Director of the new Washington DC Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (job advertisement)

Update Note: job posting now online at https://mota.applytojob.com/apply/eyRfqfTzFy/Director-Office-Of-Deaf-Deaf-Blind-And-Hard-Of-Hearing.

Here’s the draft posting below for the Director role, given by our contacts at the DC Mayor’s Office. Most of it is directly from the legislation that was passed in the DC Council last summer. Please feel free to share, however, the final job posting may have some changes. Hopefully, will be posted online sometime this week.

Please let me know if you have any questions. If you know anyone you’d recommend, please let me know at vicepresident at dcadeaf dot org.

All the best,

Graham Forsey

POSITION: Director, Office of Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing (ODDHH)

CLASSIFICATION: Excepted Service, Grade 9

SALARY: Will be in the range of $115,960 to $156,787

OPEN: October 5, 2021

CLOSE: Open until filled

BACKGROUND

The Executive Office of the Mayor is seeking an experienced, dynamic, with strong connections to and embracement of DC values to serve as the first Director of the Office of Deaf, Deafblind and Heard of Hearing. The Director of ODDHH will serve as a member of the executive cabinet, and will lead the, develop policy and manage staff. The candidate selected will understand the uniqueness of Washington, DC in its diverse population, represent the interest of residents served by the office from all eight wards and shape policy and programs. Located in and reporting to the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, the Office for the Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing (ODDHH) will advance the civil rights of the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing communities by ensuring and overseeing District-wide compliance with laws that affect the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing communities.

Office of Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing:

  • Advocate for the adoption of laws, policies, and programs that benefit the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing communities;
  • (Provide community outreach, training, and education on issues affecting the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing communities;
  • Provide information about existing programs and services for the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing communities;
  • Refer members of the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing communities with problems or concerns to the appropriate District agency or organization;
  • Assist educational institutions, employment agencies, social service agencies, and businesses comply with District and federal laws that affect the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing communities;
  • Provide members of the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing communities with access to specialized services, including case management, interpreter services, technology services, such as assistive listening devices, independent living services, and information services;
  • Maintain a registry of available qualified interpreters in the District and work to increase the number of qualified interpreters in the District;
  • Create and distribute visor communication cards to the Metropolitan Police Department containing instructions on how to effectively communicate with a deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing motorist, along with images of common traffic situations;
  • Assist agencies in developing policies and practices that consider the needs of the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing communities;
  • (Ensure District-wide compliance with laws and policies that protect the civil rights of the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing communities;
  • Assist agencies and the Council with referrals to qualified interpreters;

Director of ODDHH

Appointed by the Mayor, the Director shall be deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing and who shall serve as the Chief Administrative Officer and will organize personnel, re-delegate authority, develop programs, and take other action consistent with appropriations and other applicable law. The Director will lead the office and perform core duties, which include but are not limited to:

  • Develop policy and practices of the office that ensure cultural competency and reflect the diversity of Washington, DC.
  • Direct and oversee an efficient system for the provision of services, policies, and programs to provide full and equal opportunity for deaf, late deafened, and hard of hearing individuals throughout the Commonwealth
  • Advocate for the dignity and independence of deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing individuals by providing leadership, and expertise to direct policy and programs with emphasis on supporting DC values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and self- determination
  • Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the Mayor and ODDHH.
  • Initiate and develop policy or actions for resolution of problems affecting deaf and hard of hearing services and programs consultation with the Office of Human Rights, the Office of Disability Rights, The Office of Disability Services and other agencies.
  • Coordinate team meetings with all reporting staff to share information and ensure alignment within ODDHH.
  • Recruit, hire and train hire qualified individuals who are members of the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing communities.
  • Oversee development and submission of an annual report to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Mayor and the Council.
  • Oversee an evaluation of the availability of American Sign Language interpretation, real-time captioning, assistive listening systems, and other language access measures for the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing communities, at agencies and the Mayor and the Council; and
  • Make recommendations for new laws, policies, or programs that address the needs of the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing communities.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have strong ties or comprehensive understanding of the complexity of the District of Columbia, including government functions and community diversity, and will be a member of the deaf, deaf blind or hard of hearing community. Additionally, candidates must demonstrate the following:

  • Have direct knowledge of the policies, practices, regulations, and laws concerning the Office of the Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing including processes and initiatives.
  • Have direct knowledge and a vision for the missions, roles, functions, organizational structures, and operation of ODR, and organizations that govern, interface with, and/or influence the disability rights process.
  • Be fluent in American Sign Language (preferred)
  • Have strong skills to plan, organize, and direct the functions and staff in critical aspects of development and production, support of systems, subsystems, or equipment and to coordinate various aspects of disability access systems to include engineering, re­engineering, construction, contracting, financial management, configuration, test, and implementation.
  • Ability to supervise, mentor, motivate, appraise, and work with subordinate supervisors and non-supervisory employees.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, clearly, concisely, and with technical accuracy.

COVID-19 PREVENTION POLICY

The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption by the hiring agency before working with the Government of the District of Columbia.

DOMICILE REQUIREMENT

There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment. The law also requires that Excepted Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment. Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.

Financial Scam Presentation (Oct. 21, 2021)

I am pleased to inform you that we will have a guest speaker present about FINANCIAL SCAM at our upcoming meeting next week on Thursday, October 21, 2021, from 10:00-11:00 am. The meeting will take place at the new Millville Community Center at Evans Park (it is NOT the same place where we met the last time – it’s across the street). The address is 32517 Dukes Dr,, Millville, DE 19967.
 
Detective/Sgt. Morris from Financial Crimes will be making the presentation. Lt. Lewis Brigg and Lt. Little will be present as well. Some of you have already met Lt. Little who is a Coda, and he signs! 
 
Please share this information with your friends Please try to arrive early so we can begin at 10 am – we’ll be open at 9:45 am.  
 
Coffee and donuts will be served!
 
Allen, DDSC (Delaware Deaf Senior Citizens)
 

10-year-old child actor fluent in ASL breaks barriers doing work for Disney, Starbucks

A child actor from is breaking barriers as an up and coming star, interpreting ASL for Disney and debuting in an international Starbucks commercial — all within the past two months.

October is National Disability Awareness Month and 10-year-old Norah Luna said nothing is stopping her. Through an ASL interpreter, Norah Luna said it’s been her dream to become a Hollywood actress.

Read the rest at https://www.koat.com/article/child-deaf-breaks-barriers-disney-starbucks/37985507?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot.

AMC Theaters offer Open Captioned showing at select locations

** Note: there are no AMC theaters in Delaware, although they exist just across the state line so check listing below for a location near you or when you go on vacation and want this option. **

Open Doors to New Worlds with Open Captions

See new movies with a text display of descriptions and dialogue on the big screen. Find Open Caption (ON-SCREEN SUBTITLE) showtimes at select theatres.

https://www.amctheatres.com/open-caption

HEDGE Comic Talk

Thu, October 14, 2021

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

Are you a fan of science fiction/fantasy, graphic novels, or comic books? If so, this event is for you!

A LIVE event for Deaf and Hearing Communities:

Are you and/or your children, nieces, nephews, cousins, Godchildren, students, neighbors, or even friends fascinates with COMIC BOOKS?? If so, this event is just for you!

On Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 7p EST, Sistah Scifi will be hosting a VIRTUAL live event, where Thomas will be talking about his new upcoming comic book series HEDGE.

HEDGE is about “A Deaf teen exploring the world of magic in New York City as she is being hunted by a secret society of Witches who cover her power”.

An American Sign Language interpreter will be provided.

Click on the link below to register for this event:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sistah-scifi-author-talk-with-tw-conklin-tickets-187452805387

– Thanks to Deafinitions for sharing the news.

DAD Nominations Requested

 

Hello Members of D.A.D. Sept. 23, 2021

I, Denis Munn, have been selected as the chairperson of the nominating committee for Delaware Association of the Deaf.

Joey DeLusant and Dennise Scott are also on the nominating committee.

We are seeking nominations for the upcoming election which will be held either in October or November 2021. All positions listed below need to be filled. Those who are listed have expressed interest in serving again.

