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Important Announcement

• Interpreter Rules - Updated April 11, 2014

The period for public comment on the proposed rules for PA 204 closed at 5 pm on April 7, 2014. 

Click here for detailed information on the Deaf Persons’ Interpreters Act Rules

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights and the Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing have issued a revised set of proposed administrative rules pursuant to the Deaf Persons' Interpreters Act (PA 204 of 1982). For user convenience, links to the proposed rules, current information related their progress through the rules process and the opportunity for public comment were organized into a single document. This page will be changed when new information becomes available, so check here for updates.

Click here for Transcript of 2007-047 Civil Rights Public Hearing April 5, 2014.

For public comments posted, click here.


• DODHH Advisory Council Members and Staff Contact Information A 13-member citizens Advisory Council of which a minimum of seven must be Deaf or Hard of Hearing, appointed by the Governor, and serving for a term of three years.

• DODHH Posts Videos on the State's YouTube ChannelThe Division has been posting videos on the state of Michigan's YouTube channel. These videos make available, in American Sign Language and with a script for each video, explanations of the laws and rules pertaining to interpreters, and related laws of interest to deaf and hard of hearing people in Michigan. In March 2014, several videos were added related to the promulgation of PA 204; these do not have scripts. In April 2014, more YouTube videos were added which include ASL public comments on PA 204 and the rules process.

• Online Interpreter Directory    The Interpreter Directory is published as required by P.A. 204 of 1982 to assist with effective communication. The DODHH cannot, however, guarantee the effectiveness of everyone listed in the directory. Please contact the DODHH for consultation and technical assistance when providing services to persons with hearing loss.

• Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing This state office concentrates on helping to improve the lives of Michigan's one million Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens. Our mission is affirming the indisputable right of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons to secure effective communication. It receives input from its 13-member citizens Advisory Council appointed by the Governor. Services include Technical Support, Information and Referral, Accommodations, Interpreter Information and Services..

For Interpreters and BEI/DI Testing Information

• DODHH MI BEI Test Dates - April-June, 2014 PDF icon

• EIPA Performance Testing Information/Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI)

• Final Supervised Clinical Practice Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) PDF icon    Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing MOU with Lansing Community College, Madonna University, Mott Community College, Oakland Community College and Baker College facilitating supervised clinical practice and internship.

• MI Credentialed Sign Language Interpreter Requirements Document PDF icon

• MI BEI Study Guide PDF icon

• Notice Regarding BEI Units PDF icon

• EIPA Written Testing Information    Michigan has at least two EIPA written test proctors. Please contact Boys Town at this link for additional information.

 •  Deaf Person's Interpreter Act - PA 204-2007
 •  Online Interpreter Directory
 •  Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Links of Interest
 •  Michigan Rehabilitation Services
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