July 27, 2016
Vol. 12, No. 40
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF COUPLE RECOVERING AFTER BEATING, ROBBERY
A deaf Olive Branch couple was terrorized, beaten and robbed. The couple said it was God that helped get them through. Through sign language and translation help from their son, Diann and Jimmy Kelley said they were in their kitchen when three men—Charles Gayles, Jeffrey Richardson, and Charlonte Smith—broke through a back bedroom window, entered their home, shut the lights off and attacked them. / WMC Action News 5
New Haven, CT
DEAF COMMUNITY TO FILE COMPLAINT TO GET INTERPRETER JOBS BACK
The deaf community is converging at the capitol to file a complaint in an effort to get interpreters their jobs back. Many in the deaf community say they’re losing a vital resource for them. As a cost-saving measure, the state laid off about 40 interpreters. We spoke with one of those interpreters last week, she says not only is she concerned about making ends meet for her family, she’s also worried about her clients. / WTNH
HOSPITAL SUED FOR DISCRIMINATING AGAINST DEAF PATIENTS
Northwest Hospital & Medical Center has been called to task for its systemic failure to provide effective communication to patients who are Deaf and hard of hearing. A class-action lawsuit was filed July 21in federal court alleging that the hospital, owned and operated by the University of Washington School of Medicine, discriminates against deaf and hard-of-hearing people. / Disability Rights Advocates
NEW RULES TO HELP PROTECT DEAF, DEAFBLIND IN HIGH-STAKE SETTINGS
To ensure deaf and deafblind have the ability to communicate effectively in high-stakes situations like court proceedings and medical situation, new rules were established to classify interpreters. The new requirements establish the skill level and training required for professional sign language interpreters, and are divided into three minimum certification levels based on the complexity and risk of harm inherent in the interpreting situations. / WSYM-TV
DOG SAVES HEARING-IMPAIRED OWNER
He may be small, but that didn't stop Hook from saving his hearing-impaired owner this past week. The 10-year-old dog stopped his owner, Joyce Herman, from walking in front of a train. Herman has 50-50 hearing loss and when she's outside has trouble with competing noises. Herman says, "Hook started jumping on me. When I got to the track, Hook just pulled me off the track." For his efforts Hook has earned himself a spot as one of eight finalists for the upcoming Hero Dog Awards presented by the American Humane Association. / WBMA
PRISON PROVIDES SAFE SPACE FOR DEAF DOGS EVACUATED FROM SAND FIRE
A Lancaster prison has opened its doors to nearly 50 deaf dogs from the 'Deaf Dog Rescue' to provide a safe space for them as the 37,000-acre Sand Fire burns in the Santa Clarita Valley Mountains. The rescue said on its Facebook page that hey struggled to find a place that would be able to accept all of the dogs which are now being cared for by the inmates and medicated by the Karma Rescue team. / KTTV
DENTIST OFFICE DEDICATES DAY TO GIVING 'DEAF PEOPLE A SMILE'
A Fenton dentist office spent a day giving “Deaf People a Smile.” Scott Mady was born completely deaf and making a trip to the dentist challenging. “There’s always a communication breakdown, but when you come here, I was like ‘okay, let’s just see what she has to offer,’” Mady said. Mady went to Dr. Jessica Nieva, who, along with her husband Abram, own Fenton Family Dentistry. / KMOV
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DEAF CHILDREN 'ALLOWED TO ENGAGE IN SEXUAL ACTIVITY,' WHISTLEBLOWER SAYS
Children at a school for the deaf were mishandled by staff, allowed to misbehave and engaged in sexual activity, a whistleblower has said. Devon and Cornwall Police are now investigating the claims made against Exeter Deaf Academy. The BBC understands three staff members have been suspended, but the school would not confirm this. The academy said it would act "quickly if it is found that any improvements need to be made." / BBC News
DEAF WOMAN TAKES GOVERNMENT TO COURT OVER JURY EXCLUSION
A woman hoping to be Australia's first deaf juror is having her discrimination case heard by the High Court in Brisbane this afternoon. Gaye Lyons, who is profoundly deaf, took action after being excluded from an Ipswich District Court jury in 2012. The 60-year-old alleged she had been discriminated against by the Queensland Government by the refusal to provide her with an Auslan interpreter so she could perform her civic duty as a juror. / ABC News
ANNUAL SUMMER DAY CAMP HELD FOR DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING KIDS
It brings a whole new meaning to the sounds of summer - as this week The Manha Project is bringing together deaf and hard-of-hearing children in hopes of bringing awareness in our community. They may live in a world of silence, but you could never tell through the sound of laughter and joy heard in Barrigada. "It's an important camp to me," said Joe Mendiola. / KUAM
THIS QUIET STARBUCKS HIRES MOSTLY DEAF PEOPLE
When you walk into most Starbucks stores, they're loud, busy and full of tense people. This Starbucks in Malaysia isn't quite as hectic, though, as 75% of its staff is deaf and cuts out the shouty portion of your coffee experience. The Starbucks is located in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, and the store is actually known for hiring deaf employees, with the help of a non-profit called Society of Interpreters for the Deaf. / Foodbeast
CLERK ARRESTED FOR RAPING DEAF WOMAN
It was a shocking revelation for the administrators at Paldi Vikas Gruh, a women's shelter home, when a woman in thirties, having speech and hearing impairment, was found pregnant on July 17 by a staff doctor. A sonography the following day confirmed that she had pregnancy of 20 weeks. The authorities, however, decided to wait and conduct investigation themselves. / Times of India
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LIFE & LEISURE
INNOVATIVE PROGRAM SHOWS PROMISE IN HELPING DEAF CHILDREN GAIN LITERACY SKILLS
