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Announcements 2008

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Holiday Greetings from Sprint Relay!

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The Sprint Relay Team wishes you very Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year! Thank you all for your continued support and loyalty.

See you in 2009!

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More Job Openings at CAC

Communication Access Center has more job openings. Please click the following job positions for further information.

Candidates should email their resumes directly to: for immediate consideration.

Lisa Palo
Human Resources
Communication Access Center
1505 W. Court Street
Flint, MI 48503

10-Digit Local Number

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6 New Job Openings with CACJOBS

There are six job openings at CACJOBS with excellent opportunities for the right candidates. Click on the following links for further job descriptions:

Case Manager

Job Developer/Recruiter

Job Developer Senior

Community Developer

Professional Developer

Branch Manager

For more information:
Kimberly St. Onge
Vocational Programs - CACJOBS

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Happy Holiday Note about Captioned Telephone Service!

Happy Holidays!

Live in the Now and regain access to the phone today with Captioned Telephone Service!

With the holidays upon us, you can cherish the moments with your family and friends, far and near, by staying in touch with them over the telephone. CapTel® offers an amazing phone and service that allows individuals to not only speak to and hear their callers, but also read what they are saying!

Go to to see a demo of how CapTel® works!

To find out if CapTel® is available in your state, go to

Funds for Interpreter Training Available

Michigan has a severe shortage of interpreters. Today the Governor and DLEG awarded $2,000,000 to Michigan Works for the No Worker Left Behind Initiative.

To access these funds, students need to apply through their local Michigan Works office. It is important to make sure the Michigan Works Agencies are aware of the interpreter demand and make sure the programs are on the state’s official list of approved training programs (the Career Education Consumer Report). Apply early as these funds typically are exhausted quickly.

Below is a link which indicates the demand for interpreters. This report can be found on DODHH web page as well.

Help increase the available number of QUALIFIED interpreters within our state.

Sheryl D. Emery, M.A., Director
Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Governor Granholm Allocates $2 Million of State Funding for No Worker Left Behind Initiative

December 4, 2008 – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG) today awarded $2,000,000 of state General Fund/General Purpose (GF/GP) funding to the 25 Michigan Works! Agencies (MWAs) to support the governor’s No Worker Left Behind (NWLB) initiative.

“This funding will help citizens upgrade their skills for new good-paying jobs that demand more specialized skills and knowledge,” Granholm said. “A highly skilled workforce is key to retaining and attracting employers who want to grow their business in Michigan.”

"Our aggressive economic strategy is bringing companies and thousands of jobs in industries that are demanding highly skilled, educated workers," said Granholm. "This funding will help keep pace by enrolling thousands more Michigan residents into the training they need to get and succeed in good-paying jobs."

Governor Granholm announced the No Worker Left Behind initiative on August 1, 2007; an ambitious plan to train 100,000 Michigan citizens in three years for jobs in high demand occupations, emerging industries, or entrepreneurial endeavors. NWLB gives Michigan residents the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to win good-paying jobs in today’s global economy. No Worker Left Behind provides up to two years of free tuition at any Michigan community college, university, or other approved training program,for qualifying participants.

Funding for No Worker Left Behind is provided by the State of Michigan (Public Act 251 of 2008) and the U.S. Department of Labor. A table is attached that provides the specific funding allocations for each MWA. To view an interactive map of the state’s 25 Michigan Works! Agencies and the counties included in each, go to

DLEG is investing in Michigan’s future by helping to create the jobs of today and tomorrow, ensuring that our children and adults have the skills these jobs demand, making Michigan a better place to do business, and training and placing those who need jobs now.

To learn more about the No Worker Left Behind initiative, visit the NWLB website at

Job Opening: Disabilities Grant Project Director

Do you have a proven record of project management and a passion for ending domestic and sexual violence, specifically within the deaf community? Join HAVEN?s team of professionals whose mission is to eliminate domestic violence and sexual abuse through treatment and prevention services across Oakland County, Michigan and surrounding communities.

Bachelors degree in Human Service Field; Knowledge of domestic/sexual violence issues; Proven successful record of project management and leadership of needs assessment and strategic plan development; Excellent written and interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively communicate and instill enthusiasm with community collaborators; Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to issues of cultural diversity, specifically ASL and deaf culture, as well as meeting the needs of underserved communities. American Sign Language fluency a plus.

This is a newly created position with a grant expiration date of 9/30/2011 with the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The program focus will be to improve services for victims of domestic and sexual violence from the deaf/hard of hearing community. The first year involved trust building, strategic planning and implementation of technical assistance by OVW. Years 2 and 3 focus on policy development, cross training and intensive collaborative development. This person will serve as the primary contact with OVW, and have overall responsibility for project management, budgets, timelines and communication. Additionally, this position is responsible for facilitation of interdisciplinary meetings, written reports to funders, and attendance at technical trainings both on-site and at designated national locations.

HOURS: Full-Time, flexible schedule required
SALARY: Commensurate with experience, plus competitive benefits package

Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:
Human Resources
Disabilities Grant Project Coordinator Application
PO BOX 431045
Pontiac, MI 48343
Fax: (248) 334-3161
E-mail resumes including salary requirements to:

New Online Interpreter Directory Now Available at

By Joy Thomassen, NAD IV, CI/CT, Michigan State Interpreter Coordinator, Commission on Disability Concerns, Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

The Michigan Commission on Disability Concerns, Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDC-DODHH) is pleased to announce the new Online Interpreter Directory at (under “For Interpreters”). Names of newly credentialed interpreters are now posted immediately so that employers, agencies, hospitals, schools, government offices, Deaf community consumers, and fellow interpreting professionals are able to hire qualified individuals more readily. Interpreters can also track their credential requirements to ensure they renew on time. Updates occur weekly to the names and credential information of available interpreters. With this expanded electronic service, a greater number of requests for American Sign Language interpreting services will be met and the community better served.

