June 28, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 36
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVOR GRADUATES WITH HELP FROM COOK COUNTY DETECTIVES
The woman's fingers and hands moved furiously as she recalled for the detectives every horrifying detail of her unsolved sexual assault three years earlier. The two Cook County sheriff's investigators listened as an interpreter spoke the words that Dalesha, born with total hearing loss, could not. How when she was raped she could manage only a low, muffled call for help. / Chicago Tribune
St. Louis, MO
DEAF INC. BUILDING BRIDGES WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT
One of the challenges for people with hearing impairments is a communications gap with law enforcement. Lack of understanding on either side can have dire consequences during a traffic stop or arrest. That’s why the Webster Groves-based non-profit Deaf, Incorporated is building bridges with local police, sheriffs, and first responders, to cut down on the number of difficult encounters between police and the hard of hearing. / KSDK
ALABAMA INSTITUTE FOR DEAF AND BLIND PLANS $1.3 MILLION EXPANSION
A historic educational center in Alabama is planning an addition to its Talladega campuses. The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind has announced plans to build a new $1.3 million nursing center. The facility will include three hospital bedrooms, a nursing station, waiting area and administrative space. Construction on the 5,000-square-foot building is scheduled to begin in August, and completion is expected early next year. / Birmingham Business Journal
NC SENATE PASSES BILL THAT IDENTIFIES DEAF DRIVERS ON LICENSE
The state Senate approved Thursday a bipartisan House bill that is designed to help provide better communication and interaction between deaf and hard-of-hearing motorists and law enforcement officials. It cleared the House by a 111-0 vote April 6. The Senate voted 47-0 in favor. The bill would allow for a special voluntary numeric and electronic designation on state driver’s licenses that the motorist is deaf or hard of hearing. / Winston-Salem Journal
Shaker Heights, OH
TEEN BORN DEAF GETS FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO HARVARD
Regan Brady from Shaker Heights was born deaf. Overcoming the odds, she is getting a full scholarship to Harvard University. She is the only girl in the U.S. to receive the Calvin Coolidge scholarship this year. Despite her challenges, Regan said her hearing loss has not held her back in life and does not have to hold anyone back. / News 5 Cleveland
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY FOR THE DEAF TO OPEN IN WACO
Baylor University deaf education lecturer Lewis Lummer comes from four generations of deafness, and he’s leading an effort to offer a Christian school experience for deaf children. ASL is his native language, and he had similar experiences as other deaf children growing up: limited access to resources, to opportunities and to Christian-focused teachings, he said. “I had a deaf family, and we did go to a particular church, but we didn’t have a children’s ministry for the deaf,” Lummer said. / Waco Tribune
HEAD OF TOP US UNIVERSITY FOR THE DEAF VISITING AFRICA
The first-ever deaf woman leader of a U.S. university for deaf students is touring Africa, hoping to learn and to teach institutions here how to provide for hearing-impaired students. In South Africa, an estimated one-fifth of the disabled population is hard of hearing. / Voice of America
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF GRADUATES READY FOR LIFE'S JOURNEY
“Show patience, take responsibility, become independent, exhibit determination, and show enthusiasm.” Superintendent David E. Hubman gave words of support and encouragement to graduates of the state School for the Deaf at its 143rd annual commencement ceremony today. Graduates Snowy Jenner, of Owego, and Shamani Small, of Troy, were honored at a gathering inside the gymnasium and were awarded diplomas and scholarships alongside friends and family. / Rome Sentinel
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Winnipeg, MB, Canada
