September 2, 2015
Vol. 11, No. 45

Editor: Tom Willard

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Canyon Rim, UT
Begining in August 2016, sensory impaired students in the Salt Lake area will have a new place to attend school. Earlier this week the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind announced construction of a new building located at 1655 E. 3300 South. The 48,000-square-foot building will provide more space to accommodate blind and visually impaired, deaf-blind, and deaf and hard of hearing students and their families in the surrounding area. / Deseret News

Richmond, VA
Gary W. Talley once asked Amtrak for assistance with his disability at its train station on Staples Mill Road in Henrico County, but the online registration didn’t allow him to explain his needs as someone who is deaf. After Talley arrived at the station, his name was called over a loudspeaker. Someone traveling with him heard the announcement, which led them to a platform where a golf cart awaited to assist him. “I can walk — what I can’t do is hear,” he said in an interview. “They don’t get hearing loss whatsoever.” / Richmond Times-Dispatch

Grand Forks, ND
A Thief River Falls couple is suing Altru Health System after complications from a vascular surgery left a man blind and deaf. Robert and Annette Klade filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the medical provider in U.S. District Court in July in Grand Forks. The pair argues a surgeon and an anesthesiologist employed by Altru were negligent in their treatment of Robert Klade and are demanding more than $75,000 in damages. / INFORUM

Los Angeles, CA
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, operated by the county, has entered into a agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, to settle an allegation that the hospital failed to provide a qualified interpreter for patients that are deaf or hard of hearing. Under a “voluntary compliance agreement,” Arrowhead Regional will provide “equipment and services to ensure that people who are deaf or hard of hearing have equal access to medical services,” the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles said Wednesday. / The Sun

New Orleans, LA
A U.S. appeals court revived a lawsuit filed against a Texas hospital by the hearing-impaired parents of a young cancer patient who claim that the hospital repeatedly failed to provide them with an interpreter. Circuit Judges with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a unanimous, unsigned opinion Friday that the couple, Rolando and Miriam Perez, may seek an injunction against Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas, under the Americans with Disabilities Act. / Reuters

Mission Hill, CA
The North Valley Occupational Center in Mission Hill, Calif., has consistently offered classes taught in ASL for both Deaf students and those who do not communicate verbally. Those classes were targeted for removal by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), despite the popularity with the adult students who take the classes. Over 56,000 Care2 members spoke out by signing Noelle Gabay’s petition to have the classes reinstated. Care2 can confirm that your efforts resulted in success for the students. / Care2 Causes

Worcester, MA
Nationally, said Stephanie Reynolds-King, the Deaf Survivor’s Program Coordinator at Pathways for Change, of the 3,000 centers devoted to sexual violence and domestic violence, only 15 serve the deaf individuals in their communities. Pathways for Change is about to turn that harsh reality into history. Pathways for Change has brought on Ms. Reynolds-King as a full-time staff member dedicated to advocating for the deaf victims in Worcester and its surrounding towns and updating their technology. / Telegram

Wentzville, MO
It’s been a quiet week of weather across the bi-state region, but that’s not stopping one city in St. Charles County from preparing for the next big storm. The new siren with LED lighting was installed Wednesday at the intersection of Wagner Street and S. Linn in Wentzville. City officials said this siren is only the beginning in a series of replacements in the city. / KPLR

Morganton, NC
Deaf and blind seniors from across the country converged on Morganton Wednesday to check out what the Alder Springs Deaf and Blind Community will offer. The tour of the apartments, still under construction, came as part of the Deaf Seniors of America Conference, going on in Asheville from Sunday through Thursday. Ninety-five visitors made their way through town on the new trolley recently purchased by the Burke County Tourism Development Authority. / The News Herald



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Rustenburg, South Africa
The South African Human Rights Commission has launched an investigation into the living conditions of pupils at the Northwest School for the Deaf following the tragic death of three pupils. The commission said it had learned with shock of the deaths of the three girls in a fire in their hostel at the school in Leeudoringstad near the Vaal River in the early hours of last Monday. “It is the Commission’s suspicion that the fire warning systems at the school may have been dysfunctional‚” the commission said in a statement on Monday. / Sowetan LIVE


