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NJ Department of Human Services

Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

September 2009

Vol. 30 No. 8

Jon S. Corzine, Governor

Jennifer Velez, Commissioner

David C. Alexander, Director

Digital Caption Demonstration In New Jersey Huge Success:
The DDHH, in collaboration with Comcast CableVision, presented the first public digital caption demonstration on July 24, focusing on digital captioning and the New Jersey community of deaf and hard of hearing people. Over 80 consumers were participants, as well as representatives from Comcast, agencies serving the deaf and hard of hearing and the Department of Human Services. Comcast generously offered their training facility in Voorhees as the meeting site, and their technicians provided an informative presentation as they listened to the concerns of consumers.
Senior Comcast officials Barry Taylor, Director of Government Relations and John Grove, Director of Engineering for South New Jersey, led the presentation. Mr. Taylor provided a brief history of caption services. The industry began in 1970 as an experiment by the National Bureau of Standards in conjunction with the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) to place the time on broadcast screens. The experiment failed to achieve that goal, but from that experiment, the idea of closed captioning emerged.
The technology was previewed in 1971, and the National Captioning Institute was established in 1979.
History was made on March 16, 1980 when several captioned programs were aired on different networks simultaneously. By July 1993, legislation required all televisions to contain caption decoders and by 2010, Spanish decoding must be available in all newly manufactured sets in the United States.

Mr. Grove explained that initial captions were awkward and not user friendly. Digital technology has changed that and allowed for more advanced captioning capabilities (also known as 708). Advanced captioning allows the user to adjust background, font style, size, and color to suit their personal preferences. Users are unable to move the captions to the top of the screen because that area is reserved for emergency alert messages. If those emergency messages are covered by the captioning, viewers would miss vital emergency information.

In order to utilize the advanced or 708 caption capabilities, users who have a cable box need to follow these steps:

• Turn off the captions on the television menu using the television’s remote.

• Utilizing the cable box converter remote, select “settings” or “menu”, depending on your cable company’s remote.

• Select the caption function from that menu or settings list and choose personal preferences for size, color, etc.

Mr. Grove demonstrated the captioning choices on the screen for the council members and guests.
Many consumers voiced frustration with the difficulties they are experiencing in receiving digital captions on their televisions. Consumers expressed concern with the lack of knowledge by cable technicians about captions and their inability to resolve captioning difficulties. There is clearly a need for additional training for technicians in how to diagnose captioning difficulties. Resolving caption issues is challenging due to the fact that caption difficulties may arise either from the broadcaster (i.e. ABC, NBC which provides the captions) or in the delivery of the broadcast signal by the cable company. Mr. Grove stated that cable companies simply “deliver” the broadcast signal to homes. If the source of the captioning problem is on the broadcasters end, then the broadcast signal along with the defective captions will be delivered by the cable company to homes.

It was suggested that when a consumer experiences captioning difficulties they should first contact their cable provider. If the cable provider is unable to diagnose and resolve the captioning difficulties then the problem may rest with the broadcaster. In that event, a complaint should be filed with the FCC who will investigate. Guidelines on how to file a complaint with the FCC were disseminated. These guidelines, published by Steve Gregory and previously published in the April 2008 edition of the Monthly Communicator are reprinted in this issue.

While this meeting was not a panacea to resolve all captioning issues, it did provide a forum for people with hearing loss to meet with senior Comcast officials to discuss digital captioning issues. Comcast representatives were clearly impressed with the comments and the large turn out from the community. Mr. Grove and Mr. Taylor stated the meeting was very educational for them. As a result, they have a better understanding of the captioning issues of concern to the community and provided assurance the concerns would be shared with appropriate personnel for follow up. Additionally, both admitted learning much about hearing loss, while expressing interest for visiting the DDHH Assistive Technology Demonstration Centers to observe telecommunications equipment used be people with hearing loss in an effort to improve customer service by Comcast staff to people with hearing loss.
Picture: Guest Larry Brick addresses speaker, as DHS Deputy Commissioner Kevin Martone, Steve Gregory, Council Member Valerie Larosiliere, and Lori Adams listen attentively.
Picture: Comcast meeting room is at capacity during presentation.
Picture: Council member Lauren Lercher comments during the presentation.
Picture: Comcast’s John Grove, right, responds to question as Kymme Van Cleef and Steve Toth interpret.

Director’s Corner

By David Alexander, Director, Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH)

This month I would like to share with you some of the events DDHH has worked on over the summer. The Department of Human Services’ Web sites have a new look. DDHH staff worked hard to migrate information from the old site to the new one. The new DDHH home page is much improved with expanded resources and is intended to be consumer friendly. I encourage you to review our new site and share your comments with me.

Additionally, DDHH and Comcast partnered to present the first digital captioning demonstration in New Jersey. This event was a huge success with over 80 consumers attending. People with hearing loss had an opportunity to meet with senior Comcast officials to express their concerns with captioning, as well as view the new features available with digital captioning. Please see “ New Jersey Digital Captioning Demonstration: A Huge Success” for further information about this event.

