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Feds Inch Closer To Disability Hiring Goal

December 19, 2014 in Community News, Employment

 

 

Disability Scoop
By
 December 15, 2014

The federal government added people with disabilities to its payroll at a higher rate last year than at any other time in the last three decades.

More than 16,000 people with disabilities were hired by the U.S. government during fiscal year 2013, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. That brought the total number of federal workers with disabilities to 234,395.

“This success has led to more people with disabilities (on board) in federal service, both in real terms and by percentage than at any time in the past 33 years,” wrote Katherine Archuleta, director of the Office of Personnel Management in her report to President Barack Obama.

By September 2013, people with disabilities accounted for 12.8 percent of federal employees, an increase of nearly 1 percent over the prior year, the report said.

At the same time, the number of workers with targeted disabilities — including intellectual disabilities, epilepsy, deafness, blindness, paralysis, missing extremities, dwarfism and psychiatric disabilities — also ticked up slightly to 18,665, federal officials said.

Read More  . . .

Job Announcement: Disability Integration Advisor – ASL Specialty

December 17, 2014 in Emergency Preparedness, Employment

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Disability Integration and Coordination at FEMA is now accepting applications for a Disability Integration Advisor position with an American Sign Language (ASL) specialty. The open period for this announcement is from Monday, December 15, 2014 to Thursday, January 15, 2015.  To apply for this position or for full information, including key requirements and a description of duties, please click the following link to access the job announcement through USAJobs.govhttps://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/389257100.

If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Blair at shannon.blair@fema.dhs.gov or by phone number 800-879-6076.

Job Title: Disability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty)
Department: Department Of Homeland Security
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number: FEMA-15-SB-011-RSV

Salary Range
: $39.97 to $39.97 / Per Hour
Open Period: Monday, December 15, 2014 to Thursday, January 15, 2015
Series & Grade: AD-0301-00
Position Information: Temporary – Intermittent employment not to exceed 2 years
Duty Locations:  MANY vacancies – Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
Who May Apply: All United States Citizens
Security Clearance: Public Trust – Background Investigation
Supervisory Status: No

Duties:
As a Disability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty) in FEMA’s Reservist Program, you will be responsible for:

Providing American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation to meet the communications requirements of disaster survivors, FEMA employees, and the general public throughout emergency operations, programs and services while deployed to disasters.

Providing guidance regarding effective communication access in all phases of emergency response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness.

Providing interpreting services to achieve equal access to effective communication between Disability Integration Advisors, Disability Advisor Leads and Command and General Staff including:

  • Working collaboratively and providing guidance to Federal Coordinating Officer, Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, External Affairs, Disaster Survivor Assistance, Individual Assistance, Recovery and other program areas that interface with the community.
  • Providing guidance for State and local governmental agencies to assist with ensuring people with disabilities have equal access to programs and services.
  • In collaboration with Support Services Branch or designee, provides guidance & technical assistance to Individual Assistance, Information Technology and Logistics staff to establish accessibility at Disaster Recovery Center and other field locations.

Demand for court and stenography reporters rising in California, nation

December 9, 2014 in Captioning / Relay, Employment, Technology

 

The Bakersfield Californian
Friday, Dec 05 2014 05:29 PM

By RUTH BROWN The Bakersfield Californian rbrown@bakersfield.com

Typing quietly while catching every spoken word, court reporters are often overlooked but critical components of the judicial system.

And the demand for them is growing while the number available capable of typing the required 200-word-per-minute threshold for courtroom work is dwindling.

Read More . . .

EXCEL! Employment Networking Group for People with Disabilities – October 23

October 17, 2014 in Community Events, Employment

 

 

(Thanks to Fairfax County Disability Services)

Are you a person with a disability looking for a job? Join the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia’s EXCEL! Networking Group on October 23, 2014, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. to take the fear out of networking and learn important skills to get hired.

The group will meet at the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22201.

RSVP to EXCEL@ecnv.org or 703-525-3268.

