DDHH announces opening of second Device Demo Center
Field Rep presents to EMS personnel
Library for the Blind acquires Interpretype
Vol. 27 No. 9
Jon S. Corzine, Governor
Clarke Bruno, Acting CommissionerIra
C. Hock, Acting Director
Gallaudet University Names
Dr. Jane K. Fernandes President
Current Provost Becomes University's Second Deaf President
Washington, D.C. - Dr. Jane K. Fernandes, Gallaudet University Provost since 2000, was introduced on May 1, 2006, as Gallaudet's new president. She will take office in January 2007. Celia May Baldwin, Interim Chair of Gallaudet’s Board of Trustees, made the announcement at a campus convocation held immediately following the full board election of Dr. Fernandes.
Dr. Fernandes will replace long-time Gallaudet President Dr. I. King Jordan, who made history in 1988 as the first deaf person to lead a university when he became Gallaudet’s 8th president. Dr. Jordan announced his retirement in the summer of 2005. After more than 18 years as president, Dr. Jordan will retain the title “President Emeritus” and will continue to assist the new president and the university.
“Gallaudet is extremely fortunate to have Dr. Jane Fernandes as our next president,” said Celia May Baldwin, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees. “Jane has a deep understanding of how this university works, having served in senior leadership positions here for more than a decade. It would be difficult, if not impossible, for the board to find anyone with greater breadth or depth of experience. The executive positions she has held at both the K-12 and University levels - and the notable accomplishments she has made in these positions - make her uniquely qualified to lead Gallaudet.
Jane has proven her leadership skills time and time again, often having to make very difficult decisions, and we believe that this has prepared her well for the presidency. We are thrilled to have someone of her caliber succeed King Jordan and believe that she will be an outstanding president of Gallaudet.”
As Provost, Fernandes is the Chief academic officer of the University, responsible for all of the academic programs and academic support components at Gallaudet. The Academic Affairs Division for which she is responsible has 670 faculty and staff and a budget of more than $83 million. She is one of the key leaders in the development of the university’s vision and strategic plan, and recently co-authored Towards an Inclusive Deaf University: Achieving Equitable Outcomes for All Students, which specifically addressed two of the key goals of the university’s plan.
A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Dr. Fernandes attended public schools. She is a graduate of the Trinity College (Connecticut), earning a B.A. degree in French and comparative literature, and the University of Iowa, where she earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature. After graduating from Iowa University, she worked for Northeastern University prior to working at Gallaudet as Chair of the Department of Sign Communication. She later moved to Hawaii and established the Interpreter Education Program at Kapiolani Community College and served for five years as the Director of the Hawaii Center for the Deaf and Blind.
In 1995, Dr. Fernandes returned to Gallaudet. As Vice President for the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center,
she and her team developed innovative curriculum, materials, and teaching strategies for schools serving deaf and hard of hearing students throughout the nation. Over the last ten years, more than 450 schools have adopted the Clerc Center’s methods.
Dr. Fernandes has authored and co-authored numerous scholarly publications, and will soon be sending her new book, Signs of Eloquence: A Study of Deaf American Public Address (with James Fernandes), to press. She has been an invited speaker at conferences all over the country. She is expected to travel in May to Bangkok, Thailand to give the keynote address, “The Power of Language: Theory, Practice, and Performance,.at the First World Congress.
“I am humbled and honored by the decision of the board,” said Dr. Fernandes at the ceremony announcing her appointment. “I give you my word that I will make every decision and lead this university based on what is in the university’s best interest. I am grateful that the board has entrusted me with this wonderful opportunity to serve this university that I love.”
Dr. Fernandes is married to Dr. James J. Fernandes, a former professor in Gallaudet’s Department of Communication Studies. They have two children, Sean (15) and Erin (13).
Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing undergraduate students. The university enjoys an international reputation for its outstanding graduate programs as well as for the quality of the research it conducts on the history, language, culture, and other topics related to deaf people. The University’s Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center serves deaf and hard of hearing children at its two demonstration schools and throughout the nation by developing, implementing, and disseminating innovative educational strategies. Gallaudet is located in Washington, D.C., where it was founded in 1864 by an act of Congress. Its charter is signed by President Abraham Lincoln.
The Hearing Society, located in the First Baptist Church of Westfield, (PO Box 2534, Westfield, NJ 07091), resumed office hours and classes on Thursday, September 7th. Office hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Thursdays only.
Classes in Basic Sign Language are from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and Lip Reading is from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.
