9
Apr

Heels for Hope by Deaf Iowans Against Abuse

Deaf Counseling Center’s therapist, Sheli Barber of the Bay Area, California, gave the keynote speech supporting victims of sexual assault and abuse at the Heels for Hope event sponsored by Deaf Iowans Against Abuse in Iowa this past weekend. Sheli shared the alarming fact that 99% of sexual assault perpetrators walk free. She also discussed the 19th century origins of …

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2
Mar

Mental Illness as Scapegoat for Gun Violence

Gun violence and mental illness are national ┬áproblems. Contrary to what some people in both the hearing and Deaf communities believe, mental ill ness does NOT cause gun violence. In this ASL video, Deaf Counseling Center’s CEO and therapist, Dr. Candace McCullough, clears up some of the myths on this issue. There have been a lot of shootings recently – …

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19
Oct

Free Hurricane and Fire Crisis Counseling

Hurricane and Fire Crisis Counseling: ┬áDeaf Counseling Center is offering a limited number of pro bono (free) counseling slots to Deaf people without insurance coverage who were impacted by the recent hurricanes and wildfires. These slots are also available to Deaf people whose insurance plans will not cover our services. For those who do have insurance coverage, we have counselors …

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16
Sep

Deaf Inmate Denied Accommodations: DC Corrections Must Pay

A US District judge recently ruled in favor of a Deaf inmate, William Pierce, who sued the District of Columbia Department of Corrections for failing to provide appropriate accommodations during his 60-day sentence. Pierce was not provided a qualified sign language interpreter for medical appointments and classes and was only allowed limited access to an outdated device (TTY/TDD) that allowed …

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4
Mar

File an ADA Complaints Online

The Department of Justice is pleased to announce that, as of today, individuals wishing to file ADA complaints with the Department will be able to fill out the form and submit it completely electronically. Filers will also immediately receive a “reference number” that can be used whenever contacting the Department about that complaint. Please visit http://www.ada.gov/complaint/ to view the new …

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13
Sep

ASC Featured in SIGNews

ASC is featured in the August 2011 issue of SIGNews. Check out the interview by Sara Collins here and learn more about the only Deaf-owned and operated counseling practice in the country: Alternative Solutions Center’s Crusade in Addressing the Gaps in Mental Health Care for the Deaf

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1
Sep

Fighting the Good Fight: Lawsuit Filed Against Insurance Company for Denying Accessible Services to Deaf Citizens

Suing for Equity in Services: Early last month in Florida, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc., together with the National Association of the Deaf, filed a lawsuit seeking accessible medical services for Deaf citizens in the state. The lawsuit charges Humana Insurance and the Florida Department of Financial Services with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the …

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31
Aug

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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7
Dec

Taste Test for Depression

Trial-and-Error: Finding the best medication to treat someone with depression has often required a trial-and-error approach. Ten people can respond in completely different ways to the same medication; just because Paxil worked miracles for your best friend doesn’t mean it will do the same for you. Some people test four or five different medications before they know which one really …

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