Just want to share an update with you all regarding RI General Law 5-7-1. There was a Hearing in connection with our revisions. Hayley, Steve and myself went to testify in support of the Bill and the work we accomplished.
The Committee (HEW) recommended it be held for further study. The reason behind this has to do the the BCI requirement. The Attorney General's Office was concerned as to whether want to require a state or federal BCI. They would support it if we clarify the language.
The ACLU was in opposition because there was no specifics regarding the types of crimnal charges and the time the charges were filed. Someone could potentially be barred from licensure for a minor innfraction to the law ten years ago.
That being said, I will be working with Steve Florio and perhaps one of our colleagues that has expertise in the legal arena.
Thanks for your letters of support.
This past winter, RIRID hosted several meetings to review RI's current interpreter licensure law. The current law be found here, our proposed law can be found here.
Hearings have been announced for House Bill No. 5695, heard by House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare, and Senate Bill No. 0478, heard by Senate Health and Human Services. RIRID proposed language for both bills which will update the RI Interpreter Licensure regulations.
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EDUCATION & WELFARE:
HEARING DATE: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
TIME: Rise of the House
PLACE: Room 101 - State House
Agenda - please click here
RIRID is in support of House Bill 5696 and Senate Bill 0478.
RIRID has drafted the letter of support below for members to send out to House HEW committee.
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SUBJECT: Support House Bill 5695- Interpreters for the Deaf
Dear House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare,
I am writing to you in support of House Bill number 5695, which is the proposed revision of Chapter 5-71 of the General Law, Licensure of Interpreters for the Deaf. As an interpreter for the Deaf and a member of the Rhode Island Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, these licensure regulations greatly impact the work I perform, the community I serve, and the integrity of interpreting in Rhode Island.
RIRID has hosted meetings throughout the winter to gather input and reconstruct regulations that best serves the local Deaf Community. We have recommended changes that align Rhode Island’s licensure requirements to reflect current credentials being awarded by our national organization, The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. These credentials include National Interpreter Certification (NIC), and Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI). The recommended changes also expand the state’s definitions to recognized Deaf-Blind community members, an often overlooked and underrepresented minority population. The revisions also remove the term “transliterator” from our license specialties, which aligns with RID’s current credentialing practice.
RIRID is grateful to have had a healthy opportunity for communal dialogue about the regulations with the RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Our profession is ever changing; the revisions proposed reflect the interpreting community’s good-faith effort to keep our regulations current and enforceable.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rosa Norberg, RIRID President, RIRIDpresident@ririd.org.
RIRID met on April 11 and we accomplished a lot!
Here are some highlights:
-Rosa reviewed current updates on the legislation. Article 18 was withdrawn, Article 19 will be actively opposed, House Bill 5695 will be heard on 4/15. RIRID will send letters of support to the committee(s) hearing our proposed regulations as drafted in HB 5696, and later SB 0478.
-RIRID has raised our goal for our Camp Mark 7 Scholarship! Thank you to all who donated. Contact Rosa for a tax deductible receipt if you have not already received one.
-RIRID board members have board specific emails. Please see our board page for the best email address to use.
-Emails weighing you down? Heather A is working to figure out a way to streamline email dialogue by using a Gmail Groups platform. Hopefully this will cut down on our inbox total and help us get to the point, actually communicating!
-Want to read up on past minutes? All past minutes are now located on our minutes page. Contact Hayley at RIRIDSecretary@ririd.org for the password.
-The Up and Coming Interpreter Committee, Scholarship Committee, Outreach Committee and Workshop Committee are all making strides. Information on each page will be posted soon.
-Hayley is looking for an interpreter to fill her shoes at a Catholic Mass at 9 am on the first and fourth Friday of every month, starting in July. She is willing to mentor interpreters new to mass. Contact her at email@example.com
-Rosa is looking for a Deaf business owner who creates stationary. If you know of anyone, contact RIRIDPresident@ririd.org
-RIRID is looking into Amazon Smile as a fundraiser. Take a look ahead of our summer meeting.
-RIAD will be hosting a movie night on Friday, May 1, at 7 pm at the RI School for the Deaf. We will share more info as it is available. Hope to see you there!
Article 18 was withdrawn! Thank you to RIRID members who emailed the Senate Finance Committee in opposition!
Article 19 has been heard by the Senate Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Finance. Although there was much opposition from RIRID and the affected professions, RIRID will continue to send out letters of opposition. Thank you to RIRID members who email the House Finance Committee in opposition! They noted your emails in their discussion.
RIRID will be drafting letters for the Governor's office and several members of her leadership explaining why Article 19 will have a detrimental impact on the Deaf Community. Stay tuned to our site and your inbox for more info.
Hello again my esteemed colleagues:
RID set a precedent more than 5 years ago. It was called Giving Back. In honor of that ideal please consider the following:
As you may have seen on our fabulous web site, RI RID is doing new and wonderful things. At a meeting last year, we decided as a group to make a policy for donating/sponsoring requests made of us. Part of that decision was to donate no more than $1000.00 per fiscal year.
This fiscal year 2015 began in July 2014. Since then we have donated $550.00. These donations fit our criteria and went to sponsor CDI trainings, Friends of RI School for the Deaf toward their Athletic Program, Jr. NAD Conference. We foresee more requests being made.
We also decided to donate funds to sponsor one student to attend Camp Mark 7. This camp allows fosters Deaf students personal growth and much more. These students will be our future consumers. RI RID will award a scholarship to a student annually. The student will be chosen based on an essay submitted to RI RID. RI RID will donate $250.00 to this cause.
I am asking each of you to seriously consider donating toward this worthwhile endeavor. What I ask is that you send a tax deductible check made out to Friends of RI School for the Deaf but mail it to RI RID PO Box 20056 Cranston, RI 02920. This needs to be done by April 30, 2015. I will be giving the total ($1200.00 this our goal) to the school by May 1, 2015 Two of our generous members will make up the difference from their businesses after the RI RID funds and individual interpreter funds are combined.
Also below is a request to fund the RI School for the Deaf Senior Trip. Please consider this as well. RI RID will donate to them too.
Every little bit counts, though we are all feeling the pinch of the economy, the Deaf community needs us!! We need them. So many of you are already Giving Back by doing Pro Bono work. Please let's keep this going and engage with our community.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Rosa Norberg, President RI RID
Just wanted to reach out to you, as you've been involved with our senior class one way or another, sharing that our senior class have selected Canada as their designated place to go to! As you may or may not know we have a class of ten seniors! As a result we only had/have this year to raise the funds to go to Canada! We have raised over $1000 on campus and have raised over $1000 on gofundme. Our goal is to raise at least $2000 on gofundme by Feb. 1. We need your help to spread the word via Facebook, Twitter or email.
Please help this fabulous class!
Here's the link (including what we hope will be our plan for the trip):
The class of 2015