public emergencies. Through an interpreter, Emerson said asking a deaf person if they can read lips is ineffective, and suggested using a pad of paper and pen to communicate during a typical traffic stop. / Union Leader
ELIMINATE POTENTIAL LAWSUITS WITH SECUREVRS FOR DEAF INMATES
Tidal Wave Telecom, a provider of solutions which deliver secured video relay for deaf inmates in prisons and jails, reports that TTY terminals in correctional facilities no longer meet compliance requirements for deaf inmates and must be replaced. Recent lawsuit settlements involving prisons and jails, which did not provide video relay to their inmates, have ranged between $250,000 up to $750,000. / American Security Today
San Francisco, CA
EMPOWERING LYFT'S DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING COMMUNITY
Lyft is all about improving people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. Today, we’re announcing two product improvements and a partnership to empower our deaf and hard-of-hearing drivers, paving the way for smoother rides all around. Lyft drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing have told us that they often lose out on rides because they miss the audible “ping” that typically alerts drivers to a ride request. Here’s where Amp — Lyft’s new, in-car communication device — comes in. / Lyft Blog
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A DEAF MAN WILL SPEND 25 YEARS IN CUSTODY OVER MURDER
A deaf Melbourne man who murdered another by pushing him off a balcony, but was unfit to stand trial, will spend 25 years in custody. Last year a jury in a special hearing found Jake Fairest, 27, and friends Warwick Toohey and Georgia Fields murdered Robert Wright in 2015. Fairest, Toohey and Fields are profoundly deaf, as was Mr Wright, who also had epilepsy and cerebral palsy and reduced functionality in his left leg. / Herald Sun
DEAFBLIND WOMAN OVERCOMING CHALLENGES WITH DREAM OF BECOMING JOURNALIST
"I have a lot of doubters, people who think that I will fail. A lot actually because I can only see a little bit and hear a little bit," 19-year-old journalism student Vanessa Vlajkovic says through an interpreter. "I want to make the most of my life … nothing is impossible." It is a sentiment Ms Vlajkovic has already proven time and time again as a member of the deafblind community. Now, as she works through her degree, she will have to overcome people's preconceptions in order to get a job in one of the more competitive industries around. / ABC News
DEAF WOMAN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY ACHIEVES GROUND-BREAKING PH.D.
A woman who struggles to speak and hear has defied all odds to achieve a PhD. Glasgow-born Julie McElroy, 31, who was informed as a child she would probably spend her life in a wheelchair, has successfully completed research to help support other students with disabilities in Scotland. Her work will help to build a framework for educators on how assistive technology can help people in higher education. / STV News
Toronto, ON, Canada
JIM KYTE'S NIECES FOLLOW IN FOOTSTEPS OF FIRST DEAF NHL'ER
Emma Kyte was born in 1998, the year after her uncle Jim retired from a professional hockey career that saw him log 598 games on the NHL blue line. She never witnessed Uncle Jim attempt to shut down the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Hakan Loob. She never saw the linesmen scoop up his hearing aids and deliver them to the penalty box after many of his 68 heavyweight fights. But listen to 18-year-old Emma explain what she brings to the Canadian national women’s deaf hockey team, and you’ll hear a distinct echo of Jim Kyte — the first legally deaf skater in the NHL. / Toronto Sun
PROTESTS AS POLICE KILL DEAF BOY
Residents of Dandora estate held a protest over the weekend after a boy was shot dead in a robbery incident. Locals claimed the slain boy was 16 years old and deaf. They blocked roads and hurled stones as the officers tried to pick up the body. Witnesses said the boy was shot as police, who were pursuing suspected thugs, shouted at a group of boys to get out of the way. “He did not hear the shouts because he was deaf. Police shot him twice, killing him,” said a witness. / The Standard
DEAF-MUTE BROTHERS GET A VOICE IN TURKISH FILM 'BROTHERS OF SILENCE'
After the gala screening of Taylan Mintas’s first feature-length film Brothers of Silence, the audience erupted into applause. Mintas’s documentary, shot over a four-year period, chronicles the lives of two Kurdish deaf-mute brothers, Toso and Cao. They live in a remote Kurdish village called Kucuk Catak in Kars, northeastern Turkey. / TRT World
