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Thursday, April 27, 2017

JUne 3, 2017 - Cookout in the Park by ASDB Alumni


April 30, 2017 - Open Captioned Movie "The Fate of the Furious"


My Turn: Arizona's deaf, blind students need state funding help, too by Annette Reichman, Supt. of ASDB


My Turn: Deaf and blind children don't learn like other infants. That's why early intervention is so critical - and why we need the state's help to provide it.   
By Annette Reichman, the first deaf superintendent of ASDB.


The Arizona Legislature is deliberating the state budget – including how much is to be allocated to support public education.

I support Gov. Doug Ducey’s well-thought-out education budget proposals. If enacted, they will go a long way to help schools recruit and retain quality teachers and improve student learning. That would be a huge win for Arizona families.
One critical proposal that is up for consideration is the governor’s plan to allocate $800,000 to Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind’s birth to age 3 Early Childhood and Family Education Program (ECFE).

Needs have grown. Funding? Not at all

From 2011 to 2017, the number of children and families served by ECFE has increased by nearly 60 percent, from 257 families to 441. During this period, the average number of visits to these families declined from four times a month to 1.5 times a month, as no additional funding was allocated by the Legislature. This is why Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind is requesting $800,000. The additional funds would enable us to hire eight more credentialed teachers to meet this large increase in early childhood enrollment and to restore education and intervention services to adequate levels. What this means: $7 of $8 from this request would go directly to hiring more teachers.

It pays to help deaf, blind students

Economic studies show that the estimated return on investment in early childhood education and intervention services is $7 for every $1 invested (Economics Professor James J. Heckman, “The Heckman Equation,” National Institute for Early Childhood Education Research). The return on investment is even higher for children who are deaf or blind:

Substantially decreased need for costly and less effective interventions later in life. 
Reduced need for social welfare services.
Lower criminal justice costs.
Increased quality of life, economic well-being and self-sufficiency for deaf and blind
individuals.


In the world of deaf education and blind education, in particular, reaching these kids early in life is paramount to their future livelihoods.

Program provides critical support to parents

In typical families, parents have an innate understanding of how to teach and best raise children before their school-age years. This is critical, as 90 percent of a child’s brain development occurs from birth to age 5. Unfortunately, most parents do not have an innate understanding of how to successfully teach a child who is born deaf or blind.

Early childhood intervention service providers, like the Early Childhood and Family Education Program, are needed to help teach both child and parents meet the learning and social growth of a child born deaf, blind or both.

A child born deaf cannot learn foundational language-acquisition skills through spoken
language. The infant must either learn sign language, or receive hearing aids or cochlear implants to access and acquire listening and spoken language, or both.


Families must be taught how to communicate with their children using these methods and languages.

Help maximize life outcomes for these children

A child born blind must be taught how to interact with their environment, such as how to play and the concept of play. Most kids learn such behaviors through visual mimicry – do what you see Dad, Mom and sister do.

These examples only scratch the surface of what parents and their deaf, blind or deaf/blind infants must learn and learn quickly during their most critical developmental years – from birth to age 3.

Please join me in supporting the governor’s proposal to provide ASDB’s Early Childhood and Family Education program with the critical resources it needs to maximize life outcomes
for infants and toddlers who are deaf, blind or deaf/blind.


Annette Reichman is the first deaf superintendent and first superintendent with vision limitations in ASDB’s 105-year history. Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind serves more than 2,000 children. Email her at Annette.reichman@asdb.az.gov. Twitter, @asdbazgov.

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PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS TO SUPPORT ECFE ADDITIONAL FUNDING NOW.




AZAD wants you to contact your legislative representatives to support  funding for Early Children and Family Education at ASDB.   Why?

Right now,  Governor Ducey's budget proposal for 2018 which includes $800,000 for ECFE-ASDB is being discussed in the Legislature.  It's urgent that you contact your legislators to express your support.  



Click here: Legislative Action Alert!  for more detailed information.

