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MINNPOST, Minneapolis, MN
By Andy Steiner

It’s hard enough to find a qualified therapist, but imagine being deaf and looking for a mental health professional who: 1) speaks your language (ASL); and 2) understands the intricacies of deaf culture. Not an easy task.

With the help of interpreters, hearing therapists often work with deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing patients, but the presence of a stranger in the treatment room can be awkward, to say the least. In Minnesota, there only a few therapists who are either deaf or hearing but fluent in ASL. Waiting lists to see them can be months long.

In recognition of these concerns, two years ago the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division established a Certified Peer Support Specialist Program. The program is like other peer support specialist programs around the state, except for one big difference: The peer support specialists on the team are all deaf or hard of hearing people who have experience with mental illness. They’ve been trained to provide support and guidance to their peers.





The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, a peer-run nonprofit in Arlington serving individuals with all types of disabilities, seeks a Peer Mentor to provide peer counseling, I&R, advocacy, independent living skills training, and transition services to Northern Virginia residents with disabilities. You must have the lived experience of having a disability to serve in this role. We seek a compassionate, friendly professional who is familiar with a variety of community resources. You should have an understanding of disability law, low-to-moderate income housing regulations, and knowledge of emergency assistance channels.

Please see the attached Peer Mentor application for a complete job description or go to our website at:

To apply for this position, send your resume and a cover letter detailing your relevant experience to or fax it to (703) 525-3585, Attn: Personnel. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 13.

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Fairfax County Public Schools is looking for young applicants to be models/peers in our Total Communication preschool for next year.

We are looking for signing CODAs who also have age appropriate speech and language.  We are interested in 3 year old applicants but also specifically really  need a girl who is 4 – 4 ½ years old to be a peer / model for one of our students.

You must live in Fairfax County to apply.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Courtney Korb at for an application and further information.

Please spread the word.

Thank you,
Jan Pry
Preschool TC teacher