CCDHH is pleased to announce that five out of seven grant applications were selected for fiscal year 2018. Five applications (summarized below) were approved for funding for a total of $40,427.
Name: Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment
Project: Start-up of a new therapy program
Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment (DOVE) is partnering with Jessica Dallman, MA LPC, of Natural Wisdom Counseling and Happy Dog Ranch Foundation, Inc. to sustain and expand the existing equine group therapy experience for deaf, deafblind, deafdisabled, and hard-of-hearing survivors of abuse, as well as to address trauma among children, kids of deaf adults (KODAs) and within deaf, deafblind, deafdisabled and hard-of-hearing populations.
Name: Feel the Beat
Project: Start-up of a new creative arts education
Feel the Beat, a dance studio for deaf and hard-of-hearing community, will focus on building a culture where children can learn and experience the art of dance in their native language, along with an opportunity to connect with their peers. Curriculum that incorporates a combination of touch, musical vibrations, sign language, and specially constructed tools to aid in the experience of music and dance will be used.
Name: Hearing Loss Association of America – Colorado Springs Chapter
Project: Communication access for the chapter meetings
This very moderate grant will enable the Colorado Springs Chapter of Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) to hold nine (9) meetings and educational programs with Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) service.
Name: Northwest Colorado Center for Independence
Project: Outreach program
The Northwest Colorado Center for Independence will increase the Deaf Independent Living Coordinator’s time to build awareness about communication accessibility in rural northwest Colorado and implement strategies to address needs of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. This work will include both individual system navigating and systems-change effort.
Name: Rocky Mountain Deaf School
Project: Toddler program
The Rocky Mountain Deaf School (RMDS), a bilingual charter school, will utilize the fund to build American Sign Language (ASL) resources and support for its toddler program. This will enable RMDS to 1) develop ASL videos for families to use, 2) support families with acquisition of ASL, 3) share reading materials, including ASL videos with families, and 4) provide professional development to toddler program staff and video project coordinator.