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Announcements 2009

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ASL Language Mentor positions - Sorenson VRS

This job will require the ideal candidate will be to work with VI-P and Video Interpreters (VIs) as a part of the interpreter's Professional Development Plan for intralingual skills development in American Sign Language. This is a PT position requireing regular interfacing with assigned interpreters for language mentoring purposes. The work will be in a VRS Center. In addition and if qualified, the ideal candidate will work on a team of diagnosticians providing skill assessment, feedback and assist with developing action plans for interpreters taking part in the Diagnostic Assessment Program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Work as a member of the Language Development team as a Language Mentor working with assigned Video Interpreters and interpreters participating in the VI-P Mentorship Program.
Provide ASL mentorship to interpreters enrolled in the Language Mentor Program
Provide screening/Dx assessments for interpreters (if applicable).
Provide feedback that cooralates back to the interpreters professsional development plan.
Be available to assess needs and provide additional support for the VI and VI-P interpreters and mentors.
Work as a member of a team dedicated to the professional growth and development of interpreters.
Be available if applicable to provide skill building workshops.
Accept ongoing assignments and projects as assigned by PD or Headquarters

Qualifications, Education, and/or Experience:
5-10 years experience mentoring, providing workshop training, and teaching interpreters

CDI Certificate and/ or ASL as a first language with comprehensive interpreter certification strongly preferred.

ASLTA Certificate and experience in the field of Interpreter education and mentoring.

Solid understanding of the RID Code of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct

Ability to work in Excel, MS Word, Power Point and with other computer-based systems

Ability to Manage (if applicable):
Ability to manage a training schedule
Projects, schedules and a variety of personalities and learning styles


Work Environment:
Call Center environment
Light Travel

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Sorenson Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Tim Mahoney - IL-I5,T5, MO-4, NIC-Adv
Manager/Trainer - Downtown Chicago VRS Center Sorenson Communications

office: 877-362-1702 cell: 312-513-1901 vp: 866-924-2871 fax: 312-922-1502 email: web:

'See What I am Saying' Can Be Seen In February

-- Announcement from an E-Michigan Donating Sponsor --

Sprint on 25-city tour with pioneering Deaf Entertainers Documentary

SEE WHAT I’M SAYING, filmmaker Hilari Scarl’s anticipated intimate feature documentary delving into the onstage and offstage lives of four professional deaf entertainers will embark on a 25-city national tour sponsored by Sprint.

Beginning February 2010, the film’s barnstorming tour marks the first open captioned commercial film in American history, making it accessible to more than 30 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans.

Produced by Worldplay, Inc., SEE WHAT I’M SAYING follows the journeys of four deaf entertainers over a single year: Bob, a drummer for the world’s only deaf rock band, Beethoven’s Nightmare, produces the largest show in the band’s 30-year history; CJ, a comic famous in the deaf community but virtually unknown to hearing people, fights to cross over to mainstream audiences; Robert, a brilliant actor who teaches at Juilliard, struggles to survive when he becomes homeless; and TL, a hard of hearing singer, is caught between two worlds when she produces her first CD “Not Deaf Enough.”

“These are not deaf artists; they are artists that just happen to be deaf,” Scarl said.

Scarl, who also produced the film – her first feature project -- was one of 12,000 directors chosen by Steven Spielberg to appear on his television show “On The Lot.” She has produced shows for CBS, TLC, The History Channel and Court TV and won awards for several of her other short films. She became involved with the deaf community after touring with the National Theater of the Deaf and becoming fluent in sign language.

Sprint teamed with SEE WHAT I’M SAYING after witnessing the film draw plaudits at various works-in-progress sneak previews. The upcoming 25-city tour will allow the film to reach many more deaf and mainstream audiences across the country. The tour, beginning February 6, 2010 in Bremerton, Washington, is generating momentum towards the film’s official premiere and theatrical release, which is currently under negotiations. This sponsorship will bring national attention to Sprint’s Video Relay service and upcoming Sprint 4G wireless network (where available) allowing deaf and hard of hearing users equal access to communication through video relay interpreters, CapTel and WebCapTel services.

For additional information including showtimes and tour updates, please visit

Interpreting in Health Care Open Call

The National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC) is holding an Open Call on Friday, December 18th at 1 p.m. EST titled "Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters: Paving the Way".

Anybody can join the call and participate by dialing the phone number and access code found in the attached flyer. The Open Call will provide an in-depth look at what is involved in creating the kind of professional certifications and employer-valued credentials. Four commissioners from the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) will provide callers with breaking news about what to look for and expect in January 2010, as well as which area of healthcare interpreting has the highest need for certification--and why CCHI will respond to that need first. Please review the attached flyer to learn more about our guest speakers and for call-in information. You can read about CCHI by visiting

Click here to see the flyer in PDF


Please click below to read the announcement from the president of ASL Expo:

Job Opening at DHHS in Grand Rapids

Job Placement Specialist – Grand Rapids

Position Summary
Full-time position (40 hours) with benefits, insurance and reimbursement for mileage. Salary commensurate with experience. Meets with deaf and hard of hearing individuals who seek development and placement pertaining to employment. The specialist assesses their job readiness skills and the type of employment they are seeking. The specialist is responsible for contacting employers in the community to find job opportunities for the individuals s/he has met with.

