LUANNA SWAINSTON, DIRECTOR
965 108th St SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
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.
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2023 GRANGE NEWS
On behalf of Luanna and her committee, they would like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that took part in making sure our Christmas Party and giving of gifts to 39 boys and girls at Michigan School for the Deaf was a huge success. Without all of your help this challenge would have failed.
There was pizza, chips, pretzels, pop, water, cookies and treats for everyone and cheerful faces on those doing the serving. Some candy filled snowmen treats for each. Such torture…sitting there and not being able to open those presents!
Those Grange members that were present to help in anyway they could were of course our fearless leader, Luanna Swainston and her husband Phil, Randy & Joanne Cebulski, Gary & Evelyn Ward, Sharon Popler, Dale Moore, Tricia Eidsmoe, Helen Mudd and Peggy Johnston. A special thank you to all!
Thank you also to Lynn Sedlacko, Dean of Students at Michigan School for the Deaf who took on this challenge of organizing our adopt-a-child Program.
MARCH/APRIL 2023 GRANGE NEWS
Do you Need a Hearing Test?
If you are 18 to 64 years old, the following questions will help you determine if you need to have your hearing evaluated by a health professional.
Answer YES or NO.
1. Does a hearing problem cause you to feel embarrassed when you meet new people?
2. Does a hearing problem cause you to feel frustrated when talking to members of your family?
3. Do you have difficulty hearing or understanding co-workers, clients, or customers?
4. Do you feel slowed down by a hearing problem?
5. Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty when visiting friends, relatives, or neighbors?
6. Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty in the movies or in the theater?
7. Does a hearing problem cause you to have arguments with family members?
8. Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty when listening to TV or radio?
9. Do you feel that any difficulty with your hearing limits or hampers your personal or social life?
10. Does a hearing problem cause you difficult when in a restaurant with relatives or friends?
If you answered “yes” to three or more of these questions, you might want to see an audiologist for a hearing evaluation.
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