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 USAJobs.gov
  • Set up a login.gov 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 Robert.cooper@ks.gov.

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!

KAI-RID 2019-2020 Membership

Interested in becoming a member?

KAI – RID would love to have you! 

The 2019-2020 membership year is now open! Please renew your membership by filling out the membership registration here, and purchasing your dues through the PayPal cart below. Thank you for your support of KAI-RID!

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KAI-RID presents Interpreting Skilled Trades Workshop and our Annual Business Meeting.

Does the idea of interpreting auto mechanics make you break out in a cold sweat? Don’t know a philips head screwdriver from a spatula? Wonder what all those colorful wires mean? Come learn from skilled Deaf tradesmen at this informal, interactive workshop. No experience necessary, just a willingness to learn!

Saturday, June 29th, 2019, 10:00am-12:00pm at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont, Lawrence, KS. Stay for lunch (included) followed by the KAI-RID Annual Business meeting from 1:00-3:00pm. Workshop worth 0.2 CEUs Professional Studies sponsored by Interpretek. $15 for KAI-RID members, $25 for non-members. The language of this workshop and business meeting will be in ASL.

Register here.

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KAI-RID Presents Yoga for Interpreters

Yoga for ASL/English interpreters workshop.

June 1st, 2019, 9:30am-12:30pm.

Museum of Deaf History, Art, and Culture. 455 E Park St. Olathe, KS.

All are welcome! Attendance is free if you do not need CEUs. Bring a yoga mat if you have one, and wear comfortable clothes. Contact Robin Olson, KAIRIDVicePresident@gmail.com with any questions!

This workshop will provide 0.3 CEUS (0.2 General, 0.1 Ethics). The cost is $30 for CEUs (non-member price) $15 for CEUs (KAI-RID Member price). Click here to register, and pay through the shopping cart below.



KAI-RID at Minskys Pizza

Come join KAI-RID at our monthly event for April,
Monday April 22nd, 2019, from 7:30-9:30pm, at Minskys Pizza, 10540 S. Ridgeview Rd, Olathe, KS 66061. If you can, come to JCCC beforehand to watch the last Interpreting students graduating class give their community presentations!

KAI-RID is here for YOU!