November 22, 2017
Vol. 14, No. 6
Editor: Tom Willard
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CHIEF OF SCHOOLS FOR DEAF-BLIND FIRED
The West Virginia Board of Education has fired the superintendent that runs the state’s schools for blind and deaf students. Martin Keller Jr.’s attorney says Keller is planning to file a federal lawsuit to get his job back and seek punitive damages. The state school board hired Keller in August 2015 at an annual salary of $110,000. State education officials have said he was the first deaf superintendent in the schools’ history, which stretches back to 1870. / The Weirton Daily Times
Las Vegas, NV
DEAF GIRL'S BUS RIDE HOME SPARKS QUESTIONS FROM INVESTIGATORS
It was a scary ride home from school for Zar'Riah Hansel last week. "She can't speak up for herself, we are her parents, we are her voice," said Briesha McNeely. McNeely says her daughter suffers from 80% hearing loss, which makes communicating with strangers very difficult. "As far as words and communication, she is not going to be able to understand. But she can read the lips and the body language," explained McNeely. / KTNV
College Park, MD
AN $8 MILLION GRANT WILL HELP UMD RESEARCHERS STUDY HEARING LOSS
Several researchers at the University of Maryland are collaborating to use an $8 million grant from The National Institute on Aging to combat hearing loss. The five-year grant will go toward three research projects about the brain's functions and hearing loss. The researchers received the funding Wednesday and are gearing up to start the projects as soon as possible, said Sandra Gordon-Salant, the entire project's lead investigator. / The Diamondback
San Antonio, TX
UTSA RESEARCHERS RECEIVE $147,000 GRANT TO TRAIN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS IN DEAF EDUCATION
Educational psychology researchers from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have received a grant for more than $147,000 from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs for a new program that integrates educational psychology and deaf education. / EurekAlert
OTICON RECOGNIZES 13 INDIVIDUALS FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
Oticon, Inc. announced the winners of its 2017 Focus on People Awards, a program honoring outstanding people with hearing loss and hearing care professionals who have made a positive impact on the hearing impaired community. Now in its 19th year, the Oticon Focus on People Awards recognize individuals who have challenged outdated stereotypes and demonstrate that hearing loss does not limit a person ’s ability to succeed and make a difference. / Business Wire
St. Louis, MO
SKY'S THE LIMIT FOR STUDENTS AT CID
Logan always thought he was an outsider, that he was different from everyone. He never thought he would fit in anywhere because he had to have this thing around his ear. That was until he walked through the doors of his new school, the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID). “He sat down, looked to his left and to his right and said ‘the same,’” Logan’s mom, Tara Brengle, said, “because his classmates had hearing aids just like him.” / STLtoday.com
VIA COLORI CELEBRATES HOUSTON, RAISES MONEY FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN
Colorful chalk scenes drawn during the annual Via Colori festival this weekend around City Hall celebrated the emotional highs and lows of 2017 in the Bayou City with tributes to the World Champion Astros and portraits of perseverance following Hurricane Harvey. Nearly 30,000 Houstonians spent the weekend admiring the squares of sidewalk art at the fundraiser that takes in roughly $400,000 for the Center for Hearing and Speech. / Houston Chronicle
LOCAL BUSINESS, NONPROFIT GROUP GIVE THE GIFT OF HEARING
Eight people have one more thing to be grateful for this Thanksgiving: the gift of hearing. The Foundation for Sight and Sound, McGuire’s Hearing Centers and ReSound hearing aids teamed up for the eighth annual “Day of Hearing for the Holidays,” providing state-of-the-art hearing aids, fitting, fine-tuning and a year of free service to hearing-impaired individuals who need the assistance. / Riverhead Local
VIDEO: WHY ARIZONA IS INVESTING IN EDUCATION FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND / Gov. Doug Ducey
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SHUT OUT: LACK OF SIGN LANGUAGE AT CONCERTS FRUSTRATES DEAF CANADIANS
A Statistics Canada study in 2011 found that nearly 25,000 people in Canada use sign language at home. The Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) estimates the number of people who are "culturally deaf" — whose first native language is a signed language and who are part of the deaf community — is as high as 357,000. But when they want to go see their favorite artists perform, they can feel shut out. / CBC.ca
HOW A DEAF ACTOR LAUNCHED THE FIRST DEAF-LED THEATRE COMPANY IN THE U.K.
