LUANNA SWAINSTON, DIRECTOR
965 108th St SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
616-877-0169
Cell: 616-262-3516
plswainston@hotmail.com
DEAF AWARENESS
POSTERS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

We now have reprints of four of the previous Deaf Awareness Posters. Contact me if you wish to have posters, etc.

American Manual Alphabet: This poster is one that we did not have to reprint. This poster could be used in schools, churches, libraries, Grange Halls or anywhere that people come in contact with deaf or hearing impaired people. For example, our Grange delivered Dictionaries to a third grade classroom, along with Deaf Awareness items (one being the Manual Alphabet poster) and in one of the thank you’s we received, one of the students had learned the alphabet. Another third grade teacher had her students do their spelling words in sign language. There are many possibilities with this.

Your Noisy World Could Get Silent: This poster is a chart that shows the potential hearing hazard of the loudness of sounds combined with the length of exposure to sound and how it can create a permanent hearing loss. Preventions are suggested on this poster. It shows the decibels of many electronic devices that we are in contact with everyday.

Pledge of Allegiance: This poster could be placed in schools, Grange Halls, libraries, etc. An idea that can be used is to do parts of it at each of your Grange meetings until everyone can sign it.
Do You See the Signs: (of hearing loss) This poster could be placed in church nurseries, day care centers, pre-schools or wherever adults can view them. It is a poster to make parents aware of what an infant to 12 months should be able to do, from 12 months to 2 years, from 2 years to 4 years and 5 years old.

Grange Deaf Awareness: Awareness – communication is key to qualify of life – hearing loss is permanent- early detection and treatment is essential, etc. Education – educate the public with printed material, video programs, classroom instruction, special equipment, information, programs. Prevention- hearing protections used, hearing testing, newborn hearing screening, personal education.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 GRANGE NEWS

​First off I would like to thank all of the Granges that have sent i donations to the Deaf Fund. I have 
been a bit under the weather for awhile now and so if you didn’t receive a thank you from me, I apologize, but the Department appreciates it greatly.
We received a thank you from the Alexander Graham Bell for the donation of $250.00 for the camp fund. They appreciated it greatly and was so happy they could get back to having the camp this year. 

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Reminder that Deaf Awareness Report forms are due on September 10th. Let’s hear from all of the Granges this year. It don’t take long to fill the report form out and mail it back to me, and your Grange will be recognized at the Convention.

​There are two contests to enter in the Deaf Awareness Program. The essay contest is open to anyone, Grange member or not. The poster contest is open to Juniors or friends of Juniors. Please refer to 
your program book, or check it out at michiganstategrange.org

​Let’s promote Deaf Awareness and in turn promote the Grange. Just another way to “maybe” get new 
members. Contact me if you would like posters to donate to businesses, churches, day care centers, or even to use in displays for your Grange. The more we get the posters out in the public the better the public is educated on deafness and ways to prevent it.


Understanding single-sided deafness
Single-sided deafness (SSD) occurs when you have little to no hearing in one ear and normal hearing in  the other. It can happen suddenly at any age and sometimes it can return by itself, but if it doesn't,  treatment might be required.
Some of the causes of SSD include:
  • Acoustic neuroma — due to the surgical removal of benign tumor(s) developing on the nerve that connects the ear to the brain
  • Sudden hearing loss — due to:
  • - viral infections
  • - Ménière's disease
  • - adverse reaction to medications
  • - head or ear injuries
    - and many other unknown reasons ​​
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2022 GRANGE NEWS

The MSD Christmas party with the Adopt-aChild program is scheduled for Friday, December 9th. More information will be coming soon.

​​​ESSAY CONTEST: 
1st Dale Moore Mid Michigan Pomona #61
2nd Peggy Johnston Burns #160
GRANGES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE MSD ADOPT-A-CHILD PROGRAM
Claudia Libbey-Barnard #689
Claudia Libbey Family
Peggy Johnston—Burns #160
Sharon Popler—Gratiot #1898
Lena Young-Community Grange #1675
Luanna Swainston—Kinney #754
Dale Moore—Mid Michigan Pomona #61
Sandra LaHart—North Adrian #721
Janet Dillivan– Burr Oak #1350
Andrea Peck– Fredonia #1713
Jackie Bishop– Home #129
Helen Mudd—Studley #1174
Helen, Ted & Tricia—family group
Mary Beth Bower-St. Jos./Cass/Kzoo Pomona #4
Stacy Bower—Colon #215
Maria Lopez—Personal
Doris Buehrer—Mosherville #1351
Janice Merten—Oceana #1047
Sharon Strebbing Plymouth/Westland #389
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