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A Resource Guide for the Deaf_ Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind


									   A Resource Guide for the Deaf, Hard of
   Hearing and Deaf-Blind Communities

    The Syracuse Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Geography Project

The goal of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HOH) Community Geography Project is to raise awareness about
the composition and contemporary social justice issues of the Deaf, HOH, and Deaf-Blind population in
Central New York. Toward this end, the Project will gather demographic information, record testimonials of
deaf citizens, their families, friends, and members of the Deaf advocacy community; compile information on
local services that are available to the Deaf community, and evaluate their appropriateness and relevance to our
community’s Deaf population. Specifically, the Project will investigate the educational, employment, health
and recreational assets and challenges that exist for the Deaf, and raise awareness within the community at
large about important themes and issues. A final report will be publicized to help community members, local
organizations, and businesses to be more prepared to positively interact with the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and


CNY Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (CNYRID)
Hearing Loss Association of America
Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth
Syracuse University School of Social Work
Syracuse University Community Geography
The Deaf Advocacy Council of CNY
The Disability Rights Clinic at Syracuse University
Vera House
The information in this document is distributed on an “as is” basis. The compilers may not be held responsible for any errors or
omissions, such oversight must be regarded as unintentional. The listings included are not exhaustive; exclusion should not be
construed as a statement as to the quality or service provided.

Updates will be made annually by the Deaf Advocacy Council of Central New York (DAC). Please contact Carlton Strail, DAC
President, with updates at

Last updated 1/7/09

               Table of Contents
Advocacy……………………………………………………………………………………… 3

Communication Services…………………………………………………………………………………. 5

Education…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 8

Emergency Services…….…………………………………………………………………… 13

Faith Centers………………………………………………………………………………………………. 14

Health…………………………………………………………...…………………………………………… 19

Interpreter Services………………………………………………………………...…………………….. 22

Legal Services…...…………………………………………………………………………………………. 24

Recreation……………………………………………………………………….………………………..… 25
Social Services……………………………………………………………………………………………... 31

Youth Services……..………………...……………………………………………………………………. 35

Other Helpful Resource Guides...……………………………………………………………………... 41

American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC)
       3820 Hartzdale Drive
       Camp Hill, PA 17011

       Phone: (717) 703-0073 or (800) 942-2732
       Fax: (717) 909-5599

ASDC supports and educates families of deaf and hard of hearing children and advocates for high quality
programs and services.

Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee (BCCC)
               805 South Crouse Ave., Room 111
               Syracuse University
               Syracuse, NY 13244

               Phone: (315) 443-4486
               Contact: Jessica Bacon

BCCC is an organization consisting of Syracuse University students who are working to create and support a
positive climate toward disability that values individual difference in all University settings. The BCCC takes
an active role in advocating for changes in University policy and practice, including: Reshaping Syracuse
University's conception of disability to promote an understanding of disability as a form of diversity;
University recognition and funding of the Disability Studies program; Creating model accommodations
exemplifying the University's commitment to equality of opportunity for students with disabilities; Hiring
faculty and staff members with disabilities within departments across the University.

Deaf Advocacy Council of CNY (DAC)
       P.O. Box 9631
       Syracuse, NY 13290

       VP: (866) 468-5728
       Contact: Carlton Strail, President

DAC consists of representatives from agencies and organizations associated with the Deaf, Hard of Hearing
and Deaf-Blind communities. DAC meets five times a year in addition to holding board meetings.

Hearing Loss Association of America
       Hearing Loss Association of America-New York State
       1875 Route 302
       Circleville, NY 10919

       Onondaga County Contact: JoAnne Spoto Decker, Vice President
       Phone: (315) 224-0245

       Syracuse Chapter Contacts: Susan Silliman Smith or Sharon Simmonds
       Phone: (315) 963-8078
       Email: or

The HLAA mission is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss through
information, education, advocacy, and support. HLAA provides information to consumers, policy makers,
business professionals and family members through their website, an award-winning publication, Hearing
Loss, an online newsletter, ENews, and message boards.

WHOLE ME Inc.: Advocacy and Technology Training
       WHOLE ME Inc.
       1015 State Fair Blvd.
       Syracuse. NY 13209

       V/TTY/VP: (315) 468-3275
       Fax: (315) 468-3276

Connects children and families with services and technologies that provide access to clear and effective
communication regarding education, employment, health-care and social events.

               Communication Services
Caption Advantage
       4440 Ashfield Terrace
       Syracuse, NY 13215

       Phone: (877) 227-2382
       Phone: (315) 492-1426

Caption Advantage is a full-service closed captioning company. The firm provides both real-time (live
broadcast) and post-production (pre-recorded) video captioning services to a wide variety of clients, including:
national broadcasters, local television stations, public broadcasting systems, governmental agencies, cable
systems, video production companies, various private, public, and educational institutions.

       Corporate Headquarters:
       CSDVRS, LLC.
       600 Cleveland St, Suite 1000
       Clearwater, FL 33755

       Fax: (727) 443-1537
       Chris Wagner:

       Customer Support:
       Voice: (800) 296-3808
       Fax: (727) 443-1537

CSDVRS operates and provides worldwide video communication service for deaf, hard of hearing and hearing
individuals through utilization of the nonpareil video relay interpreting services, leading-edge technology and
a firm commitment to improving the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing consumers.

               Communication Services
       Voice: (877) 885-3172
       TTY: (877) 885-4976
       Sean O'Brien:

Hands On Video Relay Services, Inc. (HOVRS) uses the Internet to provide an audio/video link to a qualified,
certified Video Interpreter (VI) who interprets between the visual language of ASL and the auditory language
of a hearing person.

