Mentor Spotlights

  SLRS has added a new feature to our website, Mentor Spotlights. Now, those interested in honing their skills can select from available mentors across the state and country. This page will update often, so be sure to check in frequently. If you are a mentor and would like a…

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Deliberate Indifference: New federal ruling on Video Remote Interpreting in healthcare (April 2017)

In late April 2017, a federal court announced a major decision that has implications for health care providers nationwide. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that several Deaf patients could recover disability discrimination money damages against their hospital because of the hospital’s improper use of Video…

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VRI is an option, NOT the only accommodation:

It is a violation of both ADA and TJC to not offer onsite AND/OR online interpreting services. Video Remote Interpreting or VRI, must not be used in lieu of an on-site interpreter, or as the only accommodation available for Deaf or hard of hearing individuals’ communication needs. The preference of the deaf person…

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Beginning August 1, 2016, SLRS has new office hours

The office is now open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, closed daily for lunch from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.

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Department of Justice published “Beyond the Cases: 26 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Lives, Faces, and Stories Behind the ADA”

On July 28, 2016, the Department of Justice published “Beyond the Cases: 26 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Lives, Faces, and Stories Behind the ADA, ” an eight-page publication which provides brief case highlights and anecdotal stories of people with disabilities whose lives were changed by the…

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Paperwork Reduction Act collecting information “Assessing the Potential Monetized Benefits of Captioning Web Content for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Today the Department of Justice published a Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) Notice in the Federal Register indicating that the Department will submit an information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.  The proposed information collection is titled Assessing the Potential Monetized Benefits of Captioning…

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South Carolina Police Department (CPD) to ensure effective communication to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing

The Justice Department today announced an agreement with the Columbia, South Carolina Police Department (CPD), to ensure effective communication to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. Under the agreement, CPD will provide auxiliary aids and services, including sign language interpreters to people who are deaf or hard of hearing free…

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“Interpreter of the Year” & “Congeniality” awards- nominations open

SLRS is awarding our annual awards, “Interpreter of the Year” and “Congeniality” which will be presented to a deserving SLRS interpreter (contractor or staff). Please submit your nominations (private message me) for who you think is deserving of these awards and why by November 10th. Once nominations are in, YOU…

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Year of ADA’s 25th Anniversary Continues with Settlement with San Juan County, New Mexico

The Justice Department today announced a Project Civic Access (PCA) agreement with San Juan County, New Mexico (County), to improve access to all aspects of civic life for people with disabilities. Under the PCA agreement, the County will improve access for people with disabilities using the County’s programs, activities, and services such…

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Project Civic Access (DOJ) settlements to improve communication with the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

The Justice Department today announced three Project Civic Access settlement agreements with Champaign County, Illinois; Merced County, California; and Yakima County, Washington (Counties), to improve access to all aspects of civic life for people with disabilities. Under the agreements, the Counties will take important steps to improve access for people with disabilities, such as:…

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