The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Project is building a welcoming network for Deaf-to-Deaf peer support and training. We also find hearing friends and allies in mental health programs and support for recovery from traumatic experience.
Deaf individuals tell their recovery stories through 10-15 minute videos. All 7 share about being diagnosed with a mental illness and their journey to satisfying, complex lives. They are open about the dark days and their hope. All presented in In their native language – American Sign Language with captions in English. We present them here in the hope of educating and inspiring others and creating community.
What is Peer Support?
Presentation developed and presented by Marnie Forgere, Deaf and Hard of Hearing project coordinator
How to Communicate
Tip Sheet #1 “Communicating with Deaf and Hard of Hearing”
Tip Sheet #2 “How to use American Sign Language Interpreter”
Tip Sheet #3 “How to get a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Person’s Attention”
Tip Sheet #4 “Helpful tips about Language Use”
“How to be Deaf-friendly with or without Interpreters” Guide for Hearing
BEING SEEN !
Establishing Deaf to Deaf Peer Support Services and Training
Successes and Lessons Learned From the Massachusetts Experience
Button Art by Rachel Klein & Diane Squires
Prepared by: Deborah Delman, Marnie Fougere, and Meighan Haupt
In collaboration with the Deaf Community Voice Team with The Transformation Center: Val Ennis, Marco Gonzalez, Lori Johnstone, Mary O’Shea, Taimin Rosado, Sharon Sacks, Minh Vo
With special appreciation to allies Justine Barros, Cathy Mylotte, Lucille Traina, Robert Walker and
More Links and Resources
“Minnesota’s CPSS Training in Massachusetts” (PDF) 2016 MassPRA Conference presentation
“What Do Peer Specialists Do?” Minnesota
MCDHH (MA Commission for tech Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
Deaf-Hope.org Founded by Deaf women in California “Our mission at DeafHope is to end domestic and sexual violence in Deaf communities through empowerment, education and services.”
Deaf YES Center at UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA
12-Step online programs
Sounds of Sobriety (SOS): This online email group was formed to help us who have a hearing loss (deaf, deafened, or hard of hearing) to find a place to recover from alcoholism. For many of us, face-to-face AA meetings no longer work. All members of AA, or those who think they may have a problem with alcohol, are welcome.
Deaf Grateful: This is a real-time open discussion meeting on Saturdays at 1pm PST / 4pm EST for deaf & HOH people who have a desire to stop drinking. Meeting uses videoconferencing software (easily downloaded) that requires a high speed internet connection and a webcam. Our communication mode is ASL only (no audio).