Art-Reach is a non-profit organization that creates connections between the disability community and the cultural arts. Through advocacy, trainings, consulting, community partnerships, and programming, Art-Reach strives to build access and equity in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Art-Reach programs operate in three ways; large scale collaborations, cultural programming for human service agencies, and learning and education initiatives.
1. We provide a Deaf (Lutheran) church open to all people with worship services, classes, social and educational events. Voice interpreting is available for hearing family members
2. Our church provides a human services program, DeafCAN!, which has contracts with Chester and Delaware counties, ASL classes, services to Deaf refugees/immigrants/asylees, inmates and returning citizens, and SSP services for the DeafBlind. We strive to serve the SE PA region or refer to those who can. Our services are open to all regardless of faith, gender, race, ethnic group, sexual orientation, language, and culture.
The Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre Mission is to advocate for and promote equal communication access, educational service, cultural awareness and economic development to the Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing populations in the greater Philadelphia region and surrounding areas.
The City of Philadelphia has funded the citywide Digital Navigator program since the spring of 2020. The Digital Navigator program is operated by three different organizations including Beyond Literacy, SEAMAAC, and Drexel University’s ExCITe Center.
Drexel’s Digital Navigator program is assisting households in West Philadelphia with free and discounted Internet programs, computer distribution, and digital skills classes.
Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language (ASL) and English. Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world.
The Mission of Germantown Deaf Ministries Fellowship Inc.
is to focus on and be supportive of but not restricted to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community at large, in order to create a least restrictive environment where the divers-ability, multi-culture population is serviced and invited to join in and lead events that incorporates their backgrounds, special needs and talents.
We work hand in hand with Faith-based, Educational Institutions, Community organizations and Community Leaders as we promote self-pride, independence and collaborating with an end goal of creating a safer, positive, inclusive and more informed society.
The mission of the First Language Foundations Lab is to maximize the developmental potential of all d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing children, through theoretical and applied research. The lab is directed by Dr. Matthew Hall, assistant professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Temple University; he is hearing but proficient in ASL. Current research focuses on *preventing* language deprivation, at both family and systems levels. We aim to work in solidarity & partnership with DHH communities and families: please let us know what kind of research you want to see!
Jr. NAD, Junior National Association of the Deaf “offers deaf and hard of hearing students [in high school] opportunities to develop leadership skills, learn and demonstrate citizenship, and meet and interact with students from other schools and states…” Jr. NAD focuses “on advocacy, attitude, awareness, commitment, cooperation, friendship, information exchange, involvement and leadership skills.”
PAHrtners Deaf Services provides a wide range of behavioral, developmental and therapeutic support programs to Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in an environment free of cultural or language barriers. The individuals we serve have behavioral health needs and/or intellectual disabilities. Most of our staff members are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) is a statewide, non-profit organization that helps individuals with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians acquire the assistive technology devices and services they want. PATF is a state and federally-certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and is the Commonwealth’s designated Alternative Financing Program (AFP) under the federal Assistive Technology Act. PATF is one of 42 AFPs and state financing entities in the U.S. and territories.
The Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH) is an office within the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry that serves all 67 counties. ODHH is your first stop on the path to learn about anything and everything related to hearing loss, such as services, technology, sign language interpreters, or laws that require equal access for people who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing.
ODHH provides three primary services, represented by the acronym AIR.
We ADVOCATE for people with hearing loss who are not receiving proper services from government or private agencies.
We distribute INFORMATION and answer questions on issues relevant to people with hearing loss.
We REFER people to appropriate organizations. ODHH is ready to serve as liaison, open doors, explain procedures and make referrals. No request is too small.
ODHH also provides administrative support to the Advisory Council for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, also established by Act 1997-37.
The mission of the Alumni Association of the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf shall be to promote a good and strong feeling of fellowship amongst our members, to perpetrate loyalty to and further interests of our Alma Mater, and to hold stated reunions.
Every year, we host “Alumni Day” event on the third Saturday of May and “Holiday Bazaar” in November every year. Addition to this Alumni Day and Holiday Bazaar events, we also host several other events per year.
Also we provide several awards to PSD Students; we have Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame and Sports Hall of Fame.
Lastly, we will host PSD2020 Reunion next year, June 21-23, 2024.
TechOWL is Pennsylvania’s Assistive Technology Act Program. We help people with disabilities explore, find and get the tools and technology they need to be independent. TechOWL is part of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.