Those can be some of the most powerful words in the development of any child's ability to read and write. For children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and living in bilingual homes, the "come read with me" invitation becomes even more crucial to their literacy development. That's why the USC Caruso Family Center for Childhood Communication is getting creative in tackling challenges that children with hearing loss face in learning to listen, talk, read and write. / News-medical.net
DEAF TODDLER'S LANGUAGE BLOSSOMS WITH HELP OF SPEECH PATHOLOGIST
From the moment Evelyn Hays was born, her mom has kept a close eye on her. "When I had her, she didn't cry," says Annette Hays. "She just observed. And had the biggest eyes looking around the room. Right away we knew there was something special about her." A few weeks into Evelyn's life, the new parents figured out what it was. Evelyn failed her newborn hearing tests. After a second opinion, they realized how severe it was. / WREX
VISITING WITH DEAF PEOPLE AN EYE-OPENING OPPORTUNITY
The Florence Church for the Deaf recently held a family day festival. It was, indeed, a day of fun for all who attended, church members and guests alike. The facilities for this particular church are provided by Hoffmeyer Road Baptist Church in Florence, the meeting place for the Church For The Deaf. The church is pastored by the Rev. Justin Cribb, a son of the Rev. Craig Cribb, pastor of Nesmith Baptist Church, and his wife, Sharon. / SCNow
DISTRICT OF C DELIVERS WORK FROM DEAF ARTISTS ALONG WITH SOME POT
If you're looking for a quick art delivery, there's a new service in town that'll bring a fresh print to your door. They'll even throw in some weed as a gift. But the founders aren't calling it a pot delivery service. Instead, they say, it is a way to create employment opportunities for members of the District's Deaf community. Meet District of C, a group of four Deaf D.C. residents that together resemble a Captain Planet-like crew of start-up specialties. / DCist
NEW DEAF MSA SUPERINTENDENT BELIEVES HE CAN HELP ALTER COURSE OF THE ACADEMIES
Unlike some leaders of the Minnesota State Academies before him, new MSA Superintendent Terry Wilding won’t lack any familiarity with the communities he’s heading. Wilding is deaf. He grew up in a family with nine deaf siblings and two deaf parents. He attended classes from a young age in Gooding, Idaho, at the local deaf school, which was right next to the blind school. In his small hometown, everyone knew the deaf and blind communities and most could communicate with them. / southernminn.com
MARYLAND SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF ANNOUNCES NEW CFO/COO
The Maryland School for the Deaf announced its new chief financial officer and chief operating officer as Ann L. Miller. Miller will start on Aug. 3. She is a longtime state of Maryland employee whose most recent position was chief operating officer at John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents in Rockville, where she oversaw accounting, purchasing, personnel, information, technology, maintenance, diet and housekeeping. / The Frederick News-Post
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
CONSERVATION OF MURALS AT NEW MEXICO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF MARKS THEIR 80TH ANNIVERSARY
Down in the foothills of a chain of mountains that looks like northern New Mexico sits an incongruous white dome with a slender spire stretching into the sky. And that’s not the only mystery in the mural, one of two painted in 1936 on the walls of the cafeteria at the New Mexico School for the Deaf. Kathryn Flynn, who rallies conservation of such artworks through the National New Deal Preservation Association, said she knows almost nothing about Edma Pierce, whose blocky signature marks the bottom right of both murals. / Albuquerque Journal
Los Angeles, CA
DEAF PERFORMERS ARE FINALLY SEEN AND HEARD ON THE STAGE AND SCREEN
Joshua Castille developed his deep passion for performing as a middle school student in Louisiana. However, opportunities to perform were limited until high school, because, while Castille was able see the audience’s awed expressions, and had a natural presence on stage, he was not able to hear what was being said on stage around him. Unlike most other talented aspiring performers, the 21-year-old actor is hard-of-hearing. / HS Insider
Oklahoma City, OK
INCLUSION IS PRIORITY FOR LYRIC'S 'FIDDLER' PRODUCTION
An innovative partnership between Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City's Interpreter Training Department and Lyric Theatre makes the upcoming performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” more accessible to deaf patrons and also enables deaf and hearing actors to share the stage. Historically, every show Lyric produces has at least one performance interpreted for ASL. But Michael Baron, Lyric's producing artistic director, wanted to take things a step further with the inclusion of deaf actors in the performance of “Fiddler on the Roof.” / News OK
KATHY BUCKLEY AND YOUNG COMICS WITH HEARING LOSS TO PERFORM
Against all odds, Kathy Buckley managed to use the strife in her life to her benefit. As well, she is determined to use it to benefit many other people. This time around, Buckley is helping youngsters find their voice through comedy, as they take to the stage in “No Limits Comedy Hour” at The Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, Calif. It’s a unique opportunity for students from the non-profit organization No Limits to perform live at an iconic Southern California comedy venue. / Blasting News
TODD HONAS, STUDENT ATHLETE WITH HEARING LOSS, WINS SCHOLARSHIP
On July 22 in Omaha, Nebraska, Boys Town National Research Hospital hosted a ceremony for Todd Honas, a student athlete who received a scholarship from EarQ and the NFL Players Association's Professional Athletes Foundation (NFLPA). Todd overcame hearing loss to graduate from Aurora High School this past May. / PR Web
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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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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.
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