Monday, February 22, 2010

Ind. House passes bill setting standards for sign language interpreters for deaf students

Ind. House passes bill setting standards for sign language interpreters for deaf students

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House has unanimously passed a bill aimed in part at helping deaf students by setting state standards for sign language interpreters.

The bill passed the House on a 94-0 vote Monday, and now advances to Gov. Mitch Daniels for his consideration.

The measure requires the state Department of Education to set standards for sign language interpreters who provide services in educational settings. It would void existing state rules.

Bill sponsor state Rep. Gregory Porter notes that non-specialized teachers have certain standards that they must meet in order to teach Hoosier children.

The Indianapolis Democrat says Indiana's deaf students deserve the same considerations offered to the rest of the state's children.