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.  **

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.

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

 

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 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.

DAD Meeting (Jan. 28, 2021)

When: Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7pm

Where: Zoom (requires password/link if interested in joining) or YouTube channel (public, live streaming if it works – our first attempt)

What: Regular meeting as required by Bylaws and to prepare for elections later on this year

Note: Use the contact page or reach out to one of the board members for the zoom link to join the meeting.

Delaware Covid-19 Vaccine updates

The Delaware Division of Public Health is working with federal, state and local stakeholders to implement an efficient and equitable distribution of one or more COVID-19 vaccines to all Delaware communities. It is the goal of DPH to make safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination available through a phased allocation, or rollout, first to health care workers, including those who care for vulnerable populations, and other first responders, followed closely by vulnerable populations and critical infrastructure workers, and then expand opportunities that are inclusive of all who live or work in Delaware.

This resources on this page will evolve as the Delaware effort moves forward.

DPH’s Vaccine Call Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,

Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday: 302-672-6150

More information at https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/vaccine or https://news.delaware.gov/2020/03/04/dph-opens-coronavirus-call-center.