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July 17, 2006

NCI project bridges communication gap

From: Gallaudet - Jul 17, 2006

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NCI project bridges communication gap
San Diego medical students take part in ASL immersion class at Gallaudet University

WASHINGTON – This summer as part of the Deafness and Cancer Project, medical students from the University of California at San Diego’s [UCSD] Moores Cancer Center will be on the Gallaudet campus learning American Sign Language [ASL], particularly how to use it in clinical settings, and developing an understanding of and appreciation for Deaf Culture.
Three students are currently attending the program: Yauk Lee, Sarah Welsh and Lisa Hoang. All are second year medical students.
Entering into its third year, the program aims to prepare medical students to become clinical leaders dedicated to improving access to health care and cancer prevention and control information to the deaf and hard of hearing community.
While at Gallaudet for the June 25 to July 21 session, the students in this year’s program are participating in ASL classes, presenting cancer prevention information sessions to various groups in the deaf community, and attending seminars on deafness and health care. They are also shadowing doctors at DC-area hospitals.
According to the students, the program is helping them hone their overall communication skills. The visual learning component of ASL helps them better understand needs of specialized populations.

About Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduate students. The University enjoys an international reputation for the outstanding graduate programs it provides deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students, as well as for the quality of the research it conducts on the history, language, culture, and other topics related to deaf people. In addition, the University’s Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children at its two demonstration schools and throughout the nation by developing, implementing, and disseminating innovative educational strategies. Gallaudet is located in Washington, DC.