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July 19, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 39

Editor: Tom Willard

Deafweekly is an independent news report for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community that is mailed to subscribers on Wednesdays and available to read at www.deafweekly.com. These are the actual headlines and portions of recent deaf-related news articles, with links to the full story. Minor editing is done when necessary. Deafweekly is copyrighted 2017 and any unauthorized use is prohibited.

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Morrison, IL
A NIGHT FOR PEGGY: FRIENDS REMEMBER A WOMAN WHO WAS ALWAYS READY WITH A SMILE
Although a community is mourning the loss of a Morrison woman who police say was shot and killed by her daughter, the people who knew her and loved her say they are staying positive and waiting for the day when they will see their friend again. About 100 people came to a prayer service July 12 for Peggy Sue Schroeder, 53, at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church. Peggy was nearly deaf, and attended St. Peter because Winkelman could interpret for her and other deaf church members, with whom she socialized regularly, he said. / SaukValley.com

Bethesda, MD
FIERCE DEBATE OVER SIGN-LANGUAGE USE BY SOME DEAF STUDENTS
New research is stirring fierce debate over the use of sign language among young deaf children who use surgical implants that create a sense of sound. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, suggests that the long-term use of sign language holds back the speech and reading skills of children who use devices known as cochlear implants. / Education Week

Council Bluffs, IA
DEAF STUDENTS GET SAFETY LESSONS
Some first responders helped some kids and teens understand they are not that different Friday afternoon. The Omaha Police Department flew the police helicopter to the Iowa School for the Deaf. It's all part of their summer program called "First Responders." The main focus was for them to learn how to interact with emergency personnel if you happen to be deaf. / KPTM

Pittsburgh, PA
EQUINE POLICE OFFICER SADDLES UP FOR STUDENTS AT SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Children at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf were wide-eyed as the big beautiful horse walked to within inches of them and stood quietly as the boldest youngsters rushed forward to touch his velvety nose and stroke his silky neck. Others inched away from the horse and the police officer mounted on the broad back. “It’s OK to be scared at first. Many people are. This is a big animal,” said senior patrol officer Christopher Swanson. / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Nashville, TN
MOM DEFENDS CHILD'S RIGHT TO WEAR HEARING DEVICE
Jaime Vernon said she knew the day would come when her daughter would face discrimination for her disability, but that doesn't make it less emotional. Vernon's daughter, Lexi, was born totally deaf. Now, cochlear implants let her live life like any other nine-year-old. Lexi was using that device over the weekend during a softball tournament when others verbally attacked her. "It was a very intense contest, and the fans just weren’t being humans," Vernon said. / NewsChannel5

Nashville, TN
HEARING AID BILL IS BAD BUSINESS
I wanted to share my insight as both a provider and hearing aid user as it relates to the Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act, HR 1652, which U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is sponsoring. While I don’t disagree with entry-level instruments being made available to the hearing-impaired population, I do worry about the notion of someone being able to self-diagnose and purchase an instrument without benefit of comprehensive evaluation. / Tennessean


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Vancouver, BC, Canada
DEAF WOMAN SENTENCED FOR SEX OFFENSES AGAINST TROUBLED TEEN
A deaf woman who committed sex offences against a troubled underage girl has been sentenced to two years less a day in prison. In March, a jury found Moreen Akumu, 36, guilty of sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, being a householder who permitted prohibited sexual activity and sexual assault in relation to the offences involving the 14-year-old girl, who cannot be identified due to a publication ban. / Vancouver Sun

Auckland, New Zealand
DEAF COMMUNITY STRUGGLES TO BE INVOLVED IN ELECTION
The deaf community is feeling left out of the electioneering process. Often left without a New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) translator at political party events, Deaf Action New Zealand (DANZ) has to organize its own event so deaf voters in Auckland can participate. DANZ's meet the candidate event will be held at the Auckland Deaf Society in Balmoral on July 22, and live steamed on Facebook for others to access.  / Stuff.co.nz

