Community Newsletter

October 20, 2022


Peter L. Bailey,

Head of School

October 2022

Click here for a special message from Peter L. Bailey

Thank you for your support!!

Two big events on October 1 (Community Day) and October 3 (4th Golf Outing) sadly were canceled due to extreme weather brought on by Hurricaine Ian. Hurricane Ian was a large and destructive Category 4 Atlantic hurricane, that was the deadliest hurricane to strike the state of Florida since the 1935 Labor Day hurricane. Ian caused widespread damage across western Cuba and the southeast United States, especially the states of Florida and South Carolina and damaging rain and wind traveled up the east coast through our region.

On October 1 the Homecoming soccer and volleyball games did go on. Although the girls volleyball game was forfeited, visiting team players from the MKSD Colts joined the RSD Wildcats for great practice games against the PSD Panthers. The boys soccer games were also able to be held outdoors on the field. 

Many thanks to all of the Community Day exhibitors, vendors, volunteers and supporters for your commitment to participate. We hope to reschedule Community Day in the Spring of 2023, so stay tuned.

As well, the 4th Golf Outing on October 3 had to be canceled as it was determined that morning the grounds were not playable. Some golfers did arrive and enjoyed a nice lunch and social afternoon.  

Many thanks to the sponsors and supporters of the 4th Annual Golf Outing as well. Your support enables us to continue our tradition of excellence in Deaf education for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Golf participants will receive the event give-aways including the golf polo shirt and we will surely contact you all for the 5th Golf Outing next Fall.

Carl Way Unity Day

Monday, October 3, 2022

On Monday, October 3rd, PSD celebrated Carl Way Unity Day to remember and honor our beloved colleague, friend, and family member, Carl Way.

Students and staff who had the privilege of working with Carl know he made everyone feel included and respected, and that he embraced people from all walks of life. The PSD community shared stories, sang, danced and smiled remembering Carl. Each year PSD celebrate the day by embrassing unity within the PSD community. We thank you Carl Way!!

On October 6 we had our Back to School Night on campus and in-person! It was wonderful to see over 30 families in person again for the event, learning more about our curriculum, our staff, our programs, and what we are teaching their child.

We can't wait to host Back to School Night for Preschool Programs on October 20.

In honor of Latino & Hispanic Heritage Month, we are celebrating the history, culture, influence, achievements, and contributions of Latino and Hispanic communities at PSD and throughout the world.

On Monday, October 17th, two special Hispanic/Latino/x guests, Lisa Montalvo and Danilo Torres, wrapped up the month by meeting with our students and staff. They read children’s stories about Hispanic traditions, gave presentations, and played traditional Hispanic games. Thank you, Lisa and Danilo!

PSD in the Community

Saturday, October 15 PSD exhibited at the Sims Fall Community Festival hosted by the Ed Snider Foundation and in partnership with Read By4th and the Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation. The event featured a book give-away, ASL interpreted story time, take-away arts and craft activities, resource organization information exhibitors, refreshments and, or course ice skating lessons! Big fun was had by all!

Sunday, October 16 we were at the HLAA Walk4Hearing event at the Philadelphia Navy Yard as an alliance sponsor. Vistitors to our table received mini ASL alphabet lessons and ASL related giveaways. We greeted families and children, and shared information about the school. Remember 40% of funds raised come back to PSD to support family engagement program for our students. CLICK HERE to donate to TEAM PSD 2022!

If you registered to walk and was not able to stop by our table, please let Karen know at We have a special thank you gift team members!

PSD Parent Groups are back!

Spaces still available! Looking for a high-quality pre-school that will prepare your child to grow, create, express themselves, and dream? PSD's Community Pre-School program offers a play-based program for hearing children ages 3-5. Our unique cultural-academic immersion curriculum pairs hearing children classes with Deaf/hard of hearing classes to create an authentic bilingual learning environment. We accept full or half day programs with available aftercare. Email us at, or call us at 215-951-4700, to learn more and sign up now.

Come Walk with Us this Sunday!



The Walk Against Hate

Sunday, October 23, 2022

at the Philadelphia Navy Yard

4747 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19112

8:30am   Registration Opens

8:30am - 12pm Festival Activities

10:00am - 11:15am Walk Against Hate

As an official NO PLACE FOR HATE school, join our efforts to combat bias and bullying, increase appreciation for diversity and build communities of respect.

Registration is now open!

FREE parking



The Walk Against Hate

Caminata en contra del Odio

Domingo, 23 de Octubre del 2022

en el Philadelphia Navy Yard

4747 S. Broad Street , Philadelphia PA 19112

8:30 a.m

Actividades del festival

10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Caminar contra el odio

Como Escuela oficial donde NO HAY LUGAR PARA EL ODIO únase a nuestros esfuerzos para combatir los prejuicios y la intimidación, aumentar el aprecio por la diversidad y construir comunidades de respeto.

La inscripción ya está abierta!

estacionamiento GRATIS


During ESY this past summer, Family Connections invited the Family Resource Center to collaborate on a virtual storytime for families and their D/HH children (who are in Early Intervention in the state of PA).  Please check out their amazing ASL translation of Eric Carle's From Head to Toe:

"From Head to Toe" in ASL


PSD is hiring!

