09.22.2017 Back to News

Learn About Deaf Education at Nebraska Methodist College

September Is National Deaf Education Month.

Did you know that Nebraska Methodist College offers a minor in Healthcare Sign Language? And those students have started a club to make a difference in the lives of others? 

Healthcare Sign Language Minor

All students seeking a bachelor's degree from Nebraska Methodist College are eligible to take the Healthcare Sign Language minor. Over the course of 18 credit hours and six semesters, you'll learn critical vocabulary that includes some of the most common terms needed to sustain an ongoing dialogue with a Deaf/hard-of-hearing patient.

With a minor in Healthcare Sign Language, you'll be able to communicate with patients who might otherwise struggle to find an advocate. By emphasizing compassion through language, you'll break down the communication barriers that can hinder the patient experience. This valuable skill could allow you to stand out to potential employers.

To learn more about the Healthcare Sign Language minor, click here.

The Healthcare Sign Language minor students have started a club to make a difference in the lives of others on campus, throughout the local community and beyond. They will hold a Deaf Awareness Day the week of September 25.  

NAD Position Statement: "Health Care Access for Deaf Patients"

The National Association of the Deaf has issued a position statement on health care access for deaf patients. In summary, here is the conclusion:

The evidence is compelling that deaf individuals have insufficient access to health care. This results primarily from communication barriers in the health care system. It is time to move beyond the identification of barriers to generating realistic solutions.  Access in the form of effective communication must be created and consistently provided to create an optimal health care system.  To this end, providers should identify and document the needs of their patients and provide a range of effective communication options to ensure that quality services are delivered.  At the very minimum, existing federal laws under Section 504 and the ADA require health care providers to ensure that such effective communication is achieved.

To read the full position statement, click here