 

 

 

Fedex Accused of Discriminating Against the Deaf

October 14, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Employment

 

 

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit charging that FedEx discriminated for years against deaf and partly deaf workers and applicants. The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court in Baltimore and announced on Friday. The E.E.O.C. says FedEx did not provide American Sign Language interpretation or closed-captioned training videos during mandatory tours and new-hire orientation or during staff and safety meetings. The lawsuit arose from 19 discrimination charges filed nationwide. FedEx says that it is committed to fair and equal treatment of employees and that the E.E.O.C.’s claims are misleading.

Two Events USPTO- Alex. – for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 3, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Employment

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 

The USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office),
ResponsAbility committee, has planned two exciting events to commemorate the month.

 

AUHOR READING AND BOOK SIGNING WITH GLEN FINLAND

Tuesday – OCTOBER 7, 2014
12 – 1 P.M.
Madison North Auditorium
United States Patent and Trademark Office,
600 Dulany Street, Alexandria VA 22314

This event is fully accessible for individuals with disabilities. Sign language interpretation, real-time captioning  will all be provided. For additional accommodations information or requests, please contact ResponsAbility.

Author Glen Finland will read from her acclaimed memoir Next Stop about raising an autistic son. A discussion with the author and special guests, along with a book signing will follow the reading. Attendees are encouraged to purchase the book in advance to have it autographed.

Next Stop is a candid portrait of a differently-abled young man poised at the entry to adulthood. Weaving bittersweet and humorous anecdotes from David’s life as the youngest of three brothers, Next Stop recounts the complex relationship between an
autistic adult child and his family as he steps out into the real world alone for the first time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Glen Finland is a freelance journalist and author. Her essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Family Circle, Revolution, Parenting, American Magazine, Wired, Babble, Autism Speaks and Washington Parents Magazine. www.glenfinland.com

Download Flyer for Oct 7th Event

 

USPTO ResponsAbility presents: CinemAbility

Free Moving Screening and Q&A with Director Jenni Gold and Surprise Celebrity Guest
Tuesday – October 14, 2014
3:30 pm
United States Patent and Trademark Office, Madison North Auditorium
600 Dulany Street, Alexandria VA 22314

Learn More & WATCH Film Trailer and reserve your free tickets

After the show, stay for a Q&A with film director Jenni Gold and a special celebrity guest

In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) ResponsAbility, the USPTO’s volunteer employee organization for disability awareness and action, will screen the award-winning documentary film “CinemAbility.”

Download Flyer: cinemabilityscreening.pdf

This event is fully accessible for individuals with disabilities. Sign language interpretation, real-time captioning, and descriptive video service will all be provided. For additional accommodations information or requests, please contact ResponsAbility.

 

Job Opening Virginia – Richmond

September 26, 2014 in Employment

hamilton relay

JOB OPENING VA CAPTIONED TELEPHONE SERVICES OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Staffed in Richmond, VA

Hamilton Relay Services Division in Virginia currently has a full time position open for “Virginia Captioned Telephone Services Outreach Coordinator”.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Position summary: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Captioned Telephone Service (CapTel®) for Virginia Captioned Telephone Service (VACTS). 

Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree and two or more years of experience in the design and implementation of public outreach, public relations or related marketing experience are required.
  • Experience in the telecommunication field, Traditional Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service is a strong plus.
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to develop effective outreach and educational campaigns
  • Ability to confidently communicate (oral & written) with a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to plan, schedule and execute multiple projects
  • Ability to understand and follow directions
  • Capacity to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Relay Administrator, organizations within the public, private and non-profit sectors
  • Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
  • Familiarity with the user communities that could benefit from relay services:
    • Senior Community
    • Hard of Hearing Community
  • Able to travel alone
  • Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply

For the full job description and online application visit www.workforhamilton.com by October 3, 2014.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and company paid benefits. For questions in regards to this position please contact our corporate HR Dept. at: 800.821.1831

Download the JOB POST – Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator

 

Job Opening Maryland Relay Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator

September 17, 2014 in Employment

 

 

Baltimore, MD

Hamilton Relay currently has a full time position available for “Maryland Relay Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator”. For a full job description go to www.workforhamilton.com and complete an online application.

