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Announcements 2005

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Instructor Certification Course in Emergency Preparedness for Deaf/HH Communities

February 7-9, 2006 in Fairfax, VA
People who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened or deaf-blind are encouraged to apply.

CEPIN Project has limited seating for charter group of community educators.
The Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN) Project is soliciting resumes and applications from people with experience in deafness and emergency preparedness to become certified instructors.
Instructors will be trained and certified to teach a course designed by CEPIN in their own communities.

The course, “Working Together: Identifying Community Emergency Preparedness Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People,” is designed to train people with hearing loss and first responders on how to work together in times of emergencies. If selected, each applicant will be invited to participate in a three-day training and certification program in Northern Virginia on February 7-9 2006.

To read the full announcement Click Here
For more on TDI see:
To learn more about CEPIN see:

Position Announcement: Assistant Principle

Detroit Day School for the Deaf is seeking candidates for the position of Assistant Principle. For a complete job description and application information Click Here.

Program/Project Coordinator Position

Michigan Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (formerly Michigan Association for Deaf, Hearing and Speech Services) is a state-wide nonprofit agency seeking an experienced professional to serve as a program/project coordinator. Applicants must be self-starters, able to handle fast-paced and varied workloads with minimal supervision. Candidate must possess mastery of written and oral communications skills and have the ability to work cooperatively with a variety of special populations.

Duties include: public education, advocacy, services to consumers and organizations affiliated with Deaf and hard of hearing people, and coordinating two large summer youth projects, Ralph Lynam Leadership Institute and Lions Camp Chris Williams. Requires some traveling and occasional evenings and weekends.

Required: Bachelor's degree in health, human services or related education. Knowledge of typical computer software programs such as Corel Wordperfect, MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access. Self-starter, ability to multi-task and meet deadlines consistently. Familiarity with Deaf and hard of hearing concerns.

Desired: Fluency in American Sign Language, web posting, and knowledge of multimedia creation. Knowledge of substance abuse prevention programs for youth. Knowledge of technology used by Deaf and hard of hearing people.

Full job description available upon request. Deadline to apply: December 20, 2005 We are on closed on December 23rd and will reopen January 3rd.

For confidential consideration, please send letter of interest, resume and current salary to:


or mail to:

MADHH Program/Project Coordinator
2929 Covington Court, Suite 200
Lansing, MI 48912-4939

Caption Telephone Action Alert!

Do you want captioned telephone in you state? Now is the time to tell the FCC!!! Send in your comments AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to the FCC in support of mandating captioned telephone nationwide.

The FCC has the petition to make captioned telephone relay service mandatory and to approve IP captioned telephone as a relay service. The petition was filed by 13 organizations representing thousands of consumers. Now the FCC needs to hear from each of you and your individual stories. They need to hear why captioned telephone is so important to you and your quality of life in employment, education, family, relationships, citizenship – being able to carry out your life independently. They need to hear the human side.

Due Dates for Comments on Captioned Telephone Petition - The FCC has now published the petition in the Federal Register. Comments are due on December 30 and reply comments are due on January 17.

See the original petition at: FCC_CaptionedTelephonePetitionFinal.pdf

To submit your comments to the FCC electronically go to
Where they ask for Docket number, enter 03-123

To see the FCC notice requesting comments Click Here.

Housing Coordinator Position at MDRC

MDRC has a position open for a Project Coordinator to provide leadership for a project to improve housing options for people with disabilities. Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of accessible and affordable housing resources, independent living and community organizing.

Click here for the full job description.

Please submit resumes by 3 pm Friday December 30, 2005 c/o Teresa Christmas to MDRC, 780 W. Lake Lansing Road, Suite 200, East Lansing, MI 48823.

Kits Improve Communication for Health Care

The Birmingham Chapter of Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH) has kits available to help health care providers communicate with patients who are Hard of Hearing (HOH). Each kit includes information and materials that can improve communication in health care facilities for persons who have a hearing loss.

SHHH members are excited about using the kits to raise awareness of barriers that people with a hearing loss experience, and ways to minimize those barriers. SHHH contacts at the national level report the kits are critically important in providing quality medical services to people who are hard of hearing.

Cost of the kits is moderate ($4 each) and volume discounts are available. The group also offers free sensitivity training for medical and nursing staff on the communication needs of patients who are hard of hearing.

Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People is dedicated to opening the doors of communication for persons with hearing loss through information, advocacy and support. The Birmingham Chapter was founded in 1989. This project is partially funded by the Birmingham Area Senior Citizen's Center, Harris Communications, the Grass Roots Education and Empowerment Network (GREEN) at Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, and contributions of the time and energy of Birmingham Area SHHH members to assemble and distribute the packets. As Chapter contact Liz Kobylak said, “The response from hard of hearing people who have seen sample packets has been very positive. They're waiting to buy!”

For more information, e-mail Liz Kobylak:

Miss Deaf Michigan in America's Thanksgiving Parade 2005

I’ve always dreamed of Miss Deaf Michigan riding a float at the Thanksgiving Parade.


