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August 23, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 44

Editor: Tom Willard

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San Diego, CA
WITNESSES QUESTION USE OF POLICE FORCE ON DEAF MAN
Witnesses say San Diego Police used excessive force on a deaf man Monday afternoon. Tiara Arreloa says the man illegally parked in a commercial loading zone to make a quick stop in her store to sell shoes. "As he was writing something to ask us, he saw that he was going to get a ticket," said Arreloa. She says the man ran outside and was trying to communicate with the female traffic enforcement officer. She says within about two minutes, the officer pepper-sprayed the man in the face. / 10 News

Chicago, IL
7TH CIRCUIT REVERSES JUDGMENT FOR DEAF LITIGANT, TOSSES SUIT
A federal court ruling in favor of a deaf litigant who was denied a court-provided sign language interpreter for mediation in his child custody case was reversed on appeal Friday. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the judgment and award of $10,380 in damages in favor of Dustin King. The panel remanded his federal civil rights case brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act with instructions to dismiss the suit, though King may file an action in state court. / The Indiana Lawyer

Seattle, WA
HOSPITAL TO PAY $45,000 OVER CARE OF DEAF PATIENT
Highline Medical Center in Burien has agreed to pay $45,000 to settle allegations that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to provide sign-language interpreters for a deaf patient. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle said Tuesday the case involved a deaf patient who underwent spinal surgery in 2014. The hospital failed to provide sign-language interpreters at his discharge and other critical moments of his care. / The Associated Press

Topeka, KS
DEAF 3-YEAR-OLD LEFT ON BUS SEVERAL HOURS, FAMILY WANTS ACTION
A Topeka mother is demanding action after her 3-year-old son, who is deaf, spent his first day of pre-kindergarten inside a school bus. Both Topeka Public Schools and Durham Bus Services are apologizing and promising to take steps to make sure something like this never happens again, but Amanda Hunninghake is not convinced they're following through. Amanda and her husband, Chris, say their son Brody was stuck for six hours inside a bus meant to take him to the Kansas School for the Deaf near Kansas City. / WIBW

Cullman, AL
DEAF SINGLE MOTHER OF FOUR TARGETED BY CROOKS
Cullman Police Department is warning residents about a group of people walking through neighborhoods looking for unlocked cars to steal from. Victim Angelina Wallis is a high school student, taking college courses early and is about to start a job soon. She's trying to get ahead while she can, but money has been tight. So when $800 bucks was stolen out of her deaf mother's car recently - it hurt. / ABC 33/40

Sioux City, IA
DEAF IOWANS AGAINST ABUSE MEET WITH EMERGENCY PERSONNEL
Deaf Iowans Against Abuse met with local emergency management services personnel to discuss ways to improve communication. The effective communications workshop was at the Sioux City Library throughout the day, Wednesday. Officials with the DIAA worked on a number of things with EMS personnel including sign language, written ASL, and lip-reading. / KTIV

Larchmont, NY
DOZENS OF STRANGERS STEP IN AFTER BOY LOSES HEARING AID ON SOCCER FIELD
A 6-year-old boy lost an expensive hearing aid during soccer camp, and what happened afterward surprised him and his mother. Jack DiVito’s mom, Amy, was determined to find the device in the massive park, and she posted a message on Facebook asking if anyone had a metal detector she could borrow. “A few minutes after I got to the field, people started showing up to help me search,” Amy DiVito said. / CBS New York


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INTERNATIONAL
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Japan
DEAF ATHLETES STRIVE TO RAISE FUNDS, AWARENESS
One positive effect of the upcoming Tokyo Games is increased understanding and awareness of the Paralympics, but the situation remains bleak for international events for sports for the disabled that are not included in the Paralympics. The conditions can be better understood by examining one such event, the 23rd Summer Deaflympic Games, the Olympics for the deaf, held in Turkey from July 18 to 30. / The Japan Times

