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CSCDHH GA Newsletter - January 1997 Issue

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NOTE: This is an abbreviated version of the CSCDHH GA Newsletter. Articles not included have the article title in Italics. To get the full text of the newsletter, become a member of CSCDHH. Thank you!!

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

January 1997
1997 - Issue #1

Christmas At CSCDHH
Branden Huxtable

Christmas came to CSCDHH this year. More than 100 people showed up for the Signing Santa Breakfast. Admission was charged for adults, while children attended for free.

Chris Opie and Deaf Connection organized the event this year, and for a first-time chairperson, did an outstanding job. Many volunteers from Deaf Teen Power (come and join their fun activities, and Mike Higgins, thanks for the candy cane!) and CSCDHH board members all helped turn CSCDHH into the North Pole. They helped put up signs (Elves' Workshop, Café Claus, North Pole) and drawings on wallpaper (sun, moon, the Abominable Snowman)and decorations all over. This year breakfast buffet came complete with Danish, quiche, sausages, fruit cocktails, cookies, and orange juice. On top of that, the children busied themselves making little paper Christmas trees and ornaments while waiting for Santa.

For the third year in a row, Dale Wilson became Santa. He enjoys meeting and talking with the children making them all feel special. His daughter Samantha (age 5) instantly recognized the guy who played Santa before Dale, but for two years still had not figured out that Santa is really her father. Will she guess this time?

Half way through the morning, Billy Seago announced that Santa's sleigh couldn't land because too many planes were in the sky. To keep the children entertained, Billy started a cute visual choir for the Twelve Days of Christmas using children and their parents from the audience. Afterwards he told a funny story of Santa trying to deliver a forgotten present without his reindeers.

Then, Billy announced that Santa finally landed. All the children came running up to greet him. Trevor Dockter (age 15 month), however, would rather run outside. Even so, Samantha Frank (age 8) and Shanna Bluens (age 9) both liked him. Ken Edney's son Dolan (age 4) finally sat on Santa's lap after refusing the past few years. Mark Protus liked having pictures taken of his daughter Marissa (age 5) sitting on Santa's lap to look back on the fun times. Other than asking for a real bear and a real dog, how did Samantha Wilson like Santa?

"Where's daddy?" she asked.

Maybe Dale really is Santa.

CSCDHH Sponsored Events

Saturday, January 4th - Silent Games South, 7 to 10 p.m., Auburn High School
Saturday, January 18th - Silent Games at CSCDHH, 7 to 10 p.m., Laurent Clerc Hall, CSCDHH Building
Thursday, January 23rd - CSCDHH's 911-TTY Education Program, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Laurent Clerc Hall, CSCDHH Building
Wednesday, February 26th- 911-TTY Community Workshop for Deaf-Blind, 6 to 9 p.m., Room BE 1110-1111, Seattle Central Community College

We Live In Fast Times
Jan Beechinor

Repeatedly, we remarked to one another that we can't believe it's November or December. "Where has this year gone?" I can't answer that, because I feel the same way as many of you do. The best I can say is we are in the midst of so many activities that time becomes like a quicksilver: it's slippery, hard to catch and it scatters before you can get a hold of it.

Some of you may know that "time is relative". I have had the experience of time slowing down dramatically when traveling in our motorhome to a more relaxed pace of life. It is delightful for me, as a busy American woman, to be in a time and place where days drags by, leaving our daily appointment books at home. The mornings are long and afternoons last and last as evening waits its turn following a breathtaking painting covering with oranges, yellows, pinks, and reds. I have been able to savor each moment as the clock clicks each second, so I know it is possible to watch life move so slow to enjoy the beautifulness around me.

Then I'm back in my usual routine working full time at the bank, volunteering at CSCDHH, corresponding with families and friends, keeping up with endless household errands while fighting each dust that dare to lie on the furniture. It seems a week has already gone in a single blink. I don't want to live anywhere else, but I have the same question as many of you do: how do we find our balance and sanity in this fast pace life?

We do live in fast times. We are surrounded with so many activities and medias: TVs, advertisements, news, heavy traffic, video games, computers, email, internet, beepers, faxes, musts, shoulds, have-tos, etc., etc. Sometimes I just want to yell to the world, "Stop!"

I have a feeling that time may go even faster as we enter into the new century and that we will hurrying to get more done while still in the late 90's. So, how do we maintain our sanity in this fast pace life? Maybe we should schedule some play time in our hectic life just to have fun? Cats may have 9 lives but unfortunately we only have one. That sounds scary, doesn't it? We've heard these statements frequently but do not practice as often as we'd liked to, "Laughter is our best medicine" or "Take the time to smell the roses". So let's take the time each day to add more leisure life by "kicking back" and "smelling the roses".