Summary of Duties
Develops and sustains employer contacts with the goal of employing deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Educates employers on how to work with and accommodate deaf and hard of hearing employees. Conducts intakes on individuals referred for employment search/placement services. Assists referred individuals in identifying and utilizing community resources for employment preparation/search activities. Assists individuals referred with being successfully placed into employment. Works with both the individual and the employer to aid with successful retention of employment. Works in cooperation with MRS counselor(s) in identifying appropriate services/needs for successful search/placement/retention. Reserves interpreters for employment interviews and placements.

Preferably a BS in social services, communications or a rehabilitation-related field but not required. Excellent communication/organizational skills. Moderate to excellent skills with American Sign Language. Knowledge of deaf culture and rehabilitation. Experience working with individuals with a hearing loss. Employment market background. Computer skills and related software. Possess a valid Michigan Driver’s License and a vehicle.

Please send your resume to or mail it to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, attn: Katie Prins, P.O. Box 8812, Kentwood, MI 49518-8812.

DODHH Announces Michigan's New BEI Interpreter Test Being Unveiled Soon

DODHH is excited to announce that Michigan's new BEI interpreter test is being unveiled soon.

Please click here to read DODHH's Director, Sheryl Emery's memo.

Please visit" to read the documents related to Michigan's new BEI Interpreter test. The following documents are here for your conconience.

Enhancements Coming to Michigan Relay

Due to the tremendous decline in call volumes, the Michigan Relay Center office in Dearborn will be closing sometime in January 2010 . Michigan Relay calls will be handled by AT&T’s National Relay Team (NRT) . The NRT is composed of two offices: Augusta Georgia and New Castle Pennsylvania who have fully staffed and experienced relay operators. The service will transition without disruption and will continue to be available 24 hours, 7 days a weeks, and 365 days a year. You can still dial 711 to connect to Relay.

Michigan customers will continue to experience the same world class customer service they have received all these years that Michigan Relay Center has been in Michigan. This will not change. Michigan customers will have faster call connection with less communication with the relay operator. They will also experience a faster and more efficient call set up process.

Michigan customers can also access AT&T’s AIM Relay and Video Relay at

For more information or if you have questions or concerns, you can contact Kenya Lowe at or 313-406-8973 (VP) or 734-427-8819 (TTY) or 800-432-0762 (TTY/Voice).

Click here to view the MRC Annoucement press release.

NAD Announces CEO Search Committee Members

The Board of Directors of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is pleased to announce members of the CEO Search Committee (CSC). These persons will lead NAD efforts to identify individuals whose leadership skills are well-qualified to succeed Nancy Bloch, the current Chief Executive Officer.

The CSC is chaired by Kirsten Poston with Melissa Draganac-Hawk as vice chair, both of whom serve as appointed members of the NAD Board of Directors. The full membership of the CSC is comprised of two representatives from the NAD Board of Directors, one representative from the NAD headquarters, one representative from NAD nonprofit affiliates, two representatives from NAD state associations, and two at-large NAD representatives:

  * Glenn Anderson (AR), NAD at-large representative; faculty member at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and past chair of the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees.
  * Mark Apodaca (NM), NAD state association representative; director of business and finance at the New Mexico School for the Deaf and president of the New Mexico Association of the Deaf.
  * Kelby Brick (MD), NAD at-large representative; vice president at Purple Communications and former director of the NAD Law and Advocacy Center.
  * Melissa Draganac-Hawk (PA), NAD board representative; adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania and past executive director of Deaf Women United.
  * Larry Forestal (AZ), NAD nonprofit representative; faculty member at San Diego State University and vice president of the ASL Teachers Association.
  * Jennifer Pfau (CA), NAD state association representative; manager for Sorenson Communications and co-chair of the NAD State Association-Affiliate Committee.
  * Kirsten Poston (MD), NAD board representative; disability program manager for the Federal Highway Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  * Tom Wells (MD), NAD staff representative; employed at the NAD since 1996, current director of finance.

Biographical information on each of the above can be viewed online. NAD President Bobbie Beth Scoggins also serves as an ex-officio member of the CSC.

“The NAD performs essential visionary advocacy that impacts policy development for generations,” said CSC Chair Poston. “The CEO Search is a milestone event in the making; the successor will help the NAD confront the challenges of today and help chart the future of our community. We are confident the CSC will find leaders qualified to build on our battle for consumer and citizen equity.”

The NAD Board of Directors and the CSC are committed to taking steps to ensure that the search for the next CEO of the NAD is fair and transparent, and in compliance with equal employment policies and practices.

Bloch, appointed in 1992 as the first female executive director, will depart on March 31, 2011. The CSC is an internal succession planning committee formed by the Board of Directors to facilitate the search effort, which will identify and recommend candidates to be considered by the Board of Directors as the next CEO of the NAD.

