Community Newsletter

November 6, 2020

Peter Bailey,
Head of School
Go Panthers!!

DATE: Tuesday 11.10.2020
TIME: 7pm-8:30pm EST
CEUS: 0.15 PS 
FEE: Free 
*Panel discussion will be conducted in American Sign Language ONLY*

Workshop Description:
This webinar brings together interpreters from NJ and the NYC Metro area to share their experiences interpreting in healthcare during this pandemic. Sign Language Resources (SLR) and Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Sign Language Interpreting Program have collaborated on an opportunity for panelists to engage in a discussion about how interpreting services in medical settings have been impacted by the pandemic. Panelists will have an opportunity to discuss the challenges as well as emerging best practices. 

The learning objectives
Attendees will be able to:
Identify how hospital policies have changed and continue to change in the face of a pandemic and its impact on the work of interpreters.
Identify how to continue to maintain positive patient-interpreter relationships during this time. 
Identify best practices for interpreting on site during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eileen Forestal, PhD, RSC, Deaf interpreter, interpreter teacher
Saadia Khan, NIC, Staff Interpreter, Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Donna Lee, MA, NIC, Staff Interpreter, Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Maria Towe, CT, MPH, Staff Interpreter, Mount Sinai Beth Israel 
Neerja Vasishta, NIC, M.R.P., freelance interpreter
Learn about the PA ABLE Savings Program!
Free webinar for individuals with disabilities, families and professionals.

A PA ABLE Savings Program account gives individuals with qualified disabilities (Eligible Individuals), and their families and friends a tax-free way to save for a wide range of disability-related expenses while maintaining government benefits. The state and federal tax-free investment options are offered to encourage Eligible Individuals and their families to save private funds to support health, independence, and quality of life.

To help you learn about the important features and benefits of PA ABLE, the Pennsylvania Treasury Department is hosting free webinars.

Some of the topics that we will discuss include: eligibility requirements for opening a PA ABLE account, the federal and state tax benefits of PA ABLE, and how PA ABLE account interacts with current benefits.

**ASL interpreter scheduled for Tuesday, Nov 10th


Employers and HR professionals can participate in an overview webinar about the PA ABLE program, learning:
  • What PA ABLE is
  • Who is eligible
  • How employees use accounts
  • How to set up payroll deduction

Offer PA ABLE Savings Program to Your Employees For FREE:
ASL Story Time & Author Chat:
Can Bears Ski?

Monday, November 16, 2020
7:00-8:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for our first ASDC Story Time!

Edna Johnston will signs the story Can Bears Ski, followed by a lively chat with author Raymond Antrobus.  

Everyone registered will receive a copy of the book, scheduled to be released on the day of this event.

Don’t miss out – space is limited!

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The Salvation Army Christmas Assistance program is available to accept applications for assistance. 

To apply for the general Christmas assistance program, please go to and input your zip code. For families without internet or smartphone access, please call your local Salvation Army.

El programa de Asistencia de Navidad del Ejército de Salvación está disponible para aceptar solicitudes de asistencia. 
Para solicitar el programa general de asistencia navideña, visite e ingrese su código postal. Para las familias que no tienen acceso a Internet o teléfonos inteligentes, llame a su Ejército de Salvación local.
PHILADELPHIA — The City of Philadelphia launched “PHL Disability Access,” a public feedback process to gather input from Philadelphia residents on the City’s draft ADA Transition Plan. The draft plan focuses on Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

A public comment period for the ADA Transition Plan will run
October 15 - November 15, 2020.
Feedback accepted from Thursday, October 15, 2020 to Sunday, November 15, 2020. Residents can review the draft plan online, then complete a PHL Disability Access feedback form or leave their comments via voice message by dialing 215-686-2160.

Following the public comment period, the City will hold two PHL Disability Access virtual public meetings on November 17 and 19. Details, will be posted to the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities website.
Good News: CDC temporary halt in residential evictions
Effective through December 31, 2020, there is a temporary halt against residential evictions of persons earning no more than $99,000 a year to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

SIGN VOTE 2020 is designed to help inform and increase voter engagement among the deaf community throughout the 2020 elections, SignVote is a nonpartisan platform that spotlights and features accessible voter content and resources made available in American Sign Language (ASL).
The National Deaf Center has a wide range of materials that are great for working with the deaf population. Please visit the website:

Hamilton Relay is available at no cost, 24 hours a day, every day – making it possible for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking to communicate over the telephone.
We invite you to register for PA Relay/PA Captioned Telephone Relay Statewide Webinar
Nov 10, 2020 11:00 AM EST at:
Nov 17, 2020 11:00 AM EST at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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Sudan N. Bradley | Hamilton Relay
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conversations. It dials, rings, and works just like a regular phone.
• Easy to use
• Captions turn on or off as needed
• Captioned voice messages included
• No cost if you have hearing loss and need captions to use the phone efficiently

Do you have trouble hearing on the phone? You may be eligible for no-cost telephone captioning from CaptionCall.

ASL Interpreted Facebook videos | 877-557-2227
PA Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Melissa A. Hawkins MS, MHR | Director
PA Department of Labor & Industry | Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
1521 North 6th Street | Harrisburg, PA 17102
Phone & TTY: 800-233-3008 (PA only) | Phone & TTY: 717.783.4912
Fax: 717.783.4913,
PA Department of Human Services
Emergency Assistance Program
Has your family lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
Apply for emergency assistance at

Kids Stories Collection on Deaf Professional Arts Network - The Sign Language Channel (website and app offering signed and closed captioned news and entertainment videos)
Melissa Draganac-Hawk, President, NAD


ASDC ASL Stories Directory!
Click here to link to the ASL Stories Directory


COVID 19 Resources for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Families


The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management (PhilaOEM) has a text alert system all about COVID-19. Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone. Message and data rates may apply.


Cap4Kids Updated Link to the website for services and resources including food, housing, utility, self care, etc.

FREE baby supplies and the recently developed Access Centers for families with K-6th grade students whose parents work outside the home. Click here.  Fill out the Access Center registration interest form online, or call (215) 709-5366 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Locations click here

As always, to sign up for Cap4Kids emails, click here:
Catholic Deaf Philly
Our Daily Hope – Vlog Reflection

Sr. Kathleen Schipani, IHM
Director, Office for Persons with Disabilities & Deaf Apostolate
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
222 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia PA 19103
215.587.3913 phone /267.507.1215 video phone

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