NEW VIDEO CALL SERVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE DEAF MISTAKEN FOR TELEMARKETING
A service that helps people who are deaf and hard of hearing make phone calls is being mistaken for a telemarketing service, resulting in slammed down phones and cut lines before the person has a chance to communicate. VRS, or video relay service, was introduced in September to allow Canadians who are deaf and hard of hearing to communicate in their first language — American Sign Language. / CBC
DEAF CHILDREN'S THEATER LAUNCHES FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
Deaf Children’s Theater has announced that they will be running a fundraiser campaign on Kickstarter for the smooth conducting of various cultural exchange programs and workshops involving deaf communities internationally. They are calling for donations from the public to pay for the flight and accommodation costs of the small theater family, Deaf Children Theater for their travel and stay in Canada. / Crossroads Today
DEAF FRIENDS CAME TO AID OF VICTIMS IN FINSBURY PARK TERROR ATTACK
A group of deaf worshippers played an important role in helping victims of the Finsbury Park terror attack, despite one of them having been injured. Noureddine Bidi, Christopher Kyprianou and Mohammed Rachid el Rabat were at Muslim Welfare House praying on Sunday night and decided to stop for a coffee before going home. On the way the group joined others assisting Makram Ali after he collapsed near the mosque. The alleged attacker’s van then mounted the pavement and drove towards them. / The Times
THEATRE: GIVING DEAF EXPERIENCE A HEARING
With two Deaf actors in the cast, communication has been a challenge for director Kate Hewitt in rehearsals for the play receiving its regional premiere at the Crucible Studio. Ironically, lack of communication is at the heart of Nina Raine’s moving and darkly funny drama. The director, winner of the inaugural Royal Theatrical Support Trust Director Award, had never worked with Deaf actors before and was aware she was entering a world she wasn’t familiar with (although that’s often the case exploring plays). / Sheffield Telegraph
DEAF MAN FACING TRIAL LOSES HIGH COURT CHALLENGE
A deaf man facing trial on theft charges has lost a High Court challenge to being denied a separate communication assistant for legal consultations. Jonathan Sweeney issued proceedings against the Department for Justice over its refusal to provide a different Registered Intermediary at meetings with his defense team. But judges rejected claims that the decision amounted to discrimination and breached his right to a fair trial. / Belfast Telegraph
DEAF PEOPLE 'ELBOWED OUT' OF TOP SPOTS IN THEIR OWN ORGANIZATIONS
Deaf people are being left out of top spots in their own organizations and they want change. Deaf woman and advocate Monica Leach, 38, said the Deaf community is suffering from the lack of opportunities, training and Deaf organizations no longer have their values and culture at the centre as they are hearing-led. This was backed up by other Deaf people who emailed the Herald in support of the issue. / NZ Herald
All persons who can perceive, and perceiving, can make known their perception to others may be witnesses in cases being tried in court. But are deaf mutes competent witnesses? What must be shown so that they can qualify as witnesses? These are among the issues resolved in this case of Erica. / The Philippine Star
USING A BARBIE DOLL, 12-YEAR-OLD DEAF AND MUTE GIRL EXPLAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT ON HER
A 12-year-old deaf and mute rape survivor used a doll to narrate the horror that she had to undergo at the hands of her cousin.
Dhar police along with counselors in Indore recorded the statements of the minor deaf and mute survivor using a doll on Tuesday.
The incident had left such an impact on the child's mind that she became quiet and refused to interact with anyone. / The Times of India
DRUMMING TO HER OWN BEAT
Thirteen-year-old Anastasia Mary Chieng has an extraordinary flair for music. But what few people realise, as they watch her beat out a rhythm on her drum set with gusto or slide her fingers across an electone with much dexterity, is that she has an invisible disability.
