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Legislative Updates

October 15, 2018

Fall 2018 Newsletter Update

Fall 2018 Newsletter Update

When the Fall 2018 newsletter came out in October, the Legislative Committee provided a great overview of the progress they've made and some of the work they've been doing! They further presented a committee update at the Membership Meeting in the same month and more information can be found in the meeting's minutes!

June 04, 2018

ORID Hosts Two Stakeholder Meetings

On May 18th and June 4th, ORID hosted two stakeholder meetings to share information and solicit input from diverse groups. The following entities had representation one or both of these meetings:

  • Oregon Association of the Deaf 

  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Region V

  • Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Program

  • Oregon American Sign Language Teachers Association

  • Western Oregon University 

  • Portland Community College 

  • Central Oregon Community College

  • Cerebral Palsy and Deaf Organization

  • Oregon DeafBlind Community Action Network

  • Oregon Council on Health Care Interpreters

  • Oregon Health Authority

  • Oregon Judicial Department 

  • Oregon Department of Education

  • Educational (K-12) Service Programs

  • American Sign Language Interpreting Agencies

  • Video Relay Service Companies

This meeting served to start a larger conversation about interpreting standards and develop partnerships as we move forward. During these meetings there was wide-spread support for legislation that would establish a licensing board. The participants provided information that will help us move forward with this process. We look forward to continued outreach and engagement!

May 12, 2018

ORID Membership Votes to Purse Licensure

​At our Quarterly Membership Meeting ORID members voted unanimously in support of ORID pursuing the establishment of professional licensure for signed language interpreters in Oregon! We look forward to engaging with all of you as we move forward!

January 20, 2018

OAD Board Supports Licensure

ORID President, Jenna Curtis, attended the Oregon Association of the Deaf (OAD) Board Meeting to discuss the possibility of professional licensing for ASL interpreters in Oregon. Steven Brown, co-chair of OADs legislative committee discussed the benefits of licensure with the Board. The OAD Board was in support of licensure and decided that the OAD legislative committee will partner with ORID in pursing a licensing law for ASL interpreters in Oregon.

September 26, 2017

ORID Legislative Committe is Established

The ORID Legislative Committee was established by the ORID board in order to investigate state licensure for ASL interpreters, communicate with stakeholders regarding ORID’s legislative involvement, and pursue legislative action relevant to ORID’s mission.

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