Tri-County GLAD serves Deaf and Hard of Hearing Coummunity in the Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. . .

The Tri-County GLAD Office is closed due to Coronavirus but the services are still available only through videophone or email.

You can contact TC GLAD at 805-256-1053 VP or info@tcglad.org for an appointment or services.

Monday to Friday – 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Closed for lunch – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Amend Protect Communication Access

Background & Latest Update

 

We are asking the author, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, for a 2-year grace period for sign language interpreters to become certified to prevent interruptions to communication access!
What is AB2257?

AB2257 is a clean-up bill to add professional exemptions to AB5. We want to add professional exemptions for language interpreters and realtime captioners so communication access for the deaf and hard of hearing community is protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

AB2257 was formerly known as AB1850.

What is AB5?

AB5 was passed in 2019 and severely limits certain independent contractors from providing their services. It decreases the number of sign language interpreters and realtime captioners available.

What is the current status of AB2257?

On June 11, 2020 the California Assembly passed AB2257 but did not honor requests to include professional exemptions for sign language interpreters and realtime captioners

On August 5, 2020, the Senate Labor Committee will vote on AB2257. We need your help to contact members of the Senate Labor Committee to amend AB2257 to include professional exemptions for sign language interpreters and realtime captioners.

 

On August 20, 2020, the California Senate Appropriations Committee passed AB2257 however the bill contains an immediate certification requirement for interpreters. Before the Senate votes on the bill, we are asking the author, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, to add a 2-year grace period for sign language interpreters to become certified to prevent interruptions to communication access! The need for a grace period for the certification language is critical to avoid a serious interruption of communication access services. Many areas of our state currently do not have RID-certified interpreters, and the lack of relief will seriously impact services to the community. A grace period will allow for providers in the area to become certified, avoiding both a lapse in qualified services and an artificial shortage

Access to sign language interpreting & realtime captioning is in grave danger! Help protect our ADA rights.
Even if you’ve already contacted your lawmakers, 
we need you to contact them again.
 
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AB2257
An AB5 “clean-up bill.
 
Take action now:
Click link > gladinc.org/AB2257

HUMAN SERVICES

HUMAN SERVICES

TCGLAD staff work with consumers, businesses and service providers to improve quality of life and ensure communication access for the deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind community.
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MENTAL HEALTH

MENTAL HEALTH

The Mental Health Outreach Project is a service to empower and educate the deaf and hear of hearing community at large about the accessibility and utility and utilization of mental health prevention and early intervention services
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LIFESIGNS

LIFESIGNS

LIFESIGNS, an interpreter referral agency, is a non-profit California corporation providing communication access to the deaf, hard of hearing, deaf blind and hearing communities using certified interpreters.
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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing employee or Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing candidate wanting to apply for a non-DOT driving position, and didn’t get the job because of a hearing requirement, accommodation issue, or some other senseless requirement, please contact:

Michelle Silvers, Federal Investigator of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
255 E. Temple St., 4th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213)894-1062 V   (213)894-1055 Fax   (714)495-2832 VP

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