Deaf Plaintiffs Win Federal Lawsuit Against The Villages

March 2, 2017

 

 

Deaf residents of “The Villages” — a retirement community in Florida — just won their lawsuit against the Villages Charter School for refusing to provide interpreters. 

 

I reported in December about a group of Deaf residents of The Villages who sued the community for refusing to provide interpreters for their school/college.

 

After a three-week federal trial, an Orlando jury ruled that the Villages school was supposed to provide interpreters — and awarded $212,000 spread out in varying amounts to 21 out of the 30 plaintiffs.

 

They were represented by the New York law firm Eisenberg & Baum, who does a lot of cases with deaf rights. One of their lawyers, Andrew Rozynski, said they showed evidence that The Villages had financial ability to afford interpreters but flat-out refused — which was discrimination. 

 

This is the second time the Villages lost in a lawsuit from Deaf residents — they previously refused to caption their in-community TV programming. Maybe The Villages should read the ADA law.

 

Previous report on Facebook: [http://bit.ly/2lYJvGw]

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