Bob Frank, a faithful and devoted member of WHOLE ME, Inc., passed away last year from cancer. During his time with us Bob played a variety of roles from board member, to master electrician around our office, to “Bill Nye, The Science Guy” with his crazy hats at the after-school program! The kids loved Bob and he loved them. He was their biggest supporter and his number one goal was to provide a safe and creative learning environment for Deaf and hard-of-hearing children where they could have fun, flourish and be successful.
For the next 30 days, leading up to the Bob Frank Memorial Golf Tournament, WHOLE ME, Inc. will be posting 30 fun and informative facts for you to enjoy! The countdown begins!
Fact #30: Did you know… WHOLE ME, Inc. was established in 2003 to provide support for Deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families. Before 2003, there were no on-going after school programs for Deaf and hard-of-hearing children in the Central New York area. The After School Program is one of the unique bi-cultural and bi-lingual services provided at WHOLE ME, Inc.
Fact #29: Did you know… Sign Language is the fourth most used language in the world? WHOLE ME, Inc. offers American Sign Language (ASL) classes and private lessons. In addition to teaching ASL, WHOLE ME, Inc. advocates for the use of ASL within our After School Program with Deaf students.
Fact #28: Did you know… 90% of Deaf children are born to Hearing parents? WHOLE ME, Inc. encourages parents to embrace their child’s Deaf identity and actively engage in communication with their child by learning ASL.
Weekend Fun Facts #27 & #26: Did you know… that most CODA’s (Children of Deaf Adults) first language is ASL? Therefore, did you know… CODA’s are bilingual? WHOLE ME, Inc. offers opportunities for CODA’s to meet and socialize with other CODA’s.
Fact #25: Did you know… Syracuse has a growing community of Deaf Refugees? WHOLE ME, Inc. provides support in their new endeavors learning a new language, going back to school and job placement.
Fun Fact #24: Did you know that 55% of the WHOLE ME, Inc. staff is Deaf? We have Deaf role models working not only in the After School Programs but also at the WMI Office. Don’t our AWESOME Hearing co-workers wish they were Deaf, too?! WHOLE ME, Inc. is proud to lead by example with 6 amazing Deaf individuals! Future CEO of WHOLE ME, Inc., Sydney Tasmin Thomas! (Watch out Chris Kovar!)
Fun Fact #23: Did you know…In the 1960’s, linguist William Stokoe, a professor at Gallaudet University, proved that ASL is an language with its own syntax, grammar and morphology, just like spoken languages has their own rules. http://gupress.gallaudet.edu/Stokoecompliments.html
Fun Fact #22: Did you know…Deafhood is a new concept being embraced by the Deaf Community. The term was coined by Paddy Ladd in 1993. Ladd developed a book about Deafhood, ‘Understanding Deaf Culture – In Search of Deafhood’ in 2003. www.deafhoodfoundation.org
WHOLE ME, Inc. has hopes that one day all our schools and higher education will recognize ASL as a foreign language nationally. When that day comes, we will put on our party hats and celebrate!
Fact #21: Did you know…There are approximately 22-28 million Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the United States. WHOLE ME, Inc. After School Program helped Mikayla acquire life skills and achieve her goals. Don’t forget to register for the Bob Frank Memorial Golf Tournament!
Weekend fun fact #20 and #19: Did you know… “Deaf-gain” was first introduced to the Deaf community in 2008 to emphasize the positive contribution of Deaf Culture to society. As a result, Did you know… the concept of “Deaf space” grew from Deaf-gain which takes into consideration creating an environment that is the least restrictive in communication for Deaf individuals. Deaf Studies Digital Journal. We at WHOLE ME, Inc. are always working to create an environment that is Deaf-friendly for all our staff and clients.
Fun Fact #18: Did you know… that not only does WHOLE ME, Inc. provide After School Programs for Deaf students, but that WMI also provides Social Security benefits counseling as well as career and job support for Deaf as they transition to the working world. One of our success stories we featured earlier in the year, Sarah Craig, is an example of hard work and determination on her part to be successful through WMI’s resources!