At Staff Appreciation Day on Friday, August 8, the Board honored staff with a picnic and boating at Cochituate State Park. Thank you to our wonderful and dedicated staff for all your hard work during the past year and every year. You are truly the best! Thanks also to the Cochituate State Park staff, and to Boating in Boston, who donated 2 hours on the water in kayaks, standing paddle boards, and pedal boats. Thank you for making this the best Staff Appreciation Day yet.
At the July 30th meeting of DEAF, Inc.’s Board of Directors, we bid farewell to Jon Medeiros, Board Treasurer. Jon’s term on the Board ended, and Jon is taking a break. Jon, a CPA at Fidelity Investments. He joined the Board in August, 2011, and has served since then as Board Treasurer. At the same meeting, the Board welcomed John Sullivan, our newest Board member. John, also a CPA, is a senior managing director at FTI’s Forensic and Litigation Consulting practice. John has been elected to fill the role of Treasurer. Please join us in wishing Jon Medeiros a fond farewell and in welcoming John Sullivan to DEAF, Inc. DEAF, Inc. continues to seek interested, committed members of the community for our Board of Directors. Our Board is a diverse Board with a majority of Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing or Late-Deafened voting members. If you are interested or would like to recommend someone, please contact us for more information. Visit our Board page for more information about DEAF, Inc.’s Board of Directors.
Project HOPE thanks Genzyme, a Sanofi Company, for their support of Deaf-Accessible Health Literacy and support services in Massachusetts. Genzyme joins DEAF, Inc. and Project HOPE in supporting our community’s health and access to health care. With their support, we can continue to provide accessible Medical Case Management and health workshops.
New research shows disparities and unmet needs in access to health and health care for Deaf (Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened) people and people with disabilities in Massachusetts. The Health and Disability Program (HDP) at the MA Dept. of Public Health recently released Health Needs and Assessment of People with Disabilities in Massachusetts, 2013 report, which documents the research, conducted with the Disability, Health and Employment Unit at the UMass Medical School and help from the MA Health and Disability Partnership (made up of leaders in the Deaf and disability communities, including DEAF, Inc.’s Jill Hatcher, who contributed to the design and distribution of the needs assessment survey to Deaf community members. The report is expected to influence future designs and delivery of health information and health care to address documented disparities, and could have an impact on the future health outcomes of our communities. To read the report, click here.