June 21, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 35
Editor: Tom Willard
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GENE SIMMONS TRIES TO TRADEMARK THE SIGN LANGUAGE SYMBOL FOR 'I LOVE YOU'
Eternal businessman Gene Simmons really likes to put his band name on any product that’ll sit still long enough, but he’s taking it a step further with this one, as he attempts to trademark a hand gesture he claims he invented. The problem is that the hand gesture in question was not only used by various people in the media well before he ever set foot on a stage, but it’s also widely used by a significant portion of the wider community: the deaf. / Tone Deaf
OHIO PRISONS TO CLARIFY HEARING AIDS POLICY, PAY $22,000 TO SETTLE ACLU LAWSUIT
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has agreed to clarify its policy on issuing hearing aids to prisoners to settle a lawsuit brought by a hearing-impaired inmate who said prison staffers would not give him two working hearing aids. James Handwork, a murderer serving his sentence at the Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut, filed suit in 2016, saying prison officials would only give him one new hearing aid to replace two broken ones. / cleveland.com
STATE PROBE FINDS 'DEFICIENCIES' IN DEAF TEEN'S TREATMENT AT HOSPITAL
The Arizona Department of Health Services has completed an investigation into Mesa’s Banner Desert Medical Center in response to a foster mother’s complaint that her deaf daughter with special needs was neglected while in the hospital’s care. The state’s report concluded there were several “deficiencies” related to the girl’s case, including a failure to ensure proper treatment of a wound, failure to properly document her care, and a failure to properly compare active medications with discontinued medications. / KPNX
Baton Rouge, LA
LOUISIANA CELLPHONE TAX FOR DEAF SERVICES SIGNED INTO LAW
Louisiana cellphone bills will be edging up later this year. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday that he has signed into law a bill enacting a new 4.5-cent monthly tax on cellphones. The dollars will pay for technology assistance and services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. / The Associated Press
ROCHESTER DEAF COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER FOR FESTIVAL
Under sunny blue skies, members of the deaf and hard of hearing community held their bi-annual festival at Genesee Valley Park. The Rochester Deaf Festival started back in 2009, when co-founder Chad Lugwid saw a need for an event that provided opportunities for deaf individuals to network and share information on services in the area. Festivalgoers enjoyed food trucks, a petting zoo and a fire truck for the kids to explore. / Spectrum News
PROFESSOR RECEIVES $1.1M GRANT, PROMOTES TEACHER TRAINING
In May 2016, Mackenzie Savaiano, assistant professor of practice in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, received a grant of $1.1 million toward her field of education. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, was used to train graduate students to become teachers of the deaf or hard-of-hearing (DHH) or students with visual impairments. / The Daily Nebraskan
RIT/NTID AND UR HOST NATIONAL MEETING OF DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING SCIENTISTS
Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) and the University of Rochester Medical Center held the first Rochester Summer Research Training Institute with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Scientists and Their Mentors June 11-13. The three-day conference drew one of the largest groups of deaf and hard-of-hearing scientists in the nation. / RIT/NTID News
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DEAF, PROUD AND MUSICAL!
