September 6, 2006
Vol. 2 No. 43
Editor: Tom Willard
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GALLAUDET COALITION SAYS PROTEST IS NOT OVER
As a new school year begins at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., a coalition opposed to the appointment of Jane K. Fernandes as president issued a press release this week saying “we cannot and do not support her selection.” The FSSA Coalition, a group of faculty, staff, students alumni formed in May after Fernandes was chosen by the board of trustees to replace the retiring I. King Jordan in January, said in the statement that “voices of reason and justifiable dissent ... were not heard and continue to go unheard.” Saying the process was “flawed, unfair and biased in her favor,” the statement said “we do not recognize Dr. Jane Fernandes as the legitimate 9th president designee of Gallaudet University.” In conclusion, it said that the “Unity for Gallaudet” protest is not over “and will continue until Dr. Fernandes resigns and/or the Board reopens the search process.”
WOMAN KIDNAPPED, HELD 24 HOURS IN U-HAUL TRUCK
A 62-year-old deaf South Carolina woman was kidnapped from her home last Monday and held hostage for 24 hours in the back of a U-Haul truck, reported WLTX-TV in Columbia. The unidentified victim’s son received between seven and 12 phone calls seeking ransom, said Columbia Police. The woman was released the next day about two miles from her home, where residents of a nearby home called authorities. Police said two men were involved in the abduction and a third man joined in later. All three are wanted for questioning. Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-559-TIPS.
CALIFORNIA WOMAN ATTACKED WHILE USING ATM
Connie Blackmer, a deaf woman who was robbed and beaten at a San Jose, Calif. ATM last month, was recovering at home after four hours of surgery to repair six broken bones in her face, husband Kevin Blackmer told the San Jose Mercury News. Albert James Mendoza, 21, allegedly beat Blackmer with a rubber mallet as she used a Wells Fargo ATM around 6:30 p.m. on August 20, continuing to hit her in the face after she fell down. According to police, he then took her keys and drove off in her SUV. Kevin Blackmer called his wife “a gentle soul” and said the outpouring of support for his family has been “unbelievable.” Jose A. Mendoza, the suspect’s father, said he didn’t plan to hire a lawyer or post the $500,000 bail. “I want the justice system to follow through,” he said.
FLORIDA 8-YEAR-OLD TAKES MOM’S CAR FOR JOYRIDE
An 8-year-old deaf boy was ticketed for driving without a license in Brooksville, Fla. after taking his mother’s car for a joyride, reported the Associated Press. Kobie Stires, who has been deaf since birth, took the keys from his mothers purse while she slept. He drove about two miles, running over a street sign and causing about $5,000 in damage, before returning the car. Kobie, who still has seven years to go before he can get a learner’s permit, was ticketed by the Hernando County sheriff’s office and ordered to appear in court on October 4.
INTERPRETER GETS JAIL TIME FOR MOLESTING STUDENT, 13
A 63-year-old former Hammond, Ind. school interpreter was sentenced August 24 to two years in jail and two years on probation for molesting a 13-year-old boy, reported the Associated Press. Chester Earl March was convicted earlier this year after pleading guilty to felony child molesting. March, who was convicted of a similar charge in 1980 in Michigan, was fired after school officials learned of the case. An interpreter for Hammond schools for 18 years, March admitted to putting his hands down the boy’s pants in January while the two were watching a football game on TV at his home.
HEALTH CLINIC SUED OVER LACK OF INTERPRETER
Two deaf Colorado women and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition are suing a Lakewood medical clinic in U.S. District Court for allegedly refusing to provide interpreters. According to The Rocky Mountain News, the lawsuit claims Red Rocks OB-GYN violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to provide sign-language interpreters. Ginny Lockwood, a deaf patient from Hudson, said that a doctor insisted that she communicate through notes and eventually refused to perform surgery on her because she was “an angry patient.” Jennifer Ann Pfau, of Westminster, also claims her requests for an interpreter went unanswered. Clinic co-owner Harvey Cohen said it was all “a terrible miscommunication” and added that the clinic routinely treats deaf patients and provides communication assistance.
