20
Sep

Adoption Barriers Faced by Deaf Lesbians

Deaf Lesbians’ Systemic Barriers to Adoption Ella and Judy discuss the challenges they faced as first-generation lesbian mothers dealing with systemic barriers to adoption. Domestic Violence Led to Move Judy: I had five children who I brought with me to Kansas from Oklahoma due to domestic violence that caused a breakdown in spiritual growth, as well as physical, emotional and …

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30
Aug

Deaf Parent Raising Children with Autism

As part of our Neurodiversity video series, Bobba shares from her heart about raising two children with autism. Hello! I have two children with autism – one girl who is 29 and one boy who is almost 28, both of whom are complete opposites. My daughter is easily overstimulated and has seizures, while my son is very under stimulated. It …

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10
Jun

California’s Deaf Prisoners Stuck Behind Bars

Mother Jones By Samantha Michaels June 7, 2018 In 2016, an inmate in Corcoran, California, faced a dilemma. The parole board wanted to know whether he’d completed any self-help programs during his incarceration, a sign that he’d rehabilitated and could be trusted to go home. The inmate, whose name has been withheld for privacy reasons, said yes: At the Substance …

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29
May

NAD’s position on Mental Health Interpreting

Position Statement on Mental Health Interpreting Services with People who are Deaf The purpose of this position statement is to acknowledge and emphasize the importance and need for specialized sign language interpreting services in the delivery of mental health services to deaf individuals. While direct mental health services are optimal and always preferred, such services are not always available. When …

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30
Mar

National Issues Related to Therapy with Deaf Clients

Deaf Counseling Center is sharing this spot-on article about common issues that Deaf people face on a national basis when seeking therapy. Sometimes it is the insurance company that creates barriers. Other times interpreters in therapy sessions make the sessions unproductive or confusing. In still other cases, it is hearing therapists who are not fluent in ASL, but advertise that …

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25
Sep

The Leaf: ASL Poem by John Maucere about Addiction

Seeking Help for Addiction: In this beautiful and powerful ASL poem, the  well-known Deaf actor and comedian John Maucere illustrates his journey of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. John’s courage in sharing his personal story is inspiring – and a reminder to all of us that the dangers of addiction are very real and the consequences more serious than …

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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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