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Announcements 2011

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Online ASL Study Participants Needed

We are studying the comprehension differences for deaf persons watching a program with closed captioning versus watching a program with picture in picture American Sign Language. We are undergraduate students from the School of Industrial Engineering at the University of Oklahoma and we are in a class that requires teams of students to perform a research project.

We have chosen this topic because of our interest in ensuring equal access and opportunities to visual media for deaf persons. Since deaf individuals primarily exchange information through signing, we believe that television media should use picture-in-picture sign language rather than closed captioning. This study will examine whether there is indeed a comprehension difference between closed captioning and picture-in-picture sign language.

We are seeking study participants that are hearing impaired, know ASL, and are at least 18 years of age. The study will take approximately 30 minutes of time and will be conducted using a webpage accessible from any web browser. Participants will be asked to fill out a small demographic questionnaire and watch two short educational videos. At the end of each video they will take a small comprehension quiz.

No identifying information will be kept about the participants and the data collected will be completely anonymous. If you know of any individuals who meet the criteria above, or you yourself meet them, please have them go to to participate in this study. Please feel free to forward this on to any groups or individuals whom you believe might be able to participate. If you have any questions don't hesitate to send an email to or our research sponsor Dr. Randa Shehab at A pdf copy of this letter should you choose distribute it can be found at

Andrew Freeman, Dustin Verhines, Kevin Cheshier, Zemo Quinn
Industrial Engineering Seniors
University of Oklahoma

Seeking Direct Support Professional

Genesee County Community Mental Health is seeking a part-time Direct Support Professional who knows ASL and has the experience. Please click here to view the job posting.

Please send resume to:
Sarah Updike at
Fax: 810-762-5234

Sign Language Studies Faculty Position Posting

OCC is seeking a full-time faculty for Sign Language Studies department.

Those interested in applying should check this site:

The application process is all online through that site and everything else (transcripts, etc) must be sent to HR. There will be directions in the application itself.

ATTENTION: TV Emergency Test Message



ONLY A TEST. On November 9, 2011, at 2 PM Eastern Standard Time, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). At that time, an announcement will come on every TV and radio channel indicating that EAS has been activated; the announcement will last about 30 seconds. Although the activation will include an audio message indicating that this is a test, due to technical limitations, a visual message indicating that “this is a test” may not appear on every television channel, especially for cable subscribers. For these reasons, the FCC and FEMA are taking extra steps to educate the public, especially people who are deaf and hard of hearing, that “This is only a test.” Please do not be alarmed when you see that message. You will not need to take any action.

WHAT IS THE EAS? EAS alerts are sent over the radio or television (broadcast, cable and satellite). State and local emergency managers use these alerts to notify the public about emergencies and weather events, such as tornadoes and hurricanes. The EAS can also be used to send an alert across the United States if there is a national emergency. It is common for state and local EAS tests to occur on a monthly and weekly basis, respectively. They typically include an audio EAS tone and a visual message indicating: “This is a test of the Emergency Alerting System.” This is the first time that there will be a test of the nationwide EAS alert on all radio and television systems at the same time.

WHY A TEST? The purpose of the test is to assess how well the EAS can alert the public during certain national emergencies. Although the FCC and FEMA are taking steps to ensure that everyone has access to announcements made during the test, some people watching cable television (as well as some others) may receive only an audio (not a visual) notice that this is a test. The FCC and FEMA want to make consumers aware of the test so that they understand that this is only a test and that there is no real emergency. The November 9th test will help ensure that the EAS will work if public safety officials ever need to send an alert or warning in a real emergency to the entire country or to a large region of the United States.

So remember, the EAS Test on November 9th is ONLY A TEST, NOT A REAL EMERGENCY.

For more information about how this EAS test may affect you, please visit:

Newsflash: Movie "THE HAMMER" About Deaf Wrestler!

Announcing from Tal Levitas at

he new open-captioned film called THE HAMMER that will be in theaters in Michigan on Thursday, October 27, and on Wednesday, November 2nd.

The movie tells the inspirational story of deaf wrestler Matt Hamill and how he persevered to become the first Deaf NCAA champion in wrestling. The movie is in English and ASL and is completely OPEN CAPTIONED so that Deaf and hearing audiences can enjoy it together in the theater.

The movie stars deaf actors Russell Harvard and Shoshannah Stern and has been praised by Marlee Matlin and Gallaudet president Alan Hurwitz. It is rated PG-13 and is family friendly for older kids and young adults.

To see the trailer and to get more information on tickets, go to If this sounds like it will interest the members of your group, we would love to have you post our showtimes on your site or in your newsletter. If you'd like to organize a group trip, we can send you a signed poster as well and help you publicize it on our social media pages.

