Hospital VRI warning (short version)

Warning made by Feta Fernsler about importance of speaking up on interpreting situations in medical situations. For example, VRI freezing up and not explain the problem to nurses. Must document and speak up. If you can’t, have someone with you help you speak up. If you don’t speak up about VRI problems, hospital wins and that’s what happened. Just one of the few key points. Read the article and court case to learn more at

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program – Delaware

Need help with cooling or heating and have low income, check out the flyer for more details.  Please do stay cool/warm when needed.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Delaware (Adobe Acrobat Required)

Additional info can be found at….

Energy/Fuel Help:

Weatherization Help (aka: insulation):

(KY) State warns deaf community about keyless ignition vehicles after Lexington carbon monoxide death

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Advocates in Kentucky are urging the deaf community to know about the potential dangers of keyless ignition vehicles after a Lexington woman died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning earlier this month.

A vehicle with keyless ignition (Photo: WKYT)

Friends tell WKYT Connie Dotson died when she accidentally left her car with keyless ignition running in the garage while she slept inside her home. The coroner’s office said it is possible that was the cause of her death.

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing said this isn’t the first time this has happened, and it likely won’t be the last.

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Sign Language Campers Experience a Day at Rehoboth Beach

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del – Wednesday was the day 22 mostly high school age students from the American Sign Language Summer Camp got their day at the beach. They spent approximately an hour on the sand and in the ocean. Later it was dinner at Grotto Pizza followed by time on the boardwalk.

“For some kids its their first time (at the beach) and it is just a great experience to get together,” Mary Hicks, a bilingual specialist with the camp, explained.


DDSC Picnic

September 1, 2019


$5.00 admissions

John West Park, Ocean View, DE

See flyer for more details below…

Trump Signs Law Improving Disaster Planning For Those With Disabilities

The federal government will be required to do more to consider the needs of people with disabilities when hurricanes, fires and other disasters strike under a new law signed by President Donald Trump.

The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act, which was signed by the president this week, calls for the creation of a national advisory committee specifically focused on disaster planning for those with disabilities.

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Note: this law expands current access laws including those made as a result of Katrina to close gaps including better access to communication during disasters. More information will be needed to see what changed for D/HH people.

DAD Priorities for 2019-2020

Summary: One big priority many selected was Equipment Distribution Programs (i.e. doorbells, phones and emergency notifications). There are other committtees/groups doing other priorities as well including Healthcare, Interpreter certifications, deaf group homes, DMV visor cards and police notifications, and LEAD-K. Do feel free to come out to our meetings!

DMV Update….

Hey! Delaware people! Did you know that there is a way to have your driver’s license or identification card identify that you are Deaf/Hard of Hearing? Even if your license is not nearing expiration…you can go to DMV with your current license and complete a Medical Indicator Form. DMV will exchange the license/ID card for a new one with a small symbol on the front, and the phrase Deaf/Hard of Hearing on the back. There is no charge for changing your license.

Delaware DMV Launches Voluntary Medical ID Indicator

FYI, Article is a bit old. This is new from Deaf Outreach in Diver area..

Gail Garner reported that DMV agreed to immediately change the Medical Indicator (MI) term on the back of the drivers’ licenses and identification cards from Hearing Impaired to Deaf/Hard of Hearing. From today forward, the term Hearing Impaired will no longer be used on a Delaware driver’s license. Medical Indicators are self-certified on a simple form that people fill out and sign when they apply for a license, renew their license, or update the information on their current license. Because they pertain to medical conditions, the licenses can be updated for free at any time even if the license or identification card is not due to expire. People must ask for the form to fill out if they want a medical indicator on their license. Only medical concerns that could possibly affect driving are included.