A sisterhood of strength created by Deaf Women of Ohio (DWO) with the goal of reaching out to Young Girls who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind and/or DeafDisabled.
Young Girls at 2017 DWO in Wonderland Tea Party
On Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 7 - 9 PM, 28 Young Girls from Ohio School for the Deaf (OSD) and several mainstreamed schools in different cities attended the DWO in Wonderland Tea Party in Columbus, Ohio. During the event, everyone enjoyed drinking tea, eating assorted desserts, making their own tea bags, received inspirational words of wisdom from Beatrice Bachleda, congratulated their friend, Nicole Greene, for winning the Young Female Outstanding Award, and getting their share of door prizes. Most of all, meeting and getting to know Alice in Wonderland characters dressed up by the Tea Party committee who were deaf women.
"I made new friends!" "I laughed so hard with my new friends about the characters of Alice In Wonderland", "I learned few new signs" "Alice and Cheshire Cat were friendly" "The Rabbit was very funny being late at party" "I wish there was more time at the party"
Empowerment Retreat for Young Girls
Co-hosted by DWO and DeafPhoenix on September 23 - 25, 2016. Under leadership of DWO volunteers, Rita Neal and Kacy Chambers, founders of Strength is Key, with support from DWO and DeafPhoenix and local sponsors, 16 Young girls ages 14 - 21 from mainstreamed deaf programs and OSD attended a 3-day Empowerment retreat at Camp NuHop in Perrysville, Ohio. Young girls who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind and DeafDisabled received self-defense and self-intervention training provided by Kari Darling from Vermont, a Deaf certified instructor. In addition young girls were engaged in activities such as what is unique about me?, self care by DeafPhoenix, bonfire, candle ceremony and all-inclusive meals and snacks were provided. The weekend ended with an awards ceremony. As stated by who participated that this was a life-changing experience which was enjoyed by all.
Deaf Age 16 - "I learned so much. I have a lot of self-confidence"
Hard of Hearing Age 18 - "I made new friends. At home, I feel isolated."
Parent of DeafDisabled Age 17 - "My daughter doesn't cry anymore coming from school"
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