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This year’s conference includes a special focus on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Programming. Workshops that will address this overarching theme include [RJ] after the session title.
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.

Speakers
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Kristi Cruz

Staff Attorney, Northwest Justice Project
Kristi Cruz is the staff attorney at the Northwest Justice Project for the CLEAR*ASL statewide intake and referral line. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seattle University School of Law in December 2008. In 2010, Ms. Cruz was a co-reporter for the American Bar Association’s Standards... Read More →
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Amber Farrelly

Attorney
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 →
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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
Chevy Chase Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

Attendees (8)