Monday, March 1, 2010

New Executive Director Search for Buffalo-Area Deaf Service

Deaf and hard of hearing community within the Buffalo area in New York are actively seeking the right "Deaf" individual to run the community-based organization in serving the deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

Handful of deaf and hard of hearing community leaders were very upset with the Western New York Deaf Service Association (DSA) board's past decision for hiring the hearing individual with questionable qualifications and background. Eventually, the hearing individual ended up leaving the center in no time.

The DSA board realized what they done to the given community. They finally embraced all the inputs and feedback from the Buffalo-area deaf and hard of hearing community what the new executive director ought to be.

Here is an email message from Emily Glenn-Smith, a deaf community leader within the Buffalo-area last month -


You are receiving this email because you have shown support in the past of the Western New York Deaf United - WNYDU protest against the hiring of Tom Burns at Deaf Adult Services, Inc. of Buffalo, NY. As you may already be aware, Tom Burns DAS after 6 short months so he could move on to a job he really wanted. While it may have felt like we failed at the time because the board refused to "listen" to our requests, I feel that our fight did not go unnoticed. The board of directors at DAS has reached out to local community organizations for their support in finding a new director for the agency. I am going to go and represent WNYDU and assist in Deaf Adult Services finding a new permanent director. I am asking for all of your support in spreading the word. We said we wanted the job to go to a Deaf person, a qualified person that can sign - well, now is our chance. We need to get resumes and interested, qualified people to apply for this position to make Buffalo a better Deaf community to live in and be a part of. Please forward this email to as many people as you know that are willing to help us fill this position here in Western New York. Thank you support and I will continue to update you as we move forward.Thank you!Emily Glenn-Smith & Western New York Deaf United

Emily Glenn-Smith

American Sign Language Program Director Linguistics Department University at Buffalo State University of New York

606 Baldy Hall North Campus OFFICE: MOBILE EMAIL: AIM: EMILYGLENNSMITH Office: (716) 204-7431

Here is the link to the Deaf Services Association website for job description and qualification and application deadline -

Wish you, all the best within landing your employment opportunity with the Western New York Deaf Services Association.

ASLize yours,
Robert L. Mason (RLM)

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