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E-Michigan Deaf and Hard of Hearing People.

Announcements 2007

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NEW Video Series Free Online: Your Day in Court

Your Day in Court is produced by the Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf. The series can be viewed for free on your computer in ASL with audio and open captions. Topics include: ADA and Your Rights, Civil Court, Court Etiquette and more. See it for free and be ready for your day in court at:

Petition: Captions on Online/Downloadable Videos

There is a new online petition about "Captions on Online/Downloadable Videos" at

The petition is directed at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). It could also be used to advocate directly with online video program providers, manufacturers, etc.

Please consider signing and supporting this online petition. Share this information with your families, friends, and members of your organization if this is something you want to support.

Seeking ASL Teachers for Macomb and St. Clair Shores Counties

Sign Language Services of Michigan is currently seeking ASL Teachers for Macomb and St. Clair Counties. Previous experience required. College degree preferred.

Please email your name and contact information along with your teaching experience to:< br /> Hearing and Deaf encouraged to apply.

Contact information:
Dawn Flanigan
CEO & President
Sign Language Services of Michigan, LLC
31507 Harper Ave.
St. Clair Shores, MI 48082

586-778-4188 v/vp
586-285-1842 tty
586-771-2042 fax
810-459-3965 text
810-459-3967 24 HR Emergency Hotline

Summer Youth Program Employment

We are looking forward to next summer and plans are already in the works for the 2008 season! MADHH is accepting applications for our summer youth programs and will continue accepting them until their deadlines.

Ralph Lynam Leadership Institute: deadline for employment application; April 1, 2008

Camp Chris Williams: deadline for employment application; May 1, 2008

All application requirements need to be met before these dates. If you worked for the summer youth programs in the past, you may be eligible to by-pass some of the requirements. Communication with our office program coordinator is essential to find out if you are eligible to by-pass any requirements. Incomplete or late applications will be disqualified.

Interpreters PAH! To work as an interpreter, we prefer that you hold current state QA or National Certification.

If you are responsible, have an optimistic approach to life, and enjoy leadership roles with today's youth, then you may be a match for working at the Ralph Lynam Leadership Institute or Camp Chris Williams. Michigan and other stat's Deaf and hard of hearing adults come together to make one of the most influential, inspiring, and outgoing teams. Applications can be found under the employment section at
Or contact the office:
VP: 517-487-0202, 1-800-968-7327 or
517-487-0066 ext: 16 to receive an application in the mail.

MADHH Accepting Applications for Camp and Leadership Institute

Camp Chris Williams for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youths Michigan Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MADHH) partners with Lions District 11B-2 to offer Camp Chris Williams, a fun-filled traditional camping experience for kids who are Deaf or hard of hearing, their siblings, and children of Deaf adults. Campers are 8 through 14 years of age. Activities include: substance abuse and violence prevention, horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, fishing, archery, arts and crafts, campfires, drama/skits, hiking, and Mini-Olympics. Camp Chris Williams is held at the Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center in Augusta, MI during the dates of August 16-23, 2008. Applications are online at or contact the office as below.

The Ralph Lynam Leadership Institute of MADHH is for Deaf and hard of hearing high school students that have completed the 9th grade and are ready to enter 10th, 11th or 12th grades, ages 16-19 years old. The Leadership Institute is held on the campus of Michigan State University, in East Lansing, MI, June 22-27, 2008. Students will receive training on advocacy skills, assistive devices, civil rights, substance abuse and violence prevention, goal setting, and team building. Fun activities usually include bowling, swimming, tours of the Michigan Capitol, participation in the signing of the national anthem at the Lansing Lugnuts baseball game and possibly an open-captioned movie. Most of the presenters are Deaf/hard of hearing and all are leaders in their field. Applications online at or contact the office to receive an application by mail:

Michigan Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
VP: 517-487-0202
Toll Free:1-800-968-7327 or
517-487-0066 ext: 16

AARP Consumer Guide to Hearing Aids

AARP, the leading organization for retired persons, has written a comprehensive guide to hearing aids. AARP prepared the booklet to answer the many questions that people have regarding hearing aids. The booklet is on line and free. Click here.

Applications Available for Michigan Youth Leadership Forum

The 2008 Michigan Youth Leadership Forum (MYLF) is now taking applications for the summer of 2008 program. All high school sophomores, juniors or seniors with a disability (have an IEP) are eligible to apply. This five day program has proven to be life changing to the attendees. There is no cost for a student to attend. The applications need to be received no later than December 31, 2007.

Please click here for the MYLF Application form.

Please visit:

Seeking ASL Instructor

Gratiot-Isabella RESD, located in Ithaca Michigan, has an immediate opening for American Sign Language instructors. Sign Language instruction is delivered to high school students using the MMNET Interactive Television (ITV) for Distance Learning located in various schools in the Mid-Michigan area.

Click here to read the job opening announcement flyer.

Contact information:
Connie Donovan, ITV Coordinator
Clinton County RESA
1013 S. US 27
St. Johns, MI 48879
phone 989-224-6831, ext. 337
fax 989-875-2858 or 989-224-9574

NAD Co-Sponsors Presidential Candidates Forum:
A National Forum on Equality, Opportunity, and Access

A News Release from the National Association of the Deaf

October 29, 2007

Anita B. Farb
Director, Communications and Operations
National Association of the Deaf

Silver Spring, MD - The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) announced that they will be the main distributor of VideoSign 3.0, an innovative multi-point video conferencing software product. The software will help connect and engage multiple deaf people in video conversations at absolutely no cost to the user. VideoSign 3.0 is slated for release early in 2008.

