Inclusive Health Communities Gathering
Rutgers University New Brunswick
June 1, 2022
Our team of Deaf and Hard of Hearing from Allies in Caring attended, observed, socialized, and learned many new strategies, opportunities, and inclusive spaces for our own Deaf & HoH communities in South Jersey.
We’re excited to take this knowledge forward so we can implement new ideas and approaches into expanding & improving the community.
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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First Community Event
July 31, 2021
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.