Community Newsletter

November 12, 2019
School News


Peter Bailey, Head of School
Come join us at the home games to cheer on our teams!

Girls & Boys Basketball
November 2019 - January 2020
For schedules, click the link below to our website

Go Panthers!!!
Fall/Winter 2019/2020
Ontono/Invierno 2019/2020
Parent Support Groups
Grupo de Apoyo para Familias

Sessions October 16, 2019 - February 22, 2020

Saturday Sessions for Hearing Parents of Young Deaf/Hearing Children
English and Spanish Schedule & Sign up Flyers Click here

Wednesday Sessions for Deaf Parents of Young Deaf/Hearing Children
English and Spanish Schedule & Sign up Flyers Click here
Community Events
News Flash!
Santa will be there from 1:00 to 2:00pm!!!
Families with children up to 4th grade welcome!
Please RSVP to Philadelphia Chapter Black Deaf Advocates at or
you can click GOING in the PCBDA Facebook page December 14 Event Post.
Reply by December 7,2019
Please share with your friends and family!

Check out the NEW PSD Alumni website

Salvation Army 2019 Christmas Assistance Program
Do you know of someone who may need assistance this holiday season? Here is information on the Salvation Army Christmas Assistance program for 2019. Contact the local Salvation Army (listed by zip code) and ask when they will start accepting applications, which days, and what information to bring (for example, birth certificate, utility bill, etc.).
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.
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. 
NEW! Parent Advocacy App
A collaboration between the National Association of the Deaf - NAD, Gallaudet University Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, American Society for Deaf Children, and Hands and Voices.

The Parent Advocacy: D/HH app helps you to understand your child’s rights and prepares you to work with the school in the best interest of your child.
For more information, visit: 
Search “parent advocacy: d/hh”
on Google Play or the Apple App Store
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
Take NDC's New Course: Deaf 101
The  National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes  (NDC) launches  Deaf 101 . Deaf 101 is a free online short course designed to provide basic knowledge and tools necessary to communicate effectively with deaf individuals, especially in educational and professional settings.

The course is designed to support a wide variety of people: ASL students & teachers, teachers of deaf students, as well as professionals working with deaf coworkers in the workplace and those working with deaf students in educational settings, such as counselors, transition specialists, disability service professionals and so on.

In addition to Deaf 101, NDC offers families and professionals  a full array of resources that support those working with deaf people , designed to empower people with the tools necessary to support #DeafSuccess.
Please forward this email to those you think may benefit from this free course!
PA ACCESS Admission Program
Discounted admission to local attractions!
This program allows individuals with a PA ACCESS Card to attend 36 local museums, gardens, and other cultural sites for just $2! Up to 4 people can enter for $2 each with one access card. For more information check out: 
Locations include: Franklin Institute, Please Touch Museum, Natural Academy of Science, Longwood Gardens, Constitution Center, and many more! Complete list at:
The City of Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) offers resources, services and advocacy through a strong partnership with a network of healthcare providers to help people, whether they are uninsured or under-insured, lead a fulfilling life in a supportive community free of stigma.

CLICK here for access to the many valuable human services provided by DBHIDS.
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Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students.

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Combined Federal Campaign #87714
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We thank you for your support!

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