Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Deaf Day at Castles n Coasters April 26

 
You also can email TJ at Timothy.Sanger@asdb.az.gov or
Christie at Christie.Abrams@asdb.az.gov for more details. 
 

Getting Ready to Work at GCC April 25




Congratulation to Erich Schwenker / Award Ceremony Monday April 28

 
Since 1988 Tempe Community Council and the City of Tempe have proudly sponsored the Tempe Mayor’s Disability Awards. These awards honor exceptional individuals with disabilities employers of individuals with disabilities and others who have shown dedication to the disability sector and a commitment to improving the quality of life for all of Tempe’s residents.

It is hoped this annual event will inspire others to emulate the honorees and provide a fully accessible Tempe for everyone. Thank you to everyone who was a part of this special event and honored the people who make Tempe great.

Join us for this year’s event:

Mayor’s Disability Awards 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
3:30-5:30pm
Tempe History Museum
809 E. Southern Avenue, Tempe

Congratulations to the 2014 Awardees! Our dear friend, Erich Schwenker was one of these awardees!!!

Architectural Accessibility
Erich Schwenker, Cardinal Capital Management, Inc.

Click this link: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/tempeevents/event/48199/

If you are interested to attend this special event and celebrate with Erich...register now! REGISTRATION ends on April 25!

CONGRATULATIONS and HANDS WAVING HIGH TO ERICH!

Who is Erich? He is very involved with ADSCC and works very close with Apache ASL Trails for many years! Please make an effort to attend the awards event and show your BIG appreciation to him for his big help from his heart! See you all there!
Thank you very much!
ADSCC Officers and Committee

Reminder: Fundraiser for Deaf Co-Ed Softball Team April 25

Reminder: PDWO Deaf Women Series #3 Workshop April 27

Volunteers Recognition and Appreciation by PAD




Monday, April 21, 2014

Western Night by CODAZONA May 9


PAD Host Group Night with the Mercury Basketball May 17


PAD's DSAT Training POSTPONED to June 21


List of Upcoming Events in Arizona

 
UPCOMING MAJOR EVENTS IN ARIZONA:
 
JUNE 7, 2014:
Deaf Lesbian Festival’s 4th Biennial Dyke Ball at Crowne Plaza & Hotel
 
JUNE 19-22, 2014:
CODA-ZONA Conference at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel
 
JULY 5-9, 2014
Arizona Total Immersion (AZTI) “Experience” (No Voice)
 
SEPTEMBER 13, 2014:
2nd Annual Deaf Awareness Day at Wet n Wild
 
OCTOBER 4, 2014:
4th Annual Oktoberfest at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort


You will find details/information of these events above in
the Deaf Cactus New blog or Facebook.

Email us at deafcactusnews@gmail.com if you know or have any large event that will happen in Arizona.  Be sure to send full information/details or/and flyers of the event.  We will add your event on the list.  Thank you!

Friday, April 18, 2014

AzAD Video by Missy Keast & General Meeting details Friday April 18

 
 
Come and show support for Arizona Association of the Deaf (AzAD) on Friday April 18th at 6pm
 
Meeting will be held at ACDHH
100 N. 15th Ave. Suite 104
Phoenix, AZ 85007
 
Watch video by AzAD Vice President: Missy Keast

OC Movies Showing in Scottsdale & Surprise : April 20 - 24

SCOTTSDALE

 
DRAFT DAY

Tuesday April 22 at 2:15pm
Thursday April 24 at 4:45pm

UltraStar Scottsdale Pavilions
9090 East Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250



SURPRISE


CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Sunday April 20 at 1:30pm
Wednesday April 23  at 7:30pm

Digiplex Surprise 14
13649 North Litchfield Road
Surprise, AZ 85374
 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Watch Deaf and Hearing Network Episode 7


 
Original YouTube Link:  http://youtu.be/dipeolXBDIQ

Touching Video by Terrylene: Our Beautiful Son, Gianni Manganelli



YouTube Link: http://youtu.be/ArTC1ZIkZvA

Family Statement - www.rememberinggio.wordpress.com

 To support Gianni's Mission on Cultivate & Care Awareness, donate here:
https://www.everribbon.com/ribbon/view/16871