London, England
DEAF MAN THROWN OUT OF RESTAURANT 'BECAUSE HE HAD HEARING DOG WITH HIM'
Louise DeNew says she was inside Gourmet Burger Kitchen in London on Saturday afternoon when a "middle-aged deaf gentleman and his wife" were thrown out -- because they had a hearing assistance dog with them. "The small dog clearly wore an assistance dog harness and the deaf gentleman tried to show the manager the dog ID card on its lead," Louise said. She claims that despite protests from the couple and other customers, the manager still ordered them out of the establishment. / Mirror

Bradford, England
DEAF CHILDREN 'WILL GET LOWER GRADES IN THEIR GCSE'S
Government figures show that deaf children in Yorkshire are likely to fall a whole grade behind their peers in their GCSEs. With thousands getting their results this week, the National Deaf Children’s Society is urging the Government, local authorities and health bodies to provide the support needed to close the GCSE attainment gap between deaf and hearing children. / Pulse2

Australia
HEARING-IMPAIRMENT DISCRIMINATION FALLS ON DEAF EARS
A hearing-impaired woman is on a crusade to stop the city’s largest health organization from discriminating against deaf people. Jennifer Gay says patients at Gold Coast Health face being cut from waiting lists because they are forced to turn up in person or telephone to confirm outpatient appointments. For people like Ms. Gay, phoning in is impossible as she has severe hearing loss and cannot use a phone. / Gold Coast Bulletin

Belgium
A 3D-PRINTED ROBOTIC ARM SOLUTION DESIGNED TO ASSIST THE DEAF
The lack of interpreters is a situation that drew the interest of engineering students at the University of Antwerp. What if they could apply what they know about technology and design to support the deaf? The group asked that question several years ago and now have a prototype for an answer: a 3D-printed robotic arm that can perform sign language. / Tech Xplore

Colombia
NEW CAFE GEARED TOWARD DEAF PATRONS OPENS IN BOGOTA
At Sin Palabras Café Sordo, a trendy new watering hole in Bogotá, Colombia, patrons can dance, play games, enjoy exhibitions and performances, and grab a drink. But while ordering from the menu, they use their hands to communicate. Sin Palabras Café Sordo -- which translates to No Words Deaf Café in English -- is the South American nation’s first-ever bar designed to accommodate workers and customers with hearing impairments. / Mental Floss

South Korea
LEE HYORI SPENDS MEANINGFUL TIME WITH DEAF GUEST
Lee Hyori showed her caring side once again on this week’s episode of JTBC’s “Hyori’s Homestay.” One of the guests staying at Lee Hyori’s house recently shared with the singer that she had lost her hearing when she was young. During the episode, Lee Hyori decided to take her to Handam Beach. Lee Hyori visibly enunciated when she spoke, so that the guest could easily read her lips. / Soompi

India
DEAF AND DUMB STUDENT DIES OF BURN INJURIES
A 5-year-old deaf and dumb student, who had suffered burn injuries when hot curry served by a cook fell on him in the hostel on August 13, has died. A thorough inquiry has been ordered into the incident. Bishnu Prasad Sahu, who sustained around 50 percent burn injuries, succumbed to injuries at a hospital, officials said. / Business Standard

United Arab Emirates
DEAF COUPLE WANT TO CHANGE PUBLIC PERCEPTION
For Mohammad Khokar and Erum Kashif, seeing Dubai up-close and personal was one thing they both wished they can do. Upon their arrival, Dubai and the neighboring emirate did not disappoint them. The deaf couple from Pakistan recently got the opportunity to visit the UAE with the help of a generous Ajman hotel, that hosted them for a week as part of an initiative dedicated to showing appreciation for inspiring individuals. / Gulf News