Melbourne, Australia
A former Department of Human Services disability support worker whose lawyer said he was deeply religious and in denial about his sexuality has admitted abusing a series of male patients over 13 years across Melbourne's east. Craig Handasyde, 47, of Croydon, pleaded guilty in the Victorian County Court to 11 charges of committing an indecent act with a cognitively impaired person by a worker. The abuse occurred across residential facilities in a number of suburbs, and in some cases involved long-term clients between 1998 and 2011. / ABC News

Queensland, Australia
A woman hoping to be Australia's first deaf juror has lost a legal bid in Queensland's highest court. Gaye Prudence Lyons, who can lip read but requires an Auslan interpreter to communicate, claimed she was discriminated against after being excluded from an Ipswich District Court jury in 2012. It sparked a three-year legal battle that has been through numerous Queensland courts and tribunals, with Ms Lyons suing the state government in the Supreme Court of Appeal. / Brisbane Times

London, England
Sailing 40,000 miles around the world in the face of gale force winds, mountainous oceans and 90ft waves has to be one of the toughest of challenges at the best of times. Imagine then if you are deaf and cannot hear your skipper and crew-mates’ instructions over the roar of the sea crashing against your yacht and in the dark of the ocean night. That is what will face Gavin Reid, when he sets sail on Sunday from London’s St Katharine Docks at the start of the Clipper Round the World race. / Telegraph

When the president of the Deaf Bible Society learned that the Islamic State was attempting to recruit Muslim members of the deaf community, he decided to take action. J.R. Bucklew was alerted back in March to the promotion of a video from the Islamic terror group that attempted to recruit deaf individuals in the Middle East — something that led him and his organization to launch a Christian resource aimed at reaching the deaf in the religion. / The Blaze


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Boston, MA
In a laboratory at Boston Children's Hospital a cure for genetic deafness is taking shape. Lead researcher Jeff Holt says that if all goes as planned, children of the future who lose their ability to hear due to genetic mutation will never go deaf. Holt and his fellow researchers are using engineered viruses to repair damaged genes that make up parts of the inner ear. "Our strategy was to take a viral vector, remove the viral genes so that it doesn't make anyone sick and to replace those with the correct DNA sequence for TMC1," said Holt. / Reuters

Kutztown, PA
Samantha Tanner, 16, from Troop 1359 completed her Gold Award project in July. Her project consisted of organizing and scrapbooking newspaper articles and archiving Senator’s letters addressing the advocacy of the deaf and hard of hearing in Berks County dating back to 1967. Twenty-one people contributed in helping her achieve this prestigious award. / Berks-Mont News

Richmond, KY
When Hannah Etisomba saw an online request for models to donate their time and skills to the Kentucky Crusade for Deaf Children fashion show, she wanted to help any way she could. The cause was “close to her heart” because her 1-year-old son, Aiden, was born without a fully developed ear canal. Etisomba contacted Madison Greene, the fundraiser’s founder who suffered from undetected hearing loss as a child, and told her she would be of any assistance. Under Greene’s suggestion, Etisomba agreed to let Aiden be a model in the show. / The Richmond Register

Georgetown, KY
An eight-year-old, deaf schnauzer who went missing Saturday night has been found safe. Mr. Snow spent the first eight years of his life living in a cage in a puppy mill. Only hours after finding a new forever home in Georgetown he went missing. According to adoption coordinators with the Woodstock Animal Foundation in Lexington, Mr. Snow had just arrived at his newly adopted home when he slipped through a hole in a backyard fence. / WKYT


Do you love to go on a cruise vacation . . . or ever want to go on one?

You can join deaf group cruise or create your own for you and family and/or friends and even groups. This Full Time Cruise Travel Agent is Deaf. You can call 801-331-5235 VP. It is a free service. You can see at to see available deaf group cruises. They are going to Alaska, Hawaii, Caribbean, South America, Etc.



Tulsa, OK
If you ask any firefighter what one of the biggest obstacles in the fire service is, the most common answer would be communication. Picture yourself at a fire call: sirens blaring, lights flashing, loud sounds of engines running, communicators blaring out instructions, and people yelling over the numerous sounds. Most people of normal hearing are able to block out some of these sounds. Now imagine you are unable to block out any of the sounds and the roar of everything comes pouring into your brain. That is what it is like for firefighters who are hearing impaired and are unable to tune anything out. / Firefighter Nation

Springfield, MO
Doug Williams came to Ozarks Technical Community College in search of a language class and left with a new career. Williams, who has an undergraduate degree in English, is now working on his master’s degree in deaf education at Gallaudet University, the world’s only university for the deaf, located in Washington, D.C. While Williams is not deaf, the classes he attends will not have a speaking instructor. “I’ve never been in that environment. All of the classes are signed,” he said. / Springfield News-Leader


