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Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 1609 19th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98122-2848 (206) 322-4996 V/TTY (206) 720-3251 FAX CSCDHH GA December 1995 1995 - Issue #12 Membership And GA Subscription Fee Increases Effective January 1, 1996, membership and GA newsletter subscription fees will increase in order to cover printing, postage, and production costs. This is the first increase in a long time. New membership and subscriptions fees will be as follows: Membership Dues (per year): Individual - $25; Household (2 Adults) - $35; Senior Individual* - $20; Senior Household* - $30; Non-Profit Organization - $50; Business - $100 *65 years and older; GA Subscription Only (per year): $20. Current members and subscribers may extend their current membership or subscription (one year only) by paying the old rate before January 1, 1996. See the form on last page of the GA newsletter. Santa's Coming To CSCDHH On December 16th, CSCDHH is having its annual, fundelicious Santa's Breakfast! Sponsored through the generosity of Safeco Insurance Company, the Breakfast will feature goodies for the kids, a signing Santa, and entertainment by our community's best storytellers. Special Note: Admission for adults reduced! Children are free, adults are $10 each. Come and enjoy! Volunteer Opportunities At CSCDHH Bowl-A-Thon - February 10th: need 2-3 volunteers to attend Deaf Bowling Travel League on January 13th and ask bowlers to sign up for the February 10th Bowl-a-Thon. Also need 2-3 volunteers to attend February 10th Bowling League to collect the bowler's pledges. Silent Games - need deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing people to participate in CSCDHH's monthly Silent Games to sign with sign language students. See flyer in January's GA newsletter for date. Valentine Party - February 10th: looking for a chairperson to plan this event and approximately 15-20 volunteers to help decorate the hall, buy and prepare drinks and snacks, plan entertainment, and handle registration. Bingo - March 15th: need a chairperson and volunteers to plan this fun community event. Children's Egg Dyeing - April 6th: Children will bring their own eggs and use our creative colorful dyes to design their eggs. We are looking for a chairperson to plan this fun event for deaf children; need few volunteers to come up with creative ideas to design colorful eggs, give egg dye demonstrations and prepare snacks and drinks. Bike/Walk-A-Thon - May 11th: a few volunteers to donate their time to ride their bikes or to walk; need volunteers to collect pledges for our participants; request donations for prizes; prepare light drinks and snacks for participants. Stephen Ryan's Deaf Comedy Night - May 31st: looking for 2-3 volunteers to sell and collect tickets and to usher guests at the Broadway Performance Hall. Dinner Awards Banquet - June 28th: need chairperson to organize a semi-formal dinner event. Interested in volunteering? Contact David Cremeens at (206) 322-4996 V/TTY. We look forward to hearing from you! The next Fundraising meeting are scheduled for December 4th and January 2nd from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at CSCDHH. Everyone is welcome! Come and share your ideas with us! Deaf Kids Drama Festival Seattle Children's Theatre presents the Deaf Kids Drama Festival, featuring performances by Deaf students from five area schools, on Monday, December 11th at the Charlotte Martin Theatre, starting at 7:00pm. Students from College Place Middle School in Lynnwood, the Northwest School for Hearing Impaired Children in Shoreline, Lake Tapps Elementary and North Tapps Middle Schools in Sumner, and Kalles Junior High School in Puyallup will perform. Students have been learning basic acting in drama residencies taught in their schools by Howie and Billy Seago, Deaf Theatre artists, as one part of the Deaf Youth Drama Program at Seattle Children's Theatre. This festival is the culminating performance of the students' classes and rehearsals during their eleven-week residencies. The single performance of the festival is open to the public. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children, students, and seniors. Call the Seattle Children's Theatre box office at (206) 441-3322 V/TTY for reservations. The Deaf Youth Drama Program has been funded by a three-year, $354,000 grant from the US Department of Education to Seattle Children's Theatre. This is the last year of the grant. After the fall residencies and festival, winter residencies will culminate at another festival in late March. The Deaf Youth Summer Theatre will produce a third original play to be performed in mid-August. Submission Deadline Next submission deadline for articles, flyers, letters, etc. in the GA newsletter is January 15, 1996 Donations James Augustine David Ching Mark Hoshi Yang Kim Dororthy Jo Lower Chapter GE P.E.O. Dave Morrison CSCDHH Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm Wednesday 11:00am - 7:30pm (206) 322-4996 V/TTY (206) 720-3251 Fax Closed December 25th, 26th, and January 1st. Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Rob Roth Executive Director Staff: Christine Buchholz, Community Emergency Education Coordinator; David Cremeens, Information and Referral Specialist; Judie Husted, Interpreter Referral Service Coordinator; Connie Loper, Community Advoacte; John Ramey, Bookkeeper; Beth Schoenberg, Interpreter Referral Service Specialist; Janel Stromme, 911/TTY Project Assistant/Trainer; Juliet Vincent, Interpreter Referral Service Specialist GA Editor: Natalie Brown Contributing Writers: Tandy Beechinor, Branden Huxtable, Cindy Mikaloff's Third Grade Class - View Ridge Elementary School, Matthew Miller Volunteers: Estie Provow, Michael Riter, Kati Robison GA is published monthly by the Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. c 1995 by the Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. CSCDHH welcomes letters, articles, and comments from readers. We reserve the right to edit all submissions for space and clarity. Opinions and statements expressed in the GA do not necessarily reflect those of the editor or of the Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Subscriptions: $10 per year in the U.S. and $13 (U.S. funds) elsewhere. Single copies are $2.00. Send payment in advance to GA Newsletter, CSCDHH, 1609 19th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122-2848. Address all correspondence, including articles, letters, and comments to the above address. Advertisements: For information about advertising rates, sizes, etc., please contact CSCDHH. Publication of advertisements in the GA newsletter does not in any way constitute CSCDHH's endorsement of the services or products advertised. Community Advocate Walk-In Hours Wednesdays, 3:00pm to 6:00pm For appointments at other times, contact Connie Loper, Community Advocate at (206) 322-4996 V/TTY Young Deaf Actors To Perfom In Peter Pan Begin the holiday season with Bainbridge Performing Arts' production of Peter Pan. Based on Sir James M. Barrie's unforgettable tale of a boy unwilling to grow up and his magical adventures in a land of pirates, lost boys, and unusual animals, this BPA production is sure to delight and entertain the whole family. Peter Pan also provide the opportunity for 44 young actors, ages 9 to 18, to learn first hand about the complicated process of producing a play. The cast is comprised of 39 hearing actors and five young deaf actors The deaf actors are: Nathan Elliott, Lindsay Henderson, Rebecca Neeley, Gavin Prim, and Ashton Sanderson. Kim Prime will be an on-stage interpreter in each show. The performances will be held at the Bainbridge Performing Arts Cultural Center (200 Madison Avenue N, Bainbridge Island). Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for students (ages 6 - 18) and seniors, and $5 for children (5 and under). For more information, call (206) 842-8569 V/TTY or (800) 378-8569. Join A Board Committee The Board of Trustees wants to invite community members to join the various committees and have a say in developing CSCDHH's policies for the future. Call David Cremeens at (206) 322-4996 V/TTY to let us know of your interest in the following committees: Finance; Bylaws; Personnel; Fundraising; Publicity; Deaf-Blind Advisory; Hard of Hearing Advisory; Facility 2004; and 20th Anniversary. Letter From The Director by Rob Roth Many of you will note in this newsletter an insert from the Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center. This is yet another example of the bridges that CSCDHH is building with many agencies and organizations serving the deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing. We welcome flyers and inserts from these organizations; we ask only two things, 1) that some of the cost for postage and labor be shared, and 2) that Post Office regulations be followed. The agency or organization must be a non-profit organization, and must be registered with the Post Office as a non-profit organization eligible to use bulk mail services (you do not have to have a bulk mail permit). There is no cost to your organization to register with the Post Office. If CSCDHH accepted an insert or flyer that was not eligible, the Post Office will refuse to mail the newsletter, or mail it at the commercial rate, which is very expensive. Another way that CSCDHH is building bridges with other agencies and organizations serving the deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing is providing free space in the Laurent Clerc Hall, our multi- purpose room (donations to our Building Fund are welcomed). We have even shared our Halloween decorations with KODA (Kids of Deaf Adults) and are exploring other ways of collaborating on fundraising and other projects with other organizations. If you or your organization would like to discuss creative ways to work together with CSCDHH, please let me know! Such cooperation can only be a win-win situation for the entire community. The staff and board of CSCDHH join me in wishing everyone a happy and joyful holiday season, hoping that 1996 will be a year of peace, tolerance and understanding for all. Living With Mazama, My Roommate and Friend by Branden Huxtable Think way back to Inaugural Day, January 20, 1993. After twelve years of Reagan-Bush, a Democratic president was finally being sworn into office. As a result, one of the biggest storms blew into Puget Sound. I was working in Renton that day. Halfway through the morning, the power went out, idling most of the engineers especially those working on computers. To amuse ourselves, we watched the apartment building next door, watching the shingles, felt paper and plywood sheeting blowing off with the wind. After a few hours of this, we finally gave up, going home to brave the traffic in the midst of the blackout. At home, my electricity had been out for only a short time but unfortunately my cable remained off. My beautiful calico cat, however, enjoyed the storm, fascinated with every branch bending in the wind. I found her the summer before when I passed through Bend, Oregon, from a lady giving away free kittens. With five kittens in a box, one came running up to me. When I picked her up, she was meowing quietly, licking my face and neck and cuddling close to me. I named her Mazama after the mountain at