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Bringing Deaf and Hearing Worlds Together

WHOLE ME, Inc. was founded in 2003 in response to families looking for an after-school enrichment program that was accessible to deaf and hard of hearing children. Although there are several wonderful after-school programs in Central New York, none of them use sign language as the primary mode of communication. Children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing often feel left out, but this is not the case at WHOLE ME! All of our programs are bilingual, using both American Sign Language (ASL) and English, and bi-cultural,  celebrating both Deaf & Hearing culture.


WHOLE ME is proud to be the only organization in Central New York to provide after school activities that are creative and fun in a safe learning environment fully accessible for deaf/hard-of-hearing children, their siblings and their families!

Since our inception we have continued to expand our educational programs
and social services which are designed to promote the success of Deaf &

Hard-of-Hearing individuals and families in the areas of communication,

self-sufficiency, education and employment.

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  Did you know...

  • There is a difference between Deaf and deaf? "D" Deaf refers to a cultural group of individuals and "d" deaf refers to the medical condition of an individuals hearing status. 

  • The term "Hearing Impaired" is not always the politically correct way to refer to a person. On August 24, 2018 New York State became the third US State to remove this term from state law published documents. It has been replaced by the term "deaf or hard-of-hearing".  

  • American Sign Language is a "real" language with its own grammatical structure.

  • Approximately 90% of deaf children are born into hearing families who have never met a deaf person before and consequently have no knowledge of sign language or Deaf Culture.

  • Only 10% of these families learn how to communicate with their child using American Sign Language. 



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The agency was formally established in 2003 by four individuals, experienced in the development and needs of Deaf and hard-of-hearing children and who volunteered to set a strong foundation for WMI to grow and provide services using their own resources to foster independence, self-sufficiency and eventual employability for Deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

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Want to learn more about American Sign Language and Deaf Culture?

Give us a call or stop by our office!

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