“Finally, we can look forward to using our personal computers and webcams to engage in video conversations with more than one person at a time; up to eight people simultaneously,” said Bobbie Beth Scoggins, NAD President. “With VideoSign 3.0, deaf people will be able to engage in video chats with each other, and include hearing persons and video interpreters as well. For so many of us who cannot travel for face-to-face group meetings, the costs savings alone is incredibly exciting.”

Distribution of VideoSign 3.0 will be handled mainly by NAD for six months after the initial launch, exclusively for the first two months. Powered by Hands On VRS, this videoconferencing software, which includes features like AOL Instant Messaging and a missed call directory, will be available for free download. The NAD welcomes opportunities for distribution of cutting-edge products offered by other providers; distribution of such products by the NAD does not constitute an endorsement.

“Hands On VRS has a long history of providing deaf and hard of hearing organizations with means of self-empowerment through the use of innovative communication technologies,” said Ron Obray, chief executive officer and founder of Hands On VRS. “Hands On is thrilled to join hands with the National Association of the Deaf. This joint effort will serve as a major resource in our mission to help break down barriers for the deaf and hard of hearing community through innovative technologies.”

State associations and non-profit organizations interested in distributing VideoSign 3.0 to their members or constituencies should contact the NAD for details, starting November 1, 2007.

Web Site Seeks Deaf Mainstreamed Athletes on High School Teams

DeafDigest/DeafDigest Sports maintains a web site at to honor current mainstreamed athletes that play varsity sports for their high school teams.

If you know of any current mainstreamed athletes in your locale please notify Barry Strassler so that they can be added to this web site. If you see corrections that need to be made, please do also email Barry.

E- Michigan Editor's Note: Please do not send information about an athlete without first obtaining permission from the athlete's parents.

Send information about Varsity Athletes to:
Barry Strassler
(established 1996)

Last Call To Sign Up For Free Consumer Advocacy Training Seminar

November 10-11 at NVRC in Fairfax, VA. Deadline to Apply - Monday October 22, 2007

(Silver Spring, MD) October 19, 2007 - TDI announces the final call to sign up for the Consumer Advocacy Training Seminar for Access to Telecommunications, Media and Information Technology on November 10, 11, 2007 at Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC) in Fairfax, Virginia. Hamilton Relay is the exclusive sponsor of this seminar.

Qualified applicants will benefit in several ways from this groundbreaking weekend training seminar:

A.) When there is a problem with TV captioning, you will remember the different options we shared with you to bring this to the attention of the right people.

B.) If your home area has public transportation (bus or subway) and there are no accessible facilities and features such as visual paging or assistive listening systems, you will be empowered to exercise your rights and use the resources you learned to deal with this situation.

C.) If you would like to invite your Senator or Representative from your district to give a presentation to your group, the few tips we shared with you will come to mind and your group will be able to discuss important issues with your elected official.

D.) If you want to maximize your advocacy efforts by sending emails or conducting an action alert over the Internet, you will be familiar with the "Do's" and "Don'ts" with this type of activity.

If you are interested in any of these items, then this two-day training seminar is a wonderful opportunity for you. You will get to interact with instructors that have had many years of experience in national/state/local consumer advocacy. You and other consumer advocates will enjoy listening to their stories full of wisdom and advice. It won't be all lectures; the entire class will have hours of fun in team-building activities. Come and start building a future of better access for Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing!

Seating is limited to approximately 25 participants and registration is required. Qualified applicants will be selected based on background and responses to the questionnaire. Go to to download the application as a PDF file.

Mail the completed form to:
TDI Consumer Advocacy Training Program
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 604
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Or you may fax the completed form to 301-589-3797. All applications must be received at TDI no later than Monday October 22, 2007. Sign language interpreters, CART and tactile interpreters will be provided.
Since this is a local event, meals will be provided, but other travel expenses will not be reimbursed.

For more information, contact and

The Consumer Advocacy Training Program is provided by TDI with grateful acknowledgment of the financial support by Hamilton Relay (

2008 HLA of America Conference: Call for Papers

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is announcing a Call for Papers for Convention 2008 in Reno, Nevada. Submissions will be accepted through November 30, 2007. Please visit our website for details:

Generous Estate Bequest Received by E-Michigan

The Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People has gratefully received a generous and thoughtful $500 bequest from the Estate of Lenora Konowicz for E-Michigan Deaf and Hard of Hearing People website (

Currently, the E-Michigan Deaf and Hard of Hearing People web site is entirely funded by donations. After an initial grant by SBC to develop the E-Michigan web site, the Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing partially funded the web site while their funding permitted. For the last two years, E-MIchigan has been maintained solely through individual and agency donations.

The Coalition is thankful for this bequest from Lenora Konowicz.

Training Stipends: C-Print and TypeWell

(Contributed by: Shannon Aylesworth, PEPNet-Midwest)

PEPNet-Midwest is extending a reimbursement opportunity to individuals in the Midwest Region who successfully complete C-Print or TypeWell training between 10/1/07 and 9/30/08.

PEPNet-Midwest Region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

Training must be completed between 10/1/07 and 9/30/08. Successful completion is determined by C-Print and TypeWell training programs.

Stipends are awarded after training is complete and paperwork is received. A total of 10 C-Print training stipends and 10 TypeWell training stipends are available for reimbursement between 10/1/06 and 9/30/07.

The maximum individual reimbursement is $300.
Up to $300 per individual!

C-Print and TypeWell
Training Stipends
Saint Paul College
235 Marshall
St. Paul, MN 55102

For more information, contact Shannon Aylesworth at (414) 229-3340 or

Click here to view the Stipend Flyer.

