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.
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: