Email: Interpreter@donnamccole.com | Phone: 951.501.6689

About Me

Donna M. McCole, Sign Language Interpreting LLC

In business for over 25 years!

Certifications: 

  • C.I.  Certificate of Interpretation
  • C.T.  Certificate of Transliteration
  • NAD IV  National Association of the Deaf 
  • Certified Woman Owned Small Business

Memberships:

  • Member of Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
  • Southern CA RID

Interpreting Experience: 

  • Special Olympics
  • Hospitals
  • Cruises in USA, Europe, and the Caribbean
  • Court
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Working in the Capitol Region for the past 17 years!

Things you should know!


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, including deaf and hearing impaired people. There are four sections in the law: employment, government, public accommodations, and telecommunications. Each section of the ADA lists services that should be provided for deaf individuals. The ADA adds more protection for handicapped persons to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Government agencies may need to provide a qualified interpreter when requested by the deaf consumer. It is your responsibility, as a consumer, to ask for an interpreter before the appointment. You are not responsible for the interpreter's bill. The agency must pay the fees. Assistive listening devices may also be used when you request them and when appropriate.

If you need to go to court, you must call the court and ask for an interpreter who is certified. The cost of the interpreter cannot be added to any court costs. Family members and friends should not act as interpreter for you. They will not be paid by the court. You should also ask for a certified interpreter to work with you and your lawyer.

When important communication is needed, the ADA says the hospital must provide a qualified interpreter. Important communication includes discussions about your sickness and what kinds of treatment are needed or available. It also includes registering at the hospital or anytime you are asked to fill out papers, providing medical information or when you are discharged. If you cannot understand the interpreter provided by the hospital, ask for a different interpreter. The hospital cannot charge you for the interpreter. The hospital may not have an interpreter on staff. If possible, try to make an appointment so the hospital can arrange for an interpreter to be there.

The ADA says employers cannot discriminate in the job application process, hiring, firing, salary/pay, promotion, or any other benefit of being an employee. This means a qualified interpreter should be available for a job interview. If a verbal test is part of the job application process, the employer should provide an appropriate written test for a deaf applicant.