Join us for our monthly Zoom social scheduled for Friday, September 25, 2020 at
6-8pm! This month we will feature three different breakout rooms: Trivia Room, Bingo Room, and Social Room. ASL students of all levels, community members, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, DeafBlind, and Hearing are welcome! RSVP to ASL@deafinconline.org by Thursday, September 24 at 3pm EST to receive meeting ID.
DEAF, Inc. will have two workshops scheduled for next week.
Tuesday, September 15 at 1:15pm “All about utilities”
Learn how to read your bills, learn how you can save money and how to budget.
What to do if you are behind on payments. Power outage in your area?
What to do if you smell gas?
We will also present about the voting process and different ways to vote on Wednesday, September 16 at 3:15pm. Voting resources for Deaf/Hard of Hearing community will be shared. Contact DEAF, Inc. Front Desk to get Zoom information: 617-505-4823 or email@example.com
Massachusetts has added three states to a list of lower-risk states exempt from the governor's travel order. Travelers coming from Washington State, Oregon and Wyoming are no longer subject to quarantine restrictions.
According to new state data this week, several communities have moved into the highest risk category based on the rate of COVID-19 spread. There are now 13 cities or towns in the Red category.
Please continue wearing a mask and maintain social distancing! Stay safe and healthy!
¡Hola a todos!
Ven a nuestro Zoom social del mes programado para el viernes 25 de septiembre de 2020 a 6-8pm! Este mes tendremos tres grupos diferentes: Sala de trivia, Sala de bingo y Sala social. Los estudiantes de ASL de todos los niveles y todos los miembros de la comunidad sorda son bienvenidos. Confirme su asistencia a ASL@deafinconline.org antes del jueves 24 de septiembre a las 3 p.m. EST para recibir la información de la reunión.
DEAF, Inc. tiene dos clases programadas para la próxima semana.
Martes 15 de septiembre a la 1:15 p. M. "Todo sobre servicios públicos" Aprenda a leer sus facturas, aprenda cómo puede ahorrar dinero y cómo hacer un presupuesto. Qué hacer si está atrasado en los pagos. ¿Corte de energía en su área? ¿Qué hacer si huele a gas?
También presentaremos sobre el proceso de votación y las diferentes formas de votar el miércoles 16 de septiembre a las 3:15 pm. Se compartirán los recursos de votación para la comunidad de personas Sordas o Hipoacúsicas. Comuníquese con la recepción de DEAF, Inc. para obtener información sobre Zoom: 617-505-4823 o firstname.lastname@example.org
Massachusetts ha agregado tres estados a la lista de estados de menor riesgo exentos de la orden de viaje del gobernador. Los viajeros que vienen del estado de Washington, Oregon y Wyoming ya no están sujetos a restricciones de cuarentena.
Según nuevos datos estatales esta semana, varias comunidades se han movido a la categoría de mayor riesgo según la tasa de propagación de COVID-19. Ahora hay 13 ciudades o pueblos en la categoría Roja.
¡Continúe usando una máscara y mantenga el distanciamiento social! ¡Manténganse sano y salvo!
Transcript (English and Spanish):
Due to popular demand, DEAF, Inc. has added a third ASL 1 class. Exciting news, CEU for the RSL class this fall has been approved by RID. Contact Sofia at email@example.com with questions. Spots are filling up fast, register before time runs out!
DEAF, Inc. will have a workshop via Zoom next week.
Mastering Face Masks and Hearing Loss:
Practical Tips and Strategies
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
2:00PM to 3:00PM
Contact us for more zoom info
Regarding the travel order update, the governor recently announced that Colorado, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are now exempt and are lower risk states. This is due to a decrease in positive COVID-19 cases in those states. The current lower risk states also include Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont.
This week the current RED (COVID-19 related high risk) towns are: Lawrence, Lynn, Brockton, Revere, Everett, Chelsea, Winthrop, Framingham, Sutton.
Continue to wear a mask and maintain 6-foot social distance.
Enjoy the long Labor Day weekend. Stay safe and healthy.
¡Hola a todos!