We are currently seeking staff to join our dynamic team. At PSD, you will never stop growing. Plus, you simply cannot beat Philadelphia's culture and community?

Check out the employment opportunities at the link below.

Please apply:

Join the PSD Community
as a Volunteer!

The PSD Volunteer Program is ready to welcome new and re-connect with previous volunteers! Join or re-join our team to support the programs and activities of the school. Volunteer opportunities include support in classrooms (pre school through high school), in student service departments (speech, physical therapy, etc.), the library, Family Resource Center, special projects, community events, and more. Applications, PA State clearances and proof of COVID vaccination are required. Flexible schedules. American Sign Language (ASL) skills a plus!

Contact Karen Leslie-Henry, Community Relations Manager at for more information and to request an application.
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We’re excited to announce that Signs of Communication, LLC and the American Society for Deaf Children are partnering to create a social-emotional learning video series. 

This is a series of video episodes (each approximately 10-15min) that shows how families learn to solve their problems and achieve their goals. The episodes focus on four different families who have deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) children and communicate with American Sign Language (ASL) and English. During each episode, the kids “break the 4th wall” in order to include the audience, breaking down more complicated vocabulary and asking questions about their viewer’s life.

We are seeking volunteer actors to be involved in this project! You must be local to the Washington, D.C. area or willing to travel to the Washington, D.C. area. Volunteers will receive a gift card & special surprise for their time. We hope to film in December, either on a weekend or during winter vacation. The exact dates will be determined when we have selected actors.

Although the roles indicate gender, we are open to changing these to fit the right actors, including LGBT families, so feel free to pick any character you are interested in auditioning! Have an idea for a character that’s not listed? Feel free to contact us at 

                              SIGN UP TO AUDITION TODAY!

October 2022 Newsletter

Liberty Lite in ASL click Here

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Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities Fall 2022 Newsletter  (


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OCTOBER 20 - 22, 2022

We want to know more about what it’s like to live as an individual in Pennsylvania who is deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or blind. So, you are invited to tell us your story!

In-person sessions, focused on sharing your experiences, hosted by the Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing.

Your stories & experiences will help us gain a better understanding of the communities we serve and use your stories in our future planning and advocacy!

WHEN  Friday, October 21st, 12:00 pm to 5:00pm

WHERE In-person only

DHCC Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre

630 Fairview Rd # 100, Swarthmore, PA 19081

ACCOMMODATION  Cart & ASL interpreters will be available; Tactile interpreters by request.  Accommodation requests must be received by October 7th to

Registration now open for ASL classes at DSD!

by Ms. Mary Hicks

Kelli Adasko is the new Family & Community ASL Coordinator.

We are back in-person! Only one 10-week session this school year.

2022-2023 DATES:

October 13, 20, 27

November 3

January 19, 26

February 2, 9, 16, 23

ASL class info HERE

Pay w/ credit card HERE

Email for more info or questions.

Thank you!

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is excited to announce the second annual publication of the Resource Guide for Supporting Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Individuals.
This Guide can be found at: 
For questions, email
Get connected to our most-requested resources for housing,
utilities, food, employment and expenses, health, and mental health.

View the full list of our resources for PA on our search page.

To get help from a resource navigator, text your zip code to 898-211 or dial 211.

YouTube link for PA 211:

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Smart Homes Made Simple: Your Guide to Smart Home Technology, 2nd Edition

We are excited to announce the release of the brand new edition of our guide, Smart Homes Made Simple: Your Guide to Smart Home Technology, 2nd Edition. This guide was written to help people with disabilities, older adults, and their families learn to successfully integrate smart home technology into their homes and their lives.

“Smart home technology is one of the best resources for people with disabilities so they can live safely and more independently in a home of their own. These devices also help people perform everyday activities, thrive in employment, school, and in their communities," says PATF’s CEO, Ben Laudermilch.

Smart home technology can help with:

  • Connecting with friends and family
  • Turning on and off the lights
  • Setting reminders and alarms
  • Checking in with a caregiver
  • Locking and unlocking the door
  • Using telehealth services and health monitoring
  • Changing the TV channel or turning on music
  • And more!

We hope this new edition of our guide will help you explore smart home technology, develop a framework to choose your technology, and build a team who can support you in achieving your goals.

In addition to the digital version in English (508-compliant PDF), the guide is also available as a printed booklet.

You can request a printed copy of the latest edition of our guide at

New Video About Smart Home Technology

Download the Guide

The 2021-2022 issue of Odyssey magazine is now available in print and online!


Check it out


We look forward to hearing about what transformative practices are working for you and/or your programs and families!  Contact with any questions or feedback about the issue

McDonald’s Collaborates with the World’s First Sign Language Rap Artist to Promote Inclusivity and Understanding

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This module is designed to provide participants with resources to increase their awareness of the ethnic and cultural diversity within the deaf community; and that there is not “one” deaf community but rather many. This module examines identity and intersectionality among deaf people from lived experiences of deaf people. This is designed for anyone who wants to engage with deaf people. It provides participants with fundamental knowledge of identity and intersectionality as well as some tools to engage with deaf people.


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