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CSCDHH GA Newsletter - December 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

December 1996
1996 - Issue #12

Happy Holidays from the CSCDHH Board and Staff!!!

by Jan Beechinor

I have found that as CSCDHH volunteer fundraising chairperson for the past two years the experience has been both wonderful and a learning one. It was a challenge coordinating the 'traditional' events which seemed most beneficial to CSCDHH as well as providing entertainment for those who wanted to offer their support to CSCDHH. CSCDHH had been fortunate through the years to receive cash contributions from individuals and donated items and gift certificates from local businesses, some which were used for the Bike/Walk-a-thon, Raffle Ticket Drawing, Signing Santa Breakfast and other events that supported CSCDHH.

In an attempt to keep the community informed of fundraising activities, articles were included in the GA providing information about the events. It was hoped that readers would be encouraged to come and participate in these events. For instance, the most popular fundraising event - the monthly Silent Games, held in Seattle and Auburn, was in hot demand by hearing individuals who wished to polish up their signing skills. Some of us watched and waited, like vultures over a dying animal, for anyone who produced a sound, and when they did, request that a penalty be paid. The semi-annual Deaf Bingo Night was another successful event for those who enjoy 'lite' gambling and cash prizes. Finally, CSCDHH's traditional Breakfast with Signing Santa provides wonderful holiday entertainment for deaf kids, who found the event to be their favorite. Other fundraising events included a Raffle Drawing, which advertised fantastic prize giveaways, and CSCDHH's Mariner's Night where many watched the Mariners' top hitter, Ken Griffey, Jr. and his best pals play against Kansas City.

It was fortunate to have had quite a number of volunteers work with to make these events successful over the past years. It was an exhilarating experience to observe motivated volunteers working with such eagerness to help achieve our goals to raise money to support programs at CSCDHH. Thus, my heart goes out to each and every volunteer who was willing to sacrifice their precious time to become actively involved. I would like to share my favorite personal quote that seemed to state why all of the volunteers and myself were willing to do what we did: "We give to feel worthy of ourselves."

I personally would like to say "Thank You" from the bottom of my heart, to all of the volunteers for the work they've done, and to all generous contributors for sending donations, and most importantly, for believing in what we do. I wish each one of you a wonderful Holiday and a prosperous New Year! I hope to see you all again next year.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 14th
Signing Santa Breakfast 10:00am - 1:00pm CSCDHH
Silent Games South 7:00pm - 10:00pm Auburn High School

Saturday, January 4th
Silent Games South 7:00pm - 10:00pm Auburn High School

Saturday, January 18thSilent Games Night 7:00pm - 10:00pm CSCDHH Thursday, January 23rd 911/TTY Community Workshop 6:30pm - 8:30pm CSCDHH

Silent Games Screams Again
by Branden Huxtable

The Auburn Silent Games held at Auburn High School Performing Arts Center has now taken on a life of its own. On top of the party games we all know and love, the night also included a potluck featuring casseroles, salads, cookies and pies. Those who brought food had first pickings, but of course everyone ate their fill.

With a smaller crowd than the CSCDHH Silent Games, people were able to chat more with old friends as well as newcomers like Jon Espeseth and his wife, Glenice with their deaf daughter, Whitney. Hearing about Silent Games through friends, Glenice and Whitney had already attended twice already, but it was a first time for Jon. They want to meet more Deaf people so they could unlearn SEE (Signing Exact English) and learn ASL. Also wanting to meet Deaf people was someone from California who currently lives in Tacoma. I missed the chance to get her name but perhaps we'll meet her again.

A few people were present that had set up tables to sell crafts and other goodies. Maria Davis sold items from the Heart Warming Creations which she had been doing since last June. The decorations featured in the catalog help give houses and apartments a country feeling. Next to her, Christina Phillips set up a table featuring her favorite hobby, cross-stitching. She has cross-stitched for several years when her friends asked her "why not sell some." Her pictures and napkin rings would make good Christmas presents, too.

The CSCDHH Raffle drawing was also held. The prizes included hotel accommodations at a number of expensive hotels, roundtrip airline tickets, bus tours and bicycle rentals. Over 500 tickets were sold. Mike Richardson, a CSCDHH board member, sold some raffle tickets during the night, but Board member Debbie Lindsay still sold the most tickets. One of the winners, Loretta Watanabe, won 3rd prize which was roundtrip tickets to Oakland from Horizon Air.

