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XX Handlon Michigan Training Unit P.O. Box 492 1728 Bluewater Highway Ionia, Michigan 48846 Dear XX I am writing in response to your letter requesting information about your rights as a prisoner with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) authorizes the Department of Justice to provide technical assistance regarding rights and responsibilities under the Act. This letter provides informal guidance to assist you in understanding how the ADA might apply to your situation. However, this technical assistance does not constitute a determination by the Department of Justice of your rights under the ADA, and does not constitute a binding determination by the Department of Justice. Enclosed please find informational materials relating to the rights of individuals with disabilities in state and local government programs, including prisons. Section 35.160 addresses specific requirements related to communication with people who have vision impairments. You also asked what items prisoners can purchase under the ADA. The ADA is a civil rights law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. As such, it does not set forth specific items that individuals can purchase. Rather, it requires public entities to provide an equal opportunity for people with disabilities to benefit from their programs, services, and activities. For people with vision impairments, this is sometimes achieved through the provision of auxiliary aids and services (e.g. disability-related technology). Finally, I have enclosed some information on the Civil

Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, for your reference. FOIA 01-03451

-2I hope this information is helpful. Sincerely,

Janet L. Blizard Supervisory Attorney Enclosures 01-03452

may 23, 1994 XX XX HANDLON MICHIGAN TRAINING UNIT P.O. BOX 492 1728 BLUEWATER HIGHWAY IONIA MI 48846 U.S . DEPT OF JUSTICE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION OFFICE OF THE ADA P.O. BOX 66738 washington D.C 20035-9998 dear sir/madme MY NAME IS XX I AM A INMATE AT MICHIGAN TRAINING UNIT

IN IONIA MICHIGAN 48846. I HAVE SOME QUESTION TO ASK YOU. BEFORE I ASK THE QUESTION I

GOING TO TELL YOU ABOUT ME. I AM VISAULLY IMPAIRED (MANGAUL DEGENTATION HIGH MYOPETA, NYSTAMIST) ALSO I HAVE MILD CP. BUT THAT DOES NOT AFFECT ME AS THE VISUALLY INPAIRMENT . SO HERE ARE THE QUESTION I WANT TO ASK 1. I WANT TO KNOW IS WHAT RIGHTS PRISONER HAVE UNDER THE ADA? 2. WHAT RIGHTS DOES VISAULLY IMPAIRED PRISONER HAVE? 3. WHAT ITEMS CAN PRISONERS PURSACE OR BUY UNDER THE ADA ? I WOULD LIKE A RESPOND TO THIS LETTER PLEASE THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME

THANK YOU XX XX XX 01-03453