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NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing

Your Rights

Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind individuals have certain basic rights. All public and private agencies must provide reasonable accommodations for these individuals when requested, as stated in the Americans with Disabilities Act. Interpreting services, assistive listening devices and other accommodations must be provided by all agencies that received federal funds according to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), passed by Congress in 1990, ensures that people with disabilities are not discriminated against in a variety of areas, including but not limited to:

  • Employment
  • Transportation services
  • Recreation programs
  • Public accommodations (hotels, restaurants, etc.)
  • Telecommunication services
  • Housing
  • Healthcare services

Other laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities include:

  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing is available to assist you in attaining equal access to all federal, state and local services that are available to the public. For assistance and clarification on your rights, contact one of the seven Regional Centers.

Each Regional Center advocates for the rights of the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind. In some cases, referrals may be made to resources such as the following: Ready NC Connect NC