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§ 7-702. State policy

West's Annotated Code of MarylandHuman ServicesEffective: October 1, 2007

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Human Services (Refs & Annos)
Title 7. Individuals with Disabilities (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 7. Blind, Visually Impaired, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Mobility Impaired Individuals (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2007
MD Code, Human Services, § 7-702
§ 7-702. State policy
Social and economic participation
(a) It is the policy of the State to encourage and enable blind, visually impaired, deaf, and hard of hearing individuals to participate fully in the social and economic life of the State and to be employed.
Employment supported by public funds
(b) It is the policy of the State that blind, visually impaired, deaf, and hard of hearing individuals shall be employed by the State, political subdivisions of the State, public schools, and other employers supported wholly or partly by public funds on the same terms and conditions as individuals without those disabilities, unless an individual's disability prevents doing the work required.
Deaf and hard of hearing recognized as cultural minority
(c) Deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the State are recognized as a cultural minority with specialized communication needs.
American Sign Language
(d)(1) In this subsection, “American Sign Language” means a visual-spatial method of communication that is a distinct language involving the hands, arms, facial markers, and body movements to communicate with others, including the conveyance of thoughts, words, emotions, and grammatical information.
(2) American Sign Language is recognized as a language system designed to meet the specialized communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals.


Added by Acts 2007, c. 3, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2007.
MD Code, Human Services, § 7-702, MD HUMAN SERV § 7-702
Current with legislation effective through July 1, 2023, from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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