Vocational Rehabilitation

NURIEC is committed to work with Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) providers in order to promote and realize effective utilization of interpreter services by professionals when working with their deaf and deafblind consumers. NURIEC will address the shortage of interpreters in VR setting through its various initiatives:

Upcoming Training:  Interpreting for Deaf Professionals in a VR Setting

Program dates: Saturday, August 23, 2014 | 8:00am-5:30PM

Program description: Interpreting in VR settings is complex. The work of the VR interpreter impacts the lives of many: deaf and hearing consumers, deaf professionals, families, employers, and more. It requires a high degree of competence in an array of complicated contexts and settings with a diverse population of Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals.

Vocational Rehabilitation has its own unique process and vocabulary.  This workshop will address what to expect when interpreting for Deaf professionals (RCD), Employment specialists, State coordinator for the deaf) and the understanding that interpreters must have of the process to effectively interpret in VR settings.  This will include an overview from application to closure, benchmarks of service provision, vendors and their roles, and vocabulary and acronyms.  Practice hands on activities will be provided.

Instructor: Patricia D. Clark, CICT holds a BA in Business Administration; Associates degree’s in computer science and Interpreting.  Pat has worked in the field of VR for 12 years as an Interpreter assistant at the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services.

Program location: DORS interpreting unit conference room, 67 Prospect Avenue, 3rd floor, West Hartford, CT 06133

Program cost: No charge for the workshop; lunch provided. RID CEUs/ACET credits available for $10

Who should register: Interpreters who work, or are interested in working in employment-related settings

CEUs: Northeastern University is an RID-approved sponsor for continuing education activities. This program is offered for 0.8 CEUs and assumes some knowledge of the topic.

View flyer with details here: http://conta.cc/1lr5gVy


NURIEC will provide a series of four webinars to VR personnel to promote effective utilization of interpreting resources. With advisory and outreach support from Regions I and II of TACE, the webinars will address topics on VR interpreter needs assessments and implications, the Deaf Self-Advocacy Training curriculum, how to work effectively with interpreters, and the deaf interpreter.

Target Audience for the 2013 webinars: VR specialists, State Coordinators of the Deaf (SCDs), VR interpreters, Mentors and Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf and HOH (RCDs).


The webinar archives are available on the NCRTM website.

Interpreter Education Program Administrator Trainings

NURIEC hosts an annual training of Interpreter Education Program administrators. In year four of the grant, the topic to be addressed is VR interpreting resources and practicum placement for IEP students.

Mentoring Toolkit

The Mentoring Toolkit has VR specific resources.

Local Partner Network (LPN)

Our LPN includes VR personnel who actively advise our activities and their evaluation.

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    Regional Interpreter Education Center
    American Sign Language Program
    405 Meserve Hall
    Northeastern University
    Boston, MA 02115
    617-373-8262 voice
    857.366.4195 VP and voice
    617-373-3065 fax

    Northeastern University Regional Interpreter Education Center