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November 2, 2011
Vol. 8, No. 3

Editor: Tom Willard

Deafweekly is an independent news report for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community that is mailed to subscribers on Wednesdays and available to read at www.deafweekly.com. These are the actual headlines and portions of recent deaf-related news articles, with links to the full story. Minor editing is done when necessary. Deafweekly is copyrighted 2011 and any unauthorized use is prohibited. Please support our advertisers; they make it possible for you to receive Deafweekly.

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New York, NY
OCCUPY PROTESTER SAYS DEAF MAN WAS ALLEGEDLY RAPED
On Saturday, we noted the latest claim of sexual assault coming from the Occupy encampment in NYC (one of many reports coming out of the various Occupy encampments across the country). Now, according to claims made in a new video, we may be able to add one more to the growing list. In a video posted on YouTube yesterday, a woman identified as an Occupy Wall St. protester in New York claimed that a deaf man was “raped” and that the incident might not have been reported to police. She also noted the rampant drug use making things unsafe. / TheBlaze.com

Reno, NV
DEAF HABITUAL CRIMINAL SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON AFTER RENO SEXUAL ATTACK
A habitual criminal was sentenced to a life in prison term Tuesday related to grabbing a woman off the street and beating her in a sexually-motivated attack in an elevator. Larry Louis Sykes, known as “Deaf Larry” because he cannot hear, had pleaded guilty to the Dec. 22 battery with intent to commit sexual assault of a 47-year-old woman he did not know. Washoe District Judge Connie Steinheimer sentenced Sykes to a life in prison term. He will be eligible for parole in two years. / Reno Gazette-Journal

Charleston, WV
MOTHER OF DEAF STUDENT CHARGED WITH TRUANCY IN KANAWHA COUNTY
High Schooler Ariel Depp has skipped more than 35 days of school. The 16-year-deaf Capital High School student did not return after summer break because of alleged bullying and sexual assault. Her parents wanted her at South Charleston High, but the school district doesn't offer interpreters there. Her parents have decided to home school Ariel while they argue their case. Because Ariel hasn't been at school, though, her mother, Regina Pine, is charged with misdemeanor truancy. / WOWK

Will County, IL
PRETENDING TO BE DEAF KIND OF DUMB FOR GUY PULLED OVER BY COPS
Deaf? No. Dumb? Well … Will County sheriff’s police said a man who was pulled over by police tried to pretend he was deaf and couldn’t understand the deputy. The only problem was that when the deputy started telling him what to do, he immediately complied. / Chicago Sun-Times

St. Augustine, FL
RACCOON ATTACKS FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND STUDENT
A 9-year-old student was bitten eight times by a raccoon at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. City of St. Augustine Fire Department Lt. Carlos Aviles said the girl, who is deaf, was leaving dance practice, escorted by FSDB staff members, when the animal attacked her just after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. She had bite marks on her hands and toes, and was taken to Flagler Hospital. / First Coast News

Delavan, WI
PLAN EMERGES FOR WISCONSIN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
In 1911, only a small percentage of deaf students went to school. In 1911, educating children with multiple disabilities was unheard of. And in 1911, Smart Boards, Wi-Fi, iPads and laptops were unimaginable. Those are a few of the reasons being given for replacing 100-year-old Walker Hall at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf in Delavan. / GazetteXtra

Fremont, CA
THEATRE DEDICATED AT CALIFORNIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
The former head of the California School for the Deaf was honored on Tuesday for the groundbreaking changes he implemented during his 36-year tenure. Hank Klopping was welcomed back to the school with hugs by his current and former students. Klooping was at the school because the theater at the campus was renamed in his honor. / abc7news.com

New York, NY
DONORS NEED TO DO THEIR HOMEWORK WHEN GIVING TO SMALLER CHARITIES
Deaf Hope, a charity formed in 2003 to focus on ending domestic and sexual abuse of deaf women and children, averages six to eight board members every year, all of whom go through 48 hours of domestic-violence training, says co-founder Julie Rems-Smario. The list of board members and their backgrounds are posted on Deaf Hope's website. Ms. Rems-Smario says the group enforces openness because donors want to know where their money is going and witness the effect the charity has on the community. / The Wall Street Journal

