ALAMOSA – The Colorado Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind (CCDHHDB) is holding informational meetings to let rural Coloradans know about a new pilot program that will provide sign language interpreting services outside the Front Range.
The Rural Interpreting Services Project (RISP) pilot program will arrange for and provide sign language interpreters in rural areas at no cost to consumers or service providers. Rural communities will have access to quality interpreting services, which could include medical, legal, community or work-related situations.
The two-year, $1.4 million pilot program was initiated by Colorado’s Joint Budget Committee after recognizing the shortage of sign language interpreters in rural communities. This shortage has contributed to frequent barriers for effective communication for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind.
People living on the Front Range already have access to established sign language interpreting services. In contrast, rural areas have less access to quality interpreting services. Interpreting services are very expensive because sign language interpreters often must be contracted from the Front Range.
The RISP pilot program will target the areas of Colorado that are outside of the Front Range.
To learn more about the program, attend the following meetings. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Alamosa/San Luis Valley — Friday, Oct. 26, from 2-4 p.m., community meeting and 5:30-7:30 p.m. for deaf, hard of hearing and deaf/blind community members at Adams State University, McDaniel Hall, 101 Auditorium, 1500 First St., Alamosa
The CCDHHDB’s mission is to be an agent of change for a sustainable statewide network of resources, dedicated to cultural and linguistic equality. The commission’s programs and services include auxiliary services, outreach and consultative services, a communications technology program, deafblind services, system advocacy, and a grant program. Learn more at http://ccdhh.com, or contact the commission at [email protected]