September 15, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 45
Editor: Tom Willard
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FINALISTS NAMED IN NTID PRESIDENT SEARCH
Three finalists were announced in the search for the next president of RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf. In an email to the RIT community, the search committee said: On behalf of the Search Committee for President, NTID and Vice President/Dean for RIT, we are pleased to announce the three finalists and dates during which they will be on campus to meet with members of the RIT/NTID community. Very brief snapshots of finalists' backgrounds are provided. All three are deaf/hard-of-hearing. / NTID News
WOMAN IN ACID ATTACK 'THREW THE LIQUID AT HERSELF'
Police are investigating reports that Bethany Storro threw acid in her own face. Suspicions have been aroused about the horrific assault after eye witnesses told the local media the 28-year-old was alone when she dropped to the floor screaming in agony. Questions about the attack were raised when Ms Storro, who is deaf, abruptly cancelled an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey show. One writer asked how Ms Storro could hear what her attacker said as she was deaf and also questioned why she was wearing sunglasses at the time of the attack when it was almost sunset. / Telegraph
'EXTREME MAKEOVER' FINAL PRODUCT REVEALED
Just a week ago Ty Pennington shouted into his megaphone, "Good afternoon, Oregon School for the Deaf," and Monday the big one, "Move that bus!" Crews with the ABC hit show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" wrapped up construction on new dorms and a haunted house for the Oregon School for the Blind. Hundreds of people crowded the Oregon School for the Deaf Monday afternoon, anticipating the time for that big orange school bus to move out of the way so they can see their new home. / KEZI
See Also MINNESOTA TRIP THRILLS OSD STUDENTS AND STAFFERS / Statesman Journal
SLAIN POLICE OFFICERS CELEBRATED IN HOONAH
Slain Hoonah police officers Tony Wallace and Matt Tokuoka were remembered last Wednesday for their dedication to service, their perseverance, and their love of law enforcement. Hundreds packed the Hoonah High School gymnasium, where Wallace and Tokuoka were also remembered as loving husbands, fathers, and sons. A championship wrestler in both high school and college, Wallace was legally deaf -- something many people said would prevent him from achieving his dream of being a cop. / KSTK
WESTWOOD MAN KILLED IN WALPOLE MOTORCYCLE CRASH
A 44 year-old Westwood motorcyclist was killed Monday evening after police say he slammed into the back of a car pulling into a driveway in Walpole in Robbins Road. An investigation is ongoing but Walpole Police officers believe the man was drunk at the time of the crash. Anthony N. Critsley, of Briar Lane in Westwood, was pronounced dead shortly after the crash, according to police reports. / Westwood Press
See Also ANTHONY CRITSLEY OBITUARY / The Boston Globe
Glen Ellyn, IL
SCHOOL FOR DEAF AND BLIND CHILDREN AT RISK OF CLOSING
A school for deaf and blind children in Glen Ellyn is at risk of closing its doors, if Illinois doesn't come through with funding. The Philip J. Rock Center and School is $1 million in debt. It's a state funded agency, and because the state of Illinois is behind in payments, the center may be forced to close its doors at the end of this month. / WGN
PLANS CALL FOR MAJOR REBUILD OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
A business proposal would bring big changes to the Michigan School for the Deaf campus in Flint next spring. Developers want to buy the property from the state and build two schools at the site. David Sanderson is the chief administrator for Michigan School for the Deaf. "The way the buildings are deteriorating now, eventually they'll be unsafe for our students." That's why Michigan School for the Deaf officials are talking to Lurvey-White Ventures. The Flint firm wants to improve the campus and then rent buildings back to MSD and another school. / ABC12
KINGSTON RESIDENT INSPIRES BETTER PHONE SYSTEM
Deaf residents are less likely to receive reverse 911 calls, and not because they don’t have telephones. Technology such as TDD devices that change verbal communication to text is widespread, but there are many different TDD devices and automated systems can’t keep up. The problem came to light last month, when Kingston’s Commission on Disability discovered that a deaf resident had not been notified of the aerial spraying and had slept with his windows open that night, which the notification warned against. / The Kingston Reporter
DEAF HISTORIAN RETURNS 'HOME' TO MSD, RECEIVES HERITAGE AWARD
Students at the Missouri School for the Deaf got a special treat last Thursday. The students saw an award presentation, made by Sorenson Communications, to a graduate of MSD. "We have a very special person here today. He graduated from here and he is very famous," MSD Superintendent Barbara Garrison said to the students. "He is a historian of deaf culture and history." Jack Gannon stood so the crowd of students, teachers and community members could recognize him. / The Fulton Sun
CLERC CENTER BIDS FAREWELL TO 'WORLD AROUND YOU' AND NATIONAL CONTEST
For many years now, the Clerc Center and Gallaudet University have appreciated the opportunity to offer deaf and hard of hearing students across the country chances to share their writing, artwork, and ASL skills through the Gallaudet National Essay, Art, and ASL contest. Since 1978, we have also enjoyed passing along news and stories about deaf role models through our magazine, and later e-zine, for deaf students, World Around You (WAY). However, the Clerc Center is now retiring the national contest and World Around You. / Gallaudet
New York, NY
ADA UNDER ATTACK! TELL FOX'S JOHN STOSSEL WHAT THE ADA MEANS TO YOU
I post the below attack on the ADA with a mixture of shock, disgust, and sadness. I do not know how anyone could argue that we should have fewer accommodations and less access, but as you will see below, John Stossel, host of "Stossel" on the Fox Business Network, sees people with disabilities as manipulative parasites and the ADA a debilitating law that encourages discrimination against people with disabilities and is financially draining for employers. / JFActivist
RIDOR IN JAIL? YES HE IS!
