December 14, 2016
Vol. 13, No. 9
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF BATTLE THE VILLAGES IN FEDERAL COURT
Deaf residents had to file their first lawsuit in 2008 when The Villages refused to use closed captions on its television station. Now, a second suit is poised for trial after the community rejected repeated requests to provide deaf people interpreters for The Villages' Lifelong Learning College. What's up with that? Do The Villages developers just hate deaf people? Or, worse, did they honestly think they could build a retirement community where disabilities abound and ignore federal requirements to accommodate people? / Orlando Sentinel
JUSTICE DEPT. FINDS PHILLY POLICE DISCRIMINATE AGAINST DEAF
A U.S. Department of Justice review has found that the Philadelphia Police Department has discriminated against people who were deaf or hearing-impaired. The Department of Justice said it's seeking to remedy the problems cooperatively through a consent decree with the department. "In the event that we are unable to reach such a resolution, the attorney general may initiate a lawsuit pursuant to the [Americans with Disabilities Act]," the department wrote in a Dec. 7 letter to the department. / The Morning Call
DEAF EX-INMATE FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST JAIL
A deaf former jail inmate has filed a federal complaint against Clark County alleging his rights were violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act and the United States Code. Eric Jacob Studer, 42, is seeking $200,000 in damages, as well as injunctive relief to force the Clark County Jail to fully accommodate inmates who are deaf or hearing impaired. The complaint alleges that the jail discriminated against Studer, who is fluent in ASL, and all inmates who are deaf. / The Columbian
STAFFING AGENCY CLIENT MAY BE LIABLE FOR NOT HIRING DEAF TEMPS
A mobile phone repair and testing facility in Texas must face trial on claims by the EEOC that the company illegally failed to hire or accommodate two deaf applicants for temporary work referred by a staffing agency, a federal judge rule. The decision is one step toward a potential victory for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in its continuing crackdown on businesses it believes hire temporary workers through staffing agencies to evade federal employment discrimination laws. / Bloomberg BNA
DEAF PEOPLE CROSS MULTIPLE DIVIDES AT THE BORDER
Seated at Taco Yaqui, Reggie Holmes tried to order lunch from his Spanish-speaking waiter – a familiar challenge for any non-Spanish speaking Arizonan who crosses the border. But for Holmes, a 31-year-old associate at Goodwill, the cross-cultural interaction is even more complex. He is deaf, and uses sign language, lip-reading and writing as his primary forms of communication. At first Holmes tried hand gestures with the waiter. But then he noticed the menu written on the wall and rushed over to it. / Nogales International
STATE OFFICIALS VISIT NCSD, TOUR CAMPUS
The North Carolina School for the Deaf welcomed three state officials from Raleigh to their campus on Thursday morning for a first time visit. Adam Levinson, chief of staff of the Department of Public Instruction; William Cobey, chair, State Board of Education, and Martez Hill, executive director, State Board of Education, arrived at the school and were welcomed by staff and students of NCSD, who explained why the school is important to the deaf community. / Morganton News Herald
Baton Rouge, LA
LA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF HOSTS LA CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION FOR WOMEN
The Louisiana School for the Deaf and Blind hosted officials from the Louisiana Correctional Institution for Women for their annual Christmas celebration. Students from the school received gifts from the guards and spent some quality time with them as well. The program is usually held at the women's correctional facility, but after the August flood they were unable to accommodate the event there. / brproud
PRINTOUT HELPS DEAF, HARD-OF-HEARING DRIVERS COMMUNICATE
A simple printout can now help drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing communicate better with law enforcement. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights and statewide law enforcement partners unveiled the new communication tool this week. It’s designed to be stored on a sun visor, in a bag or backpack, or on a passenger seat for easy access. / WNEM TV 5
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ARGENTINE PRIESTS ARRESTED OVER ABUSE OF DEAF STUDENTS
At least 22 children were sexually abused by two priests at a school for youths with hearing disabilities in Argentina, according to an investigating prosecutor. Police arrested 82-year old priest Nicola Corradi, Horacio Corbacho, 55, and three other men last week. They are accused of sexual and physical child abuse at the Antonio Provolo Institute in northwestern Mendoza province. Authorities say the alleged victims are now in their 20s. / Catholic News
DEAF KILLER GEORGIE FIELDS CHARGED WITH STEALING FROM DEAF SCHOOL
A deaf killer found responsible for the murder of a man, but cut loose by the justice system, has been charged with stealing from those who tried to help her. Georgie Fields, 20, today [Dec. 12] fronted the Supreme Court, where she was found responsible for the murder of Robert Wright. Court documents allege Fields entered the Victorian College for the Deaf on February 25 this year — less than two weeks after being charged with murder — with intent to steal. / Herald Sun
