October 4, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 49
Editor: Tom Willard
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SORENSON VRS FINED $3 MILLION IN DOMAIN RENEWAL BLUNDER
Sorenson Communications received a whopping $3 million fine from the Federal Communications Commission on Friday for failing to renew a crucial domain name. The affected service was the Video Relay System (VRS). According to the FCC, on June 6, Sorenson failed to notice that the domain name on which the VRS service ran had expired, leading to the entire system collapsing shortly after. / BleepingComputer
New River, AZ
MCSO REMOVES 16 ENDANGERED ANIMALS FROM ARIZONA DEAF RANCH
Famished-looking horses, donkeys, and dogs prompted neighbors of the Remington Deaf Ranch to call the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators later seized 16 neglected animals. Officials are also looking into the welfare of three teens found working on the ranch. The teens may be from Ethiopia, a press release said. Officials suspected the boys were tasked with looking after the horses on the ranch, which claims to help drug- and alcohol-addicted youth — with a hand from Jesus Christ, of course. / Phoenix New Times
Oklahoma City, OK
SLAIN DEAF MAN'S FAMILY, LAWYERS ASK FOR AGENCIES TO INVESTIGATE DEADLY SHOOTING
The family of a deaf man shot and killed by an Oklahoma City police officer held a news conference Saturday afternoon, calling for an independent investigation into the shooting. Magdiel Sanchez’s family, through attorneys Melvin Hall and Damario Solomon Simmons, is asking for the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to investigate the deadly shooting. / KOCO
AS SOME REMAIN HOPEFUL FOR DEAF INMATE'S EARLY RELEASE, OTHERS WANT DIFFERENT OUTCOME
Advocates for a deaf inmate currently serving a life sentence for murder say they believe he’s innocent and are optimistic he’ll be released in the next several years. But, the victim’s family is hoping for a much different outcome. Felix Garcia -- who’s now in his mid-late 50s -- is serving 99 years in prison for the 1981 murder of Joseph Tramontana Jr., during an armed robbery. Garcia’s chief advocate Pat Bliss says two of his siblings have already submitted sworn statements, stating they framed him for the murder. / WFSU
St. Paul, MN
COUNTY DENIED DEAF INMATE COMMUNICATION WITH FAMILY, SUIT ALLEGES
A deaf man is suing Ramsey County, alleging that he was not allowed to use a teletypewriter machine to communicate with family and friends from jail, while inmates without hearing impairments freely used phones for such calls. Michael Sherman, who was born deaf-mute, also named corrections officer Steven Engstrom in the suit filed in federal court. "Mr. Sherman was not allowed to use the TTY machine even once to call his mother from the Ramsey County jail," the suit said. / The Star Tribune
CONGRESS PASSES BILL TO PROMOTE EARLY HEARING DETECTION
The House has passed bipartisan Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act, legislation that will reauthorize current research and improve public health programs for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing loss in newborns, infants, and young children. The Senate passed the bill on September 6. The measure is now headed to the president’s desk for his signature. / Augusta Free Press
STATE LOOKS AT SERVICES FOR DEAF, HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN
Rhode Island is looking at how it could better serve deaf and hard of hearing children when they’re toddlers. Lawmakers recently approved establishing a legislative commission to study early intervention services during a rare fall session. It will have 24 members, including legislators, medical professionals and groups that work with deaf and hard of hearing children. / The Associated Press
KCDHH CELEBRATES 35 YEARS
The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will celebrate its 35th anniversary Saturday, Oct. 7. The Frankfort-based commission was founded in 1982 by an act of the General Assembly as an advisory agency to the governor and legislature concerning policies and programs for deaf and hard of hearing Kentuckians. / The Ohio County Monitor
DEAF CUSTOMER IS REFUSED SERVICE AT BURGER KING DRIVE-THROUGH
A deaf man was refused service at a Burger King drive-thru in Dublin, Ohio. Video uploaded to YouTube shows the interaction between the deaf customer and the Burger King employee. The deaf customer, who filmed the interaction and uploaded it to the internet, wrote: 'I am deaf and so I pulled up to the window. 'Then the manager said he was refusing to serve me and I had to leave without any food.' / Daily Mail
2,500 GATHER FOR 'IT'S A DEAF THING'
“It’s A Deaf Thing” attracted approximately 2,500 deaf and hard-of-hearing Floridians and family members to an event Saturday at the RP Funding Center. David Lind, president of the new Clearwater-based nonprofit Project Deaf, said this was the first such event for his organization. It was a combination reunion, meet-and-greet, series of seminars, vendor show, craft show and talent show. / News Chief
POLICE IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH DEAF DRIVERS
More times than we think, police officers pull over drivers that are deaf and this typically leads to a miscommunication between the two. To put a stop to this locally, the Wolcott Police Department have implemented the Deaf Signage Program that is supposed to help with that. All drivers have to do is put their license, registration and proof of insurance into a bright, green envelope. / FOX61
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DEAF THEATRE GOERS TO BE GIVEN HI-TECH GLASSES
Deaf and hard-of-hearing theatre goers are to be given hi-tech glasses so they can watch performances with subtitles. The National Theatre is rolling out the initiative next year after testing the glasses, which allow members of the audience to directly watch a stage performance while at the same reading captions of the dialogue being spoken by the actors. / Telegraph
HELPING DEAF PEOPLE SEE MUSIC
It is lunchtime on a Saturday, and a small audience has gathered to listen to a music performance. It is a typical set-up: two female singers taking centre stage, accompanied by two male guitarists. The music starts. But instead of lifting the microphone to sing, one of the singers is using hand gestures to express herself. It is not just her hands that express the song, however. / The Straits Times
DEAF BUT NOT DUMB
“Deaf and dumb” and “can’t do anything” are just some of the hurtful associations and assumptions people often make of deaf people. “People think we can’t do anything,” said Judith Madi, Gauteng provincial director at DeafSA. Approximately 4 million South Africans are deaf or have a hearing impairment, with many of them remaining unemployed due to the stigma attached to their disability. / iol.co.za
THE UNDERRECOGNIZED VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING: DEAF WOMEN
As a “form of modern-day slavery,” human trafficking occurs when a person or group uses force or coercion to control unwilling victim(s) for the purposes of commercial sex acts or labor. Over 20 million victims, including 1.5 million in developed countries, generate billions of dollars in profit for human traffickers each year. Despite these high numbers, human trafficking goes frequently underreported and the actual figures are likely much higher. / Psychology Today
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LIFE & LEISURE
TWO STUDENTS TEAM UP TO RAISE DEAF AWARENESS
Owasso seniors Katie Beaird and Lauren Williams are changing the way local elementary students use and understand sign language. The two girls recently came together on a project to create a small booklet that teaches the basics of ASL and deliver it to all eight elementary schools across the Owasso district. The four-page pamphlet, titled “Lila Learns to Sign!” serves as an instructional manual using playful wording and colorful imagery to help young children grow familiar with ASL. / Tulsa World
BLIND, DEAF STUDENTS FIND NEW PATH FOR LEARNING
Two second-grade students at Coyote Springs Elementary School in Prescott Valley watch for the flashcards to flip. With big grins, they dash off their answers by spelling or signing words with quick fingers and gestures. Keisha Mengarelli and Brody Young are two of 16 students attending two schools in Humboldt Unified School District under a partnership with the Arizona School of Deaf and Blind. They are deaf or hard of hearing. / The Daily Courier
DIVERSITY OF DISABILITY: THE OBSERVANCE OF DEAF AWARENESS WEEK
Deaf Awareness Week recognizes the community of people who are Deaf, deaf, or hard of hearing and promotes the idea that diversity is much more than race or sexuality. Last week, Missouri State University celebrated it. The community includes those who are Deaf, referring to linguistic and cultural identity; deaf, the audiological loss of hearing; and hard of hearing, referring to people who experience hearing loss and stand between the hearing and Deaf communities. / The Standard
El Paso, TX
PROGRAM TEACHES YOUNG DEAF CHILDREN SIGN LANGUAGE
The busy rush to start the day at the Priddy-Loving house can be chaotic. Five clamoring kids yelling and laughing, two parents juggling school clothes and blow drying hair, and grandma cutting up strawberries in the kitchen. The sounds are a part of everyday life, but the youngest child, one-year-old Emme, only hears silence. Her mom, Sara Priddy, said she felt something wasn't right with Emme early on. / KVIA
UBER CREATES SIGN LANGUAGE WEB APP
