Community Newsletter

February 28, 2020


Peter Bailey, Head of School


Early Bird Registration Deadline: March 15, 2020
Adults - $10 Youth - $5
Note: Prices go up after March 15th.

Don't forget to select TEAM PSD 2020
Census 2020: Be Counted!

Do you have questions about why the 2020 Census matters to disabled people and older adults? Privacy concerns? Or questions about how the 2020 Census will be accessible?

DREDF, DO Network, and Rooted in Rights partnered to produce three videos to answer all these questions. Watch in English, ASL , or Spanish.


Fun to Have Fun
With  ACCESS Philly by Art-Reach
Vision for Equality
Wednesday March 4, 2020 - 7-8pm
718 Arch Street, 6 N, Philadelphia, PA 19106
This is a FREE event for individuals with disabilities and their families of all ages and will be provided in both English & Spanish!

Please register so we can ensure we have enough art supplies for everyone at the event! Register for the event here:
Registrations, questions or requests for ADA accommodations can also be emailed to:
Location is close to 8th Street Septa Station and Jefferson Station.
Street and Lot parking available.
In addition, attendance to this event also includes FREE admission to the newly renovated and new exhibits in the Penn Museum for all members of the deaf community and their families. DHCC will host the sign in table in the lobby of the Kress Entrance.
Please assist in inviting families and individuals to this annual Mass. Parish groups who wish to assist with the Mass or reception are asked to contact the Office for Persons with Disabilities. For more details  see the flyer  or to register  click  here.
The Annual Archdiocesan Mass Honoring the Gifts of Persons with Disabilities, The Deaf Community, Family, Friends and Caregivers  is  Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 10:30 a.m . at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul at 18 th  and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Archbishop Nelson Perez will be the principal celebrant and homilist. Villanova University Pastoral Musicians will provide the liturgical music. There will be a reception immediately following the Mass.   All are Welcome . To  RSVP,   click here  or call the Office for Persons with Disabilities at 215-587-3530 with the number attending.
Sr. Kathleen Schipani, IHM
Director , Office for Persons with Disabilities & Deaf Apostolate
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
222 N. 17 th  Street, Philadelphia PA 19103
215.587.3913 phone /267.507.1215 video phone
Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast
Saturday, March 21, 2020
We are looking for people to serve, clean tables, get things ready in the kitchen, etc. The event runs from 8:00-10:00, but volunteers should plan to arrive by no later than 7:45. This event pays for all of our activities the rest of the year long so please consider volunteering . If you are interested, please email me ASAP. Thanks! 
Maia Geiger -
April 14 - 18 2020
We are excited to announce that Deaf Rochester Film Festival (DRFF) 2020 will host Jr. DRFF Showcase in Rochester, NY! We invite deaf and hard of hearing students to send films they have created (can be from 2017 to 2020). The films will be shown at the festival at Rochester School for the Deaf on Wed., April 15, 2020, winners will be announced with prizes.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Deaf Rochester Film Festival Committee
Instagram:   @deafrocfilmfest
Facebook:   deafrocfilmfest

Check out the NEW PSD Alumni website

Special Announcement
While COVID-19 ("the Coronavirus") remains a source of concern, DHCC will be posting updates in ASL on Facebook and YouTube.

Campaign for Working Families has nearly 1,000 IRS certified volunteers that are able to provide FREE TAX PREP

Also, the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer FREE TAX HELP for taxpayers who qualify.
Lauren Alden
Independent Living Services Manager, Liberty Resources, Inc.
215-634-2000, Ext. 123
We've gone fine-free!
The Free Library of Philadelphia no longer charges fines for overdue materials. AND all existing overdue fines have been removed from patrons' library cards!

Have questions? Read our fine-free FAQ at , or give us a call at 215-686-5322. To view your Free Library account status, sign in at f .

P.S. Haven't used your online account recently? We can help you find your
library card number and your PIN at .

Grab your library card and come check us out !
Fraudsters pretending to be Social Security employees are phoning people of all ages.
Callers ask for retail gift cards or other items of value and issue threats if they don’t comply.

