As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed last week, self-employed/independent contractors may be eligible for “Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.” For Oklahoma specifically, keep looking for updates to this website: Oklahoma Employment Security Commission – Claimants Section 2102. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance This section creates a temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program through…

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Are you a business that provides Sign Language interpreters to your customers or employees? Be sure to check out available tax credits Tax Credit The tax credit, established under Section 44 of the Internal Revenue Code, was created in 1990 specifically to help small businesses cover ADA-related “eligible access expenditures.” A business that for the…

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  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 spotlight, it’s absolutely free! Email…

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Rhoda Smietanski M.A., NICRhoda discovered her love of languages and cultures while living in Belgium for four years. She has been an ASL/English interpreter for fifteen years, and has been active in the Oklahoma Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf serving as parliamentarian, conference chair person, and vice president. She obtained her National Interpreter Certification…

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Pat is RID Certified, and semi-retired.  She’s a previous part-time instructor at OSU-OKC Interpreter Training Program and QAST evaluator. She enjoys meeting new people when working in the community as a contract interpreter. She’s willing to coach or tutor interpreting students when time permits. Email her

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Maryanne grew up in the San Fernando Valley, near Los Angeles, California.  After graduating from Los Angeles Pierce College with an Associate of Arts in Sign Language Interpreting, she worked for 15 years at the National Center on Deafness at California State University, Northridge (CSUN).  While there, she received training as a mentor and was…

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Josiah Fehlauer has been interpreting professionally since 2006.  He is a nationally certified ASL/English interpreter and regularly works in community, post-secondary, VRS and performing arts interpreting settings. He began teaching college students in 2007 as an adjunct ASL instructor at the University of Tulsa.  This was a turning point for him as he realized that he…

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