Community Newsletter

September 27, 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


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
Philadelphia Chapter Black Deaf Advocates
Free Eye Care and Free Eyeglasses for Kids
Give Kids Sight Day  is celebrating its 10th anniversary! It's time to mark your calendars and help spread the word  about free eye care and free eyeglasses on Saturday, October 5th!

Children 17 and under in and around the Philadelphia area are invited to this FREE annual event for FREE eye care and eyeglasses.  Sight Day is geared towards kids who did not have or did not pass an eye screening this year. Registration takes place from 8:30am to 1:00pm at Jefferson Alumni Hall, 1020 Locust Street and features eye screening, a health fair, free books, snacks and more! No health insurance? No problem! All children are welcome. Walk-ins only, no appointment is needed! We do suggest families arrive early.   Did we mention this is a FREE day of eye care? . Flyers are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Hindi, Vietnamese, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Bengali.  

Check out the NEW PSD Alumni website

*Registration for Fall ASL Classes is now available!

Hello ASL Students!
We hope everyone has been enjoying their summer!

We're excited to announce that registration for our Fall ASL Classes is now open!   View the class schedule here  and  visit our (NEW!) website to register.   

If you have any questions, feel free to email our Education Coordinator, Tanya Sturgis, at .

We look forward to seeing you this fall!

* Literacy Program!  
DHCC now offers a program for reading and writing for Deaf individuals who want to improve their English. Contact Tanya Sturgis ( ) for more info!

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.
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
Cottman Ave. and Battersby Street

Deaf Community Mass:
11:15 AM on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in Lower Church (Except July and August) Confessions at 10:45 AM

Interpreted Mass:
11 AM on the 2nd, 4h and 5th Sundays in the Upper Church
(*Interpreted Mass –Every Sunday in July/August)

Lunch and ICDA Meetings:
On scheduled 1st Sundays of the Month after Mass in School Hall

Social Gathering:
3rd Sunday of each Month after Mass in School Hall

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