Debido a la demanda popular, DEAF, Inc. ha agregado una tercera clase de ASL 1. Buenas noticias, CEUs para la clase de RSL de este otoño han sido aprobado por RID. Comuníquese con Sofía en firstname.lastname@example.org si tiene preguntas. La clase se está llenando rápido, ¡regístrense antes de que se acabe el tiempo!
DEAF, Inc. tendrá un taller a través de Zoom la semana que viene.
Dominar las mascarillas faciales y la dificultad auditiva:
Consejos prácticos y estrategias
Miércoles, 9 de septiembre de 2020
2:00 p.m. a 3:00 p.m.
Contáctenos para más información de zoom
Con respecto a la actualización de la orden de viaje, el gobernador anunció recientemente que Colorado, Delaware, Pensilvania y West Virginia ahora están exentos y son estados de menor riesgo. Esto se debe a una disminución en los casos positivos de COVID-19 en esos estados. Los estados actuales de menor riesgo también incluyen Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York y Vermont.
Esta semana, las ciudades RED (alto riesgo relacionadas con COVID-19) actuales son: Lawrence, Lynn, Brockton, Revere, Everett, Chelsea, Winthrop, Framingham, Sutton.
Continúe usando una máscara y mantenga una distancia social de 3 metros.
Disfrute del largo fin de semana de Labor Day. Manténganse sanos y a salvo.
Part 2 is on Wednesday, September 2nd 1:30-2:30 pm
The second workshop is “Nutrition Talk”
How can you make your meals healthier?
Happening on Tuesday, September 1, 2020
10:00am to 11:30am
We will share healthy recipes, and you can bring your own to share.
And we will play a Trivia game!
Interested? Please contact the front desk at Frontdesk@deafinconline.org or call 617-505-4823 to get the Zoom ID number and password.
Massachusetts will have the annual tax-free sales this weekend on August 29 and 30. Retail items of up to $2,500 for personal use on these two days, will be exempt from sales tax. Remember to wear a mask while out shopping.
Stay safe and healthy!
¡Hola a todos!
DEAF, Inc. ofrecerá dos clases en Zoom
El primero es "Derechos de ADA"
¿Está interesado en conocer sus derechos proporcionados por la ADA?
Este es una clase de Zoom de dos partes.
La parte 1 fue el miércoles 26 de agosto 1:30-2:30pm
La parte 2 es el miércoles 2 de septiembre 1:30-2:30 pm
La segunda clase es "Charla sobre nutrición"
¿Cómo puede hacer que sus comidas sean más saludables?
Sucediendo el martes 1 de septiembre de 2020
10:00 am a 11:30 am
Compartiremos recetas saludables y usted puede traer las suyas para compartir.
¡Y jugaremos un juego de Trivia!
¿Interesado? Comuníquese con la recepción a Frontdesk@deafinconline.org o llame al 617-505-4823 para obtener el número de identificación de Zoom y la contraseña.
Massachusetts tendrá las ventas anuales libres de impuestos este fin de semana el 29 y 30 de agosto. Los artículos minoristas de hasta $ 2,500 para uso personal en estos dos días estarán exentos del impuesto sobre las ventas. Recuerde usar una máscara cuando salga de compras.
¡Manténgase sano y salvo!
Governor Baker recently released a map showing the Massachusetts communities with the highest rate of new COVID-19 cases. It’s important that you open the following link to check your town name. Pin colors are based on change in the positivity rate relative to last week's data; towns with increases are red, towns with decreases are green, and those reporting no change are yellow.
It was recently announced that Hawaii is no longer considered a lower risk state. This is due to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Hawaii. People traveling from Hawaii to Massachusetts will have to quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result beginning last Friday. Lower-risk states, which include Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont, are not required to fill out a travel form or quarantine.
Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced that Massachusetts is adding three new communities, Saugus, Salem, and Holyoke for free testing.
DEAF, Inc. will host our monthly ASL Zoom social on Friday, August 28 at 6pm-8pm. ASL students of all levels, community members, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, DeafBlind, and Hearing are welcome! RSVP to ASL@deafinconline.org by Thursday, August 27, 3pm EST to receive meeting ID.
Stay safe and healthy!
¡Hola a todos!
