Community Newsletter

March 26, 2021


Peter Bailey,
Head of School
Masks in public spaces and when people cannot maintain social distancing are required. PSD will limit access for any nonessential visitors or volunteers, and cancel activities involving external groups or organizations until further notice.
Message from the Head of School
No Place for Hate

In light of the tragic shootings in Georgia, I would like to express PSD's solidarity with the Asian community. 

The violence in Georgia reflects an alarming increase against those of Asian heritage. As a school dedicated to preventing injustice, inequity, and racism in all forms, we condemn these acts of hatred. 

PSD is committed to "walking the walk" in our effort to ensure our school is a safe place that values and welcomes diversity in all forms. To do so, we must call out racism and sexism when it occurs, and acknowledge the damage it creates, so we can heal. 

PSD also remains committed to action. We have recently hired our Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, who will ensure PSD continues to model interactions with students and staff that support and embrace difference and acceptance of all of our diverse community members. 
Racism is NEVER tolerated here! 

Peter L. Bailey
Head of School 
March 13 - April 15, 2021

Deaf History Month is from March 13th to April 15th, and PSD would like to share just a few of the many moments of our school history that have impacted so many different communities over the years. We will share weekly tidbits of how PSD has contributed to society, and we hope you will enjoy traveling back in time with us and celebrating our school’s accomplishments.

In 1976,
PSD received the... See More on our facebook page
2021 George W. Nevil Award Recipient & Graduation Speaker

March 22, 2021

It is my pleasure to announce that Isidore Niyongabo is selected as our 2021 George W. Nevil Award Recipient. 

Isidore is currently the President of National Black Deaf Advocates, the founder and Executive Director of International Deaf Education, Advocacy, and Leadership (IDEAL), and Director of Human Resources at Convo Communications. Most recently, he was appointed for the second time to serve as the Co-chair for the 4th term of the Federal Communication Commission’s Disability Advisory Committee.  Read more........
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After closely monitoring the progression and recent trends of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 200th Anniversary Gala which was planned to take place this March 2021. read more.......
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ASL Resources for
Deaf Women's History Month
Enjoy these ASL resources for Women’s History Month and Deaf Women’s History Month, both celebrated annually in the United States during the month of March. Click here for more....
March 26, 2021
Deaf Social Group in American Sign Language, 2:00-3:00 PM. 

Socialize with old friends and meet new people. Discuss what is happening in the world. Learn about Deaf rights. This is a group for people who wish to interact through American Sign Language. Meeting will be by zoom and consumers can contact Igor by email to get the zoom invite. Email: or Call Igor 267-507-1178 (VP)

Virtual Undergraduate Openhouses & Parent Webinars
March - June 2021

The next webinar in the Gallaudet University Youth Programs Webinar Series is a follow up to their hugely successful COVID-19 webinar from last December. 

This webinar will be held on Monday, March 29th from 7-8pm via Zoom and will also be live-streamed on Facebook. If you need any accommodations, please feel free to include that information in the webinar registration form.
Click Flyer below to Register
Serving Families Using American Sign Language Through Tele-Intervention

Serving Families Using American Sign Language
Through Tele-Intervention 
March 29, 2021
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM 
Connection information will be sent 2 days prior to the session

Join us on Monday, March 29, 2021 for an overview of various apps, techniques, and programs that can be used to create resources and materials aimed to provide ongoing visual language access for young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Participants will see real examples of digital resources and strategies used with children from birth through age five for both individual and group sessions.  
This session will be presented in American Sign Language by Joanne Geppert and Janell Bunn. Voice interpreters will be provided. If you need any additional accommodations please indicate your need on the registration link at least 2 weeks prior to the webinar. Click here for more information
Topic: OVR Presentation
Time: Mar 30, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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PA Department of Labor & Industry Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

2021 DHH Summer Academy: Now Accepting Applications!
NEW! Brochure attached. Application deadline April 1st

for Deaf/Hard of Hearing & DeafBlind High School Students
Parent orientation July 8th - Virtual Academy July 12-22, 2021
Application - click here
For the letter with more information click here
Black Deaf Queer Pride Call for QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color)*: The curators (Teraca Florence, Najma Johnson, Earl Terry, and Felicia Williams) of Black is Black: Blackity AF are calling QTPOC Deaf artists to submit works for the next Black is Black: Blackity AF exhibition. 

