Thanks to Our Community for Support

August 30, 2010 - DEAF, Inc. is a community-based, consumer-led 501(c)3 nonprofit. We depend on the support of the community to keep our Deaf-accessible services available to Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people statewide. We sincerely appreciate donations made by individuals and wish to thank you for your commitment and support. We also sincerely appreciate the support of private, family and corporate foundations and businesses that help fund our independent living programs, health workshops and exercise classes, case management services, DeafBlind Provider services and accessibility services. Thanks to everyone who supported DEAF, Inc. services and events over the past two years:

  • Allston-Brighton Boston College Community Fund
  • The Boston Commission on Affairs of the Elderly
  • The Boston Evening Clinic
  • Bank of NY Mellon Charitable Giving Program and the Arthur F. Blanchard Trust
  • Boston Office of Jobs and Community Services
  • Boston Private Bank
  • Boston Public Health Commission
  • Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund
  • Clipper Ship Foundation
  • Community Development Block Grant/EDIC
  • Genzyme Corporation
  • MAC AIDS Fund
  • Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
  • Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
  • McCarthy Family Foundation
  • Rantoul Foundation
  • Tufts Health Plan Foundation

We also thank all the generous individuals, friends, and donors of DEAF, Inc. Special thanks to Michael Gardener, Esq. and the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

DEAF, Inc. Thanks Retiring Members of the Board of Directors

August 30, 2010 - DEAF, Inc. acknowledges retiring Board of Directors members Janice Hoffman, Kevin Nolan, Jr. and George Balsley, and wishes to thank them for their service. Janice served on the Board from 2004 and completed her term as Board President. Kevin Nolan, Jr. served since 2007 and was Vice President when he retired from the Board at the end of April. George Balsley, who served on the Board previously, came back to serve again in early 2006 and served as Clerk for part of his tenure. Tom Keydel, former Board Treasurer, succeeds Janice Hoffman as the new Board President, and Larry Stephen succeeds Kevin Nolan, Jr. as Vice President. We also welcome new Board members Charlotte Cathro (Treasurer), Stephanie Clark, Lu Traina and Karen Keefe, and thank our other Board members, Mike Gardener, Diana Goldfarb (Clerk), Kim Lapine, and Greg Munro.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Senior Services Continue to Grow

August 30, 2010 - Senior Independent Living Services, introduced at DEAF, Inc. in 2008, continues to grow. DEAF, Inc. visits area senior centers to educate staff and reach out to Deaf and Hard of Hearing seniors. For information on services available or to set up an appointment or presentation, contact the Independent Living program.

ASL-Based CPR/AED/First Aid Certification Classes

August 29, 2010 - In collaboration with the Red Cross, DEAF, Inc. has developed and will offer Red Cross Certification training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automatic External Defibrillation (AED) and First Aid to members of the Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened community. The course, which is offered in ASL with an ASL-based certification exam, was designed by DEAF, Inc.''s Project HOPE staff based on the CPR/AED/First Aid Certification training offered to Hearing members of the community by the Red Cross, is expected to be available to the community in late Fall 2010.

Now Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened adults (ages 18 and over) can become certified by learning how to save lives. The ASL CPR/AED/First Aid certification training teaches how provide emergency resuscitation to someone experiencing a heart attack, what to do if someone is choking, how to treat emergencies like serious cuts and burns, and more. Prepare yourself and improve the safety and health of our community. Contact Project HOPE for information on CPR/AED/First Aid Certification training schedules and registration.

DEAF, Inc. Awarded $3,000 from Allston-Brighton Boston College Community Fund

DEAF, Inc. Executive Director Sharon Applegate and staff member David Guardino pose with Mayor Tom Menino

DEAF, Inc. Executive Director Sharon Applegate and staff member David Guardino pose with Mayor Tom Menino

June 27, 2010 - On June 3, 2010, Executive Director, Sharon Applegate, and staff member David Guardino accepted a $3,000 award from Mayor Menino, granted from the Allston-Brighton Boston College Community Fund. The award will support DEAF, Inc.''s new youth services. For more information on DEAF, Inc.'s youth services, contact the Independent Living Program.

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