DeafBlind Self-Advocacy Training Provides a Powerful Experience

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Deaf-Blind Self-Advocacy Training participants engage in a  role-playing activity with CDIs

Deaf-Blind Self-Advocacy Training participants engage in a role-playing activity with CDIs

February 25, 2014 - DeafBlind Self-Advocacy Training was recently presented through collaboration between DEAF, Inc. and the Northeastern University Regional Interpreter Education Center (NURIEC). There was strong attendance at the training. DeafBlind participants came to improve their skills for effectively requesting communication access services for professional appointments, like medical appointments, a tax appointment, or legal appointments.

According to Elaine Ducharme, the DeafBlind Self-Advocacy Trainer, developing self-esteem and effective self-advocacy skills, and knowing what kinds of communication services are available are important for ensuring you get effective communication access for the services you need. The training covered the differences between types of interpreters, including the difference between qualified and certified interpreters and the different roles of interpreters, SSPs, and DBCAN Providers.

During the training, some participants shared their experiences and the struggles they faced trying to get appropriate communication access for different services. Role-playing exercises between DeafBlind participants and the Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDIs) provided the chance to practice the skills needed to tackle issues head on and to advocate for appropriate communication access services.

One of the memorable aspects of the training was its emphasis on a Deaf-only environment. It was an all-DeafBlind, all-Deaf day. The training was presented by Elaine Ducharme, DEAF, Inc.’s Director of DBCAN, a qualified DeafBlind Self-Advocacy Trainer. Communication access was provided by CDIs only. It was a very powerful experience.

The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind contributed generously to support communication access services (CDIs) for event. A special thank-you also goes to MassRID and Northeastern University ASL Program for providing coffee and breakfast for everyone.

Pauline Raiche Retires from DEAF, Inc.

Pauline Raiche, New Bedford Regional Director of IL Services, speaks at the 35th Anniversary event, December 2013

Pauline Raiche, New Bedford Regional Director of IL Services, speaks at the 35th Anniversary event, December 2013

February 22, 2014 - At the end of January, DEAF, Inc., friends, and the community came together to celebrate the retirement of Pauline Raiche after 16 years on DEAF, Inc.’s staff. Pauline was the Regional Director of Independent Services in the New Bedford office, an outstanding member of DEAF, Inc.’s staff. She has been and will continue to be a much loved, much admired, and active member of the Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late Deafened community, especially in the southeast area — New Bedford/Fall River.

Every day on DEAF, Inc.’s staff, Pauline showed her commitment to the people who came to our office in New Bedford to find solutions and meet their goals – for housing, financial stability, medical appointments and communication access, access to legal services, benefits, and more. Pauline is a role model for others at DEAF, Inc. and for others in the community. Twice during her 16 years at DEAF, Inc., Pauline was recognized as employee of the year for her commitment to DEAF, Inc.’s mission and her outstanding work, first in 1999 and again in 2006.

In 2013 MCDHH recognized Pauline for her work both at DEAF, Inc. and in the community. On March 7, 2013 Pauline received the MCDHH “Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award” at the State House.

Pauline has been active in the community in many ways:

- Boston School for the Deaf Alumni Association (President, 1998)
- MA State Association for the Deaf (Board member)
- MA Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Advisory Council)
- Southeast Massachusetts Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (President and Vice President)
- International Catholic Deaf Association, Chapter 91 (Treasurer)

In addition to honoring Pauline recently at the November Annual Meeting and at the Annual Deaf Community Thanksgiving Dinner, DEAF, Inc. hosted two parties for Pauline. A small retirement party was held for Pauline by staff and Board members at DEAF, Inc.’s Allston office. A larger party was hosted in New Bedford for DEAF, Inc. staff, Board, other professionals who have worked with Pauline over the years, friends, and members of the community. We wish Pauline a happy, fun, and fulfilling retirement.

Use Your Silver Envelope to Support DEAF, Inc.!

FIXTeam badge: I'm a proud supporter of DEAF, Inc. Walking Tall and Running StrongFebruary 18, 2014

Dear DEAF, Inc. Friends, Board Members, and Supporters:

Are you a Boston Globe Subscriber?

If so, have you received your GRANT program check that can be used to support non-profits? If you have received your “silver envelope check,” please consider sending yours in to benefit DEAF, Inc.
If you're a Boston Globe newspaper or subscriber, you can help DEAF, Inc. earn free advertising in the Globe. This valuable exposure can help us promote our special places, programs, and events to a whole new audience.

How it works:

1.  Watch for a silver envelope from the Boston Globe GRANT (Globe Readers and Nonprofits Together) program in your mailbox.

2.  Pull out the Globe Grant "check" which looks like the picture on the top right:

3.  Fill out the voucher. Where it asks for the "Name of the Certified 501(c)(3)" please write in: DEAF, Inc., 215 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134.

4.  Send it back to the Globe in the envelope provided by March 1, 2014.

It's as easy as that. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to a friend. Thank you so much!

NOTE: If you did not use your Silver Envelope and you no longer have one, you can contact the Globe directly and request a new envelope. Contact: | 617-929-3198

Warm regards,
Thomas Keydel, Board Chair
DEAF, Inc. Offices - (617) 254-4041

Announcing New DEAF, Inc. Board Members for 2014


We are proud to introduce DEAF, Inc.’s 2014 Board of Directors: returning Board members are Tom Keydel, President; Kendra Timko-Hochkeppel, Vice-President; John Medeiros, Treasurer; Diana Goldfarb, Clerk; Michael Gardener, Esq.; Kelly Kim; Nigel Long, Esq.; Kerry Thompson; and Lu Traina. We are thrilled to welcome new members; Elaine Coughlan-Gifford and Mia Tavan. We thank Rob Christian and Eveleen Cunningham who left the Board at the end 2013. Join us in welcoming our newest Board members.

Elaine GiffordElaine Gifford

Mia Tavan
Mia Tavan

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Supports DEAF, Inc.’s Healthy Lifestyles for Older Deaf Adults

Tufts Health Plan Foundation logoDecember 11, 2013 -The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is partnering with Project HOPE to improve the lives of older Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened adults in our community. A generous award from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation will provide funding for outreach and health and fitness workshop for older Deaf adults. As a result of the funding, seniors can look forward to informational field trips, for example, to local farmers markets. We are excited to continue to work with the Tufts Health Plan Foundation to ensure older Deaf adults lead vibrant and healthy lives.

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