Most of us received little to no training in school on the role the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) plays in private practice or our work in general, yet it is important for all clinicians to understand. We all want to respect and support our clients' needs in session and in our offices. We understand the need for wheelchair access and larger font sizes, but, when it comes to serving the deaf community, many of us are unprepared. Therapists often assume that if they don't know sign language, they can't serve the deaf community. But this couldn’t be farther from the truth. In this episode, Benito Perales, LCSW joins us, and we learn what the ADA is and how to be compliant. Benito also discusses cultural considerations for working with a member of the deaf community, how to obtain an interpreter, and maintaining confidentiality.
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