with Disabilities (Persons with
& Persons with Physical and Mental Disabilities:
A Guide to Selected Resources, April 2000
Journal articles discuss treatment and education barriers, prevention
education programs, and other topics relating to HIV/AIDS among people
with physical and mental disabilities. Additionally, the National Library
of Medicine (NLM) provides free, online access to journal citations (MEDLINE
database) as well as monographs, meeting abstracts, and government report
citations (AIDSLINE database) at www.igm.nlm.nih.gov.
You may call the National Library of Medicine toll-free at 888-346-3656
for additional information. NPIN Resource and Training Center librarians
are available at 800-458-5231 to help you search NLM and other Internet
Woodroffe et al. Knowledge and attitudes about AIDS among deaf and
hard-of-hearing persons. AIDS Care. 10(3):377-86, June 1998.
The authors investigated whether the public information being dispensed
about AIDS reaches deaf and hard-of-hearing persons to the same extent
as the rest of the American population.
Dagron et al. An adapted access to healthcare for the deaf: a necessity
and enrichment. International Conference on AIDS. 12:606-7 (abstract
no. 32424), June 1998.
This article focuses on the barriers deaf people face when accessing health
information. Training deaf people to become healthcare professionals and
training hearing professionals to be bilingual in sign language would
increase deaf people’s access to HIV/ AIDS-related information, prevention
education, and treatment.
Baker-Duncan et al. Deaf adolescents’ knowledge of AIDS. Grade and
gender effects. American Annals of the Deaf. 142(5):368-72, December
This article summarizes the results of a study of deaf adolescents’ responses
to a questionnaire designed to probe their knowledge of AIDS. The study
discovered that few students knew the answers to most questions, indicating
that AIDS education programs for deaf adolescents are urgently needed.
Hardy, S., and L. Pearson. HIV prevention education for adolescent
women with dis-abilities. National Conference on Women with HIV (abstract
no. 207.2), May 1997.
This journal article focuses on the results of a community-based clinic’s
efforts to develop a specialized curriculum for HIV prevention education
for adolescent women with learning disabilities, emotional problems, and
De Jongh-Wieth, F., and L.Tonino van de Marel. HIV-prevention at a
workplace for people with a mental and/or physical disability. International
Conference on AIDS. 11(2): 356 (abstract no Th.C. 4659), July 1996.
This article discusses an HIV prevention educa-tion program designed by
an organization that provides work for people with mental and physical
disabilities. The education program also covered related diseases, such
as TB and STDs.
Checkley et al. HIV in the mentally ill. Australian and New Zealand
Journal of Psychiatry. 30(2): 184-94, April 1996.
This article discusses the results of a survey of published literature
covering HIV infection and risk behaviors among the mentally ill. Among
risk behaviors that exposed the mentally ill were impulsivity and high
levels of sexual activity during acute exacerbations of psychiatric illness.
Kennedy, S. F., and C. L. Buchholz. HIV and AIDS among the deaf. Sexuality
and Disability. 13(2):145-158, Summer 1995.
This article describes the AIDS crisis within the deaf community. It discusses
sexuality within the deaf community, risk factors for AIDS, attitudes
of deaf gays and lesbians, medical needs of deaf people, and the deaf
community’s efforts in these areas.
Razzano, L., J. Cook, and K. Keany. HIV services for mental health
consumers with hearing impairment: risk assessment and prevention strategies.
Journal of the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association.
28(1):17-30, Summer 1994.
This paper describes an HIV risk assessment screening for deaf clients
with severe mental illness at a large psychosocial rehabilitation agency
in Chicago. The agency has developed education, prevention, and ongoing
support services to respond to the needs of this at-risk population.
Gonzales, B. R., and J. Luckner. No, they’re not too young: teaching
children about HIV-AIDS. Perspectives in Education and Deafness.
12(2):10-11,18-20, November-December 1993.
This article emphasizes the importance of teaching young deaf children
about HIV and AIDS and presents guidelines for an HIV/AIDS education program.
It discusses designing a curriculum or integrating HIV/AIDS instruction
into the existing curriculum and provides sample activities for teaching
children about diseases and their transmission.
Neumann et al. HIV education for persons with disabilities. International
Conference on AIDS. 9(2): 876 (abstract no. PO-D19-3949), June 1993.
This article examines the results of grants awarded by the CDC to develop,
implement, and evaluate HIV educational materials and curricula designed
for blind and visually impaired adults; mentally retarded and developmentally
disabled people; and deaf and hearing-impaired people.
Freeman, M. Therapeutic narrative: multi-media uses of cross-cultural
storytelling for people living with AIDS. International Conference
on AIDS. 6(2): 295 (abstract no. F.D. 855), June 1990.
This article discusses a multimedia model of health education among providers
and people living with AIDS, including the visually impaired. It concludes
that having a variety of communi-cation methods, including audio, make
support and prevention information accessible.
Hachmann et al. Prevention of HIV infection in the mentally impaired,
featuring West Berlin. International Conference on AIDS. 5:746
(abstract no. W.D.P. 23), June 1989.
This article discusses a German study of 400 mentally disabled, institutionalized
adults and their sexual activities and knowledge. The authors conclude
that tailoring HIV prevention education to the institutional environment
is vital since institutionalized patients are unlikely to have access
to the medical information available elsewhere.
Houston-Hamilton, A., N. Day, and P. Purnell. AIDSSAFE AIDS prevention
training for functionally impaired. International Conference on AIDS.
5:934 (abstract no. E.791), June 1989.
This article describes an effective AIDS prevention program for a variety
of functionally impaired patients at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington,
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