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									  Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Lancaster County
                                                    DHHS EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE
                                                  ince late September, DHHS' newly formed Education Subcommittee
                                                  has met monthly to assess and address the educational needs of chil-
                                             dren and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing in Lancaster County. It
                                             also plans to focus on the educational needs of the community in respect
                                             to being informed about deafness or hearing loss and how to effectively
                                             interact with those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
                                                  The Education Subcommittee is made up of
                                             members from the community who are Deaf, hard of
                                             hearing and hearing. The majority of the members
are teachers, persons who have teaching experience or who are involved in education to
some degree. The combined expertise of its members has made way for several ideas for
the group to pursue. Its recent focus is on the educational needs of parents who have chil-
dren who are deaf or hard of hearing as well as parents who are deaf with hearing children.
     The Education Subcommittee is actively exploring the idea of a parent/family support
                                 group to help educate parents and family members on several
                                 topics such as communicating with a deaf or hard of hearing
                                 child, learning about deaf culture and American Sign Lan-
                                 guage, the latest assistive listening devices and other technolo- Christine Roy, Staff Liaison
                                 gies such as using Video Relay, and fostering language development, to name a few.
                                 In addition, the subcommittee hopes to give parents the opportunity to meet other
                                 parents and families and learn from one another.
                                      The Education Subcommittee hopes to facilitate the educational progress of par-
                                 ents and their children beyond currently available school services. The members are
                                 working on collaborating with professional organizations to be sure not to duplicate
                                 services. The intent of this group is not to challenge other educational services, but to
        Elizabeth Smith, Chair   provide additional support when needed.
                                 Educators and administrators of other professional organizations may also be a part
of the activities the Education Subcommittee hopes to initiate. Collaboration of professional organizations is inevi-
table, just as the group itself is a mix of professionals and community members.
     DHHS is happy to sponsor and be a part of the educational means that evolve from the work of the Education
Subcommittee. DHHS commends the efforts of the Education Subcommittee and its contributors such as mem-
bers of the community at large.
     As activities become more formally established, they will be mentioned in future DHHS newsletters.

Written by Christine Roy, Staff Liaison & Elizabeth Smith, Chair.

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    Audiology 3                                               PLANNING IN PROGRESS
                                                                Thank you for your past support to our agency. Deaf
     At The Fulton….. page 7                                    and Hard of Hearing Services is not immune to the
       ASL Socials….page 8                                      changes in our economy. In recent weeks we have cut
                                                                back the hours that our employees work to reduce the
    Deaf Club Dingo…. page 8                                    cost of doing business. The entire community, our fami-
 Sign Language Classes…pg 11                                                                                  (Continued on page 5)
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                                                                                                                   We welcome
                                                                                                                  your referrals!

           1810 Oregon Pike
          Lancaster PA 17601
                                                    Audiology Services at DHHS
                                                      FREE Loaner Hearing Aid &
 Audiology 717.397.4741 V/TTY               FREE follow-up visits with hearing aid purchase
Deaf Services 717.291.1839 V/TTY                   Licensed & Certified Audiologists
                                   •   Accepting Patients of All Ages & Degrees of Hearing Loss
           Case Management
          717.509.6622 V/TTY       •   State of the Art Hearing Aids & Repair of All Major Brands
          717.397.4741 V/TTY       •   Diagnostic Testing
         TTY/VP 717.509.1769       •   Saturday & Evening Hours
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                                                                                                               Christine Wiedmeyer,
    24 hour FAX 717.291.1830
                                   •   Accepting Most Insurances Including Medicare                                M.S., CCC-A
   Email:   •   Serving Lancaster County for More Than 62 Years!

  DHHS Board Members                   DHHS relies on word of mouth advertising. If you are happy
    Russ Rockwell, President
                                       with our services, tell a friend! We provide diagnostic hear-
   Leslie Kuffel, Vice President
     Janet Degler, Treasurer           ing tests, hearing aid evaluations and consultations, as well
     Lewis Meyer, Secretary            as case management, job coaching and interpreting ser-
    Fred Dieffenbach, Director         vices. If we can improve our services, please let us know.
                                        Call or e-mail with your
                                                                                                                    Lori Lieman,
                                                  We look forward to serving your needs!                            M.Ed., CCC-A

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                                                    Objections to Hearing Instruments:
                                                                 Part 2 in a Series
                                                          Christine Wiedmeyer, M.S., CCC-A
                                                                 Director of Audiology
It seems that we all know at least one person who has a hearing problem. And often times, that person
doesn’t wear hearing aids. In some cases, that may be a individual who is deaf and doesn’t get enough
benefit from wearing hearing aids, and who will often rely on lip reading and sign language alone to
communicate. Other people who are deaf do get some benefit from hearing aids, such as hearing
environmental sounds like traffic noise, a knock at the door, or people speaking. They may or may not use
sign language, depending on how they were raised and their individual preferences.

