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Deaf Centers of Nevada and Nevada Hands & Voices RECEIVES GRANT FROM Aging and Disability Services Division  FOR $1.6 Million
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cindy Roller, Executive Director, Nevada Hands & Voices
 
Kevin Carter, Executive Director, Deaf Centers of Nevada
702- 363-3323  
kevin@dcnv.org

Nevada June 1, 2016  – Deaf Centers of Nevada and Nevada Hands & Voices are pleased to announce they have received a $1.6 million grant from the Nevada State Aging and Disability Services Division. These funds will support the creation of two centers in Nevada that will provide support statewide for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired. 

The collaborative efforts of Deaf Centers of Nevada and Nevada Hands & Voices will provide services across the age range from birth into elderly years.  Nevada Hands & Voices supports families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them.  The organization is a collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods.  This diverse group includes families who communicate orally, with signs, cue, and/or combined methods.  Nevada Hands & Voices strives to help our deaf and hard of hearing children birth to twenty-one statewide reach their highest potential.   Deaf Centers of Nevada addresses the health, social, recreational, and logistical needs of the deaf or hard of hearing population statewide.  Deaf Centers of Nevada strives to help deaf and hard of hearing individuals improve and maintain a healthy and independent lifestyle and to maximize their quality of life through equal access to communication, health, and human services, as well as social activities.

“This funding will expand the amount of supports and services deaf and hard of hearing individuals across the lifespan receive in our state and we couldn’t be more excited to receive these funds to support and help more people than ever before!”- Cindy Roller, Executive Director Nevada Hands & Voices.

“What a wonderful day for the members of our Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in the state of Nevada.  I could not be more proud of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community who came together with one voice to communicate their need for services and advocacy which will help them live happy, healthy and independent lives.  I am honored and humbled that the Deaf Centers of Nevada will have the opportunity to be able to provide advocacy, services and a social setting for all Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals, and to open a Deaf Community Center that they can call their own!” – Kevin Carter, Executive Director Deaf Centers of Nevada.

The Aging and Disability Services Division awards an annual grant through a competitive application and review process to provide Communication Services to be funded with “the telecommunication device for the deaf” surcharge through the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2017.  The RFP is published and administered by the Disability Services Unit of Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD).

The purpose of the funds are to provide access to services (previously called advocacy services), equipment and assistive technology, training related to equipment,  and information and referral regarding resources in the community, for persons who are culturally Deaf, late-deafened, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, and persons with speech disabilities. In addition, with the passage of AB200, emphasis was placed on increasing access to education, employment and health and social services for consumers of the program. These services empower individuals to gain or maintain a level of independence, while influencing individuals to achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency.   The program also provides information to state and local entities about communication disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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Nevada PEP has received a five-year, $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, under its new Family Support 360 Initiative. PEP is one of 18 organizations funded this year, 2009, to provide assistance to families in accessing services and supports for persons with developmental disabilities.

PEP's project will focus on developing a program to support the families of children with co-occurring developmental disabilities and behavioral health issues. PEP will implement the program in conjunction with key partners, including the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities; Nevada Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services and Division of Child and Family Services; Nevada Office of Disability, the Disabilities Advocacy Law Center and the Developmental Disabilities Council; and Clark County School District and Juvenile Justice Services. Through this partnership with public agencies as well as providers and parents, PEP will develop a system that enhances interagency collaboration, empowers families to participate in service planning and delivery, and ensures access to community based, individualized and culturally appropriate health, mental health, recreation, and educational services and supports.

Using a Systems of Care approach, a single location dedicated to supporting local families will serve as a focal point for the project to increase awareness of the needs of children in the target population, conduct outreach to their families, and provide families with strengths-based, individualized family navigation services and supports.

A family navigator will team with each child's case manager, serving as a mentor, guide and advocate to assist families in identifying their needs, developing a plan of action, and obtaining services for their child. The project will support 20 families in the first year and 40 families in each succeeding year of the project.

The role of the family navigator will be adapted from the family-to-family support model currently being used by Nevada PEP with families of children who have serious emotional disturbance. The project will assist case managers and key partners in using a wraparound model of service planning and implementation. The family navigator will support successful implementation of this approach in their work with families.

The project will provide flexible funding and linkages to specialized services such as PBS Nevada to increase the effectiveness of the child and family team in developing an appropriate plan for each child. The goal of the project is to improve outcomes for the child, increase family empowerment and satisfaction, and enhance community partnerships.

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