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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

Interpreter Referral Service (206) 322-5551 V/TTY

CSCDHH Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri - 8:30am - 5:00pm; Wednesday - 11:00am - 7:30pm

CSCDHH GA
June 1996
1996 - Issue #6

Interpreter Referral Service Advisory Committee Seeks Your Input

The Interpreter Referral Service Advisory Committee (IRSAC) has been meeting over the past several months and hopes to accomplish a number of things that will aid the Interpreter Referral Service (IRS) in providing the best services possible to community members. The committee makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding Interpreter Referral Service policy and procedures.

IRSAC has established numerous goals to assist in providing better service for the community. Some of those goals include establishing active representation of various groups in the community (deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing members as well as the business community).

Other goals identified are looking at ways to improve IRS services by expanding staff, upgrading computer resources, and ensuring financial stability through service fees; updating IRS policies and procedures and provide feedback on policy changes; and develop grievance procedures about interpreter services provided and the referral service.

IRSAC will be holding community forums and focus group meetings to get input from deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, hearing customers and the interpreting community. It is hoped that these community meetings will provide an opportunity to get constructive feedback and brainstorm ideas for the future of the Interpreter Referral Service. See the flyer enclosed in this issue for more information regarding meeting dates and times.

Currently, IRSAC is activating a project called "Interpreter Preference Project" which gives deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing people a way to select the interpreters they wish to use. This information will be kept on file in the IRS for future assignments.

The IRS staff have developed a list of interpreters referred by CSCDHH. In case you are unable to remember your favorite interpreter's name, IRSAC is working on updating the interpreter picture board.

You can come to IRS and identify your favorite interpreter using the picture board. If you interested in receiving a copy of the interpreters list so you can put down your preferences, contact Judie Husted at (206) 322-5551 V/TTY.

If your favorite interpreter isn't on IRS list, there might be several reasons. CSCDHH require that interpreters have either state or national certification or have proven themselves qualified for both sign to voice and voice to sign interpreting. In some situations, such as courts and hospitals, there are certain legal requirements that the interpreter needs to meet. In addition, hospitals now require proof that the interpreter does not have TB (tuberculosis). Some situations require qualified interpreters to carry "liability" insurance (e.g., malpractice insurance).

However, if there is someone you wish to work with who is not on the interpreter list, you may request them. Pre-certified interpreters can meet with Judie Husted for a skills assessment.

Committee members are available for any constructive feedback you may have regarding IRS, please feel free to contact any member of the committee. Current committee members include: Sandy Green, Chair & Board Member; Dimitri Azadi, Board Member; Karen Carlson, Community Interpreter; Martha Cohen, Business Community; Julianna Fjeld, Deaf Community; Estie Provow, Deaf Community; and Cynthia Wallace, Community Interpreter.

Washington State TTY Directory Available Ever wish you could find an old friend or classmate's new TTY number who moved to another city in Washington state? Now you can get the new 1996 - 1998 Washington State TTY Directory to possibly find their number.

The Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and the Washington State Association of the Deaf have published a brand new directory of Washington state TTY numbers, including businesses, organizations, and those who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, or speech impaired. CSCDHH has this directory available at the Bookstore for $7 each. Proceeds go towards the Washington State Association of the Deaf. You may come to CSCDHH to pick up your copy of the TTY directory during our normal hours, or mail a check, payable to CSCDHH for $9 ($7 + $2 for postage and handling) and we will mail you a directory.


Upcoming CSCDHH Events

Saturday, June 1st - Silent Games Night, 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Auburn High School
Saturday, June 15th - Silent Games Night, 7:00pm - 10:00pm, CSCDHH
Sunday, August 11th - CSCDHH Family Picnic - To Be Announced
Monday, August 12th - CSCDHH Night with the Mariners - Kansas City Royals, 7:05pm, Kingdome
Salmon Fishing Derby/Bake-Off - Postponed Until Further Notice

Submission Deadline: Next submission deadline for articles, flyers, letters, etc. in the July issue of the GA Newsletter is June 17th.


Need Communication Services? Maybe Block Grant Funding Can Help

CSCDHH has signed a contract with the City of Seattle for 1996 block grant interpreting funds for low income deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing people who live within the Seattle city limits. (We do not have a contract this year with King County for people living outside of Seattle).

Block grant funds provide unlimited hours of interpreter and other communication services. However, block grant funds may only be used for empowerment (programs or services that allow you to take control of your own decisions and life). Block grant funds can only be used if another agency (legal, medical, mental health, social services, emergency and education situations) will not or is not able to pay for communication services. For example, if you go to your doctor, he/she is required, in most cases to provide interpreting services, so you would not receive block grant funded services. However, if you need an interpreter to attend a support group, funds may be available from block grants.

Communication services provided by block grant funds include sign language, close visual, oral, and tactile interpreting as well as real-time captioning.

Assistive listening devices are also available to organizations and all members of the community on a reservation (first come, first served) basis.

Call CSCDHH at (206) 322-4996 V/TTY for an application today!


Donations (April 15th - May 15th) - Delores Burks, Sasha Fulkerson, Tom & Linda Brown, Kati Robison. Thank you for your support of CSCDHH!


Community Advocate Walk-In Hours

Wednesdays, 3:00pm - 6:00pm Contact Connie Loper, Community Advocate at (206) 322-4996 V/TTY for appointments at other times.

CSCDHH Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 8:30am - 5:00pm Wednesday - 11:00am - 7:30pm

(206) 322-4996 V/TTY, (206) 720-3251 FAX Interpreter Referral Service - (206) 322-5551 V/TTY

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 Advocate; Chris Pounds, Interpreter Referral Service Specialist; John Ramey, Bookkeeper; Janel Stromme, 911/TTY Project Assistant/Trainer GA Editor: Natalie Brown Contributors: Cindy Mikaloff and Susan Lazar's 3rd Grade Class - View Ridge Elementary, Matthew Miller, Heidi Savidge Volunteer: Michael Riter

GA - June 1996, Issue #6 GA is published monthly by the Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 1609 19th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122-2848.

© 1996 by the Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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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.

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Letter From The Director by Rob Roth

What do Boeing, Microsoft, and Starbucks have in common with United Way ? Each has an annual workplace campaign, giving employees an opportunity to designate a portion of their annual salary towards charitable contributions to benefit the community. Designations authorize your employer to deduct a certain amount for charity. Boeing's campaign just began, Microsoft's begins in June, and Starbucks and United Way begins in the fall. Washington state, Seattle and King County, because of their large work force, also have workplace campaigns. Designations for those who work for smaller companies can be done through United Way.

These workplace campaigns fulfill a need in the community to 1) make it easy to donate to charity, and 2) make it easy to donate to the charity or charities of your choice. Why is it easy? By deducting, for example, just ten dollars a month, you've donated $120. And you feel good about it!

Of course, I want you to remember CSCDHH when you make your choices for designation! Whether you choose to designate CSCDHH alone or with other organizations, your money will be put to good use helping the entire community.

For those of you who do not have access to a workplace campaign, you still have the opportunity to pledge to CSCDHH. You can send us a check each month (if you want us to "bill" you each month for your pledge, we can arrange that). See how easy it is:

$5/month for 12 months = $60 $10/month for 12 months = $120 $15/month for 12 months = $180

For a few dollars a month, you can help your community, whether you are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, or a hearing friend or family member. There is no greater feeling than contributing to your community.

I am pleased to announce that Nancylynn Bridges will be joining the CSCDHH staff as Executive Assistant. She will be responsible for developing reports, maintaining CSCDHH records and will work on a variety of special projects. Nancylynn and her family moved to the Puget Sound area last year; many of you may remember her when she lived in Washington years ago. Please join me in welcoming Nancylynn to the CSCDHH staff.


B - I - N - G - O !!!! by Heide Savidge

BINGO was the buzz at CSCDHH on the evening of April 27th. Approximately 80 people filled Laurent Clerc Hall to test their luck and hopefully take home some extra cash while playing Bingo at the first CSCDHH's Bingo Night. The tables were quickly filled with eager players, many who had never played Bingo before, but by the end of the evening they were playing like pros.

After the rules had been explained by Bingo Master, Billy Seago, everyone was ready to settle down and take a shot at some of the $25 and $50 prizes being offered. Some of the lucky winners include Jay Bunnag, Natalie Collins, Susan Cleva, Julie Hall, Ken Phillis, and Lea Sheridan and others. Including regular games of Bingo, various other forms were played such as small kite, hardway, corner hollywoods, and many others.

