November 29, 2017
Vol. 14, No. 7
Editor: Tom Willard
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THE SINGER SENT DEATH THREATS FROM THE 'DEAF COMMUNITY'
Deaf singer Mandy Harvey made headlines around the world after being put straight through to the finals of America's Got Talent. But when she first took to the stage, she received death threats from within the deaf community for promoting a "hearing" activity. "I used to get some pretty strongly worded letters and death threats," she reveals. "I got a lot of backlash from certain people in that community because I was promoting oralism." / BBC News
FIRED HEAD OF WEST VIRGINIA DEAF, BLIND SCHOOLS SUES PAINE, STATE SCHOOL BOARD
The former West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind superintendent has filed a lawsuit against the state Board of Education, seeking to reverse his Nov. 17 firing pending the outcome of a due process hearing. Martin Keller Jr.’s lawsuit, which also names state Schools Superintendent Steve Paine as a defendant, also asks a judge to reverse Keller’s eviction from his home. Martinsburg-based attorney Dave Hammer said that the schools provided Keller an on-campus home. “He’s technically homeless at this point,” Hammer said. / Charleston Gazette-Mail
UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT MEDICAL CENTER AGREES TO RESOLVE INVESTIGATION
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that it has resolved its investigation into complaints that UVMMC personnel failed to effectively communicate with two individuals who are deaf during medical visits. “Being able to communicate effectively with medical providers is fundamental to meaningfully accessing health care,” said U.S. Attorney Christina E. Nolan. / US DOJ
FEDS PROBE DISABILITIES ACT COMPLAINTS AGAINST WARREN POLICE
The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether the Warren Police Department violated federal law involving individuals who rely on sign language to communicate with officers. According to a Sept. 27 letter to Warren police, several individuals who are deaf and use ASL reported that police came to their home multiple times in June and July. They asked for an interpreter so they could communicate with police; one was not provided, except for one officer who knew some signs but was not fluent, federal officials said. / The Macomb Dailly
DEAF TRENTON MAN SAYS COPS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST HIM
A deaf city man claims Trenton Police ignored state and federal law when they arrested him two years ago on trumped-up charges. The “willful, knowing and intentional discrimination” caused Emmanuel Sterlin mental anguish and suffering. Sterlin has bitten back at city cops in a federal lawsuit after he claims officers illegally detained him for allegedly fighting with his girlfriend. Cops didn’t charge him until two months after the supposed altercation. / The Trentonian
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. / KTVQ
SYRIAN REFUGEES STRUGGLED TO COMMUNICATE UNTIL THEY LEARNED ASL
In a boisterous Ferris High School classroom, Neroz Omar clutches her ears, scrunching her face in discomfort. It’s loud. About 15 students, most of whom are learning English for the first time, are shouting while playing a game designed to help them master their new language. Omar is happy to participate, but at certain points the noise overwhelms her. Seven months ago that’s a problem that couldn’t have existed. / The Spokesman-Review
MINNESOTA'S SOMALI DEAF COMMUNITY BATTLES STIGMA, BY ADVOCATING FOR ITSELF
Growing up deaf in a hearing family, Fardowsa Ali never had access to a sign language, lip-reading or any other forms of communication. In Somalia and Kenya, where she spent the first 27 years of her life, deafness can be a major setback to having an active life. For Ali, it meant not going to school and living in isolation — even in a house full of people. But in 2006, Ali immigrated to the United States, where she had discovered for the first time things she never knew existed. / MinnPost
DEAF CLUB, POLICE EXPLORE WAYS TO BETTER COMMUNICATION
The issues between law enforcement and people who are deaf or hard of hearing are a nationwide problem. But the Quad-Cities Deaf Club and the Davenport Police Department are taking a proactive step toward bettering the lines of communication to avoid tragedies like the one that befell Magdiel Sanchez, 35, who was shot and killed in Oklahoma City two months ago after police officers deemed him to be a threat. / Quad City Times
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
DEAFHOOD AND THE IMPORTANCE OF LEARNING A FIRST LANGUAGE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD
Almost three decades have passed since Canada’s Deaf and hard of hearing community had its voice heard in parliament for the first time by one of their own. On November 21st, 1990, Gary Malkowski became the first deaf parliamentarian in the world to address a legislature in a signed language. With two interpreters standing at his side, he signed to the quietly reverent 130 members of the legislative chamber with eloquent precision. / Vancouver Weekly
