Advocacy Letters

The letters below can be used to inform and help you advocate for your rights. These letters are not a promise of legal representation and using them does not mean that the NAD represents you. Please contact the NAD if you have questions about the rights of deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

ADVOCACY TIPS when requesting ASL interpreters…

  • Make your request with as much advance notice as possible. The earlier the better!
  • Ask for the person in charge of disability accommodations and make sure they are aware of your request.
  • Make sure your request is documented in writing.
  • Offer to provide a list of potential freelance interpreters or interpreter agencies in the area.
  • Let them know that they need to get started on processing your request immediately so that they have enough time to find qualified interpreters.
  • If they have questions or concerns about your request, encourage them to contact the NAD.
  • Last but not least: be mindful that this may be someone’s first experience with a request for interpreters. Being nice and courteous goes a long way!

Advocacy Letters

Courses and Examinations
You may wish to print and share this letter with places that offer courses and examinations.

Public and Charter Schools
This letter is for deaf or hard of hearing students or parents/guardians of a student attending a public or charter schoo. You may wish to print and share this letter with your public or charter school.

Courts
You may wish to print and share this letter with state, county, municipal, administrative, and other courts.

Attorneys or Lawyers
You may wish to print and share this letter with your lawyers or attorneys. You may have your lawyers or attorneys contact the NAD for more information about the rights of deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

Police
You may wish to print and share this letter with your local police department.

Parole and Probation Offices
You may wish to print and share this letter with your parole or probation office.

Festivals and Concerts
You may wish to print and share this letter with hosts of events such as festivals and concerts.

Theaters and Concert Halls
You may wish to print and share this letter with theaters, concert halls, or other places of entertainment.

Conferences, Conventions, Workshops
You may wish to print and share this letter with hosts of conferences, conventions, and workshops.

Long-Term Care Facilities
You may wish to print and share this letter with long-term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and other similar facilities.

Healthcare Providers
You may wish to print and share this letter with your healthcare providers, including clinics, doctor's offices, and hospitals.

Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) in Healthcare Settings
You may wish to print and share this letter about best practices in the use of VRI with your healthcare providers, including clinics, doctor's offices, and hospitals.

VRI wallet card

Real Estate Professionals and Entities
You may wish to print and share this letter with your real estate agents, brokers, realtors, new home sales companies, mortgage lenders, settlement companies, and all other real estate professionals and entities.

Businesses and other Places of Public Accommodation: Accepting calls placed through Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS)
You may wish to print and share this letter with a business or other place of public accommodation to help them understand their obligation to accept your calls placed through Telecommunications Relay Services, such as Video Relay Services(VRS).

Message to Businesses: Don't Hang Up!

Banks and Lending Institutions: Accepting calls placed through Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS)
You may wish to print and share this letter with your bank or lending institution to help them understand their obligation to accept your calls placed through Telecommunications Relay Services, such as Video Relay Services (VRS).