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Announcements: November 2003

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Positions Announcement:
Student Services Specialist
Sign Language Interpreter

The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee invites applications for the position of Student Services Specialist/Sign Language Interpreter with the Student Accessibility Center, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Support Services Program. This is a 9-month academic year renewable staff position with benefits.

The Student Accessibility Center assists the university in providing students with disabilities access to all of its services and programs through the provision of reasonable accommodations and promotes an atmosphere of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability. The goal of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Support Services Program is to provide access to the regular curriculum at UWM for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing who require special support services.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience

STARTING DATE: January 5, 2004

DUTIES: Interpret/transliterate (sign language and oral interpreting) classroom lectures, discussions, labs and related activities. Prepare for classes and consult with professors and TA'’s. Assist with program support functions.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS: BA/BS degree preferred or commitment to actively pursue degree. ITP or equivalent to perform duties required. RID certification preferred (expected within two years of hire) or WITA level II in either transliterating or interpreting. At least 2 years interpreting experience preferred; post-secondary experience preferred.

TO APPLY: Send letter of application, resume and contact information for three references to:

Ms. Ginny Chiaverina, Program Manager
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program
Student Accessibility Center
 (414) 229–4549
 (414) 229–6820 FAX

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Application must submitted electronically or via fax by December 12, 2003.

The names of those nominees and applicants who have not requested that their identities be withheld and the names of all finalists will be released upon request.

UWM is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

MADHS Welcomes New Executive Director:  John Berchtold

Michigan Association of Deaf, Hearing, and Speech Services (MADHS) is pleased to introduce their new Executive Director, John Berchtold. He replaces Jody Smith who accepted a new position last summer. John brings a strong background in leadership to MADHS. He obtained his Masters in Public Administration from Central Michigan University, and has served in city management for a number of communities, four of those in Michigan and two in Pennsylvania. He also completed the Leadership Training Institute at the Menniger Institute in Topeka Kansas.

John Berchtold

  John Berchtold

MADHS provides advocacy, education, and programs serving deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired people. The agency provides coordination and support for the Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, the organization that hosts this web site.

About his new position John says, “I’m pleased to be the Director of MADHS. My mother taught us compassion by being a helping person herself. I hope to continue the fine efforts already in place.” John witnessed the impact of his grandmother’s hearing loss on the entire family. He has a high frequency hearing loss also, and brings this personal experience, as well as a strong background in management, to his new position. John and his wife Brenda have four children between them. They live in Charlotte, Michigan.

John extends a warm welcome to his new colleagues: “Feel free to stop in the next time you are in Lansing!”

For more information about MADHS visit their website at

New Deaf & HOH Agency in Muskegon

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Connection (D/HH Connection) is a new agency serving people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Muskegon. Several local agencies have collaborated to initiate this new agency. D/HH Connection will provide interpreter referrals, job coaches and training, and assistive listening device rental for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The agency also strives to develop community awareness, facilitate ADA compliance, create positive options for Deaf or Hard of Hearing adolescents, and develop a support network for families and professionals working with these populations. Additionally, D/HH Connection hopes to encourage more interpreters to service the West side of the state.

Laura and Bonnie

    Laura S. and Bonnie V.

This new agency is supported by grants from Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Gerber in Fremont, and the Fremont Community Foundation. Bonnie Vokits, MSW is the Director and Laura Sagstuen is the Administrative Assistant. Bonnie can be reached by calling (866) 384–4414 or (231) 737–4414 x35. Contact Laura by TTY: (231) 737–4463.

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Announcing the Grass Roots Organizing Workshops (GROW)! Your group is invited to apply!

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Youth Leadership Forum

Students with disabilities will be held this summer on the campus of Michigan State University on June 13-17, 2004. Approximately thirty high school juniors and seniors with disabilities will participate in the Forum. Students will be selected following an application process designed to determine their interest in developing a personal leadership plan and enhancing their skills as community leaders. These student delegates will explore the principles of leadership with the assistance of successful adult leaders with disabilities.

There is no cost to the student to attend the program.

Click here for the application form. Forms may also be obtained directly from Margaret Heiser at (877) 499–6232 or

Check Youth Section for other Youth Leadership Camps

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