Americans with Disabilities Act

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The Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA outlines the responsibilities in providing access to communication for disabled persons. It repeatedly states, “reasonable accommodations” and “qualified” interpreter. How can reasonable accommodations be determined? This is a conversation that must be had with the Deaf person. They will have needs and preferences that are unique to them and should be part of the accommodation selection. How does one determine qualification? An evaluation from a bilingual user and or certification are the only ways to determine an interpreter’s qualification. Different states have different laws that must be followed but ultimately the responsibility of vetting an interpreter falls on the person/entity who employs the interpreting services. For more information visit https://www.ada.gov/ and search “interpreter”.

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