Attorneys Establish Fund For Sign Language Interpreters
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 25, 2005
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK--After learning that a Penfield attorney admitted recently to violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing a sign language interpreter for a deaf client, lawyers with the Monroe County Bar Association vowed to make sure it did not happen again.
So the association established the Deaf Equal Access Fund, which was unveiled Wednesday. It is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.
Through the DEAFund, local attorneys will be able to use the fund to pay for an interpreter for a client's first visit, and then be reimbursed 50 percent for future needs.
"We think this will make this the most deaf-friendly legal community in the country," Bryan Hetherington, an attorney who chaired the task force which developed the DEAFund, told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Monroe County has one of the largest populations of deaf people in the nation. The county seat, Rochester, is the home of the world's largest technical college for people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.
"Fund to help pay interpreters" (Democrat & Chronicle)