October 17, 2012
Vol. 8, No. 48
Editor: Tom Willard
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GALLAUDET OFFICIAL ANGELA MCCASKILL SAYS SHE WILL SEEK COMPENSATION IN ANTI-GAY MARRIAGE PETITION DISPUTE
The president of Gallaudet University said Tuesday that the chief diversity officer who was put on administrative leave after signing an anti-gay marriage petition is welcome to eventually return to her position. But an attorney representing Angela McCaskill said that would likely only happen if the university compensates McCaskill for the emotional distress she endured, along with the damage to her reputation. “I am dismayed that Gallaudet University is still a university of intolerance, a university that manages by intimidation, a university that allows bullying among faculty, staff and students,” McCaskill said. / The Washington Post
See Also GALLAUDET ASKS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE OPPONENTS TO PULL AD / The Baltimore Sun
See Also EDITORIAL: GALLAUDET'S MISTAKE / The Washington Post
New York, NY
'DAVE ON WHEELS,' WHO WROTE ONLINE GOODBYE BEFORE HE 'DIED,' EXPOSED AS A HOAX
David Rose, a deaf quadriplegic whose dying words to his family and friends became an online sensation, never existed. An anonymous man admitted the whole thing was an elaborate hoax that went on for years. Online, Rose was a cheerful 24-year-old from California whose inability to hear or walk didn’t interfere with his quirky sense of humor. He maintained a blog, a Twitter account and a Facebook page that had been active since 2007. Last week, a post on his blog said he died after a short battle with pneumonia, and he’d written a letter to be posted by his "sister" Nichole if he passed. / NY Daily News
Silver Spring, MD
NETFLIX, NAD REACH AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE 100% CLOSED CAPTIONS IN ON-DEMAND STREAMING CONTENT WITHIN TWO YEARS
Netflix Inc. and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), a non-profit organization, have submitted a joint Consent Decree to a federal court in Springfield, Mass., ensuring closed captions in 100% of Netflix streaming content within two years. NAD, along with the Western Massachusetts Association of the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired (WMAD/HI) and Lee Nettles, a deaf Massachusetts resident, brought suit against Netflix seeking that commitment in 2010. / NAD
BLUFFS MAN ACCUSED OF POSING AS LAWYER, DEFRAUDING WOMAN OF $140K
Authorities allege that Austin T. McDaniels, 53, bilked a deaf Omaha woman out of more than $140,000 by convincing her that he was a criminal defense attorney for Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan. Never mind that the firm typically doesn't do criminal defense. Never mind that the firm never had any connection to McDaniels or the deaf woman. Never mind that no law enforcement agency was investigating the woman for any possible crimes. Despite those facts, the 63-year-old woman paid at least $140,000 — and perhaps as much as $200,000 — in cash to a man posing as attorney “Barry Minter.” / Omaha World-Herald
St. Louis, MO
ST. JOSEPH INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF SELLING CAMPUS, PLANS MOVE
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf is selling its Chesterfield campus, looking for new leased space in the St. Louis area and has chosen Balke Brown Associates to help with both. The institute, which also has a campus in Indianapolis, is selling its 108,000-square-foot facility at 1809 Clarkson Road in Chesterfield. A final decision on a broker was made Sunday, and an asking price has not yet been set, according to an institute spokeswoman, but the campus is appraised at $21.9 million, according to St. Louis County records. / St. Louis Business Journal
El Paso, TX
STUDENTS, PARENTS ACCUSED EPISD, BURGES HIGH SCHOOL OF POOR DEAF EDUCATION PROGRAM
Burges high school students, both alumni and current, went before the El Paso Independent School District Board of Trustees Tuesday to voice their concerns about the district's deaf education program. "A lot of us do not trust the interpreters," said Charles, who only gave his first name to the board. He is a 2004 graduate of Burges. "We've seen it's become a problem where they are not providing interpreters when the kids need the interpreters. They're leaving kids out of extra circular activities," said Terry Myers, a parent of a deaf student. / KFOX
1-YEAR-OLD FOUND ROAMING ALONE
