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
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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:


Monthly Deaf Health Talks

ASL fingerspelling says DHT = Deaf Health Talks, a partner in deaf health, Michigan Medicine and Michigan Deaf Health Collaboration

Deaf Health Talks are regular, virtual live stream health education monthly events for Deaf signers, with available closed captions for non-signers. These presentations, covering current health topics, are given largely by different Deaf health experts education forum in American Sign Language to generate an accessible health education platform for Deaf and hard of hearing community members. These presentations are free and open to the public and provide opportunities for community members to ask questions in an interactive question and answer forum. The Deaf Health Talks can include live demonstrations on cooking, exercise, and good health practices, that can help you take control of your health right from your home. Viewers also get access to opportunities to contribute to health research studies and connect to community health resources. The series is hosted by the MDisability Program, with our partners Michigan Deaf Health(link is external) and Partners in Deaf Health(link is external). Past co-hosts have also included the University of Michigan Adaptive Sports and Fitness Program(link is external).

** Note: The next topic is on June 22: Oral Health. **

More information can be found at:

Motion Light Lab opportunity

Below is a fantastic opportunity aimed towards Deaf content creators.

We at Motion Light Lab are offering a 10 month-long training program that covers the inner workings of apps with the ultimate goal of making your own bilingual storybook app! The deadline to apply is June 1st, 2021. Find more information at 🙂

  • Thanks to Sarah Miller, Motion Light Lab Community and Social Strategist for sharing the news.


Tuesday, May 25, 6pm via Zoom


Topic: Learning Community Meeting: New Deaf Mentor Program, Panel discussion and time for questions with several of the new Deaf Mentors. Learn about this awesome new resource for Delaware families, and how it could be helpful for you, your family, or the families you serve. Captions and ASL interpreter provided.

Time: May 25, 2021 at 6:00pm

Register in advance for this meeting:   REGISTER HERE

Comments on ASL Interpreter Bill due by May 5, 2021

Thank you for your participation at the public meeting on April 28th to receive input and comments on the draft legislation to establish a registry of interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  If anyone would like to provide additional comments, you may submit them to SCPD via a mode of communication which best fits your needs.  Please send those to: 

SCPD at  

Submitted comments will be taken until May 5, 2021.   Thank you.   

Links to the draft legislation are:

Virtual Interpreter Bill Town Hall (Wednesday, April 28, 2021)

As you may be aware, the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, Delaware Association of the Deaf, Delaware Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Independent Resources, Inc. are holding a virtual public meeting to receive input regarding a draft bill for the registration of Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind.  The draft bill seeks to provide a quality assurance process and meet consumer needs for quality assurance, while leveraging existing state infrastructure and resources.  

The Virtual meeting is on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.  Interpreters and closed captioning will be provided.  Registration is required for BOTH those who just want to attend and those who want to provide public comment.  To register, please go to:

A link to the draft legislation will be sent tomorrow.  It will also be available on the scpd website:

Please answer in the registration link if you will be providing public comment.  Speakers will be called in the order we received registrations and will have 3 minutes to provide comments.  Speakers will receive notice at 2 ½ minutes.  Speakers will have their time end at 3 minutes even if they are not finished with their comments. Interpretations will continue as needed to include the comments when a speaker’s turn ended. 

This is a time-lim​ited process, so if people registered but are not able to provide comments, they will be able to submit comments to SCPD via a mode of communication which best fits their needs.  Please send those to:    

Submitted comments will be taken until May 5, 2021.   Thank you.