Questions for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Drivers – Survey

George Mason University, Volgenau School of Engineering

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My name is Crystal Bowers, and I am a mechanical engineering student at George Mason University. For my mechanical engineering capstone class, my team and I are developing technical modifications to improve the experience of autonomous and conventional vehicles by drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing.

We are hoping to learn more about any specific needs or pain points felt by drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing to ensure we are in continuous dialogue with people who are underserved to learn from their experiences rather than simply imagining what those experiences might be.

I was wondering if you would be willing to answer three questions to allow my team and I to learn more about the needs of drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing over email? I also have a Google Form with the questions if any members would be willing to answer.

Thank you for your kind consideration!

Crystal Bowers
Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering
George Mason University


UD Covid Vaccine Survey

UD/Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS) is doing a study about people with disabilities and the COVID-19 vaccine. We want to know if people with disabilities, their families, and their caregivers are having trouble getting COVID-19 shots.

Participants will complete a 30-minute interview over the phone or Zoom. People who volunteer for the interview will receive a $10 Amazon gift card for their time. If you would like to be interviewed, you can:

Please consider volunteering for this interview because it is important that people with disabilities, their families and caregivers share their experiences.

Survey ends @May 17, 2022.


Ableism/Audism in Audiology Survey

The goal of this study is to assess the preparedness of audiologists to work with people with disabilities from the view of persons served, audiologists, and audiology education programs. An audiologist is a professional involved in the diagnosing and treating of hearing loss, balance disorders, and disorders of the auditory pathway. The project is being conducted by Jessica Krause under the supervision of Dr. Evelyn Davies-Venn at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. This survey is intended to be taken by disabled individuals or their caregivers. 

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. There will be mostly multiple choice questions. Some questions will ask you to rank how much you agree/disagree with a statement. There are a few open answer questions. We will ask a mix of basic demographic information, and your views of the field of audiology as a whole as it relates to serving people with disabilities. You will be allowed to skip any questions aside from the screening and demographic questions. At the end of the survey, you will have the option to enter your email address to be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon e-gift card. Your email will not be linked to your responses. Your responses will be entirely anonymous. 
 All of your information will be kept confidential. All of the data is stored in a password protected electronic format. To help protect your confidentiality, the surveys will not contain any information that could personally identify you. The results of this study will be used for scholarly purposes only, data will not be shared or sold. Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary. You may choose not to participate and you will not be penalized. If you decide to participate, you may choose to withdraw at any time. Please know that only those who complete the survey will be entered in the drawing for the $50 Amazon e-gift card. 


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NAD: Tell Us Your Experience Using Video Relay Service (VRS)

Are your Video Relay Service (VRS) calls with hearing people giving you the same experience as hearing people’s calls with other people? That’s what we want to find out. We want to know what you like about your VRS calling experience, we also want to know what you’re frustrated with. The NAD needs to gather your stories to identify gaps in the VRS industry and share those gaps with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The NAD is urging innovation and up to date technology to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing people’s calling experiences are equivalent to hearing people’s experiences. Tell us your VRS story found at



DAD Nominations Requested


Hello Members of D.A.D. Sept. 23, 2021

I, Denis Munn, have been selected as the chairperson of the nominating committee for Delaware Association of the Deaf.

Joey DeLusant and Dennise Scott are also on the nominating committee.

We are seeking nominations for the upcoming election which will be held either in October or November 2021. All positions listed below need to be filled. Those who are listed have expressed interest in serving again.


Vice President:

Secretary :

Treasurer :

Board member:

Board member:

Board member :


Feta Fernsler, President

Keith Robertson, VP

New Castle (2)

Kent County (1)

Sussex County (2)


Please let me know if you are interested in any position for officers or board member. Or you may nominate someone for any of the above positions.

Deadline Date for nomination is October 14th.

My email is denmu212 at gmail dot com.

Any questions you can VP me at this # 443-365-2640, Dennise’s 302-541-6175 or Joey’s 302-231-1320.

D.A.D. needs your help! Please consider running for one of officers/board positions. Deaf Delaware residents NEED YOU, too!

Thank you,

Denis Munn, Chair, Dennise Scott & Joey DeLusant, Nomination Committee


Important Notice – Bylaws Suspension

Requesting our current Delaware Association of the Deaf Bylaws to be suspended due to covid and low recent turn out.  The reason for this is to resolve our election obligations and Bylaws will be restored once elections end.  This also applies to a motion made in June to have an in person election which we tried to do on September 9, 2021 but only 2 outside people (non-board members) came.  The deadline to object is Tuesday, September 28, 2021.  Contact delawaredeaf at gmail com or use the contact us link (at top of page in menu). 

Once we resolve this emergency issue, we will schedule a zoom meeting for our election instead. 


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:


Telehealth and D/HH Survey

We have a new study!!! We want to understand how deaf and hard of hearing people living in America navigate health care. This study specifically focuses on TeleHealth, which has surged in use by medical providers after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic! Are you 18 or older & deaf or hard of hearing? We’d love to hear about your experiences, frustrations, and what works. Take this survey & tell us!!!
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Reminder: DAD also has a similar survey at