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Announcements 2004

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FCC Notice on Internet Relay Fraud

The FCC has released a public notice on Internet relay fraud. The notice reminds businesses of the purpose of relay services, informs them of ways to deal with such fraud, and informs them of the fact that they cannot block calls from relay users (i.e. people with speech or hearing disabilities) when taking calls from the general public. Blocking such calls is a violation of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Click here to read the public notice.


FCC Seeks Input on Captioning

The FCC is seeking information from consumers on the effectiveness of captioning (its accuracy, costs, quantity, etc). and the quantity of video description now being provided. This is part of an annual FCC assessment of the status of competition in the video programming (television) markets.

To send comments via email to the FCC click here.

Click on “Submit a Filing” on the column on the right hand side of the page Type in the docket number, 04–227, in the space for “Proceeding.” and fill in the other applicable spaces Either attach a file from your documents or, if your message is brief, scroll down and type your comment in the space provided

Click here to read the complete FCC Notice of Inquiry. The questions on captioning are found in paragraph 23 of the document. Questions on video description are in paragraph 24.

Comments are due on July 23, 2004 and reply comments are due on August 25, 2004.


MADHS Free Hearing Aid Program

People who need hearing aids, but are unable to afford them, may apply to receive prescribed, reconditioned hearing aids through a program offered by Lions Clubs of Michigan and Michigan Association for Deaf, Hearing and Speech Services (MADHS).

The Program
MADHS and Michigan’s Lions Clubs receive donations of used hearing aids from people who no longer need them. The used hearing aids are delivered to a hearing aid laboratory. In return, the laboratory provides a credit for each used hearing aid received. A “withdrawal” from this credit account is made when an order for a hearing aid comes from a participating Lions Club.

When MADHS receives an application from an individual who meets income guidelines, it is forwarded to the Lions Hearing and Speech Committee Chairperson or one of the 11 Lions Districts.

The Local Lions arrange for an audiological screening at a reasonable cost. The audiogram is forwarded to the laboratory where the hearing aid is made. A hearing aid is then constructed, based on the audiogram, that is tuned to the persons¹ specific hearing loss. The hearing professional fits and adjusts the hearing aid. Depending on the number of donated aids and supporting funds, most people receive a hearing aid within about 2 months.

How to Apply
People who are low income or are on a public assistance program may apply to receive hearing aids. Obtain a “Hearing Aid Financial Assistance” application from MADHS. Click here to complete the form and return it to MADHS (See address and contact information below).

Please Donate Used Hearing Aids
The hearing aid distribution program depends on the donation of used hearing aids. If you know of someone who is getting new hearing aids, suggest that the old hearing aids be donated to this program. To donate hearing aids contact your local Lions Club or MADHS. Some Post Offices have hearing aid donation boxes.

Michigan Association for Deaf, Hearing, and Speech
2929 Covington Court, Suite 200
Lansing, MI 48912–4939
V/TTY 800/YOUR–EAR
V/TTY 487–0202
FAX 517/487–2586
E–Mail: yourear@madhs.org
http://www.madhs.org

Find the Lions Club near you!
http://www.lionsclubs.org/ EN/content/resources_club.shtml#


Detroit Team to play in regional Deaf Softball Tournament

The Madison Association of the Deaf (MAD) is proud to host the 61st Central Athletic Association of the Deaf (CSSD) Annual Softball Tournament at Elver Park in Madison, Wisconsin on July 23rd to 25th, 2004. A team from the Detroit Association of the Deaf is going to play in this tournament. (62nd CSSD will be held in Detroit next year!)

We are very excited to announce that we will have the lowest rates for Fans at only $20 for the whole weekend! For further exciting announcements, please continue to check our website throughout the summer!

We will give away FREE T–Shirts to the first 200 registered fans!

Angela Stratiy, a famous Deaf comedian, will perform at the tournament. She will perform her nationally acclaimed one–woman comedy show on the evening of July 24th, 2004 at Babe’s Restaurant. Come and watch this exciting performance after registering for the C.A.A.D. Softball Tournament.