Crater Lake and took her home with me. Mazama quickly became a welcome roommate, waiting on the window sill for me to come home, crawling up my shoulder while I watched a movie, curling up with me in bed every night, playing in the first snowfall of the season (and backtailing when I yell at her to get back in), playing chase every other night. And knowing that I cannot hear, she would get my attention by simply giving me a little push. But behind her purr and puff, she has teeth and claws. No, Mazama, wait until I finish the comics before you tear up the paper. No, Mazama, that is not a super deluxe scratching post. No, Mazama, my fingers are not fortified with vitamins and iron. Our biggest battle usually centers around the rights to my bed. Sometimes we fight about it until she runs off sulking. Then later in the evening, I would wake up finding myself shoved to the corner and the little stinker snoozing in the middle. Nice of her getting the upper hand. Then came Inaugural Day. As Clinton made his promises, the wind began to roar. That night after one of our fights, Mazama sulked somewhere else and I slept in peace. Long after I went to sleep, Mazama, without grace or cunning, uncharacteristically jumped on my back and woke me up. I flipped over to see what was the matter. Perhaps the storm finally got her nerves making branches no longer fun to watch. I asked her what was wrong when I noticed a strange white light coming through my bedroom door. I got up and Mazama ran away. I looked out my bedroom door. The light came from an outside lamp, my front door was wide open and leaves filled my hallway. I found Mazama sitting by my front door. As wild and undisciplined as she acted before, she woke me up to warn me knowing I could never have heard the crash or wind or trees. I shut the front door and slept better that night. Since then, my dad and I fixed the front door, Mazama has gotten more manageable and mature (at least to me), and Clinton successfully drafted NAFTA. Mazama, of course, still tries my patience but I love her anyway. And why not? She deserves it. Alright! I'll feed you. Patience. Kids' Korner by Talia Goeke These writings and drawings are from Cindy Mikaloff's third grade deaf and hard of hearing class at View Ridge Elementary School. Cindy says the students really loved writing for the GA newsletter! Thanks Cindy for submitting your students' work. We are learning about Kenya. "Heyi" means "hi" or "hello" in Kenya. The name of the language in Kenya is Swahili. The capital of Kenya is Nairobi. My favorite subject is Math. The name of my school is View Ridge. -Tyler DeShaw My school's name is View Ridge and I enjoy being in the 3rd grade because they have good things to do in 3rd grade. I like to do art and projects and other things. I play jump rope, Double Dutch, hula hoop and, also, four square. My bus takes me to school and back to my home and that makes me happy. - Christie Ong Hi! My name is Kyle Lam and I'm age 9. I like school a lot. My favorite subject is Math. I like to read and my favorite book is Orange is my favorite color. I have a pet dog and she is 13 years old. - Kyle Lam We are learning cursive. I am happy! - Nick Aune I like to read Goosebumps. I like to read. I like to finish all the book. I did not yet finish A Shock on Scared Street. - Chris Plancic Hi! My name is Hayat Abdella. I am eight years old and I am in third grade and I go to View Ridge School. I like to skate every day and sometimes I don't' go skating too much. I love to read books and chapter books. Sometimes I go to the park with my family and friends. Maybe I will go to Disneyland in the summer time and to the Circus. - Hayat Abdella Drawings Mayflower II By Tyler Deshaw, Age 7 My Family By Nick Aune, Age 8 Welcome To Magten's Home To Eat Cookies By Chris Plancic, Age 8 Community Announcements Statewide Conference On Childhood Deafness The Washington Society for Deaf Children is currently accepting proposals for the 12th Annual Statewide Conference on Childhood Deafness that will be held May 24th - 26th at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma. The deadline for proposal submissions is December 15th. For more information, write to SCCD, 7753 Dibble Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117-3254. Support Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Children The League for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children is selling one-pound bags of shelled walnuts and filberts (hazelnuts) for $4 each. The walnuts and filberts come fresh from several Oregon farms. Proceeds will benefit programs for deaf and hard of hearing children. To order call Lynda Longley (206) 481-1758 V/TTY or Midge Hanson at (206) 783-3995 V or 789-8965 TTY. World Wide Web DeafWeb Washington A new World Wide Web (WWW) site, called DeafWeb Washington, has been set up as a resource of services, businesses, government agencies, technology, and so on, that are available for Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing people in Washington state. Gerry Grimm, a Boeing computer programmer was responsible for setting up the site. For those with WWW access, enter the following address in your browser: http://www.wolfnet.com/~hydronut/deafweb.htm To learn more about the WWW, come to the World Wide Web Introduction workshop that will be held at CSCDHH on January 20th. Introduction Workshop A World Wide Web (WWW) Introduction workshop will be held at CSCDHH on Saturday, January 20, 1996 from 9:00am - 11:00am. Gerry Grimm, a computer programmer with Boeing who set up a WWW resource called DeafWeb Washington, and Debi Westwood, Seattle Public Library Deaf Services manager, will be presenting the