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Friday, July 20, 2018

Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing Launches Support Service Provider Program


Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing Launches
Support Service Provider Program

PHOENIX (July 16, 2018) – The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) has launched its Support Service Provider (SSPs) program for individuals who have combined vision and hearing loss (CVHL). The $192,000 program goal in this first year is to serve 35 citizens on a state-wide level. SSPs are specially trained professionals who assist people who are deaf-blind to do activities like grocery shopping, banking, essential housework and other errands independently.

Previously, ACDHH worked as an intermediary to match state government services to these individuals to no avail. ACDHH determined that the CVHL community would benefit from a specialized service not currently covered with existing government programs.  ACDHH approached the legislature for funding to serve this unique population. By offering their own SSP service program, ACDHH will deliver expanded access to communities, goods and services that these citizens deserve.

“Each person is an individual with their own abilities and challenges and we wanted to create this service program to help deaf-blind individuals with an unmet, and essential need,” said Carmen Green Smith, deputy director of the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. “We are also excited to continue supporting partner organizations that provide important services to these communities.”

In order to offer this service directly, ACDHH implemented a training program to certify individuals who wish to become an SSP for this population. Julie Stylinski, deaf-blind services consultant, trains, mentors and then matches SSPs with a deaf-blind consumer for their individual need. The match process starts by an initial assessment of the CVHL individual and they are then made aware of the program guidelines. From there, Julie works with the schedules of the SSPs and matches them with a combined hearing and vision loss individual based on task, date, location and time. The consumer is allotted 20 hours per month for this service and are asked to provide ACDHH with a two-week notice upon their SSP request.

“SSPs are very important for outings,” said CVHL consumer, Marsha. “If I go to the mall, the Hallmark giftshop, I want to buy my friends a birthday card so I’ll search and search to find a card, and then the SSP will tell me what it says and I can decide if I like them. The SSP was very helpful.”

The program is free of charge and several activities are available such as going to the grocery store, the mall, doctor’s appointments, etc. Consumers use Ubers, the Light Rail and other available transportation methods.

“I’m really excited about the program,” Stylinski said. “It’s been a challenge and I have a great passion for this program, as it’s an exciting and much needed direct service for consumers.”

For more information or to receive the service, contact Julie Stylinski at j.stylinski@acdhh.az.gov or call 602-726-4109.



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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 Arizona. 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.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018

April 12, 2018 - Special Education and Voting Rights Trainings




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2018
Contact: Natalie Luna Rose, (520) 904-0375


Arizona Center for Disability Law to Offer Free Special Education and Voting Rights Trainings in Tucson on April 12


Tucson, AZ-- The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) is presenting a Free Special Education and Voting Rights Trainings on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites, 5151 E. Grant Road in Tucson.
There will be three trainings throughout the day. The Special Education training will be held twice, one at 9:00 am and at 5:30 pm, and the Understanding Voting Rights at 12:30 pm.

[if !supportLists]·       [endif]From Soup to Nuts:  A Comprehensive Discussion of How to Navigate IDEA and Section 504 will be held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
[if !supportLists]·       [endif]Understanding Voting Rights will be held from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm.
[if !supportLists]·       [endif]From Soup to Nuts:  A Comprehensive Discussion of How to Navigate IDEA and Section 504 will be held again from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  (This is a repeat of the morning session.)  

To register, read a complete description of the sessions and how to request a reasonable accommodation, please click here or go to our website, azdisabilitylaw.org.
The Arizona Center for Disability Law is a not-for-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals with a wide range of physical, mental, psychiatric, sensory and cognitive disabilities.  Funded through federal, state and local grants, the Center does not charge clients for our services. 

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Natalie Luna Rose
Outreach and Communications Manager
Arizona Center for Disability Law
177 N. Church Ave, Suite 800, Tucson 85701
Phone:  (520) 327-9547, ext. 311
Cell: (520) 904-0375

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

April 12, 2018 - Meet with ASDB Superintendent Annette Reichman

View Announcement in ASL at https://youtu.be/t9SV9hW5Ok4


Join Superintendent Annette Reichman as she shares the latest updates from ASDB: the agency, our campuses and beyond. After sharing, she will open the floor for question/answer opportunities.

TO JOIN, YOU MUST RSVP BEFORE APRIL 6, 2018 : 
https://asdb.az.gov/chats-with-annette/#container_ua5bb3c3




April 6, 2018 - Deaf Grassroots Movement: 21st Century

WILL YOU BE THERE?



Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Sunday, March 25, 201 at 11 am - Captioned Movie "Black Panther"





Thursday, January 25, 2018

February 2, 2018 - Video by Sergeant Pettey with the Tucson Police Department








Hi, I am Sergeant Pettey with the Tucson Police Department, Domestic Violence Unit. We are looking forward to the Cops, Courts, and Coffee event at The Tucson Deaf Community Center at 1436 N. 11th Ave. on Feb 2, 2018, between 5:00 and 7:00 PM. Please stop by and ask the officers and detectives that are going to be there, any questions or comments that you have. We are looking forward to working with the Deaf community.

February 17, 2018 - Tucson Rodeo Deaf Day




Please contact Rena Caldwell if you have any questions. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

January 11, 2018 - Press Conference

Arizona Leading the Way 
in Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

PHOENIX (Jan. 9, 2018) – On Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) will hold a press conference in conjunction with Arizona House and Senate to celebrate Arizona becoming the national leader in serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Arizona has become the first state in the nation to provide live stream text for committee hearings at the Arizona House and Senate. ACDHH has partnered with the Arizona House and Senate to coordinate captioning requests for Deaf and Hard of Hearing legislators with Relay Conference Captioning (RCC) through Arizona Relay Service.

Additionally, in December 2016, Arizona became the second state in the nation to offer looping technology in the hearing rooms and main chambers in both the State House and Senate.

These milestones will allow the more than 1.1 million Arizonans who are living with hearing loss to better participate in state-level government processes.


WHAT:            Press conference, proclamation reading and plaque presentation

                        Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee and Representative Heather Carter will be in attendance

WHERE:         Arizona Capitol Rose Garden
                       1700 W Washington St
                       Phoenix, AZ 85007

WHEN:            Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
1 – 1:30 p.m.

Sign Language Interpreters and mobile real-time captioning will be provided.

To learn more about the ACDHH and its efforts to improve the quality of life for the deaf and the hard of hearing, please visit www.acdhh.org.

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.


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P 480 998 2600   C 513 706 0023   
2777 E Camelback Rd, Ste 300, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Sundays - Tucson Deaf Worship Center


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