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New Haven agrees to improves services for deaf

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NEW HAVEN, CT (AP) -

The city of New Haven has agreed to improve the way its police and other government officials communicate with the hearing impaired.

The Justice Department on Tuesday announced the settlement of its case against the city, which alleged New Haven's Livable City Initiative failed to set up effective communication with the hearing impaired.

Under the settlement, the city agrees to provide sign language interpreters, provide better training to staff, and post its policies.

Police also have agreed to handcuff criminal suspects who use sign language in front of their bodies so they can continue to sign.

City spokeswoman Anna Mariotti tells The New Haven Register the city takes the Americans with Disabilities Act seriously and is using the settlement as an opportunity to formalize procedures that were already in place.

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