In order to find that single dollar for that magic ticket, she found herself having to rummage through her coat sorting through such essentials like Halloween candies, Kleenex, and a beach rock. If she had only found five more dollars, she might have won all the prizes. Even so, she now can visit her daughter in Santa Barbara, California.

The evening rounded out with a few old favorites, including a musical chair game (where a few people collided trying to grab that last chair), Buzz, handshapes and something that looked like a human chain forming a live wire.

What's next? The next Auburn Silent Games will be on December 14th at 7:00pm. Don't forget to bring gifts and cookies. Another CSCDHH event for kids and family will be the Signing Santa Breakfast on December 14th from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Bring the kids. For more information, contact CSCDHH at (206) 322-4996 V/TTY. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Letter From The Director
by Rob Roth

In this month's letter, I'll be continuing where I left off last month, when I reviewed the 1996 Annual Meeting, and summarized some of my comments during that meeting. In the first part of my report, I discussed the long-term funding picture of CSCDHH and how the community needs to take charge to ensure that there will be a CSCDHH in the future.

At the 1995 Annual Meeting, Leon Curtis, Manager of the Washington Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, spoke about the importance of individual giving. He said that a tremendous percentage of funds raised by non-profits are from individuals! With United Way and government dollars diminishing, and with increased competition among non-profits for the shrinking pot of funds, CSCDHH will have to depend on a greater percentage of individual giving from the deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and hearing persons that benefit from CSCDHH's programs and services.

Recently, I heard one person say, "Why should I give to CSCDHH? I don't benefit, none of CSCDHH's services are directly for me." This comes from the perception that CSCDHH service only people with problems; those without problems get nothing from CSCDHH except a newsletter. That simply is not true. For example: The Interpreter Referral Service provides a service for the entire community, referring interpreters for staff meetings, job interviews, court trials, weddings and funerals, workshops, conferences, meetings and many other situations. What if there was no Interpreter Referral Service? Who would match interpreter or communication skills with the needs of individual deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing persons? This service is very much in the "background" but provides the means for over 600 people per month to have communication access.

The 911-TTY Education Program and the Disaster Planning Project, both part of our Community Emergency Education Program, are programs that we hope you never have to use. But, it's nice to know it's there: training 911 operators how to communicate with TTY users during an emergency, and working with local, state and federal emergency planning people to make sure that our community is kept informed in accessible media during a natural or man-made catastrophe.

The Information & Referral Service, like the Interpreter Referral Service, is a program that serves the entire community. A mother suspects her child is deaf: who does she call to find out about services available? Who are the audiologists, who are the educators? What's the difference between oralism and sign language? Which method is appropriate in which situation? What programs are available for the parents? The answers that we are able to provide, and the resources available in our Northwest Library of the Deaf, can make the difference in a child's life. Other questions, such as information on guide dogs for the deaf, vocational programs for the deaf and others, find quick and knowledgeable answers from our Information & Referral Service.

The Community Advocate Program provides information and assistance to individuals and organizations so that communication access is easy to get. This program educates businesses, government and agencies to ensure that systems are in place, so that when it is important for you to have an interpreter, assistive listening device or real-time captioner, you won't be frustrated. And when you are frustrated because someone won't follow the law, we're here to help.

All of these programs are important to the community. So, if someone asks you, "Why should I give to CSCDHH, none of the programs directly benefit me?", you can answer, "To build a healthy community for all of us". We need funds for new equipment, for new programs, for a new building in the future.

Next month, in the final installment of my report to the community, I'll talk about other sources of income for CSCDHH.

We say good-bye and good luck to Chris Pounds, who is leaving her position as Interpreter Referral Service Specialist. Please welcome to CSCDHH two new temporary staff persons. Tom Hulseth will be the Community Advocate until a permanent person is hired early next year. Jan Beechinor will take a leave of absence from her duties on the Board of Trustees to establish the Volunteer Coordination office until a permanent person is hired. Please note elsewhere in this issue the job announcements for three open positions at CSCDHH.

And finally, our own GA newsletter editor, Natalie Brown, was honored with a Community Service Award at the National Society of Fund Raising Executives luncheon on November 12, 1996. Congratulations, Natalie!

Community Announcements

CSCDHH Job Openings

Volunteer Coordinator (Paid Position)
Interpreter Referral Specialist

Call Rebekka Berger at (206) 322-4996 V/TTY to get a job announcement describing these positions. Hurry, the deadline has been extended! All applications must be at CSCDHH by 5:00pm, Friday, December 13, 1996.

