Deaf Community Events
Know Your Rights Workshop
Deaf Community Members: Understanding Your
Presenter: Sharon Caserta, Esq.
Certified ASL Interpreter
Attorney from Morgan & Morgan,
Deaf/Disability Rights Unit
WHEN: Saturday, November 16, 2019
TIME: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
WHERE: Arc by the Bay/St. Andrew Bay Center
1804 Carolina Ave
Lynn Haven, FL 32444
There will be morning snacks and drinks provided at the workshop. There will
have door prizes.
If you want to know more information about the workshop, please contact Pastor Mark Ehrlichmann or Mary Therese Garcia
Sharon Caserta Bio:
She was born in the Boston, Massachusetts area and began her professional
career as a certified American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter. She interpreted
extensively in the legal systems in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont
for many years. She was awarded the Specialist Certification for Legal
Interpretation by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf which is a
credential awarded to less than 400 interpreters in the country.
Ms. Caserta obtained her Bachelor's in Science Degree magna cum laude from New Hampshire College. Ms. Caserta later moved to Florida and attended Florida Coastal School of Law (FCSL) where her internships included clerking at the Office of the Public Defender Fourth Judicial Circuit, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. and with the Honorable Thomas E. Morris at the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.
In 2005 upon graduating cum laude from FCSL she was awarded an Equal Justice
Works Fellowship and created the first deaf/hard of hearing litigation unit in
Legal Aid. She has dedicated her practice to representating persons with
disabilities as they fight for equality, dignity, and advancement. Litigation
on behalf of her clients has resulted in increased access for members of the
deaf and disabled community in many forums and monetary damages for their
In addition to her litigation experience accommodating persons with
disabilities, Ms. Caserta has extensive lecturing about the rights of persons
with disabilities, and training ASL interpreters to work in legal settings. She
created on-demand training tools to assist lawyers to effectively represent
deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and her articles on that subject have
been published in the Clearing House Review Journal of Poverty Law and Policy.
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
DRC works as an advocate for D/deaf, hard of hearing, latened deaf, deaf-blind to request and ensure the provision of appropriate accommodations for effective communication. For those who believe they may have been denied access to effective communication under the ADA, Rehabilitation Act, or other federal or state laws. We can provide consultation and information regarding the complaint process and other avenues of recourse.
For more information on the ADA and Accommodations for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons in medical settings, download this booklet:
Educational Pamphlet Regarding Medical Practices, Deaf Patients, and Federal Laws
DRC provides education about deafness to the eight (8) counties we serve (Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, and Washington) through outreach presentations available upon request. We also have a Business Partnership Program to provide educational materials to businesses and other organizations about using the Florida Relay Service (711) to communicate with hard of hearing and deaf individuals on the phone. Our ongoing effort to create community awareness about persons who are hard of hearing or deaf is accomplished through presentations to civic clubs, neighborhood and professional associations, businesses, churches, and schools. We also participate in health fairs and community expos.
Through the provision of DRC's qualified and/or certified sign language interpreters, D/deaf consumers are provided effective communication during medical appointments, mental health counseling, government agency meetings and other public services. For this service, please print and fill out the DRC Interpreter Request Form. The form can then be mailed, emailed to email@example.com or faxed to Carol, our Deaf Services coordinator. In the future if there is sufficient area interest, we would like to offer workshops for local sign language interpreters so that they can improve their expressive and receptive interpreting skills. DRC maintains a DVD and book loan library for area interpreters. Topics include Idioms, signing to children, medical terminology, improving expressive and receptive skills, and finger spelling practice.
ADA Effective Communication - Title III in ASL:
DRC recognizes the need to provide a variety of support services to D/deaf individuals and families with D/deaf or hard of hearing family members, and to empower D/deaf or hard of hearing clients who need assistance in overcoming any communication barrier and accessing community resources. This is accomplished through information exchange and referral to appropriate service providers throughout the Central Panhandle of Florida. DRC is considered by many as a central source of information on deafness, sign language, communication systems, interpreting, and adaptive and accessibility equipment for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
In order to assist D/deaf and hard of hearing individuals who are unemployed or underemployed, our offices have partnered with and have a close working relationship with Vocational Rehabilitation, Goodwill, CareerSource, and other employment related businesses/agencies to provide assistance towards adequate employment to D/deaf and hard of hearing people. DRC office provides printed material related to finding and maintaining employment from our loan library. DRC offers sensitivity training to employers who have D/deaf and hard of hearing individuals on staff.
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Our Deaf Services coordinator, Carol Davis, can be reached on VP at (850) 387-1800 or on voice line at (850) 769-6890 extension 305, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org