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CSCDHH GA Newsletter - February 1996 Issue

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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

February 1996
1996 - Issue #2

Disaster Preparedness Program Volunteers Needed

The Community Emergency Education Program, which includes the 911- TTY Education Program and the Disaster Preparedness Project, is now seeking volunteers to create the Emergency Management Volunteer Team.

Those volunteers who join the Emergency Management Volunteer Team will assist professional emergency response teams; act as a communication link with members of the deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing community when media communications are insufficient; assist with search and rescue of deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing persons; provide assistance at designated shelters for community members; and provide access to government agencies and disaster services.

Anyone interested can apply for this volunteer position. The requirements are: 1) willingness to make a long-term commitment (one year or more); 2) willingness to undertake trainings provided by the American Red Cross and emergency management personnel; 3) be available for monthly meetings; and 4) be available for community work after any disaster.

This project is funded by United Way of King County. If you are very interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact CB Buchholz, Project Coordinator, at 322-4996 TTY.

Attention: Former Jericho Hill School Students

Those who attended Jericho Hill School for the Deaf in Vancouver, BC, Canada any time up to the end of 1992 may be eligible for a share of a $5.25 million settlement. Compensation of $3,000 to $60,000 is available to people who were sexually abused at the school. Additional funds have been set aside to administer the compensation and to provide counseling to those who require it.

If you or someone you know may be eligible or would like more information, please contact: Lucille Laurin, Jericho Individual Compensation Program, Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind Well-Being Program, 1070 West Broadway #200, Vancouver, BC V6H 1E7 Canada or call (604) 730-7137 TTY or (604) 732-7656 V.

Copies of the Berger Report (Regarding Claims Arising out of Sexual Abuse at Jericho Hill School) are also available in regular, large type, Braille, audiotape, and ASL videotape formats.

AIDS Project Of The Deaf HIV/AIDS Training

AIDS Project of the Deaf, a Seattle-based organization, will host their first HIV/AIDS Training Workshop for those in the community who are interested. The training is tentatively scheduled for March 8th - 10th.

Those participating in the workshop will learn about topics, such as medical aspects of HIV/AIDS; early intervention and available treatments; death and dying; support services available in the community; and the dynamics of the Deaf community and what the community can do in terms of prevention.

Once the training has been completed, participants will have the basic knowledge to become a community educator, buddy or support person.

If you are interested in more information, please call Robyn Biser, Project Coordinator at (206) 324-4808 TTY or (206) 365-0639 Fax.


Saturday, February 3rd

Ellie Savidge, a relay interpreter, teacher and advocate in the deaf-blind community, will be facilitating an introductory level workshop called Introduction to Deaf-Blind Interpreting at the Washington School for the Deaf from 10:00am - 3:00pm. Some of the topics covered will be causes of deaf-blindness, various communication needs, guiding techniques, and interpreting logistics and process. The workshop is sponsored by the University of Washington's Lifestyle Planning and Enhancement Project (LPE), Region X Interpreter Education Center at Western Oregon State College and Washington School for the Deaf. Cost is $25 for interpreters and free for families and teachers participating in the LPE grant program. For more information, call Jennifer White at (206) 789-5950 V/TTY. RID CMP continuing education units offered.

Monday, February 5th

- Children's Hospital and Medical Center is sponsoring the Parent Support Group. The support group will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.Childcare and a light dinner are provided. For more information, contact Rose Calderon (206) 527-3886 or Susan Norton (206) 528-2712.

Community Enterprises of Issaquah presents a job readiness workshop titled Cover Letters, Resumes and References by Patricia "Trix" Bruce. The workshop will be held at CSCDHH from 6:30pm - 9:00pm. For more information, contact Trix at (206) 392-5732 or email

CSCDHH's Fundraising Committee meeting from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at CSCDHH.

Weekend, February 9th & 10th

- The Northwest Chapter of ASL Teachers Association is sponsoring a two-day workshop called "Basics of How to Teach ASL" by Keith Cagle, Vice President of ASLTA. The workshop will be held at Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus in the Health and Technology Building on Friday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Cost for attending the workshop is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. For more information call Debi Durenat (503) 775-8270 TTY or Kristi Winter (503) 968-7071 TTY.

Saturday, February 10th

- Deaf Connection will be held at the Daycare Room at the Phinney Ridge Community Center (Blue Building, 6532 Phinney Ave, Seattle) from 10:00am to 12 Noon. This month get ready to steal someone's heart with a fun Valentine's Day project. For more information, contact Talia Goeke at 9206) 784-5613 V/TTY or

Friday, February 16th

- The North Seattle Family Center (13540 Lake City Way NE, Seattle) presents American Sign Language Play Time, a monthly play time that provides a safe environment for deaf or hearing toddlers/preschool aged children with deaf or hearing parents. ASL is the primary language used and all levels of ASL are welcome. The play time will be held from 9:30am til 11:00am and is free to all participants.

Call (206) 364-7930 or (206) 363-9210 TTY to register or for more information.

Saturday, February 17th

- Silent Games Night is an opportunity for you and your friends to increase your sign language skills and to interact with deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing people. Begins at 7:00pm at CSCDHH. See flyer in this issue.

