Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center, Inc.

Low and High Blood Sugar

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm

By Cheryl Parreira, Coordinator of Client Services, Merced

The following information does not replace the advice of qualified medical professionals. As always, confirm with your doctor. See your doctor for any medical treatment you may need.

For the people who have Diabetes, Type I or Type II or Gestational diabetes (women who are pregnant), it is very important to be aware about what can happen to you if you have low blood sugar or high blood sugar.

Low Blood Glucose (sugar) is called Hypoglycemia and High Blood Glucose (sugar) is called Hyperglycemia.

Guest Post: Communication With My Son

In Independent Living, Life Changes on November 6, 2014 at 10:17 am

The following narrative was written by the mother of one of DHHSC’s clients. This is printed here with permission. No words have been changed.

By Jodie Howard

For 8 years my son had no voice of his own. It seemed Autism had robbed him of the ability to speak. So we taught Bren to communicate using a Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). He was given an array of pictures he could use to tell us what he wanted and needed.  To me it always resembled a menu-if what he really want isn’t there, too bad. He would just have to make a choice from the available selection. He didn’t like it. Neither did I. But it was better than no communication at all.

General Communication Etiquette with Deaf Individuals

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2014 at 2:11 pm

By Razonda Munyaradzi, Staff Interpreter

Deaf people prefer that you focus on their ABILITIES, not their inability to hear. Deaf individuals still are very capable. Always acknowledge him or her as a person. Do not use terms or references such as, “hearing-impaired, deaf-mute, or handicapped.” The preferred usage is “Deaf.” It is a cultural and socio-political description Deaf people appreciate, as they do not see a need to be changed, fixed, or improved in terms of BEING who they are as people who are not hearing. Language, identity, and attitude are powerful. It is important to overcome stereotypical behaviors and build bridges no matter our differences.

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