"The Hammer" is playing at 7:00pm on October 27, and at 7:00pm November 2nd in the following locations in Michigan

Grand Haven 9 (Grand Haven)
Saginaw 12 (Saginaw)
Celebration! Cinema RiverTown (Grand Rapids)
Emagine Rochester Hills (Rochester Hills)
Emagine Canton (Canton)
Ann Arbor 20 IMAX (Ypsilanti)
Jackson 10 (Jackson)
Kalamazoo 10 (Kalamazoo)

We also post updates daily on our facebook page,

JARC Seeking Full and Part-Time Direct Support Professionals

JARC is seeking full and part-time Direct Support Professionals to provide support, assist with personal care and hygiene, and help adults with developmental disabilities be involved and integrated in the community. A high school diploma or GED and a valid Michigan driver's license are required.

Also seeking Direct Support Professionals fluent in American Sign Language.

Please click here for job description and duties.

If you know of anyone who is interested in this opportunity please contact Mishawn at the email address listed below.

Mishawn Jenkins
Human Resources Coordinator
30301 Northwestern Hwy, #100
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
248-538-6611 ext. 322

MSD Seeking Head Coach for Varsity Boys Basketball

Head Coach is needed for Varsity Boys Basketball team at Michigan School for the Deaf. For more information and application, click here.

Contact person:
Eugene Thomas
MSD Athletic Director
810-257-1401 (v/tty)
810-257-1490 (fax)
810-275-0991 (video phone)

Artwork Logo Contest!

The Coalition is having artwork logo contest for inspiring artists of all ages, time is limited! They wants original ARTWORK to use as a LOGO for our organization. Click here for more information.

Camp Chris Cancelled

It was a very sad and painful decision, but the Executive Board of the Coalition decided to cancel Camp Chris for 2011, due to lack of sufficient camper registrations. We plan to continue fundraising events for this year in hopes of being able to lower the fees for next year, and offer Camp Chris again in 2012. All deposits and camper-specific scholarships, CIT and interpreter immersion fees paid will be returned. Thank you. The Camp Chris Committee.

Seeking Employment Specialist for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

New Horizons Rehabilitation Services, Inc. in Auburn Hills is seeking Employment Specialist for Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients. Please click here for essential duties/major responsibilities.

Please forward resume to:
Jason Kaszubski
Human Resource Manager
New Horizons Rehabilitation Services, Inc.
1814 Pond Run
Aubun Hills, MI 48326
(248) 340-0559
Fax (248) 724-1446

Attention: Not Too Late to Register for Camp Chris!

Get out of the house for fun, and lifetime friendships!


Click here for more information

Deaf Actor Feature on Upcoming ABC TV Series

Please spread the word . . . .

Hello to all deaf communities,

Deaf Film Entertainment is an non-profit organization.

We give out informations about new films or television shows that contains deaf actors.

Deaf Film Entertainment is very proud to give you the news about a new television show called "Switched at Birth" on ABC Family.

A well known deaf actor, Sean Berdy is a regular series character, alongside with Oscar wi nning actress, Marlee Matlin as his mother.

Series premiere June 6th - Mondays - 9/8c.

Four PDFs about the show are attached - Take a look - Click here!

Spread the word and forward this email to everyone you know including Staff, Students, Parents and Friends!


Deaf Entertainment Film LLC

Attention: Seeking State Administrative Manager at MSD!

The Michigan School for the Deaf (MSD) provides residential and educational programs and services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. This position oversees all functions of the MSD campus including direct programs and services to students who are deaf or hard of hearing, campus central office functions, and facility maintenance. Currently, there are 135 students enrolled in MSD, approximately 70 of those students live in the onsite dormitory from Sunday night through noon on Friday; the remaining students commute daily. Additionally, the campus administrator is ultimately responsible for 90 Civil Service employees and numerous contractors.

Required Education and Experience:
Possession of a bachelor's degree in any major.

Two years of professional experience equivalent to the P11 level or one year of professional experience equivalent to the 12 level.

Alternate Education and Experience:
Education level typically acquired through completion of high school and two years of safety and regulatory or law enforcement experience at the 14 level; or, one year of safety and regulatory or law enforcement experience at the 15 level, may be substituted for the education and experience requirements.

Additional Requirements and Information:
View the job specification at:

To view Position Description click here

PREFERRED: Master's Degree in Deaf Education and/or Education Administration and proficient in American Sign Language.


Workshop on Mental Health and Hard of Hearing Issues

The Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People are pleased to announce a Workshop on Mental Health and Hard of Hearing Issues, (to follow on very successful Workshop on Mental Health and Deaf Issues.)

Presented by: Michael Harvey, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.

Workshop is designed for: Audiologists, Caseworkers, Community Mental Health Workers, Counselors, Direct Care Workers, Michigan Rehabilitation Counselors, Psychiatrists, Psychologists,Rehabilitation Counselors, Sign Language and Oral Interpreters, Social Workers, Speech and Language Pathologists, Substance Abuse Counselors and Teachers, interested consumers.

Continuing education credits provided for interpreters, RID (professional studies), BEI, Audiologists, (ASHA & AAA) Social Workers, (NASW) Rehabilitation Counselors, (CRC).

Opportunity to vendor too! (See page 2 of registration form.)

