eventual implementation. The group has also published a booklet, Taking Steps, which provides a useful information format and worksheet for the public on advance directives.
Judith Lauterstein, Ph.D.
The George Whitmore Foundation
33 East 38th Street, Suite 3A
New York, NY 10016
When hospitalized, the deaf frequently sustain long periods of social isolation. They cannot communicate with doctors and other hospital staff unless a qualified interpreter is present. Currently, there are no hospice programs actively serving the deaf community. The George Whitmore Foundation, in collaboration with the Jacob Perlow Hospice, will create a program of hospice care for the deaf at the end of life. A key component of this pilot program will be the collection of data from the deaf community about their experiences with end-stage illness.
The Compassionate Friends: www.jjt.com
Growth House, Inc.: www.growthhouse.org
The International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement: www.wwdc.com/death/iwg/iwg.html
The Union of American Hebrew Congregations: server.huc.edu/rjbackup/uahc/conv/adres/care.html
Health Care Financing Administration: www.hcfa.gov
Agency for Health Care Policy Research: www.ahcpr.gov