This article is directed more to people who at one time had normal hearing and at some point developed
hearing loss that wasn’t treatable by means of surgery or medications. Those people tend to procrastinate an
average of 7- 10 years from the time the loss is identified until the time that they seek help. The last
newsletter article discussed one reason for this delay may be 1) in the confusion of finding the appropriate
professional to get help from and/or 2) in whom you can place your trust. Other common reasons for
procrastination are denial or minimization of a hearing problem; the stigma of hearing aids; the cost of hearing
instruments; and common myths that abound about hearing aids, such as “hearing aids won’t help my type of
loss” and “I’ve heard hearing aids don’t really help.” As we all know people make better decisions when they
are informed on a subject, so let’s tackle the issue of denial.

When hearing loss occurs, it is not usually “all or nothing”. It is usually a gradual process occurring over a
period of months or years. So one doesn’t wake up one day and realize he has a hearing problem. The
tendency is to make excuses, such as “I wasn’t listening” (therefore you should have gotten my attention);
“you were mumbling”; “people are lazy and just don’t enunciate properly”; “the water was running” (or some
other background noise); or “you were talking while looking the other way”. The truth is people often do
practice bad habits of mumbling, or speaking from another room. And we reserve this treatment most for our
family members! However, if family members are complaining about another’s hearing problem, the best thing
to do is have one’s hearing checked. Get to the bottom of it. (If you missed the last article on knowing where
to go to schedule such an appointment, go to the link for “Where to go for help” on our website).

The nature of hearing loss due to noise exposure or advancing age is due to the nerve endings in the inner
ear becoming damaged. High pitch sounds are affected first resulting in more loss for treble sounds. Since
the words that make up our language are composed of vowels and consonants of different pitches, this
means that someone with a high-frequency (or high pitch) hearing loss will hear the low and middle pitched
sounds normally, but not the high-pitched sounds, such as /s/, /t/, /ch/, /th/, /f/, and so on. If you hear a
sentence with these sounds deleted, you would get the impression that the speaker IS mumbling even when
the speaker is not. This is exacerbated when there is background noise present, which also masks other
sounds, and makes it more difficult to “figure out” what the speaker said.

Sometimes we get pretty good at “figuring out” what people say, since our amazing brains are able to fill in the
missing sounds. This can contribute to someone with a hearing problem minimizing it because they can hear
well in many situations. However, just because you can hear well one-on-one in a quiet room does not mean
there is not a problem that needs attention and action. Most of life doesn’t happen in such a quiet setting.

The important thing to remember is that, like other areas in life, the first step to getting help is admitting that
there is a problem. Once we can acknowledge that sometimes we all mumble, and that sometimes there is a
physiologic problem with the hearing organ, we can take action to help each other to communicate more
effectively. That is what is most important.

