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Announcements 2004

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The Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) has three (3) job openings

1. Leadership Development Coordinator to work with partners and subcontractors in creating a new Leadership Development Resource Center in coordination with the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council. This is a full-time position. The pay rate begins at $34,500 per year.

Click here for a more detailed description of this position. The description can also be found on the MDRC web site: . Additional contract positions are expected in the coming months; please check back at our website.

In addition, two Americorps*VISTA positions are available with MDRC and the Michigan Association of Centers for Independent Living (MACIL).

2. The Information Technology position will work with MDRC and MACIL staff, board, and volunteers to provide:

  • Database creation, maintenance and updating
  • Technology assistance
  • Website development
  • Technology Planning Support

Requirements include skills in Access database, including Visual Basic, website development, and hardware and software maintenance.

3. The Community Building position will work in community organizing and leadership development. Duties include:

  • Supporting and visiting community groups to facilitate planning and problem solving, and to provide training.
Leadership Development including:
  • Organizing and annotating resource library, especially pertaining to leadership development.
  • Researching the barriers to and the availability of resources to enhance leadership development through statewide disability organizations.
  • Compiling and coordinating the update of an orientation manual and training modules for emerging leaders.

The Americorps*VISTA position is a year–long, 40 hour a week position that begins in February 2005. This position provides a living allowance, health insurance and a substantial educational credit ($4,700/year). This is a great opportunity to gain experience for your future while serving your community through local non–profits advocating for people with disabilities.

MDRC is a state–wide network of individuals and organizations that advances the issues of Michigan’s disability community through grassroots activism, public education and advocacy. MACIL is a network of grass-roots advocacy organizations, building disability leadership.

Please forward this announcement to people who might be interested in the positions. People with disabilities, including those from minority groups, are encouraged to apply.

Resumes should be mailed to: MDRC, 780 W. Lake Lansing Road, Suite 200, East Lansing, MI 48823.

Invitation to Participate in a Survey on Telecommunication Technologies

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Mobile Wireless Technologies for Persons with Disabilities (“The Wireless RERC”) is gathering input about how people with disabilities use products and services like telephones, remote controls, pagers, computers, and the Internet. Results of this research will help identify ways to make these products more usable for people with or without disabilities.

The survey takes about 15–20 minutes to complete and is available on the Internet at survey/coverletter.html. Survey participants are eligible to join the Center's Consumer Advisory Network of people with disabilities. Those who join this network will be invited periodically to complete written surveys, participate in live or on–line focus groups, and test new products and services.

A $5 check will be sent to the first 1200 persons to complete the survey.

For more information or to request a paper copy of the survey, please email

Vardon’s Extreme Home Makover – A Rating Boon

See two following articles about Vardons family’s Extreme Home Makeover results.

Detroit News Article – November 9, 2004
(in case the article is not found, enter ‘Vardon’ in the New Search box to locate it.)

Daily Tribune Article – November 11, 2004
“Makeover show is a ratings boon”

Seeking Clinical Director for Deaf Treatment Program

This position has responsibility for providing vision and direction for all substance abuse program functions of The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center. These program functions include: crisis intervention, case management, detoxification, residential treatment, day treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and outpatient treatment. The Clinical Director ensures that high quality addiction services are provided, utilizing the most up–to–date research and theory. This position has responsibility to provide staff training and community presentations to diverse populations. This position works closely with other directors in order to ensure that existing contract, accreditation, and funding source standards are maintained. The Clinical Director assumes an active role in seeking new means of financially supporting the mission of the Salvation Army Harbor Light.

Masters degree in Human Services field. Training in Business Administration preferred. Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) preferred. Certification as a substance abuse counselor is preferred.

Minimum three years experience providing direct service in substance abuse counseling. Minimum two years supervisory/administrative experience in social service agency. Experience providing clinical supervision to Masterís level staff preferred.

Chris Hayden

M2005 Deaflympic Games Cultural Festival —
A Celebration of Possibility

Tickets On Sale Now!

29 October 2004 5pm: “I am very proud to announce the first release of tickets for the first ever Deaflympic Games Cultural Festival – A Celebration of Possibility” Festival Director, Alex Jones, announced today.