Click on to follow the search, get updates, check out biographies, etc.

Second Deaf and Hard of Hearing regional office opens in Western Michigan

Grand Rapids, MI, October 12, 2009

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS), a 501(c)3 non-profit agency in Grand Rapids, is pleased to announce a second regional office in Muskegon, serving the deaf and hard of hearing population in Muskegon, Ottawa, Oceana and Newaygo, effective October 1, 2009.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Connection (D/HHC), a program under MOKA Corporation in Muskegon, was relinquished to DHHS after careful consideration so resources could continue uninterrupted in the area.

Please click here to read the press release.

ASL Video on H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

ASL video (link below) is now available regarding "H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) part of Resources for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing" from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Part-time Bookkeeper Job Opening

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services in Grand Rapids has part-time Bookkeeper job opening.

Click here for job opening details.

EIPA Fall Test Dates

Educational Interpreter Assessment (EIPA) testing has applications and Fall 2009 test dates (including one in INDIAN RIVER) on the MDE-LIO website.

Working with Deaf People in the Mental Health Arena

Saturday, October 24, 2009
9:00 – 5:00 pm
Madonna University, Kresge Auditorium
Livonia, MI

Provides an overview of the unique needs of Deaf people seeking mental health treatment. Topics will include the role of the interpreter and the counselor in the session; current clinical diagnoses that counselors and interpreters face; how to communicate imperative clinical information to match the client’s cognitive functioning; the importance of maintaining boundaries; the role of the therapist who counsels Deaf clients and more.

Sponsored by Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People and National Deaf Academy

Early registration before October 15: $75
If CEUs are needed: $85
Students: $5
After 10/15/09 or at door: $100/110

Click here for the flyer with additional information.

NAD Announces Retirement of Anita B. Farb and New Hire

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) announces the retirement of Anita B. Farb, Director of Communications and Operations, with deep appreciation for her commitment to NAD and the American deaf and hard of hearing community over the last 24 years.

One of the longest-serving staff members, Farb first joined the NAD in 1985 as a part-time employee answering phones two days a week, and was promoted to increasingly accountable positions over the years. As second in command, she was responsible for communicating the work of the NAD to constituents and the general public through various channels, including the NADmag and website. With the support of her team, she successfully managed the association’s transition from traditional print media and marketing to today’s electronic and digital processes. In addition to duties managing NAD publications and administrative operations, she oversaw events planning for biennial national conferences and related activities. She also received the Chief Executive Officer’s Award in 1992 and 2008.

“A veritable gem, Anita has been the major pulse in the life of the NAD. When I served as interim executive director, she was always available and ready to act whenever needed,” said Mervin D. Garretson, Past President. “All through the years she has been loyal, productive and supportive, and could well be called Mrs. NAD, or Ms., if she would rather! Her blood is intermingled with that of the NAD – we all love her.”

“Anita has been a bastion at the NAD, always committed to the highest professional standards. The stature of the American deaf and hard of hearing community has skyrocketed to new heights, thanks to her tireless and dedicated enthusiasm in furthering the mission of our organization,” said Nancy J. Bloch, Chief Executive Officer. “She will leave tremendous shoes to fill, and she holds a very special place in my heart. I will greatly miss her passion and the many wonderful times we have shared during all these years.”

“The NAD has achieved so much and I am honored to have been a part of it. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work with a great deaf leader and role model in Nancy,” said Farb. “My world has revolved around the NAD for so many years, and I am confident that we are in great hands with my successor. The NAD can count on my support as I move on to pursue new interests in retirement.”

In her stead, the NAD has hired Shane H. Feldman as its Chief Operating Officer. He was previously employed at the NAD for over five years where he served as Coordinator of Marketing and Communications as well as Editor of the NADmag, under the supervision of Farb. Since then, he worked as a consultant for a federal contracting firm and as sales director at a video relay communications company. He received his Master’s degree in Management with focus on nonprofit financial management from University of Maryland University College and Bachelor’s degree in Professional and Technical Communications from Rochester Institute of Technology.

In his new role, Feldman will direct all aspects of the NAD under the oversight of Bloch, who will place greater focus on fundraising and donor relations. His work also includes planning for next year’s 50th Biennial NAD Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

“I am honored to follow in the footsteps of Anita who was my mentor,” said Feldman. “The NAD has achieved so much with so little throughout the years. A solid strategy and dedicated focus on maximizing resources will enable the NAD to step up its efforts to protect the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing Americans. With the support of our staff and community, we will achieve this objective.”

“We are thrilled to have Shane back on board in a leadership role and we look forward to exciting changes and growth opportunities that lay ahead,” said Bloch. “Anita has planned to retire for some time, so with Shane’s availability, she decided that the time was right. I appreciate her regard for the future of the NAD, and more so, the benefit of her continuing connection with the NAD as a volunteer and consultant, as we move forward.”

“Anita B. Farb has been a wonderful support to the NAD Board, and we will miss her greatly,” said Bobbie Beth Scoggins, President. “Stay tuned for announcement of a special benefit event to honor and celebrate her work with the NAD, open to all who want to wish her well as she enters a new chapter in her life journey.”

