May 10, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 29
Editor: Tom Willard
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New York, NY
CHRIS PRATT USES ASL TO APOLOGIZE TO HEARING-IMPAIRED FANS FOR 'INSENSITIVE' JOKE
Chris Pratt found the perfect way to apologize to his fans with hearing disabilities. After the "Guardians of the Galaxy" star shared an Instagram video that found him joking that viewers should "turn up the volume' rather than rely on subtitles, some fans criticized him for being insensitive to those who are hearing-impaired. So, Pratt, 37, recorded a new video of himself using American Sign Language (ASL) to apologize for the off-the-cuff remark, and included a heartfelt mea culpa in its caption. / TODAY.com
Baton Rouge, LA
ADVOCATES HOLD DEAF RIGHTS RALLY AT LA. STATE CAPITOL
Many people with hearing disabilities stood on the steps of the Capitol Thursday morning to raise awareness about the challenges deaf people face. These activists say they can have trouble adjusting to the public school system and even everyday life because of their disability. One of the top priorities for this rally was the TV monitors at the Capitol. Advocates say there is no closed captioning on those monitors and they can’t follow what's going on during session. / WAFB
Belle Glade, FL
DEAF MAN ACCUSED OF BEATING GIRLFRIEND'S HUSBAND WITH ROCK
A Belle Glade man is being held without bond in the Palm Beach County Jail after he struck his girlfriend’s husband with a rock, fracturing the victim’s skull in multiple places and causing other serious injuries, according to an arrest report. Vincent Claeatance Poole, 35, is facing a charge of attempted first-degree murder. The police report states that Poole is deaf in both ears. / Palm Beach Post
New Brunswick, NJ
JUDGE FINDS MAN GUILTY OF ENDANGERMENT IN SEX ASSAULT CASE OF DEAF, MUTE TEEN
A judge on Friday found a Middlesex County man who stood trial on charges that he sexually abused a teenage girl guilty of child endangerment. "I believed her," Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves said of the girl, who is deaf and mute. Hitler Santana, also known as Luis Camacho, was found guilty of endangering the welfare of child. A small crowd of Santana's family and friends sat in court, as an interpreter translated the ruling to the man. / NJ.com
COURT ALLOWS HOSPITALS TO BE SUED OVER DEAF SERVICES
A federal appeals court Monday cleared the way for a lawsuit against two South Florida hospitals facing allegations that they did not properly provide interpreter services to deaf people. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower-court ruling in favor of Baptist Hospital of Miami and South Miami Hospital and their parent organization, Baptist Health South Florida. / Health News Florida
HOW DEAF MEN HELPED NASA UNDERSTAND MOTION SICKNESS
Barron Gulak remembers one experiment that did not take place in a lab. In 1964, Gulak and the other test subjects for the research were sent out on a boat travelling through rough waters off the coast Nova Scotia. The ship rolled and pitched in a storm, tilting back and forth. But those who'd volunteered for the research were immune to motion sickness. "Honestly, it was a wonderful time," said Gulak who, along with the other research test subjects, is deaf. / Stuff.co.nz
FIREFIGHTERS TREAT STUDENTS IN DEAF-EDUCATION PROGRAM TO ZOO ADVENTURE
Six-year-old Carter Esau saw a tiger for the first time Wednesday morning, thanks to his friends at the Tulsa Fire Department. It’s what he wanted to see the most during a field trip to the Tulsa Zoo, as he reminded his teacher all morning. Firefighters paid for the zoo adventure and accompanied Carter and his nine classmates enrolled in Wright Elementary School’s deaf-education program. / Tulsa World
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Sudbury, ON, Canada
WITH TENTATIVE CHS DEAL, LIFE RETURNING TO NORMAL FOR SUDBURY'S DEAF COMMUNITY
The deaf and hard-of-hearing community is cautiously optimistic following news that a tentative deal has been reached between the Canadian Hearing Society and its workers. For the past nine weeks, 227 counsellors, literacy instructors, audiologists and speech pathologists with the CHS in Ontario have been on strike. CUPE 2073, the union representing the workers, reached a tentative agreement with their employers yesterday [May 8]. / CBC News
Langley, BC, Canada
DEAF TEEN ASKS FOR HELP AFTER LOSING COSTLY HEARING DEVICES
