NCAA Provides Interpreters at CWS

Wow.

I don’t think it has even been two months since neRID was first made aware of and asked to write a letter of support toward getting the NCAA to provide sign language access to the College World Series in Omaha, NE. Those grassroots efforts just bore fruit – sign language interpreters will be provided for the opening ceremonies on June 12, as well as other changes to improve access for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

It really has been an eventful two months! The governor of Nebraska has just signed into law a new requirement increasing the minimum standards for interpreters working in the public schools, and, as we just recently recognized, a nearby college (Iowa Western Community College – IWCC) announced their phasing out of their interpreter training program (see post here).

Thanks to all who worked to make this happen. It is inspiring to have seen how something that, as I understand the progression, struck someone as unfair and led them to action. They contacted the necessary people, gathered support and diligently pursued their goal. A great example of seeking to make a difference and not being satisfied with the status quo.