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Deaf Caseworkers Bring Vital Skills to Their Job

November 5, 2012 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

Deaf caseworkers bring vital skills to their job

By Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch 11/1/2012

cbillhartz@post-dispatch.com

Jody Newman estimates that she’s been hospitalized 20 times in the past 20 years. To be honest, she says, she’s lost count.

“I had many counselors over the years, and they just didn’t work for me. I was suicidal, and didn’t know how to cope with myself or situations,” said Newman, 58, of St. Louis, through an American Sign Language interpreter one recent afternoon. “But not now.”

Two years ago Newman, who has been deaf since she was 5, met Irvine Stewart, and her life hasn’t been the same since. She’s happier; more stable. Read more . . . →