Communicating Effectively with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Corrections

Summarized by Matthew Dehler, staff writer

Many Deaf and hard of hearing people may be familiar with the ADA, the Americans with Disabilities Act. Signed into law in 1990, it’s what mandates closed captioning in American TVs, accommodations by government entities, and more. However, there are still some areas where it could be improved, such as the American jail system. Considering the lack of proper help and accommodation in jails, the ADA is certainly lacking in some areas. Even so, the ADA has been critical to the lives of Deaf Americans. Hopefully its reach will be expanded to include everyone who needs it.

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