EVERYONE HAS A VOICE AT
GULFSTREAM GOODWILL INDUSTRIES’ DEAF FORUM
WEST PALM BEACH,
Fla. -- Gulfstream Goodwill Industries’ Deaf Services Program held a second
Deaf Forum on Wednesday, June 22 at the agency’s headquarters in West Palm
Beach. Nearly 50 individuals from the Deaf and hard of hearing community attended
the forum to discuss progress and future plans for the program.
Topics addressed were the need for stronger compliance with the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the areas of housing, municipal
communication and transportation, rent vouchers, employment and job coaching,
and programs for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
“Eighty percent of people who are deaf are not working across the United
States … and living on Social Security,” said Gulfstream Goodwill Industries
Deaf Services specialist Allan Karp.
As for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, while Florida has one
of the highest Deaf populations, the state has only one school for the Deaf,
located in St. Augustine. There is a lack of programs for deaf children in Palm
“I’m concerned that there is not enough [of a] kid-friendly Deaf
community. I’d like to encourage for more events for the Deaf/hard of hearing
children to get involved,” said Deaf Forum attendee Ivy Berry.
At the close of the Deaf Forum, participants shared their concerns,
hopes and success stories.
Goodwill Industries plans to host ongoing Deaf Forums to engage the Deaf
community by offering a third Deaf Forum in early 2017.
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