medical and health care

Is a hospital required to provide an interpreter for someone who is not the patient?

The requirement to provide effective communication includes the obligation to provide effective communication to companions who are Deaf. So the hospital is required to find a way to communicate with someone who has a communication disability “as effectively” as they would communicate with that person if he/she did not have the disability.

Does a doctor have to provide a sign language interpreter if I ask for one?

Title II and III ADA regulations specifically state that you cannot be required to bring a family member or another individual with you to interpret.  Instead the doctor is required to provide auxiliary aids or services in order to ensure effective communication.  This could mean hiring a qualified sign language interpreter or it might be another method, such as video remote translating—as long as the communication is equally effective for both of you to understand each other.