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Bill would penalize American Sign Language interpreters practicing without proper certification

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  • Wizard of Oz Shawnee Mission, KS
    March 2, 2013 6:57 a.m.

    I'm curious about the details. A year and a half ago I was " called" to learn sign language by my Lds ward bishopric so Iand others called could interpret for the handful of deaf in our ward. This wasn't a calling I wanted but I try. I'm not very good. Would I be subject to legal ramifications under this bill?

  • SME Bountiful, UT
    March 4, 2013 6:24 a.m.

    Its possible that there are people who sign poorly getting paid for something they really can't do.

    However this sounds more like those who sign full time and have the certification trying to keep out those who sign part-time, and don't have certification. Its always portrayed as protecting society, and generally more about protecting someone's economic interest.

  • im4kids AUSTIN, TX
    June 19, 2013 4:59 p.m.

    It does not penalize people who volunteer - only those who get paid to interpret, and who claim they are qualified or certified, without having the proper paperwork or certification.
    Sorry - as with all church callings in the LDS faith, you may not be qualified to begin with, but whom the Lord calls, he qualifies :) Keep practicing - Knowing Sign Language is a handy skill (pun intended!)