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New York, NY
Spring Awakening is taking its lottery in an interesting new direction. Beginning two hours before every performance, a limited number of $35 tickets, some in the front row of the orchestra, will be sold via Broadway’s first-ever American Sign Language (ASL) lottery at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 West 47th St., New York. / Playbill

Fort Lauderdale,FL
If you've been to a Broadway show in South Florida in the past five years, it's probably been right there in front of you, and you might not have noticed. Open theater captioning for hearing-impaired and deaf audiences is a feature at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach and Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. "People need to know these services exist," says Lew Balaban, a founder of the Florida Access Coalition for the Arts (FLACA). / Sun-Sentinel

CALLER: Rush, I've been listening to you for years. A lot of people don't know that you are deaf without that implant. You've never really expressed your deep, deep emotions. RUSH: Well, you're right. I haven't. I haven't spoken much about it, only because I consider that to be bleeding on people publicly, which I've never been a fan of. / The Rush Limbaugh Show

Old Forge, NY
An ASL version of the song created by students who have never even heard the beat are getting tons of hits to their video, too. Stacey Lawrence is the director of the Deaf Film Camp. It's a camp specifically designed for teens who are deaf or hard of hearing. "This is a barrier free zone. So the campers can leanred how to make films without having the daily challenges that they would face at the schools maybe, or at home life," Lawrence said. / WSTM


Riverside, CA
Marcus Chmaj is an expressive football coach. To get his point across, he gets close. He crouches. He grimaces. The boys, all 7 or 8 years old, stand attentive, watching his every move. The boys watch him closely because they can’t hear him speak. That’s because Chmaj can neither speak nor hear. “I use a lot of body language and gesturing,” Chmaj says through a sign language interpreter. “They pick it up faster that way.” Chmaj, pronounced “Sshmahj,” is the first deaf head coach in the history of Riverside’s Orangecrest Junior All-American League. / The Press-Enterprise

Normal, IL
The conversation moves quickly down the right-field line 10 minutes after the Saturday evening baseball game is completed. Yet other than the occasional sound of hearty laughter, there is silence. The center of attention is Tommy Barksdale, former CornBelters' player-turned-coach and ambassador. The group of seven has adopted No. 8 as their own. The hard-of-hearing Barksdale has embraced and become a unifying force in Bloomington-Normal's deaf community. / Bloomington Pantagraph

St. Clair, MI
When 14-year-old Molly Likins swims in a meet, she can't hear the starting gun or the whistle. "Nothing, no sound in either ear," Likins said. Likins is deaf, but she doesn't let it stop her from swimming competitively. / WDIV

San Marcos, TX
The Texas State football team will have a new group of fans this fall. For the first time in university history, there will be a deaf section for fans at Bobcat Stadium. The section, which seats up to 1,000 people, will be near the 35-yard line. Ticket prices will be reduced from the usual $25 to $10. Deaf people and those fluent in American Sign Language will be eligible for the reduced ticket prices at the lower level. / The University Star

Scoring an ace or hole-in-one may be easier to do in disc golf than it is in regular golf, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. So when this deaf player nails his shot, you can’t help but celebrate with him. / 97X


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Information Office Supervisor
Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) seeks an experienced, creative individual to fill the position of Information Office Supervisor. KCDHH, a state agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, is charged to advise the Governor and General Assembly concerning policy and programs needed to enhance the quality and coordination of services for deaf and hard of hearing persons. The agency also assists local, state and federal governments and public and private agencies in the development of programs for deaf and hard of hearing persons, oversees the provision of interpreter services for state agencies and operates the telecommunications access program to ensure equal access to telecommunications services. The position is located in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Minimum Qualifications:
-Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor’s degree.
-Four years of experience in journalism, public relations or experience related to the duties and responsibilities in this class.

Duties include, but not limited to:
· Supervising professional and clerical employees involved in assembling, writing, editing and distribution of printed information.
· Advises the administrators on the public relations programs of the agency.
· Creates, designs, layout and writes promotional materials of various types of brochures, pamphlets, booklets, etc.
· Tracks publications through the printing process.
· Coordinates the dissemination of written releases, radio releases and television videotape.
· Coordinates and/or appears on radio and television programs concerning the department’s activities.
· Performs journalistic research, editing, and revising of materials for publications.
· Plans, develops, implements and evaluates public relations programs throughout state government.
· Provides photographic services for the department.

