September 14, 2016
Vol. 12, No. 46
Editor: Tom Willard
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Kansas City, MO
ACLU FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AFTER 7-YEAR-OLD HANDCUFFED
The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri has filed a lawsuit against Kansas City Public Schools in response to the 2014 handcuffing of a second grader who was crying and screaming in class while being bullied. In 2014, Kalyb Wiley Primm, who was 7 years old and less than four feet tall at the time, was being teased for having a hearing impediment inside a classroom at George Melcher Elementary School in Kansas City, Missouri, according to the lawsuit. He began to cry and scream. / RT America
COURT AWARDS $10,000 TO DEAF LITIGANT DENIED INTERPRETER
A deaf Indianapolis man who was denied a sign language interpreter at his court-ordered mediation of a child-custody dispute will receive $10,380 in damages, a federal judge ruled. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on Tuesday ordered $10,000 in compensatory damages awarded to Dustin King for emotional distress and $380 in attorney fees for the process of requesting an interpreter through the court. She wrote King’s request of $20,000 in fees for emotional distress was excessive. / The Indiana Lawyer
DEAF WOMAN PLANS DUNKIN' DONUTS DEMONSTRATION AFTER OUTRAGE OVER SERVICE
After being appalled by her treatment at a Framingham Dunkin' Donuts, Jessica Scanzillo is taking action in the hopes that she can prevent her experience from happening to someone else. Scanzillo, who is deaf, said that Labor Day morning she and her three kids pulled up to the drive through window to place their order. She regularly writes down her order on her phone's "memo" app and shows it to the attendant at the window, but on this day, she said the employee wouldn't accept it and told her to go inside. / Patch.com
UT RESEARCHERS GET $20M GRANT FOR DEAF STUDIES
The deaf community at the University of Texas is getting a huge educational boost thanks to a $20-million grant awarded to UT Austin Researchers. The award aims to improve education options for deaf and hard of hearing students after high school. A new educational center will launch on New Year's Day with training programs for adult education. The 5-year award comes from the US Department of Education. / TWC News
NEW PROGRAM OFFERS FREE TABLETS FOR DEAF, LOW-INCOME MARYLANDERS
Low-income Marylanders whose disabilities prevent them from using a standard telephone could be eligible for a free tablet through a new initiative announced Monday by Gov. Larry Hogan. Maryland Relay, a public service offered to state residents who are deaf or hard of hearing, is accepting applications for the tablets — which will come loaded with video chat or captioned phone software — through the Maryland Accessible Telecommunications program. / Capital Gazette
LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO RECEIVE TRAINING ON POLICING THE DEAF COMMUNITY
Darrin J. Griffin, assistant professor of Communications Studies and faculty advisor to the group Deaf Hands Speak, and Erin Powell, an interpreter who is teaching an ASL class in the University’s Honors College this semester, will host a training session for about 24 law enforcement officers from across Central and North Alabama. Held on Tuesday, the purpose of the session is to alleviate the communication barrier between sworn law enforcement officers and deaf citizens. / The Crimson White
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OBAMA PRAISES FOUNDER OF DEAF CAFE 'FINGERTALK'
We’re huge fans of the fantastic work being done at the Fingertalk Cafe, which was created not only to economically empower deaf individuals with work opportunities but also to give its customers a chance to learn about sign language and deaf culture. But we’re definitely not the only fans of Fingertalk. On Wednesday, US President Barack Obama singled out the cafe’s founder, Dissa Ahdanisa, as an inspirational example while addressing a town hall meeting. / Coconuts Jakarta
Vancouver, BC, Canada
TWO-YEAR WAIT FOR COCHLEAR IMPLANT FORCES NURSE TO GIVE UP JOB SHE LOVES
Jordona Hubber’s world is never silent. Day and night, the ringing in her ears is constant — a loud, high-pitched hum that drowns out the sound of chirping birds, car horns, and the voices of her husband and children. It started in her right ear five years ago, and got progressively worse. The hearing loss has cost Hubber her job as a registered nurse at Kelowna General Hospital and has put a strain on her relationship with family and friends, and on her emotional and mental well-being. / Vancouver Sun
Toronto, ON, Canada
CANADIAN HEARING SOCIETY FACES TROUBLING FUTURE, SAYS UNION
