Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from DCN


Deaf Cactus News will be on a mini-break Thursday until early next week!  
Have a GREAT & safe Thanksgiving!

PAD hosting FREE Thanksgiving Dinner & Card Games November 27


Good Morning, We are hosting the free thanksgiving dinner for our members and our friends at Phoenix Association of the Deaf, 1545 W. Osborn Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85015. You can bring anything you want to, otherwise just show up and be part of us all. We open door at 10 a.m.

We also have Thanksgiving Dinner Card Games which is ten dollars. We will start at 12 p.m. then doing the second round for same amount.

We will also play table pool darts, and other kind of games.

Come and join us.

480 559 9311

Video by DHN: Super Deafy Inspires Arizona Communities

Original Link:  http://youtu.be/lRBLC6lI_k4

PAD Seeking Volunteers Saturday November 29




TIME: 9 A.M. TO ????




WANT VP? 480 559 9311

Thursday, November 20, 2014

5th Annual Silent Sleigh December 4

Job Fair for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Friday November 21

Employment Opportunities:Educational Staff Interpreter

Educational Staff Interpreter (35 up to 40 hours per week)  - Peoria Unified School District

Position Title:  Educational Staff Interpreter                 Job Code: H – 5111B

Department:     Special Education                             

Supervisor:      Director of Special Education
Term of Employment:  Full time, 9 months (Benefit Eligible)
Salary Classification:   15 

Job Summary:  Provide voice-to-sign and sign-to-voice interpretive communication services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing staff, as well as other parties in an educational setting, and other settings in and out of the district that require the services of a sign language interpreter.  The Interpreter may work in tandem with contract interpreters when necessary.

Essential Functions:  Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include, but are not limited to, the following tasks, duties, knowledge, skills and other characteristics.  This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents in this class.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES generally include the following.  Other duties may be assigned:
  • Provide interpreting services for staff member(s) in need of interpreting services during a work day in the educational environment, including, but not limited to:
    • Individual educational plan meetings (IEP),
    • 504 plans,
    • Staff meetings,
    • Facilitate communication during Deaf teacher’s direct instruction with students,
    • Staff development meetings, and
    • Any other daily interactions involving the Deaf staff member where interpretation is necessary.
  • Assist with Arranging team interpreting for functions requiring multiple interpreters
  • Interact with students, staff, parents and public in a professional matter.
  • Participates in continuing education courses and workshops
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

  • Interpretation between English and American Sign Language
  • Understanding and utilizing a variety of communication modes
  • Gathering and summarizing data
  • Organization and planning
  • District Policies, procedures, and programs
  • Agency or program rules, regulations, and operating procedures
  • Professional Code of Conduct/Ethics for interpreters
  • Techniques for communicating non-verbally by using body language , mime, facial expression, gesture, and cues
  • Office practices, procedures, and related software
  • Knowledge of applicable Federal, state, county and city statutes, rules, policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of applicable grants management
  • Knowledge of applicable Peoria Unified School District and departmental policies and procedures

  • RID Certification
  • Valid Arizona State Interpreter license: General
  • Extensive work-related skill and experience
  • Must be able to pass background check including a fingerprint background check
  • Must be able to pass a background check
  • May be required to work outside normal working hours
  • Must have at the time of application and must maintain a valid Arizona driver's license
To Apply for this, go to:

FREE ASL Classes November 24

Christmas Fun Nite by Sign of Love December 5

Northwest Deaf Senior Social on December 16 Deadline is December 5

Video: Kickstarter for "Rigged Game" in ASL

Monday, November 17, 2014

Order Online for Your Tickets to SuperDeafy Event!

Order tickets online at 

Deadline to order online is Saturday November 22nd by 10am! 

AzRAD Holiday Party Update!!

Congratulations to PAD New Board of Directors


Please welcome our PAD's new 2015 - 2015 Board of Directors:

President: Larry DeVenny
Vice President: James Allen
Secretary: Albert Couthen
Treasurer: Patsy Orlando

Board Chairperson: Mark King
4 Board of Directors:
Ivanito Maldonado
Jeff Stone
Donald Cox
Frank Cruz

Please RSVP your date for January 10, 2015 at 1 p.m. We will be having our general meeting and OATH for our new PAD Board of Directors.

