September 27, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 48
Editor: Tom Willard
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Oklahoma City, OK
DEAF MAN'S FAMILY CALLS FOR OFFICER'S ARREST
The Oklahoma Association for the Deaf said Friday that police have reached out since an officer fatally shot a deaf man in Oklahoma City, but that more needs to be done, including teaching officers to recognize the deaf and learn to visually communicate with those who can't hear. "I feel it is necessary to approach the police force as a deaf community and seek more training on dealing with the deaf community," Association Treasurer Johnny Reininger said. / The Associated Press
See Also COMMUNITY RALLIES FOR JUSTICE AFTER POLICE SHOOT, KILL DEAF, NONVERBAL MAN / KOCO Oklahoma City
See Also GREENWICH POLICE GET TRAINING ON COMMUNICATING WITH DEAF DRIVERS / Greenwich Time
DEAF BISMARCK WOMAN WINS $90,000 WRONGFUL ARREST SETTLEMENT
The North Dakota Supreme Court, Stutsman County and the Jamestown Police Department have agreed to make policy changes after failing to provide an interpreter for a deaf Bismarck woman following her arrest. Christine Stein sued the court system, the county and the city of Jamestown last year. She said she was wrongfully arrested after calling 911 to report a man who was threating to kill himself. She was held in solitary confinement but the charges were later dropped. / KFGO
OPINION: FOR DEAF INMATE FELIX GARCIA, JUSTICE COULD COME NEXT WEEK
After 36 years incarcerated for a murder he so clearly did not commit, this Wednesday a deaf, innocent man will get another chance for parole. It’s time for a terrible injustice to finally be corrected. It is clear the justice system has completely failed Felix Garcia. With a seven-hour alibi that spans the period before, during and after the 1981 murder of a 32-year-old man, Felix simply could not have been the killer. Yet it has taken more than three decades for this obvious truth to be heard. / Tallahassee Democrat
VANDALS CAUSE MAJOR DAMAGE AT WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE DEAF
The Southwest Washington Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has helped thousands of people over the years and now the folks there are left to clean up the damage after a vandalism spree inside. The windows boarded up on the outside of the building are just the start. "We could not believe it. Every window in the place was broken. Every door was damaged," said CEO Terese Rognmo. / KGW.com
LEAKED EMAILS SHOW AGENCY HEAD TARGETED CRITICS
A state agency director is on paid administrative leave pending investigation as deaf advocates allege he intimidated, harassed and sought to silence them in menacing emails and video messages. John Miller, the executive director of the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission, was suspended with pay in July. Governor Rauner's office says they are investigating the matter after it was originally referred to the Office of the Executive Inspector General. In a cease and desist letter to Miller and IDHHC legal counsel Tonia Bogener, attorney Andres Gallegos calls Miller's conduct "outrageous" and demands that it "stop immediately." / IllinoisHomepage
MISTAKES IN SIGNING EMERGENCIES CAN PUT DEAF COMMUNITY AT RISK
As Hurricane Irma intensified, thousands stood by for updates and mandatory evacuation orders. Most of us got the message loud and clear. But, one group was already in the dark and couldn’t speak up. Instead of alerting the deaf community of an evacuation order in Manatee County, an interpreter signed words like pizza, monster and bear. Many in the deaf community were outraged, including Andrew Altman, who is an interpreter for Children of Deaf Adults. / NBC 6 South Florida
ASU NEEDS BETTER ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE DEAF COMMUNITY
Something that is not widely discussed at ASU, and in society as a whole, is the deaf community. Often times, people fail to consider the challenges the deaf community faces. It is important to educate ourselves on these struggles in order to better understand how we can help them. ASU needs to be more proactive in providing innovative resources for its deaf or hard-of-hearing community — especially when it comes to music. / The State Press
Sioux Falls, SD
REPORT: STATE SHOULDN'T SELL SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF UNLESS BUYER PAYS MORE THAN IT'S WORTH
The South Dakota School for the Deaf should stay in its current location, according to a state task force. The South Dakota Board of Regents formed the four-person committee to make recommendations on the future of the east-central Sioux Falls campus in the wake of a 2017 law authorizing its sale. On Wednesday, the committee is expected to approve a 16-page final report suggesting the regents should not sell the land unless the state can find the right buyer. / Sioux Falls Argus Leader
DEAF-LED LEGISLATIVE EFFORT TO ENSURE DEAF BABIES AREN'T LANGUAGE-DEPRIVED SUBVERTED
In an open letter, Language Equality & Acquisition for Deaf Kids - Kindergarten-Readiness (LEAD-K) addresses AGB's attempt to undermine Deaf-led effort to eliminate language deprivation in Deaf children, when they developed a mirror bill that promotes "listening and speaking language," a brand that financially benefits the Alexander Graham Bell (AGB) organization. / PRNewswire
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STORE ADDS SIGN-LANGUAGE SERVICE FOR DEAF CUSTOMERS
Mobile network operator (MNO) Three is to pilot a new scheme to help deaf customers communicate with staff in selected retail stores using British Sign Language (BSL) through a video service provided by Birmingham-based BSL learning and services organization Sign Solutions. / Computer Weekly
Portugal Cove-St. Philip, NL, Canada
DEAF STUDENT NEEDS TEACHER WHO CAN COMMUNICATE, PARENTS FEAR HE WILL FALL BEHIND
The parents of a six-year-old boy from Portugal Cove-St. Philip's say the education system is discriminating against their son, who is deaf. Carter Churchill has cerebral palsy, and has cochlear implants that allow him to hear, but he does not speak and communicates instead through ASL. His parents, Todd and Kimberly Churchill, say that's a challenge in his Grade 1 classroom at Beachy Cove Elementary. They say Carter gets only two hours of instruction a day from a teacher who knows sign language. / CBC News
DEAF SWISS DEMAND POLITICAL INFORMATION IN SIGN LANGUAGE
Voting pamphlets and explanations of federal bills should be available online in sign language, says the Swiss Federation for the Deaf, which has handed in a petition to the federal chancellery. For the more than 10,000 people in Switzerland who are deaf or profoundly hard of hearing, the voting pamphlet appears in the “wrong language”, the federation said in a statement on Monday. / swissinfo.ch
DEAF NEED TO HEAR WHY THEY CAN'T GET DRIVERS LICENSES
Carlyle Gabbidon, manager of Deaf Can Coffee, is usually beaming with joy, but today it is the opposite. This is because Gabbidon, a deaf individual, was recently refused a general driver's license because of his inability to hear. Blake Widmer, a deaf translator who accompanied Gabbidon for the driving test, told the Jamaica Observer that the examiner refused to issue the license, saying that it was against the Road Traffic Act. / Jamaica Observer
Legazpi City, Philippines
DEAF GIVEN 'VOICE' TO FIGHT FOR THEIR SEXUAL RIGHTS
Coming out as gay is hard enough, but coming out as gay when you’re deaf too is a double whammy. Alex, who is from Legazpi City, said coming out as gay was actually easy. Using Filipino sign language, he said that he was glad to have been easily accepted by his deaf friends. “Coming out to the world is harder. Being deaf, we are already discriminated and hurt,” he signed. / Rappler
STILL A LONG WAY TO GO FOR SOUTH AFRICA SIGN LANGUAGE
As the world celebrated International Week of the Deaf last week, Western Cape Deaf SA director Jabaar Cassiem Mohamed appealed for the inclusion of deaf people in every sphere and recognition of their rights. Mohamed is spearheading the recognition of and inclusion of deaf people into all spheres of society, access to education and for SA sign language interpreters to voice their thoughts and views. He strongly believes in deaf people taking up their cause and educating those who can hear. / iol.co. za
DEAF PEOPLE CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE SOCIAL BARRIERS ON A DAILY BASIS
The Northern Cape Language Committee says South Africans would be more sensitized to the deaf culture if they were to learn sign language. Sign language is now only the President's signature away from officially being South Africa's 12th languages. However, deaf people are still experiencing communication and social barriers on a daily basis. / South African Broadcasting Corporation
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LIFE & LEISURE
DEAF STEPDAD GETS EMOTIONAL OVER HEARTFELT SURPRISE
A devoted deaf stepdad is reduced to tears when his step kids surprise him with adoption requests. (Video) / USA Today
LMPD HOPES TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION GAP WITH LOCAL DEAF COMMUNITY
LMPD wants improve communication between police officers and the local deaf community. "There has been a (communication) gap, and I hope we can close that gap real soon," Officer John Keeling said. That's why LMPD hosted Deaf Night Out on Friday. Interpreters were on hand for questions and answers, like what deaf people should do when they encounter police and how police can act to help them feel more comfortable. / WDRB
STUDY RAISES EXPECTATIONS FOR IMPROVED LANGUAGE SKILLS
Universal screening of newborns for hearing loss before they leave the hospital is not enough to improve language skills of children who are deaf and hard of hearing, according to a new study. Research scientists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center say that at least 40 percent of children with a hearing loss have the capacity for higher language levels – beyond what test scores indicate. / Cincinnati Children's Hospital
'SECRET CODE' OPENS WORLD TO DEAF COMMUNITY
When Opal Fleming died in 2003, author and illustrator Janie Lancaster, one of her close friends, promised to tell her story of strength and resilience. "I said, 'Opal, I'm gonna tell your story to the world,'" Lancaster said. "'I'm gonna get it in classrooms, so that kids can read about — and other people can read about — you and your life.' Because I think she had so much courage, and resilience, and she was such a special person." / Post-Bulletin
CHILDREN LEARN COLORS IN SIGN LANGUAGE TO KICK OFF DEAF AWARENESS WEEK
