The Substance Abuse Prevention Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (also known as SAPPD) offers unique prevention programming that addresses the specific needs of youth and adults who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Research has shown that Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals are at greater risk of alcohol and drug abuse than the general population. This is due to the fact that most substance abuse prevention information is typically not delivered in a culturally accessible manner. SAPPD is able to address this issue with a linguistically and culturally appropriate substance abuse prevention program delivered for, and by, the Deaf Community.
SAPPD uses "Too Good for Drugs," a curriculum designed to reduce risk and build protective factors in order to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD).
The foundation of the program is an introduction of nine effective peer pressure refusal strategies, emphasizing positive and negative choices and their consequences such as; Steer Clear, Walk Away, Reverse The Pressure, and State The Facts.
For more information about SAPPD,and to schedule a training session, please contact us at 312.957.4861 (VP and Voice User), 312.744.4780 (TTY) or email MOPDSAPPD@cityofchicago.org