Legal Service Center for deaf and hard of hearing

April 5, 2010 at 7:46 pm 1 comment

BalancesECNV is planning to create a Legal Service Center for deaf and hard of hearing here at ECNV. We will meet on April 27th from 10 am to 12 noon to discuss this possibility because we recognize the Chronic Communication Barriers this population experiences in the legal system. Due to the emotional nature of difficult scenarios, deaf and hard of hearing would benefit from ECNV having the ability to provide a support system as they travel through the legal system.

The required means of accessible communication services such as interpreters, advocacy and personal services is covered under the ADA. Deaf and hard of hearing population often experiences reluctance in the legal community to represent them because of language barriers. Even if they locate someone who will represent them, the language barrier can create a lack of understanding of the legal proceedings and ramifications to them.

We request service providers’ assistance in developing a model for a Legal Service Center that could eliminate some of the barriers to quality legal services that deaf and hard of hearing experience. It is from this meeting that we expect to develop a grant that we can propose to grantors for funding assistance. We will frequently update this blog. Stay tuned!

By Doreen Solar, ECNV Deaf Peer Mentor


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  • 1. Advogados Rio de Janeiro  |  August 12, 2010 at 11:14 am

    That would be really great. I have been searching for blogs like this. I am sure to bookmark this and share this with my friends and family. Thank you and more power to you and to your site!


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