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When advocating with deaf people in a medical setting or other system, it’s important to make them aware of and help them exercise their rights to equal access to services.  All medical and legal services require interpretation by a certified ASL interpreter.

  • People may not know that the hospital, doctor, court, etc. is required to provide an interpreter for them free of charge.
  • Some medical professionals may see deafness and hearing loss as something to cure. If the person with hearing loss doesn’t share the same viewpoint, he or she may have had bad experiences with doctors. For this reason, a person might be resistant to seeing a doctor.
  • During a medical exam, it’s important to let the deaf person know about any audio cues that are happening.  For example, if someone knocks on the door and another person gets up to answer the door, let the deaf person know why.
  • If a person uses lip reading and does not vocalize, you may need to remind medical personnel to face the person when they speak.