November 9, 2005
Vol. 2 No. 4

Editor: Tom Willard

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Glenn Anderson announced his resignation as chairman of the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees last week, effective immediately. “I recognize that since I am considering becoming a candidate for the position of president, my remaining on the board is problematic,” he said. “I realize that I need to resign immediately.” Anderson has served on the board since 1989 and has been chairman the past 11 years. He is a professor and director of training at the University of Arkansas Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Anderson was “an outstanding chair,” said Gallaudet President I. King Jordan, who will retire next year. “I count myself extremely fortunate to have worked with him for the past 16 years,” said Jordan.


The National Association of the Deaf has filed a disability discrimination complaint against Future Horizons, Inc. for not providing interpreters for a conference on autism in Wichita, Kan. on October 21. The complaint, filed with the U.S. Department of Justice, alleges that Future Horizons indicated on a conference brochure that “we do not provide a sign interpreter.” The NAD wants the Department of Justice to find that Future Horizons discriminated against deaf and hard-of-hearing people in violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The NAD also wants Future Horizons to be ordered to provide interpreters at all future conferences and public events.


The NAD also announced last week that it has settled a disability discrimination complaint against WorldWide Direct/ The NAD filed the complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of Heidi Forrest, who said the online retailer refused to accept her phone call through a telecommunications relay service. Forrest placed an online order in July 2004 and received an email asking her to call the company. then refused her relay calls, saying they do not accept “these calls.” As a result, her order was cancelled. As part of the settlement, must provide all workers with a written copy of company policy on accepting relay calls; train workers to accept such calls; and indicate on its website that it accepts relay calls.


A student at the Texas School for the Deaf was arrested on campus last Thursday and accused of sexually assaulting a mentally retarded female student. Braden Caldwell, 18, allegedly used a second student to lure the victim into a school restroom, reported KVUE in Austin. The second student has not been charged, as authorities say he feared Caldwell. The attack occurred October 6, investigators said, and “it took me a little time to coordinate the actual interview of the victim,” said Detective Chris Dunn. TSD Superintendent Claire Bugen issued a statement saying the school is prepared to cooperate with authorities. “The safety and well being of the students at the Texas School for the Deaf is our utmost concern,” she said.


An unidentified deaf Chicago woman was assaulted in her Humboldt Park apartment last Tuesday. Chicago police are questioning a teenage boy about the assault, reported ABC-7, but no charges have been filed. Police say the boy may have been visiting a relative who lives in the same building. The woman was treated and released from a local hospital.


A bus carrying four students to the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Hampton was involved in an accident last Friday when a car turned into its path at an intersection. None of the students were injured, but the driver of the car was hospitalized. Witness Al Woods said the students were unharmed but very shaken. “They weren’t crying,” he said. “They were kind of confused, some of them, I think, were blind, couple of them were autistic, but they looked okay.” The bus driver was cleared of any wrongdoing and drove the kids away on a replacement bus.


A new museum on sign language and deaf culture opened in Olathe, Kan. on October 22. The William J. Marra Museum of Deaf Culture was created through a partnership between the Kansas Educational Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Kansas School for the Deaf (KSD), reported the Johnson County Sun. The museum contains more than 2,000 pictures, 700 relics and 500 books related to deaf history and culture. Artifacts from KSD are also featured in the museum, which is located at the Deaf Cultural Center, 455 E. Park St .in Olathe. The exhibits were designed by the same company that designed the Greyhound Museum in Abilene, Kan. and the Negro Baseball League Museum and Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Mo.


A display that opened last week at the University of Iowa “tracks the history of the world as it’s been experienced by the hearing impaired,” reported Radio Iowa. Professor Douglas Baynton, author of a book on deaf history, spent a summer at the National Archives to help create the exhibit. Titled “History Through Deaf Eyes,” the exhibit explores the development of American Sign Language and shows how it led to a distinct cultural community with its own customs, mores, ideas about group behavior and so on, said Baynton. Curators spent years gathering artifacts for the exhibit, including one of the first TTYs - a salvaged old news teletype printer that had been connected with a new kind of modem to allow deaf people to communicate over the telephone.


About 30 high school students gathered at the University of Southern Maine in Portland for Maine’s first statewide college fair for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. According to the Portland Press Herald, the fair gave students a chance to explore college options with other students who share the same concerns. Clayton Marr III, 16, a junior at Portland High School, said it was helpful to have other students ask questions he hadn’t thought to ask. The fair was organized by the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and the center’s communications director, Jim Gemmell, said it will likely become an annual event.


