As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.   [PL 1997, c. 749, §3 (NEW).]
1.  Commissioner. 

[PL 2019, c. 284, §3 (RP).]

Terms Used In Maine Revised Statutes Title 32 Sec. 1521

  • Accredited: means an educational institution that is approved by the United States Department of Education or a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 32 Sec. 1521
  • American Sign Language proficiency interview: means a holistic language evaluation that is used to determine global American Sign Language proficiency and that is administered by an educational testing service organization and evaluated by an American Sign Language evaluation service organization recognized by the director. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 32 Sec. 1521
  • Conditional license: means a license granted to an applicant who has completed the educational requirements under section 1524?C, passed a national interpreter certification knowledge exam and passed an American Sign Language proficiency interview but who is not certified with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 32 Sec. 1521
  • Deaf interpreter: means a person whose sense of hearing is nonfunctional for the purpose of communication, whose primary means of communication is visual or tactile and who provides intermediary interpreting. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 32 Sec. 1521
  • Deaf person: means a person whose sense of hearing is nonfunctional for the purpose of communication and whose primary means of communication is visual or tactile. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 32 Sec. 1521
  • Department: means the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 32 Sec. 1521
  • Director: means the Director of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation within the department. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 32 Sec. 1521
  • Hard-of-hearing person: means a person who has a functional hearing deficit, who may or may not primarily use visual communication and who may or may not use assistive devices. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 32 Sec. 1521
  • Interpreter: means a person who provides any of the following services:  
A. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 32 Sec. 1521
  • Interpreting: means the process when a linguistic intermediary between a deaf or hard-of-hearing person and another person translates the spoken utterances or signs, gestures or writing of either person into a linguistic form other than that which that person uses as a primary and preferred form of communication. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 32 Sec. 1521
  • National interpreter certification knowledge exam: means an entry-level exam administered by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 32 Sec. 1521
  • United States: includes territories and the District of Columbia. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 1 Sec. 72
  • 1-A.  Deaf interpreter“Deaf interpreter” means a person whose sense of hearing is nonfunctional for the purpose of communication, whose primary means of communication is visual or tactile and who provides intermediary interpreting.  

    [PL 1999, c. 399, §3 (NEW); PL 1999, c. 399, §20 (AFF).]

    1-B.  Accredited“Accredited” means an educational institution that is approved by the United States Department of Education or a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.  

    [PL 2019, c. 284, §4 (NEW).]

    1-C.  American Sign Language proficiency interview“American Sign Language proficiency interview” means a holistic language evaluation that is used to determine global American Sign Language proficiency and that is administered by an educational testing service organization and evaluated by an American Sign Language evaluation service organization recognized by the director.  

    [PL 2019, c. 284, §4 (NEW).]

    1-D.  Conditional license“Conditional license” means a license granted to an applicant who has completed the educational requirements under section 1524?C, passed a national interpreter certification knowledge exam and passed an American Sign Language proficiency interview but who is not certified with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. or a comparable or successor organization recognized by the director.  

    [PL 2019, c. 284, §4 (NEW).]

    2.  Deaf person“Deaf person” means a person whose sense of hearing is nonfunctional for the purpose of communication and whose primary means of communication is visual or tactile.  

    [PL 1999, c. 399, §4 (AMD); PL 1999, c. 399, §20 (AFF).]

    3.  Department.  “Department” means the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation.  

    [PL 1997, c. 749, §3 (NEW).]

    3-A.  Director“Director” means the Director of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation within the department.  

    [PL 2019, c. 284, §5 (NEW).]

    4.  Hard-of-hearing person“Hard-of-hearing person” means a person who has a functional hearing deficit, who may or may not primarily use visual communication and who may or may not use assistive devices.  

    [PL 1997, c. 749, §3 (NEW).]

    5.  Interpreting“Interpreting” means the process when a linguistic intermediary between a deaf or hard-of-hearing person and another person translates the spoken utterances or signs, gestures or writing of either person into a linguistic form other than that which that person uses as a primary and preferred form of communication. For the purposes of this chapter, “interpreting” or “transliterating” does not mean communication using cued speech.  

    [PL 1999, c. 399, §5 (AMD); PL 1999, c. 399, §20 (AFF).]

    6.  Interpreter“Interpreter” means a person who provides any of the following services:  
    A. [PL 2019, c. 284, §6 (RP).]
    B. American Sign Language-based interpreting, which is the process of conveying information between American Sign Language and English; or   [PL 1997, c. 749, §3 (NEW).]
    C. Intermediary interpreting, which means interpreting services rendered by a deaf interpreter to facilitate communication between another deaf person and another licensed interpreter or between 2 or more deaf persons.   [PL 1999, c. 399, §6 (AMD); PL 1999, c. 399, §20 (AFF).]

    [PL 2019, c. 284, §6 (AMD).]

    7.  National interpreter certification knowledge exam“National interpreter certification knowledge exam” means an entry-level exam administered by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., or a comparable or successor organization recognized by the director, that tests for knowledge appropriate to an interpreter holding national certification and covers the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. Code of Professional Conduct, interpreting issues and theory, culture and American Sign Language linguistics.  

    [PL 2019, c. 284, §7 (NEW).]

    SECTION HISTORY

    PL 1997, c. 749, §3 (NEW). PL 1999, c. 399, §§3-6 (AMD). PL 1999, c. 399, §20 (AFF). PL 2019, c. 284, §§21, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (AMD).