Community Newsletter

May 11, 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.
On Tuesday, April 20, 2021 we celebrated
PSD's 201st birthday!

20% off EVERYTHING when you spend $60 or more
until August 1st 2021!


Check out at PSD Athletics 

(Pictured: Karen Leslie-Henry, Gina Procopio, PJ Mattiacci-FEMA)
Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you?

Simply follow the instructions below to select "Pennsylvania School for the Deaf" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. You can find it in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android.

How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
3. Select "Pennsylvania School for The Deaf" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

Thank you for your support!
PSD celebrates diversity and supports cultural awareness throughout the year. This month, as part of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we recognize, celebrate and uplift the many contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islanders to the PSD community and our country.
There are 22.2 million Americans of Asian descent and around 1.6 million Pacific Islanders in the United States, just over 6% of the total U.S. population! Asian and Pacific Americans are a very diverse group. Their cultural ties reach over 70 different countries! This celebration was first established by Congress in 1977. Back then, it was Asian and Pacific American Heritage (APAH) Week. President George W. Bush expanded it to a full month in 1990 – and has been reaffirmed by every president since. Read more.......
Free CDI Training opportunity. 50 hours of Knowledge Examination Prep.

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.
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

COVID-19 vaccine site at Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia with ASL and Deaf Interpreters until May 25, 2021!!
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health 


Vaccine appointments are available by calling 311 or online at
Appointments are available for anyone 16+ who lives or works in the City of Philadelphia. Many clinics will also take walk-ins. COVID vaccines are FREE.

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)
National Black Deaf Advocates
Isidore Niyongabo, President

Chauvin Case Verdict:
Justice - What next?

For the first time in recent history we are witnessing a resounding denunciation of police brutality upon the bodies of Black and Brown people. Read more.......
(click links below for more information)

215-981-3700 *
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.
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
Tax Day for individuals extended to May 17: Treasury, IRS extend filing and payment deadline. Press release here.

Election Day is May 18, 2021

If you have any questions, please call 1.877.VOTESPA (1.877.868.3772).

On May 18, 2021, all registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, will be able to vote on four ballot questions – including three proposed constitutional amendments. The Primary allows registered Democrats and Republicans to select nominees to represent their party in the November election.  


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Keep up with the latest updates from Abilities in Motion.
The National Deaf Center
has a wide range of materials that are great for working with the deaf population. Please visit the website:

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

FREE Food sites 
To sign up for Cap4Kids emails, click here 

  1. COVID RESOURCES (what else). Click here for ALL info . 
Vaccine... As of today anyone 16 and up can get the vaccine and lots of openings at the convention center. Click here for info 
Testing.. Still seeing spikes in COVID infections. Stay safe and get tested. Click here to find sites 
Funeral Assistance.  FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Click here for info. 
Rent. - Emergency Rental Assistance click here
Stimulus Check Info and FREE Taxes from CWF click here 
Lots more COVID specific resources here 

Teen Jobs- 12-24 year olds through Work Ready- APPLY NOW!!!!!!! Click here.
Extended School Info to decrease Summer Learning Lag along with the COVID Learning Slide. Click here for Summer 2021

GET OUTSIDE!!!- Safely explore Philly's Wonderful Parks and outdoor spaces here
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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We thank you for your support!

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