El gobernador Baker publicó recientemente un mapa que muestra las comunidades de Massachusetts con la tasa más alta de casos nuevos de COVID-19. Es importante que abra el siguiente link para buscar el nombre de su ciudad. Los colores de los pines se basan en el cambio en la tasa de positividad en relación con los datos de la semana pasada; las ciudades con aumentos son rojas, las ciudades con disminuciones son verdes y las que informan que no ha habido cambios son amarillas.
Recientemente se anunció que Hawái ya no se considera un estado de menor riesgo. Esto se debe a un aumento de casos positivos de COVID-19 en Hawái. Las personas que viajen de Hawái a Massachusetts tendrán que ponerse en cuarentena durante 14 días o producir un resultado negativo de la prueba COVID-19 a partir del viernes pasado. Los estados de menor riesgo, que incluyen Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York y Vermont, no están obligados a completar un formulario de viaje o hacer cuarentena.
El gobernador Charlie Baker anunció el martes que Massachusetts agregará tres nuevas comunidades, Saugus, Salem y Holyoke donde ofrecer pruebas de COVID-19 gratuitas.
DEAF, Inc. será el anfitrión de nuestro ASL Zoom social mensual el viernes 28 de agosto de 6 pm a 8 pm. Los estudiantes de ASL de todos los niveles, y miembros de la comunidad son bienvenidos. Confirme su asistencia a ASL@deafinconline.org antes del jueves 27 de agosto a las 3 p.m. EST para recibir la información para atender la reunión.
Hi Everyone! Here is some important info to share with all of you.
Governor Baker signed an updated gatherings order, effective Tuesday, August 11, which will:
• Reduce the limit on outdoor gatherings from 100 to 50 people (indoor gatherings limit will remain at 25 people)
• Apply these limits to all types of gatherings, on both public and private property
• Require face coverings where more than 10 people from different households will be mixing.
Baker authorized all state and local police to enforce the order and said the hosts of events that violate the orders will be subject to fines of up to $500.
Governor Baker just announced that free COVID-19 testing in 17 communities has been extended through September 12.
Due to the recent increase in positive cases, step two of phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan has been postponed indefinitely.
Governor Baker extended the Eviction Moratorium until October 17, 2020. This means your landlord CAN’T:
• File for eviction (“summary process”) in court.
• Send you ANY notice stopping your lease or demand that you leave.
Your landlord CAN:
• Send other notices including a statement of how much you owe.
According to a new study, COVID-19 rates are significantly higher among minority children and those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. The study of 1,000 patients tested at a Children’s National COVID-19 testing site in Washington D.C. found that just 7.3% of White children tested positive for coronavirus, in contrast to 30% of Black children and 46.4% of Hispanic children.
Wear a mask! Stay safe and healthy!
¡Hola a todos! Aquí hay información importante para compartir con todos ustedes.
El gobernador Baker firmó un orden actualizado de reuniones, vigente a partir del martes 11 de agosto, que:
• Reduce el límite de reuniones al aire libre de 100 a 50 personas (el límite de reuniones en interiores se mantendrá en 25 personas)
• Aplica estos límites a todo tipo de reuniones, tanto en propiedad pública como privada.
• Requiere el uso de máscaras donde se mezclan más de 10 personas de diferentes hogares.
Baker autorizó a toda la policía estatal y local a enforzar la orden y dijo que los anfitriones de eventos que violen las órdenes estarán sujetos a multas de hasta $ 500.
El gobernador Baker acaba de anunciar que las pruebas gratuitas de COVID-19 en las 17 comunidades se han extendido hasta el 12 de septiembre.
Debido al reciente aumento de casos positivos, el segundo paso de la fase III del plan de reapertura del Commonwealth se ha pospuesto indefinidamente.
El gobernador Baker extendió la Moratoria de Desalojo hasta el 17 de octubre de 2020. Esto significa que su arrendador NO PUEDE:
• Solicitar el desalojo ("proceso sumario") en la corte.
• Enviarle CUALQUIER aviso para detener su contrato de arrendamiento o exigirle que se vaya.
Su arrendador PUEDE:
• Envíar otros avisos, incluido un estado de cuenta de cuánto debe.
Según un nuevo estudio, las tasas de COVID-19 son significativamente más altas entre los niños de minorías y los de entornos socioeconómicos más bajos. El estudio de 1,000 pacientes evaluados en un sitio de prueba de COVID-19 en "Children's National" en Washington D.C. encontró que solo el 7.3% de los niños blancos dieron positivo por coronavirus, en contraste con el 30% de los niños negros y el 46.4% de los niños hispanos.
