IRI Monthly ASL Chat via Zoom

Hello everyone! Independent Resources, Inc. is hosting a monthly Zoom call to discuss different topics, share resources, and to talk about what is happening. The call will be hosted on the first Monday of the month, unless changed because of holidays or other reasons.

Please feel free to contact Christy Hennessey at chennessey at iri-de.org or Alanna Smith at asmith at iri-de.org for questions, ideas, or feedback.

Zoom meeting ID: 844 1326 3378
Passcode: contact Christy or Alanna for the passcode or see the flyer blow.

Every 1st Monday of the month, from 10:00 to 11:00 am

February 1st: Greetings and Open Discussion
March 1st
April 5th
May 3rd
June 7th
July 5th
August 2nd
September 6th
October 4th
November 1st
December 6th

PDF icon IRI Monthly Deaf Chat Flyer  (Adobe Acrobat PDF reader required)

Covid Vaccines for d/hh community

Do you need your COVID vaccine?

If you are a Delaware resident and over 65 and Deaf you can get COVID vaccine

on this Saturday Feb 13 at 1 pm at Epworth United Methodist church at 19285 Holland Glade Rd , Rehoboth Beach DE. 

You MUST register first by contacting Carol Stevens at carolstevens100 AT hotmail.com by email by tomorrow Thursday at 8 pm. Tell your Deaf friends who are over 65 years old.

First come. First served.

Beebe Hospital contacted Epworth Church.  Epworth will have a limited number of vaccines available.  They decided to give some of them to the Deaf community, because they know that it is very difficult for Deaf people to try to get an appointment.

Remember to be safe and wise.  Mask, hand wash, social distancing and get you vaccine.

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!

 

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.

Judge Spikes Deaf Woman’s ADA Suit Over Clinic’s Uncertified ASL Interpreter

A federal judge in Atlanta dismissed an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint filed by a deaf woman who sought somewhat urgent treatment at a urology clinic that—despite scrambling to find an interpreter on short notice—was only able to provide someone who was noncertified in American Sign Language (ASL).

Read on at https://www.law.com/dailyreportonline/2020/12/15/judge-spikes-deaf-womans-ada-suit-over-clinics-uncertified-asl-interpreter/?slreturn=20201120153213 or http://nwadacenter.org/news/ada-news-december-16-2020.

Masks are keeping a deaf veteran who reads lips unemployed

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — Some people remain unemployed because they are in a high-risk category if they contract COVID-19, or at taking care of someone who is.

Some may be waiting to go back to their job before the pandemic.

Some, like Mike Ayersman, can’t find a job that suits their skills or was negatively impacted during the pandemic.

“Every time I go out in public, it’s, ‘try to find a job.’ I can’t communicate with anybody,” Ayersman said.

Ayersman is a disabled veteran. He lost the majority of his hearing while serving overseas.

“I’m actually really, really deaf,” Ayersman said. “I was injured in Iraq and lost all of my hearing. So I have to read lips.”

Read the rest of the story at https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/masks-are-keeping-a-deaf-veteran-who-reads-lips-unemployed/77-2b96f77d-56c0-4c23-87ce-7ef321a4e308.