The Boston Scientific Foundation Supports Project HOPE Health Literacy and Wellness

Boston Scientific Foundation logoFebruary 25, 2013 - The Boston Scientific Foundation has awarded DEAF, Inc.’s Project HOPE $11,000 to support Deaf-accessible health outreach, education, and individual support services. Project HOPE and The Boston Scientific Foundation share a commitment to improving access to health care. This partnership enables Project HOPE to continue providing workshops on preventing illness, improving nutrition, fitness, and more; to meet with individuals to address their specific health concerns; to provide health information to the community through vlogs on our YouTube channel, and to advocate for communication access services with medical professionals caring for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people. To see how Project HOPE can help you, contact Project HOPE.

Announcing DEAF, Inc.’s 2013 Board of Directors

February 16, 2013 - On January 31st, DEAF, Inc.’s new Board of Directors met for the first meeting of 2013. Our Board of Directors for 2013 has a number of changes, including the resignations of Michelle Dunn and Ivy Velez, and the addition of three new members, Eveleen Cunningham, Haben Girma, and Nigel Long, Esq.

Eveleen Cunningham, Board memberEveleen Cunningham, a name well known in the community, is the newest member of the Board. Eveleen is a licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and brings to the Board her experience in the area of mental health and substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and domestic violence. She has been a strong advocate in the Deaf community for accessible mental health and substance abuse services, and for accessibility in general. Before her retirement, Eveleen was the Director of Clinical Services at Advocates, Inc., in Framingham.

Haben Girma, Board memberHaben Girma (right) is a law student at the Harvard Law School, class of 2013. Among her many distinctions, Haben is Harvard Law School’s first DeafBlind student. This spring, will be graduating in spring and moving to Berkeley CA for the Skadden Fellowship, a very prestigious fellowship, to work at Disability Rights Advocates on cases involving access to education for students with disabilities. Haben’s focus is Disability Rights and Civil Rights law. As a consumer of DBCAN’s Provider Services, Haben is able to bring a DeafBlind and consumer perspective to the Board. As a Board member, Haben sits on DBCAN’s Advisory Counsel, as a representative of DEAF, Inc.’s Board.

Nigel Long, Esq., Board memberNigel Long, Esq. (right) is a trial attorney. He began learning ASL when he was a boy in California, when his Deaf cousin came to live with his family. Went on to take ASL classes and got involved with the Deaf community in California. Now, Nigel continues to be involved in the Deaf community. Nigel has a great deal of non-profit Board experience from serving on Boards of other nonprofits. He is a member of DEAF, Inc.’s Board Fundraising Committee.

Tom Keydel continues as Board President for this year. As of January, Kendra Timko-Hochkeppel is the new Vice President. Kendra also chairs the Board’s Fundraising Committee. Jonathan Medeiros, CPA, continues as Treasurer. Diana Goldfarb continues as Clerk. Other Board members include Robert Christian, Michael Gardener, Esq., Kelly Kim, Lu Traina, and Sharon Applegate, Executive Director (non-voting member).

Please join DEAF, Inc. in welcoming our new Board members and thanking all our Board members for their dedication and work for DEAF, Inc. and the community.

MA State House of Representatives Honors DEAF, Inc.

Cathy Cogen Kaufman and Sharon Applegate pose with award

Cathy Cogen Kaufman and DEAF, Inc. Executive Director Sharon Applegate pose with award. Photo credit: Anna Brody

December 20, 2012 - State Representative Jay Kaufman and the State Legislators also recognized DEAF, Inc. for its 35 years of commitment to the empowerment of and advocacy for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people in Massachusetts. In Representative Kaufman's absence, Cathy Cogen presented the proclamation to Executive Director Sharon Applegate and DEAF, Inc.

Carl Richardson Receives DEAF, Inc.’s Community Leadership Award

DEAF, Inc. Executive Director Sharon Applegate introduces Carl Richardson to Annual Meeting audience

DEAF, Inc. Executive Director Sharon Applegate introduces Carl Richardson to Annual Meeting audience

Executive Director Sharon Applegate poses with award recipient Carl Richardson

Executive Director Sharon Applegate poses with award recipient Carl Richardson

December 20, 2012 - Carl Richardson was awarded Community Leadership Award at DEAF, Inc.'s 35th anniversary celebration in November. Carl is the coordinator and advisor of the Americans with Disabilities Act compliance at the State House. He was honored for single-handedly turning around accessibility at the State House, which included installing remote CART in State House hearing rooms and implementing the use of Assistant Listening Devices at the State House. Carl organized trainings for State House staff on how to interact with people with disabilities. He has been an outspoken, effective advocate for all people with disabilities, in particular for people with hearing loss.

Carl also is an active participant on the Boston Mayor's Commission for People with Disabilities, where he promotes full inclusion of people with disabilities in city activities. Most of all, as a communicator, Carl has earned the respect of State Legislators and city staff alike. This has led to increases in access for people with disabilities throughout Boston and Massachusetts.

Carl is a giant amongst advocates. DEAF, Inc. and the Deaf community of Massachusetts applaud Carl Richardson for his leadership.

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