Governor Baker announced a new travel order effective August 1, 2020. DEAF, Inc. will ask consumers and visitors who need in-person service whether they traveled to 43 high risk states to ensure office safety. 14-day quarantine or providing a COVID-19 negative test result is required. 7 low risk states are exempt which are Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont.
The State has now doubled the number of communities to a total of 17 to provide free COVID-19 testing sites in Agawam, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Marlborough, Methuen, New Bedford, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, Taunton and Worcester. The COVID-19 testing sites are open through August 14. This testing is available for anyone who has had no symptoms or in no contact and is open to all residents of Massachusetts. Here is the following link for testing locations. https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread#where-.
There is more to share next week. Stay safe and healthy!
Here are some important announcements to share with all of you.
Governor Baker signed a bill that recognizes Juneteenth as an annual state holiday. Juneteenth, which is celebrated each year on June 19, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and serves as an opportunity to reflect on the need to continue working toward racial justice. The holiday will now be an official holiday in the state beginning in 2021.
Last Friday Governor Baker announced that starting August 1, high-risk travelers who come into Massachusetts are required to complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival and will need to quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. The order also applies to Massachusetts residents who are returning to the state. This order does not apply if travelers are coming from low-risk states including New York, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Hawaii. All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents from the 42 other high-risk states, including California, Florida, and Texas must follow the order. People should visit www.mass.gov/MAtraveler to fill out the “Massachusetts Travel Form”. Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.
DEAF, Inc. will have two events this week.
Zoom Workshop: “Learn How to Send Pictures or Letters Through Email” on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 2-3pm. RSVP to Front Desk at email@example.com or 617-505-4823 to receive Zoom ID. We suggest using a separate laptop, computer or tablet during this workshop.
ASL Zoom Social on Friday, July 31st at 6pm. Our last Zoom social was a success, join us for this one! ASL students of all levels, community members, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, DeafBlind, and Hearing are welcome! RSVP to ASL@deafinconline.org by Thursday, July 30, 3pm EST to receive Zoom ID.
Here are some new important updates to share with you.
Boston Mayor Walsh declared a citywide heat emergency for last Sunday through Tuesday due to a brutally hot weekend across the Bay State. Please protect yourself from COVID-19 and from the heat and humidity. If your mask causes you to overheat, find a shaded area where you can maintain 6 feet of distance from others, and then remove the face covering so that you can breathe easily and cool down.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced last week that the eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus has been detected in Boston, Franklin and Plymouth Counties for the first time this year. Infections can lead to fever and flu-like symptoms and people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease. Officials said residents should use mosquito repellent and wear long-sleeved clothes if they are outside at dawn and dusk, and prevent mosquitoes from breeding by emptying pools of standing water.
The United States Food and Drug Administration is now warning the public to avoid using 26 different hand sanitizers that contain an ingredient called methanol that can cause diarrhea, coma and death. The link above has the list of the 26 hand sanitizers that are recalled.
DEAF, Inc. is in phase 2 and is open to the public twice a week. If you need in-person services, please contact DEAF, Inc. to make an appointment first.
We will post the Fall ASL class schedule and registration this week. If you have not seen the vlog about the Russian Sign Language (RSL) class, you can watch it [at the link above]. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Stay safe and healthy.
July 14, 2020 News
Exciting news! Last week the DEAF, Inc. office in Salem has finally moved to a new spacious suite. It’s in the same building on the same 2nd floor. The new suite number is 2220. If you need in-person service, please contact DEAF, Inc. to make an appointment.
We want to announce a part-time job opening in New Bedford as an Independent Living Specialist. Job duties involve advocacy, peer support, providing information, referrals to other agencies, skills training, outreach and working exhibits at events and hosting workshops or presentations on a variety of topics. If you are interested, you can find more info on our website. Apply today! https://www.deafinconline.org/jobs-positions/new-bedford-part-time-independent-living-specialist.
