Thank You to the Following Funders

We want to thank the following funders for their support, which helps us continue offering much-needed services that enable Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people to reach their goals.

For our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living Services Program, we thank the United Way of Greater Attleboro and Taunton, the Boston Office of Jobs and Community Services (Boston CDBG), the Boston Area Agency on Aging, and Liberty Mutual Foundation for a two-year grant for  basic services for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened individuals and families who are or are at risk of being homeless.

For our health access services, Project HOPE, we are grateful for the ongoing support of the The Boston Foundation, Clipper Ship Foundation, Sanofi Genzyme, United Way of Greater Attleboro and Taunton, and the Vela Foundation. We thank People’s United Community Foundation of Eastern Massachusetts for their support and look forward to building a long relationship with them.

Logos for United Way, City of Boston, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Clipper Ship Foundation, Sanofi Genzyme, and People's United Community Foundation of Eastern MA, the Boston Foundation, and the Area Agency on Aging

Community Forum on Health Access Issues

Join us for a Community Forum on Health Access Issues for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened People

Presented in ASL. CDIs, voice interpretation and CART provided.
Refreshments provided.

Sunday, June 26, 2016, 2pm – 5pm
DEAF, Inc., 215 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134
Gift cards will be given to the first 25 people who register!

Please register and request accommodations as soon as possible by contacting Jill Hatcher. Include your name, contact info, and any accommodations/dietary requests.

A community forum is a chance for people to share their views on an important issue. The goal of this event is to give the Deaf community a chance to discuss needs and priorities related to their health and disability.

Information from this session will be used by the MA Department of Public Health to develop a Health Needs Assessment Report.

Topics to consider: issues that affect your experience in healthcare; barriers that prevent meeting health needs; health insurance; transportation; finding doctors that meet your needs; and more.This event is a partnership between the MA Department of Public Health, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, and DEAF, Inc.

Join DEAF, Inc. at the Deaf Grassroots Movement (DGM) Rally!

Roots of grass shaped like a hand rests atop the words Deaf Grassroots Movement with brown roots spreading out underneath

Join DEAF, Inc. at the Deaf Grassroots Movement (DGM) Rally!

Wednesday May 4, 2016
9am – 4pm
Rain or Shine
Event Agenda

Meet in front of the State House at 24 Beacon St. Boston, MA 02133
(click here for directions). Parking is available at the Boston Common Garage.

DGM t-shirts for the Massachusetts DGM delegation is available now at! T-shirt is green and black and consists of the words "Deaf Rights Now!”

Download the PDF flyer here or an accessible Word version here.

For more information, contact: DGM-MA Representative: Cheryl M. Quintal at (Assistant Representative: Patrick McCarthy)

Run or Walk for Deaf Pride

DEAF, Inc. at 2015 James Joyce Ramble Run Team DEAF, Inc., 2015
Running Shoes

Join us at the James Joyce Ramble and help raise money for communication access and other important programs and services at DEAF, Inc.

Sunday, April 24, 2016, 11 a.m.
Endicott Estate, 656 East Street, Dedham, MA  (Map)

To be part of the DEAF, Inc. team, first sign up to run in the 10K race by registering at and pay the entrance fee of $45.

Not a runner?  Walk the 4.5 mile walk, free for all!

Then ask friends, neighbors, and family to support your run/walk by donating to DEAF, Inc. They can donate on our Go Fund Me page or by visiting DEAF, Inc.'s website at

For more information, to volunteer or to walk, contact Luke Baer.

Download PDF flyer here.

FY17 Advocacy Priorities

Announcing DEAF, Inc.'s FY 17 Advocacy Priorities for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened Community

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing population has increased to one in every five people, as a result of aging, noise-induced hearing loss, almost 15 years of continuous war and traumatic injury. The need for services for this community is greater than ever.

MCDHH Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living Services (DHILS) provides essential services in American Sign Language (ASL), the language of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in need of economic stabilization; skills development; housing; nutrition assistance; insurance benefits; collaborative case management services with MCB, MRC, DCF, MCDHH; and much more.Funding for MCDHH has been decreasing consistently. H2 budget shows another cut of $233,628. Cutting MCDHH funding again will have a significant adverse impact, including:

  • • Increased poverty, isolation, communication barriers
  • • Increased risk of financial instability, homelessness, and lapse in health insurance
  • • Loss of support services, peer supports, and peer education
  • • Increased wait times for consumer appointments; inability to serve same number of people

Increase funding by $467,212 for Line Item 4125-0100 to support DEAF, Inc. DHILS

MCB DeafBlind Community Access Network (DBCAN) trains “Providers” and matches them with DeafBlind adults. DBCAN enables DeafBlind adults to maintain and increase their independence and thereby their health and safety. Providers support DeafBlind adults, enabling them to complete their education, fulfill and maintain employment, and participate in society.

Increase funding by $71,000 in Line Item 4110-1000 for DBCAN – Less will result in:

  • • Increased risks for chronic or life threatening conditions that can lead to hospitalizations and institutional placements, resulting in even greater costs to the Commonwealth
  • • Increased risks for adverse mental health conditions, particularly depression
  • • Decreased opportunities for employment - DBCAN’s Provider services employs sighted Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults, offering a pathway to economic self-sufficiency

Project HOPE (Health Outreach Prevention and Education) provides health literacy and HIV/AIDS medical case management in ASL to prevent infections and improve health outcomes.

Increase funding by $83,325 and earmark for Deaf and Hard of Hearing HIV Medical Case Management in Line Item 4512-0103 – Current fund mainly supports staffing only:

  • • Increased risks of serious health complications related to HIV/AIDS from lack of access to managing chronic conditions, nutrition information, and physical exercise
  • • Increased safety risks for Deaf emergency room and hospital patients without medical case management, who need 1:1 health education, support and advocacy


Click here to download a PDF of the above priorities.

For more Information about how DEAF, Inc. services support people in Your District, contact Sharon Applegate or 617-505-4823 (VP); 617-254-4041 (TTY/Voice).

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