For information on the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA),including a deaf person’s right to communication access, a service provider’s legal obligations to provide effective communication, ADA publications, instructions for filing a complaint, and much more, visit www.ada.gov.
ADA Information Line: 800-514-0301 (voice), 800-514-0383 (TTY). ADA Specialists are available to provide ADA information and answers to technical questions on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or on Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).
Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. advocates for the legal rights of people with disabilities. They have experience in issues related to discrimination, abuse and neglect, Social Security benefits, vocational rehabilitation, and many others. Visit www.mpas.org or call 800-288-5923 (in Michigan, voice/TTY).
For information on the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), the national organization that certifies professional interpreters, visit www.rid.org .
For information on the Michigan Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing, visit www.mcdc-dodhh.org. This state government division administers the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) test for Sign Language interpreters. The website includes a listing of certified/qualified interpreters and interpreter referral agencies in Michigan searchable by region.
For extensive Michigan-based information on many topics related to deafness and hearing loss, visit the E-Michigan website: www.michdhh.org provided by the Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People. This website includes a calendar of events; information on services and resources; information for and about interpreters; information and helpful links for senior citizens, youth, and parents; healthcare links; legal/ADA information; and much more.
For information about the Sorenson Video Relay Service, see www.sorenson.com.
For information about the Michigan Relay Center, see www.michiganrelay.com.