Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see. -Mark Twain
Diversity and inclusion are core values at Arundel Lodge. In alignment with our values, Arundel Lodge focuses on increasing accessibility to underserved populations, including our community members who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Arundel Lodge employs both deaf and hearing staff who are knowledgeable about the needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and who can communicate using American Sign Language (ASL). We support the participation of community members who are Deaf and hard of hearing in various behavioral health programs and services, including the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, Supported Employment Program, Day Program and Residential Program.
The Supported Employment Program offers one-on-one support to help Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals find employment. Staff members consider each person’s needs and assist with understanding and completing employment applications. Supported Employment Specialists work with local businesses to raise awareness about the needs of Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons.
The Day Program offers classes, such as problem-solving and coping skills, taught in ASL. Because these classes are designed for Deaf and hard of hearing persons, individuals can strengthen their cultural identity and learn about issues that directly affect them. Arundel Lodge also partners with Deaf Addiction Services at Maryland (DASAM) to provide individual and group drug and alcohol counseling during Day Program hours.
The Deaf Residential Program offers independent living support to persons who reside in individual group homes. Residential staff members provide a variety of opportunities for persons served to interact with their Deaf peers, such as attending a Deaf church, Deaf bingo and events at Gallaudet University. Residents receive one-on-one support from a culturally competent staff member who helps foster their autonomy and independence.
The Outpatient Mental Health Clinic offers individual, family and group therapy with a therapist who is fluent in ASL and who can provide psychiatric medication management.
Residents on the eastern shore of Maryland who are Deaf and hard of hearing and who have limited access to culturally competent mental health professionals can access behavioral health treatment at Arundel Lodge through teletherapy videoconferencing.
In partnership with Maryland Agricultural Education & Rural Development Assistance Fund, we are able to expand our telemental health services to community members who are deaf or hard of hearing in other rural areas:
- Receive clinic-based mental health therapy in American Sign Language (ASL) using videoconferencing
- Receive home-based mental health services using your smartphone, laptop, or desktop computer
Outpatient Mental Health Clinic – Telemental Health for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Laura Dreany-Pyles, LCSW-C
video ph: 443-569-6947
Residential Program – Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Dawn Padon, Program Manager
video ph: 443-569-7132