Support Communication

Pictured: Interpreting for a Deaf-Blind Individual

A Deaf man who suffered a massive stroke was transferred to a nursing facility. Not being able to read or write back and forth with one eye frozen shut and one arm paralyzed, the patient expressed frustration not being able to communicate with staff. NorCal advocated for the facility to provide accommodations for effective communication. Once he was provided with interpreting services, the patient was able to communicate, participate and benefit in his rehabilitation plan.

So much of what we do relies on our ability to intervene and advocate for effective communication.

Your support for communication helps NorCal defend civil rights and equal opportunities for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals from a hospital stay, to job interviews, to counseling services.

To support this cause please click the checkbox “Click here to choose the cause you want to donate to – Communication, or Kids, or Survivors. ” below and choose “Support Communication” from the drop down menu.

SUPPORT KIDS

Pictured: A child at Camp Grizzly at our annual summer camp

An 8-year-old Deaf girl arrived at Camp Grizzly who did not have language. She did not speak and she did not seem to understand what was said or signed. In the week at camp, she watched and mimicked the other campers and, in the process, learned a handful of basic signs. Our camp staff followed up with her family to let them know about her progress with signing. The next year that she returned to camp, smiling, signing and interacting with camp staff and other campers.

It is so important that the next generation of Deaf children have language and communication necessary for learning, socializing and thriving.

You can help support Camp Grizzly, Silent Sleigh, and education advocacy for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children today.

To support this cause please click the checkbox “Click here to choose the cause you want to donate to – Communication, or Kids, or Survivors. ” below and choose “Support Kids” from the drop down menu.

SUPPORT SURVIVORS

Pictured: NorCal staff participating in Purple Thursdays for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

A Deaf survivor of domestic violence in a rural area trying to get a restraining order through the court experienced 3 months of delays due to the lack of interpreters. Once the survivor connected with NorCal, staff stepped in and helped her by advocating for an interpreter, and providing document translation and assistance on court forms.

DeafSAFE supports Deaf survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

By donating to this fund you can ensure that survivor’s needs are put first and that they receive the compassion and understanding they deserve.

To support this cause please click the checkbox “Click here to choose the cause you want to donate to – Communication, or Kids, or Survivors. ” below and choose “Support Survivors” from the drop down menu.

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