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Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar, Special Assistant to the Provost for Research, has received a three-year, $426,000 grant from the National Library of Medicine to develop a mobile app and a CONSENT-ASL toolkit.
The goal of this project is to make clinical trial research information available in ASL to assist with self-informed decision-making about clinical trial participation, and to provide support to clinical trial CRCs and principal investigators who wish to include deaf people who meet eligibility for their studies. It will also create an accessible informed consent app in ASL, which is expected to promote health literacy, improve outcomes among deaf people, and reduce health disparities among members of the Deaf community.
Collectively, this health information resource solution is expected to contribute to improved health and well-being of the deaf community, and ultimately reduce disparities and support personal healthcare decision making.
Dr. Kushalnagar will collaborate with a deaf bioethicist, deaf researchers, deaf developers, and a national deaf organization to develop an accessible informed consent app that is specific to users of American Sign Language (ASL). This will enable persons with hearing loss to participate in research by having a consent process that is available using ASL.
Congratulations to Dr. Kushalnagar!
Roberto E. Wirth, E-’74 & H-’09, passed away on June 5 in Rome, Italy. Mr. Wirth was owner and managing director of the Hotel Hassler in Rome, one of the most prestigious family-owned hotels in the world, and owned several other hotels and resorts throughout Italy. He was a strong advocate for deaf people in...
Alumnus Timel Benton has signed a contract with the Bay Area Panthers of the Indoor Football League (IFL). Benton, who graduated last month, is the first Gallaudet Bison to sign a professional football contract since Tony Tatum signed on with the Utah Blaze in the now-disbanded Arena Football League (AFL) in May 2013. Benton was...
James Caverly, ’11, who plays Theo Dimas in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, will play Professor Harold Hill in the Olney Theatre Center’s summer production of Meredith Willson’s Tony-winning musical The Music Man, which opens tonight and runs through July 23. The show’s official opening is on Thursday, June 23. Sandra Mae Frank, ’13,...
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