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BIPOC Deaf and Hard of hearing community Discussion

KCDHH is hosting a BIPOC discussion session on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 7 PM via Zoom. Please share with anyone who might be interested in participating this discussion session.  If you are interested to participate, please email to receive your Zoom meeting link. 

BIPOC is short for Black, Indigenous and People of Color and the discussion will focus on those who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  This discussion session is part of KCDHH Commission’s priorities to address the underserved community members in parallel with Governor Laura Kelly’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice (CREJ), which requested KCDHH to host a first discussion panel in September 2020, as well as the  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives are being conducted among state agencies.  A summary will be shared on these activities and the session should run for about an hour or so.  A KCDHH Commission member and KCDHH interns are assisting with facilitating this discussion session which hopefully will become a series.

Discussion is open to the public and announced on Public Square as per KOMA rules.  Thank you for your interest and help with sharing about this effort.

Robert J. Cooper

KCDHH Executive Director

Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

555 S. Kansas Avenue – 3rd Floor

Topeka, KS  66603


Videophone: (785) 246-5077

Main: (785) 368-8034 voice

FAX: (785) 368-7467

Workshop opportunity: Collusion or Collision? “Where Mental Health and Legal Interpreting Intersect”


Interpreting in legal and mental health settings can often require different skills and different perspectives. However, there are numerous situations which incorporate elements of both. Abuse investigations, competency determinations and insanity assessments, among others, require an understanding of both the norms and requirements of legal and mental health settings. This workshop will present an overview of these complex situations and an introduction to the techniques used in mental health interpreting. These techniques can be valuable to interpreters working where legal and mental health overlap, providing additional tools to assist in responding to the inherently difficult multiple demands. This webinar is designed for interpreters with legal interpreting experience who have an interest in, or already are, working in these situations.

Presenter: Roger Williams, LISW-CP, NAD 5, CT, QMHI-S

Presenter Bio 

Mr. Williams is the Executive Director of the Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center. He has a M.S.W., specializing in community mental health, and has worked as an interpreter and trainer, primarily in mental health interpreting, for over 40 years. He is RID/NAD certified and a Qualified Mental Health Interpreter-Supervisor.

This pre-recorded, online workshop is presented in ASL and can be completed in 1 hour and 41 minutes.

Where? Online here

When? Asynchronous, beginning Thursday, October 1, 2020

How much? Free!

Need CEUs? Later in 2020, this webinar will be available for CEUs on RID’s Continuing Education Center catalog. Alternatively, check out the Independent Study option via RID here.

Workshop Opportunity Through Diversity Academy

Our Stories: Putting BIPOC PhDs into the Equation

Lead Facilitator-Dr. Suzette Garay


Dr. Onudeah Nicolarkis, Dr. Joseph Hill, Dr. Melanie McKay-Cody, and Dr. Risa Shariff.

0.2 PS CEUs credits

October 18, 2020 (Sunday)

Replays will be uploaded to Diversity Academy and can be viewed anytime after October 19, 2020. You must be a member of Diversity Academy to view this webinar.

More information here: Become a member of Diversity Academy.

Pacific Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Mountain Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Central Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Eastern Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

For more information and to sign up, please follow the link below.