General Meeting

Winter MassRID General Meeting

Please join us at the MassRID Winter General Meeting hosted by the Central Region!


When: Sunday, March 6, 2016


Where: The Learning Center for the Deaf, MPS Early Childhood Center (Ground floor)

848 Central St.

Framingham, MA 01701

 

What:

9-12pm MassRID General Meeting

1-4pm Professional dialogue regarding the RID moratorium on credentialing

 

 

Please join us!
the MassRID Board

MassRID General Meeting - February 7, 2015

The next general meeting for MassRID will be Saturday February 7, 2015 from 9:00-12:00 at READS in Middleboro. Lunch will be potluck so please bring something to share! In the afternoon MCDHH wil lbe hosting a statewide listening session. 

READS Collaborative
105 East Grove Street
Middleborough, MA 

MassRID General meeting and Workshop on Oct 18, 2014 in Framingham

Hello MassRID members!

The next MassRID General meeting will take place on Saturday, October 18th at Advocates in Framingham from 9-4; please attend!

We're voting for new board members, hoping for a quorum, and a great workshop are all happening on October 18.

Elections for Officers will be held during the MassRID General Meeting. 

The positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer are open for nominations.

There are also openings for Regional Representatives for the Northeast & West (co-rep) areas.

In order to be an officer, the candidate must been a MassRID voting member (screened/certified) for a minimum of one year immediately prior to being elected.

The candidate must be a member of National RID and she/he must be a current resident of or work in Massachusetts. 

In order to be a Region Rep, the candidate must have been a MassRID voting member (screened/certified) for a minimum of one year immediately prior to being elected. 

The candidate must be a member of National RID and she/he must be a current resident of the region represented, having lived in the region for at least one year prior.

You may make nominations prior to or during this General Meeting.

Beth Lucey will be presenting the afternoon workshop "Why 2? Justifying the Needs for Deaf-Hearing teams"

Here is a great Vlog from Beth regarding the workshop 

Here are the details for the General meeting:

Fall General meeting

When: Saturday, October 18, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: Advocates Inc, 1881 Worcester Road (Route 9 West), Framingham, MA 01701

Please arrive by 8:30 a.m. to register 

9:00-12:00 Business Meeting

Note about proxys for voting members that cannot attend:

Please assign a proxy to a voting member who will be attending the meeting. 

Members can carry two proxies only and cannot split proxies, (i.e. all votes must be 'Yea' or 'Nay'). To assign proxies, contact the attending member and ask if they're willing to carry your proxy (they don't need to be in your region). You can fax/mail/hand the form (found here on website) with your signature to your proxy holder. Or you can email the proxy holder with your RID # and a statement saying you have assigned them as your proxy for the Fall 2014 General Meeting (your email counts as a legal signature). Copy the membership chair on your email. Proxies can even be assigned via email up to and during the meeting prior to the quorum being counted. Membership is at membership@MassRID.org

12:00-1:00 Pot Luck Lunch - please bring something to share

1:00-4:00 Workshop presented by Beth Lucey "Why 2? Justifying the Needs for Deaf-Hearing teams"

ASL Vlog: https://vimeo.com/105382781

 

Thank you and hope to see you there. Bring a friend!

Agenda for MassRID General Meeting

Hello Members!

Hope everyone is enjoying this cold and snowy winter!

If you would like a place to gather and be warm with some fantastic colleagues, please come to the MassRID General meeting!

When: Feb 9, 2014

Where: Bristol Commuity College 777 Elsbree Street Fall River, Mass 02720

Time: 9:00-3:30 (arrival time 8/8:30 (register,chat,breakfast) 

Agenda:

9:00-12:00 Business Meeting

12:00-12:30 Pot Luck Lunch

12:30-3:30 Evelyn Sheilds and Cara Schwartz leading a Dialogue about the out-of-state interpreting agencies who contact us, what it means for us, for our consumers, MCDHH, what do do about these emails/calls, etc.

Come out and support YOUR organization!

Hope to see you all there!!

Kelley and Kerri
MassRID SECC Reps

MassRID's Proxy Policy

General Meeting Agenda 10/5/2013

 

General Meeting Agenda 10/5/13

1. Call To Order 9:00-9:01

2. Count the quorum 9:01-9:10

3. Approval of the minutes (4/27/13, 1/6/13, 9/15/12, 6/24/12) 9:10-9:30

4. Officer Reports (60 minutes)

a. President – 9:30-9:40
b. Vice President (Covered by President) 9:40-9:41
c. Treasurer- 9:41-9:51
d. Secretary– 9:51-10:00

5. Region/Student Representative Reports

a. SE/CC – 10:00-10:03
b. NE – (Covered by President) 10:03-10:06
c. Central – 10:06-10:09
d. West – (Covered by President) 10:09-10:12
e. Boston – 10:12-10:15 
f. RDI- 10:15-10:17
g. NU- 10:17-10:19
h. NECC- 10:19-10:21

