August 16, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 43
Editor: Tom Willard
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THREE OF TRUMP'S KIDS JUST UNFOLLOWED MARLEE MATLIN OVER A CHARLOTTESVILLE TWEET
On the heels of Trump’s off the rails, impromptu press conference in which he again failed to condemn the white supremacists and neo-Nazis at the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin stepped in and said what that the President would not. Following Marlee’s stern and decidedly necessary commentary on this weekend’s atrocities, the Trump kids put their pettiness on full display -- in unison. / Washington Journal
EXCLUDED FROM A MINNESOTA GRAND JURY, DEAF MAN SUES FOR THE RIGHT TO SERVE
When he received a summons to serve on a southern Minnesota grand jury in late 2015, Mark Valimont was eager to comply. But Valimont, who is deaf, soon learned that he had been excused from duty after requesting a sign-language interpreter to help him participate. Now Valimont is suing the state, its judicial branch and others in U.S. District Court, alleging that his “involuntary” excusal amounted to discrimination. / Star Tribune
St. Paul, MN
DEAF WOMAN SUES CITY OF ST. PAUL, ALLEGING DIFFERENT TREATMENT
Federal law requires law enforcement agencies to take steps to ensure effective communication when they come in contact with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing. But Catrina Hooper said that didn't happen when she was questioned by St. Paul Police. Catrina said she asked for a qualified American Sign Language interpreter to press domestic assault charges against a family member. She claims the department failed to give her one, and instead arrested her for assault. / KSTP
VIDEO ALERTS DEAF ON WATCHING THE UPCOMING SOLAR ECLIPSE SAFELY
The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has created a video that alerts deaf and hard of hearing citizens on how to watch the August 21 solar eclipse safely. According to KCDHH Executive Director Virginia L. Moore, the video has received national attention, receiving over 57,000 views on Facebook and 1,400 shares. / Danville Advocate
FIREFIGHTER HELPS SAVE STRANDED DEAF WOMAN
A scary moment for one woman quickly turned into a rescue mission when flood waters left her stranded. “I was hollering for her, but she ended up being deaf,” says Andy Singletary, a lieutenant for the Jackson Fire Department. But, thankfully, Singletary had an unexpected skill. “Luckily, I knew sign language, so I was able to communicate with her, and ask her if anybody else was still in the car,” Singletary said. / WJTV
SOME TEACHERS FAILING TO MEET ASL REQUIREMENTS
Classes at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine resumed Monday, but Action News Jax has learned a recent review found not all employees had the required ASL skills. The audit said in a review of the 2015-2016 academic year, 82 employees had not met their required ASL skill level. Forty-one of the employees had worked for the school more than four years, 21 more than 10 years and three were teachers required to have advanced ASL skills. / ActionNewsJax.com
Glen Ellyn, IL
DEAF STUDENT EARNS PERFECT SCORE ON CDL TEST
Clint Homon's hope for "humble results" when he enrolled in the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program at College of DuPage was blown away when he received perfect scores on all his tests. CDL program students are tested at each level, given points for errors with a maximum of 12. Homon scored no points, a first in the program's history. / Daily Herald
Old Forge, NY
DEAF FILM CAMP STUDENTS HONE THEIR SKILLS
It’s your typical summer camp scene: The sun is shining, the water sparkling, there are teenagers scattered all over the grounds with smiles on their faces as they participate in various activities. But there’s something a little different about the camp running through Aug. 18 at Camp Mark Seven in Old Forge: It’s Deaf Film Camp. / The Times Telegram
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U.S. DIPLOMATS IN CUBA MYSTERIOUSLY GO DEAF AS COUNTRY IS ACCUSED OF USING SECRET SONIC WEAPON
The freshly friendly relationship between the US and Cuba appears to have soured after officials said that had been secretly made deaf. US investigators have concluded that the country's diplomats were being hit with an advanced device that can send out sound that is inaudible but can cause huge damage to the ears of a person around them, which appears to have been left either inside or near the diplomats' houses. / The Independent
Toronto, ON, Canada
DEAF SWIMMER FORCED TO CALL OFF ATTEMPT TO CROSS LAKE ONTARIO
A swimmer who was looking to become the first deaf person to swim across Lake Ontario has ended her attempt due to rough conditions. Brenda Lussier was making her third attempt to cross the lake, after her previous two attempts were thwarted by injury and tough conditions. Lussier had been planning the attempt to help raise money to combat cystic fibrosis, which her brother suffers from. / CTV News
