Wednesday, August 7, 2013

City to Pay for not Providing Terps

The Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, Nevada will pay $35k and put officers and staff through training for its failure to provide interpreters for the deaf as required under ADA law. It's an agreement the city made after the Justice dept. investigated complaints including a person who was arrested and held for two days without an interpreter and another who was a crime victim who was not provided an interpreter. The city has agreed to:
  • Post signs indicating the availability of sign language interpreters and other auxiliary aids and services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Provide text telephones and volume control telephones
  • Modify its handcuffing policies for people who use sign language or hand writing to communicate
  • Stock and provide hearing aid and cochlear implant processor batteries in the detention facility
  • Adopt other policies consistent with the ADA

  • You can read more about the case at the Justice Department's website here.