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Town Hall event for the Deaf community at our offices on Sunday, March 12, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

As of March 1, HSDC SignOn Interpreting Services and ASLIN are joining forces to provide streamlined services under one roof as HSDC Interpreting Services! For years HSDC and ASLIN have operated similarly and worked side by side. By combining our services under HSDC Interpreting Services we will create a smoother system that helps provide ease of accessibility for the Deaf community. This will allow us to provide a seamless, one-stop-shop for all sign language interpreting needs.

What does this mean to you?

  • The high quality of services that you have come to expect from each of our agencies will remain the same.
  • By combining our services under HSDC the work of each of our agencies will be strengthened because we will be able to streamline requests for services in one place, allowing us to fulfill more jobs quicker.

We want your input during this time of growth. HSDC will hold a Town Hall event for the Deaf community at our offices on Sunday, March 12, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (doors open at 4:30 p.m.), hosted by HSDC Director Lindsay Klarman, SignOn Co-Directors Cameron Larson and Laura Ciotti, and ASLIN founder Robbi Crockett where we welcome your ideas on how to make our services bigger and even better. Please RSVP at this link to let us know if you can attend and share your thoughts and questions in advance of the Town Hall:


https://goo.gl/forms/SpRVp8IZs6yd5bwD2

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Date Posted: 03-02-2017

Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center (HSDC) and ASL Interpreter Network (ASLIN) are joining forces to provide streamlined services under one roof.

http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/417231/3df0b5d073/1637000595/5bb2c20613/

 

Soon All Deaf Interpreting Services Will Be Under One Roof
 

Seattle – March 1, 2017. Two of the leading Deaf interpreting services in the Puget Sound, SignOn Interpreting Services at Hearing Speech & Deaf Center (HSDC) and ASL Interpreter Network (ASLIN) have joined forces.

For years, these organizations have provided an array of services for the Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing communities, each growing specialties in different areas such as legal and health services. By becoming the same entity, the process of finding and booking an interpreter is streamlined. All jobs at both agencies will be retained and all staff will be located at the growing HSDC Seattle office under the Interpreting Services department.

“We have worked side by side with the ASLIN team for many years, and we are honored to have them join us,” said HSDC Executive Director Lindsay Klarman. “This move will help to provide ease of accessibility for the Deaf community which has been operating in crisis mode because of the shortage of interpreters.”

ASLIN Founder Robbi Crockett will work with HSDC through the end of 2017 to ensure a smooth transition.

“This change is one that I am extremely proud of because it will help to better serve the Deaf community,” said Crockett. “Our team has worked hard to grow ASLIN for nearly two decades, but we have reached a point where the greatest impact we can have can only be met by working with HSDC to ensure that our shared mission of being an advocate for the Deaf is met.”  

HSDC Interpreting Services will continue to provide the same services, which include:

  • American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation
  • Signed English (PSE) transliteration 
  • Signed Exact English
  • Tactile and close visual interpretation for DeafBlind consumers
  • Oral Translation for deaf consumers who rely on speechreading
  • Lip-reading Translation (LRT) for individuals who are unable to express vocally due to tracheotomy or other physical disability

HSDC will roll out the new streamlined services for our customers, Deaf clients, and interpreters over the next several months.

 

Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center (HSDC) and ASL Interpreter Network (ASLIN) are joining forces to provide streamlined services under one roof. We have created this FAQ to help answer any potential questions.

Why are HSDC and ASLIN joining forces?
Scheduling interpreters is a complex process that requires a lot of effort. Sometimes requests for a single assignment go to several agencies and are confirmed in a short amount of time, but more often the process is cumbersome and time-consuming. For years HSDC and ASLIN have referred services to each other and worked side by side—each growing specialties in different areas such as legal and health services. By joining forces the two agencies are creating a smoother system that helps provide ease of accessibility for the Deaf community and businesses that hire interpreters.

Why now?
Both agencies decided mutually that 2017 is the right time. ASLIN founder Robbi Crockett has run ASLIN for 17 years and felt she had reached a point where the greatest impact could be made by combining efforts with HSDC. This step helps to ensure that both organizations fulfill their mission of advocating for the Deaf community.

Will services change? 
The high-quality services that you have come to expect from each of our agencies, including exceptional interpreting and customer service, will remain the same. By combining our services the work of each of our agencies will be strengthened because we will be able to streamline requests for services in one place, allowing us to fulfill more jobs quicker.

