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By Kristi King | @KingWTOP

WASHINGTON — Contacting 911 via text is ideal for the hearing impaired, but being deaf can make it more difficult to learn when something new like that is available.

Frederick County Emergency Communications is working with the Maryland School for the Deaf and its emergency management division to introduce its roughly 230 students and staff to the text to 911 system.

“We’re starting with the employees and working with them to be able to test the 911 and for them to be able to see how it works,” said Kristie Dutrow, administrator of Quality Assurance and Training for Frederick County Emergency Communications.

Frederick County’s text to 911 program began in 2013. It expanded to include AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile about a year ago. But Dutrow said the message about its availability wasn’t getting to some of the people most in need of the information.

Read more  . . .  Frederick County Emergency Communications 





Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center
1000 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, Maryland  20901

Thursday, June 16, 2016


10:30 a.m.- Doors Open
Members: $5
Non-members: $10
Express Passes

11:00 a.m. -
• Business Meeting
• Election of officers

12:00 noon
• Ruth Ann Schornstein will lead in singing Happy Birthday to June & July

• Bank Day
• 50/50 Raffle Tickets (tickets will be sold at $5 each)

• Lunch:
Nathan's hot dogs/buns
Cole slaw
Potato chips
Baked beans
Lemonade/iced tea/water

1:30 p.m. Socialization

3:30 p.m. End of program - Do have a wonderful and safe summer!

Attention: Please RSVP to Roy White, MDSC Treasurer, at or
by 9 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2016.

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DATE: May 1, 2016
Time: 2:00PM - 7:00PM
Location: West River Methodist Retreat Center
5100 Chalk Point Road
West River, MD 20778

Come to the Spring  Fling, a family-friendly carnival for all, sponsored by the DeafBlind Camp of Maryland.  It will be held on Sunday afternoon, May 1 at West River Methodist Retreat Center in West River, Maryland.

Attached is a flyer and ticket order form.  One price includes a meal ticket and all the activities.  We are adding new activities all the time, but you can find a current list at  Currently we have a Deaf Choir performing, games set up by MSSD students, canoeing, BINGO, face painting, hay rides, and lots of food and carnival games.

Please share the flyer with anyone who may be interested.  We prefer that all tickets be purchased by April 25 so we know how much food to purchase.

Hope to see you there.


Brenda Talley, President
DeafBlind Camp of Maryland

DOWNLOAD - SpringFlingFlyer


Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center
1000 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, Maryland 20901

Thursday, April 21, 2016

10:30 to 3:30



Please RSVP to Roy White
( by 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 17th.
There'll be a $6 additional Admission charge if no RSVP



May 14, 2016

12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Lewistown Firehall
1101 Hessong Bridge Road, Frederick,MD 21793

Admission: $20 per person
Prizes $$$$$$$$
50/50 raffles

Deaf Lesbian Festival will sell lunch-3 choices:beef or turkey tacos or submarine sandwiches and drinks
MDSC will serve Baked goods and bottles of water

For information contact Ruth Ann Schornstein ( or Leslie Zinza (







Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center
1000 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, MD

Thursday, March 17, 2016

10:30 a.m. - Doors Open
Members: $5
Non-Members: $10
Express Passes

11:00 a.m.
Mike Moore, Chair of Investment Committee
Explanation of MDSC Investments & Open Discussion

11:45: Bank Day - (If no Bank Day winner, we will have Door Prizes)

12:00   St. Patrick’s Day Lunch
Menu:  Irish Stew, Green Salad, Apple Pie, Water will be provided

IMPORTANT: Please RSVP to Roy White ( by 9:00 p.m.
March 6th. There will be a $5 additional admission charge if no RSVP

1:00 p.m.             Trivia Game (Bring your thinking caps)

2:00 p.m.`            Drawing for winner of the 50/50 Raffle

2:15 - 3:15 Socialization

3:30 p.m. - End of Program

ATTENTION: Tickets for the 50/50 Raffle are $5 each. The winner gets 50{31ab897a4370feb218155abc15d7b38f5bba01528a749bd66fe114ec092a63fc} of money raised and 50{31ab897a4370feb218155abc15d7b38f5bba01528a749bd66fe114ec092a63fc} will go to the MDSC General Fund.




