Ontario Moves on Sign Languge Interpretation in Legal Context — A Suggestion for an IOLTA Innovation Pool

The Law Foundation of Ontario, their IOLTA program, has what we in the  US would call an RFP out for projects dealing with Sign Language Interpretation in the legal system.  Applicants can be “from across Canada

The grant program comes out of a 2010 Report to the Foundation.

As stated in the FAQ:

“The LFO is inviting applications that achieve one or more of the following

• Test an outreach and intake model in a community legal clinic, in
partnership with organizations serving the deaf community. The application
may include funding for sign language interpretation as needed for clients
who come forward.
• Create tools and protocols to assist legal service providers to serve Deaf
clients and to make best use of sign language interpreters.
• Bring members of the Deaf community, interpreters, legal service
providers, governments and others together to create a vision that will be
refined with knowledge gained from the above service delivery projects.”

More generally, maybe our IOLTA might consider pooling a small portion of their resources into a fund for competitive grants in such innovation areas, perhaps particularly LEP given the current focus on that issue triggered by the recent DOJ Civil Rights Division letter to the state courts.  (I realize that many programs are structured to be not sufficiently  flexible to participate in such an initiative.)  I also realize that with interest rates so down, this is a hard time to be talking about any alternative expenditures — but investments in greater efficiency and flexibility are just what is needed.


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I am deeply involved in access to justice and the patient voice movement.
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