I am pleased to inform the community that the DDHH budget allocation for the 2010 fiscal year will enable our programs and services to remain intact. I am happy to announce that the “Equipment Distribution Program,” which has been distributing telecommunications and home safety equipment to eligible families in New Jersey for 18 years, will continue. However, please be aware that DDHH will no longer carry the Captel phone as part of the equipment distribution program. The phone continues to be available at $99 directly from Weitbrecht Communications, Inc.
As always, I welcome your comments which may be sent to me by e-mail at or phone 609-984-7281 V/TTY.

The deadline for the November 2009 issue is October 1. The deadline for the October issue was September 1.

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Monthly Communicator

State of New Jersey

Department of Human Services

Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Director: David C. Alexander

Editor: Alan Champion

PO Box 074

Trenton, NJ 08625-0074

609-984-7281 V/TTY

800-792-8339 V/TTY

609-984-7283 VP (Video Phone) services/ddhh

The Monthly Communicator is published by the New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH), a state agency. DDHH provides information, referral, and advocacy to service recipients. Information or articles provided by others does not imply endorsement by DDHH or the State of New Jersey. There are currently 8,700 copies of the MC distributed monthly.

Deadline for submissions: First of the month for the following month’s edition.
FCC Extends Deadline to November 12, 2009 for 10-digit Local Phone Numbers for VPs, VRS and IP Relay Users

From the National Association for the Deaf

People who use video relay service (VRS) or Internet Protocol relay (IP Relay) must have real 10-digit local phone numbers – by November 12, 2009 – to make non-emergency calls. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) extended the deadline (previously set for June 30, 2009) to give people more time to get their 10-digit local phone numbers.
Fake or “proxy” videophone (VP) numbers cannot be used after November 12, 2009.

VRS and IP Relay calls will not be connected without a real 10-digit local number after November 12, 2009. Emergency 911 calls – without a 10-digit number – cannot be connected automatically (but will be connected as quickly as possible) to the nearest 911 emergency service center.

Here are some of the benefits of 10-digit local phone numbers:
• Your 911 emergency call can be sent automatically to the 911 emergency center that serves the location

associated with your 10-digit number;

• Telephone users can dial your 10-digit number and be connected automatically to you through your

VRS or IP Relay provider; and

• You can connect with other VRS or IP Relay users by dialing a 10-digit number.

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) urges all VP, VRS, and IP Relay users to contact a VRS or IP Relay provider to get your 10-digit local phone number today.

For more information, please see the FCC fact sheets and American Sign Language (ASL) videos available at .

DDHH Advisory Council Meeting
Friday, October 30
9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
East Brunswick Public Library

2 Jean Walling Civic Center, East Brunswick, NJ 08816-3529

The public is invited to attend.
Call DDHH to confirm your attendance: 609-984-7281 V/TTY
All DDHH advisory council meetings are fully accessible with sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices (ALDs) and CART (open captioning) provided.

Equipment Distribution Program - Reinstated For FY 2009/2010
DDHH is happy to report that the Equipment Distribution Program (EDP) will continue through the beginning of the new fiscal year 2009/2010, which began July 1, 2009. This program, began in 1993. The division has distributed assistive technology to qualified Deaf, hard of hearing and Deaf-blind New Jersey residents (as well as those with a serious speech impediment) to assist people that want to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency in their daily lives. The equipment in the EDP includes: Text Telephones (TTY), Amplified and Voice Carry Over (VCO), and Hearing Carry Over (HCO) telephones, Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Baby Cry Alert Systems, and

Artificial Larynx Devices (ALD). Please call DDHH for an application or go to the DDHH Web site:

The New Jersey Academy of Audiology Gets Approval
The New Jersey Academy of Audiology (NJAA) has been approved by the State of New Jersey and the Internal Revenue Service to function as a non-profit, professional society whose members include licensed audiologists and other allied professional who provide services to people with hearing loss in New Jersey.

Robert M. DiSogra, AuD, FAAA, an audiologist in private practice in Freehold, will be serving as president. “This is a very exciting time for audiologists in New Jersey. The NJAA has been organized for the purpose of promoting audiology as the primary profession in New Jersey for the delivery of hearing and balance care and to facilitate the members’ abilities to identify, diagnose, treat, and prevent hearing and balance disorders through professional education, public awareness, and research initiatives.”

“The NJAA shall provide leadership for upgrading professional standards by offering quality continuing education and by advocating the profession of audiology to regulatory and legislative bodies and shall advocate that audiologists are the primary providers of hearing health care in New Jersey,” DiSogra said.
The NJAA will work closely with the American Academy of Audiology ( Consumers can inquire about hearing and balance problems by writing to the NJAA or by sending an e-mail to
Universal Design Comes To Woodbridge Middle School

Submitted by Randi Friedman

What is Universal Design? A ramp, for example, rather than a staircase, gives access to a building to a person who uses a wheelchair. However, everyone benefits, because it is easier to walk up a ramp than climb up stairs and when a wheelchair user is not using it, people often will use the ramp. That's universal design – universally accessible to all who need and want to use it.
Did you know that, according to the Center for Hearing and Communication, one in ten people are or will become Deaf or hard of hearing? And most of them do not use American Sign Language. So what if they wanted to go to a large public event, like a graduation at Woodbridge Middle School and they couldn't read the person's lips from where they were sitting, and their hearing aids and residual hearing might not catch everything? They'd miss a lot of what was said, including their name or the name of someone they loved who was graduating. They might consider that, if they couldn't hear a lot of what was said, maybe it would be useless to go.
Unless there was CART - Communication Access Realtime (instantaneous) Translation onto a laptop or other device!

