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  • Do you need accommodations to do your job – specialty phone equipment, employment and benefits information given to you in sign language, interpreters for staff meetings and other important communications that other employees have access to? Are you faced with more disciplinary complaints that are related to the hearing loss or deafness?
  • Did the organizers of a public hearing or meeting refuse to provide CART captioning services when you requested them so you could understand what was said by reading the captions?
  • Are you being denied needed access and language services by an adult education program, college or university because you are D/deaf or Hard of Hearing? Is your deaf, hard of hearing or signing/gesturing child not getting an equal education – including access to after school activities – as their hearing counterparts?
  • Do you use sign language and are faced with service providers refusing to use sign language interpreters? Did a provider try to use Video Remote Interpreting when it was not appropriate or unsuccessful?

These are just a few of the examples of discrimination based on hearing status that DRM Deaf Advocacy staff can help with. We offer free consultation, advocacy and individual support at meetings and on the job, with the full weight of ADA and Maine Human Rights law behind them.

The Scribe program can help people with hearing loss understand complex material written in English. Call ahead for an appointment to be sure someone is available to help you. Deaf Services staff are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about technology that can help us (and others) communicate with you.

DRM Deaf Services hosts an annual state-wide conference in June, and sponsors educational workshops and community-building events throughout the year.

DRM also promotes systemic change by working directly with Maine agencies and legislators on matters of importance to the D/deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened people of Maine. We provide specialized training to employers, organizations and groups about better serving the estimated 17% of Maine people who have a hearing loss.

DRM does NOT provide assistance with criminal or family law cases; we can refer to other lawyers who can, and educate those lawyers about using interpreters and other communication techniques.


DOJ Guidance

In December 2017, the US Dept. of Justice rescinded 25 guidance documents. Shortly thereafter, the New York Times archived these documents and made them available on the cloud.

Below is the list of documents that are available for viewing by clicking the link below:

  1. ATF Procedure 75-4.
  2. Industry Circular 75-10.
  3. ATF Ruling 85-3.
  4. Industry Circular 85-3.
  5. ATF Ruling 2001-1.
  6. ATF Ruling 2004-1.
  7. Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative Guidelines (2013).
  8. Northern Border Prosecution Initiative Guidelines (2013).
  9. Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grants Program Guidance Manual (2007).
  10. Advisory for Recipients of Financial Assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice on Levying Fines and Fees on Juveniles (January 2017).
  11. Dear Colleague Letter on Enforcement of Fines and Fees (March 2016).
  12. ADA Myths and Facts (1995).
  13. Common ADA Problems at Newly Constructed Lodging Facilities (November 1999).
  14. Title II Highlights (last updated 2008).
  15. Title III Highlights (last updated 2008).
  16. Commonly Asked Questions About Service Animals in Places of Business (July 1996).
  17. ADA Business Brief: Service Animals (April 2002).
  18. Prior Joint Statement of the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development Group Homes, Local Land Use, and the Fair Housing Act (August 18, 1999).
  19. Letter to Alain Baudry, Esq., with standards for conducting internal audit in a non-discriminatory fashion (December 4, 2009).
  20. Letter to Esmeralda Zendejas on how to determine whether lawful permanent residents are protected against citizenship status discrimination (May 30, 2012).
  21. Common ADA Errors and Omissions in New Construction and Alterations (June 1997).
  22. Common Questions: Readily Achievable Barrier Removal and Design Details: Van Accessible Parking Spaces (August 1996).
  23. Website guidance on bailing-out procedures under section 4(b) and section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (2004).
  24. Americans with Disabilities Act Questions and Answers (May 2002).
  25. Statement of the Department of Justice on Application of the Integration Mandate of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Olmstead v. L.C. to State and Local Governments' Employment Service Systems for Individuals with Disabilities (October 31, 2016).

New York Times, December 2017

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