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Interpreter Licensure: Implementing Change Together

  • 30 May 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Edmonds School District Educational Services Center 20420 68th Ave W. Lynnwood, WA 98036


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Interpreter Licensure:  Implementing Change Together 

Deaf community members and interpreters are invited to gather together for this important discussion on the topic of interpreter licensure in Washington State. During this information sharing session, Steven Snow and LaVona Andrew will guide participants on examining strategies and the necessary stakeholder participation that can be used to develop a sign language interpreter licensure legislation. Including: identifying and organizing stakeholders and allies; examining experience from Idaho's recent licensure efforts which will illustrate trials, errors and successes; additionally, small group activities will provide a framework to devise a plan for working effectively and collaboratively toward a collective goal.

0.3 CEUs in the category of Professional Studies will be offered by theWestern Region Interpreter Education Center at Western Oregon University, an approved RID CMP and ACET sponsor.

Presenter Bios: 

Steven Snow is the Executive Director of the Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Currently, he serves as a board member of the Deaf Center of Idaho, a member of the Idaho Supreme Court Language Access committee, a member of Idaho Assistive Technology Project board, a member of Idaho Sound Beginning board, a board of director for Disability Rights of Idaho, member of Idaho Interpreter Licensure Task Force, a board of director for National Association of State Agencies of the Deaf an dHard of Hearing, and a member and Vice Chairman of the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind Board.  Steven received a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and a master's degree in Community Counseling from Gallaudet University. 

LaVona Andrew, MA, CI, CT, NIC: Master, Ed:K-12, is a life-long learner, interpreter, and educator. As a native ASL user and sign language professional, she maintains a full interpreting schedule in addition to teaching university courses and leading interpreting workshops. Her specialties include sign-to-voice, mental health, performing arts, and video interpreting. She has served on Deaf Center of Idaho's Board of Directors, the Idaho Deaf Mental Health Task Force, Educational Interpreter Interagency Consortium, the Idaho Interpreter Licensure Task Force, and is a past president of IdahoRID. Since 2012, LaVona serves as the Region V Representative on the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf's Board of Directors. She lives in Boise, Idaho, with her daughter and their dogs.


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