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Effective Communication in Health Care
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Effective communication means that both sides comfortably and clearly understand each other. Effective communication:

Is a right under the ADA

Ensures information shared in a way the patient with a disability can understand

May mean the provider must provide an auxiliary aid or service at no cost, for examples: ASL interpreter, alternate format, assistance filling out paperwork, etc.
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Small Business Statistics and Accommodation #2
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Fewer than one in three small businesses have a formal decision making process for the provision of accommodations.
Note: For the purposes of this study, we define small business as employer’s having 15- 500 employees.

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Workplace Policies
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In a recent study, 36% of workers with disabilities reported workplace policies have been helpful in managing their health conditions.

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Effective Communication in Healthcare
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Communication is a critical tool in healthcare. When patients and doctors don't understand each other, access to healthcare has been denied.
- Communication for patients with disabilities must be as effective as it is for all patients.
- Ask the patient what form of communication will work for them and offer appropriate accommodations.
- Accommodate patients' communication needs during in-person communication, written communication, and when providing electronic information.
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Disability Etiquette for Healthcare Providers
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Treat all patients with respect and dignity.
Always speak directly to the person with a disability.
Don't focus on the underlying disability, instead listen and acknowledge what the person says or asks.
Do not make assumptions about what the person can or cannot do.
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