Diagnosing & Treating Members with Auditory Disability

Communicating with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Hospital Settings 

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division 

Published 2003 

Interactive doctor-patient discussions with individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may require an interpreter to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.  

DOJ’s brief outlines the types of interpreter services including sign language, oral interpretation, cued speech, and Computer Assisted Real-time Transcription (CART). 

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