SLCAD Newsletter Oct 2014

President’s Corner

Don’t miss out on this movie by ASL Films!

“Beyond the Embers: Vol. 1” will be shown on November 8.  See the flyer and the description on page 8. It will be shown the Sanderson Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Taylorsville, on Saturday, November 8.  The showing begins at 7 pm.  Tickets can be purchased online. For more information, click on this link: Please share this information with your friends through Facebook and other social media. Thank you for your support of UAD!

UAD will host a booth at the Sanderson Community Center Bazaar on Friday, November 7th and Saturday, November 8th.  Do come and visit us!

We are hosting a Deaf owned production movie:  “No Ordinary Hero:  The SuperDeafy” at Megaplex at Thanksgiving Point. See page 6 for the flyer. For more information, click on this link:

The next biennial conference will be held in Provo on October 16 and 17, 2015. Do save the date! Informational announcements will be posted soon through UAD Announce and UAD Bulletin. Do join us!  We will have UTRID in partnership with the UAD at the conference.

We encourage you to join UAD as a member and support UAD; membership strengthens the organization. UAD needs your voice and your opinion to help move it forward in the future. Membership is only $15 and is tax deductible.

Philippe Montalette


September 25, 2014 – Olaf Attletweed, at the age of 49, passed away in Santa Cruz, CA. At one time he and his wife Un Chon lived in Utah County.  Funeral services and interment took place in Fremont and Hayward, respectively.

JMS Shakespeare Team takes 2nd Place!

Sarah Leathers

Jean Massieu School (JMS) is proud to announce that this year at the Utah Shakespeare Festival Competition October 9-11 in Cedar City, our Shakespeare Team won second place overall for our division! And our one competing senior student, Josette Savea, (who has been to this competition all four years of HS) and her voicer, took first place in the monologue event and won a scholarship to SUU!

What a great weekend for our students! A BIG thank you to Denise Warren for her beautiful costumes and all her support, our parent chaperones for long hours of wrangling kids, Dale Boam and all our fantastic interpreters, and everyone who supported us and helped us to get to Cedar City!

Utah School for the Deaf News

Michelle Tanner

I thought I would use this edition to explain some basic information about the Utah Schools for the Deaf, (USD).  The USD is set up as an agency that provides a variety of services to deaf and hard of hearing students across the state of Utah.  This puts USD in a unique position to be involved with deaf students anywhere in the state, no matter how rural the location.  In some situations USD provides services in special schools such as the Jean Massieu School in Salt Lake or the Kenneth Burdett School in Ogden.  USD also provides classes for oral deaf students in self-contained classrooms housed in regular schools with a teacher of the deaf.  Still other students are mainstreamed throughout the state of Utah in regular education classrooms within a district.  For these students, USD can provide an itinerant teacher and possibly an interpreter.  You should know that USD doesn’t unilaterally make these decisions.  These placements are made by parents and their IEP team members.

In order for students to attend a USD program, parents must meet with their district and participate in an IEP meeting with a USD representative present.  If, during the course of the meeting, the team determines to send the child to a USD program, we become responsible for the education of that student and all the services necessary for the child to receive a free and appropriate education.  These requirements and procedures are outline in an Interagency Agreement between USDB and the school districts throughout the state.  For more information about USD, please check out the USDB website at

Finally, I would like to invite each of you to consider employment at USDB.  There are several jobs that are available right now that may be the perfect fit for you.  We currently have positions open for educational interpreters, aides, a dorm counselor on the Ogden campus, communication interveners and substitute teaching positions.  Each of these positions is vital to the success of a child.  If you are interested in any of these positions, please apply at under the category of “Education” for all locations specific to the department “400 – Utah State Board of Education.”  We need you!  Together our students achieve more.

November 2014 Holidays

  Daylight Savings
4    Election Day
11  Veteran’s Day
13  Sadie Hawkins Day
27  Thanksgiving Day
28  Black Friday

Eleanor ‘Eli’ McCowan Retires from Sanderson Community Center

Valerie Kinney

After nearly 15 years at the Sanderson Community Center, Eli McCowan has retired. The Sanderson Community Center staff honored her at a retirement reception on October 8. There was a video of her years at the center, and Marilyn Call summarized Eli’s qualities and accomplishments.  The staff presented her with a gift of family fitness center membership.

Eli came to Utah by way of Pennsylvania (her birthplace), Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky and Maryland. She graduated from Gallaudet University with a bachelor degree in social work. Driving down the road from Evanston, UT to the night lights of Salt Lake City in early January with the snow everywhere, it was an unexpected experience with her hands clenching the steering wheel of the moving truck with her old car hitched behind it!  Two days later, she began her job.