If you have questions or concerns, 
please contact your AZAD members.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Legislative Action Alert! Support for ECFE Additional Funding




AZAD wants you to contact your legislative representatives to support  funding for Early Children and Family Education at ASDB.   Why?

Right now,  Governor Ducey's budget proposal for 2018 which includes $800,000 for ECFE-ASDB is being discussed in the Legislature.  It's urgent that you contact your legislators to express your support.  



Click here: Legislative Action Alert!  for more detailed information.

If you have questions or concerns, 
please contact your AZAD members.

Monday, March 27, 2017

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

April 9, 2017 - 14th Annual Run for the Kids







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RIDE SHIRTS
Available at ASDB before the ride and at the after-ride party at Shooters


Short-sleeve Ride Shirts: $20 all sizes - S | M | L | XL | XXL | XXXL
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Designs are on the front, back, and on both sleeves of the Ride Shirts
We are only offering short-sleeve shirts this year (no long-sleeved shirts,
tank tops, or childrens' shirts)

If you Pre-Ordered Shirts, they will be delivered to you when you check in for the Ride
Shirts will be available for purchase (first come, first served) on Ride Day

Friday, March 17, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

ZVRS Acquires Purple Communications


February 15, 2017 

ZVRS Acquires Purple Communications to Better Serve Customers, Deaf Community 

CLEARWATER, Fla. – ZVRS, Inc., one of the nation’s leading providers of video relay services to the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities, announced today its plans to acquire Purple Communications, Inc. Combining two VRS providers will bring needed innovation and com- petition to the VRS market. ZVRS is dedicated to delivering the best experience for customers as promised to them by the Americans with Disabilities Act - a commitment that will be bol- stered by the acquisition of Purple Communications.

ZVRS’ acquisition of Purple Communications will create a strong competitive force in the industry, bringing healthy market competition to create better products and services for consumers. The integration of ZVRS and Purple Communications will also be met with a commitment to improve interoperability amongst VRS providers, further supporting the cus- tomer experience.
“We are thrilled to be acquiring Purple Communications to better serve our customers with innovative products and services, expand outreach programs, and strengthen our commit- ment to the Deaf community,” said Sherri Turpin, Chief Executive O cer of ZVRS. “ZVRS is excited to lead the market in this new chapter and will ensure a sustainable and seamless integration of operations for customers throughout this process.” 

For more detailed information, open the attachement: https://zvrs-nuqatulszrfjf.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Z-and-Purple-Press-Release-2.pdf

Visit http://www.zvrs.com/acquisition for more video information.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Annette Reichman Appointed as a Commissioner for the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing

Annette Reichman Appointed as a Commissioner for
the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing


(PHOENIX – Feb. 8, 2017) – Governor Doug Ducey has recently appointed Annette Reichman as a Commissioner to the board of the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH). Representing the Arizona State School for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB), Reichman will provide her expertise ensuring the interests of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in Arizona are met.

In her role, she will also update the board and public with any news regarding ASDB, provide information about the education needs of students who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing, and be aware of any legislation being developed in regards to these students.

Reichman’s professional experience includes working as the director and liaison for the Office of Special Institutions within the U.S. Department of Education. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Gallaudet University and her Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling with the deaf from the University of Arizona. Additionally, she received a certification in post-employment training administration of programs serving deaf consumers from San Diego State University. She has also previously served on several boards and councils in Arizona and the greater Washington, D.C. area.

“ACDHH is thrilled to have Annette as a Commissioner,” said Sherri Collins, executive director of ACDHH. “Her experiences both locally and nationally will be a great asset to the Commission, and we are confident she will do well representing the needs of ASDB.”

Reichman is a resident of Scottsdale.

ABOUT ACDHH:
Established in 1977 to improve the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing residents,   ACDHH serves as a statewide information referral center for issues related to people with hearing loss and aspires to be a national leader in communication access, support services and community empowerment throughout the state. The purpose of the organization, and its commissioners, is to ensure, in partnership with the public and private sector, accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing to improve their quality of life.

