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EVENTS

A white background flyer shows the image of three tall buildings with a large red peach between them, the text reads, “2024 ADARA Conference May 29 - June 1, 2024 RECOVER, RECHARGE, RECONNECT, ADARA”

2024 American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA) Conference

May 29 - June 1, 2024

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center

100 CNN Center

Atlanta, GA 30303


 Join us for the in-person 2024 ADARA Conference on May 29 to June 1, 2024, in Atlanta, Georgia. This conference is an excellent opportunity to gain new information, share your experiences, and hone your professional skills.


Click here for the details.

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SPRING BINGO!

College of the Holy Cross

1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610

Mahoney Way, Hogan Campus Center


Presented by Central Massachusetts Deaf Senior Center


Bingo Dates

Thursday May 30 - Room 406


Contact: Juanita Pellitier at 860-481-7151

A flyer for a "Home Buyer Workshop" organized by Viability, specifically targeted at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. The flyer provides detailed information about the workshop, including logistics and accessibility features. Key Elements: Header: Logo: Viability's logo with the tagline "Thrive Beyond Limits." Title: "Home Buyer Workshop" with the subtitle "Meet the A2Y Team" and the KW (Keller Williams) logo. Visuals: Images: Two pictures, one of a house with a "For Sale" sign and another of a house's exterior. Text Details: Materials and Resources: The flyer indicates that materials and resources will be provided, and a Deaf Realtor will be presenting. RSVP Information: Email: DHILS@viability.org VP (Video Phone): 413-650-5365 Event Details: Date and Time: Friday, May 31st, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Location: Hosted at the Holyoke office, 302 High Street, 4th Floor, Holyoke, MA The event will be held both in person and on Zoom. Accessibility: An orange circle with the text "ASL Interpreter Available" emphasizes the availability of an ASL interpreter for the event. Footer: Website: viability.org The flyer uses vibrant colors and clear sections to communicate the essential details of the workshop, ensuring it is accessible and engaging for the intended audience. The presence of an ASL interpreter and the option to join via Zoom highlight the inclusive nature of the event.

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Home Buyer Workshop

Friday, May 31 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm


Meet the Team! Hosted by KW

and Viability Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living Services

Materials and Resources provided! Deaf Realtor Presenting! In person and on Zoom! ASL interpreter available.


RSVP: DHILS@viability.org

VP: 413-650-5365

Hosted at Holyoke office: 

302 High Street, 4th Floor Holyoke, MA

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Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG) Workshop

May 29, 2024

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center

100 CNN Center

Atlanta, GA 30303


This workshop will teach attendees a structured way to assess threats using the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG). The model has many similarities to models used by federal law enforcement. While the CSTAG model is designed for schools, there are many applications of the model in private agencies.


This training is being offered as part of the ADARA conference which is being held May 29th - June 1st, 2024. You are able to register for this in depth training without attending the full ADARA
conference.


Click here for the details.

A flyer for DEAF, Inc.'s U.S. Citizenship Preparation Class, part of the Advocacy, Resources, and Education Services (ARES). Classes are on Tuesdays (June 11 - Aug 27) and study groups on Thursdays (June 6 - Aug 29), available at 10:30 am-12:30 pm or 6:15 pm-8:15 pm. Taught by a Deaf instructor and naturalized U.S. citizen via Zoom. Classes are provided in sign language and free for eligible green card holders. Register by June 1, 2024, at www.bit.ly/deaf-inc-citz-summer-2024. Questions? Contact 617-505-4823 or hello@deafincma.org.

U.S Citizenship Preparation Class

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2024


REGISTRATION OPEN!

US Citizenship Preparation Class starts Thursday, June 6, 2024
Deaf Teacher, Class for Deaf

Provided in Sign Language. Free to eligible students with a green card.

REGISTER HERE!
https://bit.ly/deaf-inc-citz-summer-2024

QUESTIONS?
Contact the Front Desk: 617-505-4823 or hello@deafincma.org

Join us at DEAF Inc.'s

Goal Getters 5K Walk/Run!

5k Walk/Run Postponement Announcement
[Image description: Purple background. White DEAF, Inc. logo at the top. Yellow text reads “Accomplish with us!“. Two white hands signing GOAL is below it. In white and yellow text, GOAL GETTERS 5K Walk/Run. People at the bottom walk and run, one is in a wheelchair, one has a guide and a cane, and one is pushing a stroller. A peach colored rectangle contains expectations of the event and a map of the route. Event is on June 1, 9 am to 1 pm, starts at 50 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Register for $30! www.bit.ly/5kgoalgetters]

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Goal Getters 5K Walk/Run 

Saturday, June 1, 2024 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

DEAF, Inc. Watertown Office 

50 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA


Lace-up your sneakers for a day filled with community spirit and movement!
Participants can look forward to an enjoyable experience, whether walking or running, alongside fellow community members. Everyone will receive DEAF, Inc. souvenirs as a token of participation, and refreshments will be provided to keep you energized.


