Thursday, February 26, 2015

Important Notice - 2 Vacancies on the ASDB Board are needed.


Say NO to Re Appointment Campaign Release
 Link Source:

 Purpose:  To ask the Governor to fill the two vacancies on the ASDB Board with qualified persons who are deaf/hard of hearing to serve on the ASDB Board and not to renew Syms’ term that expires on March 1. 

1) Please use these email addresses to send a letter.
Governor Ducey
Dawn Wallace, Education Policy Advisor,
Linda Stiles, Director, Boards and Commissions Office,

2) Pick one which describe you (alumnus, or a parent or Deaf Education advocate, or retired teacher or interpreter)

3) type your name at the bottom of letter.

The Honorable Governor Ducey
Executive Tower
1700 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Dear Governor Ducey:

As a (alumnus, or Deaf Education advocate, or retired teacher), I am writing you this letter to express my concern about the current situation with the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB) Board. I  sincerely hope that you will take immediate action in the best interests of all deaf, hard of hearing, and blind children in Arizona.  This will be in keeping with your vision of quality education, equal access and communication for all children in Arizona.

As you may know, there are now no deaf or hard of hearing members on the board for the first time in many, many years.  For the past few years, we had three deaf representatives, all of whom were highly respected in their fields--a former school superintendent, a college professor, and executive director of a commission for the deaf in Arizona. However, at present, nearly all of the members on the current board have little or no background in Deaf Education nor knowledge of best education practices based on research studies.  They have demonstrated in their meetings little understanding of the goals of ASDB to provide a full continuum of educational opportunities in a bilingual, direct, and accessible learning environment for all deaf and hard of hearing students. Yet, those members are given the major responsibility for governing the academic institution, setting forth future directions, addressing current issues and challenges, and making critical decisions that impact on the education and welfare of the students at ASDB.

I believe there will be two vacancies on the board as of March 1, 2015 when Dr. Syms’ term expires. I respectfully request that you take this opportunity to remedy the serious situation by appointing two qualified deaf/hard of hearing persons with the much needed experience and expertise to replace Dr. Syms and to fill the other vacancy.  

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely yours,
(your name)

Dawn Wallace, Education Policy Advisor
Linda Stiles, Director of Arizona Boards and Commissions Office

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March 5, 2015 - "Know Your Rights and Empowerment"

March 3, 2015 - Free Yoga Class

Every Tuesday of March 2015 except March 17, 2105

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February 4, 2015 - ASDB Basketball Games

February 4, 2015

 Basketball Games
5:30 pm  Girls vs Tohono O'Odham
7:00 pm Boys vs Tohono O'Odham

1200 W Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85745

 For more information, 
please contact Brandon Decker, Athletics Director.


Western States Basketball Tourney Results - ASDB Girls Basketball Won The Tourney.

The Utah Western States Basketball & Cheerleading Classic was held on Thursday, January 29th, Friday, January 30th, and Saturday, January 31st, 2015 in Taylorsville, UT.   ASDB Girls Basketball team won the tourney.  ASDB Boys Basketball team got the 4th place.  Five basketball rosters participating in the tourney were: Arizona Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, Oregon School for the Deaf, Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, Utah Schools for the Deaf and Washington School for the Deaf. 

Tourney Results


More information:
Photo Gallery:

All images: © 2015 Utah School for the Deaf. All rights reserved

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Watch the National Anthem in ASL on TV or Internet.

PHOENIX, January 29, 2015 – In partnership with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), NBC Sports will provide on its website a dedicated camera feed showing the ASL performance of the National Anthem and America the Beautiful by deaf actress Treshelle Edmond at Super Bowl XLIX on February 1st! The NAD appreciates the support provided by PepsiCo EnAble and the NFL to make this performance possible at the Super Bowl.


Thanks to NBC Sports, viewers can watch the ASL performance on the Internet as follows:

For any computer: go to Extra
If you have a tablet, you can download the NBC Sports Live Extra app

For more information, the following contacts are provided:

NAD: Lizzie Sorkin,; T/VP: 301-587-1788
NBC Sports: Chris McCloskey,; T: 203-356-2781
PepsiCo:  Andrea Foote,, T: 914-253-2628


Don't forget the Super Party at TDCC - February 1, 2015.

Ella Mae Lentz for Month of December 2104 and Linda Bove for Month of January 15, 2015

Source:  Sorenson 2015 Wall Calendar
Sorenson Communications 2015 “Champions of ASL” calendar website. The 2015 calendar is dedicated to people in various occupations who are working to protect and promote American Sign Language (ASL)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

February 1, 2015 - Super Bowl Party

January 22, 2015 - Basketball Games at ASDB

January 22, 2015

 Basketball Games
5:30 pm  Girls vs Patagonia Union
7:00 pm Boys vs Patagonia Union

1200 W Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85745

 For more information, 
please contact Brandon Decker, Athletics Director.