A request was made for CART for Woodbridge Middle School's June 25, 2009 eighth grade graduation. Although only one person called to request access, Principal James Sullivan, after conferring with the CART provider, who is also an Open Captioner, thought it would be a great idea to provide Open Captioning, where everyone could see the screen, not just the party who requested it.

"The student population has expanded over the years," Principal Sullivan said, "to include students whose parents speak English as a second language. If we provide communication access via Universal Design, as Open Captioning, as the Open Captioner suggests, they could benefit as well."

"And hearing people find themselves looking over to the LED sign also," CART provider/Open Captioner Randi C. Friedman adds.
"LED sign? What's that? How will that help us accomplish Universal Design?"
An LED sign is like a movie marquee where big red letters scroll, except that, in this situation, they scroll up and down, not across and there are three lines, not one. It's great to provide Open Captioning so the whole audience can see and benefit. People with hearing loss also can sit wherever they want, not just right next to the CART provider with the laptop.
So on June 25, besides the graduation of the marvelous eighth graders, who we are sure will go on to do great things with the excellent foundation of learning they received at Woodbridge, it was also a historic event in our democratic history because a group of people who in the past may have been left out, were included in the important event. For more information on how your educational institution or your corporation can include people with hearing loss, go to .
Summer/Fall 2009 Interpreted 12 Step Meetings in New Jersey
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) - A Twelve Step meeting for people to share their experience, strength, and hope in an effort to overcome their misuse of alcohol. There are no dues or fees. The only requirement to attend is a desire to stop drinking.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) - A Twelve Step meeting for people to share their experience, strength and hope in an effort to overcome their misuse of drugs. There are no dues or fees. The only requirement to attend is a desire to stop using drugs.

Twelve Step Meeting (12 SM) - A 12 Step Meeting using the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous to address the problems of addictive behavior. There are 12 Step Meetings for addiction to alcohol, specific drugs, gambling, compulsive shopping, overeating, etc.

Al-anon - Meetings are 12 Step Meetings for people who are effected by a loved ones addictive behavior.
12 Step Meeting Access for Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened - There is a FM Loop System available at the-Al-an Club, Cass St. Trenton, NJ for all 12 step meetings. SOS has a FM system available to loan recovering persons or meeting places. Call SOS office to request other communication access services.

North Jersey Area

Wednesday 10am

St. Claire's/Riverside Hosp.

130 Powerville Road

Boonton, NJ

Al-Anon: Closed, D NS

Wednesday 7:30 PM

Assembly of God Church,

30 Manning Ave

Butler, NJ

AA : O, SP, NS
Central Jersey Area

Tuesday 6:45 am

Attitude Adjustment

Al-An Club

761 Cass Street

2nd Floor, Trenton, NJ

AA: I, O
Wednesday 6:15 pm

Deaf Meeting – no interpreter

Silent Serenity

Al-An Club

761 Cass Street, 2nd Floor

Trenton, NJ

Thursday 6:45 am

Attitude Adjustment

Al-An Club

761 Cass Street

2nd Floor, Trenton, NJ

AA: I, O
Thursday 8:00 pm

St. Paul United Church of Christ

62 South Main Street

(School Bldg Behind The Church)

Milltown, NJ


AA: I, O, SP, NS, W

South Jersey Area

Thursday 5:30 pm

St. Stephen’s Church

367 US Highway 9s

Waretown, NJ


Thursday 8:00 pm

St. Paul United Church of Christ

62 South Main Street

(School Bldg Behind The Church)

Milltown, NJ


AA: I, O, SP, NS, W

Friday 7:30 pm

Southern Ocean County Hospital

Route 72

Manahawkin, NJ

AA: I, O, D
Tuesday 8:00 pm

Deaf Meeting – no interpreter

Circle of Hands- Closed Meeting,

Grace Epiphany Episcopal Church

224 Gowan St. & Ardleigh St.

Philadelphia, PA

Al-Anon: SP, D, Closed
Tuesday 8:00pm

Deaf meeting – no interpreter

Hands of Hope

Grace Epiphany Episcopal Church

224 Gowan St. & Ardleigh St.

Philadelphia, PA

AA: I, C, SP, D
Sunday 11am (every other week)

Deaf Meeting – no interpreter

Center for Family Services

108 Somerdale Road

Voorhees, NJ 08043

O - Open (Everyone Welcome), C - Closed (For Alcoholics/Addicts only)

I - Interpreter provided for Deaf members, ASL - mtg. conducted in American Sign Language, D - Discussion, SP - Speaker,

ST - Step, TP - Topic, B - Big Book or Beginner , NS - No Smoking, WC - Wheelchair Accessible

This 12 Step Meeting list was updated 10/08. If you have any questions, notice mistakes, or are aware of other 12 Step Support Groups that provide special communication access for the Deaf and hard of hearing in the New Jersey area please notify Signs of Sobriety, Inc. If you plan to travel or are interested in 12 Step Meetings in other states please call SOS office at 609-882-7177. For more information visit our Web site at To arrange interpreter or communication services at a 12 Step meeting in your area, e-mail Lisette Weiland at or call 609-882-7177 TTY.