 

 

Will this affect rates? 
No. Our rates will remain the same even while we expand our services.

How will this affect jobs at HSDC and ASLIN?
All HSDC interpreting services staff will remain in their current positions, and we are excited to be bringing on new staff members from ASLIN. Additionally, ASLIN founder Robbi Crockett will be with us throughout this year to help streamline this process and make it a smooth transition for everyone.

Will HSDC change its name?
No. HSDC provides many services, one of which is our interpreting services. ASLIN and SignOn’s current names will be phased out once operations are combined, and the combined services will operate under the HSDC Interpreting Services department.

When will this change take place?
We will roll out our streamlined services for our customers, Deaf clients, and interpreters over the next several months. During the transition period HSDC and ASLIN will continue to operate separately, so you will not experience any immediate changes to how you interact with either organization. Over the course of the year, we will continually work on fully merging our services. As we roll out changes, including new and improved services, or have other pertinent information, we will be notifying each stakeholder directly with ample notice as we update our processes. Again, our goal is to make this as seamless as possible, with the least amount of effort on your part.

Have additional questions?
Please email Cameron Larson and Laura Ciotti, Co-Directors of Interpreting Services at 

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Categories: General News    |    Date Posted: 03-02-2017

URGENT!!! Educational Interpreter House Bill 1303

We NEED YOUR HELP!   The message from President Paul Glaser, Legislative Coordinator Whitney Hill, WSAD President Kellie Shapard, and DPAC Raymond Batch

www.wsrid.com

 

 http://wsridlegcommittee.wixsite.com/mysite/single-post/2017/02/07/Urgent-House-to-Destroy-Educational-Interpreter-Standard

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HB 1303, Educational Interpreters Update!!!

There is a new amendment on Ed interpreter bill. https://app.leg.wa.gov/CMD/Handler.ashx?MethodName=getdocumentcontent&documentId=4WAmvQCbYB4&att=false

This is really bad! It makes the educational interpreter standard voluntary instead of mandatory. The vote on this happens in the House Education Committee TOMORROW morning (Feb. 8, 2017)!!!! Please call as many members of the education committee as you can and send in comments. Thanks!

Committee Members 

RepresentativeRoomPhoneSantos, Sharon Tomiko (D)
Chair321 John L. O'Brien Building(360) 786-7944Dolan, Laurie (D)
Vice Chair318 John L. O'Brien Building(360) 786-7940Stonier, Monica Jurado (D)
Vice Chair331 John L. O'Brien Building(360) 786-7872Harris, Paul (R)
Ranking Minority Member403 John L. O'Brien Building(360) 786-7976Muri, Dick (R)
Asst Ranking Minority Member424 John L. O'Brien Building(360) 786-7890Bergquist, Steve (D)322 John L. O'Brien Building(360) 786-7862Caldier, Michelle (R)409 John L. O'Brien Building(360) 786-7802Hargrove, Mark (R)436 John L. O'Brien Building(360) 786-7918Johnson, Norm (R)122C Legislative Building(360) 786-7810Kilduff, Christine (D)334 John L. O'Brien Building(360) 786-7958Lovick, John (D)429B Legislative Building(360) 786-7804McCaslin, Bob (R)425 John L. O'Brien Building(360) 786-7820Ortiz-Self, Lillian (D)330 John L. O'Brien Building(360) 786-7972Senn, Tana (D)309 John L. O'Brien Building(360) 786-7894Slatter, Vandana (D)336 John L. O'Brien Building(360) 786-7936Springer, Larry (D)132E Legislative Building(360) 786-7822Steele, Mike (R)122F Legislative Building(360) 786-7832Stokesbary, Drew (R)426 John L. O'Brien Building(360) 786-7846Volz, Mike (R)427 John L. O'Brien Building(360) 786-7922
WSRID emailed to the committee members: We are representing Washington State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. We have serious concerns about your proposed amendment to 1303. We are concerned this amendment leaves hundreds of deaf children around our state without sufficient access to their classrooms and an education. The original intent behind the educational interpreter standard was to set a minimal standard of competency for interpreters in our state because research showed that most deaf students did not have trained or competent interpreters in the classroom. This amendment destroys the very low bar the PESB has set (60% accuracy in interpretation) and leaves incompetent, untrained interpreters in their current positions. We would really like to talk to you about the disastrous impacts of this amendment. Please let us know if there is any availability in your schedule to meet by phone or in person. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.   

