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This page section of our website offers specific information which will be relevant to providers who are serving persons who are Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing in the health care setting.

The next section, Perspectives is intended to educate all of us about how to work together for better health.

This article is last updated on Thursday, May 21, 2009


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Working with Deaf Survivors Posted on August 14th, 2011

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 Posted on May 14th, 2011

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Accessible Health Care at UPMC Posted on April 30th, 2011

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American Sign Language Makes Debut in CDC Scientific Journal Posted on March 22nd, 2011

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Relay Communication Services Posted on January 15th, 2011

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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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New Court Interpreter Regulations Affect Domestic Violence Proceedings Posted on November 25th, 2010

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Alyson’s Perspective Posted on November 19th, 2009

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ADA Business Brief: Communicating with People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Hospital Settings Posted on May 22nd, 2009

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Living your life with a hearing loss can create special challenges. When a hearing loss is detected, an audiologist may recommend the use of hearing aids. Correctly adjusted hearing aids can help many people. You should be aware that there is an adjustment period which may be a month or two, for the ears and […]

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Hearing Aids and Assistive Technology for Children Posted on April 6th, 2009

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