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OCCUPATIONS AND PROFESSIONS

CHAPTER 326-I
INTERPRETERS FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING

Section 326-I:2


[RSA 326-I:2 effective until January 1, 2022; see also RSA 326-I:2 set out below.]
    326-I:2 Definitions. –
In this chapter:
I. "Board" means the board of licensure of interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing.
II. "Deaf person" means a person whose sense of hearing is nonfunctional for the purpose of communication and whose primary communication is visual.
III. "Hard-of-hearing person" means a person who has a hearing loss, who may or may not primarily use visual communication, and who may or may not use assistive devices.
IV. "Interpreting" means the process of providing accessible communication between and among persons who are deaf, oral deaf, hard-of-hearing, and who can hear, who do not share a common means of communication. This process includes, without limitation, interpreting and transliterating and visual, gestural, auditory, and tactile communication.
V. "Interpreting agency" means an agency whose function is to provide qualified interpreter services for a fee, usually including a fee for travel time, and who access interpreters licensed under this chapter.
VI. "Interpreter" means a person who provides any of the following services:
(a) English-based transliterating, which includes but is not limited to conveying a message via visible representations of the English language such as manually coded English and oral transliteration. This process conveys information from one mode of English to another mode of English;
(b) American Sign Language-based interpreting, which is the process of conveying information between American Sign Language and English; and
(c) Intermediary interpreting, which means interpreting services rendered by a deaf person to facilitate communication between another deaf person and another licensed interpreter or between 2 or more deaf persons.
VII. "Oral deaf" means a person whose sense of hearing is nonfunctional for the purpose of communication and whose primary communication is by speech reading and spoken English.

[RSA 326-I:2 effective January 1, 2022; see also RSA 326-I:2 above.]


326-I:2 Definitions. –
In this chapter:
I. "Board" means the board of licensure of interpreters for the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing.
II. "Deaf" person means a person whose primary communication is visual.
III. "Deafblind" person means a person who has a combination of hearing loss and vision loss. A person who uses a combination of visual and/or tactile communication.
IV. "Hard-of-hearing" person means a person who has a hearing loss, who may or may not primarily use visual communication, and who may or may not use assistive devices.
V. "Intermediary interpreting" means interpreting services rendered by a deaf person between another deaf or deafblind person and another licensed interpreter or between 2 or more deaf or deaf blind persons.
VI. "Interpreter" means a person who conveys meaning between people who use signed language and spoken language.
VII. "Interpreting" means the act of conveying meaning between people who use signed and/or spoken languages.
VIII. "Interpreting organization" means an organization whose function is to provide qualified interpreter services for a fee and who access interpreters licensed under this chapter.
IX. "Oral deaf" person means a person whose primary communication is speech reading and spoken English.
X. "Qualified interpreter" means an interpreter meeting the requirements of this chapter.

Source. 2001, 232:1, eff. July 1, 2001. 2021, 86:4, eff. Jan. 1, 2022.