Law & Advocacy Center
The NAD Law and Advocacy Center educates, advocates, and litigates on behalf of and to empower deaf and hard of hearing people.
We are a clearinghouse for general legal information about deaf-related issues. This information is available to deaf and hard of hearing individuals, their families and friends; to organizations serving deaf and hard of hearing people; and to employers, government agencies, service providers and businesses. We provide information online at www.nad.org and respond to hundreds of emails and calls every month for information, advocacy support, legal advice, representation, and referral.
We advocate on legislative and public policy issues of concern to the deaf and hard of hearing community, particularly at the national level and often in collaboration with other national organizations. We cover a wide range of issues including, but not limited to, captioning, early intervention, education, employment, emergency preparedness, health care, technology, and transportation. You can learn more about issues of interest to you and the deaf and hard of hearing community through the links on many of our website pages. On these pages, you will also find more information about action the NAD has taken on these issues and how you can get involved.
Our attorneys represent deaf and hard of hearing individuals in disability discrimination civil rights cases that are carefully selected to establish powerful legal principles of equality and equal access (also known as impact cases). The selected cases are those that present the best mixture of legal and factual issues, with the potential of having the widest possible impact and benefit for the deaf and hard of hearing community. Cases are selected without regard to client income or NAD membership status. Courts may award attorney fees and costs to the successful party in civil rights cases. Settlement agreements may also provide for the payment of legal fees and costs. Our attorneys may serve as co-counsel with private attorneys who are licensed in other states, but only on a limited, court-approved, case-by-case basis. Our attorneys also consult with lawyers who represent deaf or hard of hearing clients.