For attorneys: assessment, testimony and expert report
The American with Disabilities Act is still a relatively new law with many agencies, public and private companies and organizations who continue to violate deaf individuals’ rights for equal communication access. When deaf and hearing impaired people cannot get an interpreter or communication accommodation, their ability to utilize medical, educational, legal, vocational and business services is greatly compromised as well as their psychological well being and ability to fully participate in their own affairs.
As an expert, I wrote a precedent setting expert opinion on the psychological impact of denial of communication access for several deaf patients against a Northern California hospital in 1995. Since then, I have worked with civil rights, employment and educational law attorneys representing deaf children, adolescents and adults in a variety of cases including denial of interpreter services, discrimination and inappropriate placements in educational, vocational and medical settings. All the cases were settled before going to court.