To address a shortage of qualified interpreters for people who are deaf in Kentucky, the University of Louisville is planning to launch a baccalaureate degree program in American Sign Language in the fall of 2010. The university's American Sign Language/Interpreter Education Program will be the second such program in the state and join 34 similar degree programs in the country. New rules set to take effect in 2012 require that all candidates for national certification in ASL interpreting hold a bachelor's degree.

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