The event goes beyond the 5K with face painting, vendors, and activities, a day of fun and engagement.


Register today at bit.ly/5KGoalGetters!

A flyer for a volunteer opportunity at DEAF, Inc.'s 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, June 1, 2024. Volunteers are needed from 7:00 am to 1:30 pm.  Event Details:  Location: DEAF, Inc. Office, 50 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA 02472 Activities: Learn ASL, support DEAF, Inc., have fun, and give to the community. Variety of roles available, all are welcome. Fill out the interest application at bit.ly/deafinc5kvolunteer.  For questions, contact volunteer@deafincma.org. The flyer includes the DEAF, Inc. logo and event graphics.

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VOLUNTEERS - We are looking for you!


Learn some ASL! Support DEAF, Inc.! Have a fun day! Give to our community!

  • Volunteers needed from 7 am - 1:30 pm

  • Variety of roles available

  • All are welcome

Fill out our short interest application: bit.ly/deafinc5kvolunteer

A flyer for an exhibitor opportunity at DEAF, Inc.'s 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, June 1, 2024. Exhibitors can share their information with the community.  Event Details:  Check-in: 7:30 am Exhibits Open: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Location: Parking lot at DEAF, Inc. Office, 50 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA 02472 Outdoor Event: Fresh air Exhibitor sign-up at bit.ly/deafinc5kexhibitor. For questions, contact volunteer@deafincma.org. The flyer includes DEAF, Inc. logo and event graphics.

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EXHIBITORS - We are looking for you!


Share your information with the community!

  • Check-in starts 7:30 am

  • Exhibits open 8:30 am to 1:00 pm

  • This event is outdoors in fresh air

Fill out our short interest application: bit.ly/DEAFInc5kExhibitor

You Can Get Your Vaccine at Our 5K!


At our 5K event, we will have a mobile vaccination clinic available, with interpreters from the Department of Public Health onsite!


On the day of the event, remember to bring your photo ID and insurance card.

We are excited to see you there!

A flyer for a "Regional Listening Session" organized by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH). Header: Logo: MCDHH logo prominently displayed at the top. Title: "REGIONAL LISTENING SESSION" Main Text: "Join us for the regional listening session where your feedback shapes the future of MCDHH's services and programs. Be a part of positive change – your input matters." Event Details: Date: Wednesday, June 5 Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Platform: Zoom Accessibility Information: "ASL Interpreters and CART will be present. If you will be attending, and require any other form of accommodation, such as tactile interpreters, please contact MCDHH at least two weeks in advance." RSVP Information: "RSVP Required: Please RSVP one week before the event." Two QR codes are provided: One labeled "ASL Video" One labeled "Register here" Contact Information: Email: heather.l.daley@mass.gov Phone: (857) 491-0750
A flyer for a "Regional Listening Session" organized by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH). Header: Logo: MCDHH logo prominently displayed at the top. Title: "REGIONAL LISTENING SESSION" Main Text: "Join us for the regional listening session where your feedback shapes the future of MCDHH's services and programs. Be a part of positive change – your input matters." Event Details: Date: Wednesday, June 5 Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Platform: Zoom Accessibility Information: "ASL Interpreters and CART will be present. If you will be attending, and require any other form of accommodation, such as tactile interpreters, please contact MCDHH at least two weeks in advance." RSVP Information: "RSVP Required: Please RSVP one week before the event." Two QR codes are provided: One labeled "ASL Video" One labeled "Register here" Contact Information: Email: heather.l.daley@mass.gov Phone: (857) 491-0750

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Massachusetts Commission of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Regional Listening Sessions: Virtual Session

Wednesday June 5, 2024 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Zoom event


Share Your Opinions With Us!


- What services do you need?
- What support is needed in the community?
- How can MCDHH serve you better?


Voice interpreting and CART will be provided. 


RSVP Required: Please RSVP one week before the event. Your confirmation enables us prepare for an inclusive and meaningful discussion.


ASL Interpreters and CART will be present. If you will be attending, and require any other form of accommodation, such as tactile interpreters, please contact Heather Daley at heather.l.daley@mass.gov at least two weeks in advance.

