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What do you do when you have a Deaf or hard of hearing patient in an emergent medical situation and no interpreter immediately available? How do you get the basic information that may be necessary to begin care until the interpreter arrives? Well, Deafecc, LLC is here to assist you in providing care to your Deaf and hard of hearing patients.
What is D.E.A.F.?
D.E.A.F. (Deaf Emergency Awareness Form)
It is an illustrated composite designed to facilitate interaction between medical staff and patients who are hard of hearing. Within the medical community Sign Language guides are typically omitted from service or ancillary at best. More than a supplement, D.E.A.F, is a definitive utility that bridges the language barrier by marrying critical vocabulary and deliberate word arrangements with precise, comprehensive illustrations. It enables discourse between hearing and deaf parties through pairings of phrases and their corresponding signs. Its functional nature is driven by the ethos that everyone deserves efficient andquality attention in emergency situations.
 
D.E.A.F. is also an innovative response to the sound barrier. Though similar to other Sign Language publications, it differs greatly in its application. First and foremost, it is utilitarian, not instructive. American Sign Language is a visual –gestural form of communication, and can therefore be represented pictorially. The illustrations in the forms are accurate and simplistic, easily comprehensible to anyone who signs. Words, which are the equivalents to the signs below, are readily located and organized in a way that allows the user to build sentences quickly. Any preliminary question essential to care can be formed by a literate hospital employee. Secondly, D.E.A.F. is specifically designed for use by emergency medical services (EMS) professionals. As ascertained by input from experienced health care providers, the diction it contains encompasses the most commonly used terms in the emergency room. By indicating words relative to one’s language perspective the observer is afforded the receptive aptitude that is generally provided by an interpreter. The emergency form, which is actually a spiral-bound booklet, is intended for simultaneous use by the hard of hearing and hearing. 
 
Aside from the senescent glossaries and unsuitable electronic devices, no reasonable alternatives have been developed or implemented until now. D.E.A.F. is a laconic manual that facilitates interaction between emergency medical staff and clientele who are deaf or hard of hearing. It recognizes the grammar, syntax, and structure variations between American Sign Language and English. It does not rely on or presume English literacy of the patient. D.E.A.F. is quicker than writing notes and finger spelling, which redirects critical time to assessment and treatment. Furthermore, the Americans with Disabilities Act prescribes that the provision of emergency care to all members of the public must be of equal effect and quality. As a straight, forward, and economic way to ensure adherence to federal regulations, D.E.A.F, is invaluable. A pragmatic tool assists health care providers in making informed decisions about clients who are hard of hearing. Original and practical, an invention embodies social responsibility and compassionate awareness.
 
Please explore this site to see how we can help!
 
 
MEET the TEAM

We are proud to announce the joining of Dave Whalen, to Deafecc. Dave is the Director of the Niagara University’s First Responders Disability Awareness Training program; David was named Advocate of the Year for 2016 by Deaf Access Services of Buffalo.
"We are the nation's premier training program &and resource for first respondersto best serve & respond
to individuals with disabilities "

Dave’s First Responders Disability Awareness Training program is tailored for each first responder discipline – emergency management, firefighters, 911 operators/dispatchers, emergency medical services (EMS), and law enforcement. Created in collaboration with all major first responder associations, councils and state offices, the training is designed to give first responders the knowledge necessary to best serve and respond to individuals with disabilities.                                              
Please check out his website for further information and training:    http://frdat.niagara.edu

Edward Welsh
Owner and Founder
 
 
Edward Welsh, was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, PA.
He studied Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University located in downtown Philadelphia where he earned his Nursing degree in 2008.
Currently working as an RN at ARIA Hospital in Philadelphia.
"My eye is my hearing, 
my hand is my language" 
Laura Welsh
Owner & Co-Founder
 
 
Laura Welsh, was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
She studied illustration at Moore College of Art & Design located in downtown Philadelphia where she earned a bachelors degree in Illustration in 2006.
"Helping other's to make a bright future"
Sharon Manning
Chief Content Expert
 
 
Sharon Manning, was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She studied Nursing at Trocaire College in Buffalo, NY where she earned her AAS in Nursing. She also studied Nursing & Nursing Education at Daemen College located in Amherst, NY.  where she earned her BS, MS in Nursing in 2008. Sharon is currently working on her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Sacred Heart University in Fairfeild CT. 
“Everyone has the right to accessible communication in health care”