July 6, 2016
Vol. 12, No. 37
Editor: Tom Willard
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DISABLED CANCER PATIENT SLAMMED TO THE GROUND BY TSA GUARDS, LAWSUIT CLAIMS
A disabled teenage cancer patient was injured during a violent arrest by security agents at Memphis international airport, her family has alleged in a lawsuit filed against the Transport Security Administration. Hannah Cohen, 18, at the time of her arrest on 30 June 2015, and her mother had been on their way home to Chattanooga from St Jude’s hospital in Memphis, where Hannah underwent her final treatment for a brain tumor. / The Guardian
West Jordan, UT
INSTRUCTOR AT DEAF SCHOOL ID'D AS VICTIM IN FATAL WEST JORDAN CRASH
The deaf community in Utah is mourning the loss of Ellen O'Hara-Hanna, who died in a car accident on Redwood Road in West Jordan last week. O'Hara-Hanna taught for Utah Schools for the Deaf Blind at Jean Massieu School in Salt Lake City. Since the crash on Friday, a memorial of flowers has accumulated in front of the school in honor of O’Hara-Hanna. / fox13now.com
Rochester Hills, MI
DEAF MAN'S 911 TEXT SAVES HOUSE FROM FIRE
It seems as if people text more than they talk in modern days. That's why some communities have started allowing people to text 911. Residents in Oakland County are allowed to text 911 and a message will appear on a screen for a dispatcher to read. A deaf Rochester Hills man said the texting system saved his house from burning down. The fire started when the man's mother, Mary Powers, tried to clean the oven. "I smelled something and I came out here and the oven was on fire," Powers said. / WDIV Detroit
South Austin, TX
JUSTICE DEPT. ORDERS CULINARY SCHOOL PAY DEAF WOMAN AFTER BEING DENIED ADMISSION
The U.S. Department of Justice has ordered a South Austin culinary school to pay a deaf woman a settlement after she accused the business of discrimination, according to a published report. The charges against the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts centered on violations of Americans with Disabilities Act safeguards. Heather Suhr complained she had been denied admission to the chef training program at the academy after alerting school officials that she would need an interpreter during her classes. / Patch.com
DEAF COMMUNITY CONCERNED BY CUTS TO SUPPORT PROGRAMS
A little-known program in the Wyoming Department of Education will experience drastic cuts as part of the state’s latest round of budget reductions. The Department of Education was asked to cut $1.6 million from its budget in the wake of lower-than-expected state revenue projections. Officials originally planned to make about 40 percent of those cuts in one place — Outreach Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The cuts will be less severe than originally planned. / Casper Star-Tribune
SCHOOL FOR DEAF TESTING FREDERICK CO. TEXT-TO-911 SYSTEM
Contacting 911 via text is ideal for the hearing impaired, but being deaf can make it more difficult to learn when something new like that is available. Frederick County Emergency Communications is working with the Maryland School for the Deaf and its emergency management division to introduce its roughly 230 students and staff to the text-to-911 system. / WTOP
DEAF HPD HORSE INSPIRATION TO OTHERS WITH DISABILITIES
He’s a registered American Paint horse with his own Facebook page, his own business cards in a dispenser on the wall outside his Houston Police Department stall, and now his own book. All of it because of his impact on a group of young women who saw not only a horse, but a kindred spirit. His name is Smash. "Well, his registered name is a Box Office Smash, so he's kind of Hollywoodish, I guess,” said Sgt. Leslie Wills with Houston Police Mounted Patrol. / KHOU
DEAF BILL: THE MUMMY THAT SPENT 80 YEARS IN THE CLOSET OF AN ALTON FUNERAL HOME
William “Deaf Bill” Lee was laid to rest on June 24, 1996 — and here’s the kicker — after his mummified corpse stood in a closet at Burke Funeral Home, clad in only a diaper, free to view to any man, woman or child, for 80 years. From the June 24, 1996 issue of The Telegraph: “Lee, whose body stood in a small closet at Burke Funeral Home for more than 80 years, was decked out in a suit in the style of his day as organ music played, the smell of flowers filled the air and men stood by in suits. / The Telegraph
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Mississauga, ON, Canada
FIRM THAT FIRED DEAF WOMAN ORDERED TO PAY $240K
