The Vermont Statutes Online
§ 1601. Definitions
As used in this chapter:
(1) "Communication or language mode" means verbal or nonverbal communication that includes listening, speaking, American Sign Language (ASL), Signed English, Signed Support, reading, and writing in all domains of a language. Reference to the communication mode of individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind distinguishes between modality and language. Systems that assist individuals using a particular modality or language include ASL, spoken English, Signed English, sign-supported speech, speech or lip reading, cued speech, and assistive technology.
(2) "Deaf" means having a severe or complete absence of auditory sensitivity that impairs processing of linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification or cochlear implants. Participation in Deaf Community culture and use of ASL are characteristic of persons who identify as Deaf.
(3) "DeafBlind" means having concomitant hearing and visual impairments.
(4) "Department" means the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living.
(5) "Hard of Hearing" means a reduced level of functional hearing and reliance on residual hearing and technology, including hearing aids, cochlear implants, FM listening systems, and other types of assistive listening devices to communicate via verbal language, with or without use of ASL. (Added 2015, No. 107 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. May 12, 2016.)