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Announcements 2010

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Scholarship Available for Deaf College Student from Michigan

Phil Zazove M.D announces:

"I'm excited to tell you that the T.A.F.F.Y. (Taking Action for Friends, Families, & Youth) Foundation has committed to providing a scholarship for a deaf college student from Michigan for at least next year. All applicants from Michigan who apply for a Louise Tumarkin Zazove Foundation scholarship will also automatically be considered for the T.A.F.F.Y. scholarship. To apply, go to and click on the Scholarship icon."

Philip Zazove, M.D.
University of Michigan

Michigan Native Going to the Winter Deaflympics in 2011

Guess what? Michigan native Jenny Berrigan is going to the Winter Deaflympics in 2011. And guess what? PowerVRS is sponsoring her fundraising party! Come and help us send her off to earn the GOLD in snowboarding and make us deaf Michiganders proud!

When: November 21, 2010
Where: Collier Lanes, 879 South Lapeer Road, Oxford MI 48371
Cost: $25 per person - includes 2 games, shoes, 2 pizza slices, and pop

50/50 Raffles! Auctions!

Please click here to view the flyer

Contact: Dragan Jaksic at

Free Flu Shots

DMC/Sinai-Grace Hospital & Deaf Options

Want you to come get FREE Flu Shots

Deaf Community Drop In Center
19145 Beech Daly, Suite 4
Redford, MI 48240

When: Thursday November 11, 2010
Time: 8 am - 12 noon
Cost: FREE

First Come, First Served

Call if you have questions: 313-681-5200 (VP) or 313-592-3175 (V)

Take the TDI TV Captioning Survey

TDI is working on a new Universal Captioning Petition for Federal Communications Commission (FCC). TDI invites other consumer groups to join in this petition such as American Association of Deaf Blind (AADB), American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA), California Coalition of Agencies Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCASDHH), Communication Services for the Deaf (CSD), Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN), Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and National Association of the Deaf (NAD).

TDI gratefully thanks Carol Harter, Carl Jensema, and Cliff Rowley of the Tucson Citizens for Better Captioning (TCBC), who has raised important issues about the availability of real-time captioning for news and weather programming outside the "Top 25" television markets, or Designated Market Areas (DMAs). By gathering data from frustrated television viewers who depend on captioning, TCBC has demonstrated that grassroots advocacy on the local level does have a major impact on national policy. TDI joins deaf and hard of hearing viewers everywhere in advocating for more captioning.

Before TDI can submit this petition to the FCC, we want to hear from you. Your comments will help TDI further address the ongoing need to improve the quality and availability of television captioning. This is your opportunity to give your voice and ask the FCC to eliminate the three outdated TV captioning waivers and exemptions for:

* Programming that air between the hours of 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
* Commercials airing less than five minutes.
* Live news programming in smaller television markets such as:

* San Diego (CA) #28
* Austin (TX) #44
* New Orleans (LA) #52
* Tucson (AZ) #67
* Des Moines (IA) #73
* Rochester (NY) #81
* Madison (WI) #85
* Sioux Falls (SD) #112
* Erie (PA) #144
* Eugene (OR) #118
* and many other rural towns.

Your voice will tell the FCC that you want captions on all:

* TV shows, because captions will not bother others who are sleeping in the middle of the night.
* TV commercials, because captions will help you learn more about products and services on the market.
* TV newscasts in your hometown, because captions provide full access from beginning to end including news, weather and sports - just like the "Top 25" markets anywhere in America.

Please help TDI and other consumer groups by completing this survey, which should take you no more than five to ten minutes. Feel free to distribute this survey to your network so other people can respond. The survey will close Friday, November 12, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Be assured that all answers are strictly anonymous as we have absolutely no way of knowing who completed any of the surveys.


MCC Job Posting - Disability Services Specialist

Mott Community College is currently accepting applications for Disability Services Specialist (ASL/Text Interpreting). Please refer to the link below or visit to view the complete posting and our online application process.

Seeking Therapist/Social Worker at Deaf Options

Deaf Options is having a job opening for a therapist/social worker.

Graduate degree in social work. One to two years experience working in mental health with demonstrated competency in individual, family and group counseling. Demonstrated receptive and expressive sign language skills, be able to effectively communicate with a variety of deaf and hard of hearing individuals independently. Candidate must possess Michigan Social Work License.

Please click here for all details on the open position.

Send letter of interest and resume to:

Kathleen Mitchell, LMSW, ACSW
Clinical Director
19145 Beech Daly
Redford, MI 48240
313-769-4152 VP
313-279-0550 Fax

Cedar Point Trip - Ohio Deaf Awareness Day

Please help us spread the word!!!
Join the Detroit Rising Stars for great food, great fun and great fellowship. We're traveling from Redford, Michigan to Sandusky, Ohio to network with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities. All SLS Students, interpreters, Deaf, and Hard of Hearing are invited. There are only... 55 seats.

