Deaf and Hard of Hearing Wellness Fair to be Held Thursday
INDIO – The Coachella Valley’s second annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Wellness Fair will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission in Indio, 47-470 Van Buren St.
This free community event assists the deaf and hard of hearing community in the Coachella Valley and their families with networking, games for children, and information about services and programs that are available to them as well as where to turn to for help.
“A great benefit to having this event is providing awareness about many community health resources that are available but not as well known,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “This event empowers and inspires the deaf and hard of hearing community to reach their goals and dreams.”
Supervisor Benoit will provide opening remarks. Amanda G. Somdal, deaf therapist and director of My Choice Counseling Services, will give a motivational speech.
The event is presented by the Riverside County Department of Mental Health, Deaf Seniors Foundation Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Unified School District and the Center on Deafness- Inland Empire. Sign language interpreters will be available onsite to assist with communication.
Hearing loss can occur at any time in life. The National Institutes of Health estimates that 36 million American adults, 17 percent of the population, report some degree of hearing loss. About 2 to 3 of every 1,000 children born in the United States are born deaf or hard of hearing. Nine out of 10 children born deaf are born to parents who can hear.
For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact Alfredo Huerta, Riverside County Department of Mental Health, at 760-808-9804.