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Saturday, November 3 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Creating Effective Communication Strategies When Serving Deaf Clients

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In the United States, approximately 1 million people over age 5 are "functionally deaf." For some Deaf individuals, interactions with police, courts, and social services programs are fraught with communication and access barriers. A Deaf individual facing job discrimination, sexual harassment, or denial of interpreter services for medical care may not know where to turn for legal assistance. Similarly, a Deaf individual involved with any aspect of the criminal justice system may encounter communication barriers in those interactions. As a lawyer providing legal assistance in civil matters or as a public defender representing a Deaf defendant, how do you equip yourself to handle interactions with Deaf clients? During this workshop, attendees will learn about the best practices for communicating with Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Attendees will also learn how to make appropriate accommodations (including the use of technology such as video phones, VRS, and VRI) that adequately meet client-specific communication needs.

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Kristi Cruz

Staff Attorney, Northwest Justice Project
Kristi Cruz is a staff attorney at the Northwest Justice Project on the CLEAR*ASL statewide intake and referral line. Ms. Cruz was certified as an American Sign Language Interpreter in 1996 and became a member of the Washington Bar in 2009. Ms. Cruz was a co-reporter for the American... Read More →

Amber Farrelly

Amber D. Farrelly received her Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law with the highest distinction for her pro bono work. She is a licensed, practicing criminal defense attorney in Texas and has worked with the Innocence Project of Texas... Read More →

Marilyn Lovo

Language Access Manager, Ayuda
Marilyn Lovo is the language access manager at Ayuda, a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC, that provides direct legal, social, and language access services to low-income immigrants. Marilyn received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communication from Stevenson University... Read More →

Saturday November 3, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am CDT
Chevy Chase Westin Galleria, 3rd Level