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FOOTBALL FANS SUE REDSKINS, FEDEX FIELD OVER CAPTIONING
A class-action lawsuit was filed last week in U.S. District Court on behalf of deaf and hard-of-hearing football fans who attend Washington Redskins games at FedEx Field. The lawsuit, filed by the National Association of the Deaf and Joseph Espo, an attorney with Baltimore, Md. firm Brown Goldstein & Levy, LLP, claims that the Redskins and FedEx Field are in violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act by not captioning the announcements made over the public address system. The complaint asks that all stadium announcements be captioned, including plays and penalties called, safety and emergency information and any other announcements. “Providing captioning is not rocket science,” said Redskins fan Shane Feldman, who represents the class with Brian Kelly and Paul Singleton. “It is simple, and it is the right thing to do.”
FLORIDA MAN FIGHTS EVICTION FROM BAYOU COURTYARD
A hearing was held in Pinellas County, Fla. last Wednesday in regard to Patrick Ackerman, 42, a deaf and blind man who is fighting eviction from the Bayou Courtyard Apartments in Largo. Ackerman’s lease expired May 31, said the St. Petersburg Times, and owners Deaf & Hearing Connection of Tampa Bay have begun eviction proceedings, saying Ackerman violated rules and was consistently late with the rent. Ackerman attorney, Ken Dandar, said his client’s options are limited by his $750 monthly Social Security check. “Believe me, I’ve looked,” said Dandar. “They either can’t accommodate him or the rent is way too high.” Dandar argued that the eviction violates the Florida Fair Housing Act, which protects the disabled against eviction unless they threaten others, but Judge Kathleen Hessinger was skeptical. “They can choose not to pay rent, they can choose not to follow the rules and they can still live there?” she asked.
SOUTH CAROLINA COURT AGREES TO PROVIDE INTERPRETERS
The Lexington County (S.C.) Clerk of Court has reached agreement with a deaf woman over the provision of interpreters for deaf people who are called for jury duty. Melissa McManus was called in 2005 and informed the clerk’s office of her need for an interpreter. She appeared for jury service twice but no interpreter was present either time. She contacted Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A), which negotiated the settlement. Clerk of Court Beth Carrigg denied liability and said a good faith effort was made to accommodate McManus. Rather than litigate the matter, the Clerk agreed to: provide interpreters for McManus and other deaf people who serve on juries; establish policies on communication and grievance procedures for rights violations; and train at least 15 Clerk of Court staff members on communication with deaf people.
HEARING AID BILL GOES TO GOVERNOR FOR SIGNATURE
Both houses of the California state legislature have passed a bill that would require health insurers to help pay for hearing aids for children, reported the Burbank Leader last week. The bill was passed in the Assembly on August 23 after passing previously in the Senate, and now goes to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has 30 days to veto or sign the bill into law. Introduced in 2002 by State Sen. Jack Scott, the bill would cover up to $1,000 for hearing aids for children younger than 18. “This bill helps defray the cost of hearing aids,” said Scott. “It’s a matter of justice and fairness for all children.”
DEAFVISION FILMWORKS TO HOST 9/11 PANEL, UNVEIL FILM
New York City’s DeafVision Filmworks will mark the fifth anniversary of September 11, 2001 with a panel discussion next Monday at Mica Bar in Manhattan. DeafVision owner Ann Marie Bryan, also known as Jade, said, “We need to stop and look around ... and ask if we’re really ready.” Next Monday’s panel, open to deaf and hearing people, is designed to address these questions. It takes place at 587 Third Avenue, New York City, and costs $5 before 8 p.m., $10 after. DeafVision also plans to unveil a new film on September 30 called “9/11 Fear in Silence: The Forgotten Underdogs,” a documentary about how 9/11 affected the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. The September 30 film showing takes place at New York University, with tickets $35 before September 25 and $45 at the door. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.jadefilm.com.
