WADHH Newsletter Spring 2020

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Spring 2020 Washington Advocates of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Serving Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Deaf Plus, Hard of Hearing and Hearing Loss Individuals

WADHH Newsletter

Inside this issue COVID Pandemic ......................... 8 Blue Light .................................... 10 Christmas Ball ............................. 16 Homeless Strategy ...................... 18 Tax Community Day .................... 20

“The world is going through a period of crisis, but whether we look at it as a crisis or as an opportunity to reshape our thinking, depends on us. So use this period as a lesson on how to live life with a concern for all of humankind.” ― Abhijit Naskar

For Spokane Residents ................ 22 Employment Tips ........................ 24 H.A. VS C.I. .................................. 32 Breathing Tips!............................ 34 Tips During Lockdown ................. 36 Garden Tips! ............................... 38 No Sew Mask ............................. 44

Special points of interest • CEO Statement P.6 • Van Scheppach P.48 • Flo Birthday Party P.54 • CDC P.64 & FF History 58

Edited and published by Stephen Hucke

COVID—19 Shutdown Our resources and services are still open but cannot accept any walk in or in person appointment until the

Schedule Hours of Operation Monday 10 AM - 5PM Tuesday 10 AM - 5PM Wednesday 10 AM - 5PM

stay-home order by

Thursday 10 AM - 5PM

the governor Inslee

Friday 10 AM - 5PM

has been lifted. For the time being,

Saturday - Closed

please contact

Sunday - Closed

Amanda Wood at grs@tilikum.us or 360-334-5740 for referrals, resources, or to connect with your local Community Advocate.

Deaf Centers closed in observance of the following dates Jan 1 - New Year’s Day Jan 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Feb 17 - President’s Day May 25 - Memorial Day July 4 - Independence Day Sept. 7 - Labor Day Nov. 11 - Veteran’s Day Nov. 26 and 27 - Thanksgiving Dec. 25 - Winter Holiday


Our Regions WADHH Headquarter

Vancouver VP: 360.334.5740 Voice: 360.314.6971 Email: grs@tilikum.us 301 SE Hearthwood Blvd Vancouver, WA 98684

Region Services Center:

Yakima 3700 Fruitvale Blvd Yakima, WA 98902

Tri-Cities 8836 Gage Blvd, Suite 103-A Kennewick, WA 99336

Spokane N. 200 Mullan Rd, Suite #217 Spokane Valley, WA 99206 3


The new name of the agency: First of all, I want to thank all Community members who have engaged in giving input and feedback on what name we should replace with Tilikum and we narrowed the final name based on your vote. Thus, we are thrilled to announce that we are no longer using Tilikum, but Washington Advocates of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WADHH). Thank you so much for your feedback, input and vote. We could not have done that without you!

WADHH Headquarters Terese Rognmo, CEO Amanda Young, Guest Relation Specialist (GRS) Vancouver Maribeth Jensen, Community Advocate Coordinator (CAC) BonnieKaren Francese, Community Advocate (CA) Tri-Cities & Yakima

Robin Traveller, Senior Citizen Coordinator (SCC) Zachary S. DeLoya, Community Advocate (CA)

Website: Www.wadhh.org Facebook: @DeadCenter Twitter: @WADHH_News


Spokane Sandra Carr, Community Advocate (CA) Calvin Brown, Community Advocate (CA) HQ/Offsite Stephen Hucke, VCS/IT

Executive Board Members Don Redford, President James West, Vice President Wanda Forcht, Secretary & Treasurer

Partnerships Washington School for the Deaf (WSD) Washington Association of the Deaf (WSAD) Dept. of Social and Health Services (DSHS) WorkSources Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) Aging and Long Term Support Administration (ALTSA) Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Columbia River Mental Health Services (CRMHS) 5

CEO Statement

By Terese Rognmo Greeting!

We have several tips on what you can do during the COVID 19 pandemic, and how you can maintain your sanitary habits for the sake of your health and others. See the last few pages of the Newsletters.