Has the past misdeeds of Ricky Taylor, aka Ridor9th, caught up to him? Apparently it has. A blogger has reported that Ricky Taylor is in jail. The question is: How serious? While I don't have that info of why he's in jail, I did some surfing on the 'net. Interesting facts have been found. / The Deaf Sherlock
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OWNERS DEFY GOVT'S ORDER TO OPEN SCHOOLS FOR DEAF
Three learning institutions for the deaf in Malawi have closed because government and proprietors, the Catholic Brothers of Immaculate Conception (BIC), are failing to agree that the Ministry of Education should pay for the institution's support staff, forcing over 200 deaf pupils out of school. Vice-Provincial Superior for the brothers, Lawrence Sitima, said last Tuesday they have not opened the schools because government did not show commitment to pay the support staff. / The Nation
MOSCOW'S FIRST BAR FOR THE DEAF
Moscow is a noisy city, but for some the Russian capital offers only a deafening silence. Like many handicapped people here, the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing are poorly represented. That could be beginning to change as pioneering businessman Andrey Melnikov opens up Moscow’s first bar for the deaf. Talk about the lack of facilities for people with special needs in Moscow has been going on for a while but there have been few noticeable changes. Now at least they have somewhere to relax, in the newly opened Krause Bar in the south of the city. / The Moscow News
DEAF BRITISH DIPLOMAT SUES MINISTRY
A British diplomat is suing the foreign ministry after it withdrew her posting to Kazakhstan on the grounds that her deafness made it too expensive, a rights group said on Tuesday. Jane Cordell accused the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of discrimination after it said it could not afford the $772,000 (US) cost of providing her with specialist interpreters who can use sign language. In a summary of her case to the London employment tribunal, the 44-year-old said that by denying her the post of deputy ambassador in Astana, the ministry was "imposing a glass ceiling on the career prospects of the disabled". / The Sydney Morning Herald
See Also ARE SOME DISABILITIES JUST TOO EXPENSIVE TO BE SUPPORTED? / The Independent
JAIL FOR WOMAN WHO LIED ABOUT RAPE
A newlywed deaf woman who lied about being raped after a girl’s night out has been jailed for two years. Emma Watson, aged 32, broke down in tears after the sentence after fabricating a ‘rape’ that supposedly occured after a night out in Warrington town centre. Liverpool Crown Court heard on Monday that Watson, who had only been married for six weeks, went out on November 7 of last year with girlfriends. While out she met 20-year-old Ashley Harker, who is also profoundly deaf. / This Is Cheshire
DEAF TEENAGER COMPOSES OLYMPIC MUSIC FOR BBC ORCHESTRA
A deaf teenager has been asked to compose a piece of Olympic-themed music to be played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 2012. Lloyd Coleman, 18, who is also visually impaired, recently won a place at London's Royal Academy of Music. He will be mentored by Larry Ashmore who has worked on films including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. "Larry is now in his 80s and has developed a huge amount of knowledge," said Lloyd. / BBC
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
PHD STUDENT EXPLAINS THE ART OF BEING DEAF
If you thought that being deaf could prevent you from winning a speaking contest, think again. Donna McDonald is a PhD student who recently won the Arts Faculty final of the Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT), and will now progress to the UQ finals on September 20. “In my 3MT presentation I discuss my creative work, The Art of Being Deaf which is my personal memoir of deafness,” Ms McDonald said. / UQ News Online
Sabah, East Malaysia
IN KOTA KINABALU, MASS IN WHICH THE DEAF CAN HEAR THE GOOD NEWS
In the archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu (Sabah, East Malaysia), the hearing-impaired can “hear” the Good News. Every Sunday, volunteers from the deaf ministry translate everything that is said or done into sign language—songs, readings, the Gospel, homily and other parts of the mass—during Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Kota Kinabalu. / Spero News
DEAF STUDENT OVERCOMES OBSTACLES TO EDUCATION
One student entering Gallaudet University this fall already has accomplished the near-impossible. Mali's Dana Benjamin Diarra overcame daunting obstacles, his hard work and persistence opening the door to a university education. Diarra is now a student at Gallaudet, the world's only university designed specifically to provide equal access to education for the deaf. Born in the region of Segou, Mali, in 1981, Diarra was deaf by age 6, and attended the local hearing school for a few years. / AllAfrica.com
