BY JACOB OWENS
JULY 20, 2016
New rules defining required qualifications for Michigan Certified sign language interpreters are now in effect.
The rules apply to every lawyer, doctor, and business or other entity that may be legally required to provide interpreters. They are designed to help ensure those who are deaf have equal access to communication, especially when getting important medical and legal information.
The new requirements establish the skill level and training required for professional sign language interpreters, dividing the skills into three minimum certification levels based on the complexity, difficulty, and risk of harm inherent in the interpreting situation.
The rules will affect any entity that is required to provide an interpreter, but according to the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the greatest impact will be felt in courtrooms, hospitals, doctor’s office and more.