Homeopathic Well Being: www.drtarapeyman.com
Support Group: http://www.theicarusproject.net/

Sequoia School for Deaf & Hard of Hearing (SSDHH) Needs Your Help (Part 1)

Friends, family, and supporters of SSDHH,

Good morning!  I wanted to provide you with an update on the issues affecting SSDHH.  Curt Cardine (Superintendent), Doug Pike (Assistant Superintendent), Jerry Lewis (Assistant Superintendent), as well as several Sequoia Schools staff members have been working tirelessly to educate our state legislators about this issue.  We are also fortunate to have the support of the National Association of the Deaf as well as the Arizona Charter Association.

Here is a synopsis of the situation:  The most recent budget passed did not fund the process which allows underperforming charter schools to defend their school from charter revocation.  As an alternative to funding the process as it exists now, a proposed solution suggests bypassing due process and automatically revoking the school’s charter.  Which means every charter school receiving a 'D' rating for three consecutive years will have their charter automatically revoked. This could involve as many as thirty schools.  SSDHH is one of these schools.

The current Arizona Department of Education school grading system does not recognize or account for the diverse nature of our school.  Sequoia School for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing’s entire student population qualifies for and is in need of special education, yet Sequoia School for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing continues to be graded on the same scale as all other public charter and district schools in the state of Arizona.  As a result, SSDHH has continued to receive a ‘D’ grade.

Working with our school leaders, Mr. Cardine, Mr. Pike, and Mr. Lewis, we have come up with three recommendations for our legislators:

Solution 1: Sequoia Ranch LEA and Sequoia School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing LEA exempted from Arizona Department of Education school grading system.

Solution 2: Exempting school sites and or LEA's with 40% or more of enrolled students qualifying as:
•       Homeless
•       Deaf
•       Blind

Legislators could use language similar to that in 15-771. Preschool programs for children with disabilities; definition which allows SSDHH to open a pre-school for students “...who meet the definition of one of the following conditions:

1.      Hearing impairment
2.      Visual impairment
3.      Developmental delay
4.      Preschool severe delay
5.      Speech/language impairment.”

Solution 3: Neither the State Department of Education nor a charter school authorizer shall use a single criterion (grade, test, statistic, finding, etc.) as its entire evaluation of a school site or an LEA.  Any school site and/or LEA shall be afforded the ability to provide data not gathered by the state to establish the achievement growth has been attained. Such findings and presentations shall occur within a public hearing if requested by school. If achievement growth is demonstrated the school shall be found to be in compliance with the requirements of the law.  No charter school authorizer shall use any criteria to close a school site or LEA that exists for and has not caused either a district or the State School Board to close a district school.

We really need your help.  Our legislators need to hear from the parents and students of our school, make your voices heard.  Attached is a form letter that you are free to use when contacting your legislators.  If you need help finding your local representatives, please visit:  https://www.votervoice.net/ACSA/Address. Please feel free to share this letter with friend, family, neighbors, etc. to help support the amazing students, families, teachers, and staff at SSDHH.

Thank you for all of your support.  I am confident that we will be heard and SSDHH will continue to provide educational services to students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Jennifer Reid, Ed.D
Assistant Principal
Sequoia School for the Deaf & HH
480-890-4001 x10812
www.sequoiadeafschool.org


For sample of letter to use in support of SSDHH, go to: Letter to Support SSDHH

Letter in Support of SSDHH (Part 2)

Below is a sample letter to use when contacting legislation in support of Sequoia School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Be sure to copy and paste this in email or on word document to attach to your email to legislation. 