Free TeleSign Seminar for Deaf and Hard of Hearing on September 26, 2007

Birnbaum Interpreting Services (BIS) is pleased to announce the following Free TeleSign Seminar:

Successful Retirement (Hint: It's About More Than Money)
Wednesday, September 26, 2007 1:30 PM EST Presented by: Tim Riker

Registration Deadline -- Monday, September 24, 2007

For more details, or to register for this and other exciting teleconferences, please visit us at:

What is TeleSign Seminars?

BIS is proud to announce TeleSign Seminars, a FREE program enabling Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons to actively participate in educational seminars through our Video Relay Interpreters on your video screen and hearing participants as well.

Participants can listen and/or participate in seminars by dialing into a pre-set "bridge line" that connects a large number of people into one seminar call. The sign language interpreter interprets for the presenters or lecturers who sometimes may have guest speakers that provide a seminar and discussion among the audience. This can be done from the comfort of your home without the cost and hassle of travel, lodging and time. The seminars are always up to date with the latest information from leading experts in their field: business, marketing, banking investments, mental health, wellness, nutrition, real estate, interior design, Deaf culture, Video Relay Services, Video Remote Interpreting and much more. Successful_Retirement_Flyer.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Seeking Two Part-time Interpreters

The Salvation Army Harbor Light in Monroe is hiring two part-time interpreters.

Please click here to view the interpreter job description.

Applicants may FAX resume:
(734) 457-3842

The Salvation Army Harbor Light
25 S. Monroe Street
Suite 309
Monroe, MI 48161
Attention: Marjorie Tursak, Clinical Supervisor

Seeking Social Worker/Support Coordinator

Description: Full-time clinician for counseling/case management of deaf and hard of hearing clients for mental health and substance abuse. Applicant must demonstrate a competency in assessment, diagnostics, and documentation. Maintain relationship with Network 180 and act as an advocate or guide. Requires Bachelor’s Degree (Masters Degree preferred) in Social Work. Knowledge of American Sign Language and deaf culture required. Experience serving deaf and hard of hearing persons with a range of communication skills are a definite advantage.

Pay scale according to experience.

Application deadline: Nov. 1, 2007

Send cover letter and resume to:
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Maggie Smedley
500 Cherry St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Or e-mail:

Funeral Service for DEAFinitely IT Inc. Co-founder


August 29, 2007

To all of our Closest Friends and Deaf community,

As you well know DEAFinitely IT Inc. was founded by Karen Redrup and Helen Jones in 1992.

We have just been given the news that we have lost one of our founding interpreters Karen Redrup.

Karen kept in touch with as many of her friends as she could while fighting the battle against the disease that took her life. We know that she has touched so many people’s lives and we are proud of her for her accomplishments and the dedication that she made to her family, friends and the Deaf community. We here at DEAFinitely IT know how much she cherished each and every one of you.

I’m sure she will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Visitation and funeral information for Karen Redrup is as follows:
Newcomer Funeral Home
4150 W. Laskey Road (near Talmadge Road)
Toledo, Ohio
Phone: 419-473-0300
Visitation: Wednesday September 5, 2007 4:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.
Funeral: Thursday September 6, 2007 10:00 a.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home
Services will be interpreted

Announcing Launch of Jewish Deaf Congress Inc website!

Columbus, Ohio (August 27, 2007)

Announcing the launch of a national Jewish Deaf organization, Jewish Deaf Congress’ website,; everything you’ve wanted to know about Jewish Deaf Congress, Inc. which was formerly known as National Congress of Jewish Deaf (NCJD) by many old timers. The new site is a work in progress with a goal to give an insight of the JDC’s story, JDC Quarterly archives, articles submitted by various Jewish individuals, and updated information of its upcoming retreats and national conference.

JDC’s president, Marla Berkowitz explains the motivation for the creation of the website: “Preserving our passion for strong identity as Jews who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals and our Jewish Deaf history deserves visibility. Therefore, the best venue for educating and staying abreast of our activities is the website.”

The Jewish Deaf Congress, Inc. today is a vibrant organization, serving persons who are Jewish and Deaf or Hard of Hearing primarily in North America. Our mission is to provide religious, cultural, and educational experiences. Our people include those who became deaf before acquiring language, those who became deaf later in life, and those who are hard of hearing. Parents join our organization, as do grandparents. Some with our deaf constituents represent a community of interpreters or educators, and rabbis, or perhaps even children or siblings or just friends of deaf adults.

JDC board is striving for innovative ways to create a “Jewish home” where there are ample opportunities for Jewish learning, fostering friendships, and celebrating Judaism is valued. “My hopes and dreams for JDC is to reach out and connect with as many Jewish deaf or hard of hearing people throughout the country and the world”, says Deborah Mayer, JDC’s Board at Large. Just as the wandering Jews have been for thousandths of years, Jewish Deaf and Hard of Hearing people may have found a place of their own.

The highlight of the website is the announcement of JDC’s upcoming retreat in October called “Mapping your Jewish Spiritual Journey”. Check to download the flyer. We encourage everyone to join us! “Education is the key…. I want JDC to provide as many educational opportunities, especially through the use of Vlogs on JDC’s website. In this way, Deaf and Hard of Hearing people can learn about Judaism in ASL”, says Allon Yomtov, JDC Treasurer.

Jewish Deaf Congress, Inc. is a voluntary organization, and is actively seeking funding from various sources. Donations and sponsorships are welcome.

Tell Your Story — Chance to Win $1,000

Editor's Note: As a deaf or hard of hearing person, how has high speed Internet changed your life? Do you use a VRS or VRI? Do you have a video phone? Is your job different because you have high speed Internet? This contest is for anyone who uses high speed Internet: Doctors, teachers, students. Deaf and Hard of Hearing People have a story to tell about high speed Internet. This is a great opportunity to let people know how the Internet has changed your life!

