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Shortage Seen in SD Sign Language Interpreters



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Some experts believe South Dakota is seeing a shortage of sign language interpreters.
   
The state has 88 registered interpreters to assist at events, schools and courts. To get paid, an interpreter must be registered with the state.
   
Kasey Entwisle with Interpreter Services said that part of the shortage occurred when the sign language program moved colleges and switched from a two-year to a four-year degree, delaying some needed graduates.
   
She said another problem is that the majority of the interpreters are based in Sioux Falls.
   
Grady Kickul with the state division of rehabilitation services said when interpreters are used for state government functions, they must be brought in from outside of Pierre.
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