Share your artwork about Black Pride or life as a QTPOC; works from all deaf or hard of hearing members of the African Diaspora who identify as queer or trans are welcomed. Pseudonyms are permitted. Submit by April 9, 2021 at
Nominate A Community
Leader Today!!
Better Hearing & Speech
Month Award!!
Dear Pennsylvania Residents,
Hamilton Relay, the contracted service provider of Pennsylvania Relay, is seeking your assistance in identifying candidates for the Hamilton Relay 2021 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award. We are looking for individuals who are hard of hearing, late-deafened or have difficulty speaking and who have been a positive influence in Pennsylvania, demonstrating commitment to volunteerism, leadership, advocacy and enhancing the lives of those around them. The award will be presented during Better Hearing and Speech Month in May. Is there someone you wish to nominate for 2021? 

A questionnaire is attached to assist in providing information about your candidate. Please send your nominations directly to me by April 9th via email, fax or by mail. My contact information is included in my signature below.
Sudan N. Bradley | Hamilton Relay

Camp Overbrook: In Sign 2021
PS:  For those in high school or college age there are some assistant positions available. Please go to and click leaders/assistants to apply.  Applications for work positions are due by April 15, 2021.

Deaf Catholic 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

New! From CDC:
 Find Vaccine Sites - VaccineFinder
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health's 
Vaccine Interest Form is now LIVE!
COVID-19 Vaccine Sign-up by Regional Counties
Click the county below for more information.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Applications accepted in April 2021.
PA Department of Labor & Industry
Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
NEW Informational Videos:

PA Department of Human Services Emergency Assistance Program - ODHH Email: - VP: 717-831-1928

Melissa A. Hawkins MS, MHR | Director
Phone & TTY: 800-233-3008 (PA only) | Phone & TTY: 717.783.4912 (V/TTY)
Melissa Draganac-Hawk, President, NAD

COVID-19: Video-Based Telehealth Accessibility for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients

for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Families
Tax Day for individuals extended to May 17: Treasury, IRS extend filing and payment deadline. Press release here.

Election Day is May 18, 2021

Deadline Alert: 05/03/2021 is the last day to register before the 05/18/2021 election. If you have any questions, please call 1.877.VOTESPA (1.877.868.3772).

Family Connections for
Language and Learning in Pennsylvania

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and the PA Department of Health have partnered for many years to support families who have an infant or toddler who is Deaf or has a hearing loss. The family support program used to be called “Guide By Your Side”. The program was redesigned to be an Affiliate Program of Parent to Parent of PA.  The new name is Family Connections for Language and Learning. Here is the link to the electronic brochure:

ASL Therapists in Philadelphia

Deaf Mental Health and Substance Use Resources
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Zoom adding automatic closed captioning
for all free accounts
Zoom plans to roll out support for automatic closed captioning to free accounts this fall as part of its efforts to make the service more accessible, the company has announced. If you’re a free account holder who needs access to the feature before then, Zoom is allowing users to manually request access to the Live Transcription feature via a Google Form linked to in its announcement.

Captioned Telephone Service Study
Many members of HLAA use a captioned telephone service, also known as internet Protocol (IP)-based Captioned Telephone Services (IP-CTS). The Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID) is seeking participants for an important study to assess current IP-CTS Telephone Services applications. This study is sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

QUALIFICATIONS: To qualify for participation, one must meet all of the following requirements: Be 18 years old or older. Be able to read English fluently. Have a hearing loss and use a hearing aid or cochlear implant
o  Use a standard telephone or a cell phone Or
o  Have used a captioned telephone

Have a computer with a web camera and an Internet connection
Are familiar with Zoom technology

COMPENSATION: $50 Amazon eGift Card sent by email
CONTACT: If you are interested in participating or have questions about the study, please contact: Donna Easton: by email and add “Phone Captioning” in the email subject line.
Rochester Institute of Technology, NTID Center on Access Technology
Announcement from the DC Area Black Deaf Advocates (DCABDA)
Hello Community, 
Social Security Administration (SSA) now has Deaf Customer Services representatives to assist Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. If you have any question or issue regarding Social Security, you can send an email with your name, email and VP number to:
One of the representatives will contact you on VP. The hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Pacific time).
PA Housing Finance Agency

Housing listing in the following counties:
Philadelphia, Lancaster, Allegheny, Franklin and Indiana

Disability Pride Virtual PA - June 21 - 30, 2021

The National Deaf Center
has a wide range of materials that are great for working with the deaf population. Please visit the website:

Serving Berks County and surrounding communities since 1989

Keep up with the latest updates from Abilities in Motion.
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All content can be translated into over 30 languages by clicking at the top of the page’s drop down and Cap4Kids is mobile friendly. Just download to your homepage.
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