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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Justice Department vs Fairfax Nursing Center to pay $97,500 for not providing a Sign Language interpreter

The Justice Department announced that the Fairfax Nursing Center (FNC) has agreed to pay $97,500.00 to resolve allegations that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to provide effective communication services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in the provision of medical services. The…

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Tornado Sirens 101: What sirens mean in OKC

Tornado Sirens 101: What sirens mean in OKC

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Award winners 2014

Interpreter of the Year Ben Davis   Congeniality Kati Walker

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How do you self-advocate?

I had the pleasure recently of seeing a Deaf person beautifully self-advocate. She quoted the law, respectfully, and listed some consequences of non-compliance. I’m curious. What are ways you (as a Deaf or hard of hearing person) have successfully advocated and turned a “bring your own interpreter” to compliance?

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“Interpreting Without A Deaf Interpreter is an RID CPC Violation” by Street Leverage

A very compelling Street Leverage article on the use and policy implementation of Certified Deaf Interpreters for full linguistic and cultural accessibility, not just an occasional, hearing interpreter’s decision. Interpreting Without a Deaf Interpreter is an RID CPC Violation

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Last minute requests can sometimes go unfilled. What can the Deaf community do to help?

Sometimes companies call SLRS last minute to order services. During our peak times (mid-January through mid-May, and again mid-August – mid-November) often interpreters are booked and unavailable. Sometimes companies will wait until the last minute (we know there are times it’s unavoidable) knowing we won’t have anyone available (so they…

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