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
DEAF WOMAN WHOSE DAUGHTER WAS MURDERED CALLS FOR MORE INTERPRETERS
The mother of a murdered Saskatoon woman testified at the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls Thursday she’d like to see better access to interpreters. “Without an interpreter, communication was difficult,” Carol Wolfe, who is deaf, told the inquiry via an interpreter. “I felt unheard and dismissed simply because they chose not to hear me.” Her daughter, Karina Wolfe, disappeared in Saskatoon on July 2, 2010. / CTV News
DEAF MAN LEFT FOR HOURS BECAUSE OF NO INTERPRETER
A long wait in A&E is bad enough - but what if there was no one to understand your needs when you got there? This happened to Jason Sharpe, from Peterborough, when he developed a serious lung condition. Because he's deaf, and only speaks using British Sign Language, he was left struggling back in May when the NHS hospital couldn't provide a professional interpreter for him. Waiting and fretting, Jason knew it was an emergency, and was something to do with his lungs - but that was as far as it went. / Heart
TOO MANY DEAF CHILDREN ARE STILL FAILING TO LEARN TO READ, SAYS NEW STUDY
The British education system is neglecting the needs of severely and profoundly deaf children, many of whom have major reading difficulties, according to new research from City, University of London. In one of the largest studies of its kind, the researchers found that over half of the deaf children involved who communicated using spoken language and four fifths of those who used sign language had reading difficulties at least as severe as those faced by hearing children with dyslexia. / City, Univ. of London
DEAF TEACHER CALLS FOR BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE TO BE RECOGNIZED BY GOVERNMENT
A deaf teacher is calling for Parliament to recognize British Sign Language as a minority language before Brexit. Although deaf people who use BSL as a means of communication are entitled to an interpreter under disability and equality laws, there is no requirement for that person to be a registered qualified interpreter. Ayesha Gavin, who runs her own business Ayesha Communications from Weir, said: “This means that a person who has Level 2 BSL can be used as an interpreter." / Lancashire Telegraph
CHESTER DEAF CENTER SET FOR HUGE MAKEOVER
A major redevelopment of Chester Deaf Centre has been submitted to planning chiefs. The much-loved community facility is set for a DIY SOS-style facelift and reconfiguration if plans are approved when they reach Cheshire West and Chester Council planning committee in the new year. As part of the new-look centre, the building will be extended, facilities completely refurbished and improvements made to the accessibility of the venue, as well as cosmetic improvements. / Chester Chronicle
CENTRE FOR DEAF AND BLIND CHILDREN OPENS IN CITY
Withcott dad Clinton Williams has nothing but thanks for Clive Berghofer after he donated $2.8 million towards a Toowoomba-based centre for deaf and blind children. His daughter Ella, nine, was diagnosed at birth with vision difficulties and has been accessing RIDBC services since she could walk and talk. The RIDBC Clive Berghofer Centre officially opened this week, and while it has been offering tele-services for a number of years, it is Queensland's first physical centre. / The Chronicle
IDFA '17: ALEX DE RONDE'S 'DEAF CHILD' WINS AUDIENCE AWARD
Director Alex de Ronde’s Deaf Child has taken the audience prize at this year’s International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). The 30th annual event held its awards ceremony on the evening of Nov. 22. An intimate portrait, the 72-minute film sees the filmmaker looking back on the life and struggles of his young adult son, Tobias, who was born deaf. / Realscreen
BORN DEAF, BUT 12-YEAR-OLD DOESN'T LET THAT STOP HER
When the batteries of Talia Astapura’s cochlear implants went flat one day in class, the Frontier Primary student panicked. Born deaf, Talia found herself unable to hear anything her teachers or friends were saying. “I told my friends and they were shocked, but they took out my books to write notes for me. My teacher also panicked and went to buy batteries for me,” said Talia. / TODAYonline
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LIFE & LEISURE
Johnson City, NY
SAINT JAMES SIGN LANGUAGE CLUB HELPS DEAF STUDENT CONNECT WITH PEERS
Ann Redmore is just like any other kindergartner, but she has challenges that her classmates don't have to face. "We jump through hoops to try to get Ann to understand what were talking about, she's never left out," said Lynette Shear, Ann's Sign Language Interpreter. Ann is deaf, but that doesn't hold her back from learning and socializing at school. / WBNG
WIN BIG AT DEAF ACTION CENTER'S 'VEGAS NIGHT' FUNDRAISER
