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Camenisch v. University of Texas

  • By: Caroline Jackson, Howard Rosenblum, Marc Charmatz, Debra Patkin & Stephanie Johnston
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

On March 1, 1978, Walter Camenisch brought a lawsuit against the University of Texas (UT) for refusing to provide interpreting services for his graduate degree program, in violation of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794. UT had refused his request for interpreting services and argued that Camenisch had to provide his own interpreters. Camenisch filed suit in the U.S. district court for the western district of Texas.

Shortly after filing suit, Camenisch sought a preliminary injunction that would require UT to provide interpreting services immediately, pending the outcome of the case. To obtain the preliminary injunction, Camenisch had the burden of establishing, among other things, a likelihood of success on the case’s merits. The district court granted the injunction but ...

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