Great Falls, MT
ONE CLASS AT A TIME: MT SCHOOL FOR DEAF & BLIND
Fourth grade students at the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind in Great Falls are making great advancements in their reading skills. And now thanks to a little extra funding, they'll continue to develop their love for all types of books. First Interstate Bank's Jessica Munkres presented forth grade teacher Diane Moog with a check for $250. / KXLH

Silver Spring, MD
FIRST NATIONWIDE TEST OF THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM ON NOV. 9, 2011
Here is an important message from TDI and CEPIN. There will be a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday November 9, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. ET or 11:00 a.m. PT. TDI has produced a vlog in sign language with voice over and open captions. / TDI


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London, England
GIVE DEAF PEOPLE THE CHANCE TO USE VIDEO RELAY SERVICE
In July, Ofcom published a review of relay services, proposing the introduction of a video service that would enable phone calls in sign language. But there's one catch. While in America, deaf people (who have had the service since 2002) can make phone calls on an unrestricted basis, at any time of day, any day of the week, Ofcom has proposed that in Britain, deaf people will be given a quota allowing them to make just 30 minutes of calls a month. / The Guardian

Lincolnshire, England
FRESH CCTV APPEAL OVER RAPE OF DEAF WOMAN
Lincolnshire Police refreshed their appeal for information surrounding an alleged rape in Lincoln, after revealing the woman was in fact deaf. A 22-year-old profoundly deaf woman was sexually assaulted behind Sippers Pub on Broadgate between 1:30am and 3:00am last year on December 18. CCTV enquiries led police to believe the man pictured in the footage was connected with the assault. / The Lincolnite

Edinburgh, Scotland
HISTORY AND TRADITION OF SIGN LANGUAGE STORYTELLING CELEBRATED
The Scottish Storytelling Centre will kick off a series of events celebrating British Sign Language (BSL) by showcasing the power of creative signing. Deaf in the Story: Invisible Stories of an Invisible People will encourage both hearing and deaf audiences to explore the language through storytelling, information and discussion. / STV Edinburgh

Guwahati, Assam, India
VISUALLY-CHALLENGED TEACHER'S APPOINTMENT OPPOSED
Members of the Assam Association of the Deaf (AAD) who started an indefinite stir on October 29 protesting the recent appointment of a visually-challenged person as teacher in the BDS Deaf and Dumb School have urged the State Government to rescind his appointment as it was not in consonance with the relevant norms. “We have been demanding appointment of deaf persons or persons from their families having the required qualifications for a long time,” Tapan Sarma, general secretary, AAD said. / The Assam Tribune

Seguin Township, ON, Canada
DEAF CAMP COMMENTS ANGER SEGUIN COUNCILLOR
A statement made by the director of the Ontario Camp of the Deaf has one Seguin Township councillor concerned about his reputation. Rod Osborne, one of two municipal councillors who said he received a letter from the camp informing him he would be charged with trespassing if he visited the site, said comments made by camp director Derek Rumball implied he might be a danger or threat to kids at the camp. / CottageCountryNow

Windsor, ON, Canada
WINDSOR PUBLIC LIBRARY LAUNCHES DEAF LITERACY PROGRAM
The Deaf Literacy Program at Windsor Public Library will officially launch this morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 am followed by an Open House scheduled until 4:30 pm. The program is housed at the Canadian Hearing Society offices located at 300 Giles Boulevard East. Said Adult Literacy Coordinator Christine Dean: “Books, close-captioned signed videos and access to computers can make a big difference in the lives of the Deaf Community." / windsoriteDOTca

Dong Nai Province, VietNam
POLICE CHALLENGED BY DEAF SUSPECT'S CASE
The police in Dong Nai Province are finding it difficult to handle a deaf, dumb and illiterate man who allegedly hit a man with an iron bar on October 4. The victim died one day later from a severe brain injury. The suspect, 29-year-old Nguyen Van Duc from Long Thanh District was arrested on October 8 in a rented room. The police said Duc didn’t know sign language for the deaf and could only communicate through gestures. The police thus had to ask two sign language specialists to help questioning him. / TuoiTreNews

Francistown, Botswana
CHRISTMAS TREAT FOR THE DEAF
Transport Business mogul, Kenneth Seabelo Tlhaselo kick-started the festive season by treating Francistown School For The Deaf children to a sumptuous Christmas lunch last weekend. Seventy-five ecstatic children and 10 staff members from the Francistown School For The Deaf could not hide their excitement as they were chauffeured in a Seabelo luxury coach to a mouthwatering luncheon at the Marang hotel last Saturday. / The Voice


