July 13, 2016
Vol. 12, No. 38
Editor: Tom Willard
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STATE CUTS 35 EMPLOYEES THAT PROVIDE SERVICES TO DEAF
State employee layoffs will include an entire unit that provides interpreting services for the deaf. Tammy Batch, an interpreter and steward for the union representing the 35 employees in the Department of Rehabilitation Services, said workers learned last week that their last day is July 15. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office said the move is a cost-saving measure, adding the state could provide the same level of service to deaf residents at half the price using private providers. / Meriden Record-Journal
OHIO EASES WAY FOR DEAF OR HEARING-IMPAIRED DRIVERS TO GET CDLS
Ohio state agencies have teamed up to develop procedures for deaf or hearing-impaired Ohioans who qualify for a federal hearing-exemption waiver to train and test for obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License. While the process to obtain a hearing exemption waiver was instituted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in 2013, the three state agencies contend that the Buckeye State is “leading the way as one of the first states to implement testing.” / Truckinginfo.com
FLORIDA GIRL LOBBYING CONGRESS TO HELP BLIND, DEAF CHILDREN
Guess what Paloma Rambana is doing on her summer vacation? The Tallahassee sixth-grader is lobbying members of Congress. Rambana is legally blind. The 10-year-old is in Washington, D.C., urging lawmakers to pass the Cogswell-Macy Act. It would require mainstream schools to offer specialized instruction for children who are deaf and blind. It would also increase availability of expensive learning technology. / WCTV
DEAF PEOPLE ENCOUNTER TROUBLES WITH MEDICAL CARE
When you’re hospitalized or in pain, understanding a doctor’s diagnosis or a nurse’s instructions is hard enough. But when you’re deaf, it can feel like being shut out. Ellen Thielman, 67, found that out twice this year. When the Sacramento resident landed in the emergency room last January with what she thought might be symptoms of a stroke, she was frustrated by the lack of adequate sign-language interpreters and her inability to effectively talk with medical staff. “I was furious, upset and a bit traumatized. I felt really alone,” said Thielman. / The Sacramento Bee
San Francisco, CA
THIS DEAF-BLIND LAWYER THINKS YOUR APP NEEDS WORK
Haben Girma can’t see your app’s design. She can’t hear the sounds it makes or listen to a voice-over of the text. But she has some notes. The first deaf-blind person to graduate from Harvard Law, Girma is on a mission to get more developers to design software with people with disabilities in mind. An avid iPhone user, she recently decided to go straight to the source. / CNN
Hall County, GA
DEAF PIT BULL SHOT, KILLED IN OWNER'S DRIVEWAY
A Hall County woman is upset and looking for answers after her dog was shot and killed outside her home. Jessica Maloney said her deaf pit bull, Beethoven, was shot June 30 in her driveway in Gainesville. “My knees buckled out from under me, and I just lost all my composure. It was heartbreaking,” she said. Maloney said she got the dog as a gift after her discharge from the Army. She named him Beethoven because he was deaf. / WSB-TV
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GEETA, DEAF AND MUTE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN CARE OF MY EDHI, EXPRESSES GRIEF
Geeta, the deaf and mute girl, who returned to India last October after being stranded in Pakistan for 13 years, on Saturday expressed deep sorrow over the demise of legendary Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi. Edhi, who had dedicated his life to humanity and serving the poor and was widely respected in Pakistan due to his humanitarian and social welfare works, had taken care of Geeta during her over a decade-long stay in Pakistan. / DNA India
FIRST ADVENTIST CHURCH FOR THE DEAF TO OPEN IN JAMAICA
Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica has announced plans to establish its first church for the deaf and hard of hearing as part of an Adventist world church initiative to reach an often-neglected community. The church will be located in Portmore, a city near Kingston, that was chosen after consultations with the Jamaica Association for the Deaf, said Adrian Cotterell, who is responsible for special needs ministries for the Adventist Church’s Jamaica Union. / Adventist Review
Auckland, New Zealand
SAILING CAT ACTS AS DEAF OWNER'S 'EARS AT SEA'
Auckland sailor Paul Thompson can't always hear everything around him while at sea. That's where his cat comes in. A six-month-old ginger Maine Coon, Strauss von Skattebol of Rebelpawz -- or Skatty for short -- plays an important role when the pair go sailing around New Zealand. "Without any training," said Thompson, "he has twigged that I don't hear and of his own accord he lets me know if a boat comes alongside, people are at my door and when my phone receives text messages." / NZ Herald News
ANIME FILM ABOUT BULLIED DEAF GIRL TO BE SHOWN IN THEATRES WITH SUBTITLES
Producers for A Silent Voice are planning to accommodate fans who, like the series’ female lead, can’t hear. Manga creator Yoshitoki Oima’s A Silent Voice, titled Koe no Katachi (literally “The Shape of Voice”) in Japanese, begins with a new student transferring into elementary school student Shoya’s class. His new classmate is a deaf girl named Shoko, and as is sadly, yet often, the case, that difference makes her the target of bullies, with Shoya acting as the ringleader of her tormenters. / RocketNews24
Halifax, NS, Canada
DEAF DOG ONCE THOUGHT UNTRAINABLE WINS CHAMPION AGILITY TITLE
She was born deaf, and surrendered to the Nova Scotia SPCA as “untrainable.” But Seven, believed to be a border collie who was rescued as a three-month-old puppy, recently received the Agility Trial Champion of Canada title, completing a seven-year climb through the ranks of canine athleticism with the rescuer who became trainer and teammate. / Toronto Star
WHAT WORKS BEST FOR DEAF CUSTOMERS?
