Charles Williams, an 84-year-old Cleveland Heights resident, filed a discrimination suit against the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for what he describes as an ongoing failure to provide American Sign Language interpreters during his visits to the hospital. Williams is completely deaf.
Read the full complaint below.
Williams describes a series of visits to the hospital — dating back to 2007 — during which he claims the Clinic either ignored his requests for an ASL interpreter or failed to ensure that one would be present. (On a few occasions, the Clinic would provide an interpreter who communicated in "signed English," which differs from ASL.)
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