September 13, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 46
Editor: Tom Willard
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HURRICANE IRMA SIGNING WAS 'HORRIBLE AND EMBARRASSING,' SAYS DEAF INTERPRETER
A well-known certified deaf interpreter said the signing that one person did at a Manatee County Emergency Operations Center update was “horrible and embarrassing.” Jason Hurdich, a Clemson University professor known for his animated interpretations of ASL, said the interpreter at the Friday update at noon was translating incoherent and incomplete information for the deaf audience. / Bradenton Herald
2 DEAF WOMEN WHO RODE OUT IRMA IN A MOBILE HOME SAY THEY WON'T STAY NEXT TIME
Two women who stuck out Hurricane Irma in a small mobile home won’t make that mistake again, although neither ever heard a sound.
Marion Davis and Janice Pomabiller are both deaf. They, along with two dogs and one cat, have lived together at Kissimmee South mobile home park on U.S. 17/92 in unincorporated Davenport for the last 10 years. “Everyone said it was bad, but we couldn’t hear a thing,” Davis said. “We were just happy that when we woke up, the roof was still there.” / The Ledger
A LIFE OF ISOLATION CAME BEFORE A PRISON SENTENCE
A Kenosha man wracked by depression, isolation, severe hearing impairment and poor eyesight will spend six years in prison for a bomb scare at a Kenosha bank last year. Brian Thielen, 38, had pleaded guilty to bank robbery and bomb scares for the Nov. 4, 2016, incident at Johnson Bank, 2729 18th St. On Wednesday, Judge Mary K. Wagner sentenced Thielen to six years of initial confinement in prison, followed by four years of extended supervision. / Kenosha News
R.I. DEAF ASSOCIATION SUES LIFESPAN ACCUSING LACK OF INTERPRETERS FOR THE DEAF
The Rhode Island Association of the Deaf is suing Lifespan Corp. on behalf of parents it says hospitals left unable to communicate with doctors and staff about critical care involving their children, including blood transfusions, surgery and psychiatric treatment. The association filed suit last week in U.S. District Court on behalf of Kathryn Arcana and Peggy Merhi, claiming Lifespan deliberately discriminated against them based on their disabilities by failing to provide interpreters. / Providence Journal
Mill Neck, NY
MILL NECK MANOR SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF SUES STATE
Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf has filed a lawsuit against the state Education Department and state Division of Budget, alleging that unlawful and unfair distribution of state funding has shortchanged its students. Educators at the specialized school are seeking changes in the funding formula, saying the school received about $600,000 less than it should have over the past three years. / Newsday
ARE TWO LOCAL SCHOOL SYSTEMS TURNING THEIR BACKS ON A DEAF BOY?
Ty Zalinski is a smiling 10 year old. He suffers from a genetic form of deafness that was misdiagnosed until he was 8 years old. As a result, his language skills are lacking. He has only begun to learn sign language, leading to frustration which his parents believe is at the core of his behavioral issues. Beginning on Friday, he'll have no school to attend. / Cleveland 19 News
THIS PRESCHOOL WOULD SERVE N.C. CHILDREN WITH HEARING LOSS
North Carolina’s two schools for the deaf are planning to add a preschool program for children with hearing loss, according to a report on the N.C. State Board of Education’s Wednesday agenda. The N.C. School for the Deaf in Morganton and the Eastern N.C. School for the Deaf in Wilson are launching the program for the 2017-2018 school year, after discontinuing their preschool programs in 1998. / News & Observer
ARIZONA COMMISSION OF THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CELEBRATES 40 YEARS
Sherri Collins is the executive director of the Arizona Commission of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACDHH), which hosts outreach programs and assistance in the deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and mute community. Collins is also deaf and understands first-hand the need for an agency like this. The ACDHH is celebrating 40 years of providing services and outreach programs to the deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and mute community in Arizona this year. / AZ Big Media
DEAF EDUCATION PROGRAM CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY
Minot State University’s Deaf Education Program will celebrate its 55th anniversary with events planned during Homecoming 2017. “Celebrating Centuries in Deaf Education: Honor the Past – Inspire the Future” will include guest lectures, a symposium, and reunion during the week of Sept. 19-23. / Minot State Univ.
