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CSCDHH GA Newsletter - October 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

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

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

October 1996
1996 - Issue #10

At the Old Ballgame by Branden Huxtable

What's up next in terms of fundraising events?
The traditional Silent Games Night on Saturday, October 12th at Auburn High School and Saturday, October 19th at CSCDHH's Laurent Clerc Hall. See the enclosed flyer for details.

Also on October 5th, the new tradition Bingo Night will be held 6:00pm to 10:00pm, at CSCDHH, with over $450.00 cash to the winners. Hope to see you there!

Interested In Volunteering Without Leaving Your Home?
Jan Beechinor, CSCDHH's Fundraising Chairperson, has an opening position for 'Events Volunteer Coordinator' which involves contacting people to help with fundraising events. Each time an event is being organized, the Events Volunteer Coordinator will be provided with a list of people to contact as well as a list of responsibilities and specific duties for each volunteer. This person will call and determine if people will be available to volunteer at some time during a particular fundraising event. The Events Volunteer Coordinator will only be needed when CSCDHH is looking for volunteers to help with fundraising events that are being planned. If you're interested, contact Jan at (206) 358-8115 TTY - days or (206) 670-8176 TTY - evenings.

Upcoming CSCDHH Events

Saturday, October 5th, Fall Bingo - 6:00pm - 10:00pm, CSCDHH

Saturday, October 12th, Silent Games Night - 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Auburn High School

Saturday, October 19th, Silent Games Night - 7:00pm - 10:00pm, CSCDHH

Saturday, November 2nd, Silent Games/Fall Raffle Drawing - 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Auburn High School

Saturday, November 16th, Silent Games Night - 7:00pm - 10:00pm, CSCDHH

Saturday, December 14th, Breakfast with Santa - Time: TBA, CSCDHH

What's Up With KODA? by Kellie Ramey
Pah! It's about time for me to write about KODA (Kids of Deaf Adults). Some of you may or may not have not heard about this organization. Some people have been confused about KODA and CODA. The bottom line, they are the same people. The only different between them is age. KODA (Kids Of Deaf Adults) are usually under age 18; CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) are usually 19 and older. We have workshops and events every month to support each other. It is a great benefit for parents and kids. It is good for the kids because it allows them to know that they are not the only kids to have Deaf parents. Can you imagine that my daughter is the only child in a whole school that has Deaf parents? Can you picture that a lot of children in her school ask her several questions about having Deaf parents? KODA's purpose in having gatherings every month is to have a place where kids could be themselves without all the questions.

KODA "annual" meeting was held on Sunday, September 8th. The goals of KODA and which goals had already been completed were explained, and some new goals were created for the future. KODA currently has a Constitution and Bylaws, Federal ID tax number, Post Office's bulk mail permit, and new permanent Post Office box address. A brochure is in process of being developed and it is hoped that it will be completed by November.

KODA bought a manual and videotape, it called "Bringing Two Worlds Together." It is about culture and communication. In it, Deaf parents and CODA explain their experiences. There are 8 different sessions. We will run parent support groups with this material. Each session has 10 to 15 minutes of videotape, it will stop there. We will discuss what we think of this issue and support each other after what we went through. I am sure that we will learn plenty of issues from this resource. I am so happy.

The parents' support group will be starting on September 24th at CSCDHH. This session will be on every Tuesdays for 8 weeks from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Babysitters will be provided. Vicki Moseley from ADWAS and Holly Jensen from KODA will run these sessions. We limit the number of parents participating. If you are interested to sign up for the parents support group, please feel free to contact one of us. I will leave the names and the phone numbers at the end of this article.

KODA will having its Second Annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 26th at Aqua Barn Ranch in Renton. Advance tickets are $5 per family ($7 per family at door). If you're interested in purchasing a ticket, contact Kellie Ramey at (206) 487-4816 TTY or Vicki Moseley at (206) 784-7426 V/TTY.

Another event that KODA would like to have your help for is buying Godfather Pizza's coupons for $10. The money raised will fund the workshops that are being held in the future. The coupon is good for any Western Washington Godfather's Pizza location for any time.

Letter From The Director by Rob Roth
Thank you to Microsoft and Fred Hutchinson employees for volunteering as part of the United Way Day of Caring events on September 6, 1996. The United Way Day of Caring is an opportunity for employees of various businesses and corporations to donate their time and energy to United Way-supported nonprofit agencies. This year, two employee groups participated. Fred Hutchinson Medical Center employees painted the lobby and several offices at CSCDHH. It's so nice to have clean walls for everyone to enjoy. Microsoft Corporation employees cleaned up the front yard, patio and staircase (to the Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center) areas, bagging 23(!) clean green recycle bags.

A big THANK YOU to Fred Hutchinson employees Andrew Elston, Lynn Graff, Alexander Steinle, Jan Storek and Stephana Storkova; and to Microsoft employees Deb Bear, Jason Black, Dympna Burkhart, Gordon Cornelsen, Nancy Hutchison, William Jones and David Simpson.

