Comments on ASL Interpreter Bill due by May 5, 2021

Thank you for your participation at the public meeting on April 28th to receive input and comments on the draft legislation to establish a registry of interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  If anyone would like to provide additional comments, you may submit them to SCPD via a mode of communication which best fits your needs.  Please send those to: 

SCPD at delaware.gov  

Submitted comments will be taken until May 5, 2021.   Thank you.   

Links to the draft legislation are:

https://scpd.delaware.gov/pdfs/pdf2021/house/Interpreter-Registry-Draft.pdf

https://scpd.delaware.gov/pdfs/pdf2021/house/Interpreter-Registry-Draft.docx

Virtual Interpreter Bill Town Hall (Wednesday, April 28, 2021)

As you may be aware, the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, Delaware Association of the Deaf, Delaware Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Independent Resources, Inc. are holding a virtual public meeting to receive input regarding a draft bill for the registration of Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind.  The draft bill seeks to provide a quality assurance process and meet consumer needs for quality assurance, while leveraging existing state infrastructure and resources.  

The Virtual meeting is on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.  Interpreters and closed captioning will be provided.  Registration is required for BOTH those who just want to attend and those who want to provide public comment.  To register, please go to: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_soo10MzFR4muZPIL_T9Vng

A link to the draft legislation will be sent tomorrow.  It will also be available on the scpd website:  https://scpd.delaware.gov/

Please answer in the registration link if you will be providing public comment.  Speakers will be called in the order we received registrations and will have 3 minutes to provide comments.  Speakers will receive notice at 2 ½ minutes.  Speakers will have their time end at 3 minutes even if they are not finished with their comments. Interpretations will continue as needed to include the comments when a speaker’s turn ended. 

This is a time-lim​ited process, so if people registered but are not able to provide comments, they will be able to submit comments to SCPD via a mode of communication which best fits their needs.  Please send those to:   

SCPD@delaware.gov    

Submitted comments will be taken until May 5, 2021.   Thank you.  

 

Virtual Town Hall regarding proposed ASL Interpreter Bill (April 28, 2021)

The State Council for Persons with Disabilities, Delaware Association of the Deaf, Delaware Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Independent Resources, Inc. are holding a virtual public meeting to receive input regarding a draft bill for the registration of Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind.  The bill provides a registration process for ASL interpreters in Delaware which would, in part, do the following: 

  • Provide for consumer protection by helping ensure that only qualified individuals would be able to provide this vital and necessary service.
  • Utilize a credentialing process already established, validated and nationally recognized.
  • Provide a quality assurance process.
  • Establish a statewide professional standard similar to other human service fields.
  • Create a public listing of credentialed interpreters accessible to all consumers of interpreter services in Delaware.
  • Empower consumers to verify credentials of interpreters independently.

The Virtual meeting is on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.  More details will follow regarding registration and process.  However, we wanted to let you know about the public meeting as soon as we could.  Interpreters will be provided.

Attached is a copy of the proposed interpreter bill – PDF icon Interpreter Registry Draft no track 12-22-20 (Requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader or similar)

** If you cannot make it, feel free to send us an email with your concerns, questions or comments.  **

ASL and Covid Vaccination Event at Christ the Cornerstone Church (Bear, DE)

Christ the Cornerstone will be hosting a COVID 19 Vaccine Event on April 8 at the Bear Campus. Vaccinations will be offered to people 50 years old and older.  To register, go to https://ctcde.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/32/responses/new.

Bear Campus: 3135 Summit Bridge Road, Bear

Carol Stevens has graciously volunteered to interpret for those going.  Please let her know what time you plan to go and Carol will try to be there for you.  See vlog for Carol’s contact info. 

Covid 19 Vaccination and ASL Interpreter Access at state

Clarification update, ASL only. No other sign language, got update from FEMA. The rest is spoken languages. Sorry for the confusion.

** This applies to the Delaware Dover Racetrack events as it is state/FEMA sponsored. Any other state/FEMA sites will be covered by this VRI accessibility feature. The other events like hospitals, doctor offices are not covered and many hospitals will provide their own accessibility features themselves. **

Summary: FEMA was kind to share their ASL and Spanish videos explaining how people can connect to the ASL VRI service at the vaccination sites, as well as English, Spanish, Arabic, French, Haitian-Creole, Russian, Chinese and Vietnamese spoken languages that can be used as well.

ASL – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM36U3yZt0I

Spanish Sign Language – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbdOW6mnS_M

PDF icon

Using the FEMA Video Remote Interpreting 3-11-21 final version (PDF reader required)

– Thanks to Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) for passing along this useful info!

EDHI Senior Health Program Representative (job opportunity)

This position is responsible for extensive follow-up on all hearing results received daily from the seven birth facilities, A.I DuPont Hospital and midwives. The program serves approximately 11,000 infants and families a year. This position works closely with audiologist to provide newborn screening results for outpatient screening and diagnostic testing. Additional duties include follow-up letters, faxes and calls to parents and physicians regarding newborn screening results.

More information at https://www.jobapscloud.com/DE/SUP/BulPreview.asp?R1=031021&R2=MDCI02&R3=350500.