Please direct any questions to Rachel Morgan at 632 Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601, 502-573-2604 V/T, 502-416-0607 VP,

If you are interested in applying for this position, please go to Kentucky Careers then on that page click on the “Search Openings” link which is located slightly past the middle of the page. On the resulting page, please scroll down to the “Keyword” field and enter the requisition ID “43195BR” (without the quotes) and click the “Search” button. You should then see a page with the following table:

Within that table, please click on the Auto Req ID, 43195BR in the table’s first column. On the resulting page, you may read the job description and then if you’re interested in applying, you may click the “Apply to Job” button at the bottom of the page. The posting closes September 17 so please submit your application as soon as possible.

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment.


Mental Health Therapist DEAF, deaf AND HARD OF HEARING - Adult Case Management; Salary Range: $38,248 - $51,408 Annually, plus benefits; Application Deadline: Until Filled; General Statement of Duties: Under the direction of the Adult Case Management Supervisor, performs case management and/or supports coordination functions and related tasks for Deaf, deaf and Hard of Hearing persons and those with mental illness, intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or substance use disorders. Case Load assignment may include persons who are not Deaf, deaf or Hard of Hearing. For additional details on job duties and requirements please log on to



Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a position open for “Virginia Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator" staffed in Richmond, Virginia.

Position summary: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Captioned Telephone Service (CapTel®) for Virginia Captioned Telephone Service (VACTS). The position requires independent travel throughout the state of Virginia.

Preferred education, experience and skills:

Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and two or more years of experience in the design and implementation of public outreach, public relations or related marketing experience are required.
Experience in the telecommunication field, Traditional Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service is a strong plus.

Excellent presentation skills
Experience in the planning, coordination and delivery of public relations activities
Ability to develop effective outreach and educational campaigns
Ability to confidently communicate (oral & written) with a wide variety of audiences
Ability to plan, schedule and execute multiple projects
Ability to understand and follow directions
Capacity to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Relay Administrator, organizations within the public, private and non-profit sectors
Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
Familiarity with the user communities that could benefit from relay services:
-- Senior Community
-- Hard of Hearing Community
Able to travel alone
Be able to lift up to 50 lbs
Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply

Interested individuals may apply online at: or contact Amy Hall in Corporate Human Resource Department by September 11, 2015 at 800.821.1831. Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and full time benefits.


The Minnesota Department of Human Services is seeking a DeafBlind Services Specialist to work in our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division. The primary purpose of this position is to work directly with consumers who are deafblind and ensure people in Minnesota who are Deafblind have full access to services in their communities. Apply online at and enter posting number 15DHS000975. Application deadline is September 16, 2015. For further information contact Pam Hughes at


Come Work With The Best!

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

Compensation: $12 for per diem shifts and $14 for PT/FT shifts.


Mental Health Clinician – Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services, Moorhead, Minnesota

$24.00 - $35.37 hourly, $50,112 - $73,853 annually per year.

Our Mental Health Program is expanding! We are seeking a mental health clinician to provide culturally affirmative mental health services to deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing consumers living in Moorhead, MN and Northwest Minnesota. The ideal candidate will have a Master’s Degree in a behavioral health field such as counseling, psychology, or social work; be licensed or licensed-eligible as a mental health professional (LPC, LPCC, LP, LICSW or LMFT) in State of Minnesota; be fluent in ASL; and have extensive experience in mental health counseling including knowledge of clinical/crisis interventions and psychiatric medications. Minnesota is a great place to live and work offering the best of both large metropolitan areas as well as small town charm. In addition to a rewarding career we offer an excellent benefit and compensation package. To learn more about how you can make a difference, please send your resume to Dr. John Gournaris at


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.

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

Community Crisis Stabilization Clinician:  Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
• Qualifications: MA and 2 years’ experience. 

Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling.
• Qualifications: BA/BS; or HS diploma/GED and 1 year experience.

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 two years’ experience.

Minimum Qualifications Include:
• ASL fluency.
• Valid driver's license/reliable transportation.
• Related education (as applicable).

Visit to apply today!
Advocates is an EOE/D/F/M/V.


Teacher of the Deaf Job Opportunities

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) is accepting applications for current Teacher of the Deaf vacancies for the 2015-2016 school year:

• English / Language Arts (Secondary)
• Mathematics (Secondary)
• Science (Secondary)
• Distance Learning / Outreach Programs

Interested persons are invited to visit the CSDB website at, where the official job announcement can be found in its entirety.