Clarion UK delivered a Masterclass on ‘Getting it Right for Deaf customers’ at the annual IntoWork Convention at the International Conference Centre, Birmingham. Bob Marsh, UK Business Development Manager, who is Deaf himself, gave a personal and business insight into what works best for Deaf customers who are referred onto the Government’s 3 current main W2W programs. / Learning and Work Institute
ORGANIZATION GRADUATES FIRST DEAF EMT IN ISRAEL
Nechama Loebel, who has been deaf since birth, has become the first Deaf person to successfully become an EMT in Israel. Last week, Loebel (30) graduated her EMT training course and will soon become a full-fledged EMT, as part of Israel’s national volunteer EMS organization United Hatzalah. “This is a dream come true for me,” said an excited Loebel. / Jspace News
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LIFE & LEISURE
'JUST DON'T GIVE UP,' SAYS DEAF AND AUTISTIC STUDENT WHO GRADUATED WITH HONORS
When Tameka Goldsmith looks at her son’s accomplishments—and she has filled plastic bins with report cards and photos of his travels, certificates and copies of the kind words teachers wrote about him on scholarship applications—she remembers what doctors said about Kyree before he ever started kindergarten. They said he’d never speak—that, because of his autism and hearing loss, he’d never function in a regular classroom. / Fredericksburg.com
FAITH LEADS COUPLE TO HOST DEAF ORPHAN
Maggie Devlin is a big believer in signs from above. So in summer 2014, when she started seeing ads on Facebook with the faces of Eastern European orphans seeking American host families for the holidays, she resisted the temptation to click. “I’d been a special education teacher for 32 years, so I figured if God really wants me to do this, there’s going to be an ad for a boy about 8 or 9 years old that’s deaf,” said Devlin, who is an ASL interpreter. The sign finally came on Halloween night 2014. / The San Diego Union-Tribune
DAILY COFFEE CONSUMPTION COULD MAKE PEOPLE DEAF PERMANENTLY, CLAIMS NEW STUDY
A cup of coffee is something that makes morning almost perfect for a number of people. However, a new study claims that caffeine may stop people from recovering from short-term hearing loss. The study conducted by a team of researchers from McGill University claims that caffeine impedes human body's ability to recover from a short-term hearing loss. / Headline & Global News
DEAF BARISTAS THRIVE AT LOCAL STARBUCKS
Faithful Starbucks customers know the coffee shop is often a crowded, bustling, noisy place; but at one location in the Heights, what you don't hear is what's interesting and inspiring. At the I-10 and Yale Starbucks, the smells, sights and sounds are all familiar. What may not be? What you don't hear. Lindsey Smith, a shift supervisor, is deaf as are Lydia Tesfaye and Greg Oxley. All three baristas serve customers with all kinds of orders. / KHOU
THESE SMART GLASSES ARE HELPING DEAF CHILDREN COMMUNICATE
Hearing loss has become a silent but real problem in American schools -- 14 percent of children suffer from hearing problems that could put them one to four grades behind if left untreated. A Philadelphia-based startup named Olive Devices has come up with a 21st century alternative to hearing aids to combat this problem. The company has developed smart glasses that caption conversations for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. / Observer
SOUNDSENSE, A GADGET THAT HELPS DEAF PEOPLE STAY AWARE OF THEIR SURROUNDINGS
People with deafness have plenty of ways to navigate everyday situations as if they had no disability at all, but there are still situations that present dangers unique to them — not being able to hear a smoke alarm or gunshot, for instance. SoundSense is a small wearable device that listens for noises that might require immediate attention and alerts the user when it detects one. / TechCrunch
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
NYLE DIMARCO SLAMS FOX NEWS FOR 'BLIND, DEAF AND DUMB' HEADLINE
Nyle DiMarco took offense to one of Fox News’ recent online editorial stories. The opinion piece titled “When It Comes to Hillary Clinton, American Justice Is Blind, Deaf and Dumb,” struck a chord with the Dancing With the Stars winner, who shared his grievances with his Twitter followers. “Fox News, I don’t appreciate ‘Blind, Deaf, and Dumb,'” he wrote. “I’m Deaf and I’m not ignorant at all.” DiMarco added, “Use better words, thanks!” / ETCanada.com
