Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns 30 on July 26, 2020.  Are we done?  NO!  What can you do?  Support us, make a video of yourself with #IAMTHEADA, advocate, stand up for your rights.  Will you support us? 

Delaware Association of the Deaf also supports the Delaware Statewide Council for People with Disabilities – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E706v0OXfA.

** Closed Captioning is available, simply turn on CC if needed.  **


Interpreter Forum regarding Christiana Care Hospitals and VRI

What?? To discuss VRI being used at Christiana Hospitals instead of their staff interpreters.

When: Friday, July 17, 2020 at 8pm (Eastern Time)

Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5799960272 (enter passcode when prompted)

Passcode: Typed in English to prevent spam/fake members joining, enter the 2 digit code for this date – March 10, 1975 (mmddyy). Also code in CC at @35 second mark.

** This will be a short meeting, @30 minutes. **

Advocacy Alert regarding Christiana Care ASL Interpreters

Christiana Care network is considering budget cuts and eliminating in house/person ASL staff are one of them.  They would be replaced with Stratus VRI (Video Remote Interpreting) on an iPad to save money.  Please email or call these people below to explain your EXPERIENCES not throw them insults.  Please list facts (pro/con) and Claudia or Jaki will pass the comments to their boss’ when considering staff interpreters.

If you need help, please feel free to contact Feta Fernsler, DAD president (via http://www.delawaredeaf.org/contact-us) or a good friend of yours if needed to plan your comments.

Claudia Reyes-Hull, Manager

Jaki Ortiz, Director


Delaware Elections Update


Governor John Carney on Thursday signed the fifteenth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, rescheduling Delaware’s presidential primary for July 7. The Delaware Department of Elections will mail absentee ballot applications to all registered Democrats and Republicans in the State of Delaware, providing all eligible registered Delaware voters the opportunity to vote by absentee ballot in the presidential primary election. 
Eligible Delaware voters will be permitted to select the “sick” or “temporarily or permanently physically disabled” options on their absentee ballot application to cast a vote in the presidential primary election, even if they are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Voters must return the application to the Delaware Department of Elections or complete the process online to receive an absentee ballot. The Delaware Department of Elections will operate at least six polling places in each county to allow voters to cast ballots in person should they choose not to vote by absentee ballot. 
Governor Carney’s order on Thursday also reschedules school board elections for July 21, and places additional requirements on municipalities that are conducting elections. The order requires districts and municipalities to enforce social distancing during elections, require face coverings, and limit crowds to 10 or fewer people at polling places. 
Governor Carney’s State of Emergency declaration – including the stay-at-home order and mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers – remains in place and carries the force and effect of law. Violations of the order, or any of its modifications, constitute a criminal offense. 

Information comes from Governor Carney via Email.  More information contained in links as well.



All sessions take place beginning on Friday, 12:00 Noon through Saturday, 4:00 pm from April 2020 to November 2020 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1706 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, Delaware 19901.

April 17 & 18
May 8 & 9
June 12 & 13
July 17 & 18
August 14 & 15
September 18 & 19
October 16 & 17
November 6 & 7

Participants must be at least 18 years of age, have a disability or be the parent of legal guardian of a child with a developmental disability*, a Delaware resident and commit to attend all Partner in Policymaking sessions. We seek diverse applicants of varied ethnic backgrounds and from all regions of the state.

PDF icon  Delaware_2020_Partners_in_Policymaking_Application (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

More information can be found at https://ddc.delaware.gov/index.shtml?dc=partners.

Interpreter Bill Town Hall (Feb. 26, 2020)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6-8:30PM

Bear Library Meeting Room # 3 1a, 101 Governors Pl, Bear, DE 19701
(conveniently located off Rt 1 and 40, near Christiana Mall/95)

** Remember to go inside and walk past checkout desk as meeting room #3 is by the computer lab in back. **

PDF icon Interpreter final draft as of 1-31-20 (Requires Adobe Acrobat PDF reader)

Update: meeting room changed from #3 to #1a which is by entrance and room is bigger also.

Healthcare insurance reminder

Halthcare or medical insurance reminder.  If you do not have insurance or need to make changes, the public insurance deadline is December 15, 2019.  Go to healthcare.gov to begin.