- Village Theatre (303 Front St N, Issaquah) presents the Shakespearean play, The Tempest. The Tempest tells the story of a group of people stranded on an island that is inhabited by a sorcerer and his daughter. Call (206) 392-2202 for more information and tickets.

Monday, February 19th

- CSCDHH - closed for President's Day.

- Community Enterprises of Issaquah presents a job readiness workshop titled Win/Win and Salary Negotiable by Patricia "Trix" Bruce. The workshop will be held at CSCDHH from 6:30pm - 9:00pm. For more information, contact Trix at (206) 392-5732 or email

Wednesday, February 21st

- The Regional Education Center for Deaf Students at Seattle Central Community College presents Climbing the Career Ladder, facilitated by deaf professional David Hankinson, Executive Director of Puget Sound Residential Services. "Climbing the Career Ladder" is a monthly evening support group for those who are interested in workplace issues. Recent topics discussed included employees' rights under the ADA, sexual harassment, and getting off to a good start at a new job. Participants also have an opportunity to discuss any workplace issues and concerns they may have in relations to employment.

The workshop will be held in Room 1141B from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and is free, presented in ASL, and open to the deaf community. Call Sara Geballe at (206) 587-5418 V/TTY for more information.

Saturday, February 24th

- Seattle Children's Theatre presents an ASL interpreted performance of The Witch of Blackbird Pond at 2:00pm. The Witch of Blackbird Pond tells the story of a young girl, Kit Tyler, orphaned and forced to leave her home to live with relatives in a Puritan colony in Connecticut. Members of the community suspect that Kit is involved in witchcraft and Kit finds herself the object of a witch hunt and trial.Tickets are $11 for seniors, students and children; $17 for adults and $7.25 for school matinees. For more information and tickets, call (206) 441-3322 V/TTY.

Monday, February 26th

- CSCDHH's Board meeting at 6:00pm in Laurent Clerc Hall. Open to the public.

- Children's Hospital and Medical Center is sponsoring the Parent Support Group. Guest speaker Dr. Kathryn Meadow-Orlans of Gallaudet University will be discussing the development of deaf children. Meadow- Orlans' presentioatn will be from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. For more information and RSVP, contact Rose Calderon (206) 527-3886.

Future Events

March 7th - 9th

- Tacoma Athletic Association of the Deaf hosts the 1996 NWAAD Annual Basketball Tournament at Evergreen High School's Gymnasium in Seattle. Call Fred Eggers (206) 775-2210 or (206) 778-0363 for more information about registration and tickets.

Weekend, March 8th - 10th

- AIDS Project of the Deaf's HIV/AIDS Training. See Page 2 for details.

Sunday, March 10th

- The 5th Avenue Theatre presents an ASL interpreted performance of 42nd Street at 7:30pm. 42nd Street tells the classic story of a hard-nosed director trying to make a comeback discovers a fresh, innocent chorus girl who, when the leading lady can't go on, steps in to save the show. The original Broadway production won a Tony Award for Best Musical in 1981.

For tickets and more information call (206) 292-2787 V or (206) 628-8889 TTY.

Saturday, March 16th

- Kids of Deaf Adults (KODA) hosts a presentation by Julia Petersen, a deaf mental health professional who specializes in working with children, will be discussing issues faced in bicultural families. The workshop is from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at CSCDHH. Cost is free for KODA members and $3 for non-members. For more information, contact Kellie McComas-Ramey at (206) 487-4816.

Saturday, March 23rd

- Silent Games Night

Saturday, April 6th

Children's Easter Egg Dyeing

Saturday, April 13th

- CSCDHH Bingo Night

Monday, April 15th

- CSCDHH's Board meeting at 6:00pm in Laurent Clerc Hall. Open to the public.

Don't Miss Out On The Fun, Mark Your Calendar Now!

Seattle Public Library Needs Your Help In Designing Their New Central Library

The Seattle Public Library is currently working with a consultant to draw up a building plan for a new central library, if the bond to pay for a new building is approved by voters. The building plan will include descriptions of all services offered in the library and any special requirements that the architects should consider in designing the new building.

Debi Westwood, Coordinator of the Services for Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing is seeking the input of the community to make the new building more user-friendly for deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing people. "When people talk about accessible buildings, they often think about doors that can accommodate wheelchairs and Braille markers in elevators. I'm interested in finding out what kind of things contribute to effective and comfortable use of a space by deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing people?", says Westwood.

Some things that have already been recommended are: lighting in all public areas that are bright enough for clear signed or oral communication; auditorium lighting that includes lighting for interpreters; assistive listening systems in public meeting rooms; TTY payphones near all entrances; and open captioning of any videotapes shown for orientation and information purposes.

Some questions that the Seattle Public Library is faced with are: Is it important to have low shelves so people can sign to each other across the room? Should tactile pagers be available to deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing users in case of program or emergency announcements? Should materials on Deaf history and culture be in its own area or be part of the sociology department?

If you have ideas or suggestions, please send them to: Debi Westwood, Seattle Public Library, Services for Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing Users, 1000 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 or call (206)386-4673 V/TTY. For those with access to the Internet, send your email message to

Meetings with the building plan consultants will have already begun by the time you receive your newsletter, however, it is best that input is received promptly to insure careful consideration of each suggestion. So get busy and send your suggestions to us today!


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