What is PSAD?
P.S.A.D. provides certain services such as:
Fighting discrimination and public misconceptions in our everyday lives by lobbying for the establishment of a deaf/hard of hearing bill of rights with local, state, and federal government through different agencies and organizations.
Working closely with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) board members and officers through the state associations.
Providing various workshops and programs such as the Leadership Training Program, Outdoor Leadership Education Program, biennial Miss Deaf Pennsylvania Pageant, NAD Youth Leadership Camp, annual conference and Conference of Chapters, annual statewide Deaf Women’s Conference, state government affairs, public information and outreach, and bi-monthly newsletter.
Working with different agencies by educating them to improve their quality of services. A few examples of agencies are the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the State for Independent Living Council, and the Pennsylvania Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
Overlooking the operation of Elwyn Institute in Elwyn, PA. It is a modern residential building for aged and infirmed deaf and deaf-blind people. It had been in the operation since 1902.
At the state level, PSAD representatives participates on the following committees and councils:
- Governor’s Disability Agenda Conferences
- Pennsylvania State Independent Living Council (SILC)
- Pennsylvania Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities (PCCD)
- Disability Budget Coalition DBC)
- Pennsylvania Advisory Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Pennsylvania Telecommunications Relay Service Advisory Board (TRS)
- Advisory Committee For Persons Who Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Rehabilitation Advisory Council (RAC)
- Educational Resources for Children with Hearing Loss (ERCHL)
- Pennsylvania Parents of Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
PSAD has several programs:
- Training Programs & Seminars
- Annual Leadership in Training Program (LTP)
- Annual Outdoor Leadership Education Program (OLEP)
- Special Interest Sections such as Deaf Women and Deaf Senior Citizens
- Legislative Network
- Annual Camp Outings
Did you know that the PSAD…
- Began the operation of an assisted living community for the senior citizens who are deaf and deaf-blind people in 1902. In 1972, PSAD transferred the operation to Elwyn Institute in Elwyn, PA where the George W. Nevil Home, a modern residential building, was built with a grant from the Nevil Foundation. In 1996, the residents from the Nevil Home were transferred to a new building called Valley View.
- Was the first state organization to successfully lobby a state legislature to pass a law giving deaf people the right to drive their motor vehicles and obtain automobile insurance coverage. This occurred in 1923.
Became a cooperating state association under the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) in 1968.
- Acquired 128 acres of campground in Clearfield County in 1975 and also purchased adjacent 27 acres in 2000. It is currently seeking funds to build the PSAD Camp and Training Center for the deaf and hard of hearing children, adults, and senior citizens.
- Assisted in the establishment of the Pennsylvania Registry of the Interpreters for the Deaf (PA RID.) in 1986.
- Successfully lobbied for the establishment of the Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) in 1989.
- Assisted in the establishment of the Pennsylvania Relay Service in 1990.
- Assisted in establishing the distribution of Telecommunciation Devices for the Deaf in 1996.
- PSAD has six local chapters.