Variability is the Spice of Life presentation (Penn U., March 2019)

Deaf Hearing Communication Centre, Inc. is proud to partner with the ASL Program at Upenn and Wolf Humanities Center at Penn to bring the Spring 2019 ASL Lecture Series event: Dr. Jon Henner will present “Variability is the Spice of Life” on Thursday, March 14, 2019, from 5-6:30 PM in COLLEGE HALL 200.

Presentation will be in ASL with English interpretation provided.

Free and open to the public. Please share widely!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

People seem to be well aware that humanity as a whole is diverse. Still, we develop systems that move towards an ideal sameness. As Tucker Carlson famously asked, how is diversity our strength? For all action against diversity, people still remain very different because variability is quintessentially human. In this talk, we will examine the concept of normal. What does it mean to be normal? How do we measure “normal”? What happens when people are considered abnormal? How do we use both spoken and signed languages to enforce a concept of normal which may actually not be normal? At the end of the dialogue, audience members will not only be able to define normal, but describe how people use statistics and rigid definitions of language and ability to severely limit the agency of disabled people, including deaf, deaf blind, deaf disabled, and hard of hearing individuals.

Bio: Dr. Henner’s work thus far has taken three strands: a) he examines how different factors impact the development of language and cognitive skills in deaf and hard of hearing children, b) he looks at how to best assess and measure the language skills of deaf and hard of hearing populations, and c) he examines the experiences that deaf academics have in academia and how scientists interact with deaf people.


Google Live Transcribe could be a big help for people who are deaf or hard of hearing

Google is announcing two new features for Android phones today: Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier. They’re both designed as accessibility features to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Live Transcribe is an app that automatically transcribes speech in near-real time, allowing people to communicate in situations where they might not otherwise be able to. Sound Amplifier is designed for those with hearing loss, allowing you to tweak sound settings to improve your ability to hear — sort of like a hearing aid app for your phone. Sound Amplifier was originally announced back in May at Google I/O, but it’s finally shipping now.

Read the rest of the story at

Youtube Video on this app –  

Specialized Interpreting: Addiction Recovery webshop

Picture of a hiker helping another hiker up a small cliff (aka: teamwork).
There are not enough qualified interpreters working in addiction and recovery settings. 

Specialized Interpreting: Addiction and Recovery will introduce information about addiction, recovery settings, and the journey of recovery in the Deaf community to help interpreters decide if this specialty is a good fit for them. Then, interpreters will learn about resources to help them continue their education to become qualified. 

Note: This webshop is the same content that was offered in 2018. 
Click here to see the 2019 schedule of our offerings.  

What is a webshop? A 90-minute online workshop

Where? Online, via Canvas

When?  Any time between February 1–February 28, 2019

How much? Free!
Click the link to read more and register any time.
Registration will remain open until February 28, 2019.
Learn more

This activity will offer .15 RID CMP continuing education units in professional studies. St. Catherine University is an RID-approved CMP sponsor.

BDA Meetings

There will be a DBDA Meeting on every third Saturdays of each month. 

DEBDA is welcoming you, your families and friends  to come to our meeting on the following dates:

January 19, 2019 


 in meeting room #2 

at 12 pm to 2 pm.  


FEBRUARY 16, 2019

12 pm – 2 pm 

(Bear library room2)


MARCH 16, 2019

12pm – 2pm

(Bear library room 2)

Thank you. 

2019 BDA Flyer


This hour-long webinar is an introduction to the DeafBlind Interpreting National Training & Resource Center, the co-directors, and the core team members on the grant as well as the emerging research into protactile ASL as linguistically distinct from Visual ASL. Through in-depth surveys, focus groups and interviews, DBI has identified key findings as well as core competencies and domains that any interpreter working with DeafBlind individuals should be aware of. A pre- and post-assessment and evaluation are required for participants seeking CEUs.

More info, see

DSD 50th Anniversary from DSD

These events are in addition to the existing 50th Anniversary events posted earlier as this comes from the school itself.

Events at DSD – May 17th & 18th  (see flyer attachment)

For any questions, please contact: Kelli Dewberry at

DSD 50 Mile Bike Ride – Friday, May 17th  (Deadline: March 1st)

Registration online:  (Video ASL & open captioning)

For any questions, please contact Richard Pelletier at

DSD 50th Anniversary Celebration – Saturday, May 18th Evening  (Deadline: March 30)

Buy tickets online:

For any questions, please contact: John O’Donnell at  


All are welcome!  

All dates starts at 6:30pm to ???

Friday, March 8th

Buffalo Wild Wings

504 W. Main Street

Middletown, DE 19709

Friday, June 14th

Constitution Yards

308 Justison St

Wilmington, DE 19801

Friday, September 13th

Duffers Mill

1600 Naamans Creek Road

Marcus Hook, PA 19061

Friday, November 8th

Grain H20

3006 Summit Harbour Lane

Bear, DE 19701

Any questions, please contact the DNO committee:

    Christine Zenorini – 302-345-1200
    Brian Connor – 302-985-7058

Deaf Super Bowl Party

Tickets: $20 on sale now for food and prizes

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Sunday, February 3, 2019
4:00 pm
at the

217 Anglers Road
Lewes, DE 19958

2 chances this win a TV + other prizes and giveaways
Prizes every quarter
Must to call Irish Eyes Restaurant at 302-645-6888 for tickets with credit card from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
(Please say “I am with Deaf group” – a staff person need to know which deaf group or hearing group)

For questions, contact
David Bendekovits –