December 6, 2017
Vol. 14, No. 8
Editor: Tom Willard
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FAKE SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER DELIVERED GIBBERISH IN FLORIDA
Hearing-impaired people tuning in to a news conference about the arrest of a suspected serial killer got a message of gibberish from an ASL interpreter. As Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan announced the arrest of Howell Donaldson Wednesday night, interpreter Derlyn Roberts was there beside him, making signs that made no sense. "She sat up there and waved her arms like she was singing Jingle Bells," Rachell Settambrino, who is deaf and teaches ASL at the University of South Florida, told the Tampa Bay Times. / abc7news.com
See Also FAKE INTERPRETER HAS RECORD OF ARRESTS FOR FRAUD / WPTV
Oklahoma City, OK
DEAF MAN SHOT 5 TIMES BY OKC OFFICER, AUTOPSY SHOWS
Oklahoma's medical examiner says a deaf man killed by an Oklahoma City police officer after not responding to commands was shot five times in the chest, pelvis and upper arm. The autopsy, released Thursday, also shows that a stun gun was used on Magdiel Sanchez, who was fatally shot Sept. 19 outside of his home. Police have said officers who responded to a hit-and-run crash encountered Sanchez holding a metal pipe. / KWTV
TWO EX-INMATES, BOTH DEAF, SUE CLARK COUNTY JAIL
Two former Clark County Jail inmates have filed a lawsuit against Clark County for failure to accommodate a disability. Melody Alvarez and Kalpana Crabtree, both deaf, allege they did not receive proper accommodations while detained at the county jail in August 2016 and December 2014, respectively. / The Columbian
STATE SCHOOL BOARD TO CONSIDER DISPUTED W.VA. DEAF, BLIND SCHOOLS PARTNERSHIP
The West Virginia Board of Education may vote Wednesday on authorizing a partnership that a lawyer for the fired Schools for the Deaf and Blind superintendent alleged was previously being targeted to shut down the schools. State school board members haven’t said they plan to close the schools and didn’t publicly state any reasons why they fired Martin Keller Jr. on Nov. 17. / Charleston Gazette-Mail
SCHOOLS FOR DEAF, BLIND FEEL EFFECTS OF TEACHER SHORTAGE
Arizona's schools for deaf and blind students are feeling the effects of the state's teacher shortage. The Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind has 13 teacher vacancies and will need 21 more teachers if a proposal from Gov. Doug Ducey to provide $1.6 million in additional money to the schools' early childhood program is approved by lawmakers, agency spokesman Ryan Ducharme said. / The Associated Press
I-TEAM HELPS GET SCHOOL PLACEMENT FOR DEAF STUDENT
Logan Parenteau, 9, was born with a serious medical issue that required surgery and eventually cost him his hearing. In August, Logan was accepted to Reads Collaborative Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. The family moved to Taunton to be closer to that program. But just days before he was set to being classes, the Parenteaus were told the placement fell through and Logan would have to go to a public school that didn’t have a staff member who knew sign language. / CBS Boston
FACULTY AWARDED NOAA GRANT TO IMPROVE TORNADO WARNINGS FOR DEAF
The University of Alabama’s Drs. Jason C. Senkbeil and Darrin Griffin have been awarded a grant of $251,850 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The grant will enable this team to build and test a system whereby Deaf people can view a local weather broadcast in a split-screen format. Half of the screen will show a meteorologist and the other half will show an ASL interpreter. / Newswise
WOMAN CALLS FOR TOUGHER DISTRACTED DRIVING PENALTIES 1 YEAR AFTER BEING HIT
More than one year after being run over by a distracted driver, a local woman is angry that the man who hit her is still behind the wheel. On Aug. 10, 2016, Jillian Kaplan's life was turned upside down when she and her dog were struck in the crosswalk at an intersection in Framingham. According to the accident report obtained by Boston 25 News, the hearing-impaired driver took his hands off the wheel to use sign language with his passenger and did not see the woman in the crosswalk. / Fox 25 Boston
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND RECOGNIZES DONORS
During a recent National Philanthropy Day luncheon in Greenville, the S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind recognized three donors who played an integral part in three new playgrounds installed on campus this year. The three playgrounds — an investment of $684,498 — were built specifically for students with sensory disabilities. / Spartanburg Herald Journal
DEAF ACTIVIST VISITS UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
Sometimes the most powerful messages aren’t the ones you can hear. One such message comes from deaf activist Nyle DiMarco. Addressing the crowd gathered in UK’s Kincaid Auditorium Tuesday night, DiMarco stood confidently and comfortably in front of the crowd and shared his experiences, his family’s experiences and the constant struggle with disability and deafness. Yet above all, his one clear message was that of hope, and the belief that one finds ability within disability. / Kentucky Kernel
