Community Newsletter

April 14, 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.
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 have shared weekly tidbits of how PSD has contributed to society, and we hope you are enjoying traveling back in time with us and celebrating our school’s accomplishments.
In 1823, PSD started its Vocational Program, the first of its kind among schools for the deaf. This progr...See More

Throughout our school, we have many wonderful pieces of artwork that have been created by PSD students. Be...See More
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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We're calling on you to help get the word out about an upcoming blood drive for the Red Cross using the attached flyer. 
You can also feel free to sign yourself up here. Here are the quick details:
  • Date: Thursday, April 15
  • Time: 11am-4pm
  • Location: Girard College (2101 S College Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121)
  • Red Cross staff would be able to assist hearing impaired donors on the 15th if they were coming to donate blood.

All participating donors will also receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card via email as a thank you.

If you have any further questions about this opportunity, please contact Kristin McKale at

Global Citizen Staff

Virtual Undergraduate Openhouses
& Parent Webinars
March - June 2021

Summer Youth Webinars
Session 1: June 21-25   Session 2: June 28-July 2   Session 3: July 6-July 9
Monday, June 21, 2021 until Friday, July 9, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Sign up for the Got Skills?, Immerse into ASL, Deaf Youth Pride, or Deaf Biz webinars. Click here to learn more

Camp Catch Them Young 2021
From July 12-23, 2021, Gallaudet University, through the Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), will host the second iteration of Camp Catch Them Young, a program for college-bound deaf and hard of hearing high school students of color up to the age of 19. Similar to last year, this Camp will be virtual.
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

CDC and FDA have recommended a pause in the use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine in the United States out of an abundance of caution, effective Tuesday, April 13. 

City Stops Using Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Find Vaccine Sites - VaccineFinder
HHS Secretary Becerra Announces Reduced Costs & Expanded Access Available for Marketplace Health Coverage Under the American Rescue Plan

NEW Special Enrollment Period (SEP) is available
for anyone to sign up for health coverage at
Affortable Plans - Financial Assistance - Anyone can apply.
Coverage will begin the 1st of the month.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health's 
Vaccine Interest Form is now LIVE!
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.
Melissa A. Hawkins MS, MHR | Director
Phone & TTY: 800-233-3008 (PA only) | Phone & TTY: 717.783.4912 (V/TTY)
Feeling Through
A documentary with the 1st DeafBlind actor
to star in a film!
A homeless teen meets a deafBlind man at a bus stop who changes his life forever.
Hired! A monthly resource for job leads, training opportunities, and career advancement.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Philadelphia is in a modified ‘green phase’ of reopening. Physical PA CareerLink® Philadelphia Centers will remain closed at this time. For virtual services, please call 1-833-750-JOBS (5627) or email us at You can also visit our Career Seeker Virtual Resource Center. Click here for calendar of virtual events and workshops.
Scholarship Open to Graduating Deaf and Hard of Hearing High School Seniors- Deadline to Apply: May 14, 2021
TDI’s Communications Access Scholarship Program was set up to recognize the community volunteerism work that the graduating high school seniors who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened, or deaf-blind have contributed to. These students are recognized for their passion and capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. Read more
The Client Assistance Program (CAP) has moved its office to 101 Greenwood Avenue, Suite 470, Jenkintown PA 19046. The office is located only minutes from Center City Philadelphia and is close to major highways providing travel across Pennsylvania. We look forward to continue working with individuals with disabilities seeking services from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), Community Rehabilitation Programs and Independent Living Centers. Please do not hesitate to contact us. Our contact information has not changed. 
Stephen S. Pennington, Esquire, Executive Director, PaCAP
(215)564-2363(office), (267)615-6893(cell), (215)557-7112(fax)
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).

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.


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