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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act covers places of public accommodation and public entities, regardless of whether that entity receives federal financial assistance
  • A public accommodation shall furnish appropriate auxiliary aids and services where necessary to ensure effective communication with individuals with disabilities

Aids and services include:

  • Qualified interpreters
  • Pen and paper
  • Telephonic device for the deaf
  • Video

How to communicate with deaf patients

  • If clinics need to contact deaf patients, they may do so by dialing 711(Relay Service)
  • Patients can contact clinics directly for appointments via TDD, e-mails, and another person

Deaf & Hard Of Hearing Patients

  • Sign language and oral interpreters, TDDs, and other services are available free of charge, to ensure effective communication between staff, patients and patients' families.
  • UCLA currently has an American Sign Language (ASL) Medical Interpreter on their staff and contracts for other communication support services as needed.

Universal Signs & Symbols

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