Mill Neck International (MNI)—an organization whose mission is to envision a world where Deaf people are included, empowered, celebrated and embraced as equals—launched a brand new website.
The website, which features bold, vibrant colors and photos, allows for a more Deaf-friendly experience with the use of signed videos and iconography. MNI also announces their first-ever funding cycle to provide project funding every year in a variety of areas for Deaf people: education, communication, gender equality and more.
Check out their website for more information: millneckinternational.org.
The Center for Hearing Health is excited to announce an entirely brand new website that will be launched in the coming months.
The site, which will be exclusive to the center, will feature informative information on services, blogs and videos on the latest advancements in audiology; a schedule of upcoming events and van visits; an online shop; a live stream for social media and more.
Be on the lookout for news regarding the launch!
Mill Neck’s Center for Hearing Health (CHH) sponsored Long Island Speech and Hearing Association’s (LISHA) fall conference held at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y.
The event allowed a mix of professional speech language pathologists and audiologists from the Long Island area to
participate in important discussions related to their field. Also during the event, CHH’s Director of Audiology, Dr. Susan Antonellis, introduced the keynote speaker, Pietro LoDuca, who previously attended Mill Neck and received hearing aid care from CHH.
LoDuca gave a remarkable presentation about perseverance, determination, willingness and passion as he spoke candidly about his journey of obstacles and struggles. He also demonstrated firsthand the important role speech-language pathologists and audiologists play in a Deaf individual’s life.
The Center for Hearing Health’s Mobile Audiology Van made a stop at Trinity Lutheran Church in Glen Cove, N.Y. While there, CHH’s Doctors of Audiology performed free hearing screenings for children and adults in the community.
The CHH mobile unit is fully equipped with a large sound proof booth and one smaller booth to perform full audiological evaluations and hearing screenings for children and adults. The van is also handicapped accessible, air conditioned and equipped with lavatory facilities. Some hearing aid checks and consults can also be performed.
The mission of the mobile van is to bring hearing care to individuals at centers, companies and organizations who are unable to access it across Long Island.
See where our van is going to next! Find us on the GoClinic app. For more information on the Center for Hearing Health’s Mobile Audiology Van, call 516-628-4300.
Lutheran Friends of the Deaf has been approved to participate in the Thrivent Choice® program, which engages Thrivent Members and Thrivent Member Networks in providing grants that support charitable activities, furthering Thrivent’s mission.
Through the Thrivent Choice program, members can participate in Thrivent Choice Dollars—a distribution program for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ charitable outreach funds.
Eligible members can now support Lutheran Friends of the Deaf by giving (directing) their Thrivent Choice dollars to LFD. Thrivent converts the Choice Dollars to cash and sends it to LFD as a gift.
Because of such dedicated support, LFD can continue their commitment to serving children and adults who are Deaf hear the Word of God locally and worldwide.
Mill Neck Services’ participants were thrilled to visit New York City, where they traveled by a luxury bus to sightsee in Times Square and enjoy the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.
When they arrived, participants were delighted to witness the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, with interpreting from Hands On—a group that provides accessibility to arts & cultural events for the Deaf and hard of hearing communities.
Mill Neck Services’ DayHab Central Program participants got together with Rock Can Roll agency—a nonprofit whose mission is to collaborate with rock concerts, schools, corporations and private individuals to collect healthy non-perishable food for those in need—to deliver food to Our Lady of Fatima Church in Port Washington, N.Y.
MNS participants, who are always lending a helping hand to their community, picked up food from Willets School in Roslyn Heights, N.Y., which was then given to the less fortunate for the holidays.
The Church Interpreter Training Institute (CITI), which exists to equip church members, professional church workers and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters through specialized instruction to assist and serve the Christian Church in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people who are Deaf, will be held on June 25 to July 6, 2018, at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind.
CITI will focus on Biblical studies, ASL instruction, facial and body expression, religious vocabulary, interpreting Scripture and liturgy and more. Application to offer continuing education credits for RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf) interpreters for the first time this summer is in process.
Register today! CITI is open to participants from all denominations who confess the Holy Trinity.
Visit lutheranfriendsofthedeaf.org for more information on CITI and scholarship opportunities.
Lutheran Friends of the Deaf extended a call to Deaconess Phyllis Yee, who is LFD’s former deaconess-intern. Deaconess Yee is the wife of Pastor Travis Yee of Trinity Lutheran Church in Glen Cove, N.Y.
The Diploma of Vocation calls Yee to officially serve as a commissioned deaconess for Lutheran Friends of the Deaf of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations in Mill Neck, N.Y., where she will serve as the Coordinator of Ministry Support Services for the Mill Neck campus. This includes leading Bible Studies, assisting with Chapel services, working with the Atlantic District of LCMS to further LFD’s ministry for individuals in the Deaf community and more.
“I am blessed as to where this unexpected vocation has taken me in my life!” said Deaconess Yee. “My relationship with God has been strengthened in unimaginable ways and I am incredibly thankful that I have been called to Mill Neck to further His mission to tell everyone the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Welcome and congratulations, Deaconess Yee!
In order to become more Deaf friendly, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay, N.Y., partnered with Mill Neck Services to teach their employees American Sign Language (ASL).
Joshua Reyes, Chief of Interpretation at Sagamore Hill, who took ASL in college, was always drawn to Sign Language, and was looking for a way to incorporate Deaf friendly components into the park’s programs.
After Reyes received an Albright-Wirth grant—an internal grant for park service employees funded by the national park foundation—he applied it toward Sign Language classes for Sagamore Hill employees.
Reyes connected with Mill Neck Services through the MNS’ Director for Policy and Advocacy, Loretta Murray, and began a 10-session Sign Language class for Sagamore employees taught by Mill Neck Alumna Janice Buonincontri.
“Now that the staff has gotten some basic Sign Language instruction, I think they will be eager to use it,” said Reyes with confidence.