I want to help, but I can’t attend meetings. What can I do?

The Model Deaf Community committee is very active in the community.  Throughout the year there are a number of different events in which volunteers regularly help out.  If you are interested in volunteering, go to our Contact Us page and send us a message.

How do I communicate with a Deaf person?

The Deaf and hard-of-hearing population is very diverse and a number of different communication methods exist.  Don’t assume that every Deaf person can read your lips and don’t assume every Deaf person uses sign language.

ATTITUDE is the most important thing!  Keep in mind that most deaf people spend every day of their lives trying to communicate with hearing people, and so have many strategies for communicating with someone who doesn’t know their language.  Follow their lead in a respectful, patient way.  Deaf people will appreciate your efforts to communicate.

For more information, click this link: Interacting with Deaf-HOH Customers

Do Deaf people consider themselves disabled?

The “disability” label has been hotly debated in Deaf circles.  Many disabled groups and disability theorists argue that, in most cases, it is not biological limitation, but rather a social structure designed for a particular type of citizen that creates a disability.  Deaf people can do everything that hearing people can do, except hear.  They write and publish books, they own businesses, they teach, star in movies, practice law, they work in virtually all fields.  However, because the majority language happens to be spoken English, they are often at a disadvantage.

What is Deaf Awareness Week?

Deaf Awareness Week, also called International Week of the Deaf (IWD), is celebrated every year by national and regional associations of the deaf, local communities, and individuals worldwide. The purpose of Deaf Awareness Week is to increase public awareness of deaf issues, people, and culture. Activities and events throughout Deaf Awareness Week encourage individuals to come together as a community for both educations events and celebrations.

When are MDC committee meetings held?

The committee meets on the fourth Monday of every month, except during December, in the Mayor’s Ceremonial Room (MCR) on the seventh floor of City Hall.  Meetings last for an hour and a half and begin promptly at 4pm.  All meetings of the Model Deaf Community Committee interpreted in ASL and open to the public.

How do I become a member?

Members are recommended by the committee and appointed by the Mayor.  If you are interested in joining, send your resume and a statement of interest to Josh Maher at the Office of the Mayor jmaher@riversideca.gov.

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