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2017 Open Board Nominees

Vice President: Audrey Ramirez-Loudenback   I happily and humbly accept this nomination for Vice President of ORID.   I am a native Oregonian, born and raised in the Portland area. I have lived in Salem for the past 8 years with my husband and two kids. I mainly work in post-secondary settings and some freelance work in the Salem area. I completed my BA in ASL/English interpreting from WOU in 2009 and attained my NIC in 2009. In December of 2015 I completed my MA in Interpreting Studies, in which I wrote a thesis on the topic of Motivational Values of interpreters, which remains a passion of mine. I am deeply passionate about issues of social justice and how they impact our work and interactions with the Deaf community. As Vice President I would commit to giving my time and energy to improving our field and improving our relationship with...


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WOU Nicaragua Service Learning Trip

The service learning trip to Nicaragua is lead by two seniors from Western Oregon University ASL / English Interpreting program: Tricia Desrosiers, and Jacob Hogan. With the support of two faculty members from WOU's Deaf Studies and Professional Studies division: Dr. Patrick Graham, and Audrey Loudenback. The group also consists of six other students from the DSPS division representing ASL studies, and both the junior and senior interpreting cohorts: Erin Maue, Makenna Billings, Makenna Caccavo, Danielle Kenoyer, Steph Bessinger, and Alissa McAlpine. WOU's DSPS division is dedicated to promoting global learning. So, when Dr. Graham was approached with the request for a service team to travel to Nicaragua, he moved forward with planning the trip and assembling a team. The team began preparations in November of 2016 and the trip will take place between March 23rd 2017 and April 1st 2017. While in country the group will be focused on...
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2016 Board Nominations

President: Jenna Curtis: Jenna Curtis is a freelance interpreter in the Portland area, working primarily in post-secondary, business, and community settings. She graduated from the ASL/English Interpreting Program at Western Oregon University and received her RID:NIC in 2011. Jenna has been presenting workshops and training interpreters on the Demand-Control Schema and supervision sessions since 2012. She also coordinates Western Oregon University's Professional Supervision for Interpreting Practice (PSIP) Program, a one year post-graduate program that provides mentoring and supervision for recent graduates entering the field. Jenna believes input from all stakeholders is the foundation of a strong organization. She hopes to facilitate a statewide discussion on professional standards and interpreter education. She would like to see positive change in the Oregon interpreting community, resulting in increased quality of services for Deaf and hard of hearing communities. ( Click here for ASL ) Jessica Van Winkle: Jessica Van Winkle has been an...
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ODEAF Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocacy Training

The training occurs over a weekend in Bend in June.  Please check out the flyer for more information on this training:   ODEAF-Flyer---June-2016-Training-Final-copy-2.pdf
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Letter for Interpreter Quality for Press Briefings

Hello,  Please take a moment and view the letter sent to Governor Kate Brown.  The letter is signed by the president of OAD, Chad Ludwig; Present of RID, Susie Friberg; Interim Executive Director of RID, Anna Witter-Merithew; and the CEO of NAD, Howard Rosenblum: Interpreter-Qualty-for-Press-Briefings---Oregon---October-2015.pdf  
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Certification Info for Healthcare Interpreters

Please check out the following links for information regarding the recent bill for healthcare interpreters. From Oregon Health Authority about Oregon Qualification/Certification: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/oei/ Documents/2015-3-6_SIMPLIFIED% 20HCI%20Requirements.pdf This hasn’t been updated yet to include sign language/RID.  The regs should be written within the next few months. There will NOT be an internship required. Here was the original law information from OHA:  http://www.oregonlaws. org/ors/413.550 and the new law; https://olis.leg.state.or. us/liz/2015R1/Downloads/ MeasureDocument/HB2419/ Enrolled House Bill 2419 Rules Advisory Committee Application now open: http://oad1921.org/article/house-bill-2419-rules-advisory-committee-application-now-open  
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OAD & Dackcube Ent. Presents: Eveyone Loves A Champ Story! Storytelling Workshop

Storytelling workshop presented by Dack Virnig. Topics Include: Classifier and gesture movement Visual expression and emotions Animated characters Mouthing morphemes Time, Location, and details: Admission - $100 Purchase online at bit.ly/1PQII15 September 26th, 1pm-5pm Portland Community College, CT 202 Partial proceeds to OAD's Deaf Youth Program 0.4 PS CEUs    
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ADARA Breakout2016 Colorado Call for Proposals

ADARA is excited to announce the Call for Proposals for the ADARA Breakout2016 Colorado conference.  The purpose of the Breakout conference is to provide professional development and networking opportunities for behavioral health professionals, administrators, and allied professionals serving deaf, deafened, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing persons.  With a specific focus on “well-being”, ADARA Breakout2016 Colorado will explore the many avenues that behavioral health professionals, administrators, and people in allied and related professions are utilizing to promote well-being in the deaf, deafened, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing communities.    Please join us in Colorado Springs, CO on March 16 th through 19 th , 2016 to share how your work contributes to personal and community well-being and be inspired by the work of others! Please complete and submit the attached Call for Proposals before September 15, 2015:   ADARA-Breakout2016-Colorado-Call-for-Proposals.pdf
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