Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (ADA), is a federal law prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities and, together with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), ensures to deaf and hard-of-hearing students, parents, staff, and community members the right of equal access to services and accommodations provided by the School District of Philadelphia through enhanced communications.

The School District is committed to fostering compliance with Title II of the ADA, Section 504, and all similar statutory and regulatory laws, by providing its services, programs and school-sponsored activities in a way that assures all reasonable accommodations are made to accomplish equal access through communications.  


Access to School Facilities, Regional Offices or The Education Center for Those Who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

Many deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals now use e-mail and print pagers. The School District of Philadelphia wants to know your preferred method of communication. Please let us know when you first contact us. 


Email Communications

The School District’s main information email address is monitored between 7:30 am - 6:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Please contact us at

Telephone Communications

A telecommunications relay service (TRS) acts as an intermediary between the person who is deaf or hard-of-hearing and the person who uses a standard telephone. All rely on a ‘communications assistant’ (CA) who either relays the communications via text telephone or, if qualified, sign interprets the hearing participant’s communications to the deaf or hard-of-hearing participant’s video monitor equipment.

If you already use a private relay service provider at your home, please email, write or call us and let us know your relay service contact information.

In Pennsylvania, a text telephone TRS is available free-of- charge through the Pennsylvania Relay Center Service at:  1-800-654-5988.  

For additional information, please contact:

Adam R. Buck, CI/CT, Ed:K-12
Lead Sign Language Interpreter
School District of Philadelphia

Sign Language Interpreter Request Information

» Sign Language Interpreter Request Form - Provides information, as well as the necessary forms, to request a sign language interpreter.

Website Accessibility Notice

The School District of Philadelphia is committed to providing access to our electronic information, including our web pages, for individuals with disabilities in accordance with all applicable State and Federal laws.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 require us to ensure that anyone with disabilities seeking information or services from us, have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access and use by any other members of the public who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on us.

If you have a disability and the format of any material on our web pages interferes with your ability to access the information or you have a question regarding the School District's website accessibility, please contact us via any of the following means for assistance:

The School District of Philadelphia
Office of Family and Community Engagement
440 N. Broad Street, Suite 114
Philadelphia, PA 19130-4015
Tel: (215) 400-4000
Fax: (215) 400-4181

To help us respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of the accessibility problem, the web address of the requested material, your preferred format in which you want to receive the material (electronic format (ASCII, etc.), standard print, large print, etc.), and your contact information (name, email, telephone, and physical mailing address).

Anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging a failure to accommodate and/or discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of website services, activities, programs or benefits by the School District may use the grievance procedures established by the School District.  Those procedures are available on this page: Administrative Procedures for Website Accessibility