Deaf community to file complaint to get interpreter jobs back

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The deaf community is converging at the capitol to file a complaint in an effort to get interpreters their jobs back.

Many in the deaf community say they’re losing a vital resource for them. As a cost-saving measure, the state laid off about 40 interpreters.

We spoke with one of those interpreters last week, she says not only is she concerned about making ends meet for her family, she’s also worried about her clients.

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The group ‘We the Deaf People’ told us this has thrown the deaf population in the state into turmoil. Deaf people relied on these interpreters in schools, emergency rooms, and doctors’ offices. The state expects to save money by contracting with private agencies which can be found by calling 211.

So, on Monday members of ‘We the Deaf People’ will file a complaint at a hearing. It’s being held by the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities or OPA. That’s scheduled to start around 10 a.m.

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