Access to high speed Internet is more than just a luxury or convenience – it’s changing the way we live and communicate. High speed Internet has a huge impact on all of our lives and the Alliance for Public Technology (APT) wants to hear how it has changed your life.

The Communications Workers of America is a member of the APT, a consumer group focused solely on broadband and advanced telecommunications technologies. This contest is the latest effort to show how high-speed internet is changing all of our lives on a personal level.

A grand prize of $1,000, a second place prize of $500 and a third place prize of $250 will be awarded to the best submissions. They will also be highlighted on the APT website and featured in APT-sponsored events.

Take a minute to share your story here:

Connecting everyone to a high speed network opens the door to an amazing array of possibilities to improve our health care, public safety, education, and economy. Access to emerging voice and video communications makes it easier for doctors to get access to experts in every field. High speed networks can quicken response times for police, firefighters and other first responders. Teachers can expand their classrooms beyond the school walls via video conferencing.

These changes are taking place every day, but unfortunately many Americans simply don’t have access high speed internet to take advantage of new technologies.

By sharing your story of how high speed internet has changed your life, you can help highlight the benefits of fair and equitable access for all Americans:

The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2007.

Michigan Broadcasters Help Move to DTV (Digital TV)

Miss Deaf Teen Michigan and Miss Deaf Michigan Winners

Michigan Digital Television

Congress has ruled that analog broadcasting will end on February 17, 2009. This means that unless you have a new digital TV, you will need a convertor to watch free TV (over-the-air). The good news is that when Congress passed the new rule, they included $1.6 billion to help low-income people get digital-to-analog convertors. With the special convertor you can still get free television from local broadcasters.

Broadcasters in Michigan have made a significant investment in digital technology to meet deadlines set by the FCC. The Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters want to help people understand the switch to DTV. A new web site will provide clear information to help you understand this change. See the new web site at:

Survey Needed for Equipment Distribution Program

The Michigan Public Service Commission, DODHH, and MRC, are doing a research on the possibility of setting up a Distribution program here in Michigan. We need to gather information from the community to show the 'need' for such services in our state. We will have a video version of these questions in ASL coming soon.

Please spread the word. The survey needs to be completed by Michigan Residents only by August 28th.

Please click here to complete the survey online.

Miss Deaf Teen and Miss Deaf Michigan Winners!

The Miss Deaf Teen and Miss Deaf Michigan Pageants were part of the 51st Biennial MDA Conference. The contests held at beautiful and historical Kalamazoo State Theatre, Kalamazoo, Michigan in July, brought out many talented and beautiful young women. This is the first year for the Miss Deaf Teen Pageant.

For more information see the Michigan Deaf Michigan web site at:

Miss Deaf Teen Pageant Winners

Miss Deaf Teen Queen - Karlee Gruetzner- Miss Teen Deaf C.A.N!
1st runner up- Ashleigh Dreyer- Miss Teen MSD
2nd- Juliana Rue- Miss Teen Dr. Laurene Simms
3rd- Kayla Denton- Miss Deaf Teen St. Louis
Miss Congeniality- Abbey Moreland- Miss Teen DPAN

Miss Deaf Michigan Pageant

Miss Deaf Michigan - Jillian Gruetzner- Miss C.A.C.
1st Runner up - Amanda Bogart- Miss Carson City Lion’s Club
2nd - Ean Strickland- Miss Deaf C.A.N.!
3rd - Nicole Gaines- Miss Deaf South Lyon, Mi.
Miss Congeniality- Amanda Bogart- Miss Carson City Lion’s Club

Miss Deaf Teen Michigan and Miss Deaf Michigan Winners

Karlee Gruetzner, MDTM and Jillian Gruetzner, MDM

Deaf Options Announces New Location!

Deaf Options announces new location. They have moved to a new building. Their new address is:

19145 Beech Daly
Redford, MI 48240-1418
313-586-8873 (v)
313-961-8120 (v)
888-843-7949 (TTY)
313-279-0550 Fax

They will be having open house on Friday, October 5, 2007 from 12 noon to 7 pm.
"We hope you all can join us and visit our beautiful office!"

New AA meeting for the Deaf/HH Community in Dearborn

There will be an interpreter for the deaf/hh at the Dearborn Heights AA meeting in Dearborn, Michigan beginning on Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 8:30 PM. This meeting will have an interpreter every Sunday evening. The meeting is an open meeting of AA and we have a speaker each week who shares his or her experience.

Click here for the flyer

CSDVRS is Hiring Sales Rep in Michigan

CSDVRS Sales Representative will be responsible for introducing CSDVRS to new customers, while also strengthening CSDVRS' relationship with current customers. Excellent prospecting skills, a strong work ethic, disciplined time management skills, and solid closing skills are all requirements of this position. Be a part of the NEW FUN and ENERGETIC CSDVRS Team!

For details see the posting at:

Summer issue of HLA-MI newsletter

The Hearing Loss Association of Michigan announces the summer issue of their newsletter. It is free and may be downloaded from their web site by clicking the following link:

Your Input Needed For Career Development

We need your input for a study conducted through the University of Georgia that aims to understand the mentoring experiences of employees who are deaf or hard of hearing. Previous research on mentoring relationships in the workplace has virtually ignored employees who have a disability. This is your opportunity to contribute to a growing body of knowledge about the mentoring experiences of professionals. Your participation in the study will be anonymous and will require approximately 30 minutes of your time to complete a simple online survey about your mentoring experiences. For every survey completed a $1 donation will be made to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) on behalf of all of the study participants.

