September 20, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 47
Editor: Tom Willard
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Oklahoma City, OK
POLICE OFFICER FATALLY SHOOTS DEAF MAN HOLDING PIPE
Oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man who was approaching them holding a metal pipe apparently didn't hear witnesses yelling that the man was deaf, the department said Wednesday. Police Capt. Bo Mathews said 35-year-old Magdiel Sanchez wasn't obeying the officers' commands before one shot him with a gun and the other with a Taser on Tuesday night. He said witnesses were yelling "he can't hear you" before the officers fired, but the officers didn't hear them. Sanchez died at the scene. / The Associated Press
MOTHER ACCUSED OF LEAVING DEAF-MUTE TODDLER AT HOME ALONE
A Corryville mother is accused of leaving her deaf and mute toddler home alone for hours. Janisha Brown faces a child endangering charge. According to court papers, Brown went to work on July 19 leaving her daughter, who was 3-years-old at the time, home alone. The little girl got out of the apartment on Donahue and started walking around the neighborhood. The little girl was found at the UDF on Burnet, near Martin Luther King Drive. Court papers say Brown didn't contact police about her daughter for seven hours. / WKRC
WHY MANY DEAF PRISONERS CAN'T PHONE HOME
Calling home from prison is cumbersome and expensive. For deaf people behind bars, it’s even tougher, sometimes impossible. The system is rife with problems. Most deaf households have switched to some kind of videophone, which allows users to speak in sign language. But prisons across the country still use an outmoded system, known as TTY or TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf), leaving many deaf inmates cut off from loved ones. / WIRED
New York, NY
CSD LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER SOCIAL VENTURE FUND FOR DEAF-OWNED BUSINESSES
Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) announced the creation of the CSD Social Venture Fund, the first-ever social venture fund and incubator for Deaf-owned businesses in the United States. Today, more than 70% of Deaf people in the United States are either unemployed or underemployed, according to CSD. CSD’s Social Venture Fund is part of CSD’s ongoing efforts to close this significant employment gap and other remaining workplace barriers. / PRWeb
CARE PROJECT OFFERS SUPPORT AND RETREATS FOR FAMILIES OF DEAF CHILDREN
Raising a deaf child can sometimes be lonely and isolating, parent Dianne Stone says. Dianne and Billy Stone’s 11-year-old son, Hunter, became deaf at age 8. “Because the deaf world is, in the grand scheme, small and new to you, it’s like learning an entirely new language, in almost every aspect of life,” Dianne said. Through the help of the nonprofit Care Project, the Stone family found guidance and learned they are not alone on this journey. / Greensboro News & Record
New York, NY
DEAF FLORIDIANS TOLD 'BE BEAR MONSTER' BY INTERPRETER DURING IRMA
As officials in Manatee County, Fla. tried to get vital information out to residents in a press conference Friday, Sept. 8, before Hurricane Irma hit the area, little did they know they had a tempest growing right beside them. Telling WFLA they were "in a pinch," they found a last-minute sign language interpreter who has now become a source of outrage for the deaf community. / NY Daily News
HELPING THE DEAF COMMUNITY DURING HARVEY DESTRUCTION
There were many forgotten people and unsung heroes in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. They include the deaf community and those who help them become self-sufficient. Empowered Hands talked with Isiah Carey about how the organization helps the hearing-disabled. (Video) / FOX 26 Houston
See Also FEMA AND NYLE DIMARCO REACH OUT TO DEAF COMMUNITY IN HOUSTON / FEMA
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LETTER: DEAF STILL FAVE MANY BARRIERS
After more than 30 years of our advocacy and struggle, we, the Jamaican deaf community, were finally allowed to get driver's licenses. Police officers were even given basic training in Jamaican sign language and deaf culture. However, when representatives from Deaf Can! Coffe went recently to schedule a driving test, they were told that deaf people could not be given general licenses under the Road Traffic Act. / The Jamaica Gleaner
NEW PROGRAM UNVEILED FOR DEAF-BLIND INDIVIDUALS
September is National Deaf Awareness Month and to raise awareness of deaf issues, people, and culture, the Helen Keller National Center announced a new program for deaf-blind individuals here on Guam. Cathy Kirscher, the Regional Representative for the Helen Keller center visited Guam last week to coordinate with Guam’s Department of Integrated Services for individuals with disabilities. Their goal is to provide much-needed accessibility to deaf-blind individuals through a new program called “I Can Connect.” / Pacific News Center
SINGAPORE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF TO CLOSE DUE TO DWINDLING ENROLLMENT
After more than half a century, the Singapore School for the Deaf will close this year for a welcome reason -- dwindling enrollment. Enrollment has fallen in the past decade as fewer children now suffer serious hearing loss, thanks to medical advances in screening and assistive devices. The school, which opened in 1963 and has had 1,000 graduates, had about 300 pupils in the 1980s to early 1990s learning sign language. That number dropped to fewer than 20 in the last decade and it stopped accepting new learners in 2011. / Straits Times
DEAF COMMUNITY CELEBRATED
