DEAF, Inc.’s Carol Hilbinger Receives Diane L. Nettles Outstanding Advocate Award

On March 13, 2017, at the annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day at Massachusetts State House, Carol Hilbinger, DEAF, Inc.’s Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living Services, was honored as one of two Diane L. Nettles Outstanding Advocates. Carol was presented the award by Statewide Advisory Council (SAC) Chair and DEAF, Inc. Board President, Kelly S. Kim, and SAC Vice Chair Betsy McCarthy. The Outstanding Advocate award is given to individuals in recognition of their commitment and contributions to advancing the lives and community of Deaf people in Massachusetts.

Carol will mark 14 years as the Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living Services (DHILS) this year. She oversees services that have a direct impact on the lives of over 1,500 individuals and families in Eastern MA who receive assistive technology, peer-based support, systems advocacy, and more. Commissioner Reed commended Carol for her work developing strong community partnerships and for being a source of support and guidance to her staff. DEAF, Inc.’s Executive Director Sharon Applegate said, “Carol very much deserves this award. We are all very proud of her!”

DEAF, Inc. congratulates everyone who was honored at the Annual Deaf Day at Massachusetts State House: Kathy Stockow, co-recipient of the Diane L. Nettles Outstanding Advocate award along with Carol Hilbinger; Outstanding Young Advocates, Bryce Callahan and Eglia Guiliani; Outstanding Organizations, Marlborough Police Department and Willie Ross School for the Deaf; Outstanding Service Provider, Jill Grenon; and Outstanding Legislator award recipient, Senator James Welch.

Carol Hilbinger displays her award certificate. MCDHH Commissioner Heidi Reed is on her right, and SAC Chair Kelly Kim and Vice Chair Betsy McCarthy are on her left.Carol Hilbinger, 2017 Diane Nettles L. Outstanding Advocate, proudly displays her award with MCDHH Commissioner Heidi Reed; SAC Chair, Kelly S. Kim, and SAC Vice Chair, Betsy McCarthy. Photo credit: Jonathan O’Dell
Carol Hilbinger addresses the audience after receiving her award. Also onstage are two ASL interpreters and Statewide Advisory Council members Betsy McCarthy and Kelly KimCarol Hilbinger addresses the audience after receiving the Diane L. Nettles Outstanding Advocate award, as SAC Chair, Kelly S. Kim, and Vice Chair, Betsy McCarthy, look on. Photo credit: Matthew Sweet
Group of 16 DEAF, Inc. staff, including Board President Kelly Kim, stand atop the Grand Staircase at the State HouseCarol Hilbinger stands with SAC Chair and DEAF, Inc. Board President, Kelly S. Kim, and DEAF, Inc. staff, including Executive Director, Sharon Applegate, on the Grand Staircase at the State House, March 13, 2017. (Not shown: Elaine Ducharme and Jean Healy) Photo credit: Jonathan O’Dell

DEAF, Inc.’s Project HOPE Changes Name to Deaf Health

January 2017

The Board of Directors and staff of DEAF, Inc. are thrilled to announce that, effective January 1st, 2017, our Project HOPE (Health Outreach, Prevention & Education) will now be called Deaf Health.

The new name reflects our commitment to addressing disparities experienced by Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people in access to health care and health information, and our commitment to increasing awareness of our services among members of the Deaf community and health service providers. Our goals for Deaf Health are still to improve access by providing health information and access care in a way that is free of communication and cultural boundaries. We will increase awareness of health and promote the achievement of health and wellness goals. Our services will continue to support countless Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people and their families through individual and group health education, online health videos, outreach, referrals, support for navigating health care systems, advocacy for communication access, healthcare provider trainings, health fairs, and more.

We are grateful to our community, donors, the health provider community, and other stakeholders for your support and engagement over the last 25 years and in the future. We look forward to building on our current relationships and creating new partnerships.

Find more information about DEAF, Inc.’s Deaf Health program at www.deafinconline.org or contact Jill Hatcher, Director, at jhatcher@deafinconline.org.

View the full announcement here.

Boston Evening Clinic Awards Project HOPE, Supports Deaf Health

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Boston Evening Clinic Foundation. Keepers of the Flame.DEAF, Inc. is thankful for ongoing support from the Boston Evening Clinic Foundation. Through their recent grant, Project HOPE can continue to address health disparities through access to health information and healthcare for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened persons and their families. Funding will support peer-based education, support, and advocacy for increasing health literacy, self-management of health, and healthcare navigation. We appreciate our continued relationship with the Boston Evening Clinic Foundation and our shared mission of making healthcare accessible to all.

Thank You to the Following Funders

We want to thank the following funders for their support, which helps us continue offering much-needed services that enable Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people to reach their goals.

For our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living Services Program, we thank the United Way of Greater Attleboro and Taunton, the Boston Office of Jobs and Community Services (Boston CDBG), the Boston Area Agency on Aging, and Liberty Mutual Foundation for a two-year grant for  basic services for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened individuals and families who are or are at risk of being homeless.

For our health access services, Project HOPE, we are grateful for the ongoing support of the The Boston Foundation, Clipper Ship Foundation, Sanofi Genzyme, United Way of Greater Attleboro and Taunton, and the Vela Foundation. We thank People’s United Community Foundation of Eastern Massachusetts for their support and look forward to building a long relationship with them.

Logos for United Way, City of Boston, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Clipper Ship Foundation, Sanofi Genzyme, and People's United Community Foundation of Eastern MA, the Boston Foundation, and the Area Agency on Aging

Community Forum on Health Access Issues

Join us for a Community Forum on Health Access Issues for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened People

Presented in ASL. CDIs, voice interpretation and CART provided.
Refreshments provided.

Sunday, June 26, 2016, 2pm – 5pm
DEAF, Inc., 215 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134
Gift cards will be given to the first 25 people who register!

Please register and request accommodations as soon as possible by contacting Jill Hatcher. Include your name, contact info, and any accommodations/dietary requests.

A community forum is a chance for people to share their views on an important issue. The goal of this event is to give the Deaf community a chance to discuss needs and priorities related to their health and disability.

Information from this session will be used by the MA Department of Public Health to develop a Health Needs Assessment Report.

Topics to consider: issues that affect your experience in healthcare; barriers that prevent meeting health needs; health insurance; transportation; finding doctors that meet your needs; and more.This event is a partnership between the MA Department of Public Health, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, and DEAF, Inc.

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