March 8, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 20
Editor: Tom Willard
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New York, NY
DEAF WOMAN GETS $100,000 AFTER NYPD WOULDN'T PROVIDE INTERPRETER
A deaf and speech-impaired woman who sued the NYPD for allegedly denying her a sign-language interpreter while she was jailed overnight has won a $100,000 settlement from the city, the Daily News has learned. Opal Gordon was arrested on Sept. 21, 2015 while leaving Manhattan Family Court. Cops accused her of violating an order of protection. Gordon, now 54, was at court for a custody proceeding involving her daughter. The Manhattan resident claimed cops didn’t explain why they collared her — and didn’t provide a sign-language interpreter. / NY Daily News
FORMER EMPLOYEE SENT TO JAIL FOR STEALING FROM UTAH SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND
A former financial analyst for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind was ordered Tuesday to serve 30 days in jail for stealing thousands of dollars from the program. Leslie Sue White, 45, will serve 30 days in jail followed by 60 days in a restitution program. She pleaded guilty last month to a single count of unlawful use of a financial transaction, a second-degree felony. White must pay $67,000 in restitution as part of the agreement. / KSL.com
MOTHER OF DEAF REFUGEE KILLED BY TRAIN: 'MY HEART IS BROKEN'
The family of a deaf refugee from Myanmar who was killed Feb. 19 by an RTD train says it is heartbroken over his death, which his family says may have been preventable. Saw Eh, 35, died after he was hit by the train while it was being tested earlier this month. RTD and Aurora Police Department spokespeople have both said Eh walked passed crossing gates and onto the tracks, where he was struck. But his family says that since he can’t hear or read English, that he did not heed the flashing lights at the crossing gate. / The Denver Channel
A MYSTERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION GETS A NAME -- AND A GENETIC LINK TO DEAFNESS
Born deaf-blind and with a condition, osteopetrosis, that makes bones both dense and fragile, 6-year-old Orion Theodore Withrow is among an unknown number of children with a newly identified genetic disorder that researchers are just beginning to decipher. It goes by an acronym, COMMAD, that gives little away until each letter is explained, revealing an array of problems that also affect eye formation and pigmentation in eyes, skin and hair. / The Washington Post
THIEF BREAKS INTO DEAF WOMAN'S UNIT AT SENIOR LIVING COMPLEX
A family is upset after someone broke into their deaf mother's home while she was sleeping and stole her things. Shirley Hutchins, 75, was in a second-floor unit at The Avalon Park senior apartments. The thief managed to get inside the gated community and into the secured building around 2 a.m. Monday morning. Police said the burglar swiped everything from electronics to the victim's wallet and Tupperware. / WSB-TV
Virginia Beach, VA
LOCALS SEEK DEAF EDUCATION REFORM
Adriana Lopez is deaf. So are her parents, her aunt and her 18-month-old son, CJ. While deaf children born to deaf families tend to have an extensive support system growing up, that’s not always the case for deaf children with hearing parents, who are often struggle to approach communication with their kids, Lopez said. According to Lopez, the state needs to do more to make educational resources available to families navigating hearing loss. / Southside Daily
OHIO COULD SET UP DATES FOR OHIO DEAF HISTORY MONTH
A lawmaker panel has signed off on legislation establishing Ohio Deaf History Month, setting up a floor vote on the measure. Senate Bill 27 was approved on a unanimous vote Tuesday by the Ohio Senate’s Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee after testimony from supporters. / Youngstown Vindicator
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POLICE GUN DOWN DEAF CYCLIST
Police on Thursday shot dead a deaf vendor it had mistaken for a suicide bomber. The vendor riding a cycle did not respond to police calls to stop at a judicial complex check post, a police spokesman told journalists. The deceased, identified as Olas Khan, was taken to Mardan medical complex where he succumbed to his injuries. According to local people, the vendor was deaf and had been selling clothes in the area for the last 15 years to run his household. / The Express Tribune
Windsor, ON, Canada
SERVICES FOR DEAF ONTARIANS LIMITED AS CANADIAN HEARING SOCIETY BEGINS STRIKE
Canadian Hearing Society employees, including those in Windsor, walked off the job Sunday night as efforts to arrange their first collective agreement in four years broke down. Employees at 21 locations across Ontario are bargaining for better wages and to stop proposed changes to their sick leave, according to CUPE national spokesperson Barbara Wilker-Frey. The offices in Windsor and London remain open, but are being run by management staff. Limited services are available on site. / CBC News
RESIDENTS WARNED AFTER A 'DEAF COUPLE' TRIED TO CON THE ELDERLY OUT OF CASH
Thanet residents are being warned about a couple pretending to be deaf in order to con people out of cash. Police received a number of reports of cold callers in the Birchington and Minster areas on Saturday (March 4). The coupled tried to flog pictures to the unsuspecting residents, while pretending they were deaf. / Kent Live
THREE-HOUR 'INTERROGATION' FOR DEAF WOMAN ACCUSED OF BEING A 'HEALTH TOURIST'
A change in the law means that NHS staff must charge foreign patients 'upfront' for any non-emergency care they get. However, a woman of native American heritage who is deaf, was left frightened after claiming she was interrogated by NHS staff over whether she was entitled to treatment because they said she looked foreign. / Grimsby Telegraph
Wellington, New Zealand
