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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!
Mbisana Kgakgamatso, a senior from Tutume, a village in Botswana, took faculty member Amy Stevens’ summer course, GSR 300: Art of Protest. During this course, Stevens taught her students about the medium of art and channeling important political and social messages through various creative outlets. One of the examples Stevens presented to her students was...
Sexuality within the deaf and hard of hearing community has always been a fascinating subject. It is shown anecdotally that there is a proportionally larger population of LGBTQIA+ identifying deaf and hard of hearing people than among the hearing population. While not fully proven yet, this phenomenon shows the need for the deaf community to...
President Cordano had the honor and privilege of speaking at the National Diversity Council’s Disability Inclusion Summit on September 30. President Cordano was the keynote speaker and was awarded the Disability Inclusion Leadership award. She also attended Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit, which describes itself as “the world’s premier annual gathering of the preeminent...
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