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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s logo used during the 2016 Regional Conference Cycle for badges used to identify and provide assistance to mem-bers Delta Newsletter WINTER 2017 • 27 who are deaf or hard of hearing. Headquarters. “We are reclaiming those sorors who stayed away from Delta because they are differently abled. We are learning what is needed; how to recognize those needs; and making sure our conferences and conventions are accessible to all mem-bers. We want members to come back and help us do better.” The Sorority even went so far as to have “secret shoppers” during the con-ference cycle who evaluated and offered suggestions on Delta’s practices as the So-rority strives to remain compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act which pro-hibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities. “The best lessons are learned from deaf sorors in a candid and loving way,” said Soror Lucas. “When you get it right, the kind of love you get is indescrible.” Soror Lorraine Williams, member, Los Angeles Alumnae, interprets program activities for mem-bers who are deaf and hard of hearing for many of the Sorority’s events. PHOTO BY BERNADINE WILLIAMS STALLINGS


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