The Maryland Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is pleased to report that the Legislative Awareness Day has been rescheduled to March 7, 2016 at 2:30PM.

Please see the agenda and the flyer (which has parking information) below:



We hope to see you all there!

The Maryland Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Maryland Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
217 E. Redwood Street, Suite 910
Baltimore, Maryland 21202




There are two very important events coming up next week and we want to alert MDSC members to please attend these events and advocate for deaf/hard of hearing senior citizens. These events are:

7th Annual Legislative Awareness Day
Monday, February 15, 2016
2:30 p.m.
Legislative Services Building
Annapolis, MD

At the LAD event, you will meet with other deaf/hard of hearing people, and also with your district legislators. This is a chance to let the legislators know the needs of deaf/hard of hearing senior citizens. Interpreters will be provided.

The second event is:

Friday, February 19, 2016
Office of Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH)
Advisory Committee Meeting

MACDHH Town Hall Meeting to follow
2:00 p.m.
Maryland Department of Transportation
7201 Corporate Center Drive
Hanover, MD

At these meetings, you will learn what ODHH is doing and what kinds of plans they have for their programs. During the town hall meeting, you will have the opportunity to express your opinions on what is needed for Maryland’s deaf/hard of hearing senior citizens in the way of services, programs, and improved accessibility.

Please try to attend these events and help make MDSC a recognized force in the Maryland community.


Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center
1000 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, Maryland 20901

Thursday, January 21, 2016

10:30 a.m. - Doors Open
Members: $5
Non-Members: $10
Express Passes

11:00 a.m.
(1) Mike Moore, Chair of the Investment Management Committee, will explain the status of MDSC’s investments.
(2) Agnes Sutcliffe, Chair of the Nominations Committee, will share information on this committee.

11:45 a.m.
Bank Day, $100; If no Bank Day winner, we will have Door Prizes

12:00 - Lunch
Bring your own brown bag lunch & drinks (if desired)
We'll provide desserts, water, & hot drinks.

1:00 p.m.
We'll play the LCR game

2:00 p.m.
Drawing for the winner of the 50/50 raffle

2:15 - 3:15 p.m. - Socialization

3:30 p.m. - End of program

We'll have 50/50 raffles starting in January 2016. Each ticket costs $5.00. The winner gets 50{31ab897a4370feb218155abc15d7b38f5bba01528a749bd66fe114ec092a63fc} and the other 50{31ab897a4370feb218155abc15d7b38f5bba01528a749bd66fe114ec092a63fc} will go to MDSC’s General Fund.
If Montgomery County Schools are closed due to inclement weather on the 21st, we will not have a MDSC event that day. Check your TV weather alerts.



The Old Greenbelt Theatre in Greenbelt, Md., offers open captioned films on Sunday afternoons.

Brooklyn is playing on Sunday, November 29, at 1 p.m.

Check their website and get your name on their mailing list to be informed about upcoming films.  Look for the "OC" designation for the film on Sundays.
Check out thier website at    

There is also a farmer's market next to the theatre on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 25 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, Md.

Courtesy of Jackie Mann
Maryland Deaf Seniors -


Trix Bruce

September 11, 2015, Friday 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Lexical Non-Manual Signals: The "TH" signal   

This workshop has a focus on the non-manual "TH" signal. Interpreters will analyze and apply this grammatical marker in various contexts. Video clips and discussion will increase interpreters' confidence. Contexts include: character development, structures, English idioms, conjunctions, adjectives, and more. (0.4 RID CEUs available) Demo: Video Clip: “Feeling Like A Fool!” )

Registration: $50 in advance or $60 at door

Registration Link:


September 12, 2015, Saturday 8 am – 4 pm

Face-Painting with Non-Manual Signals in ASL 

Non-manual signals (NMS) in American Sign Language enrich and clarify the meaning of manual signs.  Come and learn that art of painting your face with a full spectrum of NMS colors and designs. Non-Manual Signals include: 1) Non-Manual Adverbs 2) Lexical Non-Manual Behaviors 3) Non-Manual Grammatical Markers 4) Emotional States / Evaluative judgments 5) Prosodic Structure 6) Discourse Structure 7) Turn Taking 8) Backchannel Feedback 9) Grammatical ?Sound? Markers, and 10) Mouth Movements. This workshop will focus on developing accurate non-manual signals and markers as used in ASL. Demonstrations of each category of facial behaviors and head movements will be shown in context. Practice exercises will be offered.  By the end of this workshop, you’ll be an artist! (0.7 RID CEUs available!)