Alternatives, Inc. Launches Career Development Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community
Alternatives, Inc. has opened a new center designed to improve the quality of life and employment opportunities for many of New Jersey’s 800,000 people with varying degrees of hearing loss.
The Bridges to Employment Career Development Center (CDC) at 600 First Avenue in Raritan provides people who are Deaf and hard of hearing with a wide range of vocational assessment, employment training, placement, job coaching and support services. The Career Development Center was established through a major grant from the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), the first such facility funded by DVRS in Central Jersey and currently only one of three funded centers statewide.
“People with hearing loss often face great challenges in finding and retaining employment, particularly in the current economic environment,” said Nancy Good, president of Alternatives, a non-profit social service agency for those with a wide range of special needs. “There is great uncertainty among both job seekers and employers when it comes to creating effective workplace opportunities. Through this new program, Alternatives is confident that we will open up new doors for both those with hearing loss and employers.”
The Career Development Center is administered by Bridges to Employment, a division of Alternatives that provides comprehensive career services. Services through the CDC are available to residents of Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

“Our goal is to provide people with the resources and tools necessary to find and maintain successful employment,” said Glori Bine-Callagy, Director of Bridges to Employment. “We have helped hundreds of people with barriers to employment lead more fulfilling lives as a result of our services and that is our goal. At the same time, we are committed to helping companies large and small satisfy their business needs.”

The Career Development Center offers support groups, seminars and workshops related to employment. Bridges to Employment is available to provide short and long term job coaching and additional employment supports for people with a wide range of special needs. The Career Development Center also houses one of the five Demonstration Centers in the state for the Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH). Demonstrations on Assistive Technology can be arranged by appointment only.
For more information about the Career Development Center, contact Alyse Betso, Manager of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, at 908-685-1444 ext. 284, Voice; 908-458-9204 VP or visit us at Based in Raritan, Alternatives provides residential, employment, and support services for individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness and other special needs. For information on Alternatives, please call 908-685-1444 or visit
Hearing Dogs Trained for Service

Submitted by Debra Schaser

Canine Hearing Companions, Inc.’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for people with hearing loss or who suffer from seizures, angina and diabetes by training specialized dogs to help warn them of dangerous sounds or medical attacks.
Canine Hearing Companions, Inc., (CHC) was established in 1993 for improving lives for people with disabilities. Service dogs help disabled people gain independence and safety, and they provides security for the entire family.

Hearing dogs are trained for people that are Deaf or hard of hearing to alert them to the important sounds that they would have missed, including alarm clocks, smoke alarms, phones, door bells, a baby crying, emergency sirens while driving, someone calling their name, and more.

Medic Alert Dogs can save a persons life by alerting them before the person is going to suffer from an angina, diabetes and seizures. Having this advance warning helps them to take medicine to lessen or prevent the attack.
Psychiatric Service Dog can help Veterans, people that suffer Post Stress Traumatic Disorder and other mental impairments overcome their fears. The service dog helps to lessen their anxieties so they are able to leave their home and lead a more productive life.
Prison Program CHC has a training program in the Fairton Federal Correctional Institute. Workshops are given to educate the inmates on training and handling service dogs. The program benefits CHC with the help of important training and the positive training is rewarding to the inmates and their families.
Canine Hearing Companions, Inc. does not receive any State or Federal funding. Grants are also hard to come by that fit this program. Donations are needed to help people with disabilities that cannot afford the service.

Canine Hearing Companions, Inc.

247 E. Forest Grove Rd, Vineland, NJ 08360

Debra Schaser, Executive Director

856-696-3668, Voice; 856-696-3433 FAX;

Picture: Canine Hearing Companions, Inc. has some wonderful loving hearing dogs that have just graduated in their training and can become someone’s hearing companion. We also have puppies for some people that would like to raise their hearing dog.
E-mail to request an application.

Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital Goes Digital

Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital’s Statewide Specialized Inpatient Program for the Deaf (SSIP) is located in Morris Plains, NJ. The SSIP has recently upgraded its communication systems for the Deaf and hard of hearing from an outdated TTY system to the Sorenson VRS system. Eight Sorenson units have been employed around the hospital, both in the SSIP Patient Care areas and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Staff offices. The system has received great reviews from the SSIP’s patients and Deaf staff. Patricia Trowbridge, Greystone’s American Sign Language Instructor and Niamh Donovan, The SSIP’s Social Worker state, [Sorenson is] “A break through in communication." Finally, an SSIP patient states, “It’s real good.” For more information, contact or

Scholarship Awarded to Camden County College Student

Submitted by Kathy Earp: Acting Advisement Specialist, Camden County College

On Wednesday, May 13, Camden County College presented the Brian C. Shomo Memorial Scholarship, which goes to an outstanding Deaf student. Felicia Ann Williams proudly accepted the scholarship of $500 during a ceremony attended by hundreds of students, faculty, donors, and distinguished guests. Students receiving scholarships met with their donors before the ceremony at a reception held in the Atrium of the college’s new Connection Building.
The scholarship was established in Brian Shomo’s name while he worked as transition counselor at Camden County College’s MidAtlantic Post-secondary Center in May of 2002. Later, when Mr. Shomo left the college to take a position as director of the New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Trenton, he continued to present the scholarship. Brian passed away in June of 2006 and now each year the scholarship is awarded in his memory to a student who is Deaf or hard of hearing attending Camden County College.

The Camden County College is proud to continue to offer the Brian C. Shomo Memorial Scholarship to student graduates who are Deaf or hard of hearing meeting the academic and civic criteria. Students who are Native American, Asian American, African American, or Hispanic who produce good academics; show potential and leadership qualities; and participate in school and community activities are considered for the scholarship.

This year, Brian’s sister, Inice Shomo Hennessy, and brother, Keith Shomo, traveled several hours to attend the scholarship award ceremony. Inice presented the scholarship to Felicia at the ceremony held in the Truman Courtyard.

Ms. Williams was nominated for the scholarship based on her outstanding academic performance and community involvement. She graduated on Saturday May 16 with her Associate of Arts Degree in Deaf Studies and will attend Gallaudet University in the fall to begin her Bachelor of Arts degree in Deaf Studies.

For more information or to make a donation to the Brian C. Shomo Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund, contact the Office of Foundation & Alumni Relations at 856-374-4946.

Children’s American Sign Language Story Hour Roller Coaster Story and Rita’s Water Ice at the Library

Submitted by Christine Olsen

David Rivera, Deaf Storyteller, was this month’s special guest at the New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center’s Children’s American Sign Language Story Hour on June 9.
Mr. Rivera signed Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee to students from the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf, the Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission School and the public. This hilarious story is about a young girl who is finally tall enough to ride the BIG roller coaster and she is going for her first ride. We share her journey from start to finish as we wait in line with her and the other riders for their turn; getting to settle in the front row of the roller coaster and waiting for the bell that begins the S-L-O-W ride up to the top of the roller coaster right before it D-R-O-P-S down.
Following the story, the children shared their own experiences on roller coasters and were invited into the cafeteria where they designed their own roller coaster. They also enjoyed a delicious treat from Rita’s Water Ice. With summer almost here, Rita’s watermelon water ice was a great way to end another successful story hour year.

The Story Hour was signed by ASL interpreters provided by the NJ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a division of the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

The Story Hour is part of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Program (DHHAP) offered by New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center which is located at 2300 Stuyvesant Avenue in Trenton. For more information about the DHHAP program, contact the coordinator Christine Lam at 877-882-5593 TTY or Future ASL Story Hours will resume in October 2009.

Picture: NJSD student tells about his love of roller coasters.
Picture: NJSD students tell their favorite roller coaster experiences.
Picture: Deaf Storyteller, David Rivera, signs the story, “Roller Coaster.”
Picture: Jennifer donates the book “Roller Coaster” to MKSD.
Sound Start’s Family Fun Day

Submitted by Nora Rodríguez, MS, LCSW

The delight on a child’s face during play is a priceless gift to witness. That opportunity was repeated over and over again at the Family Fun Day of Mountain Lakes’ Sound Start Early Intervention Program, which was held on Sunday, June 7. The day celebrated the value of play and provided a number of different stations for exploration, expression and pure play. Members of the Sound Start Program team were on-hand at some of the stations for guided play while other activities allowed for free play with mom, dad and siblings. In addition, the program’s audiologists staffed a table to field questions, do some quick trouble-shooting and offer information packets and samples to the families present. The day concluded with lunch for all, some summertime giveaways for the children and material on play for the families.
The idea for the fun day came from families and program staff in recognizing how play is the foundation for the development of key skills, such as social interaction, language and communication, and cognitive skills. It is also a natural route to learning self-control and self-regulation. The number of families that attended, many of which came from quite a distance, affirmed the collaborative effort that places them in the primary role of their child’s learning experience, with the guidance and support of the staff. The event allowed for families to meet and exchange thoughts and ideas.

Sound Start’s Family Fun Day was generously underwritten by the Lake Drive Foundation. The Lake Drive Foundation maintains an active calendar of fund-raising events and dedicated benefactors who seek to support Sound Start in its mission to keep infants and toddlers learning and playing towards a bright future.