A 1-year-old Surprise toddler is safe after a neighbor found her wandering alone in her neighborhood, police said. Her mother had walked outside of the house to check the mail and did not know that her daughter had followed her out, Surprise police spokesman John Bacon said. The toddler's father, who was inside the house, was unaware that his daughter had walked out, Bacon said. The girl began to roam the neighborhood for 20 to 30 minutes, according to Bacon. By now, her parents, who are both deaf, had noticed she was missing and were trying to contact police through an interpreter. / KPHO
STUDENT ROBBED WHILE WALKING TO TENNESEE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
A student at the Tennessee School for the Deaf was robbed Tuesday evening while walking to the school's campus. The robbery happened at 7:26 p.m. as the adult student was walking on Spence Place in the Island Home neighborhood, according to a spokesperson for the Knoxville Police Department. The student, whom police did not identify, told officers a large man wearing a mask walked up to him and demanded money. / WBIR
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HEARING AID YOU WEAR ON YOUR BACK TEETH COULD HELP THOSE DEAF IN ONE EAR
A hearing aid that slots on to the back teeth could help people who are deaf in one ear. The system, now being tested in Britain, works by re-routing sounds from the deaf ear to the working one. Around one in ten adults suffer from some degree of single-sided hearing loss, with around 10,000 new cases of complete deafness in one ear diagnosed each year. / Daily Mail
VIDEO MADE ABOUT LIFE AS A DEAF STUDENT AT OXFORD
A documentary about coping with life as a deaf student at Oxford, made by a group of Oxford undergraduates, has gone viral on YouTube. The film, entitled “Hearing... but not as you know it” was made by SJCtv, the student TV channel of St John’s College, and received over 9,200 views after being listed on the site for just two days. It follows the life of Helen Willis, a third year Physiology and Psychology undergraduate at the college, who was left totally deaf after contracting meningitis at the age of two. / Cherwell.org
CELEBRATE 220 YEARS OF CLASSES THAT OPEN UP WORLD TO THE DEAF
The Royal School for Deaf Children celebrates its 220th birthday next week with a celebration in Margate for past and present staff and students. Everyone is welcome to visit the top-class facilities at one of the country's oldest institutions. The boarding school was set up by philanthropist John Townsend in 1792 as the London Asylum for the Deaf Children of the Poor and later built an annex in Victoria Road. / This is Kent
BLIND AND DEAF 102-YEAR-OLD LEFT WITHOUT FOOD AND WATER IN NORTH WALES
A blind and deaf 102-year-old woman has been left stranded by social services on two occasions in the past two weeks. During lengthy recovery from a broken leg sustained in February, Evelyn Capper, from Gwersyllt, then broke her wrist in a fall last month. Following a short recuperation in hospital she returned to her home with the promise of six weeks of care. She needs help through the day to provide her with food, water and aid in and out of bed. / Daily Post
DEAF 'DELINQUENT' POOCH HORUS NOW STAR PUPIL AT OBEDIENCE CLASS AFTER LEARNING SIGN LANGUAGE
A deaf dog whose bad behaviour saw him rejected for adoption is now an obedience school star pupil – thanks to sign language. Tearaway mongrel Horus was rescued from drug addict owners when he was just six weeks old and quickly rehomed. But his new owners couldn’t cope with his bad behaviour and returned him to the charity Dogs Trust. And he spent another 18 months in kennels before his luck changed and he was adopted by sign language enthusiast Rosie Gibbs. / Daily Record
'DEAF AND BLIND' RUNNER COMPLETES MARATHON
A Galloway runner who completed a gruelling marathon in the Highlands without his sight or hearing has thanked everyone who generously donated to his efforts. Andrew Gibson, 27, from Elrig, and his two friends Don O’Brien and Jamie Lapworth have raised more than £2000 ($3,225 US) for Deafblind Scotland after completing the Loch Ness Marathon. / The Galloway Gazette
BEHIND THE MAKING OF 'PLANET OF SNAIL': LIFE OF A DEAF-BLIND MAN
In Australia for the premiere of his film 'Planet of Snail' at the Antenna Documentary Festival in Sydney, director Seung-Jun Yi says South Koreans were not familiar with any public figures with disabilities apart from Helen Keller. This motivated him to raise the profile of a South Korean man with a disability. When Seung-Jun first came across deaf-blind man Young-Chan in a newspaper article, he then approached him and his wife Soon-Ho, who has a debilitating spinal condition. Seung-Jun says the couple were initially reluctant to be filmed for fear of being treated with pity. / SBS World News
DEAF-MUTE GROUP DANCES TO BEATS
