SEP 17 1996 XX XX XX Dear Ms.

XX Senator Herb Kohl has referred your correspondence regarding tornado warning signals for deaf people to the Department of Justice for response. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in State and local government programs. If tornado warnings are provided by State or local governments, then those systems are covered programs under title II of the ADA. Title II requires State and local governments to ensure that their communications with program participants with disabilities are as effective as their communications with other participants, unless doing so would result in a fundamental alteration to the program or in undue financial and administrative burdens. Generally, to satisfy communication obligations, State or local governments must furnish appropriate auxiliary aids or services when necessary to ensure full participation of people with disabilities in public programs. Your suggestion of a flashing light that is activated when a tornado siren is activated is one possible means of ensuring effective communication of tornado warnings to individuals with hearing impairments. Other options may also be available. The ADA does not dictate use of any particular method of complying with title II's effective communication requirement, as long as the method chosen ensures effective communication with persons with disabilities. cc: Records, Chrono, Wodatch, McDowney, Hill, FOIA n:\udd\hille\policylt\kohl.ltr\sc. young-parran 01-04343​ -2-

I have enclosed a copy of the Department of Justice's regulation implementing title II for your information. For further information regarding the ADA, you may contact the Department's ADA information line at (800) 514-0301 (voice) or (800) 514-0383 (TDD). Members of the Disability Rights Section staff are available to answer questions on the information line on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Eastern time. On Thursday, the information line is staffed from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. I hope this information is helpful to you. Sincerely, John L. Wodatch Chief Disability Rights Section Enclosure cc: Senator Herb Kohl 01-04344​ (HANDWRITTEN) 7/23/96 Dear Senator, I'm deaf, my name is XX I understand about tornado siren for hearing people and impaired hearing who wear hearing aid, but some deaf people don't have hearing aid. some deaf people don't watch T.V. but deaf people can watch T.V. for sign ET. I don't feel aware of the weather. When special notice don't have closed-captioned (live). I'm concern about deaf people need protect to themself. I went to Delavan to visited my girlfriend's apt. She have tornado

siren flashing light. She love it. I would like to have one. what do you think about tornado siren flashing light for only deaf people? what to do about it? Thank you XX 01-04345