A flyer for DEAF, Inc.'s Monthly Senior Social, aimed at Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened older adults and seniors. The design is colorful and inviting, with clear text and friendly illustrations. Header: Logo: DEAF, Inc. logo with "EST. 1977" prominently displayed at the top. Title: "The New Bedford staff invite you to our MONTHLY SENIOR SOCIAL" Target Audience: "For Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened older adults & seniors" Details: "Light refreshments and drinks will be provided" "Hosted on every second Tuesday of the month" Event Information: Date and Time: Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 10 AM - 12 PM EST Location: New Bedford Office, 888 Purchase St, Bay 1, New Bedford, MA 02740 Parking: Garage and Street Parking available for $2/hr Contact Information: "For more info, or to request accommodations, contact hello@deafincma.org or 617-505-4823" Visuals: An illustration of seniors sitting around a table, enjoying drinks and socializing, creating a welcoming atmosphere.

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Monthly Senior Social for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened Older Adults & Seniors

June 11, 2024 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST


New Bedford Office
888 Purchase St, Bay 1
New Bedford MA, 02740

(Garage & Street Parking available for $2/hr)


(Light refreshments & drinks will be provided)


For more information or to request accommodations, contact hello@deafincma.org


A flyer for DEAF, Inc.'s "Summer Social: Building Bridges Together!" presented by the Hard of Hearing & Late-Deafened Committee. The event aims to connect people and share communication resources.  **Event Details:** - **Date:** Friday, June 14th - **Time:** 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST - **Location:** Beverly Farms Library, 24 Vine Street, Beverly, MA 01915  Coffee and light refreshments provided. Interpreters will be provided and CART services have been requested.  For more info or accommodations, contact hello@deafincma.org.

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DEAF, Inc. Hard of Hearing & Late-Deafened Committee presents: Summer Social: Building Bridges Together!

June 14, 2024 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EST

Beverly Farms Library, at Beverly Conrad Room

24 Vine Street, Beverly, MA 01915


Let's Build Bridges Together!


Join DEAF, Inc. for our Summer Social on June 14th at Beverly Farms Library. 


From 11:00 am to 1:00 pm EST, connect with others and learn valuable communication resources.


Coffee and light refreshments provided. Interpreters will be provided and CART services have been requested.


For more information or to request accommodations, contact hello@deafincma.org


A flyer for a DEAF Inc. wellness workshop on prostate cancer titled "Prostate Cancer: You Want To Put Your Finger WHERE?" scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, 2024, from 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm EST via Zoom (ID: 918 8838 8357, Password: brainfood).  Presented in ASL with English interpreters available. Featured speaker: Dr. Jason Rotoli, emergency physician and Associate Professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  Click the link to join: www.bit.ly/DEAFIncWellnessWorkshops or enter zoom information below:    Zoom ID: 918 8838 8357  Password: brainfood    Presented in ASL with English interpretation provided.    For more information or to request accommodations, contact: hello@deafincma.org

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Prostate Cancer: You Want To Put Your Finger WHERE?

June 18, 2024 | 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm EST


Have you ever wondered about prostate cancer: Who is at risk? What is it? How do you talk to your doctor, and what should you expect in a prostate screening?


Come join us in a Zoom workshop: “Prostate Cancer: You Want To Put Your Finger WHERE?” on June 18 from 12:45 - 1:45 pm EST to learn more from Dr. Jason Rotoli as he shares his knowledge.


Click the link to join: www.bit.ly/DEAFIncWellnessWorkshops or enter zoom information below:


Zoom ID: 918 8838 8357

Password: brainfood


Presented in ASL with English interpretation provided.


For more information or to request accommodations, contact: hello@deafincma.org

A flyer for DEAF, Inc.'s ARES workshop "Care for Your Feelings" on Friday, June 21, 2024, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am EST. Learn about mental health support, social work, psychiatry, and psychology. The workshop will be held via Zoom (ID: 918 8838 8357, Password: brainfood). Liz Olson, Hard of Hearing/Seniors Advocate, will present in Spoken English with ASL interpretation. For more info or accommodations, contact hello@deafincma.org or call (617) 505-4823. Visit www.bit.ly/DEAFIncWellnessWorkshops.

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Care for Your Feelings

June 18, 2024 | 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm EST


Join us for an insightful workshop on mental health support, "Care for Your Feelings," on Friday, June 21, 2024, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am EST. Learn about mental health support as a self-care tool for emotions and how to navigate the differences between social work, psychiatry, and psychology.


Click the link to join: www.bit.ly/DEAFIncWellnessWorkshops or enter zoom information below:


Zoom ID: 918 8838 8357

Password: brainfood


ASL/English Interpreters are provided, and CART has been requested.


For more information or to request accommodations, contact: hello@deafincma.org

HLAA 2024 convention logo on white background. Phoenix AZ, June 26-29, 2024 in green text.

HLAA 2024 Convention, Resort-Style! 

Phoenix, Arizona | June 26 - 29, 2024


Join us in Phoenix for our first resort-style HLAA 2024 Convention at the beautiful Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. Whether it’s your first convention or the latest of many, you are sure to learn, grow, discover
new technology and connect with hundreds of new and old friends.


