Jan. 2017
  DAS Insider 
In This Issue
Board of Directors

Michael Cross

Vice President
Christina Manning

Komani Lundquist

Patty Tadak

Amy Crockford
Jeanette Grimaldi
Nanette Harmon
Cathie Kersten
Sharon LeRoy
Deborah Long
Kristin Miller
Aaron Saykin
Mark J.F. Schroeder
Sue Wantuck

Emeritus Members
Alice Guinane
Kathy Hoffman
Pamela Rohring

Executive Director
Pamela Kefi

DAS Staff
Stacey Allen
Carole DeRade
Nelson Gannon
Marriam Kiani
Michael Lackey
Gloria Matthews
Andrea Russell
Petra Saunders 
Annual Supporters

James H. Cummings 
Frank G. Raichle 

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Happy New Year DAS Supporter,

As we begin a new year, we are looking forward to presenting our NEW Community Education Sign Language Curriculum and developing new programs to better assist those we serve.

Last month we send our Annual Appeal letter and we want to Thank those who donated, for their on-going support!  
Please show your commitment this year by sending a donation to Deaf Access Services, and help us continue to provide the services that many people depend on for their communication (Interpreting/CART), employment and social services access.
Additionally, if you shop  on Amazon under their Amazon Smile program, 5% of your purchase will be donated to DAS!

Just type in http://smile.amazon.com, select Deaf Access Services as the charity of your choice, and SHOP!

Course Offered & Descriptions

Level 1 -  No previous Sign Language experience required . This class will focus on proper hand shapes, sign space, parameter of a sign, alphabet, numbers, introductions, personal information, yes/no questions, and basic greetings etc.

Level 2 - Some Sign Language knowledge required (Fingerspelling, Numbers, Colors, Basic Greetings, etc.) OR completion of Level 1. This class will focus on honing the basic skills learned in Level 1, allowing students to feel comfortable with Basic Conversations.

Level 3
 - Completion of Level 2 OR comparable skills required. This class will introduce you to Classifiers (hand shapes), the importance of Facial Expressions and further develop their Grammatical skills.
Looking to become an Independent Contract Interpreter for DAS?
We are currently conducting
Interpreter Assessments

If you are a Certified Interpreter OR would like to schedule an Assessment, please contact: 
Marriam Kiani: mkiani@wnydas.org
Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)
Can be used by:
Legal, Law Enforcement and Medical Professionals to communicate easier with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals
For more information please contact:
Nelson Gannon: ngannon@wnydas.org
A Deaf-Friendly Place
Mississauga-Airport Corporate Centre 5050 Orbitor Dr, Mississauga, ON 

General Manager, Kay Koot along with her knowledgeable and friendly staff, definitely know how to make EVERYONE feel welcome. Their hotel believes in accessibility for all!

Rooms that are designated for Deaf/HH have both flashing doorbells and fire alarms! The front desk also has a TDD.  When  Canada gets Videophone technology and services, we are confident the TDD will be replaced with a Videophone.

TDD Available
Door Flasher

Community Awareness

Community Events
Community Want Ads
Opportunities at DAS  


  •  Job Coach (per diem)
  • Sign Language Teachers - Contract
  • Volunteers
  • Interns

To apply please click Opportunities

Community Advocacy schedule

In order to accommodate the various needs of our Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients, effective, January 6, 2017, Mondays and Fridays have been set aside to better assist those needs.

Please contact Andrea Russell, Community Services Navigator,  arussell@wnydas.org OR Stacey Allen, Administrative Assistant, sallen@wnydas.org, to schedule your appointment. 

All proceeds go towards our Support Services programs.
Thank you for your ongoing support, business and loyalty!
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Deaf Access Services