August 2, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 41
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF MMA FIGHTER CHAMPIONS DISABLED RIGHTS
The Madison Cortland Arc hosted a presentation and a parade Thursday morning at the Kallet Civic Center that celebrated the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This year’s speaker was Matt Hamill, a mixed martial artist (MMA) who has fought in the Light Heavyweight Division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship series. / Rome Sentinel
Baton Rouge, LA
REVIEW COMING FOR LOUISIANA SCHOOLS FOR DEAF, BLIND STUDENTS
Louisiana's education department is seeking an outside group to review state-run schools for children with special needs. The agency announced it is seeking proposals from organizations that could conduct an evaluation of operations and academic programs at the Louisiana School for the Deaf, the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired and the Louisiana Special Education Center. / American Press
BILL SIGNED TO ALLOW DEAF PEOPLE TO DESIGNATE STATUS ON DRIVER'S LICENSE
Deaf people or those who are hard of hearing can now have a symbol on their driver’s license that designates their hearing challenges. Governor Cooper signed the legislation Thursday. The intent is to let law enforcement officers know if someone they pull over can’t hear. The symbol is optional. / WFAE
DEAF MAN FACES 125 YEARS IN PRISON FOR RAPE OF A TEENAGER
A deaf man faces up to 125 years in prison for the rape of a teenage girl in Annapolis over several months in 2014 and 2015. Demetrius Troy Wallace, 43, of Brooklyn Park, was found guilty Wednesday on three counts of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree sex offense and one count of sex offense involving a minor. The verdict came after a four-day trial in front of Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Michael Wachs. / Capital Gazette
HOUSE FIRE KILLS DOG, SENDS DEAF CHILD TO HOSPITAL WITH SEVERE BURNS
A Bradenton house fire killed a dog and sent a deaf girl to the hospital with serious burns. The fire started just before 5:00 a.m. Immediately the parents rushed three of their daughters out to safety but they couldn't find their fourth, a 7-year-old. That's when a neighbor stepped in to help, dragging a chair up to the outside of the home. When he looked through a window, he found little Chelsea Bardales in her bunk bed, underneath a blanket, and dragged her out the window. / WENY
POLICE, FIREFIGHTERS VISIT WITH DEAF EDUCATION STUDENTS
Mesquite police officers and firefighters with Station 1 last week visited with students at the Mesquite ISD Deaf Education summer program to teach them valuable skills they can use to communicate with emergency personnel in case of an incident. Jennifer Hernandez with Mesquite ISD’s Regional Day School for the Deaf said that every year they set a theme for the kids, and this year had to do with community. / Star Local Media
Sands Point, NY
HELEN KELLER CENTER CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Sands Point’s Helen Keller National Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year by holding several events to raise awareness of deaf-blindness. “We work with youth and adults across the country who are interested in gaining skills for employment and independence,” Susan Ruzenski, the executive director of HKNC, said. The not-for-profit center was authorized by Congress in 1967 and provides training and resources for people over age 16 who have combined vision and hearing loss. / The Island Now
ASPEN CAMP CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF ENRICHING DEAF COMMUNITY
Nestled in the woods of Old Snowmass, Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is the only year-round deaf camp in the world. This summer, the local nonprofit celebrates 50 years of serving the deaf community on an international scale. Since opening its doors in the late 1960s, the camp has welcomed more than 21,000 deaf people from 47 states and 12 countries, camp director Lesa Thomas said. / Aspen Times
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Simcoe, ON, Canada
NO STOPPING DEAF MOTOCROSS RACER
Hayden Cusworth hasn't let a lack of hearing slow him down. In fact, the 11-year-old Simcoe resident has developed an insatiable need for speed. “From the minute he wakes up he's already got his (racing) gear on,” Hayden's dad Jay DeMontfort said. Hayden began riding dirt bikes when he was young under the watchful eye of DeMontfort – a long time fan of the sport – and mom Lana, but the last two years he's stepped things up a notch. / Simcoe Reformer
St. John's, NL, Canada
DEAF CHILDREN OVERLOOKED IN HEARING CLASSROOMS, SAYS PARENT
A retired teacher is concerned our province’s deaf and hearing impaired students are being overlooked in the classroom. John Reid says he retired in 2001. He worked at the former school for the deaf. Reid says while there’s much about inclusion in the premier’s education report, he questions why we didn’t hear more about students with hearing impairment. / VOCM
MAN ACCUSED OF 'ONE-DAY CHARITY SCAM' FOR DEAF CHILDREN
A man charged with dozens of fraud offenses claimed to be collecting money for deaf children, a court heard on Monday. Ryan Best has been accused of carrying out a one-day charity scam. The 22-year old appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court to face a total of 28 charges. / Belfast Telegraph
