Jewish Advocates for Deaf Education
JADE strives to raise the level of awareness in the community about the needs of Jewish people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Here are services available through JADE:
Workshops on deaf awareness help educate and sensitize people who interact with deaf people. One popular workshop is "How to Best Communicate with People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (Including some fun signs!)" This is a special workshop tailored to your organization's needs and is available at no charge for school staff, students, organizations and agency staff professional development.
JADE advocates for the inclusion of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing by encouraging anyone running a Jewish community event to offer an interpreter by adding this line to promotional materials:
"A sign language or oral interpreter is available upon request one week prior to the event".
The JADE interpreter fund
- Grants $50 towards interpreter expenses for eligible Jewish community events
- Supports local Jewish schools that have people with hearing loss among their parent body. Through JADE, schools can book an interpeter for parents who are deaf or hard of hearing at school-related events such as orientations, parent-teacher conferences, school plays and other milestones.
JADE was instrumental in spearheading the planning and implementation of the first known shabbatonim for the Jewish DeafBlind community in the U.S.
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The following are interpreters knowledgeable of Jewish culture.
Dr. Sheryl Cooper
Amian Frost Kelemer