Professional Interpreters Can Mean a Lot…

Justice is blind ( … or maybe not )

As set by the U.S. Census, hospitals receiving federal funding should provide assistance to deaf patients and ensure effective communication. However, when it comes to practice, many hospitals are unable to provide adequate assistance to the patients.   In the U.S., many hospitals will only start to look for ASL interpreters after patients have already arrived. However, with very limited resources, many hospitals are unable to locate a qualified ASL interpreter when a deaf patient […]

How Section 504 affects School Districts

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Section 504, of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is a federal law that protects the rights of people with disabilities in activities and programs that receive Federal financial assistance from the Department of Education.¬† It states: “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination […]

Important ASL Etiquette You May Not Know

ASL has its own culture.

Most people are following social etiquettes well in their daily communication. However, when it comes to ASL (American Sign Language), the etiquettes to follow can be quite different. Here are some etiquettes that are important but easy to neglect in sign language:   How large the signs should be may differ across different situations. Some beginners make big signs as they think it may be easier for others to tell what they are expressing. However, […]