We are also thrilled to host a Homerun Derby for the top 6 sluggers of the CAAD tournament. The Homerun Derby will be held after the championship game on Sunday. The top 6 sluggers with the highest number of homeruns will be able to participate in this exciting Homerun Derby! We will have awesome prizes to hand out to the 1st and 2nd place winners. Check out http://www.madisonsoftball2004.us for more information on the Homerun Derby.

For further information, please go to this website: http://www.madisonsoftball2004.us. There is an Adobe Acrobat PDF flyer on the website.

For questions, please email Billy Mauldin (Co-Chair) or Brian Fruits (Co-Chair) at info@madisonsoftball2004.us


Share Your Horror Stories about Technology Access

Do you have a “horror story” about your personal use (or lack of use) of inaccessible electronic or information technology? I am looking for people to interview for an accessibility-related article that I will submit to Software Development magazine (http://www.sdmagazine.com/) in July. An upcoming issue will revolve around usability “Horror Stories,” and I would like to raise their readers’ awareness of accessibility issues.

Here are some examples of what I mean by inaccessible technology:

  • The human resources / payroll software that you try to use at work
  • The self–checkout system that you try to use at the grocery store or library
  • The electronic voting machine that you try to use at your local polling place
  • The tax preparation software that you try to use at home
  • The cell phone that you try to use anywhere

I work on a federally funded project called the Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center (or ITTATC), which is part of Georgia Tech. We provide training and assistance to businesses, state officials, and people with disabilities so that more accessible electronic and information technology will be made available in the marketplace and the workplace. (You can check us out at http://www.ittatc.org.) If we can get this article published in a mainstream technology magazine, we will achieve our objective of “preaching” the accessibility message “outside the choir,” i.e., to the people who develop mainstream software. If the article is not accepted by Software Development magazine, we will “shop it around” to other technology–oriented magazines.

If you are someone with a disability and you have had a "horrible" experience trying to use electronic or information technology, please visit http://aef.gtri.gatech.edu/horror_intro.html and give us a brief description of your experience. We plan to publish many of the stories on our website as testimonials to the impact of inaccessible technology. Two or three of the stories will be selected for inclusion in the article. We will keep the URL available for two months, but only those submitted by June 27th will be considered for the article.

(On the flip side, we also would be interested in hearing any positive stories you have about technology, i.e., about the technology that you have found to be exceptionally accessible. We provide a place for you to record that story too.)

If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Bursa at deborah.bursa@ittatc.org, 404-894-4621 (voice in Atlanta), or 1-866-948-8282 (voice/TTY). When you are ready, go to http://aef.gtri.gatech.edu/horror_intro.html and tell us your story.

Thanks,
Deborah Bursa
Director of Technical Assistance
Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center (ITTATC)
Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) at Georgia Institute of Technology
(404) 894-4621
deborah.bursa@ittatc.org


Coalition for Deaf/HOH Meeting on 7/12/04

The Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People will meet on July 12 in Lansing, Michigan. All who are interested in services to Michigan’s deaf and hard of hearing people are invited to attend. The meeting is at the Michigan State Policy Academy, Conference Room A at 9:00 AM.

Click here for an address and map to the Policy Academy.

Click here for the Minutes of the last Coalition Meeting.


Two Scholarships for Students

DawnSign Press will award an annual $2,000 scholarship to a high school or junior college student planning to attend a four–year college. For more information see:
http://www.dawnsign.com/about/dspscholarship.html

The Minnie Pearl Scholarship for hard of hearing students is offered by the Ear Foundation. The scholarship provides financial assistance for higher education. Applicants must be:

  • A high school senior with a 3.0 GPA,
  • Accepted at a college, university or technical school,
  • A mainstreamed student,
  • A United States citizen, and
  • Have a severe–to–profound bilateral hearing loss,

For more information see http://www.earfoundation.org and click on “Minnie Pearl Scholarship.”


