Monday, June 30, 2014

Terp rules for Michigan

The state of Michigan is getting some new laws about sign language interpreters. They new rules go effect next Monday (July 7) and relate to what kind of interpreter hospitals, physician offices, schools and courts can employ--not only their certification but also how VRI (video remote interpreting) services are handled. Patients will be able to refuse a VRI interpreter if they deem it inadequate and want a interpreter in person. Read the rules from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights' Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI), I have received numerous of personal comments among the deaf community about using VRI. The main issue is many staff in different settings often do not know how to set up the VRI when the VRI is needed in the room. As for a domestic violence victim, it is best to have a sign language interpreter present in the room when a doctor or nurse checks on a victim.
Another comment was using the VRI as a power of attorney for a family member, the dynamic was so different and unreal when talking with a physician on a patient's health status while the physician is standing behind the power of attorney family member, and there is no eye contact which they are so accustomed to having a warm body in the room. Another issue relating to VRI, we often experience the quality of sign language who has a weak receptive skill.
In the courtroom, using VRI will be unrealistic since many representatives will be in the well area, and the interpreter cannot pinpoint who is saying what unless they being saying their names first before giving their testimonies.
My 2 cents.