Position to be filled immediately.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and company paid benefits. For questions in regards to this position please contact our corporate HR Dept. at: 800.821.1831

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation or disability. 

Position summary: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote CapTel service and increase the number of customers served by Maryland Relay. Individual will devote 100% of their time to Maryland Relay and is required to travel throughout the state of Maryland.

Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree and two or more years of experience in the design and implementation of public outreach, public relations or related marketing experience are required
  • Experience in the telecommunication field, Traditional Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service is a strong plus
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Experience in public relations activities
  • Ability to develop effective outreach and educational campaigns
  • Ability to confidently communicate (oral & written) with a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to plan, schedule and execute multiple projects
  • Ability to understand and follow directions
  • Strong analytical and interpersonal skills
  • Capacity to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Maryland Relay TAM staff, organizations within the public, private and non-profit sectors
  • Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
  • Familiarity with the user communities that could benefit from relay services:
    • Senior Community
    • Hard of Hearing Community
  • Able to travel alone
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

 

 

 

Job Opening Maryland Relay Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator

September 5, 2014 in Community News, Employment

Staffed in Baltimore, MD

Hamilton Relay Services Division in Maryland currently has a full time position open for “Maryland Relay Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator”.

For a full job description go to www.workforhamilton.com and complete an online application by September 15, 2014.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and company paid benefits.  For questions in regards to this position please contact our corporate HR Dept. at: 800.821.1831

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Position summary: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote CapTel service and increase the number of customers served by Maryland Relay.  Individual will devote 100% of their time to Maryland Relay and is required to travel throughout the state of Maryland.

Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree and two or more years of experience in the design and implementation of public outreach, public relations or related marketing experience are required
  • Experience in the telecommunication field, Traditional Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service is a strong plus
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Experience in public relations activities
  • Ability to develop effective outreach and educational campaigns
  • Ability to confidently communicate (oral & written) with a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to plan, schedule and execute multiple projects
  • Ability to understand and follow directions
  • Strong analytical and interpersonal skills
  • Capacity to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Maryland Relay TAM staff, organizations within the public, private and non-profit sectors
  • Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
  • Familiarity with the user communities that could benefit from relay services:

o   Senior Community

o   Hard of Hearing Community

  • Able to travel alone
  • Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply
  • Ability to life up to 50 lbs.

 

Job Position for Rehabilitation Counselor / Rehabilitation Counselor Trainee

August 11, 2014 in Community News, Employment

 

 

Position Information
Working Title:  Rehabilitation Counselor / Rehabilitation Counselor Trainee – RCD Role
Title:  Counselor II – 49012
Job Close Date:  Open Until Filled


https://jobs.agencies.virginia.gov/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp

Job Type Detail
Definition:   Full-Time Salaried – Non-Faculty- FTS-1  
Hiring Range:  Please see notation within job description
Agency: Virginia Dept for Aging & Rehabilitative Service (262) Agency Website: www.vadars.org
Location:  Augusta – 015  (Staunton District) Position Number:  00389  
Job Posting Number:   0081676  

Does this position have telework options? Yes
Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference:  Yes, American Sign Language


Job Description:  
The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) at the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services is currently seeking a motivated Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor RCD (Rehab Counselor for the Deaf) to provide comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services, in compliance with federal, state, and agency policy and procedures, which result in employment and enhanced independent living for persons with disabilities. Core case management services include guidance and counseling, training, physical/mental restoration, and job placement services. Caseloads consist of individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing and a general caseload of adults / students with disabilities. 


Responsibilities:
Provides case management services including guidance, counseling, training and physical/mental restoration services. Plans, develops, and implements vocationally focused service plans that identify customer goals, services and costs to help them achieve an employment outcome. Coordinates service provision to include training/vocational preparation, job placement services, job development, job seeking skills training and rehabilitation technology services. Participates in community outreach, collaborates closely with local Community Services Boards and School Districts, and serves as a liaison to other treatment providers in the community. 


