July 10, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 37
Editor: Tom Willard
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Las Cruces, NM
TEENS FOUND IN QUEMADO LAKE IDENTIFIED
The bodies of a Chaparral teen and his friend were found at the bottom of Quemado Lake on Wednesday afternoon, July 3, an administrator with the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator said Friday. Seth Stephenson, 16, of Chaparral, and his friend Noah Hooper, 15, of Longmont, Colo., had been reported missing Sunday night from the Apache Creek Deaf and Youth Camp, according to a news release from New Mexico State Police. Neither teen was deaf. / Las Cruces Sun-News
CRIME STOPPERS ALERT: DEAF WOMAN BECAME HOMELESS IN TULSA, DISAPPEARED IN 2009
Born deaf and growing up in foster care, Winter Parks has been vulnerable from the start. "I adopted her to make sure she had a place to come back to after foster care," said her adoptive mother, Angela Parks. Angela says Winter's disability and her upbringing made her very naive. "She's very loving, very trusting, very childlike," said Angela. Sometimes, Angela says, Winter was too trusting. Still, no one saw coming what happened next. In July of 2009, Winter vanished. / KJRH
Salt Lake City, UT
SORENSON COMMUNICATIONS TO END IP RELAY DUE TO CUTS IN COMPENSATION
Sorenson Communications will cut its IP Relay department at the end of the month, and that means about 120 Utahns will be out of a job. Sorenson Communications made the decision after the Federal Communications Commission reduced the rate paid to companies providing the service by 21 percent on July 1. Sorenson Communications is the third IP Relay provider to discontinue the service in the past three months. Only two companies are left. / Deseret News
ROCKY MOUNTAIN DEAF SCHOOL GETS SITE FOR NEW HOME
After more than a year of uncertainty about a new site for its students, the Rocky Mountain Deaf School has a place to call home. Unanimous approval from the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners on June 25 for a preliminary and final plan assures the school can make plans to start building on a 10-acre site in unincorporated Jefferson County. The land will be sold to the deaf school by the Jefferson County school district. / The Denver Post
DEAF SCHOOL CONTINUES CONSTRUCTION
Construction at California School for the Deaf, Riverside, has been going on six or seven years, since about the time Superintendent Malcolm Grossinger arrived in town, he said Tuesday, July 9. More work is scheduled for another four years. Grossinger updated the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce ’s Business Education Partnership about the school and its building projects, funded by state school construction bonds. The school was built in 1949 and most of the old buildings, which don’t have air conditioning, are being replaced, Grossinger said. / The Press-Enterprise
DEAF PAGEANT CONTESTANT REFUSES TO ACCEPT 'YOU CAN'T'
When Elizabeth Galvan was 17, she was told she couldn’t be a lifeguard because she’s missing an arm. She did it anyway. “The teacher was really shocked that I successfully passed all the tests, and I became a lifeguard for four years,” she says through an American Sign Language interpreter. Elizabeth, who lost her arm in an accident when she was 3, lost her hearing after an unrelated illness the same year. However, the 34-year-old Fargo woman doesn’t limit herself, nor does she let others. / INFORUM
I'M DEAF. I'M BLIND. AND I'M JEWISH! SHABBAT SHINES FOR A DEAFBLIND BOY
With canes in their hands and anticipation on their faces, the participants made their way towards the Maryland retreat main lobby. They traveled from across the country to experience Shabbat with Jews just like themselves – who could neither see the light of the Shabbat candles nor hear the words of Kiddush. Welcome to the third annual Jewish Deafblind Shabbatonh. / The Jewish Press
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Milton, ON, Canada
BABY DIES OF HEAT STROKE AFTER HE IS LEFT IN CAR BY HIS DEAF GRANDMOTHER
A grandmother is facing criminal charges after the death of her grandson who was left alone in a sweltering car. Leslie McDonald, 51, was charged on Friday in Ontario, Canada with criminal negligence in connection with the death of one-year-old Maximus Huyskens. Police say the boy died on June 26, a month short of his second birthday, after being exposed to temperatures of up to 90F for an extended period of time outside a home in Milton. / Daily Mail
Toronto, ON, Canada
CANADIAN HEARING SOCIETY'S EFFORTS TO GUT COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT WILL HARM DEAF, HARD-OF-HEARING COMMUNITIES, WARNS UNION
