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Hands & Voices  
Delaware Families for Hands & Voices
June Newsletter


Congratulations to all the new grads and their families!

From Delaware Statewide Programs for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind:

Deaf/HH/Deaf-Blind Students Throughout Delaware Graduate 

June, 2013 

Delaware Statewide Programs for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind is pleased to convey that over 25 Deaf/HH/DB students across Delaware earned diplomas or certificates of attendance this month. We love to pass along information about students with hearing loss from Delaware. 

Maggie Williamson from Cape Henlopen School District will be attending LaSalle Uniersity in Philadelphia and majoring on international relations. She would like to become a diplomat in the future. 

Quentin Johnson from Appoquinimink School District delivered the address at the Maryland School for the Deaf. Quentin plans to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology and major in pre-med/veterinary. To see the newspaper article featuring the MSD graduation, click here

Three more students with hearing loss graduated from high schools within the Appoquinimink district. These students are still weighing their options but are looking at post secondary programs in Delaware as well as Pennsylvania.

Delaware School for the Deaf Celebrates the Class of 2013!! 

In an auditorium built for 350 people, these magical 8 students from the Delaware School for the Deaf along with their friends and families "filled the house" to celebrate their graduation on Thursday evening. 

Beginning with the traditional pomp and circumstance entrance, the spirit of support and community was palpable . After a contemporary ASL rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, former DSD school leader, teacher and student Mindi Failing delivered a meaningful and engaging address to her former elementary school students. Class Valedictorian Mandy Cruz encouraged her classmates to "never give up" and keep on working to "make it happen". Generous scholarship awards were given by members of the community and students were recognized for their humanitarianism and volunteerism. 

Culmination of the evening occurred with the conferring of diplomas and certificates by representatives of not only the Christina School District, but also partners from Colonial and Brandywine (where many graduates reside). The evening ended with a heartfelt and meaningful performance by senior Tylear Diaz.

Learn more about the DSD Class of 2013 
# of standard diplomas = 5 
# of certificates of completion = 3 
Post secondary plans: 
RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) - 2 
Del Tech Community College- 2 
Art Institute of Philadelphia - 1 
University of Delaware CLSC program - 1 
Supported employment - 2 

DSD wishes to thank the Christina School District administration for their support and Representative Ed. Osienski and Senator Bryan Townsend for their advocacy. In addition, we thank community partners Kirk's florists and Child Nutrition Services (Christina) for helping us make our evening special.

Della Thomas 
DE Statewide Programs for the Deaf, 
Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind
630 E. Chestnut Hill Rd 
Newark, Delaware 19713 
(302) 454-2301

Save the Date for a Delaware Hands & Voices Beach Party!

sand and bucket
Where: Cape Henlopen State Park, main 
   pavilion near the bath house   
When: Sept 29, park hours
What: Food, games, families, and fun
Cost: Park entrance fees are in effect, but no charge for 
   anything else

Greatest Summer Family Adventure Contest
To kick off the celebration, tell us about your coolest summer family adventures!  Send in a picture with a 
binocular kid
quick description of where you went or what you did.  Best summer adventure will win a special prize at the beach party in September.  Deadline for submission is the end of August.  You can submit your entry by replying to any of our newsletters, or send it to Angie at

2011 Delaware Hands & Voices Beach Fun:
beach 2011 collage 2

Great Coffee for a Great Cause

The Good Java Company
The Good Java Company in Lancaster, PA sells USDA Certified Organic Fair Trade Coffee.  It is a great product, and one you can feel good about.  


Delaware Families for Hands & Voices will receive $0.50 per 8 ounce bag our friends purchase.  In order for us to receive the donation, you must enter “Hands and Voices” in the sales code box at checkout.  


Thank you!

In This Issue:
  • Upcoming Events
  • Parent Track Ideas for Delaware's Still Listening 2014
  • Delaware Family Voices
  • June Graduation
  • DE H&V Beach Party!
  • Great coffee

Our next chapter meeting will be July 30 at 6PM at TLK Academy in Peoples Plaza, Glasgow.  Child care can be provided on request

Marion Downs Hearing Center Frontiers in Hearing Symposium, July 10-13 2013, Vail, Colorado

July 18-22, Orlando Florida, BACES Central Free Conference. 

July 31, 5:30-7:30, AI DuPont Hospital, Classrooms 1 & 2 on the third floor, PACK Meeting to discuss bullying. Parents only for this meeting due to the sensitive nature of the topic.

August 1st from 6pm-8pm, 222 Philadelphia Pike, Suite 11, Wilmington, DE 19809, Delaware Family Voices Care Notebook Training, We kindly ask you to RSVP by July 29th, as light refreshments will be provided. Ann Phillips- (877) 235-3588 or

September 29, Cape Henlopen, Hands & Voices Beach Party!  Mark your calendar now! 

What Do You Want to Learn?

The Governor’s Advisory Board on Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) has asked Hands & Voices to help plan a few seminars and workshops to serve as part of an optional educational track specifically for parents at the Delaware’s Still Listening conference in 2014.  We will begin discussing this at our next meeting (July 30) and would love your input!  If you can’t make it to the meeting, but would like to serve on our committee or just offer suggestions, please reply to this email or use the form on our website to let Angie know.

Delaware Family Voices

kids talking whisperDelaware Family Voices is another great organization supporting families with children with special needs.  Their new website premiered this month, and if you haven't seen it yet, be sure to check it out!  They have tons of great resources for families, and while they offer plenty for families with kids with hearing loss, they may be of special interest to our families with deaf and hard of hearing children who also have special needs in other areas, since they are not specialized in hearing loss.  Delaware Family Voices is affiliated with Parent to Parent USA.

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