DCAB Continuing Education Program (CEP) Interpreter Workshop Survey Results

DCAB has been offering Continuing Education Program (CEP) Workshops. The goal is to give Hawaii Quality Assurance System (HQAS) interpreters the opportunity to improve their interpreting skill level for the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and Deaf-Blind consumers who utilize sign language as their primary means of communication. In June 2016, the Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB) sent out an online survey to the sign language interpreter community. The survey asked about workshop dates, topics, presenters, and fees.

In total, 46 individuals responded. Approximately half were credentialed through HQAS, a local test administered through DCAB. The majority of these HQAS interpreters reported that they are currently enrolled in the CEP, a program that allows HQAS interpreters to maintain their current credential through earning continuing education units.

The survey results are as follows:

1. Dates: Considering responses from HQAS interprerters first, then certified and non-certified survey participants, the two best dates were January 6-7, 2017, and March 24-25, 2017.

2. Topics: The top three topics were 1) Sign to Voice; 2) Processing Skills; and 3) ASL Linguistics.

3. Presenters: The majority said that it did not matter where the presenter came from, local or continental U.S.

4. Fees: In response to the question about non-HQAS participants having to pay a nominal fee, the overwhelming answer was yes.

In addition, many participants requested a workshop on how to work with a team, whether two hearing individuals, or a hearing/Deaf team. Respondents also noted that workshops are provided on Oahu only. Interpreters on the outer islands have not been able to access the workshops.

Keeping these survey results in mind, DCAB will create future CEP workshops. Please contact Kurstin Chun at Kurstin.chun@doh.hawaii.gov if you have any questions or comments.