Larry DeVenny
PAD President
2013 - 2014
2015 - 2016

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

GET Your Ticket for The SuperDeafy Movie November 22

Workshop: Pro-tactile: the DeafBlind Way November 15

Workshop: How to Beat Obstacles in the Film Industry November 23

AzRAD Holiday Party on 12/13/14 Deadline for Early Bird is November 15!

 Deadline for early bird is by November 15th!!!  

Any questions, please email me back at  

PAD General Meeting & Election November 15


We will have a general meeting and election for 2015-2016.

When: This coming Saturday - November 15, 2014

Time:  1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where:  Phoenix Deaf Community Center, 1545 W. Osborn Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85015

9 Board of Directors, included President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer

Interesting in being one of 9 Board of Directors - please show up  and let our Vice President, Tom Buell know as he will be our Election Chairperson.

We also will have AWESOME THANKSGIVING DINNER PARTY with awards at 5 p.m.
$15 for Members
$20 for Non-Members

To join PAD Member for November and December 2014 is $1.00 plus $10.00 for Jan to Dec 2015.

If you have questions - please do not hesitate to contact me at info@padinc.org or president@padinc.org or VP at 480 559 9311.

Come on over and Join US!

Larry DeVenny

Northwest Deaf Senior Social November 18

Northwest Deaf Senior Social (NWDSS)
For 50+ years young
(Spouse younger than 50 is welcome!!)

Surprise Senior Center
Villanueva Recreation Center (Gym)
15660 N. Hollyhock Street
Surprise, AZ

  Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
10 AM to 4 PM

*** Admission Donation:  $1.00 per person ***

Christmas Bazaar

Babb Works, LLC
Billy Babb will sell his metal works.
Personal check & Cash will be accepted.

Diane Kilthau will sell her jewelry.
Personal check, Cash & VISA will be accepted

Tom Crowell will sell his pendants.
Personal check & Cash will be accepted.

Christmas Novelty
Josie Coodsy will sell her novelties.
Personal check & Cash will be accepted

Elin's Christmas Lighted Glass Bottle / Crafts
Elin Dannis will sell her glass lighted bottles / crafts.
Cash Only

Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 PM  
Bring your own bag & drinks

Crazy 8 Game
MUST RSVP to Grace Gallaway: wmgrace88@aol.com
Deadline Sunday, Nov. 16th

  Card games will be played from 11:00 to 3:45 PM

 Raffle Tickets  

Chairperson, Norbert Enos

PAD Recognizing Volunteers!!!


On behalf of PAD Board of Directors, please take a moment to thank - hand waving - hand waving to our amazing and awesome volunteers for our PAD Renovation who did the most hard and dirty job but got the job completely in time to welcome our deaf community to PAD. Without those volunteers, we would be lost! Hand Waving - Hand Waving to those below names:

James & Kathy Allen
Teddy & Tiffany Hall
Jeff & Deb Stone
Russ & Sandi Bye
Mark & Melanie King
Mark & Ivanito Tauscher
Farley Turkin
Leroy MacManagle
Albert Couthen
Alvin Leff
Sophia Stone
Don Cox
Dianne Cote
Jamie Huffman
Rolph Foster
Donna Kallenberger
Zach Rubeck

And - Thank for three large sponsor to make it all possible to make PAD look much better and beautiful as our 2nd home sweet home - DEAF CLUB!!! (Without those sponsors - we won't be able to get what we really need and want.

Arizona Deaf Senior Citizen Coalitions
Greater Phoenix Deaf Seniors Citizens
PAD - Deaf Lesbian Festival
PAD - ROJO Volunteers

Sadly - Its not over - We need more sponsors/donation to reach our dream to see the beautiful landscaping and parking lot - Let's continuing our volunteer, sponsors, donation and many more.

For more information - see us at General Meeting on this coming Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 1 p.m.

Again, Hand Waving to our amazing volunteers and sponsors.