Calling their actions "deliberate" and "malicious," Ontario's top court has ordered a Mississauga polling and research firm to pay a former employee who was deaf more than $240,000 after she was fired back in 2011. Applied Consumer and Clinical Evaluations Inc. (ACCE), a company made up of about 80 employees and located on Dunwin Drive, was ordered to pay more than what was originally ruled on June 30 after the employee in question, Vicky Strudwick, launched an appeal of the original decision. / Hamilton Spectator
DEAF MAN FROM WREXHAM IN SIEGE ARMED WITH TOY GUN
A profoundly deaf man sparked an armed siege in which he pointed a toy gun at police officers. Appearing from custody at Wrexham Magistrates Court Jonathan Hall, 25, of Lansbury Grove, Southsea, pleaded guilty to a public order offence, resisting police, two charges of damage and driving without insurance and a licence. / The Leader
'NOT ALL DEAF PEOPLE WANT TO BE FIXED'
I ’ve never felt like I was different. Both my parents, and my two brothers and sister are all deaf and I never felt aware of any limitations on what I could do. The only limitations were in other people’s perceptions. I had hearing aids fitted when I was six weeks old, and was able to sign before I was one, so I was communicating in English before most children do. I’d thought about a cochlear implant, to boost my ability to hear, but it was only when I turned 30 last year that I started seriously considering it. / Telegraph
BBC4'S 'LIFE AND DEAF' PROVIDES A UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO LIFE WITHOUT HEARING
Watching BBC4’s new documentary ‘Life and Deaf’ requires concentration. If you look at your phone for just a few seconds you’ll miss part of the conversation, just as you would if you were deaf. The immersive, experiential film follows four members of St John’s Deaf Club and aims to reflect what life is like for them every day as deaf adults. All four communicate using sign language and the programme is subtitled, without any soundtrack or audio commentary. / The Huffington Post
MODERATELY DEAF TEEN INSPIRED TO ACT BY DR WHO WINS CHANCE TO PERFORM ON STAGE
A teenage with hearing problems who was inspired to act by Dr Who has won the chance to perform on stage. Joseph Melville-Reed, who is moderately deaf, took to the stage after winning Raising the Bar, a competition by the National Deaf Children’s Society to encourage children to follow their dreams and take part in the arts. The prize for the 14-year-old, of Hove, was a weekend masterclass with a deaf professional from the arts industry to develop his drama skills before a live performance for family and friends in Birmingham. / The Argus
COMMENT: AUSLAN AND THE NEW WORLD OF COMMUNICATION FOR THE DEAF
When my mother was pregnant, she contracted rubella and so I was born deaf. I went to a deaf school where they taught what was called cued speech; it's pretty much a communication tool that helps with lip reading. That's the way I communicated growing up until I was 17 or 18 when I started learning Auslan. I finally felt very much a part of the community and at ease communicating with people in a group because often in groups of hearing people I found it really difficult to communicate. / SBS News
TEACHER WHO KICKED STUDENT WITH HEARING IMPAIRMENT KEEPS JOB
A teacher who kicked the back-side of a Year 9 student with a hearing impairment because he wasn't listening has kept his job. Peter Charles Rowlingson also has to pay more than $3000 for the costs of the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal hearings and processes and was censured for serious misconduct. / NZ Herald News
SHAME AS KENYA 'BARRED' FROM COMPETING IN DEAF OLYMPICS
Ten Kenyan Deaflympics athletes have been barred from participating in the ongoing World Championships in Stara Zaragoza, Bulgaria for lacking hearing aids. On Wednesday, Kenya lost a bronze medal with Jocob Kibet’s win in the 3000m steeplechase cancelled for lacking the necessary attachments. “It is sad that I will not compete in this world event, our hearing attachments were not sent to the chairman of the World Deaf Championships,” texted one athlete. / Citizen TV
HELPING THE DEAF-BLIND UNDERSTAND THEIR BODY
Pallavi (name changed) was 14-years-old when a field worker from the NGO, Sense International India, discovered her tied inside a cowshed in Jharkhand. She was menstruating and unaware of it; her clothes were soiled. After seeking help from women nearby, the field worker learnt that her mother had abandoned her soon after discovering that she was deaf-blind (a combination of visual and hearing impairments), leaving her with an alcoholic father, who worked as a labourer. / The Hindu
'WE CAN'T HEAR BUT WE CAN LISTEN,' SAY DEAF STUDENTS IN MEXICO
