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Schools lack interpreters for deaf students

By Kara Rose, USA TODAY
summarized by Julia Lynn Rubin, staff writer

Partly due to lack of funding, deaf children in public schools are often left without qualified ASL translators. Since 2004, when the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act was passed, 26 states have adopted an interpreter certification exam to combat this issue. These states give their interpreters a grace period to pass the test, with some requiring a score higher than average. Across the US there is serious shortage of interpreters, especially in rural areas. Some states such as New York, Washington and Arizona do not have such a test implemented, and many schools across the country are unaware of why they need highly qualified interpreters.

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