Be inspired by General Session keynote speaker Shanna Adamic.

  • Explore The Emotional Side of Hearing Loss at our Research Symposium.

  • Enjoy the Exhibit Hall, educational workshops, product demos and social events:

  • "Welcome Back Bash"

  • "Celebrate! Awards gala honoring hearing heroes"

Discover amenities inspired by the rich culture of the indigenous Gila River Indian Community, which owns this unique resort.


Click here to get more info & register now!

A dark blue flyer with magenta trim on the top right. The top of the flyer says, “ASL Classes I Summer Semester 2024” Below it continues on, “Classes available in both CASUAL and STANDARD paces. Casual classes would be most appropriate for students who are new to ASL and would benefit from activities that would provide an opportunity for practice and repetition. Standard classes are most appropriate for students with a general knowledge of ASL and would prefer an accelerated learning style. (In a light blue box, directly under a picture of people conversing and attached to a laptop showing people in a zoom call.) Most classes are offered virtually. Classes with an asterisk are presented in person.” Lower down in a pink strip the text reads, “CLASS SCHEDULE” followed by, “Registration will close at 5:00 pm (noon) EST on July 1st.” (in the two columns) “MONDAYS/WEDNESDAYS July 8 - August 7 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm ASL 1 (CASUAL) Units 1 & 3 Anna Lim ASL 2 (CASUAL) Units 4 & 5 Kathryn McBeth TUESDAYS/THURSDAYS July 9 - August 8 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm ASL 1 (STANDARD) Units 1, 3, & 4 Nancy Hickey ASL 2 (STANDARD) Units 5, 6, & 7 Kathryn McBeth ASL 1 (CASUAL) Units 1 & 3 Samie McDonald Enroll Now! www.deafincma.org/services/asl/classes”

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DEAF, Inc. 2024 ASL Summer Semester Registration Is Open!

Registration Deadline: July 1st, 5pm EST


REGISTRATION OPEN! DEAF, Inc. ASL Classes have returned for the Summer 2024 semester! Check out our offerings and be sure to register before July 1st


Registration closes at 5 pm EST on July 1st, 2024.We are excited to see you there!


Click to enroll now!

Cape Cod Deaf Expo, MA, from Aug 23-28, 2024. Deaf Awareness Week, details TBD. Gala event info pending. Free craft/vendor fair on Aug 24, 10am-8pm with art, jewelry, and gifts. Booth reservations at newenglanddeaf.com/cc/rsvp.html. DEAF SHOW CAR featured. Open to public, ASL, and COLA communities. At The Emerald Resort, 35 Scudder Ave, Hyannis. Book rooms via Martha at 860-866-1324 or newenglanddeafefe@yahoo.com. Further info at newenglanddeaf.com/cc/info.html. Food, drinks, and activities are available. Celebrating New England Deaf's 10th anniversary.

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Cape Cod Deaf Expo
August 23 - 28, 2024 

The Emerald Resort Conference Center

35 Scudder Avenue, Hyannis, MA 02601


Mark your calendars for a fun week of events in Cape Cod this August! The Cape Cod Deaf Expo will be on August 23, and will have a week of events following the expo. 


Get your hotel and travel plans figured out, as August will be an opportunity to socialize, shop, and enjoy each other's company. 


To register, go to https://www.newenglanddeaf.com/

The image is the logo for Six Flags New England. The logo features the name "Six Flags" in bold black text, with colorful flags rising from the left side of the text. Below "Six Flags," the text "New England" appears in blue.

New England Deaf Day at Six Flags

September 7, 2024 |  11:00 AM to 7:00 PM


Six Flags New England Amusement Park

1623 Main Street

Agawam, MA 01001


Deaf Day Six Flags is making a triumphant return! Central MA Deaf Night Out to get more information! We hope to see you there!


Click here for the details!


Community News

Massachusetts Commission of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH)'s

Statewide Advisory Council Video Announcement

MCDHH Press Release: MCDHH Announces Two New Appointments to the Statewide Advisory Council

Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) is proud to announce two members have been newly appointed to its Statewide Advisory Council, Michelle Dunn and Jonathan LeJeune. Michelle and Jonathan will play key roles in the council's mission to promote accessibility and advocate for the needs of the Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing community across the state.


