Thank you for your response. We appreciate the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s effort of keeping communication accessible by having "licensed" ASL interpreters who were volunteers at the event. We also do understand the mission in providing hearing aids for those who have various hearing levels. Please know that the Deaf community does not use the term “hearing loss”.
It appears that you have not entirely read our letter, and have overlooked the important points including our invitation for us to meet and explore how we can establish a marketing strategy promoting the healthy whole Deaf child without resorting to inspiration porn. CAD wishes to pursue a discussion with Starkey Foundation about the issues listed in our letter, so we can have a win-win situation for everyone involved.
We received your letter before The Daily Moth released their interview with our CAD officers. The youtube link below is for you to view. Please click on the bottom right corner to click “CC” to read captions. This is to ensure that everyone at Starkey has access to the interview.Perhaps the interview will give you an insight of what issues we have.
“California Association of the Deaf’s concerns with Starkey Hearing Foundation”
We believe that Starkey is capable of providing positive experiences during media events such as the most recent Super Bowl 50 where free hearing aids were given out. Starkey can also expound Deaf people's human rights to language acquisition and quality of life. That is our aim.
Please contact us to make an appointment for an in-person meeting to start exploring creative ways to establish the right messaging for the families of Deaf children.
Recently Julie Rems-Smario, current CAD President, sent a letter listed below to Patrick O'Donnell, chair of the Appropriations Committee, urging him to support SB 210. Please show your support by sending an email to Misty.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send your email today!
RE: SB 210 (Galgiani): Special Education: Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: Language Milestones – SUPPORT, as amended
Honorable Assembly Patrick O’Donnell State Capitol P.O. Box 942849 Room 4166 Sacramento, California 94249-0070
Dear Honorable Assembly Patrick O’Donnell, Chair of Appropriations,
As you know, SB 210 passed the Senate floor earlier this summer. On behalf of the California Association of the Deaf (CAD), a statewide advocacy organization serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals of California, we are proud to be one of the sponsors of SB 210, as amended. I urge you to lend support to SB 210 and vote for it.
We support SB 210 because, currently, a significant proportion of approximately 4,000 Deaf children between the ages of 0-5 have minimal to no language instruction and arrive at kindergarten with inadequate and delayed language development. This makes it extremely difficult for them to achieve academic success and social and emotional growth. It is time to end this tragic statewide epidemic with accountability.
SB 210 enforces language milestones in ASL and English during each Deaf and Hard of Hearing child’s first five years to ensure they are on track to be acadmically and socially ready for Kindergarten. We all support this bill because we want children to be academically and socially ready for Kindergarten at the age of five.
Deaf children have the same capability for learning language as their hearing peers BUT they must be provided the support and access they need during the critical period for language development and that takes place from infancy through early childhood. The delays caused by language are, unfortunately, a common problem that is not addressed by the various professionals working with Deaf and hard of hearing infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.
Language acquisition is a basic human right to ensure that all Deaf babies and toddlers have full access to acquiring a language and experience the same milestones as their hearing peers. It is a very basic human right taken for granted by those with full access to language.
Please support SB 210 and provide a healthy access to language development to all Deaf children in California. This bill will save lives.
2) CAD sample letter to send to Assembly Education Committee
3) List of Assembly Education Committee members' contact info
CAD Logo- Light blue Circle with dark blue letters CAD inside. Outside of the logo, black letters: "California Association of the Deaf 1906” The subtitles below CAD logo says “CAD’s Update about SB 210 President Julie Rems-Smario"
Julie Rems-Smario appears with title below "SB 210 Update- Assembly Education Committee (she is a white woman with short light brown hair and brown eyes. She is wearing a black blouse with silver earrings and a silver necklace with red beads and a silver pendant with the design of the sun and the moon. She has a silver cuff on her right hand and a black and gray wrist brace on her left hand but the viewing is reversed so it seems like the left hand has the silver cuff and the right hand has the wrist brace. In the background is a white wall with a white pocket door. Behind Julie is an abstract painting with rustic yellow frame.
"Hello! I have the latest update about SB 210. This bill with go to the Assembly Education Committee on Wednesday, July 15th. It is imperative that this Monday & Tuesday, which is July 13th and 14th, CAD needs your support, which is time sensitive. Send emails and/or call to eight members of Assembly Education Committee, seven are Assembly Members and one is their Assembly Education Committee Assistant, and let them know why this bill is important. It will create accountability during the first 5 years of each Deaf child’s life to ensure they have LANGUAGE ACQUISITION. You can make a difference. This bill will be historical… it was passed by both the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee. Then this bill also passed on the Senate floor with unanimous voting from all 40 State Senators with their full support for this bill. Now this bill is at the Assembly Education Committee. We need your support ASAP which is this Monday and Tuesday. There is a contact information list to reach out to the Assembly Members on the Assembly Education Committee including their email addresses and phone numbers you can use to contact them. The list is posted below this vlog. Additionally, we posted a sample of CAD’s letter that you copy and tweak as your own to send to the Assembly Members. Thank you for your support. You are the reason why SB 210 has gotten this far. It WILL arrive on the Governor’s desk because of YOU! Thank you very much! (Julie uses the “thumb up” sign).
