Domestic and Sexual Violence hotline for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf Blind victims and survivors

Our Deaf Survivors Center (ODSC) is proud to announce that our Domestic and Sexual Violence hotline for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf Blind victims and survivors will be starting on June 23, 2014! ODSC is grateful to the Lenny Zakim Fund and Sprint for their support of ODSC’s hotline, allowing us to provide this new service to victims and survivors in Massachusetts.

The hotline will be available Monday through Friday from 5 PM to 9AM. Our signing Volunteer Advocates will be available for support during a crisis, to give emotional support, peer support, information and referrals.   (During business days from 9 to 5 PM, we will refer them to DHILS and MCDHH for continuing support.   If you want to have a list of DHILS and MCDHH support staff, contact me and I will send you an attachment of their contact information).  All services are provided in ASL and are confidential.

The toll-free hotline number is: 1-844-ODSC-SAFE  (1-844-637-2723).   Please share this email with your colleagues.

For more information about ODSC or about Domestic or Sexual Violence visit our websites at http://odscunity.blogspot.com/  or our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OurDeafSurvivorsCenter


Human Rights for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

PLEASE NOTE THIS FILM WAS MADE IS BEFORE THE DEPARTMENT CHANGED ITS NAME FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL RETARDATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES.  WE APOLOGIZE FOR THIS, HOWEVER; THE CONTENT OF THIS MATERIAL IS STILL IMPORTANT, APPLICABLE, AND RELEVANT TODAY.  

 SENATE BILL 238 (click on the senate bill for complete document)

HOUSE BILL 487

“An Act regarding sign language proficiency for certain teachers and educational interpreters”

*NO* proof of American Sign Language (ASL) proficiency is currently required in Massachusetts for Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and for Educational Interpreters who work in settings where sign language is used

American Sign Language (ASL) is a recognized foreign language in Massachusetts

In all MA public elementary and secondary schools, American Sign Language shall be recognized as a standard, independent language with its own grammar, syntax, vocabulary and cultural heritage. - MGL Chapter 71sec. 2B