Employment - Archive

Deaf Queens Man Fights Back Against Truck Driving School

July 26, 2015 in Disability Law, Employment

 

 

Eyewitness News
Friday, July 24, 2015
By Rob Powers

He looks like anybody, starting a vehicle, going to work, getting on with life.

Only, this life, this story, is a little different.

Kenneth Frilando is deaf and his story is worth hearing. He claims the “Smith & Solomon School of Tractor Trailer Driving” in Linden, New Jersey won’t take him on as a student. He says he also has a New York commercial driver’s license, and a safety waiver, and now he’s filed suit.

“I need to break that door down because that’s not fair. Safety is the number one thing that I’m concerned with, but they’re just assuming that safety is out the window because the person can’t hear, that’s not the case,” Frilando said.

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Industry notches up big win in LA Supreme Court victory concerning workplace hearing loss

May 19, 2015 in Disability Law, Employment

 

 

Louisiana Record | Louisiana’s Legal Journal

By KYLE BARNETT

NEW ORLEANS – Last week the Louisiana Supreme Court handed down a legal precedent that appears to put a halt on several tort cases in which employees working in loud work places have sued their employers for personal injury over hearing loss instead of pursuing workers’ compensation actions.

Over the past few years there has been an uptick in the number of personal injury lawsuits filed by industrial workers who claim they received personal injuries through working in loud, mostly industrial workplaces.

However, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled last week in favor of defendant Graphic Packing International Inc., the owner and operator of a paper mill, box and carton plant in West Monroe where plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit claim their hearing was damaged due to being subjected to hazardous industrial noises during their employment at the facility. While the 4th Judicial District Court in Ouachita Parish initially ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and granted them damages of $50,000 apiece, that ruling was later overturned on appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

In a 5-2 ruling, the Louisiana Supreme Court upheld the appeals court finding in favor of Graphic Packing International Inc. The majority decision noted that while the hearing loss may have occurred it was during the course and scope of the class members’ employment which should be regulated as an “occupational disease” under the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act.

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States Offered $15 Million To Spur Disability Employment

April 30, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Employment

 

 

Disability Scoop
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Federal officials want existing job training programs to better serve people with disabilities and they’re putting up millions of dollars to make it happen.

The U.S. Department of Labor said this week that $15 million is on the table for the effort. The new funding is intended to be used by state workforce agencies to create “flexible and innovative strategies” to grow participation of people with disabilities in federally-funded job training programs.

“People with disabilities have enormous contributions to make to our economy and our society, but they remain disproportionately represented among our nation’s unemployed,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said. “We are working to change that by providing more training options that prepare these workers for good jobs. These grants will help build strong ladders of opportunity to the middle-class for these workers.”

Grants worth $1.5 to $2.5 million each are expected to go to eight states to be used over a 42-month period, officials said. Selected projects will include those focusing on each of three groups — adults, young people ages 14 to 24 and those with significant disabilities.

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Employment Opportunity- Office Manager for NVRC-
Deadline May 1

April 15, 2015 in Employment, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

Employment Opportunity Office Manager

April 9, 2015

The Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC) is a small nonprofit organization that provides information and resources for people of all ages who are deaf, deaf-blind, late-deafened, hard of hearing, parents of deaf children, children of deaf parents, interpreters, and nonprofit organizations, government agencies and businesses who employ or interact with deaf and hard of hearing people.

We provide education and outreach programs, fact sheets, e-mail news service, hearing assistive technology demonstrations and consultations, sign language interpreter services, peer counseling, and we host an annual information expo for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Our advocacy and education programs have been recognized by national organizations serving individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, and our advocacy activities have had an impact on national law and policy.

All of our staff have primary responsibilities but enjoy the collaborative environment of working with each other on various projects.

Interested candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to info@nvrc.org by May 1, 2015. The cover letter should include two professional references, contact information, date of availability and salary expectations.  

