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The Advisory Committee on Access for People with Disabilities was established by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks, in September 2017. Under the leadership of the Chair, Hon. Rosalyn Richter, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, First Department, the Committee is charged with examining a broad scope of issues, including the procedures for requesting accommodations, and training and other needs to ensure best practices in providing access for court users with special needs.

The Committee also will consider the availability of sign language interpreters and assisted listening devices, as well as the quality of remote video interpreting services for the deaf and hard of hearing; and the navigability for those with visual and other disabilities of online court programs and services. Additional issues include the barriers faced by jurors who have a disability. It is anticipated that in late 2018, or early 2019, the Committee will submit its recommendations to the Chief Judge on these issues, among other topics of concern.

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