The Online Interpreter Directory is a huge improvement from the previous directory which was a PDF of a paper format that was updated every six months or so. Unethical people could alter the PDF and print it to show credentials that had expired or never existed. Daily and weekly updates are more reliable and accurate for those needing to employ interpreters. As new people test and become credentialed they are posted online almost simultaneously as certification notices go out. More enhancements of the site are planned including capability of allowing interpreters to sign-in to update their contact information with the DODHH office, registering for testing online, making payments electronically, and recording professional development. Each of these features will assist interpreters in speeding up the process for them to become “qualified” to work in Michigan and/or supporting their efforts to keep their credentials.

This project was a combined effort of staff from the MCDC, DODHH, and the Department of Information Technology (DIT). A special thank you to all who worked on the development of the site and made the online directory possible: Christy Hill, Janet Jurus, Jeanne Heckman (former contract employee) and Joy Thomassen all from DODHH; Cheryl Mattson, MCDC; and Ed Kodish, Dane Jurkovich, and John Henry from DIT.

On June 27, 2007, Gov. Granholm signed legislation amending the Deaf Persons’ Interpreters Act of 1982. Now, for an interpreter to be “qualified” for employment in Michigan, he/she must have credentials from the State of Michigan Quality Assurance (QA) exam or from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. As part of the legal responsibilities of DLEG’s Michigan Commission on Disability Concerns, Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing office, a database of currently credentialed interpreters is maintained.

NAD Board Seeks Motivated Persons Who Want to Make a Difference

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Board of Directors seeks the involvement of motivated and energetic persons who want to get involved in the NAD – and help make a difference on behalf of the American deaf and hard of hearing community. Such volunteer involvement is sought for NAD Board standing committees between now and the 2010 NAD Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Dialogue among committee members is mostly through email and IM chat discussions (and in between, via VP).

Visit the NAD web site at to learn more...

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

“America’s People, America’s Talent, America’s Strength” is the theme for this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month. “This year’s theme conveys the tremendous contributions that these Americans can make in the workplace,” says United States Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao.

On Thursday, October 30, 2008, the Office of Great Workforce Development, together with the Alliance of State Employees with Disabilities is sponsoring “Enhancing Careers While Managing Disability: an Event for Employees and Managers Impacted by Disability”, in room L-500 of the Cadillac Place, 3026 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI.

To learn more, read the article...

Website Offers Health Education in American Sign Language

People who are Deaf and hard of hearing now have a place to learn more about various health topics in their native language of American Sign Language (ASL). was launched in September 2008 with the purpose of providing health education in ASL to promote the overall wellness of this vastly underserved population. “Our mission is to provide clear and concise health information in ASL to promote the overall wellness of the Deaf and hard of hearing community,” said Casey Davis, founder.

Find a link to DeafMD in the Health Care section of E-Michigan: click here
Read the full press release: click here

Detroit Panthers Seeks Deaf and Hard of Hearing Players

A new basketball team is being formed. Players must have a 55 dB loss or greater. To learn more about this team, view the flyer - click here. Text the coach, Charles Barrett, at 313-485-1174.

Two Job Openings in Grand Rapids

Job Development and Placement Specialist

The Job Development and Placement Specialist assists deaf and hard of hearing persons referred through Michigan Rehabilitation Services with job seek skills, training, and job placement in the greater Grand Rapids area. Full-time position with benefits and mileage reimbursement. Salary commensurate with experience.

Please click here to read more about this job opening: Job Development and Placement Specialist.

Mental Health Case Manager

Full-time position providing comprehensive mental health case management and supports coordination to Deaf and hard of hearing in the Grand Rapids area.

Please click here to read more about this job opening: Mental Health Case Manager.

Send resume to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, 500 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503 or e-mail to

FCC Ruling Requires 10-Digit Phone numbers

Kelby Brick, Vice President of Regulatory and Strategic Policy, provides an update on the historic FCC ruling of June 24, 2008 which made it mandatory for relay companies to provide customers with real, 10-digit phone numbers. He also clears up some misconceptions about these numbers out in the community, and explains how some companies are trying to avoid following through with the FCC ruling.

Click here to see the video announcement.

Loan Programs Assist People with Disabilities

United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan and the Option 1 Credit Union have joined together to offer two innovative programs throughout the State of Michigan. The Michigan TeleWork Loan Fund (MTLF) permits people with disabilities to buy computers and equipment to work from home for an employer or to start a home-based business. The Michigan Assistive Technology Loan Fund (MATLF) allows people with disabilities to buy assistive technology equipment and devices.

To learn more about the loan funds read this article.

For more information see the Loan Fund web site at:

EHDI Parent Consultant Position Opening

The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program's Parent Consultant position is now open. The parent consultant provides a family perspective and input to the EHDI program development. Serves as a liaison between the program, parent groups, and agencies serving children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This position is responsible for the oversight of the Guide-By-Your-Side (GBYS) program and to oversee and implement the work of the parent to parent activities, including being a liaison with Michigan Hands and Voices (MI H&V) parent-to-parent network. Inquiries, requests, and referrals for GBYS comes to the parent consultant who matches them to appropriate Guides for support.

Click here to view Parent position description.
Click here to view Position Opening.

Please submit a resume and/or cover sheet by October 10, 2008 to:

Southeastern Michigan Health Association
Attention: Elizabeth Willcutt-Lounds and EHDI Program
3011 West Grand Boulevard
200 Fisher Building
Detroit, MI 48202
Fax: (313) 873-6504

Job Developer/Job Placement Specialist Needed at DeafHHS

The Job Development and Placement Specialist assists deaf and hard of hearing persons referred through Michigan Rehabilitation Services with job seek skills, training, and job placement in the greater Grand Rapids area. Full-time position with benefits and mileage reimbursement. Salary commensurate with experience.

Application deadline: Open until filled.

Send resume to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, 500 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503 or e-mail to

Please click here to view more details about the job opening.

