DEAF, Inc. Thanks You for Another Successful Run/Walk at the James Joyce Ramble

Group photo of DEAF, Inc. runners, walkers, and volunteers at the James Joyce Ramble

Runners, walkers, and volunteers representing Team DEAF, Inc. at the James Joyce Ramble on April 27th

Team badge: I'm a proud supporter of DEAF, Inc. Walking Tall and Running Strong"

Team DEAF, Inc.'s badge, designed by Board President Tom Keydel

May 22, 2014 - Despite the cold 32 runners, walkers, and volunteers came out to support DEAF, Inc. and the Deaf community on April 27th at the James Joyce Ramble, in Dedham. DEAF, Inc. hosted a team to raise awareness about Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people, American Sign Language, Deaf culture, and communication-and-community accessible services. Also, to raise funds for DEAF, Inc. and Deaf-accessible services.

We all had a "Walking Tall and Running Strong" badge, created by DEAF, Inc.’s Board member, Tom Keydel, that let everyone know we were part of DEAF, Inc.’s team.

DEAF, Inc. also hosted an information tent. Other runners, walkers, family members and supporters, and other groups with their own tents came to see what DEAF, Inc. is all about and to learn about our services and our ASL classes.

This year, again, DEAF, Inc. volunteers helped organize the water table that runners could visit at the start and again at the end of the race.

Many thanks to everyone who sponsored DEAF, Inc.’s runners, walkers and supported accessible services.

Thanks to all our runners: Sarah Dyson, Wade Golishian, Jill Hatcher, Claire Jones, Molly Karp, Tracy Thorpe; all our walkers: Sandra Bass, Diane Childers, Mike Currivan, Willy Duanger, Jenn Glinos, Diana Goldfarb, Jean Healy, Bonnie Kaplan, Kelly Kim, Paula McDonald, Marc MacDonald, Kate McDonald, Kenzie “McDonald,” Theresa McDonald, Stephanie McQuiggan, Ben Nankin, Linda Parkhurst, Damaris Ortega, Gilbert Sanborn, Eileen Schreyer, Asma Sheikh, Rania Sheikh, Uzma Wahid; and volunteers: Sharon Applegate, Morgan Corrigan, Evelyn Hatcher, Tom Keydel, Nigel Long, Jon Medeiros, Coryana Prendable, Kendra Timko-Hochkeppel (with Carisa and Myrna). Denise Hines, interpreter. Also thanks to the James Joyce Ramble for welcoming DEAF, Inc.

Join us next year, April 26, 2015, at the James Joyce Ramble and be part of DEAF, Inc.’s team.

Board Member Kerry Thompson Named 2014 Marshall Memorial Transatlantic Fellow

Kerry Thompson

Kerry Thompson, 2014 Marshall Memorial Transatlantic Fellow and DEAF, Inc. Board Member

May 19, 2014 - Congratulations to Kerry Thompson, recently named a 2014 Marshall Memorial Transatlantic Fellow by the German Marshall Fund. Kerry, who works for the Disability Rights Fund, is a DEAF, Inc. Board Member. Kerry is the Board liaison to the DBCAN Advisory Council. Kerry is one of 75 chosen for the prestigious fellowship out of a total 700 nominees. Kerry will be part of a program that fosters transatlantic understanding and collaboration. She hopes to apply these skills to her work on improving accessibility for DeafBlind and Deaf people and people with disabilities across Europe. Hands waving!

Jean Healy Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Jean Healy, DBCAN Assistant Director, smiles while holding her Lifetime Achievement Award

Jean Healy, DBCAN Assistant Director, with her Lifetime Achievement Award

May 7, 2014 - Congratulations Jean Healy! Jean, Assistant Director of DEAF, Inc.’s DBCAN received the first, annual Lifetime Achievement Award from the DeafBlind Awareness Committee. Heidi Reed, Commissioner for the MCDHH, presented the award to Jean at a ceremony held as part of DeafBlind Awareness Day on April 3, 2014. Jean was honored for her contributions to the DeafBlind community that have spanned more than 30 years, including DEAF, Inc.’s DBCAN since 2008 and a member of the State Advisory Committee for MCDHH. Previously, Jean was the co-Director of DBCC for 10 years and an active member of the DeafBlind community in Seattle Washington. Jean is known for her generous heart and a keen intelligence which she uses to advocate for needs of DeafBlind people. She is committed to ensuring that every DeafBlind person has access to DBCAN Providers, SSPs, and interpreters, as needed, and the opportunity to be an active, important member of their communities. To learn more about the DBCAN program, click here.

