2016 NAD Youth Ambassador Program – Application

Hi State Association representatives,

Happy 2016!

The reason for this email is to inform you about the Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) and its upcoming application deadline.

The YAP is a competition for deaf and hard of hearing youth ages 18 to 30 within the deaf community currently residing in the United States. Contestants will compete against each other to determine who will be the next two NAD Youth Ambassadors. The two Youth Ambassadors will work with the NAD to implement a strategic plan that addresses a social issue(s) within the Deaf community identified by the individuals during the competition. Moreover, the Ambassadors will represent the NAD at presentations, workshops, the Youth Leadership Camp (YLC), and other events within the deaf community. For further information about the YAP, please visit, http://nad.org/yap.

The YAP competition will happen at the 53rd Biennial NAD Conference from July 5 – 9 in Phoenix, Arizona this summer. In addition, the YAP application is currently available online. Here’s the link – http://nad.org/yap/application-form. And, the application deadline is Sunday, February 21st.

Tozzie Smith, our NAD intern, will be in touch with you individually. If you want, you can get in touch with him at 240-424-5995.

I hope you would consider sending a representative!



Allie Rice
Coordinator of Youth Programs
National Association of the Deaf

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Leadership Training Program (LTP)

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PSAD Leadership Training Program Flyer and Registration Form

The Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf is proud to host its new Leadership Training Program (LTP). It will be held on June 17-19 2016 at Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 300 East Swissvale Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218.

The Leadership Training Program is open to anyone.

Workshops topics and trainings will be announced on April 1, 2016.

In addition to informative workshops and trainings, the combo includes shared lodging, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner, and Sunday breakfast. Each room in the residence has a bed and a mattress on the floor. All attendees in the residence will be sharing the bathroom and shower facilities.

If you know who you want to share the room with, please list your friend’s name on your registration form under roommate. Also make sure your preferred roommate lists your name on his/her registration form. If you do not have a roommate, every effort will be made to pair you up with another person.

Cost with bed: $150.00 to April 30, 2016 – $175.00 from May 1 to June 7, 2016

Cost with Mattress on the floor: $140.00 to April 30, 2016 – $165 from May 1 to June 7, 2016

First come, First serve – Event is limited to 100 attendees.

Any questions: Contact me at ltp@psadweb.org or VP: 570-955-3221

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Employment Opportunity — Localized Exam for Fire and Safety Marshal (Luzerne County) Opens 1/25/16


I am reaching out to you today to request your assistance with a recruitment effort we are conducting on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. A Localized Exam Program will open on Monday, January 25, to fill one vacancy for Fire and Safety Marshal. This opening is located at White Haven Center in Luzerne County.


Please share the information in this e-mail throughout your respective networks so we may assist the Department of Human Services with finding interested and qualified individuals to meet this employment need. As always, thank you very much for your support of our important recruitment efforts!


Applications will only be accepted between January 25 and February 5, 2016.


Nature of Work:  Work involves assuring all detection, protection, and prevention systems are functional and are in compliance with state, local, and national codes; conducting programs for fire prevention, fire safety, and firefighting; conducting fire safety inspections of buildings; conducting fire drills, and maintaining records of drills and response of staff; maintaining fire safety equipment in a state of readiness; and conducting investigations, and preparing reports regarding fire-related incidents.


In order to be considered, applicants must be PA residents, have a valid driver’s license, and meet the following requirements:  Four years of experience in firefighting or fire prevention work; and graduation from a standard high school or vocational school; or an equivalent combination of experience and training.  Training in firefighting or fire prevention can be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required experience.  Appropriate training will be accepted at the rate of 450 clock hours or 30 semester hours being equal to one year of experience.  Training can be administered through colleges or technical schools, state or other jurisdictions, fire departments, or military services.  Courses must be relevant to firefighting or fire prevention.


Starting Salary:  $37,722 annually with an excellent benefits package!


Have questions?  Please contact Jill Budda by sending an email to jbudda@pa.gov, or by calling (570) 443-4217.


How to Apply:  Apply online at www.scsc.pa.gov.  Log in to the Online Services section of the homepage, and select View Open Announcements & Apply from the menu.  Reference announcement #2010-117 for Fire and Safety Marshal to submit your application.  You must complete a Civil Service application, and the associated application supplement. No written test is required.


Veterans:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs. To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the veterans section of www.scsc.pa.gov.



White Haven Center

827 Oley Valley Road

White Haven, PA  18661


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Employment Opportunity — Quality Assurance Risk Management Coordinator — Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (Lackawanna County)


I am reaching out to you this afternoon to request your assistance with a recruitment effort we are conducting on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). DMVA has one vacancy for a Quality Assurance/Risk Management Coordinator at Gino J. Merli Veterans Center in Lackawanna County.


This is work in a long-term care facility, monitoring and evaluating the appropriateness and quality of resident care.  You will interpret regulations, prepare for licensing surveys, participate in the development and improvement of a quality assurance program, chair the quality assurance/risk management committee and develop reports.  You also will provide guidance and technical assistance to interdisciplinary clinical and non-clinical staff.


Attached you will find a promotional flyer with other pertinent information, including salary, minimum requirements, application instructions, and contact information for job-specific inquiries, as well as questions related to the application process.


Please share this information throughout your respective networks so that we may assist the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs with finding interested and qualified applicants to meet this employment need. As always, thank you all very much for your efforts in support of our important recruitment efforts!






