New Rules for Sign Language Interpreters

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Michigan has new rules requiring specific training for sign language interpreters. They apply to interpreters in K-12 schools, colleges, hospitals and law offices. Those institutions would also be required to make sure the interpreters they hire are certified. "The conversation between a doctor and a patient may involve very different, very complex medical terminology and is very important to get accurate and have effectively communicated, or the consequences can be life-altering. That's a very different type of communication than a training on the job site," said Leslee Fritz with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Michigan didn't require interpreters to be certified until 2007. That set of rules was a one-size-fits-all system, which the department says wasn't doing the job. Some rules took effect Monday, Others take effect in September of 2016.

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