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Hospice Volunteer Glad to Provide Comfort

Solange 'Sally' Skyer

When Solange “Sally” Skyer’s husband, Richard, neared death, she called Lifetime Care to enroll in the agency’s home hospice program.

It wasn’t that simple. Sally is, and Richard was, deaf. Sally, an associate professor and counselor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology, was born deaf. Richard, an analytical chromatography technician at Eastman Kodak Co., lost his hearing as a result of a rare hereditary disease, neurofibromatosis 2, which produces numerous typically non-malignant brain tumors that can be treated only with surgery.

In 2005, she says, Richard “made the decision not to have more surgery.” After 30 operations, he had had enough.
Source:  Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Found Silver Ring at RDAW Kick-Off Event


Silver ring with Chinese characters found at NTID during the RDAW Kick-Off Sunday, September 21st.

Please contact Steve Lovi, RDAW Chair at if you are able to identify inside ring inscription for return.

Radio Station Features DAW

Dear Rochester Deaf Awareness Week Supporter,

The radio station, Family Life Network, 94.7 has prepared a one minute-long news story on Rochester’s Deaf Awareness Week to be broadcast in our newscasts on Friday, September 19, prior to the kick-off event for the week of festivities.

If all goes as planned, the feature story should air on the Family Life Network on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 during the FLN Noon Report, most likely between 12:20 and 12:35. We plan to rebroadcast the story that evening during our Family Night programming, around 7:25 p.m.

The feature story includes an audio clip conversation of Steve Lovi from the Deaf Awareness Week planning through Sprint Relay Services. It also includes portions of an interview recorded with Susan Trien who works at the Strong National Museum of Play as part of their Children’s Deaf Awareness Day events.

If you would like to refer people to the feature story, please let them know that in Rochester people can tune in to the Family Life Network at 94.7 FM. They also have the option of listening to the radio network online by going to the Family Life Network website at Starting the next day the story will also be available as a podcast on our website.

To access the podcast:

* Go to
* Click on Radio
* Click on FLN News.
* On the news page, for one week, there will be a story icon for the Deaf Awareness Week story.
* After that time, the story can be accessed by clicking on the colorful “Neighborhoods in the Network” banner to find the story listed in the “Neighborhoods in the Network” story list.

Garage Sale and Poker Tournament

Hello everyone!
Enjoy the website!

Two events on June 14, 2008 at RRCD….

Good Day!

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Talk with an Astrologer

Talk with an Astrologer

John Chinworth, MA

Learn the truth about astrology. It’s so much more than sun signs!

Experienced Astrologer on Mercer Island, WA, teaches the basics of astrology–the Planets, the Signs, and the Houses. He will guide you on a starry cruise showing how the celestial bodies synchronize with events in a person’s life.

Learn at home and join the conference call with your astrologer John, this saves travel time, gas and money!

Wednesdays at 8 pm (ET)

May 28th – New York
June 4th – Massachusetts
June 11th – Connecticut
June 18th – Rhode Island

Please contact Chad A. Ludwig by e-mail to get the confirmation code to join the conference call through on your videophone.

Chad A. Ludwig
Regional Sales Manager: CT, MA, NY & RI
ph: 866.578.6319
fx: 866.370.8530

Deaf Way II Documentary Thursday at MCC

The ESOL and Foreign Languages Department and the Global Union International Students Association invite students, staff and members of the Rochester community to attend the screening of Deaf Way 2 Anthology.

Thursday, May 1

“Deaf Way II: A Visual Anthology,” USA, 2002. 66 minutes. Documentary in ASL with captions and voice-over. More than 9,700 people from around the world attended Deaf Way II, the international conference and festival in July 2002, sponsored by Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the successes of Deaf people everywhere. The documentary conducts viewers on a whirlwind tour of the festival, showcasing the sensational opening celebration, the magnificent art exhibited at Gallaudet University, the Millennium Arts Center, and the Kennedy Center, and pointed lectures by international scholars on Deaf issues. Viewers shift from wondrous dance, comedy, and drama segments to ingenious activities for children. Interviews with Deaf artists and attendees add insight to the varied experiences of the festival.

These films will be screened at the Warshof Conference Center, Flynn Campus Center (Monroe A and B) in the Brighton Campus.

The film will be introduced to the audience at 6:30 p.m. by an MCC professor Rita Straubhaar. Arrive at 6:00 p.m. to mingle and enjoy coffee and nibbles. This film has English subtitles. The Foreign Film Fest is free and open to the public.

Please click thumbnail above for a copy of the Festival Flyer.

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