Parents sue city over interpreter for deaf son during soccer

Written by The Associated Press | May 30, 2014 8:14 AM

(Greensburg) -- The parents of a deaf 8-year-old boy have sued a western Pennsylvania city because they want it to provide a sign-language interpreter for a local youth soccer league. 

The parents and their son are identified only by their initials in the federal lawsuit against the city of Greensburg. The suit was first reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  

The couple contends their son needs the interpreter to understand his coaches. The boy's mother served as the boy's interpreter in 2012, but has been unable to do so last year or this year. 

Solicitor Bernard McArdle says he doesn't believe the city is required to provide the interpreter because the boy is a non-resident playing in a league whose coaches are volunteers. He estimated the interpreter would cost the city $5,000 to $10,000 annually.

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