View the full Press Release / Transcript


PBS Kids adds ASL Interpreters to

Some of its Children’s Shows

A flyer from the American Society for Deaf Children announcing a significant update from PBS Kids. The headline reads, "BREAKING NEWS!" and the main content of the flyer states that PBS Kids is adding American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters to some of its children's shows. The date on the news is April 17, 2024. Main Headline: "PBS Kids adds American Sign Language interpreters to some of its children’s shows" Details: Six PBS Kids series, including "Arthur" and "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood," will, for the first time, include ASL interpretation for the deaf and hard of hearing. Visuals: The flyer includes an image of a cartoon character from PBS Kids. There is a graphic showing the fingerspelling for "ASL" in American Sign Language. Footer: The text "THANK YOU, PBS KIDS!" is prominently displayed. The logo and name of the American Society for Deaf Children are at the bottom right corner of the flyer. The design is colorful and engaging, featuring a light blue background with playful elements to catch the attention of parents and children. The overall message is one of celebration and gratitude towards PBS Kids for making their content more accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing community.

PAH for all deaf and hard of hearing children! 


PBS Kids is taking a big step towards inclusivity, six series, including "Arthur" and "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" will for the first time include American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation for deaf and hard of hearing viewers. 

Maryland Becomes the Second State to Require Movie Theaters to

Provide Open Captions

Maryland to become second state to require movie theaters to provide open captions - A white man stands in front of a grey background signing. An image to his left shows two men and the Maryland flag. White Daily Moth logo in upper right corner. Red Youtube logo in middle

Maryland has become the second state to require movie theaters to provide open captions. Here is an interview with Deaf activist Jacob Leffler and Maryland Delegate Harry Bhandari, two of the key people behind the legislation. The bill is HB 0426: Places of Public Accommodation – Motion Picture Houses – Captioning.


Handwaves!

Other Resources

Deaf Cycling Group

Black and white photo of bicycles leaning against a fence on an outdoor deck.

A Facebook group for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late Deafened people who like Cycling. Hearing ASL users are welcome. Group meet-ups for rides and information sharing. 


Click this link to join/learn more!

ASL SPACE:

TGWS (Thank God We're Sober)

All meetings are in Eastern Standard Time (EST)

ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN (ANYONE IS WELCOME)


SUNDAY
7pm to 8:15pm 

RECOVERY DHARMA 

ID - 942 608 395 65; PW 009060


MONDAY
1pm to 2pm* 

ALL RECOVERY MEETING

ID 627 244 220; PW 010149


7pm to 8pm 

DUAL RECOVERY ANONYMOUS

ID 951 0728 5190; PW KL123


TUESDAY
7pm to 8pm

N.A. MEETING

ID 188 837 193; PW 003465


THURSDAY
12pm to 1pm

AL-Anon/Discussion

ID 597 893 497; PW 011461
7pm to 8pm All Recovery discussion MEETING - (OPEN) ID - 627 244 220; PW 010149


FRIDAY
1pm to 2pm* ALL RECOVERY MEETING- ID 627 244 220; PW 010149


* Time change


TGWS recongizes that there is not just one pathway to recovery. Our common purpose is to create a safe and supportive environment for all who wish to find freedom from addiction. Please be mindful of this recent update and share. Thank you.

Emergency Hurricane Preparedness

2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season Could Be One Of Most Active On Record

Blue chart shows two trends being tracked - the frequency of hurricanes and storms, as forecasted by CSU


Researchers are observing the storm predictions for the 2024 Hurricane season. To read more about their projections, read this article from The Weather Channel.

Emergency Preparedness Videos

Emergency Preparedness: 

I am Hard of Hearing

Personal Disaster Preparedness: I Am Hard of Hearing - A still frame from a video featuring a woman who appears to be delivering an important message. She is wearing a navy blue shirt with the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) logo, indicating that she is a representative of this agency. Key Elements: The Woman: She has short blonde hair, is wearing hoop earrings, and appears to be speaking directly to the camera. She is likely delivering a message or instructions related to emergency management or disaster preparedness. Subtitle: There is a subtitle at the bottom that reads "disaster hits," suggesting the video is discussing what to do when a disaster occurs. ASL Interpreter: In the lower right corner, there is an inset showing an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, making the video accessible to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. Play Button: A large red play button with a YouTube logo is overlaid on the image

Emergency Preparedness: Emergency Backpack

Emergency Preparedness: Emergency Backpack - A still frame from a video featuring a woman standing behind a table, using American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate. The table is set up with various items that appear to be part of an emergency preparedness kit. Key Elements: The Woman: She has shoulder-length blonde hair and is wearing a purple shirt. She is using ASL to provide information, likely about the items on the table and their importance in an emergency kit. Items on the Table: Left Side: Pet food (bags of dog food). Baby items such as a bottle, a jar of baby food, and a pack of diapers. Right Side: Hygiene items including toilet paper, sanitary pads, a pack of baby wipes, and a black trash bag. Center: Small items such as a medicine bottle, some cash, and a pamphlet. Setup: The items are organized in and around wooden crates, likely to display them clearly for the video audience. Background: The background is black, which helps to highlight the speaker and the items on the table. Play Button: A large red play button with a YouTube logo is overlaid on the image, indicating that this is a screenshot from a video,

Emergency Preparedness for DeafBlind People

Emergency Preparedness for the DeafBlind Community - A still frame from a video featuring a woman who appears to be delivering a message in American Sign Language (ASL). Key Elements: The Woman: She has shoulder-length white hair, is wearing glasses, and a black shirt. She is seated at a table and using ASL to communicate. Background: The background is solid black, which focuses attention on the woman. Play Button: A large red play button with the YouTube logo is overlaid on the image, indicating that this is a screenshot from a video from YouTube.

