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
- Policy statement by Northwest Justice Project, including guidelines for working with interpreters.
- A model protocol for working with victims of domestic violence who have Limited English Proficiency, from the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
- An annotated resource list about cross cultural communication.
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