The agency has the option of filling this job at the Counselor I (Trainee) level if fully qualified applicants are interviewed and not selected. The minimum salary for a Counselor I (Trainee) is $28,782. The minimum salary for a Counselor II (fully qualified) is $37,047.  This is minimum, entry level salary and may be higher based on work history.  

Minimum Qualifications Requirements:
Demonstrated knowledge of the social, economic, medical, vocational and emotional issues impacting persons with disabilities; interviewing, evaluation, and counseling techniques; methods and tools for career counseling; ADA compliance; fluency in American Sign Language; extensive knowledge and understanding of the communication, cultural and psychp-social needs of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing; working knowledge of Windows based software; and demonstrated ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with community resources and individuals from diverse environments. 


Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or closely related field or current CRC credential are required of fully qualified Counselor II candidates. To be considered as a Counselor I (Trainee), individuals must have a Bachelor’s degree in a human services or related field and applicable work experience. An individual hired as a Counselor Trainee will be required to sign a Conditions of Employment and must enroll within six months of being hired in an academic program to obtain a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or a closely related field. Successful candidate must pass criminal background investigation. College transcripts must accompany application and must display the date the degree (Master’s or Bachelor’s) was awarded.  

Preferred Qualifications:
Special Requirements – This is a sensitive position, and the successful candidate will be fingerprinted, and a background investigation will be conducted. 


Transcripts, copy of current CRC credential or documentation of CRC eligibility MUST accompany the application. Please note that transcripts MUST display the date that the degree was awarded.  

Special Instructions to Applicants The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services ONLY accepts and reviews FULLY completed online state applications for all employment opportunities. 

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 804-726-1919 for assistance. Minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA/TTY. 

To learn more about the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Certification and or eligibility requirements, please visit the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) website at: http://www.crccertification.com/pages/about_crc_certification/46.php
Optional Applicant Documents Other Document Required Applicant Documents Transcript  

Contact Information: 
Name Human Resource Services
Phone 804-726-1919
Fax 804-662-7662
Address: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229  

 

ASL Instructor needed, Lord Fairfax Community College, Warrenton, VA

August 11, 2014 in Community News, Employment

 

Posted: 21 Jul 2014
ASL Instructor to teach class for Career Studies Certificate in American Sign Language. Part time, ongoing position, two classes each semester. Minimum qualifications are a master’s degree and ASL certification.

Contact:
Edith M. Kennedy, D. A.
Associate Dean of Instruction-Fauquier
For more information email ekennedy@lfcc.edu

Lord Fairfax Community College
6480 College Street
Warrenton, VA 20187-8820
(540) 351-1516

Job Opening Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator – VA

July 22, 2014 in Captioning / Relay, Community News, Employment

 

Staffed in Richmond, VA

Hamilton Relay Services Division in Virginia currently has a full time position open for “Virginia Captioned Telephone Services Outreach Coordinator”.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. 

Position summary:  This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Captioned Telephone Service (CapTel®) for Virginia Captioned Telephone Service (VACTS).

Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree and two or more years of experience in the design and implementation of public outreach, public relations or related marketing experience are required.
  • Experience in the telecommunication field, Traditional Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service is a strong plus.
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to develop effective outreach and educational campaigns
  • Ability to confidently communicate (oral & written) with a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to plan, schedule and execute multiple projects
  • Ability to understand and follow directions
  • Capacity to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Relay Administrator, organizations within the public, private and non-profit sectors
  • Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
  • Familiarity with the user communities that could benefit from relay services:
    o   Senior Community
    o   Hard of Hearing Community
  • Able to travel alone
  • Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply

For the full job description and application visit www.workforhamilton.com by August 4, 2014.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and company paid benefits.  For questions in regards to this position please contact our corporate HR Dept. at: 800.821.1831 

Download PDF document of posting

 

Restaurant for the deaf and hearing impaired opens in Toronto

July 15, 2014 in Community News, Employment, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

AFP Relax – Wed, Jul 9, 2014
Article Source

Toronto has become the latest international city to adopt a growing restaurant trend that aims to raise awareness of the hearing-impaired by hiring deaf servers.