SELLO MAAKE'S DEAF DAUGHTER IS THE REASON WHY HE IS A BRILLIANT ACTOR
Sello Maake Ka Ncube is one of the nation's most respected actors. His latest role, as Kgosi in The Queen, is that of a gay character, a role he talked about waiting his whole career to play. Needless to say, Sello is versatile and can blend into just about any setting you put him in. According to the actor, this is because of his daughter. Ka-Ncube's daughter is deaf but the actor reveals that this has challenged him to be more impactful in order for her to understand his work better. / MTV
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
INACTION OF COPS SLAMMED IN CASE OF DEAF TEEN'S RAPE
Local police in Mondulkiri have been left scrambling after they were publicly reprimanded yesterday for failing to act on a report of rape committed against a 17-year-old deaf girl, a case one provincial police official acknowledged had “flaws” in its investigation. The victim’s mother, Cheeng Thoeun, 48, said she had repeatedly begged for commune police to question and arrest the suspected rapist, Rin Bora, 21, on April 18, the day after the crime. She was told they could not make an arrest, citing lack of evidence. / Phnom Penh Post
COLLEGE FOR DEAF TO HAVE GRAPHIC DESIGN COURSE
In a first, an exclusive College for Deaf is being established at the Shakuntala Misra Rehabilitation University .The institute, a first in Northern India, is aimed at empowerment and mainstreaming of hearing impaired students through augumenting their creativity with special clout of professional education and skill development. The college will offer three-year Bachelor of Vocation in Graphics and Animation Designing, and will have multiple exit levels. / The Times of India
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LIFE & LEISURE
University Park, FL
DEAF STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN MUSEUM PROGRAM
When deaf people watch the news, they can use closed captioning to see what's being said. Real-life doesn't have captioning. Art hanging on a wall may speak to anyone who sees it, but figuratively, not literally. That's why a field trip to the Frost Art Museum at FIU was such a valuable experience for not just deaf kids, but the hearing-abled students on the trip as well. "We really want to be a museum for everyone," said Miriam Machado, the Frost Museum's Curator of Education. / NBC 6 South Florida
Sioux City, IA
MEMORIES PASSED AROUND AT SIOUX CITY REUNION
It was a reunion filled with sign language and hugs as hearing-impaired classmates reunited outside their old elementary school Saturday. Pictures and weathered Journal articles featuring the students in the 1980s were circulated among the dozen or so students and instructors in front of the now-vacant Everett Elementary building, 1314 W. Third St. Conversations were often interrupted by ecstatic embraces. / Sioux City Journal
THIS DEAF MOM COULDN'T HEAR FOR 29 YEARS -- BUT WATCH WHEN ELLEN STARTS TALKING
You never notice the little things we take for granted in life, until they become the big things. For the 29 years she’d been alive, Sarah Churman never had the pleasure of hearing simple things like the birds chirping, keyboards typing or her husband’s snoring. That is—until she received a hearing implant that completely changed her life. Sarah’s husband, Sloan, posted a video of the moments his wife’s implant was first turned on. / Faithit
WORKERS LEARN HOW TO MAKE DINING MORE FRIENDLY FOR THE DEAF
When you walk into a store or restaurant, it's normal to hear a worker welcome you in. Unless you're deaf. Customers who are deaf or hard of hearing can find eating out especially challenging. Molly Moon's knows that, so its workers have skills that go beyond a strong ice scream scooping arm. Many Molly Moon's workers have some training in ASL. The most recent training came this week, from a business called deaffriendly. / KOMO News
HARVARD'S NOT-SO-QUIET EMBARRASSMENT
Thankfully, many schools across the country and in the Boston area have promoted ASL’s importance by legitimizing it academically. Boston University and Northeastern are among these, each offering potential degrees in deaf studies and hosting a multitude of events specifically designed for interactions between the hearing and the deaf. By recognizing deaf language and culture as a worthwhile academic pursuit, these schools have put their backing behind those who cannot hear. Harvard has not. / The Harvard Crimson
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
BEING BLIND AND DEAF CAN'T HOLD THIS PLANO ARTIST BACK!
