Deaf Inmates’ Basic Human Rights

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Budgets must include funds for interpreters to provide communication access for Deaf prisoners in all area of prison life.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons are hurting Deaf inmates by forcing them to obtain cochlear implants in order to save money on interpreting service costs for Deaf inmates.

Those Deaf individuals born with ASL as their first language have the right to choose their natural language. Parents are permitted to make choices for deaf children, but Deaf adults have the right to choose for themselves.

American Sign Language is a choice of language for communication. That choice, and the freedom to make it, is a basic human right for Deaf Adults.