DODHH Interpreter Test Update

The Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth signed the contract of acquisition of a new interpreter test in late August, 2009. The new test will be named the Michigan Board for Evaluators of Interpreters (MI BEI).

The test was acquired from the state of Texas. As an added bonus Michigan will have interpreting reciprocity with the state of Texas so that they will recognize our certification and we will recognize theirs. The test was developed by the University of Arizona. Extensive research went into the development of this test to make the test valid, reliable and legally defensible. The test has been successfully administered in Texas since 2006.

To learn more, click here to read the memo from Sheryl Emery, Director of the Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Deaf or Hard of Hearing?
Have a problem with alcohol?

Signed AA meetings
The Deaf Off Drugs and Alcohol (DODA) program at Wright State University has made “virtual rooms” available for AA meetings at their virtual treatment center. DODA will assist anyone who needs technical support or help accessing the meetings, and coordinating the meeting schedule. DODA wants to be very respectful of the community's wishes and assist to the extent that is appropriate.

Read the flyer, click here.

See the web site:

Division Director Position
North Carolina Division of Blind Services

The North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is accepting applications for the position of Division Director. The Agency serves consumers who are blind or visually impaired or have vision and hearing losses in areas that include Vocational Rehabilitation, Independent Living Rehabilitation, and Business Enterprises. The Agency also provides social work services through the Social Services Block Grant and operates a state-funded program for the provision of eye-related medical services.

For the complete posting click here.

To Apply – An Application for State Employment must be completed and submitted. The application may be accessed at

Executive Director Position
Center for Deaf-Blind Persons, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Responsible for all general management, fiscal matters, and programs. Supervise Center staff, develop and supervise programs, project and manage budget and fund development, engage in strategic planning, spearhead community outreach/education, develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community partners.

Click here for the full announcement.

For information about the Center, please visit our web site at

NAD Board Announces CEO Search

The Board of Directors of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) announces that it has begun search efforts for a successor to Chief Executive Officer Nancy J. Bloch, in preparation for her departure on March 31, 2011. Appointed in 1992 as the first female director, Bloch also serves as ex officio member of the Board.

“The Board accepts Nancy J. Bloch’s decision with immeasurable appreciation for her leadership and impact on both the organization and our community,” said NAD President Bobbie Beth Scoggins. “We will sorely miss her passion and wisdom when the time comes for her departure. Her collaborative style and extraordinary network of relationships has advanced our mission and positioned the NAD on so many fronts. Thanks to her leadership, we are fiscally solvent amid these turbulent economic times and looking to the many opportunities that lay ahead. With her foresight, we look forward to a seamless CEO search and transition process.”

“I'm honored to have had the opportunity to lead the NAD for nearly two decades. It has been an incredible journey, and I am proud of our dedicated staff and the many partnerships that we have built, as well as the many whose hearts of gold have sustained our work,” said Bloch. “It is an opportune time for me to step down, and with this advance notice, we can all be assured of a thorough search and ultimately, a smooth changeover to the next person who will lead the NAD into the next phase of its growth. When it comes time for my departure, I shall remain committed to supporting the NAD and all who are involved in furthering its mission.”

An internal succession planning committee has been formed by the Board of Directors to facilitate the search effort, which includes the formation of a CEO Search Committee (CSC) by the fall of 2009. The CSC will be charged with all aspects of a search to identify persons to be considered by the Board of Directors for the next CEO of the organization. The Board of Directors and the CSC are committed to taking steps to guarantee that the search for the next CEO of the NAD is fair and transparent.

Pertinent information concerning the CEO search will be posted at as the process unfolds. This webpage will include links to the charge from the Board of Directors to the CSC, the timeline for the search, the CSC roster, public announcements, frequently asked questions and the responses, and notices of upcoming public meetings. The CSC, once formed, will welcome comments from membership and the community. Appropriate emails, and their responses, sent to the CSC will be added to the frequently asked questions section on a periodic basis.

“There is only one Nancy J. Bloch, so she is irreplaceable,” said Scoggins. “We look forward to the wisdom of the CEO Search Committee in recommending to the Board of Directors the most qualified candidates who have similar leadership, wisdom and passion from which we can choose a leader to take the torch and carry on the organizational change process that the NAD has already begun.”

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) was established in 1880 by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level. These beliefs remain true to this day, with American Sign Language as a core value. As a nonprofit federation, the mission of the NAD is to preserve, protect, and promote the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. The advocacy scope of the NAD is broad, covering the breadth of a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more.

Position Posting: Psychologist

Bloomfield Hills School District is seeking a psychologist for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. Please click below to read the entire posting. Apply online at

Click here to view job opening descriptions.

DODHH - Call for new MI BEI interpreter test raters

The Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DODHH) has successfully begun recruiting and training a new team of raters for the new MI (BEI) Board for Evaluation of Interpreters test. We are searching for additional individuals who are interested in becoming raters for DODHH.

