Services for Pennsylvanians who are DeafBlind
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1137 DeafBlind Services for Western Pennsylvanians and other national resources – Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh (BVRS) is a nonprofit agency that provides services for individuals who are blind, visually impaired, or who have other disabilities. Learn more about resources for Indiviudals who are DeafBlind in the attached video.

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Let’s talk about Equal Access
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Posted on March 22, 2012 in Advocacy, Housing, Relevant Laws, Topic of Interest, Videos | Short Link

Discrimination is illegal in Pennsylvania. Get the facts about equal opportunity from the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

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Contraception/Preventing Pregnancy
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Posted on August 14, 2011 in Physical Health, Topic of Interest, Videos | Short Link

1056 Healthbridges website offers information about self advocacy and tips for empowerment in the health care setting. Learn more about birth control options as a way of taking control of your health and your future from Christine Gannon who is from the Sexuality Program for the Deaf at Planned Parenthood in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Interactive Voice Response…What is it?
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Posted on July 12, 2011 in Advocacy, Topic of Interest, Videos | Short Link

1054 Interactive voice response (IVR) is a technology that allows a computer to interact with humans through the use of voice and keypad inputs.

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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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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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Traumatic Brain Injury
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Posted on November 25, 2010 in Physical Health, Topic of Interest, Videos | Short Link

Traumatic brain injury (TBI), is a form of acquired brain injury, that can happen when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object goes through the skull and enters brain tissue. This can lead to permanent brain damage. Be careful about your brain. Learn more about how to prevent head injury!

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Your eyes are valuable!
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Posted on September 13, 2010 in Health Education, Physical Health, Topic of Interest, Videos | Short Link

845 Persons who are Deaf or Hard of hearing rely very much on their eyes. It is important to schedule yearly checkups with an eye doctor to be sure that your eyes are healthy and to be sure that you know about any early signs of eye disease. An eye doctor can screen for early signs of changes in your eyes related to diabetes or high blood pressure. They can check for signs of glaucoma or retinitis pigmentosa that can lead to visual loss. Your eyes are important! Take good care of them!

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Support for Parents
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Posted on May 14, 2010 in Parenting, Topic of Interest, Videos | Short Link

820 Most children who are Deaf or hard of hearing are born into families with hearing parents. Therefore parents are often not prepared to deal with the issues and decisions that they must face about their child. Decisions about the best school, language, amplification modality, or peer group for the child can be daunting.
Get involved!
Join a support group or create one!
It can really help you and your child and family to hear what others have been through.

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