Legal Rights: The Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

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Gallaudet University Press, 2000 - Law - 315 pages
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The new, revised, fifth edition of Legal Rights offers in easy-to-understand language the latest state and federal statutes and administrative procedures that prohibit discrimination against deaf and hard of hearing people, and any others with physical challenges. It includes complete information on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, new laws for hearing-aid-compatible telephones, the new Rehabilitation Act regulations that ensure access to electronic and information technology, and how recent Supreme Court rulings will affect people with hearing aids. This outstanding resource also explains new requirements for federal buildings and other new structures to provide full access. Recent additions to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are described, as are the ways public schools can meet new acoustical standards for classrooms. Legal Rights also covers the new rules about interpreters in federal courts and the latest developments regarding relay services. It lists those states that are leaders in ensuring access and equal rights to people with disabilities, making it the most complete source of legal information for deaf and hard of hearing people now available. Founded in 1880, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the oldest and largest organiza-tion representing people with disabilities in the United States.
 

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Contents

Communicating with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
1
The Americans with Disabilities Act
15
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973
37
Public School Education
55
Postsecondary Education
77
Health Care and Social Services
91
Employment
123
Architectural Barriers
147
Telephone Service
205
APPENDIX A Publications on Deafness and Education
225
APPENDIX B State Services
229
NonGovernmental Organizations
249
A Model Bar Association Position on Deaf Clients
273
APPENDIX E A Model Hospital Policy
281
APPENDIX G Online Legal Resources
289
Index
295

The Legal System
161
Television
187

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