MDMPA’s request to have our Queen, Rosina Switras, participate in this year’s Thanksgiving Parade was accepted by the Parade Company. On November 24, 2005 Miss Deaf Michigan will be interviewed by the Television Talking Points (which will also give a brief bio on the Queen and the organization).

The Queen will also stand on the float and wave to approximately one million spectators curbside on Woodward Avenue.  More than 102 million people nationwide will see this parade on television- an excellent exposure opportunity for Miss Deaf Michigan.

Miss Switras as well as a few MDMPA representatives will also attend the Parade Company’s Hob Nobble Gobble black tie affair the night before the Parade. This event may appear on the News in Michigan.

Please spread the News!!!!! Please attend the Thanksgiving Parade to support Miss Deaf Michigan’s first appearance at a National Parade!!!!!  We appreciate the Support!!!!!

Click here to visit Miss Deaf Michigan Pageant Association website.

National Special Education Survey Seeks Input by FRIDAY

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is seeking input for Part D of IDEA. OSEP is requesting that interested individuals participate in a 10 minute, anonymous survey by Friday, November 4th.

You may access the survey by visiting:

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is preparing a long-range plan for national activities to support individuals with disabilities and their families. The researchers are currently seeking your input to inform the development of future OSEP efforts. Responses are sought from policymakers, administrations, and families and youth.

U.S. Department of Education's Long-Range Comprehensive Plan for Part D National Activities Under The Individual's with Disabilities Education Act of 2004

Section 681 of the Individual's with Disabilities Act of 2004 (IDEA '04) requires that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) develop and implement a comprehensive plan for national activities authorized under subparts 2 and 3 of Part D of IDEA '04. The purpose of the plan is to ensure that the activities funded under Part D further the long-term program goals of subparts 2 and 3 and benefit children of all ages with the full range of disabilities.

Subpart 2 authorizes a range of national activities including: personnel preparation, technical assistance, model demonstration projects, and dissemination of information. Subpart 3 supports: training, technical assistance and dissemination of information for children with disabilities, parents, and personnel, and research and application of technology and media. The purpose of both subparts is to improve early intervention, education, transitional outcomes for children with disabilities and their families, as well as State education (SEA) and local education agency (SEA) systems for children with disabilities.


Information for this article is from:

REFERENCE POINTS, transition updates from the TATRA Project, features resources and information to help parent organizations, advocates and professionals better serve adolescents and young adults with disabilities, and their families. It is managed by PACER Center as a joint technical assistance activity of the TATRA Project and the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition is funded by and is a partner with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, cooperative agreement # H326J000005. The TATRA Project is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration.

Note: There are no copyright restrictions on this document. However, please credit the source and support of federal funds when copying all or part of this material.

Deaf/HH Mental Health Program May Close

- Elizabeth Bystrycki

Grand Rapids- Touchstone Innovare’ Counseling and Support Services for the Deaf (CSSD) is in danger of folding due to finances.

CSSD has two advocate workers and one clinician who serve individuals who are deaf, have minimal language skills, and are mentally ill. CSSD is a small program within a large agency that primarily serves people who are hearing.

CSSD employees were told that Community Mental Health-Network 180, overlooked funding for CSSD when developing it’s 2005-2006 budget. The CSSD team is fighting to save the program.

Elizabeth Bystrycki, a member of the CSSD team, is requesting community support for the mental health program for deaf people. Suggestions include financial resources to match partial CMH funding, letters of support, testimonials regarding CSSD services to deaf citizens, and articulation of reasons why advocacy is needed as well as the consequences to those who are most vulnerable and unable to speak for themselves if services are cut.

What will happen if there is no advocacy by staff? If CSSD closes, deaf and mentally ill people in the Grand Rapids area will have no where to turn for mental health services. Touchstone Innovare’ is the only organization that offers mental health services for the deaf in the region. Only people skilled in alternative communication and ASL can function as a link to deaf people with minimal language skills. These deaf citizens lack empowerment. They have no voice, nor do they have understandable voices. Without services they will be neglected and isolated. People with limited language skills, who are deaf and mentally ill, do not know how to fight for their rights and often do not understand their rights. CSSD staff are their voices.

The clients of CSSD have been sheltered, isolated, ignored and diminished all of their lives. Please consider how you can support the continued work of CSSD.

Letters of support should be directed to:
Sue Hood and Ruth Sprague
Network 180
728 Fuller
Grand Rapids, Michigan. 49503

For more information on mental health services and people who are deaf or hard of hearing see:

Hearing Aid Tax Credit Action Alert!

A coalition working on federal tax credit reform had nine meetings with Ways and Means (W&M) Committee members last week. Rep. Neal has already agreed to co-sponsor H.R. 414, the Hearing Aid Tax Credit bill, which brings the W&M co-sponsor count to 5 (Foley, Jefferson, Neal, Ramstad, Reynolds). In addition, several W&M representatives offered support in a tentative upcoming hearing where representatives are invited to testify for their tax proposals.

