Disabilites Resource Center
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Posted on February 7, 2016 in Advocacy, Providers, Topic of Interest, Videos | Short Link

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If you are a person with a disability who will be a patient at a UPMC facility and will need an accommodation; then view this brief video

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Looking for a Counselor or Psychiatrist?
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Posted on January 11, 2015 in Helpful Info, Providers, Topic of Interest | Short Link

1775This attached pamphlet lists counselors and psychiatrists that have experience working with individuals who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of hearing. These counselors and psychiatrists practice in Pittsburgh and surrounding counties in Western Pennsylvania.

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Serving People Who are Deaf in Hospitals
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serving-health-in-hospitalsLearn how to make your hospital more accessible for Deaf people. If you are Deaf or Hard of hearing, learn where to turn to advocate if your communication needs are not being met in the hospital setting. Two health patients share their hospital experiences.

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Welcome to Pro-Tactile: the Deafblind Way
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Posted on February 24, 2013 in Advocacy, Providers, Tips for Communication | Short Link

Learn about communication and language strategies for some people who are DeafBlind Jelica Nuccio and aj Granda in: “Welcome to Pro-Tactile: the Deafblind Way”. Jelica Nuccio: Hello! Welcome to our very first vlog [aj taps Jelica vigorously on the knee and smiles. Both are receiving signs tactually, and their legs are touching] Called. aj granda: […]

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Working with Deaf Survivors
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Posted on August 14, 2011 in Providers | Short Link

The booklet is a collaborative project made by provider and advocates in Vermont to outline some best practices for serving consumers who are Deaf who are seeking support related to domestic violence. Working With Deaf Survivors Resource Guide (2010) If you cannot open or see the PDF document above, you will need to download and […]

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Roadmap for Hospitals
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Posted on May 14, 2011 in Providers | Short Link

Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient-and Family-Centered Care Patient-Centered Communication Standards for Hospitals The Patient-Centered Communication standards were approved in December 2009 and released to the field in January 2010. The standards will be published in the 2011 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals (CAMH): The Official Handbook. Joint Commission surveyors will evaluate compliance with […]

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Accessible Health Care at UPMC
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Posted on April 30, 2011 in Health Education, Providers, Topic of Interest, Videos | Short Link

1011If you will be a patient at a UPMC facility you may need an accommodation (including interpreters or specific assistive technology). Also, learn what to do if your request is ignored or not accepted by the health care team in the segment below.

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American Sign Language Makes Debut in CDC Scientific Journal
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Posted on March 22, 2011 in Advocacy, Perspective, Physical Health | Short Link

Thanks to a group of deaf and hearing Rochester, N.Y., pioneers, a medical journal for the first time has served up a scientific article online with a new twist: an accompanying web video in American Sign Language (ASL), produced by the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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Relay Communication Services
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Relay services allow persons who are hearing to communicate with persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of hearing very easily. Both the 711 and Video Relay Service are extremely user friendly!!

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Dysfluency and Interpreters
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Posted on December 19, 2010 in Providers, Topic of Interest, Videos | Short Link



The word dysfluency refers to an individual’s lack of fluency in their preferred language. Psychiatric reasons or neurological reasons are causes of dysfluency within the hearing population. Among persons who are Deaf, there are even more possible reasons for language processing problems. Robyn Dean from the Rochester Deaf Wellness Center presents more information on this topic.

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