SLIP is dedicated to providing you a selection of important resources to help guide and inform you. If you’d like a resource that you don’t see here, please reach out.
SLIP COVID Statement
ASL Interpreters are continuing to provide both onsite and video remote interpreting (VRI) services to clients in the community. SLIP encourages all ASL interpreting contractors to abide by CDC guidelines for COVID19 Safety. Additionally, we encourage customers to share their site specific policies with us which we will pass on to contractors for compliance when they are providing interpreting services at your location. The following are resources for interpreters on COVID19 Safety and the Deaf community on COVID19 from the CDC.
State & Federal
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives rights of equal access to places of public accommodation. For Deaf and hard of hearing people, Title III requires businesses and agencies to remove barriers to communication. In order to provide equal access to those individuals who are Deaf, all public accommodations are required to provide auxiliary aids and services to ensure effective communication. For more information on the ADA and how it applies to you, 800-514-0301 (Voice) 800-514-0383 (TTY).
Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH)
Act 57 states that no individual may provide or offer to provide sign language interpreting or hold himself/herself as a qualified sign language interpreter without being State registered by the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing. For more information on Act 57 contact the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing at 1-800-233-3008.
The Administrative Office of PA Courts (AOPC)
Information available on ACT 172, obtaining a qualified interpreter as well as becoming an interpreter for the PA Courts.
Professional Organizations for Interpreters
Standards for the Industry
documentation on requirements
For Funeral Homes
For Real Estate Industry
ADA requirements for Real Estate
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) seeks to ensure that Real Estate Agents, Brokers, Realtors, New Home Sales Companies, Mortgage Lenders, Settlement Companies and all other real estate professionals and entities understand their legal obligations with respect to serving deaf and hard of hearing clients and customers.
Is a title company responsible for obtaining and paying for services at a closing settlement to assist customers with disabilities?
Answer: Yes. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive civil rights law, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. The ADA requires real estate professionals and entities to provide effective communication to customers with vision, hearing or speech disabilities. Title III of the ADA prohibits places of “public accommodation” from discriminating against people with disabilities and generally includes businesses that are open to the public to provide goods or services.
Pittsburgh’s annual Anthrocon convention has been using the services of Sign Language Interpreting Professionals since 2013, and we could not imagine holding our event without their assistance. Our consistent team of interpreters have become an integral part of our staff and have gone above and beyond the call of duty so many times it is impossible to count. They even helped us to meet one of our most significant challenges when a group of deaf and blind visitors came by; using tactile interpretation, they were able to help the group experience the magic that is our costume parade. The smiles on those visitors’ faces made our “interprefurs” worth double their weight in gold!
~ Dr. Samuel Conway, Chairman and CEO, Anthrocon Inc.