Australia
'AUSTRALIAN NINJA WARRIOR' OUTRAGES VIEWERS AFTER DEAF CONTESTANT DISQUALIFIED
Viewers have expressed outrage on social media over an incident on last night's Australian Ninja Warrior. The incident in question involved a deaf contestant, Paul Cashion, who was disqualified in the first section of the course when his foot slipped into the water. Due to his disability, however, he could not hear the buzzer indicating that he had been disqualified and continued on to the next section. It was only when he looked at his stepson that he became aware that he couldn't continue. / Student Edge

Australia
EPIC MOMENT FOR DEAF TEEN DJ
An Australian boy aged 19 who has challenges in hearing and cerebral palsy is set to participate in the country's national deejaying competitions. The boy, identified as Karime Baylis, joined the profession to sidestep school bullying from his peers because of his condition. Speaking to the local media, Baylis said that this will be his first time to partake in the competitions, after making an unsuccessful application the previous year. / Tuko.co.ke

Dubai
MOTHER APPEALS FOR HELP TO GET BACK HER HEARING AND JOB
An Indian mother is appealing to the generosity of UAE residents to help raise money for a cochlear implant that would help her regain her hearing and her job back at the same time. Just when Sharjah-based Olive Lopez thought she was back in good health after a successful kidney transplant in India that was fully funded with the help of Gulf News readers, she lost her hearing after an infection and is unable to communicate with others. / Gulf News

Jamaica
JUDGE TO RULE ON DEAF-MUTE MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER
High Court Justice Vivienne Harris is to make a ruling on July 18 on how to proceed against Damion Cargill, one of the three inmates charged with murder in relation to the 2014 death of Mario Deane. Cargill is a deaf-mute and at a special hearing it was determined that he was unfit to enter a plea. The case was called up today but the court was told that the probation officer in charge of the matter was ill. / The Jamaica Gleaner


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Batesburg-Leesville, SC
CAMP WONDER HANDS FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING
At one Midlands summer camp this week you'll see a lot more than you'll hear. Camp Wonder Hands is a weeklong overnight camp for kids who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The camp is led by Palmetto Health Children's Hospital for kids ages 7 to 15, and is held at Camp Kinard off Two Notch Road in Batesburg-Leesville. Campers get to swim and canoe, play sports and do arts and crafts. / WIS TV

Midland, TX
LEARNING SIGN LANGUAGE TO BRIDGE THE GAP WITH HEARING IMPAIRED
If your child spoke a different language would you learn it to communicate with them? Some families who have kids who are deaf or hard-of-hearing don’t learn sign language. But one Grandmother in McCamey explains learning sign and closing the communication gap could change your child's life. / CBS7

Myrtle Beach, SC
LETTER: HEARING DEFICIENCIES CAUSE MANY SOCIAL PROBLEMS; BE KIND
I have a hearing problem. Fact is I have lost about 65 percent of my hearing ability. With my hearing aids, I do pretty well in a one-on-one situation. But when I am in a crowd, I'm lucky if I catch every fifth word in a conversation. I have up-to-date digital hearing aids, but I still misinterpret things being said to me. How embarrassing. A hearing deficiency is truly a handicap. / Myrtle Beach Online


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Philadelphia, PA
STUDENTS BUILD A TOOL TO HELP THE HEARING IMPAIRED IN THE WORK FORCE
Last year at Philadelphia-based Drexel University’s hackathon, the winning team designed a system for hearing-impaired persons to communicate effectively online. Nigel Coelho, a recent graduate from Drexel and a partner at First Round Capital’s college venture capital arm Dorm Room Fund, is the co-founder of Sign Me. Sign Me aims to provide real-time translations for users of the ASL using Microsoft’s Kinect Motion Sensor. / The Huffington Post

Saylorsburg, PA
MOTHER, DAUGHTER TEAM UP TO TRAIN DOGS FOR THE DEAF
Natalie and Linette Martino of Saylorsburg trained Leonardo, yellow lab/golden retriever mix, as a service dog for a hearing-impaired California woman. He accompanied them to court on tasks for Linette's husband, an attorney. In fact, he goes everywhere with them — it is part of his training. / The Associated Press

