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!

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.

IRI Monthly ASL Chat via Zoom

Hello everyone! Independent Resources, Inc. is hosting a monthly Zoom call to discuss different topics, share resources, and to talk about what is happening. The call will be hosted on the first Monday of the month, unless changed because of holidays or other reasons.

Please feel free to contact Christy Hennessey at chennessey at iri-de.org or Alanna Smith at asmith at iri-de.org for questions, ideas, or feedback.

Zoom meeting ID: 844 1326 3378
Passcode: contact Christy or Alanna for the passcode or see the flyer blow.

Every 1st Monday of the month, from 10:00 to 11:00 am

February 1st: Greetings and Open Discussion
March 1st
April 5th
May 3rd
June 7th
July 5th
August 2nd
September 6th
October 4th
November 1st
December 6th

PDF icon IRI Monthly Deaf Chat Flyer  (Adobe Acrobat PDF reader required)

Covid 19 Presentation (February 21, 2021)

JoJo (Jolene) Ogun
Welcome our friend JoJo,( Jolene) Ogun Our Guest speaker who will presentation regarding to Covid 19!
When: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 at 1:30pm EST
Zoom Link: Contact Karen Miller or use contact form to get link
 
Jolene Ayres Ogunjirin, is the founding director of a small Deaf woman-owned business called Diversity Health Education & Outreach (DHEO, LLC). DHEO service focuses on promoting health education to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHOH) people, especially in developing nations. In recent years, DHEO contracted with medical & surgical outreach organizations to ensure DHOH people are included in these medical treatment provisions.
 
Retrospectively, a graduated class of 1997 from Delaware School for the Deaf ( Sterck School)  who went on to complete her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Gallaudet University, class of 2001.
 
 
In 2006, Jolene graduated from Howard University College of Medicine with a Master’s degree in public health, focusing on cardiovascular diseases (CVD) health disparities. In July 2020, she virtually-graduated with a doctorate of public health degree from Walden University, focusing on CVD risk factors among the Deaf vs. Hearing population; implementing health care solutions to address communication barriers.
 
 
In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jolene felt called to educate DHOH people to ensure they are well-informed about the virus through virtual outreaches to help them survive the pandemic’s resilience.   Jolene Married to Dr. Debo Ogunjirin , a pharmaceutical scientists , they together have 4 children
 

Covid Vaccines for d/hh community

Do you need your COVID vaccine?

If you are a Delaware resident and over 65 and Deaf you can get COVID vaccine

on this Saturday Feb 13 at 1 pm at Epworth United Methodist church at 19285 Holland Glade Rd , Rehoboth Beach DE. 

You MUST register first by contacting Carol Stevens at carolstevens100 AT hotmail.com by email by tomorrow Thursday at 8 pm. Tell your Deaf friends who are over 65 years old.

First come. First served.

Beebe Hospital contacted Epworth Church.  Epworth will have a limited number of vaccines available.  They decided to give some of them to the Deaf community, because they know that it is very difficult for Deaf people to try to get an appointment.

Remember to be safe and wise.  Mask, hand wash, social distancing and get you vaccine.

Covid Vaccine Shot opportunity with ASL Interpreters (Wilmington, DE)

Christiana Hospital Covid shots
Friday, Feb 5, 11a-6pm
walk up opportunity for 65+

Tracy Gerry – tgerry AT christianacare.org

Register by Wednesday by Midnight, 12pm – need to give your name, date of birth and phone number

** No name, no shots for you **

Great Oaks Charter School
1200 North French Street, Wilmington 

PDF icon Community Vaccination – Letter for 12pm to 2pm
(Requires a PDF reader to open this file)