Financial Scam Presentation (Oct. 21, 2021)

I am pleased to inform you that we will have a guest speaker present about FINANCIAL SCAM at our upcoming meeting next week on Thursday, October 21, 2021, from 10:00-11:00 am. The meeting will take place at the new Millville Community Center at Evans Park (it is NOT the same place where we met the last time – it’s across the street). The address is 32517 Dukes Dr,, Millville, DE 19967.
Detective/Sgt. Morris from Financial Crimes will be making the presentation. Lt. Lewis Brigg and Lt. Little will be present as well. Some of you have already met Lt. Little who is a Coda, and he signs! 
Please share this information with your friends Please try to arrive early so we can begin at 10 am – we’ll be open at 9:45 am.  
Coffee and donuts will be served!
Allen, DDSC (Delaware Deaf Senior Citizens)

New Visor Card rolled out (Sept. 14, 2021)

front side of new visor card titled 'I am Deaf or Hard of Hearing' along with some communication tips below it for the police and icons to indicate communication preferences. back side of visor card with various icons for common automobile issues including violations, help issues, type of ticket, etc.

DOVER — It’s less wordy and communicates through more images.

Best of all, the redesigned visor communication card just might save a life.

A host of project partners attended a rollout ceremony in front of the Dover Police Department early Tuesday afternoon to extol the benefits of holding the card.

The automobile visor cards are designed to allow better communication between law enforcement officers and those who are deaf or hard of hearing during a vehicle stop.

Through an interpreter, Delaware Association of the Deaf President Feta Fernsler signed that, “I noticed that the old visor card used a lot of English.

“It was very wordy, so in the event of a traffic stop, law enforcement doesn’t really have time to sit and read a novel.

“Also, the driver may not be fully fluent in English, which is very common given that (American Sign Language) is their primary language.

“I wanted to make sure that the communication between law enforcement and deaf and hard of hearing drivers was as efficient and safe as possible.”

As to the redesign, Mr. Fernsler explained that, “We switched to the icons to represent what they would need to communicate most often to help reduce the stress level on both parts.

Read the rest of the article at (from Delaware State News) –,58454.

Pictures of the event can be found at

News announcement prior to event –


** To request the new visor cards, contact Loretta Sarro at Delaware Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing or file an application which is listed at  Deaf Outreach and DAD may have some in stock for use at events. **


Reminder: DAD Meeting update (September 9, 2021)

Food update below….

DAD Biannual meeting and elections details finalized!

Date: September 9, 2021, 11p-4p

Where: American Legion Pavilion, 113 American Legion Rd, Lewes, DE 19958

What: Biannual meeting and elections for new officers.  Any bylaw changes will be discussed then also provided we get changes NOW as bylaws state we must send out changes before the meeting.  Activities will be provided and we encourage you to bring things to do too (i.e. bean bag toss). 

Confirmed: food and drinks distributed  (Feel free to bring appetizers or something.  We plan on Capsulla’s subs and water.)


Covid notice: Please follow CDC or state Covid guidelines during the meeting.  We will be meeting outside as meeting inside is not possible due to covid restrictions.  That means masks if social distancing is not possible to respect everyone’s health.  Covid vaccinations are strongly recommended to reduce complications. 


The Deaf Mentor Program (Update)

Deaf Mentor Program Delaware Families with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children aged Birth-5

The Deaf Mentor Program provides families, with deaf/hard of hearing children, an opportunity to work with highly trained deaf/hard of hearing adult role models to enhance children’s language, social, and emotional development. The program is FREE for the families!

What the Deaf Mentor will provide:
• Ongoing interactions with an individual deaf mentor
• Use of National SKI-HI Deaf Mentor Curriculum
• Services based on family’s individual needs and goals
• A bridge between the family and Deaf community through events and activities

What you will learn:
• What it is like to be deaf in a hearing world
• How to create an accessible environment for your Deaf/Hard of Hearing child
• How to interact with your Deaf/Hard of Hearing child
• American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Culture
• First hand experiences growing up being a Deaf/Hard of Hearing person
• Communication choices, technology use, and educational placement

Who can sign up:
• Parents/Guardians of Deaf/Hard of Children aged Birth-5 years old
• Residents of Delaware

If you are interested in receiving deaf mentor services, please fill out the family intake form:

For more information, please contact Kathy O’Donnell, Deaf Mentor Coordinator at

The Deaf Mentor Program is a grant funded initiative developed by the Delaware Statewide Programs for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind in collaboration with the Delaware Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) at the Delaware Department of Public Health (DPH).

PDF icon DE Deaf Mentor Program Flyer (Requires Adobe Acrobat PDF reader)

DAD Meeting update (September 9, 2021)

DAD Biannual meeting and elections details finalized!

Date: September 9, 2021, 11a-4p

Where: American Legion Pavilion, 113 American Legion Rd, Lewes, DE 19958

What: Biannual meeting and elections for new officers. Any bylaw changes will be discussed then also provided we get changes NOW as bylaws state we must send out changes before the meeting. Activities will be provided and we encourage you to bring things to do too (i.e. bean bag toss).

Unconfirmed: food and drinks distributed (More on this later on)

Covid notice: Please follow CDC or state Covid guidelines during the meeting. We will be meeting outside as meeting inside is not possible due to covid restrictions. That means masks if social distancing is not possible to respect everyone’s health. Covid vaccinations are strongly recommended to reduce complications.

