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Laws Affecting Interpreting Services

FEDERAL LAW

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (July 1990)

Title I – Employer with 15 or more employees must make reasonable accommodations for deaf employees. (Please see VT Law below.)

Title II – All state and local government must make their programs and services accessible.

Title III – All places of public accommodations must be accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973—Any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance is prohibited from discriminating against persons with disabilities.

VT STATE LAW

The Fair Employment Practices Act—Employers with one or more employee, cannot discriminate against people with disabilities.

Deaf Access Law (May 1988)—Deaf or hard of hearing people are entitled to a qualified interpreter for any State proceeding.

Patient's Bill of Rights - Patient has a right to an interpreter.

Interpreter with President Clinton

"The response of VIRS was fast and efficient. They were able to coordinate what was needed to pursue/complete investigations." —Gyla Dziobek, Social Worker/Investigator, Child Protection Service

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