October 31, 2012
Vol. 9, No. 2
Editor: Tom Willard
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MAYOR'S SIGNER LYDIA CALLIS ATTRACTS FANS IN SUPERSTORM
Before New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg updates reporters and the public about the latest fatalities, flooding and power failures caused by superstorm Sandy, he thanks one person -- Lydia Callis. Callis stands next to the mayor and translates in sign language during his updates. Her sweeping gestures and facial expressions have been noted on the social media website Twitter and have inspired a Tumblr page of press conference pictures. “She’s awesome,” Lynn Correa, 30. “She’s much more expressive than he is.” / Bloomberg
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STUDENT ADVISER SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR IN PRISON FOR MOLESTING TWO BOYS AT SCHOOL FOR DEAF
A Cincinnati judge has sentenced a student adviser to one year in prison after he pled guilty to molesting at least two boys at a school for the deaf. Joshua Bort, 24, who worked as a resident adviser for St. Rita School for the Deaf during the 2011-2012 school year, was immediately dismissed from his position after one of the students shared information about the abuse with the school counselor. In September, Bort pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition and sexual imposition in exchange for prosecutors dropping two other similar charges. / Norwalk Reflector
AIDB RECEIVES GRANT FROM STATE EMA
The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind has announced a $1.14 million grant from the State of Alabama Emergency Management Agency. While emergency plans are in place for severe weather, AIDB’s leadership recognized the need for adequate safe rooms for their students, clients and staff and began the process of applying for three separate federal grants through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation program. AIDB received notification from the state EMA that all three projects were approved by FEMA in the amount of $507,821 each, with the federal share of $380,866 each or a total award of more than $1.14 million. / The Daily Home
WILLIE ROSS AND EAST LONGMEADOW CELEBRATE 25 YEARS
Celebrating a 25 year partnership, Thursday night educators from East Longmeadow and The Willie Ross School for the Deaf marked a major milestone. Some students from The Willie Ross School attend East Longmeadow Public Schools where they’re able to interact with their hearing peers. Integrating deaf students with fellow hearing students has become a trend in deaf education. / WGGB
Santa Fe, NM
SFPS, DEAF SCHOOL MULL LAND DEAL FOR NEW SOUTH-SIDE ELEMENTARY
The Santa Fe school district is negotiating to buy 15 1/2 acres near Capital High School from the New Mexico School for the Deaf for construction of a new elementary school. An agent for the School for the Deaf was scheduled to appear before the city of Santa Fe’s Summary Committee of the Planning Commission on Thursday, Nov. 1, to seek to split a 213-acre parcel to accommodate the sale. But city Land Use Director Matthew O’Reilly said that the lot split is likely to be postponed until the committee’s next meeting due to unresolved issues. / The Santa Fe New Mexican
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BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY HOLDS EMERGENCY TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE DEAF
During her masters degree studies in emergency medicine at Ben-Gurion University, Carolina Tannenbaum-Baruchi often had to run to shelters as rocket alarms rang in the city. One day however, as she was rushing to a safe place, the thought crossed her mind: “What happens to someone who can’t hear it?” This question then became the central subject of her thesis about the struggles of deaf people during Operation Cast Lead. / Global Accessibility News
DISABLED STUDENTS SAY SCHOOLS ARE DEAF TO THEIR SPECIAL NEEDS
The China Post--Disabled students said yesterday that Taiwan's 3-year-old Special Education Act has fallen short of some basic needs. Huang Shih-wei, a deaf undergrad, said a school's ability to find him a classroom typist is always a matter of “fate and luck.” Without a typist, schoolwork is “highly time-consuming and at the same time I cannot participate in the classroom,” said Huang through a typist yesterday at a Legislative Yuan public hearing. / The China Post
BOOKERS ARE TURNING A DEAF EAR TO DISABILITY ARTS
I work in the disability arts sector and find myself to be one of the last of the actor - managers: devising, booking, performing and packing the van. While wrestling with another tour budget, and quacking at assorted UK venue bookers, I was struck again by their deeply embedded mistrust around disability arts. Prime example “We’ve already booked our disabled show for this season/ year/ millennium." / The Stage
NIPA'S DEAF BUT HER ABILITY IS LOUD AND CLEAR
When deaf fashion student Nipa Yamjamnan saw her beautiful creations chosen to star in a top graduate catwalk show in London it was a dream come true. The sophisticated world of design is far removed from Miss Yamjamnan's childhood, on a farm in rural Thailand. She was given the chance to study abroad through a Thai government scheme which supports talented young people with disabilities and became the first to choose to come to Britain rather than America. / This is Somerset
QUEENSLAND MP URGES FEDERAL GOV'T TO PROVIDE 000 SMS ACCESS FOR DEAF
When a deaf person's car breaks down on a rural road in Queensland they can send an SMS for roadside assistance but, if they have a crash, they cannot seek emergency services through the same method. Gympie MP David Gibson, a deaf community advocate with hearing-impaired parents, called on the Federal Government to deliver on a promise made in April, 2010, to provide SMS access to the national 000 emergency service. / Fraser Coast Chronicle
