advocacy for the deaf
How to Use Letters to Advocate for the Deaf
For most Deaf/Hard of hearing people, the majority of interactions with service providers become another battle for equal access which should be granted under ADA laws without pleading and long negotiations.
The provider’s strategy for avoiding responsibility to provide access is to engage the complaining person in a long verbal discussion in which there is no evidence of a request being made.
Using this technique, providers get plausible deniability needed to avoid operating at a financial loss when accommodating for access.
The Deaf have a right to equal access to services. If a Deaf person is only comfortable with a sign language interpreter, their requests must be respected.
At Deaf.app we have developed resources to stop the discrimination, exclusion and exploitation of the Deaf community.
Below you will find PDFs that help you through the process of advocating for your accessibility needs. I hope these tools are useful when navigating this complex and confusing world we live in.
Our representatives at Deaf Advocate are here to receive your messages:
Calls or Texts: +1-315-552-0222.
We take messages and calls 24 hours a day and respond to messages in the order they are recieved.
Advocate for yourself, for your pursuit of happiness. Accomplish your dreams and affirm your dignity.
Rex is an American technologist, CODA (Child of Deaf Adult) and advocate for the Deaf.
Rex Sarazen, CEO at Deaf.app
NAD | Deaf Advocacy Letters
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.
Below you will find the advocacy letters published by NAD, they outline the responsibilities:
Established in 1880, the NAD was shaped by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level.
The advocacy scope of the NAD is broad, covering a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more – improving the lives of millions of deaf and hard of hearing Americans.
National Association of the Deaf
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 820
Silver Spring, MD 20910
NAD.org Site Links:
DeafAdvocate.app is a Deaf.app service and a resource center for the Deaf and hard of hearing.
Consumers can reach a deaf advocate who can assist them in gaining full access to services and programs offered to the general public, consistent with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) laws and regulations.