5-YEAR-OLD DEAF AND MUTE BABY ORPHANED AS POOR PARENTS END LIVES
In a heart-wrenching tragedy, parents of a 5-year-old deaf and dumb girl committed suicide by jumping into a local canal, rendering her an orphan. The couple is said to have resorted to the extreme being unable to meet the expenses for the baby's treatment. The baby is temporarily under the care and protection of her paternal grandparents, who conveyed to the police their inability to take care of her for long. / Mumbai Mirror
GUIDE DOG TO BE ASSESSED AFTER YOUTHS ATTACK OWNER
A partially sighted and deaf Dundee woman was attacked by a group of youths. Lisa Halley, 27, was in Glasgow when she was set upon by the gang. The attack was thwarted when her beloved guide dog Jumble started barking at the mob. Lisa told the Tele that she and Jumble will be visited by a representative of Guide Dogs Scotland today. While neither of the pair was badly hurt, she said Jumble has been acting “strangely” since the incident. / Evening Telegraph
PROFOUNDLY DEAF IRISHMAN SWIMS ENGLISH CHANNEL
A profoundly deaf Irishman has swam the English Channel in a 16½ hour marathon which began in the early on Monday morning. Wesley Nolan, 39, left Dover at 2:45 a.m. on Monday morning and arrived at Cap Blanc Nez south of Calais at 7:21 p.m. By the end he had swam 61km. Nolan seemed to be in remarkably good shape for someone who had endured such a punishing swim. / Irish Times
DEAF ADVOCATE A STEP CLOSER TO CHANGING THE LAW
A deaf advocate is a step closer to securing a law change to require visual fire alarms in public buildings. Kim Robinson, who is the chairman of Deaf Action New Zealand, started a petition in August last year after deaf University of Auckland student Dean Buckley was left behind during a fire drill on campus. He passed the petition -- with 737 signatures -- to Green MP Mojo Mathers, who is also deaf, and she presented it to Parliament on November 7. / New Zealand Herald
THE REAL REASON WHY 'SPICY FOOD CHALLENGE' LEFT MAN TEMPORARILY DEAF
Scientists have explained why eating extremely spicy food caused a video blogger to go temporarily deaf for two minutes after he participated in an online challenge to eat hot "death noddles" in Indonesia. "The pain went all the way up to my ears to the extent where they were blocked," said the video blogger Ben Sumadiwiria. / DNA India
BLIND AND DEAF DENIED DISABLED PARKING STICKERS
Both the blind and the deaf are not entitled to getting parking stickers for the disabled under the current regulations set by several local councils. In light of this, the affected group hopes the local councils will at least provide more priority parking bays for their convenience and that of their carers. / The Star
DEAF PEOPLE SUE THREE MINISTERS
Three government ministers have been dragged to the constitutional court for failure to provide sign language interpretation services to public and private health facilities. Plaintiffs want the court to compel the three ministers to ensure that the rights to privacy, equality, freedom from discrimination, and access to health information of the deaf in hospitals are observed and respected by providing qualified sign language interpreters. / The Independent
DEAF FARMER JOSHUA NEEDS A BOREHOLE
Joshua and his wife live in Zambia where it rains just a few months a year. They are both deaf but hardworking farmers. With an affordable borehole and pump they can make enough money to send their child to school. / Fundly
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LIFE & LEISURE
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE CULTURAL APPROPRIATION OF SIGN LANGUAGE
American singer Banks posted a video of herself signing as part of a performance. Apparently she had felt inspired by the Deaf community and wanted to add sign into her performance. Model and American’s Next Top Model winner Nyle Di Marco then retweeted the video with the following caption: "I’m sorry but I’m Deaf and fluent in sign language and I can’t understand her at all." / Metro
DEAF TO HAVE PHONE CALLS STREAMED INTO EAR IMPLANT AFTER APPLE BREAKTHROUGH
Hearing implants will stream phone calls and music straight into the skulls of the profoundly deaf after a breakthrough in wireless technology from Apple. The computer company and Cochlear, which makes medical devices, have developed the first cochlear implant that can stream direct from a smartphone, allowing people with severe hearing loss to hear calls and listen to music and audiobooks clearly. / The Times
THERE'S A VR HEADSET FOR THE DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED
If you’re one of the roughly 360 million people suffering from hearing loss globally, a lot of the coolest tech isn’t equipped to accommodate you. But one company is working to make the next big thing -- virtual reality -- accessible for the hearing impaired. The European company in question, Greta & Starks, specializes in developing tech for hearing or vision impaired persons. Their new deaf-friendly VR headset is called “Starts AR.” / Tech.co