Since the beginning of 2017, our deaf workshop leader Halimeh has given 104 music workshops to deaf children and children with special needs as part of our Palestine Community Music program. Halimeh followed Musicians without Borders’ Music and Nonviolence Leadership Training in Palestine, and graduated from the online learning course Music as Therapy. / Musicians without Borders
SHAKED MEETS WITH DEAF JEWISH OSCAR WINNER
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked met Tuesday with Hollywood deaf actress Marlee Matlin, who was the youngest ever actress to win an Oscar in 1986 at age 21 for her role in the movie Children of a Lesser G-d. Matlin is on her first visit to Israel under the auspices of the Rodman foundation. / Israel National News
HEARING-IMPAIRED COUPLE WED AFTER DATING 6 MONTHS VIA VIDEO CALLS
Because love knows no boundaries and the internet is awesome, a Korean-Thai couple, both hearing- and speech-impaired, were married Sunday after meeting online and virtually dating for six months by communicating in sign language over video calls. Darat Sukeebot, 43, from Thailand’s Ayutthaya province and her South Korean lover, Lee Hun Young, 58, wed in a traditional Thai ceremony at the bride’s home—something she had always dreamed of. / Coconuts
THEATRE ADAPTS SHOW TO CATER TO DEAF COMMUNITY
Cameron Mattox has always made the effort to share his passion for theatre with his hearing-impaired daughter. Now the artistic director at Hagley Theatre Company has branched that out to the entire deaf community with a showing of the group's latest production, Don't Date Androids. Two interpreters will sign the entire show on Wednesday night. / Stuff.co.nz
Fairfax, New Zealand
YOUNG DEAF COMMUNITY-BASED OFFENDER TURNS LIFE AROUND
Jarrod Burrell and Kirsty Herbert have helped a Deaf offender turn his life around, helping him with communicating through sign language. A young Deaf criminal offender has turned his life around with the help of a probation officer fluent in sign language. The offender, who cannot be named for safety reasons, had been serving a community-based sentence for low-risk offending. / Stuff.co.nz
ARTISTS FROM THE DEAF COMMUNITY CELEBRATED WITH A FASHION SHOW
As the beat slowly grew louder a door opened at the entrance to the runway. Chris Fonseca came running out and began to move in perfect sync with the rhythm. To the uneducated observer, the performance was just another choreographed dance. However, he couldn’t hear the music. Fonseca is deaf. Last week, on Wednesday evening, tech hub TRMW hosted a fashion show for Central Croydon. This was no ordinary fashion show since the participants and artists on display all hailed from the deaf community. / The Croydon Citizen
HEARTLESS THUGS TARGETED BLIND AND DEAF MAN, BUT HE FOUND THE PERFECT SOLUTION
A deaf and blind man targeted by heartless muggers has rebuilt his confidence - thanks to a four-legged friend. Chris and Claire Gallagher from Crosby seem like any other young couple, but their lives are not ordinary. Far from it, Chris and Claire have had to show great courage and spirit to overcome adversity. / Liverpool Echo
DEAF TEEN WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS IS PUNCHED, HAS MOPED STOLEN
A deaf teenager with learning difficulties and crippling cystic fibrosis was punched to the floor and had his scooter stolen. The incident captured on CCTV was the culmination of a campaign of bullying by youths that had seen Gary Bellamy, 23, spat at in the street, according to his mother. Too scared to leave his home following the attack, Gary found the courage to give evidence against his attacker. / Mirror
DEAF SCHOLARS TAKE THE LEAD WITH NEW BOOK AND CONFERENCE
A new book and conference represent “a major leap forward for the discipline” of deaf studies. Innovations in Deaf Studies: The Role of Deaf Scholars is the first volume to be written and edited entirely by deaf academics. A tie-in conference, held at Heriot-Watt University on June 14-15, brought together more than 200 delegates from 26 countries. / THE News
Toronto, ON, Canada
TOO FEW INTERVENORS TO ASSIST THOSE WHO ARE DEAF-BLIND
When Serena Reynolds became an intervenor for the deaf-blind a decade ago, she stumbled into her career by accident. Like many, Reynolds didn’t know that thousands of children and adults in Ontario live with the dual disability, made famous by Helen Keller and recognized since 2015 in June, Keller’s birth month, during National Deafblind Awareness Month. Reynolds went to school to become a child needs worker and struggled to find a job until she came across a listing for intervenors. / Toronto Star
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LIFE & LEISURE
SHABBATON FOR JEWS WHO ARE DEAF-BLIND CONVENES IN BALTIMORE
Eighteen Jewish Deaf-blind adults from across the United States, Canada, and Israel joined together for a fully-accessible Shabbat to socialize and learn about their shared heritage at the Pearlstone Retreat Center this past weekend, June 16-18, as part of Our Way, a division of Yachad. The 5th biennial Deaf-blind Shabbaton is a unique endeavor. / Orthodox Union
New York NY
DEAF SHELTER DOG MASTERS DOGGIE SIGN LANGUAGE
Blue is here to show that deaf dogs can do it all. This hearing-impaired pooch can’t fully understand voice commands, but that hasn’t stopped her from mastering tricks. Just like any other well-trained canine, this shelter pup knows basic commands like “sit,” “stay” and “come.” Blue just learned her skills through sign language catered to dogs. / People.com