Interpreter Job Posting

Interpreter for the Hearing Impaired/Para-professional for Branch Intermediate School District

Address: 370 Morse Street, Coldwater, MI 49036
School Location: Waldron Center/Max Larsen Elementary School in Coldwater
Job description/posting located at website:

Apply by: September 10, 2008
Send letter of application and resume to:
Jane Rubley, Supervisor
Waldron Learning Center
214 Bishop Ave.
Coldwater, MI 49036


A video podcast series in American Sign Language announces new episodes on the Disability Law Lowdown website at The Disability Law Lowdown ASL podcasts bring a new level of service to the Deaf community by expanding traditional audio-only podcasts to include video that allows subscribers to see native Deaf speakers signing the show’s content. The podcasts deliver the latest in disability law information every other week via American Sign Language, captioning, voice-over, and transcripts to maximize accessibility. Free subscriptions to the ASL podcasts are available to have shows automatically delivered to MP3 players. The ASL podcasts are also available on the Disability Law Lowdown website, where transcripts of the shows are simultaneously available. And for the fastest viewing, the ASL podcasts are available on YouTube at

Topics currently available include: Your Legal Rights as a College Student, Legal Obligations of the Hospitality Industry, Requesting an Interpreter, and an Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The hosts for the ASL Disability Law Lowdown are native Deaf signers Danny Warthling and AJ Roupp. They will provide the latest information about disability rights and obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other disability-related topics. Subscription is free and RSS feeds are available to automatically download the shows to video iPods, computers, phones, and other video-capable devices.

Disability Law Lowdown is provided by the Disability Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC), a national network of ten ADA Centers across the country, offering technical assistance and training in the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability-related laws. DCRE Labs developed the Disability Law Lowdown website and brought together several new technologies as part of the Disability Law Lowdown project.

To subscribe, look for the ASL Disability Law Lowdown podcast on iTunes, or visit

Coordinator II of Special Education

Notice is given that Dearborn Public Schools is seeking candidates for a possible Coordinator II of Special Education vacancy pursuant to an employee severance plan.

Please click here for more information about the application for the opening position.

DODHH Director Vacancy – Manager Level 15

On Monday, August 18 the Department of Labor and Economic Growth formally posted a civil service vacancy for the Manager position of DODHH, formally held by Chris Hunter. The new DODHH Manager shall also serve as the Assistant Director for the Commission on Disability Concerns and shall be senior staff liaison to the DODHH Governor appointed Advisory Council. The current staff of MCDC-DODHH wishes to thank all the tenacious advocates who have worked hard to ensure that this vacancy be filled. The job posting number is DDH0818 and can be located at (click on State Job Opportunities on the right toolbox – posting date August 18, 2008). Deadline is September 15, 2008

Janet Jurus, CI/CT
State of Michigan Interpreter
Department of Labor and Economic Growth
Commission on Disability Concerns
Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing
201 N. Washington Square, Suite 150
Lansing, MI 48933
877-499-6232 V/VP/TTY
517-335-6004 V/VP/TTY
517-335-7773 Fax

Survey Regarding Abuse and Neglect of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Please Note: We are sharing this information at the request of Dr. Harold Johnson, Michigan State University.

Abuse and neglect of children who are deaf/hard of hearing (d/hh) is an ugly and all too common reality. Unfortunately, we do not know the extent to which parents and professionals are prepared deal with this reality. As a result, I am asking you to take five minutes to complete a brief, confidential, online survey (

Your completion of the survey represents the first step in a nationwide, collaborative effort to address this horrific wrong. Upon submission of your survey, you will have the opportunity to:

1) learn some basic facts concerning child abuse and neglect;

2) receive a list of critical online resources; and

3) join a network of concerned individuals.

Thank you for assisting in this effort, together we CAN make a difference!


Harold A. Johnson, Professor
Deaf Education Teacher Preparation
Michigan State University/College of Ed
Dept. of Counseling, Ed. Psy. & SPED
343A Erickson Hall
East Lansing MI 48824-1034
517 432-3926 [v]
517 353-6393 [fax] [video phone]

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Job Announcement - Sign Language Interpreter

Full Time with Benefits
LOCATION: Deaf/Hard of Hearing Connection, Muskegon

RESPONSIBILITIES: Providing Sign Language interpretation for deaf and or hard of hearing clients. The primary form of interpretation will be using the innovative Video Relay Service (VRS) and Video Remote Interpretation (VRI) technologies from the D/HHC office. There may be some community interpretation work.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum standard for VRS/VRI is State Certified QA level II, QA level III or RID certification preferred. At least one year related experience or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

CONTACT: Apply online at, reference internal postings, job id 209.


Interpreters at the Michigan Renaissance Festival

Sign Language Services of Michigan will be providing Interpreters for the Festival the weekend of Sept. 13 and 14, 2008.

They are raffling off a family 4 pack of tickets. If you would like to enter the contest, please send a fax to: 586-771-2042 or email to: with your name, address, phone/TTY/VP number by Sept. 6, 2008, midnight. The winner will be drawn on Sept. 7, 2008. The winner will be contacted and mailed the tickets in time for the weekend.

Click here for flyer.
Click here for low resolution flyer.

Graduate Student Seeks Late Deafened Adults

I am a Graduate student at the New School and I am doing a short film about deafness. I would like to ask anybody that has lost their hearing as an adult to describe to me the process of loosing their hearing and how they were able to adapt to a world of silence.

I appreciate your help.

Andrea Lira
animator + illustrator

MADHH Summer Communique'

This short newsletter highlights some of the services (other than interpreting) that MADHH provides. Previous newsletters can be accessed through our website under publications! Click the link below to read the Michigan Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing newsletter.

MADHH Summer Communique'

Announcing the 2008 NAD Conference Blog/Vlog

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) will host its biennial conference July 7-11, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference themes are "Let the Good Times Roll!" and "Together, We Move Forward."

In keeping with that spirit, those who cannot come to New Orleans can still participate by visiting the 2008 NAD Conference Blog/Vlog at

NAD President Bobbie Beth Scoggins said, "In the age of the Internet, vlogs and blogs have become very important collaboration tool, and everyone in our community -- whether in New Orleans or far away -- will be able to read, watch, and celebrate conference developments with each other as a virtual audience."