6. National RID Board Reports

a. Region I Rep- JCT 10:21-10:26
b. IDP Member Section Region I Rep- Naomi Berlove 10:26-10:31
c. Deaf Caucus National Chair- Stephanie Clark 10:31-10:36

7. Committees

a. Professional Development- (Covered by Secretary) 10:36-10:38
b. Communications- 10:38-10:43
c. CMP- 10:43- 10:48
d. Membership- 10:48-10:52
e. Scholarship- 10:52-10:56
f. Nominations Committee- (Covered by President) 10:56-10:57
g. Fundraising- (Covered by President) 10:57-10:58

8. Old Business 10:58-10:58

a. No old business

9. New Business 10:58-11:45

a. Motions from the floor

i. The Communicator
i. Out of State Referral (Susan Stange) 11:00-11:22
ii. National Deaf Interpreter Conference (Gigi Doran) 11:22-11:45

10. Meeting Adjourned 11:45

11. Announcements 11:45-11:47

• Winter General Meeting Sunday, January 12th

• Cultivating New Leadership for our Spring 2014 officer elections

12. MCDHH 11:47-12:00

 

Fall General Meeting and Workshop - 10/5/2013

Hello Mass RID!

You are invited to our next general meeting!!!

When: Saturday, October 5, 2013

Where:  WORK INC.

25 Beach St. Dorchester, MA
(617) 691-1500  
www.workinc.org

Time:  

8:30am-9am Breakfast & Registration
9am – 12 Meeting
12-1 potluck lunch
1pm – 4pm workshop run by Donnie Gibbons on “Interpreting IEP Meetings”
You can earn CEU’s ! (free for members!) 

We will have a pot- luck lunch, so, please bring something to contribute to the meal.

If you can’t make it please send someone to vote  for you via proxy. You will need to contact Amanda Richter our secretary (secretary@massrid.org) as well as Celia Mojica, our membership chair (membership@massrid.org) and let them know who will be carrying your proxy.  Each member is only allowed to hold two proxies per meeting.  You must be a member in good standing.

**If you need to renew your membership, this meeting would be a good opportunity to do so.

WORK INC has plenty of free parking but if you would like to car pool, let the MassRID Greater Boston Rep (Anne Freeman) know. You may contact her via e-mail at GBrep@massrid.org.

Hope to see you there!

 

Interpreting an Individualized Education Plan

Each and every Deaf student in the United States has the right to access a free and appropriate public education.  This is done when the Deaf student qualifies for Special Education, and an I.E.P. is developed.  The special education process is very complicated and jargon laden for someone new to the experience.  Many Deaf parents may find themselves in these I.E.P. team meetings designing services for either their Deaf or CODA children. Interpreting an I.E.P. is not always as strait forward as it seems. There are common pitfalls and challenges that interpreters can be prepared for.  Each meeting is as individual as its education plan.  This workshop will guide you through the process of determining eligibility for special education.  You will learn about parental rights and the composition of an I.E.P. team.  We will discuss the potential volatility of a Deaf/hearing IEP group dynamic.  We will dissect page by page the IEP document and discuss the implications and considerations for the interpreter.  This workshop will provide specific examples of translations, ethical decision-making, and case scenarios for participant practice.

Some of the topics to be covered are:

Parent Concerns and Student/Team Vision
Student Strengths and Key Evaluation Financings
Annual Review verses Three Year Evaluation.
Present Levels of Educational Performance
State Wide Testing and Standard Accommodations.
Measurable Goals
Attendance Requirements
Age of Majority
Transition Panning

Meeting Minutes Now Available on MassRID Website

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Announcement from MassRID Secretary: 

Meeting minutes from the most recent four general meetings (6/24/2012, 9/15/2012, 1/6/2013, 4/27/2013) are now available on our website. Please take a moment and read over the minutes and keep a record of any edits you may have. Bring your edits to the next MassRID General Meeting, scheduled to take place this fall in the Greater Boston Region, and propose them to the membership. If we make quorum at that meeting we will be able to formally vote on the meeting minutes.

Response to the Treasurer’s Question on Earmarked Funds - by Nathan Fowler

 

Response to the Treasurer’s Question on Earmarked Funds

MassRID Meeting
April 27, 2013
Submitted by Nathan Fowler

 

I have been one of the people accessing some of the earmarked funds in the MassRID Treasury – specifically the line item marked “Betty” in the 2011 MassRID Meeting Treasurer’s report, and which is currently being referred to as “Foundations”.  I would like first to provide some context to the use of these funds since Jan 2011, and second to suggest next steps.

The question as posed in English on the MassRID website (http://massrid.org/node/303) as of April 10, 2013 read:

Apparently, several years ago MassRID was hoping to have a series of workshops in the areas of Legal, K-12 and Foundations.  $450 was gained from the initial Legal and K-12 workshops but the series was not continued.  Foundations has actually been offered multiple times and profits are currently at $3600.

