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The ERC and District of Columbia recently reached a groundbreaking agreement to make sign language interpreters and auxiliary aids and services available throughout District agencies for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
“Being able to effectively communicate with a police officer, a school principal, or other government agents is a basic civil right that is largely ignored until there is a problem. This is an incredible, cutting-edge agreement that will use some of the most current technologies to improve the accessibility of government services here in our nation’s capital. This agreement will provide District residents who are deaf or hard of hearing the same access to programs and services that the hearing community take for granted to protect our health and well-being everyday” said Don Kahl, Executive Director of the ERC.
“The Equal Rights Center is pleased to reach an agreement with the District of Columbia that will improve the accessibility of the D.C. Lottery and allow all individuals to enjoy playing its games,” said Don Kahl, Executive Director of the ERC. “D.C. is one of the most progressive jurisdictions across the country in terms of advancing and protecting the civil rights of its residents; it has taken another important step to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through this important agreement.”
The agreement, a result of a lawsuit filed by the ERC and others in 2006, takes several steps to ensure D.C. Lottery Agents are accessible to individuals with disabilities.
Don Kahl, Executive Director of the Equal Rights Center, said, "The District has made another stride to ensure all its residents and visitors are treated without discrimination. We hope more cities across the nation recognize the importance of making their facilities accessible for all."
The ERC conducted an investigation evaluating the extent to which five D.C. government departments were in compliance with the D.C. Language Access Act. The ERC found that all five departments failed to provide appropriate translation services.