       Snap Telecommunications, Inc.
       1 Blue Hill Plaza, 14th Floor
       P.O. Box 1626
       Pearl River, NY 10965

       Phone: (877) 711-SNAP (7627)

Snap!VRS is a video relay service that enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired to
improve the connection with people in their personal and business lives. Eligible applicants receive a free Ojo
video phone and use it to conduct true-to-life video relay calls through qualified sign language interpreters
over a high-speed Internet connection. Customers communicate with the interpreter using sign language while
the interpreter simultaneously relays the comments in spoken English to the standard telephone user.
Snap!VRS is a free service and eligible customers receive the following: Free Ojo personal video phone, Free
unlimited 24x7 VRS calls in the U.S. and Free unlimited direct Ojo-to-Ojo video calls worldwide.

                Communication Services
Sorenson Communication
       4192 South Riverboat Road, Suite 100
       Salt Lake City, Utah 84123

       Telephone: (801) 287-9400

Sorenson Video Relay Service (VRS), a free service provided by Sorenson Communications, enables deaf and
hard-of-hearing people to conduct video relay calls with family, friends, and business associates through a
certified sign language interpreter, Sorenson videophone, TV, and a high-speed Internet connection. Sorenson
IP Relay (SIPRelay), is another free service provided by Sorenson Communications, which enables deaf,
hard-of-hearing, oral, and late deafened individuals to place text-to-speech relay calls from their mobile device
(i.e., Sidekick, BlackBerry®, Treo™, and similar devices) or a personal computer (PC) to any standard
telephone user in the U.S.

Hear 2 Learn
       6296 Fly Road
       East Syracuse, NY 13057

       Phone: (315) 701-5710
       Fax: (315) 701-5711

Hear 2 Learn works to enhance the lives of all children with special needs, through education, individualized
and interdisciplinary services, family-centered therapies and community outreach. It offers the highest quality
of care by investing in our professional staff and their continued growth in education. Hear 2 Learn believes in
realistic caseloads for our clinicians without the compromise of quality. Hear 2 Learn strives to provide the
best clinician to meet the needs of its diverse populations. For children with hearing loss, it is committed to
providing the assessment and intervention necessary for a rich and full independent life regardless of
communication mode. It is an "evidence-based practice" agency that fully supports the unique choices of all

OCM BOCES: Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
       Solvay Elementary School              Solvay Middle School                  Solvay High School
       701 Woods Road                        299 Bury Drive                        600 Gertrude Ave.
       Solvay, NY 13209                      Syracuse, New York 13209              Solvay, NY 13209
       Phone: (315) 488-5422                 Phone: (315) 487-7061                 Phone: (315) 468-2551
       Fax: (315) 484-1417                   Fax: (315) 484-1444                   Fax: (315) 484-1404

       Contact: Rosanna Grund
       Phone: (315) 488-9034

P.E.A.C.E. Head Start
       217 S. Salina St.
       Syracuse, NY 13202

       Phone: (315) 470-3300 ext. 14
       Fax: (315) 701-0504

Head Start (HS) helps children, ages 3 to 5 years of age, achieve their full potential by providing early child-
hood development, health, family services and other support to participants and their families. To qualify you
must meet federal income guidelines and live in Onondaga County.

       1015 State Fair Blvd.
       Syracuse. NY 13209

       V/TTY/VP: (315) 468-3275
       Fax: (315) 468-3276

Professional Development Workshops:

Provides opportunities for sign language interpreters, teachers of the Deaf as well as other professionals who
work with individuals with hearing loss the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units through work-
shops and educational events.

Community Education Program:

WMI provides educational presentations for professional and community groups that are intended to promote
community awareness and heighten sensitivity regarding: Hearing Loss, Deaf Culture and American Sign
Language. Through this program WHOLE ME is able to facilitate increased opportunities for Deaf and Hard
of Hearing children to interact with the hearing community in the areas of: Education, Employment and
Socialization. All of programs offered by WHOLE ME are intended to promote successful interaction
between individuals with hearing loss and the community-at-large.

American Sign Language Classes

       518 James St., Suite 100
       Syracuse, NY 13203

       Phone: (315) 422-7263
       Fax: (315) 422-4792
       TTY/TDD: (315) 422-9746
       VP: (315) 422-7263

AURORA offers all levels of American Sign Language (ASL) Instruction from beginning to advanced classes,
including preparation for Interpreter level training courses. All instructors are fluent or native users of ASL
who are able to fully integrate issues of Deaf culture into the class. AURORA also offers custom-tailored sign
language upon request for community groups, employers and professional organizations.

Fair Access for the Deaf (FAD)
       Fair Access for the Deaf
       Jim Skvorak
       1211 Lancaster Ave.
       Syracuse, NY 13210-33329

       Phone/TTY/Fax: (315) 474-6711

More Advanced Training
A variety of classes are offered throughout the year. These topics include Signing Music, The Grammar of
American Sign Language, Mental Processing (Brain Training). Contact FAD for more information.

On Site Classes
Groups of 8-15 may have classes held at your choice of location, such as a school or placed of business.
Contact FAD with your request.

American Sign Language Classes

       OCM BOCES Lee G. Peters Career Training Center
       4500 Crown Road
       Liverpool, NY 13090

       Phone: (315) 453-4455
       Fax: (315) 451-4676

American Sign Language I

This basic course is intended for those with no experience with American Sign Language. Students will be
introduced to everyday signs, ASL grammar, fingerspelling, numbers and Deaf culture. The course will be
taught with minimum voicing but will use overhead screen, writing and handouts. The expected outcome is
that students will develop basic sign language for communication. There will be a final exam for student
evaluation. A text is recommended but not required.