Sign Language and Speech Reading Classes offered at The Hearing Society
Located in the First Baptist Church of Westfield

170 Elm Street

Westfield, NJ 07090
Providing informal classes in sign language and speech (lip) reading
Thursday mornings, September 10, through May 27, 2010

Sign language - 9:45 AM; Speech reading - 10: 40 AM

Open to individuals in the greater Union County area who are interested in acquiring skills in these subjects. For information about the Society and the classes,

call 908-232-6546, Voice.

New Jersey Relay Service Hosts:

Telecommunication Access: Empowering Your Customers

3rd Annual Taste of Technology Mini-Conference
Note Change of Date

Wednesday, October 28

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Hyatt Regency Hotel

Two Albany St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Keynote Speaker: Gregory Hlibok, Disability Rights Office

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Admission: Free

Featured Workshops include:

FCC Updates & Trends, Relay Updates & Trends, New Product: CapTel 800i and Customer Panel on traditional relay service (711), video relay, relay conference captioning, internet relay and captioned telephone.

Due to the overwhelming success of the 2008 conference, we are presenting the Taste of Technology event again this year. Come to this free conference to learn about the latest advancements in technology, and hear from consumers who love the variety of telecommunication access products and services available for anyone is unable to hear or have difficulty hearing on the telephone. This is a great opportunity for professionals working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients and excellent for any agency that works with Senior Citizens who may be experiencing difficulty hearing on the phone.

“This conference was an eye-opener and I learned a lot from the featured speakers. The workshops helped me to better prepare my workplace for potential clients,” stated a 2008 conference attendee.

ASL Interpreters, CART (captioning) and Assistive Listening Devices will be provided.

Deadline to register is October 14. Registration and special requests after October 14, may not be honored.

Send registration or inquiries to: New Jersey Relay Service at, 913-523-1137 FAX.

Burlington County Arts in the Park
Sunday, Sept. 27

11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (rain or shine)

at Historic Smithville Park in Eastampton.
Burlington County’s Arts in the Park is the largest free arts festival in New Jersey featuring music, theater, dance, fine art and crafts. Sponsored by the Burlington County Freeholders and scheduled to be held rain or shine, the festival will include a broad spectrum of arts and crafts, including paintings, drawings, mixed media, photography, pottery and glass. Also, for the first time visitors will see an exciting collection of “art cars” on display. Art cars are vehicles that have been transformed into mobile works of art using various materials, including paint and glued objects. Art car artist and filmmaker Harrod Blank will also be presenting his new film “Automorphosis.”

Visitors will also enjoy live entertainment showcased on four outdoor stages, including a variety of musical and dance performances, children’s theater shows, aerial acrobats, jugglers, and stilt walkers. Interactive activities will include a children’s mural project and a puppet-making workshop culminating with a puppet parade through the park. All children’s theater performances will be sign interpreted.

Historic Smithville Park is located on Smithville Road in Eastampton, three-quarters of a mile off Route 38. Persons in need of special accommodations are requested to give two weeks advance notification. For more information, call 609-265-5068 or go to

New Jersey Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Sponsored Events
Introduction to Deaf Interpreting

Presented by

Eileen Forestal, MA, RSC, Master Mentor
Saturday/Sunday, September 26, 27; October 17, 18, November 21 & 22, December 5 & 6. Saturdays: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM ; Sundays: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
At Union County College, 232 East Second Street, Plainfield, NJ 07060-1308
$240. for entire four weekend package ($60 per weekend.)

Attendance at all four weekends is required.

This workshop is for Deaf participants only with or without Deaf interpreting experience.

Registration deadline is September 18.

This seminar will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the Deaf interpreting processes, terminology and strategies required for providing interpreting services. Individuals will learn the roles and protocol for working in Deaf-Hearing Interpreting teams. This course will help individuals prepare for the RID Deaf Interpreting certification exam.
NJRID is an approved RID CMP sponsor for continuing educational activities. The professional studies program is offered for 4.4 CEUs at the “none to some” content knowledge level.
This workshop is for Deaf participants only with or without Deaf interpreting experience.
For registration visit For additional information including cancellation policy, contact Kathy Ferejohn at

NJRID Fashion Show

October 4

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

At Manasquan Elks

$35 includes buffet, cash bar, gift auction, 50/50 and more.
For additional information contact Cindy Piana at or visit NJRID at

NJRID is looking for donations of Great Adventure Deaf Awareness T-Shirts.

If you have too many of these T-shirts lying around, please donate them to NJRID.

Contact Meg Ellis at
NJRID Workshop “Copy? Relay? . . .” My Experience

By Meg Ellis

I read the flyer for the workshop planned to follow the June 6, 2009 NJRID General Meeting, “Copy? Relay? Conveying a Signed Message in Different Formats” presented by Susanne Morgan-Morrow, MA, CI, CT. Pondering my attendance, the committee in my head had much to say. “Copy sign? A whole workshop on copy sign? We really don’t like copy sign, who does?” Another member spoke up,”but it’s at Burlington County College’s Mt. Laurel Campus, that’s only a half hour away. And remember we went to the SSP training for working with people who are Deaf and Blind? Susanne Morgan-Morrow was one of the presenters. She was great. How bad can this be?” Still another voice, “We’re going to the meeting anyway, and there’s CEUs.” It was decided, I was going.