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BUDDING DIRECTOR JARED DONALDSON WINS COVETED FILM AWARD
Jared Donaldson is our newest film producer of note, the 14-year-old winning the best award at the first short film festival for deaf children. "Can You Hear Me?" beat out four other entries at the NSW Hear For You Film Festival 2017 in Sydney. Five short films made by deaf and hard-of-hearing teenagers were screened, each one sharing an insight into their experiences as a deaf teenager. / Daily Telegraph
THE DEAF RUGBY PLAYER SET TO LEAD HIS COUNTRY
As a 6-year-old learning how to play rugby at Barkers Butts RFC, Luke Cheyne looked up to numerous players who had gone from pulling on the yellow and blue shirt of the Coventry club to the white of England. From Neil Back to Danny Grewcock and Tom Wood, Cheyne was inspired to join their ranks and lead his country. And now he will get the chance. The 25-year-old, who has had partial hearing since birth, has been named as the new captain of England Deaf. / England Rugby
CAFE SOCIETY EXTENDS PROVISION FOR THE DEAF
Anne Senchal says the support of the Jewish Deaf Association has given her the will to live. Mrs. Senchal, 88, was born deaf. She turned to the charity for help after the death of her husband eight years ago. Interviewed at the opening of the JDA’s Dcafé at its north London headquarters, she confided: “I tried to commit suicide twice because I felt so alone and isolated. Coming here has been fantastic for me.” / Jewish Chronicle
STUDENTS WIN AWARD FOR DEVICE THAT HELPS DEAF PEOPLE NAVIGATE
A gadget for deaf people designed by seven graduates from the Singapore University of Technology and Design has come out on top in a contest for students organized in 23 countries. "Peri" consists of red, green and blue LEDs attached to the sides of a pair of spectacle frames. The lights, connected to a small computer to which a microphone is attached, flash in different colors to identify the direction and intensity of a sound. / The New Paper
Belize City, Belize
DEAF MUTE MAN REMANDED TO PRISON FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM
Gaylon Foreman, 41, a deaf mute with a swollen genital condition, was hauled into court this afternoon in Belize City. He could barely walk but still showed up to answer to the charge of aggravated assault with a firearm which was read to him with the assistance of an interpreter. Foreman pleaded not guilty to the charge but Magistrate Aretha Ford explained that bail could not be offered because of the nature of the offense. / Breaking Belize News
HOW THE DEAF USE SOCIAL MEDIA FOR THEIR ADVOCACIES
When their own family doesn’t know sign language, confusion follows. For deaf children, understanding what their families talk about during lunch or dinner is an everyday challenge. They have difficulty watching the news on TV, or learning how to cook and drive. Without knowing how to communicate well, deaf children have difficulty developing the values, attitude, and behaviors that are key to their personality. As a result, they become lonely. / Rappler
New Delhi, India
TWO DEAF MEN CONVICTED IN SEXUAL ABUSE CASE
Two hearing and speech-impaired men, who had been facing trial for sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl, were convicted by a Delhi court, which noted that the accused had conspired to kidnap and sexually assault the minor. The court said that the prosecution had successfully proved its case beyond reasonable doubt. The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence next month. / The Asian Age
A PREACHER'S 11-YEAR EXPERIENCE IN SERVING THE DEAF
Eleven years ago, a sudden prayer request opened the world of serving the deaf to Brother Zhao, a third generation Christian from Wenzhou. The first installment on Zhao's story talked about his faith journey, the foundation of the Ephphatha Fellowship in his hometown, and its development. In the article, Zhao shared how to serve the special group from his 11-year experience. / China Christian Daily
POOR RESPONSE TO INTERPRETER JOBS
Low pay is one of the reasons why not many are keen on becoming sign language interpreters, said Penang Deaf Association (PDA) president Razman Tan Abdullah. He said a junior and a senior sign language interpreter would only get a monthly pay of RM900 ($215 US) and RM1,500 ($358 US) respectively, adding that each state had only one or two such interpreters. “Demand for sign language interpreters is high but not many are willing to take up the profession," he said. / The Star
Cape Town, South Africa
HOTEL CREATES WORK OPPORTUNITIES FOR HEARING IMPAIRED
The Park Inn by Radisson Blu in Newlands is the first hotel in South Africa to employ hearing impaired staff. (Video) / Eyewitness News
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LIFE & LEISURE
THESE WOMEN ARE TRYING TO MAKE FITNESS MORE ACCESSIBLE TO THE DEAF
When 29-year-old Katie Winder joined a new gym recently in her hometown of Orem, Utah, she received a free personal training session. She was excited for the one-on-one time—especially since she’s a trainer herself, and she was curious to be on the other side of things, getting a client’s perspective. But when she met the trainer and he realized that she’s deaf, he freaked out. As in, sped-off-like-a-cartoon-rabbit freaked out. / SELF
