November 1, 2017
Vol. 14, No. 3
Editor: Tom Willard
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New Orleans, LA
COLLEGE FACES DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT FROM STRUGGLING DEAF STUDENTS
Delgado Community College is facing accusations of discrimination this week after two of its deaf students claimed in a lawsuit the college is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Bizer & DeReus law firm alleges students Lee Em Bruce and Ronneka Smith have been denied the auxiliary aids and services necessary to communicate with employees and professors in a manner "equivalent" to persons with hearing. / NOLA.com
LEGAL TEAM SAVES INFANT FROM GOING DEAF AND BLIND
The Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving saved a 5-month-old little girl from going deaf and blind in Chicago. The court awarded a distraught father, the right to make all medical decisions to safeguard his infant daughter from losing her hearing and sight. This father has a 5-month-old daughter with serious medical issues which could lead to the child becoming blind and deaf without regular medical care with specialists. The mother took the child from her home to a distant state without dad's permission. / PRNewswire
EDUCATOR FIGHTS FOR DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS
Oakland educator Chynna Wilson has taught and supported 6th, 7th, & 8th grade Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. On a daily basis, Wilsons says she would communicate with the general education teachers and modify or change the curriculum so her students could understand their class work. Sadly, earlier this year, Wilson says the Oakland Unified School District eliminated all of the teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program, except for a few to oversee Independent Education Plan (IEP) students. / Oakland Post
St. Louis, MO
FORMER HEAD OF SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF TO LEAD NONPROFIT
Ernest E. Garrett III, former superintendent of the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, Mo., was named executive director of DEAF Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides services and support to the deaf and hard of hearing and works to improve interactions with the hearing community. / The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
SC POLICE DEPARTMENTS PARTICIPATE IN DEAF SENSITIVITY TRAINING
A police involved shooting in Oklahoma City in September has sparked a national discussion and has made its way to South Carolina on how law enforcement can communicate with people who are deaf. The shooting started a discussion across the nation on how law enforcement and people with loss of hearing can communicate with each other to prevent situations like that from happening again. Here in South Carolina, agencies from across the state came to the Lexington Police Department for Deaf Sensitivity Training. / WLTX
St. Louis, MO
THE HISTORY OF CENTRAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF
The Central Institute for the Deaf (CID) in St. Louis has been serving deaf children throughout the country for more than one hundred years. “It was founded in 1914 by an ear, nose, and throat doctor in St. Louis, Dr. Max Goldstein,” said Robin Feder, CID’s executive director. “He had gone to Europe and seen deaf children being taught to talk there and thought he wanted to bring that new educational philosophy back to St. Louis.” / St. Louis Public Radio
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DEAF PEDOPHILE HAS JAIL TERM SLASHED
A deaf pedophile who raped a young girl has had his jail term slashed by judges after claiming prison is "isolating." Egyptian national Gamal Demian, 51, claims he cannot watch television or communicate with other inmates. He was sentenced to 20 years after raping and sexually assaulting a string of girls as young as 8. But appeal judges slashed the term to 18 years after hearing that he was struggling with life behind bars. / Daily Mail
VIRGIN ACTIVE APOLOGIZES AFTER EDITING OUT DEAF MODEL'S COCHLEAR IMPLANT
Virgin Active has apologized after it emerged that a photograph of a model was altered to edit out her hearing implant. Simone Botha Welgemoed was fitted with a cochlear implant when she was just 22 months old in 1992 – believed to be the youngest child in Africa to have the procedure. Despite the fact that she was wearing the implant during a photo shoot with Virgin Active, they later posted an Instagram photo which showed her without it. / The Independent
DEAF COMMUNITY WANTS TO JOIN IN CHRISTMAS CAROLS
The deaf community is campaigning for an interpreter at the Bundaberg Carols by Candlelight. In a time that's meant to be about togetherness and community, cheer can quickly quickly turn into a miserable few hours for the deaf community. That's why Bundaberg's David Grant and interpreter Melanie Pratt are lobbying for an Auslan interpreter at this year's Carols by Candlelight. / Bundaberg News Mail
Hamilton, New Zealand
DEAF MAN ACCUSED OF RAPING CRASH VICTIM
A deaf Hamilton man is accused of raping a woman he helped after she crashed her car in the city. Christian Edward Grey, 36, is on trial where he denies sexual violation by rape, abduction for the purposes of sexual connection, and male assaults female - after the alleged attack on November 8 last year. Grey allegedly helped the woman whose car had crashed. Her partner had also been in the car when it crashed but he refused a ride home. / New Zealand Herald
COMPUTER SCIENCE GRADUATE DEVELOPS APP TO ENSURE PRIVACY FOR THE DEAF
Privacy too isn’t guaranteed, in the use of sign language, where anyone who understands sign language can decode the context being relayed. Allan Okoth, a computer science graduate from Karatina University, has developed Beacon application to address the issues of privacy, freedom of expression and social exclusion among individuals with hearing impairment. / The Standard
DEAF PREACHER MAKES WAVES
While some people spend their lifetime in self-pity because of disability, believer and preacher Mary Chipoka-Zenda is dedicated to bring salvation to others. Chipoka-Zenda, a Reformed Church of Zimbabwe preacher, has become a light of encouragement and inspiration for those living with disability. She has made history by becoming the first deaf person to ever work as a pastor in Masvingo, bringing hope to the deaf population. / The Herald
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LIFE & LEISURE
TORTURE AND TRIUMPH: THE EVOLUTION OF SIGN LANGUAGE FOR THE DEAF