“The world’s greatest Deaf and hearing impaired performers and artists will gather in Melbourne over 9 magical days in January. Join artists from India, Russia, America, Canada and Australia for an international festival of colour, mime, dance, comedy, drama, theatre and film – the likes of which Australia has never seen before.”

Click here to view Cultural Festival Tickets flyer.

Calling Deaf Poets and Film Makers

Be part of history! Express yourself at the first ever M2005 Deaflympics Cultural Festival – A Celebration of Possibility.

This January celebrate Deaf Culture by entering your work in the first International Deaf Film Festival

A Film Festival with a difference – comprising an International Deaf Film Festival and a Short Film Competition.

The International Deaf Film Festival will give the opportunity for your film to be shown to an international audience.

The theme for the Short Film Competition will be ‘Sport’. You can interpret this in any way you wish. For example, you can make a film about sport, or sign the word sport, or have a sport match going on in the background.

All you budding directors – get those cameras rolling Ö

For more information go to Film Festival Guidelines or


Bridging the Great Divide – an extraordinary initiative to celebrate expression through poetry!

Created by the Victorian Deaf Society to “Bridge the Great Divide”, communication will never be seen the same again as Federation Square becomes the site where we showcase an extraordinary array of poetry signings from all over the world – each in their own native sign language!

For more information on how you can have your say and be part of “Bridge the Great Divide” visit

We invite you to submit your entries for these unique events.

Hurry Ö entries close soon.

Jonathan Benjamin
TAJ Productions
Tel: +61 3 9529 6660
Fax: +61 2 9358 2450
Mob: +61 410 562 678

Deaf/HH Agency seeks Director

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR needed to lead a new agency serving individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. The service area includes the counties of Muskegon, Oceana, Ottawa and Newaygo with a main office in Muskegon. Strong entrepreneurial and leadership skills, along with demonstrated competence in financial management, program development, marketing, public speaking and fund development required. Preference for candidates with knowledge of deaf culture and willingness to learn American Sign Language. Full time position with excellent benefits. Send resume and references by 5pm Monday, November 22nd to:

Search Committee c/o, The Muskegon Chronicle,
Box M1646. Muskegon, MI 49440. EOE
Published in the Muskegon Chronicle on 10/31

Celeste Johnson Named “Advocate of the Year”

“There is a value in taking a stand whether or not anyone may be noticing and whether or not it is a risky thing to do. And if even those who are in danger can raise their lonely voices, isnít more required of all of us, in this land where liberty had her birth?” – Teresa Heinz Kerry

With enthusiastic joy we report that the Dearborn Commission on Disability Concerns has named friend and long–time advocate, Celeste Johnson, “Advocate of the Year.” She won this award for her tireless and long–term work requiring Dearborn Schools to follow Michigan law and use only qualified or certified sign language interpreters. While her Dearborn Schools work justified this award, we note, too, that Celeste has been an equally tireless contributor of time and information to Michigan and national parent listservs. She has made herself available to anyone who needed help, whenever she had something to contribute. We know that our community is filled with daily heroes. We are pleased and honored that one of them has been recognized by others as well.

Celeste will receive her award on October 20th at Dearborn’s Disability Awareness Day at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. The Day’s festivities will accommodate all who plan to attend.

Thanks to Tricia and Calvin Luker for this submission.

New Classes at MAHDS: ASL & Speechreading

Michigan Association for Deaf, Hearing, and Speech Service (MADHS) is offering classes to the public. These classes are for anyone interested in improving communication.

Do you have a hearing loss? Do you struggle to understand when others talking? A class in speechreading may make a real difference! Speech reading used to be called ‘lip reading.’ Speechreading is a better term, since the skill involves much more than just watching lips! At this class, you can learn all about it.

American Sign Language (ASL) is the language of the deaf community. If you know someone who is deaf, or would like to, or if you are just curious about this beautiful and expressive language, join us for Beginning ASL. No prior experience necessary.

Both classes are offered in 8–week sessions for $75 per person, per class. The classes will be held in the MADHS Conference Room (address and contact information below). There will be no refunds after the class begins. A minimum of 5 students are needed to run a class, and we can accommodate no more than 12 students. Contact MADHS to register early and reserve your space! Bring a hand-held mirror to Speechreading class. All other materials will be provided.

