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Deaf Patient Unknowingly Let Clinic Remove Teeth

October 21, 2022

A deaf patient said she was unaware she agreed to have seven teeth removed after a Washington dental clinic failed to provide an interpreter. The case is now being heard…

New Zealand Hopes to Banish Jargon with Plain Language Law

October 21, 2022

New Zealand鈥檚 Plain Language Bill will require government communications to the public be 鈥渃lear, concise, well-organized, and audience-appropriate.鈥 For the country鈥檚 anti-gibberish brigade, it鈥檚 a victory: they say clear language…

鈥淏lacklisted鈥 Afghan Interpreters were Disqualified from U.S. Visas. Now They鈥檙e in Hiding

October 21, 2022

The rapid and disorganized exit from Afghanistan by the U.S. a year ago left many people in danger under Taliban rule, including Afghan interpreters who assisted the U.S. military. Many…

European Parliament Interpreters Call Off Strike

October 21, 2022

Interpreters for the European Parliament have called off a partial strike, in place since June, after union representatives struck an interim deal with the institution on working conditions. Trade unions…

Misinformation Circulating in Non-English Languages before Midterms

October 21, 2022

Unsubstantiated rumors and outright falsehoods spread widely in immigrant communities before the presidential election in 2020. That is happening again in the run-up to this year鈥檚 midterm elections, researchers say,…

In Florida, Broward Schools Set Out to Correct Spanish Translation Mishap on Ballot

August 18, 2022

With voting already underway in Florida鈥檚 August 23 election, officials in a county where about one in four voters is Hispanic are scrambling to fix the inaccurate Spanish translation of…

Spokane City Council Votes Unanimously on Language Access Resolution

August 18, 2022

The City Council of Spokane, Washington, voted unanimously to adopt Resolution 2022-0071. The resolution creates a policy to establish a language access plan to ensure that limited-English-proficiency (LEP) residents have…

Setback for Quebec鈥檚 New Language Law as Judge Suspends Two Articles of Bill 96

August 18, 2022

A group of lawyers challenging Quebec鈥檚 new language law marked their first legal victory against the legislation, as a judge temporarily suspended a provision requiring English court documents to be…

New Proposed Rule on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act May Expand Language Access in U.S. Health Care

August 18, 2022

On August 4, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a proposed rule in the Federal Register related to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Enacted…

Afghans Who Aided Canadian Military Need Immigration Ministry to Act Quickly

August 18, 2022

A former Canadian military legal officer says a group of Afghan lawyers and other staff who helped his mission in Afghanistan have been 鈥渓eft in the dark,鈥 and is urging…

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