Funeral for Dr. David Stewart

David Stewart, Ed.D was a professor and director of the deaf education program at Michigan State University. For more information on Dr. Stewart click here. Look for his obituary below.

A funeral service will be held:
Saturday, June 12, 2004 at 2:00 pm
All Saints Episcopal Church
800 Abbott Rd.
East Lansing, MI

Visitation at All Saints Episcopal Church 1 hour before service. (A private family burial service will be held at a later time)

Those wishing to bring a dish for the reception afterward, please contact Ellen Randall at (517) 339-0802 or (517) 285-8666.
Memorial donations may be given to:

St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church
546 W. South
Mason
(517) 676-2525

or

Angel House
c/o Child and Family Services of Michigan.
4287 Five Oaks Dr.
Lansing, MI 48911.

The family is being served by the Gorsline-Runciman Co. Ball-Dunn Chapel, Mason.

Stewart, Dr. David Alan Mason, MI Died peacefully at his home near Mason, MI, on Monday, June 7, 2004. David was the husband of Elizabeth (Bazley) and father of Rachel (19), Rebecca (16), Jennifer (15) and Michael (12). He was the son of Stanley and Elsie Stewart of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where he was born; brother of Diane Little, Sherry Stewart and Amandah Tanner; uncle to many nieces and nephews; brother-in-law of Caroline Bazley and Fredrick Bazley; and son-in-law of Jean Watson and Walter Bazley of Ontario, Canada.

David received his Diploma for Deaf Education in 1978, Master of Arts in 1982 and Doctorate in Education in 1985, all from the University of British Columbia. Stewart was Professor and Director of the Graduate Deaf Education program at Michigan State University. He began his career teaching deaf children at Jericho School of the Deaf and has worked with families of deaf children for 25 years. He was a prolific writer with six books in publication and dozens of journal and research publications. He received several scholarly awards in his career, including the David Piekoff Chair of Deafness Studies at University of Alberta. He is a member of the Gallaudet University (Washington, DC) Board of Trustees. Fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), Dr. Stewart directed a number of federal and university funded research projects. His research interest included interactive video and computer applications for deaf children and hearing associates who wished to learn sign communication. He was a pioneer in creating software, on-line and other computer applications for learning ASL. His 1995 software received the "Computer Software of the Year" award from Discover Magazine.

He did extensive research and teaching in the use of ASL and English-based forms of sign communication. David believed that every child has special strengths and every child can attain their goals and aspirations. He heard not with his ears but with his heart. In addition to his deepest love of family and vocation, David was an avid hockey player and coach. He was a Technical Delegate for hockey for many years for the International Deaf Olympics. He was also a member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, Mason.


ASL Poetry Contest Deadline Extended

The deadline for the 2nd Heart + Express Sign Language Poetry Contest has been extended to July 15, 2004. The contest, which will be judged by Ben Bahan, Dirksen Bauman, and Flavia Frazier, is sponsored by the online literary journal, Slope. The winner will receive $200. Complete guidelines can be found at www.slope.org/asl. The web site also features last year's winner, Jeremy Quiroga, along with classic poems by Ella Mae Lentz and Clayton Valli, as well as new poems by Flying Words. For more details, please email RitaJRich@mac.com


Certificate Program in Deafness Rehabilitation

Northern Illinois University
September 13 - October 1
Application Deadline July 14, 2004

This unique program is designed to provide quality continuing education to rehabilitation professionals desiring to enhance skills in serving persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Stipends cover all tuition and fees. Trainees also receive up to $500 for travel costs. Housing and meals are provided as well as all necessary training materials including workbooks, textbooks, and handouts.

A three-week intensive institute on the NIU campus is followed by a distance learning portion which encourages application of the skills and knowledge learned during the intensive.

