RID is pleased to announce that the General Lottery for the Leadership and Skills tracks for the 2017 LEAD Together conference is now open! The 2017 LEAD Together Conference is from July 20 - 24,2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The 2017 LEAD Together conference is different as compared to the previous registration process. The basis of the lottery provides members an opportunity to secure a registration slot and then have a period of time to pay for the cost of registration.
Register for the General Lottery now through March 31st!
How it works:
Simply fill out the online form anytime between March 1-31st. When registering, members can only select to be included into the lottery for either the Leadership OR Skills track---not both!
After the lottery closes, all names will be placed into a system which will automatically randomize the order of the names and assign a number. The number represents the member’s place in the registration queue. The first 400 members (200 Leadership and 200 Skills) on the list will be notified via email no later than April 10th. Members then will have from April 10 -28th to pay the $425.00 registration fee. If payment is not received by April 28th, the member forfeits their registration slot and it will be given to the next member on the randomized list. The process will be repeated until all of the 400 lottery slots are filled.
Need assistance? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City!
LINK to FORM: http://rid.org/rid-2017-national-conference/2017-lead-together-conference-lottery-registration-form/
More details on the conference can be found here:
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
333 Commerce Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Hilton Salt Lake City Center
Salt Lake City, Utah
July 20-24, 2017
The purpose of the 2017 RID Lead Together conference is to create a shared opportunity for purpose-driven leaders and practitioners within the RID and Deaf and Interpreter Communities to come together to advance the mission of RID—either through collaboration on strategic planning for the association or through concentrated skills development activities designed to improve interpreting practice. Learn more>>
FREE "CRISIS TEXT HOTLINE" 24/7 FOR THE DEAF COMMUNITY
The Crisis Text Line, a free, 24/7 text-messaging support line for people in crisis, has partnered with Gallaudet University in providing the Deaf community access to services via text. Deaf individuals are able to text the word DEAF to 741741 and be connected with a Crisis Counselor. For more information, please check http://www.gallaudet.edu/news/crisis-text-line-update.html.
Position: School Principal
School: Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind
School District: Honolulu
City, State: Honolulu, Hawaii
About the Nominee: Dr. Angel Ramos is a LifeChanger in Hawaii's deaf community! He has shared his wealth of leadership, experience and knowledge of Deaf Education through his role as Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind's (HSDB) principal. Dr. Ramos was recently in his first year of retirement after many years of service as a deaf educator and leader. He helped various schools reach a new level of prestige and came out of retirement to support deaf education in Hawaii and pick up the role of HSDB's principal.
Every day, Dr. Ramos comes to work with a smile on face. He wants to greet and speak to every student and has a desire to help that emanates from his heart. When Dr. Ramos sees a student having a rough day, he'll be the first to stop what he is doing to see how he can help. He is dedicated to assisting teachers and staff in any and every possible way by having an open door policy. Recently, Dr. Ramos gave up his own American Sign Language interpreter so that two teachers could continue with the training they needed for their job.
Dr. Ramos works closely with staff, not only in the school, but in his district. His mission is to bring necessary changes and resources to HSDB that focus on deaf education at its finest. Dr. Ramos has implemented Achieve3000, a program that will help improve the reading and writing of HSDB's deaf students. His belief in the deaf students he serves has helped build their confidence. The Hawaiian community is very grateful to have an amazing deaf icon and leader as part of their team. Dr. Ramos has provided local deaf children with access to an amazing deaf education full of resources that has only improved and broadened since his arrival. He is a true "Angel" for the deaf community of Hawaii by turning its deaf educational dreams into a reality.
Helpful Tips for Working with Sign Language Interpreters and Captioners
Speak directly to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf Blind individual
Tax Incentives for Businesses & Healthcare Providers
Congress has arranged two types of tax incentive for businesses to assist in offsetting the costs of providing access as mandated by the ADA. Section 44 of the IRS Code allows a tax credit for small businesses and Section 190 of the IRS Code allows a tax deduction for all businesses.
The tax credit is available for businesses with annual revenues of $1,000,000 or less 30 of fewer full-time employees. The tax credit is for 50% of expenditures for providing access in a given year up to $10,250, which equates to a maximum tax credit of $5,000. This includes the cost of providing sign language interpreting services for customers.
The tax deduction is available to all businesses with a maximum deduction of $15,000 annually.
The following website provides more information on these tax incentives: http://www.ada.gov/reachingout/lesson81.htm. Otherwise you can contact the Department of Justice's ADA Information line at 1-800-514-0301.