July 5, 2012
Vol. 8, No. 34
Editor: Tom Willard
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The National Association of the Deaf is holding its biennial conference this week in Kentucky and will be electing a new president. On behalf of Deafweekly, I am endorsing CHRIS WAGNER for the job. I started out supporting his opponent, Sheri Ann Farinha, mostly because I know her and don't know Chris. But as the campaign went on and I read what people said on the candidates' Facebook pages, I was reminded of the old saying, "You can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep." I realized that Sheri attracted the militant deaf people, those who spend all their time blogging and vlogging and pounding out long comments on other people's websites, whereas Chris attracts the deaf community's grown-ups, those who actually DO things. It made me fear that a Sheri Ann Farinha presidency would be marked by divisiveness and contentiousness and pickets and protests over every little issue, whereas a Chris Wagner presidency might see things actually getting done. I was especially encouraged by Chris's pledge to have NAD apply for at least 25 grants each year. NAD always says it doesn't have any money but does very little to change that picture. Chris knows that there is a lot of money available through government, foundation and corporate grants and he wants to ensure that we deaf people get our fair share. Further, I believe that Chris will represent ALL deaf and hard-of-hearing people, whereas Sheri would represent only the born deaf, native ASL users. The deaf community is too small to be encouraging further division. We need to appreciate and respect the full range of deaf people, and I believe Chris feels the same way. Thus I am pleased to support Chris Wagner as NAD president.
DEAF COMMUNITY OUTRAGED BY DIRTY SIGN LANGUAGE BOOK
An online petition has received over 3,600 signatures asking that the book “Super Smutty Sign Language” not be printed because many claim that the book promotes disrespectful attitudes to Deaf culture and American Sign Language (ASL). The book is written by Kristin Henson, a self-proclaimed ASL amateur from Philadelphia. The book comes after a series of YouTube videos where Henson teaches viewers how to sign vulgar phrases, such as, “How much for a blow job?” and “I’ve got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one.” / The Horn
See Also STOP HARASSING KRISTIN OF 'DIRTY SIGNS WITH KRISTIN' / Change.org
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently issued a finding that undermines Apache ASL Trails’ ability to fulfill its purpose of providing quality supportive housing to deaf, hard-of-hearing and deaf-blind individuals. This callous and uninformed ruling hurts not only the many current residents who call Apache ASL Trails home, but the many potential future residents who can only dream of a home like Apache. Adding insult to injury, HUD is even insisting that Apache eliminate “ASL” from its name to ensure that all references to deaf culture at the property are eradicated. / Apache ASL Trails
ROCKY MOUNTAIN DEAF SCHOOL GETS APPROVAL TO MOVE FORWARD
The Rocky Mountain Deaf School received the Lakewood City Council’s go-ahead to build a new school at the council’s June 25 meeting, with an 8-3 vote to rezone the land. Voting against the rezoning of the 10-acre plot at 2090 S. Wright St. were council members David Wiechman, Ramey Johnson and Pete Roybal. Because a legal protest has been filed, the council had to pass the ordinance to rezone with a two-thirds majority. / Our Colorado News
DEAF VALLEJO WOMAN RECEIVES APOLOGIES FROM BLOOD CENTER AFTER TURNED AWAY
A blood center apologized to a local woman who was turned away from donating her blood because she is deaf. Wendy Chadd-Guido said she drove by a blood drive bus in Vallejo recently when she decided on a whim to donate blood. The mother of two said she got a pen and paper and wrote down, "I'm deaf. But I would like to donate blood." Chadd-Guido said an attendant wrote down, "We can't do it because if you were to have a reaction and pass out I can't communicate with you. I'm sorry." / Vallejo Times-Herald
New York, NY
NETFLIX LOST ITS COURT CASE AGAINST THE DEAF
Netflix has to provide closed captioning on its online video, according to a court ruling in a lawsuit brought by the National Association for the Deaf. This is interesting for its online ramifications, and also because Ars Technica has an article about it where a law professor redefines the term “going ballistic.” If websites must comply with the ADA, all hell will break loose. Could YouTube be obligated to close-caption videos on the site? (This case seems to leave that door open.) Could every website using Flash have to redesign their sites for browsers that read the screen? / UPROXX
