Oregon deaf advocates call for use of certified prison interpreters Friday, September 19, 2014 By Alex Schwartz Teaching guidance is available if you would like to use this video as a part of disability awareness curriculum. For more information, please visit: http://disabilityrightsgalaxy.com/?p=21707 Share RelatedHow Do You Figure Out Who You Are When You’re the Only Disabled Person in Your Family?Using Rideshare Services Isn’t Easy When You Have a Service Animal. That Needs to Change.Here’s Why Student Loan Debt is a Disability Rights IssueReflecting on the Disability Community’s Shake-Ups and Important Moments of 2018 Topics Criminal Justice TagsAbuse and NeglectAccessibilityAmericans with Disabilities Actd/Deafness and Hearing Impairments One response to “Oregon deaf advocates call for use of certified prison interpreters” I am glad you brought this issue to light about interpreters. Several years ago, my son’s friend who is deaf was caught smoking marijuana in a parking garage. He had just turned 18 but still in high school. The police arrested him and held him in jail. There was no interpreter and his parents lived out of town. The school for the deaf did nothing for him. I immediately called his parents and then visited the friend in jail and helped get him a lawyer. All the time, there was no interpreter. I did some of the interpreting. He was released to me after spending a traumatic night in jail. The next day, his mother picked him up. The whole event could have been less traumatic and frustrating and assured the rights of this 18 year old, if the jail called in an interpreter. Comments are closed.