June 6, 2014 - Hands waving for Tabatha Patrican, who graduated magna cum laude from Bristol Community College with a degree in Human Services. The College also honored Tabatha with an award for her academic achievement and service to the community. Tabatha is a DEAF, Inc. IL Specialist in the Southeast region. Congratulations Tabatha!
May 23, 2014 - After many months of meetings, interviews, and surveys with members of the community, our staff, Board members, and others, and then many months of analysis, DEAF, Inc. will soon release our new Strategic plan. By reaching out to you, our community of consumers, friends, and supporters, and building on the information that you have shared with us, we can address the needs that concern you most. Your input has encouraged us to reexamine how we describe our mission. DEAF, Inc. is proud to introduce our updated mission statement:
DEAF, Inc. inspires people to achieve personal and professional goals through accessible programs and services. We build bridges across communities by increasing communication access and awareness.
Our mission is summed up as:
Access, Awareness, and Achievement for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened People
May 22, 2014 - Despite the cold 32 runners, walkers, and volunteers came out to support DEAF, Inc. and the Deaf community on April 27th at the James Joyce Ramble, in Dedham. DEAF, Inc. hosted a team to raise awareness about Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people, American Sign Language, Deaf culture, and communication-and-community accessible services. Also, to raise funds for DEAF, Inc. and Deaf-accessible services.
We all had a "Walking Tall and Running Strong" badge, created by DEAF, Inc.’s Board member, Tom Keydel, that let everyone know we were part of DEAF, Inc.’s team.
DEAF, Inc. also hosted an information tent. Other runners, walkers, family members and supporters, and other groups with their own tents came to see what DEAF, Inc. is all about and to learn about our services and our ASL classes.
This year, again, DEAF, Inc. volunteers helped organize the water table that runners could visit at the start and again at the end of the race.
Many thanks to everyone who sponsored DEAF, Inc.’s runners, walkers and supported accessible services.
Thanks to all our runners: Sarah Dyson, Wade Golishian, Jill Hatcher, Claire Jones, Molly Karp, Tracy Thorpe; all our walkers: Sandra Bass, Diane Childers, Mike Currivan, Willy Duanger, Jenn Glinos, Diana Goldfarb, Jean Healy, Bonnie Kaplan, Kelly Kim, Paula McDonald, Marc MacDonald, Kate McDonald, Kenzie “McDonald,” Theresa McDonald, Stephanie McQuiggan, Ben Nankin, Linda Parkhurst, Damaris Ortega, Gilbert Sanborn, Eileen Schreyer, Asma Sheikh, Rania Sheikh, Uzma Wahid; and volunteers: Sharon Applegate, Morgan Corrigan, Evelyn Hatcher, Tom Keydel, Nigel Long, Jon Medeiros, Coryana Prendable, Kendra Timko-Hochkeppel (with Carisa and Myrna). Denise Hines, interpreter. Also thanks to the James Joyce Ramble for welcoming DEAF, Inc.
Join us next year, April 26, 2015, at the James Joyce Ramble and be part of DEAF, Inc.’s team.
May 19, 2014 - Congratulations to Kerry Thompson, recently named a 2014 Marshall Memorial Transatlantic Fellow by the German Marshall Fund. Kerry, who works for the Disability Rights Fund, is a DEAF, Inc. Board Member. Kerry is the Board liaison to the DBCAN Advisory Council. Kerry is one of 75 chosen for the prestigious fellowship out of a total 700 nominees. Kerry will be part of a program that fosters transatlantic understanding and collaboration. She hopes to apply these skills to her work on improving accessibility for DeafBlind and Deaf people and people with disabilities across Europe. Hands waving!
May 7, 2014 - Congratulations Jean Healy! Jean, Assistant Director of DEAF, Inc.’s DBCAN received the first, annual Lifetime Achievement Award from the DeafBlind Awareness Committee. Heidi Reed, Commissioner for the MCDHH, presented the award to Jean at a ceremony held as part of DeafBlind Awareness Day on April 3, 2014. Jean was honored for her contributions to the DeafBlind community that have spanned more than 30 years, including DEAF, Inc.’s DBCAN since 2008 and a member of the State Advisory Committee for MCDHH. Previously, Jean was the co-Director of DBCC for 10 years and an active member of the DeafBlind community in Seattle Washington. Jean is known for her generous heart and a keen intelligence which she uses to advocate for needs of DeafBlind people. She is committed to ensuring that every DeafBlind person has access to DBCAN Providers, SSPs, and interpreters, as needed, and the opportunity to be an active, important member of their communities. To learn more about the DBCAN program, click here.