workshop. The workshop will cover the basics of accessing the WWW, plus give you a hands-on look at how it works. More details will be announce in the January issue of the GA newsletter. Future Deaf Archery Tournaments In The Northwest by Tandy Beechinor "There are still few of us out there who love to hunt deep in the forest with a simple bow and arrow." I bought a used bow and arrow to see if I might enjoy a sport called Archery. After two months of practicing, I attended a deaf archery tournament in south Olympia. Participating were seven men and one woman (she is a pro, I assure you!). To my surprise, I found myself enjoying competing with other deaf archers. Naturally, with only two months of experience against the old pros, I fell in 7th place, BUT Mike Howser and I were champs in targeting three-dimensional wooden animals accurately in the woods. In October, Ken Phillis, my wife, Jan, and I flew to Pennsylvania to do business with the participants at Eastern Deaf Timberfest. While staying there for ten days, Ken and I met three friendly experienced deaf archers who have attended archery tournaments for several years in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland with approximately 30 - 45 archery participants each. Ken and I, along with three east archers, met this deaf Texan who signs like he's performing karate in the air. With his "unique" chopping pictorial sign language, he said to us, the archers, "Oh yeah, we have one too with lots of 3-D wooden animals and bulls- eye targets scattered deep in our thick forest surrounded with live animals including boars!" Texas' archery tournaments which are held once a year in spring are "by far more superior" than any of us have experienced in our own tournaments! After we scraped our jaws from the floor, we left the campground with wealth of information and wonderful ideas. Ken and I are now in the process organizing our very first "Northwest Archery Association for the Deaf"! (Unfortunately, we will not provide live boars like the Texans', darn it!) Anyhow, we are excited and hope to see deaf men and women participants try our this sport at our NW archery tournaments. Don't worry if you haven't touched a bow and arrow since you were a kid, it is easy to learn. We will be happy to assist you in buying a bow and arrow then take you to one of our favorite archery ranges where we can practice shooting arrows together. For more information, please contact me at (206) 771-4063 or Ken Phillis at (360) 794-9118. Calendar of Events Deaf History Month Friday, December 1st - 21st Youth Theatre Northwest presents Joy: Three Prayers, a Speech, and ...the Dance. A story of wonder and the secrets of our imagination, spun from the sweet, silent hymn of three children's poems, fully realized through the glory of dance and fantastic costume, set to a specially created soundtrack of the world's most spiritual and exuberant music. Deaf actor, Sophie-Shifra Gold will host this unusual theatrical experience. Performances are scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 8805 SE 40th, Mercer Island. Call (206) 232-2202 V for more details regarding tickets and times. Saturday, December 2nd WSDBC will hold its Christmas Party at Seattle Central Community College (Room 1141B) from 11:00am - 3:00pm. Costs is $5 per person and covers food and drinks. Anyone attending is asked to bring your favorite desserts for the WSDBC Bake Sale. Seattle Women's Ensemble performs their Winter Light: When Women Gather concert. Guest performers will be the Derivative Duo. The performance will be ASL interpreted by Talia Goeke. Winter Light will be held at Unity Church (200 8th N, Seattle) at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10. Call (206) 633-3552 V for tickets. Sunday, December 3rd Babar and Father Christmas will be presented by the Northwest Puppet Center (9123 15th Ave NE, Seattle). The ASL interpreted performance will be held at 1:00pm and costs $5.50 for children and $7.50 for adults. Call (206) 523-2579 V. Monday, December 4th Patricia (Trix) Bruce, Employment Specialist at Community Enterprises of Issaquah presents Job Readiness Training: Gaining Self-Esteem from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at the Redmond Executive Suites (7981 168th Ave NE, Redmond). Registration accepted until December 1st and costs $35 per person. For more information, contact Trix at (206) 392-1812 (V/TTY). Friday, December 8th A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) presents their 20th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol. A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens' treasured tale of the spiritual redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by ghosts of the past, present, and future. The ASL interpreted performance is at 7:00pm. For more details, call ACT at (206) 285-5110 V or (206) 285-3224 TTY. Monday, December 11th Seattle Children's Theatre presents the Deaf Kids Drama Festival at the Charlotte Martin Theatre (2nd Ave N & Thomas St, Seattle). The performance will begin at 7:00pm. See Page 2 for more details. Wednesday, December 13th Seattle Central Community College's Regional Education Center for the Deaf is sponsoring a new monthly evening support group, Climbing the Career Ladder. The support group, facilitated by David Hankinson, Executive Director of Puget Sound Residential Services, will cover important topics such as how to get a promotion or transfer to a better position; how to get off to a good start in a new job; solving problems with co-workers and supervisors; how the ADA protects your rights on the job; and much more. The support group will be held in Room 1141B and is free. For