Human Development

Caring for the Developmentally Disabled

Resources: Care of the Developmentally Disabled

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD)

National Association for the Dually Diagnosed

National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

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Communicating with Hard of Hearing Clients

Tips for Communicating with Hard of Hearing Clients

  • Get your subject’s attention first
  • Spotlight your face (no backlighting)
  • Avoid noisy backgrounds
  • Ask how you can facilitate communication
  • Don’t shout
  • Speak clearly, at a moderate pace
  • Use facial expressions, gestures
  • Give clues when changing subject
  • Talk to a hard of hearing person, not about him or her
  • Offer respect

In the hospital setting-

  • Make sure that there is a protocol for caring for the hard of hearing or deaf client
  • Make sure a hard of hearing person has his or her hearing device on when going to the OR
  • Keep extra hearing aid batteries on the unit
  • Ask if he or she needs an amplifier for the telephone
  • Don’t use the intercom

Wider-Kolberg, M. (1999). I’m Listening, But I Can’t Hear You. Nursing Spectrum.

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Truth Serum?

“There is one survivor among the terrorists that attacked Mumbai. The authorities are keen to find out as much about him and his accomplices as possible. Reports say they are ready to inject a truth serum into him to extract information. Mark Wheelis, a retired professor of microbiology at the University of California, discusses whether this sort of technology is still science fiction. ”


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Summer Reading Keeps Students From Falling Behind

What if you could TRIPLE your reading speed in under 60 minutes?

That was the question Michael Masterman asked me to consider — when he sent me a review copy of his new speed reading audio course three months ago. And you won’t be surprised to hear that I didn’t believe it!

Now, I’ve always avoided learning how to speed read.

Why? Because I always believed it’d take hours of training to really “work properly.” And I’d heard a couple of horror stories too. (One very well-known six-CD course essentially suggests listening to fast music while reading. Now that’s incredibly draining – and not exactly suited to a slow-paced romance!)

Michael promised I would literally triple my reading speed in well under an hour (without fast music or other gimmicks!) — and said that his audio course included tests to prove it. He also said I’d be able to maintain that super-fast reading speed, even weeks later.

I took the course. It worked. And I’m STILL reading at lightening speeds!

That’s exactly why I wanted to write and tell you about Michael’s “Speed Reading Secret” course today!

But don’t listen to me chat about it. If you want to blast through e-mail messages, Web pages, revision, books or reports (and pick up an amazing new vocabulary along the way), then check out his site.

The course includes tests, so you can literally see just how well you’ve improved. And if you don’t improve enough, claim your money back through his guarantee!

Michael predicts the average American could save one day a week following his advice. I think he’s probably right.


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