Immigrants & Refugees

These clips were taken from presentations at the DeafCAN! 2016 Deaf International Expo in April.
Many thanks to our videographer Carol Finkle – long time advocate for Deaf rights and equality, always working hard to spread the word and improve the lives of Deaf people and their families. Thank you Carol!
Thanks, also, to our video editor Will Mau.

Many refugees and immigrants struggle to adjust to their new lives in the United States.  They do this often with the help of many organizations.  For those who are Deaf or very hard of hearing, however, that adjustment can be much more difficult.  Some, because of greater communication challenges, remain extremely isolated for years after their other family members and friends have gotten benefits, education, jobs, health care and new relationships.

DeafCAN!’s Refugee & Immigrant Program is currently the only such program in all of Pennsylvania that focuses entirely on those refugees & immigrants who are Deaf or very hard of hearing.  We currently provide FREE weekly classes and case management at three different sites:

  • DeafCAN!, West Chester – Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Bhutanese American Organization, Phila, Wednesdays, 1:30–3:30 pm
  • Philps, Tyson Avenue, NE Phila – Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

The focus of these classes is on the teaching of English and Sign Language, when appropriate, but we also assist with other life concerns, such as food, shelter, employment, assistive technology, and financial assistance and management.

If you are interested in learning more about these services, either for yourself or someone you know, please contact our Program Director, Bill Lockard, at the numbers above or email BillLockard@deafcanpa.org.   We are available to visit people at their homes, or in their communities, and provide free initial evaluations.

DeafCAN! is a participating member of the PRHC, Philadelphia Refugee Health Collaborative.

 

This program has been supported by the following Foundations:
St. Andrews Lutheran Church Endowment Fund
Mill Neck Foundation
Phoenixville Community Health Foundation
ELCA (World Hunger funded) Domestic Hunger Grants Program
Allen & Shirley Speiser Foundation
Scholler Foundation

And many other organizations and individuals