Registration: $80 in advance or $90 at door

Registration Link:


September 10-11, 2015 ~ 8 am – 2pm

Your own private Mentor! As your mentor, Trix will focus on you, providing individualized feedback and instruction in English/ASL translation and Deaf culture. Under the direction of an expert instructor, your skills will soar! Email her for an appointment. Mentor appointments are not included the workshop registration. For a mentor appointment, there is a separate fee. (RID CEUs available!)

William R. Talley Recreation Center
121 North Bentz Street
Frederick, MD 21701 


BIO: Patricia (Trix) Bruce, from Seattle, Washington, is known nationwide as both a workshop presenter and an American Sign Language performer. Trix's work has been warmly received everywhere, from local community centers, to state, regional and national conferences, Deaf Way II, interpreter conventions and more.  Wildly popular as a teacher of ASL storytelling and ASL interpretation, Trix impresses audiences at all levels of ASL skill, from novices to fluent experts. Trix has been profoundly deaf since she was 6 months old. She went through oral, mainstreaming, deaf classes, and online educational programs. Trix has been involved in the performing arts since 1980. After completing her college program, she became involved with interpreter training. Trix's main area of study has been ASL Linguistics with a focus on ASL Performance.  She has developed a popular website: Whether writing, creating, improvising or starring in her many productions, Trix's passion for the dramatic arts shines through.





The Frederick News Post
Friday, May 15, 2015 10:00 am

After his long stint on the board, which manages fundraising for the school, Fred Weiner is resigning to focus on his commitments at Gallaudet University, a specialty institution for the deaf and hard of hearing, where he serves as assistant vice president of administration.

Weiner joined the MSD board in 1997 and was appointed president in 1999. His tenure leading the board lasted six or seven years, he said.

“I was honored to be part of the school’s success,” he said.

Gallaudet, where Weiner has worked for 15 years or so, is developing a large mixed-use property that he said will “change the face of campus” and occupies quite of bit of Weiner’s time.

His children graduated from the Maryland School for the Deaf and have attended Gallaudet, with one graduating Friday.

“From a personal standpoint, it made sense for me because I was going up to Frederick quite a bit,” he said.

Board President Denise Phelps lauded Weiner for his service. She said Weiner was instrumental in increasing the endowment of the school to nearly $1.2 million, through the annual golf tournament the school sponsors, and other fundraising opportunities.


Read article  . . .Fred Weiner



Deaf Independent Residence, Inc. has HUD Section 202/8 housing available. Deaf Independent Residences II, Inc. has three units open in Berlin, Maryland and Deaf Independent Residences III, Inc. has five units open in Easton, Maryland.

The units are rent subsidized and include utilities. They are available to qualified adults willing to share a home. Each individual will have their own bedroom and share a bathroom, kitchen and living areas. Each home is equipped w/fire, phone and doorbell signalers for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

The eligibility requirements to rent a room in one of DIR houses are as follows:

  • The applicant is 62 years old or over or is 18 years old or over and has a documented disability.  Anyone under the age of 18 years may not rent a unit under any circumstances.
  • The applicant’s annual income meets the very low and extremely low income level guidelines, established by HUD.
  • The applicant is a United States citizen or eligible immigration status.
  • The applicant must have a clear Criminal Background Check. Applicants who have been charged with drug related crimes (under the “One Strike” rule); or who were evicted from another federally assisted housing site for drug related criminal activity; or use illegal drugs; or are classified sex offenders will be not be accepted.
  • The applicant must be willing to share the common areas of the house.

All requirements must be met. DIR is an Equal Housing Opportunity provider. If interested, please call 410-742-5052 V/TTY, 443-365-2647 VP or email or