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The NCDHR uses the “Deaf to Deaf” communication approach in our research and programs. This project provides information in American Sign Language (ASL) to Deaf communities, from our Deaf staff and team. 


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ncdhrClick on the picture to go into the informational video library!

To know more about the informational video library, click here




To know more about the Warm-Line, click here.




  • Establish/Evaluate a pilot program to connect NYS Deaf ASL-users seeking HIV testing with pre and post-test counseling in ASL.
    • Counselors are Deaf, ASL-using community members
  • Raise awareness with NYS Deaf communities regarding accessible information, testing, and care.
  • Identify with stakeholders key areas to address HIV risks & care in NYS.  Rochester as a starting point and a staged roll-out to New York State.




cxfvsThe person who designed the DeafHIV Video Testing Line was one of our staff here at NCDHR, Erika de la Puente. She thought about it thoroughly by asking other staff how they really wanted to present the project. The story behind the logo itself is based on American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "Video Phone." Deaf people heavily rely on video phone to call for many different reasons. Erika couldn't come up with any better representation than
that! The color that she chose for the design was
red to represent the universal awareness and
support people living with HIV.