For more information on SSDHH's situation, go to: Support SSDHH (Part 1)
______________________________________________________________________________________

Your Name
Address
City, AZ  Zip Code

 
April 15, 2014

 
The Honorable [Insert Senator’s Name]
1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

 
Dear Senator [Insert Last Name]:

My name is [Insert Your Name] and I reside at [Insert Your Address] in [Insert Your City], Arizona.  I am a [teacher, student, parent, community member who supports] at Sequoia School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 

The most recent budget passed did not fund the process which allows underperforming charter schools to defend their school from charter revocation.  As an alternative to funding the process as it exists now, a proposed solution suggests bypassing due process and automatically revoking the school’s charter.  Which means every charter school receiving a 'D' rating for three consecutive years will have their charter automatically revoked. This could involve as many as thirty schools.  SSDHH is one of these schools. 

While we recognize that underperforming charter schools are a concern and measures should be taken to improve the standards of education, we believe that the standards by which SSDHH and like schools are measured are not appropriate.  Therefore, we are proposing three potential solutions for schools like ours:

Solution 1: Sequoia Ranch LEA and Sequoia School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing LEA exempted from Arizona Department of Education school grading system.

Solution 2: Exempting school sites and or LEA's with 40% or more of enrolled students qualifying as:

·         Homeless
·         Deaf
·         Blind

Legislators could use language similar to that in 15-771. Preschool programs for children with disabilities; definition which allows SSDHH to open a pre-school for students “...who meet the definition of one of the following conditions:

1.      Hearing impairment
2.      Visual impairment
3.      Developmental delay
4.      Preschool severe delay
5.      Speech/language impairment.”

Solution 3: Neither the State Department of Education nor a charter school authorizer shall use a single criterion (grade, test, statistic, finding, etc.) as its entire evaluation of a school site or an LEA.  Any school site and/or LEA shall be afforded the ability to provide data not gathered by the state to establish the achievement growth has been attained. Such findings and presentations shall occur within a public hearing if requested by school. If achievement growth is demonstrated the school shall be found to be in compliance with the requirements of the law.  No charter school authorizer shall use any criteria to close a school site or LEA that exists for and has not caused either a district or the State School Board to close a district school.


Sequoia School for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing is in a desperate situation as the legislative session is nearly complete.  We need your help!  We need you to stand up for students with special needs and let them know that you value them and their education.  Be an advocate for special education, help SSDHH continue educating deaf and hard of hearing students to become successful, contributing members of society.  Do not allow the suggested solution to pass!

I appreciate your help and ask that you please send me a response letting me know if you will work to ensure Sequoia School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will remain open.

Thank you for your time and considering my request.

Sincerely,

[Insert Your Name]




 

 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

iPad Pilot Program by ACDHH & AzTEDP

 

  iPad Pilot Project 

ACDHH/AzTEDP is conducting an iPad Pilot Program to better serve the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Speech Challenged, or Hard of Hearing AZ residents. 

Interested parties can E-mail info@acdhh.az.gov or call 602-542-3365 or 1-866-223-3412 to find out more.


VoS-GUAA General Meeting & Social April 19


Reminder: Deaf Self-Advocacy Training (DSAT) at PDCC April 26

Cinco de Mayo by Sign of Love May 2


5th Annual Disability Empowerment Center Health & Wellness Fair May 2 - 3


 
 
ASL interpreters and CART services will be provided at all presentations.
ASL interpreters will be available at the front desk for anyone who would like to be escorted around this health fair.
 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15th: Happy Tax Day!

 
 
 
 
 
 

AzAD 1st General Meeting Friday April 18

 
 
Arizona Association of the Deaf (AzAD) 
1st general meeting in Phoenix 
April 18, 2014 at 6:30pm
 

Meeting will be held at

Address: 100 N 15th Ave.  Suite 104
Phoenix AZ  85007
 
 
Light refreshments will be provided by
 

Come and see what AzAD has been working on. We also want to hear your concerns and inputs. Anyone is welcome to attend. 

Job Opening at Phoenix College Deadine to Apply by April 27

 Phoenix College ASL/Interpreter Preparation Job Opening

American Sign Language (Occupational) Short Term*

*Fall Semester Only (Not a Full Year or a 9-Month Job)
***August 18, 2014 to December 19, 2014***


 






DeafDirectory - A New Website!