Please share this information with individuals who might be qualified and interested in the important position that assists in credentialing Michigan’s sign language interpreters. Please see the DODHH website to review the call for rater criteria and application process at in the “What’s New” section.

The information can also be found directly by clicking on the following link:

Please share this information with your staff and community partners’ alike, thank you for your assistance.

DODHH Interpreter Test Update FAQ

Thank you for your patience as DODHH works fervently to develop the policies and procedures for our new Michigan interpreter testing system.

The DODHH has posted an interpreter test update FAQ on our website at The link is titled "July 2009: DODHH FAQ - Interpreter Test Update". It can be found in two areas - the "What's New" section and the "For Interpreter" section (the first bullet point in each section).

This 4th of July Celebrate YOUR Independence with Sprint Relay

-- Announcement from an E-Michigan Donating Sponsor --

Sign up for your 10 digit number today!*

*After November 12, 2009, non-registered callers will be unable to make or receive VRS or IP calls.

Peer Mentoring Training Certificate Program

What is a Peer Mentor?
Peer Mentors are people who have a hearing loss and work alongside audiologists and other professionals to help other people with hearing loss. The Gallaudet University Peer Mentoring Training Certificate Program is a certificate program designed to help train deaf, hard of hearing and late-deafened individuals who are sensitive to the diverse needs of 32 million consumers who face communication challenges. Individuals will be trained to provide needed skills and support to consumers in collaboration with licensed audiologists. Peer Mentor graduates will team with hearing health professionals to provide consumers and their families with practical approaches towards accommodations, use of assistive technologies, and equal access to communication. Tuition waivers are available for students who qualify.

To apply contact: or call 202-651-5335.

Interpreter Job for Detroit Public Schools

For more information click below:

Fathers Day Message from Sprint Relay

-- Announcement from an E-Michigan Donating Sponsor --

Invite your family and friends to your BBQ on Fathers Day by calling them through Sprint Relay services.

Register for a Sprint Relay Call Now 10 digit local number to make and receive VRS and IP calls to friends and family! Once registered with any provider, you may continue to place and calls through Sprint Relay. Learn more,

After June 30th, non-registered callers will not be able to make or receive internet relay calls. Dont delay register at

To view this announcement online click here:

Telephone Resources in Michigan

As we all endure the ripple effect of Michigan’s economy, it is important to stay up-to-date on financial resources that may be of particular assistance to Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind residents of our state. Therefore, the Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DODHH) has compiled a list of Telecommunications information and resources that may be helpful.

Click here to see the list.

12-Step and Support Meetings via WebCam


Have a problem with drugs or alcohol?

Want signed 12 step & support meetings?

Deaf Off Drugs and Alcohol offers Deaf 12 Step & support meetings led by Deaf facilitators.

All you need is a computer with a web-cam, high-speed internet and an email account.

If interested, for more information, contact Mandie Roseberry:
(866) 326-4761 vp
(937) 222-2400 ext 239 v

DODA Meeting Schedule

Tuesday All Day Open Chat
Wednesday 2:00pm-3:00pm 12 Step
Thursday 7:00pm-8:00pm 12 Step
Saturday All Day Open Chat
Sunday 6:00pm-7:00pm Women’s Group

Seeking Assistant Director for CACJOBS

CAC is having job posting for CACJOBS Assistant Director position.

Click here to view job descriptions.

Qualified candidates should send their resume and cover letter to: Lisa Palo at

Seeking Teacher/Consultant for Deaf

Washtenaw Intermediate School District is still accepting applicants for the position of Teacher/Consultant for HI Students:

Select the link "View WISD Job Postings"

Deaf Women's Leadership Training

July 27-31, 2009

Gallaudet University.

Financial assistance is now available!

To learn more about this program, go to this web page.

Click here to view the flyer. Contact Dr. Simon Guteng at

Help Needed for Deaf Healthcare Research

Hi, my name is John Franklin and I am working with a team of researchers at Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois. We are currently working on a project with high hopes of making big improvements to the deaf healthcare system. If you could take a minute to fill out my survey at: I'd really appreciate it.

Day at the State Capitol

The fourth annual Day at the State Capitol will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2009. This is an annual event to create awareness of teh needs of Michigan citizens with hearing loss. To learn more, click here to read the flyer.

Seeking Mental Health Supports Coordinator

There is a job opening at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Grand Rapids, MI

"Our social work program is expanding! We are looking for a Mental Health supports coordinator that can provide comprehensive mental health case management and supports coordination to deaf and hard of hearing in the Grand Rapids area." Duties include monitoring medication and psychiatric status of clients under Network 180, connecting clients to appropriate resources, scheduling/coordinating medical reviews, monitoring physical health and updating documentation in client files, group skills and workshops.

Required to know American Sign Language (ASL) and deaf culture. Must be able to show competency in documentation and diagnostics. Must have a driver's license and BSW or MSW degree, flexible hours and pay is commensurate with experience. Please send your cover letter and resume to Katie Prins at or fax to 616-732-7365.