Changing Telephone Requirements

In June 1996, the regulations for the Hearing Aid Compatibility Act of 1988 were finalized. As of April 1, 1997, hearing aid compatiable phones must have the letters HAC (for hearing aid compatiable) permanently affixed to make them easily identified. By November 1, 1998, in addition to being hearing aid compatiable, all telephones manufactured in the United States, including cordless phones, must have volume control. These regulations will cover phones in hotels, motels, nursing homes, and the workplace and the effective dates for these organizations may vary. (SHHH, Winter 96-97)

Mr. Holland's Opus Available For Sale

Mr. Holland's Opus, the movie that addressed a father's struggle to overcome his inability to share his passion for music with his deaf son is now on sale at your local video store. Academy Award nominee Richard Dreyfuss, portrayed Glenn Holland, who just as he begins his career as a music teacher becomes a father - ironically to a child who is born deaf. Consequently, that which is central to Glenn Holland's life - namely his love for the "beautiful noise" of music - is something that he will never be able to share with his son Cole, or so he thinks. By the end of the film, Glenn Holland realizes the special needs and committment necessary to develop a relationship with his son by learning how to communicate his love for music. Mr. Holland's Opus which is closed captioned and rated PG is also available for rental.

NewsWaves To Debut in January 1997

Beginning January 1997, NEWSWAVES for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People, a national newspaper will make its debut. The monthly newspaper will be published by Willard Publications, formed by Tom Willard, former editor of Silent News. NEWSWAVES will contain a variety of news and feature articles, photographs, illustrations, and advertisements.

The subscription rates in the United States are $18 for one year; $30 for two years; and $60 for five years. In order to receive the premiere issue, subscription orders must be placed by December 15th.

For more information, contact Willard Publications, 302 N Goodman St #205A, Rochester, NY 14607; or call (716) 473-5240 TTY, (716) 473-6328 FAX; or email

Community Announcements

1993 SCCC English Classmates Sought Elwood Worth, is looking for any English classmates who attended Seattle Central Community College in 1993. Call Elwood at (206) 706-7428.

Foster Parents/Support Staff Needed

Seattle Mental Health's Deaf Services is looking to hire foster parents and support staff to be a part of a therapeutic team for a 14-year-old severely emotionally disturbed deaf boy. For more information, call Kathy Freeman at (206) 860-5643 TTY.

Home Heating Assistance Available

The Energy Assistance Program, provided by the Seattle Department of Housing and Human Services, is offering Seattle area low income households assistance on home heating needs. Energy Assistance Program (EAP) benefits range from $25 to as much as $700 depending on the type of heat and other factors. Many residents of subsidized public housing may not be eligible due to their already receiving utility subsidy in their rent. Furnance repair and replacement is also available for eligible low income home owners. Applicants must meet the EAP requirements to receive benefits. City of Seattle residents should call CAMP (Central Area Motivation Program) at (206) 328-2356 to schedule an appointment. Satellite offices serving West Seattle/White Center and Lake City may be accessed by contacting CAMP.

Leads Club Being Formed

Leads Club is being formed for those who are in or want to start a business. It will provide an effective system for increasing your business. Leads is not a social club. Leads is a business dedicated to increasing your business success and the success of all members. There is no membership fee to join. For more information, contact Steven Hougland, Fax (360) 733-4408 or email:

Calendar of Events

Wednesday, December 4th

Jewish Family Services is offering a presentation by Tom Hokanson, a retired Social Security administrator who represents a national estate planning clearinghouse for people with disabilities. The presentation, titled Estate Planning for People with Disabilities, will be held at the Jessie Danz Building of Jewish Family Services (1601 16th Ave, Seattle). Cost for attending is $5 per person. For more information or to register, contact Bill Drummond at (206) 461-3240 x228.

December 4th - 5th

Bi-Bi Vision will be providing gift wrapping service for purchases made at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore, University Village in Seattle. Donations will be greatly appreciated and help support Bi-Bi Vision. Contact Lori Seago at (206) 323-5770 V/TTY for more information.

Friday, December 6th

ACT presents an ASL interpreted performance of A Christmas Carol at its new Allen Arena (Kreielseimer Place, 700 Union, Seattle). In A Christmas Carol the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge goes through a change of heart after visits from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. The performance begins at 7:30pm. Assistive listening devices are available free of charge. For information, contact ACT Box Office at (206) 292-7676 V or (206) 292-7665.

