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Court rules Hopkins wrongly rescinded job offer to deaf nurse

January 27, 2016 in Community News, Disability Law, Employment



The Baltimore Sun
by Meredith Cohn – 
Contact Reporter
January 25, 2016

Hopkins rescinded a job offer of deaf nurse because of the cost of full-time interpreters.

Johns Hopkins Hospital violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act when officials rescinded a job offer to a deaf nurse after she requested a sign-language interpreter, a U.S. District Court judge ruled last week.

Joseph B. Espo, a lawyer for the nurse, Lauren Searls, called it an “important victory” that could send a message to other medical institutions about the capabilities of deaf workers.

Hopkins had told Searls it was a cost issue in a letter, but in its response to the lawsuit, officials called her employment both a financial hardship and a threat to patient safety, Espo said. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake rejected those arguments, he said.

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Job Opening: Certified Deaf Interpreter Technical Specialist

January 5, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Employment



Job Title:  Certified Deaf Interpreter Technical Specialist
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:  FEMA-16-JS-013-RSV


Ace the Interview ECNV Employment Workshop

December 17, 2015 in Community Events, Employment


The ECNV EXCEL! Networking Group presents…

Ace the Interview
Learn about perfecting your elevator speech and how to answer those tough interview questions in this interactive employment workshop!

Thursday, January 14, 2016
1:00 – 3:00 pm
ECNV, 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305
Arlington, 22201

By the Court House Metro
Garage parking available for $1 per hour

RSVP to excel@ecnv.org.

Please let us know of any accommodation requests. 

Presenter: Bob Rudney, EXCEL! job counselor, has worked with job candidates with disabilities for almost two decades. He retired as Senior Advisor in the Department of Defense and has extensive previous experience working for Booz Allen and other consulting companies.

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EEOC Launches Direct Video Access to ASL Speakers for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

December 16, 2015 in Community News, Employment




WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today it is launching a new service that will enable individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing whose primary language is American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate directly with agency staff about issues of discrimination they may be facing. EEOC information intake representatives who are fluent in ASL will be available to answer questions and guide callers through the process of filing a charge of discrimination using videophones.

Previously, individuals who were deaf and or hard of hearing relied on an interpreter using relay services when they contacted EEOC. This new system provides direct access to an EEOC employee who can answer the caller’s question in ASL over a videophone.

EEOC is only the third federal agency-after the Federal Communications Commission and the Small Business Administration-to provide this direct access to the public.

“EEOC is proud to strengthen our service to the deaf and hard of hearing community and provide a more effective way for individuals to connect with our agency,” said EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang. “This enhanced means of communication helps to ensure that all individuals have access to EEOC resources on employment rights and responsibilities.”

Carrie St. Cyr, one of the ASL information intake representatives who will answer the videophones, said, “About 98 percent of people who are deaf and hard of hearing use videophones. Now, when those individuals call EEOC, they will now be able to communicate face to face with a staff member who speaks their native language and whose gestures, body language, and expressions they can read easily.”

Deaf and of hard of hearing callers can access the toll free ASL direct video line at 844-234-5122, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws against employment discrimination.  Further information about the agency is available at www.eeoc.gov.

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JOB OPENING – Management and Program Analyst – expert in disability integration

December 8, 2015 in Emergency Preparedness, Employment


Job Title:  Management and Program Analyst
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:  FEMA-16-MBB-71494-CORE


SALARY RANGE: $90,823.00 to $118,069.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Friday, December 4, 2015 to Friday, December 18, 2015
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0343-13
POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time – Temporary – Not to Exceed 2 Years
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy – Washington DC, DC

WHO MAY APPLY: All U.S. citizens

This announcement will close on Friday, December 18, 2015 OR the date the 200th application is received, whichever comes first.

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Job Opening at ECNV for Peer Mentor – deadline Fri. Nov 13th

October 22, 2015 in Community News, Employment



The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, a peer-run nonprofit in Arlington serving individuals with all types of disabilities, seeks a Peer Mentor to provide peer counseling, I&R, advocacy, independent living skills training, and transition services to Northern Virginia residents with disabilities. You must have the lived experience of having a disability to serve in this role. We seek a compassionate, friendly professional who is familiar with a variety of community resources. You should have an understanding of disability law, low-to-moderate income housing regulations, and knowledge of emergency assistance channels.

Please see the attached Peer Mentor application for a complete job description or go to our website at: www.ecnv.org/careers

To apply for this position, send your resume and a cover letter detailing your relevant experience to jobs@ecnv.org or fax it to (703) 525-3585, Attn: Personnel. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 13.

