The Americans With Disabilities Act

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According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, “it is discriminatory to deny a person with a disability the right to participate in or benefit from the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of a place of public accommodation” (Americans with Disabilities Act Title III Regulations, 2010). The Americans with Disabilities Act is applied to any public place such as a place of employment, a school, any public offices and prisons. However, most prisons in the United States are not able to follow the regulations set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Many prisons are overcrowded with decreased funding so they simply do not have the resources to provide inmates with the equipment or services they…show more content…
In state and federal prisons, this means that all prisons are required to provide the necessary equipment or services for inmates with disabilities so they can attend and participate in services and programs. However, there has been incidents where prisons have not provided disabled inmates with the proper equipment and services. While the exact number is unknown, inmates who are deaf or hard of hearing are said to make up a small percentage of the prisoners within the correctional system in the United States. The reason for an unknown number of deaf inmates in prison is because a lot of inmates are not properly tested on hearing during their entrance physical examination which means their needs could go unnoticed by the prison for awhile (Vernon, 2010). Unless there is a story in the news, it is fairly common for people to not even consider the treatment of deaf inmates in prison because the vast majority of people in prison are hearing and the deaf inmates are often forced under the radar. According to the American’s with Disabilities Act, deaf or hard of hearing inmates are to be provided the appropriate accommodations such as a teletypewriter, a certified sign language interpreter and appropriate equipment for sending information such as flashing lights to inform the inmate of an incoming announcement or to warn the inmate of an emergency. While these accommodations are said to be
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