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.

Deaf Community Surf Day! (Rehoboth Beach, DE)

Details and Sign Up

Date: July 22nd, 2021
Time: 11:30am – 2:30pm 
Where: Delaware Seashore State Park, Indian River Inlet, North-Side.  39183 Inlet Rd., Rehoboth Beach DE 19971
Special note:  This event is free, however there is a $10 parking fee.  Please arrive at least an hour early for parking (it is limited) and set-up.

All friends and family members of the participants are encouraged to come hang-out, socialize, and enjoy the fun of surfing.  Bring your favorite beach supplies and make a day of it!  Surf lessons for beginners are FREE, however participants MUST sign up prior to the event (register by clicking the button below).  Boards, surf instructors, and ASL interpreters are provided for this event. This is an all-inclusive event designed for all types of hearing loss.  If you don’t sign – no worries!  Please bring a towel, sunscreen, a rash-guard shirt if you prefer to wear one, hydration, and a snack.  Feel free to invite others to hang-out on the beach and cheer you on!  We look forward to connecting and spreading the stoke!  

You can contact Laurel through this website and number at the bottom of the page. 
You can also reach out to Jane, who is fluent in American Sign Language and has a videophone.  Her videophone number
​is 410-202-0208 and email 

Registration and details at



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

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.  


Virtual Town Hall regarding proposed ASL Interpreter Bill (April 28, 2021)

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 bill provides a registration process for ASL interpreters in Delaware which would, in part, do the following: 

  • Provide for consumer protection by helping ensure that only qualified individuals would be able to provide this vital and necessary service.
  • Utilize a credentialing process already established, validated and nationally recognized.
  • Provide a quality assurance process.
  • Establish a statewide professional standard similar to other human service fields.
  • Create a public listing of credentialed interpreters accessible to all consumers of interpreter services in Delaware.
  • Empower consumers to verify credentials of interpreters independently.

The Virtual meeting is on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.  More details will follow regarding registration and process.  However, we wanted to let you know about the public meeting as soon as we could.  Interpreters will be provided.

Attached is a copy of the proposed interpreter bill – PDF icon Interpreter Registry Draft no track 12-22-20 (Requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader or similar)

** If you cannot make it, feel free to send us an email with your concerns, questions or comments.  **

EDHI Senior Health Program Representative (job opportunity)

This position is responsible for extensive follow-up on all hearing results received daily from the seven birth facilities, A.I DuPont Hospital and midwives. The program serves approximately 11,000 infants and families a year. This position works closely with audiologist to provide newborn screening results for outpatient screening and diagnostic testing. Additional duties include follow-up letters, faxes and calls to parents and physicians regarding newborn screening results.

More information at

Exciting Opportunities!

We hope this email finds you well. We are pleased to share a few announcements with you about some exciting opportunities that are available! Please share the following information widely:

We are accepting applications for the Trainer/Educator III position. Please click here to access the job posting via Delaware Employment Link. The job posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm on 3/17/2021.

We are also accepting Proposals for Early Intervention Professional Services. Agencies will be responsible for delivering Early Intervention Services to meet the needs of Part C eligible infants and toddlers and their families. Please click here to access the Request for Proposal information and next steps for participation in the bidding process. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting is scheduled for March 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM. The RSVP deadline for participating in this meeting is tomorrow, March 12 at 4:00 PM EST.

Thank you all for your dedication to supporting the Birth to Three Program as we work to provide high-quality services to Delaware’s children and families!

  • This comes from Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health|Birth to Three Early Intervention Program


IRI Monthly ASL Chat via Zoom

Hello everyone! Independent Resources, Inc. is hosting a monthly Zoom call to discuss different topics, share resources, and to talk about what is happening. The call will be hosted on the first Monday of the month, unless changed because of holidays or other reasons.

Please feel free to contact Christy Hennessey at chennessey at or Alanna Smith at asmith at for questions, ideas, or feedback.

Zoom meeting ID: 844 1326 3378
Passcode: contact Christy or Alanna for the passcode or see the flyer blow.

Every 1st Monday of the month, from 10:00 to 11:00 am

February 1st: Greetings and Open Discussion
March 1st
April 5th
May 3rd
June 7th
July 5th
August 2nd
September 6th
October 4th
November 1st
December 6th

PDF icon IRI Monthly Deaf Chat Flyer  (Adobe Acrobat PDF reader required)

Covid Vaccines for d/hh community

Do you need your COVID vaccine?

If you are a Delaware resident and over 65 and Deaf you can get COVID vaccine

on this Saturday Feb 13 at 1 pm at Epworth United Methodist church at 19285 Holland Glade Rd , Rehoboth Beach DE. 

You MUST register first by contacting Carol Stevens at carolstevens100 AT by email by tomorrow Thursday at 8 pm. Tell your Deaf friends who are over 65 years old.

First come. First served.

Beebe Hospital contacted Epworth Church.  Epworth will have a limited number of vaccines available.  They decided to give some of them to the Deaf community, because they know that it is very difficult for Deaf people to try to get an appointment.

Remember to be safe and wise.  Mask, hand wash, social distancing and get you vaccine.