Supreme Court Takes Up Deaf Texans’ Suit Against State
“This has the potential to be a landmark decision for deaf rights and indeed for all disability rights,”
– Wayne Krause Yang, legal director of the Texas Civil Rights Project
The Texas Tribune
by Aneri Pattani
June 30, 2016
A group of deaf Texans fighting what they claim is discriminatory treatment is hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will step in and force the state to provide sign-language interpreters at classes young drivers must take to get licenses.
The high court on Tuesday agreed to hear the case, Ivy v. Morath, involving a group of deaf Texans who sued the state in 2011. The state requires first-time driver’s license applicants under age 25 to take classes that are typically conducted by private companies. The suit argues that since Texas requires the classes, it should make sure there are interpreters for deaf students.