The next CSCDHH Bingo Night is scheduled for this fall. If you've never played Bingo before, but at least know how to spell Bingo and know your numbers, please join us for this great opportunity to have fun raising funds for CSCDHH and possibly take home unexpected cash as well.

NOTE: A very special THANK YOU to Billy Seago, for acting as Bingo Master and providing much of the entertainment and to ALL of the volunteers who helped to make the first CSCDHH Bingo Night a wonderful evening.


Theaters Refuse To Hear Our Complaint by Mike James, Seattle Television Journalist

Your excellent series on deaf culture immediately roused my own passions about issues affecting the tens of thousands of Puget Sound residents who, like me, are not deaf, but severely hearing impaired.

When my wife Donna and I think about going to a movie, we do all the usual things - talk about what film we'd like to see, how far we want to drive, which times are convenient. The usual. But there's one more step. I wear hearing aids, and simply can't filter the dialogue out of all the ambient sounds and music and murmurs in today's sophisticated sound tracks, so my movie-going is limited to theaters with decent assistive hearing devices.

Sadly, that narrows the choice dramatically, because most movie theaters within reasonable distance offer no hearing equipment, or pieces of junk that are more insult than listening aid.

Unless the movie we want to see is showing at the Factoria Cinemas, or the Newmark and City Centre downtown (all Cineplex Odeon, with excellent assistive devices), we don't go. We're basically shut out of Landmark Theaters (Metro, Seven Gables, etc.) because their equipment is nonexistent or virtually useless. The volume is too low and the fidelity is poor. One manager in the organization at least had the honesty to tell me that the little black box available at a few theaters is the cheapest thing they could find and still meet the requirements of the ADA. But what's the point of a meaningless gesture?

Decent equipment that would open the cinema again to thousands of people with hearing problems is not that expensive, but too many movie houses in the region are saying to the hearing impaired, in effect - "we don't care." If more local theaters would install hearing-assistive equipment and advertise its availability, thousands of people who've simply given up on the theater experience would come back to the movies again.

A small investment (I'm told it's about $2,500 per theater) could bring in a whole new crowd of moviegoers. Leaving aside the moral/legal question (the spirit of the ADA is to make services available to all customers), investing in equipment for the hearing impaired simply looks like good business. A few moviehouse chains are slowing getting the point, but too many are still saying, in effect, "not interested."

On the television issue, the issue is captioning, both for the deaf and the hearing impaired. Without captioned words, the screen is silent. Imagine watching all the recent live reports from flooded communities, the warnings about river levels, and the forecasts - all in silence. That's exactly what happened, because most local stations don't caption anything that's live and unscripted. Live captioning costs money, and so far, most stations are simply unwilling to pay the price for serving thousands of deaf and hard of hearing viewers who not only need emergency information, but who want to watch newscasts and other programs and TV stations willing to reach out to all viewers.

There's a whole book of other questions: Why don't film distributors plan more captioned showings of feature films, so deaf movie fans don't have to wait months until a captioned video becomes available? Why aren't there more and better hearing devices available in hotels, public meeting rooms, conference halls, and theaters? Why do the people in charge of these facilities ignore the spirit of the ADA?

As a trustee at the Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center, and as a hearing impaired person working in television, my personal goal is to increase awareness on these issues. In the deaf and hearing impaired community, that means spreading the news about the technology now available to help us listen and understand. It means creating more awareness of our right to better service. In the world beyond, it means creating a public sense of a huge community vastly underserved now by the communications and entertainment industries. We can do so much more, but first we need the desire. It's long past time to get started.


Summer Camp At Camp Taloali

Camp Taloali, an accredited camp of the American Camping Association, will provide an opportunity for deaf and hard of hearing campers, ages 9 to 17, to participate in their summer camp program.

Nature walks, swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, horseback riding, games, wood and totem pole carving are just a few of the activities planned.

Sessions are scheduled between July 28th and August 24th. The fee for attending camp is $160 per week; financial aid is available.

For more information or an application, contact George Scheler, 4738 El Cedro Loop NE, Salem, OR 97305; (503) 581-0186 TTY or e-mail: schelerg@aol.com.


