The Deaf Bee By C.C. Ryder Recently I was tasked with making sure that the staff at DHHSC had all gotten their insurance cards. One of the staff members jokingly responded by saying they hadn’t received their Deaf Card. I immediately got online to find a Deaf Card to accommodate this staff member knowing that they wouldn’t expect […]
Tue, Feb 12 2019
Tax Time Is Here
The Deaf Bee By Wayne Johnson, Coordinator of Client Services in Salinas If you are new to having a job, don’t forget you may need to file a Tax Return on or before April 15th. If you have made the switch from living on SSI or other benefits to earning a pay check, it is likely that you […]
Mon, Feb 04 2019
New Beginnings: Reviewing 2018 & What to Expect in 2019
The Deaf Bee By Alexander Sanborn, Public Relations /Outreach Specialist New staff. The departure of one longtime staff. New additions to the Board of Directors, to replace exiting members and to expand the Board. And more . . . all during the year of 2018. How will these changes affect us? What will 2019 bring? DHHSC anticipates new […]
Tue, Jan 08 2019
Monterey Peninsula Foundation awards DHHSC for 20-months!
The Deaf Bee By Jesse Lewis, Project Director We have fantastic news to share! Monterey Peninsula Foundation, a longtime supporter of DHHSC and the community we serve, has decided to fund our grant proposal for our Communication Access Program (CAP). We applied for a 10-month grant, but they decided instead to award us $30,000 for 20 months! The […]
Thu, Dec 13 2018
How Parents can Prepare Their Deaf and Hard of Hearing...
The Deaf Bee By Wayne Johnson, Coordinator of Client Services in Central Coast Outreach Parents, you can help your child prepare for the future by learning to communicate with your child at an early age in American Sign Language. This can include discussing career paths and higher education. Through ASL, you can communicate your education and career expectations […]
Sat, Dec 01 2018
Benefits of Making Your Business Deaf-Friendly
The Deaf Bee By Wayne Johnson, Coordinator of Client Services in Central Coast Outreach office Lately I have been noticing a requirement in job postings that reads “Must speak, read and write English.” If you own a business, have you thought about what message your business is sending with that requirement? That poses a challenge if your HR […]
Thu, Nov 01 2018
DHHSC’s New Public Relations/Outreach Specialist!
The Deaf Bee By Alexander Sanborn Being a Public Relations/Outreach Specialist for DHHSC and its outreach offices is an opportunity I have come to enjoy immensely this past month. The position I now hold is the first in the history of DHHSC. If you recall, there was never a designated spokesperson, if you will, only the expectation that […]
Mon, Oct 29 2018
My Experiences with Working in the Headquarters and with...
The Deaf Bee By: Candice Goodie, Client Services Specialist Growing up in Bakersfield, I loved attending Deaf events, such as the monthly pizza night, annual community picnics, seasonal performances, etc. At those events, I would interact with Children of Deaf Adults (CODAs) and Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals of various ages, ranging as early as 3 to […]
Mon, Oct 01 2018
10 ways to be artistically creative
The Deaf Bee By Krystal Rios-Harris, Client Services Specialist Because starting or continuing a hobby is beneficial for any age, I have chosen art. I choose art because I want to be creative. But how does one start creating art if we don’t have any art skills? With this in mind, I gathered a list of ten ways […]
Sat, Sep 15 2018
Can Your Smoke Detector Rouse You From Sleep?
The Deaf Bee By Wayne Johnson, Coordinator of Client Services, Salinas We all know the advice to change the batteries in our smoke detector when we change the time. This is very good advice. If you are using a ten-year battery smoke detector, you may just install the detector and not think of it again. But, this means […]
Sun, Sep 02 2018
Andrew Jackson Foster
The Deaf Bee By C.C. Ryder Growing up as a CODA, I thought I knew just about everything there was to know about Deaf history, only to discover I was wrong. Just the other day I was reading the Gallaudet University online paper and ran across a story about a movie called “SEEDS OF HOPE: THE ANDREW JACKSON […]
Sat, Sep 01 2018
The Deaf Bee Discovering Agriculture Through STEM (DATS) was a free summer program for college bound deaf and hard-of-hearing students who live in California and are entering grades 10-12 in Fall of 2018. Below is an account from one of our local Deaf Community members who attended. By Courtney Bronson, DATS camp was wonderful, with amazing staff, awesome campers, and […]
Fri, Aug 03 2018
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING HEROES
The Deaf Bee By C.C. Ryder Everyone needs a mentor or a hero to look up to, especially as a child. Children need someone to emulate or be inspired by in setting personal and/or professional goals. These mentors or heroes represent or illustrate what dreams and goals are possible and demonstrate how they overcame their challenges to become […]
Wed, Aug 01 2018
V Town Roller Derby
The Deaf Bee V Town Roller Derby invited our South Valley Outreach Office to have a booth at their Roller Derby. At first, I thought it was for informational purposes but was surprised to learn it was for a fundraiser. They support different charities and had selected Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center (DHHSC) to be their […]
Fri, Jul 27 2018
Deaf Culture is both Multicultural and Multiethnic
The Deaf Bee by C.C. Ryder To better understand what is meant by multicultural and multiethnicity, a definition of each word is warranted. Multiethnicity is a person’s genetic and biological background. Multiculturalism is when people of different backgrounds get together to celebrate and share the traditions of their heritage, such as beliefs and traditions. Deaf culture is uni...
Fri, Jul 27 2018
Things Employers Need To Understand
The Deaf Bee By Wayne Johnson, Coordinator of Client Services, Central Coast Outreach The statement of non-discrimination in hiring posted by businesses means just that: they won’t discriminate. Unfortunately, when working with clients to find jobs, businesses have often told me they “can’t hire Deaf for safety reasons.” One business was very adamant regarding it not b...
Thu, Jul 12 2018
Changing Perspective Can Offer Great Benefits
The Deaf Bee By Wayne Johnson, Coordinator of Client Services in Central Coast Outreach office Are you looking at life and communication from your Deaf or Hard of Hearing child’s point of view? A parent told me until she started watching a TV show with Deaf characters she had never considered life from their teenage child’s point of […]
Thu, Jul 12 2018
10 Tips for Newlyweds
The Deaf Bee By Krystal Rios-Harris, Client Services Specialist in Salinas Recently, I became a newlywed woman. My husband and I both were not prepared at all for married life because it is not always easy at first. I have since researched on how to develop a stronger bond of marriage between the two of us, and it […]
Wed, Jul 11 2018
Letters of Support Needed!
The Deaf Bee Hello our cherished Deaf and Hard of Hearing community members! We need your help! I am not sure if you are aware that Deaf Access Program, which constitutes of eight Deaf sister agencies, are up for a budget cut starting on July 1st. We have a hearing with the assemblymembers on April 11th at 2:30 p.m. regarding our […]
Wed, Mar 28 2018
Harden Foundation supports DHHSC!
The Deaf Bee We are absolutely thrilled to let you all know that we received a grant award from Harden Foundation, a longtime supporter of ours, for up to $6,000 in matching funds. They will match dollar for dollar raised up to that amount, until next February 22, 2019. This grant award supports our Deaf Access program in […]
Wed, Mar 14 2018
Yellow Brick Road Benefit Shop supports DHHSC!
The Deaf Bee We are profoundly grateful to the Yellow Brick Road Benefit Shop, located at 26388 A Carmel Rancho Lane in Carmel, California, for their generous grant award of $3,000 to assist with services we offer in the Monterey County area. We have been seeking matching funds for our grant award from Whitney Foundation, and felt thrilled […]
Tue, Mar 13 2018
Why Fix People Who Do Not Need to be Fixed?
The Deaf Bee By Paul Barnett, Communication Specialist/Accountant The online tech web magazine Corporate Bytes recently published an article entitled “Weird Things about Elon Musk You Should Know.” Elon Musk is one of the world’s best-known innovators managing companies and projects specializing in electric, self-driving cars and private space explorations. The article d...
Thu, Feb 15 2018
Communication Access Program returns!
The Deaf Bee We are happy to announce that in January, our Communication Access Program in the Central Coast outreach office returned, thanks to a grant award from Monterey Peninsula Foundation! We are thrilled to be awarded this grant funding again, and thank MPF for their generosity. The Communication Access Program funds: -Interpreting services provided by a Communication […]
Wed, Feb 07 2018
Our Deaf Culture, Our Deaf History program
The Deaf Bee A new program is coming to Central Coast Outreach office in Salinas, thanks to the Doolittle Fund of Community Foundation of Monterey County (CFMC). We had applied for a grant from CFMC for this program, but did not get awarded. However, since the proposal did draw interest, a donor through the foundation funded us for […]
Wed, Feb 07 2018
A ROCK Success Story
The Deaf Bee By Shelley stout, Client Services Specialist, and Michelle Bronson, Executive Director The following story has been shared with permission of the family. No confidential information, including names, is shared. Three and a half years ago, our Client Services Specialist (CSS), who provides services through our Reaching Out and Communicating with our Kids (ROCK) program...