Deaf Actors in Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Law & Order: Criminal Intent is featuring an episode called "The Silencer", starring a talent-heavy cast of Deaf actors, including:

Deanne Bray
Alexandria Wailes
Garrett Zuercher
Darren Frazier
Hillary Baack
Willy Conley
Raymond Luczak (Note: Raymond is a native Michigander originally from Michigan's Upper Penninsula.)

Adding to the excitement, NBC broke history by hiring the most Deaf extras (35 people; myself included!) for a network TV episode.

Please tune in to your local NBC provider on Tuesday, April 3rd at 9pm to watch the exciting bullet-ridden drama unfold!

Also, if you plan to watch this episode with a group of friends, please, please turn your TV on, or record the episode so the Nielsen ratings go through the roof! Then more Deaf actors will be asked back to work!

Support your friends! Support your acting community!

MADHH Summer Youth Programs, Scholarships and Employment Opportunities Available

Ralph Lynam Leadership Institute (LLI) is for Michigan's deaf and hard of hearing high school students (10th grade and up). This is a great camp to learn about transitioning skills to prepare for college as well as the "real world". See the attached student application.

NOTE: The Ralph Lynam Leadership Institute has been combined with Camp Chris Williams! Leadership classes will be held in the mornings at the Lake Sherman YMCA, and leadership students are automatically Counselors In Training, and will have the opportunity to try out their leadership skills in the afternoons and evening with the Campers!

Camp Chris Williams, August 16 - 21, 2009., is a recreational camp for deaf, hard of hearing children and their hearing siblings and children of deaf adults. The age requirement is 8 - 14 years old. Please find the Camp Chris Williams application below.

NOTE: Scholarships are available: so please advise families to contact MADHH to become registered.

EMPLOYMENT OPPURTUNTITIES: We are currently accepting employment applications for the two programs. Please find the application below. Please refer any motived, responisble individuals to apply to become staff counselors, directors, and interpreters. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals, please step to the FRONT of the line with these jobs!

For more information contact:
Dave J. Coyne
MADHH Program Manager, Staff Interpreter
VP - 517-507-5353

Check out EVENTS and Summer Youth Programs at

In Memoriam: Retired long time MADHH staff member and activist dies

Source: Traverse City Record Eagle, November 21, 2008

Marlaine Hanrath-Haven

FRANKFORT "" Marlaine Hanrath-Haven, 69, of Frankfort, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, at Eaton Community Hospice. She was born in Frankfort Oct. 8, 1939, the daughter of Walter and Alvera (Haines) Hanrath.

Marlaine graduated from Traverse City Central High School; received her Associate of Arts degree from Northwestern Michigan College and a Bachelor and Master of Arts Degree from Michigan State University.

Her career extended over 25 years, primarily with the Michigan Association for the Deaf, Hearing and Speech Services (Before it was Michigan Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing) as Director of Deaf Adult Services, whose primary objective was the establishment and provision of services for deaf adults.

Marlaine was successful in establishing a coalition of existing agencies throughout the state, to work as a unified front in identifying, prioritizing and ultimately selecting projects to establish these services. As a result, these agencies experienced expansion in interpreter provision, establishment of a statewide relay service long before it was mandated by the federal government and the establishment of a statewide substance abuse program. In addition, she taught part time for Lansing Community College and Michigan State University. She was listed in "Who's Who of American Women."

Marlaine leaves behind her loving husband, partner and friend, Herbert H. Haven; son, Robert (Christine) Ehrenberger of Clarkston; daughter, Lisa Ehrenberger of Lansing; two stepdaughters, Joanna Dunbar of Zurich, Switzerland, and Annette Barnett of Menlo Park, Calif.; three grandchildren, Benjamin, Cali and Adam Ehrenberger; and close friend and former brother-in-law, Donald (Kathy) Ehrenberger, sign language interpreters, and family and friends of deaf people with whom she championed throughout the state.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at First Congregational Church in Frankfort, with the Rev. Dinah Haag officiating.

Job Openings at Deaf Options, Inc.

Deaf Options, Inc. is looking for more social workers to meet the needs of deaf people in Wayne County.

Please click on the following position openings for more information:

Contact for more information:
Kathleen Mitchell, LMSW, ACSW
Clinical Director
Deaf Options, Inc.
19145 Beech Daly
Redford, MI 48240
888-235-3611 TTY
313-279-0550 Fax

Mr./Miss Deaf Teen America 2009

Pageant Director Yuliette Gonzales announces the date and location of the Mr./Miss Deaf Teen America 2009. The pageant will be hosted on Saturday April 11, 2009 at 6:00pm at the Emerald Theatre in Mount Clemens, Michigan.
Tickets Cost $20

Camp Chris Williams

Camp Chris Williams is an exciting summer camp experience for deaf and hard of hearing youth and their siblings ages 8–14. The camp is located in Augusta, Michigan, in Kalamazoo County. Camp Chris is sponsored by the Lions 11 B–2, in cooperation with local Lions Clubs and Michigan Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MADHH).

