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Bridging the Gap: Creating a Community of Support for Deaf Survivors

  • 05 Nov 2013
  • 06 Nov 2013
  • Vancouver, WA
Meeting the Needs of Deaf Survivors
Limited research suggests that Deaf women experience domestic violence and sexual assault at rates equal to or higher than hearing women. However, they are much less likely to receive services and supports from mainstream services. Lack of outreach, communication barriers, including lack of TTYs and access to American Sign Language interpreters, and the lack of Deaf cultural competency, are all barriers that contribute to Deaf survivors not receiving the services and support they need. When a Deaf survivor does get connected to an agency, oftentimes communication barriers prevent them from being able to fully participate in the services and supports offered. Due to this, Deaf survivors and advocates report high levels of isolation among Deaf survivors. This isolation can keep Deaf survivors in dangerous situations with no perceived way out, or leave them without critical health support after an assault. 
At the Bridging the Gap conference, you will learn how to: create an environment within your organization that is Deaf friendly; communicate with Deaf survivors; work with American Sign Language interpreters; safety plan with Deaf survivors; and conduct more adequate outreach to the Deaf community. You will also learn about Deaf organizations from across the country, and how to partner with Deaf specific domestic and sexual violence services.
Don't miss out on this important opportunity to learn more about how you can meet the needs of Deaf survivors at your agency. 
Register Now!
The Bridging the Gap: Creating a Community of Support for Deaf Survivors conference will take place on November 5 and 6, 2013, at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, situated just minutes away from Portland Oregon in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The conference will bring together professionals from across the country to learn more about how to best meet the needs of Deaf survivors of sexual and domestic violence. 

Ready to register? Space is limited! Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will close on TODAY! The registration fee is only $275.  

Register Now! (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BTG2013GenReg)

Information on the conference hotel, including how to receive our discounted group rate, will be provided to you after you register.

Disclaimer: This is a non-WSRID event please contact the conference website at www.accessingsafety.org for more information about this event.

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