South Africa will commemorate the International Week of the Deaf during September through a series of initiatives by Deaf SA Gauteng in partnership with the city of Joburg, SABC Foundation, Royalty Communication and Hospitality and Wits University. The main objective of the campaign will be to ensure that as many front line officials as possible are educated and understand the basics of sign language. / Ann7
DEAF MOTHER SEEKS JUSTICE FOR TORTURED 5-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER
A 32-year-old woman, Funmilayo Oladepo, created a scene at PUNCH Place, Magboro, on Tuesday as she embarked on a one-woman protest to demand justice for her five-year-old daughter, Enioluwa, who was allegedly tortured by her uncle’s wife. Funmilayo, who was deaf and dropped out of Senior Secondary School after her father allegedly married a second wife, displayed a placard. It read, “PUNCH, please help me. I need spirited human rights activists to look into my matter. / Punch
Stratford, ON, Canada
ELIZABETH MORRIS BREAKS NEW GROUND AS THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL'S FIRST DEAF SIGNING ACTOR
Honored, humbled, surprised. Those were the words that came to Elizabeth Morris' mind as she reflected on what it meant to be the Stratford Festival's first deaf signing actor. Excited was another adjective she used. “Excited for the future,” she said. “Hopefully they can hire more deaf actors. And to integrate sign language and spoken language in the same show.” / Stratford Beacon Herald
DEAF WEATHER PRESENTER DELIVERED HER BABY IN A GAS STATION
RTE weather presenter Caroline Wilson last night told how she didn’t forecast her baby boy being born in her car at a gas station. Caroline, 34, – who signs the weather on RTE – and husband Jamie, 39, were heading to hospital after the mum went into labour three weeks early when they realized they wouldn’t make it. / The Irish Sun
NATHAN AKE INSPIRES DEAF YOUNGSTERS
AFC Bournemouth star Nathan Ake was recently on hand to greet the 21 participants from Dorset Deaf Children’s Society (DDCS) and helped welcome them for their time with the Cherries. The DDCS members joined Bournemouth’s Community Sports Trust at the Vitality Stadium for a tour of the club’s home and made the most of a special coaching session. After going behind the scenes to see the changing rooms, tunnel and pitch side at the stadium Ake was ready to say hello. / AFC Bournemouth
FINAL LEADERS' DEBATE TO INCLUDE NZ SIGN LANGUAGE
Calls from the deaf community to have a sign language interpreter during election debates have been answered, with an interpreter to be included in the last leaders' debate. TVNZ this afternoon said its final leaders debate between Prime Minister Bill English and Labour leader Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday will feature an NZ Sign Language interpreter. / New Zealand Herald
HOW DEAF MAORI ARE BEING HEARD
For those Maori unable to experience the nuance of their native tongue, Stephanie Awheto is helping translate for them. Ms Awheto is a te reo sign language interpreter working to develop and teach sign language unique to Maori. Her work opens doors for deaf Maori to experience their culture. "Prior to me going to train as a tri-lingual interpreter, Maori deaf didn't have any access to the marae, to the Maori culture, anything at all." / Newshub
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LIFE & LEISURE
DEAF ROCKLAND COUPLE CELEBRATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY
On a noisy subway train 72 years ago, Joseph and Irene Buffamento sat apart in silence. Joseph, then a rugged and handsome 18-year-old Bronx factory worker, was strap-hanging and caught a glimpse of Irene, a 17-year-old with movie-star looks, who was sitting and using sign language. Joseph, who is also deaf, mustered up enough courage that fateful day in 1945 to walk across the crowded train car and ask Irene out on a date, the first of many in their 70-year marriage that was shared in a language of love that goes beyond words. / The Journal News
Niagara Falls, NY
TODDLER FORMS AMAZING BOND WITH DEAF, BLIND, GENTLE GIANT
It's a story that's far from black and white about Echo, the Great Dane, and 18-month old Jenny Dwyer who is never far away. The gentle giant and the little girl who are pretty much inseparable. "I can't separate the two when she's eating, Echo is always peeking around the corner waiting for her to come back into the living room," Jenny's mother Marion said. At her tender age, it's not like Jenny has mastered the language to issue verbal commands. But it doesn't matter: Echo can't hear. / NBC News
COMMUNICATION LACKING FOR DEAF CANCER SURVIVORS
Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be confusing due to the immense amount of knowledge needed to understand the disease itself and various treatment options. Many patients rely on a support network of loved ones, physicians, and online information to navigate the diagnosis. For deaf patients with breast cancer, these channels may result in questions that remain unanswered, resulting in knowledge gaps, according to a study published by the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. / Specialty Pharmacy Times
ASL CLUB COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR DEAF SCHOOL IN JAMAICA
ASL Club members are collecting school supplies for students at the Jamaican Christian School for the Deaf. Bulletin board boarders, scrap paper, extension cords, pens, pencils, crayons, erasers, etc. are all acceptable and will make a difference at the school, which is currently rebuilding after hurricane destruction. / St. Francis University
West Chester, PA