Contact information:

Chelle Lutz, Human Resources
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
33 N. Institute Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903; 719-578-2114; 719-578-2239 (fax)


A Division of Salisbury Behavioral Health

PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. Our environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support with a staff comprised of 85% Deaf or Hard of Hearing. As a result of our commitment to the Deaf/HoH community, PAHrtners is rapidly growing with the creation of new programs and expansion of our existing programs. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or professional with many years of experience in the field of human services, we have a career building position waiting for you! E.O.E.

To apply for any of the positions posted, please send your letter of intent and resume to:
Bernadette Class, Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Email: Phone: 215-884-9770 Fax: 215-884-6301


Job Title: Residential Counselor for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Employee Type: Various positions available (Full-time, Part-time, On-call)

Description: This position provides direct services to adults with intellectual disabilities and behavioral health needs living in our residence. Responsibilities include: assisting with daily living skills instruction and training; aiding in community integration; transportation; medication observation; writing progress notes. All shifts are available (day, evening, overnight and weekend).

Qualifications: HS diploma; valid driver’s license; advanced fluency in ASL; demonstrated competency in independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and motivate Deaf consumers; strong interpersonal skills. Certified as a Peer Specialist, a plus!


Job Title: Assistant Program Director, Case Management Program
Location: Glenside, PA
Employee Type: Full-time position

Description: This position assists in overseeing the blended case management program provided to adults and children residing in the community. Responsibilities include: assist the program director in daily supervision of case managers; coordinate with other service providers; help manage program expenses; support consumers living in the community by working together to enhance their independence and socialization.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in the Human Services field is preferred. Minimum of a HS diploma, 12 credit hours in social sciences and two years’ related experience; valid driver’s license; advanced fluency in ASL; demonstrated ability to supervise, teach, advise and motivate staff members as well as Deaf individuals. Must possess strong interpersonal, leadership and time management skills. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends as needed and travel to various areas within the community. Knowledge of laws governing the rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals including IDEA and ADA a plus. Certified as a Peer Specialist, a plus!

Job Title: Assistant Program Director for Residential Services
Location: Glenside, PA
Employee Type: Full time position

Description: This position provides guidance, leadership and support to front line staff, direct support to Deaf individuals with behavioral health needs and/or intellectual disabilities (ID) living within a residential setting. Provide 24 hour rotating on call support including some weekends/holidays, cover shifts, join team meetings and complete required documentation.

Qualifications: Minimum Requirement: AA degree or 60 college credits with 4 years’ work experience with individuals with ID; valid driver’s license; fluency in ASL; supervisory experience a plus; be able to teach, advise and motivate staff, possess strong interpersonal skills.

Job Title: Case Manager
Location: Glenside, PA
Employee Type: Full-time position

Description: This position provides resources and support to individuals and their families who reside in the community and in our residential programs. Responsibilities include: assess service needs of individuals to ensure continuum of care; develop service plans; provide independent living skills instructions; advocate for access to public and private programs such as medical and vocational services.

Qualifications: BA/BS degree in a Human Services field preferred; or high school diploma + 12 credit hours in social science with two years’ behavioral health direct care experience. Must have strong organizational skills, fluency in ASL and familiarity with other visual communication modes and language levels. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends as needed and travel to various areas in the community. Knowledge of laws governing the rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals including IDEA and ADA a plus; must have a valid driver’s license. Certified as a Peer Specialist, a plus!

Job Title: Staff Interpreter
Location: Glenside, PA only
Employee Type: Full-time, Part-time or Flex available

Description: This position provides interpreting services for: psychiatric evaluations, treatment meetings; family therapy sessions, home visits with PAH case managers and Deaf children and adults, meetings which involve hearing participants and staff meetings. Must be able to work with a team of hearing and/or Deaf interpreters.

Qualifications: AA degree with a minimum of three years’ interpreting experience OR BA degree in interpreting with one year of experience. Knowledge of mental health and/or developmental disabilities a plus. Compliance with PA Act 57 (RID Certified & Registered with ODHH) also required.

Job Title: Residential Counselor
Location: Glenside, PA
Employee Type: Full-time, Part-time or Flex available

Description: This position provides direct services to adults with intellectual disabilities and behavioral health needs living in our residence. Responsibilities include: assisting with daily living skills instruction and training; aiding in community integration; transportation; medication observation; writing progress notes. All shifts are available (day, evening, overnight and weekend).

Qualifications: HS diploma; valid driver’s license; advanced fluency in ASL; demonstrated competency in independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and motivate Deaf consumers; strong interpersonal skills. Certified as a Peer Specialist, a plus!

Job Title: Administrative Assistant
Location: Glenside, PA
Employee Type: Full time position

Description: This position provides administrative support to all programs. Duties: answer incoming voice, relay and VP calls; handle data entry for billing and invoices, maintain and process company vehicle records, manage calendars, coordinate meetings/trainings; take minutes; track supplies and handle all general correspondence. Will troubleshoot and assist wherever and whenever possible.

Qualifications: Minimum of a HS diploma + 3 years’ administrative assistance experience; proficiency in MS word and excel. AA degree preferred. Must possess strong writing and proofreading skills and excellent organizational skills. Must answer the phones and have fluency in American Sign Language.


The State of Illinois
Office of the Governor

is seeking qualified candidates for the following vacancy:

Illinois School for the Deaf
Jacksonville, Illinois

The superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) performs job duties for students whose primary disability is Deaf or hard of hearing and who may have secondary disabilities, ages birth to 22.

General responsibilities include:

• Oversight of all school administration and operations, including educational, residential, transition and related programs.
• Setting high standards and ensuring they are met when planning, organizing and directing staff in delivering high quality educational and residential programming to promote cognitive, physical and social growth of students in compliance with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) mandates and federal statutes.
• Establishing and maintaining positive relationships with outside agencies, including the Department of Human Services (DHS), ISBE, state and local education agencies, the ISD Advisory Council, parent organizations, alumni association, service providers, national organizations and community service organizations.
• Establishing fiscal oversight/control of school budgets including strategic and fiscal planning with the DHS Budget Division and other entities.
• Establishing and maintaining a good, strong working relationship with the various unions represented on campus, including contract negotiations and interpreting collective bargaining rights.
• Representing ISD, DHS and the state of Illinois at hearings, meetings and conferences and serve as liaison to advocates, community service agencies, parents and the general public on issues related to the education of students who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

Specific responsibilities include:

• Ensure ongoing curriculum development.
• Support and promote Career/Technical Education programs within the transition curriculum.
• Establish good communication and effective working relationships with internal and external entities, the media, legislators, etc., following proper procedures and protocol for notification to DHS administration.
• Ensure understanding of and adherence to ISD’s mission, key policies and compliance requirements.
• Direct strategic planning activities utilizing members of the Advisory Council, advocacy groups, key staff and other stakeholders.
• Ensure an effective staff complement, including the recruitment, training and development, performance management, support and retention of qualified staff.
• Enforce ethics standards for all students, staff and employees of ISD.
• Ensure the delivery of high quality programming by the principals, director of student life and other key administrators and staff.
• Support staff in the continuous upgrade of curriculum, training and technical resources.
• Promote programs and curriculum for all students who are Deaf or hard of hearing across the state.
• Make use of, as well as ensure training and use by staff of data bases, including tests scores and their interpretation, graduation rates, transition outcomes, etc.


Candidate must have the following:
• Current and valid credentials from the Illinois State Board of Education.
• A superintendent endorsement.
• Degrees in both educational administration and deaf education.
• A minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience in either deaf education, the
administration of deaf education, or a combination of the two.

Experience and Knowledge:

• Candidate must have working knowledge of the Illinois School Code or the ability to acquire this knowledge as well as working knowledge of federal statues related to special education, IDEA, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
• Candidate must possess effective communication skills, advanced abilities in signing, writing, speaking, listening as well as strong self management and interpersonal skills.
• Candidate must be a child/student centered leader and understand behavior issues related to disabilities.
• Candidate must possess knowledge and understanding of secondary disabilities.

This position is appointed by the Governor of Illinois and confirmed by the Illinois Senate. Also, this position is a 12-month position and the starting salary is negotiable.

If interested in applying for this position, please send the following to Kristine Smith, Director, Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services, 100 South Grand Avenue, East, 2nd floor, PO Box 19429, Springfield, Illinois 62794-9429 by September 30, 2015. Information can also be sent electronically to:

• Resume
• Letter of Intent
• Copies of relevant certificates and endorsements
• Copies of relevant transcripts


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