DEAF RIGHT IGNITE DEBATE
A handful of state officials, who spoke at a House Judiciary Committee hearing regarding the Deaf Child's Bill of Rights, said legislation is already in place that covers rights and policies for children with disabilities. But deaf advocates and some legislators disagree. Those who addressed the committee on June 20 included Wilson's deaf community, officials within the Exceptional Children's Division of the Department of Public Instruction, a nonprofit leader, attorney and parent of a child who has moderate hearing loss. Various views on the issue ignited debate. / The Wilson Daily Times
DEAF CONFERENCE EXPECTED TO DRAW THOUSANDS IN LOUISVILLE
The crack of a baseball bat. A vendor yelling "cold beer here!" A roaring crowd on a hot July night. Those are the sounds associated with the ballpark and America's past time. They are also the sounds many people take for granted. Imagine watching a baseball in silence. A group of nearly 1200 deaf or hard of hearing people did just that by attending Tuesday's nights Louisville Bats game. It kicked off the week long National Association of the Deaf conference here in Louisville. / WDRB
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ONLINE PREDATOR BEHIND BARS
An online sex predator who posed as a teenage girl to sexually exploit young boys has been jailed. Cameron Stuart Hore had admitted 12 charges before his sentencing including two of blackmail, two of obtaining credit by deception, and eight of sexual exploitation or attempted sexual exploitation. The 28-year-old has been jailed for four years and one month in the High Court at Christchurch today. Hore is deaf and a sign language interpreter was in court for him. / TVNZ
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Pabi Rizal grew up in a refugee camp in Nepal, arriving in Canada three years ago at age 18. She is deaf and has learned English and western-style sign language together in her new country. She has two jobs and does volunteer work. The Citizen asked her about adjusting to life here; she took the questions through video conference with a signing interpreter and replied in writing. / The Ottawa Citizen
HUNDREDS PAY RESPECTS TO FIRST DEAF MP LORD JACK ASHLEY OF STOKE
Senior politicians joined celebrities, media personalities and hundreds of ordinary people in London to pay homage to a pioneering MP who represented Stoke-on-Trent for many years. A memorial service in honour of Lord Jack Ashley of Stoke took place Monday at the Church House conference venue in the grounds of Westminster Abbey. The former Stoke South MP, who is perhaps best remembered as the first deaf MP and a tireless campaigner for disabled rights, died in April aged 89. / This is Staffordshire
MAN, 29, LEFT DEAF BY CLUB 'ATTACK' IN BRADFORD
A man has been left permanently deaf after an alleged attack outside a city centre nightclub. The 29-year-old had been leaving the Cube in Ivegate with his 21-year-old sister in the early hours of the morning. The incident started after the man’s sister got involved in an argument with another woman. A man is said to have then punched him in the head, knocking him to the ground. A police spokesman said the victim, who was partially-deaf before the attack, had now been left permanently deaf. / Bradford Telegraph and Argus
NEW CCTV IMAGES APPEAL OVER SEXUAL ASSAULT OF YOUNG DEAF WOMAN
Police are appealing for possible witnesses pictured in new CCTV footage to come forward in relation to the alleged serious sexual assault of a 22-year-old deaf woman in Lincoln in 2010. In October 2011 Lincolnshire Police released a picture (centre) of a man who may have been in the area at the time of the incident. This took place on December 18, 2010. This man has still not been identified. / The Lincolnite
DEAF TODDLER RECOVERING FROM LIFE-CHANGING OPERATION TO FIT BIONIC HEARING AID INSIDE HER SKULL
A 22-month old girl with a rare condition is recovering from a £60,000 ($93,000) life-changing operation to fit a bionic hearing aid inside her skull. It was a race against time for little Evie Small who was flown to Italy for the surgery which will finally give her the chance to hear and speak. She is completely deaf but it is hoped she will soon be able to hear her parents tell her they love her for the first time. / Daily Mail
5-YEAR-OLD BOY RAISES MONEY FOR HEARING DOGS FOR DEAF PEOPLE
A 5-year-old boy is raising funds for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People after starting his own Olympic-style ‘torch relay’ on eBay. Logan McKerrow from Somerset made his own Olympic-style torch at school and, with the help of his mum Kerry, decided to list the torch on eBay to raise money for the charity. Since being listed in early June, the torch has gone on to raise just short of £100 ($157 US) having been bought by two eBay shoppers. / The Limping Chicken