“And the number is …744.” “Hey, I won the door prize.” Sensing an imminent uprising from the committee, “okay, we won the door prize.” The meeting was over; lunch was almost finished, but still no Susanne. Word came that she was in the midst of a horrendous commute, but would arrive, eventually. Joan Cohen, who had originated the concept of the copy sign workshop as a result of her experiences at NJSD, jumped in to save the day by leading a group discussion on Reasons to Use Copy Sign. As this discussion progressed, we realized we couldn’t even come to a consensus about the definition of copy sign versus relay sign. Obviously, we needed to be there. We were finishing up our substantial list of venues that copy and/or relay sign might be used when Susanne finally arrived.

The icebreaker was a challenge, catching and throwing balls of different shapes, sizes and textures. The theme of the activity, “Don’t drop the ball”, as well as the need for trusted team work, carried over to the content of the workshop. Susanne led us through the ins and outs of copy signing or mirror signing and relay signing. In copy sign the source and target message are the same; it is transliteration. Relay sign, however, is an interpretation. We all use these routinely in our work. Feed from your interpreting team mate could be either copy sign or relay sign. A reinterpretation by a consumer’s friend is relay. After clarifying the differences, discussing the applications of each, and showing us video examples, it was our turn to practice all we had learned. It wasn’t as easy as it sounded, but I knew that coming in, hence my initial aversion to the process. After some false starts and pitiful attempts that my partner graciously supported me through, I finally got the hang of it. As with much of our work, confidence makes all the difference, and our team mates can be critically important in inflating or deflating our confidence. Then as an added bonus, Tom and Phyllis Sparks, a lovely Deaf couple, came to assist us in some life time practice.
At the end of the day, I had to admit to myself, and the committee, that with this better understanding of the way to use copy and relay signing, and the confidence that I can do it well, the workshop was one of the most beneficial that I’ve attended in some time.
10th Deaf Feast 2009
New Jersey Deaf Awareness Week, Inc. (DAW)

Presents the

A Cultural Celebration
Sunday, September 13

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Middlesex County Fairgrounds

655 Cranbury Road

East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Deaf Fest is a Cultural Celebration which promotes awareness and education among the Deaf, hard of hearing, Deaf-blind and hearing communities. There will be many agencies, companies and non-profit organizations providing information about and exhibiting their products. This year, the family entertainment will be presented by talented Deaf performers including deaf Magician Matthew Morgan, Liliana Morgan and Robert De Mayo. There will be a plenty of food vendors, exhibits and activities all day long, especially for the children at Bonnie’s Kiddie Korner. This event is sponsored by the Northwest Jersey Association for the Deaf (NWJAD).

No admission fee, free parking. Rain or shine.

Co-Chairpersons: Charlotte Karras and Lauren Lercher.
For more information, visit
Deaf Services Center

DSC is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community to fill the following positions:

Full & part time employment opportunities:

Staff Interpreter: (Full time and Part time) Program Director: Intensive Case Management Services for Children: (Full time) Intensive Case Manager: (Full time requires working afternoons, evenings and weekends) Residential Counselors: (various positions available)

Deaf Services Center (DSC) is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf centered with about 85% of our staff being Deaf or hard of hearing. Our staff environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support. As a result, we are rapidly growing with new programs and expansions of our existing programs. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or have many years experience in the field of human services we have a career building position waiting for you.
Come be a part of our exciting growing professional team. Send your letter of intent and resumes to Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR, Deaf Services Center , 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038, or 215-884-9774 FAX, 215-884-9777 VP

Educational Interpreter Substitutes Needed

Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, NJ is seeking Substitute Educational Interpreters for the 2009 - 2010 school year. Please contact Michele Gardner, Supervisor of Special Services, for more information or an interview: or 908-508-1923 x1730.


High Holiday Services at Temple Emanu-El

756 East Broad Street, Westfield N.J.

Interpreted high holiday services
Rosh Hashanah – Saturday, September 19 at 11:30 AM;

Yom Kippur – Monday, September 28 at 11:30 AM

Please arrive about 11:15 AM each day so you can sit in the front near the interpreter.
Free tickets for Deaf individuals are available by calling Toby Marx at 908-272-2549

Voice or the Temple at 908-232-6770 Voice. Call for tickets before Sept. 14.