28-year-old Donovan Ilseng was born deaf and is legally blind, which makes what he does at the Carpenter Park Recreation Center in Plano all the more impressive. "He's very smart, but communication is not one of the things that he can do well," said Donovan's mom, Rita. "Drawing is an excellent way for him to express himself and so that`s the reason we started taking the class." While he can't fully see his paintings, others have a chance this weekend during an art show at the recreation center. / CW33 NewsFix
St. Louis, MO
DEAF VISUAL ARTS FESTIVAL AIMS TO BRIDGE GAP BETWEEN DEAD, HEARING
What should someone attending a deaf visual arts festival for the first time expect to experience? “You will be entering a world of silence,” Tony Nitko says through a sign language interpreter. “You will be exposed to a culture that is often invisible to others.” Nitko’s friend and boss, Tommy Horejes, laughs and scoffs. “It definitely won’t be quiet there,” he says, also through an interpreter. “What are you talking about?” / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ALBUQUERQUE LITTLE THEATRE LOOKS TO SERVE DEAF AND BLIND COMMUNITY
Officials at the Albuquerque Little Theatre are adding something new to help blind and deaf audience members experience the arts to the fullest. “Having access to the auditory information through sign language is a huge benefit for the deaf community,” said Roger Robb, an avid theater-goer who is deaf. Robb loves experiencing the theater. Now, he, like other members of the deaf community, are able to enjoy more plays, more often. / KRQE
OHLONE'S FIRST DEAF DANCER CHOREOGRAPHER
Ohlone College offers several dance classes on campus. One student is Noelle Wilder, who enjoys the class like everyone else, but experiences it in a slightly different way. Wilder has two sign-language interpreters who take turns sitting a stone’s throw away from where Wilder dances. While Wilder ensures she doesn’t miss a beat; her interpreters ensure Wilder doesn’t miss a word of what the teacher explains. “I grew up always dancing; dancing has always been part of my life,” said Wilder. / Ohlone Monitor
San Antonio, TX
GOOD VIBRATIONS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL AIMS TO SERVE THE DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING COMMUNITIES
Researchers at Gallaudet University claim that Texas has the second largest deaf community in the U.S. and on Saturday, May 20, the first ever deaf-accessible music fest in San Antonio will take place at The Settlement. Good Vibrations Music & Arts Festival will feature interpreters, sub bass back packs, plus a visual light show and LED dance floor that will sync to the music performances. / SA Sound
WOMEN'S HOCKEY MAKES HISTORY WITH DEAF HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
On April 19, the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association kicked off the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships at the Northtowns Center in Amherst, New York; a suburb of the city of Buffalo. Hosted by the United States, teams from Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, Finland, and Canada will compete in this 10-day tournament. This year, for the first time in the tournament’s history, women will compete in an exhibition series as Canada and the US will go head-to-head on April 22 and 23. / FanRag Sports
Fort Wayne, IN
GRANT ISENBARGER READY FOR THIRD TRY WITH NATIONAL DEAF HOCKEY TEAM
When he was 6 years old, Fort Wayne's Grant Isenbarger attended his first American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association camp and knew what his dream would be. He's been blessed enough to wear "USA" on his jersey two times before and the third time starts tonight in Amherst, N.Y., at the third World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships. Isenbarger, now 23, is a forward on the USA team. He played in the WDIHC in Finland in 2013 and won a bronze medal at the Winter Deaflympics in Russia in 2015. / News-Sentinel
Ellicott City, MD
LARAINE E. HARDY, NURSE AT THE MARYLAND SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Laraine E. Hardy, a retied nurse and travel agent, died Saturday from leukemia at the Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant in Ellicott City. The longtime former Columbia resident was 73. For more than 20 years Mrs. Hardy was head nurse at the Maryland School for the Deaf, in Frederick. She retired in the 1980s. / Baltimore Sun
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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
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• 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
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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.
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Community Crisis Stabilization BA Level Clinician: Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
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Outpatient Clinician: Provide comprehensive outpatient counseling/therapy to children, adults and families in need of services.
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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!
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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
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