Janice Hoffman’s Birthday Celebration Celebrates DEAF, Inc.

Janice Hoffman beams as she holds up her birthday cakeSeptember 24, 2013 -Janice Hoffman, long-time friend of DEAF, Inc., celebrated her birthday this September with a party and asked her friends to make a donation to DEAF, Inc. instead of gifts. Janice and her friends raised more than to $2,400for DEAF, Inc.! Thank you to everyone who supported DEAF, Inc. in Janice’s honor. Best wishes and many thanks to Janice from everyone at DEAF, Inc. It’s not too late to make a gift through www.deafinconline.org.
Interested in creating your own fund-raiser for DEAF, Inc. like Janice? If you have questions and want some help, contact us at www.deafinconline.org/contact.

DEAF, Inc. Staff Challenges Medical School and Wins

September 9, 2013 - DEAF, Inc.'s Michael Argenyi is receiving national attention for challenging the lack of equal access at the medical school he attended in Nebraska. Creighton University refused to provide appropriate and adequate communication access (as directed by the Rehabilitation Act and the ADA) while he was a medical student there. The school would not allow Michael to use interpreters to communicate with patients at the teaching hospital, even when Michael offered to pay the interpreters himself. On September 4th, the jury at the District Court in Omaha returned a verdict that Creighton University violated Michael's right to communication access under the national Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The judgment has an impact on disability rights across the nation. "This decision will set a precedent that will support Deaf and Hard of Hearing people to choose education anywhere, including medical schools," noted Sharon Applegate, DEAF, Inc.'s Executive Director.

According to the National Association for the Deaf, "Every university, college, and school in the country should take note that [D]eaf and [H]ard of [H]earing people can achieve any dream, including becoming a doctor."

Michael, a part-time contract staff member for Project HOPE, started his second year at Boston University, where he is completing a dual Master's degree in public health and social work.

We applaud Michael for standing up for his rights and the rights of Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people and people with disabilities in education, the workplace, and beyond. Hands waving for Michael for making history!

New Names, New Commissioners in MA State Offices

Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS)August 23, 2013 - John Polanowicz (right), who was appointed as the new Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) this year, recently made two appointments that are of interest to our community.

Commissioner, MA Commission for the Blind, seated with his guide dog, a German ShepherdMost recently, Paul Saner (right) was named Commissioner of the MCB (Massachusetts Commission for the Blind), replacing Janet LaBreck, who is moving to Washington, DC, as the new Commissioner for the Rehabilitation Commission at the Department of Education. Paul Saner, who was managing director at Bank of America in Boston, has been involved with the Blind community for some time, as a volunteer vision rehabilitation teacher and Vice Chairman of the Board at the Carroll Center for the Blind and with the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library.

Other appointments made by Secretary Polanowicz include:

Rosalie Edes, Assistant Secretary of Disability of the Office of Disability Policy and Programs
Rosalie Edes was promoted Assistant Secretary of Disability of the Office of Disability Policy and Programs.

Regina Marshall, formerly the chief of staff at the Department of Mental Health, was appointed the Deputy Assistant Secretary, filling the vacancy left by Rosalie Edes’ promotion.

Cheryl Bartlett, Commissioner, Department of Public Health
Cheryl Bartlett, was named Commissioner of the Department of Public Health (DPH).

Cheryl Bartlett, Commissioner, Department of Public Health
Stacey Monahan was named Commissioner for the Department of Transitional Assistance.

Peter Forbes, Commissioner of the Department of Youth Services
Peter Forbes is the new Commissioner of the Department of Youth Services.

Kathleen Betts, Assistant Secretary, Office of Children, Youth, and Families
Kathleen Betts was named the Assistant Secretary for Children Youth and Families.

Join us as we welcome these leaders. We look forward to working with them to improve the health and well-being of Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people across the state.

IL Hard of Hearing Specialist Accepted to Gallaudet’s Certificate Program

David Guardino, Independent Living SpecialistAugust 13, 2013 - Hands waving for DEAF, Inc.’s David Guardino! David has been accepted to Gallaudet’s “Peer Mentor Training Certificate Program.” The program is part of Gallaudet’s online curriculum for professionals. David will continue working as an IL Hard of Hearing Specialist in our Allston office. When he completes the program in June 2015, David will bring a deeper understanding of how to be a peer mentor in his work with consumers, and he will have new coping and adapting techniques to offer people experiencing hearing loss. David looks forward sharing his new skills with staff and consumers. Congratulations, David!

Project HOPE Receives Awards from The Clipper Ship Foundation and Genzyme

Clipper Ship Foundation logoGenzyme, a Sanofi CompanyAugust 14, 2013 - Project HOPE is grateful to the Clipper Ship Foundation and Genzyme, a Sanofi Company, for their support of Deaf-Accessible Health Literacy and support services in Massachusetts, with a focus on Greater Boston, the North Shore including Lawrence, and the South Shore, including Brockton. Clipper Ship has awarded Project HOPE $10,000. The Genzyme Community Charitable Contributions committee awarded Project HOPE $7,000.

These awards enable Project HOPE to reach out to all members of the Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened community and to provide health education and information in a variety of ways – through workshops, ASL-based video blogs, our 13th Annual Deaf Community Health Fair, individually for people with specific health situations and questions, through community events, and online and printed sources, like DCN.

For information about Project HOPE workshops and events, or to request services, contact DEAF, Inc..

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