Breaking the Silence: Speaking Out Against Disability Discrimination in the Legal System

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN regarding #SelfRepresented Plaintiffs and #TheCourts

I think the State Bar of California needs to offer a refresher course on ADA Title II & III obligations and protections in order to protect the unsuspecting public from lawyer misconduct. Maybe get with #ADA and have AI like Ask Sage, Inc. to knock out a quick online course could be beneficial.


Please provide a brief summary of this entire thread to incite further reading and investigation and sharing
#ChatGPT:   This thread covers various aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including its protections, responsibilities of courts and lawyers, and resources for individuals with disabilities. It emphasizes the importance of honoring the choices of individuals with communication disabilities when selecting aids or services, as required by title II entities. It also highlights the need for reasonable accommodations and how demands for disabled parties to “listen better” or “read better” are not considered compliance with the ADA.

The thread provides several resources, including the ADA website, which offers information on effective communication, reasonable accommodations, and enforcement of the act. Additionally, it suggests organizations such as the Brain Injury Association of America and the American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys as resources for those with brain injuries or other disabilities seeking legal assistance.

Finally, the thread includes a table of resources with URLs and brief descriptions, providing easy access to additional information and support. Overall, the thread serves as a starting point for individuals looking to learn more about their rights under the ADA and how to protect themselves from discrimination in court matters.”

cc: ACLU SoCal Consumer Attorneys of California Insurance Defense Attorneys California Department of Insurance Brain Injury Association of America California Department of Insurance AMERICAN ACADEMY OF BRAIN INJURY ATTORNEYS North American Brain Injury Society

Please note: Demands for disabled parties to “listen better” “read better” ‘get organized’ and ‘don’t ask questions’ are not considered compliance. A request for mailed service documents with a courtesy electronic copy is hardly a burdensome accommodation request. More time to respond to volumes of discovery that would overwhelm even a “seasoned litigator” also seems like a reasonable request. Recorded zoom calls or permission to record on iphone with offer to provide AI transcripts to all parties at disabled party’s expense is hardly a criminal request by a disabled party,

Who Decides Which Aid or Service Is Needed?

When choosing an aid or service, title II entities are required to give primary consideration to the choice of aid or service requested by the person who hasa communication disability.


The state or local government must honor the person’s choice, unless it can demonstrate that another equally effective means of communication is available, or that the use of the means chosen would result in a fundamental alteration or in an undue burden (see limitations below). If the choice expressed by the person with a disability would result in an undue burden or a fundamental alteration, the public entity still has an obligation to provide an alternative aid or service that provides effective communication if one is available.


Title III entities are encouraged to consult with the person with a disability to discuss what aid or service is appropriate. The goal is to provide an aid or service that will be effective, given the nature of what is being communicated and the person’s method of communicating.

Covered entities may require reasonable advance notice from people requesting aids or services, based on the length of time needed to acquire the aid or service, but may not impose excessive advance notice requirements. “Walk-in” requests for aids and services must also be honored to the extent possible.

#Prompt:  Please create 17 engaging tweets for a variety of audiences related to disabilities, brain injury, court matters and ada protections and consequences of discrimination

Everyone deserves equal access to justice. The ADA protects the rights of people with disabilities in court proceedings.

Did you know that people with brain injuries have the right to reasonable accommodations in court? #ADA #disabilityrights

Discrimination against people with disabilities is not only morally wrong, it’s also against the law. #ADA #enddiscrimination

The ADA protects people with disabilities from discrimination in all areas of life, including court proceedings. #equality #inclusion

Courtrooms should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their abilities. The ADA ensures that they are. #accessibility #disabilityrights

People with disabilities are not asking for special treatment, they are asking for equal treatment. #ADA #equality

Did you know that the ADA requires courts to provide accommodations for people with disabilities during jury selection? #accessibility #juryduty

People with brain injuries often face unique challenges in court. The ADA ensures that they receive the accommodations they need. #braininjury #disabilityrights

Discrimination against people with disabilities in court can have serious consequences. Know your rights under the ADA. #knowyourrights #enddiscrimination

The ADA is not just a set of rules, it’s a tool for promoting equality and inclusion for all. #equality #inclusion

The ADA ensures that people with disabilities are not excluded from participating in court proceedings as jurors or witnesses. #accessibility #disabilityrights

Lawyers and judges have a responsibility to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to justice. #ADA #inclusion

Did you know that refusing to provide reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities in court is a form of discrimination? #enddiscrimination #accessibility

The ADA protects the rights of people with disabilities to access public services, including court proceedings. #disabilityrights #equality

People with disabilities are often underrepresented in the justice system. The ADA is working to change that. #accessibility #inclusion

Accessibility is not just a matter of physical access, it’s also about providing accommodations that meet the needs of people with disabilities. #ADA #accessibility

The ADA is not just a legal requirement, it’s a way of promoting fairness and equality for all. #equality #disabilityrights

#Prompt:  Please create a table of resources with urls and a brief description
Resource URL Description
ADA National Network Provides information, guidance, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and disability access.
Disability Rights Legal Center Offers legal services, education, and advocacy for people with disabilities to ensure their full and equal participation in society.
Brain Injury Association of America Provides information, resources, and support to people with brain injuries and their families.
National Disability Rights Network A network of protection and advocacy agencies that provide legal services and advocacy for people with disabilities.
Accessible Law Offers free online legal resources and training for people with disabilities and their advocates.
Department of Justice – Disability Rights Section Provides information and resources on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the rights of people with disabilities.
Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund A national legal advocacy organization that fights for the civil rights of people with disabilities through education, litigation, and public policy advocacy.
National Council on Disability An independent federal agency that advises the president, Congress, and other federal agencies on disability policy. A comprehensive online resource for people with disabilities and their families, offering information on a wide range of topics related to disability rights, benefits, and services.
Disability Law Center Provides free legal services and advocacy to people with disabilities in Massachusetts.
Disability Rights California Provides legal advocacy and other services to people with disabilities in California.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Provides education, support, and advocacy for people with mental illness and their families.
National Association of the Deaf Provides information, advocacy, and support for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
United Spinal Association Provides information, advocacy, and support for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Provides information, advocacy, and support for people with multiple sclerosis and their families.
Autism Society Provides advocacy, education, and support for people with autism and their families.
American Association of People with Disabilities A national disability rights organization that works to increase the political and economic power of people with disabilities.




■ The Department of Justice’s Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA) Mediation Program (the Program) informally
resolves ADA complaints, allowing parties – the person who
filed the complaint and the business or local government
named in the complaint – to develop mutually agreed upon
solutions that comply with the ADA.
■ Since its inception, the Program has mediated more than
5,000 complaints nationwide, with more than 75% of them
resulting in successful resolutions.
■ Using professional ADA-trained mediators throughout the
United States, the Program provides a confidential, voluntary
way to resolve ADA complaints fairly and quickly.
■ The Program greatly expands the reach of the ADA and the
speed with which alleged violations are resolved at minimum
expense through a partnership between the Department
of Justice and the mediation contractor, the Key Bridge
Foundation (KBF)

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