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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.

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:

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 -, 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.

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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

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Date Posted: 11-18-2015

Deafspotlight Event Updates

Check out fun interpreted performances!


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.

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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 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

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





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

Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting 2015-2016

Program Announcement

Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting 2015-2016

The American Sign Language Interpreter Education Department (ASLIE) at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID)   is happy to announce the “Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting” program 2015-2016.   This program is designed in a blended format consisting of a consolidated, week-long face to face classroom and online learning components.  The overall aim of this certificate program is to provide specialized professional development to ASL/English interpreters in the area of healthcare interpreting. It promises to employ innovative teaching strategies/methodologies by nationally recognized healthcare experts combined with practical application within healthcare environments. This announcement serves as an invitation to explore the program further and to seek application if you so desire. We invite you to look at our website   to learn more about this exciting cutting edge program and the application process. 

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Categories: General News    |    Date Posted: 02-10-2015

Medical Interpreter Task Force Update

Updates still coming in regarding the poor fill rates from HCA (Medicaid patients).
  • ASL interpreting services -- only 24% fill rate Jan-Aug 2014. 
  • Low income and senior citizen Deaf and DeafBlind people continue to suffer.
Here is the new info:

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Date Posted: 10-12-2014

How to file complaint related to ADA/ Interpreter Services

Have you ever experienced discrimination because you are a deaf or hard of hearing person? The NAD strongly encourages you to file a complaint so that you may be able to resolve the problem as well as raise awareness. The first step is to identify who discriminated against you and where the discrimination happened. This information will determine where you should file a complaint.


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Categories: General News    |    Date Posted: 10-10-2014

ASLIN CEO interviewed in TechNews World

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Categories: General News    |    Date Posted: 10-01-2014

ASLIN turns 14 years old; February 1st

ASLIN turns 14 years old Feb 1, 2015 - 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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Categories: Community News    |    Date Posted: 02-01-2014


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

Rochester, NY
"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

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


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


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



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Date Posted: 05-01-2013

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

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Date Posted: 04-16-2013

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

ASLIN Green Travel Mugs

Visit us at local booths and exhibits and get your FREE ASLIN Green travel mug!

YOU can help us spread the action to use ONLY ASL agency! 

Photograph by Mary Clare Litzen

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Categories: Community News    |    Date Posted: 06-06-2012