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Deaf Awareness Celebration. September 30, 2021
On September 30, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Coalition of South Jersey hosted a "Deaf Awareness Webinar" to celebrate the complexities and accomplishments of the Deaf Community. In September, we celebrated Deaf Awareness Month, a time to cherish the rich cultural history of the Deaf community and continue the work of advocating for the rights of Deaf people everywhere.
We have four fantastic guest speakers who shared their experience living in Deaf culture: Melissa Draganac-Hawk, President of the National Association of the Deaf; Chris Harris, Deaf pastor of Solid Rock Church; Jody Bingham, 3rd generation deaf family who has two boys who can hear; and Mae Pogue, Child of Deaf adults.
We shared our victories as Deaf or Hard of Hearing people, celebrated our culture, heritage, and language uniqueness. We also recognized the achievements of deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals.
“CODA” Movie Night. September 17, 2021
As we celebrate Deaf Awareness Month, we watched "CODA" and discussed the nuances of Deaf culture and Deaf awareness. In addition, we provided the opportunity for different people to discuss the movie, their experiences with the Deaf community, and how we could be of further support and advocacy to the Deaf community.
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On July 31 Allies In Caring led the first In-Person event of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Coalition of SJ.
At this event, we explored the gifts that Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals have and can contribute to our community and our dreams for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.
The dreams that were expressed included: That members of our families and community at large learn Sign Language so Deaf people have a larger network of support and be less isolated and so that their loved ones are supported too; that Deaf people will be known not by their disability, but their talents and skills; and that they can use their talents and offer them to the communities where they live.
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Coalition of South Jersey, initiative funded in part by an Inclusive Healthy Communities Grant from the Division of Disability Services, New Jersey Department of Human Services, seeks to support, empower, and connect the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in South Jersey.
Our values include inclusion, support, empowerment, acceptance, collaboration, interaction, and community. Additionally, some goals for the project are PSE change (policy/practice, system, environmental), inclusion and accessibility for the DHH community, education around ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and the ABCD model (Assets Based Community Development), empowering the DHH community, cultural awareness, and hosting events.
Too many members of our deaf and hard of hearing community struggle to connect with others and get the information they need about opportunities and services vital to their quality of life. This initiative seeks to promote inclusive practices that support the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities in the communities where they live. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Coalition will work with people with hearing loss to ensure that those in need receive critical support and services to live independent and empowering lives
We have formed three committees which include Partner Engagement Committee, Empowerment Committee, and Communications Committee.
Our Partner Engagement Committee gathers information about other organizations we can partner with and creates agendas for programs.
The Empowerment Committee is learning about the skills of the DHH community, interviewing DHH individuals, providing education to our communities, and creating a database of contacts and resources.
Finally, the Communications Committee works on the website, social media, newsletters, email correspondences, and photos/videos.
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Coalition of South Jersey partners include:
- Easterseals Easterseals New Jersey | Home
- New Jersey Association of the Deaf (NJAD) www.deafnjad.org
- New Jersey Division of Deaf and HH (NJDHH) Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing | Home (nj.gov)
- Deaf Advocacy Project for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence Deaf Advocacy Project - NJ Coalition to End Domestic Violence (njcedv.org)
- The Recovery Network for the DHH/Center for Family Services Center for Family Services | (centerffs.org)
- Solid Rock Baptist Church Solid Rock Baptist Deaf Church - Home | Facebook
- Atlantic County Society for the Deaf http://acsdeaf.org/
- Ocean Deaf Club https://www.facebook.com/OceanDeafClub
- Pogue, Inc.
Inclusive Healthy Communities (IHC) Grant Program
Inclusive Healthy Communities (IHC) Grant Program is an initiative created to provide funding to organizations and communities in New Jersey to promote inclusive practices to support the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities in their communities. The New Jersey Department of Health, under the Division of Disability Services, awarded 18 grants across the state to foster the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities where they live, work, learn, and play.
Rutger’s University Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy supports the IHC Grant Program recipients in implementing projects across the state. The grant program will run until June 30, 2022. Allies in Caring, Inc., in Hammonton, NJ, was one of the recipients awarded for the capacity building grant. To find more information out about the grant, visit http://eac.rutgers.edu/ihc-grant-program/