Anastasia is completely deaf in her right ear, having been born without nerves in that ear. But her auditory shortcoming has not stopped her from developing a passion for music, in particular for drums. / TODAY Online
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LIFE & LEISURE
East Brunswick, NJ
HOW TO TURN CHALLENGES LIKE DEAFNESS INTO GIFTS
Lauren Mackiewicz, 32, is a job coach at Easterseals in East Brunswick, N.J. Q. What does Easterseals provide and what is your role there? A. We offer children and adults with challenges like deafness and autism a variety of services including educational enrichment programs, residential group homes, recreational activities and employment assistance. I help clients find jobs and become successful in their positions. I’m also manager of our deaf and hard-of-hearing employment services. / The New York Times
Daytona Beach, FL
CHERYL OLLIS, WHO IS DEAF-BLIND, HELPS OTHERS LEARN TO NAVIGATE THEIR DAILY LIVES
When Cheryl Ollis mentions she is Deaf-Blind, another famous person tends to come to mind – Helen Keller. Helen Keller was a well-known author and lecturer who became deaf and blind after an illness when she was 19 months old. For Cheryl, Helen Keller is a role model, but she also illustrates just how important it is to have someone there to teach you how to navigate through your daily life when you are Deaf-Blind. / PR Web
BEING DEAF MEANS LIVING IN A DIFFERENT CULTURE
This columnist spent a dozen years wandering the globe as an international baseball director. He learned very quickly that all cultures are not the same — from traditions to language. When I sat down with Carrie McCray, the associate dean of academic assessment and associate professor of ASL and English Interpretation at William Woods University, I found myself in an entirely different world, in a culture totally unlike any I had ever truly experienced — the culture of the deaf. / Columbia Daily Tribune
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WILL THE DEAF EVER BE ABLE TO ENLIST?
Throughout history, the Military has always been changing. For example, women couldn’t enlist until 1948 when Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act. Over the past five years, more and more people have started to wonder if the deaf will ever be able to enlist. The Isreali Military allows the deaf to serve in non-combat roles. Contrary, here in the US, deaf people are not allowed in the Military. However, Keith Nolan is doing all he can to change this. / AmeriForce Media
PROGRAM HELPS DEAF-BLIND JOB SEEKERS SUCCEED
Fear of losing her remaining vision once held Sonya Cochran back more than deaf-blindness until she found a state employment program focused on reaching her goals. Deaf-Blind Services offers training and job search assistance to those who are have profound hearing loss and legal blindness, or progressive visual conditions. There are no age requirements for services, but most clients are adults. / Norman Transcript
MEMBERS OF DEAF COMMUNITY GATHER TO LEARN ABOUT NEW NTOUCH VP2
On Tuesday night, in the lobby of Austin’s Topfer Theatre on South Lamar, about 350 members of Austin’s deaf community gathered to learn about a new device being offered from Sorenson Communications, a video-relay device called the ntouch VP2. The product preview, in the guise of a celebration, was not exactly a sales pitch. / 512tech.com
TEACHING ENGLISH TO DEAF STUDENTS
As I discussed in a previous article, the prelingually deaf often need ESL instruction since ASL is their first language. Many deaf people face the same issues as ESL students when they go through the educational process along with hearing students. The first language for many deaf students is ASL; this is not English but a separate language. It differs from English in the same way German or French does. English is a language deaf people have not heard or have heard only in a limited way. / MultiBriefs Exclusive
COLLEGE AT BROCKPORT TEACHES NURSING STUDENTS A LESSON IN CARE FOR DEAF PATIENTS
College at Brockport nursing student Kayla Hogan got a lesson Wednesday in patient care for the deaf population. In a role-reversal exercise, Hogan played the role of a patient while volunteers from Partners in Deaf Health served as health care providers in this mock exercise. Hogan used facial expressions, hand gestures and written notes in an attempt to get the medical care she needed — and encountered plenty of frustration and learned lots of lessons. / Democrat and Chronicle
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
WHEN FAN CONVENTIONS EXCLUDE DEAF PEOPLE, THEY FAIL EVERYONE
