With more than 28 million Americans nationwide who are considered deaf or hard of hearing and nearly 290,000 with hearing or speech disabilities in Maryland, the Maryland State Law Library is the first state law library in the nation to install a new communication system for the hearing- and speech-impaired.
Before implementing this new system, MSLL had already enhanced its facility to better serve users with disabilities. The library had reconfigured its space to include computer tables and study carrels to accommodate wheelchairs, wider aisles for easier maneuvering, handicapped restroom facilities and parking areas, and relatively easy access to the building. The Web site is \"Bobby approved\" and conforms to the necessary standards for disabled users. The library then set out to discover what might be the next logical step.