Friday, March 22, 2013

Colorado Settlement

Arapahoe County and the city of Englewood, a Denver suburb will pay $35,000 to William Lawrence and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition who sued for failing to provide them qualified interpreters. The agreement with the Justice department includes staff training on ADA law and posted signs about the availability of services for the hard of hearing. Arapahoe County and Englewood also agreed to use modified handcuffing when dealing with anyone who uses sign language to communicate. Lawrence was arrested in 2011. Englewood officers did not provide him with an interpreter during questioning and he was kept handcuffed, leaving him unable to communicate.