When: May 13, 2011
Where: Madonna University, Room S100 - Franciscan Center, Livonia, Michigan (Conveniently close to I-96 $ I-275)
Time: 9:AM to 5:PM

For questions: contact:

Click here for flyer.

The American Association of Deaf-Blind Symposium Needs You!

Note from Jill Gaus, AADB Vice Pres.:
Hi Interpreters, Deaf and ITP's,
Please read below for some exciting news about American Association for the DeafBlind's national symposium!! The symposium will be held in Kentucky only a 5 1/2 hour drive from the Lansing area. The Michigan DeafBlind group is trying to set up a bus for transportation. This we are hoping will be very inexpensive!

Also, to all ITP students, you will be able to get all of the hands on you have ever dreamed of!

Pls contact Jeanette or Jill if you have any questions.

Jill Gaus
AADB vice president

Jeanette Gladstone
RID DBMS Region III representative, 517 242-8676


Call for SSPs and SSP/Interpreters from the RID Deaf-Blind Member Section:

The American Association of the Deaf-Blind needs you!

2011 AADB Symposium in Fort Mitchell, KY (just below Cincinnati)
June 19-24, 2011

Online registrations for SSPs and SSP/Interpreters is now available.
There are tons of exciting changes that Lynn Jansen, Symposium Chair, has planned. So make sure you read all about them, and register at:
The Deaf-Blind Member Section (DBMS) of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf is proud to support the AADB! We are the official SSPs and SSP/Interpreters recruiters.

We are this year's pre-conference newcomer orientation sponsor (see attached). We are hands-on members of the newly-formed Communications Coordination Committee. We want to provide you, the volunteer, a centralized place for questions and coordination. You can email or see our Facebook page, "AADB Symposium SSP/Interpreter Volunteers" to ask questions and share information.

See you in Kentucky!

Candace Steffen Strayer, MA, CI, CT
RID DBMS, Interim Chair

Mala S. Poe, Ed.S., CI, CT, NAD IV
RID DBMS Vice-Chair
DBMS Listserv Moderator

Interested in keeping up to date with the field of interpreting with Deaf-Blind people? Subscribe to our listserv:

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Deaf CPA Available on VP for Tax Services

Deaf CPA available to help with taxes

Need help with your taxes? Work with a deaf CPA who can help you! Check out all services available (including accounting services) at

Feel free to VP John Skjeveland, CPA at 317-493-0771 or send an email to

IRS Public Service Announcments - ASL Video links

Click the following link to view the IRS Public Service Announcements in ASL:

Seeking Sign Language Instructor

I am the Site Director for the H.O.P.E. After-School Program at Holbrook Elementary School in Hamtramck, Michigan. The reason for my correspondence it to locate a possible instructor to teach an after-school sign language class at our school perhaps one day per week for a total of eight weeks.

I would appreciate it if you could provide me with the contact information for an instructor or direct me to the correct department or individual who could assist me.

I look forward to your response. Thank you in advance for your assistance.


Stephanie Carter
H.O.P.E. Site Director
Holbrook Elementary School
2361 Alice Street
Hamtramck, MI 48212

Useful information from the Taxpayer Advocate Service

My name is Pamara Blount and I am the Michigan Local Taxpayer Advocate. I would like to take this opportunity to describe the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), an independent organization within the IRS, and the free services we offer. Here are seven things every taxpayer should know about TAS:

1. TAS is your voice at the IRS.

2. Our service is free, confidential, and tailored to meet your needs.

3. You may be eligible for TAS help if you have tried to resolve your tax problem through normal IRS channels and have gotten nowhere, or you believe an IRS procedure just isn't working as it should.

4. TAS helps taxpayers whose problems are causing financial difficulty or significant cost, including the cost of professional representation. This includes businesses as well as individuals.

5. TAS employees know the IRS and how to navigate it. We will listen to your problem, help you understand what needs to be done to resolve it, and stay with you every step of the way until your problem is resolved.

6. TAS has at least one local taxpayer advocate in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. You can call your local advocate, whose number is in your phone book, in Publication 1546, Taxpayer Advocate Service -- Your Voice at the IRS, and on our website at You can also call our toll-free case intake line at 1-877-777-4778 or TTY/TDD 1-800-829-4059.

7. You can learn about your rights and responsibilities as a taxpayer by visiting our online tax toolkit at

There are people in your community who need TAS, but donít know it exists. By working with local professionals, associations and organizations such as yours, we can expand the impact and reach of our program. The personal contact that you can provide is especially important.

We have a great resource for you and your clients. Our online Tax Toolkit provides information about taxpayersí tax responsibilities and benefits, and is full of great features like links to Facebook and YouTube.

Please consider sharing the Tax Toolkit link with your organization and incorporating it into communications with your clients. In addition, if you have a website, feel free to post this link to your site. It's a great resource for everyone!

I am also available for presentations and would be happy to provide more TAS materials for your office.

Thank you for your assistance in spreading the word about TAS!

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