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SOUTH AFRICAN MAN GETS 20 YEARS FOR RAPE
A South African man was sentenced to 20 years in prison last week for raping a deaf, mute and mentally handicapped woman in 2003, reported Independent Online. Bongani Lucky Motaung could have received life in prison, said the report, but Judge Atkins Moleko considered aggravating factors in arriving at the sentence. Motaung, 31, was employed by the victim’s late father selling timber and wood, and after the man’s death Motaung became a frequent visitor and was regarded “as one of her children” by the victim’s stepmother. It was the stepmother, in fact, who caught Motaung in a bathroom raping the victim, who was described as unable to consent to sex. Motaung ran away but was apprehended with the help of neighbors.
AUSTRALIAN MOM RESCUES DEAF DAUGHTER FROM FIRE
A pregnant Australian mom dragged her deaf daughter to safety after the family’s Adelaide home erupted in flames two weeks ago, reported The Advertiser. Tracy Pannell had already escaped with five other children when she realized Rebekah, 8, was still asleep in the 130-year-old home. Pannell couldn’t get through the front door because of the smoke, so son James, 13, ripped a screen off a window so she could dive in and rescue Rebekah. “She was still in her bed,” she said. “It is amazing that any of us got out.” The family was saved because Pannell’s eldest daughter, Kristy, 11, woke to the smell of smoke around 3:30 a.m. “I just woke up at the right time,” said Kristy.
RAPE TRIAL OF 4 U.K. MEN ENDS WITHOUT VERDICT
The rape trial of four men accused of raping a deaf woman in a York, U.K. churchyard in November came to an end two weeks ago after a jury failed to reach a verdict. Judge Jonathan Durham dismissed the jury of five women and seven men on August 24 after two days of deliberation, reported BBC News. The 36-year-old woman was subjected to a “terrifying sexual ordeal,” Leeds Crown Court heard, but all four men denied the rape charges. They are expected to face a retrial in March.
PHILIPPINES’ FIRST GENTLEMAN ASKED FOR IMPLANT ASSISTANCE
The mother of a deaf 8-year-old Philippines boy who wants her son to have a cochlear implant has turned to First Gentleman Mike Arroyo for financial assistance, reported Bayahihan. Marianita Abaya wrote to Arroyo, husband of Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and said her family could not afford the P970,000 ($19,270 U.S.) cost of the operation. The Office of the First Gentleman wasted no time in endorsing the case of Ken Nicole Abaya, 9, with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. Ken lost his hearing in both ears when he was three, said the report, and the “inner ear replacement” will allow him to “be normal again and have a brighter future.”
IRAQI GIRL, 2, HEARS FATHER FOR FIRST TIME
The 2-year-old deaf Iraqi girl who came to the United States last month for a cochlear implant operation heard her first word August 24, reported the Miami Herald. An audiologist at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital tapped the keys of a computer that was communicating with the device implanted August 4 in the girl, identified only as Amena. (Her father, an auto mechanic named Mohammed, fears the consequences upon their return to Baghdad.) The first word she heard - “baba,” the Arabic word for daddy - came from her father, said the report, and made her grin.
RNID LAUNCHES FIRST WEEK ON NOISE AWARENESS
A singer from Scotland named Midge Ure is serving as a spokesman for the RNID’s Don’t Lose the Music campaign, launched Monday in Glasgow. According to the Glasgow Evening Times, it’s the first awareness week by the RNID (the Royal National Institute of the Deaf), which represents 9 million deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Don’t Lose the Music Week, which urges young people to stay away from loud speakers and reduce the volume on their MP3 players, runs through Sunday.
SCHOOL TRANSPORT AN ISSUE IN AUSTRALIAN ELECTION
During the lead up to November state elections in Victoria, Australia, one issue that has come up is the transportation of deaf students to their schools. Four years ago, the Education Department under Premier Steve Bracks began to phase out free transport for deaf students. Several families have been inconvenienced as a result, reported The Age. Helen Ziccone gave up her job last year so she could drive her son, Jarl, 9, to a deaf facility - a commute of about 600 kms (375 miles) each week. “I did not want to give up my job but have had to because how else is my son supposed to get to school?” she asked. Opposition leader Ted Baillieu has promised to restore transportation funding for deaf students, pledging $5.6 million ($4.3 million U.S.) over the next five years.
