Community Newsletter

June 16, 2021

Peter Bailey,
Head of School
Masks in public spaces and when people cannot maintain social distancing are required. PSD will limit access for any nonessential visitors or volunteers, and cancel activities involving external groups or organizations until further notice.
 PSD Held its 201st Commencement Celebration featuring remarks from 2021 George W. Nevil Award Recipient and Graduation Speaker Isidore Niyongabo 

Mr. Niyongabo is currently the President of National Black Deaf Advocates, the founder and Executive Director of International Deaf Education, Advocacy, and Leadership (IDEAL), and Director of Human Resources at Convo Communications. Most recently, he was appointed for the second time to serve as the Co-chair for the 4th term of the Federal Communication Commission’s Disability Advisory Committee.  Click here for full press release.
Meet the graduates on our facebook page!
Proudly Celebrates being an
Official Anti-Defamation League
No Place for Hate School for the
9th year in a row!


ADL's No Place for Hate Congratulations Video for all participating schools!

As part of our participation in the No Place for Hate Campaign, PSD works with students developing projects that demonstrate and reinforce the school's commitment to creating an inclusive and equitable school environment that combates bias & bullying, and promotes kindness & understanding. We hope you enjoy reading about the projects and watching the videos our students have put together assisted by our dedicated faculty and staff.

Celebrating Pride Month

PSD celebrates and believes that all students and staff deserve to feel safe and respected at school. June is Pride Month, and PSD joins in celebrating the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQIA+) community in our country. We are always learning from our students, staff, families, and community. This flag includes black and brown stripes representing people of color, as well as pink, white, and blue stripes representing the trans community. PSD welcomes everyone. Please join us in Celebrating Pride!
Recognizing & Honoring

PSD recognizes and honors Juneteenth – a historic day for many African-Americans celebrating the reading of federal orders in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, which proclaimed slaves to be free. As we all know, this nation continues to grapple with the repercussions of slavery and racism to this day. In the spirit of solidarity and our continued commitment toward anti-racism, PSD recognizes Juneteenth as an opportunity to celebrate our African American students, staff, and alumni and to reflect on our progress to creating a truly equitable and inclusive environment for all."
PSD is hiring! If you are ready to make a difference in students' lives, come work at our school. Here's the direct link to our open positions:
JUNE 7 - AUGUST 16, 2021
Due to the stay-at-home order, all of our ASL classes and private tutoring sessions are being offered online indefinitely via Zoom. Access to a laptop or a desktop computer is required to sign up for online sessions.
Deaf Health Talks are regular, virtual live stream health education monthly events for Deaf signers, with available closed captions for non-signers. These presentations, covering current health topics, are given largely by different Deaf health experts education forum in American Sign Language to generate an accessible health education platform for Deaf and hard of hearing community members. These presentations are free and open to the public and provide opportunities for community members to ask questions in an interactive question and answer forum. The Deaf Health Talks can include live demonstrations on cooking, exercise, and good health practices, that can help you take control of your health right from your home. Viewers also get access to opportunities to contribute to health research studies and connect to community health resources. The series is hosted by the MDisability Program, with our partners Michigan Deaf Health(link is external) and Partners in Deaf Health(link is external). Past co-hosts have also included the University of Michigan Adaptive Sports and Fitness Program(link is external).

** Note: The next topic is on June 22: Oral Health. **

HLAA’s Virtual Convention features a Happy Hour Meet and Greet Event, as well as a Research Symposium and educational workshops where you can learn more about the latest in hearing health, and how to live well with hearing loss.

HLAA 2021 Virtual Convention is less than one month away! Register now through June 15 for $35. Prices will go up to $45 after June 15.

Encourage students to apply to RIT/NTID’s Explore Your Future!

EYF is a free, four-day virtual summer program for college-bound deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students who will enter their junior or senior year in fall 2021. Your students will explore many exciting topics, including the internet of things, 3D printing, entrepreneurship, emotional intelligence, biology, and more. They’ll receive a kit that includes a camera and smart plug, 3D printed pieces to build a tiger head, journals, a science kit and much more.

