(Public Law 93-112)

No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States, as defined in Section 7 (6), shall, solely by reason of his handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

From Subpart F of the HEW regulation implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

Section 84.52(c). Emergency treatment for the hearing impaired.

A recipient hospital that provides health services or benefits shall establish a procedure for effective communication with persons with impaired hearing for the purpose of providing emergency health care.

Section 84.52(d). Auxiliary aids.

(1) A recipient to which this subpart applies that employs fifteeen or more persons shall provide auxiliary aids to persons with impaired sensory, manual, or speaking skills, where necessary to afford such persons an equal opportunity to benefit from the service in question...

(3) For the purpose of this paragraph, auxiliary aids may include brailled and taped materials, interpreters, and other aids for persons with impaired hearing or vision.

This information is provided by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.