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Jones v. Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services

  • 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)

Jones v. Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services, 504 F. Supp. 1244 (N.D. Ill. 1981) is one of two landmark cases establishing which entity is assigned by the Rehabilitation Act to have primary responsibility for providing auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities in postsecondary institutions under the Rehabilitation Act.

In the fall of 1979, Charles P. Jones enrolled in and began taking courses at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), a not-for-profit postsecondary institution and recipient of federal funds. The Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services (IDRS) committed to providing financial assistance for tuition, room and board, and books so that Jones could attend the IIT but refused to pay for interpreting services. The IIT temporarily assumed the cost of interpreting services, then informed the IDRS ...

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