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Legislation, Interpreter

  • By: Chinedu Anthony Anene
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Sign language interpreters in the worldwide Deaf community are covered by various laws. The main goal of such laws is to increase the quality of life of people with various forms of disability, including deafness. This includes reducing discrimination and providing equal opportunities for people whose main form of communication is sign language. Laws are enacted by multinational organizations, such as the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU), and by countries. Depending on the country involved, the laws may be written into the constitution or enacted as separate legislation. The legislation may have a language, education, disability, media, financial assistance, law enforcement, interpreting, or other focus.

An important document is Article 21, “Freedom of Expression and Opinion, and Access to Information,” in the UN Convention ...

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