Rights & Laws
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People who are Deaf, Deafblind or Hard of Hearing have
a right to clear and effective communication so they can understand and be
communication means that people who are Deaf, Deafblind or Hard of Hearing
are given exactly the same information that hearing people are given,
resulting in equal access.
Americans with Disabilities Act (
42 USC §12010 of 1990 (P.L. 101-336) - (Federal law)
Title I Prohibits discrimination in all employment
practices, conditions, and privileges of employment for employers having 15
or more employees.
Title II Prohibits discrimination against qualified
individuals with disabilities in all state and local government programs,
activities and services of public entities.
Title III Covers places of public accommodations including,
but not limited to: hotels, restaurants, theaters, doctors offices,
pharmacies, lawyers, retail stores, museums, libraries, parks, private
schools and day care centers.
Title IV Requires that telephone companies provide
telecommunication relay services that allow individuals with hearing or
speech impairments to communicate using a TTY or other non-voice device.
Also requires that all television public service announcements
produced or funded in whole or in part by the Federal government include
Employers, state and local governments and places of public
accommodations are required to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and
services that result in effective communication upon request.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Section 504
Section 504, 29 USC § 794 (Federal Law)
This act focuses on nondiscrimination by stating that
no individual with a disability can be denied access to any program or
activity that receives federal funds because of his/her disability.
Programs that receive federal funds must be barrier free and must
provide "reasonable accommodations" such as interpreters,
assistive devices, transportation, etc., when needed.
Apprentice, Employment and Equal Rights Programs
Chapter 106 (State Law)
Prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in apprentice
programs, employment programs, and equal rights programs in housing, public
places of accommodation or amusement, postsecondary education, education.
Fair Employment Law
Sections 111.31 111.395 of the
Statutes (State Law)
Provides that it is unlawful for employers, employment
agencies, labor unions, and licensing agencies to discriminate against
employees and job applicants because of disability.
Online Fair Employment Complaint Website
ODHH is not able to sue or file complaints on your
behalf. However, different complaint procedures were put together to
help you, the consumer, learn how you can make a difference. By
empowering you with this information - you can make a difference! Select on the link below for the complaint you wish to make:
How to file:
Please send a copy of your complaint letter to ODHH.
This will help ODHH ensure a tracking system of complaints regarding
services in Wisconsin. The data will be a valuable tool to assist ODHH in
their determination of issues to be addressed either through ODHH or the
If you are willing to send a copy, please send to:
Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
1 W. Wilson Street Rm 558
PO Box 7851
Madison, WI 53707-7851
We may contact you afterwards to see if you have had any
progress in your case. We may be able to provide further assistance and
May 29, 2013