Saturday, December 7th

The Northwest American Sign Language Teacher's Association (NWASLTA) and Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS) is sponsoring professional workshops, titled Visual Readiness in ASL Classes and Laughing Makes ASL Learning Easy: Incorporating Humor in ASL Classes by E. Lynn Jacobowitz, Assistant Professor in the Department of American Sign Language, Linguistics and Interpretation at Gallaudet University. The workshops will be held at ADWAS from 9:30am and 2:45pm respectively. Registration deadline is December 3, 1996 and registration is $35 per person. Contact ADWAS at (206) 726-0093 TTY for more information.

I-5 NW Association of Signers will be holding their monthly bowling and social at the Hollywood Bowl (4030 NE Halsey St, Portland) from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. All signing and non-signing people are invited. Everyone is encouraged to wear greed, red, or gold for the holidays. Cost: Adults - $1.75 per game, $1.50 shoes; Children - $1.50 per game, $1.00 shoes. For more information, contact David and Cindy Campbell, 3209 NW Oar Dr, Lincoln City, OR 97367; call (541) 996-9614 V/TTY or (541) 996-9617 FAX or email:

Monday, December 9th

Seattle Arts and Lectures presents a lecture, titled Why Not To Write a Memoir, by Mary Karr at the 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Ave, Seattle) beginning at 7:30pm. Karr has won Pushcart Prizes for both her poetry and essays. The Liars' Club - Karr's brilliant, nightmarish, darkly comic story of her East Texas childhood as the daughter of an alcoholic mother and oil worker father - was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, selected as one of the best books of 1995 by Time and The New Yorker. To arrange for sign language interpretation, the Seattle Arts and Lectures office need to be contacted by December 2nd. For more information, call (206) 621-2230.

Thursday, December 12th

The Bathhouse Theatre (7312 W Greenlake Dr N, Seattle) will presents an ASL interpreted performance of The Gin Game beginning at 7:30pm. The Gin Game, a Pultizer Prize-winning play is a poignant comedy about Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey, residents of a retirement home who are bound together by circumstances beyond their control. Over the course of several weeks, they play a serious gin rummy games, during which they confront their feelings about growing older. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for students and seniors. For tickets and information, call the Bathhouse Box Office at (206) 524-9108.

Saturday, December 14th

CSCDHH's Signing Santa Breakfast begins at 10:00am. See enclosed flyer for more details.

Deaf Connection will be having their monthly meeting at CSCDHH's Signing Santa Breakfast at CSCDHH's Laurent Clerc Hall (1609 19th Ave, Seattle) from 10:00am to 12 Noon. CSCDHH needs to be notified in advance as to the number of adults and children attending. Contact Chris Opie at (206) 547-8339 V/TTY regarding Deaf Connection or CSCDHH at (206) 322-4996 V/TTY regarding Signing Santa Breakfast (flyer enclosed).

Silent Games South at Auburn High School begins at 7:00pm. See flyer for more details.

Sunday, December 15th

An ASL interpreted performance of Singin' in the Rain will be held at the 5th Avenue Theatre starting at 7:30pm. Assistive listening devices are also available. Tickets are specially priced at $19. Contact the 5th Avenue Theatre Box Office at (206) 625-0235 V for ticket or assistive listening device reservations. Limited tickets reserved for seating near interpreters.

Wednesday, December 18th

Group Theatre (305 Harrison St, Seattle) is presenting an ASL interpreted performance of Voices of Christmas at 7:30pm. Voices of Christmas is a lively and touching celebration of world holiday song, dance and story that is ideal for the entire family. Tickets are priced at $20 for adults and $17 for students and seniors. Contact (206) 441-1299 for more information.

Monday, December 23rd

Intiman Theatre (Playhouse, Seattle Center) presents an ASL interpreted performance of Having Our Say. Having Our Say is based on the true story of two African-American sisters, Sadie and Betsy Delaney, who both are over 100 years old. The sisters and their stories are unforgettable. The performance begins at 7:00pm and tickets are $24. Call Intiman Box Office for more details at (206) 269-1900.

Friday, December 27th

Lakewood Theatre (10101 Plaza Dr, Lakewood) is presenting an ASL interpreted performance of Roald Dahl's charming children's classic Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. A magic chocolate factory, a mystical island and a search for a golden ticket make Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a super sweet adventure. Come watch as a group of lucky children with golden tickets tour the mysterious Willy Wonka Candy Factory...where everyone is in for a big surprise! Only a good heart and a generous soul can win the keys to this candy land. The performance starts at 8:00pm. Call (206) 588-0042 for tickets and information.

Saturday, January 4th

Silent Games South at Auburn High School from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. More details in January's issue.

