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New CCE Initiative: Access to Justice for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

CCE's new initiative plans to assess this population’s access to the courts and consider ways to involve the private bar around communication access needs.  CCE has a long-term focus on improving the access to and quality of justice afforded to marginalized populations. The deaf and hard of hearing community has unique language access needs that are often unrealized by both the civil and criminal justice systems. Given that the District has more than 13,000 deaf residents and is home to the only university in the world that is designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students, the city is prominently positioned to ensure that this population’s access to justice is not impeded at any level of the justice system. This initiative, led by CCE’s Public Service Committee, will provide further updates as it moves forward. Please contact CCE Policy Analyst Hillary Evans for more information on this important initiative.



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