Center For Deaf Loses $500,000 In Annual Support
by Aly Colon, Seattle Times Staff Reporter

Deaf students who want to attend community college in the Northwest, find jobs and develop a cultural support system will find it far more difficult to do in the future.

As of June 30, the 27-year-old Regional Education Center for Deaf Students in Seattle will no longer get $1 million in annual funding from the US Department of Education.

The center, which is housed at Seattle Central Community College (SCCC), used the money to provide such services as interpretation, notetaking, tutoring, counseling, vocational help and job placement.

Although nearly $500,000 from the state will help make up some of the loss, the center's future remains uncertain. The abrupt cancellation of financial support means services and staff face severe cutbacks.

The reduced income may adversely affect Seattle's reputation as one of the nation's hubs for deaf students.

The college will remain committed to its deaf students, said SCCC president Charles Mitchell. But he admitted the quality wouldn't be the same without the federal money.

"We won't be able to provide the services we have in the past," he said.

With fewer services, the number of deaf students here may drop, Mitchell said. The locally based center currently serves about 60 to 70 deaf students annually with a staff of 16, and up to 80 people involved in counseling, vocational help and outreach. The loss of federal aid results from the Department of Education's decision to stop supporting the nation's four regional deaf centers.

The four operations provide centralized and comprehensive help to deaf students who want a post-secondary education. They operate in Seattle, Minnesota, California, and Tennessee.

The Department of Education apparently intends to set up a program serving a much larger area - 13 states and such territories as Guam, said Larry Petersen, the director of the Seattle center.

It is not yet clear to local educators how the new program would work.

But it appears that in addition to covering more territory, the program would likely require deaf students to apply for assistance on a case-by-case basis through their schools, rather than getting direct services by going to a nearby center.

Petersen believes such an approach will hinder rather than help deaf students.

Without a center like the one in Seattle, deaf students will find themselves isolated, he said. And the hospitality, warmth and support that a peer group contributes to an individual's self-esteem will be lost, he added.

"When (deaf students) find themselves alone in colleges, they don't stay that long," said Petersen, who is deaf and communicated through an American Sign Language interpreter.

Nationally, only about 20 percent of deaf students complete college course requirements, he said. Petersen believes the concentration of staff, services and students in Seattle results in a much higher percentage of deaf students who finish college. (Seattle Times, 05/19/96)


Bilingual Bicultural Vision

For those of you who are not familiar with Bilingual Bicultural Vision (Bi Bi Vision), we are an organization whose mission is to promote a bilingual and bicultural school for a wide diversity of Deaf children and their families, with the Deaf Community of the Puget Sound region. Currently, we have a board of 8 members. There are 7 committees. We have been hard at work to establish a preschool/kindergarten program.

We invite you to attend board meetings. Board meetings are held on certain Saturday mornings from 9:30am to 1:30pm at the Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Future board meeting dates are scheduled for June 15th, July 20th, and August 17th.

If you have any questions about Bi Bi Vision or want to join Bi Bi Vision as a volunteer on one of the 7 committees, please contact Janel Stromme at (206) 743-5574 TTY or e-mail to estromme@ u.washington.edu. We value your ideas and support to help us make our vision a reality!


Calendar of Community Events

Saturday, June 1st

The Seattle Dog Walk begins in Lake City (Fred Meyer's parking lot), Seattle beginning at 9:00am until 3:00pm. Funds will go to the Dogs for the Deaf, Inc. who will train dogs to become certified hearing dogs and working companion dogs for deaf and hard of hearing individuals all over the United States.

Registration is $15 per person or $45 for a team of four. Contact Jodi Anicello at (206) 440-1533 TTY or through the relay service (800) 833-6384 for more information regarding registration. Walkers are not required to have a dog to participate.

CSCDHH's Silent Games Night at Auburn High School Performing Arts Center (700 E Main, Auburn), beginning at 7:00pm. See flyer or call (206) 322-4996 V/TTY for more information.

Sunday, June 2nd

Theatre Babylon (1418 10th Avenue, Seattle) presents an ASL interpreted performance of Her Argument Against The Sky beginning at 8:00pm. Her Argument Against The Sky, written by Seattle playwright Peggy Stafford, is an intricately woven tale rich in metaphors and myth.

