, endangered the lives of residents who depended on receiving this type of emergency information in American Sign Language (ASL).
The aforementioned unfortunate situation provides an opportunity for increased awareness within Manatee County Government. RID and our local affiliate chapter, Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (FRID), stand ready to assist Manatee County by offering you information that will enable you to locate qualified interpreters in your area and/or to consult with a reputable interpreter referral agency about the hiring of a qualified ASL interpreter. The Commissioners, along with county government employees, may wish to visit our website, www.RID.org, in order to access our search tools function at the top of our home page in order to locate an agency, and/or verify the certification(s) of qualified ASL interpreters.
Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by Hurricane Irma. Let us know how we can assist further so that a similar situation does not occur again. Thank you for your attention to this information.
Melvin Walker, M.Ed.
President, RID Board of Directors
1 Qualified interpreter means an interpreter who, via a video remote interpreting (VRI) service or an on-site appearance, is able to interpret effectively, accurately, and impartially, both receptively and expressively, using any necessary specialized vocabulary. Qualified interpreters include, for example, sign language interpreters, oral transliterators, and cued-language transliterators. US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section: Paper on Effective Communication. https://www.ada.gov/effective-comm.htm. Accessed September 12, 2017.
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