Deaf Community Advocacy Network

aka DEAF C.A.N.!   |   Sylvan Lake, MI   |  www.deafcan.org

Mission

Linking Deaf and Hard of Hearing people with the community through communication, advocacy, leadership and socialization.

Ruling year info

1982

Principal Officer

Ms. Marcy Colton

Main address

2111 Orchard Lake Rd Suite #101

Sylvan Lake, MI 48320 USA

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EIN

38-2427067

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

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Advocacy

For Deaf and Hard of Hearing people the sign advocacy gives the connotation of something strong and powerful. We strive to teach clients problem solving techniques and how to advocate for themselves.

Population(s) Served

Casework/Case management for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people through the removal of barriers to service. Approximately 100 Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals a month come into the DEAF C.A.N.! office to receive assistance on a variety of issues and concerns. DEAF C.A.N.! is the only agency in Oakland county where a Deaf individual can receive casework assistance from full-time staff fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Here, clients can discuss any matter in their native language. Examples of direct service include help with completing a welfare form, figuring out a budget, or obtaining low-income housing.

Population(s) Served

DEAF C.A.N.! contracts with over 50 state or nationally certified Interpreters. An Interpreter is one of the ways a Deaf individual can effectively communicate with a hearing person. Our Interpreters work in the courtroom, schools, on the job, in training seminars, and in doctor's offices and hospitals just to name a few.

Population(s) Served

Working closely with the Hearing Loss Association of Michigan, we provide resource information on hearing loss issues, perform resident and workplace assessments for individuals with hearing loss and provide hearing assistance technology demonstrations.

Population(s) Served

Learning, Educating, and Parenting works with Deaf parents LEAP and is designed for hearing children with Deaf or Hard of Hearing parents. The goal of the program is to facilitate the development of spoken language and American Sign Language. Utilizing Deaf staff and Sign Language Interpreters, children have an opportunity to see American Sign Language and hear spoken English. Simultaneously, their Deaf parents have the opportunity to develop parenting skills and learn how to be more effective parents.

Population(s) Served

Casework/Case management services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people infected or affected with HIV.

Population(s) Served

We offer outpatient services for Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing children, adolescents, and adults in Southeastern Michigan and for persons that are primary caretakers of someone in their household that is Deaf, Deaf-Blind, or Hard of Hearing. Clients will receive services from therapists fluent in American Sign Language (ASL).

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Deaf Community Advocacy Network

Board of directors
as of 11/19/2015
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Marika Blumerick

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Board co-chair

Ron Swartz

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Douglas Calaman

Paul Nemchik

Ron Swartz

Marika Blumerick

Mary Gillman

Jamie Maes

Marcy Colton

Dan McDougall

Dan Cassidy

Kelly Kris

Sean Miller

Deborah Wright