U.S. Department of Justice ADA bulletin: Effective Communication

The U.S. Department of Justice routinely publishes consumer information documents on the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The linked document here describes the multiple ways in which agencies and industries might better serve consumers who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind or Visually-Impaired.

Download the DOJ Document

Deaf Hospice Education Project

deaf-hospiceThe Deaf Hospice Education Project “serves as a resource for hospice information. DHEP helps volunteers connect with hospice services so that services are provided quicker. DHEP also works to connect the Deaf community with hospices for better access to information.”

Check out this resource.

Gastroenterology Procedures

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Here are some description of some procedures which patients might experience if they are seeing a gastroenterologist, a doctor who specializes in taking care of the digestive system.

Useful Links

The following links include information about procedures.

Colonoscopy <> Upper Endoscopy (EGD) <> Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
From the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

Video about Gastronenterology Procedures

This video is presented in three different ways. First, Mary Jane Harrington, who is the lead nurse for the Gastroenterology Department at HealthPartners in Minneapolis, describes the procedures of a EGD and colonoscopy. Second, Nancy Niggley, a staff interpreter at HealthPartners, interprets this description. Third, Cara Barnett, a Deaf interpreter, interprets the original description from a feed by Nancy Niggley.

Explaining GI Procedures

Mary Jane Harrington, RN, explains the two procedures of a EGD and a colonoscopy. The presentation is in spoken English with captions.

An ASL Interpretation

This video features Nancy Niggley interpreting the procedure descriptions. Nancy Works as a staff interpreter for HealthPartners and has many years of experience interpreting in medical settings.


The Work of a Deaf-Hearing Team

This video features Cara Barnett, a Deaf interpreter working from a feed by Nancy Niggley of the procedure descriptions by Mary Jane Harrington.



All in Due Time: Perspectives on Childbirth from Deaf Parents

All in Due Time This resource features video from 6 sets of Deaf parents sharing their perspectives on childbirth.  It is an excellent resource for learning about the different situations that may come up related to childbirth – including medical conditions and procedure and how Deaf people might talk about them in ASL.  Additionally, this is a great opportunity to look at how gender affects communication styles.

This was originally created as 2 CD-ROMs containing almost two hours of video.  It is now completely available on the web.

Click here to check it out.

ASL Cancer Education Program

The University of California – San Diego’s Moores Cancer Center’s has an ASL Cancer Education program with a variety of videos in ASL related to a variety of different types of cancer, including:

For more information, visit the ASL Cancer Education Program’s website.

New Healthcare Resources from Minnesota

Video Series on Healthcare Access from MNCDHH

Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans Premieres New Video Series on How to Get Health Care Communications Access in Minnesota

 From an announcement by MNCDHH

New Video Guide to Health Care Communications Access (Accessible Video Series)

Are you Deaf, DeafBlind, or Hard of Hearing and live in Minnesota? Learn what to do in different health care situations, including medical emergencies, and how to make sure that you get the communications access (interpreters, CART, auxiliary aids) that you need.

Visit our new webpage on Health Care Communications Access for the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Community in Minnesota.

Watch our Health Care Communications Access video series, which provides a guide to topics such as what your rights are, where you can go for help, what you can do in advance, what you should do in medical emergencies, and what to do if you don’t get the assistance you need.

Introductory Video

This video series is made accessible through American Sign Language (ASL), open captions, voiceovers, and Microsoft Word transcripts of audio content with video descriptions included.

This video series was inspired by the past and current struggles of deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing medical and health care patients to obtain effective communications access. It is MNCDHH’s hope that this will be a valuable resource for deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing people in Minnesota, their family, friends, and supporters, and medical and health care providers who serve them.

View Video Series

New CPR Technique

The Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona produced a video explaining a new compression-only technique for CPR.

Click here to view the video in its original context with more written information.

Deaf Health Blog

This is a project of medical students with the University of Rochester.  Included in this a video of an Appointment in ASL with education for patients about obesity.  Click here to see more.

An Appointment addressing Obesity

Medical and Health Resources from RIT

The Rochester Institute of Technology maintains a database of internet resources related to Deafness. Included this is a list of resources on Medical and Health issues. Click here to view the resources.

Resource List from Gallaudet

Healthcare for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients: Clinics and Special Services

This resource list, from Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University, identifies healthcare programs and initiatives designed specifically for deaf and hard of hearing persons. Communication accommodations include not only a variety of devices, such as text telephones, but also qualified American Sign Language and oral interpreters as appropriate, and medical and allied personnel with sign skills and sensitivity to the varied communication needs of individuals with hearing losses.