A fun evening out for a 19-year-old Langley man has cost him dearly. Danny Ott, who is deaf, was at Gabby’s night club in Langley City on April 21 when he was feeling warm, so he took off his jacket and put it down. “I was talking to someone and when I looked back, my jacket was gone,” he said. Inside the jacket was his cochlear implant processor, special headphones, keys and phone charger. “But what’s really important to me is my cochlear implant processor and headphone. The device itself cost about $12,000 US ($16,000 CAN.),” he said. / Langley Times
DEAF 4-YEAR-OLD NARROWLY AVOIDS BEING HIT BY AT LEAST 7 CARS AND TRUCKS
A 4-year-old deaf boy was spotted running through a motorway tunnel as at least seven cars and a truck sped past, narrowly avoiding hitting him. The clip, recorded in a dark tunnel on China's Baotou Expressway, sees the lost deaf youngster racing towards the traffic in the middle of two lanes. Drivers who spot the child brake or manage to steer around him as he managed to make it all the way to the other side of the tunnel before being picked up by traffic officers. / Mirror
ELDERLY DEAF MAN FINED FOR PLAYING PORN TOO LOUD
An elderly man who struggles with his hearing has reportedly been fined £85 fine after continuously terrorising his neighbours with loud porn. The man, who has only been identified as a man over 75, allegedly made his neighbours’ lives hell by watching porn films with the volume turned all the way up at his home in Hennef, Germany. His neighbors, a couple in their mid-sixties, said they had been so put off by the sexual noises from next door, they could no longer watch their favourite series in the afternoon. / Metro News
TWINS USE STYLE TO BREAK BARRIERS FOR THE DEAF
Fashion bloggers Hermon and Heroda Berhane were 7 when they both mysteriously went deaf at the same time. Now 34, the Eritrean-Ethiopian twin sisters have blossoming careers in modeling and acting as well as a fashion blog. Their mission is simple. "We want to tell people around the world that you should embrace disability, not hide from it," the twins said in an email interview with CNN. / CNN
DEAF AGENCY PHOTOGRAPHER SCOOPS STANDARD FRONT PAGE
The Evening Standard cleared its front page today to carry dramatic images of hammer-wielding moped gang speeding through the West End of London. Photographer with agency Mega Ian Lawrence, 43, who captured the image said: “I saw two scooters speeding towards me and weaving all over the road. One of the guys on the back was wielding a hammer. He added: “I am deaf, which makes my job very hard compared to other photographers, and I have to push myself to the limit all the time. / Press Gazette
WOMEN USING HRT TO COMBAT EFFECTS OF MENOPAUSE RISK GOING DEAF, STUDY FINDS
Women who use hormone replacement therapy to combat the effects of menopause risk going deaf, a study found. Those who took the pills for more than 10 years were a fifth more likely to suffer hearing loss than those who had never been treated. Experts say the findings – published in the journal Menopause – are so alarming that potential users should be warned of the dangers. / The Sun
DEAF WOMAN LATE FOR WEDDING RECEPTION AFTER CAB DRIVER REFUSES TO TAKE HEARING DOG
A deaf woman was late to a wedding reception after a minicab driver refused to take her hearing dog into his car unless she paid an extra £45. Sophie Biebuyck, from Essex, was left “upset and embarrassed” after the minicab driver refused to take her with her assistance dog Rusty. Driver Ali Ates, 65, was fined £500 and ordered to pay £988 in court costs after being found guilty of refusing to carry a passenger who wished to be accompanied by an assistance dog. / MSN
NUN HELPED PRIESTS RAPE DEAF KIDS: COPS
Roman Catholic priests at an Argentinian school for the deaf allegedly raped and sodomized children with impunity -- and a nun helped them. Authorities say Kosaka Kumiko, 42, has been arrested and charged with aiding and abetting the perverted priests’ sickening antics. She was also charged with physically abusing students at the Antonio Provolo Institute for children with hearing impairment. / Toronto Sun
DEAF FILM DIRECTOR BRINGS FRESH PERSPECTIVE WITH SILENT FILM
A deaf film director who was unhappy about the lack of films made from the perspective of those with hearing loss has taken a step to address the situation, by completing a silent film featuring those who can't hear. Director Eri Makihara, 30, was born to deaf parents. She naturally took a liking to subtitled films, but was unhappy about the lack of films captured from the perspective of deaf people. / The Mainichi
