Accessibility Options

Contact Information

Center for Disabilities Studies
University of Delaware
461 Wyoming Road
Newark DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-6974
TDD: 302-831-4689

Sign Language Interpreters

Effective communication is an important aspect of accessibility.  People must be able to access information or communicate to receive and utilize goods and services.

Effective communication in health care settings is crucial. Consumers who are deaf need to be able to effectively communicate with their health care providers in order to receive the best care available.

When consumers and health care providers do not share a common language, a qualified sign language interpreter can be hired to facilitate honest communication. A consumer who is deaf could be the patient, relative or companion of the patient or any individual directly involved in the patient’s health care. In these situations, it may be necessary for a sign language interpreter to provide effective means of communication for the patient or patient’s support member.  The definition of “effective communication” is subjective to the patient and the provider. To learn more about the provider’s role in providing accommodations, click here.