Deaf Access Services
May 2016
DAS Insider
In This Issue
Board of Directors

Michael Cross

Vice President
Marie Bartolotta

Komani Lundquist

Patty Tadak

Dina Capizzi
Jeanette Grimaldi
Nanette Harmon
Sharon LeRoy
Deborah Long
Christina Manning
Sharon Manning
Kristin Miller
Evy Salvato-Rood
Aaron Saykin
Sue Wantuck
Marvin Wuest

Emeritus Members
Alice Guinane
Kathy Hoffman

Pamela Rohring

Executive Director
Sharon L. Hanson

DAS Staff
Stacey Allen
Bryant Brady
Carole DeRade
Lee Dray
Amy Heider
Marriam Kiani
Michael Lackey
Gloria Matthews
Andrea Russell
Petra Saunders
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Message From Board Member: 
Deborah Long

A few years ago, Deaf Access Services (DAS) was recruiting new members to join their Board of Directors. Former DAS Executive Director, Steve Lovi, mentioned my name as a prospective new member with the objective of expanding DAS' Board membership pool throughout the eight WNY counties. DAS already had a strong presence in Erie and Niagara counties, and adding Chautauqua County, which included, Jamestown, Fredonia and Oleans, would provide more exposure and awareness to DAS and its services. 
As President and Program Director for the Jamestown/Warren Deaf Club, former President and Newsletter Editor for the local SHHH, active member of both the Southwestern Association for the Deaf (SWAD) and Empire State Association for the Deaf (ESAD), and former Teacher of Lip Reading, I have been the 'local' point of contact for providing resources for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing people in the Jamestown area for many years.  I have conducted many basic sign language classes, medical sign language classes, and spoken to numerous groups about the various problems and situations Deaf and Hard of Hearing people encounter.  I am even listed in the Speaker Section of the WNY 211 system.  So joining DAS as a board member was a perfect match. I am currently in my second term.
DAS is working on adding new programs/services that will benefit everyone while increasing agency exposure throughout the counties. For example, the DAS presence in Chautauqua County has been slow but steady. We now have employers hiring candidates through DAS Employment Services. A DAS representative, Petra Saunders, held a seminar and demonstration about Video Interpreting Service (VRI), which would be especially useful in the remote areas of the county. Recently, Andrea Russell, DAS Community Advocate and Amy Heider, DAS Community Education Coordinator, attended our Deaf Club meeting to assist in compiling information for a survey that will help DAS determine what type of services are needed for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities, and then seek and apply for funding support.  And lastly, to gain a better understanding of DAS, their department coordinators, plan to attend one of the upcoming Jamestown/Warren Deaf Club meetings to introduce and explain the overall purpose and function of DAS and its various departments.
Granted, DAS has been struggling and striving to keep their services going but the staff and Sharon L. Hanson are doing a great job!!! 
I believe that working together, total communication, access, and education, are the best tools that DAS offers.  So let's use them wisely and continue to support our agency, Deaf Access Services.
Intern Experience Emma Weber

My name is Emma Weber and I am a Junior majoring in ASL-English Interpreting at Keuka College. Every year my school requires that we have a 140 hours learning experience through some type of internship. 

This year I decided that I wanted to do my internship at Deaf Access Services (DAS) in order to gain exposure to different signing styles, make more connections with the Buffalo Deaf Community, and to have a better understanding of the services that DAS offers.

After completing my internship with DAS I could not be happier!
I have learned so much about the Advocacy and Employment Departments, have had the chance to observe some wonderful interpreters and have made connections with the staff that I hope to keep in the future as I pursue a career in Interpreting.

I am so thankful that I was able to spend the last six weeks with this organization and to have been able to work with such a supportive staff. I truly have learned a lot and am looking forward to applying what I learned in future experiences.
DAS Message Board

Monday, May 31, 2016, we will be observing Memorial Day.  
Regular business hours, 9:00am - 4:00pm, will resume, on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
Day Trip to Toronto, Canada!

DYK: We have a Satellite Office!

Are you Deaf or Hard of Hearing, live in Niagara County, NY and looking for a job? Well, look no further! 
DAS' Employment Services now has a satellite office at Independent Living Niagara County (ILNC) located at 746 Portage Rd. Niagara Fall, NY. 
For an appointment, please contact: 
Andrea Russell:
Petra Saunders:
Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)
Can be used by:
Legal, Law Enforcement and Medical Professionals to communicate easier with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals

For more information please contact:
Petra Saunders:
Looking to become an Independent Contract Interpreter?
DAS is currently conducting
Interpreter Assessments

For an Assessment appointment, please contact:
Carole DeRade:  

Already a Certified Interpreter? Please contact:

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