Public Act 90-0200 of the 90th General Assembly

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Public Act 90-0200

SB450 Enrolled                               SDS/bill0019/bkp

    AN ACT to create the Interpreters for the Deaf Act.

    Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:

    Section  1.  Short  title.  This  Act may be cited as the
Interpreters for the Deaf Act.

    Section 5.  Qualifications.
    (a)  No person may represent himself  or  herself  as  an
interpreter  for the deaf, work as a professional interpreter
for the deaf, or use the title "interpreter for the deaf"  or
a similar title in this State unless he or she can show proof
         (1)  a   certificate   issued  by  the  Registry  of
    Interpreters for the Deaf (RID);
         (2)  a  satisfactory  evaluation  by  the   National
    Association of the Deaf;
         (3)  a  satisfactory  Interpreter  Skills Assessment
    Screening (ISAS) evaluation; or
         (4)  licensure or certification  or  a  satisfactory
    evaluation or screening in another state.
    (b)  A  person  practicing as an interpreter for the deaf
under this Act shall register  with  the  Deaf  and  Hard  of
Hearing  Commission  within one year of the formation of that
commission or the  commencement  of  practice,  whichever  is

    Section  10.  The  Deaf  and  Hard of Hearing Commission.
Within 2 years of its formation in this State, the  Deaf  and
Hard  of  Hearing Commission  shall work with the State Board
of Education to develop standards for  further  qualification
of educational interpreters in this State.
    Section   15.  Exemptions.    A   person  working  as  an
interpreter for the deaf in a religious organization shall be
exempt from the  requirements  of  Section  5.    Educational
interpreters  and  certified  teachers of the deaf performing
interpreting within the scope of their duties shall  also  be
exempt  from  this  Act  unless  required by their particular
school district.

    Section 99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect  upon
becoming law.

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