more information, contact Sara Geballe at (206) 587-5418 V/TTY. Friday, December 15th ASL Playtime, facilitated by Sheryl Kool, MA/ABS, will be held at the North Seattle Family Center (13540 Lake City Way NE, Seattle) from 9:30am - 11:00am. This monthly ASL playtime provides a safe environment for deaf or hearing toddlers/preschool aged children with deaf or hearing parents to interact. ASL will be the primary language used and all levels of ASL are welcome. Guaranteed to be fun for your children and comfortable for all. Call (206) 364- 7930 V or 363-9210 TTY for more information. Saturday, December 16th Once again, Santa Claus is coming to town and visiting CSCDHH for the annual Signing Santa Breakfast from 10:00am to 1:00pm. See page 1 for more information. Village Theatre presents an ASL interpreted performance of Oliver. The performance will be at the Village Theatre (303 Front St N, Issaquah). Ticket prices range from $16 to $24. For more information regarding the time of the show, please call (206) 392- 2202 V. Sunday, December 17th The 5th Avenue Theatre presents an ASL interpreted performance of The Music Man at 7:30pm. The Music Man is the story of a charismatic con artist who arrives in the town of River City, Iowa with the intention of selling band instruments and uniforms for the town's children band and skipping town before teaching anyone how to play. Little does he know, he will meet his match, when a skeptical young woman captures his heart. For more information, contact Jesse Minkert at (206) 323-7190. Saturday, December 23rd Intiman Theatre concludes its 1995 season with an ASL interpreted performance of Three Tall Women, the 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that celebrates one woman's journey through life. The performance begins at 8:00pm. Tickets are $29.50; 1/2 price for students and seniors on day of show. Call (206) 626-0782 V for more information. Sunday, December 24th Overlake Christian Church (9051 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland) will be holding three ASL interpreted Christmas Eve services. The services will be held at 5:00pm, 7:00pm, and 11:00pm. Contact Kati Robison, for more information, at (206) 557-0685 V. Future Events Thursday, January 4th The Regional Education Center for Deaf Students, Seattle Central Community College is presenting a two-credit course, Job Preparation Course, for serious job seekers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Topics covered include developing a high-quality, professional resume, participating in mock interviews, using an interpreter effectively in a job interview, knowing your rights under the ADA and much more. For more information, contact Sara Geballe at (206) 587-4183 V/TTY. Saturday, January 13th Seattle Children's Theatre presents an ASL interpreted performance of The Magic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle at 2:00pm. The Magic Mrs. Piggle- Wiggle addresses parenthood with irony and humor. Mrs. Piggle- Wiggle has mastered the art of raising children while lowering parental blood pressure. She has cures for a rash of familial headaches, including answer-backer-itis and the Whaddle-I-Doer syndrome. With love and playfulness, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle leads children and parents to create solutions with the ever-present ingredients of imagination and perspective. Tickets are $11 for children, students, and seniors; $17 for adults. Call (206) 441- 3322 V/TTY for reservations. Weekday matinees for school groups are available, call (206) 441-9244 for school reservations information. Saturday, January 20th Silent Games is an opportunity to increase your sign language skills and interact with deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing people. Begins at 7:00pm at CSCDHH. More details in January. Wednesday, January 24th Kiss of the Spider Woman - The Musical will be presented by the 5th Avenue Theatre. Kiss of the Spider Woman is centered on the experiences of two men, a flamboyant homosexual and a political prisoner, jailed in a brutal South American prison. The ASL interpreted performance begins at 8:00pm Call (206) 625-1418 for more information. Hey! Don't Forget! The New CSCDHH Bookstore For Your Gifts! This December we will have some new items to give your friends and family for the holidays or any other special occasion! And we are still adding more books and tapes for you to choose from! The Night Before Christmas, Signs of the Times, For Hearing People Only, Language in Motion, My First Book of Sign, Signing Naturally, Black and Deaf in America, Deaf Heritage, American Sign Language Dictionary Friendship Pins and Necklaces, "I Love You" Cookie Cutters, Mugs, Books, Videotapes Paid Advertisements Holiday Flavor...Always At The Pike Place Market Someone You Should Know! Danny Delcambre "Seattle's Can-Do Chef!" The Seattle Times Delcambre's Ragin Cajun 1523 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 524-2598 voice/TTY Lunch Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 3 pm Dinner Thurs., Fri., Sat. 5:30 - 8:30 pm Eye Exams for the Hearing Impaired The Eyecare Center is pleased to announce they now have on staff, Nancy Hunter, skilled in sign language, to assist during eye examinations. Call for an appointment. 