October 11, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 50
Editor: Tom Willard
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San Antonio, TX
TRIAL BEGINS FOR WOMAN ACCUSED OF KILLING DEAF-MUTE FRIEND
The murder trial for a woman accused of killing her deaf-mute friend began Tuesday. Michelle Chase fired one shot through the window of her apartment killing her friend William Farr, 50, on the night of Feb. 8, 2016. A day later, Chase, 50, was arrested and booked for murder after giving police several different accounts of the shooting. / KSAT
MAN SUSPECTED OF VANDALISM AT DEAF CENTER FACES JUDGE
A Vancouver man accused of vandalizing and setting fire to a center for the deaf and hard of hearing faced a judge Monday morning. The suspect, 20-year-old Justin Smith-Riggs of Vancouver, was charged with arson and burglary, among other crimes. The judge set his bail at $75,000 after prosecutors said they believe Smith-Riggs is a danger to the community and that he suffers from mental health issues. / KPTV
BLIND, DEAF PATRON DENIED INTERPRETER POSTS WIN IN LAWSUIT AGAINST MOVIE THEATER CHAIN
Must a Pennsylvania movie theater provide special interpretation services to a patron who is deaf and blind, even if the cost will far exceed the price of a ticket to the film? Maybe, a federal appeals court has ruled. A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit made that call in reviving a lawsuit filed by Paul McGann against Cinemark USA Inc. McGann claims Cinemark violated his rights under the ADA when it refused to provide him with a tactile interpreter. / PennLive.com
Silver Spring, MD
NAD: AVOIDABLE KILLINGS BY POLICE MUST STOP
Across the country, encounters between deaf people and police officers often lead to unnecessary injury or death because of miscommunication or lack of communication access. In this past year alone, too many deaf and hard of hearing people have died at the hands of police who denied them effective communication. These tragedies must stop now. / NAD
THE LITTLE SCHOOL THAT'S FALLING DOWN -- AND THE STATE'S BIGGER PROBLEM
Not today, not tomorrow, but it’s apparent that someday, termites will plow the rest of the way through the trusses that hold up the ceiling of the shabby little building on the campus near 19th and Northern Avenues in Phoenix. For the past two years, officials at the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind have submitted capital requests to the Legislature, begging for a new building, explaining that exterminators have not been able to save it. / Phoenix New Times
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Belleville, ON, Canada
36 YEARS AGO, A DEAF MAN WAS SHOT IN THE BACK BY BELLEVILLE'S THEN-POLICE CHIEF
The recent shooting and killing of a deaf man in Oklahoma City by police officers who didn’t know he was deaf and could not respond to their commands has ignited a conversation about interactions between law enforcement officials and the hearing impaired. Belleville had its own experience with this. Thirty-six years ago, Barry Biehl, who was chief of Belleville police at that time, shot Glen Mattila, a 24-year-old, unarmed deaf man, during a drug raid in Belleville. The shooting was not fatal. / Belleville News-Democrat
DEAF SYRIAN REFUGEES ARE HAVING TO LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
When the bombs began falling on Aleppo, Ahmad, a deaf father of four, couldn’t hear them. After his wife Mountaha’s mother was killed in the airstrike which destroyed their home, the family fled Syria. They spent six years in Lebanon before arriving in the UK in June. Ahmad uses Arabic sign language and Mountaha can't speak English, meaning they are struggling to learn how to communicate in their new home country. / The Independent
DEAF SCAMMING GANG MOVES FROM KENT TO SUSSEX
A gang of scammers claiming to be deaf and preying on the vulnerable are thought now to be targeting Sussex. The gang all say they are deaf and are selling artwork door to door. Last month a similar ruse led Kent Police to issue a warning against opening the door to a man or men said to be operating in the Gravesend and Edenbridge areas. / Kent Live
VIDEO: DEAF 5-YEAR-OLD GETS HER DOLL TWIN
Abbi Keating from New South Wales lost her hearing at two years old , and wanted a doll that looked like her. Her mother gave her one as a gift, and she was very excited by the surprise. / MSN
SILENT BUBBLE TEA SHOPS OFFER WORK AND HOPE TO DEAF CHINESE
The tiny Silent Beverage shop in Guiyang in the southern province of Guizhou has attracted curious customers because of its policy of only hiring deaf employees. The tea shop provides a safe environment for students who graduated from a local special needs high school to improve their communication skills. Except for one cashier who does not have any hearing or language barriers, other staff communicate via sign language. / China Plus