If students register by June 15, they can select from three versions of a FREE RIT hoodie, valued at $50, which will be sent upon completion of EYF! During EYF, your student will learn how their interests can lead them to a career and their job options in various fields. And they’ll do it all virtually with other deaf and hard-of-hearing students from around the country. RIT/NTID can help if your students do not have the necessary resources to participate in EYF.

Students who attend EYF who enroll at RIT/NTID for college will receive a $1,000 scholarship and an application fee waiver to apply to RIT at no cost. That’s right – when students participate in EYF, they can apply to RIT/NTID with no application fee and receive a scholarship if they are accepted!

There will be two EYF sessions. You can work with your student to choose the session that works best for them in the registration section after selecting Explore Your Future from the options on the website.

Session I: July 11-14 l Session II: July 18-21

If you or your students have any questions, contact us at 585-475-6700, toll-free in the U.S. and Canada at 1-866-644-6843, by text at 585-448-9651, by videophone at 585-286-4555 or email at


Mark Sommer, Director, NTID Pre-College Outreach


New Training Program Addresses Need
and Training for Interpreters of Color

A team at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf has created a program that aims to equip interpreters of color to meet the demands of interpreting in a postsecondary environment, while boosting recruitment and retention efforts for interpreters of color.

The program is supported by NTID and the Department of Access Services.
For more information, go to the Randleman Program webpage.


Virtual Undergraduate Openhouses
& Parent Webinars
June 2021

Summer Youth Webinars
Session 1: June 21-25   Session 2: June 28-July 2   Session 3: July 6-July 9
Monday, June 21, 2021 until Friday, July 9, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Sign up for the Got Skills?, Immerse into ASL, Deaf Youth Pride, or Deaf Biz webinars. Click here to learn more

Camp Catch Them Young 2021
From July 12-23, 2021, Gallaudet University, through the Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), will host the second iteration of Camp Catch Them Young, a program for college-bound deaf and hard of hearing high school students of color up to the age of 19. Similar to last year, this Camp will be virtual.

July 5-16 & July 19-30

Camp discovery is focused on serving children who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Kids of Deaf Adults, or signing but all are welcome, ASL will be the preferred means of communication.

Open to any gender ages 4 to 12 years.

202-640-4070 (Videophone)
Please contact:
Announcement of 2021 NBDA Business Meeting

NBDA President Isidore Niyongabo and NBDA Vice President Samuel Holden announce announcement the 2021 NBDA Business Meeting. Watch the Vlog to learn more. 
The video is captioned and transcript is provided in YouTube description section.

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NEW! Financial Education Website Launches
Emergency Broadband Benefit The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

TV Networks, Please Carry the ASL Interpreter Feed

On April 28th, 2021, President Biden gave his first address to Congress on the eve of 100 days in office. Prior to the address, the White House announced they would be providing a feed of the American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for this address — a first in U.S. history. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) commended the White House for taking steps to ensure accessibility for all who are watching, including deaf and hard of hearing people. However, we were disappointed when TV networks carrying the broadcast did not also include the provided ASL interpreter feed through an appropriately sized picture-in-picture (PIP) inset so that deaf and hard of hearing people can access the address. With 48 million deaf and hard of hearing people in the U.S., it is critical to ensure we have access to the topics President Biden addressed last night through both accurate captioning and ASL. We thank CBS News for sharing the ASL interpreter feed on its website, although we encourage CBS News in the future to include this ASL interpreter feed as a part of the screen (such as a PIP) with the address rather than a separate video of the ASL interpreter feed on its own. Additionally, not everyone has access to high speed internet, which is why we encourage all TV networks to make ASL interpreter feed available via TV broadcast. We urge all TV network stations to do the right thing and provide access to the ASL interpreter feed in the broadcast.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have a complaint about access, please contact your local TV station and share your feedback. 
The Free Library's reopening plan works in accordance with the updated guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. We will continue to increase in-person services at neighborhood libraries over the coming months with a goal of resuming five days of service at libraries across the city in the next fiscal year. Read more.....
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The PA Advisory Council for Deaf and Hard of Hearing quarterly public meeting scheduled for June 18, 2021 has been canceled. The next Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for September 24, 2021. Click here for more information.

The National Deaf Center
has a wide range of materials that are great for working with the deaf population. Please visit the website:

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