They don't hear anything but feel everything - between applause, eight young Mexican students with hearing defects received their high school diplomas and so became the first inclusive graduating class at Jose Maria Lafragua High School in the Mexican city of Puebla. "The only thing we can't do is hear, but we can listen," one of the students communicated with sign language during the graduation ceremony. / Fox News Latino
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LIFE & LEISURE
South Bend, IN
HEARING VEST ALLOWS THE DEAF TO FEEL SPEECH
Using the sense of touch to replace the sense of hearing sounds like science fiction, but it’s very much a reality and it could be a game-changer for the profoundly deaf. It started out as the doctorate project of Scott Novich in the lab of neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman. The goal was to create a vest that allows the deaf to feel speech. When learning any new language, you must first start with the basics. That’s what Jonathan Leach is doing. / WNDU
VIDEO SHOWS INCREDIBLE BOND AS GIRL TEACHES DEAF DOG SIGN LANGUAGE
A young girl and her dog share an incredible bond, and now they're sharing their story with the world. Julia was born deaf and so was her dog, Walter. Julia's mom said when she first held Julia, her daughter could not hear her voice, so she smelled her neck. The first time she held Walter, he did the same and she just knew. Video from the Pasadena Humane Society, and SPCA 1620 Media shows the pair's heartwarming interactions. / abc30.com
TUNING IN TO DEAF NEEDS
It’s a team sport, but indoor polo doesn’t take much talking—which helped make it an instant fit for Peter Hauser. During his freshman year of college, a few horse hours were a weekly routine: polo three times a week, together with training ponies or coaching local students in the sport. But Hauser had a stronger motivation than his love of the game: The horses didn’t expect him to hear them. / Science
DEAF SPACE CAMPERS GRADUATE FROM SPACE CAMP AVIATION CHALLENGE
Space camp is something a lot of kids get to do, but for some, it can be a greater challenge if they can't hear like the other kids. But that didn't stop the deaf space campers in the Space Camp Aviation Challenge this year at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. They went above and beyond learning all about aerospace and military techniques and even won some pretty big awards at the graduation ceremony. They definitely made their parents proud. / WTVM
CENTER FOR DEAF CHANGES NAME AMID COMPLAINTS
The Georgia Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (GCDHH), located on Memorial Drive in Decatur, recently changed its name after receiving complaints from the deaf community. The center recently held an open house June 24 to reintroduce its new name and welcome the local community. GCDHH was formerly known as the Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired. The phrase “hearing impaired” was a phrase considered by many to be offensive to the deaf community, said GCDHH Executive Director Jimmy Peterson. / The Champion
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
'DWTS' WINNER WANTS TO EMPOWER OTHERS WHO ARE DEAF
When Nyle DiMarco was asked to join season 22 of "Dancing with the Stars," he almost turned down the opportunity. "I'd never danced in my whole entire life," DiMarco says. "If I failed in the first week that means [millions of] people would view deaf people as people that can't dance." But the deaf model and actor decided to take on the challenge. During a rehearsal, professional dance partner Peta Murgatroyd cranked the music up so DiMarco could feel the vibrations. / CNN
U.S. DEFENDS TITLE, CAPTURES DEAF WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
The U.S. deaf women's national team are champions again after finishing undefeated in the World Deaf Football Championships in Eboli, Italy. The U.S., which also won the cup in 2012, beat Russia 3-0 in Saturday's title match. The Americans cruised through the preliminary round behind, outscoring their opponents 22-2 in five games, led by Emily Cressy's 11 goals. The team is coached by former U.S. women's national team member and Women's World Cup champion Amy Griffin and assisted by Joy Fawcett, who won two World Cups with the USWNT and also won gold in the Olympics. / ESPN
A THRILL OF A LIFETIME FOR HARRINGTON
Shawn Harrington didn’t start and only played four minutes for the U.S. national men’s deaf basketball team in Friday’s opening game of the Pan American Deaf Basketball Tournament at Maryland School for the Deaf, but it didn’t matter to him. The former MSD standout was part of a team that got payback after two straight losses to Venezuela in international competition. / The Frederick News-Post
OBITUARY: AMY HILE WAS A TRAILBLAZER IN BILINGUAL EDUCATION FOR DEAF STUDENTS
