24 ASL signs all first responders should know
Check out these video clips for the most important words to know when working with someone who is deaf or hearing-impaired
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 15 percent of U.S. adults report some trouble hearing. As first responders who work and communicate with the public every day, it’s likely you will come across someone who is deaf or hard of hearing during your career.
Below are 24 words and phrases that will help you communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired and will allow you to provide care more easily until an interpreter can be acquired.
5. EMT or paramedic
7. I don’t understand
8. Calm down
9. Are you hurt?
11. Do you need help?
12. What is wrong?
13. Are you safe?
14. Follow me
For additional resources, watch this collaborative video created by Spokane, Washington, emergency services and law enforcement on best practices for first responders when working with members of the community who may be deaf or hard of hearing.