Efforts by the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) to gut their collective agreement won't just hurt their employees-they'll also damage Ontario's Deaf and Hard-of-hearing communities, the union representing CHS workers across the province warned. "In many instances, we don't just serve the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities -- we're also members of those communities," said Rob Chamberland, President of Local 2073 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. / Digital Journal
DEAF MAN UNAWARE OF FLAT FIRE
A deaf man was not aware of a fire in his flat because he could not hear the alarms. The 92-year-old, who lives in Durham Court, Leatherhead, was not aware of cooking burning in his kitchen until his whole home began to fill with smoke. Firefighters from Leatherhead fire station rushed to the scene and rescued the man from his house and brought the fire under control at around 9.15 last night. / This is Surrey
Adelaide, SA, Australia
DEAF COMMUNITY GROUPS WANT MONEY FROM SALE OF SOUTH TCE BASE TO SPLIT COMPLETELY FROM DEAF CAN: DO
Deaf community groups want half the money from the expected sale of their historic South Tce base to buy a new home and split completely from Deaf Can: Do. Hundreds of people rallied on Sunday against Deaf Can: Do's plan to sell the 86-year-old building, but Save 262 South Tce campaign spokeswoman Amber Venner conceded there was little hope of success. If the sale went ahead, to a church, the deaf community groups behind the campaign want to buy their own building and ensure they never faced the same situation again, Ms Venner said. / The Advertiser
DEAF WOMAN BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS
Queensland woman Lisa Mills is breaking down the barriers faced by deaf children by launching an educational singing and sign language DVD despite being profoundly deaf herself. Ms Mills, a performing artist and teacher, launched her DVD, Sing and Sign with Lisa, after seeing the benefits sign language provided to the children she was working with in her Honeybee Creations Studio. "I was amazed at how the Dream English songs combined with my signing was engaging the children and benefiting them in so many different ways," Ms Mills said. / Gladstone Observer
Broken Hill, NSW, Australia
DEAF MAN GRANTED BAIL TO APPEAL BASHING SENTENCE
A deaf man from Wilcannia who has been sentenced to 12 months' jail over a bashing with a barstool has been granted bail to appeal because of his disability. Cyril James Whyman, 41, had a sign language interpreter in the Broken Hill Local Court yesterday as he was sentenced for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault and property damage. Whyman pleaded guilty to punching and kicking the manager of the Wilcannia Golf Club before stomping on his chest and hand and swinging a barstool at him and a poker machine. / ABC News
COURT REJECTS DEAF AND MUTE MAN'S APPEAL
A thief who admitted to committing five hold ups in Zebbug between 2010 and 2011, had his appeal thrown out and a four year prison term confirmed. 53-year-old Emanuel Bartolo had admitted to stealing from De Rohan Pharmacy, Santa Maria Pharmacy, The Crop Seller Green Grocer, Intimate underwear shop and Patrizio Hair Studio. During all four hold ups, Bartolo carried an unlicensed weapon. / The Malta Independent
DEAF THEATRE: SINGING WITH HANDS, HEARING WITH EYES
They sing with their hands and hear with their eyes. Actors from the Nedoslov Theater are hard-of-hearing or completely deaf. Most come to the theater after graduating from the Russian State Special Institute of Arts. RT looks at their lives inside and outside the theater. / YouTube
DAVID BECKHAM IN SINGAPORE
Sixty children on Sunday got to spend time with former England captain David Beckham who was in town to lend his support for Marina Bay Sands' "Sands for Singapore Festival" - an initiative to give back to the community. Beckham spent close to an hour with the 60 children from The Guardian Academy, a local sports institution and students from the Singapore Association for The Deaf's affiliated schools. / Channel NewsAsia
A CHANCE FOR DEAF CHILDREN TO SHINE
For the very first time ever, hearing-impaired children will perform a theatrical play titled “The Wedding” that will be staged at IMC Hall, Dimapur, this Friday (June 12). The 40-minute play will feature 26 students from Deaf Biblical Ministry, Dimapur. “The Wedding,” put on show in 16 scenes, is a story revolving on a lost ring and a wristwatch. / The Morung Express
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF FACES IMMINENT CLOSURE
The Mampong Akuapem School for the deaf faces imminent closure, with a possible eviction from its premises. Following the demise of the former landlord, the new owners have submitted a monthly proposal of GH¢3,000.00 ($1,465 US) to the school, but the authorities say the amount is outrageous. It has not been ascertained how much the school has been paying throughout its 35 years of occupation on the said land, but sources say the amount charged as rent is within the means of the school. / Spyghana.com
