The pandemic’s impact on kids in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community — and how parents and educators are creating their new normal

When Amanda Cooper found out her 8-year-old son Cason, who is Deaf, wasn’t returning to in-person school in March she said she immediately felt afraid.

“That is the best way that I know how to describe it,” Cooper, who is hearing, told CBS News. Her family moved to St. Augustine, Florida, so Cason would be able to attend Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind and be immersed in ASL and Deaf culture. “It was just extremely frightening. I know within my heart that I could not provide Cason with what he needed, as much as the teachers at his school could,” she added.

And she likely wasn’t the only parent who felt this way.

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Man overcomes being deaf, blind to work with Marine Corps Recruitment Depot

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A deaf and legally blind man was promoted to the Marine Corps Recruitment Depot as a Prep Chef last week and is thrilled to be back to work.

Kevin Tong was born deaf in Vietnam and moved with his family to San Diego when he was 13.

He fell in love with cooking during an internship and started working in hotels, honing his skills in the kitchen.

In his 20s another challenge hit, his vision started to go dark.

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Deaf advocacy group says deaf voters not given enough access to vote

SAN ANTONIO – A non-profit group that advocates for deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind people says that deaf voters in Bexar County aren’t getting adequate access to voting.
Kay Chiodo, executive director of No Barriers Communications, says her organization has been getting numerous messages from deaf voters who are concerned about being able to access nearby voting centers. Those who need interpreter assistance, she said, are being told it is only available at one location – the Bexar County Elections Department on Frio Street.

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Drugs overview for the Deaf Community

ASL and CART provided. Free zoom event. Contact Michelle Niehaus for the link in flyer.

Opioids and Stimulants:
An Overview for the Deaf Community

Presented in ASL by
Keven Poore
Director, Substance and Addiction Intervention Services for the Deaf (SAISD) at RIT/NTID

Nov. 10
4-5 p.m. (EDT)
ASL Interpreters and CART Provided!
RSVP to by Nov. 9 to receive the Zoom link!


The Delegates voted to have the following priorities to become the NAD’s top five priorities for 2020-2022:

– Achieving Equity In Deaf Education
– Campaign to Spotlight the Adverse Impacts of Language Deprivation
– Dismantling Racism in the Deaf Community
– Eliminating Barriers to Quality Care for Deaf Seniors
– Foster Care Bill of Rights

Deaf Studies Minor now available at Salisbury University

SU is one of only two universities in the University System of Maryland to offer a deaf studies program. Professionals with the skills and knowledge to work with this community are currently in high demand, as the Eastern Shore sees a growing population of culturally deaf and hard-of-hearing people who choose the area’s many beach resorts to retire.

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Voter Safety

** If you do not feel safe voting, bring a friend. If you see anyone breaking the law (i.e. weapons, blocking entrance, giving you a hard time) – call 911 or inform election officers (not the election volunteers, supervisors best). Take pictures or video for proof. **


Vote Safely!  Do not let anyone stop you from legally voting (consider provisional ballots if they give you a hard time unless your criminal record does not allow you to vote).