Happy New Year! 2016 has been a great year for RIRID, and we are looking forward to 2017.
April 2016 Emergency Referral Forum and Survey
Building on our November 2015 Forum, we hosted a forum on Emergency Services where the lack of ASL interpreters was discussed. Findings were shared with RICDHH who is now discussing various solutions to the challenge of securing interpreters for emergent needs.
Betty Colonomos hosted Foundations III at Perspectives in October 2016. RI interpreters partnered with interpreters from across New England to improve the way we talk about interpreting with our peers.
New Board Roles
Thank you to our board members for volunteering their time and mental energy throughout 2016. A very special thank you to Rosa Norberg, who has given lots of love, attention to detail, and support for the deaf community. She stepped down from president and handed Hayley Baccaire the reins for President. Because of Rosa’s work, there is a vibrant heartbeat to our organization. Again, thank you Rosa for your dedication throughout the decades!
Other board members include Heather Anderson as Vice President, Michele Neiley as Treasurer, Charley Thorn as correspondence secretary, Heather Niedbala as Member at Large and Rosa Norberg as Recent Past President. We are grateful that Michele has been willing to learn the role of the treasurer so RIRID can continue to thrive. Heather Anderson has put in an incredible amount of time and energy to process CEUs and generate a positve cash flow for RIRID. Thank you to her for her tireless attention to CEUs. We will vote on filling the vacant secretary position at our January meeting. If you would like to be considered, please send your name to Heather A at firstname.lastname@example.org
Coordinated 2016 Election Video
RIRID partnered with the members of the RI Deaf Community to create a video on the 2016 ballot questions. The project was our first attempt at creating a translation of public information. We look forward to continued projects based in the community. To see the video, click here. https://youtu.be/ZxJozZicZ5o
Throughout 2016 we have received support from RISDeaf and Perspectives. They have both donated space for our events, which allow us to maintain reasonable costs for workshops. They have also allowed us to use their projectors which allows us to conduct our meetings via powerpoint. Thank you RISDeaf and Perspectives for your contribution to our events. Another special thank you to RICDHH for including RIRID members in discussions on interpreting services in RI.
Last but not least, thank you to our membership who has continually been engaged and supportive of the interpreting and Deaf communities. I know participation comes in all shades, checking in on Facebook and reading email, to hosting events. Whatever your ability to participate, we thank you for your involvement. RIRID would cease to exist without our members.
Saturday, January 28, 2017 10 am Quarterly meeting at RISDeaf workshop to follow & lunch provided
Saturday, February 18, 2017 10 am Interpreter Round Table at Heather Anderson’s home in Coventry
Saturday, April 8, 2017 10am Quarterly Meeting at Perspectives in Warwick
Saturday, June 24, 2017 10 am Quarterly Meeting at Perspectives in Warwick
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10 am Quarterly Meeting at Perspectives at in Warwick
Following the Foundations III workshop, RIRID members in attendance recognized there is a need to talk about our work and business challenges as colleagues. We came up with one solution to host regular Interpreter Roundtable Meetings, to gather at rotating member’s homes or coffee shops and touch base. Think of it as a lunch table or teacher’s room at school-the chance to check in and bounce ideas off of each other. As our Quarterly meetings are very structured and specific, roundtable meetings give members the chance to let the conversation flow, then bring issues to quarterly meetings. The next meeting will be February 18 at Heather Anderson’s house.
Deaf Interpreter For-For? by Eileen Forestal, PhD, RSC
Saturday, January 28, 2017, lunch available at 12:00 pm, workshop runs 12:30 -3:30 pm
Eileen Forestal will discuss the current research and effective practices for Deaf Interpreters and Deaf-Hearing interpreter teams. This workshop will help both interpreters and Deaf people identify the need for a Deaf interpreter (DI) and advocate why a DI is needed for effective communication and important cultural decision making. See Eileen’s vlog here https://youtu.be/DAWMlwQOHJE
.3 PS CEUs will be provided by RIRID
Minutes and Remote Voting
RIRID has had a hard time reaching a quorum at our 2016 meetings, therefore we have many minutes that are not yet approved. We will utilize the password protected portal of our site to share the draft minutes to members. I will post a survey with to allow for approval and comments. If you choose to vote remotely, members will submit their name with their vote, similar to raising your hand in a quarterly meeting. I will bring the results to our January 28 meeting, and share the draft minutes a final time with the comments. Hopefully, this method will allow for more members to participate in the voting process. The files and password will be uploaded and shared from January 13-27. If you have technical issues, email me at RIRIDpresident@ririd.org, or glide me.
CDHH Hiring a Staff Interpreter
RICDHH is hiring a staff interpreter to work at the Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In the past, meetings have been postponed due to interpreter availability. We encourage interpreters to check out the job description and apply, the deadline for applying is 1/13/17. https://www.governmentjobs.com/jobs/1614607/staff-interpreter-ricdhh
RID 2017 LEAD Together National Conference
This year’s national conference will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah from July 20 -24, 2017. The conference will have two tracks: leadership and skills development. Both tracks have limited seats, and participation will be determined by allocation to member organization/section and then by lottery. There are two seats allocated to RIRID to participate in the leadership track. Right now, RIRID is wondering who would want to attend. If there is a great number, we will figure out a way to select our 2 delegates. The expectation is that the 2 delegates will attend the conference, learn leadership skills to bring back and implement in RI. I am really excited about this opportunity, and look forward to improving our chapter. Please contact me at RIRIDpresident@ririd.org by January 10 if you would like to be considered for a spot.
RIRID worked with members of the Deaf Community to create an ASL version of the 2016 ballot questions in ASL Volunteers reviewed the Voter Information Handbook disseminated by the office of the Secretary of State, Nellie M. Gorbea to sign the information that is typically provided in English. Thank you to the volunteers to who volunteered their time for free, as well as the RI School for the Deaf for lending us space to film. We look forward to partnering with the Deaf Community soon.