It’s Time to Promote Empathy and Understanding

It’s Time to Promote Empathy and Understanding
May 22, 2015 CSD
Barack Obama and a sign language interpreter

By Ryan Hutchison

Deaf advocates worked tirelessly to pass this bill for the past six years not because requiring certification fits into some abstract political agenda but because the number of unqualified interpreters taking work across Texas is increasing and it’s hurting Deaf Texans.

It is hard to gain an appreciation of why such a bill is needed if you’ve never used a sign language interpreter, but if you’ve ever spent time in a foreign country where you don’t understand the language, you’re getting close. Imagine you live in that country and your child has been diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening disease, and the doctor doesn’t speak any English.