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The sign language-using Deaf population is a linguistic and cultural minority group generally unfamiliar to many service providers. The hearing, sign-fluent presenter has worked exclusively in this field for 40 years, as a clinician, researcher, and teacher. Misconceptions regarding "lipreading," English literacy, sign language versus English, information access ("fund of information"), and the realities of interpreting work hamper effective service provision. This presentation will assist providers to work more effectively with Deaf persons. It will address an array of historic, linguistic, developmental, ethical, legal, and culturally-relevant matters. Significant content will relate directly to mental status exam topics and differential diagnosis of language anomalies that are often unique to this population. Keys to working effectively with sign language interpreters will be offered. Time will be allotted for questions and discussion.

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