CHRISTMAS CAROL BACKFLIP: DEAF AUDIENCE TO BE GIVEN INTERPRETER
After pressure from Melbourne's deaf community, Vision Australia has backflipped and announced there will be Auslan interpreters at its Carols by Candlelight event. But it appears interpreters will only be available to the audience attending the event, not for television audiences. Last week Vision Australia chief executive Ron Hooton? said interpreters could not be provided at the Christmas Eve event, because logistics were already complete. / The Age
WOMAN, 19, BOTH DEAF AND BLIND REFUSES COCHLEAR IMPLANTS TO LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE
Vanessa Vlajkovic just finished her first year of university. She has a passion for cheerleading and at 19 years old, a thirst for knowledge that has seen her learn five languages. One of which is Auslan. Miss Vlajkovic is deaf and blind, and told Daily Mail Australia while she had the option to have cochlear implants, she chose instead to learn to sign. / Daily Mail
MEP: ACCESSIBILITY LAWS 'BENEFIT EVERYONE'
The European Accessibility Act has the potential to create new opportunities for European business but should avoid creating “barriers” to innovation, according to Helga Stevens, Vice-Chairwoman of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the European Parliament. Stevens is a Belgian MEP. Speaking to EurActiv.com through a sign language interpreter, Stevens stressed that excluding disabled people causes extra cost for society – and that inclusion, on the contrary, benefits everyone. / EurActiv.com
HOW DEAF PEOPLE CAN ACCESS, PLAY AND ENJOY MUSIC, ACCORDING TO YORKSHIRE CHARITY
The very title of the charity Music for the Deaf may seem a contradiction in terms. But, according to Danny Lane, the Chief Executive Officer of the Yorkshire-based organization, that’s only because there’s still a misconception that people with hearing loss can’t be musical.
As he explains: “There needs to be a lot more awareness of what deaf people can achieve. There needs to be more expectations that deaf people can access, play and enjoy music.” And this is what Music and the Deaf aims to do. / Huddersfield Examiner
DEAF WOMAN WAS PUNCHED IN FACE AND STRANGED BY GANG OF GIRLS IN SICK ATTACK
A deaf woman has told how she was punched in the face and strangled just a few yards from a new home she was hoping to move into whilst out with a friends over the weekend in Portsmouth. The sick attack took place in the Hilsea area of Portsmouth were the mum of one was hoping to move into her dream property and make a fresh start with her daughter. The mum ended up very shaken and injured. She spent the remainder of night at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. / UK News in Pictures
St. Catherine, Jamaica
ADVENTIST CHURCH IN JAMAICA OPENS THE NATION'S FIRST CHURCH FOR THE DEAF
A newly formed Seventh-day Adventist Church for the deaf began with a special inaugural worship service at the Portmore Adventist Church in St. Catherine, Jamaica, last month. The event brought more than 80 people including members of the deaf or hearing impaired, community, family members, supporters and Church officials to the ceremony held on Nov. 12, 2016. / Adventist News Network
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
VIETNAM CONTRACTOR PROVIDES LIFELINE FOR DEAF-MUTE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS
A contractor in Ho Chi Minh City has recruited and provided a living for a group of construction workers who are deaf and mute people for nearly a decade. Ho Vu Anh Tuan, a 36-year-old director of a construction company, has not felt any regret after deciding to employ a team of physically challenged workers some seven years ago. “Despite their disability, they are very skillful,” Tuan said of the workers. / Tuoitrenews
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LIFE & LEISURE
CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR NEARLY DEAF, LEGALLY BLIND WOMAN
An area woman who suffers from a disorder that has left her nearly deaf and legally blind recently received a gift that will greatly improve her life. Linda Prestwood, of Hudson, NC, has had a hearing impairment her whole life, and now at the age of 67, she is receiving some hope. She applied to The Beltone Hearing Care Foundation for new hearing aids because she is not in a financial position at the moment to afford new aids. She was approved instantly and on Dec. 5 was fit with her new hearing aids. / Morganton News Herald
Council Bluffs, IA
PLAYGROUND PALS WANTED: IOWA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF UNVEILS BUDDY BENCH
Students at the Iowa School for the Deaf stood bundled in coats, hats and gloves Thursday while they unveiled the school’s first Buddy Bench. The school received the bench as a donation from the Carter Lake Optimist Club, and it was built by member Damian Rothmeyer. “If a kid is new to the school or a kid is getting picked on, then they sit on the bench,” Rothmeyer said. “That’s the other students key to bring them into their group of friends.” / Omaha World-Herald
HE WAS DEAF. AND TRYING TO MAKE A DELIVERY. IT WAS THE WRONG ADDRESS.
I went downstairs this afternoon to see if the mail had been delivered, and the front desk receptionist asked me if I might be of help. There was a short, dark-skinned gentleman standing there, holding an insulated bag in one hand and a cell phone in the other. “He is deaf,” Letta said. “He is trying to make a delivery, and he can’t find the address. And I don’t know where it is, or if it even exists.” / Daily Kos
Rock Island, IL
QUAD CITIES' DEAF COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS
It looks like your average Christmas party: food, friends, and fun. 50 or so people packed into Rock Island's Elk Lodge Saturday night, December 10th, for a celebratory get-together. Noticeably missing: Christmas music and verbal communication. That's because the majority of people at this party are either deaf or hearing-impaired. The president of the Quad Cities Deaf Club, Dirk Hillard, explained, "We really cherish our fellowship within our deaf community." / WQAD
Corpus Christi, TX
SANTA UNDERSTANDS KIDS, DESPITE LANGUAGE DIFFERENCES / Corpus Christi Caller-Times
SIGNING SANTA VISITS, DELIVERS PRESENTS TO DEAF CHILDREN / Local Memphis
'SIGNING SANTA' HOSTED BY THE SCRANTON SCHOOL, LIBRARY / Abington Journal
El Paso, TX
DEAF STUDENTS TO SIGN WISH LIST TO ASL-FLUENT SANTA CLAUS / El Paso Herald Post
SIGNING SANTA VISITS, DELIVERS PRESENTS TO DEAF COLUMBUS CHILDREN / WTVM
HOLIDAYS JUST GOT A LITTLE BRIGHTER FOR DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING CHILDREN IN THE VALLEY / abc30.com
'DEAF SANTA' DELIGHTS HAWAII KIDS IN SPECIAL EVENT / Hawaii News Now
Chula Vista, CA
VOICE OF DEAF ASL INSTRUCTOR THUNDERS IN THE SILENCE
Every Monday, William Clary wakes up at 4 a.m. and descends from the snowy mountains of his Big Bear home and drives down to San Diego to teach ASL. He teaches Monday through Thursday at Mesa College and works part-time at Grossmont College and Southwestern College on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Clary stays in a motel in San Diego during the week and then takes the five-hour journey back to Big Bear. He does all these things in silence. / The Sun
WHAT'S WORKING: CHRISTMAS CARDS MADE BY BLIND AND DEAF STUDENTS
If you haven’t purchased your Christmas cards yet, students attending a local school for children with disabilities have created some cards that you can purchase. The students attend the Regional School for the Deaf and Blind. The school doesn’t have an art program, so one of the mobility instructors, Amy Hess, and local artist, Nancy Raia, came up with the Christmas card program years ago.Despite the fact that many of the children can’t see, they create beautiful art! / WKRG
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Los Angeles, CA
WHO IS DEAF PATIENT KATHY BYRNE ON 'CODE BLACK'
In the Code Black episode ‘Ave Maria’, when a 13-year-old girl named Emily is sent to Angels Memorial after a seizure caused by spina bifida, the doctors are absolutely shocked to find out that she’s the daughter of Dr. Will Campbell (Boris Kodjoe). The doctors also have their hands full with patient Kathy Byrne, a deaf woman whose car rolled into the Los Angeles River. The deaf patient, Kathy Byrne, is portrayed by Marlee Matlin. / 2paragraphs
NEVADA'S FIRST ASL SLAM HELD IN HENDERSON
Douglas Ridloff takes the stage ready to share one of his poems: “Symbiosis.” It isn’t a typical piece of slam poetry. Ridloff, who is deaf, is sharing all his work in ASL with a crowd of predominantly deaf and hard-of-hearing people. The event, known as ASL Slam, was featured for the first time in Nevada at E-String Grill & Poker Bar, 2031 W. Sunset Road, on Dec. 3. The slam is held in multiple cities and allows participants to share poetry, storytelling and comedy, said Anthony Adamo, a deaf-studies professor at the College of Southern Nevada who organized the Henderson event. / Las Vegas Review-Journal
7-YEAR-OLD DEAF BALLERINA TAKES STAGE IN 'THE NUTCRACKER'
Three down, two to go. That's The Nutcracker performance count for Tulsa Ballet's first deaf "Baby Clown." That's a little confusing perhaps but, it'll all make perfect sense when you meet her. Hannah Queen is 7 years-old and is in this year's Tulsa Ballet production of The Nutcracker. Hannah was born deaf but now wears hearing aids, and they are opening her experiences. / KOTV
CHEYENNE NATIVE SHARES HER LOVE OF PERFORMANCE WITH THE DEAF
