The Office of Sign Language Interpreting Services (OSLIS), a departmentunder D75, provides sign language interpreting services to Deaf parents, students and staff for all programs, activities and events sponsored by the NYC Department of Education. Our staff of 22 nationally certified interpreters provide more than 1200 hours a month of interpreting services in settings such as (but not limited to) CSE reviews, IEP meetings, parent-teacher conferences, impartial hearings, professional staff development, Chancellor presentations and graduations. OSLIS is responsible for the placement of all educational interpreters providing sign language interpreting services to Deaf students attending schools within the DOE. All educational interpreters are screened by our office and placed at schools based on skill level and student need. Other services include sign language proficiency assessments for Deaf students to determine their interpreting needs, performed by staff CDI’s (Certified Deaf Interpreters). OSLIS also offers monthly workshops for educational interpreters on a variety of topics including skills development, ethics, DOE policies and other areas of interest. Starting in January of 2013, OSLIS instituted an interpreter mentoring program to provide support to those educational interpreters working in the school system. In addition to the above mentioned services, OSLIS maintains a comprehensive listing of resource information on sign language interpreting and services for Deaf parents and their children in the NYC Metropolitan area.
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