Do you have experience lobbying for meaningful language access? How about dealing with government entities? Here is your chance to help the State of Washington’s public schools develop a program geared towards providing interpreters in K-12 settings. Find out more about what you can do to advocate for our profession:
It appears that Washington State is finally going to take the bull by the horns and deal with the ongoing problem of a lack of language access services in K-12. House Bill 1130, Addressing Language Access in Public Schools, requires the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to implement a Language Assistance Plan (LAP) for K-12 schools. In addition, OSPI is mandated to convene a work group to guide the development of training standards or a curriculum for interpreters working in elementary and secondary public schools.
The workgroup will need lots of resources and knowledgeable consultants. We encourage those of you who are involved in any way with interpreting services at K-12 public schools to reach out to Interpreters United at Local1671@gmail.com and/or the OSPI to offer your expertise in whatever manner you see fit.
The Interpreters Division Leadership Council
Comments are welcome on our Discussion Group.