Here are some new COVID-19 updates:
There are COVID-19 testing sites open from July 10 through August 14 in Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Marlborough and New Bedford. Those communities were selected because they currently have a higher positive test rate. This testing is available for anyone who has had no symptoms and is a residents of Massachusetts. See the link above for testing locations. https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread#where-.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, a new law will give all registered Massachusetts voters the option to cast their vote for president, senate and other offices by mail this fall. Under the existing vote-by-mail application, requests for ballots for the November 3 general election must be received by October 28. The vote by mail application link is: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/2020-Vote-by-Mail-Application.pdf. State election ballots for the November 3 election need to be postmarked no later than that day and must be received at a local election office no later than November 6.
Did you move and need to update your address? Need to update your name? Change your political party? Check your registration status? Haven’t you registered to vote yet? Register to vote! It’s easy and quick. Do it now online. https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/.
There is more to share next week. Stay with us!
July 8, 2020 News
DEAF, Inc. Southeast welcomes new staff Margarida Medeiros to the New Bedford and Cape Cod offices. Margarida is Hard of Hearing, speaks English, Portuguese, and signs basic ASL. Join one of our Southeast virtual events to meet Margarida, who looks forward to meeting you!
Please come join us for a webinar about: Everyday Scams and Identity Theft presented by Tim Depin – Office of the Attorney General, on Friday, July 10, 2020 1:30pm – 3:30pm on Zoom. CART and voice interpreter will be provided. See the flyer on the DEAF, Inc. website for reservation and zoom info.
How to avoid being a victim of scams.
What the Attorney General does.
What is the difference between scams and identity theft?
Types of scams.
How to report a scam.
DeafBlind Awareness Week was last week. Like Deafness, DeafBlindness is a spectrum. Some people who are DeafBlind have some vision but are Deaf; some people have some hearing but are Blind; and some are both profoundly Deaf and Blind.
Some tips when communicating with someone who is DeafBlind:
Communicate using the method that person prefers (ASL, Tactile ASL (TASL), ProTactile ASL (PTASL), text, spoken English, etc.)
Wear solid colors that contrast your skin tone for better visibility.
Use lighting that suits the DeafBlind person (some prefer bright light, some prefer natural light, some may have no light preferences at all)
Be patient and, most importantly, be friendly.
You all stay safe and healthy.
Phase 3 Vlog
Hello! Welcome back to MA’s reopening phases explanations. This vlog is updates about the state’s Phase 3.
There is good news! Governor Baker announced last week that COVID-19 cases are still trending down, and state will go ahead with Phase 3. It is important to understand that phase 3 will have parts (or steps) and may last a long time.
Phase 3 is called “Vigilant” and the color is green. The date to start for Phase 3, Step 1 is on July 6th (Monday). For Boston only, the date is to start is on July 13th (Next Monday). Those are two different dates depending on the area.
The following businesses will be eligible to reopen. Movie theaters and outdoor performance venues; museums, cultural and historical sites; gyms, fitness centers and health clubs; and professional sports teams may hold games without spectators.
Some human services programs can operate, such as health programs, substance abuse services, and some therapy services for adults with intellectual disabilities.
Indoor gatherings or groups are limited to 25 people. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people. This includes community events, weddings, sporting events, concerts, conventions and more. However, if the event happens in a large open area where people can remain 6ft apart, there can be more than 100 people.
More questions? Let us know in the comments.
COVID-19 is still on downward trend, which is good news! However, if people do not follow safety guidelines, we could see an upward trend again and might have to move back to a previous phase, like we see in other states.
If people continue to be careful and safe, we will be able to add more businesses and programs for the next steps of phase 3. For now, enjoy the summer, and watch for more updates.
July 1, 2020 News
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is encouraging all eligible customers to renew their standard driver’s license or ID card online this summer in order to qualify for a free upgrade to a REAL ID credential in 2021. At this time, people will not need a federally-compliant REAL ID for the purposes of boarding domestic flights prior to October 1, 2021, because the government delayed the compliance effective date by one year.
Governor Baker has announced that the annual sales tax-free weekend will take place on August 29 and 30. Retail items of up to $2,500, purchased in Massachusetts for personal use on these two days, will be exempt from sales tax.
Governor Baker has urged MA residents again to continue to wear face coverings, practice social distancing, maintain proper hygiene, and stay home when sick to avoid a spike in cases that many other states are currently seeing because the coronavirus will not take a “summer vacation.”
