SURVEY | ASL Interpreters for the Deaf – Do You Use Professional Liability Insurance?

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SURVEY | ASL Interpreters for the Deaf – Do You Use Professional Liability Insurance?

Let me start by saying this blog post is not to promote any provider or to sell anything. It is an open forum to discuss the subject of Sign Language Interpreter Liability Insurance for interpreters everywhere.

The subject comes up in many workshops but is normally not discussed in much depth. What are your thoughts and experiences on this subject?

I know of two providers that offer liability insurance for sign language interpreters.

http://dhhinsurance.com/

AND

http://www.proliability.com/professional-liability-insurance/interpreters-for-the-deaf

Do you know of other providers you would recommend?

Share your thoughts and experiences on this subject pro and con to provide valuable information for interpreters everywhere who have questions and aren’t sure where to get honest feedback.

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“English, Please” Professional Opinions from Deaf Professional Angela Lee Foreman, Ph.D.

“English, Please” Professional Opinions from Deaf Professional Angela Lee Foreman, Ph.D.

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“English at this table, please,” was a comment that I recalled while attending this early morning meeting consisting of executives and major stockholders.

During this meeting, I had an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter sitting, facing directly me on the other side of the center of the conference table. Before the meeting started, I was having a brief conversation with the ASL interpreter using ASL, with no voice.

With both my hearing aid and cochlear implant turned on, I could sense that overlapping verbal conversations around the table had quickly ceased, while my peripheral vision inputs suggested some of the heads have turned to watch me.

Quickly scanning the table to my right and left confirmed that all eyes were on me. I knew instantly that everyone was starting to use their imagination in figuring out what was conveyed between the interpreter and me.

For example, the guy sitting across…

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Petition To Officially Recognize American Sign Language Reaches Threshold For White House Response

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FE_DA_121211_asl425x283Nationalize Twinkies. Construct a Death Star. Name a worldwide appreciation day for Michael Jackson.  The petitions flooding the White House’s “We The People” website have  become increasingly gag-oriented or unlikely to be taken seriously by  the administration.

But a recent petition that has crossed the threshold needed for an official White House response may be different.

A petition to officially recognize American Sign Language  as a “community language” and a “language of instruction in schools”  has collected more than 27,000 signatures in less than a month.  Petitions need to reach 25,000 signatures before the White House will  officially issue a response.

ASL, the language used by the deaf community, has recently gained recognition  as a foreign language in some states, meaning students can take it as  credit for a foreign language. Adrean Clark, a Minnesota-based deaf  cartoonist who created the petition, says foreign language recognition  is…

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ASL Interpreter Workshop | Body Language & ASL presented by Dr. Byron Bridges | Dallas TX | .6 RID and BEI CEUs

Body Language & ASL presented by Dr. Byron Bridges

This workshop will focus on how to read and detect body language signals from people using ASL.  Through lecture and small group discussions, we will analyze the different perspectives of body language to include proximity, kinesics, and nonverbal gestures.  Guaranteed to be an eye opener for even the most experienced interpreter.

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Presenter Information:

Born deaf to deaf parents and growing up with a deaf sister, Dr. Byron W. Bridges has used ASL as the primary language throughout his whole life.  He attended deaf schools and public schools.  Dr. Bridges earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Deaf Studies at California State University of Northridge, Masters of Arts (MA) degree in Linguistics from Gallaudet University, and a doctoral degree (Ed.D) in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University.

Dr. Bridges co-authored the book, Deaf Tend Yours.  He has written video scripts and produced numerous deaf-related videotapes/DVDs.  He is a nationally-known teacher and lecturer in ASL and sign language interpretation.  Dr. Bridges has been in the field of ASL linguistics, interpreting and post secondary teaching of ASL as a second language for 30 years.  He is a certified deaf interpreter (CDI), earning the certification through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Hotel Rooms are available for those coming from out of town at a rate of $59 per/night.  Coffee will be provided and the hotel has a restaurant with reasonable pricing for lunch.

Workshop Cost: $60.00

Date: February 9, 2013

Location:

Best Western Dallas: Salon E

8051 Lyndon B Johnson

(I-35 & Coit)

Dallas, TX 75251

For full information and to register “Click Here”

Pacers Peer Advocacy Unique Bullying Prevention Model for Students with Disabilities

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“A Unique Bullying Prevention Model for Students with Disabilities”

Most students don’t like to see bullying, but they may not know what to do when it happens. Peer advocacy—speaking out on the behalf of others — is a unique approach that empowers students to protect those targeted by bullying. It works for two reasons: Students are more likely than adults to see what is happening with their peers, and peer influence is powerful. A student telling someone to stop bullying has much more impact than an adult giving that same advice.

In exploring a peer advocacy model in your school, consider who the adult leader should be, which students could benefit from peer intervention, and which students could be catalysts for change. The peer advocates should be educated on:
• the dynamics of bullying behavior
• the characteristics, traits, and circumstances of the students for whom they are advocating
• the options of how to intervene

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Intervention strategies can be tailored for each situation. Some advocates will feel comfortable with direct interventions, such as telling the person bullying to stop. Others may want to approach indirectly, such as supporting the person after an incident or reporting it to the adult leader.

Video May Be Viewed Here: http://bit.ly/Uw4U2C

Learn more about peer advocacy on PACERTeensAgainstBullying.org/#/act/peer-advocacy 

For more information on how to create a peer advocacy group in your school, please contact Julie Hertzog at Julie.Hertzog@PACER.org

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