The Montana Kaimin - Deaf students outnumber interpreters 2-1; school struggles to meet demand.
MISSOULA - A shortage of sign language interpreters in Missoula has left the University of Montana stretching resources thin for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
Denise May, the lead interpreter at UM, said Missoula County Public Schools and the University already employ every certified interpreter who wants to work in the region.
"Interpreters are scarce and we could use more," May said. "For example, tomorrow, besides covering all the classes, there's a rodeo club meeting, a mid-year report, a Montana Council for Exceptional Children conference, and others have called asking for interpreters that can work in the community."
There are eight full-time Deaf students attending the University this semester double the number of available full-time sign-language interpreters at UM.
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