Why Do I Need to Hire an Interpreter?
The Rehabilitation Act of 1974 was one of the civil rights protections signed into law which helped people who are Deaf or hard of hearing receive communication access to services. This legislation pertained to any agency or organization receiving federal dollars. Later, it became evident that an enormous gap existed in the private sector.
Therefore, in 1990, President George Bush signed new civil rights legislation, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), into law. This legislation mandates the provision of auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters, captioning, and other vehicles of communication access when accessing services is not covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1974 as well as in in many employment situations. With the advent of the ADA, it meant communication access is now ensured when Deaf people receive services from businesses, agencies, organizations, local and state governments, profit or non-profit, or whether the service is provided for a charge or for free.
In addition, Title 1 of the ADA states any company which employs 15 or more employees, must provide interpreters, captioning, or other appropriate vehicles-of-access the Deaf or hard of hearing person requests when involved with any aspect of the employment process from job interviews to post-retirement meetings or discussions.