In July 2010 we spent the entire month giving workshops in areas such as: teaching of speech, language, literacy, basic sign language, preparing materials, inclusion and interpretation to the deaf. T hese workshops were held in Boca Chica, El Seibo, Santiago, Barahona, Santo Domingo. The intensive sign language workshops were held at a church in El Seibo and at Centro de Asistencia al Sordo San Andrés (CASSA) in Boca Chica. In El Seibo school district offices, we also offered workshops for teachers, principals, and special education technicians. In addition we participated in a camp for deaf at the Casa Abraham; where we held workshops offered to teachers who attended. In all of the places we visited we experienced and saw a great number of people (adults, youth and children) with hearing loss, the lack of services for them in all these places create a challenge in terms of education and religion. On this trip we also delivered donated materials such as sets of sign language flashcards, books in Spanish and sign language.
We returned to the Dominican Republic for the fourth time in November 2010. This time we visited a church in Los Alcarrizos in Santo Domingo where we found a large population of deaf and from there we went to Ingénio Consuelo where we stayed for the rest of the week. This town did not have any services for the deaf; educational or otherwise. We learned that Consuelo had a population of about 102 deaf of different ages who went unnoticed. There were no churches for them and the school system failed to provide those services. There, we offered workshops to teachers in the mornings and mothers/guardians of deaf in the evenings 3-6:00p.m. and intensive sign language at the church.