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1 SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETING LICENSURE LAW Opening the Dialogue AZ R egistry of I nterpreters for the D eaf

2 2 AGENDA  Welcome/Introductions  History of Arizona Licensure Laws  Overview of ARS thru  Current licensure activity & community involvement  Call to action  Questions & Answers

3 3 HISTORY of the AZ LICENSURE  AZRID’s efforts (1999) Develop a plan Identify the problems Following through  Intent behind the laws  State minimum standards

4 4 DEVELOP OUR PLAN  Identify problems  Address AZRID  Research  Write bill  Meet with stakeholders…..  Expect it to take 3 years!

5 5 PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED :K thru 12 Educational Interpreter  Limited training & opportunities  Low motivation  Under qualified; weak language models  Underpaid  Categorized incorrectly  Supervised/evaluated by people who lack knowledge of the job/profession. Administration  Lacks knowledge  Lacks respect towards the validity of the profession  Views staff interpreters as aides  Poor hiring practices  Poor evaluation processes  Only sees the bottom line ($$$)

6 6 Parents  Unaware  Uninvolved  Doesn’t ask or challenge  Leaves it to Administration PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED :K thru 12

7 7 PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED : General  Multiple credentials (State and National)  Consumers unsure of what to ask for  Signers marketing themselves incorrectly  Signers charging inappropriate rates.  Consumers and interpreters have NO recourse with non-certified signers  No standardized definition of “Qualified Interpreter”  There is no accountability!

8 8 AZRID’s INTENT—K thru 12  Establish a work category  Improve work environments  Improve pay scales and incentives  Establish appropriate hiring and evaluating processes  Establish relevant and challenging training  Setting an expectation for the administration since the system hasn’t worked thus far.  Create a framework of accountability

9 9 AZRID’s INTENT— General  Address problems identified  Raise minimum standard statewide  Define qualified  Establish accountability without reinventing the wheel

10 10 ARS  – “ Exemptions”  Works in AZ for less than twenty days  Provides services at religious activities.  Provides services for an emergency if a delay …is likely to cause injury or loss of life.  Volunteers their services (except legal)  Employed in a K-12 school (per IEP)  Interns or students in training

11 11 ARS  – “ Licensure” The commission shall prescribe the education, examination and work history requirements for the licensure: 1. Legal. 2. Generalist. 3. Provisional. RID as a minimum standard is NOT in the law! **This is why you need to get involved!**

12 12 ARS  — “ Use of title” A person who is NOT LICENSED shall not:  Use any title, abbreviation, words, letters, signs  Practice as an interpreter  Use another person's license. **A person who violates this section is guilty of a Class 2 Misdemeanor (1 year/$750.00)**

13 13 ARS  “Qualifications”  Submit an application and … fee as prescribed by the commission. **  Document successful completion of education, examination and work history requirements for the specific category of license for which they are applying. ** The application processes are NOT defined in the law, but in the rule making process. ** **This is why you need to get involved!**

14 14 ARS  — “ Renewal”  Executive director issues the licenses  Pay a penalty fee for late renewal  Practic[ing] after a license a expired is in violation. (Misdemeanor)  A license that terminates shall submit an application and application fee as an original application...  The commission may prescribe CEU as a condition of renewal **This is why you need to get involved!**

15 15 ARS  – “ Denial”  Committed fraud or misrepresentation in applying for a license in this state or another state.  Convicted of a felony offense or any other offense involving moral turpitude.  Adjudicated insane or incompetent.  Engaged in fraud, dishonesty or corruption on a certification examination in another state.

16 16 ARS  – “Revocation”  Unprofessional conduct  Gross negligence or incompetence  Fraud, dishonesty or corruption  Inability to perform the duties at a level of skill defined by the commission. The commission--  Shall give notice and an opportunity for a hearing pursuant to its rules.  May issue subpoenas, examine witnesses and administer oaths

17 17 Revocation, suspension language is expected to be cut and pasted from the legal licensure rules!

