Community Newsletter

October 16, 2019
School News


Peter Bailey, Head of School
Come join us at the home games to cheer on our teams!
Panthers Soccer Schedule 2019-2020
Panthers Volleyball Schedule 2019-2020
For schedule updates, click the link below to our website

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

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 10:00am
Philadelphia Navy Yard, 4747 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA
Registration is FREE!
40% of our team's donations raised comes directly back to PSD!
For more information contact:
Karen Leslie-Henry,
Community Events

Check out the NEW PSD Alumni website

Arden Theatre Co.
40 N 2nd St - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
(215) 922-1122

CLICK HERE for Accessible Theatre Performance Calendar
O ctober 2019 - June 2020
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!

Following a campaign by numerous organizations in PA and an online petition on  with over 700 signatures, Governor Wolf proclaims October 2019 as Disability Action Month.
Philadelphia, PA September 9, 2019 – Disability Equality in Education (DEE) is excited to announce that PA Governor Wolf proclaims October 2019 as Disability Action Month. He writes, “I encourage all citizens to celebrate the history, employment, pride, and education of our friends and neighbors with disabilities.”
Disability Equality in Education, Disability Pride Philadelphia, Inc., PA Inclusive Higher Education Consortium, Liberty Resources, Inc., other organizations, and many allies have contributed to the vision of eradicating disability stigma and fostering celebrations within our communities.

Disability Action Month focuses on the ways in which the disability community can strengthen their identity through history, employment, pride, and education. Alan Holdsworth, Director of DEE said, “Here is a chance for all educators to bring disability into the conversation and use our website that we have designed for precisely this purpose. We thank the Governor for giving school districts a lead on this and look forward to working with educators to make this not just an empty statement but real action to combat the stigma of disability.”

Vicki Landers, President of DPP Inc. says, “Thank you Governor Wolf and your office for seeing the importance of Disability Action Month! We are putting a calendar of events together of all the happenings in Pennsylvania. If you have an event going on, please submit to me at , I will add to the Disability Action Month Calendar. We will post the calendar soon! Let's make this an annual event! We started a Facebook page,  Disability Action Month , for communities to share their events and keep mobilized.
Disability Equality in Education: (DEE) is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council to end the stigma of disability in Pennsylvania’s schools and colleges. DEE is affiliated with Disabled in Action (DIA). DIA is a civil rights organization committed to ending discrimination against people with disabilities. We embody the phrase “Nothing about us, without us” in the work we do with schools and colleges.
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.
FEMA Emergency Safety Tips PSA in ASL

CLICK HERE for Emergency Safety Tips PSA in American Sign Language

CLICK HERE for the FEMA Mobile App
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