Video relay services (VRS) have been rapidly expanding for the last two years and continue to do so today. I have been seeing more and more people pointing out that they're the cause of our shortage of interpreters. This has to stop. We need to practice self-advocacy.
The shortage of interpreters has always been there! It's stated at the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) website that there are 4,424 certified interpreters nationwide as of July 2003. Certainly there are more interpreters out there but it is not enough.
Join with me here and read my two past blogs about ASL classes in the mainstream. We must become planters to plant the seeds of our future. Send out letters, phone calls, e-mails, or bring it up in person that you request the school to have ASL classes.