The vlog/blog is made possible by sponsorship from Viable, a deaf-owned VRS company and a Diamond Sponsor of the conference. Said John T.C. Yeh, president and founder of Viable, "The NAD performs critical advocacy that has a tremendous impact on all deaf America. We are proud to bring the NAD Conference to the rooms of thousands of deaf and hard of hearing Americans who wish to join our celebration from afar."

Whether you come to New Orleans or not, the NAD looks forward to your participation at the conference. Together, we will let the good times roll!

Together, we will move forward!

Job Opening:
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

The Minnesota Chemical Dependency Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals is looking for a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor to join its team. The person in this role will work directly with our deaf or hard of hearing clients who are participating in chemical dependency treatment. Responsibilities include client assessment and screening, treatment planning, therapeutic program implementation, client education, aftercare planning, referral services, clinical reports, and one-to-one and group counseling. This is a benefited position, 36 hours per week, Monday though Friday days with some cross-over shifts. The ideal candidate will hold current licensure as an LADC in the state of Minnesota, have experience in a chemical dependency treatment setting, and be fluent in American Sign Language as well as knowledgeable of Deaf culture; a bachelor's degree is preferred. Persons who are themselves deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to apply.

The Minnesota Chemical Dependency Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals is part of Fairview Recovery Services, located within the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview Riverside, in Minneapolis MN.

To apply on-line,? visit and reference job #08-24404. For further information, please contact us at (612) 273-4402 (voice, TTY or video phone) or

More Job Openings at CAC!

Please click here to view any multiple job openings or send an email to to submit your resume or request for any job openings information.

NEWS FLASH from Sprint Relay Store!

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NEW! BlackBerry Curve 8330 - $100.00 (retail price: $279.99) *

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Social Work Position- Grand Rapids

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.

Application deadline: July 31, 2008

See this document for more details.

Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Changes to the ADA

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking public comment on proposed changes to its regulations implementing Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The proposed regulations will establish specific requirements for the design of accessible public facilities such as courtrooms and an array of recreational facilities including playgrounds, swimming pools, amusement parks and golf courses, making it easier for individuals with disabilities to enjoy leisure activities and otherwise participate in society.

Comments must be received by August 18, 2008.

From REFERENCE POINTS, administered by PACER Center as a technical assistance activity of the TATRA Project. The TATRA Project is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration.

Deaf Basketball Team Forming in Detroit

Anyone interested in joining a new "2 Quiet Deaf Basketball Team" please text Jamon Williams at 313-377-8563 or Dandre Wasson at 313-467-1233. The team is for ages 18 years and older and you must be physically fit and in good health to play. Practice is Fridays at 7:30 pm at Heilmann Recreation Center, 19061 Crusade St., Detroit.

See the flyer for more information.

FREE Hearing Aids for Children in St. Clair County

Quota expands outreach for hearing aid assistance to all children under age 18 who reside in St. Clair County through the Sound Beginnings Program. Grant applications are available now through August 31, 2008. To learn more, read this document below. For an application or to offer assistance with the Sound Beginnings Program, call Judge Cynthia S. Platzer at 810-985-2083. All applications must be submitted by August 31, 2008

Job Posting: Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Click here for more details

ROTHBURY Festival Seeking Volunteer Interpreter Team

The ROTHBURY Festival Access Program is putting together a team of six certified, volunteer sign language interpreters, who are experienced in interpreting live music, to interpret for the patrons at the ROTHBURY Festival. We can offer a hotel room, shared with one other interpreter, food in the staff catering tent and of course, attendance to the festival! Since our deadline to make requests for interpreters is two weeks before the event, we don’t yet know how many shows will need interpreting. We would work it out at the time and we would be sure not to overwork any one person. The festival runs Thursday through Sunday over the July fourth weekend. Go to for more information. We are hoping to find six interpreters that would be available over the entire four days. If you are interested in being part of the ROTHBURY Festival Access Team as a volunteer sign language interpreter, please contact Laura Grunfeld, ROTHBURY Festival Access Specialist, at Laura@EveryonesInvitedcom or

Deaf Youth USA
For Deaf Youth, By Deaf Youth, About Deaf Youth

Deaf Youth USA is an emerging organization with its launch event set to happen in New Orleans during July 3 - 7, 2008, prior to the National Association of the Deaf conference. Deaf Youth USA (DYUSA) is a political, advocacy and activism organization for Deaf Youth in America, between the ages of 18 - 30(+).

This summer, the young organizers of DYUSA have set up a camping event with planned forums and discussions to give an opportunity for young adults of America to converge and express views on a myriad of issues - from voting for the next presidential candidate, quality of education and employment opportunities, to representation of the deaf in media and in empowering ourselves through the use of what kind of tools? tools, striving for equality and social change.

Deaf Youth USA is committed to social justice through media and activism.

Young deaf people all over America are welcome to join DYUSA and be a part of this first-time ever event! It costs only $50.00 for attendees to join a four-day weekend of workshops, discussions, networking, and fun! Our favorite saying is: BRING YOUR ACTION.

To learn more see the website:
Feel free to shoot us emails at:

And click here to read the full press release

Hurry! Hurry!
Register Now for Camp Chris Williams

Space is filling up for this one-of-a-kind camp for deaf, hard of hearing, siblings and C.O.D.A children 8 -14 years old!

Camp Chris Williams is a safe and enjoyable summer camping experience for deaf and hard of hearing children, their siblings, and Children Of Deaf Adults (C.O.D.A.). Campers will have plenty of opportunities to make new friends from all over the state of Michigan. Everyone enjoys developing new friendships at Camp Chris Williams while participating in a variety of exciting activities at the Lake Sherman YMCA. Life long memories will be made with our staff but more importantly, the self discovery of identity and pride that comes from being involved in an outstanding, supportive environment! Camp Chris Williams is for campers who love to spend their day being ACTIVE and having FUN!