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CANADIAN HEARING SOCIETY ENCOURAGES EFFORTS TO BREAK DOWN EMPLOYMENT BARRIERS
On the eve of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Canadian Hearing Society is shining a spotlight on the employment barriers facing Deaf and hard of hearing Canadians. "International Day of Persons with Disabilities is about recognizing the diverse skills, talents and contributions made by individuals with disabilities," said Julia Dumanian , Canadian Hearing Society President and CEO. / Yahoo! Finance
ROGER FEDERER GIVEN UNIQUE DEAF SIGN
Roger Federer has 17 Grand Slam titles, millions in the bank and was once gifted a cow for winning a tournament. But what the Swiss tennis legend hasn’t had is his own deaf sign… until now. The Swiss Deaf Association have awarded Federer his own sign as a tribute to his excellent 2017 season. / Express.co.uk
$500,000 GRAND CHALLENGE WANTS TECH INNOVATIONS IN DEAF LITERACY
Of an estimated 32 million children around the world who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind, four in five lack access to education, and just 2 percent get instruction in sign language. A new, $500,000 "grand challenge" hopes to change those numbers. The competition was announced at the third International Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf, which took place recently in Budapest, Hungary. / T.H.E. Journal
THE DEAF COMMUNITY SEES RED OVER SIGNS
The Singapore Association for the Deaf said it is troubled by a Channel 8 Chinese current affairs programme, known as "Hello Singapore", which showed a trainer from a People's Association SkillsFuture course teaching sign language. The association, which represents individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, said the signs were "inaccurate" and that the trainer is not on the association's list of sign language instructors. / Straits Times
HEARING LOSS DIDN'T STOP KYLE CLOETE FOLLOWING HIS PASSION FOR MAKING FILMS
Despite experiencing hearing loss a child, 16-year-old Kyle Cloete is a passionate film-maker, and has already won awards for his short films. He shares his story as part of Disability Pride week, to inspire other young people living with disability. I have two worlds – the hearing side and the deaf side. When I was born, my mum knew something was wrong but the doctor repeatedly assured her "Oh no, your baby is fine, don't worry about it". I wasn't fine. After we moved to New Zealand, doctors found a tumor in my right ear. / Stuff.co.nz
HEALTH OF DEAF KIWIS HINDERED BY LACK OF INTERPRETERS, STUDY FINDS
A lack of interpreters means deaf Kiwis can be at risk of invasive and unnecessary procedures, longer hospital stays and higher health costs, a study has found. The New Zealand Medical Association's research pointed to the absence of interpreters as reasons for deaf patients being treated without consent, misunderstandings of treatment options, longer emergency wait times, and limited access to general health care or information. / Stuff.co.nz
TWO HEARING-IMPAIRED SISTERS DEFY THE ODDS
Walking down the street in Dhaka, Bangladesh, one can hear the chatter of school children, honking rickshaws, and, if one listens closely, the whir of sewing machines adeptly operated by two remarkable women. Shormila and Shipra are sisters, both hearing impaired, both with a story to tell. There are 16 million people with disabilities in Bangladesh, many of whom have not been given an opportunity to develop their talents. Shormila and Shipra prove what is possible when they are given a chance. / The Huffington Post
LIFE & LEISURE
MALE STUDENT, HARD OF HEARING, FINDS CONFIDENCE IN LIPSTICK
Accessible Beauty is a mini-series of profiles that Yahoo Lifestyle is running the week of Dec. 3, in the spirit of the International Day of Persons With Disabilities, founded by the United Nations. The series focuses on six empowered individuals, and today, we highlight one of them, Louis Jenson, 22, a marketing student and beauty blogger who is hard of hearing. / Yahoo! News
DEAF, HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS COMPETE IN STATE SPELLING BEE
Applause — from loud clapping and audience members silently holding up and shaking their hands — filled multiple small rooms Tuesday inside Hardin County Schools’ Early College and Career Center as students tried spelling their way to victory at the fourth annual State Deaf and Hard of Hearing Spelling Bee. Jesse Stuart Elementary School fourth-grade student Abigail Lear had 14 people in attendance cheering her on as she correctly spelled “impact,” and took home first place in her group at the annual competition. / Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
DEAF CHILDREN LEARNING TO PRAY: PHILLY NUN HAS AN APP FOR THAT
Pat Pomroy had just gained custody of two of her young grandchildren and wanted to say prayers with them. But she had no idea how. Robert and Rachael were deaf. In Pomroy’s struggle to learn enough ASL to get through the basics of everyday life with them, expressions of faith would have to wait. / The Inquirer
SANTA USES SIGN LANGUAGE TO 'SPEAK' WITH DEAF STUDENTS
