Fake Interpreters, No Interpreters: Think it Can’t Happen in the U.S.?


The focus on the unqualified and possibly fraudulent interpreter at Mandela’s service can make it seem as if it’s a problem that exists “over there in Africa”. But here’s a list of cases where Deaf individuals in the U.S. or other countries have been denied interpreters in high stakes situations. The point is, this is not about one interpreter at one memorial service – this is about

Deaf Medical Student in Nebraska Denied Interpreting Services

Deaf Woman Refused Interpreter, Tasered, Put in Jail

Deaf Patient in New Jersey Denied Interpreter Services

British Police Arrest Deaf Man for Signing

 

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