July 18, 2018
Vol. 14, No. 39
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF WOMAN FOUND DEAD INSIDE HER CYPRESS HOME
A woman in northwest Harris County was tied up and killed. Now, deputies are looking for a vehicle taken from her driveway. The Harris County Sheriff's Office responded to the 12400 block of Bent Pine Drive in the Cypress area Friday night. The victim has been identified as 62-year-old Pamela Johnson. Family members had not heard from Johnson since late Tuesday, July 10. When they went to check on her with a neighbor, they found her dead inside. She had been restrained. Neighbors said Johnson was deaf. / abc13
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF ASSURES TEXT-TO-911 WITH LAWSUIT
The state of Arizona settled a 2016 lawsuit with the National Association of the Deaf and agreed to fund text-to-911 systems. Text-to-911 allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have a speech impairment to summon emergency services and report crimes. As with other accommodations for people with disabilities, text-to-911 will also help others where it may be too dangerous to make a voice call to 911. NAD’s lawsuit alleged the Americans with Disabilities Act requires public entities to offer the text-to-911 services. / Tucson News Now
STARBUCKS' 'SIGNING STORE' WILL LET DEAF CUSTOMERS ORDER USING SIGN LANGUAGE
Now ordering a cup of Starbucks coffee could become a lot easier for the hearing impaired – at least in Washington, D.C. Starbucks is opening its first U.S. cafe staffed by employees who are partially or fully deaf and capable of communicating in ASL in early October. The company announced Thursday that it's converting an existing Starbucks location in Washington near Gallaudet University into what it calls a Signing Store. The chain will hire 20 to 25 people from across the country who know ASL. / USA Today
OMAHA VA ADDING TELETYPE MACHINES TO TALK WITH BLIND, DEAF VETERANS
For years, the Department of Veterans Affairs has distributed teletype machines called TTYs for free to help some deaf, hearing-impaired or blind veterans make text-based calls from their home telephone lines. But until now, the VA hasn’t had teletype machines of its own to answer if a veteran called for help. That left some veterans unable to contact the VA for even basic services. "They couldn’t even fill a prescription. They had to drive to the clinic," said State Sen. Carol Blood. "I said, 'This can’t be true.' " / Omaha World-Herald
WOMAN DEFRAUDED DEAF PARENTS OF $50,000
A woman was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days in jail and 200 hours of community service after her hearing impaired parents were defrauded of $50,000. Jessica DeMarco, 30, was ordered to pay her parents $7,500 in restitution, the amount the couple requested, according to the court. / Tribune Chronicle
FORUM AIMS TO IMPROVE POLICE PROCEDURES FOR THE DEAF
The Rochester Police Department and the Deaf Grassroots Movement will host an informational forum next week as part of an effort to improve local law enforcement’s procedures regarding the deaf and hard of hearing. The forum is open to residents from surrounding communities. Other law enforcement agencies, including the Dover Police Department, are expected to be in attendance, as will American sign language interpreters and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) service providers. / Foster's Daily Democrat
VIDEO ILLUSTRATES NEW COMMUNICATIONS TOOL FOR DEAF, LAW ENFORCEMENT
Thanks to the assistance of the City of Corvallis Police Department, Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, and the great team at Orange Media at Oregon State University, a short on-line video was created that illustrates the new visor and wallet cards that have been made available on a statewide basis to assist with communications between individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and law enforcement officers. / KTVZ
Sioux Falls, SD
COULD SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF PROPERTY BE USED FOR NEW WHITTIER CAMPUS
The 94-year-old Whittier Middle School may not be replaced for another 10 years or so, but a Sioux Falls school board member is eyeing other options rather than removing homes for the new campus in the core city neighborhood. One of those options could include buying the South Dakota School for the Deaf, said Cynthia Mickelson, the newly named school board vice president. "I have heard through the grapevine that the School for the Deaf sale might be going south," Mickelson said. / Sioux Falls Argus Leader
THE HISTORY BEHIND RI SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
While we continue to come up with modern technologies to help those unable to hear, deafness was once a permanent disability with little hope of living normally with. In the very early days, the deaf were often put into asylums with the blind, the epileptic, stroke victims, and others who were not as high functioning as society expected them to be. / The Chariho Times
PRESERVING DEAF TELEVISION AND FILM HISTORY
The Silent Network, the nation’s first national Deaf/Hard of Hearing television network, which started in 1979, has been hard at work on its major preservation efforts of thousands of hours of past Deaf/HOH broadcast TV shows for the benefit of today’s viewers. Viewers can now enjoy watching the digitally re-mastered shows as well as brand new shows at WAWO.tv. Shows are added regularly. Viewers can watch on their TV, tablet, mobile device, or computer. Visit www.TheSilentNetwork.tv for more background information or watch the shows at www.WAWO.tv. Join and support this major historical undertaking!