DDHH opens second Assistive Device Center
Center to be named Brian C. Shomo Assistive Device Demonstration Center
The Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing proudly announces the opening of the second Assistive Device Demonstration Center located at the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf on Sullivan Way in Ewing, NJ. After many months of hard work, the center has become a reality. In recognition of the new site, DDHH will hold a “Demo Day” for consumers on November 1, 2006 with attendance by appointment only. Hourly appointments are available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1p.m. to 4 p.m.
An invitation-only Open House in October 2006 will officially recognize the center, which will be named the Brian C. Shomo Assistive Device Demonstration Center in memory of former director Brian C. Shomo who passed on June 10, 2006. Similar to the demonstration center at the Joseph Kohn Rehabilitation Center in New Brunswick, the new center will display the many different types of assistive technology available for those with hearing loss including videophones, Captel, fire alarms, assistive listening devices, and amplified phones.
People will also be able to visit the newly created Alumni Museum at MKSD that opened in August. With a tremendous mix of culture, community, and educational items, the museum is sure to fascinate individuals of all ages and backgrounds. The museum will be open during “Demo Day.”
For more information on the November 1st “Demo Day” and to reserve an appointment time, contact DDHH field representatives, Jason Weiland and Traci Burton, at (609) 984-7281 TTY/V or through e-mail at Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org or Traci.Burton@dhs.state.nj.us.
New Jersey Relay Numbers Speed Service Voice 800-852-7897 TTY 800-852-7899
The deadline is October 1, 2006 for submissions to the November issue of the Monthly Communicator.
The deadline is November 1, 2006 for submissions to the December issue of the Monthly Communicator.
E-mail submissions to Alan.Champion@dhs.state.nj.us
cc to Ira.Hock@dhs.state.nj.us
Acting Director: Ira C. Hock
Editor Alan Champion
NJ Department of Human Services
Division of the Deaf
and Hard of Hearing
PO Box 074
Trenton, NJ 08625-0074
(609) 984-7281 V/TTY
(800) 792-8339 V/TTY
(609) 984-0390 Fax
The Monthly Communicator is published by the New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a state agency. DDHH provides information, referral, and
advocacy to service recipients. Information or articles
provided by others does not imply endorsement by DDHH or the State of New Jersey. There are currently 8,600 copies of the MC distributed monthly.
Deadline for submissions
First of the month for the following month’s edition
NJ LIBRARY FOR THE BLIND AND HANDICAPPED:
CHILDREN’S American Sign Language (ASL) STORY HOUR
New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped (LBH) is pleased to announce the continuation of Children’s ASL Story Hour hosted by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Program. This season’s ASL storytime dates are listed below:
October 17, 2006
November 14, 2006
December 12, 2006
January 16, 2007 at 10:30 A.M.
February 13, 2007 at 10:30 A.M.
March 13, 2007
April 17, 2007
May 15, 2007
June 5, 2007
Location: NJ Library for the Blind and Handicapped
2300 Stuyvesant Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08618
Time: 10:00 A.M. (unless otherwise noted)
Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Christine Olsen, DHHAP Coordinator, at 877 882-5593 TTY or
American Sign Language Interpreters will be provided for the story. The story hour will include a Power Point
presentation of the book featured on that particular day. Assistive Listening Devices are also available.
The NJ Library for the Blind and Handicapped is a division of the NJ State Library, affiliated with Thomas Edison State College.
DID YOU KNOW
picture Helen Keller with her Akita
When Keller visited Akita Prefecture in Japan in July 1937, she inquired about Hachiko, the famed Akita dog that had died in 1935. She expressed to a local that she would like to have an Akita dog. An Akita called Kamikaze-go was given to her within a month. When Kamikaze-go later died (at a young age) because of canine distemper, his older brother, Kenzan-go, was presented to her as an official gift from the Japanese government in July 1939. Keller is credited with having introduced the Akita to America through Kamikaze-go and his successor, Kenzan-go. By 1938, a breed standard had been established and dog shows were held; but, such activities stopped after World War II began. Keller wrote in the Akita Journal: If ever there was an angel in fur, it was Kamikaze. I know I shall never feel quite the same tenderness for any other pet. The Akita dog has all the qualities that appeal to me - he is gentle, companionable and trusty.”