FOTO BARYO: TEACHING PHOTOGRAPHY TO THE DEAF
Stories are not always told through words. Photographs can also convey the deepest sentiments and memorable experiences of a person. Sometimes, the best memories are depicted in photographs. How would the physically impaired want to share memories? “Paaralang Pag-ibig at Pag-asa in San Pablo, Laguna” is a school for special children. They provide education and skills training for the blind, deaf and those with autism. / ABS-CBN News
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
GRULAC GIVES TO SID'S INITIATIVE
THE Group of Latin American and Caribbean Embassies in Malaysia (Grulac) recently donated RM67,223 ($21,250 US) to the Society of Interpreters for the Deaf (SID). The donation was collected through the 4th Latin American Festival which was held in Bukit Bintang, here, on May 12. The festival was aimed at promoting the continent's cultures and also to support charity programmes and organisations devoted to Malaysians in need. / New Straits Times
Johor Baru, Malaysia
PARTIALLY DEAF MAN TO REPRESENT SELF IN CASE AGAINST HYPERMARKET
A man who became partially deaf after using a faulty power drill has decided to represent himself at the Court of Appeal to seek higher compensation. V. Sundrum, 53, a former sales representative but now jobless, said he bought the drill from a hypermarket in Johor Baru. The drill, which was certified by the Energy Commission, cracked, with bits detaching from the drill, hitting him in the left eye and ear. He regained his eyesight but lost his hearing in the left ear. / Malaysia Star
RANBIR ASSURES 'NO DISABILITY' IN 'BARFI'
Ranbir Kapoor is playing a deaf and mute boy while Priyanka will be seen as an autistic girl in the forthcoming film "Barfi", but Ranbir claims that despite such characters audiences will not see any "disability" in the film. "Whatever disability you see right now, you will not feel in the film. We are normal characters. PC (Priyanka) is playing an autistic girl in the film, but she is like this cute puppy dog who you will fall in love with. You will not see the disability," he said. / NY Daily News
Isle of Wight
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP DEAF
An appeal has been issued for volunteers to help ease the isolation deafness can cause. Isle of Wight Action on Hearing Loss has launched the appeal for more volunteers to help — especially now as the organisation wants to expand its work. "We need more volunteers who would like to visit clients in their homes," said Action on Hearing Loss head of the south-west region Lesley Holmes. / County Press
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STUDIES ON DEAF CHILDREN MAY HELP DECODE DYSLEXIA
An estimated 40 million Americans struggle with some level of dyslexia, which can leave them confused, frustrated and struggling to keep up. Doctors have known for years that those with dyslexia process information differently than others, like seeing words with transposed letters. But there is mounting evidence that they might also hear language differently, as well. / HealthNewsDigest.com
See Also DEAF CHILDREN, LANGUAGE SKILLS -- SURPRISING INSIGHTS FROM STUDY / HealthNewsDigest.com
CAMP ABILITIES PROVIDES FUN FOR BLIND, DEAF AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED
A speciality summer sports camp that focuses on fun activities for children who are blind, deaf, or visually impaired is underway at the College at Brockport. This is the 17th year for Camp Abilities. Fifty-five campers from all over the region participate in a variety of sports that use adaptive equipment to help them play. They use balls filled with bells, tandem bikes, and baseballs that beep. The College at Brockport also installed a handicap accessible dock so the kids can canoe and kayak safely. / YNN Your News Now
St. Augustine, FL
STUDENTS DIG TRASH AT FSDB
Students at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind caught the recycling bug during the recently completed school year. Students reported that they didn’t want to throw anything out that can be recycled because the landfills are becoming overloaded with valuable paper, plastics and metals. / The St. Augustine Record
CHURCH SERVES HEARING-IMPAIRED
The Cornerstone Deaf Church is one of the first churches in Madison County to tailor its services specifically for the hearing-impaired. With deaf minister Marva Petrus serving as pastor, the service consists of PowerPoint and visual presentations. Music is played at a higher volume in order for the congregation to feel the rhythm of the instruments. Some 40 to 50 hearing-impaired people attend each service. / The Telegraph
New York, NY
ASK A BEST DOCTOR: DOES CITY LIVING MAKE YOU DEAF?
