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Interpreter Rules

• UPDATE: Rules, Deaf Persons Interpreters' Act – June 26, 2014

With the new rules for PA 204 taking effect on July 7th, there are many questions about what they mean and who's affected. MDCR is committed to helping you understand the impact of the rules on you and other stakeholders (schools, physicians, lawyers, and more).

NOTE: The FAQs on Quality Assurance Certification was revised and reposted as of June 26.

Michigan Administrative Rules 393.5001-393.5095, "Qualified Interpreter, General Rules" PDF icon
Agency Report, Narrative Excerpt (foundational principles/intent) PDF icon
Michigan Standards Level Chart 6/20/2014 PDF icon

FAQs Related to Quality Assurance 6/26/2014 PDF icon

FAQs on Intent and Methodology 7/3/2014 PDF icon

FAQs Related to VRI 7/7/2014 PDF icon

FAQs Related to VRS 7/7/2014 PDF icon
ComplaintsTo file a complaint related to the new interpreter rules, fill out the Interpreter Complaint Questionnaire, available here. You can also file a complaint by calling DODDBHH at 517-507-5223, or send an email to DODHH@Michigan.govView an ASL video on how to file a complaint.


• DODDBHH YouTube ChannelVideos in American Sign Language of interest to deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing individuals in Michigan

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

• Division on Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing This state office concentrates on helping to improve the lives of Michigan's one million Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing citizens. Our mission is affirming the indisputable right of Deaf, Deafblind 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..

 •  How to File a Complaint Related to the Interpreter Rules
 •  Deaf Person's Interpreter Act - PA 204-1982 (amended 2007)
 •  Online Interpreter Directory
 •  Division on Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing Links of Interest
 •  Michigan Rehabilitation Services
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