2015 Legislative Vlogs
The RIRID Board would like to update you on what is happening on a State level that will directly impact our profession and the community we serve. We were made aware of amendments proposed to laws in an effort to save money for the state. Two affect the field of interpreting. If you have not yet looked at these Articles, please familiarize yourself with them. The Board will be asking of your involvement with these items.
RI Law Chapter 5-23 Article 18 impacts RI CDHH. The Governor's proposal is to consolidate four agencies under one agency called the Division of Advocacy. There are no details from the Governor's office yet as to how this would work out. As it is written, there is not enough information and this proposed change does not seem to benefit the Deaf Community nor save the State money. Please follow the RICDHH's announcements, emails, website and blogs about this topic and see what you could do to be involved. The RI RID Board has decided to support whatever position the CDHH takes on this issue.
Now for Chapter 5-26 Article 19, this section speaks to the consolidation of 25 boards into the division, "health professions board review". One of those boards is the Board of Examiners for Interpreters. It will no longer exist. Again, there is not much information coming from the Governor's Office as to details of how this would work. It appears that the "division" will be responsible for approving licenses, and handling disciplinary matters for all 25 of these professional fields.
Section 39 amends the law 5-71 entitled "Interpreters for the Deaf". The proposed amendment to the law differs greatly than the version RI RID members and the CDHH worked on. RI RID Board is doing research and gathering information. As information becomes available, we will pass it on to you. Please check in with your website, www.ririd.org, regularly to see these posted updates.
Your RI RID Boards Members
Hello, I am Hayley Baccaire. I just went to a hearing on House bill 5696, which was heard by the Health, Education and Welfare committee (HEW). The proposed bill is for school districts and serves two purposes. The first is to identify how many students are classified as having a disability, such as deafness, autism or other disabilities. This census would be sent to the RI Department of Education and stored with statewide data on students with disabilities. The second purpose of the bill is to establish a contact person who coordinates 504 plans and IEPs. Pros and cons were discussed. The pros were that we would be able to know how many students are mainstreamed, which district they would be in, and have a sense of accommodations delivered. This could lead to focused staff trainings, and coordinated community services. In opposition, one con could be that if it is passed as a law instead of a RIDE policy, it could bring an opportunity for folks to sue the school districts for not complying. The bill was moved to further study to allow for amendments. We will see if the bill passes or not. Thank you!
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Rhode Island Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf is an Affiliate Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), a national membership organization of professionals who provide sign language interpreting and transliterating services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing individuals. As the only professional association for sign language interpreters in the state of Rhode Island, RI RID serves an an essential arena for its members in the pursuit of excellence.
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