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Doctors for the Deaf Community

Provide training to doctors about their legal obligations under the ADA to use sign language interpreters to communicate with patients and companions who are deaf.

Who are you?

Director of Advocacy, CIL of South Florida (CILSF)Former Senior Trial Attorney, Civil Rights Division, Justice Department (1993-2005). CILSF is a nonprofit serving the disability community.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Far too often, patients who need to communicate about their health condition are forced to pass notes or use lip reading. Under the ADA, they are entitled to provision of a sign language interpreter. The CILSF proposes to train health care professionals about their obligations under the ADA, and train the deaf community about their rights.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

The lack of health care services to underserved populations.

Please give examples of your project's success.

For the past 7 years, the CILSF has trained members of the deaf community about their rights under federal law (ADA and Section 504), and worked with health care professionals to eduxate them about the need to hire sign language interpreters when communicating with patients and companions who are deaf. far too often, requests for provision of a sign language interoreter are denied. We are seeking funding to enhance out training efforts, to help doctors more effectively communicate with patients.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Center for Independent Living of South Florida

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