Question: How much does the training cost?
Answer: The actual training is FREE. The only associated costs are for travel, lodging, and meals.
Question: Do I have to pay a CEU processing fee?
Answer: Nope. The cost of the training and CEU fees are paid for by the grant. You are responsible for paying for your travel, lodging, and meals on your own.
Question: Do I have to be RID certified to qualify for this training?
Answer: No. You do not have to have any level of certification, but you must have at least 3 years of interpreting experience to qualify. The federal funds associated with this grant are only allowed to be used for training working interpreters who meet this minimum level of experience.
Question: I am an interpreting student and I will graduate this June. Can I sign up for your training?
Answer: Unfortunately, unless you have already been working in the field as a professional interpreter for more than 3 years, you do not meet the minimum criteria for this training. We commend you for looking for trainings and workshops to attend to increase your skills and experience. Keep it up! That commitment will serve you well on your journey as an interpreter!
Question: Do I have to come for the entire training?
Answer: Yes, this is an intensive, immersion-based experience that requires you to be onsite for the entire length of the training.
Question: Do you have scholarships or funds to help offset the costs associated with the training?
Answer: We encourage you to reach out to local DeafBlind agencies and/or organizations to see if they have any financial resources to help support your trip.
Question: What if I don’t have the names of two DeafBlind people I can use for references?
Answer: The point of this onsite training is to prepare interpreters to work with communities of DeafBlind people who use protactile ASL. If you are new to DeafBlind interpreting and don’t know specific DeafBlind people in your area, but can provide the names of other interpreters working with the DeafBlind community in your area, we will accept those names. There is an induction/supervision component of this training, so if you do not live close to a DeafBlind community, you will likely be unable to qualify for participation in this training cohort.
Question: Do I need to submit letters of recommendation/reference?
Answer: You do not need to submit letters, just the names and contact information for each person.
Question: Will DBII (DeafBlind Interpreting Institute) be held at a different location next year?
Answer: Our goal is to continue to provide this training at no cost, so we will likely continue to host all subsequent trainings at WOU because we have found it to be the most cost effective option in terms of renting meeting space, lodging, and meals.
Question: How many CEUs will I earn if I participate in the DBII training cohort?
Answer: If you complete all online modules, webinars, readings, onsite training activities, and the community of practice, you will qualify for 5.0 professional studies CEUs through RID. We do not currently provide CEUs for BEI or other state certification or licensing agencies. We can provide a certificate of completion stating you completed 50 hours of work at the completion of your involvement in the cohort.
Question: Is this training for both Deaf and hearing interpreters?
Answer: Yes! We are committed to increasing the number of both Deaf and hearing interpreters who work with the DeafBlind community. This will be a fully immersive environment, with an expectation to adhere to the use of protactile and ASL. There should not be any use of spoken English during this training.
Question: What if I don’t have much experience working with the DeafBlind community?
Answer: That’s ok, apply anyway! If you have three years of professional interpreting experience, and live close to a DeafBlind community that uses PTASL, we encourage you to apply!