The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) in American Sign Language
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is a six-week workshop offered in community settings for people with chronic conditions to learn how to manage their diseases. CDSMP is an evidence-based program that is effective in managing chronic conditions and improving health outcomes in a variety of populations;however, the workshop may not effectively reach the deaf or hearing impaired community. An estimated 4.8 million Americans cannot hear well enough to understand speech and American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most commonly used language in the United States. People who are hard of hearing or deaf have poor health outcomes and low health literacy.
As far as we know, CDSMP has never been offered in ASL. In March-April 2016, the Ohio Disability and Health Program (ODHP) worked with the Deaf community and the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging’s CDSMP coordinator to coordinate a pilot of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed by Stanford University in American Sign Language (ASL).
Please see the link available below, which describes the evaluation of this pilot and provides recommendations for offering the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program to members in the Deaf community.
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program in American Sign Language: Evaluation Summary and Recommendations
Disability Rights Ohio, Deaf Services Center Release Disability Rights Resources in American Sign Language
August 1, 2017
COLUMBUS, OH – Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) and Deaf Services Center (DSC) are pleased to announce the release of 18 new videos,
interpreting many of DRO’s most requested resources into American Sign Language (ASL). The two organizations worked together on the project, thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation.
The videos address a wide variety of important topics, from requesting accommodations at work to negotiating with your child’s IEP team for special education services. The collection offers more than 3.5 hours of information, which was interpreted into ASL and signed on camera by Molly Estes, who is Deaf and who has a background in assessing and teaching ASL.
“When preparing for this project, it was important for us to work closely with John Moore and Molly Estes at DSC to select the resources that would be most useful to the Deaf community in Ohio,” says DRO Executive Director Michael Kirkman. “We hope that the approximately 100,000 Ohioans who rely predominantly on ASL to communicate will be able to use this information to advocate for themselves and their families. We also encourage them to contact us if they need further assistance with any disability-related issue.”
“DSC is proud to be a partner with DRO in tearing down communication access barriers with the development of the ASL videos,” explains DSC CEO and Executive Director John Moore. “This will enable members of the Deaf and hard of hearing community who are linguistic users of ASL to know their rights in the language they are most comfortable with.”