ASL Prototype Hardware at PSU with PSAD President & Secretary - September 23 and 24, 2022

President Bob Probst and Secretary Lynn Stroud attended Penn State University for sign language prototype hardware in ASL Friday/Saturday, September 23, and 24 2022.

Roads to Freedom - Center for Independent Living (RTFCIL): Disability Pride PA - October 25, 2022
Greetings from the Advocacy desk at Roads to Freedom.  We are reaching out to you to share an invitation to join our members and peers for a celebratory event in Harrisburg, PA.  On Tuesday, October 25th, Roads to Freedom will be traveling to the state capital to celebrate our diverse community.  The event is being hosted by Disability Pride PA; I have included a link to their website in the subject line of this email.  The event begins at 10 a.m. and will conclude at 3 p.m.  The event will occur outdoors at Soldiers Grove.  Soldiers Grove is located approx. three minutes from Capital Park at 531-559 Commonwealth Ave. There will be a resource fair with guest speakers from the Independent Living Movement as well as remarks from members of the Pennsylvania legislature. Participants will have the opportunity to join in a parade as well.   Disability Pride PA will provide a meal to those that are registered in advance for the event.  If you are a person with a disability, a family member of a person with a disability, or an advocate for inclusive communities, this is a great opportunity to network with your peers and show your Disability Pride!  More information can be found on the Disability Pride website, or you can contact Karen Koch at Roads to Freedom Center for Independent Living.  You can reply to this email or call at 570-327-9070 for more information.  There is no cost to attend the event and Roads to Freedom will be arranging transportation at no cost to you.  The event will be accessible and accommodation requests should be made at least two weeks prior to the date. We will leave our office at 24 East Third St at 8 a.m. and leave Harrisburg at 3 p.m.  If you would like to make transportation arrangements with Roads to Freedom, please contact Karen by October 14th.  Thank you for taking the time to read this email and we hope to see you in Harrisburg!!


Karen Koch

Pronouns I use: She, her, hers

Advocacy Coordinator

Roads to Freedom - Center for Independent Living (RTFCIL)

24 East 3rd Street,

Williamsport, PA 17701

(Voice) 570-327-9070 ext. 239

(Toll-free) 800-984-7492

(VRS) 570-279-4590

(Fax) 570-327-8610


Collaboration: Director of Bands at Messiah University seeks the soloist is either a Deaf person or a CDI.

The Director of Bands, James Colonna, at Messiah University, Mechanicsburg, PA is seeking a Deaf person or a CDI for their November 11 concert.  His email is posted below.  Any interested, please contact Director James Colonna via email. His email address is

Please read his email below.

Subject: Collaboration


I am the Director of Bands at Messiah University where I conduct the Wind Ensemble.
I am interested in collaborating with someone from your organization who would be willing to be a soloist on our November 11 concert. The soloist is either a Deaf person or a CDI.
The work is titled “Twisted Shout” by my friend composer, Jim Stephenson.
I heard and saw the work performed in El Passo last spring and have programmed it for this fall. The time requirement would be 3-4 rehearsals and the concert.
I’d love to collaborate with you!
Here is Mr. Stephenson’s program notes on the work:
I’ve noticed recently that almost every news announcement made on TV has a signer on it, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. This has become a lot more prevalent in recent months/years. It has got me to thinking about how all of us who can hear get the information first, with the signers delivering it just a bit later for those who need it. And this led me to think: what if that were reversed? What if somehow we were to deliver information to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community first – to prioritize them – and then it would get to the rest of us next? We would actually use music as the vehicle for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
Inspired by my own teenage children, I started listening to a particular rap-song, and I loved it.
It’s called: “I was sad last night I’m ok now” – by Tobi Lou. What I noticed were the lyrics (of course), but the song was “orchestrated” so well. I was entranced by it. There’s never a dull moment. And so I found myself influenced by that music when beginning this piece, and it started me thinking about the signer-aspect. I thought: What if a piece, somewhat hip-hop in nature, were to have a signer deliver the lyrics first, while the music is playing, and then it would be echoed by a live rapper?
They would be onstage as the “soloists”. The audience would see the signing, and then would hear the text next. The piece could work without any of that, because the focus for a composer should always be first on the music. Musically, the piece is almost like Bach meeting hip-hop. Not quite Bach, of course, but the contrapuntal lines are crucial, and in my opinion, great for high school players to learn/experience, composed over-top of some fun orchestration.

Also, I went to Lockport High School for my freshman year. Which is why this collaboration is extra special. I missed out on being in the Ferris Bueller movie, where the band was awarded a cameo appearance, because I had moved on to Interlochen by then. But all my old friends are in it.

The song featured that included the LTHS band was Twist and Shout. Thanks to a suggestion from someone on Facebook – though they didn’t know my musical ideas – I was given the idea of calling the piece “Twisted Shout”. That title could still reference what it’s like to be a teenager, where you’re trying to find a way to have your voice heard, a “twisted shout” almost.

And even for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, that title might have reference. Where “trying to be heard” represents an entirely new set of challenges for them. To represent the sort of confusion one might experience with hearing difficulties, the mid-section of the piece is almost like being at a public event with many things happening at once, and how difficult it must be to sort through it all and to focus on any one thing. I have witnessed this with my mother-in-law firsthand. The fight-song that weaves its way in and out of this commotion is the old LTHS fight-song, of course, and the drum-cadences I still recall from my one year at school there.

Delaware School for the Deaf - Deaf Expo - September 24, 2022

PSAD Conference/Fundraiser Chairperson Evy Williams and PSAD Board Jeanette Boice attended the Delaware School for the Deaf's Deaf Expo on September 24, 2022. 

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PSAD Conference/Fundraiser Chairperson Evy Williams (L) and PSAD Board Jeanette Boice (R).

PSAD Campland - BU Students joined us to paint our Mess Hall


Many thanks to Bloomsburg students and the Professor Bridget Klein for their hard work painting Mess Hall at PSAD Campland.   Many thanks to PSAD Board Jeanette, Lynn, Bob, Camp Director Jeff for their hard work.   Many thanks to our sponsoring Weis, Giants and Lowes for their donations to our PSADLand. 


National Association of the Deaf Youth Services Award - Jeffrey Yockey

In July 2022, President Robert Probst received the National Association of the Deaf Youth Services Award during his attending the National Association of the Deaf Conference in Orlando, Florida. He has the honor to hand David Posner, husband of Jeffrey Yockey, the National Association of the Deaf Award for the Youth Services in honor of Jeffrey Yockey.  Jeffrey Yockey has helped the National Association of the Deaf with Youth Services for a few years.


Left: President Robert Probst; Center: David Posner - Husband of Jeffrey Yockey; and Right: Secretary Lynn Stroud

PSAD's Virtual Kash Bash Fundraising

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Save the Date September 29 - October 1, 2023 for our PSAD's Biennial Conference!

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“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”

Mark Twain