How one young actor is using American Sign Language in animation

At only 12 years old, Shaylee Mansfield is already breaking new ground with the animated series “Madagascar: A Little Wild.” Despite her youth, it still took her a while to get here.

In an interview with Salon, she said she started acting “by accident,” but according to her mother, Mansfield was “born with a camera.” At a young age, she began making videos with her family for their YouTube channel ASL Nook, which teaches American Sign Language (ASL) and aspects of Deaf culture.

Read the rest at https://www.salon.com/2022/01/20/shaylee-mansfield-deaf-asl-sign-over-madgascar.

DAD Bi-Annual Meeting (Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022)

What: Bi-Annual Meeting, open to entire state and to elect new board members

When: Jan 29, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting (to get link to join meeting):
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tdOitpj8vGNeiretQBFjH5YbetHkwEBST

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Zoom Tips: Hide all videos in zoom so you get speakers on a bigger screen plus more!  See https://www.nad.org/zoom-tutorial.  Thanks to NAD which made this for their conference not long ago.

** Interested in joining the board, contact us through https://www.delawaredeaf.org/contact-us.

DAD Bi-Annual Meeting (Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022)

What: Bi-Annual Meeting, open to entire state and to elect new board members

When: Jan 29, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting (to get link to join meeting):
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tdOitpj8vGNeiretQBFjH5YbetHkwEBST

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Zoom Tips: Hide all videos in zoom so you get speakers on a bigger screen plus more!  See https://www.nad.org/zoom-tutorial.  Thanks to NAD which made this for their conference not long ago.

** Interested in joining the board, contact us through https://www.delawaredeaf.org/contact-us.

Signs of Fun Summer Camp

Signs of Fun Summer Camp logo showing 2 hands doing the I Love You sign facing each other to create a heart shape in center along with a campfire in center.

Signs of Fun offers enriching day camps in Virginia and Hawaii. Deaf, hard of hearing children, and their siblings, ages 3 to 18 years old, are welcome to join the fun! Campers will have the opportunity to go swimming, fishing, and many more fun experiences with old and new friends. They will also enjoy hands-on art, games, and sports. Our day camp is rich with experiences that encourage and promote communication. We hope you choose to come and play with us this summer!

For more information, go to https://www.signsoffuncamp.org.

Direct Support Professional – ASL Fluent (Job Posting)

Note: the posting came from Community Interactions directly. It should be noted that the link below is no good and their website does not list this job. Instead, apply to the other similar postings (in the Delaware State area – will be in Wilmington area, ignore other state postings) and tell them you are interested in this ASL job. Their job listing can be found at https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs?clientkey=5FFFB17A9D8CC9E9684BD5D9EAD3B5D3.

Dec. 28, 2021 Update: The ASL posting is now officially out online!!!  Community Interactions fixed the original posting and now it is visible!  Go to https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=77261&clientkey=5FFFB17A9D8CC9E9684BD5D9EAD3B5D3 for the latest’s updates.  Do note the pay for the job went up also ($14-15 to $15-18)!

Posted:         – Closing Date:  Until Positions are Filled

 

Job Title:                                    Direct Support Professional – ASL Fluent

Department:                              Delaware Residential Services

Reports To:                                Team Leader, Delaware Programs and Services

FLSA/Internal Code:                Exempt, Full Time Position / L2

Salary Range:                            Salary is commensurate with experience

FLSA/Internal Code:                Non-Exempt, Full Time, Part Time and Weekend Part Time Positions/ L2;  Anticipated Salary Range:  $ 14.00 – $ 15.00 per hour

Qualifications:                                    Minimum qualifications include:

 

Summary of Responsibilities:

The ASL Proficient Direct Support Professional (DSP) is responsible for providing quality person-centered services to assigned ASL individuals receiving support services, as a key member of a team of professionals.  As a direct support professional, the ASL DSP maintains balance between supporting the individual’s growth, including the dignity of risk, and the provision of supports and services needed to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the individual, according to Individual Service/Support Plans.  The primary role of this position will provide support and assist individuals with daily life essential and routine activities while communicating with them through American Sign Language.