Click here to begin the survey online soon.

Seeking Parent Guides For Guide-By-Your-Side (GBYS) Program

The Michigan Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program is currently seeking applications for Parent Guides for our Guide-By-Your-Side (GBYS) Program. The GBYS Program is an exciting program that provides an opportunity for a family who has just learned of their child*s hearing loss to meet with another parent of a deaf or hard of hearing child who understands what the new family may be experiencing and can answer their questions.

The program serves families of children 0-6 years of age. We are accepting applications from parents that live in Oakland County or the Upper Peninsula.

In addition we are seeking a Parent that is fluent in Spanish. We are preferably seeking parent Guides that have children under the age of twelve years old. Attached is the application form which can be faxed or mailed to the information listed below. Applications are due on August 17th, 2007.

Interviews will be held in early September. Any new Guides that are hired are expected to attend the GBYS training on October 17th, 2008. If you would like to apply or if you would like to recommend someone for these positions, please contact: Kylie Sharp, Parent Consultant for the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program.

Click here for Parent Guides application form.

Contact information:
Kylie Sharp
Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Program
Michigan Department of Community Health
109 W. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933
ph: 517 335 8273 - Voice/VP
Fax: (517) 335-8036

Hearing Aid Loaner Program for Children MADHH Announces New Program

Michigan Association for Deaf and Hard of Hard Hearing (MADHH) recognizes the importance of amplification in hearing rehabilitation and development of the young child's brain. Lengthy abstinence of amplification can significantly impact a child’s development and learning opportunities. Minors may have difficulties securing “loaner” hearing aid(s) while their hearing aids are being repaired, replaced or purchased for the first time. To reduce the time a child must be without amplification, MADHH has been piloting the hearing aid loaner program.

This program is not based on financial need.
The hearing aid loaner program is for Michigan children 18 years and under.

To read more about the the MADHH Hearing Aid Loaner program Click Here. Or visit the MADHH web site at

Transitional Housing Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Women Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS)

The Transitional Housing Program (THP) in Seattle for Deaf and hard of hearing women has six apartments available. If you know someone who needs a safe place to live, please contact Sheli below.  To apply for THP, a woman must be with one or more children (can be pregnant), homeless or soon-to-be homeless, and have low income. Funding for travel to Seattle is available.

Sheli will schedule a video phone conference to answer your questions.

Sheli Barbar

Seeking Resident Care Aide at MSD

A Resident Care Aide position at the Michigan Schools for the Deaf has been posted on the Civil Service website to recruit both internal and external candidates. The closing date is July 6, 2007. Check department bulletin boards or the Civil Service website for information on this position. Please help us find the highest quality candidates from diverse backgrounds by alerting your colleagues and networks of this opportunity. For your convenience a direct link to the vacancy announcement is:

Seeking Full-Time Staff Interpreter

VOICE, Inc., a progressive, growing non-profit agency located in Saginaw is seeking a Full-Time Staff Interpreter with National Certification or State QA III. Competitive salary and full benefits.

Tammy Scholl, Executive Director
V.O.I.C.E., Inc.
4274 State Street
Saginaw, MI 48603
Voice:    989.497.7111
FAX:      989.497.9060
VP/TTY: 989.497.7112

Employment Opportunity for Job developer/Job Placement Specialist

Full-time position doing Job Readiness Training, Job Development and Job placement for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in Grand Rapids. To see the full announcement click here.

Application deadline: 7/15/07

Send resume to:

Maggie Smedley
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
500 Cherry St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Outreach Specialist Positions Open

WE WANT YOU CSDVRS is now accepting applications for Outreach Specialist positions in the Michigan area. This position is a part-time, contract basis with responsibilities of meeting people, making house calls, hosting events, providing presentations and/or workshops to promote CSDVRS. Responsibilities also include “one on one” training with customers on how to use CSDVRS and other services available at residences or businesses.

To learn more click here!

Are You One of the One Hundred?

The MDMPA (Miss Deaf Michigan Pageant Association) is recruiting 100 businesses and organizations that are willing to donate $100 to our Pageant Scholarship fund. All proceeds will go to college scholarship funds for the top 4 contestants in the Miss Deaf Michigan Pageant.

If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of these young Deaf women, please take a moment to donate $100 and have your business or organization’s name added to our Top 100 Business list.

Your business or organization will be recognized in the program booklet that will be distributed at the Miss Deaf Michigan Pageant on July 28, 2007 at the Kalamazoo State Theatre. Your business or organization will also be recognized on our website at:

If you want to be one of the one hundred, please fill out the form (link below) and send a check or money order to:

P.O. Box 456
Hazel Park, MI

A scholarship and ambassadorial program, the MDMPA’s focus is on building strong Deaf (female) leaders in the state of Michigan while providing young Deaf women with self-awareness and leadership training. Public presentation skills from other Deaf professional women and former Queens and contestants are also provided. The MDMPA’s contestants gain self-confidence and direction while learning to take on community responsibilities. In September 2006, MDMPA held the first ever Junior Miss Deaf Michigan Pageant for young girls ages 9 to 12 at Michigan School for the Deaf. On July 28, 2007, the first Miss Deaf Teen Michigan Pageant will be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan for teenage girls ages 13 to 17.

MDMPA is raising the bar for Michigan’s Deaf youth. Please! Join us in our quest to build strong Deaf leaders…“One Crown at a Time.”

For more information, contact Kenya Lowe or April Lindbergh at

Or click here for an application form.

