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Continued: Lawsuit over interpreter asks: What’s ‘reasonable’ for the Y?

  • Article by: PAT PHEIFER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 19, 2014 - 8:40 PM

Halagan said the Y followed up with the Lingles during the class to make sure they had no issues or questions.

He added: “This is an infant swim class so there’s not a whole lot of complicated information to be communicated.”

The day after the lawsuit was filed, the Lingles said, they received an e-mail from the Y offering to provide an interpreter for the Seahorse parent-child swim classes this summer. But only for the first class, which was Wednesday.

“I felt like I was in a completely different world with the interpreter present,” Lingle wrote in an e-mail after the class. “I could see what the other parents were asking. I could stay focused on my daughter. … I could keep up with the pace of the class rather than being behind.”

Lingle said he put in a request to reserve an interpreter for next week’s lesson.

“Our biggest goal for this suit is to have them change their policy and to have them provide interpreters all over the world for Y’s that need it,” Lingle said. “Because I know all kinds of deaf people who would become members if they had interpreters.”


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