SOUTH AFRICANS MARK DEAF AWARENESS WEEK
The affliction of more than 1 million deaf people across South Africa will come under the spotlight this week during International Deaf Awareness Week, said The Herald Eastern Cape. Dick Sibidla, chairman of the Port Elizabeth Deaf Association (PEDA), told the paper he couldn’t get a proper education and thus his employment prospects are slim. Most deaf schools end in grade 10, said PEDA worker Nicolene Thys, leaving deaf people to consider only technical careers. Very few deaf people make it to the university level because they can’t meet the admission requirements after attending schools with teachers who can’t sign, she said.
‘PEARLY KING’ SPEAKS OUT ON TREATMENT OF DEAF
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ARIZONA DEAF COMMISSIONER GETS COCHLEAR IMPLANT
The Arizona Republic reported August 30 on Sherri Collins, the executive director of the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, whose cochlear implant was activated last Tuesday. Collins, 42, was born profoundly deaf and has used sign language, lip reading and hearing aids to achieve, at best, eight percent of normal sound, said the report. Within minutes of activating the implant, Collins was hearing new sounds and complaining that some were too loud. Her husband turned to his mother-in-law and quipped, “Have you ever heard her say anything was too loud?” Collins faces months of adjustments and has no plans to leave her job. “Why in the world would I leave?” she said. “I’ve worked in the field of deafness my whole life.”
PRIEST FOUNDS APOSTOLATE BASED ON SIGN LANGUAGE
The Catholic News Service reported from Australia this week on Father Thomas Coughlin, a deaf Honolulu priest who has founded the Dominican Missionaries for the Deaf Apostolate with five other deaf men. Coughlin, the first deaf-born man to be ordained a Catholic priest in North America, wanted to start a religious community where sign language is the primary means of expression. “I saw how badly we need a religious community of deaf priests and brothers dedicated to a deeper spiritual life,” he said. Last week, Coughlin was one of five men who made their first profession of vows as Dominican Missionaries for the Deaf Apostolate in Oakland, Calif. He will remain a diocesan priest until he makes his final vows in a few years.
REIGNING CHAMP MARRIES IN MAGIC-THEMED WEDDING
Sammy Ruiz Jr., the reigning World Deaf Magicians champion in the illusions category, was married to Lele Dominguez on August 6 in Long Beach, Calif. The Rev. Elizabeth Oakes of MarriageToGo.com, who officiated at the ceremony, quoted authors Nora Roberts and Roald Dahl and said “the real magic began 15 years ago when Sammy and Lele first saw each other at a bus stop in Washington, D.C.,” wrote fellow magician Steve Longacre in a report. The couple met up again later in California at a Deaf Latino Conference. In October 2004 they returned to the same bus stop in Washington, where Ruiz got down on his knee and proposed. The August 6 wedding was followed by a reception that featured magic-themed gifts and centerpieces and performances of stage magic and close-up magic at each table.
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FLORIDA AGENCY HIT WITH RISING INSURANCE COSTS
Rising property insurance rates in Florida have left area nonprofits scrambling to make ends meet, said the St. Petersburg Times on Saturday. Among them are the Deaf and Hearing Connection in Seminole, which provides apartments for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Executive Director Julie Church said the agency is doing everything it can to avoid raising the $610 monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment, including leaving the hiring director’s position unfilled when the current employee retires. Still, the organization has seen its insurance premiums jump from $29,000 to $85,000. “It’s hard,” said Church. “We really can’t afford to raise our rents because a lot of our clients are on fixed incomes.”
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Sorenson Communications held a special event last Monday at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont to introduce its next-generation videophone, the Sorenson VP-200. Sorenson chose CSDF as the site of the announcement because of the area’s demographics and the school’s quality and use of technology, said a school announcement. The new VP-200 makes Video Relay Service calls more convenient for hearing callers and signing individuals, said Sorenson, and is offered free to qualified deaf or hard-of-hearing applicants who have a television and high-speed Internet access.