455-0001 (WA State Relay Service: 1-800-833-6388) 12310 NE 8th Bellevue, WA 98005 Marlyn Minkin, MA/ABS Sheryl Kool, MA/ABS 1750 - 112th Ave NE, Suite C-240 Bellevue, WA 98004 (206) 688-8073 (V/TDD) Counselors and Consultants Specializing in Deaf, Hard-of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind Individuals and Families Experienced in Grief & Loss, Self Esteem, Abuse Issues, Relationships, Depression, Family Issues, Communication, Personal Growth Liz Halperin, M.Ed., M.A. Therapy and Consultation (3/8/98 - Editor's note: Liz is now retired) State Certified Mental Health Counselor/Deafness Specialist The American Sign Language Interpreting School Of Seattle offers!! ASL 1 in Winter Quarter Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. January 2, 1996 - March 7, 1996 Call (206) 525-1030 for more information Are you on our mailing list? Call to receive information about upcoming workshops, classes and events. Joining CSCDHH helps support your community. Members receive a copy of the monthly GA newsletter, have voting privileges at the Annual Meeting, a 10% discount on bookstore items, and much more. Join CSCDHH today and become involved in your community. 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(after 01/01/96 - $20 per year) Enclosed is my donation of $__ TOTAL ENCLOSED $___ Please mail with your check to: CSCDHH, 1609 19th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122-2848 Thank You for Supporting CSCDHH! Flyers Submission Deadline Correction: The submission deadline for the January 1996 issue of the GA newsletter is December 15, 1995 at 5:00pm. Deaf Kids Drama Festival 7:00 p.m. Monday December 11 Charlotte Martin Theatre at Seattle Center Second Avenue North and Thomas Street performed by Deaf students from College Place Middle Lake Tapps Elementary North Lake Tapps Middle Kalles Junior High Schools and the Northwest School for Hearing-Impaired Children written and directed by Howie and Billy Seago Tickets Adults $5.00 Children, Students and Seniors $3.00 Reservation voice or tty 441-3322 Seattle Children's Theatre Deaf Youth Drama Program Post Office Box 9640 Seattle, Washington 98109-0640 Administration voice 206/443-0807 fax 206/443-0442 Ticket Office voice and tty 206/441-3322 Deaf Youth Drama Program tty 206/728-1638 Seattle Central Community College Regional Education Center for Deaf Students Winter Quarter Offerings SCCC's Deaf Program (Regional Education Center for Deaf Students, RECDS) offers quality, affordable education and support groups in the Seattle community. Theses classes and support groups begin in January with signing instructors: Classes Computer Skills For Deaf Adults (CGD 099 - 3 credits) Introduces basic computer-related vocabulary, teaches Windows Operating System, teaches basic word processing using Microsoft Word 6.0 for Windows. Meets: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm English As A Second Language (CGD 060 - Community Service) Teaches English to foreign born Deaf adults with basic ASL skills; meet people from different cultures, use and improve your ASL and English skills. Meets : (Dates TBA), 5:00 - 7:00 pm Job Preparation Course (HDC 106 - 2 credits) Learn how to create a professional resume, fill out job application forms, write professional cover letters and follow-up thank you letters, interview with real employers, understand your rights under the ADA Meets: Thursdays, 2:30 - 4:30 pm Support Groups - Free of Charge! Climbing the Career Ladder This group is especially for working deaf adults. It is led by David Hankinson, a deaf professional with many years as an employment expert. Learn about your right and the ADA, learn how to increase your chances of promotion, learn how to prepare for layoff, learn how to set up your own business Meets: the second Wednesday of each month, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at SCCC in room 1141-B. Job Search Support Group Find "hot" job leads, learn to answer tough interview questions, share the ups and downs of looking for a job, talk about job search questions and concerns. Meets: Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:30 pm - RECDS (Deaf Program) Conference Room More Information...or to receive registration materials, call Marti Verkuilen, SCCC Counselor for the Deaf at 587-2022 V/TDD until December 14. From December 14 - 30, call 587-4183 V/TDD. 1801 Broadway 2NP-304, Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 587-4183 TTY/V Printing paid for by Seattle Central Community College Deaf Program DEAF NEWS Greetings! It is my pleasure to introduce a special issue of the Center's newsletter. This issue highlights three programs that focus on services of special interest to people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Parent-Infant Program (PIP) TAPP job placement & vocational evaluation program Assistive Audio advances in technology The Parent-Infant Program goes back to the very beginning of the Center more than 50 years ago. A group of people was concerned about services for Deaf infants in the Seattle area and this program was the foundation from which the Center grew. Through a U.S. Department of Education Grant, evaluation of vocational skills, on-the-job training, placement and job accommodations and follow up services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals were established 25 years ago. Today these services are also provided to Vocational Rehabilitation clients with other disabilities as well. Significant technological advances in recent years have produced a large array of visual telecommunication and signaling devices for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. The Center's Assistive Audio store was created to meet the needs of the community through this exciting new technology and make it available to clients at reasonable prices. As President of the Board and a former employee, I am proud to be a part of HSDC's long tradition of offering services to the Deaf Community. The Center, along with many other excellent agencies helping Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in