A highlight of the day was Natalie Brown, your GA editor, meeting her fellow employees from Fred Hutchinson. It's always good when people, especially from a large company, can realize that their volunteer work can affect someone they work with; it's also good when they realize that deaf people are everywhere.

Special thanks go the deaf volunteers Larry Petersen, who helped paint, and David Rice, who helped with landscaping. Thank you!

Volunteers, deaf or hearing, are always appreciated at CSCDHH. If you would like to volunteer, please call Nancylynn Bridges at 322-4996 TTY or (800) 833-6384 Washington Relay.

It is with sadness that I note the passing of Roger Pendergraft on September 7, 1996. He was a tireless volunteer for the Deaf Community Statewide, as president of the Washington State Association of the Deaf.

The Board of Trustees and staff of CSCDHH conveys their condolences to Helen Pendergraft and her family.

Fall Raffle Ticket Sale
Buy your raffle tickets today!!!

CSCDHH is offering raffle ticket buyers an opportunity to win a number of prizes.

Tickets are $1.00 each. Tickets are available from CSCDHH or one of the CSCDHH Board of Trustees members. Drawing will be held on Saturday, November 2nd at the Southend Silent Games Night.

First Prize: One Night Free Deluxe Accommodations at the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel; Seattle and Dinner for 2 at Anthony's Restaurant

Second Prize: One Night Free Accommodation at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Bellevue

Third Prize: Two Roundtrip Airline Tickets between any two Horizon Air Cities

Fourth Prize: Two Roundtrip Airline Tickets from Southwest Airlines from Seattle to Oakland

Fifth Prize: Two Tickets to a Golden Wings Tour (3-1/2 Hour Tour of Historic Seattle)

Sixth Prize: Rollerblade or Bicycle Rental for 4 People (2 Hours) from Gregg's Greenlake Cycle

Survey On Police Interaction Underway
Boston University professor Robert J. Hoffmeister is writing an article about police interaction with people who are deaf. If you have had any interaction with police that you wish to share, please send email to Hoffmeister responding to the following questions:

1. What negative interactions have you had with the police and/or the court system?

2. What would you suggest I [as author of this article] convey to the police and the court system about how to handle Deaf persons?

3. What advice would you give to Deaf people about the police and the court system?

Says Hoffmeister, "I realize [that] this is an unusual request, but in view of the recent mishaps with the police in Chicago and in southern Illinois, it would be in our best interest to figure out a way to explain to the police the best strategies for dealing with Deaf people."

Send your responses to:

Calendar Of Community Events

Through November 2nd

Seattle Children's Theatre presents the world premiere of The Taste of Sunrise: Tuc's Story, written by Susan Zeder. Set in rural Illinois in the 1920's, The Taste of Sunrise is a poetic and compelling story of a young boy whose life is changed irrevocably when he loses his hearing through a childhood illness. In a world without sound, he communicates through a language of the land and the heart. Zeder weaves a masterful bilingual tale, incorporating American Sign Language and English, in this production featuring Deaf and hearing actors. Recommended for young people age 10 and older.

Tickets are $11.50 for children, students, and seniors; $17.50 for adults (group rates available). Performances are at 7:00pm on Fridays; 2:00pm and 5:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, contact the Ticket Box Office at (206) 441-3322 V/TTY.

Wednesday, October 2nd

The 3rd Annual ACCESS Conference will be held at the Northwest Rooms, Seattle Center from 8:00am to 5:00pm. ACCESS is designed to connect job seekers with disabilities to employers who are interested in hiring them, informing the public regarding available technology and resources that will allow those with disabilities to acquire skills that will let to successful employment. ACCESS (Allying Companies, Communities and Employees with Skills for Success) is free to those with disabilities, however, registration is required. Call (800) 398-4730 V/TTY to register.

Saturday, October 5th

CSCDHH presents Fall Bingo in Laurent Clerc Hall from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. See flyer for more details.

Thursday, October 10th

Intiman Theatre (Seattle Center) presents an ASL interpreted performance of Love! Valour! Compassion!, beginning at 8:00pm. Love! Valour! Compassion! is a beautifully written, funny and very moving play that takes place in the country home of a celebrated gay dancer-choreographer who fears he is losing his creativity and his lover. Love! Valour! Compassion! celebrates the dance of life. Tickets are $24 and can be reserved by calling Intiman Box Office at (206) 269-1900 V. Intiman Theatre is equipped with Sennheiser Listening System for all performances.

October 10th - 13th

The 8th International Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) Convention will be held in San Francisco, CA at the Hyatt on Fisherman's Wharf. The ALDA convention will include workshops, seminars, banquet, and Karaoke party.

Full and one-day registration available. For more information, contact ALDAcon '96, 1550 San Leandro Blvd #111, San Leandro, CA 94577-4442.