              Please direct any comments or questions you might have for me by e-mailing me at
                I appreciate your feedback.
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                                                                       VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX PREPARATION
                                                                        FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
                                                                In cooperation with the Red Cross VITA program DHHS
   For our deaf clients: If you need to call the local          will, once again, be able to offer income tax preparation
Social Security Office, TTY # is 299-4088. Please be            assistance for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. Income tax
patient and wait for someone to answer the TTY. You             assistance is available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Inter-
may have to hold while a Social Security representa-            preters will be provided for the Deaf.
tive finishes with another client but they should get to
you.                                                            Tax preparation appointments are available on:
     If you have problems getting to talk with a person,             Tuesday, February 24
please let Case Management know. Write down the                     Wednesday, February 25
days and times you called and what happened. We
                                                                     Thursday, February 26
are encouraging Social Security to be more accessi-
ble to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
                                                                       Tuesday March 10
                                                                     Tuesday March 17 and
     If you need to contact Unemployment Compensa-
tion, their TTY # is 888-334-4046. Their answering
                                                                       Tuesday March 24
message asks you to leave your name, SS#, address,
and phone #. They will send the paperwork to you. If            Spaces are limited! Please contact Louise Duncan at
you are having problems, please contact your Case               717-3917-4741 V/TTY, 717-291-1830 FAX or email ldun-
Manager for help.                                      to reserve your space.
ceive Case Management services, Deaf and Hard of
                                                                                 Don’t Miss Out !
                                                                DHHS maintains three mailing lists.
Hearing Services MUST have your income informa-
                                                                1) Regular Post Office delivery of our Community News
tion in your file. A copy of your paycheck, Social Se-
curity Benefit Letter, end-of-year statement, pension
                                                                2) Email delivery of our newsletter via PDF format
information and any other income you receive must be
                                                                3) Community information announcements via email
provided as proof of your income.
   HOUSING NEEDS: Case Management receives a                      If you would like to be included on any of these lists
monthly listing of available housing - places that are                    please email
                                                                For removal from our lists email,
processing applications and places that are accepting
                                                                         phone 717-397-4741 or fax 717-291-1830
applications for a waiting list. The list is posted on the
bulletin board in the waiting area at DHHS.
   JOB NEEDS: For job assistance, contact OVR                                HEARING AID AND
(Office of Vocational Rehabilitation) for help with train-                      BATTERY
ing and jobs. DHHS - Case Management has OVR                                   DONATIONS
applications that can be picked up at any time.                   DHHS accepts hearing aid and battery dona-
                                                                tions. We accept donations of old, used and no
REMINDERS:                                                         longer used BTE (BEHIND the ear) hearing
• If you move, then it is YOUR responsibility to contact        aids. Used ITE (IN the ear) hearing aids can be donated
and cancel your utilities (phone, gas, electric, water/          to a national recycling center. Please call us for paper-
sewer, cable, and internet). If not cancelled, you are                            work and information.
responsible for bills at the old address.                         DHHS also accepts unused hearing aid batteries.
Because Case Management of DHHS is not part of
any of the following programs (CAP, Welfare (CAO),                              Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services has
Social Security, Medicare, OVR, or Unemployment),                               a small library of books and videotapes
we have no control over their decisions.                                        about Deaf Culture, Sign Language, Lip
                                                                                Reading, and other issues regarding
                                                                                hearing loss.