Fri, Jan 26 2018
Support the ROCK program, support deaf children!
The Deaf Bee By Susan Coulter, Educational Services Director, and Michelle Bronson, Executive Director Those of you involved with the Deaf Community are aware that about 90% of Deaf individuals have two hearing parents and 88% of those parents do not know sign language, nor do their siblings and extended family. How does one raise a Deaf or […]
Thu, Jan 11 2018
The Deaf Bee By Lisa Painter, Literacy Specialist So many hurtful things are happening in the world these days. People are hurting emotionally, mentally, and physically. Sometimes what is happening is caused by bullying. Bullying does not mean only physical acts such as hitting, kicking, pushing, and spitting on someone. You may be surprised that bullying happens much […]
Mon, Jan 01 2018
The Deaf Bee Please consider supporting our #GivingTuesday campaign, called Dollars for the Deaf! This year’s #GivingTuesday is on November 28, 2017. Funds raised support our Family Services Program, with includes ROCK, YES, Literacy, and more! You can donate to us by visiting; [link] Advertisements
Tue, Nov 21 2017
The Deaf Bee By Amy Martinez, Client Services Specialist Most people hate paying their hospital bills. Even working people have medical bills, but not all have insurance. Even those with insurance might still have to make full or partial payments. From my research, hospitals can bill a handsome sum for small equipment, such as IVs. Two bags of […]
Mon, Nov 13 2017
CSD Varsity Football comes to Fresno!
The Deaf Bee By Shelley Stout, Client Services Specialist When I first learned that the varsity football team from California School for the Deaf, Fremont was coming to Fresno to play against Fresno Christian School, I was thrilled! As a CSD alumni and a Client Services Specialist at DHHSC, I am excited about any partnership opportunities between CSD […]
Thu, Nov 02 2017
The Deaf Bee By Lisa Painter, Literacy Specialist Your test results from the doctor . . . work placement tests . . . school assignments . . . exam scores . . . fail, fail, FAIL. When you see the word “fail,” it may feel like your world comes crumbling down. Your goals and dreams may feel destroyed. […]
Thu, Oct 12 2017
Believe in Your Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child
The Deaf Bee By Wayne Johnson, Coordinator of Client Services, DHHSC-Central Coast Outreach Office We often see parents who believe that because their children are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, they can’t do certain things for themselves that they are in fact able to do. This often leads to the children becoming unable to expand their independent living […]
Thu, Oct 05 2017
The Nature of Non-profit Businesses
The Deaf Bee By C.C. Ryder Unlike most businesses, non-profits do not, as the name implies, make a profit. Non-profits are established to advocate a particular point of view or further a common social cause. The ultimate goal of a non-profit is to change society’s perceptions, to lend support, to serve, to fight for and defend the needs […]
Tue, Sep 12 2017
Delicious treats at Nothing Bundt cakes and Menchie’s
The Deaf Bee By Michelle Bronson, Executive Director Our annual ASL Summer Program consists of daily morning activities and field trips to keep families busy and learning for a week before children return to school. One of the many goals of this program is to develop or enhance participants’ ASL skills while exposing them to new places within […]
Thu, Aug 31 2017
Healthy Tips and Stress Reducers for Parents
The Deaf Bee By Diana Davis, Coordinator of Client Services Get up 15-30 minutes before the family gets up to start the day Keep a calendar and color code for each family member Breath deeply, meditate and/or pray Vacation Make lunches the night before school Reduce or eliminate caffeine, sugars and processed foods and drinks Exercise and Stretch […]
Wed, Aug 02 2017
Educational rights for Parents of Deaf Children who use ASL
The Deaf Bee By Krystal Rios, Client Service Specialist Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center staff often provides advocacy services for the families with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. This is just one of our many services, but an important one. We educate parents on their rights for their Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, […]
Fri, Jun 30 2017
What is Active Living?