October 11th - 12th

Gallaudet University Regional Center at Ohlone College is sponsoring Citizen Science for parents and teachers of deaf and hard of hearing children. A few topics range from promoting environmental stewardship in the classroom and community to marine science in the classroom.

Citizen Science will be held at the Water Resource Center in Vancouver, WA. For more information, contact Gallaudet University Regional Center at Ohlone College at (510) 659-6268 V/TTY.

Saturday, October 12th

Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS) and the Feminist Karate Union presents Basic Self Defense Workshop for Deaf Women and High School Girls (age 14 and over) at CSCDHH from 8:30am to 1:00pm. See flyer for more details.

The Puget Sound Council of Senior Citizens is sponsoring Preserve the Integrity of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the theme of their Fall Legislative Conference which will be held at the Seattle Labor Temple (2800 1st Ave, Seattle). Keynote speaker will be Dr Arthur Flemming, former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, with invited speakers Governor Mike Lowry, Congressman Jim McDermott, and State Senator Nita Rinehart. The conference will be held from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Registration is $10; scholarships are available for low-income seniors. Call (206) 448-9646 for more information.

Western Oregon State College's Regional Resource Center on Deafness presents an educators inservice workshop, The Role and Assessment of ASL in School-Aged (K-12) Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students by Dr Judith Mounty, Powrie Vaux Doctor Chair of Deaf Studies, Gallaudet University and Associate Professor of Education, Western Maryland College. Registration cost is $50 per person and ASL/English interpreters will be provided. Registration deadline: October 4th.

For more information, contact Laurene Gallimore, Educators Inservice Registration, Regional Resource Center on Deafness, Western Oregon State College, Monmouth, OR 97361; (503) 838-8444 V/TTY, (503) 838-8228 Fax; or email: galliml@fsa.wosc.osshe .edu

Deaf Connection will be meeting from 10:00am to 12 Noon at the Pacific Science Center. Contact Chris Opie, Deaf Connection Coordinator at (206) 547-8339 V/TTY; email: or the Deaf Connection Web page (/deafweb.htm) for more information regarding meeting locations.

CSCDHH presents Silent Games Night at Auburn High School Performing Arts Center, beginning at 7:00pm. See flyer for more details.

Sunday, October 13th

Molbak's Floral Fairyland (13625 NE 175th St, Woodinville) proudly presents ASL interpreted performances of the play "The Emperor's New Clothes" beginning at 2:00pm. Performances will also be held on Sunday, October 20th and 27th at 2:00pm, and Wednesday, October 16th at 10:30am and 1:30pm. If interested in attending the October 16th performances, which were set up for groups, registration is required. To register, call (206) 483-5000 x485. All performances are free.

Saturday, October 19th

CSCDHH presents Silent Games Night at CSCDHH Laurent Clerc Hall, beginning at 7:00pm. See flyer or call CSCDHH for more details.

October 25th - 27th

SHHH Regional Conference, titled Exploring Self Help Options With SHHH, will be held in Portland, OR. Participants will have the opportunity to see the latest developments in hearing aids, assistive listening devices, cochlear implants, and telecommunications as well as learn effective coping strategies they can put to work with family members, friends, co-workers and the community.

To obtain registration information, contact SHHH of Lane County, Inc, PO Box 22501, Eugene, OR 97402 or call (541) 689-7242 V/TTY.

Saturday, October 26th

Kids of Deaf Adults (KODA) presents their 2nd Annual Halloween Party from 3:00pm to 9:00pm at the Aqua Barn Ranch. Call Kellie Ramey at (206) 487-4816 TTY or Vicki Moseley at (206) 784-7426 V/TTY for more information.

Monday, October 28th

Seattle Arts and Lectures features Antonia Fraser, Pen prize-winning poet and essayist and author of Mary, Queen of Scots, will be lecturing at the 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Avenue, Seattle). The lecture begins at 7:30pm. Fraser has also authored biographies on Oliver Cromwell and Charles II, as well as a number of books on related to issues surrounding women, power, royalty, treachery, and treason. Wheelchair accessible and listening devices are available upon request. ASL interpretation is available with a minimum two-week advance notice. For ticket information, call (206) 621-2230.

Weekend, November 1st - 3rd

Deaf Expo '96, the largest consumer trade show covering the deaf and hard of hearing market, will be held at Anaheim Convention Center.

For more information, write Deaf Expo '96, 4717 Laurel Canyon Blvd #210, North Hollywood, CA 91607-3944 or call (818) 760-3352 TTY Hotline; (818) 760-3391 Fax; or email DEAF

Saturday, November 9th

Deaf Connection will be meeting at CSCDHH from 10:00am to 12 Noon. For more information, call Chris Opie at (206) 547-8339 V/TTY.

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!

Irons: Apologetic, But Not Repentant

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Now Available!! at the Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bookstore

Pick up your copy at CSCDHH today for $7.00 each or send a check, payable to CSCDHH, for $9.00 ($7.00 plus $2.00 shipping/handling)

Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
1609 19th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122-2848

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