Deaf Refugee Services Support
In 2010, Buffalo service providers began the tough job of adapting our services to meet the needs of Deaf refugees coming to Buffalo. Now, in 2017, we have seen an increase in services and four days a week, over 15 individuals come to our classes to learn American Sign Language, get help finding a job, deal with housing and basic needs assistance and many other issues. Our clients are from Nepal, Congo, Somalia, Sudan, Cuba, and Burma, and all of them are hungry to learn and grow in the US. Most never had access to formal education and the need for structured and quality education is huge. We need your help for program support and also for an important reason!!! Bus passes. In order for our clients to get to class, they must each pay $75.00 per month. We currently have no source of funding for transportation and we need your help!!!! For all of our 15 clients to come to classes each month, the cost is over $1,000. Please help us at Deaf Access Services and Jewish Family Services to keep this program alive by funding bus passes while we seek alternative funding and work with the students to get reduced fare bus passes for people with disabilities. If we have extra funds we will use it for classroom supplies and possibly field trips.
Our refugee program continues, despite the cutback in arrivals and funding. Last week we went to the zoo. Take a peak!
i came across this amazing video today! i wish we could do something like this!
Our class is growing in size. We have four new folks adjusting to their new lives. Our old timers are communicating in ASL and helping out the newer students. When we need a pick me up, we just need to sit with the class to feel inspired and excited about what this group will do together!
Deaf refugees in Buffalo can now attend ASL classes three days per week and also community support group once per week. The opportunities to gain language skills, cultural awareness and meet new friends and neighbors are expanding thanks to donors like you.