Green background shows up with white letters “#supportSB210 #LEAD-K. It fades into a black background with white banner. The banner has black letters, “www.CAD1906.org, Visit CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF on Facebook"
As you know, SB210 passed the Senate floor. On behalf of the California Association of the Deaf (CAD), I urge you to lend support to SB210 and vote for it.
Basically, SB210 requires the state’s Department of Education to assess, monitor, and track the language development of Deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children with an IFSP (Individual Family Service Plan) or an IEP (Individual Education Plan). We support SB210 because, currently, a significant proportion of approximately 4,000 Deaf children between of the ages of 0-5 have minimal to no language instruction and arrive at kindergarten with inadequate and delayed language development. This makes it extremely difficult for them to achieve academic success and social and emotional growth. It is time to end this tragic statewide epidemic with accountability.
SB210 enforces language benchmarks in ASL and English during each Deaf and Hard of Hearing child’s first five years to ensure they are on track to be academically and socially ready for Kindergarten. We all support this bill because we want children to be academically and socially ready for Kindergarten at the age of five. Deaf children have the same capability for learning language as their hearing peers BUT they must be provided the support and access they need during the critical period for language development that takes place from infancy through early childhood.
The delays caused by language deprivation are a common problem that is not addressed by the various professionals working with Deaf and hard of hearing infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families. Language acquisition is a basic human right to ensure that all Deaf babies and toddlers have full access to acquiring a language and experience the same milestones as their hearing peers.
It is a very basic human right taken for granted by those with full access to language. Please support SB210 and provide a healthy access to language development to all Deaf children in California.
Hello everyone! Deaf children of California need your SUPPORT to end language deprivation. SB 210 demands accountability for language acquisition.
SB 210 is CAD-sponsored bill to mandate language acquisition accountability for all Deaf children between the ages of 0 to 5 to make sure acquire language during their first five years which is instrumental for them to be Kindergarten-ready. Next week the bill will be going to the Senate Appropriations Committee and we need your to send your letters of support. You will find a sample letter you can use to send letters of support to the following SIX members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, send to each one individually. Deaf children need your support!
Please send your letters of support for SB 210 to the Senate Appropriations Committee TODAY or no later than May 27th!!! READ below on how you can make a difference. Please feel free to contact me if you have any question. JulieSmario@gmail.com.
RE: SB 210 (Galgiani): Special Education: Deaf Children: Language Benchmarks – SUPPORT, as amended
Dear Senator ______________:
As a resident of California, I support SB 210 bill to ensure that deaf children arrive at school with appropriate language development and Kindergarten-ready. A significant number of the approximate of nearly 4,000 Deaf children currently between of the ages of 0-5 in California arrive at Kindergarten with inadequate language development necessary to achieve the academic competencies and social emotional growth. This bill would require the state Department of Education to monitor and track the language development of Deaf children, with hearing levels that range from hard of hearing to profoundly deaf, through their IFSP (Individual Family Service Plan) or IEP (Individual Education Plan) from birth to the age of five.
Deaf children have the same ability and capability to learn language as their hearing peers. The ability and right to develop one's language is central to the human experience and a necessary prerequisite to literacy, cognitive, emotional, linguistic, academic, and social growth. Without language, there can be no education. The delays caused by language deprivation are a common scenario for which there are no accountability from the professionals working with the Deaf infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families. It is high time that California instills accountability in the education of Deaf pupils and focuses on language development using benchmarks during the child’s first five years to ensure they are Kindergarten-ready for academic success.
For these reasons, we encourage our Senate Appropriations Committee to fully to support SB 210, as amended.Deaf children in California need you!
This is to let you know that the CAD Board is meeting on November 15 at CSUN. The meeting will not be open to the public.
CAD met with communities in Sacramento, Orange County, and San Diego. Those three meetings were great because people expressed concerns, participated in discussion of priorities, and helped the CAD Board formulate our 2015 goals.
So, we will be meeting as a Board to decide our priorities for 2015. After the meeting, we will post our priorities and will have our Statewide meeting in the new year. Be on the lookout for Statewide CAD meeting dates and locations!