DEAF FOOTBALL ICON PASSES AWAY
The deaf football community in Scotland is mourning the loss of Sandy Brooks. A hugely important figure in deaf football, Sandy played a major part in taking the game to the level it is at today. He was a role model and icon for those within the community. Sandy was involved in deaf football for over 60 years. / Scottish Football Association
DEAF-MUTE MAN CHARGED IN MURDER RELEASED FROM POLICE CUSTODY
Damion Cargill, one of the three inmates charged with murder in connection with the 2014 death of Mario Deane, has been released from police custody and into the care of his relatives. Presiding High Court Justice Vivienne Harris made the guardianship order July 28 in the St James Circuit Court. Cargill is a deaf-mute and suffers from a mental illness. / Jamaica Gleaner
On July 20, 2016, Starbucks welcomed the public to its first signing store, operated by deaf and hearing-impaired “partners.” The store is the first of its kind for Starbucks, globally. A year on and the Signing Store has gained much publicity. / The Sun Daily
ACTING FRATERNITY MOURNS DEATH OF ACTOR AND CRICKETER DHRUV SHARMA
Actor and cricketer Dhruv Sharma passed away on July 31 following a massive cardiac arrest. Living with speech and hearing impairment, Dhruv made his acting debut with the Kannada movie Snehanjali, in which he played the lead role. The film reportedly found a place in record books for casting a speech-and-hearing-impaired actor in the lead. / The NEWS Minute
New Delhi, India
HEARING-IMPAIRED ATHLETES DEMAND EQUAL TREATMENT
The Indian contingent of hearing impaired athletes for the Deaflympics, who had staged a protest at the airport here for not getting a proper welcome by the Sports Ministry, have demanded that they should be treated at par with para-athletes. The athletes, who had won five medals including a gold in the Deafolympics held at Samsun in Turkey from July 18 to 30, had refused to leave Delhi airport, protesting that no top official from the Sports Ministry came to receive them. / NDTV
INSPIRALIVE CREATES RIGHT KIND OF NOISE
In a distant ideal world, the people with hearing impairment would stand out for individuality and not their disability. But in the current scenario, lack of access to information and communication is what curtails this section the most. Inspiralive has set out to bridge this chasm by not only generating employment for the hearing-impaired but also by giving both the masses and the disabled an opportunity to learn Indian Sign Language (ISL) and break the language barrier. / YourStory.com
DEAF RAPPERS TAKE ON THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
Def Rap, a band of hearing impaired rap artists, started a project that was first of its kind in Turkey in collaboration with prominent Turkish rapper Fuat Ergin. The masterminds behind the project are Ergin and Erdem Dilbaz, a producer based in Istanbul. Their debut song "Eller Konu?ur" (Hands Speak) features the band members using sign language with Fuat rapping in the background. / Daily Sabah
DEAF AND DUMB PEOPLE BLOCK GOVERNMENT HOUSE
Members of National Association of Deaf and Dumb people stormed the state government house to protest along with their wives and children. The aggrieved people blocked the entrance of the government house while demanding that the immediate relocation of the deaf and dumb school to a more conducive environment. They were also protesting the non-payment of their subvention to the tune of 12 million naira ($33,000 US). / NAIJ
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LIFE & LEISURE
Santa Barbara, CA
SIGN LANGUAGE IMMERSION WEEKEND GIVES VOICE TO DEAF CULTURE
The American Sign Language Program Summer Immersion Weekend brought 54 students together July 14-16 to participate in activities conducted entirely in ASL without voiced English at Santa Barbara City College. The students engaged in class time, workshops and a treasure hunt throughout the SBCC campus and the city of Santa Barbara. / Noozhawk
AUGUSTA HEALTH RESPONDS TO DEAF SERVICES NEED
Augusta Health displayed its enhanced services for the deaf and hearing impaired Thursday night at the hospital. Patients needing an interpreter have access to live interpreters from a company called Civic Access. But relatively new to the hospital is the availability of interpreters on remote video access. Members of the deaf community got a firsthand look at the video remote interpreters on a monitor Thursday night. / The Daily Progress
IN FRAMINGHAM, DEAF STUDENTS SEE AND HEAR MOTORCYCLES
Garret Lewush usually tows a 10-year-old boxer, Buzz, and an 8-year-old pug-husky mix, or “hug,” Moxie, in the sidecar of his two-wheel-drive Ural motorcycle. Other times, he packs scuba gear and an icebox. Eight-, nine- and 10-years-olds stormed that silver cab on Thursday morning. Enveloped by the thunder of combustion, you had to know ASL to converse without interruption. / MetroWest Daily News
Thousand Oaks, CA
HEARING-IMPAIRED KIDS LEARN THERE ARE 'NO LIMITS'