Saturday, August 7, 2010
Ohio Association for the Deaf Celebration
Ticket Cost $65 (17 and older) $52 (4-16)
Includes: Bus, Cedar Point Trip, and Snacks
Stars T-shirt (optional)
Prizes and giveaways.

To register and for tickets: visit
Click here for more information and details

Detroit Rising Stars Performing Arts Camp will launch a new Summer Camp entitled, “Deaf Kid Enterprise”

(Redford, Michigan) The Detroit Rising S.T.A.R.S. (Students Together for Art, Rhythm, and Song) will offer several summer camps this year for youth ages 3 – 18 at the YWCA of Metropolitan Detroit (Northwest Branch) 25940 Grand River Avenue (at Beech Daly Road) Redford, MI 48240 and Redford Parks and Recreation 12121 Hemingway (at Beech Daly) Redford, MI 48240. Weekly and Saturday sessions are being offered beginning July 10. For more information, visit or call 313.414.1054. Cost varies per camp so call today.

The Performing Arts Camp will include basic piano, vocal techniques, sign language, poetry, dance, drama and more. Newly added are the Tiny Tot Sign Language Camp and Deaf Kid Enterprise. Tiny Tot Sign Language Camp is a 1 week camp for children ages 3-6. All children must be accompanied by an adult while learning sign language. Deaf Kid Enterprise is a sought after program for the hearing impaired children. While there are many programs for hearing children, there are not many for Deaf or Hard of Hearing youth. Students in this camp will learn leadership skills, entrepreneurship, etiquette and more. All students will participate in hands on activities, attend or participate in upcoming events, field trips, and recitals. Students will receive a snack, certificate of participation, and a membership to the YWCA (provided their camp is there).

Please click here to view the press release. Photos are available upon request. To learn more about our organization, visit

Sue Thomas FBEye DVD's Available

Sue Thomas is now offering the entire series (3 1/2 years worth ) of DVD's of 'Sue Thomas FBEye' on her website. She also has recently reprinted her autobiography Silent Night to include a behind the scenes view of the making of the TV show, as well as 16 pages of color photos. Fans will love to catch this glimpse of the woman who inspired the popular TV series!!!!

You can check it out at Sue's website

Deaf Camp 2010

Hands of Pure Expressions and Clinton St. Greater Bethelehem Temple Church is sponsoring a Deaf Camp 2010 titled, "An Entire Day of Fun!" on July 31, 2010 in Holly, MI. It is free for deaf and hard of hearing kids age 8 to 14 years old. Transportation will be provided. Please click here for more information/details.

Family Helper Needed

Seeking motivated, energetic caretaker for live in help to assist with childcare and home needs. The ideal candidate must pass a background check as well as have experience with child care. Candidates must be able to work with caring for children with emotional and medical special needs. We have no problem training the right person. Knowledge of ASL and current CPR certification will be given extra consideration but also can be obtained shortly after employment. A couple or female with a child would be an ideal candidate. A college student or a part time worker would also work as hours are somewhat flexible. Beautiful, large 3 story, historic Victorian, spacious home located in downtown Lapeer. Benefits include room, board, internet, cable and small allowance. Please call or text 810-614-9184 to set up an interview as soon as possible.

Please click here for more information/details.

EIPA Test Slots Available for July

We have many test slots available at this time for EIPA testing in July 2010. If we do not have them filled a month in advance, we may need to give back the slots to Boys Town so that another state can use them!

Application forms and procedures are on the MDE-LIO website at Apply soon!

Seeking Sign Language Interpreter

Willamston Community Schools is seeking for a sign language interpreter or the summer months. Please click here to view the job posting.

For more information
Pam VanSickler
Transportation Coordinator/Personnel
Williamston Community Schools
517-655-1011 or 655-4361 ext 5116

Get Your Sprint VRS Video Mail How You Want It.

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

Imagine having video messages from other video phone users including your deaf, hard-of-hearing, or hearing friends and family sent point-to-point, right to your wireless device. Now imagine you can access your messages in your email, online, or if you re in a 4G market, through Sprint Video 4G Software. Three great ways to stay connected – that's the power of Sprint VRS Video Mail.

New users, please go to and create your new account profile.

Sprint 4G available in over 25 markets and counting and on select devices; see for details.

MADHH Open House

MADHH is having an open house showcasing our new location and a book signing by Philip Zazove M.D. on Friday, May 21st, 2010! 1-4:30 P.M. Refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase! Click here to view the flyer.