Paula K. Marinak | Recruitment Specialist | Bureau of Employment Services

Strawberry Square Complex | P.O. Box 569| Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569

Phone: 717.214.4933 | Fax: 717.787.5731 | TTY: 717.772-2685 |

E-mail: pmarinak@pa.gov


Attached below

Flyer – Quality Assurance Risk Management Coordinator 1-2016

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Rescheduled The CARE Project: Support to Families of Young Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Flyer attached – the care project vc registration flier 4 28 16

Registration is now open on www.pattan.net for:  “The CARE Project:  Support to Families of Young Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing”  This training was rescheduled from November 17, 2015.


This professional development activity focuses on the family’s emotional journey following a diagnosis of hearing loss.  The videoconference originating in Harrisburg will be held on Thursday, April 28 from 8:30AM to 4:00 PM.  There will be additional downlink sites, PaTTAN King of Prussia, PaTTAN Pittsburgh, Riverview IU 6 and Schuylkill IU 29.


Please share this information broadly with parents of young children with hearing loss and professionals who provide their services.


The CARE Project (TCP), well known for professional continuing education and training for individuals who provide services for families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing, received grant funding to provide partnerships with 10 state level Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs in the U.S.  Pennsylvania was the first state selected as a partner for TCP.  The team is coming to Pennsylvania to provide a one day workshop for parents and professionals and a day of filming parent, family and professional stories.


The desired outcome is to see participants in the videoconference return to their respective environments with a new understanding of what parents are experiencing and strategies on how to enhance communication among all of those involved.  Additional information about TCP can be found on their website at www.thecareproject.me.  


Thanks for sharing!


Anne Gaspich

Consultant, Early Intervention Technical Assistance

Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side™ of PA Program Coordinator


6340 Flank Drive

Harrisburg, PA 17112-2764

717-580-0839 (cell)

800-360-7282 (toll free in PA only)

fax: 717-657-5895


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Employment Opportunities in State Government – Please Share


You’re receiving this email because you’ve been identified as the contact person for a veterans’, women’s, diversity, or disability-related organization.  The PA State Civil Service Commission compiles and uses this contact information in order to provide information about various topics.  If there is someone else in your organization who should be used as the contact person instead of you, please feel free to let me know.


I’m writing you today with information about two job opportunities in state government.


The PA Department of Human Services currently has one Fire and Safety Marshal opening at White Haven Center, which is in Luzerne County.  I have attached a Word document with information about the salary, requirements, how to apply, and who to contact with questions.   Please note, applications will only be accepted between January 25 and February 5, 2016. 


The PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has one Quality Assurance/Risk Management Coordinator vacancy at Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, which is in Lackawanna County.  I have attached a promotional flyer and Word document with information about the salary, requirements, how to apply, and who to contact with questions.  Applications will be accepted for this opportunity until further notice.


If you could please share this information with your networks, it would be greatly appreciated.  On behalf of the PA Department of Human Services and the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, thank you very much for your time and assistance.  Have a wonderful day!


Heather Kenyon | HR Analyst,

Recruitment and Workforce Diversity Division

Strawberry Square Complex | P.O. Box 569, Harrisburg, PA 17108-0569

Work: 717.787.6127 | Fax: 717.787.5731Hkenyon@pa.gov


Attachments attached below.

POSTING INFO – Fire and Safety Marshal


Flyer – Quality Assurance Risk Management Coordinator 1-2016


POSTING INFO – Quality Assurance Risk Management Coordinator


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Literacy Workshop – February

Literacy Workshop – February

Dear Grace,

Happy Friday!  I hope you have found a place to stay warm with all of the snow falling this weekend. :-)  If you are still looking to post events happening at the School, I have attached materials regarding the upcoming Hooked on Books event at WPSD.  If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to let me know.  All the best!


Matt Campion

Director, Institutional Advancement
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
300 East Swissvale Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218
412.244.4250 – direct
412.244.4251 – fax
Three attachments below.  Click on links and a picture below to view details.

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Retired Residents May Qualify for Reduced Vehicle Registration Fee

I would like to remind retired residents residing in the 106th District that you may qualify for a reduced annual vehicle registration fee.

To qualify for the reduced fee, an individual must be retired and receiving Social Security or a pension, and total annual income from all sources must be less than $19,200 a year.

Qualifying individuals can register a passenger vehicle or light truck (9,000 pounds or less) for a $10 processing fee per year instead of the annual registration fee.

Under this plan, only one passenger vehicle or truck per person may be registered for the $10 processing fee, and the person applying must be the principal driver of the vehicle, unless a physical or mental disability exists that makes the individual incapable of driving.

A completed MV-371 form must be included with a regular registration renewal, along with a check or money order for $10 made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

To apply for retired status through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, residents must obtain an MV-371 form from any authorized agent, tag service or from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This form can also be obtained online at dmv.state.pa.us, or by contacting my your legislator’s office.

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PSAD, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter meeting announcement

 Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of PSAD
Quarterly Chapter Meeting
** Election of Officers **
March 19, 2016
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
We will have a Reception at 3:00 pm.
Hot/Cold Appetizers and Snacks
To welcome new
Greater Pittsburgh Chapter members
 ** For Refreshment Count, send your RSVP to Chris Noschese, noschese235@gmail.com.
Please bring your ideas and concerns to the meeting.
Pittsburgh Association of the Deaf Clubhouse
1854 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
If you have any questions, please send me a note to President Larry Hast at lawhast@verizon.net.

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