Friday, September 09, 2005

ADARA FORUMS PRESENTS “MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE DEAFBLIND POPULATION”

7 September 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For Further Information Contact:
Steve Hamerdinger, President steve.hamerdinger@adara.org

ADARA FORUMS PRESENTS “MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE DEAFBLIND POPULATION”

As part of the continuing series of on-line forums, ADARA will be offering a session on the unique needs of DeafBlind people. The discussion on “Meeting the Needs of the DeafBlind Population,” will be led by Paul Deeming on Monday, September 19th at 8:00 PM Central Time (9 PM Eastern time, 6 PM Pacific Time) in the ADARA Chat Room.

Mr. Deeming has long been associated with services to the DeafBlind and brings unique experiences and perspectives on serving this unique and challenging population. He will be discussing what works and what doesn’t based on over a decade of direct, hands-on work.

This session is especially timely coming on the news of the tragic death of DeafBlind residents in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Upcoming forums include “Managing to Prevent Burnout,” led by Dr. Asiah Mason on September 21st, “Crisis Response and the Deaf Community,” led by Roger Williams on October 17th and “Challenges of Cultural Diversity,” led by Dr. Cheryl Wu on December 19th. Other exciting forums are in development and will be announced in the weeks ahead.

If you missed the previous forums, you will find transcripts on the ADARA website.

To log onto the chat or to get transcripts, go to www.adara.org, scroll down to the “Community” box and click on the “Chat Room” button. Follow the instructions to log in.

ADARA is an organization of professionals networking for excellence in service delivery with individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. ADARA strives to be the leader among professional organizations in transforming the paradigm of rehabilitation of Deaf people to enhancing the quality of life with people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

For more information see www.adara.org.