Whole Me Programs
After-School and Family Enrichment Programs
WHOLE ME Enrichment Programs provide activities that focus on enhancing everyday interaction, literacy and daily living skills. In order to help families understand their child's unique communication needs we provide a variety of opportunities for communication and interaction. By building upon both individual and family strengths WHOLE ME works with families as they begin to create a plan for their child's future.
Our front-line staff is comprised of Deaf professionals, parent volunteers and students from Onondaga Community College and Keuka College majoring in American Sign Language and/or Interpreting Programs.
WHOLE ME Enrichment Programs are a wonderful way for deaf/hard of hearing children, along with their siblings, parents and children of Deaf Adults (CODA's) to enhance their communication skills, exchange news, share ideas, create friendships, socialize and have a great time!
WHOLE ME offers fun-filled events that promote quality time for individuals and families year-round! To participate or for more information contact us at: !
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Parents will always be a child’s first and most important teacher. Although they play a critical role in their child's educational success it can be an overwhelming process, especially if you are not sure where to start.
WHOLE ME provides information, support and referrals
to families and students as they navigate the educational system. We believe that the likelihood of a successful educational experience is dramatically increased when parents are informed, empowered and active partners in their child's educational planning.
If you have questions about your child's educational experience please contact us at:
Transition and Employment
WHOLE ME works closely with the New York State Department of Education ACCES-VR to provide vocational rehabilitation services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students transitioning from high school to college or the workforce. Not only do we work with students, we also coach Deaf adults interested in attending college or seeking gainful employment.
In addition, WHOLE ME has a Certified Benefits Counselor on staff that can assist individuals with questions regarding public assistance programs such as Social Security (SSI, SSD, SSDI, Medicare/Medicaid), WIC, SNAP, HEAP and other government programs.
Additional services include:
Assistance with applying for ACCES-VR Services
Support for adult education and GED classes
Job Preparation and Training Workshops
Job Placement and Coaching Supports
Advocacy and Understanding the ADA
Social Security Benefits and Appeal Process
Referrals to collaborative agencies
Networking with CNY employers about Deaf Culture/Awareness
Deaf Women of Central New York
We, at Whole Me, felt that there was something missing for the Deaf Women in our community. Thanks to the generosity of the Women's Fund at the Central New York Community Foundation we are excited to announce the establishment of our Deaf Women's Support group.
Since it's inception in the Fall of 2018, we continue to be inspired by each Deaf woman's unique story. Diverse women from all walks of life who have endured oppression and discrimination in education, employment and access to communication have formed a true sisterhood.
The mission of the Deaf Women of Central New York is to promote education, advocacy, empowerment and networking within a diverse community of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Women in Central New York. WHOLE ME provides a safe place where Deaf women can uplift each other to be better versions of themselves.