Sirens, subways, and subwoofers — there's no shortage of noisy assaults that city dwellers must endure. But noise has to exceed about 80 decibels to damage your hearing, and that’s pretty loud, says J. Thomas Roland Jr., chairman of otolaryngology at NYU Langone Medical Center. Even in a busy city, noise levels rarely get that high. / New York Magazine
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OLDER WORKERS ADAPTING TO CHANGING CAREER LANDSCAPE
Three years ago, tired of being overworked and underpaid at a grocery store while cutting hair and building bicycles on the side, Robin Ching made a drastic change. “I decided that I wanted to change my life and promote myself with a career,” says the 50-year-old student at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nutrition management. No matter that the last time she’d gone off to college was in 1981. / Democrat and Chronicle
MYVOICE MOBILE DEVICE MAY CHANGE WAY THE DEAF COMMUNICATE
A bold first step has been taken in changing how the deaf may communicate with the hearing world. Seven students at the University of Houston have designed a new mobile device that can translate sign language into spoken words. Their hope is that one day it will also do the reverse. Called MyVoice, the device fits into one’s hand and comes with a built-in microphone, speaker, soundboard, video camera and monitor, says Sergio Aleman Jr., an industrial design graduate at the University of Houston who is part of the team working on the project. / The Star
BRIDGING BARRIERS FOR THE DEAF
Mikayla Krysl found herself distracted one day during her psychology class at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She was more intrigued by what the two people next to her were signing to a student and less about what her professor was actually saying. The Bellevue native decided then she wanted to learn more about sign language. “When I found out I actually had skill in the language, I decided this is what I want to do for the rest of my life,” the 23-year-old Krysl said. / Omaha World-Herald
Rochester, NY / Washington, DC
TASK FORCE EXAMINES HEALTH CARE CAREER OPTIONS FOR DEAF PEOPLE
Despite the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act more than 20 years ago, deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals still face barriers that prevent them from pursuing careers in the health care industry. Educational challenges, the costs associated with interpreters and other access services, attitudinal perceptions among prospective employers and lacking technology to make training accessible in the workplace may be why less than 6 percent of deaf or hard-of-hearing people in the labor force work in the health care industry, compared to nearly 10 percent of their hearing peers. / PRWeb
NEWSMAKER: MARYBETH LAUDERDALE
Noteworthy: Named director of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Edgewood beginning Aug. 1. Background: Superintendent of the Illinois School of the Deaf since 2007; served in various positions there for 33 years. Since 2010, she has been dual superintendent at the school and the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired in Jacksonville, Ill. / TribLIVE
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'AMERICAN HORROR STORY' CASTS 'SECRET CIRCLE' ALUM AS DEAF-MUTE BOY
Another actor has been added to the cast ensemble of "American Horror Story." Chris Zylka, whose show "The Secret Circle" was recently canceled by The CW, is tapped to join the second season of the FX horror series. While Zylka kept his lips sealed when asked about details of his role, the site learns that he will portray a deaf-mute character named Daniel. He is additionally dubbed the "most beautiful boy in the world." / AceShowbiz
DEAF HERITAGE: A NARRATIVE HISTORY OF DEAF AMERICA
Now, Jack R. Gannon’s original groundbreaking volume on Deaf history and culture is available once again. In Deaf Heritage: A Narrative History of Deaf America, Gannon brought together for the first time the story of the Deaf experience in America from a Deaf perspective. Recognizing the need to document the multifaceted history of this unique minority with its distinctive visual culture, he painstakingly gathered as much material as he could on Deaf American life. The result is a 17-chapter montage of artifacts and information that forms an utterly fascinating record from the early nineteenth century to the time of its original publication in 1981. / Gallaudet University Press
DEAF ARTIST: NANCY ROURKE
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San Francisco, CA
BOOKS WITH ASL FOR DEAF READERS ARE EASILY MADE WITH IBOOKS
