Celebrating Another Successful Year at the FY13 Annual Community Meeting

click to open PDFDecember 10, 2013 - On Monday, December 9, DEAF, Inc. hosted our 2013 Annual Community Meeting to present highlights of our Fiscal Year 2013 (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013). Lu Traina discussed the status of our Strategic Planning project. Community member, Nina Livingstone shared her moving story about overcoming her fears and reclaiming her independence through DBCAN’s Provider services, in particular, Linda Burns. Members of the community were recognized for outstanding achievements. Sandra Bass received the Staff of the Year Award for her dedication, compassion, and for providing as a role model to the community and staff alike. Pauline Raiche was recognized for her 15 year commitment as a staff member serving the Southeast area from our New Bedford office and the Deaf community in general. Board Vice President Kendra Timko-Hochkeppel was honored as Volunteer of the Year for her tireless, enthusiastic service to DEAF, Inc. Kendra’s next big project is to co-chair with Sarah Worley (ASL student and friend of DEAF, Inc.) an ambitious capital campaign to fund a formal ASL studies program. Finally, John Pirone was recognized for his outstanding dedication and leadership in the Deaf community. Hands waving for all award winners and for DEAF, Inc. staff and volunteers, all of whom made FY13 a great year. DEAF, Inc. thanks the local businesses that donated refreshments and prizes to support our annual meeting: Bertucci’s, Redbones BBQ, Sichuan Gourmet, Starbucks, Stop & Shop, Trader Joe’s. Please show them that you appreciate their support. If you missed the Annual Community Meeting, you can read our Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report online.

Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund Awards DEAF, Inc. Project HOPE

December 4, 2013 - The Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund supports Project HOPE’s health outreach, education, and medical case management services. Funding from the Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund will help us expand our medical case management outreach to Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened seniors. It will also enable us work with health and medical providers to improve their communication access and cultural sensitivity in their health care services.

Celebrate with us our Annual Community Meeting

Come Celebrate at Annual Meeting Dec 9October 24, 2013 - Come learn what we've been doing as we present our Annual Report for FY13. Bid in the Silent Auction & Raffle. Enjoy appetizers, desserts & beverages (cash bar available). Enjoy ASL Performances. Honor this year's winner of the Community Member Award. Enjoy social time with friends old & new!

The First “Voices Off!” ASL Immersion Experience Gets an A+ from Students

Oct. 21, 2013 - Students from around New England gathered in Allston at DEAF, Inc. in late September. When they walked in the door, they entered a Deaf world. No English, no spoken language for 13 hours. They spent the day inter-acting in the Deaf way with each other, with Deaf and DeafBlind instructors, Deaf and DeafBlind per-formers, and Deaf volunteers, taking meals together, watching special performances, attending workshops, playing games, even while taking breaks. At the end of the day, one student said, “It was a great way to be literally immersed for more than the usual 1-2 hours for an event…It was wonderful that everyone played their part to keep whole day in ASL – no voices! Well done!”

During the day, students participated in workshops on fingerspelling (“I was afraid of fingerspelling before!”), numbers (“This was such a thorough, valua-ble class.”), facial expressions (“It was excellent. Fantastic teacher!”), classifiers (“I was so grateful for this class!”), and DeafBlind communication (“Amazing. In-spiring.”). Between workshops, students got to play games designed to increase their receptivity and communication, including “The Elephant Game,” “Handshape Boggle,” “Gestures,” and “Phone Line.”

Members of the Deaf community came to share Deaf Culture through skits, classic jokes, stories, and social time. “The day provided an amazing opportunity for more experience with ASL, socializing, learning.” Three students from The Learning Center for the Deaf, along with a teacher from the school, helped during the day as part of their school’s community service requirement. They also made an impact on workshop participants. According to one, “[The] young volunteers were awesome
– very enthusiastic about teaching and [they had] good teaching skills.” Another “Voices Off!” participant summed it up for everyone: “The… teenage volunteers were critical…They…reinforce the notion that the language and culture are always evolving.”

Voices Off! would not have been possible without the work of all the wonderful volunteers: Voices Off! planning committee: Kelly Kim, Jim Lipsky, Sharon Applegate, Kendra Timko-Hochkeppel, and Jenn Glinos. Voices Off! instructors: Tim Riker, Andrew Bottoms, Kelly Kim, and Jim Lipsky. Our wonderful volunteer performers, story tellers, and comedians: Scott Shupert, Danny Shupert, Sabrina Dennison, Andrew Bottoms, Elaine Ducharme, and Kendra Timko-Hochkeppel. The teen volunteers from The Learning Center: Louise Applegate, Jasmine Casella, Stephen Corbett, and their teacher, Ashley Thompson. The members of the Road to Deaf Interpreting (RDI), who provided tactile interpreting for Elaine Ducharme: Ornella Bisceglia, Isabella Gentile, Dottie Griffith, Jason Weiland, and Billy Windhorn. Volunteers from Northeastern University’s ASL program gave up part of their Friday night to help setup the space for Voices Off!: Miko Kajan Bedrosian, Meghan McCombs, Krystal Chung.

Special thanks are due to Evelyn Shields, who planted the idea for Voices Off! that grew into an exciting, effective experience for everyone involved.

We are also grateful to our event sponsors for the meals and snacks provided during the day: The Food Recovery Project of Sustaina-ble Arlington and of the Minuteman Parent Association, Blanchard Liquors, Bravo Pizza Allston, Grasshopper Restau-rant, Panera Bread, and Price Chopper. As always, we encourage you to support the businesses who support DEAF, Inc. and the Deaf community by bringing them your business. Let them know you ap-preciate their support.

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