Uber is now looking to assist both drivers and passengers in situations where one or the other is either deaf or has a difficult time understanding spoken words. That’s being accomplished through a web app that can be found by following the banner below and runs users through a set of short tutorials on how to use sign language. The project and its associated site are part of the company’s support of Deaf Awareness Month and are intended to both help bring attention to the situation of millions worldwide who are deaf. / AndroidHeadlines
NYSD SHOWS NO SIGNS OF DECLINE AT 200 YEARS
If you’ve traveled along Interstate 287, just a few miles east of the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, you may have noticed signs mounted on each side of the road alerting you that the New York School for the Deaf is just off of Exit 4. Or, maybe you haven’t. “We have that sign, but people still don’t know about us,” said Arlene Rice, who has worked at the school for nearly three decades. “A lot of people don’t know who we are or where we are.” / Westfair Online
FOUNDER OF DEAFNATION DOCUMENTS LIFE OF DEAF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD
Joel Barish, founder of DeafNation, brought his sense of purpose and stories of exotic countries to an event Thursday evening at William Woods University. Lucille Blackwell, an English and drama teacher at the Missouri School for the Deaf, introduced Barish. "I have to admit I am now a big fan of Joel Barish," she told the gathering using sign language. / Fulton Sun
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
DEAF WEST AND PASADENA PLAYHOUSE POPULATE 'OUR TOWN' WITH FRESH FACES
A new production of Thornton Wilder's “Our Town,” which opened Sunday at Pasadena Playhouse in a collaboration with Deaf West Theatre, reveals how open this Pulitzer Prize-winning play still is to experimentation. The Deaf West practice of splitting select roles between speaking and signing actors seems quite natural in a work that ditches realistic scenery and props, incorporates mime and picks up the narrative wherever and whenever it likes. / Los Angeles Times
FOUR ARTIST GROUPS WIN GRANTS
HowlRound has announced the selection of four proposals to host convenings with key stakeholders from the theatre community nationwide aimed at advancing the role of the arts as a catalyst for social change. The winning proposals include: Deaf Theatre Action Planning Session (March 2019) Proposed by Tyrone Giordano, Rachel Grossman, DJ Kurs, Ethan Sinnott. A gathering of Deaf theatre producers and administrators from across the country. / HowlRound
DEAF MIME FORMS CONNECTIONS WITH STUDENTS
Ricky Smith entered the Woodland Park Elementary gym Thursday afternoon, took his spot in front of the students, waved "hello," and then ... he spotted something. It was a ball. He promptly picked it up, tossed it to himself a few times and then began to bring students up to play catch. Laughter erupted throughout the gym as his performance — complete with jumping rope and even lassoing a teacher — continued, and it was evident that Smith was forming a connection with the students. / Norfolk Daily News
DEAF EXPRESSIVE ART FESTIVAL AT CASPER COLLEGE
Casper College will be the host to the Deaf Expressive Art Festival on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Wheeler Concert Hall. The festival, weaving deaf folklore and fables with an assortment of American Sign Language poetry, will feature students of ASL from Casper College, the Natrona County School District, and ASL users from the Casper deaf community. / Oil City
HERO OF THE WEEK: ILLINOIS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
It's hard enough getting a team to execute the intricacies of a jet sweep or a five-receiver set. Imagine doing it without sound. The Tigers of the Illinois School for the Deaf do that, and they do it well. Head coach Dave Cook and Co. are in their fourth year playing as an 8-man program, a version in which there are only three linemen on offense. It helps smaller programs field a team (the Tigers have 19 members total, four seniors and two managers) and it's an exciting brand of football in which the scores routinely get into the 60s, 70s and 80s. / WAND
COCHLEAR IMPLANTS HELP DEAF GIRL LEAD CHEERS
Born with underdeveloped lungs, Bensalem High School freshman Alice McGivern developed a respiratory condition that almost killed her two days into her life. She emerged from that only to go completely deaf before she was 1. But with a dogged determination and the help of cochlear implants put into one ear at age 2 and the other at age 3, Alice has gone about her life and done what she has wanted to do, and that includes cheerleading. / Bucks County Courier Times
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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.
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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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