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

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)

Pennsylvania affiliate chapter of RID (PARID)

Interpret America

National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT)

Standards for the Industry

RID Standard Practice Papers

NAJIT Position Papers

American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)

ASTM's Mission Statement:

  • To be recognized globally as the premier developer and provider of voluntary consensus standards, related technical information, and services that

    • promote public health and safety, support the protection and sustainability of the environment, and the overall quality of life;
    • contribute to the reliability of materials, products, systems and services; and
    • facilitate international, regional, and national commerce.

    This statement reflects the language of ASTM's charter and makes clear the Society's commitments to the development and dissemination of high-quality standards and technical information in increasingly diverse fields, and to strengthening the acceptance and use of ASTM international standards in a global environment of international, regional, and national breadth.


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