Emily Teplin

  • Hosted by Minnesota Disability Law Center
  • Sponsored by Family of Hyman Edelman, Leonard, Street and Deinard
  • Service location Minneapolis
  • Law school Yale Law School
  • Issue area Disability Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2007
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program, Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

The goal of my project is to enforce the right to effective communication for deaf and hard of hearing people within Minnesota’s criminal justice system. Many deaf Minnesotans communicate primarily in American Sign Language. For these individuals, written and oral communication is not effective to convey critical information during police encounters or while incarcerated. My work includes direct representation, legislative advocacy and collaboration with government agencies and community groups. I communicate with most clients directly in ASL.

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