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ACDHH hires news information and referral coordinator

The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) announced Noneshi Anderson as the organization’s information and referral coordinator. In her role, Anderson will serve as the first point-of-contact with the public, manage the social media outlets as well as provide information about services and resources available through ACDHH along with other local, state and national resources. Anderson had been serving in a similar role with ACDHH on a volunteer basis since 2013.

“After seeing Noneshi’s many contributions as a volunteer, we are pleased to have her as a full-time member of our team,” said Carmen Green, deputy director of the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. “Her enthusiasm and excellent customer service have proven to be very valuable.”

Anderson’s previous experience includes customer service roles in various healthcare and contracting offices. She has been an avid volunteer in the community at events that have had both a local and national impact, including with the local television network, DHN. She received her certificate in construction management from L.A. Trade Technical College in September 2008 as well as her certificate in medical billing and coding from Everest College in November 2009. She is currently a student in the Phoenix College Interpreter Training Program.

Anderson is a Laveen resident.


Deaf Awareness Week spotlights diversity

Throughout the month of September 2013, the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) joins the world in promoting the annual Deaf Awareness Week (DAW). September 23rd – 28th is the time to celebrate the culture, heritage and language unique to Deaf people of the world.  Currently there are more than 55 million people in the United States experiencing some degree of hearing loss and in Arizona there are more than 700,000 people who are hard of hearing and more than 20,000 who are culturally Deaf.

Deaf Awareness Week is an opportunity to promote the rights of Deaf people throughout the world which includes education for Deaf people, access to information and services, the use of sign languages, and human rights for Deaf people.  Recognition of achievements by Deaf people, past and present is acknowledged.  The misconceptions of being Deaf and the challenges the Deaf population face during everyday life are brought to light and shared with the greater population. Learning sign language and other ways Deaf people communicate allows one to gain insights and better understanding of Deaf Culture and its norms.

Society should understand that Deaf individuals are just as capable, able, and intelligent as hearing individuals.  There is a difference in the way those that are Deaf communicate, but it is not a handicap or disability. Deaf Awareness Week is about promoting the positive aspects of being Deaf and “social inclusion” and raise awareness about Deaf people and its culture.
As we (the Deaf community) continue to face a variety of issues of barriers and oppression, we need to continue in being proactive with our actions, show pride in our identity as a Deaf individual, and constantly embrace and cherish the uniqueness of Deaf Culture.

An example of what ACDHH does in the community to improve the quality of life for the deaf and the hard of hearing is work with a variety of industries to better understand and communicate with deaf individuals. One of these industries is healthcare – a situation in which clear communication between a patient and service provider could mean the difference between life and death. ACDHH offers a free, comprehensive training course for healthcare providers in order to ensure proper information is being given and received.

Not only is it the responsibility of a healthcare provider to provide effective communication for the deaf and the hard of hearing, it’s the law. Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, regardless of the provider’s size or number of employees. The healthcare providers’ curriculum offers valuable information on the options available to achieve the effective communication that is required without threatening the livelihood of the business.

Join ACDHH in celebrating Deaf Awareness throughout the month of September in recognizing the past, present, and future contributions and achievements that have paved the way to where we are today.

For more information on the events taking place during Deaf Awareness Week, please visit www.acdhh.org.


Beca Bailey and Sean Furman are both deaf specialists with the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. Information and referral, community development and outreach education are among the services they help provide. By informing deaf and hard of hearing individuals about their rights and the laws and programs available to support those rights, they, too, can become empowered as self-advocates.

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Listen Up! Hidden Danger In Popular Toys: Hearing Loss

Toys come with a lot of warnings: Not suitable for children under three years; small parts may present choking hazards; use under adult supervision. Labels on electronic toys list the voltage while others confirm non-toxic materials. If a toy proves to be harmful, it is quickly recalled as toy manufacturers make safety a priority.

Or do they?

One thing toy warning labels don’t tell you is if the product is too loud, compromising your child’s hearing.

Noise-induced hearing loss is the No. 1 type of hearing loss, and the number of children with this condition has doubled in recent years. In fact, one in five children under the age of 12 has some degree of hearing loss. Much of it can be attributed to loud toys; but how do you know when loud is too loud?

Sherri Collins, the executive director of the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH), says 85 decibels (dB), which is about as loud as an alarm clock, is the maximum volume a child should be exposed to and for no more than eight hours. Decibels are a unit of measurement to gauge volumes and used in several industries, including construction and engineering, to ensure safety.

Sounds over 100 dB — equivalent to the volume of a motorcycle while riding — can damage hearing in less than 15 minutes of exposure. According to the Sight and Hearing Association, 12 of the top 20 most popular toys sold this holiday season tested above 100 dB when held close to the ear — and dangerously close to the 85 dB max when held at approximately arm’s length. The problem is kids don’t always hold their toys away from their ears, and some are even intended to be held near the face.

The top five most harmful noisy toys this year are:

  1. Disney Pixar Toy Story Talking Figure Buzz Lightyear by Mattel, Inc.: 111 dB near the ear, 81.6 dB at arm’s length
  2. Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo’s Electronic Sword by Playmates Toys: 109.2 dB near the ear, 81.6 dB at arm’s length
  3. Dora the Explorer/Dora’s Desert Friends by Publications Int’l., Ltd.: 108.2 dB near the year, 80.4 dB at arm’s length
  4. Barbie Little Learner Laptop by Oregon Scientific – 108 dB near the ear, 83.8 dB at arm’s length
  5. Playskool/123 Sesame Street Let’s Rock Grover Microphone by Hasbro: 107.3 dB near the ear, 79.3 at arm’s length

And that’s just for children’s toys. Video games and MP3 players, all of which can produce decibel levels that exceed safe limits, can, over time, cause hearing loss. The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing suggests monitoring your children when watching TV or listening to music and advise them not to go past a certain volume or spend more than a few hours being exposed. If you can hear your child’s music while he or she is wearing headphones, his/her music is much too loud.

In addition, children should be regularly screened for hearing loss — something that is not done by doctors during a yearly check-up. By detecting the early onset of hearing loss, appropriate measures can be taken to prevent further damage.

For more information about hearing loss, please visit acdhh.org.