The Hilberry Theatre Interprets "Translations"

Wayne State Univeristy's Hilberry Theatre in Detroit, Michigan is currently presenting the play, Translations by Brian Friel. Wayne State University’s production of Translations is performed with American Sign Language Shadow Signers, built into every production for the entire run. According to Dan McDougall, signer for the Hilberry production, “Brian Friel’s Translations parallels the Deaf experience as American Sign Language is an indigenous foreign language, constantly influenced and impacted on by English and devalued by the dominant, hearing culture.”

Special rates are offered for groups interested in attending this production, which runs through May 19, 2007. Tickets are available by contacting the box office directly at 313.577.2972, open noon-6:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

Click here to read the full press release.

Seeking Camp Counselors and ASL Interpreter for Deaf/HH Camp

Communication Access Center is seeking camp counselors and ASL Interpreter for Camp Destination for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Camp O' Fair Winds in Columbiaville during the week of August 12 - 17,2007.

Click here to view the announcement for the camp job positions. Contact Dragan Jaksic at for more information.

National Theatre of the Deaf Seeks New Director

Dr. Paul L. Winters, Executive Director / President, has recently informed the NTD Board of Trustees that he plans to retire by December 31, 2007. The search is now being started to identify a similarly dynamic individual to guide the NTD into the next decade.

Please click here to read more about Dr. Paul L. Winters's achievements and the job position description/application.

Seeking Caregiver Who Uses ASL

AmeriStaff Nursing, a private duty home care agency currently has a position available in the Grosse Pointe Area. This position requires the caregiver to communicate with sign language. Full and part time available. $12.00/hour. If you are interested, please contact Vicky at (248) 288-2270.

Housing Options for Abused Deaf Women

Seattle, WA- “A Place of Our Own” transitional housing program at the Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS) currently has vacancies for Deaf women who are fleeing from or recovering from domestic violence. This brand-new apartment building is located in a lovely residential neighborhood north of the University of Washington in Seattle.

“A Place of Our Own” is a unique building with built-in accommodations for Deaf and Deaf-Blind residents plus a full range of on-site services: advocacy, parenting classes, child care, counseling and much more. Most of the ADWAS staff are Deaf and all are fluent in ASL.

To learn more about this new program click here...

Walk4Hearing at Two Michigan Locations:
Kensington Metro Park in Milford and Metro Health in Wyoming

Thirty-one million people in the United States have a hearing loss. Sixty percent of them are between the ages of 21 and 65. Many face discrimination in the workplace and lack access to community events. Unable to hear well in gatherings with family and friends, people with hearing loss withdraw and become isolated. It is difficult to imagine not being able to hear or understand a child’s voice, what is being said in even small group gatherings, over the telephone, the dialogue on the TV or the sounds of nature. Nearly every person’s life is touched by someone who has a hearing loss.

Ann Liming, one of Michigan walkers and a past president of Hearing Loss Association of America explains, "I have personally lived with a hearing loss for nearly 40 years and have been surrounded by family members with hearing loss all of my life. Because my hearing loss is hereditary, it has already been identified in a nephew and grand nephew. Fortunately for me, I found an organization many years ago that provided me with understanding and knowledge about hearing loss and how to live with it effectively. The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the national voice for the rights and concerns of people who are hard of hearing. HLAA impacts public policy, research direction, product design and innovation, disability rights and best practices in hearing health. Because HLAA (formerly, Self Help for Hard of Hearing People –SHHH) has opened so many doors for me, I want those same opportunities to be available to future generations of people with hearing loss."

If you wish to support the Hearing Loss Association through Walk4Hearing you may make a tax-deductible donation. Any amount, great or small, will help to make a difference in the life of someone with a hearing loss. Everyone is invited to join the walk, either by joining an existing team or forming your own team. You will find walk and donation information at Walkers may designate the money they raise to a particular team or "Michigan State Office" when they register.

Click here for a flyer about the walk, with information about the two Michigan Locations.

Attention Deaf/HH Hunters, Fishers, and Boaters!

The Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DODHH is doing a survey to find out any problems deaf and hard of hearing people may be having hunting, fishing and boating. Please click the Hunt Fish Survey below, complete the survey, and send it back to DODHH by April 23, 2007.

Click this: Hunt Fish Survey.

Substance Abuse Treatment Program Seeks Outreach Coordinator

The Salvation Army Harbor Light Substance Abuse Program for Deaf/Hard of Hearing People is seeking a full-time Outreach Coordinator. This is a full time position with full benefits. See the posting by clicking here.

Project Find: State Wide Referral Source Launches Web Site

Project Find is a Mandated Activities Project, funded by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services. Project Find conducts continuous public awareness and referral activities designed to locate, identify, and refer as early as possible all children, youth, and young adults with disabilities who may be eligible for special educational services through Michigan’s Administrative Rules for Special Education and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B. 

Project Find is devoted to helping individuals, parents, and people who work with families connect with the special educational services that may be needed.

In Michigan, eligible children, youth, and young adults may receive special educational services from birth to age 26. If you know of a child, youth, or young adult who is having difficulty learning or who is struggling in school, contact Project Find for more information about free educational services provided by Michigan public schools.

Learn more at:

MADHH Summer Youth Program Employment - All is FILLED!

The staff at the Michigan Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MADHH) is pleased to introduce our 2007 summer camps. We are accepting staff applications for our two summer programs: The Ralph Lynam Leadership Institute and Lion’s Camp Chris Williams!

These are annual camps that are a full week long. We are looking for a DIRECTOR, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, COUNSELORS AND INTERPRETERS to join our MADHH family! Deaf and hard of hearing applicants are strongly encouraged to apply!

