Is there legislation that protects the fundamental rights of deaf people in the US?
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Is there legislation that protects the fundamental rights of deaf people in the US?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has come into effect in 1992. It does not specifically cater for one disability in particular but has the intent to protect the civil rights of all in a fair community.

Reasonableness is the key and no unfair advantages or disadvantages are propagated in this comprehensive legislation. Businesses are encouraged by way of incentives related to gain access to the workplace etc. There is however no tax deductions for employing disabled personnel, which we believe, would have been a personal insult to any disabled person, specially the Deaf who sees themselves as fully functional entities but unique as any other able person would in a normal society.

Acts and Laws in other spheres (education, health, recreation etc) regulates the environment, to serve an individual with special circumstances, in order for him / her to fit into the greater society, and to encourage him / her to leads a meaningful co-existence and the ability to contributes to its environment for the better of all, with the intent to cover all aspects in a fair society.

Discrimination against any individual (white, black, deaf or otherwise), or for that matter any group, to be unfair in seeking education, employment, health, housing, recreation or any other reasonable expectation in a fair society, is a criminal offence and is indictable by the current laws with its amendments constituted in the United States of America. This is the case in the Republic of South Africa as well, however it stays the responsibility of the authorities to enforce its noble regulations.

Expectations therefore should be, according to ones abilities, to live a life and work in an environment that is fair and would not obstruct in any way to reach its full potential.