CAD responds to Thomas Bone's letter-- NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US-
Dear Mr. Bone:
Thank you for the response to the August 25, 2014 email from California Association of the Deaf. We would like to meet with you and discuss your response to our concerns about your new Parent’s Guide to Hearing Loss.
CAD launched an awareness campaign about the epidemic of language-deprived Deaf children in California a couple of weeks ago. We do not understand why you would not want to work with us who are more knowledgeable about our own issues.
While we understand that your program is mainly focused on 0-5 Deaf children and catered toward their families, we are looking at your program and policies as one of the causes of language-deprived Deaf children (0-5) and students K-12. We are working hard to change this nationwide crisis by making research information & resources and evidence-based principles about ASL and English to the parents of Deaf babies. Your office as a state government entity for providing information and services to Deaf babies and families should be concerned about this crisis.
Because of our shared concerns, the California Department of Education in 2010 funded an all-inclusive parental effort to develop the Parent Resource Guide (PRG). The PRG guide is the most balanced one you can find anywhere in the nation, and it includes a comprehensive section on Hearing Loss. Furthermore, your department added the Parent’s Guide to Hearing Loss to Systems of Care Division/DHCS website yet I cannot find the Parent Resource Guide (PRG) anywhere on your website.
May we remind you of the letter you wrote to Sheri Farinha, CEO of NorCal Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing back in September 2013 where you wrote:
“…Once we have a comprehensive compilation, clinical staff here, including physicians and audiologists, will review the materials for medical, programmatic and ethical appropriateness, and we will then disseminate these materials to HCCs…Further, we believe that an all-inclusive collection of materials will allow parents to make the most informed decision. (words bolded for emphasis). In CDE’s letter to you on July 28, 2014, they told you two things:
“…(your HCC) packet was not reviewed by important stakeholders;” and “…the information is not consistent with information distributed by CDE.”
CAD supports CDE’s position that the information in both CDE’s and DHCS’s guides are conflicting and will only add to the confusion of new parents. And, more importantly, the information on American Sign Language (ASL) is grossly inaccurate, inappropriate, and incomprehensive.
California’s Early Identification Program is to work with specific entities and stakeholders. Therefore the information should be streamlined, and the goal for all services should be language acquisition. In the case of Deaf babies and their families in California, this means both ASL & English.
Let us outline our issues once again:
1. The MAJOR issue of Deaf babies is not the lack of their hearing but the LACK of a visual language. This issue is already addressed in the Parent Resource Guide (PRG). 2. Thus, as the families’ first contact, the hearing professionals have an ethical responsibility to discuss with the families the importance of both languages, ASL & English. 3. The audiologists are focused only on the speech mechanics of the English language rather than on the acquisition of the English language. 4. The audiologists are NOT qualified to discuss language development with families of Deaf babies. 5. The audiologists are not trained on language development of Deaf babies. 6. Parents are NOT getting unbiased, appropriate, and accurate information about American Sign Language and English.
You as the Chief of California Statewide Programs Section have a greater responsibility to respond to a stakeholder group who has been directly and deeply affected by the hearing and speech policies of the California Audiology Association. The group that worked with you to develop the Parent’s Guide to Hearing Loss has a myopic agenda than the Deaf Stakeholders.
We need to expand the usual and myopic concerns of “hearing loss” to include the fact that most of our DHH children arrive at kindergarten without adequate language and social development, which are symptoms of language deprivation. This is a historical issue because of the viewpoints toward speech development when we must focus on language development instead.
Because we believe you want to be more knowledgeable about the issues facing Deaf babies, let's meet to discuss this further. Working together, we can create systemic change to raise the level of accomplishment for all Deaf and Hard of Hearing babies.
Julie Rems Smario, President Marla Hatrak, Vice President California Association for the Deaf
cc: Assembly Member Ken Cooley Assembly Member Roger Dickenson Assembly Member Jose Medina Senator Jim Beall Senator Ed Hernandez Senator Carol Liu Senator Bill Monning. Senator Mike Morrell Toby Douglas, Director, DHCS, Dr. Hallie Morrow EHDI Director, DHCS Tom Torkalson, California Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. William Ellerbee, Deputy Director of Public Instruction Scott Kerby, Director, State Special Schools Division, CDE Nancy Sager, Consultant, Office of Education of the Deaf Sheri A. Farinha, acting Chair, California Coalition of Agencies Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Tony Ronco, President, Hands and Voices, CA Chapter
Recently, Thomas Bone, Chief of Statewide Programs Section-Systems of Care Division/DHCS, responded to CAD's letter of concern about California Academy of Audiology's pamphlet, “A Parent’s Guide to Hearing Loss.” We are working on our response- Keep you all posted--
Julie Rems Smario, President Marla Hatrak, Vice President California Association for the Deaf
Dear Ms. Smario and Ms. Hatrak:
I appreciate your taking the time to communicate to me regarding our Newborn Hearing Screening Program informational material.
