DEAF, Inc. Casino Night: A Win!

June 1, 2010 - On May 1, 2010, DEAF, Inc.'s Board of Directors hosted Casino Night, a spring Fund-Raiser to benefit DEAF, Inc. Held at the spacious and accommodating site donated by City Year Boston, the evening featured card tables, games tables, Roulette, and other games of chance. It made for a great night of socializing and fun. DEAF, Inc. staff and volunteers were trained by Happy Knights, who partially sponsored the tables and games equipment. Guests received chips with which to play, and enjoyed snacks and desserts provided by Trader Joe's, members of the Board, and Ellen Budnick-Gross. Top players won gift certificates donated by the Deaf Poker Tour and Capital Grille Restaurant. Boston area's outstanding interpreters donated their time to help keep the event accessible to all.

DEAF, Inc. thanks our sponsors, our Board of Directors, the amazing interpreter crew, DEAF, Inc. staff, and all our friends who made this first Casino Night a success. We encourage our friends to support those who support DEAF, Inc. -- let our sponsors know that you use their services in part because of their support. Thank you to all!

2nd Annual Fall Fundraiser: A Celebration of Deaf Culture – a Success!

October 30, 2009 - On October 19, 2009, members of the Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened community came together to celebrate Deaf culture. Professor Harlan Lane, Deaf comedienne and rapper Antoinette "Vic" Crosta and DeafBlind comedian and storyteller Jagannath "JAG" Einhorn donated their time and talents by presenting and performing as part of the evening's program. In addition to the lecture and performances, the event included a fund-raiser silent auction and raffle. We thank our sponsors, Sorenson Communications, Purple Communications and Sprint Relay for their support, and our friends for their support of DEAF, Inc.

In addition we thank local businesses:

  • Borders
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • British Beer Company
  • Cafe Chew
  • Celebrities for Charity
  • Chipotle
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Friendly's
  • Harvest Catering, Inc.
  • Ipswich Arts Cooperative
  • J. Pace and Sons
  • Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
  • Northeastern University
  • Redbones
  • Shaw's
  • Starbucks
  • Studio Brush
  • Summer Cottage
  • Target
  • Trader Joe's
  • UNO Chicago Bar & Grill

Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN)

May 10, 2005 - DEAF, Inc. is pleased to announce that Stephanie Clark has been appointed to the position of Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN) Regional Specialist. CEPIN is a new program funded by a grant received from Telecommunications for the Deaf, Incorporated (TDI). The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded TDI nearly $1.5 million in a two-year project, called CEPIN, in developing model community education programs for Deaf and hard of hearing consumers. TDI will coordinate efforts by specialists in four centers throughout the US in promoting emergency preparedness.

The CEPIN Project goals are to reduce America1s vulnerability to terrorism by providing coordination and oversight of accessibility resources and services in emergency preparedness, homeland security, and public safety. The project1s goal is to empower individuals nationwide, who are Deaf or hard of hearing to work alongside their neighbors before, during and after a crisis, preventing and minimizing damage and promoting faster recovery.

CEPIN's main objectives are to increase opportunities for outreach, training, information and referral, and empowerment for various stakeholders across America. Stakeholders include the constituencies that TDI and four centers serve: Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late- Deafened people. CEPIN hopes to increase interaction by these primary stakeholders with first responders in the community such as the fire department, police department, paramedics, 911/public safety answering points and organizations such as the American Red Cross and other disaster relief agencies. Other stakeholders include government officials, employers, businesses and volunteer groups.

As the new Regional Specialist, Stephanie will cover fifteen states within the Great Lakes and New England area (serving CT, DE, IL, IN, MA, ME, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, and WI).

Stephanie will conduct emergency preparedness outreach, training, networking, and empowerment for consumers who are Deaf, DeafBlind, Late Deafened and Hard of Hearing. She will develop collaborative relationships with first responders, organizations, agencies, and public officials on the local, regional, and state level in preparation for, coping with and/or recovery from natural disasters or manmade calamities. For the first few months of this project, Stephanie will be acquainting herself with and focusing on outreach, networking, and collaboration, with an ultimate goal of providing workshops in the fall of 2005.

She brings a strong background in advocacy and public presentation skills with an M.Ed. degree in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Salem State College. Stephanie worked for the Massachusetts Statewide Enhanced 9-1-1 program as a TTY/instructor in the mid-1990s and is familiar with various emergency programs concerning interpreters and agencies in the area.

Stephanie will work out of the DEAF, Inc. office as her home base and can be reached via email at or via phone at 617-254-4041 (TTY/V). For more information and resources, visit the TDI web page.

Source: GA-SK News Magazine, Volume 35, No. 3.

Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind Parents Support Group

September 7, 2004 - DEAF, Inc. received a grant from the Children1s Trust Fund for the fiscal year 2005. This grant will provide 23 bi-weekly workshops for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind parents with children aging from birth to 6 years old who live in the Greater Boston community.