The Deaf Bee By Cheryl Parreira, Merced Coordinator of Client Services Active Living is a field that is garnering increased attention in recent years, a way of describing a life defined by choices that support health through physical activity, including recreation. This inspired many health professionals to encourage people to make active living a focus of their lives. […]
Tue, Jun 13 2017
Deaf Men’s Conference 2017
The Deaf Bee By J. Parrish Lewis When we first decided to host a Deaf Men’s Conference a few years ago, a lot of people joked about what that would look like. They asked if we would sit around drinking beer and smoking cigars, and other jokes like that. While it’s true that there are plenty of guys […]
Wed, Jun 07 2017
Opinion: Caption Glasses vs. Box Captions
The Deaf Bee By Amy Martinez, Client Services Specialist in Visalia There are a lot of things to consider regarding using caption glasses or box captions at the movies. When we watch TV or use an online service such as Apple TV or Netflix we are used to having access, happily, to captions that are now commonly provided. […]
Wed, Jun 07 2017
North American Plains Indian Sign Language: A gathering of...
The Deaf Bee By Paul Barnett, Communication Specialist The North American Plains Indian people as a means to communicate with each other used Plains Indian Sign language (PISL) for generations. It was a visual language that would be used whenever members of different tribes, each with their own unique spoken language would happen to encounter each other. It […]
Wed, May 10 2017
Two Generations of CODAs, Two Stories
The Deaf Bee By C.C. Ryder and Kimberly Glenn Two Generations of CODAs, Two Stories, yet Two Different Perspectives . . . CODA is an acronym for a Child of Deaf Adults. This term was first coined by Millie Brother who also established one of the first CODA support groups. One may ask why a CODA would need […]
Fri, Mar 17 2017
Random Acts of Kindness Week
The Deaf Bee By Susan Coulter, Educational Services Director The second week of February is designated as Random Acts of Kindness Week, or RAK, this year being February 12th to 18th. DHHSC Fresno Office decided to do a RAK project. We chose to show kindness to the Poverello House, a homeless shelter in downtown Fresno that provides meals, […]
Mon, Feb 27 2017
Using Past, Present & Future Tenses
The Deaf Bee By Lisa Painter, Literacy Specialist When communicating with people by talking, signing and/or writing it is important to use past, present and future tenses. Hearing people use these tenses to reduce misunderstandings when communicating. Deaf and Hard of Hearing people need to use them as well, because not doing so can cause lots of misunderstandings […]
Tue, Jan 10 2017
Terminating Social Security Benefits (Video)
The Deaf Bee By Krystal Rios, Client Services Specialist
Wed, Oct 05 2016
ASL Summer Program
The Deaf Bee By Diana Davis, Coordinator of Client Services, Fresno The ASL program is a special program to me. Every summer, we offer an opportunity for parents and their children to come to DHHSC’s Fresno Headquarters and interact and play with their children. We do groups for the parents, play games with the children and go on […]
Wed, Aug 31 2016
Why Should I Donate to DHHSC?
The Deaf Bee By Michelle Bronson, Executive Director People often wonder if their donations really do make an impact or if their money is used for the intended purpose. Unfortunately, there are corrupt organizations that are secretive or dishonest about their use of donated funds, which are often widely publicized, leading to fear or resistance in individuals giving […]
Mon, Aug 29 2016
Thank you to our recent funders!
The Deaf Bee We at DHHSC have truly appreciated every dollar of support we have gotten over the years from our funders, including our primary funder, California Department of Social Service’s Office of Deaf Access. Without our funding, we would not be able to provide the extensive services that we do for our Deaf Community. Today we take […]
Mon, Aug 08 2016
Shooting Down the Myths about Employing the Deaf
The Deaf Bee By Wayne Johnson, Coordinator of Client Services, Salinas As I work with clients to find employment, it continues to amaze me how the same old myths keep surfacing amongst employers. We can’t hire Deaf because of safety issues! When an employer tells me this, I ask them did you know that drivers who are deaf […]
Thu, Aug 04 2016
D-Well workshops in Merced!
The Deaf Bee By Cheryl Parreira, Coordinator of Client Services, Merced DHHSC Office We were fortunate to receive grant funding from United Way of Merced County, for which we are very grateful, for our D-Well program. United Way of Merced County has been a generous funder of Merced Outreach Office for many years with various grant-funded programs, so […]
Mon, Aug 01 2016
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