ASL Cancer Genetics is a part of a multi-year efforts of the Deaf Genetics Projects in partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles and Gallaudet University. This website was made possible with the funding from National Cancer Institute and the Genetic Alliance. the development of educational materials presented in this website was part of our research aiming to evaluate the effectiveness of providing health information in ASL to Deaf individuals compared to English text. The project team has adapted and expanded this material for the public at aslcancergenetics.org. ASL Cancer Genetics consists of two main sections: educational modules and a teacher’s section.
The educational modules will guide you to understand how to evaluate your family for the possibility of inherited cancer and what to do if your family seems at high risk for inherited cancer. Modules 1-2-3-4 include short quizzes to evaluate your comprehension of the information. The information is presented in American Sign Language and is accompanied with different formats of written English text: closed captioning with the ASL videos, or by downloading an electronic copy of a full transcript with illustration in Epub or PDF.
- Module 1
- Module 2
- Module 3
- Module 4Module 4 will discuss what steps to take after analyzing the risk actors from the illustrated family tree. An overview of the process of genetic counseling and genetic testing is described so that you can have a better idea of how this information can help you and your family understand and reduce inherited cancer risk.
In addition to providing health information in ASL, we developed a 16-page visual guide to help the Deaf community learn about the risks of inherited cancer. this guide was developed to align with the six ASL educational modules. You can request a hard copy of the booklet by contacting us or by downloading an electronic copy in Epub or PDF. Please feel free to share this material with your family and friends.