LOCAL DEAF CHURCH TRAVELS TO JAMAICA
On Thursday, Sept. 7, Christ The King Deaf Church began their fifth annual 10-day mission trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica. For this trip, they sought to donate school supplies, cash gifts, a Bible curriculum, books, medical supplies, medicine and tuition grants. All of it was directed toward the Jamaican School for the Deaf. / The Quad
LYFT BUILDS ON RELATIONSHIP WITH DEAF COMMUNITY WITH NEW FEATURES
Earlier this year, the National Association of the Deaf partnered with Lyft to help drivers more effectively pick up fares — an employment path that has proved attractive to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Now, Lyft is taking the partnership further with a set of new offerings timed with both National Deaf Awareness Month and the International Week of the Deaf, from September 18-24. / Association Snow
THE HAMMER THAT TOOK A BLADESMITH'S HEARING GAVE HIM HIS CRAFT
Once upon a time, two little boys were smashing their toy cars with hammers. An errant swing caused a brain injury that left one of them without his hearing. Thirty-four years later the deaf boy grew up to be a man who swings a hammer in the forge. He holds no grudges. They were just boys playing, neither knew any better. “I’m a forgiving person,” said Norman “Buddy” Thomas. / Blade Magazine
OSU SCIENTISTS MOVE TOWARD GENE THERAPY FOR DEAF PATIENTS
Scientists at Oregon State University have taken an important step toward gene therapy for deaf patients by developing a way to better study a large protein essential for hearing and finding a truncated version of it. Mutations in the protein, otoferlin, are linked to severe congenital hearing loss, a common type of deafness in which patients can hear almost nothing. The research suggests otoferlin, which is in the cochlea of the inner ear, acts as a calcium-sensitive linker protein. / KTVZ
Washington County, Utah
UTAH LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TRAIN TO FIND LOST HIKERS WHO ARE DEAF
Law enforcement officers from 12 agencies in Utah and Arizona were at the Sand Hollow Reservoir on Saturday for some special training. They learned how to find lost hikers who are deaf. “The added twist of the lost person being deaf definitely throws in a different skill set,” said one of the participating law enforcement officers from Arizona. Two deaf actors played the parts of the lost hikers on Saturday. / FOX21news.com
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
MEET THE HANDS (AND THE MAN) THAT BRING CHANCE THE RAPPER TO THE DEAF
No one has more fun at a Chance the Rapper show than Chance himself. But a close second, at stage left, is Matt Maxey — who, along with his company, DEAFinitely Dope, is translating the magic of Chance shows for deaf concertgoers. Ashley Fetters hung out with Maxey at Lollapalooza to find out how this hip-hop fan became “the deaf Kanye West.” / GQ
Los Angeles, CA
FEELING THE MUSIC WITH AGT FINALIST MANDY HARVEY
When you see and hear a performance by Mandy Harvey, one of the final ten contestants in the latest round of America's Got Talent, the first thing you notice is her voice. Look down at her feet, though, and you might also notice she's not wearing shoes. "[It's] so you can feel things better when you're standing on the stage," Harvey says. / WBGO
LIPSCOMB THEATRE PRESENTS SHADOW-INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE OF HELEN KELLER STORY
And as part of its 90th anniversary celebration, Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is teaming up with Lipscomb University to present a rare shadow-interpreted performance of “The Miracle Worker” on Sept. 23. This special event also features a dinner and panel discussion on the history of deaf and deaf-blind communities in the United States. / The Tennessean
WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A PLAYER AND COACH FOR THE COUNTRY'S ONLY DEAF FOOTBALL TEAM
Shelby Bean lives between two worlds. As a hard-of-hearing football coach at D.C.’s Gallaudet University – the nation’s leading university for the deaf and hard of hearing – Bean constantly switches between the hearing world and the deaf world. “I get into situations where I have to please both sides,” said Bean, 26. This year, the team of 75 is composed of deaf and hard-of-hearing players, as well as two hearing players. / The Washington Post
New York, NY
DEAF NFL PLAYER INSPIRES IN VIRAL AD
"They told me it couldn't be done," the 2014 ad starts ominously. "That I was a lost cause." The voice is that of Derrick Coleman, a former fullback for the National Football League's Seattle Seahawks. Coleman, 26, is the first legally deaf offensive player in the league. And the advertisement, for battery company Duracell, is meant to highlight his challenging journey to becoming a professional athlete. / Fortune
DEAF POKER TOURNAMENT GIVES PLAYERS FEELINGS OF COMMUNITY
When Andrew Lisac called Achille Buzzelli’s raise in the first betting round of a Texas hold’em hand Saturday afternoon at Hollywood Casino Toledo, the two men then smiled at each other and bumped fists. That sort of friendliness, players and casino staff alike said, sets the Ohio Deaf Poker Championship apart from the regular, open-to-anyone poker tournaments at the local casino. / Toledo Blade
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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!
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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.
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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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