(Printed in the Fall 2011 issue of the Deaf Community News, a publication of the Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf)
Deaf Self-Advocacy Training – Free to all Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and DeafBlind Community Members
Northeastern University Regional Interpreter Education Center (NURIEC) is one of six federally-funded centers that work toward improving the quality and quantity of interpreters in the nation. All centers are offering Deaf Self-Advocacy Trainings (DSAT) to the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and DeafBlind communities. The purpose of DSAT is to educate these communities how to advocate for quality communication access.
The DSAT work team contracted with CSD of South Dakota to document the need for and identify the most effective way to provide this type of training. Through focus groups, interviews, and surveys, CSD found that many Deaf and DeafBlind people experience challenges in obtaining communication access.
One of the biggest factors contributing to the challenge is the lack of effective advocacy skills necessary to negotiate communication access. Two additional data collection efforts included an annotated bibliography of Deaf advocacy and self-advocacy resources and a survey of vocational rehabilitation counselors.
DSAT trainings have taken place around the country. The DSAT training is a face-to-face training by Deaf people for Deaf people, conducted in ASL and individually adapted to each target audience.
If you are interested in learning more about the DSAT or would like to host a training, please contact Bonnie Kaplan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by VP 857.366.4195.