DDHH Representive Burton presents “Caring for Patients
with Hearing Loss” to EMS Team Members
On the evening of Thursday August 24, 2006, DDHH Field Representative Traci Burton successfully presented “Caring for Patients with Hearing Loss” at the University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP). EMS team members from around the state participated in the workshop, which was hosted by the Emergency Department at UMCP and Princeton Health Care System Community Education & Outreach Program. In addition to equipment demonstration, topics discussed included how to recognize hearing loss, different types of hearing loss, communicating with a patient who is deaf or hard of hearing and resources available through DDHH. If you are interested in a similar program, please contact Traci at 609-984-7281Voice/TTY or by e-mail at Traci.email@example.com or Jason Weiland at Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASL Expo 2006
ORANGE, CA. - August 20, 2006: American Sign Language Expo 2006 recently announced the date of their first-time event in the Riverside, California area. The show will be hosted at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, CA and will host approximately 75 exhibitors all targeting the sign language market on October 14, 2006.
Surprisingly, more than 1,500 entrants have already registered online for the ASL Expo 2006 in Riverside, Calif. The statistics show that 43% of entrants are hearing who are eager to involve the sign language community.
Exhibitors from across the country will provide information on products and services that help sign language users including hearing and deaf with every aspect of their needs and wants. From sign language books to telecommunication technology, sign language users will enjoy a full one-day event put together just for them.
“We’re seeing our attendance and exhibiting interest increase this year we host the show,” said Carlos Hardy, event organizer.” We’re very excited about this year’s event and are planning for it to be a great time for all involved.” Information on this year’s Expo can be found at http://www.aslexpo.com.
This Month in History
Lloyd Howard Perkins, who was born on October 6, 1923, became the first Deaf Bishop in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA), was born October 31, 1860. At 25 and 26 years of age, two separate injuries left her partially deaf but did not stop her from doing her important work.
ASSOCIATION OF LATE-DEAFENED ADULTS (ALDA) GARDEN STATE
Hosts its ANNUAL WORKSHOP
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006
East Brunswick Library
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
No cost for attendees.
There will be a light lunch and refreshments available.
Accommodations will be available through sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, and Computer Assisted
Realtime Transcription (CART text display). The East Brunswick Library is wheelchair-accessible. Communication access provided by DDHH.
Today’s Assistive Technology
Judy Ginsberg will present up-to-date information about communication and assistive listening devices currently available for the deaf and hard of hearing. Judy Ginsberg works at the Assistive Listening Device Center located at the Fair Lawn Deaf Program in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. The Fair Lawn Deaf Program operates under the auspices of the Fair Lawn Board of Education and is funded by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation under the guidance of the Department of Labor.
Reaching Out and Touching Someone Through Your Local Library . . . Getting To Know Us
Carol Granaldi, ALDA-GS member, will show how you can link up with your local library to provide an educational program about hearing loss, noise pollution, assistive devices, hearing aids, and other related topics. She will share her experiences during ALDA-GS's “HEARING AWARENESS WEEK IN NEW EGYPT” earlier this year. Material used in the “Hearing Awareness” program will be on display.
All persons interested in hearing loss, as well as those from other organizations are welcome to attend. Space is limited, please reserve a seat before December. Contact: email@example.com; 609-758-0675 Voice, leave message & call will be returned.
Fall 2006 Visual Arts Program for Mercer County Students with Disabilities
New Brunswick, NJ . . . VSA arts of New Jersey (VSA/NJ) and the Mercer County Office for the Disabled are pleased to announce that the Fall 2006 Fine Arts Program of the Mercer County Institute for the Arts will be offered on Mondays, October 10, 17, 24, 31; November 6, 13, 20, 27; December 4, 11 2006 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Mercer Elementary School at 1020 Old Trenton Road in Trenton, NJ. Classes are open to Mercer County residents ages 8 to 21 with a disability and are offered free of charge. Advance registration is required by October 2, 2006.
The Fine Arts Program provides artistic endeavors through which participants ages 8 to 21 explore the creative world of line, color, and texture by using various media. Students will participate in an enriching arts environment that fosters the development and expansion of artistic and social skills. They will have the opportunity to learn the basic principles of art in a setting that meets a wide range of developmental skill levels. Activities encourage participants to explore their creativity and engage in self-expression.
The Mercer County Institute for the Arts is sponsored by the Mercer county Office for the Disabled. Additional funding is made possible in part by the central office of VSA arts, under an award from the U.S. Department of Educati9onl. However, the content does not necessarily reflect the policy of the U.S. Dept. of Education and endorsement should not be assumed. For additional information or to register for this program please contact VSA arts of New Jersey at 732-745-3885 Voice; 732-745-3913 TTY or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Jersey Library for the Blind & Handicapped Announces Acquisition of Interpretype
The New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped, 2300 Stuyvesant Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08618, is delighted to announce the acquisition of Interpretype, a state-of-the art voiceless communication unit. Although Interpretype can never replace a qualified interpreter, it does provide an instant solution to the void in communication that exists between libraries, businesses, and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities.
