Equality and acceptance are values we instill in our children, accepting differences and finding solutions to give everyone equal opportunities is a way of life that we Americans strive for. Deaf patients often do not receive the appropriate care they need because of language barriers that hinder communication between them and the medical staff.
In any medical setting, it is very important to provide your deaf patients with the same high-quality care as your hearing patients. Failure to provide professional sign language translation services to your deaf patients to communicate effectively could put you and your healthcare facility at risk of breaking the law or, worse, medical abuse.
Providing qualified, experienced and professional legal sign language interpreters when deaf patients need assistance in communication reduces risk and lowers dangerous language barriers.
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“Translating can help prevent medical abuse,” a potentially life-threatening risk for healthcare providers is exacerbated by inadequate translation services provided when needed. The US government has long recognized the discrimination faced by people in the deaf community.
Laws have been enacted to address medical neglect for the deaf, who often face communication barriers that exist between the deaf and hearing impaired. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) lists some of the most frequently asked questions about healthcare providers and provides a very clear picture of discrimination laws and how they relate to the provision of medical services for the deaf.