Each summer, a group of graduate students from California Lutheran University spend their Saturdays teaching at No Limits, a tutoring program for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. All students in No Limits have hearing aids or cochlear implants. They range from three to 14 years of age, and have their own individual language goals. Over the course of eight weeks, the students meet with their tutors for one-hour sessions and practice their language skills. / Ventura County Start
DEAF PIZZA MAN FINISHES DELIVERY ON FOOT AFTER CAR BREAKS DOWN
Benjamin Houston wasn't sure what to do. The 23-year-old Flint resident's car puttered to a stop around 11:30 p.m. July 15 on his way to a delivery of pizza and soda. Houston, a deaf man, began to knock on doors to find a way to contact the manager at the Domino's Pizza where he works. "I didn't order any pizza," a woman who answered a door in the neighborhood told Houston. / MLive.com
LEARNING SIGN LANGUAGE BONDS TEAM WITH DEAF CO-WORKER
When Kamal Nasser interviewed for an AT&T warehouse associate job in Hilliard, Ohio, his interpreter came along. Nasser is completely deaf and uses ASL to communicate. "I really didn't know what to expect going into an interview with someone [who's] deaf," said Jason McGonigle, then-manager of AT&T's DirecTV warehouse, in a company video. "By the end of the interview, I felt I didn't even need the interpreter," he said. / SHRM
APPLE AND COCHLEAR HAVE TEAMED UP TO CREATE IPHONE COMPATIBLE HEARING IMPLAINTS
Technology and innovation have the power to level the playing field between all kinds of people, including the disabled. One such innovation is helping hearing-impaired people better connect with the world and lead fuller lives. Apple has partnered with Cochlear, a company that develops devices that allow the hearing impaired to hear better. / Futurism
ASL INTERPRETERS VISUALIZE NOISE FOR DEAF FANS AT LOLLAPALOOZA AND BEYOND
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 37.5 million Americans have trouble hearing — that’s why ASL music interpreter Amber Galloway-Gallego does what she does. Videos of her appearances, from Lollapalooza to Austin City Limits, have gone viral. These videos have brought wider awareness to the necessity of these interpreters at concerts for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. But, it wasn’t always this way. / Chicago Tribune
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
FINALLY, A ZOMBIE MOVIE WITH A DEAF QUEER HERO
Zombies are big these days, though movies about the undead are kind of a dime a dozen. But now there’s something different with The Deaf vs the Dead, which has just entered the final round of the AT&T Create-A-Thon competition. Queer deaf filmmaker Dickie Hearts wrote, directed and stars in the series, about a deaf man who has to protect his loved ones from a zombie apocalypse in Los Angeles. / NewNowNext
AN OVERLOOKED ASPECT OF HISTORY UNCOVERED
For Harry Lang, there is always much to be learned from the past. Throughout his 41 years of teaching at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf and into the present-day, he has researched and authored numerous books on Deaf Americans throughout history. Lang’s newest book, “Fighting in the Shadows: The Untold Story of Deaf People in the Civil War,” provides insight into this little-known aspect of the country’s history. / RIT NTID News
UGA'S BAPTIST COLLEGIATE MINISTRIES TO PRESENT 'NO PLACE LIKE HOME'
The University of Georgia’s Baptist Collegiate Ministries has been known for putting on Dinner Theatre shows for years, providing an out-of-the-ordinary theater and dining experience. Keeping up with the trend of unique shows, BCM’s Deaf Ministry will present “No Place Like Home”, a Deaf Theatre Jukebox Musical, on July 28 and 29. “No Place Like Home” will be the Deaf Ministry’s first theater production. BCM’s Deaf Ministry was founded two years ago by student Lindsey Thompson. / Red and Black
Lake Havasu City, AZ
HAVASU WOMAN JOINS BAND TO REACH HEARING-IMPAIRED FANS
In mid-June, Chance the Rapper announced he hired ASL interpreters for the remainder of his Be Encouraged Tour, which wraps up Oct. 20 in Phoenix. The 24-year-old rapper from Chicago joins a long list of artists, like The Black Keys, Keith Urban and Nelly, who have hired interpreters for their tours. And now Kevin Jaxon and the Midnight Sun, a Havasu-based R&B band, has their own ASL interpreter. / Daily Miner
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NORTHEAST ARC IS HIRING!
Do you know ASL? We are looking for employees that want to make a difference in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities, who are also deaf. Positions are available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. As an employee, you will provide direct care, using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. 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 apply online at www.ne-arc.org.
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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.
Program Assistant – Full Time; Pittsburgh location. Minimum hs diploma with 1 year experience in administration in human services.
Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position.
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Joel Skelton, Assistant Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
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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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