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The energetic youthful campers at the Aspen Camp in Snowmass, Colorado, partake in a wide variety of team building and outdoor activities that have been funded by generous donations, and grants from organizations such as Sertoma. Sertoma’s recent grant helped Aspen Camp fund new scholarships and camp activities.

June 17, 2016

Ah, the sweet essence and experience of summer camp. It is place where freedom and adventure intertwine, new relationships grow and comfort zones dissolve.

For those attending Aspen Camp in Snowmass, Colorado, it is a special opportunity for both Deaf* children and Deaf* adults to explore new realms, relationships and the outdoors.

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Jewish Exponent
JANUARY 6, 2015
By: Eric Berger

Richard Balsam stands at the head of a table directing fellow members of the Hebrew Association for the Deaf as they play a game, stacking chips and holding up cards after a Thanks­giving meal at their building in Northeast Philadelphia.

The room is filled with about 40 people, mostly middle age and senior adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. Some of them have been involved with the group for decades.

But the younger generation hasn’t followed suit. Over the last 20 years, more deaf people have undergone surgery to put in cochlear implants, small electronic hearing devices that are particularly effective when introduced at a young age. The implants, along with video-calling technologies such as Skype and FaceTime, which allow people who use sign language or read lips to remotely communicate with one another, have removed some of the challenges that in effect helped create a distinct deaf culture.

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April 1 , 2014


One More Chance: YLF Open Through April 15

With all the snow and cold this year, it's hard to think about summer-but 25 Virginia students will be attending the 2014 Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) from July 28-August 1. Who will they be? Rising high school juniors and seniors with disabilities-and they attend either home school, public school, or private school. Students with autism, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, brain injury, hearing loss, blindness, mental disabilities, or physical disabilities spend 5 days preparing for their futures. The program is free; students must complete an application and submit two letters of reference by the deadline.

Don't delay-the Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is a life-changing experience for students and their families. To learn more, watch or and tell a student to apply today!

     Note: Although the online applications indicate March 31 as the deadline, it has been extended to Tuesday, April 15 at 5:00 p.m.

FEMA Accepting Youth Preparedness Council Applications

The application period for FEMA's Youth Preparedness Council is now open!

Know someone between the ages of 12 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness or who has experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community? If so, encourage them to apply to serve on FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council!

FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) is a unique opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a highly distinguished national council and to participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit. Additionally, they  complete self-selected youth preparedness projects;  voice their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions and questions on youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and national organizations working on youth preparedness.

FEMA is looking for youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities and who want to expand their impact as ambassadors for youth disaster preparedness.

For more information and application materials for the YPC please visit, must be received by February 24, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST.

New Youth Preparedness Council members will be announced in May 2014