(See attached job description)

DOWNLOAD – NVRC_2015_Office_Manager_job_description

Two Weeks Left to Apply for the John Hudson Internship Program

April 3, 2015 in Community News, Employment

 

Two Weeks Left to Apply for the John Hudson Internship Program

The John Hudson Internship Program provides paid summer internships for college students and recent graduates with disabilities to work in Fairfax County Government.  Application materials are due on April 17, 2015. For more information, please contact Jill Clark at jill.clark@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-324-5874, TTY 703-449-1186.

Disability Services Planning and Development
Fairfax County Department of Family Services
Voice: 703-324-5874     TTY: 703-449-1186

Wegmans to expand help for deaf

March 30, 2015 in Community News, Employment

 

 

Democrat – Chronicle
Patti Singer, Staff writer
March 30,2015
Rochester , New York

Passing notes may work OK in study hall, but it really doesn’t get the message across at the pharmacy counter.

“I often want to ask the pharmacist about the different medications I’m taking,” said Matthew Starr of Greece, who is deaf. “When you go to a busy pharmacy and people are lined up, I have to have things be slow because it requires pencil and paper. There’s no good method of communication. They write a few words. It’s very limited.”

What if there were an interpreter — either someone there or through a video service?

“Oh, man, definitely,” he said through a video relay service interpreter. “That would be much better than trying to write notes back and forth.”

Signing may replace scribbling after a regional pharmacy chain settled discrimination allegations earlier this month with New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Even though KPH Healthcare Services has little presence here, the agreement could have major implications for Rochester residents who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The attorney general alleged that KPH violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and state human rights law by failing to accommodate people who are deaf or have hearing loss. The settlement named only KPH, and the Attorney General’s Office declined to comment on whether other chains were under investigation. By calling the agreement a model, the attorney general appeared to send his own message.

“I hope that it has a domino effect on pharmacies across the state,” said Starr, a board member of Partners in Deaf Health, which promotes understanding of the health needs of culturally deaf people.

Read more . . . Wegmans

Job Announcements: Disability Integration Advisor Positions

March 26, 2015 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness, Employment

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Disability Integration and Coordination at FEMA is now accepting applications for two open positions: (1) Disability Integration Advisor; and (2) Disability Integration Advisor with a specialty in American Sign Language (ASL). The open period for these announcements is from Wednesday, March 25, 2015 to Saturday, April 25, 2015. For full information, including a description of duties, please review the job summaries below.

Apply using the following links via the USAJobs.gov portal:

  1. Disability Integration Advisor
  2. Disability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty)

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

Job TitleDisability Integration Advisor
Department: Department Of Homeland Security
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number: FEMA-15-SB-020-RSV
Salary Range: $40.37 to $40.37 / Per Hour
Open Period: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 to Saturday, April 25, 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 in FEMA’s Reservist Program, some of the duties you will be responsible for include:

  • Participating as part of a team in facility site evaluation for Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) within 48 hours of a validated State’s request.
  • Working collaboratively and providing guidance to External Affairs, Community Relations, 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 and/or other access and functional needs, have equal access to programs and services.
  • In collaboration with Support Services Branch or designee, provides guidance & technical assistance to Individual Assistance, IT and Logistics staff to establish accessibility at Disaster Recovery Center locations.
  • Advising Support Services Branch and Equal Rights Advisors in the identification and evaluation of disability laws and regulations as they relate to space compliance in the various field locations.

Job TitleDisability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty)
Department: Department Of Homeland Security
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number: FEMA-15-SB-019-RSV
Salary Range: $40.37 to $40.37 / Per Hour
Open Period: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 to Saturday, April 25, 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.

 

Employer sued over laborer’s alleged hearing loss

March 20, 2015 in Disability Law, Employment

 

 

The Louisiana Record
Louisiana’s Legal Journal

By KYLE BARNETT

GRETNA – A man is suing his employer for allegedly contributing to his hearing loss by not poprely protecting him from a loud work environment.

