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ASL Interpreter Network makes a goal to keep our community updated on news that surrounds the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind communities.

Another site that we strongly support is DEAF NEWS TODAY for the latest news nationwide and internationally affecting the community we share in the bigger picture. Deaf News Today offers current updates from reliable sources that keep us informed in all areas that relate to our communities.

Seattle Deaf Film Festival; April 4-6th

ASL Interpreter Network is excited to be SPONSORS again for Seattle Deaf Film Festival

http://www.seattledeaffilmfestival.com/#!sdffhistory/cys6

SPREAD THE WORD AND PLAN TO ATTEND... 

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Date Posted: 02-03-2014

ASLIN turns 13 years old; February 1st

ASLIN turns 13 years old tomorrow - thanks to staff and interpreters (Photo taken at our Anniversary party last weekend with staff and their +1 Cheers! We took the photo in the play area of the Northgate mall...

CHECK OUT our photos on Facebook...ASL Network

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Date Posted: 01-31-2014

MITF (Medical Interpreter Task Force)

Hello amazing team of interpreters,

I am proud to serve on the MITF (Medical Interpreter Task Force) since we were established in 2011. It has been a slow gathering of Leaders in our community making awareness our #1 goal on the State level.

Last Wednesday, Jan 22 our team headed down to Olympia. WA to speak to Senators and Representatives making them aware of points below... (also attached the same "Talking Points" in case your device cannot open attachment).

Check out the link and attached photos.

http://wsridlegcommittee.wix.com/wsrid-legislative-information/apps/blog/legislative-reception-2014

If you have feedback; please share so I can take back to our next meeting scheduled Feb 24th.


Thanks,


Robbi Crockett MA, MS, NIC-A, NAD IV
Executive Director
RID CMP Sponsor
PO BOX 17414
Seattle, WA 98127
206-527-9555 Fax: 206-527-9557
VP: 75.160.97.53

www.aslnetwork.com
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Date Posted: 01-31-2014

ASL Tales DOWNLOAD NOW at Apple Store

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/asltales/id731434944?mt=8

ASL Tales DOWNLOAD NOW at Apple Store

In ASL Tales’ Rapunzel, everyone, including the Witch, lives happily ever after, though not in the way the reader might predict. Masterful American Sign Language (ASL) storytelling paired with original children’s literature creates endless possibilities for ASL and English enrichment for the simply curious and the serious sign language learner.

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Date Posted: 12-05-2013

INTERPRETER PROGRAM AIMS TO BRIDGE DEAF, MEDICAL DIVIDE

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2013/07/12/course-at-national-technical-institute-for-deaf-seeks-to-bridge-medical-divide/2512519/

Our very own Robbi Crockett was chosen to be one of the 15 nationwide to join the year long course.

Rochester, NY
INTERPRETER PROGRAM AIMS TO BRIDGE DEAF, MEDICAL DIVIDE
"Doctor-speak" — the technical language of the medical profession — can be difficult for any patient to make sense of, but especially so for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. That's because what the doctor says often can't be simply translated into sign language. But 15 interpreters from 12 states hope to fine-tune their skills — and learn more about medical terminology — in a year-long course on health care interpreting kicked off by the Rochester Institute of Technology this week. / USA Today

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Categories: General News    |    Date Posted: 10-16-2013

ODHH Extends TRS contract for another 2 years

OLYMPIA – Washington State Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has conducted some activities relating to telecommunication services provided to deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and speech-disabled people. “ODHH continues to be a national leader in the provision of telecommunication services and we’ve extended the relay contract, obtained relay administrator certification and awarded an outreach contract that will enable us to improve our services for the future,” said Eric Raff, ODHH Director. 

ODHH Extends TRS contract for another 2 years

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Date Posted: 07-19-2013

Deaf Olympics 2013

H3 Sports to provide daily video coverage of Deaflympics starting July 23

Play VIDEO SIGNED RELEASE <link to http://www.h3.tv/shows.php?video_id=2434 >

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Date Posted: 07-19-2013

May 1 is Interpreter Appreciation Day!

TODAY is Interpreter Appreciation Day

 

Joshua Jones came up with this spontaneous idea and it is taking off like wild fire!!!

 

If you are on Facebook; click here https://www.facebook.com/events/366740113422342/

 

We are posting photos on our ASL Network Facebook page too; click LIKE.

 

Happy First Day of May ;) THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!!!!!