For more information contact:
Sue E. Ouellet, Ph.D. Project Director
815/753-6514 (Voice)
815/753-9125 (TTY)
souellet@niu.edu
http://www.comd.niu.edu


Postsecondary Interpreter Position Opening

Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin

Full-time, staff interpreter position (38.75 hrs/wk; 44 wks/yr). $19.64/hr starting pay, plus excellent benefits.

Prefer RID or NAD (IV or V) certification.
If not certified, require WITA (WI assessment) Level 1.

For more information and an application, go to:
http://www.matcmadison.edu

Deadline: Friday, June 18, 2004


Madonna University's Sign Language Studies Program 30th Anniversary Reunion: Seeking Former and Current Students

Whether you majored or minored in Sign Language Studies (SLS), we are looking for you to join us for a spectacular 30th Anniversary Reunion on October 1, 2005!

This reunion celebrates the 30th anniversary of the SLS program. It will be loaded with fun, fun, FUN! Entertainment and great food will be provided. This is an excellent opportunity to see old friends again and to network with professionals in the field.

Plans are already underway to set up a Reunion committee, and there's still plenty of time to join us and make this a smashing success!

Whether you wish to be part of the committee or just be kept up-to-date on the reunion, please contact either of the co-chairs listed below.

Thank you, and we hope to hear from you!

Michael Reese
MUSLS30thReunion@aol.com
734.394.2778 TTY/Relay

Rebecca Shriner
rshriner@madonna.edu
734.432.5642 voice


Granhom seeks to Appoint People with Disabilities

Governor Granholm's office is seeking qualified candidates with disabilities for appointment to state boards and commissions. To recommend someone for appointment contact the Governor's Appointments office at (517) 335-7801 and speak to Jessica McCall. To learn more about the appointments' process and the various boards and commissions CLICK HERE.


Leadership Training School: Deadline approaches

The Michigan Association for Deaf, Hearing, and Speech Services (MADHS) 10th Annual Leadership Training School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing High School Students (10-12th grades) will be held June 20th - 25th. The application deadline is Saturday, May 15! This dynamic camp is held on the Michigan State University (MSU) campus. The cost is only $150.00 and scholarships are available.

Some of this year's highlights are performances by Bertram Weston, a riverboat cruise and an open-captioned movie. Day-long sessions will include substance abuse prevention, a presentation by a deaf doctor, a day in the courthouse, a tour of the capitiol, learning to self-advocate, preparing for a job, transitioning to college, and preparing a plan of action! There will also be an assitive technology display for parents and students at check-in!

Applications are online and can be printed from the MADHS website at http://www.madhs.org.


Job Opening at Harper College

Coordinator of Accommodations
Access and Disability Services (ADS)
Harper College, Palatine, IL

Click Here for a complete description.


Scholarship for Students with Disabilities @ Kettering University

The aim of the new Kettering Ability scholarship is to encourage more people with disabilities to major in engineering or business. The recipient of the scholarship will receive $5000 if they meet the school's academic and co-op qualifications. Students must also be considered disabled according to the ADA.

Kettering University http://www.kettering.edu is a cooperative university in Flint, Michigan where students receive a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering or a Bachelor's of Science in Management.

Contact Jack Stock at Kettering University for additional information (810-762-7873).

For more on Kettering University see:
http://www.kettering.edu


50 Federal Job Openings Announced in Maryland and North Carolina

Please note: The deadline for application is May 3, 2004.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is currently recruiting to fill multiple full-time vacancies for the newly created Division of Extramural Activities Support for Grants Clerks and Extramural Support Assistants (GS-303-4/5/6). The duties and responsibilities of the positions include:

A. Receives, reviews for completeness, routes, and stores grant applications and research and development contract proposals.
B. Provides logistical support and coordination for scientific conferences, workshops, and site visits, as well as board, Council, and other advisory group meetings.
C. Manages data in the IMPAC II system and in other databases.

The vacancies have been posted on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) web site (See Careers QuickHire) at: https://jobs.quickhire.com/scripts/hhs.exe/runjobinfo? aOrg=1&aJob=1760&Username=~BROWSE~&ORGIMG=qh.gif

Click here for more information...


Focus Group for People with Disabilities in the Deaf Community and the Dearborn Area

Blue Water/ Wayne county Center for Independent Living is having a focus group to learn more about Deaf Community needs.

They want to know:
What barriers prevent you from having the life you want?
What services, skills, and supports do you need?

We will be here to listen– not to tell you what we think you need.

May 5, 1:00– 3:00 PM
Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, Club Room 2

For more information, accommodations or to RSVP:
susan@bwcil.org or (313) 577–2599


What type of services are you receiving from your Hearing Care Professional or Audiologist?

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Hearing Enhancement at Gallaudet University is conducting a brief survey regarding experiences with audiologists and hearing care professionals. Your feedback is important and will enable audiologists and hearing care professionals to deliver better services. Click on the following link to answer a short survey: https://securedgspp.gallaudet.edu/cedar_survey


Congressional Internship Program for College Students

A new academic internship program for students with disabilities is offered by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. Semester internships are in Congressional offices and federal agencies in Washington, D.C. The Washington Center will arrange workshops, seminars, lectures, embassy visits and networking events. For complete information click here!


YOU can Help! Improve Cordless Phone Access for Hearing Aid Users

If you have tried to purchase a cordless phone, or actually purchased one and found that you cannot use it with your hearing aid, it is important that you inform the FCC.

Cordless phones are covered by the Hearing Aid Compatibility Act of 1989. Until recently, consumers with hearing loss have been able to use their telecoil-equipped hearing aids with cordless phones quite successfully. However, cordless phones have “gone digital” and are now causing interference with hearing aids. According to consumers, 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz and digital spread spectrum cordless phones are causing particular problems. Some models of phones even have disclaimers on the box saying they may not be usable with hearing aids, even though they are required by law to be hearing aid compatible.

SHHH has brought this to the attention of the FCC and requested that the law be better enforced. If you have tried to purchase a cordless phone, or actually purchased one and found that you cannot use it with your hearing aid, it is important that you let the FCC know by filing an informal complaint at fccinfo@fcc.gov and to Jenifer Simpson at jenifer.simpson@fcc.gov

Be specific, not vague, by giving the following information:

Model:
Make:
Frequency:
Where did you purchase or try to purchase the phone?
Why are you not able to use the phone?
Describe the problem.
How would you like to see this problem resolved?
Name:
Address:
Phone:
Email:

Please let Brenda Battat know if you contact the FCC by emailing her at battat@hearingloss.org with your name, date of contact with the FCC, and make and model of phone.

Thank you for helping to improve access to telephones for people with hearing loss!


Vote on Cell Phone Labeling

According to the new FCC rule, cell phones that are hearing aid compatible are required to have a special label on the exterior package. You can help to determine the best label that will guide consumers when making a purchasing decision. Self Help for Hard of Hearing People has posted a survey that only takes a couple minutes to complete. Your input is important! Click here for the Survey!


Articles wanted: Students with disabilities in the first year of college

The Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) is soliciting articles for an anthology about first–year college students with disabilities. The purpose of the book is to educate prospective college students with disabilities, parents of students with disabilities, university personnel, and transition specialists in K–12, through the voices of current and former college students. The book will focus on two major issues: the experience of graduating from high school and going to college; and life during the first year of college as a student with a disability.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Making decisions about going to college or staying in college
  • Personal growth and development
  • Identity issues, especially around ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation
  • Deaf culture in college
  • Disability community, culture and pride
  • Family attitudes about disability or college
  • Life as a disabled student – in and out of the classroom
  • Working with faculty or the disability services office
  • Experiences with extracurricular activities
  • Financial aid and paying for college
  • Facing oppression and ableism
  • Differences between high school and college
  • Tips for the freshman year
  • Talking about disability or hiding a disability on campus
  • Advice for disabled high school students considering college
  • Advice for parents, professionals or educators
  • Using accommodations
  • Visibility/invisibility of disability on campus

Fictional short stories, essays, poetry, photographs and art about college experiences are welcome. Submissions may be written/typed, signed/videotaped or spoken/audiotaped. More than one submission per person is allowed, and submissions from students outside of the U.S. are encouraged. There is no age limit. Submissions may have multiple authors or artists, as long as one of the people submitting the work has been a college student with a disability. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2004 – requests for extensions of this deadline must be made in writing by May 20, 2004.

Important information regarding submissions:

  1. All submissions must include a cover page, with the author/artist’s name and contact information, including an address, email address and phone or TTY number. If the piece has multiple authors/artists, submissions should include full names and contact information for each person. Some correspondence may be necessary this summer – if contact information will change during the summer, please note that on your submission. If pieces are accepted for publication, authors/artists may use a pseudonym.


  2. If written submissions have been translated, interpreted or transcribed by a second party, please note that when submitting the work so AHEAD can ensure appropriate acknowledgements.


  3. All written submissions should be typed and should not exceed 5 double–spaced pages.


  4. All photographs and other artwork must be submitted in digital format by the person submitting the piece. For example, photographs must be scanned or taken with a digital camera. Artwork should be photographed and converted to digital media. A brief description or artist’s statement may accompany the piece, but it is not required.


  5. At least one person submitting the work must: 1) have a disability; and 2) have attended a college or university at some point after high school.


  6. Send all submissions to Wendy Harbour at AHEAD: wendy@ahead.org.


AHEAD is an international non–profit professional organization for disability service providers in higher education. AHEAD affirms its opposition to policies and practices that deprive any individual of a right or privilege because of race, gender, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability or sexual orientation. AHEAD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information, see the AHEAD web site at www.ahead.org, call 781–788–0003 V/TTY or send an email to wendy@ahead.org.


Genesee County Community Mental Health seeking Unit Instructor for Hearing Impaired Program: Community Industries

Date for 3/17/04

Application Deadline: Until Filled
Salary Range: $27,766- $36,476

General Statement of Duties:

Performs paraprofessional activities instructing clients with hearing impairments and with a developmental disability and/or mental illness in work and/or therapeutic activities; generally works under the direction of the Unit Supervisor; performs related work as required.

Minimum Requirements:

Fluency in American Sign Language and other manual methods of communication with the Deaf and minimum competency = Intermediate Level on the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI) AND two (2) years of college including a minimum of twenty (20) credit hours in Psychology, counseling, Education, Sociology, social work or any combination of the preceding OR two years of paraprofessional mental health vocational training OR high school graduation or equivalent and one (1) year paraprofessional experience working with mentally and physically impaired adults.

Additional Requirements:

A copy of college transcripts and SCPI results must be submitted with application. Veterans must submit Form DD214 to determine eligibility for Veteran’s Preference. Interested applicants are to submit an application, and must clearly show they meet the minimum requirements. Mail to: Human Resources Office, 1st floor, 420 W Fifth Avenue, Flint, MI 48503

Union: AFSCME
An Equal Opportunity Employer
A United Way Member


Hear Hear IV Technology Conference and Expo in Midland!


Michigan Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (MI–SHHH) will host Hear Here IV, a biannual Technology Conference and Exposition (EXPO) in Midland, Michigan at the Valley Plaza Resort. The dates for this event are April 23 & 24, 2004.

The conference will be fully accessible through means of video real time captioning, an infrared system, floor loop and sign language interpreters. Our workshop program is top notch! The list of speakers/topics includes:

  • Terri Portis, Ph.D. – SHHH National Office Update
  • Brenda Battat, M.S. - Employment, Discrimination and Accommodation
  • Teresa A. Zwolan, Ph.D., CCC–A – A look at cochlear implants in children
  • Gael HannanUnheard Voices, a moving play, which presents a candid and compassionate portrayal of people who live with hearing loss. Ms. Hannan will also present an interactive session on “Speechreading and Communication Skills”.
  • Harold Bate, Ph.D., CCC–A – “Understanding Your Audiogram” and “Love, Marriage, and Other Hearing Disorders”.
  • Maureen Doty, M.A., CCC–A – An educational and stimulating discussion about the latest technological options in hearing aids.