The Ralph Lynam Leadership Institute of MADHH is for Deaf and hard of hearing High School students currently in 10th, 11th, or 12th grades: held at Michigan State University, June 17-22. Students will receive training on advocacy skills, assistive devices, civil rights, substance abuse prevention, goal settings, time management, and team building. Fun activities that we may experience include bowling, swimming, a court trail visit, and a rear window captioned movie. A large majority of the Deaf and hard of hearing presenters are leaders in their fields of work.

The Lions Club; Camp Chris Williams: we partner with the Lions District 11B-2, and it is a fun-filled traditional camping experience for children of Deaf adults (CODAs), Deaf or hard of hearing children, and their siblings, ages 8-14. Camp activities include LifeSkills Programs, horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, archery, craft building, drama, and Mini-Olympics. Camp is held at the Lake Sherman YMCA in Augusta Michigan on August 12-18. Mandatory training for all staff will be on August 11, 2007.

Staff application deadlines:

Camp Chris Williams - June 1, 2007
Ralph Lynam Leadership Institute – May 1, 2007

You can learn more about MADHH, browse camp pictures of previous years, download the application, or apply online on our website: Remember that the video taped questions can be substituted with a Video Phone interview!

We are thrilled to start our camps and hope together we can offer the best support for our students and campers.

Interpreter Bill Senate Hearing- Observe or Testify

The interpreter bill, HB 2008 passed the House with 108-0 votes. Now the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on Senate Bill 25, which will have the same language as the passed HB 4208. The hearing will be on Tuesday, April 17 at 12:30 pm. in the Farnum Building, Room 210 in Lansing. The Farnum Building is on Capitol and Allegan Ave. It is across from the state Capitol building. Park in the public parking ramp across from the building.

Interpreters will be provided. You are invited to observe or testify.

ASL Instructor Needed in Flint

Language USA is looking to contract the services of an ASL instructor in Flint, who has at least five (5) years experience teaching American Sign Language to both deaf children and hearing adults, with an SCPI rating of Superior or RID certified.

Please provide a current resume and salary requirement via email to Monica Mercer: Location, Flint Michigan Details will be provided on receipt of resume.

Survey on Deaf-Blind Use of Video Relay

The American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB)is seeking input from individuals who are deaf-blind regarding experiences with Video Relay Interpreting. Please note: The deadline for this survey is March 28. Click here for a copy of the survey and return it to Elizabeth Speirs whose contact information is on the MS Word document

Attention Interpreters!

DLEG-Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DODHH) is a QA approved sponsor of the Miss Deaf Michigan Pageant for 3 indirect QA units.

The Miss Deaf Michigan Pageant will be held July 28, at 7:30 pm in the Kalamazoo State Theatre in Kalamazoo. Special Guest Appearance: Miss Deaf America Chelsea Tobin!

For more information see:
Click here for Pageant flyer!

Ask Your Representative to Support Updated Interpreter Bill

Michigan currently has an exciting opportunity before us!

This summer will be the 25th anniversary of the "Deaf Person's Interpreter Act." While this legislation has been successful and benefited many people, we now have the opportunity to advance our legislation to include medical, education, financial, employment, government, and legal settings as well.

Please take action and get involved on this issue by visiting the informative website: and sending messages to our state legislators!

Please click here to read more and take action!
Please click here for Microsoft Word version.

Case Manager Needed for the Deaf AIDS Program

This is a full-time, 40 hours per week, salaried position with compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications. DEAF C.A.N.! is an equal opportunity employer: Deaf nad Hard of Hearing people are encouraged to apply. Sent or e-mail resume to:

Marcy Colton, Director
2111 Orchard Lake Rd #101
Sylvan Lake, MI 48320

New Teacher Needed at MSD

A Special Education Teacher P11 position at the Michigan School for the Deaf has been posted on the Civil Service website to recruit both internal and external candidates. The closing date is March 16, 2007. Check department bulletin boards or the Civil Service website for information on this position. Please help us find the highest quality candidates from diverse backgrounds by alerting your colleagues and networks of this opportunity. For your convenience a direct link to the vacancy announcement is:

Hiring Full time and Part time Interpreters

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Connection is offering a full benefits package, very competitive salary and Monday thru Friday hours. We are located in Muskegon Mi., on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. We are just 2 ½ hours north of Chicago and 3 hours west of Detroit. Contact us today:
Voice- 231-722-dhhc (3442)
Fax/TTY- 231-722-3443

The D/HH Connection is an equal opportunity employer.
Relocation allowance possible.

Important: Hearing on Interpreter Bill, HB 4208

There will be a hearing on the Interpreter Bill, HB4208, in the Michigan House Regulations Reform Committee on Tuesday, February 27 at 12:00 noon, at the Anderson House Office Building, Room 308 in Lansing. Click here for map: downtownlansingmap_22107_7.gif

The Representatives will vote on the bill after hearing testimonies from the people. If the committee supports the bill, the bill will go to the House floor for vote.

When the bill becomes law, it will require banks, hospitals, doctor offices, employers, law offices, schools, colleges and government offices to hire qualified or certified interpreters. Those businesses and agencies are already required by the existing state and federal civil rights laws to provide an interpreter but this will not allow them to hire unqualified interpreters.

The public is invited to attend the hearing. The more people in the audience, the more it will impress the Representatives.

For more information about the bill, click on for PowerPoint presentation and on for a copy of the bill.

Tax Benefits Announced For Families Affected By Disabilities

From Hearing Review:

February 14, 2007- Significant 2006 tax benefits may be available to parents of children with disabilities. The North Virginia Resource Center suggests parents visit the to review these benefits in an article titled “Year 2006 Tax Benefits for Parents of Children with Disabilities,” by Michael A. O'Connor, Esq.