After San Francisco, San Antonio, Paris and the Gaza Strip, the largest city in Canada will be home to Signs Restaurant in the heart of the downtown core, where customers will have to place their order using sign language.

For customers who are sign language illiterate, an ASL cheat sheet will be available to help them sign for their meal, reported The Toronto Star. The menu is described as contemporary blend of Canadian and international cuisine.

The idea for a deaf restaurant was born when owner Anjan Manikumar was a manager at a pizza restaurant where one of his regular customers was hearing-impaired and ordering was a game of “point, nod and serve,” says the Star.

The experience inspired Manikumar to learn American Sign Language in an effort to communicate with his customer, and eventually to open a restaurant that would bridge the hearing and non-hearing community.

If the philosophy sounds familiar, it’s because a similar restaurant concept was launched to help raise awareness on visual impairments.

Created by a blind pastor from Zurich, Jorge Spielmann hosted dinner parties where guests supped blindfolded, at first in a show of solidarity with their host but also to better understand what it was to be blind.

But guests noted that the experience also heightened their sense of smell and taste, leading to the creation of restaurants like Dining in the Dark in the US, O. Noir in Canada and Dans le Noir in Paris.

Likewise, Mozzeria in San Francisco employs deaf staff, as does Atfaluna in Gaza, a charity restaurant for children with hearing disabilities, and Café Signes in Paris.

Signs in Toronto opens July 16.

Article Source

Fairfax 50+ Employment Expo, May 30

May 27, 2014 in Employment

 

 

May 27, 2014:

Fairfax 50+ Employment Expo, Friday, May 30

Meet dozens of job recruiters at the Fairfax 50+ Employment Expo on Friday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.

Attend seminars on changing careers, online job searching, continuing education, starting your own business, job training, and job interviewing.

Find the event schedule and listing of employers.

Admission and parking are free. No registration is necessary – just drop by!

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova and David Gamse, chief executive officer of the Jewish Council for the Aging, will welcome participants at noon. Following this, Joyce A. Russell, vice dean of the University of Maryland’s School of Business and contributor to the Washington Post’s Capital Business, will discuss the importance of job coaching.

The event is sponsored by the Jewish Council for the Aging, Fairfax County and community partners.

To request reasonable accommodations, please contact Micki Gordon at 301-255-4231, TTY 711.

Find information on services, recreation and community engagement opportunities for older adults atwww.fairfaxcounty.gov/OlderAdults.

2nd Biz Bootcamp and 4th Business Convention and Expo of the Deaf!

April 11, 2014 in Community News, Employment

Biz Bootcamp – May 28-29, 2014
Business Convention and Expo of the Deaf – Chicago  May 29-31, 2014

Are you working at a big corporate or business company in VA or DC area ?

There is a fast growing number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing corporate employees from Starbucks, RR Donnelley, Boeing, Airbus, Sinai Healthcare System, Ernest Young and others. They and we will work and focus on NEW BRAINPOWER, INNOVAITON, and COLLABORATION at national business event for the Deaf and HOH in Chicago, IL. May 28-31, 2014.

The audience with various backgrounds: they are business managers, administrators, college professors, professionals, business owners, entrepreneurs, starters, students who never let their deafness or hearing loss stop them from pursuing their dreams. Every attendee comes from diverse field in business, education, marketing, science, sales, technology, hospitality, culinary, finance and many other areas.  There are expected 20 workshops and 10 business trainings.

You are welcome to register and participate the NEW BRAINPOWER MEETING for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Chicago, IL. Domestic, local, national, and international participants are looking for this SUPER business event.

TOGETHER WE ARE GREATER THAN…

VISIT WEBSITE for more information: www.deafbusiness.org

WHEN: MAY 28-31, 2014, WHERE: CHICAGO, IL

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