Real Talk, Good Action: Black Deaf Perspective (Zoom, Feb. 23, 2023)

This webinar will include raw experiences of panelists being called out as not Black enough from their peers, the lack of Black Deaf mentors which affect our cultural identity, the authenticity of BASL, and challenges with interpreters. The panelists also will discuss how they questioned themselves on whether they get hired based on tokenism instead of their skills and how they have to act like an “oreo” to fit in. Panelists want to encourage the audience to have an open mind and be willing to change their behaviors that may harm the Black/BIPOC community. This webinar will be moderated by NAD Appointed Board Vyron Kinson and include panelists DeAnna Swope and Franklin Jones, Jr.

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2023 National Deaf People of Color Conference (July 2023, Gallaudet University, Washington DC)

Save the date, 2023 National Deaf People of Color Conference in July 2023 at Gallaudet University in Washington DC. Questions email, ndpc at Check out the info and link below for more information. Conference sponsored by Heritage Sign Language Center, VOCA - Visionaries of the Creative Arts, Deaf People of Color, Center for Black Deaf Studies, and Bilingual.

The newly-established Heritage Sign Languages Center (HSLC) under the Office of the Chief Bilingual Officer will host the 2023 Deaf People of Color conference July 17-22, 2023 here at Gallaudet University. The conference theme is ““Reclaiming Our Cultural Heritages, Languages, and Identities.” According to Candace Jones, ’08, director of HSLC, “This unique conference will explore resourceful education through the advocacy of National Deaf People of Color’s (NDPC) workshops and special interest groups. Another focus will be to inform underrepresented Deaf People of Color (DPOC) of the issues relating to their education and community advocacy.” The conference will include keynote, plenary, and workshop presenters, exhibition booths, NDPC Got Talent!, and a gala event. 

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Maryland DeafBlind Training in Salisbury (Aug. 10, 2022)

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Interested in earning a little extra income while providing a worthwhile service to individuals of Maryland’s Deafblind community?

Become a Communication Facilitator (CF)!

The Maryland Accessible Telecommunication Program is hosting an information and training event at Deaf Independent Living Association (DILA), 806 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD Wednesday August 10th.

Join us in-person or virtually.

Trainer Eddie Martinez and MAT manager, Kevin Steffy will provide information from 11 to 12:30 and more detailed training from 1 to 2.

For a Zoom link, please RSVP by Tuesday August 9th by emailing Kevin Steffy at You can also VP Kevin at 410-246-4418 for more information.

And don’t forget –

we will be on the north beach at Indian River Inlet State Park for

Deaf Community Surf Day

August 11th all day with surf’s up noon to 3!

So, if you can’t make the 10th but are interested, talk to us then!


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– Thanks to Maryland Accessible Telecommunication Program


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)

Covid 19 Presentation (February 21, 2021)

JoJo (Jolene) Ogun
Welcome our friend JoJo,( Jolene) Ogun Our Guest speaker who will presentation regarding to Covid 19!
When: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 at 1:30pm EST
Zoom Link: Contact Karen Miller or use contact form to get link
Jolene Ayres Ogunjirin, is the founding director of a small Deaf woman-owned business called Diversity Health Education & Outreach (DHEO, LLC). DHEO service focuses on promoting health education to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHOH) people, especially in developing nations. In recent years, DHEO contracted with medical & surgical outreach organizations to ensure DHOH people are included in these medical treatment provisions.
Retrospectively, a graduated class of 1997 from Delaware School for the Deaf ( Sterck School)  who went on to complete her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Gallaudet University, class of 2001.
In 2006, Jolene graduated from Howard University College of Medicine with a Master’s degree in public health, focusing on cardiovascular diseases (CVD) health disparities. In July 2020, she virtually-graduated with a doctorate of public health degree from Walden University, focusing on CVD risk factors among the Deaf vs. Hearing population; implementing health care solutions to address communication barriers.
In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jolene felt called to educate DHOH people to ensure they are well-informed about the virus through virtual outreaches to help them survive the pandemic’s resilience.   Jolene Married to Dr. Debo Ogunjirin , a pharmaceutical scientists , they together have 4 children

Winter ASL Class Registration Is Now Open! (by DHCC)

Due to the stay-at-home order, all of our ASL classes and private tutoring sessions are being offered online indefinitely via Zoom. Access to a laptop or a desktop computer is required to sign up for online sessions.

DHCC offers a fun, relaxed learning environment and community-level, non-credit beginner American Sign Language (ASL) instruction via community classes, on-site corporate classes and private one-on-one sessions. Our teachers, who are native ASL users, promote a relaxed learning environment with both structured and spontaneous dialogue. This gives students the opportunity to develop appropriate conversational strategies that are unique to Deaf Culture.

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