CAD and CCASDHH’s Concerns about AB 2257
The Deaf Bee Please read the letter to Governor Newsom, from CAD and CCASDHH: Please watch the vlog for more information:
Wed, Sep 09 2020
Stevenson awards $5,000 to DHHSC for Monterey area ROCK...
The Deaf Bee We are ecstatic to announce that Stevenson, a private school in Monterey County, has awarded us $5,000 in funding for our ROCK program in Monterey County! We are touched by the support the students at this school are showing to our families with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. We are also impressed by their […]
Wed, May 13 2020
Students4Giving Project Awards $4,000 to DHHSC for...
The Deaf Bee We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded $4,000 through the Students4Giving Project, a project of the Humanics Program at Fresno State University! This grant makes it possible to provide additional interpreting for clients who are seeking employment through the services we offer at Employment Development Department or settling in their new jobs. […]
Wed, May 13 2020
How has COVID-19 affected the 2020 Census?
The Deaf Bee By Susan Coulter, Educational Services Director Plans for the 2020 Census have been in the works for over one year. From the Federal level, to the State level, to the County & City levels of government, widespread goals were set. In California, the California Complete County committee has been working for many months. Locally Deaf […]
Tue, May 05 2020
I saw so many Deaf kids who were language deprived
The Deaf Bee By Elbert Cruz, Client Services Specialist Most hearing families never taught their kids that COVID-19 is a health risk. The families keep them at home without explaining the term “COVID-19” to them. The Deaf kids do not understand why their families have been staying home for the past two months. Many hearing parents do not […]
Mon, May 04 2020
Beware of scams regarding stimulus checks
The Deaf Bee By Wayne Johnson, Salinas Coordinator of Client Services I just learned some information I think is important for us to share with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.Â Among the scams that are designed to get peopleâ€™s financial stimulus money, there was a scam that a local community member fell victim to a few [â€¦]
Thu, Apr 16 2020
A Lesson We Can Learn
The Deaf Bee By Wayne Johnson, Coordinator of Client Services While we are currently focused on the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19), there is a lesson we can learn for the future. We have in the past frequently seen individuals who are obviously sick from colds or flu out in public. The risk to others is outweighed by their [â€¦]
Tue, Mar 17 2020
Another Reason to Be Thankful for Videophone
The Deaf Bee By Wayne Johnson, Coordinator of Client Services, Salinas With all the news stories about coronavirus (COVID-19) that we see each day talking about limiting social encounters and physical contact, I canâ€™t help but think about what the situation would be like without videophones (VPs). With VPs, we can at least communicate with our Deaf and [â€¦]
Tue, Mar 17 2020
Census 2020: What Will You Get in the Mail?
The Deaf Bee By Susan Coulter, Educational Services Director The census is being mailed in March 2020. March 12 to March 20 you will receive census information in the mail. 95% of the households will receive a letter that is an â€œInvitation to Respond.â€ 5% will receive the census packet. Most people are used to receiving the census [â€¦]
Wed, Mar 11 2020
Why is the Census important to us?
The Deaf Bee By Jesse Lewis, Project Director Recently we were awarded funding through the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund, which is part of the Center at Sierra Health Foundation, to provide services to support our communityâ€™s inclusion in the Census 2020.Â Our focus is on making sure our Deaf and Hard of Hearing community is counted, because [â€¦]
Fri, Jan 31 2020
Reviewing the Year of 2019 & Changes in 2020
The Deaf Bee By Alexander Sanborn, Public Relations/Outreach Specialist As 2019 comes to a close and with 2020 around the corner, letâ€™s take a look back of some of the changes that have been happening here at DHHSC. The following is a list of successes and challenges that have occurred throughout 2019: Two staff changes New president for [â€¦]
Tue, Dec 17 2019
Is Sexual Orientation the same as Gender Identity?
The Deaf Bee By Zoraida Rodriguez, Client Services Specialist You may have noticed the two terms sexual orientation and gender identity on TVs, in books, or online and may wonder if they are the same thing. You are not alone, countless of people are unaware of the differences and for those who do know may be using the [â€¦]
Tue, Dec 10 2019
Deaf for The Holidays
The Deaf Bee By Jesse Lewis Would you like to make the holidays more special for anyone in your family that is Deaf or Hard of Hearing? Itâ€™s not too late to think about how you can do this for the upcoming holidays and build on this effort with each passing year. I asked other Deaf staff at [â€¦]
Tue, Nov 26 2019
#Giving Tuesday fundraiser: a letter from a community member
The Deaf Bee By Nicole Bruno, community member Â Dear Community, You might or might not know this, but Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center (DHHSC) has a special place in my heart for different reasons. DHHSC serves people including adults and children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and their families in seven different counties. [â€¦]
Wed, Oct 23 2019
A Glance at Deaf Awareness Week 2019
The Deaf Bee By Alexander Sanborn, Public Relations/Outreach Specialist Â Another year of Deaf Awareness Week (DAW) has gone by! While attendance at various events has decreased, we still enjoyed seeing our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community & Friends at all four of our offices. Leading an event was a challenge for me as first year staff, [â€¦]
Wed, Sep 25 2019
Community Comments 2019
The Deaf Bee By Alexander Sanborn, Public Relations Specialist Itâ€™s that time of the yearâ€¦(drumroll)â€¦Community Comments 2019! This yearâ€™s Community Comments event will be Saturday, August 10, 2019. You, as part of our community, can express your concerns, questions, and thoughts to the DHHSC Board of Directors at the DHHSC Fresno Headquarters.Â What issues do you want us ...
Tue, Aug 06 2019
Thanks! Regarding our Raise the Roof Campaign
The Deaf Bee A Big Thank You to all the Individual and Business Donors for Our Raise the Roof Campaign We appreciate each and every one of you! You have â€œraisedâ€ our appreciation for our dedicated community with your support. Thank you! When we learned in the fall of 2017 that our roof had to be immediately replaced [â€¦]
Wed, Jul 31 2019
The Deaf Bee By Wayne Johnson, Coordinator of Client Services, Salinas Batteries Do you keep batteries lose in drawers or have a bag of batteries to take to the recycler?Â A 9-volt battery coming in contact with a metal object, even steel wool, creates a lot of heat in seconds.Â When you close the drawer, they can come [â€¦]
Mon, Jul 15 2019
DHHSCâ€™s 35th Anniversary
The Deaf Bee By Krystal Rios-Harris, Client Services Specialist, Salinas Hard to believe DHHSC is celebrating 35 years of service in 2019!Â To keep our doors open, it is very important for staff to continue providing quality services to clients through each of our four offices: Fresno Headquarters, South Valley Outreach in Visalia, Merced Outreach, and Central Coast [â€¦]
Wed, May 29 2019
Countdown to DHHSCâ€™s 35th Anniversary!
The Deaf Bee By Alexander Sanborn, Public Relations/Outreach Specialist Since the founding of DHHSC, we have been committed to always providing our best services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community of Central California.Â Each year, our staff works hard to grow and improve with the times, learning new skills and adapting old ones, in order to [â€¦]
Wed, May 01 2019
Vlog #3 of Energy Upgrade California 2019:...
The Deaf Bee By Deaf Community Services (DCS) Â Â Vlog #3 of Energy Upgrade California 2019: â€œWhatâ€™s The Deal with Time of Use Plans?â€ In recent years, California has done a great job managing energy but still need to become more energy efficient.Â But, in order to meet the stateâ€™s goal to become a zero-carbon electricity state [â€¦]
Wed, Apr 10 2019
Energy Upgrade CA â€“ vlog by DCS
The Deaf Bee Vlog by Deaf Community Services of San Diego It turns out that how much electricity is used is just as important to consider as when to use electricity.Â It is easier to generate power during the day when both solar and wind energy are plentiful but fewer people are home during the day.Â Simply being [â€¦]
Mon, Mar 11 2019
The Deaf Bee By Lisa Painter, Literacy Specialist Names have been changed in the dialogue below, and no private details are included. â€œI want to go to school to better myself,â€ said Alice. â€œThat is wonderful!â€ her friend Clark. â€œBut I canâ€™tâ€, said Alice. â€œWhyâ€™s that? I think itâ€™s wonderful you want to go back to school.â€ â€œMy [â€¦]
Wed, Mar 06 2019
Self-Advocacy and Advocacy Assistance
The Deaf Bee By Wayne Johnson, Coordinator of Client Services, Salinas How can we improve your communication access?Â The first step is to learn your rights to effective communication under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.Â Donâ€™t rely on what a friend told you.Â Iâ€™ve had clients say all [â€¦]
Wed, Mar 06 2019
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 hadnâ€™t received their Deaf Card. I immediately got online to find a Deaf Card to accommodate this staff member knowing that they wouldnâ€™t expect [â€¦]
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, donâ€™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 [â€¦]
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.Â The departure of one longtime staff.Â New additions to the Board of Directors, to replace exiting members and to expand the Board.Â And more . . . all during the year of 2018.Â How will these changes affect us?Â What will 2019 bring?Â DHHSC anticipates new [â€¦]
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 [â€¦]
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. Â This can include discussing career paths and higher education. Â Through ASL, you can communicate your education and career expectations [â€¦]
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 â€œMust speak, read and write English.â€ Â If you own a business, have you thought about what message your business is sending with that requirement?Â That poses a challenge if your HR [â€¦]
Thu, Nov 01 2018
DHHSCâ€™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 [â€¦]
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 [â€¦]
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,Â I have chosen art. I choose art because I want to be creative.Â But how does one start creating art if we donâ€™t have any art skills?Â With this in mind, I gathered a list of ten ways [â€¦]
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 [â€¦]
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 â€œSEEDS OF HOPE: THE ANDREW JACKSON [â€¦]
Sat, Sep 01 2018
The Deaf Bee Discovering Agriculture Through STEM (DATS) was aÂ freeÂ 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 [â€¦]
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.Â These mentors or heroes represent or illustrate what dreams and goals are possible and demonstrate how they overcame their challenges to become [â€¦]
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.Â At first, I thought it was for informational purposes but was surprised to learn it was for a fundraiser.Â They support different charities and had selected Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center (DHHSC) to be their [â€¦]
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 personâ€™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 wonâ€™t discriminate.Â Unfortunately, when working with clients to find jobs, businesses have often told me they â€œcanâ€™t hire Deaf for safety reasons.â€Â 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 childâ€™s point of view?Â A parent told me until she started watching a TV show with Deaf characters she had never considered life from their teenage childâ€™s point of [â€¦]
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.Â My husband and I both were not prepared at all for married life because it is not always easy at first.Â I have since researched on how to develop a stronger bond of marriage between the two of us, and it [â€¦]
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 onÂ July 1st.Â We have a hearing with the assemblymembers onÂ April 11th at 2:30 p.m.Â regarding our [â€¦]
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 [â€¦]
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 [â€¦]
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 entitledÂ â€œWeird Things about Elon Musk You Should Know.â€Â Elon Musk is one of the worldâ€™s best-known innovators managingÂ 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 [â€¦]
Wed, Feb 07 2018
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