President:

Vice President:

Secretary :

Treasurer :

Board member:

Board member:

Board member :

 

Feta Fernsler, President

Keith Robertson, VP

New Castle (2)

Kent County (1)

Sussex County (2)

 

Please let me know if you are interested in any position for officers or board member. Or you may nominate someone for any of the above positions.

Deadline Date for nomination is October 14th.

My email is denmu212 at gmail dot com.

Any questions you can VP me at this # 443-365-2640, Dennise’s 302-541-6175 or Joey’s 302-231-1320.

D.A.D. needs your help! Please consider running for one of officers/board positions. Deaf Delaware residents NEED YOU, too!

Thank you,

Denis Munn, Chair, Dennise Scott & Joey DeLusant, Nomination Committee

 

Deaf Senior Event (Newark, DE)

Deaf Ministry Grace Church is partnering with Newark Senior Center for a new event 200 White Chapel Drive Newark DE 19713 November 17th and December 1st - Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Bingo 12:45 P.M. - 1:45 p.m. $.25 cent per card RSVP $5.00 dollars for lunch We will give it a try November and December! We can talk about What selection we would like! Come on and join our first experience At the Newark Senior Center. We will have our own room! Feel free to contact Karen Miller if you have any questions watunya@verizon.net Many opportunities to choose from  Arts  Classes & Workshops  Clubs & Groups  Community News  Computer Lab  Daily Activities Calendar  Fitness Center  Gift Shoppe  Member Information (Will Discuss this further)  Games  Pool  Games  Transportation - Newark, Bear and Kirkwood  Day Trips, Travel  Wellness

Deaf Ministry Grace Church is partnering with
Newark Senior Center for a new event
200 White Chapel Drive Newark DE 19713
November 17th and December 1st – Wednesday
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Bingo 12:45 P.M. – 1:45 p.m. $.25 cent per card
RSVP $5.00 dollars for lunch

We will give it a try November and December! We can talk about
What selection we would like! Come on and join our first experience
At the Newark Senior Center.
We will have our own room!
Feel free to contact Karen Miller if you have any questions
watunya at verizon dot net

Many opportunities to choose from
 Arts
 Classes & Workshops
 Clubs & Groups
 Community News
 Computer Lab
 Daily Activities Calendar
 Fitness Center
 Gift Shoppe
 Member Information (Will Discuss this further)
 Games
 Pool
 Games
 Transportation – Newark, Bear and Kirkwood
 Day Trips, Travel
 Wellness

Deaf Senior Center Nov 2021 – original flyer (Requires Adobe PDF Reader)

 

“New Amsterdam” Adds Sandra Mae Frank, Deaf Actress, as a Doctor

Sandra Frank, light skinned in blue dress with dirty blond hair

New York, August 19 – Deaf actress Sandra Mae Frank has joined NBC’s “New Amsterdam” as Dr. Elizabeth Wilder.

It is important to note that Frank is being added as a doctor, as many medical shows feature disabled actors as patients, but not as people who are helping others. Actors Rachel Handler, who is an amputee, and Matthew Jeffers, who is a little person, previously have been cast in roles as medical professionals. New Amsterdam overwhelmingly has been an example of best practices since Season 1, through casting authentically, including Lauren Ridloff and Eileen Grubba; working with consultants to ensure accurate storylines; and including conversations about diverse topics within the disability community.

Frank is a trained stage and film actor. Ever since she made her mark in Deaf West’s “Spring Awakening” on Broadway, she has been doing various projects from music videos, theater productions, films, and TV. She is also the production manager of Deaf Austin Theatre, a nonprofit theater company in Austin, Texas. Most recently Frank was featured on NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, performing a song in ASL.

Read the rest at https://www.respectability.org/2021/08/new-amsterdam-sandra-mae-frank.

Important Notice – Bylaws Suspension

Requesting our current Delaware Association of the Deaf Bylaws to be suspended due to covid and low recent turn out.  The reason for this is to resolve our election obligations and Bylaws will be restored once elections end.  This also applies to a motion made in June to have an in person election which we tried to do on September 9, 2021 but only 2 outside people (non-board members) came.  The deadline to object is Tuesday, September 28, 2021.  Contact delawaredeaf at gmail com or use the contact us link (at top of page in menu). 

Once we resolve this emergency issue, we will schedule a zoom meeting for our election instead.