DEAF, Inc. has recently released the vlog with our own reopening plan. In-person services will be provided by appointment made in advance. It is important that you are aware of our safety rules before you visit DEAF, Inc. If you have not seen the vlog, check the DEAF, Inc. website (www.deafinconline.org) for more info. Please contact DEAF, Inc. if you have any questions. Next week we will share more info about our Salem and Southeast office relocations.
One class is full already, get your spot before it's too late!
You all stay safe and healthy.
Phase 2: Step #2 Vlog
Devon Hostetler signs, standing in front of a white wall and wearing a navy blue shirt with the DEAF, Inc. logo.
Hello! As you already know, in the last vlog we covered Phase 2: Part A which started on June 8th. We are here to give updates on Phase 2: Part B.
This is still under “Phase 2: Cautious” and the color is light green and the date to start for Phase 2, Part B is on June 22nd (Monday). Here are some additional changes for Phase 2 Part B (Step 2 of Phase 2). Indoor table service at restaurants is allowed, however please call ahead to reserve a table.
Close-contact personal services, with restrictions, can open. Here are some examples.
[slide shows list and pictures of: hair removal/replacement, nail care, skin care, massage therapy, makeup salons/makeup application services, tanning salons, tattoo, piercing/body art services, personal training.]
Retail dressing rooms are available, by appointment only. Also offices can go up to 50 percent capacity.
Each business must follow safety guidelines: 6 ft social distancing, wearing mask, cleaning and washing your hands often. Also staying home if possibly.
More questions? Let us know in the comments. COVID-19 is still on downward trend, which is good news! However, if we don’t follow safety guidelines, we could see an upward trend again and might have to move back to phase 1. If people continue to be careful and safe, we will be able to move on to phase 3. For now, enjoy the summer, and watch for more updates.
June 11, 2020 News
Here is some important information to share with you.
Mayor Marty Walsh said that Boston residents who have recently participated in large protests that called for an end to racial inequality are strongly encouraged to get tested to limit the further spread of COVID-19.
A new coronavirus pop-up testing site is available this week in Boston. Boston is offering COVID-19 testing in more than 20 locations across the city. Click here for a map: http://boston.gov/covid19-testing-map.
Also, Massachusetts is warning residents that people are using stolen personal information from previous data breaches to file for fraudulent unemployment claims as part of a national scam.
State officials are urging that if you believe you may have had a false unemployment claim filed using your identity, you should use the Department of Unemployment Assistance fraud contact form [https://www.mass.gov/forms/unemployment-fraud-reporting-form] or call the DUA customer service department at 877-626-6800.
We would like to share an update on how DBCAN (the DeafBlind program) has been doing. Providers continue assisting DeafBlind consumers with ordering food online, picking up RX refills and reading materials. As Phase 2 has started, more DeafBlind consumers go outside their homes and grocery shopping with providers. DBCAN has implemented a new online social support group for staff, consumers and providers to socialize and share resources every week.
DBCAN is looking for more providers in the Boston, Western Mass, Northeast and Southeast areas. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact Human Resources or check the DEAF, Inc. website for more info.
Please look out for a vlog from the Executive Director with DEAF, Inc.’s reopening plan next week. You all stay healthy and safe.
Phase 2: Step #1 Vlog
Hello! I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy and safe. We are here to update on MA’s 4 phases and their color codes meanings. As many of you already know we moved from phase 1 to phase 2 today.
This decisions was based on the trends we have been seeing since May 18th when we first moved on to Phase 1, it shows that the trend is positive (downward) slowly but steadily. Because of the good news, the governor made the decision to go ahead with phase 2.
What is Phase 2? It is called “Phase 2: Cautious” and the color is light green. This means we will have updated guidelines for restaurants, retail stores, and more personal services without close physical contact like photography, window washing, career coaching and education tutoring.
Some changes are starting now, However other changes related to personal services such as nail care, skin care and several others, the date to start is still To be Determined (TBD). This will explained in next vlog, Phase 2: Part B.