August 16-23, 2008

Learn more at (click on Youth Programs)
See this brochure.
Or contact Dave Coyne at MADHH at:
1 (800) 968-7327 V/TTY

ASL Night at the Lugnuts

MADHH is sponsoring ASL Night at the Lansing Lugnuts game June 26, 2008, 7:05 pm. Sit together in box seats held especially for the Ralph Lynam Leadership Institute - Michigan Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Leadership Institute will be signing the National Anthem. Just $11.00 each for Box Seats! Space is limited, so reserve you space today! See the poster below or contact Dave Coyne for more information: 517/ 487-0066, ext. 16 or

Sprint Relay announces SprintIP for Facebook!

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Earn a Bachelor's in Sign Language Studies in Gaylord

Madonna University will be holding a forum and information session on Saturday, May 10, 2008: 10:00 am - Noon. Explore Madonna University's plan to provide BA degree option for interpreters in northern Michigan. For more information, see this flyer.

Hearing Aid Tax Credit Website

With the unveiling of the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) in collaboration with the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) makes it easy for all Americans to send letters to their Senators and Representatives in support of tax credit legislation (HR2329/S1410). The goal - millions of letters to the Hill in support of this legislation. We want to bring this issue to the attention of every Senator and Representative on the Hill. Letters from all hearing industry stakeholders, their customers, their patients and their readers will do that.

Visit the web site and let your voice be heard at:

Scholarship Opportunity

MSPSPHI proudly presents its first scholarships. There are two (2) scholarships available each for $300. The scholarships will be awarded to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and who are a Junior or Senior in a Michigan high school. The scholarships will be awarded based on academic strides/improvements, community involvement and/or active leadership but not high academic achievement or financial need. The scholarship may be used towards university/college tuition, trade school, leadership camps and/or deaf/hh camps.

For more information, read this flyer.

New Book: “Abby Gets a Cochlear Implant”

This beautifully illustrated children’s picture book details the process of how Abby gets a cochlear implant. Abby wears purple hearing aids, has a progressive hearing loss and her family chooses a cochlear implant for her. The story goes on to describe hearing testing, cochlear implants, and the steps a family would take to explore this option of habilitation for their child who has hearing loss.

This book is a delight for families and children alike.

Abby Gets a Cochlear Implant

Book sells for $11.95.

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Register to receive an e-mail when it's available for purchase.

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NEW Lions Club for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

Did you know there used to be a Deaf Lions Club in Wayne and Monroe Counties? The club existed for 11 years!

Lions District 11-A-1 is forming a new Lions club for families of Deaf and hard of hearing people, Deaf and hard of hearing people, and hearing people also.

Click here to learn more...

Sub Teacher Needed in Muskegon Area

Muskegon Public is in need of a substitute teacher for their elementary D/HH classroom. Their teacher is out at least until mid-May, and perhaps until the end of the year. They are looking for a "signing substitute teacher" or an interpreter who can sign for a non-signing sub. Please pass information on to anyone you feel may be qualified to fill this position.

Please contact:
Millie Jackson, Special Ed. Supervisor
Muskegon Public Schools

Federal Laws Providing Rights to Individuals with Hearing Loss

The document below is a list of Federal Laws related to the rights of people with hearing loss. This document was distributed by the Hearing Loss Association.

Click here to read the document.

ASL Info Regarding Digital TV in 2009

In 2009, there is an important change for people who use an antenna to watch TV. Learn more on this YouTube video in ASL (sorry, no captions).

CSDVRS 1st Annual Deaf Artist Contest

Entries due by May 31, 2008

CSDVRS believes it is your relay service, its about you. CSCVRS wants to put your personal deaf related artwork on display in CSDVRS offices across the country!

Introducing the First Annual Deaf Artist Contest!

We want to see your artistic work that showcases deaf culture and communication freedom. The contest has four specific entry age groups. Each age group winner will receive a Visa Gift Card. A Best of Show award winner will be selected from all of the entries received.

Click here for more information.
Questions? contact

Marlee Matlin on Dancing with the Stars

The Academy Award winning Deaf actress, Marlee Matlin, will be on the television show "Dancing with the Stars." The show premieres on ABC at 8:00 pm on Monday's and Tuesdays.

You may use CDRVRS to place your vote for Marlee.

Click here for mini-poster.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Women Needed
Research on Unwanted Sexual Experiences

Stephanie Logan is a deaf doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri in Counseling Psychology.

She is conducting a study on the coping strategies of deaf and hard of hearing women who have had any unwanted sexual experiences (anytime in their lifetime). This study is important because very little research has been conducted in this area for deaf and hard of hearing women.

Participation will require completing a brief (about 20 minutes) anonymous (private) online questionnaire.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary. Participation in this study is confidential.

This research has been fully approved through the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of Missouri.

If you are a deaf or hard of hearing woman who has experienced an unwanted sexual experience in your lifetime and you agree to participate, please follow the web link at the bottom. Otherwise, use the X at the upper right corner to close this window and disconnect.

If you would like further information about this research project, please feel free to respond to this letter via phone or e-mail.

Stephanie Logan, M.B.A.
Doctoral Candidate
University of Missouri
16 Hill Hall
Columbia, Missouri 65203
(573) 445-5005 office (TTY)
(575) 445-5088 fax

Camp for Deaf/HH Students at U of M
Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics- Entry Point Camp

A 2-day non-residential camp is being offered this summer through the University of Michigan Women in Science Program. The camp will be held Thursday, July 24th and Friday, July 25th. The camp is for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students who will complete the 9th, 10th or 11th grade by June 2008, and is for both boys and girls. It will provide an opportunity to learn about various fields of science and engineering. A limited number of scholarships will be available for over-night accommodations for participants and their parent who are not within commuting distance.

For more information see this application.

NAD Seeks Talent to Showcase at the 49th Biennial NAD Conference

Silver Spring, MD – The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is looking for deaf talent for a competition to determine the most theatrically presented material in American Sign Language (ASL) during ASL Live! on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 during the 49th Biennial NAD Conference in New Orleans! Loosely based on the popular TV program, American Idol, this evening of great talent and fun will be hosted by former Miss Deaf America, Lauren Teruel Ridloff.

The evening will feature ten talented semi-finalists who will exhibit their creativity in the use of the American Sign Language in front of a large audience and three judges. It will be the audience and the judges who will ultimately decide the winner.

Performers will be judged on ASL translations, ASL delivery, performance and originality. Performances can include ASL poetry, ASL storytelling, ASL monologues or an ASL interpreted "songs".

The ten (10) semi-finalists will be selected from submitted audition videos by a panel of judges.

Click here to read the guidelines for interested performers (contestants).

Learn more about the NAD at

Interpreters of All Levels!
Gain Experience and CEUs at the DeafBlind Transition Camp

Applications are being processed for RID CEUs and QA Units for the DeafBlind Transition Camp 2008 (DBTC), June 22 - 25, 2008. The DBTC will run much like the American Association of the DeafBlind (AADB) Conference and the DeafBlind Workshops (DBW) in terms of activities and supports needed. Like the DBW, this is an immersion training. Interpreters of all levels, including students, non-credentialed and those needing continuing education, are all welcome to register! This is an event designed to teach you skills for supporting students who are DeafBlind. The number of people accepted for the workshop will be dependent upon the number of campers who request interpreters.

The registration materials can be found on DB Central’s website,

Communication Contest of Deaf & Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) Youth Contest Sponsored by Michigan District Optimists Clubs

Deaf and hard of hearing youth, up to and including 12th grade, who live in Michigan's lower peninsula are encouraged to enter this contest. Participants must prepare a four minute presentation in ASL, spoken language, or a combination. This year's competition asks: “Why Me? Why Not?”

For more information see the flyer and the application form below.

Click here to view the flyer and
Click here for the application form.

To find a local optimist club that may be sponsoring the CCDHH competition, or to register your paperwork, please contact K. Gaita:

Traverse City Performance: National Theater of the Deaf

Dates: April 9th & 10

The National Theater of the Deaf, will be performing in Traverse City, MI as part of Traverse City's Young People's Theater Series on Wednesday, April 9th and Thursday, April 10th. Their show Beware the Brindle Beast and Other Stories will be held in Lars Hockstad Auditorium within Central Grade School at 301 Seventh Street, Traverse City. Two shows each day are at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) is a touring theatre company of Deaf and hearing actors that performs in a beautiful and unique theatrical style that it created. That style, which has been referred to as “poetry for the eye and the ear”, links the visually expressive American Sign Language with the spoken word, allowing audiences to see and hear every word. Whether to a live audience in a theatre or to a television audience throughout the country, NTD performances do more than just entertain the audience. They entertain and educate. They offer mainstream hearing society glimpses of the beauty and power of Deaf culture that it may otherwise miss. NTD’s performances also challenge stereotypes on communication, language, and disability. In so doing, they promote diversity and inclusion within society as a whole.

For reservations please e-mail Karen Smith at, or call (231) 590-5615 for additional information.

Job Opportunity: Outreach Specialist

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.

• Demonstrated ability to communicate and relate with diverse members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community
• Excellent Customer Service Relations skills
• Able to work independently in a fast-paced environment
• First-rate leadership in the Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing Community is a plus

Flexible hours, excellent pay rate, and best of all….you make your own schedule!
Apply today to be a part of an exciting and energetic team and work with CSDVRS!

For more information see:

If interested, please contact Shannon Odneal CSDVRS Sales Manager by e-mail,
We look forward to working with you!

CSDVRS Offers vMeeting

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Imagine being able to participate in a business conference call or even hold a board meeting without having to travel! You can have a family conference call to plan a family vacation or even meet with your child’s teachers at one time.

Meet vMeeting from CSDVRS, your virtual solution to conference calling from your own videophone. vMeeting is the solution for bringing multiple parties, both deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing individuals into the same telephone conversation. Using a conference bridge, you’ll be able to communicate through video interpreters with everyone who joins the meeting!

For more information about setting up a vMeeting for you or your organization, email us at and we will assist you.

Your Pregnancy: What to Expect

A 3 DVD series designed specifically for pregnant deaf women has just been released. The series is for anyone needing to learn more about the wonderful 9 month process they are going through. It is called "Your Pregnancy: What to Expect."

Watch this intro video and learn about this new resource for pregnant deaf women. This is also a good resource for interpreters.

Easier Form for Media and Telecommunications Complaints

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revised their online complaint Form 2000 so that consumers with disabilities may find it easier to alert the FCC of accessibility problems in telecommunications and media, including filing of captioning complaints.

You may access the FCC Form 2000C DISABILITY ACCESS COMPLAINT which you can get to at!input.action
OR by clicking on Form 2000 at

When you get to this page, first click on YES to the "security" question, and then scroll down to blue FORM 2000C in the middle of the page, and then fill out the information they ask for. Remember to scroll down and click SUBMIT at the bottom of the page to make sure the FCC gets the information. Retain the Acknowledgment Number they send back as this will be your complaint number that can be used to track your complaint later.

You can also use this form for HDTV captioning complaints, Relay Service complaints, Section 255 Complaints, and for Access to Emergency Information on TV complaints! TDI recommends that you file one type of complaint at a time with this form. For example, fill out the form for a complaint on TRS or VRS relay service, and then submit a new form for a captioning-related complaint.

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NAD Leadership Training Conference (NLTC ’08)

April 3-5, 2008 – Austin, TX
National Association of the Deaf


If you are a deaf adult (age 20 years and older) who wants to develop leadership skills for your workplace or for community involvement, this is the conference for you!

• Conference registration must be received at the NAD by Wednesday, March 12, 2008
• Hotel reservations must be made with the hotel by Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Visit for conference specifics, including registration and hotel information. Registration includes all meals!

FCC Workshop on Digital Television with Focus on People with Disabilities

February 28 Workshop will be show live in an open-captioned webcast.
Click here for more information.

For Graduate Students Focusing on Social Policy and Disability

The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) has established the Eileen Sweeney Graduate Internship. Graduate students aspiring to a career in social policy with a focus on disability are urged to apply for this 12-week summer semester internship. A student will be awarded the internship based on nationwide recruitment and a competitive selection process. Application Deadline: March 1, 2008.