Nigeria
DEAF MODEL REVEALS WHY SHE NEVER WENT FOR SURGERY
"I am in my 20s now and I actually went completely deaf this year. My doctor gave me an option; I could choose to go through a long process of surgery, which would give me an attempt to at least have a percentage of hearing, or remain completely deaf. No, no need. I’m gonna do my thing … the world will adjust OR not.” / Information Nigeria

Liberia
DEAF COMMUNITY EXPRESSES FRUSTRATION
Some members of the Liberia National Association of the Deaf have expressed serious frustration and disappointment in authorities at the National Election Commission for allegedly excluding the deaf community in the electoral process. In an exclusive interview with this paper, the General Secretary of LNAD said the deaf community here desperately wants to fully participate in the development process of the country. / The New Dawn Liberia


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LIFE & LEISURE
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Crestview, FL
DEAF STUDENT REMAINS IN CHOIR, CHEER SQUAD
Mercedez Linton’s natural affinity for languages took her all the way to Crestview High School’s honors French II class, but when her grades began to fall it really made her mother, Rebekah, wonder. “There were classes where they said, ‘Mercedez isn’t paying attention,’ ” she said. But unbeknownst to her teachers and parents, Mercedez’s problems in school were not behavioral. It wasn’t until a checkup earlier this year that her doctors noticed something was amiss. / The Northwest Florida Daily News

Internet
IF YOU THINK DATING IS HARD, TRY DATING WHILE DEAF
Dating can be a lot of fun, but it can also suck. And it can be even suckier when you have a disability. “During my freshman year [of high school], I developed my first crush and realized that I wasn’t just deaf but gay, as well,” Connor McLaren, a fashion and portrait photographer and LGBTQ activist, writes in a new op-ed. McLaren says being a double minority “compounded my sense of alienation.” / Queerty

Crestview, FL
PEOPLE CAN SERVE THROUGH SIGN LANGUAGE
The deaf are beautiful people who have — in the past, at least — often been misunderstood and categorized as “less than” or “handicapped.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. From the first time I observed a high school choral classmate using sign language to interpreting a song, I became passionate to learn the language. / Crestview Bulletin


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Washington, DC
'WE HAVE 14 BLACK DEAF AMERICANS WITH PH.D.S -- 14'
In many ways, Gallaudet University looks like any other liberal-arts college in America: Brick buildings and leafy walkways are abundant on its campus in Washington, D.C. But at Gallaudet, ASL is the lingua franca, and creating space for deaf culture a main priority. Walking to class, students sign in rapid-fire bursts of kinetic language. Franklin Jones Jr. is one of those students. / The Atlantic

Spartanburg, SC
S.C. SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND RENAMES ITS FOUNDATION
On students’ first day of school Wednesday, S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind officials announced a name change for the school’s fundraising arm. The Walker Foundation will now be known as the SCSDB Foundation. The new name was chosen to reflect the school’s expanded relationships with donors and community organizations. / Spartanburg Herald Journal


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Los Angeles, CA
DEAF SINGER MANDY HARVEY PRAISED AS A 'MIRACLE WORKER'
Mandy Harvey's musical journey on America's Got Talent has to be one of the most inspiring stories in the show's history -- and on Tuesday's live quarter-finals episode, she got another chance to show just how incredible she really is. The powerful singer-songwriter grew up pursuing music as her passion and career, but fate threw a roadblock in her path when she began to lose her hearing when she was 18, due to a connective tissue disorder. / 9NEWS

Austin, TX
HEARING AID CONCERT STREAMS DEBUT IN AUSTIN
Tonight [Aug. 22], for the first time ever, a rock & roll concert will be broadcast directly into hearing aids. Only in Austin are users of Oticon’s Opn system be able to tune into a hi-fidelity live stream of Styx performing from an amphitheatre in Jersey. The Texas state capital is a logical ground zero to debut hearing aid show streaming, and particularly with those Seventies hitmakers. / The Austin Chronicle

Hartford, CT
EXHIBIT CELEBRATES BICENTENNIAL OF AMERICA'S FIRST SCHOOL FOR DEAF
Two hundred years ago, formal education of deaf children and adults was first established in the United States with the founding of the American School for the Deaf in Hartford. To celebrate ASD’s bicentennial anniversary, the Connecticut Historical Society has partnered with ASD to create the “Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf” exhibit, on view through October 21. / Antiques and the Arts

Athens, GA
DEAF-FRIENDLY MUSICAL RALLIES COLLEGIATE MINISTRY
The intended audience for "No Place Like Home" came to see the performers speak with their hands in a summer musical production by the Baptist Collegiate Ministries at the University of Georgia. Everything performed on stage was in American Sign Language, noted Haley Beach, student leader of the BCM's deaf ministry and one of the directors of the show along with Amara Ede and Jami Dillard. / Baptist Press


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Williamsport, PA
AREA WOMAN TO ASSIST DEAF CATCHER AT THE CHALLENGER GAME
A trip to the Little League World Series is a thrill for all the participating players, and especially for those taking the field on Saturday to compete in the Challenger Division exhibition game scheduled for 10:30 a.m. This year’s participants hail from Riverside, R.I. and Freehold Township, N.J. Sarah Moore, a deaf services specialist, will be on hand to assist Travis Mikulka, the deaf catcher from Freehold Township. Moore previously assisted a deaf Canadian player at the 2015 Series. / Sun-Gazette

Santa Fe, NM
NEW MEXICO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF HOPES TO AVOID INJURY BUG
If you ask the New Mexico School for the Deaf Roadrunners, they didn’t want the 2016 season to end before it began. It was not yet a day after the Roadrunners finished their 6-man football scrimmage against the Vaughn Eagles when head coach James Litchfield III faced a dilemma no coach wants to face. A couple of injuries and a few concussions left NMSD with just eight healthy players to begin the season in a couple of weeks. / Santa Fe New Mexican

Lubbock, TX
LOUD AND CLEAR: MORRISON TO BECOME LEADING WR FOR CORONADO
After catching 32 passes for 429 yards and five touchdowns as a junior, Devin Morrison is expected to be one of Coronado’s most dangerous weapons this season. Behind Morrison and his best friend and quarterback Qua Gray, Coronado went 11-2 last season. Gray threw 55 touchdown passes and the Mustangs went three rounds deep in the Class 5A Division I playoffs. / Lubbock Avalance-Journal

Lincoln, NE
CAPTIONING PILOT PROGRAM WILL BE AVAILABLE AT HOME NEBRASKA FOOTBALL GAMES
Fans who attend Nebraska home football games this season will have access to a pilot captioning program intended to enhance the game-day experience for hearing-impaired fans. All P.A. and big-screen programming and announcements will be transcribed and distributed to fans via Twitter at @HuskerCaption. Fans who do not have devices enabled to access Twitter may check out iPads at the stadium. / Omaha World-Herald


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Relay Nevada Outreach Coordinator

Hamilton Relay currently has a full-time position open for the "Relay Nevada Outreach Coordinator". The position is located in Reno or Las Vegas, NV.

Responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Telecommunication Relay Services and Captioned Telephone Relay Service (CapTel(r)).

Visit www.workforhamilton.com for full job description and application.  Application deadline is September 15, 2017.

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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.

Compensation: $12-12.50 for per diem shifts and $14-$14.50 for FT shifts.

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Virginia TRS Outreach Coordinator

Hamilton Relay currently has a full-time position open for the “Virginia TRS Outreach Coordinator". The position is located in Richmond, VA.

This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Traditional Relay Services (TRS) for Virginia Relay. The position requires independent travel throughout the state of Virginia.

Visit www.workforhamilton.com for full job description and application. Position is open until filled.

Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on age, race, religion, color, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.

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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.

Bookkeeper – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimuum HS diploma with 5 years’ experience in accounting and finance.

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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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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