The spring is here already. Right now, we should be going out for a walk, hike, or spending time with our loved ones during the warm weather. Unfortunately, COVID 19 pandemic has hit us very hard since January 2020. Our Governor Inslee announced a stay-home order for all WA residents for the time being. It is not yet lifted, and yet it is hurting many people emotionally, mentally, physically, AND financially. WADHH staff and I are considered as the essential workers because we need to provide ongoing resources and services for our Community members who need help with various tasks such as how to apply for unemployment benefits, where to find financial assistance for rent and utilities, which food bank opens and so on. It has been a challenge for us since we could not accept any walk in or in person appointment, except for VideoPhone (VP), emails, text message, zoom meetings or through the window if available. Many people prefer in person appointment or walk in, but it is not an option right now until the stay-home order has been lifted. Some of us work at home, and others work in the office isolated. It took us a while to adjust our work environment and schedule as well.


One thing that has impacted on Deaf Center is that we had several vandalism and break in incidents during the COVID situation. Our sheds have been broken in, and we had to repair with a secured bolt on each shed. Apparently, some tried to break in again but failed. It means we did something right this time. However, some people vandalized the property such as spraying black on the ADT security camera, and one of the cameras pulled down, which was greatly damaged. Nevertheless, none of the valuable assets were stolen, except the pop-up tent poles were taken. Our ADT devices have been replaced, and we got a new security alarm system so we have good view of the whole property. Unfortunately, those people who attempted to vandalize or break in our property were not yet caught for their crimes. Only things we caught on the camera were racoons, bunnies, dogs and cats who “trespassed” our property.

If you have any concerns or questions about COVID 19 or need resources or services, please do not hesitate to contact us.

It is clear that people are desperate to do whatever it takes to survive fanatically. Our Deaf Center is not the only place that has been ambushed, so have other businesses as well. The rate of crime has gone up since COVID 19 started. Will it go down when COVID 19 goes away? The time will tell. I hope that you are doing well—healthy and safe. and that you are staying home to minimize the exposure of COVID 19. Hope that the order will be lifted soon so we can resume our lives back to normal, but until then, please follow the order, and maintain your sanitary habits regularly. Stay home—Save lives!


How to remain sane during the COVID Pandemic By Maribeth Jensen

During this time, I hope everyone is doing OK. With the COVID-19 in which started in Wuhan, China. Chinese officials knew about the new virus back in December (2019) and did nothing to warn their citizens or impose measures to curb this (prevent) from spreading. Because of this, many things are happening. Movie theaters, bowling alleys, gyms, parks, flights out of the country are being banned and some states are closing their borders such as Oregon. Tokyo has decided to postpone their Summer Olympics Games until 2021.

“Unfortunately, people who packed the beaches and did not follow the social distancing of at least six feet.� The governor of Washington has issued a stay home order until further notice, except for "essential workers’ in order to slow down the spread of the virus. Many of us are required to stay home, only allowed to go out to get groceries, medicines at the pharmacy, or see the doctor if needed. The less time we spend in public the more we live longer. Unfortunately, people who packed the beaches and did not follow the social distancing of at least six feet. It caused a greatly delay in reducing the spread out of the COVID 19.

What to do during that time? Of course, we can do gardening if we have our own backyard and/or going out for a walk as long as we keep distance ourselves from others to protect from being exposed to the virus. How do we stay sane (not go crazy) and how do we be creative during this time?


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Practice yoga (using Pinterest) or YouTube videos or exercise. This can help to reduce anxiety and help us to sleep better. Dance if it makes you happy! NASA has a long list of free STEM activities and e-books available on their website. Scholastic has released a free website called "Learn at Home. This offers daily courses from pre-kindergarten to grade 6 and up classroommagzines.scholastic.com Catch up on laundry, reorganize bedrooms, or clean out the pantry. Try cooking that meal or something you have been wanting to do for awhile and dare to do! Do crafts such as coloring, painting, knitting, woodworking or take a look at Pinterest for ideas! Read books, play puzzles online, play video games with your friends from your house, sharpen your mind with word search and sudoku. Plant a garden. For those who are hungry for art or museums while you are stranded at home, check out "The Louvre, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The National Gallery of Art, The British Museum, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Dali Theatre-Museum, NASA, The Vatican Museums, The National Women's History Museum, The National Museum of the United States Air Force and the Google Art Project". These are free. Reach out to your loved ones such as family and friends. Text them, use Skype, Facetime, Marco Polo, or Zoom, or Video Phone them. Have a Netflix Party :-) For animal lovers, if you love fish you can see live footage with the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and the Georgia Aquarium. The Cincinnati Zoo has a live "Home Safari screening on their Facebook page at 3pm showing a different animal everyday along with activity for kids to do.