Reservations are strongly recommended and the ticket price is "pay what you will". For more information and reservations, call (206) 720-1942 V.

Monday, June 3rd

Pike Place Bar & Grill and Delcambre's Ragin Cajun presents Cajun Festival, an evening of dinner and music, at the Pike Place Bar & Grill (Entrances located at 1505 1st Ave and 90 Pike St, Seattle). The Cajun Festival is from 5:30pm to 9:30pm and costs $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Deaf-Blind Service Center and Skiforall.

Crawfish will be prepared by Danny Delcambre, owner of Delcambre's Ragin Cajun and hot Cajun music performed by Les Femmes D'Enfer. Tickets are available at the Deaf-Blind Service Center (206) 323-9178 V/TTY, Delcambre's Ragin Cajun (206) 624-2598, Skiforall 9206) 462-0978, and Pike Place Bar & Grill (206) 624-1365.

Saturday, June 8th

The Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Service (ADWAS) presents "An Evening of ASL Storytelling and Poetry" at the Temple de Hirsch Sinai (1520 Union St, Seattle) starting at 6:30pm. Ella Mae Lentz and Sam Supalla will headline the evening's performance, followed by other local actors.

Sunday, June 9th

5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Avenue, Seattle) presents Carousel at 7:30pm. Carousel, the story of Billy Bigelow, a smooth talking carny barker who falls in love Julie Jordan, with a lovely young millworker. Just before the birth of their daughter, Billy is killed while committing robbery. Years later, he returns to earth from heaven for just one day to attend his daughter's high school graduation and to teach her one very valuable lesson about love.

For ticket information and reservations, call (206) 292-2787.

Saturday, June 15th

CSCDHH's Silent Games Night at CSCDHh, beginning at 7:00pm. See flyer or call (206) 322-4996 V/TTY for more information.

Monday, June 17th

CSCDHH Board meeting, beginning at 6:00pm at CSCDHH.

Weekend, June 28th - 29th

The Seattle Lesbian and Gay Chorus presents their season concert, entitled "Songs of Power, Passion, and Pride", beginning at 8:00pm on Saturday, June 29th and 7:00pm on Sunday, June 30th. The performance will be held at Meany Hall at the University of Washington. Tickets are $15 and can be obtained at CSCDHH or the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Chorus at (206) 860-7542.

Weekend, June 28th - 30th

Washington School for the Deaf Alumni Association (WSDAA) will have its first convention in the Red Lion Inn (510 Kelso Drive) in Kelso, Washington. Events planned include a social event on Friday; meeting, lunch, dinner and entertainment on Saturday; and picnic on Sunday at Washington School for the Deaf in Vancouver. For more information, write WSDAA, PO Box 2283, Vancouver, WA 98668-2283.

June 29th - 30th

The ASL Diver's Club #3, a new scuba diving club for the deaf, will be meeting at Alki Beach (near the statue between 63rd SW and 64th SW), West Seattle. ASL Diver's Club #3 was established by Lester Morris and Rex Barlow, certified professional associated diving instructors, with clubs in Fremont and Riverside, CA . For more information, call (206) 781-1581 or e-mail aslscuba@aol.com.


Future Events

July 1st-7th

National Association of the Deaf's 43rd Biennial Convention will be held in Portland, OR. For more information or registration information, call David Brody at (503) 452-1068 TTY, (503) 452-7390 Fax, or email to NAD96REG@aol.com.

Tuesday, July 2nd

The Northwest Theatre of the Deaf presents Deaf Star Search at the Intermediate Theatre, Portland Center for Performing Arts in Portland, OR. The performing arts competition, which includes storytelling, dance, comedy, and many other categories, will begin at 8:00pm.

Ticket prices range from $10 to $25. Tickets available at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts or can be charge by phone by calling (503) 274-6588 V. Additional information can be obtained by fax at (503) 777-2601 or from the World Wide Web site: http://www.teleport.com/~tjfisch/dss_index.html.

Wednesday, July 3rd

The Northwest Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf presents Moonlight Social Party, a fundraising event during the NAD convention. The social party will be held in the Pacific/Williamette Room at Days Inn (1414 SW 6th, Portland) beginning at 7:00pm until 12:30am.

