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Cultural Considerations: Working with Deaf & Deaf-Blind survivors

This presentation will provide information on Deaf Culture/Community that is important for advocates and agencies working to serve survivors of sexual violence. This presentation will be given with an Anti-Oppression lens in order to discuss appropriate communication approaches and use of interpreters. The outcome being that we can dismantle institutional and individual barriers in place hindering effective services for Deaf or Deaf-Blind Survivors of Sexual Assault.


Cathy Hoog is a trainer and author who started working in the field in the 1980's as the first advocate of Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS)providing services to Deaf, Deaf blind and hard of hearing survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Cathy has worked as a collaboration partner with many local, state and national groups trying to identify barriers to services for people with disabilities as well as best practices that advocates can use with all survivors that best fit their unique lives.

Kellie McComas works at ADWAS as a community advocate for a year working with Deaf & Deaf-Blind survivors of DV & SA. In addition to her role, she is on the board of WCSAP. She also is a DV & SA survivor who has had firsthand experiences dealing with barriers in the system.

Libby Stanley has been with ADWAS for 8 years starting as a Community Advocate to her current role as direct services coordinator. Libby enjoys giving in-house training to ADWAS Volunteer Advocate Program on legal issues and discusses barriers that Deaf & Deaf-Blind survivors face in their lives.

Date & Time

March 20, 2012 at 10am

Materials & Recordings

Reviewed: February 14th, 2014