Las Vegas, NV
DEAF DRAG QUEEN DAZZLES AUDIENCES
When you come to Las Vegas, when you dance on the Strip, the music is almost all you hear. One performer takes to the stage in high heels and a tiara hearing absolutely nothing. Jolene is a drag queen who lives in Las Vegas. She is also fully deaf. She may not speak, but she is not quiet. "A lot of people can't believe that a deaf person can do it," said Jolene, through an ASL interpreter. / KTNV
MICHAEL SCHMID'S DIARY FOR THE 2016 DEAF WORLD CUP, PART THREE
Salerno, Italy >> Where to start? Well, let’s start with the quarterfinal appearance against powerhouse Germany. I know I gave a few brief details in the last blogs about the knockout rounds, but I wanted to give them fair treatment. What a battle it was! Against a team of giants, all towering over us at 6 foot or taller, we gave them everything we had. / The Morning Journal
BREAKER NAMED TO THE 2017 USA OLYMPIC DEAF TEAM
Lindenwood University-Belleville women's ice hockey player, Libbey Breaker, has been named to the 2017 USA Deaf Olympic Team. "Well it took a couple of years to make the women's deaf hockey team happen, but when I was told it was going to in April of 2017, I couldn't believe my eyes," said Breaker. "Since I was little I always wanted to put on that USA jersey and represent my country as well as the deaf community." / Lindenwood University Belleville Athletics
TOLER HELPS U.S. DEAF SOCCER WIN SECOND WORLD TITLE
Former Tennessee Tech soccer player Becca Toler got the chance to represent her country on a global level for the second time. She was a part of the U.S. Deaf Women’s National Team that won its second consecutive World Deaf Football Championship in Cappaccio, Italy. Toler served as the team’s backup goalkeeper in a campaign in which the national team kept its all-time undefeated record intact. / Herald Citizen
SERTOMA CLUB @ THE VILLAGES HOSTS ANNUAL DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING YOUTH BASEBALL CAMP
The game of baseball is a classic and historical part of American history. Unfortunately, for deaf or hard-of-hearing children there are not always an unlimited amount of opportunities to learn or play baseball in a group setting. However, thanks to groups such as the Sertoma Club @ the Villages, no child will ever feel left out at the ball field. Each year, The Sertoma Club @ the Villages hosts its annual Sertoma Fantasy Baseball Camp, for deaf or hard-of-hearing boys and girls. / Sertoma
GERALDINE LAWHORN: AUTHOR, PERFORMER, TEACHER, DEAF-BLIND PIONEER
Dressed in a red taffeta gown she could not see, Geraldine Lawhorn performed her one-woman show at Carnegie Hall on Jan. 29, 1960, for an audience whose applause she could not hear. “To myself, I was proving that the way a handicapped person can throw off pity is to do the kind of work that will displace pity with admiration,” she once wrote. When Ms. Lawhorn died Sunday at 99, her many friends and colleagues struggled to sum up the life of a woman who was a teacher, African-American pioneer, pianist, poet, author, fashionista — as well as a huge fan of all things Harry Potter. / Chicago Sun-Times
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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.
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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Careers at Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB)
TEACHER OF THE DEAF:
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.
Positions report to a Program Administrator, and are responsible to provide ASL and standards-based instruction and support to students who are Deaf/hard-of-hearing. Also support teaching staff and parents. Interested persons please visit the CSDB website http://www.csdb.org/careers-2/classified-3/ view the complete official job announcement and to apply online.
Annual employment contract currently 195 days, August to June beginning 2016-2017 school year. Salary based upon appropriate education and experience. Excellent Benefits!
Contact information: Human Resources Office
33 North Institute Street; Colorado Springs, CO 80903
E-mail: HumanResources@csdb.org; (719) 578-2115 (phone); (719) 578-2239 (fax)
Come Work With The Best!
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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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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