Sources to educate patients who are deaf

The following list of resources will put you in touch with experts who can answer your questions on educating deaf patients:

* The National Center for Law and Deafness, Washington, DC.

This organization has lawyers on staff to answer questions about compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Address: 800 Florida Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002-3695. Telephone: (202) 651-5373.

* National Information Center on Deafness (NICD), Washington, DC.

The NICD is a centralized source of information about hearing loss and deafness. It provides information on the deaf to hospitals and other health care organizations. Address: Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002. Telephone: (202) 651-5051.

* National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Silver Spring, MD.

This group maintains a list of interpreter services throughout the United States and can recommend a local service. It publishes a directory for $16.95 plus $3 for shipping and handling. Address: 8630 Fenton St., Suite 324, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3919. Telephone: (301) 608-0050.

* Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH), Bethesda, MD.

This group created a "hospital program" that is also applicable to ambulatory surgery centers and includes a staff education training video on communicating with the deaf and a booklet on how to comply with the ADA. The program costs $80. Address: 7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814. Telephone: (301) 657-2248. *