Website Provides Health Resources in Sign Language

DeafHealth’s website has a mission to provide “health education in American Sign Language to promote the overall wellness of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing community.”

Broken heart with two Bandaids across it
Deaf patients are a vital part of their health care. What they learn helps them maintain their best health. photo credit: Mending a Broken Heart via photopin (license)

Users may learn more about:

  • Medications,
  • Diseases,
  • Medical Tests,
  • or find local, Deaf-friendly Doctors.

The resources would provide useful information before or after appointments with interpreters.

While the section on Medications is limited, the list of Diseases is large. Users can click on a disease, such as Acute Sinusitis, and learn:

Man blows nose into a tissue.
Without learning how to care for Acute Sinusitis, patients conditions may worsen. Seeing sign language explanations makes it easier for website users to learn more about how to take care of their health. photo credit: A Million Tissues – 290/365 via photopin (license)
  • what it is,
  • its symptoms,
  • how it’s diagnosed and treated,
  • and care and prevention for the condition.
Person under sheet having MRI medical test with medical personnel watching.
Explanations of medical tests such as the MRI above help website users to understand what will happen to them. photo credit: MRI machine with patient via photopin (license)

Website users can also research medical Tests, which include written and signed explanations for tests such as Computed Tomography (CT Scans).

If the user is seeking Deaf-friendly Doctors near them, they may enter their city and state. In the Houston area, for example, they list three doctors in different parts of the city.

Physicians like Doctor Strange here who are friendly with those who use sign language stand out like local superheroes. photo credit: Strange Magicks via photopin (license)
Physicians like Doctor Strange here who are friendly with those who use sign language stand out like local superheroes. photo credit: Strange Magicks via photopin (license)

An advanced section of the resources includes News about health care directives, such as the right to discharge against medical advice, or about the medical power of attorney.

Website users need to subscribe to use many resources, which is done quickly so that they may continue using the site.

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