Beginning ASL
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Dates: Thursdays, starting Oct 21, ending Dec 16. (no class on Thanksgiving).
Instructor: Frances Stieglitz, QAII

Beginning Speechreading
Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Dates: Wednesdays, staring Oct 20, and ending Dec 15 (no class Nov. 24)
Instructor: Nan Asher
Optional: Bring hand–held mirror to class.

2929 Covington Court Suite 200,
Lansing, MI 48912–4939
1–800– YOUR EAR Toll Free
(517) 487–0066 V
(517) 487–0202 TTY

Deaf Playwrignts Conference Seeks Ideas

The National Theatre of the Deaf is planning a Deaf Playwrights Conference for this coming winter and they want to hear from you!

If you are interested in attending the conference, please take this quick survey.

1. How long would you prefer the conference to be? 1 week? 2 weeks?

2. What types of workshops and materials would you like to be covered at the conference?

3. When would you prefer to have the conference, January or February?

(If you are not a playwright, but know someonewho is, please inform them of this conference)

Please send survey answers to

Telework Loan Funds Available

Do you have a desire or need to work from home? Are you lacking the equipment needed to work for an employer or become self-employed? The TeleWork Loan Fund was established to help people with disabilities purchase the necessary equipment.

These are loans, so you have to have a good plan to earn money and repay the funds. But you donít need the strong credit history a bank would require.

The Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) established this fund with Federal and State dollars. United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan, the Financial Health Credit Union, and local community agencies have joined together to offer this program to persons with disabilities. Application sites are available to assist individuals in filling out the loan application and to answer questions regarding the TeleWork Loan Fund.

For more information see the Telework Loan Fund web site:

Or contact the loan fund as follows:

Michigan Loan Funds
c/o United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan
3401 E. Saginaw, Suite 216
Lansing, MI 48912

Toll–free phone: 1.800.828.2714
Phone: 517.203.1200
Fax: 517.203.12

Volunteers Needed for Miss Deaf Michigan Pageant

Attention Everyone ! ! !

MISS DEAF MICHIGAN PAGEANT is now up and running ! ! ! We are looking for people who are interested in VOLUNTEERING their time and filling the following postions:

** Program Book Designer
** Web Designer
Talent coordinator
Costume Designer/Manager
Stage manager
Stage/Light Technical advisor
Photographer/video operator


(Please let anyone you know who might be interested in these titles/positions.)

Please reply to

Thank you, Kenya Lowe & April Lindbergh

Executive Director– Deaf Resource Center, Inc

The Deaf Resource Center, Inc in Toledo, Ohio is seeking an executive director. Click here to see the official job posting.

Abilities Expo Call for Artists

Abilities Expo/ Metro Detroit is currently seeking local artists with a disability who would be interested in displaying or selling their work at the show. The opportunity is free of charge, and is great opportunity for exposure.

Abilities Expo will provide a table and chair for each artists who signs up before the show. On-site artists will only be allocated a booth if space allows, but table and chairs will not be provided.

If there are any members of your organization or any others that you are affiliated with would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please refer them to me.

Jenn Hubal
Marketing Manager
Abilities Expo

Advanstar Communications
440 Wheelers Farm Road, Suite 101
Milford, CT 06460
Phone: 203-701-0163
Fax: 203-882-1800

MA Degree: Teaching ASL

Columbia University's Teacher College is offering a full tuition scholarship for their Master of Arts degree in the Teaching of American Sign Language (ASL). Upon completion of the program graduates are granted a Master of Arts degree and certification to teach ASL as a foreign language in the state of New York.

For more information see the website at:

Tell FIA What You Think of Their Forms

The Family Independence Agency (FIA) is revising their application forms. We are delighted that they are asking the public to review and comment before printing the new forms. FIA wants to know if the colors are easy on the eyes, if the layout makes sense, and if the questions are worded clearly.

If you have ever struggled to fill out a form for FIA, or have helped someone else do it, please consider reviewing and commenting on their proposed forms. See and comment on the new forms at:

Click here for more information.

Seeking VP at Center for Sight & Hearing

The Center for Sight & Hearing, a nonprofit organization, is seeking applicants for the position of Vice President. The Center is located in Rockford, Illinois which is 90 miles northwest of Chicago and provides information, resources, services and programs to persons who have a vision and/or hearing loss, to significant others who are affected by a sensory loss and to the community at large.