Tickets are $20 per person and includes a no-host bar and hors d'oeuvres. Proceeds will go to the Deaf GLOW (Gays and Lesbians of West) conference to be held in July.

Weekend, July 5th - 7th

The Intertribal Deaf Council will be hosting its 3rd Annual Convention at the Yakima Nation Cultural Heritage Center in Toppenish, WA. Registration ranges from $27 to $39 (does not include banquet, which ranges from $18 to $25). Daycare will be provided. For information, contact Will Yaska, Treasurer, PO Box 33095, Seattle, WA 98133 or (206) 684-4924 TTY or (206) 362-7289 TTY.

July 10th - 13th

The Northwest Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (NWRAD) will host the 5th Deaf Gays and Lesbians of the West Conference at the Seattle Battelle Conference Center. For more information, contact K. Atwood at (206) 431-9660 Fax or 15405 Des Moines Memorial Dr #B303, Seattle, WA 98148-2576.

Weekend, July 19th - 21st

The Olympia Archery Club for the Deaf is hosting the 6th Annual Men's and 3rd Annual Women's Archery Jamboree Tournament in Olympia, WA. Registration fees are $35 for an individual and an additional $5 for a partner. RV, trailer, and camping space available. For more information, contact Marie Johnston, Treasurer, PO Box 2805, Olympia, WA 98507.

Monday, August 12th

CSCDHH Night with the Mariners against the Kansas City Royals. See flyer or call CSCDHH at (206) 322-4996 V/TTY for more information. Last day to order tickets is July 31st. They're going fast!

October 25th - 27th

Exploring Self Help Options with SHHH Conference will be held at the Monarch Hotel and Conference Center in Portland, OR.

See the latest developments in various technologies; learn effective coping strategies you can used with family, friends, and others.

For more details or registration information, call (541) 689-7242 V/TTY or write: SHHH of Lane County, PO Box 22501, Eugene, OR 97402.


Kids' Korner, Compiled by Talia Goeke
Cindy Mikaloff's and Susan Lazar's 3rd grade class at View Ridge Elementary, Seattle decided to write letters to President Clinton. They spent a week researching and deciding on an issue that was important enough to them to write the president.

Dear President Clinton,

My sister, Leanne, and I were born in Korea. Now we live in America. We are concerned about America's foreign policy and trade agreements with Korea. Yours truly, Christopher Plancic

Dear President Clinton,

I am writing to you because I am concerned about homeless people of our community. How can you help them? Your friend, Hayat Abdella

Dear President Clinton,

I am writing to you because I am concerned about our school. We need more fun, more books, and more playground equipment. I hope you can do something to help. Sincerely, Jonas Singler

Dear President Clinton,

What can we do about removing lead pipes from our school. They make the water rusty and taste bad. Schools need money to repair things. Your friend, Nick Aune

Dear President Clinton,

I am writing to you because I am concerned about our school. We need more books. Your friend, Camille Conde

Dear President Clinton,

I am writing to you because I am concerned about movies and videos for Deaf and Hearing-Impaired people. All movies and videos should be closed-captioned included. It is our right to have access to all information. Sincerely, Kyle Lam

Dear President Clinton,

I am writing to you because I am concerned about our schools. We need more support people in our schools. Students need more family-support workers, interpreters, nurses and teachers. Sincerely, Christie Ong


Seattle Children's Theatre Summer Drama Classes

Seattle Children's Theatre is offering drama classes this summer for Deaf students and hearing students fluent in sign language. Experience the excitement of theatre as taught by Billy Seago and other Deaf drama artists. Learn acting, movement and improvisation, all taught in ASL.


Theatre Arts Splash

The Drama School at Seattle Children's Theatre is offering three one-week drama classes for Deaf and hearing students fluent in ASL. Classes will be held Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 12 Noon, at the Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The class schedule is as follows:

2nd and 3rd grade students* - July 8th to 12th 4th through 6th grade students* - July 15th to 19th 7th through 12th grade students* - July 22nd to 26th *Grade enters in Fall 1996

On the last day of each session, students will give a short performance demonstrating what they learned in their class.

Theatre Arts Splash sessions are $95. To register, call (206) 443-0807 V or (206) 728-1638 TTY and ask for the Drama School.