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Categories: Community News    |    Date Posted: 02-08-2017

25 Mar 2017 Becoming Accomplices: Identifying and Unpacking Power and Privilege in Signing Communities (Spokane Event)

Becoming Accomplices: Identifying and Unpacking Power and Privilege in Signing Communities

This intensive, hands-on workshop will explore dynamics of oppression (with particular focus on audism, ableism, and phonocentrism) and how those dynamics manifest between Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing individuals and interpreters. We will look at how those dynamics play out in a variety of situations, whether on the job or on social media forums. Participants will also explore ways that they can become accomplices in ending oppression.

“Until we are all free, we are none of us free.”
–Emma Lazarus

THE PRESENTERS:

Alison Aubrecht
(she, her)- is a White Deaf womxn. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor and currently works as a sexual and reproductive health educator with Family Tree Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota. She continues to provide teach-ins, trainings, and workshops part time on topics related to social justice, anti-oppression work, and navigating challenges in Deaf-Hearing cross cultural conflicts. She has also co-facilitated workshops related to racism and white privilege and has facilitated several dialogues on related topics. 

Kenya Lowe
(she, her)- is a Black Deaf womxn. She is a skilled community builder, project and marketing manager. Her commitment to social justice is in part influenced by her own experiences of having lost her Deaf mother to a life of drug addiction, losing her oldest brother to gang violence, and spending her teen years mainstreamed in a small all white town, where she was further exposed to racism and audism. She is a mother to two sons who remind her every day the importance of being committed to dismantling white supremacy.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS:

This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.4 CEUs at the “some” content knowledge level. Trix Bruce is an approved CMP sponsor for continuing education activities.

The intended audience for this workshop is ASL interpreters and DIs with some knowledge of the subject matter.

Educational Objectives:

1.       During group dialogues, participants will demonstrate their ability to unpack ideological, institutional, and individual patterns of oppression by composing four specific lists of identifiable behaviors.  

2.       Participants will analyze a spectrum concept of allyship work and will identify where they are on the spectrum of allyship .

3.       Participants will practice their understanding of new concepts (or review concepts they have learned in the past) during the workshop by applying vocabulary/concepts in order to formulate their ideas during group discussion.

4.       Through this workshop, participants will be able to apply learned skills to a broader set of social justice

Language Policy: This workshop will be presented in ASL

DeafBlind Accommodation Requests deadline March 10th.  Please send all requests to 

Information on the WSRID Refund Policy.

For Day of inquires or emergency needs please contact:

Teresa Ford at 

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Categories: Community News    |    Date Posted: 02-05-2017

Dr. Carol Padden Friday, February 17th, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm

Dr. Carol Padden Friday, February 17th, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm
Door opens at 6:29pm Kane Hall 120 University of Washington Seattle FREE ADMISSION!!!
The Lecture will be in ASL and voice interpreted.For DeafBlind Interpreting, email request to before February 7th.

 http://communication.ucsd.edu/.../faculty/carol-padden.html

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Date Posted: 02-05-2017

NEED: Support Service Providers (SSPs)

Support Service Providers (SSPs)
The SSP assists the DeafBlind individual(s) by providing visual/environmental info so they can have their basic needs met such as food shopping, basic banking, material reading, errands, and/or provide rides to the airport.
Have the desire to be in a supporting role and assist those with vision and hearing loss by providing visual/environmental info
Have ASL skills or learning ASL? (We might accept some with no ASL skills to work with those using spoken language.
Have some free time and want to earn some extra income? 
If you answer yes to the above, WE NEED YOU!! 
Deaf Blind Service Center (DBSC) is searching for motivated candidates to work part-time as sub-contractors with our DeafBlind clients in the following areas:
Pierce County (Tacoma and surrounding vicinity)
Thurston County (Olympia)
South King County (Renton, S. Seattle)
Kitsap County (Bremerton)
Training will be provided. Must be able to pass background check and have a WA state business license. Must have a car.
If interested or have any questions, contact Debra Kahn at .
Feel free to pass this info to others who might be interested. Visit the website: seattledbsc.orgDeaf-Blind Service Center | Empowering Deaf-Blind Individuals and the…SEATTLEDBSC.ORG

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Categories: Community News    |    Date Posted: 02-05-2017

Call for auditions for SKIN, a play in American Sign Language Now to March 5, 2017

Call for auditions for SKIN, a play in American Sign Language
Now to March 5, 2017
Deaf Spotlight is pleased to announce auditions for our third theatrical production, SKIN, written by an emerging playwright, Crystal Roberts, to be presented in seven performances at 12th Ave Arts Mainstage on May 4 - 7 and May 11 - 14, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Auditions will be held between January 1 to March 5, 2017. We are looking for four actresses at this time. Here are the audition details in a PDF format for you to view.

SKIN will be directed by Alexandria Wailes who has over 15 years of acting/directing/ choreographing and a lifetime of dancing. She was a part of the creative team for Deaf West's SPRING AWAKENING in LA and on Broadway in which addition to being associate choreographer, she also performed. Read more about her.

Deaf Spotlight is a non-profit organization serving the Deaf community, fostering artistic and cultural awareness and experience in a variety of areas including cinema, literature, visual arts and performing arts. We strive to inspire, encourage, and showcase creative works of, by, and for Deaf people in the Pacific Northwest through events that celebrate Deaf culture and American Sign Language.


Media Contact:
Patty Liang

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Date Posted: 02-05-2017

Deaf Thrive September 24, 2016

Deaf Thrive DAY

ASL Interpreter Network PROUD Sponsors for first Deaf Thrive DAY in Seattle

Come out and support the amazing strong, resourceful Deaf community!!!

September 24, 2016

South Lake Union Park 10a-2p 

http://www.deafthrive.com/

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Date Posted: 09-08-2016

More CEU opportunities for Interpreters

Hello fellow colleagues, Just a heads up that RID has added a 4th category to what qualifies as Professional Studies.

 See the expanded list below. (the first three remain the same as they have been, #4 is the addition) If you have any questions about any events or projects you are involved in, please don't hesitate to ask me.   1) Studies of Language and Linguistics2) Languaculture and Cultural Studies3) The study of interpreting theory and application/experimentation/practice4) Specialization Studies with a focus on interpreter required knowledge/behavior and/or ASL-English translation*   *this includes ethics, as well the general specialization categories of: medical, mental health, legal, education, rehabilitation substance abuse and technical studies. Hope this year brings you some fun and informative studies!

Best,-Ginevra 

Ginevra Deianni, MPH, CHES, CI/CT

Director of Administration & Education Programming National RID Sponsor

ASL Interpreter Network

PO Box 17414Seattle, WA 98127Ph: 206-527-9555  Fax: 206-527-9557

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Date Posted: 04-14-2016

Result: HB2324 Concerning Educational interpreters

Good news!  
Result: HB2324 
Concerning Educational interpreters 
See the video
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm3jw-SEqnk&feature=youtu.be
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Categories: Community News    |    Date Posted: 03-28-2016

ASL Video about Porting Your Ten-Digit Phone Number for Video Relay Services (VRS)

This email is being forwarded on behalf of Federal Communications Commission.

The FCC’s Disability Rights Office released a video in American Sign Language (ASL) about consumers’ rights to be fully informed about porting a ten-digit phone number for video relay service (VRS).  The Disability Rights Office has received many complaints and inquiries from consumers about porting a ten-digit number.  Porting a number means you are transferring your phone number from one VRS provider to another VRS provider.  When the port is complete, your new VRS provider provides all service for your phone number, including VRS calls and direct point-to-point video calls.

Link to “Check In Before You Port Out” video: https://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/telecommunications-relay-services-trs

For more information contact the ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 via videophone or email .

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Date Posted: 11-18-2015

Skip the communication barrier and the line. Get the #deaffriendly Starbucks Order App

A Stylish Match
Starbucks Order App + Deaf Street Style

Sometimes us staffers think Seattle is the center of the universe, or at least the birthplace of really cool things - deaffriendly.com, R.E.I., Microsoft, and Nirvana are just the tip of the iceberg. Our Ballard office is a hop and skip away from the actual Center of the Universe. We gush about local things, but get really excited when local goodness goes nationwide, such as the new Starbucks Mobile Order App which allows you to place your order using your mobile phone.

http://deaffriendly.com/articles/a-stylish-match-starbucks-order-app-deaf-street-style/

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Date Posted: 11-18-2015

Begin 2016 with online CEUs!

