Importance of Sign Language Interpreting
There has never been a greater need for sign language interpreting than in our modern world. Provision of signing for the Deaf and hard of hearing is no longer optional or a mere courtesy, but a matter of public law. Passed in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states that no one “shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in any place of public accommodation.” This means that the Deaf and hard of hearing must be provided with equal access to effective communication in such public locations as pharmacies, professional offices of health care providers, hospitals, service establishments, social service departments, educational institutions and places of exercise or recreation.
As with our spoken language interpreters, our sign language interpreters must pass a rigorous screening process before being accepted into the LATN team. Our sign language interpreters have either been certified through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) or tested by both a professional sign language interpreter and a certified Deaf interpreter (CDI). The latter is a Deaf or hard of hearing individual who is also an RID-certified interpreter.