Again, be safe and be mindful of others!


Blue Light

By Zachary Shawn DeLoya Due to the COVID 19, we are required to comply with the stay home order by the governor Inslee. I am sure that most of you are spending more time on the technology devices, right? Did you know that people are surfing on the social media for a good 3 hours and 15 minutes a day!

But are you aware that the more you are looking at the screen, the more chance your eyes will be damaged from the blue light? “Almost all visible blue light passes through the cornea and lens and reaches the

retina. This light may affect vision and could prematurely age the eyes.” (PreventBlindness.org 2020) Your retinas (the inner lining of the back of the eye) are working harder when looking at the screen such as Smartphones (iPad, Laptop, Computer, PlayStation, X Box, etc.). The truth is that the blue light behind the screen can deteriorate your visual – it will lead your eyes to become blurred.


It is not only that, but did you know that the Blue Light can cause you to stay awake? Your body products sleep hormone, which is called Melatonin. The blue light can interrupt your hormone and can cause insomnia. The fact is that 72 percent of our population in the world is unaware about the cause of the Blue Light! It is important to understand fully about the effects of blue light and how can you avoid excessive exposure. It is good to have a break from the technology and give your eyes rest. In fact, our eyes are especially important because we rely on them for communication! We truly cannot afford to damage our eyes, or we will not be able to see ASL visually. You only get a set of eyes in your lifetime, yet the blue light can threaten yours if you do not take care of your eyes well. I encouraged everyone to rest their eyeballs – take a break from the technology at least a couple of hours before bedtime and your eyes will thank you!


Fun Facts on Social Media





Christmas Balls By Robin Traveller On December 19, 2019, I hosted a Craft Day for Deaf and Hard of Hearing seniors in TriCities office. A few Deaf and Hard of Hearing seniors showed up, and they had a wonderful time in making crafts and chatting with others. We made two different crafts, which were Old Fashioned Flannel covered ornament, and Wooden Christmas Tree.

“Seniors had a great time making Old Fashioned Flannel covered ornament.�


If you are interested in joining the Senior Crafts in your area, please contact

Robin Traveller, Senior Citizen Coordinator at: scc@tilikum.us (509) 416-2138


Homeless Strategy By Calvin Brown

Many times, I have encountered a few new clients who need an assistance in finding the housing. Unfortunately, the surrounding areas in Spokane, the average of the wait listing is 6months for most of the apartments (1-bedroom and 2-bedroom). The COVID 19 makes it even more challenging, but here is what you can do in the mean time.

“You do not want to be rude to them (the landlords or managers), as they may write you off the wait listings.�

Most apartment may not be available to show you around. However, what you can do is go ahead walking into the office of any apartment, you need to put your name on the wait listing sheet; leave reliable contact information. Email is the best way to contact over the videophone (VP) as you may miss the call. It is important to be polite and friendly to the landlord/managers. You do not want to be rude to them, as they may write you off the wait listings. Keep records of all landlords/managers’ names and phone numbers. You are recommended to call the landlords/managers at least once every week; do not just sign up the wait listing sheet, and do not expect the managers to call you when available. 18

Another way to seek housing alternative: 1) Check the Craigslist.org website for ‘room to rent’ houses available. 2) Find roommates to seek larger than 1-bedroom apartment (best chance).

Emergency Shelters: •

Know all shelters’ hours of service and their cut -off time.

Come in shelters at earlier opportunity; most of the shelters will be closed earlier if the capacity is at the maximum.

Be familiar with the location of all shelters.

Some shelters have showers, but they are usually open during short time schedule with long line of people waiting. Be familiar with the showers schedule.

Be familiar with the bus schedule and routes.

From 2014 to 2019, the number of homeless people in the Spokane area rose by 14%. The vast majority reported last being permanently housed in Spokane or in other parts of Washington. The count of unsheltered homeless people, specifically, more than doubled from 138 in 2017 to 310 in 2018.


