PSAD Leadership Training Program – June 17-19, 2016

The Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf is proud to host its new Leadership Training Program (LTP). It will be held on June 17-19 2016 at Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 300 East Swissvale Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218.

The Leadership Training Program is open to anyone.Click here to view workshops topics, training info and registration form. 

In addition to informative workshops and trainings, the combo includes shared lodging, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast and Sunday lunch. Each room in the residence has a bed and a mattress on the floor. All attendees in the residence will be sharing the bathroom and shower facilities.

If you know who you want to share the room with, please list your friend’s name on your registration form under roommate. Also make sure your preferred roommate lists your name on his/her registration form. If you do not have a roommate, every effort will be made to pair you up with another person.

Cost with bed: $150.00 to June 1, 2016
Cost with Mattress on the floor: $140.00 to June 1, 2016
First come, First serve – Event is limited to 100 attendees.

Any questions: Contact Jeffrey Yockey, Co-chair at or VP: 570-955-3221

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Greater Philadelphia Chapter of PSAD Proudly Host the Annual Lawn Fete

Greater Philadelphia Chapter of PSAD proudly host the…

Annual Lawn Fete

Mercy Life ~ Valley View

(Senior Home of the Deaf & Deaf-Blind)

111 Elwyn Rd.

Elwyn, PA

Saturday, June 4, 2016

10 am to 4 pm

Proceeds from your donations of $3 will go to

The Recreational Fund for the Valley View Residents

For Vendor information, click here to open flier

or contact Mark Marcellino:

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Introductory Letter from the Newly Elected President of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter for PSAD

Hello everyone! My name is Aaron Bosley. I am newly elected President of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter for PSAD. Just a little background about myself. I was born and raised in Harrisburg. I became deaf at six months old. I attended mainstream program (CAIU) from K to 12. I attended RIT from 2000 to 2005 and graduated with Bachelors of Science in Information Technology. I got full time job at Highmark after graduation and still working at Highmark for ten years.
I’m so excited about being a president for your chapter. I am looking forward to working with the officers in the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter and for all of Pennsylvania and working with all the members of this chapter. I am excited about bringing in new ideas into the chapter and address the challenges that we currently are facing and what we will face. As a president, I have few goals in mind:
  1. Make quarterly meetings more transparency
  2. Finding ways to attract and bring in younger members
  3. Seek exciting fundraising ideas to bring in the funding for this chapter
  4. Form a social media committee to usher this chapter into modern digital age and to keep everyone in the loop (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram)
On a final note, I want to emphasize that I believe in teamwork. Teamwork is what will bring everyone together for the greater good and cause and will succeed. Lastly, I want to introduce my officers for this year. Again, I am looking forward to success of our chapter!
2016 Officers for Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of PSAD:
President – Aaron Bosley (
Vice President – Larry Hast (
Secretary – Jessica Adams (
Treasurer – Alex Lemanski (


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Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of PSAD is hosting QUARTERLY CHAPTER MEETING

Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of PSAD is hosting






When: MAY 21, 2016

Time:  3PM – 5PM

Where: PAD
Pittsburgh Association for the Deaf
1854 Forbes Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Please contact Aaron Bosley for any questions and concerns at email:

Click here to view flyer

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PSAD Position Statement on DHHS – DEC

Click here to view PSAD Position Statement on DHHS – DEC

The Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf (PSAD) is a nonprofit statewide civil rights association whose mission is to empower deaf and hard of hearing individuals to achieve full and equal access to their civil, human, and linguistic rights through information, and advocacy. PSAD is 135 years old, and is one of the oldest deaf civil rights organizations in the

PSAD’s members read the letter to the editor in the Lancaster Online by a consumer named, Ms. Joanne Reilly, dated February 19, 2016 in regards to the recent changes in case management services for the deaf by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, and the response by Ms. Melissa A. Hawkins, of Disability Empowerment Center, dated March 2, 2016.

PSAD shares its members concerns that any organization providing case management services to deaf consumers’ needs to be culturally competent, and linguistically fluent in American Sign Language (ASL).

It is difficult, if not impossible, for organizations to properly evaluate a prospective employee’s proficiency in ASL. Too often, agency directors have misconceptions about learning ASL, and about the role of culture in the Deaf community. Merely taking a few ASL classes is not enough to be considered proficient enough to provide case management services. Indeed, it takes years of dedication to master a second language, and ASL is a language in its own right. Therefore, PSAD recommends that organizations use a neutral rating tool to determine one’s level of ASL fluency. A measurement of ASL proficiency can be done either by the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) provided by Gallaudet University or the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI).

PSAD recommends that any case manager serving deaf and hard of hearing consumers have a score of at least an Advanced Plus or 4+ on either the SLPI or ASLPI. In addition, it is critical that the case manager have an internalization of Deaf culture and the impact that culture has on the provision of services. Of note, case managers typically deal with serious issues such as refugee trauma, domestic violence, sexual assault/rape, and other medical/social services barriers. These issues require an intimate knowledge of appropriate referral sources for this population.  A person who is not intimately aware of cultural issues may not be able to assess and refer properly.