“It’s likely 15 to 30 percent of families with a disabled child have one or more unclaimed tax benefits,” O’Connor, a parent attorney, said.

The NVRC points out instruction in sign language, speech therapy and remedial reading may be deductible. Related books and materials may qualify for the medical expense deduction.

Other valuable deductions may be available for tuition costs for a special school that has a program designed to educate children with disabilities and amounts paid for a child’s tutoring by a teacher specially trained and qualified to deal with severe disabilities.

There may also be deductions available for the expenses incurred by parents who attend conferences to obtain medical information about treatment and care for their children.

Find complete information at

Miss Deaf Michigan & Miss Junior Deaf Michigan to Sign for Pistons

The Miss Deaf Michigan Pageant Association has received information from the Pistons Box Office that on April 17th, Yemaya Sharp (Junior Miss Deaf Michigan) and Jonelle Thames (Miss Deaf Michigan) will be signing the National Anthem for the last Pistons game against Toronto.

The game is slated for April 17th at 7:30pm and it will be televised!! Tickets for the Pistons game are on sale now, and the cost of the tickets are $40.00 with a fleece blanket.

Contact for more information:
Michelle Peterson

EHDI Community Development Position Posted!

The Michigan Department of Community Health, Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Program has posted the Community Development position within the EHDI program. The position will work with various segments of the community, including hospitals, Early Intervention providers, Audiologists, and Early On to provide a statewide system of care for deaf and hard of hearing infants and children.

The position closes February 28, 2007.

Click here for Public Health Consultant Position
Click here for Position Description


Topic:    "My Biggest Challenge is..."

Eligibility: The Optimist Communication Contestfor the Deaf/HH is open to young people through grade 12who live in Michigan’s lower peninsula.   Students attending public/private schools, special needs schools, and home-schooled youth are eligible to enter if criteria are met.

In collaboration with Oakland Community College, a separate competition for students through grade 14 will also be available as long as the qualifications below are met. Scholarship prizes will be awarded.

Qualifications: Allparticipants in the Michigan District Optimists Communication Contest must meet the following requirements:

  1. Students must submit the results of an audiogram completed no longer than 24 months prior to the date of the contest by a qualified audiologist.

Presentation Style: Students may use sign language, an oral presentation, or a combination of both to compete. Both styles are judged using the same criteria.

Length of Presentation: The presentation must be at least 4 minutes, but no longer than 5 minutes.

Prizes: Students may be awarded medallion at regional level, plaque, or $1,500 scholarship at Michigan District level. Matching prizes for both presentation styles.

Date: April 28, 2007 statewide competition, OCC Auburn Hills Campus, 4832

CONTACT: Kathy Gaita,


Please click below for application forms.....
CCDHH Contest Information
CCDHH Application Form

MADHH Accepting Applications: Camp Counselors and Interpreters!

The staff of Michigan Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MADHH) is pleased to introduce our 2007 summer camps. Staff applications are being accepted for two summer programs: The Ralph Lynam Leadership Institute and Lion’s Camp Chris Williams!

These annual camps are a full week long. We are looking for counselors and interpreters to join our MADHH family! Deaf and hard of hearing applicants are strongly encouraged to apply!

You can learn more about MADHH, browse camp pictures of previous years, download the application, or apply online on our website:

Click here to see the complete announcement.

Consider a Career in Deaf Education

Teachers are needed who have a passion for teaching students who are deaf or hard of hearing. A new web site provides more information about this exciting and challenging career. Click here to view the PDF or visit

AFC Home for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People Opens

A specialized AFC (adult foster care) home in Allegan, Michigan is now accepting Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.  There is currently one young lady living in the home who is Deaf. The owners would love to fill the house!  There are a total of 6 beds, shared rooms, and a family like atmosphere.  If you would like more information you may contact Leison House AFC at 269-686-1160.  Please leave a message if no one is available to take the call.

Counselor with Deaf/HH skills Needed in PA

Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has an immediate need for 4 Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VRCDHH). Starting salary is $43,462/yr with full benefits. PA residency is not required to apply. Eligible candidates must possess a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, or CRC credentials, or proof of approval to sit for the CRC exam as determined by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. In addition, candidate must be able to communicate at the intermediate sign communication on level as determined by the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview evaluation. To learn more click this link

To request application materials contact Cindy Mundis at or (717) 787-7834. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Equal Opportunity Employer/Program

CSDVRS Seeks Michigan Outreach Specialists

CSDVRS, a video relay provider, has several job openings, some in Michigan. To view all of their postings see:
To view the job posting for Michigan click here.

Seeking Full-Time Clinician

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services is seeking a full-time clinician for counseling/supports coordination of deaf and hard of hearing clients for mental health and substance abuse. Requires Master’s Degree in Social Work and knowledge of American Sign Language and deaf culture. Applicant must demonstrate a competency in documentation and diagnostics. Group skills and experience serving persons with Substance Abuse or Co-Occurring Disorder are a definite advantage.

Please send resume to:
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
500 Cherry St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Announcing Revitalized MIRID Local Chapter 1: Great Lakes MIRID

Great Lakes Local Chapter 1 (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair and Monroe counties) meets the last Friday of every month from 7-9 pm at Sign Language Services of Michigan Learning Center, located at 31507 Harper Ave in St Clair Shores, MI. The regular board meeting is from 7-8 pm. There will be a time of socialization with the Deaf Community, interpreters and students, and professional development from 8-9 pm with Professional Interpreters Association.

For more information about becoming a member or our monthly meetings please email:
Stacey at or
Bethany at

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