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Morris County, NJ: (Apr-03-08) Alexander Veman, a 24-year-old deaf Rockaway Township man, brought a lawsuit against the Morris County School of Technology, alleging that the school discriminated against him by failing to provide required interpreting services in the classroom. The suit stated that as per the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and the Rehabilitation Act, schools are specifically required to provide reasonable accommodation, such as interpreters for the deaf.

Veman, who is profoundly deaf and communicates by sign language, stated that he enrolled in adult classes at the School of Technology in the fall of 2005, taking a heating, ventilation and air conditioning curriculum. His suit alleged that the school did not provide a needed interpreter. Records stated that after filing the suit, the school hired an interpreter for Veman, but only from 8 a.m. to 12 noon even though the school day ended at 2 p.m. In its defense, the county stated that the school attempted to accommodate Veman by trying to acquire a voice recognition device through the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

As part of a settlement reached between the two sides, sources stated that the Morris County School of Technology agreed to pay Veman $175,000 to resolve federal discrimination lawsuit. [NJ.COM: SCHOOL PAYS DEAF MAN $175,000 SETTLEMENT]


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Published on Apr-7-08


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