The mission of the Family Center on Deafness is to "empower Pinellas County families with deaf or hard of hearing members by providing programs and services to promote communication and independence."
Family Center on Deafness (FCD) provides a wide variety of programs for families throughout Pinellas County. Participants come from households that include at least one individual who has significant hearing loss.
Services are consumer-driven, and determined by the current needs of the clients. An advisory Council composed of community members of all hearing levels determines its service and program priorities. The families themselves also take an active role in planning and hosting group activities. FCD has a formal, written collaboration with Pinellas County School Board and a number of other community / educational service providers.
Who is eligible for services?
To qualify to receive services, an individual or a member of his/her household must register at an intake with a physical address that lies within the boundaries of Pinellas County.
Eligible participants include:
Board of Directors
Anthony Verdeja-Vice PresIdent
Julie Church, Executive Director
Jennifer Boggess, Lead Youth and Family Support Specialist
Caitlyn Dollar, Youth and Family Support Specialist
Beth Engelman, Parent Support Specialist
Kathy Kemp, Office Manager
Addie Osmar, Youth and Family Support Specialist (Middle School)
Gwen Sand, FTRI Program Manager
Sally Shortz, Program Support Specialist
Franklin Smith, Youth and Family Support Specialist (High School)
Tammy Shuman, FTRI Distribution/Outreach Specialist
Dawn Varner, Youth and Family Support Specialist
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