The Mental Health Needs of Members of the Deaf Community

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Add to Calendar: Add to Calendar 2024-04-23 13:00:00 2024-04-23 13:50:00 The Mental Health Needs of Members of the Deaf Community Event Description Language and communication are what connects us to other human beings, which in turn, brings meaning, purpose and joy to our lives. When we fail to include those with communication differences in our understanding and attention to building diverse, equitable and inclusive environments, we exclude a whole community of individuals who strive for acceptance just like anyone else. Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons are not well understood and are often overlooked when we think of diversity. In honor of National Deaf History Month, join the Mandel School and the Cleveland Speech and Hearing Center for a Lunch and Learn session to raise awareness amongst social work students, faculty and staff about the prevalence of mental health issues within the deaf community, while also examining the underlying causes contributing to this increased prevalence. Through discussion and education, we aim to equip participants with a deeper understanding of the unique challenges faced by deaf individuals and how social work professionals can better support their mental health needs. This presentation will be provided in English and American Sign Language. Lunch will be provided. Presenters: Timothy Skaggs, Director of the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) at the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center (CHSC) Maria O’Neil Ruddock, PsyD, Consultant to CHSC/CCDHH and Project Director of the Mental Health and Deafness Project funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Mandel School | Noble Commons 11235 Bellflower Road Cleveland, OH 44106 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences America/New_York public

Event Format: In Person

Event Description

Language and communication are what connects us to other human beings, which in turn, brings meaning, purpose and joy to our lives. When we fail to include those with communication differences in our understanding and attention to building diverse, equitable and inclusive environments, we exclude a whole community of individuals who strive for acceptance just like anyone else. Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons are not well understood and are often overlooked when we think of diversity.

In honor of National Deaf History Month, join the Mandel School and the Cleveland Speech and Hearing Center for a Lunch and Learn session to raise awareness amongst social work students, faculty and staff about the prevalence of mental health issues within the deaf community, while also examining the underlying causes contributing to this increased prevalence. Through discussion and education, we aim to equip participants with a deeper understanding of the unique challenges faced by deaf individuals and how social work professionals can better support their mental health needs.

This presentation will be provided in English and American Sign Language. Lunch will be provided.

Presenters:

  • Timothy Skaggs, Director of the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) at the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center (CHSC)
  • Maria O’Neil Ruddock, PsyD, Consultant to CHSC/CCDHH and Project Director of the Mental Health and Deafness Project funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Event Location

Mandel School | Noble Commons

11235 Bellflower Road

Cleveland, OH 44106

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