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Chechnya has no special educational facilities for children with hearing, speech and sight impairments, said government official Pola Viskhanova, and as a result only 75 out of nearly 1,500 deaf and visually-impaired children are in school. Chechnya had 16 boarding schools before the war, Viskhanova said, “but now the majority of these buildings are either occupied by the military or were ruined during the course of two military campaigns.” In a recent letter from Viskhanova’s Commission for Social Policy, Russian officials were asked to vacate the buildings so they can be restored as schools. “But as yet this matter has not been resolved,” she said.


The deaf community in South London welcomed the opening of the U.K.’s first health and skills center for people with hearing loss, reported Community Newswire. The center, called The Bridge, is located in Belham and is run by Sign, an organization that promotes well-being and independence among deaf people. The Bridge offers vocational training courses, a business advisory service, a café, leisure activities, fitness classes and a meeting point for signers. “As the name suggests, we see ourselves as bridging the gap for deaf people who want to work but lack the skills or confidence to do so,” said Morgan Phillips, manager of The Bridge. “Our trainees love the friendly, lively atmosphere and often drop by on their days off to socialize in the café.”


An American-born lecturer at Victoria University has become the first deaf person to serve on a New Zealand jury. David McKee, a deaf studies lecturer who has been in the country 14 years, had served on juries twice in the United States. He knew other deaf New Zealanders who wanted to serve on juries but had not been able to. “I was sure the court would challenge me and throw me out,” he told the Dominion Post. But not only was he picked for a jury to hear a tax case, his fellow jurors made him foreman. The court was very supportive, McKee said, and as a test case he thought it worked well. He even taught his fellow jurors to sign “yes” when they were asked if the verdict was unanimous.


Jamaica Member of Parliament Joseph Hibbert says the government should go slow in its plans to grant driver’s licenses to totally deaf people, reported the Jamaica Observer. Hibbert objected to a proposal that would allow deaf people to drive if they produced a certificate from an audiologist and installed devices in their cars to alert them to roadway noises. Hibbert’s objection was based on a section of the Road Traffic Act that requires applicants to declare they do not suffer from certain diseases and disabilities, including total deafness. He said one problem is that the government does not have “the means to administer a road test for the potentially deaf driver,” he said. “Until then, I am cautioning against issuing licenses to persons who are totally deaf,” said Hibbert.


Some of the world’s leading experts on deaf education will gather in Rotorua, New Zealand in January for the Australia New Zealand Conference for Educators of the Deaf. The conference is held every three years, reported Scoop, and this is the first time in 20 years that it will be held in New Zealand. Conference organizer David Foster said the program is not just for educational professionals but also for parents and caregivers of deaf children. International keynote speakers will include Mary Pat Moeller, Joe McLaughlin, Tyron Woolfe and Linda Byrnes. The dates are January 11-14, 2006 and the website address is


Nine countries are sending teams to the 2nd World Cup Deaf Cricket tournament, to be held November 16-27 in Lucknow, India. The World Cup is organized by the Deaf Cricket International Federation, which was formed in April 2004. Competing countries will include India, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. The first World Cup took place 10 years ago in Melbourne, Australia, with the host team beating Great Britain in the finals. Additional information may be found at


London is in the midst of its fourth annual Xposure festival for deaf and disabled artists, which runs through November and December. Xposure05 has expanded to a six-week feast of theater, dance, art and cabaret in seven venues across London, reported the Hampsted and Highgate Express. “One of the aims of the festival is to change perceptions so that deaf and disabled performers are equally represented in mainstream work,” said Dawn Fleming, Xposure05 co-coordinator at Jacksons Lane Theatre. She hopes to broaden the audience this year, noting that deaf productions tend to attract deaf audiences and performances by wheelchair users similarly attract people in wheelchairs. But “these performers are as likely to explore their sexuality, cultural origin and ethnicity as their ability,” she said. “It is not only for a disabled audience.” More information may be found at


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Dorothea Handy was named Deaf Mother of the Year by the Virginia Association of the Deaf at a recent awards ceremony. “I was stunned,” Handy told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “There are many other mothers that deserve to get this kind of award.” Handy, 67, raised two sons with her husband, Bolling, who died in 2002, while earning two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree. She grew up in the 1950s and 60s, when there were few accommodations for deaf students, and communicates by speaking, using sign language and reading lips. Handy’s son, who traveled from Rhode Island for the award presentation, said his mother has never let her deafness act as a barrier. “She doesn’t want to let that sort of thing stop her from doing what she wants to do,” said Art Handy.