Additionally, sometimes we are asked to handle the finances for someone in the community putting together a workshop. The profits we have from these are currently $1300.

The question the treasurer will be posing to the membership is – what to do with those profits?

At the April 27th business meeting MassRID would like to hear ideas from members regarding solutions for this issue. If you have any questions please ask beforehand so we can maximize discussion time during the meeting.

In January 2011, I asked the MassRID executive board for access to the funds marked “Betty” in the Treasury for use as seed money to host Foundations I and II in Worcester, MA, which would attempt to draw participants from Massachusetts, as well as Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, the Capital Region of New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.  Foundations had not been hosted in Massachusetts in about 10 years.  That workshop resulted in a financial surplus, which went back into the Treasury in the same line item in order to seed future Foundations workshops.  At the time, I had hoped to plan a workshop series, Foundations 1 through 8.  In emails with the Treasurer at the time, Cat Dvar, I made these intentions explicit, and asked whether it would be possible for the surplus to be held for this express purpose. 

My intention in hosting Foundations was to run a zero-sum workshop at the lowest possible registration fee.  I made arrangements with the Treasury that a surplus would be used as seed money for like-workshops.  The workshop was never intended to turn a profit for MassRID, but to be a self-sustaining workshop series.

The nature of Foundations is such that a critical mass of participants (roughly 20) must have taken Foundations I and II in order to advance to Foundations III and IV, and then to V and VI, and ultimately to VII and VIII.  Attrition makes it difficult to find enough registrants for higher levels, and results in higher registration fees and lower budget surplus.  The availability of seed money from previous Foundations offerings helps offset the cost of registration and grant reductions to participants seeking financial assistance.  Without seed money, the only way to host Foundations-type workshops, especially at higher levels, will be to fund raise within our community, or to further raise the cost of registration.  Maintaining a “Foundations” line item will allow for our community to host future Foundations workshops, which have both been financially self-sustaining and a consistent draw for interpreters from around New England.

The cost and liability of running a workshop is high.  The availability of seed money allows for the payment of initial costs, such as advertising, booking fees, and deposits for workshop space.   Seed money also allows for reductions in the cost of registration fees, which compose a majority of the overall budget. It is not financially sound for MassRID to provide workshops that are likely to result in a loss; however, without the help of MassRID, it is all-but impossible for an individual in our community to host a workshop with a substantial budget – even a workshop that is likely to result in a profit - because of the risk of loss. Furthermore, an individual managing a budget takes on the added liability of appearing to earn income, especially when a profit is generated.

If MassRID is not the center for professional development, another entity will take its place.  It is my preference that MassRID remain at the center of interpreter advancement.  In full acknowledgement of the multiple roles that I hold, I offer this:

Presuming it is financially reasonable for MassRID, and presuming it a minimal additional burden to the Treasurer of MassRID, I support the maintaining of special funds - such as the line item for “Foundations” - in the appropriate MassRID bank account, whereby funds can be accessed at least roughly every six months.  I would like to see a policy developed by the Treasurer, in conjunction with the executive board and other relevant parties, for the handling of current and future funds of this type.  The policy might include, but is not limited to: a cap to the amount of money held in a particularly line item; permissions as to who may access earmarked funds; time limits for money held, and policies for handling expired monies; fees charged for maintaining of special funds; and protocol for requesting and approving special funds. The policy should explicitly describe how to manage funds that are currently in use, and given precedence, might reasonably be considered in use.

I believe this question is a matter of policy and it is the prerogative of the executive board that we elected to define it.

Although I am unable to attend the MassRID meeting on 4/27/13 because I am out of state for work, I appreciate the opportunity to supply both context as I know it, and my opinion on this topic.  I have full faith in the membership and the executive board, and I ask that any questions, comments, or concerns about any of this commentary be directed back to me that I might more clearly elucidate my thoughts.

 

Respectfully submitted,
Nathan Fowler, NIC-A
CMP Coordinator
Member MassRID
RID Nationally Certified Interpreter
Fowler.nathan@gmail.com
781-248-2596

Question for the Membership from the Treasurer

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In addition to the bank account that MassRID uses to run the organization, it also has an account used to hold profits from workshops that we have sponsored.

Apparently, several years ago MassRID was hoping to have a series of workshops in the areas of Legal, K-12 and Foundations.  $450 was gained from the initial Legal and K-12 workshops but the series was not continued.  Foundations has actually been offered multiple times and profits are currently at $3600.

Additionally, sometimes we are asked to handle the finances for someone in the community putting together a workshop. The profits we have from these are currently $1300.

The question the treasurer will be posing to the membership is – what to do with those profits?

At the April 27th business meeting MassRID would like to hear ideas from members regarding solutions for this issue. If you have any questions please ask beforehand so we can maximize discussion time during the meeting.

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