American Sign Language II

This course will continue with ASL grammar, fingerspelling, numbers and Deaf culture. Upon completion,
students who score well on the exam will have general communication skills. The same text recommended but
not required. Prerequisite: Passing score on the ASL I exam.

American Sign Language Classes

Onondaga Community College
       4585 West Seneca Turnpike
       Syracuse, NY 13215

       Phone: (315) 498-2622

ASL 101 American Sign Language I (3 credits)

This learner-centered course is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of American Sign
Language. Students acquire basic grammatical and lexical skills that will enable them to communicate in
routine social or professional situations within an authentic cultural context. Upon successful completion of
ASL 101, students may enroll in ASL 102.

ASL 102 American Sign Language II (3 credits)

This course is a sequel to American Sign Language I. It builds upon the basic grammatical, linguistic,
communicative and cultural concepts learned in ASL 101. Upon successful completion of ASL 102, students
may enroll in ASL 201. Prerequisite: ASL 101, or 2-3 years of high school ASL, or Permission of Instructor.

ASL 201 American Sign Language III (3 credits)

This dynamic course draws upon previously acquired knowledge, while introducing students to more complex
grammatical and lexical structures to further develop communicative proficiency and cultural knowledge.
Upon successful completion of ASL 201, students may enroll in ASL 202. Prerequisite: ASL 102, or 4 years
of high school ASL, or Permission of Instructor.

ASL 202 American Sign Language IV (3 credits)

This course is a sequel to American Sign Language III. It expands upon complex grammatical and lexical
structures. This course provides a solid foundation for advanced study. Upon completion of ASL 202, students
may enroll in any intermediate-high level course. Prerequisite: ASL 201, or 5 years of high school ASL, or
Permission of Instructor.

                      Emergency Services
Department of Emergency Communications
Do not use the relay services to contact Onondaga County 9-1-1. Since systems upgrades in 2002, all call
answering positions are TTY capable. The computerized telephone system automatically recognizes a TTY
call and call takers have received training in handling of TTY calls. After your TTY has been recognized by
the system type that you need, FIRE, POLICE or EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. Please attempt to
answer any questions the call taker may have. Remember that the call takers have been trained to provide you
with helpful instructions prior to the arrival of emergency services so do not hang up until the call taker
instructs you to do so.

Contact Syracuse Metro Telecommunications for the Deaf locally for answers and to arrange visits or meetings
with 9-1-1 staff.

                                  Faith Centers
Beth shalom-Chevra Shas
       18 Patsy Lane
       P.O. Box 271
       Dewitt, NY 13214

       Phone: (315) 446-9570

Assistive listening systems available during services. Services: Friday at 6:15pm, Saturday at 9:30am, and
Sunday at 9:30am.

Big Heart Ministries
       P.O. Box 654
       East Syracuse, NY 13057-0654

       Voice/TTY: (315) 431-0198
       Email: or

Missions to deaf, singles, and Christian art/design.

Buckley Road Baptist Church
       4962 Buckley Road
       Liverpool, New York 13088

       Phone: (315) 457-0570

All services are interpreted. Early Sunday Service 8:30am, Sunday Worship Service 11:00, Sunday Night
Service 7:00pm.

Closed Captioned TV Mass:
WKTV Utica Channel 2          6:00 AM Sunday
WBNG Binghamton                6:30 AM Sunday
WIXT Syracuse Channel 9       6:30 AM Sunday
PAX                            2:30 PM Sunday

                                 Faith Centers
Community Church of the Nazarene
       118 Josephine St.
       North Syracuse, NY 13212

       Phone: (315) 458-4883

Sunday School Class for the Deaf at 10 am. Worship services interpreted at 11 a.m. Other services interpreted
as requested, Sunday evenings at 6:30 pm and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. Pastor Dave Dyke.

Deaf Evangelical and Fellowship (D.E.A.F.) Inc.
       6044 Pine Grove Road
       Cicero, New York 13039-9370

       Contact: Steven Blann
       Phone: (315) 458-7038

D.E.A.F. teaches sign language classes, provides sign language curriculum, teacher training seminars,
evangelism teams, conducts camps and retreats, supports current deaf ministries, establishes new deaf
ministries, international ministry teams. Independent mission board that sets up missionaries in the U.S.,
Central America, South America, Africa and the Caribbean. Work with deaf in local areas and establish new
deaf ministries.

Dexterville Seventh-Day Adventist Church
       785 County Route 3
       Fulton, NY 13069

       Phone: (315) 592-4271

Signing is provided when needed. Pastor Michael Brazington. Seventh-Day Adventist.

                                 Faith Centers
Ephphatha Parish of the Deaf
       310 Montgomery St., Suite 25
       Syracuse, NY 13202

       TTY: (315) 471-3736
Please call New York State Relay Service at 1-800-421-1220, and provide the operator with the church phone
       Service hours: 8:00 to 4:30; other times by appointment
       Carlton B. Strail, Parish Secretary

Provides counseling and support for deaf people and their families. Provides religious services and programs
to its members, for the deaf and hard of hearing. The Rev. Peter Williams. Episcopal.

Faith Baptist Church
       7312 Van Buren Road
       Baldwinsville, New York 13027

       Phone: (315) 638-0836
       Email: M691212@NETZERO.NET (Interpreter’s email)

A sign language interpreter is available for morning and evening services on Sunday and for Wednesday
evening prayer meeting. Independent Baptist.

Holy Cross
       4112 E Genesee St.
       Dewitt, NY 13214

       Phone: (315) 446-0473
       Fax: (315) 446-7608

Interpreted Mass at 11:15am.