Larry DeVenny
PAD President

Thursday, November 6, 2014

OC Movie in Scottsdale November 11 & 13


Tuesday November 11 at 2:00PM  & Thursday November 13 at 4:45PM

UltraLuxe Scottsdale Pavilions 11
9090 East Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

OC Movie in Surprise November 9 & 12


Sunday November 9 @ 1:20pm  & Wednesday November 12 @ 7:20 pm

     Carmike Cinema Surprise 
  13649 North Litchfield Rd
Surprise, AZ 85379

Know Your Right & Empowerment by Eisenberg & Baum in Tucson December 4

Know Your Right & Empowerment by Eisenberg & Baum Saturday December 6

PDWO Holiday Luncheon December 13

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Interpreted Performance The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane November 9


By Dwayne Hartford, Adapted from the book by Kate DiCamillo

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio
Price: $12 - $25  Request preferential accessible seating for ASL interpretation
Sunday Nov. 9  1pm

ASL Interpreters: Judy Robbins and Dawn Schoenberger 

Last year’s breakout hit is back! With his handmade silk suits, wide array of hats and tiny gold pocket watch, Edward Tulane was the most exceptional toy in Abilene’s room. He was adored and he was happy. But then, one day, he was lost. Based on Newbery-winner Kate DiCamillo’s beloved book, Childsplay presents this breathtaking story of finding friendship, finding yourself, and eventually finding your way home. Follow Edward on a fantastical adventure worthy of literature’s greatest heroes. 

Social Card Game & ASL Film at PDCC November 8


We will have  Monthly Social Card Games

Date: November 8, 2014

Time: Door Open 8:30 a.m.
         Card Fly 12:00 p.m.

Cost: two five point zero zero

We will have ASL FILMS (Beyond of Embers) on same day. You can come before or after the Monthly Social Card Games. We start either 9:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m. see our website: http://www.padinc.org/home/events/aslfilmsembers2014flyer.htm

Ticket cost $11.00 (No need to RSVP - just show up)

Please come and help with our Fundraising for PDCC Insurance Liability.

Any questions - please contact our Chairperson Russ Bye at rsbye09@gmail.com

Dancing with the Deaf Stars in Tucson November 8

Two workshops by VCD November 15

Silent Hope Church Service & Dinner November 16

Medicare Coverage Meeting in Tucson November 17

Monday, November 3, 2014

Vote TODAY in the General Election! November 4

OC Movie in Scottsdale November 4 & 6

St. Vincent

Tuesday November 4 at 2:30PM  & Thursday November 6 at 5:00PM

UltraLuxe Scottsdale Pavilions 11
9090 East Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

OC Movie in Surprise November 5

The Judge

Wednesday November 5 @ 7:30 pm

Carmike Cinema Surprise 
            13649 North Litchfield Rd
Surprise, AZ 85379

Monday, October 27, 2014

Blessing Nite by Sign of Love November 7

ASL-VRI Community Forum by Cyracom in Tucson November 1

DeafNation Expo in Phoenix AZ March 7, 2015

March 7, 2015 – Phoenix, AZ 
Arizona Exposition and State Fairgrounds
Exhibit Building
1826 W. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85007


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mozzeria is coming to Phoenix! October 29

Mozzeria is coming to Tempe at AAT! October 29

The Benefits of Deaf Interpreters

Original YouTube Link:  http://youtu.be/Ec8LjnVuJx8

Retrieved from NCIEC website: 

A Deaf Interpreter is a specialist who provides interpreting, translation, and transliteration services in American Sign Language and other visual and tactual communication forms used by individuals who are Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and Deaf-Blind. As a Deaf person, the Deaf Interpreter starts with a distinct set of formative linguistic, cultural, and life experiences that enables nuanced comprehension and interaction in a wide range of visual language and communication forms influenced by region, culture, age, literacy, education, class, and physical, cognitive, and mental health. These experiences coupled with professional training give the Deaf interpreter the ability to successfully communicate across all types of interpreted interactions, both routine and high risk. NCIEC studies indicate that in many situations, use of a Deaf Interpreter enables a level of linguistic and cultural bridging that is often not possible when hearing ASL-English interpreters work alone.

Currently, Deaf Interpreters work most often in tandem with hearing interpreters. The Deaf-Hearing interpreter team ensures that the spoken language message reaches the Deaf consumer in a language or communication form that he or she can understand, and that the Deaf consumer’s message is conveyed successfully in the spoken language.

For more information, go to: