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Handbook for Emergency Providers Working with Deaf Individuals
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Handbook for communicating in sign language with deaf and hearing impaired individuals during an emergency

 

ITC, CSPC, and the Institute for the Advancement of Deaf Persons in Israel jointly produced a phrasebook to aid service providers in communicating with deaf and hearing impaired individuals during an emergency.

The handbook was distributed to professionals such as – social workers, health care professionals, and also to volunteers working with vulnerable populations. It allows for basic communication in sign language with a deaf or hearing impaired individual. The ability to communicate significantly reduces anxiety during times of emergency, allows for a deaf person to understand the events occurring around him, and in particular allows the service provider (medical or social work staff) to accurately determine the deaf person's condition in order to give him the optimal response during an emergency.

 

Examples of phrases that appear in the handbook:

 

"Are you coming from the event?"

 

"Where did it happen?"

 

"Do you take any medication?"

 

"Breathe deeply"

 

"I am with you. You are not alone."

 

The Handbook includes Hebrew, Arabic, and Russian.

 

An example of a page in the Handbook:

"I am with you. You are not alone."

 

 

 

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