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This section of our website offers tips to enhance communication when interfacing with persons who are Deaf, Deaf-blind or hard of hearing.

This article is last updated on Saturday, February 14, 2009


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Hearing Highway Safety Project Posted on May 17th, 2016

The Hear Fayette Program has designed a card to place in the visor of your car to minimize communication breakdown if you are pulled over by a police officer. Learn more about the project and order your own copy of the card today.

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First Responder Communication with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Citizens Posted on January 29th, 2016

Deaf and Hard of hearing persons and first responders such as police officers and emergency medical personnel often have great difficulty in communicating on their first encounter. This may be a time of high stress for everyone. Learn more about how to safely communicate in a video borrowed on permission from a workgroup in Spokane, Washington.

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Serving People Who are Deaf in Hospitals Posted on September 14th, 2014

serving-health-in-hospitalsLearn how to make your hospital more accessible for Deaf people. If you are Deaf or Hard of hearing, learn where to turn to advocate if your communication needs are not being met in the hospital setting. Two health patients share their hospital experiences.

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Link: Closed Captioning and Other Assistive Technology Posted on August 9th, 2014

Assistive technologies are those that assist people with disabilities. Any form of communication, electronic device, or technological tool that assists or helps the blind, deaf, vision- or hearing-impaired, or those with limited mobility falls under the category of assistive technologies. assistive technologies are those that assist people with disabilities. Visit the web address: Closed Captioning […]

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Assistive Technology Posted on January 26th, 2014

1208 - Assistive TechnologyDifferent types of assistive technology can make a huge difference in the lives of a person who is deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind. Some types of assistive technology allow a person to feel more safe in their home. Other products make communication with others more easy.

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Welcome to Pro-Tactile: the Deafblind Way Posted on February 24th, 2013

Learn about communication and language strategies for some people who are DeafBlind Jelica Nuccio and aj Granda in: “Welcome to Pro-Tactile: the Deafblind Way”. Jelica Nuccio: Hello! Welcome to our very first vlog [aj taps Jelica vigorously on the knee and smiles. Both are receiving signs tactually, and their legs are touching] Called. aj granda: […]

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Access to Health Care for Women with Disabilities Posted on November 23rd, 2012

Women with Disabilities including persons who are Deaf or Hard of hearing often cannot get good health care services for a variety of reasons.

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My Health Passport Posted on April 10th, 2011

Florida Center for Inclusive communities created My Health Passport. This is a document that should be completed by an individual (and/or their caregiver), to describe important aspects about special health care needs. My Health Passport was designed to be shared with many types of healthcare providers, in clinic and hospital settings to communicate how to […]

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Relay Communication Services Posted on January 15th, 2011

Relay services allow persons who are hearing to communicate with persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of hearing very easily. Both the 711 and Video Relay Service are extremely user friendly!!

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Captioning and Computer Assisted Real Time Transcription (CART) Posted on June 30th, 2009

Have you ever watched a television show or been at a seminar and you just missed some of the words? Hard of hearing individuals often mishear information on a daily basis. Don’t you wish there was a way to support hearing in noisy environments so that you didn’t miss the message – or the comedic […]

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Communication and your Health Posted on May 14th, 2009

Persons with hearing loss often have difficulty conveying and receiving important health related information. A new Pittsburgh based website offers information about timely health and mental health topics, communication tips, local resources, supports and related health links for Deaf, Deaf-blind and hard of hearing people.

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Top 5: Communicate with Hard of Hearing Posted on November 11th, 2008

General top five tips on how to communicate with a Hard of Hearing individual 1. Remember that just because a person can hear your voice, it does not mean they can understand and hear your words perfectly. Face the person directly and stand close enough. Face the person directly and stand close enough for them […]

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Top 5: Communicate with Deafblind Posted on November 11th, 2008

General top five tips on how to communicate with a Deafblind individual 1. Gently touch their hand and place your hand underneath theirs so as not to startle them. Touching the hand is less startling than a touch on the back or arm. Do not “hit and run.” Not all Deafblind people communicate the same […]

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Top 5: Communicate with Deaf Posted on November 11th, 2008

General top five tips on how to communicate with a Deaf individual 1. Relax. Be yourself; do not go overboard when meeting a Deaf individual. Get the Deaf person’s attention and make eye contact. To get their attention, tap the person on the shoulder or wave your hand. 2. Speak slowly and normally, but do […]

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Hospital Access for Hard-of-Hearing People Posted on September 24th, 2008

Credit goes to Nancy Kingsley, author of Hearing Loss Association of Pennsylvania Introduction Hospitals are required by law to provide access to people with disabilities, and this includes the provision of effective communication to those with hearing loss, whether they are patients or persons who have the authority to make healthcare decisions for the patient. […]

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Working with Doctor for Best Communication Posted on September 24th, 2008

The information provided on this page is intended to be general in nature and should not be construed as legal advice applicable to any specific situation. WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR SITUATION AND THE LAW. If You are DEAF, DEAFBLIND, or HARD OF HEARING, you […]

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