Over the past few months, the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) has been working on changing the Interpreter Program Regulations. The regulations affect the way VDDHH includes qualified interpreters in the Directory of Qualified Interpreters. The Regulations also cover the way the agency operates the Virginia Quality Assurance Screening Program. The agency asked for public comment on the proposed changed in the Spring. When that public comment period closed, the agency looked at all the comments that we received and made a few more changes. The final regulations, including the changes we made based on public comment, were published at the end of July and scheduled to become effective on October 1, 2001.
During the final public comment period, the agency received more than 25 requests to reopen the public comment on the regulations. The people who requested this additional public comment period have concerns about some parts of the final regulations. Therefore, the agency has submitted the regulations for an additional public comment period from September 24th until October 24th. The agency will not implement the new regulations on October 1st. The old regulations will stay in place for now.
During the additional public comment period, we want to hear from consumers who use interpreter services, from professional interpreters and VQAS candidates. We have outlined the concerns that came up during the last public comment period and the agency's response to those concerns. Please read this information and let us know if you agree with what VDDHH has proposed doing or if you think we need to make more changes. You may comment on any part of the regulations but we would especially like to know your comments on the highlighted issues. Do you support the changes that VDDHH has proposed in these areas?
The public comment period is from September 24th until October 24th. Your comments are very important!
Your comments do not have to be written in any specific format. Whatever you want to say will be considered. Please include your name and address with your written comments.
To get a copy of the proposed Interpreter Programs Regulations:
Call VDDHH at 1-800-552-7917 (V/TTY) or (804)662-9503 (V/TTY) or visit the VDDHH web site at www.vddhh.org for a link to the Regulatory Town Hall site where you can read the proposed regulations.
Send your comments to:
Interpreter Programs Manager
The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
1602 Rolling Hills Drive Suite 203
Richmond, VA 23229-5012
Phone: (804)662-9502 V/TTY