Monday, April 8, 2013

New MI Terp Test

A Michigan law is now requiring more education and testing for ASL interpreters. After June, to work in the state interpreters will have to either be nationally certified by passing exams from the National Center for Interpretation Testing or pass a new state exam. Some interpreters complain the state test is too focused on certain English language concepts. The Michigan Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing reported just seven state-certified interpreters who could work in legal settings and 36 interpreters who could practice in medical settings in February. Detroit hospitals are already reporting interpreter shortages and longer wait times.