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

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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.

DEAF HISTORY MONTH

SATURDAY, March 13, 6-8pm EST: Keynote Speaker Akilah English on “Decolonizing K-12 Deaf Education: Racial Justice and Radical Healing with Courage and Compassion”

WEDNESDAY, March 17, 6-8pm EST: ASL Game Night

TUESDAY, March 23, 6-8pm EST: Native American Deaf panel on “Turtle Island Hand Talk: Our Purpose, Our Goals, Our Teaching”

FRIDAY, April 2, 6-8pm EST: Hot Terp Topic: DeafBlind Interpreting Services

SATURDAY, April 10, 6-8pm EST: ASL Skit Night with MC Ian Sanborn

THURSDAY, April 15: ASL Performance “Got Hearies?” by Queen Foreverrr

WHO: All are welcome. Prior knowledge of topic: little/none

WHERE: Online Zoom (link will be emailed 24 hours prior to the event)

CEUs: 0.2 PS for Keynote, Panel and Hot Terp Topic; 0.2 GS for all other events

Accommodations

All events for TRUE-BIZ ASL are presented in ASL with voice interpreters. The events are in conformance with local, state, provincial, and federal statutes regarding disabilities. Activities and facilities shall be accessible to all individuals. For additional accommodations and inquiries, e-mail us at: truebizasl (at) gmail.com

Refund Policy

NO refunds will be given unless the presenters and/or TRUE-BIZ ASL cancels the event(s).

Register at https://truebizasl.com/dhm.

Deaf women fought for the right to vote

If Susan B. Anthony had a deaf sister, everyone would know that deaf suffragists fought tirelessly for expanding women’s right to vote, right alongside Anthony herself. Everyone would know deaf suffragists contributed to women’s emancipation in the United States and Britain and that they lived bold lives.

As a researcher of deaf history, including deaf women’s history, I work to illuminate the often hidden history of deaf people and their unique contributions to the world. I have unearthed historical information about deaf women suffragists and assembled it into an online collection chronicling what is known – so far – about these women and their lives.

Despite harsh, discriminatory conditions, low pay and lack of recognition, countless deaf women have fought with brilliance and dedication for personal and professional recognition, including for the right to vote.

Read the rest at https://theconversation.com/deaf-women-fought-for-the-right-to-vote-156734.

Exciting Opportunities!

We hope this email finds you well. We are pleased to share a few announcements with you about some exciting opportunities that are available! Please share the following information widely:

We are accepting applications for the Trainer/Educator III position. Please click here to access the job posting via Delaware Employment Link. The job posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm on 3/17/2021.

We are also accepting Proposals for Early Intervention Professional Services. Agencies will be responsible for delivering Early Intervention Services to meet the needs of Part C eligible infants and toddlers and their families. Please click here to access the Request for Proposal information and next steps for participation in the bidding process. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting is scheduled for March 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM. The RSVP deadline for participating in this meeting is tomorrow, March 12 at 4:00 PM EST.

Thank you all for your dedication to supporting the Birth to Three Program as we work to provide high-quality services to Delaware’s children and families!

  • This comes from Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health|Birth to Three Early Intervention Program

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Community Event

They will have a sign language interpreter for these dates and places.  You must register FIRST!

Are you 65+ and interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?

Sunday, March 14, 2021 – Newark – https://forms.office.com/r/QZuIFEitgv
Friday, March 26, 2021 – Middletown – https://forms.office.com/r/E3UHKtD0T9

You can also register by calling 302-428-6586.

Expect a confirmation notice from a Christiana Care caregiver to verify sign-up.