250 people attended Cornerstone's Annual Conference to learn various topics concerning domestic violence and abuse. Thank you to all who attended and supported this event.
Day One® Receives Office on Violence Againt Women Grant to Collaborate with Communications Services for the Deaf (CSD)
About the grant:
The purpose of the Disability Grant Program is to create sustainable change within and between organizations. The result: accessible, safe, and effective services for individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as well as accountability for perpetrators of such crimes. Award recipients will follow a structured process designed to enhance collaboration, build capacity, identify needs and develop a plan and solutions to address the stated needs.
Partners: Day One and Communication Services for the Deaf (CSD)
Day One® and CSD will be implementing the “Enhancing Access to Safety and Services for the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Communities Initiative” in the counties of Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington. Models, protocols, and practices will be developed by a multi-disciplinary team comprised of staff experts from a Deaf culturally-specific agency and a mainstream hearing agency. These will enhance our capacity to better serve the communities while creating the opportunity to assist and support other mainstream agencies in these same efforts. We will use an inclusive framework that examines how the intersections of lived experiences of multi-forms of interpersonal violence and oppression create gaps and barriers in service delivery. The foundation and framework will lead to sustainable change by creating a network of services providers that are prepared and accessible to communities that are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing.
About the Project Coordinator:
Becky graduated from St. Catherine University with a BA in Sign Language Interpreting. Upon graduation, she worked as an interpreter in education and became a nationally certified interpreter through RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf). She completed deaf-specific 40 hour training to become a DV advocate and volunteered as a DV advocate, then later worked on staff at CSD. During her time at CSD, she maintained a case load, trained local law enforcement departments on deafness and accessibility, and continued collaboration with Day One® regarding improving access around sign language interpreters. She is looking forward to getting this project rolling!