Delaware Association of the Deaf Meeting (Thursday, June 10, 2021, 7PM)

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jun 10, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

A few rules:

  1. Videos and sound/microphone off.   This helps all of us see speaker in big video easily and is more DeafBlind friendly. 
  2. Questions, wait until end of officers report or under new business to turn on video.
  3. No spam/junk.  Will be booted.
  4. Be respectful of other people.


Deaf Community Surf Day! (Rehoboth Beach, DE)

Details and Sign Up

Date: July 22nd, 2021
Time: 11:30am – 2:30pm 
Where: Delaware Seashore State Park, Indian River Inlet, North-Side.  39183 Inlet Rd., Rehoboth Beach DE 19971
Special note:  This event is free, however there is a $10 parking fee.  Please arrive at least an hour early for parking (it is limited) and set-up.

All friends and family members of the participants are encouraged to come hang-out, socialize, and enjoy the fun of surfing.  Bring your favorite beach supplies and make a day of it!  Surf lessons for beginners are FREE, however participants MUST sign up prior to the event (register by clicking the button below).  Boards, surf instructors, and ASL interpreters are provided for this event. This is an all-inclusive event designed for all types of hearing loss.  If you don’t sign – no worries!  Please bring a towel, sunscreen, a rash-guard shirt if you prefer to wear one, hydration, and a snack.  Feel free to invite others to hang-out on the beach and cheer you on!  We look forward to connecting and spreading the stoke!  

You can contact Laurel through this website and number at the bottom of the page. 
You can also reach out to Jane, who is fluent in American Sign Language and has a videophone.  Her videophone number
​is 410-202-0208 and email 

Registration and details at


New Webinar Series!

Contemporary Issues in
Disability and Criminal Justice
3 photos - a man's hands in handcuffs behind his back - a man with a gavel sitting at a court bench - a corridor in a jail facility
Join the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center for our new series that will address hot topics related to disability in law enforcement, courts and corrections agencies.
Using Self-Advocate Educators with Disabilities for Training Emergency Responders
Wednesday June 9, 2021
1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern
Approximately 6.5 million people in the United States are diagnosed with Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities (IDD/DD). In Session 1 of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center’s “Contemporary Issues in Disability and Criminal Justice” Series, a panel of experts and self-advocate educators with disabilities will discuss a research-based training model called Leading Forward, for Law Enforcement and Emergency Medical Service providers. Through this model, Self-Advocate Educators (SAEs) are trained in how to teach firefighters, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and law enforcement about the range of characteristics of people with ID/DD and how their behaviors and communication abilities may vary from the non-disabled population in crises or emergency situations.
  • Lisa Schoenbrodt, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology, Loyola College in Maryland
  • Leah Katherine Saal, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Literacy, School of Education, Loyola College in Maryland
  • Patrick Chaney, Self-Advocate Educator
  • Elaina Camacho, Self-Advocate Educator
Making Arrests and Detention Accessible for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
Thursday, June 17, 2021
2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern
This session describes a model to implement and oversee a comprehensive range of accommodations for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH) people throughout any detention or supervision, in state or county prisons, state or county parole or probation. The key to this model is having a specialist, D/HH ADA Coordinator who is given the authority and budget to ensure access for this often “silenced’ population” The session will also describe the list of specific accommodations needed, from specialized phones, interpreters, captioning equipment & services, and staff training.
  • Bill Lockard, Program Director, DeafCAN! (Deaf Community Action Network)
The ADA and Our Jails: Delivering Service to All with Dignity and Respect
Thursday, June 29, 2021
2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern
This session will take a look at the ADA and our jails, from the time an individual enters booking until the day they are released. How do you properly ensure that all individuals in your custody have access to programs, services and a level playing field? Regardless of the disability, it is our responsibility to ensure that those entrusted to us while serving their sentences are treated with dignity and respect.
  • Captain James P. McMichael, Arlington County Sheriff’s Office
Additional Information about the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center’s Webinars
  • There is no charge to access these sessions.
  • Certificates of participation are available for a fee.
  • Real-time captions will be available for all sessions.
  • The sessions will be recorded for later viewing.
Stay tuned as more sessions will be added to this series!
Save the Date!
Mid-Atlantic ADA Conference
28th Annual Conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act
September 21 – 23, 2021
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland
Mark your calendars for the Mid-Atlantic ADA Conference, ADAcon, hosted by TransCen, Inc. and the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. ADAcon 2021 will be an in-person event and include sessions grouped in these topical tracks:
  • Housing (Fair Housing Act)
  • State and Local Government
  • Employment
  • Corrections
  • General
Complete conference information and registration are coming soon!
To stay informed on conference news and registration availability send an email to
Questions? Contact:
TransCen, Inc.
Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
(800) 949-4232 (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV)
(301) 217-0124 

Open Captioned Movies (Dagsboro, DE)

The Clayton Theater is opening its doors once again, with precautions in place.

Here are the open captioned times for June with two films.

  1. Thursday, June 10th at 3:00
    A QUIET PLACE 2 (PG13). Deaf actress Millicent Simmonds is in the film.
  2. Wednesday. June 23 at 3:00
    IN THE HEIGHTS (PG13), the new screen version of the successful Broadway musical.

Survey of Deaf Individuals Regarding Accessibility in Seeking Healthcare

I am inviting you to participate in a research study about mental health care and healthcare accessibility. This research project is conducted by Jacqueline Fontaine, a psychology student at the University of Wisconsin – Superior and is funded by the McNair’s Scholar’s Program. The faculty advisor whom is overseeing this study is Dr. Eleni Pinnow, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Superior. The objective of this research project is to better understand the influence of accessibility and communication on people of the Deaf community when seeking mental health and healthcare services. This electronic survey is being distributed nationwide to people with hearing loss who identify as culturally Deaf, and/or clinically deaf or hard of hearing.

It is my goal to receive as many responses as possible by June 30, 2021. Thank you so much for your help and participation! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or my faculty mentor.

More information at:


Monthly Deaf Health Talks

ASL fingerspelling says DHT = Deaf Health Talks, a partner in deaf health, Michigan Medicine and Michigan Deaf Health Collaboration

Deaf Health Talks are regular, virtual live stream health education monthly events for Deaf signers, with available closed captions for non-signers. These presentations, covering current health topics, are given largely by different Deaf health experts education forum in American Sign Language to generate an accessible health education platform for Deaf and hard of hearing community members. These presentations are free and open to the public and provide opportunities for community members to ask questions in an interactive question and answer forum. The Deaf Health Talks can include live demonstrations on cooking, exercise, and good health practices, that can help you take control of your health right from your home. Viewers also get access to opportunities to contribute to health research studies and connect to community health resources. The series is hosted by the MDisability Program, with our partners Michigan Deaf Health(link is external) and Partners in Deaf Health(link is external). Past co-hosts have also included the University of Michigan Adaptive Sports and Fitness Program(link is external).

** Note: The next topic is on June 22: Oral Health. **

More information can be found at: