The B. J. McMahon Memorial Library for Children was planned in dedication to the loved seven-year-old B. J., who passed away suddenly in 1999 and whose father, Bob McMahon, also deaf, was the assistant director of the center since 1991. The planning of and first donations to the library started with the grandparents of little B. J. The Deaf community rallied around the family after B. J.’s death and helped build the library to what today offers more than 500 books written for children to help improve their reading skills.
Counseling Mission Statement:
The goal of the counseling program at Deaf Action Center is to provide mental health and related services to people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. These services will honor the similarities and differences between Deaf culture and other cultures. These services will also honor the similarities and differences between Deaf people and people who are Hard of Hearing.
Through education and treatment efforts, the counseling program seeks to assist people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing to explore issues and experiences important to them in a safe, confidential setting, using the communication medium they prefer. Deaf Action Center wants to facilitate equal access to mental health services to all Deaf individuals or those with any degree of hearing loss.
Counseling is provided by a licensed professional counselor. Counseling is offered for depression, anxiety, adjustment problems, grief, anger, communication issues, employment issues, or simply for any educational needs the person may have. Referral to an alternate service provider may be made if needed or requested.
DAC serves a vital role as a training center for professionals in the field of deafness. DAC conducts several workshops and hosts numerous nationwide intern programs for students enrolled in degree programs for work with the Deaf. DAC provides an opportunity for students who are pursuing an education in deaf-related studies and rehabilitation to apply their classroom knowledge to community situations as well as exposure to a variety of experiences. Interns come from local colleges as well as nationwide.