Leglislative Forum planned for Houston – GHID

Greater Houston Interpreters for the Deaf (GHID) is hosting a Legislative Forum on January 16, 2010. Presented by Billy Collins, this workshop is a reprise of the forum held in San Antonio in 2009. If you were unable to attend that event, you may have heard the rave reviews from those who did attend. This is an opportunity to catch up on what you missed!

Have you ever wondered… Who decided that we needed a specific certification to interpret in a Court setting? And whose idea was it to establish a separate set of qualifications for Medical interpreting? And while we’re at it, why is it that K-12 interpreters must be certified, but not interpreters working in colleges and universities?

Advocating change in policy and legislation is working within an established system in order to create change in organizations, service systems, laws, and policies. Although it is more work, a systems advocacy effort is needed when policies or laws present a problem for a group of individuals and the problem is expected to recur continually. Where this effort is directed depends on the nature of the problem and which organization (or organizations) has authority over the problem area.

This workshop will address the stages of systems advocacy and provide participants with the tools to impact public policy and legislative change. Systems advocacy efforts can be demanding and challenging, yet an exciting undertaking. The process requires care, thought, and commitment, but is an endeavor where the payoffs are well worth the effort

Saturday, January 16, 2010, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Houston Community College (HCC) Adminstration Building
3100 Main, Houston, TX 77002
Conference Center, Room A

Billy Collins – BS and MS, University of Arizona, BEI Master and Court, RID CSC and SC:L
Winner of the 2009 ADARA Legislative Award

CEUs: 0.6 approved for BEI and eligible for RID PINRA credits


will be provided by GHID while we host a membership meeting. If you can not attend the workshop, but have an hour to spare in the middle of the day, we welcome you to attend the membership meeting and share lunch with us. The meeting will start promptly at noon.

Go to GHID website and register on-line, by mail, or in person at the door.

You may also register and pay at the door on the day of the event. However, space is limited, so we encourage you to register now and assure yourself a seat at this workshop.


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