As a professional actor during the 1990s I became increasingly frustrated with the barriers that deaf people faced across the arts. Most significantly it seemed that there was a real lack of theatre created by deaf artists and with deaf audiences in mind. I spent 15 years as an actor and was often the only deaf professional working within a “mainstream” theatre company. Despite having a deaf actor using sign language, the shows weren’t made accessible to deaf audiences. / The Independent
MAN WHO CLAIMED HE WAS COLLECTING MONEY FOR DEAF CHILDREN IS JAILED
A man who claimed he was collecting money for deaf children and who asked over 20 businesses for a donation was jailed for six months today for the "mean-spirited offense." Ryan Best used a letter from the National Deaf Children's Society to try and pursuade businesses to hand over a minimum donation of £5. However, many of those he approached were suspicious of his actions as he was disheveled and appeared to be under the influence of drugs. / Irish News
DEAF DAD WANTS HIS BABY BACK
Kevin Grant, a Kingston man who is mute and hearing-impaired, is calling on the State to help get back his fiancee and his 6-week-old daughter after they were snatched away from him last month. Grant, 43, told The Star that on the night of October 8, someone with close ties to his fiancee took the woman and child away. He said that he went to the Olympic Way Police Station to file a report about the matter, but his inability to communicate verbally with the officers caused his statement not to be logged in the station diary. / Jamaica Star
RUN BY THE DEAF, THIS UNIQUE RESTAURANT SERVES SIGN LANGUAGE LESSONS, TOO
A unique eatery in Hyderabad has been catching the attention of several residents for being a restaurant with a difference. Talking Hands, a restaurant situated in Begumpet, is a social enterprise started by TKM Sandeep and Miryala Ramya where all the waiters who greet and serve you are hearing-impaired. The doors open to a deafening silence, only for the customer to be greeted and received warmly by the staff. / The News Minute
CHILDREN BORN TO DEAF PARENTS ARE TAUGHT LIFE AND SPEECH SKILLS IN SPECIAL HONG KONG COURSE
Two-year-old Jesse Wong Wai-hang is a bundle of energy zipping around with another child of the same age in a play area at a center. Through games and pictures, the children are being taught to recognize facial expressions in relation to emotions. When asked if he is happy, Wong breaks into a big grin before scampering off with his play mate. The boy is a participant in a speech and language enhancement course for children of deaf adults. / South China Morning Post
KENYAN DEAF POPULATION RISES, CAUSE UNCLEAR
A recent study shows the Kenyan deaf population is rising. One out of every 10 Kenyans, or 10 percent of the population, reportedly has significant hearing loss. That’s up from an estimated five percent 20 years ago. Reasons behind this trend are unknown, the study reports. But Rob Myers of DOOR International says it could simply be that Deaf awareness is growing. / Mission Network News|
ONE IN FIVE DEAF PERSONS A VICTIM OF RAPE: SURVEY
One out of every five female deaf persons in Uganda has been a victim of rape in the last 12 months, a new health survey shows. Up to 45% of respondents in a study assessing HIV and quality of life among the deaf in Kampala stated having been coerced into sex while 20% cited rape during the past year. / New Vision
LIFE & LEISURE
Santa Fe, NM
N.M. SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF STUDENTS LEARN TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY
Antonio Lopez stood with a shovel in his hand as he paused for a brief break from all the toil, the autumn sun beating down upon his uncovered head in the Santa Fe Railyard. A broad smile formed on the New Mexico School for the Deaf 10th-grader’s face as he returned to the task at hand: shoveling compost to enrich the Railyard’s garden. He knew he was doing more than just helping the garden grow. He was learning to interact with his community and boosting his own self-esteem as well. / Santa Fe New Mexican
BOY'S VIRAL VIDEO HELPS DEAF DOG FIND A HOME
Six-year-old Roman McConn volunteers a couple times a week at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. He plays with the pups and keeps them company. "I just love their personalities," he said, cuddling a baby Chihuahua. It's that kind of compassion that led Roman to Legend, a 7-year-old Lab brought to the shelter way back in April. It's been tough to find him a home because Legend is deaf and doesn't get along well with other dogs, but that never mattered to Roman. / king5.com
STUDENTS SIGN CHRISTMAS CAROLS FOR DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS
When Talking Hands performed "Frosty the Snowman" and other familiar Christmas carols for dozens of children at the MacArthur Center's ice palace in Suffolk, Virginia, it was like music to their ears. However, the children in attendance couldn’t actually hear the jolly chorus of the song or the "thumpety thump thump" refrain. But thanks to the members of Lakeland High School’s sign language club, they were able to understand the lyrics and cheerful message of each festive song. / Southern Living
A VEST THAT ALLOWS THE DEAF TO 'HEAR'
As a kid growing up in New Mexico, Stanford University neuroscientist David Eagleman, PhD, suffered a bad fall from a roof. Something about how time seemed to stand still during his descent sparked an interest in neuroscience that would take him beyond the boundaries of the field. As well as research in time perception, his work explores synesthesia, illusions, and what he calls "sensory substitution." This has led him to develop a vest that allows deaf people to "hear" through vibration. / Medscape
CSD LEARNS AWARDED $75,000 GRANT FROM WELLS FARGO
Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) Learns announced that the organization received a $75,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to create a pilot ASL Financial Education Series. Content from Wells Fargo’s Hands On Banking online financial learning center, such as Dealing with Debt and Getting Started with Investing, will be provided in ASL on the CSD Learns site. / 3BL Media
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: DUKE'S KICKER MAKES FIRST EXTRA POINT
The final point of Duke’s win over Georgia Tech on Saturday was, in many ways, more special than any other point it’s scored this season. The extra point in the fourth quarter was made by William Holmquist, the 6-1, 190-pound graduate transfer kicker who was born with severe hearing loss. It was his first kicking attempt of the season and a moment he’d worked for his whole life. / Charlotte Observer
TEAMWORK TRANSCENDS THE FIELD FOR 'AMERICA'S DEAF TEAM'
In our ongoing series, A More Perfect Union, we highlight how what connects us as Americans is deeper than what divides us. Sports, like football, are often great unifiers, transcending race, religion, and nationality. At Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the Bison football team is tackling lessons beyond the field. / CBS News
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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.
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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
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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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