             Dial 711 Voice or TTY for relay                        Donations to our library are always welcome!
                                                                              Please come in and browse.
                Or, if they have a VP (Video                        For additional information, contact our librarian,
  Phone), use the Sorenson relay number 1-866-327-8877.                      Thea Schock, 717-397-4741,
  You must have your contact’s VP number or their IP address.     
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In Memoriam….                                                     Redner’s Grocery Donations
The following members of our community have                       DHHS recently received a check from
                                                                  Redner’s as part of their Save-A-Tape
donated gifts to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
                                                                  program. THANKS! To everyone at
in the memory of Donald Johnston, Sr.
                                                                  Redner’sThere has been a change
                                                                  in the Redner’s Save-A-Tape pro-
Carol Gillespie                                                   gram. The current card is being
John & Barbara J. Johnston                                        replaced by an all-purpose gas
Junko & Ralph Wright                                              savings, save-a-tape program card. You will use
Joanne Reiley                                                     this card for everything.
Barbara M. Johnston & Family                                           Showing your card with each purchase, collecting
Lillian Hoshauer                                                  the receipts and mailing them or bringing them to DHHS
George & Lisa Noll                                                will mean money donated to DHHS.
Russell & Kathy Oxenrider
First Deaf Mennonite Church                                        Your participation in this program is greatly ap-
                                                                   preciated so start saving Redner’s Warehouse
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                                                                  Market’s Save-A-Tape receipts today! Thank You!
lies and friends, are experiencing job layoffs, and are
struggling to make ends meet. DHHS is facing simi-
lar struggles. We have had to cut expenses, and are
tightening our purse strings. We do not want this to
have an impact on the services we offer, so we are
coming to you, our supporters, for help.                          •Berks Deaf & Hard of Hearing
                                                                   Services moved to a new building
    This Spring we are exploring the idea of bringing              on February 2nd, 2009. Their new
back our annual gala. To be successful, we need                    address is 2045 Centre Ave, Read-
your help. We have set a goal of raising a net of                  ing, PA 19605
$30,000. We can not do this alone and are inviting
you to help us. Please join us for the first information          •The 2009 PSAD Annual Conference will be held Thurs-
meeting on Monday, March 2nd, 2009.                                day through Sunday, August 13-16 at Chateau Resort
                                                                   and Conference Center, Tannersville, PA in the Poconos.
We will be gathering names of volunteers for commit-               For more information and registration contact Sharon
tee members and ideas on making this event a tre-                  Antal at or VP at 570-992-3779 or
mendous success. The meeting will begin promptly                   check the web:
at 7pm, and last until about 8:30.
                                                                  •One hundred twenty nine attended the Lancaster Associa-
                                        nd                         tion of the Deaf (Deaf Club) Christmas Dinner Party last
Please join us on Monday, March 2 at our DHHS
                                                                   December 16th. There were presentations by Barry Tweed,
offices, 1810 Oregon Pike and bring your family and
                                                                   Fred Dieffenbach and Andy Blackburn. Karen Pfortsch
friends. We look forward to seeing you!                            chaired the event.
  Dell Insprion 600m—DHHS has a small laptop,
            Dell Inspiron 600m, running
             Windows XP that has a few
             quirks. As I write this article
               it is working and has Nor-
              ton 360 installed although I
 suspect there might be some residual
  virus activity that we cannot remove
 since it refuses to install updates. We
  cannot use it in the office and would         Our apologies
                                               for mislabeling
  like to give it to someone who has a
                                                this picture of
knowledge of computers or is trying to         Shirley Shirk in
learn how to repair computers. Please                 our
    contact Kathy at 717-291-1839 or              November/                 December
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                         Recently Jeff Purcell,                            Andy Stender Loves the Theater.
                          Glidden Commercial                                 By JANE HOLAHAN, Staff Writer, New Era
                        Sales Representative, do-                  This Mountville man loves the theater despite not be-
                         nated a large supply of paint to    ing able to see or hear. For him, EPAC's 'The Miracle
                        refurbish the first floor of our of- Worker” carries a special meaning.
                           fice building at 1810 Oregon            He's gone to the last three shows at the Fulton and is
                                        Pike. .              planning to attend
                        Thanks to Jeff and to Glidden for "The Miracle Worker"
                                    their support!           at the Ephrata Per-
                                                             forming Arts Center
   Mennonite Financial Federal Credit Union                  on Thursday.
and its employees answered the call for volunteers                 "I love being
during the United Way of Lancaster County’s “Living there, being a part of
the Dream—Community Service Day.” Held on the                it," Stender explains.
Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday, this event         The fact that he is
honored Dr. King’s life and work. As part of his             deaf and blind does
teaching, he stated, “Life’s most persistent and ur-         not lessen the pleas- Andy Stender holds hands with his two in-
gent question is: What are you doing for others?”            ure for Stender, 45,         terpreters - Joanne Reiley (left) and Tara
     On January 18, some of Mennonite Financial’s            who lives in Mount-            Potterveld – during a recent interview.
staff volunteered at the YWCA while 10 others                ville.
worked with DHHS staff to paint and refurbish part of              With an interpreter by his side, signing into his hand,
the building that houses DHHS operations. Led by             Stender is able to follow the action on stage.
their President & CEO, Kent Hartzler, the volunteers               As he explained through interpreters Tara Potterveld
arrived in good spirits and rolled up their sleeves in       and Joanne Reiley — who is herself deaf and Stender's
volunteer service, accomplishing an amazing amount girlfriend — his reasons are no different than anyone
of work.                                                     else's.
                                                                   It's a fun night out and a chance to let his imagination
 DHHS thanks both Mennonite Financial and the take him into different worlds. Since he goes to a perform-
       United Way for their help and support.                ance that features interpreters for the deaf, he often runs
                                                             into friends.
                                                                   "There are deaf people who come from Philadelphia
                                                             and it's great to see them," he says. "We'll go to the Prince
                                                             Street Cafe across the street before the show and have a
                                                             meal and catch up.
                                                                   His first date with Reiley was to go see "42nd Street"
                                                             at the Fulton in December. "He came out of the theater and
                                                             said he had the best time," Reiley says. "He said he re-
                                                             membered old Fred Astaire movies." And he could feel the
                                                             vibration of all the tap dancing.
                Kent Hartzler,                                     But going to the theater requires help. Someone will
 President & CEO of Mennonite Financial                      sign the performance and then another interpreter signs