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BORN DEAF, A PINELLAS COUNTY GIRL STARTS SCHOOL -- AND HEARS THE SCHOOL BELL
Like many moms, Andrea Szenderski waits for her baby to get home from school and off the bus. What you wouldn’t be able to see is what her daughter Jillian can't hear. Jillian is profoundly deaf. So how does she know how to respond to her mom's questions and requests? For the answer we have to go back more than three years. / WFTS
LETTER: DON'T USE TERM 'HEARING IMPAIRED'
In the Sept. 7 newspaper, the mom of a St. Lucie County “hearing-impaired” student says why she filed a complaint against teachers. Please be advised that the term “hearing impaired” is unacceptable. Beth Woods’ daughter’s ears are not broken. Here is the explanation: The term “hearing-impaired” is a technically accurate term much preferred by hearing people, largely because they view it as politically correct. / TCPalm
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FATHER BLAIR OFFERS LAST MASS AND THANKS IN GREEN BAY
A much-loved Catholic priest said farewell to his parish on Sunday. "I've been very happy serving here, both the hearing and the deaf community and I'm humbled but proud to be included in our homeless shelter project," says Father Guy Blair, departing pastor at St. John the Evangelist Church. Father Guy Blair said his last mass in Green Bay Sunday morning. His service to the community during his five years at St. John's included opening a homeless shelter and providing services to the deaf community as one of only a handful of signing priests in the nation. / WBAY
DUAL-SUPERINTENDENT HAS GOAL FOR ISVI, ISD
Marybeth Lauderdale knows that her new role as an interim dual superintendent for Illinois School for the Deaf and Illinois School for the Visually Impaired will be a difficult one, but she wants to take on the challenge to shift the focus on the services from state agency to schools. With the upbringing of being a farm child from southern Illinois, Lauderdale is “not afraid of hard work,” she said, and she has wanted to work with the deaf since she was in seventh grade. / Journal Courier
Highlands Ranch, CO
TOP TEACHER SHARES US BEST PRACTICES IN DEAF EDUCATION
Meet Susan Elliot. She is an award-winning teacher from Colorado in the United States. She was named the 2009 Colorado State Teacher of the Year and one of four finalists for the 2009 National Teacher of the Year in the USA. Anthony Mullen from Teacher Magazine described her as “bright, articulate, and has a great sense of humour.” She teaches social studies and English language to mainstream and hearing-impaired students-all in the same classroom. / New Asia Republic
SPEAKER AIMS TO HIGHLIGHT THE CHALLENGES OF BEING LATINO, DEAF
Joel A. Garcia, who was raised in Oxnard as a deaf child of hearing parents and later earned his bachelor’s degree in social work from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., plans to become an advocate in the U.S. and Latin America for the deaf and hard of hearing. In an e-mail, Garcia, 27, wrote that Latino deaf children are “challenged because their families, schools and barrios are not able to understand” their needs. Garcia wants to help these children’s parents, he wrote, because “communication is very important. I want to help Latino deaf children to become good political and cultural leaders for the future of America.” / Ventura County Star
UR'S POLLARD IS VOICE OF HEALTH FOR THE DEAF
Robert Pollard has a bit of Alfred Hitchcock in him. Hitchcock, known as the Master of Suspense, challenged viewers to spot his cameo appearances in films such as The Birds and Lifeboat. Pollard also takes a secondary role in his works, one that's hidden from his audience. The director of the Deaf Wellness Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Pollard has directed 17 videos and films over several years that teach viewers about health topics, including asthma, depression and lead poisoning. / Democrat and Chronicle
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ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN -- 6 MODERN DEAF MUSICIANS
Famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven began to lose his hearing around the age of 25. By the time of his death, he was completely deaf. But that never stopped him from writing some of the most beautiful music the world has ever known. Beethoven is proof that music isn’t just in the ears, but comes from the heart and from the soul. His legacy is carried on today by many deaf and hard of hearing musicians, including these six performers who don’t need to hear to express themselves through song. / mental_floss