Cochlear implant manufacturers hope the testimonials of satisfied implant users will help them reap major rewards, Business Week reported this week. “I went in with no expectations and no hope,” said Ravi Pandian, 43, a New Jersey man who was implanted in February. “I came out with tons of excitement for the future.” Such praise is music to the ears of Cochlear Ltd. of Sydney, Australia, which controls 70 percent of the market. An estimated 900,000 people in the U.S. are deaf or nearly deaf, but only 17,000 people worldwide received a cochlear implant last year. Cochlear hopes demographics are on its side, with one out of every four Americans over 65 suffering some hearing loss. The company is also developing a hybrid device that combines an implant with a hearing aid, aimed at people with less severe hearing loss. Such a device could expand the target population some 50 to 60 times, said Cochlear CEO Chris Roberts.


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Electrical and optical engineer Leanne West has spent five years developing a system to provide captioning at sporting and entertainment events through a handheld device. Stadiums, concert halls and movie theaters would send out captions through their wireless network, and all you would need to see them is a personal digital assistant (PDA) loaded with captioning software. According to KGO-TV in San Francisco, it is hoped that wireless captioning technology will one day be in all theaters, churches, sporting arenas and even schools. “We’re giving people an easy way to give captions to their patrons,” said West, “and so maybe it will encourage more people to do it.”


The Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick held a formal opening last week for the Verizon Literacy Lab, designed to help students connect the visual aspects of American Sign Language with written English. According to the Gazette, the new lab contains 20 computers for middle-school students to use for research, class assignments and presentations. The lab was created with a $30,000 grant last year from the Verizon Foundation, which will give another $35,000 this year to fund the school’s Connected Classrooms project. “We’ve seen students read, write and gain so much,” said Assistant Principal Marsha Flowers. “With all this new technology, it has really helped them advance and we are all so proud of them.”


GoAmerica, Inc. announced last week that it is introducing two new columns for users of its relay service. “Crossing Borders,” by Russian author Karina Chupina, focuses on the deaf and hard-of-hearing community outside the United States, while “Goal Posts,” by sportswriter Chris Kaftan, will feature news and insight on sports and recreation in the deaf community. The new content is available for free to registered users. “By expanding this content,” said GoAmerica’s Joe Karp, “we’re deepening the value of for our customers and furthering our vision to deliver a service that is beyond ordinary relay.”


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Native American deaf poet Peter Cook and his hearing partner Kenny Lerner performed at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Connecticut last Saturday. “Whether depicting a confused deer flushed from the forest or a leaf landing in a pond, Peter Cook becomes the moving image right before your eyes,” said News Times Live. “Using only American Sign Language and masterfully controlled body expressions, Cook weaves vivid scenes from thin air, while Lerner’s words, sound effects and even silence make a soundtrack that brings it all to life.” Cook and Lerner’s “Flying Words” have been performed across the U.S. and in Europe, and have won Critic’s Choice Awards from the Village Voice and other publications.


Actress Camryn Manheim started learning sign language after helping a deaf man who was hit by a car, reported Manheim, who starred in “The Practice,” had dabbled in sign language as a teen but didn’t think it would be useful ... until she came across a scene on a New York City street. “I noticed a man was hit by a car and there were policemen all around him, going, ‘Why don’t you just tell us your name?’ I walked over and said, ‘I think he’s deaf, do you want me to ask him?’” She managed to interpret for the man and then accompanied him to the hospital where, for five hours, she interpreted for his wife, parents and children. “I vowed right then, ‘I’m learning this language (so), should this ever happen again, I could really be of help and not just try to do a little charades.”


The rock band Indigo Soul has released a music video for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences. According to a news release, “The new video “A Long Time” is a representation of the band’s relationship ballad told in stunning visual vignettes and accompanied by American Sign Language throughout.” The video project was started by Indigo Soul founder and songwriter Mark Protus as a way to share his music with his daughter Marissa, who is deaf. Protus and friend Vanessa Iles, an actress who also has a deaf daughter, began incorporating sign language into the band’s live performances, which led them to work with director Marc Castillo of the Seattle Art Institute to expand those experiences to the screen. The video can be seen on the band’s website:


Several paintings by 19th Century deaf artist John Brewster, Jr. are included in an exhibit at the Maine Historical Society in Portland, Maine. Brewster was a prominent early American portrait painter who became, at age 51, the seventh student to enroll at the American School for the Deaf when it opened in 1817. The exhibit, titled “A City Awakes: The Arts and Artists of Early 19th Century Portland,” opened in June and will continue through December 31. This week, the Historical Society hosted a lecture by Harlan Lane, professor at Northeastern University and author of the new book, “A Deaf Artist in America: The Worlds of John Brewster, Jr.” Lane, author of nine books on deaf history, language and culture, spoke of Brewster’s life, painting and the deaf and hearing worlds he traveled through.


