June 8, 2011
Vol. 7, No. 32
Editor: Tom Willard
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CONVICTED EX-CEO OF ROCKVILLE DEAF-SERVICES COMPANY ORDERED JAILED
John T.C. Yeh, founder and former CEO of Rockville deaf services company Viable, has been detained without bail "based on recent violations of the conditions of his bail and pretrial release," according to an order signed May 9 by a federal judge. Yeh and his brother, former Viable executive Joseph Yeh, were to be sentenced Monday, but that has been postponed to July 27, according to court documents. The men pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Trenton, N.J., in October to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. / The Gazette
WELLS FARGO COMPENSATES DEAF CUSTOMERS OVER DISCRIMINATORY PHONE SERVICES
Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $16 million in compensation to customers with hearing and speech problems it discriminated against by refusing to do business over the phone using a telecommunications relay service. The settlement, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), resolves "numerous" complaints against Wells Fargo filed by people who are deaf, are hard of hearing or have speech disabilities. During 2009 the bank refused to accept "relay" calls. Instead, worried about potential fraud, Wells Fargo directed customers to call a number for the deaf and leave a message but it failed to get back to users, says the DoJ. / Finextra
DEAF PROTESTERS FEAR FOR FUTURE OF SIGN LANGUAGE
Hundreds of supporters for the Indiana School for the Deaf let their voices be heard by protesting in front of the Statehouse to express their opposition towards three recent appointments made by Gov. Mitch Daniels. “Hey Mitch, hear Indiana, deaf children first” signed many to the beat of a bass drum this morning as more than 300 people gathered to listen to testimonials from students and alumni as they expressed support for the school. / The Indianapolis Star
FRESNO RESIDENT IS HEADING TO HELP DEAF TORNADO VICTIMS
A Valley woman is headed to Joplin, Missouri to help tornado victims. ABC30 caught up with Sheila Van Eaton Wednesday morning [May 25] at the Fresno airport. The Fresno resident grew up in Joplin, Missouri and says seeing the devastation motivated her to go back and help with a special skill she has: translating for the deaf. Sheila Van Eaton said, "Most of my friends are ok... But I have friends who are deaf and they can't hear the sirens so I don't know if they're ok or not." / abc30.com
PARTIALLY BLIND MAN ACCUSED OF DUI IN BOULDER
A man, who is blind in one eye and deaf, was arrested in Boulder on suspicion of drunken driving and accused of nearly hitting pedestrians when his car struck a curb, police said. David Cabral, 23, was arrested early Friday morning when police said officers responded to reports that a car "almost struck several pedestrians when it struck the curb." When the officer asked Cabral for his driver's license and registration, his passenger, Alma Sever, said the driver is deaf and does not speak, the police report said. / KMGH Denver
PROPOSAL TO ALLOW FEES AT ISD, ISVI CAUSING A STIR
Legislation that could require parents of blind or deaf children to pay additional school fees is causing a stir amongst advocates for those with special needs. The proposal is contained in Senate Bill 1802, which passed the General Assembly on May 31, the last day of the spring legislative sessin. If the measure is signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn, the Illinois School for the Deaf and the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired, both in Jacksonville, could charge fees for things like room and board; books, labs and supplies; field trips; and extracurricular activities. / The State Journal-Register
PLAINTIFF GIVEN MORE TIME TO SERVE QUIKTRIP IN DEAF WOMAN'S PERSONAL INJURY CASE
A legally deaf woman representing herself in a re-filed personal injury suit against QuikTrip Corporation has been given more time to serve the company and find a new attorney. Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth continued a hearing on a move by QuikTrip to quash the service of Lois Nelson's suit as improper. The new hearing date on the matter is set July 29 at 9 a.m. / Madison County Record
VIRGINIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND GRADUATION
Tis' the season for graduation celebrations of all kinds and one small class of less than twenty does it up big complete with pomp and circumstance. Some have been at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (VSDB) for seventeen years, while others only a couple. But Friday one by one they all cross the stage to accept their hard-earned diplomas. / NBC 29 News
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MAN BREAKS INTO TWO CARS AT SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
A man smashed two car windows at the Jean Weingarten Peninsula Oral School for the Deaf (JWPOSD) on Tuesday around 10 a.m., according to principal Tracy Scandlyn. He stole a purse from one car and did not take any belongings from the second. Scandlyn said Redwood City Police Officer Megan Boyajian responded to the call within a few minutes. / Redwood City, CA Patch
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$425K PAYOUT 'MISERLY' FOR DEAF-MUTE'S JAIL HELL