 

Qualifications:                                    Minimum qualifications include:

Two – five years’ experience working with American Sign Language individuals who may be dual diagnosed or with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  Candidates should possess minimum education of a GED or High School Diploma.  Successful candidates must be ASL proficient and use ASL as their primary method of communication.  Candidates must also complete annual ASL Training through a Certified American Sign Language Provider. 

 

Incumbents must be 21 years of age (preferred) with a valid driver’s license with no restrictions, or at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license with no restrictions and 3 years of driving history;
Experience working with individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities is preferred.

 

Successful candidates must be ASL fluent, may be required to transport individuals in their personal vehicle.  Incumbents are responsible to ensure a valid driver’s license with no less than 3 years of a clean driving record with no restrictions on driver’s license.  Incumbent’s vehicle must meet the State’s minimum requirements for maintaining valid automobile insurance and current vehicle registration. 

 

Summary of Responsibilities: 

 

The Direct Support Professional (DSP) is responsible for providing quality person-centered services to Individuals.  The incumbent is responsible for mentoring and supporting Individuals along with ensuring their health, welfare and safety according to Individual Service/Support Plans. The position will include Life Skills support including general housekeeping, shopping, personal hygiene and supporting individuals with activities both within the home and out in the community.  Staff will be trained and expected to administer medication and required to complete annual State mandated training in order to support our residential and day programs under the direction of the State of Delaware.  The Direct Support Professional is responsible for meeting service expectations of their assigned customers and families, as well as that of funders and licensing entities, under the supervision of the Team Leader/Team Facilitator.

 

  • A Direct Support Professional (DSP) provides direct supports, which could include lifting and other physical activity for individuals whose primary method of communication is through American Sign Language.  The DSP may also be required to perform general housekeeping, shopping, office duties, requiring the ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time.  The ability to transport Individuals from program sites to community activities is required. 
  • Ensures Quality Assurance visits to primarily ASL Residential Programs to include weekends and hours outside of 9am to 5pm on weekdays; 
  • Develops and maintains staffing schedules, monitors and approves payroll for all direct reports and provides supportive supervision to ASL proficient staff assigned to the Residential Program(s);
  • Responsible for adhering to the daily, weekly and / or monthly staffing schedule and performing those duties as outline for the assigned shift;
  • Updates individuals’ daily activities in Therap and administers Medication in accordance with the Medication Administration Report and LLAM;
  • Monitors individual’s assigned personal finances and maintains receipts in accordance with the Financial Reporting Guidelines;
  • Operates an Agency vehicle and updates vehicle maintenance reports in accordance with Fleet Management Guidelines;
  • Participates in all staff training, meetings and ensure regulatory compliance;
  • May participates in LSP and other Team Meetings.  Attends team meetings and works collaboratively with other team members. Adheres to Health Care Administration updates, attends and documents medical appointments in Therap;
  • Maintains effective working relationships with peers, supervisors and direct reports by encouraging and modeling professional interactions that reflect accountability, trust and respect;
  • Sustains an organizational culture of integrity that promotes direct and open communication, participation in decision-making, transparency in operations, and encouragement of appropriate discretionary judgment and innovative ideas and solutions;
  • Strong communication skills, presentation skills, interpersonal, problem-solving skills and ability to work independently and as part of a team.  Supports the ongoing initiatives of Programs and Services;
  • Ensures that individuals have alternative methods of communication with include TTY, ASL, Face Time, iPad and other methods to ensure their ability to communicate their needs, advocate for their individual rights and remain an active part of their community and families;
  • Able to meet both the physical and essential requirements of the position as outlined in the job description.