                                  Faith Centers
North Syracuse Baptist Church
       420 South Main Street
       North Syracuse, NY 13212

       Phone: (315) 458-0271
       Fax: (315) 458-5571
       Pastor Blann:

Signed Sunday school at 9:30 geared for teens and up. Deaf church (signed, not interpreted) is at 10:45am.
There is a Wednesday night Bible study as well as fellowships throughout the year. ASL class are offered at
the church Mondays 7pm-9pm. Special events are interpreted. Once a month the Deaf congregation unites
with hearing congregation and has an interpreted service. Pastor Stephen Blann. Independent Baptist.

St. Daniels
       3004 Court Street
       Syracuse, NY 13208

       Phone: (315) 454-4946

Listening devices that amplify what is being said into the microphone by the priest, lector, etc. are available.
Pastor: Rev Msgr Eugene M Yennock.

St. Lucy's Church
       432 Gifford St.
       Syracuse, NY 13204

       Phone: (315) 475-7273

Interpreted Mass at 9:00 AM. Deaf Ministry: Father Matthews and Marion Baratta

                                  Faith Centers
United Church Of Fayetteville
       310 E. Genesee St.
       Fayetteville, NY 13066

       Phone: (315) 637-3186

Services of worship are interpreted in American Sign Language September through June (Please sit at the front
of the sanctuary on the left side and make yourself known to the interpreter). Interpretation for the deaf can be
arranged for Church School classes as needed. Infrared hearing devices are available from an usher. There is a
Joyful Sign Choir that meets weekly and there are periodic introductory ASL classes offered. Rev. Dr. Linda
Even. United Presbyterian/Baptist.

Early Intervention of Onondaga County
       Onondaga County Health Department Bureau of Special Children Services
       501 East Fayette St., Suite B
       Syracuse, New York 13202

       Phone: (315) 435-3230
       Fax: (315) 435-2678
       Contact: Linda Karmen, Director
       Local Members:

Early Intervention (EI) is a Federally and State mandated program that provides special education and therapy
services to children from birth through 2 years of age who are found through multi-disciplinary evaluation to
have a disability or developmental delay. EI CARES (Children at Risk Early Screening) works to identify
children birth to age 3 who are at-risk for development delays. For more information, call 435-3230.

The Preschool Special Education Program provides mandated services authorized by local school districts for
3 and 4 year old children with special needs in a variety of settings in the community. For more information,
contact your local school district Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).

The Children with Special Health Care Needs Program assists families of children who have special health
care needs to obtain necessary health services and community resources. Call Exceptional Family Resources at
478-1462 for more information. The Physically Handicapped Children’s Program funds authorized medical
services not covered by insurance. There are financial eligibility requirements. For more information,
call 435-5262.

Syracuse Community Health Center
Syracuse Community Health Center, Central
       819 S. Salina St.
       Syracuse, NY 13202

      Phone: (315) 476-7921
      Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday & Friday 8:30 a.m. to
      5:15 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Syracuse Community Health Center, East
       1938 E. Fayette St.
       Syracuse, NY 13210

      Phone: (315) 474-4077
      Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Syracuse Community Health Center, South
       1701 South Ave.
       Syracuse, NY 13202

      Phone: (315) 234-8336
      Hours: Monday 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Syracuse Community Health Center, West
       603 Oswego St.
       Syracuse, NY 13204

      Phone: (315) 424-0800
      Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Syracuse Community Health Center, Lafayette
       2394 Route 11, LaFayette
       Syracuse, NY 13084

      Phone: (315) 677-3186
      Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Syracuse Community Health Center
Dr. King Elementary School
       416 E. Raynor Ave.
       Syracuse, NY 13202

       Phone: (315) 435-4030
       Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Weeks Elementary School
      710 Hawley Ave.
      Syracuse, NY 13203

       Phone: (315) 435-4030
       Hours: Monday thru Friday8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Shea Middle School
      1607 S. Geddes St.
      Syracuse, NY 13207

       Phone: (315) 634-7432
       Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Delaware Elementary School
      900 South Geddes St.
      Syracuse, NY 13204

       Phone: (315) 435-4540
       Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc. is a private not-for-profit health care corporation that provides health
care services to all individuals with a commitment to those who might otherwise be excluded from the health
care system while remaining cost effective, efficient and competitive. The Health Center’s staff numbers ap-
proximately 400, and is comprised of physicians, dentists, dental hygienists, radiologists, certified nurse mid-
wives, ophthalmologist, podiatrist and other health care professionals. The Health Center will arrange an inter-
preter upon request.

                        Interpreter Services
AURORA of CNY: Marjorie Clere Interpreter Referral Service
       518 James St., Suite 100
       Syracuse, NY 13203

       Phone: (315) 422-7263
       TTY: (315) 422-9746
       Fax: (315) 422-4792

Marjorie Clere Interpreter Referral Service under the direction of a Certified Professional Interpreter,
AURORA’s Marjorie Clere Interpreter Referral Service coordinates the provision of highly skilled and certi-
fied sign language interpreters for a 13 county area across Central New York. A full range of language prefer-
ences are provided by professional interpreters, including American Sign Language, Signed English, oral and
tactile signing. Typical assignment sites include: college campuses for all levels of study, hospitals, emergency
rooms, technical training seminars and conferences, artistic performances, courtrooms, physician’s offices and
political forums.

Types of Interpreting Situations
• Routine- Requested at least 24 business hours in advance
• Emergency/Late- Requested less than 24 business hours in advance
• Legal- Court trials, hearings, depositions, or any legal matter that becomes part of the court records.
• Team- Two or more interpreters are required for special situations of intense nature, lengthy duration or
   which involve more than one mode of sign language.

A two hour minimum is charged per assignment; rates vary according to the type of interpreting service pro-
vided. Travel time may also be charged for certain locations outside the Syracuse area. There is an additional
charge for requests and cancellations with less than 24 business hours notice. Interpreting fees may not be
charged back to the Deaf/hard of hearing consumer, either directly or indirectly, per the Americans with Dis-
abilities Act. However, fees may be deducted from a business’ taxes as “line item business expenses.”