Emergency Preparedness: 

I Use a Wheelchair

Personal Preparedness: I Use a Wheelchair - A still frame from a video, featuring a man seated in a wheelchair in front of a backdrop of flags, including the American flag and other governmental flags. The man is wearing a black polo shirt with an official emblem, indicating he might be a representative of a government agency. Key Elements: The Man: He is bald, wearing glasses, and has a friendly expression, suggesting he is speaking or presenting information. Backdrop: The backdrop includes multiple flags, such as the American flag and possibly flags from the Department of Homeland Security or other related agencies. ASL Interpreter: There is an inset in the upper right corner showing an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter signing, making the video accessible to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. Play Button: A large red play button with a YouTube logo is overlaid on the image

For more information on how you can prepare for an emergency, watch these videos from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

See all of FEMA's videos in American Sign Language available on YouTube.

Stay Safe After a Hurricane or Other Tropical Storm

A safety poster from the National Weather Service promoting the message "Turn Around Don’t Drown." The poster is designed to warn people about the dangers of driving through flooded roads. Key Elements of the Poster: Title: "The National Weather Service Says" at the top. Main Message: "Turn Around Don’t Drown" displayed on a yellow caution sign with black text, placed on a barricade. Visuals: The background illustration shows a flooded road with water covering the roadway and a warning barricade placed across the road. The landscape features mountains and desert terrain. Safety Note: "Be safe when it comes to flooding. For important, life-saving safety rules, go to" followed by the URL www.srh.weather.gov. Logos: The bottom left corner features the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) logo, and the bottom right corner has the National Weather Service logo. The poster's design is clear and straightforward, using visual elements and direct language to convey the importance of not attempting to drive through floodwaters.

There are many important tips to keep ourselves safe if we find ourselves in the middle of a natural disaster. 


To read more details and tips about natural disasters, go to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Hurricane Preparedness pages to learn more.

Disaster Preparedness and the Deaf Community: A Guide for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Latened Deaf

A flyer promoting disaster preparedness specifically for the Deaf community, including individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened. Title: "Disaster Preparedness and the Deaf Community" is prominently displayed at the top. The subtitle reads, "For the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Latene Deaf." Logos: American Red Cross Greater Rochester Chapter: Positioned on the left, with the tagline "Lifeblood of our community." NTID (National Technical Institute for the Deaf), Rochester Institute of Technology: Positioned on the right. Visual: The bottom half of the flyer shows a photograph of a group of people, likely members of the Deaf community, engaged in a preparedness discussion or activity. A woman is standing and appears to be signing or speaking to the group. A man is distributing items, possibly emergency supplies, to others seated around a table. A first aid kit and other emergency preparedness items are visible on the table.

Read the Disaster Preparedness and the Deaf Community handbook in full.

Preparing for a Hurricane or

Other Tropical Storms

An informative poster from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) titled "Be ready! Hurricanes." It provides detailed guidelines on what to do before and after a hurricane to ensure safety and preparedness. Title: "Be ready! Hurricanes" at the top. Divisions: The poster is divided into two sections: "Before" on the left and "After" on the right. Before a Hurricane: Cover Windows: "Cover windows with storm shutters or plywood." An illustration shows someone installing shutters on windows. Tune in for Local Information: "Tune in for local information." A picture of a TV and radio to emphasize staying informed. Know How to Turn Off Utilities: "Know how to turn off your gas, electricity, and water in case you need to evacuate." An image of a house with labels for utilities. Secure Outdoor Items: "Secure outdoor items by moving them to the garage." Illustrates moving furniture and items into a garage. Make an Emergency Kit: "Make an emergency kit." Displays a first aid kit and emergency supplies. Designate a Shelter Area: "Designate a shelter area if you can’t evacuate. Rooms without windows are best." Shows a safe room within a house. After a Hurricane: Do Not Reenter Damaged Homes: "If your home has damage, do not reenter until it has been examined by a building inspector for safety." Shows a damaged house with a tree fallen on it. Prevent Mold Growth: "Prevent mold growth by airing out rooms and disinfecting." An illustration of someone cleaning. Tap Water Safety: "Tap water may not be safe to drink. Listen to local warnings." Shows a water faucet with a warning sign. Throw Away Unsafe Food: "Throw away food that may be unsafe." Displays spoiled food. Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: "Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Use generators, stoves, and grills outside and away from windows and doors." Shows a generator placed safely outside. Additional Information: The poster includes URLs and more information prompts for further details. The bottom section has the CDC logo and a note indicating it's from the Public Health Preparedness and Response division. The poster uses simple, clear illustrations and text to communicate important safety measures effectively.

