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In this vlog, Miako Rankin, PCRID's liaison with the Maryland Association of the Deaf (MDAD), provides information from this past summer's joint conference of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and RID Region 2.
The main focus is the NAD's five priorities for the current two year term, which were voted on by the Council of Delegates at the conference. The full list of the NAD priorities can be found at: http://nad.org/about-us/priorities.
In addition to the five priorities, many of which present exciting opportunities for us as professional interpreters and also have various implications for our field, NAD will continue to work with RID at the national level in accordance with our previously established MOU and our shared goals and vision.
It was exciting to see our success with our joint MDAD-PCRID conference last November mirrored at the national/regional level. The possibilities are endless when we work together as one community, and we look forward to seeing more collaboration between our organizations!
English-language text is found here.
About the NIC enhancement process
In late 2009, the Board of Directors for both NAD and RID established the NIC Task Force to work with feedback about the NIC certificatiofrom interpreters, consumers, and others, to reflect changes in the profession and community during the past 10 years, and to align the NIC with ever-evolving best practices in the certification industry. The Task Force recommended updates to the NIC certification program that address many complex factors around certification. Such factors involve testing for at least two levels of interpreter ability using separate exams, specialty recognition, eligibility requirements, and more. The multi-year enhancement process will ensure that the NIC is a more reliable, valid, current, and well-understood certification for all who rely on it.
RID will work with, involve and support the interpreter and Deaf communities throughout the NIC enhancement and implementation process. RID and NAD are committed to a collaborative effort that will benefit from the collective experience and expertise of all groups with a stake in the NIC credential and RID certification program overall. For more information, go to www.rid.org/NICNews.
Here is the PowerPoint Presentation from PCRID's September 24, 2011 General Meeting "The NIC Changes - Where Are We Headed?" presented by Laura Wickless. If you have any further questions or comments, please contact Laura at email@example.com.
Slide 1 - We saw similar language to now when the NIC was originally created.
Slide 2 - Example of RID’s fairly recent support for the current NIC.
Slide 3 - RID’s communication about the upcoming changes. Similar in some ways to the past with slightly new angle.
Slide 4 - Starting this fall: NIC is a NIC. End of tiered system. No more mailing out test recordings. Raters will access a rater queue and view performance exams via computer access. Several raters view portions of a candidate recording which reduces bias. Faster turn around (possibly as little as one or two weeks). Look for and participate in EVERY survey from RID. A Job Task Analysis (JTA) and specialization surveys are coming. Spread the word to EVERY interpreter. That is how RID will collect information to develop new certification tests.
NIC I - entry level test (will it be equivalent to previous certifications? possibly but unknown)
NIC II - a more advanced level certification test (must one take NIC I before NIC II? unknown)
2013 or after: Specialization tests possible in many areas (must one
Slide 6 - Many professions offer accredited certification programs. RID is a member of Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). Such membership does not offer any guarantees about RID’s certification programs. Credentials that are accredited offer more guarantees since an organization must follow standards and oversight from an outside body.
Is RID moving toward accreditation? Unknown, but possible.
If RID programs ever became accredited by NCCA at some time in the future, it looks as though certification programs from the period before the accredited ones may not be allowed “grandfathering”. The language is a little confusing, but this may be a violation of NCCA accreditation standards (see NCCA Standards for Accreditation of Certification Programs, Standard 8, section B).
Slide 7 - There are 21 Standards for NCCA accreditation. We don’t seem to have met them yet. The standards fall into these broad areas.
Slide 8 - Some interesting issues with structure and governance which could be challenging for RID.
Slide 9 and 10 - Feel free to contact me with questions at NICindependentforum@gmail.com
Slide 11 and 12 - Sources for this presentation
Sign Language Interpreter Licensure is a critical topic to those of us working, providing, and receiving interpreting services in the District of Columbia. What happens in the District could easily affect future licensure laws in the surrounding states of Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Delaware. Therefore, it is essential that legislation be done right the first time around. On April 30, 2011, Andrea K. Smith, Chair of the ad hoc Licensure Committee, presented her findings on the state of licensure laws across the United States. You will find that there no two laws are alike - each state has different structures, requirements and penalties that make the discussion of licensure such a daunting endeavor.
As our legislators and other vested parties vie for a place at the drafting table, PCRID has a duty to be involved and advocate for the rights of sign language interpreters in our region. Our DCAD Liaison and ad hoc Licensure Committee Chair have been actively participating in meetings, hearings and other discussions; however we need member support and involvement in educating these constituents about the interpreter role and our rights as professional sign language interpreters. We invite you to begin the dialog among your colleagues and get the word out about how licensure is on the horizon and that we need to be prepared. PCRID appreciates your input on providing recommendations and considerations and we will keep you posted on events and meetings that involve this important topic. For more information, to ask a question or to get involved, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment on this page.
This is the PowerPoint Presentation from PCRID's April 30, 2011 workshop "License To Drive: How New Legislation Affects You" presented by Andrea K. Smith.
Groups of deaf people in DC want to propose a law to force service providers to get licensed. They've been burned too many times by the spoken language agencies and other random companies that are getting into the game. Furthermore, it would be only for DC government funded entities that require a service provider to be licensed. So, any entity that gets funds from DC gov’t will have to follow this law. It does not include the Federal government and private companies. Also, it is not based on the individual interpreter, but the service provider. If their license gets revoked, they cannot provide sign language interpreters to those entities that are funded with DC govt monies. Is this the best way to go? Especially considering that it will set a precedent for the surrounding states. I personally, as an interpreter, feel that this is NOT the best way to go. I think we need to take it down to the individual level too. And the law needs to reflect the interests of ALL parties, which includes the interpreters. In the end, WE are the ones paying the licensure renewals every year and getting the penalties for not following the law. Please feel free to weigh in on the discussion.
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