Sunday kicked off Deaf Awareness Week. The first event was at Barnes & Noble in Greenville. Children gathered as an American Sign Language instructor read a story and taught them the story in sign language using a bear named Bebo. Nicole Franklin says deaf people are often excluded from society, and that it is important to teach people at a young age how to understand them. / WNCT
Las Vegas, NV
NEVADA STATE COLLEGE DEAF STUDIES STUDENTS HOPE TO ADDRESS STATE'S INTERPRETER SHORTAGE
For years, Southern Nevada's Deaf community has struggled to find interpreters. Now, Nevada State College is working to fix that. "It's frustrating, there's not enough interpreters here in the valley," says adjunct professor, David Kelsey, who is also deaf. Kelsey says without an interpreter, many deaf people in Southern Nevada find simple tasks difficult, like going to the doctor or communicating with a lawyer. "It's very important, we need interpreters here," Kelsey says. / KTNV
TEACHER FORMS BOND WITH DEAF STUDENTS AS 'SOMEONE LIKE THEM'
When students come to her classroom, Amy Thompson says they enter "our world." Thompson is one of the Rapides Parish School System's teachers for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Like her students, she knows what it is to live in a deaf world when everyone else lives in a hearing world. "I don't look at myself as special needs, but I am hard of hearing — have been since I was born," Thompson said. "I know how the kids feel. I've been there." / Alexandria Town Talk
IMPACT OF TEACHERS ON DEAF STUDENTS
It’s Deaf Awareness Week in Buffalo. Today 7 Eyewitness News spotlighted St. Mary’s School for the Deaf. We met Pamela Rohring. She has been a teacher for 25 years and was once a student herself. About 20% of Americans report some sort of hearing loss. That’s according to the Hearing Loss Association of America. One-hundred-and-one students from all eight counties of Western New York attend St. Mary’s at all grade levels. / WKBW
MINOT STATE CELEBRATES 55 YEARS OF THE DEAF EDUCATION PROGRAM
Minot State University is celebrating it's 55th year of offering deaf education to students. Cortnee Adasci is currently enrolled and will be getting her certification in deaf and hard of hearing. The young scholar is inspired by deaf individuals and wants them to thrive like anyone else. After several classes and lectures, she's learned that it's important to look at their abilities instead of the disability. / MyNDNow
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
MANDY HARVEY TAKES FOURTH PLACE ON 'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT'
A former Longmont resident who is pursuing a career as a singer in spite of being deaf came in fourth out of 10 finalists during the America’s Got Talent season finale on Wednesday evening. “I just know I’m motivated,” Mandy Harvey told host Tyra Banks upon learning she was leaving the show after taking fourth place. “I’m excited to be on this journey, and it doesn’t stop here.” / The Denver Post
GOING DEAF HAS SHARPENED MY ART, DAVID HOCKNEY SAYS
Renowned British painter David Hockney says his hearing loss has helped sharpen his sense of space and perspective. Speaking Tuesday at a retrospective of his work at Paris' Pompidou Center, Hockney said: "If you lose one sense, you gain other senses, and I feel I could see space clearer. I put it down to the hearing loss. ... I can't tell what sound is coming from where." Ever curious and innovative, the 80-year-old artist said he's currently working on reverse perspective paintings. / The Associated Press
MOTHER SELLS PAINTINGS TO FUND SON'S TRIP TO HELP THE DEAF
Serena Mantz is a first-year vendor at the Thousand Spring Festival of the Arts this year. She's been painting all summer to sell them at the festival all for one cause: to help fund a trip for her son. "His name is Ethan. He is a volunteer minister for the deaf and he is planning to move to the Dominican Republic to help the deaf community there," said Mantz. / KMVT
San Diego, CA
EXHIBITION CELEBRATES DEAF ARTISTS DURING AWARENESS MONTH
In celebration of National Deaf Awareness Month, The Studio Door presents Artistry Through Deaf Eyes, a significant exhibition acknowledging the diverse and talented works of deaf and hard of hearing artists. In collaboration with local visual artist Jon Savage, who used the hashtag #deafartist to gather fellow creatives, the exhibition features the works of 18 artists from around the United States. / Pacific San Diego Magazine
RUTH SILVER, 86, FOUNDED CENTER FOR DEAF-BLIND PERSONS
Ruth Silver was just 16 when she learned she was going blind. Later she gradually lost most of her hearing. Some people, faced with the same adversity, might have figured their life was over. But Silver was a tenacious woman who founded the Center for Deaf-Blind Persons in Milwaukee, wrote an autobiography at the age of 81, taught students, lectured and lived life to the fullest, going to plays, enjoying Milwaukee Symphony concerts, visiting friends. Silver died Tuesday of heart failure in Milwaukee. She was 86. / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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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.
Assistant Office Manager – Full Time. Glenside location. Minimum high school diploma with 5 years’ management experience.
Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position.
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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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