For right now, there are many things that can start to open. Here are some important ones:
Recreation/outdoor: campgrounds, playgrounds, community pools, athletic fields/courts, and youth sports. For health/human services: dental, less urgent medical appointments. For restaurants, outdoor dining service only with 6 ft distance, only 6 people per table, and wear masks until seated. Please call ahead to reserve the table if you plan to eat out.
In retail stores you must wear masks and keep 6 ft distancing. Please follow retail stores’ policies for safety measures. Educational schools/classes are also opened with occupancy limits and some schools are only for the purpose of completing required courses for graduation. Hotels and other lodgings can open, but no events, functions or meetings. Funeral homes can open with occupancy limits.
More questions? Let us know in the comments.
It is important to know that as of today there is still no vaccine and the virus is still deadly.
COVID-19 is on a downward trend and things are starting to open, that’s good news. However we all still must follow safety measures: 6 ft social distancing, wearing mask, cleaning and washing your hands often. If not, we could see an upward trend again and might have to move back to phase 1.
DEAF, Inc. Response to BLM
Hello everyone. My name is Sharon Applegate, Executive Director of DEAF, Inc.
It was horrible how George Floyd was murdered. This is not the first time this has happened to a Black man or woman. It has happened many times, repeatedly, over hundreds of years in our history.
This cannot continue. It will destroy humanity. It will destroy our community.
In these tough times, we at DEAF, Inc. extend our deepest condolences to all people of color, particularly Black men and women, boys and girls, directly impacted by police brutality. George Floyd and many others are victims who have lost their lives or whose lives are threatened because of the color of their skin.
We white people must do more! We can’t just post. We need to have dialogues and take action. We heard you.
As part of a diverse Deaf community nationwide, we must continue to work together to confront and prevent acts of hate and bias. DEAF, Inc. is committed to ensuring our services are inclusive to all. We are committed to addressing systemic, institutionalized oppression, discrimina;on, and racism in society and in our community.
We may not always know exactly what to do or what to say but we are committed to learning, making changes, aiming to do better, and working together to achieve equity for all people.
DEAF, Inc. stands in solidarity with our Black Deaf community and the wider Black community in Massachusetts and across the country in the fight against police brutality, racism, and social injustice. Because Black Lives Matter!
Services Update Vlog
Sharon Applegate: Hello everyone. My name is Sharon Applegate and I am the Executive Director of DEAF, Inc. in Boston. I hope all are doing well. Our hearts go out to those that have become sick or passed away due to COVID-19. We need to stay strong, healthy, and positive. DEAF, Inc. staff have been performing amazingly and working hard during this difficult time. I want to thank the staff for that. Next you will see several ways that staff are supporting individuals addressing challenges.
Devon Hostetler: I explain how to fill out the US Census online.
Chi Kwong-Sito: No internet? No problem, I help you to get new one.
Hayley Bernard: I distribute weekly newsletters with important information to keep people informed.
Catarina Lima: I support consumers with different levels of hearing loss find a phone system that works for them. For example, a caption phone, VP, and VP including VCO. All so they can stay connected with friends and family.
Emma Leigh Lawrence Vick: I provide peer support for Hard of Hearing seniors just like me. When they feel isolated or lonely, I give them suggestions on useful and fun things to do.
Marie Desrosiers: I guide consumers through filing for unemployment benefits.
Elaine Ducharme: DBCAN providers support DeafBlind people with essential needs, like food shopping, food delivery, and staying informed.
Tabatha Patrican: I explain the symptoms of COVID-19 and the importance of wearing masks.
Matt Kelley: I help late-deafened seniors get accessible technology, so they can stay safe and connected at home. Examples include flashing light fire equipment, and caption phones.
Ron Bergenheim: I support consumers if they have questions about Social Security benefits, including SSI, SSDI, and SSA.
Todd Suffreti: Ihelp consumers find out where their stimulus check is.
Samantha McDonald: Staff can help consumers figure out how to order food delivery.
Sofia German: I post important information on Facebook regularly. Such as posts that stress the importance of staying home and maintaining social distancing, because someone could have the virus and show no symptoms. To keep themselves and other safe, I stress the importance of staying home and maintaining social distancing.
Sandra Bass: I help consumers learn how to use Zoom. I explain the directions clearly until they understand how to use the program.
Robert Martin: Continuing to raise awareness of ASL and the Deaf community by providing online ASL classes to hearing students.
