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Federal and State Laws

Federal

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)

 

State

 

Rhode Island General Laws

 

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

 

Education

 

Courts and Civil Procedures

 

Health and Safety

 

Businesses and Professionals

 

Libraries

 

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)