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ADA 25th Anniversary
Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto on CNN
Fresh Reading From Our Library
Upcoming Events

Happy 25 to the Americans with Disabilities Act!

ADA 25 LogoDisability rights are civil rights, and the legislation that protects them turned 25 years old this year. In case you missed it this week, here is the celebratory video from Google. From "you can be a baker, a cobbler, or a printer's assistant," to a truly "fair shake." Happy Anniversary, ADA!  

Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto on CNN

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Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto is famous for her important work concerning the biological foundations of language. Her scientific advancements have been especially important to understanding both similarities and differences in how the human brain tackles ASL and spoken languages like English. Dr. Petitto discussed her work with Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN's Vital Signs July 17. More information about Dr. Petitto and her lab is available on her Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging (BL2) website.

From Our Chapter Lending Library

Delaware Families for Hands & Voices has a terrific free lending library for members. We would love for you to take advantage and expand your summer reading list from our shelves!  Our Library Catalog is at our site here. Here are a few suggestions:

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For Hearing People Only, 
Matthew S Moore and Linda Levitan. A Question and answer format of FAQ concerning deaf people, their community, and their language 

Bullying - What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe, Irene Van der Zande
Protect kids from bullying and empower them with skills! Learn how to use Kidpower practices to create cultures of caring, respect, and safety at school, at home, and in your community. 

What is Hands & Voices all about?

We are a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. We are a parent-driven, parent/professional collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods. Our diverse membership includes those who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families who communicate orally, with signs, cue, and/or combined methods. We exist to help our children reach their highest potential.


108 2We would love to print your stories, pictures, resources, and upcoming events! To submit an article for our newsletter, you can reply to this email with it or email it to Angie at Looking forward to your contributions!  


Monthly Chapter Meeting is tonight, July 28 at 6pm. If you can't make it to TLK Peoples Plaza in person, you can also call in on the conference line at 1-415-655-0001 meeting access number 193 451 406 or catch us on Google Hangouts

Wednesday, July 29, 5:30-7:30pm, PACK Meeting, AI DuPont Hospital 3rd Floor Classrooms, Opportunity for parents and audiologists to share information and socialize. RSVP to

Wednesday, August 5, 6-8pm at Dover Downs, Parent/caregiver workshop: “Supporting Your Child’s Social Self-Esteem” presented by Jill Kuzma

There will be no Chapter Meeting in August.

Sunday, September 20, 1-5pm Treacher Collins Picnic at Carpenter Recreation Area of White Clay Creek State Park, Newark, Delaware.  Open to all affected by Craniofacial issues or hearing loss and their friends and families.
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