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Washington, DC
FCC REQUIRES RELIGIOUS BROADCASTERS TO CARRY CLOSED CAPTIONING
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is reversing a decision that gave religious broadcasters an exemption to an FCC rule requiring closed captioning for the deaf and hearing impaired. Broadcasters currently exempt from providing closed captioning have 90 days to comply, or obtain another exemption. / The Christian Post

Riverside, CA
SCHOOL FOR DEAF CHIEF HOSTS HALLOWEEN EVENT
For Mal Grossinger, superintendent of the California School for the Deaf, the trick is to connect with students and serve as a role model. So for a treat, why not invite them once a year to his Orangecrest home for a little soiree? That's just what he did Monday. Disguised as a witch with long, stringy hair, pointy hat and tattered dress worn over his jeans, Grossinger hosted his second annual Halloween party for 35 kids and their parents. / The Press-Enterprise

Tucson, AZ
TUCSON TEEN HAS DEEP CONNECTION TO DOLPHIN TALE
We have a great follow-up on one of Kristi's Kids tonight. In February you met Kristine Hodgkinson, a student at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. Kristine was born premature and had several complications. Her left leg had to be amputated when she was very young and she was born deaf. Her life is now intertwined with a famous dolphin in Florida; a dolphin that lost her tail to some fishing lines and now stars in a Hollywood movie with Morgan Freeman. / KVOA

Houston, TX
HOUSTON MORMON DEAF BRANCH FINDS WAYS TO SERVE
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from several wards in Houston combined efforts to prepare and donate clothing to Houston’s Career and Recovery Resources, or CRR, on Oct. 15. Spearheaded by the Fallbrook Deaf Branch and joined by the Kleinwood, Memorial Springs and Champions wards, more than 2,500 items of interview-ready clothing were carried in on hangers and in wardrobe-size boxes. / Deseret News

Taylor, TX
DAY OF THE DEAF
Fridays are always the most exciting day of the week for students. Laughing and joking around with friends is the best way to celebrate the end of the school week. But on the Friday the 28th, a group of students weren’t allowed to speak a single word all day. Mrs. Stevens’ ASL (sign language) class took this day to honor and respect those who are forever muted. So, how does this help them learn? They have to sign whatever they talk. / Mallard Online


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Washington, DC
PEACE CORPS DIRECTOR HONORS DEAF VOLUNTEERS
Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams honored the service of deaf and hard-of-hearing Peace Corps volunteers at the Gallaudet University Museum exhibition opening, “Making a Difference: Deaf Peace Corps Volunteers,” in Washington, D.C. The exhibition featured photographs and objects from deaf volunteers and shared the challenges and opportunities of deaf Peace Corps volunteers overseas. / Peace Corps

Framingham, MA
REPRESENTATIVES FROM CHINESE SCHOOL FOR DEAF VISIT FRAMINGHAM
Louise Applegate has a lot in common with her 16-year-old pen pal in China. "We both like to talk, we're both sociable," she said. "We both want a sibling." The deaf schools they each attend - Applegate is a ninth-grader at the Learning Center for the Deaf on Central Street, her pen pal goes to the Bo Ai School for the Deaf in JiuJiang - are also alike. But a key difference between the institutions is why the sister schools' new partnership could be instrumental in Bo Ai's future. / The MetroWest Daily News

Rochester, NY
PITTSFORD RESIDENTS AWARDED BY ROCHESTER SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Pittsford residents Lowell Patric and Dr. Thomas Pearson received achievement honors from the Rochester School for the Deaf at a special awards presentation on Oct. 12. Patric won the 2011 Perkins Founders Award for individuals who have provided outstanding service to Rochester School for the Deaf as a benefactor, volunteer, Board member, or community leader. / Brighton-Pittsford Post


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New York, NY
INDEPENDENT LENS -- DEAF JAM
Aneta Brodski and her classmates at the Lexington School for the Deaf discuss what they love -- and what they hate -- about being deaf. While her best friend, Shiran, loves the culture and expressiveness of ESL, Aneta has apprehensions about what she will face after graduating from school and whether she will fit in among hearing people. Premiering November 3, 2011, check local listings. / PBS-You Tube

Kenosha, WI
DEAF ARTIST LETS HER WORK SPEAK FOR HER
The vibrant colors and layered details of Iris Nelia Aranda’s work speak volumes. And it was that art that gave Aranda, born deaf, her first voice. Aranda, who was born in Panama but has lived in Kenosha for the last 12 years, was the subject of a reception Sunday at DeBerge’s, 2008 63rd St. The gallery displayed several of her paintings and sculptures and also, through sign language interpreter Dana Demske, allowed guests to talk with Aranda. / Kenosha News

Olathe, KS
A SILENT INSPIRATION TO OTHERS
James Jones of Overland Park carries a simple message: People who are deaf can do anything they want -- except hear. Jones, better known as J.J., is a deaf mime artist. For the past 12 years, he has taken vacation time from his full-time job as a deaf program manager at The Whole Person, which helps people with disabilities live independently, to perform eight to 10 shows a year at area schools. / The Olathe News

Wilkinsburg, PA
NEW STORE, DISPLAYS ALLOW CENTER'S CLIENTS TO DISPLAY PRIDE IN THEIR ART
John W. Edwards III has never heard the sound a bowling pin makes when it's struck by a ball, but he's got definite ideas on how one should look. Edwards, 54, lives at the Milestone Center in Wilkinsburg. It's here each week, in the center's day treatment and deaf services program, where dozens of people with disabilities create sculptures and colorful artworks from donated bowling pins. / Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Boston, MA
BRANTON'S MISINTERPRETED WORLD
Branton Stewart grew up in a Deaf family; it was during his childhood years when he began to build a bridge between the Deaf and hearing worlds. He encountered a plethora of languages including SEE, Cued Speech, oralism, PSE and ASL. Presented with many situations involving hearing and Deaf cultural differences. Branton has a lot to gab about! / Boston University

Vancouver, WA
'LIVING DEAD' TO COME ALIVE FOR DEAF AUDIENCES
Theater director Stephanie McCrea knew almost from the moment Cheyenne Ellis started her audition that the 14-year-old had to have a part in Evergreen High School’s production of “Night of the Living Dead.” Ellis, who’s deaf, just did a terrific job, said McCrea, 32, of Vancouver. “She signed her monologue,” McCrea said. “I was amazed at what a great performer she was. I thought, you know, I just have to make this work.” / The Columbian



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Internet
'THE HAMMER' ABOUT DEAF NCAA CHAMP/UFC STAR MATT HAMILL NOW IN LIMITED RELEASE
The Hammer, a new film about Matt Hamill, three-time NCAA Division III wrestling champ and recently retired UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships) competitor, opened nationwide in 90 theaters Thursday, according to the movie's official website. The film -- which originally was to be titled Hamill -- tells the story of the early life of Matt "The Hammer" Hamill, who found success in wrestling despite being born deaf. / Examiner

See Also HAMILL'S LIFE STORY MADE FOR THE BIG SCREEN / Yahoo! Sports

See Also FILM REVIEW: 'THE HAMMER': PREDICTABILITY IN A HEADLOCK / Los Angeles Times

Internet
BOXING NEWS: A NEW FILM ABOUT A DEAF BOXER!!
Speaking of History, there is a New Boxing Film in development that NEEDS to get made, not because yours truly wrote/created it, but because we’re trying to raise awareness on a global level. This is a philanthropic effort. The film revolves around a young, deaf, African American Boxer who ends up facing tragic events. In short, he finds himself raising his 6 month old baby son on his own as a single father. / MyBoxing

Delavan, WI
WSD TEAM PLAYS IN RELATIVE SILENCE
For those without a hearing impairment, Firebird football is like a silent movie. During a recent game featuring the Wisconsin School for the Deaf team, about 100 fans and players gathered at the football field in relative silence. No chants erupted from the bleachers, rock music didn't blare from the speakers and no announcer offered commentary. On the field, players silently clustered to slap helmets, bump chests and shove each other around. The quiet wasn't broken until the first crack of shoulder pads and helmets. / WCLO

Jensen Beach, FL
4TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING A SUCCESS
The Fourth Annual Golf Tournament to benefit Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of the Treasure Coast was a great success. 40+ golfers converged on Eagle Marsh Golf Course on Saturday, Oct. 22. More than $4,000 was raised during the event, which will help support vital programs like the Children’s Hearing Aid Fund. / TCPalm.com


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Video Engineer

CSD has multiple platforms for video conferencing (Vidyo and NEFSIS) and is working to consolidate the service to a single Polycom system. The video core consists of Polycom Videoconferencing equipment; Polycom RMX 2000 Bridge, CMA 5000 Gatekeeper and VBP 5300e & VBP 6400s for registered and unregistered Internet connections.