Get ready to spin the wheel, throw the dice and pick your lucky numbers at Las Vegas Night benefiting the Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center. The Dec. 2 fundraiser is chaired by Collin Phillips, grandson of the late Betty and Leonard Phillips. Assisting Collin is his father, Fred Phillips and auction co-chairs Sarah Toups and Ashley Nader. Proceeds from this year’s event will continue the center’s services to over 18,000 deaf and hard of hearing people and their families in northwest Louisiana. / Shreveport Times
RACHEL KOLB: HEARING A NEW PERSPECTIVE
Spoken word can lack the precision and premeditation of written word, which is why Rachel Kolb (23G) balked when her alma mater Stanford University (Calif.) presented her with the opportunity to conduct a TEDxStanford Talk in 2013, the last semester of her master’s program. The talk would require Kolb, who was born with bilateral hearing loss, to speak scriptless for 20 minutes to an audience of about 1,000 people. / Emory Wheel
DEAF CUSTODIAN DECORATES ARKANSAS SCHOOL FOR CHRISTMAS
With keys hanging from his hip, Heath Wilson is locked in to keeping Newark Elementary clean. "Mr. Heath has been our custodian for a number of years," Kathy Magness, principal of the school, says. As you might imagine, being a custodian comes with commotion; kids chattering, trash bags opening and chairs clanging. But, all Mr. Heath hears is silence. "He is deaf," Magness says. / Harrison Daily
BLIND AND DEAF STUDENTS CREATE CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR SALE
If you haven’t purchased your Christmas cards yet, students attending a local school for children with disabilities have created some cards that you might want to purchase. The students attend The Regional School for the Deaf and Blind in Mobile. The school doesn’t have an art program, so teacher, Amy Hess, and local artist, Nancy Raia, came up with the Christmas card program four years ago. / WKRG
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
PIANIST WITH CEREBRAL PALSY SHOWS SHE'S 'BEYOND WHAT YOU SEE'
Marcia Shaffer became the role model she wanted. The lifelong Jessup resident had many people to look up to while growing up, but no one was quite like her. Deaf and with athetoid cerebral palsy, Shaffer faced adversity in her life from people who didn’t believe in her potential. “I want to show people to look past the way someone looks,” said the 65-year-old, sitting at the piano in her Midvalley home. “People assume so many things about me based on my appearance." / Scranton Times-Tribune
MUSIC MAN CALLS IT QUITS
Twenty-two years ago, Bob Gaston gathered a handful of musicians and said that he was organizing a band. Gaston was a good musician, but he had a few problems in his repertoire. He was blind and deaf, which were certainly not musical advantages. Today, his tiny band has flourished into one of the bigger, better community concert bands in MidAmerica. “Bob formed that first band with only seven members. Now, we are more than 60 souls, $36,000 in equipment and thousands of scores,” says Bill MCabe, the band president and a trumpet player. / Quad City Times
STUDENTS EXPERIENCE CULTURE AND MAKE CONNECTIONS
An announcer called the audience at the Deaf Expressive Arts Festival to move to the front rows. The stories they were about to be told were visual, so they’d want a good view. ASL students from middle school through college joined members of the local Deaf community Nov. 14 at Casper College’s Wheeler Concert Hall to celebrate Deaf culture. The event was a way to help ASL students experience and learn more about the culture and language they’re studying, Casper College ASL instructor Gail Schenfisch said. / Casper Star-Tribune
FILM REVIEW: 'WONDERSTRUCK'
"Wonderstruck" is a film about two parallel stories set 50 years apart. In it, two deaf children are mysteriously drawn to one another in New York City while searching for familial connections. Based on Brian Selznick's ("Hugo") children's novel, the film is directed by Todd Haynes ("Far From Heaven") who gloriously captures the look and feel of the city in both time periods. / YourObserver.com
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER HAS UNIQUE SENSE FOR THE GAME
Like many young players, it was the hitting that initially drew Greeley Central freshman Emilio Barrera-Espinal to the game. "I feel like, more energized, I feel like I can do this," he said of the feeling after a big hit. But unlike his peers, every crunch and pop from contact on the field have to be felt. "I was born with hearing loss and then I learned sign language when I was in preschool," he said. / The Coloradoan
WILLIAM NEWELL, 70, MINISTER FOR THE DEAF
William Dimock Newell, 70, of Urbana died on Friday (Nov. 24, 2017) at his home. Bill was born on Dec. 31, 1946, in Hartford, Conn. He married Mary Jane (Uphoff) Newell, on Aug. 6, 1972. Bill graduated from Rocky Hill (Conn.) High School in 1964, Gallaudet University in 1971 and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1982. He served for many years as a bi-vocational minister for the deaf at Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church in Urbana while also working as an accountant. / Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