Tax Community Day By Amanda Wood

This year’s Tax Prep Day was so much fun. We filled 9 appointment slots with Deaf and Hard of Hearing folks and got their taxes all completed, for free! Washington Advocates of Deaf and Hard of Hearing welcomed back some of the same volunteers from last year, and we got to meet a few new AARP tax preparers.

“We had 9 appointment slots filled, yet more people came in to sign up. We will probably expect more people signing up next year!” Along with coordinating this event, WADHH provided the AARP volunteers refreshments and some education on working with the deaf community. We wanted to ensure those wanting to get their taxes done, that they would have a safe and comfortable environment to do so. Our Community Advocate, BonnieKaren, provided tips like: speak directly to the person and not to the interpreter, don’t mumble or over enunciate, don’t yell, to be patient and relax.


If you have not yet

WADHH worked with Stellar Interpreting and Captioning and had three great interpreters to help facilitate communication. Last year, we only had one and a half (Amanda) interpreters for the same number of appointments and they were sure tired at the end of the day! We are very glad to work with Stellar; their interpreters were awesome!

filed your Taxes, you still have time! The IRS has extended the deadline to file from April 15th to July 15th due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With two years under our belt, next year should be even better! WADHH would like to send a big “Thank you!” to the AARP volunteers, to the interpreters (some stayed later than scheduled), and to our great Deaf community for making this year’s event a success! Maybe next year, we’ll have two 2 days!


An Important message to Inside Story For Spokane Residents By Sandra Carr

Greetings WADHH-Spokane Community In continuous response to the Coronavirus pandemic, WADHH- Spokane is taking preventative measures to ensure the safety of our community and staff. With the well-being of our community in mind, WADHH-Spokane has decided not to accept inperson appointments until further notice.

“Many thanks Interpreters from the Deaf Community!�

During this time, we will continue to take appointments via phone, VP, FaceTime, Email, or text. For any questions, or concerns, please contact our office Monday thru Fri 10am-5pm using the same methods as listed above. We encourage the community to continue to reach out to WADHH -Spokane for any support needed during this time.

Keep in mind these changes are based on recommendations from local, state and federal health officials. We will continue to follow guidance from health agencies and government officials to maintain a safe community.


WADHH-Spokane of Washington would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this time. Wash Hands, Keep Hands from Face, Practice Social Distancing. Stay Safe Everyone Community Advocate/ Case Managers WADHHSpokane: Sandra Carr 206 408-2000 VP 509-475-3430 Text Calvin Brown 206-408-2098 509-379-3090


Employment Tips

By BonnieKaren Francese

Greetings Community! Have you unfortunately lost your job due to the COVID-19 outbreak? Have you struggled with figuring out where to turn or what to do? This article will outline the process for applying for unemployment. It will include helpful websites and links to visit along with numbers you can call and most importantly the information you will need on hand to apply and go through the process successfully. We here at WADHH know this time is not easy for many of you and are working hard to help ease your mind and provide helpful and resourceful messages. Before beginning, you will need:


A computer

An email address

Your social security number

A mailing address

A pen or pencil and paper

A phone number

Last date you worked

1) Step one Go to: www.esd.wa.gov/unemployment 1 This page will explain how to apply and what you need. Attached with this article will be the checklist for applying and the eligibility checklist. If you would prefer to download them yourself, please do so. We want to provide a visual so you can follow along and make sure your screen looks like ours. 2) Step two Create an account from eServices. Halfway down the main page you will see a blue button that says, “Apply Now”. When you click on that it will direct you to a new page called eServices. On this new page, you will click the blue square button on the right side or your screen, “Create New Account”. This screen will ask you for your name, email address and have you choose your own username and password (We recommend writing down the username and password on a separate piece of paper or in notes so you can easily retrieve it later).

When finished, click “Activate Account”. **A new page will now instruct you to open your email to finish your account set up through a link they will email to the email address you provided.