Interpretype, is an ITY - an interactive communication device that provides a means of communicating without using speech. It was originally designed as a tool to connect the non-signing hearing community with the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Speech Disabled community. It consists of two pre-programmed laptop-style computer devices with the ability to send and display typed messages to other ITY devices or to a computer. It can also be connected directly to any Windows PC. Software is provided that enables any Windows workstation to communicate directly with one Interpretype device. Once someone logs on, he has the ability to have a conversation by simply reading and typing.
NJLBH plans to use Interpretype in situations when no American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter is available and a hearing customer who does not know ASL needs assistance. NJLBH can also use Interpretype in situations with a Deaf or Hard of Hearing customer and a library staff member who does not know American Sign Language. In both situations, the staff member can communicate effectively with the customer by using Interpretype. The acquisition of ITY technology now allows NJLBH to communicate more effectively in any situation that normally requires an ASL interpreter when a qualified interpreter is not available.
The New Jersey State Library has three bureaus: the Library Development Bureau (LDB), the NJ Library for the Blind and Handicapped (NJLBH) and the State Library Information Center (SLIC). It leads in the provision, promotion and support of quality library and information services to all people of New Jersey. The State Library, which is affiliated with Thomas Edison State College, coordinates, promotes and funds the New Jersey Library Network, of which we are a proud member. Last year, attendance in New Jersey's public libraries was over 41 million with total circulation of almost 52 million, an increase of almost 300,000.
The NJ Library for the Blind and Handicapped is the source for library services that enrich the lives of those who can't see to read a book or are unable to hold one. The Library also provides programs and services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, loans assistive technology from the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, offers Audiovision which broadcasts local, national and international newspapers via closed-circuit radio or Internet streaming and administers the National Federation of the Blind NFB-NEWSLINE service in New Jersey which provides audio access to over 200 newspapers by touch-tone telephone.
The New Jersey Library for Blind and Handicapped:
Offers over 96,000 books and magazines in Braille, recorded and large print formats
Broadcasts seven New Jersey newspapers statewid through a radio reading service
Loans assistive technology from the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Administers telephone access to over 200 nationwide newspapers through Commission-sponsored NFB-NEWSLINE
Provides audio-described videos
Loans Assistive Listening Devices for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Offers monthly American Sign Language Story Hours for second, third, fourth, and fifth graders from the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf and the public
Has the largest Braille collection in the state - 12,000 volumes
Is used by people ranging from 4 to 107 years old
Serves 12,000 customers; over 1900 are 21 or younger
For more information about Interpretype, NJLBH's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Program and its Assistive Listening Technology Loan Program, contact
Christine Olsen, Coordinator for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Program, by e-mail at email@example.com or call her at 877 882-5593 TTY.
For more information about NJLBH, contact Anne McArthur, Head of Outreach and Audiovision, at 609-530-3242 Voice.
For information on the New Jersey State Library and its programs contact
Nancy Dowd at 609-777-4509 Voice or Mark Amorosi 609-943-5189 Voice.
Save The Date! Monday, October 16, 2005 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
“Pushing Limits” Employment for African-Americans with Disabilities Conference
Workshops - Job Fairs - Exhibits
At the Sheraton Hotel at Woodbridge Center, Rt. 1 South, Iselin, NJ
Who should attend: Job Seekers, Business Owners, Disability Service Providers and Educators. Individuals with disabilities, Parents of adolescents with disabilities, Public and Private Human Resource Recruiters. Presented by: New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Disability Services fro more information call:
State of NJ Library, NJ Library for the Blind and Handicapped Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Program. Children’s ASL Story Hour MKSD Staff Member, Harinder Randhawa will read the children’s book: Monsoon by Uma Krishnaswami
Tueday, October 17, 2006 Place: NJ Library for the Blind and Handicapped,
2300 Stuyvesant Avenue, Trenton, NJ Time: 10 A.M.
For more information, contact Christine Olsen, DHHAP Coordinator, at TTY (877) 882-5593 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org In northern India, a young girl observes the sights and sounds of her town as everyone anxiously waits for the monsoon to arrive. The welcome rain will help to wash away the dust and bring relief from the hot dry wind. But what if the monsoon rain does not come?
