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Deaf Self-Advocacy Training: A Resource for Rehabilitation Counselors & Counselors-in-Training

Monday, September 26, 2011

Lillian Garcia Peterkin

NIEC Communication & Outreach Coordinator

U. S. Department of EducationRehabilitation Services AdministrationTraining Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind

2010 – 2015


  • Enhance Interpreting Education Program Outcomes

  • Enhance Interpreters’ Skills and Knowledge

  • Improve Consumer Utilization of Interpreters

  • Make Available Resources, Outreach, Information, and Technical Assistance (Web, CEUs, Certification Testing)

  • Optimize Available Expert, Fiscal, & Leadership Assets Through Coordination and Collaboration

Collaborative Activities

  • Interpreting in Vocational Rehabilitation Settings

  • Deaf Self-Advocacy Training Initiative

  • Trilingual Interpreting Initiative

  • Deaf Interpreter Initiative

2010 – 2015Deaf Self-Advocacy Training Workgroup

Lillian Garcia Peterkin


Pauline Annarino, WRIEC

Beverly Hollrah


Alberto Sifuentes


Richard Laurion


Anna Witter-Merithew


Qualified InterpreterYour definition???

ADA defines….Title III regulation

“An Interpreter who is able to interpret effectively, accurately, and impartially both receptively and expressively, using any necessary specialized vocabulary”

Deaf Self-Advocacy Training

In the summer of 2006, the NCIEC Deaf Advocacy Training (DAT) Work Team began an initiative to enhance the Deaf Community’s experience, effectiveness and utilization of interpreting services.

DSAT History

2005 – 2015DSAT Workteam members

Alberto Sifuentes, NURIEC

Rubin Latz, LPN/VR

Lillian M. Garcia, NIEC

Rosa Ramirez, CATIE

Pauline Annarino, WRIEC

Richard Laurion, CATIE

“Of, By, and for Deaf People”

DAT Team’s Philosophy

  • Whose charter of bylaws describe itself as ”…of, by and for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and/or Deaf-Blind entity”

  • Whose chief administrator or program chair is Deaf or Hard of Hearing

  • Whose board of directors is 51% Deaf or Hard of Hearing

  • Whose staff is 51% Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

  • Whose master trainers is 99% Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

  • Both CSD and T.S. Writing Services are led by

  • chief administrators who are Deaf.

The Process

Phase 1Subcontract with CSD and WOU to conduct study of current and best practices in the area ofDeaf Advocacy Training

What they did….

  • Literature Review

  • Focus Groups with 35 deaf consumers

  • Survey of 2,050 deaf consumers

  • Survey of 180 RCDs

  • Interview with 12 deaf leaders

Click and download

Publication of Phase 1 Findings

Certified VS Licensed InterpreterWhat is the difference?

  • Certification: Passing tests to show specific skills

  • Licensure: Meeting state requirements, such as certification, attending classes or other training

Phase 2Subcontracted with T.S. Writing Services to develop curricula

Print and Media Materials

  • Training the Trainers curriculum

  • Self-Advocacy training curriculum


CD/DVD Set available at no cost

Trainer & Student Version

Quick Glance of Modules

  • Module 1: Advocacy: An Overview

  • Module 2: Self-Advocacy

  • Module 3: Self-Esteem & Self-Determination

  • Module 4: Working with Interpreters

  • Module 5: Ethics of Working with Interpreters

  • Module 6: Preparing for Self-Advocacy

  • Module 7: Utilizing Resources Around You

  • Module 8: Applying What You Have Learned

Phase 3

  • Implementation – Late Winter 2010

    • Master Training in Denver, CO and Washington, DC

  • Evaluation

    • Pre/Post Test for Participant

    • Trainer Evaluation

Denver Master Trainers

DC Master Trainers

What we did

  • Conducted 45 trainings (38 plus 7 self-reported)

  • To an estimated 600 individuals (670 DVDs sent plus some self-reporting)

  • Obtained information on 267 individuals (those who completed both pre/post tests and able to make a match)

Who Trained

Where Trainings Occurred

Our Participants

Our Participants

Type of Participants

  • Professionals

  • Transition students

  • Grass-roots deaf

  • VR clients

  • Immigrants

  • RCDs

Few examples of questions on Pre/Post Test

Question 1

Question 6


NCIEC Plans for 2011 - 21015

  • Develop new modules

  • Create a Second Edition Deaf Self-Advocacy Training Curriculum

  • Continue to conduct consumer trainings through the NCIEC Regional Centers

  • Design and disseminate train-the-trainer curriculum

  • Conduct train-the-trainer workshops

  • Expand the NCIEC DSAT website

  • Add Master Trainer Directory at DSAT page

Our Current DSAT Master Trainers

Comments from the Trainers

  • PAH! This material is great.

  • The materials can be modified to fit the participants.

  • Well structured and organized!

  • A great tool!

  • Once participants know how to self-advocate, reduce burdens on RCDs and Deaf/HOH Service Providers!

Deaf Self-Advocacy Training Package

CD Documents

  • PowerPoint

  • Trainer version book

  • Student version book

    DVD Movie

Video 3.1 A Bad Day at workVideo 3.2 Making A Request


For more information about DSAT curriculum,

go to the NCIEC DSAT page at

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