Click here for Position Description.

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Meet in St. Clair County

Do you want to meet other deaf and hard of hearing people?
Do you live in Port Huron or the surrounding area?

The Blue Water Center for Independent Living is opening their offices to the Deaf Community!

If you are interested in getting together, forming a club, or just chatting and socializing contact John Berchtold at

Mentoring Program Seeks Volunteers

The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program (EHDI) in collaboration with Michigan Hands & Voices is pleased to announce the establishment of the “Guide–By–Your–Side Program”, a paid voluntary program that will link parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing with families of newly diagnosed children with a hearing loss.

Please help us to spread the word about this exciting new program.

The “Guide–By–Your–Side Program” will be comprised of approximately 15–20 trained “Parent Guides” representing regions within the state of Michigan. Two of the Parent Guides will be bi–lingual in Spanish and/or American Sign Language. Parent Guides will work with parents of newly diagnosed children who are deaf or hard of hearing by providing 1–2 home visits to answer questions and to provide information and resources for the family.

To learn more see these documents:

New Program Letter

“Guide–By–Your–Side Program” Information

Web cast on Challenging Job Accommodation Issues

Please join The Disability Law Resource Project (DLRP) at ILRU for a Web cast on Challenging Accommodation Issues: Ask the Job Accommodation Experts.

Four accommodation experts will present this Web cast on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 from 3:00–4:30pm Eastern, 2:00 Central; 1:00 Mountain; 12:00 Pacific; 11:00 Alaska; 9:00 Hawaii.

Join representatives from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) as they provide us with information on the more challenging job accommodation issues employers present to them. Issues related to alcoholism, fragrance sensitivities, obesity, body odor, depression, HIV/AIDS, and cumulative trauma disorders will be discussed along with any other accommodation issues you want to discuss. Please submit your questions to

Click here to

Medicaid Funding for Hearing Aids in Jeopardy– Your Letter to the Governor Matters!

Lansing– The Governor is currently reviewing the proposed budget for Michigan. Please consider sending a fax to Governor Granholm urging her to keep hearing aids in the Medicaid budget. We have worked very hard to return Hearing Aids to the Medicaid budget. Currently, low income adults are not eligible for hearing aids. As you know, hearing aids are necessary for some people to communicate. Communication is essential on the job. This is a very important benefit.

Individual letters to the Governor DO make a difference. Please write a letter to the Governor and include your personal experience if applicable. Let her know that low–income people need to hear to work!

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan 48909
PHONE (517) 373–3400
FAX (517) 335–6863

Now Booking for the 2004–05 Touring Season

The Little Theatre of the Deaf, the children’s theatre wing of the National Theatre of the Deaf, is announcing their 2004–05 touring season. Two programs are being offered; Fingers Around the World and Poetry in Motion. Either program, or both programs can be booked in a single day.

Step right up and witness our brand new, never seen before production of Fingers Around the World! From year to year, this series will take you across the five continents of the world. This season, our first finger points to our opening destination, the mysterious Orient, featuring the Far East’s Adaptation of Alice in the Wonderland. The Little Theatre of the Deaf will take you on a journey into the Wonderland of the East as well as adding tidbits of culture and history for the young and young at heart. The audience will not only meet some old friends from Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic, but also be entertained by short folktales from different countries in the region. This entire 60 minute show is something you don’t want to miss!

Put yourself in the hands of The Little Theatre of the Deaf and take a whole new look a poetry in their show, Poetry in Motion The Little Theatre of the Deaf will make pictures in your mind as poetry is sculpted out of the air. See, Hear, and Imagine, as poetry is unfolded before your eyes. The Little Theatre of the Deaf, combining the spoken word with the visually dramatic American Sign Language adds a depth to poetry that will long be remembered.

The Little Theatre of the Deaf (LTD) is excited to announce that our in-school performances can include one of your student’s poems performed as part of the performance. Sponsoring schools have the option of selecting one poem, approximately 8 lines in length, from their student body and submitting it to us for inclusion in our performance at your school. As well as your student’s poem, LTD will also perform a wide variety of poems. Poetry is a part of everyday life, we sing poems, learn them from Mother Goose, and even jump rope to them. You know that poems have rhymes by using words that sound alike. Along with the poems that have “ear” rhymes, we’ll also perform poems that have “eye” rhymes!

