Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center, Inc.

Our ASL program: What we do and how we fundraise to support it

In DHHSC services on December 31, 2015 at 9:50 am

By Lisa Huffman, ASL Instructor

We love working the ASL Summer Program. Every summer we set up a weeks’ worth of events, presentations, crafts and healthy snacks for our parents to participate in with their children. In past years, we have gone to the Fresno Zoo, Round Table Pizza, The Discovery Center, Whitie’s Pet Store, Savemart, Color Me Mine, Fossil Discover Center, and movies. We also have had Pampered Chef present on healthy snacks every summer, and this recent summer we got to mine for gold, make candles and weave a basket, right here at DHHSC.
Each of our events has a fee involved, so we have had grants and fundraisers to help makes these events free for the last two years. Our fundraisers have been selling delicious World’s Finest candy bars and host movie nights at DHHSC. Our most recent movie night featured the movie Polar Express. For fundraising, we sold hot cocoas and lots of yummy candies and popcorn.

Our next movie night will be Feb 6, 2016 at 5pm at DHHSC in Fresno and we will have popcorn, cocoas, candies and soda for purchase to continue to raise funds for the ASL Summer Program 2016. We will have monthly movie nights, so watch for those to be announced. We hope to provide this fun program free of charge again.

Thank you for all of your support of the ASL Summer Program. We love meeting and having fun with our families.

Balanced meals for those with Diabetes

In Independent Living on December 31, 2015 at 9:45 am

By Cheryl Parreira, Coordinator of Client Services, Merced

Making a good balanced meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner is the toughest thing to do for a person who has diabetes, like myself.  Why?  Because all of the foods become sugar in everyone’s body and it affects blood sugar levels.  For individuals who do not have diabetes, their bodies control the blood sugar levels automatically. However, for people with diabetes, their bodies are not able to control these levels unless they follow a strict diet, take medicine pills or take insulin shots to help with the blood sugar levels.

2016: Fresno Deaf-Blind Needs You!

In Community, volunteerism on December 31, 2015 at 9:26 am

By Sharon Renee McPherson Jr. Clark and Stefani Santos, Staff Interpreters

A staggering amount of Deaf-Blind individuals remain isolated and hesitate to leave the places they are most comfortable. One key factor of this is fear.  A crippling fear there will be little, or even worse, no communication.  According to American Association of the Deaf-Blind, “Individuals who are deaf-blind, continue to face significant social, economic, educational and psychological barriers. The lack of available services and resources is often an obstacle to achieving self-sufficiency for individuals who are deaf-blind.” For these very reasons, throughout 2015 Fresno Deaf-Blind community and their advocates have continued to promote alliance, decrease isolation and spread awareness through a variety of exciting avenues.  

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