Saturday, January 18th

Silent Games Night at CSCDHH from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Details in January.

Seattle Children's Theatre presents a sign language interpreted performance of Pinocchio, a world premiere musical. Pinocchio, the puppet, longs to become a real little boy. But unlike real little boys, he doesn't like to work, or tell the truth, or follow good advice, or do as he's told, or go to school. On top of all that, he has a wooden head, no ears and feet that won't behave. Pinnochio will begin at 2:00pm and costs $17.50 for adults and $11.50 for students and seniors to attend. To reserve tickets or get more information, call (206) 441-3322 V/TTY.

Thursday, January 23rd

CSCDHH will be presenting a 911/TTY Community Workshop from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at CSCDHH's Laurent Clerc Hall. The workshop will discuss topics ranging from how 911 works and how to call 911 to what to do or not do when calling 911 and how to file complaints. More information to be included in January's GA.. For information, call Janel Stromme at (206) 322-4996 TTY.

Friday, March 7th

AT&T Community Forum at CSCDHH beginning at 7:00pm. See advertisement in this issue of the GA.


In the November issue of the GA, the name of one of the cast members interviewed for the Seattle Children's Theatre production, The Taste of Sunrise: Tuc's Story, was incorrectly listed as Ashton Sanderson. The name should have read Nathan Elliott. CSCDHH apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this error.

Happy Birthday, Laurent Clerc

December 26, 1996 will mark the 211st birthday anniversary of Laurent Clerc. Test your knowledge of this important figure in the Deaf community as well as American history.

How old was Laurent Clerc when he arrived in America on a ship from France on August 9, 1816?

What did Clerc do while in France?

Whose idea was it that Clerc come to America?

Who was the woman that Clerc married?

Why is the American School for the Deaf, established April 15, 1817, in Hartford, Connecticut, important in American history?


Clerc was 30 years old when he arrived in America.

Clerc taught at his alma mater in Paris. It was Thomas H. Gallaudet's idea. Gallaudet was convinced that it was Clerc who was best qualified to teach deaf children and young adults at the new school planned in America.

Clerc married Elizabeth Boardman, his former student. It was the first recorded marriage between two deaf people in the United States.

The American School for the Deaf was the first public school in North America designed to formally educate people with a disability. The next such school, Perkins School for the Blind, was founded by Samuel Howe in 1832. It wasn't until 1839 that the first public school for 'normal' (hearing and sighted students) was founded by Horace Mann. Both Howe and Mann visited schools for the deaf in Europe and compared them with schools for the deaf in America in order to learn more about developing effective public educational institutions. (FOLDA-USA, 11/6/96)

CSCDHH Job Openings

Community Advocate

General Description

The Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CSCDHH) of Seattle, Washington is opening a .75 FTE (30 hours/week) Community Advocate position. There is a strong possibility the the position will be full-time (40 hours/week) at the time of hire or shortly thereafter. The person hired for this position will provide training opportunities and advocacy for deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing people in Seattle and the region. Responsibilities include a) advocating for communication access, b) promoting recognition and understanding of the community's cultural, linguistic and accessibility needs, and c) coordinating activities and/or providing training to enhance the ability of community members to empower themselves and live independently.

Interpreter Referral Specialist

General Description

The Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CSCDHH) of Seattle, Washington has openings for full- and part-time Interpreter Referral Specialists. Qualified applicants will also be placed on a register for anticipated future expansion of positions.

CSCDHH maintains the Interpreter Referral Service (IRS), which receives requests from individuals/consumers, agencies, businesses and courts, primarily in King, Snohomish and Whatcom counties, and then contacts and refers certified interpreters as vendors to provide service for the requests. The IRS contracts with local agencies and businesses to provide interpreting services for deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing individuals, as well as providing 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a week service for hospital emergency rooms in King County. During a typical month over 500 contacts are received with 95% of the requests being filled from a pool of 90 freelance interpreters. The IRS is staffed by the Interpreter/Referral Coordinator and full- and part-time Interpreter Referral Specialists.

Volunteer Coordinator

General Description

The Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CSCDHH) of Seattle, Washington is opening a .50 FTE (20 hours/week) Volunteer Coordinator position. The person hired for this position will be responsible for organizing and maintaining a volunteer program, including program design, volunteer recruitment, program implementation, and volunteer recognition. Volunteers are used in a variety of activities that benefit the community, CSCDHH and the volunteer.

Application Deadline 5 PM, Friday, December 13, 1996. Faxed, late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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