For the past three years, Seattle native Kai Winchester has been attending fan conventions organized by Creation Entertainment. Because Winchester is Deaf, he has had to advocate for the provision of sign language interpreters. The first time he requested interpreters, the organizers flat-out refused him, forcing him to spend more than a year liaising back and forth by email, repeatedly citing disability law and ultimately threatening to sue before they finally relented. / The Establishment
Los Angeles, CA
ANSEL ELGORT WANTED TO DO SIGN LANGUAGE JUSTICE IN 'BABY DRIVER'
Ansel Elgort was determined to portray sign language properly in Baby Driver so he could "really do it justice". In Edgar Wright's new action movie, The Fault in Our Stars actor stars as getaway driver Baby, who communicates with his deaf foster parent using ASL. He underwent lessons with a teacher to learn the language, while his deaf co-star CJ Jones also gave him a hand. / Xposé
Salt Lake City, UT
JEREMY LEE SANCHEZ FINDS DEAF CULTURE'S ARTISTIC POWER IN SIGNED POETRY
In a video of just under a minute and 15 seconds, Jeremy Lee Sanchez performs a visual vernacular of his favorite film, The Matrix (1999). It is impressive in its compact richness of conveying the film’s story line as a signed literary work that combines many elements of body movements, iconic signs, gestures and facial expressions. It is as clear an accounting of The Matrix storyline as anyone else might relate in the form of the spoken word. / The Utah Review
DEAF ACTIVIST SCHEDULED TO SPEAK AT LAMAR
A Dancing with the Stars and America’s Next Top Model winner will make his way to Lamar in September, but it won’t be for a dance lesson or modeling class. Deaf activist, model and actor, Nyle DiMarco, will give a lecture hosted by the Lamar University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication as a part of an academic lecture series. / Beaumont Enterprise
FLORENCE GRAD WITH HEARING IMPAIRMENT CONTINUES FOOTBALL CAREER
Myron McDaniel was about 8 years old when he first played football. He was a defensive lineman, just as he is now a decade later. “I wasn’t that good,” he said. “Your second year you were good,” Myron’s mother Saran offered. On the football field, yes. But a bigger challenge for the Florence native to tackle persists to this day, not just surfacing Friday night but all the time, and it has lasted his entire 19-year-old life. McDaniel is hearing impaired. / Times Daily
WOMAN ORGANIZES 5K RACE TO BENEFIT PEOPLE WITH HEARING LOSS
Ellie Tjelmeland is doing anything but hanging around and killing time before classes resume for her fall term at the University of Southern Indiana. Her greatest undertaking is her job as race director of the Watermelon 5K race scheduled for Saturday at Rochester Community Park. The Watermelon 5K is the brainchild of the 19-year-old Tjelmeland, who was born deaf and created the race to raise money to help people with hearing loss like her. / The State Journal-Register
CLUSTERED SPIRES HOSTS TOURNAMENT FOR EAST COAST GOLFERS WHO ARE DEAF
The greens and fairways at Clustered Spires Golf Club were busy this week as golfers who are deaf or partially deaf from New York to Florida played in an annual tournament. The 2017 Southeastern Deaf Golfers Association Tournament kicked off at the Frederick course Tuesday morning and continued daily through Thursday afternoon, with 93 golfers from all over the East Coast participating. / The Frederick News-Post
MIKE GLENN HOSTS 38TH BASKETBALL CAMP FOR THE DEAF, HARD OF HEARING
Former NBA player Mike “Stinger” Glenn held the 38th annual “Mike Glenn Basketball Camp for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing” athletes in Decatur. The weeklong camp started on June 18 and concluded on June 23 at Clairmont Presbyterian Church and the Church at Decatur Heights. “Our goal as always is to provide our campers with a fun-filled week that could be considered the best week of their lives,” said Glenn. / On Common Ground News
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The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) is recruiting to fill two vacant positions.
Technology Assistance Program Specialist Coordinator – https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/66598
The position assist the Technology Assistance Program (TAP) manager in overseeing the delivery, installation, training, troubleshooting on specialized telecommunication equipment distributed throughout Virginia.
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The position assist the Community Services manager in providing community services throughout Virginia including education & training, information & referrals, and outreach activities.
These positions are open until filled.
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: email@example.com Fax: 215.392.6065
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