Visualize the following scenario: You have set up a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers. A deaf refugee calls asking for help with her videophone. The volunteer, enthusiastic to help out, says, “Sure, give me your address.” The deaf refugee replies with a vague description of her street so the volunteer asks to see her identification card for clarification. At that point, it is obvious that the refugee lives about a 7-hour drive away in another state! Multiply that conversation several times by different deaf refugees and you realize there is a dire need to have organizations that focus on the support of Deaf refugees in cities all over the United States of America.
Deaf Refugee Advocacy (DRA) volunteers decided to roll up their sleeves and set the stage for sharing, learning, conversing and networking among organizations and agencies that are working and helping deaf refugees. Hence, the birth of Reach Out! Supporting Deaf Refugees conference was created.
Deaf Refugee Advocacy in Rochester
Deaf Refugee Advocacy (DRA) began serving the Rochester, NY community in 2017. We work hard to provide a welcoming and nurturing environment for this underserved group., the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing refugees and their families that have come to our country. We are uniquely prepared to help the Deaf refugees with resettlement. With our help, they are learning to build happy, productive lives in their new home.