Sue Denny, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration
Regional Communications Office, 300 Spring Garden, Philadelphia PA 19123, 215-597-5521 (direct line), 215-597-1415 (fax)
"Did you earn less than $55,952 last year? Get up to $6,557 of it back!
If you are between 25 and 65 years old or have a qualifying child, you may be eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is is worth up to $6,557 per income tax return for eligible low- to moderate-income individuals and families.
Of the 181,000 Philadelphians who could receive a refund, almost 50,000 have not applied—leaving almost $125 million on the table. It’s worthwhile to apply—the average refund is $2,512.The EITC is not a City of Philadelphia program, but because it offers refunds for so many Philadelphians, the Department of Revenue is raising awareness of the EITC and putting resources into  free tax preparation. "  (Philadelphia County)

Wake Coffee Roasters, a deaf-owned coffee shop in Ambler, PA, is looking for people to work for them! They're looking for Deaf folks and people who know ASL!

Wake has teamed up with some of the finest, most passionate coffee enthusiasts to produce what they believe to be some of the highest quality single origin coffees on the market. They continue to work hard in order to further refine their products as well as offer one of the most educational coffee drinking experiences out there .
Just a click away......
Go to the  website to search for resources. For some immediate needs for the baby, go to the  Parenting resource  handout, and find a section entitled  Baby Supplies  Supplies , where you find info on a diaper bank, Cradles to Crayons and Cribs for Kids. 
Also, download the  myCOMPASS PA  app to see what your family is eligible for, contact  FREE Tax Prep from CW F to do your taxes and apply for the EITC, and learn about low cost  Amazon Prime for Medicaid/SNAP  where you can get discount diapers as well as food deliveries on their EBT card.

For Alternatives to Traditional High Schools for dad click  here , and Employment Opportunities for mom,  here. For daycare, they find the FreePreK info in their neighborhood,  here , and lastly, look up info for new homeowners  here, and so much more!

Sign up for Cap4Kids updates here so they don't miss any other opportunities by clicking here  and save Cap4Kids to home screens on phones.

Employment Position Available

Part time Employment Specialist
Fluent in ASL

VICKI JOY SULLIVAN , MA, CDI, Manager of Southern Region, Career Pathway Connections
Phone/VP: 609.536.4147, Celltext: 856.812.4887
603 North Broad St, 1 st  floor, Suite 210, Woodbury, NJ 08096
Enroll in free adult education classes in Community Schools
Enrollment is now underway for adult education classes beginning in January and February and ending in May.

Community Schools offer two types of adult education:
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) – reading, writing, and math
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • To enroll:Residents must be 16 or older
  • Residents must attend an intake session.

In 2020, DeafCAN! will celebrate ten years of being able to do wonderful and important work for the Deaf community. Each hour of service and each contribution is a stepping stone to help someone in our community cross troubled waters. Click below to learn more and how you can support these efforts.

New Art-Reach ACCESS Philly Card

For the first time ever, individuals with disabilities can purchase an ACCESS Philly Card directly from Art-Reach that allows them to receive $2 admission to over 50 museums, gardens, theaters and cultural sites throughout Greater Philadelphia. Each cardholder can bring three guests with them allowing up to 4 people to visit each time for $2 per person.

How it works: 
  • The card is $75 and valid for one year.
  • To be eligible cardholders must identify with having a disability.
  • To sign up, complete the form and pay the annual fee using a credit card. You will receive a renewal notification in 11 months from sign up date.
  • Note Art-Reach ACCESS Philly card is not affiliated with PA state benefits
Already have an ACCESS Card? You can continue using your PA State ACCESS Card to visit participating ACCESS Philly locations at the deeply discounted rate of $2 per person. The Art-Reach ACCESS Philly card does not replace your current PA State ACCESS Card. Instead, the Art-Reach ACCESS Philly card is suggested for anyone that identifies with having a disability but does not receive Pennsylvania state benefits.

Art-Reach ACCESS Philly card is coming January 1, 2020. Click here to visit  for more information.  Click here for the Art-Reach Calendar

Click ACCESS Philly below for more information on our ACCESS Philly program, including locations of all participating venues. 

Free Smoke Alarms and Installation for Philadelphia Residents
Adaptive and Traditional Alarms
The Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD) is giving away both traditional and adaptive smoke alarms and installing them in Philadelphia homes. An alarm should be located on each floor of your home.
What is an adaptive smoke alarm? Adaptive alarms warn individuals with hearing and/or visual impairments of a possible fire by shaking beds and activating strobe lighting. These alarms can cost 10 times the price of traditional smoke alarms, and the PFD is giving them away!
To request an alarm, call 311 or 215-686-1382. For more information, visit
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Consider a gift today to help PSD continue the important work we do for our
Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students.

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Combined Federal Campaign #87714
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