Online Training and Resources

Online Training and Resources D H H S D offers a variety of resources for
people with hearing loss, service providers, employers and mental health
or medical professionals. Let’s take a quick look at some of the resources
you will find on this website. ASL resources American Sign Language, or A S L, is a visual
language that uses hand shape, arm and hand placement
and motion, facial expressions and body movement to communicate important information and concepts. This shared language is the foundation of
Deaf culture. You will find A S L resources for adults and
children, as well as a partial listing of local American
Sign Language classes and online training, webinars, tutorials and videos. Interpreter referrals and CART The website explains how to obtain both sign
language interpreter services and C A R T services. C A R T stands for Communications Access Real-Time
Translation. You’ll also find tips for working with an
interpreter and a partial list of ASL interpreter resources
in the metro area and outstate Minnesota. Today, technology can be used to access interpreting
services anywhere there is a connection to the internet. Video Remote Interpreting, or V R I, connects a deaf individual with an interpreter via real-time video. This is particularly useful tool for doctor appointments
and other situations where an on-site interpreter is not available. Video Relay Services, or V R S, allows you
to connect with an interpreter through a relay service. You can learn about these services in this
section of the website. Documents and guides The website also offers a library of documents
on a range of deaf and hard of hearing topics. You will find: brochures, fact sheets on important topics,forms, publications, DHHSD annual reports and forms
and a quick reference to important terms Emergency preparedness and safety People who are deaf, deafblind and hard of
hearing need to be ready for an emergency. The website provides resources to help you
prepare for an emergency situation or natural disaster. You’ll also find a communication card that
you can use to improve interactions with police and first responders. Free online training D H H S D offers several free online training
programs including: communication tips for talking on the phone
with people who are hard of hearing, personal stories and perspectives of Minnesotans
who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing and late-deafened, communication access in healthcare settings, an introduction to combined vision and hearing loss, an introduction to working with people with
hearing loss for mental health professionals, Support Service Provider training and a consumer guide to using Support Service
Providers. The section of the website also provides links
to videos and training resources for employers. The Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind
& Hard of Hearing also offers free online advocacy training
and informational videos. Select Contact Us on this website if you need
additional information.

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