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Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Advocacy Tips: Asking Your Healthcare Provider for a Sign Language Interpreter is a self-advocacy packet that explains the right to an interpreter, how to request an interpreter, and a sample letter to request an interpreter. 

How to Ask for an Interpreter is a checklist for the process of asking for an interpreter, guidance for how to ask for an interpreter, and a sample letter to request an interpreter from a business or office.

Please also see our other resource pages for more general information about requesting accommodations, such as in employment.


Government Resources

The U.S. Department of Justice-Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section, maintains www.ada.gov, which has a large variety of resources regarding the ADA including technical assistance manuals, business briefs, videos, explanation of physical accessibility requirements, information about ADA enforcement, and other resources. Materials specific to this topic include:

The NC Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing is a division of the NC Department of Health and Human Services that provides direct services to individuals with hearing loss and the agencies and businesses that provide services. This division also provides resource and linkages to programs and services all across the state. The seven regional centers throughout the state provide services such as advocacy and consultation; communication support, information and referral; workshops and training; and outreach.

The NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services (NC MH/DD/SAS) has a section of their website regarding services for individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, which includes information about accessing services.

The NC Administrative Office of the Courts has information about accessing the courts for individuals with disabilities, and has specific Guidelines for Accommodating Persons Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in the Courts.


Other Resources

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is a national civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals that works to ensure that the collective interest of the American deaf and hard of hearing community are seen and represented. NAD’s Law and Advocacy Center provides information, advocacy, and legal representation on select civil rights issues. The information provided by the Law and Advocacy Center addresses subjects such as employment, justice (e.g., law enforcement), transportation and travel, healthcare, education, etc.

Beginnings for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing offers technical and emotional support to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing and professionals serving those families. 

Hearing Loss Association of NC works to represent the interests of Hard of Hearing people in NC through information, education, advocacy and support while supporting national HLAA overall goals and encouraging local chapters in NC.

NC Deaf-Blind Associates advocates for the needs and rights of individuals who are Deaf-Blind.

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Galludet University offers information, training, and technical assistance for parents and professionals to meet the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Clerc Center maintains a webpage of resources.

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