July 5, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 37
Editor: Tom Willard
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TRENTON FAILED TO PROVIDE REQUIRED SERVICES TO DEAF STUDENTS, REPORT FINDS
Trenton Public Schools failed to provide services for six district students who are attending the Katzenbach School for the Deaf for at least a year, according to a June 26 investigation report by the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) that was obtained by The Trentonian. DOE’s Office of Special Education Policy found the deaf students failed to receive occupational therapy and physical therapy services that Trenton was financially required to provide. / The Trentonian
THE ALABAMA INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND TO BUILD NURSING CENTER
The Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind plans to build a $1.3 million nursing center. The 5,000-square-foot facility is expected to break ground in Talladega in August and is designed to enhance health care services for students on AIDB’s campuses, Al.com reported. The center is planned to include three hospital bedrooms, a nursing station, waiting area and administrative space. The center is expected to be completed early next year. / Tuscaloosa News
Baton Rouge, LA
BATON ROUGE NONPROFIT PUSHES FOR PROGRESS FOR DEAF COMMUNITY
A Baton Rouge-based nonprofit is making a push to pass a new bill next year, that would benefit children who are deaf and hard of hearing. The organization, called Deaf Focus, has already celebrated two victories on capitol hill this year. One of them deems the term "Hearing impaired" offensive, and replaces it with "Deaf and/or hard of hearing". The second places a 4.5 cent tax on all cell phone bills to raise funding for services to help the deaf community. / KATC
SIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAM LAUNCHING AT FSU
Framingham State University will be launching a four-year bachelor’s degree program in ASL, designed to meet the growing demand for ASL interpreters in the Commonwealth. “Proficiency in ASL is a marketable skill no matter what career path you pursue,” said Professor Luce Aubry, coordinator of the ASL/English Interpreting program. Framingham State is the first public college or university in Massachusetts to offer a bachelor’s degree program in ASL. / MetroWest Daily News
DISTRICT SIGNS OFF ON ASL CLASSES
The unpleasant memories flood back in an instant when 33-year-old Jeff Tackett sees someone marginalize or belittle a hearing-impaired person. Tackett’s parents, Danny and Debra, are both deaf. Those memories inspired Tackett, a special-education teacher for Hilliard City Schools, to help a new generation of students become advocates for the deaf community. This school year, Hilliard for the first time will offer ASL as a course at the McVey Innovative Learning Center. / This Week
MAYORAL FORUM JULY 13 TO INCLUDE INTERPRETER FOR THE DEAF
A “Meet the Mayoral Candidates" forum will be held July 13 in the Central Library downtown. The forum, sponsored by Buffalo Niagara Deaf Events, will include an ASL interpreter so that members of the deaf community will be able to hear the candidates' presentations, ask questions and get to know them. / The Buffalo News
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DEAF FEDERATION CALLS FOR MORE SUPPORT IN SCHOOLS
The Deaf Federation of SA says something needs to be done urgently to address education needs for deaf scholars in South Africa. This after it compiled a report on the 2016 matric results of deaf scholars in the country which showed a drop in their pass rate. The report was based on the results of 12 of the 38 deaf schools in the country. / East Coast Radio
INVESTMENT SCAM LEAVES DOZENS OF DEAF COUNTING COST
Dozens of deaf people lost about HK$2 million ($256,000 US) in total in an investment scam. Each of the 44 victims was talked into investing tens of thousands of dollars in so-called electronic shares and an investment scheme called "Virtual Cloud App" by a company, Virtualization Security, in 2014. They attended talks and gatherings held by the company during which they were persuaded to invest in the scheme and to introduce more people to join. / The Standard
BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS OF A BEAUTY PAGEANT FOR DEAF PEOPLE
Ciprian Hord's projects tend to focus on the life of people with physical disabilities in Romania. In his previous series, Out of the Dark, the photographer hung out for a few months with a group of blind people—his aim was to show that despite their challenges, their days can be just as fun and fulfilling as everybody else's. For his latest project, Beauty, Hord attended the "Miss and Mister T?cerea ('Silence')" pageant -- a beauty contest open to people with hearing impairments. / VICE
Montreal, QC, Canada
MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL WON'T PROVIDE INTERPRETER FOR DEAF MUSIC FAN
A Deaf woman who was hoping to catch one of her favourite bands at the Montreal International Jazz Festival says she feels degraded and frustrated after organizers denied her request for a sign language interpreter. "It was frustrating," Natasha Luttrell said through an interpreter. "I asked for one performance, only one performance to have an interpretation and they refused." / CBC.ca
York, ON, Canada
LIFE REACHES NEW HEIGHTS FOR DEAF-BLIND ROCK CLIMBER
We stand at the base of the wall, holding our breath. Peter towers above us, his toes tucked into the crevices, one hand clinging to a tiny rock, the other stretched above him, reaching for something solid to grip. He finds it, finally, and pulls his body upward, higher than he has ever climbed before. The room erupts in cheers and applause. Peter can’t hear our jubilation. He is deaf. He can’t see how high he has climbed, either. He is blind. / YorkRegion.com
DEAF BRITISH JAMAICAN POET RECEIVES FELLOWSHIP
Raymond Antrobus has just been awarded a poetry fellowship from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Arts Council England. The year-long Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship invests in the process and practice of making poetry, rewarding individuals who are making, or are capable of making, a significant contribution to a community of poetry. Hackney-born and based page and spoken word poet and poetry educator Antrobus explores deafness, diaspora and language (oral, written and sign) in his work. / Voice-Online
DEAF BUT PLEASE HEAR ME
Can I first set the scene as to what it is like to be deaf? Imagine you are sitting in your cell and an announcement is made telling you to report to the wing-office, but you cannot hear it. Imagine the fire alarm going off and the building being evacuated, but you can’t hear it. I am sure that you’ve already thought that the way around this is to have ‘deaf’ cells with a light that flashes to inform the deaf prisoner that something is going on. But, apparently, there is no money in the budget for this. / Inside Time
LACK OF SIGN LANGUAGE NATIONAL ANTHEM 'INSULTING'
The boss of Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand is disappointed videos showing the national anthem being performed in NZ Sign Language aren't being broadcast before All Blacks games. Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand chief executive Lachlan Keating told the Herald that together with NZ Rugby they had produced videos showing the anthem being performed in sign language, with the understanding these would be used during broadcasts of this year's Lions series. / New Zealand Herald
FAMILIES FEAR FOR DEAF CHILDREN WITHOUT SPECIAL SMOKE ALARMS
Families with deaf children say they fear lives are being put at risk because they cannot get funding to pay for special smoke alarms. Deaf smoke alarms are connected to standard alarms and use strobe lights or vibrate a bed or pillow to alert a person when smoke is detected. They cost about $2000 to install - a price many families with deaf children say is unaffordable. The Ministry of Health funds the special smoke alarms for adults, but not for children. / Radio New Zealand
SIGHT-BASED STARTING SYSTEM A GREEN SIGNAL FOR DEAF SWIMMERS
Competitors and spectators at yesterday's SPH Foundation National Inclusive Swimming Championships at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex saw first-hand a new start system to help athletes with hearing impairments get off their starting blocks. Developed at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, the system - called SwimSight - uses two colours (orange and green) to alert deaf swimmers to race starts and is compatible with professional timing devices. / Straits Times
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LIFE & LEISURE
MOTHER STARTS PLAY GROUP TO CONNECT DEAF CHILDREN WITH OTHERS
When Jonna Cooper searched for a community of parents on a shared journey, she came up short. But rather than giving up, she was determined to make a way for her family and others. Cooper’s daughter, Maggie, is almost 2. She was born without an ear and an ear canal, leaving her completely deaf on one side. "For the first 24 hours, I was devastated,” she said. “I had sushi a couple of times, so in my brain it was ‘Was it the sushi?" / Upstate Parent
SYNOD ASL INTERPRETERS HELP DEAF DELEGATES AND GUESTS
There are more than 730 delegates to General Synod 2017. They are the voting representatives of the governing body of the denomination, and they listen to reports, resolutions, sermons, Speak Outs from other delegates, and even presentations from youth at Synod. But two people in the Plenary Hall have worked as a team to listen to every single spoken word of the five-day gathering. Grace Teel and Robert Rhoads Jr. are the ASL interpreters for Synod 2017. / United Church of Chris