Camp Chris Williams provides safe and enjoyable opportunities to:

  • Meet Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth from throughout Michigan
  • Benefit from mentoring relationships with Deaf and Hard of Hearing counselors
  • Learn life skills
  • Develop social awareness
  • Motivate self–discovery
  • Participate in fun and exciting camp activities and discussions, and
  • HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!

The 2000 camp is August 16 though 21.
The cost is $400.00 Registrations must include $50.00 Deposit. Families often can find scholarships with their Local Lions clubs.

Campership forms may be downloaded under Summer Youth Programs on the website.

For further information, contact MADHH:
Call: (800) 968-7327 (V/TTY) (MI only); (517) 487-0066, ext 16
Videophone: (517) 503-3535

MSD Seeking More Aides/Substitute Teachers, etc.

MSD is currently in need of having more aides and substitute teachers.

Please chick the following job postings:

For more information, please contact:
Earnest Covington
Project Manager
Communication Access Center & Michigan School for the Deaf
(810) 257-0125 (VP)
(810) 257-1400 (V)
(810) 257-1490 (Fax)
(313) 445-5668 (Text) (Pager)

HUD Produces Video Messages for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

YouTube and Facebook video will alert consumers about important housing issues

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it has produced videos for YouTube and Facebook designed to educate Deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers about their fair housing rights, housing counseling services, and loan programs offered by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

Click these links to see the videos: ion-Department-of-Housing-and-Urban-Development/37437263955

In one video, a HUD employee uses sign language to tell his story of refinancing his home through FHA, the largest government insurer on mortgages. In another video, he explains that it's illegal to discriminate in housing based on race, religion, sex, national origin, disability or family status. All videos encourage viewers to contact HUD by visiting its website, for help or more information.

Announcing the 2009 Michigan Deaf Association Conference!

The 2009 MDA Conference will be held August 26 – 29, 2009 at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Bay City, MI. Our conference theme of “Shared Experiences, Shared Vision”expresses the idea that we all have many life experiences in common that have led us to our single shared vision of true equality and accessibility. Come share in this experience and help make the vision a reality!

This conference promises to be bigger and more fun-filled than ever as we plan a full 3 days of workshops, vendors, entertainment and activities! We promise something for all age groups - from school aged visitors and students, to our younger Deaf adults, and on up to our venerated Senior Deaf citizens! And, for the first time, you can take advantage of a payment plan for those of you interested in spreading the cost of the conference over a period of time!

Go to to see our Schedule of Events, our Featured Entertainer, our Payment Plans, our Meal choices and to reserve your conference seat!

Or, email our Chairperson Tammy Scholl at or Co-Chairperson, Roberta Newvine at for more information!

EMU Stem Camp for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students

The 2-day STEM camp will be hosted this summer by Eastern Michigan University. This is for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing who will be in high school as of September 2009.

Click here for more information.
Click here for application form.

New HireSignLanguage Website Schedules Launch Date!

ANAHEIM HILLS, Calif.—February 23, 2009—HireSignLanguage (, the latest job board site operated by ASL MEDIA, LLC (, is pleased to announce its new launch date of St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. HireSignLanguage, with new features, is positioned to greatly impact the sign language community.

HireSignLanguage is going to be the most flexible job board for both job seekers and employers. It boasts more features than any other deaf-related job board.

Job seekers will be able to:

* Search jobs by location, date range, job categories and job type
* View all jobs posted by a specific employer
* Find out how often a resume was viewed by interested employers
* Set up job automatic notification to receive matching jobs by email daily
* Add jobs to Inbox for later viewing
* View all jobs applied for
* Post 'private' resumes
* Make resume searchable or unsearchable
* Update profile at any time
* Subscribe/unsubscribe to the mailing list
* Email a specific job to a friend
* Retrieve forgotten passwords by automated email
* Save time with the easy-to-use and clean user interface
* Plus more!

Employers will be able to:

* Search resumes by date range, geographic location, industry, job type and keywords
* Add, edit and delete jobs on the fly
* Find out how often each posting has been viewed by job seekers
* Build a company profile and upload a company image or logo
* View a professional display of job searches and resume details for easy reading
* Sign up for automatic notification to receive matching resumes by email daily
* Save received resumes in private Inbox for viewing at a later time
* Save time with flexible and powerful resume search interface
* Display resume details in a printer friendly format
* Sign up for job postings or resume database access
* Automatically receive automated email notification of expiring jobs
* Add resume notes to any resume for quick reference
* Plus more!

“After seven years of running the career site, we are no longer posting jobs manually for employers. Instead, employers can log in to access job postings, job modifications, and/or resumes. The ability to search the database saves them time and money,” says ASL MEDIA founder James Kittell.

HireSignLanguage’s new features and tools make job searching increasingly more efficient and connects job seekers in a more personal and informal way. This fresh approach to creating a sophisticated job board encourages members to use the new communications medium in a more light-hearted and friendly fashion.

