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W: Police Academy O: Partially Deaf

Postby DeRae M » Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:03 am

Hi everyone. First of all, I love Barbara Sher! I have been a fan since her WishCraft days. I need some ideas for my son-in-law. His dream of all time is to become a police officer. He loves the excitement, the 'living on the edge' and the feeling of rescuing/helping those who are in trouble. He's also very good with weapons and enjoys using them (for good things). The obstacle is that he is partially deaf. He also has a few other health problems, but not disabling so to speak or life-threatening. He tried to get into the military, but was refused due to his hearing loss and is afraid the same will happen if he applies to the Police Academy. Any ideas as to what alternatives he might have with the same basic results?
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Re: W: Police Academy O: Partially Deaf

Postby DayOwl » Tue Dec 30, 2008 5:48 am

Has he tried the fire department? No weapons, but plenty of excitement and the opportunity to help and rescue people. It would be worth a query.
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Re: W: Police Academy O: Partially Deaf

Postby skannie » Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:49 am

DeRae M wrote:He tried to get into the military, but was refused due to his hearing loss and is afraid the same will happen if he applies to the Police Academy.
Barbara Sher says that imaginary obstacles are insurmountable but real ones never are. So I think that instead of being "afraid the same will happen" it would be a good idea for him to contact the relevant people in the Police Academy and find out what the actual situation is on entry requirements. Here's a mailing list thread on the subject of a deaf student and the police academy (start reading at the bottom) http://ahead-lists.org/pipermail/tx-ahe ... 00342.html Getting a job as a police officer might be more difficult than getting the training, but it seems not to be impossible. Here's a deaf man who became a police officer http://www.ntid.rit.edu/media/full_text ... cle_id=522 and here's a forum thread discussing the existence of deaf & hard of hearing police officers http://www.alldeaf.com/general-chat/270 ... icers.html University and College Campuses usually have their own security forces or police departments. They may not have such strict requirements as State or Municipal police forces. In particular there are a number of Colleges and departments for Deaf & HOH students, or with a large proportion of them. Presumably they would be very open to hiring deaf or HOH security officers. Here are a few of them. Indiana School for the Deaf - Campus Police http://www.deafhoosiers.com/Operations/CampusPolice.asp Gallaudet University Department of Public Safety http://www.gallaudet.edu/af/publicsafety_contactus.xml National Technical Institute for the deaf (which is part of Rochester Institute of Technology) http://www.ntid.rit.edu There has been at least one deaf public safety officer at RIT http://finweb.rit.edu/publicsafety California State University has a Department of Deaf Studies and a large proportion of deaf students http://www.csun.edu/~sch_educ/dfst/index.html It also has its own police department http://www-admn.csun.edu/police/crimereport.htm There are also various police initiatives around the country for deaf awareness training and liaison with the deaf community. There might be an opening for him there. Here are some examples: http://usmayors.org/bestpractices/diver ... er_ny.html http://www.kcdhh.ky.gov/bulletin/citizens_academy.pdf http://rcc.org/police/pages/-15598-/ http://journeytoidentity.blogspot.com/2 ... ce-in.html http://www.policeone.com/training/articles/1189716/ http://deafnn.wordpress.com/2007/05/25/ ... f-identity / http://groups.google.com/group/anc6c04/ ... rces?pli=1
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Re: W: Police Academy O: Partially Deaf

Postby DeRae M » Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:09 pm

Thank you so much for the information and encouragement! We'll start checking these out right away! There's so much hope and insight to be found here! I love it! Thanks for your help!
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Re: W: Police Academy O: Partially Deaf

Postby lilystargazer » Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:39 am

DeRae M- How did it went since then? Tell us! I hope he gots what he dreams for. Myself I am fully profoundly deaf in both ears, cannot hear with hearing aids at all. Since your son-in-law is partially deaf, I would like to think he probably has better chance than somoene like me. When I was young, one of my dream was be a military pilot. Now closest thing i could do is get private pilot license(there are international deaf pilot association) only if I could afford it and afford to rent plane few times a year, *sigh* perhaps someday (that is one of my wishes).
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Re: W: Police Academy O: Partially Deaf

Postby ademwilliam » Tue Mar 23, 2010 3:25 am

The obstacle is that he is partially deaf. He also has a few other health problems, but not disabling so to speak or life-threatening. He tried to get into the military, but was refused due to his hearing loss and is afraid the same will happen if he applies to the Police Academy. Any ideas as to what alternatives he might have with the same basic results?
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Re: W: Police Academy O: Partially Deaf

Postby Tituba » Tue Mar 23, 2010 3:54 am

The poster of this thread hasn't returned in over a year.
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Re: W: Police Academy O: Partially Deaf

Postby Scenario Thinker » Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:18 am

Plus, it's probably spam, the new poster said the same exact thing as the original poster said in their second paragraph (and the new poster only has one post):
DeRae M wrote:The obstacle is that he is partially deaf. He also has a few other health problems, but not disabling so to speak or life-threatening. He tried to get into the military, but was refused due to his hearing loss and is afraid the same will happen if he applies to the Police Academy. Any ideas as to what alternatives he might have with the same basic results?
ademwilliam wrote:The obstacle is that he is partially deaf. He also has a few other health problems, but not disabling so to speak or life-threatening. He tried to get into the military, but was refused due to his hearing loss and is afraid the same will happen if he applies to the Police Academy. Any ideas as to what alternatives he might have with the same basic results?
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Re: W: Police Academy O: Partially Deaf

Postby Unity » Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:02 pm

I saw a very similar user name the other day on here with a couple of posts, no idea which forum.
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