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The Louisiana School for the Deaf capped an undefeated season Saturday by beating the Mississippi School for the Deaf, 86-64. “The Battle of the Bayou” saw the War Eagles overcome a team they hadn’t beaten since 1995 and finish 6-0 for the season. Mississippi, the four-time defending National Football Champions, entered the game with a 1-3 record after experiencing injuries this season, reported the Baton Rouge Advocate. Louisiana coach Darren Gremillion, who was 0-5 against Mississippi, said this was one of the “best teams” he has coached at the school and “a lot more aggressive defensively” than past teams. Louisiana is in the running for the National Deaf Football Championship, with Tennessee (7-1) and North Carolina (7-2) also in contention.


Fitness center owners Dianne and Larry Brown have spent thousands of dollars and countless hours developing a light system for deaf customers of their Liberty Fitness franchise in Riverside, Calif. According to the Press-Enterprise, the system has been in place for a few months and has drawn praise from the deaf community. The Browns are now seeking a patent for the system, which displays visual cues to let patrons know when to change exercise stations or check their heart rate. Liberty Fitness is a small women’s gym that wants to provide access to everyone, said Dianne Brown. “Why should [deaf people] be excluded because we’re only serving the hearing?” she said. “We should have figured this out from the beginning.”


The California School for the Deaf in Riverside will host the sixth annual Clerc Classic on January 12-14, 2006. The Clerc Classic consists of a boys basketball tournament, girls basketball tournament and cheerleading competition. Joining CSDR will be the California SD, Fremont, Indiana SD, Marlton High School (Los Angeles), Maryland SD, Model Secondary SD, Phoenix (Ariz.) Day SD and North Star Academy (Minn.). Organizers expect about 330 players, coaches and volunteers plus more than 1,000 spectators. This year, all of the basketball games and the cheerleader competition will be officiated by deaf referees and judges. A combo ticket for three days of games is $25. For details, go to


Eight students from the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton took part in the first annual deaf youth hunt at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in Osceola, reported the Fulton Sun. Rochelle Bartholet, 14, was the first of three students to bag a deer. “I was confident,” said Rochelle, who donated her venizon to a needy family. Each student was accompanied by a conservation agent and a family member. “A lot of those who participated were the grandfathers,” said Missouri conservation agent Dennis Garrison. “They told me, ‘You don’t know what this means to me, to spend a weekend with my grandchild and hunt.'"



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Responsibilities: Teach one scenic-technology class per quarter. Serve as primary scenic designer for three theater productions. Serve as scenic artist and prop master and supervise student workers for 12 15 hours per week. Work with resident artistic director, production manager/technical director and scene shop foreman.

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Non-Profit mental health agency in Annapolis, MD has positions available in Deaf Program. BA/BS in Human Services or related field preferred, and/or related work experience. Applicants must be fluent in American Sign Language. Must have valid driver’s license.

Rehabilitation Specialist-Full Time, 3:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Duties include transporting mentally ill adults to appointments, medication monitoring, applying crisis intervention, and providing daily living skills support in a residential setting.

Rehabilitation Specialist- Full Time, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Duties include transporting mentally ill adults to appointments, medication monitoring, applying crisis intervention and providing daily living skills support in a Day Program setting.

Send resume and cover letter to Arundel Lodge, Human Resources, 2600 Solomon’s Island Road, Edgewater, MD 21037; fax to (410) 841-6045; or email to


New York Society for the Deaf is seeking creative professionals to work with adults who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deaf Blind.

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RESIDENTIAL HABILITATION COUNSELORS: Full time and Per Diem positions available. Responsible for providing habilitation services to individuals who reside in our community residence program. MUST have some of direct care experience or equivalent training/education in working with developmental disabilities and/or mental retardation. High School diploma and fluency in ASL skills are required.

RESIDENTIAL MANAGER: Full time position. Responsible for assisting in the overall operation of the IRA (Individualized Residential Alternative). The Manager must ensure that consumers are receiving quality services to which they are entitled, and maintain program compliance with regulatory requirements as mandated by the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD). The Manager will supervise all IRA staff and ensure they are properly trained in the work they are assigned to do. Must have Bachelor’s degree (BA) with two to five years related supervisory experience; or Master's degree (M. A.) with one to two years of supervisory experience.

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Under the supervision of the Los Angeles Regional Director, the Community Interpreter will interpret assignments as delegated by the Interpreter Referral Specialists and/or Regional Director for assignments that can range from routine medical appointments, staff meetings at large companies, formal speeches (platform interpreting), press conferences or any other situation that requires communication access. Assignments will depend on level of interpreting skills, record statistics on a monthly basis related to provision of service, in-house tasks such as answering phones and providing information and referral to general public as needed, assist Interpreter Referral Specialists with filling assignments as needed, perform other duties assigned by the Regional Director and/or the CEO.


