SURVEY: Analysis of Encounters between Deaf and Law Enforcement

Project Title: Warnings That Fell on Deaf Ears: A Three-Pronged Analysis of Encounters between Deaf Individuals and Law Enforcement

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Paul Silvasi and I am a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at Gallaudet University. I am reaching out to you today for assistance in distributing my survey for my dissertation. My dissertation looks at interaction experiences that deaf individuals in the United States have had with the police. My goal with my dissertation is to better understand the experiences deaf citizens have had with the police, to understand the kind of training and regulations police officers have regarding working with deaf individuals, and to use the information gathered from this project to push for nationwide standards on best practices for the police when interacting with deaf citizens. I’m reaching out to you today as I believe this relates to the mission goal of your organization, and I was hoping you would help me in distributing my survey to your members in an email blast, in your newsletter, or by any other method you use to disseminate information. My study has been approved by the Gallaudet University IRB. I sincerely appreciate whatever you are able to do to help

To share this survey with your members, please direct them to this link: https://surveys.gallaudet.edu/surveys/?s=RDXML7N9XC

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Project Title: Warnings That Fell on Deaf Ears: A Three-Pronged Analysis of Encounters between Deaf Individuals and Law Enforcement
Principal Investigator: Paul Silvasi
Address: 800 Florida Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (585) 351-2549
E-mail: policeinteractionstudy@gallaudet.edu
Faculty Sponsor: Donna Morere, Ph.D.
Department: Psychology

I am a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Department at Gallaudet University. I am studying meetings between deaf people and the police. I want to understand what is a problem and what helps when the police meet with a deaf person. I also want to learn what will make the meetings better. This can help police and deaf people know what to do when they meet.

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