INSIDE THE MUMBAI DEAF COMMUNITY'S UNIQUE PUBLIC TRANSIT CULTURE
A few years ago, Sujit Sahasrabudhe, a teacher and researcher, was walking into Mumbai’s CST railroad station with his father when he realized he was caught in a classic commuter conundrum: he was holding a hot cup of coffee, and the train car he wanted to ride in was at the other end of the platform. As his father prepared to duck into the nearest compartment, gesturing for his son to join him, Sahasrabudhe decided to risk it, and started to sprint. “I ran and ran with that coffee,” he later recalled. / Atlas Obscura
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
SAUDI TV SIGN LANGUAGE KEEPS DEAF AUDIENCE IN THE LOOP
One of the things that stood out in the airing of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent interview was the simultaneous sign language interpretation on the bottom-right corner of the TV screen. Faiza Natto, founder and director of the Deaf Club for Women, commended the move, as it kept deaf audiences up-to-date regarding the important topics discussed during the interview. / Arab News
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LIFE & LEISURE
PERIPHERAL REACTION TIME FASTER IN DEAF ADULTS AND SIGN LANGUAGE USERS
For years, movies and comic books have entertained us with stories about sensory compensation. While this may sound like Hollywood fodder, a recent study seems to show a clear example of sensory compensation among deaf adults. Scientists from the Academic Unit of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics at the University of Sheffield in England found that deaf subjects had significantly better reaction time to peripheral vision stimuli than subjects who could hear. / American Optometric Association
DEAF MINISTRY SPEAKS VOLUMES
Gateway Church wants to make sure you can understand their service — even if you can’t hear it. The church has started a new deaf ministry in which services are interpreted in sign language. The endeavor came about after a conversation between Mike Norman, the church’s director of worship and technology, and church elder Ben Tan. Tan said he had always been “ready and willing” to embark on such a project. / The Courier
DEAF, HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS VOLUNTEER AT TAILS
TAILS Humane Society welcomed the help of deaf and hard-of-hearing students from Clinton Rosette Middle School and Tyler Elementary School on Thursday in honor of Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day. Mary Peco, a Clinton Rosette Middle School teacher for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, said this was the first year the event was recognized in DeKalb School District 428. “This provides people who are deaf or hard of hearing the opportunity to do a service and give back to the community,” Peco said. / Daily Chronicle
LETTER: THE UNIVERSITY UNDER REPRESENTS DEAF STUDENTS
Our University is a renowned institution when it comes to promoting disabled students and their success. However, recent research has shown that the University is significantly under representing the Deaf population of Illinois. Within Illinois, 2.8 percent of the population live with a hearing disability. Currently, we have three Deaf students. If we were to accurately represent our state, there would be around 937 Deaf students on campus. / The Daily Illini
LIBRARY OFFERS FREE VIDEOPHONE SERVICE FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
Lincoln City Libraries now offers free video phone communication equipment for use by the deaf and hard of hearing at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St. It is the first public library in the state to offer the service. / Lincoln Journal Star
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DEAF KNOXVILLE UBER DRIVER
We're all familiar with ride share apps like Uber and Lyft. If you plan on getting your next ride from one, there's a small chance your driver could be deaf. The minute you get into Allen Parsons' car, you know you're in for a unique ride. Allen can't hear what his passengers say about him, but what he can read is their expression when they find out he's deaf. Some, according to Parsons, are excited, but a few can be a little skeptic and closed off. / WVLT
Silver Spring, MD