Light refreshments will be served.
American Sign Language Interpreters are provided by the NJ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The story hour will include a Power Point presentation of the book. Assistive Listening Devices will also be available at the Library.
More exciting news! Courtesy of Pete Campione, the owner and trainer of Kindred Souls Canine Center, certified therapy dogs will join the children as Mr. Randhawa reads “Monsoon.”
Following his presentation, a well-known Indian chef, Vakas Khanna, of Sanskrit Culinary Arts, will display his spices and senses. Refreshment will include trick-or-treat and a few surprises!
The NJ Library for the Blind and Handicapped is a bureau of the NJ State Library, an affiliated to Thomas Edison State College
Fiorello H. LaGuardia Community College
Thursdays, Oct. 5 - Nov. 30 (Nov. 23 no class S) 5:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
This 8-week course is designed to provide a strong foundation and build the knowledge and skills of interpreters in the area of deaf-blindness and deaf-blind interpreting strategies. The course will address physiological, linguistic, environmental and cultural components that affect the interpreting process as well as the roles and expectations of the interpreter and effective communication strategies.
RID Certificate Maintenance Program (CMP)/ Associate Continuing Education Tracking (ACET) - The CUNY Interpreter Education Project has been approved by the RID CMP/ACET to sponsor Continuing Education Activities. This program is offering 2.4 CEU's in Professional Studies and has an instructional level of intermediate. For cancellation and accessibility policy, please call (718) 482-5313.
For further information on this presentation, please contact:
Maternity replacement and substitute: educational interpreters
Governor Livingston High School
Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Please send letter of interest and resume to: Sandra A. Gogerty, 345 Plainfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922; or
908-464-3282 FAX; email@example.com
Our Lady Of Fatima Church
Interpreted Catholic Sunday Masses For The Deaf
10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
403 Spring Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201
Every 2nd and 4th week of every month.
2006 Schedule - October. 8 and & 22. November, 12 and 26. December, 10 and 24.
2007 Schedule - January 14 and 28, February 11 and 25. March 11 and 25, April 8 and 22, May 13 and 27, June 10 and 24. July 8 and 22, August 12 and 26, September 9 and 23, October 7 and 21, November 11 and 25, December 9 and 23.
1251 Terrill Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Something NEW for Kids…Come see why God Rocks at “His Kidz”
For Deaf Children & Hearing Children of Deaf Parents Crafts, Games, Bible Stories & More
Fun begins on Oct 13th and join us every 2nd Friday of the month for “His Kidz”
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (7:00 p.m. for snacks)
For more information please contact: Sherri King at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor Nancy Tonnessen at email@example.com or 908-322-4553 TTY (answering machine); 908-322-9300 ext. 11 Voice
Sunday, October 15, 2006 12:00 noon Mass All are welcome! Church is accessible
Mass will be interpreted into sign languag, assistive listening devices (ALD) and large print is available as well as
CART (Computer Assisted Real Time Captioning)
Reception will follow the Mass in the accessible Parish Meeting Room
For information or directions, call the Parish Office 732-828-1400 Voice
Second Baptist Church Deaf Ministry
hosts its Annual Deaf Awareness Program
Saturday, October 14, 2006 4:00 p.m.
This program will have a memorial for Brian C Shomo, a great inspiration to us who attended our Deaf Awareness Programs through the years. We look forward to seeing you on October 14th Communicator Signboard
Bridge Players Theatre company
Proudly presents the opening of their 31st season
with the classic comedy
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
Written by Joseph Kesselring
Interpreted performance October 13, 2006 8:00 p.m.
Assistive listening Devices (ALD) available on
October 13, 14 at 8:00 p.m. and October 15 at 3:00 p.m.
Ticket price is $ 15
Please ask about our combination dinner/show package
Tickets and information call 856-303-7620 Voice or visit www.BridgePlayersTheatre.com
The Strand Theatre
400 Clifton Avenue
Lakewood, New Jersey
is pleased to announce
The Full Monty
The heart felt story of six unemployed steelworkers who discover friendship
and self-confidence when they decide to put on a male revue and go the “Full Monty.”
Sign language interpreted performance October 6, 2006, 8:00 p.m.
Adults $25 Seniors $20
Charge by phone 732-367-7789 Voice or online www.strandlakewood.com Deaf Senior Citizens of Northwest Jersey
Non-Seniors and Interpreter Students are Welcome!
Friday, October 6, 2006
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 215 Boulevard, Mt. Lakes, NJ