ASL Fluent Counselor in Middletown!

Tomyra Beverly wearing glasses with blue dress and white necklace

Tomyra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Relations from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, and she earned her Masters degree in Social Work from Gallaudet University. Tomyra then decided she wanted to fulfill her other passion and graduated with an Associates Degree in American Sign Language/English Interpreting from Community College of Philadelphia.

Since graduating from Gallaudet University, Tomyra has made it a priority to work with marginalized populations. She has experience working with adolescents, families, couples, adults, and seniors. Her therapeutic focus includes Grief, Depression, Trauma/PTSD, Anxiety, Life Transitions, and many more. Tomyra looks forward to connecting with you on your path to wellness.

More details at

Delaware Deaf Mentor Annoucement

white area on left displays a hand with a cochlea on it with words saying Delaware Families for Hands & Voices

We are happy to announce the NEW Deaf Mentor program is officially up and running. If you are interested in working with one of our trained mentors, a great resource for our Delaware families, a request can be made through Delaware Hands & Voices. We are all excited to begin this program and get families matched!

Arielle Morris
Delaware Families for Hands & Voices
– Thanks to Hands & Voices newsletter for this announcement. 
Update 2 – apparently the National Hands and Voices has  more info about this program as Delaware’s site has not yet added the info online.  See under Deaf Mentors section.

New Webinar Series!

Contemporary Issues in
Disability and Criminal Justice
3 photos - a man's hands in handcuffs behind his back - a man with a gavel sitting at a court bench - a corridor in a jail facility
Join the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center for our new series that will address hot topics related to disability in law enforcement, courts and corrections agencies.
Using Self-Advocate Educators with Disabilities for Training Emergency Responders
Wednesday June 9, 2021
1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern
Approximately 6.5 million people in the United States are diagnosed with Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities (IDD/DD). In Session 1 of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center’s “Contemporary Issues in Disability and Criminal Justice” Series, a panel of experts and self-advocate educators with disabilities will discuss a research-based training model called Leading Forward, for Law Enforcement and Emergency Medical Service providers. Through this model, Self-Advocate Educators (SAEs) are trained in how to teach firefighters, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and law enforcement about the range of characteristics of people with ID/DD and how their behaviors and communication abilities may vary from the non-disabled population in crises or emergency situations.
  • Lisa Schoenbrodt, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology, Loyola College in Maryland
  • Leah Katherine Saal, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Literacy, School of Education, Loyola College in Maryland
  • Patrick Chaney, Self-Advocate Educator
  • Elaina Camacho, Self-Advocate Educator
Making Arrests and Detention Accessible for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
Thursday, June 17, 2021
2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern
This session describes a model to implement and oversee a comprehensive range of accommodations for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH) people throughout any detention or supervision, in state or county prisons, state or county parole or probation. The key to this model is having a specialist, D/HH ADA Coordinator who is given the authority and budget to ensure access for this often “silenced’ population” The session will also describe the list of specific accommodations needed, from specialized phones, interpreters, captioning equipment & services, and staff training.
  • Bill Lockard, Program Director, DeafCAN! (Deaf Community Action Network)
The ADA and Our Jails: Delivering Service to All with Dignity and Respect
Thursday, June 29, 2021
2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern
This session will take a look at the ADA and our jails, from the time an individual enters booking until the day they are released. How do you properly ensure that all individuals in your custody have access to programs, services and a level playing field? Regardless of the disability, it is our responsibility to ensure that those entrusted to us while serving their sentences are treated with dignity and respect.
  • Captain James P. McMichael, Arlington County Sheriff’s Office
Additional Information about the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center’s Webinars
  • There is no charge to access these sessions.
  • Certificates of participation are available for a fee.
  • Real-time captions will be available for all sessions.
  • The sessions will be recorded for later viewing.
Stay tuned as more sessions will be added to this series!
Save the Date!
Mid-Atlantic ADA Conference
28th Annual Conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act
September 21 – 23, 2021
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland
Mark your calendars for the Mid-Atlantic ADA Conference, ADAcon, hosted by TransCen, Inc. and the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. ADAcon 2021 will be an in-person event and include sessions grouped in these topical tracks:
  • Housing (Fair Housing Act)
  • State and Local Government
  • Employment
  • Corrections
  • General
Complete conference information and registration are coming soon!
To stay informed on conference news and registration availability send an email to
Questions? Contact:
TransCen, Inc.
Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
(800) 949-4232 (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV)
(301) 217-0124 

Survey of Deaf Individuals Regarding Accessibility in Seeking Healthcare

I am inviting you to participate in a research study about mental health care and healthcare accessibility. This research project is conducted by Jacqueline Fontaine, a psychology student at the University of Wisconsin – Superior and is funded by the McNair’s Scholar’s Program. The faculty advisor whom is overseeing this study is Dr. Eleni Pinnow, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Superior. The objective of this research project is to better understand the influence of accessibility and communication on people of the Deaf community when seeking mental health and healthcare services. This electronic survey is being distributed nationwide to people with hearing loss who identify as culturally Deaf, and/or clinically deaf or hard of hearing.

It is my goal to receive as many responses as possible by June 30, 2021. Thank you so much for your help and participation! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or my faculty mentor.

More information at: