Deaf Synod Event (Dover, DE)

Members of the Deaf Community from throughout the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and their families are invited to a Synod Session specifically for the Deaf Community on Saturday, June 4 from 2-4pm in the Junior High School Building on the campus of Holy Cross Parish, in Dover, Delaware.

The session will be led by Deacon Billy Griffin, who is Deaf. Attendees are asked to RSVP to the Diocese of Wilmington at by May 31.
The Session will conclude with an interpreted Mass in the chapel of the Junior High School building for the participants of the Synod, where interpreters will sign / speak accordingly.
– Thanks to Kathi Riley for sharing the news.

Rehoboth museum sets tour with ASL interpreter May 7

Red bouy on right side, lifeguard stand in the middle with varying equipment over time displayed, on left side in the back is a lighthouse station

The Rehoboth Beach Museum invites visitors who are deaf and hard of hearing to join a museum docent and an American Sign Language interpreter for a tour of its current exhibits from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 7.

Attendees will explore both permanent exhibits and the special exhibit, The Storm of ’62.

The tour is free with registration.

For more information and to register, go to and click on the listing for the ASL guided tour on the calendar of museum events.

The museum is located at 511 Rehoboth Ave. and is handicap accessible. Email with any questions.

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Fundraiser for Deaf People of Ukraine

The Delaware Association of Deaf Citizens (DDSC) is hosting a fundraiser for deaf Ukrainians from April 22-28th at The Clayton Theater in Dagsboro.  The Oscar-winning movie “CODA” will be shown 11 times during that week.  The theater will donate a portion of all the admission tickets sold. Tickets are $11 for evening shows and $9 for seniors and matinee shows.  Patrons can also buy raffle tickets for the various gift baskets that will be on display in front of the theater, as well as donations of cash or checks.  DDSC will donate all funds to the special Ukrainian fund set up by the World Federation of the Deaf. Showtimes are on the attached flyer and on the theater website
Donation checks can also be sent payable to “DDSC” to Sherry Duhon: 38535 Oyster Catcher Dr, Ocean View, DE 19970
Come watch “CODA” on the big screen and support a good cause between April 22 and 28th.
Show times and more:  CODA Movie Flyer-PDF  (Requires PDF Reader)

ASL Camping Crew: PA Outdoor Corps in Partnership with CorpsTHAT

Laurel Hill Park Complex in Rockwood, PA

Paid opportunities for Deaf and Hard of Hearing 15-18 year olds to join a crew that will camp, learn, and work together on a small team to complete conservation projects during one of two ~3 week sessions, and Deaf and Hard of Hearing 21+ year olds to lead crews during both sessions.

Session 1: July 5-23

Session 2: July 26-August 13

Prospective crew members view here

Prospective crew leaders view here

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Proposed Rule to Improve Accessibility of Lavatories on Single-Aisle Aircraft

Comment by May 27, 2022

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that it is publishing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would improve the accessibility of lavatories for people with disabilities traveling on new single-aisle aircraft.

“Far too often, travelers with disabilities don’t have the opportunity to fly to their destinations because they can’t access the lavatories on most airplanes,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “This rule would make airplane lavatories more accessible for passengers with disabilities, and bring us one step closer to the day when air travel is possible for everyone.”

Currently, there is no federal requirement that lavatories on single-aisle aircraft be accessible to individuals with disabilities. The inability to use the lavatory on long flights can present significant challenges to passengers who use wheelchairs. Some passengers, knowing that they will not be able to use the toilet during a flight, dehydrate themselves so that they do not need to urinate. These actions can cause many adverse health effects. Other passengers use adult diapers or catheters, which they may find degrading and uncomfortable. Still other wheelchair users avoid flying altogether.

Single-aisle aircraft now operate the vast majority of domestic flights, including a large share of long, cross-country flights. The proposed rule would require airlines to make at least one lavatory on new single-aisle aircraft with 125 or more passenger seats large enough to permit a passenger with a disability (with the help of an assistant, if necessary) to approach, enter, and maneuver within the aircraft lavatory, to use all facilities in that lavatory, and to leave using the aircraft’s onboard wheelchair. 

This rulemaking is one of the DOT’s highest priority regulatory initiatives because it advances equity and reduces discrimination by increasing access to transportation for individuals with disabilities.

The proposed rule would apply to new aircraft ordered 18 years after the effective date of the final rule or delivered 20 years after the effective date of the final rule. It is the result of a 2016 negotiated rulemaking that was produced through a consensus among a cross-section of stakeholders, including disability organizations such as Paralyzed Veterans of America and the National Disability Rights Network; the Association of Flight Attendants; Airbus; and airlines. However, given this long timeframe and in recognition of the affirmative responsibility of the federal government to advance equity, civil rights and equal opportunity for all individuals, DOT is seeking comment on whether these accessibility improvements could be implemented more quickly than proposed. Based on the comments it receives, DOT may adjust the implementation timeline as part of the final rule.

DOT encourages members of the public and interested parties to submit comments on the NRPM. View the notice and request for comment in the Federal Register. The NPRM can also be found at on the DOT website and at , docket number DOT-OST-2021-0137.

DOT’s Office of Aviation Consumer Protection (OACP) assists, educates, and protects aviation consumers by reviewing and responding to thousands of consumer complaints about air travel; investigating and enforcing, as appropriate, violations of aviation consumer protection, civil rights, and licensing requirements against airlines and ticket agents; and assessing the need for and drafting aviation consumer protection and civil rights regulations. Additional information and resources, including information on how to file a complaint with OACP.