Employment services offered at GLAD assist deaf and hard of hearing individuals with job information, job training, job placement, and accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Co-located at 5 Employment Development Department (EDD) Offices and at each local office. The programs under employment services are: Job Readiness Training, Workplace Accessibility, Job Development, Placement and Follow-up.

Responsibilities include providing assistance with Job Development/Placement efforts; Work in conjunction with traditional employment resources, develop employment opportunities, identify openings and opportunities for clients in need of employment assistance; Other duties include job interviews, job counseling to clients and employers, sensitivity awareness and training for existing and potential employers of deaf and hard of hearing clients; Provide direct communication support to deaf and hard of hearing employmentplacement coordinator at selected Employment Development Department (EDD) Field Offices; Provide interpreting services to deaf and hard of hearing persons seeking EDD services; Some typing and general office skills required. Basic knowledge of computers helpful. Perform such tasks and responsibilities as may be delegated.


The Community Challenge Grant has made possible the Pregnancy Prevention Program for deaf and hard of hearing adolescents and young adults. The program will increase awareness, access and participation of deaf and hard of hearing adolescents and young adults to prevent unintended pregnancy/early fatherhood, and making positive contributions to their families and community through leadership training and self-esteem building and education sessions which include identifying values, discussing the latest information on HIV/STI's and contraceptives, and exploring alternatives to promote abstinence.

COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATOR-Community Challenge Grant - Los Angeles

Under the supervision of the Director of Health Services, using the guidelines of the assigned scope of work provided by the California Department of Health Services' Community Challenge Grant, the Community Health Educator will:
-- Provide teenage pregnancy prevention and education services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing youths, adults and parents in Los Angeles County using the "Be Cool.Sign NO to Sex" curriculum;
-- Plan and implement daily activities;
-- Coordinates Family PACT clinic referrals/linkages;
-- Coordinates Passport to GLOW;
-- Conduct "Young Deaf Parents Village" Program;
-- Provide mentoring program;
-- Conduct individual and group sessions and events to target groups;
-- Prepare quarterly progress reports and maintain tracking system;
-- Identify and obtain culturally appropriate materials, including videos, written materials, brochures and other outreach materials;
-- Design flyers to promote project activities;
-- Develop/revise curricula, educational materials and training modules;
-- Attend collaborative committee meetings;
-- Conduct local and statewide evaluations;


GLAD is seeking a candidate with various capabilities who will be responsible for the day to day monitoring and maintaining of GLAD's property and facility based in Eagle Rock, CA. The applicant will:

Be the first line of defense for any issues relating to the building and property; Perform periodic maintenance and cleaning assignments; React to building problems as they arise and react accordingly; Manage any on-going building or property projects; Enforce departmental policies to ensure proper safety and to prevent accidents; Build relationships with established vendors; Document all maintenance work on building and property; Keep up to date files on all equipment, scheduled maintenance, and emergency issues; Candidates will need to have basic maintenance skills, be a confident communicator and have customer service experience.

HARD OF HEARING SPECIALIST - Los Angeles and Riverside Part-Time

Peer counseling and coping skills to work with individuals who lost hearing later in life or who are hard of hearing. Utilize existing services in job information, job training, advocacy, referrals to appropriate resources, and set up collaborative agreements with other agencies.


-- Perform all duties and tasks as outlined in the HIV Interpreting program scope of work;
-- Interpret initial HIV antibody test and results;
-- Interpret in a variety of HIV/AIDS related services for people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS;
-- Update and maintain a pool of qualified HIV-trained interpreters to assist with interpreting assignments;
-- Promote the availability of interpreter services to the deaf community and service providers;
-- Implement survey to assess client satisfaction of interpreter services provided;
-- Generate monthly reports and IMACS for the Office of AIDS Programs and Policies;
-- Record statistics on a monthly basis related to provision of service through IMACS;
-- On an as needed basis, the HIV Program Interpreter will interpret in a variety of community settings as dispatched through LIFESIGNS Department;
-- Driving is required as part of the job;
-- Perform such tasks and responsibilities as may be delegated.
-- Must have a valid California Driver's License and a dependable car with current automobile insurance as required by law.

If interested for any of the positions, then please contact:

Jeff Fetterman
Human Resources Specialist
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.
2222 Laverna Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041-2625
V/TDD #: 323-550-4207
Fax #: 323-550-4204


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