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Access For Those With Communications Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability. The ADA does not apply to the federal judiciary. However, pursuant to Judicial Conference policy, federal courts provide reasonable accommodations to persons with communications disabilities.

The ADA Access Coordinators are responsible for coordinating sign language interpreters or other appropriate auxiliary aids and services to participants in federal court proceedings who are deaf, hearing-impaired, or have other communications disabilities. The United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky has designated the below individuals as the court's Access Coordinators, pursuant to The Guide to Judiciary Policy, vol. 5, § 255.40 (available at

Individuals participating in federal court proceedings who require the assistance of a qualified sign language interpreter or other similar auxiliary aides and services must submit requests to the Court’s Access Coordinator for services in advance of the court proceeding.


Access Coordinators

The following individuals have been designated as Access Coordinators:

James J. Vilt, Jr., Clerk of Court               (502) 625-3508

Mindy Sunderland, Chief Deputy Clerk       (502) 625-3518


Auxiliary Aids and Services

All courtrooms are equipped with Sennsheiser assisted hearing devices (headsets) which are available upon request.