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Pyles v. Kamka

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

Pyles v. Kamka was the first case to address the rights of deaf inmates in prisons under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. §§ 794. James A. Pyles, a deaf inmate incarcerated by the State of Maryland, sued the State of Maryland for refusing to provide qualified interpreting services during his detention, in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Marc P. Charmatz and Seymour DuBow of the National Association of the Deaf Legal Defense Fund represented Pyles. Kenneth F. Niman worked with them on the case. Stephen H. Sachs and Stephen B. Caplis represented the State of Maryland.

The District Court did not issue an opinion in Pyles. Rather, the two parties reached an agreement in a Consent Decree, which the ...

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