The father of a student who attended Tafolla Middle School earlier this year settled a lawsuit Tuesday with the San Antonio Independent School District over the district’s alleged failure to provide sign language services.
Cleto Rodriguez is deaf, but his son is not. In the federal lawsuit filed here last year, Rodriguez said he requested sign language interpreters for multiple parent-teacher conferences but was never provided them as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws.
The settlement awards Rodriguez $150,000 and requires that SAISD provide in-person interpreters to deaf parents with at least 72 hours advance notice. SAISD also agreed to contract with a video interpreting company for short communications with parents.