Accessing Mental Health Care a Challenge for Deaf in MI
Public News Service, September 2013
Not being able to hear in a hearing world is a difficult challenge on its own, but experts say the deaf and hearing-impaired in Michigan also struggle to get access to mental-health care. More than 950,000 Michigan residents have a form of hearing loss or deafness, and many of them also have mental-health issues. According to June Walatkiewicz, a clinical social worker who specializes as a mental health provider in the Detroit area, a lack of communication leads to all kinds of barriers in normal psychological development.
For Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival, plans underway
Detroit Free Press, June 2012
There's still plenty of summer sun to soak up before Labor Day weekend, but plans are already under way for this year's Ford Arts, Beats & Eats. In advance of today's scheduled news conference at Pronto! in Royal Oak, AB&E producer Jon Witz revealed some of the changes planned for the 2012 edition of the festival including the Deaf Arts Festival.