Angeles Institute, a for-profit nursing school based in Artesia, has agreed to pay $15,000 and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act by allowing students who are deaf or hard of hearing to enroll, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.
As part of a settlement agreement with the U.S. government, the school also agreed to provide auxiliary aids and services necessary to ensure effective communication to hearing-impaired students.
Prosecutors said Angeles Institute fully cooperated with the government’s investigation.
The settlement, finalized Wednesday, resolves allegations that Angeles Institute denied a prospective student admission to its nursing assistant program because he is deaf. The ADA prohibits public accommodations, including private educational institutions like Angeles Institute, from denying access to their programs or services to individuals with disabilities.
Under the settlement agreement, Angeles Institute must:
— modify its policies to clarify that prospective students cannot be denied admission because of a disability;
— provide interpreters or other auxiliary aids and services free of charge when necessary to ensure effective communication with students and prospective students;
— modify its courses if necessary to ensure they are accessible to individuals with disabilities;
— appoint an ADA Coordinator to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to the school’s programs and services; and
— pay $10,000 to the complainant and a $5,000 civil penalty to the United States.
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