Letter from the Director
Rob Roth

This month will be the third (and final!) installation of the summary of my report on CSCDHH's progress from the 1996 Annual Meeting. In November, 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. In December, I spoke about how the programs at CSCDHH affect each of us, even if they are not direct services, AND how individual giving builds a healthy community for all of us.

As government cuts back funding (in order to reduce the deficit and in response to voters' concerns about high taxes), and as United Way is changing how it distributes funding to community agencies, non-profits find themselves competing for ever shrinking dollars. Individuals are being asked to give more. Corporations are increasing the amount of money they give to non-profits, but not at the same pace that government is cutting back. Non-profits, faced with the possibility of reduced or lost dollars, must find a way to survive. They must find other ways to generate new dollars.

Many non-profits are looking at fee-for service as a way of maintaining needed services and programs. A fee-for-service is a charge that enables the organization to cover the cost of providing the service. Sometimes it covers the total cost of the service (break even), other times the cost is higher than the actual cost of the service, so that additional funds are generated to provide funds for other programs that cannot support themselves. One example of a program that could support itself is the Interpreter Referral Service.

The Interpreter Referral Service Advisory Committee (IRSAC) has been meeting for several months. Many of you may have attended forums on the service provided by the Interpreter Referral Service (four of them were held, attended by deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing consumers, interpreters, and representatives from businesses and government agencies). Many of you volunteered your ideas for possible fee-for-service charges. IRSAC at this time is exploring many of these ideas and others, and will have a recommendation for the Board of Directors in early 1997. There is no question in my mind that there will be a fee-for-service for interpreter referrals, as CSCDHH can no longer provide a free referral service. Naturally, CSCDHH will seek the feedback of the community it serves before beginning the fee-for-service program.

During the meeting, I explained why CSCDHH does not offer educational workshops for the community, due to the high cost of interpreters to accommodate the various interpreting needs of deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing persons that may want to attend. I asked the audience if they were willing to pay a registration fee to attend an educational workshop. A large majority responded that they were willing to pay a fee. So look for community educational workshops in the future, supported by an entry fee.

Another idea to generate income for CSCDHH is to provide consultation on ADA issues to businesses and government agencies. Currently we are establishing a training and consultation program for 911 centers outside of Washington state, using our excellent videotapes and training materials. We would welcome your ideas of other ways to generate income to support and expand CSCDHH programs.

However we generate income, there is no question that fee-for service and consultation fees will be a part of CSCDHH's future income, along with fund-raisers, grants, individual donations, United Way, and government support. Together, we can work to ensure CSCDHH's future and provide needed programs and services for deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing persons and their friends and families.

I hope you like the new look of the GA newsletter. Special thanks goes to Jennifer Hummel and James Sharer for their work. This issue marks the last issue with Natalie Brown as editor. Over the last two years, Natalie has developed the GA into the important resource for the community that it is. We thank her for her hard work and commitment to quality. Next month, we welcome Branden Huxtable as the new GA editor.

Those of you with frequent contact with the Interpreter Referral Service may have already met Shelly Browning, who will be working as a temporary referral specialist until the position is filled. Welcome Shelly, and thanks for helping out.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, CSCDHH extends our deepest sympathy to the family of Brian J. Linn, who was on the board of CSCDHH in the early 1980's. Brian's work in the legal rights of the physically handicapped, mentally challenged, and the deaf were nationally recognized. At the memorial service, Allie Joiner characterized Brian as a deeply committed and sincere person, who took the time to learn about the culture of and issues confronting the deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing. We will all miss his knowledge and advice.

Deaf Connection
Chris Opie

I've been wanting to introduce myself. My name is Chris Opie and as of last summer I am the new coordinator for Deaf Connection. I have a Deaf son who graduated from the Parent Infant Program (PIP) this year and is attending View Ridge Elementary School. Talia Goeke, the former coordinator decided in the spring that she wanted to spend more time with her family. Though she found coordinating Deaf Connection to be very rewarding, after several years of monthly meetings, it was very draining. As I can attest to. We wish her the best.

This has been a busy fall for Deaf Connection. A number of things have been happening. We moved our meetings from Phinney Ridge Community Center to CSCDHH. We built Talia's work with the small children by formalizing two age-appropriate groups with teachers and assistants (both Deaf and Hearing), we have expanded upon Karen Protus' already successful Art Table and we have helped the parents to have protected time for discussion groups or workshops or whatever. We have had signing storytellers and hope to continue storytelling on a regular basis. We are paying for two interpreters at each gathering to ensure that everyone is accessible to each other. Our attendance is way up: we consistently have over 80 people join us. We had a successful event at the Pacific Science Center. And as I write this, Deaf Connection has just finished coordinating this year's CSCDHH Signing Santa Breakfast. Whew!.