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MEDUGNO PLAY, ‘SILENT SALZBURG,’ TO BE STAGED
A work-in-progress staging of Richard Medugno’s new play, “Silent Salzburg,” is set for September 22-24 at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, said the Milpitas Post. “Silent Salzburg” tells of an Austrian Christian family that goes into hiding in 1940 to protect their deaf teenage son from sterilization or worse by the Nazis. Medugno, author of “Deaf Daughter, Hearing Father,” was inspired to write the play by his thoughts of Anne Frank and how sign language could benefit people who are hiding. The full-length drama features six characters, two of whom are deaf and played by CSDF students. Tickets are $10 and the proceeds will benefit DCARA (the Deaf Counseling Advocacy and Referral Agency). Visit www.dcara.org for more information.
CHUCK BAIRD ARTWORK PRESENTED TO UTAH CENTER
An artwork by well-known deaf artist Chuck Baird was presented recently to the Sanderson Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Taylorsville, Utah. “Inspiration Within,” featuring the Southern Utah Arches and the Deaflympics theme, was a gift from Dr. and Mrs. Robert G. Sanderson of Roy, Utah. The framed artwork, inspired by the upcoming 16th Winter Deaflympics, was presented along with two commemorative medallions in front of 175 volunteers at a celebration and potluck dinner last month at the community center. “The artwork will be here to remind us of the pleasure of working together long after the Deaflympics are over,” said Center Director Marilyn Call.
‘ACTION-PACKED’ FILM DEBUTS SUNDAY IN TEXAS
The first showing of “Forget Me Not,” a feature-length production in American Sign Language, is set for Sunday in Austin, Texas, said an announcement from ASL Films. An encore performance will take place September 21 in Riverside, Calif. The PG-13 film, described as “action-packed and suspenseful,” stars real-life married couple Mindy Moore and Theron Parker as a couple who win the lottery and Bradley Pollard as a stranger they meet while staying at a log cabin. Anthony Cordano Call, Tuesday Apple and Rosie Switras also appear in the film. “We were able to combine all of their performing experience into a high-quality film that has an element of surprise,” said producer/director Mark G. Wood. “It’s definitely a movie worthy of Hollywood!” added Moore. Bookings are now being accepted at www.aslfilms.com or through firstname.lastname@example.org.
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GALLAUDET FOOTBALL PLANS MOVE TO NCAA DIV. III IN 2007
Following up on its undefeated season in 2005, Gallaudet University’s football team will play its last season of club football this fall before moving up to a full NCAA Division III slate of eight games in 2007. “We are thrilled,” said Athletic Director James DeStefano in a university statement. “This will boost campus morale and student spirit.” Coach Ed Hottle said his players were excited to return to NCAA ranks. “It takes a lot to make that jump, but we are in the right direction,” he said. “We are a lot closer than we were last year, but we have a long way to go.”
DEAF DRIVER BREAKS INTO RACING IN UPSTATE NEW YORK
Tim Currier stumbled into a race shop nine years ago and has hardly left since, reported the Syracuse Post-Standard last month. Tim, now 17, is in his first season in the DIRT sportsman series, competing every weekend at two local tracks. He has had an affinity for all things mechanical despite a profound hearing loss since birth, said the report. “It’s just something I’ve always had interest in,” he said. “I enjoy all that stuff.” Tim’s father, John Currier, encouraged the teen’s interest in racing from an early age. “You always want to see your children excel,” said Currier. “With him, we had to search a little harder to find things that he likes, that he’d excel in.” But racing is an equalizer, he added. “He puts the helmet on, he’s equal with the rest of them.”
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Fax #: (323)550-4204
Non-Profit mental health agency in Edgewater, MD has positions available in Deaf Program. Applicants must be fluent in American Sign Language. Minimum qualifications are a high school diploma or equivalent, AA or BA/BS degree with coursework and/or experience in psychology or human services preferred. Must have valid drivers license.
