You’ve heard Deanne Bray will be on Heroes? She’s now Social Networks

And the old standby, a website –

From her website:

Air Dates for Heroes
Written by Deanne Bray
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Hi friends!

I would love it if you could start tuning in with Heroes on September 21st, their first airing date of the fourth season. My character will be on during episodes airing on October 5th, October 12th and October 19th. I will be in multi episodes in season 4 and I am not sure when the next few will be airing. As of now, this is a start. Also, there’s a 7-year old Deaf girl, Rose Crisman, who will be on the episode of October 19th as one of the children patients background.

Update: First appearance might be on the 28th of September, please check your local listing.

October 5th
October 12th
October 19th
Have a great time with Heroes!


2009 Silent Celebration

Silent Celebration
in Wyoming/Grandville, MI.

Make this the largest gathering of Deaf/HH in West Michigan!
Attendance is free, food is $5 for adults, children 10 and under free!

Facebook | Silent Celebration

About Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services:

We are here to empower individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing to reach their full potential in society through the elimination of communication barriers.

Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the second largest city in the state, we offer the highest quality service. Our combined years of experience and commitment to excellence have earned us the reputation as the agency most committed to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities!

4th Annual Sign-A-Thon in Grand Rapids

April 10, 2009

Dear Friend,

The 4th Annual Sign-A-Thon is coming up on Friday, April 17 at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services’ location at 4328 Kalamazoo Ave SE. The Sign-A-Thon is a yearly event hosted by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and we do skits, jokes, stories on deaf culture and get to know each other more. We take this unique opportunity to recognize deaf history, culture, sign language, and acknowledge people who support the community.

We are raising money for this event and your contribution would be much appreciated. It will greatly assist Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services in expanding our current services for the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Our programs and services include, but are not limited to, job development and placement, adaptive equipment, mental health, interpreter referral, sign language classes, and advocacy in Grand Rapids and surrounding counties.

Upon receiving your donation, we will recognize you or your organization at the Sign-A-Thon event itself and put your name in our upcoming newsletter.

Please send a check or money order payable to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, P.O. Box 4418, Kentwood, MI 49518-8812, or call our agency at 616-732-7358 to pledge a donation.

Thank you,

Katie Prins, MBA

Executive Director

Tell Me Please: “Deaf Awareness Week”?

Tell me, please, Do you know of anything cool going on for Deaf Awareness week.
Or, do you even care?

According to NAD, Deaf Awareness Week (DAW) is the last full week (Sunday through Saturday) of September, in commemoration of the first World Congress of the Deaf held that week in 1951.

I have heard mixed things about these types of events. Do you care? Is anybody doing anything interesting?

I was just reminded of the “week” when Anthony Natale came in my search results:

“Evolution of a Cool Dude” Starring Antony Natale – September 25, 2008

“Evolution of a Cool Dude”
Anthony Natale

Deaf Awareness Week

Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 7 p.m.

Highland High School Auditorium4301 East Guadalupe Road • Gilbert, Arizona 85234(Between Higley and Power Road)

$5 admission

Sponsored by Gilbert Public Schools ASL Clubs

Anthony Natale is known to moviegoers as the guy in the elevator during the pivotal scene from Jerry Maguire, signing “You complete me” to his partner. He starred as the older son in Mr. Holland’s Opus and was also seen in Children of a Lesser God. He had a lead role in USA Network movie His Bodyguard.

I would go to that if I lived in AZ.

But normally, I don’t hear much. Last year, when I had really only started learning about deafness, and the Deaf community. Not terribly exciting.

Is “Awareness” important? Is this a good thing to promote?

Parenting a Deaf Child – For DeafRead Viewers

*Caveat: I know nothing about parenting a deaf child. I didn’t personally know any deaf person until I was in my forties.

I started to search the web, as if I had just discovered that my baby/child was deaf.

Start with a search for “Deaf Child” or “Parenting a Deaf Child” – You can get to – “Your Deaf Child”
An email series on raising deaf children. I don’t know what it’s about, since it’s a newsletter so I click on some other tabs, and find… – Parenting Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children and Teens
There are some good resources here, but how about something that will help me when I just discovered my baby is deaf?

Search for “Raising a deaf child”, you can get Raising Deaf Kids by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Special sections: gives links to dealing with it at different ages. gives the different ways that a deaf/hh child can be taught to communicate. Parents talk about how they decided

This looks like a great resource! If you are deaf, or a deaf parent, please evaluate and comment. It looks like a good presentation of the information that the parent of a deaf child would want to know, presented in a way they might be asking questions.

Other than that, I don’t find many results that answer my questions, and help me research the options. If you have other websites, that are geared toward really helping a parent with the questions they might have, please post them!

Remember when telling your stories of your deaf experiences on the internet, that deaf parents will be watching to understand what their child will be experiencing, so please subtitle those experiences, to help them to understand what it is like to be deaf, to experience being left out of family holidays, or the helpfulness of being around other deaf, and signing, or the experience of going to a deaf/totalcommunication/Auditory-Verbal education. I would like to see those links too, and put together some resources for the deaf and hard of hearing services organization in my town.