a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities
Act, 1990 (ADA) the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate
on the basis of disability and, upon, request, will provide
reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs,
services, and activities.
Aids and Services include, but are not limited to: qualified
readers; taped texts; audio recording; brailled and large
print materials; or other effective methods of making written
and visually represented information accessible to individuals
with visual impairments.
Aids and Services
Sign Language Interpreters
provide communication accessibility when interactions between
deaf and hearing persons are involved. Sign Language Interpreters
are highly skilled individuals who transmit information
between deaf and hearing persons, quickly and accurately.
They adhere to a strict professional Code of Ethics. They
are impartial and have a sole objective to convey the spirit
and intent of the speaker, utilizing American Sign Language
(ASL). ASL is the mode of communication used by most individuals
who are deaf. A "qualified" Sign Language Interpreter is
able to interpret effectively, accurately, and impartially
both receptively and expressively, using any necessary specialized
Interpreting Services involve professional interpreters with specialized skills designed to meet the needs of individuals who rely on speech-reading
as their primary mode of communication. Oral Interpreters
follow the same strict professional Code of Ethics as Sign
Listening Device Systems enable persons with minimal
hearing loss to participate in the proceedings of large
group meetings, and public forums. An audio system is connected
to an induction loop that amplifies sounds and tones. Sound
and tones are then broadcast to personal receivers which
are used by individuals who prefer audio enhancement.
Communication Access Real-time Translation Services utilize machine stenographers (real-time
captionists) who enter verbal communication into a software
program by using a steno machine. The program converts the
steno signals to English, which is then displayed on a personal
computer or projection screen.
Device for the Deaf (TDD) also known as teletypewriter
(TTY) is a portable teletypewriter device that easily
hooks up to a telephone system. The TTY employs interactive
graphic typed communication through the transmission of
coded signals across the standard telephone network, thus
digital communication takes place and can be read on a screen,
monitor, or tape installed on the machine. When a public
entity communicates by telephone, a TTY, or equally effective
telecommunication system must be used to communicate with
individuals with speech or hearing or impairments.