Friday, May 19, 2006

Language Access Issues

The Washington State Coalition for Language Access (WASCLA) is a new organization -- including people from legal services, government, and social service agencies -- working to improve access to services for people with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Goals include:

  • Educate groups about legal requirements to provide interpreters
  • Develop quality control standards and requirements for ongoing training
  • Secure funding to support interpreter services and training
  • Increase the pool of qualified interpreters and develop a centralized database
  • Develop a model curriculum for interpretation services and cultural sensitivity training
  • Develop a model curriculum for training for service providers
WASCLA's website, still in development, has some interesting resources:

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