PAUL WILLIAMS SHARES HIS JOURNEY AS A PARENT AFTER DISCOVERING HIS BABY AUDREY WAS DEAF
Asked to describe my nine-month-old daughter Audrey, I'd probably say she has blue eyes, loves moo-cows and has an irresistible giggle. Rarely, if ever, would I begin with the fact she was born profoundly deaf. The point is my wife Alexandra and I don't see any of these traits as especially significant. Audrey is our child, not our "deaf child". Yet, if I'm honest, I haven't always felt that way, and the journey since Audrey's birth has seen plenty of tears as well as lots of joy. / The Australian
DEAF COMMUNITY CALLS FOR MOVIE ACCESS
This week may be the National Week of Deaf People, but Ballarat's deaf community feel they're being left behind when it comes to something many Australians take for granted -- going to the movies. The Ballarat Deaf Social Club has contacted the Regent Theatre requesting closed-captioning. But it was advised that it was too costly for a small community. / ABC Ballarat
CAUGHT, THIEF PRETENDS TO BE DEAF, DUMB
On October 22, the government railway police spotted Nandu Tayade, 44, attempting to steal another passenger's bag. But when officers caught him, Tayade pretended to be deaf and dumb. "Tayade was carrying papers from the outpatient department of a public hospital, declaring he was hearing and speech impaired," inspector Nitin Bobade said. The hospital papers were found to be forged. / Times of India
IF YOU CAN'T HEAR BABY CRY, CHECK YOUR WATCH
After teaching the son of a deaf couple for two years at Sunday school in church, she noticed the boy becoming more withdrawn, "unable to adapt to the social life of the hearing world" as he moved from pre-school to primary school. It sparked her interest and Ms Jaren Liow Wei Ting started researching the difficulties deaf parents and their children face. Now, at 24, the graduate of the National University of Singapore has designed a new parenting aid for deaf parents, which she hopes will hit the shelves within a year or two. / TODAYonline
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LIFE & LEISURE
ARCHITECTS DESIGN WITH SIGHT-, HEARING-IMPAIRED IN MIND
Many Washingtonians know the hassle of finding an affordable apartment building — especially one that’s managed by an accommodating landlord. But for deaf tenants such as Robert McConnell, the D.C. housing game presents a unique set of challenges. The typical roommate search is complicated by the need for each resident to speak American Sign Language. Getting a leaky faucet repaired sometimes involves lengthy pen-and-paper exchanges with supers who don’t sign. / The Washington Post
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ON THE DEAF POKER TOUR, CAMARADERIE AND APPLAUSE
Eddie Aldridge has been working the National Deaf Poker Tour for six years now. He's learned that dealing to deaf people is not unlike dealing to anyone else, since poker, by nature, is played mostly with nonverbal communication. Certainly, there's no "raise" and "call" to be heard; instead players use hand signals - a thumbs up or two fingers to the ear. But there are big differences at these tournaments, says Aldridge, 48. "Something that you will never see at regular poker tables is clapping for a winner. But among the deaf players, they applaud when a player wins a really big pot because they are really happy for each other." / Philadelphia Inquirer
DEAF HORSE TRAIL RIDES FOR 'PINK YOUR PONY' BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
From the pink bows and ribbons in her mane to the pink polish on her hooves, Glory, a deaf horse owned by breast cancer survivor Dawn Galia, was ready for her trail ride in Dover. Galia, the executive director of the Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association in Brandon, said the "Pink Your Pony" event, small in numbers but big in heart, was a chance to celebrate those who survive breast cancer and to support those who continue to fight for a cure. / Patch.com
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DEAF COUPLE OVERCOMES CHALLENGES AT HEB
Jeffrey and Stephanie Williams work at the HEB in Midland. They interact with customers, they communicate with their co-workers all the while they are completely deaf. Shopping carts, conversations, and cash registers are simple sounds many take for granted at the grocery store. But for Jeffrey Williams and his wife Stephanie, these sounds are nonexistent. “When they are not able to hear people they have to pay closer attention,” said the couples' manager Bob Murphy says that doesn’t stop them from doing what they love: helping the customers. / CBS 7
IN KIRKWOOD, DEAF CASEWORKERS BRING VITAL SKILLS TO THEIR JOB
Jody Newman estimates that she’s been hospitalized 20 times in the past 20 years. To be honest, she says, she’s lost count. “I had many counselors over the years, and they just didn’t work for me. I was suicidal, and didn’t know how to cope with myself or situations,” said Newman, 58, of St. Louis, through an American Sign Language interpreter one recent afternoon. “But not now.” Two years ago Newman, who has been deaf since she was 5, met Irvine Stewart, and her life hasn’t been the same since. She’s happier; more stable. / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
GUEST COLUMN: DEAF ACCESSIBILITY AT MIT
Last month, I attended MIT’s presidential inauguration hoping to join the celebration and learn more about President Reif. But most of the time, I found myself left out and merely spectating. I was bombarded by incomprehensible information and I was not able to celebrate as much as I wanted. I am one of MIT’s very few functionally deaf students. Ironically, in an inaugural celebration that touted the Institute’s “diversity,” the facilities for deaf accessibility were mostly hit-and-miss. / The Tech
DT INTERPRETING ADDS NON-ENGLISH VIDEO INTERPRETING SERVICE