One of the most powerful tools we have as interpreters is our native language.  Studies have shown that the more you master your own language the better you will interpret. For those who speak English natively this is a daunting task.  How did English become the behemoth it is?  How does this affect interpreters?  Join us for “The Origins of English where we’ll trace the evolution of English, its global influences, and how we can use this knowledge to enhance our interpreting.

 

This course will begin on Monday January 4th, 2016 and go for 9 weeks (ending on 3/4/16).  There will be a two-hour time commitment per week – one hour watching a video, and one hour responding to the prompts and other participants’ posts.

Cost: $250 (this includes CEU processing)

Sponsor:  ASL Interpreter Network.

Register by January 1st at www.interpretingetc.com

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Date Posted: 11-18-2015

Deafspotlight Event Updates

www.deafspotlight.com

Check out fun interpreted performances!

NOVEMBER'S INTERPRETED SHOWS:DECEMBER'S INTERPRETED SHOWS:
COLOR US D-E-A-F: THE ART OF ANN SILVER & NANCY ROURKE

January 30, 2016Mark your calendar!
EPIC JAM: Featuring Rosa Lee Timm

February 13, 2016
Ticketing details to come soon!
Seattle Deaf Film Festival 2016

April 1 - 3, 2015
Northwest Film ForumYOU SHOP. AMAZON GIVES...
When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Deaf Spotlight. Support us everytime you shop! Thank you for your ongoing support!

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Date Posted: 11-18-2015
Categories: Community News    |    Date Posted: 11-04-2015

ADWAS Summer Camps in August

ADWAS will be having two summer camps this year in August.

 

ASL Summer Camp –      Camp for CODA’s who receive services through ADWAS  August 10-14th

Deaf Summer Camp –     Camp for the Deaf kids in the community                 August 17-21St

 

We are looking for Volunteer Interpreters to act as Interpreters or Camp Counselors these two weeks. If you cannot commit to the whole two weeks that is fine. We have several field trips planned if  you can make only one of them that’s great. I am hoping to get Deaf Volunteers for the Deaf week in  August.

 

Do you have a special skill you would like to teach the kids? A fun game to share? ASL Storytelling? Please consider working with ADWAS at camp this summer  to help make this camp unforgettable for these campers!

 

 

Please contact me you can interpret during the week or need a camp couselor form to fill out. Email me with questions at any time.

www.adwas.org

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Date Posted: 06-15-2015

Individuals wishing to file ADA complaints

The Department of Justice is pleased to announce that, as of today, individuals wishing to file ADA complaints with the Department will be able to fill out the form and submit it completely electronically. Filers will also immediately receive a "reference number" that can be used whenever contacting the Department about that complaint. Please visit www.ada.gov to view the new electronic form. Effective March 15, 2015, e-mail complaints will no longer be accepted by the Department. However, complaints will still be accepted by U. S. mail. Contact the Department's ADA Information Line at 1-800-514-0301 (v); 1-800-514-0383 (tty) to receive a paper complaint form by mail.

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Date Posted: 06-15-2015

August 3-7, 2015 2015 Mental Health Interpreter Training

2015 Mental Health Interpreter Training

 

http://www.mhit.org

August 3-7, 2015

Montgomery, Alabama

 

A collaborative effort between the Alabama Department of Mental Health’s Office of Deaf Services

ADARA and Troy University Interpreter Training Program

 

A 40-hour course designed to provide a sound basis for interpreters to work effectively in mental health settings as part of an professional team.  It includes lectures, demonstrations, exercises, evaluation and discussion to develop knowledge, skills and resources to ensure that services are linguistically and culturally appropriate.

 

Demand-Control Theory applied to mental health interpreting

Medical and mental health systems and culture,

Sources of communication breakdown associated with mental illness and treatment,

Interpreters' roles, tools, and resources,

Severe language dysfluency and Visual - Gestural Communication,

Psychiatric emergencies,

Support groups and Community Mental Health Services

Etc.

 

 

PRESENTERS INCLUDE:

Bob Pollard, Robyn Dean, Roger Williams, Steve Hamerdinger, Charlene Crump, Brian McKenny, Carole Lazorisak, Shannon Reese, et. al.

 

A minimum of 4.0 RID CEUs will be offered.

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Date Posted: 06-15-2015

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