 

CI offers excellent benefits to Full Time and Part Time limited hourly positions.  These benefits include comprehensive, low cost medical and dental, and up to 17 days of PTO time annually. Many of our Part Time and Flexible Schedule/PRN employees find their work with our Individuals to be a rewarding way to earn additional income, as variable hour shifts allow for the flexibility working parents and professionals need. 

All New Hires are required to successfully complete pre-employment screening, including a criminal background check*, review of driving history, physical, TB Screening, and pre-employment drug testing.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and comply with the Drug Free Workplace Act

We practice CDC / Pandemic Guidelines and provide state of the art Personal Protective Equipment for both our staff and Individuals.

 

External Applicants can apply online by logging onto tiny.cc/jointhecifamily or email your resume to recruitpa@ciinc.org.  You can also fax your resume to (484) 423 – 1198.  Internal applicants (employees) can complete a Transfer Request in Paycom by logging into your Employee Self-Serve.  Access the directory, Company Information.  Click on the drop-down Job Opportunities to review the posting and complete your application.  #zr

 

*A criminal record will not prohibit employment.

Portal Video Calls Can Now Have a Sign Language Interpreter Onscreen

Meta now offers Video Relay Services on Portal to help the deaf and hard-of-hearing communicate more easily with family, friends, and coworkers.

A step up from the text-based Telecommunications Relay Services, VRS links users with a qualified onscreen interpreter, who volleys the conversation back and forth in American Sign Language with the deaf party, and by voice with the hearing party. The feature was made possible through a collaboration with ZP Better Together, which offers video interpreting and communication solutions for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Read the rest at https://www.pcmag.com/news/portal-video-calls-can-now-have-a-sign-language-interpreter-onscreen.

Note: Meta was formerly Facebook.

Deaf researchers are advancing the field of science — but barriers still hold many back

Freshwater ecologist Linda Campbell, one of the handful of deaf academics in STEM in Canada, examines lichen from a polluted mine site with student Michael Smith. (Moira Donovan/CBC News)

In a scrubby patch of forest near Halifax, Saint Mary’s University professor Linda Campbell and her master’s student, Michael Smith, squelch through mud, looking for lichens. The lichens they’re after can be used as natural biological monitors of pollutants from former gold-mining sites, like this one. 

Smith lifts one piece from a branch. It’s usnea, or beard lichen, which the researchers can use to assess levels of arsenic and mercury in the air. That’s because it absorbs nutrients — and pollutants, if they’re present — from the atmosphere rather than through roots.

Campbell notes that there were once industrial devices used to crush gold-bearing ore at the site where this lichen is now growing. The lichen is absorbing mercury initially released from the ore many years ago, that is still percolating out into the environment. “What took place 100 years ago is still being reflected in the lichen,” she said.

Campbell is a freshwater ecologist — one of a handful of experts in Canada who’s studied how contaminants move through ecosystems, and how to deal with them.

But she’s also part of another minority. Campbell is Deaf, and uses American Sign Language, or ASL, making her part of a group that continues to be underrepresented in science.

A report from earlier this year by the Royal Society in the U.K., for instance, noted that while about one per cent of the population is deaf, the percentage of STEM undergraduates in that country who are deaf has stagnated at just 0.3 per cent for the past decade. And, a 2017 U.S. study by the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes found that, overall, Deaf people obtain lower levels of education than their hearing peers.

In Canada, there is little formal data, but, anecdotally, Campbell knows of only five other deaf STEM university faculty members.

Campbell attributes the underrepresentation to barriers erected by attitudes among hearing people. 

“When science looks at that as an added cost, and added labour, to include people with disabilities, they’re not recognizing the differences and the successes that can be brought — that diverse thinking can be successful.” 

Read the rest at https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/dec-4-xenobot-self-replication-red-light-for-declining-vision-water-from-the-solar-wind-and-more-1.6269551/deaf-researchers-are-advancing-the-field-of-science-but-barriers-still-hold-many-back-1.6269553.