Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Video
Useful For: Administrators, Audiologists, Employers, Interpreters, New Users, Parents, Students
This two-part video explains the Americans With Disabilities Act and how it applies to postsecondary education for students who are deaf. It is narrated by attorney Howard A. Rosenblum, whose practice focuses on disability rights and special education. The video is presented in American Sign Language, with voiceover and open captioning. Part 1: The Basics of the Americans With Disabilities Act explains the history of the ADA, including its passage, its definitions of disability, and its recent Amendment Act. The ADA's four sections—Employment, Public Entities, Public Accommodations, and Telecommunications—are discussed, along with information on the various federal agencies responsible for enforcing ADA laws. Part 2: The Americans With Disabilities Act and the College Years explains how the ADA applies to postsecondary education by clarifying differences between the ADA and other legislation, such as the Individuals With Disabilities Act. It also discusses how the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 may affect postsecondary faculty and staff, reviews how students who are deaf may be protected by the ADA, and shows how the law affects access and accommodations as well as the provision of equipment. The video outlines services that postsecondary institutions need to provide to students and reviews how postsecondary students may effectively request services and advocate for themselves.