Know Your Rights

Knowing your rights is an important part of self-advocacy and to ensure you’re receiving access to services. Use the resources below to learn more about the laws that protect your rights.

Self-Advocacy Resources

Disability Rights Network Advocacy Resources

National Association of the Deaf Tips for Self-Advocacy

Hearing Loss Association of America’s Guide for Communication in Medical Settings

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act protects individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing and ensures they have equal access.

Title I – Employment

Prohibits employers from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities and ensures accessible communication in the workplace.

Title II – State and Local Governments

Protects individuals from discrimination based on a disability in receiving services or programs provided by state and local government entities.

Title III – Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities

Prohibits discrimination based on a disability and requires public facilities (schools, medical centers, restaurants, movie theaters, etc.) to comply with ADA standards.

Federal ADA and Disability Resources

For additional resources, visit the Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre’s Resource Center