Source:  http://hmapr.com/client-news/annette-reichman-appointed-commissioner-arizona-commission-deaf-hard-hearing/





Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Ken Arcia Receives the Robert R. Davila ALDA Angel Award

Association of Late-Deafened Adults Honors Ken Arcia
with the Robert R. Davila ALDA Angel Award



(PHOENIX – Feb. 7, 2017) – The Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) has awarded Ken Arcia, account manager for Arizona Relay Service (AZRS), with the Robert R. Davila ALDA Angel Award at its recent ALDAcon conference in Milwaukee. ALDA is an association that works to empower and unify individuals with hearing loss, regardless of age of onset. They strive to provide a stress-free environment where their members can communicate and support one another by sharing their unique experiences, challenges and coping strategies.

Each year at ALDA’s annual international conference, this award is presented to an individual who is actively involved within the late-deafened, the D/deaf and the hard of hearing communities.  According to the leadership of the organization, Arcia has gone above and beyond these requirements.

“Apart from Ken’s 25 years as an active member within the relay service community, he has served as a past president, committee chair and member of the technology committee for ALDA,” said Sharaine Rawlinson Roberts, the individual who nominated Arcia. “He actively teaches others about relay services so that they can receive the full benefits from them. Most importantly, Ken is a friend to many and lives his life to the maximum, setting a great example for all of us.”

Arcia became deaf at the age of 21 due to Neurofibromatosis, Type 2 (NF-2). This hereditary illness led him to get involved with various deaf and hard of hearing organizations such as ALDA, the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and DeafHope, a non-profit agency that provides services to Deaf women and their children who have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence.

“I look forward to the ALDAcon every year – I even plan my vacations around them. To have received this award is an incredible honor,” said Arcia. “I owe much of my success to ALDA and AZRS. Organizations like these provide me, and countless others, with a sense of community, opening doors to forms of communication that were once impossible.”

As account manager for AZRS, Arcia is responsible for providing education and training for the republic about the services AZRS provides. He works to raise awareness for the deaf, hard or hearing, deaf-blind and speech-disabled communities throughout the state.

About Arizona Relay
Arizona Relay Service (AZRS) is a public service provided by the State of Arizona and administered by the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH). AZRS makes communication by telephone easy, accessible, reliable and convenient for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or have difficulty speaking. For more information, visit www.azrelay.org.



  CONTACT:  RACHEL BROCKWAY                       (602) 957-8881

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Barbara Brimhall Appointed as a Commissioner for the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing

NEWS



 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 9, 2017
Barbara Brimhall Appointed as a Commissioner for
the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing

(PHOENIX – Jan. 9, 2017) – Governor Doug Ducey has recently appointed Barbara Brimhall as a Commissioner to the board of the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing
Barbara Brimhall
(ACDHH). As a Commissioner and the Commission’s Parent Representative, Brimhall will provide her expertise ensuring the interests of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in Arizona are met. In her role, she will also serve as an advocate for parents, educators, families and other stakeholders in the lives of children who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind throughout the state. Brimhall was appointed as the parent representative as a result of her direct experience, as  three of her four children have severe hearing loss due to Waardenburg Syndrome, which is what caused Brimhall to originally become involved in the deaf and the hard of hearing communities.

Since 2005, Brimhall has worked as a client service manager for Brimhall Financial Group. She attended Brigham Young University to receive her degree in Finance. Brimhall also volunteers as a both a tutor and a classroom volunteer within the Mesa Public Schools.

“The Commission is thankful to have Barbara involved,” said Sherri Collins, executive director of ACDHH. “She will bring her past experience with deaf and hard of hearing family members, to help further the Commission’s goals and purpose.”

Brimhall is a resident of Mesa.

ABOUT ACDHH:
Established in 1977 to improve the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing residents,   ACDHH serves as a statewide information referral center for issues related to people with hearing loss and aspires to be a national leader in communication access, support services and community empowerment throughout the state. The purpose of the organization, and its commissioners, is to ensure, in partnership with the public and private sector, accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing to improve their quality of life.

CONTACT:    RACHEL BROCKWAY
                        (602) 957-8881