Interpreting Effectively and Safely for Deaf Survivors of Violence

The Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Victimization and Safety is now accepting applications to attend the Interpreting Effectively and Safely for Deaf Survivors of Violence training, which will be held on December 18 and 19, 2012, in San Jose, Californiagiant inflatable santa.

American Sign Language and Certified/Deaf Interpreters play an important role in helping to remove these barriers and ensuring Deaf survivors have equal access to services and justice options in their community. To do so, however, Interpreters must have the knowledge and comfort level to interpret effectively in contexts involving sexual and domestic violence.

This two-day training is designed to prepare American Sign Language and Certified/Deaf Interpreters to interpret in contexts involving sexual and domestic violence. In-depth information on foundational as well as emerging topics related to interpreting in these contexts will be provided. Participants will have the opportunities to explore how context impacts language decisions, to define ethical decision-making in contexts involving domestic or sexual violence, and to learn tips for keeping safe in these contexts. Training participants will be eligible for 1.3 Continuing Education Units from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Who Should Apply?

The training is designed for qualified American Sign Language and Certified/Deaf Interpreters who currently interpret in contexts involving sexual or domestic violence.

We are looking for ASL Interpreters who have:

A minimum of five (5) years of interpreting experience;
RID Certification;
A demonstrated connection to their Deaf community;
A demonstrated interest in interpreting in contexts involving sexual and/or domestic violence; and
A leadership role in the interpreting community.
We are looking for Certified/Deaf Interpreters who have:

A minimum of five (5) years of interpreting experience;
Certification or other demonstration of skill level;
A demonstrated interest in interpreting in contexts involving sexual and/or domestic violence; and
A leadership role in the Deaf or interpreting community.

How to Apply

Interpreters who are interested in attending this training are required to complete an application, using the link below. The completed application and all supporting materials must be forwarded to us by September 14, 2012 to be considered.

http://www.accessingsafety.org/index.php/main/safety_menu/national-training-opportunities/coming-soon-ASL-main-pagemain/safety_menu/national-training-opportunities/coming-soon-ASL-main-page

 

Health Care Screenings

Health Care Screenings

Partners In Communication LLC or another agency may have asked you recently to get a list of health screening measures and background checks. If you have previously not been asked, Partners In Communication LLC is asking you now.

More and more medical systems are requiring a list of health screenings, background checks and drug tests. There are several reasons for this. One reason is the The Joint Commission (TJC), formally known at the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO), is a not for profit organization that accredits over 19,000 health care organizations (think Kaiser, Alta Bates, and UC Medical). They require some of these items to be done for all employees, staff, volunteer and contract workers (that’s us). Also some of the screenings fall under state law. The flu shot is one of those items.

Do you know you can refuse a flu shot? We would just need your refusal on record. To refuse, you just have to fill out a declination form (we have it, just ask) and submit that with the rest of your documentation. Finally, some items are required by the hospital because they feel it’s a good practice for contractors working around their patients.

Currently there are one or two big medical contracts on the table that several agencies are competing for. These medical systems have written into their contracts that interpreters must have this list of screenings complete to be working in their medical facilities.

Partners In Communication LLC wants to encourage interpreters to start to integrate these screenings into interpreters’ professional tool box. Have these screenings done and have a complete copy ready. The agency that gets the contracts and future contracts will need these on file in order to give you work in these settings. In some situations, several agencies will have the same contract. This is why we feel its important for interpreters to have their own copies of the documentation. No need to pay more than is necessary for these items that we hope will become part of your business expenses.

Contact us for a complete list of what needs to be done and if you need recommendations for how to get it done.

Join Deaf Hope on the 2-mile Walk to Stamp Out Violence

Join Deaf Hope on the 2-mile Walk to Stamp Out Violencecheap inflatable bouncy for sale
Sunday, June 3 2012, 10am
Starts at the California School for the Deaf, Fremont at the Football Field
Register at WWW.DEAF-HOPE.ORG
Help make a difference in the lives of Deaf Women and their children Britain!