Desktop equipment consists of Polycom (V700 and HDX4000), Tandberg (340 and 150) and older, legacy IP-based videophones (such as D-Link DVC1000 and Sorenson VP200). Software clients consist of Polycom PVX and a host of deaf-friendly software-based videophones (Z4 and P3, et al). If you have experience with this type of equipment, please apply on line at: https://ssl.c-s-d.org/hr/OnlineApplication/

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Due to an expanding program we are looking for dedicated professionals to provide support and services to Deaf & Hard of Hearing students. We are now interviewing all qualified applicants for the following positions.

Counselor
Time Base:
Full Time
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Qualifications: Qualified for state and /or national licensure as a School Counselor or Mental Health Counselor.
Knowledge of Secondary Disabilities preferred.
Fluency in ASL or willingness to achieve this level.
Knowledge of testing tools/materials.
Collaborative skills to work with students, clients and staff.
Knowledge of current educational law and special education procedures.
Responsibilities: Provides individual and group counseling to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students. Provides consultation to consultants and staff regarding the client’s needs.
Work as a member of School Mental Health Team.

Nursing Position (RN and/ or LPN)
Location:
Brattleboro, VT
Time Base: full time, part-time and per-diem

Residential Advisors:
Location:
Brattleboro, VT
Time base: All shifts; including Overnight shifts & weekends
Qualifications: Bachelors Degree or High School Graduate & 21 years of age
Effective communication skills to include ASL.
Willingness to receive CPR, First Aid and Restraint Training.
Willingness to learn behavior management techniques
Underst
ands the uniqueness and development of Deaf & Hard of Hearing students.
Responsibilities: Enhance social and interpersonal relationships among the student
Assist in the development and implementation of proactive, preventative residential programs which help students develop into healthy well- rounded individuals.

Speech – Language Pathologist
Location:
Brattleboro, VT, part –time

Educational Interpreters
Location:
Brattleboro, VT
Time Base: Full-time & part-time.

Please send letter of interest & resume to:
Kelly Therieau
ktherieau@vcdhh.org

209 Austine Dr
Brattleboro, VT 05301
802-258-9510
Fax# 802-258-9574

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ASL Proficiency Evaluator, ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services, Gallaudet University
Job Number: HR-11096
Salary Range: $49,000-$87,900

Provides interviewing and rating in accordance with the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI); participates in the development, implementation, and administration of tools, protocol, and/or procedures used in a comprehensive multiple-measures evaluation system; conducts semi-annual re-ratings of taped interviews as part of a systematic reliability check; participates in periodic retraining in interview techniques and rating procedures; participates in other research activities to maintain the quality of the evaluation system; keeps abreast of trends and research in the field of first and second language teaching, learning, acquisition, and evaluation.

Requirements:
Master's degree in linguistics, ASL, 1st and/or 2nd language teaching and learning, bilingual education, or related field. A minimum three years experience in ASL instruction and/or evaluation. Experience with developing and/or using ASL assessment tests. Knowledge of the linguistic structure of ASL and English. Knowledge and experience working with individuals with diverse educational, language, and cultural backgrounds. Ability to use judgment and tact with regard to sensitive issues and confidential matter. Ability to work well as an active, contributing member of a team as well as ability to work independently and demonstrate self-reliance and self-initiative. Experience producing written reports, proposals, and other documents related to research, best practices, learning and evaluation. Ability to use various software programs for project and program efficiency. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Fluency in ASL and English. A proficiency level of 4+ or better on the ASLPI. As part of the interview process, applicants will be given one work related question and will answer that question in writing. This English writing sample will be provided to the Gallaudet University English Department for analysis and determination of skills level.

To apply, send cover letter, completed Gallaudet University application (located on this web site: http://www.gallaudet.edu/HRS/Employment_Opportunities.html) and resume to:
Gallaudet University, Human Resources Services, 800 Florida Avenue, NE,
College Hall, room 106, ATTN: Job #11096. Washington, DC 20002

Faxed documents (202-651-5344) or emailed documents (personnel.office@gallaudet.edu are accepted.

Thank you for your interest in this position. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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