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Adverse Childhood Communication Experiences
View a fact sheet featuring the key concepts, findings, and actions to prevent and mitigate ACCEs
Screening for and preventing Adverse Childhood Communication Experiences (ACCEs) can tremendously improve the future of deaf and hard-of-hearing children’s access to language and engagement in family conversations and health to reduce their risks of chronic diseases and mental health disorders in adulthood.
An inclusive environment requires an accessible and language-rich communication for the child and caregivers.
Increased awareness of adverse childhood communication experiences as unique contributors to specific health outcomes is needed so that interventions and policies can be targeted to prevent language deprivation and communication neglect that can potentially impact DHH individuals’ health.
In the first-of-its-kind nationwide study funded by the National Institues of Health, researchers from the Center for Deaf Health Equity found that adverse childhood commmunication experience are associated with increased risks for multiple chronic diseases in deaf and hard of hearing adults.
The Center for Deaf Health Equity (CDHE) at Gallaudet University is a deaf-led research center that conducts rigorous research that lays the foundation for better health-related quality of life among deaf and hard-of-hearing people who use American Sign Language (ASL).
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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