Matt Castiglione: We are still helping consumers find safe housing during the pandemic. The pandemic will not stop us from providing support.
Sharon Applegate: Contact us if you need DEAF, Inc. services. Stay well. Stay safe.
June 2, 2020 News
We want to share some news with all of you.
When the stay-at-home order started, the ASL Program at DEAF, Inc. cancelled the in-person ASL classes, but offered 7 online ASL classes this spring for the first time. The classes were already full within 3 weeks of registration, wow. It has been a wonderful, positive experience. We had the online ASL Social event last Friday for the first time too. This social event is once a month, and future dates will be announced.
Online summer ASL classes will start July 20. Go to the DEAF, Inc. website to find registration information. Sign up early as spaces fill up quickly.
One more thing. The ASL Immersion event was supposed to take place in March, but due to the stay-at home order, it was to be rescheduled. But we now announce that the event is officially cancelled this year. It is a decision that is the best interest of public health and safety.
Here are some COVID-19 updates. COVID-19 positive cases in MA are decreasing. State health officials said roughly 2% of all coronavirus patients are currently hospitalized. Good news, it is trending down. We are in Phase 1 of reopening now.
Gov. Charlie Baker announced restaurants will be allowed to reopen with restrictions in Phase 2 starting June 8. Outdoor table service “as much as possible”. The new rules for restaurants across the state: parties are limited to six people, tables must be spaced 6 feet apart and everyone must wear a mask with the exception of sitting at the table.
The MBTA has been disinfecting and cleaning its fleet of buses, trolleys and trains on a daily basis. High-contact surfaces at T stations are wiped down every four hours. As the reopening starts, the T is planning to limit the number of people on buses to 20 – that’s compared to 56 at peak times pre-pandemic. Trains also will see only 40-50 percent capacity.
Continue to wear a mask. Wash hands often. Be careful.
Look out for a vlog from us with more updates next week.
Phase 1 Vlog
Hello! I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy as well as safe. We are here to explain about MA’s 4 phases and their color codes meanings.
As Many of you either watch or read news about the phases that Governor Baker has announced last week and that is already started as of May 18, 2020. This mean we are now in Phase 1.
What is phase 1? It is called “Phase 1: Start” or “Safer at Home” and the color is yellow. It means only specific businesses can be opened: construction, Manufacturing, places of worship like church and temple, and essential businesses.
However on May 25 next group of businesses can open: Lab space, office space, limited personal services such as hair salon, pet grooming and car washes. Also retail for remote fulfilment and curbside pick-ups, but for Boston only office space can open on June 1.
All places of businesses that open will have to follow many safety measures such as 6 ft distancing, wearing masks, and cleaning often. Before we can move to Phase 2 we will have to wait at least 3 weeks, depending on the trend. For example, if the trend is upward that is negative, and it means we will move back to Stay at Home. If the trend is downward that is positive, and we can move on to phase 2.
As we move to Phase 1, please keep in mind that we will still have safety measures such as masks, social distancing, and staying home if possible. However in phases 2, 3, and 4 the restrictions will continue to lessen. More details will be shared in future vlogs.
This is really important to know that there is still no vaccine as of today and virus is still deadly.
For more information, please visit mass.gov and click on “reopening Massachusetts”, then “read more”.]
May 28, 2020 News
Starting today DEAF, Inc. aims to provide vlogs in ASL with updates once a week.
First of all, DEAF, Inc. wants to wholeheartedly thank our donors and community members for monetary donations as well as many donations of masks for the DBCAN (DeafBlind) consumers and providers during this difficult time.
DEAF, Inc. services remain available remotely while our offices are closed.
As you are already aware, Massachusetts State is currently into phase 1 of reopening. Limited places are open. Wearing a mask in public areas, like in stores and parks, and maintaining 6 feet social distancing are still required, it’s the law. Continue to wash hands often for 20 seconds with warm water and soap.
DEAF, Inc. is currently working on our reopening plan. As soon as it is complete, we will let you know.
Exciting news, DEAF, Inc. will host our first online workshop on Zoom, on June 3rd. It is called 3 Digit Numbers. For more info, check out the workshop flyer posted on both DEAF, Inc. Facebook and website.