All of these representatives are critical since they are on the key Ways and Means committee. If you want to support this bill, which would provide a federal tax credit for hearing aid purchases, contact one of the people below, ideally by fax or e-mail. A mailed letter will help as well if you do not have easy access to a fax machine or e-mail. Also, a letter from SHHH chapters in these states would also be very helpful.

Of all the members the coalition met with, Reps. Camp and McCrery are the most critical given their positions on the Committee. If you are in their districts and know them or their staffers on a personal or business level, this would be an ideal time to activate such “grasstops” contacts.

For sample emails/letters to use go to:

Rep. Dave Camp (Michigan, 4th), Midland area (Ways and Means)
Honorable Dave Camp
U.S. House of Representatives
137 Cannon Building
Washington, DC 20515

Fax or e-mail to: Brian Sutter, or
fax to 202-225-9679

Rep. Jim McCrery (LA, 4th), Shreveport, LA (Ways and Means)
Honorable Jim McCrery
U.S. House of Representatives
2104 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515

Fax or e-mail to: Laura Walker, or
fax to 202-225-8039

DODHH Interpreter Positions Hiring

State Interpreter Coordinator
This position has the major responsibility of coordinating the state Quality Assurance screening process for the community and educational interpreters with the possible administration of the national Educational Interpreter Profiency Assessment tests. The other responsibilities include providing technical assistance in communication accessibility, maintaining state interpreter database, serving as RID continuing education sponsor, coordinating continuing education requirements for interpreters, provide training and informational seminars, serving as liasion to various organizations and providing interpreting service within the office and department.

Qualifications: bachelor's degree preferred plus possession of RID or NAD certificate.

State civil service position with excellent benefits. Salary range: $16.29 to 26.80 per hour. Full time, 40 hours a week, 52 weeks. Rights Representative 9-12 classification.

State Interpreter
This position has the major responsibility of providing direct interpreting services to the state government agencies within Lansing metro area. The interpreter reports to and assists the State Interpreter Coordinator.

Qualifications: Bachelors degree preferred plus possession of RID or NAD certificate.

State civil service position with excellent benefits. Salary range: $13.61 to $19.88 per hour. Full time, 40 hours a week, 52 weeks. Interpreter, Deaf 6-9 classification.

For more details, check website: and click on "State Job Opportunities"

Deadline for application: October 31, 2005.

Send resume to:
Chris Hunter, Director
Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing
201 N. Washington Square, Suite 150
Lansing, MI 48909

National Rehabilitation Conference Seeks Sponsors and Exhibitors

Sponsors and Exhibitors are being sought for the 2006 National Training Conference for State Coordinators for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened to be held May 22-24 at the Woodcliff Lodge, Rochester, New York.

This conference provides access to top level professionals from across the United States who are in leadership positions relative to services to individuals who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened.

Rehabilitation Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Education and the University of Arkansas Regional Continuing Education Program, Region 6 are hosting this conference. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to tour the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

We welcome you to participate with us by becoming a sponsor or exhibitor at this exciting conference. The details related to sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are outlined in the attached flyer. Thank you for your consideration; please let us know if we can provide you with any additional information.

Click here for the flyer.

Deaf Celebration Day Schedule Announced

Don’t miss the fun and activities this Saturday!

Saturday, October 1, 2005
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Summit Place Mall
Waterford, Michigan
(Telegraph and Elizabeth Lake Roads)

Click here for schedule of events!

Michigan SHHH Hear Here Conference & Expo 2006 Seeking Sponsors & Volunteers

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Date: Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th

Sign up to help - have fun, meet old and new friends all at the same time!
To inquire about committee duties or sign up, email:

Check out the Sponsorship Opportunities:
Corporate Sponsorship and
Non-Profit/Individual Sponsorship

How can you go wrong?

Email for more information.

Teacher Vacancies at Michigan School for the Deaf

The Michigan School for the Deaf will be hiring soon. Check the Michigan Department of Civil Service web site for postings. Click on the address below, then click "State Job Postings," then click on Human Service Jobs.

Access to Healthcare: A National Online Survey

Editor’s Note: What would happen if every deaf or hard of hearing person in Michigan responded to this survey??

Are you a person who is deaf or hard of hearing? Are you interested in the accessibility of medical clinics?

If so, please complete the online survey about barriers to access to medical care.

This survey is a project of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. The information gathered from this survey will be used to develop an accessibility checklist for healthcare providers to use in evaluating their clinics for accessibility. Deaf and hard of hearing people need to be represented in this survey!

Assistance Available for Hurricane Victims who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Volunteers Needed

Silver Spring, MD [September 2, 2005] - Emergency assistance plans have been put in place for Hurricane Katrina victims who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. The Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN) Project has designated CSD of Oklahoma and Northern Resource Virginia Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC) as CEPIN contact centers for Hurricane Katrina victims and their families.

Agencies serving deaf or hard of hearing individuals in the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina are reporting that their phone lines and offices are shut down for the time being. Coverage for pagers may be weak at times due to loss of network capabilities. As a result, people wanting to find information on recovery and rescue efforts in the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina are encouraged in Louisiana or displaced westward in Texas to contact CSD of Oklahoma during regular business hours at:
(click on locations, then Oklahoma)
(866) 845-7445 Voice/TTY (Toll Free)
(918) 835-7445 Voice/TTY
(918) 835-6459 FAX

"We have people standing by at the CEPIN regional center, which is being facilitated by CSD of Oklahoma Division Director Glenna Cooper," said Dr. Benjamin J. Soukup, CSD CEO. "We recognize that people who are deaf or hard of hearing are often overlooked in disaster recovery and rescue efforts, and we are working hard to ensure that this does not happen with Hurricane Katrina. CSD of Oklahoma is working closely with the local Red Cross and other appropriate organizations, and they will be able to provide assistance."

"In addition to the victims, our office is also providing support and resources to the responders and volunteers to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing refugees are getting much-needed assistance," added Soukup. For those wanting information in other states affected by Katrina such as Florida, Alabama or Mississippi, and displaced refugees in the Mid-Atlantic area, contact Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC).

"We are heartbroken seeing all the devastation that Katrina has brought upon people in the Gulf States, especially those who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and late-deafened," said Cheryl Heppner, Executive Director of NVRC. "As part of CEPIN, we are eager to work with organizations and agencies to ensure that people who are deaf or hard of hearing get the services they need, especially hearing aids or other devices vital to effective communication. At a time when their lives are turned upside down, we hope the last thing to worry about is how they will be able to communicate with others." NVRC may be contacted during regular business hours at:
(703) 352-9056 TTY
(703) 352-9055 Voice
(703) 352-9058 FAX

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers who have experience in working with deaf and hard of hearing people and have training in First Aid, CPR, CERT, and other rescue efforts should contact one of the two regional centers to offer their services. The CEPIN website also has a list of statewide resources available at their website for the areas affected by the hurricane.

If you need assistance in recovering from the disaster, contact the nearest Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):
1-800-462-7585 TTY
1-800-621-FEMA (3362) Voice

For a list of organizations to donate money to:
(Please note that FEMA and other organizations are asking for monetary
donations, not donations in the form of food, clothes or other goods.)

If you need food, clothing, shelter or medicine, contact the American Red Cross:

If you need to find your family members, go to the American Red Cross FamilyLinks website at:

If you receive social security benefits, Social Security Administration is working to ensure that individuals continue to receive their retirement or disability checks. More information is at:
1-800-325-0778 TTY
1-800-772-1213 Voice

”It’s critical that we have this information on hand for victims, and that people are aware of these resources,” said Jim House, CEPIN Project National Coordinator. “The CEPIN Project will continue to be very supportive, and to monitor the recovery activities and provide assistance as needed. CEPIN will be adding information to its website and sending out information as news develops, and we encourage people to check our website for updates.”

About the CEPIN Project:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded TDI nearly $1.5 million for the two-year CEPIN Project, which focuses on developing model community education programs for deaf and hard of hearing consumers about emergency preparedness. For more information about the CEPIN Project, please visit: emergencypreparedness/cepin.htm.

SHHH has established a program, in collaboration with hearing aid manufacturers, to provide 500 hearing aids for victims of Katrina.

For more info about deaf and hard of hearing people related to Hurricane Katrina see this web site:

Permaculture Course in ASL & English

The Wilder Foundation is currently working to develop three new permaculture curricula. Each project requires new skills for teachers, and a new understanding of the specific needs of the students. We are actively fundraising to support these courses, and appreciate your donations to make it possible.

Bilingual American Sign Language / English Course for Deaf Students

Our goal is to introduce permaculture into the deaf community and train deaf educators to run their own design courses in ASL. We want to build bridges from the international permaculture and environmental network into the deaf community.

Click here to

American Academy of Hearing Loss Support Specialists

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People’s (SHHH) ground breaking, self-paced online learning program, the American Academy of Hearing Loss Support Specialists is officially launching to the public November 14, 2005. Sign up for the program before December 31, 2005 and your enrollment fee will be just $275.

Click here to

Youth Advisory Committee Seeks Members:
National Council on Disability

Washington, DC — The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) for the National Council on Disability (NCD) is announcing the opening of a nationwide search for new members. The YAC, a 12 member advisory committee with members ranging in age from 16-25, has openings for new members (between 16 and 25 years of age) across disability sectors, diverse cultures and in under-represented areas of the country.

Click here to

Free Public Service: Emergency Alerts on E-Mail, Cell or Pager

The Emergency Email & Wireless Network sends emergency notifications from local, regional, and government sources. You can choose the type of announcements you wish you receive for your region. Learn about severe weather, school closings, and national disasters on your pager or cell phone! This is a free service! Sign up now at

FREE Cochlear Implant Booklets

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH) has produced two new educational booklets: Cochlear Implants: When Hearing Aids Aren’t Enough and Questions for Adults to Ask the Surgeon when Being Evaluated for Cochlear Implant. The booklets provide clear, straightforward discussion of the cochlear implant process, and helpful advice for those considering surgery.

Copies of these booklets can be ordered, free of charge on the SHHH website at

ASL Interpreted Performance in Okemos

Concluding its 16th season of theater by and for young people, All-of-us Children's Theatre is proud to present ASL interpreted performances of Raggedy Ann & Andy at Kinawa Middle School auditorium on Friday, July 29, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 6, 2 p.m. Kinawa Middle School is located at 1900 Kinawa Dr., Okemos, MI 48864. At the door tickets are $5 for youth and $6 for adults.

Script by Patricia Thackray. Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. Directed by Rick Dethlefsen. Performers and running crew are young people ages 6 to 18 from the Greater Lansing Area.

This production is presented with the support of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Capital Region Community Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Meram Properties LLC/Broder & Sachse, Ingham County Hotel-Motel Tax Fund, and Capital Area United Way. Sponsored by Kay Perkins, M.D.

For show information, contact All-of-us Children's Theatre at (517) 394-4118 or log on to the Internet at

Please pass this announcement along to any and all individuals -- including friends, family, colleagues and students -- that may be interested in attending these performances! Future ASL interpreted performances will be offered based upon the turnout of this production.

MSU Research Study: Seeking Adults with Moderate-to-Severe Hearing Loss

If you are an adult with a bi-lateral (both ears) hearing loss in the moderate to severe range, MSU needs you! A doctoral student is testing a computer program that measures hearing handicap using answers to 10 simple questions.

Ideal candidates are individuals with audiometric hearing losses between about 55-90 dB in both ears. For each participant, MSU will provide a free hearing evaluation, hearing aid analysis, and audiological recommendations. Two sessions totaling about 2-1/2 hours, conducted on the MSU campus, are required.

If you are interested contact Sara Shogren by e-mail at or phone at (517) 327-7993 for details.

2005 Michigan Deaf Association Conference: Different and Exciting

The conference, slated for September 28 – October 1, 2005 at Marriott Centerpoint in Pontiac will bring many exciting activities and entertainment. To learn more, click here.....

See the MDA Conference advertisement on home page below Calendar section or on Calendar page.

For more information:
Jefferson Hockenberger, Chairperson
248-546-4469 FAX

Survey: Michigan Senior Apartments/Community for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Are you interested in Senior apartments or a Senior community in Michigan that is for people who are deaf or hard of hearing? Do you have a friend or family member who might be interested? Please take a moment to complete this Click here to fill out a survey and then send it to this address:

Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services, Inc.
25882 Orchard Lake Road Suite 100
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
Fax: 248-474-7938

New Web site:
Addiction Help- Deaf & Hard of Hearing

- Do you know someone who drinks too much?
- Is someone you care about in trouble because of drugs or alcohol?
- Are you sick of feeling sick because of drug or alcohol?
- Are you trying to stay sober but feeling all alone?

E-Michigan Deaf and Hard of Hearing People is pleased to announce a new web site that offers Addiction Help for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

On Addiction Help- Deaf & Hard of Hearing you will find links to online 12-step and other recovery support groups. Some of these groups are specifically for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Others are for everyone in recovery and the text format allows people with a hearing loss to participate equally.

AA and NA groups depend on the 12-steps as guidelines to become sober. Now you can see the first 4 steps explained in ASL! Thank you to the Minnesota Chemical Dependency Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals for allowing us to post this video.

You will also find lots of information and resources about recovery, especially for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

If you have ideas to make this a better web site, please let us know!

Visit Addiction Help- Deaf & Hard of Hearing TODAY at:

Thank you to SBC Ameritech for the grant that made this web resource possible!

Literacy Camp for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children: Seeking Sponsors

Deaf Options (D.O.), a non-profit, community based human services agency for the Deaf Community, is launching, the first of its kind literacy day camp for deaf and hard of hearing children and youth ages 7 - 17. The camp is designed to address the insidiously low 3rd-5th grade reading level so common in the Deaf Community.

Camp S.E.L.F. ( Self-Esteem, Literacy, and Fun) for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children is co-sponsored by The Detroit Free Press and The Skillman Foundation matching contributions from the community. Deaf Options is seeking community sponsors and has prepared the following wish list to make this camp a reality!

Can you or your organization assist?

  • 100 Campers at $50 each
  • 50 Teletype devices for the deaf at $300 each
  • 200 Field trip admission at $12 each
  • 50 Literacy curriculum kits at $50 each

Contact Person:
Reichelle Tucker
313-961-8120 (v)
313-961-8118 TTY

New Service: Online Restaurant Ordering

A new service makes ordering food to-go easier, especially for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. is a FREE service that has replaced the paper menu and phone. Restaurants register for their website so people can order food online. They consider themselves an online food court.

David Caddell, the owner of the Ann Arbor, has a niece with a hearing loss who attended Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. Thinking of her, he realized the online to-go service would be especially helpful to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The service is free, and is an easier way to order food for takeout or delivery than TTY Relay or struggling to hear on the phone.

2GOclub is a national company located in 14 states and growing. More than 35 Ann Arbor restaurants are online and over 50 restaurants are available online through out Michigan.

Donations to the Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

When you register with, you may designate that .5% of the price (net of taxes) of your order will be sent to the Coalition as a donation. Find the Coalition on the list of approved organizations and give us a click! Your food won’t cost you a penny more and you will be helping the Coalition maintain this web site!

Click here for the Ann Arbor restaurants on

Find other locations by clicking on “Select another city.” Also, if you don’t see your favorite restaurant, please click “Recommend A Restaurant” and will contact the restaurant and attempt to get them online.

Deaf Filmmakers Wanted: Enter Your Movie!

Tampa International Deaf Film and Visual Arts Festival will showcase films from around the globe both Full Feature and Short Films. The three-day event, May 12-14, will feature films, shorts and lectures. The festival provides an opportunity for deaf filmmakers and actors to have their work shown. It is an opportunity to show the work of deaf actors, film crews, directors, characters and culture. The Deaf Advocacy Network, Inc. is sponsoring a Short Film Contest. The Short Film Contest is open to all subject matter in DVD format. An Audience Choice awards will be given. Prizes include cash and merchandise as well as discounted entry to a future DAN, Inc. produced film fest. For application form please go to http://www.floridadea! If you wish to show your films and not enter the contest please e-mail me at For more information about Festival .

We look forward to showing your work!!
Joann Patterson
Vice President of Deaf Advocacy Network Inc.

Walk & Roll 2005!
For the independence if people with disabilities and FUN!

Come show your support for the independence of people with disabilities and help a few great organizations while having fun at the same time! Come to Walk & Roll 2005!

What is Walk & Roll?
The 2005 Walk & Roll will give people with disabilities, allies, volunteers and staff an opportunity to socialize, exercise, and raise money for disability causes as they walk and roll around an indoor track and participate in other exciting activities. MDRC is raising money to support our mission: “to build opportunities for people with disabilities so they may live fully integrated lives within their chosen communities, now and in the future.”

Capital Area Center for Independent Living (CACIL), the Michigan Association of Centers for Independent Living (MACIL), the Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC), and Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) are partnering together to host the first annual Walk & Roll in the Lansing area.

Help us raise funds by asking friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you to walk and roll. In addition, there are opportunities to ask companies and groups in your community for sponsorships and partnerships. Help us raise money to support our mission!

When and Where?

Walk & Roll 2005
Saturday, April 30, 2005.
1:00-3:30 p.m.
Holt High School Gymnasium.

Interpreters provided.

How can you join in?

We have provided a link to make your gift-giving and involvement easier at CLICK HERE. To learn more, please contact Aimee Sterk at (517) 333-2477 ext. 28 or email

Why should you come, support MDRC and the other partners and participate?

  • You believe in MDRC’s mission and the mission of the partner organizations.
  • You understand the vital need for funds from our constituency to support flexible and independent activities including legislative advocacy.
  • You want to have some fun and meet others involved in the work of MDRC and our partners.
  • You want the opportunity to show the vitality of the disability community.

Join us for a rockin’ and rollin good time on April 30!

Job Openings: Outreach Coordinator & Therapist

Salvation Army Harbor Light in Monroe, MI has two job openings Deaf / Hard of Hearing Substance Abuse Program. Please click either job announcement below for more information:

Job Opening - Outreach Coordinator
Job Opening - Therapist

Captioned Telephone Service Considered in Michigan

Public Comments Needed

CapTel Device

CapTel Device
(click on image to go to CapTel Device’s website)

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) is seeking public comment, by April 12, on a proposal that would allow the use of captioned telephone service by individuals who have a hearing loss.

Captioned telephone service technology, already adopted by 26 states, allows people with hearing loss to receive caption displays on specially–equipped phones while simultaneously listening to the extent possible.

On March 17, a majority of the Michigan Relay Center Advisory Board submitted an application to the MPSC to allow the current Telecommunications Relay System provider — SBC Michigan - to offer enhanced access through the use of captioned telephone service for the hearing impaired and handicapped.

It is estimated that the additional cost in the first year of use would be $0.01 per line per month through the cost recovery mechanism provided in the Michigan Telecommunications Act.

For more information on Captioned Telephone Services see:

The Commission has selected this case for participation in its electronic filings program.

People who wish to submit comments to the Commission on this case and do not anticipate participating in other MPSC electronic cases, may submit their comments in an e–mail message or as an e–mail attached document to: Please specify that the comments are being filed in response to Case Number U–14458.

Those individuals already participating in the electronic filings program should file as they normally would for any electronically filed case.

Those who have not previously participated in electronic case filings and intend on being a party to this case should to request information on how to participate electronically in an e–mail to:

The Commission recognizes that not all individuals have a computer or Internet access to submit comments electronically. Therefore, comments may be submitted on paper and mailed to:

Executive Secretary, Michigan Public Service Commission, 6545 Mercantile Way, P.O. Box 30221, Lansing, MI 48909.

The case number should be included with the comments.

All comments submitted to the Commission are made public on the MPSC’s Web site. Therefore, people with privacy concerns should exercise discretion in what information they include in their comments. For example, social security numbers and account information should not typically be included in comments submitted.

The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Labor & Economic Growth.

Case No. U–14458

Now Booking for the 2005-2006 Touring season....

The Little Theatre of the Deaf (LTD), the Children’s Theatre wing of The National Theatre of the Deaf, will perform “Fingers Around the World: Next Stop-South of the Border” for their 2005-06 touring season. Entertaining and educating children and adults through their performances for children in schools and at public theatres for over 35 years, The Little Theatre of the Deaf has performed in all 50 states and in many foreign countries.

The Tony-Award winning company will begin the program with a sign language warm up. For those who know sign language, it entertains. For those who don’t know sign language, it educates by providing an opportunity to learn a few signs and have a greater understanding and appreciation of the program that follows. You will witness a new dramatic form, which speaks with voices of beauty and power: one for the eye and one for the ear, you See and Hear every word

Included in our educational partnership is our Study Together Guide, providing material about the performance, exercises and activities to do in the classroom pre and post performance.

Dates are going fast, so book today. For additional information please contact the Tour Director at, or call the theatre at 860-236-4193. *

Bookings made before April 29th 2005 for the fall or spring tour will receive a 10% discount! Unfortunately, no bookings will be made over the summer. However, bookings will resume the 1st of September.

Wanted: ASL Interpreters Who Speak Spanish

If you know spoken Spanish, and are a sign language interpreter, please contact Maureen Wallace at the Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing at (877) 499-6232 or by e-mail at

Urgent Action Needed: Oppose Cuts for Hearing Screening

Due to Michigan’s current budget crisis, legislators are considering cutting hearing and vision screening for children in school. The Executive Budget recommendations for the 2005-2006 fiscal year eliminate $5.2 million from local public health operations including 100% of the funds to support hearing screening and vision services. In addition, the Governor is also recommending the elimination of hearing health care benefits (as well as vision, chiropractic and dental) for adult Medicaid clients that were just reinstated for the current fiscal year. The budget, of course, must be passed by the Legislature. The Executive Budget recommendations are just that-recommendations. Providers, educators, consumers and advocates for the deaf and hard of hearing must continue to educate legislators on the importance of hearing health care.

Please consider sending a letter opposing ANY CUT for hearing screening. A sample is below. Hand written letters are okay if legible!

Please Fax the letters IMMEDIATELY to the following:

Senator Johnson 517.373.5669
Senator Stamas 517.373.2678
Rep. Hummel 517.373.5780
Rep. Caswell 517.373.5768

These are the key people who will help make the decision.

Sample Fax:

To: Senator Johnson, Chair, Appropriations Committee From:

Date: March , 2005

Subject: Hearing and Vision Test Sceening

Please do not cut hearing / vision screening for children. Over 22,000 or 3.5% of the 696,569 children failed their hearing screenings. The remedial costs to the State for undetected hearing loss on the back end will be huge.

To stop the service of screening for and identification of hearing loss among children is to put a HUGE burden on them, their families, and the future economy. Society pays when children whose needs were ignored turn into adults whose educational outcomes were degraded by missed opportunities to learn reading, writing, arithmetic along with other subjects.

The stopping of hearing and vision screenings is the most costly one.

Please consider these important points.

Thank you.


Lousie Tumarkin Zazove Scholarships for Students with Hearing Loss

The Louise Tumarkin Zazove Foundation is now accepting applications for scholarships. Any citizen or permanent resident of the United States with a hearing loss is eligible for consideration by the Foundation, regardless of his/her age, race, geographic location or ethnicity. Financial need will increase the chance of an applicant being awarded funds but this is only one of many criteria taken into account.

Scholarships will be considered only at accredited non–profit schools, physically located in the United States, and all funds awarded by the Louise Tumarkin Zazove Foundation will be paid directly to schools. Although undergraduate and graduate level of study will be strongly favored, the Foundation may on occasion consider applications for high school tuition or other appropriate situations.

For more information about these scholarships and an application Click Here.

Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program

This program offers paid summer internships for students with disabilities at many of America's leading corporations. These companies are members of the Center's National Business & Disability Council and are proactive in recruiting qualified people with disabilities.

For more information, go to:

The deadline for application is February 15, 2005.

