Webinar: Covid-19, Deaf/ASL Community, & Hospitalization

This webinar is geared towards people who primarily communicate in ASL.

An earlier webinar, for persons who communicate orally, was held on April 6. See oral webinar page for recording with captions.

Here is a PDF of the presentation slides.

Here is the recorded version of the seminar, Q&A, and chat.

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View of the webinar with Dr. Michael Mckee (top) and his CDI (bottom) with Dr. Moreland (middle).
View of the webinar with Dr. Michael Mckee (top) and his CDI (bottom) with Dr. Moreland (middle).

About the talk

  • How to communicate in ASL or text with your doctor/nurse when they wear face masks.
  • Learn about how hospitals work and how they will change with COVID-19.
  • Learn about tools & apps you can use to prepare ahead of time.
  • To be maximally prepared, look over the resources provided by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD).

About the Speakers:

McKee Bio

Michael McKee, MD, MPH, is a deaf family physician with clinical and research expertise in disability health. He is especially interested in advocating for the rights of patients who are deaf and hard of hearing to obtain equitable health care including accessible communication. His research focus includes health disparities for individuals with various disabilities, health information accessibility, health literacy and telemedicine applications. Dr. McKee is Lead Director of the MDisability program, Co-Director for the Center for Disability Health and Wellness (CDHW) and directs the Deaf Health Clinic at the Dexter Health Center at Michigan Medicine. Currently, he serves on the board of the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses (AMPHL), and is an appointed member of the Roundtable on Health Literacy of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. He is also a member of the Academy Health Disabilities Research Interest Group (IG) Advisory Committee and the Disability Section of the American Public Health Association.

Moreland Bio

Chris Moreland, MD MPH, is an associate professor of internal medicine and a hospitalist in San Antonio, TX, where he takes care of patients admitted to the hospital. He communicates in both ASL and English and uses a designated interpreter in the professional setting. Currently, he is the president of Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss; in this role he works to promote diversity among patients and health professionals with national research, education, and publications on health disparities affecting the deaf and limited English proficient populations.


This webinar is supported by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Technology RERC (deafhhtech.org). Hearty thanks to Dr. Christian Vogler, Dr. Tina Childress, Curt Kwack, & Rob Roth for helping to organize this event.

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