DeafBlind Self-Advocacy Training Provides a Powerful Experience

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Deaf-Blind Self-Advocacy Training participants engage in a  role-playing activity with CDIs

Deaf-Blind Self-Advocacy Training participants engage in a role-playing activity with CDIs

February 25, 2014 - DeafBlind Self-Advocacy Training was recently presented through collaboration between DEAF, Inc. and the Northeastern University Regional Interpreter Education Center (NURIEC). There was strong attendance at the training. DeafBlind participants came to improve their skills for effectively requesting communication access services for professional appointments, like medical appointments, a tax appointment, or legal appointments.

According to Elaine Ducharme, the DeafBlind Self-Advocacy Trainer, developing self-esteem and effective self-advocacy skills, and knowing what kinds of communication services are available are important for ensuring you get effective communication access for the services you need. The training covered the differences between types of interpreters, including the difference between qualified and certified interpreters and the different roles of interpreters, SSPs, and DBCAN Providers.

During the training, some participants shared their experiences and the struggles they faced trying to get appropriate communication access for different services. Role-playing exercises between DeafBlind participants and the Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDIs) provided the chance to practice the skills needed to tackle issues head on and to advocate for appropriate communication access services.

One of the memorable aspects of the training was its emphasis on a Deaf-only environment. It was an all-DeafBlind, all-Deaf day. The training was presented by Elaine Ducharme, DEAF, Inc.’s Director of DBCAN, a qualified DeafBlind Self-Advocacy Trainer. Communication access was provided by CDIs only. It was a very powerful experience.

The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind contributed generously to support communication access services (CDIs) for event. A special thank-you also goes to MassRID and Northeastern University ASL Program for providing coffee and breakfast for everyone.

Pauline Raiche Retires from DEAF, Inc.

Pauline Raiche, New Bedford Regional Director of IL Services, speaks at the 35th Anniversary event, December 2013

Pauline Raiche, New Bedford Regional Director of IL Services, speaks at the 35th Anniversary event, December 2013

February 22, 2014 - At the end of January, DEAF, Inc., friends, and the community came together to celebrate the retirement of Pauline Raiche after 16 years on DEAF, Inc.’s staff. Pauline was the Regional Director of Independent Services in the New Bedford office, an outstanding member of DEAF, Inc.’s staff. She has been and will continue to be a much loved, much admired, and active member of the Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late Deafened community, especially in the southeast area — New Bedford/Fall River.

Every day on DEAF, Inc.’s staff, Pauline showed her commitment to the people who came to our office in New Bedford to find solutions and meet their goals – for housing, financial stability, medical appointments and communication access, access to legal services, benefits, and more. Pauline is a role model for others at DEAF, Inc. and for others in the community. Twice during her 16 years at DEAF, Inc., Pauline was recognized as employee of the year for her commitment to DEAF, Inc.’s mission and her outstanding work, first in 1999 and again in 2006.

In 2013 MCDHH recognized Pauline for her work both at DEAF, Inc. and in the community. On March 7, 2013 Pauline received the MCDHH “Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award” at the State House.

Pauline has been active in the community in many ways:

- Boston School for the Deaf Alumni Association (President, 1998)
- MA State Association for the Deaf (Board member)
- MA Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Advisory Council)
- Southeast Massachusetts Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (President and Vice President)
- International Catholic Deaf Association, Chapter 91 (Treasurer)

In addition to honoring Pauline recently at the November Annual Meeting and at the Annual Deaf Community Thanksgiving Dinner, DEAF, Inc. hosted two parties for Pauline. A small retirement party was held for Pauline by staff and Board members at DEAF, Inc.’s Allston office. A larger party was hosted in New Bedford for DEAF, Inc. staff, Board, other professionals who have worked with Pauline over the years, friends, and members of the community. We wish Pauline a happy, fun, and fulfilling retirement.

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