The Exhibit Hall will showcase products and services available to persons with hearing loss.

Join us for a fantastic two–day event! This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about issues related to hearing loss, to experience new technology, and to meet old and new friends!

Registration forms are available from Michigan SHHH. For more information, please check our web–site:

http://www.mi-shhh.org

or contact MI-SHHH at:
(517) 487–2583 V/TTY
info@mi-shhh.org


Support Need for CapTel Phone in Michigan

CapTel Device

CapTel Device
(click on image to go to CapTel Device’s website)

The following letter is from Ann Liming, Hard of Hearing Specialist at the Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Your letter of support is needed to make CapTel services available in Michigan. To learn more about CapTel click here.

Dear SHHH Members and Friends,

We are in need of letters of support to help us get the CapTel phone in Michigan. It is very important that we get this support at this time. Because we haven't been able to get the CapTel phone for trial in Michigan, many of you are not familiar with it. I urge you to check it out at this website: http://www.ultratec.com/info/CapTel.html.. What this phone does is:

  1. Allow a hard of hearing person to both listen to and read the caller’s message at the same time.


  2. While it makes use of relay services, calls are made directly between the parties involved without awareness that the relay is providing the captioning through voice recognition software.


  3. People who have used this phone say the voice recognition software works well and keeps close pace with the speaker on the other end of the phone.


Upclose of CapTel Device

CapTel Device
(click on image for larger view)

At this time there are hurdles to overcome that are currently being worked on. One of the hurdles is to work out how to receive incoming calls through the relay and the other is the cost of the phone.

Please spread this request to as many people as you can who you think would benefit from this phone and would write a letter of support to make the phone an option for Michigan deaf and hard of hearing citizens who want to be able to use their residual hearing and their own voice when making phone calls.

Letters can be very personable...i.e. sharing your difficulty on the phone and your need to be independent in receiving information over the phone. Tell how this phone will benefit you and others who are hard of hearing. Some hearing people may want to write a letter in support of the phone as well, as many family members contact our office requesting help for a loved one so they can communicate with them when they live long distances away.

You can urge Michigan Relay Services to take measures to make this phone system available in Michigan for the nearly 1 million deaf and hard of hearing consumers. If you want to quote statistics – of that 1 million, 900,000 are hard of hearing and about 90,000 are deaf. You may also emphasize how this phone would help benefit you or keep you on the job if that fits your situation.

Letters need to be sent to:

Kenya Lowe
Relay Outreach Staff Manager
Michigan Relay Center
800.432.5413 TTY/Voice
248.647.9387 Fax
kl1659@sbc.com

They can be sent via email or fax. Please include a copy of your letter to the director of the DODHH, Chris Hunter at: hunterc2@michigan.gov. The fax number in our office is: (517) 334–6637. If you are emailing your letter, please send me a copy as well to: liminga@michigan.gov. If you fax the copy don’t send two, but let me know via email if you would, please, so I know how many letters are coming in.

This is a very important matter and I hope each of you will send letters of support if you feel you can do so and that you will encourage others to do the same. The sooner you can send your letters the better. If you have questions, please send them to me at the email address above.

Thank you,

Ann Liming, Hard of Hearing Specialist
Division on Deaf & Hard of Hearing


Video Series Highlights Success!

The Achieving Goals! video tape series is intended to inspire! The career stories of individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing provide strong role models and practical information. The series, when complete, will include 5 video tapes, each can be purchased separately. Currently available are:

  • Phenomenal Professionals
  • Brilliant at Business
  • ‘Deafinitely’ Dynamic

For more information see the Achieving Goals! Website.


