Deaf Center Festival

Eleanor McCowan



President’s Corner

ASL Films – In The Can, was very successful.  People enjoyed watching the deaf owned-film. We profited over $600 that will go to UAD delegate expenses for the NAD conference in Atlanta, GA July 1 to 5.

On September 4, the new board met for the first time. We appreciated the community showing their support of the new board. We need you to be involved and volunteer for events that we plan to host in the near future.

The NAD staff is working hard to make sure that airlines offer closed captioned movies during the flights and also movie theaters.  Here is more information about flights:

Be sure that you subscribe to NAD news so that you don’t miss out on any event that NAD works on.

On October 3rd, Dan Hoffman, UAD board member. and I will attend the NAD National Leadership Training Conference (NLTC) in Omaha. We look forward to meeting new people and board member from all over the USA.

Philippe Montalette


September 18, 2013 – Walter Jastremsky, who worked at the Utah School for the Deaf from 1959 through the 1960s, passed away in Boise ID. After moving to Boise, he worked in the Boise Cascade print shop for 26 years. . Many of his finest achievements came from his volunteer roles and leadership in the Idaho Deaf community. He served for nineteen years on the Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a Governor-appointed position, where he advocated for deaf education and testified to the State Board of Education. Among other contributions, he was involved in enacting the Americans with Disabilities Act in Idaho in 1991 and in getting a TTY installed at the Boise airport. In 2012, Walter was selected for the Hamilton Relay Deaf Community Leader Award for Idaho. Funeral services and burial took place in Boise. His wife, Diane Stanford, whom Walter met while working at USD, survives him.

Birthday Anniversary

Recently, the family of Max Hardy honored him at an 80th birthday celebration.  Family members and friends came to wish him a happy birthday.  A buffet dinner was served along with a birthday cake, a choice between chocolate and vanilla cake.

ASL Interpreted Performances at WSU Announced

The dates for the ASL interpreted performances at Weber State University for the 2013-2014 year have been announced:

“The Plain Princess” – Saturday, October 5 @ 7:30pm
“Of Myth and Mud” – Saturday, November 9 @ 7:30pm
“Picnic at Hanging Rock” – Saturday, March 1 @ 7:30pm
“Mockingbird” – Saturday, March 29 @ 7:30pm

When purchasing your tickets, please call the Box Office and request to sit in the “ASL Section” to be placed near the interpreters. Please see the attached flier for cost and ticket information.

To request ASL interpreters for the student directed performance of “Girl of Glass,” or any other ADA accommodations, please contact the Box Office at 801-626-8500 at least two weeks prior to the performance you wish to attend.

Please pass this along to anyone who may be interested!

Open Enrollment Coming Soon for Medicare Prescription (Part D) and Supplemental Plans

Open enrollment for Medicare (Part D) and Supplemental Plans begins November 1, 2013 to December 7, 2013 if you want to add or change your current plan. If you like your current plan, you do not need to do anything.

Any new changes will start January 1, 2014.

Need help selecting or changing your plan? SHIP can help. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) offers personalized health insurance counseling. This program has people trained to help you pick the best health plans. You can visit the SHIP website or call them for help.

LOCAL number: 801-538-3910 or TOLL FREE: 800-541-7735

NOTE: The Sanderson Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will have two days during the Open Enrollment period when SHIP counselors will be able to help you in person with ASL interpreters or with listening devices. Dates still to be determined. Watch for future announcements.

October 2013 Holidays

  • 14  Columbus Day
  • 16  Boss’s Day
  • 24  United Nations Day 
  • 31  Halloween

Jean Massieu School News

Michelle Tanner

Fall is here and with it, the 2013-2014 school year is off and running! Our students are once again actively engaged in academia and extra-curricular activities. Our teachers are very focused on the individual needs of each student. The first month is spent getting to know each child as an individual while assessing their academic abilities and teaching behavior expectations. It is a fun time for all and we ENJOY spending time getting to know our students better. The halls are once again filled with laughter and life. JMS is one big family and we hope you will become a part of it.

Currently our students are intensely practicing for the Shakespeare Competition to be held in Cedar City the first week of October. Our students compete against other high schools throughout the state, both large and small. We are the only competitor with deaf student actors. It is a very unique experience for all involved and we enjoy competing each year.

As a reminder, JMS will hold its annual Fall Festival on October 11th from 6 – 8:30pm at the Deaf Center. We are inviting everyone in the Deaf Community to come out and support the school. This year’s theme will be focused on books. We invite you to come dressed as a character from a book. There will be games for the children, read alouds by Deaf story tellers, a book fair and of course, great food! We are hoping that a large number of families will come and have a great family night out. This activity is sponsored by the JMS PTA and all proceeds will benefit the JMS students. For more information about this and other PTA sponsored activities, please visit Your support is always appreciated.

We would like to send a big thank you to the participants of the Sorenson VRS Interpreting Institute for their generous donation to JMS! This donation will allow our students to participate in activities that would otherwise be difficult to fund. Thank you for thinking of us, we are very grateful for your thoughtfulness.
If you are interested in volunteering at JMS, please feel free to contact me at and we can arrange for volunteering hours. We love to have the community involved at the school. We also welcome any donations to our extra-curricular activities.

Thank you for your continued support of JMS! It couldn’t do it without your active involvement.







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