                        Interpreter Services
Empire Interpreting Services
       State Tower Building, Suite 406
       109 South Warren St.
       Syracuse, New York 13202

       Syracuse Office: (315) 472-1383
       TTY: (607) 7495741

Empire Interpreting Service is an Interpreting Referral Agency in Central New York with more than 200 pro-
fessional Sign Language and Spoken Language Interpreters providing services throughout the Northeast in le-
gal, educational, medical, mental health, platform and religious settings. Many of the interpreters are state or
nationally certified, possessing the years of experience, knowledge and credentials required to fulfill particular
interpreting needs. They carefully match the strengths of our interpreters to each assignment, keeping in mind
ADA requirements and consumer preference.

Fair Access for the Deaf (FAD)
       1211 Lancaster Ave.
       Syracuse, NY 13210

       Voice/TTY: (315) 474-6711

Fair Access for the Deaf (FAD) is a sign language interpreter service and American Sign Language training
resource. FAD began simply in 1988 by providing interpreters at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. It has
since evolved to include over 80 interpreters throughout New York State. Since it is based in Syracuse, NY,
most work ranges throughout the Central NY region - Watertown to Binghamton and Rochester to Albany.
Travel outside that region can also be arranged.

                                 Legal Services
Disability Rights Clinic
       Professor Michael A. Schwartz, Director

The Disability Rights Clinic, or DRC, as it is known, is a clinic of the College of Law, dedicated to providing
representation to individuals and groups in our community who are unable to secure representation elsewhere.
Since the 1980's when the Disability Rights Clinic was founded, its student attorneys have practiced in federal
and state courts, and before administrative agencies in a broad range of civil rights matters, including race,
gender, age and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, prisoners rights, immigration, accessibility under
the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state laws, and employment matters.

In 2004, Assistant Professor Michael Schwartz was hired to direct DRC. As an expert in disability rights law,
particularly the rights of people who are deaf, PILF has begun focusing its litigation and advocacy on the
rights of children and adults with disabilities in Syracuse and surrounding communities. DRC also collaborates
with other SU College of Law clinics, especially on cases involving families with children who have mental or
physical disabilities. In addition, DRC engages in outreach work, educating the community about its rights and
responsibilities under the law, and student attorneys are encouraged to research and present on various legal
issues. DRC also plays a role in negotiation, mediation, and advocacy, which offer student attorneys a chance
to acquire valuable skills that complement their ability to litigate.

Captioned Movies
       Search via for times and local showings.

       Midway Drive-In Theatre
       2475 State Route 48
       Fulton, NY 13069

       Contact: Dan Farfaglia
       Phone: (315) 593-0699 or (315) 343-0211
       Website: or

       Palace Theatre
       2384 James Street
       Syracuse, NY 13206

       Phone: (315) 463-9240

Christmas Party
Annual communitywide Christmas party at St. Joseph’s Church/Parish Center in Camillus. Usually held on
the first Saturday or Sunday in December. For more information contact Joanne Dermody at

Deaf Awareness Week:
Local events held to celebrate and bring awareness of Deaf culture. Takes place during mid-September.

Deaf Coffee Club of CNY
       Panera Bread
       5701 East Circle Drive
       Cicero, NY 13039

       Contact: Bentley Fine

Get together for coffee/munchies & social interaction with manual signings, providing full joy & relaxa-
tion. The club meets the1st, 2nd, and 4th Fridays of the month from 6pm to 10pm.

Deaf Group of Liverpool: Sponsored by AURORA of CNY.
       St. Joseph the Worker Church
       1001 Tulip Street
       Liverpool, New York 13088

       Voice: (315) 422-7263
       TDD: (315) 422-9746

A support group for Deaf adults who use sign language, and for adults ages 60 plus, but all ages are welcome.
The group meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 10am-2pm. Light lunch is served.

Deaf Skiers Program: Sponsored by Fair Access for the Deaf (FAD)
       Contact: Jim Skvorak
       V/TTY/Fax: (315) 474-6711

This is the only program of its kind in the Northeast where downhill skiing lessons are given in sign language
or by using interpreters. The six week program is open to Deaf children and adults. Lessons for hearing
family and friends are also available. The program meets on Sundays at Toggenburg Ski Center in Fabius,
NY, just 30 minutes south of Syracuse. The last Sunday of the program is a special Deaf Ski Day. Awards are
given to students and many people join for pizza, skiing or just for friendship. FAD is always looking for in-
terpreters who can ski or snowboard to be a part of the program. Many volunteers help to make the lessons run
smoothly and provide a great skiing and social opportunity for the Deaf community. Reduced ski pass and
rental rates, see website for details.

Mattie Letham Deaf Performing Arts (MLDPA)
MLDPA was created to help make the Performing Arts Deaf-accessible and Deaf-inclusive. MLDPA
encourages, supports and promotes awareness for performing arts projects that use American Sign Language.
That includes interpreted theatre, open-captioned films, films with Deaf actors, Deaf artists and local Deaf
community performances. MLDPA is a part of the Deaf Advocacy Council (DAC). Latest events can be
found at the Deaf Coffee CNY and DAC websites along with contact information.

New York State Fair: Interpreters Provided by Fair Access for the Deaf (FAD)
       581 State Fair Blvd.                                          Fair Access for the Deaf
       Syracuse, NY 13209                                            1211 Lancaster Ave.
                                                                     Syracuse, NY 13210
       Phone: (800) 475-FAIR or (315) 487-7711
       Fax: (315) 487-9260                                           Voice/TTY: (315) 474-6711
       Email:                     Email:
       Website:                                      Website:

Fair Access for the Deaf (FAD) offers free interpreting at the New York State Fair in Syracuse which runs for
12 days in late August through Labor Day. The free evening concerts at Chevrolet Court are interpreted with
reserved seating in front. Schedules of interpreted events are available during the Fair. There are printed copies
at the Guest Relations Booth across from the Main Gate.

Events with interpreters have a sign with the FAD logo and the times of interpreted shows. Interpreters wear
bright blue shirts with the FAD logo on the back. FAD Flags show where there are interpreted events locations
to meet an Interpreter On Call.

FREE Interpreter On Call
Have an interpreter join you for up to an hour between Noon and 6 pm. Places to meet an Interpreter On Call
(IOC) are indicated on a map with the schedule which are available at the Guest Relations Booth.

Onondaga County Parks
Saint Marie among the Iroquois

       Physical Address:                                            Mailing Address:
       6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway                                   106 Lake Drive
       Liverpool, NY 13088                                          Liverpool, NY 13088

       Phone: (315) 453-6768
       Fax: (315) 453-6772

Sainte Marie among the Iroquois is a re-creation of the French Mission that once stood on the shores of Onon-
daga Lake from 1656-1658. Browse the museum and learn about the 17th century culture of the Haudenosau-
nee (Iroquois), the French and their meeting here. Visit the Interpretive Center and converse with the costumed
interpreters about daily life in the 1650's. Demonstrations in carpentry, blacksmithing, cooking and other
unique activities are available. Group tours are gladly welcomed by appointment only.

Tours of Sainte Marie among the Iroquois include a visit to the Visitors Center where they will learn about the
Native American environment; the European journey to North America, the meeting of the French and Native
Americans and the establishment of a peace treaty, upon visiting the Mission Site, students will learn about the
Jesuit Mission and the men who lived there. Prior to the visit teachers will receive a reproducible activity
packet. Costumed interpreters may be available. The program supports the NYS 4th Grade social studies cur-
riculum standards including physical geographical characteristics, Native American history, settlement of NYS
and development of transportation and industry.

Tours are available Monday - Friday, beginning at 9:30 or 11:30am. Tours in American Sign Language are
available upon request and availability.

Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series
       Tickets are available at the Oncenter Box Office:
       800 South Salina Street
       Syracuse, NY 13202

       Phone: (315) 435-8000
       Fax: (315) 435-8099

       Lecture Location:
       441 Montgomery Street
       Syracuse, NY 13202

Sponsored by the Friends of the Central Library, the Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series is the largest library-
related lecture series in the United States. It offers the Greater Syracuse community a chance to hear world-
class authors with a variety of viewpoints talk about their craft, their lives, and what's on their minds. Past
seasons have featured a variety of talented writers, including Pulitzer and Nobel prize winners. All lectures
begin at 7:30pm.

Siracusa: Newspaper for the Deaf

       Deaf Advocacy Council of CNY
       P.O. Box 9631
       Syracuse, NY 13290

       Contact: Donna Wine, Editor

Siracusa is a bi-monthly community newsletter sponsored by the Deaf Advocacy Council of CNY. It includes
general news and announcements from various organizations and agencies. It is $8.00 for one year's
subscription (6 issues).

Syracuse Club of the Deaf
       Contact: Donna Wine, President

Syracuse Stage
       820 East Genesee St.
       Syracuse, NY 13210

       Box Office: (315) 443-3275
       Box Office Fax: (315) 443-1408
       Administration: (315) 443-4008
       Fax: (315) 443-9846

Signed Performance are sponsored by Welch Allyn. They feature sign language interpreted performances in
American Sign Language on select performances. Please see individual event calendars for dates and times, or
call the Box Office at 315-443-3275.

We offer an infrared listening system for patrons with up to 70% hearing loss. The lightweight, wireless
headset is comfortable and may be used from any seat in both the John D Archbold Theatre and the Storch
Theatre. Headsets can be reserved free of charge through the Box Office (315-443-3275) or at the Coat Room
(315-443-9922) before the curtain.

Syracuse University Lectures
       Office of Academic Affairs
       Crouse-Hinds Hall, Suite 500
       900 South Crouse Ave.
       Syracuse, NY 13244

       Contact: Esther Gray
       Phone: (315) 443-2941

The Syracuse University Lectures has brought speakers to campus that have reached across interdisciplinary
boundaries and drawn on their expertise and personal experiences to help audiences learn and understand a
wide range of perspectives on our global society. All lectures are free and open to the public.

                                Social Services
       635 James St.
       Syracuse, New York 13203

       Phone: (315) 472-3171
       TTY: (315) 479-6363
       Fax: (315) 472-9252

ASRISE works with people of all abilities to create a fair and just community in which everyone can fully
participate. ARISE embraces the guiding principles of independent living – that individuals with disabilities
have a right to dignity, personal responsibility, and self-determination. ARISE offers advocacy and support
services to people of all ages with all types of disabilities. ARISE’s core services include peer counseling,
independent living skills training, information and referral and individual and systems advocacy.

AURORA of Central New York
       518 James St., Suite 100
       Syracuse, NY 13203

       Phone: (315) 422-7263
       Fax: (315) 422-4792
       TTY/TDD: (315) 422-9746
       VP: (315) 422-7263

AURORA of Central New York, Inc. is a 501 (c ) 3 not-for-profit organization with a 90+ year history of
serving individuals of all ages are blind, visually impaired, Deaf, hard-of-hearing, late deafened and deaf
blind. The agency is dedicated to being a leader in the field and is committed to:
        • providing high quality services that empower individuals to achieve their highest potential and fullest
        level of participation in their homes, schools on the job and in the community; .
        • advocating for the elimination of barriers and attitudes that hinder this participation;
        • educating all citizens on the causes, treatment and management of these disabilities; and
        • organizing resources necessary to support these efforts.