Rochester, NY
$1M GRANT PROMOTES SCIENCE EDUCATION FOR DEAF STUDENTS
The National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester is getting $1 million to develop a training program for scientists. Rep. Louise Slaughter says the five-year federal award will be used to develop a program aimed at deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduates. The goal is to increase the number of deaf and hard-of-hearing students who enter biomedical and behavioral science Ph.D. programs. / The Associated Press


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Los Angeles, CA
'BABY DRIVER' BREAKOUT: HOW SCENE-STEALING DEAF ACTOR CJ JONES WOWED EDGAR WRIGHT
Edgar Wright had a very specific type of actor in mind when he penned the part of Joseph, the disabled foster father to Ansel Elgort’s getaway driver in the summer smash Baby Driver. “I wrote the character being 85, African American, and deaf,” Wright told Yahoo Movies. So the filmmaker tasked his casting director, Francine Maisler to find someone who fit the bill. “And she said, ‘There’s only one actor, really.'” That actor was CJ Jones. / Yahoo! Movies

Bloomington, IL
PETER COOK AT ILLINOIS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Someone asked us recently what was the most memorable interview we've conducted in connection with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival over the years. That's an easy one: It was deaf actor Peter Cook, who not only starred in a festival production without speaking a single word, but also did it in the title role of one of the Bard's tougher sells to a midsummer's mass audience, "Pericles." / Pantagraph

Washington, DC
A WIRELESS VIBRATION SUIT HELPS THE DEAF 'FEEL' MUSIC
The staccato vibrations from the drumbeat hit me in the wrists. Then the bass rattled my spine as the rock song moved beyond my ears, transforming into a full-body experience — one that could revolutionize concert-going for the deaf and hard of hearing. I was wearing a prototype of a “wireless ecosystem,” including a technology-stuffed cargo vest and ankle and wrist bands, in a demonstration by the Music: Not Impossible (MNI) project during the Sound Scene festival at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. in early July. / Hyperallergic


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Madison, WI
IN THIS WATER EXERCISE CLASS, THE INSTRUCTOR TEACHES IN SIGN LANGUAGE
In her new water exercise class, Delores Erlandson understands where to move her arms and legs by looking at the instructor. For Erlandson, who is deaf, that’s remarkable. Typically, in such classes, she must watch the instructor and an ASL interpreter, if one is provided. But in the new class at UW Health, the instructor teaches in sign language. “This way is really clear and direct,” said Erlandson, 81, of Madison. / Madison.com

Hayward, CA
CALIFORNIA SWIMMER SETS SIGHTS ON DEAFLYMPICS MEDAL
Liz Cocker has a natural love for swimming. She was also born profoundly deaf.  When Cocker was just 16 months old, doctors told her parents that she wouldn’t read past a 3rd grade level and she wouldn’t have a normal life. But despite her disadvantages, Cocker is looking forward to meeting her next challenge ... bringing home a medal in the 2017 Deaf Olympic Games, which begin July 18 in Turkey. / CSN Bay Area


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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.

Awake Overnight Direct Care Counselor: Remain awake, alert and responsive to the needs of the clients throughout the shift, assist clients with morning activities.
• Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent degree, fluency in ASL.

Clinical Program Manager:  Perform functions of Direct Care Counselor, program supervision/direction.
• Qualifications: MA; or BA/BS and 3 years’ experience.

Community Crisis Stabilization BA Level Clinician:  Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
• Qualifications: MA and 2 years’ experience OR BA/BS and 5 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.

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.

Senior Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling.  Coordinate/monitor administrative/clinical functions.
• Qualifications: BA/BS and 2 years’ experience; or HS Diploma/GED and 3 years’ experience.

Specialized Interpreter: Interpret in ASL between those using specialized ASL and/or those with language deprivation and requiring further communication assistance.
• Qualifications: Approved by the MCDHH to work as an interpreter, BA/BS and 2 years’ experience.

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 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.

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.

Training Coordinator – Full Time. Glenside location. Travels to Pittsburgh as needed. Education requirements flexible and based on experience. Must be proficient in ASL.

Outpatient Therapist – Part Time. Glenside location. Must be eligible for LCSW or LPC in PA. Must have MSW or equivalent. Must be proficient in ASL.

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
Email: jskelton@pahrtners.com Fax: 215.392.6065

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