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FEDERAL GRANT ENABLES DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING PERSONS TO JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST SUBSTANCE ABUSE

 FEDERAL GRANT ENABLES DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING PERSONS
 TO JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST SUBSTANCE ABUSE
 TRENTON, N.J., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Signs of Sobriety, Inc. (SOS), a community-based organization established to provide alcoholism and drug addiction services to New Jersey's deaf and hard of hearing citizens, announced the award of an Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP) conference grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The grant permits SOS to sponsor a conference titled, "Preventing Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse In The Deaf Community," which is scheduled for April 25, 1992 at the Ramada Renaissance in New Brunswick, N.J.
 To date, much of the information presented to the general population about alcohol and other drug abuse and ways to prevent it have not been communicatively accessible to persons who are deaf. The conference will address this serious problem by bringing together members of the deaf community to discuss various aspects of alcohol and other drug abuse and begin to problem-solve regarding ways to prevent such abuse.
 John L. Hulick, SOS director, said of this first-ever event in the Northeastern region of the United States, "I am proud that SOS and our many other co-sponsoring agencies have been granted the opportunity to provide valuable information about the prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse to a community that heretofore was not armed for such a battle. I hope this is only the beginning of efforts to bring alcoholism and other drug abuse services into the 1990's for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing."
 The conference will present many nationally recognized deaf professionals in the field of alcohol and other drug abuse services for deaf persons. Additionally, the conference grant has allowed for the development of a documentary on the topic to be produced by New Jersey Network, New Jersey's public television station. Those wishing to attend the conference can contact SOS at 609-392-4477 (voice) or 609-392-6561 (tty).
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