Why do I need to hire an Interpreter?
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) established measures to prevent discrimination due to a person’s disability. The ADA requires that communication needs be met for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing persons, which typically demands the use of an American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter.
Does a college or post-secondary institution have an obligation to provide an Interpreter?
Any colleges or post-secondary institutions that receive federal assistance or loans must comply with the civil rights requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Can anyone that knows Sign Language interpret for us?
Professional interpreting requires a great deal of cognitive and linguistic skills. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires providing a “qualified interpreter” in multiple settings. The ADA also states that “the interpreter must have the proven ability to effectively communicate”. An Interpreter’s credentials are a good way to gauge their abilities. The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) provide National Interpreter Certification (NIC) testing.