Archive for September, 2007

DODHH Community Letter

September 24, 2007 11 comments


Download the letter to print: DODHH Community Letter find your house rep find your senator

Any questions or concerns, you may contact:

Freida Morrison at
Sheri Ann Garnand at




Hello, I’m Sheri Ann Garnard. We are here today because I feel it is extremely important that I share information with you all. I cannot stress how important this issue is. That issue is about DODHH – Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Lansing, Michigan. First, let’s clarify what DODHH does for us. They provide:


  • Technology Assistance
  • Oversight of Interpreters – screening, testing
  • Auxiliary aids & assistive devices- TTY, hearing aids, FM system
  • Police training- cultural sensitivity
  • Advocacy

As many of you know, Chris Hunter retired in April 2007. They did not hire a replacement. The reason for the lack of the replacement is due to the state of Michigan’s budget problems. So, if you have problems at work, face discrimination, your rights to an interpreter are violated, DODHH cannot help you. They do not have a Deaf Specialist who understands those issues, We need someone who understands discrimination and oppression and be able to discuss and give us more insights on how to deal with our problems.

The question arises: What can we do? Last summer we had several meetings to discuss and draft a letter. As a result of those meetings, we mailed a letter to DODHH in Lansing. However, we received no response. That shows that Lansing has no concerns about us and the issues we are facing.

So what can we do now? Here’s where you come in and help us and each other! You have 2 options:

  • You can write a letter in your own words and mail it to them.


  • You can find DODHH Community letter below the screen. Click on link,

Print, sign and mail it.

Please send your letter to 4 people! One letter to one person is NOT enough! Send to:

1. Governor Jennifer Grandholm

2. The Executive Director of DODHH

3. Your State Senator

4. Your House Rep

If you don’t know who your representative is- click on link-, and enter your zip code. You will see the name of your rep and his/her address. Send your letter to that address on your screen.

Any questions or concerns? Email me or Freida Morrison. We will help you.

Thank you for watching.

*Thanks to Jeannette Johnson for the transcript

Categories: Announcements

ASL Film “Wrong Game”

September 20, 2007 10 comments

Click here to see in PDF Format: ASL Film “Wrong Game”

ASL Film





WRONG GAME – Featuring popular Deaf Actors including Bernard Bragg and MSD Alumni Camille (Jeter) Lorello

Most of this film was filmed at MSD Superintendent’s Cottage!

For movie information – check

See this ! Wow This boy is the best PR for this movie !

Some actors will be there on Friday evening.


Friday, September 21 at 7 PM, Saturday, September 22 at 2PM and 7 PM

at Michigan School for the Deaf – Auditorium

Admission: $15.00 (proceeds go toward Superintendent Cottage Renovation Fund)


Want to reserve a ticket…contact or

Categories: Announcements, Events

International Day of Sign Language

September 20, 2007 6 comments

We will celebrate the International Day of Sign Language on Saturday, September 29, 2007.

WHERE: Deaf Celebration Day at Summit Place Mall on the stage

TIME: 1:45 PM – 2 PM

WHAT FOR: To support the creation of an International Day of Sign Languages, as celebratory event to be observed annually during the last full week of September. The year 2007 marks the initial observance of this annual celebration of sign languages.


It is not hosted by Deaf Community Advocacy Network (Deaf C.A.N.). We got their permission to make it happening at the Deaf Celebration Day.

Thank you,

Freida Morrison and Sheri Ann Garnand

Categories: Announcements, Events

New V/blog Site For The Michigan Deaf Community

September 17, 2007 Leave a comment

Hello, d/Deaf Michiganders!

This new v/blog site will be used to keep the Deaf Community informed of important information and events with the Deaf leaders appearing in vlogs to share information with you in ASL, our native language.

Text will also be provided for the non-signers.

Keep your eyes out on the upcoming vlogs!

Note: This site is still under construction, so please pardon the mess! 🙂

Categories: Announcements, Blogging