 

 

Robbi Crockett MA, MS, NIC-A, NAD IV
Executive Director
RID CMP Sponsor
PO BOX 17414
Seattle, WA 98127
206-527-9555 Fax: 206-527-9557
VP: 75.160.97.53

www.aslnetwork.com
Follow Us on Facebook & Twitter 

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Date Posted: 05-01-2013

Social Security Administration

I also wanted to share some exciting news about SSA’s  first American Sign Language video and webinar “Social Security, SSI and Medicare: What You Absolutely Need to Know About These Vital Programs,”  it can be viewed  by video atwww.socialsecurity.gov/multimedia/video/asl or by webinar at www.socialsecurity.gov/webinars.  Please help us share the news far and wide.  And let me know if you should have any questions.

Mayra Salazar
Public Affairs Specialist
Social Security Administration
www.socialsecurity.gov
(866) 312-575-4057

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Date Posted: 04-18-2013

ASL Interpreter Services for Medicaid

The Office of Financial Management released their report on state agency interpreter services. One of the recommendations is that ASL interpreter services for Medicaid be returned to ODHH

http://www.ofm.wa.gov/reports/interpreterServices.pdf

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Date Posted: 04-16-2013

Update from the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Two ODHH programs will be combined to save costs.

By federal law, DSHS is required to remove communication barriers by providing services and resources to allow deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind people equal access opportunities to effective communication with DSHS employees. ODHH has played a vital role in ensuring DSHS meets its communication access obligations through two programs, the Sign Language Interpreter Management (SLIM) which administers contracts for sign language interpreter services and the Assistive Communication Technology (ACT) which provides assistive listening device systems and resources for real-time captioning services.

 

Due to upcoming budget reductions, ODHH will be combining a vacant position with another existing position to save money and minimize the impact on services. Accordingly, the SLIM and ACT programs will merge to become one program. This new program will have a new name, to be announced later. The new program will focus on streamlining the provision of DSHS accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act to close the communication gap between state employees and people with hearing loss.  

Eric Raff, ODHH Director, is pleased to appoint Berle Ross, ACT Program Manager, to run the new program. If you have questions, please feel free to call Berle at 360-339-4559 VP or email her at " href="/">.

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Date Posted: 03-04-2013

Medical Interpreter Task Force

The Medical Interpreting Task Force (MTIF) is hosting community forums to address concerns regarding American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting in medical settings for deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing people.   Friday night forums are for Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing only AND Saturday morning forums are for ASL Interpreters only.   ODHH, WSAD, WSRID are sponsoring the community forums.   Special thanks to the Regional Service Centers  of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for their help in making these forums possible. More information about the forums can be found on the fliers (click below) including dates, times and locations.   

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Date Posted: 03-04-2013

25th Anniversary DPN hosted by WAGUAA - March 9th

DPN Event and Annual meeting
Date: Saturday, March 9th, 2013
Time: DPN event from 10:30 am to noon then WAGUAA meeting from 1:00pm to 3:00pm 
Location:Puget Sound Association of the Deaf Clubhouse
2407 1/2 NW 60th Street 
Seattle, WA 98107

www.waguaa.org

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Categories: General News    |    Date Posted: 03-04-2013

FEB: ASL Interpreter Network turns 12 years old!!!

ASL Interpreter Network turns 12 years old today 2/1/13! Amazing how time flies!!!! Thankful for each team member that makes it possible to keep the genuine admiration and care for our community together like glue! Cheers to everyone, may you find any excuse to toast ASL Interpreter Network today, this weekend, this month. Love and HUGS!!!! ;) Robbi and the whole ASLIN team

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Date Posted: 02-01-2013

Tech News World Interview with ASLIN

"We as an agency have already seen this product being solicited as a replacement to the in-person interpreter," said Robbi Crockett, executive director of the ASL Interpreter Network.

"This is definitely not the case, [since] each face, each set of hands carries different gestures and speed of use," Crockett told TechNewsWorld. "This device is only good, maybe, for one-on-one -- and at a much slower pace since each individual style, body language is unique."

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Date Posted: 01-09-2013

Close Caption UPDATE

The Washington State Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) is sharing this for your information.

 

TDI wishes to share some news from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Since September 30, 2012, television programs shown with captions must be captioned when shown online as well.  Right now, this covers only prerecorded programs.  This requirement will be applied to live programming beginning March 30, 2013.  In the meantime, the FCC has revised its disability access complaint form (Form 2000-C) to include data about Internet or IP captioning complaints.  This is an important implementation of The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA).  

 

Next time you see a television program on the Internet that is not captioned when it should be, all you have to do is go to https://esupport.fcc.gov/ccmsforms/form2000.action?form_type=2000C, then fill out the form and submit.

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Date Posted: 01-09-2013