Federal Laws & Resources: Sign Language Interpreters

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Southwest ADA Center

The Southwest ADA Center is the Southwest’s leading resource on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability rights laws. The Center is part of the ADA National Network funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the Department of Education. The Southwest ADA Center serves a wide…

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US Department of Education

Disability Discrimination (definition) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) No Child Left Behind

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The Joint Commission: Effective Communication

  “Healthcare organizations face challenges to accommodate increasingly diverse patient populations – more than 28 million people with hearing loss and about 47 million people who speak a language other than English.  Language access remains a matter of national importance.  Effective communication is a critical aspect of safe, quality patient…

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Rehabilitation Act of 1973

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a national law that protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability. The nondiscrimination requirements of the law apply to employers and organizations that receive financial assistance from any Federal department or agency, including the…

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VRI not always effective in medical settings

  The Legal Risks of Using Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) Services for Non-English-Speaking Patients, and Why On-Site Medical Interpreting Services Should Be the Preferred Option

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American Medical Association

Articles on”Language and Hierarchy in Medicine“ Article: “Doctor liable for not providing Sign Language interpreting services“

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Americans with Disabilities Act

Guide to Disability Laws (general overview of all ADA disability laws) Title I: Employment Title II: State & Local Government Title III: Public Accommodations ADA Requirements: Effective Communication

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National Association of the Deaf

NAD Law & Advocacy Center Position Statement on Health Care Access for Deaf Patients NAD/RID Code of Professional Conduct Position Statement on VRI Services in Hospitals Advocacy Statement: Use of VRI in the Medical Setting

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