Interpreter/Mental Health Specialist -- Full Time, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Mon-Thurs as Interpreter, other hours as needed for Mental Health Specialist (will include weekends). Interpreter must be able to interpret a variety of situations and be fluent in spoken English. Specialist duties include; coordination of doctor appts., transport clients to appts., medication monitoring, provide daily living skills & job support, and apply crisis intervention.
Rehabilitation Specialist -- Part Time and Full Time; Responsibilities include providing daily living skills support, medication monitoring, transporting clients to appointments, and applying crisis intervention when needed.
Send resume and cover letter to: Arundel Lodge, 2600 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD 21037, fax (410) 841-6045, email: Lmurphy@arundellodge.org.
OPPORTUNITIES AT FEGS
FEGS is one of the largest health and human services organizations in the country with a budget in excess of $230 million and 3500+ staff.
Our Behavioral Health Residential Division offers excellent opportunities to become a vital member of a multidisciplinary team strongly rooted in the deaf community. We are seeking experienced professionals fluent in ASL to work with disabled deaf population.
Counsels and aids hearing deaf and deaf-blind individuals and families by conducting home or community visits. Administers and monitors the Kosher Lunch Program. Conducts periodic reviews of treatment/service plans to assess progress toward goals. Makes referrals to community resources and advocates on behalf of tenants.
B.A. Degree in a Health or Human Service field or an Associate’s Degree in Health or Human Service field with 2 to 3 years experience may be considered. Fluency in American Sign Language required.
DIRECT CARE WORKER
Assists emotionally disabled and deaf individuals with personal care, social skills, money management and life skills in order to maximize their functioning in the community and prevent hospitalization.
High School Diploma is required along with fluency in ASL and 1 year working with the disabled population preferably in a residential, health or treatment related setting.
Send resume to our HR Consultants: HR Dynamics, Inc. (DEPT. JW/ASL) 345 Hudson Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10014. E-mail: Jwachtel@hr-dynamics.com or fax 212-366-8555. EOE.
Visit our website: www.fegs.org
Virginia Department of Rehabilitative
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf
Pay Band 4 - Salary Range: $28,987 - $59,492
Closing Date - Open Until Filled***
The Field Rehabilitation Services Division is seeking a qualified VR Counselor for the Deaf to provide comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services to eligible persons with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities in the Lynchburg, Roanoke and surrounding areas.
Responsibilities: Provides comprehensive case management services including guidance, counseling, training and physical/mental restoration and job placement services. Develops, implements and manages vocationally focused service plans that identify customer goals, services and costs to help them achieve an employment outcome. Maintains detailed case notes and prepares position-related reports. Due to regional coverage, extensive travel is required.
Requirements: Considerable knowledge of the social, economic, medical, psychological and vocational issues impacting persons with disabilities; interviewing, evaluation, and counseling techniques; methods and tools for career counseling and exploration; and ADA compliance requirements. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community resources and individuals from diverse environments. Abilities to establish employment opportunities through contacts with businesses and organizations within the community; effectively communicate, orally and in writing; interpret and apply policies/procedures; and organize/manage multiple duties. Fluency in American Sign Language required. Successful candidate must have considerable knowledge of and understanding of the communication, cultural and psychosocial needs of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing. Working knowledge of Windows based computer software. Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or closely related field or current CRC required. Master’s level transcripts or copy of current certification, if applicable, must accompany application. Must have a valid driver’s license and access to transportation for daily travel. Salary is negotiable above the minimum of the pay band based on qualifications. This is a sensitive position, and the successful candidate will be subject to fingerprinting/ background investigation.
Contact Information: Please visit our Career Center at www.vadrs.org for the application process. Save time by applying on-line. You can even save your application for future use! If you don’t have computer access call 804-726-1919 or contact your local VEC office for assistance. ***Applications will be accepted until at least 5:00 p.m., August 30, 2006. Applications received after this date may or may not be considered depending on the applicant pool. Applicants interviewed will be required to sign the application the day of the interview. Resumes may not be substituted for fully completed State applications. Minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA/TTY - Reasonable accommodations upon request.
Closing Date: Open Until Filled***
State Form 10-012 Required
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