A federal civil-rights lawsuit alleging denial of sign language and communication services to a former student, was filed against Cal State Los Angeles, according to an article in the Los Angeles Daily News.
Gamaliel Datugan, a deaf former graduate student in Cal State’s education program, alleges that he was denied closed-captioning for video recordings he was required to review and evaluate for class. Additionally, the suit says that a professor didn’t allow CART interpreters to review materials ahead of class, preventing them from providing “real-time captioning for the complex medical terminology used in that class.” Datugan also said, in the lawsuit, that he was assigned an “unqualified ASL interpreter” who lacked the skills to “effectively, accurately, and clearly interpret the complex subject matter and medical terminology” used in his coursework. He is seeking over $25,000 in total damages.
According to the article, the university says it “provided reasonable accommodations to Mr Datugan,” as it does for all its students with disabilities.
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Source: Los Angeles Daily News