3) Step three Open your email in a separate page. You should have a new message from NoReply@esd.wa.gov. In the email, click on “Activate your eServices account”. You will be redirected to a new page to type in the password you created in step two then click “continue”. It will ask you a question regarding the reason for using eServices. Most of you will click on the first “continue” button. If you require a meeting with Worksource then you can click on the second “Continue”. 4) Step four Fill out the questionnaire. You will need your social security number, mailing address, and date of birth. Then click “continue” Now you have finished setting up an account that you will use until the end of your unemployment time. 5) Step five Click on “Apply for unemployment benefits or manage your current and past claims” Under the Orange words, “For Yourself” scroll down and under the header, that reads “I want to” select the first option “Submit an application”


You have now reached the application itself. Follow the instructions provided on each page. Extra Help At the top right of the application you will see a header that says, “Helpful Links�. This is a tool you can use for extra assistance if you are unsure of an answer to any of their questions. Unemployment Security Department phone number: 1-800-318-6022. Or for TTY services you can call Washington Relay Services @ 711. (Be aware wait times are long because many people applying for benefits at this time)

We here at WADHH are also available Monday through Friday 10am-5pm with any questions you may have. Good luck to you all out there! Stay safe and healthy and we will get through this together.






Hearing Aids vs. Cochlear Implants Which Hearing Loss Treatment is Right for You? (Duke.org) By Sandra Carr

“...a thorough evaluation will determine which option is best for you .� Both hearing aids and cochlear implants help people with hearing loss to communicate better. Hearing aids do not require surgery and are best suited for people with less severe hearing loss and fair speech understanding. Cochlear implants require surgery and are best suited for people with more severe hearing loss and poor speech understanding. According to Duke audiologist Alexa Hornik, AuD, a thorough evaluation will determine which option is best for you.


A hearing test from your local Audiologist will help you make a decision if a Hearing Aid or Cochlear Implant is best for you. If you are not sure about it you are more then welcome to contact me for further information on this subject. You can reach me at cas@tilikum.us or at 206-408-2000 (VP).


Breathing Tips! By Robin Traveller

I’m sure most of you are freaking about the COVID19 spreading around. If you stay home as much as possible, please sanitize/wash your hands as often as possible. But one thing is missing......relaxing while breathing! Attached is a handout that I’d like to share with you. My daughter is a certified yoga instructor. She taught me the breathing exercises and I feel so much better!! Destressing yourself is so important!



Tips for getting essential items during lockdown - By Amanda Wood One of the biggest things that this COVID-19 pandemic has taught me is that we need to be more creative when it comes to getting what we need. No longer can we rely on the usual way of doing things, we have to come up with new ways of working within the limitations the government have outlined. In this time of “essential” and “non-essential,” food and medical necessities are definitely essential needs that we simply cannot go without. Thankfully, businesses also recognize this and have modified the way that their products are services are available to the public. More and more companies offer delivery, pick-up, and “no-contact” options that more in-line with current social distancing advisories. Here are some things to remember when you’re trying to get what you need during this pandemic: Technology is great, but it can lead to frustration. Everyone is trying to use the internet more than ever now. Be patient, and if your experiencing delays in online orders or even getting to a website, try it again later. Even 15 –20 minutes can make a difference in website response time. Orders are taking longer than usual to be delivered. With more and more orders going out, companies can get flooded and may need extra time to bring you what you need. Not everything is available online. Sometimes we will need go out to get what we need. Practice social distancing and cover your mouth and nose, if possible, whenever you go out.


The residents of Vancouver are lucky to have the VPD volunteering to deliver prescriptions to those that are 65 or older OR have a health condition that would put them at a higher risk of severe illness due to COVID-19. For more information on this program, call the Vancouver Police Department at (360) 487-7355 to request a prescription delivery from a Clark County pharmacy. This service is available Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Grocery stores are essential and will remain open but you can certainly shop online. A few of the best websites to order groceries from are: •




All three of these stores offer delivery and curbside pick-up options, but may have a fee. Another online option is to use Insta-cart. Going to www.instacart.com offers to send a personal shopper to many stores in the area to get you exactly what you need. Other ways to get food: Meals on Wheels is providing home delivery to individuals 60 years and older. For information, call 503-736-6325 Most Public Schools are offering grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches for any child aged 0-18. In Vancouver: The Human Services Council is working to provide transportation to food pantries, pharmacies, or grocery stores. Options might include picking up items and bringing them directly to you, or taking you to a store for necessities. Call (360) 735-5733, Please leave a message if no one answers. Spokane Valley Residents can still visit their local Food Bank as the Food Bank and Diaper Bank are operating as usual, with social distancing protocol. If you have any questions about eligibility or other requirements please call the Spokane Valley Partners at 509.927.1153. Folks in the TriCities can go to www.2-harvest.org/i-needfood-assistance/ to find the site closest to you. If you need help navigating these sites or with finding resources near you, please contact us!! We’re happy to help in any way that we can! 37

