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Free Webinar! What Interpreters Need to Know about the ADA 11/29 and 12/12

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) presents the following training opportunity:

What Interpreters Need to Know about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
*Free CEUs (Ethics and Interpreting)

Date: November 29, 2016
Time: 6:00—9:00 pm CST
Presented by: Amanda Tuite, Communication Access Specialist

What Interpreters Need to Know about the ADA
Register now! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7278092254177668609

Link to the pre-test (required for CEUs) will be sent separately beginning on November 22.

Date: December 12, 2016
Time: 6:00—9:00 pm CST
Presented by: Amanda Tuite, Communication Access Specialist

What Interpreters Need to Know about the ADA
Register now!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5527050717934083329

Link to the pre-test (required for CEUs) will be sent beginning on December 5.

Free CEUs: .3 DHHS BEI CEUs (Ethics/Interpreting) are approved. CEUs provided are Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) CEUs and are recognized and accepted by the Texas Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) as CEUs for BEI certified interpreters.  To earn CEUs each individual must be logged into the webinar system and participate in the interactive session, as well as complete a pre-test and a post-test.  For those viewing in a group, please contact [email protected] for further instructions.

If you need RID CEUs, contact an RID CEU provider in advance of the session to request PINRA approval to earn CEUs.

Participants will be able to:
– describe the basic requirements of the ADA regarding communication access for persons who are Deaf or hard of hearing
– clarify common misconceptions regarding the ADA and how it applies to sign language interpreters
– utilize strategies to educate consumers and refer to appropriate resources within the role of an interpreter

The training will be presented in American Sign Language; voice interpreters will be provided. To request other auxiliary aids or services necessary for effective communication, please contact [email protected].

About the presenter:

Born and raised in Texas, Amanda serves as a Communication Access Specialist at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS), under the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Amanda has worked two years as an advocate on behalf of Deaf and Hard of Hearing consumers who were denied access to communication. Amanda attended University of North Texas.  Since then, she has given workshops on various topics such as Deaf Self Advocacy Training (DSAT), Disclosing your Disability, Law Enforcement Training, Soft Skills and also provides state wide advocacy training to empower people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing with knowledge of their disability rights. Amanda is a board member of Deaf Women United and volunteers her time with Deaf Women of Austin. She resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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https://support.citrixonline.com/webinar/all_files/G2W010003

SLS COVID-19 Response:

We here at SLS highly value communication access. The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected all of our lives. We are responding to these changes by maximizing safety while still prioritizing effective communication. We are happy to announce that SLS has adopted Virtual Video Interpreting (VVI) services. VVI services are available anywhere there is internet access, and in any setting where an interpreter is needed, such as school, court, hospital, doctor’s office, etc.


To all in our communities, we wish you to stay at home whenever possible, stay healthy, and stay safe! While we are still offering in-person interpreters as a last resort at this time, we want to partner with you in adhering to social distancing, and other suggested safe work practices. In this way we can all limit the risk to ourselves, to those in our households, and to those we work with. It is our sincere hope that we can successfully navigate this crisis together.


Let us provide you with interpreters for your SAFE appointments! Please click the tab and request further information on our VVI services.