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In this section we will offer a  series of articles related to information about behavioral health, physical health or access to health related or social services.  Our aim is to focus on subjects which we hope are timely and of interest to our viewers. If you have general themes that you think would be of interest to others, or if you wish to contribute to our website.please contact us

This article is last updated on Saturday, February 14, 2009


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Depression is a common condition that many people experience in life. Dr. O’Hearn and Sharon Haynes talk more about depression in the video.

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The holiday seasons are a time of community & family gatherings. Drinking or drug use may be a part of many holiday parties. Read below for more information. Please enjoy your celebrations safely.

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New resource directories Posted on November 29th, 2016


Do you need a counselor or help with emotional problems and high stress? Find names of ASL fluent providers in the attached list.

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Transition from High School: A Time Line for Success Posted on September 7th, 2016

Preparation for adulthood services requires incredible planning; any process that lessens the stress for students, families and systems should be encouraged.

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Hearing Highway Safety Project Posted on May 17th, 2016

The Hear Fayette Program has designed a card to place in the visor of your car to minimize communication breakdown if you are pulled over by a police officer. Learn more about the project and order your own copy of the card today.

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Communication Access & Accommodation Card Posted on April 7th, 2016

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Print your own Communication Preference / Accommodation Card to Use in Emergencies or when you visit the Doctor’s Office

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National Problem Gambling Month Posted on March 13th, 2016

1386Do you or someone you love have problem gambling? Learn more in the article below.

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Disabilites Resource Center Posted on February 7th, 2016

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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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First Responder Communication with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Citizens Posted on January 29th, 2016

Deaf and Hard of hearing persons and first responders such as police officers and emergency medical personnel often have great difficulty in communicating on their first encounter. This may be a time of high stress for everyone. Learn more about how to safely communicate in a video borrowed on permission from a workgroup in Spokane, Washington.

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Advanced Directive Care Posted on November 16th, 2015

1003 Advance Care Planning is the process of making decisions now for what you would want in the future if you get sick. Dr. Julie Childers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center discusses this topic in the following health segment which is available in English and American Sign Language.

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What is Trauma? Posted on May 3rd, 2015

1825 Learn how bad events can change your life. Find help for yourself if such a trauma has happened to you.

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What is Hands and Voices Guide By Your Side Posted on April 2nd, 2015

Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side™ of Pennsylvania (GBYS) is dedicated to directly supporting families and their infants and toddlers who are newly identified with hearing loss by offering them the opportunity to talk to or meet face-to-face with a Parent Guide.

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Looking for a Counselor or Psychiatrist? Posted on January 11th, 2015

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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Pursue a Rewarding Career: Work with Deaf people Posted on November 23rd, 2014

1756 If you can learn sign language or if you are familiar with assistive devices or audiology you may want to consider becoming a counselor to work with people who Deaf, Deaf-blind or hard of hearing as a career choice. Various programs exist to pursue such interests at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Value Behavioral Health of PA Posted on September 28th, 2014

1484 Value Behavioral Health is a managed care insurance company in Western Pennsylvania. VBH-Pa covers sign language interpreters for its members. If you need assistance accessing services if you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, it is always a good idea to contact your insurance provider through the member services number listed on the back of your insurance card.

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Serving People Who are Deaf in Hospitals Posted on September 14th, 2014

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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Communication Preference / Accommodation Card Posted on July 2nd, 2014

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Print your own Communication Preference / Accommodation Card to Use in Emergencies or when you visit the Doctor’s Office

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Phones and Hearing Loss Posted on May 17th, 2014

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This article outlines important things to consider about telecommunication for individuals who are Hard of Hearing.

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What is the Director’s Action Line? Posted on April 18th, 2014

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The Department of Human Services provides many different services in Allegheny County. These services include child protective services, services for seniors, mental health, food assistance and services for people who have intellectual disabilities. If you have a question or complaint about services or you need more help please contact us.

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What is The Link? Posted on February 16th, 2014

1239 The Link or the Allegheny Link to Aging and Disability Resources is a place to call for information and help if you need in-home services, employment, transportation and a variety of other services.

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Assistive Technology Posted on January 26th, 2014

1208 - Assistive TechnologyDifferent types of assistive technology can make a huge difference in the lives of a person who is deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind. Some types of assistive technology allow a person to feel more safe in their home. Other products make communication with others more easy.

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Learn About Hearing Loss Posted on January 1st, 2014

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Hearing Loss Association of America presents information about how to identify hearing loss, possible causes of hearing loss, options for intervention and strategies to improve communication.

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Social Security, SSI, and Medicare Posted on May 4th, 2013

We are very excited to announce that SSA’s first American Sign Language video, “Social Security, SSI and Medicare: What You Absolutely Need to Know About These Vital Programs,” can be viewed by video here.

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Behavioral Health Resource Directories – 2013 version Posted on February 11th, 2013

A directory of specialized providers in Western Pennysylvania who offer behavioral health and counseling services to persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of Hearing.

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Why see your primary care doctor Posted on February 11th, 2013

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Access to Health Care for Women with Disabilities Posted on November 23rd, 2012

Women with Disabilities including persons who are Deaf or Hard of hearing often cannot get good health care services for a variety of reasons.

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Domestic Violence Posted on August 28th, 2012

838 Are you or someone you know being hurt by someone you love or by someone you live with? Domestic violence is a hidden but common problem faced by people who are Deaf, DeafBlind or hard of hearing. Find out more about it and locate resources in your area to get help.

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Services for Pennsylvanians who are DeafBlind Posted on May 7th, 2012

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 Posted on March 22nd, 2012

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

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Contraception/Preventing Pregnancy Posted on August 14th, 2011

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? Posted on July 12th, 2011

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 Posted on April 30th, 2011

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 Posted on January 15th, 2011

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 Posted on December 19th, 2010



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 Posted on November 25th, 2010

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! Posted on September 13th, 2010

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 Posted on May 14th, 2010

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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Emotional Health: therapy, social groups and medicines Posted on April 22nd, 2010

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Therapy, social activities, and medicine can help

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Communication and your Health Posted on May 14th, 2009

Persons with hearing loss often have difficulty conveying and receiving important health related information. A new Pittsburgh based website offers information about timely health and mental health topics, communication tips, local resources, supports and related health links for Deaf, Deaf-blind and hard of hearing people.

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