A deaf-mute man who spent 15 years in jail for a murder he did not commit was awarded $425,000 by the West Australian government -- 50 years after he was convicted and banished to Fremantle Prison. But while the ex gratia payment to Darryl Beamish was intended to show the state's "sincere regret," it instead sparked a public outcry in which the Barnett government was accused of being "mean," "miserly" and an embarrassment. Mr Beamish, 71, who communicates only through sign language, declined to comment directly, but his lawyer, Michael Dawson, said they were "a little disappointed." / The Australian
STANDUP AIMS TO BREAK SILENCE ON DEAF COMEDY
Being deaf or hearing impaired may be no laughing matter, but partially deaf comedian Brad Hearne thinks comedy can be found anywhere and should be accessible to everyone. His last show Deaf Defying - on being hearing impaired - not only saw the humour in his disability but was one of two at this year’s Wild West Comedy Festival to be Auslan interpreted. “I started off with a few jokes and then realised I could make a show about it,” Hearne said. / The West Australian
Tauranga, New Zealand
FIRE DAMAGES DEAF COUPLE'S HOME
Firefighters had to smash their way into a deaf couple's home yesterday after a fire broke out in the kitchen. Tauranga Fire Brigade senior station officer Len Sabin said firefighters arrived at the Waihi Rd property about 8am to see smoke billowing from the eves of a flat. "En route we were told that there was a deaf couple living there," he said. A neighbour in the flat opposite had seen the smoke and raised the alarm, unsure if the middle-aged couple were home. / Bay of Plenty Times
West Midlands, England
COWARDLY THIEVES WHO TARGETED DEAF VICTIM
Two cowardly drug-fuelled thugs who attacked an 87-year-old deaf and partly blind man in his home and robbed him of his life savings have been jailed for four years. The victim was left so distressed by the ordeal that he has moved out of the house he had lived in for 74 years. Dean Darby and Lloyd Bernard, both 27, targeted him as they knew he was deaf and lived alone, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard. / Express & Star
WHY THE DEAF SEE BETTER THAN THOSE WHO CAN HEAR
Deaf people have better eyesight than those who can hear, research shows. Scientists discovered that the retinas of people born deaf, or who lost their hearing early in life, developed differently from those in people who can hear. This gave them greater peripheral vision, allowing them to see more and thus increase their awareness of their surroundings and any potential hazards. / Daily Mail
DEAF WOMAN RESCUED BY FIRE CREWS FROM STROUD HOUSE
A deaf woman who was asleep while a fire burned downstairs in her Stroud home has been rescued by firefighters. The smoke alarm was heard by the woman's neighbours in Cashes Green who called for help at 0520 BST. Chief fire officer Jon Hall said she was "completely unaware" of the fire. He said a door had prevented the fire from spreading through the property. / BBC News
LETTER: IAN JACKSON DID NOT REPRESENT GUYANA BECAUSE HE WAS DENIED CANADIAN VISA
On June 3, Ian Jackson, one of Guyana’s top riders, was scheduled to fly out from CJI airport to represent Guyana at the 13th World Deaf Championships in Mont Tremblant, Canada, June 10-15. It was a rare opportunity for a Deaf athlete to represent Guyana at an international Deaf event, thereby putting Deaf sport on the map for Guyana. Alas, none of this was to be, because Ian and his sign language interpreter/manager were denied visas by the Canadian High Commission in Trinidad. / Stabroek News
Cape Town, South Africa
PLASTICS INDUSTRY AND PARTNERS OFFER AN OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME TO 40 DEAF STUDENTS
Plastics SA, formerly known as The Plastics Federation of South Africa will be embarking on a 1 year pilot project with Whisper Boat Building Academy to train 30 deaf students of the Cape Town Boatbuilding and Technology Initiative in the art of working with composites during the next year. “There is a tremendous shortage of skilled labour in the Western Cape Boat Building Industry and the deaf students of the Whisper Boat Building Academy are a welcome relief in this shortage”, says WBBA founder Peter Jacops. / PRLog
LUKEWARM INTEREST FOR MISS DEAF TENDER
There has been lukewarm interest in the Miss Deaf contest. Not many companies and individuals have stepped forward to register an interest in hosting the contest. This was confirmed by the Swaziland National Council of Arts & Culture CEO, Stanley Dlamini as well as the Swaziland Beauty Pageant Association President Sizwe Ndlela. / The Swazi Observer
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THE DOWNSIDE OF CONCENTRATION: IT CAN MAKE YOU DEAF
Believe it or not, it can. The term has recently been coined “inattentional deafness” by a group of British researchers from University College London. They have discovered that people can become deaf to perfectly audible sounds when focusing heavily on a task. Their study -- published in the journal Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics -- had over a hundred participants. When they were engrossed in the more challenging task they were four times more likely not to hear a tone that was played unexpectedly through headphones they were wearing. / National Post
ACIDIC WATER 'MAKING NEMO FISH DEAF'Í
The level of acid in the water of the world's oceans is giving sea dwellers serious hearing problems, it has been reported. Research has shown that clownfish - the easily recognisable orange fish made famous by the Disney movie Finding Nemo -- can lose their hearing in water that is more acidic than average. This could lead to a serious drop in the number of clownfish in the world's oceans as it means that they are no longer equipped to respond to the sounds of nearby predators. / Envirotech Online