When country singer Kacey Musgraves sings the lyrics, “Mind your own biscuits, and life will be gravy,” the meaning is implicit to speakers of American English. Not so for Camille Gabriele’s audience, however. For her audience, the deaf and hard-of-hearing, finding quite the same expression in American Sign Language can be daunting. But it’s a challenge Gabriele is more than happy to take on. / Wyoming Tribune
INTERPRETERS CREATE BOND WITH DEAF ATHLETES
Jared Kendall knew it wasn’t fair. So, he stayed. The Lubbock ISD sign language interpreter kept helping Nickolas Roman as he continued practicing for the Deaf Olympics even though Roman had already graduated from Coronado High School. “I have been with him for four years and have gone the process of working with the coaches and we didn’t think it was fair to leave him cold and dry with out an interpreter he was familiar with,” Kendall said. So Kendall kept helping him train. / Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
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DEAF STUDENT MAKES MASCOT HISTORY
Being deaf doesn’t prevent Kameron King, the new Portland High School mascot, from doing his job of keeping the crowd engaged and cheering for the home team. This fall King appeared as the Bulldog at all of the school’s home football games. He plans on making as many appearances as he can during basketball season, which started last week. King, a freshman, is the first deaf mascot in the school’s history. / The Forecaster
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KANSAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
The Kansas School for the Deaf, 450 East Park St., Olathe, KS 66061, is currently seeking qualified individuals for the following positions for the 2016 - 2017 school year:
Social Studies Teacher-Secondary
Substitute Teachers, Para’s and Dorm staff
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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.
Community Crisis Stabilization 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.
Specialized Interpreter: Interpret in ASL between those using specialized ASL and/or those with language deprivation and requiring further communication assistance.
Qualifications: Approved by the MCDHH to work as an interpreter, BA/BS and 2 years’ experience.
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POTERVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Porterville, CA Area
American Sign Language Instructor, Temporary 1 Semester - $60/hr, hourly rate may vary; The successful applicant will be expected to provide instruction in a full range of ASL courses. For full details and to apply visit: http://apptrkr.com/905734. Emails will not be accepted. As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, the Kern Community College District encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply.
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Northeast Arc has full and part-time positions, working with adult individuals who are deaf, available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. You'll be working with deaf individuals using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. Do you know ASL? If so, I'd like to speak with you about our direct care positions. 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 email Erin Maloney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH, PHILADELPHIA, 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.
Case Managers for Residential or Community Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - Full time; Glenside location. 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.
Educational / Staff Interpreter - Full Time; Philadelphia location. Minimum AA with minimum 3 years’ experience required.
Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position.
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Joel Skelton, Assistant Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
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Residential House Director
The Northeast Arc, an established Human Service agency recognized for its creative approach and state of the art services for persons with disabilities is seeking candidates for the position of Residential House Director. Ideal candidates will have fluency in ASL and deep understanding of deaf culture. The Residential House Director will be overseeing a five person home for adults with Intellectual Disabilities and are deaf.
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At least 2 years supervisory experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as fluency in American Sign Language.
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