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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.

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MICHIGAN STATE interpreter guidelines



By Roberto Acosta
January 20, 2016

FLINT, MI – A building on the campus of the Michigan School for the Deaf has tested positive for the first time for lead in the water, according to a letter issued by the school Wednesday, Jan. 20 to parents and guardians.

"Yesterday (1/19/16), we received the first lead positive water test for the Stevens Hall dormitory (the school building continues to show no lead detected)," reads the letter from Michigan School for the Deaf principal Cecelia Winkler and administrative manager Mark Bouvy.

Read more . . . Michigan - Lead





Ann Arbor, Michigan (CNN) When I was 4 years old, my mother and father received devastating news -- I was deaf.

It was the 1950s, a time when people with disabilities received few accommodations or support. A time long before any legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act was conceived, let alone passed.

I am the first and, to date, only person in my family with a profound hearing loss. While I will never know what caused my hearing loss, my mother didn't have a normal pregnancy.

I was born five weeks past my expected due date. I was "floppy" and very sickly from the beginning. Today, my mother would have been induced much earlier and I would have been placed in a neonatal intensive care unit. My parents, both physicians, watched me 24/7 for two weeks, shaking me every time I stopped breathing until I started again. Gradually, I became healthy and thrived like any other child.

Read more see pictures  . . .watch un-captioned video . . . Dr. Philip Zazove



Press & Guide
By Katie Hetrick
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Dearborn, Michigan - Dozens of parents in Dearborn and other communities are upset after learning the district plans to end its program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Parents inadvertently learned of the plans earlier this month when other school districts began contacting families who send their children to Dearborn to discuss making arrangements for next year.

“It’s horrible,” said parent Julie Long. Her son, Alex, has attended Dearborn Public Schools since preschool, and for years has been in the deaf and hard-of-hearing program.

Now, he faces the prospect of going to Stout Middle School next year.

“He potentially could be the only deaf child in the school,” Long said. Alex, who communicates through American sign language, could spend the day with no one he can talk to except his assigned interpreter.

“How is he able to socialize and grow,” Long said, noting that socialization is a key part of any school. Even his teachers will have to rely on the interpreter to talk to him.

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