About HireSignLanguage

As a career site leader in the sign language community since June 2002, HireSignLanguage (, owned and operated by ASL MEDIA, LLC, has revolutionized the way people manage their careers and the way employers hire qualified candidates. HireSignLanguage's tools and advice put job seekers in control of their careers and make it easier and more cost-effective for employers to find qualified candidates. In addition to its popular job board, HireSignLanguage has had over 600 employer clients and 250,000 viewers since 2002.


Founded in 2002, ASL MEDIA, LLC (, is a business development company focusing on four key areas: entertainment, technology, operations, and marketing. Headquartered in southern California, the privately held company is owned by a deaf business developer who operates ASL EXPO (, HireSignLanguage ( and the Tom Neville Show (

Michigan ASL Interpreter Survey

A survey is being conducted to research reasons why Michigan ASL interpreters do not pursue state or national certification. . This survey is to better understand how agencies: state, for-profit and non-profit can better assist members of the field of ASL interpreting. It should take less than ten minutes of your time. No identifying information will be collected for this survey and you will be anonymous.

This survey is being conducted as part of my thesis in the graduate program at Siena Heights University. If you have any questions or comments regarding this survey, please contact Dave Coyne at Thank you for your participation.

Do not fill out this survey if you are not a current resident of Michigan or attained National Certification while residing in another state besides Michigan

Click the following link to fill out the form:

2009 Sertoma Scholarships for Students with Hearing Loss

Call for Applicants
Sertoma, Inc. has announced a call for applications for the 2009 Sertoma Scholarships for Hearing Impaired Students. The national scholarship program offers twelve $1000 scholarships for U.S. students who have a minimum 40dB bilateral hearing loss. Scholarship funds may be used for any school-related expenses including tuition, books and supplies during any academic term, including summer term.

The scholarships are made possible through a generous donation from Oticon Pediatrics, a long time supporter of the educational initiatives of Sertoma, Inc., one of the oldest civic service clubs in the U.S. promoting civic responsibility through community service.

The deadline for application is May 1, 2009. For more information about the scholarship program and to download an application, please visit

NAD Partners with IRS to Share ASL Tax Tips

Silver Spring, MD - The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is again partnering with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to make sure that important tax information reaches the deaf community.

Last year, the IRS produced seven public service announcement (PSA) videos, "Economic Stimulus Payment Basics," and a short 1040-A Instructional video in American Sign Language (ASL), open captions and voice over. The NAD partnered with the IRS in 2008 to distribute this information.

Now, during the 2009 tax season, the IRS has produced a new ASL PSA series entitled, "Tax Tips", with open captions and voice over.

"We are pleased, once again, to make this new and important information available to deaf and hard of hearing Americans across the country," said Nancy J. Bloch, NAD Chief Executive Officer.

Please check back often for new video updates between now and April 2009.

Watch the ASL Tax Tip videos by clicking each topic:

Direct Deposit (TRT- :44)
IRS can deposit your tax refund directly into your bank or checking account, even if you move or change your name.

Top Return Mistakes (TRT- 1:02)
Mistakes will slow down the processing of your federal tax return. E-file and let the system double check your return for you.

E-File (TRT - :49)
Electronically file your federal tax return and find out how you can get our refund much faster than mailing in a tax form.

Careers at the IRS (TRT - :55)
Are you interested in getting a job in accounting, customer services or collections? Consider working for the IRS, one of the world's largest financial institutions.

Undelivered Refunds (TRT - :48)
Millions of dollars in tax refunds can't be delivered to thousands of taxpayers. Most times, that's because IRS has the wrong address, so the postal service can't make the delivery. Find out how you can get your refund.

Standard Deduction for Non-Itemizers (TRT - :43)
This year homeowners who don't itemize may get a bigger standard deduction.

IRS e-File Requires e-Signature (TRT- :50)
New information! e-Filed returns must be electronically signed.

For more information, go to

CAC is Hiring!!

Communication Access Center is a non-profit organization helping the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community throughout the Midwest. We have over 170 openings available in 2009. We are excited to be offering professional and non-professional opportunities in Various Michigan locations, Indianappolis, Indiana, Chicago, Illinois and Columbus, Ohio. Join us and be a part of the largest outreach effort in our history!

Please click the following job positions for further information.

Visit our website for information about these incredible opportunities and our services: To apply, contact:

Lisa Palo
Call Center Managers, Facility Coordinators, Interpreters

Kimberly St.Onge
Branch Managers, Case Managers, Job Developers/Recruiters

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

We are interviewing and hiring immediately. Don't delay, apply today!

Camp Chris Williams 2009- Coming Soon!

August 15 - 21, 2009

2009 is here! CHANGE is here! Camp Chris Williams is on its way!
Camp Chris Williams is for youth who are deaf, hard of hearing, or siblings.

Save money!
Camp Chris Williams Early Bird registration ends February 21, 2009.
Send your application with your deposit and lock in the Paid-In-Full amount.

Financial burdens should not stop a child from attending summer camp.
MADHH works very closely with the Lion Clubs of Michigan to ensure attendance by all families wishing to have their little camper enjoy Camp Chris Williams.

The first step is to complete the 2009 Camp Chris Application Click here!

Please share this information with those who might be interested in Camp Chris Williams.

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