MOMENT MICKEY MOUSE SIGNS TO DEAF TODDLER DURING DISNEY DINNER
A toddler’s trip to Disney World turned into a dream come true for his family when Mickey Mouse surprised them with sign language during a dinner at one of the resort’s restaurants. Bethany Rodgers, whose son Jay is deaf, shared a moving clip of the interaction on her Facebook page. / Fox News
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KLEIN HAS BEEN A VOICE FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED
Barbara Klein did not set out to be a teacher, but faith and personal experience led her on a path that is coming to an end. Klein just finished her 36th year of teaching hearing impaired or deaf students and will retire this month after spending the majority of her career in Stanly County Schools. “I had not planned to be a teacher, but I knew I wanted to work with people,” Klein said. / The Stanly News & Press
THIS ADVISOR IS DEVOTED TO SERVING DEAF COMMUNITY
Being deaf from birth did not stop Lee Kramer from becoming a successful financial advisor. Now, after decades in the business, Kramer, who just turned 60, runs a firm consisting of deaf advisors who serve mostly deaf clients.Kramer grew up in a deaf family. When the family played Monopoly, he would ask questions about the real estate and financial transactions going on in the game, but his parents and their friends had few answers. / Financial Advisor Magazine
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
New York, NY
MEET THE MAN BRINGING SLAM POETRY TO THE DEAF COMMUNITY
Douglas Ridloff started composing poetry in ASL when he was a teenager, after a well-known ASL poet named Peter Cook visited his high school. Fast forward 10 years, and he hadn’t done much in the way of slam poetry apart from a little dabbling. But then a friend of his invited him to an informal gathering of college students, where ASL was used to respond to challenges and prompts. “I wasn’t interested in the first place,” Ridloff said in an interview with HuffPost. / The Huffington Post
CHANCE THE RAPPER HIRES HIS OWN ASL INTERPRETER FOR DEAF FANS
In case you weren’t already sure before, Chance the Rapper just solidified his role as the music industry’s superhero. Just a couple months after donating $1 million to the Chicago public school systems, Chance, whose full name is Chancellor Bennett, made an announcement on social media that he's hired an ASL interpreter for his upcoming shows to help his deaf and hard-of-hearing fans enjoy his concerts more fully. / In Touch
SOUNDS LIKE A ROLL MODEL
Overcoming great odds is something Nyle DiMarco knows very well. We were first introduced to the New York native in Cycle 22 of America’s Next Top Model back in 2015. He was the first deaf model ever to compete and win. / AUGUSTMAN
GOLF TOURNAMENT BORN OF DESIRE TO HELP KIDS HEAR
Inspired by two of his grandsons who were born deaf, Columbia resident Gary Walsh is now bringing his mission to help hearing-impaired youngsters across the state to Orangeburg. Walsh is the founder of The Joyful Noise Foundation, which raises funds to provide financial support for the hearing-impaired children of South Carolina in acquiring hearing implants and ancillary services. / The Times and Democrat
DEAF NFL PLAYER COMES BACK AS A FALCON
Derrick Coleman, the NFL’s first legally deaf offensive player, is coming back to the field as a fullback for the Atlanta Falcons. Coleman first gained recognition during his time with the Seattle Seahawks from 2012 to 2015, when he was part of their Superbowl-winning season. He returns to the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons, as a replacement for Pro Bowl fullback Patrick DiMarco, according to ESPN, and is currently participating in their minicamp. / Hearing Like Me
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The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) is recruiting to fill two vacant positions.
Technology Assistance Program Specialist Coordinator – https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/66598
The position assist the Technology Assistance Program (TAP) manager in overseeing the delivery, installation, training, troubleshooting on specialized telecommunication equipment distributed throughout Virginia.
Community Services Specialist - https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/77656
The position assist the Community Services manager in providing community services throughout Virginia including education & training, information & referrals, and outreach activities.
These positions are open until filled.
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.
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.
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.
Minimum Qualifications Include:
• ASL fluency.
• Valid driver's license/reliable transportation.
• Related education (as applicable).
Visit www.Advocates.org/Careers to apply today!
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.
Residential Program Director – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum of AA degree or 60 college credits required.
Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services required.
Nurse – Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BSN/RN.
Training Coordinator – Full Time. Glenside location. Travels to Pittsburgh as needed. Education requirements flexible and based on experience. Must be proficient in ASL.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 215.392.6065
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