In the world of deaf education, Amy Hile had a profound impact. Her sudden death from a pulmonary embolism on June 15 has been felt throughout the deaf community where she was known as a passionate educator, committed to learning and language acquisition for deaf, hard-of-hearing and deafblind children. Hile, 48, a deaf person herself, lived most recently in Annapolis, Md. She was born in Edina, attended the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf in Faribault and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, D.C. / Star Tribune
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American Sign Language (ASL) positions: Two (2) new vacancies; Family-Centered Early Education Program, birth to 8 years and School for the Deaf, grades 3rd -12th.
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Northeast Arc has full and part-time positions, working with adult individuals who are deaf, available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. You'll be working with deaf individuals using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. Do you know ASL? If so, I'd like to speak with you about our direct care positions. We offer an excellent benefits package, paid trainings and the support you will need to become a successful part of our experienced, long-term team of professionals. For additional information or to send your resume, please email Kathy Tracy Ktracy@ne-arc.org.
Compensation: $12 for per diem shifts and $14 for PT/FT shifts.
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.
Community Crisis Stabilization Clinician: Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
• Qualifications: MA and 2 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.
Mobile Clinician: Provide clinical supervision and rehabilitative direction to individuals who carry a diagnosis of mental illness, assist in the coordination of services, provide clinical leadership.
• Qualifications: MA and 1 year experience; or BA/BS and 3 years’ 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.
Minimum Qualifications Include:
• ASL fluency.
• Valid driver's license/reliable transportation.
• Related education (as applicable).
Visit www.advocates.org/careers to apply today!
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NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH, PHILADELPHIA, 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 location. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences required.
Residential Program Director – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum AA degree OR 60 college credits with 4 years’ work experience with individuals with behavioral health needs and/or ID 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.
Outpatient Therapist with Residential Treatment Facility – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum MA/MS in human services required. Must have LCSW or LPC in PA. Minimum 1 year experience in mental health.
Educational / Staff Interpreter- Full Time; Philadelphia location. Minimum AA with minimum 3 years’ experience required.
Staff Nurse – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum BSN/RN required.
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
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The Northeast Arc, an established Human Service agency recognized for its creative approach and state of the art services for persons with disabilities is seeking candidates for the position of Residential House Director. Ideal candidates will have fluency in ASL and deep understanding of deaf culture. The Residential House Director will be overseeing a five person home for adults with Intellectual Disabilities and are deaf.
Excellent managerial skills as the director will be overseeing direct support professionals, relief staff and other support professionals.
Be a creative person with strong organizational skills that can assist individuals in achieving their personal goals.
Provide supportive assistance in a caring environment focusing on maintaining health and along with community and social networks.
Experience with working with families, DDS and other outside agencies is also required.
BA/BS in a related field.
At least 2 years supervisory experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as fluency in American Sign Language.
Strong commitment to providing excellent quality of care.
Strongly prefer someone with First Aid, CPR and MAPS but willing to train
Excellent health and dental benefits offered as well as a 403b, tuition reimbursement, career development/ seminars, short term disability, life insurance, generous time off and competitive pay!!!
For immediate consideration, please send a cover letter and your resume.
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