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NTID Counseling & Academic Advising Services
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Professional Area: Professional/Administrative
Employment Category: Fulltime
Staff Job Function: Advising or Counseling
Provide personal counseling, career counseling, academic advising and consultation to NTID (National Technical Institute of the Deaf) supported students who are deaf and hard of hearing in a college environment following the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics.
Detailed Job Description
NTID Student and Academic Services recruits and hires Counselors/Academic Advisors (CAA) at different levels of experience and skill in its career ladder:
• Counselor/Academic Advisor OR
• Senior Counselor/Academic Advisor OR
• Assistant Director
Salary and Placement in the career ladder and assignment will be determined by experience, professional licensure, certification, and skill proficiency level.
• Provide personal and career counseling and academic advising to assigned caseload students.
• Consult with faculty, staff, parents, vocational rehabilitation advisors and others as appropriate.
• Complete timely documentation for all students following ACA guidelines and maintain accurate counseling and academic advising records.
• Participate in counseling/advising department meetings, academic department meetings, and committee meetings.
• Engage in professional development activities.
• Initiate regular clinical supervision.
• Serve as a guest lecturer and conduct presentations as needed
• Teach programs as needed
• Other duties as assigned
• Excellent computer skills/MS Office Suite
• Strong organizational skills
• Demonstrated ability to multitask
• Knowledge of mental health, psychological and developmental issues of a Deaf/Hard of Hearing population required
• Demonstrate diversity awareness and sensitivity to a variety of communication modalities.
Required Minimum Qualifications
• Master’s degree in counseling, psychology, social work or a related clinical field
• Two or more years of professional counseling, academic advising or career counseling work experience
• Sign language proficiency
Required Application Documents
Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References
How to Apply
In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: http://careers.rit.edu/staff. Click the link for search openings and in the keyword search field, enter the title of the position or the BR number.
The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources.RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities.RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Careers@rit.edu.
Rochester Institute of Technology, the 10th largest private university in the U.S., is among the world’s leading technological universities. Its 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are enrolled in over 200 academic programs, including 7 interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A pioneer in experiential education, RIT was the first to offer undergraduate degree programs in biotechnology, information technology, software engineering, and microelectronic engineering. As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the university offers unparalleled academic opportunities and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Founded in 1829, RIT has 115,000 alumni throughout the United States and around the world. RIT has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For.” RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples through the Upstate NY Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. For more information, visit http://www.rit.edu/overview/rankings-and-recognition and http://www.rit.edu.
As a member of the RIT community employees receive a well-balanced benefits package that offers a variety of choices and access to additional employment advantages. These benefits, combined with an employee’s pay, provide a total compensation package that can be tailored to meet your needs. More on RIT’s Benefits, Health & Wellness program can be found at: https://www.rit.edu/fa/humanresources/content/benefits-health-and-wellness
RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov
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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
Apply here: https://jobsearch.uncg.edu/postings/9136
For questions, contact Search Committee Co-Chairs:
Mr. Sam Parker (email@example.com) or Dr. Claudia Pagliaro (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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: email@example.com 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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