Community Newsletter

January 27, 2020


Peter Bailey, Head of School
PSD Winter Homecoming 2020
P SD Gymnasium
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
100 W. School House Lane, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19144

Girls Basketball game at 1:00 PM
Boys Basketball game at 2:30 PM

Admission cost $5.00
(Proceeds benefit the Athletics Program)
Come join us at the home games to cheer on our teams!

Girls & Boys Basketball
November 2019 - February 2020
For schedules, click the link below to our website
Click here to print schedule
Go Panthers!!!
PSD Spaghetti Dinner
& Dessert Silent Auction

Friday, February 21, 2020

5:30pm - 6;30pm Spaghetti Dinner
6:30pm Silent Auction

PSD 100 W. School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144
Maguire Student Center
Adults $8
Children - FREE (PSD Students & Children under 18)
Dinner includes spaghetti, sauce, salad, bread & beverage

Desserts Invited for the Silent Auction!
Contact Kristen Dieffenbacher -


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
Interested in being an exhibitor at this event? Want to learn more? Contact Karen Leslie-Henry at or 215-754-4772 Voice, 267-331-4349 VP
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.

Check out the NEW PSD Alumni website

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.
Hello ASL Students!

Registration is now open for our Winter ASL Classes! Classes will begin at the end of January and run for 10 weeks.  Click here to view the brochure  with all class information and  visit our website to register ! If you have any questions, please contact our Education Coordinator, Tanya Sturgis, at .

We hope you have a safe and Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year! Looking forward to seeing you at a class in 2020!

Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre
630 Fairview Road, Suite 100
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081, US
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. 

Notice: Housing Unit Available
Park View at Cheltenham
1990 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
Montgomery County, 62+ Community
Effective February 1, 2020 Park View at Cheltenham will have a hearing/ vision unit available.
The apartment information is as follows:  
  • First floor 
  • 1 bedroom, 1 bath
  • rent $750.00 plus electricity (everything in the apartment is electric)
The requirements for the apartment are as follows:  
  • Applicant(s) be 62 years of age or older
  • Satisfactory results from credit and background check
  •  A gross annual income that does not exceed the property's 50% income limit of $31,550.  
Please contact Danyell Lewis, Property Manager, with any questions or for an application.  The contact number is 215-572-4490 or email . Thank you.
2020 Summer Youth Camps at Gallaudet University
We're thrilled to be able to share information about the 2020 Summer Youth Camps at Gallaudet University. Registration is now open for all of our camps. Please feel free to share this information with anyone at your school/program including students, teachers, and families. O ur Summer Youth Camps are designed for middle and high school students up to the age of 19. Our programs provide stimulating summer learning and experiential opportunities that blend excitement, education, and enjoyment in a bilingual environment rich in cultural diversity and located just minutes away from the U.S. Capitol.  Registration for our camps will open on October 1st, 2019 and the last day to register is Friday, May 1st, 2020. Five different camps run June 20 - 27 and June 28 - July 5. 
Padlet – Online Bulletin Board
for D/HH Resources
This free application was utilized to create an online bulletin board to accumulate resources relevant to families of children with hearing concerns and the professionals who work with them.
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.

United Way #737
Combined Federal Campaign #87714
or click below.

We thank you for your support!

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