Unit 1 – Part 4

The next part of this unit is understanding the laws that mandate the provision of sign language interpreting services in the United States. This is a somewhat complex topic but as long as you master the basics about the Rehab Act of 1973, Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 and PL 94142, also known as IDEA, you’ll have a basic understanding of the laws for sign language interpreting. There’s quite a bit to read on this topic and we encourage you to read as much as you can to get familiar with not just the laws but the lawsuits that have allowed these laws to be enforced. The above are all federal laws, and each state also has its own laws and regulations that you should be familiar with for the states where you work.