  Federal Credit Union seen with his won-                    into Stender's hand, a process called tactile signing. Reiley
   derful staff at DHHS on Martin Luther                     says it can be tough over a long period of time.
            King, Jr. Day.                                         "It wears you out — your hands and your shoulders,"
                                                             she says. While it takes a little longer than regular signing,
                                                             both Stender and Reiley communicate at a rapid pace.
                                                                   Stender has a genetic disorder called Usher Syn-
                                                             drome, which caused him to be born profoundly deaf and
                                                             to begin losing his eyesight when he was a boy. He be-
                                                             came totally blind about eight years ago. To help prepare
                                                             for life without sight, Stender went to the Helen Keller Cen-
                                                             ter on Long Island, N.Y., several times in the last 25 years.
                                                                   "I did training there and I learned Braille. It's a great
                                                             place because it teaches you independent living skills, job
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                        ARTS AND THEATRE ANNOUNCEMENTS
                                                  (Continued from page 6)
                                                  training," he says. "And best of all, it gave me computer training.
                                                  I didn't want to be left behind."
                                                        Stender is especially interested in seeing "The Miracle
                                                  Worker," which is the story of how a young Helen Keller, who,
                                                  like Stender, was deaf and blind, learned to communicate with
   NEXT INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE                   her teacher, Annie Sullivan.
             Les Misérables                             "I am curious about it," Stender says. "I remember the
                June 13                           movie with Patty Duke as Helen. The first sign she had was
                                                  'water.'" There is actually not a lot of signing in "The Miracle
                                                  Worker," according to its director, Matthew Good.
                                                        "Most of the signing is finger spelling. Because the entire
                                                  audience has to see it, we had to make it more pronounced,
                                                  sharper," he says. "But there are long passages with no dia-
                                                  logue, where it's all stage direction. That's been challenging for
                                                        Both Amy Hoke, who is playing
                                                  Annie, and Lauren Elledge, who is
                                                  playing Helen and at 9 is one of the
For tickets contact: Jeannie Fischer at           youngest Helens to grace a local or Tara Potterveld at     stage, know sign language, as do sev- This is Pay-what-you-     eral others in the cast. Good is thrilled
want Saturday. Reserve your tickets today, and    that Stender is coming to see the play.
then pick up your tickets before 1:30 pm in the         "I was very excited to hear that
Lobby on Saturday, June 13th.                     someone who has the same issues
                                                  that Helen had is going to see the
                 The Fulton
                                                                                                        communicates with
                                                  show," he said. "I think that's fascinat- Stender Potterveld.
             12 N. Prince Street                  ing."
                                                        Until recently, Stender, who lives by himself, worked at the
          Lancaster, PA 17608-1865
                                                  Susquehanna Association for the Blind. "I got laid off," he says.
                                                  "I'm getting by, but I'd rather be working. I like production printing,
Greater Harrisburg Association for the Deaf       book binding, packing, stocking."
        St. Patrick’s Day Party                         Stender wishes people wouldn't be so fearful about approach-
                                                  ing him. "Don't be afraid. I have ways of communicating. If you
         Everyone Welcome!                        don't know how to sign, you can spell into my hand. And I can
        At GHAD’s Pleasant Hills Hall             write," he says. "It's like meeting someone who speaks Spanish.
      5107 Sunset Drive, Harrisburg, PA           You can interpret. It's the same thing with me."
     Saturday, March 14, 2009—5 PM                      He is not one to sit back and let life pass him by. He and
                                                  Reiley, who first met when they were attending the Pennsylvania
Greenest clothes contest—Men, Women, Kids         School for the Deaf, got reacquainted when she served as his in-
    HINGO ($10 extra) & Other Games               terpreter at a hearing in Harrisburg about appropriate housing for
          Refreshments on Sale                    deaf and blind seniors who have to go into retirement communities.
    DONATION: $5 –Ages 13 +, $2– 6-12,            "It's nice having Joanne in my life," he says. "I'm not so alone."
      Barbara Johnston, Chairperson                     He likes sports, especially hiking and fishing. "I'm good. I usu-
         More information contact                 ally catch a fish, a pretty big one," he says, smiling, pulling his
     GHAD at (717) 657-1069 tty/fax or            hands further and further apart. And he loves playing with his
          email                  Braille Rubik's Cube, something he often does to pass time before
                                                  a show.
                                                        Stender wishes people wouldn't think so negatively about the
            We encourage you to receive our       possibilities in his life. "People who don't know anything about be-
                    newsletter by                 ing deaf and blind think it's a deprived life," he says. "But I have a
               EMAIL (PDF) ONLY                   lot of joy in my life."
            Help save tress and postage by
contacting Kathy at 717-291-839 V/TTY or email    Reprinted, with Permission, from New Era Staff writer Jane Holahan
              who can be reached at or 481-6016.
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ASL Socials, Clubs and Deaf Organizations
     Lancaster Silent Café—meets the 2nd Friday of every month at Barnes and Noble Bookstore
     on Fruitville Pike, Lancaster. The next meeting will be February 13th & March 13th, April 10th, 6-9 PM.
     The new contact for this social is Yvonne Moore, 717-394-6574 (V), The Lan-
     caster Silent Café is NOT affiliated with DHHS.
     Silent Café in the Reading Area— 2nd Sunday of every month 2:00-4:00 PM, except Decem-
     ber, Border’s Books in Wyomissing. The next meeting will be March 8th, April 12th. For confirmation please contact Steve
     Kovscek, email, (610) 685-4525 Fax
     ASL Social, Borders Book Store, 3515 Gettysburg Rd, Camp Hill—next to the Bon-Ton. Meetings are held the first
     Friday of every month. The next meetings will be March 6th & April 3rd at 7 PM For more info contact George Uhler, e-mail or Annie Lloyd at Website is
     LWCC’s “Silent Coffee Bar” will be held on March 21st from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. in the Youth Auditorium at Living Word
     Community Church between York and Red Lion on PA Rt. 24 (2530 Cape Horn Road). Coffee, soft drinks, and light
     snacks are provided. Please enter at the "Youth Ministry" door. “Silent Coffee Bar” is held the 3rd Saturday of odd num-
     bered months except January. For questions call Annie at 717-755-3212 v/tty, 877-808-3970 FAX, or Daughterof-
     Deaf Fellowship “ASL Social” is held the 3rd Saturday of even months. The next meeting will be April 18th at Bor-
     ders, 3000 Whiteford Rd, York—across from the Galleria Mall, 6:00 PM—9:00 PM (or till closed). For more information
     contact Annie at 755-3212 v/tty,, 1-877-808-3970 FAX
     New Covenant Deaf Fellowship ASL Social—meets on the 3th Friday of the month. The next socials will be on
     February 20th, March 20th & April 17th from 7—9 PM at Borders Book Store, 3515 Gettysburg Rd, Camp Hill. For more in-
     formation contact John Boyer at e-mail. Please confirm before attending.
     Keystone Central Deaf Senior Citizens meet the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Witmer Fire Company, 455
     Mt. Sidney Rd, Witmer. For more information contact Shirley Shirk, President, FAX: 717-721-6201, VP 717-721-5488
               A nationwide listing of ASL Socials can be found at