18 18 CURRENT LICENSING ACTIVITY and the COMMUNITY  ARS  —Interpreters for deaf people  Rulemaking 101—your rights…your involvement “If you don’t know your rights, then you have no rights” Andrew M Somers, Civil Liberties Public Speaker, Writer

19 19  A. The court shall in any civil or criminal case or grand jury proceeding… appoint a qualified interpreter to interpret the proceedings to the deaf person…  B. A department, board, commission, agency or licensing authority of this state or a political subdivision … appoint a qualified interpreter…  C. If a person known or ascertained to be deaf is arrested and taken into custody for any alleged violation of a criminal law … shall procure a qualified interpreter in order to properly interpret... ARS 

20 20 CHECKS and BALANCES  ACDHH legally responsible for WRITING the rules  Governors Regulatory Review Council ultimately APPROVES rules  Public has direct INPUT into the rules

21 21 ARS  —Definition of Rule  an agency statement of general applicability that implements, interprets or prescribes law or policy, or describes the procedure or practice requirements of an agency. Rule includes prescribing fees or the amendment or repeal of a prior rule but does not include intraagency memoranda that are not delegation agreements.

22 22 RULE MAKING 101 Rulemaking made public Public Comments GRRC—Public Comments GRRC Decides on rules Secretary of State Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing Governor’s Regulatory Review Council

23 23 RULES = Implementation of Law  Framework (Legal Interpreter Rules) –Definition –Application –Sign Language (Legal) Interpreter Licensure –Provisional Sign Language (Legal) Interpreter Licensure –Deaf Legal Interpreter Licensure

24 24 RULES = Implementation of Law  Framework (cont’d.) –Oral Interpreter Licensure –Licensing Application Time-Frames; Processing Procedures –License Denial, Suspension, and Revocation –Complaint Procedures –Rehearing or Review of Decisions –Licensure Renewal –Grandfathering of (Legal) Interpreters

25 25 DO RULES RULE FOREVER? Every 5 years rules are reviewed! Rules are rewritten,reevaluated, recycled through the public process!

26 26 A CALL TO ACTION

27 27 COALITION-- Purpose  Pool together resources of interested “players”  Identify common interests  Collectively & PROACTIVELY influence how the law is implemented (eg rules)

28 28 COALITION-- Players NGO Non-Government Organizations  For-Profit  Non-Profit  Educational  Healthcare  Human Services  Practitioners  Students  Consumers  Parents  Associations

29 29  Practitioners –Nat’l Certified –Pre-Certified –AZ rated/IQAS –Other State Certified –EIPA* –Employees –Independent Contractors  Students –ITP/IPP –ASL Students  Consumers –d/Deaf* –Deaf/Blind –Hard-of-Hearing* –Non-deaf*  Parents  Associations –Social ( e.g. AZAD) –Workers ( e.g. union) –Professional ( e.g. ASLTA)* COALITION-- Players

30 30  For Profit –Agencies –Corporations –Businesses  Educational –Vocational schools –Private –Post-secondary schools –Teachers of D/HH  Non-Profit –Organizations of all types  Healthcare –Hospitals –HMOs –Private practice  Human Services –Treatment Facilities –Counseling COALITION-- Players

31 31 Interested in becoming part of this coalition? Contact Denise Wetzler, AZRID President COALITION— Partnering

32 32 AZRID NEEDS YOU! Wanted  Legislative Committee Chairperson  Generalist Licensure Ad Hoc Committee Chairperson  Committee Members

33 33 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

34 34  Past  Present  Future SUMMARY

35 35 WHAT TO DO….? 2 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, & 5 days… UNTIL October 1, 2007 How will YOU use the keys between NOW and THEN …

36 36 CONTACTS & RESOURCES CONTACTS  Presentation Elita Harvey— Holly Wilson–  Coalition/AZRID Denise Wetzler, President –  Licensure Law & Rules process Carmen Greene, Deputy Director –

37 37 RESOURCES  Arizona Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf  Arizona Translators and Interpreters, Inc.  Secretary of State (Rules publications)  Governors Regulatory Review Council (GRRC)  Arizona Revised Statues (Laws) CONTACTS & RESOURCES

38 38 ANNOUNCEMENT Annual Business Meeting Tuesday, June 28 th Phoenix Deaf Community Center 6:30 pm

39 39 THANK YOU  Northern Arizona University NAUNet Interactive Television (ITV) –www.distance.nau.edu  Hands Above the Rest Interpreting Services (HARIS) –www.handsabovetherest.com  Interpreters –Joy Plote –Jeremy Brunson


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