Garden Tips! By Terese Rognmo The spring is here already, and the weather is so nice. I am sure that you have been feeling restless lately due to the stay-home order by the governor Inslee. Have you thought about having a small garden bed? If you live in an apartment that has a balcony or a room for rent and has either front or back yard, then it is a perfect opportunity to have a tiny garden bed that you can plant some vegetables or fruits of your preference. A few things you need to evaluate before you start doing a garden bed. 1. Check the proximity of your premise area – does balcony or yard gets plenty of sunlights or has lots of shade? 2. Next step – you will need to access to the website that provides information on the plant zone, which can be found at:




which plant thrives with lots of sunlight or shades. You can also check which one you can plant inside as long as it gets enough sun near the window. Those websites are wonderful ways to research on gardening. 3. Lastly, you can decide if you prefer to plant one or two vegetables or fruit of your preference, then you can select the size of the pot or garden bed. As for me, I decided to get a portable garden bed so I can move it to the right direction where it gets enough sunlight. Here is the picture of the portable garden bed. The portable garden bed:


Garden Tips By Terese Rognmo Here are a few things you need to get before preparing the garden bed: 1. You need to purchase Compost Soil, Performance Soil, Plant food, seeds, and Jiffy Green House.

It does not matter which company you should purchase seeds from as long as it has a stamped that says “NON-GMO�. You will need to follow the instruction on the back of the seed package. It will tell you when the best time to plant seeds and how many inches should it be planted from other ones.


2. Gather any leftover branches or leaves – they are good nutrients when composting them into the garden bed. Place them on the bottom first before adding the compost soil, and water them for a bit before you add more soil. Do not plant seeds in this garden bed yet. 3. Once branches, leaves and compost soil are well blended, then add more compost soil with the performance soil. Mix them well. 4. Before using the garden bed, you will need to get a jiffy green house for planting seeds. Keep the green house inside to maintain the warm temperature and ensure it has enough sunlight as well.

5. When plants have sprout out, then transfer them to a quart pot or garden bed when they are big enough. You will need to determine whether you need to transfer from small ones to a bigger pot or garden bed depending on the size of the plant. I would suggest starting with #3 or 4 if those plants are not big enough to be planted into the garden bed as of yet.


Garden Tips! By Terese Rognmo

7. Keep eyes on your plants, make sure that the soil is moistures all the time. If they get droopy, then feed them with the plant food. Once your vegetables or fruit are fully grown, then you can enjoy eating them. One more tip that you need to consider is that some seeds cannot be mixed with others. Take carrots and zucchini for instance, carrots grow under the ground while zucchini grow outside of the ground. The roots of the zucchini plant can interfere the growth of the carrots on the ground. As you can see why carrots and zucchini should not be planted together.


Hope the garden tips give you a motivation to start planting any of your favorite vegetable or fruit. April is a good time to do it. Go for it!


No Sew Mask with an old T-Shirt Step-by-Step Tutorial By Robin Traveller

Need •

1- Old Shirt

1- Fabric Scissor

2- Hairbands Use an old T-shirt

Measure the length of the t-shirt at both sides.


The tip is based on the CDC Cut across under the armpit area.

guidelines. For more information, go to:

www.cdc.gov/ coronavirus/2019ncov/preventCut off the hem on the bottom of the old t-shirt.


For more information, please contact Senior Citizen Coordinator, Robin Traveller at scc@tilikum.us

or call at 509498-6412

Fold the old t-shirt at the right side first and then left side. 45

Need •

1- Old Shirt

1- Fabric Scissor

2- Hairbands

Fold the t-shirt from the right and left side until both are in the middle.

Use hair rubber bands. Use one on each side. Avoid using thick rubber band.

