Advocacy Letters

These advocacy letters can 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. We encourage you to download advocacy tips when requesting ASL interpreters (or other accommodations).

Advocacy Letters

Courses and Examinations
You may want 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 school. You may want to print and share this letter with your public or charter school.

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

Attorneys or Lawyers
You may want 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 people.

Police
You may want 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 want to print and share this letter with hosts of events such as festivals and concerts.

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

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

You may want to print and share this letter with a passenger vessel such as a cruise ship.

You may want to print and share this letter with museums, libraries, galleries, and other places of public display or collection.

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

Healthcare Providers
You may want 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 want 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 want 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.

Televisions in Public Places
You may want to print and share this letter with businesses such as bars, restaurants, gyms, hotels, and sports venues to request that they turn on the closed captioning on any television that is in use during regular hours in any public area.

Businesses and other Places of Public Accommodation: Accepting calls placed through Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS)
You may want to print and share this letter with a business or other place of public accommodation to help them understand their responsibility to accept your relay calls.

Message to Businesses: Don't Hang Up!

Banks and Lending Institutions: Accepting calls placed through Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS)
You may want to print and share this letter with your bank or lending institution to help them understand their responsibility to accept your relay calls.