DEAF COMMUNITY PETITIONS FOR VISUAL FIRE ALARMS
The government is being asked to change the rules and make it compulsory for visual fire alarms to be installed in public buildings. MPs have been told that the lack of visual alarms meant deaf people were often unaware an emergencies unfolding and they were always the last to be evacuated. More than 730 people have signed Kim Robinson's petition calling for fire safety legislation to change to make visual alarms mandatory in public buildings. / Radio New Zealand News
Fairfax, New Zealand
WRITER PENS BOOK ABOUT GROWING UP WITH DEAF PARENTS
Evie Mahoney's book details her experience growing up the child of deaf parents and hopes it will help people understand more about people who are deaf. Being raised a child of deaf adults has inspired a south Auckland woman to publish her experience in a book. Evie Mahoney has penned What Does the Sea Sound Like about her deaf parents and growing up as a hearing child. / Stuff.co.nz
New Delhi, India
THIEVES WHO PRETENDED TO BE DEAF AND MUTE ARRESTED IN DELHI
Two young men from Andhra Pradesh who speak only Telugu have been arrested for stealing from several Delhi homes after gaining easy access by pretending to be deaf and mute. The duo was earlier arrested by the Gurgaon Police last month but was discharged by the court, allegedly because language barrier had hampered the interrogation process and had not led to the recovery of any stolen goods. / Hindustan Times
Johannesburg, South Africa
CALL FOR SIGN LANGUAGE TO BE RECOGNIZED AS SA'S 12TH LANGUAGE
The South African National Deaf Association (SANDA) is lobbying for the inclusion of Sign Language as the 12th official language. On Monday, a protection body for religion, linguistics and culture rights, signed a memorandum of understanding with SANDA at the launch of the South African Sign Language Campaign in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. / News24
NEW TECHNOLOGY AT TA' PINU FOR DEAF TO FOLLOW RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES
The Sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady at Ta’ Pinu in Gozo has inaugurated a modern technological system providing the necessary equipment for deaf persons to follow religious celebrations carried out at the Marian Sanctuary. During the inauguration Parliamentary Secretary Justyne Caruana said the project provides accessibility for deaf persons at a place frequented by thousands of people and a place highly prominent on the map for religious tourism. / TVM News
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LIFE & LEISURE
DEAF HISTORY OFFERS VALUABLE LESSONS
Deaf history is rich and complex, but not without adversity. Those born deaf in Ancient Greece faced extreme obstacles as a result of their condition. These individuals’ livelihood was limited entirely by the ignorance of others, as no avenue of communication had been developed at this time. Evidence of fingerspelling and hand-shape charts has been discovered from as early as 1620. / Troy Daily News
MOUNTAIN VIEW STUDENTS LEARN FIRSTHAND THAT SILENCE ISN'T ALWAYS GOLDEN
Compared to the rest of Mountain View Elementary School, the silence was deafening in a handful of classrooms where a different type of lesson unfolded. Dozens of third- grade students silently experienced story time, checked out a book, played a game in gym and made popcorn selections in the "cafeteria" set up in the school's deaf/hard of hearing department. "Deaf, Deaf World," a simulation activity adapted slightly for elementary students, asked students to silently complete their daily activities. / Broomfield Enterprise
CHURCH MINISTERS TO HEARING IMPAIRED
Visitors at the Burns Church of Christ may have noticed something different going on during their services as of late. The church has started a ministry for the hearing-impaired. According to Matthew Hiatt, who is the minister at Burns, the opportunity to start it presented itself to him and the elders. “I wish I could tell you it was our idea, but it wasn’t,” Hiatt said. / The Tennesean
USC UPSTATE RESEARCHERS WORK TO IMPROVE MEDICAL CARE FOR DEAF PATIENTS
A University of South Carolina Upstate professor and student are working to help medical professionals better meet the needs of deaf patients. Warren Bareiss, coordinator of the university’s health communication program, and Tess Ellis, a communications major, have spent months researching the need for better communication and interpreting services for deaf patients at hospitals and doctors offices across the Southeast. / Spartanburg Herald Journal
Las Vegas, NV
NEVADA STATE COLLEGE TO OFFER BACHELOR'S IN DEAF STUDIES
Beginning this year, Nevada State College will be the first institution of higher education in the state to offer a bachelor’s degree in deaf studies. State officials approved the program this month, and students will begin taking classes this fall. According to the college, Nevada has a shortage of qualified sign language interpreters, which often leads to experts having to be flown in from out of state. College officials say the program will help to fill local demand for interpreters. / Las Vegas Sun News
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Colorado Springs, CO
COLORADO SPRINGS YOUTH SYMPHONY PERFORMS FOR THE COLORADO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND
It’s not Carnegie Hall but it’s a performance of a lifetime just the same. On Friday afternoon the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony put on a special show for the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. It’s a day the students look forward to every year, on both sides. “Music is important because it incorporates all of the subjects. It’s math, it’s reading, its our history,” said Julie Novak, Music Specialist at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. / FOX21News
ART / "DEAF WAY, HER WAY"
