The US Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a landmark settlement with a Colorado Sheriff's Department regarding their procedures and policies in dealing with persons with hearing impairments.
The resolution, which is being hailed as a landmark agreement, will likely be used by other jurisdictions as a template for what proper procedures and policies police departments should have in place for dealing with persons with hearing impairments. The settlement also resolves pending Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) litigation against this department. There has been a growing trend across the nation for focusing on ADA policies and procedures beyond the typical/historic "wheelchair issues litigation" that most ADA litigation is focused on. Most police departments have ineffective, incomplete and vague procedures for dealing with persons with other types of disabilities. This landmark settlement can be reviewed at the website www.ADA.gov (make sure to click on the "New to ADA" link).
It’s important to have an experienced ADA attorney on your side in these complicated situations. LaBovick Law Group has a long history of supporting and enforcing the rights of persons with disabilities. Free consultations are available to discuss such issues and to determine whether appropriate litigation is necessary.