New Certified Sign Language Interpreter – Jay Turcotte

Congratulations Jay Turcotte on becoming a Certified Sign Language Interpreter. We know what was involved in accomplishing this we are so proud of you for setting your sights high, and making every effort to achieve this goal. Best wishes for continued success.

New Certified BEI Medical Interpreters

BIG NEWS! We’d like to congratulate our first and only Certified BEI Medical Interpreters in the Rio Grande Valley! Being awarded another BEI certificate makes them BEI multiple certificate holders. Martin & Norma have consistently demonstrated their commitment to the Deaf community and to this profession’s goals and objectives. Since they have joined the SLS team they have performed at … Read More

Houston’s sign language interpreter steals the show – via Chron.com

During Mayor Sylvester Turner’s press conference to address Houston’s disastrous flooding on Tuesday there was one person who stood out among the city’s officials. But it wasn’t a politician, member of an emergency agency, or a press officer. It was the sign language interpreter the city hired. Ashley Henderson is an energetic interpreter who often works with the city, especially … Read More

New Certified Interpreter – Jehu Cabrera Jr.

Congratulations Jehu Cabrera Jr. for passing the BEI Certification Examination for Certified Interpreters. Welcome to Sign Language Services and we look forward to working with you and to continue to provide certified interpreters for the Deaf in South Texas.

DHHS Upcoming Webinars

Join the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) for this informative webinar “Cultural Competency: Understanding the Culture of the Deaf Community.” Click on the registration links for more information. Cultural Competency – Must attend both part 1 and 2 on the same day for DHHS/BEI CEUs March 9, 2016 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1823930733829898498 … Read More

Seeking BEI Certification, Part 1: Eligibility requirements and TEP

Perhaps you are thinking of sitting for a BEI Interpreter Certification test. Good for you! The thing is, you aren’t sure where to begin. There are so many different tests. Well, start by reviewing the DARS-DHHS website. Get to know its contents, this will help to orient you. While you’re at it, why not bookmark the BEI study guide, it’s … Read More

DARS BEI prep Save The Date – San Antonio

DARS Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services presents Summer Institute San Antonio, Texas from May 29th to June 3rd, 2016, to build or enhance your interpreting skills. This session is for Texas pre-certified interpreters who have taken the BEI Basic performance test and scored between 44 and 65. For information contact [email protected] or call 512-813-9855(VP).

Legal News: Deaf women denied interpreter

Deaf women claim they were denied sign interpreter at hospital Two deaf woman are suing a hospital alleging they were refused the aid of a sign language interpreter. Penny Trahan and Rhonda Morgan filed a lawsuit in Feb. 20 in the Jefferson County District Court against Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth, citing violations of chapter 121, violation of the American Disabilities … Read More

New DARS Regulations

NEW REGULATIONS FOR DARS –DRS – ATTENTION CRP AND JOB COACHES Effective with the December 16th publication of new Standards and Policies, DARS-DRS implemented a new Deaf Service Premium (DSP).  In order to receive this DSP, the Employment Service Provider is required to hold either a Board of Evaluation for Interpreters for the Deaf (BEI) certification, a National Registry for … Read More