FREE "CRISIS TEXT HOTLINE" 24/7 FOR THE DEAF COMMUNITY
The Crisis Text Line, a free, 24/7 text-messaging support line for people in crisis, has partnered with Gallaudet University in providing the Deaf community access to services via text. Deaf individuals are able to text the word DEAF to 741741 and be connected with a Crisis Counselor. For more information, please check http://www.gallaudet.edu/news/crisis-text-line-update.html.
Tax Incentives for Businesses & Healthcare Providers
Congress has arranged two types of tax incentive for businesses to assist in offsetting the costs of providing access as mandated by the ADA. Section 44 of the IRS Code allows a tax credit for small businesses and Section 190 of the IRS Code allows a tax deduction for all businesses.
The tax credit is available for businesses with annual revenues of $1,000,000 or less 30 of fewer full-time employees. The tax credit is for 50% of expenditures for providing access in a given year up to $10,250, which equates to a maximum tax credit of $5,000. This includes the cost of providing sign language interpreting services for customers.
The tax deduction is available to all businesses with a maximum deduction of $15,000 annually.
The following website provides more information on these tax incentives: http://www.ada.gov/reachingout/lesson81.htm. Otherwise you can contact the Department of Justice's ADA Information line at 1-800-514-0301.