San Antonio Express News: Deaf father reaches $150k settlement with school district over interpreters for hearing son

[Transcript] The San Antonio Express-News reported that a Deaf father of a hearing middle school student has reached a $150,000 settlement to resolve a lawsuit against the San Antonio Independent School District over the district’s alleged failure to provide ASL interpreters.

The father’s name is Cleto Rodriguez. He filed a federal lawsuit last year after he said he requested interpreters multiple times multiple parent-teacher conferences but that the school district did not provide them.

The lawsuit said this was a violation of ADA and other laws.

The settlement awards Rodriguez the money and requires the school district to provide in-person interpreters to deaf parents with an advance notice of at least 72 hours. SAISD also agreed to enter in a contract with a video interpreting company for brief talks with parents.


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