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Sign Language Interpreters Title Certification

Concerning the certification of sign language interpreters for the purpose of title protection, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2019 Regular Session
Business & Economic Development
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

Current law requires a person to be certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., to use any of the following titles:

  • "Sign language interpreter";
  • "Interpreter for the deaf";
  • "Deaf interpreter";
  • "ASL-English interpreter";
  • "American sign language (ASL) interpreter";
  • "Transliterator";
  • "Certified sign language interpreter";
  • "Certified interpreter for the deaf";
  • "Certified deaf interpreter";
  • "Certified ASL-English interpreter";
  • "Certified American sign language (ASL) interpreter"; or
  • "Certified transliterator".

The bill adds "translator" and "certified translator" for sign language to the list of titles.

The bill also authorizes the Colorado commission for the deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind to approve certifications of sign language interpreters to use the mentioned titles.

$19,440 is appropriated from the Colorado telephone users with disabilities fund to the department of human services to implement the bill.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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