As a program director, she was responsible for fun activities for deaf, hard of hearing and hearing people residents. Eli found such experiences and moments to be rewarding and challenging, carefree and tense.

She enjoyed giving children and adults the experience of learning, from workshops all the way to city-level events.  It pleased her to see the children having fun with holiday-related events as such as children’s holiday party in December, surprise egg hunt, annual camp week in June with various themes.  One of the best events that happened to Utah Community of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing was to be part of the state-wide event in renaming it as Robert G. Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  There were rallies to keep the center running and winning state approval on number of occasions.  Activities and trips kept the seniors busy over the years.

Her priority, now that she is retired, is getting her physical health back by swimming and biking. She plans on volunteering for deaf-related events and at the animal shelter in West Valley City. At home, she has hobbies that she wants to rediscover. She has two doxies and plans to take them to different places.  After the holidays, she will work as a deaf mentor with the Parents with Infant Program.

A future undertaking will be returning to the outskirts of Philadelphia with her brother and sister to pursue genealogy research on the Matlack family beginning with Timothy Matlack, the embosser of Declaration of Independence.  She of course plans to visit her kids in Tennessee.


Eli says that it’s great to be in her pj’s and bathrobe with hot tea in the mornings for a while, and enjoy the sunshine.  She is discovering senior ideas and discounts from the book “Free Stuff & Good Deals for Folks over 50” by Linda Bowman.

UVU Foundation Presents: Planning for Special Needs: 

Legal & Financial Steps Caregivers Can Take

Vicky Hopper

On November 11, 2014 from 6:30 to 9pm, the Planning for Special Needs: Legal and Financial Steps Caregivers Can Take workshop will be held at Sorensen Center, SC 206A&B, at the Utah Valley University in Orem. Light snacks will be provided.

Special needs is a phrase that covers a staggering range of disabilities for people from infancy all the way through advanced age. It includes conditions as disparate as severe cognitive impairment (i.e. Autism, Alzheimer’s) to serious life-changing physical impairment (i.e. combat injuries). Caregivers for those with Special Needs often have to deal with financial, legal, emotional and physical challenges, and uncertainties not commonly shared by others.

In this workshop, the presenters provide a checklist and blueprint of important steps to take; explain the Federal benefits available and how to preserve them; describe legal tools such as trusts that benefit Special Needs specifically; and in general outline the options available for individuals and families dealing with these important issues.

Registration is required. It is suggested that you register early by contacting Vicky at (801) 863-5425 or to reserve your seat. A light snack will be provided.

This educational opportunity is brought to you by the Utah Valley University Foundation Gift Planning Department. Visit us at All seminars are strictly educational and do not promote any products or companies.

Mary Beth Green Retires from Relay Utah

Valerie Kinney

Mary Beth Green was honored by the Relay Utah staff at a retirement reception at the Relay Utah office building on October 16.  A video of friends and family saying a few words about Mary Beth was shown, put together by her daughter, Lorri Dean and Lorri’s son Casey. Remarks were given by Ron Allen, PSC Commissioner and Gary Widerburg, PSC Commission Secretary as well as the guest herself.

She hails from Kansas City, MO, and has been in Utah since 1990. She is an alumna of Gallaudet University. Before assuming her position as telecommunications relay service specialist (TRS specialist) July 2004, she lived in San Francisco from January 1999, attending school in Berkeley to take web design and database management courses.  She then worked for City of Berkeley managing their web site and constructing databases for various departments from January 2000 to September 2001.  After that, she moved back to Utah.
As TRS specialist, she managed the relay equipment distribution program for the Deaf/deaf, HOH, speech disabled. In 2012 the FCC implemented the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) and Julie Orchard determined Relay Utah was best choice to know and manage Utah residents in providing this equipment by Relay Utah and the NDBEDP. The love and gratitude from Utah clients, their families and friends for this service can never be measured nor forgotten.  That was the part Mary Beth loved and will truly miss. It allowed her to drive hundreds of miles a day for outreach and deliveries and see beautiful Utah scenery.
She looks forward to attending Sanderson events and joining various groups to use experience gained in working with and promoting the needs of the Deaf/deaf, HOH and Deaf-Blind.  She hopes to volunteer with the Sanderson Community Center and help during Legislative sessions as needed.  During her years delivering equipment throughout Utah she found so many clients who received equipment from the VA that did not fully meet their needs.  There is a real need to work more closely with the VA in finding the proper equipment.
Now that she is retired, Mary Beth is trying to adapt to not having to wake up at 5 am and be in office at 6 or 6:30 am.  She is now helping her mom reorganize the house and garage.  For her, it’s a new experience to plan for Thanksgiving and being able to shop and cook without being rushed.  Christmas will be spent with the entire family in California at the Dean family home.  She’s very excited about that, going to Disney’s California Adventure, the beach and just being with family.
One of Mary Beth’s many favorite quotes is from Charles Dickens.  “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.

