Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Victims/Survivors:

                          

Live sign language interpreters:  Through this project grant, NMCADV may reimburse the costs of live sign-language interpreters for deaf or hard of hearing victim/survivors. In order to facilitate DHH interpreter services for all programs beyond the capacity of the grant and future ADA compliance, we are asking programs to please set up their own contract with with a sign language interpreter service.

Community Outreach Program for the Deaf (COPD) schedules live sign language interpreters throughout the state.  To request live sign language interpreters, you may contact COPD by submitting a request Online, email interpreterscheduling@copdnm.org
or calling 505-255-7636

The Bridge Interpreter Referral Service also schedules sign language interpreters throughout the state.  If you you like to contract with them please contact them at (505) 861-2101 or visit www.theinterpreterbridge.com.

Southwest Interpreting Services provides sign language interpreter services for southern NM areas.  You can contact them by phone at 915-478-5022, email southwestinterpreting@gmail.com, or visit www.southwestinterpreting.com

Individual Contract Interpreter
If you would like to contact an interpreter directly, we recommend:
Rhiannon Sykes-Chavez, RID-NIC:Master, Q-MHI, Signed Language Interpreter
505.270.0691 or rscinterpreter@gmail.com
She has interpreted NMCADV presentations and is a qualified mental health interpreter, as well as certified in the Registry for Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).  Please contact her for scheduling and fees.

Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) is an alternative to having an interpreter physically present.  Through the use of video conferencing equipment or a computer/tablet equipped with a camera and speakers, VRI allows for immediate online interpretation services to deaf or hard of hearing clients when a physical interpreter is unavailable.

If you need more information on VRI technology and providers, we recommend you contact the NMCDHH.  You can get more information here.

To find out more about a VRI please visit these service providers:

 

ADA Kits: We can purchase an ADA kit for the use of deaf and hard of hearing clients in your shelter.  This kit contains several hearing and alert devices that can make DHH clients feel safer in shelter.  For more information or to order a kit please email alishac@nmcadv.org

ADA Compliance and Training: In partnership with the New Mexico Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, we will work with you to ensure compliance with ADA guidelines and making your services accessible to victim/survivors who are deaf or hard of hearing, including telephonic equipment, door beacons, visual smoke detectors, etc.  In addition, we look forward to providing training to ensure that your staff are comfortable and prepared to respond to the needs of DHH victim/survivors.

Please request a training: HERE

Resources:

Handbook for Shelters Serving Deaf Women and Their Children
Published by Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (www.adwas.org)