               DEAF CHURCHES                                                                All Proceeds go to the Lancaster
                                                                                                 Association of the Deaf
           Services conducted in ASL
 For a full list of churches providing interpreted and
         signed services visit our website at
     First Deaf Mennonite Church, 2270 Old Philadelphia
     Pike, Worship Hour – 9:15 AM Every Sunday, Sunday
     School at 10:45 AM, Bible Study and Prayer Meeting –
     6:30 PM Every Wednesday, Website http://, email
     Word of Life Deaf Lutheran Church, 10 Delp Road, Lan-
     caster, PA, Worship service at 9:30 am, 1st & 3rd Sunday of
     each month at St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church.
     For more information contact Pastor Russell Rockwell,
     717-519-2491 tty, 717-519-1912 Fax, email
     Trinity Deaf Lutheran Church—Worship at 11:00 am
     every Sunday in the Chapel of Our Father. Sunday
     school, Christina Education, and fellowship are provided
     for deaf adults and children, 527 Washington St. Reading.
     610-374-4861 (V), 610-271-0712 (Fax) - Pastor Jeannie
     Sunday School at Hope Baptist Church– Every Sunday
     at 9:30 AM, 6450 Hope Way, Hanover, PA, contact 717-
     633-1479 (V), or email
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3820 Hartzdale Drive, Camp Hill, PA
                                                                                   meets the 3rd Tuesday
ASL FUN DAYS                                                                    of every month at 10:00 AM
Saturday, February 21, 3-5 PM                                         Brethren Village, 3001 Lititz Pike
Sunday, April 26, 11-1 PM                                                 For more information contact
$15 per session per family                                    Either George Brehman, Jr. (
                                                                     or Nancy Kingsley (
Monday, February 23, 9:30 –11:30 AM                          February 17, 2009—”How to Communicate With Doc-
Monday, April 27, 9:30—11:30 AM                              tors and Hospitals”, speaker TBD
$10 per session per family                                   March 17, 2009 —Christine Wiedmeyer, “Best Hearing
                                                             Aid Features” and “New DHHS Programs”
March 6th, 10:00 am—12:00 noon                                Great News on Insurance Coverage for
Behavior Support
Joel Grover, NCSP-WPSD, School Psychologist                               Hearing Aids
                                                                    Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) has
             For more information contact:                     been pushing for hearing aid coverage in federal health
                   Jessica Wells Marks                         plans. Their hard work has paid off. HLAA has learned
           717-909-5577 or                     that several of the Federal Employee Health Benefits
                                                               (FEHB) insurance plans have expanded their coverage
                                                               to include coverage of hearing aids for adults. The Fed-
Sertoma Fantasy Basketball Camp                                eral Government is the largest employer in the US.
   Sunday, March 15, 2009                                      FEHB covers some 8 million federal employees, retir-
              12:30 PM                                         ees and their dependants. That’s a lot of health insur-
The Sertoma Fantasy Basketball                                 ance!
Camp will feature the Harrisburg                                    Expanded hearing health care coverage is great
Horizon men’s and lady’s basketball                            news not only for federal employees but also for every-
teams. The camp is free for children                           one who depends on their employer for health insur-
between the ages of 5 and 18 who                               ance. As the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Regis-                           points out in their news release, the FEHB program is
tration is available NOW!                                      often seen as a model program that serves to show the
                                                               way for other insurers. Companies adding FEHB pro-
For more information please contact Jessica Marks at           grams to their coverage include Blue Cross/Blue Shield,
717-909-5577 or                               APWU, Mail Handlers, GEHA, Foreign Service, Rural
                                                               Carriers, The Association, Samba, and Health Alli-
            FREE HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE                                       FEHB’s inclusion of hearing aids makes it
                    FOR DEAF STUDENTS!                                clear they see the lack of hearing aids for their
     An Educational Assistance Program for Deaf Students              employees as a health care issue. It’s our expec-
            Need help with a math problem tonight?                    tation that other carriers will follow the lead of
           An English writing assignment? History?                    FEHB. HLAA will be watching to see whether
  Social Studies? Science? Call experienced tutors free!!! more carriers pick up expanded hearing health
                    Tutors are available every night, Sunday               Ask your employer if they cover hearing aids
                    through Thursday from 6:00 - 8:15 PM. All         in your plan now. Let us know if they do. If your
                    tutors are either Deaf or fluent in ASL. It's     employer doesn’t provide similar coverage, show
                    private session with no interpreter. Visit        them what’s happening with FEHB. If federal em-
           and fol-        ployees enjoy hearing aid health insurance cover-
                    low the instructions.                             age, why shouldn’t the rest of us benefit too?!