We are now an incorporated non-profit group. Our mission is to provide for families of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind children to meet and interact with each other and with members of the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind communities. The name Deaf Connection explicitly states that we are working to make positive connections: between families, communities, and groups with shared interests. We have formed an alliance with the Deaf Power Teen Group. They have been instrumental in supporting us and volunteering their time. The Interpreter Training students from SCCC and ASLIS have been great volunteers working with our kids and doing some casual interpreting when needed. CSCD has been very accommodating. The Signing Santa Breakfast has been our first joint venture and one we hope to repeat every year.

Deaf Connection is exploring new ways to help our families and make some new connections. These are just a few: parents of Deaf children have often complained they can't find signing baby-sitters. We are sponsoring a baby-sitting class for Deaf teenagers. We are continuing to develop a virtual community on the Internet for families and we are also exploring making connections to families in other communities in the state.

And that's not even the half of it. This is an exciting time for us.

We are starting a membership drive, planning a fund-raiser, and coordinating events for 1997. Join us! Call (206) 547-8339 V/TTY for more information.

Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 4th

Silent Games South at Auburn High School from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. See enclosed flyer for more details.

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 blue and white for the winter celebration. 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:

Wednesday, January 8th

ADWAS presents the open-captioned movie, 101 Dalmations with Glenn Close, at the Oak Tree Cinema (100006 Aurora Ave N, Seattle) beginning at 7:00pm. Tickets are $8.00 per person.

Thursday, January 9th

Seattle Arts and Lectures presents Michael Ondaatje who established his reputation in Canada as a poet and is best known in the United States for his Booker Prize-winning novel, The English Patient, which is currently being made into a movie. Ondaatje will begin his presentation at 7:30pm. For ticket information and/or arrange for sign language interpretation, contact the Seattle Arts and Lectures office at (206) 621-2230.

Saturday, January 11th

Deaf Connection will be at CSCDHH's Laurent Clerc Hall (1609 19th Ave, Seattle) from 10:00am to 12 Noon. A storyteller is tentatively scheduled to perform. Contact Chris Opie at (206) 547-8339 V/TTY for more information.

Wednesday, January 15th

SHHH - Lake Washington Chapter will be holding its general meeting at the Bellevue Library (1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA) at 7:00pm. Gordon Nystedt, Washington State SHHH Coordinator will be giving a presentation, titled "What You Need to Know to Help Someone Who Has, or May Have, a Hearing Loss". For more information, contact Susan Matt at (206) 232-5730 V or (206) 230-9660 TTY.

Saturday, January 18th

Silent Games Night at CSCDHH from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. For more information, see enclosed flyer.

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. Pinocchio 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's 911-TTY Education Program 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, how to call 911, what to do or not do when calling 911 and how to file complaints. For information, call Janel Stromme at (206) 322-4996 TTY.

Wednesday, January 29th

ADWAS presents the open-captioned movie, Ransom with Mel Gibson, at the Oak Tree Cinema (100006 Aurora Ave N, Seattle) beginning at 7:00pm. Tickets are $8.00 per person.

Wednesday, February 26th

CSCDHH will be presenting the 911-TTY Community Workshop for TTY/TB users who are Deaf-Blind. The workshop will be from 6:00pm to 9:00pm in Room BE 1110-1111 at Seattle Central Community College.

Those needing tactile, close-vision interpreters, and other communications needs must contact Janel Stromme at (206) 322-4996 TTY/V before February 12th.

Sunday, March 2nd

5th Avenue Theatre presents an ASL interpreted performance of Disney's Beauty and the Beast beginning at 7:30pm. Assistive listening devices are also available. Contact the 5th Avenue Theatre Box Office at (206) 625-0235 V for ticket information or assistive listening device reservations. Limited tickets reserved for seating near interpreters.

Friday, March 7th

AT&T Community Forum at CSCDHH beginning at 7:00pm. See advertisement in this issue for more details.

Community Announcements

Deaf-Blind Volunteer Interpreters/Volunteer Typists Needed

Washington State Deaf-Blind Citizens (WSDBC) needs volunteer interpreters for the next general meeting being held on January 18th from 9:45am to 2:00pm. Also typists are needed to type on a TTY with a large visual display for two Deaf-Blind people. If you are interested, contact Belinda Gaer at (206) 860-8837 V/TTY.

Volunteer interpreters are also needed during WSDBC committee and board meetings. Call Leslie Peterson if you are available for committee and/or board meetings at (206) 720-4916 TTY.

Therapist Wanted

Seattle Mental Health Deaf Services Program is seeking a full-time Therapist to provide intensive services to emotionally disturbed deaf/hard of hearing children and adults. Experience with emotionally/behaviorally disturbed adults and a MA in Psychology, Counseling or related field and fluency in ASL required. Washington state counseling registration is also required.

Please send resume and letter of introduction to: Seattle Mental Health, 1600 E Olive St, Seattle, WA 98122 or fax to: (206) 324-9433.

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