Medi-Sign Book
Medi-Sign Book
Medi-Sign Book
Medi-Sign Book

Medi-Sign Book

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Medi-Sign – The Only Complete ASL Medical Sign Course

An Introductory Course In American Sign Language For Medical Practitioners!

Book Description

Medi-Sign is a medical sign language book designed to help health care professionals (doctors, school and community health nurses, emergency room and hospital staff, EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, state patrol and police officers, and other first response and health care personnel) learn occupational specific ASL by offering the type of language found in daily health care communication. Medi-Sign's content was compiled from data collected from medical personnel throughout the United States and Canada. Medi-Sign is structured to offer medical sign language vernacular involved in typical diagnostic and health care professional/patient communication.

The Medi-Sign course combines practical daily medical sign language for health care providers with an organized introduction to American Sign Language grammar and structure.

550 page printed book plus interactive DVD

Please consider supporting our work with a donation to the S.E.E.K. organization that developed Medi-Sign and is offering the online learning course for free. S.E.E.K.’s mission is to advance communication between the Deaf and Hearing communities.

Dr. Robert C. Anderson, Director of Behavioral Medicine & Bioethics, Utah Valley Family Medicine Residency, Provo, Utah.

WHAT A GREAT BOOK/DVD!!! It is often frightening going to a physician and more so if it’s an emergency. Not being able to communicate can only exacerbate an already difficult situation. “Medi-Sign” is a great resource for facilitating communication and reducing fear. This book is a treasure!

The best way to learn medical sign language

Patient consideration

When a Deaf patient realizes that hospital or clinic staff are attempting to learn or are skilled and communicate in ASL, they are more confident in the care and possible clear communication that will occur during their medical experiences.

Medi-Sign Addresses These Medical Concerns

Chapters have doctor/patient discussion regarding: Pain, Vehicular Injuries, Vision Problems, Injuries Relating to Falls, Back Injuries, Coughs, Drug Use, Allergies, Medications, Breathing Discomfort, Diabetes, Urinary Tract Symptoms, Domestic Abuse, STDs, and Sexual History.

There are also chapters covering: Cardiovascular Assessment, Family History, Gastrointestinal Symptoms, Kidney Stones, Major Illnesses, Tetanus Shot, Appendicitis, Pregnancy, Abortion, Food Poisoning, Eyes and Ears, Rashes, Bites, Poisoning, and Burns.

Immediate communication

During emergency medical situations, an ASL interpreter isn’t always available.  Emergency personnel would greatly benefit from communicating with deaf patients directly.

Patients’ health could be compromised

Interpreters are often not available in rural areas or in emergency situations. Patients’ health could be compromised if accurate and clear communication is not available. On-site medical staff with Medi-Sign training can provide the high-level care everyone deserves.

About The Author

Dr. Joseph Garcia began his career as a professional educator in the early 1970s when he learned American Sign Language.

He served as an interpreter in medical and legal settings as well as in high schools and colleges since 1976. He has been active in the Deaf Community throughout his adult life. He served on the Alaskan Governor's Committee on Employment for Persons with Disabilities and has received several major awards for his ground-breaking research in communication and youth development.

Dr. Garcia's Medical Sign Language, published in 1983, offered a dictionary of ASL signs for medical terms.

Dr. Garcia's internationally known programs titled Sign with your Baby in the U.S. and Dr. Joseph Garcia's Complete Guide To Baby Sign Language in the UK have been credited with beginning the baby signing revolution.

His military emergency response background coupled with decades of signing experience have resulted in the creation of the Medi-Sign program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. The video version of this course is now available at no cost. Please place your no-cost order and set up access to the course here:

Please contact us at to schedule training sessions.