 If you can't get through - email        E-mail Lise Hamlin at
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                                 SPRING 2009 SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES
Beginner I American Sign Language                                Beginner II American Sign Language
8 weeks—Cost- $100.14 ($80 class + $20.14 text)                  8 weeks—Cost: $80.00 + book
Tuesday EVENINGS, 6:00—8:00 PM                                   Wednesday EVENINGS, 6:00 PM—8:00 PM
STARTING DATE: March 17, 2009                                    STARTING DATE: March 18, 2009
LOCATION: 1810 Oregon Pike                                       LOCATION: 1810 Oregon Pike
Prerequisites: None                                              Prerequisite: Completion of a previous formal class or other
This is a beginner class in American Sign Language which         experience with ASL
will introduce the basics of communicating with the Deaf and
information about Deaf culture. The class will cover the first   This class is a continuation of American Sign Language utiliz-
half of the vocabulary in the required textbook and will in-     ing the Elaine Costello dictionary text, the Bravo videos and
clude many extra activities to make the learning process en-     other resources determined by the instructor.

ASL Conversation: Moving Towards Fluency                            All participants must be 16 years or older
10 weeks– Cost: $100.00 plus books or materials                     Please check beginning dates! Classes are either
TBA by instructor                                                   eight or ten weeks long.
Thursday EVENINGS, 6:00—8:00 PM                                     Classes will be cancelled if insufficient registra-
STARTING DATE: March 19, 2009                                       tions are received.
LOCATION: 1810 Oregon Pike
Prerequisite: Completion of an intermediate class                   Class fees include a $5 non-refundable process-
                                                                    ing fee.
This is a continuing class in ASL using the Signing Naturally       Cancellation policy: Cancellations by students
II or III program and other resources as determined by the          made 48 hours before the first class will receive a
instructor.                                                         complete refund minus the processing fee.
                                                                    Registration deadline is March 11; Registra-
To register, please complete the form on pg.11, indicat-            tions will be accepted after March 12 on a ‘space
ing which section you are planning to attend.                       available‘ basis but availability of text books will
                                                                    be delayed.
Mail registration form and check made out to “DHHS” to
          DHHS– Sign Language Classes                               Confirmation of registration will be given only
               1810 Oregon Pike                                     when it cannot be completed
              Lancaster PA 17601                                    Reservations made by phone will be held for only
                                                                    three days unless payment is received
 If you have any questions please call Deaf Services at
                291-1839 or 397-4741.
                                                                              The Pennsylvania Assistive
                                                                               Technology Foundation
                                                                  Provides affordable loans and grants to purchase a
                                                                 variety of assistive technology including…
                                                                 • Adapted vehicles
                                                                 • Indoor and outdoor house ramps
                                                                 • Widened doorways
                                                                 • Hearing and low-vision aids
                                                                 • Computer with specialized software
                                                                 • And many other types of assistive technology.