Jolly Old St. Nick gave a group of kids with a special need some special attention Tuesday morning, letting them deliver their wish list in their own unique way. It was all about smiles, snow, and Santa at the Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater. Deaf and hearing-impaired students from Miami-Dade Public Schools spent the morning bonding with Santa and sharing their holiday wish lists the only way they know how, through sign language. / CBS Miami
See Also DOZENS OF DEAF, HARD-OF-HEARING CHILDREN SIGN THEIR WISH LISTS TO SANTA / WSOCCharlotte
See Also CHILDREN EXPERIENCE CHRISTMAS MAGIC THROUGH DEAF SANTA EVENT / The Herald-Dispatch
See Also AREA DEAF STUDENTS SHARE THEIR WISH LISTS WITH SANTA / Springfield News-Leader
See Also DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED GET RARE OPPORTUNITY TO SIGN WITH SANTA / KY3
See Also DEAF CHILDREN GET CHANCE TO TALK TO A SANTA WHO UNDERSTANDS / Tulsa World
See Also SIGNING SANTA MAKES SPECIAL VISIT TO DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING CHILDREN / fox5krbk.com
THE WIDE-EYED ROBOT THAT'S HELPING DEAF CHILDREN COMMUNICATE
This kid doesn’t know it, but he’s kind of a big deal. Sitting in his mother’s lap, he looks at a mohawked robotic head, which periodically turns left to look at a computer screen with its big blue eyes. And the infant takes the cue, glancing at the screen, where a human avatar signs a nursery rhyme. This boy is doing something remarkable on two levels. / WIRED
NEW APP FOR THE DEAF DESIGNED BY RIT AND U OF R FATHER AND SON DUO
A new app launched earlier in the month is helping the deaf community get closer to every conversation. The developer has close ties to Rochester. Originally from Hawaii, Gerald Isobe was born deaf. "He went to mainstream school, didn't learn sign language until he actually went to NTID," said his son Brandon Isobe. That stands for the National Technical Institute for the deaf at at RIT and even still his son Brandon did not learn ASL for years. / rochesterfirst.com
NEW DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL FOR DEAF HAS BIG PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
The Gov. Baxter School for the Deaf on Mackworth Island hopes to grow and expand its scope over the next few years under a new director. Owen J. Logue was hired this summer to lead the school. Logue was born deaf and began his career in education teaching deaf students at Bangor High School. He has a master’s degree in special education from the University of Maine and a doctorate in higher education leadership from Vanderbilt University. / The Forecaster
Jefferson City, MO
MISSOURI SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF HIRES NEW SUPERINTENDENT
A new superintendent has been hired to oversee the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, according to Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education officials. George Stailey brings years of experience from the Indiana School for the Deaf, including 10 years as superintendent. He also served as a preschool and middle school teacher and worked as a student development educator in the residence halls, according to a DESE news release. Stailey also has served as an adjunct professor at Yavapai College, where he taught beginning and intermediate ASL. / News Tribune
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
ARIZONA THEATER COMPANY HOPES TO COMBAT LACK OF DEAF ACTORS IN MEDIA
This isn’t the first time Hollywood has been scrutinized for its lack of diversity and inclusiveness on screen. A recent study showed nearly all fictional characters with disabilities are portrayed by able-bodied actors. Movies like “Wonderstruck,” where hearing actress Julianne Moore plays a deaf character, show how the deaf community is underrepresented in mainstream media. However, it is not due to a lack of available deaf actors. / KTAR
CATCO AND DEAF WEST PRESENT FRESH TAKE ON 'AMERICAN BUFFALO'
CATCO closes a strong 2017 bringing Columbus the LA-based company Deaf West’s riveting production of Mamet’s groundbreaking American Buffalo directed by Stephen Rothman. American Buffalo is a flaming torrent of profanity featuring three men on the fringes of society. / ColumbusUnderground.com
DEAF DRAMA: STUDENTS PERFORM ART 'IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE'
Hinsdale South High School is resurrecting its deaf drama club with a modern interpretation of William Shakespeare's sonnets. The deaf drama club had been dormant for several years when ASL interpreter Dan Englund and paraprofessional Megan Kalbas came to South this year. They took on the job of producing a play with students from the deaf and hard of hearing program, which draws from throughout the region. / Chicago Tribune
Fort Worth, TX
CLASS ACT: DEAF STUDENT MAKES ALL DISTRICT CHOIR
Olivia Gioe is in the eighth grade at Trinity Springs Middle School. She sings in the school’s choir and earned the first chair for Soprano 2 placement in the All-Region Choir. Also performing in show choir, she moves to the rhythms and beats of the songs. With all of that, you would never guess that Olivia is completely deaf. / CW33 NewsFix
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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.
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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