I apologize for my somewhat tardy reply which in no way is to be inferred that I do not view this issue with the utmost importance. To the contrary, I have spent considerable effort since receiving your email educating myself on the intricacies of your position. You began your email with “We are mystified at the action taken…” I, too, was mystified by the reaction to our producing information meant to help the parents and guardians of children found to have some degree of hearing loss.
First, you were, unfortunately, provided incorrect information. “A Parent’s Guide to Hearing Loss” did not replace the existing Parent Resource Guide. The Newborn Hearing Screening Unit’s (NHSU) informational material was added to the existing materials. Nothing was removed or changed.
We want the materials that our Hearing Coordination Centers (HCC) distribute to the parents, guardians and care givers of infants newly diagnosed with some degree of hearing loss be as comprehensive a set of information as possible. The information packet is meant to provide the parent a solid foundation detailing with all of the myriad avenues we are aware of available to that individual(s) facing a potentially unique and new set of decisions to be made on behalf of their infant.
NHSU does not have a preference or a bias for any avenue the parent elects to pursue on behalf of their child. However, NHSU does have a defined responsibility to our citizens. One aspect of that responsibly dictates that our HCCs provide the parent with unbiased information regarding their infant’s hearing loss. We believe this information should provide the parent with a basic understanding of what hearing loss can mean for their child as well as a comprehensive list as possible of the resources available to that parent to thereby allow the parents to decide the direction they believe might be best for their child.
We believe that with the inclusion of “A Parent’s Guide to Hearing Loss” with the extant informational materials we provide a more comprehensive foundation for parent decision making than was previously the case.
We removed nothing. We changed nothing. Moreover, as stated, we in NHSU subscribe to no single approach; we do not support any one option. That is not our role. We do support the right of the parents to have as much information as possible to help them begin their own research and quest for the best possible approach for their child and their family.
This, then, is the background for adding our “A Parent’s Guide to hearing Loss” to the materials distributed by our HCC contractors. It is predicated solely on wanting to provide the best and most comprehensive information to our fellow citizens. I hope you see that we share your passion and dedication to this group of fellow Californians.
Thomas W. Bone, Chief Statewide Programs Section Systems of Care Division/DHCS 1515 K Street, 4th Floor Sacramento, California 95814
The CAD board recently sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission sharing their concern about the lack of full and barrier-free access to video mail when using videophones. Please read the PDF attachment below!
Here are some of the pictures taken at the statewide meeting held at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center in San Diego on August 16, 2014! We were well-represented throughout all generations- from the young to the senior citizens!
CAD sent a letter earlier this month of August to Dr. Thomas Bone, Chief of Statewide Programs Section, in which we expressed concern about their new pamphlet titled "A Parent's Guide to Learing Loss" that was developed without input from any of the Deaf community. It also duplicated and contradicted the pamphlet that was prepared by the California Department of Education that was developed with input from all stakeholders throughout California.
You do not want to miss out on inspiring keynote presentation from Marilyn Jean Smith during the entertainment program at the Douglas Tilden 5k/10k event! Oh no, I did not register yet... fret not, you still can register by going to http://tilden5k.eventbrite.com.
Who is Douglas Tilden? I am curious to learn interesting facts about him. We are thrilled to have Benjamin Lewis from Los Angeles with us at the Douglas Tilden 5k/10k event and he will share interesting history/story about Douglas Tilden.
Benjamin will be there?!?! I must register and attend to the event. http://tilden5k.eventbrite.com is the website link that I need to go to and register for the event? Yes, you are correct!
Douglas Tilden 5K Walk/Run and 10K Run – JUNE 2, 2013
The Douglas Tilden 5K/10K Walk/Run, back by popular demand, will be held at Pioneer East Meadows Picnic Area in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on June 2, 2013! This event is a collaborative fundraiser by five organizations [Alliance for Deaf Bilingual Children (DBC); DCARA (Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency (DCARA), Deafhood Foundation (DHF), California Association of the Deaf (CAD) and San Francisco Club of the Deaf (SFCD)] to reflect the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area Deaf and signing community and to promote walk/run for Deaf Humanity everywhere. The 5K/10K Walk/Run will bring the Deaf community together for fun and to support these organizations’ missions through participation in the event.
