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Federal and State Laws


1) Guide to Disability Rights Laws Provided by the National Council on Disability

The Guide includes the following laws:

  • American with Disabilities Act
  • Telecommunications Act
  • Fair Housing Act
  • Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act
  • National Voter Registration Act
  • Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act
  • Individual with Disabilities Education Act
  • Rehabilitation Act
  • Architectural Barriers Act


2) American with Disabilities Act (ADA)


3) Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Federal Programs-Electronic and Information Technology Access)


4) Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws


5) Telecommunication Act of 1996 (Closed Captioning)

- Closed Captioning Factsheets from FCC

- Accessibility of Emergency Video Programming Factsheets from FCC


6) The Hearing Aid Compatibility Act of 1988 (HAC Act)




Rhode Island General Laws


Lists below are the State Laws Related to Deaf and Hard of Hearing.




Courts and Civil Procedures


Health and Safety


Businesses and Professionals




Motor and Other Vehicles


Open Meeting and Access to Public Records


Public Utilities Commission


Adaptive Telephone Equipment Loan Program


Equal Rights for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons


Independent Living Services and Centers


Commerical Laws (Warranties)