Community Resources

Emergency & Safety Resources

With a population of 1.5 million people, our local government has a vast amount of services to meet the needs of every resident—from urban gardeners to skateboarders, community leaders to musicians. As a new member of the Mayor’s Office team, I learn about a new city service or program everyday—and I wanted to share a few of them with you!

Here are 13 useful City services that you should know about.

The goal of the group is to send out resources, event information, and contacts that can benefit families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH), blind or visually impaired (BVI), or deaf-blind (DB).

It helps you and your child have more access to what you need for success in school and beyond. It will keep your family more informed about the special education process and about available supports across Pennsylvania.

Emergency Communication Board Now Available

In partnership with the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University and The Mayor’s Office on People with Disabilities, Philadelphia Department of Public Health is pleased to announce the release of a new Communication Board. This Communication Board is part of a broader effort to ensure accessibility in public health programming.

The Board is intended to be used when spoken English may not be effective. It can be utilized in acute and/or crisis situations and should not be used to replace American Sign Language (ASL) and other non-English VRI or interpretation services.

Emergency Communication Board



Or install the mobile App: myCOMPASS PA/1-844-831-0584

By Phone call: Benephilly at 1-8010-236-2194

You can also apply in person or by mail at your local

Philadelphia County Assistance Office.

CLICK HERE for more resources!

News & Resources

ASL Interpreted Shows at the Arden Theater:

Please confirm interest in advance of select 2023 dates.

The Arden Theatre (40 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106) is planning their ASL interpreted shows for this coming season. Ken Wesler at DHCC has offered to organize group tickets for interested families. Please email Ken at to let him know if you are interested in attending so that tickets can be reserved. Please let him know what show you would like to attend, the date and the number of people attending. Any questions can be directed to Ken.

Here are the details:


ASL Interpreted performances:

Friday, January 20, 2023, 10:00 AM

Saturday, January 21, 2023, 4:00 PM


ASL Interpreted performances:

Friday, May 26, 2023, 10:00 AM

Saturday, May 27, 2023, 4:00 PM

Group rates apply only to groups of 10 or more

$18 per ticket for performances on Tuesdays through Fridays

$20 per ticket for performances on Saturdays and Sundays

A 10:1 student-to-chaperone ratio is required for all groups with students under 15 years old. Complimentary tickets will be issued only to chaperones within the ratio requirement.

$2 tickets with ACCESS Card to:

1812 Theater Company

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

African American Museum in Philadelphia

American Helicopter Museum & Education Center

American Swedish Historical Museum

Barnes Foundation

Bartram’s Garden

Betsy Ross House

BlackStar Film Festival

Brandywine River Museum

Chanticleer Garden

Christ Church and Christ Church Burial Ground


Eastern State Penitentiary

EgoPo Classic Theatre

First Person Arts

First Person Tours

Franklin Institute

Franklin Square – Parx Liberty Carousel

Franklin Square – Philly Mini Golf

Friends of Laurel Hill


Glen Foerd on the Delaware

Glencairn Museum

Grounds For Sculpture


Hedgerow Theatre Company

Independence Seaport Museum

Inis Nua Theatre

InterAct Theatre Company

James A. Michener Art Museum

John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove

Longwood Gardens

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Museum of the American Revolution

Mütter Museum

National Constitution Center

National Liberty Museum

Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

Natural Lands

Philly POPs

Opera Philadelphia

Penn Museum

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

People’s Light

Philadelphia Ballet

Philadelphia Film Center

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Orchestra

Philadelphia Theatre Company

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Physick House

Please Touch Museum

Powel House

Princeton Symphony Orchestra

Quintessence Theatre Group

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Stoneleigh: a natural garden

Players Club of Swarthmore

Temple Theaters

The Bearded Ladies Cabaret Co.

The StageCrafters Theater

Theatre Horizon

Tyler Arboretum


Wharton Esherick Museum

Wilma Theater

Woodmere Art Museum

Click here for more information


Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) Refugees, Immigrants, and Asylees (RIAs).

Fact Sheet



Hands UP Productions is committed to providing customer focused, high quality sign language interpreting services for performing arts and cultural events.  

By utilizing Deaf and hearing professionals, we create a rewarding experience for both theatre-goers and the theatre community.

In 2003, Brian and Donna worked together for the first time in Philadelphia while interpreting the Broadway hit, Chicago at the Miller (formally Merriam) Theatre.

Fast forward to 2007: With countless partnered productions under their belts, they embarked on a new adventure: Hands UP Productions.

The Center For Continuing Education at Gallaudet University, in partnership with the American Caregiver Association, has launched


Designed for Deaf caregivers and caregivers of the Deaf, this course is a fully bilingual conversion of the ACA’s standard caregiver course into American Sign Language and English.

Upon completion of the course, participants will receive their certificate from the ACA. Cources are offered every month.

APPLY NOW at this link.



This module is designed to provide participants with resources to increase their awareness of the ethnic and cultural diversity within the deaf community; and that there is not “one” deaf community but rather many. This module examines identity and intersectionality among deaf people from lived experiences of deaf people. This is designed for anyone who wants to engage with deaf people. It provides participants with fundamental knowledge of identity and intersectionality as well as some tools to engage with deaf people.

Learn more!

Smart Homes Made Simple: Your Guide to Smart Home Technology, 2nd Edition

We are excited to announce the release of the brand new edition of our guide, Smart Homes Made Simple: Your Guide to Smart Home Technology, 2nd Edition. This guide was written to help people with disabilities, older adults, and their families learn to successfully integrate smart home technology into their homes and their lives.

“Smart home technology is one of the best resources for people with disabilities so they can live safely and more independently in a home of their own. These devices also help people perform everyday activities, thrive in employment, school, and in their communities,” says PATF’s CEO, Ben Laudermilch.

Smart home technology can help with:

Connecting with friends and family

Turning on and off the lights

Setting reminders and alarms

Checking in with a caregiver

Locking and unlocking the door

Using telehealth services and health monitoring

Changing the TV channel or turning on music

And more!

We hope this new edition of our guide will help you explore smart home technology, develop a framework to choose your technology, and build a team who can support you in achieving your goals.

In addition to the digital version in English (508-compliant PDF), the guide is also available as a printed booklet.

You can request a printed copy of the latest edition of our guide at

New Video About Smart Home Technology

Download the Guide

2023 Summer Academy for High School Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Now accepting applications for the 2023 DHH Summer Academy for DHH high school students!

The program will be held on July 16-26, 2023 at Penn State Main Campus in State College, PA.

Click here to apply!

Click here for the program flyer!