Abused Deaf Children Need Certified Interpreters

Family Members are not Interpreters: In the news recently, the Tennessee House and Senate are considering a controversial bill (SB0594 and HB0672) that could impact how investigators communicate with Deaf children who may have experienced domestic abuse or child abuse. At first glance, the bill appears well-intentioned. The intention is to ensure that in abuse cases, family members do not …

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Child Assault Prevention Project for Deaf Children

The VSDB (Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind) Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project for Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing presents a free half-day conference celebrating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month Child Abuse and Neglect – Prevention & Perspectives from the Deaf Community Friday, April 27, 2012 1:00pm – 4:30pm The Virginia School for the Deaf …

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Letter in Opposition to California AB 2072

Original letter sent May 27, 2010 Mia Orr, Consultant Senate Health Committee State Capitol, Room 2191 Sacramento, CA 95814 Dear Honorable Senate Health Committee Members: Alternative Solutions Center, a Deaf-owned and operated private psychotherapy practice, OPPOSES Assembly Bill 2072 (AB 2072). AB 2072 hurts Deaf children and adults by ignoring all the research and testimonials that show just how critical …

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No Cut Policy for Sports in Deaf Schools

Part One Part Two Vlog Summary: New research findings related to sports psychology and child development have resulted in more progressive-thinking schools adopting no-cut policies when it comes to their athletic programs. Deaf schools, with their unique responsibility of providing academic and athletic education opportunities to Deaf students, should follow suit and allow all interested students to participate in their …

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In with Family, Out with Steps, Halves, & Adoptees

Vlog Summary: The holidays often mean families, and the words we use to describe our family relationships say a lot. Some families make a point of distinguishing between their biological children and their adopted children or their foster children. Even sisters and brothers may emphasize that so-and-so is a full sibling, while another family member is a half sibling. Sharon …

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We Don’t Need Group Punishment

Vlog Summary: Group punishment is still happening in some Deaf schools, in classrooms and on sports teams, even though research shows it is ineffective. Sharon Duchesneau explains how group punishment hurts those children who were not involved in inappropriate behaviors. Instead of adults expecting children to “discipline” their peers through disapproval, it is more appropriate for effective consequences to be …

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Communication Abuse and Deaf People

Vlog Summary: Struck by a Norwegian professional’s use of the description “bordering on child abuse” to describe denying children access to electronic media, Sharon Duchesneau asks why the term “child abuse” is not widely used when referring to communication injustices that many Deaf children face. Something is wrong with the picture when the seriousness of these situations is downplayed. Here …

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Deaf Adults Raising Cyber-Savvy Children

Vlog Summary: In response to readers’ requests for ASC to address cyberbullying, Sharon Duchesneau emphasizes the crucial need for Deaf parents and educators to take an active role in teaching children how to use the internet safely and wisely. With early intervention, children can develop their critical thinking abilities and skills in handling cyberbullies, tools that will serve them well …

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