Part-time Job Opening Possible with MDE-LIO

MDE-LIO is looking for additional persons to be trained to administer and rate the SLPI. Interested persons must be very skilled at ASL, knowledgeable of ASL as a language, work well with others and be willing to attend training. These SLPI administrators are contracted to work part time as needed. Please contact the MDE-LIO office to apply

Click here for the newsletter announcement and the contact information.

Job Opening Opportunity: INgage Networks Informational Session at Capital Area Michigan Works!

Peckham, Inc is currently assisting INgage Networks with identifying individuals from the Michigan Talent Bank who may be potential candidates for employment. This e-mail is being written to invite you to an Informational Session about INgage Networks expansion to the East Lansing, MI area. Details regarding the event are as follows:

Information Sessions for INgage Networks at Capital Area Michigan Works!
Date and Time: Thursday, April 1st at 2pm or Friday, April 2nd at 2pm
Location: 2110 S. Cedar Street Lansing MI 48910
If able to attend, please RSVP to: Access the “Calendar” icon and follow the link to the event date that you are able to attend. Please also note the materials that you will be requested to bring to the Informational Session as well.

For questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me and the e-mail address provided. Thank you and we hope to see you at this event.

Carrie Rosingana
Employment Specialist
WIA Program
Peckham, Inc./Capital Area Michigan Works!
Phone: (517) 492-5522
Fax: (517) 492-5525

DODHH March 26 Rules and Regulations Committee Meeting

DODHH March 26 Rules Meeting

Below is the public announcement for the March 26 DODHH Rules and Regulations committee meeting. **Please note that any available documents for public reference at the meeting will be available only at the DODHH website next week and not on site, Click here for details.

Seeking Executive Director Deaf Adult Services in Buffalo, NY

Deaf Adult Services in Buffalo, NY seeks dynamic and innovative Executive Director to join Western New York’s leading agency serving the Deaf community. Masters Degree in Business or Non Profit Administration with a minimum of three years management experience or BA/BS in Human Services or equivalent with a minimum of five years management experience required. Proven experience with fundraising, grant writing, marketing, budget and financial management strongly desired. Thorough knowledge of Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing cultures required as well as Sign Language proficiency. Strong people skills, diplomacy and public speaking abilities are necessary. Deadline: April 15, 2010. Full job description and application information can be downloaded at

Seeking Youth Specialist Supervisor at MSD

A Youth Specialist Supervisor 11 position (SEQ FY10-054) at the Michigan School for the Deaf has been announced on the Civil Service website to recruit both internal and external candidates. The closing date is March 21, 2010. 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.

To view Job Opportunities open to all applicants, go to the home page for the Department of Civil Service at

Click on Employment Information (left hand corner)
Click on Your Career Starts Here (middle of the page)

Information about You Tube and Captioning

By Jessica E. Vascellaro - Of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Google Inc.'s (GOOG) YouTube said it will offer automatically generated captions for its entire video catalog, a boon for deaf users and those who want to watch videos in other languages. At a press conference at YouTube's headquarters, Google software engineer Ken Harrenstein showed off the feature and ticked through the reasons Google invested in the product, from expanding accessibility to crossing language barriers to improving search. For instance, YouTube watchers can select to see captions in a different language from the language of the video. Harrenstein, who is deaf and gave his presentation in sign language, said he has been working on the product for the past five years.

YouTube has been pushing captions for a while and hundreds of thousands of videos have them. In 2008, it began allowing content owners to upload their own captions. Last year, Google turned on automatic captioning for videos uploaded by a small number of partners, like the University of California-Berkeley and Yale University.

Now, YouTube is rolling them out across the entire catalog of millions of videos, as long as the video has clear audio. The move was cheered by several students at the California School for the Deaf, who were in attendance and called the feature "inspiring."

Google scientist Mike Cohen said the captioning technology blends Google's speech-recognition and translation algorithms--both of which are based on large-scale data models that crunch data on Google's servers. "I don't know about anything tried at this type of scale before," he said.

Now Hiring Customer Service Reps and Sales Consultants

There are job openings at AT&T:

Rantoul, IL; Harrisburg, PA; Springfield, IL; Pewaukee, WI; Brecksville, OH; Saginaw, MI; Chicago, IL

Action Item:
Do you have family, friends or neighbors who would like to work for AT&T? Are they interested in consulting with customers to recommend and sell AT&T products & services to meet our customers' needs? We have great news. AT&T is now hiring Sales Consultants and Customer Consultants in the above locations.
These available positions won't last long, so please make a referral today. Interested candidates can click here to apply directly for:
CSR - Rantoul, IL,
CSR - Harrisburg, PA,
CSR - Springfield, IL,
Sales Consultant - Pewaukee, WI,
Sales Consultant - Brecksville, OH,
Sales Consultant - Saginaw, MI,
Sales Consultant - Bilingual (Spanish) - Chicago, IL

View On-Demand Children's Stories in ASL at

Clearwater, FL [February 18, 2010] – Children and adults alike can now view popular children's books translated into American Sign Language (ASL) by dialing on their videophones.