Last year, Borivli MLA Gopal Shetty was invited to judge a garba competition where around 750 participants had gathered in a mall. He was astonished at the skill and excellence of the dancers, who hardly missed a step, and selected the winners with great difficulty. It was at the end of the soiree that Shetty learned that each of the 750 performers was deaf-mute and could barely hear the music at all. / Times of India
New Delhi, India
LOOKING FOR 'GEETA'S' FAMILY, BURNEY REACHES INDIA
Demanding help for 21-year-old deaf and dumb girl named ‘Geeta’, who is in Pakistan and is assumed to be an Indian, Pakistani human rights activist Ansar Burney said that there is the need to find the family of Geeta as she was now desperate to meet them. Addressing mediapersons at a press conference on Saturday, Burney said, “The Police had spotted a deaf and dumb girl in Lahore about ten years back. Now when she has grown up and started communicating through writing and gesture, it seems that she belongs to India and came by a train.” / Hindustan Times
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LIFE & LEISURE
NEWSMAKER: ELROY FACE
The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf named one of its buildings in Edgewood after Face, a former Pirate great whose annual golf outings raised about $500,000 for the organization over the past 19 years. The money benefited the Choices for Children program for hearing-impaired children up to age 3. The outing is being discontinued, due to a lack of sponsors. / Tribune-Review
New York, NY
DEAF KIDS HEAR FOR FIRST TIME WITH HELP OF STARKEY FOUNDATION
After losing her hearing when she was in second grade, Stephanie Montalvo resigned herself to a life of silence. That was until she connected with a foundation that provides hearing aids to kids in need. Bill Austin, owner of Starkey Hearing Technologies, launched his company’s nonprofit arm to distribute hearing aids to people who can’t afford them, NBC reports. Austin recently connected with Stephanie, and 74 other hearing-impaired kids and adults, at a “hearing mission” at Yankee Stadium where he gave out the life-changing devices for free. / The Huffington Post
DEAF WITH A CAPITAL 'D'
In today’s world, being politically correct is often hard to do without offending someone. However, for the Deaf with a capital “D” community, phrases and even capitalization or noncapitalization of the word “deaf” can make a huge difference. Jonathan Webb, American Sign Language instructor and interpreter, explained that if someone is “Deaf,” that means they are culturally Deaf. “Deaf individuals don’t consider themselves as disabled; they see themselves as a cultural and linguistic minority,” Webb said. / Iowa State Daily
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OKLAHOMA ORGANIZATION HELPS DEAF AND BLIND PEOPLE ACHIEVE THEIR POTENTIAL
After cancer took Oakes' friend, who was deaf and blind, she felt the need to take action to help the community of people who are deaf and blind in Oklahoma. In 2011, Oakes, who is deaf and blind, founded the organization Sight-Hearing Encouragement Program to ensure that people who were deaf and blind would have an organization focused on helping them achieve their potential. / NewsOK.com
San Francisco, CA
A DEAF COUPLE REALIZE A RESTAURANT DREAM
My parents have owned restaurants in Hong Kong and San Francisco throughout my life. So it was reasonable that I dreamed of running my own someday. I wasn’t going to let the fact that I was born deaf deter me from realizing that dream. My husband, Russ Stein, is also deaf, and as deaf restaurateurs our goal could have been even more daunting. But we approached it systematically, with a vision to serve both the deaf and the hearing. / The New York Times
DEAF STUDENT ASSIGNED TO VILLAGE PLANNING COMMITTEE
Seventeen-year-old Mountain Pointe student Spencer Elliott may sound like a busy student between being student coordinator and tutor king of the Totem Tutors learning program, president of the DECA Business Club and chess club co-president, but all of those are just titles he holds at school. Outside of school he’s a small business owner, professional skier and ski instructor, sits on the Tempe Union High School Superintendant’s Council; the Tempe Union High School Career and Technical Education Board; and most recently became a member of the Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee. As a side note, Elliott admits, he’s more than 90 percent deaf. / East Valley Tribune
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
DEAF ARTIST SHARES EXPERIENCE THROUGH PAINTING
Warren Miller, 53, is completely deaf in his right ear, and he can hear only about 25 percent in his left, but it doesn’t matter. The world between his ears is where his creativity comes alive. He takes what he can’t hear and puts the experience on canvas, the paint bursting in color and shape. He paints because he loves it, but he also does it to share his story, to give those in the hearing community a window to his world. / Journal and Courier
