Delaware covid vaccine groups

Please check with your doctor when your phase/group is called up by the state for more information. It will take time for each group to get the vaccinations and could be a few weeks or months before it is your turn if you want it. The chart is to help you identify where you stand in line for the vaccination and easier identification for the doctor.

Fourth Circuit Rules Deaf Inmate Has the Right to Use Videophone

A North Carolina prison violated a deaf inmate’s First Amendment rights by not allowing him to use a videophone to contact people on the outside, the Fourth Circuit found on Wednesday.

The appellate court reversed a district court decision that had ruled in favor of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in a case brought by Thomas Heyer in 2011.

Read the rest at https://www.courthousenews.com/fourth-circuit-rules-deaf-inmate-has-the-right-to-use-videophone/?amp=1.

Operator to expand training, pay $162,500 to settle lawsuit alleging discrimination

Leisure Care will expand staff training and pay $162,500 in damages, attorneys’ fees and other costs to settle a lawsuit that alleged that the company violated the rights of people who are deaf or hard of hearing by not providing American Sign Language interpreters and not paying for interpreter services, and for steering of families of prospective residents who are deaf or hard of hearing to other senior living communities.

Read the rest of the story at https://www.mcknightsseniorliving.com/home/news/leisure-care-to-expand-training-pay-162500-to-settle-lawsuit-alleging-discrimination.

Note: this applies to all retirement homes so this acts as a reminder to them to be accessible.

Half of deaf children not receiving specialist teaching support in pandemic

One in two deaf children in England are not getting necessary specialist teaching support since returning to school in September, The Independent can reveal, amid warnings that pupils with hearing loss are at risk of falling behind.

Before the pandemic, about two-thirds (67 per cent) of deaf children usually had visits from a teacher of the deaf (ToD), but only half of these pupils (51 per cent) are currently receiving the support they need during the pandemic’s second wave, according to a national poll of parents by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS).

 

Since going into year 2, six-year-old Liam has been asking his mother, Brodie Kingston, when his teacher will be coming in to see him. She’s had to explain that she won’t be able to come to his school – an academy in Stoke-on-Trent where he’s the only deaf child – because of the pandemic; the school told her they were informed that social distancing rules meant she would not be able to visit.

The visits have been stopped across the country for a range of reasons, according to the NDCS, who clarified that they did not have data on how many schools versus local authorities were making the decision. The charity said that several local authorities have said the decision lies with individual schools, while some schools will only allow the teacher to come if it is the only school they’re visiting that day. Additionally, some specialist teachers have not been able to make appointments because they have been self-isolating.

Read the rest of the article at https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/half-of-deaf-children-not-receiving-specialist-teaching-support-in-pandemic-b1770053.html.

 

Note: This applies to the USA also.  Please fight for your IEP rights!

 

Hospital Bills For Uninsured COVID-19 Patients Are Covered, But No One Tells Them

When Darius Settles died from COVID-19 on the Fourth of July, his family and the city of Nashville, Tenn., were shocked. Even the mayor noted the passing of a 30-year-old without any underlying conditions — one of the city’s youngest fatalities at that point.

Settles was also uninsured and had just been sent home from an emergency room for the second time, and he was worried about medical bills. An investigation into his death found that, like many uninsured COVID-19 patients, he had never been told that cost shouldn’t be a concern.

Read the rest at https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/10/22/925942412/hospital-bills-for-uninsured-covid-19-patients-are-covered-but-no-one-tells-them.

NOTE: this applies to all states so please do not wait too long to get help.

Delaware Covid-19 Vaccine updates

The Delaware Division of Public Health is working with federal, state and local stakeholders to implement an efficient and equitable distribution of one or more COVID-19 vaccines to all Delaware communities. It is the goal of DPH to make safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination available through a phased allocation, or rollout, first to health care workers, including those who care for vulnerable populations, and other first responders, followed closely by vulnerable populations and critical infrastructure workers, and then expand opportunities that are inclusive of all who live or work in Delaware.

This resources on this page will evolve as the Delaware effort moves forward.

DPH’s Vaccine Call Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,

Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday: 302-672-6150

More information at https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/vaccine or https://news.delaware.gov/2020/03/04/dph-opens-coronavirus-call-center.

Winter ASL Class Registration Is Now Open! (by DHCC)

Due to the stay-at-home order, all of our ASL classes and private tutoring sessions are being offered online indefinitely via Zoom. Access to a laptop or a desktop computer is required to sign up for online sessions.

DHCC offers a fun, relaxed learning environment and community-level, non-credit beginner American Sign Language (ASL) instruction via community classes, on-site corporate classes and private one-on-one sessions. Our teachers, who are native ASL users, promote a relaxed learning environment with both structured and spontaneous dialogue. This gives students the opportunity to develop appropriate conversational strategies that are unique to Deaf Culture.

Register at https://dhcc.org/resources/asl-classes/?blm_aid=245167120.