Update – 9th Annual Deaf Expo

We are excited to welcome you to our outdoor Deaf Expo this Saturday, April 23rd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring family and friends to meet, greet, shop, and eat!

We will also be hosting a raffle at this year’s Expo. Follow the link below to view the items available in the raffle, as well as pricing for raffle tickets.

The following is a list of the vendors who have confirmed spaces.

Allison Williams, crafter
Bev’s Multimedia Art
Christ the King Deaf Church
Colombian Crafts
Cross Road Gifts
CTK Refreshments and Bake Sale
Deaf Community Action Network (DeafCAN!)
Designs by A
Family Support Line
Heidi’s Farmasi
Irene’s Art
Keller Williams Real Estate–“Sold by SamSam”
Lynne Moser, LCSW, BCD
Mercy Life Pace–Valley View
Norwex, Inc.
Oya Reigns, LLC
Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf
PSD Class of ’82–’83
Sorenson Communications
The Crafty Mama
Through Frances
West Chester University ASL Club
WOLD Spring Fever Plant Sale

We will be at 730 South New Street in the parking lot behind Calvary Lutheran/Christ the King Deaf Church.

Latest News – April 28th

Most of our staff are vaccinated and are excited to return to our weekly in classroom skills and immigrant/refugee classes in the near future and resume our prison visits when allowed. We will be starting DeafBlind services back up as quickly as both SSPs and DBs are comfortable.

A national planning committee selected Lancaster’s beautiful Ware Center as the location for the First World Deaf Refugee/Immigrant Conference June 10-13 (WDRD.ORG) with participants from more than 20 different countries. One of the main reasons for selecting Lancaster is the large relocation of Deaf Bhutanese to S Central PA and our new services to their communities in both Harrisburg and Lancaster.

COVID Update – July 3rd

DeafCAN! continues to operate its weekly skills and immigrant/refugee classes by Zoom. Chester and Delaware County case management has continued with the majority of our work done through video phones, zoom, and some in-person outdoor and/or distanced meetings.

Our new program with Deaf Bhutanese in Harrisburg / Central PA continues on Fridays at local outdoor settings. We are hoping to start soon at our new location, Good Shepherd Lutheran In Harrisburg.

Though some prisons are slowly opening, most have been on strict lockdown for over 3 months. Any visits from volunteers, family, and friends have not been allowed. We have been trying to stay in touch by mail.

Our DeafBlind consumers have also been very isolated because most require tactile or close signing or speaking in order to communicate and guide. We are trying to start services back up as quickly and safely as possible as both SSPs and DBs are comfortable.

COVID-19 Update

In light of the current health crisis and at the direction of the governor, all classes and events are cancelled for the month of April. This includes the Deaf Expo on April 25th.

We are resuming some classes remotely by Zoom or other means of video-calling, and are still supporting individuals and families remotely and, at times, in person with distancing.

Our work to overcome barriers and meet challenges continues. We thank you for your support and donations now more than ever!