To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, lawyers provide auxiliary services, such as a sign language interpreter, to ensure effective communication with clients with disabilities. For some attorneys, the costs of such aids can add up quickly. To help lawyers better serve their clients and to make legal services more accessible for all, the State Bar of Texas Legal Access Division and the Disability Issues Committee have launched the Communication Access Fund, which reimburses for these auxiliary services.
Additionally, the Disability Issues Committee is working to develop training and resources to help attorneys better understand ADA obligations and how to reduce costs when using supplementary communication aids. For more information, go to texasbar.com/communicationaccess.