Although Americans tourists are banned from entering the country, I went under the journalism category.
It's only an hour flight, Cuban visa can be bought during check-in at the airline counter before departure, just don't forget your passport. I exchanged dollars into their convertible  (CUC) pesos upon arrival. I stayed at an hostel next to the baseball stadium. I focused on videotaping their culture alone rather than being somewhat biased traveling group with their hectic schedule. One day took a Soviet era Lada taxi to outskirts of Havana to visit a Deaf school. They asked me what we Deaf Americans do with our obsolete TTY as we are using VP nowadays, hopefully some organizations will donate those equipment. I felt like was blasted into the past, surrounded by all those vintage automobiles.
 

2019-04-16

Deaf Apartments

Water Tower View - Wisconsin

Fact: Lack of affordable housing for Deaf seniors in America, developers thinks ADA meant removing architectural barriers, but ignored communication barriers issues. 

There are a few Deaf senior apartments in the country, the one in Wisconsin serves as a role model that Osceola civic leaders and local Deaf leaders ought to visit to see firsthand before applying for HUD funding.

Osceola Council for the Aging first step in to set up a booth at the DeafNation Expo which will be held in Kissimmee at the Heritage Park on May 3-4, 2019. 1,500 Deaf individuals are expected to attend.

Target date is to complete the Deaf seniors apartment complex Spring 2022 in time for the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) conference that will be held here in Florida.
2020 NAD is being held in Chicago, we should plan on establishing a booth there to promote our Deaf seniors housing project.

Deaf Seniors of America national conference will be held in Seattle this fall, there are probably workshops related to housing, and our civil and Deaf leaders are encouraged to attend to gather valuable information from them, more than wasting our taxes on consultants that lack exposures to our Deaf culture doing feasibility studies.

Deafspace and Universal Design are to be incorporated into the architectural, as well as landscape, development.

A local Deaf organization be established to  obtain non-profit status to qualify for grants to meet the needs of our Deaf seniors, such as hiring a Deaf actvities program director, appointing a Deaf manager to run the day to day operations, with the full support of our local government. Staff, including maintenance, are to be fluent in ASL.

I think that’s about it for now, we got to start somewhere, I taken the first step, hope the civic leaders of our city and council supports us, making our dreams a reality.

This was the initial e-mail I send to them, still awaiting their response.

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