Tag: language access

Caroline Remer becomes Boostlingo’s first Vice President of Language Access

Boostlingo, a leader in interpretation management and delivery technology, announced on Friday that it has promoted Caroline Remer as the Vice President of Language Access.

Department of Justice files statement of interest on language access and...

According to the plaintiff CNY Fair Housing, a nonprofit that advocates for tenants’ rights, an apartment complex in Syracuse refused to rent apartments to individuals with limited English proficiency. Because this case could have implications for the country’s wider LEP population, the DOJ released a statement of interest explaining the ways in which restricting LEP is a violation of the FHA.

Hong Kong legal system ditches English translations

A recent South China Morning Post report suggests that Hong Kong’s legal system has not been adequately transparent about providing English-language judgments in recent months.

New York attorney general calls on NWS to improve language access

Earlier this month, New York’s attorney general called on the National Weather Service (NWS) to improve its language access measures, in response to the disproportionate number of non-English speaking individuals who died during Hurricane Ida last summer.

After court ruling, New Mexico governor signs language access bill

The recent passage of House Bill 22 (HB 22) on March 1 will allow the state to pinpoint weak spots in the state’s language access services, in an effort to continue improving them. The bill will go into effect beginning July 1.

French-speaking Ottawa residents file complaints over language access at vaccine clinics

The local government of Ottawa’s French Language Services (FLS) branch saw an increased number of complaints regarding French language services in 2021, according to a report the branch compiled last week.

Massachusetts General Hospital clinicians detail language access strategy amid COVID-19

A paper recently published in the American Journal of Medical Care is shedding light on the importance of providing language access services in the healthcare setting — even before a patient makes their appointment.

Kriol interpreting efforts misunderstood in Western Australia and abroad

Earlier this month, Australian politician Mark McGowan received harsh criticism for a video campaign intended to disseminate COVID-19-related information to Aboriginal people living in the state of Western Australia (WA). MultiLingual an Australian interpreter about the video and why the outrage against it is largely unjustified.

Partial amputation prompts medical language access concerns

An ongoing federal lawsuit has been filed against a Tennessee hospital that did not provide adequate sign language interpreting services for a deaf patient, drawing attention to the importance of language access measures in the healthcare system.

Rapid antigen tests present language barriers in Australia

According to a recent report from the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC), community health advocates have been calling on improved language accessibility for rapid antigen tests, most of which only provide instructions in English and generally lack translations into other languages spoken widely throughout the country or even instructional pictures or diagrams.

National Weather Service outlines goals for more efficient Spanish translations

The National Weather Service (NWS) is currently looking into adopting a more efficient translation workflow, according to a recently published request for information (RFI). Currently the NWS produces such translations manually, however the organization believes this to be an unsustainable practice due to the heavy workload and the amount of time it takes to complete — as such, it seems that machine learning technology is in order.

Study on cardiovascular disease links limited English proficiency with health disparity...

A new study recently published in JAMA Network Open suggests that limited English proficiency (LEP) could make individuals less likely to report their own cardiovascular diseases, likely due to the fact that these individuals are either undiagnosed or not well-educated about their disease and its symptoms.