When Gerald Shea was 6 years old, a bout of scarlet fever left him partially deaf, though he was not formally diagnosed until turning 34. His disability left him in a liminal space between silence and sound; he grew used to the fuzzed edges of words, the strain of parsing a language that no longer felt fully native. Years ago, he began combing historical records on deafness to lend context to his own experience. His research turned up something unexpected. / Undark
THE STRANGE REASON DEAF CHILDREN AREN'T TAUGHT SIGN LANGUAGE
Imagine living without a first language. That’s the case for many deaf children in the United States who suffer from “language deprivation,” a condition that could affect them for life. There’s no citable research on the number of deaf individuals at risk for language deprivation, but Naomi Caselli, an assistant professor of deaf studies at Boston University, is “willing to say it’s a majority.” / Mic
THEY ARE DEAF, BUT THIS CHURCH'S MEMBERS STILL HEAR 'THE WORD OF GOD'
As music plays at the Fresno Deaf Church on a recent Sunday, most people sitting in the pews sign along. The only audible voice in the room is the one on the recording, singing a soulful, “I Can Only Imagine,” but sound isn’t needed to make the devotion of the worship evident. They are expressing themselves in their own language – American Sign Language – a complex mix of intricate hand gestures, facial expressions and body postures. / The Fresno Bee
RAISED BY DEAF PARENTS, PYERS PURSUES HER INTEREST IN NICARAGUAN SIGN LANGUAGE
Associate Professor of Psychology Jennie Pyers’ enthusiastic energy bubbles out of her office on the fourth floor of the science center. A pinboard of memorabilia showcases a photo of a radiant and ecstatic Pyers as lab manager in developmental psychologist Peter de Villier’s lab at Smith College. In that lab, Pyers affirmed her passion for language and cognitive development along with sign language studies. / The Wellesley News
NON-PROFIT OPENS NEW FACILITY IN MORAINE
A nonprofit serving the deaf community has opened a new facility in Moraine, and needs 200 people to fill open positions. Communication Service for the Deaf, a global nonprofit, is opening a captioning center in Moraine. This is the third facility in the United States for the company. The center opens on Monday, and has immediate positions open for at least 200 captioning assistants. / Springfield News-Sun
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
AMERICA'S FIRST NATIONAL DEAF TV NETWORK RELAUNCHES
The Silent Network, the nation’s first national television network, geared to deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers, has relaunched as an Over-The-Top (OTT) television service. All the programming is presented in sign language, open captions (subtitles), and full sound making it accessible to everyone. The popular network, which lasted for over 20 years, has a unique acronym SIgn Language ENTertainment. / Deaf411
New York, NY
MILLIE BOBBY BROWN OPENS UP ABOUT BEING DEAF IN ONE EAR
At just 13, Millie Bobby Brown is already a bona fide star thanks to her breakout turn as Eleven in the wildly popular Netflix show Stranger Things." But that shouldn’t be surprising, since Brown decided at age eight that she would be onscreen and did everything in her power to make it happen. "It was like a bug," Brown told Variety of her desire to act. "I know this sounds crazy, but once I find something I want to do, nobody’s stopping me. / Glamour
New York, NY
MAKING ROOM FOR DEAF PERFORMERS IN HOLLYWOOD
Access is a prickly subject as old as Hollywood, or at least as old as the end of the silent era evoked in "Wonderstruck." Deaf and hearing audiences could delight equally in silent films. What's more, deaf actors appeared frequently. Charlie Chaplin cast the best known of them, Granville Redmond, in a handful of films. In the decades since, deaf audiences have struggled for equal access, and not just to movies that rely as heavily on sound as scary ones. / The New York Times
FRESNO CHRISTIAN PLAYED CALIFORNIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF. THAT WASN'T THE ONLY TWIST
A celebration of deaf culture and the universal spirit of competition took place on the field of Fresno Christian Varsity Stadium on Friday night as the Eagles hosted California School for the Deaf. The result, a 49-28 win for Fresno Christian, was only part of the story. Not only were the CSD Eagles there, so, too, was referee Alexander Sanborn, who also happens to be deaf. Fresno Christian players learned some basic signs to greet the Eagles of Fremont. / The Fresno Bee
DEAF CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER HAS BECOME ONE OF THE VALLEY'S FASTEST
As Xavier Prep cross country coach Aron Lyons stands in front of 49 of the valley’s fastest male runners before the second Desert Valley League cross country meet of the year, Shadow Hills senior Luis Fernandez looks off to the side. Lyons preps the varsity runners on the course, instructs them to take two giant steps back from the line and sends out a shrill “BEEP” that will be used as the race’s starting signal. / The Desert Sun
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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.
School of Education Department of Specialized Education Services
Assistant Professor – Tenure Track
Professions in Deafness
Minimum Qualifications include the following:
• Earned doctorate in a deaf-related field such as interpreting, deaf education, advocacy, ASL (Linguistics), Deaf studies, special education (ABD considered)
• Minimum of three years professional employment with D/deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals as an interpreter, teacher, or service personnel
• Demonstrated, or potential to demonstrate, research and scholarship activities focused on topics related to D/deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals and/or services for the D/deaf
Candidates who are of color, are Deaf or Deaf/Blind, have varying sexual orientations, or are from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Starting date: August 1, 2018
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Application Deadline: A review of applications will begin November 15
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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.
Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Joel Skelton, Assistant Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 215.392.6065
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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