There are two major problems with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Primarily, it is technically obsolete. The act predates the Internet, so it doesn’t provide for such essential services as videophone interpreting. Most Deaf can’t use TTY phones, because they involve typing, which brings us back to the initial communication problems of the illiterate and semi-literate.
In fact, the Act does very little to address the educational deficits borne by the majority of Deaf. Written signs and cards will be utterly useless to many deaf individuals. Cards were printed up, at one point, containing the Miranda warning. The idea would be that those who couldn’t hear their rights being read to them could read them off the card.
Recent studies show that someone needs to have attained an 11th grade reading level to be able to understand some cards. Since a large number…
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