This new 6th edition explains United States statutes that prohibit discrimination against deaf and hard of hearing people, the core laws and their amendments, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and new legislation such as the Twenty-First Century Communications Video and Accessibility Act.
The standard handbook on law affecting deaf and hard of hearing people has been completely rewritten and updated. The sixth edition of Legal Rights: The Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People meticulously describes those statutes that prohibit discrimination against deaf and hard of hearing people, and any others with physical challenges. Written in easy-to-understand language, the new edition describes the core legislation and laws and their critical importance since their inception: The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The new Legal Rights also explains the significant amendments to these laws, including the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) and new regulations to its Title II concerning public entities and Title III pertaining to public accommodations and commercial facilities. The reauthorization of IDEA expanded the No Child Left Behind Act requirement for highly qualified teachers to all students with disabilities. This new edition also tracks the trend of passing a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children’s Bill of Rights in a growing number of state legislatures.
This completely new resource also delineates new legislation such as the Twenty-First Century Communications Video and Accessibility Act, which ensures access to the newest communications technology for deaf and hard of hearing people. Legal Rights also includes information on the use of interpreters in the legal system, securing its position as the most comprehensive reference of legal information for deaf and hard of hearing people now available.
Founded in 1880, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the oldest and largest organization representing people with disabilities in the United States of America.
A law text that is comprehensive yet accessible is a rarity. Highly recommended for those with hearing impairments and their loved ones, along with students and practitioners of law, education, medicine, and politics. A necessity for all public library collections.— Virginia Johnson, Weymouth P.L., MA, Library Journal
"The National Association of the Deaf's new edition of Legal Rights: The Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People is an important update on advances on the legal rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States. This guide covers essential topics including education; health care and social services; employment; housing, the legal system; video media; and telecommunications services (including relay services)...This is a particularly good book for college courses, such as disability law, because it provides a good foundation for encountering the actual language of the statutes, regulations, and judicial opinions. It reads clearly, explaining legal concepts in lay terms. At the end of each chapter, there are citations to these sources of law for follow-up reading."— Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education