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2.   Future amendments to the ADA should clarify that reasonable accommodation in mental health services with deaf clients means direct communication with culturally competent therapists (Harkin, 1991).

3.   When direct communication is not currently feasible, we must count on our colleagues in the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf to require extensive specialist training for interpreters in mental health settings.

4.   Deaf community leaders must take the lead in making sure that public and private community mental health service providers know how to use qualified interpreters and know how to refer deaf clients to qualified therapists.

5.   The academic community and front-line practitioners must build on this book to develop and publish guidance regarding the ethical-legal nuances of subspecialization in therapy with deaf people.

In closing, 90% of successful therapist liability risk management depends on ethical behavior and good supervision. Therapists working with deaf clients who wish to stay in the mainstream of discussion and case law about law and ethics can use the following web sites:


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