Word 2013 Training Available in ASL

Elizabeth McEuen

Microsoft Word 2013 online training is now available in American Sign Language!

LearnKey, an expert-led video courseware and in-depth exam preparation company, provides individual online training for a variety of subjects. Now, for the first time, LearnKey provides Word 2013 training in ASL with nationally certified interpreter Amelia Ann Williams.

For more information please visit LearnKey’s website at For questions or to order your copy of this training, contact Elizabeth McEuen at

SCCDHH Annual Bazaar

Jorie Hill

Annual Bazaar to be held November 7-8 at the Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing!

There will be food vendors, crafters selling their ware, merchandise for sale, and more!  It is an event you do not want to miss – meet your friends there!

Come on join us!


No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie

Promoted by Utah Association of the Deaf

Thursday, December 04 6:30PM – 7:58PM

at Megaplex Lehi at Thanksgiving Point 

2935 Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT, US, 84043 (map)

$10.00 General

• Movie presentation of No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie
When a deaf actor who plays a superhero on television looks beyond his cape to influence a deaf boy to redefine what “being normal” means, he also finds inspiration to transform himself.

Jean Massieu School News

Aimee Breinholt

It has been a busy month with several exciting events and additions at JMS.  We started the month with our drama team participating in the Utah Shakespeare high school competition in Cedar City.  The students’ hard work paid off as they took second place in our division.  We also would like to congratulate Jojo who won a scholarship for taking 1st place for her monologue.  We are thrilled with the work and success of our drama team!

We had a great turnout for our annual Fall Festival sponsored by JMS PTA.  We would like to thank all those who volunteered countless hours to make this event a success.  It was an evening full of games, food, a book fair and wonderful interaction between students, staff, families and community members.  We are looking forward to another opportunity to gather as family, staff and community members.  Please mark your calendar for November 13th from 6-8pm at the Deaf Center.  This will be the first Family Activity Night for the year.  We are excited to offer a workshop on parenting styles.  There will be food provided and a fabulous opportunity to mix and mingle.  We hope to see you all there!

We are thrilled to announce a few new additions to our JMS staff.  Please help us welcome, Katie Bodily our new kindergarten teacher.  In addition we have several new aides; Travis Gable, Mercy Persinger and Mary Leishman.  Should you stop by you will also see new faces joining us from Utah State University to complete their student teaching.

We would like to recognize the hard work and innovative ideas of our science teacher, David Oyler.  He has submitted several projects to DonorsChoose and to date has had 12 of those funded.  The students are continually benefiting from these projects.  We are preparing for our annual science fair that will be held November 19th-21st.  Please stop by and see the students’ hard work.

We love your involvement and thank you for your support!

Deaf PIP Update

Paula Pittman

Fall means crisp cool air, football, colorful leaves and the start of ASL Story Time! Once again Barnes and Noble has agreed to partner with us and allow us to use their stores in Layton, Murray and Orem to host our monthly ASL Story Time.  Our first Story Time will take place this week and will feature the Halloween Stories, The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin and Corduroy’s Trick or Treat.  We love the opportunity to instill a love of books and reading in our children in PIP and are grateful to Barnes and Noble for this ongoing opportunity.  We will have a voice interpreter at each Story Time event, so everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the book, even if they do not know ASL. ASL Story Time will take place at the following times:

Layton Barnes and Noble- The second Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m.

Murray Barnes and Noble – The second Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m.

Orem Barnes and Noble – The second Thursday of every month at 10:00 a.m.

ASL Story Time will take place from October through May of 2015.  We typically take a break from ASL Story Time in the summer, but we may extend this even through the summer months in 2015 if we have the staff time and families who are interested in keeping it going.  We will keep you informed about this as the year moves on.

Our Toddler Groups are now in full swing, and we have more children in attendance in the Salt Lake City groups than ever in the past.  Toddler Group is a great experience for our children because it gives them the opportunity to learn how to work in a group and the chance to make friends and learn from their peers, and it’s a good opportunity for parents to meet and get to know one another.

We are excited to be able to host a new event for our families this year for the holidays, The PIP Polar Express.  We will be partnering with UTA and the Radisson Hotel downtown to bring the book, The Polar Express, to life for our PIP babies and their families.  We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to the excitement that the holidays bring to all of our little ones.

We at PIP wish you all a happy Fall and a wonderful start to the holiday season!


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