Help Fill Out Survey by Deaf Community of Surprise


 Hello!

Deaf Community of Surprise (DCS) would like to set up more events in the Northwest Valley, but we need your feedback on what kind of events we should have.

It would help us tons if everyone came to this link and did the survey for us. Even though DCS is a community focused in the city of Surprise, we welcome anyone!

The link is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HTZ8YBW

Thank you!

-DCS Board of Directors

Z5 Presentation in Glendale April 25


Friday, April 11, 2014

Godspeed Phyllis Frelich!

 
Godspeed Phyllis Frelich!

You paved so many roads for us, Phyllis. A leading light of our community has been lost, and we mourn deeply. Our thoughts are with her family. (Deaf West Theatre)


For more information on Phyllis Frelich, go to the following links:

OC Movies Showing in Scottsdale & Surprise : April 13 - 17

SCOTTSDALE
 
 
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Tuesday April 15 at 2:00pm
Thursday April 17 at 5:00pm

UltraStar Scottsdale Pavilions
9090 East Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250



SURPRISE
 

GOD'S NOT DEAD
Sunday April 13 at 3:45pm
Wednesday April 16  at 6:30pm

Digiplex Surprise 14
13649 North Litchfield Road
Surprise, AZ 85374

Deanne Bray on Grey's Anatomy April 17

 



  
Deanne Bray will be appearing on ABC's Grey's Anatomy on Thursday April 17th episode. 
Tune in to watch her! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ASDB Board Meeting Notice & Agenda Thursday April 10

 

NOTICE OF A REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OF THE ARIZONA STATE SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND

Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. in the HS/MS Multipurpose Room, at
 Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, 7654 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, Arizona.


ASDB Board Meeting Notice
 
ASDB Board Meeting Agenda for April 10, 2014

Northwest Deaf Senior Social Tuesday April 15

Northwest Deaf Senior Social
For 50+ years young
(Spouse younger than 50 is welcome!!)
 
Surprise Senior Center
Villanueva Recreation Center (Gym)
15660 N. Hollyhock Street
Surprise, AZ
 
 
  Tuesday, April 15, 2014
 
10 AM to 4 PM
 
*** Donation:  $1.00 per person ***
Bring one dollar bill please!
 
 
Crazy 8 Game
 
Please RSVP to Grace Gallaway: wmgrace88@aol.com
Deadline Sunday, April 13th
 
Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 PM 
 
Bring your own drinks
 
 Game and card games will be played from 10:30 AM to 3:45 PM
 
 
Raffle Tickets
 
Directions:
From Freeway Loop 101: Take off Bell Road & go west.
Left on N. Greasewood Street
Right on W. Rimrock Street
Left on N. Hollyhock Street
 
Driving on W Grand Avenue (Highway 60):
Go Northbound: Turn Right on Greenway
Go Southbound: Turn Left on Greenway
Then when you drive across the railroad tracks, turn left on W Santa Fe Drive
Right on N. Hollyhock Street
 
From Freeway 303 to South
Left on El Miraga Rd
Left on N. Greasewood Street
Right on W. Rimrock Street
Left on N. Hollyhock Street
 
Next social:
May 20th
No social in June July & August

PDWO host Cinco de Mayo May 2


 

Phoenix Deaf Women Organization hosts

Cinco de Mayo on Friday, May 2nd from 5 to 10 pm

2 margaritas/2 bottle of water...
Appetizers
Dinner (served at 6 pm)
Mexican Train game (starts at 7 pm)

In Advance-15 dollars (Deadline by April 26th)
At door-20 dollars

at Phoenix Deaf Community Center (PDCC)
1545 West Osborn Road
Phoenix, AZ

Please contact Lesle Romak at pdwoaz@gmail.com for more information.
 
 

PDWP & DWU hosts Old West Style May 23

 
You will get to meet the DWU board members!!! ...
 This is an event that cannot be missed!!!
It is open to anyone! Even to guys!!!