DEAF MASSEUR JAILED FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING CUSTOMER
A masseur was jailed for sexually assaulting a customer after offering her a free session as a birthday gift. A judge told Derek Aitcheson, 61, that he let his desires get the better of him while the woman was on a massage bed at his home in May last year. Former Nottingham City Hospital worker Aitcheson, who is profoundly deaf and registered blind, was sent to prison for 30 months and put on the sex offenders' register for life. / Nottingham Post
DIGITAL AVATAR TO HELP DEAF VISITORS TO YORK
An academic at the University of York has been working on a project to create a virtual signer, which can translate text into a number of international sign languages. The text is then signed by an avatar named John. A number of the city’s tourist attractions, such as the Jorvik Centre, have already shown an interest in using the software to help improve visitor experience for deaf people. / York Press
St Saviour, Jersey
ISLAND FAILING TO MEET NEEDS OF HEARING IMPAIRED, CHARITY SAYS
Advocates for the deaf in the Island say the often hidden disability is very poorly understood but affects as many as one in five people. While Health does employ an experienced translator, her level of British Sign Language ability falls below the recommended level 6 qualification. Doreen Mills of the Jersey dDeaf Society said the profoundly deaf, whose first language is BSL, have to rely on friends and family to interact for them. / Jersey Evening Post
SIGN LANGUAGE VERSION OF NATIONAL ANTHEM PERFORMED FOR THE FIRST TIME
A new Irish Sign Language version of the National Anthem has been officially performed for the first time by a deaf choir and a piper from the Defences Forces band. The historic performance took place in Leinster House at the launch of a report that advocates protocols around the use of the anthem. / RTE.ie
'EVEN DEAF PEOPLE ARE INTO MUSIC'
Fabienne is 33 and was born deaf, but that doesn't stop her from loving techno music. Unlike people who can hear the beat, she feels the rhythm through her body. But the similarities between the deaf and those who can hear don't end there. Just as there are different spoken dialects throughout Switzerland, there are also regional dialects in sign language. On the negative side, she says,"Many people think you must be stupid if you can't talk, which is not the case. It makes people feel uncomfortable talking to a deaf person." / swissinfo.ch
HOW DEAF CHILDREN IN NICARAGUA CREATED A NEW LANGUAGE
Of all the changes within Nicaragua to come out of the overthrow of the Somoza regime by the Sandinistas in 1979, perhaps the least anticipated was the birth of a new language. Nicaraguan Sign Language is the only language spontaneously created, without the influence of other languages, to have been recorded from its birth. And though it came out of a period of civil strife, it was not political actors but deaf children who created the language ’s unique vocabulary, grammar, and syntax. / Atlas Obscura
Cape Town, South Africa
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE EXPANDING COFFEE OUTLETS WITH DEAF BARISTAS
I Love Coffee, a Cape-based social enterprise that trains and employs deaf baristas to work as frontline staff in its stores, has embarked on a bold expansion drive that will see it opening as many as five new outlets over the next year. In just over a year, I Love Coffee has gone from a tiny site in Claremont to serving 450 customers per day at Publicis Africa and has secured two training sites in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and an additional three sites in Claremont, which has seen the brand go from just two deaf baristas to more than 30. / Independent Online
TIME FOR REGIME CHANGE IS NOW, DECLARES DEAF SOCIETY
The Zambia Deaf Society says it is an insult that the Electoral Commission of Zambia has continued leaving out the hearing impaired and other persons with disabilities in the electoral processes. And the deaf society has declared that time to regime change in Zambia is now. Executive director Moses Soko stated yesterday that hearing impaired persons were looked down by the commission in all aspects of electoral processes such as voter education, election observation and polling assistance. / The Mast
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LIFE & LEISURE
Kansas City, MO
TRANSCRIPT: DISCRIMINATION AGAINST DEAF PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES
On KCUR’s Central Standard, host Gina Kaufmann spoke to Reverend Debbie Buchholz, co-founder of Deaf International, and William Ennis, assistant professor of history at Gallaudet University, about the history of persecution against people with deafness in this country — and the milestones along the path to equal rights.Here is a transcript of their conversation, which has been lightly edited for clarity. / KCUR
