Legal Rights/Legislation

NAD Sues Johnson City Medical Center

Chris and Donna Cantrell filed a lawsuit against the Mountain States Health Alliance regarding its hospital Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC) in Johnson City, TN.  The complaint alleges that JCMC refused to provide qualified sign language interpreters to allow the Cantrells to participate in their daughter's medical care during a six-month period as she died of cancer and the Cantrells spent nearly every moment by her side.  Due to the lack of interpreter services, the Cantrells' 21-year old daughter Sydnei had to attempt to facilitate communication on her own deathbed, being the sole person to try to convey complex and sensitive information to her parents, including the doctor's conclusion that she had no chance to live.


(WAC) Chapter 388-818 - Establishes standards for Sign Language and intermediary interpreters working in Washington Courts

ODHH is pleased to announce that the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) Chapter 388-818, establishing standards for Sign Language and intermediary interpreters working in Washington Courts, became effective on January 12, 2015.

For more information on the standards, click here:

ODHH will be creating and maintaining a list of Court Certified American Sign Language Interpreters on the ODHH website.
ODHH invites all Sign Language Interpreters with the Specialty Certification: Legal (SC:L) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf to complete and submit registration forms so they can be included on this list. ODHH will be sending out registration forms and instructions within the next month.

If you have questions, please contact Berle Ross at rossbee(at)

Meeting the Communication Needs of Students with Hearing, Vision & Speech Disabilities

Information by the Department of Justice.  Click Here for the Printable PDF or Click Here to go to the weblink.

RCW 2.42.120

Appointment of interpreter — Responsibility for compensation — Reimbursement.

(3) If a hearing impaired person participates in a program or activity ordered by a court as part of the sentence or order of disposition, required as part of a diversion agreement or deferred prosecution program, or required as a condition of probation or parole, the appointing authority shall appoint and pay for a qualified interpreter to interpret exchange of information during the program or activity.


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Working with Deaf Blind Patients

Please view this important information about working with Deaf & Blind patients.  Nexus has interpreters skilled in this capacity, please inform us about the special need when requesting an interpreter.  Please click the link to review: Working With Deaf Blind

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Reminds Video Programming Distributors About Obligation to Make Emergency Information Accessible on Television

On September 10, 2014, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) released a Public Notice reminding video programming distributors (VPDs) such as broadcasters, cable operators, and satellite television services that deliver video programming directly to the home, of their obligation to make emergency information accessible to persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired in accordance with section 79.2 of the Commission’s rules. Under the rules, if the emergency information is shown on television, the information must be made accessible.
This Pubic Notice also provides information for consumers about how to obtain more information about the rules, how to file complaints, and how to contact their VPD or the FCC regarding compliance with the rule.
For further information, contact Suzy Rosen Singleton, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Disability Rights Office (202) 510-9446 (voice/videophone); or email Suzanne.Singleton(at)
Links to the Public Notice:

Harkin Introduces Three Bills As Part of “Access for All” Agenda for Americans with Disabilities

Harkin Legislation Follows Release of HELP Committee Report on Barriers to Economic Success for People with Disabilities, Senator’s Last Hearing on Disability Rights

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