Clinician Job Opening

Touchstone Innovare in Grand Rapids, Michigan is seeking a clinician responsible for the development and implementation of achievement plans for persons with severe and persistent mental illness who are also Deaf or Hard of Hearing. This will include provision of direct services and the coordination of indicivdual group interventions rehabilitation services, and linking monitoring and support services, which may be provided by others. Requires a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and proficiency in ASL. Three years experience working with individuals diagnosed with mental illness preferred. RSY or RSW eligible. Minority applicants encouraged to apply. Competitive pay and benefits. EOE. Please send resume to:

Touchstone Innovare
Human Resources Department
201 Sheldon SE
Grand Raids, MI 49503


Scholarships for Students with Hearing Loss

The Louise Tumarkin Zazove Foundation is now accepting applications for scholarships. Any citizen or permanent resident of the United States with a hearing loss is eligible for consideration by the Foundation, regardless of his/her age, race, geographic location or ethnicity. Financial need will increase the chance of an applicant being awarded funds but this is only one of many criteria taken into account.

Scholarships will be considered only at accredited non–profit schools, physically located in the United States, and all funds awarded by the Louise Tumarkin Zazove Foundation will be paid directly to schools. Although undergraduate and graduate level of study will be strongly favored, the Foundation may on occasion consider applications for high school tuition or other appropriate situations.

For more information about these scholarships and an application Click Here.


Deaf Child Needs Home

Javier – deaf (Jan 02)

Javier – deaf (Jan 02)

A 12–month–old baby boy in Guatemala needs a home. Because he is deaf, he is considered “hard to place” in his own country. An organization called Hands Across the Water is seeking a loving home for this child in the United States. If you, or someone you know, would consider loving and caring for this child contact Kathi Nelson at hatw.nelson@worldnet.att.net for more information.

Hands Across the Water is an international adoption agency based in Ann Arbor Michigan.


Executive Director Position
Disability Awareness Center for Independent Living (DACIL)
Muskegon, MI

Are You?

A passionate advocate for the rights of people with disabilities?
An excellent administrator experienced in managing a small non–profit organization?
A leader with team–building skills?
Committed to continued growth and development?

If you are, we’d like to hear from you!!!

Position Available:
Executive Director
Disability Awareness Center for Independent Living (DACIL)

The Disability Awareness Center for Independent Living (DACIL) is a non–profit cross–disability, consumer–driven agency whose mission is to advance the independence, self–determination and participation of persons with disabilities in all areas of community life.

The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in human services or management, experience with Independent Living, good writing skills, prior management experience, able to relate well to diverse groups of people and a sense of humor.

Apply via mail, fax or e-mail by February 7, 2004
Mail: 1041 E. Broadway, Muskegon, MI 49444
Fax: (231) 830–0066
office@disabilityawarenesscenter.com


Interpreters Needed

Michigan Association for Deaf, Hearing, and Speech Services is seeking interpreters for independent contractual work, primarily in southern and central Lower Michigan. Candidates should have current Quality Assurance, or NAD or RID certification. Those pursuing certification will be considered on a case by case basis.

Apply by email to Sandy Henry at yourear@madhs.edu or FAX to (517) 487–2586.

Michigan Association for Deaf, Hearing, and Speech Services (MADHS) is a non–profit agency based in Lansing, Michigan. For additional information visit http://www.madhs.org


National Essay Contest for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Contest entries must be postmarked by February 11, 2004

Theme: Random Acts of Kindness

Gallaudet University is challenging deaf and hard of hearing students throughout the United States to write an essay. Winners will receive certificates and scholarships for postsecondary education or college. Winning essays will be published in the spring edition of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center's World Around You magazine.

“For this essay contest, we're encouraging teens to write about random acts of kindess in their lives—whether as the giver or the receiver, or—to write about a time when they were both,” said World Around You editor Cathryn Carroll.

For further information, e-mail questions to:
essaycontest@gallaudet.edu.

Click for 2004 NATIONAL ESSAY CONTEST GUIDELINES AND ENTRY FORM

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