Anthony Reed came to Georgia Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for assistance with an important application. The Community Coordinator, Andrea Alston, aided in American Sign Language which is Anthony’s primary language. Satisfied with the help he receives, Anthony knows he can rely on GCDHH for any future application process. He is currently a client in the Georgia Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program where he received his iPad.
Peggy Richardson received her I-12 with eye gaze and rolling mount via the Georgia Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program. The eye gaze allows consumers to communicate by pinpointing what they're looking at on their tablets.
Think about this. Have you ever interacted with a product for a very short time and almost immediately fell in love with it? This is what happened when I unboxed and began using the focus display Monday night back in Jackson. The device worked smoothly with both my phone and computer, allowing me to switch connections on the fly while also offering a nice case that allowed me to carry it safely. I am extremely impressed with the design of the Focus, as it is made of Aluminum and steel. This device has given me a truly amazing experience that no other display ever had. Thank you so much for going out of your way to allow me to have this wonderful experience. Focus40 for the win!
Ricky Haywood recently got hired at a permanent position at Amazon with the help of Employment Support Services at GCDHH. Part of his job search with GCDHH included developing a resume and doing mock interviews. Once ready, the program assisted him with job applications where he eventually landed a position at Amazon. Since working, Mr. Haywood expressed gratitude for the assistance from the program and learned the importance of self-advocacy. Mr. Haywood’s primary language is American Sign Language which brought on past challenges for his job search before he received service at GCDHH. The service was made possible via virtual meetings during COVID-19. Extremely satisfied with the service, he strongly recommends any one with hearing loss to use Employment Support Services to provide tools on job search.
The girls missed going to Camp Juliena (camp for the Deaf) this summer due to COVID-19. But we recently received an email offering them iPads from the GCDHH (Georgia Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing) which is the organization that puts on the camp each summer. This was my birthday fundraiser last year for those that remember 🙂GCDHH is full of some super sweet people.
So today we found out that Lucy and Charlotte each qualified for an IPad and they will be able to use those for their Virtual lessons this year! Last spring we had my business laptop and one older desktop for 5 kids to share for Virtual Learning and Zoom calls.
That made it difficult for the kids to work independently. I will stop and say that regardless- we know that we are incredibly privileged to have any device as well as access to internet so that we are able to access Cobb Virtual Education. But with 5 kids learning and two in Special Ed - this is going to help them so much!!
Today, the girls were able to attend a Zoom with GCDHH in conjunction with The Center for Puppetry Arts and the girls learned how to make these cool fish puppets. It’s amazing how much these kind of interactions can brighten their day! They were over the moon excited when we told them about their new iPads!! Now Charlotte asks me when they are coming - 10 times a day!!
Due to the pandemic, many resources are closed for in-person services. This resulted in hardship for Raymond and Vanessa Nicholson to get their Social Security cards replaced. With limited language, they needed assistance in filling out the application to apply for a new card. GCDHH’s Community Coordinator, Andrea Alston stepped in to assist with the application by arranging for an in-person meeting. The three met with strict PPE including masks and staying six feet away. With Andrea’s assistance in American Sign Language, the Nicholsons were able to understand the application and complete it. Today, with their new Social Security cards, they’re extremely grateful for the extra step the Community Coordinator took to make it all happen.