National Association of the Deaf

Score for Accessibility: OSU to Provide In-Stadium Captions

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) successfully advocated for equal access to sports stadiums through a settlement agreement on behalf of Vincent Sabino with Ohio State University. Ohio State’s athletic department agreed to undertake several steps to make its athletic events accessible to deaf and hard of hearing fans. The original complaint, filed in 2009 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, alleged that Ohio State’s athletic department discriminated against him and other deaf or hard of hearing individuals by failing to provide auxiliary aids and services, such as captioning, at Ohio Stadium and Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Without captions, Sabino did not have full and equal enjoyment of and