                                Social Services
Exceptional Family Resource
       1065 James Street, Suite 220
       Syracuse, NY 13203

       Phone: (315) 478-1462
       Fax: (315) 478-1467

Exceptional Family Resources (EFR) partners with individuals with disabilities and their families, providing
services, information, advocacy and other supports to enhance lives and foster community acceptance.

John L. Norris Addiction Treatment Center
       Building Address:                                    Mailing Address:
       1732 South Avenue                                    1111 Elmwood Avenue
       Rochester, NY 14620                                  Rochester, NY 14620

       Phone: (585) 461-0410
       TDD: (585) 461-4253
       Fax: (585) 461-4545
       Contact: David Freeman, Director

The John L. Norris ATCs mission is to help people affected by the disease of alcoholism and chemical
dependence find the pathway to recovery, through an environment free from alcohol and drugs, while creating
a solid basis for sobriety. The center is operated by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance
Abuse Services. The John L. Norris ATC is proud to offer the only inpatient program for the treatment of deaf
and hearing impaired persons in New York State and is one of the only six programs in the United States.
Counseling staff is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Interpreting Staff are Registry of Interpreters for
the Deaf (RID) certified.

                                Social Services
Liberty Resources
       1065 James Street
       Syracuse, NY 13203

       Phone: (315) 425-1004
       Fax: (315) 479-7884

Liberty Resources assists individuals and families in need of achieving an improved quality of life by
providing residential and non-residential services tailored to meet their particular needs. Liberty Resources
offers progressive services in the least restrictive, most community-based setting possible for each individual.

Onondaga Department of Aging and Youth
       421 Montgomery Street
       Syracuse, NY 13202
       Phone: (315) 435-2362
       Fax: (315) 435-3129

The Office for Aging provides programs and services to adults age 60 and older, including home visits by
outreach workers for needs assessment and information, health insurance counseling, in-home services,
nutrition services, transportation, legal services, caregiver respite and more. The Office for Aging also partners
with Aurora of Central New York to provide supportive services to older persons with hearing and/or vision

Spanish Action League/La Liga
       700 Oswego St.
       Syracuse, NY 13204

       Phone: (315) 475-6153
       Fax: (315) 474- 5767
       Contact: Rita Paniagua

La Liga builds on the rich cultural heritage of the Latino Community by advancing its independence and
growth through advocacy, counseling, and education.

                                Social Services
The Minnesota Chemical Dependency Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
       2450 Riverside Avenue South
       Minneapolis, MN 55454

       Voice/TTY: (800) 282-3323
       VP: (612) 273-4402

The Minnesota Chemical Dependency Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals (MCDPDHHI) is a
specialized program designed to meet the communication and cultural needs of deaf and hard of hearing
persons in chemical dependency treatment. The MCDPDHHI is comprised of a highly trained staff who
provide a full range of treatment services. Staff are fluent in sign language as well as knowledgeable about and
sensitive to Deaf Culture. Program offerings include individual and group therapy, school programming,
lectures, occupational therapy, spirituality group, recreational therapy, grief group, men’s/women’s groups,
participation in Twelve Step groups, comprehensive assessment services and aftercare planning. As a part of a
major metropolitan medical center, the Program also offers a full range of physical and mental health services.

Vera House: Project EMERGE
       Administrative Offices
       6181 Thompson Road, Suite 100
       Syracuse, NY 13206

       Phone: (315) 425-0818
       TTY: (315) 484-7263
       Contact: Jennifer Shaw, Project Emerge Director

Vera House and ARISE, along with our community partners, are creating an inclusive system to provide
comprehensive services to people with disabilities and Deaf people who are survivors of domestic and sexual
violence. This project, funded by a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women, will strive to ensure
access, equality, empowerment and safety through the efforts of knowledgeable providers.

                               Social Services
VESID (Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities)
       Syracuse District Office
       333 East Washington Street, Room 230
       Syracuse, NY 13202

       Phone: (315) 428-4179 or (800) 782-6164
       Fax: (315) 428-4280
       TTY: (315) 428-4659
       Contact: Kevin Shea

VESID offers access to a full range of services that may be needed by persons with disabilities through their
lives. Through its administration of both the special education and vocational rehabilitation programs, VESID
coordinates policy and services relating to:
    -transition services for infants and toddlers with disabilities (ages birth to two years);
    -special education services for students with disabilities (3-21);
    -transition services for students with disabilities from school to adult services;
    -vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, ages 16 and older; and
    -independent living services for adults with disabilities.

       1015 State Fair Blvd
       Syracuse, NY 13209

       Voice/VP/TTY: (315) 468-3275
       Fax: (315) 468-3276

WHOLE ME Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing educational and social services designed to
promote the success of Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, their families, and their communities.

Support Group

The Whole Me support group meets once a month for families of children with hearing loss. Topics include:
Rights and Responsibilities of Parents and the School; Accessibility in the community; Strategies for
successful communication; Transition to post secondary education or the workforce; VESID supports,
Socialization, life skills training and advocacy.

                              Youth Services
Baby Signs by Anu
       401 Montgomery St.
       Syracuse, NY 13202

       Phone: (315) 391-2261

The Baby Signs Program teaches babies who can hear but are to young to speak how to use simple, easy-to-do
gestures for communicating with their parents and caregivers. Anu Briggs offers classes for parents and
babies, so they can learn sign language together. DVDs and books to supplement the classes are available.