HEARING LOSS HITS A YOUNGER GENERATION
Hearing loss, that’s an older person’s problem, right? Think again. Noise, not age, is the leading cause of hearing loss. While hearing problems are common among older folks, damage from everyday noise is growing among younger Americans, including those in their teens and 20s. The latest research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows some 40 million Americans ages 20 to 69 with hearing damage from everyday loud noise. / Chicago Tribune
ILLINOIS DEAF COMMISSION DIRECTOR PUT ON PAID LEAVE
The director of a state agency created to advocate for the state’s more than 384,000 deaf residents has been placed on paid “administrative leave,” The State Journal-Register has learned. Leslie Strain, spokeswoman for the Springfield-based Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission, wouldn’t say why John D. Miller of Sherman was put on leave. “It is a personnel matter,” she said Wednesday. / The State Journal-Register
Lone Tree, CO
MAN WORKS TOWARD BETTER COMMUNICATION THROUGH DEVICES
In July 2016, Richard Braden woke up and couldn’t hear his grandfather clock. The 80-year-old Lone Tree resident knew that years of working with “big guns” in the U.S. Army had caught up with him, but it gave him the idea for his first invention. Braden began designing the Peck and Talk, or P & T, a device that would take spoken dialogue and transcribe it onto a screen. “I wanted something that I could wear around my neck that I could hold and would print out your words,” he says. / Centennial Citizen
Salt Lake City, UT
UTAH COMPANY DEVELOPS NEW PHONE TO HELP THE DEAF COMMUNICATE BETTER
A Utah company has developed a new phone that allows deaf people to communicate in ways that hearing people take for granted. The ntouch VP2 video phone has a new feature called Group Call that lets the hearing impaired speak to more than one person at a time. The phone was developed by Sorenson Communications in Salt Lake City with input from deaf people like Martin Price, who is also a community relations manager for the company. / fox13now.com
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
DEAF SINGER MANDY HARVEY GETS COMPARED TO ADELE
Mandy Harvey continues to impress the America's Got Talent judges! The singer-songwriter returned to the stage Tuesday night with a gorgeous original song called "Release Me" for her semi-final's performance. When Harvey was 18, she began to lose her hearing due to a connective tissue disorder, but she has embraced this unexpected life change in the best way possible. / Entertainment Tonight
DEAF ARTISTS PUT ON SHOW AT POETRY JAM
Though they can’t hear, deaf artists were heard by others Wednesday as they expressed their views on how society may sometimes interpret deafness as a disability. The deaf artists were featured in the Cross Cultural and Gender Center’s Poetry Jam event in The Vintage Room at Fresno State. The judgement-free event allowed students of various backgrounds to perform songs, poetry and raps amongst other things. / The Collegian
HEARING IMPAIRMENT HELPS HIM PORTRAY CHARACTER
A hearing impaired actor portrays a character who mostly listens in the late Larry Shue's popular comedy "The Foreigner," playing through Sept. 24 at Pearl Theater. "Everyone has been very accommodating," says the actor, Jeremiah R. Sammons. "Primarily, he reads lips," said director Curtis Barber, who has mostly positioned Sammons onstage where he can look directly at another actor. / Houston Chronicle
SHOULD OVERWATCH GET SUBTITLES FOR HEARING IMPAIRED?
Video games have come a long way from where they were back in the earliest of generations. From advanced graphics, to intricate gameplay features, to booming sound design, developers make it so players can enjoy every aspect of their games. And yet, for some players, that’s truly impossible, as their bodies make it so that they can’t enjoy the full experience. / MMORPG and Gaming News
ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER WON'T BE STOPPED BY DEAFNESS
Sound is overrated. It's everywhere in football. Crucial, even. Complex play calls. Instructions from the coaching staff. Snap count. But the Mattoon Green Wave's team within a team proves it's overrated. Meet senior defensive lineman Brandon Richey and his extra special "coach": interpreter Laura Ash. / WAND
JASON LEE RINER, 40, ACTIVE MEMBER OF CHURCH
Jason Lee Riner, 40, of Louisa, Va., born on April 30, 1977, was called home on September 9, 2017. Jason was an active member of Blue Ridge Shores Baptist Church. Jason was born hearing impaired which presented many challenges throughout his life. However, he never let it hold him back from the things he wanted to do. / Daily Progress
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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.
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
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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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