National Deaf Therapy Wants to Make Mental Health Treatment More Accessible

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ngd- Access to meaningful mental health supports is an important i9ssue for the deaf, deafblind, and hearing-impaired communities…

Finding mental health therapy is already hard, but when you add in a disability, trying to find someone who really understands what you’re going through just gets more difficult. For those in the deaf community, there’s another major barrier — hearing therapists rarely know American Sign Language (ASL). One company has a plan, however, to make therapy more accessible to the deaf community.

Friends, licensed therapists and business partners Amanda Sortwell Crane and Megan Erasmus are deaf, and saw a need in the deaf community for better access to mental health services. Not seeing an adequate solution, they launched National Deaf Therapy (NDT) in March 2018, which pairs licensed deaf therapists fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) with deaf and hard-of-hearing clients across the country.

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