Accessibility Information


Legal / Court

With numerous federal regulations in place, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), people who are deaf or hard of hearing have the right to equal communication access. Specifically, Title III of the ADA states that service providers, courts, businesses, and other entities must provide a “qualified interpreter” upon request to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Auxiliary aids and services, such as interpreters, transcription services, captioning, and so forth, are also to be provided upon request.



Healthcare providers are mandated by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504 and ADA Title II and Title to provide appropriate accommodations for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Providers include doctors, dentists, hospitals, medical facilities, nursing homes, psychiatric facilities, and therapeutic professionals. This legal obligation also means that the deaf or hard of hearing patient cannot be billed for either ASL interpreting or CART services.

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Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) affords legal protections for people with disabilities, including also people who are deaf and hard of hearing. To comply with the ADA, agencies, organizations, educational institutions, and businesses are required to provide accommodations to people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Accommodations might include ASL interpreters, captioning, transcripts, visual alerts, and more. For more, visit ADA.


Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Section 504

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 includes Section 504, which provides protection from discrimination among deaf and hard of hearing people. Organizations, schools, and businesses receiving federal funding are bound to this law.


Education and IDEA Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that provides financial assistance to public schools for accommodations to children with disabilities. Colleges and universities are also bound by this law. Schools must provide accommodations upon request, including ASL interpreters, captioning, visual alerts, and more.


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


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