Thursday 5th July, 2012
1:45pm to 3:15pm
Although access to healthcare has improved over the years, particularly with the support of the ADA, deaf and hard of hearing people are still facing challenges in actively participating in their own healthcare. “Effective communication” is not guaranteed just because a sign language interpreter or other aids and services are provided. Additionally, all too often, the communication needs of non-signing deaf and hard of hearing patients are not addressed and appropriate services are not provided. Ideal patient-centered care cannot be delivered if the medical professionals and the patient/family cannot communicate with each other.
This presentation will share information about the rights of deaf and hard of hearing people to effective communication, what those services may include and how to ask for what they need. There will be time for discussion, sharing of experiences, and to ask questions.
Track: Grassroots and Legislative Advocacy
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