SAMANTHA LAUX WRITES CHILDREN'S BOOK ABOUT HER SERVICE DOG
Samantha Laux is trying to help teach children about some amazing animals and also help them learn not to judge people by their challenges. She was at Main Street Books in Mansfield this weekend signing copies of her new book. A 2007 graduate of Clear Fork High School who also attended Wright State University, is a young enthusiastic children's author who was diagnosed a years ago with a neurological disorder that rendered her deaf, legally blind and bound to a wheelchair. / WMFD
ROME'S RELAY RAISES $129,000
Nearly 1,000 walkers enjoyed abundant sunshine and comfortable overnight temperatures as they circled the track at the New York State School for the Deaf for close to 24 hours Saturday and Sunday, to benefit cancer research. After months of very wet weather, organizers of the 2011 American Cancer Society Relay for Life were very thankful for the two days of wonderful weather this year for the event that raised about $129,000. / Rome Daily Sentinel
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DEAF EDUCATION EVOLVING WITH IMPLANTS
It could be a preschool class anywhere, except that the group is unusually small, with just five children, and all are wearing sophisticated electronic devices in their ears. These children, and others at the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech in Bryn Mawr, are all deaf or hard of hearing. Yet instead of using American Sign Language, all have learned to speak, in most cases aided by devices called cochlear implants. All are headed to mainstream kindergarten. / The Philadelphia Inquirer
RETIREMENT OF 7 LONGTIME TEACHERS AT CLARKE SCHOOLS ...
Robert D. Storm remembers that once upon a time, students at Clarke Schools for Hearing & Speech had their own unique way of enjoying the music at school dances. “We had these enormous amplifiers, and the kids would go and press their bodies to the speakers because that way they could feel the music,” Storm recalls. Thanks to vastly improved technology, most people born with hearing impairments can simply hear the music now, one of many significant changes that teachers like Storm, 63, and Michael O’Connell, 61, have seen in their long careers teaching the deaf. / The Republican
HAMILTON CAPTEL RELEASES HEARING-IMPAIRED APP
Hamilton CapTel announced it has released the Hamilton Mobile CapTel app for Android, which makes it possible for individuals with hearing loss to make and receive captioned telephone calls on their Android smartphone. The free app allows users to listen, read captions of everything that is said during phone calls and respond. "We are dedicated to delivering technologically advanced solutions that are easily accessible to individuals who experience hearing loss," said Dixie Ziegler, vice president of Hamilton Relay of Aurora, which provides the Hamilton Mobile CapTel service. / Lincoln Journal Star
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
'BIRTH' OF A STAR
Summer television is often the repository of cookie-cutter cuties whose chief selling point -- for network executives and audiences -- is that they often look alike and sound alike. If the results are usually bland, at least they’re harmless. So what’s an outstanding young actress like Katie Leclerc doing on a new ABC Family series like “Switched at Birth”? Leclerc, 24, won the role of Daphne because “I would be able to build bridges between the hearing world and the deaf world.” / The New York Post
See Also ABC FAMILY TO PRESENT EXCLUSIVE WEEKLY WEBISODES TAKING VIEWERS BEHIND-THE-SCENES OF "SWITCHED AT BIRTH" / The Futon Critic
LADY GAGA LEARNING SIGN LANGUAGE FOR DEAF FANS
Lady Gaga is to learn sign language so she can communicate with her deaf fans. The wacky singer -- whose Born This Way album is No1 in Britain and across the globe -- plans to take lessons with a private tutor. She has been inspired to take up ASL -- American Sign Language -- after watching YouTube clips of her deaf devotees signing along to her songs. / The Sun
DEAF, LOUD AND PROUD
A music video that truly deserves to go viral has appeared on YouTube. It is a collaboration between two of the world’s leading deaf artists, the rapper Sean Forbes and the Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin, and showcases the song ‘Let’s Mambo,' which details Forbes’s efforts to overcome the disability that shrinks his self-esteem and blights his love life. / The Spectator
New York, NY
TECHNOLOGY HELPS DEAF AND BLIND EXPERIENCE BROADWAY THEATER
On June 8, you won't necessarily need vision or hearing to experience the musical “Catch Me If You Can” on Broadway. The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts is spending $240,000 to outfit four Broadway theaters with two pieces of technology called I-Caption and D-Scriptive that will expand theater-going options for the deaf and the blind. Funding for the Alliance's project, called the Broadway Accessibility/Audience Expansion Initiative, came from a grant from New York City and from the New York City Theater Sub-district Council. / WNYC Culture
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UFC 130: RAMPAGE JACKSON THUMPS TO UNANIMOUS DECISION AGAINST BELOW-PAR MATT HAMILL
Rampage Jackson was rarely in trouble against a below-par Matt Hamill who had no answers - or plan B - after the former UFC light-heavyweight champion had stifled all early attempts at takedowns in this contest, the headline event at UFC 130 in Las Vegas. There were a plethora of kicks thrown early in the contest from Hamill, but to no avail. It was not a grand spectacle. Rampage went hunting, Hamill never really showed. / Telegraph