Share Your Story on the Consumers Union Website
"Here Us Now"- Internet, TV & Radio, Phones & Cell Phones

Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports has, generally, not tested products and filed reports on features that are important to people with hearing loss. However, Consumers Union has established its “Hear Us Now” project that gives voice to consumers who are experiencing problems in the following categories: Internet, TV & Radio, Cable & Satellite, Phones & Cell Phones, and Media Ownership.

If you are experiencing problems regarding telephone, cable and internet services, or equipment, you are invited to “Share Your Story” by going to The form at that website will enable you to tell about your experiences in dealing with problems, and perhaps solving them, in the listed categories. If you submit a story, Consumers Union may edit it for clarity and return it to you for your approval before publishing your story. Also, by accessing this website, you may learn from the experiences of other consumers.

If people with hearing loss use this communication resource offered by Consumers Union, visibility into the issues faced by this population can be increased. Perhaps, if a sufficient number of stories are submitted, Consumers Union may take an interest in testing and reporting on telecommunications products and services regarding their use by people with hearing loss.

Orientation & Mobility Techniques for Deaf-Blind Travelers

April 13 – 18, 2008
Registration Deadline - Friday, March 14, 2008

The techniques of orientation and mobility were designed for persons who are blind and hearing. The modifications and adaptations of these techniques are the challenges of the O&M Specialist working with travelers who are deaf-blind. This seminar includes strategies for curriculum modifications, communicating with the public, effectively working with interpreters, and street crossing techniques for travelers who are deaf-blind. An overview of the deaf-blind population and insight into deaf-blind culture will be explored. The participants will acquire the tools, strategies and resources needed to teach a comprehensive O&M program to deaf-blind adults who have a language and are not cognitively delayed. CEU credits and Certificate of Completion are available.

Presenters will include mobility specialist Dona Sauerburger, Monica Godfrey (HKNC), David Miller (The Seattle Lighthouse), and Gene Bourquin (HKNC).

Participants should be members of one of the following categories who are currently teaching or supervising in their field:
* Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS)
* Nationally Certified Cane Instructors (NOMC)
* Agency-trained mobility instructors with 5 years of experience under a certified specialist
* Dog guide trainers

If you are uncertain about applicant qualifications, please contact the National Training Team at HKNC Six day seminar, lodging and meals, resource book: $550.00 HKNC is located less than one hour from New York areas airports. For inquiries regarding registration and accommodations contact Sr. Bernie Wynne 516 944-8900 EXT 233 (NTT department administrative assistant)

For seminar content and clinical questions contact Gene Bourquin at or Monica Godfrey at

Financial Aid for Interpreter Certification Tests

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Board of Directors established a Daniel H. Pokorny Memorial Fund in June, 1990. Since that time, scholarships have been awarded to eligible members who wish to take the certification tests but are unable to afford the testing fee.

Click here for the application with further information.

Study Abroad for ASL Users
3-weeks in Italy

The Siena School for Liberal Arts, located in Tuscany Italy, offers a unique 3 week study abroad experience in Summer 2008 for American Sign Language users, Deaf and hearing. These two distinct programs give ASL users an opportunity to learn Italian Sign Language in a formal setting.

The Language and Culture Program for Deaf Adults brings Deaf Italians and Deaf Americans together for a fantastic opportunity for cultural and linguistic exchange. Americans learn Lingua Italiana dei Signi (Italian Sign Language or LIS) and written Italian, while the Italians learn American Sign Language and written English. Students are housed in apartments in the city center for a full opportunity to practice their newly acquired skills.

The Summer Program for LIS and Deaf Studies brings hearing students who know ASL from all over America to learn LIS, written and spoken Italian and Italian Deaf culture. Outside the classroom, students stay with local hearing families and are completely immersed in Italian culture and language. Students are also required to complete or participate in a final project which gives back to the Deaf community; last year's students assisted with documenting the life history of two Deaf women.

The programs are geared towards college students and, if prearranged with the home institution, have the opportunity to earn college credit. All classes are taught by native users. In addition to classroom activities, the programs have a variety of opportunities to interact with the local Deaf community. Students also go on excursions to various museums, landmarks and other events where using LIS and Italian are reinforced.

For information regarding the Deaf program, please visit:

For information regarding the hearing program, please visit:

For information on the Siena School for Liberal Arts, please visit:

If you would like to receive brochures, have questions and/or comments, please email

Free Telesign Seminar

ADA and Other Laws Surrounding Deaf, Hearing Individuals and Interpreters February 5, 2008 8:00 PM EST

Guest Speaker: Billy S. Allen, M.S.W., A.P.P.,

Registration Deadline –Sunday February 3, 2008.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Seeking 2 Resident Care Aides for MSD Dormitory

Two Resident Care Aide positions at the Michigan School for the Deaf and Blind have been announced on the Civil Service website to recruit both internal and external candidates. The closing date is February 6, 2008. 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:

Money for Youth to attend HLA Convention 2008 Rocky Stone Scholarship

The Hearing Loss Association (HLA) Board of Trustees established the Rocky Stone Scholarship Program to encourage young people with hearing loss to attend Hearing Loss Association of America annual conventions. Founder Rocky Stone was a staunch believer in our conventions where people could learn and benefit from mutual support. He believed lives were changed after attending a communication accessible convention focused solely on people with hearing loss.

For more information about the scholarship and nomination form, go to The deadline to apply for Convention 2008 in Reno, Nevada, is April 11, 2008.

NAD Leadership Training Conference Geared to Up-and-Coming Leaders

A News Release from the National Association of the Deaf

January 23, 2008

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

Silver Spring, MD – The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) will host its first annual training conference specifically geared to young up-and-coming deaf leaders.

The NAD Leadership Training Conference (NLTC ‘08), will be held April 3-5, 2008 in Austin, Texas, with the theme of Moving Forward Through Proactive Leadership. Key conference objectives are as follows:

  • Managing transition from traditional to inclusionary leadership
  • Mobilizing diverse communities through collaboration on core advocacy issues
  • Understanding trends and challenges in leading nonprofit organizations
  • Linking local/state advocacy efforts to national issues of relevance

The conference, conducted entirely in American Sign Language (ASL), takes place on the campus of the Texas School for the Deaf.