Saturday's hastily-convened closed-door annual general meeting of the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) is a step away from transparency and a step towards a troubling future, the president of the union representing CHS staff warned. "We are concerned and confused about the direction that CHS leadership appears to be going," said Sandra Higginson, speaking on behalf of Local 2073 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents staff at 24 CHS office locations across Ontario. / Marketwired.com
PUBLIC VOTE TO SPLASH OUT MORE LOTTERY CASH ON SWIMMING FOR DEAF SCOTS
A scheme which has helped hundreds of deaf Scottish children to learn to swim will be named one of the UK's most popular National Lottery initiatives at a ceremony in London tonight [monday]. The event, to be screened by the BBC and hosted by John Barrowman, will reveal that the National Deaf Children’s Society (NCDS)’s Deaf-Friendly Swimming Project has been chosen by the public in the Sport category to win a £5000 prize. / Herald Scotland
DEAF GIRL HEADS TO UTECH
Reaching the college level for some is a tremendous feat. For Amakeda Wallen it is even more special. Defeating all odds, the 18-year-old has become the first deaf person to be invited to read for a degree at the University of Technology (UTECH). Entering on a $5-million scholarship from the institution, Wallen will pursue a bachelor’s degree in business management. / Jamaica Observer
DEAF STUDENTS GET APP TO ASSIST WITH LEARNING
Students of the Lister Mair/Gilby High School for the Deaf will benefit from an interactive educational software that is expected to enhance the way they are taught an aspect of the English language. Developed by the University of Technology (UTech), the software U-TOUCH II, uses the Jamaican Sign Language and Standard English to teach prepositions to the deaf and hard of hearing community. “This software seeks to bridge that gap by enabling communication using prepositions in sign language. / Jamaica Observer
MEDICINAL MISHAPS LEAVE 30,000 CHILDREN DEAF EACH YEAR
Around 30,000 Chinese children are rendered deaf after using medicines unsuitable for children each year, says a China Central Television (CCTV) advertisement, reports the People’s Daily. The video clip features 5-year-old deaf girl Fu Xinuo. During the three-minute clip, Fu tells a story of how she lost the ability to hear after taking medicine for a high fever three years ago. / The Daily Caller
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LIFE & LEISURE
AS MORE DEAF STUDENTS USE COCHLEAR IMPLANTS, INDIANA SCHOOLS WORK TO ADAPT
Public schools in Indiana serve about 2,400 students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Of those students a growing number now use cochlear implants. As technology develops, and cochlear implants become more common, many public schools are still working to catch up. As the number of students with cochlear implants grow, advocates say there’s often a disconnect between services schools offer and services these students need. / StateImpact Indiana
A TECHNOLOGY UPGRADE GIFT FOR ST. MARY'S SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF STUDENTS
Students at St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo received a technology upgrade Friday that will enhance their STEM learning. National Grid gas donated 10 Atlas laptop computers from Bak USA to the school. “Good morning,” said JP Bak, co-founder & chairman of Bak USA, who tried out sign language to greet St. Mary's students in their science lab. / WBFO
WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE ALMOST DEAF, BUT NOT QUITE
By now, most of us are at least somewhat familiar with the story that has come out of Omaha, Nebraska about the student who inexplicably had his personal belongings dumped in a toilet. This story has become noteworthy, of course, because the student happens to be deaf. It is a classic case of bullying that unfortunately plays itself out time and time again in schools across these United States. / The Huffington Post
OLIVIA HUNTER A VISUAL LEARNER AFTER BEING BORN DEAF
Olivia Hunter can throw a mean softball. She can also paint a pretty picture. The Wellesley native is a visual learner that picks up on tendencies and nuances more easily than others. And it probably has to do with one singular fact. Olivia Hunter is deaf. “I don’t think its ironic I’m visual, it’s because I’m deaf,” said Hunter, who graduated from Wellesley High this spring. “I learn a lot from my surroundings and I notice a lot.” / Wicked Local Wellesley
VIDEO: DEAF CHILDREN SIGN THE 9/11 STORY
Deaf school children in Texas use sign language to paint a powerful portrait of what happened on Sept. 11. / WUSA9.com