See Also JACKSON PICKS UP $250,000 FOR UFC 130 WIN OVER HAMILL / TSN
See Also MATT HAMILL PROVIDING INSPIRATION FOR DEAF COMMUNITY / ESPN
DEAF DISC GOLF
From first sight to first chains, the race is on. The dream is coming true and after three years of preparation, the 11th Annual National Deaf Disc Golf Championship is finally here. Disc Golf is a phenomenon that breaks the communication barrier. All it requires is one disc and transportation to the nearest accessible course with disc entrapment baskets. During Memorial Day weekend, disc golf is in a position to influence the vibrant Austin, Texas community and inspire future disc golfers. / Professional Disc Golf Association
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TEACHER MOURNED BY COMMUNITY
South Salem High School students and staff members are mourning the Friday death of American Sign Language teacher Fred Farrior, 64. Principal David Phelps said the family notified the school when Farrior went into the hospital May 26. "We did deliver that message (to students)," Phelps said. Phelps didn't elaborate on what health issues had sent Farrior to the hospital. On Tuesday, students in Farrior's two classes learned that he died. / Statesman Journal
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Division of Student Services, Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf
Manager 1, Education
SALARY: $71,878.65 - $100,638.17
Under general direction of the Superintendent at the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf, directs, manages, and supervises an important, primarily single objective program or unit, the Office of Student Support Services. This includes the development, planning, organization, and supervision of goals, policies, procedures, and work processes of the program and staff. The Director of Student Support Services may be responsible for areas including but not limited to: Audiology; Counseling; Social Work; Residential Services; Student Health Services; Behavior Management; Enrollment and Evaluation; does related work as required.
REQUIREMENTS: Graduation from an accredited college with a Master's degree in Education or a field related to the area of assignment. Counseling, psychology, social work or a field related to the area of assignment preferred. Five (5) years of experience in education or other field that is directly related to the functions of the assigned position, including two (2) years in an administrative or supervisory capacity. Professional experience in the education of students who are Deaf or hard of hearing preferred. Certificate as a teacher or administrator. Education supervisor certification preferred.
Appointees to the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf must be able to communicate effectively with Deaf students and adults. All final candidates must be fingerprinted and bear the $78.00 cost of the criminal history check in order to qualify for employment at the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf. For more information on the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf, visit www.mksd.org.
Please forward resume by June 20,
New Jersey State Department of Education
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Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
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Director, Deaf Services
Advocates is looking for a full-time 40 hour a week Director for our Deaf services programs. Deaf candidate strongly preferred or candidates that are fluent in ASL (American Sign Language).
The Director of Deaf Services is responsible for the successful administration and management of the clinical, budgetary and business operations of the residential services and programs assigned. Provide clinical and administrative supervision to all employees who work in the residential services and programs assigned to the Director of Clinical Services.
Master’s degree in social service or related field plus 5 yrs supervisory/clinical experience. Provides crisis on call coverage as assigned.
1. Master’s degree in social
services or related field supervisory experience.
2. Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
3. Must have sensitivity to the needs of the population.
4. Strong computer knowledge.
5. High energy level, superior interpersonal skills and ability to function in a team atmosphere.
6. Strong analytical, numerical and reasoning abilities.
7. Ability to execute a variety of decision-making models.
8. Ability to communicate effectively in writing, and ability to use good judgment.
9. Ability to read English and communicate effectively in the primary language of the programs as assigned ( ASL and English).
10. Must hold a valid drivers’ license. Must have access to an operational and insured vehicle and be willing to use it to transport clients.
Deaf candidate strongly preferred and candidates that are ASL (American Sign Language) fluent.
Advocates' philosophy is based on common values and principles that guide the delivery of all of the services we provide. We believe that all individuals have the right to pursue their personal goals and to contribute to the community. We believe they are entitled to receive accessible services; to live in decent and affordable housing; to be treated with dignity and respect; and to live in inclusive and diverse communities. The employees of Advocates and the recipients of the services we provide work together with the community to ensure that these universal rights are promoted and protected.
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