TENNESSEE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF NAMES FIRST DEAF SUPERINTENDENT
The new superintendent of the Tennessee School for the Deaf and West Tennessee School for the Deaf is the first deaf superintendent in the school's history. Dr. Nancylynn Ward was announced as the schools' new leader on Thursday. She will oversee both the main campus in Knoxville and the West Tennessee campus in Jackson. / WBIR
Virginia Beach, VA
STUDENT WITH HEARING LOSS RECEIVES SPECIAL STETHOSCOPE
Something stood in the way of Emma Colley’s pursuit of learning more about the medical world: the ability to use a stethoscope. Not any more. Virginia Beach City Public Schools has ordered one specially designed for the Bayside High School Health Sciences Academy student, who has a cochlear implant in each ear to help her hear. Emma hopes one day to be an emergency room nurse, and eventually a trauma surgeon. / Virginian-Pilot
SUMMER PROGRAM BRINGS DRONE EDUCATION TO DEAF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Last week, the University of Alabama in Huntsville hosted “Droids and Drones,” a free program offering deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students the opportunity to learn more about unmanned aircraft systems. According to the university, 27 students from across the South attended the program. / Unmanned Aerial
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
STRIVING TO BE HEARD IN 'CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD'
To be significant, even important, a play need not be great. That useful reminder arrives courtesy of a Berkshire Theatre Group production of “Children of a Lesser God,’’ Mark Medoff’s flawed but still compelling 1979 drama about the turbulent relationship between an unconventional speech therapist and a strong-willed young deaf woman. The production is reportedly aiming for Broadway. / Boston Globe
HOW A DEAF MUSICIAN IS HELPING US SEE WITH SOUND
For many, music is a unifier -- an art form that brings people together and allows us to connect over shared emotions. But what if you couldn’t hear the lyrics or rhythms that add meaning to our lives? Enter Myles de Bastion and his Audiolux visualization system. Though he now identifies as Deaf, the Portland-based artist and musician never lost his love of music. Combining his interest in sound, visual arts and technology, de Bastion created a system to share music with both Deaf and hearing audiences alike. / Great Big Story
PROFESSIONAL DEAF WRESTLER TRAINS IN PARKERSBURG
Scott Dotson is a talented young wrestler who finds ways to compete despite being deaf. Dotson is currently training in Parkersburg three times a week. His coach, David Stout, says he finds ways to communicate with Dotson in the ring. Dotson says, “I’m nervous and excited. I can wrestle, I can learn. I can’t see people yelling, but I can feel the excitement, I can feel the vibration. I can feel it.” Dotson is set to compete on July 22nd at the Morris Building. / The News Center
PEARL B. OLANOFF, 91, LONGTIME TEACHER OF DEAF CHILDREN
Pearl Bliss Olanoff, 91, of Philadelphia, a longtime teacher of deaf children, died June 29 of congestive heart failure at Atria Senior Living in Center City. Ms. Olanoff dedicated herself to instructing children with hearing loss, first at the Friends of the Deaf Nursery School in North Philadelphia, later at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and finally within the School District of Philadelphia. / Philly.com
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Awake Overnight Direct Care Counselor: Remain awake, alert and responsive to the needs of the clients throughout the shift, assist clients with morning activities.
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Clinical Program Manager: Perform functions of Direct Care Counselor, program supervision/direction.
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Community Crisis Stabilization BA Level Clinician: Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
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Residential Counselors for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities – Full time, part time, on call; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma required.
Blended Case Manager – Full time; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences required.
Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum of one years’ related experience required.
Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services required.
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