St. John's Catholic Deaf Community
Signed Mass & Social
Every Sunday 1:00 PM

St. John’s Church, 22 Mulberry Street, Newark, NJ

Entrance on McCarter Highway (Route 21) near Performing Arts

Center New Jersey's First Catholic Deaf Church

Our new services are silent, fully signed in ASL by the presiding priest and/or the assisting deacon. Deaf Catholics sign all readings and lead all responses (low-voice interpreting available to non-signers) St. John’s Catholic Deaf Community is “growing” into a true spiritual home in the heart of our Archdiocese for Deaf Catholic persons, their families and friends and those interested in sign language, Deaf culture and religion. All are welcome.
Deacon Thomas M. Smith, CSW,

973-497-4311 TTY; 973-497-4312 Voice; 973-497-4317 FAX

Archdiocese of Newark Pastoral Ministry with the Deaf

171 Clifton Ave., P.O. Box 9500, Newark NJ 07104-0500

Ministry With The Deaf Of South Jersey Chapter #138 of ICDA

Saturday, September 12

6:00 PM to 10:30 PM

No early birds. Please arrive after 6:00 PM and before 7:00 PM

St. Gregory’s Church (basement), 340 E. Evesham Avenue, Magnolia, New Jersey 08049

$10 per person (cash only) Must be 18 to play. No children.

Refreshments (pizza) and 50/50 tickets will be sold.

Bring desserts, get 3 free 50/50 tickets (limit 3 tickets per person).

For more information, contact Betty Ann

Middletown/Monmouth County Worship In ASL

Old First Church's pastor, Rev. Joyce Antila Phipps, conducts a kid-friendly worship in ASL. Our early Sunday morning worship at 8:30 AM is in an informal coffeehouse setting. Come, sing, and give your spirit a jump start for the day in both sound and American Sign Language. Old First Church, Fellowship Hall, 69 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ. Old First Church is an ecumenical, progressive, and inclusive congregation serving a unique role in the Middletown area. We are affiliated with both the American Baptist Churches USA and the United Church of Christ. We are a welcoming interdenominational, open and affirming congregation.

Communicator Signboard
North Jersey Community Center of the Deaf, Inc.Presents:
Senior Citizen Wingo Day Affair

at Knights of Columbus, 39 Washington Street, Lodi, NJ

Saturday, September 19

11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Wingo Games will begin at 1:00 PM.

$10 each, in advance; At door -$12 each (same price members and non-members)

$1,000 in cash given away based on 200 people attending.

Welcome people who are 21 years old or older to play.

Refreshment on Sale, NJCCD Affair Banknite, 50/50 Chances, Door Prizes.
Check or Money Order payable to NJCCD, Inc.

Mail to Frances Hearne, 25 Lincoln Avenue, Elmwood Park, NJ 07407

Deadline September 14 for advance donation.
Chairperson - Matilda O'Klock, Co-Chairperson - Karen Belisle

Visit us at or contact Bev Golden at

In Honor of Deaf Awareness Week

N W J A D, Inc. (Northwest Jersey Assn. of the Deaf, Inc.) presents

16th Annual ASL Storytelling Contest
Saturday, October 17, Door opens at 7:00 PM

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 215 Boulevard, Mountain Lakes, NJ

Come and share your favorite Deaf Culture story/joke. Individual or group (up to 4 people)

Five Minute Limit

Only Deaf & hard of hearing people may enter the contest.
1st Prize - $200; 2nd Prize - $150; 3rd Prize - $100; 4th Prize - $ 75; 5th Prize - $ 50..
Members -$5; Non Members - $8; All Senior Citizens: $5. Pay at door only.

Sign up for your story on day of contest. No advance registration necessary.

Refreshments will be sold. No alcohol.

For directions visit or contact NWJAD:

Godfather Pizzeria, with Sandra Leith present:

Deaf Chat Night

At The Godfather Pizzeria, 200 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ

First Monday of the month beginning Monday, Sept. 7, 2009

6:00 PM -10:00 PM

Delicious food, fun games, secret prizes, beautiful signing, new friends, cash bar available For more info visit “Clifton Orange”.

Atlantic County Society of the Deaf hosts their annual Christmas Dinner

Saturday, December 19

6:00 PM at Tuckahoe Inn Restaurant & Tavern, 1 Harbor Road and Route 9, Beesley's Point, NJ (off Exit 25 GSP)
Donation, Member - $35; Non-member - $45. No refunds.

Appetizers, tossed salad, sliced prime rib, stuffed chicken breast, baby crab cakes served with potato and vegetable, rolls and butter. Homemade dessert. Coffee, tea or ice tea. Cash bar.

Chinese auction, money prizes, bank night giveaway, many more new surprises

Party Dress-Up (No jeans) Adults Only.

Mail payment to Atlantic County Society of the Deaf c/o Christmas Dinner,

PO Box, 3088, Margate, NJ 08402

Make money order/check payable to A.C.S.D.

Deadline December 11

For information contact Chairperson: John Werner & Committee
New Jersey Deaf Awareness Week, Inc. (DAW)

Deaf Fest 2009

Sunday September 13

Middlesex County Fairgrounds

East Brunswick, NJ


October 17, 2009

Mercer County Park West,

Hughes Drive,West Windsor, NJ.

DDHH Advisory Council Meeting

Friday, October 30

East Brunswick Public Library

2 Civic Blvd., East Brunswick NJ

9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Call DDHH to confirm your attendance:

609-984-7281 V/TTY

Regular Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

DDHH Office Dates Closed

Labor Day Monday, September 7; Columbus Day Monday, October 12

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