- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey rehabilitation center will pay a former patient $35,000 to resolve allegations that he was unlawfully denied the services of a sign language interpreter.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said Monday that the Park Crescent Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, in East Orange, will pay Thomas Snyder to settle a discrimination complaint.

Snyder says he was repeatedly denied an ASL interpreter during a 39-day stay at the facility starting in March 2014. The center acknowledged that it didn’t accommodate the request because Snyder appeared to be able to communicate through writing.

Hoffman says health care facilities don’t get to be the sole arbiter of what communication method is best for deaf and hard of hearing patients.

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