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.
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.