YEEHAW!!!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ASDB Board Meeting Thursday April 10 & Meeting Minutes AND Video from Previous Meeting

 
ASDB Board Meeting is scheduled for Thursday April 10, 2014.
 
Meeting Notice and Meeting Agenda has not been posted at this time. 
It should be posted sometime on Wednesday April 9. 
 
For those who are unable to attend the meeting this Thursday, you would be able to watch it LIVE!!   Click on link: http://new.livestream.com/ASDBboardmeetings
 
 
For previous ASDB Board Meeting Minutes, click below:
 
 
 
 
Also you NOW can watch the previous ASDB Board Meeting from March 20th. 

Reminder: Meet & Greet with ACDHH and DSAT Training in Kingman, AZ April 12 & 13



Video: ASL THAT! Cover Design Contest



Original YouTube Link:  http://youtu.be/ogEf0mO53d8
 

Fundraiser Event for Deaf Co-Ed Softball Team April 26



SAVE THE DATE!!!! APRIL 25 will be OUR FIRST CO-ED SOFTBALL FUNDRAISING!!!
Share with your friends and families!
 

If you can't attend ~ you can always donate to our team at www.gofundme.com/az-deaf-softball
 
 

PDWO Deaf Women Series #3 Workshop April 27


Monday, April 7, 2014

Deaf Day Out Event: Easter in the Park April 12


For more information, go to link below:

Reminder: Gallaudet University: Celebrating 150 Years April 8 TODAY



Gallaudet University - Celebrating 150 years

Web Streaming for Gallaudet University Charter Day Festival
On April 8, 2014, Gallaudet University will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a campus-wide Charter Day Festival.  The morning Opening Ceremony will be delayed-streamed from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time, and can be viewed via this link:
http://webcast.gallaudet.edu/?id=172

The opening of the Gallaudet University Museum exhibition Gallaudet at 150 and Beyond will be streamed live starting at 
1:30 p.m. Eastern Time.  Click on this link to view the grand opening ceremony:http://webcast.gallaudet.edu/?id=173

For more information, a schedule of events, and a gallery of images on the sesquicentennial celebration see:http://www.gallaudet.edu/150.html

Deaf Senior Day at Maricopa County Fair Wednesday April 9

MARICOPA COUNTY FAIR
 
The first Maricopa County Fair was held in 1934 and each year thereafter until in 1954 a fire forced it to close. It reopened in 1975 and has been going strong ever since.
The Maricopa County Fair is a nonprofit organization. The mission of the Maricopa County Fair is "to provide an entertainment venue that will attract Maricopa County residents of all ages to participate in educational and competitive activities that promote life skills, with special emphasis on agriculture. This includes providing the youth of our community a public forum to showcase their talents in arts, science and other educational projects."
 
Seniors 55 and older may visit the fair for free Wednesday April 9, 2014 (does not include parking). No coupon necessary.
 
Location:
AZ Exposition & State Fairgrounds
1826 West McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85007
 
Parking:
Operated by the
AZ Exposition & State Fair
now only $7 per vehicle!
 
Gates open:
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday
 
HOW ABOUT WE, DEAF SENIORS, GO THERE?    
LET US CALL DEAF SENIORS DAY!!! Huh?
Let say we go there at 10 am to keep us cool than in the afternoon.  You may go there anytime on that day.
 
Norbert Enos, Volunteer   
For more info, email Norbert at norbertenos27@gmail.com
 

Reminder: Defensive Driving Class with ASL Interpreter April 12

 
Got a Ticket Defensive Driving School will have ASL interpreters for defensive driving class on Saturday April 12, 2014. Time: 7:30am-12:30pm.
Location: Fairfield Inn 2520 N Central Ave (Central and Thomas), Phoenix, AZ 85004

If you have received a ticket in the Maricopa county area and would like to take a defensive driving class with American Sign Language interpreter, please contact Michelle Riedel with Traffic School Management Services, LLC to register for this class.

For more information on how to register and cost, Michelle can be reached at
602-431-0707 ext. 3302 or email her at michelle@tsms-llc.com
 

OC Movie Showing in Tucson April 9 & 13