Download the memo: Memo Interpreter Test Now Open
Memo from DODHH Director Sheryl Emery
TO: Interpreters, Partner Agencies, and Members of Deaf Community
FROM: Sheryl D. Emery, M.A.
Director, Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing
SUBJECT: Interpreting Test Now Open
Nearly one year ago on October 30, 2008 our Quality Assurance Test (QA) was suspended. For many years the QA screening tool served our needs but it was not designed to serve as a state mandated test. As incoming Director I made a personal vow to have a new screening and assessment tool in place within a year. With the help of a great many people I have been able to keep this vow.
Effective today, I am announcing that DODHH Interpreter testing is now available and is no longer suspended. The Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing is unveiling for the general public the new Michigan Board for Evaluation of Interpreters Test (MI BEI). Developed by the University of Arizona, in conjunction with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), the test has been proven valid, reliable and legally defensible. The test is being leased from the Texas DARS – Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. As part of the leasing agreement our state will have reciprocal certification recognition in any state where the BEI is used. Currently that is in Texas and Michigan. We anticipate there will be others.
In the upcoming weeks we will be hosting forums to discuss the BEI and interpreting standards, we encourage all members of the community to attend these free forums as we anticipate there will be great changes coming to Michigan’s Deaf and Interpreting Community. Please see the list of the various forum sites at our website homepage (www.mcdc-dodhh.org) in the Events section.
Henceforth effective with this memo, interpreters that were granted an extension dated January 1, 2010 and/or thereafter are required to now take the BEI before the expiration date listed on their interpreter card.
No additional extensions will be granted for cards expiring on or after January 1, 2010. Application for testing, the BEI Guide Book, dates for the Test of English Proficiency (TEP) and the Performance test will be posted on DODHH webpage (www.mcdc-dodhh.org) by the first week of November.
Download the flyer: CivilRightsMeetingLansing_Oct_26_2009
Feel free to pass this information and flyer along. The Civil Rights Commission will be hosting a meeting on Monday to deal with issues related to disabilities and Civil rights. The public is invited. Please see the attached. Interpreters will be provided and I will also speak briefly on the program.
If you have concerns related to mental health access for deaf and hard of hearing persons, independent living services, MRS assistance, communication needs for deaf and hard of hearing prisoners, DHS access or policy issues, funding for deaf services or any area of our state government now would be a good time to get your “signs” / voice heard.
Sheryl D. Emery, M.A. Director
Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth
201 N. Washington SQ, STE 150
Lansing, MI 48913
(866) 939-3853 VP
(517) 335-7773 Fax
Download the document to see the listing of BEI workshops: 2009 Fall Flyer for MI BEI Workshops
If you cannot open the document for some reason:
Please join DODHH for FREE presentations about the NEW Michigan Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (MI BEI) test. The MI BEI will replace the State of Michigan Quality Assurance Assessment (MI QA). We will cover information about:
- Requirements for Application,
- Statewide Testing Sites,
- Preparation Materials,
- Availability of Tests, and
- Testing Rubric.
October 29, 2009 (Thursday) 6:30-8:30 PM- Grand Rapids
Highlands Elementary School (cafeteria)
4645 Chandy NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
November 5, 2009 (Thursday) 6:00-8:00 PM- Detroit
Cadillac Place (Conference room L-150)
3044 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48202
November 21, 2009 (Saturday) 10:30AM-12:30 PM- Lansing
Michigan Library and Historical Center (Forum-1st floor auditorium)
702 W. Kalamazoo
Lansing, MI 48915
November 21, 2009 (Saturday) 2:00-4:00 PM –Flint
Flint Association of the Deaf
4156 Holiday Dr.
Flint, MI 48506
Pre-registration is not required as participation is free but requests for accommodations need to be received two weeks prior to any workshop. All workshops will be given in ASL—unless no Deaf community members attend. If a voice interpreter is needed to accommodate you, please call 877-499-6232 and speak to Joy Thomassen, State Interpreter Coordinator.
NEW RELEASE – ASL movie “Gerald” (two showings)
Friday, Oct 23 at 7 PM
Highland Lakes Campus
Student Center Arena
Sunday, Oct 25th at 3PM
WHERE: Michigan School for the Deaf – Auditorium
ADMISSION: $11.00 – Nets proceeds benefit Michigan School for the Deaf Alumni Association (MSDAA)
This film is a journey of a young man, Corey, yearning for kinship until one day discovers he has a Deaf autistic grandfather he has never knew, Corey was determined to make connection regardless. The family ties and secrets unbeknownst to the young man have surfaced, and all the events suddenly unfold. Soon afterwards, the discovery leads to chain of events that entwines the young man to the unknown. A powerful, emotional and continuous twist of events that leads to shocking truth. Rated PG
MOVIE TRAILER : check on www.aslfilms.com
Note: Please watch this video clip…comment in ASL about the movie! Check it out! Please forward to your families/friends!