Los Angeles, CA
DEAF WEST THEATRE RECEIVES NEW GRANT MONEY
Deaf West Theatre in North Hollywood will receive a matching grant that will go toward new captioning technology to enhance service to deaf audiences and improve interactivity with patrons through the Internet. Theatre Communications Group didn't specify how much money the company will receive, but the grant could be as high as $65,000. / Los Angeles Times
GOOGLE OFFERS INSTANT CAPTIONS ON THE WEB TO THE DEAF
Some months ago YouTube, the online video site owned by Google, began offering software that promised to automatically turn speech into captions. Alas, the speech-to-text software supplied for the task by Google isn't really up to the task. Enter Ken Mayering, a 43-year-old US undergraduate student who has spent a lot of time pondering the problem. He has now come up with a free, non-profit website called VideoCritter that makes creating captions on any YouTube video a simple matter of typing them in. / The Australian
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ASHLEY FIOLEK WINS SEASON-ENDING WMX EVENT, FINISHES SECOND IN OVERALL STANDINGS
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CSD-FREMONT PRESENTS HERITAGE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY
California School for the Deaf will honor 26 inductees in its newly established Heritage Hall of Fame on September 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Theater at 39350 Gallaudet Drive in Fremont. The induction ceremony will be open to the general public and free of charge. The Heritage Hall of Fame will "honor, preserve, and perpetuate the names and outstanding accomplishments of alumni who have brought recognition and fame to themselves and to the California School for the Deaf,” said school superintendent Dr. Henry Klopping. / CSDF
PRISCILLA A. (PHILLIPE) LOFTIN, 41, CERTIFIED DEAF INTERPRETER
Priscilla A. (Phillipe) Loftin, 41, died Wednesday, September 8, 2010, in the Life Care Center of Raynham after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Born in Taunton, the daughter of Dennis and Carole (Vincent) Phillipe, she was a 1987 graduate of Taunton High School. Priscilla was a certified deaf interpreter in the southeastern part of the state. She enjoyed reading and social interacting with all her many friends using her lap top computer. She and her family lived for many years in Key West, FL, where she leaves many dear friends there. / Hathaway
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* Must have excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully with a variety of people.
* Must have the ability to communicate fluently in American Sign Language; Must have a good understanding of Deaf Culture.
* Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
* Must have extensive customer service experience.
* Must be willing to work a variety of hours and to travel frequently.
* Must have knowledge of Video applications.
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Please send salary requirements.
Benefits: Group Health Insurance, 401K and match, Life Insurance, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Paid Time Off (PTO), Short/Long Term Disability, Paid Holidays and Employee Assistance Program.
Application Deadline: Open until
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Title: Technical Support Rep - Tier Two - Full Time
Locations: Clearwater, Florida
Description: The Technical Support Rep will provide direct support to customers who have escalated technical support needs. These contacts could come in via video calls, emails, and transfer from video interpreters. The Technical Support Rep will also be able to provide support to Customer Service personnel.
Responsibilities: Answer video inbound calls from customers and answer their questions, record their complaints and/or concerns.
When requested, report complaints and/or concerns to appropriate departments.
Provide remote connection support to customers PC for router, modem or no-ip configuration.
Ability to troubleshoot on products.
MUST have good ASL skills to communicate
MUST have good people skills and positive attitude
MUST have extensive computer knowledge
MUST have 2 years of Technical background experience
Must be willing to work flexible hours, which includes evenings and weekends.
Salary: Based on experience
Benefits: Group Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401K and match, Short/Long Term Disability, Flexible Spending Plan, Paid Holidays and Employee Assistance Program, Vacation and Sick time.
Application Deadline: Open until filled.
Send Resume and Cover Letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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