Make a Plan.

Hurricane season starts on May 15 in the north Pacific and June 1 in the Atlantic and the Caribbean. It ends on November 30. Before hurricane season each year, make sure you and your family are prepared by planning ahead.

  • Write down emergency phone numbers and keep them on the refrigerator or near every phone in your house. Add them into your cell phone too.

  • Prepare an emergency supply kit.

  • Locate the nearest shelter and different routes you can take to get there from your home. If shelter locations in your area have not been identified, learn how to find them in the event of a storm. 

To read more details and tips about natural disasters, go to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Hurricane Preparedness pages to learn more.

Prepare for Spring Weather

Two people working with a large wooden board against the side of a house.

Advance planning for thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and floods requires specific safety precautions.

Spring weather can be unpredictable. When severe weather hits unexpectedly, the risk of injury and weather-related death increases, so planning makes sense. 


Keep an emergency kit on hand. According to the American Red Cross a first aid kit may include:

  • non-latex gloves

  • an assortment of adhesive bandages

  • antibiotic ointment

  • sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes

  • absorbent compress dressings

  • tweezers

  • scissors

  • adhesive cloth tape

  • aspirin packets (81 mg each)

  • a first aid instruction booklet


Some more items to prepare include:

  • A battery-operated flashlight, a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio, and extra batteries for both

  • An emergency evacuation or shelter plan, including a map of your home and, for every type of severe weather emergency, routes to safety from each room

  • A list of important personal information, including:

    • telephone numbers of neighbors, family, and friends

    • insurance and property information

    • telephone numbers of utility companies

    • medical information

  • A 3- to 5-day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food

  • Personal hygiene items

  • Blankets or sleeping bag

Need Support? Reach out to DeafLEAD

A flyer for DeafLEAD, promoting their 24/7/365 crisis lines specifically designed for the deaf community. The flyer emphasizes that DeafLEAD provides crisis intervention services through three nationwide videophone lines, staffed by trained crisis counselors fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), ensuring effective communication and support for those in need. Key sections and information on the flyer include: Main Header: "DeafLEAD" "24/7/365 CRISIS LINES" Main Text: DeafLEAD offers 24/7/365 crisis intervention services via three nationwide videophone lines. The counselors are fluent in ASL, ensuring effective communication and support. Support Statement: "We are a safe space for anyone in need of support" Crisis Lines: 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Offers support to individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts, ideation, capability, intent, or any other crisis. Access methods: Text 988, dial "988" on a videophone, or visit www.DeafLEAD.org and select the "988 ASL NOW" option. Disaster Distress Videophone Helpline: Provides emotional and psychological support to those affected by natural or human-caused disasters in the US and its territories. Access methods: Dial 1-800-985-5990 on a videophone or visit www.DeafLEAD.org and select the "DDH ASL NOW" option. Deaf Crisis Line: Offers emotional support and resources to Deaf survivors of past or present emotional, physical, or sexual abuse. Access methods: Dial 321-800-DEAF (3323) on a videophone or visit www.DeafLEAD.org and select the "DCL NOW" option. Contact Information: Website: www.DeafLEAD.org Social Media: Facebook (@DeafLEADUSA), Twitter (@Deaf_LEAD) Address: 2505 W Ash St, Columbia, MO 65203 The flyer features the DeafLEAD logo, a photo of a person using ASL, and icons for each of the crisis lines.

COVID-19 and Flu Information

Vaccinations: What You Need to Know

An informational flyer about COVID vaccines titled, “COVID Vaccine: Fast Facts The updated COVID vaccine is here. What to know: ” It features a healthcare professional pointing to key points: The updated COVID vaccine provides protection against new variants. You need an updated vaccine if you haven’t had one since September 12, 2023. Everyone aged 5 years and older should get 1 dose of an updated COVID vaccine—even if you’ve never been vaccinated before. Children aged 6 months to 4 years need between 1-3 doses. Ask your health care provider what’s right for your child. You may still get COVID after getting an updated vaccine, but your risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death are greatly reduced. At the very bottom shows the following, “Check with your health care provider or visit mass.gov/CovidVaccine” next to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health logo.


Learn fast facts about the COVID vaccine!