DBC campaigns for the cultural and linguistic rights of all Deaf babies and children tolearn American Sign Language and English through three areas: education, grassroots organizing, and direct action. DCARA provides Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Late-Deafened, and Deaf-Blind communities with the resources, access and advocacy services they need to make independent decisions in a variety of situations. CAD preserves, protects and promotes the civil, human, and linguistic rights of Deaf people in California. DHF is dedicated to achieving economic and social justice for all Deaf people. SFCD promotes social and general betterment of its Deaf members and hosts recreational activities. All five organizations involved will continue to promote their organization’s mission throughout the year to educate and enrich the lives of all those in the Deaf community and future generations to come with the funds earned from this event. As new laws are being enacted at all levels of governments, new challenges are being faced in areas such as social, education, economic and cultural heritage. It has become more important to protect the progress that has been made in these areas, for future generations. There are approximately 300,000 Deaf and Hard of Hearing people of all ages living in the Bay Area.
It's official that the Douglas Tilden 5k/10k event will take place at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on Sunday, June 2, 2013!
Five organizations - Alliance for Deaf Bilingual Coalition, California Association of the Deaf, Deaf Counseling Advocacy & Referral Agency, Deafhood Foundation, and San Francisco Deaf Club - are hard at work planning this fun and inspiring day for participants to enjoy!
The far right has pulled out all the stops to block the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Their latest LIES include that the CRPD will require funding of abortion, requires creation of new entitlements and is harmful to people with disabilities. We're losing votes, we need you NOW.
Tuesday, October 23 is the beginning of the BIG Day that can lead us to aBIGGER Day!!
We need your help to spread the word that we need as many votes we can get for our story on http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/specials/underdogs/episode-6.html The school with the most votes out of the 10 schools will receive $25,000 and a trip to New York to attend the Sports Illustrated Sportswoman or Sportsman of the Year award!!
It will be a HUGE honor to be able to win $25,000 and represent California School for the Deaf (CSD), Deaf Schools all over the country, and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community at New York where the Sports illustrated award ceremony takes place.
In light of the Make A Difference Day coming up on October 29, we have decided we will donate a portion of the $25,000 to a Deaf School in Latin America to support their athletic program. We will send our students to Latin America sometime in the spring to supply them with sports equipments needed for their program. We will be partnering with DeafNation’s founder who is a California School for the Deaf Alumni, Joel Barish on this trip. To learn more about DeafNation go to www.Deafnation.com
Unlimited voting; no restriction on number of votes per person
Share the UNDERDOG stories and encourage everyone to vote!
Mention @SINow and @POWERADE with the hashtag #SIUNDERDOGS in your posts
Tag Sports Illustrated and POWERADE in your posts
Capture photos, tweets, facebook posts etc and please share with Sports Illustrated!
UNDERDOG team/episode to receive the most votes wins
Announcement late November, 2012
Winning team to receive ---
$25,000 athletic grant from POWERADE and SI + trip to New York City to attend SI’s annual “Sportsman of the Year” awards
Thanks for all your support and vote for us as many times as you can until November 15 and be ready to spread the word to as many people as you can share it with and VOTE! We need your VOTE and EVERYONE you know s VOTE.
Again many thanks!!
Kevin Kovacs, High School Athletic Director
California School for the Deaf, the Home of the Eagles!
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) will host its next Board meeting in the Bay Area, California at the California School for the Deaf – Fremont in the Little Gym. The Board meeting is open to the public on Thursday, October 11 from 1:30 – 5:00 pm and from 8 am to 4 pm on Friday, October 12.
The NAD invites members and supporters to join a town hall meeting, hosted by the California Association of the Deaf, San Francisco Deaf Club, and DCARA from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Deaf Community Center, 1550 San Leandro Blvd., San Leandro, CA 94577. The DCC is accessible to the San Francisco Bart which is across the street. Admission to the Town Hall is limited to the first 125 people. The town hall event is free. To view the event flyer, please click here.
On Saturday, October 13, the NAD will join the Pleasanton Deaf Nation Expo and sell its popular “Nothing About Us Without Us” t-shirts, which were popular at the 2012 NAD Conference. NAD Staff, Board members, and volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions about the organization and advocacy issues facing the deaf and hard of hearing community.
On Friday, October 12th, California Association of the Deaf (CAD), San Francisco Deaf Club (SFDC), and Deaf Counseling Advocacy & Referral Agency (DCARA) will be hosting Town Hall Event to welcome National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Board to the Bay Area.
NEW UPDATE: The event will be at the Deaf Community Center (DCC) in San Leandro from 7 to 9 PM. The event is free of charge. There will be no dinner buffet at the event. Dinner will be on your own. CAD would like to thank DCARA for sponsoring the Town Hall by providing the Deaf Community Center. We wanted to share that DCC's capacity is 125 people (with seats and some standing).
The event was orgininally planned to be held at the Veteran Memorial Hall Building in Pleasanton. CAD would like to recognize and appreciate SFDC for taking care of the venue deposit and food. Due to community concerns and suggestions, we discussed and decided to make sure that the location and transportation to the Town Hall event is friendly, accessible, and comfortable for everyone.