Deaf Youth Summer Theatre Conservatory

For youth, ages 14 to 22, who want a more intensive training in drama, the four-week theatre arts conservatory is offered by the Deaf Youth Drama Program at Seattle Children's Theatre. Learn basic acting, stage combat, movement, dance, and improvisation. Guest artists will teach about their experience working with costumes, make-up, backstage, and other aspects of theatre.

Classes will be held Monday through Friday, July 1st to 26th (no classes on July 4th and 5th) from 9:00am to 12 Noon at CSCDHH. Students will present a showcase of their work at a free performance on Friday, July 26th at 7:00pm in Laurent Clerc Hall, CSCDHH.

All classes will be taught in ASL. Hearing students fluent in ASL are encouraged to enroll. The Deaf Youth Summer Theatre Conservatory costs $345. To register, call (206) 443-0807 x143 V or (206) 728-1638 TTY.


Deaf Youth Drama Program To Debut Third Original Play

Mister Memory, written by Rico Peterson, will debut on August 2nd at the Seattle Children's Theatre.

Mister Memory is set in the future where cochlear implants and genetic engineering have been perfected. Doctors have cured and nearly eradicated diseases known to man. The last Deaf man on earth is forced to face the ultimate surgery unless a young, rebellious doctor can save him.

A cast of Deaf and hearing students, ages 14 to 22, will perform the play as their part in the Deaf Youth Summer Theatre.

The play is written by Rico Peterson, a hearing playwright who lives in California. He has also created other productions such as the Opening Night Gala for The Deaf Way and Seeing Place. The first Deaf Youth Summer Theatre production in 1994, Damaged Goods, was adapted from Seeing Place.

The play is being directed by Billy Seago, program director of the Deaf Youth Drama Program, who has been acting, teaching, and directing for over 20 years. He wrote and directed last year's summer production The Janitor.

Performances are Friday, August 2nd at 7:00pm; Saturday, August 3rd at 2:00pm and 7:00pm; and Sunday, August 4th at 2:00pm. All performances will be held in the Eve Alvord Theatre at the Seattle Children's Theatre. Tickets, ranging from $5 to $7, will go on sale in late June and may be reserved by calling the Seattle Children's Theatre Box Office at (206) 441-3322 V/TTY.

The Deaf Youth Drama Program is funded by a three-year $354,300 grant from the US Department of Education to the Seattle Children's Theatre, which ends in September.

Mister Memory will be the last summer production funded by the US Department of Education grant.


Community Announcements

CSCDHH Job Opening

Information and Referral Specialist (Full-Time): Maintains database on local, state and national information on deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and related resources for the community.

In addition, receives all incoming visitors, call, mail and funds, and is responsible for opening and closing the office each day, and handling Bookstore sales.

Knowledge of American Sign Language and ability to hear on telephone required. Application Procedure: Send resume, three professional references and a cover letter outlining skills and experience to Robert Roth, Executive Director, CSCDHH, 1609 19th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122. Deadline: June 14, 1996. Applications received after this date will not be accepted. Call (206) 322-4996 V/TTY for a detailed job description.


Items Sought For Deaf Group House

The Deaf Services Program at the Seattle Mental Health has several items it seeks for its Deaf group house. If you wish to donate any of the following items, please contact Cindy Johns at (206) 324-2400:

Walkway improvements, gardening tools, large charcoal grill, two picnic tables, silverware, serving utensils, pots and pans, serving bowls, platters, soup bowls, VCR, badminton set, croquet set, baseball and bat, outdoor ashtrays, lawnmower, garden hoses and sprayers, tablecloths, floor lamps, and bath rugs.


Japanese Exchange Student Seeks Housing For Fall

Hi, my name is Karley Sato and I am a member of the Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA-NC).

I will be attending Seattle Central Community College in the fall of this year and I am seeking an American Deaf family for a temporary homestay - maximum time is three months.

Would you be willing to help me? If so, contact me at the following address: Y. Karley Sato, 8-5-3 Kamirenjaku, Mitaka Tokyo 181, Japan or contact me at 01181-462-51-2573 Fax or email: travisj@ca2.so-net.or.jp.


Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Night With The Mariners

Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City RoyalsMonday, August 12, 1996 7:05 p.m.

