What Laws Mandate The Provision of Sign Language Interpreting?

So you want to become an interpreter, huh?

Are you ready?

Get your pen and paper, and get familiar with these laws. Your career depends on it.

Keep in mind that these are federal laws and that each state has its own. You can look each law up or you can click on each one below as I have hyperlinked them.

I’ve also included at least one lawsuit under each federal law so you can see how these laws came to be.

PL 94-142

Lawsuit: Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson Central School District v. Rowley

Rehab Act/Section 504 

Lawsuit: State Court, WV, Doe v. Withers

American With Disabilities Act

Lawsuit: Creative Networks, LLC: (D. Ariz.) filed 9/28/09 by Phoenix District Office

Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 

Lawsuit: The UC Davis and UC Berkeley Settlement

As you’re reading over these lawsuits, note the date that each law was established and the specific reasons why.

Have questions or would you like to share your experience with any of these laws? Send me a note!

*Resources + References have been hyperlinked.

4 thoughts on “What Laws Mandate The Provision of Sign Language Interpreting?

    1. It Depends. Religious organizations must comply with the employment provisions of the ADA just as any other employer. But they can give a preference in employment to individuals of a particular religion and can require that applicants and employees conform to the religious tenets of the organization in order to do work connected with the carrying on by the organization of its activities.

  1. Also- the State of Alabama has a law requiring anyone who works as an interpreter for pay must be licensed or permitted. If an individual accepts payment without a license or permit they are guilty of a Class C Misdemeanor. Alabama takes the professionalism of their interpreters VERY seriously!

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