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.
Mill Neck International (MNI) traveled to Budapest, Hungary, for the World Federation of the Deaf ’s (WFD) third annual International Conference.
While there, Sarah Houge, MNI’s Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, and Lisa Fisher, MNI’s International Deaf Center Manager, attended workshops and presentations and learned about inclusion for Deaf people through sign language in the workplace, families and the use of technology. They also met many people from all over the world who are working with the mutual goal of improving lives for Deaf people. The team was able to share ideas with a board member for the European Union of the Deaf, Regional Secretariat for Asia and West Central Africa Secretariat, as well as the president of WFD Youth Section.
During the conference, Houge presented her poster session called “Communication and Information Access for Deaf People in the Field of Development,” while Fisher focused on collecting information for the International Deaf Center, a new online resource center.
Mill Neck Interpreter Service (MNIS), a non-profit agency that provides highly skilled Sign Language interpreters throughout Long Island and the New York Metropolitan area, was chosen to provide interpreting services for Amazon’s Long Island facility. MNIS was selected for this significant role through an agreement with Purple Communications, one of the leaders in Video Relay Services nationwide. MNIS continues to be a top pick for interpreting services in New York and the surrounding area. For more information on MNIS or to work with Mill Neck Interpreter Service, visit mninterpreting.org, or call 516-512-6222/ VP 516-628-6034.
Some light has been shed on the disappointing closing of Mill Neck’s Early Childhood Center back in August. Leftover toys, educational books and games have been donated to underprivileged children in a village in Ghana.
“I am sending these toys to my home country in Ghana to a school in my village,” said Father Marcellus, a minister at St. Thomas the Apostle in West Hempstead, N.Y., who collected the toys. “There are about 1,200 children from Kindergarten to Junior High School who lack learning materials—so this is going to be a huge help.”
Although the unfortunate closing still leaves us with heavy hearts, Mill Neck was eager to help such an incredible cause.
The Center for Hearing Health, a part of Mill Neck Family of Organizations, participated in JFK Airport’s Health, Wellness and Safety Fair by offering free hearing screenings in our new state-of-the-art Mobile Audiology Van.
During the event, JFK employees were also able to receive blood pressure and sugar glucose screening provided by CitiMed—Board Certified physicians and licensed medical staff that offer diagnostic and rehabilitative treatment services.
“Employees here at JFK have medical coverage but they don’t utilize it until something happens,” said Dr. Ray kayume, an owner of CitiMed. “And to me, preventative medicine is the best type of medicine, so screenings like this are so important.”
See where our van is going to next! Find us on the GoClinic app at www.goclinic.care. For more information on the Center for Hearing Health’s Mobile Audiology Van, call 516-628-4300.
Lutheran Friends of the Deaf—the founding member of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, whose mission is to bring the word of God to Deaf individuals worldwide through Sign Language translation—holds monthly interpreted worship and Bible services on the Mill Neck campus. Worship services are held in the John of Beverly Chapel in the Mill Neck Manor led by special guest pastors, and Bible Study is held in the Barbara Lanman Cottage. Worship Services and Bible Studies are for Mill Neck staff, program participants and families and are also open to the community. For questions, please contact Deaconess Intern Phyllis Yee at email@example.com or, to find out about future Chapel and Bible Services, visit lutheranfriendsofthedeaf.org and search the calendar.
Mill Neck International (MNI) has been asked to partner with Centum Foundation of New Delhi, India—the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of Centum Learning, an independent, non-governmental international organization that facilitates vocational training and skilling initiatives of women, youth and children.
Centum Foundation has launched Centum-GRO to train Deaf youth in India—in collaboration with US-based Global Reach Out (GRO) a non-profit organization run by Deaf individuals, which has already imparted leadership skills and entrepreneurial training to over 1,000 deaf youth across India, Kenya, Guatemala, Honduras, and Thailand.
Sarah Houge, MNI’s Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, has been invited to lead a Centum-GRO retreat titled “Enhancing and Strengthening Interpreting Skills,” for sign language interpreters in India who have had two or more years of experience. During the retreat, participants will enjoy a variety of workshops relating to code of ethics, variation of Indian Sign Language around the country, team interpreting strategies, working with a Deaf interpreter, and more.
Centum-GRO will also assist Houge with data collection in the Delhi area about the Deaf Education system, Deaf organizations and connect her with different groups of stakeholders for future MNI collaboration.