Iowa students who cannot hear lack interpreters under new rules

A new law requiring sign-language interpreters to obtain a license to work professionally in Iowa has left many students who cannot hear without assistance at school. While many agree that new licensing rules are needed, critics say the tests are too difficult and the styles of interpreting included are too broad. Schools that cannot find qualified interpreters must provide alternatives, including "communication coaches," who use computer transcription to aid students with hearing impairments.

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