LIGHT BEAM LETS THE DEAF (GERBIL) HEAR
Cochlear implants are one of the most successful technologies to have come out of neuroscience, but only provide partial correction for any hearing deficit. Cochlear implants have a maximum of 22 channels to perceive the frequency of an utterance. New research led by Moser has the potential to overcome these limitations by using light to precisely stimulate auditory neurons in the inner ear. Moser hopes the approach may one day improve the current generation of cochlear implants and make speech in noisy environments comprehensible for deaf people. / Scientific American
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LYFT INTRODUCES NEW FEATURE FOR DEAF PASSENGERS AND DRIVERS
Transportation service Lyft has launched a feature that will make it easier for the 1.2 million deaf and hard-of-hearing Marylanders to identify their ride. When a deaf person gets in a Lyft car they will see their name displayed on a pill-shaped device called an Amp that sits on the dashboard and lets them know they are in the correct vehicle. Lyft drivers normally hear a ping sound when they have a request for a new ride. The words “new ride” will now appear on the Amp device instead. / Baltimore Sun
DEAF YOUTH GETTING INVOLVED IN FARMING WORKFORCE
Transitioning into the world of work can be hard on anyone but for deaf youth, it can be even more difficult because of communication challenges and social isolation. Members of the Trillium Deaf Program are using the month of July to learn some skills by working on a farm. “It’s really hard for deaf kids because they can’t just go somewhere and learn from hearing people because they often can’t communicate,” explained Patricia Gans, Director of Trillium Deaf Program. / knopnews2
Baton Rouge, LA
DEPT. OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES INTERIM LEADER FOR LOUISIANA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Patrick Cooper, who once led the state’s special education office, will serve as the interim superintendent of Louisiana’s Special School District, effective immediately, the Louisiana Department of Education announced this morning. Meanwhile, Louisiana School for the Deaf Principal Ryan Gollner has become the interim director of the school. / Business Report
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
'WALKING DEAD' ENLISTS TONY NOMINEE LAUREN RIDLOFF FOR SEASON 9
Lauren Ridloff is joining the cast of AMC's flagship zombie drama for its upcoming ninth season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Ridloff, who is deaf, and is best known for her Tony-nominated work as Sarah in the 2018 revival of Mark Medoff's play Children of a Lesser God, will step into the Walking Dead universe for a multi-episode arc as Connie, a survivor who is deaf and uses American Sign Language to communicate. EW was first to report the news. / Hollywood Reporter
Los Angeles, CA
REVIEW: LOVE MAKES A DIZZYING 'ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE' IN A PLAY INSPIRED BY THE FILM 'BRIEF ENCOUNTER'
When writing about love in his 1945 screenplay for “Brief Encounter,” Noel Coward used words such as “violence” and “danger.” We tend to romanticize romance, but as Coward demonstrated in his tale of two already-married strangers who innocently tumble into a relationship, love can disrupt even the most seemingly ordered, picture-perfect lives and threaten to undo all happiness. The movie is the inspiration for “Arrival & Departure,” a new drama being presented by the Fountain Theatre in East Hollywood. / Los Angeles Times
SOUND THEATER COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS 6 PLAYS BY PLAYWRIGHTS WITH DISABILITIES
Seattle is a pretty inclusive city, but it can always be better. At least that's what Andrea Kovich thinks. "My career depends on people believing that the authentic voices need to be heard. That people with disabilities can do theater," said Kovich. Kovich has curated a series of six play readings by deaf or disabled playwrights from Canada, the United Kingdom and here in the states. / KING5.com
DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS TAP INTO WEST AFRICAN, BRAZILIAN MUSIC
Deaf and hard of hearing students from around Milwaukee have been learning music as part of a summer partnership between the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and MPS. (Uncaptioned Video) / WISN
NYLE DIMARCO: 'WE HAVE LOTS OF STORIES TO TELL'
Model, actor and producer Nyle DiMarco had no plans of getting involved in the entertainment industry until America’s Next Top Model came knocking at the door. “I wanted to teach math. That was actually my goal. I wanted to teach at a deaf university and become a superintendent or a president,” he said. / The Hollywood Reporter
