On July 30, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) introduced legislation in the House that would allow a small number of hearing-impaired individuals to serve in the United States Air Force. The legislation would give 15 to 20 people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, but otherwise fit for military duty, the chance […]

Proposed Legislation would let Deaf and Hearing Impaired Serve in ...

Improving communication between deaf and hard of hearing persons in the EU. Evolving efforts to ensure equal rights for the deaf and hearing impaired in Europe include a 2007 treaty stemming from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The treaty offers a baseline standard for […]

Improving communication between deaf and hard of hearing persons in ...

The basic rights of the hearing impaired under the Convention treaty, while currently not as broad as those required by the ADA, include freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information. “Appropriate” measures must be taken to ensure that the hearing impaired may participate on an equal basis with […]

Improving communication between deaf and hard of hearing persons in ...

  Legislated arrangements for hearing-impaired individuals can be found world-wide. Though terminology may differ, “reasonable accommodation” is a cornerstone of these efforts, all of which rely on defining hearing impairment as a disability and the failure to reasonably accommodate the disability as discrimination. Broader thinking may reject the disability label; […]

Reasonable Accomodation

An employer’s obligation to accommodate hearing-impaired employees is an ongoing and multi-faceted one. An interpreter may be requested and required during any stage of the employment process. Yet employers may find themselves unprepared for situations that are not part of the daily routine. One such example is employee training. The […]

Job training: An employer’s duty to accommodate

A study launched by a group of university students to enable the deaf to fully participate when visiting a planetarium has raised unlimited possibilities for the future use of Google Glasses, and similar concepts, by the hearing impaired community. The “Signglasses” research project at Brigham Young University is working on […]

Expanding the Universe

  Advocacy on behalf of people who are deaf (used to include the hard of hearing), has increased the legal community’s awareness that accommodations may be needed to effectively deliver their services. Practitioners not regularly engaged with the deaf can benefit greatly from and should avail themselves of the expertise […]

Accommodating the hearing impaired in legal proceedings

It is a violation of federal laws to discriminate against deaf persons’ access to the legal system. But how well is the legal system geared to the needs of the hearing-impaired community? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) puts the entire system on notice. Title II of the ADA directs […]

Topic: Legal Services for the Deaf

Perspective Deafness can be defined in many ways.  Is hearing impairment a handicap or a difference?  What impact, if any, does applying one label or another have on society’s willingness to address the issue?  Recognizing that there is no single meaning, that the range of effects can be equally broad, […]


Small businesses in the U.S. represent the majority of employers and employ more than half the private workforce.  It follows that a majority of all first jobs are provided by small businesses.  Yet unemployment in the deaf community is disproportionally high.  How can the two be encouraged to meet?  From […]

Expanding your business: incentives to think outside the box