Ms. Joanne Reilly is to be applauded for making public the very real concerns that the Deaf community has about the changes in case management services. Communication access is of the utmost importance in providing optimal services. It is not fair or right for a deaf person to have to access case management services via an ASL interpreter or to feel uncomfortable with a person’s insufficient sign skills. Serious misunderstandings that could result in life or death decisions can and have happened when a service provider is not fluent in ASL. Direct communication access in one’s native language is a human right.

PSAD is available to consult with any organization that provides services – case management, advocacy, or mental health services – to the deaf and hard of hearing community. PSAD’s goal is to advocate for statewide mental health services, which includes case management, with standards for ASL fluency, and cultural competency. For further information about PSAD, our website is, or email for how you can help advocate for statewide mental health services for deaf and hard of hearing consumers.

Elizabeth Hill, LCSW
PSAD Board Member

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PSAD News Release – Young Adult Program Coordinator

PSAD News Release – Young Adult Program Coordinator

April 4, 2016

PSAD President Grace Shirk-Emmons announced the appointment of Kristen Arney Griffin as the new part-time Youth Adult Program Coordinator, starting on March 7, 2016. The purpose of the program is to help prepare Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults ages 18 – 22 become active and self-supporting citizens in their communities through citizenship and leadership development. This program is funded by a one year grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council and PSAD provided a funding match.

Kristy reports to Dr. Harvey Corson, PSAD Executive Director, for guidance and support. Also,  there is a Young Adult Program Committee which provides programming ideas and feedback. The committee consists of the following members: Evy Williams, Chair; Sharon Antal; Dr. Harvey Corson; Elizabeth Hill; Jeff Yockey; and Grace Shirk-Emmons, ex-officio. For more information about the Young Adult Program (YAP), please contact Kristy Griffin, Coordinator at

Kristy Arney Griffin grew up in San Antonio, Texas and attended various types of schools, oral and mainstreaming programs. Kristy attended the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York and met her husband, Billy Griffin, who is now ZVRS Customer Experience & Relationship Manager. Since then, she has lived in Philadelphia, PA. Kristy has worked in many areas that have prepared her for this position: Case Manager at Elwyn, Inc.; Job Readiness Teacher in Job Center, High School Life Skills Teacher, and Coach at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD); and also Coordinator of Friday Night Live, an after-school program for high school students who are on their way becoming young adults. While working at PSD, she attended Arcadia University in Glenside, PA and received a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. Kristy also does not shy away from volunteer opportunities – volunteered to help Deaf Apostolate in Philadelphia area, was a volunteer coordinator for the 2010 National Association of the Deaf’ (NAD) Conference in Philadelphia and volunteered again as the Kids Kamp Co-Coordinator at the 2012 NAD Conference in Louisville, KY. This summer Kristy will serve as the Kids Kamp Coordinator at the 2016 NAD Conference in Phoenix, AZ.

Kristy is currently engaged raising her two wonderful teenage son, William, & daughter, Estella, and occasionally subbing at PSD as well. Kristy is looking forward to helping the young adults of Pennsylvania to become interested and active in the Pennsylvania community.

Click here to view News Release and picture of Kristy

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PSAD’s response to AGBELL #AGBELL

Nyle’s story on Washington Post:

AGBELL’s response:

PSAD’s response:Click PSAD’s response to AGB    #AGBELL

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North Central Chapter of the PSAD Hosting Pampered Chef Bingo

Come out and join us for our second annual Bingo Fund Raiser. You helped make our event a huge success last year. Thank You!

Where: Red Eye Center 516 ½ Canal Street, Lock Haven, Pa 17745

When: November 12, 2016

Time: Doors open 11:00

Bingo begins at 1:00

20 Games (3 cards per game), Extra cards available, Door Prizes, Chinese Auction, 50/50, Rip-off tickets, and Refreshments for sale.

Tickets $20 in-advance
$25 at the door

For tickets contact Bob Probst- or Charlotte Conser-
570-367-1637 (Call or text)

Make checks payable: North Central Chapter

Click here to see flyer

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The 7th Youth Program “BELIEVE IN YOUR FUTURE” Event


Proudly presents

The 7th Youth Program


A day to learn about life after high school

For all Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

~ 13 years old and up ~

Save the Date!!

May 5, 2016 (Thursday)

8:45 am to 1:30 pm


Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network


200 Anderson Road

King of Prussia, PA 19406

Look for more Information Soon!

Contact Sharon Antal: 570-234-0306
Chairperson Elissa Clark:

Click on links below to view more details

Save the Date Flyer_KOP 2016

Youth Day program and Registration_5.5.2016

2016 PSAD Youth Day Media Release form

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Red Carpet Announcement!

red carpet

Above is an image with a message saying:

Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf

proudly welcomes our new

Executive Director Dr. Harvey Corson

Please join us at the reception to meet and greet.

Friday, March 18, 2016 – 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Crowne Plaza Philadelphia – King of Prussia

260 Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia, PA 19406

in Freedom Ballroom III

RSVP by March 11, 2016

by email:

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