The Tony–Award winning company will begin each 50–60 minute program with a sign language warm–up. For those who know sign language, it entertains; for those who don’t know sign language, it educates as well as entertains by providing an opportunity to learn some signs and have a greater understanding and appreciation of the program that follows.

Distinguished by a unique theatrical style, our LTD performance unfolds in two languages. By combining American Sign Language with the spoken word, the Company has created a new dramatic form, which speaks with voices of beauty and power: one for the eye and one for the ear, you See and Hear every word.

Both programs conclude with the ever popular and energetic, Your Game. Your Game has been requested and anticipated for every season we’ve performed (over 35 years). The Little Theatre of the Deaf is acclaimed for this interactive improvisatory piece. The audience is asked for a suggestion of a machine, or an animal, or anything at all. Then, the fun begins.

The Little Theatre of the Deaf program is not just a performance, but also an experience. Included in our educational/outreach partnership with the schools is our Study Together Guide. Our Study Together Guide provides teachers with material about the performance, exercises and activities to do in the classroom pre and post performance, and even includes a sign language lesson.

See for yourself what over 80,000 school children in 18 states last season are talking about. See the longest touring theatre company in the United States perform for you.

Don’t miss the opportunity to book this show for your upcoming season. Dates are going fast, so book today. For additional information please contact: Betty Beekman, Tour Director at or call the theatre at 860–236–4193

Two Teaching Positions Open at Mich School for the Deaf

Michigan School for the Deaf is currently looking for 2 teachers. If you know anyone interested, please go to At that site, it will have a place to “click” on job postings. We are in Genesee County and the positions are called “Special Ed Teacher P11.” This site will give all the directions on how to apply. The deadline is July 9.

Coalition for Movie Captioning (CMC) Needs Your Quick Action

Announcement from the Coalition for Movie Captioning: We have a great opportunity to rapidly increase captioned movies in theaters across the U.S.

A movie captioning amendment proposed by Senator Mark Dayton of Minnesota was included in the Senate JOBS Act, which passed the Senate in May 2004. Senator Dayton's amendment would give a tax credit of 50% to both movie studios and theaters for making captioned movies available, retroactive to January 2004. Unfortunately the amendment was not included when the House of Representatives passed its version of the bill last week.

Click here to

Input Sought on Research Needs from the Disability Community

What do you think are the top priority research topics related to people who are deaf and hard of hearing? The Federal government wants to hear from you!

Individuals with disabilities, persons who represent service providers, service provider organizations, disability and rehabilitation research and policy groups, and representatives of advocacy organizations are encouraged to suggest specific ideas to improve future research for people with disabilities. Testimony and comments can cover a wide range of topics including, but not limited to employment, community life, education, technology and health. Individuals can also comment on existing federal research programs. Are current programs responding to the changing needs of people with disabilities?

Public comments and written statements will be received at public meetings in San Francisco on July 20, 2004 and in Washington, D.C. on July 22, 2004. The meetings are sponsored by the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR), a statutory committee with representatives from more than 35 agencies and chaired by Steven James Tingus, Director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Individuals who wish to present comments at either public meeting must reserve time on the agenda by contacting Robert Jaeger, Executive Secretary of the ICDR. He can be reached by email:, or phone: (202) 245–7386. Reservations must be made as soon as possible and will be accepted on a first–come, first–served basis. Individuals must specify the location (San Francisco or Washington, DC) they plan to attend. Participants will be allowed approximately five minutes to present their comments.

The announcement can be found at the following URL: 06jun20041800/ 2004/04-14860.htm

Federal Register: June 30, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 125)][Notices] [Page 39444-39445]. From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access

According to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, in order to promote coordination and cooperation among federal departments and agencies conducting rehabilitation research programs, including programs related to assistive technology research and research that incorporates principles of universal design, there is established within the federal government an Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR). Among the goals of the ICDR and its five subcommittees, is increasing public input and involvement in ICDR deliberations to ensure research efforts lead to solutions for identified needs.

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