Erica Sadun writes at TUAW about a new, possibly first of its kind ebook, one that includes American Sign Language (ASL) videos embedded along with the electronic text and pictures. While bilingual education has been around for a good long while, the concept of prepackaged ASL translation is a relatively new one, as the tools to embed quality video in an eBook haven’t been mainstream enough. Until now, of course, with iBooks, the iPad, and iBooks Author. / Cult of Mac
NATIONAL THEATRE MAKES TALKS WITH THE STARS ACCESSIBLE
If you’ve ever wanted to find out how some of Britain’s biggest stars approach their roles, then you’re in luck, because the National Theatre (who support this site) are making their “In Conversation” series accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people using speech-to-text. Speech-to-text (provided by STAGETEXT) gives you access to every word the actors say, as they say them, so you won’t miss anything! The actors being interviewed are also appearing in captioned performances at the National Theatre. / The Limping Chicken
Los Angeles, CA
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You might think that a play hinging on the essential nature of language would pose a challenge for deaf artists. But "Cyrano," a world premiere collaboration between The Fountain Theatre and Deaf West Theatre, has been extended twice, more than doubling the length of its initial run. / Santa Monica Daily Press
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SPRINT PROMOTES 'I SEE THE CROWD ROAR' TO BENEFIT NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF
Sprint has entered into a joint partnership with The Roetheli Lil’ Red Foundation, Diplomat Entertainment and the National Association of the Deaf to commemorate legendary deaf baseball player William “Dummy” Hoy. Hoy became one of the best professional baseball players at the turn of the 20th century. With the support of Sprint, The Roetheli Lil’ Red Foundation will donate $4 from the sale of each “I See the Crowd Roar - The Story of William ‘Dummy’ Hoy” DVD to the NAD, the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. / Business Wire
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Of Rochester, New York, died June 11, 2012, in Friendswood, Texas after a long illness. He was born October 20, 1974 in Leominster, Mass. Dan was a Systems Engineer/Architect for Global Crossing, Inc. and Level 3 Communications for the past 16 years. He was a renowned expert in his field, and Technical Editor for a recently published computer textbook. He was educated at Delaware School for the Deaf and Rochester Institute of Technology. Dan was an accomplished photographer, and loved to travel worldwide, especially to his beloved Alaska. / Legacy.com
Edmonton, AB, Canada
AVID ATHLETE, KNOWN AS 'WINK' TO EDMONTON'S DEAF COMMUNITY, LET NOTHING SLOW HIM DOWN
Known among the deaf community as “Wink,” Stuart Winkler was a cherished friend to all who met him, a dedicated community volunteer, and an Olympic athlete who never let his disability slow him down. Winkler died of a heart attack the morning of June 13, before the start of shift at Lilydale Foods where he was a hardworking employee for over 45 years. / Edmonton Journal
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PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf/HOH centered with about 85% of our staff being Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Our staff environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support. As a result, we are rapidly growing with new programs and expansions of our existing programs. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or have many years’ experience in the field of human services we have a career building position waiting for you! E.O.E.
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RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR: (Full time position) The qualified candidate shall possess: HS Diploma and 5 years of Mental Health direct care experience, fluency in ASL, knowledge of Deaf Culture. Excellent writing and communication skills required. Responsibilities: Day to day management and supervision of residential setting for deaf adults with mental illness and behavioral health concerns. Supervision of direct care staff, development of residential programming and staff schedules, planning and leading staff meetings, coordinate staff trainings, manage petty cash and consumer funds, coordinate consumer services with internal/outside agency providers and families, conduct consumer and staff interviews, complete monthly reports, service plans and staff evaluations, follow up with physical and psychiatric medical concerns.