ROCK 'N' ROLL CHICAGO HALF MARATHON RUNNER HOPES TO INSPIRE OTHER DEAF RUNNERS
It's one of the most fun races of the year, and that's exactly the reason why Melissa Manak is doing her first 10K at the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon. "It has music and even though I'm deaf, I want feel the music," said Manak. "That's more fun to me, feeling the music than listening to music. So I pity everyone that can hear it, but I can feel it, so I'm listening to them that way." / abc7chicago
DEAF CAMP BENEFIT WITH SPIN DOCTORS, MANDY HARVEY ON SATURDAY
Aspen Camp School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing celebrates 51 years this summer with its annual Deaf Camp Benefit on Saturday. The New York City-born Spin Doctors, famous for the hit "Two Princes," will headline the fundraising event. Mandy Harvey, the deaf singer who wowed audiences with her voice and her ukulele on season 12 of "America's Got Talent," will open the musical talent at 5 p.m. / Aspen Times
CAMP AT AZ SCHOOL FOR DEAF & BLIND BRINGS BIG SMILES
A unique, one-of-a-kind basketball camp is impacting dozens of kid's lives at the Arizona School For The Deaf & Blind. Here's more as-seen-on-KVOA sportscast: / KVOA
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Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), located in Colorado Springs, Colorado is accepting applications for a Consultant: Regional CO Hear (Colorado Hearing Resource) / Outreach Programs. The Colorado Home Intervention Program (CHIP) operates within the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB). This position reports to the Director of Outreach Programs (or designee) and is responsible to serve as a representative of CSDB to provide consultation to families of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
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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.
BA Clinician: The BA Clinician will provide crisis and respite support services to individuals in being supported by the Deaf Respite Program.
• Qualifications: BA and two years’ experience; or 5 years’ experience.
Clinical Program Manager: The Clinical Program Manager is responsible for the supervision and direction of a program, including providing clinical supervision and rehabilitative direction to a team of Direct Care Counselors and clients.
• Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in related field.
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.
MA Clinician: The MA Clinician will provide crisis and respite support services to individuals in being supported by the Deaf Respite Program.
• Qualifications: Master’s Degree and at least two years’ experience with target population (inpatient, outpatient, residential acceptable).
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.
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! Equal Opportunity Employer
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. Will accept applicants who don’t know American Sign Language as long as they are motivated and committed to learn.
Residential Counselors for Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents – Full time, part time, on call; Glenside location. Minimum HS diploma and one year of related experience required.
American Sign Language Interpreter - Full Time; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. National certification and compliance with PA Act 57 required. Minimum AA degree with 3 years’ experience.
Blended Case Manager – Full time; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences required.
Lead Residential Advisor – Full time; Glenside location. Minimum HS diploma with one year of experience as RA or two years’ experience in human services.
Office Manager – Full time; Pittsburgh location. Minimum AA degree in Business Administration, Human Resources Management or related field plus at least five years of supervisory/office experience.
Outpatient Clinician – Full time; Pittsburgh location. Minimum MA in social work or counseling and LCSW or LPC license eligible in the state of PA; knowledge and impact of hearing loss, assistive technology and needs of individuals who are hard-of-hearing; ability to work with children and adults.
Program Director for Residential – Full time, Glenside location. Minimum AA degree or 60 college credits with 4 years’ work experience with individuals with behavioral health needs and/or ID.
Therapist/Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor - Full Time; Glenside location. Minimum BA/BS in human services and two years’ experience required.
Visit our Web page at http://www.pahrtners.com/careers/ to learn more about each position and to apply.
Send your letter of intent and resume to:
Bernadette Class, 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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