We look forward having you at the Town Hall event at the Deaf Community Center on Friday, October 12th to welcome NAD Board to the Bay Area. This is a great opportunity for us to interact and share ideas/suggestions with the NAD Board.
Here's the link for announcement regarding Town Hall event on Friday, October 12th:
We are working on revising the flyer and the updated flyer will be shared as soon it becomes available. Please help by sharing this information with your friends.
The Deaf community in California is celebrating a milestone! This is our fifth year of celebrating International Day of Sign Languages. In honor of this event, California Association of the Deaf (CAD) and coalition of agencies serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing have agreed to join forces toward the recognition of American Sign Language (ASL) as an official language in this state. As part of Deaf Awareness month, every two years we celebrate American Sign Language by hosting ASL Celebration event at the California Capitol in Sacramento.
This year it will take place on Thursday, September 20, 2012, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The event will take place on the North Lawn of the Capitol on L Street and 11th Street.
To kickoff 2012 ASL Celebration, we will begin the event by marching one mile around the capitol to share that we are here as a team to protect, promote, and preserve civil, human, and linguistic rights of all Deaf Californians. After the march, the program will have inspiring presenters along with skits by the California School for the Deaf students and well know Deaf performers.
We also have exciting presenters such as Dr. Genie Gertz- Dean of the Deaf Studies Division at Ohlone College who will be our Keynote speaker; Don Lee Hanaumi- ASL Celebration Chair; Daniel Girard- CAD President; Julie Rems Smario- National Association of the Deaf’s Region IV Representative; Butch Zein- Deafhood Board Chair and Vice President of Strategic Development at CONVO Communications; Sean Virnig- Superintendent of the California School for the Deaf; Ella Mae Lentz- well known Deaf Poet and Author of Signing Naturally; and Jim Brune- Executive Director of DCARA.
The program will include different entertainers who will show the importance of American Sign Language through their performances. Our 2012 ASL Celebration entertainers are: Bernard Bragg- Actor, AntoineHunter- Dancer, Tommy Korn- Mister Deaf USA and Deaf Youth USA, Evelina Gaina- actress and owner of EG Entertainment, Sherry Hicks- CODA performer with Half-n-Half, CODA Sista’s, and Don Lee Hanaumi’s Theatre group.
Before we take a tour inside the Capitol and meet legislators, Sheri Farinha, CEO for NorCal Services for the Deaf will introduce Assemblymember Dickenson and Senator Hernandez to share special recognition from the staff at the Capitol to honor and celebrate ASL.
There will be exhibitors from different VRS companies, agencies, and organizations to share information to the Deaf Community. Thanks to our generous sponsors- AT&T Relay, Hamilton Relay, Molina Healthcare, NorCal, Purple Communications, and Sorenson Communications- for their support in making 2012 ASL Celebration possible.
We will have a gathering at the Republic Bar and Grill to continue our celebration after ASL Celebration event on Thursday afternoon. The Republic Bar and Grill, which is not far from the Capitol, is located at 908 15th Street, Sacramento, CA.
We look forward celebrating this milestone with you!
National Association of the Deaf (NAD) will have its next Board meeting in the Bay Area during October 11-14th weekend. California Association of the Deaf (CAD) announces the Community Engagement event on Friday, October 12th to welcome NAD Board to the Bay Area. We will have Town Hall event where the community will have the opportunity to meet the Board and discuss the future of NAD. San Francisco Deaf Club took care of location reservation and arrange dinner buffett. CAD will moderate the Town Hall event.
NAD Board will have booth at DeafNation on Saturday, October 13th. This is a great opportunity for the community to meet with NAD Board.
CAD and SFDC looks forward welcoming the NAD Board to the Bay Area. More information about the event can be found on the flyer.
Daniel J. Girard, President California Association of the Deaf
Your support in sharing this information with others is greatly appreciated. Share with your coworkers, friends, family, students, and allies. Thank you.
This coming Thursday, September 20th is our 3rd ASL Celebration which will take place at the Sacramento Capitol. Please share this vlog with others who believes that it is important to protect, promote, and preserve American Sign Language! California Association of the Deaf is PROUD to host this exciting event and we welcome you all to celebrate this day with us. This is also an opportunity to kick off International Day of Signed Languages.
YES to ASL!
