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Sign language interpreters in Michigan have some new requirements

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There are new requirements for sign language interpreters in courtrooms and doctor's offices.

New requirements for Michigan sign language interpreters are now in effect for courtrooms and doctor's offices.

Anne Urlasky is the director of Division on Deaf, Deaf-blind and Hard of Hearing within the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

She says the new requirements are a chance to improve a system that is flawed.

"This is a positive opportunity here to set the standard and make sure that certified interpreters going forward and from here on out will meet the standard, rather than focusing on how things worked before," Urlasky says.

The requirements took effect two weeks ago, but were announced in detail today. 

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