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  • 1. California Department of Social Services Office of Deaf Access 179 90 744 P Street, MS 11-91 Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 653-8320 (Voice) (916) 653-7651 (TTY) E-Mail: deafuser@dss.ca.govwww.dss.cahwnet.gov/cdssweb/PG145.htm BASIC MEDICAL STATE OF CALIFORNIA SIGN LANGUAGE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES PLEASE NOTE: This brochure is to be used as a guide for one-on-one communication. This is only a tool to assist in communication while awaiting the arrival of a qualified/certified sign language interpreter. This resource should not be used in lieu of obtaining an interpreter. PUB 391 (03/08)
  • 2. LOCAL INTERPRETERS AND SERVICES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Cypress: (714) 826-9793 Voice/TTY Los Angeles: (323) 478-8000 Voice (323) 550-4226 TTY Riverside: (951) 275-5000 Voice (951) 275-0640 TTY San Diego: (619) 398-2441 VoicePlease note: Some deaf and hard (619) 398-2440 TTYof hearing people communicate Ventura: (805) 644-6322 Voiceby using American Sign Language (805) 644-6323 TTY(ASL). This brochure is designed CENTRAL CALIFORNIA:to assist medical professionals in Fresno: (559) 225-3323 Voicecommunicating with deaf and (559) 225-0415 TTYhard of hearing patients, who use Merced: (209) 726-7783 VoiceASL, by providing pictorial ASL (209) 726-7786 TTYinterpretations of some words and Salinas: (831) 753-6540 Voicephrases commonly used by the (831) 753-6541 TTYmedical profession. This brochure NORTHERN CALIFORNIA:is not intended to replace aqualified/certified sign language Sacramento: (916) 349-7500 Voice/TTYinterpreter, but can be used in the Stockton (209) 474-1573 Voiceinterim until an interpreter arrives. (209) 474-3088 TTY BAY AREA AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA: San Leandro: (510) 483-0753 Voice (510) 483-6914 TTY
  • 3. NUMBERS (1 - 10) COMMUNICATION GUIDELINES When communicating with a deaf or hard of hearing person: • Get the deaf or hard of hearing person’s attention first (tap gently on the shoulder or wave your hand). • Establish eye contact with the deaf or hard of hearing person. • Sign the manual alphabet to fingerspell names and other key words for which there are no signs list- ed in this brochure. • Use natural facial expressions, gestures, and pantomime (e.g., negative words accompanied by shaking of the head). • Speak directly to the deaf or hard of hearing person at a moderate pace while signing. • Make sure your mouth can be seen. • Rephrase the sentence if you are not understood. • When all else fails, write it down or draw a picture. • Most importantly, remember that patience is a language we can all understand.
  • 4. BASIC (WHEN SPELLING, ARM IS IN, NEAR CHEST, MEDICAL WRIST IS STEADY, AND USUALLY ONLY FINGERS MOVING) SIGN LANGUAGEACHE/PAIN ADDRESS ADVISE1 2 ALLERGY APPOINTMENT ASPIRIN ASSIST/HELP BABY
  • 5. MANUAL ALPHABET BACK BATHROOM BED BETTER BLOOD BREATH CALM DOWN CAN CAN’T CHANGE CHEST CHILL/COLD
  • 6. 1 2 3CLOTHES (Dress) COME ON COUGH WHAT IS YOUR NAME? DEAF DIZZINESS DOCTOR 1 2 WRITE DON’T KNOW DRINK 1 2 X-RAY DRIVE/CAR EAR INFECTION
  • 7. 1 2STAY THANK YOU THIRST EAT/FOOD FAMILYTIRED UNDERSTAND VOMIT FATHER FEELING FINE 1 1 2 2WAIT WANT WATER 1&2 FRIEND GET UPWELL WHERE WHO GOOD HAPPEN HARD
  • 8. HAVE HE/SHE HOME LIE DOWN MEDICINE MOTHER 1 2HOSPITAL HOW ARE YOU? NEED or SHOULD NOW or TODAY NURSE HOT HUNGRY HURT, pain, injury PHONE/Telephone PILLS PLEASEIMPROVE INJECTION INTERPRET PUT ON SICK SLEEPY (Sleep)