the area, makes Seattle a great place to live. The many services offered at HSDC make Seattle a great place for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people to live. Larry Petersen, President, HSDC Hearing Speech and Deafness Center 1620 Eighteenth Avenue Seattle 323-5770 (V/TTY) Parent-Infant Program Provides Educational & Emotional Support The first thing you notice when you enter PIP is the playful environment. Our Parent-Infant Program is set up with young children in mind. Located behind HSDC's main building in the PIP facility, you'll find many areas for imaginative play - blocks, cars, and shelves filled with toys. Outside, children delight in the sandbox or climb on the colorful equipment. PIP has served both deaf and hearing families for over 50 years. Children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and under three years old are eligible for this popular program. Our priority is to assist parents in establishing natural interaction with their children. We use a team approach and work with the entire family which may include parents, siblings, grandparents and child care providers. Some of the services families choose from are: Weekly Play Sessions - staffed with deaf and hearing adults who facilitate rich communicative interactions with the children. Some of the talented and committed Deaf volunteers who have joined us at these sessions include Laurel Walden, Joya Adams, Jer Loudenback and Ian Aranha. Parent Support Groups - During the play group sessions, parents meet with counselor, Marlyn Minkin, to discuss issues of interest to them. Home Visits - Each family may participate in one private session each week with a Parent-Infant Specialist. Our full-time specialists are Katie Humes, Carla Durnbaugh and Lori Seago. Debbie Ennis and Karen Chriest also make visits on a consulting basis. Evening Sign Language Classes - Once each week parents may attend sign classes taught by Deaf experts who are sensitive to the needs of families. We are very fortunate to have the expertise of Debbie Ennis, Karen Chriest and Ellie Savage as instructors. PIP offers many other services to families including audiology, counseling, a lending library, assistance with preschool options, and information/referral. If you would like more information or wish to volunteer please call the PIP coordinator, Lori Seago, at 323-5770 (V/TTY). Did You Know? Effective January 1, 1996, the sale of mercury batteries, most commonly used in the more powerful behind-the-ear hearing aids, has been banned in the United States due to environmental concerns. Zinc Air or Silver Oxide batteries can be substituted. Silver Oxide batteries will be slightly more expensive but should maintain the sound quality of the hearing aid equally as well as the mercury batteries. Please return all dead mercury batteries to he Center for recycling as soon as possible. All types and sizes of batteries are available through mail order or at the reception desk at the Center. Don't forget your Battery Club Card! TAPP Into Job Placement The Training, Assessment & Placement Program (TAPP) at the Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center helps deaf and hard-of-hearing DVR clients, and those with other disabilities, prepare for and find employment. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 1994, a total of 80 clients found jobs with TAPP's help. Many employers and other individuals also received beneficial services from this program. When DVR refers clients to TAPP, our staff helps the person create a new resume, practice job-interview techniques, locate job openings and set up interviews. Sometimes clients will first go through the vocational evaluation program to help them analyze their skills and interests for different jobs. We also work with employers to increase their awareness about hiring Deaf and hard- of-hearing individuals. Sometimes the TAPP staff helps supervisors and coworkers learn sign language, so they can communicate with a Deaf person who starts working there. Our TAPP staff features two Deaf vocational specialists. Karen Burke received her master's in counseling from CSUN. Donna Platt has a master's degree in educational technology from Gallaudet. The Program Coordinator is John Shiels, who attended Gallaudet and later received a master's degree from Seattle University. Other TAPP professionals include Larry Verhei, Kathy Torvik, and newcomers Nicole Gant and Shelley Steward. Nicole just completed her master's degree from the University of Arizona, and Shelley is a graduate student from Northern Colorado University. Do you have to be a DVR client to receive help from TAPP? No, but most people are referred by DVR, since it can pay for the services for eligible clients. Some TAPP clients do not come from DVR, but pay for the services themselves. What are the most critical skills for the workplace? We asked this question of TAPP's Business Advisory Council, which includes Seattle representatives from Boeing, U.S. Bank, Nordstrom, the University of Washington, and Seafirst Bank. Their response: Flexibility - the most frequently mentioned skill. Today's workplace is always changing; companies merge, technology advances and new economic conditions transform the way work is done. The more flexible you are to adapting to these changes, the greater chance you have for success. Communication Skills and Assertiveness - You can't get what you want if you don't ask for it! Are you interested in a promotion or change of duties? Don't expect it to happen unless you share your goals with your boss. People Skills - Whether it's a job in public relations or working in a warehouse, the highest valued employees know how to get along with people and have good attitudes and relationships with supervisors and co-workers. If a layoff comes, chances are good that the employees with negative attitudes and problems getting along with others may be the first to go. Great New Products (Holiday Ideas!) at The Assistive Audio Store Trendwares Power Phone: Amplified telephone/answering machine all in one, accepts both voice and TTY messages. NexCom 300 TTY computer modem and software - Windows driven. Makes handling person to person TTY and standard modem calls easy. Speech Adjust-A-Tone - Telephone amplifier is adjustable in 6 frequency ranges to adjust to an individual's hearing loss. Compatible with multiple line and digital phone systems. Sign Me A Story Video - Children's stories acted out in ASL. Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) addresses access guidelines in places of public accommodation. The ADA clearly prohibits discrimination on the basis of a disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of any place of public accommodation, and specifically lists hotel/motels as an example of a public place. Are Hotel/Motels Providing Adequate Access? Through the Assistive Audio Store, we have heard "lack of accommodation horror stories" from our customers. We decided to call several hotel/motels in the Seattle area and ask about accommodations for the Deaf and hard of hearing. Our survey revealed that larger hotel chains and new or remodeled hotel/motels that were recently required to meet state building codes were more likely to have equipment. This equipment consisted of permanently installed flashing smoke detectors, a new TV with built in closed caption, and a suitcase with an assortment of devices such as a doorbell signaler, TTY, telephone amplifier, etc. They were also more likely to have Assistive Listening Devices for large meeting areas, which are available with advance notice. It should be noted however, that even though many hotels had the equipment, they knew very little about it and did not understand how to install it. Here are some suggestions for you to follow when you need to use hotels or motels. Plan ahead. Know where you will be staying each night and call the hotel directly to question the staff and reserve equipment. Don't rely on the telephone book. Even those hotels advertising "New Rooms Available" or "Handicapped Rooms Available" may not provide accommodations for Deaf or hard of hearing people. Ask questions. Inquire about the exact equipment being supplied. Be specific regarding your own needs. For example, does the TV have built in Closed Caption? If not, who will install the decoder? Make sure the equipment works. Has it been tested or previously used in your assigned room? If you communicate by TTY, ask if the front desk or room service has a TTY and if the staff knows how to use it. If you will be needing an Assistive Listening Device for a large area meeting, specifically ask for FM or Infrared. This will give the sound contractor at the Hotel time to install and troubleshoot the equipment. If they do not answer your questions an acceptable way, ask to speak with the person in charge. You Are Your Best Advocate! If you have any questions, visit the Assistive Audio store and see the devices that should be available to you in hotels and motels. Call 323-5770 (V/TTY) for more information. Our mission is to provide professional services and technology to people of all ages who experience hearing loss, speech and language impairments, or who are deaf, to achieve personal, educational and vocational goals, and to promote community awareness and accessibility. Hearing Speech and Deafness Center 1620 Eighteenth Avenue Seattle 323-5770 (V/TTY) With this coupon, receive 1 roll of TTY paper or 1 package of hearing aid batteries FREE when you visit the Assistive Audio Store. Offer ends December 31, 1995. (Enclosed is the original insert of Deaf News which contains the Assistive Audio Store coupon.) Printed and paid for by the Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center. Overlake Christian Church (9051 132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA 98033) Presents: The Spirit of Christmas: The Living Christmas Tree 1995 This year's Living Christmas Tree is a Broadway-style musical which tells the story of Witherby - a man who is too busy for Christmas - and his encounter with a mysterious stranger named Bartholomew who reveals the "spirit in the hearts of Christmas past." Together they take a journey to the shepherds, to a medieval castle filled with masques and madrigals, to a church during the Cromwell period when Christmas was outlawed and to a Dickensian orphanage where Witherby comes face to face with his own hard-heartedness. This music and drama will capture the wonders of Christmas and show how a personal encounter with Jesus Christ is the only way to bring back the true Spirit of Christmas. All performances are interpreted for the Deaf Performance Times: Wed through Fri, Dec 6 - 8, Sat and Sun, Dec 9 - Dec 10, Dec 16 - 17 at 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm (childcare and nursery - ages 2 years old and older - provided at 3:30 pm performances); Tues through Fri, Dec 12 - 15 at 7:30 pm. Tickets for seating in the ASL section may be picked up at the information desk. To reserve tickets ahead of time, call Kati Robison (557-0689 voice/relay) anytime up to 2 hours before the performance you want to attend. This helps us to know how many seats to save in the ASL section. Come even if you forget to call. But arrive early for the best seats. Printed and paid for by Overlake Christian Church
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