May 2, 2018
Vol. 14, No. 28
Editor: Tom Willard
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NO SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER FOR TWO YEARS? DEAF FORMER RESIDENT CAN SUE NURSING HOME
A federal judge ruled last week that a former nursing home patient who is deaf can pursue a discrimination case against the facility where she lived for more than two years because staff refused to provide her a sign language interpreter. In court filings, Kathleen Audia, 63, claims Briar Place in Indian Head Park, IL, delayed her discharge and limited her ability to participate in activities or exercises — including evaluations — by limiting her ability to communicate. / McKnight's
FIRED WV DEAF, BLIND SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT PREVIOUSLY FIRED IN GEORGIA
On the day the West Virginia Board of Education fired him as superintendent of the state’s Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in November, said Martin Keller Jr., he and his lawyer read a letter to board members. “I understand that the Board is considering my termination due to their belief that I was untruthful on my application for employment,” the letter said, according to Keller. Keller had been dismissed in 2010 from Georgia School for the Deaf. / Charleston Gazette-Mail
REMOTE INTERPRETERS MAKE DIFFERENCE FOR DEAF STUDENTS IN UTAH'S RURAL COMMUNITIES
Rural communities often don’t have the amenities of city life, and the lack of services sometimes presents a significant challenge when it comes to learning. Video-conferencing technology, however, is now making a difference for the deaf in some of Utah’s most hard-to-reach places. Under a program offered by the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, deaf students in remote areas are receiving live interpreting services throughout the day on their tablets. / KSL.com
PROGRAM TRAINS OFFICERS HOW TO WORK WITH DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING
Law enforcement officers often find themselves in unexpected situations. Sometimes, those can involve people who are deaf or hard of hearing and unable to follow officers’ requests or orders. That has led to violent occurrences — including a beating in St. Louis and a shooting in Oklahoma City. No similar incidents have been recorded in Phoenix, but the Phoenix Police Department has taken a major step toward trying to continue that by teaming up with the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to have a training program for officers. / KJZZ
40TH ANNUAL GALA HELD FOR WESTERN MASS. ASSOC. FOR THE DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED
Western Massachusetts Association for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired held a very special 40th Anniversary Gala Saturday. It was held at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. The event focuses on the needs of the Deaf, such as getting better interpreter services and improved referral services. The celebration included Silent and Live Auctions. / WWLP
Great Falls, MT
MONTANA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF & THE BLIND CELEBRATES 125 YEARS
The Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind celebrates its 125th anniversary on Friday. The celebration kicked off with a parade of classes, which featured past students and staff. Following was a lineup of speakers, including Montana’s Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney, Great Falls Mayor pro temp Bill Bronson, and The American Printing House for the Blind President Craig Meador. / KTVH
PROMOTING DEAF PRIDE, AMAZON RELEASES ASL VERSION OF ITS LOGO
Amazon is promoting the ASL version of its logo, an inclusive effort led by Brendan Gramer, a senior UX designer on Amazon’s Consumer Payments team, whose day job is designing payment experiences for customers. As an extension of helping support the ASL community at Amazon, comprised of deaf and hard of hearing employees and those who are learning ASL), Gramer helped develop the new Amazon ASL logo. / brandchannel
PARTNERS DESIGNS FOR 'DEAF EYES' AT GALLAUDET
Creating an inviting, inclusive and accessible to the deaf community was the challenge faced by creative studio C&G Partners when designing the visitor experience for Gallaudet University‘s newly-opened Maguire Welcome Center. The team, working in collaboration with the university and Dagermond Keane Architects, based their experiential designs on the DeafSpace Guidelines, over 150 distinct design elements that address touch points between deaf experiences and the built environment. / Graphic Design USA
WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR RIT/NTID NEXT BIG IDEA COMPETITION
Five teams of deaf and hard-of-hearing students from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf went head-to-head April 25 during The Next Big Idea Competition, a Shark Tank-style business competition. Small World That, a central hub that connects the international deaf community through a website and app, took home the $5,000 first prize. / RIT-NTID News
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SEEING VOICES' FIGHT FOR INCLUSIVITY AND REPRESENTATION FOR THE DEAF COMMUNITY
In 2011, Aselin Weng found herself taking an ASL class out of interest, falling in love with the beauty of the language and immersing herself in the deaf community. Her newfound passion had her searching for that same kind of beauty in the performance arts. She quickly came up against a simple, yet frustrating wall. “I wanted to see deaf theatre but it did not exist back then,” says Weng. This wall would not stand for long. / The Link
Toronto, ON, Canada
FORMER FRESHII EMPLOYEE SAYS SHE WAS FIRED BECAUSE OF HEARING IMPAIRMENT
Kalia Douglas-Micallef was eager to spend months, and possibly years, working at a Freshii location in Scarborough. But after only two days of training, she said she was fired because of her hearing impairment. “[The manager] sat me down and he said, “You’re a nice girl but your responses are delayed and you don’t have it,” said Douglas-Micallef. “I think that’s such an unacceptable remark. How can you say that knowing I wear hearing aids?” / Global News
MEET THE DEAF COUPLE WHO RUN A B&B
Running a B&B can be a challenge for most owners, something Piers and Magdalena - who are profoundly deaf - know all too well. Together they run the Summerhouse Bed and Breakfast in Pensford, Somerset. They communicate with their hearing guests using sign language and prompt sheets. Their story is featured in the latest episode of See Hear. / BBC News
PARENTS OF DEAF DAUGHTERS AIMING TO RAISE THOUSANDS FOR CHARITY
The family of two deaf girls wants to raise awareness of life with hearing loss and make thousands for charity. Lily Murray, 10, and her sister Fearne, 1, both suffer from hearing loss. They have had hearing aids, learned sign language and last month Fearne had a cochlear implant turned on. The girls' family wants to get the message out that the pair are normal girls to improve understanding and help other people affected by hearing loss to find support if they need it. / News & Star
CROSSING DIVIDES: AUSTRIAN GROUP HELPS DEAF REFUGEES LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE
Many refugees face problems of isolation, but things can be particularly challenging for those who are deaf. The Austrian organization, Equalizent, based in Vienna, provides courses in sign language and written German for asylum seekers and refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran. Some are learning sign language for the first time in their lives. / BBC News
CIRCUS STAR GIVES HEARING IMPAIRED KIDS HOPE
Fifteen kids from the Institut de Reeducation Audio-Phonetique, a school for children with hearing impairments, are lined up, waiting for their turn to do a handstand walk across the room. The first takes a leap, slaps his hands against the gym mat, and levers his feet off the ground. About to lose his balance, a man grabs hold of his ankles and holds him steadily – Swiss circus star and aerialist Jason Bruegger is here to help. / The Daily Start
COUPLE DOING DECADES OF MISSIONARY WORK WITH THE DEAF
Anthony and Icilda Demercado have been doing missionary work with the deaf community for most of the 35 years of their marriage. The journey began in 1990 when their church — Portmore Missionary — sent them to make a difference at Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD) in Knockpatrick, Manchester. / Jamaica Observer
MUSIC FOR THE DEAF
A Strings concert held at Habib University in Karachi a few days ago was inclusive of the deaf people in the metropolis. Around 300 people got to enjoy the concert because of a new startup called ConnectHear. The company had instructors who performed live in sign language beside the lead singer of the band. In fact, the music system too was made in a way that could help the deaf people in the audience enjoy it through loud vibration of the tunes. / The Express Tribune
DEAF PRIEST LEADS DEAF COUPLE IN TYING THE KNOT
A deaf couple at the weekend exchanged wedding vows in a ceremony presided over by a deaf pastor. William Mwaura, 29, and Phyllis Wawira, 28, got married on Saturday. The marriage that also featured a deaf best couple and deaf bridesmaids attracted a huge gathering. With the help of an interpreter, the villagers followed the wedding proceedings without missing a word the couple exchanged. / Daily Nation
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LIFE & LEISURE