STUDENTS WHO ARE DEAF FACE CHALLENGES ON CAMPUS
At age 23, Kirsten Pribula heard a water sprinkler for the first time. She stood in the middle of College Green for a few minutes trying to preserve the moment and remember the sound. Pribula lost her hearing between the ages of 3 and 4 due to autoimmune inner ear disease. AIED is a progressive hearing loss condition caused when the immune system attacks the inner ear. Pribula underwent cochlear implant surgery when she was 8 years old. / The Post
VISITING CORNELL PROFESSOR ADVOCATES FOR THE DEAF
In the Netherlands, when one becomes a full professor, they give an acceptance speech to present their research objectives to the academic community. But when Elizabeth “Beppie” van den Bogaerde gave hers in 2013, it was the deaf community — not academics — who packed the hall. “They came to hear what I, as a hearing person, was doing with their language, was doing for their community,” says van den Bogaerde. / Swarthmore College
EDTECH COMPANY GOREACT ADDS WING BUTLER AS SENIOR DIRECTOR OF SALES
GoReact, makers of a video-based skill-training platform used in the classroom, has announced the hire of Wing Butler as Senior Director of Sales. Butler is a lifelong ally of the Deaf community. As a CODA (child of deaf adults), Butler has been a certified sign language interpreter since 2002, was an executive board member of the Registry for Interpreters for the Deaf, and is also a frequent contributor to Street Leverage, a web community focused on Deaf interests. / Benzinga
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Cedar Rapids, IA
DEAF COMMUNITY RAISES OBJECTIONS TO UPCOMING PLAY
After passionate pleas and objections from the deaf community, Theatre Cedar Rapids is moving forward with producing the play “Tribes." The controversy arose this week on social media, after a cast list was announced by theater officials on Aug. 31. The cast includes hearing actors in the main roles of Billy and Sylvia, who speak and use sign language as deaf characters. Members of the deaf community objected. / The Gazette
See Also THEATRE CEDAR RAPIDS TO POSTPONE PRODUCTION OF TRIBES / Theatre Cedar Rapids
La Mirada, CA
AN AUTHENTICALLY DEAF 'HUNCHBACK'
The ringing of the bells of Notre Dame will awaken the La Mirada Theatre’s 2016-17 season with a musical production of the familiar and heartfelt story “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” It is also the first time the lead character Quasimodo – who is deaf in the classic Hugo novel – is being played by a deaf actor, John McGinty. The actor has performed in numerous productions, including Deaf West Theater’s “Pippin,” but he said this particular show is “breaking something in history.” / The Orange County Register
I'M A DEAF ACTOR, AND I DON'T WANT IT TO DEFINE THE ROLES I PLAY
Genevieve Barr: “It’s an incredibly limiting way to live and to work. And because I have a disability that I cannot hide (or fully disguise), that means I stay firmly in the bracket of ‘deaf actor’, rather than ‘actor’. In the rigidity of the casting process, that can mean fewer than 10 auditions per year. / ArtsJournal
NYLE DIMARCO DISCUSSES SEXUALITY AND CHANGING DEAF LIVES
He’s romped to victory on America’s Top Model and Dancing with the Stars, and helped millions to better understand what life is like for those living with deafness in the process – and now, the impossible handsome Nyle DiMarco is an Attitude cover star. The sexually fluid model has become an advocate of the deaf community also speaking out on LGBT+ rights, and is campaigning for bilingual legislation for young deaf children to be passed in the USA. / Attitude Magazine
WOODS FLOURISHING AT HAMPSHIRE
Hampshire football player Trevone Woods is thriving in a communication-reliant sport though he can barely hear a word. Mostly deaf since birth, the 16-year-old Aurora resident scored his first varsity touchdown in the fourth quarter of last Friday's 54-14 victory over Burlington Central, a moment that deepened his comfort level at his new school. "I feel wonderful," Woods said. "This is the right team for me." / Daily Herald
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Rochester Institute of Technology
Counselor/Academic Advisor II
Requisition Number 2523BR
Position Title Counselor/Academic Advisor II
College/Division National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Organization NTID Counseling & Academic Advising Services
Staff Job Function Advising or Counseling
Wage Band 116A
Employment Category Fulltime
Department/College Description: Provide personal counseling, career counseling, academic advising and consultation to NTID supported students in a college environment following the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics.