Martel Brigand filed suit against Hydril Company and Travelers Property and Casualty Company of America in the 24th Judicial District Court on Jan. 24.

Brigand alleges that he began working for Hydril Company at 201 Klein Street in Westwego on Oct. 17, 2011. The plaintiff contends throughout his employment he was exposed to loud noises at his job site and was never provided with safety equipment or informed by his employer that the loud noises could damage his hearing. Brigand asserts that in 2013 and 2014 he began experiencing diminished hearing and instances of total hearing loss. The plaintiff claims that after he began experiencing hearing problems he filed a workers’ compensation claim against Hydril Company that they refuted and said were not eligible for compensation.

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HLAA-DC Program on “Surviving and Thriving in the Workplace When You Have Hearing Loss”

March 19, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Employment, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

HLAA-DC is pleased to present this program featuring Valerie Stafford-Malis, Business Development Manager at Alternative Communication Services (ACS) and member of the HLAA Board of Trustees. You may recall that this program was originally scheduled for early March, but had to be postponed due to snow.

When: Thursday, April 16th from 7:30-8:45 pm
Where: Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue Northeast,
Washington, DC 20002
I King Jordan Academic Center Building
Room: 1011

 

Further information is provided in the attachment.

DOWNLOAD – Workplace_Survival_Flyer

 

All are welcome!

 

Many thanks to Gallaudet University and to ACS for their support of this program.

Russell Misheloff
HLAA-DC Chapter
Washington, DC Area
Hearing Loss Association of America
Email: hladcchapter@gmail.com

 

 

Open Hire: Summer Job Opportunities in Therapeutic Recreation

March 9, 2015 in Community News, Employment

 

 

The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services is seeking interested applicants for Summer 2015 Therapeutic Recreation Services programs. If you’re interested in applying, don’t miss out on one of the upcoming open hire sessions:

  • Wednesday, March 11 (noon to 5 p.m.): Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th floor, Fairfax, VA 22035
  • Wednesday, April 1 (noon to 5 p.m.)Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th floor, Fairfax, VA 22035
  • Wednesday, April 15 (4:30 to 7:30 p.m.): Irving Middle School, 8100 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22152
  • Wednesday, May 20 (noon to 5 p.m.)Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th floor, Fairfax, VA 22035
  • Wednesday, June 3 (noon to 5 p.m.)Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th floor, Fairfax, VA 22035
  • Requirements 
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • At least 250 hours of experience in a recreation or school setting serving individuals with disabilities (college course work can supplement experience)
  • Have or acquire CPR and First Aid Certification for children and adults that is valid through August 2015
  • TB test results: New applicants must have proof of a negative result within the last year, returning staff need proof of a negative result within the past two years

Learn more.

 

Free Interviewing Seminar for Job Seekers w/Disabilities

March 3, 2015 in Community Events, Employment

 
 

Reserve Your Seat Today!
The EXCEL! 2.0 Networking Group Presents
“How Do I Answer That?”

A Mock Interviewing Practice Session
for Job Seekers w/Disabilities

Get tips & practice on addressing:

  • Gaps in work history
  • If, when and how to disclose your disability
  • The difference between “honesty” & “TMI”
  • Your rights under the ADA

And much more!

When:     Thursday, March 19, 1-3 p.m.
Where:    ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV)
2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305
Arlington, VA 22201
(at the Court House Metro, Orange Line)
RSVP by Friday, March 13, at info@ecnv.org
or call (703) 525-3268 & include any accommodations requests.

 

 

WISE Webinars – Employment Info

February 26, 2015 in Community News, Employment

 

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WISE webinars are live, free and accessible online events for those interested in learning about Ticket to Work, Work Incentives and other disability employment related topics. Social Security and disability employment experts will be available to answer your questions. WISE webinars are hosted on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

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Disability Employment Expert Presents on Thurs., Feb. 19, 1- 3 p.m.

