Federal Laws & Resources: Sign Language Interpreters:

 

Americans with Disabilities Act

Guide to Disability Laws (general overview of all ADA disability laws)

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Title I: Employment

Title II: State & Local Government

Title III: Public Accommodations

 

 


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“Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Foreign Languages & Cultures in the Practice of Law”

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


National Association of the Deaf

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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

 

 

Oklahoma Association of the Deaf

 


Rehabilitation Act of 1973

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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 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). These organizations and employers include many hospitals, nursing homes, mental health centers and human service programs.

 


The Joint Commission

“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 care.  Many patients of varying circumstances require alternative communication methods, and this new video will help health care organizations to determine the best methods of care for meeting these communication needs.” (click here for complete article)

 The Joint Commission: Effective Communication

 


US Department of Education

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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

No Child Left Behind


Deaf Community: Knowing Your Rights, Self-Advocacy, and Filing a Complaint:

 

American Civil Liberties Union

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Striving for an America free of discrimination against people with disabilities, where they are valued, integrated members of society with full access to education, homes, health care, jobs, and families.


American Medical Association

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LegalAidOKDeliberate Indifference: New federal ruling on Video Remote Interpreting in healthcare (April 2017)

In late April 2017, a federal court announced a major decision that has implications for health care providers nationwide.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that several Deaf patients could recover disability discrimination money damages against their hospital because of the hospital’s improper use of Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) to communicate with its patients.

 


VRI is an option, NOT the only accommodation:

It is a violation of both ADA and TJC to not offer onsite AND/OR online interpreting services. Video Remote Interpreting or VRI, must not be used in lieu of an on-site interpreter, or as the only accommodation available for Deaf or hard of hearing individuals’ communication needs. The preference of the deaf person *must* be honored.


Americans with Disabilities Act

Guide to Disability Laws (general overview of all ADA disability laws)

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Title I: Employment

Title II: State & Local Government

Title III: Public Accommodations


LegalAidOK

OKLaw is a joint project with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc., the Legal Services Corporation and Probono.net.  Our goal is to provide the public with easy internet access to basic legal information and legal resources in Oklahoma.


Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General

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The Attorney General’s Office has been part of Oklahoma’s state government since 1907 when Charles West became Oklahoma’s first Attorney General. Attorney General Scott  Pruitt is the sixteenth person to hold the office. By statute, the Attorney General’s Office provides legal counsel and representation for state agencies and employees. The office also represents the interests of Oklahoma consumers, the state’s natural resources, and Oklahoma crime victims. The Attorney General’s office has multiple units dedicated to carrying out the mission and duties of the office.


Oklahoma Medical Board

OMBThe OSBMLS has jurisdiction over the following professionals: Medical Doctors (MD), Physician’s Assistants (PA), Physical Therapists (PT), Physical Therapy Assistants  (TA), Occupational Therapists (OT), Occupational Therapy Assistants (OA), Anesthesiologist Assistants (AA), Athletic Trainers (AT), Registered Electrologists (RE),  Respiratory Care Practitioners (RC), Licensed Dietitians (LD), Pedorthists (LPED), Orthotists/Prosthetists (LO/LPR), and Radiologist Assistants (RA). We also contract our investigative services for Podiatrists (DPM) and Perfusionists (LP).

 


National Association of the Deaf

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NAD Law & Advocacy Center

Position Statement on Health Care Access for Deaf Patients

Advocacy Statement: Use of VRI in the Medical Setting

NAD/RID Code of Professional Conduct

Oklahoma Association of the Deaf

 


ok dept of ed

 

File a Complaint (noncompliant interpreting services)

Due Process Complaint Notice – Parent (IEP violation)

 


Oklahoma Disability Law Center

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The ODLC mission reflects a belief that people with disabilities are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect; to be free from abuse, neglect, exploitation and discrimination.
The ODLC mission also reflects the belief that people with disabilities are entitled to equal rights and to equally effective access to the same opportunities as are afforded to other members of society.

 


Rehabilitation Act of 1973

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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 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). These organizations and employers include many hospitals, nursing homes, mental health centers and human service programs.

File a Sec. 504 violation complaint with the Office of Civil Rights


Southwest ADA Center

ILRU_SWADA_LOGOThe 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 range of audiences who are interested in or impacted by these laws, including employers, businesses, government agencies, schools and people with disabilities. Expert staff members are available to provide training and publications.

 


Interpreting Links: Certifications, Skill Assessments, Education & Enhancement:

 

Boys Town: EIPA Educational Interpreter (skills assessment)

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Mid-America Regional Interpreter Education (MARIE) Center

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The Mid-America Regional Interpreter Education (MARIE) Center is a resource center on interpreting and interpreter education housed at the University of Northern Colorado’s Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Training (DO IT) Center.

 


yahoo o-terps O-Terps is exclusively for sign language interpreters, or those working to become sign language interpreters. The purpose is to have a place to discuss and announce issues that are related to this profession. ALL discussions are expected to respect the intent of the RID Code of Professional Conduct.
Only persons who are interpreters or interpreters in training (hearing or deaf/hard of hearing) will be allowed to join this group. You MUST explain how you are an interpreter or an interpreter in training when you introduce yourself to the moderators for acceptance into this group.


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Oklahoma Interpreter Certification & Resource Center, ICRC (QAST)


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Interpreter Training Program

 


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American Sign Language Studies & Interpreter Education

 


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Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation: ASL/English

 


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American Sign Language (ASL)- English Interpretation B.A. (online program)

 

 


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Bachelor of Science in Interpretation Studies in ASL-English


Winkshop inc.

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The mission of the Oklahoma Association of the Deaf (OAD) is to promote, protect and preserve the civil rights and quality of life of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in  Oklahoma.

The vision of the Oklahoma Association of the Deaf (OAD) is that every deaf and hard of hearing individual can and will obtain maximum potential through increased  independence, productivity, and integration without barriers

OAD Facebook Page

 


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Oklahoma RID, an affiliate chapter of RID, sets the standards for the profession of Sign Language interpreting in the state of Oklahoma. OKRID’s diverse membership unites to raise the bar of the profession, meeting challenges head on, networking with one another, and providing leadership and training opportunities. Involvement in OKRID provides Oklahoma interpreters and interpreting students, a voice in local, state, and national interpreting issues so we may better serve the Deaf community.

OKRID Facebook page

 


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Oklahoma Laws & Resources: Sign Language Interpreters

 

State Statute §70.13.15: Oklahoma Educational Interpreter for the Deaf Act


State Statute §2506.1: Oklahoma Interpreter Cloak of Privilege Act


State Statue §63.2407: Oklahoma Legal Interpreter for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Act


Other “Handy” Resources:

 

SLRS “Hire the Deaf” campaign. If you are Deaf and have a job interview in the Oklahoma City area, and do not want to request the potential hiring entity provide an interpreter, we will provide one for you for free. Please fill out the Request an Interpreter form, and give us as much notice as possible.


Oklahoma Office of Disability Concerns: OODC


OKCDeaf: News and Information for Deaf in and around Oklahoma City


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