Zamboanga City, Philippines
2 TEENS NABBED FOR DEAF-MUTE'S RAPE
Police arrested two teenagers for allegedly raping a 22-year-old deaf-mute woman in Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte over the weekend. Police said that the victim's father discovered the incident on Friday night. The father saw his daughter, whose name was withheld for her protection, being sexually abused by one of the suspects right inside the comfort room of their own home. The victim's parents immediately reported the incident to the police the following day. / The Philippine Star
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Grand Rapids, MI
BRINGING DEAF CHRISTIANS BACK TO THE CHURCH
If God's promise is music to Christians' ears, what is it to dozens of Christians across West Michigan who cannot hear? 17-year-old Laura Sanchez will show you. Laura has been standing in the front, right section of Grand Rapids First for a year now. This is the church's Deaf Ministry, and she says, her first real experience learning who Jesus is. "In the old church, I didn't understand the Bible. I didn't even know what it was for," she said. / WZZM
WHY DEAF PEOPLE DON'T ACHOO WHEN THEY SNEEZE
Sneezing feels —and is—so involuntary, yet apparently you do still have some control over what you say when you sneeze. "Achoo!" is particular to English speakers, the BBC's Ouch blog reports, and deaf people just make the sounds associated with the movement of air a sneeze represents. "While deaf people sneeze naturally, hearing people feel compelled to add sound effects," partially deaf journalist Charlie Swinbourne wrote in a post for The Limping Chicken, a U.K.-based blog for deaf people. / Popular Science
SPRINGFIELD NATIVE WINS COMPETITION
Andrea Crouch, a Springfield native and senior at the Missouri School of the Deaf in Fulton, recently won the East Missouri Optimist District’s Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, according to a news release. The theme of this year’s contest was “Why My Voice is Important.” Crouch will receive a $2,500 scholarship for the honor. / Springfield News-Leader
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HERE'S YOUR SIGN
One woman used her former encounters with an unknown language and a need to change standards as a reason to change her career path more than 27 years ago. Sandie Busby is a deaf and hard of hearing specialist and instructor at Oklahoma State University. However, her former career was in hair. “When I moved here to Oklahoma in 1979, I did hair and I had deaf people come into my shop and they would tell me they didn’t have an interpreter, they had a lousy interpreter or nobody showed up,” she said. / Stillwater NewsPress
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
PROGRAM GIVES KIDS WITH VISUAL, HEARING IMPAIRMENTS A BETTER SENSE OF THE ARTS
Music is meant to be heard. But hearing is not the only way to connect to music. That’s a big message that students at Kentucky School for the Deaf received recently. Through a grant from the Kentucky Center Access Services Arts Access Education program, KSD students were provided with multiple weeks of arts classes focusing on hip-hop dancing and mural production. / KyForward
REVIEW: CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD
How many times have we thrown up our hands in frustration and said to a child, a parent, a partner, “You aren’t hearing anything I’m saying.” Such breakdowns in communication are hugely frustrating — even when everybody can actually hear all the words spoken. However, deaf people trying to communicate to those who can hear are frequently forced to live with being ignored or misunderstood. Mark Medoff’s 1980 Tony Award-winning Children of a Lesser God, at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, remains a dramatic and insightful window on the world of the deaf. TheaterJones
HACKMATACK PLAY INTERPRETED FOR DEAF
Hackmatack Playhouse Producer Michael Guptill, is always up for a new idea. The barn theater, Hackmatack Playhouse on Route 9 in Berwick, is home of 42 summers of live theater, a Bison farm, children’s theater camp, a venue for fundraising opportunities, a venue for concerts, comedy, and weddings. So when friend of the family, Arricka Nowland asked if plays could be interpreted for the deaf, Guptill didn’t hesitate, “Yes!” / Fosters
New York, NY
DEAF STUDENTS TAKE THE STAGE AND LOOK TO THE FUTURE
Producer Nerina Penzhorn visits a 150-year-old school for the deaf in New York City where students are using theatre to express their creativity and their hopes and dreams. (This video is silent.) / YouTube
MISSOURI SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF STUDENTS VISIT CERAMIC STUDIO
Missouri School for the Deaf (MSD) students took a summer field trip Tuesday to The Mud Room, a ceramic painting studio in downtown Columbia. / Columbia Missourian