February 12, 2015 in Community Events, Employment

 

 

Greetings!

Do you work with individuals with disabilities actively seeking employment or preparing to transition into independent living?

The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) is featuring disability employment expert Dale Brown at our next

EXCEL! Networking meeting on Thursday, February 19, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Topic: “Informational Interview Strategies for Individuals with Disabilities”

Dale is a published author, employment specialist, national presenter. This information-packed seminar will explain:

  • Benefits of interviewing professionals in your field, or in a field you are trying to break into
  • How to use informational interviews to get influential references
  • How gaps in work history and other obstacles may be overcome by the right contacts
  • What to ask and how

The seminar is at:
2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22201
To RSVP, call (703) 525-3268 or email EXCELL@ecnv.org

Please see the  flyer for more information.
Also let us know if you wish to be added to our e-mail list for educational and social events.


About the Presenter

Dale Brown, a nationally known disability employment specialist, will lead an Excel workshop on informational interview strategies Thursday, February 19, 1-3 pm at ECNV.  Dale is an author, speaker, and strategic leadership consultant. Her most recent book is Steps to Independence for People with Learning Disabilities.

She also coauthored Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped or People who have Disabilities with Richard Nelson Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute? 

She has written three other books;

Dale has worked for the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and the Office of Disability Employment Policy, Department of Labor.  She has spoken at over one thousand national, state, and local conferences and symposia on disability issues. Topics include employment, job accommodation, self-help, and other related issues.

And much more!

 

 

Job – DRS Position – Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor RCD

January 19, 2015 in Community News, Employment

 

 

Job Opening:    Rehabilitation Counselor / Rehab Counselor Trainee (RCD)
Location:           Fishersville, Virginia
Position #:         00389
Closing Date:    Open Until Filled

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,  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.

This position is located in Fishersville, Virginia, which is in the Shenandoah Valley and is 15 minutes from the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind.  For more information on the area, review the Shenandoah Valley Travel Association webiste http://www.visitshenandoah.org/

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 $28,782-54,653. The minimum salary for a Counselor II (fully qualified) is $37,047-70,801. To review the position and apply, visit the website https://jobs.agencies.virginia.gov/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp

Mary Crews Nunnally, M.S. CRC
Program Manager, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
8004 Franklin Farms Drive, Henrico, Virginia 23229

EMAIL:  Mary.Nunnally@dars.virginia.gov
WEBSITE:  www.vadars.org
VOICE / TEXT (V/T):  804-322-3456
TOLL FREE:  800-552-5019
TOLL FREE TTY:  800-464-9950
VIDEOPHONE (VP): 804-433-3277

 

 

Diversity in the Biomedical Research Work Force: Making a Place for Deaf Scientists

January 8, 2015 in Employment, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

Democrat & Chronicle
By Stephen Dewhurst
December 27, 2014

Recently, I was invited down to the National Institutes of Health to visit with Dr. Hannah Valantine – the NIH’s first Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity.

I came as part of an unusual joint group from both RIT/NTID and the U of R – led by Gerry Buckley, the President of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). Dr. Valantine had specifically asked to meet with us because of Rochester’s growing reputation as a hub for innovative training and access programs for deaf and hard of hearing students – including a recently launched joint program between RIT and URthat prepares deaf students to enter Ph.D. programs in biomedical research.

This is an important issue because deaf individuals are profoundly underrepresented in the U.S. biomedical research workforce.

Rochester is in a unique position to serve as a national model for training deaf biomedical scientists, because of the combined strength of NTID’s decades of experience and innovative educational programs, and its partnership with a premier research university (UR).

Dr. Valantine wanted to know about lessons learned, and experiences gained – because of her view that biomedical research is strengthened by the different ideas and perspectives that come from a diverse scientific workforce. The challenge lies in creating the opportunities to make that happen – and to ensure that (deaf) young people interested in science get the chance to live their dream.

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