ASL Celebration Chair- Don Lee Hanaumi and his wonderful and dedicated committee
California Association of the Deaf Executive Board Daniel Girard President Michelle Hughes, Vice President Secretary, VACANT (If interested in being our Secretary- please contact me at President@cad1906.org) Dodi Ellis, Treasurer Julie Glenn, Membership Director Director at Large (Northern California), VACANT (if interested in being our Director at Large for Northern California- please contact me at President@cad1906.org) Tim Riker will continue in this role until the new person steps in. Marla Hatrak, Director at Large (Southern California) Ralph Singleton, Past President
Chapters Bay Area Central Valley Los Angeles North Bay Orange County Palm Springs Riverside Sacramento San Diego San Jacinto Valley
CAD Youth Program
California Home for Adult Deaf (CHAD)- CHAD will be celebrating its 60th Gala on Saturday, October 13th. For more information, check their website www.chadhome.org
Special thanks goes to NorCal for their outpouring support for CAD ASL Celebration! Hands Waving!!!
After the 2012 NAD Conference in Louisville, Kentucky- CAD & DCARA delegates- Jim Brune, Kevin Clark, Daniel Girard, Leala Holcomb, Michelle Hughes, David O. Reynolds, and Tim Riker- who attended to the conference last July would like to invite the community to David & Alyce Reynolds' place. Our tentative agenda are:
Introduction of CAD & DCARA planning committee, CAD Board, NAD Region IV Representatives, and CAD/DCARA delegates
Share the procedure for selecting delegates and how to become delegates & understand how NAD organization operates
Delegates will have the opportunity to share their experience
Discuss important issues brought up during the conference
Prepare for NAD Board visit to the Bay Area in October
Invite the community to ask questions and discuss any issues
Explain about the future plan for Deafhood Forum
We will provide hearty refreshments, water, and iced tea. Please feel free to bring your own beverage along with chair to enjoy the night while we have great discussions/dialogues.
We couldn't be more thankful to David O. & Alyce Reynolds for their generosity in providing their place for us to have a gathering and share important information with the community. Their address is mentioned on the flyer.
Update from the National Association of the Deaf regarding Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We made progress and now moved to Senate floor for a vote. California Association of the Deaf urges you to contact your Senators and ask them to vote on this. For further instruction, please read below. Your support is IMPORTANT!
Share this email with your family, friends, coworkers, organizations, agencies, and community members/allies! Thanks in advance for your time and support with this.
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: NAD Mailingsmailings@lists.nad.org> Date: Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM Subject: NAD eNews - CRPD Passes Committee, Goes to the Senate Floor
July 27, 2012
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Sends the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to a Floor Vote at the United States Senate
Senate Committee Allows The Convention On The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities To Move Forward, CRPD Legislation Requires Ratification By The Full United States Senate
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) reports that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on the morning of July 26th, clearing it for a vote by the full Senate.
Members of the Committee voted 13 to 6 to send the CRPD to the Senate floor for a vote. Now that the CRPD will definitely go to the Senate floor, the challenge for supporters of the CRPD, including the NAD, is to make sure that the CRPD is deliberated and voted upon by the Senate before summer recess begins at the end of next week. Ratifying the CRPD requires a two-thirds majority Senate vote, and that means that in order to ratify the CRPD, 67 Senators must vote for ratification. No date has been set for the Senate vote, and the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, will decide when the Senate vote takes place.
“Today’s passage of the CRPD by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is a victory, but the fight is far from over,” said NAD President Christopher Wagner. “We must continue to reach out to members of the Senate, asking them for their support in the ratification of this groundbreaking international treaty.”
If the CRPD is ratified in the U.S., the U.S. will be able to join the global community in efforts to promote, protect, and ensure full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity. Read here for more on the NAD and the CRPD. Want to learn more details? Watch the U.S. Committee on Foreign Relations in action! Watch this captioned video, from Thursday, July 12, 2012, and see several panel speakers speak in front of the Committee about the CRPD.
NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum urges everyone to be involved in this effort, by saying, “this Senate vote is crucial, because only 34 votes can stop this ratification. Reach out to your Senators today and tell them to ratify the CRPD.”
Remember, the fight is far from over! The previous discussion to e-mail or call was about the Committee hearing, and going forward the call or e-mail is about the vote on the Senate floor! Even if you’ve contacted your Senators already, you can help to ratify the CRPD in three ways:
You need to call or e-mail your Senator RIGHT NOW.
Call: Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senator by name.
E-mail: Here’s a sample message you can copy and paste, and it’ll take you two minutes to send an e-mail to your Senator right here, right now.
RE: Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Hello, my name is [INSERT YOUR NAME HERE].
I stand with the National Association of the Deaf, among several other organizations and advocates, in my strong support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I am writing to you today to urge you to support the ratification of the CRPD. As your constituent, I request that you vote for the ratification of the CRPD when it comes to a vote on the floor of the Senate.
