Lawsuit leads to policy changes that accommodate deaf arrestees

By Fred Cohen Douglas Bahl, an advocate for the deaf, teaches American Sign Language (ASL) at the University of Minnesota. He reads English at a sixth-grade level, and usually communicates in ASL, though he uses a Blackberry handheld device to communicate by text and email. When Bahl communicates with non-ASL speakers in person, he typically…

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Hearing care for prisoners: It’s their constitutional right

By Fred Cohen America’s prisons are bursting at the seams with over 2 million prisoners, of whom perhaps 200,000 are over the age of 50. Older prisoners are subject to the same hearing problems associated with age as the free world population. However, under our legal system prisoners are entitled to medical care that does…

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