The UTRID Board has approved to provide up to $5,000.00 in scholarship funds. Individuals applying for funds need to be aware of the following stipulations:

1. Applicants must be a member in good standing with UTRID and RID.
2. Applicants must be a resident of the State of Utah.
3. Applicants must submit applications by the deadline of June 1st of the current fiscal year to be determined eligible.
4. Applicants are eligible for scholarships once per fiscal year (July 1-June 30.)
5. Applicants may be required to provide a service to UTRID in exchange for the scholarship award, based on the type of scholarship request. (ex. request for conference attendance, requires recipient to provide a workshop, newsletter article etc. on their experience.)
6. Applicants may request funding from $1 to a maximum of $500.
7. Applicants may request funds for RID Knowledge Based Test, RID Performance Tests, Conference Fees, Workshop Fees, and other professional development activities.

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Hiring an Interpeter

The following Guidelines are intended to serve as a basis for negotiations between freelance interpreters and persons or entities contracting for interpreting services.

When you inquire about interpreting services, an interpreter will likely ask for these kinds of details:
•Description or type of event
•Date of assignment
•Start and end time
•Location and instructions for getting on site, parking, etc.
•Contact person who will be on site
•Names of participants
•Nature of the assignment – setting, goals, number of consumers (Deaf and hearing), etc.
•Language preference of the Deaf consumer, if known
•Contact person for billing purposes

Fees negotiated with interpreters in private practice may be based on various factors including:
•training and years of experience in this field
•skill level and reputation
•educational background
•whether the interpretation will be recorded for future use and broadcast
•trilingual skills

Team Interpreting

Some situations require more than one interpreter. Some assignments require two hearing interpreters while other assignments require one hearing and one Deaf interpreter.

The factors that indicate the need for a team may include:
•the number of participants
•the length of the assignment
•the complexity of the information being discussed
•the communication needs of the Deaf consumer

Deaf Interpreters

Not all Deaf consumers communicate in American Sign Language or English-like signing. Some Deaf consumers are from other countries and are more familiar with a foreign sign language than with ASL. Others, for a variety of reasons, may communicate in an idiosyncratic system of gestures and “home signs.”

In these situations, the skills of professionally trained hearing interpreters may not be sufficient to ensure accurate communication. If this is the case, a team of hearing and Deaf interpreter(s) is necessary.

The hearing interpreter works between English and ASL, and the Deaf interpreter works between ASL and the communication system of the Deaf consumer.

Ultimately, it’s best to ask the Deaf consumers for their preference about individual interpreters. They will likely recommend particular interpreters they’ve found can meet their needs most effectively. Once an interpreter or team has been hired, follow up with the Deaf consumers to let them know the names of the interpreters they can expect to see at your event. Afterwards, check in to see whether the consumers were satisfied and would like to see those same interpreters again for the next meeting or event.