Announcing CSD SVF’s 4th Business Partner

Announcing CSD SVF’s 4th Business Partner

Hello, my name is
Amanda Sortwell Crane. I really appreciate
CSD’s focus on providing job
opportunities to Deaf people. NDT, National Deaf Therapy. We found the agency about
one and half years ago. Right, right, yes. We started talking about
it and launched last year. We’ve been talking about
this for a good couple of years. Our focus is group practice, a
mental health service for the deaf and hard of hearing
members of the community. The service is done virtually,
using an online video platform. This is important because many members of the deaf
community know each other, creating a situation
where we have difficulty finding a licensed therapist
who don’t know us personally. This is where
HIPAA comes in, we want to ensure
client’s privacy. We want to provide the accessibility
to the individuals who might not have a deaf
therapist in their state. Through NDT, we can identify
therapists in one state who might also be
licensed in another state and provide
service virtually. Yeah, the stigma
associated with mental health is a challenge for us. So, now we offer
a new platform that is online
and web based. We understand some people
may be unsure or unfamiliar with this platform, of which we’ll
educate others on. The traditional therapy
usually involves long distance driving
to obtain service, driving for
1 hour and then sit in a waiting
room for their turn. It has a sense of
“doctor’s office”. It is not a relaxing feeling so that is the stigma
I’m referring to, it gets in the way of being
able to feel comfortable and wanting a
mental health service. We want to remove that
with our virtual platform so you can be comfortable
at home using a mobile device. It is more real this way. We’re switching from
that medical setting to a more humanistic
interaction from home. So, NDT, while
we both own NDT, we work with Independent
Contractor therapists from different states
around the country. The goal is for
clients to have options of therapists
to choose from. We want to be able to reach
those living in rural areas who are looking for
mental health services, as well as those
who live in cities with higher deaf population,
which means, less privacy, so it’s not fair to them. We want all deaf people
to be able to choose a deaf therapist they
are comfortable with. That’s the big goal.

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