ASL Club Hosts Activist for Deaf Community

first_imgOcean City High School’s American Sign Language Club has invited Nyle DiMarco, role model and activist for the deaf community, to speak at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center on Monday, Dec. 2 at 9 a.m.DiMarco, winner of “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Next Top Model,” is a leader and ambassador for the deaf community.Born into a multigenerational deaf family, he is an honorary spokesperson for Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K) and founder of the Nyle DiMarco Foundation, which works to improve the lives of deaf people around the world.DiMarco was a producing member of the 2018 return to Broadway of “Children of a Lesser God,” starring Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff. He was also a creative collaborator on The ASL App, created by native deaf signers to teach conversational American Sign Language, according to Keppler Speakers.Through fundraising efforts, the Ocean City High School American Sign Language Club was able to invite DiMarco to give a presentation, followed by a meet-and-greet with the students.Ocean City High School ASL students will not be the only students in attendance. The American Sign Language Club extended an invitation to deaf students from other schools in New Jersey.Over 50 students from schools as far away as Bergen and Neptune will be traveling to Ocean City to hear DiMarco speak. Some of the students attending will be accompanied by former Ocean City High School ASL students who are now educational interpreters or teachers of the deaf in New Jersey.“For my ASL classes, this was a great learning opportunity, in real time, for students to see how to share their privilege of meeting Nyle DiMarco to empower and elevate the deaf community, specifically children in our area,” said Amy T. Andersen, Ocean City High School American Sign Language teacher. “This was a perfect opportunity for students to give back to a community that has given all of us so much.” Celebrity Nyle DiMarco is an ambassador for the deaf community. (Photo courtesy of read more

What’s good for employee health is good for the company

first_imgWhen a company puts a priority on employee wellness and contributing to health in the community and environment, it may benefit by having lower healthcare costs, improved worker retention, reduced absenteeism, fewer workplace injuries, and even a healthier bottom line, according to a Nov. 16, 2016 Fortune article about a new book co-authored by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s John Quelch.The article was a review of the book Building a Culture of Health: A New Imperative for Business, written by Quelch, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard Chan School and the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School (HBS) and HBS’s Emily Boudreau. The book grew out of an HBS conference last April that was supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Making guarantees to young pension participants ‘unaffordable’ – DNB

first_imgDuring the interview, Knot suggested that offering fewer guarantees could “create space” for pension funds to increase investment risk.“If they promised less certainty, pension funds could increase their investment risk and be more likely to deliver better returns,” he said.He said pension funds should be given “leeway” for just such an investment policy, adding that a guarantee should be given only to older participants “who need to know what they can expect at retirement age”.The regulator’s recognition of the problems facing the Dutch pension system echoed similar statements made recently by Gerard Riemen, head of the Dutch Pensions Federation.Last week, Riemen advocated a new collective defined contribution (CDC) system and argued that an “indication” about a future pension level should replace the current defined benefit promise of a “certain” pension.“We should tell a 55 year old how much his currently accrued pensions assets are likely to deliver in future benefits,” he said.“However, the honest answer to a 35 year old should be that we can’t properly estimate the future pension yet.” Klaas Knot, president at the Dutch financial regulator (DNB), has conceded that the country’s pensions funds can no longer guarantee younger participants their future pensions.Speaking on the ‘Buitenhof’ TV programme over the weekend, Knot concluded that guarantees should be limited to older participants.“Offering guarantees to a participant who has just started paying contributions is over the top,” he said.“Due to the huge cost of providing certainty, [in light of] low interest rates and an ageing population, we simply can no longer afford this.”last_img read more