                               Youth Services
After School Programs:
WHOLE ME After School Programs
       WHOLE ME Inc.
       1015 State Fair Blvd.
       Syracuse, NY 13209

       V/TTY/VP: (315) 468-3275
       Fax: (315) 468-3276

WMI hosts an afterschool program once a week for children with hearing loss and their hearing peers grades
K-12 in the Solvay School District. The program coordinator is Deaf and there are several Deaf and hearing
professionals from the community that work with the students as role models and mentors. There is no cost to
the students and families.

WMI also works with middle and high school students who are interested in participating in the following ac-
tivities: The National Mathcounts Competition, Steps to Success, Explore Your Future and Girlz Tech all of
which are held the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, NY.

KODA Group (Kids of Deaf Adults):

WMI provides programs and activities for children and young adults who have Deaf parents in CNY. Activi-
ties include: Self-expression through the arts, group discussions regarding clear and effec-
tive communication, self-advocacy, etc.

                                Youth Services
Summer Camps:
AURORA of CNY Summer Education Program
General Contact Information for Aurora of CNY:

       AURORA of Central New York Inc.
       518 James St., Suite 100
       Syracuse, NY 13203

       Phone: (315) 422-7263
       Fax: (315) 422-4792
       TTY/TDD: (315) 422-9746
       VP: (315) 422-7263

AURORA operates a six-week Summer Education Program for Deaf and hard of hearing students between the
ages of 5-18 years of age. Located at Lourdes Camp on Skaneateles Lake, the program provides a unique
educational experience in a casual, outdoor setting. Students also participate in camp activities such as tennis,
soccer, swimming and boating. Registration for the camp is made through the home school district and must be
indicated on the student’s IEP.

Camp Mark 7
       Before June 1                                 After June 1
       c/o Registration                              144 Mohawk Hotel Road
       P.O. Box 23054                                Old Forge, NY 13420
       Rochester, NY 14692

       Phone/VP: (315) 357-6089 (after June 1)
       Fax: (315) 357-6403 (after June 1)
       Deaf Program Director: Randee Pascall

Clientele: Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Hearing
Activities: swimming, water-skiing, kneeboarding and tubing; Paddle a canoe on the winding Moose River or
other chosen rivers/lakes and camp out under the stars; Diverse outdoor games and arts & crafts; Hike different
mountains. A CM7 shirt included.

                                 Youth Services
Summer Camps:
Cradle Beach Camp
       8038 Old Lakeshore Road
       Angola, NY 14006

       Phone: (716) 549-6307
       Fax: (716) 549-6825
       Contact: Cara Stillman, Executive Director

Clientele: Disabled and disadvantaged children from Western New York, ages 9-16
Activities: Other adult relationships, adult role models, positive peer influence, creative activities, achievement
motivation, caring, integrity, honesty, responsibility, restraint, planning & decision making, interpersonal
competence, cultural competence, resistance skills, peaceful conflict resolution, self-esteem, sense of purpose
and positive view of the future.

Flying Fingers Camp
       P.O. Box 750851
       Forest Hills, NY 11375

       Contact: Monica Levne, Executive Director

Clientele: Deaf/Hard of Hearing and KODAs ages 5-15
Activities: Arts and Crafts, sailing, swimming, sports, biking, trips, and much, much more.

                                Youth Services
Summer Camps:
NTID Explore Your Future
Career Awareness Week for High School Sophomores and Juniors with Hearing Loss

       National Technical Institute for the Deaf
       52 Lomb Memorial Drive
       Rochester, NY 14623

       Phone/VP: (585) 475-6700
       Fax: (585) 475-2787

Clientele: Deaf/Hard of Hearing high school sophomores and juniors who will begin their junior and senior
year in the fall.
Activities: Gain hands-on experience in a variety of career areas including information technology, computers,
engineering, business, science and art, get a taste of life on a college campus, making new friends from all over
the country and have fun!

Summer Camp for Middle School Students with Hearing Loss:
Steps to Success
       National Technical Institute for the Deaf
       52 Lomb Memorial Drive
       Rochester, NY 14623

       Phone/VP: (585) 475-7695

Clientele: Deaf/Hard of Hearing African-American, Latino American and Native American students entering
7th, 8th, or 9th grade.
Activities: Students will explore career options that can help prepare them for life after high school and they
will work with experienced counselors in high-tech labs, and more.

                                Youth Services
Summer Camps:
       Rochester Institute of Technology
       National Technical Institute for the Deaf
       52 Lomb Memorial Drive
       Rochester, NY 14623

       Phone/VP: (585) 475-7695
       Website: www.rit/edu/NTID/TechGirlzNR

Clientele: Deaf/Hard of Hearing girls entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in September
Activities: Girls will learn and think about jobs and careers in science and technology by building their own
computer to take home, discovering the secrets of roller coaster design, investigating a crime scene and be-
coming a commander on a simulated mission to Mars. They also meet other girls with similar interests.

                Other Helpful Resources
Onondaga County Resource Directory for Young Children with
Hearing Impairments
       Onondaga County Health Department

Resources for Seniors in Onondaga County Directory
       Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth

Resource Manual for Onondaga and Surrounding Counties
       Exceptional Family Resources

Youth Services Directory
       Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth

Clinical Practice Guideline Resources
Sponsored by the New York State Department of Health, Division of Family Health, Bureau of Early
Intervention. The guideline publications are available free of charge to New York State residents. To order

       New York State Department of Health
       Box 2000
       Albany, NY 12220

       -The Guideline Technical Report
       Hearing Loss, Assessment and Intervention for Young Children (Age 0-3 Years)
               Publication No. 4967, 2007

       -Evidence Tables – Assessment and Intervention
               Publication No. 4976, 2007

       -Quick Reference Guide
       Hearing Loss, Assessment and Intervention for Young Children (Ages 0-3 Years)
               Publication No. 4965, 2007


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