LYFT TEAMS WITH NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF TO HELP DRIVERS
The car service launched both new technology and a partnership with the National Association of the Deaf in an effort to assist hard-of-hearing drivers. The partnership highlights NAD’s ongoing interest in ride-sharing, which has proven a reliable path to employment for deaf adults. When a Lyft driver learns that there’s a new ride out there, the phone puts out a small beep so the driver can hop on it. The problem with that is that not every driver can hear that little beep. / Associations Now
DEAF BUSINESS OWNERS IN AUSTIN WORK TO OVERCOME COMMUNICATION HURDLES, STIGMA
"When we first came to America, I remember seeing lots of restaurants and companies and thinking, 'How do those folks become owners of restaurants?'" said Inna Giterman, owner of Crepe Crazy in Austin. Those were Giterman's thoughts when she moved to Austin from Ukraine in 1990. "My husband's mother had great recipes," she said. So, she hit the road. "It was just a traveling thing that we liked to do because I liked to cook," added Giterman. / TWC News
St. Augustine, FL
FLAGLER HOSTING FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR FOR DEAF EDUCATION STUDY
When Dr. Maraisa Lopes was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to compare deaf education programs in the United States with those in her native Brazil, she had to choose a host college to conduct the study. One of the reasons that made Flagler College so appealing, she says, is the large deaf community in St. Augustine, as well as the partnership between the college and the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. Lopes is the first Fulbright scholar Flagler College has hosted. / St. Augustine Record
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
ASL INTERPRETERS HELP TRANSLATE THE INTIMACY OF LIVE MUSIC
When Shawn Vriezen interpreted the national anthem for the Minnesota Wild Stadium Series hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks last February, his hands shown in stark contrast against his black shirt as he signed the patriotic lyrics in his native ASL. “I was able to really show [the words] in ASL and have the rockets going up and everything,” Vriezen said. Vriezen is a Certified Deaf Interpreter. / The Minnesota Daily
RFP: MINNESOTA STATE ACADEMY FOR THE DEAF
The Minnesota State Arts Board is excited to announce a new public art project at the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf in Faribault, Minnesota. We're looking for artists or artist-led teams with a connection to Deaf culture to create permanent, site-specific artwork for a new dormitory on campus. / Mn Artists
TEENS MAKE HOCKEY HISTORY ON FIRST WOMEN'S DEAF TEAM
Maddie Gagliano and Hannah Garcia don't wear their hearing aids on the ice. As members of the first U.S. National Women's Deaf Ice Hockey team, they don't have to. "You can show you're deaf instead of hiding it," says 13-year-old Maddie of Elgin, a center who scored two goals as the new women's team took on Canada during its first and only games, exhibition contests April 22 and 23 in Amherst, N.Y. / Chicago Daily Herald
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
ROB STRANO INTRODUCES DEAF STUDENTS TO GOLF
After finishing a 15 year professional golf career, Rob Strano was at a loss for what to do with the rest of his life. In 2003 he felt a calling to learn sign language and that led to what has now become his mission. This is the 13th straight year that Strano has hosted a golf clinic at THE PLAYERS for students from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. This is the only known golf clinic of its kind. / WJXT
PAWSOX WILL HOLD DEAF AWARENESS NIGHT
The Pawtucket Red Sox will host its first Deaf Awareness Night on Thursday, May 11, at McCoy Stadium, as the team hosts the Rochester Red Wings. Designed to bring more recognition and awareness of deaf and hard-of-hearing members of the New England community, Deaf Awareness Night expects to bring more than 100 deaf and hard-of-hearing young people and adults from the area. / The Valley Breeze
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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
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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: 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!
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
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