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Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania
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Living Well

The newsletter of the Deafblind Living Well Services

"Expanding possibilities for people who are deafblind"

April 2017

 

 

The newsletter of the Deafblind Living Well Services


Expanding possibilities for people who are deafblind
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In this issue:

  1. Letter from DBLWS staff
  2. Program Progress
  3. Types of activities
  4. Social Media
  5. Upcoming Deafblind community events

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From the DBLWS Staff

Salutations,

Spring has sprung in Pennsylvania. Well, I guess this depends on what part of the state in which you reside in. Recently, DBLWS traveled to the Northeast part of the state and to the Poconos area.  It was clear that spring is a bit more delayed in that part of the state. So we will excitingly await spring all over PA. As spring slowly emerges, it is now time for all of us to begin to think about summer. Summer is a beautiful time to get out into the sun, take trips, visit with friends, and relax. If you’re planning an adventure and need the assistance of an SSP, please remember to let DBLWS know in plenty of time. If you’re not receiving SSP services and you’re a person with a hearing and vision loss, please email or call us today to ask about services.  

 

One new part of the newsletter to which we would like to draw your attention is the inclusion of a calendar of Deafblind events happening around the state. There are several different communities of persons who are deafblind in Pennsylvania, including one in the Philadelphia area and one in the Pittsburgh area, but there are also other activities happening in other parts of the state which should be mentioned. DBLWS is unaware of any other existing calendar or list of activities for persons who are deafblind, for parents of children who are deafblind, and SSP's. We are hoping that the inclusion of this calendar of events will unite persons who are deafblind or who are interested in the deafblindness community across the Commonwealth.

 
One other noteworthy topic is that DBLWS has created a Facebook group for SSP's. Currently, the group is only for SSP's who have been trained through DBLWS., We are hoping that this group will provide a method for DBLWS to provide our SSPs with additional training in topics like ethical boundaries, technology, and Pro-Tactile, as a few examples. If you are a DBLWS-trained SSP and you are not yet in this group but would like to be, please send me an Email. I will help you get connected to that group.

 

There is so much more that we could write about, but of course, this is only a small glimpse into the program. If at any time you have questions or concerns, please email us. And as stated above, look out for our next newsletter, which will be published at the end of June.
Take care,

Marsha Drenth, DBLWS program Manager

Program Progress


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Consumers who are deafblind:

58

Consumers who are deafblind actively using SSP services:

45

Total number of trained SSPs:

84

Total number of SSPs working:

55

March total activities:

93

March total hours:

339

April total activities:

82

April total hours:

284.5

 

Types of activities


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Month/Activity

Household

Medical

Health

Culture

Community

Social

Eating out

Food shopping

Other Shopping

Banking

Work/Educational

Religious

March 2017

22

10

9

1

2

16

25

27

28

3

9

1

April 2017

15

4

7

2

1

25

15

26

21

2

10

7

Social Media

The below table provides the March and April Facebook posts. If you’re not following DBLWS on Facebook, please go here: Visit DBLWS on Facebook to LIKE and FOLLOW us to stay updated.


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Date

Story

April 24

NYCDB Hosts SSP webinar

April 16

Pittsburgh Deafblind Easter Gathering

April 13

March DBLWS Newsletter!

April 12

CILCP Spring Fling!

April 6

Nazareth Academy High School partnered with Saint Lucy Day School

April 5

Deafblind share stories at Perkins event!

April 2

Gallaudet University scholarship for students who are DeafBlind

March 27

Blair County HLAA meeting announcement

March 20

CILCP HighMark walk Kick off!

March 15  

Adaptify Solutions Low Vision calendars

March 8

2017 International Women’s day 2017

March 2

Bob Smithdas and a History lesson

March 1

Philadelphia BBVS Stem Event

 

Upcoming Deafblind community events

The below events are not hosted by DBLWS, but only listed here to inform the community. If you know of other activities for persons who are deafblind, please send an email to dblws@cilcp.org with the subject line, "Community Events".

 

April 29

CTK Deaf Expo, Flyer here!

May 17

Vision Resources of Burkes County - More information here

May 23

BVS Blindness Awareness Expo

June 23 - 27

PATTAN Family Learning Conference, Flyer here!

July 22

Deafblind Pool Party, Email Scott Stoffel here

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DeafBlind Living Well Services - Support Service Provider program

Center for Independent Living of Central PA
207 House Avenue, Suite 107
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Office Phone: 717.731.1900 ext. 258
(v/tty) 1.800.323.6060
E-mail: dblws@cilcp.org

 

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Camp Hill, PA 17011

 

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1.800.323.6060 (v/tty)

 

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