THANKS TO TAYLOR SWIFT, HORACE MANN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF PREVAILS OVER INTERNET BOORS
For the students at one Boston high school, an episode that started out as a mean-spirited online prank recently ended up as a dream come true because of a generous intervention by Taylor Swift herself. The incident started when users of the popular websites 4chan and Reddit started a misguided campaign to nominate the Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Allston to win a Facebook contest that boasted a grand prize of an in-school concert performed by the popular teenage singer. What made the jokers’ prank “funny” was the assumption that deaf people can’t enjoy live music. / The Boston Globe
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MSD KEEPS HOPE FOR ANOTHER NATIONAL TITLE
The Maryland School for the Deaf football team overcame an early deficit to post a 28-8 victory against visiting Indiana School for the Deaf on Saturday. The Orioles (4-3) had 280 rushing yards, led by Darrius Doe with 144 yards and a touchdown and Tarik Wallace who added 60 yards and two scores. / The Gazette
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FACULTY POSITION OPENING
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE
Northridge, California 91330
Department: Deaf Studies
Effective Date of Appointment:
(Subject to Budgetary Approval)
Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor
Salary: Dependent on Qualifications
Qualifications: Earned Doctorate in Deaf Studies, Linguistics, American Sign Language (ASL), or closely related field of study. ABD candidates will be considered but must complete the doctorate by the time of appointment. General knowledge of ASL and the Deaf Studies field, which may include but is not limited to linguistic principles of ASL and an understanding of sign language interpreting processes with ASL as the foundation. Possess strong and effective teaching methods in various aspects of ASL and/or related courses in Deaf Studies. Extensive knowledge of Deaf Culture and the Deaf community. Evidence of successful Deaf Studies-related teaching experience at the college level. Demonstrated evidence of recent scholarly publications or equivalencies and activities or evidence of potential for such scholarly accomplishments. Ability to interact effectively with both Deaf and hearing people. Evidence of positive relationships and collegiality with university students, staff, and colleagues. Evidence of participation in ASL/Deaf Studies and Deaf community organizations on local, state, and/or national levels. Commitment to Deaf bilingual/bicultural experience and its foundation in basic human rights. Native/native-like fluency in ASL. Basic understanding of curriculum development. Demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse student population.
CSUN is a Learning Centered University. The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in a commitment to active learning, to the assessment of learning outcomes, and to multiple pathways that enable students to graduate.
At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.
Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.
Responsibilities: Teach American Sign Language and Deaf Studies content courses. The standard teaching load is twelve (12) units per semester (plus committee assignments). A reduced load will be assigned during the first year of teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department (including curriculum and program development); engage in scholarship and community service and to remain current in their field; serve on departmental, college, and/or university committees, and to participate in other service as needed.
Application Process: Applicants should submit all of the following. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
1. Cover letter that includes:
-- Statements of teaching and research interests
-- Summary of prior relevant experience
-- Evidence of commitment to Deaf bilingual and bicultural experience
2. Current curriculum vitae that
-- Educational background
-- Prior teaching experience
-- Evidence of scholarship and/or related professional experience
3. Evidence of teaching effectiveness/potential (provide sample course syllabi and copies of automated student evaluations)
4. Photocopies of all earned degrees and certificates
5. Three (3) current letters of recommendation
6. Names and contact information for at least three (3) professional references
Application Deadline: Screening of candidates will begin on January 18, 2013. Position to remain open until filled.