DEAF GIRL SIGNS HER OWN VERSION OF 'NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED'
Shaylee Mansfield is certainly a talented and strong little girl. While in Las Vegas she performed her own version of “Nevertheless, She Persisted” by the pool side. There was no holding her back. / Storyful
DEAF A&P MECHANIC EARNS HIS WINGS
Zackary Kukorlo says being deaf didn’t present much of a challenge when he recently earned his Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate, which enables him to work as an aircraft maintenance technician; such workers are in high demand as industry experts predict a shortage of mechanics in the next decade as airlines look to expand. A more difficult task is overcoming his disability to actually fly the planes he works on, but a special program on Purdue University’s campus recently helped his pilot dreams take flight. / Inside Indiana Business
DEAF TEEN TAKES REINS AT INTERNSHIP
In her time at NRS in Decatur, intern Lexi Nandin has learned how to be a cashier, fold clothes and sell menswear and tack. In exchange, she’s been teaching her coworkers sign language. Nandin lost most of her hearing when she was 12, and so now she uses a hearing aide and reads lips to understand those around her. She came to NRS as part of a program through Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas that helps place young adults with disabilities in a work program. / Wise County Messenger
ELON LAW FACULTY MEMBER HONORED FOR ADVOCACY FOR DEAF COMMUNITY
A new member of the Elon Law faculty was honored this summer for his legal advocacy work on issues related to accessibility of communications technologies, including television captioning, accessible user interfaces, and the adoption and deployment of real-time text technology. Drew Simshaw received the H. Latham Breunig Humanitarian Award from Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. at TDI’s 22nd biennial conference. / Elon.edu
REX BRAKE, NEW PASTOR AT DEAF CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Rex Brake, Goshen's new pastor at Deaf Christian Fellowship, didn’t always plan to go into ministry. As a kid, he enjoyed church, where he had the benefit of an ASL interpreter, and he got good grades in school. / Goshen News
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
ASL INTERPRETING SERVICES NOT ALWAYS OFFERED AT MUSIC CONCERTS
From rock to hip hop to country, concerts attract a huge variety of people from significantly different backgrounds. And sometimes the attendees are deaf. They still love the music, even if they’re experiencing it in a less-traditional way. But interpreting services aren’t always offered, and deaf people may need to request those services for specific concerts. We spoke with Valley resident Holly Hamilton about that. / KJZZ
San Diego, CA
ART GALLERY CELEBRATES NATIONAL DEAF AWARENESS WEEK
Local visual artist Jon Savage recently set his sights on connecting with other deaf artists across the country using the hashtag #deafartist. He approached gallery owner Patric Stillman at The Studio Door in North Park. Together, they have planned a national exhibition featuring deaf and hard-of-hearing artists to celebrate National Deaf Awareness month from Sept. 1-24, with an artist reception Saturday, Sept. 9. / LGBT Weekly
ACCESS AUDITIONS FOR PERFORMERS WHO ARE D/DEAF AND DISABLED
After our first (ever) Access Auditions, Red Theater Chicago received many expressions of thanks from the actors who were subsequently cast in shows. Numerous requests from casting directors and artistic directors in both theatre and film came in as well, along with affirmations that simply increasing the visibility of d/Deaf and/or disabled talent in the city inspired many projects to become more inclusive. We decided to host the auditions again, and did so on May 27, 2017. / HowlRound
THIS COLLEGE KICKER USES HIS OTHER SENSES TO SUCCEED
William Holmquist can’t hear his teammates calling out signals. He can’t hear his coaches shouting instructions from the sidelines, and he can’t hear what the screaming crowd surrounding him is yelling while he’s on the football field. When he punted for Tufts, the play clock – not the snap count – dictated everything his special teams unit did. Holmquist, who was born almost deaf, only knew the ball would be snapped when the clock hit a predetermined time. / News & Observer
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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
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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.
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.
Skills Instructor - Autism Services - Must be ASL-Fluent! Responsibility for assigned individuals and for the implementation of individuals’ Day Habilitation Services Plans.
Qualifications: High School diploma or GED and 1 year experience in training program for individuals with developmental disabilities.
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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