                                                                  For more information about PATF you can contact the
                                                                  Case management Department of DHHS or call PTAF
                                                                                       directly at
Our Sign Language students took a picture on their last                    888-744-1938 (Voice, TTY, toll-free)
     day of class with instructor Luanne Bartens.                                Or visit their website at
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                Registration for DHHS Spring 2009                                     Don’t Miss Out !
                     Sign Language Classes                                  DHHS maintains three mailing lists.
                                                                            1) Regular Post Office delivery of our
Beginner I Sign Classes—$80 + $20.14 = $100.14                                 Community News Newsletter
    Section 001 – Tuesday PM                                                2) Email delivery of our newsletter via
                                                                               PDF format
Beginner II Classes—$80                                                     3) Community information announce-
                                                                               ments via email
    Section 005 — Wednesday PM
                                                                             If you would like to be included on any of
ASL Conversation—$100                                                                  these lists please email
    Section 010 — Thursday PM
                                                                                 For removal from our lists email
Amt Paid:________________ Check :________________                  , phone 717-397-
                                                                                    4741 or fax 717-291-1830


City:________________________________________ Zip:_______________________

Phone:_____________________________         ____________________________
            daytime                              evening


                      NEW BOOK
                      “Deaf Lives in Contrast”, Two Women’s Stories, Mary V. Rivers and Dvora Shurman
                           Mary V. Rivers and Dvora Shurman came from widely different backgrounds. Originally
                      from a poor Cajun Family, Rivers married an Air Force serviceman during World War II and
                      had three sons, the third of whom was deaf. Shurman was raised by deaf parents in 1930s
                      Milwaukee. Despite these varying circumstances, common threads run through their narra-
                      tives. After years of struggling for her son, Rivers asserts that “deaf people have a right to
                      prove themselves. Early in her life, Shurman adopted a slogan with her father, “’ It’s Not Fair,’
                      to rebel against the shaming, the demeaning our family suffered.”
                                            View a selection from “Deaf Lives in Contrast” online:

Bellman & Symfon Visit—A Swedish designed wireless alerting system
Take a closer look at the wireless alerting system from Bellman and you will see how easy and conveniently you
                                                 can achieve safety, security and independence! The system in-
                                                 • Smoke Alarm
                                                 • Door Transmitter                   All designed for safety
                                                                                           and security!
                                                 • Telephone Transmitter
                                                 • Baby Transmitter
                                                 • Door Mat Transmitter
                                                 • Magnetic Switch and Door Mat to connect to Multi-Purpose
                                                 • Alarm Clock Receiver
                                                 • Portable, Pager and Flash Receivers
                                                 • Bed Shaker
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                                 Contact Information for DHHS Staff
 Barry Witmer, CEO—
 Thea Schock, Audiology, Reception & Interpreting—
 Elizabeth Fechtmann-Crippen, Case Management & Program Manager—
 Christine Roy, Case Management—
 Karen Pfortsch, Case Management—
 Louise Duncan, Case Management Assistant—
 Lori Leiman, Audiologist—                                DHHS
 Christine Wiedmeyer, Audiologist—              DEDICATED TTY / VP
 Marsha Barr, Staff Interpreter—                             LINE
 Fran Kostrub, Finance Manager—                     717.509.1769
 Kathy Kostrub, Support Services Coordinator—       Call us anytime!
 General Information—

             Please submit ideas for our newsletter to
                  Starting in 2009 DHHS will be changing to a quarterly newsletter
                                  Here are the submission deadlines
                              Spring ( May Publication) - Deadline April 10, 2009
                            Summer (August Publication) - Deadline July 10, 2009
                           Fall (November Publication) - Deadline October 10, 2009


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