ALC Webinar Series: Meeting the Unique Language Needs of Deaf Consumers
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When: 4/10/2019
2:00 PM EST
Where: United States
Contact: Jessica Bratton

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ALC Webinar Series Presents: 

Meeting the Unique Language Needs of Deaf Consumers 

Every language and culture is different, but providing sign language interpreters to meet the linguistic needs of deaf consumers is truly distinct and unique. When handling Sign Language/English requests, interpreter agencies must fully understand the communication requirements and barriers of deaf and hard of hearing individuals including those who use sign languages other than ASL or are DeafBlind or deaf with other disabilities. Agencies must understand their legal obligations under federal and state laws, and also comply with the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conducts for sign language interpreters. This session will also include discussion of the NAD's new accreditation system for sign language interpreter agencies.  

Presented by: Howard Rosenblum, Executive Director of The National Association of the Deaf

HOWARD A. ROSENBLUM is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD).  In this capacity, he oversees the operations of the NAD to carry out its mission of preserving, protecting and promoting the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States. He also serves as the Legal Director overseeing the staff lawyers as well as policy advocacy and litigation work within the NAD Law and Advocacy Center. Mr. Rosenblum brings with him twenty-six years of experience as a disability rights attorney including: seven years at the NAD; nine years as a Senior Attorney at Equip for Equality, a nonprofit organization designated as Illinois’ Protection and Advocacy entity; and ten years before that with a private law firm. His legal practice has been in the areas of disability rights and special education.  He is the primary author of the American Bar Association Guidelines on Court Access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People and the sixth edition of the NAD Legal Rights: Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People. He has provided numerous workshops nationally and internationally on the Americans with Disability Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In 2010, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on the U.S. Access Board and was reappointed in 2014. Mr. Rosenblum received his law degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law (1992), and his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona (1988).



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