Special Programs and Projects
Our Fresno Headquarter office offers a Literacy Program, which is designed to increase independence and strengthen communication skills, with a focus on improving ASL/English skills for employment, academia, and life in general. The focus is on math and English skills, ASL tutoring for communication practice, academic challenges clients may be facing, budgeting, prioritizing tasks and responsibilities, time-management skills, and more. Each client’s needs are accommodated to ensure all clients are able to learn and understand through many different methods of communication devices and applications. All clients are served on a one-on-one basis. LINK
deSIGN Artists United
Unlike other local classes, our deSIGN Artists United workshops are facilitated in American Sign Language, providing our clients with a very accessible environment for creating art.
Family Services Program
Reaching Out and Communicating with our Kids (ROCK)
This program provides direct services to families with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. Our staff conduct home visits with the intent to improve communication within the home, with ASL instruction being a key component. Services can be adapted to fit the needs of each family, within reason. This has, in the past, been funded by both Bank of Sierra and DHHSC fundraising. Currently funded by DHHSC on a limited basis. We continue to seek grant funds and welcome donations.
Youth Employment Services (YES!)
Presentations/activities with Deaf and Hard of Hearing high school students to prepare them for life after high school, specifically regarding employment and/or higher education. This program’s capability changes with funding. Currently funded by both DHHSC and Fansler Foundation.
Current Grant-Funded Programs
Tech Time for the Central Coast Outreach Office
Funded by Harden Foundation
Description: This program provides both monthly in-person workshops in our Central Coast Outreach office and online workshops through Zoom for Deaf and Hard of Hearing residents of Monterey County of all ages. Each month, we will focus on different technologies that will benefit their lives. Attendees will learn how to use apps responsibly, maximize their benefits, and avoid certain pitfalls. Topics include how to use Uber, order food through apps, find bus routes on their phones, protect their identity online, and use social media in ways that do not compromise their safety.
Deaf Thrive for Fresno Headquarters, South Valley Outreach, and Merced Outreach offices
Funded By Fansler Foundation
Description: This program provides additional ROCK, YES, and Literacy services as described above in the Family Services Program section.
D-Well for the Central Coast Outreach office
Funded by Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Description: This program provides various workshops that focus on mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Will also learn self-care techniques.
PRAISE-KODAtime for the Fresno Headquarters
Funded by First 5 of Fresno County
Description: This program provides workshops for Deaf and Hard of Hearing parents with KODAs ages 0 – 5. Sessions include both parent education and activities for the kids that support language skills development.
Funded by United Way of Merced County
Description: This program focuses on money management for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals, especially how to develop a healthy personal budget and connect them to resources that support financial stability. We know from experience that a large percentage of our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community struggle to live within their means. This program will focus on identifying each client’s true living expenses and how to save money for priorities, including recreation and personal desires. Financial difficulties are partly due to reduced job opportunities for the Deaf, but our community members also have not consistently been provided with financial education. This program works with participants to bring some stability to their finances.