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Mission Statement

The CRC Board is encouraging deaf elderly people to stay at home and seek assistance to live at home. The state government as well as the federal Olmsted Act support the concept of "aging in place" as both healthy for elders and cost effective.

History Bits of CRC

On November 14, 1995 at American School for the Deaf, Ed Buell of CT Deaf Senior Citizens (CDSC) called for a meeting to highlight the need for housing options in retirement and a nursing facility in the state for Deaf senior citizens. He wanted the following organizations:


CRC had been working on a housing project with Larry Marino, (brother of three deaf siblings) and town officials of Middletown, CT. CRC allowed the town to take over the project. Now Monarca Place, the housing project for the sensory-imparied elderly is operating successfully under Middletown Department of Housing Authority.

Goal Statement

* Independent in ASL-friendly environemnt!

* American Sign Language

Provide a safe and comfortable living environment, specifically designed and adapted to address the special communication needs of this community.

Establish a supportive senior community that encourages personal dignity, communication, maintenance of independence and elimination of isolation & loneliness.

Design housing units for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind Adults which are equal in quality and accommodations to housing provided to the general public with the addition of specialized communication access.

Improve quality of life through provision of visual and auditory oriented activities, lectures, and other "hearing-
loss-friendly" learning events.

Officers

Michael E. Fiorino

President
Representative

Connecticut Association
of the Deaf (CAD)

Thomas Desrosier

Vice President
Representative



Susan V. Pedersen

Secretary
Representative

Connecticut Association
of the Deaf (CAD)

James Pedersen

Treasurer
Representative

Connecticut Association
of the Deaf (CAD)

Helen Dardis

Trustee & Representative
American School for the Deaf
Alumni Association (ASDAA)

Edward Frith

Trustee & Representative
American School for the Deaf
Alumni Association (ASDAA)

Shirley Desrosier

Representative
American School for the Deaf
Alumni Association (ASDAA)

Bill (Alex) Witkowski

Representative
CT Deaf Senior Citizens
(CDSC)

Basil Brackett

Representative
CT Deaf Senior Citizens
(CDSC)

Carol Borsotti

Representative
CT Deaf Senior Citizens
(CDSC)

Thomas Desrosier

Sub-Committee for Housing 
Member-at-Large

Keith Vinci

Sub-Committee for Housing
Member-at-Large

Mary Ann Corson

Mail Drive Project
Volunteer

Kathleen M. Johnson

Member-at-Large
Volunteer

Doreen Simons

Sub-Committee
Volunteer

Diane Wixted

Sub-Committee
Volunteer