You ALSO need to forward this message to everyone you know RIGHT NOW. Tell them to stand with the National Association of the Deaf and to contact their Senators, and ask for the ratification of the CRPD. Think family members, co-workers, friends- everyone you know.
You need to check to see if your Senator voted for or against the CRPDin the Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote.
If they voted for the CRPD then THANK THEM ANDASK THEM TO SUPPORT THE CRPD during the Senate floor vote!
If your Senator voted against the CRPD, ASK THEM TO CHANGE THEIR MIND AND SUPPORT THE CRPD during the Senate floor vote!
The contact information for these Senators can be found here.
Voting for the passage of the CRPD:
Sen. Barrasso (R-WY)
Sen. Lugar (R-ID)
Sen. Isakson (R-GA)
Sen. Kerry (D-MA)
Sen. Boxer (D-MA)
Sen. Menendez (D-NJ)
Sen. Cardin (D-MD)
Sen. Casey (D-PA)
Sen. Webb (D-VA)
Sen. Shaheen (D-NH)
Sen. Coons (D-DE)
Sen. Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Udall (D-NM)
Voting against the passage of the CRPD:
Sen. Corker (R-TN)
Sen. Risch (R-ID)
Sen. Lee (R-UT)
Sen. Rubio (R-FL)
Sen. DeMint (R-SC)
Sen. Inhofe (R-OK)
Thanks for taking action TODAY by contacting your Senator, and spreading the word!
The Deaf community in California is celebrating a milestone! On September 20, 2012, there will be a historical statewide celebration honoring ASL in Sacramento at the Capitol! CAD has collaborated with the National Association of the Deaf and World Federation of the Deaf, marking the 5th Annual International Day of Sign Languages. In honor of this event, CAD and a coalition of agencies serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing have agreed to join forces toward the recognition of American Sign Language (ASL) as an official language in this state. For more information about the ASL Celebration, please see the flyer or contact Don Lee Hanaumi; email@example.com.
To wonderful members and supporters of the California Association of the Deaf,
Starting tomorrow, six delegates will be departing to Louisville, Kentucky for the 2012 National Association of the Deaf conference. We are all excited and ready to make California shine during the entire week.
CAD's 6 delegates and their best contact information during NAD conference:
California Association of the Deaf will provide updates on NAD conference via Facebook and Twitter. Please search "California Association of the Deaf" and like our page on Facebook and you shall get updates on your personal Facebook page. Follow us @CAD_1906 via Twitter. Our website is www.cad1906.org. You can click on facebook and twitter buttons and it will take you directly to CAD Facebook page and Twitter page.
CAD already posted endorsement letters for Sheri Ann Farinha as President and David O. Reynolds as Vice President or Region IV Board Representative. You can find endorsement letters on our website and Facebook page.
Our 2011-2013 Ms. Deaf California, KaYun "Kai" Chan is already in Louisville for a week-long retreat with other state ambassadors. On Monday, all ambassadors will arrive at the NAD conference headquarter. Let's root for our Ms. Deaf California as she prepares for a big competition. The final competition will be on Friday, July 6th. Follow her via @CADYouth. Type "Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program" on Facebook and you can find photos and updates on that page.
We will do our best to keep you all informed of different happenings throughout the week. At times, we will be busy during Council of Representative meetings and Regional/Affiliate Caucuses.
There will be many individuals tweeting about NAD conference, you can find them and then follow them.
If you are interested in donating to support CAD, CAD has "donate" button on top left of CAD website (www.cad1906.org). You can make your donation via paypal.
Future event to keep in mind: ASL CELEBRATION will be on Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Sacramento. For more information, contact Donlee Hanaumi, ASL Celebration Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to share this email with others who are interested in following CAD and 2012 NAD Conference.
It is with regret that for several reasons we need to postpone our CAD statewide meeting scheduled for tomorrow at Deaf/Hard of Hearing Service Center (DHHSC) in Fresno. CAD Central Valley chapter did a great job organizing this event for us and we will be sure to have our meeting with them soon. We apologize for any inconvience that this may have caused. We will keep you informed of our next statewide meeting date.
We are communicating this information on facebook and our website.
Thank you for your continued support for CAD.
Check www.nad.org for more information about NAD conference happening on July 3rd to 7th in Louisville Kentucky.
Thank you all for your help on the Senate side. Now we are gearing up to get ready for this same issue to be heard on the Assembly side! Just got word that the CA Schools for the Deaf line item regarding the proposed cuts to the building line item is up before the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on April 10th at 9AM. Meet us on the 6th floor cafeteria to get your postcards and walk the halls to Assembly budget committee offices prior to the hearing!
YES, YES, PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS TO ATTEND THIS HEARING! Parents, Educators, Advocates, children, children, children!