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Toronto, ON, Canada
H3 SPORTS TO PROVIDE DAILY VIDEO COVERAGE OF DEAFLYMPICS STARTING JULY 23
H3 Network Media Alliance, an Internet media broadcasting network, announced they will be providing day-to-day video coverage of the Deaflympics 2013 Summer Games in Sofia, Bulgaria. The 22nd Deaflympics Summer Games will be held from July 26 to August 4. At least 19 sporting events have been confirmed: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Bowling, Cycling, Football, Handball, Judo, Karate, Orienteering, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball and Wrestling. Deaflympics organizers expect record numbers of competitors in these sports. / H3 TV
DEAF WRESTLER FIGHTS FOR RESPECT
Louis Long was bullied growing up on Buffalo’s West Side. He had 11 bicycles stolen from him by his 21st birthday, though Grandpa kept buying them. By that point, Long was fed up. So when three men came up behind him, grabbed his backpack, punched him in the face, and tried to steal his wallet – an ordinary occurrence – Long decided to take a stand. He let out a yell and put the leader into a sleeper hold. The other two ran away, terrified, and the assailant followed suit once Long let him go. Now 37 and better known by his wrestling name, Silent Warrior, Long has been fighting back ever since. / The Buffalo News
SILENT BUT DANGEROUS: THE ALABAMA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF SILENT WARRIORS
Every state in America has it’s own school for the deaf, an institution geared at educating young students with hearing disabilities in a nurturing and productive setting. As the years have moved on, each of these schools has done all it can to provide the same traditional high school experience for its students that others receive in more standard public schools. Naturally, a major part of that experience is provided by prep sports, and each school heads into athletic competition with pride for its own mascot, whether the cheers are vocal or silent. / Yahoo! Sports
St. Peters, MO
MIKE BUSH BASEBALL CAMP FOR KIDS WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING
The sounds of baseball are the soundtrack of summer. But to the kids on this field, it sounds like this. (silence) Welcome to the Mike Bush Fantasy Baseball Camp for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. For one week every summer, kids like 9 year old Dominic April learn to play the game with other kids just like them. "They know when they come here they fit and they belong, "explains Camp Director Cari Hampton. / KSDK
SINCE A 2010 RENOVATION, FARIBAULT'S POTTER FIELD CAN LIVE UP TO THE LEGACY OF ITS NAMESAKE
When Maurice Potter and his Hilltoppers all lined up on one side of the ball in a 1927 game against St. Olaf’s second team, and Potter took the ball behind center and ran the other way for a 90-yard touchdown — when he later relayed the story to his sons it would mysteriously become 99 yards — for a 16-12 win, the well-built 6-foot deaf man had little idea that same hallowed ground would someday bear his name. / Faribault Daily News
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MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIAN (MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST)
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Division
Minnesota Department of Human Services
$22.62 - $33.34 hourly ($47,231 - $ 69,614 annually)
DESCRIPTION OF WORK:
This position provides culturally affirmative mental health services to deaf and hard of hearing adults coping with mental health issues in Duluth, MN and Northeast Minnesota. The main responsibility of the Mental Health Specialist is to provide psychotherapy/ counseling services and the remaining of time will include clinical case management/coordination, consultation, training, aftercare planning, and community placement assistance for deaf and hard of hearing adults. The candidate will be housed in Duluth and will travel in Northeast Minnesota on a regular basis.
Provide direct mental health services (independently or with supervision) to deaf and hard-of-hearing adults and their families. Responsibilities include: individual/couples/family/group psychotherapy, intake evaluation, treatment planning, some clinical case management, inter-agency coordination, and psycho-education. Complete intake evaluations, treatment plans, progress notes, discharge summaries, and other reports as required. Some consultation duties are also involved (in-services and workshops on Deaf culture and mental health). Maintain close contact with local acute psychiatric units and group homes ensuring that their services are accessible for deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Assist in client capacity building in the regions covered.
Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL)
Master’s Degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or behavioral-health related field
At least 2 years advanced profession experience, OR 1 year advanced professional experience plus 2 years professional experience providing direct mental health services to deaf and hard of hearing individuals
Licensed or license-eligible for LPC, LPCC, LP, LICSW or LMFT in the state of Minnesota
Knowledge of clinical/crisis interventions and psychiatric medications
Ability to provide consultation services to mental health care organizations
Ability to complete required reports, case files, and other paperwork duties accurately and in a timely manner
Ability to multi-task and cope under stressful circumstances
Excellent client advocacy and interpersonal skills
Thorough knowledge of relevant professional codes of ethics and DSM diagnoses
Fully competent in Deaf and hearing cross-cultures
Willingness to perform some duties at remote work sites, involving some statewide travel
Experienced or familiar with a statewide system of mental health services
Knowledge of the video technology used by deaf and hard-of-hearing people
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT THIS JOB?
Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others using your expertise in mental health, ASL, and Deaf Culture? We seek an enthusiastic and innovative mental health clinician to provide services to deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing adults coping with mental health issues in Northeast Minnesota. These services will enable deaf clients to freely access culturally affirmative mental health services in their home communities. In addition to counseling individual deaf and hard-of-hearing clients, the Mental Health Specialist may also work with couples, families, and groups when available. This position will work with a team of professional colleagues based at the DHHSD Northeast Regional Office in Duluth, MN and will travel across 7 area counties.
Duluth is located on the north shore of beautiful Lake Superior. Duluth is also accessible to ocean-going vessels from the Atlantic Ocean 2,300 miles away via the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence Seaway. As one of the major tourist destinations for the Midwest, Duluth features America's only all-freshwater aquarium, the Great Lakes Aquarium; the Aerial Lift Bridge, which spans the Duluth Ship Canal into the Duluth–Superior Harbor, and Minnesota Point (known as Park Point locally). Minnesota is considered one of the top 10 healthiest and active places in the country. It has the most golf courses per capita in the country and is truly an outdoor paradise with over 12,000 lakes and beautiful forests.
Opening Date: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Closing Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing is seeking an Executive Director (ED). The ED will be responsible for managing department directors and other agency staff; plan and direct new and current programs or services; oversight of the development of the Agency’s program budget projection; develop program goals and objectives; develop Request for Proposals; management and oversight of various Agency contracts; work and interact with the other State Government agencies; review proposed regulations; respond to multiple inquiries from legislators, other agencies and many interested parties; represent the Agency at meetings and public functions; participate in legislative activities that include presenting program and policy analysis; represent the Agency during legislative sessions.
Qualifications for the position: A Master’s Degree in Business, Public Administration, Social Services or a related field is required for this position. Eight (8) years managing programs or projects that include strategic planning, and/or developing and implementing programs or services that require interaction with other agencies and/or with multiple parties to include five (5) years experience in direct staff management. Substantial experience with managing complex programs and budgets, significant experience in the administration of programs and services for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind communities required.
Ability to communicate fluently in American Sign Language required.
Individuals with disabilities encouraged to apply.
To apply, please submit your resume to Chairman Apodaca via email at Mark.Apodaca@state.nm.us. Phone calls will not be accepted.
The State of New Mexico Commission for Deaf & Hard of Hearing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information on the Commission for Deaf & Hard of Hearing, please visit www.cdhh.state.nm.us.
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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, PAHrtners provides residential and out-patient services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) children, adolescents and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are Deaf or Hard of Hearing!
As a result of our commitment to the Deaf/HoH community PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or 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, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable in Deaf culture to fill the following positions:
-- CASE MANAGER (full time position)
-- STAFF INTERPRETER (full time position)
-- RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR (full time position)
-- RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS (full-time, part-time and on-call positions available)
Go to our Website at: www.PAHrtners.com to learn more about each position.
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Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
PAHrtners Deaf Services
614 N. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038
Fax: 215-884-6301; 215-884-9770 TTY/V
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