Inquiries and nominations should be addressed to:
Flavia S. Fleischer, Chair
Department of Deaf Studies
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California 91330-8265
PAHrtners Deaf Services
614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA
215-884-9770 TTY/V 215-884-6301 FAX
PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf/HOH centered with about 85% of our staff being Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Our staff environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support. As a result, we are rapidly growing with new programs and expansions of our existing programs. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or have many years’ 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, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community to fill the following positions:
RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR for DSA: (Full time position) The qualified candidate shall possess: HS Diploma and 5 years of Mental Health direct care experience, fluency in ASL, knowledge of Deaf Culture. Excellent writing and communication skills required. Responsibilities: Day to day management and supervision of residential setting for deaf adults with mental illness and behavioral health concerns. Supervision of direct care staff, development of residential programming and staff schedules, planning and leading staff meetings, coordinate staff trainings, manage petty cash and consumer funds, coordinate consumer services with internal/outside agency providers and families, conduct consumer and staff interviews, complete monthly reports, service plans and staff evaluations, follow up with physical and psychiatric medical concerns. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekend.
RESIDENTIAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTORS: (Full time position) This position provides leadership role for residential staff and direct client services. Qualifications: minimum of a HS + 2 year related experience; valid drivers’ license; advanced fluency in ASL; minimum of 2 years’ experience with Deaf Community; demonstrated an ability to supervise, teach, advise and motivate staff members as well as Deaf Consumers; must possess strong interpersonal skills. Duties: Provide guidance and training for staff and support to Deaf consumers with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities living in the community; promote consumers’ independence and social relationships. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekend.
INTENSIVE CASE MANAGERS – FOR ADULTS: (Full time position) This position provides resources and support to clients and their families who reside in the community and in our residential programs. Responsibilities include: assessing service needs of consumers to ensure continuum of care; develop service plans; independent living skills instructions, advocate for access to public and private services and programs such as medical, vocational and other services. Qualifications: BA/BS degree in a Human Services field preferred; or High School Diploma& 12 credit hours in social science with two (2) years mental health direct care experience. Must have strong organizational skills; fluency in ASL, familiarity with other visual communication modes and language levels. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends as needed and travel various areas in the community. Knowledge of laws governing the rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals including IDEA and ADA a plus; and must have a valid driver’s license.
THERAPIST/PSYCHOSOCIAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR: (Full time position) This position provides therapeutic and psycho-educational workshops and group sessions for consumers who are deaf. The qualified candidate shall possess: BA in psychology, counseling or any other human services field; must have 2 years’ experience with individuals with mental illness and/or mental retardation including treatment planning and progress notes; advanced fluency in ASL required; must be innovative, creative and be able to work in a team environment. Duties: Develop, coordinate and provide group/individual therapy for wellness maintenance and psycho-educational workshops.
RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS: (various positions available) This position provides direct client services including encouraging client independence in areas such as skills in daily living and community integration. Duties: Provide supported living and training to Deaf consumers with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities living in the community; promote consumers’ independence and social relationships. Positions open for weekend and evening shifts. Qualifications: HS + 1 year related experience; valid drivers’ license; advanced fluency in ASL; demonstrated competency in independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and motivate Deaf Consumers; strong interpersonal skills.
Send your letter of intent and resumes to:
Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
POSITION: COORDINATOR OF RESIDENCE EDUCATION #12-303
NOTE: OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS AS WELL AS ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS DISCLOSING CREDENTIALS PERTAINING TO THIS POSITION WILL BE REQUIRED. WILL BE SUBJECT TO A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK.
EXPERIENCE AND OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
REQUIRED: Associates degree with five (5) years related experience
or Bachelor’s degree with three (3) years related experience. Must have
and maintain a clear driving record and Texas driver’s license. Must live
in residence hall.
DESCRIPTION OF JOB DUTIES: Assumes overall responsibility for SWCID housing areas. Serves as a primary judicial hearing officer for the SWCID Office of Student Conduct and community standards. Work with Admissions/recruiting during summer hours. Drive vans when assigned. Co-sponser for SGA. For a complete list of job duties please refer to the job description.
SALARY RANGE: $34,430-$37,075
POSITION AVAILABLE: Immediately
TO APPLY: Send completed application and other materials to:
HOWARD COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE
HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE
1001 BIRDWELL LANE
BIG SPRING, TX 79720
(432) 264-5100 phone
POSTED: October 2, 2012
It is the intent of the Howard County Junior College District to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion or veteran’s status or any other protected class. Contact the Personnel Office if assistance is needed during the application process.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all employees hired after November 6, 1986 to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States.
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