July 2017
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July 2017
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Board of Directors

Michael Cross

Vice President
Christina Manning

Komani Lundquist

Patty Tadak

Amy Crockford
Catherine Dines
Ryan Dunn
Scott Gentzke
Jeanette Grimaldi
Nanette Harmon
Cathie Kersten
Sharon LeRoy
Deborah Long
Kristin Miller
Aaron Saykin
Mark J.F. Schroeder
Mark Smith
Sue Wantuck

Emeritus Members
Alice Guinane
Kathy Hoffman
Pamela Rohring

Executive Director
Pamela Kefi

DAS Staff
Stacey Allen
Tori Anderson
Jodie Chibi
Mary Clark
Carole DeRade
Nelson Gannon
Michael Lackey
Conchetta LoPresti
Gloria Matthews
Andrea Russell
Petra Saunders 
Annual Supporters 
James H. Cummings 
Frank G. Raichle 
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Message from the Executive Director

Dear Community Supporters,

I hope that everyone is enjoying the sun and warm weather?
In between vacations this summer, staff are hard at work starting up new programs that will address health and wellness. All to often, Deaf and Hard of Hearing community members do not have equal access to health programs and services. As a result, health conditions may develop or worsen. 

Deaf Access Services will soon offer health assessments and services to connect people with Medicaid, primary care and other necessary health services. Deaf Access Services will be providing these health home care management services as a partner of Health Homes of Upstate New York.

Health Home services are not the same as "home health services". We won't be sending aides to your house! What we will do is make sure you have access to your doctor, and that you can easily order and pick up your prescriptions. We will also be able to connect you with specialists and help you understand your doctors discharge summaries and prescriptions. These are some examples of our care coordination services that will start in August/ September.
Please read and enjoy this month's newsletter for all of the other exciting events that DAS is involved with.

A Night at the Bison's

In lieu of of Annual Picnic, we will hosting "A Night at the Bison's" on Wednesday, August 30th!

Please click on flyer to buy your tickets. 
Ways to Support DAS

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!

 ASL Classes
Fall classes will begin,  Thursday, September 14, 2017 .
Further details to come.
Want to be an Independent Contract Interpreter for DAS?

We are currently conducting
Interpreter Assessments.

To schedule, contact Mary Clark, Interpreting Services Coordinator,

Already a Certified Interpreter?
Contact Nelson Gannon, Director of Interpreting Services,
Opportunities at DAS  


  • Job Coach (per diem)
  • ASL Teachers(contractors)
  • Volunteers
  • Interns

To apply please click Opportunities

Community News/Outreach
Disability Pride Parade & Festival

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Parade begins at 10:30am
Festival begins at 11am - 3pm at the Coca-Cola Field

Click on flyer for more information.

 Hard of Hearing Peer Support Group
Upcoming Meetings: 
  • Vacation/Break July 3-21, 2017
  • Resume Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 10am-12pm
  • No meeting on August 9, 2017
Southern Tiers Deaf Community Event 
B.I.G Next General Meeting & Social
Annual Summer Picnic

Please join us:
Friday, August 4, 2017
Westwood Park,  Shelter # 5
Lancaster, NY 14086

Free Event, Family-Friendly &  Free Parking 
Basket Raffle

All are Welcome!

National Affiliates Conferences 2017-2018
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)
July 27-29, 2017
Bethesda, Maryland

National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA)
August 1-6, 2017
Baltimore, Maryland

Rainbow Alliance for the Deaf (RAD)
August 8-12, 2017
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Council de Manos
Oct. 26-28, 2017
Los Angeles, California

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)
March 18-20, 2018
Denver, Colorado

Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD)
April 22-24, 2018
St. Augustine, Florida

Sacred Circle

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