Greater Mariner Action

See the exciting Mariners including All-Star Ken Griffey Jr., A.L. Batting Champion Edgar Martinez, and A.L. Manager of the Year Lou Piniellia battle the Kansas City Royals. Also, the Mariner Moose will be on the loose who's antics are always a big hit with the children.

See Your Name in Lights!

We will be sitting together for a fun and social time while rooting for the Mariners. CSCDHH will be recognized on the DiamondVision screen during the game. So bring your neighbors, family and friends!

Special Fundraiser

Come out to the ballgame and support a great cause while you support the A.L. West Champion Seattle Mariners! A portion of each Outfield Reserved ticket purchased will go to the Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

To Join Us in the Dome

To order your tickets, just fill out the form and mail it to the address below no later than July 31, 1996. Tickets may be picked up at CSCDHH August 5th - 10th, or special arrangements may be made to pick up tickets at the game. Questions! Please contact David Cremeens at (206) 322-4996 v/tty.

CSCDHH Night with the MarinersMonday, August 12, 1996 7:05 p.m.

NameAddressCity, State, ZipDay Phone

# of Adult Outfield Reserved Seats @ $7.00 = $# of Kids Outfield Reserved Seats @ $5.00 = $Total

Make checks payable and mail to:CSCDHHAttn: Night w/ the Mariners1609 19th AvenueSeattle, WA 98122

All tickets subject to availability. Don't wait!Coupons will not be accepted by fax or at the Kingdome.


Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Interpreter Referral Service Advisory Committee Community Forums

Come meet with representatives from IRSAC and CSCDHH Board members to give ideas on IRS service present and future.

Doors open at 6:30, Meeting from 7:00 to 9:00

1. What do you feel is working well with IRS? 2. What do you feel is not working well at IRS? 3. What services do you want to see from IRS? 4. What would be a way to earn money to support the IRS program?

Interpreters - Tuesday, June 18th Deaf Community - Wednesday, June 19th Late Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Wednesday, June 25th at CSCDHH Laurent Clerc Hall

Deaf/Blind - Tuesday, June 26th at SCCC, Room 3211

For special needs, contact IRS at (206) 322-5551 V/TTY by Friday, June 14th


Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Presents Silent Games

June 1, 1996 7pm to 10pm held at Auburn High School Performing Arts Center, 700 East Main, Auburn, WA

Chairperson: Debbie Lindsay (206-874-8436 v/tty)

Who is invited? American Sign Language Students, Deaf People, Interpreter Training Students, Hearing Signers

What for? This event is intended to assist American Sign Language and Interpreter Training Program Students increase their skills by interacting with Deaf Adults.

Do? Play games, socialize, relax, and have fun!

Cost? $5.00 for hearing people. Free for Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing (please come and volunteer your time to use your signing skills)

Food? Always the important question! Light snacks will be provided. If you would like to bring other snacks to share, please do!!!

New!! "Craft Bazaar" will be selling neat crafts and homemade food. If you are interested in selling handmade or other items at the Silent Games, contact the chairperson (see phone number above) for more information on rental tables.

For SSP's, contact CSCDHH (206) 322©4996 v/tty one week before the date of the event. You may bring your own SSP free of charge.


It's Back By Popular Demand!!

Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Presents Summer Silent Games

June 15, 1996 7pm to 10pm held at Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 1609 19th Avenue, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA

Chairperson: Kim Sweetwood (206-322-4996 v/tty)

Who is invited? American Sign Language Students, Deaf People, Interpreter Training Students, Hearing Signers

What for? This event is intended to assist American Sign Language and Interpreter Training Program Students increase their skills by interacting with Deaf Adults.

Do? Play games, socialize, relax, and have fun!

Cost? $5.00 for hearing people. Free for Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing (please come and volunteer your time to use your signing skills)

Food? Always the important question! Light snacks will be provided. If you would like to bring other snacks to share, please do!!!

New!! "Craft Bazaar" will be selling neat crafts and homemade food. If you are interested in selling handmade or other items at the Silent Games, contact the chairperson (see phone number above) for more information on rental tables.

For SSP's, contact CSCDHH (206) 322©4996 v/tty one week before the date of the event. You may bring your own SSP free of charge.

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