Fold each end to the middle


If you are interested in receiving short or long term case management, Use both hands to grab and put on your face while the hair rubber band should be over your ears.

or just want someone for a chat on a regular basis, please contact our Senior Citizen Coordinator for more information. She can be reached at: scc@tilikum.us

A Fat Quarter from JoAnn’s Fabrics



Hello to All WADHH eNews Readers!!!! Written by Ellen Scheppach I am pleased to be able to share with you my learning experiences as a caregiver to my wonderful husband, Van Scheppach, whom I’d known 55 years. We had reunited at a DSA conference in 2007 in Orlando, FL, and gotten married in 2009. Both he, from Denver, and I, from Vancouver BC, became Washington State residents in 2009. Van has been taken away from us all, his friends, family and myself, a month ago (March 18, 2020); he suffered from Osteomyelitis, which is a spine bacterial disease. We’d only discovered his illness was terminal the day before New Year’s Day. Earlier, he had complained of muscle spasms across his rib cage and shoulder blades and went twice to ER, including Urgent Care. He’d been given a very dangerous medication for muscle relaxing, which didn’t help. Our primary doctor took his time to figure out the root of his pains, and finally ordered for MRI with an appointment made for ten days after. So, here at home, he’d be yelling and groaning when sharp shooting pains came on. He wasn’t able to sleep or sit up comfortably and was fast losing weight. We waited and waited impatiently for his day to come when the MRI would show up with a result. Sure enough, next day, on bacteria is deemed fatal.


December 7th, he was operated on his first three vertebrae near his neck for a biopsy and bacterial pus removal. The surgeon indicated we would need to wait for his culture to grow to determine the type of bacteria that had gotten inside his spines. Of the three types, only one bacteria is deemed fatal. Meanwhile, they put him on daily antibiotic infusion. He stayed in the ICU for ten days, after which we still hadn’t heard any further of the kind of bacteria eating him up. He was moved to a Rehabilitation; nursing care home. Finally, he came home on Christmas Day, overjoyed with the prospect of watching his NFL games on TV. He could barely get around the house with his walker, at least he was walking. Three nights later, he was sent back to the hospital for another MRI testing: we learned then that the worst type of the bacteria he’d contracted continued to strip all vertebra of healthy cells. Surgeons refused to operate on him on the basis of his underlying health conditions: they said the operation would kill him. One surgeon estimated Van had one to two months to live, so the nursing staff at ICU suggested that he should have hospice take over, which meant he could come home as his final place to die and his assigned nurse would visit him every other day to ensure he was made as comfortable as possible with selective medications, morphine included. Hospice staff were wonderful to us, and his hospital bed was brought in for him. 49

It was then we knew Van would never be able to get out of bed for he could no longer walk, even with a brand new walker I’d gotten him for a Christmas gift. His son from Colorado Springs, his close friend from Chicago, as well his former boss from Sprint, flew in to spend a few days with him. My sister and my daughter alternately came down from British Columbia to give me a hand with caring for Van and to infuse encouragement in me. I’d had several emotional breakdowns knowing his pains were as real as his screaming. In all of Van’s enduring illnesses, we have had interpreters’ attendance where they provided us with the chance/ability to communicate with the medical and nursing people. Thankfully, a good friend, Karen Atwood, also spent days with us: we two were able to help Van fulfill his dream of running a project, ultimately called Van’s Friends Project. It was a program Van had intended to have put in place in Washington State to keep Deaf seniors from ever feeling isolated and lonely. Video phone calls and ASL connecting volunteers are all that’s needed to have lonely seniors stay in touch with the real world in the primary language they know of as ASL. You will know more about this project in the immediate future, hopefully by end of fall season.


Meanwhile, we are seeking donations and raising funds so we can afford a full-time coordinator. If you wish to make a cash donation or purchase a “Friends” t-shirt in $20 each that come in golden yellow, cobalt blue or steel grey, you could send a check to WSDSC, In care of Van’s Friends Project, Larry Farovitch, Treasurer, PO Box 1472, Vancouver, WA 98668. WSDSC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization serving all Washington State Deaf Senior members, including friends from parts of Oregon and British Columbia. WSDSC has been enacted since November 4, 2014 and holds 200+ active members. We may soon be able to hold our own VideoPhone number you can use to reach out to WSDSC President Connie Gough; Karen Atwood, VFP Coordinator; and Ellen Scheppach, me as VFP Manager, under the auspices (umbrella) of Washington State Deaf Senior Citizens (WSDSC). As soon as we have possession of that phone number, we will pass it on to our members.