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ECNV Booz Allen Disability Employment Seminar-Oct. 15th

October 9, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events, Employment


Job Seekers with Disabilities 

EXCEL! Networking Group

Booz Allen Disability Employment Seminar

Thursday, October 15, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

ECNV, 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305
Arlington, VA 22201

RSVP with accommodation requests: excel@ecnv.org

Patricia Jackson, a disability employment specialist from Booz Allen, will speak about the company’s pioneering disability employment efforts and share how to apply.


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TSA Event for Job Seekers with Disabilities – Oct. 21

September 29, 2015 in Community Events, Employment, Transportation

Disability Mentoring Day at TSA 

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) invite you to attend a half-day mentoring program on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. The program will take place at TSA Headquarters, 701 South 12th Street, Arlington, Virginia, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

TSA is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its mission is to protect the Nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of travelers and commerce. College students, recent graduates, and law students with disabilities interested in careers in government are encouraged to participate in this program. Students with backgrounds or majors in the following are particularly encouraged to attend:

*   Finance
*   Acquisitions
*   Human Resources
*   IT/Computer Science
*   Engineering
*   Public Affairs
*   Criminal Justice

This half-day mentoring program will give participants an opportunity to connect with TSA employe

es through mentoring sessions and learn about working at TSA.

Participants must provide their own transportation. TSA is located at the Pentagon City Metro stop by either the Blue or Yellow line. To register, please submit your resume and any accommodations you will need to participate to DMD@aapd.com by October 9th. ASL interpreting will be provided.

Loudoun County Public Schools is seeking – substitute teachers with ASL background

September 21, 2015 in Employment, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Loudoun County Public Schools is seeking individuals who are interested in becoming substitute teachers.  We are particularly looking for individuals have a background in American Sign Language.   While individuals with a current teaching license are preferred, minimum requirements to become a long-term substitute is a bachelor’s degree.  The rate of pay is $154 per day for long-term assignments and $110 per day for daily assignments.

Please contact Alisa Daniel, personnel specialist at 571-252-1100 for more information.

Employment – Job Opening Account Manager for ZVRS

September 17, 2015 in Community News, Employment



Job Description

Job Title:             Account Manager

Department:     ZVRS

Reports To:       Sales Manager

FLSA Status:       Exempt

Location               based on assigned states listed below

Summary:   The Account Manager, reporting to the Sales Manager, will be expected to work closely with customers within their assigned geographical area. The Account Manager will also be assisting the customer in installing their new Z products and providing training on our features and services during the installation. After the installation, the Account Manager will be focusing on customer retention, by developing a relationship with the customer to retain loyalty to the Company. The Account Manager will also provide follow-up training, continued education and introduction of ZVRS’ features and services, both current and new whenever scheduled, requested or necessary. The Account Manager may also be asked to provide education of our products, features and services while at presentations, workshops and tradeshows.

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URGENT!! Position opening at EEOC in DC only

September 10, 2015 in Community News, Employment



Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Job Title:
Information Intake Representative (American Sign Language) Series & Grade: GS-1802-05 Duty Station: Washington, DC

Closing Date: September 15, 2015

Key Requirements:

1) Ability to work in a busy work environment;
2) Ability to search content resources to identify the appropriate information needed to answer callers’ questions and/or determine where to direct/refer them;
3) Ability to research materials and verify information;
4) Ability to effectively communicate in ASL and in written English;
5) Ability to analyze issues in order to make decisions and appropriately resolve problems;
6) Ability to accurately convey information to the public;

7) Ability to strictly follow approved processes and procedures; and
8) Ability to use web-based applications and navigate through multiple computer applications.

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Job Opening for Virginia Captioned Telephone Service Outreach Coordinator

September 1, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Employment




Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a position open for

“Virginia Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator” staffed in Richmond, Virginia.

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). The position requires independent travel throughout the state of Virginia.

Preferred education, experience and skills:

Education and Experience:

  • 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 the planning, coordination and delivery of 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
  • 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
  • Be able to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply

Interested individuals may apply online at: www.workforhamilton.com or contact Amy Hall in Corporate Human Resource Department by September 11, 2015 at 800.821.1831. Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and full time benefits.

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Employment Forum for People with Disabilities – Oct 3

August 25, 2015 in Community News, Employment


Are you a person with a disability who’s having trouble getting or keeping a job?

The Long Term Care Coordinating Council’s Services for Young Adults with Disabilities Committee invites you to join them at the

We want to help! We need to hear from you!

Come together to voice your employment-related experiences, opinions, and concerns. What services have helped you? What problems have you encountered? What do you think could have helped you get or keep a job? What can we do to help?

  • Family members welcome
  • Space is limited
  • Light breakfast will be provided

Saturday, October 3, 2015

9:30am – 12pm

10467 White Granite Drive, 3rd Floor
Oakton, VA 22124

RSVP at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/ltccc or by calling Bob Eiffert at 703-324-2544 by September 28.

Let’s work to make change, together.

Sponsored by the Long Term Care Coordinating Council’s Services for Young Adults with Disabilities Committee

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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


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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