This new venue is what co-owner Keith Wann calls supporting Deaf literacy. "As someone who grew up bilingually with ASL and English and as someone who has children, I understand firsthand the crucial influence of bilingualism upon children, especially those who are deaf," Wann says. "Yet not all of them have easy access to ASL-narrated stories. By combining modern video technology with ASL, we can provide on-demand ASL storytelling at no cost to them."

With a new book narrated every month, the current story being narrated until the end of March is Papa, Do You Love Me? To view the pre-taped stories, people with videophones can dial Wann points out that the narrators are doing this on a volunteer basis "because they want to help children make that connection between ASL and English, and be exposed to a diverse array of stories."

He adds, "With this new program, we're already making waves. A mother told me that she was thrilled to see this offering for her deaf children, because she lives in a rural area where there are very few deaf people and even fewer opportunities for her children to see native-level ASL."She says her children ask to watch the story over and over, because they're so excited to see someone other than their mother signing."

Although this program is sponsored by callVRS, all calls into are not interpreted calls and do not involve interpreters or call placements. Additionally, none of the calls to result in billable minutes or profits. Wann says, "I've been asked why we have this program, and my answer is simple: this is a way for callVRS to give back to the community. What better way to do it than to reach out to new generations of deaf children through their natural language?"

For more about, visit callVRS is a minority-owned and woman-owned business.

Sprint Relay customers can download Sprint Video 4G Software free.

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

Sprint Video 4G Software is compatible with Mac and Windows PCs and laptops with high-speed internet connection and allows 4G wireless access where available (and 3G access otherwise) when combined with a compatible mobile broadband device and data plan. Sprint 4G currently available in over 25 markets and counting, and on select devices. See for details

Seeking Employment Specialist for New Horizon Rehabilitation Service

New Horizons Rehabilitation Service has new job opening: Employment Specialist in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Please click here for job description.

For questions or more information, contact Jamie Maes at or Jason Kaszubski at

For additional information:

DODHH Status Update

It has come to our attention that a rumor is circulating in the community that MCDC / DODHH is closing. That information is incorrect.

Please know and share with others that although we have encountered funding difficulties, the Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth, (our host department) and the State Rehabilitation Agencies have been working to resolve these difficulties and to achieve solutions that provide for the continued operation and viability of our programs. We are not closing down.

We would appreciate your help in bringing an end to this rumor.

Please direct all budget related questions and inquiries to Duncan Wyeth, Executive Director at or 877-499-6232.

Managing Fear and Anxiety

Read the new article in the Mental Health section: click here.

Deaf Services Manager Job in Missouri

Person needed to manage, coordinate, supervise and ensure exceptional care of deaf and hard of hearing clients with mental and emotional disorders through therapeutic and case management services.

For more information, click here.

Free Webinar: Recent Findings: Interpreting Needs in Vocational Rehabilitation Settings

The National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC) will present the key findings from the recent national needs assessment survey of interpreting needs in Vocational Rehabilitation settings. This webinar is of special interest to anyone responsible for or interested in the current needs and challenges of providing appropriate and qualified sign language interpreting services in VR settings. This is a free webinar, sponsored by RSA through the NCRTM.

The complete final report, NCIEC Vocational Rehabilitation Interpreting Needs Assessment Report (October 2009) is available on the National Consortium website.

The following key areas are included:

* Respondent agency data
* Vocational Rehabilitation consumer characteristic information
* Utilization of full-time staff interpreters versus part-time contract interpreters
* Interpreter availability
* Requirements for interpreter qualifications and education
* Interpreter pay
* Need for interpreters by consumer sub-group
* Need for interpreters by Vocational Rehabilitation setting
* Interpreter training needs
* Mentoring for interpreters

This webinar presentation is the introduction to an ongoing Community of Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation Interpreting Needs. Following this presentation, an online forum will be available to pursue specific questions, and identify potential responses to the interpreting needs identified in the report.

NCRTM Online Conference Center

February 11, 2010 1:00-2:30 EST
RID CEUs and ACET credit available.

Who should attend?
* SCD, RCD directors and counselors
* Sign Language Interpreters working with and for Vocational Rehabilitation agencies

This webinar is free for participants, but we are asking that people register by February 10th. More details will follow soon via email!

Watch and listen to this presentation online using our web-based software. Sign language interpreting and captioning services will be provided as part of the presentation. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

Unable to attend?
You may view the archived webcast and accompanying resource materials on the NCRTM website. Archives will be immediately available within one month of the live webcast.

More details will follow soon, but mark this event on your calendar!

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