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Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf Annual Appeal


Dear Members and Friends of Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf:

TBS was built by a passionate group with a desire for a singularly, unique place for deaf Jews and the larger deaf community. TBS was sculpted by the creative minds of a few and sustained over the generations by a small group who share a vision. The larger community has nourished and assisted us in our goals these many years and for that we are so deeply grateful.

We renew our heartfelt commitment to the Jewish Deaf community yearly, a community often overlooked, yet a dedicated group with a rich history. But, of course, in order to facilitate that commitment we ask again for your yearly donation.


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Knights seek accommodations for deaf


50 students registered with Student Disability Services

By Ryan Gillespie
Sports Editor
Central Florida Future
The Student Newspaper at UCF since 1968
Published: Sunday, November 17, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 00:11

Since his freshman orientation, Jacob Salem has attempted to make getting involved on campus more accessible for deaf students. Salem, a senior political science major, said he now fears that his criticism has fallen on deaf ears.

At his orientation, Salem said he had no interpreter. Throughout his time here at UCF, he said he has found the school isn’t accommodating for him and his fellow deaf students outside of helping in the case of academic purposes.

“The first time I came here, there was lack of accessibility service,” Salem said at an American Sign Language Club meeting. “For example, if I wanted to participate in a club, like this one, there weren’t interpreters. [Student Disability Services] told me no.”

Salem is the president of the ASL Club at UCF and is also the president of the Deaf Jewish Congress.

To focus more on the issue of accessibility, Salem said he has recently stepped down from three leadership positions. He previously served as the alumni secretary of Lamba Chi Alpha fraternity, scholarship chairperson of the IFC and marketing director of Chabad at UCF.

UCF employs four interpreters to help assist students for academic purposes, mainly during class time, UCF spokeswoman Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala said in an email. Fifty students campus-wide have identified themselves as deaf or hard of hearing for the fall semester, Kotala said.

SDS does not provide interpreters for routine club meetings, Kotala also said.

“As stated in the Registered Student Organization manual, each Registered Student Organization is required, by law, to make its activities and meetings accessible to students with disabilities. RSOs need to work directly with participating students to determine how accommodations will be provided and incorporated into RSO activities,” Kotala said.

Salem’s roommate Joshua Prado, who is also deaf, is the president of the UCF Judo club. Without the presence of interpreters at club meetings, Prado said he has found coaching and leading the club difficult due to the language barriers presented by the sport. Judo lingo is exclusively Japanese.

“For me to help them with their skills or whatever they need, there is no communication,” Prado said. “So even with an interpreter, sometimes there were communication problems, but without an interpreter, it is impossible.”

Salem sought to counter problems such as this at UCF.

“My goal three years ago was to cooperate with [SDS], but now I’ve changed my goal to push them to change their policies,” Salem said.

Salem said that after he attended open forum sessions during his sophomore and junior years to communicate his concerns, he was directed to SDES.

For about a year, interpreters were provided for all campus events.

Of the aforementioned 50 students who identify as deaf or hard of hearing, 32 of those students receive captioning, seven receive interpreting, two receive both captioning and interpreting and 11 have not requested services.

According to the SDS website, “C-Print captionists work as a team to transcribe and summarize what is being spoken in the classroom as accurately as possible while using condensing strategies, and provide transcripts only to the students receiving this accommodation.”

UCF has also installed Sorenson ntouch VP videophones, which are videophones for deaf students to make phone calls, on the third floor of the UCF Library and in the Student Union for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Salem said he believes that the videophones still aren’t accessible enough.

“If you go in the booth, it’s locked. There is no way to call anyone,” Salem said. “If you go to the Library, you have to ask for a key from the front desk just to open the door and use the videophone, while there are phone booths that anyone can use without having to ask for a key.”

As a senior, Salem hopes to use his experiences to make it easier for other deaf students to succeed at UCF, as well as improve UCF’s Deaf community as a whole.

“I’d love to see a change of policies in regard to accommodation services for campus involvement,” Salem said. “More importantly, [I want] SDS to get involved with the Deaf community and become an advocate for deaf students, which hasn’t happened since I was a freshman.”

Other technologies and services available for deaf students at UCF can be found at sds.sdes.ucf.edu.



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