Planning for Communication Access During a Healthcare Crisis

Communication access in healthcare is a right under the ADA. With the current COVID-19 crisis, communication access is increasingly needed, and simultaneously strained. Patient isolation requirements, face masks, and limited visitor policies can leave those with communication needs without communication access. As a patient, there are many things you can do to prepare in theContinue reading “Planning for Communication Access During a Healthcare Crisis”

Real-Time Healthcare Captioning for Patients With Auditory Processing Disorder

In many cases individuals with auditory processing disorders do not have hearing impairments. Instead, individuals with auditory processing disorder have difficulty processing verbal information, or speech, due to neurological or neurodegenerative diseases, disorders, or other causes. Navigating the healthcare setting with an auditory processing disorder can be challenging, and patients may need communication access, asContinue reading “Real-Time Healthcare Captioning for Patients With Auditory Processing Disorder”

Real-Time Healthcare Captioning for Late-Deafened Individuals

Who are late-deafened individuals, and how can we make healthcare more accessible for them? Late-deafened individuals, in general, are those who experience hearing loss after childhood. Most late-deafened adults have oral communication skills that they obtained before their hearing loss. Trauma, long-term exposure to loud noises, such as in the workplace, and illnesses can allContinue reading “Real-Time Healthcare Captioning for Late-Deafened Individuals”

Five Tips to Prepare for Your Healthcare Visit

Use these five tips to make the most of your healthcare visit. 1. Let Your Healthcare Provider Know Your Accommodation Needs The sooner you can let your healthcare provider know of your accommodation needs, the better prepared they can be to handle your needs. As a patient, you have the right to communication access underContinue reading “Five Tips to Prepare for Your Healthcare Visit”