DHCC and its executive director Neil McDevitt was featured in the @nytimes recently on a story about the issues with financial literacy among the Deaf and blind. “Financial literacy has always been a challenge because for a very, very long time the hearing community didn’t quite believe that we could be or should be financially independent." Learn more about the issue and how DHCC works with other Deaf organizations like Kramer Wealth Managers to create more accessible solutions. Read the full story here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/05/business/retirement-planning-disabled-deaf-blind.html?fbclid=IwAR0S0tNBy2b3CI58bkGkbZS7_MLhykOTMKAE7mORa-zqrG4N0FkHpoGTh3E…
When Maria isn't working at Ms. Tootsie's- the family restaurant in the Reading Terminal- she's learning ASL. Deaf customers frequent her business and Maria believes that being able to talk with them directly creates a more welcoming experience.
Teraca is a Deaf resident of Philadelphia who has made a career out of advocacy. As a mental health case worker, Teraca works with people in all parts of the city. She believes the Philadelphia Deaf community is one of the most unique and culturally rich communities she has lived and worked in.
Domonic is a Deaf Philadelphia native working to make a difference in the lives of Deaf children. After winning the NAD Youth Ambassador Program, Domonic returned to Philadelphia where he is currently working on developing and expanding his youth mentorship program.
Kyle believes that rapid innovation means gaps in programs and services for the Deaf are constantly evolving. He works to identify the most needed demographics and develops opportunities for growth. DHCC's summer family camps for example, helps foster an environment for hearing parents and Deaf children to learn and make memories together.
Tanya believes that anyone who wants to learn ASL can learn, and hundreds have under her leadership. Tanya works with over a dozen Deaf ASL instructors to offer classes throughout the city so that parents, family, friends and allies of the Deaf will be able to communicate with Deaf Community members in ASL.