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KAI-RID Board Nomination Opportunity

KAI-RID Call for Executive Board Nominations. We’re looking for President, Vice President, Treasurer, and District Representatives. Position descriptions can be found on the KAI-RID website via the Bylaws. Eligibility: President: Two years dual member in good standing or by petition with 33% of member support. All other positions: Dual members in good standing. Please submit a photo and professional bio (see page 2) to by April 27th, 2020. For more information go to or contact
Professional bio. Submit bios in both ASL and English versions. Please answer the following questions. 1. Briefly describe your training in becoming an interpreter. 2. How many years have you been in the field? 3. Describe how you see your background and experiences contributing to the future of KAI-RID. 4. Additional information you would like to share.

KAI-RID Ballot Results

KAI-RID Ballot Results

The balloting period on restructuring the governance of KAI-RID has ended. The votes break down as follows:

22.7 % dissolve the current structure and restructure under KAD with a Chair and/or Vice-Chair liaison

27.3% Dissolve the current structure and restructure under a District Rep-based organization

50% Continue with the current structure and explore restructuring and/or collaborating with KAD in the future

As you can see, the majority of votes are to maintain the current structure. All positions, with the exception of Secretary, are open. Another business meeting is being planned to continue the agenda from the June meeting. To maintain the governing structure, we need members to take on leadership roles. Please think deeply about this and watch for more information about the next business meeting.

Thanks and Go Chiefs!

Update on Restructuring Committee

Update from KAI RID Restructuring Committee 

The KAI RID Restructuring Committee met on Sunday October 27, 2019 at the Emporia Public Library to begin the work of exploring how our professional organization can thrive as we move into the future. 

Committee members present included Kimberly Heintz, Jenni Mosiman, Kim Enos, Spencer Rizzi, Marisa Hurd, Teri Sturgeon, Jake Marshall, Jennifer Mason, Amanda Wittman, Allison Gile, and Robin Olson. Kim Anderson, Wendy McGregor and Lorrie Shank came to represent KAD and provide valuable insight and perspective to our work. 

Three sub-committees were formed to research and develop proposals to be presented to the KAI RID membership for review by November 30, 2019. The restructuring vote is slated to be completed by January 31, 2020. Sub-committees are tasked with exploring the following options: 

● KAI-RID disaffiliate with RID and affiliate with KAD 

● KAI-RID maintain affiliation with RID and affiliate with KAD 

● KAI-RID dissolve the organization and reform as an independent state-level professional entity 

The work has begun! Stay tuned for more information in the coming month. As always, please share your thoughts, hopes, vision for KAI-RID. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller 

Update on the Restructuring Committee

The first restructuring committee meeting for KAI RID is set for Sunday October 27, 2019 at the Emporia Public Library.  Committee members include Jenni Mosiman, Jennifer Mason, Jacob Marshall, Katie Kleinschmidt, Kim Enos, Matt Gwynn, Stephanie Wilcox, Teri Sturgeon, Allison Gile, Amanda Wittman, Caitlyn Myer, Luella Wilson, Kimberly Heintz, Spencer Rizi, Marisa Hurd, Lisa Bolding-Ballenger, and Robin Olson.  Kim Anderson and Juliana Ladd are also contributing to the restructuring effort. Stay tuned for updates after the first meeting! 

Job Opening

The Internal Revenue Service has two openings in Kansas City, MO for certified sign language interpreters. Applications are being taken between September 18th and October 9th.

Please see the flyer below for more information.

The flyer includes instructions and links for how to:

  • Locate the job announcement on
  • Set up a account
  • Apply for federal jobs

KCDHH Town Hall Meeting

Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Town Hall Meetings

Topics to be addressed include:

  • KCDHH visor placard program
  • Strategies for positive interaction with law enforcement
  • Communications access in crisis situations
  • Emergency preparedness & 911 system
  • Other topics raised by the community

All meetings will include ASL/English interpreters and captioning services.  KCDHH encourages individuals, community service organizations, law enforcement representatives and others interested in the above topics to participate in these events.

For more information or to identify accommodations needs for participation please contact KCDHH at 786-246-5077 (Videophone) or 785-368-8034 (voice).

TOPEKA Tuesday, Sept. 24 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM   Topeka Police/Shawnee Sheriff – Law Enforcement Center, Classroom A 320 S. Kansas Ave. OLATHE
Sept. 25 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Olathe Police HQ Training Room 501 E. 56 Highway  
WICHITA Thursday, Sept. 26 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM   Alford Branch Library 3447 S. Meridian Ave.
STATE MEETING KCDHH Commission Meeting – Teleconference call-in option is available Friday, October 11, 2019 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Public Comment Session from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM   KU Edwards Campus, Regnier Hall 369 Conference Room 12610 Quivira Rd, Overland Park KS  66213

Opportunities for site visits in coordination with local communities may be made available whenever feasible. Everyone is also welcome to submit written comments and/or videos (7-minute limit please) in American Sign Language. Please submit to

Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, DCF Administration Building, 555. S Kansas Avenue, 3rd Floor, Topeka, Kansas 66603

Update from the KAI-RID Board

At the June 29, 2019 Annual Meeting, KAI-RID voted to form an ad hoc committee to explore how best to restructure our organization. The committee is being finalized and is planning for the first meeting in September. Stay tuned for updates through email, social media, and this website!