PAT. KRILL BLESSES FUTURE SITE OF DEAF-BLIND CHILDREN'S REHAB CENTER
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia visited the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection’s federal state budgetary institution the “Sergiev-Posad Boarding House of the Deaf and Blind for Children and Young People with Disabilities” on Saturday, where he blessed the future site of a social rehabilitation center for post-residential support for the deaf and blind, reports the site of the Moscow Patriarchate. / OrthoChristian.com
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LIFE & LEISURE
LETTER: DEAF DESERVE ACCESS
This is in response to John Stossel's supportive opinion on the University of California at Berkeley's removal of professors' videos of their lectures because of the cost to closed-caption them as required by the American Disabilities Act. We deaf individuals deserve and need the accessibility closed captioning offers, just like the ramps, corners and Braille buttons give access to others. / Tribune-Review
TEEN WHO REGAINED HIS HEARING HONORED FOR HELPING OTHER DEAF KIDS
Born with a cleft lip and palate that caused profound hearing loss, Oliver Stern’s future was uncertain and his parents had more questions than answers. “It was shocking and frightening,” said Oliver’s father, Lyle Stern. “It would be a few years before we were relatively sure that hearing loss would be the total extent of the impact of the congenital disability.” Luckily, Oliver’s family had the resources to afford his 20 surgeries and cochlear implants that, eventually, restored his hearing. / Miami Herald
St. Louis, MO
UNIVERSITY RECEIVES GRANT TO BOOST NUMBER OF DEAF EDUCATORS AND SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS
Fontbonne University has been awarded a $1.25 million federal grant earmarked for special education teacher training. It’s aimed at addressing a shortage of special education teachers in Missouri, Illinois and 44 other states. The private, Catholic university, based in Clayton, will use the funding to provide scholarships to 40 graduate students in its speech-language pathology and deaf education programs over the next five years. / St. Louis Public Radio
Ocean City, NJ
ASL TEACHER IS NEW JERSEY'S TEACHER OF THE YEAR
American Sign Language teacher Amy Andersen, who teaches at Ocean City High School in Cape May County and has been an educator for more than two decades, on Wednesday was named New Jersey’s Teacher of the Year for the 2017-18 school year. She will represent New Jersey in the national Teacher of the Year competition. / Philly.com
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
DEAF COMEDIAN D.J. DEMERS SHARES HIS EXPERIENCES WITH HEARING LOSS
The lights dimmed. Comedian D.J. Demers stood on stage with a microphone. A chair was next to him, but he never sat on it. It was an ordinary comedy show, except for one part. Demers, along with a few audience members, wore hearing aids. As part of his “Here to Hear” tour, Demers is visiting 20 colleges and universities across the United States to perform and talk about his experiences with hearing loss. / Indiana Daily Student
OREGON SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF CUTS FOOTBALL, BUT NEW SOCCER PROGRAM KEEPS PANTHER PRIDE STRONG
Due to dwindling numbers of players and escalating miles for road trips, the Oregon School for the Deaf had to let go of football. The school gained soccer, though, bringing Panther Pride to the pitch. OSD traded out eight-man football for co-ed futbol in 2016. After nearly 70 years of pigskin, Friday night lights are missed in the Panthers Lair, but the students are finding the new excitement in the new sport. / KPTV
EXTREME SPORTS ATHLETE TO SPEAK AT W.V. SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND
Extreme sports athlete Lonnie Bedwell will speak in a public program Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the multipurpose room of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. Bedwell is a National Geographic 2015 Adventurer of the Year. A former Navy petty officer, he lost his vision in 1997 during a hunting accident. As a single father, he taught his three daughters how to hunt, fish and drive. / Cumberland Times-News
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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.
Compensation: $12-12.50 for per diem shifts and $14-$14.50 for FT shifts.
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.
Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Joel Skelton, Assistant Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
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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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