“NLTC ’08 demonstrates our commitment to expanding the pool of leaders nationwide, through provision of annual training opportunities” said Bobbie Beth Scoggins, NAD president. “We are grateful to our primary sponsors - the Texas School for the Deaf and the Texas Association of the Deaf – for their support in planning, providing meeting space, transportation, and assisting with the many details.”

More than 100 participants are expected to attend the two-day conference, featuring plenary and breakout sessions on topics ranging from “Characteristics of Effective Leaders”, “Promoting Diversity through Listening and Respect”, “Nonprofit Legal and Financial Accountabilities”, “Ways to Get Creative with Fundraising” to “Proactive and Responsible Communication using Blogs and Vlogs”, and more.

NLTC ’08 program, registration, and hotel information can be found at:

2008 Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf & Hard of Hearing in Computing

The 2008 Summer Academy is an academically challenging program designed for deaf and hard of hearing students with skills in math and/or science who may be considering computing as a career, either in industry or academia, and are ready to enter or are in college. We will be looking for up to 10 of the top deaf and hard of hearing students in the United States. Admission is extremely competitive, based on an assessment of ability in computing, and enthusiasm to participate in an intensive experience in all things computing.

The Summer Academy is a 9-week program, beginning June 19 and ending August 23, 2008. Tuition, room, board, transportation and participation in sponsored activities are provided at no cost to accepted students.

To learn more, download the brochure or visit the web site at:

Chuck Baird, Artist and Entertainer, in Michigan

The Deaf Arts Festival is hosting an evening with Chuck Baird on February 1, at Madonna University. February 1-3, Chuck will be conducting an art workshop for deaf and hard of hearing youth in middle and high school that same weekend at Holley Family Village in Brooklyn, Michigan.

Chuck Baird, the premier painter and entertainer, can reach into his huge bag of experiences of having three older deaf sisters, being a student in the school for the deaf, his life long artist adventures, being a scene painter and actor for the National Theatre of the Deaf, as well as his travels throughout the United States, Europe and Asia to enlighten and entertain. With his incredible impromptu wit, his stories will make you forget yourself and become fascinated in his program.

See these flyers for information about both programs.
Evening with Chuck Baird Flyer
Chuck Baird Workshop Flyer

Good Nutrition and a Healthy Lifestyle for Adults Sponsored by Deaf CAN

Sandria Graham is a deaf professional dietitian. She will be offering a FREE workshop at the library in Farmington Hills on February 13, at 7:00 pm. Learn how to stay healthy! This workshop will be in ASL and all are welcome.

Click here to read the flyer.

Presidential Debates Captioned Online

To see the recent Presidential Debates with captions, visit the T audiobook web site at:

Filing a Complaint with the FCC
Telephones and Wireless Phones Must be Hearing Aid and CI Compatible

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has rules requiring telecommunications equipment manufacturers and service providers to make their products and services accessible to people with disabilities, if such access is readily achievable. These rules implement § 255 of the Communications Act.

The FCC’s rules cover all hardware and software telephone network equipment and customer premises equipment (CPE). CPE is telecommunications equipment used in the home or office to originate, route, or terminate telecommunications, including telephones, fax machines, answering machines, and pagers. The FCC’s rules cover basic and special telecommunications services.

The Hearing Aid Compatibility Act of 1988 requires that the FCC ensure that telephones manufactured or imported for use in the U.S. be hearing aid-compatible. Upon the later emergence of digital wireless phones, the FCC, in 2003, set a timetable for the deployment of these types of phones that are compatible with hearing aids and cochlear implants. Information about the existing timetable can be found on the FCC web site at

Members of the public have the right to complain to the FCC of any alleged violation of these requirements. The template below will can be used to make filing a complaint easier.

DeafBlind Transition Camp 2008

Please see the flyer below for an exciting opportunity for DeafBlind teenagers who are considering college. This year, the camp will be open nationally. The camp is being provided free of charge through grants and contributions. Interested teens will only need transportation to and from Michigan State University. Watch for registrations by the end of January 2008. See the DB Central web site for updates:

Click here to view the DeafBlind Camp 2008 flyer.

Click here for more details.

Paid Online Survey ($100)

A market research company located in New York City is conducting an online study about relay services for the hard of hearing and deaf community. The study is being conducted strictly for market research purposes and will begin on Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 and run through Thursday, January 10th, 2008. The total time needed to take part is only 90 minutes and offers an honorarium of $ 100.00. Participants will log on to an online bulletin board at least twice a day at any time that is convenient for them to do so and will answer posted questions or respond to follow-up questions from a moderator. For the convenience of both the moderator and participants, neither party will have to be logged on at the same time.

Participants will be sent a prescreening questionnaire and via e-mail or fax. This study is for people 21-64 years of age who use relay services.

Contact information and company website are listed below.

Louve Steele
Research Associate
+718.222.5600 x 214
us toll free 877.361.2517

NTID Educational Design Resources Chairperson Search

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) has a unique job opening: the Department of Educational Design resources is seeking a Department Head/Manager.

The Department of Educational Design Resources (EDR) enhances the realization of NTID's missions through applying instructional, technical, and design expertise as well as related training. Through such efforts, EDR supports NTID's emergence as the international leader in the innovative application of instructional technologies to deaf education.

The Department consists of 14 full time professional staff, 2 faculty, 20 student workers, and has a budget of 1.6 million dollars. The members of the department provide NTID with instructional design, graphic design, educational technology, video, photography, training, and electronic resource expertise, as applied to educational, marketing and communication solutions. The department head reports to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and is a member of an 11 person academic affairs leadership council comprised of department chairs.

Click here for a document highlighting the job responsibilities, qualifications and submission information.

Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

The next Coalition meeting is slated for January 14, 2008 at 9:45 am. The meeting will be held at the Farmington Hills Main Library at 32737 W. 12 Mile Road in Farmington Hills. This meeting is hosted by Deaf CAN, who is also providing the interpreters.

To learn more about the Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People see About Us.

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