Internationally known artist Ann Silver is a founding member of the historic Deaf Art Movement of the 1960's and 1970's, which preceded the De'VIA that today represents deaf artists and their perspectives. / Rochester City Newspaper
LIBERTY'S DEAF WRESTLER CARLO PERUGINI ALMOST AT A LOSS FOR WORDS
Carlo Perugini got a text when he was on the sideline in street clothes during Liberty's Sept. 2 football game against Easton. The senior, sidelined for a third consecutive year because of a torn ACL in his left knee, responded to Liberty wrestling coach Jody Karam's text that he was OK. "I told him I wasn't going to let anything stop me from wrestling this year," Perugini said. / Morning Call
SCORES ARE ONLY HALF THE GAME AT W.PA. SCHOOL FOR DEAF BASKETBALL TOURNEY
It wasn't just game time this week inside the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf's gymnasium in Edgewood. It was tournament time. Student-athletes, coaches and family members from three states and Washington, D.C., traveled to Western Pennsylvania for the 14th annual Tri-State Middle School Basketball Tournament. The tournament marked the culmination of WPSD's season, a season that consisted of playing various private schools. / Tribune-Review
BAREFOOT WATER-SKIING PASSION REIGNITED DECADES AFTER ACCIDENT LEFT WOMAN DEAF
Water-skiing barefoot changed Karen Putz's life — twice. The first time, the sport robbed the Naperville woman of her hearing. More than two decades later, returning to barefoot skiing altered her outlook on life. At age 51, the deaf mother of three grown children set a goal to ski barefoot in all 50 states while she's in her 50s. She has 11 states under her belt so far. But her sunny attitude and passion for skiing took a hit after an accident as a teenager. / Chicago Tribune
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New York School for the Deaf
White Plains, NY
New York School for the Deaf (NYSD) in White Plains is seeking a Superintendent to begin on or about June 15, 2017. Operations at the School are under the direction of the Superintendent, who is ultimately responsible to NYSD’s Board of Trustees.
The School is seeking candidates with the following qualifications and experience:
• Demonstrated broad intellectual capacity and a record of professional achievement
• Demonstrated ability to provide academic leadership and to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, parents, community leaders, and trustees of the School
• Ability to manage the School’s budget
• Commitment and ability to unify campus groups around the School’s strategic priorities, as well as to make resource and management decisions supporting these priorities
• Knowledge and capacity to engage in outreach and fundraising
• Readiness to learn the intricacies of New York State Education Department regulations for the operation of State supported schools
• Clear commitment to standards of integrity, excellence and diversity
• Master’s degree (doctorate preferred) in education of the deaf, or a field related to educating deaf children including, but not limited to: language and cognitive development, education policy, and curriculum and instruction
• At least 5 years of educational leadership experience in an upper management position (experience as a school or program director, principal, or superintendent preferred)
• Experience and/or training in fundraising from public and private sources
• State certification or evidence of readiness for State certification
• Evidence of fluency in sign language (ASL preferred)
Please submit a résumé and letter of interest to:
President, Board of Trustees
New York School for the Deaf
If interested in applying visit www.nysd.net for more details.
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.
Clinical Program Manager: Perform functions of Direct Care Counselor, program supervision/direction.
• Qualifications: MA; or BA/BS and 3 years’ experience.
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.
Visit www.Advocates.org/Careers to apply today!
Come Work With The Best!
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.
Compensation: $12-12.50 for per diem shifts and $14 for PT/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.
Case Managers for Residential or Community Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - 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.
Clinical Coordinator – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimun MA/MS required in human services required. LCSW prefered; LPC or LSW accepted.
Nurse – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BSN/RN.
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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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.
Excellent managerial skills as the director will be overseeing direct support professionals, relief staff and other support professionals.
Be a creative person with strong organizational skills that can assist individuals in achieving their personal goals.
Provide supportive assistance in a caring environment focusing on maintaining health and along with community and social networks.
Experience with working with families, DDS and other outside agencies is also required.
BA/BS in a related field.
At least 2 years supervisory experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as fluency in American Sign Language.
Strong commitment to providing excellent quality of care.
Strongly prefer someone with First Aid, CPR and MAPS but willing to train
Excellent health and dental benefits offered as well as a 403b, tuition reimbursement, career development/ seminars, short term disability, life insurance, generous time off and competitive pay!!!
For immediate consideration, please send a cover letter and your resume, please email Erin Maloney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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