To schedule an appointment, go to mass.gov/CovidVaccine

Vaccinations for Adults 65+ and Older

Last week, the CDC voted to recommend an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose for adults ages 65 and older.


Looking for a COVID-19 vaccine? You can:

COVID-19 Tests and Treatment

The image is an informational flyer promoting the availability of free at-home COVID-19 tests. The flyer details how to order the tests and includes the following points:  It announces "Order your FREE AT-HOME COVID-19 TESTS TODAY ON COVIDTests.gov!" Every home in the U.S. is eligible to receive free at-home tests. Additional free tests are available starting November 20, and if you haven't ordered tests in the fall, you may place two orders for a total of eight tests. The process of ordering tests is described as easy and quick, involving three steps: visiting COVIDTests.gov, filling out contact and shipping information, and submitting the order. The tests will arrive in a few weeks. If assistance is needed in placing an order, a helpline is provided with the number 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489), offering help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages. The flyer includes the logo of ASPR (Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response) and a picture of a smiling woman holding a COVID-19 test swab.

Click the flyer above to learn more about how to get free COVID-19 tests

The flyer provides information about free telehealth services for COVID-19 treatment pills, specifically within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in partnership with Color. It is targeted at individuals aged 12 and older who have COVID-19 symptoms. Here's a summary of the flyer's content:  Title: "Free, quick, and easy telehealth for COVID-19 Treatment Pills" If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you can get a free telehealth visit to obtain COVID-19 treatment pills. Oral antiviral treatment is suitable for those with symptoms for 5 days or less, which may reduce the risk of severe disease and prevent hospitalization. Pills can be delivered for free or picked up at a local pharmacy if prescribed. For more information or additional assistance, the flyer directs to mass.gov/COVIDtelehealth or treatments@color.com. To start the free visit, you can use a smartphone or computer to visit color.com/covid-19-treatment-ma or scan the QR code provided. A hotline is also available at 833-450-3461. The flyer explains the process in three steps: Step 1: Go to the website or call the hotline and describe your symptoms. Step 2: Join the video or phone call for the consultation. Step 3: If prescribed antiviral treatment, pick it up at a pharmacy or opt for home delivery. Telehealth appointments are available from 8 am to 10 pm Eastern Time, seven days a week. The design includes the logo of Color and the seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Click the flyer above to learn more about how to get a Telehealth appointment and treatment

for COVID-19

Flyer with a blue banner titled “Need proof of your COVID-19 vaccination?” with a smart phone and card icons on the right below that. “The My Vax Records tool lets you access your COVID-19 digital vaccine card and your vaccination history from the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS). My Vax Records uses the SMART Health Card platform to produce a COVID-19 digital vaccine card, which can be saved on your smartphone as a handy way to show you have received COVID-19 vaccination. The My Vax Records website follows national standards for security and privacy and for the first time enables residents to directly access their vaccination records stored in the Massachusetts. Immunization Information System (MIIS), including their COVID-19 vaccination record. Below that, “Get started at MyVaxRecords.mass.gov” at the bottom with three logos on the right.

Click the flyer above to learn more about how to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination.

Crime and Crisis Information

A white and gray flyer from the Disability Law Center offers free civil legal assistance to disabled crime victims in Massachusetts. Services are available even if the crime was not reported. Call 1-800-872-9992 for help with issues like housing, employment, healthcare, disability rights, financial exploitation, and education. Assistance is available if the crime caused disability, targeted due to disability, or if disability hinders getting help. Email mailiadis-ma.org or visit www.dis-ma.org. Interpreters and accommodations provided.

Click the flyer above to learn more about contacting Disability Law Center.

Be Red Cross Ready in American Sign Language - Woman in front of a teal background with a Red Cross logo next to her.

Click the video above to learn and watch the Be Red Cross Ready ASL Video.

Social Security and SNAP Resources

This image explains how to get help from Social Security. It suggests using SSA.gov, calling 1-800-772-1213, or contacting a local office. Appointments can be scheduled if needed. In-person visits are recommended but not required. Visitors must wear masks and may need to wait outside. Only one helper allowed per visitor, and children are permitted. Some offices may be closed or appointment-only. For more info, visit www.ssa.gov/emergency. The notice ends with "Securing today and tomorrow" and includes contact info and social media icons.

Click the flyer above to learn more about getting help from Social Security.

A white flyer titled “Need help buying groceries? SNAP can help!” outlines the benefits and eligibility for SNAP. It highlights easy application, use in stores and online, and safety for non-citizens applying for eligible family members. It provides income limits and maximum benefits for households of different sizes. The flyer includes a QR code for online application, contact info (DTAConnect.com, 877-382-2363), and ways to apply (mail, fax, local kiosks, outreach partners, DTA offices). SNAP and DTA logos are at the top right.

Click the flyer above for SNAP information. 

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