Posted by Eric Tindall on Sep 05, 2019
Lexy Craig, from The Holley Institute talked on September 5th, at the RCAAN Luncheon. Lexy is deaf and is the Senior Program Director at The Holley Institute.
Lexy said, "The Holley Institute owns and operates The Carls Family Village at De Sales Center which has offered educational and recreational programs for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of hearing since 1996."
The Carls Family Village was Co-founded by Ardis Gardela (President) and William Rice (Medical Director). The Institute has two paid employees, who are Lexy the Senior Program Director, and Debbie Mitri-Smith the Development Officer.
During the summer months and other times throughout the year, The Holley Institute offers quality programs for Deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of hearing people and their families. 

The services that the Holley Institute provides are:
  • Newborn Screening
  • Education and Screening 
  • Mentoring
  • Patient Advocacy 
  • Workshops
  • Summer Programs
  • American Sign Language Classes
  • Community Health Literacy
  • Community Outreach Activities
Lexy, described, "The Institutes new program called the Community Health Literacy Program. The Mission of the program is Families in Michigan with at least one family member who is Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, including those who use listening assistance-technology devices, will communicate and participate in literacy activities together through American Sign Language and English at home with the guidance of trained mentors."
The Community Health Literacy is a home-based program that runs during the academic year, where trained mentors go to their assigned families’ home once a week for two hours. The research- and evidence-based curriculum will be used in this program. This program provides educational access to: 
  • Reading and writing literacy 
  • Language acquisition
  • Incidental learning environments
  • American Sign Language
  • Deaf Culture
  • Need-based resources
  • Community events
Lexy invited individuals of the club to The Holley Institutes Bowling Event at Woodland Lanes from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. For more information CLICK HERE.