Deaf-Talk, Inc., dba DT Interpreting (DTI), announced Monday that begining November 1, the company will introduce non-English video interpreting service, initially focused on Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin and Vietnamese languages. Rates will be very affordable to provide more access to those in need. / Marketwire
URMC, DEAF COMMUNITY, STUDY HOW TO IMPROVE RESEARCH PARTICIPATION
Documents that explain life-saving medical procedures or how to take part in research can be difficult to understand, but with a $600,000 grant the University of Rochester Medical Center is studying new ways to deliver those messages to deaf patients and consumers. Robert Pollard Jr., Ph.D., and colleagues have begun a project to evaluate informed-consent procedures for people who primarily use American Sign Language (ASL). / UR Medical Center
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
RYAN GOSLING MAKES SURPRISE APPEARANCE AT TEXAS CHARITY EVENT FOR DEAF CHILDREN
Hey girl, here's another reason to love Ryan Gosling. Over the weekend the 31-year-old actor attended a charity event benefiting the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin. Those who organized the Spooky Skedaddle 5K and Festival didn't know beforehand that the Notebook hunk would be gracing them with his presence. "You should have told me Ryan Gosling would be there ;)," @FreeFunInAustin tweeted to the school. "Ha :)," the organization replied. "We didn't know either!" / E! Online
QUINCY STUDENT LAUDED FOR ANTI-BULLYING VIDEO
There wasn’t a declared winner, but an anti-bullying video contest that featured an entry from a North Quincy High School student resulted in a $50,000 donation from singer-songwriter Taylor Swift to an Allston school for deaf students. Nancy Aimola, 14, created the video after Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing was targeted in a prank. Aimola recruited five friends and created the anti-cyber bullying video with the goal of winning the school a free concert. Aimola’s friend Jaimie Lyons, who is deaf and can hear through cochlear implants, appears in the video, which was viewed more than 2,000 times on YouTube. / The Patriot Ledger
ELLSWORTH HIGH SCHOOL OFFERS MUSICAL PERFORMANCE FOR DEAF
When the students of Ellsworth High School perform their fall musical about one man’s love of baseball, they will feature a performance for the deaf community. The Friday, Nov. 2, performance of “Damn Yankees” will have sign language interpreters for the deaf or hard of hearing community. Interpreters have been hired to help potential audience members who may have avoided going to performances in the past. / Pierce County Herald
THE FOUR-LEGGED STAR OF 'THE MIRACLE WORKER'
The play "The Miracle Worker" is set in 1887, so cast members are getting used to long skirts, bustles and high-topped shoes. But on opening night, one of the actors will wear her own comfortable fur suit. Phinley, a six-year-old golden retriever, makes her first stage appearance in the upcoming Lincoln County Community Theater production of "The Miracle Worker." Phinley is a retired service dog from Laughing Eyes Kennels, a nonprofit group that provides therapy and service dogs for clients with a variety of disabilities. / Ruidoso News
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VOTE FOR CALIFORNIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED CONTEST
Help the California School for the Deaf win $25,000. The Fremont school’s football team is among 10 national sports program featured in Sports Illustrated’s “Underdogs” competition. Whoever receives the most votes online between now and Nov. 15 will receive the grant and a trip to New York for the media outlet’s Sportsman of the Year awards gala. Votes can be cast online at http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/specials/underdogs/vote.html. / Patch.com
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BEING DEAF DOESN'T KEEP JOEY SLEPPY OUT OF THE POOL
Most kids don't have to deal with the rapid change that Joey Sleppy was blindsided by. A regular baseball-loving, wild-about-life kid goes to bed as usual, but wakes up without his sense of hearing. The fear is enough to bring a family to its knees. When Sleppy was just a few years old, his hearing began to deteriorate. Born with misshapen inner ears, his sense of hearing began to fail him. One Saturday morning, he woke up in his Pinellas Park home to complete silence. / WTSP
HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: INDIANA DEAF IS NEW TO SEMISTATE SCENE
Indiana Deaf coach Aimee Bippus uses the simple phrase "Believe That We Can," to motivate her volleyball program. It has worked. The Deaf Hoosiers won the school's first regional championship in any sport by defeating Clay City on Oct. 23. "'Believe That We Can' is the strength we have had since the beginning of volleyball season," said Bippus, in her sixth year as coach of the program. "The team has improved greatly since day one, and we've felt like we are like the basketball movie 'Hoosiers,' the small team who played all the way to a championship." / Indianapolis Star
DEAF RUNNER, BLIND RUNNER SET TO COMPETE
Two runners competing in this weekend's District 5-5A cross-country meet stand out from the crowd. Cameron Jackson, who is deaf, and Nick Barrera, who is legally blind, run for Ryan High School. Jackson is among the fastest distance-runners in the nation, completing a 5K in 15:50. With the use of hearing aids, he's well aware of his surroundings. But when it's race time, he removes them relying on his coaches. / NBC 5
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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.
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Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
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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
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