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Summary of the laws that Apply to CART

There are multiple laws that affect the rights of those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.  The primary laws in this area are the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  These laws affect both CART provides and consumers.

The ADA requires schools and businesses to provide a reasonable accomodation to a student or employee who qualifies under the act, as long as the cost of the assistance is not unduly burdensome.

Under the 1997 amendments to IDEA, schools may use funding they receive under this law to provide services in classrooms to children with disabilities, even if those services will also benefit children without disabilities.  For example, a CART transcript could be shown on a projector-size screen for the entire room.  CART can also be used in a student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) to assist the student’s learning.

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act was passed with the purpose of making informaiton technology available to people with disabilities.  It also encourages the development of technology that will assist with the purpose of this law.  Schools and other organizations can be subsidized for costs related to making technology accessible to people with disabilities.

Note that only a licensed attorney can provide you will legal advice on how to comply with any law.  New laws can be made in this area, and it’s important to keep up-to-date on new developments to ensure not just that you’re complying with the law but that those with disabilities are getting the services they need in order to be as productive and efficient as possible, whether it’s at work or at school.

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