INTENSIVE CASE MANAGERS: (Full time position) This position provides resources and support to clients and their families who reside in the community. Duties: Responsibilities include assessing services needs of consumers, primarily children, to insure continuum of care; develop service plans; independent living skills instructions, advocate for access to public & private services and programs such as medical, vocational and other services. Qualifications: BA/BS degree in a Human Services field preferred; or High school diploma & 12 credit hours in human/social science with 2 years mental health direct care experience. Must have strong organizational skills; fluency in ASL, familiarity with other visual communication modes and language levels. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends as needed and travel various areas in the community. Knowledge of laws governing the rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals including IDEA and ADA a plus; and must have a valid driver’s license.
THERAPIST/PSYCHOSOCIAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR: (Full time position) This position provides therapeutic and psycho-educational workshops and group sessions for consumers who are deaf. The qualified candidate shall possess: BA in psychology, counseling or any other human services field; must have 2 years’ experience with individuals with mental illness and/or mental retardation including treatment planning and progress notes; advanced fluency in ASL required; must be innovative, creative and be able to work in a team environment. Duties: Develop, coordinate and provide group/individual therapy for wellness maintenance and psycho-educational workshops.
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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) invites nominations and applications for a fixed term academic staff position of Advisor (working title, Interim Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Physical Disabilities Advisor(DHH-PD Advisor). UWM, a Doctoral/Research Extensive university, is Wisconsin’s premier public urban university offering a comprehensive liberal arts and professional education to its 30,000 students. The Student Accessibility Center (SAC) is located in the Division of Academic Affairs and the DHH-PD Advisor reports to the Assistant Director of SAC. SAC provides academic support services to approximately 720 students with disabilities. The DHH-PD Advisor will be responsible for maintaining a caseload of about 65-70 students.
Job Summary/Basic Function:
The primary purpose of the DHH-PD Advisor is to assess and provide reasonable and appropriate academic support services and accommodations to students and prospective students who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who have physical disabilities. The DHH-PD Advisor serves as a disability specialist, interprets disability documentation to determine eligibility and appropriate academic accommodations for students, manages student caseload, provide advocacy, and provides academic study-skills assistance to SAC students. The secondary purpose is providing consultation, education and training to the campus community about accommodating students with disabilities and ensuring compliance with the ADA, serving as a resource to the campus and community, and representing UWM, SAC and the DHH Program in outreach activities. The Advisor will also assist with the D/HH Program’s outreach and other program projects as assigned. This position is a twelve-month 100% academic staff.
-- Fluency in American Sign Language
and ability to communicate using multiple sign language modes.
-- Bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation, special education or related field required.
-- Working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
-- For consideration of Associate prefix title, 0-2 years of experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population.
-- For consideration No prefix title, 2-4 years of experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population.
-- For consideration of Senior prefix title, 4 or more years of experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population.
-- Master’s degree in rehabilitation,
special education or related field.
-- Experience in the higher education environment.
-- Working knowledge of Deaf culture and issues relating to hearing loss.
-- Working knowledge of accommodation services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.
-- Working knowledge of Physical and Mobility disabilities.
-- Excellent English communication skills; both oral and written.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Complete application materials must include a letter of application addressing educational and professional level work experience as it relates to all required and preferred qualifications, a professional resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references. All finalists for this position will be required to participate in a criminal records review consistent with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act and will be required to submit an official copy of their college transcript.
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Posted until Date: 07/24/2012
Open Until Filled: No
Position Contact Name: Shannon Aylesworth
Contact Person Phone Number: 414-229-3340
Contact Person Email: email@example.com
UWM is an AA/EEO Employer
For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number. It is the policy of UWM to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants for employment. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-229-4463. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual’s disability.
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