Detailed Job Description: Provide personal and career counseling and academic advising to assigned caseload students. Consult with faculty, staff, parents, vocational rehabilitation advisors and others as appropriate. Complete timely documentation for all students following ACA guidelines and maintain accurate counseling and academic advising records. Participate in counseling/advising department meetings, academic department meetings, and committee meetings. Engage in professional development activities. Initiate regular clinical supervision. Serve as a guest lecturer and conduct presentations as needed. Demonstrate diversity awareness and sensitivity to a variety of communication modalities.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in counseling, psychology, social work or a related clinical field is required.
Two or more years of professional counseling, academic advising or career counseling work experience required.
Knowledge of mental health, psychological and developmental issues of a Deaf/HH population required.
Sign language proficiency required.
Basic computer literacy required.
Required Minimum Education Level:
MS/MA/MSW or related clinical field
Required Application Documents:
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Additional Details: The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Careers@rit.edu.
Rochester Institute of Technology
Instructional/Support Faculty American Sign Language (ASL)
The Department of American Sign Language & Interpreting Education is a leader in the provision of American Sign Language and Interpreting education, preparing students to become professionals in working with the deaf and hard-of-hearing community for careers in sign language interpreting.
The new ASL lecturer(s) will:
•Teach American Sign Language to students mostly in ASL classes through the College of Liberal Arts
•Mentor and advise students who are taking ASL classes
•Develop and revise ongoing curriculum to maintain department standards
•Attend professional development activities
•Participate in communication development activities
•Serve the department, institute and the community as needed
We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.
Required Minimum Qualifications
•MA/MS in an appropriate discipline related to the field of ASL instruction or a relevant field
More information at http://apptrkr.com/851356
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 Jessica Ducrow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compensation: $12-12.50 for per diem shifts and $14 for PT/FT shifts.
Residential House Director
The Northeast Arc, an established Human Service agency recognized for its creative approach and state of the art services for persons with disabilities is seeking candidates for the position of Residential House Director. Ideal candidates will have fluency in ASL and deep understanding of deaf culture. The Residential House Director will be overseeing a five person home for adults with Intellectual Disabilities and are deaf.
Excellent managerial skills as the director will be overseeing direct support professionals, relief staff and other support professionals.
Be a creative person with strong organizational skills that can assist individuals in achieving their personal goals.
Provide supportive assistance in a caring environment focusing on maintaining health and along with community and social networks.
Experience with working with families, DDS and other outside agencies is also required.
BA/BS in a related field.
At least 2 years supervisory experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as fluency in American Sign Language.
Strong commitment to providing excellent quality of care.
Strongly prefer someone with First Aid, CPR and MAPS but willing to train
Excellent health and dental benefits offered as well as a 403b, tuition reimbursement, career development/ seminars, short term disability, life insurance, generous time off and competitive pay!!!
For immediate consideration, please send a cover letter and your resume, please email Jessica Ducrow at email@example.com.
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.
Community Crisis Stabilization Clinician: Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
• Qualifications: MA and 2 years’ experience.
Direct Care/Senior 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.
Mobile Clinician: Provide clinical supervision and rehabilitative direction to individuals who carry a diagnosis of mental illness, assist in the coordination of services, provide clinical leadership.
• Qualifications: MA and 1 year experience; or BA/BS and 3 years’ 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.
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 www.advocates.org/careers to apply today!
Advocates is an EOE/D/F/M/V.
NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH, PHILADELPHIA, 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.
Case Managers for Residential or Community Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - Full time; Glenside location. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences required.
Residential Program Director – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum AA degree OR 60 college credits with 4 years’ work experience with individuals with behavioral health needs and/or ID 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.
experience in mental health.
Educational / Staff Interpreter - Full Time; Philadelphia location. Minimum AA with minimum 3 years’ experience required.
Staff Nurse – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum BSN/RN required.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 215.392.6065
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