Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services Names Tanner Parmentier Satellite Site Program Coordinator/Event Planner
Farmington Hills, MI, October 28, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services, Inc. (DHIS), a 501(c) 3 nonprofit agency providing a continuum of services for deaf and hard of hearing older adults and their families in southeast Michigan, has announced the appointment of Tanner Parmentier as Program Coordinator/Event Planner. The announcement was made by Linda Booth, President, DHIS.
In his role as a Program Coordinator/Event Planner, Parmentier is responsible for the creation and implementation of programs, events and guest speakers at the DHIS satellite sites for deaf older adults. DHIS maintains senior programs at 15 sites in southeast Michigan, including in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Livingston and Monroe counties. Activities and services include group education on topics like health care, nutrition and life planning; social and field trips; and individual client assistance.
“It’s really more than deaf services. All seniors crave company and our programs keep these folks involved with their lifelong friends and a familiar community,” Booth says, noting that about half of the older adult population loses some hearing after the age of 60 that is significant enough to effect daily communication.
A grassroots and consumer driven organization, DHIS provides deaf and hard of hearing older adults access to services otherwise made impossible or difficult due to the communication barrier. Linda Booth’s mother, May Booth, the hearing daughter of deaf parents, began the satellite programs. First interpreting for her parents, May Booth became widely recognized for her sign language skills and as an advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Parmentier earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a dual minor in history and American Sign Language (ALS) from Central Michigan University (CMU). His previous experience includes serving as a residence hall assembly executive board member at CMU, scheduling and coordinating large events, entertainment and building programs. He also served as an ASL teacher’s assistant at CMU.
Parmentier lives in Commerce.
About Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services, Inc.
Established in 1993, Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services (DHIS) is a nonprofit, grass roots agency providing a continuum of high quality, comprehensive services for deaf and hard of hearing older adults and their families in southeast Michigan. DHIS links consumers to the deaf youth population through mentoring programs that enhance language and living skills, while promoting their independence and dignity through cooperative efforts with other community-based service providers and educational entities. Services include full case management, information and referral, advocacy, sign language instruction and accessing services such as legal aide, Social Security, hospitals, courts, medical clinics and home health care. Through 15 satellite sites located in seven counties, DHIS offers group education, free hearing screenings, social and recreational activities and individual client assistance. DHIS also offers experienced, professional, state and nationally certified sign language interpreters in a variety of public and private settings 24 hours, seven days a week. For more information visit www.dhisonline.org or call (248) 473-1888 or 248-473-1875 (TTY).