Professionals who provide services to Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may encounter situations that could be related to the person's use of alcohol and/or other drugs. Accessing an agency that can provide an appropriate chemical dependency assessment for a Deaf or hard of hearing person is difficult since there are no formalized assessment tools normed or specifically designed to use with Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Additionally, most assessors are unfamiliar with how to work with Deaf and hard of hearing people, less likely to be fluent in American Sign Language and unaware of appropriate treatment options. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of chemical dependency, assessment issues and considerations unique to this population. A chemical dependency assessment tool developed by the Minnesota Chemical Dependency Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals is described. A case study is presented that will assist with the application of the assessment process.
Guthmann, D., & Sandberg, K. (2019). Evaluating Alcohol and Other Drug Use Problems with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons. JADARA, 31(1). Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/jadara/vol31/iss1/5