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Legal / Court

Title III section of the ADA states that courts, lawyers, and judicial systems need to provide a ‘qualified interpreter' to those who are deaf , deafblind, and hard of hearing, upon request, as an auxiliary aid. The U.S. Department of Justice regulation defines the term “auxiliary aids and services” for deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing individuals to include qualified interpreters, transcription services, captioning, videotext displays, written materials, assistive learning devices, and systems, or other effective methods of audio delivered materials accessible. This legal requirement also covers private client-attorney consultations and the attorney cannot bill the client an added cost for ASL interpretation, Deafblind interpretation, or computer real-time captioning (CART) services.

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Healthcare

Healthcare providers are mandated by Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, Title II and Title III of the ADA to provide appropriate accommodations for deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing patients. Healthcare providers include doctors, dentists, hospitals, medical facilities, nursing homes, psychiatric facilities, and therapeutic professionals. This legal obligation also means that the deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing patient cannot be billed for ASL interpretation, Deafblind interpretation, computer real-time services. [ LINK:https://www.nad.org/resources/health-care-and-mental-health-services/health-care-providers/questions-and-answers-for-health-care-providers/ ] [ PDF document]

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Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) affords legal protections for people with disabilities that also include people who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing. People with disabilities are considered to be “protected class” under the ADA. To comply with the ADA law, agencies, organizations, educational institutions, state and Federal government agencies, and businesses are required to provide the appropriate accommodations to people with disabilities. Under the ADA law, accommodations and services must be provided to people with hearing, sight, cognitive, and speech disabilities. Examples for people who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing include some of the most commonly requested accommodations such as ASL interpreters, Pro-Tactile or close vision interpreters, notetakers, FM systems, and computer real-time captioning services (CART).

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Section 504

The1973 Rehabilitation Act includes a portion in the legislation called Section 504 that provides protection against discrimination on the basis of disability in organizations and businesses that receive Federal financial assistance. Covered entities under Section 504 generally applies to all employers, agencies, businesses, organizations, and programs that receive Federal assistance. A person with disability is any one who: 1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, 2) has a record of such an impairment or 3) is regarded as having such an impairment.

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Education and IDEA Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal legislation that provides Federal financial assistance to public K-12 secondary schools to provide accommodations for children with disabilities ages 3-21 years old. Accommodations must be provided by the school to the student with a disability upon request by the student and/or student’s parents. Post-secondary colleges and universities are also legally obligated to provide a broad range of accommodations to college students with a disability. Frequently requested accommodations include ASL interpreters, Pro-Tactile and close vision interpreters, oral interpreters, notetakers, computer aided real-time captioning services (CART) for students who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing.

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Section 504

The1973Rehabilitation Act includes a portion in the legislation called Section 504 that provides protection against discrimination on the basis of disability in organizations and businesses that receive Federal financial assistance. Covered entities under Section 504 generally applies to all employers, agencies, businesses, organizations, and programs that receive Federal assistance. A person with disability is any one who: 1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, 2) has a record of such an impairment or 3) is regarded as having such an impairment

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Education And Idea ACT

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal legislation that provides Federal financial assistance to public K-12 secondary schools to provide accommodations for children with disabilities ages 3-21 years old. Accommodations need to be provided by the school to the student with disability upon request by the student and/or student’s parents. Post-secondary colleges and universities are legally obligated to provide a broad range of auxiliary aids to students. Those accommodations include ASL interpreters and real-time captioning services for students who are deaf and hard of hearing