Two Positions Available at MDRC

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition has two new job openings. See the MDRC website for more information at:

Join Michigan Deaf Bowling League

Michigan Deaf Bowling League (Mixed League) every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. (35 weeks Season with 2 Half) $15 per week (ABC/WIBC Support, soon to become USBC) Many awards/prizes

Universal Lanes
2101 E. 12 Mile Rd.
Warren, MI 48092
(586) 751-2828

To join.... $7.00 to hold the spot for Fall Season (Late Aug/Early Sep)

For more information:
Leonard Pace, League Secretary

MIRID seeks Sponsors and Vendors for Spring Conference

The Michigan Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (MIRID) announces their first conference in honor of 35 years of service. Sponsors and Vendors are invited to support this important event.

The MIRID Spring Conference will be held at the Marriott University Place in E. Lansing, April 29 - 30, 2005. Conference planners boast a great lineup of presenters (to be announced shortly). Vendor tables will be in a prime location, adjacent to the conference space.

Click here to see a flyer with more information and a registration form

Audiologist & Speech Therapist Openings – Michigan

Therapy provider in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan has openings for 1 Audiologist and 2 Speech Therapists to join their dynamic rehab team of over 50 Therapists. Successful candidates will work in a diversified state–of–the–art setting with a strong clinical mentoring program. Above average salary, benefits, relocation assistance, sign–on bonus and tuition reimbursement program. CFY candidates welcome!

Louise Woods
International Therapy Partners

Supporters Needed to Keep TV Series Afloat

For more than two years, PAX TV's Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye has offered quality family program integrating creative storylines, strong characters, and gripping suspense with spiritual encouragement and inspiration in the human spirit. Unfortunately, the tendency of the entertainment industry and their financial partners to cease production based on the misconception that an audience does not exist for faith–based, quality family programs may claim another casualty.

Premiering in October 2002, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye is a groundbreaking, original drama inspired by the true story of Sue Thomas, who although profoundly deaf from the age of 18 months, overcame significant obstacles to work for surveillance for the F.B.I. In a history–making scenario, actress Deanne Bray, a deaf woman with life similarities of her newfound friend, the real–life Sue Thomas, plays Sue's role in this PAX TV original created by the creative writers of Dave Alan Johnson and Gary R. Johnson.

Winner of the Parents Television Council Seal of Approval, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye has been recognized and honored for quality programming not just in the Deaf Community but also by many in the hearing public. Now, the show has been slated to end production at the end of January 2005, a full two and a half seasons before its contract with PAX TV and Pebblehut Productions expires.

The deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing/deaf supporting fans of Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye have launched a campaign to restore interest and revitalize the flickering spirit of the show. Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye may become part of television history unless the voices of the fans are heard. The fans of the show have united to revive interest from Network and Production Company as well as the much needed funding for the show.

A direct quote from Deanne Bray, who leads the cast of hearing and deaf actors playing the title role of Sue Thomas states, “Sue Thomas’ story is one I deeply understand because like Sue, I’m deaf. My hope is that this show will not only entertain. I’m sure it will do that, but that it can also be a bridge between different worlds that it can help everyone understand that we are all more alike than we are different.”

In regards to seeing her story brought to life on the screen, Sue Thomas herself asserts, “Finally, audiences will be able to gain a deeper understanding and respect for the individuals who walk the path of silence.” Now a motivational speaker and author, who serves as a consultant on the show, Ms. Thomas adds, “I feel blessed that PAX will bring this message to television in such a powerful way.”

The deaf and hard of hearing have been labeled as incompetent of intellectual comprehension throughout time, though it has not held true in many aspects. Now, there is a remarkable story that has brought this revelation out for the entire world to see – Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye. The cancellation of Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye would leave a void hard to fill.

The deaf and deaf supporters of the Sue’s Crew website (the first fan site dedicated to deaf education uniting deaf and hearing fans of the show) do not believe the true spirit of Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye has to be snuffed out. Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, the true story of the FBI's first Deaf Agent, has inspired many to learn more about Deaf Culture, American Sign Language or in some instances other countries Sign Languages, along with helping in the effort of bridging the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds. Though we realize this will not happen overnight, it definitely is a step in the right direction, since the show does not focus on the differences people have, but on the similarities. Since its US debut on October 13, 2002, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of deaf and hearing viewers around the world.

Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, fine drama that holds true to family values, brings a touch of satirical humor, a bit of honesty, and a lot of humility to the screen that is refreshing and something seriously lacking in today's television programming. The deaf and deaf supporters of Sue's Crew have launched a campaign to save this show through its website at and welcome others to join them.

NOTE: The administrators, moderators, and members of Sue's Crew website are a mix of deaf, hard of hearing and hearing individuals united to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds. The site has received national recognition for its work towards saving the family oriented show and helping others “gain a deeper understanding and respect for the individuals who walk the path of silence.” [Quote: Deanne Bray, Actress]

By Kristal Singletary

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