DEAF MAN BRIDGES GAP OF SOUND, SILENCE
Life was not always easy for Ryan Vander Weide. Born deaf, he wore a hearing aid since the age of 4. "I am completely deaf in my left ear. I have some hearing in my right ear," he said. However, the man learned to be an advocate for himself in the classroom and decided to teach others throughout Orange County to do the same, teaching deaf and hard of hearing students throughout the district. Not long ago, Weide got an idea, as he dreamt of spreading awareness and helping others hone ASL skills: a deaf chat. / News 13 Orlando
U.S. MARKS BETTER HEARING AND SPEECH MONTH
May 1st marked the beginning of Better Hearing and Speech Month in the United States. Families, children and individuals with hearing loss, and organizations across the nation will commemorate BHSM and raise awareness about communication disorders, available hearing technology, treatments and communication outcomes for people with hearing loss. / PRNewswire
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"We love being a part of getting the whole package put together, a smile on their face and pictures that they will have for a lifetime." (Video) / WCNC
PHOTOS: NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF -- PROM 2018
The North Carolina School for the Deaf held their annual prom on Thursday. This year's theme was centered around "Hollywood" with the auditorium decorated and a red carpet at the entrance. Who do you recognize in their fancy attire? / Morganton News Herald
DEAF DOG INSPIRES COUPLE TO SAVE MORE DOGS LIKE HIM
Deaf Dog Inspires Couple to Save More Dogs Like Him | This couple adopted a gorgeous deaf dog and taught him sign language. Then they realized dogs like him had no chance of surviving in shelters and decided to save them all. (Video) / The Dodo
IN A FIRST, SPOKANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE GRADUATES DEAF COMMERCIAL TRUCK DRIVER
Justin Brooks has dreamed of the open road since he was a young child. But it wasn’t until several years ago that Brooks was even eligible for a commercial driver’s license. The 37-year-old Spokane native has been totally deaf since birth, a disability that long disqualified him. This month, Brooks became the first deaf student to graduate from Spokane Community College’s commercial driving program. / The Spokesman-Review
DEAF MAN HAS SPECIAL ABILITY AS 'HORSE WHISPERER'
A young man from Denham Springs believes it is his disability that gives him a special gift to communicate with animals. And when horses or dogs are suffering from emotional pain after being abandoned or neglected, Joseph Lockwood is the one you call to help. For 25 years, children and adults have been going to LaPlace for a special kind of therapy. / WWLTV.com
WCC STUDENTS TRAINING TO BECOME SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS
Seven students sit silently in a circle at Wilson Community College. A blue ball is bounced between them as they take turns asking a hypothetical question and getting a reaction from classmates. Their communication is done exclusively with their hands and facial expressions using ASL. The exercise is part of the first-year instruction in the interpreter education program where students are learning how to become educational interpreters. / The Wilson Times
EXPLORING THE INTERPRETERS' ROLE
You walk into class and take a seat. When the professor begins lecturing, you observe in the front of the room that there is someone communicating in a way that you may never have seen before setting foot on RIT's campus. Regardless of your previous exposure and level of understanding, at some point during our careers at RIT we are all bound to encounter an interpreter in class. Yet who interpreters are and the details of what they do might remain a mystery to some. / Reporter
SHOUT OUT TO CAPTIONERS
The responsibilities of the live person behind the captions on television, YouTube, live theater screens, and phone devices for the hearing impaired, are often taken for granted. Most of us, so accustomed to these scrolling messages just being there to the point of ignoring them all together, give little thought to the trained captioners, who make a living transcribing the audible word. / Journal & Topics
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
INCLUSIVE MOVIES CENTERED AROUND DEAF CHARACTERS ON THE RISE
Following critically-acclaimed films like Wonderstruck, The Shape of Water, The Tribe, The Silent Child, and Baby Driver — A Quiet Place is the latest in a growing list of movies in recent years to feature main characters who are deaf or exhibit some form of hearing loss. Morning Shift talks to Lennard Davis, a professor in the English Department in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a specialist in disability studies, about this cinematic trend. / WBEZ
MEET THE ONCE NEARLY DEAF CELLO PLAYER TURNED MUSIC PRODIGY
A high school senior is being courted by some of the top music schools in the country. At 18, Kyle Victor doesn't just play the cello, he feels it. "The moment I played a note, that was it. I was completely into cello, and that's all I want to do," said Kyle. Kyle fell in love with the cello when he was just 10 years old. / WTVD-TV
New Orleans, LA
TULANE PROFESSOR HELPS DEAF GUESTS FEEL THE BEAT AT JAZZ FEST
When Sting took the stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, a Tulane University professor was on hand to play a role that some don’t notice, but many greatly appreciate. Denise Crochet, an adjunct professor in the Tulane School of Liberal Arts’ linguistics program, is a certified ASL interpreter who has served for 13 years as an interpreter for the popular festival. “I assemble the team of interpreters, I’m a member of the team, and I set the schedule for which acts will be interpreted,” said Crochet. / Tulane
A DEAF SOFTBALL PLAYER WAS KICKED OFF NEWBURY COLLEGE'S TEAM. NOW SHE'S SUING
Kayla Finacchiaro started playing softball when she was 8, made varsity her freshman year at Natick High School, and her pitches can hit 60 miles per hour, placing her at the highest levels of collegiate competition. She was also born deaf. And because of that, she alleges, she was dismissed from the Newbury College women’s softball team, following a relentless campaign of mocking and abuse by the coach, who ultimately told her “you are no longer welcome here.” / The Boston Globe
Royal Oak, MI
ROYAL OAK POLICE, FIREFIGHTERS RAISE $10K FOR DEAF BOY IN HOCKEY GAME
Royal Oak police and firefighters have turned over a check for $10,000 to the family of a deaf boy to help pay for an interpreter so he can take part in sports and social activities. Will DeMeritt, 9, of Lake Orion was born deaf and developed juvenile diabetes a few years ago. City police and firefighters in their annual Guns & Hoses charity hockey game last month attracted a crowd of nearly 300 people. / Daily Tribune
FIFER DIDN'T LET 'DEAF' DEFINE HIM
Fred Fifer never let being deaf stop him from living his best life, getting married, raising three children and enjoying every moment he could with his family. His oldest son Larry said his father would ask him to go to restaurants in Angola with him to interpret, and many times Fred would tell Larry he knew a particular person. “He would just go over to them and talk with them with his ink pen and notepad,” Larry said. / KPCnews.com
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Do you know ASL? We are looking for employees that want to make a difference in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities, who are also deaf. Positions are available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. As an employee, you will provide direct care, using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. 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 apply online at www.ne-arc.org.
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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: The Clinical Program Manager is responsible for the supervision and direction of a program, including providing clinical supervision and rehabilitative direction to a team of Direct Care Counselors and clients.
• Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in related field.
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.
MA Clinician: The MA Clinician will provide crisis and respite support services to individuals in being supported by the Deaf Respite Program.
• Qualifications: Master’s Degree in related field and at least two years’ experience with target population (inpatient, outpatient, residential acceptable).
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.
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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!
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.
Blended Case Manager – 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.
Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services required.
Training Coordinator – Full Time. Glenside location. Travels to Pittsburgh as needed. Education requirements flexible and based on experience. Must be proficient in ASL.
Outpatient Therapist – Part Time. Glenside location. Must be eligible for LCSW or LPC in PA. Must have MSW or equivalent. Must be proficient in ASL.
Assistant Office Manager – Full Time. Glenside location. Minimum high school diploma with 5 years’ management experience.
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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