Hello to All WADHH eNews Readers!!!! Written by Ellen Scheppach If you have any questions about our status as an organization, or wish for any information on joining us, please contact me at ellenscheppach@gmail.com. You can also view the website - wsdsc.com

As I write this, I want you to know I am fine and able to move on with my life, although Van, bless him, is with me in my heart, mind and soul eternally. Please be mindful of the dreadful COVID-19 crisis in United States, and elsewhere in other countries. As Lieutenant Governor Inslee reminds us along Hwy I-5 with electronic billboards stationed every 100 miles up and down, “Staying Home is Saving Lives�. Washing hands with soapy water or using hand sanitizers, wearing clean masks and always maintaining distances physically at 6 feet apart would mean a lot! Do everything you can to keep yourself free of contracting the fatalistic virus, the CoronaVirus of 2019. Respectfully submitted, Ellen Scheppach, Regular Attendee of Southwest Washington Center of the Deaf (SWCD)



Senior Citizen Services (SCS) Are you at age 55+? Do you want to be socially connected to your community but unable to do that due to your health conditions?

Need to increase physical , emotional and mental activities at home by having someone to visit or contact you for a chat or activity? Do you need short or long term case management? Do you want to learn different resources and services to meet your needs? If you answers yes to all of those questions, please contact Robin Traveller at scc@tilikum.us and/or 509-498-6412 (VP).


Flo’s Birthday Party Deaf Seniors from the TriCities and Yakima areas attended Florence (Flo) Lombness 95th birthday at the assisted living place where she lives in. It is in Yakima. Flo was so excited to see her friends again! Gifts and flowers were given to her. There was a notebook for all of us to write down memories we had with Flo. We all chatted and teased each other. It was a great party!


Flo’s Birthday Party



Fun Fact! History of Invention Lupe Hernรกndez is an American nurse who, as a student nurse in 1966, invented the now ubiquitous hand sanitizer. Hernรกndez invented the hand sanitizer while a student nurse in Bakersfield, California in 1966, discovering that a substance with 60-65% alcohol could become a cleanser without the need for water and soap. While little biographical information provided, it is not known, yet we need to thank whoever invented this idea. This source can be found from Wikipedia.


Fun Fact! History of Invention Humans have used soap for cleaning for millennia. Evidence exists of the production of soap-like materials in around 2800 BC in ancient Babylon.

More information about the soap. Must be interesting! Check this out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soap


Blueberry Delights By Robin Traveller



14 whole graham crackers

1 large box in instant Vanilla pudding

1 cup Cool Whip

21 ounces can blueberry pie filling

You will need a 9” Square Pan

Place whole graham crackers on the 9” square pan— need 9 squares of graham crackers Prepare pudding mix as directed on the package. Let stand for 5 minutes. Next step is blending with Cool Whip. Spread half of the pudding mixture over crackers. Add another layer of crackers, top with remaining pudding and another layer of crackers. Spread pie pilling over the top. Chill for 3 hours.

Do you have a recipe to share? Do you want to your recipe to be published in the next Newsletter? Please contact Amanda Wood at grs@tilikum.us and make sure that your subject says “Recipe for Summer Newsletter 2020.”










Hope you enjoyed reading our Newsletter. The next one will be in June 2020. If you have a recipe or an article that you want to share on our Newsletter, please contact Amanda Wood at grs@tilikum.us. This newsletter will be shared in Vancouver, TriCities/Yakima and Spokane regions. You can keep up with our updated news and vlogs from Vancouver, TriCities/Yakima and Spokane on our Website: https://www.wadhh.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeafCenter/ If you want to subscribe this newsletter, please contact Stephen Hucke at news@tilikum.us with your name and email address.

Washington Advocates of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Our Deaf Centers in Vancouver, Yakima, Tri-Cities, and Spokane are currently closed due to the COVID19 Pandemic. Our Community Advocates are still available to assist you via videophone, email and text. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact our front desk staff, Amanda Wood VideoPhone: 360.334.5740 Voice: 360.314.6971 Email: grs@tilikum.us