Sign-Language Interpreting as an accommodation

Communicating using a Registered Sign-language Interpreter may be the preferred accommodation for people with hearing loss. There are many logistical reasons why you should hire a Registered Sign-language Interpreter when needing to convey information to Deaf people.


Many Deaf people struggle with written English and most Deaf people do not “read lips”. As well, service providers rely on interpreters to make sure that both parties can understand one another.


There is legislation regarding the “Duty to Accommodate”. The BC Human Rights Code states that “employers, landlords, and people who provide a service to the public have a duty to reasonably accommodate the needs of disabled persons, unless doing so would result in undue hardship.” 


Helpful Links


BC Human Rights Tribunal

Relevant Legislation

Westcoast Association of Visual Language Interpreters

Provincial Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Human Rights in British Columbia - Ministry of Attorney General