The topics we will cover include:

  • Nutrition
  • Depression
  • Leaving children alone in the car
  • Lead paint and its effects
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Choking and basic first-aid
  • Facts about childhood immunizations, and much more!


The materials we will use mostly will be visual aids and information from these materials will be interpreted from English to American Sign Language to allow our consumers full access, as well as to best enable them participation in the discussion of informational literature. For Deaf-Blind parents, materials will be printed in Braille as often as possible. In addition, when materials are not in Braille, the skills trainer will use a tactile interpreting method to allow Deaf-Blind parents access to all materials.

Our Skills trainer herself is a native Columbian, a Deaf mother, a former DEAF, Inc. consumer, and is fluent in American Sign Language. Her background and approach are in accordance with DEAF, Inc.''s policy of providing services that are sensitive to the cultural, linguistic, and socio- economic background of our target population.

The workshops run from August 2004 until June 2005. Please call ahead to find out when the next workshop will be held and the topic we will be discussing.

All workshops are provided free of charge and staff will watch your children while you attend the workshop. Light refreshments will be provided. The workshops are held at DEAF, Inc., 215 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134.

For more information about the workshops please contact Kendra Timko-Hochkeppel at (617) 254-4041 TTY/V or email her at


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Learning Opportunities for Deaf Adults

January 30, 2004 - Learning Opportunities for Deaf Adults: Deaf immigrants have door of opportunity through Adult Basic Education classes in Boston - Written by: William Pendlebury, SIGNews Writer

There are several Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs around the country and one of them is based in Allston, MA. The purpose of this class is to help a number of deaf adults obtain their GED. The majority of those ABE students lack the proper English and basic living skills because they were born outside of the United States. In Allston, DEAF, Inc. and the Jackson Mann Community Center (JMCC) have been collaborating through a five- year grant from the Massachusetts Department of Education to provide all of the necessary resources and support for the ABE Class. This class helps students enhance their basic educational skills before they can transfer to pre-GED classes with interpreter services.

All ABE Classes take place on-site at DEAF, Inc. where the students work with Instructor Arlene Velleman. Five different subjects (English, History, Math, Science, and Reading) are regularly covered in classes two nights per week. When explaining her responsibilities as an instructor, Velleman states, "I am here to help guide the students and help them achieve basic skills related mainly to reading and writing. All of the subjects such as History and Science require good reading and writing skills." She is a certified teacher and fluent in sign language.

Velleman is currently teaching three students: Michaelle "MI" Ignace, Anny Baez and Darline Durogene. All three of them relocated to the Boston area after being born and raised in Caribbean countries. Like all ABE students in the past, Ignace, Baez and Durogene are striving for better lives. When the students were asked why they decided to participate in the ABE program, they all asserted that they have desire to improve their English skills and work toward their GED. Currently, there are several open slots in the ABE class for additional students.

During each session, the students assemble at a table in front of a blackboard as Velleman instructs them. Karen Malloy, a Northeastern University student majoring in ASL, volunteers as a teacher's aide in half of the classes. Most of the time, she does one-on-one with the students, especially for writing skills assistance. Like many other teachers, Velleman touches each subject with lectures and in-class assignments. She utilizes visual communication to emphasize relevant points more frequently than most other teachers. For example, Velleman routinely uses expressive signing to keep the students focused and interested. "It is very important that I motivate the students because they are adults and they may be tired at night after a long day of other activities." The students' determination to succeed is apparent as they give Velleman their full attention, participate constantly and work hard to complete in-class and homework assignments.

A former ABE student, Edward Lee, can be considered a success story. After moving to the United States from China, Lee worked hard for years as a single father of three and as a full- time worker at a local printing company. Even though he is close to retirement age, Lee's eagerness to learn more and work toward his GED has not diminished. According to Velleman, Lee "worked very hard in the ABE class, and has made wonderful growth and improvement in all academic areas, especially in Language Arts." Lee has graduated from the ABE program and he is currently attending pre-GED courses at JMCC with interpreters. Regarding his future after completing his GED requirements, Lee hinted that he may embark on a college degree.

Like Lee, many other ABE students take pre-GED courses among completion of their basic skills classes with Velleman. What happens after that is completely up to each student. Some of them may decide to enter college while some others may search for a job. No matter which route they decide to take, all ABE students are able to leave with increased confidence and opportunities. When discussing what she likes best about being the ABE Class Instructor, Velleman states, "I think seeing the difference I am helping to make in my students' lives. It takes a great deal of courage to go back to school and to make this kind of commitment. I am glad to be in a position to be able to support these efforts."

For more information on the ABE Class, please visit their website at or email JMCC/Adult Education Director Barbara Pecci at

(Information from SIGNews)

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